Letting it all hang out

Posted on July 29, 2015

Remember how we went to the Haven Conference a couple weeks ago? If you missed it we wrote a post about it last week. I’m still reflecting on what we learned and more importantly who we met. There were so many awesome chicks that we instantly connected with. Right away we knew we were with our kind of people. Here’s the first thing anyone who knows us or who reads our blog should realize – we are consumers of alcohol – perhaps not connoisseurs but decidedly consumers. Most of the Haven attendees seemed to share that same deep appreciation for fermented beverages that we do. That wasn’t necessarily the case at the last conference we attended. Not to say you have to be an alcoholic to be our friend, it just makes it easier for all of us to get all chummy and to know off the bat that you might be …

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A backyard luau

Posted on July 27, 2015

Summer is flying by- and I know that almost everyone is feeling that way right about now. And I’m sure I’ll say the same thing next year as I did last year, and probably the year before. Time fo’ sure moves faster as we get older. One regret that I’m already having about the summer is not using our party deck for enough parties, or even just cocktails with the ladies. In case you’re new to our blog or didn’t get a chance to check it out last year you can read all about the massive party deck that we added on to our house here. Still my very favorite thing we’ve done to the house. Anywho, I wasn’t about to let this summer slip by without throwing a big party! I teamed up with two other ladies from our neighborhood and put together a Hawaiian-themed party which we hosted …

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A little hiatus

Posted on July 22, 2015

When I was 21 and 22 and 23 I had the great fortune to spend weeks and months traveling around Europe. My greatest responsibilities was to make sure I didn’t lose my backpack or my passport and to not drink so many beers or sangrias that I couldn’t remember which quarter of the city the youth hostel was located in. There’s nothing like being young, wild and free and not in the least concerned where life is taking you at the moment. Then real life necessarily intruded. I got a real job. I went to grad school. I got married and I had babies. I started a business and I had another baby. Soon I had responsibility upon responsibility layered on my shoulders. Having the obligation and duty to care for my family and our home is nothing I’d ever trade but sometimes when surrounded by those deep overwhelming piles …

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We took on Haven…and lived to tell about it

Posted on July 20, 2015

This past week Tricia and I worked very, very hard to become better bloggers and change the world, one pretty room at a time. Not entirely true, but we did attend Haven Conference in Atlanta, which is a conference for those who DIY and love home decorating. Guys- it was SO MUCH FUN!!!! First off, Ludacris totally wasn’t joking when he sang about Southern Hospitality. The staff at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead treated us like royalty. Just one mention of “man, I’m dying for a cookie” and suddenly cookies appeared right in front of you. Every server remembered us each day (probably because of our sweet dance moves), and even if the server wasn’t assigned to us they came over and chatted. And then we went to dinner at Lure, and it was possibly one of the best dinners of my life. Our waiter at the very beginning asked us …

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Kitchen Progress Update {THE REVEAL!!!}

Posted on July 10, 2015

The day has finally come when I can put a nail in the kitchen remodel coffin. The day actually came about 3 weeks ago when I gave up on the backordered grasscloth to put in the back of my glass front upper cabinets and decided to just paint the inside. And really, I should have done that a long time ago! Anyways, I am excited to share some pictures of the kitchen after taking on a mini-remodel of the space over the past 6 months. Just to highlight, here are things that were changed in the space: Upper kitchen cabinets were built to fill the space previously left unoccupied. Surround kitchen cabinets were painted Benjamin Mooore Northern Cliffs by Summit Cabinet Coatings. This amazing herringbone backsplash from E & S Tile replaced the travertine subway backsplash. New lighting was installed over the kitchen island. Granite countertops on the kitchen island …

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