Monday, March 31, 2014

reminds me of...

I saw this the other day
and immediately thought of
Emilie from
{a must read blog if you don't know it already}
Chinoiserie style + Green = rocks the house
The bird house that is.
Currently on sale for $38.
 {plus sign up for emails and get a 10% coupon}
Also at World Market
check out these two pieces of wall art.

 They remind me of the ones I just scored from
Don't they?
They have a ton of cool coastal pieces
to choose from right now.
I'm thinking of adding this one
to our breakfast area...
 Not sure if the colors are what I'm looking for
but I'm a sucker for a coastal scene.
Have you found any new pieces
from World Market
that you're loving?
Do tell...

Friday, March 28, 2014

project paint island DONE!

It only took me eight months to do this project.
Why so long?
Take your pick:

1. I couldn't decide on a color.
I'm a Libra.
Go figure.
2. I didn't want to hire painters to come back into my house.
I like the contractor we used for the kitchen reno
but his painters, one in particular, creeped me out.
Yes, I know, I could have
and probably should have
said something to his boss.
But then the paranoid person that lives inside me
thought maybe the boss would tell him what I said
and then you'd see my story one night on Nancy Grace.
After he you back at me for reporting him.
So I decided I would do it myself.
Which leads me to...
3. I was intimidated by using oil paint.
Stop laughing.
Give me latex paint any day.
But for some reason oil based paint scares me.
And yes I am a chemist.
Which is why I don't like have solvents around the house.
I just don't.
Because I want to dispose of them the right way.
Which can be a pain.
If you don't have a recycling place near you.
Thankfully we do.
So finally I did it.
I'm sure you're glad you don't have to read me
say one more time
 that I'm "about to buy the paint"
or "I just have to paint the island."
I tell you what spurred me into getting off my duff
and conquering this paint project...
She not only used the same paint color I did
{BM Graphite}
but she gave lots of handy tips like taping off
door hinges rather than take the doors off.
 I was inspired and now am thankful that its done.

By the way...
I had a hard time find the metallic spray paint
that I had researched and planned to use
on the cabinet hardware for the island.
In the end I just wanted this project done
{and I'm sure you feel the same way :)}
so I bought this product
at my local hardware store instead...

I did a couple of coats and voila!
Here's the end product...
I'm hoping that over time
the finish will dull down

 to better match the Hicks pendants.
Or I might just buy some brass knobs :)
Going to Round Top next week
and you never know what you'll find there :)


You might giggle when I tell you
that I am now obsessed with painting.
I spent all day yesterday taping off baseboards.
My plan for today is to paint them all :)
{then hopefully write a kitchen reno summary}
Wish me luck!
Enjoy your day!


I saw a "best of the nest" link party
where you can submit a link
to your best project from March.
I linked to this one :)
Click over to submit your own
or just to find new to you blogs...
I added a bunch of new ones to my side bar.
I love finding new inspiration don't you?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

warning: curves ahead {and a sale}

Before we went to Sea World last week
I ran into the nearest Loft to try on
this dress I'd seen on a recent email...
Kind of reminds me of
Nice draping that covers
 "problem" spots if you know what I mean.
I know that its going to come in handy
on hot Houston days this summer.
While I was there I may have also
grabbed a pair of these shorts...
Happy with my two items I went home.
You know I almost never pay full price.
But I knew I would wear these
two things to pieces this summer.
The next day I opened my emails
to find one from the Loft
taunting was a
 40% off everything code.
I went back to the store
and they graciously did
a price adjustment for the 40% off.
I'll take the $50 savings.
And spend it again.
At the Loft :)
As long as I'm there I figured
I may as well see what else was on sale right?
Well I'm glad I did because I found
{for me}
the perfect fitting jean
from their "curvy" line.
I know it sounds like a misnomer
Apparently the Loft figured out
that if you can make a girl
feel good about a jean
especially when you name it a skinny jean
then she'll buy it.
In multiple versions.
Except the cat got out of the bag
because my husband
{the one who's favorite word is budget}
{and is the type of guy
who checks our account balances.
asked me if three separate transactions,
all from a place called LOFT
where indeed mine.
Yep, she said sheepishly in a whisper,
but they make me feel good.
And maybe she added
"happy wife is a happy life."
Be sure and say it with a smile when you do.

