Dream House Project // Backyard Inspiration + The Skate Ramp 

One thing that both Jeff and I must have in our Dream Home is a backyard skate ramp! Yep, that’s right! This fam jam is going to be full of shredders one day. So, once the babe(s) grow up, we are going to need a back backyard to fulfill our little rippers dreams. That means half pipes, dirt bike tracks, trampolines and a pool for this family! Here are some ideas and inspiration that I found! 

#1 // OC Ramps

This 16ft ramp not only looks nice, but it’s the perfect size. If we are going to build a half pipe on our yard, it’s not going to be less than 6ft. Where’s the fun in that? My main concern is making it look nice and flow with the overall backyard landscape and design. I like how this one is tucked in.

#2. // Pinterest

This ramp built in with a deck is totally rad! It could be pretty expensive but totally worth the entertainment! Although, I would go with a dark wood stain, not red. 

#3. // Shawboard Company UK

I love this ramp! The dark glossy stain is perfect. It’s exactly what I want. I’m not a fan of the landscape design, but the chiminea can stay though!

#4. // OC Ramps

The same dark colored glossy stain as the previous ramp in #4 and the right landscaping would make any ramp look amazing next a pool! 

#5. // Inside Out

Now this ramp is the definition of a little shredder! These people really nailed it Styling this ramp. It’s a little small but perfect for the little ones. These are the exact colors and textures that I want ours to have. 

#6. // Skate-Home

Sand equals five stars in my safety book! Add palm trees and grass and it’s a little shredders oasis! 

#7. //  Skate Dad

This one is bazaar! A half pipe in the trees! I wouldn’t do this but it’s such an awesome idea for the dare devil at heart! 

#8. // Pinterest

This ramp is another one that’s tucked away just like I would want it. This one matches its surroundings perfectly and is totally feasible! 

#9. // Tony Camp

Call me crazy but I think this bowl looks awesome!  It’s the kind of ramp that reminds me of my childhood or one that you would most likely find in my neighborhood growing up. 

# 10. // Pinterest

This one must have cost a fortune but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a skate ramp as cool as this one! 


Current Obsession// Moroccan Wedding Blankets

Dreamy and white with mirrored sequins, Moroccan Wedding Blankets are pure bedding bliss! Since we are still getting settled into our new home, I figured the least I could do is share another current obsession with you all! Right now I am drooling over Moroccan Wedding Blankets. Real authentic Moroccan Wedding Blankets were handmade by female members of the Berber Tribes of North Africa. As a traditional gift, the women relatives of a bride would spend up to weeks weaving one to give to the bride on her wedding day.     

Want to try and make your own Moroccan Wedding Blanket? Lindsay, from White Buffalo Styling Company has the best DIY Moroccan Wedding Blanket Tutorial I’ve seen yet! I can’t wait to find some time and make my own approach! 

Source // El Ramla Hamra

Source // Sunny Home Story

Source // Zohi Interiors

Source // Lauren Hernandez


Source // SOBU

Coming Soon // Our Barn Loft Renovation Series

Last week I mentioned to you all that there was some exciting news coming. Well guess what? It’s here! I am starting my very first blog series “Our Barn Loft Renovation” – The inside scoop on turning our barns loft into a cozy studio apartment. Before I kick off this DIY adventure filled series, you guys need to know a little more about my family and I, and also the story highlights behind Our Barn Loft Renovation! 
Let’s take it back to the mid 1990’s. Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested in interior design. When I was little I used to draw room designs and floor plans for my neighbors and family friends. In the 8th grade I followed a designer for the day who specialized in drapery decor as part of a job shadowing project in my Home Economics class. In highschool I started refurbishing furniture and entering my pieces in student art shows. It wasn’t until my second year in college when my parents and I started renovating the empty room over our barn style garage, that I really started getting serious about my work.
 Basically the greatest gift my parents could have ever given me is the opportunity to move in and lead the renovations to the room over the garage. It’s been like having a big empty canvas, except it’s a room and I can to do whatever I want to it (as long as I fix whatever I mess up and it looks good enough for potential renters in the future). 
 We aren’t the richest family on the block, if you know what I mean. We have just about an acre of land with your average sized rancher and a detached garage, but only because we had to move out of our tiny two bedroom condo that was just a few blocks away from the beach, to an hour drive into the boondocks in order to get it. When we decided to renovate, my parents paid a family friend who was a plumber and in need of work, $800 (after tax season) to come in and get the renovations started by doing the framework, installing the tile floors and shower, and hooking up all the plumbing. That was our first mistake, (which I will be sharing more about later in Part I) and that was back in 2013!  Everything else has come in bits at a time. Because of that, the renovation is taking much longer than we had thought. Never would I have ever imagined that almost five years later it would still be in the works!
A blessing in disguise is all it really was. When something needed to be done and no one could do it, I practically forced myself to to figure it out and do it myself. By the time I turned 23 year years old I new the basics to using multiple types of saws, I had taught myself how to spakel walls and I had built and installed closet shelves all by myself. Because of my rebellious decision to live in the midst of the renovation construction, I know what I love to do and I discovered my passions. Without this renovation project, I wouldn’t be the innovative, DIY Addicted, self taught, handy woman that I now am today! 
About two years ago before we got married I decided to move in with Jeff and put the loft renovations on hold. My intentions were to come back and finish the project in my spare time, but life at the beach can keep you pretty busy. After I moved out I felt like part of me was missing. No longer did I have easy access to every tool imaginable in my step dads collection. No longer had my very own workspace in the corner of the garage, or the big empty canvas where I laid my head every night. 
Of course I brought all of my own tools and supplies along with me, but when you live in a two bedroom condo with a small patio and tiny storage shed, all shared between 3 people and 3 pets, it’s not exactly the ideal environment for a person of my kind of craft. For the whole year and some change that we lived in the condo together, I never built a thing! I could have been because of the fact that I was pregnant more than half of that year, but I barely even crafted and that just isn’t me! I’ve been completely out of my element ever since! 
When I was pregnant with Sage, my parents asked us to move back into the garage so we could save some money and they could help us take care of her. We really want to buy a house soon, so after bouncing the idea around for a few months and listing the pros and cons, we finally made the decision to do it! 
Two weeks ago we started moving. We are almost finished now and let me tell ya, it’s been one heck of a process! As a girl who moves a lot, this has been by far the most excruciating move yet! Between our little one, my car being in the shop, the animals and what seems to be one obstacle after the next, this mama is in desperate need of a “craftcation!” 

As much as I want to dive into planning and renovations, I need to get settled in order to face this project head on! Having a baby and moving all at the same time will suck every ounce of energy your body has plus some! I’ve had so many great ideas that I can’t wait to bring to life and share with y’all! All they need now is some careful planning and I will be ready to launch the series! Stay tuned! Updates on Our Barn Loft Series will be coming back shortly! 

10 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces 

Source // Pinterest

Daydreams of warm weather and hanging out in the backyard are filling the minds of almost every soul in America right now. We definitely had a pretty crazy winter. Here in Virginia, we had close to record breaking amount of snowfall from one single snow storm. With a forecast of weather in the upper 60’s all next week, I’ve been daydreaming about the perfect set up for our next (and hopefully forever) homes backyard. Here are ten of the most beautiful outdoor spaces that I’ve seen and they are just oh so dreamy! 

Source // The Grove

Source // @villastyling

Source// Flea Market Fab

Source // Pinterest

Source // Sacramento Street

Source // 100 Layer Cake

Source // Pinterest

Source // Pink Peppermint Design

Source // Casa Vogue

Source // Pinterest

Current Obsession // Round Jute Rugs

Every once in a while one of these lovely round woven beauty’s will pop up in my Pinterest newsfeed. Today I finally found out what they are called, Jute Rugs! “Jute” is the name of a fiber that is used to make burlap. Jute had been part of the East Bengal (Pakistan) culture for centuries but now, the round Jute Rug is making a comeback with a new style! Now all that’s left for me to find out is, “How do I score one for super cheap”? So far, EBay has given me the lowest price tag set at $75. If I can find anything for less than that, then I might have to find out how to make them! 

Source// Glitter Guide

Source// Pinterest

Source// World Market

Before // The Famous Bentwood Rocker 

Yay! The famous Bentwood Rocker has randomly fallen into my arms!Recently I’ve been seeing this swirling beauty all over Pinterest and Instagram. My pops scored it from one of my grandfathers properties and gave it to me! I’m not really sure why but it seems to be a trending piece. 

The history of the Thonet Bentwood Rocker dates back all the way to the early 1800’s up until the 1960’s. Many versions of it have been made and it’s said to have a burnt stamp or glued plate into it if it’s authentic. Mines missing the arms and I haven’t noticed any signs of a stamp or glued plate. Regardless, I am extremely excited and thankful to be gifted such a beautiful and unique piece! 

Out of the dozens of makeovers shared on Pinterest, none of them really spoke my style. I have reupholstered it with a white textured fabric/ old curtain, but it’s not making my heart sing. Right now I am taking my time to make the perfect fabric choice and I’ve shared with you the choices below! I want to hear y’all’s opinions! 

Fabric Choice #1 

If you saw my first DIY Headboard post, you might recognize this one. This is a gorgeous Turkish Tapestry that I found st the thrift store! I have just enough left to cover the rocker. It really pops next to the white. I don’t think it would look good with the two seperated from the back to the seat though. If I don’t use it for the Rocker I would probably make some pillow cases out of it!  The best part about this Tapestry is that when you flip it over, it’s like a whole new design… Which now brings me to Option #2! 

Fabric Option #2

Compared to Option #1, this side of the Tapestry glistens with silver threading and isn’t as saturated. The silver kinda makes it stand out against the dark wood finish. The only thing that’s holding me back with this choice is having to part with it! 

Fabric Option #3

This vintage fabric could give this Rocker an even more funky feel. It really brightens the whole mood of the peice. I feel like if the chair could talk, it would say “this dress makes me feel happy” or “put me in a nursery”. Hahaha yeah I’m crazy, I know! 

Fabric Option #4

Speaking of chairs wearing dresses… The last option I have is this amazing traditional dress, from who knows where, that was also a thrift store score. I would place the top part of the dress on the back and go bottom to bottom, but I just wonder if it’s the right choice… 

Stay tuned for my final decision!