A Cozy Farmhouse Entryway

Do you ever start on one little project, and it ends up leading into fifteen others? That’s exactly what happened to me last week! Ever since I put away the Christmas decorations, the armoire in our entryway has been pretty bare other than a knit blanket I always keep on one shelf. I just never got around to redecorating it after the holidays. So I decided to quickly try and style the armoire shelves the other day…

A cozy farmhouse entryway with the perfect balance of function, storage and style.
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My Trip to Waco, Texas

Right now I’m sitting in my office in my cozy, little farmhouse in Indiana with a dog laying on my feet and a cup of hazelnut coffee in my hand. But last week I was in Waco, Texas…

… meeting Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Follow along as I travel to Waco, Texas to meet Chip and Joanna Gaines and learn about the Magnolia Home paint line with KILZ!
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A Grown-up Playroom Update

You’ve probably noticed that there are a few rooms in my little farmhouse that you’ll see over and over again on the blog and some rooms that rarely, if ever, get put in the spotlight. Let’s be honest, my 7 and 11 year old boys don’t exactly keep their playroom “photo ready” on a regular basis (as they shouldn’t!), so it hasn’t been featured much over the last almost five years. When we first moved into this house, I spent a ton of time creating the perfect adorable playroom for my little babies who were only 2 and 6 at the time. It was colorful and fun and had places to store all their books and tractors and trains and coloring supplies, and looking back on that “design” now, it makes me laugh a little at how far my style has come. We all have to start somewhere, right? 😉

The playroom slowly… and I mean VERY slowly… evolved over the last few years as my style changed, and I swapped out the bright pops of color for a more neutral palette that matched the rest of the house. Those of you who have my book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm, got to see the first playroom photos I’ve taken in years, and although that design was a huge step in the right direction, there were still a few things I wanted to tweak and change. Imagine that… Liz wanting to change something!

One of the problems I had with the playroom was the functionality of the design. I no longer have little babies who want to set up their train tracks and drive their tractors around on the floor. I have one boy who is just two short years away from being a teenager and another little cutie who is already pushing the pre-teen years, and their needs for a playroom are much different now.

*You can find a complete source list for this room at the bottom of the post!

A super sweet playroom design featured in a beautiful Indiana farmhouse
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Armoire Makeover – Whitewashing Tutorial

This project/tutorial has been on my need-to-blog list for way too long, but starting the new year (and getting a pretty new blog planner) has finally motivated me to get it done! Last summer I transformed this antique armoire in our entryway from the original rustic wood finish to a soft, dusty white, and I’ve had a ton of questions on how I got this look. So I thought I’d put together a whitewashing tutorial for you guys and show you how I did it! I’ve painted quite a few pieces of furniture in our house, and this technique is one of my very favorites because it tones down the color of the wood but still allows the gorgeous wood grain to show through the paint. And it’s really easy to do!

See this antique armoire get a beautiful whitewashed makeover and learn the perfect technique for whitewashing furniture!
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Cozy Neutral Winter Bedroom Design Board

Ideas for a warm and cozy bedroom in beautiful neutrals!
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Winter Living Room Refresh

A beautiful farmhouse living room that feels cozy, bright, and totally charming!

Hi, sweet friends! I’ll admit it was a little depressing at first when all the Christmas decor came down and was packed away for the year. Part of me loves the clean, uncluttered blank slate, and the other part of me misses the coziness and light and warmth. The lights on the tree and wreaths in all the windows and presents waiting to be opened and cookies baking in the oven… it’s pretty hard to top that feeling, especially once the dreary, cold winter weather sets in.

So I decided to update the living room a little bit to help ease the transition with some new pieces from Birch Lane, and I’m really excited to show you the changes. It looks so much brighter in here to me now, and I finally feel like I’ve nailed the look I’ve always wanted in our living room. What a difference swapping out just a few little items can make!

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Favorites of 2016

And so another year begins on this little blog of mine…

It would be completely cliche to say something like, “this year has been full of ups and downs”, but quite frankly it has. At the beginning of last year, I was finally able to afford a complete renovation of our old farmhouse kitchen, and I’m still amazed at the before and after photos every time I look at them. And then in the midst of the renovation chaos, I wrote my very first book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm. Those few months I spent planning, creating, decorating, photographing, writing, and editing 70 new tutorials for the book were some of the longest and most exhausting days of my life. But in the end, I realized that I could do way more than I thought I was ever capable of doing and that dreams don’t work unless you do.

I spent the summer working on a ton of outdoor projects, including a huge makeover of our little patio. I cannot wait until it’s nice outside again so I can enjoy my cozy retreat! The rest of the year I worked on decorating the farmhouse for each passing season and holiday, and I realized just how much I love this tiny, little home we live in. The end of 2016 was celebrated with the release of my book on December 6th, and to my utter surprise and shock, the book sold out and immediately went back into its second printing within just a week of the release date. It still feels completely surreal to be able to call myself a published author, but to see so many people buying and loving the book has been an experience that I can’t even put into words. Every time I open Instagram and see people sharing the book in their homes or projects they’ve made from the book, my heart is filled with joy and gratitude.

P.S. If you are still wanting to order a copy of the book, they should be back in stock soon! Go ahead and order, and it will be shipped as soon as it is available!

Favorite photos of this beautiful Indiana farmhouse in 2016 by Liz Fourez of Love Grows Wild

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