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Farmhouse Spring Tablescape {It’s All Set}

Spring is one of my very favorite seasons in Texas.  Yes, we do have a lot of storms this time of year, but the mild temperatures, the sunshine and the gorgeous Spring flowers take center stage.

It’s the time of the year when we really enjoy dining outdoors on our back porch because it’s not too hot outside yet. 

When it’s just the four of us, we are pretty casual and use whatever plate we want and eat buffet style.  We just dish it up indoors and take it outside to enjoy the weather and the pool side view. 

But, when friends come over, I fancy it up a bit and try to make it feel a little extra special.

farmhouse spring tablescape


I love the casual and comfortable beauty of farmhouse style dining, so I thought I would put together a farmhouse Spring tablescape.   This setting is perfect for a special lunch with friends, don’t you think? (more…)

Ugly Red Bathroom Progress {One Room Challenge Week 2}

Last week, I showed you my ugly red bathroom that is stuck in the early 2000’s.  If you missed that post, you can read it here.  Just to refresh your memory, I am updating my dated pool bath as a part of the One Room Challenge (ORC) hosted by Calling it Home.  

One Room Challenge guest participant

Each week, I will post progress of my bathroom leading up to the big reveal on Week 6.  Remember, I am not doing a total gut of this room, nor am I making any major updates like planking a wall or putting in new counters — those type of updates are just not in the budget.  I am working with what is already there to freshen it up and give it more of my current style. (more…)

Farmhouse Table Makeover & Happy Accidents

A few months ago I made over my farmhouse table.

It’s a table we have had for about 15 years and the very dark factory finish was in poor shape.  I stripped the entire table and used a belt sander to help me remove some of the stubborn remaining finish.  I knew I needed to use an orbital sander (which I don’t have) to get the wood looking new but decided that I would leave it as is because I kind of liked the rustic, imperfect look the belt sander created.

Here is what it looked like after Makeover #1:

farmhouse table makeover

And here’s what it looks like today:

farmhouse table update


Marble Counters: What Everyone Needs to Know {Part 1}

About a year ago, we began what would become a long process of renovating our kitchen.

The actual renovation from the first day of demolition to the day the kitchen became functional and put back together was about 6 weeks — a little longer than projected and definitely came with it’s share of stresses.

I’m not going to go through all of the details of the ups and downs of kitchen renovation in this post, but I do want to tell you the story of our marble counters in hopes that it will be helpful to those of you thinking about installing marble — or any natural stone counter top — in your home. (If you want to read my advice about how to survive a kitchen remodel go here.)


marble counters and farm sink   (more…)