One Tough Client. A 3-Year-Old and Her New Big Girl Room!

One Tough Client.  A 3-Year-Old and Her New Big Girl Room!

I've had some tough clients in my day.  And before my home design days, I worked as an event planner.  Brides.  That's all I have to say about that.  Boasting a hospitality background, I truly feel that it is best to follow the belief that, "the customer is always right".  Even when sometimes they are not.  Even when... they usually are not.  Like this client.  She is 3.  And she is the most stubborn person who has ever walked the face of the earth in pink polk-a-dot boots.

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The Sky is Open

The Sky is Open

"The sky is open," she whispers.  Her tiny body leans against my chest, and together we sink deeper into my cozy bed.   Her hair is a giant, red mess and already there is a sparkle in her sleepy, little eyes.  A little louder this time and with a bit less patience, "The sky is open Mommy," she says.  I barely peer out from behind my closed eyelids and see that a pale, blue light is seeping in through the curtains.

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Coastal Retreat! My Budget-Savvy Summer Porch Makeover!

I am totally one of those sand-loving beach people.  I'm a sucker for starfish.  A pushover for palms.  The problem is ... I live in central Indiana.  So, I am landlocked. When I ask for salt, it's to melt the ice on my driveway, not for my margarita.  Not so good when you love sunshine, and sand, and balmy breezes. BUT, when summer does come around, there is nothing better than pretending my backyard is beach side, or lake side, or just slightly tropical.  On the wish list for my new home - a coastal-themed retreat!

Here is the before...

Yikes!  Not exactly what I had in mind for a soothing "beachy" retreat.  So, here is the plan to transform this functional 3-season room into my perfect coastal-inspired paradise for UNDER $1200!!!!

  • Step 1 - New Paint
  • Step 2 - New Flooring
  • Step 3 - A functional TV Stand (Cuz, duh, I'm going to watch TV at "the beach")
  • Step 4 - Beachy Curtains
  • Step 5 - Furniture
  • Step 6 - Coastal decor

First we painted the most-boring white walls in the world Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams. We painted the vaulted ceiling as well to accentuate the height and airy feeling of the porch.

Next step; new flooring!  We ripped out the old, musty, white carpet and installed a durable gray-washed laminate flooring.  It's inexpensive, easy-to-clean, and no one will get upset when I forget to close the windows and a thunderstorm rolls in.

While on the hunt for a functional TV stand with storage, I ran across this little gem at Goodwill.  Perfect? No. Potential? Yes.

Good thing I have a storm trooper and Captain America in his pajamas to help me update this $5 vintage cabinet!  

My husband (a fellow beach-lover) has always wanted some long, breezy curtains just like the ones at Tommy Bahama, one of our favorite Florida restaurants.  If you are really serious about moving closer to the beach, you can find your perfect coastal home here!  Otherwise, save up for a real beach house and just find some beachy curtains on Wayfair.com.  Voila...

I grabbed some clearance outdoor furniture, spray-painted an old end table and cocktail table with Rustoleum to match, and tied it all together with an outdoor rug from Tuesday Morning!

Next - Decor!

A vintage Pepsi cooler that my father-in-law gave us is the perfect place to stash towels and outdoor supplies.  Plus, it can double as an extra seat or side table!

A little twine + my starfish collection, and these party lights are coastal!

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The whole fam is enjoying our coastal retreat!  Was that the waves rolling in?  Oh, it was just someone flushing a toilet.  Well, if I am going to watch another episode of Peppa Pig out here, somebody better get me a drink!  Cheers!  From the "beach".

Katie has cancer. Katie has cancer. Katie has cancer.

Katie has cancer. Katie has cancer. Katie has cancer.

I still can't believe it.  But, it's true.  So I repeat those 3 words to myself, waiting for it to sink in.  It doesn't. I wish it was last Friday.  I wish it was last July.  When we were all at the winery in South Haven.  I wish Katie, and he sister, Kerry, and I were drinking wine and laughing.  I wish Katie and Kerry weren't sitting in an oncologist's office right now.  I wish I wasn't sitting on my computer typing out these six haunting letters... c.a.n.c.e.r.

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Finding Faith in an Empty Meadow

Finding Faith in an Empty Meadow

Standing perfectly still in the dewy meadow was a majestic deer.

His large, velvety eyes blinked as his ears moved back and forth.  His breath hung above his head in tiny clouds.  He was beautiful and perfect, but most of all, he was there for our eyes to see.

"Deer", I barely whispered, scared I would make a sound and awake from a dream.  We seemed to all fall together against the window, pressing our hands against the cool panes. We watched him in silence until he turned toward the forest. He took a few powerful bounds, and was gone.

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Unpacking My Thoughts From South Beach

Unpacking My Thoughts From South Beach

I arrived home from my girls' getaway weekend to South Beach well over a month ago.  I think I wrote the following post, like 3 weeks ago, and now I am just hitting "publish".  Good timeline right?!  No, I didn't lose my computer or go off the grid.  It's just, y'know, life.  Regardless of my excuses, here are my thoughts and brief reflections on my brief escape, finally..

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Mama is Gonna Fly the Coop!

Mama is Gonna Fly the Coop!

So, instead of putting a band-aid on, I am pulling one off!  I am doing something I have been too afraid to do... go.  I just had never gone anywhere since I first heard, "It's a boy!" almost six years ago.  I think when we get too comfortable, we need to make a change.  We need to challenge ourselves.  We need to buy the ticket.  As moms, we are always giving ourselves away, often to the point there is nothing left to give.  I don't want to get there.  I don't want my cup to be empty.

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A Mama Must-Have... BabyBin!

A Mama Must-Have... BabyBin!

Thankfully there is a new service that throws new parents a life boat during those foggy first weeks and months... BabyBin!  BabyBin is a monthly delivery service providing all the things you need for baby.  They anticipate what you need for each month of baby's development and ship it right to your door.  For FREE! 

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Decor Ideas for Spring 2015!

Decor Ideas for Spring 2015!

Winter is finally coming to a close, which means that spring has almost sprung. It’s time for greenery and new growth, for spring cleaning and organization, for putting away the heavy coats and boots in exchange for light jackets and color. Spring is also an opportunity to refresh your home with seasonal decor, incorporating the energy and preparing for a season of new beginnings. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can give your home that fresh spring look. Check out these design ideas that bring spring to the indoors.

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What I've Learned In a Year of Hearing, "Mommy, Somebody Needs You"

What I've Learned In a Year of Hearing, "Mommy, Somebody Needs You"

In the blink of an eye, they will be wriggling out of your arms.  And, before you know it, you will be called just "Mom", and then sometimes "Megan" and then "Grandma".  They are growing up.  By the day, the hour, even the second.  This morning may have been the last time my baby called her big brother "Da chi".  That may have been your last time sitting in the carpool line.  Tomorrow may be the last time your pre-tween son lays his head on your shoulder.  And we may have just been too busy to notice.  We may be so consumed with the craziness of life, that the "substance of life" just slipped through our fingers.

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