Inspiration Gallery

Hello and welcome – we are so happy to have you here at The Inspiration Gallery! This week I had the joy of sharing our home with you for a Summer Home Tour and also shared how to add an inexpensive touch to your vases or bottles. 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 link up your recent projects and recipes down below!

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DIY Macrame Trimmed Bottles and Vases

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DIY Farmhouse Single Serve Pallet Plank Serving Boards

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Bottles

Hello Friends, hope your week has been good. Thank you so much for the kind words and support with my home tour seen here earlier this week. It was so much fun to be a part of and to have you visit! Today I am sharing such an easy and fun macrame update to any bottles or decorative vases you may have lying around.

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You may recognize that I have been using these vintage bottles here in this spot since Christmas last year. I just change out the flowers or foliage to make a simple update through the seasons.

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When all the winter decor was put aways I had these DIY wood garlands that I hung off the bottles and I have kept them there. I love the texture they add and I think they could stay all year if wanted. To take it a step further I thought I would hang some macrame trim to give the area a more coastal vibe. This is something I have been noticing in the home decor stores and I thought I would show you how easy it is to duplicate!

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All you will need is…

  • a lace or macrame trim long enough to fit around your bottle/vase (can be found in the trim section of your local craft store)
  • scissors
  • stapler/staples or fabric glue

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  • Measure and cut your trim to length.
  • Staple or fabric glue the two ends together carefully.
  • Drape over your vase or bottle.
  • So easy! And big impact!

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These are the types of touches that really draw in the eye, they are the details and the details are so special.

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Never underestimate the importance of texture…

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One of my favorite things about texture is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. It can be as little as yarn, trim, etc…

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Hope this inspires you to think of how to add noticeable touches on a small budget and enjoy! Hope to see you later with The Inspiration Gallery and thank you for stopping by~

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Hello and welcome to our home. I am so grateful to have you here joining us! I am excited to be sharing our sweet little place ready for the summer months ahead! These months are filled with long days, warm nights and many delicious barbecues… A big thank you to our hosts, Nina from Nina Hendrick along with Birch Lane and Country Living Magazine. I am also joining 29 other talented friends who are opening up their beautiful homes (you can find the entire listed tour at the bottom of this post). In addition, Birch Lane provided me with a gift card for this tour and as always, all opinions are truly my own. (The woven Gladys pillow cover and striped Sybil pillow cover pictured above can both be found at Birch Lane).

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So here we go…I am starting my tour today at the back entrance of our house and finishing it at the front door this time. If you have visited our home before (maybe here, here, or here) then you may recognize our spacious sunroom.

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This is my favorite room because of all the natural light that floods in. In my humble opinion, this room was just made for summer…

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I have kept accessories simple and the foliage to lots of summer greens.

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Indigo blues and denim now line our couch like this fun sized Malia pillow cover from Birch Lane.

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I used lots of white (my favorite neutral) with vases and, of course, more pillows!

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As you look across from our large sofa sectional (slipcover info here), you will gaze into our dining room. I recently sewed these linen covers for our accent chairs; they give a relaxed and subtle feel to the room. Linen and summer go hand in hand…

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Our dining table is set with a simple, thrifted weathered basket. This makes dinner table prep quick and easy – less to move around and more room for tasty treats.

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On my latest antiquing adventure with my mom, we picked up this ornate chair top. I knew it would be a fun addition somewhere on the walls and for now this is the perfect spot.

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Again, mixing lots of neutrals with wood tones makes summer decor shine without trying too hard.

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(Cable knit throw from Boll and Branch)

The dining room has space for plenty of friends and family to gather.

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Subtle pops of blue can be found here too, this time in a striped Sharon throw from (Birch Lane) draped over our favorite wicker chair.

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(Jute Rug from Rugs USA)

Textures of wispy plants, a jute rug, and nature’s wonder right outside the window make up the atmosphere here…

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From the dining room, you will take a small step down into our kitchen which was updated earlier this last year here.

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(Vintage Berry Crate from Finding Home Farms)

I filled our island with lemon tree branches and blackberry vines…

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(Market Basket from Vivi Et Margot)

Varieties of hydrangeas are tucked inside my market basket as it hangs from our DIY kitchen rack.

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Aprons are ready for summer cooking and warm tones of copper accentuate the kitchen.

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Kitchen towels line the work surfaces…

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And my china cabinet remains in it’s typical fashion as I find it makes it’s way through all the different seasons.

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Citrus for water or lemonade is a wonderful way to decorate the kitchen because it is equally pretty as it is useful.

