This year my daughter truly started to come out of her shell at school and build some friendships with girls in her class… it makes my heart so full to see her little budding personality and excitement for going to school. I wanted to do something special for her and some of her new “Gals” so I decided to host a little Galentine’s Day Playdate. If “Galentine” is a new term for you, it’s basically when you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your best gal pals! I really do think it’s nice to take time to appreciate all the loving relationships in your life and that’s what makes February 14th a special day (not just for the candy and the roses although that’s always good too ;)).
For the girl’s Galentine’s Play Date I made the playroom festive with balloons a Valentine teepee and lots of music for dancing!
I also thought it would be fun to set up a cupcake decorating table and have a little craft at the end.
For the table set up I decided to use wrapping paper as a runner because the colors tied in so well together. I love using wrapping paper as a runner because its inexpensive and there are SO many options. Basically all of the party decor I already had on hand. My Rae Dunn Ceramic bowls and vase which I collect (from T.J. Maxx and Marshalls), the pink chargers I grabbed at Michael’s last year for Easter and I was so excited when I realized they would be perfect for this holiday as well. I grabbed the paper goods and wrapping paper as well as the heart garland from Target.
I baked some cupcakes (store bought, I mean who has time to do them from scratch?) with store bought vanilla icing (again who has time) For toppings I did crushed graham crackers, mini chocolate chips, strawberrys, conversation hearts and lots of sprinkles!
They loved decorating and most importantly eating their creations! We did a quick little craft after creating Valentine’s Crowns
What a fun Gal’s Day celebration it was!! They laughed, giggled and ate a ton of junk food! I hope my daughter grows up with loving friendships and remembers this special little playdate!
Have you ever celebrated Valentine’s Day with your Gals? What fun things do you like to do??
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In the world of fashion, the importance of building a wardrobe with versatile foundational elements is commonly stated amongst bloggers and other stylist/professionals. The essentials may include black pants, great pair of jeans, white button down shirt, jean jacket, skirt, blazer and so on… I always find it helpful to read what stylish-dressing-gals suggest are the must have item’s to own for creating outfits that are classic and easy for mixing seasonally and styling for different events/occasions.
As an interior stylist and decor blogger the same principles can be applied to key home decor items to own in your home. There are several pieces that I’m going to outline in a new series called Home Decor Essentials. I’m going to highlight my favorite foundational elements for building a versatile arsenal of decorative items so that your prepared for any season/occasion inside your space.
I’m going to list my top most used decorative items and then search them out from some of my favorite retailers. These essential items will be versatile pieces you can use year after year, in many different seasons for a variety of vignettes and occasions. This is also a great list for someone who is about to get married and register for home accessories, about to buy a new home or someone looking for guidance when they are out in a local home store and don’t know where to begin. I thought it would be fun to see how my home decor “essentials” look through the lens of different retailers.
So today we are shopping for our “essentials” at Amazon. Amazon has great options when it comes to home decor and with some of the shipping options being two days you really can’t go wrong!
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Here I rounded up decor essentials from AMAZON!
Throw Blanket– It goes with out saying a beautiful blanket draped over a sofa always looks beautiful and welcoming. I love the texture of this one. It’s a great price too!
Throw Pillows– Going with a classic buffalo pattern pillow will carry you through every season and a neutral like gray can’t ever be wrong.
Tray– I love using trays- all over our home. My favorite is on our coffee tables.
Woven Basket– Great for storage, for hiding kids toys, blankets and books
Glass Vase or Large Mason Jars- I love a fresh vase of flowers in the kitchen and this glass hurricane shape is so classic and beautiful.
Stack of books– A stack of books is so simple and classic. Amazon has some of my favorite design books and nothing looks more stylish on a coffee or side table.
Pitcher– A white pitcher is classic and effortless. I use my fine for fresh flowers or faux flowers. It looks beautiful on the kitchen counter or dining table.
Cutting Board– Cutting boards look great in the kitchen leaning against the wall, perfect for serving cheese and crackers at a gathering or cocktail party.
Topiary– If you have black thumb with indoor plants like me I love that these little faux plants have a distinct and sophisticated shape, they look great on a shelf, office, guest bedroom or bathroom. Plus you never have to water or worry about them dying.
Cake stands– I love these for entertaining and I tend to get them in many different sizes, I love when they are tiered as well!
Wreath– I love changing my wreaths out for the season but if you would just rather keep it simple go with a magnolia wreath or a boxwood, the greenery is always going to look welcoming.
