Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Bunny & Flower Trails To You....

 
It's been a "good Friday"  around the farm today. My husband doesn't work Fridays and it's always nice spending the day with him.  We both love working outside in the garden and the yard.  You know we spent the last 2 years working on the inside of this house .  (and yes, I promise to finally start showing pics of the place soon)  But we're excited to finally concentrate on the great outdoors!     We've been at the plant nursery gathering plants, flowers and new veggies for the Spring & Summer garden. 

Although the weather is so incredibly nice right now, we have to think realistically on what plants to buy that will endure the drought & heat of our summers, as well as conserve water.    Lots of decorative succulents, cacti, Knockout Roses, rosemary, sages, & grasses.
 

 
 Later in the day my husband worked around the house with Luke getting new gravel pathways going.  Luke is awesome with the tractor!:
 
 


Topiary fragrant gardenias were planted with geraniums on the front porch.   Gardenias are great to plant close to a window that allows their scent indoors or by sitting areas like this....love love their sweet scent.
 
  
 
The veggie garden surprised us with new color after the recent rains  with some of the Knockout roses and sage,
dianthus &  snapdragons,
  Really  wishing I would've taken pics of all our bluebonnets we've had, along with vivid orange snapdragons in our front fields! They're still there but past their peak or whipped by the rains .   I kept meaning to take the camera out for the bluebonnets and well, life got busy.   
 
The passion vine has flowered today and it's truly one of our faves that we've planted in alot of our homes.  So easy to grow and just has the coolest flower...very Sputnik don't you agree?
 We lightly spray painted our funky bench with turquoise spray for the garden by the pool:

 And the mandevilla vine is happy by our guest room patio!
 
 
 Our vine growing on the garage was vivid orange last week but the cold snap muted the orange a bit....still pretty though!  The hummingbirds love it each morning..
The veggie garden has been great the past couple of months providing us salad stuff & herbs every week.  I highly recommend that you grow your own organic veggies  & herbs, tastes so great from the garden!

The zoysia grass is just starting to green up and tomorrow we'll spend some time spreading compost over it & planting more fun stuff.

What will you be doing this weekend?  Any gardening, cooking great Easter dishes or travel? Let me know , always love to hear from my readers too!


Wherever you many roam,  wishing you a blessed Easter remembering the beautiful reason of the holiday, surrounded by those you love and I hope you'll make some time to enjoy the great outdoors! 
 
 
  Gotta luv that Easter bunny hoppin' down my trail :).....happy bunny trails to ya!
xo,
 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Asbestos Awareness Week


 
 Got asbestos in your home?    Well, most people really don't know because they either don't know what to look for or haven't had a proper inspection to find out. 

1. Insulation 6. Range Hoods 11. Furnace Covers
2. Roofing Materials 7. Textured Paints 12. Duct Insulation
3. Window Sealers 8. Fireplace Logs 13. Clothes Dryers
4. Spray-on Ceiling 9. Appliances 14. Vehicle Brake Linings
5. Electrical Equipment 10. Vinyl or Tiles Flooring 15. Exterior Siding
 
 
Alot of the homes constructed before the early 70's still pose a threat of containing asbestos.  So, if you love to remodel those older homes or maybe living in one now, then please take the time to dig more into this post.
  Most people don't even know the potential deadly dangers of asbestos.  To further  educate yourself  about asbestos , you can read OSHA'S article HERE.
  So, where is asbestos found in the home?
Asbestos has been used in many products found in the home to provide insulation, strength, and fire protection. In 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) announced a phased ban of asbestos products to be completed by 1996. The most common items in the home that may contain asbestos are listed above and also here are a few other points:
  • Duct wrapping on heating and air conditioning systems
  • Insulation on hot water pipes and boilers, especially in homes built from 1920 to 1972
  • Some roofing, shingles, and siding
  • Ceiling and wall insulation in some homes built or remodeled between 1945 and 1978
  • Sheet rock taping compounds and some ceiling materials
  • asbestos sprayed on ceilings often that have a spongy, “cottage cheese” appearance with irregular soft surfaces.
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Heather Von St.James , an advocate for asbestos awareness , recently contacted me and asked if I would reach out to my readers and help educate more people to the hidden dangers of asbestos in the home.  
 
 
 Heather developed Mesothelioma,  a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.   Heather is a survivor and now spreading her knowledge and experience about asbestos.
  So, meso the what?    I know...I had never heard about this cancer and other health problems associated with asbestos, such as lung cancer and asbestosis
 
 Quite honestly I felt under educated when I read more about spotting asbestos within residential structures . 
Please take the time to educate yourself as well, and read Heather's story and her website by clicking HERE.
 
