Organizing and Styling a Bookcase ~ Top Organizing Bloggers Family Room Tour

Updating and Styling a Built-in Bookcase

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may know that I work alongside some other fabulous organizing bloggers fairly regularly.  We are working together once again to take you on tours of our homes to inspire you on your journey of getting organized! Yesterday I showed you an outdated built-in bookcase in a little recessed corner of my family room.  I have wanted to update it for a long time and I’m thrilled with the results! This built-in seemed to be more of an eyesore and “random stuff collector” than anything, and I thought about closing it […]

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Updating a Built-In Bookcase

Preparing to Paint the Outdated Bookcase

Did I ever tell you that when my hubby and I were house hunting we found our home in three days? Well, we did, and it was really a miracle how it all worked out.  (Long story warning…feel free to skip down past the first picture) If you don’t already know it, my husband is a pastor. We were in the process of being hired at our church when I was pregnant with our fourth child. We looked extensively online for housing in the city where the church is, but weren’t coming up with anything we liked. It is 600 […]

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Patio Reveal – From Outdated to Updated

Updated Patio Reveal

If you missed it yesterday, I shared with you how my hubby and I figured out a way to fill the large gaps between our patio blocks to prevent debris from filling up the spaces and constantly looking messy.  Today, I’m showing you how I updated the look of the patio.  This is what the house looked like when we bought it seven years ago. One of the very first things we did was to remove the “S” swirls from the support posts.  They were tucked in between a space in the main supports that created a kind of track.  […]

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Updating an Outdated Patio with Pea Gravel

Updating the Outdated Patio

Seven years ago, my hubby was hired to pastor a church 600 miles away from our family and friends and everything that was familiar to us.  I was nearly seven months pregnant with our fourth child, and I was just starting to get into the groove of homeschooling more than one child.  We knew that we wouldn’t have much help on big projects, so, although we looked at a “fixer-upper”, we opted to buy a house that didn’t need any major work done immediately. There were a number of things that were very outdated, including the bathrooms and kitchen (see […]

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Spring Centerpiece with DIY Moss Table Runner

DIY Moss Runner for Spring Tablescape

Although it may be hard to believe (unless you live in a warm climate), spring really is just around the corner.  For many of us this has been one of the coldest, snowiest winters in history.  So, what’s a good way to cheer yourself up during the winter blues?  Decorate for spring! I love decorating with moss.  It just feels so natural and beautiful.  I wanted to try something different this year for my spring centerpiece in my dining room, so I decided to DIY a moss table runner.  Faux moss can be very messy to work with, and the […]

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It All Started With a Leak ~ A Bathroom Renovation on a Budget

Old Floorplan

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember when we discovered a “minor” leak in our bathroom. Some of the tiles under the faucet had developed hairline cracks and started pushing in. It turned out, they were getting pushed in because the wall behind them was disintegrated.  Water had found its way to the other side of the tile and ruined the wall.  The rest of the tiles were in good shape, and we hadn’t planned on a major bathroom renovation, so we decided to take the tiles off of the wall right around the faucet […]

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Bookcase Makeover: From Drab to Fab

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I was invited to participate in a project hosted by Wayfair.  They challenged a few bloggers to take one of their products and change it creatively.  I love a good challenge, so I decided to go for it! The product I chose was a simple 3-tier bookcase.  I had a few ideas immediately when I saw it, so I checked the measurements and decided this piece was for me. sent a $50 gift card to pay for any supplies I would need for the challenge.  Awesome! I had planned to use this bookcase in my son’s room as a […]

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Summer and a Centerpiece

Summer Centerpiece

Last week we sent two of our kiddos to camp for a week.  It seemed like a perfect opportunity to plan a little getaway, so my hubby and I arranged for friends to watch our other two and set off for Grand Rapids, MI.  I put out a request on my Facebook page for suggestions on what to see and do and where to eat. One suggestion from reader, Stacy, was to check out Sweet Temptations Ice Cream and Candy shop in Grand Haven.  So we did! One of my FAVORITE treats is caramel popcorn.  Every year when we lived […]

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Patriotic Wreath Tutorial

Patriotic Wreath

The other day I showed you my Patriotic Mantle Decor. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and I love Americana style, so I thought it would be fun to put together a mantle scape with some of the ideas I’ve seen around blogland. I used jute to decorate a wooden letter, multi-colored beans to make a “flag” in a jar, a patriotic printable I made, and other elements to give it an Americana feeling. But my most favorite decoration is the wreath! I found the idea on Capital B’s blog thanks to Pinterest.  Sky has had […]

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Mantle Decor ~ Patriotic Theme {with Free Printable}


One of my very favorite holidays is the 4th of July.  I’m from the Philly area, and Independence Day is a huge celebration there.  It seems like there’s a parade in every town. I thought it was a holiday that Americans all over the country celebrated in a big way – until I moved away from Philly.  Unfortunately, where I live now there isn’t a parade to be found for at least 30 miles. So, I decided this year I was going to bring some patriotism to my own home! I have a very long mantle in my family room […]

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