Thursday, January 18, 2018
I have missed you all so much. I have had so little time to blog or visit blogs over the past few months. I'm so grateful for Instagram so I am able to keep up with some of you there. It is so much easier for me to scroll through IG when I have a few minutes here and there. I am going to try my best to get back to blogging at least 1-2 times per month. It's one of my 2018 goals. We shall see...:)
I know many of you have seen my bedroom remodel on Instagram but I wanted to share some more pictures here for those who have not seen it. This is one of the many reasons I have been so busy the last few months. Well, this and my bathroom remodel and life in general. I'll share pictures of it soon. We still have a few things to finish in both rooms, but they are both about 90% complete.
In the months leading up to the remodel, I knew I wanted to keep the colors neutral and use different textures and metals. My vision turned out even better than I had imagined. Come on in for a tour. My room is not very large but I tried to maximize the space by using smaller scaled furniture pieces. We covered the walls in tongue and groove wood and stained three of the four walls white and one dark. We also put new laminate flooring in that we aready had to match the rest of our home. We hope to upgrade to hardwood some day.
I reused the curtains I already had as well as the duvet and pillows on the bed. There was nothing wrong with them and I still enjoy them. They fit the color scheme so I saved money by keeping them. I love my new headboard and foot board. I found it on Wayfair for a great deal and it had excellent reviews. I have loved these types of beds my whole life. My granny had one when I was a kid and I just love the old fashioned look. It goes well with my eclectic farmhouse style.
I purchased our furniture pieces at Ikea. I love their furniture and feel it is great quality for the price. I also like the smaller scale. Most of the dressers and nightstands I looked at at other places were really large and just seemed too overpowering for the room. The Hemnes collection at Ikea fit the bill perfectly. I scored free shipping during a special they had a couple months ago and got a couple pieces on sale. I was able to purchase the dresser, two nightstands, and the glass front bookcase as well as a few small items for the same cost as a dresser at another store.
We have mounted the tv on the wall above the dresser since I took this photo and we are adding something on either side that I will share soon. I have a pretty new perfume tray on one side...
and a few other pretties on the other. I already had most of the decor I used. The wax warmer on the left was an unexpected Christmas gift and happened to work perfectly with my decor in here. I love that it has a timer as well and will turn off after 3, 6, or 9 hours depending on where I set it. I like the warm glow it gives as well as the heavenly scent.
I am hoping to purchase the cathedral window mirrors on Decor Steals when they have them back in stock again. I want two to hang over out nightstands.
This piece is my favorite! Of course you know I love a bookcase! This one is a beauty. The two boxes on top hold accessories for my wax warmer and my essential oils.
Let's have a look inside....
here are the top two shelves...
ans the bottom two. The baskets are basically empty. They are designed to fit this bookcase so I purchased two for extra storage as we need it.
I especially like this pretty glass box I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby about a year ago. It holds most of my bookmark collection. That pretty wooden one on top was a sweet Christmas gift.
In the evening, my timer tea lights come on and adorn the bookcase and other areas with small points of light. It gives the room such a soft, warm glow.
Here's another angle.
I reused this wall art I created a few years ago. I still love it.
I purchased this piece on clearance from Hobby Lobby last year and have just been saving it for the remodel. It's pretty large and I love it!
I love the simplicity of the nightstands. They are the perfect size. I found the wicker jug at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $10 just after Christmas. I love it!
I bought matching lamps on clearance at Lowe's a couple months ago for $10 each and then bought the shades at Target. The nail head trim was a perfect match for the base of the lamp. It was a match made in heaven. The little plant and basket holder are from Ikea. I love their artificial plants and they are so affordable.
I didn't take a picture of the hubby's nightstand but his has the same lamp and a diffuser. We diffuse lavender oil at night to help him sleep. Actually you can see the diffuser in the photo below. This is an evening shot with the lights on over our bed. They are pretty even when they are off. They look like the were half dipped in mercury. They are a shiny silver color. I bought them on clearance at Michael's before Christmas.
