The beginning of fall….

It is starting to feel like fall.

I look in my backyard and see the leaves falling on the ground…

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And for every flower I have that is still in bloom, there is one next to it that is dying…

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Today started out really foggy so I assumed it would also be cold.  We headed off to Jack’s first football game of the season. And while it LOOKED like fall, it did not feel like fall!  By the time the fog lifted, I wished I had worn shorts and a tank top!

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Jack got to carry the ball a bit in the game….

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And we won – 13 to 12!!

After we went home to cool off from the heat wave, we headed back out to Emmie’s soccer game.

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She got to play goalie.

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And she scored a goal too!

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It was a fun day. And it felt very much like the start to fall {minus me wearing jeans in 75 degree weather!}

Welcome fall!


Remember the farmhouse bed that I’m building?


This weekend I have been working on filling nails holes and caulking the edges.


Here are a few things that I have learned throughout this project:

{1} I’m not very neat and tidy when using caulk.

{2} This project is taking much longer than I thought it would. I wish I’d kept a log of my hours!

{3} Building your own bed seems like a way to save a few bucks.  But I’ve made so many trips to Lowes that I can’t imagine I’ve actually saved anything!

{4} Next time, I am going to and just ordering a finished bed.

Ok, on to my project….

After my second trip to Lowe’s today (see #3 above}, I was ready to start painting.


The first coat of primer dried so fast, I put on a second coat just for fun! {well, maybe not for fun… I’m not sure that this project is really ‘fun’ anymore}.


Now I need to work on the bed rails.  How high should I attach them? Do I want to leave room so I can build a trundle?! {Yes, build a trundle.  You see, now I’m committed …. I can’t just go BUY a trundle for this bed…I have to build one. In the future, I will reference point #4 above}.

All joking aside, I am proud of the bed. Yes, there are flaws and it is far from perfect {the headboard has a certain ‘lean’ to it}.  But I am building it for my daughter, in my garage, with my own tools.  So while it’s been a lot of work, it’s been a labor of love.


Happy 4th of July!

After cutting some flowers from my yard tonight, I decided to play with a camera lens that Dan and the kids gave me for my birthday.






I love this time of year when things start to bloom in my garden!! So capturing the flowers with the camera was fun.

I hope to be back soon with some design blog posts.  So stay tuned!!!

Wishing you a very fun {and safe!} 4th of July!!


My First Half Marathon

Today I accomplished a major goal…one I’ve been hoping to meet for the last three years.  I completed my first half marathon!


While I’m not sure of the exact numbers of runners today, there were a ton.  This race brings out the entire community.  Whether your running or spectating, it’s just fun to be a part of the festivities!

I’ve had a few frustrating winters of sickness and injuries that kept me from training for this race.  But this year was my year!  I was healthy and injury free.  So I trained and trained. And today, I made it to the starting line.


{No, I’m not walking, even though it looks like I’m walking in all of my pictures. Apparently I don’t kick my feet very high!}

And while I didn’t break any records today, I ran the best race I could run!


13.1 miles accomplished.  It was worth the wait.

And it was such a treat to have friends and family at the finish line to celebrate with me!


Now me and my achy body are getting a much needed massage tomorrow!



Hutch Before and After

Last week, I shared images from a fireplace facelift from a friend/client.  And today I have another fun before and after from that same room….a painted hutch!

The hutch was in good condition.  But the red no longer matched the decor in their family room.

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Several cans of spray paint later, the hutch went from red to white.

A fun evening of shopping brought home several new accessories for the shelves.

And here it is now, after it was painted and re-styled.

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Here are a few close ups of the vignettes.

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And once again, the final after…

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What a transformation!!


May Day Guest Post

Today I’m over at Lori May Interiors!

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I have a fun guest post on May Day flower arrangements!


There are lots of ideas so come on over to check it out!


Fix It Week

It’s been fix-it week around here.

A few years ago, we put a second story addition on our house. While we love the addition, we don’t love the extra shade that it’s giving our already shaded backyard.  Moss is a common thing here in the northwest. And in our shaded backyard, it thrives!

This is what our grass looks like in some places…

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Yes, it’s mostly moss.

So we had the aerating guy came look at the grass.  And then the moss killer guy came to look at the grass.

Then that led us to call a sprinkler complany to move a few sprinkler heads to properly water our newly planted grass. And of course it turned out that a number our our sprinkler heads were leaking and needed to be replaced.

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Today they finished replacing the sprinklers.  Here they are in the {muddy} ground! And they’re properly marked for the lawn guys that are coming to start their work tomorrow.

We also had mulch delivered and spread in the garden this week…

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And while that work was being done, we were reminded of a huge crack in one of our fence posts.  How was I reminded?! I head a giant ‘THUD’ as the post hit the ground.

