In today’s post sponsored by AllModern I’m going to share some of my favorite nursery rocking chairs and gliders. If you are shopping for nursery decor than I should first offer a big – CONGRATS! A nursery isn’t complete until you find the perfect chair for those middle of the night feeds and bedtime stories. I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorites that are a bit more modern in design. I love the options available at AllModern because they are affordable while ranging in style, material and shape. I hope this round up of nursery chairs gives you some ideas as you start to design your little one’s new space.
We are expecting our third this September and while we don’t have a nursery I still wanted to select a rocking chair that we can read, rock and feed our baby on in the main living area of our home. I actually selected one of these rocking chairs below for our living room. My plan is to swap out one of our current chairs and update it with one of these. Any guesses which one? It was so hard for me to choose. You’ll have to wait a couple more weeks for it to arrive! Once it does and I get it all set up, I’ll share how it looks in our home!
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I’m so excited for this post because it really kicks off the more in depth planning and sharing of what we hope to do in our new home! It’s been almost a week since we closed on our vacation home up in central Vermont. It’s so strange that we haven’t even been there yet as the new owners. Over the last few days we are realizing that while the kids are in school and work/life continues on here in Boston area, finding time to make the three hour drive to check in and set up appointments (plus start demo) will be the most logistically challenging part right now. A challenge we are totally up for! My mind has been swirling with all the ideas to make our 70’s arched chalet a little bit more modern and bright looking.
I decided it would be fun to start with the heart of any home the kitchen. So today I’m going to share more photos and inspiration pictures so you can visualize how we hope to give this dated kitchen a face lift. Thankfully we aren’t doing major renovations like moving walls or changing lay outs. This is a full blown cosmetic project, which I think is super transformative! The kitchen is by far the area that is going to cost the most in terms of new appliances, adding a new counter and cabinetry. Before I dive into the details of what we hope to do first let me share some of my TOP inspiration photos I pinned on my CABIN board.
I started searching for inspiration on Pinterest by typing in phrases like “arched cabins” “arched a-frames” “arched chalets” to see what I could find as similar as possible to the style of home we purchased. Not as many homes as I thought came up. However, just enough to really give me some jumping off points. I knew right away I wanted to add a nice window over the sink to let in light and also for the views! I was unsure of how a window would be installed into an arched wall. UNTIL, I saw this photo from Copeland & Co. Interiors, this entire arched cabin renovation is super inspiring. But when I saw how they bumped out a box for the window to go into it was an “AH-HA!” moment. Finding an image like this is so helpful to show a carpenter or contractor because then they can understand exactly what you are trying to do.
Our kitchen has so much character but it is currently hidden behind the old laminate floors, ugly appliances and out dated cabinets. Initially I wanted all new cabinets. However considering the cost and the time limit of waiting for all new cabinets. I’m honestly starting to consider keeping the lowers and painting them and adding new hardware and potentially some trim to the door fronts to dress them up. I love the wide shaker look of the ones below with the simple knobs. Something about that earthy neutral palette I love. So, if we can salvage the current lower cabinets we won’t have to wait to move along with the counters, sink and appliance install. Meaning kitchen will move along a lot faster. I can’t even imagine how long new cabinet orders are taking to arrive.
Ok I’m a fan of open shelving. I know some folks are and some are not. My thought with open shelving is that everything you need to use is easy to find when staying at a new home your unfamiliar with. We recently stayed at an airbnb that had SO much beautiful cabinetry, but it took 10 minutes each time we needed to find something. I think adding upper open shelving and using it for everyday dishes, mugs, glasses, bowls will get used and cleaned enough to prevent dust. This will also allow the kitchen to feel bigger and less top heavy.
The elements that inspire me in this photo are the white vertical shiplap and stone backsplash. I don’t really plan to do much backsplash because the arched wall and the fact that there is already a lot of planks and beams going on. However, the idea of having maybe a continuation of the stone or a tile behind the oven to give it a focal point on that wall is something that I’m considering.
Regarding colors, I love that instantly our kitchen will be so much brighter once we paint those dark panels and the dingy arched ceiling/walls too. I’m still deciding what color I want to paint the lower cabinets and I’m leaning towards something in the dark family for a pop or in the soothing grayish/green family- but it is still something I’m thinking about.
Let’s do a quick run down of everything pictured above. First thing first appliances. As soon as I get back up to the cabin I need to know the dimensions for the fridge (amongst others). The old white one is too wide for that area and is driving me nuts. Plus I’m sure it is super old and I’m honestly scared to open it. It has to go. I found a narrow option that is a great price and I’m hoping it works because I love the amount of storage it provides. However I was also considering a little retro option. I know it would be small but I’d probably get another for the basement for beverages. I think it would be fun!
