Frames for the stairway

Hello and Happy Halloween!!! As of lately, our stairway has been looking a bit boring to me. I recently added the old antique school house bench that the boys refer to as the "time out bench." But when I added the spiders for Halloween, I realized that we were lacking decorations in this area. How is it that huge furry spiders can make a space feel a bit more decorated?? 

I got to thinking that I wanted to hang a gallery wall of some sort, but my typical go-to black frames would be a little too busy right here. My original idea was to stain my own frames gray, but when I came across these frames from Ikea, it was meant to be.

The idea board below is kind of what I am leaning towards. I think the gray washed wood tones will be perfect. Now the decision of whether or not to do a mixture of color and black & white photos, or stick with all black & white... decisions, decisions. Thoughts?

Frames for the stairway


Master Bedroom Decorating Plan

Now that a lot of the house has been somewhat decorated (even though I have yet to share photos) I wanted to post about the master bedroom. I feel like this is an area that is ofter skimped on in my house because I am too busy decorating the spaces that everyone sees. You can just close the door and hide the master bedroom! Well not any more!

I was talking with my friend Ashley the other day about how I wanted to get started decorating, but that I am horrible at picking out coordinating bedding. She helped me come up with the mood board below after I gave her a few of the items I am currently working with. Unfortunately I wont be able to get the gorgeous chandelier since Brad insists on a fan but I am thinking this would be gorgeous over my claw foot tub! 


Now I LOVE how this looks and I want to get started on finishing this room ASAP! What do you think? 


Catching up

I have been MIA for way too long. Here is a bit of what has been going on. 

1. We went to the Garth concert and got moved up to 2nd row. Coolest experience ever!
 2. Garth even photo bombed Brad when I took his picture!
 3. The whole yard has been landscaped. We planted camelia hedges, boxwood hedges, maple trees, crepe myrtle trees, cedar trees, and a few more hydrangeas. I can't wait until they all start to fill in!
 4. I now get to bring the boys to school since my new job starts later. We are all loving spending more time together. This job was such a blessing!
 5. The North Georgia State Fair came in September and we managed to go twice this year. 
Keating was finally big enough to ride some of the fun rides although the lack of restraint on those swings had me nearly having a heart attack while we were riding! I was paranoid he was just going to slip right out. 

 6. Fall is my very favorite time of year. Everything is so beautiful, even the weeds in the pasture next to our house. Last week I went foraging for flowers and didn't realize until they were in my house that I had a vase full of ragweed. Thankfully no one in our house has ragweed allergies! 


4 On Friday

This week has been a whirlwind. I started my new job on Monday and I LOVE IT! There is so much to learn, but so far everything has been amazing!

1. With my new big girl job, I needed a new big girl agenda/ calendar. I am usually a cheap calendar girl, but when I saw this one from Kate Spade, I had to have it. I hope that I like it!
2. Fall is coming and I have been loving the cooler temperatures! I had been browsing coats over the past few weeks because it has been a few years since I purchased a new one. I thought I might go the Olivia Pope route and get something classic and neutral, but then I saw this coat in my inbox this morning from ASOS. I have been looking for the perfect animal print coat for years. I became a huge fan after I saw an old photo of my Great Grandmother in one from the 50's/ 60's. I think an animal print coat is so classic and fun.
3. Until recently, I had never worn Almay makeup. I came across this color combo below and gave it a try. I am now a huge fan! These shadows don't crease and the colors blend so well. I will be buying more!

4. Tonight we are heading to the Garth Brooks concert. I can't tell you how excited I am about this! Garth Brooks was the first concert I ever went to in the 1st grade and that is the last time that he came to Atlanta. I have been hearing great reviews and hope he plays a lot of his old songs! You also can't go wrong with Trisha Yearwood!


5 on Friday

It has been awhile since I have participated in the 5 on Friday, so I thought this would be a good week to jump back in!

1. Tempting Target! Has anyone checked out the cute fall things at target lately? If you are on a budget, then I advise you to just stay away! These two sweaters will be making their way home with me eventually. 
2. Last weekend began the most glorious time of year, college football. I love watching the games, but the food is one of the best parts. Last week I made one of my favorites Paul Deen's Hot Pimento Cheese Dip and it was a crowd pleaser. Try it, you wont be disappointed!
3. I know I mentioned a while back that I began selling Rodan + Fields after I fell in love with the products. I seriously can't get over how great they are! My skin is looking better than ever and I have seen so many great before and afters. I think everyone should try it! Check it out! NO MORE CROWS FEET! This is only after using for 3 weeks in this photo!
4. I am in the process of finishing our laundry room which will also function as my craft/ sewing room. I saved this image a while back and cannot get it out of my head! 
 5. I am contemplating the idea of doing the Whole30. Has anyone else done this? If so, how hard was it? The thought of giving up wine and cheese makes me sad already. I think this may be something I would need to try after football season... and Thanksgiving... and Christmas... okay maybe I'll think about it in January.


It has been awhile

I am starting to adjust to the fact that I have become a once a month blogger. A lot has been going on lately and as usual, the old blog took the back seat. In the last month the kids started school, I accepted a new job, and we got in a pretty bad car accident. To say that life has been hectic is an understatement. I guess I will start from the beginning. 

About a month ago, our family was driving home from church and as we were turning onto our street, we were hit from behind out of nowhere. I have never been in anything other than a fender bender so I had no idea what had just happened. Our car ended up over 50 feet from where we were turning and we quickly jumped out to check on the boys who were both hysterical.We were quite literally hit by a truck. A young girl had been driving her dad's enormous 3500 diesel truck and plowed into the back of us full speed while TEXTING

We only had my Jeep for a month and despite how well it held up in the accident, it was totaled. We were all a bit sore, but Brad's back was still bothering him the next day. After a trip to the orthopedic, it was determined that he had a fracture in his spine. Thankfully it is not as bad as it could have been, but has kept him out of work for the past 3 weeks. He is stir crazy! He goes back today for a follow up and we are hoping they release him to go back. 

The following day Keating and Archer started pre-school. Both boys are LOVING school! Keating is doing really well in the pre-k environment and has really learned a lot so far. Archer is doing great being away from home and likes playing with his friends at school. 

We have been finishing up long overdue projects around the house. We had a patio poured in the back yard which left a lot of mud and made a lot of little boys quite happy. Our house has been quite the hit with our friends kids lately! 
We finally got around to hanging our shutters. This little detail has made such a difference! 

and I finally convinced Brad to hang my tobacco basket that he absolutely despises. I think it looks great! The things that man does for me... I am sure he cringes every time he looks at it!

Last weekend I got tired of our laundry room being so unfinished. I started cleaning out the junk and decided that the floors needed to be finished, immediately. The floors were plain concrete and I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with them. I didn't want to have to mess with an acid concrete stain, so I figured I would try wood stain and hope for the best. Worked. Like. A. Charm. I used Ebony Varathane stain and after two coats, the floors look awesome. The whole project cost around $7, can't beat that! So glad that I just went for it. Hopefully the rest will start coming along.

I also came across this old set of lockers at work that I am in the process of re-painting. I am pretty sure that they thought I was nuts for actually wanting them but after a good cleaning and many coats of red spray-paint they are looking awesome! The goal is that they will help hide the mass of toys in the play room. 

As for the job situation, I had not been out job hunting but I was approached by an old friend that had a great opportunity. At first I dismissed it, but the more I heard, the more I was interested. Better hours, shorter commute, better pay, more vacation, more holidays... it was a no brainer. So I will be starting my new position in a week. The hours will allow for me to bring the boys to school which I am really excited about! I felt like I was missing out on a lot of mom things with my current work schedule. Looking forward to this new adventure!


The Dining Room

I finally have a few decorated house photos to share! The dining room is the first area that I consider somewhat "complete" although we still need a few things. When we moved into our house the first time, I had the dining table running the opposite way. When all of the furniture was moved back in, the table ended up like this and I kind of love it. 
I am so proud of how my drapes turned out! They were SUCH a pain to make all of the pinch pleats! Want to know a secret... they aren't even hemmed yet, I have them pinned because the thought of working on them any more drives me nuts. Please remind me next time I get all ambitious to make drapes, to stop being cheap and just go ahead and pay to have them made! Don't mind the crooked curtain rod on the right, there is a loose screw making the rod sag. I didn't realize it until after I took photos.
 I am so glad we decided to add the planked walls, I think it adds so much character. The gold frames and water colors below were a recent goodwill find. Originally I was going to only use the frames and mattes, but I thought the artwork added a little color in our very neutral house.

The pine buffet in the background is going to be moved and I may add some sort of china hutch there. It is too tall for this space but it ended up here and hasn't found a new home in the house just yet. I am also on the lookout for a rug to go under the table. 
 Hopefully I can get the house clean enough to take a few more photos soon!