Showing posts with label home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Dining Room Change-Up


Happy Wednesday sweet friends! If you happen to follow me on instagram {what? you don't follow me on instagram??}, you may have seen a little sneak peek of our dining room. There have been a few changes over there.




I really needed our house to work for us more efficiently and authentically. I wanted it to truly reflect us as a family. I wanted to embrace all the warm tones that this old house has, and I did all this while knowing that everyone else out there is white washing everything in their homes. It's okay to be different! I love different!




I moved some furniture around and shopped the basement as usual, emptied out some cabinets to fill the shelves and went back to all natural, thrifted, mismatched chairs. This works so much better for us. There's something so warm and welcoming about old wood, don't you think? And I want that, I want our home to be welcoming to others. Real life happens here, and this dining area is often filled with messy little hands, spilled watercolors, the occasional chicken {smile}, it's a real workhorse of an area. It's our gathering space, my favorite kind of space.
xo,
Amy

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Another Slow Redo {kids bathroom}


Whether you live in an older house or newer model, you're probably no stranger to the redo. I've written a bucket full of times about slow and intentional living and redo's on a shoestring budget because that's just how we live. And you know what, I wouldn't want it any other way. Slow anything means that you've put a considerable amount of thought into the situation and you're not going to make as many mistakes or have regrets. Slow means that you're going to be pleased as punch with the end result and that's all good, right? Right! 
While we're on the subject of slow, case in point, our kids bathroom, or the cave as I like to call it. I've always hated this room because it's so dark and gloomy. It's on the very back corner of the house, tucked away, and not really on my radar, this poor little room has been ignored, totally ignored. Do you have a room {or two} like that in your house? This bathroom is the achilles heel of our house, it really is. But no more, it's time has come. Amen and Hallelujah!

It's so beige y'all, and not in a good way. It's mismatched, oh so dark, broken, design flawed, it's a colossal mess, but we're ready to take it on. This bathroom is stuck in the 70's, but no more, we've declared war on the bathroom. 

Here's what you'll see with this redo:
  1. Only changes that we can afford. None of that borrowing from Peter to pay Paul stuff. This means that nothing is going to be ripped out. You'll see small changes that will have a big impact on the look and feel of the space.
  2. We'll be replacing the old stained linoleum with vinyl and we'll be doing the labor ourselves. We have the piece already and it was a remnant from a friend of my husband's that does flooring professionally. It was free y'all, cha-ching! Would I prefer an awesome vintage tile perhaps? YES, but I'm not going to let my budget get in the way of fixing up this little space.
  3. Paint! Lot's of re-painting. Paint is so inexpensive compared to other big dollar changes you can do around your house, never be afraid to re-paint an object or a wall. Repeat after me, paint is my friend. 
  4. I've been scouring online sales for months now at higher end stores I love but can't afford {#urbanoutfittersiloveyou} and I've gotten a couple of really sweet pieces. 
  5. Did I mention how slow this project will be? It's gonna be so slow, you'll probably forget that I ever mentioned that we were doing a bathroom re-do. I promise, I'll pop in with little updates along the way so you {and me!} can see that we're making progress.

Well, there you have it, the beginning of another slooooow redo. Pray for patience for me! I struggle sometimes with slow! It's going to be a little chaotic over here for a while and sometimes that drives me a little bonkers.

I beg of you, don't not start a home project because it seems too mighty, bite off a small little chunk and work on it slowly. Is there a room in your house that's driving you nutty? Why not start a slow redo?

xo,
Amy


Monday, January 25, 2016

A Cozy Winter House {my secret to beating the winter blues}


Well y'all, it's no secret around here that I've fought depression for more years than I'd like to remember. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, until last year that is. Winters were the worst, absolute nightmares. By March, I'd be hiding in bed under the blankets in tears, not kidding a bit, it was awful. But last winter was different for the first time ever and I'm going to share with you why.



         

Planning. I gave my problem tons of thought and as crazy as it sounds I started a board on Pinterest all about winter. I perused hundreds of images, I'm a very visual person don't ya know, so I went over tons of pics and pinned every one that was soothing and comforting. I pinned every one that made me feel all warm and cozy. When Christmas was over and all cleared away, I put my winter plan into action. Rather than dreading the season, I was thrilled, practically giddy.




I let as much light into the house as possible, and even removed some curtains completely. I bought tons of jar candles {really cheap at Target and Walmart}. I made sure that I had lots of blankets and throws in the living room, I did anything and everything that evoked cozy thoughts. 


Luckily, we have a cast iron stove and having a fire everyday was a big help with getting my cozy vibe on. This winter, I added a cowhide rug to the living room which amped up the cozy big time. I've wanted one for years but it just wasn't a good time to purchase it for one reason or another, until now. I'm so in love! I know the hide trend is probably on it's way out the door, but, I'm always a little late to the party and that's okay with me. You? Well then, we're all good! I also bought a little string of dangling star lights and hung them over our kitchen window {saw that on Pinterest too!}. They may be cheesy, but they make me smile and smiling is great!





