I know it’s waaaayyy past mothers day, but I’m finally getting around to showing you all my present.  To myself.  Ha!  Anyone else do that?? This is about how presents go in our house.

Me:  ”Hey honey, I’m at target and I found something really cute, did you want me to buy my own Mothers day present?”

Ryan:  ”You know what? That would be great.  I’m glad you like it!”

Me:  ”You always know just what to get me :)”

Happens for about 6 out of the 7 holidays.  I think this year I was 7 for 7.  But you know what?? Everyone wins:)

So this year I found some new end table.  Although I loved my stumps, they didn’t offer much space on top for coffee cups.  The hubby keeps telling me if I didn’t fill them with so much stuff they would.  Well, there’s that.

But I can’t sacrifice decor:)

So I found these at Target…


Oh well hello there pretties.


You had me at weathered wood.


and x’s.


and a little extra storage never hurt either.


But don’t worry little stump friends.  I couldn’t leave you behind.  I switched out my little color block stump for a dark one.


I like how it brought the dark wood from my mirror and the menu board in the dining to over here.  And it’s a bit bigger than the other, so I can juuuusssst fit my coffee cup on it. Score!


His friend is going upstairs in the boys room.  I was planning on selling the two, but who knew I’d get so attached to stumps?

I. just. can’t. do. it.

So there you have it.  Happy mothers day to me.

And, for those of you coupon lovers, these were originally $80/piece, but I had a 15% off if you spend $125 or more, on top of a 10% discount for Mother’s day, on top of a $10 off $50 home decor purchase, and my 5% target card discount, they came to $50/piece.

I love me a good deal!





When we moved to this house, we brought all of our furniture with us.  Some of that furniture we got when we got married, some I had from college, a lot I had thrifted or DIY’d and a lot we had to “make do” until we could afford something else.  Well, when we bought the farmhouse, all of our budget went into gutting, renovating, and updating the actual structure, and nothing was left over for fun furniture buys:) So we brought our old stuff in and made do.  Little by little I have been able to sell the old at Whimsy (such a blessing) and purchase items that I had pictured in here from the beginning.

And you know what, I’ve actually enjoyed being able to switch things out gradually.  Not only because I appreciate the items more, but also because the longer I live here the more I have a feel for the space and what I want to create.  That’s not to say that I blow the budget on my new buys, because we still can’t afford to do that:)  And I still love to be able to DIY and create the look for a lot less if I can, like I did for my buffet…

dresser turned buffet

But there have been some things I have been making do with for awhile, like my dining room chairs.  Ry likes to joke about how I”m on my third set, but all of them have been cheap auction chairs that I’ve revamped to make do until I could afford nicer ones:)

So I started with these…


I got the parsons chairs for $15/piece at an online auction, and all four farmhouse chairs for $20 on an auction.

My first splurge was to purchase these Ikea chairs for the heads of my table which allowed me to sell the farmhouse chairs and move the others around..


I moved the parsons to the side and pulled up the chairs from the buffet to use as dining chairs. Although I do like the look of mixed chairs, the farmhouse chairs were too tight for the space since they didn’t slide under the table, and it was a little too mix match for my liking.  So at the last Whimsy sale I sold the parsons chair with a table and chair set and was able to finally purchase my 4 matching chairs.


I feel so grown up.  I went for the Ikea Henriksdal chair with the long white slip cover.  With both pieces they came to $98 a chair.  What I love about these chairs is that they are big, much bigger than the other parsons chairs I had in here.  And they are comfy!  And for those of you who are already hyperventilating about the white, I love that I can take them off and bleach them, and if they ever get to the point of no return, I can just go and buy a whole new set of covers for $120 and have chairs that look like new again!


I like the fact that they make this area look more formal, which is what I was going for.  We usually eat at the eat in kitchen table, (although that will change soon when Beckett joins us frequently:) but for the most part this area is for company and big meals.

farmhouse dining room

I also added two new sconces in the back.  I found them on Joss and Main for an amazing steal at $45 a piece!  I had seen them on Amazon for over $100, so when I spotted them for that price I had to snatch them up.  It also helped that I had a $45 credit there, so I got the pair for under $50!


Here’s the only bugger though, it didn’t say anywhere on the description if these were hard wired or plug ins.  Since I could see the cord coming out of the bottom I assumed they plugged in.  Nope.  They don’t.  Stinkin China….luckily I have a sister in the lighting business that has ordered me cords that I can wire and plug in, I’m just waiting for them to come.  And they will be white as well, so they will blend in a lot better:)

Farmhouse Dining Room

I was originally looking for buffet lamps, but the price would have been way higher and then it takes up all the space on my buffet.  I think this will be a fun trade off and I’m excited to see how they light up at night once I can finally plug them in!


Little by little, one piece of furniture at a time, this little farmhouse is taking shape.

Source list:

Wicker Chairs:  Ikea

Slipcovered Chairs:  Ikea

Table :  Originally JCPenney, but since DIY’d

Rug:  Ikea

Buffet:  DIY

Sconces: Joss and Main

Mirrors:  Ballard Designs

Pendants: DIY


Sometimes I love this world we live in, other times I despise it.

I love God’s beauty when I look out my kitchen window, I love the giggles I hear coming out of my kids mouths, I love the people that hold me up, support me, and love me regardless.  I love the fact that I can use my gifts to create, explore, and challenge myself.  I love a lot of it because it is all I know.

But yet I despise it.  I despise that there is hurt and suffering.  I despise that there is bondage.  I despise that there is such deep sin, and struggles.  I despise that I have to shield my kids from so much EVERY.DAY.

I despise that I have to teach Kynlee that she is more than just a body, and to teach Tate to stand against all the world teaches us and be a man after God’s heart instead.  I despise that moral issues are being re-written and that we live in a feel good society.  And right now especially, I despise that Satan is attacking marriage like none other.  I see them crumbling all around me and my.heart.aches.  It aches for eternity…now.  It aches for no more struggles and no more pain.

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.  Romans 8:18


But yet I am blessed, and sometimes it doesn’t seem fair.  I am blessed with a husband who views me as more than just a body, a husband who turns his head when an inappropriate image flashes on the screen, a husband who protects his mind and much as mine.  And a husband who is up for the battle of fighting all that this world has to throw at him and other men like him!  And I see hope.

And I need that hope to raise my children.  To raise children in a world where it seems they are doomed to fail.  Where the fight is so big.  Where everyone screams, you can do it on your own, you don’t need a savior.


And then the Lord reminds me that although there is bad in this world, there is still good.  And that He created US to BE THE GOOD!  To PRAY without ceasing, to LOVE the broken, and to LIVE lives that REFLECT HIM and to reach people ONE relationship AT A TIME!  And then again I find hope.  Hope that I can raise the next generation of precious little souls to follow His rules.  To live by His standards.  To be life changers wherever they end up.


And I am encouraged that I need to step up ! My life needs to look different from the things I so deeply despise.  My family can be an example of the BLESSINGS that come from having a Savior, running TO Him during hurt and struggles instead of FROM Him.  And praying for Jesus to free those I love, to squelch the enemy that fights for it all, and love the broken hearted and hurting to shine light into their lives.

So yeah.  That’s my heart today.  It’s been a bit heavy lately, and I needed to challenge myself to step back and realize that although at times it looks hopeless, the Lord uses the weak.

