Boys Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Boys Bedroom Makeover Reveal

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  This week I’m excited to share my youngest son’s “big boy” room makeover reveal!  My son is almost three years old and was ready to move from his crib to a big boy bed!  Can you tell he is proud of his new big boy room (or maybe he is just wondering if Mom is ever going to stop taking pictures of his room)?:-)   As a reminder below was his bedroom as a nursery.   And here is a photo of the bedroom before we moved in.   And here is the now!   The bed was free from a friend who was moving and didn’t want to take it.  It sat in my basement for a couple of years until we were ready to use it.   It had some screws showing and was kind of plain so I decided dress it up with some DIY faux drawer fronts.   I think it gives it a much more “expensive” look.   The knitted blanket at…

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Makings of a Stylish Man Cave

Makings of a Stylish Man Cave

Before my husband and I bought our current home we were planning on building our dream home (we had even picked out every single exciting detail with the builder).  When life took another direction we were both pretty disappointed (explanation found HERE). Hoping to lift my husband’s spirits and in a moment of weakness and sheer delirium I told him that the room off of the kitchen which would be our media room could be his man cave and that he would have free reigns to decorate how he would like. After we got settled into our current home I immediately got started DIY-ing–embellishing fireplaces, ripping down wallpaper, painting bannisters, etc and had forgotten all about my moment of delirium. After a few months of ignoring the forest green wall paint in the media room (media room sounds so much better than TV room) I was finally ready to start thinking about paint colors and décor for the room. One night as my husband noticed me scoping out the room and playing with paint samples he casually reminded me that I had said…

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DIY Christmas Countdowns

DIY Christmas Countdowns

As we are nearing the middle of November I am beginning to turn my mind towards preparing for Christmas.  One of the things I been working on is getting our family photo card ready.  I’m thinking some cute Christmas plaid may look good as a backdrop to the photo.  Any other thoughts??   Additionally, we are only a couple of weeks away before our Christmas Countdown begins!  We are Christian and so Christmas has deep religious meaning, however, there are traditions that we have adopted that we also associate with Christmas. One of the Christmas traditions we started with our kids about 5 years ago is the Christmas Countdown.   On the 1st day of December we get out our Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar and the youngest child (who knows what Christmas is) puts up the Day 1 marker.  Each morning the kids take turns putting up the next marker.  They know that Christmas is on the 25th and because there are 25 spots on the calendar they are able to visually see how as the calendar fills up Christmas gets closer!  It is a fun…

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Design 101- Decorating with Heirlooms & Antiques

Design 101-  Decorating with Heirlooms & Antiques

In the past several Design 101’s we’ve been discussing the importance of balance in creating spaces that are pleasant and cohesive. One aspect of design that can often be overlooked by homeowners is the balance of new and old. via Houzz Designers love shopping antiques stores!  Why?  Because they know for a home to feel personal and unique ( and homey) there must be a mix of new store bought items and ‘older’ items that appear to tell a story. Jennifer Grey Interiors via Houzz   Imagine if you filled your home with let’s just say a bunch of home décor from Target.  Target has some awesome décor items these days but it would just look like a Target store display–something would be lacking. via Target Visa versa what if you just decorated your home with solely a bunch of family heirlooms and antiques?  Your home might look a bit too eclectic and outdated. via French Market Antique Store So what is a good balance of new and old?  There is no set ratio but if I had to make  one…

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DIY Wood Bedframe in 5 Easy Steps

DIY Wood Bedframe in 5 Easy Steps

Happy Friday!  I was planning on sharing all the details and photos of our new floors today but then life happened!  It’s been a crazy week getting the kids back to school and finishing up the floors! And of course the night after the floors got finished being installed our refrigerator had a pretty major leak resulting in about  5 ft x 5 ft of the wood floors needing to be replaced.  Fun times (Boohoo cry)!  So I’m hopeful by the end of next week there will be a lovely wood floors reveal post.:-) Today I want to share with you a simple step by step tutorial to making a bed.  To clarify I’m not talking about the kind of bed making that refers to sheets and comforters being tucked in just right.  I’m no Martha Stewart and half the time probably don’t make our bed (and a 100% of the time I’m about sure I don’t make it the proper way)!  I am speaking of making an actual wood bed which is something I never thought I could do. Well, until I found Vintage Revivals tutorial…

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Design 101- The Balance of Casual and Elegance

This past weekend my husband and I attended the wedding of one of his co-workers. It was a real treat since we don’t get out to go on dates as much as we should. For it being late June they had amazing weather for their outdoor wedding. It was held at 5:30pm when the sun wasn’t so intense and there was a nice gentle breeze making for an oh so lovely atmosphere. There was no else from my husband’s work there so out of the 135+ guests the only people we knew were the groom and his bride (that we had met once at a company get together). Anyways, it was kind of nice because we were able to just hangout, the two of us, at the reception.     As the other guests drank cocktails and socialized we took ourselves on a tour of the reception center soaking up lots of decorative eye candy.  It was tastefully decorated and I was very impressed with how well they were able to create a elegant space without sacrificing comfort. …

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Springfield Antique Show- Take Aways

My friend Debbie moved here from Texas last Summer.  She loves to paint furniture and beautify her home on a budget.  We bonded quickly over our shared hobby.  She was disappointed that her new state of Ohio didn’t have flea markets and antique shows like they did in Texas.  For years I have lived vicariously through blogger’s photos (most of them living in the South) going to amazing looking outdoor antique shows.  I always wished I could have that experience! Well, Debbie was not convinced that Ohio was a antique show-less state so she did some research and asked around and sure enough we have “one of America’s Best Markets”, according to Country Living, Country Home, Martha Stewart Living, and CNN. The event occurs in Springfield, Ohio twice a year, in May and September.  I’ve been wanting to go since I learned about it in October and was finally able to go this past Saturday! Here are some of the things I saw and my take aways from the experience! The first thing I saw was a lot of this!:-)  The…

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Happy Imperfect Mother’s Day!:-)

How was your Mommy’s Day??? Did you get spoiled? (Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)   Don’t worry neither did I!  🙂  I think it’s hard as a mom to feel completely spoiled because there are still diapers to change, mouths to feed, and hearts to console.  I never truly feel spoiled on Mother’s day but BLESSED, oh yes always! I’m not a perfect Mom and the more I talk to women the more I realize that we all feel like there is more we could do and things we would like to change about how we are mothering. Recently I saw a mom in Homegoods who was enjoying shopping with her two young kids (yes, effortlessly shopping with young kids at Homegoods!!!) .  As she perused  the aisles her two little girls (about 5 and 3 yrs of age) quietly looked at books in the back of the cart. First I thought WOW how lucky is that!  But then I started thinking man,  why haven’t I ever thought of bringing books?  And if I brought books I doubt my kids would want to read…

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The True Meaning of Valentine’s

The True Meaning of Valentine’s

The Most Important Kind of Love to Celebrate It’s been a brutal winter here in Ohio.  There’s been lots of cold weather, like below zero degree weather and lots of snow and at times icy, dangerous roads.  We’ve had so much snow that we have to climb up the snow hills around the mailbox in order to get the mail.   And we now have a “cool”  balance beam snow fortress in our front yard! I’ve set a record this year for the amount of days I’ve stayed in my house without leaving. Mostly because the thought of going outside to warm up the car (if it even will start), coming back in to a screaming baby because he does not like when I put him down for even a minute, trying to properly dress four little children for freezing temperatures and get them in the car… then using my way too small ice scraper to chip at the ice impacted to the car (and always the same thoughts go through my head, why do they even sell ice…

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