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Design Envy: An Eclectic Farmhouse

Design Envy: An Eclectic Farmhouse

I’m kicking off a new series today where I share interior designers or projects that inspire the socks off of me. I thought you guys might like to see where I find inspiration and what has helped me define and pinpoint my style over time. There are a handful of designers and/or specific homes that I consider my all-time favorites and make my heart sing. These features won’t be just projects that I like, but ones that I truly am moved by.

The first blog post in this series is an amazing eclectic farmhouse by Jennifer Bunsa. This home mixes rustic, vintage, modern and global elements flawlessly. The beams, the tile, the textures and the show-stopper surprise moments like that ginormous vintage macrame wall hanging is so well done.

Photography by Matthew Williams.

eclectic farmhouse living room

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Isn’t that one insane eclectic farmhouse?!? There are many more images via the direct link above if you really wanna scour over every detail. This home is one that has so much of what I love and I find myself reverting back to time and time again for inspiration.… Read more

What Our Kitchen Renovation Cost

What Our Kitchen Renovation Cost

I have been meaning to share what our kitchen renovation cost since we finished a few months ago. Although the post is titled “kitchen renovation cost” it includes the kitchen as well as the areas adjacent to the kitchen that we renovated simultaneously (the powder room, mudroom, and wet bar we added). Some of the renovation expenses were not limited to just the kitchen (drywall and flooring for example). I separate expenses by room where possible, but keep in mind we were renovating several “rooms” with many expenses spanning across more than one.

farmhouse kitchen with black range and shaker cabinets

What Our Kitchen Renovation Cost

Construction Costs:

  • Equipment Rentals (dumpsters, scissor lift) $1700
  • Floor Removal $2400
  • AC Ductwork Modifications $2400
  • Engineer $400
  • Plumbing $3500
  • Propane Tank Install & Fill $3600
  • Drywall $6200
  • Msc Building Supplies & Materials  $5000

Total = $25,200

The construction phase of our project was long and very involved, hence higher costs in this area. Remember, we re-routed plumbing in our foundation, removed old flooringmoved walls, re-ran a significant amount of electrical, etc. We did a ton of labor ourselves saving us thousands.… Read more

Stylish Cleaning Tools for Spring Cleaning

Stylish Cleaning Tools for Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air and with Spring comes Spring cleaning. If we’re going to have to clean, we may as well use cute stuff to do it! Today I’m rounding up some of my favorite stylish cleaning tools for your Spring cleaning. I personally have many items on the list and want the rest of them!

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Stylish Cleaning Tools for Spring Cleaning

 

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What I Pinned This Week

What I Pinned This Week

I don’t know if it’s because we’re on the brink of Spring or because I attended a bloggers conference last month but I’ve found myself super inspired lately. We talked about Pinterest a little bit at the conference and as a result, I dusted off my Pinterest profile, gave my boards some love and have been pinning, pinning, pinning! I thought it might be fun to kick off a new blog series where I round up some of my favorite Pinterest pins. I’m calling it “what I pinned this week.”

What I Pinned This Week

Design: Julia Miller

This dining and floor moment is killing me…in the best way obvi. The tile is STUNNING and that vintage rug layered over it is even better. Then she went and had shiplap walls, awesome lighting and a cool ass fireplace and I was really done.

Via Style Me Pretty Living / Design by Country Collective 

This little outdoor moment is simple, refined and perfect. I love the warm wood tones in the outdoor furniture, the black farmhouse sconce and that cactus!

Via Delicious Table

All the prep we’ve been doing for our garden has me thinking about ways to preserve what we don’t eat.… Read more

A Look Inside our IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

A Look Inside our IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

We finished our kitchen remodel a few months ago and one of the questions I was asked was how we organized our kitchen cabinets. So today I’m sharing a look inside our IKEA kitchen cabinets!

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We used IKEA’s SEKTION line with Semihandmade doors. I opted for mostly drawer storage with very few traditional cabinets with shelves. We have no upper cabinets in our main galley kitchen area and opted instead for two open shelves on either side of the range. I did add two upper cabinets in the wet bar for stemware storage. The IKEA cabinets have proven to be great! For anyone that is skeptical, I highly recommend them. My favorite feature of the IKEA cabinets is the drawer within the top drawer. You’ll see what I mean. Another great feature is the soft close, which is pretty standard now but after living in our outdated kitchen for two years it was a noticeable and welcome improvement.… Read more

Homemade Aloe Vera Gel

Homemade Aloe Vera Gel

Last weekend hubby and I worked outside and we got so sunburnt! This prompted me to make my own homemade aloe vera gel using the flesh from the aloe plants we have growing in the landscaping. If you don’t have your own aloe plant you can sometimes find aloe leaves in the grocery store. Making homemade aloe vera gel is a pretty easy process.

