New hanging globe pendant light in kitchen

With all of the craziness of getting the shop ready, there hasn’t been much time to do things around the house. We were able to swap out our 7 year old light fixture for a new globe pendant light. While I loved that old fixture, especially since I DIY’d  it, but I wanted something a little bit more clean and modern.

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I found this light on Wayfair, and not only loved how it looked, but that is wasn’t crazy expensive.

Kitchen pendant light close up

It has a really nice glow with the vintage style bulb.

Globe pendant light with vintage style bulb

It gets this cool double reflection of the bulb too.

Up close vew of pendant style globe lightThe one thing I like about the globe pendant light is that the glass looks modern, but also kind of makes it disappear. Even thought the glass globe is larger, it is also much sleeker than our old light, and I really love the contrast of the black cord and soft brass hardware.

Here’s a peek at our kitchen window area last fall. This is also before we had our subway tile installed.  That was one of the best things we ever did. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love looking at it every day. It’s so easy to clean too. Now it makes me wonder why we waited so long to do it.

KItchen sink with brass towel bar mounted underneath. What a great way to keep your dish towels dry!

Kitchen sink with window and corbels

Really, looking at it now, the old light was way too small. It actually looks pretty dinky.

Even though we used the same bulb as from the other light fixture, it’s amazing how much more light this fixture gives off with a bigger reflective surface.

Kitchen window with globe pendant light

I just love how this simple change, updates the entire look.

Just FYI, the grand opening of the shop is coming up in September! I’ll would love for you to come. You can also register for classes here.




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I’m never moving again.

