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Modern Farmhouse Office Tour

When we moved into this home I knew we were going to need a home office due to the fact that Derek's job is now 100% remote. This actually is a huge blessing for us, and it's something we're really excited about, but it definitely meant that Derek needed his own private workspace in order to make it successful. 

I've been loving the modern farmhouse look lately and knew I wanted to put my own spin on that for this office. I feel like we did a really great job at finding modern farmhouse office pieces that worked well in the space and on a budget, and I'm really excited to share all of those fun details. 

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Modern Farmhouse Office Furniture:

The first thing we needed for this space was some modern farmhouse office furniture. We found this desk for a great price on Amazon. It's 47 inches long and I love the mixture of the dark wood tones with the black metal. It perfectly fits Derek's two monitors for work, along with his mouse and keyboard making it the perfect fit for this space. 

We also purchased this bookshelf which complements the desk really well. They're not the exact same wood tones, but it's close enough that I think both pieces work well in this space. I love the ladder bookshelf look and I especially love that this one is more narrow at the top, and wider at the base, giving it clean modern lines. 

We eventually want to put a chaise in the corner of this room for me to be able to sit and get work done on the days while the kids are in school. I found this one at Ikea that I really love, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet. 

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Modern Farmhouse Office Decor:

We kept the decor really simple for this space. We used books we already had to fill the shelves and then added a few inexpensive touches to fill the gaps. This room gets really cold so we added a basket to the bookshelf to store some blankets and a heating pad. Then we just found some odds and ends like a globe, some white vases, and some black picture frames to fill out and complete the space. 

The picture frames are one of my favorite details. We bought the artwork from Etsy and purchased the frames from Michael's. I think they not only look great in the space, but since this is a man's office space, they have more of a masculine feel which I think is important since Derek spends a large portion of his day in here. 

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Modern Farmhouse Office Paint Colors and Details:

For this space we used Behr Premium Plus paint from The Home Depot. The blue color that we used on the wall was "mysterious" and then we used "Ultra Pure White" on the doors, ceiling, and trim. To bring in more of the black modern farmhouse vibes, we added a new black doorknob and hinges on the door, and switched out the knobs on the closet door as well. I think everything ties together perfectly, and we're so happy with how this space turned out. 

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Links, Sources, and Cost for Everything!
Screws $1.18 (for closet knobs couldn't find link)
Michaels 11x14 Frames $21 (I bought all three for $21 on sale)
Walgreens photo Printing $17.80
Pen Cup $1.07 (Dollar Tree)

(Prices may currently vary depending on location and items I purchased on sale. The shown prices here are what I personally spent on each item.)

Grand Total: $364.98
After Amazon Gift Cards: $314.98

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Industrial Modern Home Office Tour

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This year has certainly brought a lot of changes for our little family. A month ago we bought and moved into our new home, I'll be teaching physical education when school starts in August, I'll still be blogging once school starts and working in marketing for another local company. Derek also works 100% from home so with all these major needs, we definitely needed a home office space for Derek to use during the day, and for me to write, lesson plan, and do my other work in the evenings.

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Our Favorite Home Office Tools:
I'm typically a very organized person, but now that I'll be teaching grades K-8 in the fall, keeping my classes and lesson plans organized is important now more than ever. I have always been huge fan of G2 line from Pilot Pen. I love that they come in a wide variety of colors so I can use one color for each of my classes. G2 is also proven to be the longest writing gel ink pen that has smooth writing and a comfortable grip. I love that I can purchase the G2 18pk from Pilot Pen and be confident that it can last me through the school year.

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Another must in our home office are the Precise Marklighter2 premium dual tip creative marker. The Marklighter2 has a broad chisel tip as well as an extra fine tip designed to deliver ultra-smooth, vibrant, precision highlighting and creative writing experience. I love using these to highlight standards in curriculum that I need to include into my classes, or to mark key elements that I need revisit with my students. The Precise Marklighter2 also doesn't bleed through your paper, which is crucial for any teacher who doesn't want to ruin their lesson planner.


