13 Stunning Christmas Porch Decor Ideas

One of the things I was most excited for with my new house was my large front porch! I was really looking forward to decking it out with holiday decor for both fall and Christmas.  And guess what?  I learned that in my particular area and the direction that my house faces are not so conducive to an awesome front porch display.  Wah-wah-wahhhh!  In the fall, since my house is north facing, all the mums I bought that were gorgeous quickly died from … [Read more...]

How to Install a Pull-out Garbage

I've been meaning to post this for awhile, it's a project we actually did in February.  There's so many projects I've done that I haven't posted because I am so behind.  So I'm resolved to get caught up, starting with this pull-out garbage tutorial.  Yes, I'm going to share with you how to install a pull-out garbage. When we were designing our house, I really wanted a pull-out garbage in the kitchen.  I've always hated how the garbage, a … [Read more...]

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Last December, I helped plan and execute my sister's wedding.  It was so cute, very rustic and wintery but whimsical.  I built 22 wooden boxes for the centerpieces and every since I've been trying to give them away.  Well last week, they came in very handy when we had an unexpected funeral to help with and I was asked to take care of the centerpieces for the luncheon.  And now I'm so glad I didn't give them all away!  This centerpiece idea is my … [Read more...]

5 Design Tips for Everyday

I care about interior design. Not everyone does, which is totally fine. But I do. I love watching design shows on interior design networks--like Income Property on the DIY Network. I also look at tons of photos of interiors from design websites. It's just something I love, so it's something I think about a lot. I make a concerted effort to make my house attractive and unique. I work hard to take my builder-grade finishes and change them to … [Read more...]

Why I Chose Laminate Flooring

After receiving tons of questions about my flooring, I decided to write this post for y'all.  You're welcome.  :) I agonized over our flooring decisions when we built our house.  I've always wanted that gorgeous waxed solid wood flooring that was in the Parade homes.  But with three little kids?  Completely not practical.  And they are extremely high maintenance (the waxed ones.)  I read that you needed to wax once if not twice a year.  Ain't … [Read more...]

Cozy Fall Living Room Update

This post is sponsored by Target. No more saying "Fall is on it's way"-it's here!  The leaves are changing, it's nearly October, there's the nip in the air.  So it's perfectly safe to pull out your fall decor-no one can accuse you of being too anxious.  However, mine has been out since the end of August...but I wanted to add some extra cozy touches, especially since all the fall TV premieres are coming and we will be spending more time … [Read more...]

A New Farmhouse Coffee Table

The other day my friend texted me this: My friend:  Where did you get your coffee table? It's just what I've been looking for! My reply:  Actually I built it.  Sorry I know that isn't helpful My friend:  Of course you did. Ha!  DIY friends, does this happen to you? It's actually kind of an awesome feeling.  Knowing that your friends are admiring your furniture so much they want it too, when it's something you BUILT!! So I built … [Read more...]

My DIY Marble Backsplash

There are only a few projects I've done that I've felt have substantially changed the feeling of my house.  And the DIY marble backsplash was one of them, for sure. *Warning:  very long post ahead!* I thought about this project quietly for a very long time.  I always hated that my kitchen lacked a proper backsplash, only having that little quartz lip of the countertop.  Every time I took a picture for Instagram or something I was … [Read more...]