Friday, September 30, 2011

Dream homes

Not the we don't love our home but if we could put together a dream home of the things we love, these would be in it for sure. Do you think this home already exists? We hope so !

Must have a red door for sure. This door would be amazing, if it also included a...

porch

We love wainscoting, but to do that painful task again in a new home, well we would hope it would already be done for us.

Our course white french doors would be a must. Preferably in the entrance from our dining room into our living room.

And who wouldn't love wood beams. They are just beautiful. I did see a DIY version of these babies online, but I don't think our current ceiling height would be good for this option. Shame.

And this picture shows three lovely things. Bead board, pocket door and a vintage style light fixture. Perfection !

Our bedroom would be good for the batten and board shown here. So beautiful.

Oh and built-ins would be a must. We have a "built in" bookcase that we love now and would love some more features through out. These are awesome.



I love slate tile too. I'd love this in the kitchen and entry way.

As for the kitchen, white cabinets, green marble and a farm sink please.


Yea that sums it up a teeny bit. Is that too much to ask?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Back by popular demand...

Decorating posts !
It's no secret I love the Fall. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, we were married in the Fall and had a leaf themed wedding. I love the cool brisk days however the weather in NY as of lately has been no where near fall like. It's humid and warm. The forecast shows a break in the next coming days and I am ecstatic! And just in time too for me to decorate for Halloween. To get inspired here are some fall beauties.









Enjoy ! And Happy Fall !

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's the small things


Today I received an email from a friend telling me she read my "Faith" post and "it moved her to tears." I have to say that this alone makes me feel that I count.

Some days I am not too sure as to who is my "friend" or who is my "foe." Like I mentioned life has been pretty tough these days. I feel as if I am in elementary school again in many circumstances. But these feelings will not be able to drag me down or win out in my emotions. They too will pass, just like the seasons.

Small things are what really counts. A friend telling you that "you impress them" or another one simply getting you a cup of coffee because you have no money this week, make all the difference.

This post seems fitting to give the lyrics to an older song with a big meaning :

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it's not too late

Monday, September 26, 2011

Faith


I am not too sure who reads my blog but if we don't know each other this next post may or may not be for you. Hey, even if we do know each other it may or may not be as well. Just figured I would give you some kind of heads up that this post is not the normal decor boasting kind. It's much more deeper then that...

It's been many months since I attended a church service. My husband has gone a few times without me, because for one reason or other, I was unable to attend. Most times when I go to service I feel that they are directly speaking to me. Yesterday morning was no different. I am not sure if it's God or my church speaking to me, but whomever it is, I felt/heard it loud and clear.

Our church is different than most. First off it's set in an industrial park and when you walk into the building you would think you've walked into a cafe. It's a very warm place. Worship always begins and ends with a fantastic song. Yesterday was no different. Except, for some reason, to me, it was. Our worship is led by someone named Matt. He sings beautiful. The band behind him is nothing short of talented. Yesterday Matt invited a friend to play violin on a song I've heard time and time again. I am not quite sure what happened, but during the bridge, tears began to roll down my face. I've cried in church before, it's nothing really new. But this time, it felt different. I couldn't stop. My husband squeezed my hand hard to make me feel some comfort, like it was okay that I was crying beside him in the middle of all the church members.

The message was clear and precise to me. It was called "The Wonder Years," and was all about having the opportunity to speak to our younger selves. Our pastor reminded us of three simple things, I of course am paraphrasing :

Act the same way in private that you would act in public. It counts.
Be present at all times even when life is busy
and most of all accept that others are better then you.

Most of all, if God is tugging at you to do something with your gifts, don't ignore that tug.

These key points hit direct for me for so many reasons. There is a lot in my/our life that is changing. Some to be proud of and some to be sad about, but most of all, what counts/matters is still present. I've seen many things change over the course of four years. The same four years I've been married. Coincidence? I think not. Many things have changed. Many things have been strained but many have shined. Life feels pretty tough right now. I am writing this post because this is of course is my blog and I felt I needed to share this with some I know and some I don't. Hopefully one day I can look back on this and see the clear reason why this was the way it was.

Here is the lyrics to the song that brought my tears to surface. I am trying to get the actual audio from my church. We'll see what happens.

Water You turned into wine
Open the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like You
None like You
Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You
None like You

CHORUS
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…

Into the darkness you shining
Out of the ashes we Rise
There’s no One like You
None like You.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…

BRIDGE
And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
What can stand against?

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…
Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…

And if you want to check out our church here is their website : http://www.truenorthchurch.net/

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Farmhouse Chic

I've always loved old looking things. I love the classic Hampton home with cedar singles that has character throughout and I love farmhouses. They are just so cozy and adorable. I wish we had one. Ah maybe someday.

Here are some of my favorites from the Web.


I love the window boxes on this one !

And really, who would not love to wake up to this every day? Amazing !

Of course with Farmhouse things comes farmhouse decor. Here are somethings I've found along my travels on the web for your viewing pleasure.

I love this idea of old tea towels strung together to make a curtain valance.

This pillow is adorable and cheap too !
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Who doesn't need a bird napkin holder?

And this could be used as a toast holder or a modern day bill holder. So awesome.

Back to that walnut tree

Having a walnut tree in our yard came as a surprise to us. After Hurricane Irene, we noticed large acorn like balls all around the yard. They were way too big to be normal acorns so it peaked our curiosity. After some poking, prodding, and research on the Internet, we realized we have a walnut tree. So now what? Well what we have found out is this, it's a black walnut tree, we learned how to "harvest" the nuts and well, the juglone that it releases into the soil around the tree is not good for the other plants or grass around it. So much for all our hard work this summer. Bummer.
Now some pictures. Here is one to show you just how tall this tree is, no wonder I had a mini heart attack when the hurricane was coming. These trees are huge ! You can see how large it is compared to our home.

Here is the base of the tree with three hostas surrounding it. Not sure why these lasted but the grass that was planted all around it and two other hostas did not. Odd. See all that dirt, believe it or not that was grass earlier in the season.

Another view.

Behind that bird bath, if you look close you will see a dead hosta. Guess the toxins from the walnut tree got to it. So strange.

And well, what we all want from the tree.

I should have taken the pictures of what it looks like before you hull it but I never did. It starts off with a green covering that turns black. Here are some pics I found on the Internet.


Hopefully next year we get a lot more. I've heard different things on how long to let them dry out. We've eaten a bunch so far, but I think the last ones we will let dry out for a while to see. Can't wait to see if they are any different from the ones we've eaten already. I'll keep ya posted !

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Curtains are annoying

A while back I found the perfect curtains for our bedroom at World Market, now they are sold out and gone. Bummer. So I am looking for some other ones that will be just as good. It's near impossible !!!
I found these on Etsy that I love :


The measurements are 42 x 84. I have two windows in our room that I want these for and in order to make them work I would need to have someone cut them in half and then add another two panels on each window. I love them and am willing to do it. Just have to measure it all out and plan.

Why is it so hard to find cool curtains these days? Or is it that my idea of "cool" is not what is in style now a days... Something to ponder on.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bad blogger = Etsy love

I have a blog in the works, two of them to be exact but since I've gone back to school things have gotten a bit hectic. Here are some new Etsy loves for now...

I am not really this fancy, but this set is so pretty.

These teeny tiny houses are too cute. I have no where to even place them but, well, they are cute.

Everyone needs a Gnome.

This is super pretty but just not cheap enough to buy yet.

And this would be amazing on the my Bday Hutch. Hmm maybe.


So that's it for now. Happy Hump day, hope your week flies by to the weekend.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Lusterware

I did not think it was possible to get another addiction to something, but, um, it is. These pieces are so beautiful I want every single one of them !!!