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My Good China

Several of you left a comment on yesterday’s post about my beautiful, rare, delicate, highly sought after, expensive, limited edition, rich people, and other snooty references, china. Doncha wish your china was nice like mine? Doncha?

Look at that photo above and meet my $2.50 serving platter from a yard sale and my dollar store white plate. This stuff is the opposite of China. It’s more like made in China.

I spent the most on this ceramic finial–it was a splurge: $7.99 at one of my favorite stores, TJ Maxx.
White dishes are the most rewarding to collect. They all look great together no matter what the pattern is, they have high impact when placed on a painted wall or interesting background, they are cheep. Cheap. Not only that, but once your friends and family realize that you love white dishes you are totally set for life. I have white dishes spilling out of every thing I own. Thanks Mom and MIL for those great white serving platters! I know my mom got me a set of two huge serving platters from Costco for $20 a few years back.

You can read more about my dish obsession over at Blissfully D. Look carefully at the vase above. It’s been broken in this house full of boys–more than once. Super glue is your friend. Oh and see that black and white dotted dish? Have you ever gone to one of those paint your own pottery places with your girlfriends and have no idea what to paint on your $25 platter that doesn’t turnout freakeshly cartoonish? Well, paint it all black {yes, your friends will taunt and question you} then get that textured white paint and make dots. Look how almost cute that turned out. And let me tell you, when it was time to pick up our pottery, they taunted me no more.

If you are wondering about that pretty platter above that was a wedding gift–we registered at Pier One. This is one of the few surviving items that we got and I love it and use it. It was a $20 gift. That gingham plate was in a set of 2 for $5 at Target.

Here’s the trick to hanging plates on your wall. Oh, and you already know what I’m gonna say about that one up there. It doesn’t have to cost lots of money to make you happy and it sure doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!

6 Decorating Mistakes I Made in My Home in 2015

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UPDATED: I started out with 4 Mistakes, but then I added two more, carry on..

I’ve been creating a home for 20 years in 14 different homes–mostly rentals, three we owned.

I love home making so much that I wrote a book about it and even taught a class. So imagine my shock when it wasn’t until AFTER I taught my class, that I was finally convinced to make some much-needed changes in our fixer-upper.


We have spent so much time and money on really big projects in our home in the past few years (kitchen, bathroom, barn renovation, structural stuff) that even though I preach the power of a few smart choices, I somehow lost my belief that making a few better decisions was worth the time, money and trouble.

I was wrong.

Here’s how I made it right…

1. Ceiling and Trim

We knew when we bought this fixer-upper that we were signing up for more than painting walls. The trim in the house was small, old and mismatched, especially so after we tore down walls to re-do the kitchen. The ceilings were sprayed on, and the new kitchen ceiling had never even been painted. It sat undone for two years.


We knew how fresh and clean they would feel once we scraped them. But for some reason it was really hard for me to invest the money or elbow grease on tackling these projects.

Re-doing a kitchen is obvious–you have new counters and bigger counter space, it was becoming difficult for me to believe redoing the ceilings and trim was worth it.

Until I decided to believe it.


The canvas you start with in a space makes or breaks a room.

And this is the part I was so excited about after eight years of renting–we finally got to choose our ceilings! I had been unable to make changes to my home’s canvas for so long, I wasn’t confident it was truly worth it. But after coaching others in the Cozy Minimalist class that their canvas mattered, I decided to take my own advice.

planked ceilings

We did our ceilings exactly the way we wanted. Imperfectly planked ceilings that worked great with our flooring and all new fresh trim. It was the BEST money we spent on the house, it made me finally fall in love with our home because it fit with the vision I had for it when we purchased it.

bead chandelier

2. Switch Out a Wimpy Chandelier

When we bought the house I knew it needed a wood chandelier. Wood is rustic, soft (as opposed to something stark and shiny metal) and I love lighting that seconds as art/style. Sadly, even though I already know most of America makes this mistake–I bought a chandelier that I loved, but it was too small.

But I spent hard-earned money and I didn’t want to admit that I made a mistake.

So I kept it for two years.

Until I didn’t.

wood chandelier

I finally gave myself permission to admit I bought a chandy that was too small for the space. And I allowed myself to buy a new one.

