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I am standing on the edge, arms lifted high, face towards the sun. It is quiet. I am still. I hear the bird-songs harmonizing and feel a soft breeze like a child’s kiss, bring a smile to my face. With the practiced breath of yoga, I inhale all the loveliness of my surroundings and exhale. I took the time to walk in the woods. To still my mind and pray.

I stood like this for maybe two minutes, but to my spirit who needed this time alone to focus, it may as well been two hours for the restoration this brought me.

The cogs have been set in motion and I am on the path that has been patiently waiting on me until now. I, however, feel like I have waited my whole life for this moment. Curating my niche and having the confidence to grab hold of it.

Bella Patina Interiors was born in 2002. I have raised this company lovingly. It has flowed to the point of turning away clients due to time constraints, and ebbed while I chose to focus my priorities on raising my children with a solid foundation.

The time has come to move forward.

With the right people in place and a heart to grow this business into a family organization and legacy for my children, things are taking off. We are launching our monthly newsletter, have in place the infrastructure to support the growth of Bella Patina Interiors and sashaying our way to be the best we can be within the design industry.

Again, I find myself standing on the edge, arms lifted high, face towards the sun. I am quiet. I am still. Preparing to fly.

* This post is dedicated to my mother, Darryl Moore. For all your love, support and believing that I can fly. I love you.


With the weekend unfurling and a plan to have no plan, I have found a minute to tune in and bring things up to date.

To the point, it’s all about painting at the new house. It is complete, except for the horizontal stripes that have taken a total of SIX (6!!!) hours to tape off and we have one more row to go. This is such an exact mathematical application. One in which I personally am ill-equipped. If it were not for my amazing left and right brain thinking husband, you will have found yourself walking into a tripped out fun house where certain queasiness would ensue. Instead, with laser levels and patience (that comes, by-the-way in the shape of a wine bottle), we have conquered the beast and I am about to rock this mother out.

From a budget stand point, I want to break down the paint costs and wow you with what a little perseverance  can do. First, after cost comparing price points on paint, I found my true blue Sherwin Williams center to be the most suitable for our needs. With a designer/contractor account opened, my savings were tremendous just at that. However, a beautiful thing happened when I was conveying the scope of our project to Cory at Sherwin Williams in Covington. He had a substantial amount of 5 gallon, satin finish, white containers left from a previous job. He wanted to be rid of them and offered them to me for the equivalent of $10/Gallon. Unheard of! The paint could be tinted to any color of my choosing.

I did what any good girl would do and shook hands on the spot and invested in all the paint I needed to complete our home. The total of which ended up being $438.18. Now, had I paid a painter to complete the interior, I would have paid $3300.00. I am not great with numbers per se, but my calculator is telling me that is a savings of $2861.82. Wha-BAM!

The next step in this multi layered onion, is to prime, paint, cut and install the trim. To be completed by the end of next week? She asks in a hopeful voice.

The trim is another example of great savings on our end. Jim, the brains of this operation, happens to know a guy that had a box truck of mismatched trim that was just wasting away, looking for a home through its dust-colored eyelids. We have adopted said trim for a mere $100.00 dollars and it is enough to complete all our sills, casings, base boards and hand rails. This trim comes with a boldness, nothing wimpy about it. We are happy to bring it into our folds and give it a proper home.

All this being said, it is with tremendous gratitude and thanksgiving that God has led and guided each step of our way.  The process of building a home with your spouse in such an intense, hands on way, can be a great stressor in a marriage. I am happy to say that we are so dang tired from all the labor, we have no energy to fight. Only laughter, a few tears and a lot of satisfaction in knowing we have earned this. Fair and square.

We all know the saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all”. This is my reasoning for being quiet these past two weeks. Writing from a place of exhaustion has not seemed to cast me in my best light when I run it through my mind, lol.

It is humourous, even in the midst of the chaos of our lives at the moment, to take in all that seems to be coming our way.

First, our trip to Disney got cancelled as we were an hour into our drive to Florida. My son, who I knew was not feeling well, took a turn for the worse (turned out to be strep throat) so we made the decision to come back home. Have you ever driven in the car for an hour with a heartbroken family knowing you can do nothing to ease their disappointment? I wouldn’t recommend it. But the right choice was made and we have moved on.

It has been the most labor intensive, bone weary, exhausting process working on the house these past two weeks. After we sprayed the initial primer coat, I have lovingly sanded every square inch of our drywall and ceiling, smoothing its surfaces to take my satin finish paint that I have daringly painted not only the walls, but the ceiling with.

 Typically, you would paint your ceiling with a flat ceiling paint that hides any imperfections and has no sheen to it. It is highly unusual for the ceilings to be finished to an esteemed enough standard, which is why most people would not consider using anything but a flat finish.  I, on the other hand wanted to bounce light around our space and opted for a satin finish that has ended up making the room look  like it is glowing with the warmth of the sun. I am so pleased with the outcome!

At this stage in our game, my goal is to completely finish all interior paint this week, with the exception of doors and trim. The final grade is being done today and you can find me out fertilizing, laying grass seed and hay, doing my best to enjoy this pleasant weather we have been blessed with.

Although we are weary, and truly, not ourselves because of it, there is a bubbling inside me, a steamroll sense of satisfaction at using my strength and energy to create this house. To stand back and know all the love that has been poured into this home. It is monumental. A true. Labor. Of love.

It’s 7:15am. The door shuts behind my herd of elephants as they scamper off to school. “It is quiet in this house”, I think, as a smile spreads across my face at this fundamental luxury.

My little monchichis have been home on winter break for the past week, meaning: AMEN AND HALLELUJA!!!!! I have the house, finally, to my self today. Mothers? Can I get a witness?!

There is not too much to report on the home construction front. The insulation is complete and the drywall should have been, but is not quite there yet. A big BooOooO to it not being done.

Not being able to work in the house this past week, Jim and I decided to do some work on the property. I did a hard pruning to all the trees and burned off some scrub and underbrush. After a 1 minute conversation with Jim about a dead tree on our property, he was hard at work with the chain saw taking that sucker down. In retrospect, it was a little close to the house for a novice tree remover, but when we see it, we do it. However, next time we may take pause for longer than a minute, you just never can tell.

Lord have mercy and let her fall the right direction.

My mind is stirring with thoughts of finish selections and visions of a completed project. The beauty of a small bungalow likes ours (doesn’t calling it a bungalow sound much more quaint, lol) means I get to mack out the little details in our space. With a sixty thousand dollar initial budget, this will absolutely have to happen over time, but it is going to happen. I see it as clearly as if I stood before it.

I have included a few photos for your viewing pleasure and will continue to do so as things move along, enjoy!

Imagine these with matching black shutters flanking either side


Window boxes spilling over and english boxwoods as foundation plantings


Soon to be screened back porch


Kitchen window that will eventually convert to a door leading to detached garage.


Side view and temporary driveway