Contemplating a Bit More Color….

I know I’ve been MIA for quite some time now, but it’s hard to keep up with a blog about your home when you are never home! Shane and I have spent the past few months in Richmond, VA. (I have yet to run into Young House Love’s the Petersik’s, but I’m still crossing my fingers.) Shane is working there, and while I’ve really enjoyed the area, I’ve really missed being home and working on some house projects. I think it’s safe to say my “nesting phase” has also started so I’m feeling even more pulled to home! The good news is I’m home…for a bit anyway. I’ve been able to squeeze in just a few house projects and daydreaming about plenty more! I’ll be updating you on a few small little projects I squeezed in at some point, but for now, I’m going to share with you some of my daydreaming.

So on one of my daily blog reads I recently saw this…

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Here’s the link where you can find out more about this wonderful eye candy:

I’ve been contemplating adding a bit of color back into our house. I think I needed a clean slate to work with for a while, but now I think I’m ready to start experimenting a bit with color here and there. Then I saw this picture and I just loved it. I Love Love Love this space. I’ve always been a big fan of baguette seating, when done right. I love the idea of sitting around the dinner table chatting because it’s just too comfy to get up. I’ve often wondered if we would be able to squeeze a little banquette seating into our own tiny dining space.


I imagine bench seating on three sides of our current round table with lots of comfy pillows. It would be tough to squeeze it all in but maybe not impossible. I know that’s a project that would be way down on the list of project priority, though. So I imagine we will be sticking with what we’ve got for a while. More importantly the eye candy photo got me thinking more about color and adding it to our stark white spaces.

Our living room currently looks like this…


While we have a bit of color, it isn’t much and I’m kinda hungry for more!

I’ve been wanting to trade out our nautical flag behind the couch for a while now. Maybe for some colorful artwork like so…



I even love the bright lamp!

I like just little pops of color. Like the orange below…



I’m literally sooooooo in love with this pillow as a pop of color in this totally white bedroom…



Certainly, don’t expect color to puke all over my house. White it still by best friend, followed by black and gray, but I am hoping to add just a bit of color here and there in the coming days. We shall see what I come up with.


Outdoor Living Love

I’m an outdoor junkie! I ADORE being outside! Therefore, I’m a HUUUUUGE fan of out door living space. When Shane and I are home during warm weather season we literally live outside. We hang out outside, we cook outside, we eat outside, and we spend a lot of time working on the outside of our home. It’s just where we are the happiest! Here is our outdoor space.



The second picture is before we stained the deck and added our shingles, but it’s the only picture I have of our PERFECT seating area! Many naps have been taken here. I LOVE LOVE LOVE our outdoor space. It’s a very very different backyard than what we started with. While, I love our outdoor space is many isn’t quite the space of my dreams.

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My ideal outdoor space is more like these spaces! I REALLY want an outdoor living space with a roof. I want it to feel like a true living space that is a little more protected from the weather. In my previous years I wanted sun, sun, and more sun. Not anymore. I’m a sunscreen fanatic, and would prefer to just stay out of the sun all together. I still want to feel like i’m outside, though. So a covered outdoor space is ideal! You then have a little more freedom with the things you have in your outdoor space. you don’t have to worry about lanterns filling up with rain, or your outdoor furniture wearing so quickly. I LOVE the two spaces above, but my style is a little more modern so imagine a mixture of modern, with the luxury of the covered roof. If I have to be honest, my dream outdoor space would include a pool! I’m obsessed with water.

Ok, so maybe we don’t all have our dream outdoor living areas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the heck out of what we do have!! I have yet to find a better place to buy outdoor furniture than IKEA. For me, it’s all about price. Hands down, they have the best prices on outdoor furniture that I’ve found. Trust me, I’ve looked and looked and looked. Our sectional is from IKEA and we LOVE it! This is now it’s second season, and it’s holding up great! (Shhh don’t tell, but we actually never even took the furniture inside this winter. We had intentions to, but it was covered in snow before we got our act together. We did get the cushions inside, but I still worried the couch covered in snow would really ruin it, but it didn’t! It’s still in perfect shape! I’d still recommend storing it inside during winter, however.) The biggest surprise about our IKEA sectional is how easy the cushions are to clean. I can’t seem to keep our dogs off the sectional. They think we put it there just for their sunbathing purposes! Luckily muddy paw prints clean right off. All it takes is a little carpet cleaner and a rag. With no effort at all, it comes right off. Thank goodness!

