Michigan Summers

Michigan summers are just magical. Warm weather, breezy evenings, long days and time spent with the family. We have been up north the last few weekends and the kids and dogs just love it up there. Who doesn’t love boating, campfires, s’mores and swimming?

We have been working on our little bungalow a lot also- but I will save that post for another day!

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Madison Updates

I finally have some before & after pictures to share. Our little house has come a long way in a few short months! But we still have so much to finish! Here is the living room BEFORE:


Since then we have had the floors refinished, drywall repairs throughout and fresh paint. Also the 2 windows on both sides of the TV are new.


I also wallpapered the entryway:Image



I plan on adding more pictures to the right of the big mirror.

Here is the dining room: (I painted that table an off white using Annie Sloan chalk paint, sprayed the chairs & recovered the seats with Amy Butler fabric).Image


I love our bay windows, however they badly need to be painted or varnished. I am thinking of a few shades darker than the cherry wood  color they are now.  Onto the kitchen BEFORE:


My husband laid the tile floor in a herringbone pattern & the quartz countertop is new along with the farmhouse sink & faucet. I painted the walls even though we have to rip them out in a few months & replace all the drywall. The drywall that is in there is so poorly done and cracking. We also need to tile the backsplash & I am thinking a white subway tile look. Oh and add baseboard & knobs on the cabinets! In the meantime it looks like this:


Right outside the kitchen is a little toddler table that I painted for the kids:Image

Off to the kids bedrooms! This was Anna’s room – nasty carpet & wallpaper BEFORE:Image



Anthony’s room was in bad shape as well BEFORE:Image




That’s it for now! I am not ready to share our bedroom yet or the downstairs bathroom. So much to do still! It’s freezing temperatures here right now so I don’t mind hibernating and working on house projects.

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Meet Madison

Madison was built in 1937 and is an adorable brick bungalow in need of some MAJOR TLC.  I love these older brick homes with the original wood floors and a real fireplace! My husband is doing most of the work himself and we won’t be moving in just yet, it needed a lot of drywall work done, water removal, sealing, windows, painting… and the list goes on. These pictures are not pretty at all but here goes!

The front of the house: (we have recently trimmed all the bushes and cleaned up the vines a bit)Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 4.23.07 PM

Now the inside front room has an awesome bay window!  That’s the old kitchen counter my husband ripped out on the floor:Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 4.22.07 PM

The kitchen floor was some nasty laminate that was laid over more nasty laminate. We plan on laying down some tile in there, and put in new countertops, a sink, faucet, the whole deal.   Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 4.24.25 PM

This is one of the kids bedrooms. There was water damage to the ceiling and it ALL had to be ripped out. (shout out to GTJ!!) Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 4.36.43 PM

Our bedroom upstairs was made into a little mother-in law suite type deal so we are knocking down the dividing walls up there to make it one large bedroom:Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 4.24.46 PM

The scariest picture of all I think is the basement! Looks like a dungeon. Wait until we finish it off though (this is a little later on the list of to-do’s)Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 4.37.01 PM

The garage was a mess also. All the walls had to come down and new siding put up. It’s still being worked on. The downside to this house is a TINYYYY yard. Very tiny. But we will manage, this is after my husband mowed the weeds and knocked down the little fencing that was blocking this area. We are going to lay sod in here:Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 4.25.10 PM

So much work to be done! But looking forward to getting in there! Sorry the pics are crappy, taken quickly with my phone.

Stay tuned, we are having fun picking out paint and the rest of the finishing touches!


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Goodbye FL house… Hello Michigan!

It’s been 6 long years here in Florida! Don’t get me wrong, I have loved my time here, the people I have met, I started my career here, got married here and started my family here. But I have always been a northern girl at heart. I love seasons and the lakes and my family and friends who live there. And I am excited to say we are moving home soon! Our house went on the market last week and is already SOLD. Yup, it happened that fast… Packing time! I started this blog to post about our progress and projects. It’s been a lot of work but rewarding and fun. I love to look back and see how far we have come with the house. We have lived in this house just about 3 years and boy has it changed. Here are the pictures I have gathered of the Before & Afters:Before1After1Living Room:Before2After2Family Room:Before3After3Kitchen:KitchenBeforeKitchenAfter2KitchenAfterGuest Bathroom

