Monday, April 28, 2014

Lavender LOVE!

I have been revamping our kitchen decor pretty much non-stop for three years, and it is slowly starting to fall into place.  I bought an old vintage cutting board a while ago, and I had it propped up against the backsplash with some pretty pieces in front.  It was so simple... and I liked it.  I just felt like I wanted something more.  During one of my Target trips, I found this cute corkboard in the shape of a cutting board, and I knew right away that it had to come live at my home.  I also bought the thumbtacks to embellish it, and I decided to create a cross as a subtle reminder of our faith.  I love the way it looks with the mixed metal finishes!  Ultimately, I went shopping in my own house, and I decided to move my milk jug measuring cups next to this measuring vase.  I think the lavender gives it a shabby chic feel... and it makes me want to spend more time in my kitchen.  Some updates are simple... but they can make a huge impact on a space!

I am trying to decide whether I like the lavender all by itself or if I like it with this beautiful hammered spoon.  Right now, the spoon is on display.  We'll see how long it stays like that.  I can be a very fickle creature when it comes to decorating, but usually that allows me to move things all over my house and do a lot of "redecorating" with things we already have.  That's half of the fun, right?

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dinette Updates!

It's amazing to think about how much our home has evolved since we moved in a few years ago.  Admittedly, I am still trying to find my style.  I really love the farmhouse look...but I also like a little European flair...a little rustic glam.  I want to maintain a quiet simplicity, but I am on a mission to add a little bit of drama a little bit at a time.  It's amazing how dramatically the feeling of our home changed when we started to switch out the builder grade lighting.  We hung this chandelier dramatically low... and now I am completely in love with this space.  It set the tone, so now I am in the refining stage of decorating, and enjoying every single moment of it.

I love the simplicity of this little wooden box with the white linens and zinc lids.  :) So presh.

I decided to display this little beauty next to a lovely vintage urn and greenery. I am loving it!

I am currently on a tarnished silver kick, and I have been picking up little pieces left and right.  I decided to layer a few different trays on our table, then I placed this bundle of white linens in the top dish with a pretty little burlap bow. 

 This is probably my favorite vignette. Like ever. I bought the pretty silver tray, the cow creamer, and the mini measuring cup at a local vintage shop.  I picked up the vase and the green sprigs at a hardware store, of all places! It was love at first sight. :)  The scalloped prep dishes are from World Market.  I LOVE to mix metals, and I love the way the white pieces look against the silver backdrop.

I just added this grain gorgeous red bin to the area above our little command center.  It is the perfect filler for that space because of the way the greenery expands and stretches out towards the walls.  It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but after trying several different pieces in that spot and rearranging things umpteen times, I knew it was worth the splurge to complete that area of our home.

This area houses electronics, notepads, pens, and other items that we like to stow away in a convenient area...yet out of sight.  I bought two books from the Dollar Tree and nabbed two cardboard storage containers that look like books.  I displayed the real and faux books in our little cubbies.  The bronze box in the square cubby on the left is actually a toothbrush holder...but I think it looks really fun in that spot... and the other cubby holds a container my hubby made in a pottery class many years ago.  The counter top displays one of my favorite antique pieces ever.  It's an old apothecary drawer that my husband and I bought a few years ago.  The two drawers contain mini cubbies that used to hold herbal remedies.  The top flips up for ample storage.  It even has an old document attached listing all of the medicines available and the prices.  It is such a sweet and beloved piece.  I just know we'll have it forever.  It is so perfect for that spot... and it has fab vintage charm.

This isn't a new picture... but I still LOVE the way this wreath looks with the red monogram, the black primitive sifter, and the pretty little pie pan.  I haven't changed this in a long time either!

We replaced our builder grade pendant lights this year too, and we decided to go with a more industrial look. We lurked...and lurked...and lurked... and then we pounced.  We were able to buy these fixtures from Restoration  Hardware for less than we would have spent at Lowes on other lights.  It was worth the wait.  They have the cutest black cord covers... and the "rust" finish looks beautiful with our bronze faucet.  I am a sucker for Edison bulbs too... they are so nostalgic!

 I am still playing around with what I want to do with this wall. Right now I am displaying a burlap sack I bought on Ebay for 99 cents.  :)  I used to blacksmith nails to hang it up, and it looks so cute.  I like the way it looks next to our pantry door.  I'm just not sure how long I will keep it there. I am walking a fine line right now as I try to figure out how much I want to lean in the rustic or glam directions.  :) Right now, I am thinking I want to add more glam, so this could change.  Just as soon as inspiration strikes.

Sometimes, the little things make all of the difference. This wire basket is one of my new favorite things because it is so simple, but curvy and lovely at the same time.  I hung it on our door handle, and it's currently displaying faux pears that look good enough to eat.  It has made our dinette look even cozier.  Sometimes, the smallest changes can really make an impact.   I am in LOVE.

Thanks for stopping by to see how things are progressing.  Our house is starting to feel more like home... every single day.  The more we fill it with things that we love, the more it starts to feel like an expression of us.  There's no place like home!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Something to Chirp About!

Although I am not completely against shopping for holiday decorations at department stores, and although I have snagged lots of cute goodies at Target over the past few years, I prefer picking up pretties at local vintage shops.  I am a tad addicted.  For real.  I think I need a twelve-step program. At any rate, I couldn't be happier about how my spring things look!  I had been eye-balling this wicker cloche for months... and months... and months.  I finally snapped it up last weekend because I loved how it looked with the mossy bird's nest.  Be still my heart.

Another thing that makes my heart go pitter-pat is silver.  I LOVE old tarnished silver.  I fell head over heels for this cute collection of trophy-esque urns.  Seriously.  I am smitten.

I also couldn't resist this cute little tray.  I love the curvy carved handles, the charming little birds, and the subtle green and tan tones of the grass and eggs.  Simplistic beauty.  I just love it!  :)

I stuck this little mint green chick next to framed music... and some twine.  :)  I think it's pretty precious.  It adds a little quirkiness and sweetness to my home office and makes me smile.

I also love how quirky and cute this little vintage flashcard is... and I love the contrast between the green flower frog. It has also found a temporary home in my office for this spring!

 This cute little bird and basket is prominently displayed in our kitchen.  I am kind of obsessed with wire baskets... and apparently birds at the moment.  :) 

I love that my spring decor can stay out for a while... and I won't have to take everything down immediately after Easter.  That makes me happy, happy, happy!  :)  It's the simple things... 

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Bookshelf Makeover

My old bookshelf was like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree of bookshelves.  It was functional, but it was jam-packed with books, and it didn't leave much room for pretties.  I am so thankful to have a much larger bookshelf in my office now.  I have plenty of cabinet space to stow folders and books out of sight.  I also have plenty of shelves for the remainder of books.  This leaves plenty of room for displaying fun pieces that make me smile while I work.  I've already tweaked this about umpteen times, BUT I love how it looks at the moment.  I just added an old auction paddle today, and it makes my heart skip a beat.  :)  It's the simple things in life.

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