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Hello friends – I hope that you have been well this week. I shared some simple ways to style a cloche this week and here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please enjoy the inspiration and don’t forget to link up your recent projects and recipes down below! Thanks so much for stopping by!



5 Simple Ways to Style a Cloche


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Outdoor Dining Set Makeover


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Rustic Cake Stand by Anderson and Grant


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Hello friends! Hope your week has been off to a good start! Well I am back sharing a super simple decor tip that really works well in any home style. It is 5 simple ways to style a cloche…The best part of a cloche is there are a variety of ways to use it and decorate with it.

Today I will show you several ways (although there are so many more)! In addition, each example shows how you can change out the base, thus changing the entire look (using things you may already have lying around at home).

First up is with herbs…


These are faux herbs so they will continue to last just fine under that glass dome ;). This adds a pretty pop of green to any spot in the kitchen.


I love herbs and how they can be both functional/decorative and when paired with a wood slice they compliment each other perfectly .

Next, is with wooden beads…


Adding a wooden accent to any space in your home instantly warms it up and makes things feel cozy (at least in my humble opinion).


I placed the glass dome atop a vintage silver dish I have had for many years. This helped make the entire look feel more elegant.

Use fruit for bright colors…


Any sort of fruit looks cheerful and delicious when housed inside cloche.

Try grouping flowers…


I ran out to the garden and clipped some pretty blooms and laid them next to a pretty silver tray. Inside I used a fun little galvanized pitcher to hold delicate blue flowers.

You can never go wrong with succulents…


I have all our wedding china set up in our kitchen and thought how fun it would be to use as a base with these aged terra cotta pots.


As you can see, this is just an handful of ideas and it can be just as festive to use cloche’s during the holidays.  Get creative with what you have on hand and use it more than once. As always, think outside the box and don’t feel confined by the rules of decor ;).


Thanks so much for being here, it truly means a lot!


I just love when I make my weekly thrift store run and happen upon something I have wanted for a long time… Or should I say, a find that I can repurpose into something I have wanted for a long time.

That is exactly what I did here with this Pottery Barn inspired vase and I am sharing how easy it is to make one over at Craftberry Bush today. I would love for you to stop by!

Thanks so much and have a wonderful day friends!


Inspiration Gallery

Hello friends and welcome to The Inspiration Gallery! This week I shared a bit of my heart about the Design Process and a quick tutorial for updated cutting boards/wooden trays. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please feel free to link up your recent projects and recipes down below…



In the Middle of it All – The Design Process

Cutting Boards and Wooden Trays – A Simple Painted DIY Version


Moss wreath chandelier DIY
Custom Made Ruffle Pillow DIY
Free Botanical Prints
New Video
Making Time for What you Love

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Stikwood Wall Reveal in Den : Porch Refresh : Sweet Smokey Rib Rub


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Black Pipe TV Stand by What Rose Knows


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I really enjoy cutting boards or wood trays scattered throughout the kitchen. I love the warmth they add, the character through their worn nature and variety of shapes. I have lucked out finding a few while thrifting or antiquing. This ukalele one on the right may be my very favorite. I found it while shopping locally with my dear friend Ashley at House of Five last year.


This engraved version is also a unique addition to our counters (by Our Board Boutique)


You may remember this larger one from the One Room Spring Tour here.


I have also seen some fun painted, marbled and metal varieties of wooden trays and boards a lot lately. So, of course I had to try it myself =). This is a great way to add some detail to your decor by keeping it simple and pretty at the same time.


You will need – Acrylic paint (I used metallic), a wooden board or tray, masking tape and paint brush.

Here is the easy tutorial… (I mean this was really easy – ha!)


Take your cutting board or wood tray (this one was randomly sitting around our house and was stained so it was perfect for testing out). Then use some masking tape to make a border for where you will paint.


Now take your acrylic paint and paint up until you hit the masking tape. You may notice the cute little swirling strokes created here by someone who joined in on the fun ;).

I did about three coats to make sure there was good coverage.

Let it dry and then use decoratively. Note – this is NOT food safe and should only be used for decoration.


I recently bought this small pineapple tray (along with a larger version) when I was second hand shopping and I happen to think it would also look fantastic painted!

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY and that if you come across a board or tray it will inspire you to get a little paint out. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you at The Inspiration Gallery tonight!


Happy Monday friends, I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend. Lately, I have been caught up in the why of my blog and I wanted to share my heart with you a bit today. I really love being able to talk with you here and I truly mean that. I have an opportunity to share my thoughts, my passions and a little bit of my life with you. And just like my journey in home decor =), there has been a bigger journey in my path of life generally speaking.

Today I wanted to share a little bit about both as I feel they go hand in hand. More so, in the last year I have had the chance to show our home and how it looks today. I have the opportunity to work with some wonderful and talented individuals/companies whom I love to be able to collaborate with and in part that has added some beautiful decor to our home.

But our home didn’t get here without a story. It didn’t always look like this, nor did I. It has taken some effort and it is still a work in progress. Most importantly, it is my desire that you know whatever I share here with you on Zevy Joy it be an encouragement.  An encouragement to try hard, to live dreams and to do it with whatever you may have big or small.

So today I bring you our sweet little home (throughout the past 9 years) in the middle of finding myself and finding my style. I am giving you a tour of a place where our family made many memories, joined in lots of  laughs and tears occasionally too. A place that looked just as it should at the time and has since then received some updates/upgrades.


Things like tile, butcher block and an open kitchen were all I knew I wanted when working on our kitchen when we very first moved in. It made me happy and I felt accomplished knowing we did most of it ourselves. The best part were the little mouths we fed around this island, the smudged surfaces from little fingers and the conversations that circled this lovely space. I didn’t know what I wanted more for our decor than what was there at the time and it was “just right”.


As time went on, I had an eye for industrial pieces and I was gifted these stools from my dad after we had invested in some metal dining chairs. Both of those pieces began a style I continued to “build on” for our home. We started small with our decor ideas and went from there.


This sectional engulfed our room. It made it a place we could sit/relax after both myself and my hubby worked full hours as teachers and had our sweet babes to tend to at the end of a long day. It provided us a spot to chat and catch up, to make plans for the future and decide what we wanted to be. Toys filled the room and made many fun messes.


Knowing the sectional was comfy and important to us, I worked with a budget and sewed our slipcover as seen above (you can read about the process here also). I was set on a lighter and brighter space after having earth tones take the stage for so long in our home. A crisp white sofa would do the trick and much like the industrial chairs, it began to evolve into a style I was striving for.


This sweet table was purchased on Craigslist and is still with us in our home now (only here). There have been many meals, talks and holidays at this table…


Our bedroom was plain, over time it got simple upgrades such as a rug, more pillows, paint, etc…


Our front room has seen so many changes. It serves as a variety of things, a guest room, a living room and an office. It has been a good space for our family in a smaller home. Friends and loved ones have occupied this space making visiting possible. We really appreciate it’s versatility.


(Weathered Wood Wall – Stikwood, Art by Wellbrock Art)

And today it looks like this. It didn’t happen over night and still has a ways to go. Like mentioned above, my industrial stools, dining chairs and white sofa were the decor that paved the way for the style of our home now.


Many pieces have been repurposed, thrifted and budgeted (as seen here). The flexibility of neutrals and second hand furniture made my style simple and attainable.


I was able to take this small space and transform it over nearly a decade. White, creams and linen became the cohesive element found throughout each of our rooms. Those three things (chairs and sofa) that started my design are still a fixture in our home today.


(Rug from Rugs USA)

Some new favorites have been added alongside them such as these wicker chairs and chandelier that give our home the farmhouse/cottage style I longed for.


