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Our freshly updated patio

Wow, talk about zero crazy Winter storms, and then BAM… Summer is here!

We like to spruce up our deck early in the season so when the warm weather does hit, we are ready for some good ol morning coffee, game nights while the sun is setting and grilling out on a weekly basis. Let’s just say, a little bit of a refresh can make a big difference!

Here is what we did!

1.  Touched up with some paint

A little bit of paint did the trick! We have been using Behr’s DeckOver, and we are pleased. Our deck honestly needs to be replaced, due to weak boards. But Behr’s DeckOver is thick and does the trick until we do replace. And I repeat, that paint is like mud so be prepared when you go to apply, but that’s why we love it! Besides touching up the deck, we brought out the black exterior paint and touched up the deck arbor. It looked good as new with a couple swipes of paint!

2. Replaced chair cushions

We purchased our dining patio set (including cushions) about 4 years ago, and you can tell it has ware and tare including the cushions. It was time to swap them out for some new and bright ones. let me tell ya, I didn’t realize how expensive they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow! I saw anywhere from (for a mid-moderate good quality) $30+ for 1 cushion – not a set! Sets were starting at about $49+. I searched and searched, I wanted a light grey color, and a cushion where the bottom and backing were attached (making one full piece), plus it needed ties. No more Velcro! Why do I say that? Velcro was a goner in probably a span of 2 years of use.

We found these Mid back dining chair cushions through Home Depot, and we love them!!!!!!!!! Here are only a couple reasons why we love these:

  • Super affordable ( $29.98 per set)
  • light grey solid color
  • UV resistant- fade resistant
  • Ties to attach to chair
  • Dry quickly after getting wet
  • Lightweight,
  • Form has kept with use they have gotten since we purchased them .

3. New pretty pillows

When you update your cushions I mean you need to update your pillows as well! Opalhouse line at Target hit the jackpot with these black and white throw pillows

The ivory and black are out of stock but they also were through the Opalhouse line at Target.

Our neutral pillows added some texture to our cushions!

 

4.  Updated to a new and bright area rug

As much as I loved the pop of green on our previous area rug, the more time I spend changing my style of decor and color scheme, I’m a neutral kinda girl. So I was ready to sell the palm tree rug and swap it out for a clean, simple neutral one. Target is my go to for these kind of things, and sure enough the project 62 line did not disappoint.

Once my eyes laid on this rug I knew I needed to bring it home with me. Ava and Tucker approved as soon as it was layed down 🙂

5. Added some new clay flower pots

There is a local green house, called Frey’s and they sell some pretty cool stuff! Not only an abundance of beautiful flowers, but pots galore! I could honestly buy everything, it’s dangerous! So I encourage you to have a list of what you need and try to stick to that…. Haha that won’t happen once you step foot into a greenhouse!

I love that these pots are handmade and I love how all three go so well together!

So friends it doesn’t take much to turn a plain, blah space into something magnificent! You don’t need to do as much as what we did. The biggest thing that I think for any space that will completely change the feel and mood of a space, is paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So of your on a tight budget, that is my recommendation for you to do first!

Thanks for reading, I am gunna go and enjoy my cozy deck now:)

 

Our Hoover Powerscrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

We previously purchased a Bissel deep cleaning unit, and although it did the job, we needed something better that got deeper into the carpet. We have the original carpets still in our home from moving in, and they needed some TLC until we replace them. We are replacing some carpet with flooring, but we are planning to keep the upstairs carpeted, so we thought it was smart to keep one on hand.

 

Besides having the original carpet in our home, we not only love hosting people in our home, but we have 2 adorable shihtzus. So everything combined makes for daily wear & tear on our carpets. Once our Bissel took a dump, we kinda just brushed it off and didn’t do anything about it. Well it was time to get another, we did some research and so Peter and I went with the Hoover! Although we have not used it more than just a few times (so we can’t give a full review on it), the few times we have used it we have been very pleased.

Here are some highlights:

  • Lightweight
  • Automatic Detergent Mixing system- Provides the correct mixture of cleaning product and water to ensure better outcome
  • Wash/Rinse selector
  • Dual Tank system – This separates clean and dirty water so you can easily fill, empty and rinse
  • Carpets dry fast
  • Exclusive spin scrub technology
  • Cleans more than just your floor!

Tools included:

  • Spin scrub hand tool – Having rotating brushes it helps to provide the scrubbing action that some spots may need to remove those hard stains.
  • Accessory Hose – Attaches to the cleaner to allow more extension for cleaning.
  • Stair tool – 2 built in rows of brushes to help provide getting in those creases and small areas on your stairs.
  • Upholstery tool – Made specifically for your furniture, brushes are soft and piece is plastic to ensure no damage to the material.
  • Crevice tool – Great for around those baseboards and hard reaching areas.
  • Mesh Tool Storage Bag

Please see this link which will not only show you the product, but also look at the manufacture’s instruction booklet.

So you ask, why did you go specifically go with this product? Let me share.

Before purchasing another carpet cleaner there were specific things we were looking for. Such as: price point, lightweight, tools that come with it, a deep cleaning focus, something that will not leave our carpets soaking wet (like the previous product we had) and the durability of the cleaner. And so far this deep cleaning carpet cleaner has met those needs!

 

Thank you for reading!

 

A couple simple ways to freshen your home for spring!

Getting you home ready for springtime should not have to feel like a chore, and definitely should not break the bank either. Here I have a couple simple ways to freshen up for home for spring. Just take away an idea or two to use yourself to help fill that craving for Spring we are all having right now!

These simple ideas for freshening up your house for Spring are meant to help make your space brighter, leave you with a big smile, and help to reduce any stress you are currently feeling. The tips I am sharing here are super easy to implement and quick, because no one wants to spend a ton of time, stuck, focusing on one small space.

1.   Start with a clean slate

Clean everything! Clean out all the dirt that winter left behind. Scrub the floors, dust and wash the windows and shades/blinds to let the sun shine through. Don’t forget behind the appliances and your furniture! Unclutter shelving, cabinets, tables and counter tops. Instantly you will feel so much better!

2.   Organize before you decorate

Get winter out of the way! Organize your closet to spring and summer clothing and shoes, and gather your gardening things too! Reorganizing will give you a whole new outlook for spring.

3. Fill a vase with some fresh blooms.

4. Hang a spring wreath on your front door.

5. Toss a spring pillow onto your couch and/or bed.

6. Change out an art piece/picture.

7. Use fresh or faux greens throughout your home.

8. Replace your hand towels.

9.   Lighten up your outdoor space.

10.   Switch out your doormat.

 

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As stated before, these are simple things, but can really add color and life to your home. It’s not all about needing something new and better, but choosing to re-purpose and re-organize what  you already have. The great thing about Spring is the growth and life waking from the dead of winter, so enjoy and celebrate that! Bring that beautiful green into your home, making it as gorgeous as your outdoor space!

Happy Spring!!

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!