DIY instagram photo coasters

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I love Instagram. I don't know if it's the photographer in me or the fun of seeing other IGers posts, but I love it. However, it's so rare that anyone ever does anything with those photos. And if you're new to my Instagram feed you'll find that I love clouds. Love them. Part of me thinks it's odd, the other part thinks I don't care because nature is so calming for me. I take loads of photos but don't do anything with them. So, I decided to make coasters with some of my Instagram cloud photos. I've made coasters in the past so I used my old tutorial and read more this way >>>

how to hang a drum shade from a ceiling fixture

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Adding a drum shade to a ceiling light fixture is the easiest way to update the lighting without needing to re-wire anything.   I had planned on making a drum shade but when I found this one on clearance at Lowe's for $6 I jumped on it, as I wouldn't have been able to make one for less than that. Here's the before of our guest room lighting situation: I don't like when you can see right into the drum shade and then get blinded by looking directly at the light bulbs, so using some leftover white fabric I had I added a bottom, if you will, to the read more this way >>>

guest room progress: paint, floor molding and hideous windowsills

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We continued to work through the guest room over the weekend and we're getting close to being finished! We finished painting the walls, painting the closet, adding the floor molding and painting the window sills. As I mentioned in the last post, we had wallpapered paneling in this room. While it would have been ideal to remove the paneling it just wasn't a priority. And with everything in this 70+ year old house we really weren't prepared for the potential condition of the walls under the paneling. So in efforts to not create an even larger project we chose to read more this way >>>

our guest room progress

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Last week we got started on the guest room and I think I jumped up and down clapping my hands when we actually got moving. So much of what we've done in the house so far has been necessary things, not pretty things (think insulation, electricians, plumbers, etc.). Though, we did remove the carpet in the whole house already which made a huge difference. (Photo below from the original listing. That's not quite my style). This guest room is the smallest room in the house with the largest closet. The closet is a cedar closet, with built-in drawers, but it no read more this way >>>

{super simple} DIY wall sconce shades

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The wall sconces in our family room were kind of an eye sore. Though, they're the only source of light, aside from lamps we've added, in the whole room. Which meant we kind of needed them. Here's the before, the photos from the listing of our house: I started researching around and everything I was finding was $40-80 per sconce. Which, I mean, I'm all for a good light fixture but not for that much. The other problem we were running into was that all the sconces we were finding were either for lights connected to a light switch, or needed to be plugged read more this way >>>

high five for friday!

High Five For Friday

It's Friday! What a week after having the last two off! What's good for your weekends? We're finally crossing things off the ole To Do list around the house this weekend. Psyched to be getting the guest room together! Have a great one! 1. This nugget. How is it her one month birthday already?! 2. Started the guest room makeover this weekend. That's an ENORMOUS cedar closet (that is no longer very cedar-y smelling) that's getting a makeover! 3. This. You may have seen it on Instagram. I mean is that real life? No filters, nothing. So beautiful. 4. My read more this way >>>

5 ways to clean up online clutter

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I've been working hard this week to kick the new year off right and clean up, clear out and simplify. And one of the ways I'm doing that is but cleaning up my online things, if you will. However, in efforts to continue keeping it real, this is the current state of our office. So much for de-cluttering, eh?! Though, it's like this because we've started working on the guest room! I'm psyched for the before and after. I'll have a process post for you guys next week so stay tuned. The first week of every year I take time to clean up my email folders, limit my read more this way >>>

new year, fresh start

New Year Fresh Start

Happy New Year! Hope you all enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends. This past month has been a wild whirlwind for me, but I'm looking forward to a fresh start with the new year. Prepare yourself for a novel below, but I hope you feel inspired heading into 2015. If you follow me on Instagram you may have picked up that I spent the month of December in Massachusetts. My sister had her first baby at the beginning of the month and I'm fortunate to work for a company that allowed me to work remotely to be there for her. Al joined me out there for read more this way >>>

merry christmas & cheers to 2015!

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Stopping in to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you're enjoying time with family + friends, relaxing and rejoicing in the spirit of the holiday season. We're spending this time with our family + friends and obviously soaking in every minute with baby Claire. I'm taking some time off from blogging over the next week or so. Potentially back on January 1st or maybe January 5th. Haven't decided yet, going to see what the days in the next week have planned for me. Either way, we wish you all the happiest of holidays and a big huge cheers to 2015! read more this way >>>

holiday cocktail recipe {with gin + peppermint}

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To wrap up our 12 Days of Christmas I want to leave you guys with a refreshing and festive cocktail to celebrate your holidays with! Something simple, but delicious and different from the standard beer or wine. The recipe below is for one cocktail: 2 tablespoons Gin 1.5 teaspoons Peppermint Schnapps 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 1/2 cup lemon-lime seltzer water peppermint sticks of candy canes for fun! Pour the gin, peppermint schnapps and lime juice over ice in a glass. For added charm use a mason jar and tie a festive ribbon around it! Top with the read more this way >>>