Monthly Archives: November 2017

AROUND HERE: NOVEMBER 2017

Around here we have been… CELEBRATING eleven years with {D}! What a fine young man he is becoming! He is still very obsessed with all things airplane, and we splurged a bit on his gift by buying him a flight lesson at our local airport. It includes half an hour of instrument instruction and half…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

21 CREATIVE WAYS TO DISPLAY HOLIDAY CARDS

It is the most wonderful mail season of the year! Soon the holiday cards are going to come pouring in. Seeing the beautiful smiling faces of friends and family and reading about how things are going in their lives is one of the highlights of Christmas for me. I love it so much that I…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

10 SIMPLE DIY CHRISTMAS WREATHS

It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving. The turkey and mashed potatoes have been consumed and the last crumb of pumpkin pie is now gone. We had a fabulous time visiting with family and friends. This is always such a special time of year as we reflect on all we have to be thankful for. Those of…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

TRADITIONAL BATHROOM REMODEL IDEAS: MAKEOVER TAKEOVER FOR MATT & HARMONY

I’m back today with another MAKEOVER TAKEOVER!  The first virtual takeover, of my own parents bathroom, was received very well and I have since had a few requests come in from readers with tricky spaces they would like help with. Remember that this is a FREE digital home design consultation, which is available to anyone…

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Val

    Beautiful makeover, great concept with the folding shower bench & main door being a sliding barn door . I like the ‘pop of color’ of the towels against the black/ white & gray  & patterns . Can easily decorate seasonally with other colors too. Looking forward to seeing the next Makeover/Takeover  challenge:)ReplyCancel

BUILD A HOUSE ON A BUDGET USING THESE 9 TIPS

The cost of building materials and labor has gone up considerably through the years, making it even more difficult to build a brand new house. Many people have taken to buying a fixer upper and slowly repairing and updating it to meet their personal needs. This can be a wonderful option for those who don’t…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

READER SHOWCASE: CILICIA + JUSTIN’S HOME

Today I am introducing a brand new feature to the blog – THE READER SHOWCASE – where I share photos and information about projects that YOU, my lovely readers, have tackled! I know there is a ton of amazing talent out there, and am excited to show everyone in blog-land what you have been working…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

SATURDAY SKETCHBOOK: THE GREAT PORCH DEBATE

In the last Saturday Sketchbook post, I discussed the three outdoor spaces I have been working on for the cottage. I casually mentioned that the front porch may or may not have railings. Then someone on Instagram posted this picture, and it sent my mind spinning. image source Do you see what I see? Isn’t…

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Val

    I vote planter, possibly a taller scale but not the railing.  My reasoning is with the stone elements, putting is railing will give it a ‘boxed in’ feeling where the planters with flowers & or grasses; an airy, open dimension.  For added heights besides low growing foliage, try medium height native grasses ( which can stay & in the Winter( these look beautiful topped with snow ) With Mn Winters you can change it to include minature  , decorative Evergreens with lights.  Don’t feel like you have to be so ‘by the book’ some of the most beautiful  designs are a mix as is in fashion of clothing textures/designs. Looking forward to seeing what you choose- as always it will be beautiful! ReplyCancel

    • Good point – it really does lend to a more ‘open feel’! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie

    For that style, railings. Our midcentury ranch has a brick planter and box hedge on the front edge of our porch and it’s one of my favorite things about our house, but I don’t think the planter aspect works as well for your plans. They might work better if they weren’t so low, but they feel really out of scale with those heavy stone elements. They work for that big neoclassical porch because the columns are slender, the bases are much more delicate, and the tops of the plants are basically in line with the tops of the bases. Your big stone elements need something taller, and the spaces between the railings balance their heaviness better than the solid planter. ReplyCancel

    • Good points Bonnie – I’m not totally sold on the overall size or height of the stone elements… maybe I could scale those down a bit and the planter up a bit? To me it just seems weird to have a railing I guess, when the porch is so low to the ground. And I for sure wouldn’t want the rail where the porch swing will be – so even if we do use rails, they won’t go all the way around. The good thing is, there is still a lot of time to figure this out! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Bonnie

      Also, MN winters are going to make it hard if you’re using annuals. Better suited to a more temperate climate if you want to change it up seasonally.ReplyCancel

      • I was telling people in the Facebook comment thread that I see the planter more as a piece of furniture, that can be removed if need-be (like, in the winter maybe?).. I also think that it would work best to have the big planter piece, but have the actual soil and plants in separate containers that drop INTO the large planter, so that they too could be easily switched out. In the winter I can imagine some spruce type elements and berries with lights?! There would maybe be 3 changes during the year: In the early summer, fall, and for the winter – which I guess wouldn’t be any more work than if I had landscaping beds?ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    Planters I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie

    Planters!!! As long has you have a green enough thumb to keep seasonal color in them 🙂 ReplyCancel

    • funny enough… that is one of Craig’s big worries. I don’t really have a green thumb, but I have had good luck with planters! Once the flowers get in the ground, they tend to get overgrown with weeds under my care! LOLReplyCancel

  • Craig

    Railings!  I’m all about maintenance free!ReplyCancel

AWESOME HOME ORGANIZATION FINDS FROM AMAZON

The cold is setting in, which in the Midwest means plenty of time will be spent indoors over the next few months. I’m not sure about you, but cabin fever causes me to re-evaluate my belongings and sets me into full out organization mode sometime around mid-January. In an attempt to get a jump start…

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

  • Val

    I’m in! Let the organization begin:)ReplyCancel

  • Jennie

    Amazon + organization. You are torturing my bank account 😉ReplyCancel

    • Ha ha! Part of this was for me to ‘bookmark’ these finds for later!ReplyCancel

THE MAIN ELEMENTS OF A COTTAGE STYLE HOME

Welcome to the first installment of the ELEMENTS OF HOME series. Each month I plan to showcase a different residential style here on the blog. It is my hope that by laying out the basics of each home style, you will be able to determine which suits your lifestyle and preferences the most. When designing…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

THANKSGIVING DECORATING IDEAS + FREE PRINTABLE ART

Happy November everyone! I still can’t believe how quickly October flew by. With the start of a new month, I am finding myself trying to get in front of all the holiday busyness that happens this time of year. Our family will be traveling for Thanksgiving, which means that the bulk of the preparations and…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Home Products I Love

Instagram