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To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #389)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #389

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #389. Kind of exciting to say that when this post goes live I’m going to be getting on a plane with Lodi for a little vacation! We’re going on a four night cruise to Cozumel! Coincidentally one of my coworkers will also be going on a vacation at that time and we’ve both lamented, “Oh sure we finally go on vacation and its 50 degrees here!” Regardless though it will be good to get out of dodge and relax for a little while. Now, on to the Party! 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 »

5 Things to Know Before Buying Your First Farmhouse

April 2023 turned in to yet another pretty crappy month weather wise so I am formally apologizing to everyone as it does appear I jinxed us.

There has definitely been a social movement over the last few decades of people getting out of the city and purchasing more rural homes. Folks that may have never considered a farm before are now looking into little homesteads to start gardening and even raising chickens and livestock. I love our old farmhouse but it did come with its challenges! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #388)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #388

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #388. So I guess we’re just not doing winter this year lol. It was 50 degrees yesterday… and yeah that was a total record breaker. On Monday I took advantage of my holiday off at home to fill our horse’s water tank and I didn’t even have to thaw out the hose… this is absolutely fabulous! Are you guys experiencing this craziness too? Now, on to the Party! Read More »

Patching and Painting the Former Workshop

Patching walls with spray foam and sheetrock mud. With the decision to tear out all the wood "wainscoting" in

Patching walls with spray foam and sheetrock mud. With the decision to tear out all the wood “wainscoting” in the workshop I knew the walls were going to be in awful shape. The extra outlets I pulled in here from Lodi’s room (for this space as a workshop) were no longer necessary so I snaked that line back out. Choosing to do that was me also being a little lazy because making them up to code (with the wainscoting now gone) would have been more work then just taking them out and patching the sheetrock. Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #387)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #387

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #387. I think I can speak for everyone in the Midwest at this point in saying this incredibly warm weather (and no snow!) is becoming suspicious. Like mother nature is just waiting to hit us really really really hard or something. Extended forecast all through February is officially highs in the 30s… and maybe even a 40s thrown in? I don’t miss the horrific cold and snow we should be having but I miss the excuse to hibernate like normal because this weather kinda makes me feel like I should be productive outside somehow lol. Now, on to the Party! 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 was even found by an amazing guy in my own backyard! Lodi and I got married and I still can't believe I found a someone who loves this place just as much as I do. Our two senior dogs and a senior horse put up with all of our shenanigans too. (The story behind Storyhardt Farm.)

Around here we're totally fearless when it comes to bettering our home. We love to refinish old furniture, re-purpose old pieces, build it from scratch and totally renovate anything that needs it! If we can do it - so can you. We've got some serious plans for this old farm - for the first time ever, I have a real partner!

This is gonna be so much fun!

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Patching and Painting the Former Workshop

Patching walls with spray foam and sheetrock mud. With the decision to tear out all the wood "wainscoting" in

Patching walls with spray foam and sheetrock mud. With the decision to tear out all the wood “wainscoting” in the workshop I knew the walls were going to be in awful shape. The extra outlets I pulled in here from Lodi’s room (for this space as a workshop) were no longer necessary so I snaked that line back out. Choosing to do that was me also being a little lazy because making them up to code (with the wainscoting now gone) would have been more work then just taking them out and patching the sheetrock. Read More »

Workshop Tear Down – Ready for a Change!

A total tear down in the workshop... So at this point I feel like we need to take a little step back to appreciate the amount

A total tear down in the workshop… So at this point I feel like we need to take a little step back to appreciate the amount of work yours truly did that yours truly just destroyed lol. At one point this room really worked for me and I was really happy with it. I put a ton of work into lining the walls with barn wood, making shelves and even more hours of work painting out all the wood, trim and ceilings in black paint. I’m not going back on that black… I still like the color scheme fortunately because it would take ALOT to cover it up. Read More »

Workshop Closet Revamp with some new Tool Hangers

Tool hangers in our workshop closet… In my last post I think I got you guys up to date on the situation of my workshop (or I bored you

Tool hangers in our workshop closet… In my last post I think I got you guys up to date on the situation of my workshop (or I bored you to death) either way a lot of the workshop moved out to the garage finally giving this room some space. I covered the move out in my last post but I didn’t cover how I dealt with everything we still wanted to keep. My goal was an empty room so I had to figure something out! Read More »

