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Experience Gifts for Homebodies: Unique Life Enhancing Ideas

September 2022 - PHEW! Well we had a wonderful reception out here the first weekend of September with over 80 of our friends and family

I feel like as a society we’re becoming more frugal and less material which I think is fantastic. Everyone always gave me a hard time because I never had anything “fun” on my wish list. I guess no one really wants to buy someone sand paper lol but I personally would MUCH rather buy something for someone that they not only want, but can ACTUALLY use! Even better gifts of experience is becoming a very popular “trend” that I hope sticks around for good! My family long ago decided to skip gifts entirely for the adults but we are all encouraged to bring a favorite unique food for everyone to try! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #410)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #410

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #410. I’m such a summer person its always been really strange that my birthday happens to be in February. I just read a cute story online of some gal who, after years and years, found out the secret of her Grandma’s birthday. I guess she was a summer person too because they always celebrated her birthday in August. Nope, her birthday was in December she just always wanted to have a garden party lol. Good for you Grandma! Now, on to the party! Read More »

Yard updates, before and after… SO much grass!

My gosh do we have grass! Now I know I've been a quite crabby about everything that went on in the yard the past year or so.

My gosh do we have grass! Now I know I’ve been quite crabby about everything that went on in the yard the past year or so. Losing the barn, the front yard tree, having to put in a new septic system and losing my horse too. The guys we hired to install are new septic last year came back to black dirt and seed our yard this spring. (Its required to code on all new septic systems.) They came nearly a month earlier than we were expecting and just a week after we lost our front yard tree. It was good they came early but I sure did complain here to you guys about how I was so sick of everything happening so fast… Read More »

The Great and the Bad of Using Wood in Your Home

Inexpensive wood floor that looks like a million dollars - Four years later! Make your own DIY wood floors using 1x4 pine boards, sand down, stain and seal

I will forever be a fan of wood in all of its forms but I will admit it does come with more upkeep than other types of materials. Wood’s enduring beauty though shows through in the fact that nowadays you can even get tile that LOOKS like wood lol. I adore our hardwood floors (which are entirely throughout our house) but they are scratched and I’ve refinished them twice since I’ve lived here so that’s once about every five years so far. Do I still adore them though? Absolutely! Read More »

Transform Your Bathroom with DIY Utensils and Storage Solutions

The bathroom shelf above our tub was one of those projects that I just immediately loved and wondered why the heck I hadn’t put

Our master bath was so fun to organize and figure out storage solutions for. I used mason jars with fun (yet inexpensive) lids for extra necessities. I made a DIY little rack for our tooth brushes etc. out of two thrift store plates and a candle holder. Above the tub I put in a lovely “almost” floating shelf that I think absolutely made the entire space. Organization does not need to be expensive! And, under our vanity, we have towel and TP storage in two big baskets that I got a great deal on at Target. Read More »

From DIY Projects to Aquatic Life: Starting an Aquarium

I had a 20 gallon aquarium for many years growing up and into my 20s. I loved it and had these gorgeous giant angel fish but keeping fish is

I had a 20 gallon aquarium for many years growing up and into my 20s. I loved it and had these gorgeous giant angel fish but keeping fish is a lot more work then you would think! I still really enjoyed it though probably won’t be getting fish again. If I did it again I would try for a “living” tank with real plants and an ecosystem to keep the water clean and healthy. Read More »

My name is Tarah and its great to meet you!

It's been a hell of a ride since I started this blog and renovated and moved into this old farm house back in 2015. I got married, divorced, lost my doggo soul mate, spent two years as a single gal, remodeled everything, threw my back out countless times and learned that a house is never done lol! And thank goodness, honestly, I love working on this old place.

Around here I am pretty fearless when it comes to bettering my home. I love to refinish old furniture, re-purpose old pieces, build it from scratch and totally renovate anything that needs it! If I can do it - so can you. I still have lots of plans for this old farm and I can not wait to tell you guys all about it!

This is gonna be so much fun!

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What we feed our dogs – Homemade Dog Food Recipe

My homemade dog food recipe all started with Annie of course. My husband's little lab mix who moved out here even before he did.

