{Designer Notes} Painted Trim: yes or no?

A debate has risen…to paint or not to paint?

Their are those of you who are against it and others who are all for it.

 Which side are you on?

To be honest, it makes me sad how many beautiful wood pieces of furniture have been painted these days.  I cannot seem to go to an antique mall without finding everything painted.  Hmmm….it’s gotten a bit crazy!  I do love a good piece of painted furniture, done the right way.  Especially if the wood isn’t in great shape or of good quality.

Ok, so enough about painted furniture.  Today I want to discuss painted trim.

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Painted Trim

Yes or No?

In the 80′s and 90′s we mostly saw oak trim throughout homes.  Then came the return of white trim in the late 90′s and 2000′s.

I personally love white painted trim and doors.  To me it brightens a space and gives a clean, crisp look.

I’ve seen a turn toward natural wood again, or painted trim in various array of colors.

Black Trim & Doors

Colored Trim

Trim painted the same color of the walls

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Thougths?  I would love to hear them.

As a designer I can appreciate it all and think there is a time and a place for all the aesthetics.  Here’s my {Designer Notes} take on when to paint and when not to paint trim.

When to Paint

White painted trim looks beautiful in traditional spaces.  It is a classic look that I believe will never be dated.  It also goes well in contemporary homes you see being built today.

It looks clean and neat, brightens a space, as well as highlights any molding details.
Color trim can be used in many different ways to create a variety of asethics.  It can be fun and whimsical in a country style
or clean and modern when done in a monochromatic color scheme.
I also love the contrast of black painted trim and white walls.  Very Chic!

Wood Trim

Most people may think wood trim should only be used in country, farmhouse, or craftsman style design, but that is not true.  It can be done in a more modern way as well.

or contemporary.

And who says you can’t mix the two?  Why not?  Break the rules, since there are none.
I do however have one rule.  If it’s an historical home and the trim has never been painted, do not paint!  Keep the original!!!  They don’t make them like they use to.
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Lane County Tour of Homes 2014 – R2S Build

Saturday was the beginning of the Lane County Tour of Homes.  I started working with R2S Build in June on their home that is featured on the Tour.  A little late start, and not great timing but the project has been fun and totally taking up any spare time I may have.

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Tour of Homes 2014

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R2S Build Tour Home 2014 Exterior

The home is located right next to a beautiful park in the hills of Eugene.  It really feels like you are up in the trees.  It has a contemporary, pacific NW style.  My first walk through was when all the framing was complete and they were just starting to hang dry-wall.  The original house was much smaller.  They ripped it down to the studs and rearranged the floor plan, added a second floor and much more space!

 R2S Build Tour Home 2014 Exterior R2S Build Tour Home 2014 Back Exterior

 Floor Plan

My main focus has been selecting materials and fixtures for the bathrooms (there are 4 in total), paint colors, countertops, hardware, lighting.  Overall, consulting on the project.  The goal is to create a cohesive style throughout the house, being mindful of the outdoor setting, and overall feel.

R2S Build Tour Home 2014 Bonus Room

R2S Build Tour Home 2014 Upstairs Bath

It’s been quite the adventure, juggling with my new little baby but oh so much fun!!!

R2S Build Tour of Homes 2014 Upstairs Hall

I will be sure to post more photos of the project very soon so you can see the finished house.

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The tour ends on July 27th so come on by and see the house if you live in Lane County!!

Tour of Homes 2014

Lane County

R2S Build

2008 Floral Hill Drive

Eugene, OR

 

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Friday Favorites: Bliss @ Home {Blogger STyle Files}

Today is the last blogger in my fun little series Friday Favorites {Blogger STyle Files}.  I have had so much fun putting this together and learning even more about my some of my favorite bloggers.
Today’s guest is Kristin from Bliss @ Home.  I am sure you all know who she is and if not, well go check her out now!!  Kristin was actually the first blogger to ever reach out and comment on my blog.  She has amazing taste and has put together some really fabulous projects, displayed throughout her home.
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Welcome Kristin!

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Why did you start blogging?

 
I started blogging out of desperation really…that sounds strange. Let me explain. We had let a family in need borrow our house for a few months. We moved into my Dad’s GIANT HOUSE during that time and I missed creating and working on our home.I really missed my creative outlet. I wanted to connect with creatives and I started sharing smaller projects that I did while at my Dad’s. I quickly fell in love with blogging and once we moved back into our home the fun really began!
 

What are your favorite things about being a blogger?

 
Being able to share my projects and ideas with others definitely tops that list. I have always been passionate about interior design, and even though that is not my degree, I did complete a lot of design classes in school. I began my creative journey as an artist, then I tinkered with journalism. I discovered interior design on that journey and it was a fast love. Now, I am digging deep into photography and styling.Because as all who blog know, photography and styling make or break a project. I feel like everytime I complete a project, style a shoot, or get behind that camera I am growing as a designer and creative. It’s a sickness really! I just want to keep on learning and improving my skills. 
Blogging has given me so much. I am truly grateful. I have met the most amazing bloggers who I have had the pleasure of spending time with. I have gained meaningful friendships. If not for blogging, I doubt I would have ever even met these new, amazing friends. 
Then, there is the “pinch me” side to the whole thing. I have had some amazing opportunities for work and features that I never even imagined when I decided to hit publish that first day. It just makes me think the “sky’s the limit” and I have learned to just dream big and be more fearless and take more risks. 
 

How would you describe your design style/aesthetic?

 
“Be daring but lovely.” This sums up my personal style. When I design, I want it to be a bit bold, but still maintain a beauty that softens the design. So, you can expect high contrast and bold color in my designs, but you will also see feminine touches, mixed textures, and delicate details. I love geometric elements and clean lines which are very modern, but I layer this into my more tradtional foundations. You will always see a Chinoiserie object make it’s way into a design and a lot of what I love is usually found at a flea market or thrift shop. I am a collector and this is evident in all that I curate for a space. I also love to see an object in a different light. 
 
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Do you have a favorite room in your house?  What makes it so special?

 
Definitely, my living room is my current favorite. That room is such a relaxing and lovely space.It is the hub of the house. We spend so much time in there together. It gets the best light and it is full of all those design elements I love. Some of my favorite DIY projects, like our IKEA bookcase hack and our fireplace makeover, are in this room. The details feel so unique and personal to me and that is what makes it special in my eyes.

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To you, what makes a house a home?

 
Definitely, living in it. I don’t like wasted spaces. I don’t like unused rooms. Sharing a home with your family and friends is what makes it a home. I don’t strive for perfection. I think a house that feels like a home is one you use. It will get a bit messy, and things will break. It will evolve and change as the needs of those you share it with change. People should be able to walk into your home and be put at ease, not afraid to sit on the couch because you have your pillows perfectly placed. There is a warmth that comes from a lived-in home. 
 
 
 

Do you have a favorite project or DIY you would like to share?  What about it makes it your favorite?

 
I have too many favorites in all honesty. One that I am most proud of would be the DIY Bar Cabinet I created for Creating with the Stars. I normally, would try to make this over a week or two. I built it in two days, can we say “crazy lady” !! I honestly, couldn’t have done it without my husband, Dave, stepping in and taking care of the kids, meals, and house while I spent every waking moment working on it. You really only have a few days to complete and submit your project for CWTS. That’s choosing what you are going to make, getting the materials, building the project, painting walls, DIYing decor, sourcing objects for styling, doing the styling, and taking the photos. It’s A LOT to finish in a short amount of time. It is a lot of pressure and sleeplessness, but I am so glad I pushed myself. It was my first time building an entire piece of furniture completely from scratch. I just love it so very much. It feels like a child I birthed. I really feel like it embodies all I love about design too. From the concept to the completion. The styling was so fun on this too. The stress was totally worth it!
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Who is your design crush????

 
Who don’t I have a crush on?!! Okay, I am all over the place in my tastes and design crushes. By the end of this, you will be convinced I have a multiple personality disorder! I really adore so many different styles and influences. Here’s some of my faves:  Emily Henderson, Celerie Kemble, Kelly Wearstler, Mary McDonald, Thomas O’Brien, Jonathan Adler, Bunny Williams, Nate Berkus, Mies van der Rohe. I seriously could keep going and going and going…again it’s a sickness. I am a design lover and always will be. But, quite honestly as much as I salivate over what these designers can do, I am purist when it comes to design. I think that the best design comes from nature as I am sure all these amazing designers I mentioned would all agree on. The pattern the bark of a tree makes, the colors of a sunset, the contrast of sky and landscape…there is so much design outside your front door to breathe in and get inspired with. I am always in awe of God’s creation. It continues to rock my world. Designers are very visual people. So, this long explanation would point to nature being my true design crush.
 
Kayla is just one of the sweetest blog friends I have ever encountered. Thanks so much for having me here today. Such an honor sweet friend!!
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I mean, come on!!  Isn’t her home and style beautiful?  Kristin has so many amazing projects, be sure to check out her project gallery.  One of my all time favorites is how she transformed her fireplace!
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Friday Favorites: Fieldstone Hill Design {Blogger STyle Files}

This series is quickly coming to and end and it makes me think I really need to start getting back into a blogging schedule.  This time away has been so wonderful but I do miss this thing called blogging and connecting with all of you.

Ok….so this lady I greatly admire.  I am pretty sure I have totally been guilty of blog stalking her and trying to become her best friend??  Thankfully, she doesn’t think I am crazy and is really the sweetest person ever!  She has impeccable style and I just love every design she puts together.

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Welcome Darlene!!!!

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging 6 years ago as a mommy blogger. You know, so that I could have someone to talk to, ha! I started the Fieldstone Hill Design blog in October of 2010 to expand my business and blab about my love for interiors. 
 

