Dining Room Makeover

It is pretty amazing what a few small changes can do! Today I took a look at our home when we first bought it. Without doing any renovations we were able to transform it into something totally new and fresh! I will be posting different rooms here, but today I will start with my favorite– the dining room!

I will admit, I love the aqua color, but it was the color of our bedroom in our last two homes so I decided we needed a change. I wanted a more neutral, rustic look for the dining area, so I went with a muted grey/beige paint.

Ever since I could remember I wanted a farmhouse table. I fell IN LOVE with this one from Pier 1. It is really so beautiful. The two side chairs and bench are also from Pier 1 and the end chairs are from T.J. Maxx.

My light fixture was something I had also been lusting after. Isn’t it pretty and unique? I loved the look of the floating candles. Plus, it was UNDER $200!!! Great find!

Finally my gallery wall is just dollar store mirrors and finds from Home Goods! I just collected them over the past few months. I feel like it makes the room look so much bigger!

What do you think of my before and after?! Scroll down for links to get my style!

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Christmas Magic

I LOVE the Christmas season! I start getting excited about it way in advance. Anyone that says “It is TOO EARLY for Christmas in October” is a nut! Why wouldn’t you want the beauty and the magic that the Christmas season seems to bring to last longer than just 25 days?

It should be Christmas everyday. Or at least we should feel this season of giving and love more often than just once a year.

Aside from all the feels, I love Christmas for the… you guessed it…

DECORATING!

The tree, the garland, the perfectly place ornaments.

It is totally my jam.

I am still working on decorating my own house (we are getting our tree this weekend!) but here is some gorgeous, drool-worthy decor inspiration. I will post my own pictures and decor with links after the weekend!

I hope this holds you over for now!

 

 

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DIY: Floral Wreath

It’s true what they say…

Why buy it for $20 online when you can drive to the craft store, search through dozens of aslies, stock up on everything you need for a project and make it yourself for $100? 

I’ve fallen into that trap many times. But there is something so satisfying when you DIY a project yourself. 

I love making these easy floral wreaths. I made one for spring/summer that I am about to retire so I figured I would cash in on some of the Labor Day Sales and craft one for fall. 

Trust me, it looks more complicated than it actually is! Anyone can make a wreath like this, even if you are not so artistically inclined. I promise! 

Here is what you’ll need: 

– 1 styrofoam wreath (I am working on a medium sized one buy pick the size that will fit your door the best). 

– a variety of stems (pick your favorite color palette. I did creams, oranges and purples, but deep reds, yellows, greens and blues are all beautiful this time of year). 

**note- you’ll have to estimate the number of stems you will need for the size wreath you pick. Try to eyeball it but save your receipts incase you have anything you don’t use. 

– hot glue gun 

– spray paint (optional) 

Here is my set up! All of my stems and my wreath. Before you get started you can opt to spray paint your wreath to disguise any spots that may end up a little bare at the end. Today I skipped this step but if I had more time I would have painted the wreath gold. 

   
 
First thing you’ll have to do is remove the flowers from the stems. In most cases they will just pop right off but if they don’t you can just cut them. 

  
Keep taking them all off until you have enough to complete your wreath. I used up all of my flowers and taupe leaves in this case. 

Once you are all set with your flowers you can begin to lay our your wreath. The easiest way to do this is to stick the ends of each flower into the wreath where you want to glue them down. If you decide to change the position of any flower you can do it before actually gluing them down. 

   
 
Keep going until your entire wreath is full. Once you have added all the flowers it’s time to glue them down! I like to pick a starting point and work my way around the wreath, taking out each flower individually, applying glue to the end and then inserting the flower stem back into the hole you created when you initially pushed it into the styrofoam. 

  
After you have glued everything down it’s time to add the leaves! Insert and glue down leaves and fillers any place you think needs a little extra something! 

  
Check to make sure every flower and leaf is secure (don’t worry— the hot glue will withstand wind, rain and even snow!! Your wreath will be just fine on your door all season long, although you may think it seems a little flimsy). 

You can add a pretty bow or glue down other pieces like glittered pumpkins or acorns. I kept mine simple this time but a burlap bow would be super cute! 

