Friday, April 29, 2011

Help Alabama

Hi again,

I have had several of you ask how you can help the tornado victims, thank you. The American Red Cross is a great place start but there are so many organizations helping out, a great list can be found here. I did want to mention that tonight there is a local telethon being hosted, Neighbors In Need, by ABC 33/40. For those who aren't local you can watch HERE.

Thank You

I just wanted to say thank you for two things. First, thank you for all your calls, texts and e-mails yesterday regarding the tornados in Alabama. We are okay, the really bad tornado missed us by a few miles. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for so many others, including a really wonderful client of mine (they are physically fine which is such a blessing). Also, I wanted to say thank you for all the childcare comments and e-mails. I needed the advice, trust me! To take time out of your busy days to send me the wealth of information you did is really awesome. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and if I have not e-mailed back yet it is not because I am ignoring you, it is because the computer virus that won't quit is still having a blast in my computer.

I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful weekend.

PS- Anyone have any idea what why my right sidebar is not showing up? If you click on older posts it is there but not with the newest posts....

Image found She Takes Flight via Emphasis Added

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Love The One You're With- Kirsten Krason

A while back I started a guest blogger series called Love The One You're With based on what fellow bloggers love about their own space. The idea behind the series is to take a moment to focus on what we like instead of what we would change in our own homes (which if you are like me is a long and continual list). I also love to take a peek into other homes and see what is going on!

So today I am starting the series again with Kirsten Krason from 6th Street Design School. I am sure you are familiar with her blog but if not be sure to check out her Etsy roundups (although I warn you that you will always leave wanting something you didn't know you needed!

The place I love most in my life is my office. It is such a special gift to be able to have a room all to myself. I love love love walking in here when my son is napping, shutting the door, lighting a candle, turning on my pandora and working on projects. This room signifies my dream of starting my own business. Sometimes I'll just take a moment to look around this room and realize how lucky I am. I love this room because it has my two favorite colors in it. Blue and pink! I like designing spaces for myself that have pink, are slightly girly and very care-free. I love happy colors and fabrics and lots of white. It's wonderful to have my Ikea shelf where everything has a place. I also love having my desk in front of my window so I can look outside and enjoy our wonderful view of the mountains. Thanks so much to Marianne for letting me participate in sharing the room I love!

Oh I love that office! Thank you Kirsten for your post, I love what you wrote about the office signifying a dream come true!

Photography: Jessica Kettle Photography

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sometimes You Forget, Until You Are Reminded

Sometimes you forget how much you want something (which is probably a sign you really don't need it) until something else reminds you again. Take this watch...I have wanted it for a while now but it fell off my radar until the other day when I saw these (which are sooo on my mind lately)...

Which in turn made me think of something that looked a little something like this, bringing me back to the original watch...

Funny how that happens...and leaves you wanting all 3 even more. While looking at this I found a few others that look like lost cousins (all of which I now want, but I would not wear them at the same time, too matchy)

All wedges Tory Burch (any of which I would accept with open arms), All bands J. Crew

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Advice Needed Birmingham!

Okay all you people in the 'Ham who know things when it comes to little ones, I need your advice. One day I would like to think I will be put together as this...

But who am I kidding? There is no time to dream right now, I am over half way through this pregnancy and the panic attacks are starting. I need help and advice when it comes to childcare!!!

I am looking for something that is not full time, but at least 3 days a week. I am thinking a nanny share/mother's day out combination is the way to go but I am open to any and all suggestions. Daycares you like, people you have used, or nice, normal, perfectly sane new or future parents who might be in the same predicatment that would want to share child care.

I appreciate all suggestions! If you don't want to leave the information in a comment please e-mail me - Thank you!!!

Morning Snack

Image House & Home

Monday, April 25, 2011

This Is The Last Week I Will...

This is the last week I will be working from this office...and I can't wait! Out of the house and into a much larger you can tell, I need more room desperately. This is only half of it, I also have a storage space with more samples, furniture, etc.

If I am being really honest with you this a relatively clean state, usually it just looks like a disaster.

Just a few more days to go....I can't wait to share the new space with you!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Quiet Time - Happy Easter

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 1 Peter 1:3

Friday, April 22, 2011

Home Inspiration

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Add It To The Nursery Wish List...

Cough, cough. My computer (still under seige - I am on a temp right now which causes some procrastination) is not the only thing sick in the Strong household at the moment. It seems my maiden hair fern decided it no longer wanted to live in this world and kicked the bucket. It may look lively in this picture, but it is actually very dead. R.I.P. little fern, you made it a couple of months which is good all things considered.Which brings me to this little fun thing that I want to add to my wish list for Baby Strong's nursery...

I came across it on Daily Candy today and I think it would be so cute on a shelf somewhere. No, I haven't even started on his future home, yet here I am looking at a planter for the nursery. Where are my priorities and who puts a plant in a kids room? Oh, I do. And a plant like the one shown would probably met a much a better fate than my poor Maiden Hair.

When It Rains...

My computer for the past 36 hours has been suffering from the worst virus it has ever seen. It seems even with the virus removed, mass chaos is running about within those walls. I am working on getting it fixed but until then if I owe you an e-mail I promise it is coming. Apparently my phone does not like the extra work it is being asked to perform. It is crazy how reliant I am on this laptop.
This picture found on Etsy shop Ashleykelemen, reminds me of another trend we saw at Highpoint- out of focus photography. I have to say, it grew on me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One More...

One more floor...

Look Down To Begin...

I mentioned yesterday that a client is about to begin a new project. Well, if they get the house they want it comes with....wood herringbone floors. I know I say love on a daily basis on this blog, but really I love herringbone floors. These look like they may need a little TLC so here is some inspiration to get her going...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Client Moving...Exciting Times Ahead

A client I am so very fond of (who lives in Memphis) is getting married and will be moving into a new home soon. We were discussing the new house and it is so exciting to continue what we started. Here are some pictures of what we have been working on in her current house (I swear before she leaves I am going to get better pictures).For example, these pictures do not show how gorgeous her bedding really is or the pretty rug in this room. The lights will be coming with us, we are both still obsessed.
The ceiling was one of my favorite parts of this room...
I love to think about the new house knowing what great pieces are coming from the old house. Every piece we chose we made sure would last for a long time and transition into other spaces. Remember how much I loved this artist? Her art collection, including this John Robinette beauty, is quite impressive.
More art I love... lamps, side tables, pillows, you all are coming as well...hop in the Uhaul.
This may be a dud of a picture but it holds so much goodness. When I get a better picture I will explain what is above the sofa, very cool. The sofa itself is a long time love of mine- linen perfection. Also hard to see is the skirted table, it turned out so well I can't wait to find a new home for it.
More to come as we get ready for the move...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Morning Snack, Hellooooo Floor

Good Morning!!! Time to hit the ground running to catch up from a wonderful weekend at the beach. I just added this picture to my files because I am so taken by the floor. Not what you usually see in a kitchen...And you know already I love the dark cabinets with all the white.

Also, if you get a chance I would love for you to visit yesterday's post about my dear friend Bullen.

House Bob Williams, Traditional Home

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Very Special Quiet Time, My Friend Bullen

*Update: Thanks for the e-mails! To donate through Paypal use THIS LINK.

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to introduce you to a very special friend of mine, Bullen. I have known him for a couple of years now and I can't begin to tell you how amazing he is. Currently living in Alabama, Bullen is trying to get a college education which he will use when he returns to his home, the Sudan, to help others. He needs the help of others though first. The program which brought him here for various reasons cannot continue and now the remainder of his education is in jeopardy. I will let him tell his story below but help would be appreciated in any form!

From Bullen...

The year was 1989…the month I cannot remember…the time was morning…I was in my small village in Mundri, Sudan. Muslims from the north raided my village…because we were Christians. The goal for the Muslims was to take everyone as a prisoner or slave, and burn anything that remained. However, they did not succeed…my God had greater plans for me…at the age of three. I survived. On this terrible day my parents, 5 brothers and sister were taken as prisoners while I was playing nearby with friends. As we all ran for safety, my grandfather took me into the jungle to live…and for years he and I survived on nothing more than roots of wild fruits.

In the jungle we lived life the best that we could. Tukuls were built for shelter…gardens were planted for food…wood was gathered for fire. Clothing was scarce but the love among us was great. My grandfather that cared for me was a preacher. He understood the love of Christ and he shared it with me often. At the age of 14, I knew that I had no hope and that Christ was the only way I could continue to live…so I asked Christ to be Lord of my life. My life has never been the same. My grandfather continued to model for me how to walk with the Lord. My past will always be my past, but I knew that by following Christ my future would be bright!

