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Sunday, December 19, 2021

The Best Faux Apothecary Cabinet Makeovers

Do you love the look of vintage multi-drawer cabinets?  Does your budget not allow for an authentic vintage piece?  Get the same look for less with these faux multi-drawer cabinet makeovers! It should be no surprise that I love vintage drawers .  Card catalogs, apothecary cabinets, map drawers, multi-drawer cabinets, it doesn't matter. The more drawers the better! Unfortunately, authentic multi-drawer pieces are getting harder to find and can be a shock to your wallet and budget.    The good news is, you can create your own apothecary cabinets, card catalogs and multi-drawer pieces using basic furniture and supplies!  ...
Sunday, December 12, 2021

DIY Neutral Christmas Decorating Ideas

Deck your halls this holiday season with these fourteen affordable neutral DIY Christmas decorating ideas!  Christmastime is my favorite time to get crafty.   How about you?  Do you like to craft holiday decor or give DIY holiday gifts ?  Keeping with my love of neutrals (you can see my neutral holiday decorated home  HERE ),  I scoured the internet for my favorite neutral DIY holiday craft ideas.  ...
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Holiday Home Tour 2021: Simple and Neutral Christmas Decor

A simple and neutral Christmas home tour with accents of green and touches of vintage for the perfect timeless look! Less is more when it comes to my holiday decor this year.  Instead of unpacking my vintage Santas and decking the halls with pops of red, I opted to keep my holiday decor simple and neutral with vintage decor and accents of green.   The bonus to this style of decorating is that it perfectly transitions from Christmas to winter without having to change a single thing! ...
Monday, December 6, 2021

Free Printable: Modern Minimalist Christmas Tags

Free modern minimalist printable Christmas tags!  I was hoping that designing and creating Christmas tags would motivate me to start wrapping, but no, I still haven't wrapped a single gift.  I am, however, pretty much done shopping, so at least I have that going for me.  Have you started wrapping Christmas gifts yet?  For those of you like me, who still have all their wrapping to do, I created a set of nine modern minimalist Christmas tags that I hope you will find helpful....
Monday, November 22, 2021

Holiday Home Tour 2021: Vintage Modern Christmas Mudroom

A vintage modern mudroom decorated with simple neutral Christmas decor!  It's time to start Christmas decorating! The mudroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house and where I was most excited to decorate.   Last year, I added a few pops of red to my Christmas decor , but this year, I kept my holiday decor completely neutral.  It's a little vintage, a little modern, a lot neutral and completely transitions from Christmas to winter. ...
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Vintage Christmas Mantel Decor

A chippy vintage Christmas mantel styled with simple and beautiful neutral decor!  Happy Friday!    I'm popping in real quick to share a little Christmas mantel inspiration.  I don't know about you, but I'm such a sucker for a simple and neutral Christmas mantel.  Add in a little vintage decor, lots of texture and you have a beautiful and timeless combination. ...
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

7 Ways to Add Texture to Your Home

Seven easy and effective ways to add texture to your home!  I'm taking a break from all the Christmas talk to discuss one of my favorite design elements, TEXTURE!  I like to keep my home fairly neutral, but neutral doesn't have to mean boring.  If you are like me and tend to shy away from busy patterns and bold colors,  adding texture can be the key to keeping your home stylish and interesting.  ...
Friday, November 12, 2021

2021 Gift Guide: Gift Ideas For Him

Perfect gift ideas for all the men in your life!  I don't know about you, but every year I find it harder and harder to shop for the men in my life.  It seems like they already have everything they want and there's nothing they really need.  This can make picking out thoughtful gifts a little tricky.  This year, I thought about what I personally own, what I've given as gifts and what gifts we've received that others may also enjoy.   I included items from various price points and tried to pick items that represent many different hobbies and interests. ...
Thursday, November 11, 2021

2021 Gift Guide: Gift Ideas For Her

Stylish gift ideas for all the wonderful women in your life! Yup, it's that time of year again.  It's holiday gift guide time!  Have you started your holiday shopping yet?  I started a little early this year and I'm so glad I did.  I'll be finished with my shopping soon and look forward to enjoying a stress-free December.  In an effort to help you knock out your shopping early too, I've gathered a few of my favorite gift ideas for all the women in your life. ...
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Oversized Vintage-Inspired Sleigh Bells