What happens when you get the right sized things for a room? You don’t have to compensate with a lot of extra stuff. Finally getting a better scaled chandelier was so worth the money, now my table doesn’t look forgotten if it’s cleared off–it just looks right because the chandelier commands so much attention that I don’t need much else.

bead chandelier


3. Don’t Force A Gallery Wall

Having a corner sofa is so comfy! And so hard to decorate the walls above. In our last house I had a beautifully curated, meaningful gallery wall that made its way into all sorts of magazines. I was sure I needed a gallery wall over the sofa in this house.

I tweaked it for two years…

sad gallery wall


how to make a gallery wall

wrong gallery wall

Now I can see how I was placing things all wrong (here’s a tip, start with the visually heaviest things in the middle/bottom). But also, I was convinced I’d only be happy if I had a gallery wall here. The truth is, gallery walls are one of the most difficult walls to get right.

Until I tried something else…

non-gallery wall

Finally, I tried the simple route. And loved it.

4. Stop Compensating with Smalls

This sickness is something I can hardly shake. I love smalls, tchotckees, geegaw and the like. If I’m out shopping I’m always drawn to small things, but I’ve learned, you get much more impact, style and voice by using just a few large objects. Plus, you get more space back and ultimate save money. It really is a win, win, win.

If I don’t watch it, my surfaces start to look like this—a parade of cute smalls!

individually, they don’t cost much, and I like each item but…


I find I’m happier when I spend my money on one or two larger items that are more like signature pieces. The relax canvas has much more power in the room than the 12 things combined on my mantle in the photo above, don’t you agree?

It’s riskier to invest in one large piece instead of 20 smaller pieces, but I’ve learned it’s a better way to get the style I’m after without needing to use a million little things. Amen.

no smalls

5. Invest in the right size rug

Here’s the thing. When you move, your old stuff just might not work as well in the next house.

I held out for two years with our rug from our last house…even writing a post about how I layered rugs to make it all work.


When we moved here we didn’t have the money to buy a new rug, and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted yet, so we used what we had and I really liked it!

Until the old rug started to wear out.


And that’s when I bought a new rug that cost a lot less than the previous one, and it was large enough for all of our furniture to have legs on the rug! That’s the goal in a family room–the rug isn’t supposed to be an island in the middle of the room, it’s the friend that brings all the other pieces together and units a space. So ideally, you and I want a large rug.

6. Change A Paint Color That’s All Wrong, Even if You Just Painted it (UGH!)

rain paint

I had painted one wall in our bedroom a beautiful dark color (peppercorn) and I added white dashes–I LOVE this look! So simple, so inexpensive, and it only took a few hours!

BUT. It was the wrong color for a room on the side of the house that gets no sun. This room became depressing, even though I still love the idea of the wall and its lighthearted dashes.

It was hard to decide to paint over something I loved but wasn’t right for the room, but I knew it was the best choice and once it was done, our room no longer felt depressing–that’s always a plus!



Home is a work in progress and imperfect and a collection of things we love and need–things that reflect our style as a family and the season of life we are living. It’s there to serve us, and I like knowing that I have the confidence to know how to get the style I’m after without breaking the family budget.

cozy minimalist

If you want to make some changes in your home, won’t you consider joining me in the Cozy Minimalist Decorating Class? The class is currently closed but we re-open a few times a year, sign up for the waiting list and we’ll email you when we are open again!

It’s all about how to get the style you love, using just the right amount of stuff. Teaching this class prompted me to make all these changes in my home–I already knew all this stuff, but I needed to be re-convinced that it was worth the time and trouble and the money.

how to decorate

Whether you rent or own, have a big decorating budget or need to rely on shopping the house, this friendly self-study program will guide you step by step, on exactly how to take one room in your house and make changes that will serve you and your family.

We’ll talk about rugs, drapes, wall art (& gallery wall best practices) signature pieces, furniture arrangement, TV tips, lighting, accessories, plants, and your rooms canvas along with finding your personal style & inspiration.) It’s gonna be SO FUN! And your room is gonna look so good!

We’ve have had over 2000 happy Cozy Minimalists take this course, they all have different styles, budgets, homes, and life stages.


The class is designed to last 4 weeks (a one hour lesson each week with beautiful photos and me guiding you through it all, and a weekly assignment for you to complete in your home) but you can of course complete it at your own pace.

Check out the class now to find out more, and sign up for the waiting list and we’ll email you when we re-open!

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Why No & Yes are BFFs


It was October 2014 when I requested my own intervention.

I was busy (the curse word kind where you feel like there’s no rest) distracted, and at the mercy of my own day and I needed help making it stop.

