Category Archives: Family, Kids, Pets

We Got Chickens!

We got chickens and ducks! You read that right and I wanted to make it blog official! This place is feeling more farm like already. I’ve shared little snippets about our newest family members over on Instagram, but I wanted to share some more of the details about our fluffy little friends!

We Got Chickens

I’ve been wanting to tell you guys about our poultry news here for awhile, but honestly, we’ve been dealing with a few things that have kept me from being very blog productive. First of all, I’ve had some sort of stomach issues for awhile and I meet with the GI specialist this coming week. (Any prayers you could spare for a good outcome would certainly be welcomed!)

Second, during the process of doctoring, I also found out that I am extremely anemic, which probably has contributed to my lack of motivation and general laziness over the past couple of months. I’ve started taking iron supplements and that seems to be helping a bit.

Third, about a week and a half ago, we lost our sweet kitty Rowan to congestive heart failure.  He was only 2.5, so it was pretty devasting for our family to lose him so quickly. He was such a friendly little guy and we will miss his antics and snuggles.

White Kitten Cat Kitty

Anyway… back to the chicks and ducklings! Aren’t their fluffy little butts so cute?

Baby ChicksBaby Pekin Ducklings

We currently have 10 Silkies (white), 4 Plymouth Barred Rocks (black and white), and 2 Pekin Ducks. Originally, we only wanted 3 of each chicken breed, but the silkies are sold in 5’s and as a straight run (males and females) and we wanted to make sure we had several females. Plus, the hatchery sent 1 extra of each chick breed! Unfortunately, we did lose one Silkie the first night, but the rest have been growing at amazing speed since then!

White Silkie Chicken

They are about 6.5 weeks old now (in the awkward teenage phase) and have been so fun to watch grow and change.

Barred Rock Chicken Silkies

The ducklings are massive (I had no idea they would grow this much in such a short time period!) Both of them are female and have the cutest sister bond ever. We named them Poppy and Paisley.

Pekin Ducks

As for the chicks, each member of our family has claimed and named one of the Barred Rock cuties. Their names are Obscura, Robber, Lunch, and Sable. Our plan is to raise them and enjoy the eggs they produce, but my husband thought that Lunch was an appropriate name for one of them. He can be a bit cheeky.

Barred Rock Chick Chicken Pullet

Unfortunately, we have yet to name the Silkies. Since we don’t know whether they are pullets (female) or cockerels (male), naming them seems like a bit of a waste of time.  Plus, we will more than likely rehome the cockerels at some point. In the meantime, I do have a list of names prepared!

My hubby has also been intently working on transforming an old shed on our property into a chicken coop. He has done so much, but there is still quite a bit to finish. Once it is all done, I will be back to share all of the details. I can’t wait for you to see it finished!!!

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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

Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources

You guys! I must apologize. In the final reveal post, I said that I would share all of the Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources with you last week. Oops! Over a week has passed and I’m just now getting around to finishing up this post. Part of it was probably laziness and the other part was burn out. I hear that completely overhauling a room in just 6 weeks can do that to a person. *wink* However, I’m ready to jump back in and tell you all about it.

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

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To see all of the before photos, mood board, and all of the final photos of this space, click here!

As I already mentioned, this room was completely renovated. After some major gutting of the old carpets, we added new floors (peel and stick faux wood) and painted the walls (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in Satin @ 50% ), trim, and doors (Behr Pure White in Semigloss).

Tween Bedroom White Door Hanger

Over Door Hooks | Door Handle | Thermostat

We also replaced all of the electrical outlets, switches/plates, and the ugly almond thermostat.

Aren’t these printable art pieces perfect?  Guess what!?  They were all free!

Tween Bedroom Printable Gold Pink Art

Have Courage Be Kind | Glitter Initial | Don’t Quit Your Daydream | Frame

Since this room was craving some storage, we added large white boxes in the closet to help corral clutter and collections.

Tween Bedroom Closet Organization

White Storage Boxes

This pretty dress form is now a display area for new and vintage necklaces. Our creative girl also likes fashion and design, so her fabrics and sewing machine are just behind the doors of the closet. When inspiration hits, she can remove the necklaces and pin up a new outfit .

Tween Bedroom Neutral Dressform

Dress Form | Blinds

Finding a tufted headboard that our daughter liked and also fit our budget was a bit of a challenge. It seemed that every place we looked was out of stock of this particular one. However, after a little waiting, we were able to score this puppy and it looks so beautiful in this space.

Tween Bedroom Twin Bed and Nightstand

Headboard

Aren’t these Morrocan mirrors cute? We snagged them for just $16 from Marshalls. The scale is a little off for my liking, but my daughter loved the shape and they just happened to go with the room.

Tween Bedroom Bed

The nightstand was a last minute idea. My hubby built this one from scratch, using building plans from Anna White. A drawer and a few pretty boxes below add more storage to this small room.

Tween Bedroom Nightstand and Storage

Drawer Knob | Pink Storage Box | Floral Storage Box 

The gray and white clover pattern bedding was our first purchase for the room and one that we are so happy with. The duvet cover is reversible (gray on white) and adds some nice pattern in here.

Tween Bedroom Beige Gray White Pink

Duvet & Sham | Pink Pillow

By looking at this room, you probably wouldn’t guess that our daughter’s favorite color is purple. What? That’s right. The girl loves all things lavender. However, when looking for inspiration, she kept coming back to rooms that featured touches of pink and ultimately decided she liked the warmth and softness of a light pink color vs. purple.

Tween Bedroom Nightstand Acessories

Lamp – Passed On From Family | Pink Flameless Candle | Notepad

One item I haven’t talked about yet is this plush, cream, shag carpet we picked out. Since the new floors are pretty dark, we wanted to brighten the area with a soft rug. This fluffy option is perfect for stepping onto right out of bed in the morning. Or practicing splits and stretches.  Whatever you may fancy.

Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

Area Rug

And if you’ve been following along, you may remember chandelier-gate 2016. (OK, it wasn’t really a scandal.) This pretty little number gave us a few installation problems, but luckily we worked them out.

Tween Bedroom Chandelier Crystals

Chandelier | Ceiling Medallion

I already shared the details of how we built this “dresker” using two small chests of drawers. It is such a functional piece of furniture in this room since it doubles as both a dresser and a desk.

Tween Bedroom Desk/Dresser

3 Drawer Chest | Drawer Pulls | Chair | Faux Sheepskin | Waste Can

The swivel chair and faux sheepskin were a few last minute requests from our daughter…

Tween Bedroom Pink White Acessories

Pink Frame | Deer Print | Lamp | Plant & Pot

Along with some of these pretty accessories.

Tween Bedroom Desk Accessories

Jewelry Tree | Flowers | Pencil Holder

We wanted a place for the little miss to display photos and important reminders, so I whipped up this easy pinboard with an old corkboard, some dropcloth, baker’s twine, and upholstery tacks.

Tween Bedroom Dresker

White Chromebook | Pom Pom Stickers

Wowza! I think that covers all of the tween bedroom makeover details and sources. We are so happy with how this room turned out and it is currently our favorite space in the house. Now we need to get working on some other rooms! Hmmm… I wonder which one will be next?