Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Style Change and Room Inspiration | Rustic. Ecelctic. Modern.

Just wanted to hop over and share a bit about our living/dining area makeover and how my style has changed just a bit since our last home.

I've always appreciated old things. Antiques. Vintage pieces. I love them all. These elements, for me, add quite a bit of warmth and meaning to a space and give it character like nothing else.

My antique love spreads further than just trend. I believe it's just part of who I am since I am, indeed, a Southern girl and if you've shopped antiques stores, vintage markets or fleas in the South, you know exactly what I mean.

This is a pic from our last home.

These pics were taken about a year after we moved in and before a coffee table but it at least gives you an idea of my style. A whole lot of traditional, farmhouse living going on in there. It's comfy and cozy for sure but when we moved into our new space, I just felt the need for a change. I still want to incorporate elements of the farmhouse style but mix in a bit more modern and rustic touches along the way.

This is a pic of our dining area. I posted one similar on Instagram a little while back. If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know that I am a sucker for neutrals and muted tones. It just makes for a calm, peaceful space for me. 

But, when we moved in here, something changed. 
Insert, said inspiration board...

As much as I think I am crazy for feeling this way. I love this space. I keep thinking there is no way I can have an eclectic gallery wall, little to no symmetry or color in our space but every time I think of going back to my old style it just doesn't feel right. 

I've decided this is it. And I am going for it. 

So, why does this space work for me?

  • The base of the design is neutral. From the rugs to natural wood, this space remains calm allowing for pops of color (need a paper bag, cannot believe I am even saying it) incorporation if desired. I've used a few modern elements like the metal finishes and lighting and pillow patterns to give the room a fresh, clean feel.

  • To add a bit of character and make the room feel more lived in, I will add vintage and antique pieces and you all know that no room is ever complete for me without an antler or two

  • I know this word has been used a lot lately but it's eclectic. And I like that. I've found that I love a lot of different styles and have had a hard time figuring out how to incorporated them all into one space. I went through a lot of boards before deciding on this one. Lots of deleting, reworking, etc. and this one stuck. 

I am SO excited about getting to work on this space for me and my family and cannot wait to share along the way with you guys! So, what's your home style? Has it changed recently and how have you decided to incorporate it into your life? Would love to hear!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Happy Monday, peeps! Hope you had a fabulous weekend! 
Just stopping by to share some quick peeks at a fun, new find and progress on our entry area.
Some of you know I've been coveting all the vintage card catalog cabinet and map drawers out there and hoping that one day the antiquing gods would shine down on me and bless me with a fabulous find. 

Well, Saturday the kids and I were out at a flea market in downtown Seattle where I found some really great stuff that I will be sharing in a post a bit later. I decided that I'd stop in at Haystack Antiques on my way home (one of my favorite antique destinations) and lo and behold, there she was...in all her glory. 

These pics just show the cabinet top with no stand. We still have to pick that part up but I was just way to excited to leave it ALL at the shop and could only fit the top in the car with our four littles. It was quite comical actually! I am sure most of you hoarders, I mean, procurers out there can relate! 

The stand is a chippy, metal industrial piece and is a perfect fit for this cabinet. I have decided that I will refinish it, top and bottom, and cannot wait to get started but what do you guys think? 

Those spots on top didn't come that way. That'd be my handiwork to get a good look at the wood underneath the bad paint job. 

I absolutely love it. I don't think it will be white for long though. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week! 

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ENCOURAGE | #thebeautyinside

Well, Happy Wednesday morning peeps! 
It's been almost a month since my last post. 
I really didn't intend it that way but with our recent move things just kinda happened that way. 
Why is that? 
We have moved a dozen times during our 13 years of marriage and somehow I believe this move would be a bit different. 

All in all, things were great for us with this transition but we are still unpacking and sorting through and cleaning out. I will give you all a bit of a tour and recap all of that in the next post perhaps but today, that's not the reason I write. 

Today, I am writing to tell you about something that I am SO excited to share with you all. 
If you follow me on Instagram you've seen me hashtag #thebeautyinside and you've maybe even noticed tagline in my profile beside the business name. 

I thought today was a perfect day to explain what #thebeautyinside is and the idea behind it all. 

Simply put, it's way more than just a hashtag or a way to find RHI on social media. It is a lifestyle. It is purpose. It is calling. It is the beginning of a walk and growth and acceptance of the amazing person you were created to be. 

