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It’s Family Room Reveal Day!!!! I am so excited to show you guys how our family room turned out. Since we moved in to our house, I have had visions of how it would turn out and this by far exceeded my dreams!
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We started with painting over the knotty pine which was a HUGE debate in our house. From the minute I looked at the house, I couldn’t wait to paint it. Rick on the other hand, wanted to keep it as is since he thought it was perfect for a “man cave”. We compromised (isn’t that what marriage is all about?) and did a single layer of paint and then sanded it with a palm sander to give it more of a distressed look and let the natural pine pop through. It totally brightened up the room!
We had new carpet installed and I layered our original living room rug on top to give it some more texture and a pattern.
My favorite part of the whole project is the faux beam Rick put up to mount our industrial lights. It really gives the room that Adirondack cabin feel.
I chose to decorate our mantle with a simple green wreath, some blue jars and faux greenery to pop off of the whitewash brick. (The whitewash brick fireplace was one of the very first DIYs we did in our home. You can see the transformation here.)
I am so happy how the whole room turned out. This is our new cozy hangout and it’s Lola’s new favorite spot too, curled up next to the warm fire.
You can shop some of the pieces of our family room below:
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These no sew dropcloth curtains are an easy way to change the look of any space. Recently we updated our living room decor (you can see the post here). We got rid of the old sheers that we had hanging and added these for some easy and inexpensive farmhouse flair.
This is probably one of the EASIEST diys I have ever shared. There’s no sewing or cutting and it’s super cheap. It’s literally 2 steps and will totally warm up any room. Check out the tutorial below.
No sew dropcloth curtain tutorial
You will need:
1.) The first thing I did was I took my dropcloths out of the package and washed them with a generous amount of fabric softener, then threw them in the dryer. This was probably the part of the tutorial that took the most time. Dropcloths can be tough and scratchy and I wanted mine to have more of a soft, linen-like feel. This also faded the color a little bit which I think makes it look more rustic. You can totally skip this step if you like the dropcloths as is when you get them.
2.) Next I laid out each drop cloth on the floor and folded the top part down about 24 inches. (You will need to measure your window for the part to determine how much of the material you are going to fold down on top so that it hits the floor at the right lenght).
3.) Then with your curtain clips on the curtain rod, clip the folded part of the dropcloth with the ruffle facing the front.
Then just fluff.
That’s it. Super easy. I love an easy farmhouse DIY and I just may add these to some of the other rooms in our house.
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Starbucks recently released their new holiday beverage – the Irish Cream Cold Brew. Being a coffee junkie and lover of Irish Cream I obviously had to run out and try it. It is pure magic in a cup. Without the booze of course. However, at about $4.50 a cup, not so magical on the wallet. I’ve created my own Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew recipe so that you can make your own. And I’ve also included a boozy edition for when you want to be a little extra 😉
Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew
- 1 cup of cold coffee (I usually just make a cup, refrigerate for a bit and then add some ice)
- 2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- cocoa powder (for dusting)
- First you’ll need to make your Irish Cream. (I made this ahead of time in a larger quantity and stored in the fridge in a mason jar). Mix together 1 3/4 cups of heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of almond extract. Stir together.
- Next make a cup of coffee, chill and then pour over ice.
- Add some of your Irish Cream to your coffee, as much as you want.
- In a bowl, add the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Whip or use an immersion blender until the mixture is frothy.
- Top your coffee with the cream foam and a dusting of cocoa powder.
To make my boozy adults only edition:
- Make a batch of my Homemade Irish Cream. (Recipe here)
- Pour into your iced coffee
- Sip and get happy 🙂
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If you’ve been on instagram or pinterest I’m sure you’ve seen those really big black and white photos you can do of your kids. They are also called “engineer prints” and I have been wanting to do them for my two boys for awhile now. I typically don’t decorate with many pictures throughout our home but I thought these were a fun way to add some personality to a room.
Here are my tips for DIY engineer prints of your kids:
1.) Start with a plain background. I chose a blank white wall in my house and used that as my backdrop. This will make your subject (in this case your child) pop.
2.) You’re gonna want to use a quality camera. Because these are engineered prints, if you were to use the camera on your phone, the picture is going to come out very pixelated. Using a camera will keep your image clear.
3.) Do some editing. I like to use the Lightroom App to brighten my photos. And then I made them black and white.
4.) Get them printed. I had these printed at Staples for like $3.50 each. (They are 24×36 inches)
5.) Frame them. I chose these white frames from Amazon. But if you’re hanging them on a lighter wall I think a dark brown or black frame would look good.
Now for my next project … convincing the hubs to whitewash this knotty pine to modernize it a bit. What do you think?
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