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The weather is beautiful today, with a warm breeze blowing through the window as I write this.  Summer is finally here and is one of my favorite seasons.  I love making my home feel light and airy this time of year.  I like to go minimal with my decorating in the warmer moths to help create that light vibe.  I wanted to show you how I added some summer art to our gallery ledges, which you can find HERE.  I really enjoy switching things out for each season as you can see on this post and this post.  Choosing art doesn’t have to be exhausting mentally or financially it can be really easy and fun.  My two favorite places to shop for affordable art is HERE and HERE.

SUMMER ART LEDGES

Here they are all ready for summer.  I mixed in some of my photographs of the kids at the beach and then let the art and color just shine.  I still love the wood tone frames against the white matt’s.  I think it adds a little warmth and coziness.  I played around with the layout and composition but ultimately I think having three of each size frame works and then just playing with the arrangement.  I still might try to swap the frames and sizes so the same exact ones aren’t above and below but for now this is good!

The two stripe paintings are original paintings by local artist Carolyn Mackin. They are part of her series called “Cape Cod Stripes” of which I’m a huge fan of and I was so excited to get two 8×10’s in these blue color schemes.  The other two paintings I will link at the bottom of this post.  I LOVE how they add movement in the waves as well as the small pebbles or shell shapes that are just so organic and simple plus I love some of the green and pink shades it brings in.

Mixing media is a good idea in your art ledges, or gallery wall whatever you might have!  I think bringing in a couple different types of art adds a collected feel and makes it more visually interesting.  Here I have two original paintings of which you can see the texture of the brush strokes and then a photograph and a print of a painting.

As you can see I also mixed in some objects that I found at the Target Dollar spot, these woven fans break up the rectangular shapes and bring in another beach-y texture.  This adorable “beach’ paddle also adds another layer of interest on the shelves. The small Cape Cod canvas is made with real sand by my friend over at www.tahlulastreasures.com 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my ledges all styled for summer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jordan

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I can’t believe Memorial Day Weekend is here and we are just about to kick off summer. We are actually splitting up the weekend between Cape Cod and then back home for some little league baseball and a family BBQ.  I’m so happy that BBQ season is officially here.  We’ve worked so hard on our outdoor spaces that I’m so ready to finally enjoy them!  The last thing on my to do list this week was to get some Red, White and Blue, decor on our front door.  I want to enjoy it for awhile before we head back to C.C. for majority of the summer and a lot of my Patriotic decor is at our beach house so I was really just looking for things I already had around the house to bring a little Americana vibes to our front door with out going out and buying a bunch of new stuff.

Let’s start with the lanterns.  I’ve had THESE lanterns for several years now.  They’ve seen it all from rain and lots of snow.  They really were starting to look dirty and dingy.  I’ve tried to clean them before but there was fading and chipping.  So I decided to do my favorite most cost effective tricks- spray paint.  Whenever I want to breath new life into something, if I can spray paint it I will.  So for the lanterns I just grabbed some white spray paint and gave it a nice clean coat.  They look so much better.  I also have to admit to you that I don’t ever truly light up my lanterns.  They are there for look.  Since these are exposed to moisture the batteries always rust and get messy.  So I simply leave the lanterns with out batteries.  That may seem strange to you but just works for me.

I already had these red planters and I tend to bust them out every summer when I start adding some festive Patriotic decor.  I’ve had these for years, however it’s as simple as taking a large cheap plastic planter and spray painting it red and like that you have super inexpensive and easy patriotic decor.  I wish I could tell you the name of the plant I put in them.  I was in such a rush, I was looking for something full and with white petals and this was the best I could find at Lowes.   I also grabbed this large red flowered plant which I was so excited to bring in that natural red color.

If you ever see an old chair on the side of the road, or at a local thrift store, grab it!  I chalked paint this one red, after a few seasons outside its weathered to this rustic chippy garden stool.   My front steps need such a good cleaning.  I think we need to get the pressure washer out.  Always something else to do right guys?!  

TIP 1:  I love to add height on either side of the door it makes the entrance feel more grand. Chairs/ stools add height to plants.  Or grab a potted tree of some kind to flank either side of your door.

