So, it’s 2:45 in the morning and as much as I try to write a blog post about fascinating things going on with Blue Eyed Yonder, my mind keeps wandering back to this lovely house I found today.

I’ve always been a sucker for old houses. I love driving by swooning over their curious little details, I wait until the light hits just right to see if the windows have leaded glass, I wonder about the families that may have lived there.

As I do with most old neighborhoods, I smiled as I drove up the beautiful oak-lined street, their massive roots grasping and crawling over the old sidewalks. The first thing I saw was the “for sale” sign. I slowed the truck down to take in the house and the massive magnolia trees in the front yard. Dottie was in the backseat with her head out the window. We both just sat there and stared. As the sun danced through the trees my eyes stung with tears and I had to take a deep breath to keep myself from losing it right there in the middle of the road.

I looked at the little broken sidewalk in front of the house – so old, so worn. The path leading to the front door was paved with old stone tiles, a hexagon pattern. My eyes darted from the comfort of the front porch to the tiny attic window – I felt something odd in my chest, my heart was actually aching. I sat there so befuddled. I had gazed at my fair share of old houses, why was this one making me so emotional? Why did I see myself kneeling in the flower bed planting pansies in the fall? Why did I see Dottie sprawled out on the front porch taking a nap in the sun? Why was Mr. BEY hanging Christmas garland on all the beautiful railings?

I truly can’t explain it. The heart is so mysterious.I do believe things happen for a reason; everything experience has a purpose. I’m just sitting here trying to make sense of this one.

Posted 5/16/13, Topic: Blog, Home

Ah-ha! Gotcha.

Where would we be without Pinterest? I’ve got to admit, when looking for inspiration it’s the first site I hit. The past few weeks I’ve been collecting inspiration for transforming our guest bedroom into a functional workspace for BEY. I’ve probably looked through thousands of images and pinned tons of them. There was one, however, that slipped through the cracks.

I really liked a particular black pendant lamp used in the photo and wanted to find one similar that I could purchase locally. As I browsed through a local store, I needed to pull the photo up on my phone to take a second look. Ugh! Where is it? What? This can’t be! Whoopsie, I guess I didn’t pin it after all.

Now, trying to find an image that you saw once upon a time on Pinterest can be near impossible. What did I search? How did I ever find it in the first place? I’ve been trying to retrace my steps to track down that photo. It wasn’t even that important, but at this point I was so frustrated I couldn’t rest until I found it.

I got a little bit obsessed, but after scrolling and scrolling – ah-ha! – there it was. So I just had to share this elusive photo with you, in hopes that it inspires you in some way today.

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Posted 1/10/13, Topic: Blog, Home

Ready for White

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Do you ever find yourself stuck in the homeowner’s trap?  There’s tons of stuff you’d like to do in your house, but you’re afraid future buyers won’t like it. I find myself playing it safe all the time, but where’s the fun in that?
If you have a house that you don’t feel you can make truly your own, what’s the point? This brings me to my next little obsession – white floors!
Is it typical? No. Is it for everyone? No. Nevertheless, I am constantly drawn to pictures of gorgeous painted floors. It seems to rustic and charming, while still having a touch of elegance. Ever since we installed hardwood floors in our downstairs, I’ve been itching to do the same upstairs in the bedrooms. I think once I’ve done it, I’ll wonder why I didn’t rip that hideous carpet out years ago.
What do you think? Are you a fan of white floors? Do you have any tips or suggestions? I’m curious to hear your thoughts.


Posted 6/19/12, Topic: Blog, Home

BEY on Joy of All Crafts

In the mood to get a little crafty this weekend? Check out BEY’s DIY Fabric Drawer Liners featured on Joy of All Crafts today. While your there, get totally inspired by the craft master herself, Heather! She’s got lots of fun DIY tutorials on her site and you’re sure leave with a long list projects you’re just dying to try!

Posted 4/20/12, Topic: Blog, DIY, Home

Pantry Reveal

It’s been a little while, but I am happy to say we’re finally finished with our pantry redo!
What used to be a sad, cluttered pantry is now one of the brightest, most cheerful spots in our kitchen. We love it so much, I think I’ll leave the door off permanently!
To start we made a few structural changes…
To have a pantry that appears this clean and tidy, it’s all about hidden storage. I utilized several vintage canisters to hide everyday small items. This floral tin holds bags of chocolate chips, baking chocolate, and nuts.
Metal wire baskets and mason jars give food storage an industrial chic vibe. They’re quite charming, yet practical at the same time.
The vintage wire locker basket holds miscellaneous dried pastas, muffin mixes and popcorn.
The vintage oatmeal canister holds sugar packets that I don’t use everyday, but might need to quickly grab for a guest.
The blue wooden crate in the top of the pantry holds all of my baking decorating supplies: sprinkles, icing, decorating tips, etc. All of the supplies are in one place and the crate’s easy to grab when I’m decorating.
To clear up much needed shelf space, I put all of the oils, vegetable sprays, syrups, etc. in one large vintage enamel pot. The pot slides easily under the bottom shelf and out of sight.
Last but not least, I had to have a place to hang my aprons. One bronze hook on the inside of the pantry and voila!

Say buh-bye to this nightmare of a pantry…

…and hello to this darling little kitchen nook!
Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}
I hope you like our little redo. If you have any projects you’ve been working on, share a link in the comment section or on BEY’s Facebook page. I’d love to see what you’re up to!

Posted 7/7/11, Topic: Home

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