Monday, January 23, 2017

How To Infuse Your Home With Farmhouse Style

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Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas

I'm going to be truthful here. I have been blogging for almost 8 years and I still am not sure what my style is! It has evolved tremendously since I bought our house and even before then. I loved Tuscan decor back in the day, then it went to white. Everything white. Then I started loving coastal. With the coastal, I started wanting to add more and more old character. Before shiplap was a main stream word, I started adding planks throughout my house to get this feel. I gradually started adding more and more rustic elements, woods and metals. 

Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
 (Chairs: Ikea    Bench: Ross    Plaid Pillow Covers: Amazon    Tiered Tray, fan, clock: Gordmans    Round tray, white pillow, runner: Home Goods     Striped throw: Amazon    Galvanized buckets: Hobby Lobby     Wood Sunburst Mirror: Tutorial      Cedar Plank Shiplap wall: Tutorial)

So, how did I take my house from a traditional-tuscan-coastal-who-knows house to become a little more like a farmhouse? It's all in the details :) First, I got a chicken coop, 8 chickens and 2 ducks...:) Just kidding, well, I did, but really that's not what you need. For the decor, I have kept most of my same larger pieces and have decorated around them. Some things have cost more than others. Some things I bought not knowing I liked the farmhouse style, and yet they fit it perfectly. My style has obviously evolved over the years and my taste in things still changes, so this didn't happen over night but it probably could! So although my house isn't a complete 'farmhouse', it's a happy medium for me without changing out everything I own.

When decorating my house, these are the elements I'm drawn to that help add to the whole cozy farmhouse feel:

Metals: I stood clear of most metals back in the day. In fact my house was full of glass instead. But I have slowly started to incorporate metals into my decor. This can be done through trim on furniture pieces, baskets, galvanized buckets and accents. Different types of metals can be used from wrought iron to galvanized steel.

(Rug: Amazon     Clocks: Gordmans      Chair, lamp: Target     Wood table and card catalog: Hobby Lobby      Slip cover ottoman: Tutorial)
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
(Flowers: Michaels      Tray: Home Goods      Lantern: Gordmans      Dice: Tutorial)
Signs and Words: My husband laughs at me when I put signs in obvious places. But for whatever reason, it brings that farmhouse charm in when you put "kitchen" in the kitchen or "toilet" in the bathroom. You can also add words/signs in forms of pillows or stencils on crates like "No. 7". Or have your coffee mug say "coffee".

Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
(Frames: Ikea      Sign: Gordmans      Barn doors: Tutorial)

Rustic Elements: Rustic elements can be anything from wall treatments to small things like old locks and keys you put in a bowl. I'm kind of paranoid about what 'rustic' elements are brought into my house. I know some people can bring in the oldest of things and not think twice about what's living in them, but I can't. So most of my rustic pieces are actually new things that just appear a little worn or old.
(Headboard: Tutorial      Bedding: Crane and Canopy      Nightstand: Tutorial      Lamps: Target      Plaid pillows: Target      Clock: Gordmans      Wrought Iron Decor: Hobby Lobby      Button pillow: Ikea)

Wood: The thing that made the most difference in my home was when I started to bring in wood pieces. The wood just jumps off the white in my house. But, it doesn't always have to be dark wood. It can be light wood and even painted wood too. It's the character of the wood that helps get the feel in most cases.  And I don't care if my woods match. I have dark woods and blonde woods in the same areas all the time.
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
(White Sweater Pillows: Ikea      Quatrefoil mirror: Target     Throw, lamps: Target    Plaid Pillow: Target
Texture: This goes along with the wood. Bringing in texture in forms of other things too like throws, pillows, books, plants, natural fiber rugs, and even wall treatments like shiplap and board and batten. I like to use lots of natural elements as well like sea grass, driftwood, firewood, antlers, and tree branches/twigs from outside.

Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas

Vintage: Vintage items like old fans or clocks bring a world of charm into your space and help give that farmhouse feel. My favorite place to find new 'vintage' clocks is on Amazon and Gordmans. You can also find some other great table decor like old lanterns, scales, and signs.
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
(Fan, clock, 3-tier tray: Gordmans     Coffee mugs: Home Goods)

Baskets/Crates: Look in almost any farmhouse picture and you'll be sure to find baskets, crates or buckets. These are great for layering decor, storage, and adding that farmhouse feel.
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
(Sofa Bed: Ikea      Striped Pillows: Crate and Barrel    Basket and wood box: Gordmans     Olive bucket: Amazon      Candle sticks: Hobby Lobby     Console: Target)
Simple Patterns: Most modern farmhouses don't have a ton of patterns going on in them. If they do, they are kept relatively simple like buffalo check and plaids but usually not coupled with a ton of other patterns. Some other possible patterns are vintage type floral or botanical prints.
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
(Tobacco Basket: Gordmans (similar Amazon)     Buffalo Check Pillow: Target      Bench, rug: Home Goods      Throw: Groop Dealz)

Muted Colors: Another modern farmhouse element is muted colors. Lots of pictures you see on Instagram or blogs right now are whites, neutrals and wood tones. Along with that are more muted tones of blues, greens, and yellows. I have kept my house mainly neutral and white with the wood tones since I just love seeing how the wood jumps off the white.
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
(Vintage Hamper: Amazon     Chevron Pillow, tray, black lantern: Gordmans      Clock: Home Goods     Shiplap wall: tutorial      Faux Fireplace: Tutorial)

