Mission Style Rocker Re-do

Howdy everyone!  Hope you are having a great week.  I wanted to share a few pictures of a chair I recently re-finished for a customer.  This customer told me she was looking for a mission style rocking chair.  So I found it in this condition.

Here is the before. 

The seat needed to be recovered and the wood needed a little more depth.  

Here is the finished product.

I know we all have that one furniture piece that has needed refinishing and we have told ourselves “one day I would love to have that redone.” 
Well, I would love to do that for you!  If you live in the San Marcos area and would like me to look at your piece send me a message by clicking here.  Let’s chat and come up with a plan for you and your furniture:) 

With love,


Bliss on a Budget

Good morning! It is 7:45 and I am here at my computer sipping a cup of coffee getting ready for a day of interior decorating!!! I still can’t believe this is my life.  I want to share with you what is going on in my life and career right now.  Can I be a little vulnerable with you?  I never really wanted a “career” or saw myself as a career woman.  My dream is to be a stay at home mom and I am still waiting for that wonderful season in my life.  So in the mean time, I was given the gift of  teaching.  I love kids! I love teaching them and being a safe place for them.  I love watching them learn and grow.  I love  how a child’s face lights up when you tell them you love them!   And I believe God blessed me with the ability to be a good teacher. 

A few months ago, I was talking with a close friend and she shared how much she loves her job and couldn’t imagine not doing what she does.  I can remember telling her I want that for my life and at the time I couldn’t possibly see how that was going to happen for me.  I longed to wake up in the morning loving my job.  I longed to be creative and make money at it.  Now looking back I imagine  God was sitting right there smiling saying “Silly Lauren, if only you knew the plans I have for you!” Now, here I am, it is 3 days into the school year and I feel so much peace.  Many people would say quitting your job in an economy like this is crazy but I know that my God is not bound by this economy.  His plans for my life will stand.  Why wouldn’t they?  I am his beloved daughter.  I am a daughter of the most high King!  So here I go setting out on a journey once a teacher now an interior decorator!

Often, when I meet a student  I ask them what they are studying.  Many times they say they don’t know what they want to do.  So my question to them is “what are you passionate about?” Then I encourage them to pursue that even if it doesn’t make sense.  This is what my friend Amy Smith is doing.  I want to introduce you to Amy and her new blog Bliss on a Budget.  Amy and I met in college and she is an amazing young woman who has decided to pursue one of her passions and wants to share it with you!  Amy has a knack for literally turning trash into treasure.  I am always so impressed by her newest find or creation.  Check her out! And while you’re there don’t forget to subscribe:)    

Thank you to all my friends and family who have encouraged me to pursue my passions.  I cannot thank you enough! I will leave you with this quote from Howard Thurman,  “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.”

With love,

Its a Wonderful Life

Yesterday, I woke up at 7 am to hit up some g-sales, there aren’t many going on right now because only crazy people go out into 100 degree weather at 8 in the morning!  So I arrive at an estate sale 20 minutes before it opens.  I get out of my car and walk to the edge of the drive way and wait with a few other eager shoppers, who all had their game faces on.   As I stood there, sipping my coffee from my to-go mug, eyeballing all the things I was going to run for once the “doors” opened I had a thought, “Is this what my life has come to!”  Here I am 27 years old, up at 7 on a Saturday morning, standing with a bunch of middle-aged people (no offense to my middle-aged readers;)), waiting to rummage through some stranger’s old junk!!!!  And my answer for myself was YES this is your life and it is WONDERFUL!!! I am so richly blessed that I can even have leisure time, that I can even pursue a hobby and that I have money to spend on things like old rusty chairs and vintage fabric.  I am so grateful for this gift, THIS life!  At the end of the sale I walked away

with this chair

 and this chair

this watering can

and this enamel coated pitcher

and these fabrics. 

It was a great morning:) 

So it seems I’m acquiring quite a bit of cool stuff but reality is my house can’t hold anymore and I think Joel is about to make a desperate call to the show Hoarders.  Therefore, I am in the process of opening an Etsy shop.  My shop, rescued home interiors,  will be an online place to purchase my vintage finds and furniture redos.  I am really excited and hopeful for what is to come!  I will post a link once it is up and running. 
Hope you have a great rest of the weekend and for many of you mommies and teachers, a great last day of summer!

With Love,

A Love Affair

Hello friends!! I am trying to get my body moving after yesterday.   I spent Saturday and yesterday painting a 1400 sq. ft. house! Not by myself thank God!  Today I will be working on a few projects for some customers.  Hey, speaking of customers, I seem to be developing a little business where people ask me to find a furniture piece or something for their home and I find it for them:)  It’s called “picking” and I love doing it!!!  Recently, I have found a rocking chair that I am re-upholstering, an antique bed frame, and a lamp for some friends.  So if you are looking for something big or small (if it’s big and you live close to San Marcos I can deliver it) I would love to find it for you.  Or if you ever see something that I post about in one of my “recent finds” posts and you want to buy it, shoot me a message and we can talk;) 

I kind of have a thing for chairs. We can call it a love affair!  Anyone who has been to my house will say I have quite a few places to park your rear. I want to show you some pics of a couple of pieces I bought yesterday.  They are fabulous!

This one, lets call her “Lola”, I will paint, re-upholster and if you notice her bottom side is kind of drooping, she needs a butt tuck!  
So I will replace the webbing that supports the seat.

This one I will call “Sherlock” b/c it looks like something from Sherlock Holmes.  The cain seat needs to be replaced which is an easy fix.  I absolutely love this one! I don’t think I will ever sell it.


