Home renovation projects are never ending when you buy a house built in the 1970s that had zero work done- ha! It hasn’t been an quick process, but I think we are finally at a pausing moment. Only a moment because there are always more projects right?! If I were to try and pinpoint my “style” I would say “rustic traditional” – that is not a legit term. I love neutrals, woods, and mixing metals . When sticking with pieces like this a look can be timeless. You will not find many super “trendy” things in my home #basicforlife.

Our biggest overhaul was the flooring. We had a mix match of wood, carpet, tile in every other room. It broke the rooms up and all of it was very dated. After looking at 10000000 samples and stopping by 100 showrooms we went with Hopkins Flooring and an engineered flooring.

We did decide to stick with fun carpet for the stairs. We also had enough leftover to place a rug under the dinning room table so remember to ask to keep the remaining piece.

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These built-ins were one of the my favorite things when we bought our home. Balancing built-ins can also be tricking and you might find yourself changing it 10000 times. Stephanie, of Pohlman Designs was a life saver and helped me with mine.

 I was dying to get rid of our white couches that had turned a variation of colors due to the kids. I had my mind set on a pretty brown leather couch that would have the durability to take the boys! Big coffee table, big sofa, big mirror, everything needs to be similar in size for balance.

This sofa was from Pottery Barn Outlet and it came with the most mini defect, but at a huge discount.

We removed the built ins from the bay window to add these chairs, I love the height of them and that they are big enough to curl up in. My goal is to have every piece in our home being used, I didn’t just want pretty chairs we didn’t sit in.

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I love shopping for vintage and discount items on swap type sites. We were able to get the deal of a lifetime on this Restoration Hardware table and chairs for nothing. The buffet is an antique piece that I removed a ton of paint from and sanded the top to give it a rustic unfinished look.

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the easiest fall table decor

flameless candles | pumpkins | jute table runner | garland | natural wood candle sticks

You can see Carleys fall table here too!

Onto the kitchen because this is really where we are 90% of the time – making messes.

the kitchen got so much love – we opted to paint the cabinets instead of replace them

I have a little obsession with platters and trays – it is an easy way to gather pretty items.

one of the easiest DIY is chalk painting the inside of a vintage silver platter – if only my writing skills were a little better this thing would be all the heart eyes – but the pretty boxwood helps!

Here is our list of all the fall things we have planned…

make smores | pumpkin patch | big leaf pile | backyard movie & camping | hayride |

tailgate | family pictures | apple picking | carve pumpkins | crock pot meals

The boys play room had a little face lift too! I was so happy to get the carpet out of this room so the boys can have a clean area to play.

Our blue sofa is probably the piece that people ask about the most…you would not believe that it is under $400 and folds out into a futon. We have had it for over 2 year and it has kept up perfect, even with the boys constantly jumping on it. It also comes in multiple colors and you can easily wipe up stains ha!

These picture were inspired by my girl Arin from Arin SoLayne At Home. I ended up going with real prints because they were 50% off, but all three together were under $40.

We made a loop around the entire first floor. Hope you found a few things you like! I’m off to hit the local Home Goods for more items!