Our Farmhouse

Our “New” Indoor Play Space!

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2016 | 12 comments

One of the least favorite spaces in our home has always been the “blue bedroom” upstairs… however, we recently transformed this space into a “kiddie wonderland” complete with an elaborate road system for our Little People cars, a cubby for our baby dolls, and a fabulous walk-in closet devoted to our growing collection of dress-up clothes!

We didn’t spend one penny transforming our ugly spare bedroom into the perfect indoor play area for the upcoming winter months!

Our Boy-Girl SHARED Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2016 | 39 comments

At the end of the summer, Nora and Simon unanimously decided they wanted to share a bedroom. I wasn’t so sure it would work, but 3 months later, they still LOVE sharing a room!

Today I’m sharing their super cute, boy-girl shared bedroom “makeover” using only things we already had in our house!

A Tour of our Shed… Finally!

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2016 | 21 comments

Today’s post has been in my drafts for months and months, but I never took the time to snap all the photos I wanted to share (despite unending requests to see the shed!)

Now I have the photos, and I’m finally sharing a mini tour of our shed, almost ONE FULL YEAR after we actually built it — better late than never right? πŸ™‚

Nora and Simon’s Mini Bedroom Makeovers

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2016 | 8 comments

Both Nora and Simon’s bedrooms are upstairs — right off the playroom. We keep most of the toys in the playroom, but it’s nice to be able spread out into their bedrooms for more playtime fun.

Dave and I both thought it would be nice to create more floor space in their bedrooms… and thanks to an hour of moving furniture around (and out of) their rooms, we now have LOTS of extra room to play!

Our Mini Nursery Makeover

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2016 | 8 comments

Last week, I shared our COMPLETELY FREE master bedroom mini makeover and this week, I’m sharing James’ mini nursery makeover.

Just like our bedroom makeover, it was also completely free, and it made his tiny room feel SO much bigger!

A Master Bedroom “Makeover” (for FREE!)

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2016 | 33 comments

Dave recently helped me move almost ALL the bedroom furniture in our entire house… which means all 4 bedrooms got a mini makeover without spending a dime!

Today, I’m so excited to share our (completely free) Master Bedroom Mini Makeover!

Red White and Blue: Our Patriotic House

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2016 | 34 comments

When we first moved into our farmhouse, one of the first neighbor families to introduce themselves to us mentioned that they called our house the “patriotic house” because of the red, white, and blue bunting on the front porch.

Since then, I have managed to incorporate quite a bit of patriotic items into our decor… and I’m sharing all our red, white, blue, stars, and stripes on the blog today! Happy 4th of July!

A Big-Boy Bed for Simon

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2016 | 15 comments

Now that Simon is officially 2 years old, we have started to talk about transitioning him into a “big boy bed”. We’re not planning to rush into anything, but we did want to get the bed all set up and in place so we’re ready when HE is ready.

Today, I’m sharing the new Leesa mattresses we got for Simon’s bed (and I have a great coupon code for anyone looking to purchase a new mattress!)

A Tour of Our Farmhouse Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2015 | 30 comments

In the 5+ years I’ve been blogging, and the almost 5 years we’ve been steadily renovating our home (and sharing our progress on the blog) I’ve never gotten around to giving you a tour of our bedroom.

Well that changes today!! Come see the full tour πŸ™‚

Our Landscape Before and After {2015}

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2015 | 24 comments

After 3 years of hard work, our landscaping is 95% complete!

We still have a few projects to tackle yet this fall or next spring — but I’m excited to finally be able to share a bunch of before and after photos on the blog!

The Kid’s Bathroom {Before and After}

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2015 | 31 comments

Exactly 2 months ago, I shared our progress on the kids’ bathroom upstairs… and although we finished this mini renovation well before James arrived, I’m finally getting around to sharing the before and after pictures now.

I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that it’s much less “neon” now πŸ™‚

How We Simplify and De-Stress Home Renovations

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2015 | 10 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I have been faithfully working on renovating our 125 year old farmhouse for the past 4.5 years. It’s a labor of love — but we don’t always love doing it!

Today, I’m sharing some of our tips to de-stress and simplify home renovations!

A “New” Nursery for James

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2015 | 6 comments

I’ve gotten lots of requests to see the new nursery — so that’s what I’m sharing here today.

You might notice that it looks awfully similar to Simon’s nursery tour from last year — but there are a few special additions for baby James πŸ™‚

Simon’s Big Boy Room

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2015 | 14 comments

Simon literally “moved up” in the world… because he is now sleeping in his new big boy bedroom, which is upstairs by Nora’s bedroom.

The transition went pretty smoothly, and although we have lots more plans for this room, I’m excited to share our mini makeover (I still can’t believe it cost less than $150 to pull off!)

Celebrating… House and Yard Progress!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2015 | 29 comments

No, we’re not completely finished with everything on our “summer to-do list” but we have been making REALLY good progress over the past 10-12 weeks!

Although I can’t share all the official “after” photos just yet (because we’re not quite finished) I CAN share a whole bunch of “progress” photos so we can celebrate how far we’ve come in only a few weeks!

Big News from the Dekkers: We Have a…. Bathtub!

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2015 | 27 comments

No, no baby yet… but at this point, a new bathtub is almost as big of an announcement for us!

After 4.5 years of living in our 3-bathroom house, we finally have a “real bathtub” for our kiddos to splash around in… and yes, they totally love it!

It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments

The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!

What I Do (and Don’t) Love About My Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2015 | 25 comments

Now that we’ve been living with our new kitchen for a couple of years, I’m starting to get lots of questions about what we do and don’t love about our appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

So although we love almost everything, I’m sharing all the “pros” and “cons” about our kitchen appliances in today’s post!

Our Epoxy Garage Floor Coating: How It’s Holding Up After 2 Winters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2015 | 2 comments

Two summers ago, we did a pretty major garage renovation — part of which included having an epoxy floor coating professionally installed. We were THRILLED with the results, but since then, I’ve gotten so many questions about our flooring.

So, since it’s THAT time of year when people are heading outside and itching to get their garage neat and organized again after a long winter, I figured it was a good time for an update on how our floor coating is holding up.

Our Home Office (The Updated Tour)

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2015 | 28 comments

It’s been over 3 years since I last shared any update on our home office renovations… and we’ve made a fair amount of changes over those 3 years. So, I figured it was time for another Home Office Tour.

I can’t wait for you to see the transformation!!