Spring Has Sprung–Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Scents are Here!

Mrs. Meyer's Spring Scents Lilac Peony

Happy Friday, everyone!  The weekend is just around the corner and I don’t know about you but my weekends generally involve cleaning my house at different levels of thoroughness depending on my other weekend plans ;-).  Since I only have evening plans this weekend, it leaves my Saturday open for some serious dust bunny hunting.  Today I’m so excited to share my favie fave cleaning products with you and also the news that Mrs. Meyer’s Limited Edition Spring Scents have arrived!

Mrs. Meyer's Peony and Lilac Spring Scents

I received the Lilac and Peony Multi-Surface sprays with my last order from Grove Collaborative (more on that in a minute) and am LOVING cleaning my house with these lovely, fresh spring scents!  I gifted the Lilac Multi-Surface spray to a co-worker the other day after we had a short discussion on spring cleaning–she was dreading it but I was looking forward to using my new Spring Scents from Mrs. Meyer’s.  Anything that motivates me to clean house is a good thing in my book!

During our recent March Break I organized our front foyer closet and made it functional as not only coat storage, but storage for all of my cleaning supplies:

Building House Making Home Cleaning Closet

I’m excited to have all of my cleaning supplies in the center of the house now and easily accessible whenever the need (very often) or urge (less often) arises ;-).  I order all of my Mrs. Meyer’s products from Grove Collaborative (click here to check it out), a company that offers amazing, affordable and effective natural products online that ship right to your door (an amazing time-saver for busy, work-outside-the-home people like myself).

Grove Collaborative

The Grove Collaborative website allows you to order as a guest OR I recommend the VIP membership for a very low cost that allows you to receive monthly shipments (or more often if you want) of only the products you want with free shipping on everything you buy!  Love that!  I get an email reminder about a week ahead of the scheduled shipping date to remind me to check my “cart” to make sure it has only the items I want that month and I am free to add or subtract anything or cancel that month’s shipment all together.  There are free gifts for VIP members every so often and this month I am receiving a free glass spray bottle:

Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle

This will be perfect to use with another of my favorite products from Grove–

Caldrea Pear Blossom Agave All Purpose Cleaner

Oh. my. goodness.  I am obsessed with the Pear Blossom Agave scent from Caldrea!  I use the All Purpose Cleaner and dilute it to put in a spray bottle or splash some in my mop water.  This scent is perfect for homes with more males than females–it is a bit less sweet and a bit more spicy smelling if that makes sense.  But it still has the under notes of pear and agave–it smells so amazing that I leave the used mop water bucket in my laundry room sink and it makes the whole laundry/mud room smell amazing for days….   Let me tell you, that is no small feat for a laundry room that services a family of six (including five males)!

So another of my favorites is the limited time offers of seasonal scents from Mrs. Meyer’s.  Last fall I loved the Mum and Apple Cider scents but I think I may love the Lilac and Peony spring limited edition scents even more!

Mrs. Meyer's Spring Scents Lilac Peony

Grove not only offers the singles of these scents in dish soap, hand soap and multi-surface spray but also these cute TRIOS and SINK SETS:

Mrs. Meyer's Peony Sink Set Grove CollaborativeMrs. Meyer's Lilac Trio Grove Collaborative

I am looking forward to my day tomorrow, ready to tackle a few Spring Cleaning tasks armed with my Mrs. Meyer’s Spring Scents!  Click here to check out Grove Collaborative for yourself–I’m sure you will find something you would love to have delivered right to your door whether it be cleaning products, toiletries, toilet paper or paper towels.

Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle

Happy Spring and happy cleaning hunting if you plan to join me tomorrow on the dust bunny hunt ;-)!

♥ Tina

Wallpaper… Wait, What?

Magnolia Home Wallpaper York Wallcoverings shiplap

I have an announcement from a very special guest today:

ugly wallpaper

“Hi, remember me from the 70s and 80s?  My name is Wallpaper.  Nice to meet you or get reacquainted if you were into country geese in the 80s or flowers and spice grinders in the 70s ;-).  Guess what?  I’m the popular kid in school again!”

