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September 27, 2016


I pretty quickly had a good idea of the vibe I wanted our new house to have. But sometimes your house speaks to you and I think it's important to listen. In a way I think I did this in our last house- I tried to tap into the more restrained side of my style to better fit into our 1940's cottage. But it was a rental, and alas, when I OWN my house I will do all the things I've ever loved and wanted for my home. As we are 4 (!) months into living in this house, I can say one of the best lessons I have learned is that just because you love it doesn't mean it is right for you (SO true, with EVERYTHING. Forreal.) Case in point- we love black houses. Every house we looked at we envisioned painting it black. But after living in this house, and a crude photoshop rendering, I knew that would absolutely be the wrong choice for this house. But that's a whole other post :) 

So we recently ran into this problem again. I've been having trouble with our master since we moved in. It always felt like it was missing something and I couldn't put my finger on it. I changed things and purchased things and then wondered if I should just start from scratch. So while I was scouting out some new bedding, I sat down with Clint and had him look through my bedroom Pinterest board and point out what he liked. (This is one of my favorite things to do by the way. You can learn so much about a person.) Anyway, we quickly realized that 99% of my pins were these window-clad, bright & airy bedrooms, and that is NOT what we have (Denial.) And that is not something you can fake. So he picked his favorite pins, which were actually rooms I LOVE, but I always breezed over because they were literally the only pins that weren't bright and airy. But now that I'm looking at our room as what it is instead of what I thought I wanted it to be, I can see that a warmer, moodier, bit-more-masculine room might be just what it's been asking for. Sometimes it's so good to take a step back with a little objectivity.

Now my main concern is making sure it is cohesive with the rest of our bright and airy house (ha), but I'm excited to try something new, and even more excited that it's something that Clint and I schemed up together. Who knows if it will be the magical solution I'm hoping for, but it feels so good to be moving forward.

The Sad, Beige Befores

Wanna see a few sad & dreary listing photos of our new home?! 

So sad, so beige. We are finishing up the last 10% of these rooms, and I am so excited with how they are turning out. It's hard to believe that our kitchen once looked like that.


Our First Home

House hunting was nothing like I thought it would be. The market is HOT in Knoxville. It's not uncommon for homes to get multiple offers the first day and for bids to go over asking price (that was our experience on not one, but two houses). We actually sent my best friend and realtor to look at our now-house and Facetime our showing, and put in an offer sight unseen. Now THAT'S not how they do it on TV, ha! We didn't even see inside the house in person until the inspection. Craziness! 

Thankfully Clint and I were on the same page about our wishlist. We started out making a dream list:
  • Midcentury
  • Good schools
  • At least 4 bedrooms, or an equivalent that gave us 3 bedrooms for ourselves, an office, and bonus room.
  • Great natural light
  • Good indoor-outdoor flow
  • Master en suite
  • Garage
  • Fireplace
  • Dedicated dining space 
  • In-town neighborhood
  • And the perfect amount of reno that we could work on while living in the house.

From there we looked at what was absolutely non-negotiable: the style, school zone, bedrooms, light, and amount of reno. I knew I would probably touch every surface of any house, so I didn't really care about finishes, but in order to not be homeless we needed to live and work simultaneously.
Looking back at our lists I'm so happy to say we got almost everything we wanted. We sacrificed on some things- our house isn't technically midcentury, but with a little styling we can fake it ;) 

August 17, 2011

well hey, there!

so much has been happening with our little family that i didn't even realized it had been so long since i last posted!
we have a habit of making several big life changes at one time, and this was no exception. one week after carolina was born, clint was offered a new job and we took it! we moved from florida to alabama at the end of may, and got an apartment while we look for our first home to buy! in the midst of all this, i've been to tennessee twice and you know, taking care of an infant who is growing and changing and learning new things everyday.
there's so much more i want to say but this'll have to do for now!

until next time...

April 18, 2011


our sweet little carolina was born on april eleventh at 1:36 in the afternoon.
she weighed 7lbs 3oz and was 20 1/4 inches long. she has her daddy's hair, complexion, and nose, and mama's eyes and mouth.

we successfully had an unmedicated waterbirth, which was simultaneously the most painful, trying, beautiful, exhilarating experience of my life. clint was my hero throughout labor and i could not have done it without him. it'll probably be a while before i post my version of her birth story, but you can read his here.

we've been spending the past week getting to know each other and being very well taken care of by our wonderful family. she nurses like a champ, makes some pretty hilarious faces, and is actually giving her mama plenty of opportunities to sleep. she rarely cries and has the absolute sweetest demeanor. i may be biased, but she's pretty awesome.

my recovery has been a little rough, but trauma is inevitable when you go from 7.5 centimeters to holding a baby in 30 minutes (seriously.) i can finally do things like get up and down and shower on my own, but i'm still incredibly weak and can't stand for very long. i've gotten 10,000 times better in just a week and have been in the best of spirits so i really can't complain.

i'm absolutely loving being a mama. this whole experience has far, far exceeded any expectations i could have ever had. despite the fact that i physically feel worse than ever before, my heart is so full and i can't believe i'm finally in a place i've dreamed about for so many years.

so here's to you, new stage of life. i think we're going to get along just fine.

April 6, 2011

weeks 35 & 37

probably should've posted these a while ago, seeing as how we're almost into week 41...

March 22, 2011


sorry, my long absence doesn't mean i had a baby. i'm still very much pregnant.

i have so many half-written posts and half-edited photos to share, but i just can't seem to finish them. my brain seems to only be able to focus on birthing this baby and most of the time i can't even completely focus on that. and truthfully, i'm kind of tired of blogging about my growing stomach. but seeing as how that is the only thing on my mind it just makes sense to not blog at all until my brain decides to let me have thoughts outside of babyland.
oh, i could share that i went thrifting today and bought a cute vintage shirt. but wait, i specifically bought it because it had buttons and would be easy for breastfeeding. see? it's hard.
i promise 'll be back one of these days. hope you stick around :)