Monday, December 5, 2016

Mini Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour

Thanks so much for stopping by for a little Christmas tour today. I'm joining 11 other, very talented bloggers today for our Homes for the Holidays Tours!! A special thanks to those who are joining us from Caitlin's beautiful home tour!

Today seemed like a very fitting day to start writing about my Christmas home tour, as we had our first official snow fall.  We have a magical Winter Wonderland outside our house and I'm loving it.  The lights on the trees and around the house are twinkling and we've had Christmas music playing all day.  

I attempted to go mainly traditional in my decorations this year, focusing on reds, greens and white. I'd say my main inspiration for everything was this sweet garland from Michael's.   I found these when they were having a crazy sale on garland (70% off) So I snagged 2 of these, as well as lots of other stuff! 

I also wanted to use my vintage picnic basket, so I grabbed a mini tree and stuck it in the basket. BTW, I'm loving how my newly white washed fireplace looks with my Christmas decor!!  For the top of the mantle, I took a vintage window that was painted with chalkboard paint on one of the panes and wrote JOY on it. Then I placed my boxwood wreath and a light up wooden star in front of it. The red feather trees I bought years ago at Target.  And of course, I added another strand of lights behind everything and around the window.  (Just give me all the lights!)

The angels are from Hobby Lobby and the white stockings were from the Target dollar spot. (they always have cute stuff)

We went simple on the Christmas tree as well. We have two different types of lights on the tree which is one of my favorite things.  We used regular LED lights and then added some larger Edison style bulb string lights for some extra pop!  I used mainly white and red ornaments and my green tree skirt.

So funny story, Thanksgiving night I took down all of my decor off my mantle and the tables and shelves.  My husband and I started talking about what decor was going to go up and we decided to completely rearrange the furniture.  It was a long night but we ended up moving pretty much all the furniture except our TV and dining table.

One of the reasons for moving the furniture was to be able to get my church pew inside.  This little piece was a steal at $20 at my parent's neighbor's garage sale.  I sanded it and painted it with chalk paint.  Its such a cute little 2 person pew.  I wish I knew the history behind it. The shelf next to the bench was another garage sale find.  It was painted white but when we took it home with our car windows down the paint started flying off!  I sanded it down enough so that the paint didn't fall off in the house but it still has some chippy-goodness!  I loaded it up with mini white houses, trees and my husband's horn collection in the cases below.  The Christmas Tree Farm sign on the wall is actually made from a vinyl stencil that I purchased on Etsy (found here).

Gotta love the plaid blanket, vintage style pillow and the vintage sled!!  Such a cozy little spot!

We moved our World Market Everett table to the dining room.  It fits almost perfectly between the doorway and the window.  I continued on the red, green and white theme here.  Cranberries in little white bowls and lambs ear and berries in a small olive bucket.  Plus, I used some of my vintage books here as well.

Added a tall, skinny tree here by the window and just love the warmth that it adds to the dinning room.  One can never have too many Christmas trees or Christmas lights, right?! 

Little diva Margot

 I hope you enjoyed the little tour.  It ended up being a lot of work but I really love how it all came together.  I had some family over this weekend and was told that my house looked like Pinterest had exploded inside.  I'm going to take that as a compliment!  

I hope you enjoyed my little tour.  Now, head on over to girl Cindy, A Cottage Girl, to check out her amazing house!  

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

White Washed Fireplace Tutorial

Last week I posted a quick little before and after photo on Instagram for a hashtag that someone asked me to play along with.  So, right before bed I posted my photo and went to sleep.  The next morning I woke up to my largest number of likes and new followers to date!  Over 250 people liked that little photo overnight and as of today, it is at 430 likes.  I am still in shock.  I can't give you a good reason as to why that photo got so many more likes than every other photo I post.  I just got lucky I guess.  Anyways, several people requested I do a tutorial on how I did the white wash, so here we go!

Instagram Photo
There really isn't a whole lot of steps to this and I don't have any progress photos.  We technically don't even have a fireplace here right now. (It once had a wood stove but was removed when the house was being renovated and never got replaced)  Someday we would love to put something in here but for now, the hole is capped and we have a fireplace screen in place to hide it a bit.

Before - dark red and dirty!

Anyways, on to the tutorial.  The first thing you want to do is to clean your brick as best as you can.  I used a brush to get stuff loose and then went over the entire thing with my vacuum.  Next I taped the edges of the wall and the floor.  The paint will splatter a bit if you aren't careful, so make sure you don't have anything within a couple feet of where you will be painting.  (I learned the hard way and now have a paint splattered camera bag.  Must be time to get a new one!)

When determining how much water to paint ratio you will want, I found it helpful to test out my consistency on some loose bricks we had outside.  I had some leftover white paint from other projects on hand, so I just used that.  It was simple white latex paint, I'm not even sure what sheen it was.  I mixed up about 1 part paint to 4 parts water.  My goal wasn't to make the brick completely white, just to tone down the dark red.  I started at the top and worked my way down.  I'd paint one brick at a time, and used a rag to remove the excess.  It took a couple days but that is all there is to it.  Since the brick takes a day or so to completely soak in the paint, I prefer to wait at least a week to let it settle before you decide to go with another coat of paint.  We will be doing a second coat eventually (when get around to it)and when I do, I'll probably add just a bit of brown paint.  Right now the brick has a bit of a purple tone to it so I'm hoping the brown will warm it up more.

This was such an easy, but slightly time consuming project.  And the best part was that it was totally free!  All of the supplies were items that I already had in the house!  I love that for little, to no money, can make such a big transformation!  I have to admit, the first bit of paint I put on the brick was a little scary, but now that it's done, I love the change!  I hope this was helpful for some of you who may be considering doing this.  

As always, I would love to hear what you think about the finished product!  Have you been brave enough to conquer some outdated brick?  Are you considering it but don't think you can commit??  Tell me about it!

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Anthropologie Inspired Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial

Fall is upon us friends!  I got the itch to add a new wreath to my collection of fall decor.  Now, I have great taste, like expensive taste!  (shocker, I know)  I have had my eye on this amazing wreath from Anthropologie but at $128 it is too rich for my wallet.

Anthro Wreath

So, after thinking about it for too long, I finally grabbed the supplies and got to work.  And since this is a tutorial here is the list of supplies you will need:

Yarn - I used Lions Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Wheat (5 skiens)
Pom Pom maker size L
Straw wreath

Follow the instructions for making the Poms.  I used about 35 poms for this wreath.  Just be careful with that yarn, this stuff has a lot of loose fibers, especially when you are making them in a car on a road trip! (sorry hubs) After making all the poms I started pinning them on the inside of the wreath.  (the wreath I used was straw, be sure to keep the plastic wrap on to keep the straw at bay.)  So, keep adding more poms until you get the wreath totally covered.  And that's it!  Totally easy. 

And I'd say it turned out great! (maybe even better than the Anthro wreath) I love the texture and warmth this creates.

Of course while I was at it I decided to do a little redecorating to get myself ready for fall.  I'm really loving this whole neutral mantle I've got going on.  Oh!  And the big elephant in the room is my recently white washed fireplace!

Tada!  So many fun things to share with you guys in this post!  I should do a post of this soon for you guys as well.  But it's technically not finished.  I still have another coat to do.  So, stay tuned for a post on that.  In the meantime, let's just keep looking at this lovely-ness!

Do you love the wreath too?  I can't wait to make more of these.  I've got a Halloween one in the making and a winter one.  Maybe I'll do these made to order.  And if you try to make one yourself I'd love to see the finished product!  

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Swoonworthy Small Shops

I thought it would be fun to do a quick post today about some small shops that I am loving.  Some I have purchased from and have in my home and others are some that I would love to buy from someday.  Being creative and an amateur maker, I try hard to really support others who are trying to make a living using their talents. (I have not been asked to write this nor have I been given any compensation)

Many of these talented artists I follow on Instagram, so be sure to check them out there as well!
I fell in love with Gracelaced after seeing someone post a picture of her Fruits of the Spirit prints.  I loved them so much that I bought them myself and they now hang at the end of our hallway.  These are a favorite for sure and I get so many compliments.

Chalkboard art is huge right now and I don't think it's going away any time soon.  I'm sure you will recognize some of the prints that I have in my home by Dear Lillie.  You can buy the prints directly or do what I've done, which is buying the download and then getting them printed myself.  For some, I rotate them through the seasons, which is a great and inexpensive way to change out your art. There are many different shops that sell these types of prints, but Jennifer really has such a graceful and classic style that makes me weak in the knees!  (and her Instagram feed is totally swoonworthy!)

