I’m a morning person. By that, I mean I relish the newness of morning. The quietness. The still and calm before the storm of the day begins. I’m not a bubbly person – at any point of the day. So, when I call myself a ‘morning person’, that just means I prefer morning to night. It does not mean the kids come downstairs to find me singing show tunes or bouncing around the kitchen.

When fog and sun meet in the wee hours of the morning – that is my favorite. Typically I leave the house for Crossfit before the sun rises. Yesterday a bunch of circumstances meant I slept a little longer and was home when the sun peeked over the field. I needed it. Something about sunny, foggy mornings makes me a take a deep breath and exhale. It is a beautiful welcome to a new day.


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  • SueY - Beautiful!!!

  • Anna - These are beautiful! Those foggy mornings sure are great aren’t they? Thank you for sharing!

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Such inspiring photos! They’re just beautiful!

  • Sarah - I too am a morning person. I like the moment of quiet before three year wakes up everyone in the house.

  • Mary - i love the early morning stillness as well but I’m more of a bed person. If I could just get over the speed bump of getting out of bed, I would see a lot more of those beautiful mornings.

    Also, I really came here to compliment these incredible images. I always love what you post but these took my breath away this morning. Gorgeous!

  • Beth - wow. these photos are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for sharing. I am so not a morning person, but these photos are inspiring me to give it a try!

  • Debbie H - Emotions through photography. . . This is so great. Nice way to begin my own day where the sun is not yet up. :) It is so interesting to watch someone else’s kids grow up on-line. The change, maturity, growth, kindness comes through in your photos. So interesting. Thanks as always.

  • Allison - beautiful pics and sentiment – i feel the same way about morning

  • Tiffany - The photos on this post are just too sweet! Love the fog/light combo, of course, but I’m dying over the sweet one with Arley’s ears flying and your son looking so happy behind her because he has a dog to run with! Moments like that are just good for the soul, aren’t they? :)

  • Holly - I’m the same way too. There’s just something about being up in the quietness of the morning before the rest of the world is awake. It’s like my own personal sunrise. Love it!

  • suzy - So beautiful! Looks like a dream.

  • Emily - Oh I love this series…I love the fog, too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jess - So beautiful! I love your description of “Morning person”…I am the same way to. I take a long time to function in the morning but love watching the sun come up, the stillness, all that makes morning so beautiful!

  • Diana - Gorgeous!!! I’m a morning exerciser too and sometimes the views are enough to make me want to be a morning person. That works some days…

  • Natalie - These pictures are beautiful! You inspire me to be more of a morning person. :)

  • Carol - I am cracking up picturing you in the kitchen singing show tunes! I’m thinking sound of music.

  • mandy - I just laughed out loud about your comment about you not being the one who is singing show tunes when your kids come down the stairs in the morning. Made me chuckle just picturing it! :)

  • christina larsen - I love that tree!

  • Jill - These are my favorite pictures of yours!! Beautiful!!

  • Debbie C - These pictures are truly beautiful. Love them.

  • Ashleigh - I needed this. Thank you. Wishing you a wonderful day ahead.

  • Crystal - Such a lovely post, full of lovely photos, but I must admit one of my favourite lines is “I’m not a bubbly person – at any point in the day” :)

My friends Nick & Jaime Parker are ridiculously creative and talented with their hands. They also can’t stay in a house very long – so I kid them. Home renovations are their thing – where their talents and creativity shine. Like Chris and I, they have 5 kids. However, projects that take Chris and I six months to finish they can finish in six hours. I seriously cannot figure out how they start and finish so many projects. It is mind boggling.

They recently purchased a new-to-them old home and will begin renovations soon. Their current home was built in 1908 and they completely restored it. The home is full of so much character. It is one of those places you feel at home and in awe at the same time. Before they pack up and move, I asked if I could stop by and do a little photo tour of their home on my blog. I knew you guys would enjoy it as much as I do.

So…here you go The Parker Family Main Street Home.

