From the Front Porch

Happy Thursday from the front porch, you guys! How was your week? We hope it’s been peace filled and productive as we begin to celebrate all the good things coming in the month of May.

This week has been all about finishing up the last-minute details of the bedroom makeover so that we finish strong for the One Room Challenge.  I’m so thankful we decided not to include the closet as part of the Challenge because there is no way we would have made it!

It took working most of the weekend and this week, but we finally finished the headboard, the curtains and the panels for the bed crown.  I swear making that first cut is THE scariest part of the entire process.  We wound up using 16 yards of fabric and I was literally sweating when I had to cut the fabric for the time.

My Mom came over on Monday to put a few flower arrangements together, to be an extra set of hands and to help me troubleshoot a few details so that we’re completely in order for the final staging and reveal pictures.  This is what is looks like when we get through moving and trying everything ha ha

We went shopping for accessories and found these fun pieces.  I thought that white piece that looked like a trophy was an urn but thankfully it turned out to be a bank.

While we were pulling all the elements for the bed linens together, the monogrammed sheets I had been saving since January wound up not working due to the placement of the monogram.  I ran all over town looking for a quick replace and spotted these cute farmhouse style sheets at Target.

Watching this week

I finally sat down to watch Brene’ Brown’s documentary The Call to Courage on Netflix Safter hearing so much about it and it did not disappoint! It’s very conversational so it has some salty language in it but other than that it was really good.

A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…

* This designer shares the story of losing her Malibu home to the Woosley fire. Its equal parts moving and heartbreaking.

* The Letter Project is already on my summer list of goals. If you have a heart to encourage and support women  be sure to check it out!

* Have you guys seen the interiors of this 18th century rectory yet? They’re such a pretty representation of classic English style.

*Love this post, The Ultimate Productivity Hack is Saying No.

*This back patio makeover is gorgeous and has me all kinds of excited for summer.

* If you love cottage gardens don’t miss this one at Gresgarth Hall. It’s full of inspiration!

*After spending almost two months on and off with hives, this post 5 Skincare Combinations to Avoid was super helpful.

* 10 Free Things That Instantly Improve & Freshen Your Home

* This bathroom makeover is simple and sophisticated. I love a good before and after!

Quote of the week & Free Printable…

On the Menu this Week…

**(Just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)**

*Week of May 6 – May 12

Monday– Grilled Fish with Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Feta and Pine Nuts 

TuesdayChicken Pozole Verde

WednesdaySpring Detox Cauliflower Salad

Thursday20-Minute Chow Mein 

FridayBlack Bean Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries

Saturday30-Minute Seafood Arrabbiata

Sunday– Use these recipes to plan your Mother’s Day meal.

Sweet Treat to Try this Week…

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana “Ice Cream” Cups

Here are a few Mother’s Day Getaway inspired finds we spotted on Amazon this week…

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Glass Water Bottle

Rainbow PJs (multiple prints available)

Mary Kay Andrews Book (book release date May 7, 2019)

Striped Dress (multiple colors available)

Weekend Vibes Tote (Brunch & Escape Totes also available)

Pendent Necklace (B, E, & K also available)

Makeup Wash Cloths

Jade Roller (pair with Vitamin C serum for an easy gift)

Camera Bundle

If you’ve missed anything on the blog lately, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…


An Easy Way to Polish Vintage Trophies 

Kentucky Derby Tablescape

One Room Challenge Week 5: Adding Gold Accents to a French Farmhouse Dresser

Breakfast in Bed Picnic for Mother’s Day(from the archives)

If you’ve missed this week’s ORC participants, you can find them all here

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge 

If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge we’re completing Week 18, the Living Roomand looking forward to working on Week 19, Household Books & Magazines.

I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend.  We have a fun weekend planned as we celebrate the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, watch the new Avengers movie (have you guys seen it yet?) and gear up for Mother’s Day.

We’ll also be putting the last little touches together for the bedroom makeover.  I have a few things to pick up today and I’m set to meet my Mom for some shopping tomorrow.  It’s coming together so much better than I could have imagined!

Whatever you have planned I hope it’s something you’re excited about too.  I can’t wait to see you back here next week. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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One Comment

  1. Another wonderful weekly wrap! We are sitting on pins and needles – so excited for your bedroom reveal! Enjoy your shopping time with Mom – and your festive weekend. We will be celebrating Jenn and her birthday as well as a Derby Party! Much love!!

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