Farmhouse Style

Winter Wreath Giveaway with Lynch Creek Farm.

I’m teaming up with Lynch Creek Farm to offer my followers a chance to win a fresh winter wreath!  Read on…

I’ve been so exited for this package to arrive in the mail.  My very first fresh wreath from Lynch Creek Farm! Let me tell you, the quality of this wreath is exquisite. I had a few ideas of where I wanted this wreath to go.  When I saw how beautiful it was in person I decided to make it the focal point of my mantel.

I selected the Winter Radiance wreath in 26″ but they have many different sizes and styles to select from. Check them out here!

Since I already incorporated silver and some black in my mantel I swapped out my hammered metallic mirror for this stunning wreath. All the pine and natural materials in the wreath are from trees located in the pacific north west.

I added some greenery of my own from left overs cut from Christmas tree’s.  I trimmed them and just placed them in to bring the green down around my stocking holder.


I have an outlet below the wreath so I placed these oversize snowflakes there to hide it.  I also tucked these oversized ornaments on the bed of greenery.




The light up metallic stars I had from Michaels a couple years ago and I just nestled them in as well to continue the metallic look.


If you would like to enter to win a wreath from Lynch Creek Farm and have your own stunning wreath to use this holiday season it is easy to enter.

Here are 3 ways to do it:

  1. Follow Lynch Creek Farm on Instagram, then comment on my instagram on the wreath giveaway post
  2. Follow Lynch Creek Farm on Facebook, then comment on the giveaway on my Facebook page
  3. Comment here on this blog post

Be sure to check back on my social media channels on Friday December 8th to see who the winner is!

If you can’t wait for the giveaway head over to their site now to order!



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Hearth and Hand Collection- what I bought and what I’m doing with it.

Unless you live under a rock you probably heard the the new line Hearth and Hand by Joanna and Chip Gaines hit Target over the weekend.   I’m going to share what I got and what I did with it!  So by now some of  you may be tired of Home decor blogger’s writing about it but I’m here to show you what I did with my new Magnolia accessories.   If you are like me; a huge fan of Farmhouse and all things Joanna and Chip, then you’re probably still salivating over this new collaboration.  For those of you that lean towards that modern farmhouse aesthetic this line will fit in your home beautifully.

If you’ve been following me for awhile you know I’ve incorporated farmhouse style in my home for several years.   Even before I knew “Farmhouse” was a thing I gravitated towards industrial, vintage, repurposed etc… I guess that is one of there reasons I really look up to Joanna, she put a name to this style that so many of us love and have used in their homes for years.  So when this accessible farmhouse line launched Sunday at Target you betta believe I was there bright and early with coffee in hand to check it out in person!  There was a lot of wood, white, black, leather and metallic tones which is more or less their signature look.  Also a ton of Green.  I typically don’t do a lot with dark green in my home other than in natural elements, however usually paler shades of green work best for me.  I was really looking for some new pieces to freshen up my mantel for upcoming seasons. I wanted  accessories that could carry me through many a season and not be too Christmas-y.  I’ve had these white pitchers from target on either end for awhile and was ready to switch it up.   

So here is what I got:

I knew I wanted these galvanized house lanterns for my living room.  I have a lot of galvanized and wood tones in there and I never grow tired of that vibe.

I also grabbed the vase fillers and garland for my mantle.

Here is how I styled I:

So what do you think? I put in some cheap candles and the vase fillers, what I lovenis thay I can totally use this garland through the spring as well.  Same with the lanterns I like that I can get crateice with that to ou inside other than candles.

Next up these two kitchen items.  A large white ceramic bowl and dip tray.  I know you might be thinking “boring” but the older I get and the more I entertain the more I love simple white serving fishes and platters.

So here is what I got:

With the holiday’s coming up I want to be ready to entrain with simple pretty pieces that look great on my coffee table or dining table and these will do the trick.  These would also be a beautiful Christmas gift for a new homeowner.

How beautiful do these pieces look together? If you’re a Rae Dunn collector (the pottery with the lettering on them sold at Homegoods, Marshall’s and Tjmaxx) this white line looks so pretty with it!

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Mixing Color and Farmhouse Style

