Decorating at a new pace {plus a Must-have book!}
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by {darlene}

I am a dreamer of the possible.

Some people get anxious or envious when they open a decorating magazine or hop on Pinterest. This doesn’t really happen to me. Whenever I see inspiration pictures and images of beautiful things, I don’t tend to suffer from jealousy. But instead, I’m spurred on to think, how can I bring an element of this into my life? I am eager to go, go, go.

Recently, however, I’ve been walking through a different season than usual. A season where, due to my commitments to my family, I have had to completely back off of my dreams for my home. Other than keeping it from turning it into a violent tornado, of course. This has left me with many longings for a peaceful and lovely and inspiring environment.

This has been hard on my soul. For a woman who expresses her creativity through vase of flowers on the table, and a pretty pillow in just the right spot, part of my soul has been aching. A beautiful space recharges me and energizes me. Like many others in this place, I am trying to find that happy medium where I can both serve and recharge.

Melissa’s book walked into my life at just the right time. {You know, from the sweetest decorating gal on earth? Melissa!}

Love the Home You Have - new book by Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room

Bite-sized

Do-able

Simple

Lovely

Fresh

These are the words I need to hear right now when it comes to the home that I have.

And these are the words Melissa will breathe into your home.

And if you are thirsty for these words to be breathed into your life as well, you will LOVE the end of her book. This is where Melissa shares a 31 day Challenge that is, honest to goodness, DO-ABLE!

Love Your Home Challenge Tour - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired Room

I am joining all of these amazing and talented friends in taking this very challenge for our homes. Each of us has picked one of the challenges from Melissa’s book and made it our own.

I immediately knew which challenge was right for me in this season that I am in:

day 12

What message does my heart need right now?

Well, it just so happens, I know exactly what my heart AND my home need to hear:

SLOW. DOWN. FOR. NOW.

Here is how I brought this challenge to life for the Home that I have:

Love your Home Challenge - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired Room

I placed, front and center, in the most well-used room in our home, the very words my heart needs to meditate on.

I hope these words are a blessing to those of you who are in a similar season:

14 “Let my lord go ahead of his servant.

I will continue on slowly, at a pace

suited to the livestock and the children,

until I come to my lord at Seir.” – Gen. 33:14

At the pace of my children mantle

Each season has its own pace….

At the pace of my children

And for me. For now. This means a slow pace.

Bite-sized.

Do-able.

Thank goodness that Love the Home you Have delivers the message that you can find this Beauty no matter your season.

And no matter your pace.

Melissa doesn’t just talk about it. She walks you through it.

Her book, Love the Home you Have, launches TODAY! The pages are filled with grace, and wisdom, and will leave you completely inspired in the four walls you are already sitting in.

What pace are you taking in this season?

Do you need some hand-holding in loving the home YOU have?

 

 

 

 

 

** Be sure to visit all of the talented and lovely friends who are taking part in the Love Your Home Challenge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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fieldstone hill historic home tour :: the living room
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by {darlene}

The Fieldstone Hill Historic Home Tour

The Living Room

Thanks for joining me in another room of the Fieldstone Hill Historic Home Tour!

Come on in to the most well-loved and well-used room in our home: The Living Room!

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This deep entry used to be a window well, but now serves as a passage, ushering you into our living room. This living space looks out over our woods, and it is a peaceful, light and happy space:
Fieldstone Hill Living Room

The sofa is the centerpiece of our space. The kids love that 11 tiny kid tushies can fit on this baby, all at the same time. Yes, they measured. Using the accurate butt-measuring system. {Vintage sofa from Jayson Home}:

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The stone wall is the original back wall of our house. The built-in bar was our original back door {you can still see the threshold}:

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This is what the back wall used to look like. See the covered porch area? That attached to the former back wall of our house:

Back of Fieldstone Hill before and after

My desk has a gorgeous view of the deck and the backyard. The art is by yours truly. That little doorway leads to the guest suite:

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Here is a closer view of the bar. I have a water bar set up on our antique serving buffet. I am thinking of painting the mirror to match the bar… this house could use all the brightening up it can get. It is very wood and stone heavy in general:

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We got our hand-hewn beams from a local torn-down barn. The ultimate in up-cycling. The doors above the fireplace conceal our television. The doors and closet you see on the right are also on the left. The right hand closet is our media cabinet {and half a zillion toys} and the one on the left contains my “cloffice”:

Fieldstone Hill Living Room

See that large, lovely blank spot on the wall?:

LVRM

Well, this family heirloom is going to be framed and hung in that space. I cannot wait! The shawl used to belong to my Great-Grandmother:

LVRM heirloom fabric for framed art on the wall between the sconces

On the future wish list for our living room:

curtains

art

{are you noticing a theme? All of my house is missing curtains and art. Essential, but they are last bc I want them to be realllllly GOOD and I do NOT want to skimp.}

a fabulous chair for my desk

bench cushions for the window seats

Lighting by the orange chairs

Get the sofa recovered. It is in its original vintage silk {from 1958. yep} and some lovely holes are getting bigger by the day. It probably doesn’t help that my boys put their toes DIRECTLY into the holes and play with them….

