A few years ago, I created new cushions for my patio bistro chairs. I made a pattern for the chair seats, cut out a board and foam to create the cushion, and then make a fabric shell with an elastic edge … Continue reading
I feel like post-Christmas is the most awkward time of year for home decor. Its always sad (yet refreshing) to take down all of the holiday decor, but I never know what to replace it with. It feels to early for spring decor, but who decorates for valentines day?
This year I went for a minimal look with a few hints of spring as a refresh after all of the holiday decor. I may have gone a little overboard on the fake flowers, but there is still snow outside so its all I can do for now!
This weekend I finally pulled the trigger and went full-on fall decorating. Between chilly running weather, football, and my caramel apple spice drinks from Starbucks, it’s my favorite season. I’m loving copper tones this year, mixed with cozy mohairs and preppy plaids. I picked up a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers mixed with and purple flowers that make the prettiest color pallete!
I’m also so happy to finally have the carpet off my front steps (future blog post, I promise!).
What are you most excited about for fall??
In part one, I shared how I installed vintage hardwood floors in my hallway. For those of you not keeping up, I salvaged hardwood flooring from a tear down house to match with the existing flooring in my house. That meant cutting each board out, stripping the nails, and sorting out boards that had been damaged or cut off.
Taking on the living room was a much bigger process. After weeks of measuring, squaring, and then ripping up carpet and the plywood sub floor, we put down new tar paper, marked out the studs to nail into, and started flooring.
I was recently inspired to re-launch my blog to better connect with other inspirational people. My new life motto is to live beautifully, which to me means to make healthy choices on how I treat my body, to work hard and appreciate the little things, and to inspire those around me. Much of this blog is dedicated to making your home a beautiful space, but I hope you see the love and passion that goes into it.
I hope you will join in and help me stay inspired! Where do you pull inspiration from? How do you live beautifully?
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been a little blog MIA lately. I just started a new job and have been busy working on big projects for future blog posts (the 600 square feet of vintage hardwood floor pieces are now sorted by the inch in my basement..). But lucky for you, my adorable friend Britni agreed to do a guest post!
Check out her DIY for trendy succulent planters:
If you have a hard time keeping indoor plants and flowers alive like I do, succulents are the answer to all of your green thumb problems. Not only are these little guys one of the easiest plants to take care of, they can live in just about anything and added bonus – they are super cute! Here is a quick and low-cost tutorial on DIY succulent planters to add a fun summer vibe to your place.
I always tell people that the goal of my house is to make it look like no one lives there. Extreme? Maybe. But you never know when HGTV is going to show up at your door. If you don’t have the time to keep everything looking perfect, here are some easy tips to create a more inviting space.
1. Make your bed every day. I know it takes a whole 2 minutes that you don’t have, but take the time and add it into your morning routine. It makes your room look put together, which can make you feel less stressed throughout the day. And it’s so much nicer to go to sleep in a nicely made bed than a mess of blankets.
If you can’t tell already, I love finding inexpensive ways to update my decor. With the money I save, I am able to blend the cheap chic pieces with more expensive items that I really want. I’ve collected some great finds over the past few years and wanted to share my favorites.
Rustic Wood Basket:
My mom used it to store tools in her garage and was going to throw it away. I love it to stack up my throw blankets in next to the fireplace.
I’m in the process of remodeling my porch and recently found a great deal on navy burlap curtains at Target. Whenever I’m there, I check the back endcaps of the home department looking for clearance deals. I’m going for a rustic Americana look and the navy burlap was the perfect find.
I wanted to find a way to hang the curtains that fit with the theme and the indoor/outdoor function of the porch, that was also somewhat inexpensive. I did some pinterest hunting and saw that people used metal pipes as curtain rods with industrial metal hardware to hang them. I thought this would be a great option for me.
I went looking for metal pipe at my local home improvement store and found the perfect 1/2″ thick pipe that was $1.50 for 12 feet. Hooks to hold the pipe were $0.60 for a package of 4. I left the store with everything that I needed for under $5! The key to the project is walking around with 12 foot pipe and not accidentally bumping it into anything..
Here’s how I hung the curtains:
Last weekend, I spent a fun Sunday morning attending a decorating class at Pottery Barn. The class taught how to set a table for spring. Although some of it was a little much (we don’t need a bunny on everything), there were some great tips about how to create a fun meal with your friends and family. It also inspired me to make my own rope charger in an easy DIY project.
Here were some of the takeaways:
1. Create height with your centerpiece, but have an exit strategy for the tall items. Yes, they used the words exit strategy. I would have never thought to remove a centerpiece from a table, but it allows everyone to talk without flowers in their face, and you still get credit for creating an awesome centerpiece. So let everyone see the great centerpiece, but know how you will readjust during the meal.
2. Bring in greenery and naturals. This is more of a trendy way to signify spring without putting easter eggs and bunnies on everything. I love the idea of rope chargers, natural placemats, and pops of green plants on the table.
3. Its okay to use plastic dishes if the party is outside. No one wants broken glass, especially if you paid for it. Pottery barn has great glass-looking cups and beverage dispensers that even fooled me. Melamine plates add great pattern and a theme to your setting without costing a lot.
4. Serve food in a buffet-style to spend more time with your guests. Bring in elements of your decor onto the buffet table to make it feel connected.
Here’s how I made a rope charger for the centerpiece of my table: