One of my favorite things about spring is the chance to freshen and update our home. I love changing up my home with the seasons but after the heavy winter season nothing is more satisfying than lightening up and brightening your home! So today I thought I would share five of my favorite tips for welcoming spring into your home!
GOOD OLD FASHIONED SPRING CLEANING
Nothing says your home is ready for spring than a good old fashioned spring clean! Purge all the winter clutter from your home and organize, organize, organize! This is my #1 tip for a wonderful spring home and it’s so therapeutic too!
STASH HEAVY WINTER ACCESSORIES
Say goodbye to those big heavy faux fur throw blankets, flannel sheets, fireplace logs, and all those pinecone accessories. Instead accent your fireplace with candles, swap out heavy fabrics with light fresh ones, and stash heavy decor items for ones that are bright and airy. This goes with home scents too. Toss those cinnamon spice candles and bring in fresh clean scents.
BRING THE OUTSIDE IN WITH PLANTS & FLOWERS
I love bringing new plants and fresh flowers into my home this time of year! Plants and flowers are starting to bloom and come back to life and so should your home. Adding these items into your home is the perfect way to add color and interest to your space and say hello spring!
ADD NEW TEXTURES
Nothing says spring (and summer too) better than bringing in fresh new textures into your home. Baskets, wooden trays, and accent pillows are a great way to add an earthy texture into your home. Heavy rugs can also be swapped out with lighter affordable indoor/outdoor rugs too.
UPDATE YOUR COLOR PALETTE
Spring is a great time to upgrade your color palette. In the winter I’m all about rich, warm, inviting colors and in the spring I like to welcome fresh bright colors and more neutrals into our home. A simple way to update your color palette is through throw pillows and light weight throw blankets. Framed art work and photos can easily be swapped out with nature and other lightweight prints.
Spring is such a terrific time to brighten your home up, and a spring home works well through summer too! A few simple changes can make your home shine! Do you have any favorite ways to transition your home from winter to spring?
I’m so excited to share our kitchen mini makeover with you! This is just a temporary makeover until we can do a full remodel when the time is right. A few weeks ago I decided to give our kitchen a mini makeover, and we are thrilled with the results!
It all started with ordering our new gas range. Not only was our old electric range falling apart, it was a huge eye sore. We waited several months for a sale and then another two months for it to be delivered due to Covid. I kept thinking about this new amazing gas double oven range sitting in my hideous kitchen. Some of our other upgrades happened over the last year, like when the microwave stopped working, the larger sink upgrade, building a larger pantry, and the new lighting, but still our new range deserved better so a few weeks before it was delivered I went to serious work!
I spend a TON of time in the kitchen so why not make it pretty even if it is temporary? I say if it makes you happy then it’s worth it! Ok, ready to see some before photos?
First up on my list was to do something about the countertop and backsplash. I debated about using marble contact paper on the countertops, lots of people are doing it and it looks pretty good. However we use our kitchen hard, so I was convinced it wouldn’t hold up at all. After a lot of searching I decided to go with the Giani Carrara white marble countertop kit. Everything you need is included in the kit and there are lots of video tutorials online to help.
Prep work was minimal, just clean with a brillo pad and rinse. Then you roll on a few coats of the white primer paint and let it dry. To create the marble veins you simply paint on the grey lines, spray with water, and smudge with a brush until you get the desired effect you’re after. Last you apply the epoxy, I wasn’t sure that my marble veining looked good but once we applied the glossy epoxy it brought it to life! The entire countertop process took about 3 days and it was so worth it!
For the backsplash I went with a peel and stick subway tile, and it was incredibly easy. Just measure, cut to size, peel, and stick. The back is nice and sticky so you can reposition the tiles a few times if needed. Initially when I opened the package I didn’t think it looked very realistic but now that it’s up I think it looks amazing! The only downside is that the tiles are really reflective and hard to photograph.
The bamboo roman shade is from Lowe’s, I can’t remember the color but it was in stock and cut to size, and the pendant light was an amazing steal for under $30!
One thing we will definitely be doing in the full kitchen remodel is reconfiguring the cabinets to fit a dishwasher. Until then I’ve made peace with hand washing dishes. The small original kitchen sink was so hard to wash dishes in so we upgraded to a single basin work station sink. It’s been a huge lifesaver! It comes with a cutting board, a small drying rack, and a colander that fits over the sink. I was able to toss our large clunky dish drainer, and I purchased an over the sink dish drainer to save space.
