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DIY Built-ins Around Fireplace Reveal

Ya’ll, We finally went on  ahead and sold that monstrous cabinet that was in the living room. The fact that we had it at all was ridiculous really because we do not even own a TV.  It was huge and extremely heavy which made it difficult to host large groups in the living room. The final straw was put on the camel about a month ago when we scheduled to host our church small group of about 20 people and realized that there was no way that we were going to be able to fit everyone in the living room in such a way that would allow for any productive conversation. And so, the morning of the meeting, I posted it on craigslist just to try to see if it would sell but expecting for it not to and to my surprise, it sold about an hour before small group started. (more…)



It’s me! Do you remember me? Well, let me introduce myself again! My name is Vanessa and I am the blogger here.  I am sure that you can believe this but I can’t: it’s been more than 3 months since I wrote a post on here! Shame on me! I wish I had some grand excuse but I don’t!   I’ve been extremely active on Instagram this summer and so for those of you who follow me there, we’ve kept in touch. (more…)

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Vintage French Country Dresser makeover

I have been hiding an itty bitty tiny little secret from you guys. Over the last month or so, we I have been slowly but surely giving our bedroom a tiny bit of a makeover. Husbs could not care less. He was fine with it the way that it was before and does not really see the need for this change. Our bedroom was not in bad shape, it just was not intentionally design. For a long while, I loved it and I still do. I just want to revisit the layout of the room to see if there is a better way that we can make the space work for us. I love french country and so I was really hoping to find a french country dresser for a reasonable price and that I did.


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Decorate around living room windows

Hey, friends! remember me! I feel like I have been gone from this little blog forever even though it’s only been 2 weeks. A few things happened! First, my computer’s screen’s driver crashed? If that sounds like a sort of “the dog ate my homework” excuse, I promise it is not! The screen started acting all sorts of crazy. I did my little computer mojo and it did not fix the problem! Anyway, I am now using my old computer which is being held together by duct tape until we can find one that we like! Seriously, duct tape! I’ll show you a picture at the end of this post. Anyway, in the midst of this tiny little bit of chaos, I have been working on some little projects around the house. I have always found it hard to decorate around living room windows and so when I ran into some art at a yard sale that might solve that problem, I jumped on it. I gave them a little makeover and here they are as our new modern vintage wall art! (more…)

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Mundane stories of blessing: A dishwasher

It seems that there are 2 kinds of stories. Some stories are dramatic. I mean extremely dramatic. Rags to riches sort of stories! The kind where homeless people become CEOs of a fortune 500 companies. I suppose it’s the dramatic nature of these stories that grabs our attention. The truth is, however, most of our lives are not marked by these sorts of stories. Our day to day lives are, au contraire, marked by uninteresting, lukewarm, mediocre stories of faithfulness, failure, grace, and blessings. These stories, at face value, don’t have much to interest us and so we quickly forget about them and move on. What a shame because faithfulness in the little details, thanks for the little blessings, and gratefulness for the little graces, I suspect, help in the development of a godly character. I need to grow in how I observe the mundane details of my life. I need to grow in being able to properly give thanks to the Lord for my breath, the water that I breathe, my health, the things I take for granted. So, let me tell you a story about a dishwasher and the unexpected gift that it was to me. (more…)

kitchen farmhouse sign

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Sign

You guys know that some subtle changes have been happening around our kitchen. Nothing Major! We added the most lovely vintage kitchen windows to the bare wall for a bit more charm. To style that, I moved the ceramic chicken head that was on top of the window to the right, above the windows. This left that space bare and I was itching to do something with it. I had always admired those farmhouse kitchen signs and decided to make my own. This DIY Farmhouse kitchen sign was not hard at all, you guys and here’s how I did it (more…)

store peonies in the refrigerator use later in summer

Store Peonies in the Fridge to Enjoy in Summer

Is there a flower more majestic and commanding in presence than the peony? Surely not! These things are absolutely gorgeous. I first discovered them a few weeks after I discovered the lilac when I nannied for that amazing family after college! They had these plants that produced the biggest and most fragrant flowers. I had no idea what they were called but I knew that I was in love! I waited a few days to cut a few and propped them up by my bedside table. 98,000 giant ants and a few days later, they lost all of their petals at the same time and fell on the carpet! It was a bummer. I had no idea that years later, I’d learn that I could put peonies in the fridge to enjoy them in summer.

white kitchen

How I Painted My Kitchen Cabinets Without Removing The Doors!

I have debated back and forth as to whether or not I would do this post. The reason is because I cannot seem to find pictures that I took of this process. However, the number 1 question that I get in my inbox and comment section has to do with how I painted my kitchen cabinets.  Because of that, I can’t delay any longer. Below are some tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets without sanding or removing the doors. It has been 7 months since I painted our cabinets and they holding up well. I hope that this helps you find the courage to give it a go with your cabinets! (more…)

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Decorate With What You Love: Books

I love books! I should say that I try to love books. I used to love books more but if I am honest, I spend a whole lot more of my time on the internet than I do reading. What a shame huh? I joined a book club to encourage myself to read more books and that worked for the most part. I did this because I understand the importance of reading and want to grow in that skill!  The other way that I “read” is through audio books! I am currently going through the classics through audio book! This way, I can still do my work but catch up on all those books that I read in high school but can’t seem to remember because I only read them for the sake of my homework! (more…)

Spring living room

$500 Thrifted living Room Reveal

You guys have already seen little bits and pieces of my living room here and there. In my Christmas home tour, you saw most of it. Some things have changed since then. And, remember, this house was in terrible shape when we bought it and so it’s about time I show you at least one “before picture.”  This room is where we spend most of our time. This does not say much because our house is not huge and so perhaps with the exception of the guest room, we use the house up real good. Despite this, I would still say that the living room is our most used space. (more…)