Fixer Upper Friday---Hallway Guitar Gallery Wall

Fixer Upper Friday—How I Transformed an Ugly, Narrow Hallway Into a Beautiful, Functional Space

I know it’s been a while since I’ve given you guys updates on the projects going on in fixer upper #1 and #2. It’s not that I haven’t done some really cool things, it’s just that I don’t really think the pictures show just how cool those things are!

In fixer upper #1, I just finished renovating a long, narrow hallway. It was totally dead space…really dark and really horribly painted by the previous owners. First things first, I needed to paint. You already know how I feel about the magic of a fresh coat of paint. It’s just so crazy to me how paint can instantly transform a space! After I painted, I noticed that the light fixture I had was giving everything this putrid yellow glow when it was switched on. No, no, no! So I changed the light fixture, opting to use the flush mount Ikea light I used when renovating the attic bedroom.

Next, I decided to visually break up the space by adding a chair rail. Now, I’m sure there’s a proper way to install a chair rail. I’m sure that there may be specific lumber that is designated for chair rail purposes. Whatever. That’s not how I do things. I just got the cheapest MDF trim I could find (we’re talking $6 or $7 for 8 feet of the stuff) and hammered that sucker right into the wall. You guys, this chair rail made such an incredible difference! Just like that, this horribly long and narrow hallway suddenly had visual interest! As for paint color, I went with Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige for the wall above the chair rail, and I just stuck to white paint for the wall below the chair rail as well as all of the trim.

For the guitar gallery wall, I ran over to Home Depot and got some MDF base moulding. I should tell you that I used MDF moulding on this entire project because it’s a bit pliable. Anyone that owns an old house knows that these walls are far from flat and straight. So, I was able to easily mount the MDF to the studs in my bow-shaped wall. Again, this is an old house and it made finding those studs way more than just a notion! These are lathe and plaster walls. Stud finders are useless on lathe and plaster walls. Tapping on them to listen for the studs is useless. I even drilled a hole into the wall and still couldn’t find any studs. So I turned to this article and by using some of the tips, I was finally able to locate those hidden studs. Finally, to mount the guitars, I ordered some guitar hangers (find them here). And Voila! A beautiful and functional hallway!

Before

Hallway Before

After

Hallway After

What do you guys think?!

 

Homemade Pumpkin Honey Butter

Try This— Homemade Pumpkin Honey Butter

Of all things to impulse buy, 10 cans of pumpkin puree was probably the most ridiculous. Not my proudest moment. Still, it feels a lot like Fall around here, so I might as well embrace this whole pumpkin thing. In search of some not-so-pumpkiny pumpkin recipes, I came across this cool looking Pumpkin Honey Butter recipe.

Try This---Homemade Pumpkin Honey ButterI definitely love bread, and rolls, and biscuits, and waffles, and—well, you get the idea, but what’s bread without butter? So I made this Pumpkin Honey Butter last night and it’s absolutely delicious, if I do say so myself! It’s super easy to make and I’m not kidding when I tell you that I actually reached for this heavenly spread instead of cookie butter for my morning waffle today. That’s really an incredible thing right there, since I haven’t even admitted I have a cookie butter problem yet! You must try this!
Homemade Pumpkin Honey Butter

Homemade Pumpkin Honey Butter

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3c pumpkin puree
  • 4tbsp honey
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a standing mixer (or in a blender), mix the butter until its soft and thin
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk them together with the butter until fluffy
  • Enjoy!

Source: Baking with Blondie

3 Ingredient Honey Pumpkin Face Mask

3 Ingredient Honey Pumpkin Face Mask (Perfect for Fall)—Spa Days at Home

I have 8 cans of pumpkin puree in the pantry as we speak—down from a whopping 10… Don’t ask… Okay. Okay. I’ll tell you what happened. I went to the grocery store hungry, and naturally, I bought a ton of things I didn’t need. Any and everything that was on sale I placed in my cart because my stomach told me to. Sigh. Bear witness to my shame— pumpkin puree. The real kicker is that I don’t much like pumpkin pie, and pumpkin spice lattes are just wrong on so many levels.

