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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

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Tomorrow kicks off the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I rounded up a short list of my favorite picks in the home decor, accessories and fashion categories.

Home:

Potholders / Framed Art / Kitchen Towels / Apron

Accessories:

Leather Cross-body / Watch / Scarf / Hat / Raffia Bag 

Fashion:

Quilted Jacket / Pullover Sweater / Dress / Blouse / Jeans / Colorblock Sweater / Cardigan / Denim Jacket / T-Shirt Dress

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How to Organize Your Fridge

How to Organize Your Fridge

Our fridge stopped working and the appliance repair guy said it was $1200 to replace the compressor. Instead, we took advantage of the 4th of July sales and got ourselves a new one. We went with a Samsung counter-depth fridge with a 4th “flex zone” drawer.  As I was emptying the old fridge and living out of our mini-fridge while we waited on the new one to arrive, I took the opportunity to purge and integrate some fridge organization habits. It’s been a week or so since I’ve had the new fridge so I’m going to help you organize your fridge!

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How to Organize Your Fridge

how to organize your fridge

Investing in some bins and containers is the best thing you can do to organize your fridge! Using bins in the fridge to group together like things is life-changing! It keeps the fridge tidy and makes cleanup easy too in the event of a spill. One of my favorite organizing tools I purchased is a lazy Susan.… Read more

Upstairs Loft Playroom Design Introduction

Upstairs Loft Playroom Design Introduction

Hi friends! Today I’m introducing you to the next project we’re going to be working on, converting our upstairs loft bonus room into a playroom. I’ve never shared this space in our home before. Mostly because it has never really had a purpose. It previously housed my Peloton and we keep a daybed in here for overflow guests. The room is large and open to the downstairs. Our fireplace is two-story and two-sided so we have a second fireplace in this space. While having a large stone structure in the middle of the room isn’t ideal for a toddler’s playroom, it’s what we have.

Upstairs Loft Playroom: The Before

Check out the before photos of the space.

One wall is entirely windows so it gets a lot of natural light. This room faces west so the afternoon light in here is quite intense so we will need a window covering solution.

There is currently a closet (the door to the right of the daybed) that I want to convert into a playhouse. It’s not a very deep closet so we may have to build it out a bit.… Read more

The Reveal of our Moody Guest Bedroom Makeover

The Reveal of our Moody Guest Bedroom Makeover

The reveal of our moody guest bedroom makeover is here! I explained our plan to redo this room for the second time and why in this post.  We removed wallpaper, sampled a gazillion paint swatches, decided on a dark moody color, added a gallery wall, new furnishings, decor….and here we are.

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The Reveal of our Moody Guest Bedroom Makeover

After pulling inspiration from the gorgeous rug and sampling many paint swatches, we decided on a dark green/gray shade “kitty gray” by Benjamin Moore. To add a bit of visual interest, we added a decorative trim below the crown molding and painted the upper portion of the room a lightened version of the gray.

The star of the room is the turned four-poster bed. It feels vintage and farmhouse-y and I love how it pops against the dark walls.

The wood nightstands add some needed warmth to the room.… Read more