• Blogging,  Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor,  Outdoors,  The Country House

    Country Sampler Magazine Holiday Homes

    I have something really exciting news to share today! Elizabeth Joan Designs was featured in the most recent issue of Country Sampler Magazine! They shared our Holiday Front Porch from last year in their Holiday Homes edition. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this is a for a little ol’ blogger like me.

    Fun Neutral Holiday Front Porch

    When the sweet people at Country Sampler Magazine first contacted me, my jaw hit the floor. I couldn’t believe that they wanted to share a photo from this blog in their publication. They always share such beautiful spaces and vignettes in their issues. Have you ever checked them out?

    Country Sampler Holiday Homes

    Some personal information was removed from the letter for privacy.

    Last year when working on our holiday front porch, I had so much fun putting everything together. This area was a bit of a challenge because I was trying to not to spend a bunch of extra money and had to get creative in my styling. I pulled in some natural blue spruce branches and a few faux eucalyptus pieces to add some extra greenery to the space.

    Elizabeth Joan Designs Magazine Feature

    The magazine is in stores now, so if you are out and about, stop and grab yourself an issue!

    Holiday Front Porch Magazine Feature

    It is such an honor to be included in this issue along with so many other amazing bloggers and designers! If you want to see more photos of our Holiday Front Porch, click here!

  • 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

  • Outdoors,  Painting Projects

    Curb Appeal Update

    I can’t wait to share my simple curb appeal update with you guys today! I’m a huge believer that little changes, like painting, can make a big difference in how spaces look. It only takes a little bit of time to have a huge impact. Check it out!

    Curb Appeal Update

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    As I’ve mentioned before, our Country House is nothing amazingly special. It’s comfy and cozy and works for our general needs, but typically I would not have thought about purchasing a small yellow ranch home. (Read all about our decision to buy this house by clicking here.)

    The Shutters

    White Shutter Yellow House

    The outside of our home was very plain, with light yellow siding and chippy white shutters. (Nevermind the ugly bushes; those will be replaced in due time.) After we updated our garage doors to give them a little more pizazz, I knew that there were still a few simple changes that we could do with paint. So, we brainstormed for a bit and decided to paint our shutters. After removing all of the shutters, we gave them a couple of coats each of Krylon Black Satin paint.

    Krylon Paint Black Shutters

    Once they had dried, we power washed the siding and hung them back up.

    Old Ladder Hanging Shutters

    Doesn’t the black just make them pop? We love it!

    Black Shutters Yellow House Siding

    The Front Door

    Since the shutters looked so much better after such an easy fix, we decided that our front door also needed a change.

    White Storm Door Removed

    First, we opted to permanently remove the storm door. Unfortunately, the old door was a dingy gray color and certainly didn’t look welcoming at all.

    Old Front Door

    Next, we painted our front door with Valspar’s Kettle Black (semi-gloss). Just covering up the gray and cream made such a huge impact.

    Black Front Door

    Of course, I had to add a few extra accessories, like the cute “Home Sweet Home” rug and some seasonal flowers in a vintage crock.

    Fall Porch Decor

    Just look at that before and after! Painting truly makes such a difference.

    Old Front Door Curb Appeal Update

    We can’t wait to do more updates to the curb appeal of our home, but for now, that will have to wait, since we are getting started on the inside this weekend. Yay! What do you think of our curb appeal update? We absolutely love the black, but would you have chosen a different color for the shutters or the door? We would love to hear from you! To see more updates and sneak peeks, follow me on Instagram!

  • Outdoors,  The Country House

    Simple Garage Door Makeover

    I’m so excited that we’ve started to work on projects for The Country House! One of the first things that we wanted to tackle was curb appeal. I mean, who doesn’t love to see a home that welcomes you with open arms!? First impressions matter, people. So, with a tiny budget, some magnets, and some black spray paint, we did a simple garage door makeover.

    Simple Garage Door Makeover

    Our little ranch home is very plain jane, as you can see in the photo below. We had previously decided that we did not want to put a ton of money into major renovations on this house just yet because we aren’t sure what direction we will eventually be going with things. Build on? Build new? Tweak what we have? We are still in limbo with all of that. Anyway, we started to brainstorm ideas that could help spruce things up, like the garage doors, without spending a ton of money.


    Garage Door Before

    After some searching, we decided that we loved the idea of adding some hardware to our garage doors to dress things up. However, I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of drilling into the doors. What if we didn’t like the end result? Or if things ended up crooked? Or the doors wouldn’t open after installation? I just could not get on board with the idea of adding the hardware, that is until we found some magnetic garage door hardware. Hallelujah!

    Garage Door Magnetic Hardware

    The magnetic hardware is so easy to install because you just place it on your garage door and it sticks there. If it looks crooked, you can straighten it easily, and there is no damage to the actual door. We had to adjust our pieces so that they wouldn’t be pushed out to the way when we opened the doors.

    Garage Door Hardware

    Since there is already some hardware for locking/lifting on the doors, we did not use the included handles in the packages, but instead opted to remove the existing hardware and spray paint it to match.

    Spray Painted Garage Hardware

    Don’t the garage doors look so much better? The new hardware just makes them pop!


    Simple Garage Door Makeover

    As you can see, there is still some paint touch ups for us to work on around the doors and we eventually want to get new outdoor lighting, but we think that this little, inexpensive update definitely helps the home feel more welcoming!

    Garage Door Black Embellishment

    There are several other curb appeal projects in the works right now, so stick around to see what we have up our sleeves! And we would love to hear if you’ve had any experiences with updating your own garage door.

    Garage Door Update