#thebeautyinside is a journey to you. To me. To find the person that God has called you to be. To see yourself and, more importantly, your purpose on this Earth in a way you've never seen it before. May sound kinda cheesy but it all starts on the inside

Some of us don't have to dig too dip to find that woman that God has called us to be. To express to the world the freedom we've found in our gifting and encourage and release others to do the same. Some of us have been there. We've been through the wringer of life. We've sunken to the deepest, darkest places and encountered the everlasting, enduring, love of a Savior who seeks to release us from our brokenness and into freedom...for the freedom of others. {Galatians 5:1}

Years ago, I began a journey to find that woman. That woman who wasn't afraid to embrace who God created me to be. That woman that feels, knows, understands the undeniable, unbreakable, unshakable power of the LOVE of our Creator. That woman who spoke with confidence, without fear, to the hearts and minds of the brokenhearted, the hopeless, the trodden. 

Today, I don't sit and type this from a position of perfection but a position of freedom. Freedom to speak life into your situation. To speak life into your hearts. To speak hope to your soul. To breathe a breath of fresh air into

Beginning this fall, the journey to a more beautiful you begins. The best part? It really never ends. Freedom after freedom. Hurdle after hurdle. Laugh after laugh. Story after story, our lives continue to unfold and with each layer we become more beautiful, more creative, more thoughtful, more compassionate, more focused, more like Him, bringing out the beauty in us, others, the world. 

May we never lose our wonder. May we always seek and call out the beauty in others as we gather and join in purposes to bring glory to Him. Ladies, shall we? 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MOTIVATE | DIY Rolling Milk Crate Stool

Hey guys!
I am FINALLY getting to share the fun sneak peek from Instagram that I posted like a week ago! Ah!

We are officially in the middle of our move and things are getting kinda crazy up in here! Whew!

I stopped for about an hour yesterday to snap some photos through our peeks of Seattle sunlight to put this post together and show you how I made this fun DIY Milk Crate Rolling Stool.

Honestly, it's so easy and becomes such a functional piece of mobile furniture! Win, win.

So, let's get to it. Shall we? 

Here's what you will need:
  • Quilt Batting
  • Upholstery Foam
  • Wooden Board (cut to size)
  • Staple/Nail Gun
  • Fabric of Choice (for final covering of board)
  • Casters (HOME DEPOT)
  • Wooden Milk Crate (or crate/box/bin of some sort)

I'm missing a few pics here and somehow didn't get one of all of my supplies before I began. Must have had something to do with doing this in the middle of about a billion other things. 

You'll want to begin by lying your board (after cutting to size) down on your work surface and wrapping the upholstery foam around the sides. Next, you'll need to staple the foam around to secure tightly. For this one I worked from corner to corner. 

My foam measured the same as my board so I trimmed some from the second cut that came in the package (2-pack) and used those strips to wrap around the edges to make it all smooth. 

I then stapled those strips to each edge, ensuring a tight fold over as I went along. 

This is what it will look like at this point. Kinda looks a mess and a little ripply but keep following me. 

After that, I took the second piece of foam, trimmed it to size to fit perfectly inside the wrapped foam. This will become the top of the stool cushion. 

Next, you will take the quilt batting and wrapped it completely around and stapled. When doing this, you will want to make sure the batting is thick enough to smoothe out all of the bumps and lumpy edges. For this reason, I doubled my batting.

You will want to lay your fabric of choice out and measure about an 2.5-3" around the edges to secure with the stapler or nail gun. At this point you will trim your fabric to size. And at this point, I needed to take a few deep breaths as it was the first time I had ever cut one of my German Grain Sacks. We will talk more about that in just a minute. 

After cutting I had about 3" on each side which was actually a lot for the size of my board BUT I wanted to salvage as much of the material as possible so that was my reasoning. You, of course, will probably not need to leave that much excess. You will repeat the steps just as with the foam and batting. Staple. Staple. Staple. 

And, you're done! 

I could have totally taken this a step further and added hinges to connect to the top to the bottom but I'm all about easy DIY these days and thought that if I ever wanted to use this crate from something else, I'd like to have that option available. Do whatever is best for you in this case! 

This crate is one of two that I purchased at a vintage sale this winter. It was pretty dirty so before beginning the project I cleaned it up pretty well and applied a satin poly finish just to give it a bit of new life! 

Here's my final product...

Again, I chose not to trim excessively around the edges which made for an interesting tuck, pull and staple on the corners but overall I am satisfied with the results. What do you think? 

This would be great to use just about anywhere in the house where additional seating and storage is needed. 
You can pop the top right off and store magazines, extra drinks for entertaining, books, linens for in the bathroom...kinda endless. 

