I don’t know what my deal has been lately, but by the end of the day I am done! I have felt so tired, but there is so much to do I really can’t afford to be right now. To break up my normal day, I decided to change things up a bit and plan some time for some fun– some penny-pinching fun!
I have a lot of rooms to find decor for right now. Both the boys bedrooms, our bathroom, and my office. Thursday, Sam and I headed out for a day of treasure hunting around some of our favorite local shops…and it did not disappoint.
My hands down favorite find of the day is this brass antelope. I love love love when I find decor like this for just a few dollars! It’s solid brass and it just has a sexy vibe. I totally dig it and it had to come home with me.
I love it in my office, and I think it’s a great spot at the current moment since those antlers could impale a child around here.
I scored another piece of round cut stone for $1.25 at the Salvation Army. It appears to have been part of a little accent table. I found another one of these last year and I love to use them as trays. I also have plans to turn one into a plant stand soon.
I grabbed another fish bowl vase for my desk too. I think they are perfect for arranging roses.
Since we are in “bathroom reno mode” right now, I was happy to find this vintage lucite towel bar. It was only $8 at a flea market. The hardware needs a little cleaning but it is in great shape and even more beautiful in person. It will look so great with the marble tile.
Last but not least, I found something for Sam’s bedroom makeover. A few months back, I sat down with him and did a little “design consultation” and he totally surprised me with what he likes and wants for his room.
He is requesting all white walls and wants black and white decor. We are also mixing in some natural wood tones and copper. He totally has the hippest decor taste of any 5-year-old I know. He wants lots of animals and a guitar too. We have already purchased him a teepee from off his list and there are some other fun details that I am going to save for later.
This little stool is so perfect for the vibe his room is taking. He drags the bathroom stool into his room all the time to sit on. So, this was so great because now he has one for his room. Sam thinks it is a pterodactyl and it totally sold him on wanting it. For $6 we couldn’t pass it up. The tribal vibe, colors, and warm wood tones are perfect.
This warmer weather is totally putting me into treasure-seeking mode!! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my hunt on!!!
I’d like to thank Kleenex® for sponsoring this post.
Oh yes, spring is upon us! The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and those noses are running! The first two sound pretty wonderful…but runny noses are no fun. Unfortunately, they are a part of spring in my household and probably yours too.
As I have been bringing spring touches to our rooms, I have also been adding Kleenex to them. Between our kids, who both suffer seasonal allergies, and my own sinus issues, I am a master nose wiper. Yes, I have awarded myself that title. I can wipe noses like nobody’s business!
My recent trip to the store for our springtime stock pile was so fun! Have you seen all the great styles of Kleenex boxes? Well, I found something for every spot in our house that works with our decor and adds more style.
Our bedroom is the numero uno place I need Kleenex. You guys are getting a little teaser today of my spring bedroom refresh, but the big reveal is not ready just yet. Don’t you just love my bedside Kleenex box?! It totally adds more spring and whimsy to my room.
I need this here for myself at night and for the occasional late night kiddie nose wipe. At 3am when your little ones wake up uncomfortable and need help blowing their noses, it’s nice not to scramble to find the Kleenex. My youngest still hasn’t mastered the nose blow, so support and instruction is needed.
Our living room gets the Kleenex treatment too. It’s the hub of the house, and it is always handy to have some close by here.
This is my favorite box design! It is designed by Isaac Mizrahi for Kleenex. It feels better to know that I am at least super stylish while blowing my nose!
Another essential springtime must is to have Kleenex go packs. I add these to my car and my purse. They are so handy! The pattern and color selections are so great too.
I had to add another animal print Isaac Mizrahi box in my office too…
Did you guys know that Kleenex has been around for 90 years? A lot has changed with the box designs and options even from when I was a kid. In celebration of this anniversary, they are bringing you another innovative first: The Kleenex Style Studio. It’s a great, fun way to find your own favorite Kleenex design. You can also take the style quiz and read fun facts about the history of Kleenex.
Check out how fashion and Kleenex intersect with this video:
This was a sponsored post for Kleenex®. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Let’s all survive the spring time sneezes in style! Go on and find your Kleenex style!
I’d like to thank FloraCraft® for sponsoring this project.
I was happy to partner with FloraCraft® for their Foam for the Holidays campaign. I was sent a mystery box of Make it: Fun® Foam and a surprise element to add into my design. I was excited to see the box contained Make it: Fun® Foam cones of all different sizes and some Design It:® Simple Style® LED lighted branches and string lights.
