The Boys Room

With Auburn we decided not to find out what we were having, so everything was grey grey grey.  Annddd I was convinced I was having a girl..  I had a white ruffle crib skirt and a few “girlie” items that we just lived with the last year.  But now with another on the way and a BOY, I am so excited to finally give this room a makeover well deserved.

I know the thing to do is a themed room, but that’s just not me.  Plus we are sooo tight on space, simplicity and minimalism is a must for this mommas sanity.

I am so happy to show you all the finished look with this 8×10 room.  Did I mention its tiny?!?

The hubby built these built in shelves to help utilize space.  We talked back and forth about making cubbies and a rod to hang clothes, but when I think about what really needs hung for these two boys, I couldn’t think of much!  I love that each boy can have a shelf with crates organizing each item.  Onesies, pants, shirts, sweaters, you name it!  I love that everything is easy to see and it is SO much easier to find things than shifting through drawers 🙂

Thank you hubby!

The top shelf is a little bare.  But I am thinking diapers may need to go up there.  Two in diapers this fall… wish us luck!  The crates are from IKEA along with the curtains. The came natural and we used a Minwax stain called Early American.  I am usually all about Provincial, but Doug wanted to use a penetrating stain and this is what we had on hand.  I think it matches?!  Just don’t look too close ;P  

I just couldn’t decided to have curtains or not, but love how they soften the room, and I can hide the clutter when needed. (Which will be often when the baby arrives!)

The photos across the second shelf just came off the wall of my grandmothers basement. My grandpa framed them of photos from the West that he loved.  He was a cowboy at heart and I love that I can incorporate a little of him in this room.  He passed away four years ago to pancreatic cancer at 65 years to young.  And not a days goes by that I still don’t miss him.

The rug you may have noticed I have in just about every room in the house. Okay not really, I only own two but I move them often for fun.  I LOVE IT.   I already told this story, but if you missed it- A few weeks ago when this rug first arrived, Auburn ran out of the tub streaking. He ran over here and peed on it just minutes after I laid it down to see how it fit the room.  That little stinker!  But no worries friends.  It just ran off and I soaked it up with a towel and you’d never know!  Here is a link to this cowhide from from RugsUSA.

The night stand is an old crate from a barn sale and even thought the photo makes it look like its leaning. Its not. Must be my bad photo taking 😛


The blanket is from Pendleton and even though it is throw size and not crib size, I love that we can wrap it around us on the chair reading books or lay with it on the floor as Auburn plays with his toys.  Winter will be here before we know and I can promise that!

This space may seem so small, but Auburn grabs a book before bed and nestles in my lap. I’m sure he doesn’t mind 🙂

The stuffed buffalo is from my brother for Auburns first birthday.  He moved away to Montana and had it shipped just in time.  Auburn has only met him once or twice now being so far, but this buffalo is close to my heart.

This chair it from Modernica and I love that I can move it everywhere.  I went with a white shell and walnut legs to match the wood in the room.  But really you can’t go wrong with any of their stuff!  And the pillow is Mudcloth.  I found this cute little store on etsy called SonoranSupplyCo.  These pillows are handmade from a Malian cotton fabric dyed with fermented mud.  Crazy right?!

The barn my mother found at a local barn sale and I knew Auburn would love it.  His favorite thing at the moment is tractors and every night he parks this one in the barn and shuts the door. I love that we keep a few things in this room for him to look forward to and wind down at night.

The light I chose is from Barn Light Electric.   I have schoolhouse lights throughout the house and wanted to carry the same look, but still have something simple and trendy 🙂  This light is here.

The sacs are from Urbanasacs and made here in the USA.  Plus they are made out of recyclable materials and are 100% washable!  I have some I use in the kitchen and fell in love so here they are again!

Well I can’t thank you all enough for stopping by.  I do hope this room brings you inspiration in either decorating or organizing friends!


The Window Dilemma

I posted a few photos on Instagram about my window dilemma and am SO happy to show you all my final decision.  I had a tough choice on what to do with our farmhouse trim and low ceilings.  I needed window coverage for privacy, but to let every drop of light in possible during the day!

This is how I found Select Blinds!

