Cozy Farmhouse Style Living Room Design

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All images on this post courtesy of: Arhaus Furniture

Today I decided to have a little fun today and design a farmhouse style living room using Arhaus furniture and their new line of paint. Arhaus makes it easy to build your own room on their website. I was able to go to their Living Room page and find all the elements that I needed in one place. So convenient!

Let’s start with the wall color. Blue is my favorite color and I use it in several rooms in my home. It has a soothing quality and just makes you feel relaxed and welcome. There are so many shades of blue but I decided to go light and airy with the paint to set the tone of the room. When you have guests you want to them to feel at home and blue is the perfect color for a cozy space. I imagine the room with bright white trim and moldings. The color I chose is Stream in an Eggshell finish.

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Moving onto the seating. I love pieces that you can just sink in to and cuddle up. The Rio Upholstered Chair in Check Please Lakeland fits that bill. Buffalo check is a fun blue print perfect for an accent piece that makes a bold state. Just look at those legs! For the sofa I chose the Outerbanks Upholstered Sofa in Hampton Oyster. Choosing more neutral pieces of large furniture will allow you to mix prints and fabric easily. I like to change my decor seasonally.

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Next I chose some gorgeous tables. Thick and solid wood pieces are perfect in this space. The Hudson Rectangular Coffee Table in Natural and the Hudson Rectangular Console Table in Natural tie in nicely with the wooden legs of the upholstered furniture without being too matchy.

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Speaking of fabrics I had a little fun with some pattern mixing using throw pillows. I love using natural elements combined with different textures, colors and fabrics. Keeping with the blue theme I chose the Batik Motif Blue Square Pillow and paired it with Chestnut and White Hair on Hide Pillow Nothing says farmhouse style like farm animal prints! For the flooring I selected the Theo Jute Rug in Camel to bring more another neutral element into the room.

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Now let’s talk accessories to finish up the room. Good lighting is important for any space. How fun are these lamps? Brass is in right now and these have amazing style. For the table lamps I chose the Franklin Brass Weighted Task Lamp. They coordinate well with the floor lamp I selected, the Sorbonne Floor Lamp in brass. For the walls this gorgeous Teak Arched Window Pane Mirror would look amazing! The coffee table I chose is large and perfect for a vignette. I am loving this cloche, the Pasca Dome in Antique Brass.

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I hope you enjoyed the room I designed. You do not to live out in the country to love farmhouse style. It’s cozy and informal which is perfect for pretty much anyone no matter where you live. Let me know what you think!

 

Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint: Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know I love a good bargain. My kitchen table and chairs were a huge score! Years ago I found the table at a yard sale for $10. It was in sad shape and filthy. After cleaning it up and painting the legs white it moved into my craft room as my scrapbooking table. That was in my last house two kids ago when I had the luxury of having an entire crafting room to myself! Now my work space is the dining room table.

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When we moved I used the kitchen table for an actual kitchen table. Originally I had different chairs but have since given them to a friend. Browsing Goodwill one afternoon I found these ladder back chairs. All four chairs were only $35!! They just needed a little love. Someone had spray painted them black but they got pretty beat up from use afterwards. Luckily Amy Howard at Home offered me free paint for a makeover project in exchange for an honest review. This set was the perfect project! I went with the One Step Paint in Black.

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Our little mini pig Neil caused a lot of destruction the few months he was living indoors. He would drag his puppy playpen around the kitchen making black paint marks all over the white table legs. It looked horrible! Instead of repainting the table base white again I decided to go all black with the set.  I’m glad I did as I’m loving the look now! This paint requires no prep work which makes life so much easier. Of course you do want to start with clean surfaces. The paint also has no odor so I am able to use it indoors. Huge plus for me as I don’t have a garage to work in.

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Before I got started I used brown paper grocery bags to protect the rush seats on the chairs. First I cut them in half and then I clipped the corners. Using painter’s tape I secured the bags to the seats of the chairs.

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Per the instructions I opened the paint and let it sit out for 20 minutes to thicken up. The consistency is great as it’s not as drippy as regular paint. Using a 1 1/2″ paintbrush I got started on the table.

