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.


Log Home Tour Series: Little Log Cabin in the Hollow

It's day three of my annual Log Home Tour Series! Welcome to Genevieve's Little Log Cabin in the Hollow.  This sweet little cabin on their farm was built in the 1840's and renovated in 1972.


Log Home Tour Series: Shelly's Dream Cabin In The Woods

It's day two and tour two of the third Log Home Tour Series, in honor of National Log Cabin Day on June 25th. Welcome! Today we are touring Shelly's gorgeous Texas log home.

Shelly says:
We spent many months looking for a home after a rough few years of selling our home of 12 years, my husband changing jobs after 16 years and relocating. When I first saw this house on the market, I think I immediately clicked away from it. It looked just like all the homes I had pinned on Pinterest and tore out of magazines. I didn’t think Texas had many log homes, so I was a little scared I think. Within 48 hours my daughter who was in college classes at the time sent me a text. “Mom, I found your dream cabin in the woods.” 

We called our realtor to see the house, but she was swamped and told us it was too remote..too far from everything. We asked another realtor to show us the home, but they were busy, so we finally found a local realtor to open the house. My husband stood and looked out the back windows, and I knew it was here for us. The previous owners had added great timber porches and a porte-cochere to the front of the log home and a beautiful pool. 

The inside had some water damage from the first roof, so we did a small renovation of floors, cabinets and a redesign of the “too steep” stairs.

We moved into the house April 2016, and I have never loved a house more. We spent the first year unpacking, learning about well water, making more repairs, and hosting family and friends.

We are now starting to diy some things, paint, and really make it ours, and I love every minute of it.  We recently worked on a guest bedroom and bath.

Ok Shelley, I'm waiting for my invitation!  You've created a dream home out of this dream house!  Thanks so much for letting us tour it with you today.

You can find Shelly blogging with her daughter, Peyton, at Bob & Ginger Co and on Instagram @bobandgingerco.

And in case you missed yesterday's tour, you can find it here at Log Home Tour Series: The Pioneer Girl's Cabin.  And to see all of the previous tours, click on the Log Home Tour Series Tab or click here.  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you back tomorrow for another tour!


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.

Log Home Tour Series: The Pioneer Girl's Cabin. This couple handbuilt their amazing cozy log cabin!


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?


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!


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.


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!


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. 


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.