Monday, April 30, 2012

Family Room Tour

A few weeks ago I took you guys on a tour of our house. Hope you enjoyed it! To see the house, click here. Thanks for all of the positive feedback. You guys made my day, week,  MONTH!  A few of you wanted to know the names of paint colors, furniture pieces, & things so I thought I’d give you a tour of each room individually. Let’s start with the family room, shall we? This is my favorite room of the house & it is where we spend most of our time!

Just for fun, here’s a little BEFORE picture of our family room when the previous owners lived here:
I love this Before/After contrast because you can actually see the focal point in the room: Our lovely fireplace! I was a little nervous {and husband was a tad bit skeptical of my bold taupe/white paint choices} but I absolutely love the way it turned out! We used Lowe’s Valspar Signature “Smoked Oyster” for the walls and “Cream Delight” for the brick fireplace. I definitely recommend the Valspar Signature paints if you’re going to be painting over another neutral color because it has the paint & primer in one.  It also has great coverage.  We probably did 2 heavy coats & an additional lighter coat on the walls. However, if you’re painting over a mural or a bolder color,  I would recommend priming the walls first and then paint. Of course, we’re no professionals, but this is just what we’ve found to work best for us.

This is the only room in the house where we actually have mostly “new” pieces of furniture.  “New” mostly meaning, new to us! Ha. We bought the couch, love seat and wingback chair {matching ottoman coming soon!} from a place called Freed’s Furniture in Dallas. Some friends of ours recommended this place to us, and we really liked it.  They have great prices on quality furniture & have been easy to work with. The couch set, love seat, chair & ottoman set is called, “Walden.” We’ve been happy with it so far. 
As soon as my Dad found out we were getting new couches he asked, “Oooh do they do anything cool? Like lean back or turn into a fold-out bed?” My response, “Well, you can sit on them. Does that count?! Sorry Dad, they’re not as cool as your leather reclining sofa set.” Haha. Oh well. Maybe when I’m a real grown up like you, then I’ll have cool(er) couches.  Like I said,  they’re not too fancy-shmancy, but they look nice & do their job well!
The fabulous rug was a STEAL from Pottery Barn. Okay, no, I did not actually steal it. Don’t go tattle on me! In January, I stopped in Pottery Barn to browse & spend my gift card from Christmas {Sidenote: I’m so bad at saving gift cards. As soon as I get one, I have to spend it! Anyone else that way?} I decided to purchase the two curtain panels you see in this room {which were on sale!} They are called, the Vanessa Floral Drape. They no longer sell the neutral panels, unfortunately, but I think the blue & red panels are super cute, too!
Okay, back to this fabulous rug.  I was waiting in line to check out & I noticed they had two 8x10 rugs that were on serious clearance {like 75% off!}. At the time, we had just moved into our house.  Our house is all hardwood floors and we didn’t have any rugs at the time! I loved the color, it matched most of the other things in our house, and it was a GREAT price! So, what did I do? I called my husband and explained the whole situation…and crossed my fingers! Ha! Fortunately, my gift cards covered a portion of the cost & he said okay! Normally, I would not have purchased a rug from Pottery Barn because they are so. stinkin. expensive. but, since this rug was 75% off, it was way cheaper than any other 8x10 rugs I had seen. Even discount stores like, Home Goods & Marshalls still sold their 8x10’s for $400-$500 dollars at the cheapest. This rug was HALF of that! SCORE! The rug is an 8x10 and is called, “Janelle Rug Brown.”
For Christmas, my sweet Mom & Dad got us a new “chest” that we use as our coffee table. It is from World Market & is a part of the “Sourav” Collection.  After browsing on Craig’s List, I found a listing for a lady who had two end tables that were the same “Sourav” brand from World Market! She was selling them for $30 each!! Of course, we had to check it out and they were in great condition. Sweeeet! Here is a link to the tables at World Market.  Thanks to Craig’s List, we now have new {to us!} matching tables in our family room!
Another fun part of the room is the Gallery Wall above the couch.  This was fun to put together. I used all things we already had! It’s very mis-matched, which I like. The middle frame is a regular 16x20 inch frame from Hobby Lobby that I sprayed with chalk spray paint on the glass to make it a chalk board! I’ve enjoyed writing different verses on it from week to week! It really does work well…this was my first time using chalk spray paint & it’s amazing how well it works!


