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A picture of our finished downstairs living room.

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Our Brick Fireplace Makeover

I’m sharing our brick fireplace makeover. What was once a really dated fireplace, is now updated and fresh thanks to paint and new trim work. Even though you’ve seen several finished pictures of our brick fireplace makeover, I wanted to share the process of how we got here. If I’m honest, of all the rooms […]

I’m sharing our brick fireplace makeover. What was once a really dated fireplace, is now updated and fresh thanks to paint and new trim work. Even though you’ve seen several finished pictures of our brick fireplace makeover, I wanted to share the process of how we got here. If I’m honest, of all the rooms […]

A picture of our fall fireplace mantel.

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Decorating Our Mantel For Fall

I’ve been busy decorating our mantel for fall and I’m sharing all about it below! After many, many years of not having a mantel to decorate for fall, I now have one. Just typing that sentence is exciting. We’ve been working hard to get our downstairs living room finished, and the biggest project on the […]

I’ve been busy decorating our mantel for fall and I’m sharing all about it below! After many, many years of not having a mantel to decorate for fall, I now have one. Just typing that sentence is exciting. We’ve been working hard to get our downstairs living room finished, and the biggest project on the […]

A picture of our living room and the new rug.

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Our New Living Room Rug

Today I’m sharing all about our new living room rug and how much we are enjoying this fun living room change! A few weeks ago I shared that we were getting a new rug in our living room. After several years of having a jute rug in our living room spaces (I think I bought […]

Today I’m sharing all about our new living room rug and how much we are enjoying this fun living room change! A few weeks ago I shared that we were getting a new rug in our living room. After several years of having a jute rug in our living room spaces (I think I bought […]

A Big Living Room Refresh by The Wood Grain Cottage

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A Big Living Room Refresh

If there was one room in our home that just felt… bleh… it was our living room. It just didn’t seem to be working for us, no matter what I tried, and there were so many different elements that needed addressed. We needed a big living room refresh to get the room back on track, […]

If there was one room in our home that just felt… bleh… it was our living room. It just didn’t seem to be working for us, no matter what I tried, and there were so many different elements that needed addressed. We needed a big living room refresh to get the room back on track, […]

Fall Living Room and Entry by The Wood Grain Cottage

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Fall Living Room & Entry

I’m slow to the house decorating scene this year, but today’s post is all about our fall living room and entry! I’ve really wanted to change things up in our home. We’ve had everything the same way for so long, it was starting to feel a little bit stale to me. I recently took a trip […]

I’m slow to the house decorating scene this year, but today’s post is all about our fall living room and entry! I’ve really wanted to change things up in our home. We’ve had everything the same way for so long, it was starting to feel a little bit stale to me. I recently took a trip […]

Living Room Shelving: Before & After by The Wood Grain Cottage

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Living Room Shelving: Before & After

A while back I shared the new shelving in our living room. It’s made such a big difference to the room, and our entire house really. Having such an open floor plan can often make it a little bit difficult to really separate certain “rooms” when everything is so open to one another. The key is […]

A while back I shared the new shelving in our living room. It’s made such a big difference to the room, and our entire house really. Having such an open floor plan can often make it a little bit difficult to really separate certain “rooms” when everything is so open to one another. The key is […]

New Living Room Shelving by The Wood Grain Cottage

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New Living Room Shelving & A Giveaway!

I’ve been really anxious to give our living room a little bit of a makeover lately. It’s the one room in the house that I’ve never put my entire focus into. I’ve really been craving a fresh look for the space, and something that flows with the rest of the house. Enter in these new furniture […]

I’ve been really anxious to give our living room a little bit of a makeover lately. It’s the one room in the house that I’ve never put my entire focus into. I’ve really been craving a fresh look for the space, and something that flows with the rest of the house. Enter in these new furniture […]

The How & Why Of Combining Different Wall Treatments by The Wood Grain Cottage

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Combining Board & Batten With Planked Walls

