Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Going for a swim...

Lily does not get her picture taken enough because someone else (Blue) seems to monopolize that spot. Lily may be the best dog we have ever had. She is so sweet and amazing with the kids! I am not sure this family will ever be without a Labrador Retriever. Lily is our third lab and each one was pretty awesome!

Lily loves the pond and will swim at every opportunity! This weekend she enjoyed some afternoon swims to cool down. Blue was asleep on the sofa and never realized what he was missing!

Ghost will follow Lily down to the pond and stare at her the entire time. I am not sure if she is trying figure out what Lily is doing or wishing she could jump in and swim, too.

The beautiful pink lily pads floated away with the flood of 2011. Last year we started to replant some Lily pads and this year we had our first bloom! So pretty.

I guess these two spiders think they are a great place to hide. Do you spy the second spider? His legs are holding onto a pedal.

It is almost time to start fall clean up. I am not really to say good bye to summer yet...wishing for a few more days of swimming!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lived forwards...

"Life can only be understood backwards;
but must be lived forwards."

Sunday, August 17, 2014


All the strength you need
to achieve anything
is within you.
Sara Henderson (1936-2005)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Painting the doors gray...

To paint or not to paint the interior doors? That was the question for the last year. Should I paint them black, gray, or maybe a light blue. Finally I decided on gray and searched Pinterest for the ideal color of gray. I decided on BM Chelsea Gray but when we went to Benjamin Moore and I looked at the paint swatch it looked too light. Maddie and Sarah were with me and we took a vote.  We left with a gallon of Kendall Charcoal, two shades darker than Chelsea Gray. "It's only paint" was my mantra. 

After painting the downstairs doors we moved to the upstairs. The gray matches perfect in the girls room with their furniture! (Don't mind the stain on the floor from my messy painting...hopefully new carpet is on its way in the future.)

A view of the upstairs hallway. The darker shade of gray is perfect with the sun light hallway. 
Again, don't mind the flooring, it is next on the "to do list."

BM Kendall Charcoal you may be my new favorite paint color. 
Thinking you would look beautiful on a piece of furniture :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014


"Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes
but when you look back everything is different..."
C.S. Lewis

Thursday, August 7, 2014

On a roll (kind of)....

After finishing the mudroom stencil I was excited to start on another wall. The girls had an accent wall in their room that needed some love. We had contemplated wallpaper on this wall but Maddie suggested stenciling their wall instead. Super idea, since we had the stencil and paint!!

We turned the stencil on its side to give it a different look from the mudroom. We used the SW Unique Gray over the purple wall. SW unique Gray is the color of the other three walls.

Spike stayed close by watching us. Can you spy his little eyes?

Here we are as of tonight! The wall is finished. We need to get curtains and accessories for the top of the shelf. I am also thinking we need to add crown molding. small project always leads to more! Sarah's mouse cage use to sit on top of the shelf but Maisy went to visit Bubbles in heaven this week. The burial and funeral was yesterday :(

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lets blame it on the doors....

For awhile I have been wanting to paint the interior of the side door gray or black. This weekend I took the plunge and bought Kendall Charcoal from Benjamin Moore. My plan was to paint one door and see how it looks, if it looked good then I would paint the other two outside doors. After painting the three doors I decided to paint one of the interior doors, to see how it looked. We loved it (well four of the five of us loved it) and all doors inside are now Kendall charcoal!!

Of course, when you start one small project it leads to another project and another project! Which is how I got to the stenciled wall! Lets blame it on the doors, shall we?

For the cost of one gallon of paint and one large stencil, we have a new room! The mirror was originally in the kitchen, so that was an easy swap! Here is the progression of the mud room from the beginning of time (or at least from the beginning of us moving here 4 yrs ago!)

 When we moved in the walls were Ronald McDonald yellow which matched the 
Ronald McDonald red in the den.

We painted the wall Valspar Gravity and loved this color.
Sometimes the walls looked gray and sometimes they looked blue.
We still have this color in the den. 

Then we needed more storage since our home is 1800 sq ft and we are
a busy family of five. Every inch must count! Tony added shelves above the
washer and dryer.

We added the dresser to hold keys, flash lights, winter scarves, gloves, 
and the bottom drawer is wrapping paper. This is one hard working dresser!
The bench was moved to the garage with the built in storage lockers my dad made.

The doors painted kendall charcoal.

It is amazing when painting you discover how the trim needs
repainted and the walls were in need of some loving.
The only problem was that I did not have any more gravity
but did have half a gallon of the kitchen and family room paint
left over. So, I painted the mud room popular gray by Sherwin and Williams.
Another color that we love.  

The wall was missing something and I have been wanting to try stenciling
an entire wall. What a great impact for the cost of a $20 stencil. 
I used the kendall charcoal over the popular gray.

And here we are today!

Next project is to stencil a wall in the girls room
but for now I am off the accessory shop from the
other rooms to change things up!


"Each friend represents a world in us, 
a world possibly born not until they arrive, 
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
Anais Nin (The diary of Anais Nin)

Sunday, July 27, 2014


"May I a small house and large garden have.
And a few friends, and many books, both true,
Both wise, and both delightful too."
Abraham Cowley, 1618-1667
(English poet)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Garden inspiration....

Last weekend we decided to take a little trip to Longwood Garden. The last time we visited the garden was 15 years ago and were anxious to see what was the same and what changed. It is one of the most beautiful places we have visited and is full of ideas. Warning: this post is picture overload!

This is the bird tree house that give a view of the meadows. 
Would love to build this in the woods over looking the fields 
behind our home.

First pose of the trip because I know how much they love it!
Just kidding :)

Love these two girls.
They are growing too fast but so happy they will always have each other.
I am so thankful for the bond they have. 

We were excited to see what the pond looked like. 
We worry about our pond and if we are taking
good care of it but we were happy to see 
their pond looks very similar to ours.  

A king fisher (bird). We get to see this bird when they are
migrating. They are cool to watch fish and fly.

This is so beautiful. The pictures speak for themselves.

This tree house was the reason the kids wanted to go visit the gardens, too.
They love watching Tree House Masters and this tree house was featured in
one of the episodes. Very very cool.

 We need to start moving some tiger and day lilies down by the pond. 

These giant lily pads are awesome! 

Here we are at the end of the day...

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