The Family Room with a Question for You

Today I got my camera out to take a few pictures of Mazi. She got a fresh new hair cut yesterday and she looks like she lost 50% of her weight. Too bad that didn’t work for me on my last hair cut. While I had the camera out I tried my new tripod for…

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Black and White Dining

Happy Monday! I hope you are all enjoying summer. Here in Virginia we are having the best weather. We deserve it after such high humidity for three weeks. We needed a relief. Over the weekend I painted our dining room. Here is what it looked like BEFORE: It was so light and bright that my…

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Foyer Gallery Wall

The entire time while building this house I was imagining this wall with a console table along it with  a simple mirror or horse picture above it. BEFORE: (sorry it’s blurry) The hall widens up nice here but there’s a cold air return, electrical outlet, light switch and temp control on this wall. Ugh! I…

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We Own It & the Office Comes First

WELCOME to our new home! Since I checked in with you all last we closed on the house. Yup! This is a picture of my sweetie signing his life away. Isn’t it great that the title company comes to us now? The move has been a whirlwind! It’s coming together though and it’s already feeling…

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A House in Progress

Hello friends! No, the house is not complete….Darn it! But soon.I was excited when the gutters went up. I chose a bronze color. Also, the trim around the roof line is painted Urbane Bronze by SW. I love it! Maybe you can’t tell but here is what it looked like before. So the lighting is…

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How the Paint Really Looks

Are you ready for an update on the house? Over the last couple of months the house has come pretty far along. My mind was in a different place for most of that time but it’s exciting to see it coming all together now. See the window box on the garage? I am so glad…

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Let Your House Shine & a Glimpse at the 2nd Floor

As I drove through the neighborhood tonight I noticed some exterior lights that seem to come on automatically at dusk. Some people turned on their porch lights which I think makes a home look like friendly place. The house above has five hanging pendants on the porch. Wow! They must be extra friendly. I loved…

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10 Trends I am Taking Home in 2018

Let me show you some trends that I have seen around lately that I just have to bring home this year. 1– Light walls with high contrast floors and accents such as the black backing of the shelving area in the picture above. I have loved dark walls with white trim for so long but…

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Framing Update with a First Floor Tour

Does it feel like this house is taking forever to get done or what? Sigh…I haven’t had much to share about it because it just looks like this. The roof, windows, plumbing and heating are all in and now the framers are back to fix a few things. Want to peek inside? Here’s a little…

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Happy 2018 and a Home Tour

Happy 2018! Hope you are all starting your year off healthy and happy! I am expecting a more positive and successful year this go-around. I know there will be some exciting things happen for my family, even though there’s NO cross country move in the forecast. Hopefully you have something amazing to look forward to…

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Framing Progress and Kitchen Selections

Hi Friends! Hope you all had a very Happy Christmas! This post has been sitting here unfinished for a few weeks. This time of year is so busy. I don’t feel bad saying that I am so glad it’s over. We put up a little artificial tree, supposedly it’s 6 feet tall. This season seemed…

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A Birthday, Foundation and Kitchen Beginnings

Here it is…the foundation of our new house. (link) I love the variations in the brick colors. It’s exciting to watch the progress, well, for me anyway. My husband, Marc, hates building houses! Guess what our one request was for the front porch? “As few steps as possible”! Whoa? Yeah, and we only got …. 10!…

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Lightly Staging a Charming Ranch House

Thanksgiving is tomorrow…I can’t even believe it.  I am sad not to be spending the holiday with our families. But I have to admit that I am so excited to do all the cooking. I love making the whole traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Marc and the boys. It’s back to the four of us and…

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