Friday, December 2, 2016

First Friday Home Tour Featuring Our Craftsman Cottage

Good morning! I have such a treat for you with this month's First Friday Home Tour. 

Today I'm welcoming Sonja whose home I spotted on Instagram.  Sonja's Instagram feed is the kind that makes you stop in your tracks and stare!!  Her gorgeous home caught my eye quickly because it is the perfect Craftsman style cottage loaded with beautiful details. 

craftsman cottage filled with DIY projects, craftsman, home tour, front porch, shake siding, brick porch

Sonya and her husband, Ronnie, were high school sweethearts and have been married for 27 years. They studied and planned before building this house in 2012.  It is meant to be their forever home with careful thought given to what might be needed as time passes.

Craftsman style, craftsman cottage, cottage style, board and batten, beadboard, wood floors, DIY cottage, DIY, Rejuvenation lighting, schoolhouse lighting, beadboard ceiling, home tour, featured home, Craftsman home tour

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello December!

Good morning friends!

Didn't mean to drop off the scene but then again it happens to me every year!
I love every single bit of Christmas but I'm not as speedy and with it as some. 
Things are far from perfect here and that's ok.

Christmas is for J O Y!

I'm taking my time, digging through boxes, and bringing out little bits of Christmas here and there. We are ordering pizza and watching Gilmore Girls. We are staring at the twinkle lights and marveling at the ornaments that our kids made when they were tiny. No perfection...just joy. 

I'll be back soon with pictures of our imperfect Christmas
Please visit tomorrow for an absolutely amazing First Friday Home Tour. :)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Be back next week. ♥

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Dreaming and Planning

Happy Monday Y'all! You all have been so sweet to congratulate us on building a house.  Last week we were notified (sooner than expected) that the lot prep had begun. So we popped right out there and took a video. Do you follow me on Instagram? You can see it there.

Would you like to see some of the things we are dreaming of and planning?  First let me tell you the style we are shooting for....think Southern Living with a little French farmhouse cottage charm for good measure. Do I know what that means exactly? Nope! But I'll know it when I see it.  

We are definitely using this brick which is a blend of red, gray, and brown. We love the traditional look of it. We are mixing this stone, called Buff Lueders, on the front of the house. We will have shutters on the windows which will be painted Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. 

We had Tricorn Black on the shutters and front door of our Oklahoma house and loved it. Speaking of the front door, we are getting this one in mahogany but painted Tricorn Black. Love!!

Those are the only decisions we've made so far. The rest is icing on the cake. Want to see some of the items on my Pinterest board?
The lighting is something I'm extremely excited about since it's the jewelry of the home. There are so many beautiful choices! What would you choose? Bronze, brass, nickel?  My thoughts are all over the place with this category.

How about the kitchen. Would you choose white or stained cabinets? White for me please. 
This one stops me in my tracks with the white cabinets, granite, and that light fixture. I swoon!
Birds of a Feather
This really is a dream come true for us. We are getting our little piece of Texas with a house to last for years.  Thanks for following along with this process which should take about 6 months. 
Linking with:
The Scoop   Inspire Me Tuesday
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thoughts of Home Stunning Thanksgiving Vignettes Recap

Here's another peek at all the beautiful posts shared last week at the 
Stunning Thanksgiving Vignettes gathering.

Rustic & Refined

Poofing the Pillows

My Kentucky Living

Sharon Joyce Interiors

At Home with Jemma

Remodelando la Casa

Sew a Fine Seam

Rattlebridge Farm

Patina and Paint

White Spray Paint

A Stroll Thru Life

Simple Nature Decor

The Painted Apron

Ramblings of a Southern Girl

Life and Linda

Thank you so much to all of these ladies for sharing with us. 
Thank you to all of you who joined us on Thursdays for Thoughts of Home. 
We enjoyed our time with you!

