Zeke’s Great Outdoors Bedroom

My favorite thing about my room as a child was this very sweet bunny sporting a pink tutu painted on my wall.  I wasn’t overly fond of rabbits or even ballerinas but I sure was fond of that ballerina bunny.  Even as a child, I knew it was special because my mother had painted it on the wall for me.  I just remember how cool it was of my mom to paint that for me and my sister on our wall.  I wish I could say that lovely critter kept the peace in that room but anyone who has ever had to share a room with their sister knows that not much holds THAT kind of power!

When we designed Zeke’s room we wanted it to be something he could grow with.  Besides the woodland theme being completely on trend, one of the things that drew us to our property was the forest setting in our own back yard.  So, we decided to bring that on in to Zeke’s room and his bathroom.

The very first thing I decorated in our new home was his wall.  I had a very specific idea in mind for what I wanted to paint.  Now, I am not exceptionally skilled at painting.  Our front door still needs to be painted and I’m terrified to pull the trigger.  This Spring though, I WILL tackle it….okay maybe this summer.  Anyhow, I chose a design that took zero skill.  Like none.  It’s amazing what you can do with a little bit of painters tape and some paint.  Now, I will recommend not painting when its 90 degrees out unless you want the paint and tape to just slip right off.  Not that I know from experience or anything….I’ve just heard that.

I started out by outlining the main 3 mountains peeks with tape and then the horizon.  I then filled in the main mountains with the first color allowing that to dry.  Once that dried, I removed the tape from the main mountains and brought it to inside line.  I went on to paint the horizon and let that dry completely.  I then finished it up by taping off the snow peaks and painting those as I had painted the mountains.



Talk a big impact for no required talent!  Zeke loves his mountains and shows everyone who comes to visit!   

We finished off the room with some room décor from of course, Hobby Lobby.  We scored most of this for at least 40% and I just happened to have the little trees from my Christmas décor.  How perfect, right?

I stumbled upon an adorable Bear comforter at Target and they had one left in the right size.   It’s like it was meant to be! (excuse the poor picture quality but you get the idea.)


Now if we can get the 2 year old to keep his adorable room clean, we’d be golden.


Happy decorating!

A long over due house update

Okay, obviously this update is way, way, WAY overdue.  Holy cow where did the time go?  Oh, well, I can actually tell you where it went.  It went to painting, laying flooring, installing cabinets and sinks and countertops and carpet and lights and trim…and don’t get me started on the landscaping.  SO.MUCH.LANDSCAPING.  The time also went to a crazy construction loan deadline, moving, a bad run of family health problems, trying to enjoy a tiny bit of the summer we had left and…drum roll….Potty Training!  So, if you’ve wondered why I dropped off the face of the earth.  Well, that’s why.

But lets get to it.  Before I show you some of our completed rooms, I have to show you my boys hard at work


There’s a certain kind of pride that comes with doing it yourself.  Or is that frustration…yeah, that feels a lot like frustration.


Zeke being an awesome assistant as we start laying our floors.


All three of my boys (Dad, hubs and kiddo).  A labor of love.

So, now for the finished product.


I love our kitchen.  We had to make concessions once we ran into the huge cost to fix the driveway.  Unfortunately one of those was our granite (or if I had it my way Quartz) counter tops.  Though I have to say, laminate has really come a long way.  Formica brand had a beautiful faux marble that I loved but I had quite the resistance to it so we settled on this.  I think it breaks up the white quite nicely.

*Counter tops Formica Noir Envision


I love, love, love the white subway tile.  There’s just something so clean about it. We went with a light gray grout.

*Cabinets Aristokraft Benton Birch painted white


Don’t mind our mess.  This picture was taken while we were still working.

*Floors  Mohawk Rare Vintage Earthen 


We have two bathrooms and to make things simple (and to cut down on decisions because we are the worst at making decisions) we kept them them same.  If you remember from my previous posts, our bathrooms where just an utter cluster fahhh…well…they got messed up.  We initially ordered a lighter floor and lighter counter top.  Our flooring company installed the correct counter tops but wrong floors.  We ended up loving the the floors they did install so instead of them correcting their mistake we asked if they’d be willing to change the counter top.  So we did that and they installed the WRONG replacement counter tops.  However, we had 2 days until our construction loan closed and thankfully it went well with the floors.

