Tuesday, August 19, 2014

lighting love

One of the best ways to update your home
{in my humble opinion}
without breaking the bank
is to update the light fixtures.
I've replaced all the pendant lighting in our home
but I still like to look.
Ok, I'll admit it...
with the thought in the back of my mind
to switching over some of our can lights to pendants.
{if you are married to me and reading this}
I'm not sure where I'd put this beauty
but I would figure it out rest assured...
In our old home we had a ton of reds and yellows,
this house not so much
I would totally snag this 
and spray paint it green...
This one needs nothing, no changing
{except proper installation so it doesn't lean to one side like in the pic}
you know why I like it....
hello lover.
Tery...I'm thinking this is your next project for your etsy store.
{can you send me your link again?}
 reminds me of this lovely...

via vintageluxe.tumblr.com
I like this light for its unexpectedness ...
With a little rub-n-buff
you could have this look...

and save yourself thousands.
Just saying.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

house in the 'hood

Hope y'all are enjoying summer.
It really has flown by hasn't it?
I'm ready to sit back today and do nothing.
Who's with me?
Let's start with a little glimpse
into a recently sold
house in our 'hood...
I don't normally include pictures of the exteriors
but this one is too cute not to...

Loves it!
Loves the wallpaper in the dining room as well.


Across from the dining room
is a bright living room...

and in the back of the house
there's a more comfy den area.
Not a fan of ceiling fans
but in this heat I get it...

I spy a cute kitchen...

Where to start?
I love it all...
lighting, barstools (Ballards?), chalkboard art...

SS appliances, subway tile, countertops...

farmhouse sink, bridge faucet, hood...


Up the cute stairs we go...

I know you don't buy a house for the furniture
but still...
there are some great pieces in this room...

campaign dresser in tealy blue...
I love you.

I regret the choices we made
with our master bath reno
five years ago...
I had a baby and no brain power.
Wish we'd gone the way they did with grays and marble...

Ample room in the master closet...


and a nice spot on the landing for a desk area.
Just dreaming aloud here...

makes me want to paint our guest room...

or just be a guest here so that I can use that old bathtub...

Where you'd find me most days if this were mine...

I'd even put up a ceiling fan on the pergola :)
Stay cool wherever you are.
Have a happy, happy weekend!
all images via har.com

Friday, August 15, 2014

hot in Houston

Happy Friday y'all!
We are in the dog days of summer here in Houston.
Hot doesn't even begin to describe it.
We're soaking up a/c wherever we can find it.
Yesterday the boys couldn't agree on what to do.
They all wanted to different things
and none could be persuaded
to do the other's bidding.
Finally I gave up.
I said if y'all cant decide what to do
then we're gonna do what I want to do.
And we so did.
We went to Home Goods :)
You know, to verify their new app.
I had seen some blue and white lamps on it
and thought they were double happiness lamps.
Alas they were not...my aging eyes deceived me again.
Just stepping into the store lowered my blood pressure.
Who needs meds when you have retail therapy.
We left the store and on a whim decided to go by
If you've never heard of this museum read about it here.
There has to be about half a billion dollars worth of art inside.
Picassos, Warhols, Magritte.
The list goes on and on.
It was unbelievable and breathtaking.
Especially with a six year old.
We had security on us like white on rice.
I was petrified he would touch something
and so were they obviously.
My favorite exhibition was called
where he uses ordinary objects
and pieces from the museum's permanent collection
and styled them into various groupings.
For a design lover I was blown away.
You know I wanted to take pictures
but again the not so secret service was tailing us
{and rightfully so because I didn't take my eyes off my littles for a minute}
and they said no way, no pictures
I did find a snippet of my favorite part of Steinbach's exhibit
where he did a grouping of frames on wall
that was at least 15 feet  x 15 feet tall.
I'm sorry but it was breathtaking.
If you're in Houston you must go.
We also walked over to the Rothko Chapel.
I hope its ok to post this from their website.
I think its one if not THE
most peaceful place I've been to on earth.

