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You guys heard my lamenting on Friday about the flooring situation in our home, but it is still far from complete

I spent part of the day on Saturday hunting around a large neighborhood garage sale in search of the perfect mid century dresser to be

I've got good news and I've got bad news.  Bad news first, the carpet didn't happen.  Our 'carpet guy' cancelled on us and moved the

This is going to be a long post, so settle in!  I have lots to share and lots to do when it comes to our

I have always thought nurseries were a little much.  So often, they look like a different universe within a home.  When I began thinking about

Are you guys feeling the spring vibes yet where you live?  Yesterday, I spent some time at my wholesale flower market picking up greens for

Is it just me, or when you hear the words media consoles or TV stands, do you have visions of a college dorm room?  I

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.