Wallpaper is back, folks.  I know, I know, it never really went “out”.  However, wallpaper has not been in my design wheelhouse for some time (since my 8th grade cloud and rainbow phase, actually).  As I have “matured”, I naturally gravitate towards subtle, muted paint colors and tone on tone wall treatments.  Since those are easily achieved with paint, I haven’t had the urge to use wallpaper in my home except for a very isolated incident involving a very realistic brick and mortar pattern I applied in our previous home’s basement with fabulous results and reviews.  Similar pattern here:

brick and mortar wallpaper

I am slowly warming to the trend but having difficulty fully embracing it due to 80s flashbacks that include mauve and “country” blue bouquets and geese ;-).  My reservations may also be due to the fact that my sister recently purchased a home with every surface possible covered in wallpaper (not the new, cool patterns unfortunately) and is now having to remove wallpaper from drywall one room at a time–ugh!

The key indicator to me that wallpaper is now “the thing” happened during my recent visit to Magnolia Market and Silos.  I visited the washroom in the Silos Baking Co. and low and behold:  wallpaper.

magnolia silos bathroom wallpaper toille

Yep, definitely the cool kid!  Also, I noticed during my laundry room/mudroom research that Joanna had used wallpaper in a mudroom she did for the dog-loving couple:

Fixer Upper newsprint wallpaper mudroom
Fixer Upper Mudroom – Newsprint Wallpaper

Important to note that when using busy wallpaper patterns such as the above two, Joanna broke up the pattern with monochromatic wainscoting and/or subway tile.  I loved that mudroom newsprint look so much that I googled “newsprint wallpaper”.  Guess what!?!  Magnolia Home has a wallpaper line!!!  York Wallcoverings has a special Magnolia Home collection by Joanna Gaines – click here for ordering online.  The line has blueprints, brick and mortar, concrete, grasscloth and sisal looks, French panel, buffalo check, dots and stripes, handwriting, toile, and of course a pretty magnolia print, and….

magnolia home wallpaper shiplap

There is the genius at work in front of the SHIPLAP WALLPAPER!  Um, hello?  Shiplap here, shiplap there–Shiplap is attainable for all!  If you don’t have a diy hubby like me, you can still do shiplap, people!  That. is. awesome.

Here are my favorites from the collection and some ideas on where to use them:

skinnylap wallpaper magnolia york wallcoverings
Skinnylap Wallpaper

I think this wallpaper would be great to use if you had a ceiling with imperfections that you wanted to cover and like the cottage or farmhouse look without the lumber commitment or dreaded task of painting the ceiling.

skinnylap ceiling

My shoulder ached for days after I painted my son’s planked ceiling – click here for reveal.

newsprint wallpaper magnolia york wallcoverings

This newsprint pattern would be fun in a mudroom as mentioned earlier or in a washroom:

newsprint wallpaper in washroom bathroom

stripe wallpaper magnolia home york wallcoverings

This awning stripe pattern would be perfect for an entryway:

awning stripe wallpaper magnolia home york wallcoverings

Or how lovely and super realistic looking is this brick and mortar pattern?!?

brick and mortar wallpaper magnolia home york wallcoverings

Wouldn’t that be perfect to try out on a kitchen backsplash to see if you really loved it before installing the real thing?

I LOVE this buffalo check pattern on a wall behind a headboard:

buffalo check wallpaper magnolia home york wallcoverings

There are several colors of dot patterns:

dots on dots wallpaper magnolia home york wallcoverings

This light pink would be so precious in a little girl’s room:

And finally this French Panel pattern:

french panel wallpaper magnolia home york wallcoverings

would look magnificent yet playful in a library or den:

I guess the reason I am so psyched about this Magnolia line from Joanna, is because it is tasteful and subtle–just like all of the Magnolia designs.  This wallpaper line inspires and enables home owners to easily add architectural detail in so many ways… and without hiring a carpenter or stone mason!

Magnolia Home Wallpaper York Wallcoverings shiplap

Way to go, Joanna!  You have done it once again!  Inspiring, attainable decor and design.  And no blue geese in sight–although I didn’t look very closely at the toile pattern, there might be some geese hiding in there… ;-).

How about you… do you have wallpaper in your home?  Where?  Do you have a favorite pattern in the Magnolia Home collection and where would you install it?  Let us know in the comments what you think and have a happy Tuesday!