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger?

Hands down, the relationships. Some of my most precious friends are a result of blogging. Friends for life. I also love the entrepreneurial aspect of blogging. 
 

How would you describe your design style/aesthetic?

 “farmhouse simplicity versus high-gloss glamour.” 
 

Do you have a favorite room in your house?  What makes it so special?

Every mom in the universe will be able to relate to this one: my bathroom! I shared about my own “spa space” here and here. This space is special because I can hear myself think in there!!
Followed closely by my daughter’s nursery and my boys’ room, since these are the only “finished” rooms in my home!
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To you, what makes a house a home?

All the people that I love being home with me. Little shoes on the floor. Plenty of places that encourage snuggling. Being surrounded by beauty and order. Flowers. Natural light. And laughter.
 

Do you have a favorite project or DIY you would like to share?  What about it makes it your favorite?

Well, I am not much of a DIY-er. It is not my passion, so I stay away from it if I can. I would move heaven and earth to hire someone before I DIY. haha, Sue me ;)
I have several favorite design projects. I would be remiss if I did not mention one of my favorite clients ever, who also happens to be a precious friend, Edie Wadsworth. We collaborated {to the tune of much laughter and thinking-out-of-the-box} on several rooms that ended up as the feature design article in Better Homes in Gardens January 2013 issue. You can see the entire house tour here
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My most recent favorite design projects was my daughter’s nursery. I created this room from a blank slate and filled it only with things that gave me great joy!  This was the first time I was able to do this in our home. 
 
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Who is your design crush????

 Definitely Katie Ridder, she is amazing and her eye for pattern, color, and form is to-die-for . And I love Tyler Dawson , although I am dying to see a new project of hers. And if this is trite, I don’t care: I LOVE Nate Berkus. He is amazingly talented and I love his ability to combine classy masculine and feminine so well.
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Oh I just adore her!  Isn’t her home just lovely?  Darlene is such a talented designer.  You must check out her design boards.  Here’s one of my favorites:
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Thanks so much Darlene!  Don’t forget to pop over to her blog and give her some love today!
 Have a wonderful Friday and thanks for stopping by!
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Baby E Birth Story

Well at 8 weeks postpartum I am finally sitting down to write E’s birth story.  Wow, does time fly!  All my friends said having two is really hard and boy were they right.  I have very little time these days to accomplish anything and the days just fly by and all seem to run together.  I would not trade it for anything though.  E is such a sweet blessing to our family.

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Baby E

Birth Story

 

Miss E

I was scheduled to be induced on the evening of May 7th.  We tucked L into bed that night and then away we went to the hospital around 10pm.  After we were all checked in the nurse put in an IV which went super fast.  {I am pretty scared of needles so this was an hooray moment for me!}  I had been pretty hot that evening so finding a vein was easy for them!  At around 11pm they checked my cervix and I was only dilated to 2 cm.  They gave me the Prostaglandin medication to help my cervix soften and dilate.

We waited and waited through the night.  Walked the halls, tried sleeping, listened to music.  I was up going to the bathroom pretty much every 20-30 minutes.  My contractions stayed the same, every 2-3 minutes.  They were pretty painless, just annoying.  I couldn’t really sleep with them and every once in awhile they would intensify.

At 6am the nurse checked me and I was dilated to 3 cm.  Not much progress.  They started me on the Pitocin and let me know my Doctor would be there soon.  Usually my Doctor comes to the hospital before office hours so I knew he would be there probably before 8:30/9am at the latest.

By 9am he still had not shown and I told my nurse he must have forgotten about me.  I was pretty tired at this point and feeling like I should just go home since I wasn’t progressing.  She assured me he hadn’t and was trying to get ahold of him.

About 20 minutes later she came in to tell us he was stuck at the other hospital in town and would not be coming in until lunch time, around 1pm.  I just about lost it at this moment.  Crying and irrational pregnant lady thoughts for about 30 minutes…my poor husband.  I was starving too which makes me even more crazy.  My nurse did allow me to eat and brought me some yogurt and Cheerios.  That made things a little better.

Labor contractions still were not any stronger and they continued to be every 2-3 minutes.  I was told that this is not “active labor.”  Not really the thing you want to hear after being in the hospital for 12 hours.  I was convinced that if my water was broken I would deliver the baby within a few hours.  The nurse said they had to have the Doctor do it.  At this point I would have been happy with any doctor.   So we waited….

At 11am I was pretty frustrated still.  My mom texted me a photo of Miss L and I just lost it again…crying like a crazy person.  My husband had left to get a little “air” and the nurse pretty much talked me off a ledge.

At 1pm still no doctor…More tears and irrational thinking.  The nurse told me my doctor was now delivering a baby at the other hospital, AGAIN!!!  At this point I was angry.  We had delivered L at the other hospital in town but decided to  have E at the newer hospital instead.  I was thinking…”We should have just gone to the other hospital.  I would have had her by now!”