Hey strangers! Remember me? 🙂 To say life has been overwhelming lately would be an understatement. Tonight is the first night in quite some time I’ve been able to relax a bit. 
Moving is no joke people. I’ve heard it’s up there with life’s top stressors and now I totally get it. This is where I’d normally throw in a “first world problem” hashtag, but I’m not quite ready to joke just yet. 😅 Selling a house is very real stress, even though it’s a stress most would consider ourselves lucky to have. 
Originally I didn’t plan to announce our move until we closed on our house — for many reasons. Most of those reasons have happened in the past few weeks. I won’t go into much detail, but it’s been one thing after another. Today we got some news that makes me want to laugh — but a maniacal, I rarely sleep anymore and don’t answer the phone cause I’m afraid it’s more bad news and I’ve been packing for 12 hours a day for the past week kind of laugh. Ha!  More on that in a bit. 
SO. We moved all of our stuff out today!! We had some plans we made nearly a year ago that made it so we had to move out a little early. Our closing was scheduled for next week. But we planned to camp out on blow up beds and make the best of it before moving into an extended stay hotel in a few days. (The whole hotel instead of an apartment is another story! It’s cheaper to stay in a hotel, at least in our situation.)
We used Two Men and a Truck here in Indy to move 13 years ago and were so pleased with them, they were the first ones we called this time. They came out, walked inside and outside the house and gave us an estimate. I appreciated that they actually counted our beds, furniture and TVs and were able to give us a really good idea of what our final cost would be. 
Because we will be in between houses for a couple months, we needed a storage option too. Thankfully they offer that — they are taking care of both moves and the storage and it’s eased my mind quite a bit. 
I’m a little surprised at how excited I was for this day. It could be because we’ve lived in a moving box jungle for weeks now. It’s gotten really bad in the past week: 
Yesterday I was in throw-random-crap-in-boxes-mode — you know what I’m saying if you’ve moved recently. It’s the part where you start to panic and are afraid half your stuff will be left at your house. I legit labeled many boxes “RANDOM.” I’ll enjoy that later I’m sure! 
We had a crew of four guys (Rapheal, DJ, Brandon and Rondall) and they were AWESOME. Super professional the entire time and they worked their butts off. They provided two trucks and had a third one available on call if needed:
There were a few things that we really appreciated — first of all that they put a mat down in the entry where they were rolling the dolly over and over: 
Then, how they protected the doors — they wrapped and taped the side of the door, the glass door and our front door:
I was surprised they wrapped every single piece of furniture. Not just with plastic, but every one got padded with blankets as well: 
Even the upholstered chairs!:
So we had a storage bin full of Legos — but I had lost the lid. (Who loses a storage container lid??) I was planning to just dump the Legos in a box and pack them up, but never got to it. I forgot about it till I saw them take it out to the truck — they wrapped that thing so well not one Lego will emerge. It was little things like that that really impressed me. 
We all joked that their job is a real life version of Tetris — they worked items just so, so that most of our house was in just one truck! I was shocked at what they were able to (safely) fit in there:
Those four guys worked their tails off for six hours!! We couldn’t be more thrilled with how they handled our items. Then they left to unload and fill our storage rental as well — that’s a hard day. 
We loved the little things they did, like the Lego bin, and that they didn’t roll the heavy dolly down our wood steps. They carried the it down, and then put it on the floor to roll out. I was pleasantly surprised at that. A friend of mine just had a horrible moving experience so I was grateful for these little touches. 
Our storage is temperature controlled so that gives me peace of mind as well. And we can add to it any time — we have a few things like our treadmill that we didn’t get apart in time so we’ll make an appointment to take that over later. Overall we were thrilled! Two Men and a Truck locations are independently owned all over the country. If you’d like to check out a location near you, check out their site here. Our local Indianapolis location was top notch. (If you’re nearby be sure to check them out on Facebook too.)
Want to hear the best part? Are you ready? 😉 Not even two hours after they drove away with all of our stuff…beds, cooking utensils, chairs…pretty much everything…we got word that the buyer of the buyers of the buyers of buyers of our house (got that?) had to back out of their sale. So. That house (four removed? I’ve lost track) is back on the market and our closing could be pushed out one week to a month. Or more? Depends on when it sells. 
If it sells soon this is actually a blessing in disguise because we’ll get to stay in our house longer and save money on our in-between living. If it doesn’t sell soon…well, it gets sticky and not so fun, so we’re not even going to talk about that, OK? 🙂 I have a good feeling about it all — I think it’s going to work out for everyone involved. I just hate being in limbo. And not having chairs. 
We were going to buy a new bed for our son, so we’ll probably do that sooner than later now, if we’re going to be in the house for another month. Not sure the inflatable beds will cut it that long. 
Another good thing? I’ve been so stressed I’ve lost ten pounds in about a month. Probably more, but I wouldn’t know because our scale is packed away in a storage facility across town. 👍
I’ll keep you updated on the news of course! Please send good house sale vibes to the buyers down the line. Us four families would appreciate it. 🙂 We’ll survive — the bests in my life have all come after some tests, this is just another one. AND we got word that cabinets will be going in at the new house next week, so I’m giddy at the progress. It’s a beauty! 
I’ll be back later this week! 
Disclosure: I worked with Two Men and a Truck on this post but already had them scheduled to do our job anyway — I only share brands I know and love with you all. 

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Fringe embroidery hoop hanging and tassel hanging

Things are coming along, and I wanted to share a fun, fringe embroidery hoop hanging I made for the Makery area. I also want to thank all of you for putting up with my excessive typos lately. It’s been so crazy. I am getting up early to write posts, and navigate the kids in the morning, then head to the shop for a full day, and get home to make dinner, and then catch up with everything else. I know once I get into a groove and the kids go back to school, it will be a little easier. Right now, it’s a matter of juggling it all until we get into a new normal routine. It’s so funny, I read, and re-read my posts, and then hubby (my unpaid editor) will call me and tell me, “Uuumm.. you need to read your last post.” That’s where I swear a little, because I’ve already read through it seven times before I hit publish and still miss things. So, thank you for that and your patience!

We aren’t changing any electrical at the shop right now, and we have plenty of lighting over the makery space, but we needed something else. After all, drop ceilings are not the sexiest. I decided to make some fun fringe and tassel embroidery hoop hanging fixtures, because nothing says “makery” more than something handmade.

