Monday, April 14, 2014

Oh snap! (Literally)

Often God puts something on my heart and tells me to share. These are never my most popular posts and quite honestly they don't get much traffic at all. But, if it's on my heart, I believe there's a reason. And, if it touches the soul of only one individual then it's worth it.

Church buildings will be packed this weekend as people gather to celebrate Easter. Want to know something? This makes me mad. Sounds strange, right? Well, it's true. Why aren't these buildings packed every single week? I believe there's a shift in thinking going on right now and it appears that younger generations are seeing less of a need to "go" to church. I totally get this way of thinking, I do. Church isn't a place you "go" it's something you "do." Essentially, YOU are the body of Christ and your actions show others His love.

Let me give you an example. Our new church home has small groups that meet in people's homes once a week or so. The idea behind small groups is to grow deeper relationships with those you worship alongside every week. We've only attended small group once, 2 weeks ago. We were planning to attend last night's gathering but earlier in the day one of our HUGE trees came crashing down and was leaning on our house. It was the craziest storm, nothing...just a tree snapping in half in the middle of the day for no apparent reason.

Anyway, John and I got busy chopping it and trying to remove as much as possible. He sent a text to the couple hosting small group that night and told them we'd have to miss since we had to get the tree off our house.

Next thing you know, 4 people, whom we've only met once, were in our driveway chopping and lugging around tree branches! They had canceled small group and headed over to help the second they knew we were in need. We were blown away by their actions and so appreciative.

I told Reed, "Quick, get outside...I want you to see church in action." These men were "doing" church. Their selfless, Christ-like actions were exemplifying the call to love others the way God loves us.

So, it may seem like I'm validating the way of thinking that leans towards not "attending" church but actually I'm not. You see, if our family hadn't chosen to walk through the doors of that building and suffered through the weeks of being new and not knowing anyone, we wouldn't have received the blessing that was bestowed on us yesterday. We would have been left to carry the burden of removing that tree by ourselves. There is something to be said about surrounding yourself with a community of like-minded believers. You "go" to church to build that community, then you use those relationships to go forth and "do" church.

If you're one of those people that typically only attends church on Easter and Christmas weekends, I'd like to challenge you to open your heart and your mind to walking through those doors on other weekends as well. Allow yourself to be blessed, you deserve it!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Graphic Wall Treatment Before/After

It's done! This little, okay huge, project has been sitting unfinished for the longest time. High spots and funky angles (on the tall wall to the right) had me dragging my feet on wrapping things up, but last weekend I kicked it into high gear and got 'er done.

Pretty sure I said this in the first post about this wall, but John really outdid himself this time! Can I just take a minute to brag on him?! His patience and attention to detail are impeccable. Now, my patience when it came to waiting for the work to be done, is a whole other story. ;) 

Do you remember what things looked like when we moved in? One, big golden blank space...


You may also remember that our original plan was to leave the wall on the right blank then continue the diamond pattern onto the wall on the left. Well, John was concerned I wouldn't be happy with the transition (around the corner) and I started to get a little concerned that that much pattern might lend itself to being too busy, so the idea of stripes was born.

We simply followed the width of the existing piece and carried it on along the wall. I like how it looks like giant arrows pointing to the crazy cool graphic pattern as the main attraction.

Lots of interesting lines going on, right? Did you notice how the visual line carries from the far left wall on through to the stairs? It's details like this that others may never notice but they truly solidify the overall design in my mind.

I struggled with how to accessorize this space since I wanted your attention to be mainly on the wall. I searched high and low then finally ran across these old luggage racks at an Antique Mall in Austin and I was sold. They give the illusion of a bench but take up much less visual space yet they're still functional if someone needs to lay a purse or bag on them when they've just entered our house.

See how the wall on the right extends all the way to the second floor? Yeah, that was the booger wall that held up completion of this project. Scaffolding sure would have been nice!

And, one last look at the transition and dimension that this treatment brings to our entry. We used 3/4" MDF and I love the depth it adds to the walls.

I think it's safe to say, we're putting our stamp on this house one project at a time!

Linking up to: East Coast Creative

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Army Cot Love

You guys offered up tons of great advice earlier this week (you're the best, by the way) and I'm happy to report that I'm now the proud owner of a vintage army cot. It looks old and raggedy but that's just the way I like it! Well, kind of. The canvas is a tad bit too old and raggedy so it will have to be replaced, but the base is perfection.

