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My Better Half

The other day The Hubs came home for lunch, and I asked him if he wanted to have a little fun. Of course, he was game.

Then I handed him a hammer and a pry bar.

I’m not sure that was exactly what he thought I meant. And after all that demo, I’m pretty sure the man made his own lunch. He’s a keeper!

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Finding Inspiration

There is so much on the internet these days that finding inspiration is easy. Between the gorgeous pictures and articles on Houzz.com, to the eye candy posted on Pinterest, we have unprecedented access to ideas that can inspire us in our own homes.  We also have incredible blogs written by amazing decorators. At the top of my list are these three blogs:

Miss Mustard Seed

The Nesting Place

Blue Egg Brown Nest

I recently subscribed to Laurel Home when I went on an internet bender looking for paint colors.  Finally, someone put in print all my feelings about anything with a pink undertone! Laurel Bern’s posts are fun to read and give insight into what a professional interior designer can bring to the table. Or the wall. Or the floor.

I also subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens e-newsletter and print magazine. What I like most about BHG is the color! They are not afraid to show homes that push the envelope with color. I’m a color girl myself, just not as gutsy. Yet. (Says the girl with the Smurf Blue bathroom. )

Why, yes! The ceiling is painted the same smurfy color as the walls!  Thank you for noticing! We definitely bought this house in spite of the paint. It’s just paint, she said. It will be an easy fix, she said. Yeah, that was a year ago. But the whole house was in need of triage, and I had to prioritize. I loathe this paint less than I loathed the brown walls and ceilings, as evidenced by this Facebook post about my foyer:

In one year, I’ve painted the foyer twice. It is that important to me to get this first room right. Finding inspiration led me to the finished space. (Or finished enough for now!) Here it is after I painted the walls Tranquility by Benjamin Moore. We had just torn out pinky beige laminate tile and discovered charming old pine floors under them:

  

Tranquility is a beautiful, sophisticated color, but it just didn’t work in this room.  I lacked any inspiration for this room when I chose the paint. In fact, I didn’t even choose the paint–the guy at the paint store did. It was big improvement over the brown, and it gave me time to breathe and plan. That said, unless you love to paint, I recommend getting inspired first!

After a lot of looking and pinning rooms, I found this room on Houzz.  I ran to my neighborhood Benjamin Moore dealer for a sample of that gorgeous Van Deusen Blue, but it turned purplish in this room. A color angel (another source of inspiration!) at the store suggested In the Midnight Hour. It has just a touch of gold rather than red, and the rest is color history. I am still very much in love with it!
  

Thanks to this post on Miss Mustard Seed, we also pulled out the purple carpeting on the stairs, repainted the whole thing, then installed Dash and Albert runners. So much better!

Now it’s your turn! In the comments, share some of your inspirational finds. I’d love to chat with you! And who knows? There may be a giveaway in the near future!

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Happy Mothers Day!

I had several ideas for my first post on this new blog. However, this morning I realized that a blog about my home has to start with what makes my home so perfect to me. First, the Lord makes my home special because every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:7). Those good and perfect things aren’t things at all–which leads me to the second. 

  
My Husband. My kinsman redeemer. My best friend. My every day, all day, reminder of God’s love. My reason to smile and wonder why God is so good to me to give me this wonderful companion for life. The father of my children, who are the third reason. 

  
Those kids are just like sunshine for my soul. They fill my house, my home, with laughter and love. And artwork, clay figures, games, and controllers. (I just edited that last sentence to add the Oxford comma. It’s just how I roll.) 

So, as I go forward writing here, I hope you understand the who and the why behind my attempts to make our house the simple, cozy, happy reflection of the family inside. 

It’s good to be home.