• Kids,  Organization & Storage,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom Reveal

    We’ve been working hard to get this room finished and I’m so excited that it is finally done! Here is our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom Reveal!

    Our boys, Big E & Little E, are 6 1/2 years apart. 8 years old and 18 months old to be exact. Coming up with a space that could work for both of them was a bit of a challenge, but I think we’ve made it work. We needed to focus on storage since we were limited on space. See the room mood board and before pics here.

    Boys Nautical Shared Bedroom Reveal

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    This small corner is for our youngest little guy. It is just enough space for Little E’s mini crib. We keep all of his toys are in our living room play area. Under the crib, I’ve added a plastic bin for diapers, wipes, etc. Oh, and the moon on the wall acts as a nightlight for both of the boys.

    Nautical Nursery

    Moon In My Room | Mini Crib | Wall Light | Art Print

    Even though this space sleeps two, there is room for three! We took the extra mattress from the bunk bed and put it behind Big E’s bed. We can pull out it out anytime we have a guest spending the night. (And it makes a great spot for him to lean against while reading.) I’m sure you probably thought that the mattress was under the bed. My hubby made a trundle drawer to fit perfectly under the bed. It has 4 divided sections in it. This huge drawer can fit all of Big E’s clothing and even some toys!

    Neutral Nautical Bedroom

    How cool is this White Sailing Ship Kite from Uncommon Goods? Big E has been having fun playing with it and using his imagination on the high seas! There is enough room inside for army men, zombies, and toy cars. It is beautifully made and fairly sturdy. We have yet to get it outside and fly it, but it has made a great accessory/toy for this nautical space.

    Sailboat Bedroom

    Big E loved that he was able to pick out the paint color (Sherwin Willams Silver Strand) and have some input on a theme. Sharks and the ocean are his favorites, so going with a nautical theme just made sense. He is also enjoying his new bed that we found for a steal on Facebook Marketplace!

    Shark Bedroom

    Art Print | Wall Light | Shark Puppet

    There used to be a nice wide bookshelf in this room, but we had to move it out to make room for the baby. We were stumped as to where we would put all of Big E’s books, but then found this cool floating bookshelf. It doesn’t take up much space in the corner and still fits all of the books and trophies.

    Wall Hooks Floating Bookshelf

    Floating Bookshelf

    The boys were also in need of an alarm clock. Big E needed something that could help him get up for school and Little E could use a little sleep training help. The Kid’s Ready to Rise Alarm Clock from Uncommon Goods is perfect for both of them. It has built-in white noise and an alarm. It can even help a child learn when to get out of bed by displaying different colors for sleep, quiet time, and rise & shine! So cool.

    Kids Alarm Clock

    This small dresser fit great in the bedroom because it doesn’t take up much space. It houses all of little E’s clothes, shoes, blankets, etc.

    Kids Dresser Storage

    Numbered Storage Basket | Large Galvanized E | Small Metal E

    We added a long board along this wall with hooks so that the boys can hang things up. The hooks are actually boat cleats and are perfect for holding book bags, coats and hats!

    Boat Cleat Wall Hook

    And of course, we needed a new, fun overhead light. This light compliments the other lights in the room and goes with our homes modern farmhouse feel. Plus, for less than $30, the price was right!

    Cage Ceiling Light Farmhouse

    Metal Cage Light | Edison Bulb

    I think that everyone is pretty happy with the new bedroom! There are enough storage solutions that allowed for Big E to keep all of his belongings in the room. (Most of his toys/games/shoes/etc. are in the closet which is not pictured.) However, since everything is arranged to maximize the space, this tiny bedroom still has plenty of floor area for playing!

    Kids Room Boy Nursery

    We hope you enjoyed our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom Reveal. We are so thrilled with how this room turned out!

     

  • Home Decor,  Kids,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom

    We’ve been working for several weeks on our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom and it is almost finished. Yay! I’m hoping to share the room reveal soon, but thought that I’d first give you a peek at what we are doing!

    About a month ago, my hubby and I were racking our brains trying to figure out how we could find some more storage space in our home. We’ve rearranged furniture and minimized our belongings. However, we still just needed an area where things could be better organized, but out of the way. And that kept leading to the same solution.

    We needed to reclaim our master closet turned nursery.

    Not only for the storage possibilities but also more privacy and better sleep. So, we approached our older son about the possibility of him sharing his bedroom with his little brother. He loved that idea! I must say it was bittersweet thinking about saying goodbye to that sweet little nursery.

    Boys Bedroom Oar

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    Originally, our son’s room had brown carpets like the rest of the bedrooms in The Country House. And they needed to go!

    Country House Home Tour Before Bedroom 1

    A couple of years ago, my hubby ripped out all of the flooring and replaced it with new laminate hardwood planks. We also painted all of the wood trim a crisp white. Other than that, we did nothing else to this room since. It has stayed that way with the same furniture that my son had in The City House.

    Since we were going to be having the boys room together, it seemed like a great time to update this space for both of them!

     

    For our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom, we are going with an ocean theme.

    Our older son has some major love for sharks and the sea. Plus, we already had an oar, so this seemed like a good place to start.

    He also wanted some color on his walls. Not boring old white like his mom would pick out. After some deliberation, he settled on Silver Strand from Sherwin Williams. The name is a bit deceiving though since the color is actually green-gray color.

    We are so excited to get this room wrapped up and I can’t wait to share the finished product!

