Good morning, sweet friends! Welcome to Sundays Life Among The Blooms! Hope you have your cup of coffee or tea for some inspiration.

Here on Sundays, I talk about random things going on over at White Lilac Farmhouse and things that stop me in my tracks.


Multiple projects are going on here at White Lilac Farmhouse. I continue to declutter my home. What a chore!

“To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To throw away what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful.” – Marie Kondo

In 2023, I am going to be more mindful in my purchases. For things to come into the house, items must leave. I have been doing a good job at repurposing items in my home. Mindful on finding a new home for other items that no longer spark joy. It may spark joy for someone else’s life.

Items have been donated to Goodwill too. These items can make someone else happy.

the house is blooming with new construction

We have two finished rooms in the basement. My craft room and a full bathroom.

When this home was built three-years ago, we pulled the “man cave” from being finished off. It was due to two factors: budget and doing it with more control over the layout.

Our home was a semi-custom build. With it comes limitations from the builder. We decided to wait and do it later.

This room is going to be a theater room. It will not be a fancy theater room. We tend to be more casual. It will have two rows of theater seating, surround sound and a very large television.

The plan is to have a wet bar in this space too. A perfect spot to hold snacks and beverages for a movie night.

My husband is big into sports. When this room is finished, I may not see him upstairs.

Here are some before photos of the basement before construction.

The space will have a large walk-in storage room. My goal is to get everything off the floor and onto the shelves. The only items on the floor should be the Christmas trees and the exercise equipment.

We will not finish off the storage/exercise room at this time. A project in the future or may leave it as is.

It only took 1-day for the workers to frame out the room. We are excited to see the progress.

This week, the electrical work and wiring for the surround sound should take place. Stay tune for more progress photos in the upcoming weeks.


This week on the blog was all about my master bath. I have tips on how to organize your bathroom. I also have an super easy DIY Faux Orchid Centerpiece tutorial. You will not believe how easy it is to create this centerpiece for your home.

12 Easy Tips To Organize A Bathroom

12 Easy Tips To Organize A Bathroom (7)

Create A Beautiful DIY Faux Orchid Centerpiece

Create A Beautiful DIY Faux Orchid Arrangement (5)


Photo Courtesy of Kim, Cottage In The Mitten

My friend Kim, Cottage In The Mitten restored a vintage dollhouse for her granddaughter. This beautiful dollhouse with hours and hours of hard work and lots of love turned out incredible. You have to check out her two part series How To Make An Old Dollhouse New.

Sunday Life Among The Blooms No. 16 - Saved From Salvage Hearts
Photo Courtesy of Regina, Saved From Salvage

My friend and fellow Marylander, Regina of Saved From Salvage made these rustic Valentine’s hearts out of drop cloth canvas. These adorable hearts are budget friendly. She shows you how easy you can make them in her tutorial here. I would love to make a bowlful for my own home.

Sunday Life Among The Blooms No 16 -Heart Pom-Pom Garland - blue sky at home
Photo Courtesy of Carol, Blue Sky At Hom

How sweet is this garland from my friend, Carol of Blue Sky At Home. She has this darling heart and pom-pom garland. It is the perfect Valentine’s Day Decor. Check out her tutorial here.


Sunday Life Among The Blooms - Garlic Salt and Lime
Photo Courtesy Stacey, Garlic Salt and Lime

Look at this delicious Creamy Taco Soup Recipe. It is from Stacey, Garlic Salt and Lime. This incredible recipe is on my list to make this week for my family. I just adore Stacey and her wonderful recipes. Be sure to check out her blog here. She has so many amazing recipes.

Sundays Among The Blooms No. 16 - Cookies for Valentines Day
Photo Courtesy of Leslie, My 100 Year Old Home

Do you follow Leslie, My 100 Year Old Home? If you don’t, you should give her a follow. Just look at these gorgeous Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies. Are they not beautiful? I love how her tutorials online make it look easy to do.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie. We are all pretty excited. I wanted a pool. Jim does not want to clean a pool or deal with it. A happy compromise for us both. I love movies.

  1. Friend, thank you so much for sharing my dollhouse! I know you are so excited about your theatre room and basement finishes! I can’t wait to see what you do there! Have a great day! 💛

  2. I love a good construction project! How fun to create a theatre room! It’s on my list for the dream home I may or may not ever build. Ha! In the meantime I’ve run out of house. Probably a good thing or the construction would never stop. I’m delighted to follow along with yours. So exciting! xo

    1. Thank you, Juliet. Today, there is lots of noise in the house. The electricians are here wiring. Yesterday, it was the sprinkler guys. Our homes all have indoor sprinklers in case of fire. I have surround sound going in on Friday. Next up is the inspection. Lots going on!

  3. Tammy, I’m so excited to follow along with your basement build. Ours isn’t finished either, but it is on our wish list. My husband is a HUGE sports fan too, and the plans for your man cave/theatre room sound amazing. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

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