Monday, April 20, 2009

Our Beautiful Backsplash!!

Yes, we finally have a kitchen backsplash!! Thanks to the help of my husbands uncle, we have our backsplash installed! And what a great job he did!!

Of course we would love to get a new countertop, but that is not in the budget and our old countertops look great with the new tile!!
We ordered the tile from!
Here are some pics.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Decorating Ideas on a Budget

As a stay at home mom who is obsessed with decorating, I, like I am sure many of you, have limited funds to spend on home decor.

Here are a few of some cheap decorating ideas I used in my own home.

1) My favorite and the one that also has sentimental value are paintings or drawings that my 4 year old daughter creates! I love to frame her drawings and hang them on the wall. Voila! Instant art. Here are some paintings she just created for our family room....

2) The Dollar General is a great place to find cheap frames that actually look good. I found a ton of black frames and silver frames that go with my decor.

3) If you love plants and want an updated piece of art work for spring, go to your local art and crafts store such a Michael's and pick up a few fake plastic palm leaves or banana leaves and frame them! Perfect way to spruce the house up for spring and summer!

4) Another one of my favorites is taking a fancy, inexpensive napkin (my favorite is Caspari) and frame them! Looks like an instant work of art. Here some napkins that I framed and hung in my house.

5) I also love to paint! For my kids rooms, I bought some inexpensive canvas's and painted frogs for their bathroom and a crown for my princess.

6) If I had the time, I would paint the interior of my house more often. I love paint and color. You can change the look of any room in just one day with a cheap can of paint from Lowe's.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring Decorating Inspirations!!

I love interior design and if I had the money, I would change the decor in my house probably every four months.
A lot of my furniture are hand me downs. My parents have passed on several beautiful and priceless antiques to us! Most of my other furniture and accessories have come from IKEA, West Elm or World Market which all carry reasonably priced decor.

My husband is extremely patient with me as he has very traditional taste and I love modern design. Despite our different tastes, I think our house has a great mix of both. If I could, I would make my house looks like the pages of Dwell Magazine. Every month I go to Barnes and Noble and buy the newest issue of Dwell and just drool over the modern homes.

But marriage is all about compromise so in my next post I will show you pictures of our "Modern/Traditional" house!

I have a lot of spring inspirations this season. For one, my "it" colors are red, orange and grey with a pop of green. I instantly fell in love with the Emma Brio Glass Tile from I ordered and it is even more gorgeous than I thought it would be. It is sitting in my kitchen in a box waiting to be installed!!
Also, palms trees and tropical plants give the home a fresh update for spring.

Falling in Love With My House All Over Again!

When we first built our house back in 2006, I just loved it sooo much. We have 8.69 acres (to be exact) with beautiful Blue Ridge mountain views. No views of neighboring homes. Just beautiful views of trees, mountains and wildlife....

It took us about 2 years to finally get our house the way we like it. Finished basement, yard with grass, solid front walkway, and deck. We even named our little farm "Little Round Top" with a cute little sign to boot.

We still have a lot on our to do list, but can only afford a little at a time. My glass tile backsplash in next on the list!!

Anyway, when I was pregnant with the twins I began to dislike everything about the farm. I hated that we did not have any neighbors which got worse when I had the twins. I felt trapped and alone and part of it was it took so much effort to get out of the house with all three kids especially newborn twins.Even when I was pregnant I had no energy to do a lot with our 4 year old daughter so we just stayed home a lot.

I also began to hate our low 8 ft ceilings, no curb appeal exterior, and the fact the hunting season around us lasts basically all year with gun shots ringing out in all directions. Kind of scary when you are talking a walk with three children and feel you have to wear orange to avoid getting shot.

I was constantly bugging my husband to sell our house and move into a neighborhood. He would tell me we can do whatever I want so I can be happy. So sweet. I knew he would be heartbroken if we sold this place. His father, who is now deceased, had deeded us the land and he passed away before we started building, so it means a lot to him.

Every week I would still pick up the real estate weekly newspaper and scourer the new houses that hit the market...

Then about two months ago, I fell in love with our house and the land all over again. I don't know why. Maybe the fact that we think the grass is greener on the other side.

I thought long and hard about living in a neighborhood and thought it would be great for the kids, but really how often would we want to see the neighbors. Remember you can't pick your neighbors...

I would not be able to walk outside naked if I wanted to(not that I do), have a big grand party without neighbors complaining and my husband would not be able to hunt ( which would mean we would have to buy hunting land and a new house).

There is something so peaceful and serene to living out here. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the mountains! The only thing we can hear are birds chirping and the wind blowing.

We could even live off the land if we wanted to. Since Joe is a hunter we eat venison throughout the year and we are going to start a garden this month with yummy vegetables!

Now that the twins are more mobile and Sammy is involved in a lot of activities, we get out all around town and have play dates at our house.

I think this would be a great place for the kids to grow up. Our 4 year old loves the outdoors and feels great knowing the kids can play in the yard and driveway without having to worrying about cars or strangers.

Most of my posts here will be about my awesome family and Little Round Top farm!!

Hope you enjoy!