I debated for a while if I should paint the cabinets or leave them alone, but you know I love a good DIY project so you bet I chose to paint them! In our full kitchen remodel I have my heart set on custom alder cabinets to match our doors but until then I decided to have a bit of fun and paint the cabinets teal.
I experimented with chalk paint because of the low prep work but I wasn’t happy with the color and after a few days the chalk paint looked rough. Spur of the moment I used our old front door paint. Yes, I used exterior paint on my cabinets, I had it on hand and it works. I love the end result.
You bet I love my new kitchen toy, I’ve cooked non-stop since receiving it! Having a double oven and gas cooktop is a dream.
Cabinets are Sophisticated Teal by the Home Depot Decorator Collection
It’s the same kitchen but suddenly it feels so bright and fun now! Maybe we’ll delay the major kitchen remodel a little longer now and focus on other projects because other than a missing dishwasher I can honestly say I’m happy with the kitchen.
Like I mentioned we use our kitchen hard and I’m curious how the countertop and backsplash will hold up over time. I’ll definitely be updating, until then feel free to ask me any questions.
Hurray! At last our media room is complete, and I am so excited to share the reveal with you! Remodeling this space during Covid was a challenge, and it really slowed our progress. We had to schedule wood delivery to our home because local wood supply stores were closed, and lots of items were on backorder for months, like our doors. It was a frustrating process, but hey we’re done!! I have lots of photos and so much to share about this space… so grab a drink, you’re going to be here a while!
We previously referred to this room as a basement, I think because our realtor did, but now we’ve renamed this space to the media room. The next photo is from the realtor website, and I remember looking at it being so confused what this space was. Having a junky garage space right off the front door with a bedroom and bathroom behind it is weird. Especially considering we have an attached garage and a larger separate garage on the lower level of our property.
Before I share the rest of the room how about some ugly before photos? Sorry, they’re a bit blurry… I didn’t check my camera settings.
Brian and I both get PTSD looking at these photos. Honestly. This gross space was our bedroom for about 2 months. I put down clean rugs and we had our mattress and boxspring on the floor while we remodeled the upstairs living room and our future master bedroom. The front door was in bad shape which meant a TON of bugs, it definitely traumatized me waking up with things crawling around me.
Once we moved into our upstairs bedroom we cleaned out this space and installed a new wood floor. I did most of the floor installation myself, it was a really satisfying project! The original wall and ceiling texture was an uneven DIY job so we had the ceiling retextured and centered the light. Then the room sat untouched for months until after the holidays. We knew this room would be a workhorse and the details needed a lot of intricate planning. We needed storage, an entry space, and coat closet, and we decided to move our washer and dryer down to this space as well. A lot had to go into this small closet, all while dealing with the clunky furnace.
We were really happy with our cedar tongue and groove ceiling upstairs and decided on the same wood for this room’s walls. Since it’s the first space people see, I wanted the room to feel warm and cozy and set the tone of the rest of the house. Our home was built to be fire resistant, with cement siding and using all metal beams to frame the house. The walls bend around the metal beams on this level, we can’t really do anything about that so we just had to work with it. Luckily the new wood walls help to camouflage it.
Oh how I hate odd placed windows! We’ve taken out windows before when they didn’t work with our space, but this one needs to stay for ventilation. I stared at this wall for months trying to decide what to do with the small offset window, I considered a gallery wall or a large bold piece of art. One day I decided to post on Houzz asking for advice on how to decorate around the window. Big mistake.
I asked about the wall and instead everyone just started tearing down the room. They hated my sofa, they said the room was too feminine, someone said my style of decor was all wrong, they hated my sofa pillows, the white baseboards and my favorite part… someone said I should decorate the room like a trading post and put fur on the walls. It was at this moment I realized that I decorate my home for ME and honestly don’t care if other people like it.
I decided on floating shelves and a bold lamp to draw the eye away from the window. I’m actually quite happy with how it turned out and now I hardly even notice the off-center window.
Now yes, the sofa is a little feminine for the room and unfortunately I didn’t think about the sofa buttons against the cedar wood knots. Yeah, it’s a little busy, but this sofa is bought and paid for so we’re just going to work with it! Haley has already asked for this sofa when she gets her own apartment in a few years so I’ll buy a sofa with cleaner lines at that time. In the meantime I think the large pillows and throw blanket help the sofa blend.
One day on Pinterest I ran across a photo of a wood stained room with white baseboards and trim and I fell in love. I know white trim with wooden walls isn’t for everyone but we both love the contrast. It pops!
For a brief moment… and I mean brief we considered building a laundry room in the back of our garage and Brian was considering having a desk somewhere in this room. Our garage is deep so there was plenty of room, but during the winter I realized I just couldn’t walk in and out of a dirty cold garage for laundry. So instead Brian built an office for himself in the garage and we squeezed the washer and dryer down here. The rolling cart is such a lifesaver for doing laundry and saves us so much space.
My favorite part of a room is always the little details. I’ve always had a thing for the Restoration Hardware chandelier lamps but they’re just so expensive! I managed to find a cheaper knock off at Overstock, I snagged a coupon and had some rewards to lower the cost. I love the feminine lamps against the masculine wood wall, it’s the exact effect I wanted.
A glass coffee table has always been my favorite trick to lighten up a room and make it feel bigger. They’re so easy to take care of and I never worry about spills, I just spray it down with windex and we’re done.
Details… just lots of little details everywhere that I love.
Finally the entryway! We managed to squeeze in a coat closet next to the utility closet. We chose a double rod to maximize space and went with an Elfa door rack. Elfa door racks always save the day! The baskets hold all our weather essentials and the gift wrap attachment holds our umbrellas and hiking poles perfectly!
More hooks, ya know I love them! Our entryway is small but it’s quite effective. The entry shelf and hooks help keep clutter down and our things organized.
The metal S was hanging outside of our last house and over the years it developed a unique rusty patina. It looks even better now!
I’ve always loved black and white photos and I think combined with the gallery frames it created a fantastic modern effect against the warm wood walls. I love these photos of my kids, they we’re running around having so much fun. I don’t frame a lot of serious photos, I’m drawn to the quirky ones because it feels more like a captured moment in time.
There you have it, our media room reveal. It serves as a great second living area for us. I am so happy this space is done! Our new back deck is also finished but I’m having the hardest time finding patio furniture. Ugh… everything I like said it will ship out in 13-17 weeks. So that’s holding me up a bit. I know how fun it can be to shop other people’s homes, so below I’ve linked everything below that I can find that is still for sale.
Nothing is more enjoyable to me than having a nice meal at a beautifully set table. These days it’s challenging to bring everyone together for a sit down meal, but I’ve noticed having a lovely tablescape encourages people to come together for meal times. It creates a beautiful, festive-like atmosphere, and it feels like a fun little private party at your table. I always love creating beautiful tablescapes any time of year and this cheerful summer tablescape is definitely a favorite.
Back on theme with my last hydrangea and rose blog post I’m sharing more of my favorite flowers for the table, but this time I’m adding lemons. We never have a shortage of lemons in our house, we use them for everything, food, drinks, even decorating.
I love the casual summer simplicity of skipping the placemats and other heavy linens and using rustic grapevine chargers instead for texture. I’m so bummed out these chargers from Ballard Designs already sold out, hopefully they’ll get restocked, and in the meantime I have linked some similar ones at the bottom of this post.
When it comes to dinner plates I usually stick with white and bring in color and patterns through my napkins, accent plates, and centerpieces. I’m always on the lookout for accent plates in different colors and patterns. I find them to be pretty affordable and always make the table pop. They make perfect appetizer, salad, and dessert plates too. These buffalo plaid accent plates are pretty amazing, and will work with so many seasons. I picked them up from Hobby Lobby on sale and have them linked below if you don’t have a store near you.
Cut hydrangeas can be tricky at times, often they can wilt the next day and it’s very frustrating. Removing the leaves can help the flowers stay hydrated longer but I prefer to keep the beautiful leaves. A favorite trick of mine is to cut the stem at a sharp angle and dip each end in alum. Alum is used for pickling and canning, and you can find at the grocery store in the spice section. It works beautifully to keep hydrangeas fresh longer and ideally you’ll want to mist the hydrangea with water a few times a day too. Hydrangeas are thirsty flowers!
For the lemon centerpiece I used israeli ruscus as a green filler and it’s commonly found in the floral section of grocery stores. Israeli ruscus is tough and does fine without much water, it’s been a few days and mine are still bright and perky. Just cut the stems down to the size you want and arrange them in the lemons.
The roses in the lemon centerpiece are a different story. Short term for several hours they’ll be fine without water, it you want your roses to last longer arranged with lemons consider floral tubes or placing them in shot glasses with water.
