8.24.2012

Feature Friday

I'm loving Kirsten Krason's "Feature Friday" post today!

Aww...my Houston home!

It's not everyday that someone asks to feature your home and your decorating style, so I was honored when Kirsten contacted me. She has a fabulous eye and a well-loved design blog: 6th Street Design School. I love the way she collected favorite images from so many different places on my blog. It's always fun to see what someone else finds inspiring about your home!

Let me just say...it was HARD to leave that house. {I didn't really get to say goodbye.} It was our dream home...and my dream kitchen for sure! I miss it everyday. We're working hard to make our farmhouse feel like home, but we're not there yet. The beauty that surrounds us is breathtaking, but the house needs a lot of TLC.

Finally, the fleas are gone...for good we hope. We had to take drastic {and expensive measures}. And my sweet husband has been fixing things left and right around the house. He's a SAINT. Slowly, but surely, we're making progress. Decorating has been on the back burner {which is hard for me}, but we'll get there. You know how I love to nest!

Despite all of the challenges here, I still believe this much is true: God brings beauty out of broken things. And the truth is, I'm as broken as this house. And every bit as much in need of transformation and refreshment. But you know what? He's doing a good work in me, and for that, I'm THANKFUL. I'll take the brokenness {and even the fleas...but please not more than once!} if it means beauty will rise in the end.

Speaking of beautiful things, this is why we bought our house:

The view of our pasture and beyond.

The view and location are beyond beautiful!
My dream spot.

And look at the beauty that has become a familiar sight
right outside our kitchen window:





Off they go!

Once I again, I was a little weary-hearted as I began this post, but I've unexpectedly moved right into THANKFULNESS after writing my heart out here. Thank you for "listening" sweet friends. You are dear...or shall I say deer! Tee hee!

Happy Friday!

P.S. The word "flea" finally had a postive association for me today. I went to the once-a-month Nashville Flea with a sweet neighbor and even found a few things! But the best part was being in good company. I didn't know how isolated and lonely I was. She was a real blessing.

P.P.S. I settled on a paint color...one I already had! No more paint paralysis! I'll share a photo soon!

24 comments:

  1. You are just so lovely Linsey!! Every time I'm down and I visit your wonderful blog, my spirits are lifted!
    The beauty that surrounds your new home is stunning!! I know what a blessing it must be for you when things aren't going well.
    Take care sweet girl and have a wonderful weekend!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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    1. Aww, thanks Melinda. To hear that my little blog could be used to lift your spirits makes the time spent here worth while!

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  2. That was one GORGEOUS home...haven't seen any quite that nice online at all!

    You are sure right about God :)

    I live 45 min. from Nashville...have not been to the flea mkt. in years.
    (It was what I did with daddy :/ )

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    1. "Haven't seen any quite that nice online" is a HUGE compliment! Thank you.

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  3. Hmmm, wonder how you will like those cute deer once your garden is planted. (:

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  4. What a gorgeous area you live in!!! Oh my goodness!!! I can definitely sympathize with how hard it is to leave a house you love and move to one that isn't as nice...I'm living that right now and I've done some crying about it too!! But judging by your amazing style, I have no doubt that you'll get your new house looking just as breathtaking as the last one. And the view you have...seriously can't be beat! So glad to have found you and your great blog! :)

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    1. Welcome, Brooke! When it comes down to it, the people IN the home matter more than the house itself, but there's nothing wrong with trying to make it feel a littls fresher! We'll do this together!

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  5. You know, I read articles in home magazines all the time about people who buy these amazing, broken homes and restore them. The photos are beautiful and everything is fantastic, but it never mentions how hard it is in the process. You guys will get it there, but thank you for being honest and real about the process you are in right now because although painful, it is an important part of the journey. I'm glad you went and did something fun with a friend. I was thinking about you the other day and wondering if you had met anyone. Loneliness can sneak up on us even if we are staying occupied with home things and friendship can help shift perspective in the right direction. Hugs to you friend!

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    1. All so true, Megan. I was about to show a gross photo of matted doghair pulled out from a crevice in the floor {a sight I see everyday}, but it was just too gross! Not the stuff you want to see in magazines and blogs! The process is ineed hard, but you are right...part of the journey. And yes, friendship has a way of shifting perspective. So thankful for a nearby friend.

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  6. So fun to read your blog and so fun to see your Texas home and SO fun to have you here and SO fun our girls are friends, the kind that can't remember when the friendship started...the kind that says, "Oh there you are! I've been wondering where you were!" Can't wait to have more life time together!

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    1. Sweet Gigi, your words about our girls made my eyes tear right up. An answered prayer for sure! And an amazing mama to boot! A double blessing!

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  7. What a stunning view; whenever you get overwhelmed by the inside, step outside and take a deep breath!
    Praying for you; we've done the whole house reno before and it's not easy! In the end, though, you'll have a masterpiece. I'm so happy to be able to virtually follow along!

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    1. The word "masterpiece" made me laugh! Hard to see it now! Thanks for cheering me on!

