Friday, July 18, 2014

House Tour: Breakfast Room

Next on the tour, we move into the breakfast room! 

This room is probably my favorite room in the house. After work the sun shines into this room and it's a great place to sit down and unwind.
This room also has several pieces we've made or re-finished, and I love the pieces we make so I also love to be around them. :)

The table is the 2nd generation table of this tutorial. We sold the first one and made another one. On this newest one we used solid red oak, and switched up the hardware just a little. We also built a matching bench to go with it.

This cabinet was the first DIY furniture project I ever completed! You can read about it here. I'm a little saddened when saying that because I have parted with the cabinet and sold it to the person buying our house. I hope she enjoys it as much as I have!


I love picking up fresh flowers for the house. Baby's breath and carnations are simple and inexpensive but really add a lovely touch!


The ladder back chairs were found at a garage sale for $4 each!


This time card holder was from the old building of my former employer. This was the actual time card holder used for over 50 years. They are a cool addition to my unique vintage decor!



Read about our iron pipe curtain rods here.


My cabinet full of knick knacks...


Vintage glass jars to hold my corks and spare change.


Love this shot sneaking in the chicken wire cabinet while showing off my cane back chair that I made over. Read about that here and here!


If there's anything you liked that I didn't mention leave me a comment and I'll tell you where, when and how I got it!


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Monday, July 14, 2014

House Tour: Kitchen

I'm back from my hiatus of blogging. If you hadn't heard, we have officially relocated from Houston back to our roots in St. Louis, Missouri!

We are thrilled to be back in STL, but are also sad to say goodbye to our beautiful home in Houston. As we part with it I want to share it with you! 

Thanks to my great friend Bree at The Thing About Joy for taking these wonderful pictures!

I couldn't decide what room to start with, but settled on sharing the kitchen first.
 
The things we loved about the kitchen were the light cabinets, travertine tile backsplash, the unique vent hood, and oil-rubbed bronze finishes.




Being from St. Louis, I was thrilled to find this unique flour sack towel when we visited La Bahia at the Round Top Antique Week. The booth I found it at was from Mandy at The Dusty Diamond. Her booth had adorable stuff with some GREAT prices!




Yummy banana caramel cupcakes that Bree brought over for us to nibble on!! Sooo good! Here's the recipe! 



The canisters we found at Home Goods, I love shopping at that store because even though it's a chain it always has unique items that you wouldn't find anywhere else. 
These canisters had a vintage flair but had a new seal, just what we wanted! 


This kitchen scale was actually found during one of our visits to Missouri last year. We love visiting the Wentzville Flea Market and when I found this scale I knew it was a perfect addition to our kitchen!


That about sums up our kitchen tour. Come back soon to see the rest of the house!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Anniversary Weekend

A week and a half ago Corey and I got away to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We rented a log cabin from the 1850's tucked away in the countryside of Brenham, TX. 

Here's some pictures of the cabin!







The main floor was one open room with a bed, kitchen, and dining area, with a bathroom in the back.


Stairs leading to the loft with a day bed and TV to relax and watch some movies. 
 

The bathroom had some adorable vintage doors which I wanted to take with me very badly!
 

Once we got settled in we started prepping our dinner. Steak, potatoes and zucchini & squash! Mmmm! All grilled on the gas grill they provide!!



The view from the kitchen as I watch him grill. The hot tub was waiting for us too!
 

The view out the front of the cabin was perfection. Trees, fields, and no other buildings or people in sight! It was a welcome sight in comparison to our daily lives in Houston!




You may all have a good laugh right about now... but the morning of our anniversary we visited a cemetery!

Most of you know I love ancestry. I use FindAGrave.com a lot when looking up my ancestors. I've requested photos of many of their gravestones - all located in New York and out of my reach. There have been several very kind people who have taken those photos for me. Because of that, it's been a goal of mine to fulfill some gravestone photo requests for others.
With several small old cemeteries nearby we  stopped at one and searched for the stones with photo requests. Unfortunately there were many graves with blank stones and we were not able to find the requested graves.
Instead we both got bit by fire ants! Ouch!



I LOVED this field of wildflowers!


Other things we did on the weekend,
Antique shopping
Lunch in Brenham at Sweets & Eats (Yummy food!)
Brenham Heritage Museum
Wineries (I don't recommend Pleasant Hill Winery but DO recommend Saddlehorn Winery)
Hot Tubbing :)

And the one picture we got together that weekend, a selfie at Saddlehorn Winery!


We had a great relaxing weekend. We got away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoyed each other's company!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Celebrating 5 Years

Saturday we will be celebrating 5 years of marriage! We are taking a little getaway to Brenham and spending 2 nights in a restored 1850's cabin! If you know me you know I love history so I'm tickled at the thought of this cabin!

In honor of the 5 year mark and 7.5 years of dating I thought I'd take you through our journey thus far.

This is the night of our first kiss. Don't we look young, goofy, and skinny?! :)
Sorry for the bad quality! This was pre-smart phone!


One of our first dates!


My 21st birthday weekend. Corey had my sis and brother in law sneak in from Mississippi to surprise me! He planned out everything so well and it was amazing! Spent most the weekend in St. Louis doing lots of fun things around the city.


Corey and I ready to go to a dance at my college.It was a USO theme so Corey borrowed his friend's Navy uniform and I rented a dress from a local costume shop to fit the part!


 We got engaged!!
 Just under 2 years of dating Corey asked me to marry him! Here's one of our engagement photos. This was taken in the Jewel Box in Forest Park.


 As we planned the wedding I finished up my senior year of college.
This picture was after the fashion show that featured my senior collection. Corey was always supporting my even when I was up all hours of the night sewing dresses!!


My graduation!! Doesn't he look handsome?! Loved having him by my side!


1 month after graduation we were married!
We didn't have a ton of money for the wedding but we made it work! Those of you that were there that day know it was quite eventful, but we made it through the day and got to start our married life!


We spent our honeymoon in South Padre Island. We only got one pic together and this is it! On later vacations we learned how you can trade photo taking with other couples in the same situation!


 Through the years we celebrated holidays, changed haircuts, gained weight, lost weight, etc...


We bought a house!


We celebrated an anniversary with a picnic in Forest Park <3


We went to baseball games. GO CARDINALS!!!


 We traveled to Mexico!


 Had adventures in Mexico!
Rappeling, Ziplining, climbing Coba step temple, and lots more!



I can't find pictures on these events but we moved to Texas and bought another house.

We discovered we were kind of handy and creative and started building furniture!!
This is Corey building the Pottery Barn knock-off Benchright Table.
 

We got some nice pictures taken for our 3rd anniversary.



We traveled some more. This time to San Fransisco!
 

That pretty much brings us to the present day.
We are now gearing up for our next adventure and I can't wait to share more with you!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend! I'll be off in the country enjoying it with my hubby!


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