Thursday, January 31, 2013

Our Valentine's Coffee Room with some help from Bee Haven Acres

Valentine's Day is almost here...and since we have a "Snow Day" here in the midwest, the BaileyFamily took full advantage and decided to get a little "crafty". I haven't decorated for this particular holiday in quite some time...but I was inspired by a quilt one of my blogging friends, Bee Haven Acres, had made.

And guess what? It is now MINE!  I knew it looked a little Valentine-y, and my mind started to think how I could use it. And why not in my Coffee Room?....It's the first room that my sweetheart and I use every day....and Feb. 14th will be no exception! 

Isn't the quilt GORGEOUS? Bev from Bee Haven is one talented lady!! 
(and she loves her farm as much as I do)

Let's face it...this is a holiday that we are allowed to be "a little cheesy". So bring on the CHEESE!!!

I left the twigs and lanterns up from our Christmas Mantel. And we made paper hearts and hung them from the branches.

These cookies will be replaced with muffins, brownies, or bagels in the mornings, I like to have something sweet with my coffee.

I don't have much red and pink around our home usually....but thought this is fun (short term). 

Every morning, this is where you find us...his and her chairs.....

Happy Valentine's Day to MY SWEETHEART.......

Hopefully when he gets home from snow-pushing he doesn't think our coffee room looks TOO cheesy!
But the kids and I had we are destroying my art room by getting a head start on their valentines for their class parties! Thanks Mother Nature for this SNOW DAY!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


As promised, but a little is our completed bathroom that I showed you a couple weeks ago:
 Just a Shower Curtain . Though it only actually took a couple weeks to install (weekends only), being the very impatient person that I am, it seemed like an eternity. I will show you on another day how much this renovation actually much less than you might think! (thanks to a very skilled and good looking contractor)
I will start with the flooring choice....After many trips trying to find EXACTLY what we wanted, we chose the brick slate:

It is so warm...feels like we installed radiant heat flooring, but WE DIDN'T! Who knew slate could feel warm??
We fell in love with the brick pattern, definitely a statement piece. And worth it's price! 

Now for the "PIECE DE RESISTANCE".....

I talked Baileyhusband my contractor into installing yet another wall of recycled barn tin 
like we did in our laundry room. Only, I really wanted rusty older looking tin....and am so happy with the look it provided for this shower. 


I did not want the camo to overpower this room, so I cut the shower curtain in half and installed it window-curtain-style. By switching the cut ends to the outside, they are hidden and became a NO-SEW project! But for those "perfectionists", I recommend just sewing the new ends....maybe someday I will....(probably not:)

I played around with the wall behind the door, some eye candy for the wee ones....most of these items were Christmas gifts for the boys, Wyatt and Gunnar. They had seen the turkey and moose pictures at Bass Pro when we were there visiting Santa, and fell in love with them....being that they went with the outdoor theme and camo shower curtain that I was already surprising them with....we sneakily purchased them without the boys seeing!

For the mirror, it was a no-brainer....we used some leftover wood from our home renovation projects and made our own frame....and when I say WE....I mean Baileyhusband my contractor.


We kept the same vanity...just made new drawer fronts, and purchased new pulls.

I think the white and wood combo is perfect while keeping this room from being too dark...
and goes with the new trim beautifully.

We kept the same light fixture, just spray painted it and changed the lights....Baileyhusband my contractor was quite pleased with himself for finding these, the picture is bad, but if you look closely, there is a leaf pattern on them.

 The walls are painted a kind of khaki, greyish color called "Family Tree". Which makes this formerly bright yellow room a little more moody. warmer. cozy. inviting. (should a bathroom BE inviting? I think so!!)

The faucet was the first thing we purchased, and looks like a water pump; perfect style, perfect color, perfectly US! The countertops are also new....I REALLY wanted concrete or black honed granite....but finally decided on this Quartz instead. Price (and being impatient) trumped everything else. But I really like it and it's still in keeping with our scheme.

And for one last look at what this room looked like before:

And after:





YEAH!!! It's done, over, finished! Now the men- of -the -house have a room that is perfectly THEM, and also one that the lady- of -the -house is not embarrassed for our guests to use! 

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winter Farm Work

Here, this is a blog about our lil farm and all goes on here....and all I have had on my mind and blogged about for a while is the INSIDE of our home. But, honestly, I have only been doing things inside, not much going on outside....

Until yesterday....ready for a post about some FARM-WORK?
Here it goes.....

Winter farm work is really an oxy-moron. Not much "work" goes on at the farm besides chores (feeding, watering, grooming, etc). But sometimes there are small projects that need tending to.....

Our BIG COWS, aka adults, had an old rusty hay bale ring that was not really doing it's job properly!
This picture was taken right before Clover got inside and all but crushed the rusty old ring!

So, out with the old and in with the new.....with a little help from Wyatt, and myself, (I am a great gate-opener and photographer of all things FARM-ish) hahahaha

See, my mad photography skills here? I know, I should win some sort of prize for this one.....

....but this one tugs at my heart strings a lil more.....such a handsome little fella! :)

And this is as far as I would go into the pasture where Ken was eyeing me.....that bull and I have a love/hate relationship, so thought I should stand back and let the men do their work. 
(don't worry, Wyatt was NEVER in harm's way)

Happy Weekend! 

Friday, January 25, 2013

the bathroom gallery wall

Boy, I know for such a small room, this little makeover is taking FOREVER!!!
And although I am NOT a patient gal, I suppose I tried! 

Poor Baileyhusband....paint was hardly dry and I was a-hangin-machine...
could not wait to get some artwork up on those walls and see my "vision" come to life!

As you can see, as of this day, there is no trim around the doorway, and we have the new cabinet fronts to stain, and some other touches to finish....but this is now a fully functional bathroom again!!! YEAH!!!

I have been promised that this weekend....this handsome tiny room will be ready for its full reveal.
Hey, as long as all the little men in my life can take showers and do all their "boy stuff" in their own bathroom again...all is right in MY world! ;)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Tile Shop

When you begin a makeover at our starts out as a negotiation over coffee. 
We list our wants vs. needs....and what we can actually afford!

And then several trips to different stores, sometimes dragging uninterested children, and hopefully sometimes calling it a "date" with just your spouse!!

After several of these trips, we ended up at The Tile Shop....where INSPIRATION ABOUNDS!!

Ok, so these two bathtubs are not really the look we have....but could not help taking pics of these bad boys! FYI: the tub pictured above is all stone and is about $10,000.  

I have had a BOARD on my Pinterest page called: Rustic Bath ...and have secretly been dreaming of this makeover for awhile now....but didn't think it was in our cards. Here are a few of my favorites:

LOVE the old wood and stone

Add a tin water bucket....PERFECTION!

We narrowed down that we liked the look of slate for our flooring....and found plenty of options:

And look at this bathroom display the different tiles used.

Our budget was a major factor...and after weighing our options, decided that the flooring is where we wanted to spend the majority of our budget. Most of the other elements we already have or are hand making on our own. Besides, the room is extemely small, and we only needed 40 sq ft of slate. 

So which one did we get?? Stay tuned to find out!
(it's being laid as we speak:)

This is "What I NEVER knew that I ALWAYS wanted"

A born and raised city girl, finding the country life to be the real me! Every day is an adventure, and each season brings new excitement and experiences. I am learning and loving the path of finding my true passion....making this little farm our HOME!