Weekend DIY warrior recap

Weekend DIY warrior recap

You guys, I did something BIG this weekend. We have a house full of sick people. The kids ended the week sick, breathing treatments and midnight cuddles were needed. The kids magically woke up Saturday happy, healthy and hyper. Dale and I woke up on Saturday sick-ish. It is not horribly sick, just miserable enough to be annoying. So with us planning to be home for the weekend and the kids happily lounging around I got bored. Things are shifting in our life. Dale is working from home one day a week now, yay! I have a major crush on this guy and now get to see him (while he is working) at home all day. Yeah, I am that lady. Obsessed with my husband and wanting to spend all day with him. You can roll your eyes now, I will wait…..

With him working from home and with my budding writing career. It is still weird to say that. Because of that and Dale working from home we need a office, or at least a room with a desk where a door can be shut. Because…. Kids. I don’t think I need to explain anything else. Moving the desk into our master bedroom seems to be the only way we can make that work, which is not the best solution. But one that needs to be done. Maybe long term we can find some other solution to have a office space that is separate from the main living area. For now this is the sole solution.

Once the desk was moved out, I had this crazy idea to redo everything. I am talking everything. Not decorating, I did not whip up a bunch of DIY projects. I redid furniture, we moved everything around. I should note that my crazy idea came up at 7pm on a Saturday. Yeah another spur of the moment redo. For all of you long time readers you are familiar with my last minute ideas.

We have a ridiculously difficult living room layout. There is not one wall without a window, doorway, or fireplace on it. It makes it really difficult to place furniture, and I put the furniture in the best layout. I have not moved much since then. Until now!

Dale is a super hero and suggested us just moving things around until it stuck. So we did a big furniture version of Tetris. Shifting, changing, moving all over, we got the new layout. It only took us three hours.

It took a lot of different set ups of furniture and rooms to make it done. We moved everything but the walls itself and the kitchen. Mainly because cabinets are a little more permanent then furniture. If 11pm had rolled around without a distinct solution to my furniture issues I might have moved some walls around.



Keeping it real, this is when we moved the couch. I was actually surprised this is all we found.


I know you may think we robbed a Barnes & Noble this weekend too. I will confess this is just all the books we have purchased. We single handedly keep Barnes & Noble open apparently. Our old spool library is one heavy piece, so taking out all of these books was needed to move it. I also got to organize the books better, yes my type A self came out strong in this moment.

This new view from our living room couch is all I will give you for now. Later this week I will be sharing the new home tour. It feels like we moved into a new house. I adore what we ended up with. There is still a few things needed to be organized and added. But, for the most part we are done. We pushed and finished late Saturday night. For good reason, because Sunday Dale and I both woke up miserably sick. Our sort of sick selves turned into full blown, knife feeling in throat, chills, and stuffy noses so bad I think if I closed my mouth I would possibly turn blue from the lack of oxygen.
The kids were over their colds, and shared them with Dale and I.


I do have some exciting news, all three kids are healthy and energetic. I don’t know what is worse, being sick with sick kids. Or you being sick while the kids are running circles into the ground with too much energy. Not sure which one it is, but it is rough. Before redoing everything but the walls in our home we also went to my sister in laws house to take some measurements of her son’s bedroom. I will be doing some big things in his room to help manage space, toys, and play space. He is a three year old boy on a mission to drive his Mommy crazy with toy clutter and mess. I am going to do a toy intervention and help the family get their son’s bedroom floor space back.
We did not get much done with the laundry room, this is where Dale and I have a hard time following through with finishing projects. That manic, insane rush to get it done is over because as of right now it does function. When it was not functioning the pressure was on. Now it is in the finishes, and it is hard to stay motivated. I just need to keep my eye on the finished, pretty and functional prize.
Between the kid’s colds and then Dale and I getting it we broke out the tablets this weekend. Sometimes you just have to.
We ended the weekend with a mellow Sunday, and Vanilla ice cream malts. It was to help our throats, really it was needed. The kids did not mind one bit, and I am bracing myself for the inevitable proclamation that one of them has a sore throat so they need ice cream. It will happen.
What did you do this weekend? Also what is your go to way to make a sore throat feel better? I am in need of something quick. Mama has no sick days, EVER and need to bounce back.




  1. I love rearranging furniture Emily! I hope the kids turn a corner today!! laura

  2. Sounds like a fun weekend! Hope you feel better soon!

  3. Sounds like a fun and productive weekend. Rearranging furniture always makes me feel like I have a new house!

  4. I love rearranging furniture. Makes you feel like you're living in a new house. This weekend, we went to the flea market. As for a sore throat, a spoonful of honey & cinnamon.

    • Oh a flea market sounds fun, I cannot wait for summer to get here. We have a lot of them when the weather gets warm. I have done the honey, but never with cinnamon. Thank you for the tip.

  5. Lolol I do this all the time!! 9pm let's paint the kitchen!!!! Heheh
    Also the push the couch a bit that way, so I can swing this chair a tiny bit, then pull the table forward just a bit…. Game of Tetris is our life! 🙂
    Can't wait to see the final product

  6. I have a bit of a crush on you also. So it is great to eat lunch with you and the kids that are home.

  7. Emily,
    I love your blog. Your writing, photos, and decorating are phenomenal.I also love that your hubby comments. You two are so cute. I really enjoyed reading this post and I love those curtains in your living room. So pretty! I just subscribed so I can be a regular now! Great meeting you!
    Your new pal (via Amy's Creative Bloggers)

    • Wow, thank you so much Jacquelyn! Your words are so kind and made my day! My husband was the only one commenting for a long time on this blog. My husband is also the one who made those curtains, I cannot sew a straight line. I am so happy to have you as a reader, thank you!

  8. I love to rearrange my furniture, and I love this entry and your blog altogether because I am all about "keeping it real". My favorite sore throat remedy are Cepacol. I keep some in my purse and also in the house at all times, just in case, because I, like you, can't have a sick day.

    • Thank you so much Rachel for your sweet words, keeping it real is the only way to be. I found when I let my personality shine through and stopped trying to be something else that people respond better. I will have to try Cepacol, still fighting this sore throat and my patience of me being sick has run out.

  9. I have to say, the pictures in this post (even with some normal kid-mess) radiate such a peace & sense of calm that I'm kind of addicted to them! I'm excited to read your blog and watch your progress through designing your home, because it truly is a sanctuary for your family, and will become even more of one as time goes on. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

    • Wow, thank you so much! That is so kind of you to say, I am happy that you enjoy what I share. I hope to have the new furniture reveal up this week, things have been crazy here lately and I hope to get back to my normal blogging and home decor.

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