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Modern Farmhouse Decor Finds

If you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you probably know how much I love my modern farmhouse decor. It’s simple and relaxed but still looks oh so pretty. And, since I’ve been sharing a lot more of our home and all of the updates/styling we’ve done, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about where to buy certain items on a budget. I’ve searched around and found some fun pieces you can get for under $100!

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If you are on a really tight budget, check out my post for more affordable farmhouse decor finds under $40!

Olive Wreath

I kind of have a wreath obsession.  I love all kinds of wreaths and this olive wreath definitely hits the mark.  The price is reasonable and size is great.  Plus, even though it looks real, it is faux, so that means it will last!

Home Sweet Home Doormat

We own 2 of these doormats! One is at our front door and the other is at the chicken coop entry. They definitely help keep attract mud on shoes and paws, therefore keeping the mess inside to a minimum… Most of the time.

5 Light Black Chandelier

This black chandelier is also one that we love.  We’ve had one of these (or a very similar one) in 3 of our last 4 homes.  They are simple, classic, and work with many kinds of decor.

Numbered Wall Hook

Aren’t these numbered hooks the cutest? This piece is definitely on my to-buy list! I love how each family member could have their own coat/bookbag hook.

Enameled Metal Bread Box

A fun, vintage looking bread box is a great way to dress up any farmhouse style kitchen. And this one has plenty of room to store several different types of bread items (loaf, bagels, etc.) at the same time.

Windmill Hanger

Windmills are becoming so popular on the farmhouse decor scene. They have a great rustic, industrial vibe and are a great statement piece for any farmhouse.

Black/White Tassel Throw Blanket

What’s not to love about this cozy throw blanket? It is a great way to add a little stripey fun when draped over a sofa and what better way to get snuggly warm than wrapped up in a throw while watching Netflix?

Boxwood in Cement Pot

I really feel like boxwoods are such timeless plant. They can look wonderful all pruned to perfection and still seem lovely, even when they are left to their own for a bit. This faux version will not disappoint when adding a little life and greenery to your decor.

Wire and Wood Baskets

I always keep my eyes open for pretty and functional storage pieces because who I can always use more storage. These wire and wood baskets definitely do not disappoint! I love to corral like items in baskets like these, such as stacks of books, magazines, or even rolls of toilet paper.

Which of these items is your favorite? I absolutely love our black chandelier and will definitely be snagging one of those numbered hooks and the throw blanket!

More Dining Room Progress

I hope that you guys don’t mind me sharing little tidbits of our house updates as we do them. We are working with time and on a budget, but it is fun to see the differences as we go along. A lot has changed in our dining room since my last update. We really pushed to get some of the stuff on our list done (i.e. floors) to be ready to host Easter.  And in the past couple of days, we’ve made even more dining room progress!

More Dining Room Progress

This room looks so different from when we first moved in!

Dining Room

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Last fall we found this oak dining table for sale on Facebook for $60 and painted it white. It extends to fit 6 people and fits perfectly in our dining room. I love the spindle-y legs! Right now, it is a bit too bright of a white. At some point, I will repaint it and then distress is a bit. But that is for a later date!

New Dining Table

We also recently bought the large rattan chairs. I knew with a white table and chairs that we would need some warmth in this room. After seeing Bre’s dining room chairs (Rooms For Rent), I knew that I wanted a similar look. I found these at Ikea.Wicker Dining Chair

We still love the script numbered chairs, so they are here to stay. For now. As for the old sentimental windows, I’m still not sure. I accidentally broke a pane out of the one on the left. Should I take the rest out or leave it as it for some added character? ;)

Script Numbered Chairs

We also finally put up some drop cloth curtains. I have a few different ideas about how to deal with the length once it gets colder again and we need to use the baseboard heaters. However, I haven’t decided what we will do for sure.

Drop Cloth Curtains

Our little coffee bar seems to get moved back and forth in the room all of the time! It is back on the short wall and I added a new dry erase calendar above it to help keep us organized. Eventually, I may add some shelves here and move the calendar to another spot to create a command center.

Coffee Bar Calendar

This old table was in our last house for just a bit. It belonged to my great aunt and was perfect for holding some extra items over the holiday weekend. We are still in search of the perfect buffet for this area, but for now, this seems to work!

Old Table Windows Fiddle Leaf

Finally, I moved my tea towel kitchen measurements “art” to the wall by the kitchen.  I like how the piece adds a little contrast to this space.

Tea Towel Kitchen Measurements

This room is really coming along, but we still have several projects we would like to accomplish in here, including:

  1. Replace outlets/switchplates/thermostat
  2. Do a faux shiplap wall treatment
  3. Touch up the table
  4. Add a buffet
  5. Paint the walls
  6. Put up shelving
  7. Finish trim painting

However, since the main area is looking pretty good, we aren’t in any hurry. We still have several other rooms that need some lovin’ first, in addition to outside projects (the chicken coop/run, replacing the roof, planting trees/grass, and cleaning up our garage.) We hope you will continue to follow along!