So here you have my Home Decor Essentials- picked from Amazon. Notice they could work in any season, they can be used in many different ways all around your home. These essentials have a bit of a Farmhouse style to them however I’ll be sure to mix that up retailer to retailer and put different spins on style as well.
I hope you enjoyed learning what my go to essentials are for home decorating. If you want to see examples of these essentials in use- head over to my Instagram and see if you can spot them. I bet you will see at least one of these items in every photo!
Have a great day!
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We have this one wall in our house that I have been getting a bit tired of. Our living room is the main living area in our small(ish) cape style home. Often times when you are feeling blah about a space and can’t afford to by all new furniture (I mean who can?!) A more affordable update can be as simple as changing up some wall decor. I loved the images and signs on our old gallery wall, I was just ready for a totally different look. Something a bit more contemporary and clean. Our mix of canvas photos and signs was needing a little refresh, after serval years of living with those pieces and images I felt it was time for a change. Here is how the gallery wall looked before – definitely not bad, I just wanted something a little more sleek and modern looking.
So I decided to use photo ledges to updates this wall and purchased some new frames (which I’ll link at the bottom of this post). I love the ease of the ledges and the fact that I can easily take down photos, pop in new art prints or family photographs. There are so many options with these ledges. If you decided to use ledges on a blank wall in your home be sure you choose some that really fit the size of your wall. If you choose a size that is too small it will not have the same impact! For the finish I chose the white and then added wood frames to bring in some warmth and keep that farmhouse vibe going.
Eventually I want to fill the frames with some art work from local artist’s. But until I decided on just the right pieces I decided to paint and make my own prints for Valentine’s day. It is a more contemporary look- and I love it. My husband thought the artwork that came with the frames was the actual art I chose. I mean it’s not the worst. But I love bringing in color with art so I definitely wanted to add some prints to these frames.
Since Valentine’s Day is approaching I thought it would be fun to make my own prints. I got out the paint and my computer and did a mix of watercolor brush stroke art as well as some digital prints.
I thought it would be fun if anyone is looking to fill some frames with Valentine’s Day art; to offer you guys a little gift from me – some free digital art printable’s. Here are four different prints I created for any of my subscribers/followers to use in their own homes. These will all print right on your home printer on standard white printing paper. However if you have a white card-stock paper they will look even better on that.
Click on the above blue links above to print my digital Valentine prints and please tag me so I can see how they look in your home!
Here is a view of the ledges with some family photos in black and white m fixed with some colorful prints that I painted and digitally made/printed.
What do you think of the prints I made? I love them mixed with the black and white photos too. I’ll be sure to share more about these ledges soon, specifically how to style them different ways with different items.
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Happy 2019!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and fun New Year celebration. I can’t believe how quickly the holidays came and went. Now that the house is finally settled again, boxes of Christmas decor put away, I’m taking count of the many home projects I want to tackle this year. From as big to renovating our upstairs bathroom to as small as updating some organization and furniture pieces. Whenever the New Year comes along I get that itch to start organizing and decluttering. Anyone else?
There are a few areas in our home that could definitely use a little help in 2019; our playroom (which is constantly evolving, now into a media room) and our mudroom. What I’m about to show you may actually damage your eyes and break your screen- it is probably the most unloved area in our home as well as most unseen, because why would I want to share this hideous corner. This corner has been very low on our priority list until I just about couldn’t take it anymore. When the kids were babies this type of toy storage just made the most sense. But now they are 7 &5 it’s become clear that this just isn’t a necessary piece of furniture to have. PRAISE THE LORD!
This little corner was the inspiration and motivation for getting my NEW YEAR REFRESH on! I’m really excited to partner with Christmas Tree Shops and That! to spruce up this area and get a jump start on some of these projects.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Christmas Tree Shops and That! They carry a variety of home decor, furniture, holiday decorations and much much more. Over the last year they’ve recently released their own farmhouse inspired line, which I LOVE, called The Grainhouse. Not only are their pieces very on trend with the farmhouse style but they are also very affordable. After going into my local CTS I was so excited to see all their farmhouse inspired furniture because I knew I needed to update the above frightening corner in our playroom/media room. Plus I wanted to find something with storage that would hide my kids junk (I say that lovingly, I promise).
Off I went to CTS to see what I could find and I was not disappointed. Look at all that pretty spring decor from The Grainhouse line.
