Backyard Patio Refresh!

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Now of course, I wish I had a before photo. And I always seem to say that! But here, I did find this one.  You can see the plain square edges of the patio without any life or softness around it!

Now how did this all begin.  Well folks, I took our one year old with me in the truck, and headed to Greenleaf Landscape supply.  I had no idea what I was going to get or how to even go about this big project, but you have to start somewhere right?!

Lucky for me I found some amazing help!  And if you’ve been wanting to do a big landscaping project, but don’t know where to begin, I HIGHLY recommend going to Greenleaf and talking to Anne!   I told her I wanted to do a flagstone walk way and that was about it!  I am so lucky to have met her and for her advice on how to go about the whole project.  (It was a little more complicated than I imagined!). But I am still so glad we did it, and that we did it right.

Okay, so what did I pick and how did we do it?

First off, there are mannnyyy different choices of flagstone (also I did not know this either!).  You can take a look at the Greenleaf’s website here to find all their selections available.  I ended up going with their Carmel Mint flagstone.  The photos do make it look purple, and more colorful that I was looking for, but in person I think it’s perfect!  I wanted a stone that wouldn’t chip easily, and that also looked irregular for a very natural looking walkway.

Now once we got these stones home, we had a lot of work to do!  First we shoveled off the sod and leveled the walk how we would like it.  Next we laid landscape fabric down and laid the stone how we would like them to look.  Then hubby brought over a load of sand to set the stone.  I will say Greenleaf suggested we use “chips and dust,” and if you are doing this I would listen to them!  We didn’t have chips and dust, and with a topper on our truck right now I couldn’t bring a bucket load home.  Plus we already have sand on this property so we thought we would give that a whirl.  (But do as I say, not as I do ;-P). The goal is to get these flat stone from moving as you walk on them.  So having them good and set is very important!  They hubby drove the tractor over them to push them down in the sand, and we also wet the sand to make it hard. (Again not sure if that was all right, just being honest in what we did!). The next day bought just a few bags of pea stone from a local store and sprinkled them between the stones.

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And their you have it!  The walk way is done!

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Now onto the plants!  My sweet friend and neighbor with Contained Gardens helped me design this little area.  I purchased the number of plants I needed with her, and kept it simple, low maintenance, and most importantly- budget friendly! I know I also reached out to my friends on social media for input on what plants to get.  And you know you guys were completely 50/50!  I ended up going with hydrangeas invincible wee whites. Which grow to 1-2.5 feet tall.  They are a dwarf Annabelle (the classic white hardy hydrangea), and I love them lining the walkway!  Next, I chose boxwood to line the patio.  I love how they stay green year round, and how I can pick small springs for the holidays! And did I mention, BOTH should be completely no maintenance?!  HAPPY DANCE!

As always, thank you for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions!

My Boy’s

Hey you guys!  Father’s Day is just around the corner, and I wanted to quickly share with you all a beautiful gift idea I did to surprise my husband this year.

My sweet friend Amy Carroll blew me away with this photos she captured just a few weeks ago despite the most unhappy two boys I’ve seen in a while.  And by unhappy, I mean total crabby butts if you know what I mean.

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I can’t get over my three boys sitting here on the barn Doug built last summer.  Talk about a full heart <3.

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I mean look, I told you they were crabby!  Insert baby Gus screaming here. (and insert eye rolling emoji here too please).  Good thing dad’s can ignore screaming so well ;-P.

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This barn behind Doug and the boys in the last few photos was once a red pole barn.  This summer he is taking the time to redo this one and make it a boys retreat for years to come or memories they will make :). And hopefully building momma cute things in here too ;-P!

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I spy one pretty cute dimple there Gus Gus!

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Woodrow finally warmed up after a drive to the farm.  The barn behind him was my grandfather, Auburn Olin’s, now owned by my Uncle Doug.   I am so happy to still see it in the family, and I hope someday to capture my Auburn right here too :).

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I worked together with Artifact Uprising and they are offering 15% off to my followers! Hooray!  Use code MF15 to get your last minute gift idea for either you or him!

Schoolhouse Living Home Tour

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I love adding a little of spring/summer to the home with little touches throughout. I try keeping a clean, minimalist design with a timeless feel to our home with minor changes to make a dramatic change I crave.  And a few years ago I began my love for Schoolhouse.   I knew I wanted a few heirloom pieces for our home, and now I am happy to share the few pieces I’ve added!  I would like to take you all through a small tour of our home while pointing out a few decisions in our design, and a few products I love!

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Welcome to our mudroom.  This was the dinning room when we bought the home, but if there was thing I knew I wanted, it was a family.  And well, a mudroom.  With three boys living here now three years later, I must say- this was the best decision EVER.