And I’m hoping, that maybe just maybe, some of you are sick of it too that you decide it’s time for change.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:37-39



Well, a lot has been going on in that little man cave of mine…I mean Ryan’s…  :)

It’s coming along so well that I kind of want to claim it for myself!  But alas, soon dead animals will inhabit it and I may have to hand over the torch. *sigh*

So the last I showed you on here, was when Ryan had finished the planking but hadn’t painted anything yet.  It looked like this…


and if you have been following along with me on instagram then you have seen some sneak peeks of what we’ve been up to!  It’s even fun for me to see the crazy transformation.  Here it is now…


Just a little difference.

Our marriage almost ended over spraying the planks.  For real.  haha..and this is why we could never have a show.  But we pushed through! I said TRUST ME… he said, this is my mancave.  I said TRUST ME!  He’s such a good hubby:)  Anyway, we left all of the nail holes unfilled (yay for saving time) and sprayed the walls in a matte finish which allows some of the texture of the wood to show through and makes it really rustic feeling.  We were both surprised how much it made the planks pop!





I heart paint.

I also am in love with the barnwood in here..


This room is super hard to photograph with all the windows. Although there is a lot of dimension in the wood, it’s not quite as stark as it shows in the pictures.  But all of the barnwood came from this building!  It was the floor of the loft actually.  Ryan scrubbed them down and let them dry and  they were ready to go!  Two things I love about it.  1.)  It keeps a piece of the original building here (history) and 2.) It was free!!!  It makes such a great statement wall.


this is to the left of the fireplace, and there’s a little secret in this wall…


a hidden door to house all of the electrical equipment.  You guys, my hubby seriously is the jack of all trades!  Didn’t he do an amazing job on this!


We have a big old chucky beam to go above the fireplace for a mantle, and then we are hanging a tv above that.  It is a mancave after all:)


and here sits our ceiling.  Ryan wanted tongue and groove.  We will stain it the same color as the trim so it all matches.  No natural pine for this girl:)


speaking of trim, we used pine 1×4′s for that as well.  I wanted to paint the trim gray.  I guess that wasn’t an option:)  So we did a custom mix of stain and got it as close as we could to match. I think it turned out pretty good!


The gray we used is called Porpoise, by Sherwin Williams.  I am seriously in love with it.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  It’s a real warm gray but goes so well with the barnwood.


This picture is more accurate.  I also talked the hubs into wiring me him some lights above these big windows.  I bought these lights from Lowes, they are the ones you see all over blogland cause they are only $35!  They came galvanized and I sprayed them oil rubbed bronze by Rustoleum.  We also did one other thing.  This light actually had a higher arch and the bottom of the light was even with the round circle that attaches to the wall, if that makes sense.  Well, the arch got a little too high to the ceiling and the light looked funny hanging too high above the window, so again..the hubs who can do anything, said lets just flip the gooseneck around and make it hang down lower.  For real guys, he can do anything.  And it worked! and I love it even more:)

So that’s where we are at..


All that’s left now is the ceiling and the floors.  Oh, and to clean out all of this “stuff” and make it manly :)

and just because it’s getting so green and pretty around here, I thought I had to leave you with a picture of the view one more time..


Man we are getting excited to be able to use this space!


I’m not outgoing by nature.

I’m awful at going up to people I don’t know and introducing myself.

I’m not a natural leader.

I’m somewhat of an introvert.

I’m a homebody.

I find myself getting worked up if I have more than one or two things going on in a week.

I love deep relationships and have found I only need a few in my life.  This way I feel like I can truly invest into them.

Therefore when I found out I was pregnant with a sweet baby girl that wasn’t going to make it…I somewhat hated the attention.  If it were up to me I would have locked myself in my house until I was ready to come out again.  Who knows how long that would have been.  I needed an outlet (this blog) to express my feelings, to grieve, to inform.  I needed some form of therapy, but honestly…I hated talking about it out loud with people.

So I wrote.

Jules’ story has been captured on this blog and I’m so grateful for that.  I am so grateful that she continues to help mommas who are going through the same fear/anxiety/uncertainty as I was.  I hear from those mommas often, and I am grateful, blessed actually, that the Lord continues to use my baby girl and our story in this way.

But you see….sometimes the Lord wants to know we are willing.  Although my story is out there in blog land.  Forever google worthy…He asked for more.  He wanted more.

Although my comfort zone is my home, behind a screen, He knew that and said do you trust me?

Because what happened is people started to contact me to tell “my story.”  To share what the Lord had done in our lives.

And I said no.

No.  I didn’t need to.  I already did that!

But He kept knocking.  I ran until I couldn’t sleep at night because I knew I was saying no to God.  So I made a deal with him.   Alright Lord….just this time.  Famous last words.

I told him if you could give Moses words than surely you can give me words.  And it has to be you God.  I am not a speaker, I am not a teacher, I am not a leader.  I don’t want this, but you keep bringing this to me…so I say yes.

And you know what?  He pulled through.  Huge surprise I know…

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.  Philippians 1:6

And I realized something that God continues to confirm, WE ALL HAVE STORIES! and we need to tell our stories.  We are relational and we need to help each other through in this world.  We need to connect, and encourage, and cheer lead, and push ourselves out of our comfort zones.  We need to testify and challenge, and run this race with others.  And I realized (which really is Jesus showing me) that when we do this, we.are.blessed.

So this last year I have told my story.  It gets a little easier every time ;) And I’ve been encouraged through it.  The Lord continues to take the ugly and turn it into beautiful.    And trust me, if the Lord can use this introvert, homebody…He can use you:)

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This was an opportunity I got to speak at the church camp I grew up going to.  My momma is on the left and  the camp directors wife is on the right.

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and talk about full circle moment.  I spoke at chapel at Northwestern university St. Paul, where I went to college 10+ years ago…crazy!




You guys!!  Today is a big day, or a surreal day actually.  Jen, from the blog City Farmhouse is featuring my house on her website.  Can you say blown away??  After all, her house has been featured in Cottages and Bungalows and Better Homes and Gardens.  Her house is beautiful but her heart proves to be even more sweet:)  Thanks so much for this opportunity Jen!  So here’s the post that is on her site…

Hello City Farmhouse readers.  I am so beyond honored to be here and so grateful for Jen for this opportunity!  I’m Allie, from Proverbs31girl, and I am so excited to be able to share our sweet little farmhouse with you. Unlike Jen whose on the water (so jealous!) we sit on a quaint three acre old farmstead in the heart of Minnesota.  We actually bought the place on a real estate auction (most stressful day of my life!) and have been working on it the last four years to bring this 100 year-old-farmhouse back to it’s glory!  I would say my style is modern farmhouse, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.  So if you’d like to join me, I’d love to show you around.

Here’s a little idea of our setting.  It’s very much a classic farmhouse with white siding and black shutters.  We have slowly been updating the landscaping as well.




And now lets go inside.

Our biggest transformation in the house was the kitchen, which is the room you walk into as you enter that front door.  Check out my blog if you want to see the before pictures.  The biggest changes we made were blowing out walls to open up the space and put in a large open staircase which became the focal point in our house.


The name of the game on this complete house gut, was BUDGET :)  So although we needed to start this kitchen from scratch, we actually got these cabinets for FREE from a lady my mother-in-law worked for.  Such a blessing!  They used to be cherry and we painted them Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart.