A few friends suggested woven blinds to fix my needs and I am SO excited to show you mine!  It took many days of taping samples to the windows and asking the world their opinion.  Someone had suggested they loved the texture in the woven shades with the rope weave and I couldn’t agree more.  I was so worried about the bamboo wood and clashing with all the wood in the home.  I am so happy with the texture this blind brings and without fighting the beams, staircase and more.

Here was what I had to pick from.  Oh my right?!

These were my three finalists-

I have to be honest.  I didn’t realize the blind on the left was in a more expensive category, so I ruled that one out first 😉

Then there was two.  I loved the colors in the wood with the blind on the right, but the texture in that middle one blew me away.   If you are looking for privacy I certainly would recommend a liner.  But we don’t have neighbors close and only wanted something to give us some privacy as cars drive by.

One thing quick I have to say about Select Blinds is their quality.  I had purchased the ones at Home Depot and Lowe’s, but they didn’t quite work out and I am so glad they didn’t.  When I opened the first blind, I could feel its weight and quality in my hands.  And after the hubby installed them last night, we looked at each like “now how do these work?”  We both had only ever used the type with the string, which mind you is SO dangerous with little kids!  My friend just the other day told me that her toddler was playing with the cord and as the blind when up it choked her!  She said she had been sitting right there thank goodness, but could you imagine if she hadn’t?!  I never would have considered this until another mom brought it to my attention.  Select Blinds prides themselves with safety first and all blinds being cordless.  With that being said, they have a monthly contest where they give away a whole home or daycare full or cordless blinds!  To enter click here. Well, back to our blinds.. 🙂   We figured them out in no time.  You just lift it up and it stays just were you lift them to!  No way right?!  Magic!

And here they are.  I chose the Premier Bamboo Shade color Kousa.  This was such a hard decision because they had so many wonderful choices, but I have so happy with this choice.  Oh and I think they are 40% off right now!  Oh my!

I came home from work early last night and begged my husband to hang them.  We are both sick with a nasty virus and I recall him saying he was sick and not me because he is “dying.”  Then as him and I both coughed he said “stop copying me, you’re just pretending.”   I think he suffers from whoositis.  But thats just me 😉

And I love all the natural light they let in!  And just one more thing.   These are mudcloth pillows handmade in Utah by a talented friend.  Check them out at Sonoran Supply Co.!

And just to let you know, I have an obsession with cow hide rugs!  I want one for every room, but my BFF Rachel told me no.  She said I need to “switch things up.”  I don’t know if I’m going to listen to her….!

This is from Rugs USA and they are having 20% off sale right now!  All good finds today right friends?!

Thank you all so much for stopping by!  Feel free to let me know your thoughts or ask any questions!  Happy Saturday!


How to Style Open Shelving

Hi friends!  There are so many times I think, I should write about this or that, but always fall short of actually writing it! But thank you all for checking this out and I hope this helps a little 🙂

Some have said styling open shelving is so hard for them and I never really took the time to think about what I do.  I just play around with decor in my own little word without much thought to what I am doing.  But after hearing a few say they struggle, I am trying to think a little more about what it is I do.  The first thing that comes to mind is what my mother always said when decorating.  “Put like items together.”  Whether they are dishes or cups and mugs, your open shelf should at the least “make sense.”

Another factor in putting like items together is color.  If you have a certain color you adore or accent with in the home, put it on a shelf next to one another instead of having random pieces all over.

Another tip is balance.  If you have something tall on one end, you should have something similar is height and size on the other.

And one more thing I love with open shelving is baskets.  It is the best way to stay organized and keep clutter at a minimum.

Here are a few photos of my favorite open shelf to decorate.  At one time I had wine glasses and other cute cups grouped together, but I learned quickly I am not the best duster and having glasses in the open = dirty cups in this house 😉

Can you tell I luuuuuv baskets!  I have dish towels in their and my favorite bibs from Finney Bibs and Pieces.

Oh and yes, I do have a bit of a plant fetish too..

Well friends, I hope this post helps a bit and maybe even inspires you to rearrange and simplify 🙂

Thank you again for stopping by and hope you all enjoy this beautiful sunshine and weekend ahead!


