We started 2017 with big plans and plenty of motivation to continue updating our new house. A few big projects were finished in January …
The unfinished storage space turned studio was an exciting transformation.
Once the shell was complete, I got to work coming up with a classic/modern design plan.
We moved into our house in October 2016 and even though we weren’t planning on doing a kitchen makeover for a few years, we decided to make a mini one happen before we hosted our family for Christmas. We were literally installing the open shelves on Christmas Eve and are so proud of what we did (for under $1000!) to update the existing kitchen. Here’s the post with all the details.
Perhaps the best purchase we’ve ever made is this big, cushy couch. It sits in our family room, where we spend the majority of our time and our whole family (plus more) fits comfortably. After a year of living, sitting, laying, snuggling on the couch, we remain very happy with our choice. Here’s a link to the post with details, and this is the couch we chose (in Taft Cement).
We continued painting out more trim in the entry in our go-to charcoal color (Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams).
Also of note: our baby turned 13.
The studio was wrapping up with a few more projects like covering the outlet plates
I shared all the details about how I used IKEA dressers and butcher-block countertops to create a custom desk.
Once the studio was complete, I prettied it up with pink for a Spring tour.
I’m a big fan of a wallet phone case and shared all my reasons why I love it so.
Spring hits and there’s suddenly the urge to organize everything. The drawers in studio were first on my list.
Upstairs got a light, bright and fresh makeover in April with new carpet, trim and paint.
(p.s. here we are 8 months later and the doors and trim remains un-painted …)
We updated all the lights in the house and compiled a list of favorite flush mounts.
The third floor hangout space for the kids was finished!
Our family road trip made it into the Magnolia Journal.
Our collection of illustrated children’s books continues to grow – our 48 favorites are listed here.
A few new additions made their way into the studio just in time for a summer tour.
My brother and sister-in-law have an adorable lake house they are renovating and let me share their farmhouse kitchen.
My seasonal fashion post was a hit with these seven summer outfits.
There’s nothing like summer clothes that motivate you to get yourself in shape … all about my go-to workout.
We have big plans for this room, but a phase one family room makeover was in order just to give it a little more style.
We got chickens this spring. I shared all about their coop, their laying and how we’re liking this country life so far.
I forget how much I love reading until I find a great book … and then I get on a roll. My summer reading list was a good one.
We sold our bed frame in the spring and are using step stools as nightstands, but I still try to make my bed each day. It just keeps me feeling like I have things *sort of* under control.
The end of summer calls for fall decorations to come out and it was fun to share a quick fall studio tour.
This year, I have fallen in love with a handful of podcasts. Here are my favorites.
I turned 39 at the beginning of October and decided to write a list of 40 things to do before I’m 40.
We celebrated one year of living in our new house!
We’ve worked hard to update the house … here’s a recap of what we did to the house in our first year.
Fall outfits are my fave.
A simple DIY pillow inspired by the new Magnolia Hearth + Hand collection.
Getting ready for Christmas with a christmas studio tour and jingle bell garland tutorial.
A wreath display in the family room.
ALSO TO NOTE ABOUT 2017:
The enneagram changed my life, I became an earring wearer, The Crown captured my attention, I took time to slow down, we survived all four kids playing a sport at the same time, we unpacked our last moving box (just a few weeks ago!), failed a few times at making a sourdough starter but finally baked my first loaf of bread, and successfully kept the front porch ferns alive.
It’s been quite a year. So many great things; a handful of hard ones. The world is in a weird spot and I can only grow deeper in my faith that our hope does not come from pretty houses or secure jobs or sunny weather, but in the never-failing love, grace and faithfulness of Jesus.
Cheers to 2018!