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May 2016

Decor, DIY Project, The Yard

Off Our Rocker – A Garage Sale Makeover

This post may contain affiliate links.  Happy Memorial Day! The sun is shining here in Minnesota and it is an absolutely beautiful day. A day that makes you think about sitting on the porch in the sunshine. When you think country front porch, what comes to mind? If you are anything like Brett and me, rocking chairs are at the top of the list. I picture us twenty years from now, sitting on our weathered old rocking chairs, sipping on a cold ...
The Bedroom, The house, The Living Room

Let There be Light

This post may contain affiliate links. Click here for our full disclosure.  When we moved into the house, one of the first quirks we quickly noticed was the lighting. The bathroom has old looking hanging lights and the master bedroom’s lights are connected to plugins. There is nothing overhead in the living room and the “middle area” has two lights with two different light switches. This was from the old entrance and separation from the ...
The Life

The Liebster Award Nomination

We are so happy and proud to announce that we were nominated by Pack Your Baguios for the Liebster Award – an award that is given from one new blogger to another. Pack Your Baguios is a super fun blog about Carmen and Joe’s travel adventures. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram! Why is this a big deal? Well first off, it’s an award. Who doesn’t love awards? Second, it means someone else in this big world thinks our ...
The house

Finding an Outlet During Home Renovation

North Country Book Club This post may contain affiliate links.  Home improvement is stressful. We’ve only been at this for a few months, but we’ve been asked what it is like living in constant renovations. Well, neither one of us are sugar-coaters so we’ll be blunt – it sucks sometimes. Yes, it’s dusty. Yes, it’s messy. But that’s not the hard part. What we didn’t expect but probably shouldn’t be a surprise is that renovating a home can ...
The Bedroom, The Garage, The house, The Mudroom, The Office

Summer Home Improvement Project List

The sun is shining here in Minnesota and the days are getting longer and longer. We’re on the cusp of summer and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I was just ringing in the new year. 2016 seems to be flying by – I can hardly believe we’re only a week and a half from Memorial Weekend! It’s time to get into summer mode, which means summer projects. We have quite the ambitious list, but you wouldn’t expect anything less, right? The ...
The Life

North Country Nest Gets Engaged

So we are here to grovel, apologize and offer our most sincere “I’m sorry.” We took a week off from The Nest, but in all fairness, it was for good reason. Last Saturday, May 7, Brett and I got engaged! It was completely unexpected on my part and an absolutely wonderful surprise. Not only did my future husband (I LOVE saying that) knock the proposal outta the park, but he did a pretty dang good job on the ring too. This lead to an unplanned ...
Decor, The house, The Office

Friday Inspiration: The Home Office

Home Office Inspiration The office is a place for getting stuff done. It is a place that should foster creativity and hard work. A place where ideas are born and items are happily crossed off the to-do list. Unfortunately, our office doesn’t even have four walls. Which is why I want to share some spaces that got it right. I look at some of these and I think, “How can they NOT get anything done in there? Just looking at it makes me feel more ...
Decor, DIY Project, The house, The Yard

Thrift Store Bar Stools to Patio Side Tables

Thrift Store Bar Stools to Patio Side Tables [This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, view our disclosure.] I’ve got a quick and easy thrift store makeover for you today! In honor of it being an absolutely gorgeous week of weather here in Minnesota, I wanted to share my repurposed bar stools, made into two patio side tables. When we were in the townhouse, we didn’t make it a habit of sitting outside because Mox would end ...
DIY Project, The house, The Office

Repurposed Thrift Store Office Chair

Makeover: Thrift Store Office Chair One of the first posts in this blog was about making over a thrift store desk. Haven’t read it? Click here to check it out! Ever since that desk makeover, I have been on the hunt for its mate – an office chair. I mean, what is a desk without a chair to sit on? I scoured the thrift stores looking for a chair that was sturdy, didn’t look like it had been put through the ringer a few times ...