Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 Year End Review

Well friends, we here are bracing for a big ice storm today in Michigan.  We've had very little snow so far this winter so this should be a (not) fun afternoon and evening. Let's hope I can make it home tonight!  I can't believe we are only a couple days away from the end of 2015.  It's been a big and busy year for us here at the TAF house.  We've made some big changes and improvements to our home.  Today, I thought I would share a couple of my top posts from the year with you guys.

This headboard transformation continues to be one of my all time favorites.  I just really love how it turned out!  Check out the before and afters on this one!

This was a little switch for me, reviewing my first Stitch Fix box.  I've received 2 more boxes since then but didn't do reviews on these, mostly cause I've been too busy (sorry guys)  But feel free to ask me questions or if you are interested, you can use this link to sign up for one yourself.

Next, I shared some of my tips for decorating for fall on a budget. Most of these can be used for decorating year round, not just for fall!

Another one of my favorite makeovers was the Antique Cabinet.  I admit, the pictures don't do this piece justice.  I looks so much better than it did when I first picked it up.  And I can see this one lasting for a long time to come.

Finally, my most viewed post this year was my Ikea Rast Hack!  This was a fun one to do.  I'm glad so many people liked it.  It's a little different from my normal makeover but this piece is so versatile that pretty much anything goes! 

Not included in this list are some of our other big changes to our house.  Check out these posts as well:
New front door!  This door has been great! We love the quality of it.

Lighted Address Sign  If you want to make sure your address is easy to see for all those pizza delivery guys, this is what you need!  We've gotten tons of compliments on ours.

We also installed new lights above the front and side doors and had an invisible fence installed for Teddy.  I'll be back soon with some of our goals/plans for next year.

I want to thank all of you who have visited me here and read my little ramblings.  I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to taking good pictures and writing, so I really appreciate all of you sticking it out with me!!  I hope you will stick around to see what happens in the next year.

Do you have big plans for the upcoming year?  A big remodel?  A couple small jobs?  I'd love to hear what is going on with you!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Tour

I really can't believe how close we are to Christmas!  I feel like the last month has just flown by.  With this being our second year in our house I was really excited to decorate again this year.  I had all these big plans and ideas that I wanted to do.  Well, real life happened and I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to.  Our tree has a minimal amount of ornaments on it, I didn't add anything to the top of my kitchen cabinets and our outdoor decor is zip.  We are hoping to add some stuff outside yet, so we'll see if that happens.

As I started gathering stuff to put on my mantle, I realized I was pulling a lot of whites and silver.  I decided to run with that and searched for some inspiration.  Speaking of mantles, we finally have one, well, sort of.  We've been living with just the brick but it was so hard to put stuff up there and keep it balanced and straight.  Since we are on the hunt for a really nice mantle, we decided to go ahead and put a temporary one up.  We ran to Lowes one night and picked out a nice, straight piece of cedar and had it cut to size.

Cedar board air guitar anyone?
I used some danish oil to protect it and placed it on top of the brick.  Since it is temporary, we didn't secure board, but we probably should.  You know, in case one of the cats decides to jump up on it and break things....

The two angels were our big focal point for the mantle.  I really wanted something symmetrical and something with some height.  We picked these up at Hobby Lobby on Black Friday.  I love them and I know I will use them over and over again.  I also changed out the chalk print in my frame to this His Name Shall Be from Dear Lillie.

On a side note, I can't say enough how much I love having these prints that I can rotate throughout the year.  I love that it was cost effective and still appeases my need for some change.

On our tree this year we added a second set of lights.  We found these Edison bulb string lights at Hobby Lobby as well.  I love how they add some extra dimension to our tree.  There isn't much else on the tree, mostly because I just haven't had the energy to hang stuff.  But I added a couple of the large white flowers to some of the more bare spots.

On my ladder shelf in the corner, I also have a white, silver and natural theme going.  The cute little cake stand is from Target's Dollar Spot. (Seriously!  They have this year.) The deer under the cloche is an ornament that I loved and the peace sign is from a local store, Meijer.

