Monday, May 22, 2017

Vintage. Modern. Floral. Laundry Room ~ Progress





First I would like to say, I expected to be way further along then this. I started designing my floral laundry room project here, before the ORC with just a few things to finish up,
but these few things are taking quite some time.
I had planned to have my stenciling done by Friday night and then I could move onto my counter-top (the one in the laundry room) this weekend.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Modern French Country Dining Room Progress


Almost another week down! I'm so ready, between work, DIYing,
 trying to exercise and lets not forget trying to break a broody hen, I'm pooped!
 I'm looking forward to chilling this weekend and finishing up on some small things....

 So at the end of my ORC reveal,
I talked about making some changes to my kitchen and dining area. I also talked about going to back to my eclectic and french country roots. I talked about how I came to a realization while doing the ORC, that I keep fighting against what my house really is instead of embracing it. I got on the "Modern Farmhouse" bandwagon and instead of incorporating modern here and there, I had to go all out and try to convert my home into a modern farmhouse. I had even schemed of a way on how I could paint my house and make the exterior look more modern.
I honestly don't know what broke my spell, but what ever it was, I'm glad it did. I'm not modern, I like modern aspects, but I like french, rustic, chinoiserie and farmhouse aspects as well. 
And that's exactly what I have decided to do, a mix of all.  I am no longer going to limit my style, define my style and most certainly, I'm not going to compromise my style.
No, I'm just going to do me.


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Friday, May 12, 2017

The ORC Aftermath: A Before and After Comparison

Maybe it's all this "free time" I have now or maybe I'm just not sure how to function any other way then 'under the gun' but I wanted to show a side by side comparison of the One Room Challenge I completed. I have been clearing out stuff and loading the trailer to take to the curb this weekend...and picking up after the aftermath of what is the ORC... and it got me thinking... I never really did show super good before pics... mostly cause I was embarrassed that the room looked like that. Now that it is all finished, I only feel it's right  my duty to show you how it really looked.
 Besides, who doesn't love a good before and after!
I have linked most of my products and or similar items in my 
original reveal post you can find that here.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Room Challenge Week 6~ It's Show Time


It's show time folks!
Cue the Curtains! Dim the Lights!
Just kidding,
 I actually changed them out so they would be brighter!

You guys, I can't believe I made it to the finale of week 6, 
when I think back to the beginning and challenges of this room,
 and lets not forget painting that ceiling,
I. WANT. TO. CRY... 
to cry I tell ya...like seriously... tears of JOY of course:)

I'm especially proud of this room because I did it 100% on my own. As I have mentioned probably a gazillion times, my husband is Active Army and currently stationed at FT. Leonard Wood, so on this challenge, the cheese stood alone (that's me, if you didn't get that cheese reference;)

Not to beat a dead horse, but I did it all.. painting, tiling, cutting, sawing, nailing, hanging, cleaning, staging, etc... you get it... but I just wanted to make sure... on account of me being so proud and all...

This Challenge taught me that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for, it also forced me to put myself out there and socialize and meet new bloggers, and it has been wonderful. I'm super outgoing in person, but shy on the internet... I know backwards right... but for me, I like being able to read people in person, facial expressions body language, etc. So it was nice to be encouraged to talk to folks that otherwise, I would have never known about.
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week 5, Picking up the pieces


I can't believe we are nearing the end of the one room challenge! 
I have one week, officially, 
to finish this massive room and I'm feeling the pressure😓
As I mentioned in the last post, I went to Ft. Leonard Wood 
to visit my husband who is stationed there until OCT., it was a great visit, 
other than it poured buckets of rain the entire time I was there... 
I also barely made it out... almost all roads were flooded and an entire 
section of the interstate was flooded.
 So, I had to drive an hour north just to go back south... whew! 
I'm glad that's done and as they say,
 there's no place like home.

So, I believed once I got home, 
I would just jump back on the transformation train and 
whip this room right out... 
ya...freaking... right.... 
when I say I have been lacking motivation... well... that's an understatement.
So what do I have to show you for a solid week? 
Not much!
Like seriously... 
here's a stack of pillows....
and the fabric that was suppose to be pillows by now.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week 4~ The Making of a Fireplace

Good Morning! 
Yes, I absolutely wanted to greet you with a sneak peak of my vintage gallery wall. 
You bet your arse I couldn't wait to start decorating... an no the room is not complete... and yes I put up this wall... because... I had to do something... going weeks and weeks without seeing any decor was just killing me... so I had to throw this together to see if it would stick and... I love it!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week 3 ~ It's the Little Things

Good Morning friends, here we are, already to week three of the One Room Challenge.
The second week was rough for me, you can read about that here.
Also, here is the post for Week One if you are just now joining in on the fun.
This week I feel better, I got a lot of things accomplished, mostly little things but those are the ones that sneak up and bite you in the end, so I'm not mad about it... ya dig?

