• Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  Outdoors,  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 Monday


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

    Vignettes on Tuesday

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

    Recipes on Wednesday

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

    Front Porches on Thursday

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

    Tablescapes on Friday

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

  • Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  The Country House

    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 added 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

  • 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!

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    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!