So Chad and I went to Emily & John’s house (my sister & her husband) and met my parents there and we mapped out a way for me to make it all slow down, have healthy boundaries and figure out what Yeses were most important and what Nos needed to happen.

The first step was for me to schedule a six week break from mid December through January. It took me 10 weeks to complete all of my prior commitments before the middle of December and a lot of strength to say No to some fun, interesting opportunities, but I fought for it and I was able stop and rest.

saying no

I still did work during my break, but the difference was that I didn’t HAVE to do any certain thing at any certain time for any certain person, I just let inspiration come to me and wrote and created whenever I felt like I couldn’t not. That happened surprisingly often and the joy of writing and creating crept back into my work.

During my break I read the book Essentialism–where all of these quotes are from…


It changed the way I went back to work.

I asked myself: what’s the easiest way to help people that makes sense with my personality?

In other words: how could this INTJ homebody who sees the world through house colored glasses and has a business encouraging women in their home make the best use of her time and gifts and personality to help others in the best possible way without making it too difficult?

I finally gave myself permission to cater to my gifts and my personality quirks and create something I’d always wondered about, and I asked the smartest tech guy I knew to help me make it happen. Together we created the Cozy Minimalist Online Program.

I didn’t know if it would be horrible or great, if I would love or hate doing it, or if it would be a major waste of my time. I just knew I had to try.

So that was my focus for the first half of 2015. It felt so good to focus on ONE thing–yes, I still did other things but the course was my focus, I wanted to encourage women in their homes in a way I had never tried before. And like any normal human that has a focus, I said lots and lots of NOs to lots of wonderful things, but because I knew what I needed to focus on, I was free to accept the fact that right now, those things were better suited for someone else.


Meanwhile, I’ve been reading Soul Keeping and like relationship between a good wine and that perfect cheese, Soul Keeping pairs beautifully with Essentialism.

So, now that my course it out and running and actually helping women love their home, I’m ready to focus on another new, risky, fun, thing…

This time, I teamed up with my sister, our dad and of course our favorite tech genius, Brian.

Here’s the thing, there are only a few things that I do well that I enjoy:

  • I’m a pretty good cook and I like being in the kitchen–the more people to feed the happier I am
  • I wrap gifts that look beautiful–put me up against anyone and I’ll out wrap them
  • I help women find contentment in their home because I know how that affects us all I truly believe that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful
  • I want to be your No Whisperer I think lots of us have been saying Yes to the wrong things. It squelches our creativity, steals our joy, wastes our time and ultimately makes us feel helpless. I want you to see the value in making the time to do those things you are uniqely gifted to do, it makes me sad when we ignore this–because I’ve done that and it feels just awful. I’m not sure all the ways I can be a No Whisperer, but I do know one…

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Maybe one of those things you’ve hoped to do is write.

Maybe you have a blog, or a book idea or a pile of journals or four published books.

If so, we started hope*writers for you.

At hope*writers we focus on writing, career, technical information (eg: growing your email list) but also pair that with the keeping of your soul–because if you can’t do that then none of this matters. And we have a great community where we can all hang out and ask questions and be encouraged.

To me hope*writers feels like the books Essentialism and Soul Keeping had a baby, and that baby happens to make a living as a writer and wants to tell you everything it’s learned.



We have all sorts of content including videos (like Emily’s daily writing routine) and interviews–one with Carolyn McCready, my editor from Zondervan where she demystifies what an editor does, and we’ve even got an interview with Ruth from Gracelaced all about instagram for writers coming out this week. We’ll be releasing dozens more interviews with writers you know and love over the coming months!!




This is your invitation to come learn more about hope*writers, and follow hope*writers on instagram.

But, whether you want to write or not, I hope you give yourself permission to say NO to lots of non-essential things, so that you can say YES to the most important things–the things you’ve been gifted to do, that allow you to focus on your highest contribution.

I HIGHLY recommend Essentialism to pretty much everyone I meet. It’s applicable whether you are running a fortune 500 company, a non-profit or carpool. Pair that with Soul Keeping and I’m pretty sure you’ll start changing the way you make decisions.

And to writers of all kinds; your writing helps people, we’re here to help you.