As with all food that I have an excess of, I decided to slather it on my face because, well, because life is dutiful. If you’re going to go with homemade beauty products, I say go big or go home. I did a little research on pumpkins and they are seriously jam-packed with all kinds of goodies for your skin. Pumpkins  are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and beta carotene. I’m all about spa days at home, so I whipped up this awesome Honey Pumpkin Face Mask. Check it out!

3 Ingredient Honey Pumpkin Face Mask

Honey Pumpkin Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1/4c pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg (yolk and all)
  • 3tsp raw honey

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree and egg together
  • stir in the raw honey until well blended
  • apply the mixture to a clean face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes
  • rinse off with warm water

This mask gives you all the goodness of pumpkins without having to choke down one of those yucky lattes!

Yoga Sequence to Beat the Winter Blues

Yoga Sequence to Beat the Winter Blues

I know, I know!  I haven’t posted in over a week, but I’ve been taking some time to reevaluate and plan. Something strange starts to happen to me every fall. I get this compulsion to start hoarding, and eating, and not exercising, and wasting whole weekends on the couch watching TV. Every year, this sends me into a spiral of depression and I curse myself for being so lazy and unproductive. It usually lasts straight through winter. This year though, I’m determined to break that cycle. My goal is to beat these winter blues that I suffer from (seasonal depression is real, y’all!) before they even take hold. Just like my promise to myself at the start of the New Year, I am paying attention to my fitness goals, my mental health goals, my nutrition goals, and my home goals. I’m so inspired by women like Jennifer (standingstrongwellness), Jasmine (the Richmond Avenue), Claudia Marie (Claudiamariefit), and so many others, to keep my life on track!

Anyway, I wanted to share this excellent yoga sequence for beating the winter blues. Yoga has been the cornerstone of my fitness routine and I am more than happy with how my mind and body have responded to it. I mean, look at how proactive I’m being!

Do any of you struggle with seasonal depression? How do you cope?

Try This--- 4 Ingredient Honey Posset (AKA The Easiest, Most Sophisticated Dessert You'll Ever Make)

Try This— 4 Ingredient Honey Posset (AKA The Easiest, Most Sophisticated Dessert You’ll Ever Make)

I have a love affair with crème brûlée. Every time I go to fancy restaurant I can’t help but order this delicious dessert. Making it at home has always been so intimidating to me though. The idea of using a torch in the kitchen freaks me out just a little bit, and using the broiler just doesn’t feel right. In my infinite search to satiate my sweet tooth, I came across this amazing recipe that brings me all the joy of crème brûlée without the kitchen fire.

Try This--- 4 Ingredient Honey Posset (AKA The Easiest, Most Sophisticated Dessert You'll Ever Make)

Since it’s National Honey Month, I’ve been stepping up my honey game. All honey errthang, yo! I’m super excited about this one in particular. Honey posset. You guys, honey posset is pretty much the easiest dessert you’ll ever make. It’s just 4 ingredients, but the pay off is to die for. This recipe makes about 6-8 servings so it’s the perfect dessert for entertaining. You absolutely must try this!!!

Try This--- 4 Ingredient Honey Posset (AKA The Easiest, Most Sophisticated Dessert You'll Ever Make)

Try This--- 4 Ingredient Honey Posset (AKA The Easiest, Most Sophisticated Dessert You'll Ever Make)

Honey Posset

Ingredients

  • 4c heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 1/2c honey
  • 1/3c lemon juice
  • 1tbsp lime juice
  • 5 sprigs of lavender (optional)

Directions

  • In a saucepan, bring heavy cream and honey to a boil, stirring continuously until well combined
  • continue boiling for about 3 minutes
  • Remove from heat
  • Add the lemon and lime juices, stir
  • Mix in lavender, or any flavor you choose (possibilities include cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, even Grand Marnier!
  • Allow the flavor to steep for about 20 minutes
  • Remove the lavender sprigs
  • Pour mixture into ramekins and cover with  plastic wrap
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or 30-40 minutes in the freezer)
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Try This--- 4 Ingredient Honey Posset (AKA The Easiest, Most Sophisticated Dessert You'll Ever Make)

Believe me when I say  that this dessert is a crowd-pleaser! I’ve only tried the lavender version and it was a hit. Please let me know in the comments if you make any other flavor combinations besides lavender. I’m dying to know what you all come up with!

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