Our homemade dog food recipe all started with Annie of course. My husband’s little lab mix who moved out here even before he did. Annie was utterly thrilled to become a farm dog after serving for years in the city as a service dog. She got her name (little orphan Annie) as she was found on the side of the road at just a few weeks old. She was rescued and then trained by the Wounded Warrior Project as a service dog for Lodi specifically. When she got out here she pretty much just threw herself into retirement with utter abandon lol. But despite my best efforts (Frontline) she also immediately got Lymes disease and broke two teeth on only God knows what. Read More »

Stairwell plans: a new outlet, lights and new handrail

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

With the sheetrock and patches complete in the stairwell I can finally move on to taping, mudding, trim and painting. However summer is also upon us so much of my time will be outside tackling our outdoor projects. Getting this stairwell completed is going to take me some time as I’m, “Working on it a little here and there, mostly on rainy days, for now!” So, in the interim, I thought I’d share my stairwell plans with you guys. Read More »

Skid Steer, Moving our little Shed and Some Major Yard Work

May 2024, the yard work that's been going on around here is just nuts. We had expected the guys to come tackle our lawn sometime

The yard work that’s been going on around here is just nuts. We had expected the guys to come tackle our lawn sometime in early to mid June. We got a call on Thursday May 9th that they were coming the following Monday *facepalm* Its not that I’m unhappy to get everything done ASAP its just that we really thought we were going to have some more time to prepare! But we managed to rent a skid steer that weekend and Lodi worked at it with all that he had. Read More »

Sheetrocking our Stairwell, calling in some Help

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

Its hard for me to believe but Grandma’s house has been mine for ten years now – I started the renovation in April of 2014 and moved in in August of 2015. In all that time you guys know I’ve been slowly finishing this place and I’ve amazingly (finally) come down to the last spot. This wall of this stairwell has never been finished since I moved in. I don’t know why they finished the other wall and not this one… One of the hundreds of times I wish I could ask my grandparents a question. Read More »

Organizing one very ugly corner

Well, after all this work I've been doing in our former workshop I was still left frowning at my corner of ugly. I just haven't figured out

Have we all got at least one disorganized spot that drives us nuts? Well, after all this work I’ve been doing in our former workshop I was still left frowning at my special corner of ugly in the closet. It was time for me to figure out a decent way to organize pipe clamps, paint roll extenders (mostly broom handles because they screw right into paint rollers…) pretty much tall round rods of every capacity… there’s even a flag poll in there somewhere and yep that’s a big roll of brown paper. Read More »

How to: Build your own inexpensive closet doors!

How to build your own inexpensive, easy and beautiful closet doors. Tips and tutorials, DIY, wood working, build projects, how tos How to build your own inexpensive, easy and beautiful closet doors. Tips and tutorials, DIY, wood working, build projects, how tos

Our next throwback comes from November of 2015. I was pretty proud of these closet doors when I first built them and they’re still serving us in the house. Its time to replace the fabric though as, after almost ten years, the once “white” curtains have become considerably grimy. I’m still very weird and picky when it comes to closet doors and, though these have worked for us, I’m still constantly wondering if I can’t come up with something better. Read More »

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Yard updates, before and after… SO much grass!

My gosh do we have grass! Now I know I've been a quite crabby about everything that went on in the yard the past year or so.

My gosh do we have grass! Now I know I’ve been quite crabby about everything that went on in the yard the past year or so. Losing the barn, the front yard tree, having to put in a new septic system and losing my horse too. The guys we hired to install are new septic last year came back to black dirt and seed our yard this spring. (Its required to code on all new septic systems.) They came nearly a month earlier than we were expecting and just a week after we lost our front yard tree. It was good they came early but I sure did complain here to you guys about how I was so sick of everything happening so fast… Read More »

Before and After lamp painting and adding a new shade!

DIY glorious lamp makeovers, thrift store lamps before and afters, inspiration board, new shades, painted lamps, ugly lamps turned beautiful

For the first time in our throwback series I no longer have what the post was about! I remember painting this little lamp, being proud of it, buying a new shade for it and using it for YEARS… I guess it just must have quit at some point as we still have the shade lol I just can’t remember what happened to the lamp. But I do know that it served us well for many years and I was really happy with how its makeover turned out. Read More »

My entertainment center! Eleonora’s beautiful buffet refinished

Inspiration board of buffet and sideboard makeovers, before and afters, painted furniture, refinished furniture, antique furniture, diy, paint, stain

With these Thursday throw back posts every month I am confronted (every. single. time.) with how I never took enough pictures back then. Its such a shame! I guess my brain just hadn’t fully switched over to digital yet and I was still trying to “save film” every time I took a picture?! Who only takes ONE picture?! I so wish I had more before I started work on this piece because it was quite a bit of work and the result was pretty dramatic. I love those claw feet! SO, I may not have taken enough “before” picture but I at least have some pictures now that do this beautiful piece justice! Read More »

Completed new Game Room and Office!

