Friday, October 31, 2014

October, home tour and projects

Hello and happy Halloween! I hope your forecast is better than ours! We’ll be heading out after school to get the kiddo some new long underwear for this evening. It may be a quick trip around the neighborhood tonight! :)

Thank you SO much for the love on our family room, not only here but on Instagram and Facebook as well. I truly, truly appreciate when you take the time to comment – it doesn’t go unnoticed!

At the end of of each month I like to recap some of my favorite posts – it’s a nice way to see what I’ve accomplished and catch you up if you missed a post. I’m definitely planning to slow my roll a bit for the rest of the year -- November and December are going to be unusually busy for us. So I’m looking forward slowing down the projects…cleaning and decluttering my house and decorating for the holidays sounds amazing! I can’t not do DIY, I love it, so I’ll still be working on things here and there of course.

Before I go into the recap I wanted to share that I’ve updated the “Our Home” page – some of the photos were a bit dated and I rearranged some things too. I’ve also added a Projects tab at the top of the site that includes some of my favorite decor, projects, tips and recipes over the years. I try to update that at least every couple of weeks so there’s always new sections and links popping up.

OK – to start the month I addressed the naked windows in the dining room/library. They had shades but no drapes so I took care of that:

wall of built ins

The drapes were from our living room windows and they look SO much better in here. I still can’t believe how much warmer it feels in there – it’s a little thing but it made a big difference. I have some more updates of that room to share soon!

Next up I shared the ways I decorate our walls/fill them without using art:

wood planked wall stained

That planked wall cost me less than $50 and it’s one of my favorite projects ever! I’m all about easy ways to add character to our home and this does it.

I’m so excited about the potential for our kitchen and thrilled with the table and it’s new spot. I had fun decorating it for a fall table setting:

simple fall table setting

Can’t wait to show you that same space with the new doors and board and batten on the walls! I think it’s going to look so good!

I did a little fall nesting throughout the rest of the house as well and warmed up the bedroom fireplace a bit:

green walls fireplace

That fireplace is one of the many things I fought my husband on hard when we built this house – and it’s now one of the many things that I now thank him for. ;)

The Bub and I took a trip to Cincinnati for a fun day and my part of the fun was IKEA. I shared a few of my favorites from the trip (including some Christmas decor):

ikea kitchen

This is my favorite kitchen at that IKEA. I walk through it every single time. :)

I finished up the new trim and paint on four doors in and near the family room and I LOVE it, as always:

thick door trim

Many of you asked about the signs on our bathroom door (I love them!!) and I link to where I got those in the comments of that post:

thick craftsman door trimBlack and white will always be a classic!

It has been an absolutely glorious fall this year – I shared our day trip to beautiful Brown County Indiana:

fall in Indiana

There’s still a few leaves hanging on – but the potential snow predicted this evening (!!) make take most of them.

One of my dream projects for our house has always been a window seat – and I’m finally going to get one. :) :) So excited. I shared my inspiration for what I’d like to do in this post:

bay window window seat


If you follow along on Instagram or FB I’ve shared/will be sharing some more pics along the way. I’m really tired of painting but I may tackle the new window trim in that spot this weekend.

We only put Halloween decor out for a week or so inside the house and I shared how we do it quick and cheap here:

cheap Halloween decor

You’ll have to go to that post to see the surprise under the crows. ;)

One of the last projects I finished up in the family room was an old Craigslist dresser I painted:

black dresser brass hardware

I absolutely LOVE it in this deep gray color. By the way, I’ve been saying that paint color (Graphite) is Sherwin Williams and it’s not – duh! It’s Benjamin Moore but I had it mixed at SW. Sorry about that. :)

And of course, the full family room reveal happened earlier this week – finally. Goodness, we are SO happy with it!:

family room with board and battenI’ll be sharing more details about the space next week!

Have a safe Halloween and a lovely weekend!! See you Monday!


  1. A pleasure to visit, as always. I love everything.

  2. How do I link to the post about the signs on the bathroom door?

    1. Here's the store where I bought it locally:

  3. That plank wall! I LOVE IT! SO much. Everything looks great!

  4. Sarah, one thing missing though-YOU! You are SO inspiring and have great style. Viewers would give attention to your personal wardrobe style I'm sure. Most pics your working and creating. Perhaps a relaxing pic?:-)

  5. How do I find the post with the bathroom signs?

    1. I purchased those at a local store:

  6. I have fallen in love with your home (not your mtg. pymnt how ever much that is) and having hard time being satisfied with my own home. Your home is what I'd love to be living in but not having to clean. All these qualifications for me to say you/your home is so wonderful and homey looking.
    Can't say I'd ever do all you have to improve your home. For one thing I'd get no end of "you can't do that's" from hubs. He's satisfied to leave things as they are, not improve which is a "sore tooth" in our relationship. Besides trying to come up with money to do all you have. Your home is my ideal. We live on our SS and Grand Junction area is not good place to try to do that.
    When we moved here 2004 we had to buy much less than we wanted, real estate was ridiculously expensive here for what you get. As bad or worse than southern CA. (we lived in San Diego for 21 yrs. before we moved to MT). We've learned what drastic differences there are in other areas of our country. We had 1 1/2acres in KY with a newly remodeled home for $55,000. Sure wish we could have brought the whole pkg. here with us. Darn it doesn't work that way. We had our son build a 2 car garage for $5000. And now the county we live in tells us our home is worth 1/2 what we paid for it in 2006. That's a pretty bitter pill to swallow, we'd like to sell this place to move back to Tucson or MT. Sorry for rambling.
    Enjoy your lovely and wonderful home, you work hard and deserve it. Look forward to seeing what you do next. Love your blog Sarah. Happy Sunday

  7. Absolutely amazing stuff! I visited your blog after a long time Sarah and it feels so great to see your work throughout the whole month.You always come up with great ideas, God bless!


  8. I've been a follower for years, but don't believe I've ever commented. I've searched a few times but can't find the answer to this - Where did you get the rug in your dining room/library? Love it!

    1. Hello Kristin! That is from HomeGoods and the only tag I can find underneath says it's the Regal collection in the color beige. No brand name unfortunately.

  9. Your home is a gorgeous dream! I love it.

  10. Your home is so beautiful and cozy. I love the Craigslist dresser -- so good! LOVE the handles and the grey color you chose.


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