Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Monday, June 15

Tuesday, June 16....Bon a Petit!

I have finally finished the one room that I have been looking forward to redecorating since the day we moved in. I always said that I would make a point of eating at the dining room table instead of in front of the TV so Zach and I could have some quality time together and now we have a beautiful place to do that! I really dislike painting rooms simply because it is a challenge for a 5"6" person to conquer 12 foot walls...not to mention tons of mouldings. But hey, I can't complain because those mouldings are so beautiful and it was was worth the 4 days it took to paint! In true Shannon fashion, I took many detours along the way to do small projects. First, I was on the quest for the perfect furniture. The first piece to arrive was my wonderful anniversary present, a china cabinet. I spent that whole night unpacking and arranging the boxes of china and crystal we had received for the wedding. Next, the table and chairs. We drove for what seemed like forever to the Ashley Warehouse in Tupelo to pick up our huge table...all 250lbs of it. I found the chairs online and the other pieces in the room have been in the Jex family. Next...learning to sew. My first project was taking 17 yards of fabric and turning them into 4 drapery panels. I love how they turned out and I had so much fun fabric shopping, designing, and sewing. The final project was to refinish the chandelier in Zach study and switch it with the dining room chandelier. I cleaned it up, spray painted it with silver metallic paint, distressed the paint with a low grit sand paper to let some of the brass shine through, and then I sprayed it with a reflective gloss coat. I also sewed a cord cover in the same fabric I used for the draperies. I was nervous about this project but I am so pleased with the final product and I am glad I took the risk. Next, I painted an apple painting for a pop of color. I finished the room off by sewing 2 colorful pillows for the arm chairs and a centerpiece I made from square mirrors, a vase, and white twigs and candle sticks. If you are an HGTV fan then you are familiar with Candice Olsen...she is a favorite of ours and many of her designs along with 'Rate My Space' photos became my inspiration for the room. Cool, calming gray for the walls (Sherwin Williams Monorail Silver) contrasting crisp white for the trim. We went with a modern table and 8 chairs-clean lines and dark finishes. For accents I chose shimmering fabrics, mirrored surfaces, candles, and glass. Oh and 2 very special B&W photos that Zach took of Sydney and Emma for the buffet. I highly recommend TJMaxx and Homegoods for lamps...I found these great buffet lamps at TJMaxx for $24! After putting this into words I realize what a artsy-fartsy nutcase I am! Enough details...enjoy the pictures!!

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