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Cedar and Magnolia Leaves For Christmas

My original plan was to visit a Christmas tree farm or store selling trees to get limbs and I hoped to find someone with a magnolia tree that did not mind cutting a few limbs. I finally went to Lowe’s and purchased cedar garland and got a few straggly Christmas tree limbs. I worked on a floral arrangement for the mailbox using the cedar garland and the tree limbs for hours. What I ended up with was not what I had envisioned. Thankfully, I ran into my neighbor who has a magnolia tree in their backyard and they cut some limbs for me. I tore up everything and started over. OUTDOOR DECOR I added magnolia leaves to the front door garland and wreath. If I had more leaves, I would redo the wreath completely but it’s a week before Christmas, so it’s just fine. Please ignore my mailbox. It needs to be pressure washed. I prefer the mailbox arrangement from the side. I should have paid more attention to what side of the leaves were …

Neutral Patio Decor

Initially, I bought pillows to coordinate with the fabric of the outdoor sofa. A little back story on the outdoor sofa: we moved from North Dakota where Colter (our dog) lived inside. He liked to lay on the sofa and in an attempt to successfully transition him to an outside dog, I decided that he needed an outdoor sofa. My mom took me to a discount fabric store where we found some outdoor fabric and foam and someone to make a bench seat and pillow covers. Matt made the sofa based on the bench cushion dimensions. Last year, I started ignoring the brightly colored sofa cushions and bought orange decor for fall and red and green decor for Christmas. The back door was an eye soar and originally planned to replace it but I eventually chose the cheaper option: paint. The front door is black so I decided to paint the back door black too. I sanded and scraped and painted the frame and the door. Matt installed new hinges and weather stripping. In addition …

Half Bathroom Remodel Complete

It’s done! I just need a soap dispenser and a fancy towel. You may look at this and think, “that looks nice.” So let me remind you what this room looked like before. BEFORE Matt replaced the toilet last year but that was the only update we had done. The room was so dark and dingy. No matter how it was decorated, it was ugly. The cabinets, trim, and countertop had yellowed. It needed a makeover. I quickly recognized that a coat of paint would not be enough. The cabinet had to go too. Each stage of the demo brought a new issue to light. Removing the mirror-wall damage, remove the old sheetrock and replace. Removing the cabinet-more wall damage and bare concrete, repair sheetrock and add six more pieces of tile.  Move the toilet-water damage from old toilet leaks, repair sheetrock. While my Dad was in town he replaced the plumbing in the wall and installed an utility sink in the laundry room (on the other side of the wall). Matt is happy it …