Decorating With Dishes

My mom gave me an amaryllis for Christmas, and man is that thing doing some cool stuff this week! One day there’s a bud, then BOOM, the next day there’s an open blossom!

It’s sitting on a little, old hamper in our sunroom right now and I love the way it makes me feel when I walk in there every day! (Thanks again, Mom!)

Speaking of our sunroom, we’ve been in this house three months now, but I’ve only just started to unpack the moving boxes I mentally labeled “stuff we don’t need right away“. I pulled out some dishes yesterday, and I’m looking forward to hanging a bunch of them up on the wall right above that little hamper this weekend.

I re-discovered another “thing we didn’t need right away” in another one of the boxes I unpacked yesterday, and after a quick scan of the room, I decided to mount it to the side of the secretary. It’s a wire magazine rack, and I got it at a flea market last year:

Those linens draped over the back of my desk chair are actually an old seed sack we got on a roadtrip a few years ago, and a dish towel from Ikea.

A friend of a friend is making me a 12″x16″ lumbar pillow cover out of them (and some hemp trim) and I’m super excited to see how it turns out. I *think* it’ll be ready tomorrow, so I’ll be back to share some more pics of some more sunroom progress soon!

Are you doing anything home decorate-y/crafty this weekend? I’d love to hear about what you’ve got in the works, too!

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  1. says

    so beautiful layla!!
    i love watching ( if even from afar) as your hope & love collide…can’t wait to see the precious face that the Lord will give to ya’ll!!

  2. Tonya says

    WOW…Beautiful song, (sniff..sniff) I can’t wait to see this precious little angel!! May God Bless you 3 with lots of happiness and memories for a life time!! You will be wonderful parents!!!!

  3. DebZorn says

    Such a beautiful, beautiful song.I’ll pray for you as you continue your adoption journey. Thank you for sharing.

  4. says

    I have some old college friends that are going through the adoption process, too. They had their home visit the same week as ya’ll I think. It’s kind of funny how your story and theirs kinda ran parallel on my reading! I just shared this song with them.

    I love your blog, and your story. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. says

    What is that amazing blue color on the dresser?? I am seeking a perfect blue for my living room walls in our new to us cottage.

  6. Laurie says

    “Love Collides” is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard! I would purchase a download of this in a heartbeat!
    Praying for your adoption process to go by quickly and that you have a precious child in your care in 2013!
    Hugs From Laurie

  7. Dinelle H says

    A beautiful song – Hopefully soon your “hope & love” will collide and you will have a little one in your arms.

  8. says

    What a beautiful song. The creativity pouring out of the two of you is astounding! Not to mention the overflow of the heart ;) BTW what was the decision on the praise team audition..I think I missed that :(

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Mary Anne! Kev started playing with the worship band in December and it has been so fun! :-D

  9. says

    Wow! What an absolutely beautiful song and how talented your husband is! This song will be so special to your child someday!! :)

  10. says

    First off, the song is amazing…so sweet!

    I’m finally hanging some artwork in the dining room this weekend. Actually, I hung them last night, but I still need to paint the frames white. It’s only taken me cough*twoyears*cough to find/hang something on that wall!

  11. says

    I have a very similar secretary ghat is needing to be painted. I love yours and I can’t wait to start mine. The magazine basket is fabulous, too. Your plate wall will be beautiful.

  12. Cory S. says

    Very touching song! One day when your child is all grown up he/she will always have this song as their legacy of the love you have for them! Not many children can say that.

    Love your amaryllis. They always make me think of the musical Music Man. The little girl that has a crush on little Ron Howard in the movie is called Amaryillis. :-)

    I will be shampooing carpets and working on re-decorating our “recently flown the nest” daughter’s room this weekend. It will be our guest bedroom now. I’m liking the colors of your sunroom. I may use this as my insperation.

  13. says

    That is a beautiful song (I’d buy it too).

    Some of us are lucky enough to find our true soul mate in life. That one person who knows us inside and out, and who we’ll spend our whole lives with no matter what, through the struggles, sharing the joys, living the day to day.

