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What the Hygge?Three Ways to Add Coziness Into Your Life

Have you heard about this latest design craze? It’s called Hygge, it’s Danish, it’s pronounced ‘HOO-ga’ or ‘HUE-ga’ and it’s been flooding my social media feeds the past few weeks. Okay, that’s great. But what is it? It’s this absolutely fantastic thing that although can’t be directly translated, means coziness and contentment. Helllooo, if you live in Minnesota, you know as well as I do that we thrive on maintaining a high level of cozy ...
DIY Project, Friday Nesting, The Bathroom, The Bedroom, The house

Friday Nesting 1/12

Friday Story. This week we updated you on the latest bathroom happenings and I shared Brett’s handwork on Instagram in the form of the vanity that he is building for us [see below]. It’s beautiful is an understatement and I cannot wait to put that baby in its rightful spot in the bathroom. What Brett may kill me for telling you, but I think it’s worth noting, it that this piece was his second try. The first one, although equally as ...
The Bathroom, The house

The Guest Bathroom Renovation Update

The first project we’re eyeing to complete this year is the guest bathroom. Looking back to last February when we moved in, the bathroom was HUGE. There was so much empty and unused space, plus the shower was just disgusting and needed to be thrown. [this post contains affiliate links, which means we may make a small commission if a purchase is made. see the full disclosure here.]   Here’s what we’ve done 1. We removed the pocket ...
The house

Industrial Farmhouse Décor for Open-Style Kitchen Shelves

I love open-style shelving in kitchens. I love that it makes the space seem lighter and more inviting. I love that it lets me be a little more creative and I love that I get to show off all the pretty dishes I pick up at thrift stores and on clearance. At first, it can be a little weird to have it all out in the open, especially if you’re used to throwing your things in a cupboard and quickly closing the door. When it’s an open concept, you ...
Friday Nesting, The house, The Life

Friday Nesting 1/5

Friday story time. In case you missed this on our Instagram: Last week, I went out for dinner with a friend and got some takeout for Brett. When I got home, all the lights in the house were off, with the exception of a construction light shining towards the front door. On the shelf next to the door was a nerf gun and a note [see below]. For the next twenty-plus minutes, we proceeded to run through our house, with the pups chasing our heels, ...
Decor, DIY Project, The house

How to Hang a Gallery Wall in Five Steps

Up until recently, I was put on a strict ‘no hanging anything on the walls’ diet by Brett. It was in effect from the moment we walked through the doors of this house last February 22 until three weeks ago when we finished mudding and painting the entryway, kitchen and most of the living room. I slowly started hanging a few pictures and frames here and there, but I knew the first BIG hanging project I wanted to tackle was the ...
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 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.