Now that our fall dining table is complete I’m ready for some fall entertaining and yummy crockpot meals!  I’m so excited to share this table set up with you guys because I hope it inspires you to dress up your table for the upcoming holidays or just because!  I generally don’t love tablescaping, not as much as I love exterior decorating or actual spaces vs. a flat surface.   However, I think it pushes me out of my comfort zone to create an interesting visual design scene in a 2-d way.  When designing a table set up for any holiday it is always important to think about the layers.  You need to set a foundation with a table cloth or runner, place mat or charger, many plates and a pretty finishing top layer is like the icing on the cake.  Of course it always helps to have a color scheme, and not to go too overboard with it!



I picked up these buffalo check plate chargers from Michaels and these cute mini bushel baskets too, I knew the gray would tie in nicely with our existing dining room decor.  If you are wondering about the light fixture you can find it here.



While at Target perusing the dollar section, I spotted these two buffalo check pillows, which I thought would be perfect at the two head of table chairs.  I also grabbed these adorable wooden leaf ornaments for $1 each, that I decided to use as the topper.  I think it’s fun to use alternative items than the traditional napkin rings.  Be creative!   These napkins are also the cutest ever, I’ll be using them at every holiday table moving forward.  They are simple and I love the little pom pom detail.



My talented cousin Taylor, TopKnotTypography did the calligraphy on the wood ornaments, she hand lettered words like “Thankful” “Grateful” “Family”… Didn’t she do an amazing job?  I’m in love with them.  They look so cute tied in with the napkins.  If you are local and ever need any calligraphy work she’s your girl.



When it came time to decide on a table runner (not a big table cloth girl) I didn’t want to go overboard with a buffalo check runner, so I used some thick ribbon to tie a very simple runner.  Typically I alway start with the centerpiece, but I had gathered all these items first.  When it came time to do the centerpiece I literally had no idea what I was going to do.  Until a trip to a local farm stand, where I decided to use some farm fresh produce as the focal point of the table, I mean what’s more fall than that?  So I grabbed small potted mums, cabbage and white pumpkins to help give my table centerpiece a beautiful focal point.



Using some fresh stems I cut from my own garden, I filled a pretty glass vase on a wood pedestal, added some faux eucalyptis and faux pumpkins to create a focal point.  Don’t be afraid to mix real and faux, honestly it’s not a big deal and can save money year to year to have some of the faux mixed in.  I started with a vase in the center, then tapered the items down from the center. I love tipping the baskets over and having some items falling out.  There are no rules, just have fun!



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So what do you think friends!?  Do you enjoy setting the table and getting it all pretty for the holidays?  Or is it more of a burden?  Once I got going it was really fun and I’m so happy with the end result.  I hope this inspired you and gives you some ideas to enjoy your home with your loved ones this fall season!  I’m sure grateful for all of you, for your support and for visiting his little site of mine!  🙂



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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!






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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 🙂




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Decor For Fall

Kate- White Lane Decor

Laura-Meaningful Spaces

Jordan- JorDecor

Natalie- My Vintage Porch

Marci-Lemons to Lovelys

Rachel- The Porchlight Cottage

Hayley- A House With Books



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How is everyone’s summer going so far?!  I’m so excited to be partnering up with one of my favorite stores, Christmas Tree Shops and That! for beautiful summer decor for our beach house.   I love that I never know what I’m going to find when I go there and even better… that the prices are always SO GOOD!

I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that it’s almost the end of July.  This month is flying by!   August needs to chill out and take it’s time because we’re having way too much fun here on Cape Cod.   I’m still in full blown summer mode when it comes to decor too.  Fall decor hasn’t crossed my mind once, ok well maybe for a second. 😉  However, let’s stick with some Easy Breezy Summer decor.

I think summer is the easiest season to decorate for.  It’s not supposed to be fussy at all.  I love using shells and fresh clipped flowers from the garden for most of my decorating around here.  However, thanks to Christmas Tree Shops, I’ll be stepping my decor up a notch on our back deck.