    In the short time that I’ve been reading your blog and following along on your every day adventures, I have no doubt that you are two of those people. Two of the lucky ones. :-)

    I wish that we were doing something decorate-y/crafty this weekend. I’d love to get back to focusing on a house that’s been in “remodeling” mode for far too long. What I’d really like to do at this point is to hire the crew of This Old House to finish it up. I’m tired. lol

    Unfortunately plumbing issues call. A fairly major leak underneath the garage foundation, and as we discovered recently (after quite a bit of money shelled out), old iron pipes that are slowly disintegrating (as old pipes will do). So plumbing work is on our agenda (in 30 degree weather!). The trench is dug, but the pipe still needs to be connected and laid. Fun times. lol

    I recently saw a really cool way to hang decorative plates, so with only two in my possession I’ve been searching the thrifts for others that catch my eye.

    I love that blue on the chest too, and the rack on the side for magazines. What a great idea!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Holly says

      Hi! How do you hang plates without using the old fashion wire plate holders? I have about 8 that I would love to hang but think they look grandmaish (is this a word;). Realize now I need to hang them with other mix match plates but am still unsure how to hang so they look like the are just floating on the wall. Thanks for any suggestions/help!

  14. Lisa W. says

    The song is AMAZING…very very special. That Sweet P is one lucky little angel. Can’t wait for you to meet him/her then for us to get to meet him/her:) LOVE your new stuff you put out from your “do not need right now”. I know that must of been so fun, I know I LOVE it when I find something new that I already had and forgot about…Happy Weekend. I am going scrapbooking all day saturday, so I hope to create some yummy memories!!!

  15. says

    Layla & Kevin, I have followed your blog for a long time but never commented before but I just want to say…what an absolute beautiful song!!! I will definitely be buying it and am so happy to support your adoption fundraising. We have 3 girls adopted from China and I just recently did a little video slideshow to a Third Day song about our adoption process that’s on our blog. I absolutely know all you are experiencing and was so moved by Kevin’s song – brought back so many memories. What a blessing you will be to a child and what a blessing a child will be to you! God’s blessing on you through this process!

  16. says

    I love the little updates! I’m doing some of those myself right now … hanging a mirror that’s been in my garage for 6 months, hanging an old chandy in the dining room that’s been in my closet for over a year, and the real fun one: replacing a toilet seat that’s been broken for ever!!

  17. Debbie Nolan says

    Such a beautiful song, I always look for what new project you are working on. It is so nice and refreshing to see such a happy in love couple. I am looking forward to seeing all the new adventures you go on in life. Funny I love you two and I really don’t even know you,but it is just such a happy story to follow. Best of luck! Love the song!

  18. Bethanie says

    Layla, Kevin’s song is just beautiful!! Those words, “when hope and love collide” just gave me the chills. What a beautiful voice, and song to share with your sweet baby one day SOON! You all are going to be the most amazing parents ever and I cannot wait to follow you on this journey!!!

  19. Beckie says

    Oh Layla and Kevin ! What a beautiful song! Somewhere out there in this big world of ours is your precious one just waiting to come home. I am sending prayers your way that it all goes well for you both. Soon , very soon you will be mom and dad :-)

  20. says

    I’ve had some of my Wooden Name Blocks commissioned by a new mommy for her little one, so I’ll be sanding, gluing and painting my way through the weekend. Oh, and glitter. There WILL BE GLITTER!
    It’s the BEST part!
    Can’t wait to see you plates!!

  21. Pam says

    That’s a beautiful song. A year ago we got our daughter from Ethiopia. I know the pains that come with adoption – paperwork, the money, the waiting. It comes and it seems like a wonderful miracle because you knew God knew the right child for you. :)

  22. says

    oh dear….we are working (and blogging) about our bathroom reno. What I pictured taking one weekend is spilling over several. But I guess I would rather love everything in it by choosing carefully other than express decorating!
    And having trouble getting your song…..but I will keep trying!

    • Layla says

      Hey Kim!

      Good luck with that bathroom reno! Tiny spaces are my favorite- can’t wait to see what y’all do!

      Are you trying to download the song on our adoption fundraiser page? Please feel free to drop Kev a line at KevinPalmer41 (at) gmail (dot) com if you need help troubleshooting! :-)

  23. Joanne says

    Goosebumps listening to Kevin’s song. WOW!
    It took my husband and I years and a walk thru fire to have our first child. Such a wonderful description of the emotions you feel for your child.

