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Making Our House a Home


I never thought that we’d be able to buy a house so soon after getting married. Growing up in California, with the high cost of living, and the salary I was making back at my full time job, I would be lucky to have saved up for a house in ten years. And I was living with my parents at the time! One of the great things about Texas is definitely the lower cost of living, which allowed us to purchase our home two years ago. Those two years certainly flew by!

When I’m not photographing people, I love dreaming up ideas for making our house a home. Leaving our imprint so that friends and family know that this is where we live. A home full of personality and things we love. A home full of photos of loved ones and sentimental keepsakes. Thanks to Pinterest, I can easily keep ideas of house projects.

Here are just a few favorites:

Cute project for an old globe.

I love this chair, though I don’t think Crate and Barrel makes it anymore.

Love these lamps from West Elm.

I need to find a piece of scrap wood so I can do this. Such fun DIY art!

One day, we’ll have a wall menu. And I won’t have a run around trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

I think this will be my next project. I was thinking of matting photos I took in Europe 5 years ago and displaying them in the living room.

1. Photo via Shutterlylovely
2. Crate & Barrel Chair via Second Story View
3. Teardrop Table Lamps from West Elm
4. DIY Tutorial for Wood Stained Painting
5. Wall menu via House of Turquoise
6. Collage Wall via Holly Mathis Interiors

Happy Sunday!


I might hug the table.


Ever since we moved into our house, I’ve been wanting a dining room table.

To sit at.
To eat at.
To spend an afternoon chatting over coffee or tea.

Well, today, my wish finally came true! Actually, it happened last Saturday when we decided to “start” shopping for a dining room table. We went to Rooms to Go on our way to church. I personally didn’t think we’d buy anything that day. But after browsing for a while and vetoing each others’ choices, Cent and I came to a mutual decision and chose this table and chairs.

Next thing we knew, we had just purchased our first big ticket piece of furniture. So I guess that makes us legit adults now? Washer/Dryer, Refrigerator, now Dining Table?!

To me, it has a very French country farmhouse vibe (I love French stuff), and the model was called California Cottage. I think it was a sign.

Rooms to Go Farmhouse Table by Catie Ronquillo

A close up of the detailing:

Rooms to Go Farmhouse Table by Catie Ronquillo

Note: I am not a furniture photographer. I prefer photographing people…

Rooms to Go Farmhouse Table by Catie Ronquillo

We can eat breakfast with the sun shining in!

Rooms to Go Farmhouse Table by Catie Ronquillo

This is what the farmhouse chairs look like.

Rooms to Go Farmhouse Table by Catie Ronquillo

I love the look of this furniture. It’s a little rustic. It’s a little beat up already. It definitely gives me the French farmhouse table vibe.

Rooms to Go Farmhouse Table by Catie Ronquillo

So I couldn’t help but work from the dining room table today.

Rooms to Go Farmhouse Table by Catie Ronquillo

We found our table at Rooms to Go in Grapevine. Be sure to ask for Starr. She was awesome!

Happy Friday!

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