This sweet little rocking horse was a last minute Home Goods find.  Isn't it the cutest!?
In the dining room I did  more with color, since I used up all my whites in the living room. I really wanted a skinny tree to put in the corner and we found this one again, at Hobby Lobby on Black Friday.  I added a simple red bow to the top and that was it.  You might notice that my curtains are new as well.  Thanks to my mother in law, I now have much more "neutral" curtains then the floral ones before.  These work so much better for this season, and I love them so much they will probably hang around for a while.  

Another cake stand on the table is holding a red polka dot plate and a holiday candle.  A Christmas tree pillow added to the chair and a holly and berry plate on the plate rack.  Then comes one of my favorite pieces...

My vintage ceramic Christmas Tree!  This was a Christmas present from my parents last year.  They love going antiquing (wonder where I got it from!) and they hunted down this tree and a couple of vintage finds for my sisters.  I look forward to putting this out every Christmas and hopefully passing it down to my kids one day. 
And a final addition to my main living space was adding the poinsettia wreath on the door.  It's simple but adds some color to an otherwise dull corner.

I hope you enjoyed my little holiday tour.  I feel bad because there was so much more that I wanted to do but I've been so busy that I didn't want to push myself too much either.  I love all the things I was able to accomplish though and the house feels so cozy with the Christmas lights on.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Mantle Inspiration

Welcome back friends.  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Holiday.  We spent time with both our families this past week. (shout out to my MIL for the most amazing, juicy and delicious turkey ever!)  I did have to work a bit on Friday morning but we spent some time this weekend putting out some Christmas decorations! (finally!!)  Things have been busy/crazy/tiring/etc lately and I'm ready to slow down but I think that won't happen until after Christmas.

Since I am still working on my Christmas decorations, I thought I'd give you a peak into some of the inspiration that I'm using for decorating my fireplace mantle.  Most of these are found on some Instagram accounts that I follow.  If you like them, be sure to follow them!  They are some of my favorites!  I've also pinned several more inspiration photos on my Pinterest board.  Feel free to check those out too!

Aren't these great!?  I don't know if you caught the theme of these but I am doing a white/silver/neutral fireplace.   I have a couple more pieces to add and can't wait to see how it turns out!  I'm hoping to have a tour of our house with all the Christmas decor up next week.  

Have you started decorating?  Are you going with a theme or certain color scheme?  Do you change your style each year?  I'd love to hear how you are decorating this year.  

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Antique Cabinet Makeover

I was going to save this post for the morning but I'm too excited to share it with you all!

Several weeks ago on a rainy Saturday morning I called up my dad to see if he would come over to help me pick up an old door from a garage sale down the street.  It wasn't far from my house, on a quiet little street.  The door had been the original from when the house was built.  We got to talking to the owner and I mentioned that I had a booth at a vintage store and that I was interested in refurbishing pieces to sell.  The homeowner then said, well how about this piece?  It was a little cabinet, about waist high.  To be honest, I didn't think much of it, but she said she would give it to me for a great price.  Why not!  So we loaded the door and cabinet into the truck and went back home.

Originally, my plan  was to re-stain the piece and maybe give it a new top.  But after trying to remove the small areas of paint, I realized that the wood wasn't good enough to stain.  I decided to give to paint it and add a little more detail to it.  I picked up these little wood pieces from Hobby Lobby  and attached them to the drawer.  I sanded and sanded it and filled in holes and added new hinges.

After several coats of paint (Heirloom Traditions DIY Paint in Vintage Linen) it was finally done!  I painted the inside a fresh coat of white paint and added some delicate new knobs and handle.  What started out being a piece that I thought I would quickly fix up and get rid of, it became a piece that I really wanted to get right.

I am really excited with how this piece turned out.  It was exactly as I pictured it in my head.  It looks fresh and clean, but not totally new.  I wanted to keep the character and charm of the older piece.  It may not have a silky smooth finish, but it shows some dents from years of being used and loved.  

