Hello there friends – I am in serious summer mode over here and the weather has been really lovely making it that much more tempting. I finally feel myself slowing down and we have been treasuring our quality time as of late. Although we do step on each other’s toes from time to time ;), summer has been wonderful. You may recognize our camper here that I shared awhile back and I had some great questions from some of you regarding the whole set up. So today I thought I would share how we put this little getaway on wheels together as well as some tips and tricks for glamping too!

Aside from giving the pop-up some upgrades in the last few years, we have also used it enough to have learned a few things along the way.

The first being the importance of…

CURTAINS

The camper came with a track system for the drapery and I tried a few ways of hanging curtains in the past… None of which worked well until this last reveal when we added rods.

We simply (and carefully) drilled the top of the rod support into the top of the steel curtain track and it worked out perfectly!

We used those inexpensive skinny rods you can find at almost any home improvement or decor store and made sure to add supports to the ends and middles (as seen below).

In addition, I bought some white blackout curtains (they have a nice thick liner) and cut them in half/hemmed them up. It allowed me to get twice the amount of curtains from one pair of panels. These ones that have grommets slide back and forth easily too.

We hung rods over the beds with another inexpensive curtain panel too (so that people can change/sleep and have privacy). I added a little pom trim for extra detail of course.

One of the most important pieces of glamping is convenience and convenience is coupled with storage! Making packing and stowing away a breeze is key to the whole experience.

STORAGE

This may look a little crazy in there, but it is actually very accessible and helpful when we take the trailer out.

You will see we have invested in smaller tupperware and plastic tubs to hold all of our necessities… literally everything.

(Please excuse the chipping paint. I am in the process of touch ups and overall it has held up great these few years; like anything else it needs some retouches though)

That way once we set up camp, it can quickly be pulled out, covered and stay put. Plus when it gets knocked around or the pop-up is in transit to its next destination, everything is contained.

Smaller tupperware is perfect for separating toiletries such as sunscreen, face wash and toothbrushes.

Therefore when everyone is exhausted at the end of the night, I quickly pull out a tub to get what I need and avoid needing to dig through a suitcase or bag.

I also have an extra set of everything for the camper. That way I am not trying to pack everything from the house each time. These tubs stay packed, get packed away until used the next trip. I need to give my hubby and his family for teaching him some of these tips as he has taught me them along the way.

Underneath the sofa there is more storage and I have these medium tubs we use in place of suitcases. Each family member gets a tub for clothing and I pack it right before we go. Again, this makes having clothes accessible in such a tight space much more doable and enjoyable.

Baskets are helpful too. Yes they are decorative and cute… but they are great to grab when needed – plus they can stay out looking pretty ;). ¬†Above we have towels for the beach…

In this bed basket we have all kinds of games…

And then here is a faux plant over here (because it makes me happy) with books stacked inside.

Next, make EVERYTHING…

WASHABLE!

This is obvious but important. I sewed slips for the sofas out of tablecloths from the thrift store when we first got the pop up. We use them still today.

I have these bath mats on the floor which are wonderful for throwing in the wash when we are done with our trip!

Quite a few people ask how we go camping and keep it clean… well here is a little example of footprints, finger smudges, etc… that found their way on the sofa cover. I will give it a good rinse and most will come out fine, if not… no big deal! ūüėČ

I have old blankets and pillows that were excess at our place and they fit in perfect around here (again washing machine friendly).

I know I am not the first to say the sleeping well when away is vital and even though there is no bed like your own you can have…

COMFORTABLE BEDS/BEDDING

Our Beddy’s is the best thing that happened to our camper (no joke). It feels tidy without all the work and zips up beautifully.

Underneath the bedding you will find a couple layers. The original thin mattress that came with the camper and then we have added blow up mattresses. I can’t tell you what a difference this makes! The Beddy’s fits over all of it just fine!

Things in older campers get dirty, damaged and just plain dated. And while it isn’t a necessity by any means we redid our…

FLOORING

I couldn’t believe what a change this made to the whole space and how much bigger it made the camper feel. We used what we could find at our local Costco (it was click and lay laminate – no glue or tricky installation either). We still have a few places to give finishing touches with the floor still and I am ok with the imperfections for now.

