About Me

DSC_0227Hello!  My name is Nancy and I am so happy you stopped by to visit.  I am a wife, mom, teacher, student, organizer, and perpetual home decorator.  I thought the best way to get to know me is an organized list.

Why A Blog?
This is the question I hear a lot from friends and family.  The simple answer is, home design has always been my passion and this is the least “risky” way to live my dream.  As a high school student (back in the 80’s…ahem) I signed up for Drafting class as one of my electives.  I loved it.  I was always sketching houses and planning spaces, a trait I inherited from my father.  Sadly, the Drafting teacher continued to make fun of me because I was the only girl in the class.  I dropped it after a semester and signed up for something more “gender acceptable”.  But, design and home design stayed on my heart.  After graduating from high school I thought I wanted to go to design school.  It was a long way from home and in the end I decided to stay close to home and earned a teaching degree.  I know this sounds like a sad, sad story.  It’s not.  I also have a passion for teaching…more on that later.  In short, blogging gives me the opportunity to create and design spaces and share them with more people.  I would design no matter what.  Blogging just lets me “plug in” to a design community of people who have the same interest as me.


My husband and I met in college and dated for 6 years before we were married. Do you see a trend in slow decision making?  Haha…it’s okay, that’s us.  We’ve been married now for more than 20 years and we are really best friends.  He kind of likes to stay absent from this blog for the most part.



Now these two little cuties absolutely steal my heart.

Space Mountain 3

My oldest, Hayden (13), is absolutely made up of the best parts of Mr. Handsome and I.  He is very musical and excels in the local band.  His mathematical skills blow me away.  He has always known he wants to do something with engineering and robotics.  Seriously?  How cool is that?  Plus, he has the kindest heart of any 13 year old boy.  There isn’t an animal he doesn’t like.  He is the best play pal to our 3 year old even though their games aren’t very thrilling to him.  I’m one proud mama.


The young one, Luke, is now 3 years old and has been such a blessing to our lives.  That’s right, 10 years between them.  We thought we were “done”.  God didn’t think so.  Hayden always wanted a little brother and one day when Luke was a few months old, Hayden came home from school and asked me about praying.  He said, “Have you ever prayed for something and not had it happen?”  I told him that of course I had, but not receiving it was really God’s answer to that particular prayer.  I then went on to add that “Sometimes, God gives us something we didn’t pray for because He knew we needed it, like Luke.”  Hayden quickly responded, “He was the answer to my prayer.”  I know, heart melting.  Luke IS all that.  He is witty, dramatic, creative, and so so so sweet.  He loves his trucks and is always fast with a hug and the declaration “You’re the best!”.


I stated earlier that I found my other passion in life, teaching high school kids.  I have taught at elementary and at the high school level.  I definitely have a heart for high school students.  I found my dream job of working with high school students and helping them figure out what they are going to do after they graduate.  In particular, high school students with disabilities.  As a special education teacher, I have the opportunity to really cheer for students who don’t always have a ton of cheerleaders.  I love it.  If you want to read a prime example, read THIS  post.


It started out with a simple thought of going back to get my Masters degree.  I drove to class and discovered that graduate school was my jam.  I love to write.  I love to discuss ideas.  I love school supplies (I know, geeky).  The classes quickly came and went and before I knew it, I had a Masters degree.  Life went on.  Then, I got the itch to go back and earn my Educational Specialist degree.  Twenty-seven more credits, no problem.  Then, while working on my Specialist degree, one of my professors said I should consider going on for my doctorate. More school?  Sign me up!  They did.  Fifty credits later, here I sit.  I am what they call ABD-All But Dissertation.  In fact, while I work on this blog I am also writing a dissertation.  Crazy right?  I can say, by far, writing a dissertation has been the most challenging task I have ever embarked on, but I WILL finish it.  At this point I am half-way done.  Say prayers for me…seriously.


My love for school supplies is just a small portion of my organizing obsession.  I love orderly drawers, orderly closets, and cleaning supplies.  Don’t laugh, but I once bought my husband a label maker, color-coded file folders, and organized all of his files as an anniversary gift.  Okay, you can laugh.  In hindsight, it is kind of funny in a sad way.  He has never let me live that one down.  This house, as is right now, is not organized.  We have moved from a much larger house near Atlanta to a very small house on our island.  We love it.  But more purging will be needed.


