• Blogging,  Life & Family

    Blog and Life Update

    Hey, Friends! I’m so excited to finally be back to blogging. There have been so many things going on and I’m excited to share all of that new stuff with you! So, here is a little blog and life update.

    Life Update

    In my last post (way back in February), I shared that we welcomed a sweet baby boy into our family, but he was born super early, so he spent 66 long days in the NICU. He has been home for a little over a month and a half and we are getting into a routine with our little snuggler.

    His tiny nursery is coming along too. I will be sharing all of the details and the final reveal of that soon!

    Blog Updates

    As you may have noticed, things look a bit different around here. Since our lives have gotten a little less crazy, I’ve had a bit of time to work on blog stuff.  Elizabeth Joan Designs has gotten a complete makeover recently and I love how it is looking. Hopefully, you also find that it is easier to navigate your way around.

    Looking for Free Printables?

    There is a new tab up on the menu bar at the top called The Gallery. I’ve resurrected my printables and rounded up a bunch of my favorites there. You can get your exclusive pass and download as many of them as you want for FREE. Visit The Gallery link up top or click here.

    Also in The Gallery are the 2018 Calendar & Planners. Yes, I know that 2018 is already 1/3 of the way over, but there is still plenty of time left to get your life organized. Download yours today!

    I hope you are as excited as I am about all of the changes going on here. There are lots of ideas flowing around in my head, which means more decor, DIY, room makeovers, and free digital downloads coming your way soon!

    Want to take a tour of The Country House or The City House?

    Check out the updated Home Tour page!



  • 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

    This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure.

    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!

    Follow along with me on Instagram/Facebook to keep up with the latest!

     

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

    Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch

    There are less than two weeks left until Christmas and we are keeping super busy over here! We’ve finally come up with a place in our small home to stick a little nursery, so we have some major moving and rearranging to do. But that update is for another time. Today it is all about our Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch!

    Striped Layered Rugs

    I just love participating in blog hops and am so thankful my sweet friend Kendra from Joy In Our Home invited me to join in for the Christmas Festival Blog Tour! There are so many great holiday ideas shared (mantels, vignettes, recipes, front porches, and tablescapes) and it is is exciting to meet new friends along the way.

    If you are stopping by from Making It In The Mountains, I’m so glad you are here! Isn’t Kristi’s front porch just beautiful?

    This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure.

    Last week, I shared our Christmas living room decor. But I wanted to add a little more pizazz to the front porch than just a boxwood wreath, so I made things a bit contrasty out here, while still keeping with my neutral tendancies.

    Holiday Front Porch Ideas

    I like to incorporate a lot of greenery, so I gathered different kinds from around the inside and outside of our home. Aren’t these wellies looking festive with some blue spruce branches and eucalyptus?

    Decorate Hunter Boots

    faux sage plant | boots | striped rug

    This new “welcome” rug from Magnolia Market (an early Christmas present from my parents) steals the show when layered with this pretty black and white striped number.

    Magnolia Market Rug

    See that bit of snow on the soil below? Winter weather is here!

    The cute lanterns were found for a steal at Walmart. (Buy a similar version here.) They look great next to the potted arbor vitae, which was moved to the porch to add some height and life to the scene.

    Lantern Decorations

    And those lanterns go oh so well with our new outdoor lighting! I love this light. It really helps dress up the front porch and is such a pretty upgrade from the previous one.

    Outdoor Farmhouse Lighting

    I’m really happy with how our Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch turned out! What do you think?

    Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch

    Thank you for stopping by! Next up is the talented Lindsay from Country Girl Home. Hop on over and check out her festive front porch!!!

     Mantels on Monday


    White Arrows Home | Repurpose and Upcycle | Timeless Creations
    Lemons to Lovely | Pennies From Heaven Home |  One Happy Housewife

    Vignettes on Tuesday

    Joy In Our Home | anderson + grant | Kingsbury Brook Farm
    My Creative Days | Poofing the Pillows | CityGirlMeetsFarmBoy

    Recipes on Wednesday

    Life Love Larson | Cali Girl In A Southern World | Crisp Collective
    Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings | Curly Crafty Mom

    Front Porches on Thursday

    Making it in the Mountains | Elizabeth Joan Designs |Country Girl Home
    Little Brags | The Homemaking Momma | Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

    Tablescapes on Friday

    Celebrate & Decorate | Noting Grace | 2 Bees in a Pod
    The Crowned Goat | Dining Delight | The Neutral Nest Interiors

  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  The Country House

    White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room

    It’s that time of year again! ‘Tis the season for holiday decorations, package wrapping, and cheer. Our house recently got a little lovin’ in the decor department and I can’t wait to share our White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room with you today.

    Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Decor

    I’m super excited to be participating in the Home For The Holidays Christmas Tour Hop (along with 33 other talented home decor bloggers) hosted by Jenna at Wife In Progress. If you are stopping by from Twelve on Main, Welcome! I’m so glad you are here!

    This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure.

    Let’s start working our way around the room!

    This year, we are keeping things pretty & simple. Since we are expecting a new arrival in late winter/early spring, our minds have been busy with trying to figure out how we are going to get through the massive to-do list we have vs. decorating for Christmas. Our living room is looking pretty lovely though!

    Neutral Living Room Decorations

    I’m always one for neutral decor and the holidays are no different. Bringing in more natural wood tones this year helped to compliment the greens of winter.

    Coffee Table Decorating

    We also added some flocked pieces, like wreaths and garlands. I figured that they would go well with the new flocked Christmas tree we splurged on this year!

    White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room

    How fun is this pillow I snagged from PCBHome?! It goes perfectly with the neutral look we are rocking while still adding a little bit of whimsy.

    Christmas Tree Pillow

    Look at that beautiful Christmas tree below!!!

    The tree is a little smaller than our previous one, so it’s been fun trying to figure out exactly where we want to put it. (It fits in so many more places!) At first, it was on the other side of the room by the t.v., but I think it works better over here next to the sofa.

    Flocked Christmas Tree

    There is still a lot of wrapping to get accomplished before December 25th, but I’m happy to report that we have almost all of the presents purchased. That is a real accomplishment in this household. Usually, we are pushing up until Christmas Eve!

    Neutral Simple Wrapping Paper Packages

    Since we purchased a new tree this year, I kept the ornaments the same as last year. Between that and the pre-lit tree, decorating was a breeze.

    White Christmas Tree Ornaments

    We don’t have a mantel in our home, so I always let the top of our piano pretend like it is one and decorate as such. Just a few pieces pulled from around the home create a collected and cohesive look.

    Layered Decor Piano Mantel

    This little corner is all dressed up with a cozy blanket, greenery, and comfy throw pillows. (Get the look for less: Hearth & Hand X Pattern Throw Pillow.)

    Vintage Farmhouse Decor

    And that brings us back to the entryway. I love how light and bright this area is looking. It has definitely come a long way since last year!

    Cozy Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Home

    SHOP THIS SPACE

    Stocking Hanger | Stockings | Mini Trees – Similar |Nesting Houses | Mini Ottomans

    Lucky for us, we already have 5 knobs for stockings so we won’t need to make a new stocking hanger next year when we add another one to the lineup. *wink*

    White Natural Stocking Hanger Holder

    My favorite part of this space is still this antique typewriter that belonged to my grandmother. We love having sentimental pieces in our home!

    Vintage Antique Typewriter Packages

    I hope you enjoyed seeing our White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room! Your next stop on this blog hop is Ashley from Little Glass Jar who is sharing a beautiful home tour. You won’t be disappointed!


    Monday 

    Christmas Home Tours - Monday Participants

    Wife in Progress // Inspiration for Moms // Sand Dollar Lane
     Saw Nail and Paint // The Tattered Pew // The Fat Hydrangea // Worthing Court

    Tuesday 

    Christmas Home Tours - Tuesday Participants

    A Blue Nest // Sincerely, Marie Designs // Town and Country Living
    Farmhouse on Boone // Postcards From The Ridge // The Frugal Homemaker

    Wednesday 

    Christmas Home Tours - Monday Participants

    Little Glass Jar // North Country Nest // Bluesky at Home
    Aratari at Home // Little House of Four // Twelve on Main // Elizabeth Joan Designs

    Thursday

    Thursday

    AKA Design // The Everyday Home // On Sutton Place
    Joy in Our Home  // Noting Grace // Making It In The Mountains //Shabbyfufu

    Friday

    Christmas Home Tours - Friday Participants

    Seeking Lavender Lane // My Creative Days // Thistledown Domestic Creations
    The Honeycomb Home // Flatcreek Farmhouse // Green With Decor // Atta Girl Says