Good Morning friends and I am grateful to have you here with me today as I open up our kitchen all ready as part of the Styled for Spring Home Tour!

Welcome to those of you who are visiting from my sweet friend Lucy at Craftberry Bush. Lucy’s talent is breathtaking and I always enjoy seeing how she decorates through the seasons. A very big thank you to our hosts Randi from Randi Garrett Designs and Jennifer from Decor Gold Designs!

I am excited to share how taking some simple steps with the kitchen give it that vibrant feeling of Springtime. The kind that makes you want to breath in the fresh air, open the windows and sit back for the choir of chirping birds outside.

I don’t make huge changes overall, but budget friendly and quick ones that easily turn the space around.

When transitioning our space from the cold months to the ideals of Spring, I really started craving some soft pops of color. This year you will be seeing some tones of pink and blue and of course my favorite neutrals ;).

Just like the season itself, new life emerges from the stillness of Winter – it is a different kind of magical season.

Of course I like to use what we already have and let it evolve to fit the time of year we are in.

I know that the fresh bloom of the season is greeted by fragrant flowers and festive Farmer’s Markets. Oh do I LOVE Farmer’s Markets. I get to take my woven bag and fill it up with all kinds of goodies. The selection of florals is incomparable as are the fruits and veggies.

We often ooh and ahh over the size of berries and veggies that surround booth after booth. Even though Farmer’s Markets aren’t quite happening right now (where we live) they are coming soon and there are some wonderful ways to use these delights as part of your decor.

Flowers make any space come alive. They look pretty in sinks, baskets and of course vases. In this case I even used an antique pitcher.

I sprinkle them around our kitchen as they make me smile any time I get a glimpse.

Then there are the special ingredients that make our homes inviting and call us to stay and visit.

Those juicy blueberries get folded into flaky scones and turn a sunny morning even brighter. I seem to be catching my littles dipping their fingers into the bowl for a taste or ten, ha!

Using produce and flowers to fill it are the details that make it all special.

This season carries hope, it delivers joy and it leaves us with promise. I treasure this season and all it has to offer, striving to enjoy all those beautiful gifts it yields.

Thank you very much for being here today. Don’t forget to visit my amazing friend Kathleen at Lindsay Hill Interiors. She has a kitchen that I have long admired its’ pretty details and I am always inspired by the colors she uses with her designs! Here is a peek down below which includes today’s entire tour!

Lindsay Hill Interiors

Sunny Side Up

Just a Girl and Her Blog

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Dimples & Tangles

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Randi Garrett Design

French Country Cottage

Thistlewood Farms

Decor Gold Designs

So Much Better With Age

Craftberry Bush

Here are both week’s linked for you to go and see all the spring beauty!

1 | French Country Cottage 2| Dimples and Tangles 3| Stone Gable

4| Randi Garrett Design 5| Craftberry Bush

6| Thistle Wood Farms 7| Zevy Joy 8| Decor Gold Designs 9| So Much Better With Age

10| Lindsay Hill Interiors 11| The Sunnyside Up Blog 12| CC & Mike 13| Just a Girl and Her Blog

Below are the participants in Week #2 – Bedroom, Dining and Living Room Spring Decor…

1| Decor Gold Designs 2| Shabby Fufu 3| Life on Virginia Street

4| Randi Garrett Design 5| Maison de Pax 6| Eleven Gables

7| Know How She Does It 8| A Thoughtful Place 9| The Leslie Style

 

 

Hello Friends and welcome back tonight! This week we have been busy working on our place and our little bathroom and then I shared some simple Spring/Floral ideas for the upcoming months. 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 linking up your recent projects and recipes down below and prepare to be inspired! Have a great weekend all!

Bathroom Renovation “Before”

Spring Is On My Mind… Floral/Spring Ideas

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DIY Spring Door Decor : Big Boy Room Makeover Plans

The BEST Easy Belgian Waffle Recipe

 

DIY Faux Copper Patina Vase Arrangement with The Happy Housie

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IKEA Dresser Hack

Lemon Raspberry Dutch Baby

Hello Friends! Hope you all are well this week. We have been spending every day after school/work on our bathroom space (plans here) and are ready for a restful weekend already! Since we have been preoccupied with the mentioned above I thought it may be fun to do a roundup of some of my favorite Spring/Floral projects from the past. These will be perfect for the coming months ahead as things begin to bloom!

How To Make A Spring Floral Arrangement

One Room Spring Tour – Our Kitchen

Metallic Easter Eggs

How To Arrange Flowers In A Bowl

Spring Flowers – A Free Floral Printable

DIY Wooden Flower Box

Tea Dyed Easter Eggs

See you later tonight at the Inspiration Gallery and thanks for all your support sweet friends!

Hello and welcome today… to our bathroom ;). And a hardworking bathroom at that. This is the only bathroom in our home and we have really learned some lessons regarding patience, taking turns and the list goes on – ha. Many times I have thought (really dreamed) about having a second bathroom,  but the reality is we have one for now and that is just fine. We make it work and we are appreciate for what we have! It’s a basic bathroom that we have made some very simple updates through the 9 years of living here. Now here is the exciting part about sharing this little bathroom with you today. It is getting some big updates and we are grateful to be partnering with Wayfair to do a Bathroom Renovation! Yay this space is getting a fresh look in a big way!

