Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas tree decorating system

Intentionally working to keep Christmas decorations simple for multiple reasons, I've discovered it is just as fun to get our house ready for Christmas without decorating every square inch of space. The more simple, the easier it is to both clean up and to store throughout the year.

Over the past few years, I have developed a system to decorate our tree that works well for us.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All those corners

Oftentimes making seemingly simple choices might not be as simple as we think.

When our builder asked us about using "bull-noses" corners or squared corners, we both had to think a minute.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Miniscule hurricane damage

If you had the news on a couple weeks ago, you are probably all too aware that a major hurricane by the name of Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast with a furry!

The destruction was enormous, and the details overwhelming for those whose homes were flooded or damaged in the rising water.

The only damage we sustained was not even worth talking about, and we are thankful that is the case. However, we all need a good chuckle sometimes, and this provided comic relief for a friend whose house actually flooded.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Southern Beauty - Southern Living Showcase Home

With the backyard overlooking a picturesque fairway of the BlueJack National Golf Course north of Houston, TX, the 2017 Southern Living Showcase Home exudes beauty and relaxation. It is easy to picture yourself  curled up in various places both inside and outside with a good book in your hands.

The previous post had links to wonderful photos of the house. I snapped a few up-close shots of some wonderful little areas that caught my attention.

The posted address, 4430 S FM 1486, Montgomery, TX 77316 is not easy to find on Google maps. The first search result showed the address in the NW corner of Jackson Rd and FM 1486. We drove up Jackson Rd, turned right on FM 1486 and were close to Dobbin before we could find someone to ask about the true location.

The gentleman sent us back south, past Jackson Rd (where we had been), to the entrance of BlueJack National Golf Course. My advice is to watch carefully as you drive on the farm road because the community entrance will sneak up on you. It is literally "in the middle of nowhere."

Once you find the road, there is a guard at the gate. This guard will be glad to give you directions to the home.

(I apologize about the poor quality of the photos.) 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Southern Living Showcase - Montgomery, TX

“The whole home exudes Southern hospitality and comfort,” said Cindy Aplanalp-Yates, principal at Chairma Design Group.

She's referencing the Southern Living Showcase Home that opens this weekend at the BlueJack National Golf Course in Montgomery, TX. 

The Houston Chronicle says this "Family-centric home feels luxurious, but its best ideas work on any budget." 

The Houston Business Journal has a scrapbook of photos from the home. 

More photos are shared by designer Carla Aston's blog, Design.
Tickets are available online from EventBrite or at the door. 

A few photos from my visit to the showcase home were posted today.

Photo property of Morning Star Builders

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Books in decor

"A home without books is like a body without soul." - Cicero

Although I knew I had a variety of books, they were scattered in different spaces around my old house. I did not realize the amount that I own until I kept unpacking boxes, thinking I had found them. Then every day or two it seemed like another box of would appear. I opened a coffee table drawer last night that was filled with books. No wonder that coffee table had been so heavy when we moved it. 

I believe that using books as decor brings a house alive. Books create warmth, variety and interest. 

You can learn about a person or family from looking at their books. While it is not acceptable to go through the closets and drawers in someone's home, it is perfectly acceptable to peruse their book displays in public areas. 

"What do the members of this household like to read?"

 "What are their interests?"

"Why does this family own  twelve books about lighthouses?" (Is there an interesting story?)

Books are perfect conversation starters. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Choosing paint for our new home

When designing a room, we are advised to find an inspiration piece to work with. Maybe this piece will be sofa fabric, a rug, a piece of art, drapery fabric, or even a throw pillow. Paint comes last!   So how do you choose a paint for a new build?

In our case, the designer and I went about choosing paint with the future in mind. I did not want to move in and have to immediately repaint. I wanted paint colors I would use in my final design.

I had to create a vision of what I wanted our new home to look like. I would be using most of the furniture pieces from our current home. However, the upholstered pieces did need to be recovered, so we were not "stuck" with a color pallet from these pieces.

We decided to use the walls as "backdrops" for our rooms. We wanted to create a calm atmosphere using cool colors, with nothing "busy" or "fussy" in the background of our living spaces.

I had become intrigued with grays for the last few years, simply because I was tired of the browns that were so popular in this area. My former house was painted with brown tones, but although it was pretty, I never felt like it was my style.

We started searching through gray paint chips, and comparing them to some fabric I had chosen for the automated window shades that cover the back windows. We had a limited selection of shade fabric because of some wide windows where the fabric had to be railroaded. When we decided on the shade fabric, the paint choice came easily.

Our builder uses Sherwin-Williams paint, so we grabbed a paint deck and set to work.