Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead! Enjoy the inspiration down below and please feel welcome to link up your recent projects and recipes as well!

thisweekRaspberry Rose Lemonade
How to Paint Bamboo Leaves

Picking out flooring for the master bedroom

DIY Outdoor Storage Box
Leather Side Chairs

Address Planter Box DIY with Faux Succulents with TidyMom


Color Engineer Prints DIY

Entry Way Refresh by Orphans with Makeup

Eclectic Boho Foyer

Happy Friday all! I don’t normally post on Friday’s, but I have been hard at work on this room and wanted to share it before letting another weekend go by… Today I am sharing it as part of the Small Spaces Series that I have been doing here on the blog. Basically I am going through most of the rooms in our smaller home and sharing how we utilize these spaces to the best of their capabilities.

Today’s focus is on our Formal Living Room, rather it is a multi-purpose room. It is a living space, a small office area and it is also a guest room when necessary. You may remember we had a DIY sofa here originally (that we used for many years), but we recently changed it out to a sleeper sofa that we received from Wayfair. And this new sofa is an important part of the room so I can’t wait to show more!

When thinking about a room that is used for a variety of purposes there a  few things to consider and tips I would give from my experience. First –

Decorate the room and enjoy it!

Just because a room may need to serve as an office and or a living space doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. Over time I have had so much fun making this room a place that we can relax and discovering the tone for the entire space. Of course it is still a work in progress, but it is getting there ;)…

Use compact pieces and your walls…

As seen here, we have a wall that is part of our hallway. Last summer I transformed the wall by having it house a desk and a convertible desk (which I love). The hanging desk folds out and gives us plenty of room to work. But when it isn’t needed I can tuck it away.

Our family is able to use every inch of this room by making it work this way and I wouldn’t change anything about this wall to this day! It was the best choice ever.

On a more personal note, my littlest is heading to school full time next year which means a new season for all of us (and maybe some big tears from me here and there). As I started designing this room I really tried to make it a place I can look forward to being as we approach a new school year. I will be pursuing my passions (as the kiddos head to schoo)l and I’m not totally sure what that will look like as of now… But I hope that this room will be a place I can enjoy “work”. While I am not ready to let go of this season at home everyday with my girl, I am trying to embrace the change as it approaches and be excited for us all.

Make spaces work for you and not the other way around.

Again, I know I have said that before, but I will keep repeating it. Don’t worry too much about all of the rules when it comes to decorating and just fit in what you need. Sure having an office wall in our front living room is a little silly but it suits us. It makes the house better for everyone.

Use convertible furniture.

This is probably the most important tip for our room here.

(Please note we did change the legs on this sleeper as I wanted to add height – be advised this effects the way the bed will pull out though too – we were able to work around it with some DIY magic).

We now have the pretty Sarah Sleeper Sofa from Wayfair in (Classic Bleach White) that will sit as a sofa full time. We are enjoying it’s quality, classic lines, elegant look and all the options it provides comfortably to our family.

On the seldom occasion that we have guests, it can easily and comfortably fold out into a cozy guest bed.

Now our living room is a spare room for family and friends! Or like seen above an office with a hanging cabinet that blends into the wall and coverts into extra table space.

Use versatile and interchangeable pieces of furniture.

Much like the convertible furniture, versatile pieces are key.

(Rachel Ottoman and Dana Side Table from Grandin Road)

I moved in some of my recent Addison Slipper Chairs from Grandin Road so I could have a coffee table or a side table.

(Addison Slipper Chairs from Grandin Road)

These pieces, including the chairs can quickly and effortlessly be moved around when the room changes as well.

Have furniture that also works as storage.

We have had that chest in our family for years and I intend  to keep it for many more. It holds all of my crafting supplies and adds some charm to the room. I like to display simple things atop and keep everything light and fresh.

First a living room, then an office and sometimes a guest room… this little space works very hard for us and we appreciate it. Sure these could be three separate rooms in a different house, but we work with what we have and it is just right. Looking at these tricky or small spaces can be fun and you may be shocked at what you will find. How you can make them function and be surprised how little space you really do need! I hope it encouraged you today and that you may leave with some good ideas…

A big thank you to Wayfair and Grandin Road for the furniture/accessories as we completed this room. All opinions are 100% my own.


Hello all and welcome to The Inspiration Gallery! I shared this very simple hanging planter DIY if you are interested in trying it out…Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please enjoy linking up your recent projects and recipes down below, lots of beautiful inspiration from each and every one of you!

