A front entry referesh

After painting and refreshing the 90% of our saltbox home which included the living room, upstairs bedrooms, our backroom and hallway, there was one more thing that needed painted… While I have been thinking a lot about refreshing this space, I couldn’t quite come to terms how I wanted to do so. But after some inspiration of people painting their interior doors, I knew I wanted to join the party! Our walls are “Agreeable Gray”by SW, and “Peppercorn” was the perfect deep color grey to pop in our space.

Prior it was just plain boring. A white door, not much wall decor, and the carpet just needed… something.

What a difference a can of paint makes! It took me 1.5 days to paint to allow full dry, but was so very worth it! Now that front entryway has a cozy and inviting feeling. The wall between the window and front door was empty, and honestly I had so many ideas in my head as far as how to fill the space, but none of them had I loved. And I feel that loving it, is so important!!!

On a whim, I starting drawing up some floral prints and knew just where to put them! I love how the black accents of the smooth grey behind. Even better, I had the frames already on hand thankfully, since normally I struggle with choosing frames, there’s thousands to consider!

Here are the couple changes I made, that made a big difference (besides painting the interior front door):

  • Painting the interior front door Peppercorn by SW
  • Spray painting the hardware black
  • Adding an accent rug (click here for exact item)
  • Drawing up some prints and placing in 2 picture frames we already had

And tadaaaaa!!!!!! There you have it! Four simple changes is all it took before it looked like a whole new space!

Thanks for reading friends!!!!!!

 

Meet the spouse: Peter

After a messy previous relationship, I was done with online dating. I felt I was never going to meet the man of my dreams, a man that I have prayed for every single day. While I thought I deleted my account because of being in that previous relationship, apparently I did not. Towards the end of my last relationship, I kept getting reminded that with a notification saying “you have a message from Peter”. I can’t tell you how many times I deleted the notification, I wanted nothing to do with it.

One late evening while resting, I again received the notification again, and I will not lie, I was about a half a click away from hitting the delete button with my mouse… UNTIL I heard a voice that said, “Brittany, do not do that, you need to look at this message.”  So I read “Hey, hope your doing well! You don’t have much of a profile to go off, but from the bit that is here, ya seem like a quality girl. So have you always lived in the Lancaster area? Besides being in school, what else do you like to do in your spare time, or what do you care about most in life? Anyway, Happy Friday :)!

It was that simple short, sweet, and thoughtful message that started our life together! 🙂 We messaged each other back and forth from April 26th until May 15, 2013. And so, May 1st Peter officially gave me his phone number, May 2nd he starting adding me to his prayers, May 9th we met face to face at Issac’s in Ephrata, Let me tell ya I immediately had butterflies when I saw him walking up to me.  Peter had a smooth bald head, freshly groomed facial hair, wearing a plaid shirt with some Nike sneakers. He showed off a beautiful big smile and pretty blue/green eyes:) Then May 12th we had our second date at Lost in Treasure mini golf. At the beginning of June (oops, we don’t remember exact date) we became boyfriend and girlfriend! 🙂

While my parents were talking about marrying Peter before I was that following fall, I knew this was the man I was going to marry. Just a couple months later, on Feb 9th, 2014 Peter got down on one knee during the snowfall and I said YES!!!!!!!!!! Six months later on August 2, 2014 I was walking down the isle in a beautiful white gown, marrying the man I have prayed for daily for so many years!

Well now that you know how we met and got married, I want to share just why I love him so so much!!

He is a faithful leader. Where I am weak he is strong, and vise versa. I am scatterbrained, easily get overwhelmed, I am not a math person (so I do not do the bills) He’s got all that covered. Peter is organized, and knows how to keep me in line when I am all over the place. While everyday is not perfect, He is strong and loving in every situation. He initiates. He initiates, prayer, devos, problem solving, communication to deal with conflict etc. He leads by example. He is a strong believer (Christ comes first), patient, has personal discipline, pure, kind, respectful, and loving. I thank God for my faithful leader.

He is adventurous. Ever since day one that we were united as one, I have wanted to travel (my parents weren’t big travelers) with him to places I have always wanted to travel. We have been to many cool places like, Europe, the Mid West, Hawaii, Maine and this summer we are going to Iceland!!! He is always up for spontaneous hikes, and picking up and exploring new places as weekend getaways. Whether it’s something he’s a little nervous of doing or hasn’t’ done it, he’s is willing to give it a try.

He is totally supportive in all my thoughts and dreams. Though he may think they aren’t always ideal, he’s constantly encouraging me to chase those visions and dreams. Now if there is something outrageous, I am thankful he is able to be open about that.

