Hi Friends! Just when I thought the crisp cool days had settled in, the heat is back out in full force. I took advantage of it today, though, and took the kids to a friend’s pool that is still open. I know there will be plenty of cool weather ahead, so I want to enjoy the heat while we can.
Today I want to share a room that I don’t often share. It may not be the most exciting room in the house, but It does serve many purposes.
When you walk in the back door of our house, which is the door we walk through every day, this is the room you walk into. It houses the washer and dryer, a laundry sorter and this storage piece, where we keep shoes, shopping bags and our milk jars. Directly off of this room is also the guest bathroom. This space was, apparently, an addition to the house at some point, because the basement doesn’t extend below it.
When we moved into our house eight years ago, this room was covered with some ugly wood paneling. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to take down, and we already had so many other projects in queue, so I decided to just cover it in white paint. I actually love the texture that the paneling adds.
I know I have mentioned this in previous posts, but my favorite way to decorate is to collect pieces over time. There is no instant way to create a space I love. Yes, I could go to home goods and pottery barn and buy everything in a day to decorate my home, but then it wouldn’t have a story to tell. It would be too boring and too perfect. Almost every piece in our home was either handmade or found at a thrift shop, antique store, garage sale or dumpster. It ends up taking me forever to get rooms together, but it is such a thrill when I find that perfect item.
The shoe sorter was built by a friend. I found the wooden crates, sun hat, antique garden sheers, crock, wash board, linen pillowcase, shovel and wire crate at various shops. My husband found the chalkboard in a roadside pile and the farmhouse sign was made by a little shop on etsy.
I love to add natural elements to my home, like this basil and mint from my garden and the freshly picked pears. I think it gives my home that cozy farmhouse feel that I am going for.
My husband found the antique grain sack, that sits on top of my laundry sorter, at an antique shop and gave it to me for Christmas. I found the lavender wreath at Target. It has lasted several years and is still going strong.
One day I hope to add some open shelving above the washer and dryer, instead of cabinets. I also hope to swap out the flooring for something a little tougher, like ceramic tile.
All in all, I absolutely love this room. The three windows allow the natural light to constantly flood the room, and the location of the washer and bathroom is key. Whenever my kids come in from rolling around in the mud and splashing in puddles, I throw their clothes straight into the washer and stick them in the shower, all without them ever making their way into the main part of our home. I love containing the mess to this little area of our home. If we ever move, I feel like some kind of mud room will be a non-negotiable.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into a room in our home that is almost all function. Thank you for reading along!
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Learn how to lay a gravel path to cover up old cracking sidewalk. This cheap and easy DIY project can transform your landscaping in less than an hour.
Browse my collection of beautiful items to spruce up a small farmhouse kitchen this fall.
I’ve partnered up with Lowe’s Home Improvement to completely transform the outdated exterior of our nearly 100 year old home.
I don’t know if I have ever been more excited to publish a post than this one right here! I can’t believe the difference this project has made for the curb appeal on our 1920’s bungalow farmhouse.
Learn how to make a slipcover to update an outdated bench of any size.
Did any of you ‘born in the 80’s’ ladies ever watch a show called “Mama’s Family” when you were a kid? I remember my sister and I watched it every night, around 9 P.M., before heading off to bed.
The show was about a hilarious, slightly dysfunctional, family with a quick-tempered mama.
They had a sweet little neighbor, Iola, who would pop over from time to time to present mama with one of her latest sewing projects.
See how we restored an antique door, that had been painted three times, to its original wood finish.
As far as tedious projects go, this one may have been the worst.
Wait. Actually, the time I decided that every five panel door, window, baseboard, cabinet and crown molding in this ENTIRE old house should be RE-painted from off white to bright white, that was the worst.
Discover 10 beautiful fall wreaths that are made from natural elements.
This easy pickle recipe honestly seems like a pretty sorry excuse for a blog post.
I mean really. How could anything with so few steps and ingredients ever be considered revolutionary enough to be worthy of your time, dear reader?
Well, if your garden overfloweth with cucumbers and/or you want to start incorporating more fermented vegetables into your diet, I think you will love this super simple recipe. Honestly, it has been a game changer for me with my last few cucumber harvests.