Well, I call it my office anyway, but Lodi started calling it the game room and that's definitely going to stick though my office is in here.

So, after lots of work and more money than I wanted to spend (because I never like spending money) I have officially turned our workshop into JUST my office! Well, I call it my office anyway, but Lodi started calling it the game room and that’s definitely going to stick though it is my office 100%. This really does feel like a den for chillaxing, reading, playing etc. I do quite a bit of work here but even I have to admit that I still probably use my desktop more for gaming than anything else. There’s even enough floor space to set up a card table. Read More »

An old cabinet gets new life as an entertainment center!

Old cabinet made by my grandparents back in 1994 for me, trying to find a use for it my mom and I realized it would make her a great entertainment center!

Oh now this is a fun throwback! I had darned near forgot about this cabinet I painted years ago! I posted this back in November of 2015 and it served my mom as an entertainment center for years. It has just awesome storage and its not too stupid big or heavy that it can’t be used just about everywhere. It is no longer her entertainment center but it traveled with Mom all the way to her new house and is now her entry storage table! Read More »

An old washstand gets new life and purpose!

Giving an a coat of black paint to an old washstand to match my entire bedroom set! Hollywood glam, black paint and glass knobs. Furniture refinish.

Aw this lovely little washstand I remember from my Grandparents’ entryway for literally my entire life. I painted it out with our two dressers for the bedroom to act as my bedside table way back but ended up changing the entire bedroom around several times since then. It worked fine as an end table but it was a bit big and I managed to find matching bedside tables since then that I even added power strips and USB plugins to for our master. I had no idea this little stand would actually end up working perfectly for me in my closet and now I use ever day! Read More »

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June 2024 – Camping in Itasca State Park

June 2024 - Over the last decade I've gotten out to Itasca State Park camping nearly every year. It was always just my favorite getaway.

June 2024 – Over the last decade I’ve gotten out to Itasca State Park camping nearly every year. It was always just my favorite getaway. I’d put up my little tent, fill the air mattress, make my bed (I even have sheets!) and settle in to my little home away from home. Friends thought I was nuts going out there alone but also conceded that it was very much so a thing I would totally do and they didn’t need to worry about me. I loved every minute of it and always looked forward to my couple of days totally disconnected. Read More »

May 2024 – Another Empty Spot in our Yard

May 2024 I mean, seriously, what is going on with losing stuff around here? Its almost to the point of being funny... We have THOUSANDS of trees on this property.

May 2024 I mean, seriously, what is going on with losing stuff around here? Its almost to the point of being funny… We have THOUSANDS of trees on this property. Do you know which one died on us a couple of years ago? The one tree I would LEAST want to lose! So, here we go again, with yet another empty spot in our yard. This massive old oak lasted over a hundred years and then just decided he was done. He stood perfectly in front of our master bedroom windows, shielding us from the sun in the summers and the road all year around. Read More »

Tackling Home Improvement Projects Before Moving Abroad

Whether you’re moving abroad, down the street, or just planning to renovate the home you’re currently living in, this is a great list that can really help! As someone who has gone through plenty of renovations over the years I can attest it can be incredibly stressful – not to mention frustrating! Read More »

April 2024 – Our Unrecognizable Yard and Things

April 2024 - with the loss of my old horse last month I knew eventually I would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I'm

April 2024 – with the loss of our horse last month I knew eventually we would have to go down and clear out his shed. You guys know I’m not into wasting anything so we’d already found someone who was really happy to take the leftover hay and grain. (Also sold the red panels and t-posts as well.) Spending time down there, where he used to be, felt both good and terrible. It was really sad but there was also a certain amount of relief in it. Read More »

March 2024 – I’m sorry to say I have some really sad news

In late February into March 2024 Lodi and I went on a cruise with his daughter and her boyfriend. It was lovely and very much fun but

Hey guys, I wrote this post pretty early in March 2024 to tell you all about our vacation and summer plans. I will keep that here after this but sadly I must first share some bad news. On March 20th Lodi came home and went down to feed our old horse like he always does. At first he thought Gar was just laying down but then he saw that he wasn’t moving. Read More »

February 2024 – So I guess we’re not doing winter this year

I'm starting this blog post in early February 2024 and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside.