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The first coat covered the white well but the second coat really finished it off nicely. I love that the dry time is only 30 minutes. Finishing a project quickly is very important to me!

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One of the chairs had a crack in the top rung. I decided to use a matching chair I also found at Goodwill for $8 to replace it. In two coats I was able to take the brown chair and transform it black. This picture was taken during the first coat of paint. The coverage is great! You are unable to tell which chair it is now after two coats. The rest of the chairs only received one coat just to freshen them up. When they dried I did not feel that a second coat was necessary.

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Just a few hours after starting my project the kitchen and family room were back to normal. I had minimal cleanup too!

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Here is the before and after. I am loving the black! What do you think?

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Summer 2017 Farmhouse Home Tour

 

Welcome friends! It’s the first official day of summer! Today I’m sharing my home tour with you. Enjoy!

Let’s get started on the front porch. I went with a patriotic theme as red, white and blue just scream summer to me. You can read more about my front porch here.

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Moving inside you step into my teeny tiny foyer. I found this free Land of the Free Because of the Brave printable on Pinterest. You can print out your own from Loving Mountain Life here. Using free printables is one of the ways I save money on seasonal home decor. Another fun updates is my crock is holding a faux fiddle fig plant from Michael’s. My name is Tracy and I am a plant killer. Faux is the only way to go indoors for me!

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Step into the dining room. I kept it super simple in here. Combining natural textures like the wooden bowl, twine balls and linen table runner keep it light and airy for summer. For the table, Kirkland’s had this centerpiece for a steal! The glass bottles and my faux peachy pink ranunculus are the perfect pairing! Don’t look too closely or you will see the “art” my 5 year old left for me. A new tabletop is now on the to do list!

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Come on in to the kitchen. Fresh cut chives from our herb garden in a simple ceramic pitcher adorn the table. Yes they are real but I won’t feel as guilty when they die since they were free. The shelves were changed up a bit to incorporate the cute copper tea kettle I found at an estate sale.

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My kitchen counters are usually pretty clear as I am an anti clutter person. Our coffee maker and Rae Dunn collection take up one small section leaving the rest of the countertops open for food preparation.

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Every summer the kids and I do a bucket list and try as hard as we can to mark everything off. We have a very busy summer planned this year so it’s going to be close if we get everything done in time!

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Last but not least is the family room. Did you notice my new antique sewing machine table? It’s the Mother’s Day gift I bought for myself. I saw it in a local boutique and had to have it!

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This past month I made a new purchase (the buffalo check rug) since my naughty little piggie Neil ruined the sisal one I had in here previously. I planned to buy another natural fiber rug (I am in love with Jute) but was out voted. The kids and husband said they needed our new rug to be soft. Overstock had a great selection of wool rugs and it was so hard to choose!

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So I started with the rug and I ended up buying new pillows too. It always seems to snowball for me!

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And no, I did not clean the shoe mess up for you. It’s real life over here. We are constantly switching between our flip flops and farm boots throughout the day. I was more than happy for the backpack mess to be put away for the summer though! Next house a mudroom is a must!!

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I hope you enjoyed my home tour. Check back in with me to see all of the makeover projects I have planned for this summer!

Budget Friendly Closet Makeover

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I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. While my house may appear well organized and neat, my closets are not! They start out that way but over time we just start shoving stuff everywhere. Every few months I empty each closet and do a little reorganizing. It’s a temporary fix but I am determined for this one to remain permanent! When we moved into our house almost two years ago I lost all steam by the time I got to our bedroom. My husband took his packed cardboard boxes and just stuck them on top of the shelves and then never unpacked them. He has an issue with holding onto things. I wouldn’t say he’s a hoarder per se, but if I was not here to rein him in I don’t know what would happen!

