9.01.2014

Adding character...

Let me just start this off by saying, Wow.  Seriously, it was so eye opening to me that I am not the only one in this type of family situation.  You look at other families and have no idea what is going on with them or that they might be experiencing the pain I've felt.  Some of you mentioned that I would get a phone call, and you were right- just as soon as that family member boarded the plane my phone rang.  I told them that I was hurt and I just couldn't do it anymore.  I don't think they get it or understand why I feel the way I do, but that is not my problem.  My feelings are valid and I am going to protect myself.
Thank you for the beautiful comments and well wishes- that meant so much to me.

Now on to some decorating stuff- because, hello!- fluffy fun ;)

Our fireplace started out as a mantel only deal.  Originally when the house was built the fireplace didn't have a mantel.  They were going for an authentic English fireplace- sans mantel.

If you follow me on Instagram all of my pictures are taken with a tilt.  This is because I cannot take a straight picture for the life of me!  This one is PROOF of that...
I had some chunky corbels that I had used in the last house over the bathroom window with a shelf...


If you are wanting some corbels like this, visit The Weathered Woodshop on Etsy.  These are not old corbels, but they are chunky, chippy and the shop owner is fabulous to work with.

We also used some of the vintage wood salvage I found on our last Roundtop trip to give the dining room window a little visual interest.  I knew I wasn't going to put curtains in this room, so a bit of chippy wood at the top of the window was perfect.



Thanks to Dorie from Tuesdays with Dorie, I had the chance to add one of her son's lovely range hoods to our kitchen.  It is by far my most favourite piece of vintage chippy character in our entire home...



Lamps made from old balusters are my favourite in our bedroom...



I'm still tweaking and adding bits to our tiny tudor to give it a bit of character and interest.  I'm planning another trip to Roundtop in the next few weeks for antique week, so I will be scouring the stands for wood salvage.  

I probably should get my tetanus vaccination updated before then...

8.29.2014

Shutting a door...

I'm trying to be more open and honest on this blog.   It is not easy for me, since I did share openly once and it bit me in the ass.   Then I thought, ridiculous!  This is my blog and I own my story.



I've had some family stuff going on with a very close extended family member who decided to push me aside to accommodate another family member's feelings.  This wouldn't have been so hurtful to me if I wasn't the one who actually lives near this family member and does so much with/for them.

It basically comes down to if there is another sickness, hospital stay or a death- I am not to be there.   Never mind the fact that I live ten minutes from this person, talk every day to this person, take trips with this person, or come running when they need something.  The fact that I thought we had a friendship, a real relationship doesn't seem to matter when this other family member decides to breeze into town after not calling, not visiting for over three years- not even bothering to answer the phone when called.

I've cried ugly tears while my husband held me.  I've lost sleep, gotten angry, and wanted to punch someone.  Then after all of that a wave of peace passes over me and I'm okay with it.  I love the saying, "Never push a loyal person to the point of not giving a damn".  That's how I feel right now.  I always suspected that if this other person did show up I would be pushed aside, now that it's been confirmed I feel a sense of relief almost.  At least I know where I stand, and I wasn't crazy for thinking it all those years.

My husband loves me, my children love me and I have friends who love me.  I'm not going to waste any more time chasing after the affections of someone who clearly doesn't reciprocate.


I love myself enough to shut the door.

8.28.2014

Master bathroom...

Our master bathroom is 4x8.  Yep, 4x8.  In Texas the trend in newer homes is that you have master bathrooms large enough to host a dinner party in them.  I'm not even kidding.  

Back in 1971 when this Nasa community was established they let the same engineers who designed the rockets design the bathrooms of the town homes we live in.  I am kidding.  Sort of.

Here is the master bath before we gutted it:


And here is the after:

Light is an outdoor lantern from Home Depot...

