converting a closed up garage back to a garage

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When we bought the house it was very clear that this little side room was once a garage. The story from our neighbors is that the woman who lived here was a seamstress and ran a little business out of this space. We really don't need the added space and having a garage is a whole lot more appealing to us for both parking in and being able to have a workshop. The construction of the wall where there was once a garage door was horrible. The window was falling out, just sliding right down, and you could shake the whole wall. I'm fairly certain if the wind blew hard read more this way >>>

high five for friday!

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Happy Friday! As noticed from the lack of posting this week it has taken me a full week to recover from turning 30 and from the wedding weekend in Illinois with Al's family. I can't party like I used to be able to. Who am I kidding, I could never party. I'm hoping to have an easy weekend and be back to normal on Monday. There are like 9 different body parts that ache on me right now. Is this what 30 feels like?! Hope you guys have a great weekend. As I said, we're looking forward to a chill weekend at home, wrapping up some half-finished projects, maybe getting a read more this way >>>

cheers to 30!

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Last day to enter the Country Chic Paint Giveaway! Head on over to Tuesday’s post to enter.  Today’s the day. I just rounded the corner to 30 and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. And I mean that. I feel like so many people around me have been freaking out about turning the big 3-0, but for some reason I’m calm and excited about it. Don’t get me wrong, if you recall, 25 was a tough one for me, so I guess we all have our year/s!But 30. It’s not feeling tough to me at all. I’m amazed at the last 10 years. What I’ve been through, what I’ve accomplished, success and read more this way >>>

front porch remodel: phase one

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Two days left to enter the Country Chic Paint Giveaway! Head on over to Tuesday's post to enter.  The front porch is not done. As seen by the green sides, unfinished roof, crooked lights and filth on the house, but it’s getting there. I thought I’d drop in with an update on what we’ve done thus far. I didn't wash the house or straighten the side lights for these photos. These photos are a hot mess, but I mean this is real life. You should see the garage.To remind you, here’s where we started:We hired a contractor, who taught us a lot about what you DON’T want in a read more this way >>>

weekend fun at rockygrass {bluegrass festival}

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We headed out last Thursday for a weekend of fun at RockyGrass, a bluegrass festival in Lyons, CO, just north of Boulder. Sharing some photos from the weekend, if you'd like to see. We had such a great time and are already looking forward to next year. If you recall, two years ago, Colorado was devastated from a week of massive flooding. Lyons was one of the cities that was completely underwater and affected by the floods. It was truly amazing to see how they've rebuilt and how much their small town has rallied together to continue to rebuild. You can see below read more this way >>>

birthday giveaway: $165 of country chic paint!

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This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected and notified. Congrats Brittany O.! At the end of this week I’ll be ringing in the big 3-0 (!). In celebration of that I wanted to give YOU guys something fun! I’m psyched to share that I’ve partnered with Country Chic Paint for our first giveaway. It’s really not a news flash that I love their paint, their color selection and all the other products they continue to offer. Photo courtesy of The Salvaged Boutique (not the actual prize package)   So, what’s in it for you? Well, $165 in products! read more this way >>>

a charming dresser makeover

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This dresser was a $15 thrift store find that I grabbed for the hardware alone. Look at those amazing drawer pulls! I can't for the life of me find the before photo (taking and remembering where I file before photos is a serious problem for me), but just imagine old honey colored wood. Head on over to the Country Chic Paint Blog to learn more about the colors and method behind this super simple upcycle.     read more this way >>>

simple outdoor spaces on a budget

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There are places I’m happy to spend and splurge on around these parts and then there are places I’m not. Like outdoor things. I don’t want to spend a fortune because I’m not going to actually go out and cover furniture when it rains or put cushions away. And it's outside, it gets dirty, it’s covered in bugs and bird poop. So this is a save situation. I should also remind you that we don’t like stuff. Clutter. We hate it. So this is not a place where you’re going to find a decked out, over the top, outdoor makeover with rugs and pretend place settings and all read more this way >>>

how to approach home decor (hint: however you want)

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What’s your design style when it comes to your home, your living space? I kind of hate when I’m asked that question. There are so many trends in home decor and design and I feel like everyone just does it because it’s what’s “in.” So I’ve been struggling lately because I love so many different types of design...  mid–century modern, antique/vintage, modern styles, rustic looks and more. But I’ve been feeling like I can’t combine them because they’re all so different and you know, that’s what home designers and Pinterest tell you. But then one day I realized that read more this way >>>

high five for friday!

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Hope you guys are having a great week! Last weekend we celebrated my upcoming (big) birthday a few weeks early. It was the best weekend, exactly how I wanted to celebrate. What's good for your weekend? We're having a chill weekend, with very little scheduled, to recoup from the last weekend and the last two months of non stop house work! Have a great one! 1. This crew flew in and surprised me for the celebration last weekend. It was the greatest ever. My brother-in-law also flew in and surprised me but I have no photos. I'm trying to get better at photos of life read more this way >>>