As crazy as it sounds, all this planning stuff worked out for me last winter so, this year when Christmas was all cleared, I began my new winter time routine. Tons of cozy. If you'd like to get your cozy on this winter and would like a little inspiration, check out my Pinterest board that started it all......



Thanks for touring my cozy winter house today! If you're wondering why no pics of the kid's rooms, they are both in the works.... still. More to come on that, e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y, slow change around here y'all, slow change! Until next time sweet friends......

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Outdoor Life


We spend tons of time outdoors in summer. I can't seem to soak up enough sunshine. I head out early to the porch for coffee and then stay out for my morning run. I look up to the heavens and the sun shines down on my face, oh, it feels so good. 





The afternoon finds us on the back porch for more sunshine and swimming. Whenever I'm inside, I'm thinking of going outside, I'm living with a one track mind. Summer is so distracting.






In the evenings, I enjoy a little chicken watching, they are seriously funny y'all, and are a big mood booster. We have quite a few baby chicks right now and I never tire of watching them. Add in the dogs, cats and kiddos, it's a real funny farm.






Are you enjoying the warmer weather and slower pace of summer too? I can already tell that summer is zipping by way faster than I'd like. Oh summer, linger a little longer won't you?


Friday, April 24, 2015

A Late Spring Mantel


I had so much fun with this mantel last spring and I thought I'd share again this spring. That cow print is still one of my absolute favorites! 

You are sure to notice that there's a lot of green on this mantel. That's no coincidence. It was a mighty loooong winter and I really needed to bring some spring green inside. You might notice that I used one of my "renter's decorating tricks" to lighten up the rock surround of our fireplace. I made an "old barn door" and painted it white, then distressed it to give it that worn, aged look.  It provides a brighter, lighter backdrop for the otherwise dark and dreary mantel. I had been pining over this cow print as it was showing up all around the blogosphere. Something about that cow just spoke volumes to me. When I looked at it, I just felt my spirits sore and I felt surrounded by that green pasture. I had to have her.



{Check out Meg's Shop to pick up your crazy, wonderful Cow Print}

Then the "Hey Y'all" print. Again, that green, such a color of renewal,and it expressed the feeling of hospitality that I want to have around this home of ours.



Hey Y'all print from Stephanie Creekmur's shop

 All the other stuff up there, just seemed to fit the vibe I had going on. The deer antlers just belonged up there with "Miss Cow", and the banners, well you just gotta have banners. I love making them and using them whenever I can. My favorite chicken, he just moves all around all seasons because I just love his chippiness {did I just make up that word?} and he really seemed to fit in up there too.




Some of my favorite candlesticks added a little shine, and then I called it a day! Even if you don't happen to have an actual mantel to decorate, give a shelf new life with a fun and colorful redo. 

Happy Spring Y'all!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Home {aka your mission field}



Have you ever given much thought to how your home appears to others. Don't get me wrong, I know that our homes should reflect us and we should never design our homes for others, but how does your home feel to others? Is your home chaotic and out of order? I really struggle with balance in this area. It can be really hard to have a home that is just clean enough or just orderly enough. 

Our church has a little sign that you pass when leaving the parking lot that has always intrigued me. It says, "you are now entering your mission field". That's so true isn't it? Everything after leaving the church really is our mission field. I don't have a fancy career or letters after my name, but I do have a home that was given to us by God, and I think it is my calling for that home to be my mission field, not only to my family, but to others as well.

I want our home to reflect that, to be a place where others can come and seek respite if necessary or unload their troubles or just drink coffee and giggle lots. This blog is an extension of our home. I've just come to realize this. I welcome y'all into our home and into my heart through each post I write.

Consider your home your mission field and be amazed at the changes you may make. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Embrace


That's it. That's my word. Embrace.  Do y'all have a word for 2015 yet? I've spent years reading other blogs and all the women with their 'word' for the year- I've yet to join the trend. A secret about me- I'm always late. Appointments, self imposed deadlines, trends- always late. With trends, I'm a bit slow to warm to new ideas. I have to 'sit' with a thought or new decor idea for a while before I decide to jump on the bandwagon. So, this year, 2015,  I'm joining the 'word of the year' trend- better late than never I suppose.





Why now? Well, this winter I REALLY need this word. Dreary winters always take such a toll on me mentally, so last fall, I began to think of a new way of approaching this winter before it takes a hold of me and pulls me under. Embrace. That word is a big part of my change in perspective. That word is helping me see this season with new eyes. Winter is so beautiful and quiet and serene and rather than closing my eyes really, really tight and holding my breathe till it passes, I'm going in with eyes wide open. I'm excited for the season of hibernation and slow growth. Did I just say excited? Why, yes, yes I did!




How does that look? Lots of small changes around the house. I'm so excited about them all and I'll be doing lots of little posts about them this month. When Christmas came down, winter went up, and an attitude of embracing filled me to the brim. Take a peek at some of my inspiration- check out my 'A Warm And Cozy Winter' Pinterest board....




So, have you picked your word of 2015? Maybe you should. I'd love for you to share your word with me and tell me why it's important to you this year. Penny for your thoughts..........


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