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the laundry room

industrial style laundry roomindustrial style laundry room renovation reveal

wall color: sherwin williams ‘upward’

trim color: sherwin williams ‘alabaster’

cabinet color: varathane ‘espresso’

Project Update: Fall & Winter 2016

It’s fall! The leaves are starting to change colors here in Minnesota, the nights are getting cool and the best of all, the mosquitoes are tapering down. I cannot tell you how nice it is to be able to head outside our house without ten pounds of bug spray on! Another...

You Can Never Have Too Much Light: Adding New Windows

Have you ever noticed how a window can transform an entire space? I almost feel bad for the rooms that are completely enclosed – they don’t really stand a chance at ever having the ‘wow’ factor. Because natural light is addicting and attractive and homey and...

Windows and Tile and Mudding – Oh My!

If you haven’t gathered this by now, let me reiterate the fact that I have an incessant need to buy only things from the thrift store or on sale. Before I could even purchase things with my own money, it was ingrained into my brain that I should NEVER buy anything...

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...

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...

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...

the entryway

trim color: sherwin williams ‘alabaster’

built-in color: sherwin williams ‘alabaster’

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...

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...

One Room Challenge Week Six: The Final Reveal

It was a little more than two months ago when I first uttered the words ‘One Room Challenge’ to Brett. We were sitting down for dinner and I casually mentioned that I wanted to join in on this challenge and told him I thought we could do the entryway. Apparently, the...

One Room Challenge Week Five: The Built-Ins

It’s week five! Yes, five. Already? Yup. And this week… this week I am sharing my favorite project we’ve ever done. “Kell… You’ve already said that, remember? The barn wall from week three was your favorite project.” Well yes, I know I already said that once in this...

One Room Challenge Week Four: The Lights & The Window

This week we’ve got two mini-projects to share for the One Room Challenge. We wanted to tackle these before we left on our respective mini vacations - Brett went pheasant hunting and I went out to Utah. Have you ever noticed that the little things can make a big...

One Room Challenge Week One: The Front Entryway

I am so excited you’re here because we’ve got some fun news to share – we’re joining in on the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home. “That’s great, but what the heck is a One Room Challenge?” We’re so glad you asked! Here’s straight from the website: The One...

home exterior

side of the house with foundation poured for garageoutdoor deck with outdoor furniture

front porch paint: sherwin williams ‘alabaster’

front porch stain: cabot australian timber oil ‘honey teak’

deck stain: cabot australian timber oil ‘amberwood’

Project Update: Fall & Winter 2016

It’s fall! The leaves are starting to change colors here in Minnesota, the nights are getting cool and the best of all, the mosquitoes are tapering down. I cannot tell you how nice it is to be able to head outside our house without ten pounds of bug spray on! Another...

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...

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...

Removing the Ramps

Removing the Outside Ramps Staying on trend with this house's ridiculous need to have multiples of everything (four water heaters, three outside electrical meters, two furnaces, etc.) it would only make sense that there would be two outside ramps - one at each main...

guest bedroom

rustic industrial guest bedroom decorrustic industrial guest bedroom

wall color: behr ‘burnished clay’

trim color: sherwin williams ‘alabaster’

One Room Challenge Week One: Rustic Farmhouse Bedroom Plans

Well hello there, One Room Challenge... we meet again. This my friends, is our second time joining in on the fun and we are so. freaking. excited. Well, I can't speak for Brett and since he's currently playing mountain man in Wyoming but I'll just imagine that he's...

guest bath

original bathroom

wall color: sherwin williams ‘useful gray’

trim color: sherwin williams ‘alabaster’

vanity color: sherwin williams ‘acacia haze’

door color: varathane ‘espresso’

Project Update: Fall & Winter 2016

It’s fall! The leaves are starting to change colors here in Minnesota, the nights are getting cool and the best of all, the mosquitoes are tapering down. I cannot tell you how nice it is to be able to head outside our house without ten pounds of bug spray on! Another...

Windows and Tile and Mudding – Oh My!

If you haven’t gathered this by now, let me reiterate the fact that I have an incessant need to buy only things from the thrift store or on sale. Before I could even purchase things with my own money, it was ingrained into my brain that I should NEVER buy anything...

The Pocket Doors Must Go

Remember that one time I told you that when we start one project, five more pop up? Well, that rule is still very much alive. As you can see from the picture above, we tore down yet a few more walls. It had to be done, we promise. We just didn’t expect it to be...