I love burning candles in my house.  I love having that overwhelming scent wafting through the house.  This summer I was granted the opportunity to be a brand rep on Instagram for Grace Note Candle Co .  All the candles are made by Grace herself.  Her candles are made of soy and they smell amazing!  Some of them even come in super cute little blue mason jars.  I'm hoping to try some others soon.

If you are in the market for a sweet little house warming gift, than go check out my IG friend Geralyn who runs Door Before.  She does the cutest little miniature house drawings.  Wouldn't they be perfect for a new home owner or for someone moving out of a beloved home?

The last but definitely not the least favorite shop is Emily Jeffords.  Her pieces are stunning!  I love the soft colors and lines.  They have such great movement.  I would have such a hard time choosing one piece!

Be sure to check out these shops! You will be glad you did!!  And don't forget to find me at the following as well!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Painted Buffet

I have a fun and quick new update for you guys today.  Last summer, my parents happened upon a garage sale on their way home from Ohio.  They picked up a bunch of things, including this really nice, small buffet.  It had been sitting outside for a while but was still in pretty great condition considering it was in the elements.  I've know for a while I wanted a buffet in the dining room since I have 2 sets of dishes and no where to store the second set.  This will be the perfect spot to store them and display items on top, or use for serving.

To start, I found a color that I fell in love with and I let that be my inspiration for it. Aubusson Blue by Annie Sloan.  I'm not sure what it was about the color, but I just loved the saturated blue.

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 I painted the body of the buffet with 2 coats of the blue.  I could have gotten away with just one coat but I went with 2 to have a bit more coverage.  I waxed the entire thing with the clear wax and added dark wax to the raised edges and the detail pieces at the top.  I updated the original hardware and spray painted them with Rustoleom Soft Iron.  The color was really cool, but be careful with that spray can.  I think more got on my hand then on the hardware.  Not cool Rustoleom, not cool.

For the top of this piece, I wanted it keep it the gorgeous dark wood.  The top was in the worst shape, so I sanded it down as much as I could.  Once it was sanded enough, I gave it 2 coats of Minwax Red Oak and 4 coats of Semi Gloss Poly.  The Red Oak matched perfectly to the existing interior color.

I am so happy with how this turned out.  It was such a quick and easy DIY.  It adds just the right amount of storage and character to our dining room.  And it's a piece that will be in our house for a very long time!

Are you loving the color as much as me?  I'd love to hear what you think!  

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jord Watch + A Giveaway!

Hey guys!  Sorry for the radio silence.  I've been busy trying to play catch up on a whole bunch of things, maybe soon I'll share a bit.  But I'm excited to share today's post with you!

Probably one of the biggest things in designing a space is to finish it off with some great accessories.  A room isn't complete without that small vase or a couple of pillows.  I love adding wood tones to my rooms to give them some texture and warmth.  Maybe it's a dough bowl, or wood candlesticks or an antique corbel with some chippy paint.

Accessories can also make a big impact on your wardrobe as well.  Add a necklace, some earnings and a watch and your outfit looks more put together.  I'm not normally a watch-wearer but I was recently asked by Jord Wood Watches to try one of their amazing and unique wood watches.  I loved the look of these and I loved the fact that you could give them your wrist measurement.  I think I have some of the smallest wrists, so finding watches and bracelets are hard because they are always way too big.  After struggling to decide which watch I wanted. (So many great choices) I decided on the Ely Green Sandalwood and Maple (see it here).  I was able to tell them my wrist measurement so that it fits great!

 Guys, this watch is so fun! I mean, it's made of wood...very cool.  It's very lightweight and isn't cold like all metal watches are.  These would make a really great gift.  And that brings me to the best part.  Jord will be giving one lucky person a $75 e-voucher for their very own wood watch.  AND for all those that entered but didn't win, they'll receive a $20 e-voucher.  So, no matter what, you win!  How fun would this be as a Father's Day, Graduation, birthday or Anniversary gift?  Its such a unique piece and they have several styles to choose from. And since it's made from real wood, no two pieces will be exactly alike.  I'm already contemplating which one I want next!

