Thursday, February 11, 2016

7 Easy Ways To Decorate For Spring...Without Flowers

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7 Easy ways to decorate for spring without adding flowers. Great tips and lists of things to buy

Decorating for Spring can be fun and it's great to finally get your house out of the Winter blues. But, sometimes, flowers aren't my thing. Especially since it's pretty hard to get beautiful real flowers around where I live. Spring to me is just a brighter Winter, with lots of added texture and few pops of color. Spring also reminds me of the beach and the coast. So, here's some awesome decor ideas and products you can use to bring Spring into your home without adding flowers!

LET'S START FROM THE GROUND UP
Let's talk about brightening up the floors. Rugs are like the shoes to a room. You change your boots to flipflops or flats when Spring comes around, so it's a good idea to swap out your rugs too!  I love bringing natural jute rugs into my dining space and living spaces. They have great texture and also bring a little coastal vibe. Moroccan rugs are also a great way to bring in Spring through bright colors and pattern.
 (Source: Jute rug, Moroccan rug)

CHANGE OUT SOME CHAIRS
Another great way to bring a breath of fresh air to a space is changing up the chairs- side chairs or even dining chairs. Don't want to buy a whole new set of chairs? Think about cute slipcovers!

CHANGE OUT THE CURTAINS
Take the dark drapes down and put up fresh airy curtains! Go all white or add a fun pattern.

   (Source: white ruffle curtains , trellis pattern curtains.)

YOUR TABLE NEEDS SOME LOVE TOO
Dress your table up with cute new chargers, place mats, silverware holder or a table runner.
 



NOW FOR THE OTHER TABLES
Not all vases are for flowers :) Place vases with sticks in them on console tables around the house or leave them empty. Bring in lanterns and books to complete the look.


   (Source: birch vases, lantern )



GET THE WALLS INVOLVED TOO


Paint is an obvious choice to bring the most dramatic change to a room, but how about you spice it up with some color and a stencil? Just paint one wall to bring in a little happiness that you can change later!

   (Source: stencil)

ACCENT PILLOWS STEAL THE SHOW
The easiest way by far, and cheapest usually, is to change out your accent pillows with new ones. Or just change out the cover! I'm loving  yellows, greys,and teals this year.


In full disclosure, you'll probably see some faux flowers hanging out around my place, but these are just some ideas to get you started on decorating your home even if you really hate flowers! Now to go find me some tulips.... ;)

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Model Home Monday

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Oh Mondays...how I wish you were really Fridays :) But luckily these model homes get shown here on Mondays. So, I guess there's that lol. This house was pretty to walk through. I couldn't quite get the vibe for what the design was. Comfy modern? Shabby industrial? Not sure :) It's cute though!

Here's the living room. Modern...
Living room decor and decorating ideas
 meets comfy industrial :)
Living room decor and decorating ideas
 Here's the kitchen. I like the black counters with the white cabinets. And let's talk about those stools, shall we? Amazing.
White kitchen decor and decorating ideas
 The dining room:
Dining room decor and decorating ideas
 Here's the master bedroom.
Master bedroom decor and decorating ideas

Sliding barndoor on master bathroom
 And the master bath:
Master bedroom decor and decorating ideas
 The cutest little girls room.
Girls bedroom decor and decorating ideas
 I am in LOVE with this daybed. So sweet!
Girls bedroom decor and decorating ideas
 Guest bathroom:
Guest bathroom decor and decorating ideas
 Lake themed little boys room with a net for a window valance.
Boys bedroom decor and decorating ideas

Boys bedroom decor and decorating ideas
 Another boys room. Love the rope on the window :)
Boys bedroom decor and decorating ideas

Boys bedroom decor and decorating ideas
 Here's the entryway. I am in love with this door.
Entryway decor and decorating ideas
The loft upstairs was pretty big but lacking much decor, so here's a little corner of it :) Crooked lampshade and all lol Does that bug anyone else as much as it bugs me? :)
Loft decor and decorating ideas
 And the mudroom. I've gone through quite a lot of model homes lately...and every.single.mudroom. looks like this. Every one. I think it might be time to spice things up a little bit :)
Mudroom decor and decorating ideas
Hope you enjoyed! I have a surprise for next week :) So be sure to check that out!

