A farmhouse gallery wall…revealed


Last week, we published this post to ask your advice about our living room gallery wall.

You guys even helped make our decision by participating in my poll.

And after mulling it over for a bit, we chose to do this:


I love that cute little B on the top right, but I feel like it doesn’t really go with the rest of the gallery. I will probably change it out, but for now, isn’t this wall a hundred times better?

Have a wonderful week.

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Farmhouse Friday: gallery wall


We are, one by one, painting the rooms in our home. This week, we painted our living room. 

For over a year now, I’ve had this gallery wall behind our couch:


Here’s a better look at it:


While I like this gallery wall, I do want to change it up. 

I laid out our frames and wall art that I love and I decided to do just play with them. Now I’m stumped and I need your help! Which option would you choose? Here are the contenders:


Option one: leave the gallery wall as it is and change nothing.


Option two: mostly the same but repurposing some other art taken from other rooms.


Option three: count your blessings and a framed B.


Option four: a large family picture in the middle and a little art mixed in


Option five: super hodgepodge 


Which do you choose? Vote in the poll below.

 

Which option should I choose for my “behind the couch” gallery wall?

Option one
Option two
Option three
Option four
Option five

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Living room refresh part 2

A year ago, my mom gave me some battery operated lighted branches. I really liked the look of them, but the only vase we could find at the time was this tall clear vase:

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See it there to the left of the TV cabinet? It’s a great vase, but too short and it didn’t need to be clear. I didn’t want to buy a vase just to buy one; I wanted to wait for something that was exactly what I wanted.

One day, I was cruising Hobby Lobby when I spotted it: a footed bronze vase. It was on sale for 50% off and I had a coupon I could use. I ended up getting a $40 vase for $12.

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I think it looks way better, don’t you?

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Living room refresher

As you know, we have been working on trying to finish some rooms in our house this year. Not too long ago, we moved some artwork around in the living room and put up this gallery wall.

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While I love the gallery wall, something about the red pillows just didn’t speak to me. I wanted something a little more toned down. Something a little more neutral but still not plain.

I loved the look of these numbered pillows, but they are high end and very expensive.

Imagine my surprise when I found these in Hobby Lobby for $8 a piece?

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Common Sense Cleaning: Living Areas and Bedrooms

We are nearing the end of our “Common Sense Cleaning” series. I wanted to make sure I covered all areas of our house, so I am going to talk today about cleaning our living areas. As always, they are cleaned a little at a time by utilizing a daily chore checklist and monthly deep cleaning chores. 

I’ve found by breaking up the chores into daily, weekly and monthly lists the house stays cleaner, AND I’m not spending so much time cleaning. I used to save all the cleaning for Saturday morning. The joke was on me- Saturday “morning” extended throughout all of Saturday and most of Sunday! 
Each day, we declutter all the living areas by making a quick sweep and returning everything to its proper place. Our daughter likes to bring half of her playroom into the living room most days, so she helps with this task. 
Our daily living area chores:
Make the beds (We change the sheets on Sundays)
Put away any clutter
Spot clean the floors or spot-vacuum (if needed- we don’t always do this)
Weekly:
Dust furniture and decor
Mop the floors
Clean the mirrors
Change the sheets
Freshen and vacuum the mattress
Monthly:
Dust the walls, doors and moldings
Clean the windows
Check the drawers and closets to make sure they’re staying straight and neat
Spot clean the upholstery and carpets
Clean the blinds
Wash the comforters and pillows
Wash the curtains
Thanks for reading! Tune in for the final installments of “Common Sense Cleaning:”
Outdoor Spaces
Involving the Kids with Cleaning

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Common Sense Cleaning: Living Areas and Bedrooms

We are nearing the end of our “Common Sense Cleaning” series. I wanted to make sure I covered all areas of our house, so I am going to talk today about cleaning our living areas. As always, they are cleaned a little at a time by utilizing a daily chore checklist and monthly deep cleaning chores. 

I’ve found by breaking up the chores into daily, weekly and monthly lists the house stays cleaner, AND I’m not spending so much time cleaning. I used to save all the cleaning for Saturday morning. The joke was on me- Saturday “morning” extended throughout all of Saturday and most of Sunday! 
Each day, we declutter all the living areas by making a quick sweep and returning everything to its proper place. Our daughter likes to bring half of her playroom into the living room most days, so she helps with this task. 
Our daily living area chores:
Make the beds (We change the sheets on Sundays)
Put away any clutter
Spot clean the floors or spot-vacuum (if needed- we don’t always do this)
Weekly:
Dust furniture and decor
Mop the floors
Clean the mirrors
Change the sheets
Freshen and vacuum the mattress
Monthly:
Dust the walls, doors and moldings
Clean the windows
Check the drawers and closets to make sure they’re staying straight and neat
Spot clean the upholstery and carpets
Clean the blinds
Wash the comforters and pillows
Wash the curtains
Thanks for reading! Tune in for the final installments of “Common Sense Cleaning:”
Outdoor Spaces
Involving the Kids with Cleaning

Continue Reading

Common Sense Cleaning: Living Areas and Bedrooms

We are nearing the end of our “Common Sense Cleaning” series. I wanted to make sure I covered all areas of our house, so I am going to talk today about cleaning our living areas. As always, they are cleaned a little at a time by utilizing a daily chore checklist and monthly deep cleaning chores. 

