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I'm Janna, and I'm so glad you're here! Follow along with me on this adventure of life, decorating, and bringing modern farmhouse goodness to my little corner of the world.
Growing up on an apple farm in Oregon, I dreamed of running a "big business" in the city. I never imagined I'd grow up to have such a fondness for the everyday items I tripped over in our barn. Life is funny like that. Sometimes the most unexpected detours are the most fun!
This post sponsored by Stainmaster®. All opinions are my own.
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Is YOUR floor your favorite thing EVER?? Most of us would say NO. If you didn’t get to choose your own flooring, chances are you’re forced to “make do.” Well, gosh, that doesn’t sound great, does it? MAKE DO??? There must be a better way. Oh good, I’m glad you said that because that’s exactly what I’m proposing today.
Before we dive in, let’s start with the optimal choice: replacement of undesirable flooring. If you’re building, renovating, or planning for a future remodel, you’ll want to start researching the best options out there. As we all know, it’s important to make an informed decision in this area, as floors can take a beating! When we purchased our 1890 farmhouse, it was apparant that replacement of the current carpet was our best bet. Do you remember this? (below)
Beside the fact that the entire house would be undergoing a dramatic and complete renovation, you can see why the carpet MIGHT NOT have been my favorite. 😉 (Neutral-loving girl here!) We definitely wanted to stick with carpet in the bedrooms, for warmth and coziness, but we had a different vision for this space. Here’s a look at the same room (below), AFTER our beautiful new Stainmaster® PetProtect® carpet was installed (it hadn’t even been vacuumed yet, oops!). Oh how we love it! We chose this fun patterned carpet (find it here Color: Cast), and almost a year later, it’s holding up BEAUTIFULLY!!!!! And I’ll tell you what, our pup gave it a good ‘ol test too!
The laundry room in our old beauty was carpeted when we bought the place (ya, probably not optimal!). Here’s how it looked on the day we signed papers:
We were thinking of something slightly less “in-your-face.” 😉 Since this room doubles as our mud room/dog room, we wanted something durable, waterproof, pretty, and also patterned in some subtle way to hide dirt. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? I didn’t think so either! 🙂 We fell in love with this Stainmaster® PetProtect™ Luxury Vinyl, and it has lived up to every single expectation.
After looking at endless options for flooring, pinning plenty of inspiration pics (follow us on Pinterest here!), and considering how each room of our new (old) home would function, our choice was easy. Easy-care, durable floors for the win!
THAT BEING SAID, sometimes replacement is not an option, yet.
Maybe your place is on the “older” side. Maybe you’re renting. Maybe you actually chose your own floors years ago, but 2 dogs, 4 kids, and 62 spills later, those floors are due for an update. OR maybe there’s a way to love (or at least LIKE) the floors you already have!
Stick with me. It’s gonna take a little out-of-the-box thinking, and some ingenuity, but YOU CAN DO IT! Ready? Let’s tackle those floors!
FIRST WAY TO LOVE YOUR CURRENT FLOOR: IGNORE IT.
Ok, don’t be mad. But maybe it’s not that bad? Worn carpet, showing its age with some stains and wear? Easy. Make the rest of the room so attention-grabbing, no one will be looking at the floor. Sure, it’s not optimal, but does the rest of your room look like you care? Like you had a plan? Follow our easy recipe to creating a pulled-together room here: 7 Steps to Cozy.
SECOND WAY TO LOVE YOUR CURRENT FLOOR: CAMOUFLAGE THAT PUPPY.
