Category Archives: Changing it up

Our freshly updated patio

Wow, talk about zero crazy Winter storms, and then BAM… Summer is here!

We like to spruce up our deck early in the season so when the warm weather does hit, we are ready for some good ol morning coffee, game nights while the sun is setting and grilling out on a weekly basis. Let’s just say, a little bit of a refresh can make a big difference!

Here is what we did!

1.  Touched up with some paint

A little bit of paint did the trick! We have been using Behr’s DeckOver, and we are pleased. Our deck honestly needs to be replaced, due to weak boards. But Behr’s DeckOver is thick and does the trick until we do replace. And I repeat, that paint is like mud so be prepared when you go to apply, but that’s why we love it! Besides touching up the deck, we brought out the black exterior paint and touched up the deck arbor. It looked good as new with a couple swipes of paint!

2. Replaced chair cushions

We purchased our dining patio set (including cushions) about 4 years ago, and you can tell it has ware and tare including the cushions. It was time to swap them out for some new and bright ones. let me tell ya, I didn’t realize how expensive they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow! I saw anywhere from (for a mid-moderate good quality) $30+ for 1 cushion – not a set! Sets were starting at about $49+. I searched and searched, I wanted a light grey color, and a cushion where the bottom and backing were attached (making one full piece), plus it needed ties. No more Velcro! Why do I say that? Velcro was a goner in probably a span of 2 years of use.

We found these Mid back dining chair cushions through Home Depot, and we love them!!!!!!!!! Here are only a couple reasons why we love these:

  • Super affordable ( $29.98 per set)
  • light grey solid color
  • UV resistant- fade resistant
  • Ties to attach to chair
  • Dry quickly after getting wet
  • Lightweight,
  • Form has kept with use they have gotten since we purchased them .

3. New pretty pillows

When you update your cushions I mean you need to update your pillows as well! Opalhouse line at Target hit the jackpot with these black and white throw pillows

The ivory and black are out of stock but they also were through the Opalhouse line at Target.

Our neutral pillows added some texture to our cushions!

 

4.  Updated to a new and bright area rug

As much as I loved the pop of green on our previous area rug, the more time I spend changing my style of decor and color scheme, I’m a neutral kinda girl. So I was ready to sell the palm tree rug and swap it out for a clean, simple neutral one. Target is my go to for these kind of things, and sure enough the project 62 line did not disappoint.

Once my eyes laid on this rug I knew I needed to bring it home with me. Ava and Tucker approved as soon as it was layed down 🙂

5. Added some new clay flower pots

There is a local green house, called Frey’s and they sell some pretty cool stuff! Not only an abundance of beautiful flowers, but pots galore! I could honestly buy everything, it’s dangerous! So I encourage you to have a list of what you need and try to stick to that…. Haha that won’t happen once you step foot into a greenhouse!

I love that these pots are handmade and I love how all three go so well together!

So friends it doesn’t take much to turn a plain, blah space into something magnificent! You don’t need to do as much as what we did. The biggest thing that I think for any space that will completely change the feel and mood of a space, is paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So of your on a tight budget, that is my recommendation for you to do first!

Thanks for reading, I am gunna go and enjoy my cozy deck now:)

 

A couple simple ways to freshen your home for spring!

Getting you home ready for springtime should not have to feel like a chore, and definitely should not break the bank either. Here I have a couple simple ways to freshen up for home for spring. Just take away an idea or two to use yourself to help fill that craving for Spring we are all having right now!

These simple ideas for freshening up your house for Spring are meant to help make your space brighter, leave you with a big smile, and help to reduce any stress you are currently feeling. The tips I am sharing here are super easy to implement and quick, because no one wants to spend a ton of time, stuck, focusing on one small space.

1.   Start with a clean slate

Clean everything! Clean out all the dirt that winter left behind. Scrub the floors, dust and wash the windows and shades/blinds to let the sun shine through. Don’t forget behind the appliances and your furniture! Unclutter shelving, cabinets, tables and counter tops. Instantly you will feel so much better!

2.   Organize before you decorate

Get winter out of the way! Organize your closet to spring and summer clothing and shoes, and gather your gardening things too! Reorganizing will give you a whole new outlook for spring.

3. Fill a vase with some fresh blooms.

4. Hang a spring wreath on your front door.

5. Toss a spring pillow onto your couch and/or bed.

6. Change out an art piece/picture.

7. Use fresh or faux greens throughout your home.

8. Replace your hand towels.

9.   Lighten up your outdoor space.

10.   Switch out your doormat.

 

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As stated before, these are simple things, but can really add color and life to your home. It’s not all about needing something new and better, but choosing to re-purpose and re-organize what  you already have. The great thing about Spring is the growth and life waking from the dead of winter, so enjoy and celebrate that! Bring that beautiful green into your home, making it as gorgeous as your outdoor space!

