Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas 2013

Hi there!  Here in Kentucky we are blanketed in snow and I love it!  We ventured out and got our tree in between snow storms last weekend and it feels good to be totally decorated and ready for Christmas. Being 6 months pregnant I'm pretty much doing all the same decor as last year.  My decorating energies are focused on the nursery (more on that soon!).  

A few changes I made were to the dining room:

I filled the box made from my grandpa's barn wood with fresh tree and holly clippings.  Simple and fresh, which to me is perfection!

The formal living room is looking a bit different these days too:

If you have been around awhile you may notice several changes in both rooms.  More on the changes soon!

To see the rest of our decor, which is the same as last year click here.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's A Boy!

We found out this week that we are having a little boy in April!  Let the nursery planning begin!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Playroom Idea Board


Along with planning a nursery we are turning our front room into a music/playroom.  It currently is a music room lacking in much personality.  Here is where we are today:

I ordered the below rug today and Maddie's Christmas gift from Granny and Papa is the Everlasting Table from Land of Nod, which will grow with her.  For now we are going to use a few navy poofs for seating.  I'm going to add a bookcase for books and toys to hopefully keep it organized.  I might paint the sides with chalkboard or magnetic paint.  I'll hang M's artwork above the bookcase.
I'm hoping to pull it all together in the next few months!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Big News!

Hi all!

The reason for the push to change M to a big girl room is that we are expecting baby #2!  We are thrilled though if M really understood I think she wouldn't be so happy. ;)

I'm excited to start on a new nursery here in a few weeks when we find out the sex.  I'll be sure to share that process here! :)

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Let's Recap Shall We?


In honor of switching up M's room I thought it would be fun to remember where we started when we bought our house almost 3 years ago.  There were some funky stains on the walls hence the primer and please notice my OCD taping out of furniture.  It's my favorite way to confirm things will fit since I'm such a visual person. :)

Here is M's room a month before she was born.  Everything is still the same just picture the shelves being more filled with books and books all over the floor.  We definitely have a little reader on our hands.

A source list since I never did a formal one on the original nursery reveal:

Paint:  SW Blue Horizon
Bookcase:  Cameron PBK
Crib:  Jenny Lind purchased on Amazon
Dresser:  Hemnes from Ikea
Chair and Ottoman:  Little CastleValentino ordered in custom fabric from a local store
Bedding:  Custom made through
Curtains:  Handmade from fabric from
Blue Lamp:  Pottery Barn
Floor Lamp:  Macy's online
Butterfly Mobile:  PBK
Prints Above Crib:
French Alphabet Print:

Her room was definitely a labor of love and it is a room that I feel turned out better than I could have imagined!  It's sad to think about changing it up but I know it is only the first of many times :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Big Girl Room

Happy Saturday!

We finally have a weekend at home and we are looking forward to picking and carving pumpkins and having some family time!  I thought I should share what I have been up to design-wise.  We are planning to move M into a big girl bed and switch her room around a bit.  We are going to use the full size bed we have in the guest room and get a new dresser, bedding, chair, and curtains!  I don't want to repaint so we are keeping the very light blue walls.  

The bedding arrived today and M is very excited about the horses so that makes me happy.  The rocking chair is one that has been passed down for generations and her Nana is stripping, repainting and having it re-caned.  It will fit better in the room with the larger bed as will the dresser, a gift from her Granny and Papa.  It is definitely a combined effort and we are so lucky to have so much help!

I plan to do the transition in the next month or so.  Wish us luck!! :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fall Decor

Long time no see!  Life has gotten in the way of blogging as usual but I did want to pop back in and share my fall decor.  I have been eyeing those boxes on Pinterest for our dining room table for awhile now and knew it was the perfect use for the barn wood from my late grandpa's barn.  The wood dates back to when the barn was built in the 20's so you can imagine it means a lot to me.  Jacob and I put the box together and now I'm excited to change it up with the seasons.

I did my usual of adding in cream hydrangeas with the white for a fall/winter feel.  I like that it feels different than spring/summer!

I did something totally different on the mantel and I'm loving it. 

Better feel for the actual colors

This is my favorite of all my decor because I made it with M!  I let her paint (which she loves!) and then I simply cut them into leaf shapes.....easy and meaningful---perfection in my book!

Outside I did something different.  I got the box when I ordered something online this summer and have been hanging on to it ever since.  I love the height it adds along with another pop of color.

That's the majority of my decor this year.  I'm really loving everything I did, which doesn't always happen!

Happy Fall!

Monday, August 26, 2013

I'm Ready

I don't know about you but I am ready.  For fall, that is.  I say that as it is heading near 90 today and everyday next week.  Yuck.  We have had just enough cool weather to be a tease and I don't like to be teased. ;)  I'm ready for open windows, long walks, pumpkin candles and coffee, playing in the leaves, and carving pumpkins!  

If you follow me on Pinterest this is not a news flash because I have been a pinning fool lately and these are a few pictures that are inspiring me and holding me over until it cools off!

What do you look forward most as fall approaches?  Is it your favorite season like mine!

Can't wait!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Installing A New Flower Bed

If you follow me on IG you probably saw this picture a few months ago.  A trunk load of free plants from my aunt!  I used some of them in our new flower bed I blogged about here.

Here is where we started:

I made a plan for laying out all the plants making sure that the colors coordinated throughout

The first step was to layout all the plants where I want them.  I did it a few days ahead so the grass was nice and tromped down where each plant was to go.  Next we arranged the garden hose the way we wanted the bed to go.  I knew I wanted curves so it was helpful to play around with the hose to get it just perfect!  

We then spread flour outside of where the hose was lying to mark where we should dig.

Jacob did a lion's share of the digging, which looked like this when it was finished.  We worked hard on creating a straight edge of the soil so we could mound the mulch up and away from the grass.  I found a lot of information about it here

Next we dug the holes for the plants, having the grass tromped down was helpful for knowing exactly where to dig.

We decided to use landscape fabric because we don't have easy access to a garden tiller.  I used the plan to put the plants back into place and fill in the holes.

Mulching wasn't fun but then it never is.  

All finished!

And here it is over 2 months later!

I love it!

Because we were given several plants and had several already in place all in all it cost less than $150 and around 4 hours of work.  It was definitely a well worth it project, one that we get a lot of compliments on!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New Flower Bed

Back in April Jacob and I installed a long flower garden along the left side of our backyard.  Our yard was basically a blank slate when we moved in.  We added the fence (a must with dogs and being pregnant at the time) and things stayed that way for awhile.  

Last spring we moved 3 peony plants from the front to the back when we had the front landscaped.  You can see them in the picture below, the 4th plant is a tree without leaves and then an azalea....that is where we started.

Two full months later here is what it looks like today!  I wish peonies bloomed all summer!

This is the view off the deck, just to the right of the photo is the swing set.  It was important that it didn't block our view of the pond behind our property that we worked so hard to make visible!


All in all it took less than $150 and makes a nice statement !  I will be back with details on how we installed it shortly.

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