I’ve found by breaking up the chores into daily, weekly and monthly lists the house stays cleaner, AND I’m not spending so much time cleaning. I used to save all the cleaning for Saturday morning. The joke was on me- Saturday “morning” extended throughout all of Saturday and most of Sunday! 
Each day, we declutter all the living areas by making a quick sweep and returning everything to its proper place. Our daughter likes to bring half of her playroom into the living room most days, so she helps with this task. 
Our daily living area chores:
Make the beds (We change the sheets on Sundays)
Put away any clutter
Spot clean the floors or spot-vacuum (if needed- we don’t always do this)
Weekly:
Dust furniture and decor
Mop the floors
Clean the mirrors
Change the sheets
Freshen and vacuum the mattress
Monthly:
Dust the walls, doors and moldings
Clean the windows
Check the drawers and closets to make sure they’re staying straight and neat
Spot clean the upholstery and carpets
Clean the blinds
Wash the comforters and pillows
Wash the curtains
Thanks for reading! Tune in for the final installments of “Common Sense Cleaning:”
Outdoor Spaces
Involving the Kids with Cleaning

Continue Reading

Common Sense Cleaning: Living Areas and Bedrooms

We are nearing the end of our “Common Sense Cleaning” series. I wanted to make sure I covered all areas of our house, so I am going to talk today about cleaning our living areas. As always, they are cleaned a little at a time by utilizing a daily chore checklist and monthly deep cleaning chores. 

I’ve found by breaking up the chores into daily, weekly and monthly lists the house stays cleaner, AND I’m not spending so much time cleaning. I used to save all the cleaning for Saturday morning. The joke was on me- Saturday “morning” extended throughout all of Saturday and most of Sunday! 
Each day, we declutter all the living areas by making a quick sweep and returning everything to its proper place. Our daughter likes to bring half of her playroom into the living room most days, so she helps with this task. 
Our daily living area chores:
Make the beds (We change the sheets on Sundays)
Put away any clutter
Spot clean the floors or spot-vacuum (if needed- we don’t always do this)
Weekly:
Dust furniture and decor
Mop the floors
Clean the mirrors
Change the sheets
Freshen and vacuum the mattress
Monthly:
Dust the walls, doors and moldings
Clean the windows
Check the drawers and closets to make sure they’re staying straight and neat
Spot clean the upholstery and carpets
Clean the blinds
Wash the comforters and pillows
Wash the curtains
Thanks for reading! Tune in for the final installments of “Common Sense Cleaning:”
Outdoor Spaces
Involving the Kids with Cleaning

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Dirty little secrets: our disorganized TV cabinet

Our TV cabinet started out organized. It really did.
I’m not sure how or when, but at some point, it became terribly disorganized. There were bins for our DVD collection, but nothing was categorized. Our CDs were in a bin in the top of our spare closet. One side of the bin held workout equipment, with the bottom shelves largely unused.
I decided to move our scrapbooks and photo albums to the unused side of the TV cabinet. They were previously stored in the bottom of our craft cabinet, which is another source of frustration I am trying to sort out. The work out equipment found a new home in our storage cubes. In case you’re wondering, that is a yoga mat, three elastic bands and a yoga block. Hand weights and kettle bells are located in the bottom of the basket, but you can’t see them in this picture. 
                              

E’s DVDs are stored in the top of the cabinet beside the DVD player. All other DVDs and CDs are located in the bottom of the cabinet. It just makes way more sense to me to have all your “entertainment” media stashed in the same place, your “entertainment cabinet.” I must say this is a much better use of the cabinet than before!
                           
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Dirty little secrets: our disorganized TV cabinet

Our TV cabinet started out organized. It really did.
I’m not sure how or when, but at some point, it became terribly disorganized. There were bins for our DVD collection, but nothing was categorized. Our CDs were in a bin in the top of our spare closet. One side of the bin held workout equipment, with the bottom shelves largely unused.
I decided to move our scrapbooks and photo albums to the unused side of the TV cabinet. They were previously stored in the bottom of our craft cabinet, which is another source of frustration I am trying to sort out. The work out equipment found a new home in our storage cubes. In case you’re wondering, that is a yoga mat, three elastic bands and a yoga block. Hand weights and kettle bells are located in the bottom of the basket, but you can’t see them in this picture. 
                              

E’s DVDs are stored in the top of the cabinet beside the DVD player. All other DVDs and CDs are located in the bottom of the cabinet. It just makes way more sense to me to have all your “entertainment” media stashed in the same place, your “entertainment cabinet.” I must say this is a much better use of the cabinet than before!
                           
Continue Reading