Soft Blue Hand Painted Dresser Makeover

Hi friends! Today I’m going back to one of my favorite kind of projects that I haven’t been able to do in awhile, but is something that I really enjoyed doing when I first started decorating our home years ago. Buying new furniture didn’t always fit in the budget, so I learned to live with the hand-me-down pieces I had by painting them to better match the look I wanted. It saved me a lot of money and felt good seeing such a big transformation in our home after just a few hours with a can of paint and a paint brush. And I actually find it really relaxing to put on some good tunes and get lost in a paint project for the day. It can be very therapeutic!

An old dresser gets a makeover with soft blue paint and a delicate hand painted design [Read more…]


Apple Upside Down Spice Cake

It’s hard to believe that summer is already slipping away, and I’m starting to look forward to cooler weather and decorating the farmhouse for fall. It seems like as soon as we get that first chilly morning, I’m craving pumpkin and apple desserts and wanting to bust out my chunky sweaters and boots. I’m sure I say this about every season, but fall is one that I really look forward to!

I haven’t quite convinced myself that it’s okay to start pulling out my pumpkins and plaid pillows to decorate the house with yet, but I DID find myself in the kitchen the other day whipping up one of my favorite easy fall treats, Apple Upside Down Spice Cake. It is such a simple recipe and has all the best flavors of fall, so I thought I’d share it with you today to kick off your holiday baking season!

This super easy spice cake topped with delicious buttery brown sugar apples is the perfect fall treat!This super easy spice cake topped with delicious buttery brown sugar apples is the perfect fall treat! [Read more…]


Simple Late Summer Patio

Ever since I spruced up our patio last year, this has been my favorite place to relax in the evenings when the weather is nice. I added seating out here to create a gathering place, a coffee table made from old barn beams, and a gorgeous potting bench I designed and built that also doubles as a fantastic serving piece when we have company over. This is where the boys and I relax after school and practice their spelling words, where we watch our new puppy, Gunnar, run around the yard until his little legs get tired and he crashes into the grass, where I bask in the sun soaking up every last ounce of summer, and where we sit and eat ice cream after dinner and watch the lightning bugs start to illuminate the fields all around our little farmhouse.

A simple patio perfectly designed for summer relaxation [Read more…]


New Life in the Farmhouse

This has been a year of big changes for our family, and life just got a whole lot more exciting around here when we brought home a four month old French bulldog puppy to the farmhouse! Meet the happiest, laziest, cutest little guy you’ve ever laid eyes on…

A four month old French bulldog comes home to the farmhouse [Read more…]


Love Grows Wild Shop – Now Open!

You’ve probably noticed things have been a little quieter than usual here on the blog, and this exciting news I have to share with you today is part of the reason why. I just opened up a shop locally where you can find all kinds of decorating and home items that I love and use in our farmhouse! It feels SO good to finally share this with you!!

Blogger and author Liz Fourez opens a store location in Indiana [Read more…]


Softening the Farmhouse

You know how little girls like to play dress up with their dolls? Or how mothers with daughters get to buy cute, ruffly dresses and bows for them to wear? Well, I’m a mom of boys, and the definition of playing dress up around here involves super hero costumes with masks and a weapon. Still cute, but not quite the same. 🙂

That’s part of the reason I think I love interior design and decorating my farmhouse so much. It allows me to be creative and try different things, and I’ve noticed that my style lately has leaned more towards a much more feminine, softer vintage farmhouse feel. I adore the industrial look of hard metal and dark rustic wood, but at this stage of my life (newly single) my heart is drawn more to soft lace and ruffles and faded wood tones and light, bright white spaces. I’ve noticed that my design choices have been slowly softening our home, and I love the blend of feminine romance and vintage farmhouse that is happening.

I think it all started when I designed my master bedroom…

A clean and cozy farmhouse master bedroom with tons of vintage charm

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Little Boy Farmhouse Bedroom

Sponsored by Stearns & Foster // Last week I shared how I’ve been working up in my boys’ bedroom to create the perfect, little space just for them. I want their room to be a cozy, fun place for them to hangout and relax in, but I also need it to double as a guest bedroom when the need arises. So I revamped the layout of this awkward attic bedroom to maximize space, upgraded their beds to make them super comfortable, and added some fun accessories to give the room a charming vintage vibe. I finally feel like we hit a home run in here, and I’m so excited to show you guys my sweet boys’ farmhouse bedroom!

An awkward attic space turns into a charming little boy's farmhouse bedroom!

Note: I have links to all the items and decor in this room listed at the bottom of the post!

To remind you of where we started in this room five years ago, here’s a photo from the archives… [Read more…]