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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Backyard Plans

    Super excited to share our backyard landscape ideas with you. I am so lucky that I have a crazy talented Dad. He owns a landscaping company called D&B Landscaping here in Mesa, AZ and he did a beautiful design for us. Before we start with a plan take a look at what we were dealing with. As I started my backyard I started by writing down all my backyard landscape ideas. Before/Move in day You can see our full Before pictures when we bought the house HERE This is what the backyard looked liked when we moved in. It was beyond overgrown. I can’t even believe that we could see past it all. I like to think that I have vision but this was so crazy! First, thing we had to do was clear everything out so that we could really see what we were dealing with. We hired some help and the poor guy was stung by several scorpions, several different times. Poor guys. Creating a Game Plan After everything was cleared out we walked the backyard several different…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: New Front Door and Hardware

    My front door was in need of a major makeover. At my last house I had a Schlage key pad lock and I loved it. When I say love it I mean LOVE IT! I could never ever go back to a keyed entry front door lock.  There is something very convenient about having a keyless entry. It’s so nice for friends and family that may need to get into my house. It is so nice when I have to carry in loads from the car and my 5 year old can unlock the front door for me. Then to top it all off this hardware that I used on my front is connected to an app on my phone and it sends me a message every time that my door is locked and unlocked. It gives me such a peace of mind. The second I moved into my new house I knew that it was one of the first things that I wanted to add to the new house. I wanted/needed a new front door to go along with…

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  • Easy DIY Sharpie Wall Tutorial

    I am finally writing up this Sharpie wall tutorial for you guys! I drug my feet for months because I didn’t take process photos (bad blogger!) so I’m going to show you on the wall already completed and do a lot of explaining in the process. I promise, it’s so so so sooooooo easy! Materials: Sharpie Paint Pen (I used gold in medium tip) Level Pencil Ladder or step-stool (depending on ceiling height) Level: Beginner Time: 1-4 hours (depending on size of wall) First, I started from the bottom and measured and marked (with a pencil – lightly!) every 12″ both vertically and horizontally. Then, using a the straight edge of the level, I drew a giant grid of 12″ squares on the entire wall with a pencil. I started at the bottom left corner and worked my way up then over to the right. I did this because I don’t care if there is a halfsie or less square at the top but I didn’t want the bottom one to get cut off if I had started at the top.…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: My new Article Leather Sofas

    Christmas came early this year for me when the most beautiful set of leather sofas from Article arrived at my house two weeks ago. I know it sounds so crazy and odd but I wish that you could smell how amazing these leather sofas smell. It’s really like heaven in my opinion. If you have been following along with my house you have known that my living room since we moved in has never quite worked. When we moved in we put my old sectional in the space and I did not love it. I wanted something a little bit more classic and little bit more modern. I have been wanting these Article Sven couches in the Charme Tan and Mahogany for the last couple of years and I can’t even believe that I actually have a pair of my very own. They are just so dreamy. Not only are they so beautiful they are so comfortable and I can’t get over how good they feel and also the quality of them. They are AMAZING. When I was ordering my couches…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Getting Ready for Guest and Beautiful Living Room Chairs

    I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post. We have decked the halls over at our house and it is already for the guest arrive. Getting ready for guest can be such a challenge. I have family coming in from out of town and because my house is so central to our families we usually host a few parties at our house during this busy holiday season. Before I was ready for the guest to arrive I really wanted to finish a few spaces in my house. I was also on the lookout for some beautiful living room chairs. I headed off to IKEA to get a few finishing touches to complete my family room to start. I fell head over heels in love with this STRANDMON Wing chair in Djuparp dark green. I knew adding a pair of these chairs to this space would totally complete the look I was going for in my family room. I love it whenever we are having guest over because it pushes me to get everything finished and looking…

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  • Modern Ranch Reno: Our sink is more than just a sink.

    Modern Ranch Reno: Our sink is more than just a sink. Our kitchen sink is just so much more than a sink. It’s the center of where everything happens at our house. I did this cute video of my family and the role that our kitchen sinks plays in our home. Our meal was nothing fancy and my kids were not always happy and having fun, but it is our life and I do love my life. Elkay is a family owned company with amazing values. When we went to Chicago to visit, I was so touched that the employees had all worked there for a crazy long time. When one of the employees that we worked with at Elkay was on Maternity leave and the CEO saw her at the event and he was so happy to see her there and greeted her a big hug and asked all about the new baby and all the changes that had happened in her life. I could tell that he really did care about his employees and about the people that…

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  • Decorating Your Home For The Holidays: Holiday Decor

    This article is sponsored by Walmart and SheKnows Media. Decorating Your Home For The Holidays: Holiday Decor. Thank you guys for all of the incredibly sweet comments on my living room reveal! When you pour your heart and all your ideas into a space, it’s SO nice when you all love it too! So, thank you!!! Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I’d show you my living room’s holiday makeover I did with Walmart! I have always had holiday decorations from Walmart in my home so I was thrilled to see that they carried literally everything I wanted for this year’s decor! I found all these items in store but you can find a number of them online too. I knew I wanted a snowy, traditional look with layers of white and pops of red. I haven’t used red in my holiday decor since 2010 and my husband always says he misses red because it “feels more like Christmas”. So, the red is back and it totally FEELS like the holidays in our home now! I wanted to…

