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One Room Challenge: Em’s Toddler Bedroom Makeover

This past fall I had so much fun making over our den and powder room as part of the One Room Challenge that I decided to tackle the challenge again. This time I’m taking on a makeover of Em’s toddler bedroom! It’s currently a mishmash of leftover furniture from her sweet little nursery at our old rental house, and the big girl bed we bought her last year assuming we’d get to this makeover way back then.

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Home Office Makeover | One Room Challenge

Our Den + Powder Room Reveal

After six weeks and much ado, I am sincerely thrilled to be sharing our den and powder room makeover with you! With the completion of these two rooms, nearly the entire downstairs of our home has been transformed since we moved in three and a half years ago. It feels so good to have finally shown this area some love. Before scrolling, revisit the before photos and my original mood board!

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Small Master Bedroom Ideas - EasyCare Ultra Premium Paint Review - EasyCare Gothic Gray

Our Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal

After living in our house for a little over three years, I am so so excited to finally be sharing the reveal of our master bedroom makeover! It took so long to make our bedroom a priority, and it’s also a particularly small master bedroom, so my goals were to make it feel cozy yet resort-like in the way the best Airbnb bedrooms always feel. The new paint color from EasyCare® Ultra Premium Paint is the pièce de résistance of the room and the element that brought it all together. 

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One Room Challenge: Home Office Makeover

One Room Challenge: Mood Board + Paint Updates

I’m excited to check in on the progress with my One Room Challenge makeover! (Follow the One Room Challenge to see more than 300 room makeovers!) I’m making over our home office/den and the adjoining powder room. This week I made a bunch of progress with design direction and painting. We’ll talk about the latter in a moment, but first – here’s a peek at the mood board I put together this week showing off some of the elements that will be appearing in each room and starting to focus the color palette a bit more after kind of getting distracted away from my original vision. 

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One Room Challenge: Home Office Makeover

One Room Challenge: Making Over Our Home Office + Powder Room

I am so excited to be joining my first One Room Challenge as a guest participant! If you’re not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it’s a semi-annual design extravaganza where bloggers, content creators and Instagrammers make over a room in their home in six weeks while sharing weekly updates. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing it in the past, but this time I’m officially on the bandwagon and so excited.

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Designing a Tiny Master Bedroom | Small Master Bedroom Ideas with Valspar Sooty Lashes VR115A

Designing Our Tiny Master Bedroom

Has anyone else noticed that since buying our house going on two years ago I’ve never talked about the bedrooms? It’s true! This is the part where I’ll now admit that we’ve done nothing to the bedrooms in the entire time we’ve owned the house. We dumped our existing furniture into the rooms, we tossed our clothes in drawers and closets and that is all that has happened. Not one wall has been painted, not a single curtain has been hung. I guess it’s just a side effect of jumping feet first, head first and life first into a whole home renovation. The bedrooms just haven’t felt that important, or the upstairs at all for that matter since we haven’t touched anything up there. Ok, actually, we still have most of the rooms in the house left to renovate and I’m getting a little crazy right now thinking about the long list of everything left to tackle. The master bedroom though? It is time. It’s high past time truthfully. I am finally at a point where I feel like I really want and even need our bedroom to be settled and a place of respite at the end of a long day. The trick? By modern standards, and certainly in comparison to the size of our house overall, our master bedroom is tiny! It clocks in at just roughly 13′ by 12′ so things like loads of storage and luxurious king size beds aren’t in the cards for us. I have been searching around for loads of small master bedroom ideas though and today I’m sharing a bit of my design plan as we move forward!

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Our Record Player Setup + Review

A few months ago I found myself really really wanting a record player for our dining room. As a kid my grandmother always had a record player and stacks of vinyls that she’d play all the time (alongside her impressive 8 track collection), and lately it’s just been something I’ve felt would make an amazing addition to our home. By now those of you following along on Instagram know that we made it happen and have been sending me tons of questions about which turn table we chose, how it sounds, which speakers we have to go with it, and a myriad of other questions. Apparently we aren’t the only ones wanting a little vinyl in their life! Today I am sharing all the details on our particular setup, a review on how we’re enjoying our particular components after a couple months of use, and thoughts on other options you can check out depending on your budget and interest level. Spoiler alert! We love the addition of a record player to our home and definitely don’t think we’d ever go back to not having one.

