Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Porch Decor

The Porch Is Ready For Spring

When I was putting away my Christmas Holiday Decor, I just couldn't make myself store the shutter's.  I loved using them with the galvanized tubs at Christmas.  So I was excited to see these hanging baskets with a cute little welcome tag.  

I just filled my tubs with pansies (for the early spring) and placed a grapevine wreath around the rim of the tub.  Then I placed the shutter at the back of the tub and just leaned it against the house.  

The hanging baskets I ordered from Amazon and hung at the bottom of the light fixtures.  Then off the Hobby Lobby for some floral stems.  

I also added some fresh stems from the yard and can replace them as other flowers and stems begin to grow this summer.

So this was a simple and inexpensive update for spring.  By adding just one new piece to the porch and rearranging what I had used for the holidays, the porch is ready for spring.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Planning a Forever Home

Things to remember when building/remodeling your forever home

I was speaking with a young friend a few days ago and she is in the process of planning a new home for her family.  As we talked, I shared some things that my husband and I did as we were planning our forever home.  I thought some of these ideas might be valuable to other's planning a new home or remodeling an existing home. 

Our forever home

Make a list

When we decided we wanted to downsize and start living a more simple life style, we had to make some hard choices. We also wanted to build this house and be debt free.  In order to do this we had to be budget minded.
What do we want to keep in our new life style and what can we live without?
So the first thing we did was take an inventory of all the things about our current (much to big) home that we loved and would miss.  Where did we spend our time and what's worth the money? What are the things we don't want to live without.

Friday, February 16, 2018

DIY Hutch Makeover

From Blah to Farm style!

The search for the perfect size hutch is finally over.   My daughter has a very limited amount of space for a hutch in her dining room.  With a limited budget, we have been searching thrift stores for months to find the perfect piece.  

Not many people would walk past this lovely hutch!  But the "before" was a different story.   The piece was very dated and the glass shelves were missing.  However, it was a solid wood piece and the price was perfect.  

Only $50.00  SCORE

Friday, February 2, 2018

Touches of Romance

Happy February!  

Just a few pics to share how I add a little romantic feel to the house this month!

I don't add a lot of Valentines Day décor.  Just little small touches for me.  

First, my pantry door, with the chalk board section, is my go to for seasonal change.  

All I've done so far is add a heart.  That may change the closer to the big heart day we get.  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winter Decor Tips - Beat the Winter Blah's

Winter Décor

How to decorate for winter when you have the after Christmas Blah's!

Let's put that house back together

After the holiday's it's hard to get your décor mojo back.  After all the shiny ornaments and color, everything feels dull and Blah!  

So how can you get your home back into photo worthy shape and not spend a fortune doing so?  

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for winter décor, plus a few Instagram friends shared their best ideas as well.  

One universal tip was to shop your own home.  You probably have  a pile of décor items in a closet that you stored to make room for holiday décor.  I suggest pulling everything out and think outside the box.  Don't place everything back where it was.  Open yourself to new ideas.  I love using items in unusual places.