Monday, April 27, 2015

INSPIRE ME DIY | New Shelving and some Styling


Thanks for hopping over and checking out our Spring edition of Inspire Me DIY where I and some pretty amazing bloggers inspire you to DIY and love the home you are in!

I guess by now [if you follow me on IG] you've probably figured out what my IMDIY project is? That's right...new shelving for that pesky, dull and boring wall of ours in the dining area of our home. 

I've wanted to do SOMETHING to this little spot for almost a year now since our move into the cottage in July but just haven't been able to get around to it. This is really what the Inspire Me DIY Challenge is all about. We want to challenge not only ourselves but each and every one of you to knock a project or two off of your TO-DO list and learn to love the home you have with a little encouragement and help from each of us! 

Anyhow, this post may be a little heavy on the image side as I won't be posting how-to's or a tutorial today. 

I will, however, give a general explanation of the process and how it took me FOREVER [well, maybe more like a 10 hours that certainly felt like forever] to decide on how I wanted to have these sweet little things styled for the space. Oh, decisions, decisions. 

Here is where we started with it all:




This is obviously the work in progress shot. I am sure we all think so but I have the best hubby in the world. He dedicated a lot of his time to the technical side of this project. Measuring, leveling and exercising his mad math skills to execute my vision. Best DIY partner, ever. 


I picked up some wooden brackets from IKEA. Eh, hm. The wrong amount actually which is why this window framing may look a bit lopsided to you. Well, I didn't realize it until it was a bit too late that I'd only picked up a 3 sets instead of four of these lovelies and when I attempted to go back and pick up the additionals, well yep, you guessed it...they are out of stock until Mid-May. Thank you, IKEA. 

In the world of DIY, "two brackets don't stop no show" and so it went on. We made the most out of it and decided to "complete" the project without the last set and that we'd add the those next month when the stock was replenished. 


These boards are salvaged wood pieces I picked up from my sweet friend Melaine over at My Sweet Savannah. [pun totally not intended cause she really IS sweet]. I've had them sitting around here at our place for a while with the intentions of putting them to good use...for months. 

They have such a great natural patina so I didn't need to do much to them except brush them off and sand a bit and place them on the brackets. 


After all of the brackets had been leveled and hung, I began to dig through all of my goodies and spread out all over our dining table. These sites always make me a bit anxious for some reason but it really is an amazing process and a truly beautiful mess, isn't it? Yummy. 



I think I pulled everything out to try and figure out what kind of look I wanted to go for on these shelves. It wasn't easy and I ended up sleeping on it. I woke up the next morning ready to style and snap some shots of our hard work. 

I decided I wanted a bit of a VINTAGE COLLECTED look with a bit nature sprinkled in for texture and movement. 

As many of you know, I'm not exactly one for following styling rules in my place. I like what I like and I go for the looks I love. I fiddle around with things until I love it. I know I've broken the "rule of odds" here but I'm not sure that I care too much. 

I started out with more of a minimalist look but just couldn't do it. I ended up adding layers until it was just right and this is what I ended up with. 







I'm admittedly not always the best at this but my third born came downstairs and started watching me make decisions through the process. I decided I'd get him involved by letting him pick three things that he thought the shelves needed. I was reluctant but promised to try them all. Well, the paint by number lighthouse piece stuck. I do love the subtle hint of color and personality it adds and think I may play off of that as we begin to add more accessories to the other side of the room. Good job, Logan! 







If I had my way these walls would get a slap of dark grey or maybe even a deep navy but no such luck in this space of ours. Not even wall treatments of any sort are allowed...yet. For now, I'll just keep DIYing it in any way I can to make it more cozy and give it more of a "homey" feeling. 








As I began the styling of the shelves I really wanted to tell a story [I'm a thinker, what can I say?] that encompassed our family's life and my personal style but I also wanted to make them functional of course,  so I used this lower shelf to store some of my current favorites in dishware as well. A few pops of life in greenery and voila. Done. 



And here's the other side of the window. 
Unfortunately, I somehow missed taking a full view shot of the area so I will have to share that later on. 

Now, to get to work on a plan for this pesky blinds. 
The list never ends. 


I sure hope you all are feeling inspired to add some sass to your own space and maybe to knock a few or a dozen things off of your lists as well. 

The coolest thing about just DOING IT is that, for me, it just gets me more motivated to start the next project. 

I really enjoyed this process and cannot wait to see how you all are being inspired to DIY as well! Now hop on over to see what some of the other IMDIY girls are up to and continue the inspiration! 
"I'm too inspired.", said no one ever. Ha! 

Happy IMDIY Monday, loves! 


Follow our DIY journey on Instagram by searching the hashtag #inspiremediy or add your own projects and tag the same. 

Get more inspiration for #inspiremediy from these lovely gals: 







Jennifer | City Farmhouse

        Collette | Through the Front Door




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Sunday, April 26, 2015

SATURDAY NIGHT INSPIRATION | Pardon the Interruption





I sure hope you all have had an amazing week and are looking forward to an even more amazing one tomorrow! 

I feel like my head has just been spinning since we returned from our trip over spring break to the Midwest to visit family and friends. 

I feel as though I am finally getting back into the full swing of things here and back into somewhat of a normal routine of doing things and even generating content for the blog! It's a never ending process but I am SO thankful for each and every one of you who continue to go along on this amazing journey with me. Thanks, also, for your patience as I live life to the fullest as a mama and wife which sometimes means I am not hanging out here as much as I'd like! 

Anyhow, I wanted to get back on the SNI train and have wanted to share this story with you for a couple of weeks now. I'm not sure if I have fully processed it all but, as it goes most times around here for SNI, I am sure it will develop and unfold more as I type. 

When we returned from our trip [ALL SIX OF US, ON A PLANE, FOR HOURS] we of course landed and ventured down to the Seattle Airport baggage claim to well, claim our baggage. 

The hubby was the first to be announced on the speaker, he needed to go to Alaskan Airlines luggage desk to claim his bag. As I sat and waited for him with the kiddos, another announcement came. This one was a little different. 

Normally when someone has a message, you can hear the person relaying the message ask the person of contact to pick up a public phone for their message. This time, however, every detail of this person's message was relayed over the loud speaker. 

It was a message from a mother who needed to change her flight and connect last minute due to an emergency. And when I say every detail was shared, every detail was shared. 

Not sure why, but at that time, this whole exchange struck me as strange and as I began to think about it more, I realized that the mother was willing to do anything to get the message to her daughter. She didn't really care too much about the embarrassment it may cause her daughter or that it may interrupt plans. She just knew that she had information that she needed to have so it was no holds barred on the airport's or the mother's end. 

As I began to process this even more I began to liken it to our relationship with God. There is nothing He won't do to shift our focus, change our minds and perceptions and help build our faith in Him; even if it involves a complete interruption of our plans for the day or of our lives. 

These past two weeks I've been asking myself , "What are you willing to let God shift? To interrupt, in your life?"

I don't think I want to hold on to anything that I think I need or that is best for me but because He sees my future and my life from beginning to end, I want THAT. I want more of His richness, His fullness, His plan for me and for my family.

This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:10-11 MSG

Praying this week is full of just that and that when faced with lives interruptions, that we'll all choose to trust Him in it all.

Love you all immensely...



Thursday, April 23, 2015

FAVORITE PINTEREST RECIPES + SOME CONFESSIONS

Usually around here I like to share my favorite recipe for the week on Thursdays but our lives have been so full here the past two weeks I've barely had time to think about meals let alone blogging. Oh my! Hence, the long break from posts. Oops! (Confession #1)

Anyhow, I thought I would share some of my favorite Pinterest recipes today with you all and thought it would perhaps inspire you for your weekend gathering with family or friends! 


SOME PRETTY AMAZING PINTEREST RECIPES

First up are these ridiculously amazing sliders. These are what I like to call "Weekenders" but you can make them any day of the week and they would taste just as good. For me, you can put goat cheese on anything and I'd eat it up! Who's with me? (Confession #2)

THE MAIN DISH


STEAK SLIDERS with BRIE AND CRANBERRIES | Half Baked Harvest


THE APPETIZER

This isn't an appetizer, this is a meal. Half Baked Harvest does it again with these mouthwatering toasts. Um. Amazing. I told you guys, I am a goat cheese addict. I need rehab. (Confession #3)


PESTO + GOAT CHEESE SOURDOUGH TOAST | Half Baked Harvest






THE DRINK

What meal wold be complete without the perfect drink to wash it all down and how much more refreshing does it get than rosemary and lemon together. This one from Cookie and Kate just does it for me. 


ROSEMARY + GIN FIZZ |  Cookie and Kate 



THE SALAD

For many of us these days salads ARE the main attraction for dinner. Since kale seems to be so popular on so many menus these days it's no surprise that this salad made it to my list of favorites. I could totally eat it alone but we are a meat eating family so adding salmon or some other meat is always an option.


TUSCAN KALE SALAD with CRANBERRIES | Dagmar's Kitchen




  THE DESSERT

We all know no dinner would be complete without dessert. So, here you have it folks. America's favorite comfort food, Southernified. Ha! I love cast iron skillets and when I saw this recipe with brownies baked it them, it was a must-Pin. Thank you. Have a nice day. And I eat more sugar than I should. I could also eat just these for dinner and have many times in my 36 years of living. I don't care if you judge me. It was worth it. (Confession #4) 



SKILLET BROWNIES | My Baking Addiction


I am not sure how much of this I will try THIS weekend BUT these brownies are surely at the top of my list! 