I made two kinds of hanging “fixtures”. The first one is made from tassels, the upper ring is  large embroidery hoops insides, and hula hoops.

Supplies to make hanging tassel ceiling fixtures

Those were a matter of making lots and lots and lots of tassels. And lots of tassels, and lots of tassels. I was tired of tassels by the time I was done.

Paint hula hoops for tassel hanging

I painted the base hula hoops so that the color wouldn’t show through.

Making a tassel hanging fixtureAfter that, I tied my tassels on at equal distances, and hung the two hoops from each other with yarn, by about 12 inches.

Wrap yarn around hula hoop to cover for tassel hanging

Then I started wrapping and wrapping. I won’t lie. Between the two yarn projects, I used about 12 skeins.

Knotting for fringe embroiery hoop hanging

Once I finished the two tassel hangings, I moved onto the fringe embroidery hoop hanging. This one was the most fun and the easiest.

I cut the yarn to about 30 inch lengths, and pulled the yarn through a loop over the hoop.

Looping yarn for fringe embroidery hoop hanging

I kept going and lined them all up like ducks in a row, covering the hoop.

Paitnting yarn on the bottom of a fringe embroidery hoop hanging

After I had all of the yarn looped, I painted the ends with an acrylic paint, letting it soak in, then toweling off the excess. I hung it to dry with some cardboard underneath to catch drips.

Fringe ceiling yarn hangings in the Makery at The Collective lhe in Lisle, IL

Once the paint was dry, I trimmed the yarn so it was a bit cleaner and more modern looking than just rough ends.

They are the perfect solution to not having any hanging light fixtures in that area of the store.

Fringe embroidery hoop hangings in the Makery in Lisle, IL

They go so perfectly against our wood pallet wall, which I am going to be talking about in detail next week! I think out of the three, I love the fringe embroidery hoop hanging the most. I might have to make one for my kids rooms too.

Workshop registration is now open for September, so pop over and check out what we have coming up!





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Putting together the Makery large hairpin leg tables

We’ve been rapidly unpacking boxes as stock come in, and putting the retail portion together. It’s been really fun, but really tiring. I’ve never loaded and lifted so many large piece for furniture in my life. Autumn and I have pretty much moved an entire house in the last few weeks. I have to tell you, as women, I am impressed with ourselves. We are pretty mighty. Not only is it amazing what two small women can lift, but there’s certain amount of wonder with how much crap my mini-van can hold. We are using vintage furniture for display, and we’ve had entire dining sets in there. It’s like the Tardis (Any Dr. Who fans out there?), or  a clown car. Some days, we load it up, and when we take stuff out, it just keeps coming! Yesterday, we put together the Makery tables. We wanted something fairly simple, with plain tops.We also wanted something that has lots of room to do projects on for all of our classes! Large hairpin leg tables seemed to be the way to go, and they were super affordable too.

I used hairpin legs in this coffee table project, and loved how easy they were to put together, and how they look too. They have such a classic style.

Putting a hair pin dining table together

I bought a pre-made table top, so it was just a matter of putting the legs on.

Attaching hair pin legs to a table top

The legs came with the screws, so that was even better. It took about 20 minutes to assemble the large hairpin leg tables.

Assembling large hairpin leg tables

It was also  matter of spacing. I needed to make sure that weight was going to be supported in the center, even though these were good size table tops.

DIY hairpin leg tables

I managed to get three put together for the Makery. It’s really coming along now that we have the cabinets in place. It’s funny how one day it is complete chaos, and the next it seems like it’s actually coming together! I can’t wait to show you what it look like!



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The finishes and lighting for our new house!