My dining room table came to mind when thinking about my design. I was thinking of ways to cozy it up for the holidays. It was playing a little cold to me, partly because there is hardly anything in it right now since we are still remodeling that part of the house. We will be using our table for our Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas morning pancake breakfast. So, I wanted to make it festive for our celebrations. Nothing says cozy holiday time better than sweaters and plaid. Whenever the temperature plunges, I love a chunky sweater or woolen plaid blanket. Those thoughts became the basis for my table design.
I had a couple of old cream scarves that I haven’t worn in quite a few years and decided to use them for this project. If you don’t have scarves, you could always stop in thrift shop for a few or some sweaters. This was so insanely easy to do! You don’t even need glue!
Supplies to make DIY Winter Scarf Trees:
your sweater material || straight pins || Make It: Fun® Foam cones in a variety of sizes
OK, this was RIDICULOUSLY easy folks! All I did was roll the scarves around the cones. I cut the scarf to size just leaving about a 1/2 inch on top and bottom.
I pinned the starting end about every inch. The straight pins worked excellent. They didn’t wiggle loose at all, I didn’t even need glue.
Then you just pin the end of your cut. The pins don’t stand out at all once placed and I like that if I want to reuse the cones in the future I can remove the sweater material without damaging them.
You just need to pin the tops and along the bottom. So easy, right!?!
I decided to work the LED lighted branches and string garland into my tablescape. I added fresh-cut greens and worked the lighted branches into them. I wrapped a couple of the scarf trees with the string lights.
I added touches of plaid with a scart as a table runner and some tartan fabric I scored at a flea market still on the bolt with the old tag still attached.
The rest is just a combination of collected plates and glassware. I went with a vintage look to continue the cozy feel. I also added the mittens to hold the silverware for a fun holiday touch.
Here is the table all ready for our holiday dinner!
I played around with the lights a bit too using the string lights in the branches too.
I can’t wait to enjoy our Christmas Eve dinner here!!
If you are like me, your mind is already thinking of ways to deck the halls for the holidays. We plan out our trees, our tabletops, entry ways, and mantels. Another spot in our home to think about are the walls. Wreaths are a great go-to, but sometimes you want something a little different. Today, I am sharing 10 easy DIY projects to dress up your walls this holiday season and not break the bank.
I love it when I see ideas inspired from catalogs. Kim from Newly Woodwards did a Ballard Designs knock-off of their holiday decor. Scrapbook paper cut out in holiday shapes and placed in frames. Super inexpensive but makes such a nice display!
Cassie from Primitive & Proper added a vintage touch to her decor with these DIY Holiday Plaques. Using a vintage Santa book she took the pages and added them to these plaques. I just love them! So charming!!
I love what Amber and Nick from Wills Casa did with their Instagram photos for Thanksgiving. I could see this done for the holidays saying “BE MERRY”. They made a letter grid using Instagram photos they printed in a template in Photoshop. So creative and a great way to showcase those memories.
If you want something really quick and easy, you can always frame snowflake ornaments like I did here. These are just inexpensive ornaments popped in frames with scrapbook paper and fabric for backgrounds.
I don’t know about you, but that is getting me in the holiday spirit!!! I hope you found something that inspired you. What I love most is that all these projects are so creative but can done for next to nothing!
I am so thrilled to be part of the Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tourshosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co.and Kristen of KFD Designs!!! I have been loving the tours so far, haven’t you? Yesterday, Danika of Gorgeous Shiny Things shared her home tour. She has some serious style! It is so great to see a fresh take on fall decor and the creativity is so inspiring! If you follow this blog you know that fall is hands-down my favorite time of year here in the Midwest. If you are visiting for the first time, WELCOME!! I hope you enjoy our little fall home tour…
♥ Cabin-Chic or Luxe-Lodge♥
♥ Cozy Glam ♥
Have you been keeping up with all the Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tours? They have been pretty amazing!! There’s more Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tours coming your way!! Tomorrow Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof will be sharing her home. You won’t want to miss that!
Here’s a complete list of the bloggers who already shared their homes incase you’d like to check them out:
Today I have a fun and easy Halloween project to share and a great giveaway for a $200 Target gift card!! One of my hands-down favorite things to do on the blog is offer you guys a giveaway and this is a good one!! I also got to team up with some of my favorite bloggers. We were each asked to create a DIY Halloween craft that could be repurposed in our homes.
