Our plans for the playroom

I shared last week that we are planning to change the layout of our home. Currently, we have a galley kitchen, a nicely sized dining room and two bonus rooms. Our back bonus room is being used as a playroom.



 It’s a nice sized room with two big windows that let in lots of natural light. This room is located at the back of the house, and is right beside our current dining room.

Our current dining room looks like this:


What I want to do is move the dining room into what is now the playroom and make the current dining room the kitchen. 

There are some architectural changes to be made, but they’re minor. Our playroom has three large passthroughs that I would want filled in. 
And this weird little pass through between the dining room and playroom.


I’d love to turn this little pass through into a tiny bar, similar to this one. 


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I really love these bar stools. 


Barstools: Wayfair
I’d change out the faux slate laminate we currently have and replace it with the red oak we have in the rest of the house. 


I would also add the same picture frame molding that we have on the walls in our current dining room. 


I’d also use the same furniture, drapes and rug.

Mainstays: Trellis Curtain Panel

                Rug: similar

I would leave the leaf in the table and get two upholstered chairs to serve as the head chairs. 


Wayfair: Upholstered Dining Chair
I’d also get a really nice chandelier, similar to this one:

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Let’s put all of that together with a moodboard. 


I hope you enjoyed the tour of our future dining room. Soon, I’ll share our plans for our kitchen. 

Oh, and P.S.: Guess what starts on Friday????


Yay!! Aren’t you excited??

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Our new, grown up master bedroom


Our old master bedroom furniture was mine from when I was in college. 


It was good furniture and it has held up well. It has survived many moves. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was time for an upgrade. 

Our week ended with an empty bedroom (we pretended we were camping).


Our living room was definitely not empty.


That’s all our old furniture, which found a new home with my mother.

We bought this lovely captain’s bed set, since our closets are small and we needed the extra storage.



We love our new, more mature furniture. We did run into one snafu, though. A captain’s bed sits up high, so a lower profile mattress is the way to go. The first mattress we bought was way too thick and we needed a ladder to get in our bed. We exchanged it for a smaller one and are now much happier. 

We are almost done with this room now. We just need to get a chair, paint, and get a new light fixture. 


What new furniture purchases have you made recently?
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DIY Tips and Tricks: Get a new bedroom for less than $100


Our master bedroom had some good  things going for it, but overall, it was so boring.



I’ve long been admiring bedrooms in which the bed is the focal point, but with two windows and only a tiny wall between them, I wasn’t sure how to pull it off.

I decided to just go for it and see what happened.


Our dresser used to sit between the windows. I just flip flopped the bed and night stands with the dressers. I used the same furniture, curtains, and same bedding, which cost nothing. Then, I bought two new lamps, some new pillows, and some new lampshades. I also bought a throw. 

We also had the bedding (except for those pillows and the throw) and the tray, books and greenery.

Eventually, we plan to buy an area rug and get new furniture. We also plan to paint the walls.

In total, I paid less than $75 for everything that you see here.

Not bad, huh?

Shopping guide:

Lamps: (similar) Lamp shades

Pillows    Curtains     Throw

Quilt    Duvet   Furniture 

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Making a new house feel like home

Casper and I created a combined list of items that will help make a new house feel like home.


Have you recently moved into a new home? Maybe you’ve just moved and you’re still living out of boxes. Or maybe you’re unpacked but you haven’t finished decorating. The following tips will make your blank slate house feel like a home.


1. Make your bedroom your sanctuary.


The first step to making your house a home is to create a bedroom that’s a calming, relaxing retreat.A new mattress, sheets and pillows will make your bedroom comfortable and relaxing.



2. Layer your home: curtains, throw pillows and rugs make your home feel cozy and inviting



A soft rug underfoot, curtains, and pillows really make your home feel cozy and inviting.

3. Artwork, or photographs

Your art work should be something that makes you happy. It can be a favorite painting by a favorite artist, or something that reminds you of a special memory. Photographs of loved ones or special memories are also good ideas. You can also find a plethora or affordable wall art options on Etsy and Pinterest.


4. A comfortable chair 

A comfortable chair is a necessity. What’s better than coming home after a long day at work, and sinking into a cozy chair to relax? What about enjoying a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in that same snuggly chair? This IKEA chair and ottoman would be perfect.


5. A calming scent

Studies have shown pleasant smells help make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Having a special, signature scent can make your home feel comfortable and relaxing.


Where you live should be more than just an address. It should be a place where you feel at rest and at peace. With these tips, you can make your house a home.
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DIY Tips and Tricks: prepping for painting 


I recently painted our living room walls. It’s a big room and painting it was no easy task. 

In fact, prepping to paint it was no easy task. There were old nails sticking out everywhere from the previous owners, scuff marks, holes…you name it, we had it.

I was in a big hurry to get those walls painted, but I also knew I had some prep work to do first.

1. Fill any holes, dents or cracks with spackle. Allow it to dry for about a day, then sand it and make sure you clean away the dust.

2. Take off the electrical outlet covers and light switch plates.

3. Don’t shake the paint! Stir it with a stir stick or stir it by rolling the can.

4. De-fuzz your roller with a lint roller or tape.

5. Cut in around your ceilings, baseboards and trim first, and then paint the walls before it dries. This will prevent what’s known as “hatbanding.”

I hope you have enjoyed DIY Tips and Tricks this week.

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Farmhouse-style Fridays: Designing a new entry way

We are planning a new entry way, in order to make our home more livable and more functional for our needs. I have long since grown tired of not having a designated drop zone. We have a console table in our front entry that too often becomes a drop zone for all sorts of junk. And don’t get me started on the piles of shoes and bags that end up right inside the door. We are currently working to remedy that. Since I love using mood boards to see how all the pieces fit together, I decided to share our front entry mood board with you so you can see what we’re planning. I also put the links to the products below the board. I cannot wait for you to see the finished product!!

  1. Schoolhouse Flushmount Light      2.  Door: similar   3. Chrome hooks- similar  4. Baskets- Pier One   5. Boxwood wreath- Target   6. Rug runner: Dash and Albert (not on the mood board)

 

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Our front porch transformation 

We have been working on the interior of our home since we moved in three years ago. Even though we’re far from finished with the inside, we have begun working on the outside.

I tried to find a decent before picture but I could not. Our front stoop used to look like this:

Part composite board, part splintered red-stained wood. Here’s another picture.

Back in the winter, we hired a local man to rebuild the steps and to build them a little less steep. I don’t have a picture of that.

I will tell you that between work, and two children, one of whom is an infant,that banister and those steps stayed a natural wood for months.

Natural wood with muddy red paw prints anyway.

Like I said, we have wanted to improve the curb appeal of our home. Our first course of action was to paint the banister and steps. We painted the rail white and painted the steps to match our composite wood.

I really love how it turned out. We also plan to replace our front door and light fixture, but for now, we’re starting small.

We used a ready mixed paint from Sherwin-Williams called SuperDeck. The grey is a color called Kings Canyon and the white we used on the rails is just white exterior paint in a satin finish. We used a brush to paint spindles and near corners but painted the rest with a small roller.

My only advice to you is to not paint outdoors in the summer in the South, but if you do, do it in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler.

Here is our complete to do list for the front yard:

  • Have an actual sidewalk installed 
  • Buy some decorative planters for the area beside the garage and in front of the steps 
  • Install a lamp post in the front yard 
  • Replace the landscaping with something lower maintenance 
  • Get a decorative house number sign 
  • Replace front door 
  • Replace light fixture 

Check back soon for more updates! 

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Mini Room Reveal: laundry room

We aren’t quite finished yet with our laundry room but we are so close.

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When we started this project, all we had to work with was a large, too-deep closet with one rod and one too-high shelf.

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Since I couldn’t reach the shelf, everything got piled onto the washer and dryer which made a big mess.

My dad built shelves for me, which I still have to paint. I also need to paint the walls of the laundry room. It’s love some different flooring but it’s just not in the budget right now.

I did score some really cool metal baskets from Dollar General to store my cleaning supplies.

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Next I’m going to buy some tall baskets and a galvanized pail. I can’t wait to show you the finished product. Stay tuned!

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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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Fridge front decluttering

So the front and side of my fridge needed a little decluttering.

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Plus, there is the fact that most of what is on that fridge is no longer applicable. There is a sonogram picture of my now three-month old infant. I decided it was time for a little less clutter.  I left the medication list, as I’m still nursing, but I removed the outdated pictures and the food pyramid. I added some more updated pictures of my kids and a nice quote that I felt summed up my family.

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I love how this simple decluttering improved the look of my kitchen. What simple projects have you done lately?

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