I purchased this adorable straw tote months ago with intent to use it or give it to Autumn to use, because I loved the classic colors and “hello”.  However I couldn’t find a wreath I was really into and I love trying out different things for my decor, reusing something for a different purpose is always my favorite thing to do.   I love how it looks with some simple faux hydrangea and two small flags on either side.  I used some bags to fill out the bottom and make it look really full.  I just added mine to a small nail we already had on the door so its centered.  I tried adding to a wreath hook but it looked to bulky.  Our door has seen a lot of abuse over the years with out a storm door that, it’s probably time to replace soon.  So a tiny nail hole doesn’t really bother me too much.

TIP 2:  Bring in colors of the season through plants, a wreath and maybe one touch of simple decor.  Don’t need to go over board.

I found this simple metal star  with the flag on it at the grocery store of all places and it was under $5 and I simply rested it to the side of the lantern to bring the colors down in that corner.  Hanging it on the door wouldn’t have made enough of an impact but just leaning it against a pot or lantern is a nice extra touch.

TIP 3- Change up your door mat to fit the season, layer a throw rug underneath to add interest.

Tip 4- Create depth in your front door design, by adding decor elements to the first steps and build them back towards the front of the door.

Tip 5-  Use a mixture of plants to add a variety textures and visual interest to your front entry.  

There you have it my Red, White and Blue Decor for the upcoming summer Holidays!  I didn’t have to buy too much and used a lot of things I already had on hand, I just grabbed some plants and spray paint!

I hope you have an amazing Memorial Day weekend.

Jordan

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Hey Friends!! Today I’m so excited to partner with one of my favorite stores for finding great deals on seasonal decorating products Christmas Tree Shops andThat!. I’m also joining a fabulous group of home decor blogger to share our summer outdoor entertaining ideas with you. Now that outdoor Memorial Day is coming up and BBQ season is here I want to show you how I turned a potting bench into an outdoor bar, with the help of all the amazing and affordable summer items out now at Christmas Tree Shops andThat! Guy’s what is better than an ice cold beer or iced beverage on a warm summer day? A fun bar to set up all those refreshing drinks on! This cute little outdoor bar I’m about to show you, will completely improve your outdoor entertaining game.

The decor selection at Christmas Tree Shops andThat! never disappoints and this shopping trip was no different. I knew I wanted to stock my outdoor bar with accessories that are safe for outdoor use (non breakable) additionally that will make hosting outdoor parties easy & effortless. What I love about using a potting bench as a bar, is that it’s the perfect size and it has such a fun outdoor vibe, plus lots of storage. The potting bench I have came in a natural wood finish that I painted with an exterior white paint. However you could stain or event paint yours in a pop of color. This potting bench also comes with a cabinet and drawer, so it’s great for storing all of our new outdoor dishes, table linens and the cutlery caddy from Christmas Tree Shops andThat!. The best part is all of their summer melamine dishware is affordable and stylish! I was so excited to see a variety of prints, colors and styles, many of which match the colors of my outdoor color scheme; win, win! Plus, the prices can’t be beat.

My must have items for the perfect outdoor bar:

  • Tub for ice and can/bottled drinks
  • String lights
  • Drink dispenser
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Outdoor safe cups (tumbler, wine and margarita)
  • Cutlery caddy
  • Pitcher
  • Napkins, straws, paper cups
  • Small cutting board
  • Fun Dish Towels

Here is how I took my simple potting bench and with some fun colorful entertaining accessories, turned it into a bar.

How fun do all these colorful accessories look displayed on our new bar? Thanks to Christmas Tree Shops andThat! for having such great selections of outdoor dishware and bar accessories. I added in some pops of yellow to break up all of the blue tones I was using and I love the yellow in these fun pineapple tumblers. They are super tropical and cute!

I’ll be honest- I completely forgot to grab lemonade or fruit punch mix for the kids to put in the drink dispenser (somehow managed to remember the margarita mix though haha) So I improvised with this completely crazy and also slightly genius idea. I took all the different assortment of juices we had in our fridge, mixed them together and then added some seltzer. I basically created my own fruit punch with fizz, so that’s what it’s called Fruit Fizz. I was really looking for any excuse to get all these half empty bottles out of my fridge. Just promise not to tell the kids my secrets, ok? Shockingly, it wasn’t actually as bad as I thought it would be!

