2018. The first calendar year in our new home! I don't think I've ever painted so much in my life. And still have so much painting to do! As many of us do this time of year, I've been reflecting on the past year and set goals for the upcoming year. I wanted to share a few home highlights from the few months of 2018 that I've had this site and look forward to sharing our 2019 projects with you!
The holidays are here! I'm sharing a mini tour of our home decked out in holiday decor. We're lucky enough to have a large attic for storage so we can reuse the same pieces year over year. However, I usually add or remove a few things to make the displays a little different and reflect my ever-evolving style.
There are several ways to decorate your fireplace mantel, but they all begins with three basic steps. How you interpret and make them your own is up to you! That's the joy of decorating, isn't it? Making your home reflect your style and personality.
It's technically called cornice board, but cornice is such a strange word. So window treatment it is! Many hobby and craft stores sell versions of a cornice board, but for much, much more than if you made it yourself. We recently built three for the bay window in our breakfast nook. Since the space has a table and chairs, standard curtains wouldn't work. I considered valances, but wanted a more polished, structured look.
I’ve taken the leap! After months of designing, redesigning, adding & removing, I finally decided to launch the website you’re reading right now! So what’s the goal of this site, you might ask?
The lighting in each room is so important to setting the mood, literally, but there are so many options to choose from! Each year and decade brings so many different trends, but also a few classics. I'm pretty sure 90's lighting is NOT the decade that brought us any classic lighting trends. Which basically means all of our lighting needed to be updated.
Since we updated our kitchen before moving in, the kitchen lights were the first to go! We decided to go with lighting options that will last a few years, but were still "on trend", and wouldn't break the bank.
In the first few months of dating, Mathew and I discovered our common appreciation for taking old or outdated pieces and making them new again. Our Saturdays were filled with yard sales, estate sales and consignment shops! Matt would do the more labor intensive part of the project and I would following it up with paint, fabric and finishing touches. This led us to launch Dogwood Restoration in 2014. After experiencing the life changes of engagement, marriage and home ownership, we have decided to evolve our original mission and name to better reflect the season of life we're currently in and passions that we're currently pursuing.
I've come to realize that throughout your life, your passions are constantly evolving. Growing up, my life revolved around sports and music. Soccer and dance evolved into running; show choir and singing lessons turned into concerts. Priorities shift as you become an adult (yuck), but continuing to pursue your passions, and exploring new ones, is very important. At least it has been for me! New phases of life can bring new opportunities.