And let the pics begin...and the eh hmm...pins. 

Hope you enjoyed this quick project and were inspired to make one of your own! 
Have a fabulous day, friends! 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Anthropologie Inspired Girl's Bedroom

Happy Friday Friends! 

As you know, we are in the middle of a big move into another rental. 

This one's a bit different though. 
Our family will be providing respite care to a foster community for the next year or so. 
We are headed into one of the biggest adventures, as a family, we've had in a while and we've got a lot of things to be excited about in this new life of ours! 

I am excited about all the things that will come as a result of giving of ourselves in a new way and how I know it will transform the dynamics and hearts of each of us. 

I am, of course, also excited about transforming our temporary house into a home. 
Actually, excited doesn't even begin to describe the feeling I have. 
Probably more like giddy. Yes, sooo giddy. 

We have some pretty strict rules in this new space about  what we can and can't do to alter it. 
No new paint or trim colors. 
No additional builds to flooring changes. 

So, I am deciding to add as much texture and color as humanly possible. Okay, maybe not as humanly possibly but for me, as you all know, any color is a stretch. 

I've promised our daughter Kendall that we would give her the room she has wanted for over three years now and since we're moving, it's a great time to do that. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the inspiration for our boys' room and I will continue to brainstorm that one but this one came so easy I just had to go with it. 

Since the flooring can't be changed I thought adding lots of texture with pillows and rugs would add a bit of brightness and movement in the space. The walls are a neutral, pale yellow and the the carpeting is a lighter shade of brown. Not a lot to work with there but we are going to make it work! 

 I think I will coin this portion of our new season my "Design Adventure". It's going to take some creativity and RE-envisioning to pull it all together but I'm ready for the challenge. 

And as my signature, I will add some vintage and antique decor pieces here and there and a salvaged wood memo board above the desk with a gold, gilded mirror and some nick nacks...oh, this is going to be fun! 
I love my girl!
Can't wait to take you all along with us on this ride...

I sure hope you all are having an amazing Friday and look forward to sharing our weekend with you next week! 

Love, love, love you! 

P.S. Did you peep that "OMG Shoes" framed print? Who else wants one of those? #handraised


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ENCOURAGE | The Adventure Continues

Those of who have been following along here and on social media know that our family has been in search of a permanent home for months now. You've been with me through the ups and downs of the rental we've now lived in for three years. Well, those of you who are familiar with or live in the area know that the real estate market here in Seattle is a little out of control. 

We weren't too far into our search before we decided that we would need to change our game plan from purchasing a home to renting...again. (insert sigh)

After a couple of weeks of looking for a rental home that met our requirements, we were honestly exhausted and in the process, as we had since the beginning of all of this, continued to trust and pray for direction from God in this decision. And realized we were exhausted because we were...working. So, we stopped. 

Have you ever prayed about something to have it turn out the complete opposite of what you thought it would be? 
Can I just be honest here with you? For us, this would be one of those times. And when those prayers seem to go unanswered or that God has completely deserted you, your mind can begin to wander. When it seems your in a valley, like all hope is lost...like all help is gone...that God must not have heard or answered your prayers...

...and then...

...you realize that's not the case at all. 

When I sat down to write this post I scrolled through photos in my drive and found this photo.

I originally thought I'd use it for my IG account as a prompt for this blog post. Well, upon closer examination I noticed something in this photo that I had never noticed before.

Lily of the Valley. 

Can you see them? 
They are the small white flowers with the long green stems in the pots. 
In scripture, while sometimes debatable as to whether this is a direct reference to Jesus or whether the scripture points us to something totally different, I couldn't shake the thought that this is just a reminder for me of God's promises to our family. 

Now, I'm not saying we are in a pit or a valley even though there are some days that certainly feel like it. I WILL say that we are learning to trust God in a new way as we navigate through this time of transition and what we saw ourselves doing a few years ago is not what we are stepping into right now. 

When I looked up the definition of valley this is what I found:
" n: a low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a river or stream flowing through it."

This just keeps getting better and better...
You will find many times in scripture where Jesus likens Himself to water. 

John 4:14 
"but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

John 7:38
"Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says."

These scriptures were just great reminders for me that even though we have absolutely NO idea what this new adventure will look like for us at the end or what steps we will take next. We do know that He is in the middle of this valley. That He is watering each of our moments. Our decisions. Our interactions...and He is the anchor in it all. My question to myself? Am I willing to allow Him to be that? To be my anchor in it all? Am I willing to trust Him wholeheartedly in this season to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we could imagine or dream? Will I allow him to be that lily and look to Him when we don't know what to do or which way to go? I know for SURE those times are surely ahead but He will SURELY be our anchor and our hope. 

