Home Makeover: Family Room

Updating is what this home was screaming!  Bones of house were great, but all the finishings were original and were beginning to show their age, as well as, wear and tear.  So we decided to bring this house up to date with a facelift.

The client was looking for a clean, classic look.  And I believe that we achieved that through the use of cool, crisp creams and grays (actual colors listed at bottom of post).  As well as, mixing traditional elements with more clean lined design through furnishings and finishings.

BEFORE

Home Makeover:  Family Room & Kitchen

AFTER

Home Makeover:  Family Room

Home Makeover:  Family Room

Home Makeover:  Family Room

Home Makeover:  Family Room

Home Makeover:  Family Room

Home Makeover:  Family Room

I will be posting the sequel to this post, their kitchen remodel, soon and very soon.  So keep posted!

BENJAMIN MOORE COLORS FROM REMODEL

Revere Pewter HC-172 (Walls), White Dove OC-17 (Trim), Edgecomb Gray HC-173 (Ceilings)

FURNISHINGS FROM ETHAN ALLEN 

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Learning to Let Go

“THIS IS A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU MUST LEARN TO LET GO…”

Those are the first words I read last night out of my ‘Jesus Calling’ devotional book; and it hit me…and hit me hard.

Ever since we lost our baby boy six weeks ago I have been holding on tight.  Holding on tight to so much…my emotions, my wants and desires to get pregnant again, and to get pregnant right away.  It seems like I’ve been constantly praying that God would provide answers through chromosome testing and through blood work.  Praying that God would allow us to get pregnant again soon.  And every time I prayed I could feel myself holding on so tightly to what I want so much.

But last night when I read that first sentence it was like God had spoken audibly to me saying, “Can you loosen your grip?  Can you just let go and let me?”  I would never say that I am a control freak.  Personally, I would much rather someone else make the decisions for me.  Someone just tell me what to do, and when to do it…and I’m fine.  But for some reason I am having a hard time letting go of this…something that I want so badly.

Funny thing is, when I let go,  I’m letting go to the God of the universe…the Creator, the Sustainer, my Heavenly Father.  He is the One who knows best and has the best path for me to walk down.  Why would I want to choose my way over His?  But yet, I so often do.

So, today my hands are open.  I am saying, “God do what you will, what you want in my life because I trust you.”  I will still continue to pray that God will bless our family with another child, but I will choose daily to hold loosely.

Psalm 91:1-2

”  Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  This I declare about the LORD:  He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I TRUST HIM.”

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It’s Been A While…

So, it’s been a while…okay, a long while.  Life has overwhelmed us and the blog took backseat.  I want to catch you up on our life these past few months as I move forward with blogging.

Last time I blogged was November.  November…wow, how did I let that many months go by?  But, like I said, it’s been crazy.  Before we knew it Thanksgiving was here and then Christmas.  Both families were in town for Christmas and I was feeling less than great.

Early November we found out that we were expecting again.  We were beyond thrilled, having prayed and tried for a long while, and having lost our baby girl at 16 weeks back in July 2011.  We told our families over Thanksgiving and then began the morning sickness, or all day sickness!

The holidays raced by and then it was into the new year.  And just like the holidays, it seemed like there was constantly something going on.  Running boys to school, play dates, doctor’s appointments…just a busy schedule and I still wasn’t feeling great.  So, sitting down at the computer or doing a project wasn’t really something I was up to.

February rolled around and we were now 17 weeks along with our baby.  On February 6, I went to the doctor for my ultrasound and checkup.  As soon as they pulled up the ultrasound picture I could tell…there was no heartbeat.  I didn’t say anything, but just waited for the sonographer to confirm what I already knew.  She scanned for a second and then said, “I’m going to get the doctor, we’ll be right back.”  I’m sure those were just a few short minutes, but to me they felt like eternity.  I immediately began to cry and ask God why.  Why was God letting this happen again?  Why would He even give us another baby just to take it away?  Why did I have to be sitting here alone?  I was heartbroken.  A few minutes later the doctor came in, scanned, and confirmed what I knew.  Our baby was gone.  There were no words…just why….

The next few days were a blur as we checked into the hospital to deliver our baby.  Several days later we delivered our baby boy.  Adam and I felt blessed that we were able to see and hold our baby.  We were overwhelmed with the love and care of the doctors and nurses.  We were overwhelmed with the love and support from our friends, family, and our church.  We knew that God was in control.  Yes, we were hurting.  Yes, we wanted to bring a healthy baby into our family to love.  But, at the same time we rested in knowing that God loved us, was hurting with us, and that He had a plan…plans to prosper us, and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11).  Plans to work all things together for our good because we love Him (Romans 8:28).

God continues to bring healing to my heart everyday.  I think about that baby boy and baby girl everyday.  I am thankful that one day I will see them again because of the hope I have in Christ.  I continue to pray that God will bless us with another child.  It is Adam and my desire to grow our family…to hold and love on a sweet little baby.  Right now we are trusting that God has a plan…and we will remain faithful even in the midst our grief and healing.