There were so many beautiful decor items from wall decor, to storage baskets, to florals! I loved everything but I set my eyes on two furniture pieces that I knew would make a big impact on our playroom (yah know the scariest image I’ve ever shown you) and our mudroom which just needed a better bench situation.
The first thing I purchased is THIS side table, it’s basically screaming at me to fill it with random figures and cars and puzzles. Plus it was under $200 and came fully assembled.The second piece I had to have is THIS adorable entry bench which was $149 and came fully assembled as well. Plus tons of storage for shoes!!
Once I got these two pieces home and put them in their spots- with no assembly required at all may I remind you! I started neatly putting all the toys in to all the bins. Also taking shoes out that we never wear and only putting back the ones we do. Getting all the things ORGANIZED!
I’m so thrilled with how these pieces have completely made two areas in our home so much more clean, organized and stylish looking.
I mean… there are no words. All I can say is why did I wait so long to find a prettier storage piece for this area!?
The second item- the little farmhouse bench is absolutely perfect in our mudroom. I organized all our shoes and it just adds such a great organization to this high traffic area.
The blue floral scatter textile is also part of the Grainhouse line. They had a great selection of pillows and rugs as well. I highly recommend if you have toys, shoes or any kind of clutter going on right now, take a trip to CTS to check out their Greenhouse Line it’s both affordable and stylish. Plus it will help you refresh your home for 2019! Do you have an unloved spot in your home that is just dying for a little TLC? Let me know below.
Today I wanted to share with you some of the photos captured during our Christmas card session! Typically we get all these adorable photos, then only a couple make it to the Christmas card. I thought, why not share some here on the blog with all my insta-buddies! This year I decided to use our home as the backdrop for some of the images, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since we almost always do family portraits outside somewhere. I thought I’d share the outcome of that little idea with you guys. I think sometimes we forget that our own home is where we are most comfortable and ourselves. I also find that each year the holiday season goes faster and faster, anyone else? Some of my favorite photos of our children are their Christmas photos, I treasure them so much! I know that in a few years they will probably refuse to do them so I’m taking advantage while I still can. (TEARS)
We worked with local photographer Jamie Isherwood, Jamie Isherwood owns a full service boutique photo studio specializing in family portraits. She works with you in advance of your session, if you need assistance in choosing your families outfits. She also remains hands on all the way through to the end, post photo session, to help you choose the best photographs and even gives you guidance on prints & gallery wall lay out. So from start to finish you’ll receive a very attentive approach with your family portraits. Now this isn’t my first rodeo with family photos, I’ve been doing them since our kids were really young, so I kind of have a good grasp on it at this point. However, I know that for most family photos can be a bit overwhelming and stressful. I love that Jamie offers a boutique experience for her clients, many of which work full time and of course have young children making it extremely difficult to make important decisions related to the photo session like what outfits everyone should wear, where to take the photos and then how to hang them once you have the beautiful images printed and with Jamie you will definitely have beautiful images you won’t want them to just collect dust.
I was so excited to work with Jamie for our Christmas photos this year. We wanted to try something different and do some photos as a family in our matching P.J.’s, you know the ones that you usually save for Christmas Eve? I decided to break them out early and get a little more use out of them for this session. Plus, much easier to convince kids to put on P.J.’s than dress clothes (hint, hint). I chose a classic red and black buffalo check P.J. set for the kids and just the top for Ben, since he already had buffalo check bottoms, as did I. For the top I just wore a simple black tank top with cream sweater to keep it coordinating yet not looking super match-y. Our bedroom is all decorated for Christmas which made it the perfect back drop for a photo session, we didn’t even have to travel anywhere! My vision was to have some nice moments as a family, as well as let the kids be silly and have a little fun too. Oh, my, goodness did they have silly moments. I honestly don’t think i’ve ever seen the kids SO SILLY. Thankfully Jamie was so good with them, I was getting flustered with their goofiness and she remained so chill just catching the moments.
Ironically “All is Calm” the theme for our bedroom this Christmas was anything but for this session… it mostly started off calm, but as excepted the kids went from calm to crazy pretty quickly, haha!
This was the first time Levi was ever allowed on our bed, and man did he love it. The kids did too!
Can you handle these three faces? Cause I can’t! This is when the silly’s really kicked in and they just wanted full bed/trampoline action. I love seeing them just being comfortable and having fun. That’s how a photo session should feel, I love that Jamie captured them so naturally and nothing is overly staged in these shots.
Then we had to play a little joke on the kids so we busted out the mistletoe and clearly we got the reaction we were hoping for!
