Lake House Decor - decorating with vintage finds

Decorating with Vintage Finds – Parcheesi anyone?

When I was a kid, we had this amazing sparkly gold speedboat - I mean sparkly like 80's glitter-fied, reflect the sun so bad that it blinded you and gave you 3rd degree burns if you touched it with your bare hand kind of sparkly...and it was awesome. As soon as my Dad and my uncle would get … [Read More...]


Friday Features

Hey all remember last week when I guest co-hosted the Inspiration Exchange link party?  I'm back today sharing a few of my fave projects and recipes that were linked up! I love this dresser redo, how happy is this color? Carissa Miss - IKEA Hack How cute are these colorful jars? Apparently I … [Read More...]

Anthropologie Wallpaper

Hung up on hanging wallpaper…

Do you ever come across something that you know just belongs in your life? Like you are out shopping for diapers and somehow a throw pillow ends up in your cart, (if you have been to Target you know what I'm saying here) because it just speaks to you from across the aisle?  And if you don't put it … [Read More...]


Linky Party

Hey all, I've got something kind of fun this week! I'm guest co-hosting the Inspiration Exchange Linky Party with some of my favorite bloggers!  They just switched their party up to once a month so it's going to be a great party for sure. Check out the amazing projects these girls have posted … [Read More...]

Board and Batten tips

5 Board and Batten Tips – my adventures with power tools and a giveaway

You guys, 2 things... #1 - I am now the proud owner of power tools!!! #2 - I'm still the proud owner of all my fingers! TADA! Yep, I'm pretty giddy about it still (the power tools, not all my fingers, although I'm very thankful to have all body parts still intact). You know I … [Read More...]

Ottoman styling tips

Coffee Table Style – living room sneak peek

I'm still waiting on my new tile for my fireplace, which means my living room redo is coming along in excruciating baby steps.  Let's just say patience is not my strong suit, since I typically decide I want to change out my tile and then just go get a sledge hammer with no plan in mind.... but … [Read More...]


Grilled BLT Pizza – Dust off that old grill for spring

Have you ever grilled pizza? It's so easy and so good!  We are finally up in the 40's this week, so it's time to break out the grill and celebrate, which made me realize what sad shape our poor grill was in. So, I thought I would first share how to clean your disgusting grill that hasn't been … [Read More...]

Spring Mantel

My Spring Mantel and a Linky Party!

You guys, I'm so sad.  Today was to be my big new fireplace mantel reveal, just in time for helping my friend Lucy from Craftberry Bush co-host the big Swing into Spring Mantel Linky Party with Courtney from French Country Cottage... I mean I knew it was cutting it close trying to re-tile my … [Read More...]


More Before and After Fun – Formal Living Room Decor

Hey I'm back at my in-laws home today, as promised!  Let's take the show and tell on to the formal living room!  Let's start with the before... This room had the same teal color scheme to go with the teal wallpaper in the formal dining room.  We again toned it down a notch, (or two) with this … [Read More...]

Formal dining room makeover

Before and After…at the in-laws

This week I'm bringing you something a little different, I'm still working on my living room, so I thought we would head over to my in-laws house for a before and after show and tell. My in-laws have lived in this house for about 13 years and were ready for a change. Here's the before of their … [Read More...]


Redecorating…like everything…

Guys I'm on some crazy redecorating kick and I just can't seem to stop.  My brain keeps bouncing from one project to the next, which it normally tends to do, except I haven't finished anything.  So now our whole house is sort of torn apart and nothing is done, but that's ok, or ok-ish... cuz I … [Read More...]

Coastal Bath Decor

Master Bathroom Decor

I may have to mark this day down on my calendar.  It's a momentus occasion, because I promised you all a week ago that I would be sharing some updates and changes in my master bathroom decor and - round of applause please...I'm actually doing it!  That's right I actually finished a project top to … [Read More...]


$300 Pottery Barn Giveaway

It's my birthday at the end of this month, and I'll be 29 for the 3rd year in a row, ahem... Which means soon I will have birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, which perfectly coincides with my little living room redo.  I know I'm leaving you all hanging with what color I chose and I … [Read More...]

Roast Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash with Cornbread Waffles

Chicken and Cornbread Waffles with Sweet Potato Hash

You guys, I love chicken and waffles, like LOVE.  One of my favorite restaurants in nearby Grand Rapids is The Green Well, and their version of chicken waffles is my favorite.  If you are local check it out, although go quick because they change their menu seasonally, so it will be gone … [Read More...]

Bathroom Wall Art

DIY Chalkboard Monogram Art

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'm updating our master bath a bit, and I can't wait to show you all the details! But not today (whaaamp, whaaaamp) I wish I could and it is 90% done except for a light fixture that I'm not so patiently waiting on.  So, as soon as my friendly UPS guy, who … [Read More...]


That time I needed drywall anchors and painted my living room instead…

Long time no post! I was here last week aaaaand now I'm here again le sigh, I know, I know, it's still pretty beautiful but it sure doesn't feel as pretty as it looks! Oh sunny mexico, how I miss thy beach chairs and fruity drinks complete with little umbrellas, and now I'm left … [Read More...]

Lake House Living Room

Lake House Decor – my mom’s sunny living room

I'm kind of in decorating limbo over at my house and in the process of rearranging things, getting a few new rugs and just generally sprucing up after all the Christmas shenanigans.  Which basically means my house is a total disaster and to escape it for the afternoon I headed to my mom's house down … [Read More...]

Sweet Potato Brussel Sprou Fries

Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Fries

I think I just heard all children everywhere screaming at the mere mention of brussel sprouts, and ok this recipe may not be for your pickiest of eaters, but I say what better way to make those tiny green vegetables tasty than to make them into Brussel Sprout Sweet Potato Fries? That's right … [Read More...]


Share the Love Giveaway – $600

Hey all! Valentine's Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than to share a little love with all of you! This one is so fun because you can win something for yourself and help spread some love to someone else too! One lucky winner (crossing my fingers for you!) will win … [Read More...]


Valentine Chalkboard

The Mr. probably makes it home only about 2 or 3 nights a week in time for dinner,  which is ok, because when he does he totally takes over bedtime duty while I clean up the kitchen (which may be code for drink a glass of wine and relax...).  I love listening to him and the kids rumbling around … [Read More...]


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