♥ Tina

March Madness – Mudroom Edition

mudroom designDoes anyone else have a house full of males that are obsessed with NCAA basketball right now?  #marchmadnesswidow 😉  I’m not complaining, actually, because this means I am left to do basically whatever I want without being bothered the entire evening.  The other night during the basketball games I spring cleaned in the Master Bathroom:

master bathroom chalk paint mirrors beachy parisian

grove collaborative

and plotted my next project–THE MUDROOM/LAUNDRY ROOM:

black mud room door

We have a nice-sized “room” that enters our home from the garage that holds our washer and dryer, one window to our front yard and one wall suitable for a coat and shoe storage system of some sort.  I recently painted the interior of this door black – click here for that post.  So maybe you already know this, but we have a family of six (and I’m the only female #itsgoodtobethequeen).  Just doing some quick math determines that if all of us have one heavy and one light jacket and two favorite pairs of shoes stored in this space, we need to have functional storage for about one zillion coats and shoes.  1 six foot wall divided by that crazy amount of clothing items is going to be a design challenge to say the least!  But with your help, I think I am up to it!  Since the only wall available for coats and shoes is just adjacent to the window like this:

I am limited in what sort of system I choose for my sweetie to build.  Our ceilings are 9 feet so we have the option to locate the shelf up above the window frame or cut it off like the photo above so it doesn’t run into the window.  I have a Pinterest board going with a ton of inspiration for this space – click here.


And here are my favorite inspiration photos from the board:

mudroom shiplap hook area coats shoes

Don’t you just love how when people post their coat and shoe areas on their blogs or Pinterest, there are hardly any coats and shoes stored there–wreaths, pretty scarves, purses and baskets galore, but where are the dirty soccer cleats, muddy boots and the ugly coat your husband refuses to donate to Goodwill?  Maybe that’s just our family… 😉

Anywho, I have a design tip for you.  When you are planning a room or design project and have a Pinterest board or inspiration photos gathered, look closely at all of the images and find what they all have in common.  By looking at the common themes of your images, you are able to decipher the style, materials and colors that have you inspired.  That exercise helps me to be less overwhelmed when I am trying to choose different materials and colors for my projects as there are usually so many pretty options out there.  So for our coat and shoe storage area I do see a theme in all of the above photos:

*white paneling or shiplap

*top shelf

*black hooks

*natural wood tones

*and baskets

Since those must be the design elements that I find visually pleasing, I will be sure to include all of those things in my design plan.  Do you have a mudroom/coat and boot area in your home?  What is your most favorite or most frustrating about it?  What should I be sure to include in my plan?  I would love your comments and suggestions as we are basically starting from scratch for this area.  Hopefully I will have my complete plan in place, ready to hand over to hubby once March Madness is finished ;-).

mudroom design

Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon! ♥ Tina

Teen Boy Cottage Bedroom Reveal

Hello, and happy Saturday!  I am so excited to head for the airport soon to pick up our long lost son ;-).  I wrote about where he has been and why he has been away so long yesterday.   I know, it has only been 10 days but we are missing him tons and can’t wait for him to see his NEW ROOM!

cottage basement bedroom for teen boy

So yesterday I mentioned that I was going to sew up a few pillow covers with the buffalo check and deer head fabrics that I purchased recently from Fabric.com.  Despite having flashbacks from many of my 4-H sewing disasters years ago, I dug out the old sewing machine and ironing board and got to work.

cottage bedroom teen boy

One chick flick and a few pin pricks later, I managed to complete three pillow covers (two for the bed and one for the chair).  I know, right up there with Martha Stewart, hey?

cottage bedroom teen boy

Ok, so my mom was my 4-H sewing instructor, and maybe that paired with the fact that I was a sassy teenager caused the flashbacks because I didn’t do too badly with these covers after all.  Mom, don’t look too close during your next visit–definitely NOT 4-H fair quality ;-).

The desk is now complete.  I used gray chalk paint to paint the trim and bars on the bottom and paired with the twin bedframe legs I told you about yesterday… I think it turned out great–simple and cottagy looking!

cottage bedroom teen boy

We were also pleasantly suprised with how well the ceiling turned out.  I talked about how we tackled that project here.

We ended up using a leftover light fixture (found on Amazon here) we had from our build since it would give plenty of light, is mounted close to the ceiling and we already had it on hand.  I tried to use materials that we had on hand already for this bedroom as a challenge for myself to see how much we could actually save.

The nightstand is one his older brother had in our previous home and doesn’t clash too badly so we are using it for now.  He made the concrete bedside lamp in shop class at school last year so I just added an Edison bulb to make it more vintage-looking.

Great-opa’s wardrobe is in the corner under the bulkhead storing all of his clothing and hamper.

cottage bedroom teen boy

His grandpa’s guitar closes off the tour.  He used to mention guitar lessons from time to time so I had him try some sample lessons on the internet and he soon lost interest.  Um mmm, momma knows how much she used to HATE piano lessons.  You can be sure I am going to test how serious my boys are before dropping major cash on any sort of music lessons.  NOTE:  As well as being my patient and kind 4-H sewing instructor, my mother also lovingly forced me to take 8 years of piano lessons.  I’m suprised I’m not in therapy ;-).  Sorry you didn’t get your money’s worth, mom.  Love you ;-)!

cottage bedroom teen boy

Anywho, sure had fun doing this project for my 17-year-old son and we finally get to show him his new room late tonight–actually VERY early tomorrow morning.  Also, props go out to my super husband who crafted the plank ceiling, framed, drywalled, taped and installed the flooring and trim (oh and also the blinds and light fixture).  Obviously I could have done it without him but why work on something alone when we could squeeze in some quality “couple time” ;-).  Love you, babe!

Was anyone else out there forced to take music lessons?  Maybe I am the only one that didn’t like piano lessons, but despite the teen angst-filled sewing instruction sessions, I’m sure glad I know how–thanks, mom!

♥ Tina

Cottage Basement Bedroom is Done – Teenage Son is Stranded…

Happy Friday, everyone!  So sorry for the blogcation I took this week.  I have been a busy little bee trying to get our son’s bedroom completed before he returned home from his mission trip late Wednesday night.  Guess what?  He is STILL in Haiti!  It is a bit of a story so let’s continue with the progress pictures while I tell it.

cottage basement bedroom teenage son

Here we are at the beginning of this week.  My super amazing husband managed to get the floor installed and most of the trim done by Monday so I could get some detail painting done.

building house making home basement bedroom laminate floor

We are so pleased with how the laminate flooring turned out.  We chose the Classen Megaloc in Sahara Oak from Lowe’s because of the light variated gray tones and also because of the $1 per square foot sale price ;-).   The light gray color helped with the beachy/cottagy theme I was going for.

And it did feel really beachy inside the bedroom until I looked out the window :-(.  Speaking of beaches, back to our son in Haiti.  Due to some political unrest, there was a strike at the airport on the day they were scheduled to fly out and their flights were cancelled.  I prayed for his emotional state on that day because our second son is not one to take a change in plans well.  We were very thankful his group was not at the airport and could stay safely at the mission for the time being.

cottage bedroom shelf paint stain


There is a shelf on two walls of his room that we wanted to paint and stain to match the flooring as closely as we could.  I began by painting about one foot at a time with the same gray paint (Sherwin Williams Light French Gray) I used on the walls and then immediately wiping it off with a damp cloth.

After that dried, I broke out the Minwax Dark Walnut stain and did the same thing with the stain–brushed on one foot and then immediately wiped with a cloth.

cottage bedroom shelf paint and stain

That technique ended up giving the shelf the exact coloring we were going for so I stopped after that step and didn’t fiddle with it anymore.

stays clear polyurethane

The final step was to apply some Stays Clear Acrylic Polyurethane to the shelf to seal it and make it more durable.  Good thing this product stays clear because we spent the entire day on Wednesday being very unclear on when our son would be able to fly home.

cottage basement bedroom teenage son

So here we are with the planked ceiling trimmed and the shelf now matching the floors – yay!

dutch armoire in basement cottage bedroom

Next step was to assemble the wardrobe from my husband’s grandfather who immigrated to Canada in the 40’s and took most of his family’s furniture with him.  This baby has been in more houses than I can count on two hands!  It is still standing strong due to some amazing 1930’s European construction–they just don’t build them like they used to ;-)!  It actually completely comes apart and folds to lay flat.  Maybe this was one of the first IKEA pieces?  😉  One of the handles is broken but I plan to fix that soon.  Anyway, it is pretty special for our son to have his great-grandfather’s wardrobe for a closet and it is so spacious–it doesn’t look big in this shot, but trust me, it is massive!

cottage basement bedroom teenage son blinds

I had accidentally ordered an incorrect size of bamboo blinds from Amazon in December so we just made sure that the window frame was appropriately sized so that the blinds would fit in this bedroom and it turned out to be a happy accident!  I love how the bamboo brings some warm tones into the very gray room!  And yep, still snow on the ground…

black painted door

Another finishing touch was to paint the door black.  This is a picture after the first coat.  The next challenge we faced was what to use as a desk.  We had some old twin bed frames hanging around our basement–does anyone else have that problem?  They are SO hard to get rid of! 😉  #furnituresquatters  Anyway, my husband and I devised a plan to cut up one of the frames to create four legs for a desk.  Now what to use for the top?

desk in cottage basement bedroom

We also happened to have various pieces and sizes of melamine from old furniture, shelving and reno projects saved up and stored in our basement as strange couples like us do.  We found a four by two foot gray piece that would work perfectly for a desk.  This shows the “desk” before the final trim was installed and painted around the top edge.  Again, full reveal coming tomorrow.  Speaking of coming tomorrow… our son will now arrive home late tomorrow night and I’m sure he will be so tired he won’t care where he sleeps, but it will be in his BRAND NEW BEDROOM nonetheless ;-)!  Woot woot!  I’m so glad we didn’t know about his flight delay until Wednesday or I don’t think I would have gotten as much done this week!  After finishing the bedroom, I managed to reoganize some closets and clean up more areas in our unfinished basement in preparation for finishing those areas as well!

Another reason I am saving the full reveal for tomorrow is because I added a few details after I took the above pictures and I plan to sew up a few pillow shams tonight for his bed and chair.  Remember these fabrics?

Buck Forest Night

So excited to get started on that final project to complete the bedroom.  Yay for a super productive March Break!  If I can’t be lounging on a beach somewhere on the break, I certainly want to be accomplishing loads at home.

What did you do on your Spring/March Break?  If you spent it at an all-inclusive resort somewhere hot, please don’t comment.  Just kidding!  I’m happy for you, really I am….  😉

♥ Tina

Choosing a Range Hood Cover

choosing a diy range hood cover

Hello, friends!  I hope you are having a great day and are looking forward to a lovely weekend ahead–whatever your plans may be.  Since our March Break begins tomorrow, we are anticipating a fun weekend at home with three of our four sons completing home projects and competing in a Dodgeball Tournament (yep, you read that right… I’ll let you know how that turned out next week 😉 ).

I love this movie!

Even though a range hood cover for our kitchen isn’t in the plans for this weekend, I am beginning to plan my husband’s next few DIY projects because I like to be helpful like that ;-).

Building House|Making Home DIY To Do List

      1.  mudroom coat and shoe storage built-ins
      2. office desk area
      3. range hood cover

Since I have a bit of time before we approach the building of #3, I thought I would get some opinions from you regarding the range hood cover.  One rule for this little project is that it can’t be too “fussy” as our kitchen is really a part of our main living area which includes our rustic shiplap fireplace:

Also, the range hood cover needs to be simple to build and coordinate with the current kitchen cupboards (white cupboards & gray island) and barn beam mantel in the living room.  Possible colors/materials it could be made of: white, gray, black, reclaimed wood.  In my opinion the range hood cover should be the focal point in our kitchen and right now it is lackluster at best:

Building House|Making Home Range Hood Before
Building House|Making Home Kitchen

So, keeping those things in mind I have pinned quite a few ideas onto my kitchen board and here are some of my favorites:

sunnysideup range hood cover
The Sunny Side Up Blog
Magnolia Market
New England Home
The Happy Housie

Thrifty Decor Chick
Buckets of Burlap
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Heidi Piron

So many lovely options!  Which one is your favorite?  Which one do you think would go best in our kitchen?  White, black, gray or natural wood?

Thanks for giving me your two cents worth!  And also thanks for praying for our family that we make it through Dodgeball in one piece ;-)!

♥ Tina

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