Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dining Room Inspiration

As I mentioned before, I have been wanting to compile some of my main dining room ideas into a post. This is the post, y'all. :)

There's not too many ideas represented here, because truthfully, I'm not entirely sure what I want. (Typical Jessie.) There's a few definite traits I want to stick with like gray walls (I've come to realize I have an obsession with gray paint, and I'm okay with that), and a rectangle table.

Below are some pins that give me some inspiration.

 It's not that I don't have access to power tools, I just don't feel confident enough using them. Of course DH has all those power tool skills that it seems all southern men seem to be born with, but I hate to drag him into my crazy projects. 

As far as color, I definitely want to stick with the gray color pallet I'm putting throughout the house. The color pictured here is Simple Gray by Valspar (the only paint I use), and I absolutely love it. Also it has similar wainscoting as the my inspiration photo. I also love the table, chandelier, etc.
 Can I just have this dining room?

I'm still not entirely settled on draperies I originally thought of having three sets and making my lonely window look as if it had friends. (That is, three windows instead of just the one.) I'm also throwing around the idea of a roman shade and no curtains, or a roman shade by itself. If I do go with curtains, I would love to incorporate some floral print with blues like these pictured. Also liking that wall color and the wainscoting. :)

Urban Sunrise
Another color I considered was Urban Sunrise. Decisions, decisions. 

I love that simple dark wood table. This dining area is set up similar to mine. No "back" wall, and entrance to the kitchen on the right. I would love to seat 6 people as well. 

I've also been entraining the thoughts of putting bench like seating on the left wall. It's my "problem" wall. DH has been asking about putting a china cabinet there, so it's all just in theory, currently. 

Maybe a bench like this? But what if you're the person in the middle? What if that middle person has to make an emergency bathroom trip? Am I the only one who thinks about stuff like this?

To see some additional home inspiration, you can check out my Pinterest board, Bloom. 

Stay classy,


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Updating The Dining Area

Have I ever mentioned how having so many projects going on that I can't focus on any single one of them makes me happy? Because, it totally does. My theory is that if I get bored of one project, I can work on another, and so on and so forth until my life (and home) is filled with half finished projects. 

While other residence in the house are not thrilled to have multiple projects going on at the same time(and my other residence, I mean Micah and the cats), I started another while waiting on Gypsy to be declawed so I could begin the upholstery project.  (You can read about that project HERE.)

Behold: The ongoing dining area project

I don't know when those little strips placed in all mobile homes (battens) started bothering me, but boy do they bother me. One evening, in a panic of not doing anything with my life (other 20 somethings, do you have these fits, or is it just me?), I started ripping these strips down. With a butter knife. Because nothing says "crazy quarter life crisis" like attacking your walls with a butter knife. 

Soon, all the offending strips were taken down and I was left with a dining room with tons of gaps in the wall. I have big plans for this dining room. (Idea post soon to be posted.) But, to start, I knew the batten strips needed to be taken down and the gaps filled. 

WARNING: The photos you are about to see are in fact so horrible, so horrendous that it's recommend you do not view them if you have any heart condition. 

Somewhere, I have "decent" before photos taken in lovely afternoon light. However, for the time being those photos seem to have disappeared. So I give you the photos I've taken partially through this project, late at night, with questionable overhead lighting. You're welcome.

The gap on far left as been the most difficult to deal with. The walls are not actually even(!), and thus I had to go over the majority of it many times. Also, ignore the broken window screen chilling next to the dining room table. Thanks. 

Here's an example of (partially) sanded vs. not sanded at all. This stuff makes all the difference for sure. Also, mold. Because God forbid I have a refrigerator against the wall with a window for a week. 

As an added bonus, all the walls in our home have these lovely little nail (staple) holes in In the master bedroom, I didn't notice these weird holes until I painted. They definitely stick out afterwards. I have so many questions about these holes. Like, who put them there? Why? How did there get to be so many? We're the first residence, so I have to believe this happened during construction. But, why?