2pm and my doctor came waltzing in and went straight to checking me.  I was only dilated to 4cm.  He broke my water.  Maybe a little TMI but it was pretty comical when he broke my water.  I had been told my whole pregnancy I had more amniotic fluid than normal and they had been monitoring it.  So the amount of fluid that came out was INSANE!  I mean it soaked my Doctors pants crazy!  My husband was cracking  jokes about him having a good dry cleaner and all.  My stomach also went down a considerable amount which was weird to see too.

Within 5 minutes of my water breaking my contractions went from about a 2 level of pain to 15 unbearable amount of pain.  I told my nurse I wanted an epidural and she said “Well, I will come back in about 15 minutes and check and see then if you want one.”  Another contraction, crazy pain and screaming…I told my husband to go get the nurse now and tell her I wanted an epidural.

She ordered it.

We waited…more unbearable contractions continued.  The nurses were also making me lay in a weird position which made the pain even more excruciating.  The nurse told us the epidural had been ordered.  She then continued to call to find out where the anesthesiologist was.  We waited for about 30-40 minutes until he finally arrived.  DEAR LORD!

Once he got there he started prepping me, around 3pm.  Now with L, I had an epidural and I remember it taking the guy no time at all.  He was done within a few minutes.  This guy, took FOREVER.  I mean, I want him to do it right but it was awful.  They had me bent over, holding onto this metal contraption while he prepped my back.  I had to HOLD STILL for 4 contractions {mine were still 2-3 minutes apart still}  so you do the math.  It was a considerable amount of time to hold completely still with the worst contractions of my life.

After he finished I was still in a lot of pain.  My body was shaking and my blood pressure dropped so they put me on oxygen and covered me in blankets.  My contractions were forcing my body upward and it felt like I was hemorrhaging.  I will spare you all the gross details.  My nurse sat on my bed and just told me to do whatever I needed to do.  I was feeling the need to push.

Finally, the medicine kicked in a bit and the pain subsided.  I could still feel a lot of pressure.  At this point I think they were just waiting for the Doctor to come back.  No one ever checked me but I think they all just knew I was ready to start pushing.

My doctor arrived around 4pm and quickly changed.  I started pushing around 4:10pm.  About 20 minutes later at 4:36pm on May 8th miss E arrived!!!  I finally got to meet my sweet little girl.  They laid her on my chest and there was no sound.  L had screamed so I wasn’t sure if she was ok.  They told me she was perfect.  I finally heard a little whimper and then she made the cutest little squeaking sounds.

Miss E

8 lbs, 1 oz

22 inches long

She had some bruising on the left side of her face which I think happened when they broke my water.  She laid there on my chest for about 30 minutes and then as I was staring down at her she was making a sucking face so I decided to see if she would eat.  And lo and behold she latched on like a champ and nursed for 20 minutes!!

L meeting E

She got a bath soon after and then L came to meet her little sister.  She seemed excited but also wasn’t too sure about it.  Each and everyday she is getting better with her sister.  She is my helper for sure around the house, throwing away diapers, getting pacifiers and burp rags for me.  L still sometimes wants to be a baby though and when E cries, which is often and very LOUD, L cries too or starts whining.  She doesn’t like it one bit.

Sisters

Me and E

Here we are ready to go home!!!

Leaving Hospital

Going Home

And Miss E all dressed in her going home outfit!!

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She is so sweet and cuddly and I could not be happier with this new addition to our family!

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Friday Favorites: Freckles Chick {Blogger STyle Files}

 Happy 4th of July to you all!  I hope you are spending this holiday weekend celebrating with family, friends, and maybe enjoying a BBQ or two!

I’m continuing on with my guest series and today I am so excited to have this lovely from Freckles Chick here!!!  I cannot tell you how much I adore this lady.  She makes me laugh so hard and I’m pretty sure our little rambunctious toddlers would have a ball together.  They are both pretty darn cute! ;)

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Hello A Delightful Place to Dwell readers!  I’m so pleased to be here :-)  I admire Kayla immensely & to say I’m honored to be invited over is an understatement.  Here I go!

 

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging primarily to chronicle our house renovating/decorating adventures, both for ourselves & for out-of-state family/friends.  We purchased our fixer-upper in 2007 & have been sloooowly turning it into a place we’re proud to call home.  Over the years, I’ve sprinkled in posts about life with our best hairy buddy Hiro & later on, life with our sassy, spirited daughter Quinn.  I’d like to think I have a wicked sense of humor (sarcasm is not lost on me) & I try to infuse that into my blog posts….sorry in advance ;-)
 
 

What is your favorite things about being a blogger?

