Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring is in the air!

Happy Friday, friends!

After that long (and very cold) winter, I am happy for this beautiful weather we have recently had. I am changing my tune from "Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" to "Let it GROW! Let it GROW!"

Last spring, we began spending more time on our back deck. Very quickly we realized it was in need of some color... badly.

Not wanting to paint the deck, I decided that a planting table was just what we were missing.
Shortly after, the hubs and I went down to our family's land, Warnock Family Farms, to scavenge through some of the old barns for wood and things with which to build the planting table. Lo' and behold, we found a ton of old doors in one of the barns. This find got my gears a turnin'.

We loaded up the truck with a few doors, some antique turpentine tins, two old iron columns, some old bottles and jugs, and an old wooden tool box. I am pretty sure we looked like the Beverly Hillbillys.

After doing some quick measurements and sketches (and three trips to Home Depot), the hubs got to work. I am so lucky to have such a talented handy man.

I love the way it turned out! Its so fun to take "found objects" and find new uses for them!

Now, of course all of these plants didn't make it through the winter. Hopefully this weekend I will be able to get around to sprucing it back up. I am still waiting for my thumb to turn green!

Happy Planting, friends!

Brandi Nell

p.s. If you have any Before/Afters, tips, or ideas - please share with me! I would love to hear from you! Email me at

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hello World!

Hello World! Welcome to my new blog!

Two years ago, Kevin (the hubs) and I began the hunt for our piece of the American Dream. We searched and searched and we happened to stumble upon the cutest little townhouse neighborhood with tons of character (think Charleston-esque, different colors and cute balconies from the top stories). The neighborhood was a little out of our price range at the time so we continued our search (who am I kidding, just about everything was out of our price range at that point)... but my heart kept leading me back to that neighborhood.

Finally one of the Townhouses became available and was in foreclosure. It was in good condition, but hadn't been updated in twenty years... all white walls, carpet everywhere (including the bathrooms. YUCK!).

Luckily, my hubs had vision and convinced me that the place was a blank slate. We could do whatever we wanted to it. And two months later, we closed on it. The night we closed, we drove straight over to the new abode and began pulling up carpet.

We have been very fortunate in the fact that we have
wonderful friends who are always willing to help with trade for maybe some pizza and beer and a ton of laughs.

A year and a half after closing, we are still working on the place... room by room - making it our home.

Some friends have convinced me that I need to start a blog about our journey and showing our love of taking something that is ugly and finding beauty. We work on the house, rehab furniture, and decorate each room with love.
Here you can follow us on our adventure, give us advice, and share in our experiences. So again, welcome to our little world - I am happy that you found me here. More to come soon!

Brandi Nell

Oh and here are some more pics of the house in before & afters: