Wednesday, May 15, 2019

How to Style the Perfect Entry Table

Basic tips and ideas for styling the perfect entry or console table


One of my favorite spaces in our home to decorate is the entry table.  It's the perfect place to switch up our home decor for the changing seasons and a great place to display some of my favorite decor finds.  It's also the first thing you see when you walk in our front door and I love that it sets the tone for the rest of our home. 

When we started our first-floor renovation and moved most of our living room furniture to the garage I knew right away I wanted to move the entry table downstairs.  I wanted at least one space that I could decorate and keep neat in the midst of the renovation chaos and mess. 

Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post.  

how to style the perfect entry table

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Favorites: Affordable Neutral Outdoor Decor

Affordable and neutral decor for creating stylish outdoor spaces on a budget. 


Who else has outdoor decorating on their mind?  

The warmer weather, longer days and living in a half torn apart house is giving me the itch to spruce up our outdoor spaces.  A few years ago, I updated our front porch and back deck, but it's definitely time for a refresh.   Our black and white rugs were left out all winter and have seen better days and our wrought iron dining set are about 15 years old and drip rust whenever it rains.  

Every year I declare I'm going to get new deck furniture and every year I put it off.  I'm hoping this will finally be the year where I pull the trigger and finally order a new table and chairs.  A couple new rugs and some new pots and fresh greenery would be nice too. 
Affordable neutral outdoor decor

Monday, May 6, 2019

How to Get the Perfect Concrete Look With Paint

How to get the perfect concrete look with paint.  An easy way to give ceramic Dollar Tree mushrooms a cool concrete inspired makeover.


Happy Dollar Store DIY Day!  For those of you who are new around here, the first Monday of every month I share an affordable Dollar Tree makeover.  It can be anything from a simple organizing project to an easy decor makeover.  My goal is to share inexpensive and affordable Dollar Tree projects that you can use to organize and decorate your home.  

This month, I was inspired by little ceramic mushrooms that I found in the decor section of Dollar Tree.  I thought about giving them a wood inspired makeover, but as soon as I saw aged concrete mushrooms online I knew I had to transform them to look like concrete.  

Concrete inspired Dollar Tree mushrooms

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Kitchen Update Week Two: The Walls are Gone

Week two first floor renovation update of our small ranch style home. 

This week was all about demo and removing ALL THE WALLS!

Our contractor made major demo progress and was able to remove all the walls around our stairs, completely opening up our floor plan.  It's AMAZING how much larger our small home feels simply by removing a few walls.   We still have a way to go, but having the walls down and being able to visualize the space is such an amazing feeling. 

          Kitchen demo

Monday, April 29, 2019

6 Clever Ways to Decorate Around a TV

How to decorate around a TV.  The best creative ways to hide, camouflage and decorate around a TV. 


I've always wanted to disguise, hide or decorate around our living room TV, but didn't want to do anything major until we renovated our upstairs.  Well, now that we're in the middle of the upstairs renovation it's time to think about our TV situation.

Modern farmhouse living room

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation Design and Before Tour


Tour a living room, dining room and kitchen of small ranch style home before a major kitchen and first-floor renovation. 

It's hard to believe our kitchen renovation is underway!  We've saved for this project for many years and dealt with a few major financial setbacks (like needing a new septic system, furnace and air conditioner), but we are FINALLY moving forward with expanding our kitchen and opening up our floorplan.  

I've mentioned in the past that we struggled with the decision to move or renovate our current home and we decided to renovate.  Yes, it would be nice to have a larger home and more property, but ultimately, that's not what was most important to us.  We are perfectly comfortable and content with the size of our home, we just wanted to make it work better for our family.  

Classic modern farmhouse kitchen reno plans

Monday, April 22, 2019

How to Get A Chippy Look with Milk Paint

Create the perfect chippy finish on furniture using milk paint!


I promised the next furniture makeover I shared would be aged and chippy and this dresser makeover is definitely full of chippy goodness.  I usually stick to mid century modern furniture that I keep smooth, clean and free of distressing, so this chippy dresser was a bit different from my normal painted furniture makeovers.

Chippy milk painted dresser