I wanted to post a little bit about this area and our new addition with this Drachmann bench made by Skagerak. Skagerak focuses on sustainable, minimal, and timeless designs.
I have had a few pieces of outdoor furniture over the years, but none have lasted more years than I can count on one hand. I was therefore honored when the opportunity to collaborate came along as the Drachmann series, which consists of tables and chairs as well, is turning 40 this year.
I have had my eye on Skagerak furniture for the past few years now as I stumbled on them amongst my searches for a more sustainable outdoor furniture that will last for decades to come. I love that with their teak furniture you can leave it outside through all seasons and can always freshen up with a light sand and adding Skagerak’s natural oil!
I photographed this bench in multiple areas to see what would fit best and to utilize this space most. My plan has always been to slowly make this little area of the property peaceful and inviting. The Drachmann bench is the perfect addition I had been looking for. My boys can’t wait to pull it up next to a little fire and take a seat while roasting s’more’s. I can’t wait to enjoy it for many more seasons to come.
I can’t believe the time has come to finish the last room of our home! It has been almost a decade slowly picking away at all that needed done in this old farmhouse, and the time has finally come to where we can finish the last bedroom in the house!
We played musical rooms the past two years as we added on a two story addition with an extra bedroom for our growing family. Our once two bedroom farmhouse because a three bedroom, and the extra space with two little boys has been such a blessing.
The bedroom I am about to show you was once the nursery and then a big boy room which turned into a bedroom for two! I had a full size bed the boys shared the last few years while we hemmed and hawed about adding on to this home.
I am honored to say we partnered with The Home Depot to finish this cozy space! We played musical bedrooms once again, and this room will now be our guest bedroom!
Now for the how-to’s you know I love to share. Head over to The Home Depot to see the full blog post including a few of my most asked questions and a little how-to on things you see in this room!
It has taken a year to finally feel like our bedroom might be complete. I have tried to be much more intentional with our furnishings in our home. I think about the different options I can do with a space for weeks, if not months, before finally pulling the trigger. The want versus need is becoming more clear to me with every year that passes. I want our home to feel warm and welcoming, but also thoughtful and practical. As my husband has reminded me many times before, musical furniture isn’t the most easy thing. And even though it can grant instant gratification with a refresh to a space, there is something more fulfilling about being content. This leads me to our bedroom. I have always loved Six Penny for their products are quality made and the slip covers are beautiful. After having slip covered furniture, I am not sure I will ever own otherwise. With two boys and a farm, there is not much more satisfying than washing a dirty slip cover and having it come out looking brand new. I have two Gabriel chairs that I have washed several times over the past two years as they get lots of use!
What I love about the Amelia chair is that it is a larger size chair. It is larger enough to curl up on, or can even fit two! This is the perfect spot for the boys to curl up on my lap and read a book before bed, or just for me for some late night reading.
Thank you as always for stopping by, and please leave any questions or comments you might have!
Well guys, I think it’s finally time to share the top four reasons I love vintage rugs! I spoke with my friend Kim Gunther who has the most beautiful rug shop Woven Abode to give you guys all the tips!
1. Vintage rugs are better for the environment. Someone once told me “vintage rugs are made of iron.” Meaning they wear so well if treated properly you can have a rug for generations as opposed to modern rugs that are thrown out in a year or two!
2. They are handmade!! Can you believe that?! What talent! Not by machines like rugs are now made.
3. Heirloom quality. Now that you know these pieces are hand crafted, the imperfections only make them more beautiful. I tend to love the 100% wool vintage rugs because as I mentioned before they are wear better with age. Sun light and wear may cause a rug to lighten or fade, but for me that is what I love most about these rugs!
4. One of a kind. Yes, you heard me right! You will be the only one with that specific rug. How special is that?! I fell in love with the pattern, slight wear and earth tone colors of this rug. I tend to pick a rug over its colors and pattern over going for the perfect size.
And for one last tip to make your vintage rug last, be sure to turn off the beater option for your vacuum. That can cause lots of damage to your new to you beautiful vintage rug!
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be sharing the semi finished living room! We have been without a sofa and a place to lounge for months as we embarked this very large undertaking of adding on seven hundred sq feet.
I took this photo last summer and it shows you from the outside of the home.
The one thing I love most about this room are the views. What I love most in homes are being able to look out and see all that surrounds us. I can’t wait to watch the seasons change while we lounge in the comfort of our home.
I know this room is still so bare, but I want to be intentional about what we add. It’s taken us so long to get this far, the rest will soon follow as I add comfort into the final design for everyone to enjoy.
Now for the biggest surprise of all. Our sofas are from IKEA! They are the Farlov sofa three seater and I had them delivered to our home by the best- James! He let me know they could be purchased without a cover as I planned to order an upgrade from Bemz. Did you know they are old $450 without a cover?!!
James delivers and puts together everything ikea. If you’re in Michigan I would highly recommend him! His email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get a quote!
I have been a fan of Bemz for years now and I knew I wanted their quality cover to make these sofas beautiful. I am honored to be one of the first to try their new line called “The Minimalist.” The design is absolutely beautiful and better than I could have ever imagined!
The difference with this cover is that it is one piece that goes over the entire sofa. The back has extra padding and tucks behind the seat cushion giving it a clean minimalist look!
For fabric, I chose 100% linen in the color pebble. I love the warmth and texture this fabric adds to the room and couldn’t be happier with its final look!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Feel free to comment with any questions you may have. I am always happy to help!
I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Amy Carroll and her adorable son Mayer. As the boys played, she took photos of our new renovations. I am blessed for her friendship and talents as I will cherish these photos and our time together for a lifetime.
I found this light on Etsy a year ago, and have been storing it every since dreaming of this for someday. I can’t believe that someday is finally here.
Curtains are from Wovn home and I couldn’t imagine this room without them. We chose room darkening and have never slept this good before. Doug and I are both big fans of Wovn Home and will be adding similar curtains to these in the living room. Someday.
Thank you Amy and Mayer for spending your morning with us! And thank you all for stopping by! I hope you find inspiration here for your home, and leave me any questions you have!
It’s been a long haul after fixing the foundation and adding an addition in 2020. Last winter we finally began tackling the upstairs bathroom that was opened up to connect to the new addition months ago. When we added on the eighteen feet by eighteen feet two story addition, we had to remove a window from the bathroom to gain the second story. We drew plans to make the bathroom larger by making it just large enough have a window back. We decided on room spacing by adding walls around window placement. From the exterior all windows are the same size and space apart. For me, this triumphed all.
The mirror was in the home when we purchased it from my husband’s grandparents. We used stripper to remove the previous finish and used a water base poly. It was an anniversary gift I know his grandmother treasured for years and I plan to do the same ♥️.
The counter is soapstone. We have it in the kitchen and after years of loving it, I couldn’t imagine using anything else. Soapstone is a natural stone. Each stone unique in its own way. This stone I found as a remnant from a commercial company called Yellowstone. They do not often sell to residents, but I am so glad I found them and they were able to work with us. The sink and stone I purchased from them for less than $450.
Now, the faucet was a splurge. This faucet is from Kohler. You can find the link here. The finish is polished nickel per my good friend Grace Start’s advise! She certainly has an eye for design and I am constantly inspired by her home. You can follow her along here!
The cabinet is from Stoffer Home Cabinetry and I could not be more happy with the craftsmanship of the build and the quality of the finish. This vanity is specifically from the Highgate collection color Bromley Taupe.
For the lighting, I wanted to keep it classic. To me, nothing says classic farmhouse like black and white. The sconces are just what I envisioned. They are from Schoolhouse. I will link them here.
The tile is one of my favorite aspects of the bathroom. It is from Mosaictilesupplies. I found them after much looking in store and online. I am so pleased with the quality of the tiles and how they bring such a historic aspect to this bathroom! I chose an unglazed porcelain hexagon in an off-white.
For the tub surround, I have to give Douglas (my husband) full credit for this one! We left the tub and toilet in their original locations to not only save time, but money. We both thought long and hard about this. Of course I had dreams of a claw foot tub for years and thought “it’s now or never.” And that choice was not an easy one to make! But after adding on to the home and with an endless list of projects left to do, this area had to do. Doug added doors to the open shelves and crown molding around the tub surround to turn this space from plain Jane to breathtaking in my eyes!
The walls are alabaster by sherwin Williams, and the trim color is custom matched to the cabinet mentioned above!
