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A simple outdoor Christmas 2019

Some of us feel pressured or encouraged to do more and more every year with all new great ideas for Christmas. And that is ok, but know it’s also ok if we aren’t up to 100% with everyone else as far as how they are decorating, what they are doing to decorate, or how much they are fully  decorating.

So, this year we changed up the decor outside our home for Christmas, and I love it!!! We changed our wreaths this year to something more neutral, and honestly, I like it so much better specifically for our home.

On black Friday we zipped down to Kmart, and they had a great selection of ribbon and bows! Nine bows, and 2 spools of ribbon (I could not locate online the exact color, but it’s this exact thing but in white) for $21.44!!! That is 50% off what we would have spent. We simply attached the bows to the wreaths by using the attached wire already there and looping it around and then twisting like, a thousand times! The ribbon I cut to length and then looped around the wreaths and held through the window at the top to hold. Just the extra ribbon being held inside at the top by the window keeps them very secure during weather conditions.

The Front Porch

I will say one thing, I wish so badly that what I had was a big wrap around porch. I have probably said that in so many blogs, but it’s true! My husband and I said if we decide to stay (since we love this area so much) then we would add on, this is a must! One day!!!

Our sweet little porch looks a little different this year! Last year I added a metal bucket and placed some wood pieces in it with a lantern aside. This year I took the metal bucket away and added a super cute petite 2.5 ft, flocked tree in my barn bucket on legs. That is one that I just absolutely adore since I’ve bought it at a barn sale. Aside is a lantern with outdoor, waterproof remote controlled candles that I purchased from amazon! I’ve always had bad luck with candles going bad with weather conditions. But so far so good, they are holding strong!

A Quick Side Note!

The lantern previously was so rusted and faded from hard use. So instead of going out and buying a new one, I simply taped off the glass and used black exterior spray paint that we already had on hand.

And instead of placing the wreath on the sled this year, I just left the skates. And I am so thankful I did! It’s more simple and doesn’t look overbearing as much. I like how much more visible the skates are now too.

This year I am just so happy with how everything turned out for our porch. It’s simplicity and cuteness in one just makes me feel at ease and giddy on the inside! 🙂

Our side tree, front and side bushes have lighting on and the deer were placed.

Deer – As much as I love the deer, I didn’t like the lighting on them…. It was like a led blue undertone and it just didn’t go with the rest of our warm white lighting. So this year Peter took all those lights off and added white lighting, it made a big difference, and was easier than what we anticipated.

What’s missing??? We excluded the lit walkway this year. As much as I love it, sometimes it can be a pain.  The walkway included stakes in the ground that held strands of lights that formed the brick pathway. It’s actually funny because when the dogs were let out, they would either trip or have to find a way to hop over them. So not only the time it took to put them up, but they were in the way for the dogs, so we decided to not put them up this year.

I hope you enjoyed our “Simple outdoor Christmas 2019”, thanks for reading!! Stay tuned for another blog coming your way on our indoor decor:)

 

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!

A hint of fall in the Master Bedroom!

Hello friends!

I’m sorry it’s been a bit that I have written a blog here! But the wait was worth it, I am so excited to share with you our master bedroom with some added touches of fall:) This is actually the first that I have brought fall decor upstairs, and I don’t regret it!

I am realizing that I am becoming much of a minimalist, which is totally ok! I am so thankful because everything feels and looks so much more simple, clean and bright! So as you can see I added some simple fall decor to our bedroom, and let’s just say it made it so cozy and inviting!!

You may think something else also looks different….. Yes!! We sold our bedroom furniture on Facebook and bought every piece in here for the same amt on amazon! Steal!!!!!!!!! The iron framed bed made for the space to be more open and not so enclosed feeling, and the white nightstands aside created a very clean and bright look! No more chocolate brown in our room! The lamps, accent pillow and area rug all added warm tones to the grey and white, we are loving the mixture! As they all flow together, we are really glad we chose to purchase the grey dresser (matching our side storage unit), and then getting different nightstands in white, it allows for a settle and flowy look, everything isn’t so matchy, matchy. I will be honest though, I had a very tough time deciding if I wanted everything to match or mix , and for those of you who are asking yourself the same question mix it up!!!!!!!!!!!!

Links to our bedroom furniture: (please click on the item)

Rug

Table Lamps

Dresser

Nightstands

Bed

Fall items:

Garland/floral/ staggered battery operated candle set–> Michaels arts&crafts

The wreath I made:) I used some extra floral and stuffed it into the plain wreath I already had on hand!

Guys I had so much fun writing this blog, easy, simple and I hope you find this helpful for your next space design! Happy early Fall;)

 

Keeping up with the exterior!

I am excited to share with you something that we easily put on the back burner because we are so focused on the inside of our home (which is totally ok)! Not only should you keep up with the inside of of your home, you also need to care for the exterior of your home as well… Make it inviting, and the one to stand out on the block!!!

About a month ago, my wonderful parents lent us their pressure washer, as well as our neighbor who lent us his 10 ft. ladder and extendable brush. We are so grateful for all of our helpers! While we obviously have 4 sides to the house, more moisture gets to the north side because of the shade. In saying so, that side was getting film growth and was needing a washing! After a couple of hours power washing (which we got in right before the storm hit us), it looked good as new!

A great and helpful tip for y’all who plan to pressure wash, if your machine is quite powerful, PLEASE squeeze the trigger to allow blowing of water to the side before hitting the siding while on the ladder. If you are not cautious the power could easily kick you off the ladder.

Some of you are asking yourself, what did they do besides pressure washing? Great question. Listed are some other maintenance things that we have done:

  • Cleaning  windows
  • Trimming plants back/replanting/weeding
  • Adding mulch to flower beds
  • Cleaning/repainting exterior door
  • New outdoor lighting
  • Clean, stain/seal decking
  • Added planters

Other things you can do:

  • Inspect and repair roof/gutters
  • Repaint/replace the exterior siding
  • Cleaning fencing
  • Update furniture/padding on furniture
  • Switch up decor on porch/deck
  • Keep up with your landscaping

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful as much as I did while writing it.