Why I Decorate My Home with My Mom’s ‘Old Stuff’

Why I Decorate My Home with My Mom’s ‘Old Stuff’

I was still living “at home” when my mom passed away in the summer of 2009.

For a long time after her death my dad and I didn’t touch anything in the house; we didn’t rearrange the furniture, take pictures off the walls, or move a single decoration. It’s as if everything was preserved just how she left it and if we moved anything, it made the reality of her absence too real.

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My Favorite Budget Friendly Throw Pillow Hack

My Favorite Budget Friendly Throw Pillow Hack

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I have had a blast decorating our new house and making it a home we will enjoy for years to come.

While I love picking out new furniture and decor, I am not exactly a fan of spending a ton of money on any of it. Especially on throw pillows.

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Remembering Our Wedding One Year Later

Remembering Our Wedding One Year Later

One year ago today I was the most stressed and panicked I had ever seen myself.

It was the day before our wedding and nothing was going the way it was supposed to. Our flowers didn’t arrive on time {you can read about that here}, our venue wasn’t decorated, and I was late to my own rehearsal because I had an actual breakdown trying to deal with all of this.

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DIY Farmhouse Wall Shelf

DIY Farmhouse Wall Shelf

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I am thankful for a mama and daddy who taught me how to use power tools, sand and stain a piece of wood, hammer a nail, patch a hole, and paint a wall.

I feel like them teaching me these things from a young age helped foster my independence, as well as my do-it-myself attitude, and it allowed me to develop a love for creating things with my own hands. It’s just a really good, proud feeling when you can point to something and say, “I made that.”

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Laundry Room Refresh

Laundry Room Refresh

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This DIY project was our first as new homeowners, and looking ahead, it will most likely be the easiest that we tackle.

Since our laundry room is more like a laundry closet, this wasn’t an extensive renovation. We needed to maximize the small space, though, for functionality and storage.

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Macrame Plant Hangers

Macrame Plant Hangers

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A couple weeks ago I shared on Instagram my favorite cozy corner in my home — in my master bathroom, to be specific  — and so many of you loved the macrame plant hangers I have above my bathtub.

I continue to receive direct messages asking me where I purchased those little darlings, but unfortunately they are no longer in stock at Target.

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How I Keep Our Floors Clean with 3 Pets

How I Keep Our Floors Clean with 3 Pets

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When we bought our house in May, updating the floors immediately rose to the top of my home renovation to-do list. It’s somewhere between overhauling our backyard and gutting our master bathroom.

But thanks to our AC going out this July, replacing our current tile and laminate has fallen down the timeline and likely won’t be completed until spring.

That’s the joy of homeownership, right? It’s always something.

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Recipe /// Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Recipe /// Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The fact that I don’t cook has become somewhat of a joke in our family.

It is no exaggeration, though. My husband prepares 95 percent of our meals (including my lunch every day), and I’m not the least bit embarrassed to admit it. It’s not that I can’t cook; I simply prefer not to.

In fact, we moved into our new home two months ago and today was my first time using the stove. I couldn’t even figure out how to turn it on without cussing. But, I had a hankering for chocolate chip banana bread, so I was determined to make it work.

I love banana bread — it’s one of the few things I actually enjoy baking — and it’s incredibly easy to make.

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