I’m using the pretty blue rimmed pitcher for keeping out ice water, to cut down on bottle water use. If some of the kids see right through my use -up -all- the- juice- in- the- fridge- concoction there is always ice cold water available 😉 Just be sure to keep a sharpie in the drawer, out of their reach, so you can write their names on them, then they can easily identify their own.

This little bar is such a fun addition to our patio. Before we used a random old cooler for all our beverages and all our mixed drinks inside the house on the counter. I love this hammered metal tub with blue which was a steal at Christmas Tree Shops andThat!, it brings such a fun pop to the bottom of the bar, and I like that it ties in the metal from the top of the bar. It’s so fun to have an area to make drinks outside and keep all the entertaining stuff organized. Now if we have an impromptu cookout with family or invite neighbors over for an evening cocktail, we have the perfect spot to entertain outside! Plus it’s all within arms reach- ready to go at a moments notice.

Now let me show you guys how the bar looks on our patio from further away. There it is tucked against the side of the house, it fits perfectly there and is central between our sitting area and dining area. I was so excited to also set up our outdoor dining table. I knew I wanted some pretty outdoor wine glasses. I grabbed these blue colored ones from Christmas Tree Shops andThat! and they look so festive with these fun pineapple straws in them. The teal lanterns I already owned but Christmas Tree Shops andThat! has a wide range of lanterns as well, which I think are so pretty as a table centerpiece, especially if entertaining in the evening.

Our table and chairs we already owned, however I needed some outdoor safe plates. I grabbed this set from Christmas Tree Shops andThat! I purposely mix-matched the designs so they had different combinations of patterns, which I think add’s so much interest to the table! I also layered underneath the plates these outdoor woven placemats in Navy also from Christmas Tree Shops andThat!.

Here is a close up of the adorable white metal cutlery caddy with rope handle also from Christmas Tree Shops and That!. I LOVE how the yellow pops off the blue and white! I plan to leave the Caddy in the bar cabinet so it’s so easy to grab forks/knifes/etc when guests come over. The best part of the potting bench turned bar is that cabinet and drawer. I can easily tuck the place mats, plates, and put all the straws, etc… in while we are not using them. It make’s entertaining so easy!


I just love how this all came together. I’m so excited to host our next outdoor party! What do you think of the potting bench turned into a bar? Are these items you could see yourself using at your next BBQ?

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Christmas Tree Shops andThat! for another great seasonal shopping experience. I’m always so impressed with the stylish pieces I find at great prices. Be sure to head over to the other blogs linked at the bottom of this post! They all share so many amazing summer decor ideas!

Jordan

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Friends we have two exciting home projects beginning this summer, starting early July! I have been waiting and dreaming for this and it’s finally happening!! We are planning to remodel our upstairs full bathroom (our one and only full bathroom) and add an additional master bathroom. EEEEK! If you could only see me right now, I’m literally typing this gitty with excitement. One full bathroom was fine while the kids were little and didn’t require much physical space, but as they continue to grow we are beginning to out grow our one tiny bathroom.

When we purchased our home 6 years ago we knew we eventually wanted to gut the upstairs bathroom but the timing was tough, I was pregnant with Autumn and Griffin was only 2. Plus, financially it was just too much to take on all at once. Not to mention it would have left us with out a shower or bathtub. So we decided to put the full renovation on hold and instead, we update a few cosmetic things like the pink bathtub which we had sprayed white, the pink toilet and the extremely dated vanity. I even tiled right over the pink floor tile. It actually didn’t look too bad once we did a coupe cosmetic updates, plus took off all those handle bars.

Here is what it looked like when we purchased the home in 2013:

THE BEFORE

Now several years later and two larger kids later, the time has come and we are ready to take on this home renovation. I mean… as ready as anyone can be to have their home a chaotic mess for awhile 😉 . The silver lining to waiting to renovate until after living in our home for awhile, which is that by doing some other upgrades, like making our bonus room off our master into a big office/closet it actually freed up our old master walk in closet. So now we have this under utilized space which just happens to be against the other full bathroom. Cue light bulb moment. This sparked the idea that while we renovate the one upstairs bathroom we should consider, to avoid having to go through renovation twice down the road, to have our master bathroom addition done all at once.

