About me


Hi! Welcome to Paintbrushes and Peonies, I’m so glad you’re here!  Here’s a little information about me, my family, and the inspiration behind this blog.

We moved to our little ‘cookie cutter ranch’ (as I like to call it) back in 2006.  It is not one of those old homes filled with amazing details that just need to be uncovered, oh no, it’s a popcorn ceiling, brass fixtured, builder grade house to its bones.  As soon as we moved in I was eager to fill this home with the character it was severely lacking and that I felt it rightly deserved.

A little  (or a lot) of paint here, some strategically placed flowers there, and I felt like it was on its way.  Our little house was becoming a home.  A few of the changes we’ve made over the past five years are big, most are small, but I think all of them involved a LOT of paint!  Everything we have done, we have done ourselves, but this isn’t a DIY blog (although I will share what we have done, how we did it and what did and didn’t work for us), it’s a place to find inspiration, not just for your home, but also for your family.  Because it’s the things we do with one another in our home that create the joy and memories that will last.  Paint will fade and crack, carpet will stain, fixtures will ultimately need to be replaced, but nothing can replace the time spent with our family.

One thing I’ve realized over these past 5 years it’s that I try to put a little bit of myself into our home to give it meaning, significance, and character.  But a house, no matter how beautiful, can not possess any of those traits, in the real sense of the words, but we, as people can.  We show it in our daily lives, how we treat those around us and what we do when no one is looking.  I want our home to be a reflection of who we are as a family.  I want it to be a warm, welcoming, inviting place; a place we go to be, to rest, to love, to play and to create.  A place to gather, and a place that we can fill with memories and improve along the way, as we better ourselves.   Nothing is more important than time spent with the ones we love.  My goal, through this site, is that you will not only find inspiration for you home, but you will also find ideas and encouragement to invest in the ones you love. So come and join me as we discover beauty in our homes, our families and ourselves!

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.  ~Joyce Brothers

Now to introduce all of us:



I’m a preschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom.  I pretend to like order in my life, but deep down I really enjoy all the chaos a house full of small children and animals brings (hence the whole preschool thing).  I love to ‘beautify’ things.  I feel like living in a space that you find inspiring, will help you to be inspiring to others.  I have diagnosed myself with a made-up disorder known as OCRD (obsessive  compulsive renovation disorder).  More on that here.  I love horses, the color aqua, pink peonies, and getting all dolled up (it sounds like I’m eight).  I also love sushi and using parentheses when I write.  (I have a parentheses problem).  I love my family more than I have words for and feel so blessed and thankful everyday for what God is doing in my life.

My husband, the engineer.  This man can build or fix anything.  He’s a nerd, or is it geek?  I can never remember (at least I claim to never remember because in doing so that would make me a nerd/geek).  And he’s a genius.  A nerd genius.  And I’m completely, madly in love with him.  He is incredibly generous and loves us with all of his heart.   After we starting dating I told him I wanted to marry him because he reminded me of Jesus, and King David.  I think he thought that was sweet and weird all at the same time.

This is my firstborn; the little angel baby that (temporarily) ended my teaching career.  Precious, precious little girl.  She has an amazing sense of humor and makes me laugh all day.  She is my creator, always coming up with fun ideas and ‘activities’ (as she likes to call them) for us to do.  I’m sure I’ll be sharing lots of her ideas here.  She also possesses wisdom far beyond her years.  Sometimes I think she’s four going on thirty.

And here is my second born, my baby.  He’s two.  He’s blonde, VERY blonde, the kind of blonde that makes him look bald when his hair is wet.  My husband refers to him as his ‘little ball of entropy’.  I refer to him as ‘my cuddle bunny’ and ‘the destroyer’ depending on the time of day.  I can not express the amount of joy he brings to this family.  He is so full of love and really, really blonde hair.

Now for the furry members of the family:

This is Cosey, my fru-fru little french dog.  She’s the same kind of dog that Fancy Nancy wants but does not end up getting (very disappointing when I got to the end of that book).  I love this dog; I’ve had here since I was fourteen.  I think she’s had a cheerio stuck on her back for three days now.  I don’t know how she feels about the whole, living in chaos thing, but we’re glad she’s here.

And then there’s Maya.  Our pound puppy.  When I discovered her she had a ten pound tumor growing on the back of her leg and was deemed un-adoptable.  So, of course I adopted her (much to my husband’s (initial) dismay).  Lots of money later, we had ourselves a sweet, loving dog to add to the mix.  She goes back and forth between our home and my parents (they have several dogs and plenty of room to run) and she is really loving life.

If you are still reading this, thank you so much for joining me in this journey!  I hope you’ll find inspiration and encouragement, for your home and family along the way (I know I will!).  I’m selfishly looking forward to the encouragement and ideas I’ll be getting from you and I want to apologize up front about any rambling and disconnected thoughts (I’m pretty sure my children are running around naked as I write this), oh, and the parentheses thing, (I really can’t help myself).  So really thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Kristen

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