Gifts from the Heart

Hello friends!  I have been wanting to write a post about the small shops I adore most and I am finally getting around to it!  Some with be repeats from past posts, but that is because I still adore them and want you all to notice them and help spread the word too!

First off, everyone loves jewelry right?  Rebekah Gough has stole my heart over and over!  They just came out with a spring collection that is so pretty!  I have a few pieces from them, but just cant get enough!

Next I would like to share what I got my mother for a Mother’s Day surprise.  Her grandmothers name was Folger’s and she saw this on my IG and just fell in love.  I knew I would keep it in the back of my mind for this special day for her.

Antique Candle Works makes the most beautiful candles!  How cute is this?!  I know my mom will love this so much I wonder if she will even burn it 😉   I love the scents from Antique Candle Works and this one is a coffee smell.  Her candles aren’t too over baring with scent and are just right if you ask me.  I promise you too will be blown away.

Next I want to bring up a few sign makers I love.

This is from Letterfolk and I am just in love!  I put this in the kitchen on the coffee bar, but have a million ideas for it!    It comes with 240 letters and numbers so you can customize it however you like!

And for wood sign makers, James and Alice will forever be my love!  I have more of their wood signs in the home than I want to admit, but that is because I love them all!  We have a custom sign that says “Ford Farm.”

This is one of my favorites as well, well all her hers signs are my favorite 😉

One more small shop I adore is Vol25.  She just came out with a spring collection and I adore all of it!  Her wall hangings are nice and light, and I love the looks of them hanging from the wood hanger on her thick canvas print.  I find the more I  look at it, the more I notice in the details of her designs.    I have her antler hanging as well and not only I love it, but my husband does too.  Jess you blow us away and if I could, I would fill our home with every single one of your pieces!

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And one more etsy shop I adore is Feather and Birch.  She has come out with  a few more designs I have my eyes on and I love all she creates!

I love the vintage feel of her old windows, but love they are new made old!  And don’t weigh a ton like real old window do!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you too found a few things that you can’t live without!  Please join me in supporting these small shops!



Spring has Sprung

Hello!   And welcome to my first home tour.   Here at the back door I stand in our mudroom.  This used to be the old dining room and I wanted sooo badly to turn this into a mudroom.  Knowing I dreamed of a family and kids, I asked Doug if we could have a mudroom sink.  He granted my wish, but now asks, “why have one if we can never use it?!”  Thats allllll my fault, friends.  Because of my plant fetish, those that die I place the ones that die in the sink; not being able to let go or plant them outside during the harsh Michigan winter!  Sorry Doug, but it will be spring soon.  ; )

This beautiful canvas print is from Vol25.  I met the artist through IG and fell head over heels in love with her designs!  I have my eye on a few more pieces and bought this just a few weeks ago.

The counter for the sink was found in the barn by my husband.  It was his grandfather’s, and he believes it came from work at GM years ago.  The wood is all repurposed and reused as well.   The house was full of knotty pine and Doug had the idea of turning the wood around to show the backside and sanded and stained it with the same stain we used throughout the house.  A Provincial wiping stain.

It all began with exposing the chimney wear.   I had no idea that behind the cupboard and laundry room (which was in the kitchen) was a hidden chimney!   I had hopes it would be this beautiful red brick, but instead it was covered in pink plaster and hideous.  We seriously thought of removing it and my husband nick named it the leaning tower of piazza.  For more images on the before photos and chimney transformation check out a few posts back!

The old farmhouse had a black cast iron wood stove from the 70’s.  It had the deer and pine trees seen on the front.  We almost used it again, but came across this cream wood stove the showroom model on mega clearance because they discontinued the color! What a steal and I can’t believe how it was meant to be!

This little wood stove heats our entire home.  We have other backup heat with an oil burner in the basement and d/c electric Fugitsu upstairs.  I don’t know much about any of that, but I do know we moved the staircase to the center of the home so the heat from this stove can rise and make it to the bedroom and add the ceiling fan to circulate the heat.  I am SO happy with how it turned out and so thankful for the energy efficient heat that keeps us warm. 🙂  The perks of marrying a heating a cooling man ; )

This shelf is one of my favorites.  This is one of the most versatile pieces that I use daily. I just got this outstanding arch from Feather and Birch.  I adore her creations and I know you all will too!