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Looking to the right you see our kitchen! Just over a year ago we remodeled this part of the home.  It was one of the last projects, and well worth the wait!

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While standing in the kitchen and mudroom, just to the east is our dining room.  This room was at one time another living space, but opening up this wall and exposing this chimney buried behind closet and the laundry was another one of the best decisions we decisions we made! (And yes the laundry room was in the kitchen…YUCK!)  We also moved the stairwell to the middle of the home shown above, and opened that doorway even more to give an open feel.  I love coming down in the morning to the kitchen/dining area, and how the heat rises in the winter from our wood burning stove in this room.

 

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I just want to take a second to point out this light from Schoolhouse.  The base is a Newbury 4in, and the shade is made on banks of the Monongahela River in West Virginia. Each one is individually hand-blown in antique cast-iron moulds using traditional methods over 150 years old.  Insert all the heart eyes emoji when I found this light!

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This clock is the Kennedy clock in brass with a white face.  The quality of this clock you can feel and see with your own eyes and hands that no photo can portray.  I am in love with its timeless look and classic design that will never go out of style.

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Meet Jack. I fell in love with this chair months and months ago.  I tossed and turned thinking over and over if this chair would be one I loved for years and years to come.  I’ve never spent so many hard earned dollars on a chair in my life.  I posted on my Instagram stories my love for this chair, a fellow follower wrote me.  She said this is something your children will remember.  When they look back at their childhood and home, they will remember moms chair and never forget it.

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Just to the top of the stairs you’ll find my grandmother’s dresser.  When we designed the upstairs I planned this tiny little space just for this!

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We also turned the tiny three bedrooms upstairs into one large bedroom (our master pictured below), a small bathroom, and one other smaller bedroom.

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I wanted our bedroom to be a retreat.  I just added this coverlet to provide that extra weight without too much warmth for those spring/summer/fall months.  This is the Popcorn Grid Coverlet that is a new release to the Schoolhouse spring collection.  It is made using traditional techniques by a family-owned textile factory in New England with over a century of popcorn chenille weaving expertise.  I love the story behind the products I chose and hope you do too 🙂

I am SO thankful my sweet friend Jenna with Jenna Borst Photography came out with her talents to bring you this!   It may have taken me a day and a half to just pick up this place and six loads of laundry, but it was worth it!

And lastly, if you would love to read more about me and our story, I am honored to be featured on Schoolhouse Living.  You can read more here.

 

Have a wonderful day, and thank you as always for stopping by!

 

Fan-tastic

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Hi you guys

I am so excited to finally share the playroom makeover, AND our new ceiling fan!  I can not tell you how much it changes a room having a ceiling fan updated!  I am SO impressed with Hunter Fan Company and their new designs.

I chose the Cranbook in gloss black with the walnut blades face down.  I have to be honest it was a close call between a few, but I love this simple classic design, and mood lighting.  I call it “mood” lighting because the light gives a simple glow.  We have skylights and many windows in this room, but in the evening the gentle glow is perfect for movie time!

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Let me know if you have any questions, and as always, thank you for stopping by!

The Sofa Makeover

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Hind site is always 20/20 I tell you what.  I am so disappointed in myself for not taking a before photo of our old IKEA sofa to really show you a good before and after.  But just picture a very very ugly and dirty cover from two kids, a dog, and a husband ;-P.  Well, I am so happy to show you our new slip cover from Bemz!

If you haven’t heard of Bemz, they made custom slip covers for IKEA furniture. Whether it be a chair, sofa, bed, pillows, dinning chairs, you name it- they make it!

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After our first Bemz slip cover for our Farlov sofa, I was hooked.  It has been over a year and I am still obsessed with it!  It has held up amazing with kids/hubby/dog, and I am more than pleased.  I will say I do TRY to keep some ground rules which has helped.  Like washing your hands after dinner, and no food on the couch, but it sure has had it’s unexpected stains, and has washed up well!

Okay, back to this sofa.  This is the Erktorp sofa from IKEA.  Its cheap.  But cheap fit the bill with a new born baby, and a toddler still in diapers.  But, it’s been three years, and I couldn’t be more ready for this beautiful slip cover. I told my husband it made the couch more comfortable now.  He may have laughed at the idea, but come on?!  It’s so cute- I think I just felt more comfortable sitting there ;-P.  And, I still cringe thinking of getting it’s first stain.  I know, its inevitable with a family, and I’ve been known to spill my coffee a time or two, but hey, that’s what slip covers and a washing machine is for right?!

And just to let you know what I chose, this is the linen cover called Brera Lino Graphite in a loose country fit.  I love all the wrinkles linen brings, and the relaxed fit for a comfortable and airy playroom 🙂

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And just a little surprise- Bemz wants to offer YOU 15% off with code 15whitefarmhouse. Code valid until June 20, 2018.  Have fun shopping!

 

The Bedroom Refresh

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This post is made in partnership with Therapedic International and Agility Bed Inc.

I am so happy to finally show you the bedroom refresh you guys!  This has been a long time coming.  From our old mattress that made me roll into the middle, to the lack of sleep because of feeling SO uncomfortable, the time had come!

With our first mattress, we only had about three years of sleep before both his side and mine had big divots, and we both were struggling to find comfort on a side hill as it felt!

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We really couldn’t be more happy with our Agility mattress. My husband and I genuinely look forward to going to bed each night.  It’s that comfortable.  I have even started dreaming again and wake up feeling like I found the sleep I’ve been missing for years.  I’m talking drool down the pillow, out like a light, sound blissful sleep I didn’t know existed.  I’m a side sleeper, so support for my hips and shoulders is critical. This mattress allows heavier pressure points to sink appropriately making my whole body feel cradled, and even my hard working husband stated he feels this mattress helps with his aces and pains from hard physical labor.  We topped it off with this stain repellant mattress pad that came with a 10 yr warranty, and these TruCool Side Sleeper Pillows that keeps you cool all night long (insert all the praise hands!).

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I also want to show you a few details and sources with this bedroom.  Many have asked about our sheets! I went with white wrinkle free 450-Thread Count Sheets by Therapedic. I can not begin to tell you how good it feels slipping into bed at night! I know that last photo doesn’t do them justice, and I really should have thrown them in the dryer before putting them on just to get the packaging creases out, but I have two kids (1 and 3 yrs old) sooooo yeah.. that didn’t happen! Opps!

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The floral print on top is actually a duvet from IKEA!  The coverlet is from the Schoolhouse spring collection, and the Eurpo pillows are from Anthropologie years ago.

The gorgeous handmade pillow in the center of the bed is from one of my all time favorite easy shops The Modern Farmhouse Co.  I will be hosting a giveaway on my Instagram account this coming week, so stay tuned!

The bed I haven’t mentioned much even though we have had it for a few months because I am not so sure I should have bought it.  I purchased it from Ballard Design (which I do not recommend and had troubles with their customer service), and I am not so sure the quality matches the price tag if you know what I mean.

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The mantel was built by my friend’s husband a few year back, and the night stand was my grandparent’s passed down to me.

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These curtains I shared a few sneak peaks in my stories on Instagram.  They are by another one of my favorite Etsy shops called Not Perfect Linen. They are a family owned business who avoid programmed machines or other non-human help and try to use as much human input in the whole process as possible in order we could not only provide you with truly handmade item but also hire more seamstress who could honorably earn for a living.  It really doesn’t get any better than that 🙂

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I hope this post answers a few questions you may have had, and I hope you will consider a Therapedic Agility Bed Mattress and Therapedic accessories when its time for you to invest in good rest!

Let me know if I missed anything, and leave me any questions you have!  Thank you as always for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

 

Ratio Coffee

**All photos taken by my sweet friend Jenna with Jenna Borst Photograhy.

I am SO excited to finally share our coffee maker that many of you have inquired about!  This coffee maker is from Ratio Coffee, and I wanted to share a little more of why we chose it!

jennaborstphotography-4254To start, let me say we have gone through a coffee maker a year just about.  I know, it sickening! I felt so down about the lack of quality in machines these days.  At then I found Ratio Coffee.  They brought back high quality products with a five year warranty you just can’t beat.  Their machines a made out of precision die cast aluminum with a stainless steel head, real wood, and a glass carafe.  I chose white powder coat with walnut to tie in the kitchen and the beams in one.

Not only is this coffee maker beautiful, but it is assembled in Portland, Oregon, and I love its pour over design.

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I guess I don’t have much more to say, than that I love. It’s amazing. And you need one ;-P

Thank you again for stopping by! And as always feel free to leave me questions!

 

Birdling Bag Love

This blog post is in partnership with Birdling Bags.

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Well you guys, this title says it all.  My new found love for Birdling Bags, and I wanted to take a second to share some photos of this bag I love!

They also asked me to answer a few questions so here it goes!

