Wednesday, February 3, 2021

One Day Board and Batten Bedroom Makeover

Have you ever moved into a space and said "one day we'll renovate, it is good enough for now"? We did just that when we bought our farm and moved into this house almost eight years ago. We painted a few other rooms in but knew one day we would do an entire first floor remodel. Well, this past week I got a little tired of waiting and decided to go for it. 

At the start of the year my husband, Jon was diagnosed with Spindle Cell Sarcoma which is a relatively rare soft tissue cancer. We were fortunate to be referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for his treatments which include radiation five times a week for three weeks, surgery, and then recovery. The drive is five hours round trip and we have been so grateful to the family members and friends that have spent time driving him back and forth each day. 

One of the most important things I can do for Jon is to make sure he gets rest. He has never liked our duvet insert or pillow. The walls were dark and uninspiring. So my wheels started to turn and I thought what if I could pull off a one day room makeover as a surprise while he was gone at treatment. 

A good friend of mine flips houses so I asked her if she thought I could pull off a transformation in 6.5 hours and she said no way. So I knew I would need to recruit some help. It took three of us working non stop to pull off the surprise. We finished 15 minutes before Jon and his driver pulled into the farm. I seriously have the best friends. 

Euro Shams (smaller 24x24 size) | Pillow Cases/Sheets in Ivory (another option) | King Size Pillowslumbar pillow (similar option, option) | Duvet Cover | Duvet Insert | Quilt Old (similar option) | Blanket (not visible but it is one of the comfiest things on our bed)

I knew that board and batten could be an easy way to make a big statement, but there are so many styles. I decided to go with a roughly 1/4 and 3/4 design considering it would be faster than doing the whole wall as squares and even if I did addition horizontal boards most of them would be covered by the bed.

I selected MDF boards that were 3.25 inches wide, and when with a 6-inch baseboard along the bottom. I only replaced the baseboard on the feature wall as I knew doing new baseboards and trim throughout was something that was a little behind my skillset and timelimit. 

Our walls are textured. For true board and batten you would cover the blank wall with a smooth board first before adding your crossbars, but since again we had a time limit and one day we'll still do the remodel I opted to skip that step. We painted the top board, two side boards (the ones against the outer walls) and the baseboard prior to installing with a nail gun. Although we still had to touch up the paint once the nail holes were filled, this prework made it so much fast because we didn't have to worry about any edging painting work. While the boards dried we painted the wall, then the installation of all the boards began. Lots of sites will recommend using liquid nails and a nail gun, however, we only used a nail gun.

Ordering oversized paint swatches from Samplize helped out so much. You can stick these huge paint samples to your wall to see how the color looks throughout the day. I choose Swiss Coffee for the feature board and batten wall and Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for the other three walls. If in doubt paint it Revere Pewter. The color goes with everything and over the years I have convinced so many friends to use it in their house. Mindful Gray was a very close runner up for this project. We only did one coat of paint due to a short amount of time so we went with a higher quality paint for better coverage and fast drying time. I think there might have been only a couple wet spots as we were dragging furniture back in! 

We also never had side tables in our room. We figured that it was too tight of a fit. I did some measuring and found this skinny side table at 19 inches wide and it fits perfectly. Who knew the joy of not having to put your stuff on the ground would bring! 

When we got married one of the places we registered was Pottery Barn, and I can say the quality of their bedding is amazing. My tip for soon-to-be or current brides... get the GOOD bedding because it is really expensive to replace down the road. I also have always loved duvets with a cover instead of a comforter. Duvets are much less expensive to switch over a comforter and easy to wash. A lot of people cringe at white bedding but I love that you can bleach it. Plus, the quilt at the bottom of the bed I will pull over the top of the duvet if Miss Izzy, our Australian Shepard, decides she needs to be up there.

The key when mixing white bedding is to choose a white that doesn't lean too yellow and to make sure your fabrics have some texture. 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Choosing Your Word of the Year

For the past several years I have chosen a Word of the Year. It is a way for me to stay grounded make sure that each goal, new challenge or endeavor truly aligns with what my focus is. 

I dive more into the process of how I select my word of the year into this Squad Life Podcast with Addie Yoder, and then recently was interviewed by Stacie McCracken of the Coalesce Network.

It can be a bit paralyzing choosing a word. The thing to keep in mind is that there is no wrong way to do it. You can change your word. You can keep your word for multiple years. I used the word Brave for two years. People don't have to understand your word. It is truly a personal decision. 

To give you some ideas I have put together a worksheet that can guide you through finding the word that will best represent you. 

Each year I also engrave my word on a necklace or bracelet so it can be a daily reminder. It is amazing that once you choose your word you will see it pop up more frequently. Kind of along the lines of buying a new car and then all of a sudden you see that same car everywhere. If can help design a word of the year jewelry piece for you please shoot me a message or take a peek at my Stella & Dot and Keep Collective boutique. 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Top Finds of 2020


We had a lot of fun in 2020 swapping finds and favorites. For as much as we all stayed home this year, you all sure did like coats! What I happy to say is that all of these items are pieces I wear or use pretty much weekly. Except for that snack pack... that is all Jon! 

1. "The" Coat: Man you all loved this coat. It often dropped below $100 and you all snatched it up in a variety of colors. Remember if you grab it for yourself size down one. 

2. Stainless Tumblers: Not only did you buy these for yourself but lots of you told me that you bought the four-pack and gave them out as gifts! 

3. 100 Days of Brave Devotional: This is still one of my favorites. I reopen it often to reference back to pages I marked. 

4. Crave Snack Pack: Jon was given this as a gift this fall and he went crazy over it. Lots of you snatched it up to give as Christmas gifts. Don't forget Valentine's Day is coming up. 

5. Marc Jacobs Booties: I finally bought the suede pair and LOVE them. Then Jon surprised me with the black pair for Christmas. I hope you guys are loving yours just as much. 

6. Sticky Bra: I talked about this bra a bunch in my Insider's Club. I'm a size C and this is the most comfortable bra I own. 

7. Heated Vests: Both the men's and women's versions were top sellers. I know Jon and I glad we have ours while doing farm stuff because it is has been cold! Size up one in the lady's version. 

8. 3-in-1 Winter Jacket: You all went crazy over this jacket, and I am so glad I got mine. After I bought it many of you told me this is the coat you've been wearing for years. I have the olive green version but this camel color was a close runner up. 

9. Leopard Button Up: This is a bit of a splurge unless you get it on sale. I wear mine 2-3 times a week and it is SO warm. 

10. Masks: Everyone needed them this year, but these are my most comfortable ones and the ones I get the most compliments on. 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Last Minute Ladies Gifts

Whether you need a stocking stuffer or a gift for a secret sister exchange I've the things that will make her excited. Don't forget to check out my mother in law, coworkers, and bestie gift guides too. 

1. Plush Blanket // No one gets mad about a ridiculously soft blanket. 

2. Travel Cosmetics Bag // Perfect for travel or keeping your counters organized.

3. Swig Cup // I have given so many of these as gifts. 

4. Mini Waffle Maker // These are so cute and come in a ton of colors and shapes. 

5. Erasable Pens // That's right... I said erasable. 

6. Mittens // I love this pack because you get two sets. 

7. Frother // One of my favorite kitchen appliances. 

8. Dinner for Two // I recommend ALL Of Christina Lane's cookbooks.

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