They have helped decorate our home, they have made it pretty and they have defined my style. What I hope most is that you will leave here today remembering that these things did not make it a home. I did and those whom I love do (my hubby, my kiddos and our family/friends). The pictures sharing our home before and throughout the process show a home where a mom and a dad both worked full time, working hard to provide a house for their family and making it work. A family taking risks, living what they believed in and having faith. A place where a mom quit her job to stay home and live her dream to care for her babes and live off less. But with that risk came huge reward. An opportunity to dream big, honor her God and be here sharing with you today. Sure, I would like to think our home and decor have come a long way and I would like to say it looks pretty (at least in my eyes ;). No matter what our home looked like before, in the middle and after… it was ALWAYS home. We loved each other, we made mistakes, we lived, we learned, we are better for it and we are doing it all over again every day. Our style of home/decor took some years to tweak with a few favorite pieces that led the way.

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I hope this encourages you that it can take time to decorate and to find your style. When you are in the process of doing that you still have home no matter what it may look like and even if it is only a few pieces in your desired style.

Since I just shared how I came to find my design favorites, I am so excited to be joining some wonderful ladies as we talk about how we find, define, represent and/or refine our styles. We will use this as an opportunity to show our spaces/decor that makes us happy and feel at home, because isn’t that really what decor should be all about?!  In turn we want to share yours too! Starting each Monday – Thursday (6:00 EST) you can post a photo to Instagram of how you find your style in your home using #FindingMyStyle. Get creative and let us hear about you – we would love to see how you put your signature on your style.  Then each Friday we will pick one person’s photo to feature on each of our accounts.

I am joining each of these talented friends…

Cami from Tidbits

Alicia from A Burst of Beautiful

Nina from Nina Hendrick Design

Lauren from Blesser House

Norma from Paint Me Pink

Rachel from Maison de Pax

Ashley from Cherished Bliss

Make sure to go and say hello and thank you so much for stopping by!


Inspiration Gallery

Hello and welcome to this week’s, The Inspiration Gallery! We are so happy to have you here, please feel free to link up your recent projects/recipes down below and enjoy the creativity! This week was all about organization here at Zevy Joy. And this is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home…



Ikea Furniture Hack – Media Nightstand 

Kid’s Toy Storage – Ideas and Tips


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My first video with Wayfair


DIY Spring Decorations! Lots of great ideas for both Easter and Spring via

DIY Spring Decorations


TIG CollageDrum Shade Chandelier Sources
What to Do with Cottage Cheese



DIY Planter Box with Wheels by I Should Be Mopping The Floor



Making a New Dough Bowl Look Old with Anderson and Grant



No Bake White Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert by Cookie Dough and Oven Mit


TIG pickRosemary’s Plum Gin Cocktail


Happy Wednesday friends. You may remember seeing a few updates of our daughter’s room here and here. I have made a few small changes or additions since then but the biggest thing I have focused on is toy storage in such a small space. Her room is tiny and it is great, but it also means that I need to get creative with how we store her toys.


(Horse Photograph by Chloe at Boxwood Avenue and Canvas Print by Canvas HQ)

So I thought today I would share what I have been learning and what has been working well along the way. I understand not one way fits all for toy organization, but am sure some of these ideas could be adapted to other’s storage needs.


Firstly, we took her closet doors and inserted a dresser in it’s place to hold clothing. When this room was her nursery that was also the changing area.


Across her small twin bed is her play kitchen. Here in the tiny play kitchen I have tried to maximize the space…


This kitchen has some great compartments that fit these plastic snap containers perfectly!


I just taped on pictures of what goes into each container so they are easy to find and make cleaning up easy.  As you can see in the picture above, some toys get stuffed into little corners and that is ok too ;).


After seeing my friend Brooke from Nesting with Grace’s recommendation and tutorial about a toy chest, I purchased this storage unit from Ikea to hold more toys and there is a larger tub at the bottom used for laundry. I will be adding a skirt to this in the future (as shown on Nesting with Grace) but I just haven’t gotten to it yet.


Next is her fun canopy (tutorial here) that is a spot to play, read, hang out, etc… I also love she can throw as many stuffed animals as she wants her and it all just becomes a cozy little corner.


I know everyone has heard of under bed storage and it is not a new concept, but it sure is useful for lots of pieces and many sets of different toys. I used some more of these boxes with photos taped to the front. They slide right underneath and the kids can easily grab what they are looking for.


