Jan 9, 2018

Happy 2018 and a Home Tour

Happy 2018! Hope you are all starting your year off healthy and happy!

I am expecting a more positive and successful year this go-around. I know there will be some exciting things happen for my family, even though there's NO cross country move in the forecast.

Hopefully you have something amazing to look forward to in 2018. The idea of a fresh start is always encouraging.

To begin 2018 here on the blog I am sharing a pretty house tour. This is a model home of the builder we hired to build our house.

They show off a lot of optional features that won't be in ours but it sure is fun to drool... especially over that front door.
Accent walls like that brick warm up the dining area - makes it feel special and cozy. (This is the room where they take your money at contract - no wonder it's so easy to hand over your hard earned savings...)
One thing I didn't want in our next house was to have guests walk through the front door and see our main eating area - the breakfast nook. Ours is always such a mess. I am so glad we found a plan where the nook is tucked behind the pretty rooms.
I haven't had a fireplace mantel to decorate for months and I can't wait to play around with our new one. I know the TV is designated to go there in our plan as this room has but I am wondering if we really need that space to be our main movie night room. We have a loft upstairs that may work well too.

I am missing my beautiful horse pictures and I would love one of them to be the focal point of the family room, not a TV. We'll see how that goes.
Maybe we will cook healthier and at home a lot more often when we have room to move around in a kitchen. Our apartment kitchen is super tight. Sometimes there are three of us trying to do different things in that little isle and it doesn't usually work out well.

One of my boys likes to cook - he's really good at it so I don't complain when he takes up the space making us homemade Mac and Cheese. Yum!
I can hardly remember what furniture we have tucked away in our storage units in Utah. It will be like Christmas all over again when that moving truck arrives.
On Christmas morning we made a toast to each other about moving forward and appreciating where we've been,  the things we have and recognizing the most important thing of all.....we are all together.
It was an emotional holiday season for me but nobody needs to hear about that.

I have had this post sitting in my drafts for a few weeks and can't seem to get the words right.
So I decided not to elaborate too much and just share this pretty house.

After nearly a week of staying home in the cold, I am really looking forward to Spring.

About two inches of snow fell last week and the kids have been out of school.

Today warmed up to 50 degrees and at 5:00 pm it was still light. Maybe Spring really is just around the corner.
Thank you for stopping by to view this pretty house.

Happy, happy New Year to you all!

Nov 22, 2017

Lightly Staging a Charming Ranch House


Thanksgiving is tomorrow...I can't even believe it. 

I am sad not to be spending the holiday with our families. But I have to admit that I am so excited to do all the cooking. I love making the whole traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Marc and the boys. It's back to the four of us and our own family traditions now that we are here in Virginia.

Nov 10, 2017

Choosing Light Fixtures

This week has been one of those that every day has been packed full. Now that it's Friday, I am glad we are done with it.

Nov 5, 2017

Feeling at Home

Sundays are my favorite. My boys and I (that includes my husband, Marc, and our twin boys) spend a lot of down time together on this day.

Nov 2, 2017

Living Down to Earth and Our Appliance Selection

My boys and I are the type of people that stay home on holidays and hit popular vacation spots off season just to avoid the crowd. Since Sunday was gloomy and rainy we found our opportunity to tour these Massey Street of Hope houses with a little less foot traffic to compete with (link).

Oct 28, 2017

My Kitchen Crush

Photo by Don Ziebell 
Browsing around the internet for kitchen inspiration can be overwhelming. There are so many beautiful kitchens that I can see myself loving to make dinner in.

Oct 23, 2017

Wood Floor Color Choice

My wood flooring appointment took maybe 10 minutes max. I had an idea what I was looking for....brown. Just brown.

Oct 22, 2017

Carytown Inspiration for Home & Life

Hello All!

I took my son to the city this morning, by his request. We live near Richmond, VA and one of our favorite streets to stroll here is Cary Street.

Oct 20, 2017

Tulip Hill Lot Walk

Hello blog friends!

The building process is moving right along. This week we picked our exterior colors (link) and did our lot walk with the builder.

Oct 12, 2017

Staging a Retail Space

Hello Friends!

You all know I have a shop space in Virginia. This is my happy place where I can fluff, stack and do things to stage furniture and accessories that normally wouldn't be displayed the same at home.

Oct 5, 2017

Lovely Vanilla Apartment Tour

Hello Lovely,
WELCOME to our apartment!

We are in the long process of building a home so while we are very patiently waiting we are living in a 1300 square foot apartment.

Sep 29, 2017

Colonial Architecture and Crowded Gardens

While I grew up in Utah and love the mountains and rustic aspect of the West, I have always been drawn to Southern or East Coast style when it comes to houses. I used to watch HGTV a lot when we built our first house in the the late 1990's and the cottage gardens were the most charming feature to these homes that I found myself falling in love with.

Sep 27, 2017

Finding Inspiration in Town & a Walk Down Memory Lane.

My family and I spent the weekend in Connecticut. We lived there for 10 years and we were craving a trip down memory lane. When our boys were a few months old we moved to Guilford, CT. Here are some pictures from around that town that influenced my decorating style in a big way.

Sep 22, 2017

Fall, Men and A Few Shop Pictures

Happy Friday!!!! I am sharing some pictures of items that are around the shop where I am a vendor.

Sep 2, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Hello Friends! Happy long weekend - the last weekend of Summer. It's rainy here and I have allergies so we are taking it super easy. That gives me a chance to update my blog page. I am sharing pictures of the shop where I sell my creations and I am also going to show you a sketch of our new house-to-be-built.

Aug 10, 2017

Fresh Linen Farmhouse Table

Heeeeey Friends! This is a quick post to show you my latest project. It's a seven foot farmhouse style table.

Jul 24, 2017

Two Story Family House Tour

Hello - Hope you are all enjoying this Summer weather. I can't stop sweating - my hair is a nightmare but all is well.

Jul 10, 2017

A Year Later and a Pretty House

Hey!  Long time no connection to my blog what-so-ever! I know, I know - that is a lame thing to do as a blogger - taking a year off and all but to be honest - I wasn't having fun on a vacation or anything.

Jun 7, 2016

Summer Picnic Time

One of the greatest things about being back in Northern Utah is the weather.  It's cool in the morning and evening so dining outside is beautiful.

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