I loved that we could fit an eat in kitchen in this area, as well as a small island.  If there’s one thing that’s not so great about old houses is the storage, so we need to make the most of every single space.


One of my favorite DIY’s I did was this command center to the right of the fridge.  It’s the perfect spot to keep the laptop, and also helps to keep bills organized, along with our weeks activities.



On the opposite side of this wall is our dining room…


There actually wasn’t a formal dining room in the house when we bought it, so we pushed back a wall and created one.

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I recently just added the floor to ceiling board and batten, and am loving how crisp and fresh it is in here now.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a sucker for neutrals.  You won’t see too much color in here.



I’m also a sucker for cheap DIY’s, which is why I had fun giving this $10 dresser a complete makeover and turned it into a buffet.


and off of the dining room is where we have  a formal sitting area with fireplace.


This is the room that you can usually find me.


in this chair actually….


I love how the fireplace is central to the whole house.  You can see it from just about everywhere.


and off of this room is the living room.


and this is usually where you will find the kiddos:)


I’m working toward having this whole house planked:)  That would be my perfect end result…it just takes time:)

Upstairs is our master bedroom.


In a small house, this room seems a bit ridiculous, but hey, I’ll take it:)  This was an addition the previous owners had done, although when we bought it, it was broken up with a walk in closet on the left side of the room and more closets over there as well.  It also only had 7 1/2 foot ceilings, which we raised to 10 1/2 feet since it was just open attic space above.



Our room has also doubled as a nursery lately…


so it’s been nice to have the space.


we moved the closets to the other side of the room.


and also moved the laundry from the main floor bathroom, to up here.



it also doubled as a closet for our little guy:)


like I said before, we have to make use of every inch of space :)



our bedroom opens to the shared bathroom upstairs.  Although I’d love my own, I’m grateful we have an entry:)



We turned this $5 dresser into a vanity.


and added more planks.  Seriously, you can never have enough! :)


And the most recent redo was my little ladies room.


I had so much fun making this space for her!




and that’s it for the tour.  There’s always projects I’m working on, so head over anytime you want to catch up!

I thought I would also give you a quick glimpse of some of the other buildings on our property that we’ve been having fun renovating.

We have an old barn we use as an occasional shop where we sell repurposed good and home items four times a year.


a small garage turned guest house for company.





and our current project, an old grainery turned man cave.


This is a work in progress, but I assure you, it will be worth the wait!



Thanks so much for taking some time to let me show you around!  And thanks Jen for letting me join in your love for farmhouse style!



P.S. If you’d like to follow along on our journey, you can find me here:





I couldn’t do it you guys.  I thought maybe if it was a guest house, I could do color.  If it wasn’t in my everyday vision I could live with it.  I could live on the wild side, abandon my neutral palette, and use color in the guest house.

I caved.

At least I gave it a go right??  I think it lasted 2 years, not bad for this girl!

So I have just been doing a little re-decorating in the guest house.  Nothing major.  That’s why I don’t ever spend much money on bold items that I could soon tire of.  So I don’t have to feel guilty when I get sick of it:)  So for those of you who are new to the blog, I thought I’d show you our quaint little guest house.  I actually started out as a garage that we turned into a small living quarters. This is what it looks like on the outside.  Man I can’t wait for that green to come back!


I made those fun window boxes last summer…


But recently I’ve been working on the inside.  So here is how it looked for quite some time…


and don’t get me wrong. I did like the color.  I should just know myself and know I can’t commit to color.  So I sold the red nightstands at the Christmas Whimsy sale, as well as the lamps, and now I have this…


Well now that looks a bit more like allie style right??


It’s sad that this place stays empty quite often.  Which is why its hard to put too much money into it.  It’s used mostly for my parents when they come to visit.  But we love company, so let us know if you wanna visit ;)


This cute little desk was a garage sale purchase I painted.  Looking at these pictures now I realize it’s sitting backwards, there should be a little drawer in front.  Oh well, I’m not going to re-take the photos now:)


The lamp is from Homegoods and the chair was an online auction win that I made a slipcover for.   I love the functions of having a little desk as a nightstand, especially for guests and especially in a small space like this.


I fell in love with that driftwood “L” and picked it up at a local shop in town.  Personal touches are the best:)


This nightstand I scored for 90% off at Hobby Lobby.  It had a dark wood top and different hardware. so I sanded it down and white washed it.  Don’t ever pass up a piece of furniture if it is the perfect size or shape.  All aesthetics can be changed!  And a chest of drawers again is such great storage for an area like this.

So here’s another before…


and after…


I also love that this space has almost panoramic views to the outside.  You guys, you should lay in that bed in the fall when the maple tree outside engulfs the whole thing.  *sigh*

And here was looking at the other end when we first started this project..


and now…


The chairs are light pink underneath! ha…but two slips and now they are cottage ready.


and I couldn’t pass up making one of these pillows after seeing them on pintrest, but of course I had to add some pom pom trim:)




I’ve had the mirror for a few years now and I found it at Gordmans.  I added the rope to give it a more nautical look.

And here’s just a few more pics to show the rest of the space.




I must say, I think this meshes much more with my style now.  All is well with the world now that we are back to neutrals:)  There’s always things to work on and get.  I’d love a head board some day and a platform for the electric fireplace to raise it up.  But that’s how I like it, keeping things evolving and changing little by little:)

If you want to see what this “garage” looked like before, you can check that out here.


Slowly but surely Ryans dream man cave is moving along.  If you remember back at this post, I shared where we’ve come so far.

Since then Ryan has almost completely finished the outside of the building.  It went from this…


to now looking a bit more finished like this…


He got the new roof on, the door in, and the siding done.  Not to mention some christmas lights up:)  Time for those puppies to come down I think.

And here’s the side view…


He also got the deck on the side and the back.  We still have to pressure wash the wood and stain it and add a railing.  We are thinking we are going to add a railing like this..


or this..


He likes that it doesn’t obstruct the view and I like the manly feel of it.

I think this is kinda fun too…


That will have to be a summer project.


There is also going to be a covered porch off of the deck in the back, so that has to happen first.

These are all of the old boards that we took out of the building that ry cleaned as is letting dry so we can use them to plank this wall…


They will also be used to plank the fireplace bump out from floor to ceiling….


as for the rest of the walls ryan has been busy planking those with 1/4″ plywood.




and this is the last wall to go..


then once that is done, we will spray all of the planking in a darker gray color, and then put up the old barn wood and plank the ceiling!  I still swoon over those beams in there.

Although it looks like there is a ways to go yet, for us it feels like the home stretch!  From here on out we get to make everything pretty.  Cover up the old and bring in the new!!

Ryans hoping to get a good amount of time to work on it this weekend, so hopefully we’ll have some more pics to show soon!

As for now, I’ll leave you with the view…although it’s dead, the buds are coming and I can’t wait to enjoy this space when that happens!!!





Well, this has been a long time coming, and I must tell you, I give props to all you bloggers out there who seem to get blogs off every other day, or every week.  I’ve been meaning to post this for over a week now, but life gets in the way, so thanks for being so patient:)

I’m going to go back to the beginning with this room and how it looked when we first moved in….


awww….look how tiny Tate is…

and now..


This bedroom is quite small and only has one window, so I wanted to keep it bright.

Here’s how the room looked when Tate was using it..


and now…


My friend had given me a daybed they were no longer using, and asked if I would want to use it for Whimsy.  I orignally thought I would just paint it and sell it, but once Beckett came around, I knew I would be moving Kynlee to this room. A daybed was the perfect choice for this room since it saved so much room!


There was even enough room for a  cute little desk area for Kynlee.


and she actually uses it quite a bit!


It’s quite crazy how this room came together, I had this little table out in the shed for years….it was black and so I just painted it white and color blocked the legs and added a stencil to the top.  Free for nothing.


The chair came from an auction I went to last summer.  I had no idea at the time what colors I would be using in Kynlee’s room, and wouldn’t ya know it, it matched just perfectly!


Oh, and I got about 25 of these cuties for $20.  Quite the steal!  The rest will be going in Whimsy this summer;)


The curtains for the canopy were a $15 buy from Ikea.  I used one panel for each side and hung them on an embroidery hoop I had.  I added the pom pom trim after I hung them using a sticky tape from Walmart.  Amazing stuff!   The light I had gotten from a lady whose husband takes junk away, and calls me every once and awhile to see if theres anything I want.  I love the anthro feel to it.  And Kynlee loves that it’s on a dimmer…


So she can turn it on and off from in bed, and put it nice and low for nightime.


The aztec pillows are what started the whole vision for the room.  You need that, one thing that speaks to you and work around it;)  It was actually a rug I found at my friends house that they were getting rid of…..she said, “what are you going to do with that??”  I wasn’t sure at the time, I just knew I loved the pattern.  Wouldn’t you know….


and those pom pom pillows???

I swoon.

I found those at Home Goods and they literally said, “put me in your cart!”  Ha, so I obliged!

They were $30 a pop, but I had $30 left on a gift card from Christmas so it was buy one get one free:)  And they are euro size.  And feather.  Sold.

I made the little yarn pom poms from a roll of yarn I got from Walmart for $2.47.  They were quite fun to make actually.  The kids even got involved!


I love that it brings a pop of color.

I also added the wood wall behind the daybed.  I would have loved to go all the way up, it’s kind of hard to tell in the pictures but that wall is actually slanted, hence the reason I only went half the way up.

The wood was a real stretch for me. IT’S NOT WHITE!!   clapping begins :)

and I love it!  It warms up all the white in the room and balances it with the other pops of natural in the room!

Here’s a shot of the other side of the room when it was tates.


and now….


The dresser I had in our last Whimsy sale and it didn’t sell.  Praise the Lord! Some things are meant to be:)  I had bought it at an auction for $50 and gave it a face lift.  I added the blue hardware after the fact, but again I had gotten that as a clearanced out buy from Target almost a year ago!  I can not tell you all how this room literally just came together for almost nothing!

My biggest splurge was the rug.  It  is an indoor/outdoor rug from Target and it was originally $99, but was 15% off so $85, and then of course the redcard 5% so it was right around $80.  I love the bold design and bright color.


I thought I was going to have drapes in here as well, but I love the clean line look of the bamboo.


and homegoods strikes again with that sweet metal basket for $12.99.  We use it as Kynlees clothes hamper.  I might put a liner in it someday, but I love the color of it!

Again, here’s a pic of when we first bought it..


then when it was Tates room..


and now Kynlees…


I’m hoping to find a couple of baskets to hang under that clock, I just haven’t stumbled upon them yet.  Also, I actually painted this sign right on the wall, and I must give credit where credit is due…I found this sign on House of Belonging and fell in love.

I knew I wanted it to be bright and a big size, so I decided to free hand it and paint it on the wall.  I added a $5 pine border stained in special walnut by Minwax and had a big piece of artwork for $5:)  I do think House of Belongings signs are amazing though and worth EVERY PENNY.   So you should check out her Etsy site and see if there’s anything you need;)


So there you have it.  Kynlees room is complete.


and after I sell a lot of her pink room decor from her old room at whimsy, I think I’ll even come away on top for this project.

The hubs always likes that:)

Here’s a breakdown of what I spent…

Daybed — Free

Euro pom pom pillows — $30 ( one I had a gift card for)

Rug pillows  – $12 for the inserts

fur pillow — former purchase from Whimsy

duvet — shower curtain I sewed into a duvet from Target $14

Sheets — Target $14

Canopy — $25 for curtains and pom pom trim

Wood wall — $50

Sharpie art — $5

Bamboo shade — $13 (clearanced out at Menards)

dresser — $50

Rug — Target $80

Custom wall art (K and sign) — $10

flower chandelier (PB) — Clearanced out for $35

Wicker color blocked basket — Home goods $15

Metal basket — Home goods $12

Table and Chair — Free from shed

Paint — $30

I think that about does it, so the total for this project came right in at about $395, but again, after selling Kynlees bed with trundle and all of her accessories from her last room, it should at least be a wash!  Hurray!!


If you have been following along with me on instagram @prvbsthirtyonegirl you have seen quite a few sneak peeks of Kynlees room.  And although it’s “almost done” I want to finish a few things before the final reveal.

I did want to show you her feature walls I did in her room though and how I achieved the look.  It all started with this wallpaper from Serena and Lily.


but at $88 a pop, it wasn’t happening.  So I went to Pinterest and found these images…



It gives a SUPER similar look and it’s all done with Sharpie paint pens!!!

Genius.  Man I love Pinterest!

Although I loved this look, as I was searching Pinterest, I found an image I liked even a little bit better….



I loved the little more simplistic feel (and so did my hand) and that it was a little more modern.  Kynlees room was taking on a modern vintage feel (quite the oxymoron) but I loved how it was coming together and this was playing into the look I had more than the classic herringbone pattern.  So, I read this ladies blog (which was amazing, and the reason I won’t give too many directions as she did a great job describing the process) and went on amazon and ordered my Sharpie paint pen.


I bought the double pack for $5.99 because I wasn’t sure if I was going to do gold or silver.  I actually bought 2 packs because I didn’t want to run out of juice half way through the project.  I’ve heard you can buy these individually at michaels or joanns, for about $2.75, but when you live 30 miles from any store, Amazon prime becomes your best friend.  And….I knew I could use the gold paint pen for all sorts of projects down the road so I didn’t mind having that on hand.

It’s super important here that you buy the Sharpie paint pens, and you don’t just take a sharpie marker to your wall.  The paint pens paint over super easy if you make a mistake (which you will) or if you want to repaint the room some day (highly probable.)

I also bought a quilt ruler as suggested by the post above, and it made the project waaaaaayyyyyyy easier!!  I bought the same size she had since the pattern went off of it and got mine on EBay for $18.00

I couldn’t find the exact one I got, but here’s a similiar one..


and then I started…

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these first pics were all taken with my iphone at night, so excuse the blurry photos.  I tried using a pencil first, but realized it was just easier to use the paint pen from the get go, but you can tell I had already made a mistake that I had to paint over.  I soon realized though that if you keep a wet rag, you can wipe off your mistake easily if you catch it right away.  So I did the vertical lines first, all 6 1/2″ apart, the width of  the ruler.  Just make sure to use a level to keep them straight.  Once you get one level you should be good for the rest!