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Leaving the kitchen you will head to the beginning of a very narrow/long hallway…

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From there you will find our little bedroom.

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Cornflower (blue) colored hydrangeas steal the show adorned atop our fluffy bed.

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(Bedding and white basketweave knit throw from Boll and Branch)

Pom pom blankets and cozy knits can still be found throughout summer, fall, winter and/or spring in our bedroom space.

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Our vanity is paired with a casual mirror and I really enjoy how the two compliment each other.

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Each morning as I get ready for the day and sip my coffee, I am greeted by chartreuse snowball flowers – another wonderful summer hue!

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Even on those lazy summer mornings, I will typically make our bed (even though there are occasional and necessary times to take it easy and let the bed be unkept).

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(Weathered Wood Wall from Stikwood and Wall Art from Wellbrock Art)

The last room to visit on the tour is our front living room, our more formal space…

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This is where we have our office, room for guests and lounging with our DIY sofa bed.

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This room is filled with ferns, vines and leafy greens. I kept everything else calm with little color.

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As you leave our abode, you will step out into the front yard. We have this little stone paved patio there. A tiny spot to enjoy the evening sun.

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This dining set belonged to my adorable grandparents, a table I sat at as a little girl and love knowing that both my children get to sit here today… A very special place indeed.

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A quiet place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a bowl full of summer delicious fruit.

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I hope you enjoyed this tour and thank you again for visiting! Don’t forget to head over to my talented friends listed here….

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Visit Country Living Magazine to see more summer decorating ideas!

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Inspiration Gallery

 

Hello friends and welcome back to this week’s The Inspiration Gallery! We started our summer vacation here and it has been so nice to have slower mornings and long days. This  week I shared a very simple recipe and a fun DIY with faux plants or flowers. Please feel welcome to link up your recent projects and recipes down below and enjoy the inspiration! Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home…

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What’s in the Kitchen – Baguette Bites

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Hey you all! Hope you have been having a fun week! I just wanted to stop in for a quick and easy tutorial that was inspired by Terrain… It is a grapevine planter that can be used with lots of fun fillers. It is such a pretty accessory to any nightstand, desktop or in multiples could be a tablescape!

You will need…

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  • A grapevine sphere found at your local craft store
  • Spanish Moss (enough to fill your sized sphere)
  • Green Moss (enough to cover the inside of your sphere)
  • Pruning shears or strong scissors (Practice safety with any tools)
  • Faux flowers or succulents

To assemble this sweet little planter you will…

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  • Cut a small circular section out of the top of your grapevine sphere using your pruning shears.

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  • Stuff in the Spanish Moss until you have filled the sphere and then line the green Moss as much as you can around the sphere so that is what you will see peeking out.

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  • Now begin inserting the picks of your faux succulents or flowers. Arrange it in a way that will sit nicely when the sphere is upright.

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  • And there you have it! This little DIY took 10 minutes and I love it. I love texture too so it should come as no surprise that this project was just all that!

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Thank you for stopping by and can’t wait to see you back later tonight for The Inspiration Gallery!

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We recently made our monthly shopping trip and we came home exhausted.  It was a full day, we had a huge lunch later in the afternoon and one of the last things I wanted to figure out was dinner.

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So I assessed all the goodies we had come home with and decided to make a variation of “baguette bites” (so I am calling them ;))…

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They were whipped up in less than 15 minutes and could be made in a number of fun and tasty ways. I made three versions: Goat Cheese/Peach, Caprese, and Plain. Here is what I did and here is what I used…baquettebites5

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  • 1 Long Baguette (sliced about 3/4 inch)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Goat Cheese
  • 2 Small Peaches (largely diced)
  • Honey for drizzling
  • Fresh Mozzarella (thin slices for melting)
  • 1 Large Tomato (sliced and then sliced again in half)
  • About 5 Fresh Basil Leaves (thinly sliced)
  • Balsamic Glaze

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  • Preheat the oven at 300 degrees…
  • Lay out your baguette slices on a cookie sheet.
  • Drizzle some oil and then sprinkle some salt and pepper on your baguette slices.
  • Layer some mozzarella slices on 1/3 of the bread slices.
  • Set the bread into the oven and toast for about 5 minutes, but watch carefully as this time can vary according to preference and ovens…
  • Pull the bread out once golden and slightly crisp (some may be eaten as is…)

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For the Goat Cheese/Peach

  • Spread some goat cheese on another third of the slices while the bread is still warm.
  • Then sprinkle the diced peaches and drizzle with honey

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For the Caprese

  • Lay out a half slice of tomato on each mozzarella toast
  • Sprinkle the thin cut basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze

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Like I said this could also be done with prosciutto or ham and is perfect for a last minute meal or an easy appetizer. The kids ate this up and asked we make it for dinner more often, which is always a fun reaction when you make a dinner at the spur of the moment.

