Before and After: Family Room

Before and After: Family Room

When we decided to purchase our second home, the basement was framed, but unfinished. We had our agent put in an offer to include the finished basement for the asking price.  Long story short, they accepted and here we are with a 5 bedroom, 3 bath home! The original plans showed a layout much smaller [...]

Autumn Entertaining: Simple Fall Inspired Tablescape

Autumn Entertaining: Simple Fall Inspired Tablescape

Disclaimer:  Our formal dining room has maybe been used a total of 5 times since we built our house....maybe, so this decorative tablescape is basically just for aesthetics!  I'm sure many of you will agree that today's pristine dining room's role is similar to that of a museum or diorama of how our ancestors use [...]

A Methodical Garage- Tips to create AND maintain an orderly, neat, and substantially clean garage

A Methodical Garage- Tips to create AND maintain an orderly, neat, and substantially clean garage

To some, a garage is a shelter for their car, and for others it's just additional storage, but  most of us, I'm guessing, use it for little bit of each.  Though your garage may be one of the most overlooked areas in your house (or used primarily as a dumping ground), the reality of it [...]

Fall Mantel Décor- Steps to adorn the perfect Fall Mantel

Fall Mantel Décor- Steps to adorn the perfect Fall Mantel

It's the most wonderful time of the year.... I can't stress enough just how much I love Fall!   Bring on the pumpkin spice, football, hayrides, pumpkin patches, food and family gatherings! Last week, I shared with you, pictures of My Fall Front Porch, and this week, I'm sharing some before and after pictures of [...]

My Fall Front Porch

My Fall Front Porch

I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about Fall that I love so much, but I've known for a long time that it's my favorite season.  Perhaps it's a combination of scents, sights, tastes, and cooler temperatures; the spicy, earthy scented candles, the vibrant colors of the trees, the delicious pumpkin spice [...]

Project “Pergola” from Start to Finish

Project “Pergola” from Start to Finish

A little over a year ago, we decided to build a pergola in our back yard.  My husband's good friends with a handyman who's specialty is stonework.  He came over and measured out the yard to determine the best location for the structure, drew up some plans, and gave us a list of building materials [...]

Be Our Guest! Tips to create a warm, cozy, and inviting room for your overnight guests to call “home” for the duration of their stay

Be Our Guest!  Tips to create a warm, cozy, and inviting room for your overnight guests to call “home” for the duration of their stay

I come from a large family who visit often.  When they come to visit, I want them to feel right a home. Here are a few tips I use to create a warm, cozy, and inviting room for our overnight guests. Keep a Neutral Color Pallet Keeping the paint color a neutral beige or grey [...]

A Welcoming Front Porch- Come On In!

A Welcoming Front Porch- Come On In!

Knock, knock!  Who's There? What better way to welcome your guests into your home than a bright and inviting front porch! It takes several key elements to make a bright, colorful place to hang out... a chair (or chairs if the space is big enough), flowers, pillows, and an inviting outdoor rug that wears well [...]

Annual once-over cleaning checklist- 10 things you should clean at least once a year

Annual once-over cleaning checklist- 10 things you should clean at least once a year

A clean house gives me peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment.  Sure, I try to keep my house clean and tidy on a regular basis, but I tend to forget about the less obvious places to clean rather than the usual floors, countertops, toilets, and mirrors.  Though these places are not pertinent to [...]

How to Effectively Decorate a Console Table

How to Effectively Decorate a Console Table

This particular console table was purchased for the sole purpose of filling an empty wall or void in my basement.  The functionality of this console table provides a horizontal surface to display miscellaneous decorative items such as family pictures and memorabilia and it's the perfect place to add a non-hard-wired lamp to provide a soft [...]

Making an Entrance

Making an Entrance

Make the most of your hello's and goodbye's with a 'welcoming' first impression! You decorate all other interior spaces of your home, why not extend the decor into your entryway?  After all, it is the very first thing your guests see as they enter you house. As usual, I decided it was time up change [...]

All ‘Decked’ Out

All ‘Decked’ Out

I love to sit on our porch and drink my coffee.  It's my go-to spot to sit with noting to do but simply relax. A deck is an extension of the home.  Though the space is not be calculated into the overall home's square footage, it can still be one of the nicest, coziest rooms [...]

A clever way to organize your user manuals

A clever way to organize your user manuals

After closing on our new home, our builder and his wife gave us a big bucket full of house warming goodies (paper towels, hardwood floor cleaner, night lights, 3M picture hangers, etc.) along with the most clever gift... a binder of user manuals, builder/supplier company contact information, and a list of how to's (how to [...]

Living Room: Neutral Design Palette

Living Room: Neutral Design Palette

In the Spring of 2015 we sold our starter home and moved into a larger, family friendly home. When we purchased our newly constructed home, it was a blank canvas.  I was anxious and excited to decorate and couldn't wait to get started!  In the months leading up to our closing date I continuously pinned [...]

Before and After: Dining Room

Before and After: Dining Room

Though we just built our home three years ago, I felt a strong need to revive our dining room (which then turned into reviving every room, but there will be more posts on those rooms later) :). I'm not one to decorate with a lot of color, as you will see in this dining room [...]

Décor : Mood Boards

My mother-in-law recently asked me to help her redecorate her basement. (the heavens opened up and I could hear the angels singing "hallelujah")  this is my forte!!! What's better than designing a room you don't have to pay for? Nothing!!!  I didn't go crazy however, because I wanted it to be stylish yet affordable and something [...]

Home Fragrance

Run, don't walk, to White Barn Candle Company or Bed and Body Works to get your hands on this wonderful, limited edition home fragrance collection.  I'm telling ya, it's the best.  I literally stock up each and every Fall and yes, I use it year round! Having a good smelling home is important to me.  It makes [...]

Luke’s “Hangar”

Luke’s “Hangar”

In much the same manor as I decorated my daughter's room, I again, went with a scheme of colors rather than a theme for my son's nursery (although, I must admit that aviation makes up a majority of the decor). The winning colors?! Red, Navy, Tan, and Cream. I was happy with the existing wall [...]

Home Tour: Kitchen

Home Tour: Kitchen

The kitchen is the "heart of the home".  It's where we tend to spend the majority of our time. Having a spacious, organized kitchen is a must for me.  When building our home, I fell in love with this floor plan and the kitchen layout.  It's open (but not too open) with ample storage space, a breakfast nook, [...]

Addison’s BIG girl room

Addison’s BIG girl room

My daughter is now the proud new resident of a big girl room (if you consider a room for a 2 year old a "big girl" room 🙂 )! She officially has a brand new bedroom in order to make room for her little brother coming in March!! This has been a work in progress for [...]