Actually, Joel found this one!

Oh yeah baby’s got back!

With love,

Bathroom Switch-Up

If you noticed my site looks different.  I was getting bored with the other look so I am experimenting with something new.  I can’t quite find the look I want.
What do you think?
I think it still needs a little more pazzaz. 
It would help if I knew anything about web design! 

“We don’t know what we’re doing!”
This is what we said to each other the other night as we stood in the middle of our guest bath. 
Our goal was to be done with the bathroom remodel by the end of August but, as we all know, these things never go according to plan. 
Inspite of a few hiccups we are seeing progress. 
Now, rewind to the day before we left for our mini vacation to the lake, 
I bought this

I thought  I could do some “studying” on the way! 
As I looked at the pictures I realized how much I love clawfoot tubs and our current remodel plan did not include one. 
I threw the idea out there to Joel and he liked it. 
So now this takes us to “we don’t know what we’re doing”. 
When we got home from the lake we looked at the work we had done which involved gutting the bathroom, new plumbing, building a few walls for the new tub and linen closet and purchasing a tub, sink and light fixtures. 
We decided the new walls would need to be undone and our layout re-worked!
Yep, 2 steps forward, 3 steps back.  That’s how we do it around here!   
We had a tape measure and were trying to figure out what the new measurements for everything would be. 
This was the point when we said “we don’t know what we’re doing!” 
Then bust out laughing!!

Over the course of the next few days we undid a lot of our work and did some purchasing.
We will use this clawfoot tub that is now sitting in our drive way. The tub is only 4 1/2 ft long.
Doesn’t it look like a dead pig on it’s back?!? Its soo cute:)

Instead of this tub.

We will use this antique sink
(found at Wimberley Market Days for $40!!! I love that place you can find anything there!!!)

instead of this sink.

We also purchased this antique cabinet at WMD that we will use as our linen closet. 

Because we switched to a clawfoot we needed to buy a shower curtain ring and faucet and the cheapest one came in polished nickel instead of
satin nickel so we are selling the sconces we bought and are in the market for new ones. 
Ahh!!! We have created so much work for ourselves but it will definitely be worth it!
The colors (all Sherwin Williams colors) we have decided on are
 Summer White for the walls and trim

Toasted Pine Nut for the painted floor

Copen Blue for the ceiling

Latte as an accent color maybe the curtains and shower curtain

Instead of shiplap on the walls

we will use bead board, turned horizontally, on the walls

 and on the ceiling


We are going for this mirror look

with this mirror.

That should bring you up to date on the bathroom.
Stay tuned for more!
With love,



Recent Finds

In my last post I talked about the treasures I found during our vacation to the lake.   I wish I would have taken a picture of what our car looked like because all we needed was a granny in a rocking chair, strapped to the roof and we could have been on the Beverly Hillbillies!  The only open space in the car was where we were sitting!  Some of these treasures I bought at antique shops and a garage sale, some I found on the side of the road and some I found out in nature.  Here they are….

The day before we left I found some “road-kill” (furniture by the road).  This chair wasn’t necessarily found on our trip but I wanted to share it.

I bought some vintage fabric and an old grain sack…

Some small grapevine wreaths…

A stoneware bowl…

Some vintage gloves…

An antique head board…

A shell, a white urn and a glass jar…

A couple of statues…

And some silver nesting cups…

I found some blue-jay and wild turkey feathers…


 I hope you enjoyed my new treasures as much as I do!

With love,

A Few Days Away and Craft Night With The Girls

I am well rested!!  We just got back from a much needed mini vacay at the lake.  We have some very awesome family members who let us come and veg at their lake house for a few days.  And veg is what we did!  I know it sounds lame to say we spent most of our vacation watching cable for  3 days but that is what we did and it was WONDERFUL!!! You see we did away with cable at our house so, to sit and watch any kind of tv for hours on end is just unheard of with our busy schedules and working on the house.  I think I had the expectation of a nice get away with wine, reading, laying in the sun, deep conversation…you know a life changing experience.  But I am not disappointed that I didn’t get a lot of reading done and that me and Joel hardly said anything deep to each other.  Surprisingly, it was just what we needed. 
Some of my  favorite parts of the trip are…
Taking 6 hrs to get there when it should have taken 4.  Yep, we stopped in almost every small town to hit up antique shops and yes a garage sale:)  I love that Joel also enjoys my passion for picking! He is soo awesome!!! I bought some goodies and will post pictures later.


Walking along the lake bottom (the lake has dropped 14ft due to the drought) picking up fresh water clam shells and over 100 pieces of driftwood for a future project:) 


 Spending the day with family out on the boat soaking up the sun.
Thank you Misty and Nathan we are so blessed by you two!

The night before we left for our vacation I had a rescued home craft night that my friend Rachael helped me pull off.  Rachael provided an amazing homemade lasagna, salad and wine and we created my spring topiary.  

 It was an amazing night! I had soo much fun and think all the ladies did too!  When the ladies arrived I had a table set up where they could give me their information, subscribe to the rescued home and then enter their names, by writing them on vintage sheet music and putting them in a terra cotta pot,  for a give away at the end of the night.

The prize was a vintage suitcase embellished with a silk flower and antique lace.


Here are some pictures of the night.

Everything flowed so smoothly and everyone’s topiary was awesome!  
And above all God was there. 
He was in our laughter, he was in our friendships, he was in our creativity, he was in our femininity and he blessed us that night with goodness. 
With love,