New Living/Dining Room

Do you have a room in your house that you feel like is never completely finished? Never quite the way you want it to look? Well, I certainly do, and that room is most definitely our living room! Our living room has come a long way in the four years we’ve lived here, and today I am so excited to share with you the latest update to this space. We’ve switched around furniture, decor, lighting and even changed the layout of our living and dining rooms! Go grab a cup of coffee (or your beverage of choice), and I’ll dive into the MANY changes we’ve made in here!

Welcome to our new and improved living room…

Check out this beautifully decorated farmhouse-style living and dining room!
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Simple Patriotic Dining Room

A few months ago I was shopping for the perfect blue and white quilt to go in my armoire (which I still have yet to find), and I spotted an old flag hanging in the corner. It was in good condition, but you could tell it definitely had some years on it. Even though I had no specific place to put the flag at our farmhouse, I brought it home with me with the idea that I would find a spot for it this summer.

As we head into 4th of July weekend, I thought this would be the perfect time to put together a little patriotic space in our home to support our soldiers near and far, past and present, as well as the beautiful country we live in. This is also a sneak peek of all the re-arranging we’ve been doing in our living and dining room!

Simple touches of red, white and blue give this farmhouse dining room the perfect patriotic feel.
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Inspired By – 6.29

Hi, sweet friends! I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet. The boys and I are headed to a baseball game tonight, so I’m trying to get a whole bunch of work done this afternoon so I can enjoy the game with them this evening. We were able to get tickets right behind home plate, so my little ball players are super excited for the game, and I guess the tickets also include unlimited food, drinks, and treats… Momma has a date with the treadmill before game time! How can you say no to hot dogs and pretzels with cheese and root beer floats? I’ve learned in my 28 years that life is all about balance, so I’m going to enjoy every last bite of delicious ballpark food and put in some extra time at the gym tomorrow.

Did you see our Simply Summer Home Tour last week? I was inspired by so many of the homes that were shared on the tour, so this week I’m sharing some of my favorites from Instagram with you. I hope you enjoy!

Weekly home and design inspiration from

a beautiful organized entryway from @aburstofbeautiful

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Orange Lemon Shake-up

This summer has been a busy one so far, with me finishing up final edits on my book and plenty of jobs up at the farm to be done. Thank goodness for our two eager little boys who love to help Daddy wash tractors. But in between all the long work days, we’re having a lot of fun too with pool days, drive-in movies, bonfires, and occasionally an ice cream cone or two. Or three.

Lately though, unless I’m able to be near a body of water, I try to stay in the A/C as much as possible… it has been smoking hot lately! My favorite way to cool off this summer has been a recipe that I actually shared eons ago, but thought that since I only had about 2 followers back then (and one was probably my sweet mom), it was about time to bring it back to the blog.

Orange Lemon Shake-up

A refreshing orange twist on a classic summer drink. Fresh, sweet, and so simple to make!

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Simply Summer Home Tour

A cold glass of sweet tea sitting on the kitchen table, a pile of flip flops by the front door, chairs gathered around a bonfire in the backyard, and sunshine flooding our windows…

These are the sights of summer around our little farmhouse, and today I’m sharing my easy ideas for bringing laid-back, cozy summer style to any home. I am thrilled to be part of the Simply Summer Home Tour with Nina Hendrick, Birch Lane and Country Living, and at the end of this post you’ll find more inspiring ideas from other bloggers on this tour.

Welcome to summertime on the farm!

This beautiful, old farmhouse is ready for summer with fresh flowers, relaxed decor, and plenty of sunshine. Come take a tour!
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Inspired By – 6.20

It’s funny how inspiration can come in all different forms. Many times when I’m feeling stuck in a creative rut, I’ll look outside of the design world and watch movies, listen to music, study fashion, travel to new places, read magazines and books, or work on photography. All of these things evoke feelings deep inside, which is what fuels my creative spirit. Even though most of those things don’t have anything to do with decorating or design, I draw inspiration from them to try new things.

I saw a picture of one of my favorite musicians the other day who was wearing ripped jeans with frayed edges, a mix of vintage gold rings on just about every finger, a faded flannel shirt tied around her waist, and a bold black and white graphic tee… Do you know what that translated to in my mind? A living room with a time-worn, faded leather couch layered with white pillows that had bold typography printed on the fronts, and a white and gray flannel blanket draped over the side for an extra layer of softness, and a pair of vintage gold lamps on either side of the couch.

I’m not sure if that makes me a total weirdo or a creative genius (joking!), but either way I wanted to share this little bit of advice with you today. Creativity seems to be a living, breathing thing that needs to be fed and cared for on a regular basis. If you’re a busy mom or a workaholic like me who never takes time for herself, you’re most likely going to find yourself with low fuel in your creative tank every now and again. Spend the day outside and take in the scenery. Go to a ballet or a concert. Pick up some new magazines while waiting in line at the grocery store. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere!

Speaking of inspiration, here are the Instagram beauties that inspired me this week:

Weekly home and design inspiration from

a sweet vintage bathroom scene from @vibekedesign

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Decorating Lessons I’ve Learned – Curtains

Over the last four years of writing this blog, I have given our little farmhouse a complete makeover from top to bottom… everything from major kitchen and bathroom renovations, to painting every last wall (at least twice), to replacing all the light fixtures, and more. Now that the sawdust has settled around here, I finally have had a chance lately to look back on all that we’ve done and all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

I am a self-taught interior decorator, and I’ve had to learn a lot of lessons the hard (and sometimes expensive) way. As I was hanging new curtains in my office a few months ago, I thought to myself, “Boy, I’ve come a long way from the first set of curtains I hung in here! Maybe people would enjoy seeing some of the decorating mistakes I’ve made in the past and the lessons I learned from them…”

So today, I’m starting a new decorating series! Every month or so, I’ll share a new “Decorating Lessons I’ve Learned” post that shows changes we’ve made to our house over the years and lessons you can apply in your own home! Basically, I’ve already made the mistakes so that you don’t have to. : )

Decorating 101 - In this lesson, you'll learn all about curtains and the best way to hang them! Great tips from a self-taught interior decorator!
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