the diamond that started it all

the diamond that started it all


welcome to my mission is to give you a glimps of my life as a mother, wife, decorator, painter, and active woman. my inspiration comes from traveling, my education, and my family and friends. i have to admit upfront, however, that my "education" does not include a background in english, so please be patient with my grammar and spelling. i am, however, happy to share on this blog what i learn in my daily life from painting and decorating. here you will also find a real account of my struggles, my experiences, and my many reasons to rejoice. april, or the month of the diamond, is when my first and only daughter, mollie, was born. she is the reason i am a joyful mother, wife, and person today. i appreciate your time, and thank you in advance for your advice. perhaps one day you will be reading from my website but for now this homemade blog will do:-)
love, laura

Friday, December 3, 2010


photos of our house a few days before moving in...yay!  will update with furnishings soon and hopefully the back patio and porch too.


view from kitchen through archway to den

new butcher block island

new pantry door, icemaker

new built-in cabinets with old metal inlay

view of den vault and new fireplace

new heartpine doors to hallway

view from new opening to 2 bedrooms, cabinet doors added to existing shelving

mollie's room, just painted and stained floors

new master bath

doors to my walk-in closet:-)

my new favorite hideout!

new half bath off of playroom

Monday, September 27, 2010


just thought i would share a list of my go-to websites during this wild ride.  i don't know what i would do without these resources and it helps to have this list for personal reasons right here on my blog:-)

a wonderful outlet for paint color dilemmas

such a cute girl with great ideas.  very casual style like mine.

love these lighting ideas for out screen porch, kitchen, and casual lighting inside
but for more modern lighting, i ordered from
and for reasonably priced elegant lighting i used in NOLA

great site when i need to show a visual to my contractors!

for everything in our bath

for pretty tile

for solid surface counter tops...ask for remnants!
BJ's Ceramic Tile (couldn't locate a web address)

for hardware i love getting ideas from restoration hardware  and then matching them at lowes or ridgeland specialty hardware for better prices

cool outdoor gardening stuff

hmmm that's about all i can come up with for now.  will update when i start on interior decorating!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


family room vault

master bath gutted


pantry door from old house depot

pantry goes in middle door and brick archway to the left

view from family room of brick archway

new opening to master

mollie lost two small closets for a bigger master bath...

raised casings to living, dining

made two bedroom closets more efficient

closed off lots of doorways in hall

Monday, September 20, 2010

our soon to be home

after searching (with the best, nix tann) high and low for the perfect new home in jackson, we stumbled upon an old one.  it was built in 1959 by a doctor and his family.  they lived there until they sold it to us in July.  after interviewing 13 different contractors to take on this project of a project we found the perfect candidate, structural solutions.  what i know is that their bid came in the lowest.  what i also know is that they were formerly a foundation only company and decided in the past couple of years to take on the rebuild types of projects.  let's not call my house a "guinea pig", although that is sort of what it is.  scary.  instead of going with a build+design firm, i bravely decided to be the "design" part.  you would laugh if you saw my drawings. 
read my lips..."i will never build a house", although obviously renovating is more work since we're dealing with existing. moving states and getting settled in my parents home, while searching for a lender, contractor, etc was tough but the day-to-day quick decisions have been stressful too.

below are the before pictures i took and i will also include some during pictures in my
next post. this is all very difficult to explain without you seeing the space, by the way. just keep in mind that we are doing a TON of work:-) definitely looking forward to after pictures in a few weeks...

the front is mostly cosmetic-painting the shutters, door, railing, and putting new stone on the walk-way and steps, new lanterns, landscaping
this is the family room. we are vaulting the ceiling with heart pine beams, re-working the fireplace (making it wood burning and more modern) and adding a french door leading outside on the left and the right side window will be a wall where you see a window and door
tearing out the book shelves, raising door ways, vaulting, all floors will be re-stained
long hall way from front foyer to all bedrooms: closing off doors, adding doors, etc
the good ole master...the bathroom is discombobulated that i couldn't get in to take a before picture. we are gutting it.

the kitchen is generally ok. it's getting a brick archway to the family room and a new island. bye bye wallpaper.

impossible to explain but this nook will now be a pantry from the kitchen (and this is the window that's now wall)

 this is that window from the family room that's getting walled off, the door on the side is part of the pantry and the sliding doors are now french doors

carpeting the playroom/sunroom. the door i haven't explained yet leads to the garage.  oh and guess what...a new half bath is going in this room.

back patio is getting a screened in porch on part of the flagstone, new beams, and a fireplace

existing half bath in guest room"nursery" is getting paint, lights and a bigger closet

mollie's room! just painting and lightsliving room/dining room. new lighting, hardwoods, raised doorways