And for one more shout out is to James and Alice.  This sign “love grows best” is one of my favorites.  And so fitting for our 1700 sq ft home 🙂

Just one more view of the whole room.

Oh and don’t mind the oversized table with currently no chairs.  It was a spurge and irrational decision last weekend, but I do love it and need all your help in the design and picking out chairs!

Just behind me is the kitchen.  It is the original kitchen from the 80’s that his grandparents put in.  As much as I’d love to rip it out and do white shiplap with open shelving and so much more, this will have to do.  The ceiling height was just at the top of the cabinets so Doug added the crown molding to try and help with the flow especially to tie into the coffee bar.  The coffee bar was the door into the home and those that follow me have heard this story too many times.  I begged and begged Doug to move the door into the dining room that we were turning into the mudroom.  But that involved more than either one of us wanted to endeavor.  That included pouring new foundation, taking the entire wall out and exposing the home to every bug that wanted to come in. It was a rough week and I still do not have siding on that wall of the house, but it was worth it ; )

Now headed to the living room..

And just to the back left of this room is the hallway.  We cut into the old plaster to make this an entry way.  Before their was a dark and dreary hallway to the back of the home where the stairs existed.  The wall to the right is where the stairs were, and covered in green carpet along with the entire home!  I know this hallway may look a little funny, but it’s a work in progress.  The first door on the left is to the basement which before was the only access to go outside.  And the second door is to the downstairs bathroom.

The curtains are to the laundry closet, and the french doors lead to the playroom that was once a hot tub room!

The bathroom counter is left over oak floor boards, and he built these cubbies for baskets just for me 🙂  More on this bathroom a few posts back on the blog.

Here is the laundry closet.  Again, he reused two inch boards he saved from the home and built me shelves.  Doug thought of using a galvanized pipe here, and we also used one for the downstairs bathroom shower curtain rod too!

Sorry I don’t have a full shot of the playroom, but trust me, it’s a mess.  You’re not missing anything. ; )

But here, is the desk Doug built because when I was pregnant with Auburn I just HAD to have one.  Pregnancy hormones.  But it is all out of wood from the home and the top he built in a herringbone pattern.

In this same room is Auburn’s teepee my mother and father built him for his first birthday.  They had a little lantern hanging from the top, but it didn’t take but a few days and Auburn Hollis broke it. (He is such a boy!)

Part 2: The upstairs

At the top of the stairs, is a dresser from my grandmother after she passed away.  I had lived with her for a summer because of her Alzheimer’s and this may be my favorite piece from her home.  The door here on the right is to our bedroom.  Before we remodeled it was two small bedrooms.

We just moved things around and my best friend’s husband, Richard, built me this beautiful mantel.

This sign is from James and Alice and I just adore all that they create!

Down the tiny hall we have two doors.  The door to the right leads into the bathroom and the door to the left is Auburn’s room.  We have baby number two on its way, so I am going to be revamping this room.  I am so excited to support small shops and make this room functional and unique.

Before there wasn’t a bathroom upstairs, so this is all new too.  The layout was the hardest part of the upstairs, but I am so happy how it turned out.

Thank you all for stopping by and be sure to check out these beautiful homes!

Sarah at Little Vintage Nest

Wendy at Life on the Shady Grove

Sheila at Maisondecinq

Summer at She Leaves a Little Sparkle

Deborah at B Vintage

Kim at Styled with Lace

Randi at Randi Garrett Design

Jennifer at The Grace House

Lacey at Styled with Lace





Our Little Secret

Shortly after we found out we were pregnant, Doug asked me, “Can we find out what we are having?”   I think I heard that same line three times over that same week!   Then he added,  “I think it would be a lot less stressful if we know what we are having.”  My first thought, stressful for YOU?!  HA!

Well folks, we found out what we are having.  As much as I adore the thought of waiting for that special moment, this time I wanted Doug to have it his way.  With Auburn we waited to find out, but after the moment and hearing someone shout “its a boy!” it wasn’t long before our excitement to vanished.  He was born with so much color and looked so beautiful, then seconds later he was turned pale, to blue, to purple.  They called the NICU in and I remember a silent room, my eyes filled with tears, and all eyes on him.  I looked to my husband feeling completely helpless and remember screaming “Breathe! Breathe baby breathe!”  After those seconds turned to minutes and the NICU was bagging him, he finally took his first breath.  I think this is what Doug meant by stressful.