BeforeBathroomBathroomAfterThis is one of the guest rooms. It was in pretty bad shape. It was used as my office for awhile and then we turned it into a nursery for my daughter. AnnaBeforeAnnaRoom1

I can’t find a before picture of the other guest room, but it was pretty icky. Here it is when it was a guest room:Anthony1Then we turned it into a nursery for my baby boy:AnthonyRoomThis is our bedroom, the master: Before5BeforeRoom1After5AFterBathroomThe Lanai (what I will miss most about this house!)LanaiBeforeLanaiAfterBeforePoolPoolAfterThat’s it! More to come of the Michigan house 🙂

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I pinned and I made…

I pin a lot of stuff on Pinterest and I do actually get around to trying a lot of those recipes and making some of the crafts. Here are 2 I did for Christmas: 1- the ornament wreath. I didn’t take pictures of the progress but you can see it all here if your interested: http://matt-and-becky.blogspot.com/2009/12/12-days-of-christmas-crafts-day-5.html I used the glittery plastic bulbs from Target. They are in the $1 section for a tube of 10! I had the foam wreath left over so I spent about $10 on this total.


Next 2- The Ruffled Tree Skirt. It’s so pretty and maybe one of my favorite projects I have pinned and made. It was pretty easy too, just took a few nights of gluing and some patience. If I ever do it again I will cut my strips thicker so the ruffles are larger. I used a cheap quilting fabric I had for the base part and then cheap $2.99/yard muslin fabric from JoAnnes. I followed these instructions:  http://mycrazylife-lauren.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-pinned-it-i-did-it-ruffled-tree-skirt.html

Here are some pictures of mine:







I love the smell of a real tree! Happy Holidays!

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Baby Cooper’s Nursery

36 weeks! With only 4 weeks left I am happy to say the nursery is DONE! We converted our guest room into a nursery/guest room. We wanted to have a place for someone to sleep if they come visit (mostly my Mom!). Here it was before:


So we ditched our king sized bed and night stands and replaced it with a pop-up trundle day bed & crib. I bought the frame for the trundle bed off craigslist and sanded and painted it the pale yellow. My sister Amy is awesome and bought me 2 new twin mattresses as a shower gift:


Here is a close up of the sunburst mirror above the bed (home depot $35) and the little boy plaques are antiques off etsy:

I had this small dresser from my Mother-in law that I re-painted to use as a changing table:



Another view:


I made the curtains from some yellow polka dot fabric I got from JoAnne’s on sale and added pom poms to the bottom:

I mounted some wire baskets on the wall to hold burp clothes and diapers:

The dog “Tutu” was mine as a child and the blue bunny blanket was my husbands when he was a baby:

More views:

On the wall above the crib is a mirror my husband bought me for mother’s day last year and to the left is a picture of our 4 dogs & a letter ‘A’ I made for ‘Anthony’ out of some old buttons.  To the right is a Renoir painting my Mother-in law gave me that hung in my husbands room as a child and a framed picture of baby Anthony inside my belly at 7 months.

The crib skirt was made by my very talented friend’s mom out of my Grandma Mack’s fabric. The bumper is from babybedding.com and the crib sheet, blanket and changing pad cover are all Aden & Anais “The Brave Dog”.

The wool chevron rug is from overstock:

The mobile I made out of felt. Talk about a long & tedious project. No wonder people charge $80+ on etsy to make them!

And on the wall by the closet I hung a wire magazine rack I got for $7 at home goods for books. I printed out old dog book covers and framed them and hung them around it:

And that’s it! Now time to continue my nesting…. re-finishing kitchen cabinets… decorating for Christmas… have to squeeze as much in as I can before I have 2 babies that take up all my time 🙂

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Happy Halloween!

I love this time of year. Would love it more if Florida actually had a fall, but oh well.  I decorated for Halloween last week and wanted to share some of what I did.  I made this banner for the entry way table.. got the idea from Cassie at Primitive & Proper.  I did something similar last year with the spray painted branches. They are from some type of palm tree outside. I just added some black birds and cheese cloth to the mix.

For the  banner: I used old book pages, cut them out and glued them with mod podge to black construction paper. Then I drew some bats and cut them out on thinner black glitter paper and glued little orange buttons on each of them.  I strung it all with twine.

I decorated the kitchen table with the same branches and added some spray painted pumpkins.

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