Hey all and welcome to a new week! This one is special for us — it’s our last week in our house…at least with all of our furniture. 🙂 If you missed our news, go here
We move our stuff out next week — our buyers had a 30-day close and have to be out before closing day. So we will be in temporary housing in between, for at least six weeks. I’ve been OK with the whole thing and am actually kind of looking forward to a much simpler, slower life for a couple months. But over the past few days it’s really hitting me that we won’t be living in this house for much longer. I’m SO excited about our new house, it takes some of the sting away. I just have a feeling it will all hit me at once when we’re moved out. Not looking forward to that. 🙂 
Anyway, let’s talk about some fun stuff OK? How about new house finishes! The first time I did this (with our current house) it was 14 years ago. I had been living in apartments for 10 plus years and had never made a whole lot of big design decisions. So it took multiple trips to the design center and hours of going back and forth before I was able to pick out what I wanted. It was STRESSFUL. You’re picking out finishes that you’ll have forever…or at least that’s how it felt. Little did I know I would end up changing so much and sharing it with you all. 💗
This time? It was just pure excitement and fun. I didn’t even do any research — I just knew what I wanted. I picked out every finish/fixture for the house in about two hours and then the lighting took another hour. Loved it. 
I’m going with a slightly softer pallet in the new house and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Here’s a look at the floors and cabinet colors: 
soothing kitchen color pallet
The light gray will be the island and the white is the rest of the cabinets. I went back and forth on the doing the lowers in gray like our house, but I am happy with the all white — I know that will stand the test of time. See how much lighter this is than our house? It just feels soothing to me. I love love LOVE the tone of those floors! 
The powder room will have the same floors, a light gray vanity with open storage on the bottom (probably a little darker than this gray) and a little bling I’ll show you below: 
soothing gray and white color pallet
I went with a brushed brass for the kitchen handles and then the brass glass knobs for the powder room: 
brushed brass hardware for kitchen
I think the white, gray and soft brass are going to look amazing together! And the good thing is hardware is SO easy to spray paint if my tastes change down the road. I’ve done it many times. I’m looking forward to having some fun with the decor in the powder room. I’m thinking wallpaper or a stencil perhaps? Powder rooms are one of the spaces I think you can do whatever you want in. 
I’m really excited about the laundry room. The floors will be faux marble ceramic tiles and there are a couple upper cabinets that will be white. We’ll have a countertop for folding and I chose a dark laminate that looks like soapstone: 

white bright laundry finishes
The few cabinets in there will also have the glass knobs. 
For the basement bath and our son’s bath, I went with a darker wood vanity (it has some gray undertones) and a really cool white/gray tile: 
masculine bathroom finishes
I LOVE that tile and think it’s going to be really sharp in those rooms. Of course I have a plan to add his current bathroom wall tile into that room as well! 🙂 
I chose this wavy white subway tile for the kitchen backsplash:

wavy subway tile
I didn’t want to go with a color that may be trendy because I learned in our current house that taking down tile is pretty much the worse job ever. EVER. Never again. I think the wavy look will add some dimension and interest. 
I’m obsessed with the five-panel doors that I picked: 
five panel doors
I’ve been asked a few times if the doors in the new house will be black — not yet! I got a quote to have them painted by the builder but decided to nix it to save some money. I want to see how the house feels first — I think they will look SO good in black but I’ll have to live in the house before deciding. 
In order to save we will have carpet in more of the house than we have now — quite a bit more actually. I had to laugh because I picked the same exact carpet we used in our basement years ago (bottom left corner): 
textured carpet
The kitchen counters will be very similar to our current ones — this is called Cotton White and they are just a tad lighter than our River White counters
cotton white granite
The island top will be wood — I had to keep my wood island! 🙂 
At first I was going to do marble on the master counters (the other bathrooms are marble) but it wasn’t too much of an upgrade to do granite instead. I’m kind of obsessed with what I picked:
gray sky granite
It was too busy for the kitchen for me, but on the smaller master sinks it’s going to be so beautiful. 
Thankfully most of our picks were included with the price of the house — I only upgraded on some of the countertops. 
We had an allowance for lighting and I really wanted to stay within that amount. I splurged on a few lights that will be in the kitchen and family room and I’m so excited I can’t even tell you. I’ve wanted these for years and years and they will be over the kitchen island: 

black brass and white pendant lights
And this will hang in our family room: 
round chandelier with candles

