Join us on our journey to making this ugly-split level a home that we can learn to love, one DIY project at a time.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DIY Christmas Centerpieces

Hello! I hope you had a very thankful weekend as you battled with strangers for more things to be thankful for during black Friday sales!  I know I did!  I don't even know what I bought.  It was absolute madness.  "You get my credit card and you get my credit card!  Everybody gets my credit card!!"  I am afraid to look in my trunk.  

But I can say that I did save money on my centerpieces I used for hosting Thanksgiving dinner.  I had 12 people in this tiny house!!  12!  We had to move the living room furniture out to make way for a table that spanned the width of my entire house!  

Anyway, I always decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving so that my family can see our tree during Thanksgiving as we do not host Christmas.  Therefore my centerpieces which were meant for Thanksgiving are actually for Christmas.  

I created these using Jones soda bottles...and since those are technically groceries I am not going to count them as an expense for this project. :D  I bought 3 packs of candle sticks from the Dollar Tree which cost me a whopping 3 dollars and I used Jute I had on hand to wrap the necks of the bottles.  I grabbed a piece of greenery I had wrapped around my banister and cut 6 pieces from it to decorate the fronts of the bottles.  I sprinkled epsom salt inside.  And presto!  A 3 dollar centerpiece.  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Christmas Tour

Here is my 'Christmas tour.'  I don't go too crazy during Christmas time so I only have a few pics.  I like to keep it fairly simple so the extra clutter doesn't bother me.  This year I am finally pleased with the result so I thought I'd share.  My house is always a work in progress-especially my holiday decorating.  Here's what I have so far... Hope you like it!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Moonshot from Ace

             Moonshot from Ace

I have been wanting to incorporate a lighter color into my house that isn't quite white, but is as close as I can visually stand to it (because it looks just so dang classy all over Pinterest I just had to try it).

  I have dark brown walls, which was an accident and has been tricky.  It's actually really cozy, but it doesn't photograph well, which stinks for sharing pics of the abode.  The contrasting walls to the brown ones were meant to be a tan color, but actually turned out to be green.

Jute Rug!

                        Jute Rug!

We got a jute rug! Finally!  Also changed the light fixture to a chandelier with shades. Yay!  No more ugly yellow glass against a brown wall (yellow and brown together- you know where I'm going with this...)  

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Piece

                      New Piece

I have this new piece that fits perfectly at the end of the hall.  I feel like it ties in with the look of the living room and dining room.

Master Bedroom Update

The master bedroom has been one of my last priorities, and anyway it seems that once I add something to one room, I feel like it looks so much better than the other rooms so I start adding or making changes to those.  It is a never ending cycle of perfectionism, but I feel like when I look around my house, I am almost completely satisfied (which has not been the case since I became a Pinterest addict). I really just need to do updates for each room.

So anyway, here is my updated master bedroom.  I wanted to create a light and airy space that matches the farmhouse style a little better than the previous set up.  It is still not finished (is anything ever?)  I think I need to update the mirror and consider painting (yeep!) my furniture.  I'm just not ready for that!  Here it is:

The headboard is actually a room divider that I bought on clearance at Home Goods.  My handy husband cut off the top posts with a chop saw and we just pushed the bed up against it to hold it flat and in place against the wall.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom: A Work in Progress!

I wish my camera could capture the way the sun glows golden through the windows in this room.  It is one of the reasons I have not touched the paint or the awful gold curtains.  The way the light shines in off the lake is amazing.  I worry that if I change any colors or add any, I will lose that.

With that being said I have not done much to this room at all, aside from carpet, which already needs replacing unfortunately.  I am honestly only showing it because I had a request.  Once I get down to business, I will get something posted.  Until then!

Click "Read More" to see more pictures of this room.

Dining Room. Finally.

Well, it was the last room I focused on because I thought I could never afford a new dining table...but with my new obsession with building furniture, we were able to build a rustic farm table for only 100-ish dollars!  I already had the black chairs, which went with an ugly orange round table that took up too much space!  For this table we customized the measurements to fit in our dining room by literally taping of the space that we wanted it to take up.

I recovered the chairs with a cream colored fabric, which seems scary when you have a five year old running around, but I found a clear plastic "fabric" at Joanns and I placed it right over the fabric on his chair as I recovered.  So far he has spilled and dropped food at probably every meal, but the seat remains immaculate!   And I love the serene feel of the light colors.

Here are the plans we used from Ana White: DIY Farmhouse Table

We also built this console table to match the farm table (left above).  We modified it to be as tall as we could stand, that way it would fill space on our tall, long wall.  I love our vaulted ceilings, but MAN! They are hard to work with!

Here is the plan we used for this piece from Liz Marie (I love her blog!!):  DIY Farmhouse Console
Both are stained with natural and provincial.

 We also found our farmhouse chandelier at Menards (right above)- right on the store floor- no need for ordering.  It was only 150ish dollars and it has two tiers!  We love it!

That Awkward Space Between Two Rooms

I have had a few people ask about what I did between the living room and the dining room along that long wall and I have finally reached a place where I am fairly happy with the transition space between the living room and the dining room!

I have tried probably 100 different things in this spot, but most just seemed to small or too awkward!  My split level has the added bonus of vaulted ceilings, which I love! But which also sometimes create a problem when decorating because things seem to small or too short.  We have added some height in the living room with our tall fire place and TV to fill the space (I like filling space, but I know it is not for everyone).  And we have added height in the dining room by building our own console table which is taller than anything I found I could buy.

I decided to connect the two rooms with a row of very thick framed pictures (which again fill the space!!!) And below those, I didn't like how bare it was (Do you see my issue with space?) So I decided to place a small chair I recovered with a basket full of our favorite games!  On top of those I placed matching pillows to my couch to bring in lighter tones and to FILL THE SPACE.

And I love it because it creates what I like to think of as another sitting area (yeah it's small, but let me have this!)  I also put the chair's mate on the other side of the console table so that when we have guests I can easily pull those chairs out and place them at each end of my table- which sure beats dragging up our paint spattered war torn folding chairs.  Yeah, it gets real in our house.