For the most part, the painting is done, except for a few spots here and there... I honestly had to move on to something else, cause quite frankly I was about to lose my mind
 if I had to hold that paint brush any longer.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week Two



I'm going to be real with this post... 
also this is a WARNING... 
these pics aren't pretty, 
they aren't IG worthy and... if I'm to be honest,
 they make me a little discouraged.

So here it is the good, the bad, and the ugly, but mostly the UGLY.
I want to quit.
Yup you read that right, I wish I had some amazing banter that was so cool to read and was up-lifting, but the truth is, right now this sucks and I have had a little voice in my head whispering sweet negative bullshit throughout this entire process enticing me to quit.
But alas, I do not and will not quit.
The photo below depicts me for the last week. In the midst of the suck, just sluggin
it out, tryin to get this beast of a room painted.
Even my poor saint of a Mother has been in on this trying to help me.

It's so bad, my folks keep asking me, "what do you get if you win this challenge" lol
I keep telling them nothing... it's just a décor challenge.. you get a decorated room at the end.... but they keep looking at  me blankly....

So ya...that's how it's been going this week... that question/answer combo pretty much sums it up...
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

One Room Challenge:The Design Mood

Hello! I'm so excited to be participating as a guest, in the One Room Challenge!
If you are new to Raising a Farmhouse, here's a bit of background...
I'm an Army wife, my husband is an Active Duty Army Soldier, but he is full time with the Oklahoma National Guard, so we are lucky in the fact that we don't move around!
We bought our 3rd and hopefully final home in 2012 and have slowly been designing it out of the 'taupe madness' that was 2007. I hate taupe. Like really hate it. But I love greige, just throwin that out there... we have five acres in the country and I'm slowly creating a farmstead, my husband is not too sold on the idea... but I think it's brilliant:)
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Monday, March 27, 2017

DIY Faux Cement Tile


Well good morning! 
I bet you thought I had long forgotten about this project...
 nah... it just takes me forever to actually get anything completed.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Sputnik Light and New Dining Chairs


 It's been a whirl wind of a time folks!
I typically have very boring evening and weekends, but every so often I will cram a what feels a life time of events into one weekend.... And that was this weekend.
I had a great time, catching up with old friends, installing art in a salon (exciting) and delivering my finished large commissioned art piece....but I'm glad it's over.

So a lot is going on over at my house and as usual, I have started and not finished many things. 
I started the laundry room and the guest bath and in between those re-vamped 
the living and the dining room....

I have been on a mission to find a good balance between modern, casual and country. It hasn't been easy, and I'm not 100% done, but I wanted to show you what I'm working with so far.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Peloton Life Hack - My DIY Peloton

Good Morning friends!
I hope we are having a great start to this fine Wednesday morning.
It's always such a long week after having an extra long weekend.

I want to share with you what I'm doing lately for my health.
I'm so excited about this, but I need to state that this is NOT my original idea.
A sweet lady from My Purse Strings blog did all the original leg work.

But none the less, I had to share how awesome this is!
Have you heard of the super amazing/expensive Peloton Indoor Cycling Bike?
It's this high tech interactive full spinning class complete with spin instructors that stream live or on demand through your Ipad or Peloton bike if you have one...

I have wanted one ever since I first saw it a couple years ago.
But I did not want to pay over $2500 (with shipping)
I had actually contemplated it and even thought of vigorously saving up for one.


I started spinning last April before we took our vacation and I loved it.
I saw amazing results and my legs were looking bomb (if I do say so myself)
But as usual once the vaction was over, I quit going... cause it was a bit of a hassle and so much easier to just go upstairs and use my treadmill.
I become quite the hermit during the winter months anyways and don't 
like to get out more than I have too...

So here came the Peloton idea... great solution for me...but the price...

One day at work I was telling my CPT and 1SG (I work for an Active Army recruiting unit) 
how amazing they were (the bikes, not them) and they joked about if I gave them $3K they would build a computer on a bike and record themselves spinning for me...lol

Later on that evening, it did make me think... not about them doing that for me...
but maybe there is a way to make my own.

That's when I found Michelle's post on her blog.
I was overwhelmed with excitement!
I literally ordered everything on that Sunday.


If you buy a Peloton bike you have to pay for the subscription that streams through it, 
it's $39 a month.

