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Things have been moving VERY slowly on the house, but the kitchen cabinets are supposed to go in tomorrow. Hopefully Hurricane Isaac will not cause any delay. We did pick out most of the lighting for the house and I thought I would share some of those pictures.

These are going on each side of the front doors

The front porch will have two of these ceiling fans

The two smaller baths will have fixtures similar to this, but with three lights and the master bath will have one of these over each vanity.

This is a large 60″ fan that will go in the great room and the master bedroom

The ceiling fixtures throughout the house will be similar to this schoolhouse light, but in oil rubbed bronze with white globes.

This is not the original chandelier we chose, but I decided the other one wasn’t really the right fit. I’m hoping to get one similar to this large pendant from Pottery Barn.

What do you think?


After 6 months and three paint colors I think we have finally finished our upstairs bathroom. I know I’ve posted about expanding it before so I won’t go into all of the details, but I did want to share with you some before and after photos.

Bathroom before

Bathroom after

Bathroom after

I recently found some photos that inspired me to decorate our master bedroom. The only thing we have done to it since moving in is paint the walls and ceiling. The previous owners painted everything tan, including the ceiling and we wanted it to have some warmth and personality.

Previous owner's master

I found this picture on and thought I came close to matching the paint color.

It would have been great if they listed the paint color

However, the paint dried significantly darker and brighter than I had originally thought. Here is a picture of our bedroom now.

Master bedroom - not really the blue I was hoping for

I’m sure the paint color will change in the next month or so.

Since we can’t spend every day at the beach, I at want to go to sleep and wake up feeling like we are close to the sea. Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have some fantastic pieces that would look great, but who really spends $1325 on a lamp?

Royal Master Sealight Lamp

So, if anyone finds a lamp similar to this one for about 25% of the price let me know. I also saw this picture on Daily Vitamin Sea and fell in love with the Japanese glass floats.

Japanese glass floats

I just checked ebay and luckily there are a fair number of these for sale. I think they would look great hanging from the ceiling in front of the large picture window.

Roman shade I recently made

Here is another picture of the window. The stained glass is the previous owner’s and is no longer there.

The glass floats would hang from the eye bolts already in the ceiling

Our house

Our house

On February 19, 2010, Matt & I finally closed on our new house. It only took 3 months and 17 days. The process was and is still unbelievable and looking back I wish that I had started the blog when we made the offer. However, it was worth jumping through every hoop — even when it felt like they were ringed in fire. Now that we have the house we are working to turn it into a wonderful home.

For those of you curious about the name, our house sits 38° north of the equator which puts us in Lexington, KY. It is also 450 miles from the ocean. Matt is from Mississippi and moved here, by way of New Orleans, a few years ago for work. I’m from Georgia and I moved here for Matt. Our story began on April 17, 2009. At that time, I lived in the Outer Banks and Matt lived in Lexington. We were both flying to Tampa via Atlanta and thanks to an adorable old man who didn’t understand what zones are, we ended up talking. I went out the following night with friends and Matt came and met us. After that we didn’t see each other for almost six weeks. We talked every day and I knew I loved him before I ever kissed him. Serendipity at its best! I would have named our cottage Serendipity, but while I was living in the Outer Banks the cottage on the north end of the island, name Serendipity, was washing into the ocean (that was also the house used in Nights in Rodanthe). Now here we are, a little more than a year later, married with a house. This is our story.

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