A Small Front Porch Update

Hey, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was busy but a lot of fun.  Saturday we spent time with family and Sunday we did some work on the house.  I have lots to share — just need to make time to photograph!  Movin’ slow today, ha.

A little while ago, I shared our front porch and how that was shaping up.  We had just purchased a new wreath, and we potted a gardenia plant in the planter we received as a Christmas gift.  Our little space looked like this…

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Almost immediately after posting this, I realized what this space was lacking that I felt it really needed.  Typical doormats are this size, but I wanted something larger that would fill up the space better.  So I went in search of something that was budget-friendly and also made the size statement that I wanted.

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And I found it!  This one is from Target and is actually the “estate” size, which cracks me up because our house is teeny tiny.  😉

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I love this rug.  So far we’ve had it for about two months and it has held up really well.  I’ll keep you posted.  The DIY wreath is still looking the same — I just took down the ‘Happy Easter’ sign.

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We have a little carriage light by our front door and I’m really wanting something different and BIGGER!  The ones on the front of our house are pretty cute so I may just change this one to something different than the other two.  Ideally I would love them to all be the same, but we’ll see.

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So far, no blooms on the gardenias but I’m keeping up with watering them.  With the change in temperature they got a little crispy for a day or two because their water needs increased and I wasn’t prepared.  They’re hangin’ in and I’m hoping they bloom soon!

Catching Up

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Good morning, friends.  🙂 I hope you had a very blessed Easter.  Ours was pretty low-key — just time spent with family and a Greek feast that is still making my mouth water.  I’m thinking I need to make another batch of my favorite orzo salad just because.

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Easter weekend was a busy one for us.  We had a beautiful wedding that we went to on Saturday, plus all of the food prep and regular weekend stuff that goes on.  This past weekend was a little less crazy but we still packed in a bunch.  We found some new things at IKEA, which I will share soon.  Trying to pack as much organization as possible into our little home.  🙂

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Yesterday was two years since my sweet Gramma went to Heaven and I am missing her a lot.  Feeling happy to connect with her in all the ways she shows up in my daily life, though.  I see her everywhere.  I look for her everywhere.  She just always shows up!  Like she always did when she was here with us on Earth.  So thankful for that.

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Even though we weren’t home for most of the day on Easter, this was our little table that I decorated for us.  Grey and I dyed those eggs the night before Easter — just in time!  😉 It was fun to come home to a festive little tabletop — it’s the little things.

I’ll be posting next week about some new things around our house, as well as our front porch refresh, and some long-term plans for our living room.

Have a great day!

A Sentimental Spring Table Setting

Hey there, friends.  I hope you’re gearing up for a fun weekend.  You can find me busy baking and cooking today in preparation for some goodies I’m bringing to our Easter celebration at my in-laws’ house on Sunday.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year with them and I can’t wait!

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So let me just tell you…  I have an amazing friend who I met in design school several years ago who has made such a huge impact on me.  She’s made me feel more confident in my skin, she’s helped me find direction when I was struggling, she’s one of my mentors and one of my biggest cheerleaders.  Basically, she is incredible and means so much to me.

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A couple of years ago she gave me the most incredible gift… a set of Limoges china that was her mother’s.  Now, when Grey and I were married, we didn’t register for china.  I wanted to, but I couldn’t decide upon anything that I wanted.  Plus when we got married I was twenty-one and thought that it was pretty likely that whatever I picked out in my early twenties I wouldn’t really be in love with later on in my life.  And I was probably right — over time, my tastes have developed, my style has been honed in, and I know that it will continue to do so as I get older.

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I couldn’t believe it when she gave this to me.  The pattern is simple — roses.  They remind me of a watercolor painting.

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Two years in a row now, during the Spring and Summer months, we pull these dishes out and they are a sweet reminder of friendship, gratitude, love, and happy happy times.

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The rosemary is from my sis-in-law’s backyard.  After I tucked these sprigs in, my hands smelled so good.  🙂  You could also smell the deliciousness radiating from the table itself.  It was kind of magical.

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The ticking stripe “runner” is actually just a piece of fabric that I have folded right now.  Maybe someday I’ll sew it, maybe not.  🙂  I knew I wanted a bigger black and white print for the napkins, and these buffalo check ones are such nice quality and were exactly what I needed to pair perfectly with the floral plates.

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I took these photos at nine o’clock in the morning and the sun was shining in so peacefully.  It’s moments like these that I breathe in that sweetness of joy and savor every moment of it.

Happy Easter to you — I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Vintage Trophy Find

For the past long while, I have been on the hunt at every vintage store or market event for the perfect vintage trophy.  No easy feat!  Either they were too pricey, or the patina wasn’t great, or there was a strange inscription.  But a couple of weekends ago at Highland Yard Vintage, I found one tucked away that had to come home with me.

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I love this little arrangement.  🙂  This table houses so many of my vintage treasures.  And my new trophy is really a trophy of the perfect find!

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Wouldn’t a little tree look so cute in here for Christmas?  Already scheming for holidays ahead…because thats what I do.  😉

What treasures have found you lately?

