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...]



Windows

So our builder mainly uses PlyGem vinyl windows. He said they are cost and energy-efficient, and most people get them in either white or clay (which is kinda greige). "Great" I thought....then I went to do my own research. Because I like to know things. I'm a research girl. And Adam is a research guy. And together, we research things. So off we … [Read more...]



Corralling the Entryway Chaos

I've mentioned this before, but we have a serious shoe problem in this house. There is plenty of shoe storage in our closets, but that's not where the shoes live. No, they live by the front door. The pile of shoes isn't alone though, it's always kept company by an ever-changing pile of tools that need to go out to the garage and a couple of … [Read more...]



Framing is complete!

If there was ever a post I was super excited to write, it is this one. Our house is framed! YAY! I love it even more than I did on paper. It was so fun to watch it go up...and it went up fast! The whole thing was done in about two weeks by a team of eight guys (and they didn't even work everyday). So let's get to the pictures. There are a TON in … [Read more...]



Sliding Door Media Center

So my sliding barn door failure isn't the first barn door hardware Adam and I have DIYed. About 18 months ago this beauty was created... I never blogged about it for two reasons... I don't have a single picture of the process. I know I took a boatload of pictures but they seemed to have disappeared...I'm pretty sure I accidentally … [Read more...]



Double bypass sliding barn door system – A DIY FAIL

Last week in my guest room reveal I mentioned the closet doors and how they were one of my biggest DIY fails to date. So lets talk about that. I was really excited about these and planned to write this great tutorial, because really...who wouldn't want an awesome DIY double bypass sliding barn door system (say that five times fast)? No one, … [Read more...]



Southwestern Guest Room Reveal

Time for another reveal post! Can you tell I'm trying to tie up loose ends on this house before I completely move onto the next one? Although this room turned out so well that I think I'm just going to move it right into the next house and try to change as little as possible. Anyway, here it is! Here is what the room looked like … [Read more...]