Then there are the things that make such a difference or worth the extra effort of including…

AMENTITIES

We bring small fans, heaters and portable vacuums.

We even have a little toilet that stores away under the cabinet there up above. It is a absolute help in the middle of the night or very early morning.

After all, camping should be fun for everyone including this guy! We have loved the travels so far in this little sweet ride and look forward to many more. We keep saying we may get a bigger upgrade in the future, but in truth, I am smitten with this memory maker.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope this was helpful to any of you skilled campers (or new ones too!) Have a great rest of your week!

 

 

Hello sweet friends and welcome today! This week I shared some of my recent kitchen favorites and a surprising way to clean stainless steel appliances! Here is what has been going on with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please link up your recent projects and recipes down below… Enjoy all that incredible inspiration too!

Kitchen Favorites and Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances 

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Fresh Peach Tart with Cooking On The Front Burner

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Fridge magnets with free succulent printables

Living Room Makeover by Seeking Lavender Lane

Simple Summer Mantle

Hello friends! Hope your week has been off to a nice start. We have had lots of work and play around here. More play than work ;), but you know the occasional yard work, house cleaning, etc… And while on the topic of house cleaning I can’t wait to share some fun tips with you today (as well as some of my recent favorite finds for the kitchen too).

Lets start with the cleaning though… We have had our stainless steel kitchen appliances for about 8 years now and for the most part they are going strong. But they kinda feel like I can never keep them clean! The streaks, finger prints and water marks are endless. Thus, driving me a little nuts, haha. Anyhow, I feel like I have tried it all when it comes to cleaning ¬†them (expensive quality cleaners, magic erasers, windex, soap/water, the list goes on…) And let me disclose too that I did NOT come up with this magic cleaning method I am about to share, but rather wanted to show it really did work for us. And while at it, I should also say – that all appliances/finishes are different, so I can’t specify whether this works for everyone. I tested a section of ours, loved the results and then went to town. O.K… are you ready for me to stop babbling and just share it already ?! ūüėČ

Here is a real life close up of all the grime down below. Now look up above you will notice the difference! Can you see it???

And just in case you can’t believe it, here is a closer up of the fridge door (bottom = dirty and top = clean)…

Here is our drippy dishwasher too (just lots of water stains).

And here below is the clean after!

So after many attempts at clean appliances… I think I have the winning ticket. I cleaned the appliances first with my household spray to begin. But recently had remembered that olive oil had been something I used when my babies were little because it was a non toxic way to clean. I had heard the idea somewhere (again not my original idea) and used it years back. I must have thought there were better ways to clean since I stopped doing it, but now I am convinced that this is the only way for me! Funny how we can have a hold of something good and let it go for a while…

I rubbed it onto the appliances with just a paper towel and the results speak for themselves! It seems to have held up well in the past (I’m not sure about it going rancid etc…) and today when it was hot out it did seem to sweat a bit on the surface in some areas, so I just rubbed it back in and there have been no issues since.

I feel like this beaming photo above and my writing on the topic seem like an infomercial ;)… but honestly, I am giving my true opinion here and was totally tickled with the real life results. Just thought it was something fun to discuss with you all.

My hubby was in the background today as I was cleaning and later mentioned… “what was up with the olive oil”? I must have really been shouting from the rooftops to the kiddos for him to notice my excitement from the other room, haha.

Alright, on to other kitchen hacks, favorites and tips… This rack has continued to be such a help in our small kitchen and lately I have even been hanging pans there as well.

These non- stick pans from Costco are SO great for eggs and this adjustable strainer from Ikea is the best for washing fruit, draining pasta etc. It sits atop the sink without standing inside and allows you to wash large amounts of berries without dropping them everywhere.

Our homemade kitchen spray is still a favorite to this day and you can find the recipe here (that is what sits inside our jar on the counter by the way). I also am in love with a new find to me, this Thieves Cleaner!

I recently picked these pretty butterfly bush branches as they were about to go and plopped them in the sink. I had to remove some of the leaves and critters before setting them in a vase.

And just because I can’t resist, here is that shiny dishwasher one more time next to my sink of flowers ;).