I’m starting this blog post in early February 2024 and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside. It rained in January this year too… In fact, we basically have no snow right now and this will certainly get rid of the last of it. We’ve consistently broken record highs since the start of 2024 and its just awesome but, I will admit, its also a bit creepy. I saw a picture of a bank sign in late January on the day we hit 50 degrees in 2024 and the same sign on the same day in 2023 when the temperature was negative 38. Read More »

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Completed new Game Room and Office!

Well, I call it my office anyway, but Lodi started calling it the game room and that's definitely going to stick though my office is in here.

So, after lots of work and more money than I wanted to spend (because I never like spending money) I have officially turned our workshop into JUST my office! Well, I call it my office anyway, but Lodi started calling it the game room and that’s definitely going to stick though it is my office 100%. This really does feel like a den for chillaxing, reading, playing etc. I do quite a bit of work here but even I have to admit that I still probably use my desktop more for gaming than anything else. There’s even enough floor space to set up a card table. Read More »

Office Workshop Reveal

The final reveal of our office workshop! I'm sure its old news at this point but I'm just so happy with my new office here. How long

The final reveal of our office workshop! I’m sure its old news at this point but I’m just so happy with my new office here. How long has it been since I moved it from the entryway? Over 6 months for sure! But every time I come in here I am still just smitten and so glad to have it. Finally some space to work and play. I think just about everyone can identify trying to work from home without actually having a real office. Whether we’re trying to work on the couch with a laptop or at the dining room table… We can make it work but frankly there is nothing like having a REAL desk… not to mention an actual dedicated office space. Read More »

New Entryway Design… and some thoughts on rugs

A new design for our entryway... and some thoughts on rugs. So I did a rug count in the house a while back and ended up feeling quite

A new design for our entryway. So I did a rug count in the house a while back and ended up feeling quite annoyed with myself actually. How many rugs does a 1,500 square foot main floor actually need? Apparently it was 19?! Now that was just seem borderline silly lol. To be fair most of them were the rag rugs that I love and a few came from my Grandma so I loved those even more. However, the majority of them had also seen better days. I started removing rugs or replacing them with more toned down and better alternatives. The entryway redesign here was my first opportunity to do just that! Read More »

New Living Room Layout, Redesign and Rearrange

So, it is interesting that we love this new redesign so much because it is LITERALLY my old layout plan for the living room that we tried and hated a few years back. There’s only one difference and I refuse to believe it’s actually why we hated this before. When we tried it back then the sofa encroached into the “hallway” by several more inches, making walking behind it feel kind of tight… Could that be it? A few inches on that side of the room? I talked about why we hated it before and it was because the room felt closed off… but somehow now, it feels bright, intimate and open all at the same time. Read More »

Master Bathroom and Master Closet Tour

Master Bathroom and Master Closet Tour it dawned on me this is the first time I’ve done a full reveal of these two rooms together. WAY back in 2015 was the last time you guys saw the closet and, even then, it wasn’t much of a reveal. You know I’ve been working on our master suite second floor for nearly a year now. I refused to stop until every. last. thing. I could think of was completed and / or fixed. I’m very happy with how it all turned out! Read More »

Elegear LED Lights! – Adding warmth to our main floor for Xmas

But, first, what Lodi did with these incredible Elegear LED lights that were gifted to us! Adding warmth for the holidays to our main floor

There’s been some changes here at Grandma’s house that you will definitely notice in the pictures! I’ve moved my office into our workshop thus freeing up our entryway entirely. There’s lots more to do and posts coming out all about my new office workshop and our new open plan entryway. But, first, what Lodi did with these incredible Elegear LED lights that were gifted to us! Check them out here on Amazon and make sure and use the 10% off discount code: DHSCZOTA Read More »

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To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #410)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #410

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #410. I’m such a summer person its always been really strange that my birthday happens to be in February. I just read a cute story online of some gal who, after years and years, found out the secret of her Grandma’s birthday. I guess she was a summer person too because they always celebrated her birthday in August. Nope, her birthday was in December she just always wanted to have a garden party lol. Good for you Grandma! Now, on to the party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #409)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #409

