Spring Home Tour 2017

I got a head start on Spring cleaning this year, mainly because I wanted to minimize the clutter in our house. I remember when we moved in, I thought we didn’t have enough “stuff”, so I bought more and more to the point that we had too much.

Realizing some of the things I purchased was on impulse, I told myself no more. I have always loved the simple & classic look, even with my clothes, but was finding myself in a home full of clutter. So I made a conscious effort to get back to the basics so I could come home to a place that actually feels comfortable. That feels like home. I want the things that occupy our home to have some sort of meaning to me, to our family, and not something to take up space. We ended up donating 12 trash bags (approximately), a kids teepee, several vases, and other miscellaneous items, but oh did I feel so good! It took my husband and oldest son 4 trips to get everything out to the car. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

But after our house was decluttered, the fun began…Spring decorating!

The Dining Room

  • Wooden charger & Bar – Crate & Barrel
  • Chalkboard – DIY project
  • Glasses & olive branches – Pottery Barn
  • Glass vases – Magnolia Market

  • Small glasses on table – Crate & Barrel

  • Faux lambs ear, anemones, pink roses, & peonies – Afloral @afloral on Instagram

  • Mug rack – Magnolia Market

  • Faux peonies – Michaels
  • Apothecary jars & tea cup – Pottery Barn
  • Champagne glasses, water goblets, large platter, & glass wine bucket – Crate & Barrel
  • Mixing bowls – Pier1
  • Medium white pitcher – Anthropologie
  • Large white pitcher & rim beaded dinnerware – Target

  • Faux flowers – Afloral
  • Silverware – Crate & Barrel
  • Plates – Target
  • Linen napkins – Pottery Barn
  • Mini bird nest & eggs – Michaels

The Kitchen

Transitioning from Winter to Spring was simple. Just add lots of fresh greenery & flowers and volia! Spring kitchen!

  • Herb prints – Designed by me @acarriedaffairdesigns you can purchase similar prints created by me at Sarah’s Etsy shopย here.
  • Kitchen aid, marble pastry slab, rolling pin, pie pans, flour sack – Crate & Barrel
  • Rim beaded dinnerware, mugs, & large white pitcher – Target

  • Glass heritage jars & small plant pots – Crate & Barrel

I finally found vintage seltzer bottles that didn’t cost a fortune, so I snatched them up as soon as I saw them. I think they look perfect as with the pastel pink hyacinths for my island centerpiece.

  • Tray – Home Goods
  • Hyacinths – Trader Joe’s

I made this makeshift wreath using only seeded eucalyptus and left over white flower spray that I secured with waterproof floral tape. I love the modern feel of it and it only took me 10 minutes! ๐Ÿ˜Š

The Main Living Room

There is no separation between our kitchen and living room so we positioned the couch to act as a room divider. Also we can put the playpen on the other side making a makeshift baby gate to keep baby K from trying to escape to the kitchen cabinets to pull everything out of them. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I had the coffee & peony pillow custom made from Kendra @sovintagechic she makes beautiful pillows and this is definitely my favorite. The buffalo checkered pillow is from Lucy @mscraftberrybush she also makes beautiful pillows. ๐Ÿ˜

I made this spring wreath in 20 minutes using an embroidery hoop. I think it looks perfect on our living room wall. Click here for the tutorial.

I was really hesitant about sharing this photo. I really hate the outdated ceiling fans, but I decided to share it to show you that my house isn’t as perfect as what the pictures I post depict. There are things I want to change and update in our home, but it’s not in the budget right now. A lot of things aren’t in the budget that use to be now with two kids, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I already have the new fixtures picked out, so for right now I am content with what we have. Plus I love the chalk painted mirror up against the shiplap. In the end I’m grateful to have a nice home to watch our boys grow up in. โค

Well friends that’s it! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my spring home tour and are leaving here inspired to create your own spring spaces. Until next time. Xoxo

Holiday Home Tour 2016

Hi friends! This is my first time doing a holiday home tour and I am so excited to show you how I have decorated for the holidays this year! I hope you enjoy and leave here inspired. I initially hesitated to do this, as I know my home isnt anything glamourous, but it is a home that my husband and I have put a lot of labor and love into, to make it ours.

I made a lot of our Christmas decor this year with materials I already had or used decorations from previous years. We didn’t want to spend a crazy amount of money on seasonal decor, so being an avid DIY’er definitely has its perks!

This year I wanted a simple farmhouse look with a touch of modern charm, so I used lots of fresh greenery with pops of traditional red.

