Kitchen Makeover Plans

The day is finally here, my friends… I’m kicking off our big, huge, super exciting, highly-anticipated Kitchen Makeover Series!!

See our plans for turning this dated, dysfunctional space into a gorgeous, modern farmhouse kitchen! More photos and details at

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We started planning this makeover last summer when I first found out about the book deal. We had always kicked around the idea of remodeling our kitchen at some point, but after we accepted an offer to write a book all about decorating our farmhouse, we decided it was time to kick our plans into high gear and get the job done. Jeremy and I are used to tackling most projects ourselves, but we knew the kitchen would be a massive undertaking, and with the book deadline just a few short months away, we knew we had to bring in some help.

We went through Lowe’s for part of our bathroom remodel, and I was super pleased with their customer service, so we decided to go with them again for the kitchen. They have a project specialist who worked one-on-one with us to plan the design, help us pick out products, order everything we needed, and organize the entire project through to the end. She set us up with a PHENOMENAL contractor, and they got started just after Christmas.

But before we get to all the fun makeover stuff, I suppose we better start with “the before”, huh? Brace yourselves, guys. This little farmhouse kitchen was in desperate need of a makeover! And I apologize in advance for the quick, poorly-lit photos I had about 5 minutes to snap before the sun set on the night before kitchen demolition started. If you haven’t read the post I wrote about prepping for our kitchen reno yet, I recommend you stop there next!

So let me take you on a little tour of the farmhouse… [Continue reading…]

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

This homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is easy to make and so comforting! Get the recipe for this super creamy homemade soup at

It's winter. It's cold. It's comfort food season, folks! And to me, there is just about nothing more comforting than a big bowl of steaming hot soup to warm the body and soul. My family loves when they smell a big pot of my chicken noodle soup cooking away on the stove, and as much as I adore that quick and easy classic recipe, this winter I've turned things up a notch. Instead of a BROTHY chicken noodle soup, this version is THICK and CREAMY and … [Continue reading...]

Winter Entryway

This simple farmhouse entryway is perfectly decorated for winter with large coat hooks, a rustic bench, and a place for snow-covered boots. See more photos at

Winter has always been a decorating challenge for me since we moved into our little farmhouse. The door we use as our front door doesn't open into a nice, spacious, entryway with a well-organized coat closet... it opens into our dining room. There's no closet and no space to create a mudroom of sorts, but I think after almost 4 years of living here, I've figured out a good solution. We're in the thick of Indiana winter right now, which … [Continue reading...]

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This quick and easy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie makes a great healthy breakfast or snack! Peanut butter lovers... this is the smoothie for you! |

Today sounds like the perfect day to share a new smoothie with you guys! I mean, it's still January, right? So we're all still trying to hold onto our healthy diet resolutions, and I don't know about you, but the easiest way for me to commit to better eating is to include a healthy shake or smoothie into my daily routine. It's a no brainer... pop some yummy ingredients into a blender, and in just a few seconds I have a nutritious, protein-packed … [Continue reading...]

Little Bits of Love

Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation |

I know it's been quite awhile since my last Little Bits of Love post, but I feel like now is a good time to take a quick break from home renovation and projects to share a little bit of my heart with you guys. Let's grab a cup of coffee and catch up on life! There's been so much going on over the last few months, and I've been so focused on keeping all the balls I'm juggling up in the air, that I haven't had a chance to tell you guys about all … [Continue reading...]

Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal

Enjoy a bowl of this warm, delicious Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal for breakfast! Easy to make and baked right in the oven... perfect for serving a crowd! |

Wake up to a bowl of this warm and delicious Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal for breakfast! It is easy to put together, can serve a crowd, and reheats beautifully! We are now on day 16 of our kitchen renovation, and as excited as I am to see all the changes happening to our little farmhouse kitchen, I am NOT so crazy about living without a kitchen for 3 or 4 weeks. We were able to put our refrigerator in the living room (which is actually highly … [Continue reading...]

Old Door, New Bench

See how an old wood door transforms into a gorgeous, rustic bench! Get the full tutorial on

Do you remember this old door that's been hanging out in my office? Yeah, that crooked one without much of a purpose? Well, it just got a pretty big makeover, and now not only is it functional... REALLY functional actually, but it is also the most beautiful piece of furniture I have ever laid my eyes on! Take a look at the new bench we have in our entryway: It's not often that I get THIS excited over a project, but this bench has … [Continue reading...]