hello again

Hello friends!

It’s been awhile so I thought we should catch up!

Grab a cup of joe, and lets get started….

cup a joe

Progress on the house has been at a snails pace due weather and exhaustion. Building your own home is the ultimate DIY project, and once we lost “our” ( and by our I mean his) momentum after the holidays, it’s been hard to get back at it! Of course it’s hard to wrangle tools and such is sub-zero temps and a record snowfall. It is also quite convenient that there is always a very good reason why the tools need to stay at the other job sight….. hmmmm

Anyways, while I’ve been away I made an impromptu road trip to Texas with a dear friend. Actually we missed our flight in the middle of airline chaos, and decided

“hey let’s just throw our bags in the car and drive!”

“oh wait, it’s kinda starting to snow”

and we just had the “are you going to pack a coat?” conversation resulting in “No”.

So a quick swing through the TJ Maxx clearance section yielded a coat, blanket and ear warmers. So we were ready drive out into the desolate landscape!!

Long story short, the trip went fast but well, and I brought home two granite counter tops with sinks for the bathrooms! Cheap! One is installed (pictures from phone…ugh) and I will do a more detailed post at a later date.

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 The other is sitting in place waiting for faucets, tile, mirrors and lighting.

I have been spending time on pinterest and crushing on natural, rustic wood elements…


rustic bench

rustic wood mirror

kit table

rustic island

Especially love designer Wendy Owen’s home


wendy owen table

wo pav

I have been adding to my French bread board collection…

Especially after seeing these at Patina Farm!

pt bread board

I found one of these …

bread rustic

Even though the house isn’t complete, I have been slowly unpacking….




Digging out some beautiful French urns I found at Farm Chicks last summer!

Like these…


And bringing some greenery in to fight the winter blues…

urn + succulents

zinc + boxwood

And a little color..


paris flower shop

So these are just a few things I’ve been up to lately.

Since most areas just need trim, I have always felt that you should  have something beautiful for your eyes to rest on.

Therefore, I am ignoring the “unfinished” parts and focusing on what is done.


It would be nice to have at least one room completely done…

pretty please?

Blessings to you all, and thanks for hangin’ in there with me!


the pie safe

Hello Friends!!

As we progress on the building of our home, we have had a few set backs.

Mainly, hubby had to return to an actual paying job,  which has slowed down work here considerably! With winter baring down on us (temps reaching into the teens) and one week before the first snowfall, we moved out of the camper and into….

the almost finished daylight basement!

Now, anyone who has built or remodeled in the past knows,

you never



move. in. before. it’s. done.

Which brings me to my pie safe.

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It’s pictured here in our previous home.

I purchased this piece over 20 years ago for a specific purpose.

To hold my dishes in a temporary kitchen. My husband balked at the $300 price, while I justified it. Instead of spending on something we would rip out never to use again, this piece has traveled with me and served me for many years!

Vintage pieces in the kitchen add a sense of history and patina that a new home lacks.


And I just like them :)

vintage by nina ~ kitchen storage

pie safe

Needless to say, the downstairs does not have a kitchen.

And we are still working on the kitchen….

So the “T” word was thrown around..

You know….


galvanized cart~cotedetexas

So my ‘ol trusty friend, the pie safe, has come full circle.

After being a homeschool center for planners, teachers manuals and books…

A design center for books, magazines and catalogs…

kitchen cart

white kitchen cupboard

wire doors

Back to holding the few dishes that were being housed in the camper.

white cart cupboard

I also placed linen behind the screen doors…

because like everybody else

I hate to dust too!!

curtain on doors

Although I am looking forward to my new kitchen and all my “stuff”..

pie safe lower

white with plate rack

Simply paring down to a few essentials really lets you know how much you can do without,

and I am extremely blessed.

I feel a serious purge is going to take place before I move anything  into the house.

Dear Pie Safe,

Thank you for being so practical and beautiful too!

You have served me well, and you continue to keep my life in order.

Yours truly,


all images via pinterest

Hello Friends!

I have been a little negligent in the blogging department lately, my apologies!

We have been working away on the construction of our new home, and how some people can manage to blog and build, is beyond me!

We are also in a geographical oddity when it comes to internet and tv, so needless to say I have been “unplugged” for the most of the summer. Thank goodness for good friends and secure Wi Fi!

New construction is a funny thing, unless you have deep pockets, you kinda get stuck doing the standard thing. Maybe a tweak here and there, but basically new everything.

I am, however, holding out for a unique sink to put in the guest bath.

french grey sink

I have been on the hunt for something great!

rustic built in

Ok, different than the standard vanity..

meg ryan bath

simple vessel

iron scroll

rustic sink

concrete and vessel


furniture sink

stone sink

long vessel sink

shell shape

It is also a great opportunity to add a vintage storage piece…




rustic shelf



I have been taking pictures of the house as we go, but who wants to see a bunch of befores without any great afters?



Very soon!



the white garden


With all the craziness going on around me, I find myself jumping to the end of the enormous amount of work that lies ahead of me, to planning and planting a garden!  And one of those gardens will certainly be white!

white garden and greenhouse

In fact, I have begun naming the areas of yard….the white garden, the potager and the lawn.

The vegetable garden (his) and the orchard.

I know, it’s a sickness.

Anything to ignore the painfully ugly truth that I am surrounded by dirt!

cottage style

Fortunately I do have a green “island” of grass that is right out my (camper) door steps!

And shade.






spring white

But, as of today, I have the framing of a house!