DIY Hanging Flower and Plant Baskets 


Front door planters
Simple spring arrangement
Watercolor catch-all dish

My Favorite Things Giveaway : Modern Rustic Boys Room Reveal

Final Thoughts on Building a Deck Yourself – Dos and Don’ts
Ultimate Veggie Sandwich Recipe

Tiny Felt Embroidered Donuts with Flamingo Toes

White-sectional-with-jute-rugSpring home tour

Dining Room by The Magic Brush

Build a Bench the Easy Way

Hello there friends! I hope that you have been well. This has been a quiet week for us as we have been prepping or finishing projects and I kinda feel like I have 3 things going, but not quite ready to share them all yet ;)… Tomorrow I am hoping to share a room that I have been keeping quiet for a while. I will be excited to show you soon! Anyhow, today I wanted to pop in quickly and talk about this very easy and inexpensive DIY I am using outdoors. It is a DIY Hanging Flower Basket and the best part is I found most of my supplies at the Dollar Store!

I have been wanting one of the huge floral baskets I keep seeing all over but they run 30-50 dollars and instead I was able to make these for a fraction of the price!

Here is what you will need to make one… 

  • A sheet of moss (available at most craft stores).
  • Dollar store flowers and a couple draping vines or ferns (I used coupons at my local craft stores for these).
  • Metal basket with a handle to hang on a hook (this was from the dollar store).
  • Scissors or wire snips to carefully cut the faux floral stems.
  • Macrame hanging plant holder (this is optional and of course makes things more pricey, I had a couple at home already from a clearance section I found a couple weeks ago).

Here is how you will assemble your hanging basket…

  • I cut the sheet of moss in half and then cut slits in the length so that I could wrap it inside the basket.
  • I also cut a circle the size of the base of the basket to line the bottom as well.

  • I wrapped the inside so it could hide all the faux stems.

  • Then we began stuffing the basket. We made sure to spread out the draping ferns so that they would be distributed a bit.

  • Next came the flowers and I used a variety to break it up some more. All of the white flowers are from the dollar store as mentioned above.

And there you go! This took about ten minutes looks so pretty amongst the other greenery and best yet…  I don’t have to water it!

Speaking of, I had a few questions regarding these hanging wicker shelfs. They are actually shelves that I stuffed potted house plants into, but I think it is something that could easily could be done with square baskets. We just nailed them in to our siding which was wood, not vinyl (another inquiry ;)… Although I do wonder if those amazing command strips may do the trick on vinyl siding?! Hope that helps and thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you this afternoon for The Inspiration Gallery and then tomorrow for a room update!

(Pillows and furniture were supplied by Grandin Road Grandin Road and you can find all the info here. All opinion are 100% my own).

Hello friends and welcome to this week’s, The Inspiration Gallery! What a week! I had the very best time sharing our patio with you and could not have appreciate your sweet words more… thank you so much! Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please enjoy linking up your recent projects and recipes down below too! Happy almost weekend all~

Our Patio

Mother'sdaycard-43D paper flower art with free printable

Tropical Pineapple Party Display

Spring and Summer Favorites From the LOFT Sale
Thirteen Gorgeous Shift Dresses – Perfect for Mother’s Day
DIY Deck Reveal and $500 Giveaway to Joss & Main

Honey Banana Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Simply Stacie

lifenreflection_lavender-hand-soap_1DIY Lavender Goat Milk Soap

DIY Herringbone Wall by Thistlewood Farms

Paleo Lemon Cheesecake

Hello sweetest friends and welcome to our home today! I am so happy to have you here, and honestly as I put this post together tonight I was feeling a bit sentimental… I have partnered with Grandin Road for this patio reveal and I am very humbled to share it with you.

You will get to see throughout this post how much fun it was putting this outdoor space together. A couple weeks ago my hubby and I sat on the floor here (while the kiddos played and helped occasionally) surrounded by boxes and began to assemble these sets. As I looked across at him, my eyes welled up with tears. I sat without many words but expressed how humbled and grateful I felt as we designed this space. If you are a little bit familiar with our story – I chose to give up stable work as a teacher to stay home here. Long story short, we lived on one income so I could spend more time with my babies. I started Zevy Joy as a way to share that journey and what it meant to us, posting budget recipes, simple projects and our house. The years have flown by and things have evolved but one thing remains… I am enjoying things that I am passionate about (decorating, photography, family, etc..)  and pinch myself (truly I do) that I am given the opportunities to share with you. We live in this small home and it isn’t particularly fancy, but it is beautiful because it is home to us. A feeling I hope is evoked each time you visit and one that I hope inspires others too as they embrace their special place – big, small, city, country, mundane, messy, fancy – for it is all extraordinary…

So without further ado, thank you for letting me show you this exciting space!