Linking with:
Foodie Friday and Everything Else
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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Jewel of Dallas

There are many places you can visit in Dallas that will knock your socks off. We have restaurants, shopping, beautiful art, and many other things that bring tourists here. 

My favorite spot without a doubt is the Dallas Arboretum. In every season, there's something spectacular to behold. Right now the Arboretum is decked out for Autumn. In Dallas, that means summer's flowers and plants are looking great because the weather has cooled off but also there are new plants that have been added to spice up the seasonal displays. Speaking of seasonal...there are thousands of pumpkins!

A visit to the Dallas Arboretum is good for your soul! The squirrels are fat and happy. The birds are singing. Everywhere you look, people are smiling because nature is good for you.

On this day Mark Twain and I had a little chat about the fact that most of the plants at the Arboretum are not exotic, they are just well cared for and the beds are generously planted. We also discussed how humid it was but I don't think it bothered him as much as me. :)

Even the fish are beautiful in their beautiful ponds! Want to see other beautiful visits to the Arboretum? Click here, here, and here.

One of these days I definitely want to visit Butchart Gardens and the gardens of the Biltmore but for now this Texas girl is happy that the Dallas Arboretum is a short drive away.
What is your favorite public garden to visit?

On another note...
The Thoughts of Home on Thursday team would like to thank you all so much for joining us for 40 fabulous weeks. You shared your inspirational posts with us and everyone supported us with your sweet comments and willingness to be a part of something bigger. We've decided to end with 40 special weeks behind us. Thank you so much for all you've done for us and with us. I will continue to post as normal as will Jemma, Laura, and Laura. We hope you will visit each of us individually.
Linking with:
Our Home Away from Home   The Scoop   Inspire Me Tuesday   Celebrate Your Story   
Make It Pretty Monday   Share Your Cup   Share Your Style   Simple & Sweet Fridays
Foodie Friday & Everything Else
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Stunning Thanksgiving Vignettes Day 4

Welcome to the final day of our
Thanksgiving Vignettes tour.
It has been a week full of inspiration and creativity, highlighted by our special Thanksgiving edition of
Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
If you missed Wednesday's tour,visit these wonderful bloggers:
led by our Thoughts of Home hostess

In her inspiring post, Jemma shares the joy that the Thanksgiving season brings.

The message here at White Spray Paint is all about
'finding delight in simple things'.

It makes perfect sense then that I love Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is about hope and gratitude and the simple experience of sharing food and fun with family.

It involves all of my favorite things: planning a menu, preparing special dishes, using my Woodland Spode and setting a pretty table.
It is about family, good food, laughter, football, and naps on the couch.

Some of the best times center around this hutch in the sitting area of my kitchen.
During the fall I exchange my Spode Blue Italian with my
Woodland Spode and add all of my collected copper pieces from the flea market.

This hutch is where the pies are displayed, and my husband can be heard saying,
' just one more little piece'.

It is so much fun.

Today I invite you to visit the last 5 bloggers in our tour.
They are all so talented.

Marty's beautiful talent and her generosity of spirit makes her a treasured blogging friend to all of us.

Rhonda's talent lies in her creativity, her love of home, and her ability in combining treasures both old and new.

Every post Maria creates combines her effortless
style, creativity, and natural elegance.

Jenna's lovely tablescape is just a hint of the beautiful things she creates on her blog The Painted Apron.

Linda creates stunning tablescapes with her beautiful collections, and she is also known to many of us as a talented blog designer.

If you missed anything this week, here is this week's schedule.

Monday – November 7th

Tuesday – November 8th

Wednesday – November 9th

Thursday – November 10th

Everyone is invited to join the Thoughts of Home on Thursday Thanksgiving Edition Linky Party.

Friday – November 11th
White Spray Paint | A Stroll Thru Life | Simple Nature Decor | The Painted Apron
Ramblings of a Southern Girl | Life and Linda

It's also not too late to join the fun at Thoughts of Home on Thursday!