It’s a kitchen!

So much has been going on at our house, it’s been amazing to watch. They painted the entire house, inside and out last week. Here are some previews for you.

The front porch- the shake siding in the gables still needs to be painted (it will be same green as the hardiplank siding)- we LOVE the color! It’s Valspar’s “Bayou Shade” color matched to Sherwin Williams.

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Our columns are being put up this week (so we can get rid of our fancy wooden boards holding up the porch!).

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And my boys enjoying the fireplace… Knox is drawing on the floor with something, and Brody is sticking his tongue out (his chosen facial expression these days):

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Here’s our room- at least a corner of it (our closet)- don’t you love our interior doors? I do!:

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And the very best part?? Our kitchen cabinets were installed Monday! Y’all. I nearly died of happiness when I saw it. I will finally have my huge kitchen (and apron sink!), and I could not love it any more than I do:

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Today the electrician is there putting up light fixtures, switches, etc. We are *on track* to finish in the middle of May… I pray it happens that way! We are ready. Have I mentioned that before??

Well, it’s true. Hope y’all are having a nice week!




Boys’ Bathroom Design

I am really excited about decorating an entire house. Really. Excited. About. It. Here are my ideas for the kids’ bathroom. We’re painting it a fun, light green called “Honeydew” by Sherwin Williams, which should flow well their bedrooms, which will be a dark cadet-type blue. I got a *fantastic* deal on their vanity, which is by Home Decorators Collection, through Home Depot. It was 50% off AND they do free shipping to stores, so I paid $500 for this huge vanity with countertops and sinks included. Amazing. (Of course, it’s back off sale, now, but I am glad I snagged it for cheap!)

I LOVE galvanized metal stuff, and I couldn’t resist doing the lighting for the bathroom in it. They’re actually outdoor lights and were under $40 from Lowes. Nothing in our house will be “matchy-matchy” so it doesn’t both me that their hardware is Oil Rubbed Bronze and the light isn’t- I’m loving mixing things up a bit! The way their bathroom is arranged, it’s a Jack and Jill bathroom with a separate room for the toilet and bathtub. I am using the same Pottery Barn pirate shower curtain we had in our old house because 1) it’s adorable and 2) it was too expensive to replace! Trevor will be making our towel bars and such out of some industrial pipe and wood (like these)- super excited for those!

boy's bathroom design boardI am super excited to watch everything taking shape. Our kitchen cabinets are supposed to be delivered today, and I cannot wait to see them be installed! I’ll be back with more house goodies soon.


Color Scheming

This week, the house is being painted. So far, they’ve primed everything and painted the ceilings. I cannot wait to see color on these walls!! I spent a good, long while choosing the perfect color scheme for us, and this time around, I chose to do a bit more of a neutral palette than in our last house. When I say “neutral” I really just mean lighter colors, and I made sure everything flowed really well together. I couldn’t stand not doing at least one bold color, so I did that in our half bathroom. I LOVE color, and I plan on bringing in lots of it through accessories like pillows and curtains. Here is our whole house color scheme:

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One thing I learned from our last house is that light colored walls do not work for my messy children’s rooms!! We are going a bit darker with the Sherwin Williams “Moody Blue” in there in hopes that you won’t see every single smudge they create. I’ll be back later this week (no really, I will) with some update pictures and design boards for a few rooms in the house. Have a great Wednesday!

Brody and the potty

I have a lot to catch up on, but for today, let’s talk about Brody’s self-potty training. Knox has been ROUGH to potty train and at four years-old, still isn’t. Brody has always seemed more interested and about two weeks ago decided to go in the potty for the first time… by himself. I walked around the corner to see him totally naked and sitting in the little potty. I said ” what are you doing?!” He said “potty.” I said “go ahead.” And he did! Y’all! I was shocked! He just turned two so we weren’t super concerned about him using he potty yet, but that night, he did it three times! Every time, he’d realize he needed to go, would take off every stitch of clothing (because you cannot pee with a shirt on) and go.

One of the funniest things was how excited he was about it- we filmed this five second video to send to Trevor of Brody telling him what he did:

Pee pee potty!! from Jessica W on Vimeo.

Knox has watched this video 199 times and laughs every time he sees it.

Brody has continued to want to go, so we are making a huge deal about it and encouraging him. I’m so, so proud of him, and we are hoping his enthusiasm rubs off on his big brother!


“On the door frames of your houses”

Word as foundation

A couple weeks ago, Trevor and I took a date over to our new house. They had finished framing and were starting the insulation, so we took that opportunity to write Bible verses on the studs of our home. There’s a verse in Deuteronomy that says:

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates…” (Deuteronomy 11:18-20)

I loved the idea of having God’s Word as the literal foundation of our home, words of wisdom and promises resting behind each wall. We took weeks to compile the perfect verses for our family and wanted to have one or more in each room of the house. We wrote what seemed meaningful to us in each space, then we prayed over several areas of the house together. If you’ve never prayed aloud with your spouse, I highly recommend starting it. Yes, it’s awkward at first, but the more you do it, the more powerful and comforting it becomes. We specifically prayed in our master bedroom for our relationship and in our children’s rooms for their walk with God, health and happiness.

I’ve linked the list HERE to share with you, if you’d like to use them for your own home. Here are a few we used:

In the living room:

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19)

and (this one went right next to the TV… accountability, right? Maybe I’ll remember this one when I’m surfing through the endless reality TV shows!)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

This is one that went into our boys’ rooms (we put the same verses in each of their rooms), and this is a verse I pray for them often:

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3,4)

Trevor and I loved the process, and in all, we spent about two hours writing verses on our posts, door frames and every other spot we could find. It was dark, not super easy to photograph!IMG_2017IMG_2058We now feel like we are READY to move into this house (you know, once we have a door and electricity… that type of thing), and we really feel like this was an outward expression of our faith and reliance on God to watch over our family. We love knowing that so much more than insulation is sitting behind our walls!


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