I went bare bones with the others — 80 percent of our house will have the “boob” lights. And some won’t have anything until I find what I like and install them myself. It was my compromise for getting  a few lights I’ve been dreaming of for years. 
Even though this house will be beautiful to start, there are so many projects I can’t wait to tackle. These are the bones of the house, the fun stuff is adding my personal touches — the heart! (Soooo cheesy, I know. But true.) I can literally see all of these finishes in my head and I can’t wait to see it come together. 
I’ll keep that in mind when we’re living in about 700 square feet for a couple months. 🙂 Three people and three animals — it’s a good thing we like each other! 
P.S. I don’t have the names/sources of most of these but can find them out! Let me know! 

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Faux fern in soil and glass vase made from clay

I decided I really, really, wanted  a fern in dirt for display at the shop. I know, it’s a super-weird thing. The only problem was, I knew if I brought a real fern into the shop , there was a good chance I was going to kill it before the month was out. Ferns and I have an understanding.I bring them home, and they don’t get to make it out alive (This post may contain affiliate links). I looked around,and even though I found a few nice fake ones,I couldn’t find an exact faux fern I wanted, so I decided to try to make a faux fern in soil myself.

Supplies for making a faux fern in soil

I picked up a glass jar, a bag of stones from the floral aisle, a not-so-fake looking fake fern, some kids air dry clay, a packet of black model magic clay, black sand from the kid’s craft aisle, white craft glue, and dried craft lichen and craft moss. If you’re a fern fan, you should see how I decorated my mantel with ferns from my yard.

I started by placing about 1 inch of the stone in the bottom of the glass jar as a base. I thought the contrast would make it look more realistic, like it had stones for “drainage”. I rolled out the black model magic clay so that it was about the same height and diameter as the inside of the glass container. I removed any extra, and kept that to use on top. Once I had the right width, I spread out a thin layer the craft glue on the clay, and sprinkled the black sand on it. I thought this would give some texture to my “dirt”

Making a faux fern in dirt for display

I placed the clay into the vase and pressed it again the sides, and down into the rocks at the edges, as if the clay was the dirt.

To save on the amount of black Model Magic clay (which is not cheap), I used a less-expensive plain white, kid’s air-dry clay to fill the inside of the “dirt”. I’ll be curious to see how much the clay shrinks as it dries over the next week or so around my faux fern in soil.

last steps to making a faux fern in dirt. It loks so realistic with the sand!Once the white clay was filled in the center, I used the leftover black clay to top it off, pressing it all together,and smoothing it out. I spread a bit more glue on the top, and sprinkled some sand.

Faux fern in soil in a glass vase. really realistic and a plant you can't kill!

To add my faux fern, I just pressed it into the clay with a little glue on it and that was it! I added a few bits of lichen from a bag of craft moss I had.

Faux fern in a lass vase, the perfect no kill plant!

I think it looks fairly realistic! If you like making faux plants, because you kill all the real ones like me,

you can see how I made  faux tulip bulbs from craft paper, or faux mini-succulent planter.

Easy faux fern in dirt made with clay

I love how the “dirt” ended up looking with the rocks in the bottom. If I can find a larger glass jar, I might make a bigger faux fern in soil. I think this will be perfect in the shop! Which reminds me, we are gearing up for our grand opening  in September! In fact, if you sign up for our first class in the beginning of September, you actually get to be in the shop before the grand opening, and get a little sneak peek of everything we have going on! I’ll let you know the exact date, I would love to have you come if you’re in the area!

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The Collective lhe Makery classes and workshops are open for registration!

You guys!!! I am super-excited to announce that our Collective lhe Makery classes are open for registration!!! The website is up and running, and we are overwhelmed by the response so far. Going into this project, we really weren’t sure how it was going to be received.  We’ve been crazily getting ready for our grand opening in September (which you are all going to be invited to!), and we are so excited to have you come and visit!

