DIY lantern style patio decor

diy patio decor

Last month I was determined to figure out how to build an oversized statement piece for my patio.  I looked through our woodpile and found some squares of wood, some 2″x 2″ pieces of wood and a few other scraps until I found some big enough to work for what I had in mind. I…

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can a door knob change the feel of a room?

Nothing is safe from paint in the home of a creative soul. I’ve had so much fun the last couple years as we’ve made over our kitchen.  We’ve strived to have a rustic, European feel to the kitchen.  There has been one spot though that has had me stumped… until today. So this is the…

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From 70’s closet to cozy reading nook

closet converted to reading nook

Cozy reading nook for under $100…. yes please. Last year we ripped out a closet upstairs between the kid’s rooms. It was gloriously 1070’s in every way.  There was nothing wrong with the closet other than… we’ve minimalized so much we just don’t need closet space up there.  So instead we’ve decided to convert the…

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Kitchen update with barnwood countertops

barnwood countertops in kitchen

Two years and nine months after moving in, today I can declare the kitchen pretty much finished.  There was nothing wrong with the kitchen when we moved in. New appliances, neutral color scheme, pretty easy to just move right in.  This is our first completely documented project that we’ve done and finished here at our…

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I’ve figured out how to LOVE going in my laundry room

I’ve got the typical basement, unfinished laundry room. I love it and I’m so grateful to have it. After years at our last house of having only a closet off the kitchen with our washer and dryer in it, I’m grateful to have a room that is larger and offers more storage as well. However,…

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bridging the time and money gap so you can go for your dreams

As a small business owner I have gone to all sorts of extremes to be able to wake up each day and pursue my dream of being an artist while also being at home raising my kids.  There have been times where money has flowed almost effortlessly (after a bazillion hours behind the scenes sweating…

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could this be contentment?

  I have a confession to make. I have been experiencing something. It’s snuck up slowly. I’ve tried to deny it, rename it, question it. But friends, I believe it’s called Contentment. After years of believing that I always have to be moving forward, growing, taking on more and more.  I’ve reached a place where…

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True Freedom! How we cleaned up over 48k in debt in just 21 months

I was in conversation a few weeks ago with a close friend and we were talking about bills. I mentioned how hard we were focusing on paying bills because we were close to getting out of debt and only having our home left to pay.  “Wow, you’re lucky.  Must be nice.” That was her reply.  That stuck with me……

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The nitty gritty – behind the scenes how to pay $48k in debt off in 2 years

extreme ways to save money

So hopefully you’ve read my other post here talking about why and the general how we got out of debt.  Let me be clear that when I say out of debt, I am referring to all debt other than our house.  Our house is a little further down the list but we wanted to take…

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A light post full of love – how to add unique and personal elements to your yard and home

We all have them.  Little momentos in drawers, jewelry boxes, shelves.  For us they were sitting collecting dust and rarely looked at, shoved out of the way and not part of our daily visual. When we moved into our house there was still a post from an old deck that had been torn down.  For…

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