DIY No Sew Bench Seat Cushion Using a Bed Pillow Upcycle

The antique vanity dressing table that I have been making over this week didn't have a bench or chair to match.  Being a little bit of a furniture collector came in handy for this project. I pick up pieces of furniture whenever I see curbside freebies, on trash day, or whenever a family member is getting rid of things. My husband calls me a hoarder. I call it planning for the future ;)  Anyway I had this old bench in my pile of project pieces and it fit perfectly under the dressing table! 

Check out what this bench looks like now!


Antique Vanity Dressing Table Makeover

I've been making progress on my daughter's new tranquil teen girl's room. Actually she calls the style "chill," which I will admit was hard for me to grasp at first. So I've been letting her make a lot of the decisions for this makeover, but guiding her along the way so it all works. One of the things that we thought would really add a lot of function to her room was a dressing table. She shares the bathroom with her brothers, so having a space of her own will be helpful in the mornings especially. My Mom gave me her childhood antique vanity dressing table a few years ago and I have been using it as a small desk.  My daughter is excited to have a piece of her grandmother's history, and also that it will be updated to her style.  

Antique Vintage Kidney Shaped Dressing Table Before


Hygge and Snow at the Cabin

Ya'll it snowed here!  I know that's not a huge deal for everyone, but we haven't had snow like this in seven years. It was unbelievable that we got four inches of snow and it didn't melt for eight days! I absolutely love snow and I've always been someone who needs cozy. I wear socks and sweaters year round. I can't wait each year until it's cold enough to have a fire in the fire place. Until last year I just called it feeling homey or cozy. Then I stumbled onto the Danish word hygge. 

I'm happy to be joining a Hygge home blog hop, full of ideas to bring hyggelig into our lives.  They're linked at the bottom of this post.


A Tranquil Teen Girl's Room | $100 Room Challenge

I'm moving on from the living room briefly to tackle a quick bedroom update for my daughter.  And another $100 Room Challenge is starting, so perfect timing! You can read all about the challenge, hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry here, but basically we will making over a room with only $100! I love this idea! 
Teen Girl Room Hot Pink Feature Wall and Surfboard


Living Room Renovation | One Room Challenge | Week 7 Sort of Reveal

I feel silly to call this a room reveal for the One Room Challenge because we didn't actually finish.  So let's just call this a floor reveal!  I had such high hopes and big plans for this space, but in the end we just ran out of time.  But here it is with the wide plank pine floor of my dreams!


Living Room Renovation | One Room Challenge | More DIY Wide Plank Floors

Well.  DIY wide plank pine floors take a long time.  That pretty much sums up this last week.  I'm super happy with how they are turning out!  The money saved and the time it takes is kind of a trade off.  I'm going to tell you, I'm so glad big reveal for the One Room Challenge got delayed by a week!  With all of our wood delays we wouldn't be revealing much today otherwise.



Living Room Renovation | One Room Challenge | Wide Plank Floors

Week 5 of our One Room Challenge project, our living room renovation, has been a busy one!  I'm so happy the deadline for finishing got extended by a week because we had a big delay getting the boards for our 12" wide plank pine floors.  Last week I showed you the big pile of wood in the living room, and it's slowly shrinking this week as we install the boards.

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Living Room Renovation | One Room Challenge | Removing a Log Wall

This past week has absolutely flown by.  The biggest thing we accomplished was removing this log wall to open up the space.  We are just in awe of the change this has made.  Here's the before, when only a narrow doorway joined the kitchen/dining room and the living room.  


and here it is now!


Living Room Renovation | One Room Challenge | Delays and New Plans

Renovations are a roller coaster, baby!!  After my first post about our living room renovation for the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home blog and our plans for a new DIY wide plank pine floor, the project was dead in the water until today. We could not get the wood we planned on using from the local lumber supplier that we used for the apartment floor a few months ago. That was surprising because they seemed to have an unlimited supply before so it never crossed our minds to check before starting. So the room still looked the same.


Rustic Cabin Fall Porch | 8 Amazing Rustic Fall Porches

The back porch is ready for Fall now! I'm using non-traditional colors again here like I did on my purple Fall tablescape on the front porch a few weeks ago.  This time, because this spot already has so much red and blue, I'm going with it for my Fall decor, too.  I'm happy to be joining a talented group of bloggers for a Rustic Fall Porch Tour blog hop, hosted by Dawn of Creative Cain Cabin.  All of the gorgeous rustic porches are linked at the bottom!

