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I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I had all of these big plans to weekend pretty hard, then the weather didn't pan out to be

garden stool as a planter

Although it may be clear from my weekly LIST, I have a small thing for stools and side tables.  I suppose I like having little perches for drinks, books, and remote controls… Regardless, it may be a little overboard, and now I’ve successfully removed 4 side tables/stools from my living and dining rooms that are completely unnecessary.  All of that to say, I had a garden stool that I realized had a generous opening in the bottom and would make a fabulous planter.

This is usually how ideas pop into my head… either I’m too lazy to go to a store and buy something (so I make it) OR I really like something, don’t want to get rid of it, and stare at it until another use or function comes to mind.  And, of course, the latter is what happened with my fab new planter.  Keep reading to see the before and after for this fresh stool turned planter makeover!

etsy collage

Etsy is one of my favorite places to look for more unique and specific home, beauty, or fashion finds.  You can usually get something at a steal while also knowing that it’s a one-of-a-kind item that you won’t see splashed around every blog or decor magazine in town (because seeing the same stuff over and over online irks me).  While I’m at the Columbus Home and Garden show today speaking on a variety of subjects (mainly marbling and gallery walls), I’ve gathered the top Etsy shops that I keep going back to and are making me happy this month.  Enjoy!

how to style open shelving it the kitchen

It’s kind of amusing me to that both of my most favorite parts of my new kitchen – the faux marble island and the open shelving – are projects that were not in the original plan.  The open shelving was a total add-on because I just fell in love with the brass shelf brackets from Rejuvenation and thought that I should really try and fit some shelving somewhere in the new kitchen design.

Once the shelves were up, however, I was in love.  Not only do they add so much more space for me to store everyday items, but they add a vertical element as well as just an additional area to showcase the simple, turn-of-the-century-farmhouse style I was trying to capture in my home.

It’s interesting that in the short time I’ve had these shelves, I’ve had multiple people come over and say, “Ugh, those would be a mess if they were in my house” or “I don’t know how you keep them looking neat”.

I thought to myself, that the process to style them and the process to keep them neat (even when I use the stuff on them everyday) is easy with a few simple tricks.  So today, I want to offer you these tricks and a full shopping list (!!) of all the goodies lining my shelves and how you yourself can tackle styling kitchen open shelving. 


At the very beginning of this farmhouse kitchen redesign, way back in October, I told you the purpose of our little kitchen ‘redesign’.  We moved into this house eight-ish years ago thinking it would be a short-lived stay.  We plan to build a home of the back of the property, but in the last five years, lots of things happened which kind of stretched out the length of time until we could build.  After reassessing, we realized that it would probably be another five to seven years before we would build.

brass hardware black cabinets

Happy Monday to you!  I hope your weekend was fabulous and you accomplished as much or as little as you set out to do!

This weekend, we finally finished the last big update in our kitchen renovation – adding on the cabinet hardware!  I am absolutely in LOVE with the outcome of the shiny brass on the matte black cabinets.  Since we have such limited cabinet and counter space, it really needed be a bold update to make an impact on the total kitchen. Keep reading for more photos and the amazing giveaway!

floral paper scandi kitchen

Last week, I was doing a bit of research on some of the moody, florals that are showing up everywhere from fashion to paper goods to home decor.  I crept upon this kitchen and really loved how natural and soothing the kitchen seems, while still being totally on-trend from a floral trend perspective.  Is it crazy that this floral wallpaper by Morris & co was originally designed in 1876?  

building cabinets up

We’re bring this kitchen redesign into the new year!  Although I wanted to be done with the entire thing by Christmas, we had a few set backs, which will naturally happen when you have a deadline.

If you recall, we’re building UP on top of the old cabinets to add more space since our kitchen storage is pretty measly.

top ten layout short

The numbers don’t lie, you guys!  There were some very very clear winners for the top posts you loved this year.  I took both stats and comments into account when tabulating this list of the top ten blog posts, projects, and tutorials that you devoured this year.  Since I know that not all of you have been around the entire year (welcome!!) I wanted to dig back through 2015 to showcase what you guys resonated most with this year. Ready? 


For whatever reason, my entryway is the place in my house where I always feel the most holiday spirit.  You’d think it would be the tree, but no, in fact it’s walking down the wood steps with the garland lit up and the chandelier dimmed that really brings it all home for me.  It’s the same way every year too.

This year with my black and white Christmas theme, I wanted that special festive feeling I get from my entryway to be no different. Since my walls are blue, I really had to keep the rest of the ‘colors’ to an absolutely minimum so that the black and whiteness of my decorations could really stand out.  Since I obviously had to add in green, any other color (even just a drop of red) would have thrown this whole thing for a loop and made it feel like a circus.  Well… a circus to a colorphobe like me, anyway.  So I worked hard to keep it really tight. 


I am SO excited today to share the most recent kitchen update.  We had some open shelving on the plan and completed it this weekend.  I was really eager to see the gorgeous brass brackets from Rejuvenation up on the wall, and they’re just as beautiful as I imagined.

Although it seems like a pretty straight forward project, you probably know that in an old house, nothing ever is… straight or straightforward, that is. 

kilim upholstered dining bench

You know the feeling when you have something big coming up and you’re against the clock trying to get everything done?  We’re having Friendsgiving at our house this weekend, so I’m in a big push to get a lot of the half done projects complete.  This feeling to complete everything is less because my friends care what my house looks like and more because all of the half done projects are living in the dining room, in the exact spot where people are going to need to eat!

One of the smaller projects was this bench that I’ve been working on since August.  Yes, over three months ago.

If you’ll remember, I was near complete with this bench, when I hit an unfortunate snag.  The snag being that the entire thing fell apart. I had used pine wood not thinking about how soft the wood was and how easily it splinters. As soon as I put the weight of the top on the bench, the entire thing collapsed.