1. A little bit about your background.  
I grew up on a beef farm and married the boy next door who also grew up on a cattle farm.  Now we have two boys in live in his grandparents farmhouse between his family farm and my families. Yikes!
2. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.  Besides all this decor/homestuff and motherhood I share, I am actually an RN, BSN! And this photo below is of me dreaming of a vacation sooooooooooooonnnnnnn ;-P
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3. What’s in your Birdling? What are the essentials you can’t leave home without?
Currently, nothing because with a 1 and 3 year old we haven’t traveled in a bit! But I chose the weekender for its size for camping this summer with the boys! With camping I would say I can’t leave without a toothbrush, clean underwear and socks! (So boring, I know… :-P)
4. What do you love most about your Birdling?
I love the thick canvas that seems sturdy and easy to clean!
5. What’s one thing you do to stay more organized and sane in everyday life? 
Well, funny thing is I am totally NOT organized.  So maybe I should ask you all this question and get some pointers…!
 
6. How do you manage to stay organized with kids?
Well, again, I am SO not organized!  But I love all the compartments on this bag. I know it will help me find things without spending minutes digging for whatever I need is always in the bottom of the bag right?!
7. If you could drop everything and travel today, where would you go? Who would you bring? 
Yosemite national park, hands down.  I love the wilderness and couldn’t imagine a more beautiful and educational trip.  I dream to see the Red Wood Forest.  I want to learn all the different species of wildlife and put my hands around one of their HUGE 
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8. What’s your most funny, terrible or memorable travel moment?  
Well, sadly I haven’t traveled much, and this question is hard for me to answer… But I have traveled the Oregon Trail. I was around 6 years old and traveled with my family and uncle.  We spent two weeks traveling by horse and buggy, camping along the way and bathing in the river.  The most terrifying memory I have was on that trip.  During the midst of our stay, I was horse back riding on one of my uncles horses.  The horse got spooked while I was sitting on it, and it is still to this day one of the most terrifying experience.   I remember it bucked, but I held on.  Then the next thing I knew it was running as fast as he could down the trail.  The saddle had turned and I was riding bare back holding onto his mane.  I looked back to see everyone we left behind getting smaller and smaller.  A few others on the trip were racing their horses after mine, desperately trying to catch up.  Finally the horse stopped and bucked me off after a man saw us coming and stood in the middle of the road waving his arms stopping him in his tracks. Good thing that man was out for a walk, and good thing he was brave enough to stand in the horses’ path! 

A little Spring Cleaning

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Hey you guys, I have a confession.  Every time the sun shines, I see more dust and dirt than I ever thought a house could and should have.  There I said.  I never said I was a good house keeper did I?!  ;-P.

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If you’ve read my post about Grove, so sorry here I am writing another one (insert eye rolling emoji here).  BUT I really love Grove collaborative, so I wanted to write another one for new followers 🙂 AND if you’ve signed up before you still can get free walnut scrubbers by clicking here.

This time I wanted to share a few of my favorites before discussed the free offer because seriously, Grove has changed not only how I clean by using natural products and decreasing waste, but also having FREE shipping to the home with two little’s is a LIFE SAVER.  With the FREE offer for those who sign up this week will receive their choice of Mrs. Meyer’s Day hand soap, dish soap, multi-surface spray, AND this gorgeous pink linen apron!

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Now, there is a 20$ minimum.  So here are my favorites- microfiber cloth, the replaceable head scrub brush,  and their all purpose cleaner concentrate just to name a few!

My goal for 2018 was to decrease on waste.  From meal planning to decreasing wasted food, to buying in bulk and stop using throw away items such as paper plates/towels, etc.  I have used Grove to help me with this by using their microfiber all purpose cloth in place of paper towels. They not only decrease paper waste, but also do a better job cleaning! mWin, win!  Each and every change can make an impact on this world and I can’t believe its taking me this long to figure that out!

 

Now one more time lets repeat, this week only Grove is offering Meyer’s day hand soap, dish soap, AND this adorable linen apron!  Click HERE for your free offer!  I love Meyer’s soap because Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Hand Soap contains a special recipe of aloe vera gel, olive oil and a unique blend of essential oils to create a hard working, non-drying, yet softening cleaner for busy hands.  Paraben free, and made in the USA.

Now I love Grove for soooo many reasons.  But you just can’t beat the low prices with free monthly deliveries on orders with a 20$ minimum.  Plus I love love love all the natural products they provide from beauty products for myself, to baby products and more :).

Thank you all for stopping by and if you just now signed up for Grove Collaborative, get ready to get excited for you FREE offer!

Farmhouse Pottery

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Hi you guys!  Today I am excited to annoucne I have teamed Farmhouse Pottery!  I have been obessed with their handmade products for years, and they want to give one of my followers a maple syrup and small bell pitcher! How exciting right?!  (Well, at least I am excited ;P)

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To enter the giveaway, please check out my Instagram page and look for a photo with the small bell and maple syrup.  Like the photo, follow myself and @FarmhousePottery, and tag a friend who would like one too!  That’s it! Giveaway 3/11-3/17.  Good luck to everyone!

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