Christmas Home Tour Part 2

Hello, sweet friends. Welcome to Part 2 of our Christmas at the Farmhouse Home Tour! If you haven’t seen Part 1 of the tour yet, be sure to click here when you’re done!

Decorating our home for the holidays was such a treat this year, as our little farmhouse has seen A LOT of changes since last Christmas! Normally, I stick to whites and metallics for my holiday decor, but now that the living room walls are all white (which I love!!), I felt the urge to add a little bit of classic red and green into the mix this year. It’s kind of shocking, I know… this neutral-loving gal added some color!

Before we get started on the tour, I wanted to share a little bit of my heart with you first. As I said, we’ve made so much progress with redecorating our home over the last year, but as I sat down to edit these photos, I still saw so many things that I wish were different. Projects we haven’t had time to tackle yet… things I want to buy that are out of my price range… I’ve seen so many beautiful photos in my Instagram feed lately of my friends’ homes that I start to feel inadequate and self-conscious. But what I’ve realized is that our home is an ever-evolving story, and even when things feel unfinished, I need to embrace that transition and enjoy our home in the moment. Some day, I will look back on all these years of photos and realize just how far we’ve come… all the cans of paint… all the trim we’ve installed… all the hours spent decorating and re-decorating and re-decorating yet again.

I love our little farmhouse, and I love the people I share it with even more. So as you get ready for the holidays this year, please remember to embrace and enjoy this moment…

even if you wish you had a different house…

or you had more money to decorate and buy gifts…

or you still had beloved family members here to celebrate the holidays with you…

Enjoy this moment and celebrate it!

And now without further adieu…
Christmas at the Farmhouse!

P.S. I’ve included links to some of the products and projects in our home tour, so you can shop for these items too! Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which allows me to make a small commission from your purchase, but your purchase price stays the same. Thank you for helping support our blog!


Take a tour of Liz Fourez's Indiana farmhouse all dressed up for the holidays! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

wicker chair // throw blanket // pillow // board and batten walls

Take a tour of Liz Fourez's Indiana farmhouse all dressed up for the holidays! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Take a tour of Liz Fourez's Indiana farmhouse all dressed up for the holidays! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Take a tour of Liz Fourez's Indiana farmhouse all dressed up for the holidays! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com [Read more…]


Christmas Home Tour Part 1

My favorite time of the year has finally arrived! I love sharing our little farmhouse all dressed up for the holidays, and this year was especially fun with all the remodeling we’ve done to the house. When I decorate for Christmas, I like to keep things simple, natural and super cozy. Warm, fuzzy blankets on the couch… wreaths in windows and on doors… and TONS of greenery throughout the house…

We had so much fun decorating the farmhouse over the last few weeks, and I hope you enjoy seeing a peek inside and find some ideas to inspire you! I have so many photos I want to share that I’ve broken our Christmas Home Tour into two parts. You’ll get to see our front porch, master bedroom, and newly renovated bathroom today, and Part 2 of the tour will come in just a few more days!

I’ve included links to some of the products and projects in our home tour, so you can shop for these items too! Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which allows me to make a small commission from your purchase, but your purchase price stays the same. Thank you for helping support our blog!

Welcome to the farmhouse at Christmas!

Take a tour of this Indiana farmhouse all dressed up for the holidays! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

lantern light fixture // wood planter boxes [Read more…]


Stairway Makeover

Today, if you were to visit our home and walk upstairs, this is what you would see…

A gorgeous furniture flip and some rustic decor gave this stairway a completely new look! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com


If you visited a few months ago, things would look pretty different… [Read more…]


Bathroom Makeover Week 5: The Reveal!

We gave our bathroom a BIG makeover! This week is the full reveal of the finished space… you can catch up on the rest of the bathroom series here! This post is brought to you by our friends at Bath Fitter.


 

The day is finally here, my friends. After months and months of planning, budgeting, painting and decorating, our bathroom makeover is FINISHED!

I have been bursting at the seams all week waiting to show you guys what the bathroom looks like all decorated, but first, let’s take a trip down memory lane to just a few short weeks ago before we started the makeover.

See our plans for transforming this dated, disgusting bathroom into a clean, beautiful space with a touch of farmhouse charm! Follow along with the makeover at LoveGrowsWild.com

See our plans for transforming this dated, disgusting bathroom into a clean, beautiful space with a touch of farmhouse charm! Follow along with the makeover at LoveGrowsWild.com

See our plans for transforming this dated, disgusting bathroom into a clean, beautiful space with a touch of farmhouse charm! Follow along with the makeover at LoveGrowsWild.com

Our tub was in bad shape, and the entire bathroom needed a major refresh. We started with a complete overhaul of our tub and shower by Bath Fitter, which you can read about here and here. Then we ripped up the old flooring and added a beautiful mosaic tile (details here). The next week we added a planked wall treatment and a new vanity and did LOTS of painting (details here). And now I am SO excited to show you our beautiful new farmhouse bathroom!

