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Friday, October 31, 2014

Ghost Town for Sale

Happy All Hallows Eve!

After (almost) two very long months we are officially moving into Storybook Cottage today. Yipeeee!

I recently came across an article that mentioned an entire ghost town could be purchased for perhaps as little as $800,000.

After viewing picture after glorious picture, taken by Karen of This Old House 2 Blog, I was entranced. Much like Grandmother’s house you go over the river and through the woods to get to Johnsonville, Connecticut.

I envisioned hosting weddings in this sweet 1876 chapel.

Getting a grand chef to run the Red House Restaurant.

Surely a peppy proprietor would want to run the General Store.

The old post office could be transformed into a pretty paper and crafting shop.

All of our kids could be taught at the one room schoolhouse.

In the evenings we could gather together at the Meeting House to quilt, read and savor the sweet things in life.

So go visit Karen’s blog HERE and HERE to view all of the amazing images of this sweet little village. If 20 people each chose a property and went in together truly amazing things could be created. I see harvest weekends, Victorian Christmases and all sorts of spring splendor. Just please save the original homestead for me. I would love to live on the top floor of the original homestead and have a few rooms on the first floor as home décor store. 

Our own neighborhood is quite festive. Most of the décor falls into more of the harvest decorating category, which I will share soon, but in terms of Halloween specific décor this neighbor takes the top prize.

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It is even a more spooktacular scene when lit up at night.

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Have a ghoulishly good day!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

The ORC, Week 5– The Showstopping Element and Little Disasters

When decorating any room there should be one element that elicits conversation. Five weeks ago when I revealed the design board for our new family room there was a tie for that coveted position between the blue leather sofa and a rug I had yet to find.

Last Friday I drove over to Highland Park area of Dallas #swanky. I had gone online to and had spied a few rugs at two different sales that I thought might work.

The rug needed to be large, 10’ x 14’. It required a color palette of navy and red. An antique rug was preferable to give the room a bit of history.

I soon as I spied this beauty in person I knew it was THE rug. But it was priced at twice my budget (which wasn’t very big).

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I texted a photo to Mr. Décor and he agreed that it was a good rug. There were signs at the sale that said bids were being accepted on larger items. So I placed a bid, said a little prayer and drove away leaving this perfect rug behind.

I received a call from the organizer shortly before the sale was set to close. The rug had not sold and my bid had been accepted! I wasted no time in bringing this beauty home. The rug is unusual in that the border has a Persian influence but the center is somewhat French Aubusson/Savonnerie in feel. Although my hunch is that it is English based on the color palette. It is a wool cotton blend that is in exquisite shape for its age. As this was a living estate sale I left my name and phone number for the previous owner, inquiring about the history of the rug, but I have not heard from her which is absolutely her right.

Any rug aficionados out there willing to share their thoughts?

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After a week in which the painters I hired to assist us ended up ripping off large sections of the wallpaper I myself had just freshly painted, provided us with a now nonworking overhead light fixture (I suspect they didn’t wrap it well before spraying), sloppy ceilings as well as half painted trim and cabinets …

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…coupled with the million moving boxes I am STILL in the midst of unpacking, I needed a win.

This rug, my friends, was a REALLY good win. It is also dachshund approved. :)

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Next week is set as the reveal day. I still need to fill the shelves with interesting artifacts, ask Mr. Décor to fix the lighting, replace the rotted, wooden back door, hang the drapery hardware and artwork.

It’s definitely crunch time!


You can see all of the other participants on Linda’s website Calling It Home.


Week 1

The Design Plan

Week 2

It’s Like Watching Paint Dry

Week 3

When All You Have Is A Toilet

Week 4

A Blue Leather Couch

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Great Expectations

There is that moment where one is just SO filled with hope that indeed they feel as if they might fly away or burst. Oh I love that feeling.

I felt that feeling in the minutes before I was waiting to walk down the aisle towards my beloved. It enveloped me in the months leading up to the birth of my children. Even small moments can capture this feeling on a small scale such as when you order a delicious sounding dessert.

This feeling can quickly be followed by complete and amazing happiness. But on the flip side, waiting to rear its ugly head, is its evil cousin: disappointment.

We’ve all been there. That small moment when the pumpkin cheesecake made from Greek yogurt sounded like a good idea but one forkful and our great expectations are sent spiraling down in a disappointing crash and burn.

Lately it has felt as though I have been dealing with a few extra scoops of disappointment. While I am not going to dwell on the negative of the minor and major disappointments I have experienced of late I will talk about myself disappointment others.

By nature I am a people pleaser. I hate to disappoint anyone. Can anyone else relate to this image?

Right now I am stretched so thin you can almost see through me. It’s when this happens that I generally feel like I am disappointing  just about everyone and pleasing no one. Earlier this week I received a few emails wondering when was I going to start posting this years Halloween crafts and my costume tutorials. So there it was in writing: I was totally letting down my blog readers.

My first inclination was to look around and somehow try and find my glue gun. I just know it is here somewhere…

Yep, pretty much every room in my house looks like this:

Recently John and Sherry, of the uber popular Young House Love sent the DIY blog world into a tizzy when they announced they were laying down their hammer and glue gun. In that moment, while I was standing in a sea of boxes, I totally got it. It didn’t matter that in the last month I had made a major move across two states, almost single handedly painted every inch of a 3000 square foot home by myself, started school once again and somehow kept my family fed and clothed while living in a hotel. I had failed to make a new festive fall wreath and a historically accurate costume requiring 8 million man hours using only a piece of string and some silly putty.

I suspect that John and Sherry realized that no matter how many fabulous projects they created there was always going to be an insatiable beast on their backs that wanted MORE.

So I took a step back and asked myself “What is really important?”

Finding the sheets for our beds is really important.

Locating a dish to eat out of is pretty necessary.

Helping Sweet Boy create a 3D animal cell by Friday is a big priority.

Science Project | 3D Animal Cell

Secondary in importance is making sure that all the boxes get unpacked. The bathroom floors of the house, due to plumbing issues, all need a good scrubbing. The yard also needs some attention according to the HOA. Laundry and meals are always on the list and I need to see that my homework gets done. Lower on the list, but sometime before Friday, I need to buy a pumpkin or two and several bags of candy. I am looking forward to taking a break from the boxes and sitting out our driveway (in last years costume :) sharing treats and meeting our new neighbors.

It may be sad to some that blogging didn’t even make the top 10 on my “to do” list. 

But by choosing to focus on God’s will for my life I can never go wrong.

So am I permanently laying down my hammer and glue gun? Not at all. But I am taking a break for a few days to put the focus back on where it most needs to be that is pleasing to God.

But please know you matter deeply to me. Your friendship is a true treasure. If I can pray for you please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me.


“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” ~ John 5:44

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” ~ Galatians 1:10

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” ~ Colossians 3:23

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ORC Week 4 - Are We All On Board With A Blue Leather Couch?

As with most rooms there is always one item that is a bit risky. Either financially or aesthetically. In the case of the couch destined for our family tv room it is both. The sofa is a Chesterfield style which is as classic as can be. The risk is that it is navy blue leather. I pulled the trigger on this beauty so that it would arrive in time for the One Room Challenge reveal. Mr. Décor and the kids both love it. But the question is do you?

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I also have been scouring Etsy for vintage plaid blankets and throw pillows. Here’s an inspiration image of similar items as I want to save the specific bits of bliss for the reveal.

Tartan Throws on Outdoor Table and Chair

As far as the room itself the ceiling and built ins have been painted. The transformation is completely amazing. Given that it was 30+ year old varnished wood there are still areas with a bit of bleed through (despite sanding, priming and 2-3 coats of paint) that are being touched up. But boy it looks SO good! The carpets were relatively new and since the Storybook Cottage seems to be hemorrhaging enough money in the 3 weeks we have owned it  (Can you say backed up plumbing main line?) I opted to just give them a deep steam clean.


I am still on the hunt for a vintage red oriental carpet and need to paint the base of the thrift store coffee table base I found. Mr. Décor and the kids will cut and saw the wood this weekend to finish the top. Once we are finished it should look similar to this:

Have to have it. Belham Living Townsend Coffee Table $159.98

Then if that it is not enough to keep me busy, there is the matter of having an entire house to unpack.

Two words, ¡Ay, caramba!


You can see all of the other participants on Linda’s website Calling It Home.


Week 1

The Design Plan

Week 2

It’s Like Watching Paint Dry

Week 3

When All You Have Is A Toilet

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Halloween Collection

Today our furniture is set to arrive to Storybook Cottage. There is still quite of bit of work to be done, but as in most houses we will continue to chip away at our “to do” list while actually living in the home. I know it will take me a week or two to unpack all of the boxes.

Our neighbors have decorated their homes for fall in such a festive manner. I can’t wait to share all their darling porches with you. That is as soon as I find the battery charger for my camera. :)

So while I take a few days off to unpack I thought you might enjoy a few DTA Halloween favorites from years past.

A House in Spitafields

Creating 18th Century Costumes on a Budget

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A Pumpkin Diorama

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Spooktacular Mantle

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Nevermore Tablescape

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Whoooo Loves A Good Tablescape

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A Spooktacular Table Setting

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I’ll be back on Thursday with a ORC family room post. I can’t wait to show you all that was accomplished!