Where to Start When You’re Sure A Space Is Hopeless

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When we bought this house there was a little glimmer of hope for an office. But it was so small that I didn’t even mention it here for almost six months. This cold, dirtly little back room attached to the World’s Worst Barn felt entirely hopeless especially knowing that our house and land all desperately needed attention. Who can spend time or money on an office when they just gutted their kitchen? how to start on a hopeless room

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How to Fake A Kitchen Island Waterfall Edge


When we bought this house in August we didn’t plan on redoing the kitchen right away. But once we spent a few hours in the house and realized we could build a kitchen in phases paying cash as we go, we started knocking down walls. Here’s what we started with.  I’ve never planned a kitchen […]

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Shop The House Mantel

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And I cannot let you forget where we started. We’ve come too far. It was time for a tiny drop of fresh on our mantel so I added in some Blue Willow that I happened to find packed away in the barn. It’s got me feeling very Miss Mustard Seedy. Years ago I had a […]

Six Months In :: Snow


We’ve lived in the Charlotte, NC area for 6 or 7 years now. I think I remember two significant snows. One was at Christmas so we weren’t in town to see it. I mourned that day. This property is 45 minutes south and east of our last house. So I wondered how many decades we […]

Lighthearted Office Plans

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  While Chad and my dad are in my office teaching themselves how to be plumbers, I decided to go ahead and find some inspiration for my new room. Our house has been very clear with me that it wants to be mainly neutral so I thought the office needed some color. I’ll be using […]

My Office

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I’ve had this here blog for almost seven years. And for most of that time, I had an office where I could be messy and creative and leave my stuff everywhere and have craft supplies organizedish and close my door and work like I mean it. I’m happy to say I used my offices well […]

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Kitchen Update :: Five Months In

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Years ago I figured out that I wasn’t one of those bloggers who did big impressive reveals. I LOVE those kinds of blogs and I am so inspired and impressed with them. But I am not one of them. If I waited until I had a glory shot of each project I’d have about three […]

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Hope for the Weary Home


Hope isn’t about knowing how things will come about. Hope is about envisioning the future and choosing to enjoy that now. Hope is really about rest. Resting in the imperfections of today because you believe that tomorrow there is possibility. Sometimes the hope isn’t for the change as much is it is for the change […]

Three Months at the Farm


This photo pretty much sums up the last few weeks of our lives. Dust. But progress. This little house is getting a workover like it’s never known. And it. is. a. mess. Everything in my life right now feels very chaotic. I know I’ll look back at these monthly round-ups (see month one and two) […]

Kitchen Lighting Ideas for a Modern, Rustic Farmhouse

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1. Barn Light Electric: 12″ Angle Shade Gooseneck Sign Lighting 2. We Got Lights: Eva Chandelier 3. Hannah Small Flush Mount: Rejuvination 4. Small Hicks Pendant: Circa Lighting I’ve been planning out our kitchen over the past few months and the one decision that’s been the most difficult is lighting. I LOVE beautiful lights and […]

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