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Farmhouse + Restoration Hardware Inspired Dining area // ORC week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by the fabulous Linda from  Calling It Home!  Week 3 means that the challenge only has 3 weeks left! I definitely have a lot more work to do!

The One Room Challenge™ is an event that takes place every April and October, where 20 selected design bloggers transform a space in their home over the course of 6 weeks. You don't just have to be a pro to participate. Any blogger can join  in the 6 week makeover challenge. I am one of those and we are called the "Guest Participants!" Fun right?  We motivate and encourage each other on what can be sometimes stressful when there is a deadline but I assure you that we love it or else we wouldn't sign up for it. Sometimes all we need is a deadline to tackle a room makeover that we have been dreaming of or thinking about. I get the most work done with deadlines. Do you?

So far, I've shared what my space looked like during our building process during week 1 and my mood board during week 2.  It's always so hard to determine what I'm going to share with you each week without giving away some end results. Oh the struggle. For today, I want to share the progress with you.

My father in law and I been using my chop saw a ton for this dining area makeover and 90% of those cuts are for shiplap!

I found an amazing door on one of those Facebook yard sale sites and I have been hoarding it for probably 18 months. I only paid $25 for it and I am in love! I am trying every possible way to use it for this space. I still need to clean it up though. That board is being used for shiplap and it definitely has changed the feel of the area. I say area because I have a open concept living room, dining and kitchen space. Like one big rectangle.

Sneak peek of my shiplap. I have so thankful for a father in law who put in all the effort and hours! Oh and I spy a binky on that little cart. That can mean one of two things. Either my youngest hid it there or my oldest stuffed it there to hide it from my youngest.

I built this coffee cart from scratch with no plans a few weeks ago and I am in love!

Check back next Thursday for even more sneak peeks as I put everything together! Now I'm off to get some more coffee, find the missing remote, put on some music and get to work!

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12 Inspiring Books to Read During Gloomy Weather // My personal reading list //

Fall is upon us and winter is imminent so what better way to spend your gloomy, rain drizzled evenings and weekends than reading some inspiring books. If you are like me, I absolutely love books that help me change mindsets and inspire me to be a better person and seek God in a deeper way. Especially when it it stormy outside and I can snuggle on a chair, in my warm bed or the couch and read + take notes. Because of that, I wanted to share 12 books that are on my personal reading list! (aff. links included.) These are deep, make you think kind of books and I'm excited to read through all of them in hopes of tackling some personal issues.

I'm a Mother of a 10 Year Old, Now What?

Today, my son turns 10 years old. T.E.N. 10. Ten. Diez. Dix. and I just can't wrap my head around it.

Farmhouse + Restoration Hardware Inspired Dining Room // One Room Challenge™ // Week 2

I'm back with week two of the One Room Challenge™ ! Last week I talked about transforming my dining area and showed you pictures of what it looked like during our building process. Super fun right? It seriously was a dream watching our home's foundation poured and then all of the framing put up. We drove by practically every evening to see the progress. Once all of the framing was up, we wrote scripture and declarations in every room on the wood beams. Especially declarations over our children in their rooms. Since God had blessed us with this home, we wanted him to be apart of it even more than He already was. Also, words are powerful so it was important to us to be surrounded by the Word creating an atmosphere of peace and love.

So let's talk about the progress going on in my dining area. My whole vision for this space is simple with my own personality added. I love French Country, Farmhouse, Restoration Hardware, Glam with a bit of boho.

This mood board is just to give you a general idea of what I'm working towards. I don't want it to be so cookie cutter because I know everyone else is doing farmhouse right now. For me, farmhouse vibes just make me happy but I want to add in a little boho and glam.

So far, the shiplap is almost done, the DIY bar car is completed and I have found the perfect table from I seriously can't wait to get that baby to my house. This weekend I will be working on finishing painting the shiplap and sanding down my barn door. I found some amazing looking hardware from ROLLINGDOORDESIGNS.COM and I am about to do a little shopping at LAMPSPLUS.COM to find some things for the finishing touches.

I can't wait to see how my little space turns out and I am so glad that you are following along! Check back next week as I give you some sneak peeks!

A big thank you to my sponsors!

How to Style a French Country Farmhouse Coffee Cart

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Have you ever wanted to  roll our of bed, walk into the kitchen and have your own little Starbucks® set up for you to enjoy? Just about every girl's dream right? I am such a huge coffee lover, I'm talking about drinking it all day long, so I knew I needed to come up with a cute solution to all of my coffee supplies cluttering the counter.

After thinking and dreaming up this coffee bar cart design for a while, I finally took the plunge and built it from scratch! I'm talking about having zero plans or measurements to begin with and just winging it. I am super proud of it and will be sharing my tutorial so that you can make you own on Monday! For today, I want to talk about styling your bar cart to fit your design style and your coffee needs. Let's get started!


1.  COFFEE MAKER: You can't have coffee without a coffee maker right? So, first choose your favorite one. My favorite is my Keurig® that my mom got me for my birthday at the beginning of the year. It's super easy to use, I get the perfect amount and it is hot and fresh every cup. With my regular coffee pot, my coffee would sit there throughout the day and just wasn't that fresh in the late afternoon. The one that I have can also brew a pot and large cups of coffee. It has the option for 16oz which is wonderful for my husband who gulps everything down quickly. Also, it brews other beverages too like cocoa for the kids. They actually think it's an unlimited cocoa machine which it is not!

2. YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE. If you LOVE coffee then you know which coffee is the best. You will have a personal favorite and there are so many kinds to choose from. Since I mostly use my Keurig®, I'm gonna talk about k-cups. I have always loved the Starbucks® Dark Roast K-Cup® but recently I found something even better. Oh my goodness, it is seriously the real deal in a cup! I'm talking about the Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods. Not only are delicious, they are made from milk, with no artificial flavors, and they come in 3 great Starbucks® signature flavors (Caramel, Mocha, and Vanilla) and 2 beloved Starbucks® seasonal flavors (Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha, available for a limited time). Pumpkin Spice? Yes please! I've added that one to my grocery list. You can get them at your local grocery store.

3. Cute Coffee Mugs. Choose a few cute mugs to place on your shelves so they are easily accessible and are ready anytime you want coffee. You can change out your mugs with every season too which makes it really fun!

4. Baskets. You will need a few different sized and shaped baskets like I used to hold specific things like your  Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods and flavor packets. You could place another basket on the shelf for kid's drinks. The bigger baskets on the bottom can be used for holding bags of beans if you choose to grind your own along with your grinder ect.

5. Accessories. What is a cute coffee cart without cute accessories? Place a pretty flower arrangement, a little picture frame with a coffee quote printable in it, mason jars for straws and spoons. You could even style it similar to a bookcase and use some recipe book with bookends. The possibilities are endless.

Now let's talk about making the new  Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods.

It's an easy two-step process to make a really yummy Caramel Latte. Step 1 is to pour the flavor packet into the mug. Step 2 is to brew the Starbucks® Caffe Blend K-Cup® pod in your Keurig® brewer and stir to enjoy the beverage.

Have you ever wanted a little coffee cart set up in your home? Don't forget Monday I'll be sharing my tutorial so you can recreate mine. Then you can head to your local grocery store and pick up some new coffee to stock up on. Which new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods are you going to try?

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