Farmhouse Inspired Guest Bedroom

Remember when I had that great idea for a farmhouse guest bedroom makeover? Well, that plan changed. I had come to terms with repainting and was all excited to redecorate our guest bedroom and then I realized just how much Hubby loved the current color. Since he uses that room as a reading room more often than I do, I figured it was only fair to keep the Woodlawn Sterling Blue on those walls. See how much I love you Babe?

I still loved that color anyway so I decided to make it work(all bets are off whenever we get our next house and I'm currently calculating how long I have to wait to redo our master bedroom again...).

Anyway, the guest room is mostly done but with blue instead of the green I had originally planned. Sort of a nautical farmhouse theme, if you will. I like it more than I thought I would, considering that I've struggled with getting our guest room to come together for a few years now.

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, oil-rubbed bronze orb Ikea wall light sconces lamps wooden antique dresser nightstand white curtains white quilt bedding farmhouse nautical

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, oil-rubbed bronze orb Ikea wall light sconces lamps wooden antique dresser nightstand white curtains white quilt bedding farmhouse nautical trunk seashells afghan blue and white

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, seashells in glass jar chalkboard basket virginia state shape old trunk nightstand

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint wooden antique dresser nightstand white curtains white quilt bedding farmhouse nautical

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, oil-rubbed bronze orb Ikea wall light sconces lamps wooden antique dresser nightstand white curtains white quilt bedding farmhouse nautical ceiling fan

antique wood nightstand diy snowglobe faux fake white coral books

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, oil-rubbed bronze orb Ikea wall light sconces lamps wooden antique dresser nightstand white curtains white quilt bedding farmhouse nautical

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, oil-rubbed bronze orb glass door knob curtain rod white curtains

This curtain rod might just be my favorite thing in here right now. I spotted it at Target months ago and finally bought it when I found out we were having more company over Christmas. Nothing like company to get you moving! 

I also have a thing for antique glass or crystal door knobs. I often wondered just how much money I'd have to set aside on glass door knobs for our forever house. Probably too much but one can dream. My Nana had a couple that she kept sitting out and used for decoration. I always loved to look at them and feel how heavy they were. These obviously aren't the real thing, but it reminds me of them and I love it.

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, oil-rubbed bronze orb Ikea wall light sconces lamps wooden antique dresser nightstand white curtains white quilt bedding farmhouse nautical fauz fake white coral books

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, oil-rubbed bronze orb Ikea wall light sconces lamps wooden antique dresser nightstand white curtains white quilt bedding farmhouse nautical

Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue paint, diy painted oil-rubbed bronze orb Ikea wall light sconces lamps wooden antique dresser nightstand white curtains white quilt bedding farmhouse nautical

These wall sconces are actually cheap ones from Ikea. Originally, they were brushed silver but I gave them a few coats of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint to get that antique-y farmhouse look. Yes, I made up a word. I do that.

There are still a few things I'd like to add. Like an actual headboard, at the very least. Maybe a bigger mirror that comes down farther on the wall since the dresser is so short. Some pillows that work better together. An area rug would be nice for someday when I actually have money to blow on a rug I don't need instead of replacing the car that just died.

So now our guest bedroom is mostly done. Like everything else in our house. Maybe I should just change the blog name to "Mostly Done" already...



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Life These Days

Hi everyone! I hope you all have had a great holiday season! I know it's been a while since I've written anything. I have very much missed writing but as the school year started, life got busy. I started my classes at the community college and I've been working hard to stay on top of the homework.

So, an update on life these days...

Little Man has his own classes now too. He is taking a tap dance class and is enrolled in a Classical, Christian homeschool program called Classical Conversations. He is loving it and I can't believe that my first baby is old enough to start school already! He's a tough, independent, little fighter who loves to argue and march to the beat of his own drum so I'm praying that my nerves and skills can handle teaching him.

So, along with all my math homework, every day with the kids, all the classes, exercise time, and the normal housework, there hasn't been a whole lot of time for anything else. I know math is good for my brain but it turns it into mush first! All my thinking power and extra time have been going into it.

The last few months I've been going to bed after midnight and waking up at or before 6:30. In between, I don't sleep well because both boys still wake up at least once or twice at night. I'm exhausted, cranky, over-caffeinated, and plagued by migraines. I'm pretty sure I went a couple weeks without vacuuming somewhere in there.

I haven't been able to do everything and I've been beating myself up over it.

Today I am done.

I've had to struggle through many days and a lot of emotions to finally come to terms with this stage of life. I want to write more but I can't right now. I want to decorate for all the seasons and work on little projects around the house but I can't do that right now either. I've been trying to do it all and I just can't.

I am not giving up on writing or blogging, I'm just giving myself permission to not post if I can't find the time or mental energy. I'm giving myself permission to not decorate anything. If all I can do is wash laundry, make food, love on all my boys, and work on homework, then that's ok.

I do have some new ideas tumbling around in my head and I may have some extra time this week ao maybe I can get a new post up soon!


Lots of love to those of you that are still hanging around here! I am thankful for you!



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Breezy Farmhouse Bedroom Mood Board

Guys, I am not sure I've been so excited about a room design before. Seriously, I wish this was going to be my room. I can see it all in my head and it is going to be fabulous!