And I was very well behaved at the nursery! I could have brought home several of these lovelies….


But alas, I know better!

I would then want to plant them, which would make me want to buy more…

and I would be dragging every clearance white flower or shrub home!

Of course I would grow tired of watering black pots 2 and 3 times a day until I could plant …..

Then, lo and behold,

the heavy machinery will come back and dig a trench right through my work!!

Who said patience is a virtue….

I am running out of virtue!

So for now,

I will water my little green island and feed the birds!

Hope you are enjoying your summer,



Hello friends!


The very word conjures up images of stress, chaos and exhaustion.

I have moved a few times in my lifetime, and hopefully learned some tricks along the way.

{ Some more random inspiration photos…just to make you ( and me) happy :) }

front door with windows

Lesson one:

Start early!

Unlike my mother, God rest her soul, I learned to not wait until the last minute. She disliked change to the point of, when we moved to Montana as a teenager, my father said “the truck is here….you better pack!”

Lesson two:



I don’t just mean label the box.

I have a key.

I number the box, and on a 3×5 card (wired together as a pad) I write everything that is in the box.

Sometimes I will include where it came from (upper cupboard, left of the stove) and pack as much as I can together. This comes in very handy when you are wondering….where is that bowl that was, you know, next to the stove over there in that cupboard. It is extremely important when everything you own is in storage.

And it is.

cozy nook

I had a date. I had a timeline. I had one storage unit for household and another for French Grey. I had boxes staged to go in last, You know….last in, first out. I had shelving units at the front for things I knew I would need, which leads me to…

Lesson three:

Throw out lessons 1&2 when, due to a technical error, I had to move out one week early!!

How does it go? Pride goes before a fall! Yes I had planned, packed and labeled, and sure enough the last day was..




Does that word even look right?


 I know there is at least one boxed packed with no identity. Within that box there are things I need, I just know it! I need them even more because I’m not sure what they are! Lets see……hmmm…I know it was on the kitchen table.

Which brings me to…

Lesson four:

Be ready for an adventure!

Because that is what I am in for!!

Did I mention that we had the hair brained idea to live in a RV while we built our house??

I didn’t??

We are not, I am sad to say, super camping people. Yes we went a few times as a family, and weathered the well, weather. We have tents and coleman stoves and all the usual paraphernalia  that goes along with camping. But when it comes right down to it, I like my bed. And showers. So here we are cramming 30 years of camping into one summer!


And I must admit, we couldn’t have picked a prettier camp site than our own property! (Which the above picture in NOT my fire pit!!)

You really get a sense of the lay of the land. Views you want to highlight, and some you want to hide.

Also, when I am not needed I am….


Uh, planning.

So, for all of you planning to go camping this 4th of July holiday,  I will be there right along with you!

Happy camping!


Ps. I have grain sack pillows in my camper:)


Time between accepting an offer on your house, and actually moving, seems to take for-evah!!

In fact, it’s kinda like childbirth.You wait and wait…

and wait.

Sure, your planning and super excited about the outcome, but when it is not your first, you know exactly

 what lies before you!! Now, I am not comparing a house to a child, but the process is somewhat similar…

( I will be sharing random pinterest inspiration for our new home)

front entry


There is planning and preparation…

front exterior feel

basement entry

Some houses are easier to plan than others. This particular house has some complexities. Mostly because of the lot. It had a former house on it that burned down,  the land is sloped which lends itself to a daylight basement, it has an existing well and septic, and  trees including  part of an old orchard.


exterior potager

The old foundation needs to be removed  (thank goodness for heavy machinery!!), the septic replaced, did I mention half trees…. because the other half were severely burned. That being said, it is well worth the head scratching to make it all work.

The view is amazing, there is a creek across the street, and the possibilities are endless!

dreamy white patio2


And I will admit,  planning the house is exciting!! Friends have asked me if this is my dream house…well, not exactly, more like a compromise house. My hubby and I have worked out a little system, he decides the overall footprint  and I try to incorporate as many design elements as I can! Overall, we’re a pretty good team.

gorge white cupboard

double shower



Lots of labor.

Now I would love to be one of those women who can point and say “this is what I want….or put it over there” but in reality, I am more of a professional “hold the other end..er”! As in hubby saying “hold this while I nail it, or here’s the nail gun, shoot that end for me” kinda gal.

Not by choice.

But I am willing to do the work in order to reach the goal before me!! Like I said..




So, while planning, pricing and compromising..

Are we there yet??

I am ready to get to work!



heart and home


Change always seem to bring a mixture of emotions.

The bigger the change, the deeper the emotion.

As I mentioned in my last post, we are in the middle of selling our home.

Selling a  house is easy, selling your home is a whole different kettle of fish!!





Moving is bittersweet.

 When you actually build your own home, it is built with blood, sweat, and tears.

Tears of joy….

all of my children are now married, and my family has grown.

Tears of sorrow….

we have lost loved ones

and a beloved dog.


A lot of sweat!!

Creating a home and gardens out of what was once a bare field, is a lot of work!! I am so thankful that I have a husband who is able to (in his own words) take a pile of lumber and turn it into a house!

We have gone from ‘sticks with leaves’…..to actual trees!!

Grown an abundance of vegetables to eat, preserve and share.

it's complicated

potager kitchen garden


And flowers…


peonies and lilacs

bucket of peonies

pink peonies


lime and pink

So what makes a house a home, and then back to a house?


Body, soul and spirit summed up in one word.

So while I pack and reflect on the memories captured while residing here….

remember this….

it’s just a house!




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