Thursday, October 20, 2016


YAY for some progress! The ceiling is painted, hallelujah! That dang hurricane tried to derail our progress (and it did) but at least we've got something going this week. Hurray.

Still have to paint the siding and touch up some spots, but that open truss ceiling was a pain (a pain in my hubby's neck, not really in mine! HA. Note: We are still married...)

Next up : electrical. I wanted to do a fun light fixture, but Hubs is too traditional for that. So we landed on a simple outdoor fan.

Rug decisions.... Why do I second guess my own house right and left?! I am Miss Indecisive when it comes to my own home. Oy. Make a freakin' decision, Ashley. Do you have a favorite?

I ordered these fun side tables from Ballard Designs 

And we finally got on the schedule for the stamped concrete patio. I'm kind of afraid it won't be done in time for this challenge, but happy to see an end in sight nonetheless! 

Still to do: 

Finish painting interior of porch and truss ceiling
Electrical: fan, string lights (selected)
Finish painting Hardie plank siding 
stamped concrete patio- on the contractor's schedule!
choose dining furniture
choose grilling/bar tables

Wow, that list still feels super long. 

Go check out the other participants here!! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

One Room Challenge :: Week TWO

A day late......

So, not much in the way of progress over the last week! Hurricane Matthew came through and wrecked the low country. Our neighborhood was hit pretty hard. Fortunately, our house didn't have any damage. We did have a few trees fall, but by the grace of God they landed in the yard and on the back fence. We were very fortunate this time around. The community has pulled together to help each other out though, including free coffee stations :)

Tons of trees lost on Isle of Hope :(

Power trucks lining the streets to restore power! 

Although there wasn't much in the way of physical progress, we do already have our outdoor furniture selected (and some of it purchased). 

Martha Stewart Lake Adela 6 piece set 

RST 9 piece dining set

So, I really have nothing else to share this week, oops! Hopefully by next week we'll have some progress. We just got power back yesterday, so here's hoping life is back to normal very soon!

Check out the other participants here!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

One Room Challenge Link Up:: Week ONE

So, if you are here, you either read my blog or you are a big fan of Linda's ORC like I am! 

I'm linking up this go around. The last time I linked was 3 years ago, 30 some odd weeks pregnant with Evans. Wow, time has flown. This time around, I'm hoping to finish our outdoor space. 

We've been renovating our 1950's Isle of Hope ranch over the past year. It's been fun, but we are kind of burnt out. Hence, I need the ORC to motivate me and get this thing done! 

In full disclosure, we started this project back in May. It took over a month to get permits through from Chatham county, and it's taken even longer on the construction end of things. DIY takes a while when you have full time jobs and two kids, who knew! My hubby and dad are doing all of the work, I'm just the supervisor (order giver?), so to speak :) 

Here's where we started... a brick patio. 

During construction over the summer...

Here's where we are today. Construction is finished on the porch! Now onto painting.. and electrical.. and finishing touches. 

The other phase of this is a stamped concrete grilling patio... to be started soon! 

Some ideas I've thrown together for each space...

And the big to do list:

Finish painting interior of porch and trellis ceiling
Electrical: fan, string lights
Finish painting Hardie plank siding 
stamped concrete patio
choose dining furniture
choose grilling/bar tables

Long 6 weeks ahead! Let's hope we still have an outdoor space after Hurricane Matthew. I'm just slightly worried, guys. In all seriousness, though, pray for all of those in the storm's path. It could be a major disaster for the Southeast. 

OK, enough scary talk! 

Go check out the official ORC rooms here, and check out the other linkers here! If you love design, you will have fun reading through all of this. Inspiration to boot!