Friday, March 23, 2018

~Friday favorites~

If you are new to my blog, welcome!
Friday favorites is a fun post I do once a week to share with you some of my favorite things I have found on the web. It might be home decor products, sales happening, home tours, fun Instagram accounts, creative artists, you name it!

As summer gets closer and closer I start daydreaming about taking family camping trips in our camper. Our neighbors just got a new airstream, and while you don't need an airstream to enjoy this book, it's a fabulous read and got me all inspired.

To see the coolest RV, check out this Instagram account. It makes me want to give ours an overhaul!

I am drooling over the simplicity and color scheme of this kitchen, See the before and afters of this house, right here.

I have a custom piece of art from this cutie, coming my way! I cannot wait to see it in person and share it with you all!

I am loving all things brass right now and this is a great price for a giant

 curtain rod!

And I am so getting this necklace. Now I just need to decide which letter!

If there was a scent for Spring, this would be it.
Although it is hard to break away from my favorite Ginger & Saffron candle.

I don't think I will ever get tired of marble and gold. This is a beauty.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

~from trash to treasure~{Thrifty Thursday}

I am so excited about todays Thrift Thursday project!
I think I may have mentioned before that I am taking part in the upcoming Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.
I ordered a new patio set from Home Depot and it came in a giant box with tons of packaging material. Most of it went in the trash or burn pile, but this black metal frame had me intrigued.
It seemed too good to just toss, so I came up with a project for wall art on our deck.

I wanted to pick up on the colors of the lake and the trees, so I went with a blue/green color scheme.
I started with a few 1x6 pine pieces and ripped some down on the table saw to create varying widths.
Then I cut them to length and dry fitted them in the frame to make sure they would fit.

Then I selected my paint colors and bought a quart of each.
I also distressed the boards a bit first by roughing them up with a hammer, sandpaper, a drill, etc.
I painted multiple coats of different paint on each board so that when I sanded them down in the end they would look like old chippy pieces of wood.

Colors from top to bottom:

Glidden Shaded Fern
not pictured, Benjamin Moore Antique Jade

After the paint was dry I sanded each one individually and topped them off with Annie Sloan Black Wax.

Then I predrilled holes in the sides of the metal frame and screwed each board into place.
My husband hung a wire on the back and voila!

I love the colors in it and I love how it looks with this old painted galvanized bucket.
It was such an easy fun project that cost little money and I feel good about recycling at the same time!
If you are interested in this post, you can shop the below:

Table~our old dining room table sealed with outdoor Varathane.
White chairs are from here.
Wicker chairs from here.
Outdoor lights from here.
Monogram napkins on table from here.
Black pillows from here. 

Oh I also found a thrift store wood bowl and painted it with the Tornado Season paint!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

~an organized pantry~[my fave essentials}

Pantry organization is huge. Organized and neat pantries are all over Pinterest and in magazines.
I love having an organized pantry.
It is so much easier to find what you are looking for when things are nice and tidy.

Heather Bullard has one of my favorite pantries.


I love how she uses jars, and baskets, and metal containers to keep everything in.
Behind these doors I have incorporated some of the same things.

Here are a few of my favorite pantry essentials to get this look:



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

~sparkly white bunny cookies recipe~

My favorite go to recipe for these cookies is by my friend Jenny Keller. They are easy to make, no fail, and are super yummy.
Find Jenny's recipe here.

After you have frosted them, simply turn upside down onto a plate filled with sprinkles and push down gently to coat. These are the sprinkles I used. 
This is the exact cookie cutter I used.

Aren't they the cutest?

Monday, March 19, 2018

~5 tips for getting your house ready for spring~

This is a fun time of year for me to give our house a little freshening up.
Here are some simple steps you can take to get your house ready for spring.

Swap out velvet or heavy wool pillows for linen or cotton.
Stick to lighter colors, or if you prefer, go bold with bright colors.
In our living room I took out our black and white pillows and replaced them with chambray, white linen, and a soft blue and cream pattern.


Nothing says spring to me like fresh flowers. 
They don't have to be anything fancy. I like using monochromatic flowers, but any amount of greenery will add an instant fresh look.
The grocery store is my favorite place to pick up flowers.


This costs nothing and can be so satisfying.
Try moving things from the bedroom to the living room, or vice versa.
I brought in this bigger lighter table to our living room and it made all the difference.


Believe it or not, even I like color! Just little pops here and there in accessories will make a room look really happy. I used books with bright colors in a basket under our coffee table to achieve this look. Try looking for books at the thrift store or at discounted stores that are in your color story.



This might sound obvious, but start by dusting surfaces, wiping down baseboards, and washing windows. I use these cleaners because they smell so good!
These come in a close second!


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