  24. says

    Wow, Kevin is so talented, its such a beautiful song, I played it to my 10 year old daughter and she was so moved by it and your story (we both were), Good luck with your journey of adoption, now to see if I can figure out how to purchase the song. PS we love your new house its beautiful

  25. Kelle McCarthy says

    Loved everything about your song! Can’t wait to see when your hope and love collide!!!!

  26. Joyce Smittkamp says

    Amazing song!! I could hear his love coming straight from his heart. Thank you for sharing!!

  27. says

    Congrats on getting closer to creating your “new” family! My husband will be at a swim meet most of the weekend with my oldest son. I am hoping to get some projects done. Repainting and stenciling some old pots top the list. I went Barn Sale-ing today and picked up some items to use in organizing my office. Hoping to get that room under control soon! Have a great weekend!

  28. says

    So excited to see those plates up – they are all so beautiful! We moved into our home about 3-months ago as well, and I like that I am still finding old art work and other stuff I forgot about lodged in boxes. It’s like shopping – for free! ;)

  29. vickiatthelake says

    So we are remodeling a bathroom this weekend. I scored an awesome piece of marble and sink on craigslist this week. We will be tiling our shower with subway tile and glass tile accents. Should be beachy and gorgeous. All sand and white colors with the blue/green glass tiles. Now just to decide on a wall paint color…… Have fun!

  30. Christina English says

    This song is so beautiful & powerful. I’m moved to tears & speechless. I pray God will be with you every step of the way.

    • Layla says

      Thank you so much for leaving us such a kind comment to find here, Christina! We truly appreciate your love and prayers, and are so glad you enjoyed the song! It’s intimidating to put things out for the world to read/hear, but you (and the others you have said sweet things) have been such Lights in our lives this week! XO

  31. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    I love your floor planning! I love the act of sitting things around and just looking at them for a bit, before actually hanging them. I have to laugh here…….at my house… pups would have a field day with plates sitting on the floor. LOL. Holy Broken Plates,

    I keep wondering…….are you real structured and you just plan one room at a time? I tend to rush the process and think I need to slow down and enjoy the moment more.

    Am dying to see your room transform!

    • Layla says

      I love the act of sitting things around too, Ter’e! I’m a big sitter-arounder.


      That came out wrong.

      Okay, maybe it didn’t. Maybe I do like sitting around a lot too.


  32. gina says

    On a serious note- Kevin, your lyrics conveyed all the love you have for your yet unknown child in much the same way God loved each of us before we were even born. Good reminder for me!
    On a not so serious note- when I heard you sing for the first time I thought,
    wow, he could be my Daddy! ha ha

  33. says

    Yay! I was hoping you’d do a decorating post soon. After a few months all we’d seen is the great secretary and paint. Can’t wait to see more. I love your country, cottage, coastal..chic? style!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Rachel! I love sharing decorating posts too. :-) I like to think of my blog as my playground, and I like to let passion push my swing as far as posts go, ya know what I mean? I just blog about whatever tickles my FUNcy on any given day so that someday our senior-selves will have all these memories saved in one e-place! :-D That being said, I can’t wait to show you the pillow I talked about in this post- I JUST picked it up and I want to EAT IT!! :-D #Yummy #Scrumpdillyicious

  34. Norma Neeson says

    funny how all adoptive parents exude love….boy,girl.light ,dark….nothing matters and all we know is that we love them and yet we don’ t even know them……it is magical and mysterious. and a true miracle……and we dream and we wait and we pour out our love in the hope that wherever they are they will know we are getting closer to them and feel safe in that cloak of
    pure emotion………and when you meet……..awwwww……..there are no words or not enough to say what is in your heart

  35. says

    Oh that song – brought tears to my eyes – it was so beautiful and tender!! Your sunroom is coming together so nicely!!! Love it!!!

  36. says

    Oh the beautiful song! One day your child will hear that song and will feel so loved and so special! I cried when I heard it!

  37. says

    What a beautiful song…. so heavenly inspired and gorgeous. Your child is going to live their life in the light of this gorgeous song, knowing that the Lord had it all in His hand and in His perfect plan. You are going to make wonderful parents. Praying your journey will be smooth and straight to your precious Sweet P. Thanks for sharing the song with us all, just sooo very precious!! Blessings, can’t wait to see what you do with the sunroom. I love blue and green together and use it in my home also. Linda

  38. Wendy M says

    I agree with everyone here, such a beautiful and touching song. Your voice is wonderful Kevin. Wishing you both a smooth and successful journey to parenthood.