Every season I religiously go through my clothing and get rid of anything I have not worn. Anything that does not fit well or has wash wear gets the boot. My husband just keeps buying more but has a hard time parting with the old. Like I said, he could easily be a hoarder… Here are the embarrassing before pictures. HOT MESS I tell you! I am sharing them to show you how bad it had gotten!!! This is our “Monica closet”. Friends fan will get that reference. Wedding photos, a bag of computer wires, Amazon impulse purchases and a computer tower were all mixed in that mess. All of it found it’s way back to their proper homes.

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I had a good start organizing with my shoe holders. Both came from my last house. Boots are hard to store so this hanging boot organizer from Amazon is perfect! The hanging shoe organizer is another Amazon find and I love it. Shoes can be stored in pairs or separately and since it’s vertical it takes up minimal space. My workout clothing and shorts are also in a hanging closet organizer. Dollar Tree had some awesome brown fabric bins that coordinate with the shoe holder. They were purchased for our hats but can be used to hold anything you like.

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Plastic hangers never hang nicely and stick out awkwardly all over the place. My solution was velvet hangers. HomeGoods had a big selection but some of the packages had damaged hangers in them. While I was looking an employee let me know that her manager would discount them if I wanted to purchase. Yes please! Our closet now feels more like a boutique than a bachelor pad. If you notice my husband’s clothes are also organized by sleeve length and color. Before he just haphazardly hung stuff wherever and it looked very sloppy.

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Our other issue was the lighting. The fixture that came with the house cast off an yellow glow. It was hard to match colors in that light. While browsing Lowe’s I came across a new fixture for $12.98! I was hoping for an inexpensive light and could not believe the price! My husband installed it for me and I could not believe the difference. White pure light makes picking out your clothing so much easier! There are no windows on that side of the room so it was impossible to take a picture with the light off. You can see the details on the box. It is very pretty in person.

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Another change I made was to hang my purses. I had them on the shelf and some of them ended up on the floor. Now they are easily accessible and the totes are all in one place. No more digging through the mess when I am trying to find a bag! Being a decorator I also had to add a fun monogram and art work. My budget for this project was $100 and I came in under!

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Here is my budget breakdown:

Velvet hangers (HomeGoods) $58.97

I Love Us Art (Hobby Lobby clearance) $5.44

Hook (Hobby Lobby 50% off) $6.99

Hat bins (Dollar Tree) $2

Light Fixture (Lowes) $12.98

Grand total $86.38

Are you interested in any of the items I used in my makeover? You can shop my closet!





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How to Make Money Blogging Guest Post

Today I am lucky to have Cait from Cait’s Cozy Corner guest posting to share her tips on how to make money blogging. While blogging is an awesome creative outlet for me it is also nice to be compensated for your time and efforts. Thank you Cait for sharing your expertise with us!

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Back when I first started blogging 7 years ago, blogging was just a way to keep track of fitness routines, write about what you were eating or doing daily and just keeping in touch with loved ones who may be far away. Today, blogging has skyrocketed and many people are wanting to make money off their blog.

In three years, I went from not knowing at all how to run a profitable side business, to helping my husband pay off student loan debt. Did you know that you could do the same thing using several different tools? I’m going to share 6 ways that you can even start to make money right now! That’s right! Today! Grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive in shall we!

 

1. ADS

The very first monetization strategy I used for Cait’s Cozy Corner  was putting an ad or two in my sidebar after I had been blogging for a few months. The easiest way to get started with ads is to go through an ad network like Google Adsense. Adsense and other ad networks do the work for you in that they have connected with many, many companies who want to advertise on websites, and they fill your ad spots with their ads so that you don’t have to go out and find individual companies to sponsor your blog.

2. AFFILIATES

Another monetizing strategy that I used after I had been blogging for a few months was getting involved in affiliate programs. For example, one of the most common affiliate programs you’ll see bloggers using is Amazon Associates. You can apply to their program, and if you’re accepted, you can generate an affiliate link for any product that they sell that you mention on your site. When people click your link and buy that product (or, in Amazon’s case, anything else on their site), you make a small commission. Eventually, those small payouts add up and can become a great revenue stream for your site.

3. SPONSORED POSTS

A third way to earn an income from blogging is through doing sponsored posts. Unlike affiliate programs, where payment is typically based on readers taking an action or buying a product, sponsored posts usually involve a company paying a blogger a flat fee to write a post based on their product or service.

