Thursday, June 30, 2011

stars, stripes and betsy ross

"America is best described by one word-- freedom."     
 Dwight D. Eisenhower

I often have dreams of living in a house EXACTLY like this one. 
On the Fourth of July, I would gleefully watch the festively decorated bicycles parade by my front porch. 

I would be sipping an ice cold {insert favorite summer cocktail}
ok, I'm back.   

...or maybe we could gather around on this front porch during the fireworks. 
{insert my dog, Maxwell, below or your dog if you want to play along}

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Hello beautiful flag.

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Well, we can all count our lucky stars (50 of them, in fact) that the red, white and blue color pallette is not exclusively for
Independence Day.

Coastal Living

Absolutely beautiful. 
Don't you love how the blue of the ocean becomes part of this AWESOME room?

Coastal Living

Southern Living

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living free!
(Thanks to many brave men and women!) 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

a girl has to party

Today I am linking up with Sarah at Modern Country Style to show off our newly updated kitchen!  
 Stop on over and share one of your Kitchen Favorites!

Monday, June 27, 2011


It’s easy being green

Sorry Kermit.  

Mr. Kermit the Frog

 Using eco-friendly products and recycling items from home is SUPER easy. 

** could make your project less expensive.

You may remember during our Kitchen Reveal when I showed how we recycled our kitchen cabinets. 

(It's still hard to believe they are the same doors!)

It has inspired me to look around at other ways to be green.   

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Look at all these great Eco-friendly ideas!

I am loving the bamboo and the skylights. 

Recycled tile in a beautiful blue.

Lovely clerestory windows allow this house to be cool without air conditioning. 
What's a clerestory window?
Pronounced....CLEAR STORY...
A clerestory is a high wall with a band of narrow windows along the very top. The clerestory wall usually rises above adjoining roofs.

Coastal Living

How in love are you with this surfboard island?

Coastal Living

Beautiful vintage doors help to create a seperate pantry area.

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Eco-friendly corrugated siding.  Awesome. 

Recycled shutters.  *swoon*.
Coastal Living

I must have this door!  E-N-V-Y!  Yes, I feel it.  This beautiful door was found in a salvage yard. 
*Note to self:  Visit more salvage yards.   


Check out this untreated wood ceiling. 
Simply stunning. 

Looking into living more green and eco-friendly,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
Dr. Seuss “Oh, the Places You'll Go!”


dwell studio


elle decor

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kelly mcguill

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

envy in the house 

We interrupt today’s post to bring you a special announcement. 

House Envy
is being featured over on  
Yes, you heard me correctly!  Ms. Roeshel, the incredibly talented and world renowned DIYer,  has featured our little old kitchen remodel on her super AWESOME blog today!

The DIY Show Off

We will now return you to your regularly scheduled post that is (more than likely) about my continued House Envy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

a missing mud*room worth pouting about

(*Disclaimer:  This is not really me.)

: a room in a house designed especially for the shedding of dirty or wet footwear and clothing and located typically off the kitchen or in the basement. 
Usually found in a blogger's dream house.  Just not in mine.*

a little history and a dream*  I find it difficult to forgive the architect who failed to add a mudroom to my house.  A simple space that separates the inside from the outdoor elements.  A euphoric place of organizational wonderful-ness.
In its place, we have an entryway that longs for a row of lockers with charming metal  hooks and generous shelving.  Shelving that would house dozens of delectable little baskets, rain boots and school bags.

{here is a little look at what could of been}...
This Old House

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Welcome to House Envy

I am linking up over at
The Lettered Cottage today! 

The Lettered Cottage

Living green,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Orange you glad we’re talking Aqua

I recently asked my 7 year old daughter the following question:
What color would you like your room to be?
Her response, (wait for it)“ORANGE!”

Oh boy, what have I done! 
(insert back-peddling noise)

I told her, “orange is an awesome color!  Is there another color that you like with orange”? 
She pointed to our aqua colored handsoap.

Aqua and Orange.  Ahhh. Gorgeous.

Let's do this!

Country Living



Honey Collins
Ty Pennington Style

Kelly Wearstler

Valspar Aqua Glow

Stay tuned....we finished painting her room, bought her new bedding and we are moving on to accessories.

living green (aqua in this case),

Hey y'all!  If you like our old kitchen, then you will love our Beach House Remodel.  Life is good!

Please visit our progress at  
House Envy* The Beach House
and let us know what you think.