Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Top 6 Market Bags and Styling Tips

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Shaker pegs and hooks are a popular thing now! They have become a new place to style for each season. I have some in my dining room, kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom! They are great for organization and for decor. My favorite thing to hang on them are market bags! Market bags are both useful and pretty :) I went on a spree and bought 6 different market bags from Amazon, and here's my thoughts on them and how I styled each one:) 


First off, here's a video of the first set of bags I'll share. Truthfully, I wasn't sure what quality any of these bags were. Some were below $10, and all were under $25. There were some really cute bags that were more expensive....but being that I'm a little thrifty, I decided to see how these ones turned out. 


(click on the pictures to shop! or click here for the complete store) *prices shared here may have change due to how the amazon market fluctuates.

This first bag is the most purse-like bag. It's soft and has a great lining, and a decent size too! As of the day of purchase this was the most expensive at a whopping $20 :) I have this styled in my bedroom with some faux greenery hanging out the side. 
The second bag was under $10 with the best color! The weave is a little looser, but has a liner and small pocket. The size is comparable to the first one. I styled it on this accordion peg rack with some fall stems.
The third bag is the most stiff, made of straw , but has the cutest little handle! This is definitely a hand bag, and also has a liner. Out of all the bags, this is my favorite! Being that it's stiffer, it may not hold has much but it's about the same size as the others. It's a perfect bag to use on those pegs! I simply added some fall stems to the side and called it good!


Here's the video for part 2 and the second set of bags:

This bag is the same as one of the ones above, just in a more natural color. I see this as a perfect bag to go to the farmers market and throw some fruits and veggies in! It has a looser weave and a liner.
I think it's cute enough to just hang by itself on the shaker pegs in my kitchen. It's a great neutral tone to go with most anything.
These next two market bags are big! They are both made out of jute and are super sturdy. The first one has a cute stripe right down the middle. Besides styling it in my dining room with some flowers, it's definitely cute just hanging on a ladder ready to go! 

This version of the jute bag has a cute Paris print. There are also other prints available! 
What do you think? What's your favorite way to display your market bags? 

I'm sharing even more steals on my reels on my Instagram :) Come check them out! 
 
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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

How To Decorate For Fall With No Pumpkins

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Welcome! Today I'm joining the Fall Home Tours  hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life where over 30 bloggers get together to share seasonal decor of their homes!  If you are stopping by on the blog tour hop from This Is Our Bliss, welcome! Isn't Rachael's home beautiful and full of inspiration?

Well, I did it. I managed to decorate most of my home for fall without using any pumpkins. Serious! Last year I went overboard with pumpkins (see here), and then I realized why is it that "pumpkins" signify fall decor? So, this year, I have yet to bring out a single pumpkin and managed to decorate all the main areas of my house for fall...and I love it! It's subtle and it's nice. Up until today, the weather around here has been in the 90s and 100s...and then it dropped and rained and now I'm drinking hot chocolate and have the heater on. ha! So, when I started decorating for fall, I was not feeling it all. But now, I'm "okay' with it. That just means I'm not happy about it, but it's here so I have to deal :) So...I'm dealing, and the way I'm dealing is decorating with no pumpkins. 

I'm sharing some tips on how to decorate for fall and still create a cozy space without using a single pumpkin. Are you ready?

1: Bring in warm tones and colors. With a neutral color palette, it's super easy to add in warmer colors with woods, beiges, browns and burnt orange. 

2: Bring in texture! Texture is always a great way to bring in warmth into the house for the cooler months. Besides the normal texture from my rug and wall, I added it in the form of the blankets, pillows and even the basket and fall foliage. My buffet table contains a ton of textures too with the linens, woods, and apothecary drawers.

3: Add flannels and plaids. Flannels and plaids are a total sign that the weather is about to turn or it has! Even for my wardrobe, I bring out all the flannels and plaids during the fall...it's not different for my house. I add the two throughout my home with throw blankets, pillows, scarves draped on tables, and table runners.

4: Add layers. I take away layers during the summer, and add them all back during the fall! Layers are all about the cozy factor!  I have multiple different layers on my buffet, along with on my table with the runner, blankets and pillows, and the basket of fall stems. 
5: Add fall foliage, real or fake! When you skip out on the pumpkins, you gotta signify fall in more ways, like using fall foliage. Using warmer tones for fall stems is a great way to do it. Also bringing in stems from outside, or dried sprigs and wheat.
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In this basket, I layered the stems with loose book pages to bring in more interest and to hide the ugly bare stems on the bottom.



