Desperate Decision for the Bedroom

Okay, not so desperate, I just wanted to get someone’s input on my next project.

It’s time to focus on the master bedroom. I have posted on the crab shack¬†(plans for that are coming along great), but it is really the entire area that needs attention. This is how the room looked when we bought the home:


Shocking isn’t it? Here’s how it looks now:

master bedroom before nov

And in a few weeks it’s going to look amazing! After much debate I have decided to paint an accent wall. I had my heart set on grasscloth wallpaper, but that is like a bajillion dollars, so this is the next best thing. I want the bedroom to be relaxing because I love sleeping more than almost anything, ever. It can’t be too feminine, because I share the room with a dude. I want to paint a pattern¬†using a glossy paint of the same color as the current eggshell paint for a subtle, but distinct upgrade. I am drawn to more modern or Moroccan patterns so if anyone out there could weigh in on their favorite I would appreciate it! I am down to three options:

Cascade, stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils


Large Herringbone by Royal Design Studio

LAage Herringbone Stencil

Or Moroccan also by Royal Design Studio

Atlas Moroccan

So friends, thoughts?

What Every Flower Pot Needs

A little bit ago I refinished some pots for our front patio. With temperatures over 100 degrees and summer travel, the plants are really hard to keep alive. But with stuff cooling off (90′s) it was time to replant. A friend, that has gorgeous plants, introduced me to the idea that there are three essentials to every pot:

  1. Thriller
  2. Filler
  3. Spiller

So, here we go. For the thriller I used tall grass:

flowers part 1

The filler is a multi-colored mum (still needs to bloom!):

flowers part 2, filler

And finally, the spiller, some pansies that will eventually spill over the edge:

flowers part 3, spiller

And the front porch is rejuvenated! When you pot, remember the three essentials and it’s easy!

Happy Creating!

I Dig Pioche

Grandpa and Eva

When was the last time you walked into a history book? I got to a few days ago in Pioche, Nevada. My father-in-law was raised in the Wild West. His dad was a iron/oar/silver miner. For two awesome days my family and I visited the old tromping grounds. And it was awesome. Sometimes I think my projects are time consuming or complicating to pull off, but the women and men that forged the west were the real thing. They were hard core, and I think their history is beautiful.

We camped at Cathedral Gorge outside of Panaca (sister town to Pioche), it is full of sandstone caves and caverns. We had a blast wandering through the splendor:

Cathedral GorgeCathedral Gorge Panaca NV Cathedral Gorge Sam

We wandered around town and relived some of grandpa’s favorite stops:


We even saw wild mustangs out on the range outside of town:

Wild Horses Pioche

But my favorite was Boot Hill, Pioche’s Cemetary. It is where 72 men were buried before anyone in the town died from natural causes. Stuff like fights over poker games and gun duels because of a dog. Legend is they buried them so fast they didn’t even take their boots off. Boot hill is on the left in the picture below, with the modern cemetery on the right. You can also see the old miner carts still hanging above that transported the mining materials from the mountain. My father in law used to play in them as a child, now we just have organized and supervised play dates (hey, I do it to):

Boot Hill Pioche Nevada Sign boot hill

The Wild West was a beautiful place!

Miner Carts Pioche Nevada

Happy Creating!

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