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As a way to honor both our readers and my sweet friend, Rushan Smyth, founder of Peniel Pillows of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, we are giving away one of my favorite Peniel Pillows.

“Peniel” pillows are gorgeous high-end decorative pillows that are all based on scripture passages. Each hang tag explains the symbolism.

This particular pillow is called Jacob.

There are three different ways that you can  get your name in the drawing:

1. Hit the like button on this post (your name goes in once)

2. Hit the like and the share button on this Post (your name goes in twice)

3. Hit the like, the share and the subscribe button on this Post (your name goes in three times)

Tell your friends! The drawing will be held and the winner announced at the end of this month.




Blessed is the man ( or woman) who gets to design a gorgeous home at the most beautiful beach in the world and call it work. Add to that the fact that the team has been phenomenal (shout out to John Brown of Gulfview Construction), the homeowners a delight and the seafood not too shabby; and you have yourself a blueprint to be copied. This Alabama designer has been working on just such a project since January and I thought you might enjoy seeing a bit of the work in progress. I wish I had a time-lapse video for you but the first set of pictures show frame-up and the next set shows what happened in the following 4-5 weeks. We are now dried in (that means the roof is on, all windows and doors are in and the house is secure); drywall is up; wood is up for walls in main living area; trim is complete and painters are painting. I will soon do a post on paint selection in different parts of the country. It gets tricky. Enjoy! And if you want to say,”That was FUN!” at the end of a building project  call us at 334 356 3652.

                                                                                                                                                                   Kitchen / dining end of great room

 Upstairs playroom and “study hall”


 View from one of upstairs porches

Fast Forward


Siding and roof go up

Color looks great. Notice the bi-level porches that wrap 3 sides of the house


Love, love, love these mighty corbels!

The window in that little outbuilding was just screaming for a window box. So, we gave it one. 🙂


Yes! I knew those walls wanted to be wooden. Just wait until they get color.

Pay attention to this header. We will discuss this more in a future post.

Future fantasy little girl’s room


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