Farmhouse Loft Makeover

I really love my house.  It's very open and the biggest reason is because above the kitchen is a loft which is open to the downstairs.  We've used this room as a playroom for my kids but it's always been a huge embarrassment to me.  It's the first thing you see when you go upstairs and it's an eyesore.  Not anymore!   Before:  Before I fixed it up, we had our old super stained couch that looked absolutely dreadful.  We had a TV … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Bangles

Mother's Day is coming up quick!  It can be really hard to know what to get your Mom when it might feel like she already has everything she wants.  But really, can a girl have too much jewelry?  An easy Mother's Day gift idea is to buy some wooden bangles and paint them to customize them in her favorite colors! I love how cute and custom this gift idea is.  Or you could do this as a craft for a girl's birthday party or something.  Want … [Read more...]

How to Decorate a Hearth

Everyone loves decorating their mantels and there are lots of great inspirational pictures out there to help you do it.  I love my new mantel so much but it's still hard to decorate right now because there is a ginormous TV above it.  We are still planning to plank above this mantel and center the TV above it (we have to keep the TV for my husband, he is adamant!) but I want to build some type of door to go over it so it doesn't look like we … [Read more...]

Painting the Mantel

The mantel is 99% done!  But I'm going to show it to you anyway because the only thing it's missing is the very very top which won't make a huge difference in looks once it's on.  We haven't done that yet because a) I'm 34 weeks pregnant now and so, so tired all the time and b) in order to make the top I have to slide a 2x8 piece of 3/4" MDF through my table saw which I just can't do alone and c) my husband has been, as usual, extremely busy. … [Read more...]

Fireplace Mantel Makeover Part 2

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Fireplace Mantel Makeover, Part 1

One of our big projects for 2016 is a fireplace mantel makeover! … [Read more...]

20 Important Spring Cleaning Hacks

I actually really LOVE spring cleaning. There's nothing better than the sun coming out, kids finally leaving the house after months of being trapped inside, and you opening the windows for some fresh air. And then getting to work! I love going through all the piles of stuff, decluttering, getting rid of things. I love putting away the winter gear which is just so bulky and takes up so much space. I love getting organized! I don't do it much … [Read more...]

A Cozy Farmhouse Bathroom Update

In my house, I have a beautiful guest room that I finished up last year.  It's such a great space, and it's attached to a bathroom.  So I wanted to make the bathroom just as beautiful, so my guests can have a relaxing spa-like experience when they come.  There's nothing worse than staying at someone's house and having an icky bathroom to use.  I wanted to create a modern farmhouse bathroom, like the style that I have going throughout my house. … [Read more...]