Thursday, October 13, 2016

banquette dining

Since we added a piano to our dining room, I have been trying to decide how to reconfigure the room to be both a functional dining room and have a little piano corner.  The room is 12x14 which is a nice size. More and more, I am seeing the traditional dining room be used for multiple functions. While it would be nice to have a designated room (with doors;) for the piano, I also love the idea of using every inch of your home. While our kids are still young and want to hang out with us, I will enjoy the togetherness! The idea I have landed on is to incorporate a banquette bench in the dining room and push the bench against the wall so the table is no longer in the center of the room.  It will allow for more space around the piano corner. I have always loved bench seating and my inspiration for this project is below. More to come on this...

all via pinterest

Thursday, October 6, 2016

fall favorites

It sounds like it is going to be a wet weekend here in the Carolinas so I plan to do some seasonal wardrobe switching since we will most likely be indoors. Here are a couple pieces I have added to my wardrobe for fall.


I will certainly be praying for everyone that has been and will be impacted by Hurricane Matthew! Have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

fall so far

I feel like fall has finally arrived so I have added some subtle touches to the house. Mums, pumpkins, fresh branches with the colors of changing leaves, and playful bats have made their way around the house. 

When seasons change, I am always excited to try new recipes and add heartier meals like chili and beef stew to the line-up of meals. 

We just recently got a piano and I am brushing up my piano playing skills. It has been quite some time since I have played. I have enjoyed having this new piece in our home. I am hoping my kids will have a great love and certainly an appreciation for music like Paul and I do. I have a couple new piano books and I also bought the SheReadsTruth 'Worthy of Praise' study book. The study begins October 10 so you still have some time if you want to participate. The book can be ordered at The book is just lovely and includes sheet music for the hymns that will be studied. I cannot wait because I still have such a great love for the melodies and powerful words in traditional hymns. 

And who can forget football? It is another fall favorite in our house! We have been cheering on our Clemson Tigers and the Carolina Panthers! 

Happy Fall to you and yours! 

Monday, September 19, 2016


Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13. 

Hospitality has been a topic of conversation between Paul and I lately. It is something that we both want to be more intentional about - welcoming others into our lives and home. The pineapple is the universal symbol of hospitality and the warmest welcome. I came across the printable above one day and thought it was the perfect reminder to add to my kitchen as we strive to love, connect with and bless others more. 

Free download here

Thursday, September 8, 2016

around the tv

Ideally, the large wall where we have our tv would be lovely creamy-white built-ins with a spot for our tv, but that is not currently in the budget. I went with the next best thing: a gallery wall of botanicals. The prints really add color and balance to the wall. The prints are from here .  I am finally getting my act together in our living room! Happy Weekend to you and yours! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

orange and blue

For as long as I can remember, blue has been my favorite color. My house will probably always have a shade of blue in every room. I think it works well with so many other colors too. Recently, I have been loving the orange and blue color combination. I have added this combo in two rooms in our house. Most recently I added these orange pillows to our living room to give it a little punch and I am loving it. It certainly works well for fall, but honestly, I think it can work year-round. 

A couple months ago, we switched Graham to a bed and I first incorporated some orange into his blue/grey room. I will share more pictures of his sweet big boy room one day. 

Speaking of ORANGE... I will be cheering on my Clemson Tigers this weekend! Let's hear it for some football!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

school is now in session

School is now in session in our world.  Earlier bedtimes and packing lunches have begun.  Our oldest started kindergarten and our baby started preschool. I am excited for all the new things they both will learn this year, but there is a part of me that wants time to stand still too. I am so proud of both of our kids. They both were so brave starting new schools and Georgia even rode the bus! It has been a great week, but I am welcoming this long weekend with open arms! Happy School Year!