The past three Saturday’s I’ve linked you up with some of my favorite blogs – one’s I’ve followed for a while and some new favorites. Today, I decided to link you to some of my favorite Pinterest boards. In most cases if I like what someone is posting, I just follow all their boards. These five also have blogs, so you can check their blogs out as well. Click on the image and it will take you to their Pinterest page. Enjoy!
I can’t have just one favorite color. I have a few. When I was in school blue was everybody’s favorite color so I chose yellow because I wanted to be different. Turns out yellow is not my favorite color. Blue is. Two shades to be exact. And about fifty shades of white. And orange. Yep. Orange.
1. Cobalt Blue – this is my kitchen accent color. I even have a cobalt blue chalkboard wall in my kitchen
If you look at the ceiling in the adjoining room you will see my other favorite shade of blue.
2. A light aqua / Tiffany shade of blue. I have a room ceiling and two closets painted this shade. My front Porch ceiling is also in this family.
3. Creamy whites. I also love Whites for decorating. I drool over mostly white rooms. Several of my interior rooms are painted Bleached Linen by Behr, but mixed in a Valspar paint.
This is the workroom before we moved in. It had such possibilities. I could show you a picture of how it looks now, but….well, we’ll save that for another day.
4. Orange is also a favorite color. It is my happy color. It is a color that my sister and I have in common (we call ourselves sister orange, or is it orange sister?). I don’t decorate with orange, although I did see a killer laundry room once with an orange ceiling and it was mentally filed for future consideration. It is from Mary Anne Smiley Interiors. In her collection of closets and utility rooms it is numbers 12, 13 and 14. Love it! All her spaces are beautiful.
There you have it – a few of my favorite colors. I also love the show of color that autumn puts on – especially those hot pink melting into red fire colored leaves. You know the one’s I’m talking about:
I hope you are splashing in color today. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite color, or two, or three.
“But all things should be done decently and in order.” I Corinthians 14:40
I had a closet. It was horrid. It started out with good intentions. But a year of searching for this and that and a few more items stuffed in, and well, I’ll let the pictures tell the story:
The This closet was originally going to be my pantry. But…Mr. Piano needed storage for the stuff that will someday go to an office. I wanted custom shelves…but, my brother never seemed to have the time for the shelves and they cost money…. the crates started out in a neat stack with a few things on top. But… (yes, there is another but) eventually, Mr. Piano needed a piece of music from one of the bottom crates and the rest is history. Long story, short. We lived with it as is. Until we couldn’t.
This past weekend I decided to organize the closet and use a utility shelf. I wanted to paint it white, but I wanted the mess organized more, so I just went with the utilitarian gray. Someday, I still have hopes of this being a custom organized pantry. In the meantime, it is in much better shape. I’ll let the photo’s show you:
This closet is now, officially, the most organized spot in my house. This is sad. I walk by and peek in several times a day just to calm the chaos swirling around in my head and my house. It is amazing how quickly the organizing thread can unravel. It only takes a year give or take a month or two.
(Yes, we have a curtain for a closet door. Okay? Thanks.)
I’m pretty sure this closet is a metaphor for something. Something that may be askew in my life. Is it possible that while I’m organizing the hidden places in my home (and the not so hidden) that I will also be on a journey to find balance in those hidden places deep in my soul?
Balancing in Grace,
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” –Proverbs 31:27
Yesterday I updated you on what I had been doing while not writing. Today I had a break in the weather so I did some rearranging and staging on my new old front porch. You can read yesterday’s post to see a lot of the in progress pictures and the before.
I’m linking up over at Imparting Grace so please click on over and check out the other links for more home inspiration. It’s all about “making our homes a place of grace”. And while you are there browse around Richella’s blog – she will inspire you with her wisdom as well as her decor.
If you found your way here from the link-up party at Imparting Grace, Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by. Please leave a comment and let me know you were here. I love to meet new people. That is one of the ways I find blogs that become my favorites.
Just a quick (ish) update for those who haven’t been keeping up with our porch reno – We live in an older home that was our weekend home, but due to some changes last year, has become our full-time home(and here) while we wait on God’s direction for what comes next. We lovingly refer to it as the Little House (aka StoneLeaf Cottage).
This blog was originally started to chronicle the Little House, but I haven’t’ done much of that as I have found other things to write about. I think over the summer I am going to add more posts about the house. Stay tuned.
Our most recent project has been our front porch. The porch ceiling was vinyl. I don’t really care for vinyl porch ceilings, especially on old houses. And, I desperately wanted a blue porch ceiling. A southern porch at it’s best. You can’t paint vinyl – yuk! And our vinyl had seen better days; it was sagging, which meant probably a leak was lurking. The floor boards were in good shape but had grayed over the years; the shutters were pitiful and the porch just was not overly inviting. I wrote a poem about it here. I’d had a swing for the better part of two years and had not hung it because one of the hooks was missing and the sag was where the hook should have been. So, not knowing what I’d find or whether or not I’d have to replace all the old boards, we decided to do what any sane person would do. We took the vinyl by the claw hammer and let her rip. No going back.
That was the best decision ever. Yes, we had to replace the old boards. Yes, we replaced them with tongue and groove pine boards and yes, we painted them blue. Summer Sky blue from Lowe’s. Valspar I think. Does Lowe’s sell any other brand of paint ;). And yes, I have pictures to show you in a minute or two. To make a long story as short as possible, we also freshened up the porch wall paint ( an Olympic color called Puppy Paws – not my choice, but we’re not painting the whole house, so we went with what was already established.) And we painted the floor and today I did some “staging” and took pictures. Lots of pictures. I’ll try to refrain from sharing all 57 of them. (all pictures were taken by me. Please link back should you share any of them.)
Enjoy how our transformed front porch has helped “make our home a place of Grace”:
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of our new old front porch. You probably noticed how the accessories jumped around a bit. I had fun trying out different combos. The porch floor paint is a Glidden color, Handcast Pewter, in Valspar porch and paint from Lowe’s. The cushions and furniture are from Oxford Garden. You can go online to check out the where to buy link. The rug is a lucky find at Wal-Mart. The only one of this style left in their outdoor rug bin. The colors could not have been more perfect for all the different blues and greens in my cushions. It even has a beigy neutral color that picks up on the pinkish tan tones of the house color. And, of course it compliments my summer sky ceiling paint perfectly. For now I’m ignoring the black retro railing because I can’t afford to change it to a wooden white railing and columns. We will probably need to freshen the paint on it soon.
All the pops of color excite me and make me happy. My swing makes me happy!
PS – The house you see behind the swing is the home we moved to when I was a teenager; my parents still live there. We’re so blessed to have them close by.
PPS – I still have a few things I want to add, like string lights and some kind of art on the wall, and maybe a hanging plant or two. But I’m so excited for the progress. I’ll keep you posted on any updates.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. For several weeks now my (non)posts have been missing about a thousand words each.
I have thought of things to write; I’ve even written a few posts in my head that never made it to paper or internet. I have wanted to write, but the gumption just wasn’t there, or I was out of town, or sick, or busy….
So, I thought I’d catch you up on what has been going on and let the pictures tell the story (there may be some words, ok).
1. The front porch received a much needed overhaul (this spanned April and May and included my brother. It is June and we still have a few tweaks to finish):
Proverbs 24:3-4 – applies to porches too, I would think:
By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
2. We also took a vacation in April, but any posting I was doing that month was mostly on my other blog, Orange Comma, for the National Poetry Writing Month. Vacation was really a retreat. We love to go to Fairhaven, which is in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, not too far from the North Carolina Border. We love the peacefulness and we’re within an hour of several places that are touristy if we want that. We mostly just soak in the peace and rest and read. Here are a few pictures from this year:
I WAS GLAD WHEN THEY SAID UNTO ME, LET US GO INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
3. In the midst of traveling and redoing I took a week off to be sick. No pictures available. Proverbs 17:22:
A joyful heart is good medicine…
4. The most exciting thing that happened while I was not writing a thousand words was that Mr Piano graduated. He is now Doctor Mister Piano. He received his DMA degree (Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky on May 17. WooHoo! Finally! Yea! We have some pictures to prove it:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
5. We celebrated 29 years of marriage on June 2. It was Sunday and Mr. Piano had an afternoon rehearsal, so we went to a local Mexican restaurant for a meal and didn’t really do a major celebration. We may take a day trip soon in honor of the event. Either way every day with Mr. Piano is a celebration, so we’re all good. Here is a picture or a few of the original event all those years ago:
Ok, so I think this about sums up what I’ve been doing the past several weeks, you know, when I wasn’t writing. If you already knew this stuff, then I apologize for boring you further. I’ll try to come up with some fresh perspective to write about soon.
6. Oh, I almost forgot. I did visit several cemeteries on Memorial Day – one I had never been to before where several of my ancestors were buried, like my great great grandparents and uncles. It was a peaceful, sweet little cemetery in the middle of a farm that is now privately owned: