Keepsake Christmas Ornament

img_4256My husband is a die hard “Real Tree Person.” Even the mention of a fake tree in our house is sure to muster up eye rolls and protesting. The first year we were married, I was so excited to pick out a tree. We headed to a tree farm, tied that baby up and threw it in the back of the Jeep with the top down…this is the South after all. We drove it home and our dog peed on it immediately. I mean, it IS a tree I guess. We strung it up with lights and hung up our four ornaments, leaving quite a few empty branches. We loved it anyway. This will be the fourth Christmas Tyler and I have spent together, and our tree this year is the prettiest to date. With that being said, our top lights just stopped working and Luna is trying to eat the fake berries off of it. I guess you can’t win them all, but no one has peed on it and we have added a few ornaments to our collection. I would call that success! Continue reading

{Before + After} Exterior


img_3914Now that we hired a painter and picked out colors…it was time to let the magic happen! Painting began while I was working, so you can imagine my excitement driving home that day. I was literally holding my breath driving through the neighborhood! What the heck was I about to come home to? Was it going to be amazing? Was the white too bright? Too yellow? Did it look okay with our brown roof? Was I going to cry tears of joy or tears of regret? Was it a good idea or bad idea to paint that brick? I know, I know. Paint is paint and paint can be changed…for a pretty penny! We had to get this right the first time! Continue reading

How to Choose Exterior Paint

img_3799“If you give a mouse a cookie, he will ask for a glass of milk.” Nothing rings more true in the case of us deciding to paint the exterior of our home. It’s not like we necessarily LOVED the orange-brown creamsicle color of our home, but it was not the top priority of things to change. Well, we got this little big puppy named Luna who decided to eat the siding off of our home. No, she didn’t just chew it. She actually ate it. So it goes like this…if your dog eats your siding, you need to replace that siding. And if you are going to replace the siding, you will need to paint that siding. And if you decide to paint the new siding, you might as well paint the old siding too. And if you paint all the siding, you should probably just paint the brick while you’re at it. And when you paint that brick, you should pick a whole new color for everything, including the shutters and the doors. And that, my friends, is how we went from our dog eating our siding to getting a whole new exterior of our home. See what I mean about the mouse and the cookie? Or in our case, a Luna and a piece of siding. Out of control. Continue reading

Homeowneversary Recap

img_3604It has been a whole entire year since we started this journey of buying a house and slowly turning it into our home. It seems like just yesterday that Tyler and I were digging through boxes in our garage the night we moved in. He was looking for a cable to hook up our TV…and I was looking for my underwear so I could actually shower. Priorities, right? Thankfully, we had some wonderful family members, a super large vehicle, and a lot of coffee to get all of our stuff moved in one day. My awesome mother and my sweet mother-in-law scrubbed the kitchen and floors, my dad and Tyler took multiple trips to get all our furniture, Draco ran around his new backyard to patrol the area and I was….I don’t know, maybe bossing everyone around? HA. It was somewhat of a blur. We went to bed that night, on our mattress on the guest bedroom floor, super excited and so very tired. We had made it. We bought our first house! Continue reading

{DIY} Embroidery Hoop Art

img_2898I’ve already shared how I so quickly fell in love with my sunroom! If you missed it, start here! The floor to ceiling windows along three walls are bright and beautiful and the perfect lookout tower for my pups to spy on the neighbors and bark at the squirrels. With that kind of view, I knew that fourth wall needed something special! Shelves are pretty, but required me to buy MORE stuff to fill them. A large piece of art would have filled the space, but is slightly boring. I was perusing Instagram when I saw these babies. Embroidery hoops! So sweet and so pretty and the perfect touch to finish off this room. This project was originally featured by Erin over at Cotton Stem right here! Seriously, do yourself a favor and check out her blog. It is amazing and so jam packed with beautiful interior inspiration! So…thank you Erin for this idea! Continue reading

Sunroom Reveal


I have to say, one of my talents in life is knowing when “it’s the one.” I would never label myself as being incredibly opinionated, but when I know, I know. Ya know? For example, I had only known Tyler for about 3 months when we were rushing around getting ready for a concert. We stopped for fast food so we could make it on time and he made fun of my kids meal. “I could eat that in one bite.” Sure enough, he bought a McDonald’s cheeseburger and folded it over twice and shoved the whole thing in his mouth. As he was chewing, he pulled out the pickle and mouthed to me “I don’t like pickles.” Yep, he was the one. Continue reading

Lessons in Home Ownership: Episode One


There is so much excitement behind buying your first home. I could not wait for a place of our own. I could not wait to stop throwing rent money away. I could not wait to feel at home. But you always have those people that bring down your excitement with “Oh you’re buying a home? You know the to-do list is never ending.” Or “Oh congrats! It is awesome, but you know it is a lot of up keep. I hope you and your husband are handy.” Continue reading

Farmhouse Mirror Frame {DIY}

img_1915-1Mirrors draw attention in bathrooms. I mean, everyone that walks in is most likely going to look at it…that’s what they are there for! When we were on the “blow up the entire master bathroom and start over” kick (oh you missed that part? Read about it here), I had great ideas of ripping down our rectangular builder grade mirror and replacing it with two pretty round mirrors over each sink. Two things…mirrors are expensive and patching drywall is really not that fun. Can you imagine the mess I would have made ripping this thing down? So…why not keep the darn thing and jazz it up a bit!? A few brainstorming and pinterest-ing sessions later and voila! The farmhouse mirror frame was born. It’s like a whole new mirror but at a fraction of the cost. Twenty-five buckaroos to be exact.  Continue reading

Master Bathroom Reveal! (Part 1)


I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. Which one ya wanna hear first? I’ll share the bad first. Our master bathroom was UGLY. I mean seriously super ugly when we moved in. Our dog wouldn’t even go in there it was so bad. When purchasing the house, we had plans to do a complete gut job and start over. We even had someone come out and give us some grand ideas about a claw foot tub and a heated floor. It was dreamy. I was excited! But…you know how it is moving in to your first home. We need a new couch, the whole exterior of the house needs to be painted, we have a yard that needs to be sodded…I mean our to-do list is a mile and a half long and filled with projects that ain’t cheap! So here I went with my pinterest-ing and doodling and home depo-ing and planned a spectacular bathroom redo. I showed my ideas to my husband and he thought I was slightly crazy. “Paint the tile floor?” I admit, it does sound crazy. But hey, remember when I said it was ugly? I figured it wasn’t going to get any worse so I might as well take a swing at it. Well, now we have a bathroom we kinda sorta love. And that, my friends, is the good news! Continue reading