We Bought a Farmhouse

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Summer Vacation 2018 Part 2: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

When I last left you, we were leaving PEI after a glorious four days, and headed for Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. From PEI, it was a 7-hour drive, and we planned to camp for two nights at Hideaway Campground. 

One thing I will admit is that the months leading up to our trip, I was anxious about our destination of choice, which was way at the northern top of Cape Breton. There's so much to see and do in Nova Scotia, and I wondered if doing Cape Breton for a night, and other popular destinations like Luenburg or Peggy's Cove was worth the drive for another night. But we decided to just park ourselves in Cape Breton for both nights, and I'm so glad we did.


Summer Vacation 2018 Part I: Prince Edward Island

First day of vacay! Bright eyed, and ready to do all the things.
We're back from our East Coast adventure through Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, and oh my goodness, my head is still in the clouds from a pretty magical trip that seemed to fly by in seconds, despite it being the longest vacation we've ever taken. It was a lot - a lot - of driving, but the sights we got to see and the experiences we were able to share together were spectacular, and I feel so grateful for having been able to make this adventure happen.


Three Year Houseiversary: What We've Learned, Our Favorite Projects & Must-Have Tools

Three years ago, we closed on this house, moved in a week later, and you pretty much know the rest. We had always known that we had interest in home renovations, but one of this magnitude, not so much. Neither of us had any experience or background in construction or home repair, but we jumped in feet first, and got soaking wet. There are times I look back and think that we must have been crazy. But mostly, I'm just so happy we took the risk. Not that three years is a long time, but these were the years we tackled our biggest projects, and learned so much. We get asked a lot of questions about our experience with the house, what we're doing to it, and what we've learned, and we decided to recap it for you today.


Emma

Emma, the day after we got her.

Meet the newest addition to our wolf pack, Emma!

Emma is now a four and a half month old Corgi that has been a part of our family for about seven weeks now. A lot of our friends and family have asked us a few questions about her, including the most popular question: Why did we get a Corgi? So I thought I'd share a little about our experience welcoming her into our home.

A Winter Escape to Woodstock, Vermont: Farmhouse Pottery & The Best Meal We've Ever Had

Josh's Christmas gift to me this year (or, last year, I guess?) was a clay date at Farmhouse Pottery. For a few years now, I've drooled over their pieces on Instagram after seeing them featured in Floret Flower's feed. I was initially drawn to their aesthetic, which is clean and simple, rooted in a farmhouse (obvi) lifestyle. When I read more about them, I came to really appreciate their dedication to quality, and the process behind making each piece in their Woodstock, VT studio. And also, their commitment to community. We met James, the husband of the husband-and-wife team at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck last year, and after a few minutes of chatting with James, Josh kind of fell in love with their company, too. Long story short, Josh got us a workshop date in their studio, and I'm here to recap it today, along with the rest of our trip.


Guest Room Post-Christmas Spruce Up



Christmas is over - sad face! We all know it's kind of a sad time when you're putting the Christmas decor away. But, this year I had something fun to look forward to - I got to re-do our guest room. Again.

I went a little crazy in here for Christmas. But my initial design of the space was a lot more neutral and serene, so it's really lovely to see how I originally envisioned the room finally come to life.

The biggest thing is the addition of our new dresser, lovingly donated to us by my mom. This was the dresser she had when my sister and I were growing up, so it's nice to have the familiarity in our house now. And the style of it couldn't fit better - it was meant to be, I think. I swapped out the knobs on it for some distressed brass floral ones, and it came together perfectly.