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How We Designed Our Home Office:
When I was planning out this office I wanted it to be a space that was aesthetically pleasing for me, but also a place that Derek felt comfortable working in as well. I leaned pretty masculine with the paint colors and furniture choices, and then let my personal style show through in the decor elements.


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We wanted to keep everything pretty simple with the streamlined and minimal furniture. I also hate clutter so we chose a desk that didn't have a lot drawers for things to get lost. We never really had a space to store any of our books that aren't children's books, and love that we now have the bookshelf to house them all!

Home Office Decorating Tips:
For this space we didn't want it to be cluttered with things we wouldn't be using, so we really tried to style it with purposeful items. I think books you already own make the best kind of decor, so we brought in a bunch of our favorites and styled them on the shelves. Then we brought in some plants to bring a little life into the room. Lastly, we grabbed this small globe (because every office needs a globe right?), and some vases to add to the shelf and it was complete!

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I find alternating the sides of the shelf with books on one side, and other items of the other side, and then doing the opposite on the next shelf is a really great way to balance out a bookshelf.

I'm so glad we have this space finished in time for the new school year, and that I'll be able to keep myself organized with help from Pilot Pen. Be sure to add the G2 gel ink pen packs, and the Precise Marklighter2 to your cart on your next trip to Target. When you shop in store you can get 20% off all Precise Pens & Markers from 7/19-7/25, 8/23-8/29, 9/6-9/12. 2) Get 20% off all G2 Pens from 7/19-7/25, 8/30-9/5

Our New Home Tour Video

We got to head over to our new house today to drop off some odds and ends that don't really pack well into boxes. While we were there I decided to make a small low-quality video to share the new house with you. We really don't plan on doing a lot of renovations to this space, but I think fresh paint and inexpensive details like that will go a long way to make it home. 






Since we are spending just about every penny we've made for the last three months to get into this house, we won't be doing anything major anytime soon, but it's always nice to think up and plan some new projects, even if you won't be getting to them right away. I'm excited for our family to thrive in this home and for all the adventures we'll have while we're here. 


This is the home Kinsley will recover from SDR surgery in, and where she'll likely take her very first independent steps. The home where Kyle will be able to run around, have friends over, and just be a kid. When we were over there today dropping things off, Kyle rode his bike with a couple friends up and down the street and it made my heart beat in all the best ways possible. With all that being said, welcome to our new home.



Dark + Moody Home Office Inspiration

We're officially seven days out from moving into the new house and we just got word that due to covid-19, Derek won't be going back to work until at least March 2021. I wish I was making that up, but sadly I'm not. Apparently every-time someone in his office here in Utah gets the virus, the back-to-work date gets pushed back even further. So far three people from his office have gotten it, so we're looking at Derek working from home for a good long while. 

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How Many Rooms in the New House?
Luckily our new house has a lot of extra rooms that we weren't necessarily anticipating needing, but I'm now really glad we have them. I feel a little awkward admitting this, but our new house has six bedrooms. I get that's a lot of space for only four people, but with everything how it is right now, we actually have intended use for each of the rooms. Master bedroom, Kinsley's bedroom, Kyle's bedroom, home office, music/playroom, and then a guest bedroom. We're really grateful to have the space and to be able to spread out this way. 

Where to Put a Home Office?
Okay, back to the home office. This room will be down in the basement, away from where the kids and I will be playing most days, so that Derek can hopefully have peace and quiet while working and not be bothered by the rest of us. I gave Derek two inspiration images for this office. One was dark and moody, and the other was white and bright. He chose the dark and moody, and I was so excited to put together a space that was out of the norm from what we've done in the past. 

High Quality Home Office Furniture:
We're lucky enough to be working with songmics.com who will be sending us the bookshelf and desk for this space. We're really thankful to be working with them and it's a collaboration that's been in the making for a few months now, so it's fun to finally see it coming full circle! 

Derek already has a chair from his office at work, which he can luckily bring to the new house until he needs to bring it back-to-work in March. It's the same style as the one in the picture above.