Thank you all for being here and following along on our journey! I hope you find inspiration for your home and ask me any questions you have!
Here it is. Finally after a year of working hard to fix the foundation of the old house that spiraled into adding on a two story addition- all so the boys could have a room!
This room was our old bedroom. Before the addition they shared a full size bed in an eight foot by nine and a half foot bedroom. To say we were all so excited for a little more space is an understatement!
After taking out the laminate Doug installed white oak floors to match the rest of the home. We used laminate years ago, and it was always my one regret that we didn’t use hardwoods. The oak floors not only gave this room an original charm, but they added strength too.
Next, he added a much needed closet! We debated adding a closet years ago, but also wanted to live in the space before adding something so permanent. I can’t believe we waited this long!
I found this door on Facebook marketplace and couldn’t wait to add it to this room! Many ask why our doors to not match, but when we bought the home it had hollow core doors most likely from the 70’s. One way I always dreamed we could add charm back to the home was with trim and doors. Back many years ago when we first started remodeling, we used solid pine doors stained as the most economical way to achieve some charm. I wrote a blog post about these doors that you can read here.
Over the last year as we started renovating again for various reasons, Doug was open to trying our hand at refinishing and framing old doors. Something I have always dream of and I couldn’t be more in love.
First we used striper to remove the old finish. Then I used a primer for wood followed by a wood paint.
The trim we added is a very tall Victorian base we special ordered from a local mill and the trim around the windows Doug made while trying to resemble an old farmhouse the best we could.
I absolutely love the quality of the hardware from Nostalgic Warehouse. It truly is the icing on the cake!
One thing I love about the closet, is the way Doug used these corbels to hold the rods! He drilled out the middle circle and they were the perfect diameter!
He repurposed the attic door by adding beadboard to the front and new trim on the door face. Otherwise paint goes a long ways!
I found these matching beds on Facebook. I had been so excited when I bought them as they were listed “twin beds,” but I quickly realized once home that they were in deed not twin in size. I believe these are called a super single, but I have twin sheets tucked in and everything seems to have worked out just fine.
Thank you all for stopping by and I hope you loved reading more about the love we pour into this space!
Curtains. By golly I never knew there could be so many choices from rod color, to fit, to fabric choices ranging in material to colors. Oh. my.
To begin, I cut to the chase and order samples. I can never truly make up my mind with assuredness until I’ve held samples in my hand and looked at them in the room in natural light and room lighting.
Of course, I fell in love with the neutrals. I tend to always gravitate to a natural, ivory, or a flax as opposed to a bright or optic white for any space. Never say never, but I almost never choose white white. I love the warmth off whites and creams make when used together.
Finally, after days (if not weeks!) of imaging the finished room, I narrowed it down to either black rods with Ivory linen, or brass rods with Flax linen.
Okay, enough about color right? For our bedroom I am going to let you in on a little secret- I choose Ivory in 100% linen!! Our trim color is so stinking close to this fabric I am in love! Once hung, I know the drapes will make the windows feel as though they are twice as large and add warmth to the space all in one.
Now for the rods. My goodness this part can be twice as difficult sometimes! I used Wovn Home’s fit finder and it was spot on. It helped me find how far beyond and above the window the rods should hang to get the look I have been dreaming about! My dad always said this line that now Doug loves to remind me also “you know what you want, but you don’t know how to get there.” LOL. That is me in a nut shell. Really.
Thank you all for stopping by! I sure hope this helps some of you in your homes! I can’t wait to share more when they arrive!
Hello! Thank you for being here! Today I wanted to share a quick makeover I did with our five year old IKEA Farlov sofa with Bemz!
I have been a long time fan of Bemz. They make slip covers for IKEA furniture. That means, yes, they are washable!! And my favorite part is getting samples to pick a fabric for our home.
Aren’t they all just so beautiful?!
After having an almost white sofa for years, I am so happy I choose “pebble” by the designer guild for our sofa. With two boys, a fixer upper, and living on a farm, the days of a white sofa are over for me. For now at least 😝.
I am a sucker for linen. I love the texture plus durability, oh and the wrinkles 😍.
I am also pleased to announce Bemz Design is offering 20% off to my followers from now until March 11! Use code 20morgan.
Once again, thank you all for being here! Please let me know if you have any questions!