So here are my IKEA outdoor suggestions. Click the pictures to be sent to the link!

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I love this sectional. It’s beautiful. There are so many directions you can go with this sectional. I can see it in a beachy style outdoor space. I can easily be in a more traditional outdoor space. It can also be a little more modern. I usually fall somewhere in the beachy/modern style when it comes to outdoor spaces. That’s probably why I adore this sectional. $840.00 is such a great price for this sectional. It would be well worth it to sign up for the IKEA Family Membership to get it for only $700.00!! Also, just a side note…the cushion covers sip off and can be thrown in the wash. I only wash mine at the end of the season.

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This chair is so perfect for lounging. I’ve sat in it, and it’s comfy! It’s plastic so it would be super durable outside, as well. I love the more modern look of them. I’m thinking Shane and I will eventually get our hands on a couple of these. I love the idea of paring them with these foot stools. Although, you’d probably want to pull them inside when you aren’t using it outside.

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What’s an outdoor living space without outdoor dining?

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This simple, sleek table and benches is a perfect place to eat outside. We have a table with arm chairs, but I often wish we had an outdoor table more like this. We never want to sit at our outdoor table to eat. It seems to formal to sit at a chair with arms. Maybe that’s silly, but it’s so much easier to plop down at a bench table like this. I just love the look of it, too.

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We have this IKEA umbrella, and just a few weeks ago Shane made the comment, “That was the best $100 I ever spent.” We may not have the covered outdoor space of our dreams, but this umbrella certainly helps. It’s HUGE so it shades the majority of our sectional area. We mounted the base to our deck, so that we don’t have to have the bulky base like shown in the picture. This umbrella is really easy to out up and down, too. We just really really love it, and are SOOOOOO glad we purchased it. This is it’s second season and it’s in great shape. We only put it up when it’s in use. When it’s not in use it folds down, and this winter we took the upper umbrella portion and packed it away in our storage shed.

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I’m not thrilled with IKEA’s outdoor decor. (I.E. Lanterns, outdoor candles, outdoor pillows, and outdoor lighting.) I really like Target’s selection for those types of things. Target seems to have lanterns every year, and every year I call more and more in love with them. Go to Target and check out this year’s Lanterns. They are gorgeous! I do really like these planters from IKEA, though. Planters with plants and flowers added to your outdoor space makes the space even more beautiful. Even if your landscaping is lacking, it can help make it look like you are a green-thumb gardner.

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Isn’t this Target lantern AWESOME! They have three different sizes, and I want them all!

Enjoy the outside, everyone!


The Pregnancy Lowdown

So, obviously my blogs have been few and far between over the past few moths. Ever since I found out we are having a baby I’ve been a bit distracted…

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Come December, It’s going to be Shane, Emily, and baby Pribble! Baby, baby, baby is all I can seem to think about. So my blogging took a bit of a hit until we were ready to break the news to everyone.


So here’s the lowdown. Honesty is always my policy so here’s all your questions answered!


Was this baby planned?

Shane and I have always wanted kids. Shane wanted to be a fairly young parent, and I wanted to be 40 when I had my first child! Ok, maybe not exactly 40, but I really wasn’t in a hurry. I felt like we had plenty of time. Shane and I had compromised on a 2-3 year plan. We set our sights on having our first somewhere around age 30. Things don’t always go as planned, do they? We will both be 27 when our little bundle arrives. Though this baby wasn’t exactly planned, he or she was always in the plan. This little guy or girl will be making their entrance a couple years early, and that’s ok. What’s a couple years in the scheme of life anyway? So someday when this little one asked if they were planned the answer will be, “Yes!” After all, they were always part of the plan! We couldn’t be more excited regardless of the timing.


How long have you known you were pregnant?

We’ve known for a while now. I’m only 11 weeks along so we really knew right away. We waited to tell anyone until we felt confident we were passed the scary stages. At my 10 week appointment we could hear a strong heartbeat on a Doppler. The Dr told us that once you can hear the heartbeat with a doppler your chances of miscarrying plummet. We are of course still praying for a healthy developing baby.