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #409. Well I finally got myself motivated and have started in on taping and mudding out the sheetrock in the stairwell. I at least confirmed why I had a good reason for my procrastination. I don’t like having to stand at the very top of a ladder in a stairwell! Its no fun! I finished second coat last night though and plan and slapping a third on there tonight. Can’t wait to get the ladder work totally done. Now, on to the party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #408)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #408

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #408. I still can’t complain that we’re getting rain even if it kinda ruined our towns fourth of July celebrations last week lol. We’re getting some heat and sunshine now but I know we’ve been very fortunate not just with seeing enough rain but also by not seeing the major heat wave most of the midwest has been getting hit by. Lodi worked the holiday so I just took a quiet rain day at home and kind of loved it honestly. I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday! Now, on to the party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #407)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #407

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #407. Well we’ve still managed to avoid the major heat wave most of the Midwest is under right now though the wind has still been pretty brutal. Usual the fourth of July for us is a killer but this year we’re only seeing high seventies which I think everyone is appreciative of. We have eighties coming though so summer is still set to arrive! Now, on to the party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #406)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #406

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #406. My gosh, you guys, how is it already coming to the end of June? We’re still feeling incredibly fortunate for a long spring with plenty of rain and sunshine in equal amounts. Lots of days in the 70s, not too hot, not too cold. We’ve barely used our air conditioner at all and our forecast looks like much of the same. I admit this nice weather makes me lazy lol when I get home from work all I want to do is just go sit in it! Now, on to the party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #405)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #405

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #405. Well we’re continuing our streak of plenty of rain and some truly fabulous mild summer weather. I’m very excited with how our lawn is growing in and looking so much better than last year’s sand pit. I’m missing my gardening something fierce but am placating myself with dreams of the new garden we’ll be building this year. Can’t wait to plant some veggies next year! Now, on to the party! Read More »

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OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board

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Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board! Summer is absolutely my favorite time of the year – you will NEVER hear me complaining about the heat lol But I honestly think that’s a fact simply because fall and spring are such short seasons here in northern MN. Fall for us could truly last all of three weeks like our spring did this year! And that’s just depressing lol because that means we’re settling into at least four months of some serious cold and snow. Read More »

Hometalk’s Outdoor Projects I Can’t Wait to Build! Do it Yourself!

Inspiration Board of Hometalk's best do it yourself wood working build projects for outside, outdoor, backyards and lawns. Arbor, pallet couch, pallet love seat, planter boxes, easy to do bench, potting table do it yourself, home improvement

Inspiration Board of the Outdoor projects on Hometalk that I’ve been drooling over! I received a comment on my outdoor bench saying, “You’re SO crafty, that’s amazing!” And I admittedly got a bit offended, eventually I just laughed about it but I’m not sure how I can build a wrap around bench for my deck and still be called “crafty”. I could’t help but think that if I was a guy she certainly wouldn’t have looked at that bench and called him crafty! I am a builder at heart and I spend most of my time building things in my head or drooling over outdoor projects like these: Read More »

Let’s build some swings! Pinterest Do It Yourself Inspiration Board!

Let's build some swings! Pinterest Do It Yourself Inspiration Board! Wood Working, DIY, Tips and Tutorials, Wood Working, How to, Build your own swings, some out of pallet wood, some from scratch for a fun way to enjoy a spring or summer day in your backyard or on your deck! Swing Away!

Well now that spring has FINALLY arrived, my dreaming has turned to swings! Let’s build some! These are some of my favorites I’ve found on Pinterest and stashed away for a later time because, seriously, who doesn’t want to swing away a beautiful summer day? Contrary to popular belief, I do NOT feel that swings are for kids in any way. Many of these are very grown up swings for us “adults” lol Read More »

Nooks and Getaway Places: Pinterest Inspiration Board

Nooks, crannies, special getaway places, some of my favorite escapes via Pinterest Inspiration board, come sneak away with me!

Nooks, crannies, special getaway places, some of my favorite escapes via Pinterest Inspiration board. It has been a very difficult few weeks here at Grandma’s House, tailing the end of a very, very hard year. I will tell you guys why and what’s been going on when I’m able to get my feet back under me again. To say the least though I have found myself on Pinterest, looking longingly at getaway places and nooks that promise quiet and PEACE. Read More »

Inspiration Board: Six more Summer Projects I can’t wait to build!

Need more summer projects for next summer? Table, buffet, porch, screened in porches, bench, swing, all for your outside patio or deck or fire pit!