3.15MainStRoughHousing-013.15MainStRoughHousing-023.15MainStRoughHousing-043.15MainStRoughHousing-063.15MainStRoughHousing-07The kitchen is my favorite room in their house. For those curious…they found the sink on Craigslist.3.15MainStRoughHousing-093.15MainStRoughHousing-103.15MainStRoughHousing-123.15MainStRoughHousing-133.15MainStRoughHousing-153.15MainStRoughHousing-163.15MainStRoughHousing-173.15MainStRoughHousing-193.15MainStRoughHousing-203.15MainStRoughHousing-213.15MainStRoughHousing-233.15MainStRoughHousing-253.15MainStRoughHousing-263.15MainStRoughHousing-27There are so many beautifully designed homes out there, but not a lot that are family friendly when you have rough and tumble kids. I love that their house is beautiful, but it is also lived in – welcoming and warm. It is a good place to visit. As I right this, I’m thinking Jaime I need to stop by for coffee!

Okay…so I know there are probably a million…What color of paint is that? Where is the kitchen sink from? Where can I buy ______?

The answer is: I don’t know.

Here is a link to a few posts about the restoration: http://blog.bornagainrestored.com/category/main-street-house/

I’ll try to convince Nick and Jaime to stop by here and answer some of your questions this week.


If you would like to follow the restoration/remodel of their new home or just follow their creativity in general, here are some links:

Blog: http://blog.bornagainrestored.com

Website: http://www.bornagainrestored.com

Instagram: @bornagainrestored @ba_restored #rough_housing #2015RedHouseReno

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  • Angie Merchant - I’m so glad you blogged about that cute house,every time on my walks I just fall in love and see something I haven’t seen before. They probably look out and wonder who keeps walking by our house. So glad I finally got to see the inside.

  • Ashley - Ditto! I am in Rose District quite a bit and always see this house! Beautiful and I love the sink!! Are they the BA Restoration peeps? I think they talked at Holiday Gathering a few years back and I have wanted to see their house ever since.

  • Tiffany - The yellow chair under the window, looks so cheerful and cozy.

  • Janice - Mmmm – lovely. I love that, like your family, it is a “normal” sized home. Not a huge one. I love the dark grey doors. Seeing the vision they had for the bathroom vanity rehab – amazing. Am intrigued by the door inside the mantle in the eating area of the kitchen. Does it lead to a cubbie?

  • Holly - I follow them on IG, and didn’t even realize it was the same house. Oops!

  • susie - Thanks! That sure is a cute house!

  • Brooke - That is ridiculous! I love it. Every single picture of every single room. So beautiful.

  • amber - Well, love that! So great. I wish we were brave enough to branch out & try our hand at renovating houses. Their house is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this! I’ll definitely go have a look around their blog later…

  • AndreaB - What a gorgeous home! So not what I was expecting from the picture of the outside. It looks full and spacious, modern and eclectic all at the same time! And I spy a bit of recipeforcrazy action too! :) just all round awesome.

  • Marsha - They were at a Christmas Gathering a couple of years ago! I missed their open house, but my heart just loves driving by there between antiquing and the bead shop and other runs through and around the Rose District so close to home!

  • Maureen - Thank you for sharing this! Loved the tour and the links. I’ve been thinking of going with darker doors and really like the darker gray used. I love beautiful reality in a home tour!

  • Diana - This is amazing! I love the mix of style, modernish vintage?? They did a wonderful job!

  • Jolene - Love, love, love this place! They are talented folks! Thanks for sharing!

  • Robin C. - hhmmm… if I were you, I’d try to get Nick & Jamie to stop by and finish the loft for you! :) hey – good friends right??

  • Tiffany - What a great site! The projects are so beautiful and creative. Suggestion…add the little buttons to easily follow the blog at the top of their page like Ashley Ann does for Bloglovin’? I will definately check back on them:) Love the angled corners of the walls at the bottom of the staircase! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing:)

  • Jeannine - Oh my. Dream house!

  • Katie - What a darling house! Their kitchen is so cool! I love the wood floors and the stove! Would love to know if they refinished the wood floors or purchased. And am quite curious what type of stove that is. They did such a wonderful job on this home! Very creative! Thanks for sharing.

  • ellen patton - Wow! I love their house!

  • Melissa - Oh my gosh that house is gorgeous! Love how they kept the charector but added fun modern family touches

  • Amy Cornwell - Oh my, this house is so beautiful. I love it all and have so many thoughts running around my head of how to implement things into our own house. Thanks for sharing!