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The Sweetest Occasion Dining Room Renovation | Modern classic dining room decor from @cydconverse

Our Holiday Dining Room Makeover

On the day we first toured our house, nearly two years ago, it was the dining room and its gorgeous wood pocket doors that tipped me up and over the edge from being totally in love to firmly in “must buy this house” territory. At that time the stunning nearly 110 year old wood floors were covered in stained blue carpet and everything was looking a little dull. Fast forward through our initial dining room renovation to today when our dining room is now everything I knew it could be back on that cold February day, and this room is easily my very favorite room in the house. Today I’m partnering with the maker of Orange Glo™ cleaning products to share the details on how I pulled together all the finishing touches as well as how I decked the halls of our dining room for the many upcoming holiday parties we’re hosting. This is the space where we come together with friends and family quite often, and it feels so magical to walk into the room now and see it aglow with warmth and coziness.

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Our Fall Front Porch Decor | Fall decorating ideas, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Our Fall Front Porch Decor

Hello, friends! It has been such a whirlwind in our world over the last few weeks, but we shot these photos of our fall front porch decor a while back and it feels like high time I give you a little peek at our house all decked out for fall. At least, my version of “decked out” which is probably a bit simpler than most of the front porches you’ll find on Pinterest this time of year, but that’s how I like things. Oh, p.s. We got married! If you haven’t yet seen it you can catch the quickest sneak peek on Instagram, and I’ll be sharing a few more photos here and there while we wait to get our hands on all the amazing photos our photographer shot. Because we had our wedding at our home, I wanted every aspect of our exterior decor to feel warm, welcoming and cozy, so taking some time to really make the front porch feel inviting was important to me. I used a lot of pieces we already had and just made sure to add enough color and texture to give it that warmth that fall begs for. (Keep scrolling for all the details and shopping sources below!)

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The Sweetest Occasion's Backyard Makeover | Home decor, home renovation ideas, patio ideas and more from @cydconverse

Our Backyard Makeover + New Patio Reveal (Before and After)

When we first bought our house last year, it was practically begging for an amazing backyard patio. We considered putting one in right away, but figured we’d first live in the house for a while to see how we really used the backyard. And, let’s be honest, there was the whole budget issue too since we’d just bought a house and had already tackled big renovations in the living room and dining room most notably.  As it turns out, we lived in our backyard all last summer. Long, lazy dinners that lasted well into the evening, copious bocce ball matches, the grilling of numerous homemade pizzas and the construction of one very fun homemade slip ‘n slide defined our summer days. By the end of summer, the patch of grass closest to the house was brown and beaten into oblivion from being constantly trampled over and we knew constructing a patio would be a top priority come spring of this year. Then spring came and it didn’t stop raining. For months and months and months. (Which, no, is not our normal weather pattern.) That derailed our “must have a patio by Memorial Day weekend” timeline, but sure enough come early July we were finally ready to begin construction. After one seriously intense month of work (which so many of you followed along with on Instagram Stories), our backyard makeover is now just about complete as of a few weeks ago and we’ve been loving using living in this space. It feels like a huge addition to the back of our house and we just can’t get enough of oohing and aahing over the transformation. So today, I have all the before and after photos for you! Plus a few photos of the construction process, too, just for kicks. Scroll through for all the details and chime in below with any questions.

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Celebrating One Year in The Sweetest Old House

A year ago today, Bob and I carried a little baby girl into an attorney’s office across town. There may have been a lot of nerves. There may have been some pinching to be sure we weren’t dreaming. We sat across a big wide table, with our tiny girl sitting with us, and thanked the now former owners for selling us their childhood home. Their parents bought the house in the early 1950s (making us only the third or fourth owners of our 100+ year old house) and having lost their mother in her 90s back in 2014, it was a bittersweet day for them as they said goodbye to more than six decades of memories.

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Emerson’s Modern Playroom Tour

To call this space a playroom per se is a little bit of a stretch, but when we embarked on our living room renovation, I knew I wanted to carve out a space at the end of the room just for Em. Since it’s right in the living room I was pretty passionate about wanting it to look as chic and well designed as possible, but at the same time I’m totally ok with our house showing evidence of children living here since this is their house, too.

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