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DIY Basement Renovation After

So earlier this fall my mother moved in with us. And while our guest room is pretty darn cute, we decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to finish out our basement. If you've been reading here for a few years then you know that our homebuying process was filled with crazy and two houses that we loved.  In the end we chose our current home because it had a full basement that was already studded/drywalled/piped for two rooms and a bathroom. This house needed a lot (A LOT) of work but finishing the basement meant it would almost double the living space. So with less than a month before my mother's lease was up and a really tiny … [Read more...]

Welcome To Scarlette’s Room

Pink Toddler/Baby Room w/ Target Tulip Bedding

It only took me nineteen months but welcome to the tour of Miss Scarlette's room  (in case you want a reminder of how it looked before, here is what it used to look like!) Watch out for board books, spilled cheerios and magic wands, which she's taken to throwing like ninja stars. There are lots of photos so please click "Continue Reading" to see more … [Read more...]

The Office Makeover (Finally!)

office makeover

As I like to say to Scarlette while using jazz hands "All Done!"  It took me forever (and by forever I mean "since we moved in two years ago") because I'm all cheap  and saved up lots of birthday/holiday gift cards and freebies for everything I needed wanted. The wallflowers were a gift from Megan of Lilac Saloon. They are one of my favorite things about the space because with the oversize pillows they act as a substitute headboard. And also? They are awesome. What you don't see in these pictures are the millions of toys strewn about the floor.  The space is tiny and definitely more functional than catalog worthy - a filing cabinet … [Read more...]

Office Makeover Peek + Giveaway!

So I decided to go with options B & C because while making a headboard would be awesome, I'm trying this new thing called "being realistic." I'll let you know how that works for me. I've been saving up gift cards for about 4.3 years and finally used them on the daily system from Pottery Barn. Because I decided it would be useful to own a calendar after I kept scheduling Scarlette's different doctors appointments on the same day. At the same time. Because I'm insane. Remember how I mentioned the private shopping event at Homegoods, where I was able to get out of the house for the first time in three weeks take … [Read more...]

Decorate My House : The Office/Guest Room

My mother and sister got me this bedding set for Mother's Day. I love it so much. Not so much that I've taken the time to iron it, but I mean, one day I'll get around to that. Like say, when I don't have a two and a half six month old wanting to eat every second of the day. Iron? Who has time for ironing? Besides, I still have an aversion to ironing from the that time my iron was invaded by killer ants. Well, just regular ants but still. Creepy. Anyhow, I am really pleased with the bedding because do you know how hard it is to find bedding that works with dark blue walls? Note to self: randomly choosing paint colors based on … [Read more...]

Scarlette’s Room | Sneak Peek

For the past few weekends we've been spending Saturday working on Scarlette's room and bathroom and then going to the hopsital at night for bathtime/storytime/bedtime. I wanted to share a peek at the progress with you. It just needs some finishing touches and...a crib, lol. It's kind of hard to tell but three of the walls are a very pale pink. That was the previous color of the room when it used to be my scrapbooking space. Let me tell you how the bright pink wall came about. Scarlette had just been born and Jeff rushed over to see her. Then he came back and was holding my hand and showing me the photos he took of her. At this … [Read more...]

Decorate My House + Before & After | The Kitchen

Thanks for all the sweet birthday wishes!We finally finished the living room and I should have photos to share with you this week with my NEW CAMERA! Y'all are probably thinking to yourself "Self, can this girl NOT make a design decision on her own?" and the answer to that is no, I can not.   (click to see the pictures bigger) I bought this table for practically nothing before we got married just for the chairs. Now it's moving to it's new home as Tiffani's sewing table and we're putting a high pub table in it's place. That's why the shelf is so high, because I was thinking ahead.My problem is, I … [Read more...]

The Living Room: Come Together, Right Now

  So, after hanging 5,923,364 pieces of newspaper on the wall in all of the framing combinations presented here, I decided to take the advice of those of you who recommended going more minimalist. I wish I'd taken your advice in the beginning because all that newspaper being strewn about the living room totally confused the puppy. We're waiting on some sort of special cords to get here so that we can move the cable box and such to the shelves and then I'll get full room photos. Because this room? It's ALMOST DONE. It's the only room in the house that I will be able to call finished after this week. I'm pretty … [Read more...]

Decorate My House: The Living Room (Part Two)

Here is my issue. I thought I knew what I wanted to do on this wall. We finally got a piece of furniture to hide all of our electronics in and I wanted to hang a collection of my frames above it. Sadly, that did not work out so well. The issue is, there is a massive television over that fireplace (obviously I did not think this "compromise" thing all the way through). I was worried that it would look weird to have the frames on the wall next to it. I tried it and it turned out that weird was not my problem. My problem was that my seven frames looked like teeny little ants on that huge expanse of wall. Help.  So then I thought … [Read more...]