Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fall 2015

Fall has come to Houston, at least for a couple of days. We have enjoyed the first bowls of chili and as I sit here typing I am enjoying the smell of an apple pie in the oven. Fall just screams comfort food. This is a just out of the oven, not staged picture.

If you wait for it to feel like fall around here you might never decorate, so I don't wait. Generally the first of September I start adding a few things here and there. This year we were hosting some friends for the book dedication of Suffering Well and I pretty much just went for it! My favorite things to add for fall are lots of natural elements this year including nuts in the shell, of course pumpkins, I love the white ones, pine cones and just to be honest whatever I find in my yard. And I loved the look of the book pages so much I decided to leave them for the season!

The breakfast area with my newly made placemats is a favorite and although not a natural element, nothing says fall quite like candy corn!

White pumpkins showed up everywhere, even in the bookcase.

And finally nothing says fall quite the way a birdcage with pumpkins put in your fireplace! I love to add quirky fun and a bit unexpected things!

I hope you are enjoying a little bit of fall this weekend!   Blessings!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

I Am Not a Fashionista

This is definitely not a fashion blog, but I am taking a break from home and hospitality because a couple of weeks ago I discovered something. I am not a fashionista, not only am I not a fashionista I am so out of style that I am almost back in style! There is a blog that I follow written by a 20 something young married, I follow because I know this family and it is a super way to keep up with them. That is where it ends and I became profoundly aware of that a couple of weeks ago. She posted about style for fall and was commenting on the fact that flare jeans are back in style and she is not sure about that because she wore them in middle school! What! Flare jeans are not in style, I wear a pair of flare jeans almost weekly and just to be honest I feel like I rock them! Now I find out not only are they not in style, they are so out of style they are considered to be coming back! Talk about a moment where I feel every bit of middle age, and when was the last time I shopped for jeans, I am not sure, I don't remember.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Updating the Front Porch

Anyone who has read my blog for very long knows that our 1960's house is a work in progress.  We worked the early part of summer on replacing the soffits on the back of the house and painting the trim.  Then it seriously got too hot to paint and we had a busy summer so we took some time off.  Well a couple of weeks ago we began working on the front of the house.  Remember what it looked like when we moved in?

We removed all of the vinyl siding on the front gable and found the wood underneath to be in good shape.  We decided to go with the cedar posts like we used on our previous house when we redid the back patio.   We removed the vent on the gable and although it was wood and original to the house we decided to replace it with cedar.  If you have ever remodeled an older house you know that what was standard in 1963 is not standard in 2015.  We were looking at something custom fitted, that was as expensive as it sounded and would take up to three weeks.  The big store with the orange sign had one but it was a bit too small, well Mr. Wonderful decided he could custom fit it himself and I must say it is one of my favorite things.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Book Celebration and Dedication

Over the weekend we celebrated the publishing of a book written by Josh King.  Josh and his precious wife, Paloma are friends and church family.  Josh wrote Suffering Well , a book about Job.  We wanted to celebrate this awesome accomplishment and pray for God to use not only the book, but Josh and Paloma and their family to His glory.

The King family!

Love book signings!

But book signings with friends are even better!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Right Color of Paint

Sometimes the hardest part of any project is finding the right color of paint.  Anyone else?  We stuck with a standard off white paint for the walls when we moved in because it is neutral, I love it with the contract of white trim and it looks good in most every room.  The key being "most" every room.  The guest bathroom, like everything else in the house has undergone several projects.  We painted when we first moved in just to freshen things up, then we replaced the counter top with the black granite that is in the kitchen.  We also replaced the vinyl flooring with tile.  One of the things we decided not to replace was the tile on the wall and in the shower area.  It is in perfect condition and although some might consider it dated, I think it goes well with the feel of our older home.  Now the problem, the tile is a chameleon, with the neutral off white paint it looked gray, although previously it looked "greige".  Even when we added the floor tile that has both gray and tan, the paint just didn't work. 

Before we moved in!