If you’ve ever read any of my previous posts,  you know by now that I love furniture/decorations that have a story behind them! This cute green milk jug was my grandmother’s from the 1940’s or 1950’s! While cleaning out her old shed, we came across some pretty cool antiques that I fell in love with! I used a 50% off coupon at Michaels, to buy the silk flowers to set inside. Perfect.
And, finally, last my not least our little t.v. stand.  You know by now that we never buy anything unless there’s a coupon or a sale.  Well, this little stand actually came from WalMart of all places! It’s worked well for us. We’ve had for about 2 years or so.

Thanks for reading all about our favorite room in the house!
Have a Magnificent Monday!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Steady My Heart

This is where I’ve been…Ever had one of those weeks?!
I’ve had many things on my mind lately and have been clinging to the promises that the Lord gives us in His word.  Sometimes the game of life is a rough road to travel. I’m so thankful that I am able to put my faith, hope  & trust in the Lord because what He says is really the only thing that matters…
I’ve been hanging on tight to these promises today & I hope it encourages you as well…
The first few are from Paul in PHILIPPIANS as he rejoices as a result of being persecuted:
Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:20-21 – I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted…For me to live as Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:18 – Yes, and I will continue to REJOICE.. .{through trials and hardships}
The next are from Jesus in The Beatitudes in MATTHEW:
Matthew 5:11 – Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  REJOICE and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven..
Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
It doesn’t seem like a coincidence in Matthew 5 that Jesus tells those who are persecuted, insulted and falsely accused to “rejoice & be glad, because great is your reward in heaven”…and in the very next section (vs. 13-16) he reminds us that we are the salt of the Earth, we are the light of the world, and that we are to let our light shine! If you’re like me, discouragement is an easy way for the enemy to sneak in… Jesus used this small piece of scripture to challenge me to NOT BE DISCOURAGED. He knows our pains and heartache more than anyone else.  He has called us to REJOICE & be glad through this tough season…and not only that, but he calls us to let our light shine through it all. How? Because our faith, hope & trust are in HIM alone. 
A few other favorite verses that I use to “keep the enemy out!”
2 Corinthians 12:9 – My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
Hebrews 12:3 – Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful man, that you will not grow weary and lose heart
Romans 4:20 – Yet he did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God!
Lamentations 3:22-24 – Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
I don’t know about you, but more than anything, I feel like some of my closest & most intimate times with the Lord are when I’m singing along to worship music. I just love it & can’t get enough.
One of my favorite artists is Kari Jobe. She just recently came out with a new album {which I’ve heard is amazing}. The song below is called, “Steady My Heart” and is just incredible…I challenge you to sit and listen to the song and let the Lord, “Steady your heart”.
Be Encouraged!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Liebster Award & Craft Night Creation

Last week, sweet Sara from Momentary Memories in the Life of Me nominated me for The Liebster Award! I was honored that she chose my blog as one of her picks!

I've recently become one of Sara's newest followers.  She's a 3rd grade teacher,  a newlywed & is incredibly fun and creative! CLICK HERE to head on over to her blog to check it out! She's GREAT!

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers with 200 or less followers that the nominator thinks deserve recognition for their fabulous blogging abilities.

Here's how the award works. Each nominee should:

1. Choose five blogs to give the Liebster Award to.
2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3. Post the award on  your blog.
4. List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites.
5. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
6. Share five random facts about yourself.

These lovely ladies are all extremely talented in their "blogging abilities." I've learned LOTS from each of them in this crazy fun world of blogging!

I nominate:
Amy at Fresh and Fancy
Kristen at Life with the Ellwoods
Courtney at Little Moments
Courtney at The Broaddus Family
Ashlee at The Broadstreet Family

My little blog wouldn't be here if it wasn't from my cousin Courtney Broaddus and  my sweet childhood friend Ashlee Broadstreet. Thanks for inspiring me & encouraging me to start my own blog. It's been a fun adventure & I'm excited for it to continue!

Now for my 5 Random Facts:

1. My favorite food is Macaroni & Cheese. My favorite drink is Dr. Pepper

2. I've never been able to keep ANY plants/flowers alive, but I recently started a fruit/veggie/herb garden at our new house. And, guess what? It's growing like crazy! More on this soon...