Workshop Move Out to the Garage – So much more space!

lot of storage space…” While I’m eyeing my over packed workshop in the house wondering just how much stuff I could move out here…

How many times can I work on this poor room!? When we took the barn down this summer one of the things that helped me cope with the loss was the idea that we would be replacing it with something better. Something I have always dreamed about and wanted: A REAL WORKSHOP… Not just trying to make it work in a bedroom in our house anymore lol. At the same time I had managed to squeeze myself an office into said workshop / bedroom and frankly, I really haven’t been happy with it. Besides that I also wasn’t building anything or working on anything as I had no place to do so. Read More »

Installing Upper Cabinets with new hardware in our Garage

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but also even makes it an doable one person job.

There is one sure way to install upper cabinets that not only makes it a breeze but even makes it a doable one person job. I finished getting these cabinets (and the work bench) painted out a bit ago and was super excited to get them off the floor of our garage. It was mid October at this point and Lodi and I were more than ready to park our cars in the garage again to not have to defrost them every morning. (The literal reason we have a garage lol.) We were quite glad it hadn’t snowed yet as that isn’t exactly unheard of for a northern Minnesota October… Read More »

Spray painting our Bench and Cabinets the Wrong Way

Spray painting out our garage bench and cabinets the way you're NOT supposed to do it. Ok well I guess painting

Spray painting out our garage bench and cabinets the way you’re NOT supposed to do it. Ok well I guess painting is painting and a wrong or right way just depends on what kind of results you’re looking for. But there is definitely a BETTER way when it comes to cabinets that guarantees the best possible result. I did not do that here lol but I still think they turned out great so it’ll just be our little secret that I didn’t do it the “right” way. Read More »

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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 »

Before and After: Refinished dresser goes Hollywood glam with black paint!

Refinished dresser painted black with a mirror and add glass knobs for an old Hollywood look and feel in our master bedroom!

This dresser (and its matching companion) are my two favorites of the pieces I’ve inherited over the years. This dresser is totally lovely but the way it looks is not actually why I like it so much. I love it because its LIGHT. Its not solid wood which means that from a purely usability aspect the drawers work perfectly and that I cannot say is true for our other HEAVY, old, solid wood pieces. I also didn’t feel at all bad for painting it out because it isn’t solid wood and I just love this piece in black! (See it here in our updated master too!) Read More »

My Grandma’s white cabinets get a face lift in my kitchen!

Using one of my grandma's old white cabinets and a set of her old cabinet doors in our brand new kitchen with new paint and new hardware! Country kitchen!

Moving on in our Throwback series from October 2015! I always loved these cabinets in my Grandparents’ entryway so you guys know immediately that I had to save them. Unfortunately the only thing I could salvage off of the top cabinet was the doors as the cabinet itself had been built in place. The lower cabinet though was a stand alone piece and I’ve always wondered where it came from!
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Doggie door flap, a Prettier Replacement using a Stencil

Replacing an ugly doggie door with a new flap and a pretty little stencil. A couple of years ago Replacing an ugly doggie door with a

Replacing an ugly doggie door with a new flap and a pretty little stencil. A couple of years ago we moved our back door into the workshop so we could enclose a big closet and hallway to give us a third room on the main floor. This worked well for us as it gave Lodi a room for his hobbies and moving the back door into the workshop has been really convenient. If I have big projects, pieces of wood or tools etc. now I can just bring them to the back of the house and right on in to the workshop. Also, the back door is primarily used by our dogs with their doggie door in it, so any dirt they drag in primarily stays in the workshop which is our “dirtiest” room of the house anyway. Read More »

An old cabinet: Paint and new hardware for a face lift!

Paint an old cabinet in our laundry room and add new hardware to give it a face lift!

