Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring

Just a quick note to say Happy Spring!  Our snow is receding, leaving massive puddles in its wake, and a few of the bulbs I planted in the fall our popping their heads up.  I can't wait to see the Narcissus and the bluebells I planted.  I'm just really hoping and praying the deer don't trample them!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Little Notes

Dear Snow,
Where were you all winter?  Your showing up right as we were all excited for spring sort of threw us for a loop.

Dear Bryce,
I like a guy with style and a good fashion sense, but I'd rather a rugged, outdoorsy type any day.  You fit both nicely.

Dear Grace,
We miss you.  Please come home, Florida can't be that much better than this frozen tundra, can it?

Dear Rosie,
Bryce is so surprised at how I've taken to you.  He says he never would have guessed I"d be a dog person.  I told him I'm a Rosie person.

Dear Harris,
Please don't ever stop being you, you make me laugh.  Hard.  Without you this family might take themselves way too seriously.

Dear Frog's Hollow,
Every time I get frustrated and overwhelmed with you, it makes me feel ever so much better to go for a walk through your woods.  Now, can you talk to the multiflora rose please?  Don't tell it I said so, but it's gotta go.

Dear London,
I can't wait to meet you in a couple of months.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

LIbrary Shelves

We might not have much furniture in the library but as soon as the walls and floors were done, I was ready to unpack my books and special pieces.  Unpacking them felt like meeting old friends again; there is just something about books that make a room feel like home.

The bookshelves were already in the library when we bought the house, but they seemed to me to be lacking a little something.  Fortunately, I have a father-in-law, who can do just about anything, who made an arch to put at the top of the bookshelf.  I think it made all the difference and I love them!


The previous owner had painted the sides of the bookshelves the wall color but we painted them white so that they stood alone as built in shelves.

My Mom came over and helped me put our things on the shelves.  You might notice that I left space on the shelves as I want to have room to add or change things as time goes on.  I'm not a big lover of buying items to style shelves and I can honestly say that every item on the shelves have some sort of meaning whether it is something the children have made, books or art that we've collected on our travels, or just something that is special to Bryce and I.  I did make room at the top for my old Martha Stewart magazines, dating as far back as 1996.  I don't keep my new magazines but the old ones are like gold!  

That little frog on a lily pad was the topper for Bryce's groom's cake!

We don't have a playroom at this house like we did at the other house as the children have outgrown that need.  Therefore, I put the children's chapter and picture books on these library shelves because I want the children (or any children who might be visiting) to feel free to grab a book and plop on a sofa to read!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Library Walls and Floors

The library's walls are painted and the floors are refinished!  I love the way the dark green walls look against the white woodwork!  This room has 7 windows so it gets tons of great light which means the dark green doesn't actually read as dark at all.  I really wish I could get my photos of this room to match how it feels with the new color and lighter floors.

We also had the floors refinished in this room and the foyer.  Most of our downstairs floors are not original to the house, they are old but not that old.  In fact, they actually drive Bryce a little crazy because they have a V groove which he is sure is harboring dust and such from the past 200 years. It was an actual sticking point for him while considering the house!  We ended up going with a lighter stain (Fruitwood) which our floor refinisher said he had never used in his 30 years of refinishing floors!  That made me so nervous but I love how they turned out.  They look like farmhouse floors to me now.  Even Bryce says he likes them better so I consider that a win.  The pictures below are the best examples of the before and after.  They are lighter and less red.

Now I can't wait to get the furniture in...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden

I cannot remember how I learned of Erin from Floret Flowers but she's been on my radar for a long, long time.  I love her beautiful flowers but more than that, I love how she so freely shares her knowledge of everything flower related on her blog.  And her knowledge is vast and deep.

She's an inspiration to me for sure and I looked forward to the release of her new book, Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms, with much anticipation. You guys, it's so, so good.  The pictures are gorgeous and it tells you everything you need to know about flowers- whether it be for your home garden or a commercial endeavor.  If you love flowers, this is a must read.  I can only imagine that I will keep coming back to this book time and time again.

The runaway success of her book, it's in its fourth printing and sold out on many sites, speaks to the power of flowers.  It's so easy to dismiss flowers as frivolous or a luxury but I would argue that they bring much needed beauty and joy into today's world!  Thank you to Erin for reminding us all in such a beautiful, approachable and generous way.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Grace's Fort

Grace has made herself a fort at the base of one of the more spectacular trees on our property, by the creek.  She keeps adding bits and bobs each time she ventures down to it, her most recent addition being a small little fire ring!  I remember spending hours with neighborhood friends building forts on an empty lot and am thrilled that our children get that chance too!  Here are some shots...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Blood Orange Thyme Birthday Cake

This year Grace did not have a big party but we did have family over for a birthday gathering where we ended the evening with a delicious birthday cake.

Grace loves the naked cake trend, and the idea of florals or herbs being in sweets so the Blood Orange Thyme Cake from the cookbook, Layered by Tessa Huff,  was a good fit for her.  The cake was a brown sugar buttermilk cake and I think it might be my new favorite!  It had so much more flavor to me than a white or yellow cake.  Plus, it was perfectly moist.   We also loved the thyme crown on top!

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