Fall Home Tour Part 1

Despite the fact that it was 95 degrees outside last weekend, I got started on decorating my home for fall. I assessed what I had in storage and picked up a few more pumpkins on a Target run. Three times. Darn you, Target! Darn. You….

Concrete Floor Review

My husband and I have known for years that when we built our home, we would go with concrete floors. It’s a look we’ve loved for years. Sure, a few years ago we liked the stained and cross cut concrete floors, but regardless, they were…

Music Room Design

Instead of utilizing a room at the front of our home as a formal dining room, we decided to make it a music room for our daughter. While we love to hear her play the piano (and she does it beautifully), sometimes her practice time…

4th of July 2016 Decor

Not knowing what our Independence Day plans were going to be this year, I just did a really quick and easy 5 minutes of decorating for the 4th of July this year. Nothing too wild.  I still have some bunting to put up outside so…

Wood Bench

So this little wood bench looks just like a church pew, right? That’s what I thought it was when I spotted it on craigslist years ago. Turns out, it was from an old Dairy Queen!  When I called the gentleman who had this listed on…

Colorful Tween Girl Bedroom Sneak Peek

My daughter has always been obsessed with pink, but lately she has been broadening her color horizons and is branching out with more fun colors. She no longer wanted her “fancy Parisian” themed bedroom. She wanted colorful. She wanted to simplify. So we’ve been working…

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Hostess With the Mostess Tip #1

Hostess tip: I like to leave some mouth wash out on the guest bathroom or powder room counter for guests to swish if they’re feeling less than fresh after indulging in a big lunch or dinner. I decant the mouth wash into an oil dispenser,…

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Clothes Pin Wreath

After coming up with the idea to make a clothes pin wreath for my laundry room, and then realizing it probably wasn’t an original idea, I set about to look at troll a few blogs after doing a google search. And sure enough, its been done. By…

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A Few Ways we Customized Our Builder Grade Home

We bought a brand new, never been lived in, straight from the builder, home in October of 2013. When we first walked through it, it wasn’t quite finished. There was still a few weeks to go before it was ready to close on. We needed a home…

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Ottoman Redo

Ten years ago my parents made me a nice, wonderfully sturdy ottoman for Christmas. This poor ottoman was built well, thankfully, because it made it through the rough-on-furniture toddler/preschooler/big kid years with nary a wobbly leg. Not to mention about 10 moves (including a cross-country move). I…

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Rental Tour

Our house is just a few days from being done! I snapped a few photos last week of the rental we are in for the realtor so she could list it with some fresh photos, and thought I’d share. It’s been a great house for…

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Kitchen Island Tray

I love using a tray on my kitchen islands to corral things and create fun vignettes with. Using a tray to makes what would be a cluttered-looking counter seem much more neat and tidy. Trays also allow you group together an assortment of objects you…

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House Update

We are in the final stretch! The painters should be at the house getting everything painted and stained this week. Then we can get the marble installed, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, a garage door, appliances installed, fireplace stone and tile installed, and a driveway poured….

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Dining Room to Game Room

Where the formal dining room in our house should be, we decided that we would get more use out of the room if we made it a game room/ music room. I couldn’t be more happy with that decision- it has worked out really well…

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From Dated Tuscan Painting to Chalkboard

Remember a few years ago when everyone was all about “Tuscan” style decorating? I was too. While I was on the less ornate end of the spectrum, I definantly leaned towards the earth tones and warmth of the Tuscan style. Nine years later, most of…

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Makeup Organization

A few months ago, I purged my makeup collection. Into the garbage went several old eyeshadows that I never really wore, old lipsticks I ended up hating the color of, and other various items that I never used, for one reason or another. After ditching…

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Laundry Room Spruce Up- Part 1

Our rental has an ok sized laundry room. It even has a sink, which I didn’t have in our last house. And I love having it more than I thought I would. There isn’t a whole lot of storage, though. So I corralled my jars…

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Halloween 2015 Decor

Being in a rental this Halloween means keeping things relatively simply for seasonal and holiday decor. So last weekend My daughter and I got out a couple of tubs full of Halloween decor I had stuck in the garage and sorts through it, picking out…

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Bedroom Update

This may seem totally ridiculous to many, but I’ve been slowly neutralizing my house. I’ve been removing a lot of the color and replacing it with more neutral colors. So a few months ago, I decided that as much as I loved my bright yellow…

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How I Got my Family to Remember Their Vitamins

Though I’ve made it a goal to fulfilling most of our nutritional needs via the food we eat, I feel better knowing that anything we are lacking in our diets can be supplemented by vitamins. But we just weren’t remembering to take our vitamins. Even…