Do you love the look of authentic vintage sleigh bells, but can't find them or justify the cost?  With this easy DIY, you can easily transform inexpensive bells into perfect vintage-inspired sleigh bells! Who's up for an easy budget-friendly Christmas project?  I've been shopping early this holiday season and snagging lots of  faux winter greenery , affordable Christmas decor and gifts whenever I see something that catches my eye.  Recently, while scoping out Christmas decor at Walmart, I came across oversized jingle bells that I had to have.   They were great as is, but I knew I could make them better with an easy vintage-inspired makeover. ...
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Best Realistic Winter Greenery

Deck the halls this holiday season with the best realistic garlands, picks, trees and wreaths!  Yes, it's that time of year again.  It's officially November, which means if you haven't already bought the new holiday decor you've been eyeing then you should definitely think about purchasing it sooner rather than later.  Holiday decor tends to sell out early, especially this year, so it's more important than ever to shop early. Store shelves are already sparse, quantities are very limited and if you want first dibs on new inventory then you better shop early. I already ordered more winter greenery and wanted to share my favorite winter garlands, picks, trees and wreaths in case you wanted to snag a few for yourself too! ...
Monday, October 25, 2021

Let's Go Shopping: Walmart Gifts For The Home

Affordable and stylish Walmart gifts for your home! This post is sponsored by Walmart   I've never been a girly girl. I grew up with an older brother and a neighborhood full of boys.  I played sports, rode bikes and wasn't afraid of getting dirty.   Fashion was never a top priority for me (hello, leggings and hoodies!) and I've always preferred to buy things for my home than for myself.  My home is where I spend most of my time and I want it to be a place I love and enjoy. So when it comes to holiday gifts, I often request and would prefer to receive something for my home than a new sweater or pair of earrings.  ...
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Lucketts Fall Market 2021

Take a tour of a vintage booth from the hippest vintage market on the East Coast!   It's been a long weekend!  I take that back, it's been a long few weeks.  If you've been around for any length of time then you have probably heard me talk about prepping for the Lucketts market.   Most of the furniture pieces I transform and vintage items I score head to my vintage booth at Sweet Clover Barn , but some of my favorites were saved for the Lucketts market....
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Trash to Treasure: DIY Textured Paint and Baking Soda Vase

Create the look of authentic clay vases using paint, baking soda and coarse salt!  Yesterday, while out thrifting, I picked up a ceramic vase that had the perfect shape for a quick DIY update. In the past, I've made plastic vases look like concrete  and Dollar Tree vases look like Hobnail milk glass , but this vase instantly reminded me of the beautiful and popular, yet crazy expensive vintage clay pottery vases.  Turning old dated vases into stylish faux clay pots is nothing new (just do a quick Google or Pinterest search).  There are many variations of this technique and each pot and vase is unique and turns out differently. I love sharing affordable DIY projects and filling my home with unique vintage finds, so it only made sense that I share my version of the DIY textured paint and baking soda technique. ...
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Furniture Sanding 101: How to Sand Wood Furniture

The best sanding tips and common mistakes to avoid when sanding and refinishing wood furniture!   Lately, my days have been spent painting and sanding as I prepare for a huge vintage market. Showers have become overrated and being covered in paint and sawdust has become my new normal.  It's a busy time for sure, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I absolutely LOVE transforming and staging furniture and sharing my favorite furniture makeover tips . In the past, I shared how to achieve the perfect raw wood look , but I still get comments from readers telling me they are intimidated by sanding and questions asking how to sand wood furniture. Today, I want to answer all your wood furniture sanding questions and hopefully, inspire and encourage you to transform your own furniture into beautiful raw wood pieces....
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Simple and Affordable Fall Patio Update

Simple and budget-friendly patio makeover just in time for fall!  This post is sponsored by Walmart Maryland has officially entered "wear a sweatshirt in the morning and regret it in the afternoon" weather.    The mornings are cool and damp, the days are hot and the evenings are dark and chilly. Figuring out what to wear takes some getting used to, but it's still hands-down the best time of year, especially when it comes to outdoor projects.   I recently gave the shed deck a makeover , which lead to staining the deck supports on the main deck, which then led to updating the back patio. ...
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Amazon Home Decor and Fashion Finds