Speaking of flowers my very sweet friend Kelly at My Soulful Home has written a beautiful book!

It is called, My Soulful Home – A Year In Flowers and it is about floral design; full of gorgeous images, includes 12 floral tutorials and tips on caring for flowers.

It was released today and I wanted to share with you so you could take a look at it as well, you can find it on Amazon. I am sure you will think it is as lovely as I do!

And make sure to leave me some of your favorite cleaning tips for stainless steel if you have any, I would love to hear!

 

Hello there friends and welcome to The Inspiration Gallery this week! I recently had the pleasure of sharing our newly updated dining room and thanks so much for your sweet words about the space! I love visiting with you all and it means so much when I get to share these fun things with you all. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Enjoy all the creative inspiration down below and don’t forget to link up your recent projects and recipes as well! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Our Dining Room Update

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Amazing deal on Mrs. Meyer’s Products! : Retiring DDD – Check out the new look!

 

DIY Outdoor Bench Free Plans 

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Our dining room got a little update friends and I am really enjoying it! I recently had the opportunity to partner up with Wayfair and try out their “View In Room” feature available on their app. I had the best time playing around with different decor ideas and this feature couldn’t be easier to use! Up above you will see our dining room before any changes were made. Even though our gathering spot was wonderful, I was thrilled to get to make some additions that I have been waiting to do and this was the perfect opportunity.

Down below I showed how I took the app and photographed different pieces into our actual space. This reminds me of the fancy software/programs available that allow you to arrange furniture in photos, except this is extremely user friendly! You search desired items from Wayfair on their app and then click on “view in room”. Within seconds that piece of furniture or lighting appears on your phone positioned in your space! Allowing you to see just how it would look.

Here is how I changed up our dining room and made plans to do so using this feature…

First, I found a bench from their selection and looked at it in our space.

You can even try it in different angles!

Then I knew I wanted a new chandelier for our spot, so I simply photographed it in place of our current one. Even though our old one was still hanging atop, I could still position the updated one over it and get a good idea of what it was going to look like. This is an authentic real life photo here with dog toys, cups, legos, lint roller and instruments – ha (keeping it real for you all)! This is just another great example of how easy this Wayfair app is as there is no need to rearrange everything to make it work well.

Here I got a visual for a large potted plant…

And lastly, a rug to finish the space off. Although I couldn’t show the rug exactly how it would look on our floor and under the furniture, it was still helpful in giving me an idea of color, layering, texture etc…

Now are you ready for the room all put together and in real life…?!

You can see all four of the items I chose in the room here and how they work together.

I created the design with a variety of styles and wanted an eclectic feel…

The blue rug grounds the space and the denim woven into the jute really enhances the texture.

I have always had a jute rug under our dining tables and find they work hard for the space without showing it.

What I especially LOVE about this rug is that it brings value to the space but is priced affordably. Gorgeous blue patterned rugs are very popular right now and this one has all those qualities, but because it is woven jute it displays as pattern too.

In addition, I wanted to have a lighting fixture that had a bit more modern shape to it, but still was chic and versatile. This beaded chandelier couldn’t have fit better! The beads are made to look like weathered stone and the oil rubbed bronze works with the pops of black in our sunroom as well. Thankfully, I could see all of this when using Wayfair’s app and when the chandelier arrived I knew how it was going to look before trying it at home.

We kept our table that I chalk painted a few years ago. It is a nice big size and I still wanted the bright white elements here.

It is the perfect fit for dinners, projects and more. In this case – making lemonade ;)…

The bench I chose adds just enough elegance to the spread while remaining contemporary with straight legs. The linen colored upholstery is a nice twist mixed amongst the crisp white table and walls.

And as you notice, our room is a sunroom surrounded by windows and large evergreens.

In previous seasons I have overcrowded this room with sideboards, mirrors and more. Lately, I have been craving simplicity and the thought of a large plant seemed to be what was missing in the corner of our room! This one is faux but oh so believable in person. There is no need for anything else in the space with this beauty stealing the show.

Wyatt seems to agree ;)…

Here you can see how our sunroom is one long room with our family room on the other side. This shot allows you to see how the two fit together.

