Wednesday, September 20, 2017

~how I made our new coffee table~

When we put our new couch in, it was apparent that we were going to need a new coffee table. Something low, and something square.

After searching the web, I couldn't find just the right thing, so I decided to make my own.
I purchased these legs  from Ferrous Hardware, and combined the sleek look of them with some rustic scaffolding planks we had laying in the backyard covered in blackberry bushes.

Below was my inspiration picture, minus the legs:

 So I dug up the wood from the bushes, cut them to the length I needed and sanded them down.
Then I did a side by side to see if I was on the right track.

The next step was to stain the wood. I used a combination of stains to get a variety of colors.
I decided to seal the top with a satin varathane when I was done, to protect it from spills, etc.

Of course this is where I forgot to keep taking pictures, but I will try to explain it as best as I can.
To attach the top pieces together, I cut a piece of plywood 2" smaller the whole way around and screwed it to the back.

Then I ripped down more of the old wood on the table saw to 4" pieces, cut them on the chop saw on a 45 degree angle to make the box for the top to sit on. I didn't stain this, I left it raw with no varathane or anything. I liked the juxtaposition of the dark shiny wood top with the rough grey sides.

Finally, I screwed in the legs and put it in it's home!

I love the rustic wood, even with wording on the sides, combined with the sleek modern legs.

The legs also pick up the bit of chrome on the base of the sectional.

For a full source list, please see yesterdays post on our fall family room.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

~our rustic modern neutral fall family room~

Fall decorating does not always have to be orange and black and yellow.
It can be neutral and still have a cozy warmth to it.

In our family/living room I've tried to create a cozy space while keeping things simple and neutral.
Let's start with our new couch!
While I loved our old couch, the cover was starting to tear and the cushions were showing their age. We are planning on saving up to get our dream couch, but in the meantime got this one for a couple reasons.

I wanted to try something darker in this room, jus to change things up a bit.
This sectional was super inexpensive, so I knew even if I didn't like it, I wasn't out a ton of money.

And I do like it! Is it our forever couch? Probably not. After living with it for a couple months I realize with 2 yellow labs, the color choice was not the best. Even though the dogs don't go on it, it still collects everything. So I am off to search for a cream couch once again.

Once the new couch was in, I realized our old coffee table was the wrong shape and way too high. 
So after searching high and low with no luck, I made a new one, and I will show you how I did that-tomorrow.

I kept my white linen Ikea pillows and added this Sugarboo Designs pillow, along with a few neutral shams. 

The books add a bit of color to the otherwise neutral space.

This pumpkin is so big that it reminded me of a pillow, so I added it to the couch and I love the whimsical look of it.

In the corner I added a few more pumpkins on a pile of books behind our new leather chair. 
Floor lamp can be found here.

When the weather is still changing from summer to fall, I like to leave the doors open to get fresh air in the house. I used my concrete spheres that I made and by simply placing 
felt furniture pads on the bottom of them, they become great door stops.

I kept things neutral on the coffee table too.
I ordered this vase for our dining room but thought it was so perfect here with some limelight hydrangeas in it.
A stack of neutral books with one of my favorite candles,  and some heart prayer beads that I just got. You guys, if you have ever thought about decorating with these, they are gorgeous! Way bigger than I thought. {80" long!} 
They really make an impact.
Through the end of September you can use promo code:
to take 15% off anything at LoveFeast Shop.
My lamps on console table are on sale here.

I decided to layer one of my white cowhides on top of this new rug.
I hope you enjoyed the little glimpse into our family room! 
Click on any of the links below to see more fall family rooms in our seasons of home tours.
And please come back tomorrow for details on how I made our coffee table.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

~shop the look of "Home Again"

Savannah and I went to go see the new movie, Home Again.
Not only was it a great movie, but the Nancy Meyers set did not disappoint. 
I found some great picks for you to incorporate this look into your home. 

Have you seen the movie? I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
I just love, love, love this look, happy shopping!


Friday, September 15, 2017

~Friday favorites~

Friday favorites starts with these beautiful fall mums~

This is a great Instagram to follow~

This is the coolest chair for a nursery.

This is the perfect blanket for fall, and it's on sale!

I must get these sneakers.

I love this necklace, the acrylic is so chic.

Looking for an inexpensive tufted headboard? Look no further than here.

Leave it up to Anthropologie to have the coolest wall mural ever.

This is the cutest puppy ever, and instructions to make the cutest dog house ever.

Have a happy weekend!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

~the best crockpot macaroni & cheese~

Comfort food at it's finest.
This macaroni and cheese is a dish that is great for a big crowd or to bring to a potluck.
It's very cheesy and not low calorie by any means, but if you love a good mac and cheese, you need to try this recipe.


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