Tomorrow I will bring this piece to my booth and put it up for sale.  I truly hope that someone will see what I see and want to take it home to cherish it as it should be.  

So, how did I do?  Do you love it as much as I do?  I am going to have a hard time parting with it, but it's ready for someone to take it home!  

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall Fireplace Mantle

Hey guys!  I have so much stuff going on I can barely keep up, but I wanted to stop by and let you know I'm still here.  Between trying to get our yard leaf-free, painting furniture and trying to work on our guest room, I rarely have time for much else.  Last week I took down all of our Halloween decor and changed things up with some fall items.

Halloween Mantle

I didn't want to go overboard since I had a lot going for Halloween and will have a lot again for Christmas.  So I went really simple on our fireplace mantle.  One item that I was finally able to mark off my wish list was a dough bowl.  If you are unfamiliar with what a dough bowl is, years ago in Eastern Europe, these bowls were hand carved to be used in making bread.  Each bowl is unique and they come in many different sizes.  These bowls are great to use in home decor.  You can fill it with pretty much anything, and I just love the history that each one contains.

Check out this huge dough bowl. (note my 6'4" tall husband)
 A couple weeks ago I found one online at Antique Farmhouse and bought it.  It's the perfect size to use on our mantle or for a table top display.  I can't wait try more things in it.

For now I just filled the bowl with some decorative balls.  I printed out this "In all things Give Thanks" print that I found as a free download from here.  I really like being able to download printables and adding them to frames around the house.  Not only is it simple to do, but it's inexpensive and can easily be changed out.

The turkey we purchased at Target a couple years ago.  It actually went missing last year, but I found it in time to put him out for this fall.  The brown pumpkin is just a simple paper pumpkin from JoAnn's that I had been meaning to paint but couldn't decide on a color, so I'm leaving it plain for now.  A couple of green bowls with some more gourds and pumpkins round out the rest of the mantle.

Since we do not have a fireplace I added some LED candles to the hearth and this paper flower wreath from Home Goods.  The candles are a great way to add a little drama and mood lighting to our living room at night.  It feels nice to have a simple, clean fireplace again.  Once I start decorating for Christmas the fireplace will get a whole new look.  I was hoping I'd find a nice wood mantle before Christmas but I don't think that will be happening.  Perhaps I'll just add a simple piece of wood to the top, then I'll have a flat surface to put my pretty things on.

So there is my fall/Thanksgiving Fireplace.  What do you think?  I probably won't start decorating for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving.  When do you start decorating?  I know some people who have already started putting Christmas trees up.  I'd love to hear from you!  Don't forget to use my hashtag on Instagram for all your Vintage finds!  #TAFvintagelove.  It may get featured on my IG account or here on my blog!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Guest Bedroom Makeover Inspiration

So, some of you may be thinking, "Didn't you just show us your bathroom inspiration?"  And the answer is yes, yes I did.  While we are still working on our bathroom overhaul, I was really itchy to do more.  Which is funny, cause I really don't have the time to add more to my plate, but I keep piling things on.

I have probably mentioned it before, but our guest bedroom is currently a dumping ground for a lot of different things but it has no real design aspects to it.  All the walls on our main floor are the same color, Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray, except for the bathroom.  I really want to add some color and life into this room.  We don't get a lot of guests spending the night but when we do, I'd rather it be an inviting space.  I'll share the bits and pieces next but here is the overall look for this room.

Isn't it pretty!?!

My parents are in the middle of purging a lot of stuff so they have been offer up stuff to us kids.  One of the things they are getting rid of is a headboard.  A friend made it and is a really nice, white headboard.  I knew I wanted to change out the one we currently have in that room and this one will work nicely.  Our ceilings are 9 feet so we need to add some taller pieces to this room.  The bed that is currently in there has a small headboard and with the ceilings so tall, it makes the bed seem that much shorter.