In other words, COVER IT UP!! I decided to challenge myself on this one. When we purchased our 128-year-old home, the rooms were, *ahem*, “colorful.” All of those old surfaces were stripped away during the renovation, but I’m pretending like they weren’t. Let me refresh your memory on this eyeful below:
Could that carpet BEEEEEE any brighter? Yowza. But, sometimes you gotta MAKE IT WORK! Using “Way #2”, my solution here would be a big ‘ol cover-up. A pretty rug, OVER the carpet. First, I’d neutralize the rest of the room by removing the wallpaper, or painting over it, if possible. There are just too many things fighting for our attention here. Agreed? The curtains would come down as well, as they’re blocking too much light (not to mention MORE BLUE). Just for fun, I put together a little design board for inspiration and to demonstrate the new direction. Wanna see? (below)
Pretend the “blue room” is in your house, and as your designer, here’s how I’m making a case for the new look:
The pretty rust tones in the rug will instantly warm up this cold-feeling room. You could layer the jute rug underneath for even more texture. Or, if the rust rug is too much color, the jute rug can stand on its own! (I recommend ordering the biggest one that will fit in the room…leaving only a small border of the current blue carpet.) The walls will be painted your favorite white, Sherwin Williams “Alabaster.” The wood bed, clean-lined nightstand, and faux olive tree (placed in one of the baskets shown) will be a breath of fresh air in this forgotten space! For bonus points, I’d suggest hanging these pretty curtains on the OUTSIDE of the window niche, all the way up at the ceiling. This way we don’t block the beautiful sunshine that’s struggling to stream into the room.
So? Would you go for that idea if you were the client? Do I still have a job? 😉 If you’re curious, you can find links to all the items shown here:
THIRD WAY TO LOVE YOUR CURRENT FLOOR: TRY A DIY PROJECT.
Recently my sister, Julie (you can find her on Instagram @signsofserendipity), tackled an amazing DIY in her kid’s bathroom. Here’s what it looked like before:
She was looking for budget-friendly options for bringing an updated farmhouse feel to the room. And then, she happened upon the most fun way to transform her dated vinyl floors…a stencil! I’m not saying it was easy, because I know she worked like crazy to get in every nook & cranny. But OH BOY did her hard work pay off! She’s kicking herself for not documenting the process, but there are plenty of tutorials out there if you’re up for the challenge! Here’s how Julie’s project turned out:
Way to go Julie!!! Those floors are a show-stopper! And wanna know a secret? The walls are peel & stick wallpaper, made to look like subway tile. Genius.
So we’ve looked at replacement, ignoring the ugly, camouflaging the undesirable, and DIY-ing the heck out of a less-than-pretty spot. Wherever you are on your flooring journey (does that sound glamorous or what?), don’t forget to consider…how are your floors working for YOU? Love the one you’re with, or start dreaming about the next one! 🙂
It’s our first fall on the farm!!! As I type those words I still can’t believe we’re here. Ladies & Gentleman, it’s been a journey. And today it’s all-kindsa-fun to share our fall porch with YOU! Plus, I’m joining a bunch of sweet friends on a fall blog hop. You’ll find the links to their amazing blogs at the end of this post, and let me assure you, YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THEM. These girls are incredible.
A successful porch-decorating session should start with planning, right? Oops. Guess I’m not doing it right then. 😉 I’m not much of a planner, but I do have overall goals for the outcome. This year I felt a bit overwhelmed. One of my favorite things about this place is that we have TWO porches to decorate, and since porch-decor is my FAVORITE, you’d think that would be a good thing?? But still. Could I do it justice?
Back to the goals. All I knew is that I was after 3 qualities: I wanted it to feel inviting, cheerful, and NOT like an explosion of the craft store on my porch. Ha, ha! My favorite place to start, as always, is at a local pumpkin farm. I mean, the experience itself is half the fun!
This year, Lindsay Heiser, of Heiser Farms, invited my friend Anne (of Pedal Home Interiors) and me out to her farm to pick ALL the things! We grabbed our hubbies and headed out to their beautiful place…and oh my, WHAT A TREAT!
(Here I am with Anne & Lindsay…we had a wild ride!)
Lindsay took us for a crazy ride through the corn maze (and we got lost, but she won’t admit it! hahaha), and then out to pick corn stalks, and all kinds of BEAUTIFUL pumpkins! I was in hog heaven. Every minute of it.
We thanked Lindsay and were on our way. Once we arrived home, Ryan & I unloaded the truck onto the back porch, and there it sat, in all of its glory! I mean, how can you go wrong with such pretty things from nature?!
