Saturday, April 29, 2017


This Entry with floor to ceiling gallery wall is jaw dropping.  I love the warmth and eclectic mix and drama.  Claire and her husband are renovating their first home, and it's been so fun to follow her progress.  Her new bathroom reveal is just as stunning!

Have you been watching Home Town on HGTV?  We're loving it!  Ben and Erin are adorable, we could listen to them talk all day!  I especially loved the exterior transformation of this house.  Chip and Jo are great but it's been nice to have a new show (and different style) in the mix!

These frosted sugar cookie bars are almost too pretty to eat!  My girl has a birthday coming up next week and I think I need to add these to the menu.

Do you have dreams of making your backyard the perfect space to hang out and relax?  Check out how Lisa showed us how to DIY a fire pit and pea stone patio from start to finish.

If you're in the market for new furniture, a rug, or anything else for your home, check out the  Wayfair Spring Sale! (affiliate link)  With markdowns up to 70% off (like this dreamy chair) now is the time to buy if you find something you like.  Spring Sale runs through Sunday, April 30.

We'll wrap up today with Summer's pretty tour of her parents' beach house.  How wonderful would it be to have this house in the family?

Recently on the blog:
10 Years in Our Home:  A Look Back to the Beginning (thanks for all the love on this post!)
Kelly's Thai Soup: A tasty, healthy recipe for any time of year!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017


We can hardly believe it, but this month marks our 10th anniversary of living in this house.

My parents have never moved since they married almost 50 years ago, so I always lived in the same house growing up.  After marrying, we moved around a bit, but this is the longest I've ever lived in a house other than my childhood home.  My husband's dad is a pastor, so they moved around throughout his childhood and our current home is the one he's lived in the longest in his life.  So, it's quite a milestone for many reasons!

As I've known this date was approaching, I thought it would be fun to share some photos with you of the progress of the house since we've owned it.  We're only the second owners of this house, and the previous owners did an amazing job of including great "bones", quality materials and details as they built it, but it's almost 25 years old now so of course we've updated and changed some things to be more to our taste.

I'll give you a tour room by room of the house when we moved in, some in between photos, and a look at where we are now.  Some of the "before" photos are from the MLS listing with the previous owner's belongings and aren't great quality, but they're good enough that you get the idea.  I won't say any of these are "after" photos, because if you've read my blog for any time at all you know that things are always changing around here!

The first thing we did when we moved in was to remove all of the carpet and bleach the concrete floors (they were nasssssty... pet stains).  We actually lived with the cement floors for about a month while we worked on other things, got semi-settled, and decided what we wanted. So, most of these "before" photos are really messy, I wasn't blogging yet and obviously didn't think about taking empty house pictures.  Boy, has blogging changed my perspective on how I document life!

Alright, grab a beverage and get ready to scroll.  There are a lot of photos in this post, but I won't narrate much more.  I think the photos speak for themselves!


Before- Green shutters and door, (dormant) ivy covering left hand front flowerbed and garage walls

After- New paint on trim, doors, and shutters, new landscaping

This was so interesting for me to pull these photos together.  Most rooms ended up two makeovers over the course of our 10 years here.  I honestly believe I've been working to find MY style (not what I thought our house should look like according to area trends or trying for a "grown up" style) and figure out what works best for our family.  I still have so much to learn, but it's nice to see how my photography has improved over the years, too.





Creamy glazed cabinets, enlarged island, new counters and appliances, makeshift backsplash, 
no wallpaper!
There are a few rooms where I stripped wallpaper and then textured the walls.  In hindsight, I sort of wish I hadn't textured some of those places so I could do wallpaper now.

Crisp white cabinets, subway tile backsplash, and pendants added.

Lots of pendant switches!  ;)


If you've followed me from the beginning, you might remember the Breakfast Nook looking like this:




We removed that built in tv cabinet on the left.  It bugged me that it wasn't centered and we didn't really need it for storage.  Closing up that wall gave us so many more furniture and design options.

Did anyone else jump on board the "Restrained Gold" paint color craze?  Oh my...


This room doesn't actually look like this anymore, he wanted to go back to a loft bed (sniff).  It's been in limbo for a looong time and is on my list to get squared away when summer starts!




The house isn't the only thing that's changed in 10 years (sniff sniff, boo hoo!)...

I've never shared our Master Bath which desperately needs a major overhaul, or the kids' bath which needs a refresh. And, one of the rooms I did show you is already totally redecorated in my head- I'll get to it some day!  So, there's still plenty to do here.

Thanks for sharing this walk down memory lane with me!

Linking up with:  Thrifty Decor Chick

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I didn't grow up as a very adventuresome eater.  Not that I was particularly picky, my Mom was just more of a chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, Indian Tacos kind of cook.  Which I didn't mind at. all.  However, as an adult, I've learned to branch out and find new things even now that I've never had before.

When we visited London almost 3 years ago, my friend Kelly made this delicious Thai soup for dinner one night.  I had never had anything like it before, and it was an immediate hit with us so I was sure to get the recipe from her before we left!  She was kind enough to allow me to share it with you today.

Not pictured: chicken, vegetable broth, and rice

1 sweet onion, diced (or about 2 leeks)
2-3 carrots
2-3 stalks celery
1 red bell pepper, diced (or mixture of colors)
1 1/2 pound chicken (about 3 breasts)
32 oz. box vegetable broth (or 2 cans, close enough)
Green Curry Paste
2 cans coconut milk
Cooked rice
Toppings:  Dry Roasted Peanuts and Cilantro

This is a very forgiving and adaptable recipe.  Kelly used leeks, and and I do occasionally but I have a sweet onion on hand more often so I usually use that.  You can adjust the veggies you use according to what you prefer or have on hand, this is just a starting point.  I usually use large bell peppers, but only had mini peppers this time so I used those instead.  I also use chicken broth just as much as I do vegetable broth,  depending on what I have in the pantry.

Sauté veggies in large pot, covered, in about 2 T. of olive oil for 10-15 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.

Add diced chicken, stir, and cook covered on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Add about 1/2 of vegetable broth and cook until chicken is done, about 10 more minutes.

Stir in 2-3 T. green curry paste, more or less according to your taste.  Add remaining vegetable stock and allow broth to cook down for about 20 minutes.  In case you've never used green curry paste (I hadn't before this recipe!) it comes in a jar like this and is in the Asian section of most grocery stores.

Stir in cans of coconut milk.  They may  solid when you open them, but scoop it out in your pan and it will melt as it warms up.  The soup will be very runny.  Simmer lightly and let it cook down for a little bit, maybe 20 minutes or so.  It will still be pretty thin when it's finished.

Serve soup over rice or couscous.  I like both, but my family prefers the rice (we use brown).  Top with peanuts and cilantro.  Add salt to taste, I just let each person salt their own bowl.

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This is one of those soups that's even better the next day, so if you have leftovers... bonus!  (Store leftover soup and rice in separate containers.)  This recipe makes 6-8 servings.

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I know with the weather warming up soup is not on the menu as often as in the colder months, but this is one that I can eat any time!   In fact, when my daughter asks "what's for dinner" and I say "Thai Soup," she says "Again...???"  ;)  She does actually love it to, though... we all do!

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