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Guest Bedroom Makeover Introduction and My Design Process

Guest Bedroom Makeover Introduction and My Design Process

I shared on Instagram my plans for a makeover of our guest bedroom. We decorated and furnished the room as part of the One Room Challenge back in 2017. Since then, my style has evolved. At the time I was having a boho moment and we piecemealed what we had to furnish the room. Now it’s time for a little refresh! I want the room to feel less playful and more grown-up. I’m going for a collected farmhouse vibe with some drama in the paint. I’m considering a dark or bold color.  A guest room is a great space to have some fun in. I am also considering a simple wall treatment, perhaps a chair or picture rail and/or crown molding.

My Design Process

It’s very early in the design process and I have only nailed down a couple of pieces for the room so I’m going to talk a little about my design process. This is the gist of how I approach designing a new space for myself or for a client.

Step 1: Ask yourself how you want the space to feel.

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The Reveal: A Green Girls’ Nursery for Baby Shiloh

The Reveal: A Green Girls’ Nursery for Baby Shiloh

It’s finally here! I’m sharing all the details of the green girls’ nursery we created for little Shiloh. We transformed a drab bedroom into a cute oasis for our little babe. From the custom DIY wall paneling and trim to the wallpaper, this room was a labor of love.

Be sure to check out the other posts about the nursery:

The Nursery Design Plan and the Before 

Nursery Update: Wall Treatment Progress

Also, have you seen the nursery en suite bathroom reveal? At the last minute we decided to update the nursery bathroom in conjunction with the nursery and I’m so happy we did.

As always, before we get started, let’s take a look at where we started in this room.

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The Nursery: Before

Aside from installing new floors, we hadn’t done much in this room since purchasing our home 4 years ago. It served as a catchall/work out room.… Read more

Porch Makeover Part 1: Farmhouse Porch with Brick Steps

Porch Makeover Part 1: Farmhouse Porch with Brick Steps

We finished this project a while ago but I realized I never blogged it! The porch ceiling project is wrapping up so I thought I’d break up the posts. Today I’m going to share all about our farmhouse porch with brick steps including the staining process.

FYI, there is a highlight folder dedicated to the “porch makeover” project on my Instagram profile with videos detailing the project from the start.

Farmhouse Porch Deck Staining Saga

The first thing we did as part of our porch makeover was staining the deck. The porch deck boards are installed in a cool herringbone-like pattern, a detail we really love. But the boards were never sealed so the porch was looking a little drab and may of the boards needed to be replaced due to age and weathering.

The first thing we did was pressure was the porch and replaced worn boards. If your deck is in bad shape you may also want to opt for a deck cleaner. After the boards dried completely, we taped off the siding of the house and began the staining process using a roller.… Read more

Nursery Update: A Green Girl’s Nursery

Nursery Update: A Green Girl’s Nursery

A couple of weeks ago I shared the plan for our whimsical farmhouse nursery. We have been BUSY and major things have happened in the space! Installation of the vertical paneling and wallpaper is complete and we chose a paint color! It’s the most delicious shade of green. A green girl’s nursery, great for someone like me that is not a big fan of pink and purple. It took us 12 paint samples to settle on the color, but it’s perfect!!

Progress on Our Green Girl’s Nursery

Trim & Paneling

The first thing we did was remove all of the old window and door trim and replace it with simple 1×3 trim (actual 11/16 X 2-1/2 ). For baseboards, we opted for a flat 1×5 trim (actual 9/16 X 4-1/4). With the trim in place, we could start installing the vertical paneling. We used these 3-9/16-in wide x 8-ft long tongue and groove wall planks. I plan to blog a paneling installation tutorial so I will save additional details for that post.


After installing the tongue and groove paneling, patching the nail holes, and sanding, it was prepped and ready for paint!… Read more

Back Patio Gravel Extension

Back Patio Gravel Extension

We recently decided to extend the livable space off of our back patio. One day we plan to add a pool, but until then we wanted a little more elbow room for grilling, outdoor dining and entertaining. Our back patio gravel extension was a quick, easy and inexpensive weekend project that made a big impact.

For more on the covered portion of our back patio, check out our backyard patio reveal here.

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Back Patio Gravel Extension

First, we started by grading the area off of the patio using the box blade attachment on the tractor.