3. In college, I started dating this one, really cute guy my junior year. He invited me to fly home with him for Easter weekend to Chicago to meet his family. {Side note: He was my 1st college boyfriend, I'd only flown in an airplane like 2 times before this & I'd never been to Chicago. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. I was terrified.} We arrived at his house, I took my bags upstairs to the guest room, and as I was walking back down the stairs, I slipped on the first stair and fell all the way down the stairs. And, if that wasn't bad enough, once I hit the bottom of the stairs,  I continued to slide on their wood floors all the way into the family room. Yes, his family ALL saw me trip & fall.  It was a moment full of awkwardness & hilariousness {and pain on my part!}!!!
 Needless to say, I had to marry him after that. :)

4. I'm a Speech Therapist.  Working with kiddos is my passion, but I also love working with adults.  My full time job is working for a fantastic company in Dallas called, Cornerstone Pediatric and I also work PRN for Baylor Medical Center on Fridays & some weekends.  It's a ton of fun & keeps me busy!

5. I love kids more than anything {as I just mentioned} & I can't wait to be a Mommy one day. :)

Oh and one more thing...

This past weekend, our small group of couples got together on Saturday night to hang out.  The guys all went to play golf and the girls had a dinner & craft party over at my house. It was so fun!

All the girls made wreaths. We stayed up until Midnight watching, "Sweet Home Alabama," eating chocolate chip cookies, chatting & crafting. It was much needed girls' time!

Here is my wreath (in progress) & my blurry IPhone picture...

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Our Chicago Adventure

Last weekend, we had the privilege of visiting my husband’s family in Chicago! Anytime we get the chance, we LOVE going to the windy city.

We flew up there and drove a big Budget truck back full of furniture from his family! I am so thrilled to actually have a dining room table & have an “office” set up in the extra bedroom.  I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, but I love furniture that has been passed down in the family…Some people don’t like that, but I sure do! I love the memories & stories that each piece has tied to it.  I love telling all of our visitors about everything in our house, where it came from, etc. & I just think it’s neat-o. 

More about our Budget truck trip back home in a minute, let’s talk about Chicago!

We arrived on Thursday & headed straight downtown to see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field! What a beautiful day we picked to attend my first Cubs game..The sun was shining bright & the Cubs won!

See that big backpack I’m wearing? {I don’t think you can actually see it from this picture, but it was big  AND heavy!} We packed up some nice(r) clothes in the backpack & we met Kyle’s parents downtown for dinner at Lawry’s The Prime Rib Steakhouse off of Michigan Avenue.  Can you hear my tummy growling just thinking about it? Major YUMM. It was quite the treat & we enjoyed every single bite!

Also, while we were in Chicago we got to hang out with our sweet friends, Rich & Jenna Tameling! They are a wonderful couple. Kyle & I wish we lived closer so we could see them way more often.  I think I could learn a thing or two from Jenna in the kitchen. She is quite the cook! She made Chicken Parmesan & an incredible salad for dinner.  {She also made the best Spinach Artichoke Dip I’ve ever had for our appetizer – Gotta get that recipe!}
After dinner, we walked around downtown Downers Grove & took them out for ice cream! Major Yum, again…

This weekend was a lot of fun, but it was also bittersweet.  Kyle’s sweet Nana went home to be with Jesus on Saturday morning {April 14}. She was a wonderful woman who has always been so active throughout her life.  I had the privilege of knowing her over the last 5 years.  Boy, have I been blessed by her!
I loved hearing stories Kyle’s trips to visit his Pa Pa & Nana’s house on Lake Michigan.
I loved hearing about Pa Pa & Nana’s little dog, “Buffy.”
I loved making 800 of Nana’s Special Recipe: “Cowboy cookies” for our wedding reception.
I love this sweet family so much & my heart goes out to my Mom-in-law as she goes through this…I can’t imagine. 
We know that Nana is dancing with Jesus right now & is so full of joy. Heaven must be an incredible place. Can’t wait to find out one day! However, I know that her husband {Pa Pa} and her daughters & their families are missing her greatly.  We get to travel back to Chicago in May to attend her Memorial Service.  We are really looking forward to this trip.

We enjoyed seeing other Phillip & Moore family members while we were in Chicago! We packed up our truck and headed out of town on Monday morning bright and early! Here’s my brother-in-law, Corey…Thanks for helping us load all that furniture. You’re a trooper!

So, Kyle and I set off to make our 17 hour drive back home to Dallas.  We listened to lots of music, played the ABC game too many times & had some great conversations.  We drove through Memphis, TN where Kyle insisted that we try some local Pork BBQ.  We were recommended to try a couple places like, “Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous” or “Lenard’s” but they were both closed on Monday. LAME! So, we found this little hole in the wall place called, “Tom’s BBQ & Deli”
Pretty sure “Tom’s” wasn’t in the best part of Memphis. Ha! However, we had seen online that this place was on the Food Network on two different shows because their Pork BBQ was just THAT good.  So, we had to try it…
Kyle got the ribs. I got the Pulled Pork. Not too bad.  The owner was AWESOME. He gave us extra sides & meat and really made us feel welcome.  Definitely recommend this place if you’re ever in the Memphis area!