SOURCES

floors | rug | table (second hand) | script numbered chairs | rattan chairs | pillows | vase (Home Goods) | eucalyptus stems | chandelier | fiddle leaf fig tree | curtains | dry erase calendar | coffee bar

We Got Chickens!

We got chickens and ducks! You read that right and I wanted to make it blog official! This place is feeling more farm like already. I’ve shared little snippets about our newest family members over on Instagram, but I wanted to share some more of the details about our fluffy little friends!

We Got Chickens

I’ve been wanting to tell you guys about our poultry news here for awhile, but honestly, we’ve been dealing with a few things that have kept me from being very blog productive. First of all, I’ve had some sort of stomach issues for awhile and I meet with the GI specialist this coming week. (Any prayers you could spare for a good outcome would certainly be welcomed!)

Second, during the process of doctoring, I also found out that I am extremely anemic, which probably has contributed to my lack of motivation and general laziness over the past couple of months. I’ve started taking iron supplements and that seems to be helping a bit.

Third, about a week and a half ago, we lost our sweet kitty Rowan to congestive heart failure.  He was only 2.5, so it was pretty devasting for our family to lose him so quickly. He was such a friendly little guy and we will miss his antics and snuggles.

White Kitten Cat Kitty

Anyway… back to the chicks and ducklings! Aren’t their fluffy little butts so cute?

Baby ChicksBaby Pekin Ducklings

We currently have 10 Silkies (white), 4 Plymouth Barred Rocks (black and white), and 2 Pekin Ducks. Originally, we only wanted 3 of each chicken breed, but the silkies are sold in 5’s and as a straight run (males and females) and we wanted to make sure we had several females. Plus, the hatchery sent 1 extra of each chick breed! Unfortunately, we did lose one Silkie the first night, but the rest have been growing at amazing speed since then!

White Silkie Chicken

They are about 6.5 weeks old now (in the awkward teenage phase) and have been so fun to watch grow and change.

Barred Rock Chicken Silkies

The ducklings are massive (I had no idea they would grow this much in such a short time period!) Both of them are female and have the cutest sister bond ever. We named them Poppy and Paisley.

Pekin Ducks

As for the chicks, each member of our family has claimed and named one of the Barred Rock cuties. Their names are Obscura, Robber, Lunch, and Sable. Our plan is to raise them and enjoy the eggs they produce, but my husband thought that Lunch was an appropriate name for one of them. He can be a bit cheeky.

Barred Rock Chick Chicken Pullet

Unfortunately, we have yet to name the Silkies. Since we don’t know whether they are pullets (female) or cockerels (male), naming them seems like a bit of a waste of time.  Plus, we will more than likely rehome the cockerels at some point. In the meantime, I do have a list of names prepared!

My hubby has also been intently working on transforming an old shed on our property into a chicken coop. He has done so much, but there is still quite a bit to finish. Once it is all done, I will be back to share all of the details. I can’t wait for you to see it finished!!!

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3 Things I’m Lovin’ – No. 5

Hi, friends! I’ve been in such a rut lately. I don’t know if it is seasonal depression or something else, but my motivation has been lacking since the New Year. Do you ever feel like that too? Like there are plenty of ideas and things to do, but you just can’t get going with them? That has been the spot I’m at. However, I’m trying to change things up a bit. I’ve decided to help myself by just doing one small thing to start and hoping that it manifests into more.  So far it seems to be working!

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Anyway, I wanted to share with you the 3 things I’m loving lately! Even though they aren’t all home decor/DIY type products, we do use all of the following items in our home.  Enjoy!

Farmhouse Kitchen Towel

This farmhouse kitchen towel is the cutest!  A few months ago I purchased one for a giveaway and I loved it so much that I bought another for us. It is the perfect neutral touch to a kitchen!

Farmhouse Kitchen Towel

Raw Sugar Body Wash

If you haven’t heard of Raw Sugar, then you may be missing out. They produce a line of yummy smelling soaps, body washes, and scrubs that smell delicious and leave your skin feeling soft. You get a ton of all natural product for a great price too.  To top it off, for each product purchased the company donates soap to a family in need!

3 Things I'm Lovin'

Mainstays Manchester Shag Rug

This rug is so wonderful that we’ve bought 3 of them.  The prices are ridiculously low ($85 for 7′ x 10′) and there are quite a few colors to choose from. Initially, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a shag rug, but we haven’t had any issues with shedding and the rug brings a nice softness to any room it is in.

Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

So, that’s what I’m currently lovin’! If you end up trying out any of these (or already have) I would love to hear what you think!