This year I started with the front porch, since it’s smaller. It seemed less daunting to tackle. 😉
All of my go-to fall basics are here…pumpkins, corn stalks, a straw bale, mums, and a few cozy comfort items! In case you’re wondering about the less-glamorous part of farm life (critters & creatures), I sprayed the straw & corn stalks with some peppermint oil to discourage mice, and *knock on wood*, we haven’t had an issue. These items have been out there for almost a month, and everything is still intact! 🙂
The cozy throw is a vintage find from a few years ago (it usually makes an appearance on our fall porch every year!), the orange pillow is one that I stenciled myself, and you can find the “harvest blessings” pillow here.
On to the back porch!
Once I got started it was nothing but fun. Adding all of these brilliant fall colors to the back porch gave me a whole new love for our home!
HOWEVER. I needed some kind of a focal point/statement piece. I went through our storage area looking for the perfect thing, and nothing was ringing that bell, friends. WHY ME WHY ME WHY DON’T I HAVE THE PERFECT STATEMENT PIECE??????? Ha, ha! Sounds silly, but I was actually mad at myself for not planning this out better.
AND THEN. Ahhh ha!!! Wait a second! Lightbulb moment.
I had ordered this black & white “background” sign from my girls at Details 2 Enjoy (meant for INSIDE). WHAT IF I used it to back a “fallish” word and become the focal point? The more I thought about it, the more I hurried to grab my keys and run to the craft store to find the word (“harvest” is from Michael’s, and I just slapped some golden yellow craft paint on it!). Badda bing…problem solved.
Gahhhhh….yes. Popping off the white house? Yes. I love it when an idea “locks in” and it turns out how you’d hoped!
This leads me to a question I’ve heard a few times this year. “Is your porch visible from the road? Why would you go to all this trouble?”
Answer: Nope. The porch decorating…or inviting/cheerful/welcoming look I’m hoping to create isn’t for the people driving past the farm, on a country road at 50 mph. It’s for MY OWN FAMILY, loved ones, and cherished friends who come to visit. That’s what really matters, isn’t it? Our porches are the first impression people have when they arrive at our homes. It’s a worthy place to receive a little attention. 🙂
A few impactful pillows dressed up our old wood bench. You can find the mustard plaid one here, and the “harvest + blessings” pillow here!
I guess the BEST part about porch-decorating is this: It’s YOUR porch. YOU get to decide the feel you’re after, the first impression you want to give, and how you want to show YOUR personality out there. Take a look around your garage, your basement, or the back of that one closet. You might have something just waiting to be featured this autumn!
And just for fun, a few pumpkins made it out to our little gazebo, because HEY. Our guests see THAT before they even see the porch! 🙂
It’s been so much fun having you here on the farm today. And NOW, I can’t wait for you to visit with my friends! Don’t miss out on a single one!
This post sponsored by STAINMASTER®. All opinions are my own.
Building? Renovating? Congratulations! This will be such a fun, exciting process, full of challenges and decisions, joy & growth! Yes, growth…a friendly way of saying that this experience with s-t-r-e-t-c-h you. In a good way. I feel like you can never be TOO prepared, so hopefully this little post will help.
(Below) Here we are on the day we got the keys to our house! We didn’t even know the challenges that would lie ahead. 😉
While there are MANY decisions to be made when building a new home, or renovating an older home, I’d love to focus on ONE IMPORTANT area that requires some thought. Flooring. When you think about it, the floors in your home will take the biggest amount of wear & tear. Not a day goes by that we don’t use THAT SURFACE in our homes. Then add in the needs of your specific family…for us, a dog, teenagers, gatherings, spills, mud, the “oops I forgot to take off my dirty shoes”..and the list goes on!
About 5 years ago we started the process of building a brand new home, and I’ll be honest. I didn’t put much thought into the durability factor of our floors. I was thinking more about the “looks” of things, and we paid the price. When it came to carpet selection, we chose the very budget-friendly option, which didn’t hold up in a key high-traffic area…the stairs. Ugh. A couple years into enjoying our new home, we chose to replace the carpeting on the stairs with something more durable, and much better looking.