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One step down.  Now for the measuring.  I’m not going to explain it much since the girls post does an excellent job, I am going to say that if you have a sloped ceiling or window, like this wall, it makes it a tiche more difficult but super doable!

and then for the lines…

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Up close, you can see a few areas where it doesn’t match up perfectly, and I could take a small paint brush and touch up every area.  If I were type A, I would.  Thankfully I’m not, so good is good enough:):)

After I did this wall I decided I wanted to do one more wall, so I did the wall next to it as well…

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The second wall only took about an hour since I had the pattern down and there was nothing to work around.  Also, I used both paint pens but got both walls done with them, so for $6 in paint pens and $18 for a ruler, I completed this project for $24.  Not bad for a huge statement piece and a savings of over $200 for the wallpaper!

So here’s some finished photos from the good camera.


Here you can see some of the imperfections.  I may go back and fix those “some day”


This was another DIY wall art project I did for $5 out of 1/4″ plywood.  I just used that handy dandy quilting ruler to eyeball a K, cut it out with a jigsaw, stained it and added the turquoise K inside.


and yes, that is plastic on her window.  The economical sense took precedence over the decorator sense.

score one for the hubby.

And just to tease you, since the reveal will be coming soon..



Alright, now I’m heading back to the couch with my cup of coffee and cute lil fella whose just waking up ;)


This fall we got our family pictures taken for the first time since Jules has been gone.  It’s always a little bittersweet.  I had to force myself to change my profile pictures and family picture.  She will always be a part of us, but time goes on and our family is changing.  Our pictures reflect that now.  It does make my heart smile though when I come over to my kids playing with Beckett and Kynlee tells me, I was just telling him about his sister.  She will never be forgotten;)


I can’t even begin to explain what amazing siblings these two olders have been….


Kynlee can make her brother laugh like no other.

and this boy…


Oh his heart is full of tenderness and overflowing with sweetness.  He is actually the more “motherly” of  the two :)


and it makes my heart smile.  I can already see the very special relationship these brothers will have.  Beckett will learn a lot from his big brother, and I do believe his big brother is going to be excited to teach him:)

and my girl…


when did she grow up???


We already have the most fun girls nights.  It’s crazy when your kiddos become little humans whose company you thoroughly enjoy.

slow down time.

slow down.

And I’m quite sure there is nothing more attractive than this.


Now that is one fine looking bunch of boys!!

My heart is full.
Overflowing actually.

and these two??


It appears they have the perfect marriage.

The perfect life.

When I first got our pictures back the first thing I did was send this picture to Ry and said, now that looks like a couple that never fights.


Those two.

Now those two have it ALL together.

Picture perfect.

But that’s just a picture.  A snapshot in time.

And a lot of times that’s what we see in people, a small glimpse into their lives, and that’s what we focus on.

compare with.

wreck ourselves over.

We see someones family or house and feel defeated.  We will never get there.  We’ll never measure up.  We are failures.

But you see those two up there??  They’ve got issues.  He’s just as stubborn as she is.

They are both selfish.

They’ve been in counseling.  They have mentors.  They need help.


A picture only tells one side of a story.

A glimpse in time.

I will tell you one thing that couple has though.  They have the desire to continually TRY to make it better.  To know that marriage is HARD but OH SO WORTH IT!!

They have the fight in them to work on themselves and go to God for help.

That couple there, they aren’t giving up.


And we don’t want any of you to either!! Because although there are times when it can seem hopeless…Jesus brings hope.

He can take ugly and make it beautiful.

Ry and I have been doing a study with a sweet couple that have taken us under their wing, and it’s been oh so good.  It’s only 4 short lessons that are 30 minutes each.  Anyone can do it.  You can find the study here.


Because that couple up there, they are going to grow old together..


 and each year…


Their marriage is going to get better and better…


Even if there are bumps along the way.




for at least another 10 seconds:)

Photo credits to Sarah Pollio Photography.  She’s amazing:)


I’ve been working on a mini makeover on our dining room these last couple months, and I’m hoping to do the full before and after reveal soon, but one of the pieces that I wanted to add to the dining room was a buffet.  I originally had my big hutch in here…


but have since sold it at a Whimsy sale.  Although I liked it, it was a bit more country than I wanted to go.  It had served our house well, and the beautiful thing about whimsy is that I don’t usually loose money  on swapping out pieces of furniture.  I have gotten rid of the chalkboard wall and added board and batten, and my plan was to find a big “window” type mirror to put on the back wall to reflect some light since there is no windows back there.  I wanted the mirror to hang above a buffet, and after convincing myself I was just going to go to a furniture shop and buy a piece of furniture….I got sticker shock!  It’s been awhile!  I couldn’t find a decent buffet that I liked for under $800, and I just wasn’t willing to pay that!

So, I had been to an auction a few weeks prior and picked up this dandy for a whopping $10!

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I wished I would have taken the picture of it before I took off the hardware, because the hardware was “special” :) to say the least!  It was huge and heavy brass that completely dated this piece.

The dresser had a real orange and honey color to it….

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and although it needed a lot of work, I saw it had a LOT of potential!  It was the perfect size for my space, it was solid wood, and it had great character under all of that shellac:)

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so out came the palm sander!  I hate completely sanding down furniture unless I have too, which usually means unless I want it for my house and am going to save $700+ dollars on a boughten piece.  And although the character is what sold me on this dresser, it was a beast to sand down.

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not to mention super dusty!

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I worked on it two different nights for about 2 hours each time, which doesn’t sound like much, but it’s just not a fun job.

Finally I was ready to bring it in the house and stain it.  It’s always trial and error when I’m trying to get a color I want, and for this piece I really wanted the gray, driftwood color that is so in right now.

I started by taking a styrofoam cup and filling it half full with American Accents “stone gray” paint.


You can find it at Menards by the spray paint:)

Then I filled the rest of the cup with water and mixed it together.  I ended up with a stain-like consistency that I could brush on and rub in with a rag, and also wipe off the excess.  I would paint on a whole drawer front and then wipe it off, but on the top I broke it into thirds and did one third at a time so the paint didn’t sit on there too long.  Here’s what it looked like when I finished that step.

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Although I liked how it looked, it was a little too white washed effect for me.  I wanted a little more depth.  So then I messed around and tried the Minwax driftwood gray stain over top of it.  It really did nothing .  I want to tell you all the steps I did because so much of furniture reno is just trial and error.  After that didn’t work I took out my Minwax Dark Walnut stain..


I used a sponge brush to brush it on and then rubbed it off with a rag.  I was nervous at first that it would be too dark, but since I didn’t the half paint/half water treatment right before, it didn’t soak much up, and almost beaded a little.  The effect it gave was just perfect though.

Here was how it looked right after with my iphone pic

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It ended up matching the new IKEA chairs I got just perfect!  I took my christmas home tour photos with it done but no hardware on it.


Since I only paid $10 for the dresser, I was able to buy the mirrors from Ballard Designs plus the dresser for the price I sold my hutch for.  The mirrors at the time were on their Bring Home Ballard special and were the best deal I could find for the size that they are!  We are still going to hang them, right now they are just leaning, but they are so heavy I have to pull the hubs in to help with that one!  I since ordered and put the hardware on my buffet as well.  Again, since I got the dresser for such a steal, I wanted to invest in nice hardware.  I really wanted the cup pulls to make it more cottage feel, but needed to different sizes that matched.  I had a hard time finding them but ended up with a great option at Pottery Barn.


these 3″ pulls were perfect for the top drawers.

and I loved these 9″ pulls for the big drawers.