Definitely connecting with people who share my passion for DIY, design, or simply finding humor & inspiration in the everyday.  The sense of community & friendship that comes with blogging (especially now with Instagram) never ceases to amaze me.  This big world somehow feels smaller in the best possible way.  
Also, the thrill of sharing something we’ve put so much effort into never gets old.  My blog holds me accountable…..it’s that kick in the pants I sometimes need to get it done already!  Just like in real life, I don’t expect everyone to love everything I do or share…..it’s not always rainbows & unicorns around here (if that’s your world ooh, let’s be friends).  I’ve gotten plenty of criticism (as well as positive feedback) that all have helped me grow as a blogger & an individual.  It encourages me to keep it real.  Blogging isn’t as easy as it might appear but I don’t think I could ever give it up.  It’s too much a part of me by now!
 

How would you describe your design style/aesthetic?

I always struggle with this question because I think my style is a mishmash of a bunch of styles….yet I’m a purist when it comes to certain design elements.  Okay, okay!  I’d describe myself as: a minimalist with a love for neutral colors & rustic details.  Easy, right? ;-)
 

Do you have a favorite room in your house?  What makes it so special?

My favorite room is still my daughter Quinn’s nursery (well, she’s 2.5 now so it’s on its way to being a big girl room!).  I have such fond memories of brainstorming ideas for the space, pulling it all together, folding those itty-bitty clothes anticipating her arrival.  Of course it’s the room we brought her home to & despite all the sleep deprivation & growing pains, I will always look at her room with rose-colored glasses.  Plus this parenting gig just keeps getting better & better.  Cue my ugly-cry, hel-lo!
 

To you, what makes a house a home?

It sounds cliche, but the people living in the house make it a home (pets totally count).  One could have the most impeccably designed house but it would feel unsettling if there was no love in that home.  And laughter should always be a big part of the whole story.  And maybe a really awesome vintage kilim rug….and red wine…..just kidding. (But seriously.)
 
 

Do you have a favorite project or DIY you would like to share?  What about it makes it your favorite?

Whenever we look at starting a project, we first ask ourselves “Should we try to DIY this?”  Usually the answer is a resounding yes!  But ironically my current favorite project was only part DIY/part HIO (hire it out): our mudroom (formerly our front stoop).  It’s so functional & has lots of details that I now want to incorporate into the rest of our home, like the planks & molding.  It’s such a treat to come home & have this space greet us.  A total workhorse in helping to corral our chaos.
 
 

Who is your design crush????

I absolutely adore Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors & her aesthetic.  She was one of the first interior designer-bloggers I followed.  She/her team design such classic spaces that are chic & non-fussy, yet are modern in their own right.  She seems to always strike that perfect balance to create inspiring, fresh, flawless, & welcoming interiors that make me go “Hey, I want/need to live there!”
 
 
Thank you so much for having me, Kayla!  It’s been such a pleasure.
I hope you’re enjoying that new little lady of yours & adjusting to your new normal!


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Ahhhh…thanks so much friend!!  Isn’t her house just beautiful?!  I am always amazed at how clean in looks.  She must have a house keeper :)  Isn’t her mudroom a little envy-worthy?  I totally wish I had a place just like that in my house!  Well done for sure!
You must go check it out!
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Saying Goodbye

Getting a little personal today….You might have read my goodbye 20′s post which mentioned a little bit about moving a few years ago.  Let me start from the beginning….

Saying Goodbye

 

We got married in 2006 and bought a little house.  It was a new build in a development where most houses looked the same, they were close together, with little to no backyard.  We were pretty excited about it but after living there a few months it wasn’t the best situation.

We had some strange “neighbors” that lived next door.  At the time I was working in management at Nordstrom so my schedule called for some early morning and late nights.  Our creepy neighbor was always outside during those times I would come home.  I definitely DID NOT feel safe.

My husband and I worked opposite schedules and really didn’t see each other often.  It wasn’t at all what I thought my first year of marriage would be.

So after about 6 months we started looking for another house.  We put an offer on one in a great neighborhood that we loved and it fell through.  Our Realtor ended up finding another house in the same neighborhood a few weeks later.  This house was A LOT bigger and totally not at all the size we were looking for.  We ended up looking at it anyway….well my husband and mom went to look at it since I was working.  He put an offer on it the same day and it was accepted…WITHOUT me EVER seeing it!

Here’s the thing….I totally trusted him and my mom.  They both knew what I liked.  It was sorta weird though.  I finally got to see it on the day we had our inspection.

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It was such a great house.  The floor plan was exactly what I wanted.  It did however, need some work.  The hardwood floors had seen better days: the tile countertops, brass light fixtures {like bad 90′s brass}, and even carpet in the master bath.  But all these things were cosmetic.  It was a house we could live in and slowly fix up.

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We moved in…it was HUGE.  We had barely any furniture.  The Living room and Dining room sat empty.  We had an enormous bonus room upstairs that sat empty too….That was until we went shopping for couches and I feel in love with one for the living room while the hubs fell in love with one for the bonus room.

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{living and dining room}

While living in this house I left Nordstrom and started working in an entirely different field.  This new job took away my ability to be creative at work but I now had a house where I could focus my creative energy.  I also had weekends free and only worked 40 hrs a week.  It was delightful!!!