I remember a conversation a few years ago when a friend, who grew a wide variety of cut flowers in a very small space, told me why she didn’t grow tomatoes and herbs. I was curious because, at the time, growing anything but vegetables seemed like efforts wasted.
I mean you can’t actually eat flowers, my practical side reasoned.
It’s around this time every year that I become slightly obsessed with taking pictures of the flowers from my cut garden.
I love the soft colors of the cosmos I planted, and knowing they came straight from the yard just adds to the satisfaction.
I also added in some white zinnias and mint.
The first harvest of my little beauties called for a mini summer bedroom tour.
I was noticing the other day that there there were some great ideas across the web for adding farmhouse style to an ordinary pantry.
From shiplap, to barn doors, and open shelving with printable labels, it is very possible to add character, even if you live in a plain Jane cookie cutter house.
This realization called for a roundup post of some seriously awesome ideas to give a regular old pantry farmhouse style.
I have teamed up with seven awesome bloggers to bring you some farmhouse style patriotic table ideas for the Fourth of July.
So, if you have a little gathering coming up, or you just want to do something special for your family, read on for some red, white and blue inspiration.
I don’t know if you guys know this about me or not, but I tend to be a bit of a foodie.
As I confessed in a recent post, I almost always make simple meals, but I love experimenting in the kitchen.
I truly appreciate local quality ingredients, and will go out of my way for such, on the regular.
A 20 minute drive every week to pick up raw milk from a local dairy, a one hour trek north, to an Amish community to buy raw honey by the gallon and homemade raw butter, frequent trips to the farmer’s market…
I wouldn’t have it any other way. Good food interests me.
Fourth of July is right around the corner.
In my typical “wingin’ it at all times” fashion, it occurred me that something festive for the shop and blog should be out, you know, last week.
So, yesterday turned into “patriotic decor makin’ day.”
I designed a couple simple grain sack “America” pillows for the shop, and made a quick tutorial for this scrappy flag pillow.
I’ve noticed that when people want to get on a real food diet, they think they need elaborate meal plans with dry erase boards neatly filled in with three meals a day.
Baked blueberry pecan oatmeal for breakfast, Asian pesto curry for lunch and almond crusted parmesan tilapia for dinner…
(I just made those titles up, by the way, but they really do all sound fabulous.)
Just do a quick Pinterest search for “Paleo Recipes” and prepare to be overwhelmed.
Well, there’s no going back now!
I wish there would have been some way we could just add a little shim here, and a new board there, and call this porch good.
This whole curb appeal makeover process would have been a lot more fun if it was just adding pretty plants and rocking chairs.
But, when you’re talking about a house that is almost 100 years old, a full demo is in order.
A year ago, almost to the day, we started our farmhouse bedroom makeover.
I was so tired of looking at the dark wood Ashley furniture set that came with the sleigh bed, chest of drawers, dresser and night stand to match. It was a nice set, but didn’t fit in with my style anymore.
I wanted something with a little more charm, a bedroom suite that would look collected, and mostly made of antiques.
I sold off all our furniture, without any real backups ready to transfer all our things to.
Ok friends, the following pictures are slightly difficult to share.
We have lived in our 1920’s bungalow for almost nine years now, and the front porch has been in dire need of a renovation the entire time.
So, although, we have been super busy painting, ripping up carpet, tearing out an entire bathroom, installing new quartz countertops, building new built-ins and painting some more, we completely neglected the exterior of our home.
My sister Laura from Wholesome Homestead Blog is back with part two of the “Toxins in Your Home” series.
This time she goes beyond cleaning supplies, and discusses a few less obvious offenders.
If you missed part one, you can check that out HERE.
Take it away Laura!
I have decided to write a series on the toxins found in our own homes, because I was shocked when I read this: “Modest estimates have suggested that we are exposed to more than 700,000 different toxic chemicals on a daily basis”. This doesn’t include the crazy poisons that GMO companies are pumping into the food supply.
I am so excited to be teaming up with a few of my friends to bring you the Joyful Summer Home Tour.
As I type, my windows are open and the bright sunshine is pouring in.
