04 December 2012

2012 Christmas Mantle

Hey Hey..

Sorry for the lack of posts... we are currently selling this house :(  It's bittersweet... Our house, our first house gone..

But we are planning to build the next one and that will be our forever home :)

Its very stressful but very exciting, and i'm really not looking forward to moving...

Anyway.. Im hear to show you the Christmas decor I  pondered up this year..  Its completely different from last year and I didn't purchase anything new (I have to much crap)..

Here it is:

So.. there you have it the 2012 Christmas mantle.. and the last mantle ever in this house :(.... However the mantle in the new house will be just as beautiful.

25 September 2012

Fall Mantle

Well Hey!!

Thanks for all the awesome comments on the fall tablescape. I really love the neutral colors. Because the dining and living spaces are connected they have to mesh. So I went neutral with that too.

Lets take a look:

Have a great week. Let me know what you think!!


17 September 2012

Fall Tablescape

Wow, I can't believe its that time of year already. I feel like summer went by sooo fast.  However, this is my favorite time of year so I guess I can't complain!

Anyway, I created a simple and elegant tablescape this year. I'm all about tradition, traditional colors and ideas. I always like add a little twist and put my signature touch on it.

This year I went light, green and white instead of orange.

Lets take a look:

So there you have it, my traditional green and white fall tablescape.  Let me know what you think!!


11 September 2012

Never Forget

It's hard to believe that 11 years has passed since that terrible day of tragedies started to unfold. I was a young high school student in art class when the rumblings started. At first I thought what a terrible thing. This would soon turn into the most terrible thing I would have been exposed to in my short lifetime. My life, and the lives of my young classmates would be changed forever. Everything I do, and everywhere I go would in some way be a reflection of the events of that day. As we relive today and let the pain emerge again I can only hope that good comes from the memories and our world can only become a better place. I was a young 16 year old at the time and one of my most striking memories in the days after the attacks was the generosity from people. I worked at McDonald's at the time and they had the Ronald McDonald house bins outside of the drive through window open for donations. I started my shift after school at 3 pm and by then it was so full of money for the Red Cross that it had to be emptied. Every single person donated money that day. It wasn't just 1 or 2 dollars but 20, 50 and 100 dollars. Till this day it still strikes me as amazing. That was the world I wanted to live in everyday.

As the wife of a firefighter I can't help but feel the pain of the other widows left to pick up the pieces that these men left behind. Their legacy is left with every firefighter in the United States in some way. Firemen are a special breed of individuals. Their spirit and bravery is something they all carry with them everyday. Commodore and brotherhood are words often thrown around to describe the bond between firefighters. These, however, aren't just words they are actual symbols of a real family that exists, not by blood but not any less significant.

In 2001 I never knew I would be married to a firefighter and how hard it actually is. Every time the bells go off and I know he is risking his life to take care of another person who needs him. There have been many occasions that have been cut short because of this, many dinners left on the table to get cold, and family events, holidays, left without question. I love my husband for the man that he is and for the sacrifices he makes for others everyday. Special people on this earth, I believe are born for this one and only job, are firemen.

Today is a day of remembrance, sorrow and American commodore. It is a day that everyone will never forget. God Bless America!!!!

31 August 2012

Half Bath Reveal!!

Soooo I know I was supposed to have this done a while ago... but its summer :)

Lets all take a look at the before. Not to bad but my tastes have evolved...

and now the after:
From doodle
to done!!

Let me know what you think!!

French Country Cottage

19 August 2012

Remodelaholic Winner!!!!

I am so honored to be featured on Remodelaholic as a before and after winner!!! What an AWESOME Birthday Gift!! (It was August 18th) Please go here to read it!!!

However, this stems from a very important cause that One Project Closer/The Better Half does in their annual summer-long Before & After series, to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Here's the details from OCP's site:

How it Works

If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basics: you submit pictures and a story from a home improvement project you worked (no contracted jobs) sometime over the past year. Every week of the summer (June 20 – September 21), a winner is selected and their story is published online. Each winner gets a $50 gift card to either Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon, and we make a donation of $100 to Habitat for Humanity in their honor! At the end of the Summer, the best submission, as voted on by readers, wins a bonus $150 gift card to one of the three stores above.

How to Enter

If you want to submit a before and after story, email us your submission at beforeandafter@oneprojectcloser.com. Your entry can be in the email itself or attached as a Word document. Make sure to number pictures in order so it’s easy for us to reconstruct the story, and please attach the pictures as JPEGs even if you also embed them inside the Word document.

Or you can go directly here to add your submission.

Supporting Habitat for Humanity

Please join the fun and add your submission and thanks again Remodelaholic!!!

17 August 2012

Updated Half Bath

So I know I have been MIA these last few weeks but its summer and we get so little of it where I live I try and jam pack every weekend with outdoor activities. Plus my husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary in the middle of July! AND my mom's birthday is in August, which always means traveling of some kind!

I am a pintrest stalker, I love it. I'm not addicted like some, BUT I do look at it. A while back I seen this makeover of a rental bath that peaked my interest. For the life of me I couldn't find it, and of course when I first looked at it I didn't pin it, why would I do that?

So, One day I just couldn't get it out of my head. I just went from memory and drew a "doodle" of what I could remember.

Here's my doodle:

HILARIOUS, I know. But seriously this is how I think, down to the TP holder.

Stay tuned for the reveal this weekend!!

Also I have been featured in this really great front porch e-book, there are amazing porches done by other bloggers in there, be sure to get it at the link on my sidebar!!!

05 July 2012

Updating the deck

Hello and Happy Summer!! Where I live nice days are few and far between, weather wise.  So I tend to be MIA during this time of year. Spending the majority of my time outside....

Of course that prompts me to "update" out there also.

Its not bad by all means, jut not my style. The sitting set was a gift from family and I love it, just not the colors.

Here's what it looks like now:

Here's what I have purchased already, (im) patiently waiting for them to arrive:

World Market



Stay tuned for the reveal, should be next week!!

09 June 2012

Updated Master Bedroom!!

Well hey there, how are you all, I'm just great.  I'm on this new organization kick, stay tuned for that, so I have a daily agenda I go through and this project has bee #1 on my feature in blog list everyday for I don't even know how long.

So I decided to change up my master bedroom for spring/summer. I always seem to change it around a bit with the seasons or anytime I find something interesting! Pretty much everything except for the big stuff like bed, dresser, rug and curtains.  I really really like it. Its nice and light for a refreshing spring summer update.

Here's the before, not to shabby I might add:

Now, this next pic outlines for my readers that think it takes a lot of effort to update a room. It doesn't matter what the before looks like, if you update these next five things you can dramatically update a room.

See, it doesn't take a lot to make a big impact.

Here's the update:

Let me know which one you like better!!!


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