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Getting Personal + Homearama Preview

Hello friends -

Sorry for dropping out of sight on an unplanned blogger break - this year keeps throwing curve balls at me, and it's wearing me out!  Normally I keep this sort of stuff to myself, but it's been building up, and sometimes sharing helps to ease the load.  

We headed out of town for vacation, and six hours in my van started overheating.  Again.  While we were stuck in a huge traffic jam on the highway.  The idea of being stuck on the road with three kids in tow, sent me into a panic.   My husband flipped on our emergency flashers and we managed to make it to the nearest exit and to a gas station before it stopped running (thank God).

However, while we were at the gas station trying to figure out what to do, I got a text from my dad that my mom had been fainting/falling and they were at the ER.  (Nevermind the fact that he had been trying to call/text well before I received this text - highly frustrated with my phone and its disappearing text tricks).  While there, it happened several more times, in front of doctors, while she was on monitors.  Essentially, her heart was stopping and restarting, at one point flat lining.  My dad said they had the paddles nearby and a shot of epinephrine, which fortunately, they didn't have to use.  I finally got in touch with my dad and the hospital staff was telling him that we should come back.  They were putting in a temporary pacemaker.  Say what?

So we turned around and drove back to see my sweet mom in the cardiac ICU with a big old goose egg of a bump on her head, and several other bumps and bruises to match.  Suffice to say, we were all pretty freaked out.  My mom is a healthy woman - thin, stays active, eats well.  She's literally never been in the hospital.  She was born at home (and I'm adopted), and has never had any health problems, so this was something that was highly unexpected to say the least.  Just the day before she was at my oldest son's baseball game.  Thank goodness she was at home when this all happened and not driving or far away from a hospital where she could get the help she needed.

After seeing her and talking with my parents, apparently, pacemakers are quite common nowadays, and the procedure is minimally invasive and safe.  She was in good hands and we decided to continue on with our vacation plans (we were also meeting up with my brother-in-law and his family).  So, a trip that should have taken 12 hours, ended up taking about 24 hours.  The upside is that we were able to swap my van with my husband's SUV and put our worries to rest about the car breaking down (although after we put coolant in the radiator, we didn't have any issues).  Mind you, the first time this happened, the auto shop couldn't find the origin of the problem, and I hadn't had any other issues since.

My mom is doing beautifully now that the permanent pacemaker has been put in, and our biggest challenge will be slowing her down, as it's just not her natural state of being.  Fortunately, my dad is up to the task.

So, as you might imagine, it's been an emotional and exhausting "vacation" week, with the week before vacation is always a mad dash of activity as well.  I'm hoping to get back into a blogging rhythm of some sort, and I appreciate your patience.

On a design note, I am still planning on hitting Homearama this week before it ends.  So many beautiful homes on the tour this year!

It's looking like it will be another impressive show this year!


A Beautiful Lake Home Color Palette

Hello friends!

As you all know, I love color palettes, and am always on the lookout for new ones - especially when it comes to a whole house palette.  While I love that open floor plans as a popular trend in homes, they can really make color planning tricky.  So, the more resources I can find, the better!

This lake home is a beauty from the start.  If I were to build a house, this is a style that I would have on my list.  And check out the gorgeous window box outside of the garage windows!

The light and airy vibe continues on the inside with a fresh mix of colors in sandy hues.
Traditional Living Room by Grand Rapids Architects & Building Designers Sears Architects

The grasscloth wallpaper and soft blues in the chairs carry on the light and bright feel of the home.  So welcoming and comfortable.

The family room is stunning, with its coffered ceiling (and beadboard insets), with loads of natural light through beautiful transom windows (and a view to die for!).  Perfect.

I wasn't able to obtain the wall colors in this home, so I'm going to take some guesses and provide some color options for the look of this home.

The color of this family room could be Revere Pewter or Edgecomb Gray.
Revere Pewter

Edgecomb Gray

This little nook carries elements from other areas of the house, with the beadboard ceiling and fresh blue paint color.  The flow of the colors in this home really works, as it carries colors used in the furniture pieces and accessories throughout.

This space reminds me of one of my favorite colors - Silver Sage (Restoration Hardware) or Gray Wisp (Benjamin Moore).
Gray Wisp

The wet bar in this area (I don't think it's the same nook as above, but I could be wrong) also carries over the painted beadboard on the wall, along with a butcher block counter that brings in the wood tones of the ceiling.  And the fish painting is a perfect compilation of the colors used in this home.  Love it!