*Paint Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

*Countertop Wilsonart Skyline Walnut


My Dad was really our savior on this project.  Besides just being a bad ass in the building community, he busted his bad ass to make sure we fulfilled all building requirements in time to close!


And this is just a picture of one of the members of our friendly deer family.

We have been “moved in” for a couple of months now and I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t have one thing hung on the walls.  We still have some boxes that have not been unpacked and we are just getting to the point were we don’t have to vacuum and mop everyday thanks to all the settling saw dust. With the rush to get our Letter of Occupancy before our construction loan expired it left a lot of work to be done.  Just take a look at that back yard where our deer friend is.  And I use the word yard very, very loosely.  Now we are rushing to get a yard seeded before the weather turns it into a mud pit. One of these days we’ll feel settled…one of these days.

More updates to come!


House Update

I realized that I have not done a house update in a while.  Mostly because we’re so busy building it that I haven’t had many moments to stop and document it.  The last house update I did, I believe we were “blessing” it.  Well, my friends, I’m happy to say we’ve come a long way since then.  (Not long enough but I’m gonna try to go with the glass is half full today)  We have our HiLine walk through tomorrow and as soon as that is complete (barring anything that needs to be addressed) the house is ours to get started on!  To catch you up, we did a Super Shell package with HiLine, meaning they do everything up to the dry wall.  Then we do the rest ourselves.  Thank goodness for super handy and knowledgeable men like my Dad.


Here’s the exterior minus the paint and gutters.  I’ll update on those later.


HiLine sheet rock.


And finally drywalled and textured.

If you want my indepth opinion on HiLine as a company, let me know and I will give it to you.  If you are seriously considering using them, talk to me first.  Bottom line, is they were/are a pain in the “bumm bumm” (as the toddler says) to work with.  We had special circumstances outside our and their control that amplified the breakdown in customer service and communication.  However, the product so far as been solid.

Anyhow…we are now getting to the good stuff.  The paint, cabinets, floors!  Oh My!  I’m getting excited.  We (or I) agonized over which gray paint to go with.  Seriously…I’m embarrassed to admit that it stressed me so much because we’re talking about paint. PAINT people!  I feel like I need to be slapped.  First world problems, am I right?  Well, we changed our minds last minute…literally 5 minutes before calling in our order.  So until we had it on the walls I was second guessing it.  We almost went with Sherwin Williams Essential Gray but we deterred when the rep told us it tends to go purple and I’m glad we listened.  We ended up going with the super popular SW Repose Gray.  And by George, we love it!  At least thus far.  I would take breaks from working to just sit back and admire the color in different lights.







Doesn’t it look pretty?


Especially in natural light. Sigh…

My boys worked on prepping the floors for the laminate flooring while I put on all the face plates to the outlets. Talk about a tedious job!  Below is our mudroom which is also painted Repose Gray.  You can see that here it looks more brown with our work lamps on.  The light is definitely warmer than what we plan to have in the house but this just shows how versatile the color can be!  You can use browns, blacks or whites in your home and it will all look amazing!  Currently we have brown couches though we’d like to change them up to a dark gray but in the mean time at least they won’t clash.


Serioulsy….how cute are my boys?  How’d I get so lucky?



And here’s the Repose again in the great room area with a lot of natural light.


We decided to keep it simple and do the entire house in Repose except the bathrooms. For the bathrooms we went with a lighter blue called Tradewind from Sherwin Williams.  We were toying with SW Sea Salt which is a beautiful gray/green but we were looking for something on the blue side.  A gal at SW recommended Tradewind and I love it!  Now we have not finished painting the bathrooms but here’s a peek at the color.


Honestly I don’t think we could have gone wrong with either of these but I’ve always loved the cloudy blue sky color palettes so we went with Tradewind and love it!


Excuse the little dude.  He’s being a champ and helping us work while he’s got a nasty cold (and apparently chocolate is great medicine for that! 😉 )

We will be working on the cabinets, flooring and trim over the holiday weekend!!  I can’t wait to share our progress next week!




Building Our House on a Rock

Our little house is moving right along!  We have a roof and windows and doors.  Even siding!  It’s just sitting there looking all housey.  We still have another 2 months worth of long nights and hard work but it sure is looking like our home a little bit more each day.  We even went out and put our stamp on it last weekend.

God is the foundation of our family and he will always be the foundation of our home.  So we decided to put it in writing.  I grabbed a few sharpies and some scripture and we got to work.


