Unfinished Attic Turned Office / Playroom: Construction Begins!

Construction is beginning TODAY on a very exciting project in our house. I've been planning this playroom since way before we moved into this house, and today is the day it begins. We are finally going to finish out the unfinished attic space over our garage and turn it into an office for me and playroom for the kids.  Yaaaassssss. Here is the current 10x20 attic room: PROPOSED SPACE TO BE FINISHED: Mood Board for the finished room: This is a way bigger job … [Read more...]

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You’re invited to a DIH Virtual Party!

Some of my blog buddies are getting together next week for a fun DIH party. What is a DIH party, you ask?  Well, if DIY means Do-it-Yourself, DIH means Do-it-HERself! Did y'all know that Home Depot hosts fun workshops that teach women how to use power tools and make really cool things while doing it?  Click here to check them out! I learned about this a few years ago, and thought it was such a great idea. I've been wielding my dad's circular saw since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, … [Read more...]

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The Caroline TV Chest

When we moved in this house, we temporarily put our tv on top of an end table that my husband built with intentions of having built-in bookcases added around the fireplace.  Over a year later, and the "temporary" setup was still going strong with no end in sight. How pitiful is that?  Over a year later, and my tv was still sitting on top of that same end table (and I'm ashamed to admit it wasn't even anchored to the wall). The tv is bigger than the table. There were wires hanging … [Read more...]

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The Collected Foyer

Our foyer, living room, kitchen and dining room (which is my home office) is one big open space in this house.  Wide open living is great, unless you have a toddler who is faster than a speeding bullet zipping around snatching and grabbing every thing she can get her hands on. Here is a picture of our open living area BEFORE she started walking (the coffee table has since been replaced by an overstuffed ottoman that she can't chew on). If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw … [Read more...]

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Kitchen Sink Reflections

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for my new Weymouth kitchen faucet from Moen. All opinions about 4-H projects and mummy feet are my own.   When I was in the 3rd grade I joined the 4-H club at my school.  For the next three years, 4-H was my LIFE. I still have my original 4-H membership book somewhere in my attic along with ribbons of all colors-from the blue and red all the way down to the green and white.  I gave 4-H demonstrations about all sorts of randomness, including … [Read more...]

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Top Five Trends from the 2016 Parade of Homes

It’s that time of year again! Time for me to make the annual trek around to a bunch of open houses and report back my findings on the latest interior design trends from the Birmingham Parade of Homes. This year’s post is going to be chock full of eye candy photos, so pin away to your heart’s content.  Come on inside and let’s look around these uber-trendy houses all built in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. I’ll just be honest and say that sometimes I fell in love with the staging … [Read more...]

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Privacy Please: How To Add a Door To a Cased Opening

As any mom of little kids can tell you, bathroom privacy is a Sacred and Holy Experience. When we bought our house there was not a door between our master bedroom and our master bathroom—only a cased opening. Inside the bathroom there is an enclosed potty room and of course our bedroom has a door, but there was nothing but a short hallway to separate the bed from that big garden tub right there.  Also, when we moved in, there were no blinds on the double glass doors that open to the back … [Read more...]

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5 Simple Painting Tips for Beginners

Paint is an amazing thing. I can’t think of a single decorating item that you can buy for your house that can make such a dramatic change to a room for such a small investment. A can of paint and some rollers costs very little, but the impact it can have on the overall vibe of a room is YUUUUUUGE. Check out the instant facelift that Caroline’s nursery got when we painted it last year: See what I mean?  It’s like the interior design equivalent of a messy bun/no makeup/holey t-shirt … [Read more...]

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FINDING SOUTHERN ROMANCE; The Rest Of The Story

I believe that every home has a story to tell, but especially the Old Ones.  Those 100+ year old homes that have seen multiple generations of folks pass through the halls and swing on the front porch. Imagine if those walls could talk.  What would they say? Mobile, Alabama has it’s fair share of these matriarchal mansions, standing proudly under the dappled shade of the tall live oak trees. Over the decades, some of these beauties have been neglected and fallen into disrepair.  But then there … [Read more...]

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The Hallelujah Home Tour

How’ bout we kick off 2016 with a FULL home tour, shall we? Welcome to our new home! I've done a Christmas Home Tour and even a video home tour, but up until now I have not posted a full-fledged Old School Blogger home tour of our new house. And yes, before you ask, it has taken me an entire year to decorate this house and post pictures. Somewhere in there I had a baby and lost my mind for a few months, but I’m back and ready to get back in the blogging saddle. I’m calling this … [Read more...]

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