Keeping the Home

Progress in Nesting

Last week, after successfully navigating a flight to Connecticut with a 2- and 4- year old, enjoying watching my brother's wedding {despite the fact it was held in a sweltering, unairconditioned, albeit beautiful historic church}, we made it back South and hightailed it to the coast of the South Carolina Lowcountry, a place I've long [...]

Update on the Great Nesting List of 2013

Y'all. I have to say I've made major progress this past week on The List. I still have a long way to go but the details in the house are coming together. I've got new paint colors upstairs, new cabinets in the basement, and feel like nooks and crannies are slowly getting organized. It clears [...]

The Great Nesting List of 2013

  I mentioned in my previous post that I think Extreme Nesting Syndrome should be listed in the new DSM-V. It's a fact well known that a lady with a baby on the way has got to--urgently it feels--prepare her nest. This can look a million different ways for a million different women, but for [...]

What I’ve learned in June

June arrived not in her usual sweltering way for our area, but with cool mornings and tolerable afternoons. It shocked all of us really, the kindness of this June in South Carolina. Here are a smattering of random and not so random things I learned during this pleasant month. 1. Sometimes the only way to grow [...]

The Gilded Lady {a diy}

This bust has traveled with my for quite a while, but was orignially a dark brown color. I sculpted her in a college art class. {My majors were totally different--molecular biology and philosophy--but oh, how I remember LOVING my hours in the windowed art studio, logged enough time there for a minor.} The nose, alas, broke off [...]

DIY Trunk Table (without drilling into or damaging the trunks!)

So I needed a console behind my couch. A place to kind of set off an entry area behind the living room part of our Great Room, just after you open the door. I love the colors and bold patterns we went with for the room's design. We already had the carpet, the couches, curtains, [...]

The hard-working kitchen, finally complete

Once we closed on our new house, the first thing we did was have the kitchen demolished to the studs. The layout was just not ideal. A huge wet-bar dominated a lot of space, and all the cabinets were old enought to basically be falling apart. To top it off, half the appliances didn't work. [...]

TV Lift cabinet redo: Before and After

We are nearing the end of our first year in a new house, and getting everything in order and decorated has been great fun. I love bringing together beautiful fabrics, textures, patterns into a space, but especially enjoy giving old pieces new life. As mentioned before, I've worked with the talented Darlene of Feildstone Hill Design [...]

A Tidy Desk and A Clean Slate

Sometimes, all one needs to clean the slate, to turn a new leaf or next page, is simply a tidy desk free of distraction. My writing has taken second fiddle the last few weeks as I've been sequentially sick with every upper respiratory infection that swept through South Carolina, and caring for my kids when they got [...]

To Redeem The Time

When I first left my 80-hour-a-week job at the hospital, our house contained piles everywhere. Paper piles, clothing piles, dishes and disorganization in every room. I knew how to run a medicine floor, and even an ICU. I could throw in a central line pretty quick and even intubate you if need be. But I [...]

At the Dawn of a New Year

I used to hate January. It was bare and void of twinkling lights, a month still dark. Winter without Christmas, like a pre-Aslan Narnia. At some point, however, I realized the newness of a year and the joy of a list of goals could make it fresh and clean. Calmer than the feasting of November [...]

The Benefits of Working with an Online Designer

        Now that I’m done working on my third room with Darlene from Fieldstone Hill, I thought I’d let y’all know how glad I am I decided to go this route—working with an online designer, and Darlene in particular. I’m a creative. I oil paint, crochet, and craft and try DIY things [...]

Twenty Hobbies

Recently I ran across something that made me feel better about dabbling in so many different distractions without becoming an actual expert in any of them. Turns out this pattern fits my job describtion nicely. G.K. Chesterton, in an essay on Domesticity, writes: She should have not one trade but twenty hobbies; she, unlike the man, [...]