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!  



1.24.2017

10 Easy Ways to Add Color to a White Farmhouse Kitchen


White farmhouse kitchens seem to be what most people have or want to have lately. Many love the crisp look of an all white kitchen; think white cabinets, white subway tile, white open shelves, white farmhouse sink. But what if you'd like to add more color in your home?  Here are ten ways to add some punches of colorful farmhouse charm to your kitchen without a big commitment. 

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.


10.06.2016

One Room Challenge | Week 1 | Before's and Plans


Hey! If you're visiting for the first time from the One Room Challenge link up, welcome!  I’m thrilled to be joining in as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge again! A huge thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing the event.

To give you a little history, for the past two and a half years we've been working to renovate the log home we bought as a foreclosure.  It's definitely a work in progress, but we are trying to be patient and are slowly working our way through it room by room as we can afford it.  

For the last One Room Challenge, we did my husband's Modern Rustic Home Office.  It was our first time joining in and we worked till the last minute, but we finished.  This time we are tackling one of our bathrooms!


9.27.2016

Nature Inspired Fall Home Tour | 14 Amazing Fall Home Tours

Fall Outdoor Tablescape and Chandelier with Sumac Branches

It's Fall! I'm so excited to be part of a group of 14 bloggers joining in a Fall home tour blog hop to show you how I sprinkled a little Fall around the house!  Afterward make sure you click on the links at the end of the post to see the other amazing tours.


9.19.2016

DIY Industrial Farmhouse Light Fixture

DIY Industrial Farmhouse Light Fixture, How to Stop Rust, Ospho Rust Inhibitor

Renovating on a tight budget is very challenging, especially when it comes to lighting.  After searching for a while for a new fixture in our kitchen, we decided to DIY this large industrial farmhouse light fixture.  


8.21.2016

Instagram Sunday Calm [Features 25]

Mandevilla and Butterfly | Instagram Sunday Calm Features 25

Calm. Peace. Joy. Beauty. How do you see it?

Something has been munching my mandevilla leaves, grrrrrrh!  But as I walked by I noticed that butterfly that was completely inside the flower and I thought it was so pretty.


Thank you so much to everyone who shared a photo for #HCLCsundaycalm on Instagram this past Sunday. There is always such a wonderful variety, from homes and food to landscapes and florals. I love the opportunity to share others' talent, so here are this week's Instagram photo features from #HCLCsundaycalm. Please take a minute to check out their Instagram accounts.

8.14.2016

Instagram Sunday Calm [Features 24]


Calm. Peace. Joy. Beauty. How do you see it?

My husband and I have been vacationing this weekend on Bald Head Island, not far from our house.  It's an amazing place, full of gorgeous view like this one from the beloved old lighthouse on the island, Old Baldy.

I appreciate each photo shared for #HCLCsundaycalm on Instagram this past Sunday. The variety and personality that comes through each photo always intrigues me. I love the opportunity to share others' talent, so here are this week's Instagram photo features from #HCLCsundaycalm. Please take a minute to check out their Instagram accounts.


8.07.2016

Sunday Calm [Features 23]



Calm. Peace. Joy. Beauty. How do you see it?

Thank you to everyone who shared a photo for #HCLCsundaycalm on Instagram this past Sunday. The variety that is shared and the personality that comes through each photo always intrigues me. I love the opportunity to share others' talent, so here are this week's features. Please take a minute to check out their Instagram accounts.

8.01.2016

Wrought Iron Floor Lamp Makeover


When it comes to thrifting, usually I would rather find a piece that is solid but in need of some work instead of something in pristine condition. Mainly because things that need work are cheaper!  So I'm excited to be part of a blog hop this week featuring 19 thrifted items that have been given a makeover!  I'm sharing how I fixed up this rusty wrought iron floor lamp.

7.31.2016

Sunday Calm [Features 22]


Calm. Peace. Joy. Beauty. How do you see it?

Thank you to everyone who shared a photo for #HCLCsundaycalm on Instagram this past Sunday. The variety that is shared is always so inspiring. You can tell folks are spending more time in outdoor spaces and activities this time of year! 


7.29.2016

Summer Porch Refresh


Summer is still going strong and I don't know how it's going around your house, but high temperatures, strong sun, and a vacation have left my porch and plants looking pretty bad.  I'm excited to join a talented group of bloggers for a Summer Refresh Blog Hop.  Each of us are sharing how we have refreshed a space in our homes here in the middle of Summer.  They are all linked up at the end of my post. 

So here was the sad state of my poor front porch: