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Mudroom Makeover

It may seem crazy to be "making over" a new house!  We moved in such a hurry there were still things we wanted to do.  Also, after you've lived in it for awhile you start to figure out what works and what doesn't.  Luckily I have a handy husband!  He did ask me the other day if we were "done"-hahahaha!  That was pretty funny.

So I knew I wanted an old church pew in our mudroom.  My brother in law found one on Craig's List for $35!  It was too long so my husband cut it down.  Only problem was it had a leg in the middle.  To remove it would have compromised the bench.  So we decided to keep it.  Now we have a three legged pew!  It makes a perfect cubby for our shoe basket.  It was a dark brown so we sanded it and white washed it.  Not bad for a first attempt!

Here is our mudroom before...

Mudroom Before

It was fine but we were outgrowing the little hooks and I wanted something larger and more sturdy to hold everything.

After searching for ideas I decided to go with board and batten like our entry way and dining room.

 

Here is handy hubby in action measuring and planning.

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After it was drawn out on the wall he nailed 1x6 horizontally and on the outside edges and 1x4 vertically to the wall. 

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Next he filled in the holes and edges then sanded.  Next came the painting.  We used Sherwin Williams Alabaster.  It's my most favorite white.  It's not too stark but not too creamy. 

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Hooks installed and it was ready to go!

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Here is a shot showing our dining room walls.  I think it all flows well, do you?

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Our three legged beauty...The girls shoe basket fits perfectly in the little cubby below.

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Mudroom Bench

 

I moved the bulletin board to the other side of the wall.  Now I can reach it much easier.

Rustic Barn Door

Barn door made by handy hubby and his dad while we were building the house.  I love how rustic it is and it adds warmth to all the white. 

Through opening is the laundry room where I spend most of my time ;)

Rustic Barn Door

 

I'm still deciding if I need a shelf at the top of the board and batten.  What do you think?  Definitely want to hang something if we don't do a shelf. 

I hope you liked our little project!  I love having all the space and hooks to hang book bags, jackets, etc.  It really brings the room together. 

On to our next project!

XOXO,

Jo

 

 

 


Football Fare

With the Super Bowl coming up Sunday you may be looking for some appetizing food to feed your family and friends.  I am not a fan of NFL football I'm more of a college football fan (War Eagle!), but I can always appreciate a gathering that involves food and drink!

This is my most popular dish to date!  Ham and cheese sliders.  They are yummy and easy to eat.  Everyone loves them.

Click here for recipe.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

 

This is a super easy cheese plate I made into the shape of a football!  Just place your cheese and crackers around the edge working your way to the center.  Then layer pepperoni in the middle.  Top it off with string cheese to make the laces.

Football Cheese Plate

 

This recipe was really popular when I posted it years ago!

 Football Deviled Eggs

Football eggs

 

And for a sweet treat what about these cute football brownies from The Simple Parent?

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To wash all this down, I'd suggest a Moscow Mule.  They are my current favorite cocktail.  To the standard recipe I added fresh cranberries and a splash of cranberry juice.

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Recipe from Exclusively Weddings Blog

 

For more ideas check out my Pinterest board-Football Fare!

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


A Peek at Our Playroom

The most exciting thing happened yesterday!  Target featured my playroom Instagram photo on their AwesomeShop Feed!  I think I am still in shock! 

It's a cool way to shop right from pictures they find on Instagram and Pinterest.  Check it out!

Target AwesomeShop

 

So, I thought I'd show you a couple of pictures of my playroom transformation.  It started out as a guest/office/playroom.  As you can imagine, it was a little cramped.  Last year we finished out our basement and moved the office and guest room downstairs.  Pictures of that to come later!

Here is the room before.  The toys were on the other side of the room.  Sorry not a good photo.

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Tada!  Here it is now...

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Much better!  We get a lot more use out of the space this way.  I repurposed my girls' old crib mattress as a comfy spot to lay on in their teepee.  The rug was also a nursery piece.  The trunk is a great way to hide toys and double as a table.  I purchased the futon from Wayfair and it folds out for kids to sleep on.

Below you'll see the table and chairs that are on the other side of the room.  These are the ones I purchased from Target that they featured.  They are super cute and so easy to clean. 

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Kids Table Set

I'd show you the rest but I'm sure you've seen a mess of toys before! 

If you're on Instagram please give me a follow.  I post a lot of pictures of my home there!

Oh, and if you want to make your own vase of heart arrows be sure to check out my previous post!

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Cupid's Arrows

We finally crafted our own Cupid's Arrows!  I took inspiration from all of the great examples on my previous post.  Ours is a combination of the feather arrows and the traditional red and pink Valentine's colors.  I know one thing-feathers are messy! 

These would also be great décor for couples showers, baby showers, engagement parties, etc.

 

Here are the supplies you'll need: 

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All of these can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I also bought two glass vases on sale there to hold our arrows.

 Start by hot gluing your feathers and/or heart to the top of your skewer on each side.

Cupids Arrows

The felt hearts had sticky backing which made it super easy.  Just stick two back to back on the end of your skewer. 

I just love these red burlap hearts!

Cupids Arrow

Then tie on a ribbon or twine..

Cupids Arrow

I had two pairs of helping hands for this craft too!

Cupids Arrows

My six year old actually came up with the idea to layer the felt hearts!  I thought they turned out better than the feathers.  She is my crafty girl.

Cupids Arrows

Cupids Arrows

 

I have them on our mantle for now but they don't show up well.  They would probably pop on an entry table or coffee table where you can see them up close.

Valentine's Day Mantle

My little cardinal goes well with the red accents!