Six more summer projects I can’t wait to build for us outside and out on our deck! Some DIYs and things just have to wait for some nice weather not only for us to enjoy them but for us to build them as well. Currently I’m sitting here in late October and we have a winter storm warning 🙁 So, hears to dreaming about next summer and all the things to look forward to building. I posted earlier this year a few summer projects I just can’t wait to build but I’ve seen so many build projects on Pinterest I had to share a few more that I can’t wait to build next summer! Read More »

Inspiration Board: Gorgeous Bedrooms to swoon over!

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

I spend a certain amount of time on Pinterest gazing with my mouth open at some of the gorgeous bedrooms people have. As far as Inspiration Boards go I’ve published quite a few over the years but I think this one might take the cake. I am absolutely in awe of a few of these. Considering how much time we spend in our bedrooms (albeit it is with our eyes closed) I am a firm believer that they are a VERY important part of our homes. From gorgeous colour palettes to hardwood bedroom furniture options, there’s always amazing bedrooms to look at when you are scrolling through Pinterest. In fact, the inspiration doesn’t stop coming the moment you type in beautiful bedrooms into Google! So, without further adieu here’s some gorgeous bedrooms via Pinterest!! Read More »

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Experience Gifts for Homebodies: Unique Life Enhancing Ideas

September 2022 - PHEW! Well we had a wonderful reception out here the first weekend of September with over 80 of our friends and family

I feel like as a society we’re becoming more frugal and less material which I think is fantastic. Everyone always gave me a hard time because I never had anything “fun” on my wish list. I guess no one really wants to buy someone sand paper lol but I personally would MUCH rather buy something for someone that they not only want, but can ACTUALLY use! Even better gifts of experience is becoming a very popular “trend” that I hope sticks around for good! My family long ago decided to skip gifts entirely for the adults but we are all encouraged to bring a favorite unique food for everyone to try! Read More »

The Great and the Bad of Using Wood in Your Home

Inexpensive wood floor that looks like a million dollars - Four years later! Make your own DIY wood floors using 1x4 pine boards, sand down, stain and seal

I will forever be a fan of wood in all of its forms but I will admit it does come with more upkeep than other types of materials. Wood’s enduring beauty though shows through in the fact that nowadays you can even get tile that LOOKS like wood lol. I adore our hardwood floors (which are entirely throughout our house) but they are scratched and I’ve refinished them twice since I’ve lived here so that’s once about every five years so far. Do I still adore them though? Absolutely! Read More »

Transform Your Bathroom with DIY Utensils and Storage Solutions

The bathroom shelf above our tub was one of those projects that I just immediately loved and wondered why the heck I hadn’t put

Our master bath was so fun to organize and figure out storage solutions for. I used mason jars with fun (yet inexpensive) lids for extra necessities. I made a DIY little rack for our tooth brushes etc. out of two thrift store plates and a candle holder. Above the tub I put in a lovely “almost” floating shelf that I think absolutely made the entire space. Organization does not need to be expensive! And, under our vanity, we have towel and TP storage in two big baskets that I got a great deal on at Target. Read More »

From DIY Projects to Aquatic Life: Starting an Aquarium

I had a 20 gallon aquarium for many years growing up and into my 20s. I loved it and had these gorgeous giant angel fish but keeping fish is

I had a 20 gallon aquarium for many years growing up and into my 20s. I loved it and had these gorgeous giant angel fish but keeping fish is a lot more work then you would think! I still really enjoyed it though probably won’t be getting fish again. If I did it again I would try for a “living” tank with real plants and an ecosystem to keep the water clean and healthy. Read More »

Things To Consider When Renovating Your Home for a Disability

I'm starting this blog post in early February 2024 and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside.

Homes have come a long way in terms of accessibility over the last couple of decades compared to when they were first built. Doorways are already larger and people are already going for less stairs and far more one story and wide open plans. Renovating an older home that would be more user friendly for someone with a disability can be a bit daunting but, still, a very doable task. Read More »

Quick and Easy Rental Upgrades: Instant Home Improvement Tips

Figuring out the office furniture we want in our new space. With the rug layering situation figured out this room is starting to feel

Personalizing our homes is really important for our mental well beings but living in a rental can make that really hard as nothing permanent can be done in most cases. However, I’ve seen some wonderful ideas from hanging fabric on the walls to “change” the color without actually changing the color. Battery operated sconces and lights are also a really quick and non permanent way to upgrade a space. Read More »

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