Their hardware is free shipping which helped, and then I ended up buying two $10 off of $50 coupons on ebay for $3 and ordered my pulls in two separate orders so I saved $17.  All 9 pulls ended up costing me around $90, which still made this piece of furniture a steal for $100.

So, heres the before….

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and after…


I just took out my red but left the greens, because here in the midwest spring is still a loooooooonnnnnngggg way off :)

And twinkle lights help with the dark nights:)


and that’s why I love those mirrors as well, they reflect so much light!


I love that the grain of the wood still shows through..


and that there is still variation in the color.


and this hardware was totally worth the cost.


I had to show you the end of this piece because the character is so pretty!  That’s why when you see a piece of furntiure at a garage sale, or estate sale, or craigslist, you have to look past the color/hardware/stain, and look at the character, lines, ridges.  Those are the parts of a piece of furniture that makes it so pretty at the end, whether staining or painting.


So there you have it, my $10 dresser makeover.



As promised, I’m back to show you the rest of the house.  You saw some of the living room but I thought I’d show a bit more.

This room actually is the hardest room for me since there is so much brown.  If it were up to me I probably would have done the whole house with wood floors with some nice big area rugs, but the hubs insists on carpet in the living room and bedrooms.  I get it, it’s comfy and makes complete sense, and I do like it too, it just doesn’t always give the best look.  Add on top of that a huge brown couch and you have a lot of brown going on.

Ideally I’d love to someday swap that couch out for the ikea white slipcovered Ektorp so that I could add some end table and brighten it up, but right now that’s not practical either.  We scored this Pottery Barn couch on Craigslist for $350, which was a steal since it’s the everyday suede, and huge!  It seats our whole family, which is so nice.  So even though it’s too big for the space, it’s practical.  And sometimes :) practical wins.


That’s the Target Joy that’s been floating around Blogland like crazy.  I got it last year and had it on my chalk wall.  This year I couldn’t find a great spot for it.  I painted it red and tried it in numerous spots.  It ended up here only cause I like a little extra twinkle lights at night.  I am well aware that the cords stick out and it kind of drives me nuts, but it’s up, and I”m not taking it down now.  Pretty sure it won’t end up here next year though;)

Amazingly, all the pillows on here are from Ikea, a first for me.


As is this big lantern.  It used to be galvanized until it met Mr. spray can.


These windows are so huge it’s nice to break them up a bit with a wreath.  This was a Home Goods find.


I did buy one non-ikea pillow.  It’s from H&M home line (which is amazing by the way!) and I love how it mixed the linen with the red.


I didn’t change up this area too much. I added the bunting and magnolia garland, and of course had to add the lights.  I love christmas lights!!:)



I also sprayed this little old drawer red.


and now it’s a home for the remotes:)

and lastly, the tree….which I have YET to find out the type!


The kids and I actually went out and cut it down ourselves.  Ry was working and the weather was too nice to pass up.  I think we did quite well:)


I found the cutest white pom pom garland at Menards on clearance out, and then I bought some beads from Walmart to string in as well. I made the merry and bright bunting and added in lots of ornaments and some mini chalkboards.  I always have a hard time getting good photos of a tree….but we love her none the less:)


My mom made us the tree skirt, she’s the best, and all the paper this year came from Target.


You can see we are quite cozy in our little house, but we love it!

and here’s the little back corner…


That cabinet houses all of our homeschool “stuff” so it doesn’t look too pretty but is quite functional:)  and I’ve had a couple of people ask what’s behind the little door?  It’s actually our speaker system.  We have speakers wired throughout the house and this hides all of the equipment:)



and here’s the full shot from standing in the dining room…

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I just focused on adding a few pops of red in here as well…


Surprise! another tree:)  Hi, my name is allie and I’m addicted to trees:)



I had fun filling my baskets..



and adding some pops of red to the open shelves




and I bought 79 cent tea towels at Ikea for some seasonal curtains!



and there you have it!



Oh I’m finally getting my act together over here and got my house clean enough to snap a few photos, and really…in a bloggers reality, that means moving the “piles” from one spot to another, just out of view of the camera;)  Just so you all know we are human to and we really DO live in our houses.  No, they are never not always picture ready.  Shh…..don’t tell!:)

So, this is the one time of year I start to get all sweaty and nervous and excited, not because Christmas is my FAVORITE HOLIDAY!! But because it’s the only time of year that I actually….(gasp) bring color into my house!! I mean BOLD color.  Color so bright sometimes it makes me second guess it.  But, I grew up in a super traditional house where Christmas was beautiful with reds and greens, and cozy, and homey, and comfy.  And, well, I just can’t give that up!  Although I’ve seen some amazingly gorgous “glitzy” Christmas’ and some beautiful “woodsy” christmas’, and although at one point this year while decorating I even said next year I’m not doing red, by the end of it I kind of like the change. The “pop” it brings.

So this year not only am I revealing my Christmas, but I’m also showing you the dining room makeover of board and batten and the addition of a buffet instead of the hutch.  So I’ll share my dining and living room with you today, and show you the rest on Friday:)

With no further ado..


There are so many changes in here, it should have been about 10 blog posts, but I’ve been busy, so you’ll see it all now and I’m hoping to break it down after the holidays.


I sold my grey hutch at the last whimsy sale and was able to purchase the mirrors and the dresser for the same price I sold it for.  The dresser was a $10 diy score that got a major makeover, which is one of the things I can’t wait to show you!


If you haven’t noticed, I’m waiting for the hardware to arrive in the mail, but I couldn’t let that stop me from getting a few pics.  The little tree toppers came from my Hubby’s hunting land up north.  I just put them in pots of water, and so far not many needles have dropped!  I also thought I’d join the crave and put a little “hot cocoa” station on the buffet….


The kids used it for the first time the other day and thought it was the coolest!


You see that little hot cocoa dish?? It was an old Bath and Body candle wrapped in some ribbon.  I love reusing things…especially when it makes it free:)


another little secret is that these dishes are from the dollar tree!  Like seriously, they were $1 a piece!


You might have also spied some new chairs in here.


I know these are all over blogland, but I just love them, and have been drooling over them for some time now..


They are the Ikea chairs and they are $79 a piece and $20 for the pad.


But I love that we can flip it around and have more comfortable seating when people come over, since we usually tend to congregate in front of the fireplace area anyway!

I found this box at a barn sale, and it matched my table perfectly.


The runner is from Target and the tree is an Ikea purchase…


the little chalkboard signs are a DIY and the pom pom garland was on clearance at Menards this year!


oh, and that fun chalkboard…Ryan’s cousin made it.  I’m kinda in love with it.  Especially since I no longer have my whole chalk wall in here.


the chairs are a bit hodge podge right now, not quite sure what I’m gonna do with that.  But I just spent my budget on two new ones, so I’ll have to wait awhile if I want to change them up!

The mantle this year was pretty basic.


I had the mirror, I just added the rope to mix it up, and added a few accessories.


I may have a bit of a tree fetish.


I’m not even going to count how many I have in my house right now..


It might be embarrassing:)


My sister made this adorable little color blocked pine cone garland, so I had to scoop that up at whimsy.



