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October 2016

A Halloween Fireplace

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A Halloween Themed Fireplace

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved Halloween. The costumes, the pumpkin carving, scary movies, and of course…the candy. I’m not so big on scary movies anymore (but I am obsessed with American Horror Story – anyone else?!) but Halloween is still one of my favorite holidays. It’s even more special now because Henry was born on Halloween! I decorated our home for Fall (duh) – you can see photos [here] and [here]. I have kept a lot of…

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Basement Remodel: A Hanging Bar

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DIY Hanging Bar, Basement Remodel

Since the beginning of this project, we have been planning on incorporating a bar into the basement remodel. Our goal is to create a space where people can  hang out, watch tv, have a drink, etc. that was not the living room. Our living room is at the very front of our home and it’s small, so it’s not a great place for a bunch of people to hang out. Plus, the previous owners of our home had already sort…

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Basement Remodel: We have baseboards and a fridge door!

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Basement Remodel: We have baseboards and a fridge door!

I haven’t posted about our basement/mancave remodel in quite a while just because things haven’t been moving very quickly with it. Since it’s in the basement, it’s obviously not in our faces like other projects we finish more quickly (like our antique ladder + pendant lights over our kitchen island)…but it’s still in the works, so don’t worry! In my last post about this room[here], we had just finished painting the walls and putting down flooring. We hadn’t yet installed baseboards or quarter…

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Our Living Room

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Living Room before photos via Life on Shady Lane blog

When we first moved into our home, our front room was kind of a “dropping zone” for all of the stuff we didn’t quite have a spot for yet. Our couch and TV were set up temporarily in what is now the dining room, and despite many people telling me that it should be our permanent living room, I knew that I wanted that space to be where our dining and hearth room was [photos here]. It just made sense…to me.…

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Antique Ladder and Pendant Lights

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Antique Ladder and Pendant Lights

Yesterday I posted my IKEA pendant makeover…but today, you get to see the WHOLE thing, antique ladder and all! I mentioned when we were having hardwoods installed, we took down the ceiling fan in our kitchen. I’m talking like, one week before the hardwood guys were supposed to arrive, I realized that we needed to re-texture and paint the ceiling. And while we were at it, we might as well take down that old fan because we knew we wanted…

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IKEA Ottava Pendant Makeover

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IKEA Ottava Pendant Makeover

You may remember that before we had new hardwoods installed, we took down the 1970’s ceiling fan that was in our kitchen. We knew that we wanted to replace it, but we weren’t sure what exactly we wanted to replace it with. So we took it down, had the ceilings painted and hardwoods installed….and lived without light in half of our room for entirely too long. I wanted to make sure I picked the right lights though, so I wasn’t really…

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