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Finding Fall Home Tour

Today, my blog is the second-to-the-last stop in the Finding Fall 2015 Home Tour.  There are a lot of amazing homes and decorating ideas that have been shared so far, so be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post if you're just jumping in on the tour. If you're stopping from Unexpected Elegance and are new to my blog, welcome! Before we get into the pictures, I must be a bit  (read more …)

living with raw wood floors

Back in November of last year, I had finally worked up the DIY gumption to sand down the oak hardwood floors in the front of our house. The polyurethane finish I had applied only a few years earlier was peeling off, taking the dark stain along with it.  I could literally peel it up in sheets with my cheap nail polish, which might be fun when you're 13 and bored in algebra, but  (read more …)

vintage-style deck makeover

I've always been what you call an "indoor girl" when it comes to home decor.  When we put our house on the market (and ended up not selling it) last spring, our realtor put an "I'm Beautiful Inside" sign above the "For Sale" sign.  That's realtor code for "It looks better once you walk through the front door." It's not that I didn't care about the outside, but with two little boys, a business to  (read more …)

the antique, hodgepodge potting bench

Don't you love it when projects come together perfectly? Such is the case with this hodgepodge of a potting bench. We just finished it today and it looks even better than I imagined.  It's especially exciting, because we already had the workbench in the basement (it was free with the house) and I bought the chicken nesting box without a solid plan on turning it into the top-part of the  (read more …)

how to make a chair cushion | deck chair makeover

I've been working on my deck off and on throughout the spring and summer and it's finally starting to come together.  I know I'm not going to break any makeover speed records with this project, but that's life, right?  Spaces take time to come together. So, there is still more to do, but last week I jumped a big hurtle - I made new cushions for the vintage iron armchairs my mom passed along to  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 9 | the boys’ room

And now it's time for part nine of my in-depth house tour, showing how our home has evolved over the (almost) nine years we've lived in it.  This is how the boys' room looks today... We have two boys who are 19 months apart.  They're now 8 (Marshall) and almost 7 (Calvin, the one with type 1 diabetes).  Yes, we have a lot of wrestling and have had many of trips to the emergency room that have  (read more …)

beginnings of a potting bench

This has been the year when gardening finally clicked for me.  I'm not saying I'm great at it, but I'm trying.  I'm working at it...learning, wanting to get better, turning a black thumb to green.  Along with the interest in the garden and plants, I decided to spruce up our outdoor living space as well.  It's not much...just a deck off the back of the house.  It isn't covered or screened-in.  It's  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 8 | the guest room

First of all, thank you so much to all of my readers who have answered my questions from yesterday!  I have been trying to respond to all of them, but I haven't been able to keep up!  I am reading all of them, though, and I'm taking notes, writing down some ideas and I'm definitely seeing some patterns that confirm some things I've been thinking about.  Thanks for being constructive,  (read more …)