Today is your lucky day because
Loft is having
 a "friends and family" event
for 40% off.
and they'll send you a code.
Let me know what you find :)

look for striped bedding

If you like PB Teen's rugby striped quilt
then you'll love this more affordable version
{currently on sale for $50.39}
You're welcome :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

another obsession...

I think we can say its official.
I'm clearly obsessed with is stripes.
And bedding.
Because I ordered another set.
But at least its not for me personally.
Its for my littlest little.
I've always had this vision of
Serena and Lily's "Ronan" bedding for his room.


but I already had the knock off version
of the navy and white striped duvet
in the twins room.
See what I mean about obsession?
So of course when I stumbled upon this...

I bookmarked it quickly as a favorite.
Because I was really looking
for a king sized quilt
But I kept thinking about it.
I mean seriously.
Its my favorite color combination
apple green + navy.
And its striped.
And its a set...even better.
You get the quilt and the pillow sham.
You know I was going to be a bulldawg with a bone
until I could figure out where this could work in our house.
And then it went on sale.
From $69.99 to $50.
And then I found a $10 coupon.
Plus free shipping.
Plus if it doesn't work I'll just
take it back to my closest Target.
Its a win-win.
How could I resist?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

favorite find

Ho.lee. Cow.
Look at what's made its way to World Market.
Say it with me.
Specifically my beloved
mani fabric...

You can order an ottoman in it as well.
Not a fan of blue?
No worries...they have the terracotta color way too.
By the way...his Prasana fabric
is represented as well...

If you're in the market for a custom headboard
be sure and check out
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
dear world market,
 if you're reading this
you might consider
ready to order drapes
in these fabrics.
in various lengths.
including 96 and 108 inches.
not just 84".
pretty please.
and thanks! :)}

second coat

Hands down I'm loving
my newly painted
kitchen island.
To me it just brought everything together...
kind of like the perfect accessory for an outfit
that takes it from ho-hum
"HUBBA HUBBA! Look at her!"
Back when I was dreaming
{which I promise to wrap up soon
with a "before and after"
 with source list post
so that we can all move on :)}
I thought I wanted a green island.
I am so thankful to the wonderful Mary Ann
for pushing me to think outside the box.
It was her idea to go dark.
As usual she was spot on!
The color is BM Graphite.
Its a deep dark gray
that looks black almost.
I think its a perfect match to the metal
Plus it pulls the black from our PB bar stools.
Its like a belt that cinches in the bar area of the kitchen.
I'll take pictures from that angle
 to show you what I mean.
Once my OCD self cleans the kitchen up better
and puts everything in its place. :)
And you may have noticed all the hardware
in the kitchen is oil rubbed bronze.
I'm thinking of spray painting
the knobs for the island
with this...
or more of a "brass" finish
like you see in the Hicks pendants...

Monday, March 24, 2014

look for less...

In case you love the look of Bungalow 5's Jacqui side table...
{cost ~$910}
then you'll love this...

Originally priced at $750
its currently on clearance for $225!
It's available in four color ways to boot.
Plus if you use the code "SHOP4FUN"
you get an extra 10% off.
{Until 3-26-2014}
Oh and free shipping too!
You're welcome!


The boys went camping this weekend
and for the first time in over a decade
I was all by myself in my house overnight.
So what'd I do?
I had dreams of calling my girlfriends
and having them over for a wine night.
But it was spring break and people were traveling.
So what's a girl to do?
Here's a hint...
Hopefully today I'll get the last coat painted
and I can check this project off my list!
I love it!
Stay tuned...


Saturday, March 22, 2014

one year

I've been counting down to this for a while now.
Knowing it was coming.
The anniversary since my friend passed.
My heart hurts writing this.
Like I can't breathe deeply.
I know what I feel is nothing,
nothing compared to what her family feels.
I hope time has eased their pain a little.
Or makes it easier to bare.
I have no idea how they must feel.
I haven't lost anyone that close to me.
They lost their wife,
their daughter,
their sister,
their mother.
I don't know where to start...
Over the weekend we took our boys to Sea World.
Its spring break here.
We've all been sick with various things.
It hasn't been pretty.
I'll spare you the details.
In sum one word can tell you all you need to know.
But we had this trip planned and paid for so we went.
Thankfully I was the worst for wear during this trip.
The first day as we entered the park
I thought I saw my friend.
I think I've told you before that sometimes
I catch a glimpse of a tall, thin blonde
and I see her face for a second.
I don't know why.
I'm telling myself its her angel.
Like its a sign from her reminding me
to just enjoy each and every minute
I am here on this earth with my littles.
Like on the days when I feel sick
but they are raring to go.
Like this weekend at an amusement park they've never been to.
Just enjoy them enjoying life.
That thought plays on a constant loop in my head now.
Especially since my friend passed away.
A year ago
 when I got the call
from our mutual friend telling me
that she was gone
I stayed in shock for a while.
I couldn't digest it.
I kept asking my husband if I was dreaming.
If it was all real.
I was so full of questions.
Mainly it was what happened.
How could she, younger than me, be gone?
I guess in some way
my questioning inside
was my mind racing to figure out
how I could stop this same kind of thing
from happening to my family.
That sounds weird writing it
but maybe you know what I'm trying to say.
I just couldn't make it make sense.
A day or two later I got a call from a person.
Someone I don't really know at all
but we had come together
to think of ways
to support the family
in any way we could.
We had chatted on the phone
a few times to get things together
to take to the family.
But this time
this person
called to ask me
if I knew how she died.
No, I told her.
She went on to say there were rumors online.
On facebook.
She was asking me to confirm,
to tell her what I knew.
I knew nothing.
To say my blood pressure spiked
would have been a major understatement.
It took every bit of restraint I had
not to explode at her.
Hold it together Nancy.
Better to say nothing than regret what you say.
I was silent for a solid minute,
my mind racing.
I remember telling her I was so mad,
not at her personally,
I was just mad
because I didn't care how she died,
only that she was gone
and that "how" was not our concern.
I was angrier than any words I could write
that people were choosing to gossip about it,
she wasn't even buried.
Looking back I think they too were just looking
for answers to explain the unexplainable.
Just trying to make it all make sense.

A day later I got another call.
From my dear sweet friend,
the one who called me with the news.
She said she'd gotten a strange phone call
{its was the same girl who called me}
and she didn't understand what they meant.
I asked her if she was alone.
 I'll be at your house in three minutes I told her.
I contemplated what to say to her
in those brief moments.
I had asked my husband after my own strange phone call
if I should bring it up with this dear friend.
It felt like gossip.
And in the end it wouldn't change anything.
It wouldn't bring her back.
He'd told me to just keep it to myself.
This sweet peep had just had a baby.
She had a full plate.
So I stayed mum.
Or so I intended.
Not say anything to anyone.
Then I got to her house.
I asked her to tell me about the call she too had received.
My heart raced.
For some words you can't take back or forget.
I said I'm sorry to tell you this.
But in a way I think you should know.
They are saying
it was postpartum depression.
For she too had just had a baby.
She took her own life.
That's what the caller said.
We just sat there together.
Aching and crying.

I share this here
because I didn't want to share it.
I didn't want it to be true.
Once I found out that it was true
it felt like gossip to repeat it.
But the more I've thought about it
over this past year
the more I have come to believe
that it is something
we NEED to talk about.
I suffered from postpartum depression
after each of my pregnancies.
After the twins especially.
Only after the fact could I admit it.
I didn't really know "what" it was,
how I felt after their birth,
but it was a bad place.
During that time I just felt like a failure.
And to have admitted feeling horrible after
having been given the one {or in my case two} thing{s}
that we had dreamt about and given everything we had
in order to realize that dream,
well, I didn't want to say it out loud.
I didn't want to say that I needed help.
Professional help.
Post partum is real.
I say this and share this
in case you know a new mom or you are one,
whether its your first baby or your tenth,
be good to yourself,
be easy on yourself,
don't be afraid to ask for help of any kind,
share your feelings with someone,
the first person that pops into your head,
call that person,
tell that person,
share how you are, what you need.
After having a baby your body is healing
but so is your mind.
Hormones should not be underestimated.
They are not who you are but they affect how you feel.
So many things shift when you have a baby.
We all need help sometimes to find our way again.
Don't be afraid to share what you're feeling,
good and bad,
happy and sad.
There's someone in your life
that wants to be that person you confide in.
I promise you that.

By the same token
reach out to your sisters, your daughters,
your girlfriends who are new moms.
Ask they how they feel,
what they need.
Sometimes you just have to be a pushy broad
who insists on helping out :)
Don't be afraid to be that broad!
If you sense something isn't quite right
don't be afraid just to be brutally honest and ask
 or tell their husband to pay closer attention.
Maybe just share your own postpartum experiences.
Share what you felt to try to open a conversation.
Look, I'm no expert.
I'm just writing what I regret I didn't do.

Her funeral was the next day.
It was a beautiful ceremony.
As beautiful as she was.
I have to tell you that the pastor that officiated it
handled it in the most gracious and loving way.
I listened in awe, his words so divine.
He said to remember her as she was,
for how she mothered,
how lived her life.
Do not remember her for how she died.
That was just a brief instant.
It wasn't how she died that mattered.
It was how she lived that did.

I'm thankful to have known her.
She inspired me in ways she'll never know.
Like how she volunteered for our church's
vacation bible school as a teacher.
She wasn't even a member of our church
or attend services there.
She just knew there was a need.
I was always in awe of how she mothered.
I remember her carrying
two of her kids
into preschool.
One on each hip.
Book bags and lunch boxes in each hand.
It was a big load to carry.
I asked her one morning.
Why she didn't use a stroller?
She said -
"because they like to be carried
and I know one day
they'll be too big for that."
I'll never forget that.
What a lesson.
What a blessing she was.
Heaven has a special angel.
I still see her and I hope I always do.
To remind me of the lessons she taught without trying.
I know there are special angels among us.
She is definitely one of them.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'm back!!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts.
You know something is up when that happens.
The boys are out for spring break this week.
We're squeezing a lot in...
think dentist appointments,
cleaning the cars,
Oh and a trip to Sea World.
Except I was sick the whole trip.
More {or less} about that soon.
On the drive to San Antonio
I gathered the stack of magazines and catalogs :)
that have been forming a mountain
on my bedside table
and for three glorious hours
I entered my zen world of reading and dreaming about décor.
A little slice of heaven while traveling 70mph.
In between hurling snacks, water, and books
at various kids beckoning from the back seat.
One magazine I managed to read between requests
was the latest issue of Coastal Living.
Love that magazine.
Don't you?
When I saw this inside its pages I just grinned from ear to ear...
See that sand dollar picture?
Let me tell you a little story about why it made me smile...
Last week before we left for SA
I got an email coupon from overstock for 15%.
So of course I looked over my to-do lists
to see if I "needed" anything.
I had in mind to buy another one of these...

which was my husband's thought
when he saw the first one hung on the wall.
He liked it so much
he suggested we order another one.
At first I laughed it off.
Then I saw this picture

House Tour at Scout and Nimble - love the colorful decor and those gorgeous wood beams
via scout and nimble
and teased y'all with it
because I was seriously considering it.
But then when I told the hubs
I was ready to purchase a second one
he said this...
"do you think it will look like two owl's eyes on the wall?"
He ruined it for me.
Back to square one.
You might remember that
I had it my head to use some shell art
from THE most awesome,
if you've never explored it then
what have you been waiting for?-
go right now - this minute to biodiversity's flickr account
and be prepared to be dazzled by the eye candy.
I will one day do that project but until then
I plan to put use this set of beachy keen art pieces...


on this wall
around the mirror...
I purchased the four shell pieces above
but they have a few more...


I debated buying just the prints
and framing them myself with IKEA Ribba frames
but in the end I pushed the easy button
{and my click through email coupon}
and bought them already framed.
These same pieces are available elsewhere like Wayfair
but if you want to save money
{and who doesn't?}
then you can score them at overstock.
You're welcome :)
They're on route for delivery as we speak.
I cant wait to get these lovelies on the wall.
Stay tuned :)

Friday, March 14, 2014

house in the 'hood

 Herewith my favorite house in the 'hood of the week...
I'm not usually a fan of stairwells in the entry
but this one has me changing my mind...
looking back the other way...
 Let me be quiet and just let you enjoy...

Who's ready to move in besides me?
Little hitch in our giddy-up though.
It's sale pending.
They go quickly here...usually within the first week.
We were talking to a guy last week
who is trying to find a house in our 'hood.
He said they put in an offer
and were told they were the 26th offer!!!!
That's how hot the market is here.
Makes me happy because there's so much to watch.
I stalk real estate in the 'hood you know.
On the net and in person.
Which is how we ended up talking to a builder last week.
After I drove by and saw an empty corner lot.
Which is becoming a rarity in the 'hood.
Of course it already sold...but we got on the builder's list.
Remind me to tell you the full story...
{all images via my favorite}

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