Stay tuned this coming Monday, BTW for #inspiremediy. 
Are you following along on Instagram? Me and a few of my blogger friends are inspiring you to DIY and knock some of those unfinished projects off of your lists! 


Kennesha | RESTORATION HOUSE INTERIORS
Jennifer | CITY FARMHOUSE



xo,







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Wilted Kale, Beet + Quinoa Salad 

Monday, April 6, 2015

MOTIVATED | My Design and Styling Process

Happy Monday, Loves!

How was your Easter weekend? Ours was pretty laid back. Yesterday we spent some time with friends during the earlier parts of the day and had an amazing church service later in the evening. I always miss being with family during holidays like this but I am so thankful for the people in our lives that act as amazing surrogates! 

Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to take you through the way I come up many times with a lot of the inspirational table settings and other decor and DIY here on the blog. 

I know some of you probably think I plan for things weeks or even months in advance, and while I am definitely attempting to be a little more organized in my planning when it comes to the blog, that couldn't be any further from the truth. 

Sometimes, just like the rest of my life, inspiration hits me out of and I get it all over the place. It happens when I'm just sitting on the sofa, grocery shopping, in the kitchen washing dishes or cooking...it's kind of a curse sometimes. Why? Well, because no matter what I am doing, I always feel the urge to stop what I am doing and start creating. 

Last week was one of those where there were lots of those days. There are times when I am completely sapped out creatively and then there are those times when I am in absolute overload in the brain. Last week was one of those weeks. I kept a pen and paper near for the madness that would surely ensue. 



As most of you know, I have kind of a thing for flowers and will shop our local grocery store and floral markets to make all of the pretty arrangements I have floating around in my head. 

This one didn't necessarily start out or end the way I expected it to but I've learned that's never really a bad thing at all. Sometimes the most unexpected beauty comes out of what seems to be an absolute mess. This is the case for me most of the time when it comes to putting a table or a space together. I'm not really sure how it works but I've learned not to stress about it too much and just let the plates fall where they may. Literally. Gently and without breaking, of course. 




Sippy cups and all, I spread out some butcher paper and went at it. I knew I wanted neutral tones with some dark flowers filling in spaces here and there but I had no idea that this is what I would end up with. Usually when I go to the market, I just know what I like and I pick it up. 

Now, I am by no means a professional floral designer. We all know that. If I were planning for an event, however, I would have been more thoughtful about my selection BUT the fun part about just playing around in your own home for the purpose of blogging and giving inspiration is that you have the freedom to just flow. That's what I like to do the most. More than anything... 



Poppy pods, ranunculus, ferns...I added them all and played around a lot with the placement of everything. I really thought that I would just leave it at that...just a fun arrangement to add some personality to the table but then I just couldn't stop there. 




I couldn't really figure out what type of vessel I wanted to use so I just pulled out whatever from my closet and started the process. It doesn't really match anything or even complement the style of the setting I was thinking of putting together but I decided not to care. I think the number one rule for me right now in my creative process is, THERE ARE NO RULES. Just have fun and be free in expressing your gift. That is all. 



I went from arranging the flowers to a full blown setting for our table and ultimately for no other reason than to release those creative juices that had been bound up for so long. I needed to create something! How many of you out there can relate to that?  



Over the next couple of days, our table stayed this way. I had all sorts of spoons, plates, and flowers on the table until I could figure out what I wanted to do and I was determined not to spend a ton of money doing it. I decided I have more than enough just lying around to get the job done. Quite the challenge for me. 

I didn't love the layers going on above so then I decided to add those sweet and inexpensive bowls that I bought at Daiso Japan about a week or so ago and fell in love. 

This process span over a few days. So, what you see here isn't always a quick "oh I just threw this together" type of deal. Sometimes the creative process takes time. I'm happy these days to let it. 

Here's a sneak peek of the table. I'll be sharing more tomorrow and a special surprise just for YOU. 




xo,


Sunday, April 5, 2015

SUNDAY NIGHT INSPIRATION | GLORY IN THE GIFT

I've been thinking about today all week. It's Easter Sunday and along with most Christians in America, today is the day that we set aside to remember the sacrifice of Jesus, the reason we walk this walk and live the rich, free, meaningful lives we live. This day symbolizes so much and I thought for a few days that today I would surely write about well, Easter. 

It's only natural, right? You know, me being a Christian and writing on Easter Sunday about the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ. Well, I won't. I would, however, like to share how that amazing sacrifice has, over 2,000 years later, brought me to a place I never thought I'd be. Ever. In a million years. Then, add a million more. And the amazing part of it all is that He had me in mind. You and me. He thought about you. He thought about me. He saw it all from beginning to end because He loves me. He loves you. That sacrifice represents freedom for us all. Each and every one of us...

I talk about it a lot around here. Freedom. I've especially shared more on this topic the past few months as I've walked out so much of what God has called me into this past year and the gifts so long ago imparted, that have been used and some that I've yet to discover. 

I've gone my entire life searching for something for so long. Not knowing what I was searching for, I found it temporarily in so many other things in my life. Friends, superficial relationships, alcohol...you name it. 

Much like many of you, I am sure, I searched. Even within my relationship with God and sometimes even using the salvation Christ had gifted me as a means of making myself look better or as something to hide behind to excuse away fear, pain, or past hurts, I still searched. 

And, if I am honest, I admittedly used many of my gifts as a selfish way of attracting attention to MYSELF. I know, it's human nature, right? We want to be liked and we want to be followed. We want to be accepted. We want to be loved. We want people to relate to us. Know us. Gah. The struggle is seriously real. But, what happens when the focus is on us and not on the ONE who ignites that passion, stirs up those gifts, breathes lives into those dreams? Well, ultimately, the fire fizzles, the passions lose their luster and those dreams shrivel and lose life. 

If you search scripture, you will see repeatedly that wherever Jesus went, others followed:
Matthew 19:2  Large crowds followed Him there and He healed them
John 6:2 And a great crowd of people followed Him because they saw the signs
Mark 5:24 So Jesus went with him. And a large crowd followed and pressed around Him...

Looking more closely at John 6:2 "because they saw the signs". Truth is, if we're really honest with ourselves at the end of the day, we really don't want people to follow us, do we? ( I mean, I love my privacy)  We want them to follow the passion. Or, the dream. Or, an idea but not US. 

There is freedom that comes in NOT striving or working to make YOUR gifts work but, instead, allowing God to work in hearts and lives through your gifts. There is FREEDOM in embracing the imperfectness, admitting that you don't fit into our culture's boxes and that you're just uniquely walking out the ever-evolving journey and path that God has called you to walk confidently, with Him. 

Your gifts, those are the signs. His gifts. Each and every gift is an opportunity for God to unfold another layer not just in your life but in others, ultimately pointing them to HIMSELF and His kingdom, for His glory. The lie that we've believed for far too long is that there is a box. We've believed for far too long that ours should look like theirs. The lie that we've believe is that ours needs to look like someone else's. Honestly, where's the fun in that? 

The truth is that He is waiting. Patiently but with certainty that you will hear His voice. Believing that you will  answer the call to express the FREEDOM that you received many years ago on that cross in the way that He created you to express those gifts and bring His glory to each and every one of them. 

This, my friends, is the beautiful dance. It's the loving relationship that we have with our Creator to be free to live the lives that He has called us to live. Full and free. Humbly and boldly. Courageously without apology for who we are. 

You are chosen. You are loved. You are FREE. Free to be who you have been called to be. I'll say it over and over again. Then, again. Christ's sacrifice truly opened up the Heavens for us. Not only did his sacrifice allow for salvation for each and every one of us but it also gave us the amazing ability to trust Him with what He planted in us. It really is an amazing gift, the best of all, I think is that we get to partner with God in amazing ways as we are willing to admit that we really want the crowds to follow Him. In all of His perfectness, in all of His glory, His wonder, his splendor. Every gift points to Him. 


PRAYER OF PRAISE for CREATIVES (and pretty much anyone who lives and breathes) 
Lord, thank you for creating in me the amazing ability to glorify You with the gifts You have placed in me. It's an amazing reciprocation. As I trust You, I experience life as never before. I can be free to express who You have created me to be without anxiety or fear of judgement. I can be FREE to create and to live a big life. All that I do is for You, on Your behalf, for Your glory. 

Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy these gifts, to have fun engaging with others and relating to You; pointing whether intentionally or indirectly, back to You with each and every post, conversation, project. This is all Yours. 

All of this, it really isn't about me at all. Thank You for reminding me when I am too full of myself or when I focus too much on what others are doing or what they have been called to do, that I have been made uniquely to express YOUR character in a way that no one else can. 

You've created an amazing network of women who are meant to build, encourage, empower through each of our gifts, to bring glory to YOU. Thank You for building us up, healing us and empowering us to do just this. Thank You for an ease that comes with this. It's not a burden but a delight. What an honor it is to do this WITH You. 

Amen. 

Deep breath, it's gonna be an amazing week. We're walking with Him, friends. 

xo


Monday, March 30, 2015

MOTIVATED | Embracing the Uniqueness of Your Creative Gifts






I think I've talked enough between here and my various social media outlets about embracing the true you and how much that can shift not only our thinking but our everyday lives so tremendously. 

As creatives we willingly inundate ourselves for the sake of the creative process with images, ideas and conversations that in many ways help us build, grow and become the people we are today and run all of the amazing businesses we have. Conversely, we also run the risk of damaging our own creative souls when we lean too much on others and choose not to trust ourselves and our own creative gifts that we've been given in the process.  

In an Instagram-, Facebook-, and Twitter-filled culture I've found it hard sometimes to embrace my own gifts and really answer the questions, " Who am I?"  and "Does my business truly represent WHO I am?". In the past I feel my "voice" has been lost in the shuffle of competition, trends and fear of rejection from readers or peers. 

Truth is, I don't really know how to be anyone else and I'm sure most of you out there would agree. What I know is that it's really hard to think of what you want to do when you're thinking of how someone else would do it. 

I just think there's something to honing in on your gifts and what you're passionate about and following that with your whole heart. When we can truly embrace what we have and how we express it-uniquely, we will arrive at a place like no other. This place is a space between fear and perfection. It's a space where God can and wants to take the gifts that He has placed in you and use them to reach the hearts of people all over in whatever way you are meant to do that. 

If you're wondering where all of this is coming from,well, if you have followed along here for a while then you know it's really just a sincere passion of mine to empower each of you to confidently walk out your life and calling alongside others. This is a journey I've been on for my entire life but more in the past two years since I lost my mother. I am absolutely passionate about many things in this life. One of them is you and all the amazing things you have to offer this world. 

Anyhow, I thought I'd offer a few realizations I've had as I'm learning to walk out this new life of discovering my own gifts and wholeheartedly embracing them: 

1. My life is my own. My gifts, they are mine too. No one can do me the way I can. I've said this here before but no matter how many artists there are in this world, no one is going to express THEIR art they way YOU do. It's a message worth rehearsing over and over until we all get it.  

2. There can be power or death in the creative community. You choose. You can use your time to compare and tear down your own process by comparing your talents to others or you can collaborate encourage and challenge others to reach higher and achieve more. Build on one another's gifts as though you were building a puzzle. In some way, we all fit together to make a beautiful picture of creativity as a means of opening up new worlds and possibilities to those outside "our" own. That, in and of itself, just may be THE gift. 

3. When we compare, we stifle the process of creativity. We've all heard it time and time again, "Comparison is the thief of joy." I'd go even further to say that not only is it the thief of joy but also the thief of all things creative and good. We really do ourselves no favors at all when we make the decision to look at the processes, work and gifts of others in comparison to our own. 

I honestly started thinking more about this when I was inspired to sit down and work on some upcoming things for the blog. One of those things was an inspirational spring table setting. I was literally stopped in my tracks by the fear that I wasn't good enough or that my table wouldn't look as good as someone else's. Later on the blog this week, I will be sharing my process of how I pulled myself up and reminded myself of why I do this in the first place. What a journey, friends. 

I am so glad that this is a space where I can be honest with each of you and pour out my heart in this way while hopefully inspiring and encouraging each of you to walk more boldly and confidently in your heart and home. 

Happy Monday! xo 





Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wilted Kale, Beet & Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese + Citrus Dressing



Hey guys! I sure hope you are enjoying this Thursday and some of you are enjoying the benefits of all the Spring has to offer. While we've been getting unseasonable whether here lately in the Seattle area, the past few days have been just what you would expect from this gem of a city. Yep, rain. 

So, while this recipe may seem like more of a fall or winter favorite, over in these parts we get the benefits of cooler temps and a winter-like chill much longer than most so soups and salad are on a lot more often than most. 

Keeping that in mind, I've had a hankering for beets lately. To me, this is quite funny seeing as how I remember thinking when I was younger that only old people eat beets. Well, here I am every bit of 36 years old (which is not old at all) and loving this little root veggies all of a sudden. Am I late to the bandwagon? Perhaps. But remember, I pretty much vowed I would never like them and commitments like that take some time to wear off, right? 

So, we all know that as we move into Spring and Summer that salads, at least in my house, are all the rave. They are super easy and quick meals that offer sneaky ways sometimes getting veggies in to the "littles" when you add dressings like the one I'm sharing today. Sweet and tangy, with the beets, this salad offers the refreshing tastes we all love in this season and for a protein punch you could even add salmon or chicken or any other meat of your choice. 



So, let's get to it, shall we? 

Here's what you'll need: 

SALAD INGREDIENTS
Fresh Kale (I used TJ's bagged since I was out of fresh kale)
1 c white quinoa 
3-4 medium to large sized beets
Goat cheese (crumbled)
1 tbs water
Avocado or olive oil 
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400. Rinse beets, lay them out in foil, tuck tightly, and place on a oven safe pan/tray. 
Place beets in oven and roast for 30-45 until tender. 
Place to the side. 

Cook quinoa according to package directions. 

While your quinoa is cooking, rinse kale and heat a saute' pan to medium heat and toss in kale. 
Toss 1 tsb of water into the pan while the kale is cooking and place a lid on for about 30 secs. 
Kale should just begin to turn a bright green when you remove from pan and still have some crunch.
Remove kale from pan and set aside. 

Once these three ingredients are cool, grab a large bowl and place quinoa and wilted kale inside and toss gently. 

Next, for the beets. I like to use a paper towel or even gloves to hold the beets for this step but you can totally just use your hands, unprotected. The juice from the beets will stain so be sure to wear an apron or crummy clothes. You definitely don't want to wear your favorite white shirt for this job. 

Peel the beets and cut into small cubes. 

Toss beets onto top of salad. If you're preparing this dish for later, you may want to wait until later to toss beets onto the top of the salad as they will also stain the quinoa and the cheese.

Take your goat cheese and a fork and use the fork to crumble the cheese over the top. 


Voila! Salad. 

Now for the dressing...


CITRUS DRESSING

2 tsb avocado or olive oil
1 tsb Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

1 large orange, juiced 
(You can also substitute 1/2 c fresh squeezed OJ purchased from your local grocer. Trader Joe's has a great selection of fresh squeezed juices)

I like to use Mason jars to make my dressings as you can top it off and shake it up. You can totally use a bowl for this as well. 

Combine above ingredients in jar and shake vigorously until well combined. 

Pour over salad but don't saturate. You may or may not use all of the dressing for the salad. 

Now, it's time to enjoy! 

If you try this recipe, I'd love to hear if you enjoyed it or if you changed it to fit your own personal taste. Either way, I hope you'll give beets a chance like me and try it soon! 

Happiest of Thursdays, friends! xo


Monday, March 23, 2015

MOTIVATED | Weekend Review and a FREE Printable

Hey guys! How was your weekend? I sure hope it was nothing short of amazing! 

I thought I'd pop in to share some internet love from this weekend and remind you about the FREE "Lean In" printable I'm offering here. 

Anyone out there a Pinterest freak? Come on, you can admit it. It's really okay. I mean, weekends are made for adventure and family and friends but let's be honest...a weekend without a few fun pins? I die. Haha! Not really but it sure is fun to be inspired by many of the beautiful images found. 

To my defense, I am working on a client project so I've been pinning some things there for them to be inspired so I had to log on for a bit. Tee, hee! 

Anyhow, here are some of my favorites from this past weekend: 

PHOTOGRAPHY
I was raised, in the South, by a very Southern grandmother and consequently also raised in many ways by lots of her friends who were also older. This picture captured my childhood and warmed my heart in so man ways. I had to pin it. Isn't she absolutely beautiful? So man stories behind those gray hairs and chocolate wrinkles. 

IMAGE SOURCE



TABLETOP
I love a simple table top and this one fit the bill for me. 
Not too over the top but definitely makes a statement with the pods and greens. 

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FLORALS
Who's not absolutely infatuated with floral design and arranging these days? I know it's quite trendy now but these garden roses and simple fillers expand beyond trend with the classic selection of flowers. I am in love. 

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 ENTRYWAY
I dream of an expansive entryway where I can achieve a look like this. You don't always need expensive flowers to make a statement in your home. I think this image proves it. Simple wins. 

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UPHOLSTERY
And I will always and forever love Chairloom. I've had a love affair with these guys since Restoration House was Pollywog Togs. Yep, a kids' clothing line. I used to sew guys and have always loved fabrics and textiles. If you don't follow them on Pinterest or Instagram you totally should. Prepare to be wowed by their skills with furniture refurb and redesign. 



HAIR
Fully obsessed as well with all things hair these days. Since going completely natural last year, I'm always looking for new ways to create a new look for myself and I am loving turbans these days. Good news..not just for brown girls. These days everyone's sporting them and there's a style for almost every girl. And is she stunning or what?



 TEXTILE
Ya'll. This Serena and Lily Rug is the lick. I mean, it's everything. I mean, isn't it amazing? Haha! I like crossovers and this one fits perfectly into that category. You can dress this bad girl up or down in just about any style or space and make it look fabulous. It also comes in two other colorways. Did I mention that I think it's awesome? 




DIY
Well, of course it's this...the downloadable print that you absolutely need. Why? Well, number one..it's FREE. And, number two...it's FREE. Haha! And it's just cute. And a good trigger for reminding you that you're awesome. So go ahead and download it here. If you didn't get a chance to read through yesterday's post take a sec to read it while you're downloading your printable! If you're having a slow Monday, it will make it better. Promise. 









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Sunday, March 22, 2015

SUNDAY NIGHT INSPIRATION | LEAN IN


If you're local or follow me on Instagram then you'll know that a few weeks back I had the honor of speaking at our church's MOPS group. 

I shared about a journey that I've been on the past few months and how God has (and still is in many ways) brought me to a place of contentment in life and specifically in the area of our home. It's been a long journey filled with unexpected plot twists and missed expectations but I can wholeheartedly say that I'm, for the first time in my life, content with where we are in our lives. 

I remember asking God just a few months back what He was doing. Why did I feel so empty, so still, and, at times, so alone. I'd never really felt this way before. It was a feeling I really couldn't explain but I knew that it was something I'd never experienced. It was at that time that I began to pray and ask God to reveal what this was. 

What I already knew was this: those parts of my heart that had longed for more, longed for an amazing gourmet kitchen with designer fixtures and furniture, those parts of my heart that compared my home to others' and what others had, those voices that whispered a need for perfection had suddenly silenced and I was experiencing a peace that I'd never felt before. 

I'm not really sure what I was doing the day that it dawned on me but I remember the almost audible voice of God letting me know and reminding me of a prayer that I had prayed for a few years now. 

You see, I have a confession. I was born a perfectionist. A visionary of sorts. I've always desired more, wanted more, believed for more. It's my strength. And, consequently, my weakness. I'm sure some of you out there can absolutely relate.

I'd always had a desire for more than I've needed at any given time and have had my fair share of mini tantrums inside when I believed God had failed at answering my requests for the lives we were living. I'd never truly been satisfied with much of anything in my life or the amazingly, abundantly blessed life that we'd lived. It's a harsh truth but it's the life I lived and the struggle I'd owned for years.

In the midst of that internal struggle of my heart, there was another side. There was a side that longed to be free from those feelings of "I don't have enough" and "my home isn't good enough". It was a prayer that I prayed over and over again. "Lord, help me be grateful. Thankful. Help me see the life you have given us through Your eyes. Help me seek Your plan for all of this." 

Sometimes when you pray for something for so long you don't even realize that you're praying. It becomes a heart cry. In the middle of the turmoil, when you're all up in your feelings, when you're struck with despair, your heart rehearses those prayers, those talks, those requests to God and He sweeps in and He answers in ways you could never imagine. 

On that day, when I'd forgotten it all, He reminded me. He reminded me of my prayers and then dropped the bomb on me: my prayer for a content heart had been answered. 

I don't believe for one moment that I couldn't have lived or walked out the contentment I now have long before all the prayers, the tears, the arguments with the hubs about some of the most silly and absurd things. I also don't believe that God is sitting anywhere dangling these desires above our heads like lures and teasing us with when we will or will not receive them. It's just not who He is. 

What I believe is that He just wants us to seek Him, focus on Him, prioritize Him and LEAN IN.

Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
Phillippians 4:12

Paul says it so perfectly here, doesn't he? No matter where we are in life, no matter where life takes us or whether we have enough, more than enough, or lack, we can be confident, we can be happy and trust the One who has created us. We can trust the One who created our lives, gives us the breath we breathe. We can trust Him with the homes we live in and the means to make that house a home. We can trust Him with the children that can bring us so much joy and make us wanna pull our hair out in the same moment.

Looking again at the scripture, Paul says that he has LEARNED. But, the truth is that most of us are still LEARNING, right? Myself included.

If you look closely at the word "learning" and you take away the 'R' and the 'G' you're left with "LEAN IN".

In order to learn how to be content. How to be happy. How to walk a more fulfilled life and actually hear God in our lives, we must first lean in.

Picture yourself having a conversation with a friend and perhaps you're having a hard time hearing her. You ask her a few times to repeat herself but seem to still have difficulty clearly understanding the words she is speaking so what do you do? You position yourself a little better, maybe you lift your hand to your ear and...lean in.

With God, it's really no different, is it? Most of the time, however, it's not just so we can HEAR Him better. Sometimes He just wants to hug us a little harder and remind us a little more of who He is and how amazing He knows we are. Sometimes in the middle of that supernatural embrace we capture a glimpse of our past and then our future. He reveals how much He has in store for us. He gives us the freedom, the contentment, the joy, the peace, the grace that we've longed to experience. In Him.

