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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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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How to Create a Modern Farmhouse Bathroom

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How to create a Modern Farmhouse Bathroom via Life on Shady Lane blog

When I think back on the past year, it absolutely amazes me how much work we have been able to do on our fixer upper. It was in rough shape when we bought it and now it really does feel like our home. A little fun fact: we bought the house without ever having stepped foot in it. I’m not kidding – we Facetimed (from our apartment in Las Vegas) with our parents as our realtor walked them through it, and I literally said…

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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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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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