{house tour} emersyn’s room.

slowly but surely, our little house is becoming a home. we decided to rock out the kids rooms first, and that seemed easy at the time….but definitely turned out to be a little more work than we anticipated.

i’m sure our home will never be ‘finished’, but the kids rooms are definitely good for now! 😉

first on the house tour, is miss emy’s nursery. as you all probably know, i’ve been dying for a pink and gold nursery…so that’s exactly what she got.

i’m pretty much obsessed…


emersyn wood name – craftcuts.com {i bought it unfinished and glitterfy and modge podged it}
crib – davinci ‘jayden’ from babies.r.us
bedding – three wishes bedding 
fabric banner – made by me with michael miller’s brambleberry ridge and glitz lines.
curtains – amazon



wall & ladder decor : hobby lobby, amazon, ikea & kates crafty heart.


thanks for looking. 🙂 i swear, i’m going to try to be better at this blog thing!

xo, marley.


it’s official!

she’s ours!!!!!
we made it. 198 days of building. crazy highs, and the most stressful moments. an experience we’d never thought we’d have.

man it’s been a rollercoaster. one i’ll never forget.

i’m just, so…grateful!!!

let this new adventure of ours begin…….
xo, marley.

finishing touches…

each week the house feels more and  more ready for us to move into!!!! the house is practically finished! we have just a few minor things to finish in the next week, and it’ll be DONE!

with next week being a short week, i likely won’t blog, but they’ll just be cleaning up spots, patching and painting, and doing some random fixes around the house. we are set to start the Q/A process and first walk through the first week of December, and HOPEFULLY closing on Monday, December 14th! major fingers crossed for that!

this week they painted all of our trim, did our subway tile backsplash, installed our blinds, did another coat of paint, started spot treating the walls and perfecting everything.

sorry for the photos…with it getting dark so early now, my photos are all in the darkness!

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i hope your thanksgiving week is fabulous! i am thankful for you!

xo, marley.

{friday house day!} movin right along…

we have had some yucky sickness going through the house this week, lots of vitamin c, cough syrup, lozenges, antibiotics and tissues all around! i’m not quite sure our bodies were ready for these texas season changes! we’ve got an epic storm that started our direction and i have a feeling it might have an effect the progress on the house this coming week!

we were so very excited to see that they installed our granite throughout the house last friday…
10.16.15 (1) and also my big beautiful FARMHOUSE sink!!!! {all the heart eyes!}
10.16.15 (3)10.16.15 (4)10.16.15 (5){they also had a little mess-up on the bathroom floor tile grout, and they ended up fixing that yesterday, so it’s now the gray it was supposed to be!}

they also added all the sinks, faucets, shower heads and details throughout the kitchen and bathrooms!

they started the trim work and the staircase and half wall details as well…
10.19.15and the stone arrived! which is even prettier in person! so they got started on the left side of the house…
10.17.1510.22.15 (2) 10.22.15 (1)i think next week they’ll be working on our backsplash, finishing cabinet trim, final paint, vents, outlets and all those little details!

we’re getting close to the finish line….just a few more weeks!!!

xo, marley.

{friday house day} big changes!

last week was about walls, and this week was about floors! all of our flooring (besides the carpet) was installed!! unfortunately, i realized a little too late that they cover it all up once they are done (duh!) so i don’t have final pictures of any of it! 😦

they ended up pouring our driveway, walkways and sidewalk last friday! which was super exciting and kind of a relief. we were told that one hold up can be the concrete, because it is weather dependent and they usually wait till the very end of the build to lay it. with ‘the end’ of our build falling in November, we were scared rain might cause some issue. so we were stoked to see it done already and not have to worry about that potential delay before closing.

10.9.15 (1)10.9.15 (2)on tuesday they scraped, cleaned and prepped the slab for our flooring…

10.13.15 (1)10.13.15 (2)and while they were prepping and laying flooring in the house, they also painted the stucco on the outside. we picked a lighter color, and i love how it came out. i can’t WAIT to see the brick and stone we chose against it! hopefully they’ll get working on that soon.10.13.15 (3)

here was yesterday morning’s bathroom tile progress…10.15.15 (1)and when we went by last night – it was all DONE! (and covered) it’s pretty amazing how quickly they can lay flooring!10.15.15 (3)

next up is countertops! yay!

xo, marley

{friday house day} walls, and paint and doors oh my!

this week has been all about walls! inside, outside and all around! as i mentioned last week, they were texturing our walls, and finished that over the weekend…
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then on monday, they installed our cabinets!!!! {which was super exciting for me!}
10.5.15 (2){and also in the bathrooms!}

then on wednesday, they installed the garage door, all the inside doors and the trim. and yesterday, they did the first coat of paint! {sw agreeable gray}
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they also finished the stucco on the outside {needs to be painted}, and graded and prepped our front yard for our driveway, walkway and sidewalk!…
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hopefully in the next few days, they’ll be pouring all that concrete, finishing the paint inside, and next week we should get started on flooring!

