Our Wedding - Part II

Today marks 1 year since Ben and I tied the knot - and truly, time has flown. I go through these photos and my heart still beats heavily as I remember the feeling of that weekend. I had put so much time and energy into planning it, my whole heart and mind into it - yet it felt as though a switch was flipped the night of our rehearsal dinner and all of the sudden it was ok to just let the weekend be what it would be.

What came of those few days was nothing short of magical and will forever be the most amazing weekend of my life. Maybe it was the pizza and donuts the bridesmaids and I ate while getting ready for the ceremony or perhaps the AHmazing enchiladas at the rehearsal dinner but nonetheless -  it was in the details. My family and friends whom I love most were present, my mother's smile lit up the room, and the wonderful timing of the thunder during our ceremony was just a foreshadowing of the cooling rain that served as a backdrop during dinner.

In hindsight, it is so clear that no matter how much creating and planning I put into it - it was ultimately the Lord that orchestrated the flow and circumstances of the weekend. That's something I often share with future brides. Plan, envision, and create as much as your heart desires - it truly is so much fun. But just remember that beyond a certain point - there is a lot of peace in knowing that that weekend is ultimately in the hands of the Lord and it's ok to let it be.

I've mentioned before how much I believe in the unity of marriage - that it was created by God to serve as a representation of our relationship with Jesus here on earth. Its full of so many ups and downs and what I have come to repeat often - the 3 'Cs'. A WHOLE LOTTA communication, compromise, and compassion.

I love you Ben Shapleigh. 1 year of marriage with you is more than I could have ever imagined and what I came to realize this morning - it flies by. To many more!

Thank you to Matt & Tish for best wedding album and Floriography for the flowers and Amy for the coordination!!!

Our Wedding - Part I

Ben, my husband, left for Chicago this past Saturday to take part in a month-long study course to prepare him for a Medical Board exam in June...and I am truly, unashamedly missing him so much.

It's odd because due to my new job, I am usually the one leaving him for the span of a week every three weeks or so. I leave the home that we share, the dog that we love, and our daily routine. While away, I am typically so busy working that before I know it - I've arrived back on my doorstep and the cycle continues. 

This time, though - the tables have turned and I am experiencing what Ben always describes : a day to day emotional disruption in knowing that your spouse won't be physically present for any part of the day. Absence, in this case, certainly does make the heart grow fonder but also acutely aware of the bond you have formed in marriage.

I suspect that there are some eye-rolls in reading this. Surely I won't won't miss him every time we're apart and surely there will be and have been times when I covet my time alone for a few days - but I am grateful for this sense of longing I experience as it is evidence of what marriage truly is in God's eyes - becoming one with each other in every single way. Marriage is such a good, good thing.

With all that said - I wanted to share our wedding video with an intention to share further details and photographs from the most magical weekend I have known. I truly adore being married and particularly love remembering when it all started that one summer weekend in August.

(I am also really, really grateful to the team at 82/92 Productions for providing us the sweetest moments from those few days.)

Archive : Homes

Everyone look at the beauty that is Kendall Conrad's home. One King's Lane featured the designer's home in their recent "At Home With..." post.

What do I love most? The white walls, the stunning stone floors, the pops of color found in the art on the walls, and the weathered wooden furniture pieces. Also - that kitchen alone is a room I could move into.

My most favorite thing Kendall expressed were describing her initial thoughts on the house :

           When I saw the house and garden I thought, ‘This is magical. I want little children running around playing with frogs by the creek and running around the fruit trees.’

Yes, Kendall.
I want that, too.
I really, really want that.

It doesn’t matter if it’s modern or traditional; it just has to be right for the space and mix well. I think good lines work together regardless of when they were made.

— Kendall Conrad

Archive : Homes

Over the years I have curated an absurd amount of home related internet bookmarks, pins, and magazine rip-outs - hence the beginning of the Archive category. So when I actually had the opportunity to take some inspiration from said collection - and use them in a home that my husband and I own - I had a lot to sort through.

Hence the start of the Inspired category.  One home in particular that I never cease to forget is a Spanish cottage that was featured in an issue of Architectural Digest Spain. Everything from the walls, the floors, the furniture, the art, and the stunning owner of this house make me want to stare....a lot! Have a look:

Does anyone need further convincing that this home is what dreams are made of?

Remodeling Our Casa on Park : Kitchen Edition Pt. 1

Lots of unexpected changes in the last few weeks have made life quite busy but in all the best ways. We can all breathe easy again knowing that no, that is not an implication that I am pregnant but yes, I am finally settling back in and ready to attach myself to the computer screen again.

So - once 1004 Park was signed, sealed, and delivered to us - it was time to get to work. If you know me, you know that this is my bread and butter.

Bread = Finding a project.
Butter = Getting my hands on said project.

Where did we begin? This was an easy choice to make and a rather satisfying one, too. During an initial walk-through,  my cousin/real estate leasing agent extraordinaire immediately suggested we tear down the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room - thus making one big open room. Game changer of an idea, for sure!!

Ben and I took it a step further and not only removed the wall dividing these two main rooms but also removed the gaudy archway (there were several of these around the house) separating the kitchen from our small kitchen nook.

Now don't get me wrong - I really did adore the original charming cabinetry in the kitchen. They were in pretty good condition inside and out but the problem wasn't the condition of the cabinets, it was the depth of the counter top. Standard countertop depth is 24". Ours was 20". Which meant that we couldn't install a dishwasher without it sticking out 4" from the edge of the counter.

Here are some standard kitchen measurements if you are remodeling/designing your kitchen:

  • Kitchen Countertop Depth : 24"
  • Counter Height : 34-36"
  • Upper Cabinet Clearance (distance between countertop to the shelving above) : 15-20"
  • Circulation Space around an island : 48" on each side
  • Stoveside Counter Space : 12"

We were able to stick to these guidelines fairly well while planning the layout for our kitchen only because we had the space once we knocked down the wall. Otherwise, we would have had to adjust accordingly and say - 'screw your standard measurements!' - a phrase I've used many-a-time simply because my house was built in 1937 when people were apparently very tiny and had little to no use for extra storage space. (Hence the converted linen closet that once housed a rocket-ship sized water heater.)

Just to give you a little idea of what else was going on at the same time...

With the walls down and the cabinets gone - the angel that is our friend Karla helped us map out a kitchen plan on CAD and thus we came up with this:

Living Dining CAD Drawing.jpg

The layout above has indeed come to life but you'll have to wait for that! Thoughts? Stay tuned.