Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sunday Verses

Take Time to Pause and Rest
Happy Sunday! Do you know what renews your soul? For me, it is being out in nature, in the trees, on a mountain, or near water. God knew that we were going to be stressed out, overworked, burdened, and so he told us several times in his word to rest, to give our troubles and worries to him. When we try to manage our stress our way-- with control, overuse of alcohol, food, exercise, internet, anything we use to escape, anger--we do not find rest and renewal. God tells us many times in his word to come to him for rest, to get quiet and still. We are all facing challenges in these uncertain and tumultuous times. Let's quit trying to control tensions and pressures our way and let's give them to Jesus. Oh, and let's remember to practice kindness too along the way.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Creating a Cozy Guest Room on a Budget

Moving to a new state for hubby's job meant I had to leave a job I loved, decorating and merchandising the antique place where I had a booth. It was a small job, and I only worked a a dozen hours a week, but I so enjoyed styling booths. I felt like I made a difference where I worked, that people enjoyed the displays I created, and that they helped sales. When people asked me what I was going to do when we moved, I would cry because my answer was, "I have no idea." I still don't know how to answer that question, although I am looking into some things--focusing more on my blog again is one of those

My new blog focus is sharing how I am decorating our blank slate home and sharing how to make a builder basic house a home with personal style on a budget. I am having fun and am excited to share new projects with you all.
Creating a Cozy Guest Room on a Budget

I am working on our guest room, making it multifunctional and warm on a budget. This cozy sitting area came together with garage sale and thrift store finds.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Easy DIY Coffee Mug Rack

I am not sure what it is about a good coffee mug rack that I love, but I do think every home needs one! I Not only are they the most logical place to store mugs, but a mug rack makes it easy to see and find coffee cups and says to guests, "Help yourself, sit, enjoy a warm cup of something yummy."
Easy DIY Coffee Mug Rack

This easy, DIY coffee mug rack took less than an hour to make.  All you need is a scrap of wood, some hooks and stencils.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Verses

Devotion on Having an Empty Nest
Happy Sunday! If you have been reading my blog, you know that I recently have undergone all types of changes--a job change for hubby, a move out of state, leaving a job I loved, and after 27 years of "in-home parenting", we experienced the sometimes celebrated, often times dreaded, empty nest. While I have known since the day my children were born that some day the home spaces they filled would be vacant, I was unaware of how I would receive that emptiness. It has not been an easy season and I have been slow to accept this transition. But through it, I trust God's truths. I know that life's seasons are set up by God and more importantly, I trust that he is present in all of them. God is in the waiting, he fills the emptiness, he sits with me when I am not okay, when I am unsure about what to do next. Whatever season you are in, wait, trust, be at peace, and KNOW that our Father who loves us beyond measure has a plan and a purpose for each of us. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Creating a Multifunctional Guest Bedroom

If you have read my last few posts, you know that I have moved. And moving involved downsizing, which I kind of love. BUT, downsizing means that rooms, and spaces, and furniture all need to serve multifunctions.

 A guest bedroom is a perfect multi-tasking space and I am working at creating a cozy room that has more than one purpose. Even if you have a big home, I don't think guest rooms should ever just be reserved for guests only. Unless you have constant company, a guest bedroom typically gets used a dozen days, give or take, a year. Reclaim that square footage with multifunctional furniture and ideas. 

Creating a Multifunctional Bedroom

Thursday, September 10, 2020

How To Style Shelves and Make a New House Feel like Home

Changes--as I told you in my last post we have had a lot of changes in our lives lately. One of those was moving 400 miles away to another state. With the move came a downsize and buying a new house. We chose a cute, builder basic, new home and with that came some fun, new home aspects such as shiplap and subway tile. But, a new, builder basic house means no warmth, no lived-in homey look, no character. I have been working at adding the "we have lived here for years", curated look.

The open shelving in the kitchen with the shiplap behind it was definitely one of the selling points for me (practical-to-the-core hubby didn't see it). 

How to Style Open Shelving
I wanted the shelves to be both interesting, personal, and practical or useful. I rarely have items in my kitchen that are just for decor purposes. I want to have items I can use, that serve a purpose, and that make me smile. 
Styling Open Shelves