FAQ

How often do you blog
Destiny? I see you don’t have dates on your posts, is that on
purpose?

 

Oh, you caught me! Yes, I don’t have dates on my blog post on
purpose. I guess it’s just a way to trick myself into thinking that I blog a
lot.:0) No one likes to see 10 days in between posts:0) Which leads me to my
next answer, I post 1 or 2 a week. I know that’s NOT a lot if you’re a blog
reader and your use to seeing professional bloggers post 5-6 times a week or
sometimes 2 times a day. A Place for Us is not a daily blog. I take blogging a
seriously as I can, but it’s not a priority. Our family dynamics are
pretty simple, God, each other and our kids and within in that my roles as a
wife ( sharing time with my husband,kissing,watching our favorite shows,talking)
as a parent( staying at home,teaching,keeping things pick up, cookin,
planning,etc) is what most of my day is dedicated to. Everything else comes as a
bonus!!

 

How do I follow you? There
doesn’t seem to be a place for that
.

 

There are several ways you can follow my blog!

 

One is through a feed. What is that? Feeds are a way for
websites to distribute their content beyond just visitors using the internet
browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered
automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old
email.

 

On the right side of my blog you will be able to sign up to
receive my blog updates through a feed by clicking the feedburner logo under my
photo. Another way is to simply sign up via email which is also located on the
right side of my blog! So that way you will never miss an exciting post. Or a
not so exciting post:0)

 

Most of my fans follow me through Facebook. If
it’s your first visit here you should have come across a facebook pop up to
direct you to my page. If not then you can join me by clicking widget on the
right side of the blog as well!

 

If your not a Facebooker that’s ok because my updates
automatically feed to Twitter. Nice:0) My handle is @aplaceforus

 

 

Other fun ways to see what I’m up to is through Pinterest and
Instagram (under aplaceforusblog), two of the best things
EVER!!

 

 

I loved the wall treatment
you did in the living room with the boards going across and the shelf going the
length of the wall where you had pictures. I watched that segment over and over,
but couldn’t understand what you said that was called.

 

 

That treatment is called board and batten. I didn’t do a formal
tutorial on it but you can find it all over the blogosphere! Here are a couple
of links.

 

 

 

 

 

HOW do you do it? How do you
manage to keep such a clean home,do all your projects, posts, etc with three
LITTLE kids in the house?

 

Oh the million dollar question!!!! I’m never sure how to answer
this one. But I first must say that my house is NEVER spotless…unless your
coming over for the first time.(that’s our gift to you) I try my best to keep
the downstairs clean and picked up. But I’m so lucky to have a office door,
laundry door and a coat closet door to hide all my clutter! hehehe:0) The
upstairs….undecorated uninspiring, just UN….lol!

 

When ever I take a picture of my space, I clean it up or stage
it if you would like to say that. No one, yes not even YOU wants to see my messy
space when I’m doing a reveal!!! Imagine BHG or Elle Décor taking pictures of
the interiors of homes the way they looked day to day. I’m guessing you and I
wouldn’t be inspired to purchase any of those magazines:0) That’s exactly what I
do. I take pictures of my pretty space, post it and then it goes back to normal!

 

 

See…lol.

 

 

Another thing is that my hubby is SUPER laid back for the most
part. I’m always mid project and he doesn’t seem to mind at all.
Occasionally he will tell me to get my behind in gear..but all in love of
course :0) For those of you who’s husbands aren’t exactly interested in DIY,
your not alone. I could name a million things my hubby is great at, A MILLION.
But when it comes to hammers,nails,design and ideas, he rather not. Not to say
he wont help, cause he does when I’m to scared to use one of the power tools
he’ll show me how, or when something heavy needs to be lifted, he’s right there!
lol! But this is not a couple thing that we go at together and that’s ok and it
should be for you too, if it’s something you enjoy! I can honestly say that him
and I are really passionate about our family and giving THAT our best! As for
him, he is a sports FANATIC! I know his dream job would be to work with ESPN or
the AZ Cardinals:0)

 

 

Going back to our dynamics, we don’t mind having people over
to our house when things are under construction. Every Thursday we host a bible
study. So whether I’ve just started a project or in the middle of one, our
friends still come! To us it’s not about the spotless appearance of our home. If
someone’s coming into our house to judge us on those circumstances then we fail
every time. Our goal is to have a great time and enjoy each other!!

 

 

Do you do in home
consultations, answer design dilemmas, etc?

 

I guess the answer to this is NO. I’ve dabbled in this area
before and I LOVED it! I recently got to work in a home close to me for a few
months. I decorated two guest bedrooms for two empty nesters. It was under the
most perfect circumstances, amazing client, only 15 mins away from my
home,worked a few times a week, great budget, no daytime visits, and we did a
lot of shopping at local stores. I had a blast!

 

I’ve even spent some evenings researching design dilemmas for
readers free of charge and as you can imagine that was taking a long time.

 

So I’ve decide not to. I know I know… I feel so bad!!! Some of
my friends tell my I should charge a small fee and turn it into a business, but
honestly it’s not even about that, it’s about the time. I just don’t have enough
of it. This is one of those things that I just don’t have the time to do!

