Saturday, November 20, 2010


Just wanted to send out a big WELCOME to all my new readers!! 


you're here!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Where in the world have I been??

I know! I know! I've been M.I.A the last several months! Life is crazy busy and the truth is, I haven't had a chance to do much decorating or anything else since we moved here to Orange Blossom Trail! Argh!!

Besides all the major things we've been dealing with...cancer (FIL), death (Aunt), illness (everyone!), etc. my very busy child turned 2 and she is a serious handful! She is now 28 months old and carries on adult conversations, complete with prepositions, etc. It's mind boggling. The other day, when I wouldn't let her have a band-aid for her non-existent injury, she said "But Mommy! I have a boo boo and it's stupendous!" I'm like, "What??" lol

So, my days are spent keeping up with my little one and not so much in doing things for myself or decorating my home, etc. 

This is the first year ever in all my over 17 years of marriage that I didn't decorate for Autumn! My most fave season of ALL. All my seasonal decor is still in storage! That really hurts my feelings. LOL

When we moved in, the living room and entry hall was an olive green. It wasn't bad. It was flat paint, which I do not like. Ever. So, I went out and bought the same shade in semi gloss or satin or whatever it was and I've lived with it for over 3 months now. I've decided I cannot. live. with. it. any. longer. It's NOT a bad color! I just have nothing to go with it and don't have the $$ or energy to buy/find/make decor that would go with it. SO. The "Dusty Trail" color I painted the kitchen is being carried into the living room and entry. I've got it trimmed out and want to finish it yesterday...but...when I did the trimming, it triggered allergies in said 28 month old so I have to wait until I have a day home alone. I don't know...maybe when she starts kindergarten I'll get it painted?? lol 

But, I'm motivated to get things in order because I insist on decorating for Christmas! If I can't dress up the house for fall, at least give me Christmas! ;)

Moving with a 2 year must be one of the hardest things I've ever done. It makes my brain hurt to even think about writing here about how difficult it's been, so I won't say another word about it.

Keep your fingers crossed for some work getting done around here, would ya??

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Before pix

These pix aren't the greatest...sorry!

The front porch

The north side of the house, looking into our fenced backyard

Can't wait to get my porch swing put up and get the rockers out!

Standing on the back deck (in the rain) looking at our tiny yard! LOL
Love the open space behind our house.
The community trail/bike path runs through
this open space.

The previous owners left the swing set!

Standing in the living room, looking into the kitchen.
New ceramic tiles in the kitchen, laundry, pantry/mud room. 

Front door is to the right in this pic

Living room gas fire place.

Standing just outside the kitchen, looking towards the dining room & front door. Staircase is on the left.

Small portion of the pantry/mud room. Around the corner, far right is the laundry room.

My mother-in-law sittin' on the hearth. LOL

Yellow room is the dining room.

Standing in the dining room. The door you see is in the kitchen & goes to the backyard deck.

Huge walk-in closet under staircase and to the right of that is a half-bath. 

Dining room again. 

The "hallway" to the other bedrooms & bath

One corner of the huge master bedroom!

Another corner of the master!

Part of the loft room

The Loft

The master bath is HUGE! It's kind of like 3 rooms in one!

The sea shell light is going! Already have changed the paint color, etc.

The second area of the master bath has a garden tub & the potty is on the right, past a huge linen closet.

The his 'n hers closet is big enough to fit a queen size bed!

Stayed tuned for new pix of all the things we've changed!


We're moving! We've bought a house on Orange Blossom Trail in Indianapolis! 

This house is so different from the other houses we've owned! For one, it's a two story house. Secondly, our previous home sat on 5.5 acres of wooded, gently rolling hills a quarter of a mile off the road. Our new house on Orange Blossom is in a subdivision. Picture perfect suburbia! lol

The house really is move in ready, but I've decided to change some of the wall colors. Because we sold our last house so quickly (12 days!), we are in a short-term lease apartment and don't have to be out until the end of June. Soooooo.......we're taking our time and getting things just right...well, almost just right, before we move in.

All with a 23 month old baby girl in tow. A very, very busy baby girl I fondly refer to as a tornado. Seriously. LOL

I'll hope you'll follow along as we set up home-keeping on Orange Blossom! I'm nervous/excited about "dipping my decorating toe" in a new decor style. My previous two homes were very primitive/colonial/country. Never thought I'd get away from that style, but alas, I have. I think.

Our previous home sat at the top of this beautiful drive-way!

Our new house sits right on the road! lol
Part of our old yard. It took about 2 hours to mow with a 6 ft. wide zero-turn mower.
Our new yard can be push-mowed in less than 30 minutes.

Even with the drastic changes in store for us, we are thrilled with our new house! I hope you'll follow along as we make it our HOME!