Usually when I go into a room, I can pretty well get a vision for what I want the space to look like and what decisions would make the room the most practical. In this room, however, I was so frustrated! I have no idea why, but out of all the rooms in our home, this space gave me the most headache. I really wanted to create a beautiful sunroom, full of lush, green plants and lots of natural elements, but since our back door leads into this room, we also needed a designated area for shoes, purses, coats, etc. Then, to throw an ugly wrench in the plans, the washer and dryer had to find a cozy little home in here as well. So basically, I needed to make a laundry room/sunroom/mudroom combination, and make it look somewhat cohesive. Continue reading “Laundry Room Overhaul”
One thing that really makes me feel creatively fulfilled is making effective uses of random spaces in our home. When we first moved into our house, we were pleasantly surprised at all of the closet space that the home offered. Of course, keep in mind that our home was built in the 1860s, so the closets were definitely an afterthought.
Open shelving, at first, is so exciting! There’s so much storage space and places to put all of the random pieces that you’ve collected over time. While the initial thought of them is a positive one, sometimes the thought of decorating them in a way that is uncluttered and cohesive can be daunting! Fear not, friends, these 5 steps will help you have a little more direction on how to style those fun little spaces.
Have you ever been looking at your house, and you just felt like it didn’t quite “mesh?” Like, you loved the rooms each separately, but something about it just didn’t flow? Sometimes the answer to creating this much needed cohesion is nothing more than a little TLC to the small spaces and transitions throughout your home.
When we decided to tackle the upstairs of our home, I had a vision and design of what I hoped to transform each space into; however, I quickly realized that these ideas I had were neglecting a lot of the furnishings that we already had. As I started thinking about it, I came to terms with the fact that I needed to be satisfied and content with what was already ours. Isn’t that a theme that we could manifest in other parts of our lives? Continue reading “Country Guest Bedroom Retreat”
The kitchen, in my opinion, is the heartbeat of the home. This is the place, where in our home, many laughs are shared and fun memories are created. When Braden and I first moved into our home, we knew that transforming the kitchen was more than about making the space aesthetically pleasing–it was more about creating an environment where everyone could gather and enjoy the presence of one another. With my vision and Braden’s know-how, we created a space that was once just a dream for us.
Happy New Year! I love the start of a brand new year. It’s the perfect time to take a step back, reflect on previous accomplishments and failures, and set forth goals and intentions for what is to come. We always hear that it’s never too late to start over, but there’s something so refreshing about focusing and honing in on ambitions at the very beginning of a whole new year.
Sun rays are peeking in, freckles are beginning to make their appearance, and scents of born-again flowers are pouring in our lungs with every breath… summer is almost here. Whether it be slow mornings with coffee on the back porch, or late nights gathered around a bonfire, there is something about summertime that brings a new sense of joy and life to ourselves and our homes. Here are three tips to spruce up and prepare our homes for this blissful upcoming season that is just around the corner. Continue reading “3 Ways to Spruce Your Home for Summer”
Jeff and Mary, my aunt and uncle, live in an absolutely breathtaking 1860s antebellum home. Every square inch of their property is a regal oasis, situated on over 100 acres of open land. It truly is a getaway that they get to come home to every day. Although the seemingly flawless farm house seems perfect in every way, our latest project was to redesign and reconfigure the one spot in their home that was slightly less than desirable: the added-on laundry room. Continue reading “Laundry Room Makeover”
With America’s (and my own) love affair with Chip and Joanna Gaines, has come a deep love and desire for “shiplap.” This subtle and classic wall plank texture adds charming character to lifeless sheetrock walls, giving any space a “modern farmhouse” appeal that so many of us, including myself, adore. While these treasures may be lurking beneath the walls of older homes, most often, it is a look that has to be recreated through new materials. The problem with this? The original tongue-and-groove shiplap materials are EXPENSIVE to buy. If y’all haven’t figured it out by now, around this household, we do projects on a budget. So, with a vision in mind, and a motivation to save money, we researched, tested and LOVED a faux shiplap treatment created with underlayment… so much so, that we have done four different spaces in our home with this method (and currently in a project that we’ve been working on…stay tuned!), and I’m contemplating doing more (sorry, Braden). The best part about this? You can create a beautiful space without breaking the bank.