This is the house we thought we would live in for a very long time, meet our babies and watch them grow.

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And after about 1 1/2 years all that changed.

My husband started looking for new jobs within his Company…he knew he needed to change positions and I knew he was right {even if I didn’t want to believe it}.  God gave me peace about it all.

He interviewed for a job 2 hours away in the town he grew up in and I knew.  This was going to be it.  Of course he got the job and moved back in with his parents.  I stayed in our house and we put it up for sale.  We did that for about 3 months when we both said, “enough is enough.”  The decision was made to rent the house out since the market had pretty much crashed.  Selling the house wasn’t going to happen.  So we moved officially in 2009, on Valentines Day…super romantic.

I’m pretty sure my mom cried when she said goodbye to us leaving that house.  We lived so close to my parents and now we were moving almost 2 hours away.  I didn’t look back.   It was too hard to say goodbye.  I knew we were never coming back to that house.

 SR Bonus Room

{bonus room…oh how I miss this room}

 

Fast forward to 2014.  Our renters decided to out and gave us their 30 day notice at the end of March.  They were out of the house by mid-April, a month before I was due with E.  We decided to try and sell the house.  In order to get the house on the market we needed to do a lot of repairs.  The renters we had were great but they had 3 kids and didn’t leave it in the best of shape.  After a few weeks of repairs, painting, and cleaning it was finally ready.  Let me just say I am so thankful to our property manager and former neighbor.  He coordinated it all for us and got the place looking great.  We put it on the market.

About a week later, we had an offer of asking price.  I then went into labor….oh the timing of it all!!!

Today we close on our house.  I was up visiting my parents over the weekend and went over to see it one last time.  This time, my two little girls were with me and I shared with L how this was Mommy and Daddy’s old home.  A bittersweet moment walking through that place.  The memories we had there but also the idea of what that house could have been.  To me, it represents the start of my life with my husband.  Before that house we weren’t really living “life together”.  But we moved there and things changed, it felt like our lives had truly started.  We were going to be building a family and a life together.  I started learning to trust him and his leadership over us and our family.  I have no doubt our move was the best thing for us and our marriage.  We are so blessed to be surrounded by his family, amazing friends, and a church that love and care for us.  This new town and home is where God wanted us to be.  This is where we have brought our babies home.

Saying goodbye to that home is hard.  It officially closes that short little chapter in our lives.  I miss that home and our neighbors.  While I was there we saw our old next door neighbors.  Their boys have grown so much it seems strange {it feels just like yesterday we lived there}.  They were telling me about how they have worship nights with the whole street…I mean, really?  That is an amazing street to live on!  Those new home owners are going to be very lucky indeed!!!

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Friday Favorites: Love at Home Designs {Blogger STyle Files}

Is June really almost over?  CRAZY!!  That went by super fast.  While I am over here snuggling my little baby and wrangling a little 2 1/2 year old my lovely blogger friends are helping me out.  Have you been following this fun series?
Today’s guest is the lovely Amber from Love at Home Designs.  I just adore her and she’s a fellow PNW girl so hopefully we will get to meet soon!
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Welcome Amber!

Hello there! My name is Amber and I
blog over at Love at Home Designs, where I share a little about our
daily lives, with a lot of crafting, DIY and painted furniture projects
mixed in. I’m thrilled to be here today to talk about design, style and
home decor.  

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging right after my first son was born as a way to keep
friends and family up to date on our growing family. Eventually, our
family blog turned more into a
home and lifestyle blog as I shared more and more about my “nap time” painted furniture projects, remodeling adventures, and my latest crafts and DIYs.  

What is your favorite thing about being a blogger?

My most favorite thing about being a blogger is getting connected to and
being inspired by other bloggers. The world of blogging is a very unique
thing and it’s hard to describe and fully explain the “connectedness”
you feel to other bloggers unless you are in it. But it’s a wonderful
thing and I’m so grateful to play a small part in the larger blogging
community.   

How would you describe your design style/aesthetic? 

Like most people, my style and design aesthetic has evolved over time.  I’ve always been drawn to old, vintage, antique, eclectic and midcentury.  I know what you are thinking: she’s all over the board. True story. But here’s the thing, I love too many styles to put myself into one quantifiable box.  I used to feel like I had to put a label on my design style, but as I have grown in my own style, and learned more about myself and what makes my design heart happy, I don’t feel as pressured to do so.

With all the said, we are currently in the process of a major remodel at our house.  We bought a new house this last fall, and the night before closing on it, my husband and I decided to gut the entire main floor down to the sub-floor and completely revamp it. Over time, and through a lot of conversations, we came to a general design scheme for the main floor that we LOVE: Farmhouse Modern. It captures my love of all things old and antique, fresh and clean, rustic and eclectic with a modern/midcentury flair. My husband grew up on a lot of property with a beautiful barn onsite. My in-laws place is where we gather for holidays, summer BBQ’s and celebrations and is my most favorite home away from home. As I’ve walked their property over and over again, and roamed my in-laws house, I’ve been influenced by the character of the big red barn, a home full of antiques, and the simplicity in the decorating.  We’ve definitely incorporated a lot of that style and character into our own home and I love that it captures a style that my husband I BOTH love and appreciate.  