    • Layla says

      Hi, Melaine! I actually went to go change it last week, but I noticed your old address had a fairly new post up on it, so I left it. Sorry about that! I’ll change it to the new one now- thanks for the heads up! :-D

  39. Lorrie says

    The hubby is painting our house numbers on the front door, and I am painting a dresser in our spare bedroom. Its warm enough in Ohio right now to open a few windows! Good Luck with the adoption!!

  40. says

    Layla, Today is my son’s Gotcha Day. 18 years ago today, Customs approved his paperwork and we brought our beautiful little baby into the U.S. from Mexico. Kevin’s song brings back so many memories. I hope your baby brings you as much happiness as our son has! Best of luck to both of you.

  41. Cathy Johnston says

    Yes! I am being “decoraty!” I’m SOOOOO close to finally have one room actually ‘DECORATED.” I’ve never had a room completely “done” before. A week and a half ago I found a wonderful chair (a recliner even) in a gentle botanical print, at Home Goods. A few days ago I was in home goods searching out pillows for our weirdly colored couch (finally got my act together and brought the slip cover for the arm with me!); found perfect pillows and then…wandering with nothing in mind…found the perfect turquoise table for our tiny entry area and then…wait for it…stumbled upon the perfect rug for the living room! We recently had carpet pulled up and hardwood floors installed. The rug, the table and the pillows all went VERY nicely together and even coordinated with the previously purchased chair! My living room has more color that I’ve ever used and yet is still cottagey, comfortable, subdued and relaxing. I’m SO excited! This weekend I’m rearranging accessories to try to finish things off! Hang art work and drapes and it’ll be done!

  42. Margaret says

    Oh my!!! Where can I buy that song??????!!!!!!!! It is amazing – the lyrics and Kevin’s voice. LOVE!! I would love to own it! Like really, really love to own it! :)

  43. Heather Patterson says

    One of my besties at work GAVE me a little antique buffet type piece of furniture and I am inspired my Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint, your secretary is A M A Z I N G!! I am a DIY virgin so say a prayer for me as I start my venture of refinishing furniture :) I have completed the first step, washed it and took off all knobs and it looks better already!!!!

    FYI… the magazine rack, I want one in my bathroom :) or should I say the hubby does!

    Happy Saturday to you! -Heather

  44. Brenda Cofer says

    Ok, . . . here I sit with tears flowing down my face. Not only are the words BEAUTIFUL, but the music is AWESOME, and his voice is UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Bet you fell in love with Kevin all over again after this. Right? : ) So happy and excited for this journey y’all are embarking upon. God bless you both and may He continue watch over this precious little one that He is going to personally entrust you with. SO EXCITING!

  45. Cindy Chapman says

    That is the sweetest song ever. I love that you call your little one “Sweet P.” I’ve called my 30 year old baby that his whole life. 2013 will be your best year. I’m so excited for you two.

  46. Jennifer says

    That song was beyond incredible. It couldn’t be more perfect. The tune is beautiful and the words, oh the words! I could definitely feel the Spirit as I was listening to this message from your soul for your new little one. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  47. SQ says

    Act like a bee ! If you rub the pollen from the lily on your fingertips and then lightly cover the center pistil, it should fertilize and produce seeds. The flower will die, but you will see a the portion directly behind the flower grow into a small bulb. When the seeds are mature, the bulb which turns from green to brown will pop open revealing many paper-thin seeds which you then can plant. When planting, barely cover with soil in a pot. the first year it looks a little like you are growing blades of grass, but soon enough you can replant and have enough flowers for an entire bed. My original plants came from my grandmother, who lived in Alabama. These flowers really love that Bama clay soil! Every year they now bloom profusely in the Florida sun, reminding me of her love of flowers.

  48. Amanda says

    Kevin’s song to your child is truly awesome !!!!!! What an amazing testimony God is in the process of writing your lives.

  49. says

    Lovely,,,we are renovating out laundry/mudroom…It’s a process that’s been going on for a week no washer and dryer.. But it’s worth it I’ll send photos once completed.

  50. says

    Just thought I’d stop in and say hello from
    I love the colors in your sunroom and all those adorable little random dishes. What a creative way to decorate! Lately I’ve been crocheting new covers for a couple of throw pillows that have definitely seen better days!

