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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It’s official, we are moving to…

…GERMANY!

Kim at Bonn City Center

Over the summer, my sister-in-law and I joked that after I ripped out all the carpets, painted the floors and redid another room, I would probably find out we had to move.  Fast forward a few months, and BOOM, those words became a reality.

I have been waiting to write this post for what seems like an eternity.  Suddenly things are happening at the speed of light and I kind of feel like I have to throw up on a daily basis.  We are moving February 13th to the biggest adventure our family will probably ever have together.  It will be the chance of a lifetime to see so many wonderful things within a train ride or short car ride or even a city hopper plane ride away.

You might be wondering, do the kids see it this way?  And the answer is, umm, no and yes.  As you can imagine a middle schooler’s reaction to leaving his buddies was not a pretty sight, my daughter was mixed, sad and interested in our new adventure and our big wild card surprise came from the little guy – completely excited.  What the what?  Didn’t expect that.

I know we’re in for a rough few months (or more) of transitions with the kids missing friends and me driving the wrong way on a one way, but in the end, I know the opportunities and adventures will outweigh all that.

Am I excited?  Yes!  Am I nervous?  Yes!  Am I sad to leave my friends and family?  Of course.  I am so grateful for my family’s encouragement and support to take this chance.  Without it, I don’t think I’d have the heart to leave.  Mom, especially to you, thank you for telling me to go for it without blinking an eye.

Oh, and when I said my word for the year was DISCOVERY, that was kind of cheating.  How can I help but discover and stretch myself while living in a new world?  So yeah, I sort of set myself up for success on my word for the year.  Just getting on the plane to go, I’ve already reached my goal of DISCOVERY.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014: DISCOVERY

Hello and happy new year!  It’s been a while.  I’ve missed the old blogosphere.  Thought I’d pop in for a moment for a quick post to set the tone for the year.  My word for 2014: DISCOVERY.

SELF-DISCOVERY

RE-DISCOVERY

DISCOVERING NEW THINGS ABOUT MY FAMILY, MYSELF, MY SURROUNDINGS

OUR STRENGTHS, OUR WEAKNESSES

EXPLORING

GETTING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE

STRETCHING MYSELF AND CHALLENGING MYSELF

That’s what 2014 is all about for me.  I tend to get into a routine and end up limiting myself.  I become complacent and forget to try new things and push myself out of my comfort zone.  This year is the year to DISCOVER.  It should be interesting, challenging and exciting.  I look forward to seeing what happens.

How about you?  Do you have a word for the year?  A mantra?  A good old new year’s resolution?  I’d love to hear about it.  Do share in the comments.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wintery + Woodsy Front Porch

During this hectic season, we barely have time to keep up with our own thoughts, let alone read, so I thought I’d just to do a quick hello and glimpse onto our frosty front porch.

plumberry pie wreath as centerpiece

{wreath on the confetti dot table, dressed with dollar store snowflakes}

plumberry pie front porch pot filled with birch logs, grapevine ball, cedar roping and silver ornaments

Last year, I was inspired by my friend’s pots filled with birch logs and tucked it away in my memory bank for this year.  These pots seriously make me giddy.  I’m in love.

plumberry pie winter front porch pot

plumberry pie baby it's cold outside chalkboard

Oh, Dollar Tree, oh, Dollar Tree, how I love thee Dollar Tree.  Don’t you though?  Those pretty snowflakes adorning the chalkboard are Dollar Tree finds.

plumberry pie winter chalkboard

Cold outside, it is!  So I’m heading back in where it’s warm!

plumberry pie - embellish a wreath with words

Wishing you all the JOY of the season and throughout the year!

- Kim -

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Advent Wreath + The Gift of Thanks

One of the neatest things about blogging is when someone sends a thank you note for something I shared.  It warms my heart and blows me away every time.  Thanks from a complete stranger, it is indescribable.  And how small the world becomes to connect with people all over the map. 

So the other day, I received this note from Kelly.  It made my day!

Kim --
Found your Nov 2011 Advent Wreath on Pinterest and it inspired me to create one of my own. 

Thanks for the inspiration,

Kelly

Kelly's Advent wreath

{Kelly’s Advent Wreath}

Well, Kelly, thank you for making my day!  Your interpretation of the Advent wreath is beautiful!  (You can see my version of the Advent wreath here.)