White subway tile with grey grout, floor tile is small octagons...
 I never could find a mirror I loved, but instead I found this tray/mirror that I loved.  It works perfectly for this tiny space...
Mirror/tray is from Homegoods...
 We also could not find a vanity that we liked at a price we wanted, so Travis built the vanities for both the bathrooms...


 I love how the tile looks next to the wood floors...


Here is the breakdown of what we spent on this tiny master remodel.  We did save some money by doing the plumbing and drywall ourselves...

Tile:  $850
Toilet & Sink:  $260
Wood for vanity:  $35
Faucet for sink and shower:  $215
Shower door:  $890
Mirror/Tray from Homegoods:  $40
Lantern from Home Depot:  $25

Total spent:  $2,315


8.27.2014

eShakti...


Several months ago I was contacted by the online clothing company, eShakti, to review one of their clothing items.  eShakti is a unique online boutique that allows the customer to custom fit their pieces, and I immediately thought of Sara and the upcoming wedding we were going to attend in June.

Anyone who is related to, or has raised a person with Down Syndrome knows that it's not easy to find clothes that fit right.  At only 4'7 and 130 pounds, Sara is not an easy fit.  Being contacted by eShakti at that moment was nothing short of divine intervention.

I went to their website and used the handy customized measurement calculator to determine what size Sara needed.   The sizes are customized with your specific measurements and then the dress is created to flatter just you.   After you have entered in your measurements you can choose the length, neckline, sleeve type, or waistband to suit you.   Since Sara is on the short side we adjusted the length and changed up the sleeves a bit.

Sara's dress came in and I held my breath as she tried it on...and it fit perfectly!  The quality was amazing, with material that was a heavier cotton and lined.


We chose an apple green and she accessorized with some silver strappy sandals and her signature pink pearls.


 Sara and William danced the night away and Sara received so many lovely compliments on her dress...



eShakti doesn't just sell dresses, they also offer tops, skirts, and wedding attire.   This was such a fabulous experience and I know we will be ordering more clothes from them in the future!


8.19.2014

Seeing the possibilities...

I never really thought much about the ability to look at a space and envision what it would look like differently.  Even as a kid I could see something and just picture it a different colour or configuration.  Honestly, I thought everyone could do that.  Like breathing.  Then I got older and realized that not everyone can do what I do in the same way that I am seriously lacking in math skills.

This kitchen was no different.  I could see the cabinets, countertops, tile and the coveted range hood before we ever tore any of it out.  I knew that with the right design this 9x12 kitchen could bring it.

Here are a few shots of where we started:



The original cabinetry was actually in very good shape.  The construction was solid and they were built on site...back in 1970.  I toyed with the idea of keeping the lowers, but the configuration of them on the right side included a built in oven, and there was no way to convert that into anything usable.  Along with Travis' crazy work schedule and us having to be moved in by August, we opted to purchase new cabinets.

Then came the demolition part.  Funny tidbit, we started ripping the kitchen out before it was funded through the lender.  I think our real estate agent had a small heart attack when he called and could hear hammering in the background.  It all worked out fine, house funded just as we were pulling out the last cabinet ;)



Here is what the kitchen looks like today.  It was a complete gut job, but well worth it in the end.  We still have a smidge of trim work to finish up, but I am calling this kitchen "finished"...


Range hood by the talented Tuesdays with Dorie stove is a GE drop in...

Cabinets are Kraftmaid in Mushroom...


Light from Kenroy Home

Open shelving designed and built by Travis...

Fridge only by Frigidaire...



Molasses man sat in my Grandmother's kitchen...


I get asked a lot about how I am liking the marble.  I love it, as in sometimes I sneak downstairs at night, pet it and softly sing to it.  Yes, it scratches- we already have a few, and yes, it stains- those are coming I'm sure, but I find beauty in the imperfections.


Hope y'all are having a lovely week so far.  I am still sorting through things in the garage and slowly, but surely thinning it all out.  Downsizing has been a process, but I feel 100 pounds lighter for it!

Savvy Southern Style