Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Design Projects

Hey y'all! How is everyone? Thanks for joining in on another WHW. I  need to wait just ONE more week for a renovation #3 update so that we can finish installing some pretty fabulous and fun light fixtures. However, you've probably gotten a sneak peek by now if you follow my IG highlights! For now lets dive into some recent design projects shall we?

Today I went and got quotes on some fun upholstery projects I need to jump on. Basically I need to start this story by admitting that I have a chair addiction. The first step is admitting you have a problem right? Seriously I do. I have so many cane and bamboo style chairs that I always scoop up whether I know where I'll put them or not. My parent's barn is sort of full. This story is great though because it was such a SCORE! I was looking for cane, barrel back chairs for a specific spot in the new house because they are petite. I found the ones I wanted from a cute antique mall in Palm Beach, Florida. They were going to cost $350 with shipping and I was JUST about to pull the trigger when I saw them on marketplace for $75 bucks semi-locally! Yea...needless to say I jumped on that and I am IN LOVE! They're in perfect condition. I'm going to go a little out of my comfort zone and paint them a sharp shiny black. The Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon fabric to the right of them I'm splurging on but my oh-so talented friend and interior designer, Hillary, has agreed to do them for me if I sent them to her along with the fabric.  

You can see the black with the fabric here

I also went ahead and got a quote to have my dining chairs done. The chairs I scored are in fact periwinkle. (RIP Periwinkle fred) but I am having them painted white and adding the Mira Blue Ballard Designs fabric to the seat. The table below is just like the table I scored and will also be painted white to match. Its a vintage Thomasville Allegro set and I searched high and low for that baby! (at a fraction of the cost because it was...well...periwinkle) I had them shipped from SC last summer and have been keeping them in storage for this new home. The chairs are coming in at about $60 a seat but at least they will be professionally done. I found the Mira Blue fabric for $21.00 a yard which is so MUCH better than the Ming off right?

I'm also feeling this geometric fabric and possibly this trim for my living room curtains!

I also had no choice but to go ahead and snag two of these Lancaster rugs via Joss & Main. Every time I looked at them they were sold out! I signed up to be notified of restock and when I finally got the email, I grabbed the 3x7ft for the front side of our island in the kitchen and a smaller one to go by the kitchen door. Unfortunately, they are sold out again and not back in stock until November.

I've been hammering down some other purchases a few at a time and waiting for things to go on sale. We still have about 3 or 4 months until we most likely move it and I hate to clutter things up with lots of unopened boxes. Here are some of the items left to purchase for the new house. I"ll report back with sources, sales and discounted options as I find them.

Thanks for linking up with us each week! I truly adore this link up! Miss A has been kicking butt still and is so happy and vibrant. I pray that she continues to be this way! We are entering week 5 of treatment today and I want to take a moment to thank each and every single one of you for the continued prayers and support. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Cheers to 10 Years!

Hey y'all! I'll pop back on next week with a recap of all things Renovation #3 but today I wanted to share some (late) weekend highlights. Last weekend we celebrated our 10 year college reunion and I'm still shocked that we hit our first milestone already. A lot of us couldn't make it but all in all we had a pretty great turnout! We stayed up entirely too late at my house on Friday night before heading into Roanoke on Saturday morning (needless to say we weren't feeling top notch) but we powered through and hit most of our old spots before retiring to the hotel bar and room. My time at Hollins University was some of the best years of my life and it felt so good being back with those ladies. We ate great food at our old favorite spots and tried brunch at a fabulous new spot, stocked up on goodies and swag from the bookstore and then headed out Sunday afternoon. I miss everyone already but man was it good to snuggle with Miss Andi the minute I walked in the door. She may or may not have slept in my bed that night...and the night after.... Can't get enough. 

Speaking of Miss A, she's doing great has her 4th treatment today. Feel free to send us some prayers today because she gets double the chemo today and her levels and counts dropped a tad last week. She's still powering through and always smiling but I'm scared by this afternoon and definitely tomorrow that she will be wiped. Thank y'all for the continued support, prayers and messages. None of it goes unnoticed. <3 

Hollins University Class of 2009 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The new norm

Hey y'all. I've been meaning to post this sooner and update y'all but its been super hard to concentrate and make myself write a post. Most of you know that 3 weeks ago our lives were flipped upside down when Miss Andi was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor on her left kidney. We had 24 hours to prepare and then she went into surgery to have the tumor and kidney completely removed. I'm pretty sure it was a tad better to have happened so fast because the lack of time to process everything sort of sends you into overdrive. Although the surgery was super long it went exactly as planned. We are so blessed to have such an amazing surgeon, team and group of nurses and docs at MCV Children's Hospital. The whole process has been a blur but we're learning and trying to keep up. 

