Nuetral Pots & Planters

If you’re like me, you have a hard time passing up a good, neutral, textured pot. I love the way a plant pops out of a neutral pot, begging for attention. But subtly, the planter still demands attention due to its unique surface. I rounded up a few of my favorite planters of the week-tap the links if you see one you like!

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Black Terracotta Cachepot

Red Terracotta Multiple Sizes

Kante Lightweight Modern Flared Square Planter – Rosemead Home & Garden, Inc

Sullivans Patterned Round Pot

‘I Love You’ Etched Stoneware Planter Pot Tan – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Textured Ceramic Planter White – Project 62™

Outdoor Textured Stoneware Planter – Project 62™

Better Homes & Gardens Alexander 6/10inch Nested Planters, Gray, 2-Pack

Sand & Stable Kehlani Resin Pot Planter | Wayfair

Large Geo Handled Planter – Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee


Greenhouse Sink

I have a functional greenhouse sink! With running water and a drain and it’s beautiful! Below I answer some of the FAQs and go over some of the steps I took to transform the free stainless steel sink into the pearly white sink of my dreams!

You can find videos of my Q&A on my Instagram highlight: Q&A Greenhouse

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How to Paint a Stainless Steel Sink:

Materials (click for links):

Brass Faucet

Brass Drain

Stainless Steel Sink

Primer

Appliance Epoxy Paint

Tile

The Process:

1.) Begin by cleaning the steel sink- I used Bar Keeper’s Friend and 0000 steel wool. Rinse and let dry.

2.) Scuff the sink with 180 grit sandpaper

3.) Lightly coat with primer. Once dry, sand with 220 grit sandpaper then apply another light coat of primer. (This gives a smooth finish). Repeat until the sink is covered evenly.

4.) Lightly coat with appliance epoxy paint, sanding with 320 grit between coats. Apply as many coats until evenly coated.

Most common question: How does it hold up? So far, it has held up great. This is epoxy paint similar to what would be on a refrigerator, so it is pretty durable. I did have to touch up some spots after we dropped it and it scraped on the asphalt…so it will scratch if you drop it.

Q: How did you run the plumbing?

We connected our faucet to a garden hose! This works in an extremely similar way to your indoor plumbing-the faucet stays on and the water flow is turned on/off from the sink handles! (We only hooked up to one handle because there is only one water temperature). Designs By Studio C has a great blog post showing step by step on how to hook the sink to a hose.

Materials I used:

Teflon Tape (seals the threads)

1/2″ male to 1/2″ male nipple

1/2″ female to 3/4″ female connector (this connects the hose to the faucet connector line)

Faucet connector line (1/2″ to 1/2″)

Q: Where does it drain?

We ran the drain right out the back of the greenhouse, and down an exterior pipe that waters my trees! (There will rarely be anything that is used in this sink that is not garden/plant safe).

Q: What materials did you use to make the drain?

I wanted so badly to use brass drain pipes, but life got in the way and I used PVC then spray painted the pipes gold to coordinate with the sink faucet! (sand pipes with medium-fine grit, clean with rubbing alcohol or acetone, then apply spray paint in light coats).

Keeney 1-1/2-in Plastic Slip Joint End Outlet Continuous Waste

Charlotte Pipe 1-1/2-in x 1-1/2-in Hub x Hub 90-Degree Schedule 40 Elbow

Charlotte Pipe 1-1/2-in x 2-ft PVC Pipe

Oatey Handy Pack 8-fl oz Purple and Clear PVC Cement and Primer (only use on parts that do not have threads)

I absolutely love my greenhouse sink. This space gives the option to rinse off after an afternoon in the dirt and gives easy access to a water source for all those newly potted plant babes. And to think that my sink was FREE! it was already on the property when we bought it, and I’m so glad I was able to give it new life.

Talk soon,

xx, Lanna


We Bought Lamas! (and here’s why)

Our new farm additions are finally home, and I am so excited to share them with you all! Lama’s (alpaca and llama) were not originally on our radar. I had llamas growing up and to be quite honest, I didn’t like them. They weren’t interacted with and always seemed a little too rude for my taste, so when we made the decision to get a llama (and consequently 2 alpaca) I was a little apprehensive.

But as soon as they unloaded the trailer I knew this was right and that they were home. Everyone: meet Cleo (white alpaca), Calliope (brown alpaca), and Hercules (llama).

Cleo and Calliope are huacaya alpaca and are approx 4 and 6 and have the possibility of being pregnant due to running with intact males on the farm. Hercules is a 2-year old gelded male llama (which means he cannot sire any babies) and will be great at his job.

You can follow along with our journey and see more videos/photos on Instagram: @theroostingplace

Hercules

Why Lamas???

Here’s the big question: why lamas? Well, it’s storytime ladies and gentlemen:

Our property has a one-acre pond that is fed by a creek. Because of this, during the winter months (Jan-Mar) we are frequently visited by a lone coyote that travels the creek, probably to travel to his breeding grounds. Usually, it’s fine, we had a mutual understanding to leave each other alone. Except for this year, Mr. Coyote decided to break that understanding and started to linger a little too much. While he never caused any tangible problems, he began hovering closer to the little house and eyeing our barn cat Kissa.

So we decided to look into a guard animal before we added any other small friends to our little farm. Personally, we aren’t in a place that warrants a large guard dog (LGD). Apart from hawks, our main predator is the lone coyote, so we couldn’t rationalize purchasing a puppy and putting it through training right now-we just aren’t in a place for that.

Our next thought was a donkey. Which was honestly my husband’s first choice. But after researching we decided against a donkey due to the fact that the suggested grazing space per donkey (remember you need at least 2 for companionship) was 1/2 acre. Our massive pond lies smack in the middle of our property, and at the moment we can only fence off 1/2 acre for grazing and felt like even if we supplemented with hay that 2 donkeys weren’t in our cards.

So we researched further and learned that llamas are amazing guard animals- their natural disdain for unwarranted dogs and innate loyalty to their herd make them a prime candidate for our little farm. And you can graze up to 6 llamas (or 8 alpaca) on a 1/2 acre of land!

After a lot of searching, we found a small farm northeast of Dallas that raises llama and alpaca for sale. Originally we were going to get two llama and call it a day, but when we were informed that this particular farm also had alpaca, AND the female alpacas were cheaper than the female llama (plus the possibility of being pregnant due to running with intact males) we were sold.

We spent a little more than we intended-but their faces are too adorable and hopefully the presence of a large animal roaming will allow us to range the chickens (remember, we have hawk).

Cleo and Calliope

Lama Fun Facts:

Llamas are amazing protection animals.

Llama and alpaca take up less grazing space because they have padded toenails. These are more gentle and do not tear up the root systems as quickly.

Llama and alpaca are excellent foragers and help clear brush.

Lama only need a shelter large enough to protect from inclement weather, they mostly will sleep outdoors

Lama pee/poo in a community toilet pile.

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My workboots are from Xena Workwear nad

“But what about the spit!?”

Lama spray/mist as a form of communication, typically this act will be a way for one to show dominance over another member of the herd. It’s a very common activity and warrants saliva which is similar to what you or I would sneeze.

What many people “fear” is true spit. Lamas are ruminants, which means they have 3 stomachs. This allows them to regurgitate the contents from their first stomach and “chew the cud” to further break down the nutrients. The cud then moves into their second and third stomach compartments, which will contain the acids used to digest the foliage they ingest. True spit is regurgitated from these compartments, which is why it is so disgusting. (stomach acid, broken down grass, saliva…eww.)

However, as nasty as it is for us, it’s also extremely unpleasant for the lama to perform this action, and only happens in situations of extreme distress or threat. Typically, the abuser will receive a warning spray and body language that suggest a change in action before they resort to the act of true spit.

Hercules

Maintenance

Llama and alpaca need to be shorn once per year and have their toenails trimmed

Be aware of deworming schedules (this differs by owner and area)

Supplement with hay if there is no grass/foliage to forage.

Provide minerals (NO COPPER)

Overall, these animals are timid, kind, and extremely simple to care for. You can build a bond over time, but they are not known to be “cuddly” animals and equate to having cat-like personalities. We are extremely happy to add them to our little farm and excited to see how their personalities shine over the next few months.

Cleo and Calliope

Talk soon,

Lanna


West Texas Road Trip (March 2022)

Hello hello! It has been a while since I have updated here on the blog (you’ll find me most active on Instagram these days as we bounce around in our day to day…but recently we took a break from all the “hoops” life has us jumping through and ran away to South-West Texas for 10 days. Below you will find everything about our trip from our destinations/itinerary, stays, packing lists, and restaurant suggestions! So buckle up, it’s time to explore!