A great way to get your feet wet with sponsored posts is by going through a media company like Pollinate or BluePrint Social. Again, these media companies act as a “middleman,” finding companies who want to sponsor blog content and matching them with bloggers who would be a good fit. Typically, you would apply to the media company and once you’re accepted, they will pass along campaigns that you can apply for individually if they would fit in with your blog’s content. Other companies you may want to check out are Massive Sway (SITS Girls) and Collective Bias (Social Fabric).

Maybe there’s a company you’d like to work with directly, though. You can always send them a pitch that details your project, how you’ll promote them, and how working with you will benefit their company. This might seem intimidating at first, but once you get your pitch down, it’s just a matter of finding the right person to send it to.

4. PRODUCTS

So far all of the monetizing strategies I’ve talked about involve working with other companies or brands to promote outside products, but one of my most favorite (and definitely the most rewarding) ways I’ve monetized my blog is through creating my own products. I love, love, love being able to help others!

Think about an area of expertise that you have that could be helpful to others or solve a problem for them. Could you package it in eBook or e-course form? Could you create printables or other electronic media? Or maybe you can create a physical product that people would like to buy. All of these methods can help to create additional income streams for your blog. Think outside the box to help your audience!

5. SERVICES

In the same vein as products, services are another rewarding method of monetizing your site. Do you have an area of expertise in which you could provide coaching? Could you offer virtual assistant services? How about web design or interior e-design services? There are people out there looking for all of these types of things, and you could be the one to provide them and add to your blog income in the process!

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And if all of this blogging talk has you thinking, “I’m ready to jump into this whole blog monetization thing!”, one of the most important assets you can have at your disposal is your passion and dedication to make it work. Matt Anton can attest to the struggles of making money, and not just with blogging but creating his own website. A man who used to spend hours playing video games, now was finding a passion in website developing, learning everything  about SEO tips and how to make the most of the internet. He developed his own site, NJ SEO. They can help build a meaningful relationship with clients using social media. They also develop effective content strategies for forward thinking companies, bloggers alike.

So are you ready to jump in? I know you can do it. Remember, it takes time so stick with it and watch your blog slowly start to grow! You can do it!

Farmhouse Style Patriotic Summer Front Porch

 

 

Patriotic Summer Front Porch

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This is the first house that I have owned with a true front porch. I love to style it for the different seasons. The navy blue rockers give the house a down home country feel and look great paired with Americana decor. Our family looks forward to Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations every summer and I would like my home to reflect that.

First new pillows were purchased for the rocking chairs at Tuesday Morning. Their selection of outdoor pillows were all too brightly colored or too expensive for my small budget. Instead I purchased these adorable American flag pillows for $15 each. I loved the brass star button details!

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I wanted them to hold up to the elements so I purchased Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield from Amazon. It is supposed to protect outdoor furniture and fabrics. This is the first time I have used this product and so far so good. We had a bad rainstorm last night and the pillows repelled the water well.

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Following the directions I coated both sides of each pillow letting them dry fully before flipping them over. I wore gloves so I did not get it on my skin and used plastic bags to protect the grass.

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This cute little chalk painted table remains on our porch year round and I change up the decor seasonally. It was a flea market find from NJ and I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Provence. By shopping the house I was able to save some money! The sign was left over from last summer, the flags were a Hobby Lobby clearance find and everything else I already owned.

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Besides the pillows the only other thing I purchased was flowers. Costco had the lavender topiary for $20! I had to drive to two stores to find it but it was worth the hunt.

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The fern was from Lowe’s and just screamed Southern front porch to me! My husband was not thrilled when he saw it as we have a whole woods full of ferns in our backyard… I could have dug some up for free. Oops!

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On the front door I hung up my patriotic heart I found at Christmas Tree Shops last summer. I love that store for seasonal goodies.

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I am in love with the way our front porch turned out and I can’t wait to spend time on it all summer sittin’ and sippin’.