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  8. I found you via 6th street design blog and must say your home is beautiful. I could look at that pasture all day long! It is fun to "participate" in watching a young family home develop as we move into the empty nest phase of life (which is fun also) You can follow my blog at
    http://jenrick1.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/a-sneakity-peek-at-the-guest-bath/
    I look forward to reading your posts

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I poked around your blog and can see that we are in two different stages but doing many similar things. Here's to enjoying the process!

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  9. I am so glad you got to go to the flea market. You need to tell me what you thought about it and what you found. This is the first time I haven't been in many months. Sure hope to go in September. October is usually the biggest and best. Can't wait to go with you sometime soon.

    The deer in your yard are just beautiful. What a gift for you to see these beautiful creatures when you look out your window. God knows what you are delighting in and what you need.

    Chat soon.

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    1. I had such fun at the flea, mostly because I was in good company. A sweet gift of a neighbor who shops like I shop. We don't waste time on stuff that doesn't matter to us, but take the time to connect with people. You'd be a great addition to our little duo! xoxo!

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  10. I'm so glad your fleas are gone...hate that you had to spend some of your nesting money doing it. :( But, thank GOD they're gone!!!!

    I love how transparent you are, Linsey....it's contagious and refreshing.

    I can't wait to see more of the charm of that land...it's breathtaking and beautiful and full of God's artwork.

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    1. I feel the same way about you, Tara...so transparent and refreshing. It's been a joy to get to know you here in blogland. And I just know that when we meet in person, you'll be just as you are on the blog...REAL! Hugs!

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  11. Hi there! i come to your blog from time to time...
    i had just done the oppossite movement.. i left my house in the beach (similar problems you are having in your farm house!) to the city (Montevideo, Uruguay). I had to , for family issues... but to tell you the truth, there's nothing i wouldn't do to go back to the mud, the climbing to the roof to clean the leaves, the picking firewood... and a long and - a bit sad for me - list...

    But my heart is where my husband is, and once i said i'd follow him where ever... so here i am ! in the pavement!!

    Love the deers you can see over there!
    Best best best for you!

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  12. I love what you said about your heart is where you husband is. So sweet. Mine too!

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  13. Linsey, I think I must check your blog at least 5 or 6 times a day in breathless anticipation of your next post. Your sweet spirit and calm, unruffled, persistent patience help soothe my hectic days, and I love delighting in your work as you share it. Your homes are both beautiful and I am always amazed by the seemingly small bits of true beauty you manage to capture and deliver in such a way that your readers are right there in the moment with you, momentarily removed from the computer and the craziness that cloud our minds, and just transported to these glorious places with you. Your power with a lens and your talented eye for God's beauty are nothing short of God-given. I read your blog over and over some days just to try to calm my own soul, and I wish I could come chat with you over tea and help you conquer the fleas. You remind me gently to focus on the important things in life and I am often better able to turn away from this computer and really focus on my children, my home, and my God. You are my favorite blogger.

    Would you mind if I ask a few unrelated questions? I tried to find an email for you, but this is the best I could find for communicating.
    First, I would love to purchase two quatrine armchairs but am wondering if you know of a good time to buy (i.e. sale time) and what I should expect to save for two pieces like that. Second, I would love to be able to print my own art prints from home, but I will need to purchase a new printer to even come close to the quality I hope to achieve. Can you recommend a good home printer? Or how you produce your paper goods? Finally, I am curious to know if your family watches any TV? I don't recall any mention of it and don't see any black boxes in your gorgeous homes.

    Lastly, I owe you a huge debt of gratitude for transforming my family with your deep, revealing description of the Feingold diet. My children are 5,4, and 2, and YOU and your blog are the only reason I know anything about Feingold, chemical sensitivities, healthy eating, and better habits. You are singularly responsible for changing my perspective and all of our lives as we moved from the typical, central-aisles diet to a healthier, CSA-supported, organic, grass-fed, Azure supplemented, beautiful, natural, and God-intended way of eating and living. It is a beautiful thing, and I am so grateful for children who are peaceful, calm, and able to lend their full attention to a situation. It is incredible the difference it has made and makes daily in our lives. I will never forget you, your blog posts, or even the time in my life when I discovered your "way of eating." I can't thank you enough for believing it to be important enough to share with your readers and the world. It very much is. You are a daily inspiration and I hope you will keep writing and sharing as often as you feel compelled to do so. THANK YOU!
    Hugs, Collette

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  14. I am beyond humbled, Collette. What a dear comment...one that encourages my heart today. Just when I feel like I have nothing to contribute on this little blog, God sends someone like you my way. Thank you, sweet blog friend. You are a gift. Here's my email: order(at)llhdesigns(dot)com

    Happy to answer some of your specific questions through email, but the TV one seems timely. We have one for watching family movies. But it's been packed up since May and we've yet to miss it. I'm sure we'll unpack it for movies again soon, but three months have gone by and there's not a show in the world that entices me enough to unpack it. We probably won't have cable here...or even a good signal for regular TV. We just find that our lives are full and rich without it.

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