Since we’ve been spending so much time outside on the back deck at the beach house, the more I’ve been noticing how blah it looks.  Basically our outdoor living area was crying out for color and pretty coastal decor.  I was so excited Christmas Tree Shops and That! wanted to partner with me in our outdoor space because their new Coastal Living Seascape line is perfect for our coastal home.  Have you guys seen their new coastal line?  It’s soooooo nice.  Wait until you see all the amazing decor from my trip to Christmas Tree Shops.  Some of you may have watched me shop on my IG stories too.

The wood out here was totally dominating this whole space, no thank you.  I still want to purchase some outdoor rugs very soon.  For now however a beautiful table cloth will do!  Luckily, Christmas Tree Shops has many options in a great light summery fabric.




A table cloth is always a pretty base when you want to add some color.  From there it was so easy to layer pretty plates, with varying color in blues and patterns.  For the center I decided to use lots of shells and candles for the centerpiece to keep it simple.



Aren’t all these colors so pretty together?  Navy, aqua, reds and yellows… they’re giving me so many summer-y chill vibes right now which is exactly how I want to feel out here.   I find table settings to be so much more interesting when they look collected, and mixed up in pattern, color or texture.  This beautiful big salad bowl was part of the Coastal Living Sea Scapes Collection (see the pretty rope detail?), as well as the tablecloth.  The bowls however were a different line from Christmas Tree Shops called Kate and Carly which I really like too.  I’m glad I mixed in a different line so not to be too match-y.


Another Easy Breezy tip is to always keep a caddy with plastic utensils and cute napkins on your outdoor dining table (well as long as its covered) because then you alway have cutlery right there when you need it.  This one we already owned.  Also a beautiful cutting board is a nice way to display food or put appetizers on.  Christmas Tree Shops has a wide array of wooden cutting boards in many shapes and sizes.


How cool are these candle holders?  They are full of sand and sea shells.  Isn’t that such a nice added detail to this easy breezy table scape?   From there large candle selection I went with this beautiful almost tie-dye looking aqua candle and these small starfish candle holders which could also be used for little candies or other snacks.



For the sofas I selected two out door pillows in a combination of two different print out, the navy floral and the teal geometric dot print.  I love how they really add a nice pop of color to the corners of the sofa.   It’s amazing how a few colorful accessories can really bring this space to life.



I also hung this white wood anchor which we already had and this cotton white and neutral throw with tassels over the side of our outdoor sectional which is something we previously owned.  Can we talk about this oversized wall clock?  It has all those coastal farmhouse vibes that I absolutely love and it was only 49.99. I mean for real?!  I had to have it.   I’ll share soon this space to the right of this clock with you.  It will eventually be an outdoor bar counter that will connect to the kitchen.






So there you have it!   All you need to pull your space together is to know your color palette and choose some accessories that don’t overly match, mix in some things you already own and collect over time as well.  Huge thank you to Christmas Tree Shop and That! for partnering up with me on this fun project.  I love their decor and try to check out what they have each season as it is always changing.

I also want thank my Mom’s Friend Nicky Oliva From Oliva’s Market for bringing over an unexpected and delicious dinner of calzone and arugula salad!  I couldn’t believe how impeccable his timing was today, thanks to him I didn’t have to prep any food for this shoot.  So delicious and again made this whole thing Easy!   You guys know I like decorating a lot more than I do cooking especially on a hot day like today.  I highly recommend his food/catering if you’re in the MA area.

Are you guy still in summer mode?!  What’s your decor like at the moment? Still red, white and blue? Anything summery going on?   Thank you for stopping by and supporting the brands I love.  I enjoy sharing my passion for decorating with you and I hope to have inspired you in some way.



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Welcome to my Seasonal Style Series!

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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.


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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!

