Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Summer Living Room Decor - Tour 2022

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The weather is finally warming up and I have the touch of sun on my skin. This is my favorite time of year! The days where I get to spend all day outside and forget the mess inside :) Luckily for you...and frankly, for me...I actually came inside and cleaned my house to share this tour with you. I'm sharing my living room summer decor today. This room doesn't change much between spring and summer, so this is perfect to share it during late spring but as my summer decor. 

This week, Marty from A Stroll Thru Life is hosting the summer home tour series. I'm lucky enough to share today behind Decor To Adore. I just love Laura's home and amazing ideas! You can see all the other tours going on today and the rest of the week at the bottom of the post :) 

Let's get started! This room is slowly transforming from farmhouse style to cottage style and I'm loving the coziness of it all. I've been adding lots of textures, layers and more feminine elements. I've also been adding more antique finds to give this space more history. 
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Shiplap: Tutorial     Media Console: Tutorial      Builtin shelves: Tutorial

Summer decor for me is still all about being cozy. I know most people ditch some pillows or toss their extra blankets. Not me :) I keep my blankets, mainly because I still use them at night...our summer nights are still chilly. And I love the layers of pillows. 
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Here's a tip for TV artwork. I find the vintage art youtube channel and pick my favorite set of prints and turn it on. It's something pretty to look at while the TV is "off". You can even find some beautiful scenery shots with background music, which I love also!

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One area that always changes with the season is my mantel. I've been playing around with ideas on how to update this area. I'm thinking the actual mantel will change and molding may go around all the alcoves. Maybe add some brick to the fireplace. For now, I'm decorating this awkward space by adding little extras here and there like the antique railing below the mantel and the birch log strung across it.

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For the summer mantel decor itself, I went with a more airy feel using empty window and mirror frames. I finished it off by layering in some faux greenery. 
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I recently switched up this corner in the back of my living room with the antique pie safe I found last fall. I'm using it to hold my crazy amount of throw blankets...sadly, this is only a small portion of them :) I've kept the color scheme on my couches light and airy as well with linen pillow covers and my favorite ruffle euro shams. 
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Ruffle Pillows: Link     Rug: Link 

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Decorating the top of this pie safe has been so fun. I've added some new and old vintage items. I've also removed my gallery wall that used to hang along this corner wall. It was hard to remove...it's been there for forever! But, it made this space too busy. I'll eventually get around to hanging the pictures back up in our upstairs hallway so those memories won't be shoved in a box :) With that gone, it freed up some space to hang this enamel Fresh Cut Flowers sign. This sign floats around my house every year, and will eventually make it's way back outside. 
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That book on the end table there was an amazing find during an antiquing trip. It's from the 1800s and all about business law. It's been fun to read it and see how things have changed today. I remember college and my business law book, which I still have, and this brought back memories the moment I saw it. Looking through it is eye opening and shows how much we have grown as a nation and adapted to the times.
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I switched out my slipcovered ottoman for this vintage coffee table recently and love the extra space and character it immediately brought. I topped it off with a couple of caged lanterns, one used as a vase, along with vintage books and my favorite macramé table runner. These cushions usually act as my cat, Aero's, bed, but not today :)
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This is his new spot. He tends to change his favorite sleeping spots weekly. I never know where to find him :)
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I'm not one to add flowers into my decor often, but decided to add a little pink touch in my dough bowl on top of the dresser behind my couch. I then added some old spindles and a green leafed garland.
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Small changes in this room over the years have made me love it even more. I love to see how my style transitions and changes. Finding the right amount of cozy, comfort and practicality with a family can be hard. I've learned to keep things washable and replaceable, it's that simple :)
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I hope you enjoyed the tour and got even a little inspiration from it. I also hope you enjoy your summer! If you are continuing on the blog hop, next up is Clean and Scentsible. You will love Jenn's house and decorating style! Below are the other tours going on this week. 

Monday – June 6th Lineup

A Stroll Thru Life – Our Southern Home – Grace In My Space

Hymns & Verses – Southern Hospitality – Chalking Up Success

 

Tuesday – June 7th Lineup

Calypso in the Country – StoneGable – 11 Magnolia Lane

White Arrows Home – RemodelaCasa – Pink Peppermint Design

 

Wednesday – June 8th Lineup

Designing Vibes – Cuckoo4Design – Whispering Pines Homestead

Decor to Adore – Thrifty and Chic – Clean and Scentsible

 

Thursday – June 9th Lineup

CitrineLiving – Southern Home and Hospitality – Worthing Court

The Stonybrook House – Southern State of Mind – This is our Bliss

 

Friday – June 10th Lineup

Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Country Road 407 – Quarters One

Shiplap and Shells – Simply2Moms – Pasha Is Home


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Monday, May 23, 2022

5 Minute Craft: Salt Mason Jar Storage Hack

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I've been slowly updating my poor neglected kitchen the past few months...trying to make things a little prettier, and more of a place I would like to be. I don't mind cooking, I'm an okay baker but I just really don't like my kitchen :) We've been here for 13 years now, it hasn't changed much and I've disliked it since the day we moved in. I know, I know...I'm a DIYer and this is like blasphemy. Truth is, if it was only me in this house, the kitchen would have changed a long time ago. But, I have a husband to contend with :) This kitchen is not to be touched in any dramatic way. Anyway...back to the point. I'm making some bigger (not dramatic) changes, and some smaller changes in here. One of the bigger changes were these shelves along the wall that I shared a few weeks ago. 
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With these shelves, came the open food storage that I had to make pretty. ...and now we are getting to the point of this post :) I have a salt shaker, but you know the times you need like a half teaspoon of salt for a recipe, you pull out this ugly thing:

