Tuesday, February 19, 2019

our flip has been staged

Ah, the power of staging. You will see why it is so important to stage a home for sale simply by looking at the photos below.

This is the master bedroom, walk in closet, and master bath. This bedroom was down to the studs when we, Thompson Design + Build, got our hands on it. But it had potential! A fireplace in the bedroom? Dreamy. I immediately envisioned a big comfy window seat next to it for relaxing and reading. I loved seeing my vision come to life. 

Let's start with the before, which you can read all about here as well as see the products we used.

After construction:

And after staging:

Pretty great right? Soothing colors, lots of sumptuous pillows, etc. will show the potential buyer how much furniture can fit in the space, placement ideas, and the overall feel of the room.

This is a room I could feel right at home in!

The opposite side of the room is the master bathroom and closet.


We created three rooms within this space. A closet, the master bathroom, and toilet room.

The kitchen once looked like this: {for product sources we used click here}

 After we finished construction:

And all staged for sale:

And the guest/kids bathroom just down the hall started out looking like this:

After staging:

I am actually a little sad to be finished with this project, it has been so much fun. We worked over there many days, and seeing it all come together has been very rewarding.

I sourced out as many of the products I could if you are interested, just click on the links below.

And, if you are in need of a remodel or spruce up, please fill out the contact page on our website and we will be in touch.

Thanks for following along and taking this journey with us!

Framed abstract art, click here.

Faux fur pillows on bed, click here.

Knit pillow on window seat, click here.

Island lighting, click here.

Dining chairs, set of 2, click here.

Master bathroom barn door, click here.

Living room sofa, click here.

Living room chairs, click here.

If you would like any other sources, please leave your requests in the comments section!


Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday favorites & sale alerts

This week has been a week like no other. Snow, snow, and more snow. 

So I have spent a lot of time getting my retail therapy online, since I can't drive anywhere.

This table is a great price point. I am thinking about getting it for my basement actually. Stay tuned for that!

Speaking of tables with a modern look, I think the price point on this is great as well and it has a really cool high end look. I am considering it for our living room.

This is a must have for your kitchen decor!

I am still obsessing over this home tour, an oldie but a goodie.

Pottery Barn is already thinking Spring!

I love these lamps and am considering them for Savannah's new room.

I also just ordered this lamp and am contemplating getting two. With the hefty price tag though, I am starting out with just one to see if it lives up to my expectations! I have been looking at it for literally a couple years now. 

I will be using this under the chair rail in Savannahs room {in grey} This is the same product we used on the ceiling in our office.

This might be the best love story ever, besides my own of course, haha. 

How about some weekend sales? Click on the store name to take you there! 

And I will leave you with that! 

I hope everyone had a great Valentines Day, and I will see you next Friday for more of my Friday favorites.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

the best healthy blueberry muffins

These are possibly the best "healthy" muffins I have ever made. 

I hope you try these if you are doing the Whole 30, or are living a Paleo lifestyle. Even if you aren't, please try these, they are that good!

Most low carb, low sugar, no flour muffin recipes have always turned out flat to me. Flat in texture and flat in shape. 

But these might be the best healthy blueberry muffins I have ever tried. 

If you are looking for the ingredient Erythritol, I buy mine here. I have also used this and it tastes delicious too. 

Be sure to pin this recipe so you can easily access it later.

Yield: 8

Healthy Blueberry Muffins {paleo/whole 30}

prep time: 10 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F . Line a muffin pan with liners or spray generously with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour, erythritol, baking powder and salt.
  3. Mix in the melted coconut oil, almond milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Fold in the blueberries. Top with additional blueberries.
  4. Distribute the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

5 art solutions for large walls

I had a reader reach out asking for ideas for decorating and filling up large bare walls. I love being able to help readers come up with solutions, so let's tackle this subject shall we?

Sometimes filling up a big wall doesn't even have to be artwork related. You can fill up a portion of a large wall space with something tall and vertical such as a plant or a piece of furniture as Emily Henderson did here.



Or choose a large piece of furniture to fill up a big blank space. 


Consider picture ledges to prop all your artwork up. It makes it fun to swap things out often during holidays, etc. Photo source from here. 


Hang an architectural piece, or something with a lot of dimension. I love using JuJu hats for these applications. Photo source.  

We have one hanging over our bed which you can see here.


Gallery walls are a great way to fill up a big wall and make an impact. You can go with all black and white photos in black frames for a simple look, or go for a more eclectic look with a mix of frames, colors, and materials. 

In our living room I made a clean grid using frames just like these. 

I actually have a gallery wall Pinterest board here if you'd like to take a peek.

Hopefully this helps if you are in the same dilemma on trying to fill up wall space.
I hope you are having a great day!


Monday, February 11, 2019

campfire cocktail recipe

I have a yummy winter cocktail recipe for you today. 
The presentation of it is so cute too, perfect for a winter gathering with friends!

It's a creamy drink that tastes like smores complete with a roasted marshmallow on top!

I like to serve with Molasses Gingersnap cookies!

Yield: 1

Campfire Cocktail


  • Mix 1 ounce Vodka with 2 ounces of Baileys Irish Cream, and 2 ounces of whole milk or cream in a shaker with ice. 
  • Shake well.
  • Line the rim of your glass with hershey's chocolate syrup and dip quickly into crushed graham cracker crumbs.
  • Pour into glass and top with a roasted marshmallow. 


  1. Enjoy!
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