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Mudroom Makeover

It may seem crazy to be "making over" a new house!  We moved in such a hurry there were still things we wanted to do.  Also, after you've lived in it for awhile you start to figure out what works and what doesn't.  Luckily I have a handy husband!  He did ask me the other day if we were "done"-hahahaha!  That was pretty funny.

So I knew I wanted an old church pew in our mudroom.  My brother in law found one on Craig's List for $35!  It was too long so my husband cut it down.  Only problem was it had a leg in the middle.  To remove it would have compromised the bench.  So we decided to keep it.  Now we have a three legged pew!  It makes a perfect cubby for our shoe basket.  It was a dark brown so we sanded it and white washed it.  Not bad for a first attempt!

Here is our mudroom before...

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It was fine but we were outgrowing the little hooks and I wanted something larger and more sturdy to hold everything.

After searching for ideas I decided to go with board and batten like our entry way and dining room.

 

Here is handy hubby in action measuring and planning.

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After it was drawn out on the wall he nailed 1x6 horizontally and on the outside edges and 1x4 vertically to the wall. 

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Next he filled in the holes and edges then sanded.  Next came the painting.  We used Sherwin Williams Alabaster.  It's my most favorite white.  It's not too stark but not too creamy. 

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Hooks installed and it was ready to go!

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Here is a shot showing our dining room walls.  I think it all flows well, do you?

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Our three legged beauty...The girls shoe basket fits perfectly in the little cubby below.

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Mudroom Bench

 

I moved the bulletin board to the other side of the wall.  Now I can reach it much easier.

Rustic Barn Door

Barn door made by handy hubby and his dad while we were building the house.  I love how rustic it is and it adds warmth to all the white. 

Through opening is the laundry room where I spend most of my time ;)

Rustic Barn Door

 

I'm still deciding if I need a shelf at the top of the board and batten.  What do you think?  Definitely want to hang something if we don't do a shelf. 

I hope you liked our little project!  I love having all the space and hooks to hang book bags, jackets, etc.  It really brings the room together. 

On to our next project!

XOXO,

Jo

 

 

 


A Peek at Our Playroom

The most exciting thing happened yesterday!  Target featured my playroom Instagram photo on their AwesomeShop Feed!  I think I am still in shock! 

It's a cool way to shop right from pictures they find on Instagram and Pinterest.  Check it out!

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So, I thought I'd show you a couple of pictures of my playroom transformation.  It started out as a guest/office/playroom.  As you can imagine, it was a little cramped.  Last year we finished out our basement and moved the office and guest room downstairs.  Pictures of that to come later!

Here is the room before.  The toys were on the other side of the room.  Sorry not a good photo.

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Tada!  Here it is now...

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Much better!  We get a lot more use out of the space this way.  I repurposed my girls' old crib mattress as a comfy spot to lay on in their teepee.  The rug was also a nursery piece.  The trunk is a great way to hide toys and double as a table.  I purchased the futon from Wayfair and it folds out for kids to sleep on.

Below you'll see the table and chairs that are on the other side of the room.  These are the ones I purchased from Target that they featured.  They are super cute and so easy to clean. 

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Kids Table Set

I'd show you the rest but I'm sure you've seen a mess of toys before! 

If you're on Instagram please give me a follow.  I post a lot of pictures of my home there!

Oh, and if you want to make your own vase of heart arrows be sure to check out my previous post!

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Cupid's Arrows

We finally crafted our own Cupid's Arrows!  I took inspiration from all of the great examples on my previous post.  Ours is a combination of the feather arrows and the traditional red and pink Valentine's colors.  I know one thing-feathers are messy! 

These would also be great décor for couples showers, baby showers, engagement parties, etc.

 

Here are the supplies you'll need: 

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All of these can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I also bought two glass vases on sale there to hold our arrows.

 Start by hot gluing your feathers and/or heart to the top of your skewer on each side.

Cupids Arrows

The felt hearts had sticky backing which made it super easy.  Just stick two back to back on the end of your skewer. 

I just love these red burlap hearts!

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Then tie on a ribbon or twine..

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I had two pairs of helping hands for this craft too!

Cupids Arrows

My six year old actually came up with the idea to layer the felt hearts!  I thought they turned out better than the feathers.  She is my crafty girl.

Cupids Arrows

Cupids Arrows

 

I have them on our mantle for now but they don't show up well.  They would probably pop on an entry table or coffee table where you can see them up close.

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My little cardinal goes well with the red accents!

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A pretty easy little Valentine craft to brighten up your home for winter!  I hope you'll try making your own Cupid's Arrows.

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Happy New Year

It's 2017!  I hope everyone's holidays were everything you wanted them to be.  They always go by so fast!  After taking down our Christmas decorations the house always seems so bare.  I kind of like it though, a fresh slate just like the new year. 

I transitioned some of our décor to winter.  When I think of winter I think of white, gray, all neutrals.  Also, I think of a little sparkle.  Mercury glass, candles and maybe a twinkle light or two. 

Winter Mantle Decor

Winter Mantle Decor

I am really into cotton and antlers this year!

Winter Mantle Decor

I used the same cotton stems and antler stems that were on our dining room tree.  

Winter Home Decor

 

This pewter antler bowl is one of my favorites.  The silver adds some shimmer against all of the neutrals.

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

Here it is again as a last minute New Year's Eve centerpiece.  Dressed up with mercury glass candle holders and silver colored beads.

