Monday, August 29, 2016


I recently toured a model home in Florida and fell in love with the bathroom finishes.  Thought I'd share them with you...

In this photo, you can see the barrel-vaulted ceiling (swoon...) and the trim around the entire bath enclosure.  What is not quite clear in this photo is that the field tile had a linen finish.  The combination was stunning!  The bathrooms were such a surprise, because I did not like the rest of the home at all.

Here's a close-up of the marble trim.  Gorgeous, huh?

The barrel-vaulted ceiling...marble mosaic

The niche trimmed out...marble

And lastly, the flooring...herringbone marble tile

Another shower in the same home

Too bad the rest of the house did not measure up to the bathrooms--seemed like an opportunity missed on such a potentially wonderful space.  BUT, I had to show you these bathrooms.  Hope you enjoyed the visit as much as I enjoyed showing it to you!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Just a little tidbit to let you know, I'm still here!  How are you?

I'll write more later.  Thanks for stopping by...


Wednesday, March 23, 2016



I didn't do much specifically for Easter, but more for Spring (which will take the house to Summer).  I need a clean palette in my home and very little clutter!  I call it breathing room.  Can you relate?

I did do a little color on the front porch and it calms me when I sit in my rocking chair and watch the world drive by!

And then, because the deck is so visible from the living room, I did the lantern on the table outside too...

I hope your SPRING  is welcoming warmer weather and a wonderful change of the seasons.

Thanks for stopping by one more time...
Blessings to Everyone


Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Did you think I'd forgotten about my blog?  I considered it, but then decided to just post when inspiration hit.

Sometimes the whole social media idea seems like a lot of bragging and I never intended my blog to reflect that.  Someone asked me when I first started the blog what my reason for creating it was.  I've pondered that questions for years.  I realize my motive was to share ideas and inspiration so that a reader would feel empowered to create a comforting home for themselves.  

Now, on to pictures...

I took down Valentine's hearts last week (you can see previous year's here and here) and I had to clear out my living room so new curtain panels could be hung, only to be told the rods I thought were readily available were on backorder for a two weeks!  Argh!

I knew I wasn't going to leave the living room disrupted (because we actually use it daily) for two weeks and began putting things back, in slightly different places (cause that's what I always do), when I stumbled on this arrangement for the mantle.  I stood back and looked and knew it was a comforting misplacement!  Worth moving furniture and bric-a-brac!

The greenery makes me feel like Spring can't be far away!

Yes, that silver "candle holder" is a wine bottle holder!

Thanks for reading, especially after such a long absence...


Thursday, October 29, 2015


If you follow what my book club reads, I just realized I did not updated the book tab at the beginning of this year!  I was a little sick at the beginning of the year and lots of things got tossed to the side during that time.  So, to make it up to you, I've added 2015's list and 2016's list!  Double your pleasure.  The list is available at the top of this page, just click on it and voila!  Twelve years worth of reading lists.  Just thought I'd let you know.  

And this week, I got the paints out and did my annual Santa painting for the Hope Mennonite Church annual bazaar.  It will be November 14 at 868 N. Maize Road, Wichita, Kansas.  Every penny of profit goes to local charities!  The bake sale alone is worth coming, but then add the vendors and the lunch served, and oh my....a little bit of heaven!

 The original painting

 Hmmm...I took this picture to show you the details BUT
I kind of like this view better....
Maybe I need to paint this version too!

I know we haven't even had Halloween yet, but for those planning Christmas, we do it all year long!

Thanks for reading...