Hi Friends! Just when I thought the crisp cool days had settled in, the heat is back out in full force. I took advantage of it today, though, and took the kids to a friend's pool that is still open. I know there will be plenty of cool weather ahead, so I want to enjoy the heat while we can.
Today I want to share a room that I don't often share. It may not be the most exciting room in the house, but It does serve many purposes.
When you walk in the back door of our house, which is the door we walk through every day, this is the room you walk into. It houses the washer and dryer, a laundry sorter and this storage piece, where we keep shoes, shopping bags and our milk jars. Directly off of this room is also the guest bathroom. This space was, apparently, an addition to the house at some point, because the basement doesn't extend below it.
When we moved into our house eight years ago, this room was covered with some ugly wood paneling. I wasn't sure how hard it would be to take down, and we already had so many other projects in queue, so I decided to just cover it in white paint. I actually love the texture that the paneling adds.
I know I have mentioned this in previous posts, but my favorite way to decorate is to collect pieces over time. There is no instant way to create a space I love. Yes, I could go to home goods and pottery barn and buy everything in a day to decorate my home, but then it wouldn't have a story to tell. It would be too boring and too perfect. Almost every piece in our home was either handmade or found at a thrift shop, antique store, garage sale or dumpster. It ends up taking me forever to get rooms together, but it is such a thrill when I find that perfect item.
The shoe sorter was built by a friend. I found the wooden crates, sun hat, antique garden sheers, crock, wash board, linen pillowcase, shovel and wire crate at various shops. My husband found the chalkboard in a roadside pile and the farmhouse sign was made by a little shop on etsy.
I love to add natural elements to my home, like this basil and mint from my garden and the freshly picked pears. I think it gives my home that cozy farmhouse feel that I am going for.
My husband found the antique grain sack, that sits on top of my laundry sorter, at an antique shop and gave it to me for Christmas. I found the lavender wreath at Target. It has lasted several years and is still going strong.
One day I hope to add some open shelving above the washer and dryer, instead of cabinets. I also hope to swap out the flooring for something a little tougher, like ceramic tile.
All in all, I absolutely love this room. The three windows allow the natural light to constantly flood the room, and the location of the washer and bathroom is key. Whenever my kids come in from rolling around in the mud and splashing in puddles, I throw their clothes straight into the washer and stick them in the shower, all without them ever making their way into the main part of our home. I love containing the mess to this little area of our home. If we ever move, I feel like some kind of mud room will be a non-negotiable.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into a room in our home that is almost all function. Thank you for reading along!
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Probiotics have been all the buzz for several years now.
Ten years ago you may have only heard the term "gut health" thrown around by in-the-know west coast Yoga types, but nowadays you're likely to hear it coming out of your grandma's mouth.
These things may just seem like a trendy fad, but there is actually some serious science backing up the hype.
For the very abridged version of the story:
There are good guys in your gut and there are bad guys. God put the bad guys in there, so they could break down your body at death (not the happiest topic, but it's true). They were meant to be there in small quantities and the good guys were supposed to proliferate and make a healthy body.
If you have hung around here with me for very long, you know I'm a health nut.
But I am not sure that I have shared with you my love for a healthy home, as of yet.
I like to make my own hand soap, tooth paste and cleaning products with essential oils.
Now, of course, my home is farm from perfect. You already know about my painting addiction and affinity for bleaching drop cloths. Eh. Balance, right? You simply can't control everything.
But one easy healthy switch to make is the sheets you sleep on every night.
Take a tour of our little farmhouse in the spring.
Learn how to slipcover a wingback chair with painter's drop cloth. I have included a video documenting the whole slipcovering process, lots of instructions and my tips for an excellent fit.
He is not here, for He has risen, as he has said. Matthew 28:6
The days are getting warmer and a little longer. Soon we will be planting greens and herbs in the garden and spending most of our day outside.
Spring is coming.
I look forward to springtime every year.
Classic black and brass accents are my go-to's for modern farmhouse style lighting. I have been eyeing a few of these fixtures from World Market for a long time.
When we first moved into our home almost nine years ago, every square inch of the hardwood was covered with blue carpet, laminate or tile, except for in the living room.
We removed the carpet in our master bedroom before we even moved in.
It was a few years before we rented a sander and tackled the upstairs bedrooms.
We refinished the entire top floor and even ripped the carpet off the stairs.
You know those ideas you get and you're not sure how they'll work out?
That's how I felt about my idea to turn a five gallon bucket into a canvas tote.
We just recently had some built ins put in upstairs in our old house, to block off a really dangerous ledge that goes out over the staircase. We designed it mostly for the purpose of keeping the kids safe, but I also thought I could use the shelves for storage and pretty things.
You don't have to hang around the Pinterest DIY scene for very long to find out that drop cloth is a star player in the upholstery, slipcover, curtain and pillow making game.
