Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by! With most of my fave bloggers already posting about Christmas decorating, I figured it would be a good idea for me to go ahead and post about my fall decorating! Better late than never, right?!
Let’s get started with the diy fabric garland below…It was a simple diy from the leftover fabric of my sofa pillows. Super easy to make, the garland packs a big punch! I like to mainly focus on the family living area whenever I decorate for the season….Makes things much simpler. And all of us need simple! (I’m preaching to myself here.) 🙂
Here’s a little snapshot of the entry. This diy chalk art idea came from Pinterest, via Valerie McKeehan. Isn’t it so cute?!
Through the front door is our great room…where lots of snuggles and laughter fill the air!
Our coffee table is the Ikea Lack table, and it’s actually two tables held together by clasps. (Yes, clasps. My sweet hubby knew how to hide those unsightly clasps SOMEWHAT inconspicuously. But I’ll take it. Lol!) They’ll eventually be attached by brackets. 🙂
And that beautiful old wooden toolbox was another yard sale score.
And I’m in love with my birchwood logs below….which, by the way, I will not be burning. They were only purchased for their prettiness. 🙂 Oh, and the olive bucket was only $10 at Walmart. (Regular price…no joke!) Eventually, I’d love to “age” this galvanized bucket!
Below are pics of our mantle…
The black bar under the tv is our sound bar. If you don’t already have one, go get one on Black Friday. This little speaker packs some serious sound!
The diy banner was so fun and easy to make. The supplies were either items that I already had (i.e. the black sharpie and pompoms), or items that were clearance purchases from Michael’s (i.e. the fabric flowers and the pre-cut canvas banner).
The diy “B” is an imitation from the Pottery Barn moss initials. Again, super-easy to make! All I did was hot-glue moss in random places all over my wooden letter (bought at a yard sale). That’s it! To see the full tutorial, and to get more ideas on using moss, click this link!
Don’t you love this little wooden box that’s holding all my pumpkins and pinecones? I found it at a flea market!
Below is my vintage bar cart with old wooden boxes, a beautiful old floor lamp, a handmade doily, a vintage washboard that says, “busy bee” (because that’s what I like to be, hee hee), an old clipboard, and some fun decorating books….All of these items were yard sale purchases!
Our two leather-tufted chairs were a craigslist find, as well as the Ikea Ektorp sofas. And I know that the thought of white couches might cause some of you to gasp a little, but after two years of chocolate stains, dirt stains….and just life….I can honestly say they still look brand new!! And if there’s ever a stain that simply won’t come out, it’s comforting to know that I can easily replace my current machine-washable Ikea Ektorp slipcover with another one! It’s totally worth it!
Well, that’s it for part 1 of my fall home tour. Part 2 will be on the blog in the next few days, Lord willing. (Here’s Part 2 of the Fall home tour that I promised!)
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Hey y’all! I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Katie. Born and raised in Georgia and married to my wonderful college sweetheart from CA, Ryan. We have two precious kiddos, and they are special gifts from God!
My blog was born out of a desire to share a little about my passions: all things diy, treasures I’ve found at local thrift stores/yard sales, and high-end fashion on the cheap.
It all started a few years ago with the birth of Pinterest. Before Pinterest was created, I was totally content to slap some paint on my walls, keep my house clean and spend my free time at the gym, running on the treadmill every afternoon at 4:00. But all that has changed. And although I still hit the gym a couple of times a week, my passions have shifted.
About the time that Pinterest started, I was having terrible back pain. Thus, I was on the couch with a heating pad….a lot. This, in turn, began my love with all things beautiful on diy. Now, there is always some kind of project or craft going in my home at any given time!
I love to yard sale, browse through antique and thrift stores, and find the best deal I can get. I hate paying full price for anything! And I absolutely love to give new life to old things!
Join me as I transform my home…one project (or two) at a time & find treasures…one deal (or two or three..lol) at a time! You can follow along on the blog, instagram & twitter, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks for stopping by!
Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I just wanted to share a little secret that I discovered at Walmart recently. This retail chain is now selling beautiful statement necklaces, and they’re only $10….All of them! What?? You heard that right!
Look at these gorgeous pieces!
I mean really, don’t some of these necklaces look like they belong in a J. Crew catalog???