When are you due?

We are due December 1st!  I’m 11 weeks along today.


Do you want a boy or a girl?

We want HEALTHY! We really have no preferences at all. Raising a child is intimidating regardless of their gender!


How do you feel?

I am praising God for good pregnancy genes! None of the woman in my family ever had morning sickness. I have also been blessed with no sickness! I had about a week around 6 weeks that nothing sounded appetizing. I ate a ton of watermelon that week. It was really the only thing that I wanted. Since that week I’ve felt pretty good! I have the occasional indigestion, gas, and heartburn. You know all that lovely stuff, but I’ll take it! I’m just SOOOOOOO glad I’m not one of your pregnant pukers. I really don’t know how you do it! I wouldn’t be able to! I did also have a pretty emotional week in there. Poor Shane put up with me, though. He also laughed at me when an episode of “Parenthood” brought on a good 10 minutes of uncontrollable crying. Who can blame me, though? That show is a tear jerker even when your hormones are in check! Luckily for Shane, the crazy emotions seem to have leveled off.


Has anything surprised you about pregnancy?

YES! I had NO idea the constant peeing started so early! I mean I had NO IDEA! I was under the impression that when you have a huge 8 month pregnant baby belly sitting on your bladder is when the frequent peeing began. People should really warn woman of this! I already feel like I’m peeing ALL THE TIME! I got up 4 times last night to pee! I can’t imagine what it will be like when you add the big pregnant belly sitting on my bladder into the mix.


Have you been thinking about names?

Naming a human is soooooooooo hard!!! We’ve been trying to pick out a couple boy names and a couple of girl names, and we haven’t gotten very far! Shane and I both like unusual names, but nothing too incredibly awkward. We’ve kind of stopped the name hunt for now. We will pick it back up at 20 weeks when we find what we are having!


Will you find out the gender?

YES! I’m most excited about finding out what we are having. I feel like this will all feel so much more real when we know if we are bringing home a little boy or girl.


Are you freaking out a little?

Um, absolutely! I know parenthood will be one of the most challenging things Shane and I will ever do! It is scary to say the least! I’m just hoping what everyone says is actually true. You just short of figure it out as you go and most of it comes naturally. We may be a little scared, but luckily the fear is balanced out by the extreme excitement!


What does Shane say about all of this?

Last night while we were grilling dinner Shane said, “I am REALLY excited about having a kid!” It was so sweet! I think it’s just now starting to really hit him. When you aren’t the pregnant one, I can imagine its even harder to wrap your brain around the fact that we are actually having a baby! He talks about it a lot more these day, though. I think it’s really setting in. He did also mention that he wishes the baby would come out as a two year old instead. Hahaha. He’s very excited about the playing stage. I’m sure we will be playing before we know it, watching Little League before we know it, crying at graduation before we know it, and holding our own grandchildren before we know it!

One of the first things I remember Shane saying when we found out we were having a baby was, “I feel like this is the moment when our life starts flying by.” He’s probably right. We are about to hop on the crazy life roller coaster, and I’m determined to enjoy every minute of the ride!



A Special Mother’s Day

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and it’s time to recognize all the wonderful mothers in my life!

First, I want to give a special shout out to my sister Elisha Zavada! I don’t seem to have a single picture of her with her precious baby boy! I’m guessing that’s because none of us will let her hold her own baby when we are around. We can’t get enough of him!

It’s Elisha’s first Mother’s day!


She’s a brand new mom to this little super hero, Lucas. (Photo credit to Karl Poynter! and doodling credit to Lucas’ pretty awesome dad, Mark Zavada!) It’s so exciting to see my sister as a mom! I can’t wait to see this little boy grow up, and to see Elisha grow as a mother with him! It’s such exciting times in our family!


I also want to give huge recognition to this mom!


My grandma! She’s been such a rock in our family. She’s a beautiful example of the loving sacrifice that being a mother is all about. I can’t thank her enough for the loving mother she was to my mom, just as her mom was before her. It’s because of her that I had a loving mother like I had.


