Thursday, April 27, 2017

Best Breathing Technique For Sleeping plus 6 More Tips For A Good Night Sleep

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I am a person who loves sleep. For reals. I can't wait to go to sleep at night, and I don't ever want to wake up in the morning. I'm a 10 hour a night type girl. Yep. Any less and I feel sluggish and tired all day. Not too long ago when I had my second baby, my sleep went from amazing to just horrid. Like not ever having 1 full hour of sleep in a row and at most 4 hours a night...total. My body freaked out. I ended up having a lot of health problems. A year and half of this took it's toll. So, it's not an understatement when I say I value my sleep.

These are the five things I have come to realize what I need to get not just a good night's rest, but a great one. The most obvious and not included on this was not having a newborn or baby :) That helps things greatly haha. Although, my first baby slept like a dream :) So, I guess every baby is different.

Environment: 
I keep my room my sanctuary. No work goes on in here. No toys. Just my space decorated in neutral calming tones and colors. I chose to do a lot of white because nothing is better than waking up feeling like you are on a cloud :) The ultimate best is when my husband opens the curtains during the morning to bring the morning sunshine in. It's a great way to wake up to the day...especially when I'm one that does not like getting up.
The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.
 Bed Size:
This may be different for everyone, but for me, the bed size has made a dramatic difference on my sleep. Especially when little ones tend to climb in the bed during the night. I upgraded to a king earlier this year and would never turn back. It has made such a huge difference in the quality of my sleep. We slept on a queen for a long time and even a full before then. Never knew what I was missing!

The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.
Bedding Quality:
When we first got married, we registered for an all season down comforter, and it was seriously the best comforter I had ever had. Never got too hot or too cold with it on. It worked for all seasons :) So, when we upgraded to our king bed, I was forced to find another one. I was lucky enough to find one I love just as much...so far :) Still, haven't tested it during the Summer.

The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.
Along with the comforter, are the sheets, pillows and duvet cover. Another thing I was missing greatly was my Crane and Canopy duvet, the Vienna Soft White.  I was lucky enough to get another one for my king bed, and just absolutely love it. Both the shams and the duvet are so soft and silky. They have the perfect amount of girly ruffle...but not enough that it bugs my husband :)  They are like sleeping on a cloud.
The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.

The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.

Keeping Warm:
We live in an area where we get snow 8 months out of the year. It gets warm, then right when you think it's Summer, it snows. So, most of my nights are spent in low temps and trying to keep warm. I have found two things work best for me to sleep well when it's so cold. One: I wear socks. Serious. I have noticed a huge difference in my sleep when I wear socks. I sleep longer and deeper and wake up more alert. Second, I hoard throw blankets all over my bed and in baskets. I always keep on close by just in case I get cold, or if my blankets are taken from me in the middle of night. I'll throw one on, warm myself up and fall back to sleep. But, the quality and feel and weight of the throw blanket matters. One's like this at the foot of my bed, also from Crane and Canopy, works beautifully! The perfect softness and weight.
The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.

Keeping Calm:
With two toddlers running around the house, having a full time job, being a full time stay at home mom, running a blog, and my naturally stressed persona, I need help getting relaxed and winding down. A great way to do this is with lavender. I take lavender salt baths on high stress days. I also use lavender essential oil, rub it in my palms and inhale it and rub a drop onto my temples. I also sleep with a sachet full of lavender on my bedside. Another extra thing I do, especially for guests, is using a lavender bed spray.
The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.

Change What You Do Before Bed:
This is probably going to be different for everyone, you just have to think of what may be affecting your night's sleep negatively. These are two things I noticed I needed to change. I used to take my vitamins at night. I thought doing so, my body would absorb it better. Not even thinking that vitamins are like energy for your body. The day I stopped taking my vitamins at night, my rest improved immensely! I sleep so much better now. Also, I try the best I can to disconnect from technology at least a half hour, if not an hour before bed. This allows my mind and brain to calm down a little so I can fall asleep quicker.
The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.

Breathing:
My mind used to race a mile per second the moment my head hit the pillow. I wouldn't be able to get to sleep. I read something somewhere years and years ago about the best technique to get yourself to fall asleep quickly, and I do it every time I find myself having trouble falling asleep. And it seriously works every time. Here's what I do: I repeat "Breath in, breath out" and follow with breathing in and out. I think this in my mind slowly, repeating it until I fall asleep. Usually within a couple of minutes, I'm out. I noticed this does a couple of things. When you think "breath in, breath out" you are rerouting your mind from the thousands of things you are thinking of to a simple four words. You soon calm your mind. When you follow the breathing technique with breathing in and out slowly, you are lowering your pulse and your blood pressure, also calming your body down. It's an amazing technique. Within minutes, your mind could go from racing with everything that went on with your day, getting crazy anxiety, to calmness and relaxation then ultimately to sleep.

The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.
P.S. The above picture is of my sweet new pup! He quickly found that my bed is the best place to sleep in the house :) 

The best breathing technique to get you to sleep faster, plus 6 other tips on how to get a good night's rest.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

10 Ideas For Blank Walls

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Hello!  I'm so excited to be taking over Alicia's blog today.  Alicia lives near me and sometimes we get together and just talk about decorating--haha!  My name is Heidi Ferguson and I blog at Honeybear Lane.  I am totally obsessed with decor and DIY and if you are too, be sure to sign up for my free course--the First 5 Steps You Need to Take to Decorate!

 If you're like 79.5% of America (okay, yes--made up statistic!) you probably have at least one boring and blank wall in your house. A wall that stares you in the face and taunts you "Look at how boring I am! Do something with me!" But no matter how much you stare at it, ideas evade you.  Here are 10 ideas for you to decorate that blank wall! 1. Gallery Wall: This is a great solution for a blank wall space. Collect photos you have but keep one element the same-if you have mismatched shapes and sizes of frames, spray paint them all the same color. Or use the same shape frames with full color photos inside. The color will lend variety.  2. Board and batten wall treatment: I have lots of board and batten in my house because I love the level of elegance it gives to a wall. It breaks up the wall and accents the paint color, like this beautiful white and navy contrast in my guest bedroom. And bonus, it's not hard to do--believe it or not! 3. Shiplap wall treatment: Shiplap is all the rage these days--it's similar to board and batten with more of a farmhouse flair.  True shiplap is actually a specific way the wood interlocks with each other, but you can do your own imitation shiplap for a fraction of the price!   Bonus tip! Doing a wall treatment behind a TV sitting on a cabinet lends the wall interest, creates a natural space for art or photos above, and draws attention away from the TV.  4. Shelves and a hutch: One of my favorite and a super practical way to fill a wall space is open shelving coupled with a console table, sideboard, buffet, or other type of hutch. Usually if you do open shelving you will want a more closed table below it to ground the shelves. But now you have tons of storage and display space! 5. Large scale art: If it's a really big wall, it's only that more daunting of a task to decorate. Big walls need big things on them or they will get lost. Try finding some large scale artwork or other piece (clock, ironwork, cute sign, etc) to fill the space. Sometimes all it takes is one very large piece to fill the void.   And they don't have to be fancy, like this cute sign in my farmhouse loft. 6. Wallpaper: Wallpaper can be scary because it's more of a commitment, it's tricky to apply correctly, and can be hard to remove later. If you're not ready for wallpaper, you can often achieve a similar effect with stenciling, like I did with my daughter's bedroom. Or you can do half wallpaper, half solid color wall.    7. Other large scale things, thinking outside the box: This can include large plants or even plants hung on the wall. Hang a rug on the wall. Paint a mural. Large scale letters. Chalkboard wall. Floor to ceiling bookshelves. Floor to ceiling photo shelves. Old shutters, old windows, old doors. Strings of lights. Blanket ladder. Plate shelves. Large mirrors. So many possibilities--like this ginormous pegboard I built for my craft room.  It's pretty AND functional! 8. Tile Backsplash:  This is more of a wall treatment for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, but when installing your backsplash, consider taking the tile all the way up the wall for more of a bold statement.   9. Grid Wainscoting:  I love the grid wainscoting.  You could add in some cove molding to make it look more traditional and high-end.   10.  Skinny Board and Batten:  This is my favorite of all the wall treatments.  I feel like it just screams farmhouse and it's super easy to do.  I had this in my old bedroom but I'm pretty sure it's going to end up in my current bedroom when we get around to doing it! Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you love it and that it reflects your style!  
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Great ideas on how to decorate large blank walls.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

$400 Dining Room Makeover

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I shared with you last week my ambitious moment in trying to redo my mom's dining room while she was out of town. My two day time table turned to 5 hours. It was crazy. And...I didn't get everything done that I wished I had. So, I went back and finished things up a bit. Here's what it looked like before this all started:
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 And this is the finished product after 5 hours.
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 I wanted to get board and batten on the two other walls, frame the window, redo some chairs and finish up the table. I did love these chairs though, but I had these other chairs in my basement that I knew would be perfect for this and they are a lot bigger and comfier :)
Here's the finished product:
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 You can barely see the board and batten on the other walls due to the light peach paint color..which will hopefully be changed soon to a pretty greige.

I wasn't sure how the standard board and batten would look against an accent wall with a full treatment of square board and batten, but I wouldn't know until it happened. First step was to paint it the same height as one of the boards on the square wall.
 Next, I framed the window and put up the boards. To keep it consistent, I used the same width boards for the top rail and the vertical slats.
 I love how cottagey this already felt! And it wasn't even painted yet.
dining room board and batten
 I also did this wall and the hallway on the other side.
Board and batten in dining room
 Here's how the chairs looked before. They actually match my table in my dining room, but I haven't used them for 8 years. They were just taking up a huge space in my basement. We just painted them white, and decided to keep the cushions the same to match the bench.
 Here's another before of this whole space:
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 And after:
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 This table is so much better with it all finished! I extended the apron and painted the legs. The top of the table is actually pretty cool looking in person. I did a mahogany stain underneath and then white washed the rest.
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 I'm still loving this vase and wish I had found it for myself!
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
Here's a closer idea of what this corner looks like with the board and batten up against the square board and batten. It doesn't look that bad! It gives me hopes for doing something like this in my bedroom :)
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 I mentioned this amazing carpet in my last post...I know you all are jealous! :) Hopefully that'll be changed out soon!

Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 I had made this bench for her years ago. It was in the entryway, but got replaced with something else. So, it was just sitting around. I wanted to use it so this space looked more open.
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room

Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
 I really loved the color wood of this mirror and chest, but in the dining room before, it just got lost. Now, it really pops. I tied in the color with the curtains. I think almost every room should have curtains! Windows look naked without them :) 
Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room
I'll probably revisit this room in another post with updates on the peach color and the hallway. The white color used here is Glidden's Linen White but with Behr paint.

Here's the breakdown on the room:
Back wall, paint and boards: $100
Two adjacent walls, paint and boards: $100
Curtains: Target, clearance $16
Rug: Rugs USA $50
Wall art: Hobby Lobby $17
Lamp: $30
Vase and cotton stems: $20
Chairs: Gifted (found here on Amazon)
Bench: Handmade gift
Table; $45
Total: $378

Update a dining room on a budget! Farmhouse and cottage dining room decor and decorating ideas. Board and batten dining room

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5 Hour Dining Room Makeover Under $300

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So, I did something completely crazy the other day. My mom went out of town, and I thought I would surprise her with redoing her dining room. We've talked about a few things in the past, but never actually said that we were going to do anything. I planned on having the weekend, 2 days to complete the transformation by myself. Well, my 2 days turned into 5 hours. I didn't know until the Friday before that she was coming home early on Saturday instead of late Sunday. I still wanted to do something, so I gave a swing at it and this is what happened :) You can also find a video at the bottom to check out the hour by hour coverage!

Here's the before of her dining room.
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
 Her house has gone through quite the transformation already since she bought it. The dining room was one of them. The dining room used to be twice this size. She put a dividing wall down the middle to create a bedroom on the other side. She then carved out a hole (which you'll see below) to make it more open concept through the converted garage/living room. She always felt that the dining room just looked like a huge hole in the wall...which, it kind of was. So, we decided we needed to add more character to tie it in with the rest of the space.

Here's the list I wanted to get done:
Add square board and batten to the back wall
Change out baseboards
Refinish and add a new top to the existing table
Decorate -new rug, curtains, chairs, wall art, and accessories 
Add board and batten 2/3 up the two adjacent walls
Trim window

I was hopeful that all of this was going to get done, but I decided to prioritize the list just in case I couldn't do it all. So, I placed the most important and impactful things first.

So, first was moving the furniture and that huge mirror off the wall, which was quite a feat in itself. Once that was done, I removed the old baseboards. This did take some time since they were stuck in the wall with 3 " nails. Kid you not. Getting those out was quite the adventure :)

I then started painting the back wall. I chose Linen White by Glidden, but used Behrs full coverage paint. More expensive, but saved time on coats.
 I didn't get any real good pictures of the process of putting up the board and batten since I was super tight on time and my mind was on just getting it done. But, you can see my full square board and batten tutorial here. I used the same method.

Once I finished the board and batten on the back wall, I tackled the table. I'll put up a full tutorial on how I did the table soon. It was super simple and pretty quick. I did run into some problems with the trim staying on, but I remedied that after the reveal. 
Farmhouse table idea
 Once the table was done and the back wall was done. My mom was 40 minutes away. I knew I couldn't do the other things. Which was too bad, but luckily the decor and those two things made a huge difference!
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
 For the chairs, I used some of mine I had hanging around and thought they would look so cute in here. I also used a bench I made that she had moved out of her entryway into storage. I think moving out those big chairs made a big difference in the illusion of the size of this space.

I just love this beam on the entrance of this room. And can we talk about the brick wall that's peaking through in the mirror? I can't wait to get my hands a hold of that room next!
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
 I found this gorgeous vase for a steal of $13! My wanted a cottage feel, so I figured this was a good way to tie some cottage and farmhouse elements.
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
 I knew she loved this mirror, and that she wanted to keep it. But, hanging it back up was no joke! It was at this time that my brother came home and was able to help me put it back up. This was the only help I got through this process. I could not get it straight, so it literally took like half an hour trying to get this thing to look decent.
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
 Here's the 'hole in the wall'. There's actually two steps down from this into the living room.
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
 Here's the space afterwards. It's just amazing what a little paint and new decor can do to a space!
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
If you look closely you can see that I totally space putting up the other side of baseboards :) Oops! 

After making this table, I decided that the apron needed to be a bit larger. So, I actually went back to her house and redid the table and added the board and batten on the other walls. I'll share that full reveal with you all soon :)
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
 As for this carpet...can we just talk about it? I'm not sure what the style was back in the day, but this is purple-pink berber carpet. I just don't get it. I've been telling my mom to change it for years now and yet, here it still sits :) I know she is waiting to do hardwood, so until that's in the budget, this awesome purple carpet stays!
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas
Here's the cost breakdown for this portion of the reveal:
Back wall, paint and boards: $100
Curtains: Target, clearance $16
Rug: Rugs USA $50
Wall art: Hobby Lobby $17
Lamp: $30
Vase and cotton stems: $20
Chairs: Gifted (found here on Amazon)
Table; $45
Total: $258

 Once again, I did go back and finish the walls and everything else I wanted to do. I'll have that reveal soon! :)

I decided it would be fun to document this whole thing, so here's a pretty rough video of the hour by hour footage :) And the reveal for my mom!
Farmhouse dining room makeover. Dining room updates done in one day in under 5 hours. Fixer upper style dining room decor and decorating ideas


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