stay awhile.

stay awhile. stay awhile.

“Let me live in the house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.”   The planning phase of a project is always the most daunting.

light me up. light me up.

“The ultimate luxury is time. It’s something that you can never get back. And being able to choose what you do with your own time, to me, that is the

a vision come to life. a vision come to life.

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” – Maya Angelou I cherish every morning that I am granted the great privilege of waking up and basking

the heart of the home. the heart of the home.

You’ve just gotta work with what your momma gave ya – or, in this case, with what the wood grain gave ya. Lucky for me, this pecan has it all.

whitewash heaven. whitewash heaven.

“Do your ten percent 100% and surrender the rest.”   – Ariana Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution and Thrive   As a self-proclaimed “control freak”, I love it when a

love at first salvage. love at first salvage.

You know that feeling you get when you’re walking down the wine aisle at Hyvee? Speaking for myself, it is a combination of “OMG” and “chill out, Aly”. I get

underneath all that rust. underneath all that rust.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

honesty hour. honesty hour.

“The only unique contribution that you will make in this world will be born of creativity.” -Brene Brown on Magic Lessons, a podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert   I have been

a little greenery never hurt anyone. a little greenery never hurt anyone.

“Leave a place better than you found it. No matter where you go.”  – Nate Berkus   I can remember afternoons spent staring up at my Grandma Betty in front

a front door a front door

A monumental week in the journey thus far… I have a front door! We found this treasure – mail slot and all -buried among old window frames and doors at Jeff’s