And then lastly I couldn’t resist giving them my favorite holiday mugs for a little cup of cheer photo. Yes, those are empty cups but man can those kids act… you would think there was something delicious in those mugs, right? haha Thankfully no bedding, or white faux fur was harmed in the making of these photos.
I absolutely love how our Christmas cards turned out. Huge thank you to Jamie Isherwood for capturing our little family, cozy and cheerful… ok and a little crazy too. But that’s how we like it around here! She helped design and order all our cards which I was so grateful for being so busy this time of year with work obligations and just life in general it made life so much easier for me to have one less thing to worry about.
We also did another session with Jamie that took us outside our home, the next day however I’m saving those for our family and for our Christmas card. Again we are so pleased with all the photos Jamie took and know that we will treasure them forever. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of them and hearing about my vision/ thought process.
Huge thank you to Jamie- her website is https://jamieisherwoodphotography.com/ if you’d like to see more of her work. And give her a follow on FB and Instagram because we are hoping to collaborate on a special family portrait giveaway this spring.
Thanks for stopping by friends and Happy Holidays!
Hey Friends!! Happy almost Turkey Day! I thought it would be fun to kick off Friday and the weekend leading into a holiday week with a fun drink recipe. Let me just state that I don’t typically share recipes with you guys, so this is a little new for me. However, I hope you don’t mind! It’s fun to share something new, as a way to share my excitement for the holidays.
I’m a huge fan of Moscow Mules in the colder months especially, something about the spicy aromatic ginger flavor that I just LOVE. However sometimes they can be a little filling and to be honest I’ve been trying to watch the drinking intake as of late. Not that I over indulge all the time, I just find Moscow Mules to be STRONG and heavy 😉 aka lots of calories. So if you are trying to watch the calories over the holidays this is a festive and fun drink that is so easy to make, flavorful and light. Basically this means, if I switch to this version, I can just eat a second piece of pumpkin pie 😉
What inspired this drink idea you might ask? I’m a huge seltzer drinker, basically its all my husband and I drink besides water and on the weekends well wine/beer. So we always have quite a stock pile of seltzer in the house. I look forward to finding the new Polar Seltzer flavors each season in the grocery stores- they’ve inspired lots of cocktails for me over the years. I recently came across their new flavor Ginger Lime Mule. I was so excited because I immediately thought… this is my new holiday cocktail mixer! So obviously I stocked up on the flavor haha. But before we can start mixing up the yummy drink you need to order the classic copper metal mugs!
I think one of my FAVORITE parts about these drinks is the pretty copper mugs. You can find them in a variety of sizes, finishes and shapes. Copper mugs quickly take on the temperature of whats inside and keep the drink icy cold and refreshing! I’ve listed a few below that caught my eye.
MOSCOW MULE MUGS:
Get your drink station ready….
Titos Vodka (My favorite)
Polar Seltzer – Ginger Lime Mule
Limes (a bunch)
Next up, fill your Mule cups 1/2 way with some ice- crushed ice is best but it’s okay if not. After that, squeeze a half of lime and drop it into the drink. I add one shot of Tito’s Vodka, then finish off by filling with the Polar Seltzer Ginger Lime Mule. If you’d like to add a little extra sweetness, do a splash of POM juice or you could also add a splash of gingerale if you wanted to enhance that ginger flavor. Stir well!
To dress it up, use the other half of the lime to cut a wedge for the side. Add a cute stirrer or straw in a festive color to dress it up or float pomegranates or cranberries, or even add some too the stirrer. I even though a sprig of rosemary would be pretty too. Be creative dressing up the cup to make it feel really festive! Sip and enjoy. Also, it goes with out saying but always drink responsibly. Uber or stay put for the evening 🙂
DRESS UP YO’ DRINK!
I hope you like it this skinny spin on an old classic! Do you have any go too drink recipes you enjoy this time of year?
Have a great weekend!
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Hello Friends! October 1 is here! I’m all about keeping it real with you guys and for this October I’m “Creepin’ it real”, so here it is… currently I just doesn’t have the time or energy to go all out decorating for Halloween. I just put up all the fall/harvest decor and now I need to get all the spooky stuff out too?! I need a nap already. I love decorating don’t get me wrong, it’s my favorite but sometimes I’m human and just want to take a breath and enjoy all my current hardwork. My solution to not overwhelm myself this upcoming Halloween is to only decorate my kids playroom. At some point I’ll probably add a few touches outside too, but for the interior I’m going to keep it concentrated on one room. Phew, keeping it simple and real with you guys feels good!