I've also really loved the idea of having a chair and ottoman in a home office space, and if the kids ever go back to school full-time in the fall, it will be nice for me to sit there and get work done while the kids are at school. Wishful thinking yes, but if I manifest it, it will happen right? 

Decor Ideas for a Modern Home Office Space:
The rest of the pieces in this space are mostly aesthetic. We already have a fiddle leaf fig plant, so it's new home when we move will be down in this office. I found this new plant stand for it at Walmart for only $30, and I love the look of it with the wooden base and ceramic pot together. 

The set of three mountain prints I found on Esty as a digital download for only $7. I'll get them printed at our local Staples or Fedex and then find some inexpensive frames at Target or Ikea and the space will be complete. I'm sure there are little odds and ends and decor that we'll either shop from existing things we already have, or pick-up at Home Goods or Ross when we get to the finishing touches phase, but for now, this is what we're going with. 

Renovation  Plans For the Home Office:
There aren't too many things to change in this space. We are planning on painting the walls a dark navy color (Naval by Sherwin Williams), and then possibly replacing the baseboards to have them match the upstairs of the home. The office does have carpeting that we may take out and replace with a laminate wood look flooring, but that will depend on budget and things when we get to that point. We don't want to do anything too permanent that we might want to change later in this space because we hope that Derek will eventually go back to work some day, and then this space can be another guest bedroom or something else if we get to a point where we don't need it as an office space.

I can't wait to get into our new home and share these spaces with you! Follow along on instagram @thehappyflammily to see all of this come to life in real time!

Kinsley's Bedroom Plan for the New House

We're officially 34 days away from moving and I'm starting to really wrap my mind around the idea that we should be packing soon, but none of it really feels real still. I have been starting to figure out which furniture is going to go where, and what things we're going to need purchase when we get there. 

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I feel like every time we move, we play some variation of musical beds. Kinsley is currently sleeping in Kyle's Queen size bed (that used to be mine and Derek's), and Kyle is in Kinsley's twin size bed. Due to a lot of spastic movements that Kinsley makes in her sleep, we've found that it's just a lot easier to have her in a bigger bed where she can stretch out and move how her body needs. 

The queen size bed that she is currently using is going to take up too much space in her new room so we're giving the queen size bed back to Kyle, and getting Kinsley a full size bed for her room. We'll then have a spare twin bed kicking around... or maybe we'll keep Kyle in the twin and use the queen for a guest bed? We'll figure that out later. 

Kinsley's new room will have mostly the same pieces from her existing space, but we have recently made a couple new purchases, and I wanted to share which bed we picked because it's so cute!

Picture Frame and Print: We had a friend make this water color print for Kinsley when she was born. It says, "though she be but little she is fierce". While my friend does not sell prints anymore, you can get basically the exact same print on etsy here! I love this picture frame from Amazon too! It ads the perfect warmth to the room!

Vintage Antique Brown Full Size Bed: I love the vintage look of this bed, and the brown/rose gold color is so pretty! I saw a similar one almost a year ago that I fell in love with, and I'm so glad we have a practical reason to purchase one now! This rose gold bed frame is under $150, and is the perfect bed to grow with Kinsley throughout her life. 

Puppy Bedding: We just got this puppy printed bedding for Kinsley a few weeks ago and LOVE it! I'm so glad that it's sizing is actually full/queen so we can have it on her bed in the new house! 

Flamingo Light: We've had this flamingo light in Kinsley's room for years now and I still love it! It's such a fun piece and ads a nice pop of color to her room. It also doubles as a great night light that we've used often!

Stuff Animal Storage Bag: Each of our kids have one of these bags in their rooms and I personally love them for stuff animal storage. It doubles as a chair for their bedroom, and makes for cleaning their room a breeze. Shove everything inside, and zip it up... and your room is tidy!

Novelty Pillows: We've had these unicorn, watermelon, tooth, and popsicle pillows for years now and they've held up really well. They're definitely made from China and probably not ethically made, but they're dirt cheap and as sketchy as the website looks, they do ship and actually get to your house!

Ikea Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser: We have one of these dressers in each of the kids bedrooms and I love them so much! They're under $130 at Ikea, they actually look nice (unlike a lot of inexpensive dressers), and we've moved ours each a couple times now and they hold up really well! I cannot recommend them enough! 

Heart Macrame Wall Hanging: We bought this several years ago from a cheap Chinese website. I don't have an exact link anymore, but there are a ton of similar options on Etsy that look identical, and are likely ethically made and supporting a small business owner, which I wish I could say the same about when I bought mine. 

These are the plans for Kinsley's new room! I love that we're basically keeping and using all of what she already has, and are mostly just getting her a new bed and mattress to better fit the space! I love all of these pieces though, so hopefully they'll provide good inspiration for your home!

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Summer 2020 Backyard Preview

After not having a backyard for the kids to play in for an entire year, we're totally taking advantage when we move into our new house in five weeks, and we're going to be outside every single day. One of my favorite things to do with the kids last summer was put them in the kiddie pool and all their favorite toys and just let them play for hours on end. 

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We have a lot of fun, inexpensive, and easy DIY projects planned for the inside of the house, but we really want to take the time to get settled through the rest of the summer, and really just enjoy the backyard space first before we do anything else to the house. We've never really had patio furniture, or a hammock stand for the hammock that we've owned for nine years and have never used, so we're really looking forward to making this outdoor space our own. 

Patio Furniture Set: I love the brown color of this set, and the more modern vibe that it gives off. I also really love that it isn't too expensive, with the entire set coming in at under $400. We won't be making any major purchases before we move into our home, but this will be one of the first things we get! 

Buffalo Plaid Outdoor Rug: We have a large paved patio under our pergola out the back door, and a rug will make the space feel a bit more cozy. I'm a sucker for all things buffalo plaid, and this blue color screams summer! 

Fire Pit: This has been a major house goal in the last two houses we've owned, and we never made it happen. We might not get to it this summer, but I love this one from Home Depot. It's pretty inexpensive, and you can hook up a propane tank to it, so you don't have to worry about having woon on hand!

Hammock Stand: My friend bought Derek and I a hammock from Guatamala nine years ago when we got married, and we've still never used it. I'm getting Derek this stand for Father's Day this year, and for the first time in nine years, we will hammock. 

Kiddie Pool: This is basically the cheapest fun you can buy for your kids all summer, and this will be a top priority once we're moved in. I actually prefer the hard plastic ones from Walmart, but have lined to an inexpensive inflatable one form Target if you're in the market! 

Water Blob: I've wanted to try one of these giant water blobs with the kids for ages and think they look so fun! This one you fill all the way with water and it doubles as a slip n slide, but also sprays water too. I can just imagine Kinsley screaming with joy for hours on this thing. Sorry in advance neighbors. 

Hose: Not the most impressive home purchase, but super necessary for the yard (for toys and otherwise). Word of advice, don't buy the cheapest hose they sell. Derek and I have been burned by many cheap hoses in the past... this is one of the few things in life we splurge on!


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We Bought A House (Again) + Answering Your Questions

In a wild turn of events Derek and I are under contract on a home that we will move into in about six weeks. We honestly had zero intentions of buying another home for a couple more years, and were content to keep renting like I mentioned in our financial goals blog post I wrote a few weeks ago. The reality is that things just fell into place in the most unexpected ways, and that is the story I'm going to tell today.


For a lot different reasons, we were originally planing on trying to rent a single level, single family home when our lease ended here at the end of July. We're currently in a three story townhouse and it's getting difficult to carry Kinsley up and down all the stairs, plus she might be having surgery in the next year, and carrying her up those stairs while going through recovery seems miserable. Also, we'd really love to have a backyard for our dog to poop freely and not have to take him out on the leash several times a day. 