I just can’t get over how amazing it is for me revisiting these old posts. I guess this blog really is a diary of sorts but I totally forgot how long I lived with a REALLY crappy laundry room lol. It had no storage and it was just plain UGLY. Even after this “update” it went through many over hauls and took me a lot of time and work to get it into something that actually worked for us. It all started with this cabinet that my Grandparents’ made and, of course, its still there and going strong. Read More »

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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 »

January 2024 – The hits just never quit last year

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I’m trying to figure out how to NOT write something that is downright depressing. Guys, frankly, I won’t blame you for skipping this one. 2023 started out in the worst way I can imagine for my family. On January 9th I received the call that my nephew had passed away that morning. He was only two years old. And it was my dad’s birthday. Those weeks of January 2023 are a bit of blur as we supported my brother and his family as best we could. It just sucked. Read More »

December 2023 – What a nice spring we’re having…

As usual I start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on. Its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently... RAINING.

I always start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on in the month. So its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently… RAINING. Some pretty funny hazing on Facebook has begun as the few brave souls wish for a white Christmas and… not many people agree with them lol. A brown holiday in December would be a welcome change for me as well. I actually don’t think that’s ever happened here in northern MN before… This rain will turn to snow this evening but there’s no chance of it sticking around. Read More »

November 2023 – Thankful for some really nice Weather

November 2023 came and went beautifully for us here in northern MN. Not that it was "hot" out by any means but it was really mild

November 2023 came and went beautifully for us here in northern MN. Not that it was “hot” out by any means but it was really mild for this time of the year and we still have barely any snow! Crossing my fingers that December might give us much of the same. We had a hell of a winter last year (broke snow fall records of over 90 inches) and a really long wintry spring that would just not end. We absolutely deserve a mild one this go around! Read More »

October 2023 – How the impending winter Spurs us On

October 2023 as per usual winter stars breathing down our necks and suddenly we so many things we want to do.

October 2023 as per usual winter starts breathing down our necks and suddenly we have so many things we want to do… that we totally could have done in the last four months when the weather was nicer. It does seem like a tradition for us though so it is what it is lol. I’ve mentioned many times about the idea of building another building out here at some point but it just seems ridiculous. We really DON’T have an unnecessary amount of crap but what we do have is a three stall shed, a three car garage and two smaller out buildings – shouldn’t that be enough? Read More »

September 2023 – Major changes to our Yard

September 2023 well this year will be the year we changed the landscape of our entire yard. For the better?

September 2023 well this year will be the year we changed the landscape of our entire yard. For the better? Yeah, I guess, but it sure is radical looking. Besides “the spot” from the missing barn now nearly our entire lawn has been torn apart with the install of our new septic system. Our septic guy told us that the septic tanks we had been using were the oldest he’d seen in 40 years. Was it working? Yeah but we were on borrowed time and, with our luck, we would have had a problem in mid February with 80 inches of snow and temps in the -30s. So we had it replaced. Read More »

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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 »

Holiday – a little autumn Home Tour

I admit in the past I haven't done much decorating for the holidays around here. There was just always this little thing about budget lol.

I admit in the past I haven’t done much decorating for the holiday around here. There was just always this little thing about budget lol. Not to mention generally far more important projects that I needed to put my dollars and time into. Things are changing around here though. We’ve managed to take several big projects off our plates so I realized we could afford to do a little holiday decorating. Read More »

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To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #389)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #389

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #389. Kind of exciting to say that when this post goes live I’m going to be getting on a plane with Lodi for a little vacation! We’re going on a four night cruise to Cozumel! Coincidentally one of my coworkers will also be going on a vacation at that time and we’ve both lamented, “Oh sure we finally go on vacation and its 50 degrees here!” Regardless though it will be good to get out of dodge and relax for a little while. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #388)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #388

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #388. So I guess we’re just not doing winter this year lol. It was 50 degrees yesterday… and yeah that was a total record breaker. On Monday I took advantage of my holiday off at home to fill our horse’s water tank and I didn’t even have to thaw out the hose… this is absolutely fabulous! Are you guys experiencing this craziness too? Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #387)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #387

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #387. I think I can speak for everyone in the Midwest at this point in saying this incredibly warm weather (and no snow!) is becoming suspicious. Like mother nature is just waiting to hit us really really really hard or something. Extended forecast all through February is officially highs in the 30s… and maybe even a 40s thrown in? I don’t miss the horrific cold and snow we should be having but I miss the excuse to hibernate like normal because this weather kinda makes me feel like I should be productive outside somehow lol. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #386)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #386

