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December 2016

2016 Home Goals: How things went

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2017 Home Goals via Life on Shady Lane blog

As 2016 draws to a close, I’m finding that I feel a little stuck blog-wise. House projects have slowed waaay way down for the holidays and we’ve just kind of been relaxing and enjoying time with family. That makes it a little difficult to create content for my home-focused blog. So, I hope you’ll forgive me for the temporary slow-down. We have fun projects planned for 2017, but before we get to that I wanted to do a recap on how…

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Basement Remodel: An Update

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A vintage sports themed basement renovation

Merry Christmas, everyone!! I took a break from blogging to relax and spend time with family and friends, but I’m baaaack! Did you miss me? ;) Several people asked over Christmas whether we had any home projects going on at the moment. We told them that our main focus lately has been our basement renovation…although really we’ve just been working on decorating the space some more. Everything in the room is complete with the exception of the pallet ceiling and…

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Staircase Gallery Wall Inspiration

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Have you ever heard someone say that, in order to create a home that feels personal, unique, and truly you, yet still beautiful and functional, you should be a collector? Meaning that you should not worry so much about buying matching pieces and decorating an entire room all at once, but instead buy things that you really love one by one, whenever you find them. The theory is that in doing this, you’ll create a home that automatically feels cohesive because everything in…

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Modern Farmhouse Christmas Dining + Hearth Room

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Modern Farmhouse Christmas Dining + Hearth Room via Life on Shady Lane blog

One of the best things about decorating your home for Christmas is that it makes it feel so cozy. And when you hate being cold like me, and live in the midwest, that’s a necessity. I’d love to go all out and have like 5 Christmas trees (don’t judge me) and string lights and pretty ornaments everywhere, but we have a very curious one year old. Chasing him around the house attempting to prevent injuries, broken ornaments, and toppled Christmas trees does…

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Our Staircase – Before

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Staircase - Before via Life on Shady Lane blog

I’ve had a bit of writer’s block lately I think, or more like a creativity-block. I’ve been so busy trying to keep up with holiday related stuff that I haven’t been doing little projects around the house like I typically do. And when I actually do have the time to do something, my brain just wants to relax and I can’t even think about being creative. The other morning I pulled Henry’s highchair out into the living room so I could…

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Gift Guide: for the Home Chef

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Gift Guide - for the Home Chef

Today’s gift guide is for all of those people on your list who love to cook and bake. Sometimes it’s so nice to be able to put together a special meal at home rather than going out and paying someone else to make it for you, isn’t it? There’s just something to be said about creating your own dishes. All of the gifts on this list are things that make cooking and baking at home better. More convenient, more fun,…

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Gift Guide: for the Entertainer

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Gift Guide: For the Entertainer - via Life on Shady Lane blog

Yesterday I shared a roundup of some of my favorite gifts for the home lover, and today…I’ve got a bunch of gift ideas for friends and family who like to entertain! Having people over for dinner or just to hang out is one of my favorite things to do. All of these gifts are perfect for that, and they’re especially useful during the holidays when friends and family tend to gather together a lot. Copper plated corkscrew | Grinder set | Acacia wood…

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Gift Guide: for the Home Lover

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Gift Guide: for the Home Lover via Life on Shady Lane blog

If you’re anything like me, you’re lucky if you’ve purchased even one Christmas gift by this time. It’s so difficult to choose gifts that are meaningful, and not just “stuff”! In an attempt to make gift-giving easier, I’ve put together a roundup of gifts for the home lover: people who love home decor, getting cozy during the cold winter months, or just hanging out at home. I’ll put together additional gift guides between now and Christmas, but wanted to start…

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DIY Rustic Farmhouse Coffee Table

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DIY rustic farmhouse coffee table with FREE printable directions - via Life on Shady Lane blog

We needed a table for our basement renovation/man cave but couldn’t find exactly what we wanted, so we decided to just build one ourselves using some redwood posts we already had on hand! We wanted something sturdy and substantial, and that’s exactly what this is. It would be perfect in any living room, but works especially well in a room that gets a lot of use, because it is so sturdy. It turned out really well and looks so great in the…

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Antique Pew and Christmas Pillows

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Antique church pew and christmas pillows via Life on Shady Lane blog

Our home does not have a foyer or designated “entry” – you just walk right into the living room. I really wanted a foyer when we were looking for a house, but loved everything else about the house we chose so decided to go with it. I’ve actually had fun with the challenge of creating a space that feels like an entry: a place to put your keys and shoes when you come in the house. As soon as we shiplapped…

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