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white dining tables {12 lovelies}

29 November 2015

But her all-white color palette stands out most of all. Even though Ashwell admits there was a time when choosing white was considered "safe," now she thinks it's a neutral color with wow factor — even going as far as calling it powerful, brave, and statement-making (we have to agree!).

I took a big risk this weekend and painted
our very old harvest table white...I will share
images of it soon, and as these photos prove,
white can be just right.

See more images from our favorite dining rooms of 2014 on

The single most important thing you can do for a room is to light it well. Even a space that is flooded with natural light by day needs a little help once the sun goes down.:

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I love the idea of a mirror right next to the dining table to make the dinner party appear twice as big and also making the table appear more full!:

Clever use of space - Hege in France white dining room eames chairs panton, round dining table gold pendant light string shelves green plant:

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Modern lines and planes with a nice touch of vintage(the chandelier), not to mention the loads of light the white accentuates:

I hope this post finds you well.

We are exhausted from all the projects
in the home reno adventure but continue on!

Peace to you right where you are.

justine lacoste

15 November 2015

Studio 2

When things quiet down around these parts,
I so want to take a ceramics class to create
some simple pieces for our new home.

Check out this beautiful work by
Justine Lacoste.

Baladeuse #2 - Epure Justine Lacoste

Epure is Justine's studio, and its name evokes simplicity, authenticity, and the essential qualities of the objects themselves.

Porcelain boards

Purely self-taught, Justine developed her skills by working with established ceramicists, potters and mould-makers.

Atelier 2

Atelier 1

Assiettes - Collection point

Doesn't this spur you to get your hands on clay!?!

Peace to you right where you are.

positively chic {carrier and company}

12 November 2015

Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller are a dynamic design duo
who take a creatively spirited positive approach
to bringing forth strikingly chic interiors.

Their new book,
Carrier & Company's Positive Chic Interiors
(Vendome Press, 2015)
treats us to hundreds of examples of warm and joyous
interior moments featuring luxurious minimalism
and glamorous bohemia.

Infusing rooms with subtle patterns, neutral palettes,
bursts of exuberance, and unexpected mixes (high, low,
old, and new), the result to this blogger is
sophistication with a surprise.

Positively Chic Interiors is a lesson in timeless charm and personal style; you can learn things here.

Mmmm. Heavenly sunshine.

Prepare your hearts for a paragon of poetic inspiration
should you treat yourself to these pages.

Peace to you right where you are.

the inspired room {melissa michaels}

09 November 2015

map wallpaper

This month, Melissa Michaels' new book The Inspired Room
launched, and since I'm a a great admirer of Melissa's blog
and sensibilities, I can't wait to get a copy.

The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have
Harvest House Publishers, 2015

Within it are ideas to create a home with your
own personal style, and we are invited to
discover the impact of simple changes & first impressions
(like the amazing wide stripes in Melissa's entry below!).

Gray and White Striped Entry Wall - The Inspired Room

I love how Melissa created a place to gather
in her efficient kitchen below with the
addition of inviting, comfy chairs.

Leather Sofa - Living Room Textures - The Inspired Room

Her new book encourages us to take a closer look at texture,
and you'll notice in her dining room below, she mixed
finishes beautifully and (seemingly) effortlessly.

Summer Dining Room - The Inspired Room

As for my own personal inspired rooms?

Taking my cue from Melissa, who says we don't need hefty budgets
or peerless DIY skills, here are two of my favorite spaces I
tackled in our last place...a breakfast area and guest room:

Peace to you right where you are.

hello lovely fixer upper {week 16}

07 November 2015

Hello again, friends.

I am back with an update on our cottage reno,
and though I don't have any particularly pretty pictures
to share of our place or even our lives, what I have to
offer is blessing, hope, and a story about what it
means to love something back to life.

just outside the window on the stairway landing

Autumn has arrived, and the mature trees on
our property that were so abundantly lush
when we began our work in June, are nearly bare.

a few days before Bella died

If you read my last post, then you know our
little beautiful moon, Bella Luna, recently passed away.

We moved into the house (still a work zone!)
with her one month ago, and because of her condition,
I carried her around the house like a doll or in her
Ergo baby carrier...we kept her as comfortable
as we could until it was time for her to be at
perfect peace in the arms of the angels.

So clearly, I write this post while still grieving.
Bella's passing is but one blow to our family's
heart, as we have experienced a chapter of
deep humbling and brokenness which has
challenged us in unspeakable ways.

While I may have hoped this house would not be
bathed in tears, this is not to be, and so I choose
to not drown in them, but be cleansed and
even baptized in their holiness.

So you see, it is well with my soul as we continue
to nurture this little house as it becomes a home.

We moved our belongings over about a week
before we began living here.

Things didn't stay looking this tidy or orderly
once we moved in! 

So we have one working bathroom which is great
except for a hard water problem, and no big surprise
we will have to sink more cash into that.
I will be so grateful to have softer water at some point!

This will be our sons' guest room, and I painted the walls
Benjamin Moore's Ashley Gray.

We set our long reclaimed elm Dutch table in the hall,
but it doesn't work here so it will go elsewhere.

On the right is the little laundry room.

The future library/dining room.

Remember what the master bath resembled?
Here is my luxurious spa bathroom now:

This is where I brush my teeth
and gaze into the mirror in the morning
clapping my hands together exclaiming: 
THIS is gonna be a great day!
fine.i don't clap. but i smile and laugh and don't feel less than royalty.

More images of the work zone which
will become a relaxing bathroom:

We had to call in an exterminator as the attic
was home to while we have yet
to enjoy this master bath, the carpenter ants
and rodents have highly approved of the

A part of the backyard helps you appreciate
my favorite part about the cottage: the setting.

Lots of progress has been made in the kitchen!

quartz:  LG Viaterra Minuet

I chose a quartz which mimics polished Venatino marble
as we decided to use marble on the sink wall.

Appliances are installed!
The crown moldings and trim pieces are not yet done.
But you can see how the wall
of marble is transforming the space:

My husband has been working so hard on every facet
of the renovation that I cannot begin to list everything
he has accomplished!

This is the window in our bedroom where I have
watched the colors and landscape change.

My sister just moved into a new home in Chicago,
and she asked me to create a piece for them.
I painted the canvas above with tears, visions of
of furry friends, angels, and hope on the horizon.
It was hard for my husband to see this painting
leave our home, but I have a hunch there will be more.

I'm so happy they love it.

The clutter of life.

 This is our friend's backyard which serves as an inspiring
vision of simplistic, pared down beauty which beckons
peaceful encounters with nature and loved ones.

Our sweet girl the night before she flew away.

Two days before Bella left us, she and I were exploring
the backyard and found this restful angel which had
been completely covered in overgrown vines and weeds.

Can you imagine my delight in coming upon it
for the first time, in light of the heavy burden
of suffering happening in our hearts and home?

I remain in awe at how God revealed himself to me
at the perfect time in the most gentle, merciful way,
allowing me to let go of that which I am led to let go.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

The night before our beautiful moon went to her resting place,
she was in much pain, yet insisted on pitter-pattering over
each and every marble mosaic for the kitchen wall
before I sealed them.

What a blessing that our sweet girl's paw prints--
as well as her life and her love--
are sealed into every inch of that mosaic wall.

My heart is full and peaceful.
The work continues.
I am grateful for your prayers and support.

Peace to you right where you are.

Find past fixer upper posts here:
we found a house
week 1 - reflections
week 1 - update
week 2
how we got here
week 3
week 4
week 5
week 6
week 7
week 8
week 12

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