Cover WindowsWe did one of the biggest impact additions to our house to-date! I have to thank my husband for pushing this decision. I wasn’t convinced we needed them. Windows that is. I thought we could live with towels around our windows, the inability to open most of them, and a huge crack in the nursery window. Yes, I’m serious! We have plantation shutters in most of them that doesn’t show a thing, so who cares if you can’t open them? Plus, windows can get pretty, pretty pricey.

With that, we had a home consultation with a couple of companies, talked to neighbors, friends, and family to hear their input and finally pulled the trigger. I was still hesitant with this decision, but we moved forward.


Because we aren’t sure if we’re going to live in this house forever, we didn’t go with the highest-of-high end windows but also didn’t pick the dirt cheap ones either. We went with Home Depot’s higher end brand Simonton windows which have a life-time warranty. Even if our baby boy’s aim isn’t as good as his father’s or papa’s, we won’t have to pay for a broken window. Pretty nice.

First window in!

Guest Interior Window

We also decided to put panels in the windows that matched our backdoor. I was a complete wreck about this decision, because it added to the cost ($100+/each), and I couldn’t uninstall the windows if I didn’t like them. But I knew any panels were better than none, and it add to a classic rich look that people like, and I love. Plus, it’s a nod to my love for Frank Lloyd Wright and his prairie style.

2nd Window

Interior look

I don’t know if it shows up on these photo (mostly from my phone) but trust me they look beautiful in person. I love being able to turn the thermostat down and open up the whole home on these wonderful spring nights. I thank my husband for pushing this desicion.

Before and After Windows

They are beautiful, and we could not be more pleased with the service and look of our windows!

paint therapy

This is the first weekend Paul and I spent in the house… alone!  The first week Paul’s parents were in town, and the second comprised of surprise birthday festivities; so this weekend we look around our brand new space in ah of all we have left to accomplish.  It’s sort of the feeling (or at least I imagine) when empty nesters have their children back for the holidays.  Oh the excitement and happiness of the moment, having everyone around … but then there is the cleanup afterwards. Maybe that’s why my mother-in-law Swiffers constantly while we’re all still there, so she doesn’t have the same overwhelmed feeling I did on Friday.  My two goals this weekend were to make some order of our bedroom situation, and yes, paint the guest room (we call it guest room two)… all else will have to wait for next weekend.

So I rolled up my sleeves… and started painting the guest room, which looked like this:  (Nope, I didn’t get to keep the egyptian art.) 

Guest Bedroom #2 (door angle) Before

Guest Bedroom #2 Before

I usually do all the big roller stuff first… I’m sorry I didn’t take both angles.

Then I start on the trim… which was double time because I have the great chair rail in the middle… but I must say, I’m very pleased with the results. Benjamin Moore Natura Pashmina AF-100 in eggshell.

Now, I know I still have A LOT of work to do in this space… the fan, the mirrored closet doors, a headboard, lights, fun framed stuff… but I’m happy it’s painted!

I must give a shout out to my friends at Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Natura

I think this is where I have to say – no, Benjamin Moore did not pay me to say this (I wish), but I tried their Natura line and was so pleased with the results.  It’s claim to fame is that it’s more environmentally friendly, meaning it has zero-VOC’s, and well, sorry crazy high-schoolers no huffing here.  It was wonderful, Paul and I walked through the house, and I honestly wouldn’t know someone had painted, well that is, until I looked down at my fingers!  It’s a little more pricey, but if you can forgo a relatively inexpensive Chipotle dinner for a deli sandwiches at home, you will be much happier, digesting your food and sleeping more soundly, when you’re able to breathe “fresher” air.  Just sayin’. AND – because no one really reads the words if I don’t have photos, I added the paint can. Contrary to popular belief, it comes in every color Mr. B.M. has to offer! 

Otherwise, I spent the latter part of the weekend picking up and organizing the master bedroom and bath. But first I painted!

Master Bedroom (door view)

First, we had to paint over a weird stain on the wall… let me tell you, it made for a pretty interesting conversation at the paint store… so I got this stain (above) in the master bedroom.

Sorry, this picture is a little off color-wise.

What I’m about to reveal is a little shocking in the color palette-o-sarah, but I kinda like it… and as Paul said it after he said he REALLY liked the guest bedroom color even better than the master.  He goes “No, No, I mean… I like the blue, it’s kinda beach-y.” Ha. I love him. Benjamin Moore Aura Palladian blue HC-144

I still have a duvet and pillows to pick out and pictures on the wall, but all is good!

Oh, and one more major reveal!!  I know Paul would be at least a little bummed if I didn’t add in his accomplishments this weekend, too… (not pictured, but also great: a wireless printer install, thank you, Paul!)

And sometimes he plays along!

Two cars in the garage! Say it ain't so!!

And that’s a weekend with the Snitkers! Have a fabulous week!