christmas cheer.

Ever since moving to Nashville I discovered Instagram, I've become a terribly inconsistent blogger. Popping a pic up on Instagram is just so quick and easy. A few words and a smiley face and I feel like I've done a mini post for the day. The major down side to that is that being off of blogger for so long is that I haven't been reading all the blogs I usually read on a weekly basis. I have really started to miss them!

So I found myself ooohing and ahhhing over all the loverly holiday homes that people are starting to share in blog land and thought I would share a few pics of our home this Christmas season:

This wreath on a chalkboard is the first thing you see when you come through our front door...I found the idea on good ole Pinterest! I used this verse on our Christmas cards this year. The wreath is an old one that my sweet mother in law let me have when they were cleaning out their house before they moved to Brazil. (thanks becky!:)
So the painting of the kitchen cabinets was ultimately a no-go for my landlord. huge bummer. But that's okay...I'll just string some sparkly and shiny stuff up to distract your eyes from the sweet scalloped orange oak.
She did however agree to let me paint the cheapo scratched up 70s panelling. I painted it a soft dove gray. Which lightened the space up considerably and feels fresh. The ranch-style house that we are in now has a total 70s vibe, which is so different from the 1930s cottage style house that we just moved from, but I'm kinda diggin' it. (mostly because I have no choice;)

I did two little 4' trees this year instead of pulling out the one big one. The way this house is laid out there are two main living areas that are completely cut off from each other and I just felt that one room shouldn't have ALL the holiday cheer! So this was my solution. The one on the left is in the "den" where I snuggle with the pups in front of the fireplace most evenings (where I am right now). The one on the right is in the front window where everyone driving by can enjoy it!

 I painted these minty green horizontal stripes on the dining room wall a few weeks ago. I still haven't painted my lamps :/ Maybe in the spring??

 in other news...I painted the wall behind the beds navy in the guest bedroom. The headboards that my sweet hubs made really show up against that dark backdrop! I also painted the mirror that used to be in our living room. The gold shows up against the dark wall much better than it did when it was dark.
and last but not least...our Christmas cards for 2012! I hope you all have had a wonderful year and that you will be able to spend the holidays with the people that you love!



I am starting to get settled in to my new job at Beth Haley Design
Here are a few pics of the studio...it's purrty...

I'm officially a part of the team since they put me on the website! :) 
and I made my first contribution to the BHD blog last Friday! check it out!

We were at market in Highpoint, North Carolina last week.
 Here are a few Instagram collages I made from the trip...

There was so much to see! It was a lot of fun 
to see all the latest and greatest in the design world.

I will try to post some pictures of projects that
 I've been working on around the house soon.
 Peace out girl scout.


starting to feel like home.

 We are in Nashville now!

The house we are renting has been scrubbed from
 top to bottom! (with bleach and a toothbrush. no really...
just ask my sister :) All of the boxes are unpacked
and I'm starting to get things up on the walls.
This is dining room wall above the buffet.
 I am considering painting these lamps a bright
 persimmon orange or a kelly green. 
I'm trying to be brave. :) 
What's your vote?

our bedroom has an odd layout and this is really the best 
wall for the headboard to be against. :/
I hung four white curtains panels to make to window appear to be larger. 
Then I clipped a patterned fabric onto the two inside 
rings in order to cover the ugggly mini blinds. 

The front door and shutters were peeling red 
paint that didn't look to great against the orangey/red brick. 
Using leftover paint from previous projects, 
I painted the shutters glossy black and the front door turquoise.

Our rentals den and kitchen are still stuck in the fabulous 70s...aka awful. haha
It's just really dark and dated looking since there aren't as many
 big windows in that part of the house and there
 is wood panelling on all the walls in there.

Our landlord is really sweet and when I told her my
idea to paint and showed her a pic to help her visualize
 what I am thinking she seemed to be on board.
Painting the upper cabinets and all the panelling
 white/light and then painting the lower cabinets a
 darker color with really brighten the space up 
without washing it out completely. 
We will see if this actually happens. I will keep you updated.

Hope everyone is having a good week and hopefully 
you are all experiencing some cooler weather! 
It is beginning to feel a lot like fall up here in Tennessee! Love it!


we are moving!!!

We are moving to Nashville for Lucas to get his masters! 
We are sad to leave our precious family and friends in Abilene
 behind, but are very excited about this new adventure!

I am also so sad to be leaving our sweet little casa 
that has been a joy to work on for the past three years. (sniff sniff) 
I have sooo enjoyed posting all the projects and 
remodels that have occurred in this home.
to most recently updating the kitchen...it has been so much
 fun putting our extra time and effort into making this place our home!

I think that there is going to be an open house this weekend on Sunday...
so if you are interested in living in a great 2bdrm/1bath house
 on a quiet little street, with really sweet neighbors...
come check it out! call Lauren Clark at (325)-669-7225 if you are interested!

Next time I blog will probably be from Nashville! :)


kitchen update.

Here's a pic of my kitchen when we were first moving in in 2009.
My sweet MIL was helping me decide where everything should live :)
 We painted the kitchen almost immediately after we bought it but we just installed new counters and a backsplash this weekend....loving it!

hope you are all having a splendid week!



A concept board with all of my selections compiled together helps clients understand the design scheme.




Since 2008, I have been designing, contracting and coordinating residential remodels. Before and After Pictures help to display the scope of work. Here are a few from some of my remodel projects: