Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Favorite Little Person

The past four weekends have been filled with so much fun that I desperately need to catch you all up, but today I am only going to tell you about the last two because I got to spend them with my favorite little person.  Two weekends ago, my good friend Anna, her son and I loaded up and met John, Rebekah and Coralie at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch and had a blast.  And this past weekend we celebrated Cora's first birthday, so you better believe there was some cuteness going on at those two major events.

We checked out the pumpkins, we rode the hay ride, we took wagon rides, and we had sooo much fun!  I love living life with Anna and Rebekah and their sweet families and am so happy they let me tag along!  

Proof that I was at the Pumpkin Patch!
See Rebekah's Pumpkin Patch post here!!

We celebrated Cora's first birthday in style at a park in town and had so much fun.  We got to celebrate with family and friends and had lots of yummy food.  Hands down the best part of the party was watching Cora eat her cake.  She was a doll, yet again, and I enjoyed getting to celebrate her and the beautiful gift she has been in all of our lives over the past year. 

We were a bit unsure about the cupcake at first, but as you can tell by the last picture of the four you can tell that we figured it out and loved it.  Happy Birthday, sweet Coralie!!
See Rebekah's Birthday post here!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Type Table

I was recently in an antique store with my mom in our little town and I came across this gem.  A vintage typewriter table was not what I was looking for, but let's get real. Does anyone ever really go into an antique store looking for anything in particular?

It reminded me so much of my granmom's gun metal table just like it that I knew it had to have it.  My brother had my granmom's and since industrial design is such a popular style right now it could go anywhere in my house.
When I first got it home I'm pretty sure it sat in at least four different places.  I like where it is now, but my concern was that I was going to run into it leaving the kitchen going into the rest of the house.  So after leaving it there for a few days under the sweet tea sign I decided to dress it up a bit.
So what did I dress this beauty with?  Well of course I had to get some new frames, because of course nothing I previously had would do...  and Target did not fail.  My mom and dad humored me and we stood in the frame aisle for about ten minutes as I walked up and down and up and down and I must say I am thrilled with my choices.  I even brought a little chevron in, which is a first for me.  I filled the frames with wonderful memories from this summer.  The lower left is my mom, dad and I on the beach in England this summer.  There were kite surfers and it was beautiful, and I swear I have never been so cold.  The top left is lavender at a lavender farm in England with a bee on it.  And the other photo is my amazing home group at church.  

The other pieces, some Jones soda bottles and a Welch's Grape soda bottle with fun drip candles.  The box is a tin from Nice, France filled with photos from my wonderful trips to Nice and Monaco.  My favorites pieces are my granmom and grandfather's ruler and scale.  I love having those piece of them close, especially when a scale is something I use everyday.  

This table was a pleasant surprise in an unlikely place, but I am so thrilled to have it in my home.  Another place to show off my memories and pictures of the ones I love with the ones I love.

What are some of your favorite antique finds?  Any surprising finds?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Earlier this year over Valentine's weekend Katie and I loaded up on a Thursday night and headed for Oklahoma City for the weekend.  Our goal for the weekend was to enjoy some girl time and to get away for a while but we honestly never expected to have such a wonderful weekend.  I will tell you all about that wonderful weekend in another post to come soon, but for today it is all about the beautiful Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Having grown up so close to Oklahoma and remembering when the bombing happened we knew that we could not spend the weekend in OKC without spending some time there.  Having grown up in a family that traveled and stopped at every museum we passed I have some experience with these sort of things.  Some are great, some are satisfactory, and some like Pearl Harbor just blow you away.  Katie and I went to Pearl Harbor together and we will both tell you that after experiencing it the Oklahoma City National Memorial is just as spectacular.  They are very different in magnitude and landscape, but never-the-less both breath taking and so well done.
We started our time at the memorial in the museum and toured the many floors of the exhibit.  It was so well done from the moment you stepped in the building and it truly made you feel like you were there to experience the bombing.  That was both chilling and sobering at the same time.

After touring the museum, watching many videos and even meeting a friend of one of the children that passed in the bombing we headed out to the outdoor memorial.  I had heard about how breath taking it was from friends, but still I was not prepared for it.  We walked around for quite some time, enjoyed the sun and got some great shots of the chairs and reflection pool.  Each end of the pool represents the times of that morning that truly changed that city forever.
Each chair represents someone that passed away in the bombing.  There are 168 chairs and 9 rows to represent the floors of the building.  They will literally stop you in your tracks when you see the names and the smaller chairs for the children.  

Katie and I headed back later that night after a wonderful day in the city for some more shots of the beautiful outdoor memorial.  I had seen pictures before and heard all about it, and even after seeing it that morning I was not prepared for the beauty of the soft glow of the chairs and he moon shinning above.  If you even get the privilege of visiting the memorial you MUST go at night.  You will not regret it. 

This memorial was one of the best I have ever visited and I am truly humbled to have been able to spent some quality time there.  My recommendation to anyone visiting Oklahoma City is that you must schedule plenty of time to both walk through the museum, the outdoor memorial and visit it at night.  For some, April 19th is just a day, but for others it is a day that forever changed their lives.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Heirlooms: Ethan Allen

Transitional Design is a term I have heard mentioned a lot lately and I like to think that my home encompasses a lot of qualities that this movement embodies. I love the idea of the term and what it stands for, what it implies, and the unknowns of it. A few key words and phrases about this design upon a quick Google search make me love it even more.

-Mix between traditional and contemporary
-Updated classic
-Clean lines
-Heirlooms along side new
My favorite part of transitional design is the old world charm of tradition with contemporary glass and chrome. It is a beautiful mixture of styles and in this case describes my home.  When I moved into my home after renovating it there were actually very few pieces I had to buy because I had heirlooms stashed away just ready to be moved in. Two of my pieces that make this house a home are my two Ethan Allen pieces. One was my granny's on my mom's side and the other my granmom's on my dad's side. Both of these furniture piece previous lives were in completely different homes but put together in mine they make the perfect room.
The dining table and chairs were some of the pieces I was most excited to bring into my home when I moved in. Since my grandfather's passing in 2006 the dinning table had been stored under my bed in many pieces at my parents house to protect the finish and the chairs in my grandad's shop. Not only was I ready to move in so I could quit stubbing my toe on it under my bed, but putting it back in the exact same house and place it was originally bought for put me over the moon. This table was quite the splurge for my depression era grandparents and the hope of eating around the same table I have so many childhood memories from meant the world to me. I knew that when my granny's heirloom dinning table was placed on my shinny new hardwood floors and underneath my new contemporary chandelier this home was going to come together.

The other beautiful piece in my dinning area is my granmom's credenza or server. It sat in her dinning room in Denton, Texas on sea foam green carpet with a large mirror above it next to her formal tea service as long as I can remember. There were always the most beautiful arrangements on it and it was present at every family gathering in her house over the years. My parents recently gave it to me and I never expected it to complement the table so well. From the looks of things you would think my grandmothers bought these pieces together.

While unpacking some boxes of my granny's I came across this catalog and sales add for her dinning table and chairs. The add was from 1983 and has her handwriting saying "our table and chairs" but she actually bought it in 1972 when they built the house.  Much to my surprise the picture that my granny marked in the catalog had the very credenza that my other grandmother bought.  In case you were wondering, that is just crazy.  What are the odds that both of these beautiful pieces of furniture were on the very same page.
These two pieces are so versatile and can carry the design of both traditional and contemporary, which is perfect for me. It is amazing to me how they can hold things like my great grandmother's burlap table runner, granny's crystal cake stand and my father's vintage fan. Now if that's not transitional design I don't know what is.
How have you incorporated transitional design into your own home? What family heirlooms do you have?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Minute Maid Park - Houston, Texas

Last weekend my parents, cousin Janis and I headed to Houston for a quick trip.  From our parts of DFW it took us bout four and a half hours to get there.  We headed out first thing Saturday morning and our objective for the weekend was to see the Rangers play some baseball at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros.  None of us had ever been to the ballpark and really Houston. so we were excited to check it out.

We arrived early afternoon and after checking into our beautiful hotel, Hilton Americas- Houston, we headed out and grabbed some lunch.  We walked around Discovery Park and could not get over how great the weather actually was.  After hanging out at the hotel some we finally headed to the ballpark to check it out before the game.  
When my parents first asked me if I wanted to join them on the trip I could not believe they were thinking about going to Houston in August, but since the ballpark has a closed roof it was very comfortable.  Actually, I was quite chilly for our first game.  At our first game of the weekend we sat on the second 'Club' level and had a great view.  We could see everything from there and really enjoyed the night game. 

On Sunday we enjoyed the morning at the hotel since it was raining and had a lovely breakfast at the hotel.  We packed our bags and once again headed to the ballpark a bit early.  Our seats this time around were wonderful and we loved being so close to the field.  My dad admitted that he had looked at so many tickets while planning that he was even surprised that our seats were so good.  Thanks, dad!
Even though the Rangers didn't win while we were there it was still a wonderful trip.  I cannot say enough about our great hotel and the wonderful ballpark.  We all decided that this trip needs to be a yearly thing, so expect this same post next year.  We are hoping to get to spend more time in the city next time, so I'll be sure to ask for suggestions when we get around to planning the next one.

At the end of the day, we got to see some great baseball and ultimately my favorite part was some great family time.  Go Rangers!