Now I want to share my design boards for our two bathroom renovations. Both bathrooms are about the same size which isn’t very big. I want them light and bright so they feel bigger. Our master bathroom will have a single shower but I want to do floor to ceiling tile and glass doors so it feels bigger and more open. I also want to add a barn door entrance to our bathroom to give it something special and to not cut into our master bedroom space. Since we will already have a door in the master bathroom which will connect to that office/closet. I think a barn door will add character and also just make it a lot more open too.

THE PLAN

For bathroom design I alway start with tile as inspiration and to lead the overall look and feel for the space. I’m so excited to be partnering with Merola Tile for both bathroom renovations. Merola Tile can be found at The Home Depot and they sell an amazing variety of tile options at very affordable options. All tile is linked by number so you can easily find the product I’m using. I chose floor tile for both bathrooms in interesting yet not overpowering patterns.

For the kids bathroom I wanted to bring in some fun and playful elemtents with the wall art and tile. I’m in love with this Stella Azul pattern, the stars are a bit unique yet timeless and will grow with the kids. I’m planning to keep the rest of the bathroom light and bright with white subway tiles and a white vanity. However, I’m playing with the idea of painting the vanity in a fun accent color. I love to add a couple wood tones to ground the design and for a touch of rustic and a natural element.

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THE BEFORE

This will be where the barn door opens to our master bathroom. The corner with that artwork will have a vanity and mirror with two sconces. If we can fit them. Otherwise I’ll do lighting above the mirror.
The old master closet we are joining with this other nook to create a full bathroom. This corner will be our tiled shower with glass doors.

The Plan

I’m so freakin’ excited about this design for our master bathroom. We aren’t working with a big space but that doesn’t mean it can’t feel luxurious! I’m mixing some metallic elements, a bit more sophisticated with the shapes going on. I absolutely love this scallop tile, I don’t want it to be too pronounced so I’ll probably keep grout lines somewhat light in color, as well as the white penny rounds on the shower floor. For the main bathroom floor Ben and I fell in love with this black/gray design which will add that masculine element mixed with some of these more feminine details. All of these tiles are Merola Tiles and I’ve linked them for you.

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I’m so happy with how this design is shaping up. I really wanted something sophisticated and timeless, but with some fun twists like the the scallop tile and mirror. I love how it feels neutral and serene.

July can’t come soon enough. I just want to get this project going ASAP. This will make such a huge difference for our family and everyday life at home, plus increase the value of our home! Win, win. Our kids are growing by the day and once we approach those dreaded teenage years I know we will not regret having our own bathroom. I’m sure if any of you have teenagers you are vigorously nodding your head while reading this. What do you guys think of my tile choices? I’m excited to try something different and stick with some classics that I love to use to like the subway and penny rounds.

I’ll keep you posted as we get closer and as the project begins! Here are some more bathroom products I’m loving!

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my bathroom inspiration for our upcoming projects!

Jordan

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Happy April Everyone!  I’m SOOOO excited that April is finally here and the weather is starting to turn in our favor.   The best part of warm weather is simply that we get to spend time outside and when we aren’t working on the yard or playing with our kids we love to lounge and entertain on our patio a.k.a our outdoor living-room.  I think of our patio as an extension of our interior space.   On today’s post I want to share how I create that atmosphere.   So if you’re looking to achieve an extension of your interior space, outside, keep on reading!  If you have a deck, porch or patio I’m also going to suggest some of my favorite outdoor products to help you create your own outdoor oasis.  Today I’m going to focus on zones and outdoor rugs.

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What is a zone?  A zone is a designated area that will serve a purpose in your space.  For example, where is the dining area going to be vs. seating area and/or grill set up?  If you have a smaller size outdoor space you may need to think about what will be most functional for you.  Perhaps the size of your outdoor space can’t accommodate two zones.  So do you prefer to dine outside or do you prefer to lounge with a book and a cup of coffee?  Once you decide what you will utilize most for your outdoor space to function as, you can start deciding on zones, measuring and picking out your pieces.  We are lucky to have a large patio, sometimes it almost feels too big.  It needs several zones to make it feel finished.  With out the multiple zones of furniture it would look very bare and empty.

