July 6, 2015

Our Master Bathroom

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends!  We'd had several wonderful events happen here since I last posted.

Our son showed up for a surprise visit!  We knew he was coming eventually but apparently he was intentionally vague and he rang the doorbell with no warning.  So, I'm a happy mom!

The next day, our daughter gave birth to our new grandson, Lucas James!  So I'm a happy Grandma!

So, we kept the Fourth simple for new mom and baby by grilling on the deck and swimming.

I've shared our master bedroom with you before but today, I thought I'd share our master bathroom.

Our master bedroom and bath are on the second floor of our house, overlooking the back yard and pool.  We've done a few cosmetic updates over the years in our bathroom but I'm actually hoping this is a 'before' photo.
We have plans to tear out the bathtub and surrounding platform and the vanity.  Then put in a new marble looking floor.

Then I've found a claw foot tub and double vanity that looks like French dresser that we'll put in here. It will really open up the space to get rid of this large platform.
We recently had new windows put in both of these rooms and we haven't bothered to put the blinds back up in the bathroom.  There's nothing behind our house but rolling hills so I don't worry too much about privacy.  Here's the link to our master bedroom that I shared last year.

We have a cathedral ceiling in our bathroom that is finished with what looks like a hardwood floor. I'm thinking I will white-wash it when we tear everything out. (Please excuse my arm sticking out into this photo - I could't get the shot any other way!) lol

From our bathroom, you walk between two sets of built in closets to get to a room that has the toilet and a double shower.
I have a collection of wicker chests and baskets (HomeGoods) on top of the closets where we store our off-season clothes.  We also have a large walk-in cedar closet off the hallway.  The toilet and shower room also have a high ceiling and a skylight that opens.  The shower is to the right.
The chandelier used to be above our dining room table.  I replaced it with this.

The stained glass was a gift from my mother in law.  We found it in a little shop in Virginia.

Hopefully we'll get some estimates soon on our tile job.  We've done tile work before but feel like our shower is over our skill level.

Have a great week!  My house is a little more chaotic (and messy) than usual with our son here but we're enjoying his visit so much!

And we are so blessed with our new grand son, Luke!  God is so good and we are celebrating this wonderful gift of family!

love and blessings~
"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he'll not depart from it."  Psalm 226

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June 23, 2015

New Windows and a 'New' Desk

Hello All!  I hope you're having a wonderful week!

I also hope you're not getting tired of seeing our living room.  I've been trying to finish some things up in this area and then will actually be moving on!  lol

I had turned an old desk into a secretary last year by adding an inexpensive book shelf and first painted it white. See how I did it here. But as the room evolved, I decided it would look like it belonged better if it weren't quite so white.  I used the same two colors on it that I used on our china cabinet, Painting a China Cabinet but on this piece I used more of the darker color.  

We also finally got our new window put in and my sweet husband added wide moulding around the new patio door and window.

I got up the other morning and the sun was streaming in the new windows and I was struck by how much I liked this room a) without the shutters? or b) without the blue of the shutters?
My husband came downstairs and I made the same comment to him and he looked appreciatively at the room too.

He used nice quality 6" wide boards around each window.  We decided not to miter the corners and to add some trim later if the seams were too obvious.    These pictures were taken before I primed them or painted them.
I filled my 'new' desk again with my blue and white.  One of the things that caused me to incorporate my blue and white in my decor again was this beige color.  I like it so much better with the beige than I did with the pure white furniture and slip covers.
I primed the window trim yesterday and am planning on painting it today.  Then I'm considering not adding the shutters back or painting them the same color as the desk.
What do you think?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

love and blessings~


 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me." John 15:4

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June 22, 2015

Dining Al Fresco

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a Happy Father's Day!

We had a wonderful weekend - celebrating our granddaughter Rhynn's third birthday with building a swing set and a pizza party and celebrating our dads in our typical fashion - grilling on the deck.


We love piling around this table that my husband made.
Because we eat our here so often in the summer, I've collected dishware that is outdoor safe.  Most everything on the table is either wooden or acrylic.  I love these glasses because no one can ever tell that they're acrylic until they touch them.
The dinner and dessert plates are all acrylic and the little bird napkin holders are metal.

You can see our new window in this picture.  We replaced an old patio door with a window last week and I am loving the change.  My husband and I painted the new trim, both inside and out, and it looks likes it's always been there.


I've moved my herb garden to the deck for the summer and this baker's rack is a perfect place for it.
A carafe is great for ice water  It has a plastic lid that keeps the critters out.
And for the first time this summer, the weather was perfect for an after dinner swim.  My husband, the best dad and "Captain" in the whole world, had a great time with our Levi and Rhynn.
I hope your weekend was as blessed as ours!  Happy Father's Day to my Heavenly Father.  His grace and love in my life is more than I can ever thank Him for.  It will take me all of eternity to express how grateful I am for His loving presence in my life.

love and blessings~

"Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love."  John 15:9


All dishes and glasses - Meijer
Wooden salad bowl - HomeGoods
Napkin ring - Amazon
Linen napkins - HomeGoods
Wooden candle holders - garage sale
Glass carafe - Meijer
Recycled glass stemware - One King's Lane
Baker's rack - Joss&Main