What to pack:

West/South Texas is a desert, but don’t let that fool you. During the “spring” months, the weather can vary from mid 80’s to 30’s in a day. with that being said, you want to be prepared for whatever the day will throw your way. I like to pack in “capsule” style wardrobes, which allows you to take minimal items that can be mixed/matched for the weather or daily activities. Below you can find some suggested packing lists and links to help you prepare for your trip.

Casual Wear:

Everything is pretty casual in the desert, and expect to get dusty! I opted to wear a lot of light, flowy clothes that can easily get me from brunch to dinner. Linen is always a good option, and think about packing items that can layer when the evenings get chilly.

  • linen pants
  • hats
  • tank tops/short sleeve
  • shacket/layering items
  • jeans (and jean shorts)
  • comfortable walking shoes
  • lightweight skirts/dresses

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Shackets, Jackets & Pullovers

Below you’ll find some of my favorite options for layering! Click HERE for the links to these!

Outdoor Gear

We ended our trip at Big Bend National Park and did several days of hiking, so if that’s up your alley be sure to pack clothes you can sweat in:

  • hiking boots/sandals (don’t forget tall socks if you pack boots)
  • hiking pants/leggings/shorts (I prefer the kind that zips into shorts)
  • lightweight long sleeve-if you are prone to sunburns
  • tank top/activewear shirt
  • cooler pack (with lots of water!)
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • hat
  • neck scarf
  • snacks 😉

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DON’T FORGET THESE ITEMS

  • LOTION. I cannot stress this enough no matter how hydrated you think you are staying your skin will suffer.
  • CONDITIONER. If your hair is picky, take your own. As stated before, it’s dry.
  • Extra hair ties (I always manage to forget those and lose the ones I have).

Itinerary

We have started taking a much more relaxed approach to our vacations, and find we have the best time when we have an extremely loose schedule and explore when we get there-I highly encourage yall to try it! This is the best way to avoid vacation burnout and truly enjoy your time wherever you go! But below you will find where we ended up.

Day 1: Drive from Dallas/Fort Worth to San Antonio, Texas (approx 4.5 hours no stops)

  • Stay at St. Anthony Hotel
    • In the heart of Downtown, this hotel was perfect walking distance to pretty much everything we did. It’s a gorgeous hotel that was built in 1909 and has been designated as a national historic site with Italian marble, Corinthian columns, and beautiful chandeliers. We used our points to book this stay but it is definitely worth a splurge.
  • Dinner and drinks at Playland
    • WOOD-FIRED PIZZERIA BY CHEF STEFAN BOWERS.
      • “Secret” bar downstairs with drinks and moody vibes.
      • The pizza was really good, I would recommend it.

Day 2: Explore San Antonio

  • We slept in and then grabbed an early lunch at Schilos (German food): the oldest restaurant in San Antonio.
    • Hands down the best food we ate in San Antonio. Homemade root beer, pretzels, schnitzel, and sausages. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Get there early and be prepared to wait- they only serve 8:30a-2p.
  • Walk over to see the Alamo
    • Tickets are free but you have to reserve a time in advance to go inside the church.
    • If you’re lucky you’ll catch some street performers in the plaza!
      • There are also plenty of tourist attractions in this area friendly for children.
  • Go take a riverwalk boat tour! Pre-book your tickets online and you can get on your tour boat any time of the day. Highly recommend stopping into the Thirsty Aztec for a frozen margarita before you board your tour!
  • Dinner at Maverick Texas Brasserie
    • This was a recommendation from our hotel and I have to say it was not my favorite. It’s a French restaurant and the decor is cool but I did not enjoy the food.
  • Post-dinner walk on the Riverwalk.
    • We caught some mariachis playing and took in the nightlife on the riverwalk.

