August in Review

Tidy List in Planner

I hate to say it, but I think summer is officially over. With the big Labor Day holiday this weekend and the cooler weather we've been having, I can feel fall creeping in. I'm sure gonna miss the lazy days of summer, but I have to say I've missed some of the routine that comes with the fall schedule. I've got some fun posts in store over the next few months, but until then, here's a little recap of all the fun posts and projects I shared with you this month. At the beginning of the month the ole blog got a face lift. I got a whole new look and re-organized things a bit to make it easier for you to find posts and topics that interest you. I'm still loving the new look and hope you are … Read More

Renovation Update:: Then & Now

New Stairs

So it's been a while since I've given you guys a picture update on the house progress. I've alluded to the fact that it's been a little slow. We had a change of project managers and our new project manager {who we love by the way} has had to spend some time getting up to speed and fix a few things that were done incorrectly on the interior. With all that, things have been a little slower than we anticipated. The exterior of the house though is mostly done. We have brick on the addition now and the beginnings of our carport. We're just waiting for our exterior doors to arrive before everything around door frames gets entirely bricked. Once doors are in and the final brick is put in … Read More

Free Printable:: Weekly 10 Minute Tidy Chore List

10 Minute Tidy Chore List

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpieClearview I mentioned last week that one of the things I wanted to get better about doing was cleaning a little each day throughout the week to avoid spending hours on the weekend cleaning.  Our place is small so it doesn't take long, but I would prefer to do the not so fun chores in smaller chunks on weekdays and save our weekends for more fun activities. To try and help me stay on track, I created a little weekly 10 minute tidy chore list. There's nothing more that I love than crossing things off a … Read More

Rustic & Cozy Living Room {Vision Board}


I mentioned in yesterday's post that we bought some dining chairs and counter stools for our kitchen and dining area. I showed you in my dining room vision board the style of chair I was thinking to pair with the table and our kitchen island. Lucky for me, Restoration Hardware was having a crazy good sale and I was able to score 6 chairs and 3 counter stools for a really great price. I'm still on the hunt for some upholstered chairs to use at each end of the table. But right now, my focus has shifted to the living room and couch shopping. The only couches I've ever owned were hand me downs and I ended up leaving what was left of them at my previous apartment here in Greenville for the … Read More

Around Here:: August Edition

August Edition- Furniture Shopping

I can't believe August is almost over. I know for some of you, the kiddos have gone back to school so it's back to early morning wake up calls and routine schedules. I'm not even in school but all this back to school talk gives me major anxiety. However I do miss getting fresh school supplies {aka: colorful Sharpie markers for doodling and freshly sharpened #2 pencils}. Even though summer is officially over with school back in session, hopefully you are still able to enjoy some summertime activities for just a little bit longer. We still have one more official family vacation coming up over labor day weekend where we're hoping to still enjoy some last minute summer fun. Here's what … Read More

5 Tips to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

5 Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep

When I was growing up I could fall asleep in a matter of seconds and could sleep through anything. In fact, there was a time when our smoke alarms were going off in our house and I didn't make a peep. Woke up the next morning and never knew a thing happened. As I've gotten older though, sleep doesn't come quite as easy. I have to be more intentional about my bedtime routine and do a few things to make sure I get a good night's sleep. Getting a good night's sleep can make a world of difference. My husband can attest. I don't do well if I don't sleep well or don't sleep enough. Let's just say he's seen the worst sides of me {aka grumpy mess} when I'm sleepy. So since getting a … Read More

Indoor & Outdoor Fireplace Inspiration

Painted Fireplace

The exterior of our house is almost entirely bricked. We met with our project manager yesterday to go over a few details in order to ensure the interior work can continue. One of the things we need to decide on soon is in regards to materials and design for our outdoor and indoor fireplaces. Cost will play a huge factor with what we end up choosing in the end, but I'm having a hard time deciding on the type of look I want for each. I pulled together some of the images I've been gathering with looks and ideas that I like to hopefully help make a final decision soon. Outdoor Fireplace All of our brick will be painted white so if we decided to do an all brick outdoor fireplace it would … Read More

How to Create a Thumbnail Gallery of Posts/Topics

New Category Gallery with text

For those of you that aren't bloggers, this might not be a post that will interest you. But if you are, I wanted to share a neat little discovery with my recent blog re-design. With my old design, a couple of my main menus led to pages with multiple categories and lists of posts. The way I was generating the thumbnails for each post within a certain category was through InLinkz. I loved that you were able to create titles and choose images for each of your thumbnails and decide which order they appeared. However, the downside was that I had to manually add and link up a post if I wanted it to appear. It was hard to remember to do this on a regular basis which meant my topics … Read More

Unique Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Unique Outdoor Ceiling Fans

Now that we have all our lighting finalized {and almost all ordered} there's still one more thing left to pick out. {If you aren't aware of our lighting saga, I had everything picked out only to discover during our lighting walk thru that a few of the fixtures I selected were in fact too large for the space. But, thanks to your votes, I was able to find replacements.} But back to what we still have to pick out. When we bought the house the previous owner, who had attempted to renovate it himself, had already bought two new ceiling fans for two of the bedrooms. They aren't the prettiest, but they are new, so we're planning to re-use those in the bedrooms upstairs. But, we still … Read More

New Look + Guest Posting for Uncommon Designs

DIY Ring Toss Game

Does something look a little different? If you can't tell, the ole blog got a little facelift. {If you are reading this through a reader or feed, be sure to hop on over to the blog to check out the new look}. This has been a long time coming. I've been wanting to re-brand and re-design for quite a while and finally bit the bullet and got it done. My style over the last few years has changed and I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do with this space and the direction I want to take the blog in. This blog's main focus over the last few years for the most part has been projects, whether it be a diy project or craft project. While that is still something I plan to continue … Read More

July in Review

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It's the last official day of July, so you know what that means? Recap time. Here's a little round-up of everything I shared with you guys this past month. I showed you pictures from the gender neutral gray & white baby shower I threw for a friend and also shared how I made most of the decor using my Silhouette Machine. I made my own pesto using the basil that I've been growing indoors and rounded up 10 yummy pesto recipes to possibly try out with my newly made pesto. Now that we're getting close to finalizing a lot of our design selections for the house, it's time to start thinking about furniture.  I've been doing a lot of research on dining room and living room furniture … Read More

Renovation Update:: Windows + Beadboard

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First of all, thanks to everyone who voted for our front porch light. Option #2 was the winner {and it was one of our top choices} so your votes helped push me to make the decision and go for that one! I've got that one officially ordered, along with the matching wall sconce for our basement door and post light for our little light post out front. Oh, and thanks to a one day only 20% off online coupon code from Pottery Barn, the Bolton Lantern is now officially on its way to one day {hopefully soon} reside in our stairwell. In other news, the hubs and I went to NC for the weekend to visit his family and do a little furniture shopping in High Point. If you follow me on Instagram, you … Read More