Sometimes it certainly feels like He has forgotten our prayers. Our dreams. Our desires. But I know that He hasn't. While it doesn't look the way we thought it would, I know that this new adventure is just what my heart wanted even though it just does not look as I expected. In the end, because He sees it all, I know that we will look back at all of this and be better because of it. 

At the end of this month, we will be taking steps to move into temporary housing to help our local foster community by providing respite care. 

We are excited but...keeping it real...afraid all at the same time. This is an absolute step of faith and while it's not exactly what we had planned, it's what He has planned and we know that SO many wonderful things will come out of this for our family so...we're diving in. 

I surely hope you will continue to follow along, pray for and join us on this amazing new adventure. I am absolutely encouraged and blessed by each of you and can't wait to share more as we forge ahead and embark on this new territory! 

I just have this strange feeling that it's gonna be good. 


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The One that Didn't Get Away | My Sweet Savannah Flea Market

Hey Guys and happy Thursday!
So, I almost forgot to share My Sweet Savannah's Flea Market trip with you from this weekend.

Me and the bestie hopped into the car and headed up to Melaine's on this past Saturday morning for a little bit of shopping.

We got there just a few minutes early so that I could snap a few shots before others arrived.

Once I got home I realized that I didn't even get a photo of Melaine with all of her goods. A bummer but here are some photos for you to enjoy nonetheless!

We will call this alabaster lamp "the one that almost got away". I have looked at these things every time I walk into a local antique shop thinking I don't really have anywhere to put one right now. But, for the price, this one was worth a text to Melaine to ask if it was still around after the sale was over.
And what do you know...it was! SOLD! Can't wait to find the perfect spot for it in our next house.
Of course there were so many fun things to choose from and just look at.
Handpainted salvaged wood, weathered boards. Vintage ephemera and glass and metal vessels of every kind.
For those of you who follow My Sweet Savannah, you are surely aware of her workshop that each and every one of us has coveted at some point in time.
I just love Melaine and her creativity and she allowed it to flow into her work space for the sale.
There were all sorts of fun things to choose from in here...
She even had some fun architectural pieces. My girlfriend Jen from Space Number Sixteen took these home with her.
Isn't it beautiful?
(Only one pictured but came as a pair)
On the way out, we managed to grab some sweets and make a donation to a Relay for Life bake bale that Savannah (her daughter and blog's namesake) and some of her friends were hosting.
We had so much fun but it was kind of like a whirlwind of a shopping trip and since I was so occupied with taking it all in visually, talking to the bestie and socializing altogether, my photos suffered.
I sure hope this was just enough to give you a taste of the morning and that you all are having an amazing week. I sure do love ya!


Monday, May 26, 2014

MOTIVATE | Inspire Me DIY Challenge Reveals and a Shim Coat Rack DIY

Hey Friends!

Happy Memorial Day!

Boy, has it been an absolutely full weekend of family and friends and fun!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well.

Today, as many of you may know, is our big reveal day for Inspire Me DIY. You can read more about it in my original post here.

I won't be posting the tutorial for this today but you can come back later this week for details if you'd like to make one.

For now, here are some pictures of this fun DIY project.

Please take a moment to hop over to see the other projects from these amazing women who were part of our Inspire Me DIY Challenge team and be sure to come back on Wednesday for the details on how I made this happen!

Happy Memorial Day!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

ENCOURAGE | Are You Distracted?

We had a small scare...um, situation...with my second born son on Monday morning.

Our oldest son's birthday was this past weekend and my hubby takes the boys on a camping trip each year with friends and other dads to celebrate. It's kind of a family tradition and as they have done it since Caleb was four years old. He is now ten. 

Well, the boys came back on Sunday with loads of clothes to wash, smelly boy bodies and loads of stories to tell. 

That night, Logan came in a bit freaked out telling us that there was a bug in his room that he had just flicked off of him. Earlier he'd mentioned that there was a moth in his room so we thought he was talking about the moth and encouraged him that it was okay.  We then instructed him to go back into his room and wait for us to come in and pray with him. 

The next morning as they we were preparing the kids to walk out the door to school, my husband let me know that the "bug" that Logan spoke of the night before was a TICK that he had just killed in the kitchen just moments before. 

Needless to say, I was a bit freaked out. 

