Sunday, March 16, 2014

Farmhouse Love!

I am in love with farmhouses. They come in so many shapes and sizes. To me, they have personalities, that evoke emotion. They can be calming, nostalgic, adventurous, and charming!

When I picture farm living I have a few things that come to mind...


1. John Denver singing, anything from his greatest hit album..."life on the farm is kinda laid back.."

2. The fact that I know people might think we would look a little out of place...


3. But, I know something a lot of people don't know...we will really look like this...



So, if we get our wish to some day live life on the farm, here are some of my favorite farmhouse exterior and interior designs.


It's no secret how much I love older homes, and the character the have. This has the symmetry I love and character. I think it would look great on farm land.

This home has the stone and wood exterior, that gives it the look of character that has evolved over time.

I love this home because, I'm a huge fan of cupolas and lookouts! I love the corbels under the roof line, and the wrap around porch, is just perfection.

This is just simple and charming.

I would love this house if it had a screened in porch on the back...maybe it does! It's just classic, simple, and elegant all at the same time.

This room is a HUGE want, because of the openness and light filled room.
I had to add the "signage"'s just too cute!
Now.............Cue the angel singing...."Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"
This is my FAVORITE!!!
I know it's not what most would consider a traditional farmhouse, but I'm anything but traditional. I found out recently, that I had pinned almost all of the rooms in this home and had no idea it was all from the same house!
The architect is Group 3 from Hilton Head, South Carolina. This home was featured as a Southern Living house plan. They did such a beautiful job with this home. It is a modern home, with character of a historic home. It's ME to a tee!
Huge front porch with great stairs, metal roof, and could it be?....a screen door? Oh yes! It's the house for me!

Front view 1 farmhouse exterior

Screened in back porch with a fireplace. Holy wow!
This is the entrance hall...I actually used this picture, as inspiration many years ago for a kitchen redo.
I found the hutch on Craigslist in the homeowners area, and she already owned the sideboard.
Again, is just so funny how much I loved this home and only new of the neat they are all from the SAME house!
Isn't this kitchen just breathtaking? The two story ceiling, the Bermuda shutters on the windows for shade and yet, so much light!
Seriously? Could this Subzero 700 series refrigerator be any more perfect?


This breakfast room with banquet, is what on the plans is labeled "office". It is behind the sink in the kitchen, which is the window you see. I wouldn't change a thing!



The screened porch looking into what on the plans says breakfast nook, but the designer turned into a sitting's perfect!

So now, I need to find a farm...PLEASE!!

* all of these pictures are from my Pinterest page Farmhouse Love.


Have a great week! And Happy Farm Dreamin' Y'all!!!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Dash of Spring & St. Patrick's Day Decor

Every year, I do just a little bit for St. Patrick's Day, while trying to start bring in some splashes of Spring. This is our breakfast table, with our leprechaun and touches of green.

I switched out the urns full of pinecones and winter sprigs for a white beverage container filled with faux carnations. I'm not sure the exact reason why, but they make me so happy.

Here is a different angle of the dining room.

The table by our staircase, I love using greenery from the yard, or in this case, these were greenery from my valentine rose bouquet. They last and last...I just keep changing the water and trim a little off the stems in between.

The entrance table I keep simple with more greenery, and added for St. Patrick's Day, a little shamrock candy dish for Spring treats.

I'm getting excited about getting all my Easter decorations check back soon, for more Spring decor.
Happy Spring Decorating!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Whirlwind Week Recap ~

The last week was so jammed with "STUFF", I had no time to breathe!

This was extremely evident by the 5 loads of laundry I finished on Thursday night....WOW!

Do you ever have those weeks where someone asks, "What have you been up to?", and you really have no clue...but, you know it was busy? I start to feel like I have memory loss, when people ask me and I can't remember...but I know it was busy!

Then, I sit down and realize what ALL I did, and get tired thinking about it.

So, what did we do?

Here is my very random post of events!

Preston will die if he finds out I posted this picture...

Preston, poor guy, had 4 teeth pulled, to make room in his mouth. Here is the AFTER. Less than thrilled!


Then, we had more ice! It looked like it wasn't going to be a major event, but ended up shutting things down for a day and a half! This was it, just beginning...


During the cold, I had a moment where I saw Preston in his flannel, and it reminded me of a picture I had of my Dad in college. As they get older, I think the both look so much like my Dad.



Sometimes making time for grocery shopping feels like a huge chore....albeit necessary!

While out doing errands yesterday; after going to the math tutor, schooling, and golf lessons, we made a quick stop for groceries at my favorite store Central Market. As we were quickly maneuvering the aisles, we were stopped and asked if we homeschooled by one of the vendors.

{ I guess it's a dead giveaway, when your out-and-about, before schools out for the day.}

Turns out he and his wife also homeschool! We shared stories of how much we both love homeschooling our kids, and that was all while my boys were falling in love with their Happy Tomato salsa.

So a big shout out to Happy Tomato Fresh Salsa! As you can see, it's going fast! It's only been 1 day...


