A Mini Home Tour

People ask me all the time where I got some of the things they see in my photos I post. I decided to make a mini home tour post giving you the links of where to find some of our things!!

One of the first things we did to the exterior of our home after we built it was add garage door brackets. We still need to remove the original handle and fill the hole, but you can see what a difference they make! Loving that carriage house look, and its a super CHEAP and simple upgrade that makes a big difference! You can get the kit here.

My husband is the ultimate Pinterest master WHEN I can borrow him to do things! I stumbled upon Whitney Hansen's GORGEOUS DIY electric fireplace blog, and fell in love!

He started with building the sides first.

Then he moved the tv up and then framed in the fireplace. Our TV is on an adjustable tilt wall mount bracket which is really nice we can tilt it downwards, if you are purchasing one be sure to get the one that fits your TV size as they are based on weight. We used wooden panels to go with our farmhouse look! We have a bunch left over to use on our bedroom project (turning a huge Victorian fireplace mantel into a head board. we will use the panels to go in the open space!)

Okay and I have to give you all a sneak peak at my massive mantel! I am refinishing it with a shabby chic distressed white look. I found this at a local thrift store for $99!!!!!!!!!

Here is the look I am going for, instead of doing the tufted upholstery, I want to put the planks there! Ok anyways, back to the fireplace....

Buying the right type of fireplace is very important. You have to make sure that the vents face outwards and not upwards or behind. We use our fireplace as back up heat on a generator when the power goes out. It does a really good job at keeping the living room area warm. It has different heat settings, as well as the option to just have the fire without the heat for looks. It is SUPER cozy we use it almost daily during the winter/fall nights just for looks! It is recessed so it is perfect for this project as it has a ledge that sits back after you make the hole to place it in! You can find our exact fireplace here, it is 50" long, and we did this to be the same size as our television.

Behind one side of our couch, I bought a 60" crown molding mantel shelf. The shelf is notched on the top which makes it perfect for picture frames so they don't slide off! They come in many different sizes!

Our couch throw pillow covers came in a set of 4. (I wasn't too fond of the yellow and black, so I have that one put away in a closet.)

Although not exactly the same, here is a link to a similar "home" throw pillow you see sitting next to our pup!

We tried several times to add a coffee table, but it just was too bulky and hard to move around for the kids to play. I found this tufted ottoman, and it as the ultimate jackpot! It opens up so you can store extra blankets, remotes, etc.... and we added a tray to the top, so if we want to set a drink down we can.

It took me a while to find a nice big rug that wasn't too busy, but nice and bold! I really like the grey with the teal and navy. You can find this same rug here.

The tray on the ottoman works out well, it is also nice because you can move it around as needed!