I love to dream up different colors and patterns depending on the time of year and enjoy taking inspiration from nature. The colors and textures are so bright and fresh for summer! While we don’t have sit down family meals every night, we do make it a point to do it as often as possible. It’s easy to create a simple tablescape that encourages people to gather around the table. Sometimes I think the prettier the table the better the food tastes! Feel inspired and bring your own creativity to the table!
I can’t believe it’s already been an entire year! The time has really flown by, we’ve accomplished a lot but we still have quite a way to go! We did take some time off in the fall and winter but now we’re back at it in full force. We spend most evenings and weekends tackling projects, something is always sore on my body and 70 percent of my clothes are covered in paint. It’s certainly been an adventure… an exhausting one at that, but with each space we improve it just motivates me to keep going. Today I want to show you where we are a year later, current projects that aren’t finished, a few small spaces we’ve improved, and some future projects we have planned.
If you’re new to my blog and curious about some of our past home projects I’ve linked them below:
Ok, so I never got the chance to update the front of our house because there were always tools and equipment everywhere… and then snow season hit, but here we are! We replaced the front door, painted the house, took out the upstairs patio door by the chimney and replaced the house lights.
Next on our list is to paint the roof the same color as the garage. If it were a deep shade of green I think I’d leave it but nope it’s a hideous faded mint chocolate chip ice cream green. We also hope to tweak the vent near the door so it’s less noticeable.
The main part of the house is painted Rockies Brown and the garage and trim are Appalachian Brown both by Benjamin Moore. I obsessed on finding the perfect shade of teal for the front door and ended up with Sophisticated Teal from Home Depot. I absolutely love it!
This nightmarish space is a work in progress and it’s slowly improving.
We’ve replaced the exterior door that leads into a small outdoor closet. The blue metal retaining wall will eventually go, but it won’t be easy. For now we’ve decided just to paint it so it’s less hideous. I actually just finished painting all our blue retaining walls and the metal stairs, I just haven’t taken a photo… sorry! It looks much better!!
Now on to the entryway and basement area. I get nauseous looking at these before photos, still unfinished but this space has drastically improved.
This space will be the next reveal on the blog, but for now here’s a little sneak peak. We’ve referred to this space as the basement and I’m not exactly sure why. You definitely get basement vibes down here but it’s not underground. Our realtor referred to the space as a basement and I think the word just stuck, but we’ve decided to call this space a media room… and I’m so excited and ready for it to be finished.
This space is a true work horse. It will be our downstairs getaway space to read or watch TV, plus we’ve added an entry space and coat closet plus a utility closet for our washer and dryer. All of our doors are on backorder, it’s been frustrating. We just need doors and a few minor furnishings and decor items to finish this space.
As soon as we get our doors and Brian installs them I’ll stain them and it will be up on the blog, so excited! I mentioned on Instagram how I posted this room to Houzz, asking a simple question and they hated it. They shredded this room… I’ll go into all the drama during the blog reveal I promise!
Sorry about some of these photos! Normally I like to stage our home photos (within reason) meaning I hide dirty shoes and cords and put away junk but I kind of snapped these pictures without thinking. Sometimes I snap pics for my own personal use without thinking they could end up on the blog.
Now for the loft, it’s a quirky L-shaped space that has lots of potential. We added some furniture such as a queen bed, a chair, and a twin bed but it still needs a lot of work. The living room ceiling flows into this space, so the ceiling is basically the only thing done. I’ve ripped down the paneling and I’m still deciding what to do with the walls and floor.
I took these photos with my phone one day for Haley and I had no intention of putting them on the blog but now that Haley has moved up here with stuff everywhere a photo is impossible. So I thought I’d go ahead and share these photos. Really regretting not tucking the blankets and sheets in!! Overall it’s a cute space and it has a ton of potential.
Now it’s time for the nasty sunroom update. One day when we were self-isolating/quarantining/losing our mind I just started ripping the interior of this room out. I was cooped up in the house and one day I just ripped out the carpet and paneling, and it felt good! Then Brian slowly started to demo this space. I’ve showed lots of video on Instagram… it’s just felt so good and I had to share.
I am so freakin excited about this space. We plan to turn it into a cozy back deck. We have a deck off the front of our house with a great view but this space just feels special. It has a different cozy vibe back here and I love it. I’m even more exited as to what happens when this small back deck is finished. Then we start MEGA DECK!! Y’all I am so pumped about mega deck!