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How I Sold My House on the First Day and Received Multiple Offers

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It’s spring and as you probably already know the most popular time for selling and buying a home. As I drive around town the realtor and open house signs are popping up left and right! Being the nosey person that I am I hit Zillow anytime one peaks my interest.

When I listed my house for sale two years ago I was ready to move on and had a plan in place. The listing went live and my realtor received many requests for showings. In just the first few hours we received multiple offers! Want to know how?

I hired an amazing realtor. Ask friends and family for recommendations. Everyone knows someone who is fabulous or at the very least can tell you who to avoid. You will be working closely with this person so it is important to have someone that you like and trust. I was lucky enough to have a great realtor as a friend. If you are local to me I will gladly pass along her contact info.

I priced it right. It is very tempting to want to price your home higher. In fact this is what my husband wanted to do. I knew from my own research what comparable homes in my neighborhood had been selling for. When my realtor presented us with our suggested listing price my husband was taken back. We had invested a lot of time and money making improvements over the years. You need to leave the emotions out of it and list your home at a fair asking price. If you list too high your home will either sit on the market or you will receive low offers. Whenever I saw a home that was for sale for a while I questioned what was wrong with it.

I paid attention to the curb appeal. First impressions are everything, especially when looking for a new home. Weed and mulch those flower beds, keep the grass cut, plant colorful flowers and add a few decorative touches. Also be sure to have shutters, railings, gutters and other outside elements in perfect condition. While the buyers are waiting for the realtor to unlock the door they will be looking around. If they see maintenance that needs to be done they will wonder what else you have not been keeping up with.exterior2

I made the house smell good. There is nothing worse than walking into a prospective home with bad odors. It is an immediate turn off. There was a home that I did not even want to step foot in that stunk like moth balls from the front door. Use a light scent or bake something tasty before showings. Please do not put in strong smelling plug ins. That is just as bad as odors and makes people wonder what you are trying to cover up. Take your pets with you if possible. I promise you people (and especially those with allergies like myself) will notice them

I staged my home. Declutter Declutter Declutter. Have you ever visited a model home? They are free from clutter and have a cohesive design throughout the house. Hiring a stager is a great idea. If that is not in your budget and you have a friend who is a good decorator ask them for their opinions.  I staged my home myself but texted pictures to a few friends for opinions. They helped me out very much! As you can see from these photos I kept the accessories to a minimum but still let the home have some personality. Tons of toys were packed up as well as extra decor and kitchen items. We rented a storage unit and emptied most of the contents of our garage. This is a great way to start packing and purging your things!

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I depersonalized the house. People get distracted looking at family photos. I am sure your kids are adorable but they want to envision their own family living in the home. Normally I have a ton of family photos up in our house. To save money I took a few frames and added new neutral artwork to them instead. At Hobby Lobby I found a few decorative posters on clearance. Using the mats that came with the frames I trimmed them to fit and turned them into artwork. I also went through photographs I had taken and printed some scenery and landscape shots in 8×10 prints.

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I made as many repairs ahead of time as possible. We had a window company come out and repair a few windows that had broken seals. Trim was repainted, a few broken blinds were taken down and replaced with curtains instead and grout was redone. When I enter a home as a buyer I take notice of anything that needs to be repaired and start deducting those charges from the price I will be offering. Try to make as many repairs as possible before listing your home. The home inspector will most likely still find some issues but fixing them on your own first will be a big help.

I made the house as neutral as possible and moved rooms back to their intended purposes. I chose paint colors that would be acceptable for many decorating styles. Children’s spaces are fine to remain colorful but main rooms need to be pleasing colors. If you do not agree with me just watch an episode of House Hunters! I personally have no issue since I am the DIY type but to others it is a huge deal apparently. While we lived in this home we used the formal living room as our dining room and the dining room was our office/playroom combo. Seeing the kids while I was cooking was more important to me. I had used the chandelier over my bed in the master and a ceiling fan was in the office. We swapped those back before listing.

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I took good listing photos. In the virtual world we live in today everyone is looking at online listings. This is the very first impression most people are getting of your home. Make it count! Hiring a professional is a great way to guarantee good pictures but I have seen some “interesting” photos. Prime example is my current home. When I first saw the listing I was turned off by the over edit of the pictures. They had a type of dreamy filter on them which blurred the edges and made the lighting very odd. I was not sure if I wanted to add this home to my showings. Well, until I saw the pool and backyard. When I did my photos I took pictures of space from all different angles. I narrowed it down to the best photos to represent our home.

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I made updates that appealed to buyers. Not long before we sold our house the stove had been giving us some trouble. Instead of just repairing it we spent a little bit more money and replaced it. A brand new stove was appealing and looked great on the listing. New floors went in the master bathroom and laundry room. They are now fresh and clean with minimal cost to us.  While we owned the home we had made many updates like trim, hardwood flooring, Travertine tile, new carpeting, granite counter tops, painted cabinets and updated light fixtures. These are all things that buyers are looking for and set us apart from some other homes for sale in the neighborhood that still had the builder grade original finishes.

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I wish you luck on the sale of your home and hope you enjoy house hunting!

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Spring style: JORD Wood Watch

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As you all know I am a huge Instagram fan. I have been seeing posts about these cool JORD wood watches pop up and instantly fell in love. They are truly statement pieces.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I have been given this wood watch by JORD in exchange for a product review.  Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review are my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

My husband is not a big jewelry guy but when I showed him the wood watches he was really impressed. Their collection of men’s watches is unique compared to other watches I have seen before. JORD watches are stylish enough to wear to work yet also casual for weekend wear as well.  Comfort is important to him as well as style. It’s a perfect addition to his spring wardrobe.

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Ultimately he chose the Dover series Olive and Acacia. JORD makes the ordering process so easy. All we had to do was measure his wrist using their guide, send in the measurements and our custom fit watch was on the way. My husband likes the fact that you can see the gears at work inside of the watch. JORD watches are splashproof and the face is made of sapphire crystal glass. He does not need to worry about it getting wet or damaged while playing with our boys or working around our little farm. One thing I like about it is there is no battery to be replaced.  They also provide a cleaning cloth and oil to maintain your watch in the packaging.

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JORD really has thought about everything! The wooden boxes are perfect for both gift giving and storage. I am very picky about our home’s style and the storage box looks like part of our decor.

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Ladies we have not been forgotten about! JORD also has a line of women’s watches. They would be a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday gift or just because. I am going to purchase one for myself! The Zebrawood is my favorite but I can not decide between Rose or Turquoise. What do you think?

I have an exciting offer for you! JORD is offering my readers a $25 off gift code on the purchase of their own watch. Use the code: j17jerseygirlinthesouthblog25 at checkout. You can visit the site here.


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Easter Decor Farmhouse Style

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I love spring and all of the soft pastels surrounding Easter decorations. Any holiday that allows me to decorate with more bunnies is perfect for me! Egg hunts, dressing up and attending the Monument Avenue Easter on Parade in Richmond are just some of the things we look forward to as a family during this season. My kids love it because they know the bunny is going to bring them candy and some goodies!

I haven’t changed the porch since I put up my spring decorations but I did add this cute Easter bunny sign to the door.

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As you come into my  foyer you will see the cute new goodies I found. I love my ceramic egg! Can you believe it was only $6 at TJ Maxx! Those sweet Victorian style eggs were on sale for $.59 at Michael’s! I want to go back and buy more.

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My dining room always changes with the holidays. I love styling my buffet for the different seasons. Rae Dunn Easter platters go perfectly with the sweet little chick and bunny decorations. The garland is from the Target bargain area last year and the burlap carrots were this year’s finds.

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Next stop is my kitchen. I kept it simple in there using fresh eggs from our chickens and a linen table runner for a natural look. You may have noticed that I have different kitchen chairs. While browsing Goodwill for outdoor decor to make over I came across these chairs. One of them is damaged so they sold me all 4 chairs for $35! Can you believe it? They need a fresh coat of paint and a little wood glue but that’s it.

