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7 Friendsgiving Tips + Paleo Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Dec 16, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, Real Food, Snacks + Sweets, The Home | 2
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I guess “Friendsgiving” has been a thing for a while now. This year we finally decided to jump on the bandwagon. I mean what’s better than a second Thanksgiving dinner, friends, and games? As you will notice, we happened to pull this off two weeks before Christmas – (AFTER TURKEY DAY) but there’s no rules, right? TIP #1: NO RULES.  Do whatever is comfortable and do what is “you”! Over “pinteresting” will depress & demotivate! So we sent an invite out to some dear friends, coordinated who brought what festive dish, and got to decorating and party planning. As the host we did the turkey, and made a pie for fun, everyone else pitched in to bring a marvelous spread of sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries,hors d’oeuvre, and of course LOTS of desserts! By the way, I made THISRead more …

Harvest Brown #9

Dec 11, 2015 | Posted by in BP Recommends, The Home | 0
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Gather. A word encapsulating what “Harv” is all about, and a wonderful phrase to celebrate Harvest Sale #9 in Becker,MN. Throughout the season Pat gathers hidden treasures near and far. As the sale draws near, fierce  gathering within her own home, staging, beautifying, preparing, and harvesting for the nearing rush of enthusiastic buyers. Ask any onlooker or customer during the three day sale what gather means to them – they would tell you how impressed they are with the kinds of people that gather to the event. Forget rude Black Friday crowds cutting you off in the parking lot and turning up their noses as they scurry to the sale racks. This folk’s a different kind. Nostalgia and the smell of fresh coffee linger in the air. Each unique piece beckons for attention and awe. Conversation is rich between oldRead more …

5 Affordable Kitchen Updates

Jul 30, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0
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We are at the one year mark in our home. One year of remodeling, dust, paint on my hands, paint in my hair, paint on my clothes, sledgehammers, nail guns, more dust and every tool imaginable gracing every square inch. Which is why, I am SO thrilled to share with you our 5 affordable kitchen update ideas that we implemented! Granted, some of which were only made possible by my handy husband. While others offer H U G E impact for a little time & money. We are very pleased on how it come together. Of course, homes are always a work in progress, but it finally feels “post worthy” and ready to serve in your kitchen quandaries. The first and greatest decision we made was to tear down this sucker wall that separated our kitchen and living room. ItRead more …

The Chelsea Chair

Jul 9, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 1
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Meet “Chelsea”. She started off as a shy recluse hiding in a muddle of junk at a thrift shop. Daily folks passed her by without a second glance, her beauty muted and long forgotten. My eyes sparkled with joy when I saw her, and her potential soared when I took a sit and discovered she was as sturdy as ever. I took her home, put some elbow grease into striping the varnish finish on the wood frame, and christened her with “color” in none else than… WHITE! Now she sits prominently in our living room – prestige and glory restored. I don’t know why I dubbed this chair “Chelsea”, because it sounds like a cheery and strong name. Appropriate for this chair’s brand new lease on life! I was quite pleased with this discovery, you are welcome to come haveRead more …

Dresser Makeover

Jun 3, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0
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Benefits of summer include finding garage sales out on runs, hence, this killer dresser I spotted last week during my regular “loop”. Fellow thrifters understand, NEEDING something is not a prerequisite to look.  Consistent scavenging leads to the treasures. Consistent thrifting also builds up self-control to pass “good”, and wait for the great. I am NOT about collecting junk! My personal motto is if it doesn’t have a function, it’s gotta get. Since my husband was in need of more dresser space, this little find fit the bill. Here she was, staring back at me. Tired, old, and in need of TLC. I took her home, used leftover Rustoleum Transformation Kit I recently used for my cabinets, and mustered strength for elbow grease… I thoroughly cleaned &  prepped all surfaces, inside of drawers, and removed all hardware. After debating purchasingRead more …

Temporary White Statement Wall

Nov 7, 2014 | Posted by in The Home, Thrifted | 0
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Do you have an awkward wall in your home? We do! I cannot wait to post the “home tour” when our home is complete! Until then we are living on one level of our home while our downstairs gets completely revamped. Patience. Breath in, breath out. Thanks for bering with us during the dusty, unorganized journey. This particular wall separates the kitchen from the living room. We started by painting it from a deep red to white. FRESH. After a big sigh of relief with the fresh white wall , the blank wall was staring at me crying for some direction. SInce this is not a permanent solution, I went for cheap! I already had several frames in which I took out the glass and back boards. I picked up a few more from a thrift shop. I also sprayRead more …

Antique Iron Chandy

Oct 26, 2014 | Posted by in The Home, Thrifted | 0
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  SCORE! This light was brand new, never opened, and a rusty red color. I snatched this light so fast determined it would make a great entry way light. Yeah….too big. After I put it together, and spray painted it black of course we realized we don’t currently have a place for it. Two words, up-sell. Click HERE for the Craigslist Ad where this is for sale. Have you thrifted any neat lights lately?   Always Inspired,   bp

Coco Office Chair

Oct 23, 2014 | Posted by in DIY, The Home, Thrifted | 0
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I think this chair is very “Coco Channel” in the most thrifty way possible of course. I snagged another lifeless chair at a thrift shop, barraged it with gold spray paint, and found the cutest fabric at the same shop. A soft pink with a slight sparkle.   Another plus, it goes up and down, and works great in my new office.   Always Inspired,   bp