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Fall on the Farmer’s Porch


Hi Friends! It’s been awhile.  How is summer treating yah?  Our’s has been busy but in the best way.  I spent everyday with my kids, from beach trips to picnics at the playground, play dates and just some nice lounge days around the house.  Oh, if you’re following me over on IG you probably know that we got a puppy!  A sweet and lovable little yellow lab we named Levi.   Between training him and keeping the kids from smothering him, we’ve had our hands full but our hearts are pretty full too.

As summer winds down, I’ve been thinking about fall decor and getting the itch to switch things up on our farmers porch.  I really wanted to update our two red chairs that you can see below with a bench style set up.

I didn’t want to have red chairs out here but I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money replacing them either.  So after doing some online browsing I came across this.


Isn’t that industrial worn look so cool and somewhat unexpected for a front porch?  This would also look so  fun in a mudroom, or at a dining table on one side.  So many different possibilities.   Once the bench arrived and replaced those two red chairs, which we’ve had here for awhile.  It totally inspired me to bring out some fall decor.  I know, I know we aren’t even into September.  I’m not saying everyone go decorate for fall, I’m just giving you some ideas and inspiration for your own home.

I brought up a few of my seasonal pillows, I got these from Kohls a couple years back but I’ll link some similar.  The wreath which i hung from an old window frame, is from T.J. maxx. I purchased it last year and a couple other cute accessories to dress it up.


The “home” pillow is from the target dollar spot (last year) as well as the crate.  The “Let’s Fall Together” sign is by this Etsy maker named Ames and Emes it’s one of my favorites.  Usually I don’t decorate with orange but on my Farmer’s porch I like the traditional fall colors.  It feels classic and cozy to me.


It’s been cool at night here in New England, enough for a flannel shirt and fire in the fire pit.  If that’s not a sign of the season beginning to change I don’t know what is.  I’m not really ready to let Summer go.  But with each season brings exciting new possibilities and beginnings.

The bench totally transformed the look and feel of our front porch.  I’m so happy that we purchased it.  It wasn’t a huge dent in the ol’wallet either.  Under $150!   I’ll link it below.

Of course my little model Levi (whom is now 10 weeks and we’ve had him for 2) just had to get in the photo shoot.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you like my little intro into fall decorating.  Easing into it friends… Summer fun isn’t over yet. However, I’m excited for some pumpkin spice everything.   I can’t wait to share a lot more fun decor ideas in the upcoming weeks.  Cheers to a new season approaching!