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Lastly I added a little Easter fun to the family room. A cute ceramic bunny from the Target bargain area joined my tray on top of the green dresser (also a Target bargain score!).

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I did not add much to this room besides some jelly beans in a candy dish (which lasted all of 2 minutes in the jar before my youngest devoured them).

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Spring time and Easter make me think of the outdoors and baby animals. Bunnies, baby chicks, ducklings, spring flowers are all part of the season to me. My son talked us into buying two sweet Rouen ducklings at Tractor Supply. Sadly we had to rehome them after only a week because I was severely allergic. I had no idea or I would not have bought them. The ducklings grew so fast and my kids were in love with them. They understood we had to give them away but there were plenty of tears from the little one.

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My picnic basket was purchased to resell but I couldn’t part with it. Luckily Bun Bun willingly participates in my photos. She’s the sweetest!

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The yard is blooming and I love it!

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One last tradition is giving our teachers fresh eggs from our chickens. Last year’s teachers loved it so I hope this year’s do as well! The printable is from Eighteen 25. It’s meant for a sweet treat but I think it’s perfect for eggs too!

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I hope you enjoyed Easter at our house! What traditions does your family have?

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It’s week 5 of the $100 Room Challenge, the big reveal!!! Are you ready to see my boy’s new bedroom makeover? If you are not familiar with the challenge it was created by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry  You have $100 budget and one month to make over a space in your home. At the end of this post please visit the other challengers to see their final reveals! It has been so much fun following along every week with the progress photos.

If you are new to my blog you can find the before photos and previous week’s progress in these links.

Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four

For this challenge I took on my boy’s shared bedroom. I had several goals I was hoping to accomplish during this makeover.

  1. Add seating
  2. Change out the bedding for something easier to manage. Bunk beds are hard for kids to make themselves!
  3. Update the artwork
  4. Book storage
  5. Add character with a wood feature wall

Most of them were able to be completed exactly as planned. Number 5 was the exception. Unfortunately I am terrible at measuring and did not have enough leftover wood to complete that project. Instead of a wood feature wall I decided to do a chalkboard for the boys! I had leftover paint from the chalkboard wall in my kitchen so it was no additional expense. My husband cut 4 boards into 3 foot long pieces. Then I used the rest of the leftover red chalk paint from the bookcase project to paint them. I took our sweet little ducklings outside for a little time in the sun while I was painting. They are so curious and watched everything that I was doing!

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Now that the frame boards are finished drying it’s time to move inside. First I got out the level and traced out the size I wanted the chalkboard to be. I decided 3×3 would be perfect for that spot. Next using a foam brush I painted the outline of the chalkboard. Once that was done I used a paint roller to complete the chalkboard. After everything was nice and dry My husband framed it out for me using the nail gun and painted boards.

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We hung a sign that I had made a few months ago for my hallway but never put up. Timber Trace Farmstead is the name my son chose when registering our Silver Fox Rabbits with the ARBA. We are no longer breeding rabbits and the parents have been sold but the name remains for our little farm. The boys are so excited to have a chalkboard in their bedroom and it will get so much use.

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Now for the room reveal! The before picture is pretty bad. What a mess!

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And the after! Ahhh, much better. Let’s hope they can keep their bedroom this clean on a regular basis!

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A fun little gallery wall is so much cuter! Originally I planned to use the vintage locker basket in my oldest son’s bedroom. I want to do an industrial modern makeover for him but he prefers his bedroom the way it is now. The basket looks great in here turned on it’s side as a shelf instead. It holds the boy’s trophies and a set of antlers.

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Nice neat bedding! No more sloppy blankets!

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We also decided to rearrange the furniture to change things up a bit. The boys will not be so crowded when they are taking clothes out of their dresser.

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This week I managed to only work with what I already owned. As a result I did not end up spending anything! The final numbers:

Budget $100

Money spent:

Knob $2.39

Bedding ($ 40×2) $80

Artwork license plate $2.52

8×10 prints (2) $7.98

American Flag pillows ($2.49×2) $4.98

Total spent: $97.87

Under budget by: $2.13!!!!

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