Simple Spring Vignette

Decorating for spring doesn't have to be hard.   Creating a few small vignettes help to make your home look seasonally appropriate without feeling overwhelmed by having to decorate the entire house.  Read on to learn how to make a simple spring vignette in your own house.

Bacon and Ranch Cheese Ball

This creamy cheese ball made with fresh crumbled bacon and ranch seasoning makes a quick, easy, and delicious appetizer your guests are sure to enjoy.

My New Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Canisters

Sharing my new modern farmhouse kitchen canisters along with twenty other pretty versions to decorate your kitchen counters in your own home.

Believing in Spring Free Printable

Spring is here, and decorating your home for the season can't be any easier with this collection of over 25 free printables and pretty vignettes, including this one of a watercolor sparrow and inspiring poem.

Choosing the Right Dining Room Rug for Your Home

Everything you need to know about choosing the correct area rug for your dining room - from measuring for the right size, to picking the best colors, patterns, and materials, and even where to shop for a new rug for your own home.

What's New with my Fixer Upper

Work has been continuing at my 1900's fixer upper and I've started to expose some of the original character hidden in the living room.

8 Tips to Make Cleaning Your House Fast and Easy

Cleaning the house is not what most people consider fun. But with these eight simple tips, keeping your home spotless will become a fast and easy job that you might even grown to enjoy!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

As a delicious twist to an ordinary bar cookie, these easy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are sure to be your next family favorite.

DIY Chalkboard Message Center

Create a useful home message center chalkboard for your mudroom or kitchen using a wood frame and other repurposed thrift store finds.

Fixer Upper Dining Room Design Plans

Combining my favorite vintage, industrial, and farmhouse elements together to create a unique dining room design for my 1900's fixer upper.

Designing a room completely from scratch as I'm doing at my project house can be such a fun process.  Guided by the cohesive plan that I came up with for the look of the whole home, I now get to kick back with my laptop and shop for exactly what I need.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Declutter your home and life once and for all  with this series that focuses on guidance from the book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo.

KonMari Method

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One of my favorite tasks is cleaning and organizing.  I like getting rid of things.   A good before and after picture makes my heart beat fast.  And I whole-heartedly believe that my life would be easier and more enjoyable if I had fewer possessions.

Fixer Upper Dining Room Progress

Progress is moving along in my 1900s fixer upper and it has been exciting to find some original character in the dining room.

Work is moving along at my "project" house.  It may be moving slowly, but progress has been made.  At the same time, my plans for how this was all going to progress so that I could quickly show you a few finished rooms isn't going as planned.  But isn't that the way with any fixer upper or home renovation in general?

Today I wanted to catch you up on how the dining room is working out and my altered plans for moving forward.

Potato Corn Chowder for a Homemade Winter Dinner

Winter is the perfect season for enjoying a steaming bowl of homemade soup.  This recipe for Potato Corn Chowder is my go-to recipe for a quick and delicious supper.

Perfect Antique Dining Room Table

One of the most important pieces of furniture in a home is a dining room table where friends and family can gather around together.  This set is the perfect antique table and chairs for my 1900s fixer upper.

I had every intention of today's renovation post being all about the progress that I've made at the project house, but.....instead I'm going to show you my first actual purchase for the dining room.

On Tuesday, I was spending the day tearing into things and as I was stopping work for the day to get things cleaned up and presentable enough to snap a few pictures, I found out that the dining room table and chairs I had purchased were being like, 15 minutes.  Literally.

So the perfectly empty room had to have the rug laid back down to protect the bare wood floors from snowy delivery men boots and was filled with furniture before I could get my camera out.  I shot these few quick pictures just so you could see the pretty table.

Friday Favorites | No. 4

As the month of January is drawing to a close soon (isn't that almost hard to believe!?!), I can honestly say that the year has gotten off to a good start.  I hope that you can feel the same.  Winter is never a good season for most people in terms of mood and motivation, but I'm trying my best to push through that and actually get some things accomplished and move forward.