Our New Blanket Ladder

Hey, friends!  I hope you’ve had a great morning so far.  Temps are starting to warm up here which means we’re really gettin’ into Spring.  I’m thinking I may need to plan some kind of Spring brunch or something before it gets too hot to be outside!  😉

My mom-in-law recently purchased a blanket ladder and upon seeing it I loved it so much!  I never thought I would have one in our home because the only ones that I had seen were really, really rustic and our house is not rustic at all.  I always appreciated the way they looked in farmhouse- or southwest-style spaces but could never picture one for us.  But then I saw my mom-in-law’s!  I went home that night and noticed that the wall that our TV is on would be the perfect spot for one of those ladders.

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I searched on Kirkland’s and this one came up — I loved it even online and was so excited because the wood looked like it would be perfect with the other wood tones in this room.  And they are!  It’s sort of a cool taupe-gray much like our entertainment center and storage cabinet.

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I downloaded the Kirkland’s app on my phone (thanks to the recommendation from my mom-in-law!) and every day they have a ‘Spin It to Win It’ coupon where you can get a coupon that is good for that day only.  Kinda fun!  The day I purchased the ladder I had a 20% off coupon to use.

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I also plopped our little plant in the corner in a basket from HomeGoods.  This basket used to hold Kuma’s toys but it was a little tall for him and I noticed he wasn’t grabbing anything other than his Lambchops toy, which was on top.  😉

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I’m still undecided as to whether or not this will be the plant’s ‘forever basket’ (knowing me — probably not, ha!) but for now it’s working out.  I saved the base so I can always put it back the way it was.  I was just a little tired of looking at how orange the wood had turned!  A simple fix would be staining it, and I’m sure someday I’ll do that.  But for now…

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Have a great rest of your day!

Spring Home Tour

Happy Monday!  I hope your weekend was a wonderful one.  I’m inviting you into our home this morning for a little tour of our Spring decor.  🙂  Grab a cup of coffee and come on in!

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Last week I shared about the easy DIY wreath I created for our front door.  It’s still goin’ strong!

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This time of year our house is so bright and I just love it and live for it.  It can get a little warm sometimes but I don’t care — those windows stay wide open all day long.

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I wrote about our coffee table centerpiece a few weeks ago — still crazy about that faux fern score from Target!

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That lamp is a relatively new HomeGoods find.  I wanted something a little taller, a little bigger, and a little more cheerful than the brass one that was there before (which has been relocated to our kitchen — always musical lamps around here, ha!).

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The fun bunny banner is back again this year.  I found this at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago.  I used it in our home last year and also when we lived at my in-laws’ house.  We’ve gotten good use out of it.

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Did you know that the Dollar Store sells packages of moss?  The days of me buying a $5 bag of moss at a craft store are over — $1 is my new jam.  The bags aren’t small, either.  Just passing that along.  This nest came in a pack of two at Hobby Lobby (similar).  The little dish is actually the bottom of a cloche that came from one of my trips to Highland Yard Vintage.

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Our kitchen has been infused with a little bit of Spring, too.  I looked around at Hobby Lobby for a black and white ticking stripe runner and couldn’t find anything but blue and white (which was also really cute, but not the color I wanted).  So it was off to the fabric department where I found the perfect fabric thanks to my sweet hubby who spotted it.

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I haven’t hemmed it, and who knows, maybe I never will — right now it’s folded and I’m good with it.  The napkins are vintage and I recently switched out our plates for these simpler square ones from when we got married.

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These glass squares are so cool and my mom-in-law brought them back for me from a trip to Washington.  She also brought the faux succulents back, too.  I filled the squares with rubber mulch, layered some stones on top, and then nestled the succulent in.

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This is our happy place.  This is home.  And we are grateful every day that we get to live here together and make all.the.memories.

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Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to stop by!  Happy Spring!  🙂

Simple DIY Spring Easter Wreath

Hey there — welcome to Wednesday.  😉  I hope the day is treating you well.

Last month, I purchased a faux boxwood wreath for our front door on Amazon, and I would link it here, but it has been discontinued!  There are tons of other options on Amazon for this type of wreath, though, so if you’re in the market for one, just search ‘faux boxwood wreath’ and lots will come up.  I’m so excited to use it all throughout Spring and Summer and change it up a little bit for each season.

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It’s pretty just as-is, but I had big plans for it for Spring and Easter!

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Pottery Barn 

I was inspired by this wreath that I saw in a Pottery Barn catalog — I love that cute nest with the eggs!

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Isn’t it fun?  I love how it turned out.  🙂  And it took me all of ten minutes.  Gotta love that, too.

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Originally I was planning on making the nest, but then I saw this one at Hobby Lobby and I realized that I couldn’t recreate this for less than the $2.99 price tag.  The bow was a nice little surprise as I didn’t initially plan on using it (honestly, I didn’t even notice it on the packaging!), but I wired that into the wreath as well.

The ‘Happy Easter’ sign is from the Target Dollar Spot last year and I did the same thing with our former Spring wreath that I have since donated.

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Target usually has signs like these for each season.  They come on a string and so I just hung the string on our command hook that holds our wreath, then hung the wreath and pulled the sign through.  It requires a little bit of messing with it, but it’s super easy.

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I’m so happy with how it turned out.  Makes me smile to see it.  😉  After Easter, I’ll take the sign down and this little wreath will take us through May!

Do you have a Spring wreath for your front door?  Do you like to make them or buy them?  Or semi-make them like me?  😉