My Favorite Flea Market Finds!

A very long time ago in a far off land (Ok, 4 years ago), before we had any kids, my husband and I enjoyed spending leisurely Saturdays thrift store and flea market hopping. We are both very sometimes budget conscious and appreciate the fact that our dollar stretches further when we go to these types of stores.

(Really, we just like to shop.)

Jeremy is a toy/sports/ everything collector and is always on the hunt for the rare starting lineup to add to his collection. He actually has an entire room in our basement that is home to his toys, which was mandated in a written contract before we bought our house.

Ok, I’m exaggerating but it might as well have been. He’s always wanted a “toy” room for as long as I can remember.

Thrift stores give you the chance of finding one of a kind things.

I enjoy this type of retail environment because it provides me an opportunity to find one of a kind things. Don’t get me wrong, I love Target and Hobby Lobby as much as the next person.

But I also dislike the idea that my house may look exactly the same as someone else’s or be full of the same decor as my neighbor. And I also can get things to decorate my home for a lot less money than buying new.

Now that we have two kids, it’s hard enough to get away for an occasional date night every now and then, let alone a whole day. However, we managed to get away one Saturday a few weekends ago and spent a few hours at a nearby flea market followed by dinner. Thanks Grammy and Pop!

It was so fun to have that time together doing something we both loved. I’ve always heard friends and coworkers complaining about how their husbands hate shopping and always rush them. I’m so glad Jeremy is a shopper like me and that this is a common interest for the both of us.

Finding treasures in flea markets: My Strategy

My strategy is usually to take my time browsing at first, just grabbing whatever catches my eye. There’s always some little nook and cranny I miss in those places so I feel like a brisker second walk through is always needed. Sometimes I find a little, sometimes I find a lot. That’s kind of the thrill of the hunt.

Read more about our thrift stores adventures here where we made a whole weekend of it for our 10 year wedding anniversary and came home with a car load!

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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

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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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