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Paint it Black (or White)

Ever since we moved into our home over five years ago I've been wanting to pain our oak trim white. It's one of those projects that no one really wants to tackle because it's just so huge, yet it would make such a dramatic difference in the look of our home. Well, a couple weeks ago I finally got my wish! We ended up hiring someone to do the work because #life, and I could not be happier. We also painted the built-in bookshelves in our living room which as really opened up the whole space.

I love the crisp contrast of black and white, and despite how common it's becoming, we love the modern farmhouse feel. Always have, always will! Next on our list for our living space is painting the interior doors (I vote black, my man says white but he will come around!) and the front door (mint green? turquoise?). Then we will tackle the windows. Deciding between painting the slats black or replacing the windows with full-pane. Our last project is wood floors! Here are some of my inspirations (find them all here!):

I love the giant glass door because our living room, dining room and foyer are open but lacking in natural light. However, I am a little concerned about having our front door be completely see-through.... 

The windows are another source of debate... black slats or full pane? We have full pane windows in our master, and they let in so much more light! But again, I love the contrast of the black and white. 

I'll definitely be mixing it up with our front door, and will most likely go with something more green like the top image. The exterior of our door is currently grey, so a little bit of color will help spruce up both the front porch and the entryway which now contains a vintage piano (that will shortly be painted white, ha!). More updates this summer! 

Master Bathroom Inspiration

After an unexpected water issue this past weekend, we have decided to go ahead with updating our master bathroom. Hashtag silver lining! Our home has a great layout but is very dated, so we have quite a bit to accomplish. Our style is modern farmhouse with minimal and natural elements, so we want to keep a minimal color palette, make the space incredibly functional, and also be able to do most of it ourselves. Here are some of our inspirations. 

White subway tile + dark grout + rough hewn flooring + black accents 

White subway tile + dark grout + rough hewn flooring + black accents 

Reclaimed wood + white sinks

Reclaimed wood + white sinks

Window + plants

Window + plants

We have already pulled up the carpet and are planning to start some of the work this weekend! More updates soon! Also, you can find all these images and more inspiration here

Backyard Gardening for Everyone

One of the things I most looked forward to with owning a home was the ability to have an in-ground vegetable and herb garden! I have such fond childhood memories of planting, watering, and harvesting our garden, and nothing beats fresh, organic (and free!) produce all summer long. 

That being said, if you don't have a large backyard or even a yard at all, gardening is by no means off limits to you! As a means of simplifying life and preventing the deer from feasting on our plants, we planted a mix of in-ground and container vegetables this year. Container gardening is feasible for anyone, even if all you have is a tiny fire escape or a windowsill

A few tips:

+ Choose containers that suit your style, but make sure that there are holes in the bottom for drainage. Select deep containers for vegetables, and if you are growing on a window sill, make sure to place a plate or try beneath the containers to hold the draining water. We prefer cedar planters since they are natural, rot-resistant, and we love the smell of cedar.These are a great option.

+ Tomatoes, bell peppers, are a great place to start and do very well in containers! Also try potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini squash and yellow squash for summer. The type of vegetables and herbs is really up to you, and there are very few limits!


+ Herbs can be grown just about anywhere, in any small or large container. Love these creative ideas for windowsill gardens!

+ Grow zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce and chard on a porch or deck, away from deer and other animals. 

+ You can start your plants with seeds or you can plant them as pre-grown transplants. Seeds should be started indoors, well before being planted into your container. Growing from transplants is great if you are new to gardening or aren't able to start planting early. Transplants are already a few weeks old, so choose plants that look healthy.

+ Plant your vegetables and herbs with plenty of nutrient-rich potting soil, and water them daily! If the soil is moist to the touch, you can skip the watering, but check it daily. Also, make sure to water your plants until water comes through the bottom of the pot. 