They tested her lymph nodes and made sure the cancer had not spread to anywhere else in her body and the results came back favorable. She will now undergo 22 (now 21) weeks of Chemotherapy. Y'all, she has been the most inspiring little warrior princess I've ever encountered. I've found myself multiple times reminding her that she doesn't have to act like an adult. She's so smart and so aware of the situation and it just brings me to my knees. Kids are so resilient and they are definitely so much cooler than we are. She calls her incision scar a "mermaid wave" and by all means that is what we will forever call it. It is healing beautifully and the oncologist (its still sinking in to say that word) says that her hair should be ok for another few weeks.

Now onto the thanks portion. Y'all....we have NEVER been more grateful, thankful and blessed. The support we have received from you all has brought us to tears on multiple occasions. The prayers have ranged from California to England and everywhere in between. The blogging community has been a POWERHOUSE and I am so blessed to have BEST friends that I haven't even met IRL. You all are the prayer warriors that keep us going for her. You all are the ones that bring light and smiles to our faces in times where its hard to cope. THANK YOU. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. I'll continue to keep you all posted just in case this ends up touching another family in a similar situation. Please keep those prayers coming.

Come back next week for an update on reno #3. Hubs has stayed busy on this renovation sort of like a good distraction. We're still on track to be moved in by Fall so it has been fun seeing all of the progress continue!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Hi y'all - I want to take a moment and thank each and every one of you for reaching out, sending well wishes and for all the PRAYERS for our sweet girl. Today marks a change in our lives forever and I sincerely hope that y'all will keep the prayers coming. This morning Miss Andi undergoes surgery to remove the tumor and her kidney. We will be in the hospital for 5 days and then she will start chemo therapy to make sure all the yuckiness goes away. We have a long road ahead of us and I'm not sure what we would do without all of you. Thanks you, thank you, thank you.

Please continue to pray for Andi.


Isaiah 41:10 
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 

6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Reno 3 Snapshots

Hey y'all! Welcome to another WHW. Since last week we've finished the DIY Wainscoting and it has blown my mind! I am SO in love with the look of it! We need another coat of paint on it and then it'll be good to go. It looks like it has been there since the home was originally built and that was exactly what we were going for. Hubs really hit the nail on the head here. (see what I did there? Ok I'll stop..) He also finished the taller paneling in the half bath and it is just as fabulous. Of course his only motive for that was to have less wall space to wallpaper BUT I still love how it turned it. It makes the room feel so tall and grand. I really won't mind doing laundry in there whatsoever.

We were able to hang the mirrors in the master bath and they brought up the vanity from the basement and placed it in the master bath as well. Y'all, it feels like a hotel bathroom. I am so pleased with the color palette and chrome and jewel touches in there. I'm such a gold and brass fan for the most part but this has such a luxurious feel to it with the grays and marble. I also decided to hang the mirrors a tad lower than usual and I can see SO much of my body. Y'all might find that silly but in my current bathroom I have to stand on my tiptoes when blow drying my hair #notideal #thelittlethings It really does make the world of difference for me and besides, we're really not tall folks...

The hubs and FIL have cleaned the entire house out - completely a blank slate. They did this because like I mentioned last week, the floors are being put down in the kitchen TODAY - like as I type! (haha) I cannot wait to pop in at lunchtime today to see how those wide planks of heartpine are liking their new home so tune into my Insta stories if y'all want to see too! (Insert all the heart eyes) Also, the rest of the floors will start to be refinished afterwards and I'm seriously looking forward to seeing a wood tone. They've been basically white with dust since day 1 so we're ready. I'll catch y'all next week with another recap on all things renovation #3.

Have a great rest of the week!


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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Reno #3 Projects

Hey y'all! Happy Wednesday! I'm coming at y'all with a little this and that post about whats going on currently with renovation numero tres. First of all, the heart pine flooring from mi padre (aka my Dad & I'm on an odd Spanish kick today..) was delivered a couple of weeks ago and is acclimating nicely in the hallway. Did I mention that we were able to mill and cut 19 foot long planks?! AH I'm so in love! Anyway, our flooring guy is scheduled to start next Tuesday on getting it down in the kitchen and once that is completed, he can go ahead and refinish the rest of the oak throughout the upstairs and downstairs. And we all know what that means afterwards: KITCHEN INSTALL!