Encouraging, Inspiring & Motivating Reads

IMG_1920Jenny made this bolster pillow from a Nate Berkus rug & body pillow >> Five More Minutes Hosting an Awards Show Party // Little Green Notebook

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 11.36.08 AMEmpty IZZE bottles hung on the wall to use as vases,  via Jessica Matos // Instagram: @idreamofhomemaking

iStock_000001560234_MediumHow a Consumer Culture Threatens to Destroy Pastors // Jen Hatmaker via The Washington Post


The Lively Show Episode #93 with guests John & Sherry Petersik aka Young House Love – Life after blogging, the New Book! & blog/life boundaries

“More and more we’re trying to live something confidently more than explain it thoroughly.”                                                                                                 –John Petersik


Attention locals (Charlotte, NC) Made to Create: A Crafting & Junking Weekend fund raiser – November 6-7 – Charlotte, NC // Being Made Beautiful // I won’t be attending (I’m speaking at Q Women, but it looks like fun!)

emma on a chair

I’m a sucker for a great instagram hashtag. make your own hashtag even it just for yourself! #emmasitsonachair


“I was a maître d’ at a restaurant for thirteen years. But one week I got a really bad case of pneumonia that put me in the hospital. While I was lying in that hospital bed, I was thinking about how I really didn’t want to go back to work. Then that motivational speaker came on TV. You know– the one that has all those teeth in his mouth. And he said: ‘Think back to what made you happy when you were young! That’s what you should be doing!’ Well I grew up in the country, and I always had a lot of dogs, so I thought that nothing would make me happier than to be a dog walker. But I knew I needed to distinguish myself. So I decided to make a uniform. I smoked a joint and came up with this outfit. I wanted people to look at me and think: ‘If this man is walking our dog, and there’s some sort of major disaster, he’s going to survive. He’s going to fish for those dogs. He’s going to build a bunker and shelter those dogs until it’s safe to bring them home.’ After I finished the design, I got four of my friends to wear the uniform, and we borrowed all the neighbors’ dogs, and we walked them down 5th avenue while handing out business cards. I got five customers that first day.”

A photo posted by Humans of New York (@humansofny) on

I saw this fella instagram (no surprise) and couldn’t stop thinking about his story. I bet he could have come up with the outfit even without the joint. Here’s the rest of the story.

instagramThe winner of the $500 gift certificate to Polder’s Old World Market is Stephanie G! You should have received an email from us already – Congratulations to Stephanie!!

Didn’t win? Polder’s has an incredible discount for the Nesting Place community! Use code NESTER25 for 25% off all orders through Oct. 10!

Popcorn Ceilings & How We Fake Planked Them

planked popcorn ceilingslight fixture found here and I promise I have a great lightbulb in it now!

We started on a three-part project three weeks ago, for different reasons we couldn’t have it worked on every day, we took a little break before we started the master bedroom ceilings, just to catch our breath and have normal for a few days and it’s still not done because the worst part is, now I’m responsible for painting all of it.

So in this, the longest post ever, I’ll do my best to explain the how and why we removed the popcorn ceiling of our home (built in 1987) adding fake planks to the ceiling and adding simple, fresh trim everywhere.

We focused on the first floor of our house–not including our mudroom/backporch/laundry area or the master bath or closet (these two rooms need gut jobs one day so we’ll be patient). The area we’ve been working on (family room, dining area, kitchen, hall, stairwell and master bedroom) is right at about 1000 square feet.

Here’s our story…

fake plank your ceiling

Home projects can literally take over your home for a long time. It’s the ugly part that no one talks about on HGTV.

But I’d still choose it again 1000 times because the result is going to be so worth it. I’ve been saving up for this project and wanting it done since we first entered this house–it’s money well spent. I’ll tell you how much we spent at the end of this post, once I share all that we did/are doing.

popcorn ceiling

So, we had a house full of popcorn ceilings…


…except for in the kitchen that we remodeled two years ago. We tore out the original ceilings in there since we were moving walls and forever it’s been drywall with a thin coat of primer on that ceiling.

I am what my friend Kendra calls a Lazy Genius. I consider that a high compliment.

So one of the ways I try to be smart is to know when I need help. The ceiling was one of these times. I’m not technical, detail oriented or a perfectionist. These traits are simultaneously good and bad. So we hired help.

back porch

First, a little backstory:

We bought this house two years ago. Long enough for it to talk to me and long enough for me to listen.

My favorite room in the house as far as looks, is the little back porch/mudroom/weird room. Why? All the crazy paneling–which is mostly the same 12 inch pine that’s on our floors inside the house–we had to remove some of it from the walls in the porch to replace the wood floor in the kitchen, but once we added in more wood and painted it all white, it had such a nice feel and felt like it was the most true room of the entire house. Insert lots of emojis with heart eyes.


