• Holidays & Seasons

    Fun and Unique Hostess Gifts

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    It seems that everyone has a gathering or two to go to during this time of year. And what better way to show your appreciation for the host than by bringing along a cool gift? Whether you are having your own get-together or heading out to one, there are some great gift ideas from UncommonGoods that would be perfect for almost any host or hostess. Here are 7 Fun and Unique Hostess Gifts!

    Fun and Unique Hostess Gifts

    Have you heard of UncommonGoods before? They have so many distinctive gifts, jewelry, and home decor items. As a privately-owned retailer, their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers (hence all of those nifty and fun things.) Plus, with every purchase you make, they’re proud to donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. How cool is that?

    Slate Place Card Set

    I love the simplicity of these place cards and, as you can see, they can be used in different ways. Write names, numbers, or get super crafty and draw some fun holiday pictures on each!

    Cheese & Crackers Serving Board

    What gathering is complete without cheese and crackers?  This ampersand cheese and crackers board is wonderful for displaying all of the yummy selections the host/hostess may have.

    Homesick Candles

    I think that this unique candle is probably my favorite idea on the list. I have yet to smell the Ohio candle, but I can only imagine how comforting it will feel for visitors to get a scent of their home state. Plus, a candle always adds to the ambiance!

    Cocktail Hour Chocolate Gift Box

    You can’t really go wrong with a box of chocolates, right? Especially when they are flavored like your favorite liquor. I’ll take the champagne flavor, thank you!

    Bag of Coal Soaps

    These little lumps of coal are really quite the cheeky gift and perfect for even the naughtiest (or nicest) host on your list. What a fun way to keep hands clean and moisturized.

    Entertainer’s Gift Box

    Jelly and almonds and chutney, Oh My! This yummy gift box is certain to please a crowd with its variety of delicious goodies. Just add some cheese and wine! (It would go great with the cheese and crackers serving board above.)

    Life by Definition Coffee Mugs

    Keep the conversation going with some descriptive coffee mugs. Whether you fill them with coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or even mulled wine, the guests will surely be talking about these clever definitions.

    So, which of these fun and unique hostess gifts will you be grabbing from UncommonGoods?

     

     

     

  • $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!

  • $100 Room Challenge,  Build It Yourself,  Furniture Makeovers,  Home Decor,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge Week 3 – DIY Barn Wood Headboard

    About 1.5 months ago, we finally purchased the king sized bed that we had been wanting. Woohoo! Do you know how awesome it is to have so much space for sleeping? If you don’t, I will tell you that it is absolutely amazing!!! Anyway, since we already have the bed and we are working on our bedroom for the $100 Room Challenge, we decided to make a DIY Barn Wood Headboard for week 3.

    See the before pics and our plan for the master bedroom.

    Barn Wood Headboard

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    This piece of barn wood is actually a door from an old building that was at my grandparents’ house. After my grandparents passed away, my parents moved in and were nice enough to give it to us when they redid the building. It has just been sitting around waiting for the right time/use to come along.

    Aged Barn Wood

    See how distressed it is, with the chippy paint and cracked wood? But that just gives it that much more character!

    Distressed Painted Barn Wood

    This project was a two person job. While my hubby, Chris, cleaned up the barn wood, I free handed a template for the top of the headboard. Then, I just taped it on and traced it with a sharpie. After that, Chris cut it out using a jigsaw and sanded while I made lunch. He also added a few coats of Polycrylic to seal everything in, just in case the existing paint had lead in it.

    Headboard Template

    Finally, we lugged it inside and put it in place. Doesn’t it look good?

    DIY Barn Wood Headboard

    We noticed that after adding the Polycrylic, the wood actually darkened. I’m not sure if I will eventually add some white wash to the headboard to lighten it just a bit, but for now, we are sticking with it as is.

    Handmade Wood Headboard

    With just this one project, our master bedroom looks so much better! Not only are we sleeping better because of our new mattress and foundation, but this headboard really adds some farmhouse feels to the space. And that is just the look we are going for!

    Master Bedroom

    Oh, and I almost forgot! I finally put on the dust ruffle we purchased when we got the bed. #slacker

    Rustic Headboard Dust Ruffle

    Don’t you think our DIY barn wood headboard turned out great?

    This headboard adds the perfect amount of romance to the room with the soft curve but also keeps things from getting too girly with the rustic, chippy paint.

    Romantic Bedroom Furniture

    Did you miss a week of the $100 Room Challenge?  Catch up now!

    Week 1Week 2Week 3 | Week 4 |

    See how the other participants are progressing by clicking the links below!


  • Home Decor,  The Country House

    Farmhouse Living Room Decor: Room by Room Summer Series Week Three

    It’s already week 3 of the Room by Room Summer Series and we are sharing our living spaces. (Last week was kitchens!) Come take a peek at our Farmhouse Living Room Decor.  It’s certainly nothing fancy, but we do enjoy this space for entertaining guests or snuggling up with a comfy blanket to watch a movie or two.

    Summer Farmhouse Living Room Decor

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    This is one of those rooms that only required minimal tweaking when we moved in. (Below is the room on move in day.) We really only removed the carpet to lay wood laminate floors and painted the trim. Then it was just a matter of putting in place our normal furniture, curtains, and decor!

    Country House Home Tour Before Living Room

    Let’s start here at the TV. and work our way around the room, mmmkay? I’m in love with ladders and like to use them in our decor around the house. (Check out this ladder we made for our bathroom.) We found this old beauty at a garage sale.

    Ladder and Entertainment Stand Dresser

    In the corner, we placed our old slipper chair.  A few months ago, I gave it a makeover and I must say it is still looking pretty good!

    Reupholstered Slipper Chair

    The piano was my Mom’s. I was lucky enough to inherit this instrument and now our daughter is learning to play some beautiful music on it.  It is such a sentimental piece, but to be honest, I hate the color of the wood stain. However, I’m not brave enough to paint or re-stain for fear of ruining it, so like this, it will stay.

    To try and tone down the color of the piano and brighten the area, I like to add shades of white and cream, such as the faux sheepskin, books, and candles.  For balance I added two DIY topiaries and my favorite magnolia wreath adorns the mirror above.

    Piano Decor Magnolia Wreath

    Our couch has definitely taken a beating over the years and you can tell.  However, it is still super comfy and perfect for movie night. And when it gets dirty, we can just pull the cover off and wash it. Since we have kids, pets, and light colored furniture, slipcovers are a must!

    Couch Sofa Ektorp Neutral

    My favorite pillows right now are still the fun ones from my friend Kendra at Linen & Ivory. She has so many amazing options to choose from and pretty much all of them can be mixed and matched.

    Linen and Ivory Pillows

    Don’t you just love tulips?  I think they are some of the prettiest, yet simple, flowers. These actually aren’t real, even though they look fairly convincing. I found them online for super cheap. (Purchase your own here!)

    White Tulips Tobacco Basket

    Finishing up this room decor tour is a photo of the view from our living space into our entry, which are basically the same room, just sectioned off by a big ol’ armchair.

    Neutral Armchair Living Room

    So what do you think of our living room? As of right now, we really don’t have a lot of plans for this space, besides maybe some paint at some point. But we aren’t in any hurry with that. *wink*

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

    Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

    Stay tuned next week for BEDROOMS! If you liked our living room, then you should definitely click over and stop by to see these other living spaces.