Prepping to Sell – Bathroom Updates

Originally Adam and I had planned not to sell this house until after we move into the new one. Our current house is paid off, and we figured that one of the advantages of not having to carry two mortgages is that we can move at our leisure. We were planning to finish the new house as much as possible, move our stuff over (slowly, because I’m going … [Read more...]



Drywall Changes Everything

If you’ve ever built a home, you know how big of a deal drywall is. It takes your home from feeling like a cold, empty skeleton to something you may actually be able to live in (and decorate!) one day. Last time I wrote about the house we had just filled our skeleton with spray foam insulation, and it looked like this... And then a crew of … [Read more...]



Gold leaf stencil art, honest house photos, and a giveaway

*Thank you to Cutting Edge Stencils for sponsoring this post.* Things have been so busy with the new house that I haven’t done any fun craft projects lately. And even though making super quick and stressful decisions about $10,000 expenses is crazy fun, I kinda miss the quick and easy projects that provide instant gratification. I’ve been itching … [Read more...]



Spray Foam Insulation

I’ve come to learn that people in the construction industry have very strong opinions about insulation. There are basically two categories, people that love spray foam insulation and people that hate it. Adam is firmly in category A, while our builder is firmly in category B. It seems that builders either exclusively use it or won’t touch the … [Read more...]



Things I’m Lusting After

Before we jump into this post, I just have to say thank you for all the comments on my latest post about the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". First of all, y'all are hilarious, and second of all, you proved me right beyond the shadow of a doubt. It's funny because Adam loves to read (as an adult and a kid), reads to the boys all the time, AND … [Read more...]



Choosing a Rock (is making me crazy)

There are so many decisions you have to make when building a house. Lots of them are small, quick decisions...and some of them are big 'ol monster decisions. Choosing rock is a big 'ol monster decision. Rock is a big investment, and you can't change it. I feel like exterior paint was a big decision, but the fact it is, it's just paint. If I had … [Read more...]



Beams, beams, and more beams

I've always loved beams. Big, chunky, rustic beams ... the more the better. So when I started thinking about what I wanted in our new house, a boatload of beams were pretty high on the list. Farmhouse Kitchen by Austin Home Builders Dalgleish Construction Company Farmhouse Entry by Washington Architects & Building Designers Donald … [Read more...]



The Top Ten Posts of 2015

.Happy New Year everyone! 2016, isn't that crazy? It's like we're living in the future or something. When someone talks about an event that happened in the 90's I'm like "okay, so like 10 years ago." But no...I'm about a decade off. I swear it feels like yesterday that I was rocking my slap brackets, blue eyeliner, and knockoff JNCO jeans (thanks … [Read more...]



A Shoji White Farmhouse

I think my favorite week of the whole year is the week between Christmas and New Years. I love Christmas, but it's nice to have all the chaos behind you and a fresh new year in front of you. Plus, it's the only week of the year where it's not only okay to be lazy, it's actually encouraged. I'm happy to report that I've slept in past 8 am every day … [Read more...]



Christmas Wreath Chandelier

Hard to believe there are only a few days left till Christmas! Are y'all ready? I'm almost ready... I have a few more gifts to buy and that's about it. Our Christmas is very simple this year, because things are crazy, Adam and I are tired, and simple is good. Speaking of simple (you like that seamless transition?), I have a Christmas craft to … [Read more...]



New house update – plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and fireplace

It's been over a month since I've blogged about the new house and you're probably wondering what the heck is going on. Honestly, not much... it's kinda slow going these days. Well, I say that..but since the last update we have had plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and the fireplace installed. Which is actually a lot, it's just not the most fun stuff to … [Read more...]



Ron Swanson Serving Trays

I'm crossing my fingers that most of y'all know who Ron Swanson is. If you do, then I have a project you will love. If not, well.... then I have a TV show recommendation that you should binge watch on Netflix. The December challenge for my BHG sponsored post was "meaningful gift ideas", so I grabbed two of these bamboo trays as my jumping … [Read more...]



Kicking off Christmas (easy window decor and a giveaway)

I have a confession to make. I haven't started decorating for Christmas yet. I haven't even thought about getting the boxes out of storage. We haven't been listing to Christmas music. I haven't baked a single thing. Gifts? What gifts? Now I've always been strictly in the "no Christmas before Thanksgiving" camp, and this year I've done a … [Read more...]



Rustic Picnic Style Dining Table

Well....my husband built another dining room table. It's been over two years since he built the last one and I think he was starting to get a twitch. A table building twitch (or a lack of table building twitch, more like it). If you remember, our first dining table was a simple farmhouse table made out of pine. We sold that table to … [Read more...]



The Four Month Jellyfish

Does anyone remember a few months ago when I was trying to find something to hang above my bed? (I totally don't blame you if you have no idea what I'm taking about.) Well, I ended up buying the jellyfish poster that I loved so much. It's from Great Big Canvas, an online store that sells artwork. They have about a billion different artwork choices … [Read more...]



How to Make a Lego Table

I've been so concentrated on building the new house that I haven't done a project in a good long while. I finally have one for you today though! Last month Levi (my middle son) turned four. Four. I remember blogging his birth story like it was yesterday, and now he's my four-year-old middle son. Crazy. Anyway, I made him a Lego table … [Read more...]



Darin and Jody’s House – it’s our house, but different

This summer when I started blogging about building our house, I mentioned that some good friends of ours are building the exact same one. In case you just went "WHHHHAT?", here is the paragraph about it from that post... "We have some very good friends, Darin and Jody, that bought land shortly before we did. One day the four of us were sitting … [Read more...]



Picking an exterior paint color

Who here loves paint? Do you love staring at all the different colors selections at you local paint store? Buying a gazillion samples? Agonizing over making a selection while your husband rolls his eyes and tells you that they all look the same?  Do you love talking - in detail - about extremely subtle differences in various shades of white … [Read more...]



Walls and Stuff

Last time I updated y'all on the overall house progress the framing had just been finished, and it looked like this... And now, it's looking a little more like a house. Walls! Windows! Kinda a roof! It's actually been progressing very slowly....it just won't stop raining. As soon as the house gets dried in (which means that when it … [Read more...]



The Fireplace Conundrum

I feel like this is something a lot of people struggle with...if you have a fireplace, where do you put the TV? The same wall? A different wall? If they are on different walls, which way do you point your furniture? The TV is the obvious answer, but no one wants to turn their back on the fireplace either. Our current house doesn't have a fireplace … [Read more...]