Flooring; I can not not wait to update all the flooring on the mid-level to an engineered hardwood. Imagine something like above going through out the entire dining, living and mid level. I found a free standing island that I seriously love so so much. The price is great and I’m considering buying it ASAP because I feel like all this stuff will take forever to ship. Same goes for appliances and everything really!
Counters; I’m leaning towards a light colored quartz or maybe butcher block counter. I just want something low maintenance and also affordable. A new sink and faucet will freshen things up and imagine a nice big window over the sink in between those two beams.
Color Scheme, All the paneling will be painted a white, I’m considering painting the arched ceiling walls something a smidge darker then white something in the gray/beige family just to hide the dirt and the bleed through. I’ve been looking at Behr colors just to mix things up. I love Le Lux by Bher it feels gray but sometimes blue/green. For something a little lighter I also love Behr Riverdale and Behr Brook Green. I want to do something cool for the knobs maybe wood and painted the color of the cabinets, a natural wood or maybe brass.
So that’s it for now! The big Chalet Kitchen PLANS! What do you think of this direction so far? Excited to share more progress once we finish getting our quotes in.
Exciting news to share with you all today. We just officially closed on a Mountain house!! Our dreams of owning a vacation home have come true! Ben and I have had many chats over the years of our hope to someday own a vacation home to fix up, enjoy with our family and also rent out. We love to travel and we’ve spent many, many trips, at Air B and B’s over the years.
Our Air B and B experiences have always been much more comfortable, especially with kids, family and groups of friends than at a hotel. As a decorator, part of me also enjoys the Air B and B experience because staying in different style homes with beautiful interiors excites me. We LOVE the idea of having our own place that we can create memories with our family, friends and of course anyone else that would like a trip to New England (maybe you!). We hope to rent it out at some point as well!
We’ve been researching for a long time! To begin the journey, we narrowed down where in New England felt like a good place for us to start this endeavor. Originally we were thinking a New Hampshire lake house. But Cape Cod has too strong a pull on us during the summer. We pivoted and after lots of long talks going through our favorite things about each state and what we really wanted, we knew we wanted a home we could enjoy in the winter. Also, in a state that would attract visitors from around the country, that felt like a true destination and escape. A place that offered beauty and activity in all seasons. Any guesses where our new home is? If you are guessing VERMONT… you are right! We felt pulled to the Green Mountain state. It’s world class skiing in places like Killington to classic quintessential towns with covered bridges like Woodstock. Our mountain home is nestled in central to many great areas!
The time felt right. Yet it also felt a little crazy (yah know with the whole pandemic thing). With travel restrictions and all the open houses being out of state, our realtor had to take us along virtually. We made an offer with out actually seeing this house in person. I know, I know all a little crazy. But with the climate of real estate as competitive as it is these days, you have to take risks and get offers in early. We made an offer with contingencies to cover ourselves. So that made us feel more confident with moving forward sight unseen. We’ve also worked on a lot of house projects over the years and seeing less than desirable photos of a home doesn’t scare us away. In this case, I think the cluttered, bad listing photos actually helped us out. This home wasn’t moving off market. We saw it’s potential right away! It really is so unique looking and a true diamond in the rough.
It still feels so strange to say the words “our mountain home”. It’s very surreal! We already have so many ideas for fixing this place up because it needs some serious TLC. I’m actually going to be using my Home Planner to help me stay organized. Our goal is to get this house ready to rent by the fall. We know that is going to be tight, winter would also be a great goal to shoot for. Hopefully the rest of spring and summer will give us a good amount of time to start the updates. We have lots of plans for freshening up the exterior as well!
So are you ready for more interior photos??? My favorite part is the back of the home as well as the great room. Before I share photos I’ll share our top INTERIOR projects for giving this 1970’s arched ski chalet a MAJOR facelift.
I’ll go into more detail on these things in the upcoming weeks and on Instagram. I’ll also be giving some tours on stories. Once we get back up there. These photos are from the listing and a few from our past weekend in Vermont (the snow all melted).
I didn’t include first level photos. This chalet has three levels. The the first level you walk into has a mudroom, living room and a bedroom. It isn’t truly a basement but it feels like one at the moment because it’s dark and dingy, no bueno! There have been zero updates inside this place since it was built in the 70’s. Ok with out further ado…
Imagine new lower cabinets, fresh counters, open shelving and a beautiful window above a new sink. The fridge situation also needs to be addressed because it is way too big in that spot. I’m looking at some cool smaller retro ones. I considered moving fridge to the opposite side of the kitchen but because of the sloped ceilings it would not sit flush against wall. Also, we plan to add a new oven and dishwasher too! I also want to find a cool island with some modern seating. The beams will stay a darker wood for now, and of course all the lighting will eventually be updated too!
