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?  😉

Just A Little Flower Tip…

Hey, friends.  How’s your week going so far?  It appears that I have come down with some kind of bug!  I’m hoping it doesn’t last long.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I wanted to share a little tip for “flower arranging” — and I use that term loosely because I am no expert arranger.  😉 (You all can go follow my amazing cousin, Haleigh, for that!).  But there’s a tried and true vessel that I use for my weekly Trader Joe’s blooms that I wanted to share.

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Meet the new and improved vase — the apothecary jar!

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You can find these pretty much anywhere.  I purchased the one on the left at HomeGoods a long time ago and the one on the right from a thrift store.  I just take the lids off and snip the flowers to my desired length, then plop ’em in.

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I think these work so well because the vessels themselves usually have some height due to the decorative bases, and the neck typically is a little more constricting than the bulk of it so there’s room for the flowers to kind of set in and flute out naturally.  They are also really inexpensive.

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As for keeping my flowers fresh, I change the water about mid-week, and add a hefty handful of ice cubes each morning when I’m going around the house picking up a bit.  I especially love tulips because they grow while they are in the water!  They’re so lively and vibrant — they make me so happy.  🙂

What are your tried and true flower tips / tricks?

Faux Fern Vignette

We are almost to Fri-yay!  😉  Have anything fun planned?  We have time with family in the books and a little day date on Sunday that I’m really looking forward to.  Bring on the weekend party time!  And by party time I mean lots of time spent in my pajamas.

Okay…so we need to talk about a faux fern that I love…and before it’s too late for you to go get one for yourself!  I was tipped off by Sherry @ Young House Love about these fake ferns from Target, and the other day while I was perusing the aisles of home stuff, I saw one and grabbed it!

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Isn’t it so cute?!  I love that it is potted in a pretty lil white bowl, and the size of it is good!  It is not a small arrangement.  It is a very convincing fake — the person ringing up my items thought it was real before she touched it and was all, “Oh!  That’s not real!”  Further confirming my need to bring it home with me.  😉

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I have had those two hurricanes sitting on the coffee table for over a month with nothing but the candles in them — not even the sand.  They’ve been kinda crooked in there, lol.  But I was just waiting for the perfect idea to strike…  That’s usually how my ideas come — all at once.

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This tray was a find during my last trip to Sweet Salvage.  Now, usually trays this size are in the $40 range even though they are silver plated.  I won’t pay that.  But this one was marked $16.  It was very dirty and needed a good wipe-down, but I loved the patina on it.  I’m not someone who polishes my silver…maybe every once in a blue moon.  I love the natural patina that it gets and I kind of get a weird thrill over seeing how the metal ages and changes.  Anyway, a great find and it’s in a shape that I don’t already have.

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Plop goes the fern.  Most times when putting together a vignette it’s best to start with your biggest item first.  And trays are awesome for vignettes — they’re the anchor.

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Originally I had these hurricanes switched around but I quickly realized I liked this staggered look better.  There’s a certain ‘click’ I get in my brain when something just feels right, and this gave me that click.  That click is my jam.

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And that, my friends, is the story of the faux fern find of a lifetime.  😉

Happy weekend to you!

Pretty Little Front Door

Hey there, friends!  How’s your Wednesday going?

I mentioned yesterday that I purchased a little something new for our front door, and today’s the day I’m going to show you!

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After wanting a faux boxwood wreath for over a year, I finally have one!  And I’m so excited about it.  🙂

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I purchased mine from Amazon after having a really hard time finding what I was looking for in stores.  Everything either looked way too cheap or was out of my price range.  I had a $25 Amazon gift card to use and so I applied it to this wreath, which was out of my price range, too, but with the gift card I could swing it.

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The quality is really amazing…  This is a wreath we will have for years to come so that justified the price for me.  The greenery on it is super lush and dense.  There is a grapevine base on the back but it is not visible from the front or even the sides of the wreath — it’s that hairy!  😉  It arrived in a really nice white box with a flip-top lid and I’ll use that to store it during the months it isn’t on our door.

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The wreath looks so cute with the gardenias that we planted a few weeks ago.  This sweet little plant hasn’t bloomed yet but there are finally buds on it that have appeared and I’m so excited.  I’ve been trying to take really good care of it and it’s so fun to see that I’m keeping it healthy.  If you like the planter, you can find that here.

But as for the wreath…  I’m planning on using it for Spring and Summer.  Last Summer my mom-in-law had a boxwood wreath that she used throughout the Spring and Summer months and I love what she did for the Summer season…

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I’m planning on doing something similar with mine.  She just wired those lil starfish in!  Brilliant.  🙂

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Pottery Barn

In a couple of weeks when we really get into Spring, I am going to make a little nest arrangement like the one on this Pottery Barn wreath and add it to my wreath.  I’ll keep ya posted!

Do you guys typically make or buy a wreath for Spring?  I’m loving that this one is going to pull double-duty for me!

Have a great rest of your day!

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath

Hey, friends!  I hope you’re enjoying your Wednesday.  I’m already looking forward to the weekend!  😉

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I thought I would hop on here and share our Valentine’s Day wreath.  This is the same one that I shared last year and it held up really well.  I stored it in a garbage bag in the garage and it was a-okay when I took it out this season.

This wreath really could not be simpler.  It’s just a grapevine wreath that you can purchase at any craft store, some fake flowers, pearl sprigs, and a banner.  I think I bought everything at JoAnn’s.

