Tomato Cage Tables

DIY gold wire side table

Sometimes I get the itch to try a project just for the heck of it. Even if I think it will fail, or look horrid, or be a total time-suck...I just want to give it a shot. These tables are one of those projects. I've been wanting to bring some gold into the house somehow, and I figured guest room bedside tables would be a great way to do that. The … [Read more...]



Home Depot Celebration of Service

adam and ashley

Note: This is a sponsored post for The Home Depot Foundation. Every thought, opinion, and experience is 100% my own. Many of you know that my husband, Adam, is a veteran. Shortly after we married he joined the Army and served for six years. We were stationed at Fort Drum, NY the entire time. He fought in two wars, spending a year in Afghanistan … [Read more...]



Guest Room Paper Flooring (and why I’m disappointed with it)

paper flooring

This summer I started redoing my guest room, and the first step was new flooring. I wanted to do paper bag floors, mostly because they're cheap and beautiful, but also because I wanted the flooring to match in my boy's room and the guest room (they're right next to each other). CLICK HERE TO READ MY ORIGINAL POST ABOUT INSTALLING PAPER BAG … [Read more...]



Mexico, 23 week pregnancy update, and help with baby names

Resort

It's been a little quiet around here lately, but for good reason...Adam and I got back from a vacation earlier this week! We went to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico for five days, and it was amazing. This summer when Adam graduated from the police academy and we celebrated out 10th anniversary, he told me he wanted to go on a vacation. I was … [Read more...]



Upcycled Giant Chalkboard

upcycled kids room chalkboard

A couple of years ago I made a chalkboard for my kitchen/dining room area. I use it every single day for my household to-do list. It's probably one of the things in my house I use most (that's not an appliance, computer, or sink). Recently the boys have taken an interest in it, and each day they drag their little step stool over to the … [Read more...]



The bunk beds that we didn’t build

kids twin over full bunk bed

Is there anything more satisfying than crossing a big item off your to-do list? Well, yes, there is...but crossing things off my to-do list is pretty high on my list of things I love. Building bunk beds has been on our to-do list for a really long time. That's not the bad part though, the bad part is that I made the mistake of telling the boys … [Read more...]



$30 Giant Map Decor

Huge Texas map - $30 DIY

Remember this big Texas map? It only cost me about $30 to make. It wasn't some once in a lifetime garage sale, antique store, or curbside find either...I'm can tell you exactly how to make it for the same price. Adam and I made it about four years ago (pre-blog) for above our sofa, and it's been hanging there until I recently moved it to the … [Read more...]



A Completed Wall + Office Organization

rustic guest bedroomoffice

This is my first post with the BHG Live Better Network, and the challenge for October is to get your home "holiday ready" using Better Homes and Gardens products. Now, by that I'm pretty sure they meant holiday decor, but I'm not much of a seasonal decorator and to me "holiday ready" means getting the guest room ready for holiday guests. So I've … [Read more...]



Why the guest room isn’t becoming a nursery

Barn homes

Since announcing that I'm pregnant with baby #3 I've been asked a few times if the guest room is going to become a nursery. The short answer is "no"....the long answer is the rest of this post :) To be honest, I'm not going to prep for this baby at all. It's not getting a nursery and I'm not altering the boy's room. We're just going to put this … [Read more...]



Let’s finish a room already (to-do lists and self-imposed deadlines)

638W

You may have noticed (or maybe you're blissfully unaware), but I haven't finished a room in a while. A long, looong while. Plenty of rooms are in the works (let's be honest, they're all in the works), but I just can't seem to finish any of them. Maybe it's some sort of mental block I have against actually finishing rooms and publicly proclaiming … [Read more...]



Forcing Fall

festive fall wreath

According to the calendar summer is over and fall is upon us. Although Texas has cooled down a bit (thank goodness), it's still summer here. It's hot, everyone is in shorts and flip-flops, and I haven't seen a single colorful leaf or consumed anything pumpkin flavored. We even went to the beach this weekend. And while enjoy living in a state with … [Read more...]



Building the Deck, Part II (and a giveaway)

Kreg Jig Deck Jig

I'm finally back with the second part of the deck post. Let's just pick up where we left off last week, which was with a fully assembled deck frame. We used pine for the frame but decided to spring for cedar for the top, since it looks nice and it's naturally moisture resistant (which means it's less prone to twisting, cracking and swelling. … [Read more...]



Building the Deck, Part I

deck framing

First things first...let's start with a before picture. So our backyard....it's ugly. There's no denying it. It is so full of rocks that I'm at a complete loss at what do with them. For the last five years we've been picking them up and using them in landscaping, but I swear they reproduce at night when I'm not looking. Anyway, right outside … [Read more...]



Sassy Steals Giveaway

SassyStealsWinMe (2)

It's been a while since I've done a giveaway around here and today I have a great one for you.   Sassy Steals is a daily deal website that supports small business and handmade products. They have new deals every day at great prices. They mostly focus on women's fashion and accessories...but I frequently see home decor, organizing … [Read more...]



Three

pregnancy announcement idea

I've been less than honest with y'all lately. I know, you thought you could trust me...but the truth is I've been keeping a secret. A big secret, one that has taken over my life for the last few months. It's time to let the cat out of the bag... Pretty soon I'm going to be a mother of three! (I know those aren't exactly tiny little baby … [Read more...]



Sewing a Euro Sham Pillow with Flanges

How to sew a euro sham pillow

 Today I have a simple tutorial to share... A couple of weeks ago I showed you the new bedding for my southwestern guest room, and today I'm going to show you how to make the euro sham pillows. (Those are the big orange ones in the back BTW, I know different people call them different things.) Euro shams are generally large square pillows, … [Read more...]



Behind the Scenes at Better Homes and Gardens

coffee-table-living-room

A few months ago I received an e-mail from Better Homes and Gardens asking if I wanted to join their new Live Better Network. I of course was like "heck yes!" (because BHG is amazing), and they were like, "great, are you available to fly to Iowa in August to tour the BHG headquarters?" And then I was bummed, because a flight to Iowa was totally not … [Read more...]



Nursery Sign Semi Success

stenciled monogram

So the saga of the nursery sign for my nephew continues.  Two weeks ago I posted about my first attempt at a name sign for baby Chandler, and I ended up with a sign that was wasn't bad, but also wasn't my favorite. And then there was the fact that I couldn't bring myself to give it to my SIL because it was over eight feet long and completely … [Read more...]



How to Paint a Rusty Metal Shed

painted metal shed

When we bought our house it had zero storage. No garage, no basement, an attic that isn't really usable, and no extra closets. We needed a place to store lawn equipment, paint, and general homeowner stuff, so Adam's parents offered us an old metal shed that was on their property. We put it on the back part of our lot, filled it with stuff, and … [Read more...]



Modern Southwestern Guest Room Bedding

bison pillow

For years now the guest room has been black, white, purple, and yellow. It's the first room I decorated when we bought our house, and while it was fun to do I stopped liking it a few years ago. When we ripped out the carpet and swapped all the beds this summer, I decided to redo the bedroom. Because that's what I do...start projects before other … [Read more...]