xo, marley

{friday house day} we’re building a house!

sooooooo!….. a huge part of our new adventure is that we’re BUILDING A HOUSE! weeeeee! i can tell you that this is honestly something we never thought we could do. a dream world we thought we’d never be a part of.

we started this journey back in may when we made the decision to move. we started online dreaming about buying a house, and weren’t sure if we should rent for awhile when we arrived, or if we should dive right into buying. we didn’t know the area too well, but my aunt is here and we had some friends who had good recommendations about areas to live and what would be a good fit for us. i fell in love with three neighborhoods in the area. brand spankin new ‘master plan communities’ as they call them. these places are BEAUTIFUL! they have pools, splash pads, parks, fire pits, community activities, clubs, and amazing schools all right in the neighborhood. i was dreaming of (and almost determined to) find a home in one of these unbelievable places.

it seemed our stars aligned and the ever-so-amazing ‘teravista’ was where we were meant to be. we found the perfect little floor plan, in the perfect little neighborhood, where a brand new school was being completed within walking distance. when we came to visit our new city in june, we checked out the property and fell in love. it was just what we hoped. we signed our contract, picked our lot, and went to ‘deco’ all in 2 days time. we needed to get these things handled before we went back to california, so they could get started on our house. while we were gone, they updated us on the status of the house every friday…so that’s why i’ve decided to continue ‘friday house day’ here on the blog! 🙂

i have a bit of catching up to do, considering our house is drywalled and getting ready for texture. so here’s a little recap of our journey thus far. {sorry, cell phone pictures are what i’ve got…}

here’s our lot, during our mini visit the first weekend of june…just grass, weeds and dirt.
6.6.15during june and july, they were working on inspections and permits from the city, then started prepping our electric, underground plumbing and the pour of our foundation…
6.29.15 we got to town with the kids after the big trip, we brought them to see their first glimpse of their new house. or, their mounds of dirt… 🙂
7.15.15cables are set, and it’s time for our foundation…8.5.15and now it’s real. our foundation was poured on august 11th, and things suddenly became reality.
8.11.15and just 3 days later, the first floor of our wood framing was all up!
8.14.14so we had a pizza party in it, of course!!!
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nd the following week, the second story was up!8.20.15 (2)8.20.15big changes came quickly and this has happened this month in september…
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last week they did the insulation and drywall… (3) 9.23.15 (4)
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they are also prepping the outside of our house for the stone and brick to be added. it’s something i love so much about the beautiful texas homes. can’t wait to see the things we picked come to life.
9.30.15 (6)and today, our walls are being textured as we speak! i’ll have updates on that and next weeks progress on next week’s friday house day! wooo!

wow. that was a bit of a novel, wasn’t it? if you’re still here, thanks for sticking around. this journey is not for the faint of heart. it’s been up, down and all around, but holy cow is it cool. it’s been something i’ll never forget, and i’m excited for each and every day’s progress.

…and i’m totally that person that drives by every.single.day. :l

xo, marley

it happened.

it finally happened. i did it. i created a blog…my blog.

as you may know, i’ve been dreaming of this moment for quite some time. it just seemed that…well, life, got in the way. the last few years i wanted so badly to manage my home, my babies, being a wife, pregnancy, a blooming photography business, a blog AND every other curveball life threw my way…but it just didn’t seem i could manage.

fast forward to now. life is a little different. and i say that with a teeny bit of sarcasm…

77 days ago life changed. BIG time. we took the biggest leap of our lives and packed our whole world and headed to austin, TEXAS. yep. texas. leaving behind our people, our home, our business, our routine, our school, our favorite restaurants, our go-to weekend places, our disneyland (well, you know what i mean) and everything we’d ever known.

opportunities like this, seem to come few and far between nowadays, and after hours of talking, lists being made, pros and cons being weighed, tears, excitement, fear, anxiety, happiness and just about every emotion later, we decided to do it. we decided to take the plunge. we knew it would be worth it. we knew we would be building the life we always dreamed of. for ourselves and our three beautiful crazies.

i figure – what better time to start this ‘dream blog’, then now?! so here we go. this little place will be filled (perhaps sporadically) with little bits of us. photos, yes – lots of photos, updates, home stuff, recipes, traditions, parties, crafty stuff, and whatever else is floating my boat that day. i hope to keep our family and friends up to date on our new world out here, and hopefully make you all not feel so far (1400 miles far) away.

follow along this journey if you so wish, i’m excited for what is to come…

xo, marley