I wanted to share all the “befores” with you as we prepare to work on giving it a makeover. As you can see, there is a small single vanity and mirror. Literally right next to it is the toilet and the tub/shower.

We have maximized storage space the best that we could and kept things light and bright to make the room appear larger.

The tile isn’t horrible but it has some cracks throughout and the grout kinda drives me nuts at times because it has yellowed (p.s. I really cleaned this place up so you can see even with good cleaning it is truly time for a renew).

Here is more cracking along the tub which has been filled in but really looks kinda wonky up close.

We have hung towels throughout to make space efficient and below you can see the lighting above the mirror.

This lighting came with the house and it gets the job done. Although, the fixtures and finishes are mismatched. Again there is nothing wrong with that and obviously we have enjoyed it enough to live with it for this long. But making the space cohesive will be exciting and refreshing!

One of the things that I have had on my wish list for this space was to increase the surface area of our vanity. It is tiny and things fall off and into the sink ALL. THE. TIME… lol

I originally painted these cabinet doors and that helped but we plan to now use something with clean lines and bright white.

This bathroom has been great, but I sure am anxious to update this space! Here is what we plan to do and what we will be using…

So stay tuned as I can’t wait to share this bathroom with you when we are all done!

A big thank you to Wayfair for providing these products for our renovation and all thoughts are 100% my own.

Hello friends and welcome to The Inspiration Gallery! This week I shared a simple Wooden Flower Box DIY and here is what has been happening with my friends Lucy at Craftberry Bush and Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers. Please feel free to link up your recent projects/recipes down below as well. Have a great weekend all!

DIY Wooden Flower Box

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Free Flamingo Printable

Restoration Hardware The Gallery of Seattle Tour : DIY Arrow Art

Wood Bead and Leather Key Chain – My Life From Home

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Neutral Dining Room

Balayage Inspired Painted Dresser By Thirty Eight Street

Hello there friends, hope you are well and Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Flowers have been on my mind as has spring. The two so beautifully go together and the simplicity of it all is what I find to be so enchanting.  The other day I looked out our daughters window who has a fragrant lilac tree outside. I surveyed the tree over and over looking for the littlest sign of growth. After some more looking, I found it and I was surprised at how happy to sight of teeny tiny buds forming made me. Flowers are on the way!  Displaying flowers throughout your home is one of the most wonderful and inexpensive ways to change your decor and add extravagant pops of color throughout. So today I wanted to share this easy DIY Wooden Flower Box I made that was also inspired by this gorgeous one I saw on Terrain.

It is more of an indoor flower box that can be used for faux flowers or can have vases with water placed inside. Either way, it would look lovely atop your tables or sitting by a window.

Here is how you can make one if you would like…

You will need:

  • A wooden crate (I used this older one I had from a project that I made last year over at Craftberry Bush). I still really enjoyed this crate with chicken wire, but also loved how long this crate was and since I had it on hand already – I decided to reuse this project for repurposing reasons.
  • Clamps
  • Wood Glue
  • 1/4 (give or take) wood pieces cut to the length and width of original  crate. (Please note, practice safety when using tools). I was able to find this wood at our local craft store.
  • Wax, stain or paint. I kept mine unfinished as that was the look I was hoping for but you could use these beautifully for another look.

Here is how you will assemble the wooden box:

  • Begin by applying glue all over the surface you will be adhering the sized wood piece to. Make sure to follow and abide by all guidelines/instructions with whatever glue you may be using.

  • Next, press down the wood piece to the crate and clamp it in place until it dries.

  • Continue to move around the entire crate until it has been covered by the 4 pieces of wood. Once the glue has completely dried you can remove the clamps.

And that is how easy this project is!

I have used it a couple times already… You may have seen it first here.

Truth is, the box works simply as all the flowers do the talking, they are the statement.

I plan to use it for many more arrangements and throughout the home.

I hope you have enjoyed this little bit of floral fun today ;)…

Thank you very much for being here and I hope that the rest of your week is lovely all!

 

Hello friends and happy Thursday! For this week’s, The Inspiration Gallery please feel welcome to link up your recent projects and recipes down below. We have some fun projects coming up that I can’t wait to share about, but until then I showed a few little updates around here and how to make a faux olive tree. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Have a great weekend all!

Some Fun Things and Little Updates…

How To Make a Faux Olive Tree 

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February Desktop Calendar

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Bringing The Outdoors In : DIY and Home Decor Book Recommendations

Ten Perfect One-Piece Swimsuits
Paleo Cookie Recipe – Almond, Coconut, and Chocolate Cookies

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies – Satori Design for Living 

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Gumball Flowers

 

Valentine’s Day Bunting and Display by I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Valentine Craft Party

Hello all and welcome back today… I am sharing with you an updated favorite DIY of mine that I think will be very current for what will continue to be showing up in homes this coming year. Olive trees are beautiful and lately I have repeatedly heard that they will be the new “it” plant of the year ;). Whether this is true or not, they are classic and look lovely in any style of home. So of course I wanted to share how you can make one yourself!