So here we are!  Welcome to our back Porch!


Living Room Renovation | One Room Challenge | Before

Y'all!  We are about to start on a project I have wanted to tackle for three years, our living room!  It's a really big and slightly awkward space and I kind of just filled it with things we had already.  I didn't even paint the walls when we moved in three years ago.  I'm excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home blog again, and that means we will finish this project in just six weeks.  I've said it before, I work best under pressure and with a deadline, so this is good for me.


Fall Front Porch | Fall Festival Blog Hop

Hey! I haven't been doing much work with our renovations lately because "our" current project is adding shelves attached to the walls in the basement, which my husband is handling.  In the meantime I have been researching to design and plan our next few renovations (kitchen, yay!!!!) but also I've been having fun adding little bits of Fall to the cabin.  


Fall Decor in the Cabin

I love to decorate for the seasons, and Fall is my absolute favorite!  I think it's because the last few weeks of our Coastal North Carolina Summers are so hot and humid.  The minute we start cooling off, I'm ready to pull out the Fall decor.  I'm so happy to be part of a week long Fall Decor and Entertaining Home Tour.  Make sure you check out all of the other tours linked at the bottom.


Fall Tablescape Blog Hop

Are you as ready for Fall as I am?  I'm so excited that the temperatures are cooling slightly.  I even wore jeans today! Anyway, I'm very happy to be joining up with a creative group of bloggers today to share a Fall tablescape.  This year I'm using purple, pears, dried hydrangeas, and brass on my outdoor Fall table!



Coat Closet Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Reveal

 This coat closet/mudroom organization makeover is something I have wanted to do since we moved into this house!  It feels amazing to finally call it done! When we first moved in it was just an empty closet.  I knew it had great potential.  We did all of this for under our $100 budget..

Coat Closet Mudroom Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge


Coat Closet Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Progress Update

Coat Closet Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge | Shelves

I've been slow to start my coat closet organization makeover project until this week, even though it's week 3.  We had a long weekend trip planned and the kids went back to school last week so there hasn't been much renovation time. But we are on a roll now! I'm also including some back to school organization for this closet.  I'm making it over as part of $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons Lavender & Laundry, all of the bloggers involved try to makeover a space for under $100!


Coat Closet Organization Makeover | $100 Room Challenge

I'm excited to join in on the $100 Room Challenge!!  Erin of  Lemons Lavender & Laundry hosts this challenge on her blog and when I heard about it, I knew it was the perfect challenge for me!  The goal is to make over a space with a budget of only $100 dollars in four weeks.  At the end of this post you will see all the amazing bloggers taking this challenge are working on too!

We are three years into our renovation and have been taking our time, paying as we go, trying to make the best and most economical choices.  If you're a regular around here, you know we've been working on getting the structure of the house itself renovated, like a new roof and drainage systems, as well as getting the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems functioning properly.  We've finished a few rooms but a lot of rooms have gotten to the "good enough" stage and then we've moved on to a more pressing project.  This coat closet is one of those spaces that has been "good enough" for the past three years.  It did its job, but there is certainly nothing appealing about it.  Here it is in all of its glory!


DIY Wide Plank Pine Floors [Part 2- Finishing]

Welcome back to our DIY install of 12" wide plank pine floors. When I left off on the last post, we had just finished the installation and were moving on to the finishing. In this second post I'm going to do my best to explain how we sanded, stained, and finished it. 


Log Home Tour Series: Victoria's Cabin

Welcome to the final tour of the Log Home Tour Series! The last Sunday of June is held as National Log Cabin Day, so each year I host the tours to celebrate!

Today we are visiting Victoria's Cabin. When I first found Victoria on Instagram, I thought she lived in a traditional log cabin. After discussing it with her I discovered it's actually a combination of stucco walls and log ceilings. Kind of an upside down log cabin!

Old World style post and beam cabin kitchen


Log Home Series: Christie's Heart

It's the fourth day and tour the third annual Log Home Tour Series, in honor of National Log Cabin Day on June 25th. Welcome! Today we are touring Christie's cozy and homey Alabama log cabin farmhouse.