After dinner, we headed to the Downtown area to get a Coke-float from another famous place we’d heard of, “Dyer’s.” It was delicious & we were stuffed.

While walking around, we passed a baseball stadium where Memphis’ minor league team the “Memphis Redbirds” were playing.  We said, “Well, Why not?” and we purchased tickets & went to the game!
Spontaneous Fun? Yes, please!

That night, we stayed in Little Rock, Arkansas & drove back to Dallas the next day. .It was a good weekend, overall!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bluebonnets in FULL Bloom!

Kyle and I arrived back in the Big D yesterday! We pulled up in front of our house in style driving a BRAND NEW…15 foot Budget Truck. Ha!  We were in Chicago this past weekend visiting family.  Kyle’s parents & grandmother generously gave us some furniture to help fill up our new home & we are so thankful!   The truck we rented just happened to be brand new. Score! More on our Chicago trip in the next post.  Let’s talk about Abilene, Abilene, The Prettiest Town I’ve ever seen….

The weekend before, we went to Abilene for Easter to see my family!
While we were there, the bluebonnets were in FULL bloom, so, what did this Fowler family do?

I could tell you, but why don’t you see for yourself?!
Family picture in bluebonnets
Kyle LOVED posing for pictures with me. In fact he said, “This is like taking Engagement Pictures all over again.” Ha! Since he is originally from Illinois, I don’t know if he really understands the purpose of the tradition of taking annual Bluebonnet pictures. Nevertheless, he was a trooper & participated without a complaint. Thanks, dear!

The one above turned out to be my favorite!

Stay tuned to hear all about our adventure to Chicago this past weekend.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Our House {In Progress}


About 4 months ago, we were beyond blessed to move into our first house. I've shared bits & pieces of what the house looks like in pictures, but I figured I should probably take you on a little tour of our humble abode.  Now, keep in mind, mostly EVERYTHING is still in progress and is no where finished! (Actually, knowing me, I don't know if I'll ever be totally finished decorating/painting/re-arranging, etc., but don't tell my husband that! Ha!)

Oh, and one more thing to note: We moved from a 600 square foot apartment.  It was just what we needed & it fit our needs.  However, we decided to make the big JUMP and buy this house in December 2011.   We moved from a 600 square foot home to 1800 square feet of pure freedom {that’s what it feels like compared to what we’re used to!}.  In fact, since moving, I’ve realized that Kyle can’t hear everything I’m saying if he’s on the opposite side of the house. Used to, our entire apartment was within one big space, and we could communicate back & forth easily when we were both there.  Now, if I want to talk to him, I have to follow him around everywhere he goes…Haha. I’m sure he loves that.  Okay, just kidding…I don’t actually do that ALL the time.

All of that to say, though, is that we don’t have much furniture or stuff to fill this house up! Thankfully, we have some wonderfully generous people in our families who have given us pieces of furniture that aren’t being used or that aren’t  in good condition & I’ve been able to re-finish the pieces for us to use! It’s been a lot of fun putting our little home together & being able to talk about all the stories behind each piece of furniture in each room.

Here we go:

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*One of our favorite things about the house is the open floor plan. Can you see how the front living space flows into the family room & kitchen? We painted the family room & the fireplace.

Before & After:

*See how the kitchen opens up into the front green room & family room?
Don’t you feel like you’re HERE in person?!

*I’m REALLY wanting to paint the kitchen a more neutral color.  Right now it’s textured with a stain over the tan paint making it look burnt orange. Kind of a Tuscany feel? It’s okay for now, but I’d like to put a neutral tan color on the walls to make it match the rest of our house better.


*I absolutely LOVE the built in bookshelves in the hallway, but I can’t seem to get the knick knacks to look just like I want…anyone else have the same problem?!

On the left side of the hallway is the HALL/GUEST BATHROOM:

Also on the left side of the hall is the GUEST BEDROOM. Click here to see the Guest Bedroom Re-do:

Across the hall is the MASTER BEDROOM:


This room opens up to the Master Bathroom, too. It’s considered a “Jack ‘n’ Jill bath”
This room is REALLY in progress & no where close to be done! It echo’s in here because there isn’t any furniture in here yet!

We also painted in here. See the before picture! Woa!

Before & After:

That’s about all for now! Thanks for stopping by to check out our new place. Hope you liked it!
 Now, COME VISIT, please!
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