Our current guest room was thrown together with what I had at the time. I never designed it. When we decided to move the nursery and turn Little Man's room into the new guest room, I just left the color in there because it was only a couple years old and I still loved it. I just used old bedding and whatever lighting I happened to find at the thrift store to make it usable. It never quite felt right, no matter how many times I rearranged and added things.

How to Make No-Sew, Knock-Off IKEA Curtains

How to Make navy striped, No-Sew, Knock-Off Ikea Marmorblad Curtains diy no sew

I put up my boys' vintage modern nursery reveal last fall and I just realized that I never told you all about the curtains! I hinted at a curtain tutorial and then never did it. Whoops!

Well, here it is now and it's super easy!

Top 5 Favorite, No Fail Paint Colors

It's no secret around here. I love to paint. It's like therapy to me. There's something about the smell and watching the walls change colors with every pass of the roller. Add in some great showtunes to sing along with and it's a perfect way to spend an evening.

It's also no secret that I'm a weirdy.

Since I love painting so much, you would think I'd have an easy time picking out paint colors. Nope. I love the process. I love the paint chips. I love testing out the colors. But it stresses me out.

It's like I can feel the colors. It has to feel just right and have the perfect undertone. A perfectly good color can make me feel extremely uncomfortable depending on the room and the lighting. Weirdy, remember?

my top five favorite no fail paint colors snowbound white kitchen walls chalkboard canvas wooden dining table chairs

My top five favorite paint colors are colors I have agonized over finding. Like, there may have been tears involved. I've spent a small fortune in discovering them(would you believe how expensive 20 sample paint pots can be?). These are all colors I have lived with in my house and that I love.

Real Style: Sunday Church

I thought I'd try out a new thing this week. I've been trying to figure out what I really love to write about and thinking of branching a little bit outside the home decorating lines. I think it would be more interesting anyway. I'm interested in a very wide variety of subjects so I don't always feel like I'm being real with all of you when I just stick to one thing.

I am open to your feedback though so if y'all have any thoughts on the matter, I'd love to hear them! I really want to be encouraging and helpful to you. If there's anything you would like to see me talk about, please tell me. I love to research new things!

Anyway, back to today. I love clothes. Like way too many of us, I have a growing collection. It's funny because I have a small shoe and makeup collection. Those really aren't my thing so I just buy what I need. But comfy clothes? I have to try very hard to say no.

When I put on an outfit, I want to look stylish without really trying while staying super comfy all day. You'll never find me wearing 4 inch heels or anything super frilly or scratchy. I want soft, stretchy, and simple without resorting to big t-shirts and yoga pants everyday.

I love seeing how other people put together outfits, even ones that aren't my style, and so I thought maybe I could do the occasional outfit post. Complete with info on where you can find what I'm wearing or something similar. Something fun and maybe something helpful too!

Today I'm sharing what I wore on Sunday.

Real Style: Sunday Church. Comfy church outfit with white boatneck shirt, green stretchy pencil skirt with birds, and vintage jewelry, gold necklace, earrings, brown flats.

Real Style: Sunday Church. Comfy church outfit with white boatneck shirt, green stretchy pencil skirt with birds, and vintage jewelry, gold necklace, earrings, brown flats.

Real Style: Sunday Church. Comfy church outfit with white boatneck shirt, green stretchy pencil skirt with birds, and vintage jewelry, gold necklace, earrings, brown flats.

I kinda grabbed Hubby while he was grilling burgers, told him to take my picture and started doing silly model poses for fun. I guess he got a few decent ones though the light isn't the best. And the oh so obvious hair band on my wrist that I forgot to take off. Oh well.

Where to find it:

(other colors and prints available)

Stretchy pencil skirt: $35 from LuLaRoe
(I can point you to a couple great LLR sellers. They might not have this particular awesome bird print but they have lots of others)

(other colors available-I also have black and leopard pairs)

Earrings: Target
(you can't see them in the photos but I'm wearing these)

I wore this outfit all day long. To church, to run errands, and then through a small cookout with a few friends and family that were in town for the weekend. Super comfy!

Do y'all like the idea of an occasional style post? I had a lot of fun doing this one! Even though it felt weird putting so much of me in this post. Hope y'all didn't mind!


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Summer Living Room Tour

So the last couple weeks have been super full and stressful around here. Over the course of those two weeks I started a summer class, we celebrated Independence Day, My Nana and my aunt, uncle, and cousins came for a visit, as well as in-laws and some friends from out of state. All that equaled lots of cleaning, visiting, swimming, and two big cookouts.

By some miracle of timing, I ended up alone for a couple hours before the big cookout at our house. Hubby and friends had taken the kids to the beach while I was at school and when I got back, everyone else was making a grocery run. So I got to chill and tidy the house all by myself.

I had just cleaned a bit and was sitting down to enjoy my hot coffee in complete silence when I suddenly remembered that my house was clean and empty.

Perfect for picture taking.

Everything was clean(except maybe a few papers lying around) but nothing was styled. I rushed around, upstairs and down, grabbing stuff and trying to get it all done before everyone arrived.

A cottage-like summer living room tour using whites, neutrals, and small pops of color in furniture and plants. beige sofa couch, wood coffee table, alabaster white walls, beige carpet, pillows, plant, books,driftwood, metal orb sphere ball, white curtains.