So, what's on your heart? What have you forgotten? What are those prayers that you feel have gone unanswered or maybe you feel as though God stopped listening a long time ago. Can I assure you that He never stops listening to your hearts. He never stops longing for more for you and He always has and knows what best for you but He, before anything else, wants your heart.

I can honestly say that for years I placed so many of these things that I wanted and felt more important before my relationship with my Father, my Daddy, my Creator. Over and over again, even when I didn't know I needed or wanted it, the heart of God called for me to lean into Him.

We make the choice to move forward, to tilt our chest a bit, move our hips and lean in. It's really all He asks for. He does the rest. And in the midst of it all, we experience a life filled with His love and grace and mercy and purpose uniquely fulfilled.

Oh, friends. Today, this week, in our lives...let's LEAN IN. Let's allow the amazing power of God to explore our hearts and search out the broken places beyond just discontentment to reveal a more true life overflowing with Him and what the benefits of just trusting Him has to offer. He didn't say it would be easy, you'll battle for certain but we get to do this together. Hand-in-hand, one day, one blog post at a time.

Excited for our future and this amazing journey ahead, 






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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New blog. New life. New season.



Hey there! 

So I thought I would take just a moment to recap the past year of my life in just a few short paragraphs. Wish this wordy girl, luck. 

I've had a lot of questions from followers on IG and even in person from close friends about how business and life are going and what it is exactly that I'm doing around here on the blog. 

Well, I'm so glad you asked. A few months back. Like, last fall...I really didn't know how to answer some of those questions. 

A couple of years of ago it was pretty simple. I painted furniture plain and simple. Sure, I had a little inspiration post plugged in here and there but this space was mostly dedicated to showcasing furniture makeovers and teaching many of you perhaps how I did it. 

These days it would seem that life is a little more complicated and not as simple as painting furniture. In the past couple of years I've been tossed back and forth in a few different directions. I've gone through tragic loss and healing in the effects of losing my mom but gaining so much more after that loss.

I never imagined that loss would afford me the opportunity to explore my purpose, calling, value, future, hope and trust in the Lord as it did. And the benefit? Well, you're looking it at. 

This new space is not only a visual reminder of all that I've gone through and experienced these past two years but it's a door. A door of opportunity, vision and inspiration. 

In the next few months you'll see a lot more change happening around here. You'll "hear" me speak more about how I got here and receive lots of inspiration for your home and life. There'll be no 5-year plans. Barely a 1-year plan for this blog. I'm just learning how to LEAN IN and trust Him along the way. 

I'm still decorating. I'm still DIYing. I'm still in love with home aesthetics and always looking for ways to challenge myself in those areas. I am honestly in the best place I've been. Ever. And I couldn't be more excited about what the future holds here at RH. I cannot, however, escape or run away from my eternal passion for inspiring and encouraging those around me, whether through my gifts or the truth of the Word. In my world, they merge. Design and faith. One doesn't exist without the other for me. 

What excites me more than anything in the world is getting to take each of you along on this amazing journey! So, who's ready for the ride of your life? I couldn't be any more thrilled to adventure with each and every one of you! 

XO, 
Kennesha



Monday, March 9, 2015

INPSIRE | Not so fresh flowers & working with what I've got




"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -Arthur Ashe

I'd say that's a pretty good quote for life, eh?

I've had these flowers hanging out here in the house for almost a week...in a bucket of water. A lot of good they'll do my little sould there. but I'd totally forgotten about the fact that I had been so inspired by them a few days back while picking up some other items in the grocery store. 

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I LOVE picking up flowers here locally not just from our local floral wranglers but many of Seattle's markets boast more than just your everyday Hydrangea or Carnation. There's always a lot to choose from and on this day, I decided to check the "manager's special" floral section. 

There were three bunches of  Dusty Miller and my favorite, Ranunculus, all for a whopping total of $5.00. Of course, I had to snag them and take 'em  home to make a cute arrangement for our kitchen counter nook. 

It was important then. Apparently not as important as I thought 'cause almost a week went by before I was even able to set my mind on putting them all together. I'm actually amazed that any of them were still alive and although fading, I was determined to make something beautiful out of them. Tell me I'm not the only one whose done this...or makes it a habit? 

Proving, yet again, that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful and that taking what you've got and working with it really works wonders in your home. 

This corner of our kitchen counter top is really the only spot where I use decor in our super small kitchen area. I didn't get a good shot of it for you this time but I'll be sharing more a little later and will give you a few peeks into the area. 

Well, I'm sure you noticed that I added some personality to this lamp of ours. I needed just a bit more and while it's still pretty neutral it adds just enough flavor to suit me.



I will share more on how that came to be later in the week. 

You guys are amazing and I sure hope you've enjoyed this Monday! 

Until the next...xo




 

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