6.26.2017

Log Home Tour Series: The Pioneer Girl's Cabin


Welcome to my third annual Log Home Tour Series, in honor of National Log Cabin Day! National Log Cabin Day falls on the last Sunday of June, and two years ago I thought how fun it would be to use the entire week to celebrate the long and rich history of log homes. Log cabins were the original farmhouses, the reliable shelters of early homesteaders and settlers.  I love that log homes have been getting more attention on TV series lately, they're almost trendy even!  The preservation of the history of those old cabins is becoming more and more important the older they get. Nowadays log homes range from cozy hand built cabins to new cabins built with reclaimed log timbers to giant new log mansions. Each of them have a special place in the growing history of log homes. So get ready to tour an amazing log cabin or home each day this week!  

First up on our tour is The Pioneer Girl's Cabin.  I'll let Janel tell her story from here.



6.22.2017

The Gathering Place No.4

Welcome to the fourth week of The Gathering Place! We're so happy you're here!
Join us here each week to share what we’ve all been working on recently! We would love for you to link up your projects, DIY’s, home décor, and recipes.  The party starts on Thursdays and runs until Wednesday. We hope you will gather with us each week and share your projects to inspire and visit other linked projects to be inspired! 

Here are your hosts for the party, please stop by and say hello on our blogs or social media!



6.21.2017

Summer Porch - Summer Home Love Tour

Welcome to the back porch!  I'm excited to be part of the Summer Home Love Tour this year and if you're coming from Honey n Hydrangea, didn't you love Jessica's tropical foliage?  I'm sharing what I've done to show our back porch some love. The three big porches were what caught my eye originally when I first saw photos of this house online and they are my favorite things about it.  Can you tell I really like red for Summer?



6.15.2017

The Gathering Place No.3

Welcome to The Gathering Place! Join us here each week to share what we’ve all been working on recently! We would love for you to link up your projects, DIY’s, home décor, and recipes.  The party starts on Thursdays and runs until Wednesday. We hope you will gather with us each week and share your projects to inspire and visit other linked projects to be inspired! 

Here are your hosts for the party, please stop by and say hello on our blogs or social media!



6.08.2017

The Gathering Place No.2

Welcome to The Gathering Place! Join us here each week to share what we’ve all been working on recently! We would love for you to link up your projects, DIY’s, home décor, and recipes.  The party starts on Thursdays and runs until Wednesday. We hope you will gather with us each week and share your projects to inspire and visit other linked projects to be inspired! 

Here are your hosts for the party, please stop by and say hello on our blogs or social media!



6.07.2017

DIY Recover Chair Cushions With Rag Rugs

You may have seen this chair makeover project I did when renovating my son's Colorful Science Themed Bedroom for the One Room Challenge?  I repainted the chair frame and then recovered the cushions in a simple and easy way using rag rugs. Here's how!




6.01.2017

The Gathering Place No. 1

Welcome to the first week of The Gathering Place! Join us here each week to share what we’ve all been working on recently! We would love for you to link up your projects, DIY’s, home décor, and recipes.  The party starts on Thursdays and runs until Wednesday. We hope you will gather with us each week and share your projects to inspire and visit other linked projects to be inspired! 

Here are your hosts for the party, please stop by and say hello on our blogs or social media!



5.11.2017

Colorful Science Themed Boy's Bedrooom | One Room Challenge | Week 6 Final Reveal

Well we have made it to the final week of our six week long One Room Challenge!  First of all, I'd like to say a big thank you to Linda of Calling it Home blog and House Beautiful for hosting this fun event!  We've been renovating one of our sons' rooms and as he requested, we gave him a colorful science themed bedroom.  So come on in!


A colorful science and dinosaur themed boy's room in a log cabin home, featuring a built in desk with DIY stainless steel counter top and built in shelves. Paint colors are Cat Eye Green and Ocean Soul Blue.



5.04.2017

One Room Challenge | Boy's Science Bedrooom | Week 5

It's Week 5 of our One Room Challenge Boy's Science Themed Bedroom and it's starting to get exciting around here!  I finally feel like we've made some real progress.  Most importantly, we got all of the walls painted!  Check out this color!


4.27.2017

One Room Challenge | Boy's Science Bedrooom | Week 4

Well Week 4 of our One Room Challenge Boy's Science Themed Bedroom has been productive in a mostly non-tangible way.  I was able to nail down a lot of choices for the room. My son literally wants all the colors to be in his room. Balancing all of his requests while keeping the room from looking like a crayon box exploded in there has been a challenge. 


4.20.2017

One Room Challenge | Boy's Science Bedrooom | Weeks 2 and 3

Welcome back to our One Room Challenge project! We are joining in with the challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home to makeover one of our boy's rooms into a cool science themed room in just 6 weeks. Now maybe that wouldn't be a "challenge" to some folks, but I will freely admit I have the worst time management skills of anyone I know.

4.06.2017

One Room Challenge | Boy's Room | Week 1

Hey everyone! Welcome! If you're coming from the One Room Challenge and are new around here, I'll tell you a little a bit about us. My husband and I bought this log home in foreclosure about three years ago. We just knew it would be the perfect place to raise our four kids. 

It had been empty for several years and besides the structure itself needing lots of repairs, everything inside needed updating. We've slowly been renovating and updating the house, making every effort to maintain its integrity and uniqueness.  