One more closeup…
And here are a few more from their website…
Now the tough decision will be on figuring out which one(s) to buy! And the great thing is you can dress it up or down! Here are a few styling ideas when it comes to wearing a statement necklace…
1. Wear it with just a simple tee, jeans, a belt, and some fun flats.
2. Pair your statement necklace with a fun buffalo-checked oxford (or any other fun plaid oxford).
3. Wear it with a skirt and tee.
4. Pair your necklace with a striped tee.
I hope you’re inspired to run to your local Walmart and check out these awesome necklaces!
(And no, this is not a sponsored post…I just wanted to let all of you in on my secret discovery!)
Thanks for stopping by!
Hello friends! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE our Ikea Hemnes dressers as bedside tables on either side of our bed! And lately, I’ve been on a metallic gold spray paint kick, and the knobs on our dressers have been the latest victims. 🙂
Here’s a before picture…
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Spray paint (I used the Krylon Colormaster Paint + Primer Metallic Gold.)
- Screw driver
- Old cardboard box, newspaper, drop cloth or something to protect your surface while you spray paint
Step One: Unscrew the knobs and place them on a protective surface.
Step Two: Spray paint the knobs all over, and watch how quickly your paint dries in about a minute or so!
Step Three: Screw the knobs back in place.
See? Easy peasy!
Here’s the after pic…
Doesn’t that look so much better! I love spray paint! It’s cheap, dries super quickly…and the technology with the built-in primer is fantastic!
[Update: After a year, the paint’s still going strong, as you’ll see in my post on our DIY, thrifted headboard transformed with chalkpaint!]
It’s amazing what a little paint will do! How have you used spray paint lately? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
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Hello friends! Do you love a classic pencil skirt as much as I do? Its stylish, slenderizing fit compliments any figure, you can either dress it up or down, and most importantly, it’s timeless! Listed below are various ways to wear this classic staple that absolutely has to be in your closet!
But first, let me tell you a little secret….My favorite place to purchase a well-made, classic pencil skirt is at the J. Crew Outlet. Their prices are often marked down to 75% off the original price! But shhh, don’t tell anyone. This is our secret. Here are a few tips that will help you look fab in your pencil skirt!
1. Pair complimentary colors together.
2. Pair printed or lace skirts with denim shirts.
3. Look for the least dominant color in your skirt, and bring out that color in your top.
via hello-gorgeous-blog.blogspot.com (One of my new fashion favorite blogs!)
4. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and/or graphic tees.
5. Belts add a slimming effect.
6. Stripes, plaids, and polka dots make a bold statement.
7. And when all else fails, a simple white top and denim jacket will always be a fun alternative to the classic oxford!
A pencil skirt is an elegant piece that will always be in style and that will compliment any figure! What are your fave ways to dress up a pencil skirt? I’d love to hear from you!
Hello friends! So I just finished up a very easy pom-pom pillow that adds just a touch of pizzazz to our little home.
First off, I need to mention that I’m the world’s worst at following the rules when it comes to sewing…I don’t have a whole lot of patience for completing projects that take more than 5 minutes. The quicker I finish, the better! So all of you pros at sewing…be forewarned!
What you’ll need:
- pom poms
- sewing machine
- seam ripper
- pillow insert (preferably down)
Start out by measuring the length and width of your pillow insert. Since I had a 20×20 pillow insert, I added an inch to each side of the fabric for the seam allowance.
Then, I ironed all the edges, so that I have a “line” to follow when sewing. Make sure you “measure twice, cut once!!” It would be terrible if you cut your fabric too short!
Next, pin the pompoms to one edge of the fabric, making sure the pompom ribbon lines up with the ironed edge. At the end of the edge, carefully cut to size the pompom. Sew. You’ll do that on each edge.
(Also, don’t mistakenly sew the edge to the outside of the pillow. Not that I need to remind any of you. No, you wouldn’t make that mistake….only I would.) (See this next pic below. Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT follow this pic below. Ahem.)
Do you see what I did there? Not a good idea. Nope. You don’t want the white thread showing up on the outside of your beautiful fabric. Anyway. Moving on….
After you realize that you’ve sewn the pompoms to the outside of your fabric, rip thread out and start over. Repin. Sew, making sure that this time, you unfold the ironed edge that you want to sew….As you see in the pic below.
Much better. Repeat on the other 3 sides. Once that’s complete, sit back and marvel that you’ve actually accomplished something semi-professional! Woohoo. You’re halfway finished!
