The above pic of Niles is a solid summary of how we spent our weekend. It feels like spring should have already arrived, but it really has not. Nonetheless, we had a sunny weekend and our entire household enjoyed it. Trent and I even took a walk around town on Sunday afternoon. We stopped in a couple of our local antique shops (they really are great shops, if you happen to be in the area) and we explored part of the McCoy Creek Trail that is basically outside our back door. As you can tell, the trail is beautiful! (A little cold at this particular moment…but still beautiful.)

We did get some additional work done on the house that we had been putting off. Little things like the hickory toe trim around the large fireplace. Since the house is old, things aren’t perfectly straight or level…which isn’t noticeable 99% of the time. But I think we can all agree that it’s noticeable here.

So, we bought a piece of natural hickory wood and Trent cut it down to work perfectly. So much better!

I’m on the lookout for HUGE vases and have not found much online. I’m looking for something 3 feet tall (at least). The reason? We inherited a tv armoire/case from my parents a few years back. They had the “beast” made by an Amish carpenter (who ended up being a family friend). It’s gorgeous solid wood, but absolutely ENORMOUS. Trent and I used it in a large bedroom several houses ago and have continued to find a place for it in every house since. Every time we bring it into a new house we are reminded just HOW big the beast is. It takes multiple men to move it and I’m convinced that we have actually lost some friendships over this thing (not really…but it’s heavy). When we moved into this home, we decided the beautiful piece of furniture was not going to make the cut. The plan was to put it in storage until we could find a new home for it. Fast forward a few weeks and we kept coming back to a huge space in the piano room (technically, the front parlor). We knew something needed to go there, but we couldn’t agree on what. In the end, we decided to move the beast over knowing that it would be too large and too overbearing in the room and we would inevitably move it again. Guess what? The beast suddenly looks like a baby and we are left wondering how we can fill the space above it. So, my solution is to find 2-3 contrasting/complimenting vases to fill with some type of greenery on the top. Any other ideas? Have you seen the most amazing vase at an antique shop somewhere in Michiana? We have not added our media “stuff” into the shelves just yet….so ignore the cutout holes. As a size reference, that is a 50″ tv in there.

While I have heard from many of you about concerns that I’m going to pull the plug on our blog soon…relax! I have exciting news coming next week and I think most of you will be pleased.

As always, thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!


  • April 10, 2018 Reply


    The hickory put the finishing touch on the hearth! So very happy that you will continue to enchant us with your daily postings. I look forward to reading your postings every morning with my cup of coffee. Don’t take that away from me! The two of you are so talented, so diverse; keep on keeping on.

  • April 10, 2018 Reply

    Donna Laureys

    Love the “Beast”. It is beautiful. Niles finds the only spot of sunshine – so cute and one smart kitty. I am so glad you will continue your blog. I enjoy reading about the latest project and I would miss you guys so much if you did pull the plug. Looking forward to the exciting news!

  • April 10, 2018 Reply

    Judy. Marquardt

    Did a road trip Saturday & drove by your house, very pretty but know your wanting warm weather to play in the yard. Anxious to see what you will do with the landscaping. The beast looks beautiful where it is.

  • April 10, 2018 Reply


    Pier One in Granger has some large vases; about 36″ or so.

  • April 10, 2018 Reply

    Becky Williams

    We have an antique store south of Rochester IN off 31 called green oak antiques. The have had some big pieces. 3024 S 425 E
    Rochester, IN 46975
    United States
    +1 (574) 223-5702
    You could call and ask.

  • April 10, 2018 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    Everything looks so nice and of course, Niles is enjoying the sunny spots in your home. Great job on trimming the stone around the fireplace, it looks planned. Have a great rest of the week and enjoy your home. I may walk the McCoy Creek train sometime, it looks pleasant…..

  • April 10, 2018 Reply


    Are you sure you want vases? How about a large picture?….how about a ginormous photo enlargement of the early Pears home in a great big frame?…or Niles…or the adorable new owners?

  • April 11, 2018 Reply


    Can’t wait to hear the news coming next week!

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