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A Pop of Blue in the Entryway

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A pop of blue, modern farmhouse entryway via Life on Shady Lane blog

Are you guys getting sick of my antique church pew yet? I feel like I’m redecorating it all of the time, but I’ve decided it’s my favorite thing to mix up in the whole house. I thought I might feel the same about our bookshelves (see those [here]) and while I do enjoy changing those up, I tend to just add a few things here and there and mix things around a bit. I finally got the shelves styled how I…

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The Other Upstairs Bedroom – Before

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The Other Upstairs Bedroom - Before

Happy Monday, friends! I’m furiously typing this as Henry naps – getting blog posts done with a toddler roaming the house just isn’t quite possible, so I’m hoping to get it finished before he wakes up. ;) The other day I showed some “before” photos of one of our upstairs bedrooms [here]. That one will be our “master” bedroom. Today I’m going to share with you the before photos of what will soon (hopefully) be Henry’s room! This room was…

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Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Toddlers

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Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Toddlers via Life on Shady Lane blog

I’ve been thinking about what I want to put in Henry’s Easter basket this year. We didn’t make one for him last year because, well, he wouldn’t have been excited about it anyway. He was only 6 months old! He’s got such a big personality now though and I know he would be excited to get some fun new things. When I think of an Easter basket, though, I always think of candy (jelly beans, chocolate bunnies). I don’t give…

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Toddler Bedroom Inspiration

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Toddler Bedroom Inspiration

The upstairs of our home has two bedrooms and a bathroom. I showed some before photos of what will be our “master bedroom” the other day [here], and I’m already looking forward to finishing that room and decorating it. However, what I’ve been MOST excited about is decorating the 2nd bedroom – it will be Henry’s room! And let’s be real, kids rooms are just more fun. That’s the way it should be right? They’re for KIDS! I go back…

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Our Upstairs Bedroom: Before

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Hi! I know it’s been a looooong time, but I’m still alive, I promise! I mentioned the other day over on Instagram that we had an exciting announcement to share, and that’s the main reason for my absence on the blog. I still haven’t shared and…I still can’t announce it just yet (sorry!) but we’re getting closer! A little hint: it’s house related! The start to our weekend was a little rough. I woke up with a stomach bug Friday…

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Sunday Instagram Roundup

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Sunday Instagram Roundup via Life on Shady Lane blog

This past weekend was a rough one. Henry had some kind of stomach bug and so we didn’t want to take him anywhere out of the house for fear of exposing him to more germs and because we didn’t want to get anyone else sick. So we stayed in the house for the whole darn weekend, with the exception of a few trips out (Brandon and I took turns running out to get food because I hadn’t grocery shopped in…

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Block Wall Foundation Repair

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Foundation repair via Life on Shady Lane blog

In case any of you ever were under the impression that life in a fixer upper is glamorous (I’m not sure who would think that, but just in case)…I’d like to share a few “real life” photos with you today. There is a small storage room off of our garage, and when we moved into the house we noticed that one of the cinder block walls in that room was bowing out just a little bit. We figured that it would…

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Sunday Instagram Roundup

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Sunday Instagram Roundup via Life on Shady Lane blog

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I’ve been getting our house ready for Spring for about two weeks now, but I finally took down my last remaining winter décor (some winter pillows) this week. I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll make Spring come faster. That’s how it works right? You can see last week’s Sunday Instagram Roundup [here], and you can follow me on Instagram [here]. Our china cabinet got a little Spring makeover as well. That magnolia wreath has now been…

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Early Spring Styled Church Pew

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Early spring styled antique church pew via Life on Shady Lane blog

It’s not even February yet, but I’ve been transitioning  my home to Spring décor. Mostly because I’m sick of winter and being cold, but partially so I can show you ahead of time in case you’re looking for a little Spring inspiration for your own home! I’ve blogged about this antique church pew a few times before. You can read about its history and see photos of it styled for Christmas [here]. You can also see photos of it decorated for…

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Thrift Store Basket turned Wall Art

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Thrift store basket via Life on Shady Lane blog

I am not a big thrift store shopper. Sometimes I’ll get in the mood to go check one out to see if I can find any treasures…but typically I don’t find much at all. I don’t know if maybe I’m going to the wrong places or what, because I always hear about people finding such cool stuff! I had a little extra time one day last week and decided to just swing by and take a look…and you guys, I…

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Sunday Instagram Roundup

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Sunday Instagram Roundup via Life on Shady Lane blog

Yes, I know…I know. Today is Monday. Yesterday just got away from me somehow, and I wasn’t able to share my Sunday Instagram Roundup with you guys! I posted on Instagram at about 11:30 p.m. though, so at least I was kind of on top of my game. ;) I started this new series last week [here] in an effort to bring Instagram and my blog together. I know that not everyone who follows me on Instagram reads my blog, and…

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Spring Bookshelf Makeover

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Spring Bookshelf Makeover via Life on Shady Lane blog

After I took down our Christmas decorations, the house was feeling pretty bare. Part of me liked it because it felt…fresh in a way. And that means Spring is on its way, right? But our bookshelves were looking pretty sad and too naked. So they got a little makeover! You can see what our bookshelves looked like at Christmas time [here]. I started to try and just rearrange things…but quickly realized I’d do a better job if I emptied the whole thing…

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Favorite Beauty Basics

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Favorite Beauty Basics via Life on Shady Lane blog

Happy Friday friends! I apologize for the lag in blog posts – this past week was crazy busy! A few days ago I mentioned on Instagram that I was considering broadening my blog topics to include style and beauty. Home renovation and design are my biggest passions, but I want to challenge myself by including a wider range of topics. If you are subscribed to receive my emails and not interested at all in style or beauty, don’t worry! I’m…

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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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