Finally, I'm sharing a few pictures of my pets. Sometimes in the hustle & bustle of the day, it's nice for me to just stop. And watching these crazy characters, keeps me smiling!
While the boys were busy with their school work, I was catching up on lesson planning and emails. Then, I looked over and saw all of this going on in plain sight...yet, oh so covert!

Scarlett our cat, acts like she hates Bonnie chasing her, yet....she taunts her!

Bonnie is trying DESPERATELY, to ignore the urge to chase her!

Scarlett hides from obvious places.


And yet, both dogs know they aren't allowed to chase her...while Mom's they watch...and WAIT!


It's hard to ever get mad with these cute faces staring back at you! Darby is the Yin to Bonnie's Yang. They are really so sweet together.

Darby could care less what Scarlett does...Bonnie is obsessed!

Thank you for letting me ramble off my crazy, not so important week.

Now back to more laundry...does it ever end?


Have a GREAT weekend!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday:Hawaiian Heritage

On this a Throwback Thursday, I wanted to share my Hawaiian family heritage.

My grandfather encouraged me and the rest of the family, to register with OHA, the ( Office of Hawaiian Affairs). There has been a movement to register all native Hawaiians. It is a race of very few; yet what it lacks in number, is rich in culture and pride.

I was so proud to register me and my boys. I wanted them and their children to have a legal legacy of Hawaiian lineage to follow.

So for Throwback Thursday, I wanted to share a few pictures of my Hawaiian family.

On the far left, my Great Grandpa, William Douglas Freeth, (part Hawaiian), on the beach with friends with a lei precious!

Left to right: My Great Grandpa Freeth, Great Grandmother "Tutu Freeth" (Hawaiian, Chinese, Caucasian), my Dad, my Grandmother "Tutu Freeth-Borthwick" , my Grandpa Borthwick, my Auntie Karen, and my Uncle Dougie.

My 4th Great Grandfather Captain Sam Nowlein, of Queen Lilioukalani's Guard, (Hawaiian).

My Tutu Freeth-Borthwick, dancing the hula.

My Great Grandmother, Tutu Freeth, placing a lei on Eleanor Roosevelt.

My darling Dad...little Hapa Hawaiian boy!

My Great Great Grandmother May Freeth.
My Tutu Freeth's brothers. They were born in Japan, while their father was there on a work assignment. They too are Hawaiian, Chinese, and Caucasian. I love the mandarin collared shirts.

The beautiful gate at the Royal Hawaiian Cemetery on Oahu.

My card showing I'm officially a registered Hawaiian!

The faces of Hawaii today are so diverse. We are very proud to be Hawaiian! I was even more proud to show them their Hawaiian heritage and history, this last Fall. (Duke Kahanamoku statue in Waikiki, our cousin by marriage.)

Aloha & Happy Throwback Thursday!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Inspirational Monday~

Today I'm simply posting a sentiment I think so many of us share, in our busy world! My sister told me about this, and I nearly spit out my coffee. This is exactly how I feel most days.

How is this an inspiration?

Well it inspired me to remember that everyone has a lot of so called "tabs" open, even my boys. So when we would normally have had a full day of school on Friday, we did only two subjects, so we could close some of those "tabs", even if it was just for one day!


Happy Monday & Try to Close Some "Tabs" Today!


Friday, February 21, 2014

There Was A Girl, Who Tried to Farm...

Ok, so I'm not a farmer...that much is true! However, I did manage to get some things to grow this last Summer. I was able to produce peppers, rosemary, basil, parsley, and well...that's about it! Our parsley survived in our back garden and unfortunately is the lone survivor of the Winter.

I tried my hand at brussel sprouts this last Fall. After much waiting and anticipation, they finally started growing, and then the major freezes came, and we gave up. I think it's the brussel sprout plan that keeps trying!

Do you see the tiny shriveled sprouts? How sad! Even our rosemary bush looks scary. This is the back of the fireplace garden.


This is the only survivor of the three vines we planted. Unfortunately, we aren't sure if this is the raspberry, blueberry, or grapevine....somehow we forgot to label them and now we will just have to wait and see. Anyone have any guesses?
This is getting realllllllly embarrassing!

So what did I learn from my first year of vegetable gardening? Ummm, you mean besides the fact that I'm not good at it? Well, I learned that I need to stick to what I know I can grow, and maybe try things that are like the others, (the ones that grow!).

GREAT!! Now I'm singing the Sesame Street song, "one of these things is not like the others..." Am I showing my age?

Anyway, I digress...

Spring in Texas is around the corner, and decisions need to be made SOON! If I'm not too late already! I know I really need to amend the soil this year. So back to the drawing board.

Time for lots of planning, cleaning out, amending, and then my favorite part planting!

But one thing that is really doing well, without my help, is some Spring bulbs. A sign that I can grow things, and Spring is coming!

Spring has a way of making everything new again and anything seem possible!

Even if it is a garden in the yard of, "a girl who tried to farm!"


Wish me Lots of Luck.... And if you too are planting soon, Happy Farming!