Laundry room inspiration

After our home was finished being built, the laundry room was the very first space we customized. With it being a very small room, and one that we spend a lot of time in, I wanted something dramatic. I love using dark colors in small spaces, to achieve this. This velvety blue paint has different tonal qualities: Cool spectrum with an almost black base, and rich teal top coat. It’s other-worldly. And hard to peg down – Perfect for my taste!

I had a loose idea of what I wanted from the lighting: Something dim, something dangley, but not girly. Something to compliment the ceiling, without detracting from it. I wanted the ceiling to be The Star. And it is. The laundry space feels decidedly masculine, and unexpected. When people walk in, they are delighted. They linger. I like that.

The ceiling is made up entirely of recycled pallet wood, in assorted natural shades. The planks were stained a nice deep cocoa, before Ray used a nail gun to secure them to the ceiling. He also hand crafted a wood shelf from the same material, that was affixed to the back wall. The only thing missing is a couple of Ray’s original photography shots of Cape Cod, Boston, and the New England area, where he spent time working, and nonchalantly capturing the sights – His eye for outdoor nature photography is impeccable.

We’re happy with the (almost) end result, and hope you enjoy taking a peak inside our laundry domain.

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Enjoy the now

Enjoy the nowI made this sign, months ago, to hang over my daughter’s play kitchen in our breakfast nook. While the sign itself is darling, and was crafted to match her mini-kitchen with the dusty pink lettering and the word ‘now’ purposefully highlighted in gold letters – The words were meant for me. She already knows how to enjoy the now. It’s me who needs the reminder. I see it everyday, on purpose, whether or not she is playing there, underneath the words.

I had no idea, the prophetic meaning behind them, or the heart-wrenching tragedy that would ultimately make the words pop off the canvas.

In all transparency, our family had a rough week. There was a tragic accident, and we experienced the devastating loss of our tiny 2 year old cousin, Kendall. I cannot remember the last time I wept so deeply. I have grieved before. But the death of a child is gut-wrenching. Precious Kendall drowned in her pool. The full story, as well as a ‘Gofundme’ site, set up to help her parents pay for medical bills and her funeral, can be found on my Twitter link, at the top of my page.

The last post I did before she passed away, was ‘How to be a good friend.’ I asked myself, what could I do? What would I want? The answer came as quickly as I asked – Pray. I prayed long. I prayed hard, bitter prayers. I prayed whispering, continuous prayers. I prayed, pleading, begging, sobbing prayers. As if she were mine. I felt she was, as I was praying. I heard myself making deals with God, as if she were mine, often forgetting she wasn’t. She was all of ours – The family’s. That’s how it is. How it should be.

God had something else in mind, as she slipped away. And I will never, ever look at that innocent sign the same again. Enjoy every moment with your loved ones. Enjoy the NOW.

Rest in peace, little Kendall Jane.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things seen, nor things unseen, nor height, nor depth, nor anything, shall ever be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38

 

 

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Outdoor patio: Globe string lights!

Globe string lights are quite popular right now. Everybody seems to want to get their hands on them, (as evidenced by their sell-out rate) and we’re no exception! As a rule, I normally like my home to feel set apart, special, and different from the fray – (as soon as someone does it, I’m looking for a fresh alternative) – but not this time. I’m all about the globe string lights, and the other beautiful touches that Ray implemented in our outdoor patio space. I can only take credit for the ideas – he brought it all to life.

Summer BBQ’s (a California term: Google it.), 4th of July, and 3 gorgeous daughters all with Summer birthdays, necessitates a comfortable outdoor space. We spend A LOT of time in our expansive backyard. We need it awesome.

Before the globe string lights could go up, the real work ensued: Ray hand crafted the crown molding, to frame the bead boarded ceiling he created. This was an all-weekend process, which Ray made¬†look¬†easy. (No cuss, no fuss. lol!) After the crown molding and bead board were up, our girls (ages 5, 12, & 15) painted the ceiling planks that we installed, a gorgeous, Charleston inspired ‘Haint blue.’ (If you haven’t visited Charleston, SC, stop reading this and GO THERE NOW. And go to Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant, for the love of oysters.) Haint blue is a color originally used on the front porches of the Charleston mansions, thought to stop evil spirits from entering the home. (Sign me up, I don’t need any of THAT drama.) I’m down. Because, evil spirits are not cool Y’all. Another perk is that the color repels bugs and such, because the blue resembles the natural sky line. (I’m side-eyeing this one – we still have bugs galore, because – Georgia. Duh.)

Come over and grill out with us! (A Georgia term: Google it.) Until then – Enjoy our pretty patio ‘scape…

Warmly, Sarah

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