Happy Spring!!

A front entry referesh

After painting and refreshing the 90% of our saltbox home which included the living room, upstairs bedrooms, our backroom and hallway, there was one more thing that needed painted… While I have been thinking a lot about refreshing this space, I couldn’t quite come to terms how I wanted to do so. But after some inspiration of people painting their interior doors, I knew I wanted to join the party! Our walls are “Agreeable Gray”by SW, and “Peppercorn” was the perfect deep color grey to pop in our space.

Prior it was just plain boring. A white door, not much wall decor, and the carpet just needed… something.

What a difference a can of paint makes! It took me 1.5 days to paint to allow full dry, but was so very worth it! Now that front entryway has a cozy and inviting feeling. The wall between the window and front door was empty, and honestly I had so many ideas in my head as far as how to fill the space, but none of them had I loved. And I feel that loving it, is so important!!!

On a whim, I starting drawing up some floral prints and knew just where to put them! I love how the black accents of the smooth grey behind. Even better, I had the frames already on hand thankfully, since normally I struggle with choosing frames, there’s thousands to consider!

Here are the couple changes I made, that made a big difference (besides painting the interior front door):

  • Painting the interior front door Peppercorn by SW
  • Spray painting the hardware black
  • Adding an accent rug (click here for exact item)
  • Drawing up some prints and placing in 2 picture frames we already had

And tadaaaaa!!!!!! There you have it! Four simple changes is all it took before it looked like a whole new space!

Thanks for reading friends!!!!!!

 

A fluffy and cozy bed!

It’s been a while, that I have been on here, I’m sorry! But I am excited to share with you, I finally found the duo for our bed! I will be completely honest, I struggled with knowing how to get that “fluffy” look, like Brooke w/ “nesting with grace” had. After reading her blog and doing more research we found an affordable queen sized duvet cover and added a king sized insert inside the cover… DONE!!! That did the trick!

And guess what?! They both were purchased off Amazon! Talk about affordable!!! Here is the link to the duvet cover. When we first received it, and I saw the package, I was dissapointed… I was like “it has to be bigger than this.” But opening it and feeling the material, was ah so soothing! It was so soft, and pure white with cute buttons across the whole bottom and ties at the corners to enclose the insert. The duvet insert was huge out of the package, at first I wasn’t sure that it was going to fit inside our queen cover. But it did, and I am so glad it did!!! Once the insert was placed inside the cover, it was perfect! The comforter is so fluffy on our bed and instead of it looking like there isn’t much, and super flat… It has more dimension! The cover set included 2 shams which are currently not being used, and that is because: 1. We don’t feel we need more pillows right now. 2. We need 2 bigger pillows to accurately fill the sham size.

I promise you, there are sneaky ways to purchase bigger items like this for a better price! It isn’t always about the big companies, stores etc. It’s about creating a space that you envision, within a budget! When I was doing my research a lot of the covers and inserts I found higher interest in were on amazon. They have a vast selection and you can’t beat their prices!  Any questions or thoughts on purchasing similar items? Please contact me!

Thanks for reading, Happy Friday!!!

A tiny little upgrade to the laundry room!

Recently the laundry room has been on my mind, it was the very first project we did when Peter moved into our home. So that being said, it was  time for just a small upgrade to spice it up! On a whim, I had this grand idea of the “magic light trick” being placed over top of the chalkboard we already had! That awesome barn light was $24 from Walmart! I could not believe the price and the fact that they had that in store!!! Sometimes I find they have a limited selection. Anyway, what used to be a gold frame on the chalkboard is now white. I love how it gives a pop  against our “aggreable gray” walls. This time, I actually used a paper towel to apply the paint, so that it would give that distressed look instead of the smooth look. I applied “gallery white” by Behr, which we already had on hand since all our trim uses the same color.

Previously we just had all our laundry soap(s) sitting atop of the dryer, which didn’t look nice… It made it look junky. So instead I purchased the drink dispenser and canister to hold our dryer sheets from Walmart. Last but not least, that sweet little plant stand I purchased at a yard sale just last weekend for $2, so I just spray painted it 🙂 and added the pot that we already had on hand. So, if you haven’t take noticed yet… I literally spray paint everything, it’s so easy and doesn’t take much time at all! The greenery I had gotten at hobby lobby for 50% off! Guys we made out so well with the items we bought to upgrade it! That is a grand total of $45, and it looks so very different!!!

Just with that little upgrade, I now don’t mind coming to do the laundry! 🙂 See friends, just a couple small changes can make a big difference to a space!!! If you are finding yourself having trouble trying to figure out what those small changes are, contact me!