The Basement Man-Office is Complete

Remember our ugly basement makeover? Well, I'm finally getting around to sharing the basement decor with you today. This room has been completed for a long while now, but I'm a bad blogger who doesn't get around to posting things in a timely manner. Forgive me? This is the room we created for my husband's office space on the days he works from home. We found this awesome Ralph Lauren desk on sale at Homegoods a while back while searching for a new dining room table. I bought it … [Read more...]

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We need to talk about this new Magnolia line at Target…

Ok, ladies. Gather round, we need to have a chat. Everyone is talking about Joanna Gaines new Hearth and Hand™ line at Target right now. Apparently some folks were expecting it to be a whole lot more... something.  Amazing? Farmhouse-y?  Shiplappy? I started seeing a lot of my blog friends thumbs-downing the whole product line, so I had to go check it out for myself. After flipping through the virtual pages of Target and examining every Hearth and Hand product, here is what I know to be … [Read more...]

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Productivity is Overrated

I try to be productive. Really I do. Some days I am at the top of my game, whipping up amazing videos for facebook that get 1,000s of views and doing a happy dance over my creative achievements. And then there are days like today, when I have a Nickelback song stuck on repeat in my brain and I cannot focus on diddly-squat because I'm repeating "I'll have the quesadilla." over and over in my head all day long. These are the days when I feel like a useless lump of a blogger. An utter … [Read more...]

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How to refinish an old wooden deck

Our back deck had seen better days. The wood was not rotting, but it was SO weathered and cracked that Caroline couldn't walk across it without getting splinters all in her sweet little feet.  This was a big issue for my anti-shoe-wearing, barefoot-loving little girl. She loves running around outside barefoot and playing in the hose, so we had to do something about all the splintered wood ASAP. It's been on the never-ending to-do list to try to refinish the back porch for a while now, … [Read more...]

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Welcome Fall! Time to Decorate!

Summertime is 99.9% complete, which means FALL is right around the corner! I am so excited to be sharing my fall decorating ideas with y'all today. Fall has always been my most favorite season of the year.  September 1st rolls around and it's time to PUMPKIN SPICE ALL THE THINGS! Can I get an amen? Today I'm joining a bunch of super talented bloggers and Kirkland's for a farmhouse fall home tour!  So, let's get started, shall we? PS- be sure to stick around until the end because there … [Read more...]

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Bless it! Decorating the Dining Room for Fall

Ahhhh crisp cool air. Pumpkins. Leaves falling.  Fall has been calling my name this month!  How about you?  I've gotten a head start by decorating my dining room so I wanted to share that with y'all today. I'm teaming up with my favorite bHomies for this fun blog hop, and there will be prizes at the end! Woot! Sarah at She Holds Dearly was the previous stop on this bHome blog hop, so if you're joining me from her site, welcome! Wasn't this photo of Sarah's fall front porch just gorgeous? I … [Read more...]

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How to add a Laundry Chute to your home

When we remodeled our attic space one of the key elements I wanted to install was a laundry chute from the second floor to the laundry room. We had one at our old house and I have missed it terribly, especially now that Garrett is older and his clothes are getting bigger by the second. We lucked out in a major way because this empty space beside the attic door turned out to line up perfectly over the corner of our laundry room ceiling. I had been eyeing this spot for a while, doing … [Read more...]

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Come Tour a Real Life Hobbit House

Outside a tiny village called "Tomich" beside Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, a man named Stuart Grant has carved out a magical home that resembles a tiny hobbit house. The house was originally a barn or "byre", as he calls it, but he decided that it had a better view than the actual house. In 1984 he began whittling tree stumps and repurposing his neighbor's castoff junk into THE most incredible house in the history of ever. … [Read more...]

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DIY a Vintage Flag with Ribbon and a Handkerchief

A few years back I found this set of vintage baby crib springs at a local junk shop.  It was chipped and rusty and moldy on one corner, but I loved the harlequin shape of the springs. At the same time I also saw an old weathered mantelpiece that called my name in a major way. I had NO idea how I would use either item, but I knew that I loved them both and would eventually find a way to work them into my house.  My husband gave me some major side-eye … [Read more...]

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Decorating the {new} Dining Room Table for the 4th of July

Sooooo remember when I thought it would be a good idea to have my home office in my dining room when we first moved in this house?  Welp. I was wrong about that.  Very wrong. Here is a cleaned up picture of the office dining room.  It looked this nice for about 2.4 seconds while I took this photo. And then the crap piled right back up in this room so fast it made my head spin. The dining room is the very first room you see when you walk through the front door of my house, … [Read more...]

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