Happy Friday friends!! Today is the last day of school for my boys and it feels bittersweet. It has been a great year and although I do know all good things must come to an end, I guess a part of me doesn't want to fully recognize that they are growing up and getting bigger. It's all going by too fast. I am trying to hold on so tight to this time together because I want to always remember the pure joy I feel. I have written so often how important it is for me to "be present" because I know from the personal experience of loss that these small moments of time are such a gift. I have been struggling with something and have tried hard over the last few months to find balance with it. Keep in … [Read More...]
Hi there & welcome to my easy, breezy modern farmhouse summer tour! The biggest thank you to Nina Hendricks & Country Living for hosting this incredible round-up of tours this week. If you are coming from Cami's blog, I am so happy you stopped by! My name is Jen & I have been sharing my modern take on farmhouse living on this blog for about 4 years now. I live on the east end of Long Island with my outdoor lovin' family, my husband John & 2 boys, Shane 11 & Jack 6. Living coastally has some great advantages, especially in the summer, so I thought it might also be fun to share a little about what we like to do for fun, along with some simple updates I did to my home … [Read More...]
I am fascinated by where people live and what they do for fun, especially in the summer. So I thought I would share a little about our summers here on Long Island. If you are not familiar with LI, it is the fish like shape that extends from NYC. The island from beginning to end is very different, we live on the east end, if you were to take it to the end (of the south shore) you would end up on Montauk, maybe you have heard of it. And in between you would find the Hamptons. One day about 4 years ago John came home and said lets join a beach club. I said "what?!" the idea of anyone seeing me in a bathing suit was not my idea of a good time. But I realized it was something that was … [Read More...]
Family photos can bring life and meaning into a home, they can tell a story & make an ordinary space feel loved and appreciated. A few summers ago I had an amazing photographer friend of mine, Michele Kats, take photos of my family & I at the beach. It was a place I spent a lot of time as a child, as did my father and then my own boys when we moved back from Colorado. I felt so blessed leaving the session, before even knowing what they would look like. These memories continue to be a gift for us as we cherish looking at them each and every time. I have printed a few here & there but to be honest I have always wanted to do something bigger with them. I am excited to be partnering … [Read More...]
Today I am finally revealing Shane's Tween Room! If you remember I shared his mood board a few months ago, so sorry to keep you all in suspense for this long. Shane just turned 11, so I wanted to give him a space that felt comfortable & cool as he heads into his teen years. He really wanted a loft bed, a couch and fun seating options (for when his friends come over) along with some rustic touches. There is still a love for Star Wars and anything sports related so we layered that in as well. I partnered with ATG to turn this once uninspiring boys room into a tween's dream space and we both couldn't be happier with the way it turned out! As you can see below this room has seen many … [Read More...]
It's pretty amazing how one new thing can change the entire feel of a space. My front porch has always been a favorite spot to spend time, especially in the summer and now there is one more reason why no one wants to leave. We actually added something that I have been wanting to do for a while, a hanging chair! I partnered with ATG on this fun little makeover in the corner of my porch and we all couldn't be happier, it is by far the BEST place to sit in the house. It swings and pivots so you have views of the bay & the comfort, forget it, it is insane. I haven't sat in a hammock in a long time so I forgot how nice & relaxing it is to sit in. This corner of my … [Read More...]
Hi City Farmhouse friends, Emily here from over at The Wicker House. I made this easy DIY summer sign for our entryway and I thought I'd share all about it with you today. To make this sign, I first started off with this old sign that I had made years ago. I had made it out of an old cabinet door that I bought at Re-store for a dollar. Cabinet doors make great signs because they are a good size and they usually have a trim border around them. This one here even had a cute bead board look to it. Re-store is a great place to buy old cabinet doors, but if you have, or know of someone who has recently renovated their kitchen, be sure to save a cabinet door to make a sign … [Read More...]
Welcome to our Outdoor Extravaganza link up! Are you ready to share your projects? Over the last few weeks I have posted projects focused on outdoor living with my friends Shauna, Lucy, Krista, Heather & Christina. Now it's your turn, we are so excited to see what outdoor projects you have been working on! And next Friday we will all choose our favorites from this link up and feature them on our Instagram accounts. Just to recap.... Week 2-10 Easy Ways To Give Your Backyard Personality Week 2-The Perfect Accent to My Front Porch Are you ready to inspire? Just link up your project below.... An InLinkz Link-up <!-- end InLinkz script … [Read More...]
Are you ready for more outdoor living ideas? I am joining a few talented bloggers today for the last week of the Outdoor Extravaganza hosted by my friend Shauna at Satori Design for Living. This week is Paint & Build, so I thought I would share a simple update I did with a clearance item found last year at Lowe’s with paint.
Hi there friends, welcome to part 1 of my summer home tour! I am thrilled to be a part of Julie’s Celebrate Summer House Tour, if you are coming from My Sweet Savannah, it is so nice to have you here, her home is such a treat to tour, isn’t it?! This blog hop has some of my favorite bloggers in it and I have enjoyed touring each home myself, I know you will as well.
Hi there friends! My friend Shauna is hosting an Outdoor Extravaganza and this week is all about outdoor decorating & entertaining ideas. This is the time of year we are all eager to spruce up our outdoor spaces and make them peaceful and inviting once again, so I thought I would give some easy ways to bring personality to your backyard.
I am so excited to finally share what has had me so busy for the last few weeks! I have partnered with Joss and Main to bring you a patio makeover of sorts. Today is stop #7 of #10days10patios, if you are coming from Lucy’s blog, welcome! She did an incredible job with her patio, I wish she lived closer, we could sip some cold drinks and catch up for a while, her backyard is perfect for that now:). Be sure to hop on over to Country Living, they are hosting this amazing group of summer patio tours as well! If you would like to take this makeover tour start to finish you can head over to Ella Claire, our gracious host for this event.