Home & Decor

Ruh-roh

by Jessie K on August 16, 2014

I’ve been spending any spare time lately working on the house. Most recently, I tried to tackle June and Katie’s upstairs bathroom. I spent weeks…no, a month selecting the right color. It took a long time because their bathroom lacks any windows and gets very little natural light. I didn’t want to go with a […]

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My friends got me a Fiddle-Leaf Fig — the trendy plant du jour — for my baby shower seven months ago and I’ve been trying to figure out this tricky plant ever since. Everything I’ve read about these plants say they’re finicky and fussy. They like a lot of light, but not too much. They […]

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I heart old furniture

by Jessie K on June 30, 2014

Jake’s Grandmom has this incredible basement and outbuilding full of six houses worth of knick knacks and furniture. We went rummaging through her stuff a few months ago looking for furniture for the new house. She graciously let us take home a few choice things. Thanks, Grandmom. Though I don’t think we put any kind of […]

A new headboard from an old barn door

by Jessie K on June 18, 2014

Remember the old barn door we salvaged from the barn we demolished? We were finally able to use it in our new house. (I can’t get over how little June is here! She’s a baby!) I loved the soft, muted colors in the wood. Judging from inscriptions on other parts of the barn, this door, which […]

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Time for an exciting stair runner update

by Jessie K on June 13, 2014

It’s been several months since we installed our Dash & Albert stair runner and I thought it’s a good time to let readers know how the carpet is holding up. Since we spend a  spend a lot of time outdoors, we ended up going with a polypropylene indoor/outdoor rug, which is scrubbable, bleachable and can stand up to […]

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Making do with trash furniture

by Jessie K on June 5, 2014

What do you do with trash furniture? It’s a question I keep asking myself as I slowly attempt to makeover my house. Take this little metal side table. I literally found a pair of them in my backyard, remnants from the previous owners that they forgot to take with them when they moved out. They’re not […]

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How we garden at our place

by Jessie K on May 21, 2014

Go big or go home! Please note the little sidekick strapped to Jake’s chest. Katie loves riding around in that thing. (Good thing, too, because she doesn’t have much choice.) My Dad was here over the weekend and he helped us install a new rock garden, which will give us something pretty to look at as we […]

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Restyling a 1970s chandelier

by Jessie K on May 19, 2014

I finally installed my new chandelier! Below is how it looked when I first bought it many moons ago… I immediately loved it — it’s so 70s — but wasn’t sure it would work in a farm house. Plus it needed some work. Note the yellow honey wood, the flame bulbs and faux wax drip on […]

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Restyling a vintage schoolhouse light

by Jessie K on May 15, 2014

Hello? Hello? Anyone still there? Ha. Apologies for the radio silence. I’ve been super busy but wanted to share my latest small home improvement project — I finally updated the light fixture in the breakfast nook. My biggest decor pet peeve is exposed light bulbs. I find nothing worse than looking up — particularly while eating — and […]

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What’s growing around our new place

by Jessie K on May 6, 2014

One of the pleasures of moving into a new house is witnessing what grows in springtime. I noticed mint coming up around our little frog pond. JULEP TIME! This is either bee balm or lemon balm. Either way, it smells amazing and is a great infusion for iced tea or water. Two gorgeous Japanese Maples. Lilacs. […]

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