How to Make Homemade Aloe Vera Gel

Cut leaves from the outer bottom of the plant. These are the most mature leaves and will yield the most flesh. I cut 3 leaves and it yielded about a cup of gel. Let the leaves sit in water for 5-10 minutes to allow the resin to drain out.

Begin peeling the skin off the aloe leaves. Find a technique that works best for you but I like to use a paring knife to cut the aloe into manageable sizes, cut the pointy sides off first then cut the skin off one side revealing the flesh. 

Then use a spoon to scrape the flesh off of the other side of the skin and put flesh into a clean bowl. … Read more

5 Easy Tips for Starting a Vegetable Garden

5 Easy Tips for Starting a Vegetable Garden

Ever since we bought this house, we’ve been talking about starting a vegetable garden.  I have a Pinterest board dedicated to pretty garden inspiration and I’ve been dreaming up what the garden will look like. The timing hasn’t been right in the past but this year is the year! We’re finally taking steps toward having our own vegetable garden. We are by no means experts, but after plotting and planning our garden I’m sharing my 5 tips for starting a vegetable garden.

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5 Tips for Starting a Vegetable Garden

1. Make a Plan

It’s never to early to start planning. There’s a lot that goes into a garden long before harvest rolls around. First, determine what growing zone you’re in and decide what you want to plant for the upcoming season.

2. Plant Seedlings

Start seedlings indoors so that they’re ready to plant in the garden in the recommended timeframe, designated on the seed packet.… Read more

How to Install Kitchen Floating Shelves

How to Install Kitchen Floating Shelves

I knew pretty early in designing our kitchen that I didn’t want to do any upper cabinets, with the exception of the wet bar. Instead, I opted for floating shelves on either side of the range. Today I’m sharing how to install kitchen floating shelves.

Our shelves were installed over the backsplash tile using these floating shelf brackets (affiliate link). They have two sizes depending on the depth of your shelves. Our shelves are 11″ deep – I wanted to be able to store dishes on them – so we used the large floating shelf brackets.

How to Install Kitchen Floating Shelves

First, I used painters tape to mark out where I wanted the shelves to be. I adjusting the tape a couple of times over a few days until I was happy with the placement. Originally, I planned on 2 sets of shelves on either side of the range hood but after installing one we decided to stop there fearing two on each side would look too busy. Hubby was relieved since installation proved to be challenging.

Using a laser level, mark pilot holes for the brackets.… Read more

We’re Having a Baby!

We’re Having a Baby!

It’s pretty crazy to be typing those words and we’re still taking it all in, but it is happening! We’re having a baby! Our most exciting project yet! My hubby Mike and I are expecting a little GIRL in August and we feel so blessed and excited!

This has been in the works for a year or so, things just took a bit longer than we anticipated. We trust that it all worked out how it did for a reason and looking back, it’s actually great timing since we just finished the big kitchen reno and are in between house projects.

I am so thankful to be feeling pretty great lately. Week 7 was brutal with all-day nausea and vomiting but I’m thrilled to be passed that stage. Lately, I’m just tired and hungry…hungry all the time! I’ve had a couple food cravings and aversions but nothing super weird.

Now that we know what we’re having my creative juices have been flowing in terms of nursery design!! I’m so excited to design our own little nursery and of course I’ll share it all as I solidify the plan.… Read more

The Reveal: Our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

The Reveal: Our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

Hi friends! It’s finally here, the unveiling of our finished farmhouse kitchen remodel! I introduced the project to you back in July, which is when we kicked off demo. We finished the kitchen in December so in total, it took us 5 months. Words can’t express how happy I am to have a new kitchen and how excited I am to finally share it!!

Before we jump in, here’s a look back at all of the kitchen-related blog posts along the way that document the design and construction process:

Let’s start with a before image, shall we? The transformation of this space is insane and I must remind you what it looked like when we started: tile countertops, dropped ceilings, a weird build-out, all that orange-y wood and funky angles.

Here’s what it looks like now!

We’ve come a long way, huh?!?! The kitchen is a lot more open, brighter and way more functional. It is overall a happier space to be in and is perfect for entertaining.… Read more