Category Archives: The Country House

Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch

There are less than two weeks left until Christmas and we are keeping super busy over here! We’ve finally come up with a place in our small home to stick a little nursery, so we have some major moving and rearranging to do. But that update is for another time. Today it is all about our Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch!

Striped Layered Rugs

I just love participating in blog hops and am so thankful my sweet friend Kendra from Joy In Our Home invited me to join in for the Christmas Festival Blog Tour! There are so many great holiday ideas shared (mantels, vignettes, recipes, front porches, and tablescapes) and it is is exciting to meet new friends along the way.

If you are stopping by from Making It In The Mountains, I’m so glad you are here! Isn’t Kristi’s front porch just beautiful?

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Last week, I shared our Christmas living room decor. But I wanted to add a little more pizazz to the front porch than just a boxwood wreath, so I made things a bit contrasty out here, while still keeping with my neutral tendancies.

Holiday Front Porch Ideas

I like to incorporate a lot of greenery, so I gathered different kinds from around the inside and outside of our home. Aren’t these wellies looking festive with some blue spruce branches and eucalyptus?

Decorate Hunter Boots

faux sage plant | boots | striped rug

This new “welcome” rug from Magnolia Market (an early Christmas present from my parents) steals the show when layered with this pretty black and white striped number.

Magnolia Market Rug

See that bit of snow on the soil below? Winter weather is here!

The cute lanterns were found for a steal at Walmart. (Buy a similar version here.) They look great next to the potted arbor vitae, which was moved to the porch to add some height and life to the scene.

Lantern Decorations

And those lanterns go oh so well with our new outdoor lighting! I love this light. It really helps dress up the front porch and is such a pretty upgrade from the previous one.

Outdoor Farmhouse Lighting

I’m really happy with how our Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch turned out! What do you think?

Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch

Thank you for stopping by! Next up is the talented Lindsay from Country Girl Home. Hop on over and check out her festive front porch!!!

 Mantels on MondayWhite Arrows Home | Repurpose and Upcycle | Timeless Creations
Lemons to Lovely | Pennies From Heaven Home |  One Happy Housewife

Vignettes on TuesdayJoy In Our Home | anderson + grant | Kingsbury Brook Farm
My Creative Days | Poofing the Pillows | CityGirlMeetsFarmBoy

Recipes on WednesdayLife Love Larson | Cali Girl In A Southern World | Crisp Collective
Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings | Curly Crafty Mom

Front Porches on ThursdayMaking it in the Mountains | Elizabeth Joan Designs |Country Girl Home
Little Brags | The Homemaking Momma | Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Tablescapes on FridayCelebrate & Decorate | Noting Grace | 2 Bees in a Pod
The Crowned Goat | Dining Delight | The Neutral Nest Interiors

White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room

It’s that time of year again! ‘Tis the season for holiday decorations, package wrapping, and cheer. Our house recently got a little lovin’ in the decor department and I can’t wait to share our White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room with you today.

Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Decor

I’m super excited to be participating in the Home For The Holidays Christmas Tour Hop (along with 33 other talented home decor bloggers) hosted by Jenna at Wife In Progress. If you are stopping by from Twelve on Main, Welcome! I’m so glad you are here!

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Let’s start working our way around the room!

This year, we are keeping things pretty & simple. Since we are expecting a new arrival in late winter/early spring, our minds have been busy with trying to figure out how we are going to get through the massive to-do list we have vs. decorating for Christmas. Our living room is looking pretty lovely though!

Neutral Living Room Decorations

I’m always one for neutral decor and the holidays are no different. Bringing in more natural wood tones this year helped to compliment the greens of winter.

Coffee Table Decorating

We also add some flocked pieces, like wreaths and garlands. I figured that they would go well with the new flocked Christmas tree we splurged on this year!

White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room

How fun is this pillow I snagged from PCBHome?! It goes perfectly with the neutral look we are rocking while still adding a little bit of whimsy.

Christmas Tree Pillow

Look at that beautiful Christmas tree below!!!

The tree is a little smaller than our previous one, so it’s been fun trying to figure out exactly where we want to put it. (It fits in so many more places!) At first, it was on the other side of the room by the t.v., but I think it works better over here next to the sofa.

Flocked Christmas Tree

There is still a lot of wrapping to get accomplished before December 25th, but I’m happy to report that we have almost all of the presents purchased. That is a real accomplishment in this household. Usually, we are pushing up until Christmas Eve!

Neutral Simple Wrapping Paper Packages

Since we purchased a new tree this year, I kept the ornaments the same as last year. Between that and the pre-lit tree, decorating was a breeze.

White Christmas Tree Ornaments

We don’t have a mantel in our home, so I always let the top of our piano pretend like it is one and decorate as such. Just a few pieces pulled from around the home create a collected and cohesive look.

Layered Decor Piano Mantel

This little corner is all dressed up with a cozy blanket, greenery, and comfy throw pillows. (Get the look for less: Hearth & Hand X Pattern Throw Pillow.)

Vintage Farmhouse Decor

And that brings us back to the entryway. I love how light and bright this area is looking. It has definitely come a long way since last year!

Cozy Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Home

SHOP THIS SPACE

Stocking Hanger | Stockings | Mini Trees – Similar |Nesting Houses | Mini Ottomans

Lucky for us, we already have 5 knobs for stockings so we won’t need to make a new stocking hanger next year when we add another one to the lineup. *wink*

White Natural Stocking Hanger Holder

My favorite part of this space is still this antique typewriter that belonged to my grandmother. We love having sentimental pieces in our home!

Vintage Antique Typewriter Packages

I hope you enjoyed seeing our White Farmhouse Christmas Living Room! Your next stop on this blog hop is Ashley from Little Glass Jar who is sharing a beautiful home tour. You won’t be disappointed!


Monday 

Christmas Home Tours - Monday Participants

Wife in Progress // Inspiration for Moms // Sand Dollar Lane
 Saw Nail and Paint // The Tattered Pew // The Fat Hydrangea // Worthing Court

Tuesday 

Christmas Home Tours - Tuesday Participants

A Blue Nest // Sincerely, Marie Designs // Town and Country Living
Farmhouse on Boone // Postcards From The Ridge // The Frugal Homemaker

Wednesday 

Christmas Home Tours - Monday Participants

Little Glass Jar // North Country Nest // Bluesky at Home
Aratari at Home // Little House of Four // Twelve on Main // Elizabeth Joan Designs

Thursday

Thursday

AKA Design // The Everyday Home // On Sutton Place
Joy in Our Home  // Noting Grace // Making It In The Mountains //Shabbyfufu

Friday

Christmas Home Tours - Friday Participants

Seeking Lavender Lane // My Creative Days // Thistledown Domestic Creations
The Honeycomb Home // Flatcreek Farmhouse // Green With Decor // Atta Girl Says

$100 Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Final Reveal

A couple of months ago, I decided to take part in the $100 Room Challenge by redoing our master bedroom on a tight budget. To say that I dropped the ball on that is partially true. Yes, I took a super long blog/social media break (more on that in the next week), but we did actually finish the makeover back in August. Anyway, I’m here to share our Master Bedroom Final Reveal!

Master Bedroom $100 Makeover

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Doing a room makeover on a tight budget of just $100 can get pretty tricky.

before after master bedroom

We only made a couple of purchases for this space before all of our money was totally eaten up! So we had to come up with some creative ways to update this room using items we already owned!

Wood Turned Lamp Base

All of the money in our budget went towards these pretty turned wood lamp bases and shades, which we picked up from Target. Even though they were on sale (36.09 each for the bases and 18.99 each for the shades), we still went slightly over $100 when it all totaled up. However, I really like the look of the lamps and how they bring in some warmth to the stark white of the room, so it was definitely worth it!

Creative Unique Nightstand

In my last post about this room, I shared how my hubby and I fashioned this DIY barn wood headboard. It is so cool to have such a sentimental piece (the wood is actually an old barn door from my grandparents’ house)!

Dust Ruffle Bedskirt

Also, on this side of the room, we updated the knobs on the left dresser/nightstand with a little Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. A few accessories from other parts of the house were also pulled in to help the space look more finished. Oh, and I can’t forget the addition of a dust ruffle to hide all of the items stored under our bed.