 Like me, alot of my blog readers have remodeled alot of older homes.  I hope that none of us were ever exposed to any of the dangers of asbestos while in the process of the remodels.  But I hope this article will just make you so much more aware on HOW to do your demolitions on your older homes safely and also how to contact the proper inspector that knows how to spot asbestos and educate you before you begin your remodeling.   
For more education on mesothelioma , you can also read the following two links:
http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/


To learn more about asbestos, you can click HERE .
 
 
Thank you Heather for reaching out and spreading awareness.  May you continue to be healthy and a shining light of education for many others!
 
 
 
 
xo,
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(top image via www.asbestosin.com)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Shipping Container Homes


Would you believe this cool aqua home is constructed with one of these?
 
These homes were also created from a shipping container:
You won't believe the other amazing "shipping container" homes & projects on this link HERE.
 
Design studio? Guesthouse?  Office?   Lake cabin?  What your thoughts?  What would you build with one if you had the container?
 
p.s.   If you live in the Austin/San Antonio area, they sell the "raw" containers on IH 35 just south of the San Marcos outlet.
xo,
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Friday, February 28, 2014

A Neutral & Serene Master Bathroom Revisited

Yesterday I had a fun surprise flipping through the new  edition of AUSTIN HOME magazine  (Spring 2014),  and spotted this master bathroom  I designed.  The room is currently featured in Schroeder Carpet & Tile's ad.  Remember this room from the "Patterson Project"?  Schroeder  is the resource we used for the tiles, hardwoods,wallpapers  and carpeting in this home, and  I love the ease of their showroom for one stop shopping with a client!  
Oh, and here's a lil surprise....notice the gorgeous floor in this bathroom?  Wood?  Nope, it's a tile that looks so awesome in person &  truly looks so much like wood but a great product to use in areas like the bathroom.   Would also work great in a coastal home for sandy feet.
 
For more pictures of this  master bathroom, go to Schroeder's post HERE.
...and by the way , if you've contacted me recently about design work, I apologize but I've had computer "issues"....so if you didn't get a response from me, then now you know why!  
For new clients, I'm  only taking on E-Design projects and we're working on our cost/packaging so we can create a more affordable plan for you.   However, if you're wanting a room design faster than we can change our EDesign website page, then we would like to offer you a 10% discount on any package we currently have listed to get your project in queue.
Check our E-Design link at the top of this page  for more details!
Happy lovely Friday to you!
 
 
xo,
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Monday, February 17, 2014

02 17 Bday & 207 Port A !



February 17th, today's my birthday , woohoo!
 
  Can you tell I love dogs, and  lilacs?   
It's a mile stone too....the big 5-5!!  Truly hard for me to believe because I feel so much younger (well ok maybe I feel 40)....but I guess they say the  "new 40" is now the "50's"?   
My husband and I just returned from our Valentine's/Bday weekend and stayed at this precious cottage in Port Aransas, Texas.  We had a blast and met up with our two good friends down there.  The weather was back to the infamous Texas warm wonderful weather and it was picturesque.  I've been so sick of our cold weather and it was so great to finally warm up and feel great....oh ya NO cedar allergies down there or itchy eyes....felt great!  
The adorable SEA OATS COTTAGE was charming, cozy and just a great romantic getaway.  I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it. We loved not only the cottage, but the locale is our fave because our favorite thing we do in Port Aransas is bicycle everywhere, and the cottage is in the center of everything you need in Port A.  The sweet owner also provides you with a delicious Italian roast coffee and locally made wonderful soaps.
(flowers already in bloom there)

The cottage is also situated just below the beautiful & historical Chapel On the Dunes.
We had this charming view of the chapel just outside our back windows:
Click on the link just above the photo for more beautiful pictures of the interior of this chapel.
And here you can see the chapel just to the left of the cottage:
The cottage only rents to 2 people and you have to be over 25 (not a problemo here:) ).
 
 
For families, there's also a cute place just next door called the Chapel Cottage.
Our hope  is to one day own another cottage down there .  We miss the ease of taking our dogs when we want and going when we want.    We grew up in Texas and so this town is very near and dear to our hearts.  I used to love to go deep sea fishing with my Dad down here and think of him every time I'm there because he loved this town too.  And I had many family vacations there growing up that were just fun with my older brothers and sisters.
We will be down there again soon staying at Cinnamon Shore and can't wait to share with you another cute rental in that cute hood of Port A!

Gotta go enjoy "my" day and hope you're having a great Monday.

Do you dream about a coastal cottage in your state?  If so, where's your fave town on the coast?


xo,
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