Best Thrift Stores in Louisville- and the One We Liked The Best!

Jeremy and I just got back from our first ever weekend “getaway” without the kids to celebrate our 10 year anniversary! We were supposed to be going back to the Bahamas which is where we spent our honeymoon. In fact, Jeremy promised me when we were leaving (I kind of threatened to not go to the airport), that we would come back on our 10 year anniversary.

Well, life happened and things didn’t quite turn out that way. Honestly, I think our weekend away in Louisville was just as much fun as a Bahamas trip would have been. We learned that A.) the world doesn’t keep spinning when we’re away from our kids and that B.) maybe even our kids needed that break from us for a few days. Whoa *Mic drop.*

(And a huge thank you to our family who watched our kids for us so that this weekend could happen!!! It takes a village to raise these kids and we are so very, very thankful for every one of you.)

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Living Room Nook Decorating Ideas: 2 Different Mood Boards

Living Room Nook

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Moody Monday

So, it’s Monday…. I’ll spare you all the thoughts I have on that. Instead, just to pay a little homage to the start of the week, I’m gonna switch things up and have a little fun. I’m trying out something different today that I hope you all enjoy. Let’s call it… Moody Mondays.

Every Monday, I’ll feature a different mood board, either for my home or maybe even someone else’s, with a list of the items that I’ve found and a breakdown of what that mood board would cost if you were to go out and purchase it yourself. This week, I’m talking about the upstairs living room nook. I’ve got big plans for this area!

This week’s feature: Our living room nook

The previous owners’ of our home had knocked down a wall between what used to be the living room and dining room to open it all up and make one larger living space. While I love the character and openness this created, it leaves a bit of an awkward layout that I’ve been struggling to design/decorate around.

At one point, when my kids were still in the baby stage, we just solely used this area for function. We threw a little gate over there and made it a playroom of sorts. Design/ beauty/ aesthetics were not a priority at the time. Surviving was.

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How To Transform An Ugly Outdated Seventies Bathroom- Part 1

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Okay, I want a show of hands. Whose favorite color is mauve? No one? Like, why was it ever even a thing to put mauve anywhere, let alone in a bathroom??? We literally have not even touched our hall bathroom in the whole time we’ve lived in our house other than to hang a shower curtain. Literally, I’m not lying. And I’ll show you a pic in a minute if you promise not to laugh. No, really, it’s that bad.

And for that matter, I don’t believe any of the previous owners had ever touched that bathroom since the house was built in 1979. I’m sure it probably has something to do with how overwhelming and expensive a complete gut job on a bathroom can be. It takes a lot of time, a little bit of skill, and a lot more money.

Not to mention the logistics. For example, our hall bath is the only bathroom in the house with a tub. While we do have a shower in our master bedroom, even though it’s not working at the moment *ugh*, I can only imaging trying to give our 1 year old and 4 year old a shower. I’m picturing the prom scene from “Carrie” in my mind where the blood gets dumped over her head. Haha, yeah nope, thanks. I’ll pass on that. And we’re also trying to wait until the kids are a bit older and can handle a shower better while a major renovation on their bathroom is going on. Hopefully something like that will take place in a few years.

And while we haven’t quite saved up enough for a full-on, take a sledge hammer to the walls type renovation, we’ve definitely got some ideas in mind to make this space more appealing in the meantime.

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How to Build a Beautiful DIY Farmhouse Headboard- A Weekend Project

Ever since we moved into our current home, our master bedroom headboard has been at the top of our my project list. I knew I wanted a beautiful farmhouse style headboard. What I didn’t want was the heavy retail price tag. I searched high and low at places like Target, Wayfair, Amazon and even Walmart without finding an affordable option for us.

There is this perfect vantage point of our bedroom from the glider in my son’s room. I remember staring at that empty wall space above our bed for years, it felt like, while rocking our son to sleep. Just willing a headboard to appear. I wanted it so bad I could taste it. Something about looking at that same view, night after night, and waiting, waiting, waiting for it to happen just makes me appreciate it so much more now that it’s here, as so often happens in life.

This project inevitably got put on hold over the years after one thing or another got in the way. Either we didn’t have the time to devote to it, or we always had something else to put our money into. Untilllll I stumbled across Ana White’s Farmhouse Headboard Plans.

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How To Save Money Decorating Your Home

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So, my usual Target adventure goes like this. I walk into said store with a few things on my list and a clear idea on what it is that I’m wanting. 3 hours and a full red cart later, I’m chewing on my fingernails and debating what all I need to put back because I may have gone a bit overboard.

It’s so easy to get swept up in all the pretty things and all the latest trends. And I cannot be the only one whose mouth drops open at the price of some of these items. I mean, it’s a candle for crying out loud! Don’t even get me started on throw pillows.

That’s why I came up with this list of how you can save money decorating your home. Sometimes all it takes is a little effort and creativity and you can still have that beautiful home you want. And, dare I say, a much more unique home that speaks more to your family than any items from a box store ever could.

1.) Use baskets, cake stands, and decorative boxes to group objects.

One of my favorite tricks for pulling together a space is to use a nice woven basket to corral all the smaller scale decor objects. My console table in my living room has a oval textured basket on it that I filled with some cute items from Target’s spring dollar section. Those items looked cute enough on their own, but putting them all in that basket made them seem more substantial and special. I think I spent a total of like 12 bucks on those “filler” items but they don’t seem cheap when displayed like that. And you just cannot beat Target’s dollar aisle!

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