Neutral and budget-friendly Amazon home decor and fashion finds!   Happy Thursday!  I am not a fashion blogger.  Let's just get that out of the way.  The majority of the time, I'm sporting paint-covered clothes (that most likely don't match), dirty hair that's been pulled back into a low messy bun and my favorite checkered Vans .  If I'm feeling fancy, I'll actually take a shower, dry my hair and put on mascara.  Look out! I am, however, a self-employed, work-from-home mom who is drawn to neutrals, knows how to take advantage of Amazon Prime and can rock leggings and hoodies like no other.  Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite neutral Amazon home decor and comfy fashion finds.  Everything is either something I currently own, is very similar to what I own or is in my cart.  It's all neutral, great alone or paired together AND perfect for fall!...
Monday, September 13, 2021

How to Make a Vintage Inspired Sign

Learn how to make an easy DIY vintage sign - no fancy cutting machine required!   Did you know that I LOVE vintage wood signs ?  Did you also know that authentic vintage signs are crazy expensive? I was following an online auction the other day and was completely BLOWN AWAY by how much an old weathered wood sign sold for.  Like, shaking my head and wondering what the heck I am doing painting and selling furniture and not vintage signs kind of blown away haha.  It was after that auction that I got inspired and immediately got to work making my own vintage-inspired sign.   I'm not picky when it comes to old, chippy and perfectly aged signs .  Although, I am partial to vintage medical decor and ephemera, so I opted to make a vintage-inspired doctor sign for above my card catalog.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your own customizable DIY vintage sign. ...
Monday, September 6, 2021

H&M Home Decor Finds Under $50

Chic, affordable and neutral home decor from H&M (under $50)!   H&M is way more than just a fashionable and hip clothing and accessories store.  They are also a great source for stylish, chic and affordable home decor. From neutral and classic to hip and stylish.  H&M has everything you need to level up your kitchen, living room, bedroom (and everything in between!) without breaking the bank.  ...
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Affordable Natural and Neutral Fall Decorating Ideas

Budget-friendly, simple and neutral fall decorating ideas for the perfect cozy vibe! I'm not wishing the year away and I definitely enjoy the long lazy days of summer, but cooler weather is fast approaching and it's time to get the house cozy for fall.  I'm a neutral lover and tend to keep my decor neutral even for seasonal decorating.  Neutral doesn't have to mean boring though.  You can absolutely use neutrals to create a comfortable and cozy home, perfect for fall.  I've been transitioning my fall decor to more natural neutrals and wanted to share a few of my favorite budget-friendly, timeless fall decorating ideas!...
Thursday, August 19, 2021

How to Achieve the Perfect Authentic Chippy Finish

Do you love the look of chippy vintage furniture?  Do you hate dealing with messy strippers?  Learn how to get the perfect authentic chippy finish in a few easy steps!  The layers and character of naturally aged paint make chippy vintage furniture so beautiful and hard to resist. Authentic vintage furniture is easy to love and now you can achieve the perfect chippy finish in just a few easy steps! ...
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Amber Decor and Cozy Fall Favorites

Cozy up your home and add a touch of warmth for fall with these stylish amber, rust and burnt orange decor picks!  Don't hate me, please. I know it's only August and here I am talking about fall decor.  Believe me, I love summer and don't want it to end.  It's never too early to start thinking about fall though, especially if you like to plan ahead.  I gravitate towards cool tones and green will forever be my favorite accent color, but amber is quickly creeping in as a close second.  I'm especially partial to vintage amber glass and rust colored pillows and thought it would be helpful to pull together some of my favorites, which are also perfect for fall. ...
Monday, August 9, 2021

Budget-Friendly Modern Shed Makeover

A boring and basic shed gets a budget-friendly modern makeover!  Why in the world didn't I do this sooner?  I joked in my Instagram stories that lately, I feel like I say that after every DIY project.   Giving the shed a modern makeover that fit with the rest of the house was definitely a long overdue project and was worth the long days of power washing, sanding, staining, painting and being covered in sweat and mud. I'd be lying if I said I didn't walk outside multiple times a day just to stare at the deck.  I absolutely love the new modern look that I was able to achieve with paint, stain and affordable modern decor.  It now perfectly coordinates with the new DIY trash can screen  and other recent backyard updates . ...
Monday, August 2, 2021

