Entry- way rehab!

Our entry way is not so bad. In fact, it’s way better than it used to be. And there are a lot of things I actually like about it.

I love that really cute built in coat tree that my dad built, I love the little shelf above it, and y’all know I love some wooden signs with quotes on them.

So let’s talk about what I don’t love.

I don’t love that builder grade front door. I want one that looks like this:

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I also don’t love that builder grade light fixture. It’s not in the picture, but it’s one of those “boob lights.” Very ordinary and no character. I’m digging this schoolhouse flushmount instead.

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That LL Bean water hog mat can stay right where it is, but an umbrella stand would sure be nice. I like this one from Magnolia Home.

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I also love this console table and how well it fits in the space, but I also get annoyed sometimes that the table catches everything and becomes a drop zone.

Maybe a bench would change that. It’d also be nice to have someplace to sit down and take my shoes off. I like this one at Kirklands.

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I’m not entirely sure yet how I’ll change up our little entry but I know I’ll be making most of these changes gradually. Stay tuned!!

And come back this week for a bathroom reveal and a unique and rustic jewelry holder made from something repurposed. Have a wonderful day!

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From Christmas to Winter: transitional decor that works!

Have you ever undecorated after Christmas and immediately felt that your house looked naked or empty? I have.

Did you know you can leave some of your Christmas decor out to serve as winter decor? You definitely can- don’t pack away all of your Christmas pretties. Today I’d like to share how some of your Christmas decor can transition to winter decor.

1. Candles

Do you love the look of soft Christmas lights and candles? There is no reason you can’t use white Christmas lights and candles for a soft, cozy winter look.

2. Do you want to display a snowman?

You know you just sang that like Anna from Frozen. Snowmen are perfect for winter or Christmas and you can leave them out from November to March if you want.

3. Pine branches and pine cones

You know what I love? Decorating with natural elements. Pine cones can be used to decorate for fall, winter or spring, and they can be used as vase fillers too. Plus, they’re pretty easy to find.

4. Red berries

Red berries are great for fall, Christmas and winter. I love how these things look mixed with the soft glow of candles or white lights. Pair them with some fake snow and they’ll look amazing.

5. Bottle brush trees

I love bottle brush trees but I especially love how versatile they are. They work well for Christmas or winter and they look great with almost anything.

I hope this gives you some great ideas for filling in those after Christmas bare spots.

Winter home tour coming soon!

Building a faux fireplace mantle, part 3

When we last left you, our beautiful antique mantle with its faux firebox looked like this:

Nothing was painted, no stone was laid. Things were kinda bare. And unfinished.

Our first item on the agenda was to paint it.

First, we caulked any cracks or areas we felt needed filling in. We painted the mantle and the adjoining boards behind it with white paint in satin finish.

Next, we installed Airstone to the surround and the bottom of the hearth.

This stuff is amazingly easy and fun to work with. Simply spread the adhesive on the back of the stones like you’re frosting a cake and press into place. You can also cut the stone with a hacksaw or circular saw.

We then laid faux slate vinyl tiles across the top of the hearth. We may upgrade it later to real slate but I am loving how this looks, and how little it cost.

We then painted the faux brick paneling with some matte black chalk paint. I just like the finish.

We still have a few areas to fill in and some trim to add, but all in all, I am loving it!

Stay tuned! The rest of our living room is about to change in a big way, and I can’t wait to show it to you!!

Have a great Monday!

Fall fun printables…for free!

You all know I love fall. I also love a good freebie. There are a number of ways you can get a super cute fall print on the cheap…for free, even! Here are a few fun fall decor items you can print, frame or even make yourself that you will love!

1. Magazine photo framed

If you’re like me, you subscribe to tons of magazines. Sometimes the fall editions have pictures of gorgeous fall scenes in them. Number one is just a pretty picture I cut out of a Country Living magazine and stuck in a frame I already had.

2. Google images search

All three of these super cute printables came from doing a Google images search. The print that says “we gather together” and “give thanks” both were found at On Sutton Place and the Apple wreath print was found here.

3. Pinterest

Number three, the subway art printable, was created by Make Bake Celebrate, and I found it by searching fall art printables on Pinterest. I already had the frame.

4. Hang a trio of prints/ use fall colored paper to mat

I have had these printable cards for a long time, and try as I may, I cannot find the original source. If anyone recognizes them, please email me so I can appropriately credit the maker. I love these pretty little fall prints with their cheery colored mats. They make me smile everytime I see them.

What is your favorite fall print source?

Fabulous Fall Finds at Dollar General

Fabulous Fall Finds at Dollar General

I have been itching to decorate for fall lately, and now that it’s finally September, I just might. Have you all been to Dollar General recently? They have so many beautiful fall things and for such awesome prices! There were many things I wanted to buy and I still may go back and buy them later.

This comfy fall throw is soft and I love the colors. This muted gray would be beautiful thrown over my couch.

This pretty tea towel would look great in a kitchen or a bathroom.

These cute little fall bowls are reminiscent of Rae Dunn and I am seriously considering going back and buying about six of them.

I want this cute little sign so bad. My aunt was with me at the DG and she talked about buying this and putting it in the center of a deco mesh wreath, which would be really pretty.

These pretty little metal baskets would be great in a fall vignette.

These small canvas fall signs are available in several different designs and are another thing I’m debating on going back to buy.

I’ve earmarked this cute little clock for a project I’m about to do. Isn’t it cute?

These cute little galvanized pails could be used for so many things.

I want some of these little candle lanterns.

This photo frame is so pretty. I’ve almost bought it many a time.

There were also some really cute candle holders and some fall vase fillers that I liked and didn’t get pictures of.

Which of these fall finds are you crushing on?

Tune in next week for some sweet fall wreaths!