The Four Month Jellyfish

Does anyone remember a few months ago when I was trying to find something to hang above my bed? (I totally don't blame you if you have no idea what I'm taking about.) Well, I ended up buying the jellyfish poster that I loved so much. It's from Great Big Canvas, an online store that sells artwork. They have about a billion different artwork choices … [Read more...]

How to Make a Lego Table

I've been so concentrated on building the new house that I haven't done a project in a good long while. I finally have one for you today though! Last month Levi (my middle son) turned four. Four. I remember blogging his birth story like it was yesterday, and now he's my four-year-old middle son. Crazy. Anyway, I made him a Lego table … [Read more...]

Darin and Jody’s House – it’s our house, but different

This summer when I started blogging about building our house, I mentioned that some good friends of ours are building the exact same one. In case you just went "WHHHHAT?", here is the paragraph about it from that post... "We have some very good friends, Darin and Jody, that bought land shortly before we did. One day the four of us were sitting … [Read more...]

Picking an exterior paint color

Who here loves paint? Do you love staring at all the different colors selections at you local paint store? Buying a gazillion samples? Agonizing over making a selection while your husband rolls his eyes and tells you that they all look the same?  Do you love talking - in detail - about extremely subtle differences in various shades of white … [Read more...]

Walls and Stuff

Last time I updated y'all on the overall house progress the framing had just been finished, and it looked like this... And now, it's looking a little more like a house. Walls! Windows! Kinda a roof! It's actually been progressing very just won't stop raining. As soon as the house gets dried in (which means that when it … [Read more...]

The Fireplace Conundrum

I feel like this is something a lot of people struggle with...if you have a fireplace, where do you put the TV? The same wall? A different wall? If they are on different walls, which way do you point your furniture? The TV is the obvious answer, but no one wants to turn their back on the fireplace either. Our current house doesn't have a fireplace … [Read more...]


So our builder mainly uses PlyGem vinyl windows. He said they are cost and energy-efficient, and most people get them in either white or clay (which is kinda greige). "Great" I thought....then I went to do my own research. Because I like to know things. I'm a research girl. And Adam is a research guy. And together, we research things. So off we … [Read more...]

Corralling the Entryway Chaos

I've mentioned this before, but we have a serious shoe problem in this house. There is plenty of shoe storage in our closets, but that's not where the shoes live. No, they live by the front door. The pile of shoes isn't alone though, it's always kept company by an ever-changing pile of tools that need to go out to the garage and a couple of … [Read more...]

Framing is complete!

If there was ever a post I was super excited to write, it is this one. Our house is framed! YAY! I love it even more than I did on paper. It was so fun to watch it go up...and it went up fast! The whole thing was done in about two weeks by a team of eight guys (and they didn't even work everyday). So let's get to the pictures. There are a TON in … [Read more...]

Sliding Door Media Center

So my sliding barn door failure isn't the first barn door hardware Adam and I have DIYed. About 18 months ago this beauty was created... I never blogged about it for two reasons... I don't have a single picture of the process. I know I took a boatload of pictures but they seemed to have disappeared...I'm pretty sure I accidentally … [Read more...]

Double bypass sliding barn door system – A DIY FAIL

Last week in my guest room reveal I mentioned the closet doors and how they were one of my biggest DIY fails to date. So lets talk about that. I was really excited about these and planned to write this great tutorial, because really...who wouldn't want an awesome DIY double bypass sliding barn door system (say that five times fast)? No one, … [Read more...]

Southwestern Guest Room Reveal

Time for another reveal post! Can you tell I'm trying to tie up loose ends on this house before I completely move onto the next one? Although this room turned out so well that I think I'm just going to move it right into the next house and try to change as little as possible. Anyway, here it is! Here is what the room looked like … [Read more...]

We have a foundation!

Have you ever caught yourself wondering what roughly $35,000 worth of gravel, concrete, and manual labor would look like? Yes? I knew it. Well it looks a lot like this... It's the most beautiful hunk of concrete I've ever seen. Alright, let's dig into the process. So first the form boards went up. It started with the foundation crew … [Read more...]

The Flood

This last Memorial Day Texas was hit by devastating floods. It's hard to imagine now since it hasn't rained all summer and everything is crispy and dry, but there was water everywhere and it simply wouldn't stop coming. It's either feast or famine around here (though usually famine). My five-year old son has been telling everyone he meets (the … [Read more...]

Master Bathroom Reveal

A few weeks ago I was working on my linen closet makeover and taking pictures of the finished product. I was perched on the vanity counter, pressed up again the mirror, when I looked around and realized that I had never posted a reveal of my master bathroom remodel. You know, the one Adam and I started in 2013 and haven't worked on in over a year? … [Read more...]

Linen Closet Organization (and the end of my pink walls!)

I've done a lot of painting during the seven years we've lived in this house. A lot. Most rooms have been painted three or more times... Adam jokes that there are so many layers of paint on the walls that I've actually decreased the square footage of our home. There is one spot that has yet to be caressed by a paintbrush though, the single … [Read more...]

Interior Inspiration

One of my goals with this new house is to have the actual house have personality, not just the stuff in it. Most new homes I see these days (I know because I stalk for fun, still) are big, beige, drywall boxes. Even the expensive ones...they're all the same. I want this home to be truly unique and custom. I want it to be functional and … [Read more...]

Round Inlay Table…err, Wall Medallion

Every night for the last two weeks I've told myself that I would write about this table, and every night one of three things happened instead - Judah cried all night. He just turned four months, but I swear that boy is teething. I instead spent hours online researching stuff for the new house. The last few nights have been all about windows. … [Read more...]

Exterior Inspiration Pictures

Hey everyone, hope y'all had a great Fourth! So today I'm sharing some of the pictures Adam and I used as inspiration while designing our new home. But first, a public service announcement... If you're using pinterst to design a new home or remodel an old one, STOP IT. Pinterest has its place of course, but is Houzz is so much better. I will … [Read more...]

Floor Plan and Elevations for the New House

Here it is, the floor plan and elevations for the new house! I'm not even going to bother with a wordy post, we will have plenty of time to dig into the details later. No one is even reading this anyway, you've already scrolled down to see the pictures and I'm basically talking to myself at this point. So without further ado.... The Floor … [Read more...]