craftsman backyard inspiration plans

With the cape cod flip almost finished & Spring just a couple months away, my mind has been dreaming up garden plans for our back yard. These past two years it’s basically been used to dump all the things we’ve been tearing out of the house. There’s bricks, lath and plaster, piles of debris & even a tub we are planning to refinish someday for our upstairs bath. This is the dream…

Tuscan travertine patio with a pergola over head and clematis vines growing wild. I love silvery and rich emerald greens, so there’s plans for lots of boxwood, lavender and white flowers. All the white flowers! I have never been so excited for Spring to arrive. This will be our first time having a back yard in our whole 8 years of marriage- so we have lots of ideas and I’m looking forward to all the summer evenings picking flowers with Ivy & family gathered around a farm table ( Parenthood fantasy ).


I swear we are not hoarders, but this is what our backyard looks like right now. My dad just helped us trim our big sycamore tree to let in more light for the seasons ahead. Cannot wait! You can follow more of what’s inspiring me on my Pinterest

cape cod house | renovation progress

This last week we finished tiling the bathroom. If you’ve been following along, we were going to shiplap the bathroom, but decided to subway tile instead for better moisture protection and I love the way it turned out! It’s a pretty small space so we kept everything the same color instead of breaking up the walls with different colors and changed out the aluminum window making the tiny bathroom appear just a bit bigger. The light in there is magic & I love the pop of bronze from the fixtures!

before & after | the craftsman part 1

Two years ago we bought our first home. I remember the day we moved in was a family event with every Nelson and Grush helping us. It was momentous for us- 5 months pregnant standing on the porch of our first home where we would start our family & create so many memories within these walls.

We got right to work trying to do as much we could before Ivy’s arrival. The dining/living area was first. The original wood floors were painted white, but preserved all these years under carpet. Billy sanded them down and they are one of my favorite things about our home. A lot of the molding was torn out, but these big picture windows were still intact, so we re-created the molding throughout the room from wood found at a salvage yard and stained it to match. I will forever love old homes and restoring all the character and history they hold.

The day we moved in ^ ūüôā

What’s worse than a faux brick wall- answer: brick linoleum (which was in the kitchen)

Why?! Why would you board up these cute little windows? The entire downstairs walls were covered in these tongue and groove cedar planks + popcorn ceiling + the biggest brick hearth you’ll ever see. I like to call the theme the original owners were going for, ‘medieval dungeon/I love sconces’ and they did such a good job. It was so dark, but now it’s filled with so much light!

Billy just got done tiling and building a new mantel for the fireplace and we’re planning to stain it the same rich brown of the original molding.



There’s still a few details to finish in this room, but it’s been two years and some of guys have been asking to see! Once we’re done with the cape cod flip next month we will be finishing up the¬†craftsman- so stay tuned!









sweet magnolia handmade

My dear friend, mama, maker, Julia of Sweet Magnolia Handmade. There are not enough beautiful words to describe this lady. I loved spending time with her in her happy place where she creates the sweetest, softest baby things. Check out her instagram and etsy here!

homemade soap + essential oils

You know those moments where it dawns on you that you’re officially an adult or mom or … old? Like when you see high schoolers and they look like babies¬†or when you get excited about things like a new vacuum, coffee pot… and soap. I’ve been experimenting with essential oils and making our own household products. I love all things natural and herbal. It’s so interesting how we are given all these¬†plants, each with their own purpose, able to heal any¬†ailment; from cannabis¬†curing children’s seizures who are seizing up hundreds of times a week,¬†then after using cannabis oil they are seizure free- how miraculous, to tea tree oil curing diaper rash and any fungus of the skin, and frankincense curing cancer. I’m fascinated!

There’s so much to learn and play with. I’d love to hear how you use your oils too and I’ll be sharing once in a while what I’m doing over here.

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To make soap all you need are¬†these foaming soap dispensers, Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap, water and any essential oil you like. I use Eden’s Garden ‘cleaning’¬†in these bottles to wipe down surfaces in the house, floors, counters,¬†everything. We don’t even have any other cleaners and it leaves everything so clean and smelling amazing, plus it’s non-toxic, double plus, it’s way cheaper to make it yourself. In our hand soap, I like to change the scent for the season, so for these winter months I’m using ‘fighting five’ (thieves), but my favorite blends are this, this and this.

To mix: for both the spray bottle and soap dispenser, I fill the bottle first with water 3/4+ of the way up, then the rest with Castile soap and 10-20 drops of whichever essential oil you fancy. That’s it!

*Jazz hands*