May Days


May is my favorite month of the year, and it just flew by!  Flowers are in full bloom and the weather is perfect for driving with the windows down.  We always celebrate graduations (Go Dr. Jess!), birthdays, and the coming of summer.  We  squeeze in a little vacation.  May just makes me want to give the house a little love by way of cleaning, reorganizing, planting and my general ramrodding of all household chores.  Spring Fever is catching honey, and I got a temperature.

As if our house wasn’t already in a constant evolutionary state… I’ve got the itch to redecorate.   Everything felt too settled and I can’t stand to be stagnant.  Sometimes all you need is a little revamping and here and there to make an entire room feel brand new.  So  let’s get moving!

I know I’ve already mentioned them before, but Grandma and Papa rock my socks.  My Papa is a master craftsman, and has toiled for years in his woodworking shop.  When Grandma picked her dining table out, Papa got to work crafting a fine china cabinet to match.  He cut down a huge oak from his front yard and crafted “Big Ben” from it too.  It was the first clock he ever made, and it was made to accent the table and cabinet.  When I bought my first place, Grandma offered a “fair price” for those pieces and I brought them home.  At first I wasn’t all too sure they were all my style, and still may not be.  But I have some serious emotional attachment to this stuff and it’s all one of a kind.   I think I got complacent with my dining room and realized its full potential has not been met.  So I set out for a facelift.  I found these plates from Anthropologie a few months ago and it was love at first sight for me.  Sissinghurst Castle…doesn’t that name sound incredibly important? 



I love a good tablescape and it gave the room a little more interest!  The napkins were a steal at HomeGoods a year ago, the placemats are from Ikea and spraypainted dark brown.  The solid white plates are Ikea 365+, and that’s about as “fine china” as D and I have ever wanted to be.  We’ve NEVER set foot in a housewares or department store to select fine china…so don’t hold your breath and I won’t hold mine either.


Guest Bath right before purchase of the house

Boring, right?  We decided to give our guest bath some attention right when we moved of course.  And for a long time I was happy with that space.  But over the last few months I started thinking that the room looked like some gender neutral bathroom for the children we don’t have.  And it didn’t look like anything special really, all the pieces were bought right off the same shelf so no real thought went into it.  I need that “oh my gosh this piece is perfect for the space” moment for me to feel like my idea really came together.  I’m not boring, but my sad attempt at decorating that room sure was.


Revamp Job #1


Revamp Job #1

This time I feel like I’ve achieved the image I had in mind.  It’s brighter, youthful but mature, versatile between seasons with different linens, and I took my time collecting pieces from my favorite spots to get to the “I LOVE it!” moment.  Shower curtain is Threshold by Target, glass jar and Polo bath mat from Marshalls, striped linens from World Market, milk crate from HomeGoods, light fixture from Lowe’s, and Ikea is responsible for our shelving, wicker basket, frames and mirror.  And the artwork is from Charleston from a trip last year.  That was relocated from the guest bedroom since its undergoing surgery as well.  What do you think about the new space?!  Would you be so pleased to brush your teeth in there?!






So since May is over I should let you know that I was successful in maintaining my resolutions this month.  I tempted fate with a Powerball ticket and woke up the next day to find myself 3 bucks poorer since I had opted for the “double your winnings” SUPER ticket…of misery.  It was fun to hypothetically spend my winnings the night before.  Oh well. 


Here I am with my losing ticket!

For my something nice I sponsored my friend, Jenn, in her first Iron Man Triathalon.  She’s a Hokie, her pride runs deep, and she’s running in honor of the victims of the VT tragedy, so if you have some extra dollars maybe you could sponsor her too?!

Oh and for the four of you Creative Pay it Forward gift recipients-to-be…anybody think this belongs to them?

DSC_1326 Guess we’ll have to wait to see for sure!


2 responses »

  1. If we weren’t moving I would hire you to come do our house…but maybe since we’ll be so much closer (only 4 hours away!!!) I might hire you for a weekend to take me shopping…and to drink wine.

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