Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Decorating with White & Natural Tones & Target/West Elm Giveaway from

Today brings you a little Spring decorating inspiration from 15 fantastic Design & DIY bloggers.  One lucky reader will also win a $150 gift card to West Elm or Target from!

If you saw my Spring mantel last week you probably have an idea of the direction I'm going in our family room.  After the color and sparkle of the holidays left this room, I was craving a bright and light space for Spring!

Our brown leather couches are amazing in a family with kids - so easy to wipe down.  But lately I have been feeling like they are just SO DARK.  Like they suck all the light out of the room.  The answer to changing them up was simple though: new throw pillows in cream and tan and white!

So I hopped on to snatch up some mix and match pillows from the Threshold White and Natural Collection as well as a white and natural woven basket to brighten up the hearth area.  Before checkout I made sure to search for a Target coupon code and found one for free shipping.  I love free shipping - no guilt for shopping at home in your PJs!

Here's how the room came together.  The white, cream and natural accents really brighten up the leather, wood and stone in our family room for a softer feel.
I added a vintage chenille bedspread along with the new pillows as a replacement for our heavy red wool winter throw.  Mixing the texture of the chenille with the basket weave and lacy patterns of the pillows keeps it interesting.
For even more interest I made sure to include gold accents for shine and succulents for a touch of natural greenery.  Thanks to Cassie for this wonderful hand gilded milk glass piece!
To complete the Spring mini-makeover, I also painted and distressed the heavy wood top of our coffee table and swapped out our brown and blue rug for a nubby, natural jute one.
Take a look at the before and after to really understand the change this makeover has wrought in the room.

What's inspiring your Spring decor this year?  For more inspiration be sure to visit the fabulous Spring design trends posts from the bloggers listed below and enter to win a West Elm or Target gift card for $150!
I have received a Target gift card for this post but all opinions are 100% mine.  

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Neutral Spring Mantel

It's been a busy week preparing for our barn sale at Sweet Clover this weekend.  Cassie and I are heading back tomorrow to finish up so we are ready to open on Friday morning.  Despite work gearing up for the sale and a snow day on Monday, I managed to find some time to work on my Spring mantel.

This year I was not feeling pastels or bunnies or birds.  I wanted something with a calming vibe that did not shout SPRING but was still fresh.  I've got a mini makeover in mind for the family room and the mantel had to jive with that too.   I started experimenting with the mantel design about a week ago and let it marinate till it evolved to this:
Given the large wall o' stone I'm working with I started with a big antique gold mirror I bought at Goodwill recently.  Then I layered on an arched frame from the flea, black and white thrift store art and the sparkly "hello" frame.  
I created the antler wreath with hot glue and small pieces of antler that I had on hand.  The hot glue did not like the heat of the roaring fire we had going during the snow storm so I also added jute twine at some of the joints to make it more secure.
But by far my favorite part is the thrift store vase I made over with Rub 'N Buff and Pearl Plaster.  I set it atop some books covered in craft paper and chevron fabric.
Of course, I also added a hint of Spring with the green hydrangeas and this message on the book spines.

Let's hope the sun keeps shining!  I can't take another snow day!

How are you decorating for Spring this year?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Gold Rub 'N Buff Dresser

For Christmas this year I asked for a TV for our master bedroom.  You guys...I have a really bad habit of falling asleep in front of the tube and being able to catch up on my shows in bed sounded like heaven.  (Tell me I am not the only one...please)

This little art deco dresser has been hanging out providing extra storage in the bedroom for a few years. I never painted it but the deep drawers are great for storage.   It was the perfect candidate to become our new TV console.
The dresser had beautiful wood grain but also a lot of veneer issues.  Paint was the obvious choice to give it new life.  I painted the body with General Finishes Snow White.  Then I decided to GO BIG - I applied gold Rub 'N Buff to the entire front of all three drawers.

To complete the makeover I pulled together a small gallery wall around the TV screen.  The grouping is based around this Van Gogh print I scored at Goodwill for $9.96.  It sort of reminds me of the artwork in a late 80s doctor's office.  But I've always loved impressionists and I plan to add more accents to the room drawing from the teal and pinky-red in the print.  Plus I love a gold frame.  1984 never looked so good!
To finish off the gallery I added this geometric heart printable from All Things Thrifty, printed our wedding date and framed it and dug up a small, thrifted sunburst mirror.  I wanted to reference our marriage and relationship without getting too mushy and I think I achieved that with a few small touches!
If you need me I'll be in my room enjoying the new view and a little television programming. Oh who am I kidding?  I'll probably be asleep!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fairy Tale Birthday Party: Chapter 5

Good Morning! Today we are all home because school is closed due to an ice storm. As much as I love being able to hit the gym and get the errands done go thrifting while the kids are in school, snow days allow us all to have a calm, relaxing morning without all the buswillbehereanyminuteputonyourshoesanddon'tforgetyourlunch drama.  Also I have time to blog!

Last week Olivia turned FIVE!  That is my baby y'all.
I LOVE LOVE birthday party decorating and this year Olivia had two requirements: Tinkerbell and reading.  Naturally we chose a "Fairy Tale" theme.  And I got right down to pinning all sorts of inspiration.

To save money we had the party in our church hall for a small fee which allowed me to also engage Tinkerbell to visit and read a story to the kiddos.  The rest of the party decor was homemade  or picked up at Dollar Tree, Michaels and Oriental Trading.

Here's the cake table.  The white table cloth backdrop was not behaving so please excuse that mess.
The birthday girl was very clear that the cake must be in the shape of a book and she chose pretzels and cheetos to serve to her guests.  We also had fruit salad, "pixie" punch (strawberry lemonade) and pixie sticks.  (Note to self: don't give pure sugar to twelve 5 year olds even if it goes perfectly with your theme.)  Roses from Costco, a darling book garland  and a fairy garden finished off the cake table.
I set the table with a cute chevron paper runner from Oriental Trading.  Then we used a mix of plates, napkins and cups.  I hate matchy-matchy paper products!
Olivia and I created these fairy gardens for the centerpiece.  We had so much fun working on them together every day after school.  We purchased the animals, moss and toadstools at Micheal's, Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby.  I just happened to have slabs of wood lying around because that's how I roll.
You can find all my inspiration sources and more for Fairy Tale party on my Pinterest board here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Blogger Stylin' Home Tours: The Thriftress

You guys.  I am so excited today to be part of the Christmas Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours hosted by Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co.   If you are popping over from Jenna of Rain on a Tin Roof, thanks so much for stopping by!

This home tour commitment has been a real blessing this year.  It has helped me to get the house decked out earlier than usual so we can enjoy it!  Especially since we will be out of town on Christmas.

Our family room has a high beamed ceiling and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace covering two thirds of one wall.  It lends itself nicely to a cozy lodge look and we love to be cozy in the room where we spend most of our time!
I usually accessorize with aqua and yellow in this room but for Christmas it's all red, white and gold.  I made these red plaid pillows this year by stuffing Target placemats with polyfil.
When it comes to decorating the mantel, as you can see I have to go big!  I scored the wood star from a friend's shop.  The original raw wood wasn't popping against the stone wall so I dry brushed the star with Pearl Plaster for a nice sheen.
I added more red to the room by mixing two new fair isle stockings in with two of our white fur ones. Love them with the alternating red and silver initial tags!  (Tip: I stuffed cardboard in the stocking to keep them from looking a little limp.)
I added a line from O Holy Night to the chalkboard to tie in with the big star.  I also wrapped red flannel ribbon around my white and gold vases for a little more color.  The white branchses were a great deal at Home Depot.
The coffee table has more red accents.  A red tray with a super cool graphic black and white candleholder from Ikea, red and gold ornaments and a bit of greenery from the yard.
The tree - we only have one this year since we will be away - is also in the family room.  The decorations are red, gold, rustic and woodland.  And this year Santa is keeping watch too!  I scored the vintage blow mold at the thrift store last year.  Love, LOVE him.

The tree may be in a galvanized tub but I love using my no sew red felt and burlap tree skirt underneath the tub too!
I wanted to try out Jesse's Easiest Tree Garland Ever this year to add extra dimension to the tree.  But grape vine wreaths were sold out.  Clearly everyone is reading Scout and Nimble and there's now a grapevine wreath shortage!  I had to settle for grape vine garland which is just not as beefy.  Next year I'm getting my grape vine wreaths early.

In the past I haven't done a lot of decorating in the kitchen but recently I added new shelves above the buffet that are perfect for display.

Of course the bull got a Christmas wreath for the season.  I found the Santa placemats at the thrift store. They are the same as the ones my Mom had when I was a kid!
Two of my favs together on the table: ironstone & vintage ornaments!

Over the sink I hung a wreath and snowflake garland in the window.  Snowy trees and a vintage Christmas platter flank the sink as well.  A little Christmas cheer here makes doing the dishes more tolerable.
Our last stop on the tour is the living room which recently went through a fireplace transformation.  I changed up the mantel and bookshelves a bit by adding mercury glass trees, vintage ornaments and a pine branch from the yard.

A simple pine bough is a simple touch of Christmas on the hearth.  I stuck it in a wine jug I was hoarding.  It pays to be both a wine jug chugging wino and a hoarder!
On the shelves and coffee table I used my go to simple Christmas decorating secret - Put an ornament on it!  Or in it or under it!  The vintage ornaments and garlands are from my stash and the nutcrackers are dollar store scores spray painted gold and silver.
My friends on the side table received a vintage shiny brite as well and a snazzy new tray from Michael's.  The lamp is actually a makeover of this lamp.  It recently got a coat of Paris Grey.
Above the sofa is a large world map.  I added gold vinyl letters using my Silhouette to spell out "Joy to the World".  I usually put up my vintage tree in the living room but this year I'm loving this simple touch instead.  So easy to remove when Christmas is over too!
Thanks for joining me for the Christmas Home Tour.  Merry Christmas!
Click here to take the next tour at Sweet Chaos Home.  Be sure to check out all the other FABULOUS tours in the blog hop too!

Lindsay - The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Roeshel - DIY Showoff
Jess and Monica - East Coast Creative
Laura - Finding Home
Jesse - Scout and Nimble
Sarah - Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
Angela - Number Fifty-three
Gwen - The Makerista
Brittany - Brittany Makes

Ashley - The Handmade Home
Anneke - This, That, & Life
Gina - Shabby Creek Cottage
Cassie - Primitive & Proper
Caitlin - Desert Domicile
Jenna - Rain on a Tin Roof
Sarah - The Thriftress
Carolyn - Sweet Chaos Home
Jamie - So Much Better with Age
Shavonda - A Home Full of Color

Emily - Jones Design Company
Jamie - C.R.A.F.T.
Lucy - Craftberry Bush
Michelle - Decor and the Dog
Whitney - The Curtis Casa
Kristin - Bliss at Home
Summer - Simple Stylings
Sarah - Lacquer and Linen
Danika - Gorgeous Shiny Things
Kelly - View Along the Way

Kennesha – Restoration House Interiors
Jenna - SAS Interiors
Chris - Just a Girl
Kelly - Eclectically Vintage
Michelle - Iron and Twine
Amanda - Our Humble Abode
Julia - Cuckoo 4 Design
Bethany - Dwellings by Devore
Lindsay - Makely Home
Jennifer - Dimples & Tangles

Shauna - Perfectly Imperfect
Traci - Beneath My Heart
Jen – The Chronicles of Home
Jennifer - Tatertots and Jello
Kristin - Hunted Interior
Eileen - A Creative Day
Gabbi - Retro Ranch Reno
Shannon - Shannon Berrey Design
Lakeitha - Lakeitha Duncan
Kristen - KFD Designs
Jessica - Dear Emmeline
Sarah - Royal Marigold
Carmel - Our Fifth House
Danika - Gorgeous Shiny Things

Thanks for visiting!

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