About Us

Well hello there!

Welcome to North Country Nest – a blog dedicated to home renovation projects, our love of thrifting, DIYs and our two fur babes.

The Fun Stuff
. We’ve got two giant black labs, Gunner and Moxie. We met while working at a resort on Lake of the Woods, Minnesota in 2012. Brett’s big-kid job is in the wind industry, working on those giant turbines. Kelly’s is at a non-profit doing marketing and communications. Our idea of a good time is finishing off a gallon of ice cream while binge watching Netflix TV shows. Stove-popped popcorn is out go-to dinner on Sunday nights. Sarcasm is our second language. We’re taking the leap and getting hitched in August 2017.

The House Story. We bought this house back in March 2016 with the intention of renovating the entire place. It needed a lot of work and we were ready for the challenge!

When it comes to renovating homes, we’re complete newbies that are learning as we go. We want to show you that anyone can take on a fixer upper and we aren’t going to sugar coat our experiences. We are all about full disclosure and hope we can help even just one person learn from our mistakes. It’s hard work and it can be a bit stressful… Who are we kidding? A lot stressful.

With that said, there is absolutely nothing as exciting as working on your own home and relishing in the hard work that has been done and knowing that it is all yours. The best feeling is being able to take a step back and see how far you’ve come. I promise, it’s worth it.

Along with the home renovation updates, we’ll also be sharing fun DIY projects, thrift store makeovers, wedding planning tips and anything else life throws our way. Because renovating a home isn’t just about picking out paint colors and knocking down walls. Real life still happens; it’s not put on pause when a renovation starts.

If you’re new here, start with these: 

We’d love for you to introduce yourself – feel free to send a shout out to contact@northcountrynest.com or in the comments below. And if you’d like to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at the North Country Nest, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!


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While we strive to be as accurate and effective as possible, North Country Nest is for your entertainment purposes only. We are renovating our home, mostly by ourselves, on a pretty tight budget. If you do happen to try out any projects, tips or tricks we mention, it should be noted that we are not professionals and our advice should not be taken as such. You are at your own risk, especially when you’re testing out that new power saw. Friends, be careful. Please know that we are first-timers at a lot of these things too, use the right safety gear, follow all the guidelines and get help from the professionals if you don’t understand how to do something.