DIY Barn Wood Head Board

On the other side of the room, we really made an impact with paint! Lucky for us, there was plenty of leftover white paint from previous projects, so that did not affect our budget at all.

New Dresser Drop Pulls

The white dresser fits this room so much better and those drop pull knobs now pop against the white backdrop.

before after master bedroom 2

After removing the old tv and sending it to live in storage, it was time to bring in a few accessories to this space. To keep things simple and add a bit of color, I grabbed one of my ferns from the front porch. Yes, the scale is a bit off, but I didn’t want to clutter the dresser with knick-knacks. Plus, we already owned the fern, so it was a freebie addition to the bedroom.

Ikea Hemnes Dresser

I also chose to keep the spindle glass candlesticks because I liked how they emulated the lamps at the opposite end of the room. This is a lesson in working with what you’ve got!

Fern and Glass Candle Holders

Let’s check back on the to-do list to see how we did!

  • Buy/Replace the lamps
  • DIY a headboard for the bed
  • Add a few accessories to each side table
  • Put on the bed skirt that we’ve been too lazy/busy to add
  • Iron the duvet cover (also laziness)
  • Paint the doors/frames (window frames are already painted)
  • Relocate the TV
  • Accessorize the dresser
  • Paint the dresser

Yay! It looks like we were able to complete everything on the list and stayed pretty close to our $100 budget. (It came it at roughly $110 and change.)

Ikea Dresser Painted White

How do you think we did? Would you have taken a chance and spent all of your budget on just a couple of lamps? Or would you put your money to use on something different to makeover this space? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Master Bedroom/Bedroom Progress: Room by Room Summer Series Week Five

I’m so glad you are here to take a look into our Master Bedroom Progress! It’s the 5th week of the Room by Room Summer Challenge and we are wanting to you get cozy with us in the in the “Owner’s Suite”. Ha! Who am I kidding? This is barely even a master bedroom since it is only a couple of feet bigger than the rest of the bedrooms.

Master Bedroom Matters

We are currently working on giving this room a little bit of an update on a budget, but I wanted to share how our bedroom has changed since we’ve moved in.

BEFORE

Country House Home Tour Before Bedroom 3

Yikes! That carpet was pretty rough! Like the rest of our house, our bedroom floors were all updated by my handy hubby.  After a little bit of trim paint and new curtains, our bedroom was looking better, but it still needed some help.

DURING

Master Bedroom Before

We just added this new DIY barn wood headboard (below) and we love it! Since we are currently working on this room, I’m not going to go into detail about what we are planning to do in this post, but it is looking pretty good so far. (You can read all about the mini makeover here.)

Rustic Headboard Dust Ruffle

So, I missed last week’s Bedrooms post for the Room by Room Summer Series. Since I’m not getting too deep into our master bedroom details, I thought I would share a little bit about our other bedrooms.

Tween Daughter’s Room

Our daughter’s room was the first room with fixed up when we moved in. Redoing this room was also our first experience with the One Room Challenge and it definitely went from drab to fab!

BEFORE

Country House Home Tour Before Bedroom 2

AFTER

Our daughter loves her room now! However, there may be a few small tweaks in this room’s future.

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

We want to add some shelving to the wall for a bit more storage. And maybe some sort of book page art for our avid reader!

Tween Bedroom Desk/Dresser

Son’s Room

Once our Master Bedroom mini makeover is over, the next room on our to-do list is our son’s bedroom.

BEFORE

Country House Home Tour Before Bedroom 1

Thankfully, there won’t be a ton to do in here to get it finished. The little guy wants a shark themed room, so we will incorporate a few fun decor items and give it a bit of nautical feel. Hopefully, we can make that jive with the farmhouse look of the rest of the house. All of the furniture, except for a bookcase we purchase last year, is from his room in our previous house, as well as the bedding.

DURING

Boys Bedroom Oar

So that wraps up this week’s post about our bedrooms!

Did you miss a room in the series?  Click below to check out each room.

Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

I hope you will click on over to see what is going on with the master bedrooms below!