This next step requires that you match the right sides together, making sure that the pompoms are tucked inside.
Repeat around two more sides, leaving the last side open for a zipper. Now this step may sound daunting to some of you, but I promise, it’s not as hard as it sounds.
Pin one side of the zipper to your fabric. (Double check that you have pinned the right side to the right side, if you know what I mean. We don’t want to add any unnecessary steps to your wonderful project!)
After you’ve sewn one side of your zipper to the fabric, flip it over to the other side (leaving the zipper unzipped) and do it again.
See? Wasn’t that easier than you expected?! Now sit back and enjoy your masterpiece!
Thank you for stopping by! Please take a moment and leave a comment. I’d love to hear about your experiences with sewing and if you’ve had any setbacks!
Hello friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!
Since the fall weather is just now arriving in the South, I’m finally getting around to my fall decorating. (Better late than never!) I don’t know about you, but I absolutely canNOT decorate for the fall until it gets chilly outside!
My first area to tackle was the dining table….
You don’t really need to spend a whole lot on new seasonal decor. In fact, you probably have most of it already in your home. Pinecones and acorns from the backyard, old books and brass, vintage boxes, burlap, white pumpkins, and dried moss are always classic choices for your fall decorating that never go out of style!
A great place to start gathering your items is your local thrift store. In fact, the leaves, candlesticks, candles, over-sized doily, antique brass bells, antlers and tablerunner all came from various second-hand shops! Score!! Oh, and the little birdies from Pottery Barn Outlet were only 99 cents a piece. Another score!
What are some ways you’ve decorated your table for the fall? I’d love to hear! Also, coming up in one of my next posts, I’ll show you what I did with these beautiful fabrics!
[Update: Please click here to find out how I used these fun fabrics!]
How have you been inspired to decorate with Fall around your home? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
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So here we go folks….my first blog post….ever. It’s taken me a while to actually get around to hitting the “publish” button. I’m in no way a tech-savvy person whatsoever. So after feelings of frustration and defeat, asking God and my honey for forgiveness for my attitude, and taking a breather, I am FINALLY posting to blogland! Woohoo!
At the beginning of the school year, I was trying to think of something cute for our kiddos’ teachers…something that would help to start the year off right. And this gift box is what I came up with.
First, please excuse the cell-phone pic quality. (Since my birthday is just around the corner, I’m hoping my wonderful hubby will take into consideration that I seriously am in need of a nice Canon Rebel…ehem.)
What you’ll need:
- wooden box
- quality metallic gold spray paint (My fave is Krylon Colormaster.)
- chalk paint (I used Americana.)
- chip board initials
- wooden medallion
- foam brush
- glue dots
- pretty scrapbook paper
- screw driver (optional)
First, if you can, use your screw driver to take off the hardware so that you don’t accidentally paint your hardware.
Next, use your foam brush to paint the box with your chalk paint. Use thin layers, and continue to smooth out any excess paint. It dries quickly! Oh, and be sure to leave your box open while it dries. Otherwise, well, we all know what happens if you forget….
Third, use glue dots to adhere your chip board letter to the medallion, and then spray paint your newly customized decorative piece. After that’s dry (which is fairly quickly), use more glue dots to adhere the medallion to your beautiful box.
Fourth, after you’ve screwed your hardware back in place, take a step back and admire your gorgeous piece of work. So exciting! We’re almost finished!
Fifth, you’ll want to line the inside of your box with some really fun paper (e.g., a striped, polka-dot, or floral pattern, or simply a complimentary color to your chalk paint). Trim to fit inside, and then after attaching more glue dots (aren’t they wonderful?!) to the back of your paper, adhere it to the inside of your box.
How fun and cute is that?! So easy, and so quick! You can also add some colorful/patterned ribbon to embellish it even more.
To add a little more to this conversation piece, I stuck a few stamp sets that I purchased on clearance at my local crafts store and a little “Hello” note from my kiddos.
And there are also other ways to use this idea….A blogger friend of mine actually painted hers a beautiful white, attached a spray-painted medallion on the front (after removing the hardware) and used it as a decorative accessory on top of books! So simple, yet it packs a powerful punch!
What do you think about this simple diy project? How would you paint your box, and in what ways would you use yours? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!
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