Day 3: San Antonio, TX to Marfa, TX (approx 6 hours no stops)

  • We stopped halfway at the Caverns of Senora.
    • The Caverns of Sonora is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful show caves on the planet, and it did not disappoint. Allow about an hour and a half to walk through the caves led by a tour guide and learn about all the beauty Texas has to offer underground!
    • You can buy tickets ($20) online, or when you get to the headquarters.
  • Snag a late dinner at Dickey’s BBQ on your way in (everything closes around 8 on Sundays, so be aware of the days your are travelling) and Stay at Marfa Garden 2 (Airbnb)
    • Relax under the stars and Milky Way and enjoy this contemporary casita (2 of 2) in a quiet, private garden (1.25 acres) filled with native plants and walking trails
    • New, modern, clean, You have the whole house equipped to sleep two

Day 4: Marfa

  • Sleep in and eat lunch at The Waterstop.
    • Food and drinks here are good and you are surrounded by eclectic decor. Worth a visit.
  • The weather was pretty cold and extremely windy this day, so we opted to stay in bed and watched The Last Kingdom on Netflix pretty much all afternoon. I can’t even give a dinner recommendation because we ate packed sandwiches and sat out to look at the stars.

Day 5: Marfa

  • The weather was much better, so we ate brunch at The Sentinal- “A Marfa Restaurant Serving Coffee, Cocktails and News”.
    • Take some time to shop the local goods you can find in the foyer, then grab a Mexican latte, a newspaper, and some tacos (whether you fancy breakfast or lunch, the tacos are great) and spend a relaxing morning in this cute coffee spot.
  • While there aren’t a ton of shops open on Mondays or Tuesdays (again, be mindful on which days you are traveling for activities), you can still go walk the downtown strip by the courthouse and pop into what is open!
  • Next, we headed to the iconic Prada, Marfa.
    • Prada Marfa is a permanent sculptural art installation by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, located along U.S. Route 90, about a 30-minute drive north of Marfa.
    • Perfect for getting those “Instagram” shots or just setting your eyes on the art piece-and yes, there are products and a security system .
  • Head back into Marfa and stop in at the bar at Hotel Saint George for some ranch waters and a charcuterie board.
  • Make sure to take a tour of the Marfa Spirit Co, a fairly new distillery specializing in Sotol.
    • You’ll get a one-on-one tour of the up-and-coming distillery that is putting the old train store to use! Then get a complimentary flight of sotol, rum, & gin, as well as a drink (the ranch water was perfection) paired with chips and salsa.
  • We hung out here chatting with the locals until it was late enough to head over to see the Marfa Lights at the official viewing area. These mysterious lights can appear anywhere from 11pmto 4am, and that being said.. we did not stay long enough to see the lights.
    • “Accounts of the strange spectacle just east of Marfa began during the 19th century and continue to this day. Ranchers, Native Americans, high school sweethearts, and famous meteorologists alike have reported seeing seemingly sourceless lights dance on the horizon southeast of town, an area that is nearly uninhabited and extremely difficult to traverse. The mystery lights are sometimes red, sometimes blue, sometimes white, and usually appear randomly throughout the night, no matter the season or the weather.” -www.visitmarfa.com

Day 6: Marfa, TX to Terlingua, TX (approx 2-hour drive no stops)

  • If you’re into burritos larger than your face, grab breakfast at Marfa Burrito before heading out-they’re huge!
  • We stopped about halfway and took a private horseback tour of the Larremore Ranch. (Click HERE for Airbnb booking)
    • On horseback, you will be guided by a 4th generation rancher through sections of the Chihuahuan Desert in Far West Texas. This 1/2 day tour offers a rare opportunity to visit a 3,200-acre private ranch, operational for over 100 years. Learn about the history of the Native Americans that once lived in this area, and take in the beautiful scenery.
    • Be aware: you have to put the GPS coordinates into your maps before leaving cell service-or you will get lost.
  • After our tour, we kept driving and stopped for lunch at a local cafe: the Chili Pepper for some Mexican/southwest style eats.
  • We then headed to our final Airbnb of the trip: The Local Chapter
    • “The untouched desert landscape of The Local Chapter sits high above neighboring Terlingua and Study Butte on Maverick Mountain and is densely filled with native ocotillo and cactus plants. Unobstructed 360° views from each private yurt begin with the Chisos mountain range and extend to the famous Rio Grande. The Local Chapter is located in a designated International Dark Sky Area, which provides a distinguished quality of starry nights that can be seen from the comfort of the bed through the center dome of each yurt.”
  • Pick up a pizza at Long Draw Pizza then head back to stargaze the night away.

