My New Pie Safe

We are home, again! After our three-week trip to England we needed some serious down time away from work, home and everyday life. We packed back up and headed west to New Mexico where we retreated to a cabin a few miles south of Taos.  It was refreshing to spend our days reading while laying by the Embudo river and exploring Carson National Forest.  So here I am today, unpacking, laundry, picking up the house, working in the yard… yada yada.

Before we left I had a few hours while Eliza was down for a nap to decorate a new piece I have been dying to get my hands on.  I bought this pie safe from a neighbors garage sale before we left for England.

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I probably realistically don’t have time to take on a new project right now but it was too good of a deal to pass up so I bought it with birthday money I have been saving since February. I plan on giving it a facelift with some milk paint, I have no idea when I will get to it but I will just add it to my list of projects!

Even though it isn’t the color I want, the inside was still begging to be prettied.  I gathered up all of my “white things” I had stored in various kitchen cabinets, closets and drawers and laid them out on my dining table, tuned Pandora to Amos Lee and let my creative juices flow.  An hour later I came up with this.

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I love how it turned out!  I also thought I would use this as an opportunity to share some decorating tips with you.

To create balance and visual interest group items in odd numbers.

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Your grouping can be of the same items like my pitchers above or can be a grouping of different items.

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The cream-colored plate acts as a back drop and adds another layer of texture.  It doesn’t compete with the grouping because it is rectangular and the same color as the inside of the piece.

Show case interesting items in front such as this set of salt and pepper shakers.

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Group items together that have a similar shape.

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 I bought this darling sugar bowl in England after seeing one at my friend Jess’s house.

Stack different sized plates to create a group of plates.

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The group of plates becomes one stand alone item.

A piece of furniture created for cooling and storing pastries seems like a fitting place for a cake stand.  I pulled these ramekins out of my kitchen cabinet to make room for baby equipment.  Notice how I stacked them in odd numbers.  If I had stacked them two and two then they would not have been as visually interesting.

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Hope these tips help you on your next decorating endeavor.

With love,
Lauren

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Rest and More England

We are home and jet lag is my middle name!  Ok jet lag is usually pretty brutal but with a 5 month old that doesn’t sleep through the night well that is a double whammy!!  In spite of jet lag I have to say the trip was awesome and exceeded my every expectation. I am slowly easing back into life but can’t seem to find any motivation to get my house back in order.  I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to be on top of my house work so I can move on to new projects.  It seems God is graciously taking that tendency from me.  So I have spent most of my day listening to worship music with tears in my eyes telling God I lay everything down at His feet.  I can’t carry all the heavy burdens I seem to always try to pick up.  Actually this trip has me really wrestling with priorities and how I spend my time.  I spent three weeks free.  My thoughts weren’t consumed with things that need to be fixed around the house or the list of projects I want to complete this summer.  I was free to just be a wife, mom and friend then the moment I stepped back into our house my head was flooded with “must-dos” and “must-haves”.   God is showing me that my identity is not found in where I live or the things I possess or how productive I am with my time.  So I’m going to take this tension that I’m feeling as a sign that God wants to take me into a deeper season of rest.  Ahh just saying that feels like a huge exhale.  I once again give myself permission to rest.

After three pretty intense weeks our team needed a day of fun.  We hopped onto a train and headed to Ludlow.  Ludlow was a wonderful tourist town with a castle at the center.  We spent the day walking around looking at the city’s architecture, eating at a small outdoor café, touring the castle and catching some good deals at a flea market.  It was an awesome day!

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Our baby girl turned 5 months yesterday!  I can’t believe it has already been 5 months.  Everyday I fall more in love with her and cherish every minute we get together.

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With love,
Lauren