Fast forward to December 2017, and the start of the major renovation of our 1890 farmhouse. THIS TIME we would do things differently. Flooring would be a huge consideration for us, and we wanted to select something that wouldn’t need replacing any time soon (renovation isn’t cheap, so let’s choose something that will LAST!).
One of the first rooms we considered was the laundry/mud room, for obvious reasons (MUD ROOM = better choose something DURABLE). Here’s what we knew:
1. We LIVE in our house. It’s not a model home. (But of course I wanted it to be pretty!)
2. Due to the nature of what this room would be used for, something waterproof would be amazing.
3. Pet-friendly was a MUST. (And preferably something that didn’t require grout, which can show pet stains.)
And now I’m about to say a word that some consider a bad word. CARPET. (gasp!) We actually got quite a few notes from folks that were shocked we were putting carpet in our newly renovated home. REALLY? You’re shocked?? I love carpet for so many reasons, and especially THIS carpet.
Let’s start with the appearance. This patterned carpet from STAINMASTER®PetProtect™(find it here) was just the classic, neat & tidy feel we were after. Carpet adds instant coziness, quiets an echo-ey staircase, and brings that feeling of home we were wanting! But there’s another layer to this onion.
Meet Cooper. The newest little member of the family, full-time house dweller…and *ahem* carpet tester. 😉 That’s right, we knew our carpet would have to stand up to ALL members of the family.
Needless to say, when selecting carpet we were pretty excited to learn about STAINMASTER®PetProtect™. With built-in stain resistance that resists even the most difficult pet stains, we feel free to live our lives! When accidents happen, it’s not the end of the world. Ummm, game changer.
It’s no secret that Cooper is our WORLD. The sweetest pup on the planet, and welcome in any room in the house.
Let’s talk about another benefit of carpet…it covers a multitude of sins. 😉 Newsflash: Our house has VERY UNEVEN floors. It was built in 1890, and renovated a few times over the years…sooo, ya. My office (above) has the most noticeable unevenness, so it was carpet to the rescue! As I sit in here today (with Cooper happily laying under my chair), I’m so thankful we opted to put this pretty carpet in here. Who doesn’t want to feel cozy while working??
(below) Carpet brings the cozy to the bedrooms in our home!
If I were with you today, helping you make some of your surface selections for your new home or renovation, I would definitely ask you to consider practicality. And remind you that in the every-day world, you’ll be so happy you took the time to find flooring that will make your life easier!
This post sponsored by Delta Faucet. All opinions are my own.
So. I’ve been known to over-exaggerate from time to time (BABE!!! There’s a spider the size of my head on the porch!!). But I gotta say, I’m a sucker for a pretty plumbing fixture. It feels like this is an area that’s often glossed-over during a renovation or new build, but the right faucet can really drive home your desired aesthetic. And THEN, when a faucet is more than just a pretty face, well, that’s a home run.
Once upon a time (8 months ago) we started our #renovationontheprairie, the complete transformation of our 1890 farmhouse. The bad news? Allllllll of the plumbing had to be completely replaced. The silver lining? BRAND NEW plumbing fixtures for mama. 😉
This particular renovation was begging for something classic. I could feel it…chrome. Yep. Clean, simple, and timeless. But there was one little spot in the house that called for something unique: the laundry/mud room. (And let’s face it, we can’t have EVERYTHING consistent…how boring! haha)
The clean lines of this Trinsic Single Pull-Down faucet from Delta were just what I had in mind. And flat black? GET IN MY CART. A bit modern, but so very simple. Perfect for this highly used room.
The kitchen is one of the first things you see upon entering our home. The sink area is such a focal point, and obviously one of the MOST used areas of the house. While durability & function were our most important considerations, let’s face it, it had to be pretty too. 🙂
This would not be the only plumbing fixture needed in the kitchen. Ever had one of those things on your list for “if you ever build again”? Two words: POT. FILLER. Ok, it’s true. I’m not a huge cook. But we had always wanted one of these beauties, and boy, is it fun!
