Haiti Mountain | Adoption | Three Angels

“You never know what's around the corner. You just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.” ―Tom Hiddleston This adoption adventure has been very mysterious. Never knowing what's around the corner…always Trusting that we should … [Read More...]

I Heart Ruthie Carlson Art

Ruthie Carlson | Art | Studio | Painting | Barn | Sheep | Birds | Angel

"At the end of the day, your hands should be dirty, your hair should be messy, and your eyes sparkling." -Shanti Okay. That's not exactly how Shanti's quote originally went. The quote actually says "your feet should be dirty", but I think our hands should to get into something … [Read More...]

Southern Style Wall Grouping

Wall Grouping | Blue White Green | Floral | Dogwood | Front Porch | Old Painting | Bowls | Cottage | Farmhouse

“Friends are the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it's just enough to know that they are standing by.” ―Merle Shain Remember that ($15) crackled old oil painting I blogged about last week? Well, I'm not *quite* finished with … [Read More...]

Did I Say Red?

Country Living | Green Bathroom

“We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details.” ―Jeff Bezos Did I say red? I *may* have meant darker shades of green... (Urban Grace) (The Painted Hive) (source unknown) (Country Living) (House Beautiful) (Olive and Rust) (Country Living) (John Morris … [Read More...]

How To Find Out What Your House Wants Next

Cottage Living Room | Red Neutral Blue White

"My favorite project is always the next one." —Michael Graves One of my favorite ways to approach the interior decorating process is to look at it from a 1D perspective. Meaning: I think it's fun to lay out photos of the rooms I'm "done" personalizing in one collage, so I can get a better feel … [Read More...]

Laundry Room Hamper Project

Laundry Hamper Liner

I started working on a couple of laundry area-related projects last week. The space leads to and from our master bedroom (which still has mustard walls, by the way), so we pass through it several times every day. This first project isn't as much fun as the one I'm going to blog about next … [Read More...]

Living Room Update: Partition Wall (Part 1)

Partition Wall | Living Room | Cottage Style

"A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy." -Juan Montoya Well, I promised to blog about how the new partition wall was coming along today, so here's a post about where we're at! First, here's the inspiration photo-drawing I put … [Read More...]

DIY Flower Frog Easel

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. | Quote

"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us." -Ashley Montagu Thank you for leaving so many kind comments on my last post! What a Gift to be able to share our adoption journey here! It's hard to believe we'll finally be able to … [Read More...]

Adoption Update: Our Referral Letter Is Ready!

Kevin and Layla Palmer

"And as the dawn breaks and the clouds clear, in an open space, together we will run." -Steffany Frizzell Suzanne and I hit another estate sale Friday morning. Two, actually. The first one was in Deer Creek, a neighborhood about 15 minutes from ours. I'm still giddy about the ($20) painting I … [Read More...]

Living Room Renovation – From Open Concept to Classic Cottage

Country Living Puzzle | Yellow Cottage

"I have always loved a house that has a puzzle going." -Suzanne Pope Kevin and I started a puzzle a few weeks ago. 1000 pieces- whew! (I didn't know they'd be so small- LOL!) I love the picture so much I might never take it apart when we've finally got it all together. My mom, and my … [Read More...]

Decorating With Collections – Joanna Madden’s Cottage Style Home Tour

Joanna Madden | Wall Grouping | Rikki Snyder Photography | Style Me Pretty Living | Home Tour | Vintage Floral Paintings

“I've always admired women who had a vision and stuck to it. Because ultimately, the way you live has to be a reflection of you.” —Charlotte Moss Remember this photo from my last post? Well, today you just *have* to see the rest of Joanna Madden's house! She has such a knack for … [Read More...]

My Favorite Secondhand Stuff (Stoneware, Wall Shelves & Perpetual Calendars)

Open Eared Stoneware Crocks

"I don’t think of decorating as a science or a discipline. People always say start with the rug, but that is often the last thing I end up selecting. I begin with whatever makes my heart sing." -Deborah Buck I'm still thinking about our estate sale adventure this past weekend. What a trip that … [Read More...]

The Armoire, An Estate Sale, And The Vintage Seascape That Got Away

Blue and White Bowl IG

Kevin started priming the armoire in the sunroom this week: The wood is really drinking up the primer, so I think he's going to put on a second coat and then paint it with a durable semi-gloss paint. (Simply White by Benjamin Moore. The same color as our trim.) I'm still trying to decide what … [Read More...]

Our Suitcases Are On Stand-By

Spray Roses

"If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it." -Andy Rooney I'm on another avocado kick. Did you know they're actually considered a fruit? Yep. Apparently they're a (single-seeded) BERRY. #whaaaaaaa? #ThingsIDidn'tKnowUntilIWas40 I went through an avocado phase at one point … [Read More...]