We are back! Thank you for hanging around while we took some much needed time away from the ol’ blog. It was good to walk away from the project (and actually away from the house). Trent and I have different ideas on how to relax and this last week proves it perfectly. I took a few days and went down to a beach in Mexico with a girlfriend. The day I was returning, Trent left for a few days to head up north to a cabin we own. We both returned feeling well rested and ready to get back into things.

As you can see, the view from my resort was not terrible.

Back to the house “stuff.” We had a blog follower (and now friend) drop off some gifts for both us and Niles (kitty treats).

But more importantly she came with a cookbook….a GORGEOUS cookbook. It just looks like summer. So, naturally I placed it in my cookbook holder and it makes the kitchen look even better (and like someone actually uses the kitchen).

I swapped out the mirror that I originally placed above the small fireplace with this very large clock I found. I like it so much better. It’s difficult to tell in the pic, but the clock is over 3 feet wide/tall…it’s huge. Now, I just need to get a final coat of caulk and paint on the small fireplace and call it done.

I’ve been slowly collecting up items that I would recommend to someone building or remodeling a house and I thought today I might show you a couple of them. These items are both very inexpensive (both under $40) and both are items we love and have used on several homes.

In our bathrooms, we always place one of these outlets. It still has the outlet needed for a bathroom, but the little piece in between the two outlets is actually a night light. It turns on automatically when it’s dark and it’s actually bright enough that we don’t need to turn on a light when we get up in the middle of then night. Pretty awesome.

I’ve mentioned our timers before and it’s worth mentioning again. We use them for all of our exterior lights, but they could be used for interior lights as well. Best. Timer. Ever. They are even “smart” enough to change with daylight savings time.

Another thing we did (that we LOVE) is not inexpensive…but really just required some advanced planning. On the side of our kitchen that heads to the basement (the door is the basement door), we very intentionally built a little room for Niles and his things. Litter, food, etc. The “room” is really just a nook, but it has its own light, an outlet and if sufficiently out-of-sight from everything. I cannot tell you how happy we are with this decision.

Ahhh…the things we do for our pets!

We have a list of items to take care of on the inside and we are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle them (along with a LONG list of exterior items). Lots to come in the next few months! Thank you again for following along and have a wonderful week!



  • June 5, 2018 Reply


    I LOVE the clock! It is perfectly proportioned, and its design adds some character.

  • June 5, 2018 Reply


    The clock looks perfect above the fire place. I am glad that you both got away for some R & R.

  • June 5, 2018 Reply

    Shirley Duis

    I pass the house several times a week heading from our house in Niles to our camper at Fullers resort. I point your house out to anyone riding with me and give them a little history of it’s transform. They are always impressed.

  • June 5, 2018 Reply

    Becky Williams

    I’ve made the poke cake before. It’s delicious!!!

  • June 5, 2018 Reply

    Annie Anderson

    Your new clock is beautiful and perfect for your space .. also adds warmth to the room.
    I truly love seeing how your house become your home. Thank you for sharing.

  • June 5, 2018 Reply

    Annie Anderson

    I truly love seeing how your house is “becoming your home.”

  • June 5, 2018 Reply


    I smile as I look at your light switch and outlet covers. All the slots in the screws are in the same direction! I do the same thing, although mine go the other direction. My husband just shakes his head 😄

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