The Shouse, Style Inspiration

Since construction of our house is in full swing, I’ve been trying to share more about what we have planned for our home. Last week I shared details on my kitchen dreams. In two weeks I am planning to give a full progress report, (with lots of photos included.) And this week I am talking all about our style inspiration. 

Picking a style

The style that we are hoping to pull off is farmhouse. More specifically, I would say rustic farmhouse with a few modern flares. For example, cement floors. I have to admit, my feelings on the farmhouse inspiration are a bit mixed. Here are a few thoughts I’ve had over the past year.

#1 I feel like the farmhouse style is a bit overdone. I think it is mostly because it is so classic, & Joanna Gaines is amazing, but I usually tend to shy away from things that feel trendy.

#2 When building your home in a “barn”, out in the country, farmhouse style just feels right.

#3 For me, farmhouse style goes far beyond decor. I want the bones and features of our home to radiate the style. I don’t want to simply just imply it with accents.

#4 Since we are DIY’ing as much as we can, picking a style that has plenty of inspiration to be found has been very helpful. 

Now that I’ve shared about the style we want, lets talk about the ways we hope to to incorporate it.

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Five Things Friday, January Joys

Hello Friday!

Is the week over yet? Like so many of you, we seem to be wrapped up in an endless cycle of sickness. Emily, Marissa, then Emily once again. It is bouncing around like crazy and I’m terrified of getting lost somewhere in the middle of it. I feel like I’ve sanitized everything except the inside of my mouth and thoughts of doing that have crossed my mind multiple times.  I’m typing this post up on a Tuesday afternoon and it will be nothing short of a miracle if I’m not sick by the time it goes live.

Boy, do I sound like a Debbie Downer! I always find that I am better off to mentally prepare for the worst though. That way if things end up okay, I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve never been a very good optimist. 

The good news is, it’s Five Things Friday! In honor of Russ’ birthday (tomorrow) I decided to put together a “The hubby’s birthday edition”. Today I am sharing 5 things about him that bring joy to my life.

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The Shouse, Kitchen Dreams

My last home update was shared over 2 months ago… wow! I honestly didn’t expect to go this long between updates. I feel a teensy bit guilty over promising to share what’s going on and it taking this long. The truth of the matter is that progress has been slow. But things are finally starting to pickup speed and there should (please, oh please) be plenty to share about over the coming weeks.

Today I want to shift gears away from the building process and talk planning. More specifically, the planning of what I think will be my favorite room in the house. 

As if designing my kitchen wasn’t a dream the first time we built, I get to do it again. And this time I know exactly what I want! As much as I loved my old kitchen, I decided to go an entirely different direction in the new home. The only similarities they will have is plenty of storage space.

Let’s take a look.

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Friday Favorites 1.18.18

Hello Friday!

I originally wasn’t going to post today, then I decided why not?! The world of blogging has been WAY more enjoyable when I do things because I want to, not because I feel like I have or need to.

This weekends plans consist of house framing on Saturday and a bowling tournament for Russ Sunday. No, he doesn’t bowl. It’s a work event that he’s attending and lucky for him, he’s a pretty good bowler. I am pretty impressive too… but only on the Wii. Totally counts, right?

Let’s take a look at this weeks Friday Favorites!

Making Memories

This week we finally handed over the keys to “our” house.

Such a bittersweet moment. 

Melting Snowman

Do yourself a HUGE favor and buy one of these. I feel pretty confident that you won’t regret it.

Russ’ mom has one at the house and I can’t even count how many times this guy has been played with. It is SO much fun and never gets old. Trust me. 

Ladies Game Night!

It’s ladies game night and I am SO excited!!

Tonight I get to hang out with the ladies from my church family and play some games! No, we won’t actually be playing Monopoly #TheGameThatNeverEnds. It feels like forever since our last girl night, even thought it has only been a month, and I am so excited to be together once again!

14 Days of Love 2018

Last year I hosted a mini photo challenge for the first 14 days of February and I’m excited to announce that it’s back for 2018!

Mark your calendars, start snapping photos, and tell your friends.

We’d love to have you join us on February 1st!


Earlier this week I shared that Russ received a job promotion. After a life of “blue-collar” work, he has taken an office position. This job comes with a lot of changes for him, including a whole new wardrobe. 

I am so thankful for places like Kohls who make it easy to save. 

I ordered 4 pairs of pants and 6 shirts and saved $311.70 by shopping sales and coupons.
Paid 167.02.
Saved $10.00 with Ebates.
And received $30 Kohls Cash.

Not too shabby at all! I still need to pick him up some more clothes, but I was excited to get a great start so effortlessly and affordably.

Other recent posts you might like…

Daily Dime, January 2018

One Little Word for 2018

Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here next week!

Friday favorites are on the blog @Kohls, melting snowmen, #14daysoflove2018 and more! Click To Tweet

Friday Link-ups

One Word & Goals for 2018

Here we are, the middle of January, and I am just now getting around to posting about my thoughts, goals and word for 2018.

Life has been chaos. Absolute mind numbing, I want to cry but I am too tired, Oh wait… here come the tears, CHAOS! I knew it was going to be a rough start to the new year, but I underestimated the emotional toll it would take on us. Moving was exhausting friends! And I can officially say, Lord willing, I will never move ever again.

But even through the crazy there have been blessings. Gracious in-laws who opened their home to us, warm meals, kind text messages and offers to help. This process could have been even more hectic and difficult than it was.

Now that I’ve updated you on how moving went, let’s talk about 2018.

Honestly I am struggling here. Some years I’ve picked a word to focus on and other years I have set goals. Currently I find myself sitting at the computer at a loss.

There is only one thing on my mind…

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Daily Dime, January 2018

One thing I’d like to do more of in 2018 is share our day-to-day life. The normal, not always very exciting, day in and day out. One of my favorite ways to do this is by sharing photos. While thinking out blog posts the planner in me put two and two together and penciled in a ‘Daily Dime’ post for every month in 2018. 

The idea is simple: pick a day, take 10 photos, share them in a post. Easy enough right? Not always. Through trial and error I have learned that I really need to choose the day I document wisely. Because, nobody wants to see 10 photos of me watching Netflix in my pj’s. Not that I ever do that… 

This months photos were taken on Sunday January 14th, 2018.

O n e

Dressed and ready for church I went out to start my car. I needed to be there early for worship team practice and by the time I got back inside, I learned that we might end up cancelling.

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