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A pretty easy little Valentine craft to brighten up your home for winter!  I hope you'll try making your own Cupid's Arrows.

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Happy New Year

It's 2017!  I hope everyone's holidays were everything you wanted them to be.  They always go by so fast!  After taking down our Christmas decorations the house always seems so bare.  I kind of like it though, a fresh slate just like the new year. 

I transitioned some of our décor to winter.  When I think of winter I think of white, gray, all neutrals.  Also, I think of a little sparkle.  Mercury glass, candles and maybe a twinkle light or two. 

Winter Mantle Decor

Winter Mantle Decor

I am really into cotton and antlers this year!

Winter Mantle Decor

I used the same cotton stems and antler stems that were on our dining room tree.  

Winter Home Decor

 

This pewter antler bowl is one of my favorites.  The silver adds some shimmer against all of the neutrals.

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

Here it is again as a last minute New Year's Eve centerpiece.  Dressed up with mercury glass candle holders and silver colored beads.

Winter Centerpiece

Winter Centerpiece

 

A quick change of the table runner and you have a neutral dining table.  I used the same strand of lights from Christmas just removed the red pinecones. 

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

And of course antlers...

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

 

Pinecones also make excellent winter décor.  They are everywhere and inexpensive.  Just place a few in a clear vase and you have an easy centerpiece.

Also candles, candles, and more candles.  They add cozy warmth on a dreary winter day.

 

With a few changes and rearranging you can use some of your Christmas décor to decorate for winter!  Stay warm, everyone! 


Festive Touches in the Kitchen

As promised, here are a few photos of my kitchen with some Christmas décor!  I didn't do a whole lot of decorating in the kitchen.  It seems to have so much going on anyway.  Cooking, homework, artwork, etc.  I do wish I had put up a wreath on my hood.  Maybe next year!

You may remember the cardinals on our tree in the dining room.  I just love placing them all over the house at the holidays!  They give a vibrant pop of red and cheer.

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This three tier stand is so fun to change for the seasons.  I filled it with bottle brush trees and large red bells this year.  And of course our cardinal friends.

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One of my favorite parts of our kitchen is our butler's pantry.  I'm so glad I chose to go with it instead of a food pantry.  It is a great place to make coffee or cocktails.

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Can you tell I love bottle brush trees? 

I kept our breakfast nook super simple with just our Advent wreath.  Really you don't need anything else because it is a star on its own. 

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We really enjoy lighting the candles in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

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I hope you've enjoyed the little tour of our kitchen!  Do you decorate your kitchen space for holidays?

 

 

 


O Christmas Tree

The tree is up!  Don't you just love a real tree with colored lights?  Reminds me of my childhood.  Ours would probably be considered "vintage" these days.  No specific style, just full of ornaments from Christmases past.  A few from my childhood, handmade ones by the girls and some new mixed in. 

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The big question- white or colored lights?  I learned a from a friend to add a couple of strands of white lights to the colored and it takes it to another level! 

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A few of my favorites...

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This is our first year placing it in front of the fireplace.  I like it!

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Do you prefer a real or artificial tree?  Does yours have a theme? 

 

Happy trimming!

Jo

 

 


Perfect Imperfections

Wow, blogging sure has changed since 2009!  Truth is, my home has been decorated for Christmas for weeks.  I see all of these beautiful Holiday Home Tour blog posts and I am totally intimidated.  I have no experience in photography.  Do not have Photoshop.  Just an iPhone.  I've been taking photos over and over trying to get the right angle, right lighting, etc. obsessing over the details.  Do I hire someone to come take professional pics?  Do I invest in a complicated camera I have no idea how to use?  Photoshop? 

Then, it hit me this morning as my girls were setting up our dining room table for our "Breakfast Ball".  They were decked out in princess dresses using old valentine cards as place cards.  A meal of an apple, Hershey kisses and potato chips on paper plates---this is real and it is just as perfect!  Maybe there is someone out there who will appreciate the "Perfect Imperfections" like I do!  The accidental garbage can in the background.  The bulldog on the front porch. 

So while I'm still figuring all this out, I hope you enjoy a few imperfect photos of our home decorated for the holidays.

 

Front porch with bulldog

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The lovely Breakfast Ball

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More details in the dining room..  This pallet box is so easy to change for the seasons!

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Family room...Our stockings are hung...

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Kitchen coming soon!

 

 


Leaf Butterflies

Carry your love of butterflies into the fall this year!  Here is a simple, pretty idea for decorating your home for autumn while still including the beautiful butterfly.

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Collect your favorite color turned leaves from the yard.  I can't ever decide between red or orange! Press between the pages of a heavy book for two weeks. Use a small strip of plain paper for base. With a skewer, apply glue to tip of a leaf; secure to base for a bottom wing. Working from bottom to top, glue remaining leaves, which should overlap slightly, to base. Glue two leaf stems to the top of a thin leaf for antennae. Glue thin leaf vertically to white base for the butterfly's body. A mat border and frame give a finished look while protecting the leaves.


(photo and how-to from marthastewart.com)


Fall Decorating

Well I just can't wait any longer to transform my home into a fall wonderland!  I almost enjoy decorating for fall as much as Christmas.  Anyone else feel that way?  Don't get me wrong I love Christmas decorations.  I think I am just more drawn to fall colors.

For fall I change out centerpieces, decorate the mantle, change pillow covers, and burn pumpkin spice scented candles.  YUM!  I keep it confined to the family room and outdoors (wreath, mums).  My mom even changes out her bedding!  

BHG has some great ideas for fall decorating.  I just love how this one is a combo of fruit and branches.  Great for the kitchen or as a table centerpiece.

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Do you decorate your home for fall?  I'd love to hear all about it!