Hi, y’all! It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted last. About a week ago I pulled my back and sort of fell in an I’m-too-scared-to-do-anything-that-might-reinjure-myself slump. The laundry room makeover was going well up until that happened, so now I’m taking a break from anything too strenuous (i.e., painting cramped spaces and moving washers and dryers).

In the mean time, MJ and I went on a trip to Hobby Lobby and I happened upon this funky piece of art:

I might not have given this a second glance if I hadn’t found this cool print on Etsy (Geode Print by Capricorn Press) a few weeks ago.

I fell in love with this print as soon as I saw it, but I was worried it was too big for our living room. But when I found this geode print at Hobby Lobby for $24.99 (and half off!) I knew it was a keeper! It even matches our color scheme perfectly!

The print has so many cool rocks on it, so I decided to cut it into pieces and create a set of matching art pieces. I hopped over to Ikea and picked up these Ribba shadow box frames. I just made two for now, but I’m thinking I might do four eventually and place them in our dining room.

First, I took the mat out and moved it around the print to pick the best pieces of the picture. I ended up going with the two on the left.

Next I mapped out the section I wanted, flipped the poster over and used the mat as a guide to draw a square on the back of the print. I added about a quarter of an inch when I cut it out.

Last I used a scrapbook double-sided tape roller along the edges on the back side of the mat and then firmly pressed the poster on the back.

And voila! Easy peasy artwork. Here it it hanging on the right side of our fireplace.

And here’s the second one I made on the other side.

I’m saving the remaining bits of the picture in case I decide to make the other two and create my gallery.

This was such a quick and easy project that took only about 20 minutes. Oh, and here’s the break down of this simple craft:

Geode Print: 50% off $24.99 divided by four pieces – $3.12
Ikea Ribba Shadow Box – $14.99
Total – $18.11



It’s only Tuesday but so much has happened in the week already. The laundry room mini makeover is starting to take shape (photos will be up later this week fingers crossed), I’ve jotted down lots of ideas for the living room, and have been on a shopping frenzy for inexpensive organizers. One thing I’ve been looking into for our living room and possibly our downstairs bath is making over the walls. Even if it’s just an accent, I’d love to add some depth and interest.

Shiplap has become such a big trend over the past several years, if you’re into the whole farmhouse thing. What’s funny to me is that paneling is such a dated decorating no-no. But flip those wall slats 90 degrees and suddenly it’s trendy! I’m not here to judge. 🙂

Some ideas I’m considering for around the house…


7-19-16 Stained Shiplap

The Inspired Room

7-19-16 Shiplap

Little House of Four


7-19-16 Cork Board Wall

Blog Lovin’


7-19-16 Brick Wall

The Inspired Room


7-19-16 Beadboard and Wallpapers

Jamie Keskin

7-19-16 Beadboard and Wallpaper 2

Making It In Mountains

7-19-16 Wallpaper

The Glitter Guide


7-19-16 Minimalistic Gallery

Indeed Decor

7-19-16 Oversized Artwork

Luxe Source


Neutral homes are great because you can change out splashes of color easily when you’re ready for an update. When we took on our initial renovations we stuck to neutrals for this purpose, and now I’m ready to fill in the blank spaces with lots of color.

6-30-16 Living Room Curtains Neutral

Our living room is a soft gray color (Stormy Weather by Olympic). The only color that we really have in the room right now is the velvet green wing-backed chair we inherited.

Living 4

Here’s a better shot of the chair. When we first got it, I was dead-set on covering it, but now it’s grown on me. It’s the most comfortable chair, and I find the jewel-toned green kind of charming.

I plan on making some new curtains like these chevron ones I made in our old house. But this time, I’m switching things up a bit. Cool tones are my comfort zone, so I’m going to try to warm the house up.

Another project I want to take on is making a pair of floor pillows like I talked about ages ago.

6-30-16 Kitchen

Window coverings above kitchen sinks always stump me. I might end up making a roman shade. Or maybe trying something more creative like thisthis, or this.

These are the fabrics I’ve narrowed it down to so far, but who knows! It could change.

6-30-16 Waverly Srilanka Jewel

Waverly Srilanka Jewel

6-30-16 Richloom R Gallery Tachenda Indigo

6-30-16 Waverly Dressed Up Damask Poppy

6-30-16 Duralee Home Riya Red Blue


Why is going back to work after vacation always so hard? Last week was awesome because we spent several days chilling at the house and discussing being productive. This week I’m paying the toll for it. I’m sitting on the couch watching three baskets of laundry not take itself upstairs  (bad, laundry!) and thinking of ways to keep sitting.

And that’s how I decided to start this blog post about selecting an exterior paint color!

house before

As of now, our house is sporting this lovely red brick. Ever since I painted our fireplace, I have been dying to do the outside as well. I love the smooth color of the paint with the texture of the brick underneath. It’ll probably be a while until we get around to doing this (plus it might still take some convincing), so for now I’ve created a couple of renderings in Photoshop to satisfy my painting needs.

First, here are a few inspiration photos I’ve gathered:

6-30-16 Painted Houses on Pinterest

1. Beneath My Heart / 2. Things That Inspire / 3. Houzz

I feel like painted brick is so classy and storybook-ish. Out of these photos, we really like #3. The color is a nice warm gray, and bonus, the porch light is the same as the ones we have!

6-30-16 Whitewashed Houses on Pinterest

4. Southern Living / 5. Photons House

I’ve also grown fond of whitewashing brick. This is keeping up with the fairytale feeling I love for exteriors, but I’m not too sure how it will look on our home. Also, I tested whitewashing our fireplace and that did NOT go as planned…

So here’s one option I tested. I wasn’t too crazy about this one, but J seemed to like the richness of it. It might be better if we stained it if we went this route.

house paint2

This is the option I like! I think a warm gray paint (maybe a little warmer than the picture) will freshen the house up. I even decked the yard out a bit in the pic! Ha!

house paint

Once the house is painted, I want to add new black shutters to contrast against the paint, a rustic wooden door, and a hanging light in the middle. Also our flowerbed doesn’t drain properly so all of our plants’ roots rotted. We ripped all of them up and never replaced them. I’m starting to think that instead of a flowerbed, we could add a sitting area to watch the kids ride their bikes and play.

Whatever we do, it won’t be anytime soon. But it’s still fun to play.