Modern Farm House Dining Room

The Project Farm

I know some of you are waiting patiently for the hallway bookcase reveal in our upstairs hall and I am too! I don't have the right kind of tool I need at the moment (which is totally frustrating) so I'm waiting on my uncle (who built our sunroom) to stop by and help me out.  While we all sit … [Read More...]

How to make faux plants look real

How to make a faux plant look real

You all know I love to decorate with real plants (see this post for proof), but I'll admit sometimes faux plants are just easier.  I don't know what it is about certain spots in my house, but it's like this crazy black hole vortex that sucks gorgeous green plants up and spits up shriveled brown ones … [Read More...]

Lake House Accessories

Joss and Main Spring Sale

Hey all, sorry for being MIA last week - my kiddos were on spring break and we all had a fun family getaway to Florida.  I'm back, relaxed, sunburnt, and drowning in laundry...BUT I'm so excited to share that my home tour is being featured over at Joss and Main again. If you are new to Joss … [Read More...]

Red painted Buffet

Red Buffet Table

I've always kind of had a thing for red. When I was 14 my parents were building our house (not their current one) and my mom let me pick everything out for my room myself...poor woman. I delightedly chose a color called Candied Apple for my walls (the name might have had something to do with it, … [Read More...]

Playroom Gallery Wall

Custom Family Portrait Giveaway

I've been working on my gallery wall in the playroom for a few weeks trying to revamp the whole thing to fit better with the changes I made in the playroom. You can check them all out here. It's still a bit of a hot mess work in progress, but I couldn't wait to show off the custom family portrait … [Read More...]

Leather Ottoman

New Rugs, Puppies, and why my FitBit is trying to kill me…

The Mr. got a Fitbit and has been driving me crazy talking about steps, and miles and calories blah blah blah. So, I did the only sane thing had him get me one too.  That way we can drive each other crazy :) plus I was convinced I could get more steps in a day just taking care of our munchkins than … [Read More...]


Sunroom/Living Room Stuff

Remember when I posted about my sunroom eleventy billion years ago? It was right before Christmas and I didn't take great shots because my Christmas decorations were up, and I love you all but I don't love you enough to take my entire Christmas tree down and do a photo shoot and then put it back up. … [Read More...]

21 free Easter and Spring Printables

Gardening Printables – 21 Free Printables

It's still snowing here in MI (insert grumpy eye roll and sighing here), but my blogging friends and I are pretending spring is actually on the way!  We are all sharing a free printable, plus showing them off in a vignette in our homes to get the spring decor wheels turning in your head. I … [Read More...]

Think Spring

FREE Think Spring Printable

I've been working on some fun free printables for a blog hop next week (stay tuned for some amazing printables from your favorite bloggers) and my brain won't stop bouncing around.  I have seriously made about 1000 and 1 different springy printables.  I think I narrowed it down to the ones I'm going … [Read More...]


Pineapple Tart

Does this not look like the fanciest desert ever? Yeah, it's also the easiest! It's my little riff on Ina Garten's Apple Tart.  I make the apple version all the time for dinner parties, because it's delicious, easy to make and looks like you went thru ton of effort.  A total fake out. I've … [Read More...]

Dining Room Wall Art

Dining Room Wall Art

So, I'm still working away on the DIY project I mentioned last week. I've hit a little road block in the fact that I need an extra set of arms.  Preferably really muscly arms, that can hold a really heavy metal pipe up for me, while I attach it to the ceiling. If you follow me on Instagram, then you … [Read More...]


About a Dog – Craziest story ever…

Back before my Buddy Cuddle days (our current dog) when I was fresh out of highschool and living on my own in an apartment for the first time, I decided I needed a vicious attack dog. Not just any viscous attack dog, but one that could also pass for a cat, because my building didn't allow dogs. … [Read More...]

DIY Watercolor wall art

DIY Watercolor Wall Art

If you read about "vomit gate" last week then you knew this post was coming! Finally my bedding has recovered from poor Buddy's  late night sickness and I'm ready to share my DIY Watercolor Wall Art. I'm not reinventing the wheel here, there have been lots of other bloggers who have  played … [Read More...]

Colorful Playroom

Colorful Playroom Decor and White Paint

Somehow over Christmas break when I was supposed to be taking a break from all things DIY and blogging I ended up overhauling the playroom.  While playing superheroes with little man I started looking around realizing the walls were dinged up and dingy and the playroom was screaming for some more … [Read More...]

Drugstore Skincare Products

Drug Store Skincare

When you all took the reader survey I was surprised at how many of you asked what my skincare routine was!  I've always been a low/high kind of girl in all aspects of life - mixing thrift store finds with Pottery Barn pillows and drugstore products with my must haves from Sephora. As far as my … [Read More...]

Decorative Plants

Decorating with Plants

I had planned on showing you some cute DIY wall art today that's hanging in our master bedroom...until I woke up this morning to the Mr. frantically yelling at me.  Which is not how I personally enjoy waking up at 6 am on a Wednesday. All I heard was "Eewwwwww, no, no, no, move! MOVE!" Imagine … [Read More...]

Basket Wall Decor

Rearranging the house and an announcement

I mentioned a few posts back that I've been busy rearranging the house.  This happens every year after the Christmas decor comes down, once the pine needles and inevitable broken ornaments are swept up, I'm ready for a fresh start.  Thanks to my mother in law, I had a HomeGoods gift card burning a … [Read More...]


Reader Survey – the Results!

Big thanks to all of you that took my little survey! I have to admit I was a little scaaaaared to see what you all would say, but you guys, you are SO my people!  Seriously, the feedback was amazing and the criticism was genuinely helpful. I thought you all might like to hear the results a bit and … [Read More...]

Fall Tour

Top 10 posts of 2014

Just in case you all thought I dropped off the face of the earth, (although if you follow me on instagram you know I've been playing in the sand with the kiddos) I assure you I'm still here! I've been taking a little extended blogging break - enjoying the holidays, vacation and just catching up on … [Read More...]


Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to pop in today to thank you all so much for taking the time last week to take my reader survey.  I got so many great responses, questions, ideas and general feedback from you all.  It's got me really excited about some fun ideas for 2015!  That said, I'm going to take a few weeks off to … [Read More...]


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