Peeping Bitches {Elaine’s House}

Posted on July 28, 2014

I’m so excited to share today’s Peeping Bitches with you because this house belongs to the woman who carried me for 10 months in her uterus and then pushed out a 9 lb 15 oz 24 inch long me! Yes, that TMI was to introduce my mom, Elaine. And just a few weeks ago I made the journey back home to Nebraska to see the finished house that she had been building for over a year. But good things take time (which is why I needed to gestate for an extra month) and this house speaks to the countless hours spent planning and putting the whole thing together. The house was built on a lake with gorgeous views of this tranquil setting. Here’s the view of the front of the house:   A clean exterior with a few Craftsmen touches such as the windows and the lighting. I definitely love …

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A Year of Change {July Reveal}

Posted on July 25, 2014

TGIF! July was a sneaky month, wasn’t it? Throwing the last Friday of the month in so early made for some late nights finishing up this Year of Change Challenge! Our challenge for July was to turn our attention to a room in our house that hadn’t received its fair share of love. Or to finish off those last items on the list for completing a room. Really just some incentive to get @#$& done!   {Erin’s July project} Picking one room to focus my attention on was more of a challenge than I thought. There are lots of areas in my house that could use some help, like the laundry room or say this room: And while I would have loved to actually say, furnish this room for July’s challenge, I’m still not sure what purpose I want this room to serve. And the plans I had for the …

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Ten for Thursday {rattan & bamboo}

Posted on July 24, 2014

I’ve loved all things faux bamboo (in the Hollywood Regency chic sort of way) for as long as I can remember. I think it started back at my mom’s cousin’s ultra groovy 70′s condo at the Jersey shore. Even as a preschooler I hoped one day I’d be half as hip as her with her bamboo, macramé, potted trees and gold galore. My tastes may have altered (I also admired the way she smoked her Virginia Slims) but my love of bamboo and rattan has stayed strong. I’m always on the Craigslist hunt for good bamboo but I have yet to really score. Instead I salivate over Pinterest posts on a regular basis – these are my favorite recent finds. 1.  This would be my absolute favorite pick of the moment. As if a single swinging chair wasn’t swoon worthy enough – a swinging loveseat??? I need to convince my …

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Raise your forks {panama city shrimp & tequila mango salsa}

Posted on July 23, 2014

Years and years and years ago when Mr. Man and I were dating we did a weekend beach camping trip to Panama City, FL as our second trip away together.  Trip #1 was date #6 – a month of backpacking through Europe. I guess if you can take a summer of sleeping on the decks of Greek ferries, overnight trips by train and sharing grungy hostel rooms you must be destined to be married forever. Anyway, before heading home to Georgia from Florida we picked up some gorgeous jumbo shrimp. We asked the fishmonger for cooking suggestions and this is the recipe he gave us. It’s been our favorite way to prepare shrimp ever since. I love the mix of sweet and spiciness. We’ve never called it anything other than “that sauce” but it honor of our weekend trip it will now officially be known as Panama City Shrimp. And …

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DIY {painting floor tiles}

Posted on July 21, 2014

To be honest, the idea that you can paint floor tiles is something that I never would have considered if not for the brave DIYers before me. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that why not paint tiles? I’m cool with painting walls and furniture, even curtains, so why should I be afraid of putting some paint on a floor? The Queen of DIY, Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook, recently painted the tiles in her bathroom for a inexpensive temporary solution to outdated tiles and with her guidance I decided to try out this technique myself. As part of this month’s Year of Change Challenge, I was looking for quick and inexpensive ways to make this bathroom look lighter with more cool tones as opposed to the beige that currently existed in the space.   I’m not at all crazy about the color of the ceramic …

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