Finishing our Basement: Adding a Fireplace and built-ins

When we built our house one of the items on our list was to be able to entertain our friends and family with lots of space to move around.  Building a ranch style home really allowed for this especially with our ability to have a large open walk-out basement. 

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Adding a Faux Brick Wall

I’m always looking for ways to add more character to our newer build.  As many of you know we designed and built our home back in 2013, and although we put a lot of thought into the finishes and details, we couldn’t have it all.  We were newly married and fresh out of college so had to stick to a budget. 

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Pantry Organization

What does one do on their random day off? Organize and clean out the pantry! We have a decent sized walk-in pantry that somehow becomes a disaster zone shortly after I reorganize it. E-V-E-R-Y time. I would say that I clean it out 1-2 times a year but I don’t think I was doing it right. I wasn’t making it work for our needs and the needs of the items we store in it. I decided to try a different approach this time so we will have to see how it holds up. We are about to get really personal here. Some say the eyes are the window into the soul but I think looking into someones pantry is pretty close!

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Lumberjack 1st Birthday

     This time last year we were awaiting the arrival of our little Mason or –insert girl name here-.  We decided to keep the gender a surprise this time around and boy did he keep us waiting!  I can’t believe that it has been one year since our sweet boy came into this world! He was lucky enough to join several of us in the December birthday club. Can you sense my sarcasm?  Growing up I hated having a December birthday.  It was cold and snowy so we couldn’t do any fun outdoor activities, school was winding down for the semester and friends were busy doing holiday things with their families.  As an adult, I have come to appreciate this time of year more than ever.  The beautiful snow covered trees, the warm glow of the fire and Christmas lights!  Oh and Christmas music, hot chocolate, sugar cookies, scents of peppermint and gingerbread….you get the idea.  So when I started planning Mason’s first birthday party I knew i wanted it to feel like December, flannel and all!  Once again our basement set the scene for yet another gathering.

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