Let's go make something at the Makery in Lisle, IL

We finally finished the Makery table. You can see how we put it together, and what the space looked like before here.

Makery table in Lisle, IL at the Colletive lhe, registration for Makery classes is open!

We are thrilled with how it turned out! Especially after we priced tables. Anything that size, that was remotely not ugly or plastic, was almost $1,000. Somehow we didn’t think  putting out a bunch of plastic folding tables has the same effect for a creative, inspiring makery space. It’s coming along so well, sometimes it’s hard to believe that this is all real. It’s something that I have been thinking about doing for so long, that I never thought it would actually happen.

There is a funny thing that is happening in this process. I am finding out who I really am, and what I am capable of.

For a really long time, there has been this really creative,artsy person inside of me. She’s wanted to dress in fun ways, and live a certain kind of life, and be out in the world. For a really long time, she’s shared her creativity on-line, but she always felt like there was supposed to be more to the story, more than wearing gray sweat pants (or as hubby calls it, my “groutfit”.) and hanging out at home all day. This sounds weird to say, but I’ve always felt like I was meant to be an entrepreneur. However, I never thought I would be investing in a start-up at 45.  It’s just a little crazy,but it’s funny what happens when things are spoken into your life, and you act on them.

I have to admit, after I turned 40, I hit a bit of a slump. I saw younger bloggers/social media influencers coming in, and picking up right where us “older bloggers” have fought to hard to get. They were cooler, hipper, and all of the on-line social media stuff is second nature to them. I didn’t touch a computer until the basic  Apple computer we used in 8th grade. And when I say computer, I mean tan box with green text on a black screen. It was almost a glorified typewriter. In fact, I still used a word processor in college. The most exciting thing about that was that you could read an entire sentence before you pressed print. The new generation didn’t have to take the last 10 years and figure it all out from scratch, cursing at issues without on-line support, struggling to be found by an audience, or figuring out how to code. All the avenues are already there, and  the path has already been laid out for them. Really, the bar has already been set… by us. So, after all of those years, it starts to make you feel not as relevant, and like time is passing you by, and you are falling behind. In the mean time, you are at home struggling with all of real life. Relationships, kids who are slowly finding themselves, and challenging you in every way possible… Aging parents, unexpected bills, mortgages, debt,health issues. All of the things we like to pretend aren’t really happening behind the scenes, but happen to every single one of us, every single day. I struggled. In fact, after my spinal fusion surgery, it was worse. I just felt like I wasn’t myself. Recovery, even though people say 6 weeks, is a big, fat,lie. It was really like a full year for me. So, for a long time I could feel myself phoning it in for a lot of things, because that’s what we do when life gets hard. And you know what? Sometimes it’s OK to do just that.

This last year has been a game changer for me. I started really reflecting on where I wanted to be in the future. I read an article about “My future self” and what would she thank me for, or hate me for later, and I really started thinking about my path ahead, and my families journey and what I want for them too.

This big leap of faith Autumn and I are taking has changed the way I see everything. I realize we need to stop seeing ourselves as irrelevant, just because our bodies are aging, and everything hurts when we get up in the morning. I need to stop judging myself by years I’ve had, and start going by the days I have now. There are so many possibles out there, if we are willing to take those leaps of faith, and change with the times, and embrace new adventures. 45 is the new 25.  Somethings are going to turn out great, somethings are going to flop. In the end, we don’t know how this is going to turn out, but if we never take that first step, we never know.

So we stepped.

Here we go.

I hope you come and visit us. We have amazing classes planned, and experiences to help you nurture that creative side. We are in love with the beautiful boutique and vintage goodies we have in the retail portion, and we are excited to have you experience all of  it with us.

You can register for Makery classes here, and I’ll keep you posted on everything else that is ahead too!