+ Looking for more small-space gardening ideas? Love this post on window gardening 

Backyard Chickens + Homesteading

A few years ago when my husband mentioned that we should get a few chickens to keep in our backyard, I was a little hesitant. It seemed like one of those things that only people with lots of land and tractors and cows could do, but in reality it has been one of the best things we have done! We buy their food at a local feed store, give them plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit scraps, and let them roam around in the woods behind our house to hunt for insects. As twilight, they return to their little home, and we close them in for the night! We have amazingly fresh eggs every day that are rich in protein and incredibly healthy.

Via

Right now our coop is a simple structure with a small window, a ramp and a small run. Since we live far enough away from our neighbors, we allow the ladies to roam around in the yard every afternoon. We were talking the other day though, about our big dreams and long-term goals as a family, and a homestead is at the top of the list. I'd love to have a really large flock and a gorgeous coop to house them. Here are some of my favorites!

This whole layout is so dreamy. I love the cedar planks, the modern fence and the large open area for the chickens. This is hands-down our favorite inspiration image, and we would love to recreate this whole garden/farm enclosure! I'm thinking lots of fresh herbs - basil, thyme, oregano, lavender, dill, cilantro, chives, garlic - and plenty of flowering leeks and leafy greens.

We would add plenty of drought-tolerant plants and flowers such as these to surround the coop and garden pathways. I love big, wild-looking flowers and bushes such as lantana and fanal that are reminiscent of natural secret gardens and the English countryside.

Another must for our new coop and garden area is a large workspace for potting, organizing, and storing our homestead necessities. I also want to try our hands at raising bees! Imagine having fresh, raw honey for your tea every morning. Amazing.

Those are our long-term dreams! For now we love our girls and love having them in our yard. Elliot loves them too! One of his first words was 'chick' as he pointed out the window to the foraging chickens. ;) If you want to get started with backyard chickens and just need a small, simple coop, here are some great ideas!

Outdoor Dreaming

One of the things I love the most about our home is that every room has at least one plant. I get super giddy when we go into home improvement stores and always end up in the garden section. I just love the feeling of having a small piece of the outdoors that is living, breathing and thriving in our home. We skipped the spring planting fever last year since we had a newborn, so our days were filled with afternoon naps, neighborhood walks, midnight feedings, and the sweetest baby cuddles. So I a beyond excited about the prospect of spring planting, a huge vegetable garden, and sprucing up some of our outdoor spaces this year! Our style is a mix of rustic farmhouse with modern influence, and here are some of my inspirations:

One of the things I really want is a lovely, dedicated space for our hose since we use it every day for watering the back patio and for the garden. Thinking we can possible recreate this holder with some antlers and spray paint.

We have a large brick fireplace whose back is the center of our patio, so we are thinking of a vertical garden to utilize that space. I haven't decided if I want to use it for herbs or succulents, but I love the mix of colors and textures in this photo. I am thinking all greenery for the back porch with a mix of succulents, an assortment of ferns, and some ground covers like creeping jenny. 

Our front entryway needs some serious love after we mowed down all of the bushes that were obstructing the view of the house. I am dreaming of a hydrangea hedge, propagated from our  beautiful blue hydrangea. So gorgeous!

Another small project is sprucing up the chicken coop by adding a few window boxes. I'm thinking creeping jenny to trail along the front, sprinkled with dandelions and maybe hostas, since those are some of the girls' favorite treats. :)

And if we are dreaming a little bigger, I'd love to have a privacy screen at the end of our patio and a side entrance to the backyard with a garden gate.

All these and more, here. Happy Spring!

Life:Unfiltered

A little peek inside our life, completely un-staged, no makeup, bare-footed, messes and all. Because, finding the beauty in the ordinary, in the little moments.

Morning light, my favorite time of day, I feel the weight of renewed grace and endless mercies.

Morning light, my favorite time of day, I feel the weight of renewed grace and endless mercies.

Give me all the forsythia. And the daffodils, too.

