Why I’ve Been Absent and My Favorite Projects

Happy Monday, sweet friends. I am so sorry to have been absent from posting for the past month.  To all of you, who have sent messages of concern about my welfare, I am truly touched by your thoughtfulness. It means more to me than you will ever know. However, I have not been absent for a bad reason. In fact, it is something very happy. Mr. Bleu received notice that he could relocate with his job from the Oklahoma City area to the Tulsa area. What makes this extra exciting is that is where we are originally from, and it is where all of our family is located. Needless to say, everyone is over the moon that we are moving back.  As you already know, by my blog, family means everything to me, and I miss my loved ones so much! Even though, I truly love where I live, I am anxious to move back home.  However, there is one catch.  We must sell our house first.  So, we have spent the last weeks getting the house ready to sell. It is finally on the market, and now comes the daunting task of selling a house.

For today’s post, I thought I would take a look back at some of my favorite remodel projects that Mr. Bleu and I have done to our home. I’ve included links if you would like to read about any of the projects illustrated below. I apologize for some of the photography. A lot of the photos are from my very first days of blogging.

Butler’s Pantry

My first favorite project is the small office that we turned into a French Country Butler’s Pantry. This may be one of my most favorite spots in the house. Below is the before picture.  It was a small space and did not serve the purpose of an office very well.

With a little thought and some elbow grease, we turned the above space into this wonderfully useful area.


Adding Hardwoods

Another favorite project was adding hardwoods to the house. Although I didn’t think I would survive all of the dust, in the end, the mess was well worth the reward.


French Country Powder Bath

Redoing the powder bath to create a pretty space was another rewarding effort. Below is the before picture.


Master Bathroom

And last but not least, our master bathroom remodel that was just recently completed has to be my most favorite endeavor. Below is the before photograph.

I am really going to miss this space. I still can’t believe the transformation!

Thank you so much for taking a walk down memory lane with me. Again, I apologize for being absent. Things have just been a little hectic. I have some fun Summer posts planned, and I can’t wait to share them with you.  Take care, and I hope that you have a very Happy Monday!!!

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  1. So glad all is okay! Good Luck!

  2. Congratulations! I know you’re so happy to be back close to family again. Your home is gorgeous, and someone will be so blessed to have it! I look forward to following along on your home sale journey.

  3. Glad you are moving back to your home town and near your family….so wonderful to hear from you. Have you moved yet? I know how much work and stress is involved in moving….take care!!! Good luck with the move!

  4. Shannon, it is great to have you back, I really have missed your posts. All of these projects turned out beautifully. With a gorgeous home, hopefully it will sell very quickly! I know you are beyond excited to move back home! Blessings~

  5. How exciting!! Best of luck to you on your move! I can’t wait to see what you do with your new home. Enjoy this wild ride!!

  6. Happy for you Shannon, that you are moving back home. I have missed you.
    Your house will sell quickly I am sure. I loved reviewing some of your remodel projects. You have really put a lot of love and labor into your home.
    My daughter’s in-laws live in Tulsa.

    • Thank you, sweet friend, for the kind words! I am so glad to be back to blogging, I have missed all of of my blogging friends. I hope that you are having a wonderful week! Happy Thursday!!!

  7. Wonderful projects!! Happy moving!!

  8. hi Shannon, I was wondering what you’d been up to! Great news, except I know it will be hard to leave all your hard work behind~ but I guess you’ll have a chance to make another house your own! Best of luck for a quick sale and a stress free move!

    • Thank you, Jenna! We are really excited to have the opportunity to move closer to our families. Fingers crossed our house will sell soon. I hope that you are having a wonderful week!!!

  9. I didn’t imagine you were preparing for a move but I’m glad that’s what has occupied your time vs. something bad. One of my husband’s cousins from Michigan now lives in Oklahoma City. I remember when Dan used to travel for a place he worked and always said Tulsa was his favorite city in OK. I’m glad for you that you will be closer to family again. I enjoyed the walk through memory lane at your home. You two have done some really nice projects and enhanced your home beautifully!

    • Thank you, Liz, for the very sweet words. Tulsa is a wonderful city, and I can’t wait to be able to spend more time with my family. I hope that you are enjoying your week. Happy Thursday!!!

  10. Your changes add spice to your home and should draw an approving eye from lookers. Hopefully, the market works well for you.

  11. Congrats on your upcoming move back home. Your home improvement projects have yielded wonderful results. Best wishes for a smooth transition.

  12. Happy to hear that all is well and that you’ll be closer to your loved ones. Thanks for the look back at your fantastic projects and thanks for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  13. What happy news! I’m sure your beautiful home will sell quickly.

  14. Blessings to you and your family as you move back home. Your house is beautiful and hopefully will sell quickly!

  15. I am so excited for you and know your house will sell quickly! Loved seeing all of the projects! Happy Wednesday~

  16. You will be having exciting times ahead. I love all of the projects you have done on this house and look forward to seeing the new house.

  17. thank you for sharing at TFT you were featured and pinned! xo

  18. P.S. happy you are back

  19. Congratulations on being able to move! 🙂 Your remodeling projects are wonderful… just beautiful. 🙂

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