 "NW-N-NE by Hickey Robertson" via
I could have stayed in here forever.
are just up my color wheel alley.
Its hard to tell but most of the 13 panels
were in a purple gray shade of lovely.
My littlest didn't get it at all.
He goes "why are they all the same color?"
And with that we left...
complete silence is required inside.
That's not really up our alley at this point in our lives. :)
We went outside where the boys wandered around
the sculpture "Broken Obelisk" for a while
while I watched from a bench in the shade.

Can you tell which is my middle child?

My mini me...the peacemaker. :)
They played with pods from pecan trees surrounding the chapel.
Breaking them apart in various sizes
then testing them in the water above
to see which ones float versus sank based on size.
What can I say?
That's how we roll.
And I like it like that.

 Feel free to share your best beat the heat outings...
with this crew
I need all the suggestions I can get :)


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

three things that may change your life

How's that for a blog post title?
 Let's talk about change...


I don't know about you
but I'm trying to find the balance
between making improvements
and trying to be happy where I am,
with what I have,
and with what I don't have.
With "things" I'm trying to be thankful
and happy because we are so blessed.
We are full.
With me, myself, and I, well, I got some changing to do.

I can relate to the sign above.
Some things you might have to change
and do repeatedly on a daily basis to make it "stick"
and become a new habit or way of living.
I'm working big time to overhaul what I eat.
It's a big change for me.
Some little things you just have to bite the bullet and do...
like with a long standing DIY project.
Just find a day, get the tools, and get 'er done.
Scratch it off the list and move on.
But in either case of big or small
one thing is true...
nothing will change unless you change something.
Just in case I thought I'd share three things
that just might change your life.
Big and small :)

For those of you who may be struggling like me
to find your purpose in life
I read this great article that you might like too.
I recently visited a sports nutritionist.
You may know that I'm training for a full marathon.
My first.
And last.
Although I recently reviewed our training schedule
{my peeps and I joined a national training group}
and was appalled surprised to see
that we will actually run FOUR bleeping marathons
before the actual Houston marathon in January.
Little tip...
Read the fine print people.
Learn from my mistakes.
Long story short ever since I turned 41
I feel like the wheels have fallen off my bus.
I've been fighting weight gain
even though I exercised like a dog.
This spring my friends and I had a friendly
"biggest loser"
weight loss competition.
I joined weight watchers online
and lost around ten pounds.
I even won the bet.
Awesome right?
Of course the following week
I started eating every thing in sight.
And I gained it all back.
Because I had won
and because I ran to eat
I figured I'm running, let's eat!
And so I did.
Whatever I wanted.
I finally agreed
with the little whisper in my head that said
I cant do that at my age anymore.
It was a vicious cycle
and I'm in the process of stopping it.
So I won that bet,
I was still working out.
I decided to go for the full.
I felt great, I truly did.
Like let's do this.
Bring it.
I got this.
And then...
I think it was the particular pace group we joined.
It was a little too fast.
I was too proud to say
"hey, where's the slower group?
this isn't comfortable for me."
And I got hurt.
Plantar fasciitis.
It hurts like the devil.
I had to cut back on exercise big time
because I still want this race
but I don't want to permanently injure my foot
so I'm babying it with every step I take.
So all these things,
this perfect little storm hit
amidst the stress of every day ordinary life.
And one day I just said enough.
Some thing big has to change.
I put my detective skills to work
found said sports nutritionist.
We're working on a plan,
one I'll share if it works.
so all this to say
if you're not happy in your own body,
if something feels broke, don't ignore it.
Try to find a way to fix it.
Even if its hard.
Even if it scares you to change.
With that said if you too are struggling
to exercise or with your weight
here's an app that could change your life...
it is sincerely helping me
to be cognizant of what and how much I'm eating...
the app my fitness pal.
Look it up on iTunes and get it for free.
Saving the best for last.
Sit down for this.
I gasped when I saw this.
Home Goods has an app.
{insert the sound of angels singing}
You're welcome.
Then you sign up for an account
and you can follow the stores closest to you
{or far away}
and you see your store's inventory
from anywhere you are.
Wonder if you can call ahead and book it Dano?
They should add that feature if you ask me.
I'm so giddy about this that my heart is racing.
And if that's wrong I don't want to be right.
Any life changers that you think I should know about?
Leave a comment pretty please.
I'm on a mission to change for the better :)

P.S. If you want me tomorrow
you may find me at a homegoods
picking up something in this picture.

via homegoods app.


Monday, August 11, 2014

flash backs and flash forwards

We attended a family wedding last weekend.
I don't know about you
but I love a good wedding...
any wedding really.
I always makes me flash back to my own
and this one was no exception.
But I also had flash-forwards.
Especially when my husband leaned over and whispered
"you know we're going to blink
and this will be one of ours getting married."
Did you really want me to start crying now?
The bride hasn't even walked down the aisle!?!
And I did.
And she did.
And it was beautiful.
For the first time instead of just watching the bride
during the ceremony
I studied both sets of parents.
I watched as the mother of the bride herself
broke down in tears
watching her little girl daughter cry as she recited her vows.
Then I really lost it.
Knowing how quickly their big days will be here.
The years are flying by
as fast as
some days are so tiring
that you count the minutes until bedtime.
My boys are morphing into little men by the minute
and some days its shocking when they come in to say good morning
because they look like they've grown a foot or two over night.
As much as I want them to grow up,
I want them to stay little.
Anybody else feel that way?
At least when they're little
I know I can shield their hearts.
I know what's coming with the double digit years
when their decisions will become their own
and they will have to live with consequences
beyond a time out or restrictions imposed by
a sucker of a mama in love with her boys.
I like their current plan of buying houses surrounding ours
and all living close to each other
and my littlest little says
he wants to marry me when he grows up :)
I know they'll find their true love...
they may have to kiss a few frogs like most of us do.
I traveled a long and broken road to find their dad.
 I wouldn't trade the lessons on that winding path
for any thing in this world
because it led me to my one and only.
Plus I wouldn't have the marriage I do without those pearls I learned.
Is that weird to be thankful for that?
Its funny because this post in my head
started out as wanting to share what I thought
would be a great wedding gift source
and then it turned into...well, whatever it is...
flash forwards and flash backs I guess.
In what may seem like a strange transition
these lovelies are too good not to share...
Herewith are my new favorite wedding gifts to give
from a new to me shop called

with monogram :)
I admit I would throw one of these in for myself.
Then when baby makes three...
In case you didn't know
most southern ladies say
if ain't moving, monogram it.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

decor detective

My friend Susan is making a plan to update her formal living room.
{you know, in case her husband hears rumors.}
She showed me a picture of a mirror she really wants...

Thrify Décor Chick scored hers a homegoods
but it was a while back
so of course I went into internet search overdrive
trying to find a similar one for Susan.
I haven't found it yet
but I did stumble onto some mirror eye candy...

Zhangye modern mirror

that reminded me of these mirrors
in our home away from home
in Amelia Island

 and you know I never met a sunburst mirror I didn't want like


and you know how I feel about driftwood don't you? 

again with the sunburst
 {or starburst...whatever you want to call it I love it}

 Creative Co-op Sunburst mirror

and to me if one is good
two or three are even better


but I'm pretty sure this is the same mirror
I posted about earlier
which by the way is now on sale for half the price
of the one above...
just saying.

So far its a fail for this décor detective
but that only makes me want to
find a match for my peep even more.
So if you see one like thrifty décor chick has
send up a bat signal pretty please.
{that was for you over 40 who grew up on old school Batman}
I need your help on this one.
Thank you big time in advance. :)