He always listens. Not only am I a worrier, but my brain constantly is thinking. There are times I know I am blabbing his ear off when he is trying to get stuff done. But he is just so sweet, by stopping what he is doing and giving his full attention. Though he may not have much to say sometimes depending on the the conversation, I love that he makes eye contact and want me to pour my heart out.

I LOVE that he can fix and/or build anything, and if he doesn’t know how, it’s just a click away from learning on youtube. He sees everything differently than I do. I usually feel I get myself into a mess whether it’s computer related or trying to place something I just bought. “Peter it isn’t working!”,  “This won’t stay up”, “ugh I have tried so many times, I can’t do it.” He is right there to jump in and fix the problem so calmly. He sees that all it needs is some extra muscles, glue, an extra nail. If I vision it, he can build it- like our built ins, the new shelving in the master bathroom, our pretty kitchen table and bench, our desk and… well the list could go on. “Peter to the rescue!”

Here is a little snippet of how we really have gotten started on our home projects that have grown into bigger ones! While we were in the midst of wedding planning, Peter and I were house searching, and after only a few homes we fell in love with the 2nd one that we currently live in! Our saltbox home! It all started with applying gallons and gallons of paint, to switching out the ugly cream outlets to pretty white ones, switching out light fixtures, to pitching the old brown interior doors and adding the 6 pane doors and applying new paint to our kitchen cabinets. That was the simple way of sprucing up the house for the first couple years.

The first custom project that Peter completed was building a cabinet for our laundry room, then finished by repainting and adding shelving for more storage. Next after that was our kitchen table, you can see that see blog here. From there I think each project has gotten bigger and bigger, meaning more time consumption and the amount of effort being put in. We gave the kitchen a face lift that included: new sheets overlapping the old counter tops, adding air stone for the backslash, then adding new flooring to the downstairs, and both bathrooms, excluding the living room. Redoing our Master bath included, repainting the vanity, switching out the light fixture, replacing old sliding doors, to a beautiful bronze rod and a neutral shower curtain, redesigning and building the shelving storage closet, and reconstructing our built-in closet. Instead of paying a ton of $$$ for a bench to add more seating at our kitchen table, Peter built that in less than 4 hours! Lastly our back room was done, now that was the biggie! Talk about a transformation!!! See our beautiful project here. I would love to go into detail, but that would take all your time! So please check out the blog to see more! 🙂

Now that we have done many projects these past few years, we keep asking ourselves what can we do next??? And you may be asking what are they going to do next… I will be writing another blog on that!

While I know that I went ahead and used online dating as a way to meet my forever, it has changed so much since I personally have used it. It can be very dangerous. You ought to be very careful in how you present yourself on there, what info you give out, and when/where you would choose to meet. For example, all I put on my profile was my first name, my religious beliefs, my interests and what exactly I was looking for. If a message comes up without any text showing first, don’t open it, that is not good… If there is a man out there meant for, he will in a clean, and respectful way approach you with a short and sweet message.

Thanks for reading, I had so much fun writing this for y’all!

Insight for 2020

We’re planning to stay in our home for a while, which means we will be able to continue to make memories around familiar spaces and find joy in the simple patterns of life here. I am striving to create spaces with passion and allow others to feel and see that as well. Upon what we have already created, we can add to more nooks and crannies to make this house to feel more like home.

 

We have a couple plans this year, so you’ll get to see more of that soon. I am one for big transformations, but honestly it’s the little details that make me more delighted. As of the last couple months, I have come to realize I have become more of a minimalist. I am looking forward to bringing more function to our 1440 sq ft saltbox home, like: organizing, and getting rid of stuff!

I am really excited to work on our guest bedroom, downstairs tiniest coat closet, creating an accent wall for our traveling photos in our upstairs hallway, placing shiplap in our kitchen/dining and adding shelving to create more storage space! We also plan to work on some outdoor projects, particularly to our new shed and our garden. Like, adding water drainage to our shed, landscaping, and possibly rebuilding our garden.

Since I have been so focused on studying the past many months, I haven’t had the ability to really do some deep spring cleaning. I am so excited to do this!

This will include, Dusting all the trim throughout our home, cleaning windows and shades, reorganizing and going through stuff in the attic, sorting and getting rid of clothing to donate, washing all the curtains, wiping down walls, clean upholstered furniture.There are many more things I can list, but those are my top priority, I am sure I will do more. I will keep you guys posted! As there are many more things I could do like, clean inside of fridge, scrub sink, counter tops, sweep and mop floors those are things I already do in my weekly cleaning.

