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  • The Best Cottagecore Paint Colors to Try at Home
    I have always loved the cottage style. My college bedroom was filled with shabby chic target bedding, a DIY green and white chippy bed frame, a wicker dresser, and a vintage, iron standing birdcage. In our first home, I tried to achieve the cottage look with warm yellow walls, a blue striped couch, and chippy furniture. Cottagecore has become popular and my love for that cozy cottage feel came right back! At this moment, I am loving the muddy, warm paint colors that go along with cottagecore. My shabby chic phase in the early ’90s had more of a romantic feel with creamier colors and light pinks., With cottagecore paint colors, I am drawn to more natural earth tones. Below are a few of my favorites I hope to try out in the near future The Best Cottagecore Paint Colors Highland Peat by Fenwick & Tillbrook One of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow right now is My Tiny Estate. Borja and Dean are restoring an old English estate and it is so fun to follow along! Below you can see the Caretakers cottage with the muted reddish/brown paint color called Highland Peat. What better place to find inspiration for […]
  • How To Create A Beautiful English Cottage Garden
    You may not have a charming English cottage in the countryside, but you can still create a beautiful English cottage garden in your backyard. English cottages are definitely having a moment and I am all in with the cottagecore and grand millennial trend!
  • Beautiful English Garden Designs | Backyard Inspiration
    I have always loved the look of an English garden! Since moving into our home last summer, I envisioned creating an English garden in our yard. I have spent hours researching features and flowers found in these gardens and have started the beginnings of my very own English garden in my backyard.
  • How to Paint an Old Cabinet the Perfect Green | DIY
    I found this old cabinet at a garage sale and immediately felt the urge to bring her back to life. I decided to paint the cabinet the perfect green paint color that aligns perfectly with the modern designs in my living room and dining room.
  • How to Paint a Dated Rock Fireplace | DIY
    We painted the dated, rock fireplace in our kids’ playroom! Our third home had a great garden-level space that we used for the kid’s playroom, but the giant rock wall made the room feel dark.
  • Masculine MCM Living Room Reveal | ORC Week 8
    We have made it to the MCM living room reveal and I am so happy with the finished product. Our living room is the first area that you see when you come into our home and I am really excited to have a finished space that reflects who we are. Over these last 8 weeks, I have bought a few new items for the room, reused materials that we already owned, and finally put some of my thrifted items on display. If this first time stopping by, welcome, and thanks for visiting! A few years ago I decided to quit my corporate job in Denver and my family moved back to our hometown in Ohio. I became a local real estate agent have been sharing home renovation and DIY tips on this blog ever since. Two years ago we purchased a fixer-upper in Toledo, Ohio and I renovated our dining room as a guest participant for the ORC. I also updated my little boys’ bedroom and our master bedroom in the last two challenges. That brings us to my fourth One Room Challenge where I am renovating our living room! Catch up with earlier posts in the challenge! Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week […]
  • Living Room Design & Finishing Touches | ORC Week 7
    Welcome to Week 7 of the One Room Challenge! I gotta be honest, I have struggled with my time management on this project and am a little bummed that I missed writing my weekly post last week
  • How to Camouflage Your Electrical Meter | DIY
    Earlier this year we began work on our backyard to prep for the English garden I planned to build. Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY project that has helped to camouflage the ugly electrical meter on the back of the house.
  • How to Add a Charming Brick Border to Garden
    How to add charm to your garden with discarded bricks. Install a brick border for instant English garden charm! Easy DIY for beginners!
  • How to Paint Concrete Basement Floors Using Epoxyshield
    This year, I really wanted to give the basement a more finished look and began planning a budget-friendly basement makeover. We built a utility room to hide the mechanicals, updated the overhead lighting, sprayed the exposed ceiling black, and painted the concrete floors.