Above the half wall is a loft which has its own balcony. I’ll plan to make that a bedroom with either a day bed or trundle bed for additional sleeping. Can you imagine how much brighter light wall colors and new consistent flooring on this level, PLUS bringing some stone to that fireplace will really enhance and modernize this main floor?
The home has two full bathrooms which also need some updating. I’ll cover that another time. Kitchen, electric and floors are our TOP priorities first.
So there she is in all her 70’s paneling glory. We also want to freshen up the white paint on the arch ceilings. Once the floors are updated and we have fresh paint through out, then some nice furniture/decor/lighting it will look completely different! So what do you think of our mountain house- ski chalet – cabin in the woods?!
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I’m so excited to announce the PRE-ORDER for my new home planner is LIVE! You can officially grab a copy! Planner’s are scheduled to ship in 2-3 weeks. I appreciate you ordering ahead of time, as it gives me an idea of how many to order from the printing press this round!
Are you the type of person that strives to be organized in all aspects of your life? If so, you most likely have a some kind of planner. Maybe it’s for school, work, teaching, your budget or your upcoming wedding plans? The important and sometimes chaotic areas of your life benefit from some type of organizational system. Right?
But what about those four walls in which you live? How do you manage your aspirations for your dwelling? You know those ideas, projects, budgets, receipts, maintenance checks, trades and shopping to do lists, that are all jumbled around your head. All of these areas can get really overwhelming to remember. Where you dwell is a major area in your life! Your dwelling might be a city apartment, condo/townhouse, fixer upper or new build.
I created Dream Design Decorate to help you stay motivated, inspired and organized in creating a dwelling you love. In this planner you will receive contents that go beyond just blank workbook pages (you’ll get those too, for each room!). Inside you’ll find DIY tips, decorating “how- to” pages to take with you on the go and on the journey of making a house a home. When you are stumped refer to it, if you get off track on your projects refer to it again! I get asked all the time where I get my motivation and energy. I gain it from the satisfaction of seeing an idea or design plan come to life. By making your space a beautiful reflection of yourself and family you will continue to boost your confidence and stay motivated in tackling your projects.
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Hey Friends! If you’ve been following along over on Instagram or on my last blog post, you know we announced that we are expecting number 3 in September!!! We are so excited to add another member to our family and to meet this new little one. We don’t know the gender of the baby yet but will be finding out in the next couple weeks! The last time we had a baby in our home, was our daughter Autumn 7 (almost 8) years ago. Needless to say the baby stuff has been handed down, passed on, donated or tossed! I’m realizing that SOOO much has changed since I last looked into baby gear. I can’t even believe all the stylish and convenient options there are now. From the crib designs, to bassinets and bedding.
I think what it comes down is that yes, babies do require lots of stuff but not as much as you think. My first baby registry I registered for everything under the sun pertaining to baby gear. I wanted to be prepared and ready! This time around I feel more relaxed, I know what’s coming. I don’t need to go out and get all the stuff all at once. I plan to keep it as simple and minimal as possible. Of course we plan to get the essentials; car seat, stroller, crib/bassinet, swaddles, bottles, bibs, burp clothes, and diapers/wipes, etc… I’m sure there will be a bit more than that. But I really do want to try simplify the amount of stuff we have in our home and only purchase what we really need, when we need it.
Once we found out the news of a new baby on the way, the first thing I said to Ben was “where are we going to put this baby?!” Our home is a three bedroom cape style home. If the older two were two boys or two girls it would be a little easier to move them into a shared room, that isn’t the case. We do have a bonus room off our master that we have converted into a home office/walk in closet or as I have dubbed it our “cloffice” read more about our “cloffice” here. Our office/closet is over our garage, it’s not the most climate controlled room in the house because it is over an older garage with barn doors. It can get very cold in the winter, not ideal for a new baby. Regardless of the lack of official nursery at the moment, I still have nursery design on the brain big time.
We do plan to keep baby in our bedroom for at least the first 5-6 months. Depending on what we decided to do with our home and the configuration of space in the future. Potentially adding on or expanding our garage/cloffice into our master which would mean our room would get a hallway and then turn into baby #3’s room. We are far off from that so baby #3 may be in our room for longer. My goal as I start to plan out how to make our bedroom also function as a mini nursery, is to make it just as sweet and pretty as a nursery yet also flow into our bedroom without too much interruption to our space.
