Little House of Four

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Double Duty Decor: How to Effectively Hide Toy Clutter


Building, creating and decorating is my thing, organizing is not.  Walk into my home on any given day and you are bound to find piles of papers, laundry in the living room, craft projects on the dining room table and toys that are not where they belong.  My home is small and it's no secret that I'm not the most motivated organizer.  I would much rather spend my evenings blogging and creating projects over doing laundry, putting away dishes and tidying up the house.  Unfortunately, this results in unnecessary stress so I'm working hard on keeping our living and dining rooms organized and toy free with double duty decor. 
We keep a lot of toys in our basement, but since we spend most of our time in the living room that's where most of the toys end up.  I lost the "no toys in the living room" battle years ago, so instead of fighting with the kids to take their toys to their rooms or the basement I buy furniture that's pretty, functional and perfect for keeping toys hidden.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room: Painted Vintage Server


While my husband was away enjoying a relaxing weekend trip with the guys I stayed home and cared for a very sick little girl.  I always tease my husband that he picks the best times to go away.  Granted, everyone was healthy when he left it never fails that I end up single parenting at the worst times. Friday night was going as any normal night would until I was awaken at 1:45am with the words I dread most, "Mom, I just threw up."  Let me just say, when you are not prepared to be sick you end up with a major mess on your hands.  Thankfully, I have great neighbors who kept our little guy occupied on Saturday while I cleaned carpets, washed sheets and cared for our sweet little girl.  When she finally was able to sleep you can bet I jumped at the chance to do a little painting project for the dining room. 

Painted vintage server
You would think painting a piece of furniture would be pretty straight forward, but not when you're trying to pick the perfect gray.  I ended up grabbing every gray, white, cream and black chalk paint I owned in search of finding the perfect gray paint color. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Five Friday Finds: Can't Miss Deals From Target


It's Friday and I've got five new fabulous finds to share!  
FIVE FRIDAY FINDS: Can't miss sales from Target! www.littlehouseoffour.com

A couple of this weeks finds are items I've recently purchased (hello, gorgeous bar cart and rug!) and others simply caught my eye.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

$5 DIY: How to Make a Wood Bead Garland with Tassels


A few years ago my grandmother was downsizing and I was lucky enough to receive a bunch of her unused craft supplies that she no longer needed.  One of the many items I received was a huge assortment of wood craft beads.  I'm talking large beads, small beads, round beads and everything in between.  Determined not to let them go to waste I decided to make a simple DIY wood garland, but I didn't want to make just any wood garland.  I wanted to make something a little different, so I added simple jute tassels. 
Easy wood bead garland with tassels
This is seriously the easiest craft project I have ever made.  You only need 3 supplies, it takes less than 10 minutes to make and the total cost is less than $5.00.  It doesn't get any easier or cheaper than that! 

Monday, February 13, 2017

New Mudroom Rug: How to Pick the Perfect Rug


Happy Monday!

I'll be the first to admit that my decorating plans don't always go as planned.  Trial and error sometimes works best and that's exactly how our new rug ended up being perfect for our mudroom rather than our dining room.  I hoped to use this gorgeous rug in our dining room, but sadly it wasn't right for the space.  Not willing to give up on the bold pattern I rolled up the rug and dragged it to the mudroom. The moment I laid it out I knew it was perfect for the space!  The contrast and pattern is exactly what the space needed and it tied in perfectly with our light walls and dark doors.  It just goes to show that plan B can actually be better when plan A doesn't work out. Bold and patterned rug in the mudroom.
Choosing a rug takes time and there's a lot to think about.  To help make the decision making process a bit easier I'm breaking down a few "rules" and tips for picking the perfect rug. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Five Friday Finds Under $25


Welcome back to another addition of Five Friday Finds!  Since many of you enjoyed last week's five finds under $25 I thought I would pull together five more can't miss deals.  
Five Friday Finds Under $25!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to make a photo clipboard with FREE printable


How is it February and time for another Monthly DIY challenge?  


This month we all headed to the hardware store and picked up 1x2 lumber to create 11 DIY projects! I threw around the idea of creating a vase or candle holder, but ultimately ended up making one of my favorite go to projects. Memo boards and photo frames are easy to make and a staple for any decor style.  

DIY photo clipboard and free printable
The best part is the wood is inexpensive and they are perfect for displaying your favorite artwork, quotes or pictures!