I'm doing the iPhone app for $12.99...
The difference...
for $39 it's interactive through the Peloton Bike... you get your stats, you can communicate with others and the instructors, they give shout outs and what not,  which would be kinda cool and probably motivating...
But not for $2000 dollars more for the bike and $26 more a month...
I could care less about that....like for realz...

So for me the app on a cheaper (but great quality) bike is just perfect.


I got a mount for my iPad mini and it's great! It can adjust and move at any angle.




You can purchase the bike and mount here.



I bought the upgraded version of the bike and spent a little more, it has the spd clip pedals for the spin shoes. They would have been a separate purchase for around $50 plus I would have had to change them out. The extra $75 for the bike was worth it to me for that alone.

Here are the shoes I purchased.
I love them. I feel like I get more from the workout wearing these shoes... now you don't have to use these with the bike, they have cages where you can slip your feet in with reg shoes in..


http://rstyle.me/cz-n/cf88zsb8g77_



Ok so these shoes will say they're clipless... but they have to have clips... they are just inset so you can actually walk around in them.

However, I'm not sure if I got screwed.. but my shoes only came with base plates not the actual clips so I had to order them. 
I got these and they fit the shoes and the bike.




The bike was super easy to put together, I did it by myself  in like 20-30 minutes... it just consisted of putting on the base, handles and the pedals, which was super easy....


It looks great, is fully adjustable and got great reviews. 
This brand is a leading brand in indoor cycling bikes.

I have already done 5 classes and they are amazing, there are over 4600 on demand classes and you can take  live classes that are offered 10 times a day at several different times, 
so really you can fit a workout in at any time of the day.
I love doing my workouts at home, I hated going on base and trying to fight all the old people for a spin bike... they know who's new and who's taking "their spot" ...for me it's just easier and the classes are more challenging and I get a new instructor and different kind of ride every day if I want...
and I do cause I get bored easily.

I wanted to share another amazing product that I use.
I don't sweat much... I don't know why... but I can do the same workout at someone else with the same energy output and the other person is drenched and I still have my full face of make up intact. It's a bit annoying, I feel like I retain water more because of this.

 I wanted something that would target my stomach area specifically... it's always the last place to go for me, so anything that aides in that progression is welcome in my book.
I love these two products, I encourage you to read the reviews and make your own informed decision.
It does make me sweat... alot.. so I'm sure a normal sweater will sweat buckets.

This post is not sponsored, I'm just really pumped about these products 
and wanted to share them with you.

So Basically instead of paying 25 hundo I paid $485 for everything...
I can handle that...

You can check out Michelle's original blog post here

Happy Spinning friends!



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Monday, February 20, 2017

Farmhouse Living Room Restyle


Happy Monday friends,
hopefully you have this day off and are out and about enjoying it... 

It's been a while since I did a living room update, and I wanted to share with you the current look.
It's no secret that this room is ever changing and I am honestly never satisfied with anything I do...
Until Now!
Currently I am loving the look.
And I feel like it's going to stay around for a while... so I hope you enjoy it as well;)


I bought this red rug right before Christmas, I decided I needed to add some color for 2017 and I fell instantly head over heels for this Turkish rug.

I had also bought this rocking horse back in September and held on to it. I didn't display it cause it was a very dark color and I hadn't gotten around to giving it a coat of paint.
I painted her up with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and now I'm loving the vibe it brings to the living room. Plus they say rocking horses in a home are suppose to bring good luck... I need all that I can get... you feel me?


I had these linen club chairs that I had purchased before the sofa, but when I bought our sectional I thought they may be over kill, so I hauled them upstairs and put them in our 2nd living room.
Well they were getting absolutely no use, other than being used as a scratching post for the cat... so last weekend I hauled them back down.. and honestly, I'm kinda loving them down here... 
I can never get enough tufted linen...


Last week I shared on IG, how I bought some pattern pillows, but to my dismay, they were a disaster... so I reordered some solid ivory ones {which was my original plan, but I was trying to be bold} ya... never go against who you really are....


I love the look of these and I feel like it adds enough focal and dimension to the sofa without distracting the eye.

I really wanted to keep the focus on the rug and let it be the anchor to the room.

I picked up this darling throw last week.
I'm a sucker for tassels...fringe...


Here's a link to it.


I have a few more things I want to get, like maybe some faux sheep skins for the seats of the chairs...
 I feel like the room needs a little texture.


But other than that, I'm loving it.
You can shop this look here, there are also a few links to a couple different throw options. I bought the two pack, one ivory and one black and white stripe and put it in my dining room! I love them, they are really great quality!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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