Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer Home Decorating Ideas: Tour 2018


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Hi friends! Summer is almost here and I'm trying to soak in every second of it! I feel like it doesn't last long around here anymore. Let's just say that I hate snow, so summer is my favorite season and I wish it lasted all year! Today, I'll be sharing some rooms in my house for the Summer Home Tours hosted by the wonderful Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. If you are new here and stopping by from Thistlewood Farm, welcome! I have been a big fan of Karianne's for awhile, go check out her beautiful home if you haven't already!  A little background on my home, I have lived in our custom built house for almost 10 years! Crazy how fast time flies. I have had my ups and downs about moving and finding a place a little more suitable for us, but for now, we are staying. I've slowly been adding the character that I love to our house. We bought it with all beige walls, carpet and tile. Luckily, I've come to adore the walls, we ripped up most of the carpet, and I'm just ignoring the tile :)

You'll notice through this tour that I'm a lover of all things neutral. I do have two kids and a pup...and my husband for that matter...so as you can tell, my stress level is probably pretty high from trying to keep a white house white! haha :) It's really not though :) We live in a comfortable house; I try to not freak out over the little things. In our front room, I'm pretty sure there are like 3 dirty paw prints on the couch that I didn't notice before. My dining room table shows some crazy love from all the years of eating and crafting on it with my children. I'm sure if you look closely in any picture, you'll notice that our house is actually lived in and not perfect. But, it's just the way I like it.

For the summer, I kept this relatively the same from the spring. If it's still making me happy, why change it? I have had some notable changes in a few rooms, so lets get on with the tour :)

My front room does a load of work functioning as a living room, guest room, and play room; it's the first room you'll see off our entry way. 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room. DIY barn doors into living room
Barn Doors: Tutorial

You would never guess that this room is trashed with toys three quarters of the day :) 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.

This ladder adds the perfect functional touch during summer housing away all the blankets. 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.

This bench was the best decision ever. It houses all the play kitchen toys. It's functional and pretty! As for the gallery wall, all these pictures are of my oldest. I decided to create a gallery wall in a special place somewhere in the house dedicated to each child.
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.
Faux fireplace DIY: Tutorial      Wire Hamper: Amazon    Bench: Target

If you read my blog, or heck, even just look around my home, you will quickly notice I am obsessed with pillows and blankets. So, having a place to stash my collection in every room is a must. Most rooms, I have like five places to stash them :) This hamper was an awesome find and adds the perfect charm to this room.
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.
One of my favorite new accessories in here is this bread bowl. This thing is massive! I still need to figure out how the heck to style it. For summer, I just added a whole lot of greens.
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.

Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.

Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.
An addition to this space is my wood sunburst mirror that I made years ago. It was a staple in my dining room, but I decided I wanted a little change in there. So, I moved it back in here. I love how massive it is :) 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.
The topiaries were an awesome yard sale find from a interior designer clearing out her inventory. 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.
I added some new euro pillows to this sofa bed along with a macrame round one. For some reason, these totally speak summer to me :)
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.
Speaking about the sofa bed, this is one from Ikea. You wouldn't believe the amount of storage it has under it! It's the perfect addition to make my front room easily convert into a guest room. 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.

Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room.
Console Table: Target     Sofa Bed: Ikea      Bench: Target     Rug: Rugs USA

Here's a quick glimpse at our entry way. I had it in me to paint all my natural knotty alder years ago and I'm so glad my husband talked me out of it. I just love it now! 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for entry way. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral entry way. Two story entry way inspiration and ideas

Let's get on with the tour and check out my dining room. This is the room where messes happen. It rarely looks like this. My oldest is like a tornado of chaos and this is her stomping ground. I had to peel off so much tape from this table before taking the pictures haha. and don't mind all the nicks and dings...oh, and craft paint. I love the color of it, and I'm so not ready to paint it yet, but it sure shows it's age :)


Summer decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral dining room. Gallery wall in dining room ideas
Jute rug: Amazon    Farmhouse Chairs: Amazon     Striped Turkish Towel/Blanket: Amazon
I obviously like Amazon ;)

Summer decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral dining room. Gallery wall in dining room ideas

Summer decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral dining room. Gallery wall in dining room ideas
My addition in here is the gallery wall full of dried lavender I picked from my garden. I actually loved my sunburst mirror in here, but thought after 5 years of having it here, it was time for a little change. I'm so glad that I love these just as much!
Summer decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral dining room. Gallery wall in dining room ideas

Summer decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral dining room. Gallery wall in dining room ideas

For the table scape, I kept it simple with faux greens and white vases.
Summer decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral dining room. Gallery wall in dining room ideas
The addition of these slipcovered chairs in here made a huge difference in this space. It's like a casual elegance. Plus, I'm all for white stuff that can come off and get washed! Makes my life a whole lot easier :)
Summer decor and decorating ideas for dining room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral dining room. Gallery wall in dining room ideas
As I mentioned before, my other rooms have stayed pretty much the same since the spring tour. Welcome to my living room:
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room. Two story great room or living room ideas.
Shiplap: Tutorial     Media Console: Tutorial      Builtin shelves: Tutorial

Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room. Two story great room or living room ideas.

Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room. Two story great room or living room ideas.
 I had high plans to add some additional board and batten around all the walls in my living room, but ran into a hiccup with things. Until I figure that out, it's going to be staying like this. 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room. Two story great room or living room ideas.
 Here's a glimpse of the gallery wall for my youngest. My husband once accused me of never having any actual pictures of the family in our house. Now I bet he will keep his mouth shut :) I about have a gallery wall full of pictures in every single room. 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room. Two story great room or living room ideas.
 You may have noticed in this picture that I am a little obsessed with stripes at the moment. I wasn't so sure about adding the striped pillows in here with the striped rug, but I never notice it clashing, so I say it's good ;) 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room. Two story great room or living room ideas.
Rug: Amazon      Clock: Tutorial     Ruffle Pillows: Amazon

Summer decor and decorating ideas for living room. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral living room. Two story great room or living room ideas.
 Welcome to my bedroom....which never looks like this. I did really good for about 3 months making the bed every single day and keeping up with laundry. Well, let's just say that that ship has sailed :)
Summer decor and decorating ideas for master bedroom. Gallery wall in bedroom or above bed. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral master bedroom. Vaulted ceilings in master bedroom ideas.
 But, it's totally fun to look at pictures and remember what it could look like. 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for master bedroom. Gallery wall in bedroom or above bed. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral master bedroom. Vaulted ceilings in master bedroom ideas.
Ruffle Pillows: Amazon      Bedding: Crane and Canopy      Lamps: Target      Nightstand: Tutorial

Summer decor and decorating ideas for master bedroom. Gallery wall in bedroom or above bed. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral master bedroom. Vaulted ceilings in master bedroom ideas.
 This looks eerily similar to that in my dining room. I was thinking about taking these frames and putting them in my dining room instead of building new ones. I'm glad I didn't. They just make this room. 
Summer decor and decorating ideas for master bedroom. Gallery wall in bedroom or above bed. Cottage farmhouse decor. White and neutral master bedroom. Vaulted ceilings in master bedroom ideas.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour! Keep an eye out next week, I'm going to be raw and take you on a tour of my real-life house. Like, old cups, food, toys, dirty clothes, all of it...even my kitchen which I never show! :) No holding back on this one. It's fun to look at blog worthy and instagram worthy photos, but I realized how it's completely hard to hold yourself up to those standards, sometimes just plain ruining your day not thinking that you are good enough or that your house is good enough. It's great for inspiration, but sometimes, you just have to know the real life behind those photos, you know? Trust me, we live here and are making memories. My house only looks like this 4 days of the year....and that's probably not every room. If I actually managed to clean every room and keep them all looking nice at the same time for more than 3 seconds, I deserve some sort of award :) 

Next on the tour is Hymns & Verses, you won't be disappointed! Go check her beautiful house out :) And if you want to continue on and see the rest of the tours from this week, check them out below: 

Monday – June 11

Tuesday – June 12

Wednesday – June 13
Thursday – June 14
Fri –June 15


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

DIY Vintage Farmhouse Door Tutorial For Front Porch


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I'm not sure what to really call this thing. It's like a door, but miniature. Heavy like a door for sure :)  I'm just using it on my porch, but there are a ton of different ways you can display it and put it in your house. I found something similar to this at a vintage sale I went a few months back, and they were asking gobs of money for it, like $130. Yeah. It was so cute, me and my friend had to make one for ourselves. We made both of ours for about $16 each...minus the wreath and bow. So, total, maybe in the low $20s.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

I've been loving my porch this past year ever since I redecorated it and thought this would be the perfect addition.

The supplies I used:
1 piece of bead board cut at 18x32" (I bought a 32"x48"' piece and cut mine to size)
1 piece of 1/4" plywood 18x24" (I bought a 2x4' piece and cut it to size)
2 - 2x4s miter cut so the longest side is 57"
2 - 2x4s miter cut so the longest side is 23.5"
1 - 2x4 cut at 16.5"
Nail gun/ 1" nails
1" screws
Mending plates
Paint
Java glaze
Vinyl "welcome" (got mine from the Silhouette store)
Ribbon or bow
Hanger
Wreath

First step: If you didn't have the lumber store cut your wood yet, do that. I used my Dremel Ultra Saw to cut both my bead board and plywood to size.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I then lined up the bead board and plywood on the ground and left a little gap in the middle. I measured the length of the two boards first and made that the longest length of the two side 2x4s (57"). I then placed those together an decided on the width of the top and bottom boards. (that's where I got the measurements from above) I made sure my 2x4s overlapped the plywood and bead board by about an inch on the sides.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 Once the boards were cut, I laid them on a flat surface and squared them.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I then used mending plates to secure all of them together. You can also use wood glue and a 2" screw through the side to help it stay secure.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I then measured the middle section and cut out the middle 2x4 to fit, which was 16.5". At his point, I also measured about 22" down from the top on both sides and placed the top of my 2x4 on these points. I didn't do this until I realized I needed to at the end, but at this point, use mending plates to secure the 2x4 middle section to the sides.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I placed the plywood on the top and secured it in place using my nail gun.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I then placed the bead board on the bottom and secure that too. At this point, I decided to secure the corners with the screws to give it more stability.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 Now that it was all together, I painted it with some white latex paint.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I decided to give it a little wear and distressed the edges and some of the wood with sandpaper.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I used some glaze on the edges and in the middle part on the bead board.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I made my bow and secured it to the center of the middle 2x4. I also added the hanger on the bead board for my wreath.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I chose this "welcome" from the Silhouette design store and cut it out with my Silhouette. I used some transfer tape to place it on the board.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 And here it is all done!
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

 You can't see it very well on my porch from this angle, but I think it added the perfect 'welcoming' touch :)
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 I did end up scrunching up the bow a little bit to give it more bounce. I wasn't too happy with the rigidity of it before.
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
 The wreath I got from Hobby Lobby. I don't recall how much that cost, but I know they still carry it (at least as of me writing this post :) ).
DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.
This porch has come a long way since this:
DIY porch decor and decorating ideas.
Yeah. It seriously looked like that, maybe worse for years :/ Nothing like a first impression coming into my house, huh? lol Sometimes things just tend to get neglected....which makes it that more fun to spruce them up! :)


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DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

DIY Farmhouse barn door porch decor. Vintage door decor for your porch. Porch decor and decorating ideas.

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