As you saw in the first photos you walk out from our laundry room/garage to this patio. I stenciled the concrete floor last year (here) so that it would look like cement tile. In addition, we have an open backyard with mature greenery, it is one of the reasons we bought this home nearly ten years ago and remains one of our favorite features to this day. Which is why we love spending time outside. The funny thing is, it has taken us all these years to really start doing anything with our outdoor spaces and gardens. This space sat unfinished and messy for a long time. Mostly it was for barbecues and sitting occasionally to enjoy those yummy meals. This winter the hubby and I decided that we would cover the patio so that it could be used more throughout the year as we get lots of wet weather where we live. Even in the last month that has clearly been one of the best decisions we have made for our house. Using every square inch of your homes is pertinent.

(Side Note: We took a couple inches off the legs of this table so the height was more appropriate for the bench seating).

It is a long narrow patio that sits down low and I have always envisioned it be a place to both lounge and dine.

Much like the inside of our homes I think it is ideal to have places to eat and to visit (when possible). So I picked a round dining table, bistro chairs and sectional seating (that serves as a bench or booth). Choosing this formation allowed a compact set up or almost a banquet styled area. It is really comfortable with the cushioned seats and all 4 of us fit around it perfectly!

I laid out a simple garden style table setting using these Melamine dishes and beautiful flatware. Gold is a pretty contrast to all the greenery around.

I really wanted the pop of black accents throughout – you will see them in the varying pillows and again these beautifully made bistro chairs.

As I mentioned, these dishes are melamine – for outdoor use servingware can still look nice without the worry of little hands accidentally dropping them on the concrete ;)… They appear and feel like the real thing, I was surprised as I pulled them out of the box!

And of course texture and pattern take over the place with their neutral tones…

Berries adorn simple angel food cake and make the scene a little more sweet!

I love to line the patio with additional greenery and pots. Things are about to bloom like crazy here, but until they do the potted florals and ferns make it look a step ahead.

Flowers anywhere, whether in a pot or on a table are fitting for any style of occasion and I couldn’t resist a big bouquet for today.

As you sit here on the cushions, you will look across to the other side of our patio as it stretches out.

The two spaces are far enough from each other, but allow conversations and visiting to be contained in this quaint area.

I am pretty excited about this seating area and am anticipating all the warm nights we will spend out here! The cushions on this interchangeable sectional are deep and they are cozy! My hubby is pretty much in love already as he is very tall and this is perfect for him ;)…

Again, I fill corners with ferns seen here and would you believe this one is faux?! It is nice and large and doesn’t need care – my kind of plant, haha. This side table provides extra seating or a place for drinks and all these geometric lanterns give off that nice ambience that feels inviting.

Whether we are entertaining or just hanging out on our own here, this set up provides so many options for either. This grand fire pit serves both as a fire pit and a coffee table/with tray. I see many fruit trays and fun dishes finding their way out here in the future!

The wicker ottoman is a great spot for feet or another spot to sit and visit.  It is fantastic when you can find pieces that can be enjoyed outside for the warmer months and then pulled in during the winter and used inside as well! It’s just another way to get the most of your money with versatile pieces.

I did mix in some indoor and outdoor pillows. I wouldn’t recommend doing this if your space isn’t covered, but since we have shelter out there I knew pillows could mingle without getting damaged.

Using reversible pillows and mixing those patterns gives interest to any space!

Blankets, hats and more are a necessity even when decorating outside. As they look wonderful, but they serve an important purpose in comfort.

Even though this was an outdoor space, I wanted it to be cozy. We brought in this rug and it is so soft to walk on. It will make bare foot afternoons that much easier and enjoyable.

I hung these wicker shelves for this same reason, while a space is outside it doesn’t have to feel empty. Adding greenery and shelving warms the area and makes it feel alive. 

I really wanted this little space to feel dreamy, be functional, pretty and comfortable!

Grandin Road made that easy with their exceptional pieces and the style of their selections. Furniture can be used in so many different ways and in varying formations. For example,  I can move these sectional pieces around – making the size smaller, shorter or pulling a chair out to the corner. Or for example, the fire pit with a tray that can be used for carrying around food and then turned over for a coffee table surface later. I have even thought about bringing the dining table over to the sectional when I want to fit a larger party.  I can’t say enough about this company, the quality and how wonderful they have been to work with!

As summer approaches and school winds down, work becomes play and this space will be an extension of our home… I treasure the thought of meals and memories out here with loved ones, watching kiddos play and run through the sprinklers, books on breezy warm days and so much more. We won’t be taking a vacation anywhere exotic but sitting back and enjoying the comfort of home. There is no place I’d rather be.