The kitchen is fantastic.  Again, beadboard on the ceiling, light and bright cabinets, with a slight color contrast in the lower cabinets and island.  (The island and lower cabinets are Gray Horse by Benjamin Moore).  Ooodles of natural light streaming into all of the beautiful windows, and a soft green on the walls.  

The island color is Gray Horse, by Benjamin Moore.
Gray Horse

The wall color resembles Raindance, by Benjamin Moore.

Check out the unexpected ceiling detail, and I love that they carried the paint color up to the ceiling in here.
Traditional Kitchen by Grand Rapids Architects & Building Designers Sears Architects

The master bathroom is an absolute retreat (notice the tile detail on the floor).

The guest bath is equally fresh, with subtle stripes on the walls (and more beadboard) that tie in with the color palette used throughout the home.

The bedrooms all evoke a tranquil, coastal feel.  I could get comfortable here, couldn't you?

The bedroom reminds me of Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore.
Palladian Blue

I think this bedroom looks similar to the Gray Wisp that's used in other areas of the home.  Maybe a shade darker - like Benjamin Moore's Imperial Gray.
Imperial Gray
Even the laundry room ties in with the home's color palette - beadboard ceiling, beautiful green toned cabinets and sandy floors and walls.

This laundry room looks like it's a shade similar to the family room.  Edgecomb Gray, or something along those lines.

Do you love these light and beachy colors as much as I do?  I could have these colors move right into my home!


Friday 5+1


I'm sorry I've been off the grid this week - summer has been way busier than it should be, but I am really loving all of the hours of daylight we're having.  It doesn't get dark here until well after 9:00, and it's fantastic.  I hope you've had a great week!

Let's get on with this week's 5+1 (5 Things I Like + 1 Thing I Don't), shall we?

Another Awesome Primer
I don't know if you're a Birchbox subscriber or not (I am - love it), but I got this face primer in my Birchbox a month or so ago, and it's awesome.  I have a bit of an obsession with primers, and they are probably my favorite makeup staple of all, so it's always fun to try out new ones.  Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Primer is another one I'm adding to my Primer Love List.

Source: Birchbox

Pork Carnitas
I've mentioned before that I struggle with meal planning since we are always on the go and it's hard to find things that everyone will like.  This week I made these pork carnitas, and they were amazing!  I'm a big fan of Chipotle's carnitas, and these definitely ranked high with the kids.  
Source: My Kitchen Escapades
I even got crazy and made homemade tortillas.  This is what summer at home with the kids does to you I guess. ;-)
Source: My Kitchen Escapades
Petsafe Wireless Fence
We have a gentle giant of a dog, Martin, who loves to be outside with our kids, but also has a tendency to chase rabbits, squirrels or deer if they wander along.  

While we have a fenced in backyard, the kids prefer to play in the front yard most of the time - either playing basketball in the driveway, or baseball in the front, since it's a large, flat area.  But since Martin likes to go on his own little jaunts, he sometimes misses out on the fun.

We purchased a Petsafe wireless fence, hoping it would be an easier alternative to a traditional invisible fence.  

The name pretty much describes it - it's a wireless device that works the same way as an old school invisible fence, without having to lay wiring in your yard.  You hook it up, set up your perimeter, and get down to the business of training.  We're working with Martin right now, and so far, he seems to be a fast learner, and is eager to stay within the bounds of the fence.  A great option if you're looking for something to keep your pet contained.

Facebook Online Rummage Sales
I'm probably late to the party on this one, but I recently discovered a flurry of local garage/rummage sale Facebook pages, and it's a great resource for buying/selling in your area.  Much easier than a garage sale, and you just never know what might show up in your Facebook feed!

Clever Husband Animates Wife's (Drunk) Joke
This one is just plain funny to me.  1) How cute is that animation? 2) The joke is simple, but just cracks me up, especially the way his tipsy wife tells it.  Click here to watch the video (since I can't figure out how to actually load it via Blogger).  

As for the one thing I don't like - driving to baseball games (30+ minutes away), to get there an hour early, only to be rained out shortly before the game begins.  If you want to know if it's going to rain, don't turn to the Weather Channel - I can share our baseball schedule with you so you can plan accordingly.

Have a wonderful weekend!