Mood Board: Vintage Modern Dining Room

Black, white, green and wood come together to create the perfect neutral, vintage modern-inspired dining room! I'm slooowly easing back into work after being away on vacation.  It's the first time I EVER went away and didn't crack open my laptop to work.  It was amazing and very much needed.  Taking a break from work, limiting social media and focusing on yourself does beautiful and amazing things for your soul.  I relaxed, stayed up late, slept in, ate delicious food, soaked up the sun, read and thoroughly enjoyed my time away.    Now I'm back and full of blog and project ideas, starting with a vintage modern-inspired dining room mood board!  ARTWORK / HANGING PENDANT / CURTAIN ROD / CURTAINS / DINING TABLE / SET OF THREE VASES / FAUX GREENERY STEM / GREEN VASE / MIRROR / BENTWOOD CHAIRS / BLACK BUFFET / FAUX FIDDLE PLANT  ...
Monday, July 19, 2021

Vintage Modern Basement

A small ranch-style basement decorated in a mix of vintage, industrial and modern styles. Our basement has always been overtaken with toys and was a major drop zone for old, random and leftover decor.  It was a total hodgepodge and the last place I ever wanted to clean, decorate or spend time.   Now with my kids getting older (they are eleven and thirteen!) the toys are pretty much nonexistent and I've been able to clean out and update the basement.  I've added some of my favorite vintage finds and have been slowly turning it into a space I actually enjoy.  It still needs to be functional for our family (the kids do still have some toys and I work from home), but I've been able to incorporate multifunctional pieces that are both stylish and practical....
Friday, July 9, 2021

Friday Finds: Bold and Stylish Green Decor

Create a bold and beautiful home with stylish green home decor accents!  Happy Friday! I love creating bold spaces in my home, so Iron Ore will always be my favorite go-to paint color.  When paired with white, Iron Ore creates a beautiful and modern contrast that I love.  Throw in a few bold green accents and I'm one happy girl.  ...
Monday, July 5, 2021

How to Build a Simple Modern Trash Can Screen

Tired of having your trash cans in plain sight?  Try this simple and modern solution for hiding your trash can (and other ugly outdoor necessities)!  We had our two-car garage built over seven years ago, which means for seven years the corner and side of our garage have been a little bit of an eyesore.   No plants, no mulch, no landscaping......nothing.  The corner of the garage is not only where we keep our trash can (it gets too smelly to keep in the garage), but it quickly became a dumping ground for random buckets, leftover wood, old dirt bike tires, hoses and random trash. I desperately needed a solution to hide the trash can and clean up the exterior corner of the garage.  This past weekend, I FINALLY bit the bullet and built a simple and modern trash can screen. ...
Monday, June 28, 2021

Summer Bedroom Refresh: How to Update Your Bedroom For Summer

Budget-friendly ideas to spruce up your bedroom for summer!  This post is sponsored by Walmart The days are longer, the sun is hotter and it's the perfect time to lighten your bedroom decor.  I don't typically change much of my decor for summer, but I do like to make a few budget-friendly changes to lighten and brighten my home, especially when it comes to my bedroom.    Heavier blankets, pillows and bedding get put away and are replaced with lighter fabrics for a brighter feel.  This year, thanks to  Walmart Home  and their  summer bedroom decor , I was able to update my bedding and pillows to create the perfect summery vibe.  With free shipping on orders over $35 and free returns, it was super convenient to shop from home, risk-free. ...
Monday, June 21, 2021

Let's Go Thrifting: Auction and Thrift Store Finds Vol 2

Creating a beautiful and unique home with vintage finds from auctions, thrift stores and Facebook Marketplace! It's officially SUMMER! School has ended, working two days a week out of the house is ending and this mama is looking forward to finally having more time to blog and hit up more auctions. Picking and thrifting are definitely two of my favorite things to do.  I love the thrill of the hunt, exploring and discovering new places, finding unique pieces for my home and meeting and learning from people along the way.   Almost all of my favorite pieces in my home are one-of-a-kind finds found at auctions or vintage shops.  They're old, unique, a little crusty and perfect for making my house feel more like home.   ...
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