FYI: If you want to know where we found all the items for our bathroom, I’ve included a source list at the end of the post!

See the big reveal of this beautiful farmhouse bathroom makeover! Click for before and after photos and details at LoveGrowsWild.com

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Bathroom Makeover Week 4: Walls, Vanity, Closet

We’re giving our bathroom a big makeover! This week we reveal our new planked walls, vanity, and closet… you can catch up on the rest of the bathroom series here


 

Welcome back to the bathroom makeover, sweet friends! We have LOTS to catch up on today.

Follow along the big makeover of this beautiful farmhouse bathroom! In this post, Liz reveals her new planked walls, vanity, and closet! Click to see more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com


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Bathroom Makeover Week 3: Tile

We’re giving our bathroom a big makeover! This week we discuss our tile choice for flooring and the install… you can catch up on the rest of the bathroom series here


 

The old, stained vinyl flooring is gone, and this beautiful, white patterned tile is in!

Follow along the big makeover of this beautiful farmhouse bathroom! In this post, Liz shares her tile choice for flooring. Click to see more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com


Remember what the bathroom looked like just a few weeks ago when we started? [Read more…]


I’ve Been Keeping a Secret!

UPDATE: You can now preorder my book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm, coming out on December 6th, 2016! Click here to get your copy!


 

If you took a snapshot of my life four years ago, here’s what it would look like…

I was married to a farmer and had two little boys under the age of 5. We had just closed the doors on our business, a livestock feed mill and pet food store, which Jeremy and I ran together for a few years before prices skyrocketed and money wore thin. We were living in the middle of nowhere in Illinois and desperately needed a fresh start, so we decided to pack up our family and move over to Indiana, where Jeremy’s mother’s family farms. We were lucky to find a little farmhouse close to the main farmstead, and although it needed a lot of updating, I was excited to have a new project to start on.



Lots of stylish, affordable furniture options in this farmhouse master bedroom! Click for more photos and details at LoveGrowsWild.com

For the last several years, I had worked as Jeremy’s secretary at the feed mill, and now that that chapter in our lives had closed, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. We definitely needed a second income, but paying for child care for the boys while I worked would almost put us in the red instead of help with our tight budget. Oh a whim, I decided that I would start a blog. I didn’t even really know at the time what a blog was or what you were supposed to do with it, but the idea definitely intrigued me. The Pinterest era was just beginning, and I had this gut feeling that I should be sharing all the ideas we had for our new house with the world. Or more accurately… my mom, sister, and maybe, if I was lucky, a handful of readers.

I remember for the first few months I posted, if I heard my phone “ding” with a new email in the middle of the night, I would shoot out of bed, scare Jeremy half to death, and wipe my sleep-filled eyes to see if it was a new comment on my blog. Most of the time, it was a just a spam comment, and my excitement would be crushed. But over time, I got a clearer picture of what I wanted my blog to be and what I might be able to do with it. I worked hard for probably way too many hours of the day. I studied photography, design, and business, and slowly but surely, my blog began to grow.

image via LoveGrowsWild.com

There were so many times, you guys… SO many times that I cried to Jeremy about what I was doing with this blog. I felt like I never fit into the mold that so many other bloggers fit into. I didn’t want to just be a food blog. I didn’t want to be a cute craft blog. I didn’t want to write about black and orange Halloween decor just because it was October and everyone else was doing it. Being most popular didn’t matter to me (well… obviously it did a little or I wouldn’t be blogging), but being authentic and showing my readers the real Liz is what mattered more. I had this vision for something bigger… a brand that was uniquely me that incorporated everything I love about our home. The food that fills our kitchen and bellies, the design and decor that makes our house feel like home, and the story of our family that ties it all together.

image via LoveGrowsWild.com

Cooking and writing about food came naturally to me. What did NOT come naturally was finding my decorating style. I’d put weeks, even months, into decorating my living room, only to photograph everything and realize it didn’t turn out even close to what I wanted. There have been many times that I wanted to just say, forget it… I quit. Or maybe I’ll just be a food blog and forget all the decorating stuff. But thankfully, I never allowed myself quit. I love to cook, but it’s nothing like the passion I have for design and decorating our little farmhouse. This year, I finally got some traction with decorating our home the way I always wanted it to look. Rather than trying to fit in with the modern, colorful blogs that I admire and love to read, I embraced our little farmhouse and the beautiful Indiana countryside that surrounds us. We did a ton of work on our living room, dining room, and my office this year, and we’re currently working on our master bedroom and bathroom. I was actually in a meeting about our bathroom design earlier this summer when I got the big email…

“A Love Grows Wild Book”

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