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Molding ideas — four tutorials for pretty wall trim

As I’ve been packing up our home over the past couple of weeks, (if you missed the big news, go here) I have noticed that even without art or decor, it’s still a beauty. I told a friend the other day it’s made me super proud of what I’ve created here because the beauty of each room is there even without stuff in it. I’m quite enjoying seeing the bones of what I built and also seeing each space “quieted.”

A lot of that is due to the calm colors I’ve picked for our home, and the built ins of course, but also all of the trim I’ve installed on the walls. I knew when we starting building this house 14 years ago that it was something I wanted to add to give a our home more character.

So today I’m sharing all of the trim I’ve put on our walls and tutorials for all of them. None of them were terribly expensive (I’d say board and batten was the most). But they all make a room feel more expensive than it really is!

One of the first molding projects I ever did was the wainscoting in our front living room and foyer. They’ve stayed for around for the nine years or so since I did it and still look beautiful:

How to add wainscoting to walls
I did a design with both larger and smaller boxes to give it some interest, but you can do whatever you want!:
Wainscoting tutorial for walls
I actually made videos back in the day on how to install this — you can see how to install this molding here and some more tips on this kind of wainscoting here. WARNING: These videos were before the slick stuff we make now — it was a little different back then. 😂 I say “um” a few too many times and it’s a little jerky, but again, these were made wayyy back. 
Our main wall in the guest room has undergone a few makeovers, but the one I landed on (and love the most) is this simple trim in a square pattern. I shared how I added this board and batten look for only $13 here
Square board and batten trim design
When I made over our loft last year I added quite a bit of the “shiplap” look to the walls. Back in the day us old fogey bloggers called it planking a wall — but Joanna changed that. 😉 
I used the same super inexpensive material and it makes a dramatic difference: 
How to install shiplap for less
You can see my full shiplap tutorial here. It’s a very easy project and is easily removable if you ever change your mind. 
Speaking of — one thing I always like to note now…do NOT use glue to add your molding to a wall if you can help it. Nails into studs should be plenty. Many tutorials tell you to use glue but I really recommend you don’t. If your style changes (whose doesn’t) and you decide to remove it down the line you’ll have lots of fun drywall fixes to make. It’s just not needed in most cases. 
How to add shiplap to walls for less
One of my favorite ways to add character to the walls in this house has been board and batten. It’s such a classic look and makes a room feel casual but gives it just a little something extra that most houses don’t have. 
How to add board and batten molding

Board and batten tutorial
I love it!! It also looks super sharp in a dark gray — really any color. You don’t have to go white with any of these looks!
And finally, one where I mixed up the looks and it’s a favorite too — I did the planked walls with the board and batten over it in our powder room: 
Shiplap and board and batten on walls
You can see my planked (or shiplap) wall tutorial here. Again, not an expensive project — just time consuming. It took forever to paint this stuff and looking back I should have sprayed it. It would have taken a fraction of the time! 
I get asked a lot if there’s such a thing as too much molding in a house. No, I don’t. 🙂 I’ve been in houses where it’s on every wall — and it just feels expensive and classic. I love it. I do think changing up the look like I’ve done is good. You don’t have to stick with one style! 
If you have questions on any of these projects feel free to ask! You can see all the paint colors for these rooms here. The big question is — will I add any of these looks to the new house? I’m sure I will. I already have a wall in mind for shiplap. But like this house, I’ll have to live in it for awhile before I decide. It’s been so much fun dreaming up projects for the new house! 🙂 

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Fall craft haul

This month for Michaels, they tasked us with a Fall craft haul challenge to show you all of the fun things we bought!

One thing I loved was finding all of the non-traditional fall colors.

Non-traditonal fall colors

I always seem to buy a mish-mosh of stuff when I go to Michaels. This time I picked up some really pretty fall colored pumpkins, the little crates in the background, and other bits and pieces, like yarn and faux flowers.

pretty pastel colors

I also picked up some yarn for a project I’m working on, I can’t wait to show you. There’s a sneak peek on The Collective lhe IG and Facebook page.

yarn and flowers

My mom stopped by when I was shooting these pictures in the shop. She said “What a pretty vignette! Did you know you have Duck tape in there? Did you want that?” She looked at me kind of weirdly.