Winter Centerpiece

Winter Centerpiece

 

A quick change of the table runner and you have a neutral dining table.  I used the same strand of lights from Christmas just removed the red pinecones. 

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

And of course antlers...

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

 

Pinecones also make excellent winter décor.  They are everywhere and inexpensive.  Just place a few in a clear vase and you have an easy centerpiece.

Also candles, candles, and more candles.  They add cozy warmth on a dreary winter day.

 

With a few changes and rearranging you can use some of your Christmas décor to decorate for winter!  Stay warm, everyone! 


Festive Touches in the Kitchen

As promised, here are a few photos of my kitchen with some Christmas décor!  I didn't do a whole lot of decorating in the kitchen.  It seems to have so much going on anyway.  Cooking, homework, artwork, etc.  I do wish I had put up a wreath on my hood.  Maybe next year!

You may remember the cardinals on our tree in the dining room.  I just love placing them all over the house at the holidays!  They give a vibrant pop of red and cheer.

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This three tier stand is so fun to change for the seasons.  I filled it with bottle brush trees and large red bells this year.  And of course our cardinal friends.

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One of my favorite parts of our kitchen is our butler's pantry.  I'm so glad I chose to go with it instead of a food pantry.  It is a great place to make coffee or cocktails.

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Can you tell I love bottle brush trees? 

I kept our breakfast nook super simple with just our Advent wreath.  Really you don't need anything else because it is a star on its own. 

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We really enjoy lighting the candles in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

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I hope you've enjoyed the little tour of our kitchen!  Do you decorate your kitchen space for holidays?

 

 

 


Perfect Imperfections

Wow, blogging sure has changed since 2009!  Truth is, my home has been decorated for Christmas for weeks.  I see all of these beautiful Holiday Home Tour blog posts and I am totally intimidated.  I have no experience in photography.  Do not have Photoshop.  Just an iPhone.  I've been taking photos over and over trying to get the right angle, right lighting, etc. obsessing over the details.  Do I hire someone to come take professional pics?  Do I invest in a complicated camera I have no idea how to use?  Photoshop? 

Then, it hit me this morning as my girls were setting up our dining room table for our "Breakfast Ball".  They were decked out in princess dresses using old valentine cards as place cards.  A meal of an apple, Hershey kisses and potato chips on paper plates---this is real and it is just as perfect!  Maybe there is someone out there who will appreciate the "Perfect Imperfections" like I do!  The accidental garbage can in the background.  The bulldog on the front porch. 

So while I'm still figuring all this out, I hope you enjoy a few imperfect photos of our home decorated for the holidays.

 

Front porch with bulldog

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The lovely Breakfast Ball

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More details in the dining room..  This pallet box is so easy to change for the seasons!

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Family room...Our stockings are hung...

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Kitchen coming soon!

 

 


B is for Baby Shower

Here are the photos from the baby shower! The baby shower was hosted at a local cafe, which decor happens to be yellow and orange. I really lucked out with all the decorations. The vases came from Micheal's for about $1 a piece. Notice the one with the honeycomb pattern! The birds, butterflies, and bees were on sale, too. The tissue paper balls hanging from the ceiling were found at Marshall's for $2. I also incorporated Lena's paper goods as confetti and tags. The guest book is actually a photo album, which we put the photos from the shower. This was given to the momma to be as a gift. I hope this gives you some ideas for your next shower!

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Peppermint Candy Crafts

My friend is celebrating her birthday next week with a peppermint themed party.  This is a theme that I could go crazy with!  Peppermints are inexpensive, readily available and so festive.  They are great to use this time of year for birthdays, showers and Christmas parties.  Here is a collection of easy decorating ideas with peppermints I've collected to inspire you.

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Candy Cane Candles

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Candy Stick Vase

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Peppermint Disk Vase

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Peppermint Candle scape

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Peppermint Trees
 

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Christmas Party Plans

We are having a Christmas party next month at our house and I have been looking for ideas of how to decorate the dining table/kitchen area.  My family room will be decorated with what I am calling a "gilded christmas".  Remember last year I was having trouble using my old decorations with our new terra cotta wall?  Well this year I've decided to use new gold, copper, and brown decorations.  I think they will look great with our wall. 

I would like to do something with more color in the kitchen/dining area.  I'm hung up on the red and aqua combo I've been seeing lately.  I love these two colors together and think they are so fun to use for Christmas parties and decorations.  Here are a few ideas I've gathered so far...

My main inspiration came from Kim at The TomKat Studio's Little Snowflake Invitations.  Kim is so talented and I always love all of her designs.  I can't wait to see the rest of this collection!

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Too cute right?!  Check out Kim's inspiration board for the Little Snowflake party here!

A beautiful table below incorporating red and aqua.  Love the little red birds.

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Plates from Hostess Jo I'll use:

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Glass stickers...

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Cocktail napkins...

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Stay tuned to see everything come together!
  
 


Festive Filler

I noticed our grocery store just started carrying fresh cranberries-that means its officially holiday season!  I love anything made with cranberries.  Their bright red color is even great in decorating for the holidays. 

How about using them in your Thanksgiving and holiday flower arrangements?  What a festive touch they add to a simple bouquet.

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Just rinse your cranberries before putting them in water.  Insert your flowers.  They will also help hold your arrangement in place.


(photo from marthastewart.com)