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Building a Home: A New Chapter

MJ House

It’s almost been a month. One month since we moved out of our bachelor pad house and into our forever home. It has almost been one year since we started on this journey of building a home.  And what a journey it has been…  I remember when it was just a field. I remember the day we started digging. Oh, the excitement!  I remember when it was just a big hole in the ground, Mark joked he was building me…

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Saying Goodbye to Our Bachelor Pad

Saying Goodbye to Our Bachelor Pad

This last weekend, we moved everything out of our old house, lovingly referred to by me as our bachelor pad. And moved into our new house, our forever home. I looked at my husband the night before we moved, we sat at the table amidst boxes upon boxes, and asked him, “are you going to miss this place?”. He looked around and without hesitation replied, “Nah, I am ready to move.”  While the excitement to move into the new house…

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Building a Home: A Journey

Building a home- A Journey

Building a home is a journey, it is a process. We have been told more times than I can count, “if you can build a house without getting a divorce, you’re set for life.” And having been living this process, I get it. I am fortunate that my husband and I work together as a team much better than we do apart. We make decisions together extremely well and I knew that going into this journey. I was prepared for…

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That Time I Met Chip & Joanna Gaines: EcoChic Boutique Design Conference Recap

EcoChic Design Conference

So it has taken nearly a month for me to sit down and put into words the excitement and for me, life changing experience that was attending the first annual EcoChic Boutique Design Conference. When EcoChic Boutique out of Fargo & Bismarck announced it was having its’ first annual design conference, a friend of mine sent me the video and said, let’s purchase tickets! So I did. I purchased VIP tickets on a whim. The kicker was that, in a…

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DIY Project: Finishing Wood Beams

DIY PROJECT- Finishing Wood Beams (1)

If you’ve followed me on any outlet of social media, you’ve probably noticed that every waking moment of free time lately has seemingly gone towards either sanding, staining, painting, or varnishing some piece of wood in our house. While it has certainly been a lot of work, we are glad we took the time to do these things now versus later. For the last couple weekends, the latest project has been finishing rough cut cedar beams for our living room ceiling. When…

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Building a Home: Kitchen Inspiration

Kitchen Inspiration

I don’t know about in your home, but in our home, our kitchen is the heart of our home. I love to cook and I love to have people over. And when we have people over, everyone always ends up in the kitchen. It’s pretty safe to say that we designed our new home around our kitchen. We wanted easy access to the kitchen from many rooms of the house and we also wanted a kitchen that serves as a…

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Building a Home: Picking Paint Colors

Prairie Californian Paint Colors (1)

Now that the sheetrock has been put up and the walls have been textured in our house, the fun stuff is just beginning! Adding color to our house is the day I’ve been waiting for since the walls went up! It is amazing how much the house can change just from sheetrock to texture and finally paint.  I struggled with picking paint colors because to be honest, we are starting all over. Much of the furniture from our now bachelor…

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Building a Home: Virtual Walk-Through and Q&A

Building a Home - Prairie Californian (1)

You guys… I have been the WORST at updating y’all on our house! I apologize! Life has been crazy! In other news, I have a funny story to share. So it had been a while since we had seen much progress on the house. With the turning of the new year, cold weather, and I guess many other projects going on, not much changed on the house since my last photos.  I was in a mood the other day… I’m…

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That Time There Was a Swimming Pool in the Basement

Photo Jan 14, 3 23 16 PM

Well, this is not the house update I wanted to give, but years from now when I look back on this blog and the journey it chronicles building our home we will laugh. Some of you may have seen the photos on social media, but here’s how the story went.  It was Wednesday morning and started off like any other morning. I woke up, worked out, came home, etc. My darling husband had business meetings 2 1/2 hours east of…

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Building a Home: Making Choices

Building a Home - Prairie Californian

When I left you last on our home building, I left you with some basement walls being poured… Well you’re going to be shocked when you see this next photo!  She’s almost closed up! I know… A HECK OF A LOT has happened since I last posted! The framing went very quickly and they’ve been working on putting shingles on this week. All of our construction crews have been troopers bearing the frigid temperatures every day!  Anyway, everyone keeps saying…

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