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  • Organization & Storage,  Uncategorized

    Space Saving DVD Storage and Organization

    In this day and age of online streaming everything, I don’t even know if people still have DVDs. However, we do. A lot of them. And since we don’t have a lot of extra storage space in our home, I’m always looking for ways to minimize. All while keeping things that we enjoy and love. Our collection of favorite movies were taking up way too much room, so it was time to tackle some space saving DVD storage and organization.

    Dresser Extra Household Storage

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    We’ve always loved watching movies and our collection of DVDs has grown throughout the years. Even though many shows and movies can be watched online now, it is nice to still have a DVD for when streaming services no longer offer them or charge extra. Since DVD towers are basically the ugliest furniture pieces of all time, we’ve stored ours away in a lovely dresser-turned-entertainment stand. (We’ve used several different dressers for this purpose over the years.)

    Use Dresser As Entertainment Stand

    It was nice because they were out of sight, but they took up almost 5 1/2 drawers (plus, video games). Typically, that wouldn’t be a problem, since we’ve used this method for a long time. However, we were wanting to do a little furniture rearranging and needed the DVDs to take up less space.

    DVD Storage

    Initially, I was a bit hesitant to get rid of all of those cases. I don’t know why, but I had some weird attachment and felt that I would regret purging them. However, I knew that I had to move on, if I wanted more space.

    After some researching, I found these plastic sleeves that use way less room than the traditional DVD cases. We went through our collection and donated movies/games that we knew we weren’t really going to miss. Then we placed the leftover DVDs and their folded covers inside the sleeves.

    DVD Storage Sleeves

    DVD storage sleeves

    These sleeves save so much space!

    Look at how small the new collection is versus the cases that they came out of! We can technically fit two DVDs in each sleeve, which is nice for those that have bonus discs.

    DVD Consildation

    When we moved in the new, smaller dresser that would hold the DVDs, we knew that we wanted to also be able to store lots of other items inside. We were able to fit all of the DVD sleeves into one small drawer. Plus we used the other drawers for the kids art supplies, computer/camera accessories, game controllers, and office supplies!

    DVD Storage & Organization

    We are so happy that we went ahead and made this simple switch. It saves us so much space! I’m honestly really glad that we went with this method and letting the cases go was a lot easier than I thought. I don’t miss them one bit!



    If you still own them, do you have any space saving DVD storage and organization tips/tricks?

    Space Saving DVD Storage & Organization

  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  Outdoors

    Spring Front Porch

    Happy spring, friends! The weather is warming up ever so slowly and the days are feeling much longer thanks to good ol’ daylight saving time. To celebrate the season and since I’ve been itching to get outside, I put together and styled our Spring Front Porch!

    Front Porch Welcome Mat

    Also, I’m joining up with my friend Kendra from Joy In Our Home, as well as a bunch of other talented bloggers for the Spring Festival Blog Hop. Each day this week, there will be new posts featuring DIYs, vignettes, styled front porches (that’s today!), decorated mantels, and recipes just for spring. Make sure to check those out at the end of this post!

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    Our Spring Front Porch

    After all of our Christmas decorations came down, our front porch was looking pretty blah. And since there is no better way to welcome people to your home than a good first impression, it was time to get this area spruced up.

    We first had to do some intense pressure washing, thanks to all of the mud our pup drags up here when the ground starts to thaw. Once that was done though, I was able to start gathering the pieces I wanted to use to decorate with.

    Spring Front Porch

    There is just enough of an area to pull together a small seating arrangement and add a few decorative items around the door. I always add a new small door mat each season and I love the layered look with the bigger striped rug.

    Front Porch Decor

    doorbell | welcome mat | striped rug

    When the weather is warmer, we enjoy sitting outside in the mornings and drinking a cup of coffee. This little seating area will be perfect for quietly soaking in the sounds of nature. Well, at least until the kids wake up. *wink*  As a last minute project, I found and painted this old stump to serve as mini table.

    Outdoor Seating Pillows Chairs

    pillows | chairs – Ikea | throw blanket

    I also love to add wreaths to the front door seasonally. This is one I whipped up just this past week to welcome spring! It was super easy to make and only took a few minutes to put together. Plus, the wicker is very similar to the chairs which helps tie things together.

    DIY Spring Wreath

    Since the weather is still a bit chilly here, outdoor plants are hard to find in stores. I wanted to add a little life to this area, so I incorporated this mini button fern and a few small boxwoods. (The button fern will have to spend its nights inside.) However, there is nothing wrong with some faux plants to get that spring feel. Especially if you live in an area with frigid temps during this time of year!

    Patio Chairs Cushions

    Have you noticed all of the little bunnies around our porch? I thought they were a fun little find at the Target dollar spot!

    Painted Stump Table

    It didn’t take much to get this area ready for spring! Now excuse me while I wait inside for warmer temperatures to enjoy it.

    DIY’s on Monday

    Joy In Our Home | Timeless Creations | The Tattered Pew

    CityGirlmeetsFarmboy |Life on Kaydeross Creek

    Vignettes on Tuesday

    anderson + grant | Follow The Yellow Brick Home | White Arrows Home

     Worthing Court | Camelot Art Creations

    Front Porches on Wednesday

    County Road 407 | Elizabeth Joan Designs |The Crowned Goat

     2 Bees In A Pod | Sanctuary Home Decor

    Mantels on Thursday

    DIY Beautify | The Painted Hinge | Making It In the Mountains

    Grey Birch Designs | The Homemaking Momma

    Recipes on Friday

    Love In My Oven | Noting Grace | Beyond the Butter

    Confessions of a Baking Queen | The Sugar Coated Cottage