I pulled out the Christmas pillows again…


and pulled out the bright polka dots


Mom….take a picture of me!!!


and I’ve had a few people ask me what kind of tree we get and my answer is, a Charlie Brown tree.  I honestly have no idea.  But I love them.  We used to cut ones down from the hunting land up north that looked a lot like it, but they would always loose almost all of their needles before Christmas was even here, so I scratched that idea!  My friend found a place by her that had cut your own that had the same look but didn’t loose it’s needles!  Score!


I’ll share more of the tree friday, as well as the kitchen and living room!  Hope you are enjoying your twinkle lights and cheesy Christmas movies!  I know I am! And now I’m just off to address some Christmas cards that finally came in the mail today!  Yay!! It’s been 4 years since I’ve done cards so I am waaaaaayyyy over due!!


You guys, I wanted to share with you a company that I have recently found that I fell in love with.  Not only because it has amazing products and super cute stuff, but more so because of the mission behind it.  You may have heard of it because Jen Hatmaker has also fallen in love with the company and teamed up with them to come up with the best product possible and spread the word to help thousands of women throughout the world.  It’s called Noonday, and the mission from their website states…

Noonday Collection’s mission is to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. We partner with artisans in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses. By creating a marketplace for their goods, we create dignified jobs at living wages. This allows our artisans to earn more in order to support their families. We also offer no interest loans and make advance payments on orders. This way we are able to shoulder the costs of materials and build a lasting relationship based on trust. We offer scholarship programs and emergency assistance. Noonday Collection also donates a portion of sales from adoption trunk shows to place orphans in forever families.

Noonday Collection is not a charity and we do not believe that providing a hand out is a sustainable long-term solution to poverty. We aim to be a sustainable business that gives women across the United States a way to make a lasting difference in the fight against poverty and injustice. This is what makes this movement so special.

As of now noonday is working with 28 different groups, supporting 2000 artisans in over 10 countries which in turn is helping over 8800 family members.  Seriously, how cool is that??

So, recently my good friend became an ambassador for noonday, hosting trunk shows and spreading the knowledge of how we can help these artisans while displaying all of the amazing creations they make by hand.  Seriously, everything is hand made with their local materials and their precious hands.

You can watch their video here:


Here are some of my favorite pieces…

I love the monoco necklace…

It’s super versatile and the length is perfect!  I love it so much I wore it for our family pictures:)


I also love the Pagoda necklace….


It’s so different and fun:)

I am super excited about these little guys for the winter…


They are the coziest arm warmers!

And there’s still so much more I can’t even show it all.  So, you should go check it out!!  I recently just had a trunk show myself (you should find an ambassador and do the same!) but I thought I’d give you the chance to join in on my party:)  I’m going to be closing it Sunday night so that if you do order, it can get to you before Christmas, unless stated that it’s backordered.  And just to make it more fun I thought I’d add a little giveaway to the mix.  For every item purchased you’ll be entered into the drawing to win this gorgeous necklace!  Just make sure to put the name Allie for the trunk show name when you order to be entered!


Seriously, if you read up on this company I know you will fall in love with their mission and their hearts as much as I did.  What an awesome company to support while getting something great in return!!  Thanks for hearing my heart on this, and happy shopping!!  I can’t wait to see who wins that beauty up there!! :) :)


So I’m a few days late on the winner of the giveaway, but for good reason.  This week I had the opportunity to go back to my alma mater and speak at chapel at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul.  Although I am not a public speaker (I like my platform from behind the computer) I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to speak to these kids that reminded me so much of myself 10 years ago.  Wow! That makes me sound old.  But for real, it was a full circle moment for me.

I spoke to these kids about “my story.”  My testimony with Jesus and our story of how the Lord blessed us with sweet Jules.  It was such a privilege to honor sweet Jules and keep her name and her legacy alive!  And it was great to encourage these kids that they all have a story, and that story needs to be used to glorify God!

I had to take a few pics of the event since it was so weird to be preaching from the same stage I listened to others preach from every day in college.

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the hubby took the day off of work to come with and support me..

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and some of my college girls even came as well…love them!!

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Thank you to all of the prayer warriors that prayed me through this one.  It went even better than I could have imagined, and I’m pretty sure it’s only Jesus:)

So, with that being said I have another ladies Christmas event I’m speaking at tomorrow night that you can still say a few prayers for :) and then I can slow down for a bit:)

So, I’m sorry I’m a bit behind with the announcement, but the winner of “peace on earth” is….

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comment #54 Anne DiMarco!!

Anne, I’ll be emailing you for your address:)

Rudolph also found  a new home from the instagram giveway I had @prvbsthirtyonegirl

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and is on his way to his new home!  Thanks for all the comments.  It’s fun to see how many of you are tuning in:)


Oh my goodness I have been gone so long, have so much to show you, and so little time to do it.  So I thought I’d start with the one of the oldest projects that I have yet to show you…it’s an ikea cabinet for our bathroom.  If you remember waaaaay back when we gutted our upstairs bathroom we didn’t leave room for a closet.  Instead we had a little “nook” where I was going to find the perfect little armoire to fit in that space.  Well, that proved harder than I thought, and more expensive.  So I ended up at the ever affordable Ikea.


I bought the Ikea Hemnes cabinet for $365.  Although that’s a great price, it’s still a chunk of change, so I had to made sure I loved it.  It was a perfect fit and that I loved.  And I was excited that instead of just a closet, it had a little bit of character.  I vowed that I would do those glass door justice and have an organized, “cute” cabinet in my bathroom. I even spent good money on matching baskets.

The problem is…I can’t do organized.  At least not “cute’ organized.  So I ended up with this..

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seriously, it’s pathetic.  Don’t worry, I know.

And then I said to myself.  Forget it.  I can’t make my Rave hairspray look good.  Ever.  And…..I’m never gonna stop buying it….cause honestly, I’m addicted.  Seriously, don’t judge, just try it.  I’ll save you millions:)

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Soo……I decided those doors need to be covered.

The chaos needs to go away.

I screwed in two small screws into the inside of the doors and ran wire between the two.

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and then I used my ever trusty drop cloth and made a little curtain for it.

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and taaa daaaa!!!  Problem solved!


What once was, well..this…


is now…


Pretty :)

And that’s how I solve problems.

I still love that it has character, and I also love that I can buy whatever I want to put in it, even if it doesn’t match.  For all you type a people out there it still might drive you nuts.  But, for me…out of sight, out of mind!


and now I can utilize the full space.

So, one more project off the list….


now to update you on everything else that’s been going on:)

But, before that I have a fun little Christmas giveaway.  One lonely little sign was left over from Whimsy.  2 actually.

I’m giving one away on the blog and a different one away on my instagram feed @prvbsthirtyonegirl. Comment below to be entered in the drawing.  This sign is about 12×12.  And I took the picture at night so the lighting doesn’t do it justice.  It’s light gray and white with a gray stain.  I’ll pick the winner Wednesday and contact you via email:)  photo 1 (9)




I know there are a lot of new readers out there who hear me talk about Whimsy Green and aren’t exactly sure what I’m talking about.  I thought I’d use this post to explain what Whimsy is, how it came into existence, and the amazing sale we had this last week!

