Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decor. Show all posts

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Stroll Down Christmas Lane

I had so much fun decorating our house last Christmas. My favorite part of blogging is getting to look back at the year and see exactly what we were doing or how things looked around the house. Our house has changed quite a bit in the last year, not so many reds, but softer, calmer colors instead. My decorating this Christmas is much more laid back and transitional. I'll post some pictures early next week of Christmas around the house, but for now, let's stroll down memory lane shall we?

Welcome friends to our home. I'm so thrilled that you could stop by for a visit. Firstly, it sounds really bonkers that I'd be inviting anyone over for a home tour! This little, old house of ours is hardly show-worthy by any means, but, I'm a real firm believer in the "bloom where you're planted" philosophy, and because of that, our home is always open to friends! With that being said, come on in y'all! 

I've tried so hard to stay on track with a simple and thrifty Christmas, with the focus on ushering in Jesus' birth. You'll see lots of natural elements in our home because that is the easiest way to decorate and the price is always right {free!}. Our home is already full of color, so I try to keep the holiday decor as natural and green as possible. I love using fresh magnolia, juniper, pine and nandina whenever possible both inside and out. This year, we went to a tree farm and cut down our own tree- what a wonderful day it was! I had found this sweet old washtub and was saving it for our tree. Topped with vintage colored lights- I'm just smitten.

{To see details on our Southern Christmas Mantel, click here.}

Each room gets a little bit of Christmas love. The dining room gets lots of party traffic this time of year so I gave it a little fresh greenery and set up a hot cocoa bar for our guests.

The kitchen gets all spruced up with lots of fresh elements as well.

I went really simple this year in the bedrooms and made sure that they gave a polite little nod to the season. The master bedroom had a few playful details added to freshen it up for the winter months.

Matthew's room had some vintage C7 lights added for fun. Miles, the cat, LOVES the ambiance they add to the room!

And the girls' room, that was a fun one. Last year, Edie @Life In Grace, really got me when she dolled up her dress form in an evergreen skirt, so this year, I new it was number one on my Christmas to-do list! Edie, this room's for you!

And that wraps up our very first Christmas home tour! If you missed our Merry Little Porch tour, just click here, for that tour.

Thank y'all so much for taking the time to visit with me today. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Happy September {how about an acorn wreath?}

Happy September y'all! I don't know about you, but September officially begins the Fall season for me. My mind starts racing to apple picking, woolly throws, pumpkins and everything Fall! Last year our daughters and I, made an acorn wreath that I immediately fell in love with and hated when I had to take it off of our door to welcome winter. It moved down to the basement, and through each season when I'd wander downstairs to dig around {I shop in my basement, don't you????}, I'd see my sweet little acorn wreath just waiting for Fall. In the last days of August, I couldn't wait another second, and down to the basement I ran to bring that little wreath back upstairs to it's rightful place of honor on our door, where it will greet us every time we come home till it's time to bring out the reds and greens. This wreath held up perfectly in storage. The only thing I did differently this year was deciding not to use a ribbon for hanging. I've found myself in a much simpler style for quite awhile now and hung it directly to the door sans any extras. Simple, woodsy, wonderful. If you remember my tutorial post on it from last year, but didn't get around to making it, I'm re-posting today. Head on outside y'all and start that acorn gathering!

In a recent post, I shared about how important it is to have pretty and tidy porches to welcome guests into your home. If you missed that, you can find it here. And today, I'm going to show you how to dress up your door with a beautiful acorn wreath. This wreath is so easy, fun for the kids, and on the cheap! Let's just jump right in...... here's what you'll need:

  1. LOTS of acorns
  2. A wreath form of your choice and size { I bought a straw wreath for $2.47 from Walmart}
  3. Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
  4. Satin or burlap ribbon for hanging

First, let's gather those acorns! We have lots in our yard, but they are quite small, so we went to a local park and collected along the walking trail. There were thousands! It's just such a glorious time of year for walking anyway! We took some little bags with us and just collected as we walked. 

Take your wreath form and begin hot gluing each acorn, one by one. It takes a while! My daughter and I plugged in two hot glue guns and tackled it together. See, a great activity to do with your kids! It'll look something like this as you go along:

After a while it will begin to shape up nicely. The point is to cover the top, insides and outsides while leaving the back unfinished so that it will lay nice and flat against your door. If you use a Styrofoam wreath base, I'd recommend spray painting it brown first, so you won't see the green through the acorns. We just kept going using different sizes of acorns until we had it all completed.