Here are some nursery nook photos I found via Pinterest that inspired me to make the most out of the small space. A space can be small and multifunctional and still be beautiful! Have you heard of a Nursery Nook? It’s a space in the parent’s bedroom dedicated to baby. I know this is not a new concept but I never knew it had an actual name! I think the name makes it more it’s own space- Nursery Nook. We had our first two kids in our rooms as infants for sleep only in a bassinet. All their changing supplies etc., was in their nursery. The baby stuff never really interfered in our bedroom. This time around ALLLLLL the things will be in our room, so hence the minimal approach. I really love how the spaces below seem to make such great use of small space nursery design.
We do have a nook in between two dormers that I plan to add a changing table/dresser inside which won’t interfere with any of our square footage space. The corner of our bedroom with my standing mirror/jewelry storage will be moved and the crib/bassinet will go there. In addition, maybe a mobile and a piece of art. Above the changing area on those side walls I’ll probably add a small shelf and a piece of art for baby to look at during changes. Once we find out the gender I know I’ll want to start purchasing some clothes, blankets and other essential items. I’ll also go through our kids baby clothes and pick and choose items to bring out. So that is why I decided it’s time to get planning on some items for our Nursery Nook. Here is how it looks now:
My inspiration for this really just came from my goal to create a simple, clean and very neutral design (hence the white). Since we aren’t sure of the gender I also wanted to keep it neutral for now. So accent colors could slightly change. This nursery nook needs to flow into our bedroom so using crisp white and gray will help do that. I didn’t want to add in too many more brown pieces since our bedside tables are wood tones.
I love how the crib starts small and can expand as baby grows. I think the round shape also lends itself better to small spaces. These over crib storage baskets will be so helpful in holding blankets, pacifier, swaddles and all those little things we need close by. I decided to not splurge on the dresser, I was looking some in the $700=$1000 price range and settled on this one. Super affordable. It’s more of a temporary piece for now while the baby is little and I need something small to fit in this narrow area. We really don’t need anything fancy for changing diapers and storing little clothes. So I think this will be fine. The reviews look pretty good.
So what do you think of the Nursery Nook concept? I love that this little one will have a sweet spot not only in our hearts but in our bedroom. We are happy to share it (for a little while anyway)! I hope you take away from this post that you don’t need a huge house our a TON of space/bedrooms to make a room beautiful. I’m excited to share how this all comes together over the next few months!
So tell me if you are a parent or soon to be parent what is your top baby essential?!
For the last year I’ve been working on a Home Planner which will hopefully launch this spring! This planner will include three sections that will help guide you through the process and steps of identifying your style, designing a space and pulling it all together with decor. Sounds straight forward, right? Yes, it is but in a lot more detail than that. I also share lots of tips to help you with all these aspects in creating a home you love. The great thing is this planner isn’t just for a home it could be for your first apartment, a town house, fixer upper or a new build. The end of this book/planner includes blank pages with prompts to help you stay organized in planning out each space. From goals, to- do lists, ideas, budget, purchase lists, measurements and grids for sketching. I’m even excited to get my hands on one, because I’m looking forward to using it for our future vacation home (I’ll share more about this another day!)
What does this all have to do with my Sister’s Bedroom refresh? I wanted to use her space as an example how Pinterest is a great tool for a non-designer/decorator (even we use them, t00!) in gathering ideas and bringing a space to life based off inspiration found on Pinterest. My Sister didn’t love her bedroom. They had a hand-me-down bed and some hodge-podge decor. She didn’t feel confident enough to get started. However, she had a wonderful Bedroom Pinterest board!! Ah-ha we had a jumping off point to get started! When she sent me the board I could instantly see: a) her style and b) her goals for the end result of her space. Creating Pinterest boards for the various rooms in your casa is super helpful in taking a step towards giving a room a makeover or refresh.
With her budget in mind I started making goals, “to-do’s”, purchase lists and so on using the planner pages… it was a great way to test my own product. I walked her through everything and showed her the planner page so she could also start taking steps towards bringing her Pinterest board to life. Since this isn’t my Sister and her Fiance’s forever home, they didn’t want to do any wood treatment feature walls or wallpaper. We decided to add impact with a painted feature wall. I’ve done this before for my parents bedroom too. It’s an easy way to add some character and experiment with bold color with out committing to a full room of color. Let’s take a look at my Sister’s bedroom BEFORE photos as well as her Pinterest board inspiration.