Layers: Bring in the layers with lots of pillows and blankets. This helps to give a great cozy farmhouse feel. It doesn't have to just be on the couch or bed though. Layer pillows and blankets into totes or buckets. Also, layering in the form of adding decor to tabletops and walls. For instance, I could have just placed this plant on my table, but instead I placed it in this cute bucket, on top of some books, in a basket. Or place a vase in a tray with other elements on top of a table runner.
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas

Wall Character: This can be in lots of forms from subway tile to shiplap and planking to board and batten. A lot of people like to keep their walls very neutral or white so that they items they put on them pop that much more which makes the shelves or decor give the character other than wall treatments. .
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas

Greenery: There's usually some pops of greenery, faux or fresh, throughout my house. My favorite place to get my faux plants is from Ikea. I then plop them in a galvanize bucket or old vase, usually layered or mixed with other elements on a table or tray.
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas

Barn doors: Barn doors are a huge thing right now, but if you don't have a door way to put them in that works, you can incorporate the idea into smaller scale versions like on a media cabinet. 
Ways to add farmhouse charm and style to your house. Great tips to get the Fixer Upper style and decor ideas

Specific items I have bought to infuse my house with farmhouse style:
Metal olive buckets

Tobacco baskets

Tin signs


Cotton stems
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Green wreaths: Magnolia or Boxwood

Grain sack look pillows/throws

Jute rugs

White slipcovered furniture

Vintage Laundry Basket

Galvanized decor

Striped rug


Barn door (tutorial) and hardware:




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Monday, January 16, 2017

Princess Party Decor and Decorating Ideas

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My sweet little angel had a birthday last week. As usual, I asked her what kind of cake she wanted, and then I draw inspiration from that. She wanted a Barbie cake...again. I did that for her last year. I asked her like 20 times in a month period and it was always the same answer. See, she's the type that if it happens once like that (for anything) that's how it is going to happen every time. I know she probably could have wanted a Barbie party, but I also know how she is so I thought it would be good to give her another option. So, I finally asked her if she would rather do a princess birthday...and she said yes! Thankfully :) Oh, I know it would be have been super simple to do the same ol' thing I did last year; use all the same decor, etc. But I didn't want to tire out the guests with the same thing. Although, I'm sure they wouldn't have minded either. Actually, this was probably only a big deal to me lol. Anyway. I went a little more low key this year then last year, but I wanted to share all the decor and food we had!

We had three places with food and drinks on them. The first and main one was our dining table. I just placed a pink table cover on it, and then some pink tulle to soften it up. On top of that was the cake and most of the yummies.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday cake idea
 I had a few ideas for this cake, but this idea ultimately one. Mainly because I knew how to do it, and it would be easy and serve a lot of people.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday cake idea
 It's two tiered with the top being chocolate fudge and the bottom being cherry chip. The bottom is two layers with cream cheese frosting in the middle. So, I guess technically this was a three tiered cake! I followed this tutorial on doing the rosettes, and used this recipe from Wilton for the buttercream frosting. The bottom was with no color, and the top was just with a drop of red. I doubled the recipe to get enough frosting for the entire cake. Afterwards, I then added small little edible pearls into the middle of each rosette and glitter type sprinkles. I probably shouldn't have put the ribbon in the middle, but I did and then it was too late to take off :)
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday cake idea
 And of course, to top it off, was a cute little tiara!
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday cake idea
 As for the rest of the sugar...umm, food...I made cute little wands using straws and rice crispy treats.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 You can find these straws at most stores now, thankfully. To make these, I just made the original Rice Krispies recipe. Cut them into 2 inch-ish squares then shoved the straws into them. I did have to somewhat shape them with my hands to get a good square that could stand up. I then dipped them into white candy melt. Sprinkled them with gold sprinkles and then drizzled some pink candy melt on top.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 I did the same idea with the pretzels. I spread them out on a baking sheet and then drizzled a lot of white candy melt all over them. I then sprinkled on some pink sprinkles.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 The best thing about birthdays around Valentine's Day is that there's pink candy to use! So, I used these hugs and kisses in a cute little pink bucket.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 Here's the whole set up on this table again. Crazy girly for me, but my sweet little one is as girly as they come! :)
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas and princess birthday cake
 As for the other food, I mixed together some Princess Gold Fish and pink Sixlets into a large bowl. These were a huge hit! I also had a bowl of mixed fruit...because it can't all be pure sugar? Right? Well, technically I guess fruit has a lot of sugar too. At least it's good sugar though ;)
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Princess birthday party food ideas
 I also added pretty pink flowers around the house to tie in the theme.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas.
As for the party favors, I made these cute little mason jars with tiaras on them.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Cute princess birthday party favors
 I just spray painted the lids pink and then hot glued these tiara favors I found from Zurchers onto the tops. I finished them off with a cute "Thank you" tag I found from Hobby Lobby.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Cute princess birthday party favors
 Inside of them are different pink Jelly Belly's and some rock candy. Another big hit!
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Cute princess birthday party favors
 And my little one totally reminded of these at the end of the party and I totally forgot to put them out! But, I was able to hand them out...just no cute display :) These cute wands are from Hobby Lobby.
DIY princess birthday party decor and decorating ideas. Cute princess birthday party favors
And I'm a total 5 sense person, so I want the smell in my house to go with the party theme. So, I used Scentsy's Pink Haze. It smells amazing!

At the end of the party, I was thinking how cute it would be for all the kids to get dressed up as princesses. We have enough princess dresses here I wish I had thought of it sooner!

And as a craft, I grabbed a princess crown kit from Hobby Lobby. They turned out so cute!

Hope you all grabbed some inspiration from this! Cute parties don't have to cost a ton of money! I did all of this for under $100...and there's a lot of decor that you didn't see that's included in that!
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