Nothing like the smell of fresh Heartpine flooring 

Next up we went ahead and installed the front and back porch light fixtures as well as some sensor floods on the back sides. The lantern-esq fixtures I scored were the closest look to the old school gas lanterns and obviously a fraction of the cost. I absolutely love how they look! The front one is 23 inches and the back one is the exact fixture but comes in at 19 inches. (3 light versus a two) I got tons of messages about them so just in case you missed my insta stories, I've linked them again below!
Just imagine those decorative windows painted and that porch ceiling a fresh new blue!

click here to purchase via Wayfair

Hubs also pieced together original trim to actually trim out the 3 new windows in the kitchen and I'm floored at how it turned out. It looks like they've been there as long as the house. The lighting wasn't the best but I tried to take some pictures below to show you how they turned out. He also cased the doors so everything matches. While we're talking about trim, we've decided to definitely add a wainscoting-esq paneling down the long hallway. The hallway ceilings are so tall and the walls are so stark that I really needed some sort of midway break. Also, the hallway is a tad too narrow to add furniture down it to break up the monotony of white and bleakness for lack of a better term. We've purchased the materials and drawn out in pencil what we want and I'm including some inspo pics below to give you an idea of what we're thinking.

Kitchen back wall 

Love the view out onto the deck

Bring on the hallway paneling project 

Getting ready for master vanity install

Have to leave y'all with this neat picture I took from the kitchen. It looks into the butler's pantry and then on through the dining room and into the living room!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

WHW: Yum!

Hey y'all! Today I'm taking a reno and design break to bring you my favorite party appetizer. (well one of my favorites) Every time I whip these babies up they're always a crowd pleaser all around! Also, the first time I made these was for an Easter gathering so I find it only appropriate that I start to think about them this time of year. I had to make them last night for an Easter themed luncheon we're having at work today. Of course I forgot to take step by step pics but I assure you they are easy as pie! Also, I like to add that they are a tad time sensitive. You will want to rush and not use room temperature crescent rolls because it'll get sticky and hard to slice. That's half the reason that I neglected to snap a few pics! 

Ingredients: Hot Ham & Swiss Poppyseed Pinwheels
  • 1 (8 ounce) tube crescent roll dough
  • ½ pound sliced deli ham
  • 8 ounce sliced swiss cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ½ Tablespoon Worchestershire Sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • Spicy Brown Mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 inch pan. Start by unrolling your croissant dough and divide it into 4 sections. Pinch the seams to seal.
  2. Spread about 1 heaping teaspoon of dijon mustard on top. Add 2 slices of swiss cheese and smoked ham on top. Roll up each rectangle and seal the seam.
  3. Cut each roll into 3-4 slices. Place on a greased 8x8 inch pan. In a small bowl add the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, parsley, and poppyseeds. Brush on top of the pinwheels. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.

When I remembered to take pictures .... before & during 
So good y'all! Pull apart and enjoy! 

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

WHW: Light Fixtures

I've told y'all how choosing light fixtures for this new reno has just about killed me right? Also, we currently need about 25. For me, I had to take things room by room. Of course there's much more to lighting than just picking out stylish lamps and fixtures. Placement, size, wattage and light color also have a big influence on the appearance and style of a room. Anyway, there are general rules of thumb for determining size like measuring the length and width of the room, add those two numbers together and then convert the total into inches. There are lots of exceptions though and I feel like it can easily become super complicated and complex. Generally, I pick what I like and make it work in the space. (haha simple right?) However, if specifications are your thing, click here to follow some great guidelines: How to Choose the Right Light Fixture

Now I just want to five y'all a big ole' photo dump on what I'm envisioning for each space. (subject to change) And like I mentioned last week, ceiling fans aren't for everyone but I live in the South and its supposed to be 70 degrees tomorrow and its only April 3rd y'all. Sources linked:

Entryway Fixture by Ballard Designs

Dining Room Chandelier

Hallway Fixtures (3) option 1

Hallway Fixture Option 2 (black french door at end of hallway to tie in possible black accent)

Kitchen Pendants (2)

Living Room Ceiling Fan

Bedroom light or fan undecided and Andi's room has a white fan while the guest rooms have a darker brown and brushed nickel via Lowes.

Half-bath Vanity Fixture

 Guest bath will be similar but more lights and a brushed nickel finish

Sunroom Fixtures - low ceiling so couldn't do too decorative here. These natural finished will play off of the rattan furniture and bamboo shades though.

Upstairs hallway (2) - because I hate your typical "boob" flush mount. Don't act like y'all don't know exactly what I'm referring to. Ha!

Andi's closet - she wants some sort of pink light fixture! via Amazon or Target - you can find both!

Master closet fixture to go above closet island - also added 4 can lights for extra lighting

Outdoor front and back porch I'm looking for a lantern style black fixture

See what I mean? SO many options and spaces to fill. Stay tuned to see how it all unfolds. Thanks for linking up today and have a great rest of the week. Suggestions? Let me know! Need help with your own reno or space? Email or message me!

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