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I would pull it out and then it would sit on my counter all ugly looking for a few days. I decided I needed to make it look a little less commercial :) So, I grabbed one of my wide mouth 16 oz mason jars (link) and realized how the size of the lid was pretty much the same size as the top of the ugly salt container.
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So. I grabbed a steak knife and carefully cut out the top of the salt container.
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The next step was to secure it onto the lid rim of the mason jar. I did this using hot glue. Since the rim has a little edge, it's perfect for the unperfect cutting.
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I put the salt in the jar, and welcomed the pretty salt container to my shelf! Now I keep this out all the time and don't worry about it. I'm about to do this same thing with my sugar...maybe even baking soda/powder. I just need to save up enough salt lids first :) 
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I just love pretty food storage! And yes, all of these canisters on my shelf have actual uses and store some sort of food. You also get a peak at what I've been working on to cover up the herringbone pattern on my wall without painting it. I have commitment issues apparently, ha! 
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I love these super simple, 5 minute crafts and hacks that make every day living a little easier and prettier!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Powder Room Makeover With Wallpaper and Painted Cabinets

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Years and years of touring model homes and parade homes have made me notice that designers go big in the smallest room in the house, the powder room. It's usually bold and full of design and color. When I moved into our house, this small little bathroom, which was probably the most used, was the most boring. It was dark in there too, with no natural light and beige walls and ceiling. Everything was a shade of brown pretty much, down to the cabinet, counter and faucet. 
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A few years ago, I wanted to brighten the space up so I added board and batten and this fun diamond pattern onto the walls. It has stayed like this for a long time! 
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But then...you know how it goes. I needed a change. I thought I wanted this whole powder room to be painted white. So, I did it. And I hated it. I thought I would get used to it, and that never happened. I know, right? Something was all white, and I actually didn't like it. ha! I was searching for some faux brick for my kitchen and came across this peel and stick wallpaper on sale for about $7 for a little over 118". I thought it was a good deal, and thought, why not try it? If I liked it, I would buy more and if I hated it, I wasn't out much. 

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I left it up there for about a week. My husband didn't say anything, so I took that as a go ahead :) And I actually really liked it, so I started putting it up. 

I measured from top to bottom for the first strip, and cut it. Luckily, this peel and stick wallpaper had the grid on the back that made this process so much easier. 
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I put up the first piece, made sure it was level on the sides with my level. I then matched up the next piece and cut it to size, and put it up. I found it best to working from the sides that are supposed to be lining up and pulling out the backing from there. I worked with about 5" at a time. I would smooth it out, pull, smooth it, pull etc. Sometimes I had to rip the whole thing off and start over. It did take some time and patience, I won't lie. But it was worth it!
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Working around the light was a pain. I could have made it easy by taking off the light, but didn't want to go to that extent. So, I cut the wallpaper into two pieces, one for the top and one for the bottom. 
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With lots of measuring, I figured out where to cut the little notch out for the light on the top and bottom piece.
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I loosened the light fixture just a bit in order to get the wallpaper to fit behind it. I found that painter's tape was a lifesaver, not just for this instance, but in general when trying to line up the pattern and when you start pulling the back away.
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For the corners, I used the same sheet and just folded it around the corner to keep the design going. When all was said and done, I think I used about 400" of this peel and stick wallpaper. I do have a ton of random leftover scraps that I'll have to figure out what to do with. 
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I think the wallpaper in this powder room made the perfect "wow" factor. I didn't want to add too much color since I do decorate in here for the holidays. Yes, I'm that person...putting Christmas decor in a bathroom :) So, I went with a wallpaper that would transition easily from holiday to holiday and not compete too much. 

Framing this mirror was a whole other project on its own, then came the board and batten. Click on the links to see the tutorials for those :)
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I feel like I've been updating this bathroom for the past 6 months...slowly. One of the updates were these shaker pegs to hang the hand towels from. 
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...and of course, what ever other decor I want at the time :) This bath is small, but it is full of decorating options! :)

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Another update was painting this vanity. I have natural knotty alder wood throughout my home, and have been wanting to paint the cabinets for years. My husband pretty much forbids it in my kitchen, so while he was away for a week, I went and painted all the bathroom vanity cabinets white. It made such a difference! It has brightened everything up and has made me love my home even more. I know painting wood isn't for everyone, but I have lived in this house for 13 years now, and have hated the cabinets every day since. I want to live in a home that I love every aspect of, and I gave those dang cabinets 13 years, I can have them changed for the next 13 :) 
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(little peak at what I'm been working on in my kitchen above :) )

Here's the before again of this same angle from above:
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Oh, and here's the other mirror angle before the frame:
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And another before of this cabinet.
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I'll do a full tutorial on how I painted these knotty alder cabinets when I share my master bathroom update soon.

And here's the after again! 
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Walking by this bathroom just makes my day now. It's the bathroom that you see from the main area of the house, and I'm not ashamed to keep the door opened any more! I have more fun updates using peel and stick wallpaper coming soon! I have a big thing happening in my kitchen using it....actually I'm using it in two places in there! 

I never before thought I would be using wallpaper. If you had told me 20 years ago as I was helping my mom pull wallpaper off every square inch of her house, that I would eventually add some to my own house, I wouldn't have believed you. Thankfully, peel and stick wallpaper is now a thing and super easy to put up and take down! What do you think? Will wallpaper today age well? Or will I be cursing my younger self as I pull it off years later.

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