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Living Room Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

Living Room Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

If you’re following along on Instagram then you know that I recently swapped our living room rug for this pretty patterned one. Well, that’s just the beginning! We are in the middle of making some changes to the room including a new layout. First, let’s look back at where we started.

Here’s a look after swapping the rug for this gorgeous patterned number.

After swapping the rug I was feeling inspired to address our living room seating. We purchased our sectional a few years ago, just after finishing our kitchen reno. It’s always been too small for the space but at the time, I was happy just to have new seating and figured we’d get to it eventually. I measured the space and taped out the dimensions of the pieces I planned to add. This view is perfect for demonstrating how inadequate the sectional was for the space.

Our living room is rectangular in shape so I planned to add a love seat size piece on the side closest to the front door and on the other side, a chair.… Read more

The Transformation of Our Upstairs Catwalk

The Transformation of Our Upstairs Catwalk

It never ceases to amaze me the impact a few small things can make on a space. The upstairs catwalk hallway in our home was a space I never paid much attention to. But after finally swapping the wall sconces, I decided to finish it off. It took only a few things – lights, art, and a rug – and this little spot is completely transformed. It’s now such a gorgeous, welcome sight that I am greeted with when I walk up the stairs.

The Transformation of Our Upstairs Catwalk

Here is a progress shot from when we were in the middle of installing the new sconces. Of course, the lighting junction boxes were located too high on the wall for the new style of sconces so we moved them down a bit.

Here’s how it looks now after installing the new sconces, adding a long runner rug and a piece of art at the end of the hallway. I love how these few pieces work together to give this small area of our house a major upgrade.

Here is the view from the other direction.… Read more

Choosing Garage Doors for Our Addition

Choosing Garage Doors for Our Addition

We are in the pre-construction phase of our garage addition project and we made our first big material selection decision a couple weeks ago, the garage doors. Lead times are crazy so we needed to get the garage doors ordered so they don’t hold us up later. Our permit has been issued and we are waiting for work to start any day!

Choosing Garage Doors

In the drafting phase of our project, we knew we wanted to upgrade our garage doors to a carriage-style look. Our contractor recommended Clopay Coachman doors. Clopay makes a variety of style doors. Their Coachman line is made to look like old-fashioned wooden swing-out carriage house doors. There are several design options to choose from.

I immediately gravitated toward series 1. I didn’t want the cross design you see in series 2. I love the idea of vertical boards on the garage doors to complement the board and batten on the exterior of our home. The breezeway will also be board and batten so it will repeat that look, making it all look like it goes together.… Read more

6 Kitchen Must-Haves

6 Kitchen Must-Haves

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite kitchen gadgets. With an endless number of gadgets and appliances to choose from, these are the ones I turn to regularly and could not live without.  Here are my top 6 kitchen must-haves.

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1. Suction Knife Sharpener

This little gadget is so handy. A knife sharpener that has a suction bottom so it sticks to the countertop while you sharpen. It is small and stows away easily in a drawer.

2. Lazy Susan

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These turntable organizers are so convenient in the kitchen. I keep one in my fridge to organize bottled condiments and I have another one under the sink to organize cleaning supplies. It would also work in the pantry or bathroom.

3. Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

A vacuum sealer extends food storage life and helps reduce waste. We use it to seal meats and seafood we purchase in bulk. It’s also great for freezing prepared food.… Read more

6 Small House Updates I Made this Month

6 Small House Updates I Made this Month

Doesn’t the house always feel so bare after you put away all of the Christmas decorations? The empty space coupled with the urge to organize and refresh led me to get a few new things and make 6 small house updates that I’ve been loving.

6 Small House Updates I Made this Month

1. Art

The open shelves in the kitchen were particularly bare after the Christmas decorations were packed away. I feel like I always have the same look on our open shelves so I decided to add a couple of new pieces. I added this art behind some stacked plates and I’m loving the mood it gives to the kitchen. Speaking of art, now that the playroom light fixture is installed, the playroom reveal is in the near future. I’m adding some finishing touches including this watercolor (and ode to my jockey dad that passed and Shiloh’s love for horses), this bunny sketch, and this large print. Stay tuned for the full playroom reveal soon!

2. Lighting

I already mentioned the ceiling fixture for the playroom finally arrived after a several-month shipping delay but we also installed some new wall lighting.… Read more

6 House Hacks to Make Life Easier (and Prettier)

6 House Hacks to Make Life Easier (and Prettier)

I love a good hack. Anything to make life a little easier and streamline a process can save valuable time. Of course, it helps if the hack makes things look better too. 😉 There are a few things in our home that meet these criteria so today I’m breaking down 6 house hacks to make life easier.

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6 House Hacks to Make Life Easier

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1. A Pull-Out Trash Cabinet in the Kitchen

A pull-out trash in the kitchen is a must. It hides unsightly trash cans and frees up floor space. We have the 24″ IKEA SEKTION cabinet for trash and recycling and it houses two large bins. There is also a hidden drawer where we store things like aluminum foil and thrasher bags. If you don’t have a designated trash cabinet, it’s time to add one. You can purchase pull-out trash kits that include all the hardware to convert an existing cabinet into a trash can cabinet.… Read more

The Introduction of our Farmhouse Garage Addition Project!!

The Introduction of our Farmhouse Garage Addition Project!!

You guysssss! I am so excited to share that after 5 years of living in our home, we are finally adding a garage! That’s right, we don’t have a garage here. Heck, we don’t even have a paved driveway. Since we bought the house we have longed for both of those things! Last year we were gearing up to add a pool, but we shifted gears and decided it would be wiser to do the garage first since it would not only add more value to our home but improve the way we live in our home. Around that time, we purchased an acre of land next to our property, making the garage addition more realistic. Several months ago we started the preliminary search for a contractor. We found one we liked and began working with their architect to draft plans. We had to revise them significantly a few times due to the rising cost of building materials but we finally approved a set of plans and signed the contract.

The Farmhouse Garage Addition Project Plans

Not only are we adding a much-needed garage space, but it will be connected to our home so we will be gaining some additional heated square footage as well.… Read more

DIY Textured Globe Ornaments

DIY Textured Globe Ornaments

Did you guys see my Old World style Christmas tree reveal yesterday? I mentioned that I wanted to incorporate some textured globe ornaments in a muted, earth-toned color pulling from the wrapping paper that I ordered.

Isn’t the paper gorgeous? Unfortunately, it didn’t arrive in time for my Christmas tree reveal but it’s on the way. Anyway, I thought it would be really pretty to trim the tree with globe ornaments that pull from one of the deep tones in the paper. I couldn’t find what I wanted so I made my own DIY textured globe ornaments.

DIY Textured Globe Ornaments

DIY textured globe ornaments

I bought large and medium-sized shatterproof globe ornaments, removed the hook from the top and hung them from a string outside. I wanted them to have some texture so we painted them with orange peel wall texture, set to the heavy spray setting.

how to DIY textured globe ornamentsDIY textured globe ornaments

After the spray texture was dry, we painted with Rust-Oleum metal primer because the shade was perfect for what I was going for. After that dried, we re-attached the globe ornament hooks, and voila!… Read more

Old World Style Christmas Tree Inspiration

Old World Style Christmas Tree Inspiration

Hi friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love participating in the Christmas tree blog hop hosted by my friend Stephanie over at Casa Watkins Living.  (Click here to see what I did last year.) I think this year’s tree is my favorite yet! If you’re coming over from Roxanne at The Honeycomb Home, welcome and thanks for being here! 

Old World Style Christmas Tree 

When considering how to decorate our tree this year, I wanted to lean into the color scheme of our home and carry it through the tree trimmings.  If you follow along on Instagram, then you know that I first decided to paint some of our bright white globe ornaments a more muted khaki color. Then I stumbled upon these candle ornaments and was inspired to try an Old World style Christmas tree this year. 

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I purchased this gorgeous wrapping paper (unfortunately it didn’t arrive on time for this blog post). It plays so nicely with our living room decor and is unique and earth-toned, just how I like it.… Read more

Playroom Progress Update

Playroom Progress Update

We’ve been making slow but steady progress in the playroom so I thought I’d share an update. It’s coming together thanks to the addition of a few key pieces.

Be sure to check out the playroom project introduction blog post here.

Playroom Update

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Remember this empty wall space? It’s the only wall in the loft without windows so I wanted to do something fun and impactful. I settled on a removable wall mural and it makes such a fun impact.

I love the colors and the playfulness of the mural, isn’t it so cute? We finally got our nugget sofa (ours is the bamboo color) and it’s been a fun addition to the room.

We get a ton of afternoon sunlight pouring into this room so window treatments were a must. I decided on these plaid budget-friendly curtains and I love the subtle pattern and farmhouse feel. The polka dot rug is the latest arrival. I had trouble deciding between a more traditional rug and this playful kids rug and ultimately I chose to embrace the fun, playroom vibe.… Read more