• Blogging,  Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  Outdoors,  The Country House

    Country Sampler Magazine Holiday Homes

    I have something really exciting news to share today! Elizabeth Joan Designs was featured in the most recent issue of Country Sampler Magazine! They shared our Holiday Front Porch from last year in their Holiday Homes edition. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this is a for a little ol’ blogger like me.

    Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch

    When the sweet people at Country Sampler Magazine first contacted me, my jaw hit the floor. I couldn’t believe that they wanted to share a photo from this blog in their publication. They always share such beautiful spaces and vignettes in their issues. Have you ever checked them out?

    Country Sampler Holiday Homes

    Some personal information was removed from the letter for privacy.

    Last year when working on our holiday front porch, I had so much fun putting everything together. This area was a bit of a challenge because I was trying to not to spend a bunch of extra money and had to get creative in my styling. I pulled in some natural blue spruce branches and a few faux eucalyptus pieces to add some extra greenery to the space.

    Elizabeth Joan Designs Magazine Feature

    The magazine is in stores now, so if you are out and about, stop and grab yourself an issue!

    Holiday Front Porch Magazine Feature

    It is such an honor to be included in this issue along with so many other amazing bloggers and designers! If you want to see more photos of our Holiday Front Porch, click here!

  • Home Decor,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Dining Room Update

    One of the things I love most about home decor is that it is so fun to switch things around! Whether it is interchanging items that I already own, or finding fun new pieces to add to a room, things are always moving around here. Here is a look at our latest dining room update.

    Dining Room Update

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    One of the things we really wanted for our dining room was a china cabinet so that we could display heirloom pieces that have been hanging out in storage. We found this pretty one on Craigslist for a steal and added a couple of coats of white paint to the inside to brighten things up!

    China Cabinet White Farmhouse

    For the time being, I styled it with pieces that we already had out, but we need to get into our storage to find the rest of the goodies.

    Shelf Styling

    With the addition of the china cabinet, we had to move our coffee bar. Bummer. I loved that thing, but when you don’t have a lot of space, you have to be picky about what stays and goes. No worries though! The coffee maker and mugs found a space on our kitchen counters. Plus, we now have enough room for a high chair for our littlest guy! This one was a budget friendly choice from Ikea.

    Child Friendly Dining Room High Chair

    We also got some new parson dining chairs! Well, new to us at least. My sis actually found them on the side of the road in pretty good condition. (They had belonged to her neighbor.) The actual fabric is a tan color microfiber with just a few stains here and there. To cover them up, we purchased white slip covers from SUREFIT. When they arrived, they were already Scotchgarded, so we have seen minimal staining. Plus if they get too creepy, we can just throw them in the washing machine. I call that a win!

    New Dining Chairs Wicker Parsons

    Graphic Pillow Covers

    Another thing from the room that was relocated was our command center. We are setting it up in our laundry room, which connects to the garage and will hopefully soon act as a mud room/drop zone. More details on that to come. This fun bakery sign took the place of the command center and I think I like it a lot more here.

    Bakery Sign Farmhouse Dining

    What do you think about our dining room update? Do you like the changes that we made? Let us know in the comments below!

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

    Baby Boy Farmhouse Nursery Reveal

    How can our sweet littlest guy be almost 6 months old already??? Time in the NICU seemed so long, but since he has been home things have just flown by. Especially, since summer vacation for the bigger kids is here. I’m happy to announce though, that we have finally finished up the nursery! Today I’m sharing all of the details and sources in our Baby Boy Farmhouse Nursery Reveal!

    White Shiplap Farmhouse Nursery

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    This space has come a long way from the walk-in closet that it used to be. Coming in at only 4’3″ x 7’6″, designing in such a small room was definitely a challenge, but one that we were excited to tackle!

    Baby Boy Farmhouse Nursery Reveal

    We knew that we would need a few basics, like a crib and small dresser to hold clothes and accessories. We were also able to work in a little bit of hidden storage. But my favorite part of this nursery is the farmhouse decor!

