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New Laminate Wood Flooring

If you follow me over on Instagram, then you’ve probably already heard that while I was away the other weekend, my hubby installed new laminate wood flooring in our house. I was so excited to come home and see what he had done!

New Wood Laminate Flooring

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You may be wondering why we decided to redo the floors in the entire house. Especially, since I talked about trying to save money doing “Chapter 1” upgrades here at The Country House. You may also be puzzled if you remember that we added in peel and stick flooring in our daughter’s Tween Bedroom Makeover a few months ago.

Wood Laminate Floors

It basically comes down to a couple of reasons.

1. The light beige carpet in our main living area was getting destroyed thanks to our sweet pup, Harper, and muddy shoes. (It wasn’t in perfect condition to start with.) As of right now, we only use our front door to go in and out of the house. Since this winter’s weather has been so crazy, certain areas outside are super muddy. I can only imagine it will get muddier this spring!

We knew that we didn’t want our carpet to always look dirty and figured non-carpeted floors would be easier keep clean.

Country House Home Tour Before

2. Initially, we planned on installing peel and stick planks only in certain rooms and leaving the cream carpets alone. Once we knew we wanted new floors for the whole house, we started to question if we loved the flooring in our daughter’s room. It is not bad by any means. However, the color is a bit darker than we really wanted in a hallway and bathroom with no natural light.

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

So, after some deliberation…

We decided to go with the same flooring we had installed in The City House. (TrafficMASTER Lakeshore Pecan Laminate from The Home Depot.) We really loved the look of the wide planks and the color was just the neutral we wanted. Plus, it is one of the most inexpensive options they have, which made us feel a little bit better about replacing those peel and stick planks.

Lakeshore Pecan TrafficMASTER Laminate Flooring

Right now, about half of the house is finished and it has already made a huge difference. We do have a couple of area rugs to add some coziness in the rooms, as well as absorb some noise.

Wood Laminate Floors Rug

My Roomba has also saved a lot of time sweeping, so we are mostly just giving things a quick mop if they get muddy.

Roomba Cleaning Laminate Floors

We really love the new floors and so do our fur babies. This is the newest addition to our little growing farm.  His name is Tim Tom and he is a Holland Lop bunny. (We are thinking we would like to give him a new name, but have yet to figure out what that might be.)

Bunny Rabbit Broken Blue Point

What do you think of these new floors?

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you have yet to plan anything for your loves, I have some great ideas. Here some of my favorite Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables that have been shared on the blog over the years.

DIY Moss Valentine & Printable

A fun and unique way to show someone you care about them.

Moss Valentine's Day Card Valentine’s Day Projects & Printables

Red, White, & Black Valentine’s Day Cards

Simple cards with a modern flare.  Perfect for kids to take to their friends!

2015 Valentine's Day Cards

Simple Ribbon Heart Place Card

An easy project to dress up a romantic dinner at home.

Ribbon Heart Place Card

Frayed Heart Pillow

Add a little holiday fun with this festive Valentine’s Day decor!

Neutral Couch Sofa Pillows

LOVEly Heart Candle Holder

Simple to make with a surprising outcome at the end!

Heart Candle Holder 1

Heart Stamps

The perfect project for kids to do and give to a parent or loved one.

Heart Stamp 5

Simple Valentine’s Day Printables

Share the love with the fun designs.

Feb 2014 Printables 1

Dining Room Progress

As promised earlier this week on Instagram, I’m back to share our dining room progress with you. This room is definitely looking a lot better than when we first moved in. However, there are still quite a few things that we would like to do in this room before we would consider it finished. Let’s check it out.

The Country House: Dining Room Progress

Here’s what our dining room looked like on move in day, before we filled it up with furniture.

Country House Home Tour Before Dining Room

We’ve since installed a simple chandelier and added faux wood blinds (like the ones we put in our daughter’s room) on the windows. I’m not a huge fan of blinds, but they help provide a some shade during the bright parts of the day.  I would really love some long drapey curtains. Unfortunately, those are not an option as of yet, but I’m brainstorming ideas on how I can make them work around our electric baseboard heaters

Dining Room Chandelier and Picture Window

I also decided to draw some lines on the wall to mimic the shiplap-look.  I’m a bit of a commitment-a-phobe when it comes to major home changes, so when I saw that my blogging friend, Lauren from Bless’er House, had done something similar, I thought I would give this a try. I know that some people are so over shiplap, but we still think it is pretty awesome. Plus, this wall treatment was FREE!

Our coffee bar was moved over to the longer wall underneath our stenciled wreath display I made for the holidays.

Dining Room Coffee Bar

This space is slowly coming together, but there are still some projects and things to be done, like:

  • Add shiplap to the wall
  • Figure out some sort of new wall decor to replace the seasonal wreath display
  • Paint the trim and walls
  • Add curtains
  • Finish making over a table that I found for a steal on Craigslist
  • Build (or buy) a buffet
  • Change out the flooring

Dining Room Progress To Do List

What do you think of the current state of our dining room?  We are pretty happy with where things are right now, but are looking forward to more changes!

Simple Ribbon Heart Place Card

Originally published on Feb. 1, 2016. I’ve put a lot of projects on this blog over the past couple of years, many of which are pretty detailed and take quite a bit time. But I absolutely love an easy project and today’s is just that. This simple ribbon heart place card requires minimal supplies and is super quick to whip up.

Ribbon Heart Place Card

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Here’s what you need:

(I found these pretty, neutral ribbons a few weeks ago at World Market and knew I had to have them in my stash.)

Neutral Ribbons

To start, cut two equally sized pieces of ribbon. Mine were about 5 1/2 inches each.

Cut Ribbons
Next, using the hot glue gun, place a small line of glue at one end of a ribbon. Press the ends of the ribbon together to make them stick. Do the same to the other ribbon.

Gluing Ribbon Ends

Then, run a small bead of glue along one side of one ribbon and attach the other ribbon to it to create a heart shape.

Hot Glue Ribbon Heart

To make the name tag, cut a small banner shape from a piece of paper and use the alphabet stamps and stamp pad to write the name.

Small Alphabet Letter Stamps

Finally, add a dab of glue to the middle of the heart and attach the paper banner. Aren’t these cute?

Place Setting Heart Place Card

These would be perfect for a party or even for a Valentine’s Day dinner. And, you could always change the wording on the paper to fit whatever occasion you choose. So many possibilities!

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