Slow. Slow. Slow. Our progress on the boys’ sleeping loft is moving at a painfully slow pace. Working on the loft also means changing the bottom half of their room. This month the window company will be installing a window in the loft and then we can make progress a little faster – I hope.

Here is the current state of things:

We will trim out this hole entrance. It looks rough right now, but there is a plan!3.15loftfloor-002There will also be a railing up here, a window, a fire escape ladder, outlet covers…all the safe stuff before the boys move up here. Don’t worry!3.15loftfloor-003Chris told the boys they could write on the plywood flooring before he installed the laminate wood floor. I was cracking up reading all they wrote. I took pictures of it all – some of it I wish we didn’t have to cover up! It is always good to be reminded you should love your siblings even if they make you mad:)3.15loftfloor-005This little girl came back up to add one more thing…3.15loftfloor-0063.15loftfloor-0073.15loftfloor-0083.15loftfloor-009“When I am a teenager I hope I get the loft!” She’s already dreaming.3.15loftfloor-010

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  • Jenn - So sweet!

  • Emily - You have probably answered this before, but I can’t find it. Where did you get the fan in the lower room? Thanks!

  • Jenn - this is so wonderful. i love it all. some friends of ours is building a house and we are hoping to have a house blessing and writing bible verses on the floors. i have been wondering about your loft redo. can’t wait to continue seeing the progress

  • Jenny B. - So cool. I’m wondering if this could be a possibility in our house. We live in a neighborhood with a POA, though, and would have to get building permits and stuff. Were there any logistics like that you had to work though to make it happen?

  • Amy Cornwell - We wrote on the bottom of the laminate floor before we put it down in our old house. I love that someday, someone might get to see what the kids wrote. So special that you guys had the kids do that. Love the sentiment.

  • Carrie - LOL! Thanks, Firecracker. I needed that today. :)

  • christina - This is so sweet! Your boys are going to have a great time with that space. I would have loved a loft when I was a kid!

  • Erica Baker - I cannot wait to see the finished product. Such a fun idea. They are going to create some incredible memories up there. When we did construction at my church we wrote prayers on the subfloor so that people were literally always walking on prayers when they entered. Maybe you might want to sneak in a few prayers and scriptures for them to sleep on? I hope the rest of the construction process goes well!

  • Brittany Fry - That is so cool! I love what little Miss wrote. SO precious!

  • Sarah P - What a magical place for kids! Could you tell me where you got your flooring for the loft?

  • Diana - This is so awesome. And I love the floor writing. My parents let us do that on walls before hanging wall paper. I don’t think we got pictures of it though, it was years ago, before digital cameras. Now whenever my husband and I do a big project I always write our names and the date. Someone will find it someday!

  • Haley - This is so fun! I also love that you clarified about all of the safety stuff… but will you be keeping the saw up there?! :)

  • AshleyAnn - Sarah P – the flooring is from Lumber Liquidators

  • Angela - Awe- I love that you guys let them write on the plywood. What special memories that creates. Imagine someday if someone pulls up the laminate flooring and they find those drawings- it’ll make their day.

  • Anna Brown - Inspired by your painted bedroom floor and dreaming of a floor like this http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/products/skylars-lace-floral-stencil (out of my budget). I bought dark grey floor paint and covered the floor with it, then after a chat about the possible design I let my girls (5 and 8) have a go with light grey. It was nerve racking especially when my 5 year old decided she didn’t like what she had painted and tried to “rub it out” with more paint. I kept reminding myself that I love thier art work and it can be painted over anytime. I couldn’t be happier, it is thier room with thier individuality all over it. I love when we move furniture around that different parts I had forgotten about re appear.

  • amber - That girl! She reminds me so much of my own daughter:). And it totally freaks me out that she’s writing in full sentences, while my 5 year old son is barely writing his name when I can wrangle him away from sword fights, super hero battles & wrestling matches. Oh boys & girls…

  • Marsha - Ashley, surely you will print or have canvases made of those wonderful treasures hidden under the floor!?!?!

  • Cassidy - While I do love this post (teenage Firecracker with a loft bedroom is a trip for my imagination), my question is something totally different. When you first started blogging, which site did you use?

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - Love their drawings!