Give me all the forsythia. And the daffodils, too.

We spent the vast majority of Saturday on the patio. Glorious! I'm itching to add more greenery to our clay pots, and creeping jenny are my favorite! Also scheming to add more twinkle lights, because there is no such thing as too many twinkle lights...

We spent the vast majority of Saturday on the patio. Glorious! I'm itching to add more greenery to our clay pots, and creeping jenny are my favorite! Also scheming to add more twinkle lights, because there is no such thing as too many twinkle lights...

Diluted purification oil rubbed on our arms and legs because the mosquitoes were already on the prowl. DIY natural repellent recipe coming soon!

Diluted purification oil rubbed on our arms and legs because the mosquitoes were already on the prowl. DIY natural repellent recipe coming soon!

Grilling season is here! This is our favorite weekend pastime. It allows us to spend as much time outside as possible and requires little to no clean up!

Grilling season is here! This is our favorite weekend pastime. It allows us to spend as much time outside as possible and requires little to no clean up!

A drop or two of orange oil in your brownie mix, because hello! Orange + chocolate.

A drop or two of orange oil in your brownie mix, because hello! Orange + chocolate.

He found the box of tissues.....

He found the box of tissues.....

Tiny little socks, everywhere. Because for whatever reason, they just won't stay on his feet. 

Tiny little socks, everywhere. Because for whatever reason, they just won't stay on his feet. 


Sunroom Inspiration

One of the selling points of our current home was the window-filled sunroom that the original owners added to the house. Two of the walls are comprised entirely of widows, and the third wall opens up into our almost window-less kitchen. We spend so much time in our sunroom during the fall and spring, leaving the windows open and taking as many family naps as possible. Since we have been lucky enough to receive endless hand-me-downs from siblings, the furniture in our sunroom is a bit mismatched. Add in the fact that it doubles as our office, and we have a somewhat strange conglomeration. The vision is a space that can pull double duty to be a light-filled and minimal office space as well as an open room for relaxing and playing. We want to keep our neutral color palate and bring in lots of natural elements, especially some hanging plants. Here are some of my inspirations:

I am on the lookout for the perfect rattan hanging chair. I also really love this DIY for a simple bench that would provide both storage (read: baby paraphernalia) and seating.

When it comes to the desk space, we want something simple with perhaps a pop of color. I am thinking a long white desk with either wooden sawhorse legs or turquoise filing cabinets. We will share a desk, so it will be extra long to account for both our computers and will most likely take up the majority of one wall.

When it comes to plants, I am thinking a vertical garden on part of the wall, but we would do something a bit more simple with lots of ferns and some succulents. 

I've got the spring cleaning and organizing bug. Can you tell? You can find all of these images (and more!) here.

<3

Snippets of Home / Master Bedroom

Like the majority of first-time home owners, we have a laundry list of projects to complete to update our home. Some are large like putting in hardwood floors, and some are small like replacing the mantle, but sometimes it seems so overwhelming. We chose to focus on one room at a time, starting with our master bedroom. 

When we moved in, our bedroom was a yellow-beige color that was complemented by dingy green carpet and orange-stained trim. Oy. We have poured our time and effort into creating a space that we love, and it is honestly my favorite room in our home. We wanted a modern rustic feel that focused on simplicity and natural elements., and it feels so great to have a space that we really enjoy.

We started with pulling up the carpet and installing lovely wooden floors, then painted the walls and trim white, and updated the ceiling fan. We made a bench for the foot of the bed and found art and simple bedding that we love. Our furniture is mostly vintage or handmade, and I honestly love the lack of headboard and bed frame. We added a few plants and leave our simple window shades open the majority of the time since we love the large amount of natural light that pours through. 

The only remaining project for our bedroom is painting the doors, which I want to paint black, so the current project is convincing my sweet husband that it's a good idea. 

More snippets to come! We have some fun projects up our sleeves.