Little House of Four

Friday, December 9, 2016

Let's Go Shopping: What Caught my Eye and What I Bought

Wow, you all completely blew me away with your support regarding yesterday's post.  It's one thing to share your faults with family and friends, but it's another to share them with the whole world to see.  I knew I couldn't possibly be the only one who doesn't have a spotless and clutter free home, but you all made me feel so normal and I thank you for that.  I definetely feel better sharing my less than perfect spaces and I'm so glad you all can relate.

I'm sure my stress and anxiety about my home won't reduce until the clutter is gone, but at least it's out in the open and I can work on taking back my spaces.  Until then, who doesn't get a mood boost from a little retail therapy?  It's been awhile since I've shared a shopping trip with you all, so let's do a little shopping together, shall we?

home decor from Target, HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby and Walmart.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Truth: A REAL LIFE Home Tour

During a time of beautiful Christmas home tours and perfectly staged spaces I feel the need to share something I struggle with on a daily basis, clutter.  I may post pretty pictures on my blog, but by no means is that a representation of the rest of my home.  You see, I don't have it all together.  Actually, I am far from having it all together.  My house is a mess, I am about 5 loads of laundry behind and I can't remember the last time I changed my sheets.  It's a good day if my kids are wearing matching socks, you can see the bottom of the kitchen sink and the dog hair has been vacuumed from the floor. There are few things I make priorities for each and every day and doing laundry and cleaning dishes do not make the cut.  My kids will be bathed, fed, wearing clean clothes, their hair and teeth will be brushed and homework complete.  Everything else gets put on the back burner, which leads to a less than stellar home.

Being a wife, mother of two and full time employee all while running a blog allows little time for the day to day tasks of running a home.  My morning consists of getting the kid's up, fed and out the door for school.  Then it's my turn to get ready for work.  As soon as I walk in the door from work I immediately have to start dinner, get the kids bathed do homework and get them ready for bed.  Most people would probably clean the house or tidy up during this time, but not me.  I spend 4 hours each and every night doing blog work with minimal breaks to throw in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher.  Don't get me wrong, I love blogging and every other aspect of my life, but balancing priorities and juggling it all is hard, really hard.
REAL LIFE entryway Christmas home tour

Monday, December 5, 2016

Trash to Treasure: Old Artwork Turned Eye Chart

I thought I would step away from the Christmas decor and share a project that's been on my "To Do" list for more than a year.  You all know I love making signs and turning inexpensive pieces into perfect decor for my home, right?  Well, I've had Owen's old alphabet artwork sitting in our basement ever since he told me it's for babies and he didn't want it in his room anymore.  (insert sad face here!)

I always loved the picture and couldn't bare to cover it up, but I finally bit the bullet and turned it into a beautiful piece for our home with the help from Testors.  When they asked if I would be willing to try out their airbrush kit I couldn't resist.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do and it gave me the perfect excuse to knock this trash to treasure project off my list.
Old artwork turned vintage eye chart

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Classic Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to another Holiday Home Tour!  

I am so excited to be teaming up with an amazing group of bloggers for another Christmas home tour and CASH giveaway!  I love fall, but I tend to do the most seasonal decorating for Christmas.   Mixing classic red with my neautral decor is my favorite way to decorate for Christmas and has been my go to color scheme for the past few years.

I try to use the same decor from year to year, mixing it up by changing decor placement and adding in a few new pieces.  This year, I kind of went overboard with the bottle brush trees (really, who doesn't love them?) then added in a bit of color with inexpensive red and gray flannel.

Classic Christmas Home Tour

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Modern Classic Christmas Fireplace Mantel

This is the first winter decorating our freshly painted fireplace and I couldn't wait to deck it out for Christmas!  The rest of the basement may not be complete (who needs baseboards anyway), but thanks to The Home Depot I now have a fireplace that's complete and fully decorated for Christmas. 

I shared yesterday that I was chosen to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge and was given the "challenge" to decorate my mantel for Christmas.  I used some of the items Home Depot sent and also purchased a Christmas countdown and who could resist a cherry stained car hauling a Christmas tree?  
Modern classic Christmas fireplace mantel

Monday, November 28, 2016

Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge Sneak Peek

I am so honored that The Home Depot invited me to participate in this years Holiday Style Challenge.  If you're not familiar with the challenge, they select a small group of talented bloggers to decorate and style an area of their home.  Home Depot picks the space, sends decor items and a gift card and it's up to us to do the rest!

Style challenge boxes from Home Depot

Christmas Entryway Gallery Wall

I really struggled with decorating our entryway for Christmas this year.  I loved last years gallery wall and decor, but as a blogger I felt pressure to be more creative and do something completely different this time around.  In the end, I went with my gut and decorated my home the way that I love and want it to be.  Let's be honest, if I wasn't blogging I probably wouldn't even think twice about changing my decor from year to year.  Staying true to myself and what I love is what's most important.  So, instead of going out and buying all new holiday decor I simply rearranged where I put things from last year and only bought a few new pieces.  

My entryway gallery wall was my favorite area that I decorated last year and this year is no different!
Classic red, white and gray Christmas entryway gallery wall