DIY Board and Batten Mudroom

After a super long holiday break, it is so good to be back with you all! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We traveled south for the holiday and it was so nice to be in the sunshine state for a week. We soaked up as much as we could and it seems like we even brought some back to Ohio with us! 

I am excited to share our latest DIY project with you guys. This has been on our radar since we were under contract with our house and I always thought it would be one of the first projects we tackled. Yet, somehow it took us 7 months to even start. I guess that's just the way life is sometimes! 

We think this little alcove at some point may have been a closet, but we decided to make it our mudroom! This space is right around the corner from our door to the garage and since that is the door we use most often we thought it would be the perfect spot for some hooks and extra storage. This is in the hallway between our dining room and living room so the lighting isn't great (sorry for some dark pictures), but we are super happy with how it turned out! Overall this project took about a weekend to complete and cost us under $100! 

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Supplies needed:
nailgun & nails
spackle & caulk
primer & paint
level & tape measure
1x4, 1x3, 1x10 boards

To start, we figured out how much wood we needed for the height of board and batten we wanted, as well as figured out our spacing for the boards. We then measured and cut the baseboard to fit in the space.

TIP: If you want to install board and batten but don't want to replace your current baseboard, choose a new section of baseboard and install it upside down so that the thickness of your board can rest on the thicker part of your baseboard.


When the baseboards were all up, we then started by nailing one 1x4 board to the wall. This board would help to determine the height of the horizontal boards which we put up next. We did this in this order to ensure that our horizontal boards would be level even though our walls aren't necessarily level. After the horizontal boards were all in place, we then could measure to be sure all the vertical pieces would fit perfectly. 


For the corners we did a 1x4 piece on one wall and a 1x3 on the other wall, totally optional, we just liked the look of the two mixed rather than two 1x4s next to each other. We then in the same manner cut and fit the boards for the top extended part of our board and batten. 


Because of the unique shape of this space, we were able to install shelves along the righthand side where the walls create a little alcove. We measured and cut a larger 1x10 to use for the shelves. 


After all of the wood was installed we then went around and filled in all of the nail holes with spackle/wood filler. Also at this point we caulked all of the places where the wood meets the wall. This is one of those small details that makes a HUGE impact, and definitely gives it that professional look when you are finished. Once the spackle was dry we sanded it flush with the wood in preparation for painting. 


We use KILZ Premium Interior Primer and did two coats just to ensure full coverage. Meanwhile it looks like one of our cats, Mango, found herself a new spot!!! 


From there it was on to paint. We used two coats of Valspar Signature Ultra White, and the coverage was perfect! Also, our wall color is Valspar Villa Grey.


We knew we wanted hooks in this space to be able to hang purses, coats, hats etc. and found the perfect ones at Hobby Lobby. It just so happened to be the week that they were 50% off too! WIN! 


We finished this space off with a DIY hairpin leg bench (I'll provide links below) and some neutral decor. I am sure this will shortly be the place where clutter clings to, but for now it is clean and simple! 

Source list:
Hooks: Hobby Lobby
Plants: IKEA
Wood for bench: Lowes
Tan Pillow Cover: IKEA
Wire Baskets: HomeGoods
Hairpin Legs & Stripe Pillow Cover: Amazon

A special thank you to my hubby and our handsome little man for helping me make my vision for this space come to life! 


I hope your Thursday is off to a great start! 

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What I'm Loving Wednesday

Are you all ready for Thanksgiving?! No? Me neither! It always seems like the fall months fly by too fast.
To make your Thanksgiving planning a little bit easier, I thought I would make this a What I'm Loving Wednesday-Turkey Day addition! Some of my favorite serving dishes, tableware, Thanksgiving recipes, and hostess gifts! 

Paper placemats-
These are seriously too cute, especially for a kids table! I have seen similar ones that are a bit more sophisticated at HomeGoods and Marshalls as well. I love that they are disposable and double as an activity for your little ones or guests!  

These stripe napkins-
As I've shared with you all before, I have a slight obsession with stripes. When I found these french stripe napkins it was definitely love at first sight ;) They are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table, and because they are neutral you could easily use them throughout the entire year! 


