• Crafts,  Home Decor,  Sew

    The Look for Less: Embroidered X Pattern Throw Pillow

    Have you guys seen the new Hearth & Hand home decor collection by Magnolia at Target? Woah. It is pretty amazing!!! There are so many cute pieces and the prices are pretty reasonable. I especially love this cute, little, embroidered x pattern throw pillow!

    This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure.

    If you haven’t checked out the collection yet, you have to see it. I think I need one (or two) of everything. Like this doormat, these striped napkins, this wreath, etc. It is like Joanna Gaines crawled into my brain and stole all of my neutral lovin’ home decor ideas. And then made a home decor line with them. *wink*

    X Pattern Throw Pillow

    Check out how I turned a Hearth & Hand placemat into a cute embroidered x pattern throw pillow.

    Hearth & Hand Placemat

    I’m always on the lookout for a good deal. So, when I found a placemat from the same line that was the exact pattern of the pillow for only a quarter of the price, I scooped up the opportunity to get the look for less.

    Placemat Price Comparison

    If you come across a cute fabric placemat that you love, chances are you can make it into a throw pillow. (I’ve done this before and it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get a stylish pillow for your space.)

    Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

    double sided fabric placemat | seam ripper | cotton batting | needle & thread

    To start, take a seam ripper and pull out the stitching on one side of the placemat, about 4 inches long. (Or just big enough to slip your hand into.)

    Using a Seam Ripper

    Next, stuff the pillow! (I decided to go the cheap route and just pulled apart an old bed pillow to use as stuffing.) Fill that puppy up until it is sufficient to your liking.

    Pillow Stuffing

    Finally, it is time for a little sewing. Using a needle and thread matching the pillow color, hand stitch the opening closed.

    Hand Stitch Pillow

    Voila!  That’s it!

    Hearth and Hand Placemat Pillow

    These placemat pillows are so easy to make and you can whip up several of them in no time.

    Upcycle Placemat Into Pillow

    I just love the neutral style of these embroidered x pattern throw pillows. They are the exact look of the Hearth and Hand version for only a fraction of the cost!

    DIY Lumbar Throw Pillow

    Although, I probably didn’t need any more pillows, I’m so happy that I found this little inexpensive hack. My husband may not be quite as thrilled, since he considers me a pillow hoarder, but I’m sure he appreciates the fact that I saved some money in the pillow acquiring process!

    Not feeling crafty?

    Buy the original embroidered x pattern throw pillow here!

  • $100 Room Challenge,  Home Decor,  Painting Projects,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $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!

  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    Neutral Fall Vignette and Fall Festival Blog Hop

    Hello Friends! I’ve had a nice little break from the blog, but I’m back. And I’m so excited to be participating in the Fall Festival Blog hop, hosted by my friends Kendra (Joy In Our Home) and Lindsay (My Creative Days). There are so many fun themes/posts to hop through over the next week and you can check those out at the bottom of this post. I’m sharing a little neutral fall vignette that I whipped up for the occasion.

    Neutral Fall Vignette

    If you are stopping by from My Creative Days, WELCOME!

    In my opinion, fall is best season and is so much fun to decorate for. I love all pumpkins, but the white ones are by far my favorites.

    Mini White Pumpkins Decor

    To create this little vignette, I pulled together random decor pieces from our home, keeping the color pallette simple. An old window anchors everything, while a white cake stand and a few books help group items together. I also added in some greenery to vary the height.

    Fall Decor Books Succulent

    This cute book page banner was so easy to make! Just type out your letters in a Word document and print out on a book page. Then cut them out in whatever shape you want and tape the backs to some string. Easy peasy!

    Welcome Autumn Banner

    Look at the cute curly green stem!

    Curvy Green Pumpkin Stem

    So what do you think of this neutral fall vignette?  I love how it came together, using just a few pumpkins and other pieces from our home. Seems like the perfect way to welcome autumn!

    White Green Fall Decor

    I hope you enjoyed this stop on our Fall Festival Blog Hop! Now it’s time to hop on over and check out the beautiful vignette from Jen at Noting Grace, as well as the rest of the awesome posts this week. Thanks for stopping by!

    Vignettes on MondayMy Creative Days
    Elizabeth Joan Designs
    Noting Grace
    2 Bees in a Pod
    Belle Blue Interiors
    Farmhouse On Elder Hill

    Front Porches on Tuesday

    Little Brags
    Life Love Larson
    Hood Creek Log Cabin
    Poofing the Pillows 
    White Arrows Home
    Celebrate & Decorate 

    Fall Recipes on Wednesday

     Joy In Our Home
    With Two Spoons 
    Honey n Hydrangea
    Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Crisp Collective
    Calli Girl In A Southern World

    Tablescapes on Thursday

    Repurpose and Upcycle
    Timeless Creations
    Kingsbury Brook Farm
    Back to Blueberry Hill
    Dining Delight
    Lemons To Lovelys

    Mantles on Friday

    Anderson + Grant
    Personally Andrea 
    Beesnburlap 
    The Mountain View Cottage
    Making it in the Mountains
    Lemons, Lavender & Laundry

  • Home Decor,  The Country House

    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!