Growing up, we had a large beautiful olive tree in our backyard with a garden full of sweet smelling roses. It sure is funny how projects can stir up such fond memories! I never realized how fortunate we were to have had this beauty right there in our backyard and how much I would enjoy the chance to walk through that magical garden one more time…

It keeps me yearning for those lovely reminders of childhood and a tree of our own; yet it just continues to be outside of our means to buy a real olive tree (plus I am a little afraid it wouldn’t survive with my indoor green thumb, lol). So here is how I went about making one and here is how you can too…

Follow these simple steps…

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  • You will need faux olive branches (I used 5), masking tape, brown floral tape, floral foam (I used a half sphered shape), wooden dowels (sized similarly to the branch stems), a bucket or pot and dark stone granules (I was able to find this at the craft store).
  • First, you will use your masking tape to bunch and hold all the stems together. I varied the positions, placing some branches higher than others.
  • As you continue to tape the stems together you will add the wooden dowels to the end lengths of the stems. This will lengthen/support the branches so that you can make them into a tree trunk. Finish taping around both the stems and the dowels all the way to the end.
  • Trim off the ends of the dowels so that they are pointed and can easily pierce the floral foam. I was able to do this with scissors and it does not need to be perfectly even. I think this helps keep the dowels planted into the foam a bit better.
  • Take your brown floral tape and tightly wrap it around the masking tape (covering it all). This tape is sticky as you handle it and it grasped the masking tape perfectly.
  • Position your half sphered floral foam and carefully push it into your bucket or pot. I was able to use a bucket I already had that fit the shape perfectly. You should be able to cut it down though if you didn’t have a perfect fit.
  • Pierce the foam with your newly formed trunk (using the pointed dowels). Push it in far enough so that it holds secure.
  • You will cover the foam with the dark stone granules so as to create the illusion of dirt. As a reminder, you will want to be careful as this is messy and something you would not want pets or children getting into if it is sitting on the floor.
  • After the fact, I decided to trim the leaves so they appeared more narrow and realistic. This is optional but if you look closely you may be able to see how the look more slim.

There you have it! This was simple, cost half the price or more and I am really enjoying the finished result.  I hope you will too!

As always, there are many ways to vary this project. I think it would be wonderful to use faux cherry blossom branches or at Christmas time, make a simplified version of a Christmas tree…

A tree or topiary of this nature fills a space without needing much more. Paired next to a chair and some old books it makes the perfect combination.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you will enjoy this project as much as I did. I have plans for some future summer lemon trees too =)…

*This “DIY Faux Olive Tree” post was also shared on Craftberry Bush March 21, 2016 – photos have been updated since then.

 

Hello friends! I’m joining you here today to share some “little” bits of news and updates from behind the scenes at our place (or things that you may see if you visit me on Instagram).

I hope that you all had a good weekend. Ours was extended by the surprise of a snow day. You can never start a Monday wrong by getting the day off when you weren’t expecting it ;)… Here are my sweeties enjoying the view and we had the best time playing in it for a bit and then staying warm inside.

I love flowers, I really do. And I love them even more when they are a surprise bouquet from my hubby. And while he does do this from time to time, the other day he decided to go with blinds instead of blooms. We had been saving up for them for a while and this was such a treat coming home to his thoughtfulness (not to mention, the fact that he did it all without me knowing). My guy knows me well and he is my very best match in so many ways!

Here’s a little peek at a DIY I plan to share with you later this week. And a little hint… it is faux (as usual) and was so easy to do! Stay tuned…

Lastly, I had the complete honor of being published in part of Artful Blogging’s (by Stampington) latest edition released this February.

This magazine is full of beautiful inspiration by so many talented bloggers. When they reached out, I had to pinch myself over the idea that they would put our story in their pages.

It is with such a grateful and humble heart I share this news with you and if you would like to check it out, you can find it available today… A big thank you to Artful Blogging for including me in this lovely edition!

As always, thank you for being a part of our journey and supporting us as I share our lives with you! Have a wonderful week ahead friends!

 

Hello Friends and welcome! Please link up your recent projects and recipes down below and enjoy all the inspiration… This week I shared a simple DIY Fringed Pillow 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!

An Inspired DIY Fringed Pillow

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thisweekBaby Shower Decor
Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas : Chocolate Dipped Cookies : Valentine’s Day Bark : Rustic Heart Decor

Family Room Makeover – the Why and the Plans
Easy Tuna Nicoise Salad (Whole 30 and Paleo)

MIY Colorful Confetti Gift Tags with White House Crafts

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How-To-Make-An-Origami-Heart-Gift-Box-with-pretty-ribbonsOrigami Heart Shaped Box

Subtle Valentine’s Day Decor by Not Just A Housewife

Powder Bathroom Reveal