When we first moved into the current house we are living in, I had a lot of furniture that didn’t fit the spaces well.  As well as a lot of decor that wasn’t “farmhouse” ish…and I wanted to go a different route.  For anyone that decorates knows, it’s super expensive to switch your whole “style.”  And the words expensive and I don’t go too well together.  My friend had mentioned, since you want to buy new furniture, why don’t you have a “barn sale” to sell your stuff at better prices then you could just get at a garage sale, and then you can sell it all at once.  I sat on that thought for quite awhile (since we did have a super cute red barn now:)  but didn’t dare ask the hubby to help me clean it out and get it up and running for a barn sale.  He just spent 5 months completely renovating our house, I was pretty sure he didn’t want to renovate a barn.

Well….it never hurts to ask:)

So, before you know it him and I were spraying the ceilings white, pressure washing the floors, filling in gaps in the cement, and he wired the whole barn for electrical.  Good.Hubby.Award.  Thanks babe!  Did I mention he wanted a cow and chickens in this barn?

Not happening.

So that year I managed to talk my sisters into “creating” to help me fill this barn that was now ready for a sale.  My one sister came up with the name “Whimsy Green” since we had to call it something than the unoriginal “barn sale” and we opened our doors for the first time three years ago.

You guys, we had no idea what would come of it.

Would anyone show up? (I do live in the middle of nowhere)

Would it be worth our time?

Would we make any money?

Well, that first sale I ended up selling most of the large furniture I had from our last house and was super happy that I could buy a few new pieces.  I also managed to talk my sisters into staying on with me and creating another sale, and another, and another.

From that first sale our customer base has probably multiplied times 20??? I don’t even know.

And the crazy thing is that we have NEVER ADVERTISED outside of this blog and our FB page.

So this last weekend we geared up for our big Christmas sale.  The weather was cold but the women still showed up!  I took this picture from my front yard at 9, when our doors opened.  You guys, that drive is 1/4 mile long!  We had over 150 ladies waiting in line and ready to shop when the doors opened.

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we stand amazed!

And this was the picture I took of the other side of my yard at about 9:30….

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we had to lay down tarps so that the women could lay their piles down while they continued to shop.


and the other side…

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Women have come as far as 4 hours away to shop our sale.  Can you say humbled??

As I was checking women out, one lady showed me a map she had drawn of our barn and the items she wanted.  I asked if I could take a picture of it and she let me have it.

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The ladies go online to see the pictures we post and mark out their strategy of what to get.

Never in a million years if someone told me three years ago Whimsy Green would have turned into this would I have believed it.  My family is so humbled and honored and can only give the glory to God.  We can’t figure out how else this would happen!

Oh, and I had to post this picture my friend sent me on a text.  I survived Whimsy Christmas sale 2014..

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You’re welcome Abbey:)  Did I mention it was cold and windy???

So, here are the pictures I took from inside the barn, before the women came in:)

We had an elegant Christmas room…



My sisters husband made this table and benches.  It was beautiful!


You might have spied my hutch in the back there.  Yep. She’s gone!  Onto new things:)


My sister Mel made those awesome light up signs!  So creative!



And then we had a little bit more of a “Woodsy Christmas”






and of course we had to have a traditional red and green christmas….





and a little fun red and grey and leopard christmas…



and this year, we also had Ryan’s man cave set up for the sale.


We worked around the yellow insulation and plywood floors:)








and on top of the man cave being open to shop, we also opened up our little guest house as a little toy shop.  My sister puts together fun “kits” and babies for kids and my mom made some amazing superhero capes and girly capes.  I only got iphone shots of the guest house so the quality isn’t the best.

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So here’s a huge THANK YOU for the most amazing customers!!! To my mom and dad who help selflessly, and to my hubby who worked hard to get everything set up for us and parked cars and the other hubbies for watching kiddos:).  My sisters and I are so so so grateful and feel so blessed!

Until next year….



So my goal with this man cave was to give Ryan a very masculine “rustic” look, instead of a dead animal log cabin feel:)  He has a log cabin waaaaaaayyy up north that is darling and I love the feel, but I wanted this to be something different.   A little more refined maybe.  And a tiche more “trendy.”  Since rustic, wood and antlers is so popular right now, I’m super excited to incorporate Ry’s animals and give him a super cozy, rustic, manly place that he can kick back in and watch football or escape for some quiet time!

Here’s where we are at so far.

We are using some of the old barn wood for the window wall and to plank the fireplace.  It will look something like this…



We have big rustic beams in there already like this…



I’m so in love with them I want them in my house! I can’t wait to show you:)

We are going to do dark gray trim like this..



and a possible board and batten wall like that as well.

And then the fun stuff….Ry got a big leather sectional, and we are going to warm it up with some cozy throws and pillows and possibly a cowhide rug like this…


via Pottery Barn

Oh, and what’s a man cave without some antlers.  I can do SOME :)


So my anniversary present to the hubs??


Yep.  An antler chandelier.  Never thought I’d be gifting that:)

Happy Anniversary babe!!

Well, I’m off to set up the barn and man cave for our last day of the Whimsy sale.  And then we pack it up for the year.  You can get a better look of where the man cave is at now, and the progess that Ry made.


We’ve been at it again.


And although I wish it was on the house, it’s not.  It’s been a little cute out building that Ry had his eye on to be his “man cave” since we moved here.  It actually used to be an old grainery and when we were doing demo we found old newspapers in the walls from over 100 years ago.  So much history.  And although I loved the character and chippy paint and old windows of this little building…


truth is, if we didn’t do something it would just sit there and probably blow over one of these days.  See…the back was pretty much falling out,


the roof had holes and leaks in it..


and it had the best views on the property to not take advantage of.


So although I’ll miss this. I’m so excited to be able to use this space.  I say I, hoping Ry will let me join him out there;)

So, we have pretty much rebuilt the whole house.  Ryan took off three of the four walls and extended the back wall by six feet I think?!?  Ha!  I’ll get corrected if I’m wrong:)


You can see the roof line is no longer symmetrical since we bumped it out, but it really gave us a lot more space inside.  We also put in all new windows, he actually has in-floor heat running in those floors (he tells me there is no budget to his man cave:) oh. dear.


There will also be a covered porch off the back, and he did put a deck on recently that still needs a railing.  I’ll do a follow up post soon!


I love these tall windows we scored off of Craigslist.  Inside there will be a gas fireplace between them.


We also added a little awning like we did to the guest house, and re roofed the whole building.


We made the windows on this wall a little bit bigger without changing the look too much, and put a smaller window in the top.

Oh but you guys….the view..


It’s like a panoramic picture.

I love this wall.


We saved enough of the old wood to hopefully plank this whole wall with it, as well as above the fireplace that will go between these two windows.


Do you see why I want Ry to let me come enjoy it with him?  Oh, and have a little decor say?? Its too fun to not help out just a bit:):)

And so far, he’s being a great sport!

I say “we” did all of this, but it’s been pretty much all ryan so far.  He’s one talented guy:)  And as of the last couple of weeks he’s got the whole outside done, the deck on, and wiring and insulation done.  We’ve had a bit of a push to get it ready “enough” to use for our Whimsy Green sale.  We are busting at the seams in the barn and are going to use this as an over flow area, even if there is insulation on the walls.  We’ll take what we can get!

So stay tuned for the inspiration pics I’m using to “help” Ry with decor:)

And for the furthest progress.

And if you want to see it in person, come visit us this weekend, for our Whimsy Green occasional sale!  We will be open Saturday from 9-4 and a night Sale on Tuesday the 11th from 6-9!  We can’t wait, we have SO MUCH stuff!!  If you want a sneak peek find us on instagram #buyitatwhimsy