3.30.2017

DIY Modern Rustic Cabin Bathroom Renovation Update 3 [Light Fixtures]


We are so close to being done with our DIY modern rustic cabin bathroom renovation! We've got the new light fixtures installed.  This bathroom is part of a major renovation of the attached mother-in-law apartment on our house that we've been working on for the past few months.  


3.15.2017

A Gathered Vintage Spring | Spring Home Love Tour

A Gathered Vintage Spring | Porch tablescape. Yellow Jasmine hanging on outdoor chandelier, moss runner, pink tulips, vintage green depression glass, and vintage milk glass.

Welcome to Spring at the cabin!  If you're joining me from Creekwood Hill or the Spring Home Love Blog Hop and are new to our story, here's a little background.  My husband and I have been working to renovate this log home for the past three years.  It's definitely been a labor of love because it is a huge fixer upper.  One of my favorite things about this house, what really got my attention when we found it, was its porches.  So I will start our tour on the front porch!

3.10.2017

DIY Wide Plank Pine Floors [Part 1]


We are moving full steam ahead on the renovation of our attached mother-in-law apartment in preparation for my in-laws to move into it.  This past week we tackled one of the biggest projects, replacing all of the flooring in the great room and kitchen. The kitchen and dining areas still had the original linoleum and the rest of the great room had the original carpet.  Everything was in pretty bad condition and really needed to be replaced. 


2.19.2017

Easy Collard Greens Recipe

Easy Collard Greens Recipe

It's collard greens season here in Southeastern North Carolina.  Actually we just usually call them "greens."  We had a friend drop off two heads of collards last week from his farm. You may have seen this photo I posted on my Instagram:

2.10.2017

DIY Modern Rustic Cabin Bathroom Renovation Update 2 [Tile, Shower Door, Trim]


It's starting to get pretty up in here! Our modern rustic cabin bathroom renovation got off to a rocky start, but we are really moving now.  All of the tile and so much more in the space is finished!  



12.26.2016

DIY Modern Rustic Cabin Bathroom Renovation Update 1 [New Walls]

Hello!  I wanted to give a little update on what we've been working on around here lately. You may remember we had begun demolition in the bathroom in the mother-in-law apartment attached to our house just before the hurricane hit.  You can see all of the before photos here at One Room Challenge | Week 1 | Before's and Plans.

We are still waiting to proceed with flood-related repairs, so we've switched back over to the bathroom for a while.  Sometimes I kind of like to work on several projects at once.  It helps with my project ADD!  So now that we are back to work on the bathroom, we finished the demolition.

We had already removed the tub and shower insert. We relocated the vent pipe that ran above the ceiling and removed the exhaust fan.  Then we took down the ceiling, exposing the beams and tongue and groove above.


Bathroom Renovation | Vent Pipe | Log Home Cabin

 Bathroom Renovation | Vent Pipe | Log Home Cabin


Bathroom Renovation | Demolition | Log Home Cabin

Bathroom Renovation | Demolition | Log Home Cabin

Removing that ceiling has made such an impact.  The space is the same size but the volume added makes it feel so much larger and more open.

Bathroom Renovation | Demolition | Log Home Cabin

Bathroom Renovation | Vaulted Ceiling  | Log Home Cabin

Then we framed a new wall to partition off the space above the hallway outside the bathroom.  This is where we will be relocating the air handler for the apartment HVAC system soon.  We also relocated a lot of the electrical wiring, switches, and lighting.


Bathroom Renovation | Construction | Log Home Cabin

 

Because we had removed so much drywall to get to the plumbing and the drywall that remained was either damaged or had wall paper on it, we decided to pull it all out and start over with new drywall throughout the room.


Bathroom Renovation | New Drywall | Vaulted Ceiling  | Log Home Cabin

Bathroom Renovation | New Drywall | Vaulted Ceiling  | Log Home Cabin

Bathroom Renovation | New Drywall | Vaulted Ceiling  | Log Home Cabin

Then we framed in 6'-6" high walls for the new corner shower.  My original design changed a little and instead of a doorway on the end, we made an angled wall for the door.  It helped keep the floor plan more open.  


Bathroom Renovation | New Shower | Log Home Cabin

 

We used cement boards for the shower walls and built the shower drain pan.  I have no tutorial or words of wisdom for this part because we are by no means experts.  We watched a lot of tutorial videos and followed the manufacturer's instructions.  My hubby did a great job on the shower pan!

Bathroom Renovation | New Shower | Shower Pan | Log Home Cabin


Bathroom Renovation | New Shower | Hardie Board | Shower Pan | Log Home Cabin

So there's our progress so far!  We're moving along slowly but surely!  Thanks for following along on our renovation journey.  Hopefully soon it will start getting pretty!



12.15.2016

JORD Wood Watches | A Rustic Glam Timepiece

JORD Koa Rose Gold Women's Watch

It's no secret that I love natural wood.  You can't live in a log house without being able to appreciate the beauty of wood grain. That's why when the folks at JORD asked if I would be willing to review one of their wood watches, I was intrigued.  And guess what?  At the end of this post you can get a special e-gift card code from JORD Wood Watches! 


11.15.2016

Floods and Stuff | What We've Been Up To Lately


Well my last post was all about how excited I was to start our One Room Challenge space, a bathroom in our mother-in-law apartment. We were trying to get it renovated and ready for my in-laws who were moving in. We got it gutted to the studs that week. But then Hurricane Matthew came straight for us instead of turning as predicted originally.