Trend Roundup: Light Wash Wood

I’ve always loved the natural look of woodwork in a home and I’m so glad the trend of painting everything white is starting to come to an end. Natural wood can last for hundreds of years and can be refinished again and again to look like new. As I’ve done projects in my house, I’ve tried to stick to the original wood character as much as possible, which has meant a lot of restoration projects.

 

I’m loving the trend of light to medium wood that is finished to show the beauty of natural grain. It can create a great focal spot for any room. See some of my favorite inspo below!

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What I’m Loving: Kitchen Wall Color Inspo

I’ve recently talked about my big kitchen remodel, but one of the smaller tasks is changing out my wall color. Right now, it is a retro mint green color, which I actually really love. But, I feel like my house started to become a hodge podge of colors between each room after I did my first round of painting after purchasing my house.

As I’ve done overhauls in each room, I’ve been toning down the color a little bit. I actually stuck close to my original palette, but just found a grayer, softer version of each color that refreshes and ties everything together more. My advice when painting a room is that the color is always going to be double as bold as you think it will be, so maybe take a step down from what you think you’ll like.

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What I Learned from Trying Out to Be an NFL Cheerleader

**Warning this post is a personal one! So if you’re just here for the home remodel DIYs you can skip ahead. But I’d love for you to stay! 🙂

I shared with you all a few months ago that my new years resolution this year was to just do things. I’m the type of person that always talks myself out of trying something new and I feel like that’s kept me from going after the things I really want to do in life.

One of those things that has always been on my “what if” list was trying out to be an NFL cheerleader. I had no idea of my potential and haven’t danced in years, but why not try? I took the leap and signed up for the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders prep classes and tryouts. There was no going back!

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What I’m Loving: Porch Remodel Inspiration

One of the future projects on my home-remodel bucket list is to redo my porch. The porch sits on the back of my house in a nice little enclosed room with windows that can be opened. Its not heated or air conditioned, and the door locks only from the inside, so I’ve mostly used it as a catchall entry room.

When I first moved in, I installed new indoor/outdoor carpet and added DIY curtain rods and curtains to freshen it up. Over time, the carpet has moved around and the space has become sort of a junk catchall of where shoes and furniture goes to die (also where spare construction material is stored). Because I don’t have a good entry room in my house, I want to turn this into a more practical mudroom.

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What I’m Loving: Summer Yard Goals

Its the time of winter in Minnesota where I start to stop believing that it will ever be summer again. After this long winter, I can’t wait to start spring planting and planning my patio decor. Last year I styled my patio with some amazing Tommy Bahama outdoor fabric and I want to build upon the tropical theme with my patio this year. Here’s the inspiration that I’m loving right now:

The mustard yellow velvet along with the green plants is amazing. I love the retro vibes!

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Feel More Fancy for $20 or Less

We all want our homes to feel like a place to recharge and relax, but sometimes creating that kind of space takes a little more than budget allows. That doesn’t mean there aren’t little things you can do to help yourself feel just a little bit more *fancy* as you go about your day. Here are my top ways to make little improvements, without breaking the bank:

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