When it comes to seasonal decor, I like to keep it pretty simple. I am more about creature comforts and mixing in more texture when fall rolls around. That’s all fine and dandy, but I also have 2 little boys who just happen to love Halloween. So, I like to opt for Halloween decor that I can reuse or transition into other crafts throughout the year. As you can see this project was a really great fit for us and how we live. I also don’t like to spend a lot of money on things like this and that is where Coupons.com comes in. Have you used Coupons.com before? It is pretty great for online shopping.
I chose to do a Halloween Candy Table and make DIY Chalkboard Labels. We like to have friends over when we trick or treat and have some snacks out for the night. As you can see, we like to get our sinful candy eating ways done in one night. This will get us through until next year.
I purchased my project materials on target.com and used codes from the coupons.com website to save at target.com. The codes I used are no longer on the website but they offer new codes all the time. By using these codes I saved 30% on the home decor items I selected, got free shipping, and an extra 5% off using my Target Red Card. It added up to some pretty big savings!
For this project, I used home items that I could reuse later on. Glass jars, an apothecary jar, and white bowls all served as candy and food containers for my Halloween Candy Table. Choosing basic items like this for my foundation is great because I can reuse them for other things in my home after the holiday is over. I am already re-using the glass jars for Zoey’s dog food and the bowls are great for growing boys who like to eat cereal in large quanities.
I made the DIY Chalkboard Labels using these items:
• Paper Straws (also from Target)
• Craft store wood plaques
• Chalkboard spray paint
• Hot glue & hot glue gun
I chose hot glue since that would be easy to disassemble and I can reuse the chalkboard labels for other projects like place cards and food labels for other events.
I will be including a recap of all 12 of our pumpkin ideas tomorrow with the link-up. I hope you’ll join us and share your pump-tastic projects! This can be anything pumpkin related– decorated pumpkins, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin recipes, or pumpkin soaps and scrubs. I look forward to seeing all you ideas!
Today I’m sharing my pumpkin project with you. I went tribal up in here. After scoring that Nate Berkus arrow rug I was feeling that trend.
This doesn’t even require a photo tutorial, because all I did was take orange pumpkins and paint the arrows on them with some white craft paint. Super-duper easy!
I went with orange because I am using them on our entry way table that is black and white. I love a pop of orange there.
I like to keep fall decor pretty simple. I also like to use real pumpkins opposed to the craft store variety.
Adding in the smaller pumpkins makes a festive little vignette. The cloche is from Target and is a great way to display pumpkins.
Today I’m sharing our new lamp on our bar cart. Lamps.com contacted me to see if I wanted to review a lamp. This was perfect since there are so many rooms that still need lighting. I love table lamps on bar carts. I also love to collect things over time and mix metallics. I decided to select a lamp that wouldn’t be too matchy-matchy on the brass bar cart.
Our living room has a very collected look and I love that it mixes styles. I selected the Dimond Waverly Lamp because of its traditional urn base. It plays more modern with its chrome plating and black shade. It is the perfect height to put on a bar cart.
This lamp is so gorgeous! I am really impressed with the quality. It is very well made and the chrome shines like jewelry.
It really stands out against our big windows in the living room, especially with the black shade.
I decided to play a bit and try it out in another part of the room.
The polished chrome is like a mirror and reflects it’s surroundings. It is quite dazzling.
Lamps.com had so many options to choose from! I had a hard time deciding since I love so many different styles. They really have something for every taste and budget. Check out Lamps.com for all your lighting needs.
I am back from our trip and catching up on everything. I also came home to two sick little boys which makes me sad. I guess it’s that time of year when we are going to be passing the sick germs around!
Here’s a little moment from our trip. We had a big porch on the house we stayed at that was set up on a hillside. It was the perfect place to sit in the morning and have coffee and take in the scenery. The colors have started to change in that part of the country and it was pretty perfect. Our first morning there it was lightly raining and there was a mist that wove itself in and out of the trees and fields.
It was pretty magical. Sitting out with our friends in our jams sipping coffee and talking.
I need to get back on my healthy diet after all that naughty indulging so tomorrow I’ll be sharing one of my new favorite meals to keep on track. But speaking of coffee and perfect mornings, grab your cup and come check out the first week of the Modern +Fresh Fall Home Tours.