Day 7: Terlingua/Big Bend National Park

  • We woke up early and headed to a half-round of golf at Black Jack Crossing at Lajita’s Golf Resort (8:30a tee time).
    • You can only book a week out at a time and tee times do fill up, so be sure to plan for this one!
  • Lunch at Candellia Cafe
    • The Carne Guisada was AMAZING
  • After changing, we headed into Big Bend National Park ($30 car fee but it is good for 7 days)
    • Hikes we did:
      • Lower Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail
      • *Santa Elena Canyon
      • The Dorgan-Sublett Trail
*Santa Elena Canyon follows the Rio Grande and is stunning right before sunset
  • Dinner at the Starlight Cafe
    • They are “open” until midnight but they stop seating at 10p. Get there early to ensure seating!
    •  ‘Texas and Mexican cuisine with a full bar and frequent live entertainment. The Starlight is the center of the local community around Terlingua. If there is no live music inside, the adjacent Terlingua porch almost always has a group of pickers and players doing their thing and enjoying the great view of the Chisos Mountains”

Day 8: Terlingua/Big Bend National Park

  • Sleep in and have lunch at DB’s Rustic Iron BBQ before grabbing a self-guided walking tour of the Terlingua Ghosttown which used to be home to more than 2000 miners in the early 1900s.
  • Head back to Big Bend National Park for some more hiking:
    • We opted for a longer hike called Lost Mine Trail. This took us about 3 hours with a 45-minute break at the top. (4.8-mile round trip)
  • After your hike, you’ll be ready for dinner. Before heading down the mountain, stop at Chiso’s Mountain Lodge Restaurant and catch a sunset before heading back to your stay and cozying up for an evening by the fire and under the stars.

Day 9: Terlingua to Odessa, TX (approx 3.5 hours no stops)

  • As we made our way home, we stopped at two state parks:
    • Balmorhea State Park
      • “Dive into the crystal-clear water of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Swim, scuba dive, or just relax under the trees at this historic park in arid West Texas”.
    • Monahan Sandhills State Park
      • “Out west lies a mystical place where the wind sculpts sand dunes into peaks and valleys, sometimes over­night. Mon­a­hans Sandhills State Park offers a Texas-sized sand­box for kids of all ages, as well as a close-up view of a unique desert environment”.
  • Once we got into Odessa and showered off all the sand we grabbed dinner at Flair Taverna.
    • High-end, high-quality food with an extensive wine list. Great appetizers.

Day 10: Odessa to DFW (approx 5 hours no stops)

On our last day, we hauled booty back home, and it took about 5 hours because there aren’t many places to stop from Odessa to Dallas.

Overall, we needed this trip badly. We had become overly stressed, and honestly, I cannot remember the last time Harley and I had a conversation that wasn’t revolving around the house build. It was a much-needed getaway that gave us the opportunity to reconnect with each other and relax away from all the loops and hoops of life.

As much fun as we had, we are so excited to be back home! We have a lot of prep to do before our new farm additions come in and I cannot wait to share.

Talk soon,

Lanna


Pawhuska, Oklahoma: The Pioneer Woman Merchantile

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While visiting family in Oklahoma this weekend, I learned that we were only 45 minutes away from the Pioneer Woman Merchantile, so we had to make a day trip. There are several stops you can make while visiting Pawhuska, Oklahoma-known for being the home and ranch of Ree Drummond: the Merchantile (which is home to the shop, deli, coffee shop, and bakery), The Pioneer Women Collection storefront, P-Town Pizza, Charlies Sweet Shop, take a tour of the Lodge where Ree films her cooking show, or just walk around and explore the collection of unique boutiques downtown.

(If you plan to eat lunch in the deli, be sure to stop in early and add your name to the waitlist before you start shopping! It can be an hour or more wait for a table.)

Scroll down to find links to some fun finds!

Merchantile (& Inspired) Favorites:

It seems that Ree likes to keep her mercantile merch reserved for those who make the trek to the shop! They are still adding merchandise to the website, so I’ve included some similar items to some of my favorites.

Below are some of my favorites or items similar to those I bought at the Pioneer Woman Merchantile!

Stoneware Berry Basket

Comfort Zone Candle

Black Mackenzies Flower Tea Kettle

Berry Colander

Lemon Measuring Cups

The Pioneer Woman Collection Favorites

The following links are products that can be found in the Pioneer Woman Collection.