6: Bring in warmer lighting in the form of candles. I'm teaching an interior design class right now and today we focused on how important lighting is in a home, from natural lighting to electric to even fires! The warmth of candles is so cozy to me and I have them lit all the time around my house during the cooler months. Although, these aren't lit now, the candles on my buffet will be and will more than likely make their way to the table during evening time to create that cozy glow.

7: Add things that may remind you of fall. We go berry and apple picking at the end of summer and beginning of fall. This basket reminded me of an apple picking basket so I used it for my centerpiece. I went simple on my centerpiece since this basket is so large along with fall stems. I wanted them to take center stage!
Tucked behind those candles on my buffet is an apple picking basket lid! This is a perfect fall element along with the fact it brings in the warm tones and texture. 

And since this is tour of my dining room too, here are some more pictures of the space :) 

I added lots of layers my buffet, but kept it simple and didn't add any fall stems. I didn't want this space to compete with the large centerpiece. 
Here's the dining room from this other angle. Behind that wall, something special is happening this week to my kitchen! I can't wait to share when it's all done :) ... or you can get some sneak peaks on my social media. 
 

I love sharing wider angles because I like to look at wider shots of other people's spaces to get a better feel for the space....so here's one of my whole dining room.
Also, here's a full view looking right into my dining room, and the fall centerpiece. I love how easy this space was to design this year for fall! It had so many easy fall decorating ideas...that included no pumpkins!  I'm excited to share the rest of my house with you in the coming weeks! 

Continue on with more fall inspiration Thursday by going to Our Southern Home. I always love the way Christy decorates for each season! And you can find all the tours that are going on this week below. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Late Summer Cottage Porch Decor

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I am a summer girl at heart. The hotter temps, the better! You can find me all day long out here on my porch or on my backyard patio. I bring out my laptop to work, or a book to read. As the summer has progressed though, I realized how nice it would be to do a little "late summer" cleaning on my porch, and make it even more inviting. It wasn't awful, but sometimes just a few new things make all the difference.

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I made these outdoor patio chairs 5 years ago for this space, and they are still holding strong! I actually impressed that the paint has held up pretty well too. I found these cushions to go with them from Target. I hit a sale and got them for super cheap back when I made the chairs. 

For the refresh, I changed out the old rug with this new one. This is actually it's second year. But I did decide to layer this jute rug on top of it just recently. I bring it in when the storms come through to keep it looking nice!
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I added this cute little wood stool and am using it as a plant stand. This stool has made it's rounds around my house, and I never really found a good spot for it. I love it out here! It was the perfect piece to help finish off the look.  

The two wood and metal pieces flanking the french doors were found at a local antique store. I don't thing they are antique, but I do love the character they add here. 

I also added these new(ish) pillows to the chairs. They were actually on my back patio, but decided to bring them up here. These are covers I found on Amazon and just put them on some outdoor pillows. They have lasted great for two years so far! 
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I had to snap this picture coming out of the door today. It just made me smile. I think every space in your house should make you smile when you walk by it! I know not all of mine do, but I try my hardest to make them get that way. If you only knew how many times I just shut the door on some rooms/places in my house to ignore them :) 
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One of my favorite things about my patio now is that Aero, our kitty, loves to sit on the chairs. A long time ago, there was a neighbor cat that would sleep on these in the early morning. I only ever caught him doing it once, but I saw his hair on it all the time. It's my favorite thing to have him curl up on this chair while I'm on the other. Or better yet, to open the door in the morning to let him and find him sleeping here. 
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Also, here's a glimpse of the other side of this space. Don't mind all the cobwebs...haha, just getting ready for Halloween! No but, for real. These little moth web things kill me; they are all over the side of my porch. I take them down...they come back up, and on and on. It's a losing battle so far.

A long time ago...well 5 years ago and before I built those chairs, this is what my porch looked like. It was a serious waste! I didn't even sit on those chairs. I can't recall really ever being out here. 
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And now it's my oasis away from the chaos inside! Next step is to paint those doors. They have seen better days. I really want to paint them black, but I'm thinking that won't match my house especially since the garage to the left of the porch is this same brown. What do you think? Paint it a darker brown or black? ...or white? I don't know! And that's why it's still like this, ha! 
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In just a couple of weeks, this area will be covered in fall and pumpkins. I hate saying that, because I'm a summer girl....and fall is just a precursor to ugly winter. And we have winter around here for like 8 months. It's annoying and ridiculous and I need to move! :) haha

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