• Build It Yourself,  Furniture Makeovers,  Home Decor,  Neat & Tidy,  Organization & Storage,  The Country House

    Create Extra Storage In The Entryway

    Since we’ve moved to The Country House, something that we’ve struggled with is storage space.  Especially, after we turned our master closet into a sweet little nursery. Living in only 1300 square feet with 5 people makes finding or adding storage solutions many times difficult. However, we’ve been able to create an entryway with extra storage by whipping up a cool Ikea shoe storage hack!

    Entryway Update With Shoe Storage

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    Once we knew that our master closet was going to be transformed, we had to come up with a game plan for all of the stuff already inside.

    We sorted and donated the things we didn’t love. Our clothing took up residence in a small hallway closet. But that left us with no place for our shoes, hats, belts, scarves, etc. We did try to hang a shoe rack over the inside of the closet door. However, the shoes hit the hanging clothes and fell off the rack constantly. It was just a huge mess!

    Entryway Ikea Shoe Cabinet Hack

    After some brainstorming and online storage system browsing, we decided to buy two Ikea shoe storage cabinets and add them to our entry area. The original set up of each cabinet left several inches of space between the center of the cabinets. They ended up extending beyond the hallway wall just a bit, which looked pretty wonky.

    Create An Entryway With Extra Storage

    So, we decided to remove the original tops, slide the cabinets together, and attach a new stained/painted top to make them look more like one unit. We also replaced the old knobs for some ring pulls that have a more unique look.

    Wood Painted Welcome Sign

    Welcome Sign | Nesting Houses | Ring Pull

    Each cabinet is supposed to hold a minimum of 12 pairs of shoes, but depending on the size and style, you can definitely fit more.  I’m a size 7.5-8 and have over 20 pairs inside of one cabinet!

    Small Space Shoe Storage Cabinet

    I love the extra drawers at the top of the cabinets too! Perfect for cold weather accessories.

    Entryway Decor Storage

    Magnolia Wreath | Rain Boots

    You truly realize how much stuff you have when you don’t have a place to put it. Adding this shoe cabinet storage to our entryway has helped us with a major storage struggle. The depth of the cabinets is perfect for our small space and doesn’t impose too much on the room. We are so happy with how this project/hack turned out!

  • 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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