This dinnerware collection-
We have had this set from World Market for a little over two years or so now and every piece has held up so well! I always get nervous with white dishes, that they will soak up spaghetti sauce or get knife marks on them, but these have neither! I love the simplicity of them and the fact that they are neutral (of course) but are also normal sizes. I know sometimes with collections, the bowls will be super small or the dinner plates aren't large enough, but these are perfect. World Market also has serving platters and bowls in this pattern as well! 

This cinnamon roll recipe from The Novice Chef
These pumpkin cinnamon rolls are one of the easiest and tastiest treats I've made this Fall! I followed the recipe exactly except instead of the pumpkin pie spice, I used cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. (Which I'm pretty sure is what makes up pumpkin pie spice anyway!) These were a total hit with my husband and little guy too. They would make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving day breakfast or even your dessert table! 


Marble and wood boards
I know you all know what I'm talking about here! These are probably one of my most favorite things! I love that they are multifunctional- you can use it as a display piece in your kitchen with a plant and pretty candle, as a serving board for your cheese and crackers, or even just as a cutting board. They also make the BEST hostess gifts!!! Tie some twine and a thank you note around it or put it in a gift basket with some wine and cheese. So easy, and it doesn't break the bank! I couldn't pick a favorite to post so I will share a few below. All are under $25!


I know that the holidays can get hectic at times, but I pray that you all are able to enjoy your time with family and friends! Let me know if you use any of these ideas or if you have any exciting plans for the holiday! 

I'll be back soon to share our latest DIY project with you guys!!!

Fall Fun and a Few Favorites

I'm not sure about you guys, but I always feel like there is a rush after Halloween to get into Christmas, and while I, of course, love Christmastime, I also love to embrace and enjoy each season as it comes!!! It is definitely feeling and looking like Fall here in Ohio! Almost every yard has leaves covering the grass and we have that crisp cool air. So, I thought I would share a few fun Fall things with you guys to get you through until at least after Thanksgiving ;) 

As I shared in my "What I'm Loving Wednesday" post earlier this week, we took some Fall family photos last weekend and to say that I am so glad that we did would be an understatement! Precious moments were captured for sure, and even more special that they are at the park right by our house! 

Don't let these fool you though, we had some real toddler moments too!!! 


It wouldn't be fall without a hot drink!! Am I right?! Chai is always my go-to so I thought I'd share my favorite recipe from a sweet friend! 

Homemade Chai Tea Mix: 

3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup instant unsweetened tea
3/4 cup vanilla powder nondairy cream
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine in a food processor until powdery. 
I like to store mine in a mason jar and it keeps up to 6 months in a cool dry place. 

Dissolve 3 tablespoons of mix in 3/4 boiling water or milk. (I prefer mine with milk and occasionally topped with whipped cream!) 

This also makes an awesome gift around the holidays, just tie a plaid ribbon around it and call it done! 

Anyone that knows me well knows that candles are my weakness, and are pretty much my favorite part of any holiday! Or just any day!!! I almost always have a candle burning when I'm home, there is just something about it that makes the house feel cozier! 

I am so excited to collaborate with Emily from Kozy Kandles, and to be able to share her awesome soy candles with you guys! I had the opportunity to sample one candle from each of the holiday collections (Fall and Winter) and you guys... they are amazing!!!

I have the "Harvest" one burning in the living room and it smells exactly like what I dream of for Fall, without that overwhelmingness that some holiday candles give off. It's the perfect blend of sweet and spice!

The "North Pole" candle is burning in the kitchen and it definitely has me looking forward to Winter. I love this one because it's layered! The top is cool ice, the middle is fresh peppermint, and the bottom is sugar/rich vanilla cream! It's like three candles in one!!! 

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, these would make the perfect gift for the hostess, a stocking stuffer, or even your secret Santa! 

I know this is a long post, are you all still with me?!

For THIS WEEKEND ONLY, Kozy Kandles is offering a 15% discount on any candle from the holiday collections just by entering the following code: IVYNEST15

All of the candles are packaged in the most adorable jars, and are all 100% hand-poured!
So, grab one for yourself, a friend, or both and support a small shop this holiday season!

