Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Project Special

I just recently refinished a sewing cabinet and stool, for a client. It belonged to her late grandmother and had been untouched for forty years. Here is a picture of what it looked like before.




The client wanted to modernize the cabinet, without the paint stealing the show. You would think that this would have been an easy task, but for a person who will paint anything any color, without a second thought, this ended up being quite challenging for me :)




My client decided on "curio" milk paint for the project, which is a beautiful, yummy chocolately brown. This particular milk paint can be watered down to use as a stain on raw wood. It can be used as an undercoat to mute a top color. Or, in this case, it can be used as the finishing color. Here it is, all finished, displaying her grandmother's sewing machine.



Thank you for trusting me with such a special piece. It was an honor to refinish it for you!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Perfect

Ask anyone that knows me and they'll probably tell you that every time they come to my house, something is different. Truth. It's actually become a joke that I don't laugh at, but it's true. For a person that struggles with life change, I have fun changing up the décor in my house. It's kind of been therapeutic for me- helping me roll with the punches more and not hold on to things so tightly. My husband and I are always saying, God's plan is so much better than ours. I say that, but it's taken me a very long time to trust that. He's had to show me that by force. I never walk into life change with a big smile on my face. I smile after I understand, while some people smile because they trust in the end (my sweet husband). But me- I start out confused (think angry bird eyebrows), then I ugly cry (like Chelsea from Teen Mom, minus the "PINK" sweats), then I finally feel like I understand, and only then can I wear a smile of gratefulness. Why am I so dramatic? Don't answer that, Mom :) Why don't I just trust, despite not knowing the details?.. Working on that :)


I have had requests from people to do an updated tour of our ever-changing home. It's definitely not finished, but it's in a happy place. This past year, I started getting rid of things like crazy. I think it's important to surround yourself with things you love and not fillers. I have many unfinished spots in our house- vignettes in my head, but I haven't come across those special pieces yet, so I just leave it. My style has definitely evolved. I don't even know what to call it, but it works for us. I love having a clean, put-together-anyone can drop by and you don't have to speed clean-kind of home. Even though I have three energetic kiddos, I honestly believe that it's doable and they can still live like rowdy kids in their home. Please don't mistake this as perfect. If you were here, you'd see a pile of unfolded laundry on my bed and soldiers, set up for battle on the dining room table. My expectations are lowered in the perfection area. I look around our home, I see three happy kids chasing and screaming and playing together. I want our kids to look back on their childhood home and smile because it was a happy place. That, in my book, is perfect.




This week, I'll be showing you our little townhome.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Resolutions

Edie, from Life{in}grace is one of my most favorite bloggers. She has the most fun-decorated house ever, makes the most yummy-looking food, and she tells you like it is, while using "y'all"... I love her. Today she wrote a post, titled 4 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make. Unfortunately, I'm not one for making resolutions. I know people who spend New Years Eve going around in a circle, reflecting on the year and sharing their goals for the one ahead. I, on the other hand, would just prefer to laugh and drink champagne. Much better, right? :)  It is definitely not because I don't have a million and one things I could be doing better in this new year, that's for sure. Perhaps it's because I know I'll forget about them when we hit February. Yeah, that's probably it.


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After I read the 4 resolutions, it made me think about the huge responsibility I have as a mom. Huge. And it's an honor. And it's wonderful. And it's hard. And it wears on you. And it blesses you. And I could do better. Much better. The resolutions are easy, but putting them to practice every single day is the thing. But I look at my four and I want all things good for them and I want to be one of those good things, so I'm going to try my best to listen to them with my ears and eyes, to laugh more, be kind to them with my words and actions, and inspire them, instead of telling them what to do. I think that may belong on my fridge. Thanks, Edie!



It's Friday! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Restylin' and profilin'

My name is Meagan, and I have problem that I totally blame on my mother.

I like to rearrange things. Kind of every day. It was kind of a secret between me and the four people who live with me, but now it's kind of out :)

I think it's fun to rearrange and style my home. It's my hobby. Since I am a stay at home mom, and our home is where I spend the majority of my time, I like it see some change. Thanks to Pinterest, new ideas are never far from reach.


This is one of my most favorite furniture redos. This gorgeous chest of drawers, that I painted in "coco," which is one of my favorite chalk paint colors. This chest as the ability to be used in every room of the house, and since it's on wheels, it nearly has been. Ha! It happens to hold a lot of our homeschool things, so I use it all the time. I like to fancy it up for our living room, but since we host a lot of get togethers, it's easily turned into a bar/drink station or dessert table. I never knew how versatile this piece we be. Now, if I could only find another one...











And the pictures go on... :)

If you ever find an antique chest of drawers for a reasonable price- my favorite is free- get it! You'll never regret it. Dressers aren't just for bedrooms anymore. You can use them for anything- in an entry, a kitchen, a dining room, etc. Keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Back in the groove

I wish I could say that I was kicking off 2014 with a bang. I don't know about you, but after the holidays, I'm having a hard time getting back into the groove of things. I wish I was doing a little more of this...

...and a little less laundry, cleaning, and breaking up wrestling matches :) Thank goodness for coffee! After a super fun New Year's Eve bash, our house is still covered in gold confetti and streamers from the blowers the kids tore up. It sure feels like it should be Saturday, doesn't it?

Early this morning, the hubby texted me and said he had a flat on "the silver" (that's what we call his car). We've been talking about getting new tires on both of the cars and we put it off. I guess that was a mistake. Thankfully, he wasn't stuck on the side of the highway. Luckily, the silver was out of gas and he noticed the flat at the gas station. After filling it up with some air, he was able to make it to the tire store, but the poor guy had to walk all the way home from the store, in the cold. Bless his heart, he didn't want me to have to wake up the kids to come get him. He's a keeper :)

Hope you have a happy Thursday and doing a better job of getting back into your routine that I am :) Maybe a quick episode of "Hoarders" would kick me into gear.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking back on the year of 2013, the one thing that stands out to me is how deeply blessed I am. I have the most wonderful husband and I love him so much. His heart is so big and so full of love for our family.
 
 
So, instead of using today to reflect on the year in its entirety, I am soaking up all the ways I've been blessed in 2013 and anticipating what God has ahead for our family.
 
 
PS: I plan on using this more in 2014 :)
 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lazy Thursday

 
I'm having a lazy day. I wish the kids and I were out taking advantage of all the leftover snow, but, the little girl is sick with a viral infection. I'm praying that none of us catch it. I've been advised to keep them separated. Ok doctor. That's easy. So far, the six year old's new birthday presents are keeping the boys entertained, except that our house now looks like Kevin McAlister has been here. While they're making a battlefield of the entire downstairs, the little girl and I are cuddled up on the couch watching princess movies. We've been pretty lucky, lately, with our well streak...I sure hope she feels better soon. 
 
I've been enjoying looking at all of the beautiful, festive homes on my favorite blogs. Dixie Delights is one of my favorites to look at for ideas during the holidays. She goes all out at every holiday. So fun! Perhaps I'll get around to taking some pictures of our unprofessionally holiday-decorated home sometime soon.
 
I finished up Sadie's Christmas and Santa yesterday and still have the boys' left to do. We've always been last minute Christmas shoppers and I'm completely ok with that. This year we're getting the boys bikes. I'll also be checking out JM Cremps. They always have super cute little boy wonderfulness.
 
This year, Sadie's getting a dollhouse. I'm not sure who will be more excited- me or her :)
 
Well, I better get back to "Tangled"!