Here we go!

The Entryway

I love how open our Entryway is. We have vaulted ceilings so I didn’t want to do a lot with this room, as I didn’t want to take anything away from the natural beauty. I made a simple garland using fresh cedar and seeded eucalyptus, then finished it with a gold and burlap bow. The tutorial for the garland and bow are both on the blog. Click here for the details.ย 


The Main Living Room

I did buy these pillows this year. I just couldn’t help myself. They fit perfectly with the theme. I purchased them from Lucy @mscraftberrybush she makes the most beautiful Christmas pillows. I was lucky enough to snatch these up while they were on sale.

This might be the prettiest Christmas tree I have ever put together. Plus, this is the first real tree we’ve ever had in all our years of living! I am so in love. ๐Ÿ˜ I don’t think I’ll ever be able to have an artificial tree again. The flocking is my favorite. My husband and I did it ourselves. We purchased the sno-flock from Amazon.

The old record player was my mom’s. โค๏ธ I thought it fit perfectly with our Christmas theme this year.

If you’re curious I listed the places I purchased the ornaments, stockings, & zinc letters below.

  • Snowman & sweater ornaments – Crate & Barrel
  • Cardinal’s, Merry Christmas sign, plaid ornaments, plaid ice skate ornament, & red truck ornament – Pottery Barn
  • Bird’s nest tree topper – Habig Garden Shop
  • White wooden letter Merry Christmas Garland – Handmade by me. Click here for the tutorial.
  • Red berry twigs – Hobby Lobby
  • Stockings – Dawna-Beth @chataur_par_la_mer on Instagram
  • Zinc letters – Restyled Boutique

The fire truck is baby K’s Christmas gift, ๐Ÿš’ but thought it looked perfect for this shot so I left it there.

I made the tree skirt several years ago. It’s one of my favorite Christmas items.

My husband did want me to point out that he had nothing to do with the cardinal ornaments as he is a die hard Cubs fan. ๐Ÿป He was definitely in shock when he saw me put them on the tree. ๐Ÿ˜‚ He insisted on me hanging his Cubs ornament, but it didn’t fit the theme. Sorry hubby. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜˜

Aren’t these Christmas bells darling? I purchased them from Michaels at 50% off! $5 total! I removed the original red and white rope that was holding the bells together and replaced it with twine for a more simple look.

I made the mini pine wreath to give it a pop of color against the shiplap.

The Kitchen

My favorite room in the house. โค๏ธ I kept the decor neutral with lots of fresh greenery.

These glass canisters are all over my kitchen. They are so versatile & simple. I purchased them at Crate & Barrel, but I believe you can get them at Target & Walmart.

I made the mini wreath with fresh Christmas greens and tied it together with cream and black ribbon I found in the Target dollar spot.

I laid scraps of fresh cedar along the bottom shelf and made the fresh cedar wreath. Click here for the tutorial.ย I wanted a very neutral farmhouse style theme in the kitchen so I only added natural elements.

The Dining Room

This room has been a challenge to decorate. It isn’t a large room so space has been an obstacle. I didn’t want to add a lot as I though it would make this room look too busy. I would be lying if I said the mini gingerbread village in apothecary jars was my idea. I actually saw this on two of my favorite IG accountsย Lucy’s @mscraftberry & Rachel’s @rachelelizabethcreates and knew that I wanted to borrow their idea for the dining room table centerpiece. They say copying someone is the ultimate flattery, which I agree with. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I added the red ribbon to give the centerpiece a pop of color amongst all the neutral.

This piece of furniture was originally a tv armoire, but with a little paint and sweat I turned it into a hutch.

With all the white I wanted to add some color, and what better way then to make mini buffalo checkered scarves for the woodland critters.

I found these white ceramic houses at Target for $3. They fit perfectly with the look I was going for so I brought three of them home with me. Plus $3 is a steal compared to other retailers!

I found the birds nest at Michaels and added a little greenery and red berry twigs. I paired it with one of the cardinal ornaments and voila! A Christmas mug rack. โค๏ธ

For the finale, I leave you with these adorable gingerbread snowflake mug toppers!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ You can purchase them at Anthropologie if you love them as much as I do. Now that I’m done photographing it, in my belly it goes. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Well friends that’s it. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my first holiday home tour and feel inspired to create something that makes your heart smile. โค๏ธ

Merry a Christmas friends. ๐ŸŒฒ Until next time. Xoxo