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The Dutch Door is Here!

The Dutch Door is Here!

Y‘all. Remodeling is a slow process. I know I’ve said that a time or two, right? ;). So instead of continuing to say it’s slow, today I can actually give you an update on one of the projects that is actually not in progress any longer!

Now, I am still going to do an official reveal of this hallway and Dutch door installation on a beautiful sunny day because I really want to do it justice. I will style the hall, hang up some art, take all the pretty pics, fancy angles and before and after shots and everything. :) I’ll put together all the details on the door and have answers for questions you might have.

But you have been so patient I thought you guys might like a preview of one of the first finished projects right now :).

The Dutch Door is Here!

Remember how many times and how long I dreamed about having a Dutch door? I can’t believe the day has arrived. We really have a Dutch door as our front door. :) She’s a beauty!

The Dutch Door is Here!

The Dutch Door is Here!

Remember what this hallway looked like before? I love its new look. You might remember we changed out our lighting, too, to these great lights from Barnlight Electric.

And yes, there is another Dutch door in our kitchen! EEEE!!! :) It’s so adorable. I can’t wait to show it to you, too. I won’t be giving a preview of that door though because I really want you to have the fun of seeing it with the finished kitchen. Soon. Very soon.

When you remodel, the last thing that usually happens is they go over a “punch list” with you. That’s the stage we are at. A punch list is just a list of everything that is left to complete. Every remodeling project will have a few last details that need to be finished or touched up near the end, not just mine :).

Sometimes there are still a few important installations you are waiting on (in our case, we are waiting on our custom round window trim, final details on our new archways, and still have to complete the thresholds in the doorways), and often it’s just little things like fixing a wobbly outlet or a misaligned door latch, adding some caulking or paint touch-ups.

When you hire a company to do your remodeling, you make sure each detail is finished before you send off the final check. But timing-wise, you are at the mercy of the contractors who are coordinating schedules and juggling projects, so sometimes it can take awhile to get each detail completely done.

The Dutch Door is Here!

I wish everyone was out of my house right now so I could just putter around in the kitchen, but today it’s like a party around here. I’ve had an electrician, a painter and two contractors hanging out with me. :) So like I’ve said, we really are so close, but still inching towards the finish line. I’m not just stalling or dragging my feet, I promise.

Hallway and door details:

  • The door color is Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore.
  • The hallway paint color is Swan White by Glidden (although the other white walls in my house are painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore and we may eventually paint this hallway the same color).
  • Our door knob is Baldwin and the latch is Deltana.
  • If you missed it, see the rest of this hallway’s before/progress makeover here.

Hope you enjoyed the little peek at the front Dutch door today!

PS. I mentioned in my post yesterday that I was going to tell you guys a personal story of mine today about the background motivation that prompted me to want a healthy and chemical-free home, but I ended up deciding to share more than expected so I need a little more time to complete it. I’ll link to it when it’s done, though!The Dutch Door is Here!For those of you who are interested (like I am) in creating a happy and healthy home and want to know how essential oils can support both your emotions and physical health, I am sharing a fun little five-day Instagram mini-series starting Friday that you are invited to! I hope you’ll follow along with us on Instagram at @pureandlovelyliving. You can also find the series on Facebook here starting tomorrow.

DIY Natural Daily Shower Spray

DIY Natural Daily Shower Spray

Our home is supposed to be our refuge, a place to feel refreshed and reenergized. While we enjoy puttering around the house, hoping to make our home a cleanersafer, more beautiful and comfortable place, studies have shown that the average household contains approximately 62 known toxic chemicals due to products we bring into our home!

The products we may buy to help keep our kitchens and bathrooms clean, products we put on our bodies and use to wash our hands and clothes, are often full of toxins that can actually harm us.

Many products we purchase to clean our home or for personal care are linked to asthma, illnesses, cancer, hormone disruptions, reproductive issues and chemicals that harm babies’ developing brains. Yikes!

DIY Natural Daily Shower Spray

Recently a research study from George Washington University also found that 45 toxic chemicals are commonly found in house dust! My goodness! If toxic chemicals are in our house dust, I can’t even imagine how many must be building up in our bodies. That might inspire us to dust more, but even more importantly, we need to feel inspired to get the chemicals out of our house.

These chemicals most certainly have an effect on our health, whether we realize it now or not. I always remind myself, though, that there is no need to be fearful because there are things we can do right now to begin to eliminate the chemicals in our home and make it a safer place for our family.

Tomorrow I will share a personal story and some very eye-opening things that have been motivating in our own journey toward creating a healthier less toxic home.

It can feel overwhelming to even know where to start to get rid of all the unhealthy substances in a home, but what I’ve been working on and what I encourage you to do is to just dive in by replacing those chemical-filled every day products with cleaner alternatives. Even just one step at a time. It’s so easy and cost effective to make your own household cleaners, too!

I’ll share more DIY recipes and the changes we have made in our home in the coming weeks, but today here is a super simple way to keep a shower fresh and clean without the yucky chemicals.
DIY Natural Daily Shower Spray

All you need for a daily shower spray that will keep the soap scum away!

  • 1/2 cup vodka or vinegar
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops peppermint or your choice of essential oil

Mix it up in a glass spray bottle and spray your shower every day! You don’t need to wipe it off.

Where to Order:

You can find the 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils we use here.
You can find a similar spray bottle like the one in our photo here.

We found this recipe a couple of years ago from Clean Mama. She has a great book called The Organically Clean Home and has lots of helpful recipes for organic cleaning! 

See this post with more simple changes for a cleaner home!