So if we were going to find out, I wanted the big shebang.  Fireworks and all ;).  But Doug just wanted to be told.  Anti-climatic and not fun if you ask me.  So compromise is what brought us to settling on having a cake reveal.  But with only the three of us as a family per Doug’s request.  My sweet neighbor is a caterer with Miss P’s Catering and made the cake.  After she brought it over I stuck the babies breathe in it thinking how fitting.  Then of course Doug came home and asked, “Why there are weeds in my cake?!”  Oh Doug.

He wanted me to cut the cake.  I’m pretty sure so he didn’t have to be the one in the picture 😉

And I am happy to announce,  IT’S A BOY!

Oh and I asked him to change his shirt and comb his hair.  He wasn’t thrilled about that one either because his line was, “I am a working man!”  But doesn’t he look nice all cleaned up?!  And it took a whopping two minutes.  Men right?!

And a close up of our sweet boy Auburn enjoying the cake too.

And it must have tasted ohh soo good! 🙂

Thank you all for stopping by and sharing in our excitement!!   I told Doug just after cutting the cake that this is God’s way of saying we need more kids to keep trying for a girl.  I think his heart stopped and his hair turned gray.  Hoppy Easter everyone!!!


A Little Design Tip

I get asked so many times about how I decorate or if I can help give ideas on how to decorate.  And as flattered as that makes me feel, I want to help!  So I thought I could put something together to describe some different styles and what I like best in my decor.

  1. Farmhouse (This is very me)
  2. Industrial (I love a touch of this, but not too much)
  3. Nautical (I’m sorry, but this is personally my least favorite)
  4. Scandinavian (I looovvveee this)
  5. Bohemian
  6. Urban Modern
  7. Shabby Chic (Every summer I love a touch of this)
  8. Mid-Century Modern

Now I won’t cover them all.  But I want to talk about my style and tips I have learned along the way.  The biggest and most important thing in my book is to have a neutral base.  For us, we chose white trim, medium wood floors, and very neutral wall color choices.  If you don’t have any say on the trim or floors, at least try to paint the walls a neutral color and I promise it will be the best decision you ever make!  Just think about the holidays.  If you have orange walls, trying to decorate for Christmas would be a nightmare!

For our home I had wanted white white white.  Then it was the year of gray gray gray, so I joined the band wagon.  And one year later I have to say I regret it!  Our bedroom was a medium gray and I couldn’t bear it any longer.  I know now that almost all grays have a colored base.  And depending on natural sunlight that color would shine through.  The gray I had picked looked soooo blue in natural light. I HATED it! And a friend of mine said hers looked purple and pink.  Ugh.  Moral of the story, beware!

Now white white white is back in style.  My husband told me if we used white it would look like a dentist office, and why I listened to him I have NO idea!  (He also suggested to paint the stairwell Maroon. I should have known then he was stuck in the 90s.)  I should have just ignored him and did it anyways..  But instead, after too much peer pressure (why everyone took his side I have no idea) and him I chose the color Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. And its oookkkaayyyy.  But I still think I should have gone with white.  In the upstairs bedroom remodel that room I just painted white and it is called Alabaster by Benjamin Moore.

Okay, back to style.  I sometimes think my style changes as the wind blows, but if you are like that too, thats okay!  You just have to make sure it flows.  And everything is good with moderation.  I need that reminder from time to time, especially when I find something I love.  At one time when chalk was really “in” I think someone came over (one of Doug’s friends) and laughed at all the chalk boards.  I was embarrassed!  For a man to notice something I must have gone over board.  And now I am so into signs.  My friend had to remind me not to get too “sign happy.”  With that being said that is one more piece of advice 🙂

So now you have a neutral base.  Now where to begin?  I’ve gone through phases where I’ve had patterned rugs, curtains and with fun colors. But don’t do it.  Again, it is hard to decorate for the seasons, and they get old!  I finally settled on tie-up shades from target.

But now I just heard about drop cloth curtains.  And I think its genius.  Beautiful texture and a perfect neutral pallet.