So that has me thinking… the power of thanks and gratitude…WOW!  It was such a simple gesture that made such a huge impact on my day.  What an easy gift to give to those around you.

Who will you give this gift to today?

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Thanksgiving Table Fit for Any Gathering

Well, hello there!  Long time, no blog.  My world has been turned upside down, but I hope to pop in here a bit more just like the old days.  I have so much to tell you, but for now, let’s just start with our Thanksgiving table.  This was a “use what you have on hand at the moment” kind of table.

Starting with a cream table cloth that we’ve had since we got married, layered with gold wrapping paper and a navy chevron wrapping paper on top of it.  I absolutely love using wrapping paper for table settings.  It’s cheap and opens a world of endless options and if it gets spilt on, no worries.

plumberry pie blog casual table

For our centerpiece, I used fruit and nuts that were already in the house.

plumberry pie blog casual thanksgiving table

Didn’t bother with the china and used my everyday white.  I love white dishes.  They work for everything and make food look fabulous!  I used tags and my handy dandy washi tape for place setting tags.  Just tied them around the flatware with jute and used a gold Sharpie to write “thankful for you” to each person.

plumberry pie blog  washi tape place setting tags

plumberry pie blog  thankful for you

My love for trays continues.  They truly upgrade the look of a few bottles of wine on a counter to a little bar area.

plumberry pie blog use a tray to make any spot a bar

And here’s a full view to give you a peek at the almost finished family room.  You can see the gallery wall and the shelves are back in place.

plumberry pie blog thanksgiving table family room

Well, that’s it for now.  We had a busy Thanksgiving weekend, including a mad scientist birthday for my son.  Hope to share some details with you sometime soon!  And there may just be a series called Never Before Seen Rooms.  Stay tuned…

Monday, November 18, 2013

hello

Well, I feel a bit rude leaving you hanging there from my last post with an almost done room and then radio silence.  First, thank you, thank you, thank you for all the sweet comments.  Oh my goodness, they truly warmed my heart and felt like a big hug.  I appreciate all the supportive and kind words more than you know.

Oh, and I also left you hanging on a Baltimore post I promised.  Geesh, that’s not very nice.  It’s like when you put your hand up for a high five and you’re left hanging waiting for a return high five.  Not cool. Smile

Anyhow, everyday life stuff continues to put up barricades to my progress over here and rather than stretch myself so thin that I snap, I have pretended it’s finished.  And really, it’s pretty much done (except for the baseboard and the trim and the this and the that, but really, it’s pretty much done – ha!).  I just haven’t been able to get the room picture ready to share.  I put up the gallery wall, but honestly, not feeling it.  Not sure if my pieces are too heavy visually or if it’s this one piece throwing everything off.  It’s feeling cluttered.

So just like the post title says, I just stopped in to say hello today.  Was missing blogging, but can’t put my focus on it at the moment. 

Have a wonderful week, my friends!!  Hope all is well.

- Kim

Friday, November 8, 2013

One Room Challenge Reveal {just a peek}

Yesterday I was hoping I would have a post up and the angels would be singing with beams of light shining down on the finished room, but life happens.  I had a man down sick last week and I caught a bug this week, so the last two weeks were a bust.  Instead of pulling an all-nighter to get it done, yesterday I chose to curl up under three blankets on the couch and head to bed early.

Admittedly, I was bummed this morning, but thanks to Lisa at Shine Your Light, I am here to celebrate what I’ve accomplished in 6 weeks.  Her encouraging words reminded me that I’m much further than I was 6 weeks ago and that’s something to celebrate too.  By the way, you must check out Lisa’s reveal…another black wall of awesomeness to fuel my obsession for dark walls

So let’s see what I was able to check off my list from my week one checklist.

Paint the walls Owl Gray.  Check

Hang bamboo blinds.  Check

plumberry pie bamboo shades layered curtains

Paint bookcases white with dark back.  Check

plumberry pie white bookcase with dark back

Gallery wall.  Umm, does one picture count?

plumberry pie gallery wall art

I’m so close to the finish line and will be back soon to show you the full reveal!  Thanks to Linda for hosting this because if it weren’t for you, I’d still be sitting here just thinking about all the stuff I want to do.  Thanks to Linda for encouraging us every week too and putting things in perspective for me yesterday. Smile  Make sure to check out the rest of the linking participants finished rooms at Linda's.  Oh, and while you’re there, check out Linda’s ORC family room makeover on her Wednesday post.  Magazine beautiful.  You are sure to be inspired.

