Before summer began, we participated in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge linking event.  We tackled our outdoor living spaces – transforming and updating our porches.  Part of our plan was to paint and install shutters to the exterior of our home.  Time got the better of us, and we had the shutters painted but just couldn’t get them hung on the house in time for the big reveal.

Well guess what?! The shutters are up!

I really can’t take credit for this project.  My husband thrifted all of the shutters for our home.  He actually salvaged them from the numerous tear-downs that are occurring in our neighborhood.  He’d drive by a house that was doomed for the dust, and he’d stop and check out the shutters.  Right material?  Right size?  Most shutters now are plastic.  We really wanted wood shutters, and love the satisfaction that comes from thrill of the hunt and then salvaging a perfectly good piece of architectural detail.

As part of the porches makeover, I repainted our doors using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  We just loved the color options, and were so pleased with how easy the paint went on, that we wanted to see how the paint would work on the shutters.  We chose Elegant from the Front Door Paint Collection.


Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint in ELEGANT

The painting part was seriously the easy part.  Hanging shutters is the not-so-easy part!  But they are up, and they look FAB-u-lous!

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door & Shutter Paint by Modern Masters

Modern Masters Front Door Paint on Shutters ELEGANT

The shutters really add that last bit of charm to our home that we were searching for.

My husband even found long shutters for our back porch door – something we’ve coveted on other homes for awhile!

Back Door : Modern Masters Front Door Paint : Pursuing Vintage

The shutter paint color looks wonderful with both of the door paint colors we used (Peaceful and Sophisticated from the Front Door Paint Collection).

We are so happy with how it all looks – and we’re looking forward to some cooler weather around the corner so we can actually enjoy sitting on our porches again!  (Humidity in DC in August is horrrrrible!).

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint by Modern Masters


This is a sponsored post.  Pursuing Vintage was compensated with product by Modern Masters.  The company did not tell me what to write – all opinions are mine.

In Memory of Grandma

WARNING: This is one of those heavy blog posts, the kind that doesn’t involve pretty home accessories or latest design trends.  I know it’s not why you usually tune in to Pursuing Vintage, but I figured this is a chance for you to get to know me better, and a bit of therapy for me.

One month ago, on July 10th, my dear grandmother passed away.  You could say it was sudden.  It caught us off guard.

“Gram,” as I called her, was 88 years young.  Nobody believed she was 88.  She still dyed her hair.  She watched Housewives and read People Magazine.  She kept up on all the latest politics.  Widowed for 19 years, she still lived on her own and treasured her independence.  She was a strong woman, the matriarch of our family.

Gram lived in San Antonio, many many miles from Virginia, and I didn’t see her as often as I would have liked.   I took my boys to see her for her 88th birthday last October.  I will cherish those memories of my kids running around her home – bringing delight to her eyes, a smile to her face.

When I saw my Gram in October, I sat with her and brainstormed all her favorite recipes.  I made a list, and wanted to compile them in a book.  Her memory was starting to fail, and it was too taxing on her to sit and tell me the steps of all the recipes.  I told her I’d call her once a week and ask her for 1 recipe, and eventually we’d get it done.  I didn’t.  I tucked the list away and found other things that “needed to get done” before that project.

I finally picked up the project in June.  I started inputting the recipes I had, but quickly realized I couldn’t get much further without her help.  By the time I called her to get some recipes, she was in too much pain from a recent medical complication to be able to work on the project with me.  I had waited too long.

Her death came at a time in my life when I was feeling overwhelmed with everything.  The day to day living that can consume us.  I had described my life as feeling like I “couldn’t get off the merry-go-round”.  No matter what I did, I felt there was more to do.  Life wouldn’t/couldn’t slow down.  I lost track of what was important.

After traveling to San Antonio to gather as a family and mourn, I reflected on my life and what was happening.  I vowed to change things, and change my perspective.  It’s the little things.  Saying “yes, I will” to my kids, instead of “in a minute”.  Stepping away from whatever “To Do List” item I was working on, and turning off the TV for them and grabbing a game of Candy Land.  Picking up the phone and checking in with a family member I haven’t talked to recently.  Reassessing what is really important at any given moment.  My kids top my list.  I’m thankful I’m here and home to make them lunch and wipe their faces.  I’m thankful I can help them pick out their clothes and bathe them.  I’m thankful I’m here to hug them whenever I want – to hold them and snuggle.  To run my fingers through their hair and kiss their adorable cheeks.  My sons are my purpose.  My family is my purpose.  In the end, my husband and kids are what makes me happy.  Not a clean kitchen floor.  Not a perfectly styled coffee table.

It takes time to change old habits.  Of course daily life tasks still need to be tended to.  (I still have to sit and pay bills once and awhile, unfortunately!  And that laundry… Ugh!)  But when I start to feel overwhelmed, I remember how upset with myself I was (am) that I didn’t call my grandmother more often.  That I didn’t finish that cookbook for her to enjoy.  I remind myself that I have the power to get off the merry-go-round simply by changing my perspective.

Looking through my grandmother’s home after her death, I found some recipes lying around.  I gathered what I could and vowed to finish this cookbook. Her cooking was a way of showing us her love.  And I hope this cookbook will be a testament to her of how much we all love her and will miss her.

My changing of perspectives and priorities leaves me with a greater sense of peace.  Pursuing Vintage is my third baby – and something that brings me joy.  I will not be abandoning it, or you.   However, I realize that tying myself to a set schedule for publishing new posts won’t work for me.  I can’t say that I’ll have a new post twice a week, or every x number of days.  I ask that you remain loyal readers – I treasure your feedback and knowing that people out there see beauty in some of the same things I do.  Please subscribe to have posts delivered to your inbox, or follow me on Bloglovin so that you will know when a new post is up.  You will continue to see me here, and also on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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