We also really wanted to stay down here in southern Davis County so Kyle could continue going to his private school, and Kinsley could go to her same school without much disruption. A few weeks into quarantine we found out Kinsley's teacher who she was supposed to have for three years wasn't coming back next school year, which made us less dedicated to keeping her in her school because a new teacher is a new teacher. However, we were still wanting to keep Kyle in his school and since I had to drive him every day we were still thinking of staying close so that the drive would be manageable. 

We had been looking at rental options for weeks and weeks and nothing came up that met our one level home with pet criteria. There was one house, but it was going to be demolished in February, so it wasn't a good long term option at all. Even still when I look on Zillow in our current area there isn't anything there. 

Then Derek and I started playing with the idea of "Well what if we bought a house?" and "What if Kyle switched schools one last time and then really never again?" We also didn't have much in terms of a downpayment saved up (we only had 1% saved because we'd been purging basically all our income into student loan payoff for the last year), and didn't really know how that was going to pan out. We had actually looked at using a down payment assistance program in January to possibly buy a home, but the interest rate on the loan would have been almost 6%, which was why we decided to hold off on buying. 

Then I saw a Facebook ad for downpayment assistance programs in Utah and we got connected with a lender who was offering a program to give us 3.5% for a downpayment and a 3.7% interest rate, and the downpayment money didn't have to be paid back as long as we lived in the house for three years. (If we leave the house before 3 years we have to pay back the downpayment money at 8% interest). (For anyone local, I don't know the name of this program, but I can get you in contact with our lender if you're interested.)

So with a loan that was a lot better of a deal than we'd ever had previously, we started cautiously browsing Zillow. Another hurdle was that the Utah market is so crazy that houses go really fast and unless you put an offer on something the second it's listed you likely won't get it. This was an entire other fiasco we didn't want to get into. 

We started looking all over the county at various places we could live, but I kept getting this nagging feeling about Kyle going to a new school and really didn't want to send him somewhere completely new that we knew nothing about. Derek and I agreed at that point that we would either stay down here so he could go to his current school, or move back to Layton so he could go back to the school he went to for Kinder and first grade. We knew we loved that school, and that Kyle had a ton of friends there, so going back would be a really positive thing.

On May 2nd I went to tour a new construction neighborhood down here where we're currently living, but wound up getting locked out of the model home, so then I decided to drive up to Layton and see what some new construction options would be like up there. There weren't any new builds that would be ready before school started in the fall, but after looking on Zillow I noticed one of my friends was selling their house. It had been on the market for 40 days and I thought for sure she'd had an offer at that point. I texted her and she said she'd had no offers and that I could come and look. 

I went over to her house, looked around, and instantly knew we wanted the house. I texted her back and asked if we could have it, but that we couldn't close until July 1st because of our current lease. She said she wasn't in a hurry and that closing then wouldn't be a problem. Within a couple days we'd given her the earnest money, and were officially under contract. 

We had our inspection last week and there was nothing majorly wrong with the home, just the tiny little things that tend to always pop up so that the inspector can write something on the report. It was literally things like painting window wells, move these plants, adjust this gutter, etc... 

It's honestly just insane to me how all the things lined up the way they did. Even since going under contract things have worked out that I've gotten paid for past blog posts that we'd forgotten about, and Derek's pay checks will shake out that we'll have the perfect amount of money for our closing costs without being dirt poor and eating cat food for three months afterwards. 

Pro tip: even if you're doing a downpayment assistance program, you still need money for closing costs, which can be between 2-5% of the price of the house. Derek and I had already had savings for first and last month's rent, and a deposit for a new rental which is what really helped get the ball rolling for the upfront costs... again timing is everything. Just beware that even if you have enough money for 3.5% down on a home, you almost need to double it to cover closing costs. Some sellers will pay the buyer's closing costs, but in Utah the market is so competitive that most do not. 

I asked on Instagram what questions you had about our house, so I'll quickly answer some of them now:

How old is the home? It was built in 2003.

How big is your lot? It's just under a quarter of an acre.

Are you going to be doing major renovations? It is move-in ready which is amazing. We do have dreams of painting home's exterior, inside walls, cabinets, etc... maybe adding some built-ins, but mostly just a lot of painting projects for right now. The carpet I'm assuming is original to the house and is probably ready to be replaced in a couple rooms, which we'll do slowly over time.

How far is the new house from your current house? The home is 20 minutes north from where we live right now.

Can you have roosters on your property? Sorry Karen, we do not want your rooster haha!

What made you pull the trigger? Honestly, if it wasn't for the loan program we got with the amazing interest rate, along with our friends selling their house and it being a super seamless and EASY transaction, we probably would not have bought right now. Buying a house in Utah is not fun, and the idea of throwing in offers on houses that already have seven offers is so daunting. If the process wasn't as easy as it was for us, I doubt we would have done it.

Why are we going back to the area we just moved from? When we decided to look into buying we decided we would either say in the North Salt Lake/Woods Cross/Bountiful area so Kyle could keep going to his current school, and the only exception was going back to Layton for him to be at the school he went to for Kinder and First. All the pieces just aligned well for us to go back to Layton and be in a home we love and can see ourselves in long term.


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Our Christmas Home Tour 2019

I love decorating my house all year long, but fall and Christmas time are by far my favorite seasons to decorate for. There's just something about that last four months of the year right? Sadly when we moved this summer, an entire box of our Christmas decorations went missing. It wasn't an issue of me forgetting that I purged something in an act of minimalism, but real family keepsakes that we can't get back. It was so sad. 

We wound up replacing and getting a few new things this season as a result, and I love how everything turned out and looks, but it's so sad to think some things that we've had since Derek and I got married we'll never get back. 

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The first new things we purchased this year were a new tree, star topper, and tree skirt. Our old star and tree skirt were among the things to go missing, and are some of the things I'm the most sad about losing. We'd had them since our very first married Christmas. This buffalo plaid skirt though is beautiful, and I love the look of it! It was only $14 from Walmart! The wooden star from Amazon is perfect too! 

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Our Christmas garland that we hung on our fireplace in years past was among the missing as well. We replaced it with this one from Target and put it on our TV stand. Everyone is going to be happy when Christmas is over and the TV remote works better. The wood trees on each side of the tree are new as well. The countdown to Christmas is a Target Dollar Spot find from several years ago. We keep it out all year long and switch the holidays. It was probably the best $3 decor I've ever bought. 

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I am so glad that we did not lose our stockings! We bought these the year Kinsley was born, and at the time, it was such a huge investment for us, but I'm so glad we splurged because they're just perfect and will last us our entire lives! I wish I could link to where I bought them, but it was an obscure website five years ago that I'm sure I'll never find again. The stocking holders are old from Target, and the pinecones are new from Walmart this year. 

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I bought a couple new pillow covers for the couch on Amazon for pretty cheap, and love how well they pair with the black plaid we already had!

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Luckily all our pieces for the kitchen table survived the move. This is the same setup we had in our old house and I really love it. I think a centerpiece and placemats help a lot to make a room look put together! 

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We did get a couple new pieces for the kitchen, a room I've never decorated previously. I got the tin house and silent night sign from the Target Dollar Spot, and I love our Mrs Meyers Peppermint candle too! 

Is your house all decorated for Christmas? Do you decorate all the rooms in your home, or just a couple? I'd love to know in the comments below! Hopefully next year if we don't lose any decorations, we can start branching towards bathrooms and other fun spots in the house. 

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3 Little Girls Bedroom Ideas

Putting together little girl's bedrooms can be tricky to make them look cute, but not cheesy. If you need three little girl's bedroom ideas, these ideas can get you started!

We finished putting Kinsley's bedroom together several weeks ago, and since then have added a few new things to the space. It can be hard putting together little girl's bedrooms, because you want the space to look cute without being cheesy. If you're needing some little girls bedroom ideas for a space in your home, these are three things we're currently using that we really love. 


Little Girls Bedroom Ideas:

Love Me Sparkle Tee Pee:

Over the summer Heidi from Love Me Sparkle reached out to me to tell me all about her business making handmade dolls and tee pees, and that she donates 1 item from her shop to a child with special needs or medical diagnosis after every 10 sales. Someone had nominated Kinsley to be one of the children on the receiving end of these donations, and Heidi sent us this beautiful handmade tee pee. It is so well made and fits perfectly in Kinsley's room. She loves hiding and playing in there with her animals, and it's been really fun to see her crawling in and out of it, and hiding from Derek and I all the time. 


A New Stuffed Animal Bean Bag:

We're huge fans of these stuff animal bean bags in our house Kyle has a massive one in his bedroom, and Kinsley had one that was quite a bit smaller. We just upgraded her to this larger size one, and it fits all of her many animals perfectly. I know some people will say to purge animals, and to not buy a bigger bag to accommodate them all, but she has so many from different hospital visits and such, and each on really has a special meaning. Animals are always hard for me to part with, and I love that my kids love them too. 

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A New Harkla Weighted Blanket:

Harkla was one of the companies that had donated a discount code to the Advocating Moms Conference, and reached out to see if I'd like to work with them on my blog. We've been long time fans of weighted blankets in our house, and when I saw they had a ton of affordable options on their website, I knew I had to try one to share with all of you! This blanket is so soft, and both of our kids love the minky fabric! They have blankets for kids and adults of every size. The kids blankets are weighted down with thick batting, and the adult sizes are weighed down with little tiny beads. 

These blankets are already crazy affordable, ranging from $79-$109 depending on the size you get, but you can also use code, "ABILITY-15-FALL-19" at checkout to get an additional 15% off! These will make an awesome Christmas gift this year! 

Have anything you've been loving in your home lately? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below! 

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Kyle's Big Boy Bedroom Tour

We've been working on getting Kyle's bedroom put together for what feels like years now. After being in a rut for so long, we finally hired a Modsy designer a few weeks ago to design the space just how we needed it to be. We needed a queen bed for guests to sleep on, a dresser, a bookshelf, and a desk, but couldn't figure out how to make it all fit in the space. Modsy did an awesome job designing it, but if we bought everything they told us to, we would have spent over $6,500 on this room. It took me another month to hunt down similar options in our budget, but when everything was said and done, we spent under $700 on this space (Some pieces we bought years ago and some new now, it's a collection of things over a long period of time. Putting rooms together is a long process in this house)! We literally spent 10% of what the design team came up with and I love the result so much! 

Doesn't it look so perfect? Sometimes when the kids are in school I come sit in here because it's just so peaceful and visually pleasing. It's the perfect balance of everything we needed, without over crowding the space. 


My very favorite part of this room is the desk. I had told the Modsy designers that we wanted a desk and a bookshelf because Kyle is reading all the time and his books were a complete mess, and I LOVED the low profile design that this desk offered, while still having plenty of room for all of Kyle's books as well. We bought these little giraffe book ends on Amazon to house all the books he owns, and then stacked all his library books right next to it, and I love how it turned out! 

The gray basket on the top shelf is what we used to use to hold his books, but now it just has some loose ends that Kyle has wanted to hold onto. The plant was in our garage from another room in our last house, and his chair is a simple $10 folding chair from Walmart. 


I get asked about the kids dressers all the time! Kyle and Kinsley both have the three drawer Songesand dressers from Ikea. Kinsley's is white, and Kyle's is the brown option.  They are awesome quality, and we've had Kinsley's for over a year now with zero issues, so we knew it would be a great option for Kyle's room too. These are $130 each which is a great price for a dresser, and the quality is amazing. I also love that they look nice, because a lot of Ikea's dressers aren't my style, but these are really great. 

The cactus light on his dresser actually came as a set with the flamingo light that is on Kinsley's dresser. I love that they came in a set and that each kid as one of the lights. The gold lamp is mostly for show and we've literally never put a lightbulb in it. The picture frames were from Amazon, and we just printed some pictures from our California trip to put in them since they'd been blank for over a year now. Finally, his macrame was the last piece to complete this space, and we'd found it for about $6 on jane.com.

One thing I loved about Modsy was all the little details it gave you for a space. My designs had a blue storage cube ottoman like this on it, with an orange animal on top, but the ottoman and the animal they told me to get were literally over $200. I found this identical ottoman on Amazon for $20, and we purchased this moose from Ikea when Kyle was a newborn, so it was fun to put this little detail together for a fraction of the cost. 



The final highlight of this space was Kyle's new Beddy's Bedding. We've been wanting to try them for years, and I was so thrilled when they gifted us a set for Kyle's room. I love that they're all handmade by local women in our community, the quality is amazing, and Kyle can make his bed on his own in about 30 seconds. 

The blankets and fitted sheet are all attached together by a zipper on each side of the bedding, and fit over your mattress like a glove. I love this bedding because Kyle's bed is positioned right next to a wall, so making his bed with a traditional blanket meant I was breaking my fingers everyday trying to get his blanket in between the bed and the wall. Now Kyle just unzips the side of the bed he's sleeping on, and then zips it back up in the morning when he wakes up... and I get to keep all the flesh on my hands. 


I also really love that Kinsley can zip the bedding up really easily too. There aren't many chores she can do around the house with her physical disabilities, but Beddy's makes it so that even kids who have a harder time doing simple tasks can be involved in the house keeping process too. They were kind enough to give me a discount code, and you can use code FLAMM20 to get  20% off your purchase! 

I seriously love how this space turned out, and I'm so glad to have this entire house that we're living in right now completely put together and settled so that we can just enjoy it for the next nine months that we'll be here!

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Fall 2019 Home Tour

I love decorating for holidays and various seasons throughout the year. When we lived in Georgia I had decorations for practically every holiday, and I loved it so much. When we moved back to Utah we'd gotten rid of so many of those pieces, and we've slowly been rebuilding the collection since. I love how things turned out in our home this fall, and I'm not only excited to show you how we decorated, but this is the first real peek that I've given of our new living/dinning/kitchen areas, so this mini tour feels extra special in that regard too. 

First up, we have our TV area. Our TV stand was an awesome Walmart find. I painted these white bottles almost four years ago for this old fall home tour. We stuck some fun orange leaves in them, and placed our holiday countdown blocks from the Target Dollar Spot in the middle, and called this section good! Next to the TV we have our dog kennel. A brand had sent me that big fluffy plaid pumpkin a couple years ago, and I thought it was perfect for this spot! 


One thing my mom did when decorating for the holidays was display some holiday themed picture books on the coffee table. This is definitely something I want our kids to remember from their childhood, and so I try and remember to do this as much as possible. 




Our bookshelf behind our couch is by far my favorite part of our fall decor! It's just so bright, fun and clean! The centerpiece with the mason jars was from this Dollar Tree DIY post I did last week. We had these tin buckets from a summer blog post we'd done a year ago, and I decided to fill them with some plastic pumpkins I'd grabbed at Hobby Lobby last year. It's all super simple and inexpensive, but super cute! 

This is the first time I've ever put decor on our kitchen counters, and I'm questioning all my life decisions, because I love having the counters decorated so much! I got this white cake stand from the Target Dollar Spot over the summer, and the glass pumpkins were from Dollar Tree this year! 



The wood tray in the middle of the island is from the Target Dollar Spot as well, and the metal jar holder is from Amazon. Each season I've gotten new flowers from Dollar Tree to put into these jars, and it gives it such a fun and festive look! 

Last we have our dinning table. I got this centerpiece and the placemats from TJ Maxx last year, and I was so glad to see that they survived the move and held up in storage for a year! I started putting placemats on our table last fall and I love the look of them so much! They protect the wood of the table from kids banging forks and spoons, but also still lets you see the beautiful wood underneath. I'm never going back to tablecloths ever again, I promise! 

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Fall Plants (dollar tree)
Chairs

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