Home designer: Candlelight Homes.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Big Girl Bedroom Makeover

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 The below post contains products or services I have received for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

It's been a long time coming, but I finally put the finishing touches on my little one's big girl bedroom and am super excited to share with you how it all came together!
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 The best part of the process was that I was able to use a lot of what I already had to finish off the room. It's always fun shopping your own house :) The only problem was trying to decide on a bed to use since her toddler bed was converted from a crib that our current baby is using. It was either buy a new crib or get a new bed. I figured it would be better to have a new bed than two cribs :)
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 Luckily I've had the opportunity to work with an amazing company in the past, and once again they pulled out all the great stuff for this bedroom! This canopy bed is compliments of DHP Furniture. I was looking from something obviously a little girly and one with some rails in hopes that it would detour some amount of occurrences of falling off the bed. This bed fit all the criteria, and most of all, my little girl LOVED it. I would show pictures to her, telling her that this was the bed she was going to get and she just couldn't stop talking about it.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
I did have a tough time finding a mattress for this. The twin mattress we had was way to tall since it was a pillowtop and also a little to small, leaving gaps everywhere. So, of course as a concerned mom, that wasn't going to work. The mattress we ultimately ended up getting is from Signature Sleep, the Memoire 8. We have the Memoire 12 on our bed and love it! So, I figured it would be a great bed for our girl too. You can check out the video at the bottom of the post for how it comes shipped in a box and my unboxing of it :)
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 For the canopy curtains, I used some curtains I found at Ikea. They were about $4 a pair. I had them draped and tied up in a cute little bow for a little bit, but ultimately my sanity got the best of me and I decided to keep it simple and cut them to fit. I then used some of the left over scraps to tie a bow and secure them.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
The bedding is from Target. It's actually really cute when it's all draped. The two larger pillows are from Home Goods. And the mirror was from her nursery and was actually passed down from my mom. I had it in my bathroom growing up, so it's fun seeing it in here now :)
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 I wanted to do something above the board and batten, like a polka dot wall, but decided to keep it simple. But it still felt blank. I found these cute little sayings from Hobby Lobby that fit great! And went with the color scheme wonderfully.

Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom

Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 Here's a little peak into this corner. All of these items (besides the owl) were from storage or her original nursery.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 The chair was a mother's day present from my husband 3 years ago. I moved it out of the living room a few months back and thought it would be great in here. The nightstand was my old one before I made the apothecary cabinet. I used that tray years ago for jewelry and it has been in storage for years. I'm glad I was able to bring it back :)
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 And the lamp was from her nursery also. I had bought it from Target for a song awhile back. My husband broke the top off but you can't even tell :) And the owl. I was afraid she would be frightened of this thing, but she loves it. I was actually planning on moving it, but she freaked out when I suggested it. So, there it stays lol
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 I was tempted to move this little 'mobile' since she no longer looks up at it mesmerized like she did when she was a baby. But, I just couldn't bare losing it from her room. I knew the space would look so empty without it. They will probably stay there until she's a teenager lol :)
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 As for the other half of her room, it's a little cluttered...or so it looks in the picture. But in reality, it feels just right.

Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 My little girl loves to play 'tea party', so I knew I wanted to create a spot for that in this room. I didn't have much room to do so but I squeezed it in :) These chairs are also from DHP Furniture. They are the Fusion Metal Dining Chairs in white. I have great plans for them when it gets warmer outside too! But, until then, they look so cute in here :) and they are her perfect little height.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 The table is actually just one from Ikea that I hot glued some left over curtain mesh onto. I wasn't so fond of the metal chairs with the metal table, so I had to girl it up a little bit ;)
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 The artwork in this little corner is also from Hobby Lobby. The E is from Home Goods and the orchid was picked out by my little girl from Ikea.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom

 The pillow fabric is from Hobby Lobby also.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 As for what sits on her dresser...it's mostly mementos. The purple bear was the first stuff animal she ever picked out on her own from a cute little shop by us. She would not let go of that thing. I think it cost $20 or so, which is like way above what I would normally spend. But she had it in her crib ever since we bought it. 
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 There's her ultrasound picture in the frame, and her dress from her blessing hanging up. That flower print on the wall is just fabric wrapped around an old frame I had lying around.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 I made this ladder for her nursery along with those frames and just couldn't bare to part with them either. It's probably what makes this area feel cluttered, but a mom has a choice to hold on to these things, right? :)
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 This is oddly one of my favorite parts of her room. This was also in the nursery but I don't think it ever made it to the blog. That dresser I got free from a neighbor and painted it. The box holds all her first drawers and handprints and what not. The bear was mine from when I was a little girl.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 And the butterflies I bought from Target awhile ago. I also made that frame along with the other two hanging on the ladder.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
 And there you have it! This room just makes me so happy walking into it, especially with the curtains and blinds open and the sun just pouring in. It's so bright in here. I could probably stay in here all day.
Cute decorating ideas for girls bedroom
As for my cost for this room? It was minimal, thanks to DHP :)
Artwork: $50
Bedding: $50ish
Curtains: $16

Want a crazy before picture? This is before the nursery and when I used it as a guest room. Like the first month we moved into the house :)
Here's the unboxing of our mattress! Yep. It comes in a box. Amazing, huh? :)
You can find more information and inspiration about DHP at these links:
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