Smith Family Renovations

Small town Nebraska does thoughtful, realistic renovations


February 2016

Reclaiming our Basement: Decisions and Progress

Oh yes, we made some decisions and jumped right in.

My ‘reclaiming our basement’ introduction post can be found by clicking the photo!

Reclaiming Our

SO, as you read before, we are completely renovating our basement after some flooding last summer/fall.  New flooring, some new drywall, new paint.  I was hung up on all the decisions! Continue reading “Reclaiming our Basement: Decisions and Progress”

The Only Tater Tot Casserole Recipe You’ll Ever Need

This recipe is a family favorite around here! It’s yummy and cheesy and chock full of veggies.

I’ve done some tinkering with my recipe. My tater tot casserole has been too vegetable-y, too soggy, too dry, and has come out undercooked, especially in the veggie department. But this is the way to do it. I hope your family loves it like mine! It really is…


The Only Tater Tot Casserole Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Continue reading “The Only Tater Tot Casserole Recipe You’ll Ever Need”

5 Gorgeously Restored Vintage Campers + our before sneak peak

Holy smokes, I have spent A LOT of time looking at updated vintage campers on the interwebz lately. Pinterest, Facebook, Youtube, google searches, the whole nine yards. I’ve been there – combing through pictures and videos and tutorials til the wee hours of the morning.

Literally, that’s why I haven’t posted a new post for like three weeks. I’ve been busy looking for all the vintage travel trailer info I could feast my eyes on. Why? Why, you ask. Well we may or may not be getting an old camper to redo ourselves!

We are!!!! Just waiting for a couple details to be taken care of on our end.

Once we get that ball rollin’ you know I will be sharing the process with you all. For now, I wanted to do a Wednesday (P)inspiration post to show you a glimpse into the world of gorgeously updated campers.

Darla 1966


From Instagram user Becki, this is probably my favorite “glamper” pic I’ve found! That green is the perfect combination of fresh and vintage.  And a camper with an ikat blacksplash? Classy!  There are a few more shots of this little gem on her Insta account.

The Yellowstone


I tracked down this beauty of a travel trailer to the There’s No Place like Homemade blog, though it was also featured by Country Living magazine! Cozy and cheery, I love that instead of painting the wood interior, she stained it. It’s very cute! I totally dig that color combo.

1968 Serro Scotty


This camper is delish.  They packed in a lot of storage and function, while keeping a few of the original elements, like the flooring. Plus I -of course- love that exterior color; it’s so playful! That mustardy color is really working for me too.  Find more photos of this camper here.

The Little Home

Admittedly, grey and yellow are my favorite colors. So this makeover grabbed my eye. And once I read a little about it, wow! Meseidy, author of The Noshery blog along with her husband and dogs all moved into this 150 square foot camper! It’s colorful and modern, and I love it!  Since then, they’ve kept living small, but have upgraded to a larger model.  I really recommend you check their remodel process, which Meseidy beautifully documented on her blog! See all their camper projects here .

Pink Paradise


The pink! The chandelier! This lady has got glamping figured out! And isn’t that yellow stove adorable?  It was hard to choose just one photo of this glamper, because it is all-around beautiful.  You can find more photos of the Pink Paradise here, including the cedar planked bathroom. It is lovely!

Well there’s where my inspiration is coming from for this exciting project! I’m gonna show you a picture of the exterior of the our soon-to-be 1971 camper.


I don’t know if we’ll change the exterior, but I wanted to show this baby off.  I’m still looking for a name of her, so if you have any ideas let me know 🙂

My pal Cassie is also updating a vintage camper over at so you can follow along with her, too!





Reclaiming our Basement

As some of my IRL friends know, we experienced some flooding in our basement this last year. It was an unseasonably wet spring, summer, and fall in our area. Local rivers escaped their banks, whole houses were under water, and in neighboring states some lost their lives.

We got off easy, and I thank the Lord for that. But we still had some work to do. Our problem was compounded by a couple of factors that caused the water to sit unacknowledged for some time.

We had mold in the carpets and the drywall. All the carpets came out and the affected drywall was eventually replaced. I’m so thankful to not have the scary mold monster in my house anymore.

We’re at the point now where it’s time to paint and lay new flooring. The space is practically a blank page to design however I would like.

This thought really excites me! But there’s just one problem. I am not sure how I want our basement to look. I don’t know what sort of aestetic to go with. I can’t even decide on a paint color.

Well I guess I better get to figuring this out. We have been without our basement for a long time! Not just because of the flooding, but because we had people staying with us before then.

I’m ready to spread out some!

I’m ready to have living space on the same floor as our laundry.

I’m ready to get the kids’ toys back downstairs!

Join me on this journey as we put our basement back together, and reclaim our house!

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