 Are you wondering how much I paid for it? I guess it's only fair to share this information since I asked you what you would spend, right? I emailed the seller and asked if $35- $40 was in the range of what he was expecting to receive. He responded that $35 was great. Done. It was mine! I was so impressed that he didn't take advantage of me for the extra 5 bucks.

In this shot you can see the stairs curving over head. It's going to be a cozy little area when all is said and done.

 Here you get a better perspective of the space. The zebra bench will be exiting, as will the doggie bed that's trying to camouflage into the bottom stairs in this shot.

I got even more excited about our new cot when I saw how fun they look when covered with amazing textiles...

Then, I realized what a steal I got as I searched around Etsy and found out these babies sell for a pretty penny!
$130 (with shipping) from AntikaGarage Etsy Shop

$205 (with shipping) from etsy shop, wooddesignsby

Thanks again to those of you who offered up your two cents!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Need your opinion...

I ran across this flickr image and thought it was super cool. I've been toying with the idea of building a built-in bench below our stairs but this seems like a really unique and much less expensive option. Plus, I won't be very committed if I get tired of it and decide to try something new in a few years!

So, I did a little Craigslist search for cots and it looks like there's a local one available...
Apparently, it was found in an attic so the seller doesn't know much about its history.

It looks like it's not in the best shape but it does have the wooden base I'm going after. So, there wasn't a price attached, the seller asked for interested buyers to make offers. Agghh! I can't stand situations like this.

I've searched a little and it looks like new cots run around $40 but have a metal frame. There's one vintage cot listed at $70 firm but it looks like it's in much better condition. What would you do? How much would you offer? I know many of you are craigslist experts, so go ahead and impart your wisdom!

Friday, March 28, 2014

fun & affordable lighting options

I love unique lighting but I don't love the big price tags that so often accompany these pieces. Amen?! Below are a handful of finds that will elevate your design without emptying your pockets.

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Happy weekend, friends!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Inspiring Design and bathroom paint

I was fortunate enough to tag along on John's business trip and spent the the last several days in Vegas. While Vegas isn't my favorite place on earth, it sure was nice to lay poolside in 85 degree weather while smelling the aroma of orange trees in full bloom. I only say that to give you guys hope who are still dealing with the crazy snow...spring is coming, I promise!!

I spent a little time walking around and taking in the amazing designs Vegas has to offer. I was blown away by the architecture in Aria. Talk about inspiration!

Check out this agate staircase...

It's absolutely stunning in person! John and I were talking about how incredible it'd be to dream up something off the charts like this and have the people on your team to make it happen. Such a dream come true.

Isn't this an incredible structure? It's houses a restaurant on the middle level and the concierge desk below.

My parents have been watching the kiddos while we've been gone and they were a little worried about being bored during the daytime hours while they were at school. I took full advantage of their possible boredom and left my dad with a couple paint cans, rollers and our master bathroom! (Don't worry, he loves to paint...seriously.) I can't wait to get home to see it (and the kids, of course). 

Here's what we decided on...
With the walls complete, I don't have any other excuses to keep me from tackling painting those silly cabinets. I'm a little scared...we have lots of cabinets!

Friday, March 21, 2014

How to hide the uglies

I titled this post before I added the picture of my new do, but it still kind of fits. Too funny! I don't like including pictures of myself on the blog much but I always like it when other people do. It's fun having a face to go with the verbiage, so here ya go...
I always know it's time for a haircut when I realize it's been way too long since I've worn my hair down. The lazy doo-doo roll becomes an everyday habit and the only way for me to break it is to chop it all off so it's not an option anymore!

Moving on to a design-related topic...

This may be a little obvious but just in case it isn't, I wanted to give you the 'behind the scenes' look at how I hid our unsightly breaker box and sprinkler system control box. It's pretty simple...we used a L-bracket. Since my 'art' is a chart, it worked out perfectly.

It stands away from the wall enough to act as a shield while continuing to allow easy access to the boxes if/when need be. There's another function that's not pictured. Can you guess what it is? Yep, there's just enough room to put a hanger or two up there if a piece of clothing needs to dry. Dual purpose greatness!
I walk through the laundry room a gazillion numerous times a day since it's a pass through to our garage. I love having a more inviting entrance and exit for our family.
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