To make the spaces cohesive I added some black paint to our french doors. Now it is a focal point in the center, cost hardly anything to do (as I used leftover paint) and completes the look.

All these small details and decisions were such a treat to plan and part of why I take delight in decorating!

It’s about having fun and making your spaces reflect those who have the pleasure of living there.

It is an expression of your tastes and what makes you feel at ease or at home.

A place to enjoy sweet simplicity, turn lemons into lemonade and the list goes on.

Wayfair made that easier with their app (which I intend using more of) giving you a preview before deciding and finding the perfect piece(s) for your home.

Of course it’s no surprise that my kids are loving the addition of black doors and a blue rug (any addition of color in our home is a big deal), lol.

This guy is easy to please.

I hope you enjoyed this reveal as much as I had putting it together! Here are the pieces I picked out using their “view in room” feature and showed you today in our home:

A big thank you to Wayfair for providing these lovely products for our home and allowing me to try it out with their app. Make sure to head over¬†to download the Wayfair app here for yourself and try out their ‚ÄúView in Room‚ÄĚ feature! New customers can get 10% off when you download the app and sign up!

*Wayfair provided the furnishings listed above for this post but all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Hello again! I just shared a little bit about how we have been taking time to enjoy around our place. Summer has been wonderful… Here is what has been happening with Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers. Please make sure to link up your recent projects/recipes down below and enjoy the inspiration all!


Taking Time To Enjoy…

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Hello friends! Hope that your summer has been off to a good start! I can hardly believe that we are here at the beginning of July… is it possible that before I know it summer will have passed?! This week has felt slow, but the kind of slow that is rewarding. We spent the last few weeks camping, traveling and spending time with extended family. We have loved it and as it came to a close we also found ourselves excited for down time. Mornings where the kiddos color at the table and spend afternoons riding circles on their bikes.

Time for snuggles and quality interaction. Putting the pause on fast pace and looking each other in the eyes during later dinners…

Yearning for treats even though we have had too many… ūüėČ

Slower mornings and fresh clean sheets…

Actually enjoying all that hard work put into projects and getting things ready for the season.

I am always reminded that there really isn’t anything quite like summer. Although Christmas has undoubtably been a favorite time of year, Summer is trying to win my heart over.

And of course, in the middle of all that fun there is still some time for house projects… such as these black painted french doors and a little sneak peek at an area in our home that got a few updates – can’t wait to share soon! Have a wonderful rest of your week and see you at The Inspiration Gallery!

 

Hello all and welcome to another week of The Inspiration Gallery! I shared how to easily entertain during the summer season with dollar store glasses, twinkle lights and fresh flowers. 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 make sure to link up your recent projects and recipes down below and as always, enjoy the creative inspiration!


Holiday Entertaining for Summer 

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Summer Tour Part One
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Yogurt Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles by Home Cooking Memories

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Hello friends! Welcome today as I join some sweet and talented friends for the Styled + Set Summer Entertaining Blog Tour hosted by Lory at Designthusiasm… If you are visiting from Kelly at My Soulful Home, I am thrilled to have you here! Thanks so much for visiting.

I am sharing some easy entertaining tips for this beautiful summer season…

Most of which involve market fresh flowers, dollar store wine glasses and twinkle lights.

I wanted to switch things up and show how we entertain outside…

And even more, in a way that is budget friendly as well!

To get the this jewel toned inspired table it cost me around 20 dollars for the florals and the blue glasses.

From there, I used all my favorite dining pieces that I hand on hand – such as the bee embossed water glasses, red wine glasses, melamine plates, linen napkins, candles and my golden flatware.

Of course, I added some light knit blankets and lots of throw pillows for comfort.

You may have seen our outdoor patio before, but I made a small simple change for this set up. Since we have the sofa in an L-shape I moved the dining table to the sofa area. I originally had envisioned this patio being flexible and used this very way, so I was excited to actually try it out! For extra seating I then added our bistro chairs.

Eating outside in the summer time is such a treat, surrounded by flowers, greenery, golden sunlight and chirping birds.

As the sun goes down candlelight makes such a pretty scene.

