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Come with me on a tour of our remodeled and renovated 100 year old farm house. We took the house my mom grew up in, the house my grandparents shared for over fifty years and made it a place for us to grow old in. Entirely furnished with refinished furniture, nothing is new but it is all new to us! Those Tips & Tutorials we used for all of the Before & Afters can finally be seen here in action making this place, piece by piece, our beautiful (and very functional!) home.

Home Tour: The deck, our outside dance floor and living room!

A post revealing our deck, our outside living space and living room, our 700 square foot dance floor, how we built it, designed it and finished it!
Nov 20 2017 -

A post all about one of my favorite “rooms” of our house: our outside deck and my dance floor! When my grandparents’ lived here this was their least utilized outside of the home – the only way to reach it was to walk all the way around the house! My plan to add this deck came naturally and was one of the first things I was certain I wanted to add and, like most of the projects on this renovation, Joe and I built our deck together. I put in almost every joist hanger (all 8 million of them…) Joe dug almost every 4×4 post and we dropped the joists in together. From there Joe took it over and laid down every last deck board over the course of three days. With the depth of the deck 11 feet all the way around we used 12 foot green treated deck boards that Joe put in as tight as he could together and then cut off along the edge with a skill saw. Read the rest of the post »

Home Tour: Farmhouse living room reveal of thrift stores and hand me downs!

Our farmhouse living room reveal Grandma's, country chic, thrift stores and refinished hand me down furniture pieces make for a cozy and comfortable space!
Sep 25 2017 -

A post all about our farm house living room! Beneath that old blue carpet were several layers of linoleum that wonderfully protected the hardwood for many many decades. This is not a big room nor was it an easy room to plan. First the staircase had to double in length (because the old one was so steep it was like climbing a mountain!) and, because of the staircase covering up its entryway, then the bathroom had to move and the living room absorbed that problem too by giving up even more space. Read the rest of the post »

Home Tour: Master bedroom refresh! Sweet country meets Hollywood glam!

Master bedroom refresh country, hollywood regency makeover, white tufted headboard, glass lamp and hardware, black painted furniture, dark hardwood floors
Mar 13 2017 -

Several times in the past couple of months I’ve hinted at showing your guys our master bedroom refresh! It all started when we decided to move the head of our bed from under the south facing windows to the east wall. It opened up the room so much – we can dance up here now! But it left me with a couple of issues, the first big one was that I could no longer use my washstand as my bedside table (not enough room any more) and neither could Joe as he had been using his dresser. So, on I went thrifting on the search for bedside tables, their makeover was a fun and easy one, check it out here. Read the rest of the post »

Home tour: the Kitchen Reveal!

white functional country custom kitchen design because kitchens are actually meant to be cooked in.
Aug 08 2016 -

Oh I am so excited to finally show you our kitchen reveal! You guys have heard me talk many times about how it took us fifteen months to renovate my grandparents’ 100 year old farm house. It was a tremendous amount of work but we did get the majority of it done and now we’ve been living here for a year in August! I know, I know, you can throw tomatoes at me, I have not yet given you guys the complete home tour. You’ve seen our Master bedroom, closet and bathroom as well as my office but, after that, I’ve been pretty much mute. I promised you last week that my kitchen reveal was imminent because we FINALLY finished the door thresholds and I asked Joe at the time, “Do you think our floors are ever going to be this clean again?” His answer was, “I doubt it.” Because what happened when we put in the door thresholds was that I was forced to clean the floors thoroughly and anyone with dark hardwood floors will tell you that they NEVER look truly clean almost no matter what you do. SO, I got out my camera, did a little staging, and tackled the big photography job for this kitchen reveal. But, first, allow us to take a trip down memory lane 🙂 Read the rest of the post »

Home tour: My office reveal!

After fifteen months of diy remodeling and renovation we converted our screened in porch into my office. Come and see my office reveal on our home tour
Apr 18 2016 -

Before we can truly start in on my office reveal we have to start by going way way back to literally the day we started remodeling the house. This room used to be what was left of this old house’s screened in porch. Back in the ’50s the other part of the screened in porch had been enclosed to create an entryway and my grandparents’ bedroom (so they could sleep on the first floor and their two girls could get the two bedrooms upstairs that is now our master suite). This part though remained a screened in porch and one of my very favorites places in my child hood. When my aunt and mom were little girls they would sleep out here throughout the Minnesota summers and both of them still recall it as being one of their very favorite things. I still pine a bit for the old screened in porch and now, from time to time, wish I had not had to enclose it. However, this porch was only yards from the dirt road outside our house and I knew we would never be sitting out here to enjoy the dust and watching people drive by – not really what you would call a “scenic” view. And I needed an office! Read the rest of the post »

Home Tour: Master Bathroom Reveal!

The final reveal of our master bathroom with double slipper bathtub, buffet vanity and dark hardwood floors
Mar 21 2016 -

The total amount of months it took us to complete our renovation was fifteen. I spent almost every day after work at the house, almost every weekend and it just about killed me. Going into the renovation I knew it would be one of the hardest things I had ever done but also, what I wanted to do more then anything I had ever wanted to achieve in my entire life. This master bathroom was my treat to myself. The double slipper tub (*swoon*) was the one splurge I gave myself for all of my work and I have never regretted it, I absolutely LOVE that tub! But lets start at the beginning. Check out that linoleum! Read the rest of the post »

Home Tour: Master Closet Reveal!!

Before and after reveal of our master bedroom walk in closet!
Mar 15 2016 -

First thing is first before I get into all of the details about our master closet I’m going to do a copy and paste from my previous post about our Master Bedroom Reveal so you know where everything began: As far as the design goes it all started with the passing of my other Grandma: Eleonora. You’ve seen her mentioned a couple of times here along the way in my Before & After of Eleonora’s Rocker and Eleonora’s buffet/our entertainment center. You’ve also probably heard me mention my awesome white leather tufted hassock. It was in Eleonora’s attic for my whole life as far as I can remember and I absolutely fell in love with it when they said each of us grand kids could pick a couple of things to keep. It also scared me a little bit, everybody here probably knows by now that I am not a panty-hose-wearing, dress-loving or pearl-wearing kind of gal. However, that did not stop me from entirely falling in love and from there, everything else fell for it too. Read the rest of the post »

Home Tour: Master Bedroom Reveal!

After fifteen months of renovation come and see our hollywood glam master bedroom reveal, before and afters!
Feb 29 2016 -

The big master bedroom reveal! I know I know I know, we’ve been living in the house 6 months and I still have not posted anything resembling a reveal of the rooms besides when it was empty and we first moved in! I’m sorry guys, you are allowed to throw tomatoes at me. Read the rest of the post »

Top ten most popular posts of 2015!

The horror story about our oak kitchen counter tops, how they warped and split and how I fixed them!
Jan 08 2016 -

Some of these top ten posts really surprised me! The number one most popular post of 2015 especially surprised me the most! Read the rest of the post »


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