To Paint or Not to Paint (Our Brick Fireplace)…

I am a lover of all things white and am firmly positioned on team #justpaintwhitealready. Before we moved in our home, I couldn’t wait to tackle the brown brick fireplaces. (We have one on the main floor of our home in the living room and another located in the basement.) Although I was up in the air whether to paint them solid white or do something fun like limewash the brick, I knew they would not be staying their natural color.

As time went by in our house, this project was put on the back burner as more pressing things were dealt with. The funny thing that happened was as time went by, the more fond I became of our brown brick fireplaces, especially the one upstairs. There is something organic and natural about it that really pops against our light gray walls and white wainscoting in the hallway.

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6 Budget Friendly Ways to Boost Spring Curb Appeal


Spring is one of my favorite times of the year (although so is summer. And fall! Okay, okay, basically any time of year other than winter.) But there is something special about spring. The new buds on trees, the lush green plants bursting from the ground, and the sounds of birds chirping are such sweet reminders that the season of renewal is upon us.

I am such an avid outdoor lover and feel so cooped up during the cold months. My family and I spend every spare second outdoors when it warms up. What better time to breathe a little new life into the outside of your home? These are such easy updates to make. And, the best part is you don’t have to spend a fortune to freshen things up!

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The Story of Our Home

So this is the back story on why we live where we do, how we came to live here, and why we chose this particular house as the home for our family. Living in this home hasn’t always been easy or fun. There have been times when we have been tempted to walk away, to choose something not quite such a fixer upper, or maybe even build a home from scratch.

But I’m so glad we’ve stuck it out. This house IS home. Our home. And looking back in hindsight, I feel this whole journey has set us up to put us exactly where we are meant to be in this moment. Our blog would never have started without this home. At the end of the day, this place our family returns home to every night has become a haven. And like the old saying goes, anything worth having is worth working for.

Back when we first moved in our current home, money was tight.  We had just welcomed our miracle baby Ansley six short months prior. We moved in a whirlwind frenzy after selling our first house just 4 days after it was initally listed on the market and to top it all off, only had one week to move out of it. Needless to say, my plans on a well organized move bit the dust. Heck, I was just thankful to have stuff thrown in boxes at this point.

Our current home- Before

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About Me

Hi! I’m Lauren. Welcome!

I live in rural Kentucky not far from Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby. You can usually find me chasing after my two beloved children, sneaking a moment to read a book, or at the baseball field where my husband of almost 10 years coaches high school baseball. All of this is done with my Yeti cup full of coffee not far from hand.

I love all things that make a house a home. Most of my time is spent studying how others have created a home for themselves and then try to apply those principles to my own home.

My mission is to create a home full of warmth, love, grace, laughter and beautiful décor for my family on a very tight budget. Couldn’t do this without help from my handsome DIY hubby and creative inspiration from our two kids. That being said, this is real life. We live in our home but also desire it to be beautiful as well. But, I also want my kids to feel at home as well as any guests who enter.

We had some practice DIYing our first home so when we viewed our 1979 bilevel home in a lakeside neighborhood in desperate need of some updating, we knew it was a job we could tackle. It has been a slow process and an exercise in perseverance, but our current house is slowly evolving into our forever home. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears has been put into these four walls as well as laughter and love.

While this is mainly a DIY home decor blog you will also find some family style posts in the “Life at Home” section, which will include a variety of topics.

Come join me as I document our adventures in DIY and life on lake street!

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