    Baby Farm Animals Bedroom

    If shiplap doesn’t scream modern farmhouse, then I don’t know what does.

    After we removed all of the old wire shelving, the walls got a simple shiplap treatment thanks to my hubby. Then, we painted them with Sherwin Williams paint in Alabaster. I also added these adorable baby farm animal prints in some Ikea frames.

    The vintage looking farmhouse light above the prints is a fun addition too! After seeing the “Magic Light Trick” that Brooke from Nesting with Grace does, I knew that this hack would be great for the nursery. (I purchased the puck lights with remotes I used here.) And since there wasn’t any electrical wiring to be done, I was able to install the light by myself in just a few minutes!

    Baby Cow Donkey Prints Pictures

    We are hoping that the tiny, mini crib will be able to hold our little guy for awhile. The mattress height is adjustable and the crib can also convert to a toddler bed and twin bed with or without the foot board option.

    White Mini Crib

    Pillow Cover | Sleep Sheep

    The neutral, vintage-look rug is the perfect soft spot for our little man to stretch out and kick right now. It will also be a great place for him to play as he gets bigger!

    Gray Vintage Oriental Rug Nursery

    I love that all of our kids have been able to use this small dresser.

    It was one that my parents passed on to us and it is perfect for holding baby clothes, burp cloths, accessories, and a few baby toys. The oval chalkboard was a Christmas gift and we have been using it for the little Snuggler’s monthly photos.

    Small Dresser Olive Tree TopiaryOlive Tree Topiary | Piggy Bank | Teddy Bear (handmade gift)

    I found this gray hanging storage at Babies R Us right before they went out of business and I’m so glad I did. (Here is a similar option.) I use it to corral extra diapers, wipes, etc. that don’t fit in our diaper bag or the diaper caddy we move from room to room.

    Small Nursery Gray Bedroom Storage

    See that ruffle-y crib skirt below? I made it out of an old sheet! It helps to hide an under-bed storage bin that keeps all of the receiving blankets and extra crib sheets tucked away. There is also a little space on each side of the crib that we use to store a boppy and play mat when they aren’t in use.

    It’s all about being creative with your storage space, folks!

    Tiny Nursery Bedroom Makeover

    We just love how this room has turned out and that our baby boy has a room to call his own. It’s an added bonus that it’s attached right to our bedroom so that we are just a few steps away if he needs us at night!

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  • Kids,  Life & Family,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Baby Boy Farmhouse Nursery

    Happy 2018, Friends! You may have missed the arrival of our little bundle earlier last month. (January 12th to be exact!) Our little guy came a few months early at only 29 weeks and is currently hanging out in the NICU while he grows and his lungs get a bit stronger. Since we weren’t quite expecting him to make his debut so soon, we hadn’t made any progress on what would be our baby boy farmhouse nursery!

    Baby Boy Farmhouse Nursery NICU

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    As you may know, the Country House isn’t a mansion. With only 3 bedrooms (all occupied) we were stumped as to where we would put the newest addition. Of course, he could share a room with one of his siblings, but since they are both a bit older and need to get a good nights sleep for school, we were hoping for a more private spot for the little guy. At least for the baby/toddler phase.

    After some brainstorming, we decided to transform the walk-in closet in our bedroom into a tiny nursery. Fancy, huh?

    Closet Turned Nursery

    Walk In Closet Before

    The closet room is pretty tiny, so there won’t be a ton of space, but we are working with what we’ve got. So far, we’ve been able to move things around and relocate our clothing/shoes/etc. to another closet just outside of our bedroom. It is now time to really get working on converting this into a livable bedroom for our little guy, hopefully before he comes home from the hospital!

    Here’s the mood board I whipped up for inspiration…

    Light | Flooring | Animal Prints | Olive Topiary |Ruler – DIY | Mini Crib | Little Man Pillow | Rug

    I’m excited to get working on this little room and if we are lucky, we will be able to get this pulled together sooner rather than later. Wish us luck!

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