How to install laminate flooring

How to install Laminate Flooring

Disclosure - I received product for this post from Armstrong Flooring, but all opinions are my own. This past weekend the Mr. and I installed our new white washed laminate flooring in our sunroom and I'm totally in love with it.  Like, the Mr. has walked in on me several times lying in the middle … [Read More...]


No Sew Bed Canopy

WARNING: This tutorial is a complete re-enactment, the materials are real, the actors are fake, and the end results are fab. Ok, ok so we all know I'm not the best at writing tutorials, mainly because I always forget to take photos of the process. Mainly because I'm too busy winging it … [Read More...]

Sunroom Progress

Sunroom Update – 2 steps forward, 1 step back…

Sorry I've been a little MIA this past week, I was down in Atlanta for the Haven DIY bloggers conference.  It was so much fun seeing old friends and new and hanging out with other crazy bloggers like myself!  I had so much fun in fact, I took approximately 4 lame photos because I was too busy … [Read More...]

Sunroom Selections

Sunroom Selections

Since there isn't a whole lot of DIY I can tackle yet in the sunroom, I've decided to do the next best thing - shop! I'm sharing a few things I've bought so far, which is a little bare bones.  I obviously still need some accessories, more color etc...but at least you can see what direction I'm … [Read More...]

Red Accent Table with OPI Paint

Red Accent Table and a Giveaway!

My house is still a complete wreck - here I'll show you.. Yup, still no sign of our new windows.  In fact, we just got a call that now they won't be here for another week, grrr, not a happy camper. So to soothe my DIY soul I did a quick and fun project to brighten a little spot of my … [Read More...]


Family Photo Time – welcome to our chaos

It's that time again... You know what I'm talking about.  The time where you try to scrub the peanut butter and lake water off your kids, brush their hair just so, dress them in something cute and then pray they keep themselves clean for the next hour... Then you need them to be in a "happy … [Read More...]


Rain Rain go away…sunroom update

It's raining. In my house. No biggie. Sigh. The rain this week and last has not been our friend.  Especially since whompp, whomppp, our windows came in wrong.  We have another week to go til they come in again (right this time hopefully!) so the guys are trying to do as much as they can … [Read More...]

bookshelf decor

Summer Home Tour

Hey all!  Today I'm sharing a little updated summer home tour, along with 23 other fab bloggers, since you know, I change things around about every 5 minutes.  True story.  There are actually a few things in these photos that have been swapped in the 3 days since I shot them...I know it's a … [Read More...]

Lake House Living Room

Living Room Decor – Finally Revealed!

The fireplace tile is in! The walls are painted! The new throw pillows are fluffed! All in time for the living room wall to get knocked down to make way for the new sunroom, whaaa, whaaamp.  But that's ok, I'm too excited about the new sunroom to care about the disaster it's going … [Read More...]


Melon Prosciutto Salad

If you follow me on instagram then you know I'm all about easy salads for summer time.  The last thing I want to do is hang out in the kitchen when it's gorgeous outside, so that means everything we eat is either grilled or simple and fresh. Or peanut butter and jelly if you are little man, since … [Read More...]

Sunroom Plans

Big Announcement!! The Lily Pad Cottage is growing…

You guys, I could not be more excited.  Like jumping up and down, first day of summer break excited!  We have been planning and planning this since December and it's finally happening... ready? Ok, so it doesn't look like much right now, but that my friends is the start of our sunroom! It's … [Read More...]

100 Summer Ideas

Favorite Summer Projects

School is finally out here in Michigan and summer is in full swing!  So I thought I would share some of my favorite summer projects from this year and last (just in case you're new around here!) and bonus some of my fave bloggers are sharing their's as well! Yup, we are all sharing our Top 10 … [Read More...]


Pinterest Link up and Features

Hey all time to link up your favorite pins this week and check out my fave features from last week! Meet our team: Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs~Pinterest, Lindsay from Makely School For Girls~Pinterest, Kelly from Lily Pad Cottage~Pinterest, Adrianne from Dream Book Design~Pinterest, … [Read More...]

Make your own headboard

DIY Headboard – more changes in the master bedroom

Remember the new bed that is in our master bedroom? I showed you the other week when I shared my new night stands... Well, my whole bed switcheroo came about on a rainy Monday morning when I had a serious case of the blahs.. What better way to get out of my funk than to rearrange my entire house? … [Read More...]


Pinterest Link Up Party and Features

Thanks so much to everyone who linked up last week! You guys are amazing!! Check out this week's feature pins and Link Up Below! (Link Up only to your direct pin on Pinterest, not your blog. Thanks!) Meet our team: Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs~Pinterest, Lindsay from Makely School For … [Read More...]

White and Navy Bedding

New Paint Color – Let the makeover begin!

Remember about a zillion years ago when I told you all I was helping my mom redo my parent's master bedroom? And then, you know, I went all radio silent about it? Well, today is the day!  Don't get too excited we aren't nearly finished, but we had a million setbacks in this room. And when I say … [Read More...]

Nautical Playroom decor

Nautical Playroom Pillows

This post is sponsored by but all ideas and honest opinions are my own. I've been hunting for the perfect throw pillows for the playroom for a while, well, and let's be honest when am I not on the hunt for the perfect throw pillow?  They are such a cheap and easy way to … [Read More...]


Pinterest Link up Party

Hey all!  It's time for our weekly Pinterest Link up party!  I loved seeing all your great projects last week and finding new pinners to follow on Pinterest. Meet our team: Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs~Pinterest, Lindsay from Makely School For Girls~Pinterest, Kelly from Lily Pad … [Read More...]

Painted Adirondack chairs and fire pit

Saving my outdoor furniture

Whew we had a busy weekend!  It was finally warm (hallelujah!) in Michigan which meant it was time to tackle some outdoor projects.  First on the list was our outdoor furniture.  We got this all from World Market about 3 years ago and when we bought it we were told we needed to seal it.  Sure no … [Read More...]


Pinterest Party Link Up

SO excited to bring all of you a super exciting Sunday Feature! I've teamed up with six other fab girls to host a weekly Pinterest Link Party! Meet our team: Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs~Pinterest, Lindsay from Makely School For Girls~Pinterest, Kelly from Lily Pad … [Read More...]


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