So when it came time to do the boy’s bathroom, I knew I wanted that same feeling. We hired out for both the bathroom and ceiling projects (Emily explains perfectly why here). And I love how the bathroom turned out.

Sean, our brilliant contractor-type friend (the same genius who helped us remake over our barn) had the idea to simply use luan to fake the plank look. Luan is a thin, pinkish, wood-like product and is lightweight. It’s also SO much less expensive than real tongue and grove planks–which in a perfect world, I’d prefer.

I did some research and saw other people have used luan (and even read their disclaimers about how it can look warped) and we dove in. First we practiced on the upstairs bathroom.

cut luan

In the bathroom we (every time I say ‘we’ I mean Sean) had the luan cut into 8 inch strips (it comes in 4 x 8′ sheets) Sean used those strips on the ceiling and the walls of the bathroom.

bathroom planked walls and ceiling

For the downstairs ceiling, I wanted it to look like our ceiling was planked with the same wood as our floors–so we went with 12 inch strips. Sean used loctite construction adhesive and lots of nails to keep the boards up.

Sean also has connections and was able to have our local store pre-cut all the millions of sheets of luan to our desired width for free or a super minimal cost. That’s a TON of cuts when you think about planking a ceiling of our entire downstairs.

This process has worked great for us so far. But beware, it’s not for the faint of heart or perfectionists. First, gluing something to your ceiling is pretty permanent, it can be removed but there will be damage to the ceiling. Second, you are at the mercy of both how perfectly level your ceilings are, and how perfectly straight the people who make 1 million of your 12 inch wide cuts are willing to cut your boards.

Things will be out of your control and you will have to handle it.

planked ceiling

There are places where our ceiling looks wavy, but if you put a level against it, it’s perfectly level. Here’s the thing, if your boards are cut just slightly off perfection, it gives the illusion that your ceiling is slightly wavy. After the first day I didn’t really notice but if you are super picky, you’ll either want to use actual tongue and grove planks, or cut all of your boards yourself to perfection. (costs time or money you pick)

fake planks and gaps on the ceiling

Also, because of the imperfection of our walls and boards we ended up with some gaps. Which of course is my favorite part! Hashtag Imperfectionist Diva.

I love the look mostly because it mimics our wood floors and adds to the rustic farmhouse feel. It literally looks like our backporch/laundry room ceiling–where our floors line most of the walls and ceiling but are painted white–my dream come true.

Just a note about style–as a Cozy Minimalist who values opposites, adding all this rustic charm allows me to move in a little more modern arena  for a few pieces in my house because it will be balanced out. Fun!

nester's wood flooors 12 inch pine planksour 12″ pine floors–milled here at the old sawmill on our property 28 years ago

We have all sorts of big gaps that don’t match up and cracks in our floors which are a pain when I sweep, but they give our floor that 100-year-old house look. The floors were the SINGLE redeeming quality in this house when we bought it. Easily my favorite part.

And now, our ceilings look exactly the same as the floors–just painted. I absolutely love it. But I’m high on perfection and quirks and low on uniformity. If you need to not see weird gaps this project might not be for you.

I have noticed in the boys bathroom with the smaller 8 inch width boards the weird gap issue is hardly noticeable, so it might have to do with the fact that our boards are a full 12 inches wide, but that plays so nicely with our 12 inch floors that it was 100% worth it to me.

planking the ceiling

how to plank ceilings

Above: one night we got crazy and primed all the luan that was on the ceiling thus far–the next day, Sean came and finished the kitchen, which is why half of it has a coat of primer and half still sits untouched. Even today two weeks later.

removing popcorn from the ceiling

Removing the popcorn ceiling: I am writing this post out-of-order, so sorry!

First of all let it be said that I BEGGED Sean to do this project without removing that popcorn. I had all sorts of arguments why the planks could be just glued and nailed right over the existing ceiling.

But Sean wouldn’t go for it. He wasn’t comfortable gluing something onto the popcorn, even if he was using nails too. Plus, I think he wanted to double-check what kind of shape our ceilings were truly in. And, because the boards are SO thin, he was worried it could be uneven. I still think it could probably be done successfully if you test an area first, but it’s nice to do things the better way too.

Sean put plastic EVERYWHERE, even down the walls (1 or 2 mil thick for the floors/ .3 mil (thinner) for the walls & to cover the furniture), and sprayed a section of ceiling with warm water, waited a few minutes, and with a long scraper, scraped off the popcorn. It came off all globby and since it was wet, it was messy on the plastic on the floor, but didn’t create all the dust I expected. Invest in plastic and you’ll not have to clean up as much.

We had furniture on the porch and the rest we moved into whatever room he wasn’t currently working on and covered it in plastic.


This is SUCH an intrusive project. But worth it to me. Since we are also redoing all of our trim around the floorboard, windows and doors and painting everything, we know our home will be in chaos for a while.


“simply white” paint on the left above the window//designer white on the right

My boys took turns every day helping Sean put the planks up.

And they helped prime and paint (Ace Hardware’s Clark & Kensington’s Designer White paint plus primer if you are wondering–I’m using it EVERYWHERE because I’m obsessed with the brightest white I can have, I’m using it for the trim, walls & ceiling–ceiling paint & eggshell finish).

But then school started and now our painting has slowed waaay down.

popcorn off ceilings

I just realized there’s a random toe in this photo. My apologies. That’s so gross.


what can you do?What can you do?

This is our life for the next little while. So I’m focusing on creating one sane space at a time. And I already love the changes so much, it’s worth all the trouble.

in process

new trim

new trim



As far as cost–because I ALWAYS wonder about these things…

Sean has been here on and off for 3 weeks:

He removed about 1000 square feet of popcorn ceiling (plus our stairwell) and cleaned it all up (glory!) fake planked all of that same ceiling, removed all of our old baseboards and installed 6 inch baseboards around the entire downstairs, removed all the window and door casings on the first floor and installed 4 inch boards around everything, installed “crown molding” just a simple 3 inch board around the top of all the walls (including the stairwell and framing it out) plus he framed the end of our kitchen cabinets (he’s doing that today!) and he also repaired two overhead lighting electrical issues, plus an outlet or two.

The cost for his labor and material (I think he’s finishing today so I’m just guestimating this weeks work) looks like it’s going to be about $3,500 give or take. We do have some supplies he’ll return, and we also paid our boys some to work with him on days when he had to lift up those 8 foot long boards to the ceiling.

Plus, we save money by painting everything our selves. Which I have to remind myself we can take our time. EVERYTHING needs to be painted, walls, ceilings, trims. So add the cost of paint in there too.


new trim

This is a project that you could do completely on your own. But we’ve learned over the past two years, that Chad & I and our marriage are all happier when he gets to go out and do the kind of work he’d prefer and is better at, when I get to do the kind of work I prefer and am better at, and we hire someone to do the work we’d prefer not to do and they are better at.

This was a huge investment for us, one we’ve hoped to do since we purchased this house two years ago, and even without being painted it changed the entire personality of our home–she just grew into what she always hoped to be. Everything feels cleaner and fresh and like a wonderful blank slate.

I’ve waited 20 years and 14 houses for this. It was worth it, I promise.

Finished, glamour shots forthcoming.



DIY black framed windows

How we paid off $150,000 of debt in 5 years

When you’re a cozy minimalist

Because sharing the imperfect is worth the risk

 how & why we fake planked our ceilings

That Extra Room You Forgot You Had



This encouraging and inspiring makeover post is sponsored by AE Outdoor, proud supporter of our gathering place at The Barn.

When we bought this property a year and a half ago, I fell in love with the potential of the barn. The main thing we were looking for as we shopped for a house/land was some type of  water, 10ish acres and at least one building on the property along with a house. Not only did we find a property with a tractor barn, it had a covered porch area all along the side. This was a HUGE bonus!


And a HUGE eyesore for the past 18 months.


As we worked on renovating the inside of the barn, the porch was a holding area for all the furniture.


We used it for live music (if only we had more wires).


And last year for the Hope*ologie event I put some plastic chairs on the porch. #lastminutescramble

My thoughts behind attacking a to do list 12 acres long: start inside and slowly work my way out. Kind of like a radar circle from the buildings we are focusing–mainly, the house and barn.

barn porch

So our barn porch sat like this all winter. I knew we had a great little spot –I’m so glad we already had a concrete floor and a roof, but I was overwhelmed with where to start to make this porch a place to comfortably hang out.

barn porch decorated

Well, it finally came together. We’ve got an outdoor room that fits right in with the rustic feel of the inside of the barn…

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