(Bedding is from Beddy’s Beds)

Before using some of these systems we used to just have giant toy baskets that everything got thrown into. Which was just fine and still would be! The only con I found with that system was so many toys were going unnoticed or lost. Using storage this way has helped them enjoy the toys a bit more and of course I love how easy clean up can be. Plus, it gets tucked away nice and tidy, just what this organizing mama loves – lol.

Hope you enjoyed this and maybe it will give you some ideas when it comes to all the toys. I appreciate you being here and thanks for stopping by!


Happy Monday friends, I hope that you each had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! Ours was really nice and low key. We even had a little time to work on a small project (a media nightstand), which I am back sharing today. I have had this project on my mind for a while and was excited to see it come to fruition (with the help of my hubby of course!)


I don’t know about you, but I have always been amazed by all the fun and creative Ikea Furniture Hacks that people come up with. I have always wanted to try my hand at one, but really haven’t taken one on until now.


First, I should explain why we felt the need for a media nightstand… My husband and I both tend to do a lot of work at night and mostly in the bedroom because we spend late hours catching up after family time, dinner and the kiddos bedtime routines. Honestly, this cozy spot really is the best place to do it! I spend hours working on photos, blogging, etc… and he spends lots of time grading papers, lesson planning, reading, etc…


Because we spend so much time on computers and other electronics (for example, there is a work computer, a personal computer, an old iPad and our phones) there is also a great need to find a station to charge all of these devices. As of late, our bedroom had become one giant docking station and it had also become the opposite of pretty. It became a pile of chargers and cords, books and other necessities.


So I thought about how we could find a way to store all of these items and charge them at the same time. Unfortunately, most nightstands only have a drawer or two, which was not enough for all of our technology. There was however, this piece at Ikea and I have had my eye on it, thinking we could make it work. After installing it all I really felt like the piece still looked too much like office furniture in our bedroom. So we took it a step further and made it look like a nightstand and here is how we did it.


Here is what we used and how we constructed this piece…


  • We used this furniture unit, drill and paddle bit (sized the appropriate diameter to pass cord through), plywood sheets 1/8 in width (purchased from JoAnn’s), table saw, wood glue (we used this), clamps, chalkpaint/varnish, pilot bit for drilling knob holes and knobs or pulls.
  • Please practice safety anytime you are using power tools and equipment or cords as listed.
  1. First we drilled holes through the drawers and the back of the cabinet. Note – we did this before inserting or having any cords nearby.
  2. Here is a visual of what it will look like at the very end when we inserted cords.
  3. We also attached a power strip to the side so that we could plug in all the different cords and keep them organized.
  4. Next, we took the plywood sheets (pictured above), traced each drawer that we were covering and cut to size using the table saw.
  5. Once all the drawer fronts were cut we glued them onto the drawers and clamped them into place until dry.
  6. When all the glue had dried I then painted the entire piece with chalk paint to give it a cohesive look. I lightly sanded the entire piece after the paint had dried and then finished it with varnish. After proper dry times we screwed in the new drawer pulls and put the nightstand in place next to our bed.


Both my hubby and I have loved having this new addition as it gives adequate storage and my favorite part that it is all hidden away.


We have worked slowly at making our room a comfortable and pretty place to retire at the end of the day and it was really bothering me that we were letting clutter and electronics impose our space.


These things can already be a constant distraction and I like how this piece is a good reminder for our family that it is necessary to tuck it away.


Thanks so much for joining me here today and I will be back later this week with some helpful tips on storage in a small house. Have a great day all!


Inspiration Gallery

Hello friends! Welcome to this week’s, The Inspiration Gallery! We are so happy to have you here and please enjoy linking up your recent projects/recipes below. This week I shared some simple steps for decorating a table and how to sew an easy dinner napkin. You will also find what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home.


The Inspiration Gallery

9 Simple Steps for Setting a Table

How to Make a Dinner Napkin Using a Fabric Quarter


Clay vase DIY
Tips & tricks for the perfect floral arrangement
Fringe Wall Art DIY


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Banana Split Pie by Hoosier Homemade


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DIY Dresser Planter by Summery Umbrella


TIG pickHealthy Banana Chocolate Pudding