Mega deck will be an awesome multi-level deck that extends off the side of the house past the tree. A majority of our land extends that direction and we’re excited to put it to good use. We’ve come up with so many fun ideas for mega deck!
We plan on having a dining area, a wine bar rail with stools, a lounge section, a yoga deck, a hot tub, and an outdoor playground. Yep, you heard me right! I want an outdoor playground… after a few glasses of wine tell me you don’t want to swing and slide… haha! I sure do and I’m a kid at heart. It will definitely take a while but we’ll do it in phases. It will be a lot of work but a lot of fun too.
Our bathroom will probably be one of our last projects to finish. The old laundry room is back behind the shower and we plan to combine the spaces for a larger bathroom. Until then we just did some minor cosmetic improvements to make the space more bearable. Ashley and I painted spots on the wall one day while we were snowed in during Covid isolation and it was really fun.
That’s all for now, but soon I’ll have the media room to reveal. The world’s crazy right now and it’s 100% affected me and my ability to concentrate on my blog. Thank you so much for your patience! I’ve linked all the items I could find that are still for sale throughout my post. I’m absolutely heart broken about Pier One leaving us, it was one of my favorite stores ever! If you see something you like act fast before it’s gone forever!
Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, and treat everyone with love and respect!
Last October our space-efficient master bedroom was the first remodeled room in our new house to make the blog. Overall I was thrilled with the result and how we maximized space, but deep down I knew the room needed more. At the time we were sleeping with our mattress on the basement floor and we just wanted to move into our bedroom ASAP! Then we immediately started the living room and Ashley’s room, and then boom… the holidays hit. So with all the quiet days we’ve had stuck at home lately I decided it was time to give our bedroom a little character.
I’m thrilled with the results of our master bedroom update, and best of all it was practically free!
When we had our living room cedar ceiling installed it was recommended to order an extra 20 percent of wood. This is in case you get bad boards or have mistakes, but that extra 20 percent plus all the leftover scraps just sat in our garage. One day while organizing the garage I had a lightbulb moment we needed a cedar accent wall!
Slowly we sorted out all the pieces of cedar that could be salvaged. I had to sand out a few defects, but we managed to find exactly the amount of wood we needed.
Brian cut the boards to length, and with his nail gun he had the boards up within a few hours. Then I filled in nail holes, stained the boards, and touched up the baseboards. It was the perfect day project that cost us nothing and gave our room some pizazz!
I say stained, but really I just brushed on Minwax water based clear polycrylic in a satin finish. It gives the wood just a hint of color and dries in about an hour, it’s awesome! It’s what I’ve also used on all our knotty alder doors.
I wasn’t sure our wooden nightstands would look good on a wooden wall, so my original plan was to paint them with a flat black paint. I really like black furniture but the downside is it shows dust so bad! I may paint them black one day, but for now I really like the wood on wood look, it gives the room such an organic feel.
The leopard pillow covers on our bed are some of my favorite. I bought them about 10 years ago on clearance for about $3 each, at Lowe’s of all places! I just wish I had bought more!
With spring here and summer around the corner I had to go back to my favorite all-white bed. Not only does white bedding look fresh and clean it also helps me sleep. It’s very soothing and non-stimulating which is what someone with sleep issues needs! I need my bedroom to be calm and soothing.
The only purchase I did make was this gorgeous blue throw that was on sale for a little over $30, and it’s still on sale! I was craving a little blue in the room, I just love the color and texture so much!
Every spring I love to grow wheatgrass around the house, so once all my flowers wilted I started planting seeds. They grow fast too, in about 7 or 8 days you’ll get tall green grass. Sometimes I let the grass grow shaggy and sometimes I trim them with scissors, I love both looks. You can get all the details on how to grow wheatgrass HERE.
Lastly, we decided to remove the rug from our bedroom, it just wasn’t working. The heavy storage bed was creating a bubble in the center that we couldn’t smooth out, and it was a magnet for dirt! I would vacuum it daily and it looked filthy and smooshed after only 5 months -worst purchase ever!! Once we removed the rug the room looked so much bigger, so I think I’ll just live without a rug.
I’m very pleased with how everything turned out, the wood is so warm and inviting. I do find our TV wall a little plain so in the future I might find a way to jazz it up a bit.
We’ve stayed extremely busy the last few weeks working on random projects around the house and I’ve loved every minute of it! Besides the pantry, this is our only other new finished project but we’ve started so many other things and done lots of demo work. Soon I’ll be doing some house updates to show you everything we have going on. Take care!