Once you have a zone or multiple zones, you want to define that zone by adding an outdoor rug.  Make sure the rug you choose says outdoor.  I LOVE using rugs outside.  A rug makes a foundation for your space, even if you have beautiful decking or pavers or brick… adding that first layer on the ground is creating the zone and also adding visual interest plus coziness.  I would definitely suggest at least one outdoor rug to soften the hard surface and bring that interior feel outside.

Caring for Your Outdoor Rug

Outdoor rugs are made to get wet, and deal with the elements so they are durable.  However will they last for years and years?  Maybe a few if you take care of them.  Yes, I leave our outdoor rugs out in the rain.  However, I make sure to keep them in a sunny area on our patio.  This helps them dry out which prevents mold/mildew.  I find the sun even helps with cleaning them.  Occasionally, I take the rugs to the driveway and spray them with our power-washer and add some safe gentle cleaner (linked below), if we entertain and have a lot of stains we will spot clean and/or take the pressure washer to it with some soap.  Where we live the winters are very harsh so rolling it up and putting it in your garage or basement through the winter is key to the longevity of your outdoor rugs.

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What Style to Pick?

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You may want to stick with a color scheme or go neutral. It depends on your style.  If you prefer more coastal beach vibes, colorful, classic or southwestern, there is something for everyone.  Below find my favorites and in a low-mid price range.

My Outdoor Rug Picks

 

OUR CURRENT PATIO

There you have it, the first step in getting your outdoor space ready and refreshed for spring!  Zones and rugs.  Next I will share my favorite furniture, pillows and decor!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jordan

 

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With Easter just around the corner, cute little bunnies are starting to make their way out, don’t worry JUST the decorative ones.  We are still only a ONE pet family ;).  I love this time of year so much as we eagerly await some warmer weather, days spent outside playing with the kids, breathing fresh air and working in the gardens.   I’m so happy to be teaming up with ChristmasTreeShopsandThat!, as well as talented group of bloggers to share lots of decorating ideas for Spring.  I can’t wait to see how each blogger adds the wonderful array of products from ChristmasTreeShopsandThat!to their homes.  If your here from the lovely Nikki from A Tufted Life, isn’t her home so beautiful? I just love her style!

You guys know I love decorating for every season and holiday, it’s how I express myself plus create a feeling of excitement and love in our home.  I was so happy to make a trip to ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! to get ideas for my Easter tablescape.  I use these shopping trips to inspire me and get my creative juices flowing for each decorative project.  They have so many cute wreaths, signs and tabletop items! Visiting this store is always a treasure hunt to see what you can find.  For me it’s about curating a look that’s my own style, choosing things that will work together and fit with the style of my home.

Now to the fun part, what did I pick up?  I had great luck (as I always do!). I found the cutest bunny dinner plates, a bunny pillow, napkin rings, wood candle holders, plus so much more that I can’t wait to share!  My inspiration led me to create a wood and pastel theme table- I want it to feel a little rustic yet also fresh for spring!   First, I’m going to share an easy DIY tablescape idea with you that I made with this metal planter and bunny votives both from ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! I’ll try to LINK the items I can find online however a lot of items you’ll need to go in store to find.  However they do have a lot of great spring products online, too!

Easy Easter Centerpiece DIY:

MATERIALS:

From ChristmasTreeShopsandThat!:

  • Metal planter from their Grainhouse line
  • 3 packages of egg fillers
  • 2 ceramic bunny votives

From a craft store:

  • Spanish moss
  • Glue (hot glue works fine)
  • Wood finials (in the wood section),
  • White spray paint
  • Floral foam
  • Painters tape to cover wooden handles

This centerpiece was so easy to make! I spray painted the long metal planter white.  Once it dried I hot glued the small wood finials on the bottom corners to give it height.  After that, I layered the floral foam, moss, eggs and some greenery.  Lastly, I layered in the adorable bunny votives on either side of the metal planter.

I already owned the pale blue runner, the wood chargers and the white napkins.

What’s nice about a dried arrangement for a centerpiece is that unlike fresh tulips or florals, which will only last a week or two, this will last the entire season.  I like that it is low in height so you can see and chat with your guests across the table.  I also love the texture of the spanish moss.   I honestly think this may be one of my favorite tablescapes, it’s not too fussy and really pretty/cozy looking.  I didn’t set the full table with glassware and utensils because I like how simple it looks and that I could leave it set up like this as Easter approaches.

I’m so happy I chose the wood and pastel tones.  I love how they work so beautiful together.  The wood really grounds all the colors and makes it feel so warm and inviting.  I think these mini bunny napkin ring holders might be my favorite item from the whole shopping trip.  How cute are they?!

I love how this pillow adds a cute pop of color in this corner! ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! had so many great spring pillow options and all priced very reasonably.

Spray painting the metal white, makes the pastels and moss/greenery stand out so much more. I love how cute the little wooden legs look too.

Well there it is, my Spring table with ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! What do you guys think of the wood and pastel combo?  It’s soft and subtle and I don’t mind leaving it up all the way through April!  I hope you give this simple centerpiece DIY a try this season.  It really was so fun to make. Thank you all for stopping by and supporting my blog.  If you have a chance please head over to these other lovely blogs to see their creative ideas as well.  Next up on the hop is my friend Lindsay from https://www.aratariathome.com

Love,

Jordan

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I’m having so much fun styling my new art ledges since we installed them back in January.  I love swapping out art/prints from my frames each season.  Eventually I want to collect some art from local artists to display as well, there are just so many different ways to reflect your style and be creative with your wall decor.   Today I wanted to share with you how I’m styling my art ledges as we near spring, along with a couple simple spring printables I made.

HERE are my art ledges and I ordered them in the largest size in white.  I also ordered 6 frames in a wood finish (also linked HERE) I like the contrast of the wood against the white.  The larger frames all hold an 8×10 photo size which is great because I can easily print photos at home to pop inside.  I decided to keep the black and white photos of the kids and Ben and I in Paris because I love them so much.  I wanted do so something in the frames that would look clean and fresh.  I found these line drawings of floral stems from stock photos I have access too and added my own words to them in a font I liked.  I then printed them on a grayish-blue cardstock paper just to add a little something different than just white background.

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I like mixing in other elements to my art ledges depending on the season.  For early spring/spring I added this adorable metal watering can (it’s flat on the back side).  I added some little green blooms but really you could add any floral!  I also mixed in a boxwood wreath and some wooden bunnies with a diagonal stripe.  I recently found the bunnies at Homegoods/TJmaxx.   What I love about these *extra* elements is that they add so much interest to the ledges and break up all the squares/rectangles.  I always try to find a little bit of symmetry with layout, yet at the same time not make it too perfectly symmetrical.  Does that make sense? 😉

What do you think?  Do you like the simple spring touches to the art ledges?  It’s neutral but I love the simplicity of the greens and black/white mixed with the blues and the greens in the room.  Below are the printables that I created to share with you guys.  If you use them in your home please share and tag me!  I recommend using a cardstock paper in a soft pastel color or a gray like THIS:

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JORDAN

SPRING PRINTABLES:

Welcome Spring

BLOOM

Grow

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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??

Thanks for stopping by!

Jordan

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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!

THE HOME DECOR ESSENTIALS LIST:

  • Throw Blanket
  • Throw Pillows
  • Tray
  • Woven basket
  • Vase
  • Stack of books
  • Pitcher
  • Cutting Board
  • Topiary
  • Cake stands
  • Wreath

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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!

Jordan

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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.

Pale Pink

Feb 14

Love

XOXO

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

JORDAN

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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 ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! to spruce up this area and get a jump start on some of these projects.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with ChristmasTreeShopsandThat!  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 ChristmasTreeShopsandThat! 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.

Jordan

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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!

Jordan

 

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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….

INGREDIENTS:

Titos Vodka (My favorite)

Polar Seltzer – Ginger Lime Mule

POM-Pomegranate juice

Limes (a bunch)

Ice

 

DIRECTIONS

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!

Cheer,

Jordan

 

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