  51. Karen says

    Kevin’s voice is awesome! That song is beyond words…you can feel the love in his voice and words! You will be wonderful parents!

  52. says

    We didn’t get any housework done this weekend but hopefully tonight we can hook the water back up to our bathroom sinks. Our new counters were installed the other week and we just haven’t had a free night to reconnect the water yet. Here’s hoping tonight goes smoothly!

  53. Candace Long says

    I am also hanging plates on the wall. Love the addition of bowls, but would like to know what you are using to hang all go them. Please advise!

  54. Ginger Levick says

    I’m sorry this song wasn’t available December 1 – that would have been the perfect song for the father daughter dance at my daughter’s wedding reception. We adopted her 30 years ago and still remember the feeling of wondering what she was doing while we waited for her to come to us. So excited for this advanture of Hope and Love that you two on.

  55. Sara Price says

    Holy Cow…that songs gives me big old goose bumps. I hold the dream of adopting so close to my heart knowing God will open the doors in his perfect timing! I will say a prayer for you in this moment that your baby be safe and protected in the arms of his or her heavenly father until placed in yours to love and protect while in this incredible, temporary home he has created where love truly does collide!

  56. says

    Can’t wait to see your plate wall! I’ve been collecting plates for a few months now — searching them out at thrift stores and flea markets. I don’t have enough yet, but one of these days… :)

  57. Carol Severy says

    What beautiful words…’where hope and love collide’. Those words apply to so many things in life, and especially to your journey to adoption. I am an adopted child, as are the other children in my family. I know that I am blessed just to be alive…the rest is frosting on the cake! I love your blog, your home, and the relationship I envision you share with Kevin. Treasure your journey; don’t lose heart. Someone very special is waiting for you, all in God’s time.

  58. says

    I do love your secretary, you’ve made it look beautiful. I’m currently renovating my 100 year old house, which is taking up all my time (not just the weekends!). Thankfully I’m now at the painting stage … or rather not so thankfully, I’m far too short to be painting nine foot high ceilings!

    Good luck with your adoption process, I hope it goes smoothly for you both.

  59. Jacque L. says

    I had no idea I’d be doubly-blessed this morning with a beautiful view of your sunroom AND a beautiful song…Absolutely amazing~I can only imagine the ups and downs you and Kevin have experienced, and the overwhelming joy and sheer bliss you’ll experience when God’s timing collides with the perfect child for you both. What a blessed little angel, to be loved by both of you. As I listened to this song, tears streamed down my cheeks. I am almost halfway through a surprise-pregnancy that has left me feeling so completely ill almost all of the time, I realize, once again, how blessed I am, and how much I take for granted. May God bless you both abundantly for your faithfulness, and for your undying faith. And, may Kevin’s song be heard across the world~It will touch so many hearts. Have a beautiful day~

  60. says

    Hi . . .

    Your song “When Hope and Love Collide” is so beautiful. A wonderful expression of what a waiting adoptive parent feels while they wait. I’m speaking first hand. We will celebrate our 1 year anniversary of our little girl from China being adopted on Feb. 14th. It was a long, long journey but so worth it. We can’t imagine our lives without her. Oh and her name is Hope.


  61. Danilu says

    How blessed will this child be for having you as his/her parents!!!!!!!!!!!! I KNOW he/she will arrive sooner than you expect! LOVE the song! May God bless your family with countless blessings…….

  62. says

    Thank you so much for that beautiful music and the lyrics (I’m deaf, so the lyrics enabled me to enjoy it too).

    Praying for God’s perfect timing and will as He moves in your lives. Praying protection and favor in bringing a new one into your life!

    Our miracle boy was seven years in the making – and worth every bit of heartache.

    Hope you don’t mind… I shared the link with my sister. She lost her Gracie at a day old. Her birthday would be in a few weeks. Somehow, this song also speaks to the parent who waits to be REunited. So beautiful.

  63. jenny says

    My husband and I adopted 7 children in 2006. What an amazing journey you are about to embark on. If you ever need any advice from someone who has been there I am more than willing to share. Best of luck, and God bless you and your husband.

  64. jenny says

    We adopted though the state of Texas. We started out as foster parents with the intention to adopt. The children are now 8,8,9,10, 11, 11, 12, and 16.

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