(this was after she updated the bed to a black sleek frame)
You can see the bedroom lacked any kind of style, it was just thrown together when they moved. Bedrooms are typically the last room you think about but really I think they should be a respite for you and more focused on sooner in the design/decorating process. From the inspiration board I was able to identify her style/vibe for the space, which was very neutral and definitely a minimal/boho feel. Play close attention to some of the details in these photos. The colors, the patterns and textures… with these images I really honed into her vision. You can do this as well.. pay close attention to the details in each imagine you pin. What can you pin point that you love about them? Use that information to help guide your product sourcing/selection online or in store.
I created a purchase/ to-do list to help her get organized which looked like this:
Once we made our above, list than sourced the items we liked with in her budget we ordered everything and were ready to implement the makeover! We started by changing the layout so her bed would go against the largest wall that needed “something” we painted it a dark black to bring out that neutral but modern vibe like in her Pinterest board. The windows now feel more open and airy. Her bed is the focal point on the dark grayish-black wall. We added lots of textures with the bedding, pillows and blankets. Bringing in textures and graphic prints is important when keeping a room really neutral.
This makeover was over the course of about two-three weeks. We painted the wall, updated the lighting, changed the bedding and added the rug.
I love how the dark accent wall makes all the brass pop! If you are wondering about the cool graphic art… our cousin has an Etsy shop and creates cool digital art prints!! She actually custom designed these prints for my sisters bedroom. If you are interested in her shop or ordering a custom piece for your home reach out to her on Instagram her handle is Studio_OG.
I think her pup Ragnar matches her bedroom perfectly and that wasn’t even planned! He really did steal the show in these photos. Ben helped them out by installing this really cool light fixture that almost looks like a half-moon. She plans to add more pops of greenery or shelving for added storage and a place to put more decorative items.
The black and gold benches she already owned and were previously in her dining-room. I moved them in here because they fit the vibe so much better. She purchased them at At Home stores a couple years ago. I love how the rug adds a ton of interest with patterns. If you are ever feeling stuck with a space and really with design/decorating in general. Join Pinterest (FOLLOW ME HERE I’m always pinning inspiration) and create a board for every room in your house! It will keep your ideas organized and don’t just let it live in Pinterest, bring it to life by creating lists or better yet, purcahse my planner when it is available to stay even more organized in creating your beautiful dwelling!
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Have you been considering a stair runner for your home? A stair runner is a great way to add style and comfort to your staircase. Also, for families with young children a stair runner creates a softer surface for wobbley little ones that are just starting to walk or bigger kids that sometimes forget how quickly they can move. In this post I’m partnering with The Carpet Workoom to share some tips on how to select a stair runner. All ideas and reviews are my own. Below you will find a special discount code for my followers only! Thank you to The Carpet Workroom!
I’m so excited for this post today! Our stair runner was in desperate need of a refresh after 8 years + two kids + one dog, we were ready to freshen up our staircase. Could we just leave it hardwood? Yes, but we know our kids and they’ve been known to run too fast up or down the stairs and wipe out. While they are young a carpeted stair gives us peace of mind against any trips to the E.R. A stair runner also gives you a chance to dress up and add style to your stairway. I’d never miss a chance to infuse some style to any space. This partnership truly came at the right time!
Here you can see what we are working with. Very straight forward, nothing glamorous. Definitely showing signs of some age and overall worn out look. We purchased this about 8 years ago and while it held up ok and definitely kept our kids protected from a couple slips, we were ready for a new look. So let’s get started on the process!
When selecting your runner you’ll want to grab a bunch of samples to bring home. I browsed The Carpet Workroom’s Instagram to get inspired with fabric choices. You can also book an appointment to browse in person. Either way you’ll be so impressed by the variety of fabrics and patterns they have. Start by selecting your fabric type. You’ll want to select something durable and long lasting (especially if you have a young family/pets). Wool is the best option here as it’s fibers will hold up against constant use. Next, is pile height. Selecting a low pile runner is going to hold up better over time. Plush fabrics with longer pile height will show wear a lot quicker.
Next, consider the color scheme as well as the pattern you want. Below you’ll see some of my favorite designs and colors. I wanted subtle pattern and really loved the grays and blues as I have a lot of gray and blue in my home already. After spending time looking at these samples and struggling with selecting one as they were all so beautiful. Based on how active our home is I decided on one that would hide s much as possible. So the darker blue won and I’m excited to switch up from gray.
Once you select your fabric you’ll need to select a binding. The Carpet Workroom has many different bindings that you can finish off your runner with. A fun options is adding a nail head detail (which costs additional) to really add a “wow” moment. I wanted to keep things simple so I selected a binding that would bring out the woven blue in the fabric design. Below is the exact fabric we selected.