CLICK HERE to order, and be sure to follow Kozy Kandles on Facebook as well as Instagram

Happy Fall Friends!!! 

What I'm Loving Wednesday

It's Wednesday!!! I hope that you all had a happy Halloween and for those of you in the northern states, you stayed warm! It was 36º while we trick-or-treated last night! CRAZY!!

I have to say I have been looking forward to this post since we started this series last week. I could probably name a million things I'm loving, but I'll leave you with these five today!

This mac and cheese
I am letting you all in on my secret go-to quick and easy dinner! Make up a box of this mac and cheese per directions, while the pasta is cooking, toast up some panko breadcrumbs with butter and garlic in a saute pan until slightly browned. Once you've followed all the box instructions put it in a casserole dish, top with the breadcrumbs and bake it at 350º for about 10-15 minutes. It's quick, easy, and tastes AMAZING! 

This magnetic calendar.
I have been on the hunt for a calendar that we could attach to our door in the kitchen, and I came across this one from Amazon! We've had it for a couple months now and it's holding up great! Bonus- it's under $20 and actually cute!


This water bottle
Before I say anything else, I'll start with this: this is way more than I would normally spend on a water bottle, but it was a total necessity! I am terrible at drinking water... and I mean TERRIBLE! Like I could go all day and realize I hadn't even had a whole glass. So when my sister-in-law shared this bottle she had that tracked her water intake, as well as notified her to drink when she was behind her goal for the day, I was totally hooked! The bottle automatically pairs with an app on my phone to track how many ounces I've had, and if I am behind I will get a notification and the bottle will blink red. I have the white one, but they make a few different colors as well. I truly can't say enough about this! 

This pancake pen.
I had a few of you ask about how I made the ghost pancakes I posted on IG yesterday so I figured I'd include this in today's post! This is the pancake pen that we have, and I love it! I use it to make fun pancake shapes as well as fill muffin/cupcake liners. It's great because Samuel can use it too without making too much of a mess. ;) Also, if you don't already have a homemade pancake batter recipe, this is my favorite

Having only ever lived in Florida, this is my first real experience watching the seasons change. It is hard to grasp the beauty of the autumn leaves through just a picture, so I don't think I ever realized how bright the colors are. Also getting to watch Samuel experience his first Fall, and playing in the leaves has been such a joy! We braved the cold weather last weekend to take some family pictures and oh my goodness... I think they are my favorite! I'll be sharing them in a new post sometime in the next few days!


Enjoy your day, friends!


What I'm Loving Wednesday

I have seen this floating around a bit on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to give it a try over here on the blog! So, each week or every other, I will try to post a few things that I have been loving lately. They will range from new products, activities, things that make life easier, recipes, or even just a super comfy sweater I found. I hope you have fun following along!

These black leggings from GapFactory.
I got them a few weekends ago and have pretty much been living in them! They are super comfy and don't go see through when you bend. (You girls know what I'm talking about!) Totally a must for Fall and the chilly days/nights we've been having here in Ohio.   

These kids multivitamins.
Samuel recently started going to preschool one day a week, and as you Mamas all know the germs were quick to follow him home. We started adding these to his daily routine and they definitely have seemed to help keep his immune system boosted. Plus, an added bonus- he LOVES them! 


These storage containers from IKEA.
We use these for everything in our pantry, from rice and couscous to bread crumbs and baking supplies. They help keep things organized and also pretty ;) 

This blessed shirt from Target.
I get so many compliments every time I wear this, and it's definitely a favorite that I frequent a lot! The shirt does run small because it's juniors sizing, so I would suggest sizing up. 

Baking... and this apple bread recipe.
I have found myself baking a lot more since moving to Ohio, I fully believe it's my attempt at trying to stay warm (and it's not even Winter yet!!!) I recently made this apple bread and it was delicious! My only note would be that if you want more apple flavor and less poundcake, add extra apples. Other than that it was the perfect Fall treat, and our little man loved helping with the process! 


Let me know if you give any of these a try or send me some of your favorites!!!