“Yes Mom, yes I did.”

Fall haul craft supplies

So, as you can see, I also bought Duck tape. But, she was a good sport. She hung out, thanklessly making tassels for another project from the yarn I bought.

craft supplies

You would think she would be used to my weirdness by now.

flowers for fall

I loved that Michaels had some really pretty florals for fall that weren’t orange and yellow. It’s makes Fall feel so fresh.

VIgnette at The Collective lhe

They have some really cute farmhouse decor too. I grabbed the wood shelf. It was perfect on our new pallet wall.  For those of you who haven’t been following on IG, or FB, yes! We just had an a amazing wood wall put up,  that  I’ll be sharing in a bit! It’s pretty amazing. It is a local company ( I love using local!) who did an amazing job. The wood shelf if perfect for our album of the day display, I can’t wait to share it with you!

Michaels is your destination for on-trend fall floral and décor, making it easy to  decorate for any personal fall style. Show us your #FaulHaulon Instagram!
Looking for even more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY projects!

This post is sponsored by Michaels, opinions are all my own

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In the yard in August,apples, raspberries and more.

The summer has rolled by so fast,and I can’t believe July is pretty much over already! I had a break from the shop on Sunday, and spent sometime this weekend weeding in the garden. It’s amazing to see the yard in August, and how everything finally fills in and looks amazing and lush. We’ve been picking green beans,cucumbers and tomatoes, and it’s almost time for the cool weather veggies to go in.

Backayrd landscaping

The large leaf plant is a zucchini that just popped up on it’s own. I was really excited when Is tarted to see little zucchinis form, but now every time I try to pick one of decent size, I see that some small creature has decided to snack on it first.If anyone has a way of keeping that from happening, let me know, I am all ears!

Even thought I lost a lot of lavender this spring from the dry winter, the new transplants have already filled in nicely, and I’ve picked a few bouquets. Did you know you can propagate your own lavender and rosemary?

Brick lavender path and the yard in August

This is still my favorite place to walk in the yard when the sun hits the lavender. It smells amazing!

Arbor with hops vine

I planted a hops vine on my trellis last year, and this season, it’s really taken off. It’s a really sturdy vine, and can grow up to 20 feet in one season.

Hops vine in the midwest garden

I love how organic looking the hops flowers are. They have a really nice texture, and I love their bright green color. Maybe we’ll have to start making our own beer!

Hops vine on a trellis

I am really excited that we finally have apples this year!

Dwarf Fuji apple tree

I planted a golden apple tree a few years ago, and we’ve never gotten a single apple off of it. Last year, I planted a dwarf Fuji apple tree and it was loaded!  I wonder if the cross-pollination from the other tree helped? I am anxiously waiting and I hope we can get them before the squirrels do.

Dwarf fuji apples

The fall raspberries are also starting to come in.

Red fall raspberries

We just started seeing Japanese beetles  and the  damage they cause to the leaves ( if they are also a problem for you, here’s a little bit about control.), so far is hasn’t been too bad. At least they leave the ripe fruit alone. The real problem I have with harvesting ripe raspberries, isn’t the bugs. It’s fighting off the kids. They love to graze the bushes whenever they are out in the yard in August into September. Even though I end up having slim pickings for the kitchen, I can’t be too mad, because I mean, they are eating fruit, right?

gravel path with raspberry patch

It’s been nice to come home after a day a the shop and walk the yard, cutting flowers, and picking fruit here and there. Since I’m away a lot more than I’m used to, the yard is looking a mite weedier than normal. Hubby has been helping a ton, and even weeded for me this weekend. I have to say the yard in August into September is my favorite time, before we hit the frost in October and everything looks gross again. I heard we are going to have a warm fall, so I am really looking forward to being outside longer this year.

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