I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you already do this or try it out! Have great day friends!

DIYLaurelWreath

I have always enjoyed a pretty laurel wreath, whether it be stamped on elegant paper, an invitation or an elegant boutique’s logo… There is something classic and timeless about the shape of this leafy decor.

I came up with a fun and easy way to make one for your home and I am showing you how to make it today. I am also showing you another way you can use it more simply. You can head over to Craftberry Bush for all the details and I would love if you came to visit me there. Thanks so much friends!

Inspiration Gallery

Welcome back to The Inspiration Gallery! Please feel free to link up your recent projects and recipes down below, enjoy the inspiration and hopefully leave feeling inspired by so many amazing ideas! This week I shared a very simple pie recipe and how we converted our Ikea chairs with some linen slipcovers. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home…

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 Easy Macrame Hanging Planter by Keys to Inspiration

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Hello Friends and welcome back – hope you know how much I always enjoy having you here! Today I wanted to share a little more information regarding the DIY upgrade I did to our chairs by giving them some newly sewn linen slipcovers…

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I recently posted a photo to Instagram and a few people asked for a “how to” or tutorial, so I thought I would give a very simple one. You may have seen some more info on my sofa slipcover here.

 

This is the before of the Ikea Chairs.

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Here are the steps I took to sew these covers…

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  • I used 4 panels of Ikea’s linen curtains here. I also used heavy duty thread, scissors, sewing machine, tape measure and some sewing pins.
  • First I washed and hung the material to dry.
  • Next I measured the sections of the sofa and then cut the material accordingly. I always make sure to add a couple inches to my measurements – accounting for seams.
  • I began pinning sections together atop the chair – inside out (as this chair is asymmetrical and could be easily used this way).
  • I would sew a little at time and then go back and pin. I repeated this all throughout the process of the entire chair.
  • Once it was all sewn, I added on pointed slits and hemmed the bottom.
  • Lastly, I ironed and steamed the covers, making them look freshly pressed.

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As you can see, there are still threads to trim =)…

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I wanted to add a little more luxury to these seats, so I took some large linen Euro pillows I had lying around and added them to the seat. Now it looks like a complete set. The color of the seat pillow is a bit off but I am ok with that…

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Because the whole chair is comfy and it is not perfect which is the very goal of linen in my opinion. To show every wrinkle and looked loved on or lived in.

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Here are the original chairs I was inspired by and I am really enjoying how I feel like I have a bit of luxury for a big fraction of the cost. Hope this inspires you today, even if it is just to make something simple.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

easyaspie

Hello friends and happy Monday! I have been meaning to share this recipe for a long time and am finally getting to this simple way of making pie! I hope you will enjoy it as summer approaches and barbecues or outdoor dinners become a regular thing for some. When dessert is in order, pie is a wonderful addition to the table.

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You will only need a handful of ingredients:

  • 2 frozen pie crusts (you could also make some from scratch)
  • Butter for greasing your pie plate
  • 3 – 4 cups of berries (we used frozen cherries this time, but you can use fresh too)
  • 1 Tablespoon of cream of tarter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (this can be increased if there is a need for more sweetness) Of course sugar works too =)

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My little helper was so anxious to make a pie and that is what brought all the fun about in the first place. She did a great job and here is how simple this recipe is…

  • Mix the cherries (or berries of choice), cream of tartar and honey until combined.

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  • Form the first pie crust (once defrosted) onto your pie plate as shown. Then layer your pie filling.

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  • For a fun spin on the top of the pie, you can take cookie cutters and cut out shapes from the top crust. We used flowers in this case. Then keeping the wax sheet in tact, flip the crust over the pie filling as shown above. Now remove the wax paper (this step is much easier than trying to remove the wax paper beforehand).

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  • You can also take the cookie cut pie crust extra’s and layer them atop.

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  • Bake the pie according to the pie crust’s instructions (we waited until golden brown and filling was bubbling…).
  • Then Enjoy!

This was so easy and adapted from something my dad taught me years ago. I still love to use this for an impromptu dessert or something last minute. I hope you let me know if you end up trying it out and have a wonderful start to your week!