Amelia Tea Goblets in Rose

6-Quart Cast Iron Pan

Pink Dutch Oven

Knife Set and Block

10-inch Serving Bowl


Greenhouse Progress

There are so many repurposed treasures in this space: the wood wall (made from an old fence on the property); the brick pavers that I found on Facebook Marketplace (which I stained to become the pink floor of my dreams); the estate sale lockers/birdcage (that I paired with another Facebook find to create into a fairytale chandelier); the doors that were found inside a barn that was on the property…

My sweet friend Emily at EMphotography captured some beautiful photos of our in-progress greenhouse that brought me to tears. I wasn’t able to capture the true tones of these pavers with my good ‘ol iPhone and Emily came in and blew me away with the gems she captured.

We have so many more things to do until the greenhouse can be dubbed complete, but these are the moments we work so hard for. These are the details that make my heart sing. This is what makes me happy.


Greenhouse Brick Pavers

Brick pavers are precious to me. I love the aged feel they give to a space and how connected to history I feel when I walk down a row of them. So much that before I began building the greenhouse when I found a few pallets of gray concrete pavers on Facebook Marketplace for a steal of a price I knew I needed to buy them. And until now they have been sitting in a pile collecting leaves and dirt, minus the few here and there that I pulled for garden bed edging.

Now they have a forever home right here in my greenhouse. But they didn’t get this far without a little TLC. And the process made so many people (including myself) doubt and question everything the moment I started staining the pavers pink. But there are no regrets.

Photo: EMphotography

“There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.”

-Shannon L. Alder

Here’s how I did it.

Materials:

  • Cushion sand
  • concrete pavers
  • Valspar Concrete Stain (solid) in Red Sandstone and Garnet
  • White (S) Mortar
  • Hydrated Lime

First, begin by leveling your cushion sand. To me, this is one of the most difficult parts and I did not do it perfectly (I’m totally okay with that). We used a laser level to run string line grids and then leveled the sand to the same-ish height from the string line.

Lay your brick pavers in whatever pattern you choose. I did a 2×2 “woven” pattern. I used extra sand to level individual bricks as I laid each one. You will want to wear some form of gloves or you can kiss your fingertips goodbye.

Once your pavers are laid, here is where you start staining. I used my two colors to mix a middle shade for variation, but you can do as little or as many colors as your heart desires. I found that using a paint roller is quicker, but you will still have to go in and touch up edges/add your variation colors by hand brushing.

When your stain is dry and you are satisfied with the color placement, simply pour your mortar on top of the pavers and use a broom to push the dry mortar into the spaces between your pavers. Lightly add water after you have swept the mortar into the cracks and use your broom to push the “sludge” into the cracks. Here, if you want a clean brick look, take a sponge and clean each individual brick. If you want a messy mortar look, leave it alone to dry.

Add another layer of mortar in the same method as before if needed to fill any extra gaps.

Once your mortar is dry, use a brush or large broom to scrub your bricks and rinse off the excess mortar remnants.

You may choose to leave your bricks as is, or if you want a more delicate look, you can apply a limewash treatment. Limewashing will give your bricks a “chalky” finish. I did not use limewash paint on my bricks, but a traditional wash composed of 15-20% hydrated lime to 80% water ratio to make a slurry that was then rolled over my bricks and allowed to dry. Becasue lime is a mineral (calcium hydroxide) the limewash will flake off in time and will need to be reapplied if a sealant is not put on top. I chose to not apply a sealant as I want my brick look to “weather” over time.

Right after application of the wash

Apply in thin coats, and let it fully dry in between to see how light it gets. If it is too dark you can always scrub or power-wash the excess off.

So what did this cost?

Overall, the total project (160 sq ft) cost me:

  • Cushion sand (1 yard) $20
  • Valspar Solid Concrete Stain (2 gal)-$50
  • Concrete pavers (facebook find)-$100
  • Mortar (3-50 pound bags)- $35
  • Hydrate Lime (80lb bag) $12
  • Misc brushes and tools-$30

Total: approx. $247

Finding the pavers on Facebook Marketplace was a huge cost saver here, and I have so many leftover from buying several pallets (used for garden bed edging). But if you cannot find any on Facebook, concrete pavers typically run about $0.60 per brick ad are about 4″x8″ in size. To buy pre-colored red ones, you are looking at about $0.75 per brick (buying them pre colored takes away from customizing your color).

