I think this weekend might be the first time that I have experienced a DIY fail :(  Lucas and I spent almost 3 hours (not to mention the cost) to create this succulent wall insert. 

I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. Something is just off.  I'm debating on turning it into a wall hanging.  Or adding some sort of tile around the firebox to make it look bigger. Do you have any suggestions for me?

One of the top appeals of our new house was the fabulous screen porch.  We had a great screen porch on Everstone (our last house) as well, but this one is even bigger. We had one little issue though, it didn't have a wall for Nick's TV but now it does.

As you can see, we had our contractor install a shiplap wall to add privacy and to give us a wall in which to hang a TV. 

This is what the porch looked like when we first toured the house.

Here's the porch with our furniture. 

Here's a close up of the board and batten pony walls.

I just love how these bamboo nesting tables turned out with a coat of navy spray paint.

Before      After

We eat dinner here most nights.

Nick built the mantle and Lucas and I assisted with the installation. I think it's gorgeous! It definitely makes the space.

Here's a peak of how it looks on the evening with the string lights on. 

Joe Joe has become quite the Porch Puppy.

This space is almost complete. I'm working on a succulent insert for the fire box to use when we don't need the fireplace insert. More on those plans later.

Happy 16th Anniversary to the love of my life, my sidekick, partner in crime and better half. I love you, Babe! This was our present to each other this year and I couldn't ask for a better gift or a better husband.

I'm getting a lot of questions about our new Great Room curtains so I figured I would post about them.

I fell in love with these Ballard Designs Bowen Curtain panels, which are on sale this weekend.   They were over my current budget though. I already had 2 pairs of Ritva Curtain Panels from Ikea, so we laid them out in the hallway and marked off every 8 inches. Then we used painters tape to create very thin stripes. We eyeballed the thin stripes and just ensured they were straight.

Ballard Designs

These were the supplies that we used.

We have 10' ceilings so the 118" panels were a good length. We used stitch witch to hem to bottoms just a little bit. 

This was the paint that we used. It's called Deep Midnight Blue and I purchased it at Michael's. Before you ask, no, I haven't been to a nail salon. These are press-on nails. I have been a loyal user since way before COVID19. 

The Ritva Panels have a linen-like texture. I was worried that they would make the stripes bleed, but we didn't have any issues. We also didn't water down the paint like people recommend when painting on fabric. 



Our panels aren't perfect, but we are very happy with them. Don't mind the doggie steps at the end of the couch, our yorkie is 15 years old and has bad hips. 

Should we hang the other two panels in the kitchen or in the dining room?

My hubby was checking out my new blog posts today and was shocked and appalled perturbed that I had not yet featured our fireplace wall and DIY curtains.  How dare I!  He did most of the wallpapering and helped with painting the curtains. He's my partner in crime.

I am smitten with how a couple (three to be exact) rolls of peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper have changed the entire look of our living room.  It was pretty easy to install and only took 2-3 hours.  It feels so us and like it was meant to be.  We are not ones to shy away from color if you remember our teal accent wall in our last house. You can see our house on Everstone Road here.

Anyone that knows me well knows that I love teal. So this picture below stopped me in my tracks.  Then I got to thinking that these simple panels would be a good fit with our rug since it is so busy.  Here's a tip, rugs with a lot of patterns are great at hiding stains and are perfect for homes with pets, kids and/or high traffic areas.

Have you noticed that some of your favorite bloggers have gone back to repurposing things that they already have? Or doing more DIY projects?  I don't know if it's just being stuck  safe at home, or having a limited budget or just the slower pace, but my creative juices have been flowing these last couple of months. 

                                                      Ballard Designs
I loved these drapes from Ballard Designs, but they weren't in my budget right now. I'm in the hotel business which has been greatly affected by COVID19.  So I came up with the idea of painting thin stripes on some Ikea curtains that we had purchased on our last trip to Northern Virginia.  I'm really happy with 
how they turned out. 

DIY Ballard Design Curtains
                                                  DIY Stripe Curtain Panels 

I love the look of these Ikea navy velvet drapes but always knew that they would only be a Fall/Winter option for us.

Source: Curtains 

Hubby still thinks we need to use 4 striped panels but I love the openness with only using two. What do you think?  Should we stick with two panels and add some to the kitchen? Or put four striped panels here?

I don't know about you, but being quarantined has gotten my creative juices flowing again.  We want to add board and batten to our downstairs bathroom as well as some wallpaper.  Here's what I have in mind.

My big concern is mixing the chrome hardware from the shower with gold hardware everywhere else. I know you can mix metals, but I don't want it to look haphazard.

Which wallpaper do you prefer?

There were two things that really drew me to this house. The first was the white kitchen with marble countertops. The second was all the windows, especially in the Great Room.

These are pictures from the listing on MLS. As you can see the previous owner had excellent tastes. We haven't changed very much besides the lighting and the wallpaper in the niches next to the fireplace.

This was taken shortly after we moved in. The Frame by Samsung was a must for me to agree to hang the TV over the fireplace. This was also before the new living room rug had arrived and I was still trying to figure out how to style the built-ins. Do you see that enormous basket behind the chair?  That's our new Christmas tree collar. I think these pictures were taken Thanksgiving weekend. 

Here's the new rug from eSalesRugs.com This is the 10 x 13' Stockholm Rug in navy. Don't mind my messy pups. 

Is it wrong to love a chandelier? If it is then I don't want to be right. 

Here's the Great Room all decked out for Christmas with Tucker pilfering through the presents under the tree and Joey relaxing with his beloved ball.

Come back to see an easy, but dramatic change that we made with peel and stick wallpaper.

Since we took a walk down memory lane yesterday with a tour of our old house, today we are going to move into the new house.  We have already made some pretty drastic changes. I have to say that I passed by this house several times on Realtor.com until a picture of the kitchen caught my eye. I knew we would need to make some changes to the exterior so that it would feel more like us.

Exterior Before

Exterior After when we first moved in.

Then we had molding added around the garage. 

This past weekend we painted the front door Sherwin Williams Naval. I reached out to the FB Bless'er House Decorating Community regarding the paint color. Naval was by far the top choice. The second was to leave it the existing terra cotta color. 


For those that are curious about the terra cotta door color, it's Sherwin Williams Roycroft Adobe and the house is painted Sea Salt. 

The Doormat is from Target and the welcome sign was a Walmart after Christmas clearance find. 

I also added some new pillows to the porch and some ferns that I got at Lowes. The funny thing is that I bought these pillows to tie in the color of the front door when it was terra cotta. They look even better with the navy door.

We originally planned to paint the entire house navy or dark gray, and even had a rendering done by James Hardie.

What do you think? Should we eventually paint the whole house? Of course, then I have to pick another color for the front door...