"A tick?", I thought. "Oh, my. Lime disease. What about lime disease? Is my son destined for a life of chaos and disruption from a body controlled by this disease?" 

Are you with me? We've all done it. We've all allowed thoughts and fears to consume our minds instead of the the truth. 

And in that moment, I was fully consumed by just that. Fear. 

The kids left and I began the battle to capture every vain imagination. Everything that was contrary to what the Word says about my life and my family's...

I called a friend to agree in prayer with me for Logan's body, for my mind and mother's heart. 

I then did just what any mom would do...I called the pediatrician to get some professional advice and I made a vow that I WOULD NOT even think about Googling anything online. And I didn't...

We made an appointment with the ped and saw him later that afternoon. 

Honestly, there wasn't really much that he could offer but he did help put my mind at ease in letting me know that the bite itself wasn't infected and had actually begun to heal. 

As we left the doctor's office I was admittedly not extremely pleased with the doc's comments and how some of my questions were just unanswered. Or, were they?

While my questions about what we could expect and what was going on in my son's body weren't answered and honestly there was no way they could be, they were answered and covered by God and His word. And that is exactly what I was reminded to stand on.

Later that day I was also reminded that we have an enemy. We have an enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy every part or our lives. He is, if nothing else, a distraction.

I know to some of you, this really would not have been a big deal. "So what? Take the tick, smoosh it and be done."  Well, the big picture here isn't even about the tick itself and therein lies the irony. This is really more about what the tick represented in this story.

You see, aside from that little distraction of this stupid little bloodsucker, it was one of the best days Logan has had in a long while in relation to controlling his emotions (he is our 'feeler') and just learning how to have a joyful heart and happy attitude no matter what life may bring.

This past week or so has also been a great time of transition for our family. A time of evaluation, dream realization and really seeking God about the future of our family and what He sees. In summary, things have just been flat out Good. Amazing. Fabulous.

Isn't it just like the enemy to creep in subtly just when we least expect it and try to distract us and keep our eyes, hearts, minds off of the goodness of God?

It seems sometimes we are so easily distracted by the little things that they become magnified and bigger than the biggest "thing"...God and His goodness, faithfulness, mercy in and on our lives. (Ref.  2Cor 2:11)

On this day I was reminded once again to praise God for His protection over our family and His victory over the enemy of our lives.

So, whatever it is that is distracting you...dirty diapers, kids crying, fussing, fighting. A distressed marriage or relationship that needs mending...God is bigger. So much bigger. While it seems like the waves are crashing in, there is One who controls the waves and waters of your life and He seeks to calm those and silence any distractions.

Today, I'm believing for peace in each of your hearts and minds and that the voice of God becomes bigger, louder and more real than ever before...in us all...

If this post were a hashtag it would read #wearenotswayed #wedonotdrawback #relentlessfaith. Just sayin.

Excited about the future and this big life we live, 

Monday, May 19, 2014

MOTIVATE | Inspire Me DIY Challenge

Boy, are you guys in for a treat this week! 

I am SO excited. Why, you ask? 

Well, today is our kick off for the FIRST day of  the Inspire Me DIY Challenge where 12 other bloggers and I challenge and inspire all of you to pull out those project lists and chip away at all of those projects that you've put off for way too long! 

We want to inspire you to create the home, the space, the life you've imagined and challenge you to get started. 

We have some amazing bloggers participating and cannot wait for you to join us! 

If you're on INSTAGRAM, be sure to follow along by hashtagging #inspiremediy. And even better, if you are inspired to join in and begin some projects of your own, you can join in by hashtagging your projects the same-#inspiremediy. 

Here's a list of all the girls participating. On the left is the blogger's INSTAGRAM ID and on the left is a hyperlink for their blogs. Please take a minute to hop over to their blogs and follow and also follow on IG to see their fun sneak peeks during the week! 

Final reveals will be posted on each of our blogs and other social media on Monday, May 26th! 

Let's do this! 

@restorationhouse  - Restoration House Interiors
@jenwidner  -  Space Number Sixteen
@akadesigndotca  -  AKA Design
@ellaclaireblog  -  Ella Claire
@thisthatandlife  -  This, That and Life
jenmigonis  -  Migonis Home
@townandcountryliving  -  Town & Country Living
@ddsilverpennies  -  Finding Silver Pennies
@cityfarmhouse1  -  City Farmhouse
@justdestinymag  -  Just Destiny Mag
@mscraftberrybush  -  Craftberry Bush
@thechroniclesofhome  -  The Chronicles of Home