Our House: Jane's Room

Our House: Jane's Room

I spilled the beans on Instagram, but in case you haven't heard: We are expecting baby #3! I am 20 weeks along with a due date in late September. First trimester absolutely wore me out, which is the main reason I took a break from blogging. :) But I am feeling so much better these days, praise God!

I shared in our House Goals post that we plan to move the girls into a shared room, and this is the reason why. Our home has three bedrooms, so the girls will share to make a spot for the baby. (We will find out if the new baby is a boy or girl in a few weeks.)

So now that I have some energy back, I'm planning the girls' room with a little more urgency and realized I never shared all the pictures of Jane's room here on the blog. I took these photos last fall for my Design Mom post/interview, but everything is about to change. Even though her room was set up knowing it wouldn't last that way for long, I really love it. And it's amazing how young she looks in these photos!

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A Whole-House Color Palette: Lessons Learned

A Whole-House Color Palette: Lessons Learned

We have had a beautiful spring here in Minnesota! What a gift from God. Does anyone else get the itch to rearrange the house and freshen up this time of year? With the sun streaming in the windows and the weather changing outside, it feels right to me to change things up inside, too.

Some of the rearranging was necessary because my potted palm had grown so well it had become too big for my kitchen window! But where to put it? As I moved some items around, I realized something about our home that I really like and I wanted to share it as a Lesson Learned.

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Life Lately (Coming Back from Vacation Is Hard to Do)

Life Lately (Coming Back from Vacation Is Hard to Do)

At the end of January, we were able to spend a week on Sanibel Island with Ben's family. What a wonderful vacation it was! But this past week after vacation has been one of the most challenging in recent memory. It ended with me silently weeping through most of a women's event at my church last night. Some of the tears came because of things going on in my life and in the lives of those I love, and some came as a result of hearing one woman's testimony of God's faithfulness throughout the seasons of her life. It was beautiful and hard and just what I needed. On the drive home I cried out to God, asking Him to help me know Him more—especially through the difficulties.

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Kid-Friendly Dining Chairs

Kid-Friendly Dining Chairs

Last week I wrote about dining chairs with young kids, and I received some great feedback from you guys! I'm thankful for that. That post mostly talked about what to avoid, so I wanted to follow up to let you know some better options!

When I think of what would make for a really practical chair with young kids, I prioritize smooth and hard surfaces that are easy to wipe down, very few nooks and crannies, and something super sturdy. While woven chairs like these are gorgeous, I can just imagine peanut butter and jelly stuck between the fibers. That's the stuff housekeeping nightmares are made of!

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Dining Chairs and Kids: Lessons Learned

Dining Chairs and Kids: Lessons Learned

It's probably not super encouraging to start off in January talking about things I regret, but I really hope that these Lessons Learned posts will help you guys avoid some of the mistakes I've made. Last time, I wrote what I've learned about painting wood white. This time, I'm talking about choosing dining chairs with kids in mind. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Lesson Learned: In our house, dining chairs with fabric seats were not a good idea.

Let's go back in time to 2011. We had recently finished our kitchen and we needed chairs and counter stools. Ben and I did not have children yet. What that means is that I did not understand how grimy the whole mealtime-with-kids situation can be.

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House Goals for 2016

House Goals for 2016

When we bought our house in 2009, it needed so much work. It has been a long road, but the big renovations are mostly behind us. The biggest project of 2015 was installing a privacy fence on the street side of our backyard. It was a hard but satisfying project!

Looking forward to 2016, there are a few things I want to tackle around the house. In the spirit of goal setting, I'll lay them out now and perhaps revisit them at the end of the year to see how we did.

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Transitioning Decorations from Christmas to Winter

Transitioning Decorations from Christmas to Winter

For the past month or so, I've been mulling over some ideas for how to stretch holiday decorating dollars. When the stores start to put out Christmas decorations in late fall, I get so excited to add a few pieces to my holiday collection! But when the decorating budget is tight, it can be hard to spend money on home decor items that only last a month or so during Christmastime. Do you face the same struggle?

Let me walk you through how I transitioned our hearth and mantel decorations from Christmas to winter. Then I've got some general principles to help you think about how you can do the same—all with the goal of helping you get the most bang for your decorating buck. Here we go.

I was really ready to take down the Christmas tree this year. Our living room is our everything room, so it very quickly starts to feel full and cluttered. (The Cozy Coupe is on vacation in the basement because we just needed some room to breathe. :) ) So I took down the Christmas tree the day after Christmas.

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Will You Vote for Me?

Will You Vote for Me?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

A few weeks ago, I submitted photos of Kate's room over at Project Nursery. Right before Christmas, I received an email letting me know the room had been chosen as one of five finalists for December's "Room of the Month." What a sweet surprise!

I'm up against some steep competition, but I sure would appreciate your support! You can vote here at Project Nursery. It just takes a quick second.

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Easy Outdoor Planters for Winter

Easy Outdoor Planters for Winter

I have never really done much to decorate the outside of our house for the winter months. Part of the reason is budget. When we do have money in the budget for decor items, I usually prioritize interior stuff over exterior. Do you guys face the same struggles? Is it just a Minnesota thing since we're inside for so much of the year?

Our front porch was looking rather sad, and I am thankful to have found a way to fill it with welcoming beauty for free!

A while back, a cousin on Ben's side (Hi, Erin!) posted a picture to Instagram of a winter planter she had put together and I was super inspired. I know you can buy spruce top bundles, red dogwood branches, and pretty birch logs for sale at grocery stores and nurseries, but they were kind of expensive and I just couldn't pull the trigger. Not when I would rather save that money for maybe putting together a little playroom in the basement (ahem). Ya hear me?

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