The Landing Strip

April 20, 2020 at 1:29 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A landing strip, a command center, the drop spot. No matter what you call it, every house should have one. It’s a place for all the family “stuff”.

I call it a landing strip. In this house we actually have it split up a little, but it’s whatever works for you! When you come in our backdoor, we have hooks for each family member. Bag and coat go there. There’s a little hook station for car keys. And we have a small rack holding bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, wireless speaker, etc. But there’s still other “stuff” that accumulates. What do you do with it?! Enter our landing strip.

He we have a stash spot for everything else so that we stay organized and don’t lose important things! We use the chalk board for calendar notes and grocery lists. And each of the boys and mom and dad have a basket. We put bills in ours. The boys put homework and such in theirs. I keep a pen jar on the shelf. Here is stash stamps, a candle lighter, a marker, and pens. If you need more than that they you have to go upstairs to the office. 😆

The antique mirror got a metal insert painted with chalk paint. The little chalk marker tray below it is an antique door stop out of an old barn. The baskets are from Hobby Lobby. The shelf is a custom design I requested from Jason. He added and welded the flourish at the top of the brackets.

Here’s my tid bit of advice. Have a place for the “stuff”, whatever you may call it. I truly believe in “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Even if you don’t organize that far, at least set up a zone with a calendar and pens and notepad. Have a spot where you put mail and homework. Always put your keys in the same location. I promise you that these tricks will prevent you from losing important things or searching frantically for the lost items!

And just for fun, here’s a shot of what it looks like more often than not. 😉

Anything else you would add?

XX,

Jess

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Simple Table Setting For Two

April 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have been keeping busy around here. Mostly working on wedding projects, and although I would love to show you some of them, I am making myself wait until after the big day. So, here is a tid bit of the fun around here, a table setting just for the two of us. Jeremy even helped me think of the fun center piece! 🙂

What do you think? Simple, fun, and totally us. lol. Hope you are all having a nice early spring!

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Easter!

April 10, 2012 at 10:15 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We sure did here. We had a small family dinner at our house and then did some yard work. Very festive, I know. I thought I would share with you our Easter table!

Notice anything different? How about that table? Yes, I finally tried the Restore on it! It worked so well, I think I’m in love! It did not removed the weird patterned spot, so the table is still not perfect, and probably never will be. But, it is so much better! The Restore really does a great job on scratches and scuffs. Anyways, how about the Easter setting? Jeremy even helped to decorate some eggs! I blew out real eggs so that we can save them for next year!

Here is one of Jeremy and I:

Here are the three generations of women in our family who came:

What did you all do for the holiday? 🙂

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Kitchen Curtains

January 30, 2012 at 10:06 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t sew.  I wish I could, but I am just not good at it.  I hope to start practicing and at least be able to make a basic straight line someday, but for now, I don’t sew.  So, when I am on the hunt for new curtains and all of the pretty options are out of my price range, what do I do?  I get out the iron and the hem tape and I “fake glue” myself a pair.

Remember these kitchen curtains?

The valances above the windows were here when we moved in.  They were fine.  Actually, they were god quality and in good shape.  Just not our favorite color choices.  The curtain on the door was brought from my old house.  I used it to cover the window temporarily, until we could figure out what we wanted in here.  Now the floral curtain is on the door window just beyond that, which leads outside.  After all these months of looking at these mismatched curtains, I finally wanted to get busy.  I knew I wanted something more neutral, as we plan to paint in the near future.  I liked the shape of the valances, and I didn’t mind the deep red roller shade (for now?).  Then I happened upon the perfect twist of fun stripes and neutral colors…

Ticking fabric.  A little rustic and old school, yet funky and fresh as curtains.  The cream/tan combo will go well with the new colors to come.  And I tied the faux roller shade with twine.

And I did all of it with iron on hem tape, even the tab tops! What do you think??

More projects to come 🙂

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Dining Chair Love

December 27, 2011 at 10:47 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Browsing some gorgeous photos today I came across two dining room photos that I just loved.  The first is so bright and fun with its mismatched chairs. I wish I was bold enough to pull this off!

The next is something I’d absolutely love to try someday, with a bench being used on one side of the dining table.  This bench is no regular bench, rather, a gorgeous antique bench!

I absolutely adore that bench! Enjoy!

Oh, and I want to share a peak at my Christmas holiday decor with you, but I’m running a bit behind.  Still to come! Hope you all had a great holiday!

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House Tour Continued: The Rest of the Downstairs

November 23, 2011 at 11:45 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Finally here to finish the (inside) house tour! Coming from the living room tour, next you would walk into the “office” room.  This room was already red, and I owned a lot of red furniture.  It is wild in there.  But, soon to look a bit different.  This room is so handy.  We have room to do computer work, crafts, store paperwork, and lounge.  There is also a closet and plenty of floor space for kids and toys.  Since it is connected openly to the living room it would be easy to keep an eye on little ones playing. 