All finished! How easy was that?! 

 

Let me know if you decide to make your own! I purchased all my supplies at Michaels today because stems were 40% off and I had an additional 20% off coupon. The stems and the wreath cost me $35. I had the hot glue gun already so total cost was only $35! 

And just for some more inspiration here is the spring version I made back in April! 

  

Labor Day Sale Picks: Pier 1

Nothing makes me happier than a great Labor Day sale. All this week I am scouting out my favorite finds from sales that have already started. Today we kick off the week with one of my main obsessions in life, Pier 1.

Pier 1 is offering 20% off select items. If you are a Pier 1 card holder the best day of the week to shop the sale would be tomorrow. You’ll save an additional 10% since it is Platinum Perks Tuesday! Click here to see all the offerings and keep reading to find out which ones I have eyes on! 

Addyson Chair, $314 

This chair is everything. It would add a pop of color to any room without being too overwhelming. In person the print is STUNNING. It would be beautiful in an entry way or reading nook.

Antler Wall Panel, $215 

 

Visit my house and you’ll quickly learn that my decor style is rustic-chic. I love this “reclaimed wood” wall art because it would make my husband happy (he’s a hunter) while still fitting in with the rest of our house.

Mr. & Mrs. Pillows, $24-$28

LOVE this set! Would also make a beautiful wedding or shower gift! They also come in a “His and Her” set and in black so you can match it back to your bedding. I just love anything champagne, so I picked this color way.

Happy Wall Decor, $40 

An inexpensive and sweet reminder of what is important! Everyone should have one of these signs in their home. Also a great gift for a housewarming or newly engaged couple that won’t break the bank!!

Words of Welcome Doormat, $30

Usher in the season with this pretty doormat. I love that the natural coir (which I find cleans off soles the best!) is surrounded by rubber, making this a mat that will last a while.

Pre-Lit Vine Pumpkins, $50-$80

Last year I bought a vine pumpkin from Michael’s but it was not indoor/outdoor like these are. I love the idea of stacking three and placing them right outside my front door. Perhaps with a few straw bales and real pumpkins later on in the season. These are a rustic and simple way to decorate for fall and can be reused year after year.

Witch Hat Wreath, $56 

Seriously… I just love this wreath! How cute?! I have a version from last year’s line sans witch hat. My husband calls it my “prized possession” because I take such good care of it. What can I say? I love Halloween! Pier 1 wreaths are exceptional quality. All of the outdoor items I have ever purchased from Pier 1 look brand new season after season.

There you have it! My favorites that I am sure to be checking out tomorrow! Did you shop the sale yet? See anything you know you’ll be adding to your cart? Let me know which pieces you are loving!

On the mark…

Arrows make me happy. They instantly remind me of the Kasey Musgrave’s song “Follow Your Arrow” and that also makes me happy. Here are my picks to incorporate directionals into every aspect of your life, whether you want to buy them or DIY!

Pink Metallic Arrow Pillow, $18

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Just The Right Direction Tank, $30

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Gold Arrow Print, $5

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Watercolor Arrow Print, $12

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Monogram Tribal Arrow Notebook, $14

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DIY Wooden Arrows | Directions here

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Decor Inspiration: Summertime Design

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How gorgeous is this cheery summer decor? Perfect for a beach house or any home that you want to make feel bigger and more open. The light and bright color palette is the perfect blend of costal contemporary that would make even the biggest pessimist a ball of sunshine. This look was featured in Harper’s Bazar and would cost a pretty penny to copy in your own home! Recreate the look with my budget-friendly picks and the perfect summer paradise right in your own living room.

Brentwood Outdoor Pillow, TJMaxx, $10 each

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Pack a punch on your couch– decorate with bright patterned pillows accented by solid ones in a complimentary color. I love the design on this pillow. Yellow is a color that just doesn’t get enough recognition. It is so cheery and really brightens up a room. Plus, it looks great on a linen couch. Although these are outdoor pillows they can be used indoors, especially if you have kids or critters. You’ll appreciate how durable they are. At $10 a pop, you can afford to pick a few up and then rotate them out once we say so long to summer!