In case you would like to find any of the products they are listed here below…

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did putting it together! And a huge thank you to Grandin Road for sponsoring this post – all opinions are 100% my own.


Hello all and welcome to The Inspiration Gallery! This was a busy week sharing the reveal of our newly updated bathroom and some helpful tips when living with a small spaced kitchen. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please enjoy linking up your recent projects and recipes down below! Have a wonderful weekend ~

Our Renovated Bathroom Reveal 

Small Spaces Series – The Kitchens

painted fondant cake_-3Handpainted Fondant Cake

Spring Porch and Lowe’s Giveaway : DIY Spring Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Cucumber Shrimp Salad
Twenty Affordable Mudroom Baskets

Toolbox Farmhouse Flower Arrangement with My Life From Home


White Washed Aged Terra cotta Pots by Cherished Bliss

DIY Hose StandDIY Hose Stand

Hey there friends – thanks for visiting today and thank you so very much for your sweet words about our single bathroom renovation, it means a lot to hear what you all thought! Speaking of bathrooms, you may have read that that is our ONLY bathroom in the house… While our house is not super tiny, it is smaller and it does require solutions at times. Living here for nearly a decade I have learned a few things along the way on how to solve some of those issues. That is why I started a little series to share some tips on how to make it work in smaller spaces and that living in these spaces really doesn’t mean living less or with little design. You can find my first part of the series with kid’s rooms and today I am moving us into the kitchen.

These are basic ideas and some might seem super obvious 😉 – but I do love to make a good list so here we go! These are simple ways we make the most of our kitchen and limited cabinetry. The heart of our kitchen is a small square and it can get crowded fast. We have almost learned a rehearsed dance when two of us have to be in there working at the same time.

Cabinet Organizers…

These risers and different inventions are so helpful when it comes to doubling the space in small cabinets. As you can see here we get twice the storage for dishware when using a shelf riser. In fact, it has been on my list to get more of these because they are genius!

Lazy Susans…

This may not be available to everyone – but if you can incorporate it or build it into your plans I highly recommend Lazy Susans for cabinetry that is set back in corners. Or shelves that slide out. You can see here we have a corner cabinet and inside of there is a Lazy Susan – which means I can use every square inch of the space. Without an official pantry, we have made this corner cabinet the designated pantry.

Wall Storage/Hooks…

We have the blank wall that sits here as you walk into the kitchen. I decided to throw up this DIY kitchen rack DIY kitchen rack and it has been perfect! Having hooks like this allows you to hang pretty items that are also useful. Such as aprons, strainers, pots/pans etc…

Display Bowls…

I like to keep some of my dishware out and especially the larger servingware since it won’t fit mostly anywhere else. I also use it to hold all the fruit and veggies that do not need to be refrigerated. Again, this is important because we have limited counter space and I try really hard to keep our counters clear for the most part.

Open Shelving…

Like I mentioned above it is sometimes nice to display dishes out in the open. It brings interest and detail to your spaces all while being useful. You may start to notice a pattern here… that small spaces can work really well with some intentional thought and purposeful positioning.

Extra Built-Ins…

Like the Lazy – Susans, this may not be an option for all but when we moved into our home we added extra cabinets under the window. The space was not getting used and we needed more room for bakeware and pots/pans. And since the kitchen is small, it works just fine to have these things on the other side of the room. It is a short walk away when needing them and I don’t mind ;).

Pretty Accessories and Tools…

As you leave things out because there isn’t room to store them away, invest in tools or accessories that you don’t mind having out. Such as pretty scrub brushes, bottles, or as seen below – spoons and whisks.

Tuck Away…

Our microwave is tucked away behind the fridge where it is hardly ever seen. I would love to have it out of sight completely but we really don’t have a spot to do that so this is a good compromise. It is something we use often enough as well as our blender, so they sit inconspicuously together here.

Use Dual Purpose Furniture…

Find furniture pieces that also have good storage. Our island has worked for holding paperwork, crafts and so much more these past years. It is central to where we need it and out of sight when we aren’t using it. I have some plans to change this sweet island base this summer, but it has been a wonderful help in our kitchen!

Get Organized…

I love organizing and I am fully aware that not everyone feels the same way ;)… And while this is not absolutely necessary in a small space it really can help. I have had seasons where the drawers are packed and things are overflowing (which is fine too). Although, when I can streamline and declutter a bit, my cabinets and drawers thank me for it – ha! Truth is though, tucked behind different cabinets, not everything is perfectly organized and that is ok as well. I have been working on making this kitchen work for us many years now and some days it feels the other way around. I’m alright with giving it my best, using what I know and passing those little bits of info to you. I hope that you think they are helpful as well!

