What No One Tells You When You Fall In Love

French dining chairs used in an elegant farmhouse setting, all done on a budget

We have lived in our home for about 25 years now. It's hard for me to fathom that the years since I fell in love...have gone by so quickly! I fell long and hard for this house the minute that I laid eyes on it. This is what I mostly fell for...

French farmhouse style dining room with budget decorating ideas

The fact that when you walk in the front door, you see the pool and the yard behind...

This house should have been on an episode of Fixer Upper and would have qualified as one of the worst! Back when we purchased this place there were no digital cameras, and the only photos I have are not the best. Suffice to say that it was kind of gross...brown shag carpet, broken white tile, flocked and foiled wallpaper, one bathroom had a purple toilet and sink. Need I say more?

white designer kitchen done on a budget by refacing cabinets with new doors and more

We liked the layout and knew that we could add on to it when our budget allowed...

We did all of the work ourselves...as in DIY ourselves:~}. For more pictures, info and some different shots that might inspire you...check out THIS post that I wrote last Spring...

white built in refrigerator with repurposed cabinet doors in a kitchen done over time and on a budget

No one ever told us how difficult the process would be! We worked bit by bit and project by project on this home...but we fell in love and took our time...

restoration hardware french bar stools

The bar counter in the family room looking into the kitchen, where we sit for casual dinners and for morning coffee. I like to mix meaningful family pieces into our decor, but sparingly...

white french style kitchen
ideas for designing a kitchen that you'll fall in love with

Everything looks nice and fresh now that the holiday decor has FINALLY been put away and my organizing and de~cluttering continues. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and having it clean and simple makes me happy!

mason jar chandelier

That Mason jar chandelier with the color pop is somewhat unexpected and always a topic of conversation when people first visit. Sometimes I think that I'm ready to change it out for something new, but I follow my own vision and it's staying {for now:~}

Kitchen and dining room ideas with fresh flowers

I took photos today because it was cleaning day and I have these gorgeous flowers that I purchased from Trader Joes in a white ironstone pitcher sitting on the table...

beautiful flower arrangements

I had no idea what the large flowers were that look like cabbages, and a couple of my Instagram friends told me that they are Flowering Kale! 

farmhouse elegant dining room

On the sideboard I'm keeping it simple as well with fresh eucalyptus and a few favorite French pieces...

floral arranging in a shabby chic style on a farmhouse table

Simplicity with relaxed elegance is just so enhanced by a beautiful floral arrangement in the room...

dining room with a view

If you fall in love hard for a home and make it yours, take your time to make it just how you want it to be. It's so worth it and I wouldn't trade this place for anywhere else...