 

Can you please provide us
with your wallpaper information?

 

I purchased my wallpaper from MahonesWallpaper Shop.

 

The brand is Seabook and the book is called
ShadowPlay
. You will see this most gorgeous selection of prints in this
book! I would advise you to get a few samples of what you see! Also follow them
on Facebook for great deals! As you look through the selection you’ll see that
it can get expensive. That’s why I used it on one wall. It really makes a big
impact in that room though!

 

Here is the link to my wallpaper

 

 

 

What are those round green
plants on your yellow side table and also the ones on
mantel?

 

GREENERY!! I love decorating with greenery.

 

The ones on my side table were found at HOBBY LOBBY about a year ago.

 

The mantel ones are preserved topiaries trees. This means that
they are REAL leaves and you have to spray them once of month to stay fresh.I
found mine at HomeGoods but they
can also be found on the internet. Unfortunately they are more expensive:0(

 

 

What color did you paint the
walls next to the beautiful grey and white wallpaper? What color are you
painting the living room and what new color is down the hall with the great
signs? (Closet, Laundry, etc.)

 

 

I’ve used one color downstairs and that is Oatbran by
Valspar!

 

It’s the most delicious neutral color on earth, in my opinion of
course. If you’re thinking you would love to start with a neutral base and add
pops of color then this will work for you too! I love it because it doesn’t have
a lot of yellow in it. Your also not going to get stuck with a neutral with pink
undertones. I’ve made that mistake before, yuck:0) Pick up a sample and see if
you like it!

 

How long has it taken you to
decorate the way you have with three kids?!

 

Well we moved into this house July09. I was
pregnant with my little girl who made me super sick. So we can just forget about
that first year…lol. So in 2010 when things started to settle I finally stared
some projects around the house. So far I’ve completed my powder room, living
room/dining room and family room. Right now I’m giving my kitchen a facelift. I
still haven’t touched my office, laundry room or coat closet. Not to mention the
entire upstairs. So within a couple of years I’ve gotten a lot done, but these
things take TIME! I don’t have a deadline for myself. I really just enjoy doing
it. It’s hard to stay focused on one room at a time but that’s what I’ve been
trying to do since the beginning:0) TRYING.

 

As far as budgeting it’s a month by month thing. I try to buy
something for the house weekly. Whether it be organizational items, upgrading
different fixtures in the home, or buying fabric to make pillows.(what a great rule I have for myself..lol) Each week something big
or small goes to the house. For the LARGE order items like sofas and tables and
carpet we save up for that. I let my hubby know in advance what we need and
he usually agrees and he plans accordingly. Then after bugging him a time or two
he lets me when we can get those things:0) This year we plan on replacing
our family room sofa, upgrading our carpet in the family room and possibly
finishing the window shutter order from upstairs! He’s super cautious
about putting things on credit or payment plans. We’ve only had a handful of
things on a plan during our 7 married years. Just about all of our purchases are
paid in cash. I hope that’s not to much information! But I always wonder HOW
other people do it! So I don’t mind sharing a little financial detail!:0)

 

I love the couch/sofa in your
living room, the white one with three cushions. Could you let me know the brand
and where you got it?

 

Sure! That sofa is a Robert Michael’s sofa and can be purchased
here. The sofa is called The Savannah,

 

 

I wanted to do one long rod
like you did and was wondering where you found your rod and how you connected it
all so when the drapes are hung it looks like a wall of
windows?

 

I purchased that rod from Bed Bath and Beyond. It’s actually
three different pieces an two, six foot rods and one eight foot one, connected
together to make one large rod. I’m not sure of the brand but its over by all
the wooden rods. I think I also bought a extender piece that’s in that same
section.

 

 

Would you post some of
the
styles that you designed for your bedroom and your kids rooms? I really need
some ideas for them.

 

I sure will! As soon as I get to them:0) Like I said the
upstairs really hasn’t been touched by my dreamy décor plans yet. But just in
case you wanted to know I have a master bed,bath and closet, two full baths, one
large playroom and three bedrooms! So stick around for a whole lota decorating!

 

You can take a look at my little girls nursery here (there is no part II )

 

 

 

 

What did you use to put your
flowers up on the wall?

 

Elmer’s glue dots, the best thing ever! It won’t ruin your wall.
This is a good thing. You can purchase them at Walmart!

 

 

Do you sell your monogramed
plaques, hallway signs or paper flowers?

 

No, not at this time:0) But you can easily do it yourself! If
you don’t have a personal vinyl cutter you can purchase one here or here. If that’s not an option
you can get vinyl custom made here. Shelly also still sells my hallway sign vinyl packages
in her shop, House of Smiths Design.

 

What type of skin care do you
use?

 

This is another one of those questions that I get asked a lot!
Well it’s pretty simple. Water, Dove for sensitive skin and a mild lotion.( This
is not everday by the way, maybe 3 or 4 times a week) I’ve never used anything
super complicated when it comes to my skin. About once a week I use a course
sugar scrub to scrub off my dead skin cells and it leaves my face SUPER silky,
like a baby’s behind I love
makeup and you can read about that here and here.