Our #Capersrehab

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Today marks 3 years since the first night we slept in our new Florida home for the first time so I thought it would be fun to look back at where we started to see just how far it’s come! You see we bought this house basically site unseen and flew down for the inspection, when we walked in the door my jaw dropped and I wasn’t sure we had made the best decision. It took mostly me to really get a vision of what we could do. My husband Matt was confident this could be something great! What you saw above was just a tiny bit of the shape this house was in! Here’s more:

Everything on the exterior was screaming to be cleaned and painted and the landscape was so overgrown the view of the canal was almost non-existent. On the inside it stunk, it was dark, dirty and depressing but we new we wanted to live on the water and this location was prime so we dove head first into turning this ratchet home into our #capersrehab.

Matt is one of the handiest men I know, jack of all trades and even our son will tell you, daddy can fix anything! I’m not kidding, everything in our home now was done by him except the pool install and the kitchen cabinets. In most cases I have the vision and he makes it come to life, it’s the best to see it all come together. Of course my favorite part is when the labor is finished so I can start decorating. Here is a before and after of the arches he removed and all the crown mounding he installed throughout the house! And the floor… he removed all those Spanish tiles himself then laid all the new!

Our kitchen is the center of our house, where all the fun happens, the conversations with family and friends, the laughs and memories and of course the cooking and eating so we designed it to have an oversized island to be able to enjoy it even more!

Give me allllll the white and I’m happy! I love things that are bright, light and airy to give it that new and open feel. I like to call our home coastal farmhouse (not sure if that’s a thing, if not it is now!) My favorite thing about decor is DIY, repurposing and finding things that are more one of a kind rather than what everyone has already! In our home you’ll find pieces from the vintage market places, consignment and thrift stores and even the side of the road like this sofa table we picked up and refinished!

So many projects have come to life here and we can finally say it’s starting to feel more like home! As you know it’s ever evolving, there’s always something to do or change but it’s been fun to see this transformation and even more fun to look back at where we started! Here are a few more before and afters!

By the way, if you know anyone at HGTV that wants a FL based home improvement show we are ready and already have a name! #Capersrehab

So happy Home Anniversary to us!! I look forward to even more updates!

Sunday Sunshine

Today we unintentionally spent the entire first half of the day by the pool and it was so nice! The weather was perfect, so perfect that a little relaxing in the sun turned into both kids splashing and swimming in the pool. We don’t have a pool heater so the water is a bit chilly but it didn’t bother them a bit!

Our son, age 5 is quite the swimmer and would stay in all day if he could. Our daughter just turned 2 in December but also shares a love for the water and showed now fear hopping in and swimming to me! They tossed the beach ball around, splashed, jumped and giggled for a solid couple of hours.

Sometimes we need these kinds of days, where you just play it by ear with no plans, no hustling around, cleaning out on hold and just soaking up the sunshine! The kids had such a great time and I look forward to many more weekends spent in and by the pool as the weather (and the pool water) keeps getting warmer! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Cheers to a new week ahead!

Waking up in paradise

Can this be real? I used to ask myself that all the time, it’s been a solid three years since we made our new home state Florida and being from New England we didn’t have views like this looking out our windows. While we had a big backyard and sometimes saw deer and other wildlife back there it wasn’t what I always dreamt of.. it was this.

I used to dream of what it would be like to wake up to the warmth and beauty of sunshine every morning and how different our lives would be if we had a house on the water like we had talked about but I remember everyone always telling us “it’ll never happen”, “you guys are never moving” and all the “ya rights” .. for a small timeframe I sorta convinced myself that they may be right. Nonetheless I always kept that want in my back pocket.

Sure enough in January 2015 we made the journey to Florida to our new home! It was surreal, and to this day even working full time each day when I wake up and look out at the water or I cross the bridges to and from work looking out over the boat traffic it feels like I’m on vacation. I say this because that’s what makes me know it’s right. I may be a New England girl but I love the southern Florida world. The combination of salty air, daily sunshine, the beach at our fingertips and all the fun things this area has to offer us is good for my soul.

Do we miss our family and friends back north, of course but it makes visits that much more special and in exchange we have met some wonderful people here.

We have seen some of the most beautiful sunsets, caught our dinner in our backyard, enjoyed boating in the Gulf of Mexico, playing at the beach and I especially love the fresh blooms and fruit trees that grow year round. There’s always an adventure waiting. Some of the many reasons this feels like our own paradise.

 

So I say this, if you don’t wake up every morning and feel like you live in your Paradise, don’t let go of your dream for something better because it CAN happen! Do what makes you happy, wherever that is.

I’d love to hear where “Paradise” is for you!

2018: New Year, New Blog

Here I am… in my early 30’s, okay who am I kidding, late 30’s… finally writing my first blog post.  It’s been a long time coming my friends, I’ve dragged my feet for the past five or so years to get to this point and I guess I could give you all the excuses in the world but I think the biggest one is kids! Those of us that have them know that when we set out to do something it never goes as planned, there’s always a curve ball thrown in there and so is the case with my wanting to do a blog.  The desire has been there but the time hasn’t….until now! I’ve decided to be a little selfish this year and spend more time on myself both mentally and physically so one of my hopes for the new year was to dive into blogging. Here you’ll see me post about parenthood, marriage, friendship, my love for fashion, interior design and of course all things Sunshine State because Florida is our home sweet home! Thanks for following along, I hope you enjoy what I have to share! I welcome your questions and comments.

PS. If you have a blog share the link in comments, I’d love to follow along!

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