White Out

I’ve been swooning over white room palettes on Pinterest lately.

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They’re just so clean and crisp. . .and they seem so bright and cheery.

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And yet every time I convince myself that I want a room to be white. . . I can’t ever quite follow through.

House Tour New CouchI love color. Like, really really really, not afraid to paint my hallway teal, love color.

And  yet, I want to love white too.

Hallway Reveal 6I often long for a room that is neutral among my sea of bold color, but then I wonder, will it stick out like a sore thumb?? Will it seem out of place?

We had a white couch which caused me to immediately paint my living room because I couldn’t stand the neutral-ness of a white couch and tan wall. And then we sold that couch less than a year later, I just couldn’t hack it.

House Tour Old CouchThe Nester wrote a great post on going white slowly in their previous home and it worked wonderfully, but I’m still nervous.

Our kitchen is quasi white but again, the thought of painting my walls white is not appealing.

Kitchen - September 2013I also often think, ‘If only I had hardwood/laminate flooring, then I would be happy with going white.’ This could be true, as in I’m over compensating with color on the walls so as to draw your eye away from our hideous flooring but I don’t know that new flooring will cause a complete change of heart.

What do you think? Is there a trend that you love but just aren’t sure that you’ll love it in your home?

Have you ‘gone white’ and loved it? Hated it?

Let’s Tie the Knot

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of throwing my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law a wedding shower in Waco, near our home town. It was a wonderful day that I cannot not adequately describe in words so prepare for picture overload!Let's Tie the KnotShower DecorFood DisplayWedding ShowerHostessesWedding Shower GiftsOpening GiftsGift Table Gift DisplayBride & Groom

Love you guys! Can’t wait to celebrate your big day in January!

Up on the Mountain

I’M BAAAAAAAACKKKK!!!

Did you miss me?? I’ve sure been missing you guys! Last week life got the best of me and then we had some technical issues on the bloggidty blog but those have been resolved. I’ll be back with a recap of the wedding shower that’s taking place THIS weekend but until then, here are some beautiful pictures of mountains.

Taos Panorama

Phillip and I spent last weekend up on the mountain in Taos, NM, and for those of you from the flat part of the world like we are, you know that it was a real treat.

Welcome to Taos Welcome to Taos, NM

We hiked. . .

Taos PanoramaUp on the mountain Climb every mountain Devisadero Peak. . .and ate lots of good food. . .

Taos, NM Food Food in Taos, NM. . .and overall had a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

Taos Ski Valley

On the way home we stopped in little ski resort of Sipapu where we run a 1 week camp at the end of each summer. 
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort

Man oh man, this place has a big piece of my heart.

Sipapu CreekTaken any great weekend trips lately?

Gold Rush

You may have noticed. . . but I’ve been on a gold kick lately. . . .

Like this Remote Caddy Upgrade,

Remote Caddy - thefrontpoarch.com

lots of things in our Master Bedroom Reno,

Jewelry Display from thefrontpoarch.com Master Reno 3 Master Reno 2 and this DIY Mustache Wreath.Make your own mustache wreath! thefrontpoarch.comI haven’t always been a fan of gold but the more I use it, the more I love it.

I love these Dipped Branches,

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail I LOVE my golden pumpkin, Fall Painted Pumpkin this Circle Garland has a special place in my heart, Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnailand of course I’m still swooning over the Tassel Garland I jut made.
Make your own tassel garland - thefrontpoarch.comAny colors you’ve been swooning over lately?

DIY Fridge Labels

This goes out to all the obsessive compulsive organizers out there. . .

That’s right, you read correctly, I labeled my fridge.

And I’m proud of it too!

Use vinyl to label your fridge - thefrontpoarch.comFor all of you out there who just did an internal happy dance, here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Ideally you would start with a nice, clean, organized blank slate such as this.

Fridge BeforeBegin by deciding what you want to label and where you’d like the labels to be placed. This will help you determine the size and font of you lettering. As you can tell from my first photo, I went with more general titles i.e. butter, and left out the part about my midnight-snack stash of dark chocolate chips.

In Silhouette Studio, I chose the font called KG Eyes Wide Open because it was a script font but the embellishments weren’t over the top. I decided to go with a script font because I thought it would be easier to peel and stick 1 word at a time versus peeling and sticking individual letters. (More on that theory later on.)

Once my text was correct and I had adjusted the size as I wanted it, I used the weld feature (bottom arrow) to ‘weld’ the letters in each text box. (If you don’t do this you’ll end up with a script font where the letters aren’t actually connected and trust me, it is a PAIN.)Design labels in Silhouette StudioNow comes the fun part, applying the letters. I would very much like to tell you that I found a fool-proof method to apply them and it will take you just a few seconds to do the entire thing but alas. . .I have not made such a discovery. I used a combination of my hook tool and transfer paper and worked slowly to apply each word.

Fridge with labels - thefrontpoarch.comI would recommend wiping off each surface just before application so that any lingering moisture won’t come between you and awesome labels.

Fruite & veggies labelBack to my choice of font, even though I chose a rather robust script font, the vinyl was still really difficult to get transferred over in one piece. I think if I had to do it over again I would choose a block font and apply it by drawing a level line with a dry erase maker or something. (Side note: the problem with the transfer paper is that the bond between the vinyl and the fridge is much weaker than between the vinyl and the paper. This means that when you try to peel the transfer paper off the vinyl almost always comes with it. Make sense?)

Lunch & Dinner LabelsOver all though, I am in LOVE with the finished product!

Fridge labeled with vinyl letteringThink you’ll ever label your fridge?

 

SPS: I finally fixed that hole next to the entryway bar

Remember that time we installed our custom counter top for the entryway bar?

Yeah. . . it’s a distant memory for me too. . .because it was in FEBRUARY!!

(March, April, May. . .)

7 months ago to be exact. (And really more than that since it actually went in before Christmas, I just blogged about it in February.)

TFP Kitchen Bar 9So hang on to your seats ladies and gentlemen [insert drumroll here] because I have finally patched that awkward rectangle on the kitchen wall!!

Finished Kitchen Bar - thefrontpoarch.com(Please ignore the blue dolly in the back ground, that’s another story for another day. . .)

Back to the awkward wall patch, the original counter stuck about 2″ further from the stone wall which made it really uncomfortable to sit at our new built-in benches. To fix the rectangle, I took the counter top off (we haven’t glued it down yet since I haven’t fixed the wall yet AND because it’s really hard to move refrigerators in and out of your kitchen with it in place. . . .again, a story for another day.)

Where was I??

I took the counter top off and sanded down the area so it would be as smooth as possible. Since the original counter was installed before the house was painted, the exposed area went all the way down to the sheet rock.

Fixing this hole. . . 6 months later - thefrontpoarch.comAfter sanding it got a good coat of primer and paint. . . .

Paint & Primer. . . and there you have it! Quick. Simple. And took so little time I regret 100% not just doing this when we installed the counter top.

Finished Kitchen Bar - thefrontpoarch.comI also took the opportunity to add a little touch up paint to some areas of the kitchen that are already showing wear and tear. We really love our high texture walls, but they do get nicked ALL the time. Behind the trash can is the worst, in less than a year it’s rubbed off an entire strip texture and the lid has left the wall grimy and generally dirty looking.

Trash Rubbing off PaintOh well, a new coat will do for now. Who knows, maybe I need a trash can guard. Anybody else had similar trouble?

 

Meet Scarlett

Meet Scarlett.

TahoeShe’s the answer to our circle prayers.

As I mentioned earlier this week, this year Phillip and I each read a book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson and it completely revolutionized the way we pray. From that time we began to make circle prayers and shortly afterward felt the call to give away our Trailblazer. We asked God to do 1 of 2 things 1) provide us the ability to be a 1 car family (which again, was totally doable because I walk to work), or, 2) provide us with another car.  Red Chevy Tahoe

When we got back from Florida, we pressed forward with option 1, after all, it was the most logical, the most simple. We scheduled our week so that Phillip could have the car the majority of the time and I could drop him off on the days that I needed it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

That was Tuesday.

“We could easily do this for a year!” we thought. . . .

Then Wednesday morning someone posted Scarlett on Craig’s List for roughly 1/3 of her value. We hesitated, assuming God had already answered our prayer but we couldn’t ignore it so we reluctantly went to look at her that afternoon. Turns out someone had keyed almost every body panel thus the reduction in price and if you know anything about the Craig’s List King, you know this is our kind of deal.

2004 Chevy TahoeSo 4 days after we returned from Florida, there we sat, overwhelmed by the loving nature of our God who provides more than we could ask or imagine AND the new owners of Scarlett the 2004 Tahoe.

A One-way Ticket Home

As part of our end-of-the-summer rest we made our annual trip to visit Phillip’s family. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with driving the 20+ hours from our house to Jacksonville. It’s such a joy to have those days to rest, read and engage in meaningful conversation but by the time we get there, we’re always wishing we could just fly home.

So that’s exactly what we did.

Hughey P. Long BridgeBefore we left Texas we deep cleaned my Trailblazer, loaded up some rough cut wood from my parent’s farm, bought 2 one-way tickets home and told Phillip’s parents almost nothing about our plans. As it turns out, it’s really hard to plan a surprise from 4 states away.

Trailblazer with woodEarlier this spring we each read a book called The Circle Maker (more on that later) and since that time felt like we were supposed to give this car away. [Side note: my day job is about 1/3 mile a from our house so I walk to work everyday and rarely drive my car.] We knew we wanted to give it to Phillip’s parents and so after months of planning, we arrived in Florida and surprised them with ‘Little Sis’ as she has now been dubbed.

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And as wonderful as it was to hop on a plane and be back in Texas in less than 4 hours, it was even greater to hear the call of God and answer it.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48

 

Rest

And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

I don’t know that I’ve ever told you this before but in addition to writing this blog I also have a full time, year round job at ACU Leadership Camps. I love my work there and have the unique privilege of seeing the Kingdom come to earth in real and tangible ways.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Come May – August though, it kicks my butt.

Big time.

Suffice to say, I’m still recovering from the 2013 season.

I’ll be back soon with lots of updates (we’ve been traveling and have recently made a big purchase). In the meantime, thanks for resting with me.

 

Master Bath Updates

The 2013 House Tour is done and as promised our master bathroom has gotten some much need updates. Here are a few real life before shots.
Master Bath BeforeMast Bath Blank SlateOur primary need for this space was additional storage. Although we have a lot of cabinet space our counter space is pretty limited. Since the sink is a stand alone, we usually end up with a mess similar to this.Master Bath Messy CounterYikes.

After some searching we purchased 3 of these shelves from IKEA and 2 now hang above the laundry hamper and toilet.

Master Bath with shelvesMaster Bath New Towels

Master Bath with Organization

The third one we cut down to fit on our existing cabinet and is now my ‘getting-ready’ station. Check out that clean countertop!
Master Bath Organized

Last but not least, we added a small hook for my bathrobe!

Master Bath RevealMaster Bath Robe Hook

Have I ever told you a pocket door separates the master bathroom from our bedroom?

Pocket Door on BathoomYup, she’s a beaut.