You can use this calculator to help determine the number of bricks you will need for your specific project size!

My greenhouse is now ready for all those final touches (filling missing window panes, potting benches, lighting, shelving..etc) and I’m so excited to watch the full character of this greenhouse come to life! But most importantly… PLANTS! Spring is in the air and aI cannot wait to fill this space with all my little plant babies.

To see more greenhouse photos taken by my good friend EMphotography, check out the blog Greenhouse Updates.

Talk soon.

God Bless,

Lanna


2021 Projects: A Year in Review

What a year. This year brought many hardships, challenges, lessons, and growth. This year brought joy and memories. This year brought so much love and respect for learning.

This year we learned we can do really hard things: and I’m not only talking about the projects we tackle. We learned that people come and go and that nothing is promised. But through the hardships, we found Home. By pouring myself into our home and the process of creating this beautiful life I have seen that life does not have to “go” a certain way for you to be content. You are not accountable to anyone’s expectations but your own, and no one can belittle your talents or the light you bring into the world. We are different, and we should celebrate that.

As I return to each project we completed this year, you may just see photographs and smiles. But behind each photo is a memory, is a lesson, is a triumph. I also love being able to look back and see how much I’ve grown in my craft- not only as a DIY-er, but through my documentation of these moments. I have found a creative outlet that I will be molding and perfecting for the rest of my life. So, let’s go back, shall we?

Murphy Bed

We started on the Murphy Bed in January of 2021 and though it was completed in pieces over the first few months, this is one of our most functional projects to date.

To read all the blog posts regarding the Murphy Bed click the links below:

Building the Murphy Bed

Building the Murphy Bed +Shelves

Chevron Front

Chasing the Rainbow: Murphy Bed Paint Color

Decoupaging The Murphy Bed Shelving

Murphy Bed DIY Headboard

Chicken Coop

Ahh, the infamous chicken coop! Another big project and definitely our most recognizable project of the year.

We learned a lot during the months we built the coop and put a lot more effort into the details and build than most would expect, therefore it took a good amount of time to complete. Due to the reduced daylight hours of winter, and my husband’s work schedule we were limited in the first couple of months to working on the weekends until it reached a point where I could work on my own. We purchased and modified our plans from Sarah at Twelve on Main, and I could not dream of trying to replicate those plans for my own benefit.

We have several more updates and additions planned, but until then, I will stare in amazement at the beautiful thing we built.

You can read/see more about our Chicken Coop in the posts linked below:

Our Cozy Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop FAQ

Chicken Coop Updates

Chicken Coop at Autumn

The Garden

So much was done on the garden this year. In addition to the chicken coop, the whole garden area was established and built up! I wanted a garden that was functional, yet beautiful since I spend so much of my time out here. While there are several more projects in mind for this space, I am pleased with how far it has come in such a short time.

Click the link(s) below to find out more about each garden improvement.

Ground Cover: there were a LOT of crushed limestone rocks shoveled during the Texas summer heat.

A Custom Chevron Fence was built: I adore the unique character of my fence. Adore it.

The garden doubled in size with DIY Raised Garden Boxes. You can read about my soil HERE.

We started the greenhouse (to be completed in 2022). You can see more of the incomplete greenhouse decorated for Christmas HERE.

The Workshop

In addition to the garden projects, our workshop got a complete makeover! We needed a place to call home for all of our tools, especially since we would be down in our little house for another year due to building setbacks.

Click the following links to find out more about this project:

Workshop Cabinets

Transformed Workshop

Little House Projects

Sprinkled in with the large projects were several small updates that bring joy into our home.

I Painted My Windows Black

Vanity Refresh

Board and Batten Hallway

I also updated our master bedroom with this beautiful peel and stick wallpaper from Wallblush.com (use ROOSTING15 for 15% off)

We Started Building Big House

Last but certainly not least, we received the permits to build our forever home. This was a ten-month-long process that really dampened our spirits ( you can read more about that process HERE) and put us almost a year behind on building. But God’s timing is the best timing, and we are even more grateful for the opportunity to continue building up this place we call home.

You can see some exterior home inspiration here

Keep an eye out for my Mood and Design Boards to see more of what we have planned for Big House. (as of this point we have completed our basement and are prepping to pour the remaining foundation!)