This is the one room that we have a box left to unpack. You know, that one pesky little box that has nowhere to go?

And next, the dining room!  You can see there is that shelf in the way still…

The table and chairs we bought from the seller.

The window is a view into the sun porch we saw before.  The stained glass door on the other side is the same as the sun porch door, but leads to a storage closet, which has proven to be super handy!

This is the door we use most frequently, but it is actually a side door.  The little screened in porch is out that door and there is a big circle driveway there. 

Directly the oposite direction of this picture is the kitchen…

Isn’t the arched doorway adorable? There will eventually be a small table under the window.

Yes, the curtains are currently mismatched. Soon to be fixed, when I can make up my mind!

I also love the rustic cabinets! The little silverware drwaers are like cigar boxes!

The ceilings are low, but its cozy.  Out the door by the window is a stairway to the basement and a storage woom we lovingly call the “dog room.” Unfinished and super ugly, but this area is a life saver!

Now to backtrack into the dining room.  The door next to the dining room entry is to a 1/2 bath and a laundry room.  Oh, how a mainfloor bathroom is wonderful!

Not fancy, but perfect to us!

Well, what do you think? That is pretty much the whole house, flaws and all! I can’t wait to start making chnages and show you all!

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Sneak Peak of the New House

September 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are completely moved into the farm now, and even had our housewarming party.  And, we are loving it!  There are color and arrangement changes we’d like to make in the near future, but for right now we are settled!  Soon I will have a full tour of the place for you all, but for now here are a few tid-bits to get the feel for the antique unique-ness of our new home.

Here is a shot of my closet.  Yes, I said MY.  And, yes, this whooole space is the closet! Wow is right.  Its like my own personal dressing room.  Oh, and I might be nice and share one or two shelves.  🙂

This is a peak into our bedroom.  The bedroom is sunken behind the closet.  The beams on the ceiling you see here are barn boards from our barn.  And isn’t that little stained glass window adorable?

This little shelf is in our bedroom.  We made it ourselves (whereas the other elements were added or refurbished by previous owners) and it was made out of a board we found in the barn.  The curves in the front of the board were carved out by cows rubbing on it.  Oh, and don’t worry, the mustard color will soon go.

This is a peak at the top landing of our stairs.  This little gate was made from an old antique door.  So cute.  It latches with an old barn style latch.  It already proves handy for keeping the dogs corralled, but will also be handy with kids someday!

Here’s a little magazine rack that is built into the stairway.  These little touches are what makes this house so sweet and unique.

This is a shot of the banister that has been antiqued.  This is right off the dining room and basically the view you get as you walk in our main door.

Across the other side of the dining room are two antique doors with stained glass windows.  One leads to a sun room and one to a storage room.  Gorgeous touches!

In the dining room and to the right is the kitchen.  The kitchen was added on later and has a drop woods ceiling.  The master sunken bedroom is above the kitchen.  The kitchen has warm hardwood floors just like the dining room and living room.  There is an super cute little arched doorway leading to the kitchen.  And notice the antique wood wainscoting?  Each room also has original crown moldings.

Here’s a peak at the antique kitchen cabinets.  Some of them!  Need I say more?

And one last shot I have for you is the living room.  The couple who refinished a lot of the house before us built a TV cabinet out of antique doors that were found in the barn.  It is large and we are not sure we will keep it here, but it is so neat and such a conversation starter!

Well, what do you think?  Are you ready to see how we decorate and accent all of these crazy details?!

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Black Kitchen Inspiration

June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The kitchen needs some help. I can’t change the fact that it’s super small and always will be. But, I can give it a bit of a facelift.  This is in the works.  I already have all the plans in my head.  Yes, I want to paint the cabinets black.  Black.  It doesn’t matter how many people doubt me now, because I already have my mind set.  But, just to put other people at ease, I thought I would share Nate Berkus” gorgeous black cabinet kitchen!

 

Gorgeous, no?  I totally believe I can pull this off too. Stay tuned!

See it posted originally here:  www.housetweaking.com

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Touch of Spring

June 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s a quick peek at the bit of spring I brought in today…

And just a little sneak peek into the kitchen and living room. Hope that helps brighten the day!

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Some Kitchen Inspiration

May 27, 2011 at 10:42 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I ran accross this awesomely unique idea on Apartment Therapy today.

Isn’t this a gorgeous idea?! I feel inspired to do something similar when I get around to the kitchen…

See the post here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/kitchen/diy-inspiration-leather-kitchen-cabinet-pulls-147756

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