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Master Bathroom Design – Before and After

Our house is old and quirky, and nowhere is that more evident than our master bathroom. A previous owner carved out the room from the old garage attic space and it’s full of odd angles accessed by a long arched hallway with a low ceiling and a few stairs. Here are some of the before pics from the real estate listing. The strange Easter egg color scheme definitely had to go. Other than that, a lot of the room was...

A Natural Looking Carpet Stair Runner

We owned our house for about a year before deciding a carpet stair runner was absolutely necessary. After some deliberation, I decided to go with Masland Sisaltex carpet in Reno Sand. I really love the look of a natural jute or sisal fiber, especially with a bound edge, but there are a few factors that kept me from pulling the trigger. The first reason is the cost – natural fibers tend to be more expensive. Second, I was worried about...

Happy Halloween – Natural Fall Decor and More

Happy Halloween! We were treated to several hours of snowfall this morning and although it was beautiful, I think my four year old daughter had it right when she saw it and said, “Oh my goodness, it’s not even Christmas! What’s happening to our weather?!” Fall is my favorite season and I love nothing more than seeing the trees start to change each year. I like a more minimal approach to fall decor, so foliage from my yard is great...

Basement Plans

A couple weeks ago we started the process of finishing our basement. I have some before pics so you can get an idea of what we are working with, but let me warn you – they’re not pretty! Before and after demo of the stair side of the room. There was originally a laundry room in the area where you can see the missing floor vinyl. Since we now have a ground floor laundry room, we have no need for...

Claire’s Room Design

I would say that Claire’s room is one of the most “done” of any in our house. Her room is always full of light and just feels cheerful – perfect for my little sunshine baby. This room is a mix of old and new and new to us. The crib, lamp, changing pad, and most of the books and toys were all Ellie’s. The dresser is used and was an awesome $30.00 Goodwill score from my cousin. We had it...

Fluffy Pancakes

I like to try new recipes and have probably made a dozen different pancake ones over time, if not more. I have a separate file for my keeper recipes and this one for fluffy pancakes made the cut. It is consistently delicious, and tastes better than the box mixes by a mile. We like to add blueberries, or chocolate chips sometimes for a special treat. You can find the recipe here. I own the recipe book this is published in...

12 Months Old and Nearly 4

One last gushing over Claire post, I promise. Maybe. Anyway, I had borrowed this quilt to hang up for Claire’s party, which we intended to have in the backyard until mother nature had other plans. It was handmade by my grandma Koster many years ago and I have lots of memories of seeing it around our family cottage. Grandma never got to meet my girls, so it’s kind of cool to see them playing with something of hers. It’s becoming...

First Birthday Baby!

It happened! My baby turned one on the 4th and we had a party and left for vacation all in one weekend. There’s not much to say about her party other than my heart and house were full of the people we love and not even the rain could spoil my sunny girl’s big day. We had a vintage/baby animal theme with pink glass and old lace. I went crazy with the dessert table, because when else do you have...

Claire’s Almost One!

Every mom says they can’t believe their kid is a year old right? Well, Claire’s birthday is on Friday, and it feels like we just did a first birthday party for Ellie about five minutes ago, so how can it be Claire’s already?...

Claire Bear 11 Months Old

Claire turned 11 months on the Fourth of July while we were traveling on a multi state road trip. We covered lots of ground, so I’ll share an update on that soon. Meanwhile, my baby won’t. Stop. Growing! Claire is so much fun and I wish I could keep her this age for a while longer. She has been seeming so much older to me lately....