IMG_1147Almost every Sunday since we've decided to move to the country, Raleigh has spent time on our land. He's built the girls a play set, refinished Ridley's crib, planted a lemon tree, and picked enough pecans to last us into the next century. These Sunday afternoons on the land bring him great pride and for the first time, in a very long time, he's felt settled.

Living in Auburn, Birmingham and Montgomery over the past ten years has been good for our relationship in many, many ways. Moving has taught us to not only be married but to be friends. Our friendship is what I love most about our marriage; it has built a layer of trust between us that is irreplaceable.

So, when I see my best friend in his happy spot; it makes me happy too. This remodel has been so good for Raleigh because he views this home much like our relationship - something that is going to last for a very long time. I can't help but love him a little bit more for it.

One thing that I am learning about myself is I get overwhelmed easily. It's hard to admit that but it's true. I think Raleigh has known this about me for a while but has let me take time to figure it out myself. But, now that I know this, I think we make a better team. Remodeling a house can be quite overwhelming but with this remodel, Raleigh has done such an excellent job at managing the whole process. He's had years to learn what I like and don't like and he's taken that into careful consideration with all the details involved in this home. I've been so pleased with the layout, paint choices, and functionality of our new space. Instead of feeling overwhelmed with decisions, I'm delightfully overwhelmed by this home feeling just right.

There is one space that I can't wait to be finished and it is our master bath. Raleigh and I have shared a sink since we've been married and as much as I love him, I'm ready for my own sink!

Our bathroom is one area of the home that we have completely gutted and made new.

master bath before

Originally, the bathroom was shared between two bedrooms but we've reconfigured it to now hold a double vanity, stand-up shower, toilet, claw foot tub and my closet.

bath progress



my closet

In order to do this, we had to extend the bathroom space into some of the square footage of one of the rooms (Ridley's) and shift some doors and closets around. But, I think the end result is going to function better for our needs and truly make the space into a master bed and bath.

master before

This bedroom was the room that Raleigh's aunt grew up in and to me it's one of the loveliest rooms in the house. It has great natural light and plenty of space for a king size bed, vanity, and chest of drawers.

master progress

We ripped up the carpet and the room has beautiful hardwood floor that is medium thick and has never been stained. The room did have sliding double doors for the closet but we re-did that space making a new hallway closet and one single closet for Raleigh. 

Since our bedding is a paisley sea blue and cream, we chose a color called Tidewater from Sherwin Williams for our walls. I can't wait to see it against our floors once they are stained a darker pecan and our molding after it is painted in Alabaster White.


With every home that we've lived in, our master bedrooms and bathrooms have ranged from all sizes and colors. We've shared it with our dogs, our children, and our laundry. There have been pillow fights, massive meltdowns, and extreme tickle wars fought in those four walls. Our bedroom is more than a place to rest our heads; it serves as place to take a time-out to relax and remember what it means to be a family.

I look forward to making new memories in our master bed and bath. I'm sure some memories will be great and others not so great. But, I'm thankful to share this space with not only my husband, but my best friend. 

the architect button

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen