Welcome to the blog today friends! I’ve been super lucky to have partnered with Bed Bath and Beyond Canada for three room makeovers. The Twin Room and Tween Room you can find here and here. The last of the rooms is our dining room![Read more…] about Cozy Dining Room Makeover
Every now and then when my life slows down just a little I get the decorating bug. I like to grab old vintage pieces mixed with cheap finds and I like to create something pretty.
Y’all know how much I love autumn, it’s my favorite time of year. Big slouchy sweaters, lattes, crisp sunny days, candles, yummy crock pot meals and of course, it’s leading into one of my all time favourite holidays – Christmas.
I absolutely dislike buying themed holiday decor as I find it super cheesy. So during autumn I purchase a lot of fresh pumpkins paired with faux florals or branches. Easy peasy and cheap!
So first before all you see the error in my pictures, I just wanted to point out the elephant in my pictures – yes, there is a light bulb missing from my chandelier and I totally didn’t realize until right now. Since this blog isn’t for a brand, this is what you get, my perfectly imperfect house. haha
Also, my dining room is only half finished, but I like to blog about rooms in the process of being decorated. Things that still need to be purchased for this room:
-5×8 Jute Rug
-An actual set of dining chairs. One of our chairs broke so we’re currently pulling our bench around the corner
-Decor for the wall that is not seen in this photo
-Oh, and a lightbulb 😉
I absolutely love the big floor to ceiling windows in our dining room. It’s THEE smallest space ever. I think it’s probably maybe 6×8, but it’s super cozy and bright, we just can’t have anyone over for dinner ( sorry )
For this simple autumn tablescape for under twenty dollars I purchased five pumpkins and that’s it. The faux branches and florals I already had and this planter box we had in storage. It’s sitting on an extra large farmhouse tea towel.
I like centerpieces that I can pick up easily off of the table as my kids will ruin things – super messy eaters.
Also, I just wanted to point out that Glen did an amazing job on my table. We kiln dried the wood for six months and I found the legs in spring on craigslist. Sadly, we put one of the pieces of wood on our mantle while I was waiting for Glen to build my table and it warped. it doesn’t matter how long you kiln dry wood, if it’s put near extreme heat or extreme cold, it will breath, bend and warp. Why don’t I ever remember? Oh well, I love me a good rustic table!
I’m starting to get back to feeling like me. But it’ll be a long while yet. Rhetty is still sleeping in my arms all night long and I find that I’m more snappy and irritated than I normally am. Which makes total sense as I’m getting a horrible sleep. That all being said, I’m trying to enjoy this period of my life as Rhett is our last baby and soon these days will be a distant memory. So please have grace for me friends, okay?
Let me know what you think of my Autumn Tablescape in the comments, I always LOVE hearing from you all.
The past two weeks of having only four day work weeks did me some good. I’ve been finding it hard during the week to get anything done. Although I absolutely love snuggling our newest addition ( who now happens to be SIX whole weeks ), he won’t let me put him down at all. So cleaning, blogging, showering or anything of the sort is out of the question, for now. Well, at least until we can get into a schedule.
I happened to snag a few minutes on the weekend to blog about our living room refresh. It looks totally different & I am so excited to have had Pier 1 + Catalina Lighting sponsor this Living Room Spring Refresh.
I’m all about less is more. I guess you could call me a minimalist. It’s kind of comical really because I’m obsessed with farmhouse style. But if you scroll through Pinterest or Instagram you will see that most farmhouse homes are filled to the brim with gorgeous decor. It’s more of a “cluttered” style. But I just can’t do it. I’ve always been this way. I try to decorate with more and I end up going crazy and putting half the decor back in storage.
So, here’s my Spring Refresh with only a few pieces. I have a billion and one pillows but I really like to switch out our pillows constantly. To me, it’s a simple update that doesn’t break the bank ( especially if you’re like me and have a ton in storage ) I also love plants. Plants are one thing that can be extremely cheap, but make a huge impact on a room.
I snagged these adorable little herb plants for 5.00 each and they even came in the cute containers. If you’re Canadian, run out to your nearest Superstore. This is where I got them.
Oh, and a little side note. I often get Canadians emailing or messaging me frustrated that I tag my decor on US sites. I only do this because 89% of my readership is from the States, so it’s only fair that I cater to the majority of my followers. That being said, a lot more stores are starting to ship to Canadian addresses these days, so it’s a win-win!
These lamps are a perfect mix of farmhouse and modern. They aren’t too beat up and they’re slightly weathered. Plus, if you ever get tired of the faux wood look, you can paint them white! I love pieces that I can reuse for years to come.
The throw pillows on the sofa are my favourite. They’re from Pier 1 and they’re oversized, cozy and neutral. You can literally use them in any room of the house. The middle pillow is from the Magnolia Homes line and I’m pretty obsessed over it. I happened to snag a few other Magnolia Homes pieces from Pier 1 too. The white bowl holding my magazines and the corbels.
The sofa table Glen actually just wiped up for me on Saturday. I needed something to stage my lamps on and I didn’t have anything. I absolutely love how it turned out. I told him to only sand off the splinters so it’s extra beat up, just the way I like it!
I knew I wanted to decorate this room with extra farmhouse charm so extra greenery, old games, throws and cozy pillows are a must.
Also, if you follow me on Instagram you will know that we painted the room white on the weekend. We used the color “Alabaster” from Benjamin Moore.
I’ve always loved anything beat up and our coffee table that actually was a dresser, I white washed it and turned it into a coffee table chest. I blogged about it here, last year.
The sofa was a HUGE win. I’ve wanted an Ikea Ektorp sofa for so many years. Well, one came up on Craigslist in excellent condition for only 125 bucks with an extra cover. HUGE STEAL.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you enjoyed our little Living Room Spring Refresh. I always love to change up my home. I found out about myself that I need change in my life, and so changing up my home is one way I can incorporate that into my life.
What do you think of the new living room? Are you happy the green is gone? Truth be told, the only reason I didn’t photograph the other side of the room is because one wall is still green. I ran out of time on the weekend. haha!
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I feel like instead of jumping on here and saying that it’s been a long time since I last blogged, how about we make this the new norm? Being a mama of four under 8 is amazing but it’s kicking my butt and I rarely have time to pee alone, so to pound out an entire blog, that’s a rarity.
This office has been a work in progress since the day we moved in. But I didn’t really start to put any elbow grease into this office until January. I had a vision for this office. I wanted it to be a bit different from the other areas of our home, yet still be full of farmhouse charm. I finally decided on an Industrial Farmhouse Office.
This room started off getting a full paint job. We were pretty lucky to have Benjamin Moore send us over two gallons of “Alabaster”. It’s one of my go to colors. The creamiest white ever. This was also the same white in our master bedroom in our last home. Eventually when I can catch my breath, we’re bringing the white into the rest of the living room, but for now we just did the office.
The white really makes the space. I know some of you really dislike white. But when the shade is chosen properly, it really looks amazing and makes a space feel that much brighter and chic – even on gloomy days!
As you can tell from the two photos, it’s a pretty big contrast in style. Still I pulled some of my farmhouse favourites into the space. But I wanted it to feel more industrial and fun! Industrial Farmhouse Office
On the left of the room you can see a pretty sweet looking locker. This was a free score on Craigslist. It adds so much character to our space and I cannot believe we grabbed one. Right now it’s just holding decor, but eventually we will be making it into a bookshelf.
White Chairs, Chandelier & Lamp – Zuo Modern
123 Pouf – Homesense
Rug (8×10) – ECarpet Gallery
Hanging Bins – Creative Co-op
Tall Fig Tree Topiary – AFloral
Hanging Mail Bin – Pier1
Desk – Custom Built
Also below are some additional photos of how I styled it a few weeks ago and then I changed it around before I completed this blog – enjoy!
I feel like ever since we got back from the NICU my head has been a bit jumbled and my head hasn’t been where I want it to be. I’ve been thinking baby, feeds and diaper changes and my mind hasn’t been in the game at all. I will have an extensive blog coming soon on Rhetts fast & furious birth and the scary aftermath of it all.. but for now I really wanted to get up a fun playful blog on the last little touches in our Master Bedroom Reveal.
I’ve been crazy blessed to have this room sponsored by so many amazing brands and I have linked the sources at the bottom of this blog.
The last few touches really just put the room together. AHS Lighting played a huge part in making our room feel like a luxury space. The Farmhouse lighting really sets the tone in our bedroom.
As well, I also put up some comforting verse art on the right side of the room and also back in 2014 we had the sign made that I hung on the window above our bed. This master bedroom has become my sacred place and all though it might be a bit too farmhousey for some – I love it. There’s nothing more comforting than the own walls of your bedroom. They house you in your most vulnerable state, and our bedroom is now the epitome of comfort. It was such a delight to bring baby Rhett home to a space that I loved to be in. Especially since I knew the nights would be short and the days would be long.
At the bottom of the blog I will have sources to everything in the room and if wanting to check out part one of our Bedroom Reveal, click here.
The Chandelier and two Bishop lamps are from AHS Lighting. Which I’m obsessed with. They’re made so well and give the perfect farmhouse touch to the space. You can purchase the lamps here and the chandelier is called the “Folly”. The lamps also come in distressed black. You can’t purchase directly from AHS Lighting, but they sell all their lighting on Amazon, Wayfair etc. The pricing is so good too, especially for the quality!
Rug: Well Woven
Throw Blanket: Anthropologie
Duvet Set: VHC Brands
Large Blue Throw Pillows: Loloi Rugs
Cream Throw Pillow: WoodnTales
Lamps & Chandelier: AHS Lighting
Corbels, Chippy White Bowl Tray: Pier 1
If you have been watching my Instagram feed over the last few days, you will know that my parents scored a set of Vintage Cane Chairs from Virginia 69′ ( Orginal Owners ) a few days ago. Let me start by telling you, I LOVE CANE CHAIRS. Like, love. If you’re new to my blog, over a year ago I blogged about these cane chairs and how easy they were to paint. We still have one of them in our daughters room. They have so much character and they’re so versatile – they fit in so many different styles.
When I first grabbed the chairs, they were more mid century. I thought about keeping them as is, but the legs were a bit beat up and I really wanted to try to give the wood a wash and make them look beat up. You know me, anything beat up is my jam.
So yesterday I got to work. I sanded down the chewed up legs, but left the dints and dings in the arms because I knew that the more “character” this chair had, the more the wash would look more authentic.
Also, let me apologize for my before & process photos, they were taken by my iPhone and apparently I’m not good at painting & taking pictures at the same time
Before we get into it, for this project you will need:
-Sanding Pad ( the lighter the better 180+)
-Drop Cloth or Rag to Paint on top of
-Screw Driver or Drill to take off seat
-Staple gun & Staples
-Paint of choice. I used a cream Behr Paint.
We had all of these things in storage already, so these chairs cost me zero dollars. Yep, you read right, ZERO BUCKS. Isn’t it kind of fun when things cost zilch?
I started by sanding down the legs where they had some scratch/chew marks. But like I said above, I didn’t sand down other parts of the chair as I wanted the paint to adhere to the flaws to give it more of a farmhouse feel. The sand paper is mainly for distressing it between paint/wax.
Here I am painting the chair. I watered my paint down my 75% so it wouldn’t make my chair look painted.
I did the chair in four parts. Each side, back and front & here’s why. Once you paint part of your chair, you want to take a piece of paper towel or rag and lightly wipe it down to give it a washed look, also this helps blend in the streaks. This takes literally seconds.
I worked on all 4 parts of the chair, then once that was done ( it was dry by that time ) I took my dry brush, and dabbed a bit of paint on it ( wiped most of it off ) and then dry brushed areas that needed slightly more paint.
Let Dry & then distress with your sanding pad.
Once you’ve completed the painting and sanding, you can apply your dark and clear wax. I applied the dark wax first, then gave that about 30 minutes to dry and applied the clear wax over top. I used paper towel to apply it ( I know, so so so unprofessional ) but hey, I had no cheese cloth and this project was supposed to be free.
Take your seat that you screwed off in the beginning and rip the fabric off. You will need plyers to rip the staples out, and then we just ripped the rest of the fabric by hand.
The seat looked like this once bare.
Since I’m super on the ball, I forgot to take pictures of me reupholstering, but it’s easy peasy. Cut your fabric to size ( I used left over drop cloth to match our curtains ), and then staple on. You’ll want to make sure it’s on really tight as it might stretch over time.
Once on, attach your seat again – and you’re done! For clarification, I left the back of the seat the burnt orange and put one layer of pain on it to tone it down. It adds a ton of character, but down the road I might buy a cream fabric paint and paint over it.
So are you ready for it?
My updated Farmhouse Cane Chairs
So, what do you guys think of these DIY’D Farmhouse Cane Chairs? I’m absolutely in love with them, but I know all of you don’t love the chippy beat up look.
If you do love them, I would be honoured if you shared on one of your social networks. When I was looking for a tutorial for Farmhouse Cane Chairs I couldn’t really find a ton. So that’s why I decided to make one.
I know a few of you have your own chairs to DIY, so let me know the results when you’re all done!
This paint was gifted to me by Rustoleum. But the opinions are solely my own.
I’ve been dying to share this little DIY project with you guys. In the name of the game, we’ve been trying to update our home for free. Yep, you heard it, FREE. We found this free dresser from a friend and took it home. We didn’t realize until we got home that the base was so badly chewed by a dog. It was basically unsalvageable. Trust me, we tried.
So, we decided to blindly rip the base off, not knowing if it would fully ruin the piece. I was quite nervous because at that point, I had full painted it. But guess what? It worked and we replaced it with a basic 1X6 for a more modern look.
Here’s how the dresser looked pre-paint. It actually had really nice bones, minus the base that we sanded for over an hour and it just wouldn’t “blend”.
For this job Rust-Oleum gifted me this Milk Paint to use on my project & I’m going to give you a full rundown on what I thought of this specific paint.
I’ve used quite a few different brands of milk paint, so I feel I have a good gauge on what I’m talking about
Firstly, what is “Milk Paint?” Milk paint is a nontoxic water-based paint. It can be made from milk and lime, generally with pigments added for color. … Milk Paint is commonly sold in the powder form, which is a combination of casein and lime.
To be quite honest with you, I’m not sure if Rust-Oleum has another agent in their paint, but it didn’t crackle away like all the other brands I’ve used have done. Which made me a bit sad, because I love that look. One of the positives about this paint is it has extremely good coverage. It will cover any surface. This dresser had a gloss on it prior to painting it, and it covered it with ease. I even used it on the handles, and I only had to do two coats.
The directions on the container are super straight forward and you can use the actual container to paint out of & mix in. Super easy peasy and it made literally no mess whatsoever.
Here’s how our dresser turned out after the second coat was completed. I did give it a a little sand and distressed it. I found this paint distresses really easily and it didn’t leave scratch marks for a more authentic distressed look.
Overall I would give this paint a B. The only reason I give it a B is because I was expecting it to crackle like most other milk paints I’ve used. If it was labelled a chalk paint, I would give it an A+
Hope you guys are having the most amazing week ever & don’t forget to share this on Pinterest
We all have those people in our lives who make comments about how they don’t know how we have white duvets, sofas, pillows and rugs when we have little ones running about. I’m here to tell you WHY this is the BEST colour in the world to have when you have young kids and pets. I’m also going to share a few ways that I like to live with this colour and clean it.
I personally have almost 4 kids under 8 + a cat & still I prefer white over anything.
Erin from Cotton Stem Interiors actually has four little girls if you can believe it. I know that she’s also had this statement so many times and here is the truth. Sofas like this Ikea Ektorp sofa have zip off covers. The reason I think white is the best colour when you have small kids is because you can throw it in the wash and bleach it. You do not have that option with any other colour. White is so simple to clean because you can throw it in the wash and you’re done. The other thing I love about white is that it doesn’t hide anything. Imagine having a grey or dark sofa and not knowing what stains are actually on your sofa.
The next thing I love about white is that it matches everything.
If you follow Liz on Instagram you’ll know that she has two small dogs and a goat named Grace that are constantly in her home. Liz is known for her lack of colour and how beautiful her homes look with so many different shades of creams and whites. The thing is, if you can bleach it – it’s safe.
Her sofas are all slip covered, so she can easily throw into the wash.
So, here’s a breakdown on WHY white is the best.
- You can bleach it – easy wash.
- You can flip it ( Duvets, gives it extra life before you throw it in the wash )
- Buying slip covered sofas you can easily wash, so you know you have a clean sofa
- It’s ultra easy to decorate with and matches everything
Now, I thought I’d take you down memory lane and my love for white. Of course, my budget is literally non existent, and if it was, I’d have a full house of white everything. But for now, this is how I incorporate white into my homes.
Hope you’re all having an amazing day & Happy Halloween!
This year has been a crazy roller coaster and in this time we have had to cut back a lot. I’ve always been one to not spend a ton, but even more so now.
I like to find deals everywhere I go – or free is best in my mind.
When we first moved into this cute rancher it was anything but a farmhouse. It was built in the early 90’s and the colours and style wasn’t mine. The good thing about a blank slate is that you can create whatever you want out of it.
When we first moved in, half of the home was painted in this sage green color. Although I love the coziness of the color. I much prefer white, cream or grey. I find when there is color on the walls it really makes me feel restricted in my decorating.
When I moved into this house, I started slowly turning all my furniture white. I love white, and since this home was so colourful, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start switching everything to white.
This console above was free, I bought the knobs off Amazon for 4.50 for 20 of them ( crazy, I know ) and then I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to give it a really aged and beat up look.
Second, the shutters we snagged for 5 dollars each at a hardware store last year, and of course, I spray painted them black and then painted white & distressed them.
Everything else I already had.
I love different textures and shades, so I compiled a bunch of pillows I had in storage onto my sofa.
The coffee table was an old bench someone who lived here before us built. It had overgrown grass and plants all over it in the back of our back yard. We power washed it, dried it out & brought it inside. We get a ton of compliments on it even though it’s realistically a piece of crap. haha
The curtains we already had ( we made them out of drop sheet from Home depot, here ). Since moving into our home in July I really wanted to put curtains up, but the price of the curtain rods alone had me stuck. We had to purchase 5 of them.
My husband came up with this super easy solution. Brad nail wood blocks to the wall, and then screw the wood dowel polls onto that. The corbels are just there for looks. This whole entire project cost us under 30.00 & the impact of the curtains in the room is crazy. It went from cold to cozy in a day!
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