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I can’t believe May is almost over already. It has been feeling a lot more like March or April around here in Central Kansas. We have gotten so much rain these last few weeks and the temps have been in the 50’s more than the 80’s. I definitely don’t want to complain about rain, but our garden could use a couple of consecutive sunny days.

We planted our garden a little over a month ago, and some things are really starting to take off!…(and some of it, not so much). This is our first real garden that we’ve done, and we weren’t sure what it would amount to. We tilled our garden about 15′ x 15′. We wanted to have room to plant things in sections and still have a path about one or two feet to walk around each section.

IMG_1820 So far we’ve planted:

  • tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • eggplant
  • strawberries
  • canteloupe
  • zucchini
  • green onions
  • peppers
  • radishes
  • cucumbers
  • asparagus (2nd year)

I also planted some cilantro, peppermint, rosemary, and oregano in pots. I may end up integrating them in the garden one of these days too.

IMG_1877IMG_1833IMG_1884The tomatoes and radishes are almost ready. We were afraid some of this cold weather was going to stunt our tomatoes, but they are doing good so far. (fingers crossed!)

IMG_1881 IMG_1835Everything else is starting to sprout and give me hope. It’s so nice to see little pops of green in what was just dirt for weeks. Our strawberries, however, are not looking so hot. I don’t know if it’s just too early, or if we have them in the wrong spot. I don’t think they are getting quite enough sun in the spot at the back of the garden that we have them in.

It’s still a work in progress. I want to add in some bug repelling plants and flowers around the garden. I would also like to add some sort of border or edging, maybe next year when we know for sure what size garden works for us. We have also caught some rabbits feasting on our plants, so  we may end up fencing the whole thing in if necessary.


Upcycled Heirloom

If you know anything about me, you know that I love a good deal. Like a super cheap, high-five yourself, kind of deal. You can call me cheap if you want to, I won’t be offended. I will spend hours scouring flea markets and garage sales and enjoy every minute of it. Anytime I can save our family  money, I feel pretty awesome about it.

The only thing better than finding a cool piece of furniture for a great price, is finding one in our home for free. In our upstairs bathroom, there is an antique cabinet that has been in Brian’s family for years. He said it belonged to his great-grandmother, which I think is so cool. It’s really neat for Hollis that she will grow up with something that belonged to her great great-grandmother.

Upcycled Heirloom // thegoldbrickroad.comIt fits perfectly in that little nook. The only problem is, it looks like it has seen better days. The top is wood and has laminate on top of it that has started to chip and come off. The paint on it has also started to chip and just needs a fresh coat on it.

Upcycled Heirloom // Upcycled Heirloom // thegoldbrickroad.comI wanted to keep using it in the same spot in the bathroom because it serves as the only counter space in there and has some much-needed storage underneath. But I also wanted it to match the bathroom after I finished painting in there. So I went ahead and helped the rest of the laminate come off the top and decided to paint it white to go with the rest of the bathroom.

Now here is where I would normally show you process pics, but somehow I’ve misplaced them….

I ended up choosing tile to finish the top, I really wanted something that would be easy to wipe down and that could stand up to getting wet. I went with a small octagon tile. I wanted a timeless look, so I stuck with classic black and white. The tiles came on 12″ x 12″ sheets and were easy to lay and trim to fit. I also used a quick-dry grout which was really simple and easy to work with. I plan on going back and adding some trim pieces around the edge on the front to give it a more finished look. Upcycled Heirloom // thegoldbrickroad.comFor the rest of the cabinet, I just primed it and painted it the same white as the trim. I figure, if I ever repaint the bathroom, (which is inevitable), the cabinet will still go with everything. I reused the glass hardware that was already on the cabinet. It just needed a little soak in some vinegar and dish soap to make them extra sparkly.

Upcycled Heirloom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpcycled Heirloom // So there it is. I’m really happy with how it turned out. Hopefully it will survive at least another generation!






Current Color Crush: Purple

So I’m totally crushing on the color purple right now…Not the movie with Oprah, but the actual color purple. I’ve never really been drawn toward purple before, except maybe as a kid, but even then, not really. But lately…

Lately I can’t get these smoky, slightly warmer shades of purple out of my head. They are surprisingly neutral and can work with so many other colors.



Still not convinced?…..Here are some interiors that are really making it work.




^^ I love these moody, plum hues mixed with wood. I could definitely see this working with all of the dark trim in our house.


^^ These smoky shades look really nice with the contrast of bright white.


^^I love this dramatic ombre wall…..I love it too much, I think.


^^ I even like it a super modern space as an accent wall color, it’s just so versatile!

You don’t have to commit to purple as a wall paint color. It also works really well on furniture and accents.





I will never look at purple the same way, I just love it so much. It may take a lot of convincing to get the hubby on board for a purple sofa….but a girl can dream!

More Playroom Fun

I’m sick.

Like knock you on your butt, sick. What started out as allergies, has quickly escalated to bronchitis….Hello mucus. Needless to say, I’ve been very unproductive this week. The couch, a box of tissues, and I have become best friends. I high-fived myself this morning for getting two whole loads of laundry done….just five more to go!

The only good thing about this is that we have been able to give the “new” playroom/rec-room a spin. There is a closet across from the playroom that I use to hide toys in. I like to hide things and then switch them out with other toys that are already out. Am I the only mom who does this? It sounds kind of mean to hide things from a toddler, but she has so many toys that she gets bored with them sometimes. Hiding them not only keeps clutter down in the playroom, but also keeps her toys exciting when she hasn’t seen them in a while. It has been a lifesaver this week, while I have very little energy to entertain my little one, she’s been able to entertain herself quite a bit with all of her “new” old toys.

Luckily, I finished a couple of projects in there before I started hacking up my lungs, and so far Hollis is really enjoying her new space. Here’s what the space looked like after I painted.

recroom // I decided that the sofa was a little too close to the t.v., so I ended up flipping the treadmill around to face the wall.

recroom // I really wanted the treadmill to face the t.v., but I just couldn’t make it work and this freed up a lot more space this way.

recroom // I also added a small chalkboard wall for Hollis. She has had so much fun with the one in the entry way, that I thought she would really enjoy her own in the playroom. This is also her little art corner, where she can color and draw. (And how sweet is that little picnic table my dad made her?!) As you can see, we like moose a little bit.

recroom // My favorite (super simple) addition, is Hollis’ playhouse. I just used some painters tape and a fun paint color to create a little house for her. I love the pop of color and it brings out the color in her growth chart, you can see more on that project here.

recroom // recroom // recroom // recroom // So far, the little one LOVES it. Trying to keep her out of my shot while taking pics was almost impossible. I found a couple of small shelves I had in a tote and hung them on the wall for her to store her dishware on. Brian suggested adding a little window in her “house”, so I may have to make that happen too.

recroom // IMG_1777As you can see I’m having a little too much fun designing the playroom. If I could just design kids rooms and playrooms for the rest of my life, I think I’d be happy!