The DREAM Project

The DREAM Project

In a world of instant…everything, I often think about teaching my children patience and the art of waiting.  Of course, they have to wait for birthdays and Christmas to see their little wish lists become a reality, but I think it is a good thing for them to be aware of what Mommy and Daddy are waiting for and planning for. Especially when it comes to the home, something they will look at everyday.  It is important for them to know what we get excited to think about, not downtrodden that we don’t have it right now.

Aren’t things always sweeter when you wait for them?

Enter my friend, Effie.  Yes, that is her real name, isn’t it awesome?  She is a delightful person, too.  After seeing her kitchen (pictured above), I was inspired to create “The DREAM Project.”  Effie and her husband are renovating their kitchen THEMSELVES, a huge job.  She put the sign up to remind her family to ponder the end goal – to look past cabinets with no doors and partial walls and see her future beautiful and perfect-for-them kitchen.  I love this idea, and when I found this at an estate sale, I knew just what I could be dreaming about.

This old planter is such an appealing shade of green and was begging for a pretty (yet low maintenance, ha) plant placed inside.   It reminded me of the hopes and aspirations I have for my side yard.  My sad, sad side yard.  Say hello.

Overgrown, no grass, and a pile of rocks does not a happy yard make.  But I can close my eyes and think happy thoughts.

Sandy Koepke

Avondale Gardens

from the movie, “It’s Complicated”

Someday!  But for now, I have placed my glittered letters across the front of my planter while contentedly, we, as a family, can discuss future plans.


Would you like to be a part of “The DREAM Project”?  I am calling for submissions!  Tell me what you are dreaming of and send me a picture, complete with your own “DREAM” banner, of course.  If you need some ideas for your project,  I can help with that, too.  Ah, the power of the Internet.  Near or far, let’s collaborate, and you may see your “dream project” on the blog!

Send submissions to:
Submissions [at] AStoriedStyle .com.

Enjoy your weekend!

P.S.  If you love the darling headband Effie’s sweet little girl is wearing in the picture above, check out Effie’s Etsy shop here for one-of-a-kind headbands and jewelry!


  • Bruce Horn
    Posted at 15:12h, 29 July

    My wife & I thoroughly enjoy your site – and I particularly like the acrylic curtain rods!
    High Design!


    [ see also for Betsy’s artwork )

    • Grace
      Posted at 21:33h, 29 July

      Oh thanks Bruce! So glad you and Betsy enjoyed it. I will definitely check out her site!