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!

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?  😉

Spring As a Feeling

Welcome to March!  🙂  I, for one, am super excited to see the Spring months on the horizon.  I think second to Fall, Spring is my favorite.  This year especially I feel really refreshed, revitalized, and renewed.  I’m really leaning in to the search for inspiration everywhere and it’s been making me live with more intention and gratitude since the New Year began.  I’m very thankful for that.

Spring as a feeling…  Organized spaces, easy breezy outfits, lots of greenery and flowers, of course.  I’m looking forward to beginning some Spring cleaning at our house over the coming weeks, putting up our Spring decor and implementing some fun ideas I’ve had swirling around in my head, and basking in the wonderful weather before the start of Summer.  This is what Spring feels like to me…

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Anouk Yve

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Alyssa In the City

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Residence

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Glitter Guide

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Country Living

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What does Spring feel like to you?

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?