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July 2016

Decor, DIY Project, The Garage, The house, The Mudroom, The Yard

July 2016 Recap

So here we are again, another month almost gone, in what seems like the blink of an eye. What we’re excited about: >> I finished the painting the hutch and to hang it on the wall, Brett came up wit the brilliant plan to have the top sit on two pieces of scrap wood for extra support. That baby isn’t going anywhere. >> We had a few extra cement blocks laying around so we decided to put them to good use and made a bar ...
The house, The Life

The Waiting Game

So, we’re playing the waiting game. And neither one of us excels at this particular activity. I thought my patience was pretty low. Then I met my fiancé. I am the type of person that doesn’t like waiting on other people. Brett is the type of person that gets started on a project and would rather get it done right away himself then wait for someone else to do it or to help. We (hopefully) have a lot of projects coming up the pipeline, but ...
The Wedding

Minnesota Bridal Consignment Roundup

I feel like bridal consignment has kind of a bad rap. I mean, I get it. If you’re idea of shopping for a wedding dress is like all the scenes in Say Yes to the Dress, thinking about going second hand can be a bit of a stretch. But have you been in a bridal consignment shop lately?! I think it’s time to change their reputation because being thrifty when planning a wedding is totally ‘in.’ If you’re anything like me, the thought of spending ...
The house

The Roof: An Unexpected Hiccup

I am going to start by saying we have been really, really lucky so far in this renovation process. The biggest hiccups we’ve experienced are rather minimal – the glaze chipped on the kitchen cabinets and I had to re-sand, paint a re-glaze them, we have a few hornets nests along the roofline that still haven’t gone away, a post on the front porch was sinking down and needed to be cemented into place, our refrigerator stopped making ice ...
The house, The Yard

Landscaping Tour: Summer 2016

When I was growing up, at every family function during the spring and summer months, my grandma, mom and aunt would get together and take a walk around the yard of whoever’s house we were at and look at their garden. They would talk and talk and talk about this flower that was here, but was moved over there, this plant that wasn’t blooming like it did last year, the new additions to their garden collection and those darn rabbits that just ...
Decor, The house

Rustic & Farmhouse Decor Roundup

This post may contain affiliate links. Read the full disclosure here. With much credit to Chip and Joanna Gaines, the farmhouse style has taken the home decor world by storm. Everywhere I turn, I seem to find an endless array of metal baskets, distressed furniture, milk jars, natural colors and white dishes in pictures on Instagram and Pinterest. Lucky for us, second-hand items are ‘in’ style, which fits perfectly within our budget. But what ...
Decor, The Dining Room, The house

Bringing Summer into the Dining Room

This is a sponsored post with At Home, but all opinions are 100 percent my own. Remember a few weeks ago when I shared a summer-inspired tray makeover that also featured eight other amazing bloggers and their summer-inspired DIY projects? Well, today I have yet another treat for you! I was invited to a “bringing summer indoors” challenge with several other amazing bloggers, thanks to our friends at At Home. What’s At Home, ...
The Bedroom, The house, The Mudroom, The Office

Adding Walls & Doors

Good morning! I have some super exciting news to share with you all. Remember a few weeks ago I told you about that time we decided to tear down a few more walls because we just love demo? Or that time I came home to an almost completely gutted guest bathroom and office? Well, now I am here to tell you that we have walls! And doors! In between the hutch makeover and a Fourth of July party and the summer blog hop, Brett has been busting his ...
Book Club, The Life

North Country Nest Book Club May & June 2016

This post may contain affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. I know I have said this before, but can you believe it’s July already?! We are six months into 2016, my friends. SIX MONTHS! The year is halfway over. Done. Finished. Completed. And if you’re anything like me, you’re palms are starting to sweat, your heart is beginning to race and you are mentally creating your to-do list of all the things you said you were going to do this ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Yard

The Easiest DIY Patio Bar Ever

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you all are having a wonderful day and enjoying this fabulous holiday. Today I’d like to share a super easy, super quick, DIY project that took Brett approximately 20 minutes to make. So in case you ever find yourself in need of a bar top, we’ve got you covered. Supplies 12 cement blocks 5 two-by-fours, 12 feet long Screws Drill 3 scrap two-by-fours The Process Stack four cement blocks on top of each ...