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While we waited

Most adoptive parents, during their LOA wait, get their child’s room ready, figure out what they need for traveling and start to think about things like packing, what the child will need upon return, etc.

We decided to renovate the kitchen.

Here’s what it looked like 9-10 weeks ago…


Then about 5 weeks ago…


3 weeks ago…



















There were definitely parts of the process that wore on me, but I kept reminding myself I “decided to do this.” The most annoying parts for me were:

  • The thick dust on E V E R Y T H I N G.  Not just in the kitchen. I laugh when I think back to the first 2 weeks when we actually left up pictures and furniture thinking “oh, it won’t be in the way”  HA.
  • Not being able to cook on a stove for 10 weeks
  • Being in an unorganized mess for Thanksgiving and leading up to Christmas

BUT…I have to say the good parts far outweighed the bad.

  • I love projects – this one was just slightly bigger than my other ones to date and, because of that, more fun
  • Being able to problem solve and help come up with ideas and solutions
  • Picking out new everything (I’ve never had a new dishwasher or fridge before! It is amazing and I appreciate it so much!)
  • Wes, Rand and I have adored the skilled people who have been working on this project and especially our carpenters and contractor.  I am actually dreading that there may be no one here next week in the kitchen…(which also means no more Johnny Cash sing-a-longs or people for me to fix coffee or divide my lunch with)
  • There is something extremely satisfying with having a vision and being able to work with other people to see it happen!  For example…here’s a before and after of our pantry-turned-coffee area.  It’s not completely done yet, as we are waiting on some doors, but you get the idea.





I will try and post more before and after photos soon! We are almost there…

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Friday Photo Flashback

I am so excited for this weekend. Our dear friends who moved away this summer are back for a visit (and our bible study group’s “Thanksmus” party). I can’t wait to catch up. Here we are Christmas 2009…not the greatest photo, but I had to post it because I’m way to excited to think about anything else!!!


Also, here’s some catching up on recent photos from the iPhone…

This past week Rand took advantage of the warm weather and went for a stroll with his Bebo (His great-granddad who also has blue eyes).  Highlights of the scenic tour included the St. Joseph’s fountain and several giant Christmas trees.  The trees had some decorative packages underneath and Rand reached for them and acted like he was going to open them.  Guess I should wrap a thing or two for him after all (I was in the mindset of … he won’t know the difference … WRONG!) Wes announced to me tonight that Rand will put milk and cookies out for Santa. Wes, what kind of cookies would you like?

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This next out-of-focus shot is from the powder room at a luncheon I went to last week. I have always LOVED this wallpaper but wanted to snap a photo because I only remember it every December when I go to the Christmas Nativity Luncheon benefitting the Moore County Coalition for Human Care. This year, the speaker was author of Under the Overpass, Mike Yankoski.  He was awesome.   More awesome than the wallpaper but I still do love it.

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Probably because the colors/pattern reminds me of the Scalamandre zebra wallpaper.  I think I saw this zebra wallpaper for the first time in The Royal Tenenbaums.  I’m thinking our hall bathroom would look really fun with either one.  I wonder which one is less expensive?

Here’s a bathroom by Miles Redd.  I think I read somewhere that Kate Spade has the green version in her bathroom.

(Miles Redd via Elle Decor via shelterpop)

Last night, mom and I went to the opening of a gallery for artists Jessie Mackay, Meredith Martens and Marilyn Arthur.  The art was fantastic and a portion of the proceeds go to the Empty Stocking Fund.  The gallery will be open all weekend long (if there is any art left – go soon if you want to buy!  There are lots of smaller, inexpensive paintings that are so beautiful if you are looking to start your collection!) in the Village of Pinehurst in the Razooks building.

Here’s a phone shot of me and artist Jessie Mackay.  My favorite painting is behind her…love the colors (turquoise and orange) and the wildflowers.  Makes me think of this past spring!

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Happy wall coverings and happy weekend!

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Fabric crush

I only made it a few pages in with my new Elle Decor issue and ended up spotting some fabric ads that I am loving…

This one by Christopher Farr…who also has an interesting article about him in Elle Decor.  He collaborated with the Courtauld Gallery to bring back a collection of work from the Omega Workshops (a design group made up of Bloomsbury Group members such as Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant).  Here’s some more info I found on the project.  And here you can see the five rugs in the collection.  This fabric below is not part of the rug collection, I just liked it!

Love this stripe on the sofa and cushion

Now back to my magazine…

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