I have used a lot of drop cloth in our farmhouse and for good reason. It is durable, high quality and, best of all, super cheap.
I first made these pajamas for my girls a few summers ago, when I came across some really pretty vintage sheets that I needed to find a use for.
The faded florals were so pretty and airy, I thought they would be perfect for summer PJ sets.
Being a neutrals girl, I love any pattern that isn't too busy, like stripes, plaid or buffalo check.
This particular fabric by Premier Prints is one of my favorite. I love the larger scale buffalo check and the subtle gray color.
I made these pillow covers for our bedroom last Spring, but since moved them upstairs to the girls' room. I like to switch things up. Often.
Sewing simple square pillow shams is one the easiest sewing projects and perfect for beginners.
It should come as no surprise to you when I say I am thinking about redoing our boys' room. Actually, I have been thinking about it for quit some time. As a blogger, I do a whole lot of hanging around on Pinterest and Instagram. I get to thinking of so many new ideas, that I always want to switch things up.
I am not quite ready to jump into the project, as I have so many other ones going on right now, so I thought I would just make a design board instead!
I love this project for the ease and simplicity of it. You could easily whip out three of these babies in 30 minutes once you get the hang of it.
Now, before anyone gets too upset, I know this isn't actually macrame. This is just my super simple way to make a jute plant hanger that mimics the macrame style.
I love having plants around the house. They reduce carbon dioxide levels and other air pollutants, and they just look so beautiful and fresh.
I have a lot of people ask me how I can live with so much white in a house full of kids.
Well, the answer is, slipcovers.
Slipcovers can be removed and thrown in the wash. My kids get the furniture really really dirty.
Anything that is not removable might as well be disposable.
Case in point....the before picture of this bench.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching.
I teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you some table setting inspiration.
With spring fast approaching (although not really fast enough) I wanted to make a blanket cozy enough for the end of winter, but also light enough to go with my spring and summer decor.
I decided a combination of linen and flannel would be perfect together.
It has to get a whole lot worse before it gets better! And that is what I have for you today, folks.
If you thought my blue tile, calla lily bath insert, fake stained glass window and Hollywood vanity light were eye sores, wait until you see what I have for you today!
I love to fill our farmhouse with pretty neutrals like striped linen, wicker, ruffles, glass and weathered wood.
I searched all over the web to round up all these budget friendly items.
By far the most asked question I get on my Instagram account and blog is where I purchased our iron bed. Everyone wants to know where it came from and how I feel about it. I try to respond to everyone but there is only so much I can put in an Instagram comment.
You know how sometimes you just need a little satisfaction of creating something, but have absolutely no extra time to do so?
That is what today's tutorial is all about!
I guess it is kind of hard to think about spring right now, when we are smack dab in the dead of winter.
But, right or wrong, that is exactly where my mind is! I guess I can blame it on being a DIY blogger and needing to have my home all spring ready by early March.
Decorating mistakes are going to happen. Hopefully, by sharing some of the ones I have made in my home over the past eight years, will help you avoid making them too.
It's that slow time of year where everything just kind of stops. It is so crazy with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, parties and decorating and just like that, it's all over!
The days are short and cold and, if you're not careful, depressing.
A home full of loud children, dirty laundry and a sink full of dishes can be pretty stressful. But infinitely worse than that is the same chaotic home with piles of clutter everywhere.
If you want a sure way to stress me out give me a simple task, like making dinner, and then put a couple extra kitchen appliances out on the counter and some random pieces from a 50-piece toy set on the kitchen floor.
My husband and his grandpa built our farmhouse table from the ever popular Ana White farmhouse table plans four years ago. We just love our big, sturdy table and will cherish it forever.
I have experimented a little with lighting over the years, and rounded up a few of my favorites from the web.
This is not something I ever talk about because this isn't a debt free living or financial blog. But, it has been an important step for our family and I think its worth talking about.
We have been 100% debt free for almost four years now.
I love to go thrift shopping. It is a creative thing for me to rummage through old junk and try to figure out how I could repurpose it into something beautiful. My idea of a perfect day would involve a whole lot of coffee and as many small town thrift shops as I could find.
I want to share with you some of the things I like to look for when I am out thrifting for pieces to bring back to the farmhouse
Christmas is almost here and I feel like I can (almost) finally relax! Just a few more presents to finish up and wrap and maybe a last minute trip to Target for more stocking stuffers. I put together a simple Christmas windowsill that I wanted to share with you guys.
We live in a 1922 Craftsmen Bungalow. Sure, many parts of our house have aged gracefully, like the glass door knobs, hardwood floors and five panel doors that have all since come back in style. But, our beloved farmhouse, has also been dragged through nearly 10 decades of style changes and generations of people with ideas of their own.
So, last year around this time we started the process of renovating our very outdated kitchen. We had laminate countertops, an aluminum sink, vinyl flooring and the most awful bathroom light fixture above the sink.