Front Door


Kitchen window




Back door


Z’s Room


Front Door


Great Room


Even Z got to pitch in.  However, we made it very clear this is a one time only opportunity to draw on the walls!


Here are some of he verses we used…

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. – Matthew 7:24

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  – Joshua 24:15

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psalm 51:7

Create in me a clean heart O’ God. –  Psalm 51:10

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. – Hebrews 13:2

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12

For this child I have prayed. – 1 Samuel 1:27

My son give me your heart and let your eyes observe my ways. – Proverbs 23:26

I will lie down and sleep in peace for you, alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8

Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. – Romans 12:10

Above all things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. – Colossians 3:14

Jesus answered, “It is written:  Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4


Even though we have had a rocky start (to put it lightly) to building our home, we are reminded that we can stand solid on the foundation of God!

And check out our sided house!!






DIY Watercolor Canvas


OH MY GOODNESS!!  We finally have our permits back to start building our home!!  I’m beyond thrilled with this new. We purchase a lovely piece of land back in June and we have been working to get the permits approved ever since.  We ran into a snag when originally applying for them, we discovered that the previous owner had put in a driveway and not had it permitted.  Unfortunately, there are just bad people in the world who try and take advantage of others to make a dime (or in his case to make about 100 million dimes!  Seriously, he’s cost us about $10,000 OUT OF POCKET!  No, I’m not bitter at all. Why do you ask?) and he did exactly that with us.  Long story short, he lied on our contract about permit violations and because we are not Mr. & Mrs. Money Bags, we didn’t get very far when speaking with a lawyer about it.  In the end, we found that it was cost more than we have to obtain the lawyer and bring a case against the seller as we will end up out for the the whole ordeal.  And it gave us no guarantee that we’d get everything that was wrongfully taken. Moving on…. now that we’ve done the work to fix everything that was done, we FINALLY got permitted to pour our foundation.

Now that we are finally making progress I am allowing myself to plan the fun stuff, like wall art.  My dear sweet husband has had to adjust over the last 4 years to having a wife that is cheap quite the penny pincher.  I am THAT person who says “Why pay so much for it when I can make my own?”  And sometimes that works and sometimes that doesn’t.  Honestly, I’m still unsure if this DIY worked or not.  I think we’ll have to wait until we’re in the house to decide.  Take a look and tell me what you think…




Canvas (Walmart $6 for 2)

Thin Washi Tape (I had it on hand but it came in a pack of 4 for $3)

Water Color Palette

Small to Medium Paint Brush


I began with the blank canvas, decided on a design and taped it off with my Washi Tape.  The reason I chose the Washi Tape had entirely everything to do with the width.  It was the only tape I could find that was as thin as I had wanted it. I tested to see if the Washi Tape would bleed by doing a trial run on water color paper.   On the watercolor paper it did not bleed and worked perfectly.  However…I learned at the end of this project that the water color will bleed through on the canvas.  My cousin used this technique with acrylic and hers bled as well, however not as bad.

I picked a color palette and randomly painted triangles.  I think now, that it may have better to work out a pattern with the colors.  It’s purely a matter of taste though.  I let it dry and peeled back the Washi Tape to reveal A LOT of bleeding. From the little experience I have with water color, my first thought was Alcohol.  It totally worked!  I wish I had taken a before picture to show you but I was too focused on cleaning up the bleeds to stop for a pic!  Using Q-tips dabbed in alcohol, I gently rubbed the areas with bleeds and they began to wipe up quite a bit.  However, the bleed of color into the triangles were pretty much a done deal.  Well, I mean it’s watercolor, so I could’ve gone back and fixed it up but it would’ve taken FOREVER!  So no.

The result was a grungey version of what I had originally imagined.  I kind of like though.  So what do you guys thinks? Will you be trying your own canvas art?  There’s just so much you can do with a little bit of paint and a touch of creativity (or an active Pinterest account!).  I’ve also been working on some hand lettered pieces for our Master Bedroom which I’m kind of excited about.  I’ll be sure to share those with you when I’m all finished with them.  Even my husband is excited about them, so that must mean they’re at least interesting. 🙂 Ha!  Until next time….


Happy DIY’ing


P.S.  For those of you curious about the previous owner and his legal responsibility we are filing a formal complaint with the Attorney General upon completion of the home.  It’s only at that point that we’ll have all the information and the dollar amount he has costs us.  Prayers for resolution/peace is much appreciated!