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Just call me Tom Sawyer.

Whitewashed Brick - DesignLivelyvia

In case you’re wondering, we’ve made zero progress on our sunroom since we gutted it.

But that will all be changing very soon.

Whitewashed Brick - DesignLivelyvia

As a part of the project, we have one DIY project we are going to attempt.

Whitewashed Brick - DesignLivelyvia

Perhaps you are  seeing a theme in all these inspiration photos I am posting today?

Whitewashed Brick - DesignLivelyvia

When we gutted the room, the back of the fireplace was exposed.

We’re going to try whitewashing it and see how it looks.

Whitewashed Brick - DesignLively

If we fail, we will just drywall over it!

I love DIY projects with little-to-no negative consequences.

My only concern is that I have only seen how-to-projects on people whitewashing over red brick, but gray like ours.

Have you ever whitewashed brick? Gray brick?

Small Front Porch Inspiration

The front porch has been the name of the game around here lately.

We’ve installed a beadboard ceiling, replaced the ceiling fan with a light, re-screened, painted the front door and painted the floor.

I’ll share pictures of that later… because right now I’ve mentally moved on to porch eye candy!! The good stuff!

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I love the casual simplicity about this porch. (And it also reminds me of A Walk to Remember… anyone else?)

We already have tentative porch swing plans. (Woot!)

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I love the coziness of the natural wicker and ticking textiles shown here. It truly feels like an outdoor living space.

And the gray gingham rug is my favorite part! (Note to self*)

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Our porch is a long rectangle. In addition to a swing I’d like to have a small seating area to help balance out the space.

I’m really digging the natural wicker chairs – I keep staring at pictures of porches that have them.

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This small front porch is the epitome of cheery!

I would love to sit out there on a Saturday afternoon with a stack of magazines and a cold glass of ice tea!

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I’ve always loved this screened-in porch since I saw it in Coastal Living!

Maybe someday I’ll have a big enough porch to have a lovely meal like this spread.

It’s slowly coming together… I just hope we get to enjoy it while it’s still summer!

Denying our Backyard Reality


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Spring is in the air! It’s official.

It’s official because we did yard work all weekend. Yup. It’s spring.

I’m going to inject pictures of other people’s beautiful yards so I can momentarily forget how much work lies beyond our front door.

Like this piece of serenity from Country Living.


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Those of you who have been following my blog for some time will remember the hard time we have encountered with our yard this year.

First, the since our house was a foreclosure, the lawn hadn’t been taken care of in over a year. Everything was completely overgrown and neglected.

Unlike this beautiful patio from Pottery Barn:


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Second, we had to take down four (rather large) trees. Two were growing over the house and were hazardous and the other two were dying. We decided to just pay to have them taken down and keep the firewood, since we plan on installing a wood burning stove. You can read our adventures in endless woodpiles here.


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Maybe someday we’ll make it look neat, but for now it’s a huge pile underneath our deck.

Third, we encountered an unexpected number of acts of nature. We had a giant tree get struck by lightening, the scare of Hurricane Irene caused a lot of tree-limbs to fall, as well as scared us into digging ditches into our yard (we had major foundation problems when we bought the house), and, finally, the “Thundersnow” storm on my birthday brought down a LOT of huge branches. Let’s just say we’re playing catch up now.

But I’ll just close my eyes and pretend I’m here:


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We started the process of officially surveying our land today. I feel like I sound like a pioneer.

Basically, we need to have legal record of our property lines before we begin on the endless amount of work that remains before us.

But, we did get one important thing accomplished this weekend.


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We picked out where we’re going to hang the hammock.

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Well, well, well. Whaddya know? It’s April 20th.

Update: Ermm.. I think the nice weather has gone to my head! It’s March 20. And I wrote 3 sentences in a row about it being April 20th.

Did you know April 20th is National Ravioli Day?

Nope? Me neither.

But guess what I happened to be making for dinner ON April 20th? Well I guess I’ll have to make it again one month from now!


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This lovely photo is from this post at LiveLovePasta, where they beautifully capture the process of making homemade ravioli.

And on that note, Is anyone going to see The Hunger Games this weekend?

Friday Inspiration: They Draw and Cook

Happy Friday!

Looking for a little weekend inspiration? Check out They Draw & Cook, a website of illustrated recipes.

This site is amazing! It inspires me to draw AND cook!

http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/the-amazing-lemon-chicken-by-felicita-sala

http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/lemon-pickles-by-nadia-khafaji

http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/fairy-peppermint-cream-stars-by-claire-wiles

http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/very-merry-broccoli-soup-by-priya-kuriyan

http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/brownies-by-lina-sukova

http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/exasperated-mom-emergency-iced-coffee-by-tina-kugler–2

http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/potatoes-by-tomasz-wawer

And they accept recipes illustrations.

Maybe I will have to brush up on my drawing skills.

Be sure to check out They Draw & Cook today.

TGIF! Happy Weekend!