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #386. Well the heat wave is still going here in northern MN. We broke records the other day hitting nearly 50 degrees! And our forecast is remarkably in the high 30s for the next couple of weeks. We’ve only plowed our driveway once and, honestly, didn’t even really need to lol. This is crazy but no one here is complaining after last winter felt like it would never end. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #385)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #385

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #385. I just can’t get over how weird and crazy the weather has been the past few months. Today its going to hit 50 degrees! In northern Minnesota! In January! And I love it! …but… it is really weird lol. We officially have no snow again and I can’t ever remember that happening this time of the year in my lifetime. Are you guys seeing weird weather too? Now, on to the Party! Read More »

To Grandma’s House we go! (Wednesday Link Party #384)

This link party is all about homemade, homemaking, DIY, recycling, upcycling, before and afters (of rooms, Wednesday Link Party #384

Welcome to the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party #384. Well, amazingly, we’re heading back into upper 30s for temps! After being in the deep freeze last week this is gonna feel really nice. I will definitely be getting any outside chores done ASAP while this lovely weather lasts such as filling our horse’s stock tank which is the most despicable of our winter chores lol. And the colder it gets the more our horse drinks. Now, on to the Party! Read More »

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OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Decor Inspiration board

OMG Pumpkins everywhere! Hometalk Fall Inspiration board, wreaths, decorating and autumn inspiration for your orange and yellow with flowers and pine cones

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!

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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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5 Things to Know Before Buying Your First Farmhouse

April 2023 turned in to yet another pretty crappy month weather wise so I am formally apologizing to everyone as it does appear I jinxed us.

There has definitely been a social movement over the last few decades of people getting out of the city and purchasing more rural homes. Folks that may have never considered a farm before are now looking into little homesteads to start gardening and even raising chickens and livestock. I love our old farmhouse but it did come with its challenges! Read More »

How To Make A Family Vacation Worthwhile

July 2023 - Our June blog post came out nearly a week BEFORE the end of June and a lot sure happened in those few days lol.

Lodi and I are actually planning a much needed vacation a couple of months from now. We will be with family and realized pretty quickly the ideal vacation for us as a family was actually a cruise. The rates are so reasonable and its a much more controlled environment. Very much so looking forward it! Read More »

Long-Distance Moving Companies and Stress-Free Relocations

I know many people in their 30s who have moved countless times and wow is moving a stressful, labor intensive, experience.

Moving companies may be expensive but I think they are legitimately worth it in the long run. I once saw a facebook post that made me laugh out loud. It said, “Once you’re in your forties its time to hire movers. Your friends are too old to slip a disc for free beer and pizza.” Pretty funny and very accurate! Read More »

Smart Lighting’s Impact

We haven't had the best track record when it comes to motion sensor solar lights. Lodi purchased a large $40 light right when he moved in

Smart lighting has come a VERY long way in just the last few years. When I was literally putting the first lightbulbs in Grandma’s house the spiral florescent bulbs were all teh rage. Now we come to find out that they may last a really long time but they’re actually rather dangerous. And LEDs beat them on every level when it comes to longevity and safety. Not to mention just how we’re come with solar lights now too! Read More »

Termites: The Silent Destroyers

Moving my horses and their water tank to my garage after our barn has become a hazard because the roof fell in this last awful winter of 2018-2019

Fortunately for us folks that live this far north termites are actually not a huge problem for us. I have friends in Florida who had no choice but to spray their house yearly for the little pests. Up here we do have carpenter ants though and I ran into a whole nest of them when I was renovating the house. There’s nothing like having a whole pile of gigantic ants fall on your head when you’re tearing down ceiling tiles! Read More »

Answering Most Popular Questions about Door Numbers

Replacing my barn door table top with a lasting outdoor table top for our deck after the barn door was damaged by ice last winter - green treated building

I’ve become kind of obsessed with a show I found on HGTV called Caribbean Life where people look for homes on the islands. Roatan Honduras is officially my bucket list island now. Many people buying look for rental properties whether in the form of big bed and breakfasts or just a secondary living space to rent out. Several of them I saw used some pretty fun door numbers which is immediately what I thought of when I read this post! Read More »

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