Do you have a favorite room in your house?  What makes it so special?

 


I REALLY love our entire main floor, newly converted to a great room
space, which includes our kitchen, dining room, living room and office
nook. It’s coming together BEAUTIFULLY! We are still working on all the
finishing touches from our remodel, so I don’t have many “after” photos yet.
It’s so special to us because it’s been a lot of blood, sweat and
tears (literal tears) going into this space as we have done much of the
renovations ourselves and on a budget. Because we don’t have an
unlimited budget for the remodel, the process is often slow as we figure
out the most economical way to do a project and wait for the cash flow
to tackle it. I love oooing and awing at all the big fancy
blogs/designers, and the speed with which they can revamp a space
because of the help of a contractor, but we aren’t in that situation,
and somehow that makes me all the more grateful for what we have been
able to accomplish on our own. 

To you, what makes a house a home?


A house becomes a home when I can see the character and personality of
the homeowners (or renters) come alive in the space. I love walking into
a house and within minutes knowing what they love, what they are in to,
what their interests are and how they spend their time as a family.
Other words that come to mind that are synonymous to “home”
for me are: warm, calm, cozy, clean and organized, thoughtful and cared
for.
 

Do you have a favorite project or DIY you would like to share?  What about it makes it your favorite?

 

My most favorite area of our house currently is our dining room. It’s been a pieced together project over the last couple of years that finally came to fruition after we gutted the dining room.



I collected antique chairs for over two years from garage sales, thrift
stores, the side of the road, you name it. I painted them in a variety
of antique whites and reupholstered them in upcycled jute coffee bags. 


This was a lengthy process, as I had to track down the bags, wash and rewash the bags to get rid of the “foresty” smell, iron them out flat then
reupholster the chairs. But it was so worth it. They are the most fun
project in our house, and I love answering questions from guests about
them. Several countries are represented from where coffee is grown all
over the world. 

I really love my coffee, {a steeping hot french press with a bit of cream is my go-to, and if you offer me fair-trade coffee, even better!}, so I
was very intentional in choosing the jute coffee bags as my fabric of
choice for this project. The chairs fit the style of our home, and they
also let you in on one of my life’s simple joys. 

I definitely error on the side of minimalism in my decorating. Can you tell? I keep mantels, buffets, dining table, sofa tables and refrigerator surfaces free and clear of clutter. Raising two preschoolers often feels chaotic at times, and this is my own way of managing the chaos. 

I DIYed the Rope Chandelier and the old barn window is from the original barn from my in laws property dating back to the early ’50′s. I originally saw the cow print on Antique Farmhouse, but then purchased it here locally at a little boutique near our house. The boxwood wreaths are from Fred Meyer. I picked up the E-A-T letters at Michael’s, painted them light gray and then white washed them. They will eventually get mounted to some pallet wood, but for now they are propped up against the window. The large mason jars are from Goodwill, painted in Annie Sloan’s Old White and sealed with her wax. The are always filled with flowers…always. My little luxury.


 

Who is your design crush????


Hands down, my design crush is: Nicole Curtis from Rehab Addict. She is my favorite designer, DIYer, and remodeler. She has crazy ambition, drive
and creative genius. I have deep respect for her as a single mama, as
she has made a life for herself and her son doing something she loves
and happens to be REALLY good at. She is a big source of inspiration for
me, especially on those days when I doubt my abilities to tackle a DIY
project on my own. 

Thanks for letting me be here today with you all. Feel free to check out my blog for more updates and after photos of our remodel and projects around our home!

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Oh I just think Amber is one of the sweetest people on this planet!  I hope you enjoyed getting to know her just a little bit more.  Please go visit her blog and show her some love!!!

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Building a Shed: What not to do

Well….it’s been awhile since I have sat down to write a blog post.  Little miss E is 7 weeks old and it has been a huge adjustment.  Not only is she the sweetest babe, she is definitely a harder baby than L was.  She is a screamer that is for sure and cries louder than I thought was possible.  I love her so much though…my days are just filled with more rocking and baby holding than painting, DIYing and blogging.

Week 1 after baby was born my husband decided to thatch, reseed, and then spread bark.  Week 2 after baby, turned into us buying a shed on sale at Home Depot and then putting it together.  Week 3 the hubs went out of town and I took the kids up North to visit my family.  Lets just say we are a little bit CRAZY.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these little sneak peaks.

Home Depot Shed

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Building a Shed

what not to do

You may remember last year I was dreaming of a pretty shed for our yard.  I knew exactly where I wanted to put it.  I even wrote a little blog post about our sad little side yard.  Well, this Rubbermaid one went on sale over Memorial Day weekend and we just decided to get it.