So how many of you get super into Halloween? Our family enjoy’s it and we think it’s fun of course, but we don’t go crazy by any means. Probably because I’m not really into being scared, haha. Many of you know, I barely survive when Ben travels for work overnight. So I like my Halloween decor to be cute with minimal spook. My kids are following in my scaredy-cat foot steps. Have you seen those like 10 foot inflatable vampires at Home Depot? Yah, well they hated those! I kinda don’t blame them, and I’m so thankful they aren’t begging for us to put one on our front yard.
If you’re like me and crave things a bit more simple this time of year, I recommend either choosing a room or a spot in your house (front door/porch/playroom/living room) to get in on the Halloween fun without a lot of added effort. To make your home look a little spooky with out going over the top simply add some pillows, a centerpiece, a banner and maybe one or two spooky items. Here is how I added some Halloween Decor to my kids playroom.
Welcome to the kids playroom/t.v. room/hangout room! This is the only room in the house getting a touch o’spooky so far! I told you guys I was keeping it simple this year. This is my version of simple 😉
I recently purchased this new sofa from Homesense. I’m obsessed. It’s the perfect size for the room, I love that it has a little blue/green to it as it will hide the kids spills and adds a little color to the neutral room. The wall color in here is Edgecomb Gray by Ben Moore.
I had this bench/ottoman up in our “cloffice” but moved it down here as a little ottoman/coffee table. I love how it fits and the black legs tie in with the pillows. I also managed to fit two bins underneath for added storage, which is always a plus!
Now back to the Halloween decor… I found this skull bowl at Christmas Tree shops and decided to use it as a vase for a fall centerpiece. It would be cute filled with popcorn or some other yummy snacks, too. I also purchased the two spider pillows from Christmas Tree Shops as well.
The “creep it real” pillow I found at T.J. Maxx and couldn’t resist it! My son got a good chuckle out of it.. I had this “boo” banner that I basically threw up there, haha it may even be a little off center (whoops! told yah I was keeping it real) This room gets a ton of natural light, I think down the road I will add some more color to the curtains but I like how simple they are with the playful pompom detail.
Since this room is so neutral, with pops of black, adding Halloween decor is super easy! My daughter decided to decorate her play kitchen (hers is nicer than mine) she put the little trick or treat sign there and the pumpkins up on top. It was so cute to see her help too!
The black aztec pillows, wooden stools and metallic wall art are all from Homegoods. I really love how this room adds a little touch of Halloween with out being too much, plus it is fun for the kids and get’s them in the spirit of tricks and treats. Plus, I can leave all my fall decor up around the house and not feel overwhelmed to change it all up. Win. Win.
So there you have it! I’m only human and run out of energy sometimes too. As much as I love to decorate, I also have to set limits and know that it’s ok if I just put out a few things and not go crazy for every holiday. Do you like to decorate for Halloween? Do you go all out or keep it simple? As always I appreciate you stopping by my blog to see what decorating adventures, I’m up to or only somewhat up to ;).
Happy Fall!!! The temps are cooling off and I’m so happy my favorite season has arrived. Not only am I falling for all things pumpkin, but for all things fall decor!! If you guys are like me, which I think you are because you follow along on my crazy love for decorating, you like to switch up your decor to welcome the changing seasons. What help’s me afford my love for seasonal decorating? Well, besides turning it into a job 😉 is shopping at places that sell affordable seasonal home decor, like Christmas Tree Shops and That!. I know the name of the store suggests CHRISTMAS so it can be confusing, however most New Englanders like myself know, that this store is SO MUCH MORE than Christmas stuff, check out below to see for yourself.
I’ve been shopping here since I was a girl and now as an adult I can tell you that each year their seasonal decor gets better and better! From table settings, throw pillows, faux florals, wreaths, candles and even food… if you want to prepare for an upcoming season in your home or for entertaining Christmas Tree Shops and That! has you covered! I hit up my local store when the kids were at school (insert happy dance) so I could really take my time and find my favorite pieces. I can’t wait to show you guys what I found that helped inspire my fall decor this year!