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Joyful Spring Home Tour

Today I’m joining in on our Joyful Spring Home tour! I’ve teamed up with 14 extremely talented bloggers who are sure to inspire you.    I’m so happy you’ve stopped by.  If you are coming from Delightfully Noted, The Porch Light Cottage, or White Lane Decor  WOW, are those ladies amazing or what!?  I hope you enjoyed their gorgeous homes and spring decor ideas, I sure did.
A big thank you to our sponsor for providing product for this tour.  Find out how you could win a $250 shopping spree at the bottom of this post.
Here in New England we are starting to turn the corner into spring, even though the temperature outside doesn’t always agree.  However, as I’ve lived here my whole life I’m used to the crazy temperature variation.  So no matter if it’s 60 degrees one day or 35 degrees the next, it’s March and this girl is ready to get her spring decor on!  The easiest and most cost effective way to bring spring into your home is with fresh or faux florals, some pops of greens and of course when you have little ones in the house a bunny or two doesn’t hurt either ;).
Let’s start with our front door, it’s a beautiful color called St. Lucia Teal.  The color is very versatile as it works well with decor in every season.  I added this white tulip wreath basket from TJ. Maxx and it cheerfully welcomes guests into our home, plus gives an instant spring feel.  Speaking of color I think what I love most about spring decor is that after a long winter/fall, you can finally bring back in all those beautiful soft and subtle pastel colors.
As you probably all know, I fully embrace color and welcome it in our home through the seasons.  I also like a good mix of neutrals too.  I think the key is finding the right balance.   I hope the pops of color in my home inspire you and make you happy!
Our Living Room:
I love tulips! What’s your favorite spring flower?  As you enter our living room you’ll notice the fresh pops of blue and green with accents of white tulips on the mantel in matching white vases.  I found these vases at Target and the metal mirror at Homegoods.
For our coffee table centerpiece I took a pair of my son’s old rain boots and put skinny glass bottles inside to hold water.  Not only do they look adorable holding flowers but they remind me of my son as a toddler splashing in the puddles out on the street.
Another sentimental piece is this little bunny, which is part of the Dedham Pottery collection.  Dedham is the town I grew up in and currently live in Massachusetts.  This line of pottery began in the Arts and Crafts movement between 1896-1943.  All the pieces have this crackled glaze finish with cobalt blue popping through it. This was a special piece to me as they are known for their “bunnies”.   (UPDATE: My kids were playing and knocked this bunny over.  It broke, so these photos are all I have left of my Dedham Pottery Bunny (insert sad face)).
I’ve added some pops of green to our gallery wall with these boxwood wreaths that I found at Target in their home section.
(RIP Bunny)
Our Master Bedroom Refresh:
I’m excited to share our master bedroom which I refreshed with items from our sponsor Hayneedle.   We’ve lived in our home for three years and I’ve never done anything to dress up our bedroom.  So this was a long over due and much needed update!
I started with a fresh coat of paint called Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. It goes between a light blue/green with gray undertones.  It’s very dynamic and I love that about it.  I was in need of an accent color and found these pretty curtains on clearance for $12 a panel from Target.  They inspired me to add pops of coral so I went with it.  Sometimes all a girl needs is a good deal and she is off in the right direction!
I got this beautiful distressed spindle side able from Hayneedle HERE it’s perfect for a small lamp, book and faux succulent.
Next, I was looking to incorporate this happy color into our bedding and to our wall in the form of art.   I shopped online at Hayneedle for this abstract artwork by Kate and Laurel that adds a beautiful focal point to the wall.   For the bed I added this Laura Ashley 3 piece cotton quilt set which is so soft and the perfect weight for summer.  The other throw pillows I found at TJ Maxx and at Homegoods.  I love how the abstract artwork brings the whole color scheme together.
Bench is from TJ Maxx
Rug is from Rugs USA
Buffalo check pillows are from Target
 I really love how our bedroom came together!  The color is just what it needed to add some personality and really this space a special retreat for us.
Our Kitchen and Dining Room:
My husband built these open shelves with piping and wood from Lowes Home Improvements and we have them on each side of our front window. I love switching out the decor for the seasons.  We are hosting Easter this year so I had fun setting the table with these moss runners from Joanne Fabrics, Wooden Chargers from A.C. Moore and bunny plates from Pier One.
I love these little bunny ear napkin rings from the Target Dollar Spot.
I use a little dough bowl and added some mini planters with faux moss and candles to create a centerpiece.  I also found these metal tins at a thrift shop for only a couple dollars each.  I’m looking forward to planting really plants in them once spring actually does get here.  
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Well, that’s my home all ready for spring.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!
Be sure to stop by and see the other ladies sharing their homes today