Once the area was relatively level, we boxed in the extension area using pressure treated 4x4s as a border. Then we laid weed blocking landscape fabric and had a load of limestone gravel delivered. We used 5 yards of gravel which cost $320 including delivery.… Read more

Whimsical Farmhouse Nursery Design Plan

Whimsical Farmhouse Nursery Design Plan

Finally, folks, we have a pretty solid idea on the direction we’re headed for the nursery! It’s about time considering I’m nearly 32 weeks preggo! Time to get on it because I don’t want to worry about finishing the nursery after Bebe arrives. Here is what we’re planning for babe’s whimsical farmhouse nursery.

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The Nursery Before

The room that is becoming our nursery was serving as a workout/catch-all/second guest room. Besides having new flooring installed, we have not done anything in the room until now…as you can probably gather from the super stylish ceiling fan and orange doors/window trim. 😉

A cute bay window adds some character to the otherwise small and basic room. I had hoped that we could lower the wall under the windows and create a window seat. We peeked inside the wall to see what was going on in there and unfortunately, because of how our roofline is situated and extends into the wall, it would be way more work than we want to put into it at this stage of the game.… Read more

Our Farmhouse Floor Plan

Our Farmhouse Floor Plan

I have had a lot of requests to see the layout of our home so I’m finally sharing our farmhouse floor plan. I don’t know why it took me so long, but here is everything you want to know about how our home is situated.

Our farmhouse sits on nearly 4 acres just outside of Tampa. It is 3700 square feet and has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The home was bank-owned prior to our purchase. It had been vacant for a couple of years and was very sad and run-down. For more on the exterior evolution of the home including what it looked like when we first saw it, check out these posts:

The house is a 1.5 level home. There is a second story but only a partial second story. The great room opens to the second level and you can see the downstairs from the upstairs. The master is downstairs and we have two additional bedrooms, each with their own bath, upstairs. In addition to the extra two bedrooms, we also have a bonus/flex room upstairs.… Read more

Dining Room Rug Tips

Dining Room Rug Tips

A few weeks ago the master bedroom stole the dining room rug, a move that vastly improved my satisfaction with the master bedroom but left the dining room naked and vulnerable. 😉 After a period of indecisiveness, I finally settled on a new rug for the dining room and it is SO. GOOD! I’m sharing all about our new rug and dining room rug tips for you to keep in mind when shopping for a new rug.

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Dining Room Rug Tips

Since there were a few factors that I considered when making this choice, I thought it may be helpful to share my dining room rug tips with you.

Our new dining room rug is from Loloi’s Layla collection in the rust/ocean colorway. We have the 9×12 size. It is a gorgeous rug! It has saturated hues and an Old World, worn look that makes it appear vintage.… Read more

Primary Bedroom Update with Magic Linen

Primary Bedroom Update with Magic Linen

Spring is in the air and one of my favorite things to update seasonally in our home is bedding. When it comes to bedding, I’m a big fan of linen bedding due to its lived-in, casual look.

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It’s been a while since my last bedroom update and therefore, time to make some changes! The change of season and a new baby on the way has me making little updates all over the digs! We moved the dining room rug to the master, replaced the nightstands, lamps and added this natural striped linen sheet set and beige waffle blanket to our bed, courtesy of Magic Linen.

Magic Linen is a small family-owned business based in Lithuania. They produce handmade linen bedding, home textiles and clothing from high-quality OEKO-Tex certified linen, meaning it is completely free from harmful chemicals. Everything from the dye, sewing threads and linings is chemical-free. Magic Linen bedding is stonewashed, meaning its washed with stones to wear down the fabric and produce a worn feeling.

Why I Love Linen Bedding

Linen sheets are not for everyone, but here’s why I love it.… Read more

Updating our Wet Bar Update with the Power of Paint

Updating our Wet Bar Update with the Power of Paint

When we did our huge kitchen renovation we carved out a nook for a wet bar/coffee bar and I’m so glad we did. The wet bar has proved to be a super functional space to house all the bar and coffee accessories and cut down on foot traffic in the kitchen when we’re entertaining. However, I knew I wanted to eventually do something with the backsplash. I considered and mocked up several tile, wallpaper and paneling options but never pulled the trigger. Over a year later and still craving an update to the nook, I decided to take a paintbrush to it. Paint is the easiest and most affordable option to start with and easy to revert back if we didn’t love it.

Before we get into that, check out how the wet bar has evolved over time.

This is how it looked when we shared the wet bar reveal last year. We were still missing a handle for the mini-fridge but that has since been resolved. 😉

Updating Our Wet Bar with Black Paint

I painted the backsplash black (we used Sherwin Williams Tricorn), added some new vintage accessories, re-arranged the glassware and re-styled everything and man, it felt good.… Read more