This picture is making me want to go to bed. :)
It's evening as I type this post. It's been a busy week at school and I am tired. Tomorrow is Friday though so I can make it! It has been pretty miserable the past few weeks. We have had some really cold weather. It was 22 degrees when I left for work this morning...brrr! I am so ready for it to warm up. I don't know how some of you do it! Anywho, I have lots of things to share with you as time allows. I appreciate your dedication so much and thank you for visiting. I'm going to try to catch up with you all soon. Have a lovely Friday and weekend.
Until next time.....
Monday, November 6, 2017
I don't know about you, but I have become a fan of faux greenery over the past few years. I love having pops of green scattered throughout my home.
While I would love to have real plants in my home, it is just not possible. As many of you know, I live in the woods and due to that fact, my home does not get much natural light. I have tried a couple different houseplants over the years but haven't had much success with them.
So, I was excited when I was contacted by a company called HedgeScapes asking if I would like to give an honest review of one of their products. I decided to go have a look around to see if they had anything I wanted. I only wanted to choose a product that I knew I would use and enjoy. I was thrilled to see they had topiaries.
I have always loved topiaries! These came in a set of two which was even better. I put my request in and received my package promptly. I was excited to open it and see if they looked as realistic as they had online.
I was not disappointed. They look very realistic, from the foliage, to the stem and even the pot looks like it has dirt in it. The clay pots are really nice as well.
When I ordered them, I had intentions of using them in my bedroom after we remodel, but since we aren't finished with that project, I decided to use them in the dining room for the holidays. I couldn't bear to leave them sitting in the box for months.
I really do love them! I have been asked to review a few products over the years and have only done so a couple of times. I won't review anything I wouldn't consider purchasing myself.
I recently updated this space with my new cow pictures above the buffet, so here's a couple shots of it now. I am in love with the whole look!
I hope you enjoyed as well.
If you are like me and like using faux greenery around your house, you may want to check out HedgeScapes for yourself.
Again, I received these topiaries in exchange for my honest review of these products.
If you are a blogger and are interested in reviewing a HedgeScapes product yourself, leave me a message and I will direct you to the representative.
I have lots of life updates I hope to share soon. I hope you are all well and have a wonderful week!
Until next time.....
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Hello friends and welcome back or welcome if you are visiting for the first time. I thought it was a good time to write a blog post since I have a little extra time on my hands today. I have been trying to do some fall cleaning and a little sprucing up around the house and thought I would share my living room with you today. Not a lot has changed, but enough has to share so here we go.
Back in April I shared that I moved my vintage record cabinet from the craft room to the living room. It is still here and I like it here for now. I did change the decor on top but that is all. We are hoping to build an entry off the front of our home eventually. I have always wanted an entry with a coat closet and a place to drop things off to keep the living room a little less cluttered. That is a project for down the road though as we have other more important things lined up first. We are still working on the master bathroom and then the master bedroom will be next. I am so ready to finish those rooms!
I purchased new living room rugs. You can see the one at the door here. It matches the bigger one. I also took down the dark grey patterned curtains and put up some tan and white ones that let more light in.
You can see the big rug here. I love it...the colors are cream and tan with cerulean blue as an accent color. It is really pretty. I purchased them from Wayfair.
I also purchased some new pillows at JoAnne's Fabrics earlier in the week. I love the black and cream buffalo check and think it is perfect for fall and winter.
I love the saying on this pillow.
Our home is very important to us...it is our happy place!
A few weeks ago I purchased the wooden box at Michael's to house the dog toys.
It says Play. :)
I found this pretty cream and green bouquet at JoAnne's also and love it. I am using more subdued colors for fall this year. I just placed the bouquet in a vase and sat it on top of a place mat along with a couple coffee table books and a coaster.
Isn't it pretty?
I printed a new piece for the gallery wall clipboard. I still love my gallery wall!
I purchased a snuggly, soft new blanket to coordinate with the new rug and curtains a little better. I really want to recover my ottoman but haven't gotten around to it yet.
I placed this pillow from Ikea on my chair as well since I bought the new ones for the couch.
The copper chicken wire basket on the bottom shelf of my side table holds magazines as well as tissues, lotion, and a couple different zipper bags that contain anything from earbuds to eyeglass cleaners. I like to keep often used things handy.
The top just holds a cute Hobby Lobby frame with a photo of the hubby and I, a candle from Target which smells heavenly, a coaster, and a small lamp.
No major changes, but just enough for it to feel fresh and new again. I am enjoying the simple changes. Hopefully I will have a new bathroom to share soon!
I hope you are doing well and enjoying fall weather. We haven't had any real fall like weather yet...just a hint in the air occasionally. Enough to make us want it to hurry up and get here. Have a lovely week ahead and until next time.....
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Hello friends...pull up a chair and visit!
I'll be sweet and let you sit in my pretty new hot pink desk chair! It makes my happy place even happier, don't you think?
I thought I would pop in and share a few happies from the past few days. Life has slowly resumed to normal after Irma left town. We were without power for 5 days but no complaints here....my home is still standing and for that I am forever grateful!
The hubby and I went out over the weekend and I had the urge to do a little shopping. I went to Michael's and TJ Maxx and had success in both stores. I found this little cotton pad organizer for the bathroom...if we ever finish it!
I also found this sweet little sign at TJ Maxx and it had to come home with me. The concept of Hygge was a new one to me when I first heard the word in the spring. I love it and bought two books about it. This is the lifestyle I have always adored...maybe I'm Danish. :)
I bought this metal basket to use in the master bathroom as well. We are using satin nickel fixtures and I thought this would tie in nicely to organize something.
I bought a new lanyard for my school ID and keys and a cute new pencil bag at Michael's. I am such a sucker for black and white stripes!
I also picked up these cute little organizing bins. They were 60% off and super cheap.
The adorable little treat bags called my name as well. I will bake some cookies to share one day soon. They have a clear front to see the cookie inside.
I love these Iris bins for organizing at home and at school. These went to school with me. They were on sale 3 for the price of 1!
I also snagged a couple MAMBI sticker books which are my favorite for my planners. They were half off that day as well.
I picked up a few other things, but they were gifts so no sharing on the blog....just in case! We visited my mother-in-law over the weekend as well and I couldn't help but pick acorns off some of the hundreds of fallen branches from the hurricane. I will place them in a bowl or jar for fall. By the way, my mother-in-law had her PET scan today and her cancer is still gone! Such amazing news! She has lost two of her sisters in the past two weeks though so that is sad news. Tomorrow is the funeral for one of them.
Happy news again....my cousin has a new baby girl and I am just a tad smitten with her....is she not beautiful? Miss Clarissa has stolen my heart!
While shopping at TJ Maxx over the weekend, I picked up these two adorable chairs on clearance for my classroom. They are the cutest!
And finish out our little classroom library perfectly.
I went to Miranda's childhood best friend's wedding last night. It was absolutely gorgeous! As was my Miranda...see for yourself. She was the maid of honor.
The venue is a farm not too far from my home. It is called 7 Hills Farm and is absolutely idyllic for any event but especially a wedding.
Look at the bathroom counter! A huge slab of cypress with buckets for sinks and pitcher pump faucets. I love the huge chain holding the counter up!
And here is the happy couple...Liz & Alex.
The barn from the outside.
Chandeliers hang from the open rafters throughout the barn.
The ceremony spot was all lit up when I left the reception. Beautiful...that's a chandelier hanging in the center.
The silo, which serves as a serving spot/bar was so pretty lit up as well.
Everything was gorgeous! I enjoyed it so much.
I hope you all are having a lovely week. Tomorrow is Friday and I am so happy. It has been a good week but a super busy one and I am ready for some down time. I hope you all enjoy your Friday and weekend. Until next time.....