Autumn Home Tour 2017

Welcome to the Autumn Home Tour! If you are coming from Sarah’s blog @dreamingofhomemaking I’m sure you are still in awe. Isn’t her bedroom stunning?!? I am so inspired by her and the other accounts we are teamed up with. ❤️

My favorite season is here! Fall! 🍁 What’s not to love? The crisp air, the colorful leaves, boots, apple cider, festivals, I mean the list goes on and on.

I waited a little longer than normal to start decorating our home for fall this year, but life happens. Am I rite? However, the house is all decked out in fall now, and that’s what matters. 😉

Woods, whites,  and greenery are staples in our home, no matter what season. I went with simple touches of white mini-pumpkins and fresh eucalyptus to welcome my favorite season.

Kitchen

The kitchen is my favorite room in our home. My bed asleep is a close second. 😉

I love mixing old and new items. The old brass candlesticks were my great grandmothers. I found them in my parent’s basement when I went to visit during the holidays last year and my mom gave them to me. The crock was a $25 find at a thrift shop.

I have done tons of DIY projects but my most favorite of all are the open shelves in the kitchen. They really opened up the room and gave me a convenient place to put my baking necessities so I can bake things like this.

The best part about the open shelves, they cost me a total of $55! I get a ton of messages about them and when I tell them the price they are flabbergasted! Cray cray right? CLICK HERE for the full tutorial on my DIY open shelves.

 

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Dining Room

If there was one thing I wish I was better at it would be gardening. It’s not that I don’t think I could plant a garden. It’s more about the maintenance and attentiveness needed. Maybe one day…

So until then, I will use my terra-cotta pots for tablescaping. 😂

I am in love with the 2 gallon Vintage Galvanized Watering Can with Wood Handle that I scored at Amazon. After I am done using it as a centerpiece, I will definitely use it for reals.

 

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Living Room

One of the things that genuinely makes me happy is having fresh flowers in the house. No matter how many times I redecorate, I will always see fresh flowers. I buy a majority of our flowers from Trader Joes. They are super inexpensive compared to a floral shop.

I really didn’t fall-ify this room, just added more house plants and Lightening McQueen. ⚡️

 

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Entryway

I made this wreath last year and I still love it! The one I originally wanted from Pottery Barn was more money than I was willing to spend, so I made it at a fraction of the cost. The tutorial is HERE.

This space is more bare than I prefer, but I have a hard time styling this space. Maybe one day I will figure it out.

 

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That’s a wrap! I hope you leave here feeling inspired. Xo

 

Next stop on the Autumn Home Tour is Meeghan @caligirlinasouthernworld! Her home is nothing shy of breathtaking so make sure you to head on over by clicking the picture below.

Meeghan

 

Make sure to check out the other autumn home tours as well. Click on any photo below to be directly taken to that bloggers autumn home tour.

Marci
Christina
Areeba
Sarah
Anam
Sarah

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Summer Home Tour 2017

Oh how I love Summer. Bright colors everywhere, flowers growing, the smell of fresh cut grass, swimming, & sun-kissed skin. Honestly, the list goes on and on. But what I love most is the longer days and sunshine that beams in the house. The one thing I fell in love with when we purchased our home was all the windows. The downstairs bathroom is the only room in our entire home that doesn’t have one. Sunshine just makes me happy. I think most people would agree.

This Summer I am all about pops of colors, greenery,  and textures.

The Main Living Room

We just updated the flooring a few months ago and I am still so IN LOVE with it! It is crazy how it transformed this room. I am still in need of an area rug, but in due time.

I have changed the decor on this wall more times than I can count, but I love the clean & simple look of it. I might add some more greenery. Just something I have been thinking about. P.S. If you missed my blog post on how to make the faux ivy vines in the empty picture frame CLICK HERE.

For the hanging shelf, I literally pulled a piece of wood off an old wooden pallet and drilled two holes on each side, then ran twine through the holes to hold up the shelf. It only took me 20 minutes to make! Crazy fast, right?!?

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Please note, some of the items are no longer available; however, I linked similar items for those that are not available.

 

The Kitchen

This room is where you’ll find the pops of color and what color says Summer more than yellow?

I painted the two lemon prints a couple months ago and I am so excited I can finally show you!

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Please note, some of the items are no longer available; however, I linked similar items for those that are not available.

 

The Dining Room

I wanted to change things up a little this season. I usually want everything to match, but this Summer I went with mismatched linen napkins, a variety of white flowers, and different sized vases. Who am I?!? However, I really liked all the neutral colors and textures. This room just felt right with warm hues.

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The Sitting Room

We recently changed the floors in this room also. Actually the entire downstairs (except the kitchen & bathroom) has been updated to this flooring. I now don’t mind photographing this space.

I had my sweet & talented friend Nichole @therusticroost_ (on Instagram) custom make this sign for me a few months ago and I still love it.

I couldn’t show this room without getting a close up of these pink beauties. Too bad they are dead now. Sigh.

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Please note, some of the items are no longer available; however, I linked similar items for those that are not available.

 

Well friends, I hope you enjoyed my Summer Home Tour 2017. Make sure to check out the other lovely ladies I collaborated with listed below. Each name is linked to their blog or Instagram account. Their homes are nothing short of AHH-MAZZ-ING and I am sure you will think so too!

Karan

Meeghan

April

Jenny

Rae

Cynthia

Happy Summer-ing. Until next time friends. Xo

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. 😳

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 shop 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! 😊


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. 😬

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. 😍

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. ❤

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. 

 

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. 😍 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. ❤️ 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, 🚒 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. 🐻 He was definitely in shock when he saw me put them on the tree. 😂 He insisted on me hanging his Cubs ornament, but it didn’t fit the theme. Sorry hubby. 😂😘

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. ❤️ 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. 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 accounts 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. 😊


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. ❤️

For the finale, I leave you with these adorable gingerbread snowflake mug toppers!! 😍😍😍 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. 😋

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. ❤️

Merry a Christmas friends. 🌲 Until next time. Xoxo