Do you have any plans for your home in 2020?

 

Christmas Home Decor in our small Saltbox home 2019

In case you didn’t know, Christmas is next week! How about that?! I am going to share an almost complete tour of our saltbox home that sits between town on one side and farmland on the other. Did I tell you how much I just love where we live?!

Let’s start in the Master Bedroom! My favorite part of our room is that it has 3 windows!!! Which means we get a ton of light during the day, and I love it! As you can see we don’t have a tree in our bedroom, which I would love to plan for next year, but we added some other fun, affordable and cute items! Not much was changed, but all the small touches make a big difference.

This season has been super busy for us, so I apologize if everything isn’t just perfect. But hey, it’s a space that is lived in every single day! So it’s ok.

This is the room you see right when you walk in our front door, our living room.

While living in a unique home, from our downstairs you can actually walk in a full circle through all the rooms… How cool is that?! I can tell ya that when our fluff balls get in their running spurts, they absolutely love it! Our petite kitchen is directly off from our living room. One of my favorite things to do to this space, is add Christmas garland around the sink! It’s simple and adds so much to a small space.

Our sweet little kitchen

Who cannot love a coffee buffet in their kitchen/dining area?  See our  “A coffee buffet transformation” here. 

Our back room, which I feel is definitely the coziest room in the house! This was my favorite room to decorate this year, between the mantel and the built ins!

“Our Back Room Transformation” was the biggest and longest DIY home project we have completed, but yet our most favorite. Why? Check out the blog!

Although this is the only tiny area that we have in our upstairs hallway, we love dressing it up for each season!

I hope you enjoyed exploring our home along with me, and hope to see you back here again soon!

A simple outdoor Christmas 2019

Some of us feel pressured or encouraged to do more and more every year with all new great ideas for Christmas. And that is ok, but know it’s also ok if we aren’t up to 100% with everyone else as far as how they are decorating, what they are doing to decorate, or how much they are fully  decorating.

So, this year we changed up the decor outside our home for Christmas, and I love it!!! We changed our wreaths this year to something more neutral, and honestly, I like it so much better specifically for our home.

On black Friday we zipped down to Kmart, and they had a great selection of ribbon and bows! Nine bows, and 2 spools of ribbon (I could not locate online the exact color, but it’s this exact thing but in white) for $21.44!!! That is 50% off what we would have spent. We simply attached the bows to the wreaths by using the attached wire already there and looping it around and then twisting like, a thousand times! The ribbon I cut to length and then looped around the wreaths and held through the window at the top to hold. Just the extra ribbon being held inside at the top by the window keeps them very secure during weather conditions.

The Front Porch

I will say one thing, I wish so badly that what I had was a big wrap around porch. I have probably said that in so many blogs, but it’s true! My husband and I said if we decide to stay (since we love this area so much) then we would add on, this is a must! One day!!!

Our sweet little porch looks a little different this year! Last year I added a metal bucket and placed some wood pieces in it with a lantern aside. This year I took the metal bucket away and added a super cute petite 2.5 ft, flocked tree in my barn bucket on legs. That is one that I just absolutely adore since I’ve bought it at a barn sale. Aside is a lantern with outdoor, waterproof remote controlled candles that I purchased from amazon! I’ve always had bad luck with candles going bad with weather conditions. But so far so good, they are holding strong!

A Quick Side Note!

The lantern previously was so rusted and faded from hard use. So instead of going out and buying a new one, I simply taped off the glass and used black exterior spray paint that we already had on hand.

And instead of placing the wreath on the sled this year, I just left the skates. And I am so thankful I did! It’s more simple and doesn’t look overbearing as much. I like how much more visible the skates are now too.

This year I am just so happy with how everything turned out for our porch. It’s simplicity and cuteness in one just makes me feel at ease and giddy on the inside! 🙂

Our side tree, front and side bushes have lighting on and the deer were placed.

Deer – As much as I love the deer, I didn’t like the lighting on them…. It was like a led blue undertone and it just didn’t go with the rest of our warm white lighting. So this year Peter took all those lights off and added white lighting, it made a big difference, and was easier than what we anticipated.

What’s missing??? We excluded the lit walkway this year. As much as I love it, sometimes it can be a pain.  The walkway included stakes in the ground that held strands of lights that formed the brick pathway. It’s actually funny because when the dogs were let out, they would either trip or have to find a way to hop over them. So not only the time it took to put them up, but they were in the way for the dogs, so we decided to not put them up this year.

I hope you enjoyed our “Simple outdoor Christmas 2019”, thanks for reading!! Stay tuned for another blog coming your way on our indoor decor:)