Farmhouse On Boone

A House With Books

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Updating Your Home in 2017

Updating Your Home in 2017

As we countdown the hours until 2017 I wanted to share with you some ways I plan to refresh my home in the New Year.   Are you like me and crave change in your home every once and awhile? Maybe your style changed or you saw something beautiful on pinterest or in a magazine that inspired you?  My husband and I have a home improvement schedule that we follow through the year.   This may sound strange but really its just common sense.  Our approach to home improvement is easy and consistent, ready for it?  In the winter when we spend a lot of time inside this is when we tackle indoor projects.  In the spring and summer is when we tackle our exterior updates because lets face it, after a winter of being stuck inside the last thing we want to do is paint a room, organize or hang curtains.  So in the spring/summer most of the time no money gets spent on the interior of our home.  We focus our sweat equity on the outside and it really does get sweaty.  For example we’ve installed a patio, planted perennial gardens, ripped out many old and over grown shrubs as well as planted new ones.
I wanted to share with you some different ways you can refresh your home in the new year.  Many of these I’m planning on doing in our own home in the upcoming months and since we are in the winter months here in New England they will all revolve around things inside.  This winter three things that are at the top of my list for refreshing are…
 1.  Curtains…
Curtains are an easy way to update a room, in my opinion they really complete a space and make it feel more pulled together and cozy.    Our playroom consists of almost all windows, for some reason I was hesitant to put any curtains up because I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  Well I finally saw the light and have picked some different options that I’m excited to try out and see what I like.  (I’ll be sharing more once I narrow it down) With curtains I usually going for a simple pattern, neutral or in a soft color.  The TRICK with hanging curtains is to always go HIGH and WIDE as to accentuate the window not hide the window.
These are all from target they usually have really good pricing and sales on curtains.  I want to keep the curtains in our play room neutral and subtle as all of you with kids know that the colorful toys take over so I don’t want my curtains competing with that.

2.  Paint…
I know this is obvious and everyone always says how paint changes the whole feel of a room.  Well it does!!  Since living in our home for three years now, I’ve really come to know the level of light in the various rooms of our home through the day.   Our master bedroom is a very low light receiving room.  Meaning the sun light this room gets is the least in the house.  Light really impacts color and in a darker room, you don’t want an overly saturated color or else it will feel cavernous.  The color we currently have, by the previous owner, is a mid tone blue which never bothered me too much but now it’s feeling dark, cold and heavy.  My goal this year is to repaint our bedroom  and to choose a color to lighten it up.  I’m considering Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams as I’ve heard many good things.  Please check out my favorite paint colors on my Pinterest page to see more inspo!

 More Inspo of light and airy bedrooms using Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams…
 (Source; Pinterest)
 (Source: Pinterest)
3.  Tile…
Refreshing with tile is such a huge update to a space.   Whether replacing in your bathroom, kitchen backsplash or in our case our fireplace surround, it can be a little pricier especially if you aren’t big DIY’ers.  The trick is to find the best deal on your tile.  Most local tile shops have clearance rooms and that is always where I like to start.  Then of course online retailers like Overstock usually have good discounts too.    We live in an older home and if you do as well you might have a dated look to your fireplace surround.   Ours was a maroon brick and maroon square tile.   I’ve scoured Pinterest for fireplace inspiration and what direction I want to go in and I’m really excited to share the update of our fire place with you in the new year.  If you follow me on Instagram you might already have seen some of my behind the scenes on this.
This is our fire place when we bought our home three years ago.  I called this room Kermit the Frog green.  Sorry for the blurry photo but you can see the mantel itself is beautiful but the brick/tile is so dated.
Here is some of my inspiration:
 (Source; Thrifty Decor Chic)
(Source: Google Image)
The bottom right photo is the current brick that I white washed so I could live with it for awhile and save up some money to invest in something a little dressier and modern.  Follow me on Pinterest to see some of my fire place inspiration.
I’m really excited to get put these three projects into action.  We like to wait and look for deals/sales to make decorating more affordable and we also try to do as much ourselves as we can.  I will probably be painting our bedroom but as for the tiling we will probably turn to a pro, as tiling isn’t our jam (yet).   I hope this gives you some direction on where to start in refreshing your home for 2017.  It really only takes a couple small projects to add a really big change in your home.   The goal should be reasonable and affordable projects from year to year and you’ll feel less overwhelmed.  Over the course of time you will look around and see that your house begins to feel like your home.
Thanks for stopping by! I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(Our best home decor update of 2016 click here)

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