So you have neutral walls, curtains, rug, now how is that fun?  Well you can buy any new beautiful piece and I promise it will POP.  From a fresh bouquet of flowers to a special painting or photo.  It will be the focal point and stunning 🙂

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen most of these photos.  But I wanted to show you how this map pops with all of its beautiful colors because it is on a white wall.

Here is a more broad photo to show my mixture of styles.

The coffee table is from World Market and very industrial with the metal.  And the chairs and couch are from IKEA, and all of their items are very Scandinavian.   The wardrobe is from a local barn sale and is an antique I use as a utility closet.  It is my way of adding warmth to the room with the medium wood tone, and it also adds that farmhouse touch. The pillows I change up often, but one simple change such as those can really change the feel of the room!  These are from H&M and add a tribal/western feel.   Oh, and that tray is from target and I love galvanized!  Very farmhouse/industrial.

I wanted this picture to again show an overall so I can point out some things.  Deciding on just the right ceiling fan was soooo hard.  This was a splurge and is from Barn Electric.  It adds an industrial, but farmhouse feel with the light looking like a barn light. The metal chairs are from world market and again give that industrial feel with the metal.  If you are wondering if they are comfortable the answer is yes!  My husband even loves them… crazy right?!  The rug is sisal and I am eventually replacing it with a cow hide rug because lesson learned, these rugs are messy! Beware! But they sure are pretty right?!  And looking back at this picture I wish the flowers on the table where different.  Ones with color and hints of spring.  I have since bought purple hyacinths, they smell beautiful!

As always thank you for stopping by!  Feel free to ask any questions or add your own advice!  Hope you are having a wonderful day!

The Bedroom Make-Over

So two years ago when we started the home make-over, I swear grey was the “big” thing.  Now of course all I want is white white white.  With that being said, when Doug asked me to pick out paint colors.  He gave me an afternoon notice and I have pregnancy brain.  I quickly found out that grey is the HARDEST paint color to pick!  They either have a purple, blue, or green hue depending on certain light.  Who knew?!  Not me!  In my mind I thought a dark grey would be soothing, especially after the Today Show talked about how that is the best color to choice for its calming ability and for sleep.  WRONG. I hated it!  Even when Doug started rolling I cried inside at my choice.   The dark grey I chose looked bluer than blue in the light.  And of course I am all about natural light and every time those light beams shone in I cringed.

So that leads me to the remodel.  Just over one year later and the first poor choice in paint colors.  Oops!  I picked a day I didn’t have to work and brought all kinds of toys to the bedroom to entertain Auburn (which didn’t work).  The room was a mess and I had pushed as much furniture as I could to the center of the room.  After a day with a huge head start before Doug got home, I had only finished cutting in.  One coat….  Doug came home and saw the upstairs and was in shock.  I mean I tried to do as much as I could with a baby in the other hand?!  I find I don’t ask for permission,  only for forgiveness :)!

Doug jaw dropped and all said “I just can’t handle the chaos anymore, did you have to paint this now?!”  Well yes of course, because everything in my mind is an “urgent matter!” lol  So he changed his clothes, grabbed a beer and started painting.  What a good man right?!  I told him it was my project and I would finish it.  But lets be honest, I’m ADD with painting and get more on the floor and me than the walls.  AND he knows that ; ).

Here are a few photos of the bedroom progress.

The bedding is linen and from H&M.  I have to say, I wasn’t so sure about the linen at first.  My touchy feely husband I call him, has to have soft bedding.  At first he made some comment about the bedding feeling like sand, but after use and washing it, it has gotten softer and softer.  I truly do love it, wrinkles and all  🙂

Do you ever going shopping with something in mind and never seem to find that something?  Then you go shopping just for fun and find a million things you don’t need, but love?  That how this rug happened.  I went shopping last Saturday with a friend and this rug was calling my name…!  It is from World Market, and it was love at first sight 😉

Now I love how soft it is on my feet before bed.  The nightstand is a crate for a local barn sale, and that rack over there is hiding the attic door.  It is from Antique Farmhouse, link here clothes rack.  And I just adore it!  I kind of want another one for the nursery I’m thinking…..!  Oh and I just love that lamp too.  That is recently from Target.