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Usually when I make wreaths, I make them with a grapevine wreath as my base.  It’s just too easy.  Cut all of your blooms and stick ’em in.  I thought the pearl sprigs were a fun little touch.  The green leaves came from the flowers — I just stuffed the bottoms in the wreath.  I did that second-to-last.  The last step was the banner — and I cut off a section, then tied it on the wreath.  Over the past year I have used the rest of the banner for gift tags or table decor.

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I must admit that inside our house, there’s not much Valentine’s Day decor to be seen.  I have even taken a little centerpiece down already because I kept knocking it over and it was bugging me, lol!  Just a few garlands here and there, but maybe I’ll take a few pictures to share…

Have a great rest of your day!

Hallway Jewelry

Hey there, friends!  Here’s hoping your week is off to a great start.  🙂

In our quest to get rid of all of the boob lights in our house, we had to keep the momentum goin’ in the hallway.  For Christmas, we received two lanterns that I had selected for this space, and I am so excited about they way that they look!

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It’s little updates like these that just make my heart sing.  These were not super expensive and they give off such pretty light.  The bulbs are Edison-style and I’m thrilled with them.  These were the trickiest of our new lights to hang but after Greyson did one, the second one was up in about forty minutes or so.

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I love knowing that someday someone is going to buy our house and they are going to have all new stylish lights inside!  And at the same time I am so happy that when we moved in, all of our lighting was builder grade so I have updated everything based on our own tastes.  So far we have donated all of the old lighting/ceiling fan.  We still have two more ceiling fans to update at some point and I may just put in the same one that we have in our living room because I love it so much.  🙂

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The morning that I took these photos, I had to take advantage of the gorgeous light that was streaming in through our windows and take some pictures of this sweet boy.  This is his lil perch that he loves by the door leading to the backyard — he is either outside or inside sunbathing at all times during the week.  😉

Little Updates — Happy New Year!

Hey guys, Happy New Year!  And long time no see.  😉

As it is for everyone, the holiday season was crazy for us.  I wish I would have had time to post about our Christmas decor, let alone take photos of it!  It was really pretty.  But alas, I was too busy enjoying the season and way too busy with work to worry about it.  Next year.  😉

The end of the year had me working so hard with the owner of the design firm that I work for on finishing a GIANT project that we are super proud of.  Essentially it is a very large house that we furnished entirely.  Next we are working on all of the accessories, so that should be exciting.  Then, unfortunately, two days before Christmas our sweet pup Kuma was attacked by a dog in our front yard and we spent the next ten days watching him really carefully while he healed.  Poor little guy — it was super traumatic for us all.  Kind of a crappy end to the Christmas season as we weren’t able to be fully present — too worried!  I was happy to take down the decorations, which we did on the 1st.  It felt good — cleansing.

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Everything feels super fresh in our house right now and I’m looking forward to hunkering down, not spending any money on decor or anything for a while, organizing, cleaning, etc.  We got some new lighting for the house for Christmas, though!  Greyson was very busy around the house for a few days.  😉  Seen here is our new ceiling fan.  It’s really powerful, completely noiseless, and has an LED light kit that it runs off of that does not provide icky cold light.  I was really worried about it when I saw that it was going to be LED but the light is great.  It runs off of a remote, too — love that — no dumb chain!

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See our new flush-mount light in the entry, too?  I was SO excited to get rid of the dreaded boob light that we have had there for the past year.

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This little light is so pretty at night — the light is warm and inviting.  I opted for the round bulbs rather than the candelabra bulbs for a more modern look.

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I love this room.  I do have some ideas up my sleeve of how to kind of refresh it, which I will share in the coming weeks.  It won’t start happening for some time, though.  We’re taking the next few months to not spend at all and save our money — we do have some trips coming up this Summer, after all!  😉  But essentially I have access to a bunch of trade furniture sites and I want to replace some things in our rooms with a bit nicer quality furnishings.  Really just the accent pieces.  All in good time.

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This was the first time I got to style this table for everyday use since we purchased it last Summer.  We decked it out for Fall right away last year!

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I was ready to simplify our coffee table for now, so this little arrangement came to live here.  I did switch out the lucite tray for one of my Gramma’s beautiful silver trays that I inherited.  And I got another fancy Diptyque candle for Christmas — smells so good!

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One thing that I do make sure and budget for in the ‘Spring’ months (I know we’re kind of pre-Spring right now), is fresh flowers.  Tulips are my favorite — this bunch was callin’ my name!

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Super Simple DIY Christmas Wreath

Hi, there!  Happy Monday.  🙂

Our house is all decked out for Christmas and we finally got our lights up, too!  That was an adventure…  😉  It included a pretty late night and two separate trips to Walmart…not my favorite store but ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

I wanted to share a really simple wreath that Grey and I put together for our front door.  Last year when we moved in, we were already in the midst of Holiday season so I just purchased a fresh wreath from Trader Joe’s.  It obviously smelled amazing and I really liked having something alive on our door, so I thought I would do the same thing again this year.

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The one thing we added was this little sled from the Target Dollar Spot…I think it was $3.  All we did was wire it in with some floral wire, and when I say ‘we’ I really mean my hubby because I lose my patience fast with these kinds of things.  😉

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I thought about adding lights or some ornaments, but I actually really like how simple it is.  It’s just cute.  So far so good — we have hardly lost any needles and we’ve had this up for a few weeks now.  Grey spritzes it with water every morning or so and it’s doin’ well!

Do you have a wreath up on your door for the season?  What does it look like?