We’ve been working on adding custom finishing touches to our home since we built it 4 years ago. We’ve updated much of lighting, built a bench for our breakfast nook, and added board and batten and plank walls throughout the house. In my opinion, the biggest and most custom changes have come from the board […]

We’ve been working on adding custom finishing touches to our home since we built it 4 years ago. We’ve updated much of lighting, built a bench for our breakfast nook, and added board and batten and plank walls throughout the house. In my opinion, the biggest and most custom changes have come from the board […]

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Framed Farm Sacks

These framed farm sacks are the perfect way to add unique character to your home! They’re not only perfect as artwork, but they hold a special meaning of the past. See how easy it is to frame them for wall art! I can’t even tell you how long I have been on the hunt for old […]

These framed farm sacks are the perfect way to add unique character to your home! They’re not only perfect as artwork, but they hold a special meaning of the past. See how easy it is to frame them for wall art! I can’t even tell you how long I have been on the hunt for old […]

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Black French Doors

A lot of projects and things I do here on the blog all happen spontaneously. I do have an editorial calendar, and I try to follow it as closely as possible for scheduling, but there are some projects that happen on their own, and without being scheduled in. Painting our french doors black was one […]

A lot of projects and things I do here on the blog all happen spontaneously. I do have an editorial calendar, and I try to follow it as closely as possible for scheduling, but there are some projects that happen on their own, and without being scheduled in. Painting our french doors black was one […]

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Summer Living Room Shelving

When I shared our summer home tour a few weeks ago, I completely forgot to include pictures of our living room shelving!  I guess I was way too excited to show you a few other things, like my grandma’s dish set. I love that set! 😀 A while back I decided to switch up a […]

When I shared our summer home tour a few weeks ago, I completely forgot to include pictures of our living room shelving!  I guess I was way too excited to show you a few other things, like my grandma’s dish set. I love that set! 😀 A while back I decided to switch up a […]

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Living Room Wood Chandelier

I’m sure by now you know we have a thing for wood…. And I’m sure you also know that I love the combination of white and wood. It does all sorts of silly things to me, like giving me heart palpitations… We’ve also been slowly working on our living room. Emphasis on slowly. But, as […]

I’m sure by now you know we have a thing for wood…. And I’m sure you also know that I love the combination of white and wood. It does all sorts of silly things to me, like giving me heart palpitations… We’ve also been slowly working on our living room. Emphasis on slowly. But, as […]

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Living Room Reading Corner

I’ve always wanted a cozy spot to read. To me, that could be one of the simplest things in life. But also one of the best. I love to escape in a good book, and sometimes that’s the only way I can rejuvenate myself after a long day or week. That’s why I’m so excited […]

I’ve always wanted a cozy spot to read. To me, that could be one of the simplest things in life. But also one of the best. I love to escape in a good book, and sometimes that’s the only way I can rejuvenate myself after a long day or week. That’s why I’m so excited […]

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How To Install Board & Batten

See how to install board & batten in this easy to follow tutorial. We share our process and several helpful tips and tricks. A week before our Christmas home tour, I decided to sweet talk my hubby into doing Board & Batten on our living room walls…. I just knew they would look perfect (which […]

See how to install board & batten in this easy to follow tutorial. We share our process and several helpful tips and tricks. A week before our Christmas home tour, I decided to sweet talk my hubby into doing Board & Batten on our living room walls…. I just knew they would look perfect (which […]

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Living Room Wall Sneak Peek

Hi there! I’m just popping in today to wish all my U.S. friends a very Happy Thanksgiving! Anthony and I have been so busy working on projects around the house, including a wall treatment in our living room. I’ve wanted to spend more time on our living room since we’ve moved in and I was […]

Hi there! I’m just popping in today to wish all my U.S. friends a very Happy Thanksgiving! Anthony and I have been so busy working on projects around the house, including a wall treatment in our living room. I’ve wanted to spend more time on our living room since we’ve moved in and I was […]

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