After strolling the aisles of Christmas Tree Shops and That! for their Harvest Decor products, I left with so many great pieces! I purchased a couple wreaths, some hay bales, lanterns, a wall art piece, cute cranberry colored “gather”door mat and a “fall” sign! Let’s start with my front door. I added with the wheat style wreath and then I hung the fall sign on the left side to balance the other items on the right. I know we have a lot going on here, around the door itself but I love dressing up the wood work. Summer I kept things so simple that I was ready to deck it out for fall. I recommend using 3M hooks if nailing into wood work isn’t your thing. I’m guilty of the latter 😉 I also layered my door mat because It’s my favorite trend in outdoor decorating right now.
I used the hay bales to give height to my mums and pumpkins, I also pulled some of the hay apart to create, like a bed for some of the other decor like the lanterns. I love the texture it adds. Plus it feels like a hayride, might just stop by at any minute ;).
As it gets closer to Halloween we will carve up some pumpkins but for now I love how these metal jack o’ lantern pumpkins give a festive look, with out all the yucky rotting. I plan to add some little tea lights in here so they glow at night.
Grab a PSL and come on in! Let me show you how the pretty wreath I chose for the inside, inspired the cozy color scheme…
See it there, front and center? I fell in love with the unexpected fall combo of soft greens, peaches and cranberry tones. I had this script “thankful” on hand so I used some wire to attach it. I like that it is a bit unique for this season, yet very fall at the same. If you are trying out a new color scheme for fall, use some faux white pumpkins or spray paint orange ones to save you money from having to buy different colors.
See the buffalo check pumpkins below? Those were white and I just got out a straight edge brush some gray and black paint and painted on the pattern! So paint and/or spray paint is always your friend for seasonal decorating.
The other bigger item I purchased is this “gather round” script sign which I decided to make the focal point of my gallery wall. I love how it works with the other wood and galvanized items in the room. To make this gallery wall; I simply shopped around our home for frames and other little signs that coordinated then built the gallery wall around the “gather round” sign. Just to keep it real with you guys, cause we’re all friends right? I have quite a lot of nail holes behind those frames, haha! It’s just par for the course when your a home decor blogger.
The “gather round’ is a simple sign that I love for our small house because it really gives a cozy welcoming feel to our living room.
I told you guys, I’m falling hard, real hard for all the amazing decor at Christmas Tree Shops and That! this season. I hope you enjoyed seeing all my fun purchases and my home ready for fall! We can’t wait to enjoy cozy fires on those cooler days/nights snuggled up together! If you want your home to feel cozy for fall check out the beautiful Harvest Decor selection at Christmas Tree Shops and That! you will not be disappointed! The prices are seriously SO good. Thank you for stopping by!
Happy September! The summer FLEW by, didn’t it? I’m a bit emotional today as I’m sending my oldest to start second grade. 🙁 I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that he is now a big kid and that I have a child that old. How did this happen?! HA! I’m thankful that I have this amazing blog Fall Home Tour with a bunch of REALLY talented ladies to distract me from dwelling on all the above. Once you finish here, I hope you will skip over to the next home on the tour all of which are linked below.
Not only is decorating a creative outlet for me, it’s also therapeutic. Anything that allows me to release my expressive side is a good thing, which is why I love sharing my seasonal decor with you guys. I try to change things up year to year, to give you fresh content and ideas. This year for my mantel I wanted to use a different color combo. The weather has been insanely hot in Boston so the thought of intense orange just isn’t appealing to me yet. These colors are a bit different for fall decor but they remind me of it nonetheless. If you’re like me and looking to start decorating but want to ease into it, the color combo of pale greens, cranberries and some peach tones will do just the trick.
Ever since we did our accent wall over our mantle with E-Z Wall stick on panels, decorating it is so much more fun. I’ve had these silhouettes of my kids since they were 2.5 and a newborn. We have a local bookstore that hosted a silhouette artist before Christmas, that did these cuttings live in the store while looking at my kids profiles. I wouldn’t say they are the most accurate representations of my kids, they were very squirmy then, but they are close enough ;). I love the old vintage touch they add.
The wreath is from Christmas Tree Shops and is definitely the inspiration for the mantel. Once I saw these colors I knew I wanted to incorporate them in my living room. My husband and I were married at the end of October and we used pale pinks, gold and cranberry for our wedding colors so they remind me of our special day. It’s going to be 10 years this October guys!
The script word “thankful’ I bought from Michaels and was unfinished wood that I painted black to match the frames. I attached it with some floral wire and it really added a pop. I also found these pumpkins at Michaels and knew they were perfect. However I also painted some white pumpkins with acrylic paint to match as well. I placed some neutral leaves behind the pumpkins and draped a beautiful garland from my friend Lemons To Lovely’s.
To bring the color scheme together I ordered a scarf blanket as I didn’t have one in this color yet, I love how functional these are. I use them in decor and also wear them when the weather cools down.
I found the cutest buffalo check pillows at the Target dollar spot and scooped up a couple. I love how the black buffalo check looks for fall so I’m using that in my dining room. However I brought some in here for fun! I tried free hand painting some of these white pumpkins with the buffalo check and while they aren’t perfect they definitely get the idea across. This metal basket is also from Christmas Tree shops and I love that farmhouse style it has, I thought it would be fun for pumpkins, or firewood, or to fold blankets in. Baskets are something I love using in decor because they are so functional.
Lastly, the pièce de résistance, my new felt garland from Wooly Sheep Dots! I can’t get over how adorable these little felt pumpkins are, which she makes by hand. This garland brings the whole look together, and I love that it supports a small shop/artist as well.
I hope you all enjoy seeing my mantel all ready for fall! This time of year when the weather is still so hot I like easing into it with muted fall colors. I’m not ready for the orange yet! How is your September going so far? Would you ever try a new color scheme in your fall decor? Can’t wait to show you the rest of this room. There were a few other tweaks I made in here for fall 🙂
Want to hear a home decor joke?? What do you get when you put a closet and an office in the same room? A cloffice! I really should be a comedian guys, I mean seriously I kid, I kid. I can hardly remember the punch lines to legit jokes. haha I shared this room makeover on Instagram a few weeks ago, back when my website was still a work in progress. I decided to post about it because I want to recap what we did with a once odd extra room, here on my blog. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a random extra room to make something out of. However I believe if you have a space that you aren’t happy with, empty it out, purge and start from scratch. Really think about what your needs are for your living situation. Do you need more storage? A place to get ready/dressed? A place to exercise or work? Then go from there or contact me for an e-design!
Back in February we officially grew tired of the bonus room off our master bedroom being a useless room that served no purpose other than collecting random items from around the house. Ben was seriously thinking about starting his own business and working at home (which by the way has now officially happened so good thing I got the ball rolling on this). I knew that if he were to make that jump we would need a much more functional office AKA a space not at the dining table for him to work. At the same time our master bedroom closet was not functioning very well either. It was always a challenge finding our clothes. I was so ready for a closet upgrade 😉 I mean what girl isn’t. Below is a glimpse into the bonus room before the makeover. The desk was too small for the room and floating in the middle which just didn’t make sense visually.
Sorry for the poor quality of images, these are from my Instagram Stories when I gave a tour of what a hodge-podge room this was prior to my “cloffice” plan. You can get an idea of how it lacked a true style or purpose.
I came up with the concept to combine our two needs 1. A more functional office and 2. A big open master closet to access our clothing easier, into one space. I created a design board which alway helps me visualize my ideas. The key to making this double duty room work was to subtly divide the room in the middle with a pretty rug and bench. Like this:
The first step was to completely empty the room and to donate or sell items on yard sale sites. Next was to have a closet company come in and give us a quote on what I had in mind. After doing some research I called Closets By Design to come in and do a layout/estimate for us. I really wanted to see if it would be with in our budget. Luckily it was! With a promotion they had going on for 40% off plus free install, the quote ended up being less than what we anticipated. When does that ever happen?! So needless to say we said heck, YES! It took about 4 weeks for our custom design to be made, the actual install took only about 4 hours at the most. We opted out of drawers and cabinets and that really brought the cost down.
If you are wondering about that little door, it’s a crawl space into our attic. If we need to get inside we can take the clothes down from the bottom, middle shelf and pole off. Luckily that doesn’t happen too often so having this configuration didn’t bother us. So here is the after with all of our clothes and shoes. No long crammed into that dark small closet! I actually like that the clothes hide that random little door and the radiator too.
Can you believe what a different this made?! Before this was such an awkward wall I didn’t know what to do with it. Now compared to our old closet, this new design is so open we can see all our clothes at first glance. I’ve even started to wear clothing I haven’t worn in so long because now I can SEE it! It has made getting dressed every day so much more easier and quicker.
On the opposite side of the closet is a wall of equal width and due to its sloping ceiling is awkward to design and lay out. However a long his/hers desk is really perfect their. We made this amazing 12 foot two person work desk by purchasing 3 of these and two ready to stain wood panels from Lowes. They didn’t even need cutting. To be honest we haven’t even stained them because we liked the natural look of them for now. We also grabbed two of these floor lamps from Ikea. I love how the lamps also have that vintage glam look with the white and gold. The floor lamps work well as they don’t take up any desk space.