 

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November Giveaway Winner

Now to announce this month’s winner!

If you didn’t get entered to win, there’s still time this month to share Haven on Facebook and Twitter and grow the Haven followers by 100 people this month!  If so, I’ll be giving away a $25 gift card to Starbucks at the end of the month.  Just leave me a comment in the ‘giveaway’ section of the website and share Haven and you’ll be entered to win that gift card!

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Have You Entered to Win?!?

Have you seen the November giveaway yet?  Don’t miss out on this ONE WEEK giveaway!  Winner announced this week!  And check out the second giveaway if we get 100 more people to like Haven on Facebook or subscribe to Haven via email by the end of November!  Don’t miss out!

Well, without further a do here is the…

And here’s how you can be entered to win.  Make sure to follow ALL the steps…

So that you can enjoy all your goodies during Thanksgiving, this will be a one week giveaway.  The winner will be announced Thursday, November 8.

AND, as a special bonus…if we can get 100 more people, by the end of November, to like Haven on Facebook or subscribe via email, then everyone that has entered November’s giveaway will be entered to win…

Who doesn’t love a little Starbucks?!?  So, don’t miss out!  Get entered to win and tell everyone you know about Haven!

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November Giveaway

November is here.  How did this happen?  Seems like it was just Summer!  I love the time from now till Christmas.  So many fun things to enjoy and every year it seems somewhat magical, does it not?

Well, without further a do here is the…

And here’s how you can be entered to win.  Make sure to follow ALL the steps…

So that you can enjoy all your goodies during Thanksgiving, this will be a one week giveaway.  The winner will be announced Thursday, November 8.

AND, as a special bonus…if we can get 100 more people, by the end of November, to like Haven on Facebook or subscribe via email, then everyone that has entered November’s giveaway will be entered to win…

Who doesn’t love a little Starbucks?!?  So, don’t miss out!  Get entered to win and tell everyone you know about Haven!

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October Giveaway Winner

Well, October has come and gone…how did that happen?!?  So, it’s time to announce the October giveaway winner!

And the winner is…

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the November giveaway and get entered to win!

Also, be watching for some Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas around the corner!

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Halloween Treats

The kids are having parties tomorrow at school.  So, this afternoon my oldest and I spent time making treats for the boys and girls.

These are two very simple treats to make and the kids can help and they love it!

Start out with these materials…disregard the Oreos, sprinkles, and white M&M’s which I didn’t end up using.  I thought about using Oreos for eyes, but they were too big for the cakes.  Maybe if you were using a Moon Pie they would have worked.

I unwrapped the cakes (which I think used to be called Ding Dongs back in the day!) laid mine out on cookie sheets for convenience and to be easily moved.

I used the cookie icing to make the eyes for both the spiders and the owls.  I purchased black M&M’s at the grocery store for their eyes.  Once I had made the eyes with the white, my oldest helped put the M&M’s on the eyes and put a piece of candy corn for the nose.  I used black writing icing for the eyebrows and didn’t worry about them being perfect since I wanted them bushy.  Kaisson’s idea was to add the pretzel feet.  I think it was a nice touch!

As for the spider, I made the whites of the eyes significantly smaller than that of the owls.  To make the legs I simply broke a pretzel in half.  Once again, a quick and easy project that the kids will love!

And of course, the creator had to make sure his creation was up to par!  He approved!

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Only 2 Sleeps Till…

As my oldest would say, “Only 2 sleeps till” the October giveaway winner is announced.  You still have time to enter to win.  It’s simple and quick, and will be sure to get you into the spirit of Fall!   and make sure to check back on Thursday when the November giveaway is announced!

1      Set of crochet dish towels and tea towels from Nana’s Rags

2      The Curiosity Shop Wood Handled Spatula

3      Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Coffee

4      Room Essential Mug

5     Autumn Harvest Candle by Scent Portfolio

6      Set of Fall Inspired Recipe Cards

7      Pot Holder by The Curiosity Shop

Make sure to follow ALL steps to get entered to win!  Here’s how to be entered to win…

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All Lemon’d Up

So maybe you don’t want to paint your whole room Lemon Sorbet…but what about some accessories?  Here are a few to get your home light, bright and trendy.

Woven Stripe Hand Towel | WEST ELM

Alexis Ceramic Table Lamp | POTTERY BARN

Le Poeme II Indoor/Outdoor Rug | BALLARD DESIGNS

Yellow Bentwood Chairs | PIECES

Climbing Vines Curtain | ANTHROPOLOGIE

Yellow Ceramic Stool | TONIC HOME

Yellow Scroll Pill |  SOUTH OF MARKET

Perpetual Blooms Towels | ANTHROPOLOGIE

Boos Gathering Island |  WILLIAM SONOMA HOME

Tali Printed Shower Curtain | WEST ELM

Have you entered to win October’s giveaway?  Don’t miss out!  Winner will be announced October 31.  Enter to win HERE.

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