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How in the world does something like that split in half!?  Seriously! We wonder if maybe a deer ran into it? Who knows. Regardless, it too needs to be fixed. So the fence guy comes tomorrow as well.

I’m ready to have my yard back to us again! Tomorrow marks the ten day mark of workers here at our house.

The highlight is that now our yard is all set for summer!  And the highlight for the kids….

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…the sprinkler guy left a ton of extra flags.  It turns out they make really cool spears when you throw them into the grass!
They are in hog heaven.

Here’s hoping for no more repairs.


Guest Post at Steward of Design

I’m over at Steward of Design today with a guest post!

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Stacey and I are fellow bloggers and fellow moms from the northwest!  And we are going to get the opportunity to meet in just a few weeks at Design Camp!

If you missed my book plant tutorial from last year, head over to Steward of Design today and check it out!!




Guest Post-A Client’s Kitchen..Design tips to do it yourself!

Let’s give a big welcome today to Lori May, from Lori May Interiors. She’s going to share a great post on a client’s kitchen design today.

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Hi everyone, I’m so happy to be back here at Jen’s blog today. I’ve been working on a kitchen project for a new client and I thought I’d share my design process with you. These are steps that you can take to create your own dream home.

First, let’s start with the inspiration photo. My client has held on to this photo for a long time, in hopes of creating her own dream kitchen. I know that many of you feel the same way about photos you have collected. My number one tip to all of you is to collect lots of photos. Whether you use pinterest, a paper file folder or a combination of both, there is nothing more helpful than collecting photos of rooms that you love. You may not even know why you love it, but keep it anyway. Once you have several photos, take a look at them. Pick out the similarities between the photos. You may find things you never knew that you liked.

For example, I am in the early stages of redecorating my own master bedroom. After reviewing some of my photos on my bedroom board on pinterest, I realized that every photo had matching nightstands. Before reviewing those photos, I would have told you I was open to different styles of nightstands. You may also be surprised at what you find. Collect your favorite photos and study them. Once you have done this you are ready to move on to the next step.

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Once I determine the style I am trying create, I move on to the design board. Let’s face it, as a designer, I am a very visual person and I have found that many of my clients are as well. Here you can see the furniture, lighting and rug options I suggested to my client. She already owned the wooden pieces. I added the rug and monogramed slipcovered chairs to soften and personalize the look. The lantern brings us back to the inspiration photo that my client loves. (Hint: You’re design board does not have to be created on the computer. You can easily use a small piece of poster board. Print out your photos or use the ones you have cut out of your favorite magazines and glue them on. This could also be a great way to get the whole family involved!)

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Now, it’s time to add the fun part. Color and texture. Color can come from accessories, art and window treatments. In a kitchen, this can sometimes be a challenge, because there are so many hard lines, such as cabinetry, counters, chairs and tables. There are also all of those appliances! Remember to add accessories just as you would in other rooms of your home. I love to use baskets and woven trays in a kitchen. They add wonderful texture. Trays can also group together like items or provide a space for keys and mail that are generally thrown on the counter. Look back to your inspiration photos during this step as well.

Lastly, now that you have the finished product, remember to keep it with you. How many times have you been out and about and found the “perfect” lamp, but once you get it home, it’s not quite the look you were going for? Print off your design boards, take any fabric or paint swatches and create a file that you keep in your car. I will often take a picture of my design boards with my iPhone, so that I always have them with me. This will help you stay focused and make better purchases that you will love for a long time.

Let’s review. 1. Collect your inspiration photos. 2. Study the photos and find your likes and dislikes. 3. Take all of your favorites and create your own design board. 3. Keep your design boards with you. 4. Create your dream home!

Stay tuned. I’ll be showing before and afters of this kitchen on the blog soon!

Thanks for having me Jen!

Design Camp in Seattle

Last week, Kim Hoegger Home was giving away a free ticket {valued at $1297} to attend Design Camp in Seattle.

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So I entered the giveaway and I WON!!!!  Seriously!  A $1297 ticket. Can you believe that?!

I’ve never won anything like that before and am still amazed that I get to go to this great event!!

So what, exactly, is Design Camp!?  Let me tell you!

It’s a 2 day conference for designers and design enthusiasts.

It is hosted by Lori Dennis


and also by Kelli Ellis


These ladies have resumes that includes HGTV, the New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful….The list goes on and on.

And my two days of Design Camp will include:

Two Full Days of Design Tips, Tricks and Success Strategies

Hear, first hand, the Industries Top Experts sharing their Stories and Secrets

Mingle with Tastemakers and Experts

Network and Collaborate with Designers and Design Lovers

Meet and Greet the Industries Top Manufacturers and Suppliers

Gain Knowledge, Renewed Enthusiasm, and Friendships

One Design Camper said “Design Camp is like the design internship I should have had!”

It’s sure to be an educational few days!!!  Stay tuned for more after this big event in May!!


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