I am decorating this house in a different style than any house before.  Because we live on a coastal barrier island in Florida, I am working with coastal style.  Follow along as I bring a slight bit of coastal to this home.  I love a classic coastal look that feels comfortable, casual, and not at all kitschy.Because I am writing a dissertation, you can expect me to post once a week (usually on Sunday afternoons).  I need my weekends to work on projects and write my dissertation and more than that has proved to be too difficult.  When I finish my dissertation expect that I will begin posting many more times per week.  I love, love, love comments.  I read them all and am super excited when you give me your opinion.  If you have a question, please feel free to contact me at slightlycoastal at gmail dot com.


  1. Val @ Love My DIY Home

    August 31, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I enjoyed reading all about you – congrats on all the degrees. You are driven! LOL

    I hope you are able to finish your goals. You have a lovely family. Your kids are adorable!

  2. Debrashoppeno5

    January 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I read your comment on another blog and the name of your blog intrigued me. Now I know the US has large coast line but I felt you were a fellow Florida. It seems I am right so I have a Florida blogger to follow.

  3. maria riebe

    March 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Hi! This is Maria with Rustapalooza Vintage Markets. We are having a Vintage Market in St. Marys, GA and Deb Cottle from Cottle & Gunn suggested I get in touch with you about possibly doing a post on our market. Would you be interested? Please email me at rustedmarket@gmail.com

  4. Sarah

    May 20, 2016 at 10:36 am

    This is the most refreshing blog I’ve read in quite some time! Effortless to read, easy on the eyes and so enjoyable! C

  5. Vicki @ EntriWays

    November 4, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Hi Nancy,
    I received your email post about the trouble you were having with the Popup on your site and think I can help. If you run your site using WordPress, you can install the free plugin called Popup Maker. It works great. You design it and it can be any size. You adjust it so it shows up at the speed you want it to and you can either have it float with the readers scroll or stay fixed. I suggest keeping it fixed so people can easily scroll past it if they want. And don’t make it too large or it will be annoying trying to x-out of it on a phone. You can see it on my site, EntriWays.com

    Best of luck
    Entri Ways

  6. Susan

    December 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Very cool Nancy. I’m finding my motivation!

  7. Lisa

    October 8, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Hello Nancy my fellow barrier island mate! My husband and I have also moved from a large home to a much smaller home in Florida. We love it but are still trying to pare down as it were. I read your post and absolutely adored it! You have such a lovely way of expressing yourself. I wish you all the best on your future endeavors, I am sure you will reach your goals if your history has anything to say about it. I too work with furniture and extras, I love what I do too! My heart to yours!

    1. Nancy

      October 9, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks Lisa! So happy you found your way here. I hope this place continues to add to your day. :). Nancy

  8. Randy

    October 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I love your corner pantry in “The project that never happened” article!
    Do you happen to have any pics of the inside of this cabinet?

  9. Olivia-Reinvented Collection

    October 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Nancy,

    You have a great About page. Whew…. mine pales in comparison. I keep putting it on my to-do-list but never quite get to it.

    My mother is a teacher also. She’s an itinerate teacher for the blind and visually impaired. My dad was a teacher also. He taught music, choir, ensemble, coached sports and also worked with special needs kids as well. He really was a jack of all trades who mastered almost everything he did. Later on he became a theologian and pastor. For a short time right after high school, I taught school too. It was a fun time with the littles.

    It was so nice to meet you. Good luck with the dissertation. I’m sure that is incredibly overwhelming but you will get it done and done well.


  10. Rachel

    November 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Oh my !! You have such a beautiful blog and I enjoy reading what you write. I saw you on KariAnne’s blog this morning and decided I would drop by and meet you . xo rachel

    1. Nancy

      November 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Thank you Rachel! I always love meeting new friends. Thank you so much for the compliment and for stopping by!


  11. Christine

    November 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Hi! Found you via Pinterest. 🙂 Love your pantry door. I’m an old door fanatic, myself. I have built 15 pocket doors and am stripping the antique 6 horizontal panel doors for them.. (God Bless Citristrip!) Anyway. ’nuff about me.
    I wanted to ask on that post about the hinges you used on your pantry? I’m building mudroom cabinets and looking for something larger/longer.
    It was nice to read about you. Interesting how life takes us in directions that we never expect, but somehow end up feeling right, isn’t I? 🙂

    1. Nancy

      November 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Hey Christine! Thanks for finding the blog. I bough the hinges at Lowe’s straight off the shelf. I think they just keep them in stock.


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