As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging. I’ll be publishing this 10-post series during the 4 weeks after his birth (read all the posts here).
I hope you enjoy reading (or re-reading) these posts as much as I’ll be enjoying the extra snuggles, books, smiles, and naps with Nora and Simon!
Renovating an old farmhouse has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Thankfully, Dave was pretty-much “on board” with my crazy dream, and we were fortunate enough to purchase our dream house just over 3 years ago (only months after starting my blog).
Since then, we’ve been gutting and renovating every square inch and are well over half way. So today, I’m sharing some of those favorite (and pretty remarkable) renovation stories with you!
Here are my Top 10 Favorite Farmhouse posts — in no particular order.
The massive 5-month-long kitchen renovation is definitely the biggest, most dramatic, and most expensive renovation project we’ve tackled in our house. However, considering how much we use our kitchen and how much we’re enjoying the new beautiful kitchen area, it was totally worth every day and every dollar spent!
Our kid’s nurseries and bedrooms have definitely been some of my favorite renovation and decorating projects in our home so far. Not only are they relatively inexpensive to pull off, they are SO fun to decorate!
- Nora’s Nursery Makeover
- Simon’s Nursery Makeover
- Nora’s Big Girl Bedroom
- Nora’s New Bedroom Upstairs
It was super exciting to have our home featured in HGTV Magazine last spring — definitely one of those “cross off my bucket list” experiences!
4. The Garage:
I’ve always ALWAYS had a thing for nice, neat, organized garages with fabulous organizational systems and that awesome painted floor coating.
So last summer, when the MonkeyBars company contacted me to see if they could GIVE us a complete garage makeover, I was beyond thrilled!
The results were more fabulous then I could have ever imagined and we now have our “dream garage” if there is such a thing 🙂
We did SOOOO much work on our yard this past summer — and we still have a bit more to do this coming summer — but we’re simply thrilled with the results. I can’t tell you just how excited I am to see everything pop up again this spring!
Aside from the kitchen, our master bathroom is definitely the next most dramatic “before and after” transformation.
Not only did we completely gut the entire space down to the studs, we got all new plumbing, all new electrical, and knocked out a wall to create a nice walk-in shower!
The story of how we found our dream house, purchased our dream house, and sold our old house (in 3 days) still gives me chills. I simply can’t believe we found such a perfect house for us, in a perfect location, AND for the right price!
And since we moved the week before Christmas, I also have to share the fun parody post I wrote based on the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ poem!
8. Our Playroom:
We initially created a fun play space for Nora under our stairs (seriously, it was so cute!) However, once we realized we would need more room for baby #2, we set off to renovate part of the upstairs — which included a nice new playroom that we are absolutely LOVING!
And of course, my favorite part of the play room is the DIY Play Kitchen we made for Nora!
I’m absolutely in love with slip-covered furniture, so it’s no surprise that almost every piece of furniture in our house is slip-covered.
If you’ve ever considered slip-covered furniture, making your own slipcover, or have any other questions about slipcovers — you’ll want to read this post!
Our reclaimed barnwood floors are one of my all-time favorite features of our house — and one of the things we get THE MOST comments and compliments on when visitors see our house for the first time.
I love all the imperfections, I love all the character, and I love that you can’t even tell if we add a few (or a bunch) of our own scratches, scuffs, dings, etc. !
So that’s my list…
Which farmhouse posts are your favorites?