$200 Backyard Update: Budget-Friendly Tips to Update Your Home's Exterior

Budget-friendly backyard update and inexpensive tips to help spruce up the outside of your house for less!  This backyard project was WAY overdue! FIVE years overdue.  We included a back door when we built the garage, which led to absolutely nothing once the garage was complete and the yard was graded. I finally got fed up with the unusable entrance, rotting trim and moldy door that I set out to give the back entrance a budget-friendly makeover.  I joked on Instagram that this exterior update wasn't about perfection.  It was about updating the backyard as cheap as possible, so it was no longer an eyesore for my wonderful neighbors.  ...
Monday, May 17, 2021

Low-Maintenance House Plants: Switching From Faux to Real Plants

Transitioning from faux to real plants.  The best beginner house plants and easy tips to help them thrive! I'm trying a thing.  Not sure how successful I'll be, but I'm willing to try and learn. I'm sloooowly transitioning from faux to real house plants.   Are you surprised?  I am. I was never one to have a green thumb and be able to keep real plants alive.  I would always start with good intentions, but end up accidentally robbing them of water and sunlight.   Over the past few years, I've learned a little, became somewhat more responsible and somehow managed to keep a few low-maintenance plants alive and healthy.    I think I've turned a corner and now I'm obsessed with filling my home with more low-maintenance plants!...
Monday, May 3, 2021

The Best Neutral Knobby and Textured Home Decor

Stylish and beautiful!  The best knobby decor to add style and texture to your home!   Do you love color or do you prefer to keep your home decor neutral?  I tend to gravitate towards black (ahem, Iron Ore) and white and prefer to keep my home decor neutral, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring.  Mixing vintage and modern decor  and adding contrast and texture are my favorite ways to add style and dimension to my otherwise neutral home. ...
Friday, April 30, 2021

Furniture Makeover: Snow White MCM Dresser

A dated and damaged mid-century modern dresser gets a fresh update with new paint and hardware!  I haven't been blogging much, but I have been cranking out some furniture makeovers.  Recently, I picked up a little three drawer mid-century modern dresser from one of my favorite used furniture sources , Facebook Marketplace.   I loved the style and fluted drawer, but it definitely needed some work.  It was missing hardware, had some damage and a bit of loose and missing veneer.  It was nothing that couldn't be fixed though, so I headed out to pick up the dresser and got started working on it right away. ...
Friday, April 23, 2021

Creating Beautiful Vintage Displays and Vignettes

Styling vintage decor to create beautiful vignettes and displays!  Happy Friday! Sorry for the unexpected radio silence.  If you've been reading my blog for a while or follow me on Instagram then you probably already know that in addition to blogging, I also have a booth at a local vintage barn .   Picking, hunting, styling, staging and having a successful vintage booth started out as a side hustle, but has quickly become a full-time gig and true passion of mine.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE blogging and decorating and won't be giving that up any time soon.  I've just been spending the majority of my time and energy on growing my vintage business .   With that being said, I thought I would share some recent vintage finds, booth photos and a few of my favorite ways to style vintage decor to create beautiful displays and vignettes....
Monday, March 15, 2021

Dated Dresser Turned Vintage Boho Inspired Chest

A dated dresser gets a vintage boho inspired makeover with bronze pulls and a fun pop of green!  Hey, hey!  I'm back with another simple and affordable dresser makeover.   If you follow me on Instagram then you may have already seen the transformation of this dated dresser turned fun vintage boho chest. I'm much more active and on top of things on  Instagram , but it's definitely been a while since I've blogged.  That's only because I've been so busy and consumed with my  vintage booth .  Just like blogging, I love every aspect of hunting, picking, styling and curating my booth, so I'm definitely NOT complaining.   Having the booth allows me to do what makes my heart happy and blogging allows me to share everything with you.  It's a win-win. Okay, now back to today's furniture makeover and super affordable Facebook Marketplace find.  A lot of people tend to look over dated dressers with curvy bases, but they are actually incredibly easy to updat...
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!...
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. ...
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.  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...
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!  I was itching for a quick and simple craft and these DIY vintage-inspired anatomy books were t...