To enter the giveaway, all you do is go here, fill out your name and email address.  That's it!  The giveaway starts today and runs through Sunday, May 29.

This post is sponsored by Jord Watch but all opinions are my own.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Guest Bedroom Makeover Reveal

It seems like such a long time has passed since I first told you all about my vision for our guest room makeover.  I feel like I was stuck for so long to make any progress. It's like winter came and all my motivation went away with the warm weather.  But, we are finally done (not with snow, it's falling like crazy outside right now!) and I'm really happy it turned out how I wanted it to. (You can see the original post here) Lets start with what my vision looked like.

I was able to paint the accent wall in SW Tempe Star, while the rest of the walls stayed the same color, SW Versatile Gray.  The biggest change was changing the trim color in this room.  I wasn't planning on painting the trim but after taking pictures in this room, the trim color really made everything look yellowish.  So I narrowed down from 3 choices and used SW White Cotton on all the trim.  We plan to repaint all our trim to white eventually but since this room was small enough and cut off from the others, we went ahead and painted in there first.  I don't think we will use the same color for the rest of the trim, but it's much better than it was. 

The curtains I got from Target.  I bought 2 panels and cut them down the middle to create 2 panels for each window.  I'd like to add some wood shades at some point.  But this was a great way to save some money on window coverings.  

The headboard was made by a friend of my parents.  They gave it to us as they are in the process of downsizing.  I had been eyeing this West Elm stained glass duvet cover for a while and finally had a good reason to get it! I loved that the colors worked so well with what I wanted for this room.  

The night stand is the Ikea Rast.  It's only $35 and there are so many different things you can do with it!  I settled on painting the drawer fronts and staining the outside. ( I used Minwax Cherry with a Matte Poly)  The knobs are a find from HomeGoods.  I added a thrift store lamp that I paint with chalk spray paint (love that stuff!) and added a clearanced cork lamp shade from Target.

You can see the original trim color on the door on the left.

The piece that I'm most excited about in this space is the amazing rustic wood light from Shades of Light.  When doing this makeover, I really wanted to replace the builder grade light.  Shades of Light has a huge selection of lights and as soon as I saw this one, I knew it was the perfect one for this space.  Once I was able to order it, we received it quickly.  The service at Shades of Light was great and they were wonderful to work with.  The light it self really lets off the proper amount of light for this space.  Don't you love it!?

For some extra storage I added the Ikea Tarva dresser.  I really wanted to find a nice wood dresser but could not find one that I liked in my price range.  This dresser will work well and I'll keep my eyes open for that perfect vintage dresser.  For the Tarva, I painted it in Seaside from MudPaint and stained the legs and knobs the same color as the Rast dresser.  I added these fun gold arrow pulls from Horrocks and my vintage mirror to the top. On the opposite side of the window, I put a bench and coat hooks.  Guests can hang up jackets, purses or bath towels here for quick access. 

I tried to use a mixture of old and new pieces in this room.  Most of the new is the furniture and the old are the pieces that I added in.  The mirror on the dresser is a old, heavy mirror that I saved from being thrown away.  All it needed was some cleaning and it looks great in this room.  The other piece that I was excited to add was the wood frame above the bed.  This I found while doing some garage sale shopping.  I'm not 100% what it was used for originally but it really works well above the bed.  For now I added the Happy banner but eventually I'll swap that out for seasonal pieces.  

Margot decided the photo shoot was for her!
I'm happy to finally say that our Guest room is open for visitors!  Don't worry, the cat doesn't normally stay in here, although she clearly is enjoying the bed!

Let me know what you think of the newly updated space.  I'd love to hear from you!

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Source List: ( no affiliate links)
Paint colors: SW Versatile Gray & SW Tempe Star - Walls, SW White Cotton - Trim
Headboard: Handmade by family friend
Duvet cover:  West Elm
Tall dresser: Ikea (Tarva)
Short dresser: Ikea (Rast)
Rug: Target
Bench: Target
Giraffe: Hobby Lobby
Floor Mirror: Target
Chevron Pillows: West Elm (similar)
Bedside lamp: Goodwill
Lamp Shade: Target
Tall Dresser paint & stain: MudPaint in Seaside, Minwax stain in Cherry
Short dresser paint & stain: SW White Cotton, Minwax stain in Cherry

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