Archives For Wishing & Hoping

We need to have some work done on our roof and as we go round and round on whether to repair or replace, standard shingles or fancy ones, etc etc etc, the idea of resale keeps coming back up. Which has me thinking of where we’ll live next. Which has me pinning ideas for my future dream house that will magically be everything I ever wanted without costing a million dollars. Behold:

I love the upper cabinets in this kitchen. I use the tops of our cabinets to store rarely-used serving pieces already and love the idea of having glass doors to let them be on display without getting so dusty.

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Our Fifth House

This is what I imagine the back of my perfect house looking like. I would love to have a backyard that’s private enough to leave all those windows uncovered.

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Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House

Something like this is completely necessary. So much storage!


Better Homes & Gardens

This is exactly how I imagined the entry. I have this vague idea in my head of what The Dream House is like, and every now and then I see a picture and I’m like “Oh yeah, that’s it!” Like I recognize it from my subconscious or something. This photo and the one above of the back porch both had that effect on me.

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For the Love of a House

Happy Friday, my friends! I hope the weather is as beautiful wherever you are as it is here right now. The internet tells me it may rain later but at this moment it’s blue skies and 81–unheard of for Louisiana in August! I am so looking forward to this weekend. It’s the first in months that I won’t be studying and I will in fact be doing some fun stuff that I can’t wait to tell you about on Monday. Have a good one!

ps if you want to see more of my dream house ideas you can check out my board on Pinterest

When we first bought our house the front doors were painted white like the rest of the trim. On a bit of a whim I painted them blue two years ago.

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I’ve been perfectly content with my muted blue doors for two years now. But last week I spotted this image on pinterest and be still my beating heart I think I need a navy door.

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I love the way it looks with the green ferns and white trim in the photo above (I have those too) and I think it would look even more amazing with the muted yellow of my house. Should I go for it? I’ve got half a quart of high-gloss navy paint left over from painting Jack’s dresser last year and if I hate it I’ve still got some of the original blue paint in my stash as well. It’s just paint, right? The only thing I’ve got to lose is hours of valuable time that I could be doing other things! I think the navy would be a more classic and authentic look for this old-enough-to-be-my-grandparent house. If somebody would come over and tape off all those panes of glass I’d paint it in a heartbeat.

I mentioned the other day that I spent most of my time in the car on our trip to Atlanta daydreaming about the house I’d love to build someday. I say build instead of buy because I have some pretty specific requirements. It must be surrounded by mature trees. It must have plenty of windows and a big ‘ol porch. It must be located within thirty minutes of both my parents and in-laws. And it must have a guest bedroom on the ground floor with an attached bathroom. Our grandparents on both sides of the family have had quite a bit of drama lately and it’s been a wake up call–I want to be sure I’m able to move a parent into our home someday if we need to, and having a suitable bedroom on the ground floor is critical to that end.

I prefer a traditional exterior and a focus on the outdoors. Behold, my favorite houses…

Better Homes and Gardens

FGY Architects |

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Roger Moraga |

Oh man. This last one just gets me. I want to go to there.

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No source. If you know where this image is from please let me know so I can cite it! (and maybe visit?)

But while I love drooling over photos, what really gets me going is floor plans. My parents subcontracted the construction of their own home when I was in middle school and one of my favorite pastimes was paging through their home plan catalogs, then drafting out my own designs. Yesterday while Jack was napping I got out my graph paper and drew up my dream house based on a couple of different layouts I’d seen online. My grandparents had a business doing custom home designs for many years so maybe that’s why I like it so much.

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Bear in mind that I am filthy rich in this scenario. I think that this house would be about 3,000 square feet–a little bigger than I thought that I wanted but I can see it comfortably housing both an aging parent and a gaggle of kids (and someday grandkids). If I had my druthers, this would be the house I lived in until I died. But I know that most folks can’t afford to buy/build their forever home until they’ve been saving a little longer than we have so I’m not holding my breath that this dream will be realized anytime soon. Maybe someday though, right? If Nick rents a lot of cars and my student loans get forgiven and I keep on keeping on with the cheapness. Or maybe we’ll end up settling into a house that is not exactly perfect but still pretty great because, hello, we live there, and that’ll be enough. That’s probably what’ll happen.

Okay, well maybe that title is a little dramatic, but I am pretty excited about adding some more greenery to this little nook near the kitchen and laundry room. The herbs you see in the photo below have since gone to live outside and things are looking a little stark.

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I’ve always wanted to try my hand at starting seeds indoors, but it’s hard to find a sunny spot that’s not vulnerable to cat attacks. This tiny greenhouse from Ikea is adorable and only $20! My friend Lauren (in Atlanta) picked it up for me this weekend and I can’t wait to get it when I see her in a few weeks. I think it’s much smaller than it appears in the photo below–the measurements indicate it’s actually about the size of that basket of herbs I had there before. I think it’ll be a really cute addition to the room and a fun spot to nurture tiny seedlings.


Another thing I’ve always wanted–a macrame plant hanger! Call me crazy, but ever since I saw a cluster of them hanging in one of my grandparents’ friends’ homes twenty years ago I’ve dreamed of having some macrame of my own. Sadly, I’ve never had the opportunity. Until now! This spot is perfect for a hanging plant (or two or three, but I’ll start with just one). I’ve been googling tutorials and I’m planning to get my macrame on ASAP. I just gotta get some cord to use first.


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What else should I put in this little nook? Maybe a happy poster or art print? A shelf or two? I think I need to wait and see how it comes together with the greenhouse and the hanging plant(s). There’s so much function jam-packed under that wood counter that I’m not too worried about what happens up top. I actually kind of love keeping the counter as clear as possible for a nice breath of fresh air between the often-cluttered kitchen and laundry areas. Plus the cats just love to lay in front of the window and look out. If you’re new here and wondering what the heck is behind that fabric skirt you can check it out here. This has quickly become one of my favorite spots in the house!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We had so much fun celebrating Nick’s first Father’s Day and taking some family portraits with my friend Brandi, but it wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine thanks to the LSU Tigers losing their first game in the College World Series and Jack and I both being sick with a cold. Luckily, the CWS is double-elimination and a little cold is nothing that plenty of rest and fluids can’t fix. Thanks for reading, y’all. See you tomorrow!