Thanks again for stopping by and if the weather allows I will finally be sharing our back outdoor patio with you next week! I can’t wait…

Hello Friends and I am so excited to have you here today as I am sharing our completed bathroom! This was a design dream come true to complete a bathroom sponsored by Wayfair and now I get to show you all the details (insert squeal)…!!!

To say we are grateful, humbled and thrilled are understatements for this opportunity. After picking out our materials and expediant shipping, we (just the hubby and myself) completed the entire space in less than 30 days! We learned a lot through the process as well (thanks to a few too many phone calls to our sweet dads for their advice, ha!) and took so much pride in getting this done. I’d say Tyler and I make a pretty good team; sure we have our moments ;), but always feel the reward of teamwork and accomplishment after projects together.

Now onto the details! Much like the rest of our home, I wanted a room that was light and bright with neutral accents throughout.

Something that would flow with the rest of our rooms and feel like it was truly part of our house. This is the only bathroom in our home and there are four of us using it… So you have heard me say this before, but we really learn some important lessons when sharing this space day to day as a family. So giving it an upgrade was really a fun bonus with all that lesson learning =)!

As you may have noticed we have marble throughout our kitchen and I wanted to incorporate that here as well.

We started by picking out this complete vanity. Our previous vanity was much shorter and smaller; we were able to go a bit bigger with this one and increased our surface space by at least five inches. This particular piece has a polished marble top and traditional fixtures.

I chose to pair it with a marble floor as well. I really wanted something that was traditional but had some type of pattern to it, so these 2×2 hexagon tile sheets were the perfect fit. They bring a fun interest to the bathroom. Wayfair’s Home Improvement Department made it easy to pick out our favorite materials with the necessary budget and find ways to get the most of what we had envisioned.

And here is our new toilet! We were really looking forward to a newer toilet and this one fit the bill. It is compact and wonderful for the spot where we needed it to fit.

We had beadboard siding originally in our space and decided with all the nice additions we would change up the look with some board and batten. We learned some new finishing skills and are really so happy with how this contributed to the whole look.

Our little vanity before was quite low, so having a vanity that is ergonomically correct has made washing hands or brushing teeth a bit more comfortable, for the grown ups at least ;)… And you may be thinking that fitting a larger (both wider/taller) vanity in this tiny space would make it all feel crowded?! But in fact it has been the opposite… We have been amazed at how the room opened up by making these few changes.

And while the space is neutral in tone, having bright and bold natural elements bring life and color to our newly renovated bathroom.

Storage is only needed and fits all within the vanity now which is such a perk!

Whether it is in the two large drawers or extensive shelf down below.

Everything feels clean and I really strived for it to be minimal in excess with bold statements and accessories.

Such as patterned tile, straight lines in the vanity and coordinating chrome fixtures seen both in the faucet and lighting.

I picked out this vanity light so that it would mimic the modern farmhouse style of our other lighting fixtures while working with the eclectic style of our spaces whether they be cottage, industrial, bohemian, mid-century etc… I really enjoy that you can see the bulbs throughout and we inserted Edison bulbs to really enhance that extra detailing.

Lastly, we picked out this round bamboo mirror to finish everything off. I hoped for something that would be larger in size and to also be a major focal point. Again, it brings a modern classic feel and has subtle wood detailing on the side which adds warmth and depth.

We completed this space within a budget of $3000 and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. These changes are a big upgrade for our family and have made using this single bathroom for the four of us a little more enjoyable ;)… Actually MUCH more enjoyable!

Here is a list of the pieces we have used from Wayfair here below:

I appreciate you taking the time to visit today and see our upgrade and thanks so much for joining in along the renovation journey! A very big thank you to Wayfair for partnering with us on this project and supplying the products to make it happen. You can find an article regarding our renovation over at Wayfair as well!

Well hello there again! Who’s excited for the weekend?! We sure are and hope to catch a dry break in the rain for some yard work =)… This week I shared a Mother’s Day Tablescape and then a Breakfast Potato recipe. Here is what has been happening with Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers as well this week. Enjoy linking up your projects and recipes down below too! Thanks all!

A Mother’s Day Dessert Brunch 

Simple Gluten/Dairy Free Breakfast Potatoes

Modern Farmhouse Vignette : FREE Botanical Printables : Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

Lemon Curd Cheesecakes with NILLA Wafers with Gluesticks Blog

DIY Plant Marker By Keeping With The Times

Mini Peach Pies