We have always been free spirits and this blends perfectly with my decor style. So when we had the opportunity to move from Texas to live in California and work on the Hawaiian Islands, it was a no-brainer, as they say.
Let me back up a bit. It all started in The Woodlands, TX where my husband and I met. The year was 2005. He was working for an exclusive community in a real estate sales capacity. He sold homesites for the developer and custom homes for the builders within the community. I owned a decor and painting business at the time and was hired by a handful of families which lived in this community to help them with their decorative vision.
So, how does this component play into our journey? While he was employed there, my husband was sent by his company to a sales training seminar in Hilton Head Island, SC. It was there that my husband met a future colleague who would set up the introduction to the hiring vice-president of the company that would literally change our lives forever.
At this time, we had a very modest condominium in Incline Village, NV. We absolutely adore Lake Tahoe. In April of 2006, we flew to Reno and made the drive over Mt. Rose to Incline Village to meet with the VP of Sales who had a prospective employment opportunity for my husband. Enter the very worst snow storm of the 2006 ski season.
The dinner meeting was held at the Lone Eagle Grill inside the Hyatt. It would not have transpired had the interviewer’s husband not shoveled and plowed their driveway for 4 hours so they could physically make the drive over from Truckee, CA to the restaurant, which was approximately 18 miles. Needless to say, the meeting went well and we were offered the opportunity to work on Oahu. Check please!
But, moving children to Oahu is quite the chore. Private schooling enters the mix and culture shock for teenagers is a virtual certainty. Therefore, we made the decision to set roots down in Orange County, CA. We lived about twelve miles east of our favorite town: Laguna Beach.
Over the span of five years, our Hawaiian Islands adventure would take us from Oahu to Maui to Kauai. Each island has its own personality and culture. Integrating into those cultures proved to be paramount to the success of each individual project.
Aside from children, nothing will teach you patience more than living on Maui or Kauai. Nobody is in a hurry, ever. And that slow driver? They are either a local or a lost tourist. Smile and embrace this wonderful opportunity! Therefore, you open the windows, feel and smell the amazingly fresh ocean breezes which have traveled unobstructed over some 3000 miles, and you relax. Island time is a real thing.
In 2012 we decided to return exclusively to the mainland. Family obligations and a tremendous job opportunity for my husband took us back full circle to The Woodlands, TX. We rented a very modest townhouse for our first 18 months until we found the perfect floor plan which we knew was the right one for us.
In October of 2012, we began the process of building our first home together. This was beyond exciting! This is the home you see on my Instagram page and the one you will hopefully become much more familiar with here on my blog. A little bit about our home: it is a 3000 square foot single story, featuring three bedrooms, 3 full baths, sitting on roughly 1/3 of an acre and it backs to forested property owned by the golf club within our community.
When we began this process, we mainly had two requirements: a single story home and a large, private homesite, with no neighbors behind, that would afford us the ability to pursue our passion of golden retriever rescue. When our home was complete and we moved into it in August of 2013, we had Riley and Haley. We now have Riley, Haley, Max and Aubrey. Mission accomplished!
As you can tell, I love decor and design and I truly want to be able to help you capitalize on items you already have within your home. Perhaps it is simply a modest reshuffling of where the items are placed. Or maybe it is a simple shopping tip that doesn’t have to break the bank. Most importantly, I hope to inspire you to embrace the originality which your home is already providing you.
You will notice that decorative items within our home move around a good bit. This keeps things both fresh and exciting. I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and welcome you to subscribe via email. I am so grateful you are here!
This is going to be a fun and evolving exercise in the “how’s, what’s, why’s and where’s” with respect to the design components of your home. Think of it as your home’s thumbprint. Each home is unique with its own personality. Together, we will ensure that personality shines through!
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