Our Farmhouse

Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 19 comments

Over the past 18 months, my cooking style has drastically changed and as a result, we’re buying most of our pantry staples in bulk.

I feel like I finally have a really good storage solution for all our bulk pantry staples — which is what I’m sharing today, complete with my first-ever chalkboard label project!

Our Braided Rugs

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2019 | 25 comments

I’m honestly not sure if braided rugs are in-style, trendy, or even remotely popular right now, but I really like the look of them in my home! They fit my semi-primitive-country-farmhouse style and they add a nice pop of color to my otherwise very white spaces! 

Since I get SOOOOO many questions (and compliments) about my rugs, I thought it was time for a full-length blog post! 

How I Store and Organize Everything In Our Kitchen

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2019 | 29 comments

Soon after we finished our massive kitchen renovation in 2012, I shared detailed pictures of the insides of all our cabinets and drawers.

Since then, we’ve added several more children to our family, I’ve changed so much of how I cook and bake, and we have different storage needs for older kids, school lunches, different snacks, etc. etc. So… I decided it was time for a (very long and detailed) updated post! 

Goals and Dreams: 2 Decades in the Making!

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2019 | 18 comments

Over 2 decades ago (back in middle school) I decided on a few goals and dreams for my “someday adult life”.

Now, 20+ years later, I realized that after years and years of thinking about and working towards those goals and dreams, I’ve actually been able to see them come to fruition in my own life!

My Full-House Purge (the 5-week update)

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2018 | 32 comments

Just over 5 weeks ago, I shared my plan to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year, and since then, I’ve completed 5 rooms in our house.

I’m sharing my progress in today’s post, as well as a little motivation and encouragement for those of you who are following along with my one-room-per-week plan (or for those of you who want to get started).

Our New Farmhouse Half Bath! (Before + After)

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2018 | 34 comments

Come tour our newly-renovated half bathroom off the kitchen… yes, it’s FINALLY finished after many so delays!

We are all SO thrilled with how everything turned out! Not only is it much more private, it also feels huge compared to the previously very cramped laundry room, and it fits in with the rest of our farmhouse decor! 

Bathroom Update: Phase 2 is (Almost) Complete!

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2018 | 31 comments

Although it took significantly longer than we anticipated, we are essentially finished with phase 2 of our 3-phase bathroom/laundry room renovation, and our new half bathroom is now usable!

I’m extremely happy with how the room is coming together so far, and although I still have several finishing touches to add, I wanted to share our progress on the blog today!

We Bought a Pool… Here Are My Thoughts!

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2018 | 28 comments

Since the day I first shared a picture of the pool we bought at Costco this spring, I have been inundated with questions and requests for a blog post about our pool — so that’s what I’m sharing today.

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, temporary above-ground pool, I hope today’s post will be helpful for you. If not, I hope you enjoy the cute pictures of my kids!

Fourth of July Flowers and Festivities

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2018 | 12 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Instead of a normal post, I wanted to simply pop in to share a few pictures of our landscape today — complete with almost 700 red, white, and blue annuals!

Our “New” Basement Laundry Area (plus free laundry goodies!)

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2018 | 25 comments

Dave and I are currently in the process of renovating our laundry room and bathroom. The first part of this project was to reconstruct a little laundry space in our basement so we wouldn’t be without a washer and dryer ALL summer long!

Our new laundry area is NOT glamorous, it’s NOT Pinterest worthy, and it’s really NOT even all that cute. However, it IS functional and (much to my surprise) it’s actually quite practical for our family’s current laundry needs!

A New Craft Area for Our Kids (total cost = $0!)

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2018 | 24 comments

If you have a space in your home that isn’t functioning well for your current stage of life, I hope today’s posts encourages you to think “outside the box” a bit and put some effort into creating a new space that will work better for you.

I recently did this with our kids’ crafting space… and I was pleasantly surprised with what we came up with!! 

Our 3-Phase Bathroom + Laundry Room Renovation

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2018 | 29 comments

A couple months ago, I asked for any brilliant ideas and/or opinions about how we should renovate the full bathroom off our kitchen — and wow, did you respond!

SOOOOOO many fantastic ideas, suggestions, opinions, etc. Dave and I actually went back to the “drawing board” and ultimately ended up changing our plans for this space, thanks in large part to some of your suggestions! Today I’m sharing the “official” 3-phase plan!

What Should We Do In Our Bathroom?

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2018 | 132 comments

After over 7 years living in our farmhouse, we are FINALLY going to tackle one of the rooms I wanted to renovate many years ago — the bathroom off our kitchen. However, we still aren’t 100% sure what we want to do with this space.

So… since you have given us really great renovation ideas in the past, I’m bringing our bathroom quandary to the blog as one last “Hail Mary” effort to see if any of you have a super fantastic idea we haven’t thought of yet!

We Played Musical Bedrooms… again!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2018 | 38 comments

Remember this past summer, when I spent hours upon hours (while 7-8 months pregnant) painting, moving furniture, installing closets, hanging decorations, and sewing bedding in an effort to transform our upstairs bedrooms for our kids?

Well, it only lasted about 5 months before the kids decided they ALL wanted to share a bedroom… today I’m sharing how we rearranged things to make that happen (and what we’re doing with the extra room in our house!)

An Updated Tour of our Farmhouse

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2017 | 19 comments

It’s been 3 years since my first farmhouse tour post; and as many of you know, we’ve made LOTS of changes and updates in the last 3 years!

So today, I’m sharing an updated tour… welcome to our farmhouse!

A New Nursery for Our New Little Miss

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2017 | 47 comments

I’ve been waiting (not so patiently) to share Clara’s mini nursery makeover on the blog… and today’s the day!

I’m thrilled with how this room turned out — especially since I only had to buy 2 things to pull it off! Everything else was reused or repurposed from somewhere else in our house!

What I Keep on My Kitchen Counters

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2017 | 45 comments

I was recently asked what I have sitting out on my kitchen counters — and I thought it would make a good blog post (especially since I’ve been asked this question many times over the years).

What We Decided For The Landing Area!

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2017 | 29 comments

I’m back with the finished landing area — and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

There’s a good chance this space will continue to change and evolve over the next several years… but I honestly think this mini makeover fits our family’s needs perfectly right now!