When planning the design for our master bath, a few words came to mind…clean, simple, classic, spa-like. We chose the Delta Cassidy Two-Handle Widespread Bathroom Faucets for this room because we loved the Cassidy look, but wanted something a little more special for our en-suite (the wide-set handles give more of a custom look!).
The Delta Traditional Floor-Mount Tub Filler is a real show-stopper and definitely lends to the spa-like feel in this master bathroom. This is the first time in YEARS that we’ve had a tub in our bathroom, and I didn’t consider myself a bath person. Until NOW. The tub is from Delta as well, and you can find it here!
Overall, we are so happy with our faucets from Delta! Innovative, beautiful, classic, and an amazing warranty. What more can you ask?
Yep, that’s me. The girl who now wants to leave ALLLLLLLL the lights on!
Guys. It’s been so much fun sharing our completed #renovationontheprairie with you, but now I’d love the chance to break it down into some more specific areas. The details. The little touches that are so important to the finished product. And let’s start with something reeeeeeally fun…the barn lights!
These lights come in multiple colors and there are so many options for the gooseneck arm. We chose black, to really contrast against the white exterior, and the G26 arm was a good fit for us…not protruding into the walkway on the porch too much, but still adding the perfect amount of gooseneckness. 😉 (Yes. That is now a term.) The shades we chose are the 12″…normally I would go bigger, but again, we didn’t want to inhibit a comfortable walkway along the back porch. And WHY barn lights? Ummmm HELLO???? Predictable (but true) answer: “Cuz they’re cute.” Designer answer: “Because they drive home the aesthetic we were after with our project…a casual, inviting feel, inspired by our surroundings here on the farm!”
After deciding on a bold green for our Dutch door (Sherwin Williams “Arugula”), we thought it would be fun to tie that in to another area in the house. The powder bath was the perfect location…a tiny room that was so neutral, and could really use a shot of color!
Next up, the kitchen sink area. What a fun opportunity for unique lighting! Although we vaulted the kitchen ceilings up into an unused (creepy) storage closet, the actual wall height in the kitchen is still only 8′. Ya, that doesn’t leave much room for a light above the sink. But I don’t like it when people tell me no. 😉 We opted to put the light right on the window trim, and VOILA! Dreams came true! 🙂 (I know, so dramatic.) Umm I mean, we solved the problem!
We are loving this Maritime Gooseneck Light as a fun accent in the kitchen. We chose the black 12″ shade, and the black G26 arm. Pssssst! Wanna know a secret? We actually ordered 2 different arm styles, because we couldn’t decide if this one would work with the vault. I was pleased as PUNCH when we held it up and it fit perfectly with the pitch of the ceiling!
And now, the LIVING ROOM. Ok. I knew I wanted some pretty sconces over the little square windows on each side of the fireplace. BUT. Would there be a sconce out there that I haven’t seen 2 billion times? Huh? Could there? One of the amazing folks at Barn Light Electric suggested one in particular that we might like…BINGO.
Ooooh gosh, I have such a crush on these Getty Dome Shade Wall Sconces. The skinny little arm. The unique shape. The black finish. Alllllll good. And so unique. These are the 8″ shades, and we selected the paddle switch for an extra detail. See it?
These lights have been “on” almost every night so far…they’re just so gosh-darn charming!
And GUESS WHAT? The renovations are NOT complete around here! We’ve got projects for YEARS to come…but one of the things we’re anxious to tackle is our little barn/shop. Since we just COULDN’T wait any longer, our electrician went ahead and installed the barn lights NOW, even before we’ve painted her or anything else. 🙂 The extra light in the driveway at night is AWESOME! Wanna see? (Warning: this is just the start of this project!)
Isn’t lighting FUN? As a designer, I feel like it’s one area that’s often overlooked. If you’re building or renovating, or you just need a quick little update, consider adding some unique light fixtures. Such a great way to personalize your home.