Installers will also want to know your preference for how the runner will be installed, Hollywood vs. Waterfall style. Click HERE to see the two different options. Since we previously had the Hollywood style, I chose to keep that look. I like the way it wraps around the stairs and shows off the stair shape. It has a more classic and traditional vibe.
Ok, the BIG question. You are wondering what do you need to budget for a stair runner? The Carpet Workroom has low priced runner packs that can be installed in the local area for under $1,000, for straight runners and $1,500 for more custom items. Stairs with landings typically price out $1,500- $2,000. Your fabric selection will also dictate cost. Be sure to use my code JORDECOR10 or mention me for a discount.
So before we get to the pretty afterphotos first here is in process shot of the removal. I won’t name names but according to the installer Pete our old runner was one of the worst carpet removals he’s ever done. He also said everything about it was done incorrectly. Our old runner was from a local big box store, that’s all I’m saying! 😉
Ok so let’s see what our stair runner looks like now!!
As you can tell I love it! I love the richness it adds and a little pop of color to our staircase. It is so plush and soft to walk on, keeps the old house squeaks to a minimum as well (added bonus!). I love the dark binding and the subtle stripe. It will also hide so much dirt. Look at me, already breaking my own rules of no shoes in the house. Whoops! Thank you so much to my friends at The Carpet Workroom for a fabulous collaboration and I’m so excited they are offering you guys a code; mention JORDECOR10 and they will apply to your order!
I truly hope you found this post helpful and informative. I also love getting to work with local companies that do such beautiful work. I appreciate you supporting these businesses I get the pleasure of working with.
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Spring launch is here with the Studio Mcgee collection at Target! These pieces are timeless and classic with an amazing target price point. Pieces sell out fast so if you love something don’t wait! I have the lamp and I’m obsessed. They have a lot of great light fixture options that are gorgeous and reasonable! I love the natural tones with pops of seasonal color in the pillows with a mix of metals and woven materials. Below you will find some of my favorites from this launch, it’s really so hard to choose only a few.
Let me know below if you purchase anything or what your favorites are! Happy Shopping!
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I get asked frequently about our home paint colors. We’ve recently updated quite a few colors and some of which pack a bit more of a punch. With all this time at home lately it’s been nice to see some spaces transform and go in a moodier direction. I hope you find it helpful to see the colors we’ve used through out our home. I love choosing colors that have soft gray undertones. I also look for soothing colors for the most part and balance rooms through out with some light and dark colors.
I hope you find this little color tour helpful! It is fun going room to room and see all the colors and how they flow room to room. I love neutrals with some splash of color or intensity here and there. The great thing about paint is that it is temporary and easy to switch down the road if your style changes or if you just are ready for something new!
Receiving Christmas cards is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. I truly love seeing all the faces of my friends and family show up in our mailbox through the month of December. I love reading how everyones year was and seeing how much children have grown. I always like to find fun ways to display our cards as they arrive, as well as change up where we display them in our home. In the past I’ve done displays as simple as put cards in a bowl or tray on the coffee table, to hang them on a frame with twine stringing across and along a doorway.
Today I wanted to share three ways you could display Christmas cards with different things I had on hand. One, and old shutter. Two, a set of white tobacco baskets and three, pretty ribbon and brass clips.
With the combination of a pretty ribbon and beautiful clips you can really dress up your card display… I used a pink linen ribbon and gold clips to display our cards vertically. The fun of this method is that you could go horizontal or tie the ribbon on the inside of a large empty frame. I could even double or triple the row of ribbon to increase the display of cards. I did use a small nail hole to attach the ribbon at the top. You could also use a 3m hook if you wanted. This method is very self explanitory
This display is also really easy! I love tobacco baskets for adding a little farmhouse flair, they also can read a little coastal in white. I got these at A. C. Moore but you could find at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. They look great on a small blank wall and tucking cards into them is so easy. They would even look cute in a mudroom to display kids artwork or invites/cards you get through the year. I did use some little wooden clips to help some stay on. But again this is just an easy way to hang up cards so they look like art on your wall.
I saved my favorite for last. I’ve had this old shutter for years its just a fun little accent to have for different things. I thought it would be so cool to hang and use the little openings to nestle in Christmas cards. The trick was how to keep them from falling all the way through? I got out my glue gun and hot glued a long strip of tinfoil- thinking outside the box here, that still wasn’t strong enough so I cut strips of cardboard and hot glued that over the tin foil. It actually worked! Then I hung up the shutter with a heavy duty nail and have it rest on the first little bump out. It feels pretty sturdy but I’m going to have Ben give it a look over. It just goes to show you can really get creative with decorative things around the house. Empty frame, leaning ladder, bulletin board, garland… have fun with it!