Here we have the right side of the dining area. You see that masking tape on the window? It was holding up a shower curtain I was using as a curtain (pictured crumpled up on the floor directly beneath window). Because sometimes to gain class, you need to lose it completely. You may also noticed how the original red curtain (and blinds) were left crumpled on the floor. I like to leave things in the floor just to make sure we're all paying attention at all times. 

Though this project is not what I would classify as difficult, it is extremely tedious and time consuming as I have to wait for each coat of filler to dry completely. You also cannot apply it if there's a chance of rain within the next 24 hours, or if the humidity is a certain percent. Awesome. 

Stay classy, 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dress Well: Receive Criticism

City Crepe - Flare Seamed Skirt from New York&Co
I receive a lot of criticism for dressing well. Yes, dressing well. I feel this is ridiculous on so many levels.

While I will admit to badgering encouraging others to dress well, I've come to terms with the fact that 90% of the people in my social circles could care less about dressing in something other than hoodies and jeans. I understand that people feel comfortable in that type of clothing. However, I feel just as comfortable in pencil skirts and and a pair of nice heels.

I'm having a hard time understanding why people feel the need to attack me (often publicly) about dressing well. Especially since I spend the majority of my time at work (I work in a church office, BTW), and church. Often, I'm just wearing my work clothes in the evening when I make trips to the supermarket or hanging out with friends. (The more you change, the more clothes you dirty, the more clothes you dirty, the more clothes you have to wash, the more clothes you wash, the more clothes you have to put away. And I despise putting clothes away.)

I could understand receiving criticism on dressing sloppy. Especially if I was attending a funeral, wedding, etc. But no, I am receiving smack for dressing well. For taking the time to make sure I look like a decent human being. It's my right-no, my duty-to put forth an effort and let people know that, "Hey, you're worth the effort of ironing this blazer." Because you all are. :)

Does anyone else receive criticism for doing something awesome, or is it just me?

Stay classy,


Friday, October 10, 2014

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Photo Cred: Pet Advisor
No matter how many "religious" friends you have on Facebook, I'm sure you've seen post warning you about wolves in sheep' clothing. This is of course, a reference to the scripture found in Matthew 7 (verse 15 to be precise).

It reads,
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

 Too often, I see Christians turn on one another, blasting their fellow pew members on social media (and conversation) as being a wolf in a sheep's clothing. However, you shouldn't be looking beside you for a wolf in sheep's clothing, but rather in front of you.

 It's such a huge blessing to be a part of a church that is pastored by a wonder minister. It's an honor that many people don't have, and I'm beyond thankful God has placed me in such a church. Too many Christians are not blessed with a minister with their best intentions at heart. There are so many that are in ministry for money, fame, and glory. Christians are often quick to believe anyone parading around with the title "minister", "preacher", or "pastor" is a wonderful, good hearted person. This is just simply not always the case.

So how can you tell if you're sitting underneath a not-so-awesome ministerial work? Let's jump down to verse 20 of that same chapter in Matthew.

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
That's it. When you see good works (or "fruit" if you will) pouring out of your minister, and church, you know that the leadership is submitting their heart(s) to God's work.  Should you proclaim hatred and disdain for those not working in ministry with a right heart? No. You should pray for them. God can absolutely change anyone who turns their heart over to Him. As long as a person is alive, there's still hope they can be used for the glory of God.

Stay classy,


Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Evidence of Christ

Photo Cred: Nomadic Lass 

I want to see the evidence of the changing by Christ.

I want to see people willing to work and let Jesus restore their marriage instead of crying "divorce!" at every sign of turmoil.

I want to see people leave their drug addictions in the past where it belongs.

I want to see people healed. Where is the faith we all claim to have?

I want to see happy Christians. Why are we always in another valley?

I want to see community in action. Why is no one checking on those outside of their inner circles?

I want to see proof. Evidence. Victory.

Stay Classy,

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