On this Mother’s day, the biggest thank you goes to my own mom! It has taken me years to realize what an amazing mother you were to us! Mostly, it has taken meeting people who’s mothers never even came close to being as present, as loving, as sacrificing, and nurturing as you for me to realize just how amazing you really have been to us. I guess I just always thought all moms gave as much as you. You made it seem so normal. You never complained, you were never too tired, you cared for us, you cooked for us, you maintained an immaculate house, you taught us what being a good person was all about, and you made it all look so easy. Perhaps your biggest accomplishment, you handled three teenage girls with grace. I truly hope that I can be a mom just like you. Just don’t think for a second your job is over, though! I’m sure I’ll be calling for advise a lot over the years with my own children! Thank you, Mom, for all you’ve done and continue to do.



Now for the moment of truth…


This Mother’s Day is extra special for me this year because…

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I’m going to be a mom, too! Shane and I are incredibly excited about this new chapter in our lives! We can’t wait to welcome our little baby Pribble into the world!  2013 was such an amazing year for us, full of excitement, traveling, and love! We had really high hopes for 2014 to top 2013, and let me tell you…we have not been let down! 2014 marks the beginning of the most rewarding, challenging, and exciting years to come in our lives. So this year, I’m celebrating Mother’s Day in a whole new way. I’m counting down the days until our little guy or girl is here with us!

To all you moms out there, thanks for all that you do! Enjoy your special day!

The Gypsy Life

Many of you know about our adventures to South Africa and Germany this past year for Shane’s job, but not as many of you know how we live the rest of the year. (When we aren’t taking it easy at home or having an oversea adventure.)

We very much live a gypsy life a good portion of the year. Currently, we are in North Carolina. Shane has been here a week, and I got here yesterday. So where do we stay when we are traveling state side for Shane’s job?


Our fifth wheel! I’m pretty certain most people think we are nuts, but I actually really like living on the road. I like getting out of out small little town and trying out a new town for a while. Currently, we are only a couple hours from the beach. We will be spending weekends at the ocean, and I’m very happy about that! I have to say its just really fun, and I really don’t mind living in a camper at all, three dogs and all!

So, I know many people have very little camper experience. I thought I would give you a little tour of ours.


This is the “living room.” The camper originally had built in furniture. Everything is made to fold into a bed. The furniture was big and bulky. We didn’t need extra beds. We just wanted extra floor space. So we replaced the couch and a HUGE dining booth with a small ikea couch and chair.


There’s Ginger hanging out! We don’t have a table now, but that’s ok. We eat on the couch sometimes, but usually we eat outside. Most camp grounds have picnic tables.


This is the kitchen. I do quite a bit of cooking. Shane works long hours and usually wants to just come home and sit rather than going out. The kitchen comes equipped with everything you need. Stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer. There are a few down sides. The fridge and freezer are smaller than normal, so weekly grocery trips is a must. The other downside is the sink is rather small. I’m used to my big, deep sink. Also, there just isn’t much counter space. I get by, though!



The first picture is a view of the living room/kitchen area from the hallway to the bedroom. The bedroom is up two steps and in the front of the camper. The second picture is the bedroom. The bedroom is tight quarters, but it functions just fine for sleeping. There’s closets on either side of the bed, above the bed, and running on one side of the bed.


Honestly, we really have plenty of storage. Shane and I each have a half of this closet. Then, there are lots of other cabinets that I put shoes and folding clothes in. While I don’t pack up all of my clothes and bring them, I bring a majority of them. They all fit just fine!



The bathroom is small, but works just fine. A camper toilet is nothing like a regular toilet, but it’s easy to get used to. Shane and I are used to being in the bathroom at the same time at home. So, we find ourselves on top of each other brushing our teeth in this bathroom as well. It’s cozy to say the least, but cozy is fun! The hardest part of the camper experience for me is giving up my loooooong hoooooootttt showers. It just doesn’t work out here. The water heater is much too small for the long showers I take back home, but that’s ok. I waste a lot less water!