To see the progression over the six weeks, check out these posts.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three 

Week Four

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Reveal Day for Official ORC Participants–Must See!

Today is reveal day for the 20 official One Room Challenge participants!  The ladies have outdone themselves and there’s something to inspire anyone’s style preference.  Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.  Make sure to grab a cup o’ something and enjoy some awesomeness.  Thanks again to Linda at Calling It Home for dreaming up this thing.  Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with my reveal as a linking participant.  At this moment, it looks like an all nighter.  Wish me luck!

Monday, November 4, 2013

One Room Challenge Week 5+: Not Much To Show For It

Aaack!  There’s been so much going on around here, but not in the family room.  You know, when it rains, it pours.  Yeah, like that.  Soooo, I kind of missed my five week update, but truly there wasn’t much to show for it anyhow.  My father-in-law hung my drapes higher and wider, I changed out my recessed lighting for LED kits and thanks to all of you and your feedback, finally decided to keep the new brass table.

I was so glad that the masses said to keep the brass table saving me from painting the old one.  Yippeeeeeeee!  I couldn’t even fathom painting another thing….especially since I haven’t finished the bookcases, the baseboards or trim on the walls.  Time is closing in on me.  Eek!  I’m losing confidence that I’ll actually pull this off by Thursday.  But either way, I’m much further than I was before, right?!

Thank you so much for the comments and support.  That has been the best thing about this entire process.  Today I hope to knock some things off my list.  And tomorrow, I hope to be back to share some Baltimore with you.  I went to Baltimore this weekend for a wedding and believe it’s one of America’s best kept secrets for a fun getaway.  Sorry for the non-update update and no pictures too – geesh.  Hope to have something to show for myself on Thursday. 

Happy Monday!

- Kim

Friday, October 25, 2013

Five Ways to Make your House your Home

There are some things I’ve learned along the way of trying to create a space that fits our family.  Often times, I think we fall into the trap of “what it’s suppose to be” or “what others will think”.  Here are a few things to keep in mind on your journey to creating a home just right for you and your family.

  1. Break some rules.  Really I think this is the biggest thing to remember.  Just because it’s suppose to be a formal dining room and living room, doesn’t mean it has to be one.  If your family doesn’t do formal, then turn it into a space that is more usable for your family.  We decided, rather than create a space that looks pretty, but gets no use, we turned our formal dining room and living room into the least formal rooms of all – the playroom / craft room / homework room.  It serves our family better this way.  And an added bonus is that the table we set up in the craft room/homework room can double as an extra dining table for parties and holidays.  Also, think outside the box of what an item is typically used for.  A shower curtain can be so much more than a shower curtain.  It can be new drapes or fabric for a new pillow or hidden toy storage.hidden toy storage - plumberry pie
  2. Take a risk.  Don’t be afraid to just try something.  Sometimes it won’t work out, but many times you’ll find it was worth the risk.  There were definitely a bunch of doubters when I said I wanted to pull out the carpet and paint the subfloor.  Now that I’ve finally done it, I am so happy I did.  And the doubters became believers.  And of course, I’m not talking about taking risks with high ticket items when the potential loss is not worth the risk.
    peek in playroom oct 2013 plumberry pie

    Plumberry Pie Teal Painted Subfloor{The Happy Hallway}

  3. Embrace what YOU love, not what you think others would like.  Who lives in your home?  You.  Make it for you, not visitors.  If shag carpet and avocado green get you giddy, then do it.  Forget about what others think.  Your home should be your haven and feel like a big hug.
  4. Don’t just make it pretty, make it functional.  And make it functional for your everyday life, not for that once a year party.  You can always adjust for guests when they come, borrow chairs and tables, etc.  If you only entertain once a year, is it worth having accommodations for 25 when you have a family of five?
  5. Shop your home first.  Just by rearranging and borrowing from other rooms, I’ve been able to change things up in my home.  Often times we get settled in and forget about certain items.  They regain a new life and can change a room’s vibe just by moving it somewhere else.  These lamps once lived in our playroom, but completely gave new life to this table in our foyer.IMG_0598

I’m definitely no expert, but these are just some things I’ve learned along the way.  Hope they help you as you make your space your own!

Enjoy your weekend! 

- Kim

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