Sneak Peek

April proved to be a very busy month indeed.  I’m not sure May will be any better, but at least that means summer is right around the corner.  WHO’S EXCITED?!?!?  I might be just a tad.  Except for the heat.  90 degrees today…ouch!

Finally, after 4 months of moving in and thanks to a weekend of no commitments and a very special friend (Super Sabrina), I embarked on my first major update over here at The Little Stone House that didn’t involve exploding sewer lines or non-working HVAC systems.  In other words, something pretty!  HOORAY!

I still have a bit to do to finish up the back hall, but I am over the moon at what just a little paint can do!  I’ll hopefully have a full post very soon, but in the mean time, check out my new painting skills. 

To refresh your memory…the back hall in its before/hideous state:

And after a little lovin’:

Pretty good for a rookie, huh?  Stay tuned…

Happy Birthday, Tot!

My littlest chicken’s 7th birthday was last week.  Since we are celebrating her birthday with friends after our Spring Break, I decided to throw an impromptu dinner party in her honor to help celebrate her special day. 

I needed  to do something quick, simple and inexpensive, but festive. I also wanted to actually make/bake something I had pinned.  That’s what it’s there for, right?? Seriously, what did we do before all this goodness was available at our fingertips! 

A few pics to share.  And please remember, I am NOT a photographer, ok?

At our house, when it’s your special day, you must wear the headband and eat from the plate!  You reign supreme for the day, and all food choices are yours all day long.  She obviously loves a carb, even if only in theroy.  She ate about two bites total.

My big girl stayed up late with me to prep the dining room with surprise ballons.  Balloons, ribbon and a little bit of fabric…that was all I used.  The Divne Twine was left over from The Mister’s party last summer.   

Balloon Garland – brilliant idea, no?
And this adorable cake…easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Was going to make dinner from Pinterest recipes as well, but I decided to stick with what I knew – Chicken Enchilada Casserole, yellow rice from a box (fancy), and my version of Mexican Green Salad (lettuce, tomatoes, rinsed black beans, drained shoepeg corn, diced avocado and Ranch dressing). 
All in all, she had a fun night and I was quite thrilled with how cute the decorations turned out.  Almost as cute as if I had agonized over every single last detail for months, like I would typically do for a party (ahem, note to self!).

And many thanks to our sweet friends, the Masons, who came to join the party after sleeing in a tent the night before.  I love NOT camping!

Have a great week!


Making Things Happen

I have been following these incredible ladies for a few years now.  Man are they inspirational!  And I feel so lucky to have been able to work with Emily on my logo.  She is a true gem.  Currently, I am participating in their Business and Branding webinars, but I have always wanted to join their Making Things Happen intensive workshop.  Maybe this year…

If you have the time, check them out here, here, here, and here.  I certainly don’t know how they do it all, but I love everything they do!

Thank you ladies! 

Project Inspiration

I have a friend who likes to say, “No one has a monopoly on being busy”, and she is absolutely right.  But, does anyone else feel like life is moving in fast forward?!!?!  I’m feeling a bit in that crazy-busy cycle at the moment.  I think it’s mostly the end of the school year creeping up on me that has me in a full-blown panic attack. And I know it will slow down again.  Just trying to keep up at the moment. 

Anyhoo…so, Im working on a few fun projects and need a little inspiration.  A quick look at a few things that have really caught my eye lately.  Enjoy!

Hope your life isn’t flying by at the moment. Or, if it is, I hope that you can see break in the clouds.  Carry on my friends!

Where To Begin?

My super duper awesome cousin came to visit over the long weekend and to help me unearth my Dining Room.  It had become the dumping zone during the move and it was very, very scary.  So scary that I just couldn’t bear to clean it up alone.  I feared it would forever stay that way because I’d walk in there, and literally just turn around and leave.  It was B-A-D, but now it’s a Dining Room again.  Free of dog kennels, extra drapery, headbands, random towels, and a dead cockroach. I still have a few tiny piles of things to sort through and the garage to clean out, but for the most part, I’m unpacked!

Which means I might actually be able to start one of the many updating projects needed over here at The Little Stone House.  There is so much work to be done and it can be a little overwhelming deciding which area to tackle first, especially when new HVAC units, new gas lines and various plumbing repairs keep eating into the very little budget that I do have.  There are obvious areas that just wont happen for a while because they are cost prohibitive (kitchen remodel…master bath and closet remodel…and many others), but there are a handful of spaces that with a little ol’ blood, sweat and tears, The Mister and I could probably tackle them ourselves.  We aren’t really DIY-ers, but we are going to have to learn how to be with this house!  And since we plan to live here for many years, time is on our side.

I’m fairly certain the back hall will be the first space to fall victim to my becoming a DIY-er.  Wouldn’t you agree, or do you love vomit colored indoor/outdoor carpet, dingy baby blue painted walls and a truly ugly track fixture.  Doesn’t track lighting just scream English stone architecture!!  Sheesh…  I only walk through this hallway about 27,000x a day, and so it might greatly improve my attitude if it were prettier.

(yes, I see you Swiffer mop)

So on to some ideas floating around in my head (aka my New House Pinterest board).

Without a doubt, I know I want to recreate this for the walls of the back hall.  I adore this and already have a few empty frames and screens, so I’m on my way!  Just need to paint and hang the frames.

And looky here…I hung a few things I had hanging around just to see if I am going to like this idea.  I definitely think so!
Next up, lighting.  Because there is no true attic to speak of in this house, a flush mount fixture is what I need.

I really like this one, because I think it would look nice with the wall treatment, and the price is reasonable, but is it too nautical looking???  It’s a front runner though.

I could splurge on a single strip of Aldo Bernardi L’Impinato with two or three of either spot. 

I like these from Circa Lighting

And these too

A more industrial fixture from West Elm

Hmmm…maybe I should consider the flooring first?  There are lots of little spaces here created by numerous doorways, so I would prefer to add wood floors to tie into the main part of the house and the kitchen which also have wood floors.  But, I’m not sure I want to go to all that trouble and expense right now.  So perhaps a temporary selection?  And temporary meaning “mightbeforever” in our house.

Even though it’s hideous, our existing indoor/outdoor carpet is quite practical.  No worrying about dirty grout lines, easy to clean, relatively inexpensive.  Flor tiles would be fun?  Anyone ever used them?  Easy install, or so they claim.

(sorry about the picture quality…can’t make them bigger without being distorted.  Check out the last image via the link above.  Looks just like seagrass!)

I’ve even considered using VCT tiles.  Had them before in my laundry room and loved it.  Easy to maintain, endless patterns to create.

Or, brick pavers?  Loved this floor in a stationery store I visited in New Orleans recently (pardon my feet).  I’m not sure my skills are worthy enough to tile just yet, but I do really like this look.  Feels authentic to my house.

This one is beautiful too.  And I especially appreciate the dark grout, knowing that my floors would get alot of wear. 

As always, so much to consider.  I think I will tackle the walls first and see if that dictates what lighting and flooring I should choose.  The problem most definitely lies in the fact that I like so many different things.  I probably wouldn’t go wrong with any of these choices.  It’s the over-thinking on my part that makes it difficult!

What have you used in high traffic areas? Would you be willing to try something with a bold pattern in a smaller space. Something lively? Or keep it simple? Would love to know your thoughts.
So next weekend (gotta clean out the garage this weekend), I have a date with paint.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.  I’m sure there will be hilarious stories to tell…I’ve never, not once, painted. 

Happy Friday, y’all!