I love summer.
Several years ago, I probably would have said that autumn is my favorite season of the year.
I do love cooking hearty winter squash, picking pears and apples, and going on scenic drives to see the leaves in all their shades from red to yellow, but the older I get (and more kids I have) the more I love summertime.
My sister Laura from Wholesome Homestead Blog is back again to share about all the toxins lurking in our homes, their effects on our health and how to avoid them.
The average American is exposed to over 500,000 chemicals on a daily basis! The exposure starts the second you wake up and continues until you go to bed at night.
Toxins are found in the food we eat, beauty products we wear, household cleaners, soaps, lotions, and so much more!
I am going to take you through your home showing you what these toxins are, where they can be found, how to get rid of them, and what to use instead!
Hearty, roasted vegetable, soups aren’t typical spring fare around these parts, where days can reach 80 plus degrees.
But, normal or not, I was craving something creamy, bone broth-y and roasted-y. (Sorry I am kind of off my adjective game today.)
If I would have to sum up the last few days in a word it would be worry.
I never really planned to make a big official announcement, but I wanted to let you all know I am 11 weeks pregnant with baby number five.
Although I am most definitely super happy to be called to mother another child, there were a few things about this stage of life that I seemed to have forgotten.
I love being pregnant.
It is so amazing to feel those first tiny flutters, and to find the fast and consistent heart tones with the fetoscope. I look forward to those first few contractions that mean baby is finally coming.
It really is such a special time in life to be thankful for.
The people who lived in this old bungalow before my family certainly gave us some paint colors and design choices I wasn’t super thrilled with, but they did give me a gift I am thankful for every single year around this time.
They have to be the most fragrant and beautiful flower in all of creation.
And because their delicate petals and top heavy blooms don’t last long, their beauty must be fully documented, to carry us all through until the few days they can be enjoyed next year.
I love coffee in all forms, but that perfect iced latte is the stuff that makes me want to shell out five bucks at the coffee shop.
But, with all that added sugar, and a questionable milk source, I don’t think it’s a good habit to get into.
Plus, I love the idea of playing around with the ingredients and making some exciting combinations that you won’t see at Starbucks.
Lately, as I have been marveling over all the culinary uses of essential oils, a thought popped in my head.
I want to reintroduce you to my sister Laura from Wholesome Homestead Blog.
She shared with us a few weeks ago a tutorial for how to make All Natural Organic Cocoa Lip Balm.
Today she is back with another DIY recipe that you can use to keep your clothes clean without all the junk.
You all know how I feel about simple farmhouse style.
Even though I live in town, I imagine myself sitting on my big wraparound porch, drinking a tall glass of homemade kombucha and watching my goats and chickens frolic about in deep prairie grasses and wild flowers.
I know I’m not alone.
I crave the simple life.
We just love using essential oils in our home.
We have taken advantage of their powerful properties, for helping with restful sleep, boosting immunity, soothing an upset tummy, opening up congested airways, and so much more.
Since essential oils are 50- 70 times more powerful than herbs, they are often too potent to place directly on the skin, especially that of a child.
That is why it is so great to already have them diluted and ready to roll on.
I guess I am a maker in every sense of the word.
Even when I know I can get something relatively inexpensively at the store, I still find so much satisfaction in learning how to make it myself at home.
Being a maker allows me to add my own creative spin on everything and enjoy the process of seeing pieces and ingredients become finished things.
I have to admit, it is easier for me to adapt to a healthier diet than it is for me to address the toxins lurking in our home.
I have read that the mattresses we sleep on are toxic, our cellphones emit harmful EMF’s and new furniture off-gases toxins for years after purchasing it.
It can honestly all get so overwhelming.
It’s 9 P.M. The kids are all in bed and you want a treat.
You want something healthy, but you don’t want to spend an hour and half making it. You also don’t want to be up until midnight cleaning a sink full of dishes.
If this scenario sounds familiar, then this recipe, my friend, is for you.
As long as you keep a few bags of coconut flakes stocked in your pantry, and your cast iron skillet out on the stove, then you are a mere 10 minutes away from crispy, coconut-y, sweet goodness.