Kids' Bathroom Flip

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If you're an Instagram follower, you'll know that I actually wrapped up this Kids' Bathroom makeover a few months ago! I'm excited to finally get the details your way. Much like our Master Bedroom…

Master Bedroom Makeover

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I enjoy decorating and all things home design. My husband is no longer surprised by coming home to a new furniture rearrangement or seeing the things on the walls constantly changing around our home.…

6 Rugs from Amazon I'm Loving

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I love how much a great rug can change the look and feel of a space. I recently updated all of the rugs on our living space and wanted to share with you 6 affordable rugs from Amazon I'm loving! Since…

Mantel Makeover 2.0

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  If you didn't figure it out from the picture, we recently updated our fireplace and mantle. I could not be happier with how it turned out. I had no idea how much this update would change…
A carbon monoxide scare that hit a little too close to home.

A Carbon Monoxide Scare that Hit Close to Home

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A Rude Awakening It was Friday morning around 6am that my sister and her husband woke up to a strange alarm going off in their home. Both were a little foggy and disoriented by the early-morning…

An Easy Way to Update a Sliding Door Blind

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Here is an easy update I made on our home that has made a HUGE difference. In the big downstairs room, we have sliding doors that walk out to our back yard. While I love this about our home I did NOT…
How to Refinish an Old Lamp

How to Refurbish an Old Lamp

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It's high time I introduce you to my dad. Although a former U.S. Marshal, I've always known him to be an artist and innovator at heart. From photographer to writer to architect/builder of our childhood…

Five Ways to Make Your House Less Desirable to Thieves

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Guest posting for us today is my good friend, Ashley. As you will read in her post, she has learned some tough life lessons that she wanted to pass on. As a small town (and slightly naive) girl myself,…

Life Hack: How to Hang Perfectly Level Decor on Walls

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Since all of our big projects are pretty much done in our new house, I've gotten to work on some decorating. I wish SO MUCH that I had known about this little life hack on hanging pictures a long time…

Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

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As you've probably gathered by now, we have done some major work on our kitchen. As I've been talking to friends about it, some have bravely asked how much we spent. Something in me gets a little…

Before and Afters of my New Home

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I love taking before and after shots. As we've been plowing through the house projects at our new home, I've managed to keep my camera handy and snap some shots of the progress. Here is a rundown of some…

Painting Oak Cabinets

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One of the biggest changes you can make in your kitchen that will give you bang for your buck is updating oak cabinets. It's a lot of work but totally worth it. As you can see in the before pictures…

Life is Getting CRAAAAAZY

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A few weeks back I announced that we were selling our house and buying a new one. Friends, God has been so gracious to us through this whole process. I can't believe how smoothly it has gone. Seriously.…

Where Has Polly Been?

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Because I schedule my posts a few days or even weeks ahead of time, you probably haven't noticed that I haven't been around the blog for the past week or so. Why is this, you may ask? Let me send you on…

Jaw-Dropping, DIY Nursery Decor

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My dear sister is due to have their first baby ANY day now. Poor gal has been instructed to say at home and simply wait. Talk about a long couple of days! She's had a great attitude through her entire…

Wood Pallet Makeover

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When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation.…

Free Printable: Weekly Menu Planner

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Here it is. Thriving Home's very first original printable: A Weekly Meal Planner! It's fitting that our first printable would be a weekly meal planner since it's pretty obvious we love menu planning…

It Works! How to Remove a Broken Lightbulb with a Potato

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We are all about using natural, whole foods around here at Thriving Home. Even when it comes to home maintenance. OK, not really. But this was the case with a broken lightbulb that we couldn't remove…

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

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This spring, I received a very special gift from my parents who were moving--FIVE BLUEBERRY BUSHES from their backyard! These bushes are about three years old, so they are already producing quite a…

10 Tips for Throwing a Successful Yard Sale

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I don't know if I should admit this but I associate spring time with garage sales. As the snow (finally) melts away, I have begun to see more and more sale signs popping up on Fridays and Saturdays. This…

DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

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With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room…

Advice From a Realtor: Seven Steps to Take Before Selling Your Home

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We're excited to have our friend and experienced realtor, Kim Schwartz, guest posting for us today. Kim has proven to be a valuable resource to myself, Rachel, and lots of our friends in not only finding…

Hospitality Tips and Tricks for Hosting Groups of People

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I've often been told that I have "the gift of hospitality." Whether this is true or not, almost anything I learned about hosting groups most likely came from my mother. She is the queen when it comes to…

Decorating Tip: Another Use for Painters Tape!

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I love to change our home decor up and move things around. In the early days of living in our house, I cut corners when hanging things on our walls and didn't used the plastic anchors that hold the screws…