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Sunday Instagram Roundup

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Sunday Instagram Roundup via Life on Shady Lane blog

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a fun and relaxing weekend. I’ve decided to start a new series called “Sunday Instagram Roundup” here on the blog since I know that not all of you who read my blog follow me on Instagram, and vice versa. I thought it would be a great way to start the week and share some of my favorite photos that I shared from the previous week here on my blog. If you do want…

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2017 Home Goals

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2017 Home Goals via Life on Shady Lane blog

Woah it felt weird writing “2017” in the title of this post! I don’t think I’ve actually written it down yet, so that was officially the first time. ;) I posted almost exactly one year ago about our 2016 home goals – the things we wanted to accomplish with our home during the year. And our list was REALLY long, because, well, we chose to move into a fixer upper. At the end of December, I shared a post recapping…

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An Update on our Staircase

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An Update on our Staircase via Life on Shady Lane blog

When we moved into our house, there was carpet everywhere. And not nice, new carpet…I’m talking, like, 30 year old carpet. So needless to say that was one of the first things we took out. The carpet on the stairs actually stayed for quite a while though, because as I’ve mentioned in the past, we don’t even use our upstairs yet – so we didn’t really use the stairs! I couldn’t take it any longer though so it was eventually torn…

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The paint colors we used in our home + my tips on picking colors for your own home

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Neutral and calming whole house paint color scheme + tips for choosing paint colors in your own home via Life on Shady Lane blog

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on the paint colors we used in our home, so I thought I’d share with you all today! I get it: picking a paint color can be difficult. When we moved into our house, we had to paint essentially EVERY single surface because we didn’t like any of the colors, and it all needed freshening up anyway. I love how much fresh paint can transform the look and feel of a room.…

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Simple & Cozy Winter Entry

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Simple and Cozy Winter entry via Life on Shady Lane blog

It’s no secret that I am not winter’s biggest fan. Give me a choice between a warm sunny day and a cold snowy day…and I’d choose the warm weather every time. I’d hibernate if that was socially acceptable but apparently it’s not. So instead, I’m choosing to focus on making our home as cozy as possible this winter. If I can’t live in Florida on a beach then I might as well make the best out of winter in Missouri,…

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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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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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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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Cozy Farmhouse Christmas Living Room

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Cozy farmhouse Christmas living room via Life on Shady Lane blog

About a month ago, I mentioned that we were getting ready to do a little makeover on our living room [here]. The room looked hilarious in that post – we had two couches crammed into the small space because we were getting ready to sell our sectional but had already found the new couch. That overlap time didn’t last long but I had to document the ridiculousness of it all. Plus, I wanted to show you guys the “before” so…

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Traditional Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen

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Christmas Kitchen via Life on Shady Lane

I started decorating our home for Christmas about two weeks before Thanksgiving. Some might say that’s too early, but my thinking is that it’s so much work, and if you wait until December 1st, you don’t really get to enjoy your hard work (and pretty decorations) for very long! I wanted to incorporate a little bit of Christmas into our kitchen, and when I realized that I hadn’t ever shared our whole kitchen on the blog, I knew this would be a great…

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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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