I know the back looks awful but I was literally improvising with whatever I could find to block the openings so the cards stay in place.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out these ideas! I hope you enjoyed them and that they inspire you in some way.
Wondering how to make inexpensive curtains look high end? In this post I’m going to share some tips on how! Curtains as you know, come in all sizes, patterns, colors, fabrics and price points! It can be so overwhelming to determine what is right for your space. If you are on a budget and want nice curtains, you might be stuck trying to decide what will look best. This often results in naked windows. Trust me, you don’t want naked windows! Curtains are like the finishing touch to an outfit which can really complete the look of your space. In this post I’m going to share some of my favorite affordable curtains, plus some tips on how to hang them to amazing!
Tip #1 when it comes to selecting curtains is to first stay clear of grommet style and the tab style. I’m not a fan of either. I prefer the pocket rod style or pocket rod style with the use of draper hooks to to attach the panels to the rod. I think this gives affordable curtains a much higher-end look. I like to clip the hook to the drape by pinching every couple inches and it gives it a much more finished look.
Tip #2 is super important. Please remember these two words HIGH and WIDE. When you hang your curtains you want to maximize the height of your space. If you have height in your space to work with don’t hang your curtains low. Third tip, make your windows appear bigger by hanging your panels wide. Ideally your window won’t be covered by the curtain at all, instead framed by the curtain panel. When ordering your curtain rods, consider the length of the curtain rod because you will want to go out wider than the window itself.
Tip #3 When it comes to choosing the finish of your hardware I typically choose either a black or oil rubbed bronze. These two options are classic and really dress up your window. However, sometimes I do switch it up from room to room. For example, my daughter has brass accents in her room so her curtain rod and hooks are brass because black or ORB (oil rubbed bronze) would be too harsh. Our kitchen and dining room are connected, I like to keep any connected rooms with the same window hardware finishes. I think to get started consistency is best! Here is what you will need to get started hanging your curtains.
I really hope this helps you narrow down your selection and gives you ideas for adding curtains to your space. There are so many options out there for curtains but I thought I would share some of my favorites to help you narrow it down. When in doubt a linen white and a bamboo shade- you can’t go wrong! So what is your favorite? Solid? Color? Pattern? Most of the curtains in our home are solid but I do love some of the patterned options and I’m leaning towards a couple for our office/closet space! Let me know what you think below.
Are you looking to create a fire pit area for your yard? Well, then this is the post for you. I’ll share step by step how we created our fire pit area in just one weekend. With the weather still cooperating here in New England, we figured we would take advantage and tackle one last DIY project before the winter sets in. We’ve done a lot this past spring from installing our outdoor lights, a building barn doors for our garage as well as some DIY planters. Since the pandemic hit it’s become evident that home really is the best place to be and maybe the only place we can be for awhile.
Especially during uncertain times such as these, we want to enjoy the company of friends and family outdoors as long as we can which means we needed a bigger sitting area and a heat source. So today I’m sharing our new smokeless fire pit as well as how we created this fire pit area. Yes you read that right, it is a smokeless fire pit. It is designed to limit smoke! I’ll share more on that later. Our outdoor area was lacking a great spot for a fire. To really dress up our fire pit we wanted to give it its own special area in the yard with cozy Adirondack chairs as well as gravel/stone. We did this project in a long weekend! Below is what we did…
Here is how the area looked before we started. We had this little side yard that we really didn’t use for much. I’ve mentioned before our backyard is very narrow so we make use a lot of our front yard and side yard. We live on a dead end street, off a dead end street so we don’t have much traffic at all. We knew that we wanted our fire pit area close by to the patio so for parties we could all be together but further away from the house to be safe and also less smokey. However, the fire pit insert we purchased should cut down on that a lot!
Once the area was cleared out we used the bags of sand to get our pit insert level. The area we dug out was about 14′ in diameter. You don’t have to go that big. We needed about 50 bags for this size of crush gravel which was $120-ish dollars. We went with Home Depot, online prior to shopping, you can put in your dimensions and calculate the amount you will need. You could also go to a local stone yard that delivers it all to you but ours wasn’t doing delivery in our area that day. So we borrowed my Dad’s truck and off to Home Depot we we went. We grabbed the last of our supplies; gravel, weed barrier, bags of sand.
Let’s circle back to this smokeless fire pit we purchased it from a place on Cape Cod called Stonewood Products.
