• 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,  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!



  • Home Decor,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Kitchen Happenings: Room by Room Summer Series Week Two

    Today kicks off week two of the Room by Room Summer Series and this week we are dealing with the kitchen. (Last week I shared our entry. Click here to view that post.)  It is time to head to the heart of the home, we meals and memories are made. Check out the latest kitchen happenings at The Country House.

    Kitchen Happenings

    Kitchens are always fun to work on because it can make a such a huge impact on the look and feel of a home. However, our kitchen hasn’t changed too much from when we moved in. It is still pretty plain, but we plan to fancy it up in the coming months. That is, once our budget allows.

    Here is the kitchen when we first moved in.

    Country House Home Tour Before Kitchen

    We’ve painted some trim and the doors, which has really really brightened up the space.  We also added some new pretty door hardware and replaced the faulty oven with a temporary garage sale find.

    Brightening the Kitchen with Paint

    To add a little farmhouse flair, we painted the peninsula/bar area and framed out an X along the front with 1″x 4″s.

    Farmhouse Island Peninsula

    And of course, we installed new flooring.

    Painting Farmhouse Cabinets

    There is still so much we hope to do to this room!  Let’s do a rundown of our to-do list:

    • Paint the cabinets
    • Add cabinet hardware
    • Replace the light fixtures
    • Paint the walls
    • Buy new appliances
    • Make a space in the pantry to hide the microwave
    • Redo the counter-tops

    Oak Kitchen Cabinets

    Did you miss a room in the series?  Click below to check out each room.

    Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

    Wood Cross Pattern

    Dont’ forget to stop by and visit the links below for more kitchen before/afters, tips, and to-do lists from the other amazing home decor bloggers in this series!


  • Home Decor,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Entry Evolution: Room by Room Summer Series Week One

    Summer is in full swing around our house and I think I’m finally getting into a groove. It is a good thing too, because my friend Amy from My Life From Home is hosting a new Room By Room Summer Series that I’m super excited to be joining. Each week, bloggers will share a space in their home and talk about what they’ve done, would like to do, or tips decorating for that area. Our first week is all about the entry of the home. Check out our Farmhouse Entry Evolution!

    Farmhouse Entry Evolution

    If you are new to the blog, WELCOME!

    My name is Erin and I live with my handy husband and two crazy kids in the middle of nowhere, aka, the country.  We’ve been in our fixer upper for a little over a year now and it is slowly, but surely becoming our home. Let’s step inside!

    Farmhouse Front Door Mat{Modern Farmhouse Decor Finds For Under $100}

    Last year, I posted a tour of before photos of The Country House, which included this pic below of our living room and front door entrance. BLAH! It really needed some help, so with a little paint and new flooring, we were able to give it a fresh new look.

    Country House Home Tour Before

    TA-DA! Painting the trim and doors white really brightened the space up! Also, back in February my husband, Chris, redid all of the floors in our home. {Learn more about our floors here.} Adding some fun decorative and functional pieces to the space helped define it as more of a separate area from our living room.

    Farmhouse Entry Foyer

    The black console table was a piece we scored years ago on Craigslist. On top of the table are a few decor items we love. The vintage typewriter belonged to my maternal grandmother and the white milk glass piece was my paternal grandmother’s. Underneath, we placed two storage ottomans from Ikea which hold shoes and also serve as video gaming stools for the kids.

    Vintage Typewriter Farmhouse Entry

    The big ol’ cable spool clock was something that I whipped up a few years ago and a piece we still love to this day. Even though it doesn’t function as a proper clock, it is always a conversation piece when people come to visit.

    Cable Spool Clock Farmhouse Entry

    The boxwood wreath on our coat closet gets moved back and forth from the front door during inclement weather. I just love green wreaths and how they can dress up a space.

    Boxwood Wreath Decor Farmhouse Entry

    It may look like this space is finished (or maybe not), but we still have a few changes we would eventually like to make.

    Here’s what we are thinking:

    • Paint Doorbell Box.
    • Replace almond outlet/switchplate/thermostat.
    • Paint the wall, although we have yet to decide on a color.

    With my tendencies to change things up on a whim, who knows how this space will look when it is finished! Or if it ever will be finished. *WINK*What do you think of our entry? I’ll be back next week with another room in our summer series: THE KITCHEN. Make sure to come back and check it out. In the meantime, you won’t want to miss these fun and creative entrys below!

    What do you think of our entry?

    I’ll be back next week with another room in our summer series: THE KITCHEN. Make sure to come back and check it out. In the meantime, you won’t want to miss these fun and creative entrys below!

    Did you miss a room in the series?  Click below to check out each room.

    Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

    Room by Room Summer Series