If you follow my IG you might have seen this antique dresser called a commode. I bought it at the local antique store for 40$! A steal if you ask me!  I am in love with the decorative carved handles.  Even though I sometimes think it completely clashes with the headboard Doug built and the pine armoire across the room.  When I brought the nightstand home, I told Doug this was for him.  He said, “we will see, and don’t worry I won’t get attached.”  HA!  Am I really that bad?!   I love moving furniture because I fall in love all over again with the same pieces.  And it inspires me to clean ; )


And we recently moved this armoire out of Auburn’s room and into here. This is from IKEA and I debate often if I should stain it, paint it, or leave it be.  I love it as is, but with the medium stained doors, floors, headboard and more I am lost!  What do you think I should do?!

A for the newest addition to the bedroom…

A mantel!  I had been on a search for just the right mantel, but as my patiences wore thin, I thought i’d ask my best friends husband to see if he wanted a little side job.  It turned out better than imagined and I love how it gives so much warmth to the room.  I painted it to match the trim and added the decoy in the center from Lowes.  At this very spot, there use to be a chimney that ran along this wall.  It was long gone before we moved in, but we could see tell one had been there when doing the upstairs remodel.

And those signs are from one of my favorite etsy shops.  They are made by James and Alice, and I feel they are what makes this house a home.  Check out their IG or etsy shop and I promise, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

As always thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

How I told Doug my Big Secret

I found out one morning so many weeks ago it seems. Of course it was on a week day, and I had to watch the clock slowly tick by as I waited for Doug to get home.  In preparation, that day I made his favorite dinner.  I set the table for four and waiting for him to walk in in wonder.  As expected he walked in and looked around.  He asked, “Who is coming to dinner?”   I looked at him with tears streaming and said, “No honey, we are going to be a family of four.”  Of course he ran over to give me a hug and kiss. Then immediately he looked at Auburn and said, “Did she tell you yet?! You’re going to be a BIG brother!”

As excited as I was to tell you all, I also feel so sad for those who can’t.  I know many people who have tried and tried and I couldn’t imagine how hard that must be.  I remember two years ago Mother’s Day we had been trying and we weren’t expecting yet.  I still remember the heavy heart I had on that day.  But for those that have felt that way come Mother’s Day, my heart breaks.  But I know God has a plan for each and every one of us.

With all of that being said, I am so thankful for you all and thank you for stopping by to share the excitement with us.  We are truly blessed and so thankful to have another 🙂

Here is an ultrasound from a few weeks ago.

I know by now baby is already much bigger, and it is true with your second one you grow so much faster. It was getting harder and harder to hide my growing belly before we announced.  I told on Friday when we went out to dinner, “I just can’t suck it in anymore!”

Thank you again for stopping by and sharing your excitement with us.  It makes me and this unborn baby feel SO loved!



The BIG Day

Auburn being my first child, and this being his first birthday, I felt a little more stressed this week than usual.  I know he will never remember this day, but I wanted to make it special, as I am sure, it is what most mothers want to do.  A friend told me this week that the first birthday is not only a big stepping stone for the child, but it is for you as well!  “It represents your first year as a mother!”  I never thought of it that way, but it sure is another good reason to celebrate!

Our theme for his party was lumber jack.  Auburn’s middle name is Hollis which means man of the woods.  So I thought, how fitting on this beautiful February day?!

I know the gold frame and purple tulips kill the manly lumber jack theme.  But hey, its a celebration of one year of motherhood too! And I think its pretty 😛

The cup cakes are sitting on a three tiered log tray made by my father for our wedding day.  And my mother-in-law found those cute trees and deer at a cake decorating store.  Annnndddd I have to admit, she made the cupcakes not me..  I won’t take credit even though I wish I could ; ) !   They are just SO cute!

Here is a close up of the top tier.

And I just loooovveee the little deer!

Now for a photo of Auburns cake!

He first picked off all the sprinkles and ate them. One. By. One…  Then finally he started to dive in.  Using both hands of course 🙂


This was him a few moments later.  Ohh man cake eating is hard work!

And I have one more thing to tell you all.




Coming this September,

Auburn is going to be a BIG brother!