Color of the Year

Every year Pantone announces a color of the year.  This year was no different.  Radiant Orchard was chosen as the 2014 Color of the Year.

pantone-color-of-the-year-radiant-orchid-mainFor us in the design world this is huge. Why?  Because colors shift with trends and time.  The next time you are shopping for your home or clothes take a look at the main colors offered.  You probably won’t find Radiant Orchard but there is a good chance you will see lots of deep purples and maroons.  Which means if you are a Mississippi State fan now is an excellent time to stock up on your wardrobe!

So why I am just now talking about this color?  Simple.


I bought this back at the beginning of the year.  The year go away from me and I am just now getting around to putting it to good use.

Where?  Our home doesn’t exactly runneth over with great places to use Radiant Orchard but there is one place that immediately came to my mind.

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The girls room! You see that table in the picture above?  We bought at a yard sale for maybe $10.  I really can’t remember but it was pretty cheap.  I have had plans to refinish it (like our dresser) ever since we bought it almost a year and a half ago.  Well now’s a good a time as any.  That baby is about to get bathed in Radiant Orchard!




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Green Frogs And Smiles

My baby girl, Noah, turns three today!   Seriously, the time has flown by!  We celebrated her big day back on November 2.  If there is anything that time has taught me about birthday parties is that I spent way too much time on them the past two years.  So this year I took the easy road… and let me tell you it was wonderful!  Maybe the pictures aren’t spectacular but the sleep was.

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In today’s Pinterest world of parties every birthday has a theme. Our’s are no different. First, there was the jungle theme and then the doll house them yesterday.  Both of those were selected by me.  I decided this year Noah was old enough to choose her own theme.

So after one birthday party filled weekend I asked her what kind of party she wanted.  She had just attended a ballerina and Frozen party and I had psychologically prepared myself for another Frozen one.  I just knew she would want just like that… because it was cute and what kid right now doesn’t go gaga over Frozen paraphernalia.  But when I asked her what kind of party she wanted this was her reply, “I want a green frog birthday party, mommy!”

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I was completely caught off guard but instantly hugged her, smiled, and said, “ok, we can do that.”  I double checked her several times over the next few weeks to make sure that a green frog birthday party was what she really wanted. I mean what if she changed her mind and wanted a brown frog birthday party or a green lizard birthday party.  Kids change their minds about as often as the weather you know.  She never wavered so I started pinning and brainstorming and looking forward to her Green Frog Birthday party.

This year I felt like the party needed to be somewhere besides our house because the kids really needed a big area to run around and play in.  So, I booked a reservation at one of the parks here in town and called it a day.  Thankfully, God chose to bless that Sunday with beautiful weather.  I mean not a cloud in the sky and almost a perfect sixty degrees.

I loved how easy everything was to set up and what a wonderful time Noah had.  She was so excited to finally get to wear her “Green Frog” shirt that my mom made her.


That was actually the best head to toe picture we got of her all day.  Plus she loved that almost everything on the table was GREEN!  This girl loves some green.

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I kept all the food simple because it wasn’t like I was feeding anyone a meal or anything.

There were simple things like Frog Eyes, and Frog Eggs.


Muddy Water and Algae to drink.


Somehow I missed a picture of the algae drink but it was a hit.  I made a favorite that my grandmother used to fix at every family gathering… ginger ale and lime sherbet mixed together.  Yum!

Pond water and a fly trap.

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And Frog Toes and Frog Food (goldfish).  Nothing on my part required any cooking.


My friend who owns Junebug Bakery made the cake for Noah.

20141102_13283620141102_144203I loved the two frogs on top and the icing she made using Lavender essential oil but most of all I love that I didn’t take up any of my time.  She said it took her around forty five minutes to do the icing on the sides.  I’m pretty sure that would have taken me about six hours and looked a million times worse.  Just saying.

Noah and her friends had fun playing on the massive playground and playing fun games like Pin the Kiss on the Frog and Ribbit, Ribbit, Frog.  My sister, Lauren, from LH Formal Design made all all the fun pieces for each of these games as well as designed the invitations.  It all turned out so cute.

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All the kids floated on their lily pads for a while Noah opened gifts.

20141102_151308Well actually that only lasted for about two seconds and then they were all in real close to get a look at all the new toys.  And even though she opted out of a Frozen themed party, Olaf still found his way there.


The party was so much fun.  I loved it too. I loved visiting with everyone. I loved how easy the decorations were.  I loved the minimal clean-up and take-down times. And most of all I loved that Noah loved it!

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Happy birthday sweet girl!  I love you!


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My Passive Walls

I’m a little embarrassed to share this project with you. Not at all because it is bad but because Michael Luke and I completed it back in June.  Gulp. Yep, June and I’m finally getting around to blogging about it. Why?  Well lot’s of things but mainly because I got tired of editing pictures on my old laptop.  I shared a little about it a couple of years ago here.  In a nutshell… a nine year old Mac and Photoshop really aren’t that compatible.

I’ve since dumped the Apple and switched over to a Chromebook and now I’ve got speed and lots of new picture editing apps to play with!  So, let’s get this show on the road.

Our master bath has been an renovation in process for the last two plus years.  Not like one of those renovations where you don’t have any cabinets or floors for months on end but a room that we work on here and there.

This past summer we decided it was finally time to paint the walls.

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No matter how many times I paint a room it never ceases to amaze me how much better a fresh coat of paint can make a room look.  I mean, it just blew my mind every time I walked in there and the room felt twice the size as what it used to.  That my friends is a can of paint well spent.

Just as a little fun reminder here’s a little Throw Back Thursday picture of what it used to look like.

master bathroomWe definitely have a more sophisticated looking bathroom now.  The colors have slowly shifted from red undertones to cool blue undertones.  This change in undertone is what really opens the room up.  This has happened with the counters, the cabinets and now the walls.

So what wall color did we choose?  We went with Sherwin Williams #7064 Passive.  Selecting this paint color was a little more difficult than I originally thought it would be because I had to find one that worked with both our master bedroom (Sherwin Williams Rain) and the girls room (Sherwin Williams Silver Strand) since they both have doors leading to the master bath.  Sherwin Williams Passive works with both of them and really helps the rooms to flow together.

sherwin williams passive, master bathYou know how projects always seem quicker in your minds than what they are in real life.  Well, this one was no different.  It was supposed to be a quick Saturday morning project… that turned into an entire weekend project.  Go figure.  It was fun getting to spend so much time with Michael Luke and it was our first big DIY project since bringing Esther home.

We finished though and as usual the reward is sweet.  I feel like I have a new master bath!sherwin williams passive, master bathNext up in this epic saga of our master bath renovation?

sherwin williams passive, master bathNew tile floors that run the full length of the bathroom!  Yep, I’m pretty excited about it.  We don’t have any selected yet but we have both come to the conclusion that we are hiring someone to do this project for us.  If not, we might really end up going months without a floor… and I can’t have that.  It’s still a ways off though.  We have tossed around the idea of doing it before Christmas but we will just have to wait and see!

Ok, so go ahead… tell me what one project if attempted in your house would end up taking you months to complete.  Be honest.  If it pops in your head quickly it might be a good indication that hiring professional help is the best route for you. There is no shame in it.



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