New to us Headboard (and Grandpa's painting)
Once I had the headboard figured out I decided to find some new bedding.  I did a fairly quick search and found one at West Elm that I loved!  Knowing I wanted it, I put it in my online shopping cart to see if I could find a coupon or something for it.  According to the website, the duvet wouldn't ship until January.  Ummm, that is way too long to make me wait! So I called the West Elm that is right up the street (trouble I tell you!) and they had ONE LEFT in the size I needed!  I told them to hold it for me and I was there in less than 15 minutes to pick it up.

I also knew I wanted an accent wall where the bed was and I knew I wanted something dark to pop in the room.  I narrowed my choices down to these 3 from Sherwin Williams, Naval, Grays Harbor and Tempe Star.  After grabbing my duvet from West Elm, I ran to Lowe's to pick up sample pots of the 3 colors I liked.  Once I got home, I put a swatch of each up on the wall.  I thought I would know right away which one to choose but it was a hard decision.  I ended up choosing the Tempe Star.

I'll add an Ikea Rast dresser next to the bed as a night stand.  I have already done one (check it out here)and it sold this month at my booth! For this one I will do a combination of stained and painted and add some new pulls.

Lastly, I'll add a rug, new light fixture and maybe try my hand at painting something for the walls. I'm not sure when the last time I was so excited about being this busy!  My goal is to keep a tight budget for this project, so I'll be trying to find items either second hand or great bargains and fixing them up.  

I'd love to hear what you think.  Leave your comments below!  

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Inexpensive Fall Wreath

Well, I thought I'd have another post up sooner than today but life happens.  My husband was gone on a work trip for 10 days so I was trying to play catch up with a bunch of projects.  He's back but will probably be working a lot this weekend yet.  So hopefully I'll have more time to complete stuff to show you guys.  I promise to get some bigger projects coming!

I'm back with another quick and inexpensive project.  Last Sunday I ran to the craft store to pick up a couple things and found this simple wreath wrapped with burlap.  As soon as I saw it I knew I could fix it up and add something to it.  The wreath only cost $8.  I found some small floral steams that were on sale and grabbed a couple different ones and a simple brown ribbon.

Here's what you'll need:

Wreath (can be wrapped in burlap or a plain straw one)
Floral accents

Step one: Cut steams to desired length and stick into wreath.  Make sure to make them varying heights.

Step two: Wrap ribbon around the wreath to hide the base of the steams.  I used the pins to keep the ribbon from slipping around.

Step Three: Hang!

See how simple that was!  It seriously took me about 15 minutes to make this. You can choose whatever colors you want and add other elements as you desire.  The best part is that you can easily take it apart and reuse the wreath for the next season.

I hope that inspires you to create something that is simple and affordable!

It's really starting to look like fall around here.  Both in the house and outside.  I'm hoping we can go do a color tour soon.  What's one of your fall traditions?  Do you do the whole color tour thing?  If so, where is the best place to check out?

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Quick fabric art

Hey guys!  So I randomly had this feeling tonight that my guest room needed some more color and stuff on the walls!  The guest room is mainly my storage room for craft projects and for Rex's luggage for his work travels.  I had nothing on the wall and I realize how much I hate bare walls.  Does anyone else have that?

Anyways, on the my quick project.  I had some basic frames just laying around as well as some fabric remnants.  The first thing I did was iron the fabric to get all the fold creases out.

Note: I did NOT pay $40 for that frame.  It was on clearance for $10.

After that it was just stapling the fabric to the frames.  Seriously, so easy!  I think I did all of this in less than 30 minutes.  And since I already had the supplies, it didn't cost me a thing!

Tada!  I love when a plan comes together.

What do you think? It's nothing fancy but it will work for now until I can actually put time and effort into this room.

I hope this inspires you to create something by just "shopping" what you  have.  The great thing is that these fabric pieces can still easily be used again when I'm ready to change things up again.

Hope you enjoyed my short and quick little project.  I'd love to hear what you think!

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