The back room seems to be our catch all room. We have a desk back there that houses all of our “office” things. We have to pay bills and do other clerical type things from the road so it’s nice to have a place to house all those things. This is also the dog room. We keep their crates and food back here. There are steps up to an additional sleeping area. We rarely use it. I’m kind of considering teaching our dogs to hang out up there while we are gone so that we can ditch the crates all together. There’s more room up there for them anyway. There’s also another half bath back here! We also hardly use it. I have secret plans to make Shane convert it to a laundry room. Yes, they sell washers and dryers for campers!! Currently, we have to go to laundry mats. Although, many camp grounds have quarter machines.

That’s it! The full tour. Sorry for the terrible pictures. My camera was dead and it’s hard to get good pictures in such tight quarters.

Campers make living on the road much easier. I really don’t like hotels. It never feels like home. With the camper, we take our home with us! This way we never have to worry about bringing the dogs along either. I should also mention that the camper has a tv antenna! We don’t even have that at home! Currently we have 25 channels! I feel so spoiled!!

This is our second camper. We started with a much smaller and cheaper camper. Don’t tell Shane, but I miss that camper! Since it was an older camper I felt like I could overhaul it! I painted and made a ton of custom changes. This camper is too new to make changes like that. We want it to hold its value for resale incase we ever sell it. It works out great for our crazy gypsy life that I love! I’m soaking it in while I can. Someday we will have children on school and we won’t be able to travel like this. Until then, I’m enjoying every moment!


It’s an exciting time for Shane and I and our little blog! We’ve gained a bit of attention, which always feels nice! About a week ago, I received an e-mail from the fine people at Remodelista. They wanted to feature our ceilings on their blog, too! We are honored when anyone wants to share our hard work! We, of course, said yes!

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There’s our ceiling hanging out on their website! Click the above picture to follow the link to the post and read all about it!

Be sure to check out the rest of the website for some truly great content! For those of you that loved our DIY dining room light be sure to check out this post!

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Click the above picture for a much easier and cheaper Lindsey Adelman DIY similar to ours! Trust me when I say, “Go for the easier one!” It’s just as beautiful!

A BIG HUGE thanks to Remodelista! It’s been such a pleasure working together!

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Shingles…the Wood Kind

Shane and I have been working on some outdoor projects in preparation for getting the house all ready to sell! I have to say, we are getting the the house pretty spiffy! I wish we would have done some of this stuff years ago. Oh well, I guess the new owners will get to enjoy all the fruits of our labor.

Last spring, Shane and I put a privacy fence in our backyard. To date, that fence is still one of my favorite things we’ve done! It’s nice to feel like we have a private backyard and space that’s completely our own.



The fence was a big project that took a VERY long time. In order to keep the fence level, we had to cut each individual board. That left us with a bunch of these…

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Right away I had ideas! I love craftsman exteriors and I’ve seen several that have the “shingle” look under the front porch.


Isn’t that gorgeous? I love the extra detail. it’s just gives it a much nicer look. So, when I saw all those fence board scraps just about the perfect size…This was happening! We just jumped right in.

Porch Progress

Since we had all different sizes, we just went for a random pattern, making sure each row stayed level. We nailed all four corners of each shingle. This is a project you want a nail gun for.


I have to say… We love it! It ended up looking even better than I could have imagined.



Clearly, I need a new doormat. This one is pretty ugly…

Because our house is so old, You can see places on our wood siding where layers and layers and layers of paint have been chipped away.


Although we have scraped and repainted it, it’s nearly impossible to get the boards smooth again. Luckily, It’s really only noticeable when you are close to the siding. if you are standing back more than a few feet you can’t really see it. That’s what made this project so great for the front porch. Now, one of the only places you get close enough to the siding to notice the imperfections is completely covered with the new shingles.

I’m incredibly happy with the decision to do this. In fact, we were so happy with it that we ended up doing the back side of the house too!


I can’t tell you the difference it has made! We LOVE LOVE LOVE sitting on our back deck, and now it feels even more quaint and perfect. We plan to paint the shingles the same color as the house so it flows a little better and seems a little more like a cohesive and natural part of the house. We first have to let the shingles weather and dry out for a few weeks before painting it. It’s always a good idea to wait a while for pressure treated wood to dry out before painting or staining it. I can’t wait to see it all completed, though! Of course, I’ll be sure to share it with all of you!