North Country Nest

Decor, The house, The Seasonal Decor

2016 Fall Decor Home Tour

You know it’s fall when… The cool, crisp morning air wakes you up as soon as you step outside. For me, it always seems to catch me off guard. I walk out the door for work in a t-shirt and sandals and am hit in the face with a coldness that I never get used to. Apple orchards, fall festivals and chili cook-offs are a weekend staple. They’re literally everywhere. Not having anything to do on the weekends is a total lie because I can almost ...
Decor, The house, The Seasonal Decor

Fall Front Porch Decor

Growing up, my mom had at least two giant plastic totes of decorations for each holiday and season. From Fourth of July to fall to the month of January, there was a decoration for everything. And it wasn’t subtle decorations. No. This was all-out, looks like you walked into said holiday or season’s Mecca. When I started college, us roommates would do a slightly half-assed version of Christmas decorations, but nothing really stuck. Last year, ...
The Life

Friday Nesting 9/23

this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. see the full disclosure here. Friday story time. So this week, we had the tree trimmers come out and cut back some trees that were touching the power lines. They said they were just trimming back a few branches, nothing major. So, imagine our surprise when we got home from a Menards trip Tuesday evening to see that “there’s a highway lane running through our backyard” (Brett’s words to ...
DIY Project, The Bathroom, The Bedroom, The Entryway, The Garage, The house, The Mudroom

Project Update: Fall & Winter 2016

It’s fall! The leaves are starting to change colors here in Minnesota, the nights are getting cool and the best of all, the mosquitoes are tapering down. I cannot tell you how nice it is to be able to head outside our house without ten pounds of bug spray on! Another positive about venturing into a new season? We are entering into what some may call ‘the home stretch’ in terms of The Home Renovation Part One. And by ‘home stretch,’ I mean ...
Decor, DIY Project, The house

Five Step DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath

Remember that one time I talked about making a fall floral arrangement for $5? Well this fall DIY project is along those same lines. Because who doesn’t love dollar store projects? And who doesn’t love something that is five-step easy? The Supplies One wooden wreath (the traditional kind… the ones that come to mind when you say ‘wreath’) One foam wreath (the ones that are green and you can stick things in them – they probably have a real ...
The Bedroom, The house, The Mudroom

You Can Never Have Too Much Light: Adding New Windows

Have you ever noticed how a window can transform an entire space? I almost feel bad for the rooms that are completely enclosed – they don’t really stand a chance at ever having the ‘wow’ factor. Because natural light is addicting and attractive and homey and comforting. Let’s take our house for example. One of the main reasons we fell in love with it was the view of the lake from the living room windows. When we first toured the house, it ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Dining Room

Dollar Store Fall Flower Arrangement

It feels SO good to be back! Long story short, some hackers were flooding the server that this blog calls home, which shut down the entire server and all the websites that were on it. Eleven days, countless phone calls, numerous online chats and a few expletives later, the blog is FINALLY back up and running. Thank goodness! We’ve got a quick and easy DIY project for you today. If you have $5 and access to the dollar store, this one is for ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Bathroom, The house, The Mudroom

Windows and Tile and Mudding – Oh My!

If you haven’t gathered this by now, let me reiterate the fact that I have an incessant need to buy only things from the thrift store or on sale. Before I could even purchase things with my own money, it was ingrained into my brain that I should NEVER buy anything full price. So it comes as no surprise that I was in deal-finding heaven this past weekend when my parents took Brett and I to this builder’s outlet warehouse. It’s called Building ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Dining Room, The Kitchen

When the Table Makes the Kitchen

When we moved into the house, I was not a huge fan of the kitchen. Between the cupboards and the layout, nothing seemed right. After painting the kitchen cabinets and island, it started to come together a little more. Paint can do wondering things to a space and it definitely helped with the kitchen. However, even with the mini-makeover, I still felt like it wasn’t right; something was off. Last year, Brett and I refinished our kitchen ...
Decor, The Bedroom, The house

The Quick & Easy Guide to Furniture Distressing

There is just something so wonderful about painting and distressing furniture. I love the way the old wood shows through the paint. I love that no two pieces ever turn out the same. I love that a newly painted piece can still have that rustic look with just some sand paper. Distressing furniture is my absolute favorite. Not only because I love the look, but on a scale of one to amateur, it scores pretty well in the, “anyone can do this and ...