Twinkle lights left over from the Christmas season make the perfect addition for nighttime conversation.

Paired with summer salads, ripened fruit and chilled drinks they all create a lovely evening for entertaining.

Simple can be beautiful and elegant all the same.

Moving some furniture around, adding pops of colorful glassware and using flowers to set the table make easy entertaining for the warm months ahead.

I hope you enjoyed our little spot today and make sure to go and enjoy Janet’s lovely post over at Shabbyfufu… she is so very talented and I know you will leave inspired!

Here is the entire group listed below from today’s tour as well…

 

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Randi Garrett Design

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Maison de Cinq

Maison de Cinq

My Soulful Home

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Zevy Joy

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Monday’s Posts

Monday summer

Shabbyfufu | Randi Garrett Design | Maison de Cinq | My Soulful Home | Zevy Joy

Tuesday’s Posts

Summer Blog Tour Tuesday

Life on Virginia Street | Town and Country Living | Celebrating Everyday Life
So Much Better With Age | Decor Gold Designs | French Country Cottage

Wednesday’s Posts

Designthusiasm¬†|¬†Citrine Living¬†|¬†Bless’er House
StoneGable | On Sutton Place | French Garden House

Thursday’s Posts

Becky Cunningham | The Wood Grain Cottage | Eleven Gables

Hello sweetest friends and welcome today as I share our home dressed up for the Simply Summer Home Tour hosted by Nina at Nina Hendrick. This sweet lady is so very talented with a stunning home and I was thrilled to join in on this week’s fun.

The summer touches I added to our home this time around were pretty simple. I have really been decluttering our spaces as of late and am loving the lightness around our home. I wanted our decor to represent that too. Of course, a sink full of bursting peonies will do just the trick too ;)…

As summer approaches I love the idea of rich and airy greens. Ferns do just that in any area they are placed.

And truthfully nothing says summer more to me than drippy watermelon paired with citrus flavors.

Well on second thought, this little view here was candid as I caught my daughter rain in from riding her bike. She flew through the door flung open the freezer and grabbed a popsicle. The bike helmet, popsicle and glowing sunshine truly depicted summer time as a child for me. I loved catching this moment…

A few bright accessories line the counters and honey drizzled on anything makes summer treats that much better. Whether they be grilled peaches, cheese platters or ice cream at the end of a warm day.

All of it feels carefree and happy doesn’t it?

A time to enjoy summer markets, fresh produce, time off and vacation.

Here you will see our dining table simply set.

A pitcher of peonies, lime slices and bright white dishes are found on the table.

Colorful napkins make a small statement in a subtle set up.

Across from the dining room is our casual family room.

More varieties of ferns adorn the table surfaces and bring life to the area.

Pillows are neutral in tone and pattern with a couple rich pops of blue and muted pink.

Rattan balances the formal pieces making it feel ready for the season.

Heavy blankets are stored away till winter and light knits fill the room for breezy summer nights.

Again, I kept out fewer accessories this time and let most of the greenery steal the show.

As always bringing the outdoors in, one way or another is such an easy way to decorate.

It never goes out of style and can easily be achieved with store bought goods or something free from your outdoors.

Speaking of outdoors, we can’t get enough time out there this season. We have had fires, stories, meals and ¬†I can’t wait for more. Making an extended living space on the patio has made for a lot of fun this summer.

I really appreciate you spending time with me here today and hope you will come to visit soon. A big thank you to Nina for hosting and make sure to visit the entire tour this week down below!

MONDAY
Nina Hendrick | The Happy Housie | Finding Silver Pennies | TIDBITS | So Much Better With Age

TUESDAY
Zevy Joy | A Burst of Beautiful | House by Hoff | Migonis Home | Just a Girl and Her Blog

WEDNESDAY
Nesting with Grace | Design, Dining, and Diapers | Bless’er House | The Wicker¬†House

THURSDAY
Life on Virginia Street | Craftberry Bush | The Blissful Bee | Boxwood Avenue | The Chronicles of Home

FRIDAY
Love Grows Wild | The Wood Grain Cottage | Cherished Bliss | Making Home Base | The Turquoise Home