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Goodbye, fall!

Short and sweet post this week – here are some fall pictures 🙂  The trees have all lost their leaves – these were taken a few weeks ago when we had some nice weather.


We’re hoping to wrap up the board and batten in the dining room this weekend, so I’ll have a tutorial post on that.  It’s looking good so far!


Dining room progress update

Well, we got the wood floors installed in the dining room (and by we, I mean Brian). I was on hand for moral support and making chicken pot pies to say thank you. The floors went in nicely over the existing subfloor – which was luckily in really good shape when we ripped up the carpet.

Here’s the before, right after we ripped up the carpet and assessed the sub-floor situation:








And here are the progress pictures:

We put in transition pieces where the dining room flooring meets the kitchen. It doesn’t line up perfectly, but the horizontal transition pieces make it look okay.

Filed under money well spent: paying a professional carpet installer to re-tuck the existing living room carpet under the new wood flooring.



































Next up – putting our DIY skills to the test and installing board and batten wainscoting! Prep work is currently underway! We still need new lighting and accessories too – I’m so excited about it all coming together!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy (belated) Halloween!

Sorry the Halloween pictures are a smidge late! Claire asked to go as Rapunzel this year, so we obliged, complete with super long wig and chameleon buddy Pascal (part of the movie, for those of you who haven’t seen it!)

The festivities kicked off last weekend at the Worthington Rec Center Halloween party, where we got to play games, learn the Thriller dance and meet a princes. Busy night, and Claire got over her fear of the big people in costumes pretty fast (especially when she realized that she won little candy and prizes for playing games!)

Then it was the annual pumpkin carving party at Aunt Micheale and Uncle Keith’s house! I brought some washable poster paints for the little ones this year, since they can’t carve, obviously, and Brian or I usually end up carving some elaborate template for two hours. Claire had a blast painting her pumpkin, and as you can tell, has a soft spot for her cousin Luke 🙂

Claire also made some cute pumpkin art at school that we had to show off!

And of course, trick or treat. We started out as Rapunzel, but it was raining, some after a few houses and the neighborhood party, she came home, warmed up, and we let her change into one of her dress up costumes to hit a few more houses of our immediate neighbors.

All in all, a great Halloween! I’ll be checking back in later this week with some fall snapshots too.

Oh, and psst – guess what we’ve been working on this weekend?! Dining room progress update (flooring!) is on deck.

Dining Room Progress

We made some progress on our dining room update over this past week and weekend – finally!  I’ve been staring at this open room for more than a year since we moved in and it’s just sadly sat there empty.  So I finally got around to painting the trim and crown molding white and the walls a posh shade of gray/beige (Sherwin-Williams Perfect Greige).

Still to do:

  • Install wood floors in the same wood that runs through the kitchen and hallways to tie the space together
  • Paint and install board and batten wainscoting on the bottom of the walls – that’s why I only painted to the current chair rail
  • Rip out said chair rail
  • New lighting or chandelier
  • New table & chairs

I would love to have it done this fall!  Without further wait – here are the progress pics:

Dining room progress


Dining room progress


Close up of sharp white trim with new gray color
































Oh, and we got this guy cheap on Craigslist a couple of weeks ago:


It’s going to look great with the table and chairs I have in mind! Hint on that – I’m not planning on having the table and chairs bought as a set, nor are they going to be the same finish. I think it will bring a fresh twist to what could be a stuffy dining room – not what I’m going for! Looking forward to seeing how it comes together.

Claire’s Room Reveal

We’re back in action on the blog and I hope to post more often!

Here’s the long-anticipated re-do of Claire’s big girl room.  There are definitely a few things I still want to , like get more art for the wall, and maybe even a rug, but for now we’re calling it done.

To recap – here’s the mood board I put together a few months ago with the concept of what I wanted her room to be:

And here’s the finished room! I think it definitely does the mood board justice!

























We don’t have any overhead lighting in the bedrooms (weird), so I found this super cute chandelier from pottery barn that is just different color paper butterflies to hang from the ceiling, and requires no electricity.









We ripped out the old skinny dark wood baseboards that were in really bad condition, and replaced with thick white baseboards. I love them! We also repainted the closet door and installed cute pink glass knobs that I found at Hobby Lobby.









So – a reminder of what the room looked like before – I only have the empty room picture form the day we moved in! (It did have our guest bed in there before, we we hadn’t done anything with it yet. The current guest room is Claire’s old room, and will get a makeover at some point!)



Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend! We’re making the most of our time enjoying some good times with the neighbors and fun with friends 🙂 oh, and psst – we’ve started on the dining room makeover! The trim and crown molding is primed and ready for some paint soon. More pics to come!

Taking it outside

Spring is in full swing here at the nest and we were busy over the weekend getting things planted and cleaned!  This is the first spring in the new house so we’re still kind of figuring out what we need.  And we started with this out front:

As you can see, we have hostas.  Lots of hostas.  We tried to count them all and gave up around 75 – they are everywhere.  We were going to try to just pull them out and replace them, but honestly, they actually look fine and are low maintenance so we decided to just do it little by little each year – so the hostas stay for now and we’ll replace when we can and when we know exactly.  New plants are spendy!

One of the only things that I really miss about the old house is the landscaping.  We had a whole side of our house blooming with hydrangea that we babied each winter so they were getting pretty big.  But we’ll get there with this house too!

After a lot of planting, mulching and cleaning, here’s what it looks like now:

And the back deck too…











And we can’t forget pictures of our favorite munchkin enjoying the updated outdoor space…

Peek a boo!


Hope you are having a great week and enjoying your own outdoor spaces!




Bathroom Face Lift

Our little downstairs powder room got a tiny bit more personality with a little leftover paint from our bedroom update.  It’s going to look great once we update it with white woodwork, but that’s a ways down the road.

It’s not a huge change, but the new color on the wall definitely updates it and makes the space look a lot less cold.  The old color was a very faint gray in a super cheap flat paint.  The new color on the walls is Behr’s Graceful Gray and the print on the wall is from an Etsy shop called Papermoth.

Great to have a nice simple update!

Bathroom Before:

Bathroom after:

Hope everybody had a great weekend!  We enjoyed the nice weather with a trip to the zoo, a barbeque with good friends, visited with THREE different adorable newborns and did lots of work outside this weekend!  Pictures of the deck work and landscaping to come this week!