I chose this rug (click here) with soft the greens and corals to tie in with our bedroom color scheme and this bench I found at T. J. Maxx which was very similar to the one in the design board above. I love that it is open so you can still see the pretty rug design and it ties in with the black in the beautiful crystal flush mount light (click here) and “office” (click here) sign. This bench (click here) is almost identical to the one I have and can create a subtle division in a room or just simply act as extra seating. These neutral upholstered chairs (click here) are so simple, fun and comfy. I love that they have the lace up detail on the back because you see it right as you walk down into the room. They really dress up our “cloffice”. he he
What do you guys think of our two for one room? I love that a room can work so well together yet serve two entirely different purposes. I used to keep the door to this room shut all the time because looking inside made me cringe. Now I keep it open because I love seeing the twinkle of the chandelier and the pop of color from the rug. It’s a grown up space that makes us feel confident and efficient and that is something we could all use, right?
Thanks for checking out our “cloffice” makeover friends!
Now that the blog is all refreshed, I’m excited to start giving you more fun content! At the start of each season you can expect a Seasonal Style post from yours truly that inspires you in decorating your home and in your personal style. I believe that style translates not only into what you wear but also into how you “dress” your home. I often feel my decor style is a reflection of my personal style and overall aesthetic.
Today I’m sharing my favorite Red, White and Blue- Patriotic items with you because it’s finally that time of year again! The time when the days are long and warm, drenched in sun and quenched by lemonade. The dog days of summer are finally approaching! You won’t hear my complain about the heat. It feels so good to feel warm for a change. It was a long winter and I know if you’re like me (AKA not a fan of cold and snow) you’re just as excited to celebrate the start of summer! When summer does finally roll around, I love to get in the spirit of all the Patriotic holidays from Memorial Day, Flag Day and July 4th!
In the summer I love adding a few navy & red touches through out my home and in my wardrobe as well. I’m a huge fan of patterns like stripes, stars, plaids, gingham and all things classic preppy that come along with summer!
For my home I like to add a few flags of course. I stick them in planters or vases on the table top. A couple fun wreaths also add those patriotic vibes. I have two entrance doors that I like using two different style wreaths so it isn’t overly match-y match-y. I made this grapevine wreath with materials from Michaels. They are so easy to make! All you need is:
a white, red and blue hydrangea, a pretty patriotic ribbon, a flag, glue gun and floral wire.
I’m also a sucker for seasonal pillows! You guys know I go crazy for the Target dollar spot ones. Here is a seasonal decorating trick, sometimes you can re-use decor from different holidays. For example pillows from other seasons can be repurposed as long as the colors tie in! You may remember these grain sack stripe pillows from Christmas, yup they’re back! The red ties in perfectly for this time of year with navy and white!
The Pillows in the above photo are all fro Target dollar spot. However I’m going to link some that I’m loving this season. The farmhouse jugs/planters are from Lowes in the garden section. I planted some beautiful smelling lavender. I move these around all over my patio. Here I used them to add some green to the photo and bench.
Shop my Seasonal Style from my Farmer’s Porch:
You guys know I LOVE decorating my front door for every season. This year I’m testing out a wood curl wreath (pictured behind me) I love the texture it adds! I’m going to link some similar ones below as I wasn’t able to find this exact one online. My ferns are so easy to take care of and do well in our climate. I always have my black iron lanterns out because they tie in so nicely with my antique black door hardware and I just love the shape/scale of them. Click here for my exact lanterns.
So maybe you are wondering more about the cute dress? I found this perfect affordable summer dress I had to pass on to you. I like that it’s super comfy and light weight for the hot summer days ahead.
I’m loving the layered door mat look as I shared with you on Instagram stories awhile back. I haven’t got around to purchasing a “patriotic” version. See friends I’m not always a step ahead, as hard as I try to be! I really hope you liked this Seasonal Style post. Let me know if it inspires you to get any red, white or blue going in your wardrobe or home decor this summer? Keep in mind if you are ever stumped as to how to decorate for your home take a cue from you closet, is there a color you always gravitate towards of a pattern you love? Start with that as a jumping off point. If you don’t see a common theme look to the current season for inspiration to dress up your home and your wardrobe too!
Shop my Seasonal Style from my Front Door: