The New Kitchen and Spotlight: Uncommon Goods

plant nanny

I've been avoiding showing y'all the kitchen. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, it's just not, well, my old kitchen.  Remember the old kitchen? Let's reminiscence for a minute:   She was a beauty.  Because we built the last house from scratch I was able to pick every finish and it was my happy place at the last house. Here … [Read more...]

Fun with Pattern: Our Family Room Reveal

mixing pattern

So last week when I shared my New Home Tour I mentioned that I wasn't quite ready to share the little family room that sits off our kitchen...well today is the day! This room really proved to be a challenge for us, it sits off of the kitchen and is awkwardly laid out-you can see an empty pic on the "before" home pics post. One side is open to … [Read more...]

New House Progress and Our Crazy Move

i'm a hoarder

I haven't been posting much this week because we've been hard at work here at the new house unpacking and getting settled.  I showed you some pictures last week of the new house before we got our furniture unloaded but what I didn't tell you was the crazy story of our move gone wrong! If you're not familiar with the military, I'll give you a … [Read more...]

New House Tour: The Befores

our new house

Hello all! As you probably know we moved this week from our home in North Carolina to the Washington DC area.  It's definitely a big change for us to move from the tiny suburbs in central NC to someplace so densely populated where space is at a premium! Just to refresh, our "old" house {still a little weepy about leaving} was on a half acre in a … [Read more...]

Spring Tour of Homes

close up spring mantel

Happy Monday morning! This week I'm joining some blogging friends to share touches of Spring in our homes! I've kept my Spring decorating pretty simple this year-with our upcoming move and the craziness of preparation I wanted to minimize clutter so I've added a lot of flowers and kept my palette pretty clean.  The mantel features my Pottery … [Read more...]

Homework Station Makeover

Homework Station labeled

Okay y' know I posted my home tour a while back but I have to admit there were a few rooms that didn't get shown because they weren't quite "pretty" enough. Actually they are more like a whol-lotta-ugly! The worst of the offenders was our "tech room."  This is tiny space off of our mudroom that has two built in desks.  It's where we … [Read more...]

Quick Bedroom Decor Update

diy pillow covers

I've still been trying to decide whether I want to change out my headboard but in the meantime I've made a few small color changes in the master bedroom that I'm really pleased with.  Here is how the bed had looked since last year: It was fine but I was feeling it was a bit "blah" lately.  I wanted to change it up without a big investment … [Read more...]

My Home Tour and Blogger’s Summer Tour of Homes

front porch

I know, I know.  How can I call myself a home blogger without having a home tour on my blog? {hanging head in shame} Well that's all being fixed today because I'm super excited to be part of the 2013 Summer Showcase of Homes.  You can see the full schedule at the bottom of the post to see the other 25 bloggers who are joining me in sharing … [Read more...]

Sitting Room Makeover

sitting room

I've been a bad, bad blogger.  I've been sitting on this huge change we've made in what used to be our dining room for over a month now.  I was hoping to get it totally finished before showing you but you know what-it ain't happening anytime soon so you're getting another "in progress" photo, albeit a pretty big change since the last time I showed … [Read more...]

This Little Piggy…or Our New Mantel Decor


When I was a little girl I loved going to my great-grandfather's farm on the weekends.  He lived in a gorgeous two story farmhouse in southern of those picturesque homes with the wrap-around porches.  There was a chicken coop in the yard, geese wondering around, corn and cotton fields as far as the eye could see. In the barn out … [Read more...]