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A wood shed would be nice and all but we really needed the storage now and this one was such a great price!

We put L down for a nap, I fed miss E and then put her in the bouncer on our back covered patio while we got to work.  The first few steps were pretty easy.  We seemed to be moving along nicely.  The floor and walls were up when L woke up from her nap.  She immediately tried to help calling the structure her “castle.”  {everything is a castle these days…I blame Sophia the First}

building a shed

The hubs really wanted to get the roof on before stopping so we closed the doors on the shed and told miss L she couldn’t go inside.  Then we started lifting the metal beams that supported the top.  While the hubs was bolting one side of the first beam, L decided not to listen and ran into the shed {I’m not sure why we thought our curious little 2 year old would listen to our instructions}.  I quickly ran in after her, in fear the beam would fall….what happened you can guess I sure.  There went the beam, falling down onto my head, inches away from miss L.  Lots of tears, on my part and L, a huge knot on my head and some ice.  My tears were not of pain…OK, yes it hurt so bad but it was more in fear that it was so close to hitting my little girl.  That would have been HORRIBLE.  Let me just say this was probably the WORST idea we ever had, building while L was awake.   She wants to be a helper and be involved which is great but this job was way too dangerous for her.

So, the shed eventually got finished…thanks to my father-in-law, who spent the next few hour working to put it together with my husband, and my mother-in-law lending a hand with me and the kiddos.

Rubbermaid Garden Shed

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Future plans around this little shed include some pavers.  We bought the sand but have yet to level and dig up the space.  Garden Shed

It’s not the prettiest little area right now.  We have a pile of wood from a tree that had to be cut down this winter, an old wheel barrel chillin out and a few other randoms.

Garden Shed

I’m not sure it will get finished this summer.  We’ll see :)

Stumps

Oh and can someone please help me figure out what to do with these stumps?  I wanted to make little seats or side-tables out of them but the tree had ivy growing up it so this is what the sides looks like.  I’m not sure if I should try to sand it a little or just forget it?  What do you all think?

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Are you in need of a designer?  Someone to help you space plan or pick out paint colors?  Head on over to my Client Services.  I would love to help you!

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Friday Favorites: House of Pemberley {Blogger STyle Files}

Ok, so today’s Blogger is the pretty amazing Kimber over at House of Pemberley!  I absolutely love her style and how daring she is with the choices she takes in her home.  Everything she posts I adore…I feel like we might just have the best time shopping ever!

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 Welcome Kimber!

 

 

Why did you start blogging?  

 

I have long been in love with interior design and home improvement blogs.  I would discover new-to-me blogs and become obsessed with that blogger’s style.  I found my style so influenced by whatever blog was my favorite at the time that I ran the gamut from coastal to colorful…but I was never quite satisfied.  I loved each look, but I just never felt content.  So, I decided to follow my own instincts and decorate with what I love and blog about it.  And guess what?  I’ve been so much happier and have fallen more in love with my home every day.


What is your favorite things about being a blogger?  

First and foremost, the friends that I have made.  There are so many talented and creative men and women out there and I am so honored to have become friends with some of them.  Second, the support that you get from like-minded people.  I recently decided to paint my dining room just because I was hosting Bunco at my house.  My family thought I was nuts.  All my blogging friends totally agreed that they would do the same thing.  Kindred spirits!



How would you describe your design style/aesthetic?  

Wow, that’s tough.  I love color and pattern and layers.  I also love chinoiserie and vintage furniture.  I definitely lean more traditional than modern, but it is a fun, new traditional.  If that makes sense at all?  I’m not sure I even answered the question.  Ha!



Do you have a favorite room in your house?  

What makes it so special?   My bedroom.  I completed it for the One Room Challenge in Fall of 2013.  It is so special because it completely embodies my style and aesthetic.  I designed it solely for me, even though most days I share it with the kids…and the dogs.  :) And I was so honored that House Beautiful chose it for their How Do You Use Color At Home feature. 




To you, what makes a house a home?  

The family that lives there.  The love that resides there.  There is nothing off-limits in my home.  I have three children, two boys and a girl…And four fur babies…And we LIVE in our home.  I don’t ever want to tell my family that they cannot be comfortable in their own home.



Do you have a favorite project or DIY you would like to share?  What about it makes it your favorite?  

Honestly, all of #ProjectLemonade has been my favorite.  Life gave us a bunch of lemons about a year ago and the kids and I chose to make lemonade.  You can read about the story here.  I have loved making every single room special for each of us.  Focusing on love and what makes us happy. 



Who is your design crush????  

 

Wow, there are so many.  Can I have two?  Melissa Rufty and Katie Rosenfeld.  To me, these ladies can do no wrong.

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Thanks so much Kimber for participating in this series!  Don’t you just adore her Master Bedroom?  It is beyond!

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