Friday, February 19, 2021

Friday Favorites: 10 Budget-Friendly Finds Under $35

Beautiful, stylish and budget-friendly home decor and fashion finds under $35

What do you do when there's another snow day? 

You raid the pantry for snacks, park yourself in a comfy chair, snuggle up under a blanket and look up home decor and fashion finds.   Sound accurate or am I the only one who does that 😂? 

I love shopping and looking online for stylish and budget-friendly finds and what kind of friend would I be if I didn't share some of my favorites?   Today, I'm sharing 10 stylish home decor and fashion finds under $35!

Home decor and fashion finds under $35

Monday, February 15, 2021

How to Get The Perfect Raw Wood Finish

Get the perfect raw wood finish and seal and protect your furniture WITHOUT darkening the beautiful and natural color of the wood. 

Are you a natural wood/stained furniture lover or do you prefer the look of painted furniture?

I'm normally a "scuff up furniture and paint" kind of girl, but every now and then I get the itch to refinish or raw wood a piece of furniture.  There's just nothing better than allowing the beautiful natural wood of furniture to shine.  

Recently, I bought this little side table from a local auction (find my favorite used furniture sources HERE) that was screaming for a raw wood makeover.  Granted, it would have been much easier and quicker to slap on a few coats of paint and call it a day, but something about this piece told me the raw wood needed to shine. 

How to achieve a raw wood finish

Thursday, February 11, 2021

How to Mix Old and New in Your Home Decor

Give your home interest and personality with these simple tips for mixing old and new (vintage and modern) in your home decor! 

How would you describe your decor style is a question I get asked often. 

My usual answer is that I don't stick to one particular decor style and simply buy what I love.  If I had to describe my style I would say it's a little vintage, a little modern, a little industrial and a little farmhouse.  How's that for a style description?  

I have never really believed in the "rule" of sticking to one style and feel the best way to create a home is to fill it with what you love.  You can mix styles and still have a beautiful and cohesive home that fits YOUR unique and individual style.  It's your home and should represent YOU. 

vintage modern neutral mudroom

Mixing old and new, vintage and modern is my favorite way to give my home a lived-in feel and create a place I love.  Keeping it neutral allows vintage pieces to shine while also allowing my home to feel cohesive, intentional and a bit more modern.  

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Free Printable: Vintage-Inspired Anatomy Book Labels

Create unique vintage-inspired books using free anatomy book labels! 

Did you know I graduated from college with a degree in Exercise Science?  

Yup,  I studied exercise physiology, biomechanics and had my head buried in biology, chemistry and human anatomy and physiology books for years.  I even had the opportunity to study a human cadaver, which was incredibly fascinating and something I will never forget. 

Although I never put my degree to use, (I got married when I was 22, just 2 months after graduating college, fell into a 10 year career as an insurance agent then became a full-time DIY/home decor blogger) I still have a love for anatomy and physiology.  In fact, I have all my old anatomy books from college that I can't bring myself to get rid of.  

So, it should be of no surprise that I decided to combine my love of vintage and anatomy to create vintage-inspired anatomy books! 

DIY vintage-inspired books using free anatomy book labels

I was itching for a quick and simple craft and these DIY vintage-inspired anatomy books were the perfect affordable five minute craft.  

Monday, February 1, 2021

Mood Board: Neutral Modern Living Room

A neutral living room design with lots of modern accents and pops of contrast!

Happy Monday and happy February!  Did you get snow where you live?

We had a snow day yesterday, so instead of being productive, I slept in, stayed in comfy clothes all day, waited way too long to shower, watched a little too much TV and had fun designing a modern living room.  

I mentioned the other day that I'm loving earthy terra cotta tones, so please excuse me while I share more earthy modern inspiration. 

Modern Living room mood board

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Furniture Makeover: Painted Multi-Drawer Hardware Cabinet

Dated and brightly colored hardware drawers get a vintage-inspired industrial makeover with paint and hardware! 

How about we start off 2021 with a furniture makeover? 

Recently, I picked up two brightly colored handmade hardware cabinets from a local auction.  I always gravitate toward multi-drawer pieces and knew right away I could breathe new life into these dated, brightly colored drawers. 

Even though the drawers were handmade, they had lots of character, loads of storage and were perfect for a vintage-inspired industrial update. 

Bright colored hardware drawers before

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Decor Under $40: Natural Earthy Tones From Amazon

Amazon decor under $40!!!  Decorate your home with the best budget-friendly, earthy tones from Amazon.  

When it comes to decorating my home, I tend to gravitate toward neutrals with accents of green.  The warm tones of terra cotta are definitely growing on me though, especially in small doses.  They're rich, earthy and accent well with white, black and green. 

Natural and earthy decor under $40 from Amazon
You don't have to have a Bohemian style to appreciate and incorporate warm hues into your home.  Going simple and accenting with these earthy tones can look stunning with any decor style.