Life in the jungle was adventurous, scary and difficult. I was a very tiny small-framed boy, who learned great lessons from a wise grandfather, to whom I will be forever grateful. I dug the garden, walked miles for water, slept on a straw mat on the dirt floor, contracted malaria, had one clothes, listened for incoming aircraft with bombs, hid in foxholes, worshipped the Almighty God, was bullied by friends, lived with baboons and hyenas and I was bitten by a black mamba! I was getting a pumpkin in the garden when a black mamba struck me twice on the leg…blind and paralyzed within minutes…a neighbor witnessed the event…my little leg burst with poison…terrible pain and unable to see or speak for over a month. The Lord of my life healed me! This life was a walk of faith I will never forget and I will use my experience to glorify God by bringing hope to the people of Southern Sudan.

Life continued in the jungle for 15 years. Then in 2005 a peace treaty was signed in Sudan to end the war between the Muslims in the north and the Christians in the south. At this time, I had the opportunity to begin looking for my family. My search began in Juba at a refugee camp and thankfully my search ended there as well. By God’s grace I found my mother and my sister, but was saddened to hear that all five brothers were killed in the war and my father died as well. My mother’s heart was filled with joy, and I knew that our reunion was just another part of the greatness of God in my life.

Education has always been a priority in my life. My grandfather constantly encouraged me to learn. At a young age I would attend school under a tree in the jungle. I learned with no paper and pencils, only with dirt and sticks. But God continued to work in my life and I continued to trust Him for my education. Soon missionaries came to start a “real” school in Mundri. For the first time I was able to use a book and pencils (although I did have to break the pencils in half to share with friends). However this did not last long, after 6 short months the Muslims heard what was happening…Christians learning…and bombed our school. As a result missionaries left and the school was closed. My heart was broken but I trusted that God had a plan. After 2 years of trusting God to complete the work that He started in me…my cry was heard… American missionaries came and wanted to help me go to school. Through the missionaries, God would provide a way for me to travel to Uganda where I would attend and complete high school and begin preparing to accomplish my dream of a college education.

Most in Sudan will never have the experience of attending college, but I know in my heart that God had different plans for me. In January 2008, I was given the opportunity to apply for a student visa to travel to the United States. After eight long months of waiting and trusting, God saw fit for the Embassy to grant me my student visa. I could see my dream coming true…I was headed to the United States to attend college.

I have now been in the United States attending college for two years. This experience has exceeded all of my expectations. It is my desire to remain in the United States in order to complete the remainder of my college education, but this can no longer happen without the assistance of friends like you. Many years ago, God placed a desire in my heart to earn a college degree so that I could return to my country as an honest, Christian businessman and help provide employment and HOPE for my people.

I would first like to ask you to pray for me as I continue in this journey. I know that when believers pray our great God hears our cries. Second, I would like to ask you to consider giving financially to the completion of my education. No amount is too small. I know this is a large task and very expensive but I believe through faith in our big Lord it can be accomplished. Third, if you know of any churches, groups or organizations where I can share my story, please contact me 205-215-6363.

Thank you so much for your love and support! It is a blessing to call you brothers and sisters!

Make Checks payable to:

Four Corners Ministry

PO Box 161

Wedowee, Alabama, 36278

Memo Line: Bullen Education via paypal

Comment: Bullen Education

Imparting Hope

Bullen Timo

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Friday, April 15, 2011

My Kind of Week

Travis Tritt* once sang, "Why can't every day be just this good?" and that is how I feel about this week. It has been special to say the least. We found out our baby is healthy and a boy*, my parents came in town for a quick visit, I found an office (more to come on that soon), this weekend I am going to the beach with some of my favorite people and Sunday is Patrick's birthday. It has been wonderful to say the least.
Image Houzz
Image via Two Elle
Above images We Heart It

*A Great Day To Be Alive, such a good, song can be heard HERE

**I think I might have given some the wrong idea about finding out we are having a boy. I did think/feel like our baby was a girl but truly we did not have a preference either way. As someone who grew up with boys I feel right at home at ballparks among Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I hope y'all have had a wonderful week as well and a weekend of R&R on the horizon!