I was soooo extremely pleased with the end result! It is so rich and woodsy looking. I just LOVE it so much! A warning, it is quite heavy when it's all done, so please hang it securely. I used an orange satin ribbon with a little bow for the hanging. 

So, what do y'all think? Fallish? And the absolute greatest part...... drum-roll please..... cost: $5.75 !!! Say what?? Yes, only $5.75. Score! So head out this weekend and start some serious nut collecting folks. There are tons of projects using acorns. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for visiting with me today! Enjoy y'all!

Monday, July 20, 2015

At This Moment


At this moment we are:

-restocking the camper for our August adventure
-purchasing travel necessities
-voraciously reading
-wallowing in the dwindling days of summer
-soaking up the sun poolside
-savoring....... enough said
-mulling around ideas to freshen up this little home
-changing up the vibe in the girls' room
-getting absolutely giddy with anticipation for our next travel adventure

Whew, there's a bunch going on here at the moment! Stay tuned sweet friends!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Porch Inspiration

I've been slowly pulling our back porch together, goodness, it's July, I should be done! We've been really laid back around here and have been cruising slowly through summer, decorating included. We spend soooooo much time on the back porch around the pool and so I wanted to add to the furniture we already had on the porch from last year increasing our seating area. Success! 

My only purchase was new sofa cushions for the iron sofa my hubby found me last year at a yard sale and an 'on sale' indoor/outdoor rug to bring the whole seating area together. My husband brought home some free wood pallets and we constructed an easy table out of them {more about that Friday} that really anchors the space making the area entertaining friendly. 

We now have a place to eat and place books and drinks without ever moving from the seating area. We are really loving it all! How's your summer going so far? Are you in high gear, or cruising like we are?

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014

Hard to believe that another year has passed. The older I get, the faster they fly by- 2014 was quite a year for me. The biggest change- I started blogging. At first, I wondered if I'd completely lost my mind. I was like a wobbly new toddler learning to walk, never sure if I was doing it right. Now, nine months later, I don't know what I would do without blogging. It was definitely a God thing. God always knows what we need and when we need it! Here's just a few of the highlights from the blog last year......

In April, I did a post on our laundry room transformation and it's still one of my most popular posts. It was quite a transformation! 

In May,  I re-did a little shelf and converted it into a potting bench that I still love and have only recently put in storage for the winter season. Looking forward to using that again in the spring.

In June,  I began a five part series on How To Survive And Thrive On One Income. It's still getting many views all these months later. It can be so challenging to live on one income, but, oh wow, it's so worth it all!

In July,  I wrote about some very personal struggles. It's hard to share the intimate details of your life, but when I started this blog, I knew that it must always remain a place of transparency, or what's the point really? 

In August,  I posted on Why We Unschool Our Children.  That post still gets so much traffic from people wanting to more fully understand the ins and outs of the unschooling lifestyle. We've always schooled our children at home, but the decision to unschool is newer for us. We wouldn't change a thing. We also made some changes in our girls' room.  To my surprise, folks are still stopping by to view that re-do. 

In September,  I shared an easy acorn wreath DIY and it has become the clear traffic winner for the year. I still have traffic every day on this tutorial. We had so much fun making this wreath and I adored how it turned out.

In October,  my clear favorite was a post on pumpkin muffins with cream cheese icing.  Now I'm hungry- ha!

In November,  I made a few fall and winter friendly changes in Matthew's room on the VERY cheap. We all love cheap, right? 

And in December,  some surprises that I never could have even dreamt of- our Christmas home tour was featured at The Nesting Place and Miss Mustard Seed

And the clear winner on Pinterest- Simplifying Date Nights.

Blogging has always been about inspiration. Inspiration in home and self. I'm so grateful to be a part of the blogging community and I'm looking forward to growing this little blog in 2015. None of this would be possible if it were not for all you precious folks that take the time to come by here and visit regularly. Thank you so much. I know that you could choose to go anywhere, yet you choose to come here- I'm so grateful for each and every one of you!

Welcome 2015!

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