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  • Welcome!…

    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

Home Tour…

DIY painted mantle
DIY painted built-ins
Curtains & DIY hardware

And in the fall: 

DIY Countertops
DIY Kitchen Make-over Before & After

Staircase DIY
Wall Collage

Paint updates before & afters
Final touches
Buffet furniture piece re-do
Wall collage

1st re-do
2nd re-do w/ new hardwood floors

Paint updates

Paint updates



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My Home Office Space | Before & After…

Boy has this space transformed over the last two years!  There were some updates done w/ new curtains in this post, and then an update of paint color here.  Office chevron rug from:  I was worried it would be too pastel of a blue for my liking, like the website shows, but the color couldn’t have been more perfect.  It matched perfectly w/ my office & front sitting room wall color.

Since I spend a lot of time in this area editing & working on client orders, as well as being completely open to the front entry way and rest of our home, it needed to be updated.. badly:) The newly finished diy buffet piece adds great character to the space. 

I have plans for a new desk in the mix… Here are some hints.. custom, shabby chic, diy;)

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New Hardwood Floors!…

If you’ve been following our debacle w/ our hardwood floors, then you realize how happy this post makes me.  As much as this is gonna feel like peeling off a bandaid, it’s gotta be done.. Let’s revisit the horrid wood floors before..
EEEK!  I hope you’re not scared off… Let’s move on to some better scenery, shall we?  Is is wrong for me to wish all that yellowed, worn out oak good riddance? lol  Talk about a drastic before & after!

The new hardwood is 5in planks by Armstrong, called Brown Bear.  The distressed, hand scraped feel is absolutely beautiful in person.  This was literally the very first thing my husband & I talked about doing when we walked through this home.  Still a couple final touches (quarter round & small banister down to basement) to do, but overall we’re almost done!
Entry way rug from:

Do you remember this mock image that I did?  I took the image into PhotoShop and “painted” the floors dark & banisters…
The vision is coming to life!
We thought we would replace the banisters all together, and go w/ a dark stain along the top rail, spindles white, and shoe runner dark, but I decided to take a chance to paint them all white first to see how it would look.  Figured that we would replace them anyhow if we didn’t like the outcome… I’m SO glad I did!  I used my newest favorite way of painting, using homemade chalk paint..

It really brightens the area, and flows w/ the overall feel of our home..

Lots of projects, as always, but we’re loving how it’s transformed our house into a home:)

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