Monday, September 8, 2014

Master Bathroom Reveal and Weekend Recap

Blue flower watercolor by unknown
Last week went by very fast, don't you agree? This weekend was rather busy as well. Here's a little re-cap so I can remember all that we got to do.

My hubby brought home some lilies.

Earlier in the day he sent me a message asking me out for a dinner date. We went for dinner at Red Lobster and he devoured the endless shrimp while I feasted on their daily fish special, tilapia with pineapple salsa, with lobster pizza to share. Thoughtful treat.
We started the morning sharing the Mommas Pancake breakfast (with cheese grits and an extra side of bacon) at Cracker Barrel. We left with a coffee to-go and headed to IKEA.

If only it were as glamorous as hot chocolate at Angelina's in Paris. It's all about state of mind, right?
Angelina Hot chocolate by Carol Gillott
Painted by Carol Gillott

We were looking for kitchen cabinets for our kitchen remodel and decided on the lindigo gray. We asked for white inset cabinets, so if we ever decide to replace them with white doors we could do that rather inexpensively.
LIDINGĂ– 2-p door/corner base cabinet set IKEA
While there we also found a bench in the bathroom section. It prompted us to get more accessories so we could finish up the bathroom. Afterwards, we relaxed outdoors and ate a burrito at Qdoba for dinner.

We made some finishing touches. Would you like a tour?

As you take a step through what used to be a closet door into our master bathroom you're greeted with a serene seascape picture, our bench seat which holds our scale, freshly folded towels, a basket holding our toiletry rolls, and canisters with our essentials (cotton wool balls, band aids, ear buds). The flowers my hubby brought home I displayed in a glass lantern with seashells on the bottom, that we gathered during our time at Topsail Beach earlier this year.

The shower is vastly different to how we found it. It originally had a rusted glass door that was beyond just cleaning it. So hubby took it out and filled in the holes with a fiberglass putty and we scrubbed it down with bleach and some Mr. Magic erasers (yes, they worked) and put on a new rainfall showerhead, which is luxuriating as we have one in our other shower. We finished it with a white curtain, liner and seashell shower hooks.
The lavatory also got replaced with a more eco friendly option. I chose it purely because the sides are not open dust collectors. It's SO much easier to clean and my vacuum fits on both sides easily. Also, I hope to put pictures from our time in Topsail Beach in the frames, someday soon. 

The vanity area just has one cabinet, unlike our previous home. Our home was built in 1983, and I'm guessing it wasn't as common back then? I do my makeup downstairs, so all we have in this vanity are a few toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash.

Rather laid back and casual like our towel hooks, the mirror reminds me of weathered wood and the chrome light fixture has a contemporary vibe.  
The towels are from Nina Campbell's line, very soft white with a blue edging. Talking about edging, we replaced the flooring and added a more up to date baseboard. We're hoping to plank the ceiling overtime and add something besides the hamper in front of the window, because in "real life" it's back and forth to the laundry room.
Thanks for taking a peek.

We need to relax this week, as we have big plans for next week, so see you then!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Latta Plantation and Labor Day Weekend

We had a lovely, relaxing Labor Day Weekend full of day trips, time together and house projects. Let me recap our weekend for you.
Firstly, on Saturday we took a trip to the Historic Latta Plantation from the Revolutionary War era. We were getting a perspective of my hubby's 7th times great grandfather, James Wright.
James was born in Snow Camp, Orange County, North Carolina according to records from Cane Creek Meeting House on May 28th, 1753. He was disowned for an un-known reason when marrying his Quaker wife Sarah, on August 27th, 1774 at the Bush River Meeting House in Newberry, South Carolina. He followed the faith and at twenty-two when the Revolutionary War started he moved to the back woods of Tennessee to avoid the war. He was accepted back into the Quaker faith as a member of the New Hope Meeting House in Greene County, Tennessee. With his wife Sarah, James had four sons and seven daughters. He later moved with his family to Martinsville, Clinton County, Ohio in 1808 where they were members of the Center Meeting House where he finished his days.
We learnt a lot about that period in time.

Afterwards, we went and rented a power washer from Lowes, and decided to spend Sunday relaxing around the house and spraying off dusty cobwebs, even though they would be authentic if we'd left them up for Halloween.
On Monday we celebrated the fourth anniversary of when we met at a Labor Day Picnic (although it was on the 9th). We have a tradition of getting BBQ food and eating it in the park. Unfortunately, we drove past our local BBQ restaurant and it was closed, so we ended up getting Thai from another favorite restaurant downtown.
I'm really getting into the Fall and Christmassy mood this year, and have been pinning lot's of ideas onto my Pinterest boards. And who better to help me prepare for Fall than the lovely Susan Branch. She has reprinted her book Autumn. Luckily I already have an older copy to cozy up to. 
Gladys Taber quote illustrated by Susan Branch
Painted by the lovely Susan Branch
Have a lovely week.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

The sun was shining brightly this past week in the Carolinas. It has been the perfect weather to hold on to the remaining days of summer. The children in our county are back in school, and leaves have just begun to fall off the trees as we drift into Autumn.
Let me recap my weekend for you, how about some calming music in the background? The music is a good reflection of this weekend. Calm, peaceful and especially relaxing surrounded by floral splendor. Firstly, Thursday my hubby bought me these pretty flowers, which I arranged with some greenery from our garden.
Secondly, my hubby started his first week at insp, the family network last week. I talked a little about the calamities that happened to us unexpectedly the week before he started, but with fortunate grace everything somehow worked itself out.
Then on Saturday, we went for a drive to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. It was a nice drive, with views of Lake Wylie and country roads. When we arrived we slowed down, opened our windows and took in this breath of fresh air.
The tickets are $12 per adult, but while checking online for the opening and closing time I just so happened upon Groupon tickets for the two of us for just $14.

One of the first gardens along our walk reminded me of our time in England earlier this year. I grew up in the English countryside surrounded by manicured lawns, cottage gardens and lot's of secret gates like this one...
The first movie I ever went to see at the movies as a child was The Secret Garden. We watched the movie a few weeks ago, after I gasped when my hubby said he'd never seen it before. He ended up watching the whole movie and I ended up in tatters, embarrassing I know, but the ending gets me every time.

We walked past the main building again and saw a bride dressed up with a photographer, I can see why, it's a lovely setting for a wedding or for a bridal portrait.

We walked along this water feature browsing all the statues carved out of various stones from sculptors from Zimbabwe. The exhibition is called ZimSculpt, and a good reflection of the culture, wildlife and human forms of those native to the country. My parents grew up in Zimbabwe, spent there honeymoon there at Victoria Falls and I also spent my first Christmas there at my grandparents. So I related to them, and it brought back those vivid memories.

There were so many there, but which out of these is your favorite? 

I think the elephant is my favorite.
Here's an overall look of the sculptures leading to the water fountain. Feels like your standing there, doesn't it?

But by this point we were sweating glistening as it was one of the hottest days of our summer. We admit we ran through and splashed in some of the water, you refresh ourselves.



Beautiful butterflies surrounded us.

Hubby was happy to greet the birds in the aviary, I just hope they were cool enough in this heat.

Painted by the lovely Susan Branch.
Painted by the lovely Susan Branch


Let's go inside...

Yes, that's a banana tree!

O, Flower! by Sarthi
O flower! Attired in pure natural innocence,
Thou are ignorant of thy enchanting aroma,
Unaware of thy Charm,
Dances freely with flirtious breeze,
Hardly cares about world's joy and sorrow,
Thou are neither selfish nor altruistic
Full of Self yet so Selfless!

I am fascinated by your tranquil disposition,
At dawn thou bath in sun's rays,
Flirt with colorful butterfly,
Fall a deep sleep in afternoon warmth.
Enjoy melodious sound of chirping birds

Thou lover, up there - the sky,
Gazes you with intense admiration,
He kisses you tenderly through his winds,
Thou spread thy fragrances in his arms,
He grows enamored of thy presence,
What a beautiful bond!

Thy fall comes - autumn arrives,
Still thou remain full of life as ever before,
Not worried; not shaken a bit
Simply falls, without uttering a
Single word to your lover to save you
from getting withered.

Thou unconditional acceptance is captivating,
O soft hearted beauty, thy passive life is
Exquisite treasure of green emotions.

The beautiful waterfall and archway.

After we browsed the garden shop, we meandered back home along the country roads to our home sweet home for a picnic beside our pool. We had Santa Fe rice, cheddar broccoli, Asian noodles, taco salad, salmon, sushi and fresh fruit. Simply put together so we could spend our afternoon lounging in the pool.
Hope you have a lovely week.