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December 2016

DIY Project, One Room Challenege, The Bedroom, The Entryway, The house, The Kitchen, The Mudroom

2016: Looking Back at the First Year of North Country Nest

Tomorrow is the LAST day of 2016. Can you freaking believe it? I don’t know about you, but this year has flown by! It seems like just yesterday that our weekends were filled with house showings and mortgage meetings and packing up the townhouse. Since I dropped the ball and forgot to post a 9-month update, I thought it might be fun to do a quick recap and look back at all the progress we’ve made this year. Our First Home After Brett and I ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Bedroom, The house

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod

Good morning! Today we’re sharing space with Sarah at Making Joy and Pretty Things and adding to yesterday’s drop cloth curtain tutorial. If you stopped by yesterday, you know I was getting so frustrated looking for curtains that were ‘high and wide’. Adding insult to injury, finding a curtain rod that fit with our style and wasn’t over our budget seemed nearly impossible. I stumbled across a great tutorial on ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Bedroom, The house

How to DIY a Drop Cloth Curtain Panel

One of the first design ‘tips’ I ever picked up on was the Curtain Rule. You know. The one that says all curtains should be hung high and wide. Contrary to my previously held belief, they should NOT go right above the frame. Apparently, when they are hung higher and wider than the window, they make the window appear larger. This rule is all well and good, except for the small fact that NO stores carry curtains longer than 86 ...
Decor, DIY Project, The Seasonal Decor

Gift Wrapping for Beginners

I thoroughly enjoy Christmas but I am really not a fan of gift wrapping. Last year, my presents rivaled those of a five-year-old. Which is why this year, I am keeping it nice and simple – a beginner’s simple, if you will. For the full tutorial, check out the rest of the post at Meet our Life. Happy wrapping, friends! All our best,  
Decor, DIY Project, The house, The Seasonal Decor

Rustic Gift Wrapping Ideas

Hi friends, This is Sabrina from Meet our Life again. I don’t know about you but I am so super excited that Christmas is almost here. The holiday season went by so quick this year and we are getting ready over here for Christmas Day. The gifts are all wrapped up and I thought it would be nice to share with you my rustic gift wrapping ideas.
The house, The Life, The Seasonal Decor

Friday Nesting 12/16

Friday story time. Our heat went out on Monday, just when we entered the cusp of frigid cold here in Minnesota. I wake up earlier then Brett and I usually throw on a sweatshirt as soon as I get up. This served as a barrier to the frozen tundra that was our house. And by frozen tundra, I mean it was 54 degrees in our house. So, a little chilly. Naturally I yelled at Brett to get up and fix this. Unfortunately, when you’re a first-time ...
Decor, The Entryway, The house, The Seasonal Decor

2016 Christmas Home Tour: The Entryway

Decorating for Christmas is no joke and it’s taken me seven trips to Target, five stops at thrift stores, four Dollar Tree runs, two times fighting the crowds at Joann Fabrics, two lunch breaks spent at Hobby Lobby, one Black Friday sale at Walmart, one quick stop at Michaels and one run through Home Goods to get to where we are today… and I STILL feel like there is more that I could be doing. I started decorating mid-November ...
12 Days of Craftsmas, Decor, DIY Project, The house

12 Days of Craftsmas: Mason Jar Infused Vodka

What better way to toast the last day of 12 Days of Craftsmas than with Crandberry Vanilla Almond Infused Vodka? About ten years ago, my grandma started a tradition of giving everyone a bottle of homemade cordial, with a different flavor every year. Naturally, we teased her about making hooch in her bathtub and created this wild story about how she was supplying all the seniors in her building with booze. She would just laugh it off with ...
12 Days of Craftsmas, Decor, DIY Project, The house

12 Days of Craftsmas: Wooden Personalized Sign

Almost there, folks! Day eleven of Craftsmas! For those of you that caught my DIY Farmers Market sign, you know I am a sucker for painted wooden signs, so it comes as no surprise that I am completely swooning over Sabrina’s personalized sign. This project is most definitely going on my to-do list! What is Craftsmas?  We’ve teamed up with three other amazingly talented bloggers – Meet Our Life, Craftivity Designs and Making Joy and Pretty ...
12 Days of Craftsmas, Decor, DIY Project, The house

12 Days of Craftsmas: Corbel Book Ends

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re into double digits in our Craftsmas series! Sarah from Making Joy and Pretty Things is sharing this great way to refinish corbel book ends. Book shelf styling is not something I have ventured into yet. Our shelves are jam-packed with books of all varieties, but these book ends make me want to rethink my strategy a bit! What is Craftsmas?  We’ve teamed up with three other amazingly talented bloggers – Meet Our ...