September 22, 2010

Ready for the reveal?


I love this room, it is sunny, peaceful and airy.

I adore the pine furniture against the gray walls,

so serene.

We purchased the antique pine pieces at auction, over 20 years ago
and though the pine craze is past,
it seems to have found a place among traditional classics.

This is my bed, I LOVE it


I asked Steve if there was any way in the world
he could build me a white version of it.

(yes, he is amazing)


mirror and chandelier, Ikea
(fun shopping day with Chrissy)

burlap shams, diane


beautiful sticks, from our back forest


Monogram Pillow, hand towel, and black basket,
Restoration Hardware

Steve's Jr Hi bowl
filled with keepsakes from our travels


monkscloth drapes, diane


vintage photos
my great grandparents (Brazos, TX 1880's)


Little ballerina, charcoal drawing by Meema
(inspired by this wonderful photo by Marci)



Finished just in time for our first guest;

Josh Pratt arrives tonight.

Hope he doesn't mind the chandelier,

Steve says, "it's more feminine than I expected"

It's in style, Steve. deal with it.

September 17, 2010

. . . and the rest is up to me

the head boss decorator.

Palette: neutral tones of gray, tan, cream and white

Accents: silver, sparkle and crystal

Warming: antique pine furniture, family photos, and nature


I'll be busy the next few days

sewing shams and drapes,

sketching and framing,

and collecting natural features from our back forest.

September 15, 2010

Steve, the head boss carpenter

installed crown molding


and here is a sneak peak at his other project


Can I just say how much I love it when Steve builds stuff?

It's very manly and makes me swoon

...probably the way he feels when I make his dinner

Ladies, if you are trying to choose between two men,
take the one that can swing a hammer

it will make your life wonderful,

especially if you are the creative, home improving/decorating type,

like myself

September 13, 2010

Making progess:


Steve, the head boss electrician,

installed can lights

and a ceiling fan.

I am loving gray walls lately,

soooo gray it is!

Some times of the day, the color looks blue-gray

. . . not sure how I feel about that.

Paint, especially in the cooler tones, is difficult to choose.
but I think I can work with this color
. . . in any case, it's a fresh change

. . . and let me tell ya, painting that ceiling was scary

it's 12 feet up there

I was happy to get off that ladder

September 11, 2010

Under Construction


the vacuum left by Chrissy and Zach, that is my upstairs

is getting redecorated.

a very limited budget requires tapping deep into my right brain
(for maximum creativity.

Steve's job is to turn this pile of Home Depot inventory into

. . . .well, let's make that a surprise.


and my first job, is this:


I am really excited about this.
Creating things for our home is what Steve and I would do all day every day,

if time and money permitted.

We love it.

gotta get to work

September 6, 2010

she needs wide open spaces*


Chrissy and Zach moved out Saturday.

sniff. sniff.


I LOVED having them live here
I tried all of my tricks to make them stay
but they need to have their independent married couple life.


I respect them for making their own way, but
I still don't like it.

if only we hadn't gotten along beautifully
or if they were noisy
or messy

or if Chrissy was a terrible cook.

If only
they didn't make the house feel full and happy,

I would be glad to see them go

.... but they did

and I'm not.

*dixie chicks

September 4, 2010



for as long as I can remember

Steve and I have had a date every Friday night.


It is recommended by the Church leaders for a happy marriage.

They also encourage:
Family Home Evenings, family prayer and scripture reading

which, to be honest, I struggle with.

But, we sure don't have trouble keeping date night.


These days our date night is always, almost without exception, the same:
dinner at Texas Land and Cattle on Riverwalk.
Steve orders the large steak, I get shrimp and we share.
it is perfect.


Steve will tell you that I rarely try new places or even new menu items
because if I only get out to eat once a week,
I want to make sure I love what I eat,
so I don't take chances

Well, last night, we got adventurous !
We bought a coupon for $45 for dinner and a play for two.

the dinner was at a fun Italian restaurant


there was cute vintage decor

and people stepping into our shot


We got front row/center seats to "Red White and Tuna".

Small local theater is my favorite way to see plays


the show was hilarious

....if you like small town Texas gossip humor


We looked forward to it all week, and planned our outfits,

which was half the fun

I love date night


and I love my date


September 3, 2010


need I say more?


About Me

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I married my high school sweetheart 34 years ago in the LDS Temple. I have 4 children (3 married, and a 14 year old) and 6 grandchildren. I lived my entire life in California, until 6 years ago. I now reside in San Antonio, Texas. The most important thing to me is my family; I have invested the most in them and it has paid great dividends. I love doing anything creative that beautifies my surroundings and I love nature. I minored in Art and majored in Interior Design at BYU, yet, my profession is a Tax Preparer.

Steve and I

Steve and I

Steve and I

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Our Family

Mike, Marci & Family

Mike, Marci & Family

Brittany & Ili

Brittany & Ili

Zach & Chrissy

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