Creating a Basket out of an Old Kitchen Pot

A metal kitchen pot from the thrift store becomes a unique  DIY storage basket with a little glue and sisal twine from the craft store.

Storage basket made from kitchen pot

There are days when I want to create, but feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that I have purchased to use for DIY....too many choices to work on with no clue about what to do with anything.  Normally during those times, I go shop for more so that I can feel inspired by something new.  And yes, this just makes the problem worse!  Is this a problem that you have as well?

Yesterday, though, rather than going to my local thrift store to find something to create for you, I went to the pile of stuff in my basement that I was going to be donating to Goodwill.  I got to "shop" through things that I wasn't seeing any value in anymore.  Not only did this avoid adding more finds to my stock, but it was free!

Winter Reading List | On the Bookshelf

As the snow falls outside, you need something enjoyable to do indoors. And nothing is better on a cold winter day that curling up with a great book.  Here are five of my favorites that I'm reading right now.

Winter reading list

As I'm typing this, the snow is falling outside my window.  And not just a few flakes.  It's the snow that makes you want to stay home, cuddled under your warmest throw, sipping a hot mug of cappuccino reflecting on how grateful you are that you get to stay indoors.  Do you know those days?

Raisin Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

A delicious recipe for one of the most basic types of drop cookies, the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, along with tips for getting them to turn out perfectly every time.

Secret to Decorating Like a Pro While Saving Time and Money

We all want a home that looks as pretty and put together as our favorite magazines, yet it seems so impossible to achieve for the average homeowner.  The secret behind creating those picture perfect houses is understanding how to create a cohesive design and it is easier than you might think....and will even save you time and money when redecorating!

Decorate like a pro

Have you ever walked into a house where it feels like one room flows right into the next?  Or come across photos of homes on Pinterest where everything just seems to go together?  Rather than seeing individual rooms, you are able to look at the house as a whole with each room connecting to the next.

And in these instances, you likely assume that the person who did the decorating really knew what they were doing or had a large budget that allowed them to hire a designer who bought the best of everything.  I mean, the average person can't possibly create a cohesive design all on their own and do it on a budget, can they?

Friday Favorites | No. 3

Happy Friday to you my friend!  I hope you have been enjoying a very good week wherever you are.

It has been quite a few weeks since I shared my last Friday Favorites post with you.....the holiday blogging season kind of consumed my time and while there were many bloggers that were inspiring me to want to share, there just wasn't time to put those posts together.  But the winter is my time to regroup and catch my breath and so this weekly series is back.

Labeling Your Pantry + Free Labels and Organizing Tips

Free printable pantry labels to organize your kitchen cupboards and spices plus even more free printables to help you stay organized in the new year.

Kitchen Canister Labels

In my opinion, there are three types of people in the world.....

  • Those that could care less about adding a descriptive label to anything and get along just fine without the guidance that a pretty label supplies.

  • Then there are those that use some sort of label where necessary to make finding certain items easier.....and these labels vary from printables online, purchased in the store, or just a piece of masking tape with writing done in a Sharpie.

  • And finally, there is a group who is willing to stick a beautifully created label on just about everything they own.....just because they can.

My 1900's Fixer Upper House | The Before Tour

A before tour of my 1900s fixer upper before it gets a modern farmhouse makeover.

1900s Fixer Upper House

It has been quite awhile since I first announced that I had plans to renovate my grandparent's old house.  And while I'd love to say that the house is done and just hasn't been shown yet on the blog, I'm afraid that I can't.  Nothing has been done yet.

But the good news is that the renovation is finally starting and I wanted to let you get a glimpse of the fixer upper house in all its before glory before I touch a single thing.

Best of 2018

Taking a look back at the best decorating ideas, DIY projects, homekeeping tips, recipes, and more from the blog in 2018.

Before I dive headfirst into getting things started her for 2019, I wanted to begin by taking a lookback at what was most popular around anderson + grant in 2018.  Surprisingly, many of the most popular posts were from just recently in the fall and Christmas seasons.

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