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I love adding color and farmhouse style decor into my home.  My love of color probably comes from being an elementary art teacher for almost ten years.  I’ve always appreciated color.  As I became a home owner my brother in law owned an antique business and I loved finding treasures in his store.  Anything that was old and “cool”, chipping paint, industrial or looked like it told a story, I wanted it!   The last couple of years the farmhouse style has become more well known due to the uber talented Chip and Joanne Gaines and their HGTV show Fixer Upper.   Typically farmhouse style is infused with more of a neutral pallet, gray, brown, tan, black and white.  While I’m usually drawn to color, I’m also drawn to the textures of farmhouse like rusty, metal, wood, chippy, chalky.  If you are hoping to achieve mixing color and farmhouse style I’m going to share some tips that have helped me create a living room that makes me both happy and relaxed.
My living room design began with these vibrant curtains I found online from Target a few years back..  FYI  Target has a great selection of curtains especially online (I don’t believe these are still available.)   I fell in love with the pattern and used the colors as a jumping off point for choosing my wall color.  I went with Sea Brook from Benjamin Moore.
I found that the color and curtains were so vibrant and bright that neutrals, like browns, whites, grays, blacks, tans, calm down and balance the blue.  The faux wood wall clock from Pier One, the grain sack chair from home goods are all rustic/farmhouse elements but paired with the colorful walls/curtains adds a youthful vibe to the room.
Same goes for the mantel below; the burlap wreath, brown bottles and whites all act as anchors and make the room feel cozy.   My eyes, of course gravitate towards the textures… the grainy burlap, the shiny glass, the chippy old shutters, and variety of faux pumpkins.
 Our coffee table, also from Target was a “what will the kids not cut their heads open on?” purchase.  It was a quick impulse buy.  We went with soft, safe, practical on this coffee table.  Sometime soon I’d love to change it up and bring in a different material here like woven, an over sized storage basket perhaps like this from Ikea or something that looks like reclaimed wood.  Again you can see the neutrals in this photo off set the brightness of the walls.
If your hoping to mix color and pattern with rustic and farmhouse it can totally work and be amazing!  The key is BALANCE.  If your walls are neutral, curtains neutral, bring in some color with your furniture, with your pillows, blankets, accessories.  I did the opposite (I’m kind of weird like that)  I chose bold color on the walls, curtains,  however I counter that by bringing in lots of woods, browns, tans, grays, whites and blacks in accessories… its all about balance.
Anyone thinking of trying to add color to their current farmhouse style decor?  Or do you have a colorful room and want to bringing in the textures and warmth of neutral farmhouse style?  Remember to find a nice balance and you’ll end up with a space you love.

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Good Bye Wall, Hello Big Kitchen!

Imagine a house full of family and friends gathering for a celebration in your home and a kitchen that didn’t accommodate one seat.  Yes, a kitchen that is too small for a dining table and chairs, never mind an island with stools.  Prepping for meal time but having your kids sit and wait in the dining room with out being able to see what kind of trouble they are getting into.  This was the situation with our kitchen space.   Anyone else have a situation like this? Maybe this post will give you some ideas on how to make your existing kitchen space work better for you.
When we bought our home three years ago the kitchen was remodeled with new cabinets, counters, lighting and appliances.   We were very fortunate to have a new kitchen.  However the newness of the space wasn’t enough to hide the difficulties of the size.  So this past summer after giving it much thought, saving our pennies and deciding what our budget would afford we decided to consult with a carpenter to help us.  Fortunately, the wall was not load bearing so that saved us a great deal of money.    As much as I love designing, decorating and working on home projects, myself nor my husband are “handy” and taking a whole wall down was a bit more than intimidating to us.
The plan was to eliminate the wall separating the two rooms.  First removing the built in cabinet in the dining room the wall in the left of the below picture and second taking down half the wall above our oven/microwave combo. We opted to keep the oven in place and work the oven/base cabinets into an island/peninsula.  We wanted a faux beam to add architectural detail to the space, it was also a way to save from having to re-do the entire ceiling as the dining room was slightly higher than the kitchen ceiling.
Forgive the hideous in progress shot but you can see instantly how much bigger the kitchen now feels.  Since we wanted this view to remain open we decided to purchase a down vent oven which you can find here it was an investment but works perfectly in this set up.  The cooking air is vented down through the basement instead of up through a hood. 
Next step was having our carpenter build out the peninsula, as I didn’t want the island to appear as a base cabinet.  Also we needed to choose new granite to create the peninsula and a place to put stools for seating.  **Another money saving tip***  We didn’t redo the whole granite in the kitchen (we kept the granite around the sink).  Instead we chose a granite that coordinated with what was already in place around the sink.  We chose a slab called Virginia Black and we were able to get it as a remnant.  Most local granite distributors have pieces that are left over from other jobs and they are happy to sell these pieces at a discounted price.
Doesn’t this make a huge difference?  I love the look of ship lap (who doesn’t?!) and love how the peninsula really is a focal point in the space now.  Painting both rooms the same color also made it look like it was always one big room.  The painting step was a huge transformation.  I painted the island myself and had a professional help us with smoothing the walls and new trim so it looked very clean and new.  Once the peninsula was finished and installed we called our electrician and he hung the pendant lighting.  I fell in love with these bar stools from target.  You can find both items here and here. 
Now you can see the transformation of this space!  It is so much brighter and feels huge.
The table was a craigslist find that I chalk painted, The chandelier is from the site Decor Steals (you’ll be addicted to it if you haven’t signed up yet), the wicker chairs are from Ballard Design and the curtains are from West Elm   Also, the wall color is Benjamin Moore Moon Shine and it is a cool, pale gray.  
This renovation has completely changed the dynamic of our family time, meal time and gatherings..  They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and for us it really is now. Thanks for stopping by!

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