Thank you for touring with me!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#projectFHDkitchen :: the tile wall
Monday, March 2, 2015 by {darlene}

The Tile Wall

It’s still not official, but it is looking like THIS SUMMER for my big kitchen reno!! #projectkitchen #projectFHDkitchen

I have been leaning toward a simple farmhouse look, for the most part with this kitchen. You can get a feel for what I have been going for by checking out these inspiration pics for the overall space {plus our before pics}.

But you know me. I am always sitting right between farmhouse simplicity and high-gloss glamour, and I have been looking for some wonderful ways to glam up the space. When I decided on this hood inspiration from the picture below, I knew it would make an amazing impact, but an effort to be sure there was contrast, between the black hood and the wall behind it, would be in order!

hood inspire

I have loved the Stephen Gambrel kitchen below, for – like – ever! I am obsessed with the dramatic power of contrasts in this space, as well as the utilitarian and rustic wood touches. Talk about #farmhousesimplicity and #highglossglamour . And don’t miss the POWER of putting a white hood against a black tile wall. THIS!:

hood connect to shelves

So, those two pics above got me dreaming, and then I saw this pic below. The foundation was set for my new vision. A stunning tile wall:

Walker Zanger Sonja La Fleur pattern stone mosaic tile, made in Tunisia.

Can you just picture it? Won’t it be amazing!!??

Well, I have already narrowed down my choices quite a bit.

Here are the tiles I am considering. What do you think?

Cadiz, ming green, New Ravenna:

cadiz ming green new ravenna

Walker Zanger Sonja:

Walker Zanger Sonja La Fleur pattern stone mosaic tile, made in Tunisia.

Granada Grande Mosaic, in the following two color-ways:

granada grande stone mosaic

kitchen backsplash

and Medina in ming green, New Ravenna:

medina in ming green new ravenna

I am still open to suggestions, my stylish friends! If you know of an amazing tile I have missed out on, well, by golly, share the goods!!

Which tile would you pick?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fieldstone Hill Historic Home Tour :: the guest suite
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by {darlene}

Fieldstone Hill Historic Home Tour

The Guest Suite

We are blessed to regularly welcome guests into our home. This guest suite was a part of a renovation and addition that we did 6 years ago. Here is a quick before and after exterior image of the back of our home that shows the addition:

Back of Fieldstone Hill before and after

The majority of our extended family lives out-of-state, and this is the epicenter of grandchildren. Fieldstone Hill sees its fair share of overnight visitors. So we are particularly thankful for our first floor guest suite that connects to our first floor bath.

Curtains, art and other details are much needed, but considering guest rooms can be the red-headed stepchildren of everyone’s homes, I share this unfinished space with joy. Won’t you come in?

This tiny room is made to feel larger by the ceiling height. We plan for ceiling to floor curtains, art on either side of the window below, and bedside wall-mount lighting {a great solution for tiny rooms}. A well-loved feature of this room? The MASSIVE family collection of legos are in those bins under the bed:

guest2

Below, you can see how the room connects to the bathroom for a comfortable stay:

guest

The attached bathroom is also our first floor bathroom, hence the pocket door into the guest room and the regular door into our living room hall. The sink was crafted out of an antique piece of furniture that we had converted. The floor is mosaic slate:

bath view to guest

Storage is limited in an old house, so when we added this bath, I had them squeak in the slender and tall closet/storage next to the shower:

bath1

bath

One final and fun detail. The view below is seen from the bed in the guest room. This shot shows the fun variations in ceiling height in the room. See that fun little trap door? That leads to our boys’ room! We have a drop down wooden and rope ladder that leads from their room to this guest room! Definitely a favorite addition:

guest secret passage to boys room

Thank you for touring the guest suite with us! If I waited until it was all finished, it would be a while before I could invite you in, so I am so glad you came over – flaws and all.

On the future wish list for our guest room:

curtains

art

wall-mount bedside lighting

a tall, narrow dresser or wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MY GENEROUS SPONSOR:

This post is generously sponsored by my YL. I am into natural choices for my family, and this is the main way I avoided toxins during pregnancy, and now our family is hooked. My Young Living essential oils are also my business, and the oils are so well loved that they sponsor my blog!!! Thank you, friends!  Enroll by clicking here.

There is a freebie special sign-up this month!! Click the image for more info:

Embrace Wellness

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