It certainly has been a BIG year for us here at the Roost, and it can only get better. We have been blessed beyond measure and challenged in some of the most difficult of ways, but we have only come out stronger. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us.

God bless, and talk soon.

xx, Lanna


Mood Board Monday: Main Bathroom

“Cozy, comforting, connected”. That’s how I envision my dream bathroom. We have lived in our share of homes and visited our share of bathrooms, and the ones I fall in love with are the ones where I feel like I can truly breathe and relax ( of course also the ones with a large soaking tub). Personally, I don’t like a ton of bright whites or cold marble tones, not in my bathroom. I understand the draw to white bathrooms, I really do. They can feel clean and happy. But for me, I need my bathroom to be a true reflection of nature, with wood tones, warm stone, and earthy elements; so if that is you too, welcome.

I am inspired by dramatic metals paired with wood graining. Something about a sauna enclosed with wood makes my heart happy, and I wanted to incorporate that feeling into our home.

Our bathroom is composed of several “sections”: vanities, wet room, and toilet closet (in addition to my personal vanity that is not included in these design boards). There are several directions this space could head, depending on how the room feels once we have reached that stage in construction.

But for now, let us explore the possibilities, together.

As always, you can see more updates on my Instagram: @theroostingplace

Vanity

I was hesitant about the window between the vanities at first, but it has grown on me as this will allow for natural light to filter in through our shade, reducing the need to turn on the overhead lighting. I love how wood planking and beams will draw the eye upwards and give a natural feel to the space. It then comes down to design elements.

I am breaking up these designs into Option 1: light flooring, and Option 2: dark flooring. I am attracted to both ideas, but it will ultimately depend on the space.

Option 1: Light Flooring

Option 2: Dark Flooring

As you can see, each option can be turned in different directions, all being beautiful in their own unique way.

Wet Room

“A wet room is a fully water-tight bathroom with no separate shower tray. The “walk-in” shower area is usually level with the surrounding floor but with a slight slope to the drain which is fitted directly into the floor…a wet room typically contains a shower and a tub.”

Our wetroom will be equipped with a steam shower, two shower heads, and a soaking bathtub. The back wall behind the tub will be an antique tile and accented by a chandelier (most likely a candle holder to avoid any electricity risks of a steam room, and honestly the idea of a candle-lit soak makes me giddy).

The design of this space also depends on our flooring choice, as we will incorporate the same tile into the wetroom.

I personally love both looks alongside the brass details.

Toilet Closet

Just your average toilet closet, but make it fancy. I’ve included boards that showcase both flooring options.

I am extremely excited to work on bringing this relaxing space to life, and can only hope that this is a space of true relaxation for decades to come.

What’s your favorite: dark or light flooring?

Talk soon and God Bless.

xx, Lanna

p.s. (If you see something you like and would like more information on any items/elements in these boards, you can purchase my link sheets below:

These link sheets are complete with active links to all elements and design suggestions in the images above for you to peruse and buy at your own pace! Happy Shopping!


Recipe Scroll-Stoppers: Hearty Holidays

Unfortunately, I do not come from a family with heartfelt timeless recipes, but I LOVE food- The prettier it appears on my plate, the more my taste buds become prepared for the flavor that’s about to follow. And that is where my love for the internet comes in. There are so many talented food bloggers out there! In years past, I would spend hours searching for the perfect recipes to compliment my Christmas dinner table. However, I am not hosting this year, so I wanted to share some recipes that I have had on my mind because I have fallen in love with them for both their flavor and their appearance.

I hope they make you smile and your stomach growl, as well as help ease any last-minute kitchen stress you may find yourself in this year.

Merry Christmas!

Appetizers

Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip by Cooking Classy

Cocktails

Hearty Mains

Sides

Desserts

My favorite part!) Seeing (and smelling) desserts always have my mouth-watering, and I’m so sorry if they’re all you can think about for the rest of the week!

stack of maple cookies with maple icing
Maple Brown Sugar Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Now you know what I’ll be making in my the kitchen all week! Can you say YUM? Many of these recipes are tried and true and absolutely to die for! There are a couple of new ones that I am excited to try out this week and I will tell you all about it on my Instagram: @lndavis18

Nothing like food to get you in the holiday spirit! Again, best wishes to you and your family during this time.

Talk soon.

xx, Lanna