Category Archives: Seasonal

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!!

Insight for 2020

We’re planning to stay in our home for a while, which means we will be able to continue to make memories around familiar spaces and find joy in the simple patterns of life here. I am striving to create spaces with passion and allow others to feel and see that as well. Upon what we have already created, we can add to more nooks and crannies to make this house to feel more like home.

 

We have a couple plans this year, so you’ll get to see more of that soon. I am one for big transformations, but honestly it’s the little details that make me more delighted. As of the last couple months, I have come to realize I have become more of a minimalist. I am looking forward to bringing more function to our 1440 sq ft saltbox home, like: organizing, and getting rid of stuff!

I am really excited to work on our guest bedroom, downstairs tiniest coat closet, creating an accent wall for our traveling photos in our upstairs hallway, placing shiplap in our kitchen/dining and adding shelving to create more storage space! We also plan to work on some outdoor projects, particularly to our new shed and our garden. Like, adding water drainage to our shed, landscaping, and possibly rebuilding our garden.

Since I have been so focused on studying the past many months, I haven’t had the ability to really do some deep spring cleaning. I am so excited to do this!

This will include, Dusting all the trim throughout our home, cleaning windows and shades, reorganizing and going through stuff in the attic, sorting and getting rid of clothing to donate, washing all the curtains, wiping down walls, clean upholstered furniture.There are many more things I can list, but those are my top priority, I am sure I will do more. I will keep you guys posted! As there are many more things I could do like, clean inside of fridge, scrub sink, counter tops, sweep and mop floors those are things I already do in my weekly cleaning.

Do you have any plans for your home in 2020?

 

Christmas Home Decor in our small Saltbox home 2019

In case you didn’t know, Christmas is next week! How about that?! I am going to share an almost complete tour of our saltbox home that sits between town on one side and farmland on the other. Did I tell you how much I just love where we live?!

Let’s start in the Master Bedroom! My favorite part of our room is that it has 3 windows!!! Which means we get a ton of light during the day, and I love it! As you can see we don’t have a tree in our bedroom, which I would love to plan for next year, but we added some other fun, affordable and cute items! Not much was changed, but all the small touches make a big difference.

This season has been super busy for us, so I apologize if everything isn’t just perfect. But hey, it’s a space that is lived in every single day! So it’s ok.

This is the room you see right when you walk in our front door, our living room.

While living in a unique home, from our downstairs you can actually walk in a full circle through all the rooms… How cool is that?! I can tell ya that when our fluff balls get in their running spurts, they absolutely love it! Our petite kitchen is directly off from our living room. One of my favorite things to do to this space, is add Christmas garland around the sink! It’s simple and adds so much to a small space.

Our sweet little kitchen

Who cannot love a coffee buffet in their kitchen/dining area?  See our  “A coffee buffet transformation” here. 

Our back room, which I feel is definitely the coziest room in the house! This was my favorite room to decorate this year, between the mantel and the built ins!

“Our Back Room Transformation” was the biggest and longest DIY home project we have completed, but yet our most favorite. Why? Check out the blog!

Although this is the only tiny area that we have in our upstairs hallway, we love dressing it up for each season!

I hope you enjoyed exploring our home along with me, and hope to see you back here again soon!

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:)

 

Our brick porch filled with pumpkin galore!

Hello!

Guys, it’s Fall! And ah I just LOVE this time of year!

I love stepping out on the front porch on fall crispy mornings, watching the colorful leaves drop from massive trees that line the streets with a hot cup of coffee, and of course wearing a favorite flannel:) This fall my hubby and I have a lot of fun things planned, like, a sunflower festival, going through a maze, apple picking, wagon rides, lots of campfires, and enjoying a warm apple cider donut, or maybe two…. 😉

This year I decorated a little different for our front porch! Instead of using both sides, I only did one side to allow more room and not feel or look too crowded. I was excited to find out our local greenhouse not only has a huge colorful selection in the summer, but they also sell fall items like pumpkins, mums and fall flowers! While I purchased a mum and a couple pumpkins from the local greenhouse, I also purchased a couple fun and unique pumpkins and a bushel of burgundy corn from the Country Barn, located within a couple miles away! Guys I just love how fall makes everything so cozy and inviting:)

 

I have been watching all your fun instagram posts about decorating your front porch, how exciting is it?! As you can see we don’t have a lot of room to play around with, but we are thankful we can still decorate it with a little bit of lovin. For right now we will enjoy the space we have, but we are looking forward to the future when we have a lot more space to decorate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Fall, and I look forward to see more posts, and fun things you guys also have in store for this season!