Aquanova Taco Tray, Amara $29

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A pretty tray is the easiest (and most organized) way to dress up your coffee table. I love this lacquered aqua tray for a few reasons. First, it is so beautiful but second, it can provide a home for odds and ends that you are not quite sure what to do with.  I keep a stack of magazines or coffee table books in mine, along with a silk arrangement of peonies. It also is a great place to hold coaters (or put a drink on if a coaster isn’t in reach) and TV remote.

Brass Round Coral Bowl, Ethan Allen $249

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Mimic the seaside feel of this tablescape with a kitchy coral bowl. If you plan to keep your decor costal all year long you can easily “winterize” your living room by adding a few natural wicker spheres to the bowl. This bowl looks way more expensive than it is and can be a fun alternative if crystal or china isn’t exactly your style.

Thomas Linen Sectional in Cream, One Kings Lane $2,599

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When my husband and I were picking out furniture I HAD to HAVE a couch with grommets. It was the one piece I would not compromise on! At the time it was hard to find a good quality, affordable couch with beautiful details like this one. Our couch is more like a love seat (although the salesperson insisted that it was full size) and it barely fits the both of us on move night. I love this couch from One Kings Lane. Sectionals are certainly the way to go! There is more than enough room for everyone to stretch out and it is especially great for entertaining– I wish I had found this one two years ago.

Signature Design Coffee Table, Wayfair $299

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This table is the perfect centerpiece of your living room. Big enough to be practical (love the bottom shelf) and so beautiful! The natural wood look and casual style push the beach theme of this room home. The glossy aqua tray and the vintage wood provide a nice contract that makes sense!

Lexie Geometric Print Curtain Pair, Overstock.com $32

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Geometric prints (no matter the design) usually pair nicely– thats why I love these curtains and the pillows together! Aqua blue and yellow is a cheery, beach combination that will make your space look bigger than it is. If you want to match your curtains and pillows like the inspiration image above you can easily pick out upholstery fabric at your local craft store (I like JoAnn Crafts). Ask the salesperson at the fabric counter for help on measuring out how much you will need– they will most likely be able to tell you!

Pillow Talk

I feel as though the major battle between husband and wife when it comes to home décor is agreeing on an appropriate number of pillows for each piece of furniture. I can’t get enough of them. Chris (and 99% of husbands around the world) find toss pillows useless.

I find that though disturbing.

Here is how I jazzed up my amazing couch from La-Z-Boy with some cute accessories.

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Pillows from left to right:

Aqua Blue Pillow– Chris and I actually made this pillow! The fabric is pre-cut from Michael’s. Pillows are easy to make! If you find fabric you love but are not sure what to do with it just ask for a yard (it is enough to make one big pillow or two smaller pillows like the one in this photo) and sew it up almost until it is closed. Stuff with plush stuffing (also at Michael’s) and sew up.

His & Hers Pillow– I picked this pillow up at T.J. Maxx about six months before we got married. It used to have a home on our bed but we recently got a new duvet and pillows that matched, so I found a new place for it! I have seen this pillow and the “Mr. & Mrs.” version floating around at Home Goods. You may still be able to find it! Here is a similar burlap style pillow from Etsy!

Orange Pom Pom Pillow– Recently picked this one up at Bed & Bath! Now is a great time to shop for throw pillows there because they have many different collections for college students. This pillow was so unique and I though it would be a great addition to the one behind it (which I also picked up at Bed & Bath). Don’t forget to bring your 20% off coupon!

Boho Print Pillow: I LOVE the print on this pillow! I wanted a boho look for my living room couch and I though that mixing and matching prints would be perfect. I stuck with an orange/red color pallet for this side of the couch. This pillow was a little expensive ($49.99) but I think it is so versatile that you can match it with many different colors or prints.

Square Printed Pillow: I just picked this one up today at the Long Beach craft fair. It is from Surf Chic Designs– check them out online! I loved all their pillows but this one was the most perfect for my couch.

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I mixed and matched patterns, colors and sizes to create a fun splash of color in my mainly neutral living room. The coffee table (which is actually a wooden wine trunk) is from Pier1 as is the tray. Here are a few of my picks for other great throw pillows!