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  • How to trim out your Flocked Christmas Tree with Pink Accents

    This post is sponsored by JOANN. All opinions and ideas are our own. I have always wanted a flocked Christmas tree and this year I did a flocked Christmas tree with accents of a pale pink. When I was shopping for items to go onto my tree I kept my color scheme in mind and I set off to JOANN and I found the most amazing stuff. I like to buy my ornaments and spray/picks in odd numbers. I normally get 5 of each item. Here is a list of everything I used to trim out my flocked Christmas tree. Materials: Blooming Holiday Christmas 21” Glitter Leaf Spray-Champagne Blooming Holiday Christmas Standing Deer with Fur Hoofs-White Maker’s Holiday Christmas Holiday Charm 33 pk Shatterproof Ornaments Maker’s Holiday 50 pk 60 mm Shatterproof Ornaments-Blue, Pink & Gold Maker’s Holiday Christmas Glitter Mesh Ribbon 4”X40′-Gold Blooming Holiday Christmas 27” Hydrangea Stem with Snow-White & Pink Blooming Holiday Christmas 40” Magnolia Spray with Snow-Pink Blooming Holiday Christmas 29.5” Glisten Snowflake Spray-White Blooming Holiday Christmas 36” Leaf & Twig Spray-Champagne Blooming Holiday Christmas 28”…

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  • Park Home Reno: Living Room Makeover

    Park Home Reno: Living Room Makeover I’m so excited to share this space today! I decided to take a few photos before I got my Christmas decor up this year. We still have a few things to do in this room but here it is for now! This is what the front room looked like when we first moved in. It’s literally the exact view right when you walk into our house. First, I painted all of the walls Behr Frost (satin) and the navy wall is Behr Starless Night (flat), my FAVORITE navy right now. We installed Reverie Sputnik Chandelier from Lucent Light Shop. I built the mantel using the same method as I did in my old house. You can get that tutorial here. DIY Fireplace Mantel. I’ve linked all of the sources for where I got everything at the end of the post after the photos.   I love my blue/white glass collection and I actually have a new place for the collection to go soon but I’ve loved collecting these lamps, jars, vases etc! Sources for…

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  • Blue and Orange Thanksgiving Tablescape

    Blue and Orange Thanksgiving Tablescape I honestly can’t believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving! It has really come so fast. I know everyone always says that but still! I sort of got “last minute” thrown into hosting a few family members for Thanksgiving and I’m a little nervous! Cooking for other people gives me some mad anxiety. Luckily, my hubby is a great cook and he’s totally taking charge of the turkey. I think I can handle the rest… ish… Our dining room isn’t quite “done” but I got it ll painted and my favorite light hung up. You can find the Linear Cage Chandelier here. I still need to get my window seats reupholstered, find some pillows for them and maybe do something fun/creative on the walls. Since I’m not a big “hostess” I wasn’t sure if/how I should decorate the table but then I saw this gorgeous thanksgiving tablescape from Pizzazzerie and since I had all of the blue and white glassware, I figured I could pull something similar together! I basically assembled some of my glassware and added a…

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  • DIY Christmas Wreath and Front Porch

    This post is sponsored by JOANN. All opinions and ideas are our own. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I am SO excited!! This year Christmastime will bring so many gifts to my family and I! During the Christmas season we’ll be welcoming our fifth baby boy into our family and I will finally get my boot off of my broken foot and be able to walk again! YAY! How’s that for an eventful Christmas!? To get into the spirit, I headed to JOANN and grabbed some festive items to give my front porch a makeover! I wanted to make a new wreath to compliment our newly painted, red, front door! We painted our house navy blue over the summer and I have been itching to paint the door red and it was perfect timing for the holidays! For the wreath, I was leaning toward something traditional but we wanted to put a unique, modern twist to it so Savannah and I decided to make a wreath out of a picture frame! I absolutely LOVE the rectangular shape…

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  • DIY Fall Entry Way

    This post is sponsored by Krylon® Brand.. All ideas and opinions are our own. DIY Fall Entry Way Fall is by far one of our favorite times of the year.  It seems like we wait all year for the temperatures to drop down to an enjoyable level. This year, I decided to give my entryway area a fall refresh to bring that feeling I love into my home with Krylon®) Brand. My old entry table was starting to look tired and worn but I absolutely love this piece so I knew it was time for a makeover. I used 3 cans of Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer in Hunter Green It took 2-3 coats to cover the previous paint color. I absolutely love the vibrant green that is so on trend right now in home decor and interior design. I finished off the piece by painting the knobs with 3 coats of Krylon Premium Metallic in Copper Foil. I used less than a can for all of the knobs. I always like to do an extra coat of paint on things that…

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