Click here to read more about our exact fire pit. I’ve always hated the smell of smoke and never wanted to be really close to a fire pit. It would hurt my eyes and my hair/clothes would smell for days. We looked into a Solo stove and Ben was pretty much set on it. However, I didn’t love the style of them. I wanted something a little bit more stationary. I love the look of stone fire pits. So this was a compromise that we both loved. It was an investment but we can take it apart if we ever move. We also love that it came with a lid and all the stone to make a nice tall pit.
As you can see we used the weed barrier fabric to cover the dirt to prevent grass and weeds from coming through. It was a really windy day and it was so hard to keep it all flat but we are still glad we took this extra step! Once we did the weed barrier we emptied all 5o bags of gravel and used the metal rake to spread them out evenly.
The last step was edging the fire pit area to keep the gravel in place. We decided to call our local stone supplier because we wanted to go with a small black cobblestone to really tie in with the black insert. The cobblestone we ordered is from AGT and they delivered it for us a few days later. The cost of that was a bit more than we anticipated but we had come thus far and just wanted it too look amazing. The stone was $400. Again, more than I had anticipated but I love how it came together. I decided to hold off on ordering real Adirondack chairs for now because we splurged on a couple of these items. The plastic ones work for now Next summer I’m hoping to have a local carpenter build us some or who knows maybe we will continue to improve our DIY skills and attempt that too!
I love how the dark cobblestone gives such a nice border to this fire pit area, it adds a lot of character too!
Thank you for reading this post today and stopping by my littler corner of the internet! I hope this inspires you to squeeze in and tackle another outdoor project before winter rolls in! Believe it or not we still have two more projects coming up, that we’ve held off on for YEARS. A new walkway and new shutters. I’m so excited to finish sprucing up the exterior of our home!
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In just a few short weeks I’ll be an Auntie!! Today I’m sharing the reveal of my sister’s modern boho nursery design. I’ve been helping my sister the last few months starting with an e-design that has evolved over time. This past weekend we finished the accent crib wall which is a combination of both peel and stick wallpaper and board and batten. I was considering giving a tutorial for that but since there are so many amazing board and batten tutorials available on the inter-webs, I’ll link the one we used from Chris Loves Julia Here.
In this post I’ll share the finishing touches and some details of my sister’s finished nursery as well as some sources. We tried to keep this room gender neutral with lots of clean wood, creams and green. In the end I added a couple pops of color to bring the room to life. Before we know it a precious little baby will call this space their own, I cant wait to be a proud Auntie!!
Before I show you all the finishing details. I wanted just show you how the peel and stick looked before we added that board and batten wall. We decided to paint it white so that it would feel bright and airy. However, you could totally paint the board and batten a color that ties in with the peel and stick as well. Click here for the peel and stick we used.
This process took us a solid Sunday afternoon. We did have a team effort and it was actually fairly easy, with the right tools. We really love how it turned out and after a couple coats of white paint here is how it looks!
I found this typography canvas print and thought it added a little warmth to the wall and I always used to sing “you are my sunshine” to my babies so I thought it would be a pretty accent until my sister decide’s on a baby name. Maybe down the road she will decided to add initials or some type of printed wall hanging monogram.
She registered for this blanket ladder and I wish I had one of these when my babies were little. I love how it neatly displays and organizes all the different blankets and swaddles plus it looks so pretty!
How adorable is this mobile? I love the felt and neutral design. I decided to place it off to the decide so she could still add a simple piece of art over the crib. With the pattern of the peel and stick behind, I really wanted to keep the art simple and I think it looks so pretty with the mobile.
My sister found this dresser off of Facebook Marketplace and sprayed the knobs gold, she also took this mirror they had and spray painted that as well. I love the prayer basket on the right, which I included in the original e-design. It’s a beautiful way to hide all of the dirty baby clothes. But seriously nothing is cuter than that monogramed baby jean jacket. I mean, can you even deal?
I also love the natural wood ledge book display. I used these years ago in Griffin’s nursery/little boy bedroom and he still has them for his books. My sister even turned one upside down to hang/display the cute jean jacket. I love that idea! T
We decided to keep the rug neutral for now and this one gives off all those boho vibes in the nursery along with that cute little foot stool. The curtains I sourced for her to pull the greens from the accent wall over to the windows. They have pom pom on the edges which I think is super cute for a kid space. Lastly the CRIB! I source that for her as I thought it was so different I love that it had a little vintage throw back vibe. It also can grow with baby it turns into a toddler bed too!
I hope you enjoyed this nursery reveal! It was so fun to help my sister pull this room together from concept ideas to the finished product! Even their puppy Murphy approves! Let’s see how he feels once baby arrives.