Friday, April 21, 2017

3 Year Housiversary!

Hello and welcome back to my little blog! Today, I hope you'll join me in celebrating our 3 year Housiversary! 3 years ago today, we were nervously closing on our first home and the endless string of Home Depot and Target trips was about to begin! To commemorate this special occasion, I have decided to do a big before and after of our home. All of the before pictures feature the way it was set up when we came to look at it for the first time (and promptly fell in love with the potential), and the after pictures are the most up to date pictures I have of our space. I realize I have shown you bits and pieces of this before, so I apologize in advance for any repeating pictures. I am not going to do much writing because this thing could get to novel length real fast and without me even noticing. SO, I'm just going to go room by room and show you some evidence of the labor of love we have put into making this house ours over the last three years. I hope you enjoy!



(Still really hate the floors...but that's for another day!)


(I honestly could not get a good angle and I simply did not want all of that stuff cluttering the space so our version is pretty empty...I just chose to show the view from the other side of the new front door and paint color!)





If you missed my $15 Fireplace Makeover, you can find it here!
If you missed my DIY Shiplap wall tutorial, you can find it here!

(Don't mind me watching Spongebob...I can explain. I love Spongebob.)

Well there you have it! Thanks for taking time out of your busy Friday to take a look at our nest. There are still lots of projects we want to do (I absolutely HAVE to figure out a way to have white cabinets in our kitchen), but for now I think I will sit back, relax, and enjoy the progress we have made over the last three years. Here's to many more!

Happy Weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring & Easter 2017

I love spring. Spring and fall are by far my favorite seasons. Except for the pollen. Pollen is the worst. Anyways, I figured since it's my spring break maybe I should do a quick spring home decor post before I accidentally put it off until oh I don't know...winter. Once again, I have tried to keep my decor very simple but with that same cottagey feel that I want my whole house to have. I started out by trying something new over the fireplace. One of my ALL TIME favorite designers/bloggers/instagrammers did this (on a larger scale) over her bed and I absolutely 
L O V E D 
it. It's funny, I kept wondering if she was going to post a tutorial. A couple weeks went by and I finally thought to myself...okay. I can do this. I don't need it, I will figure it out, darn it! So I went to my third home, Hobby Lobby (Target is my second, love you Targ) and picked up the supplies I figured I would need. All I bought were some embroidery hoops in various sizes, some faux greenery stems (I actually cut them up when I got home to make my money go farther) and some floral wire. Looking back, I really wish I had taken some pictures of the process and the supplies but...hindsight's 20/20, am I right? So basically, I cut off some greenery, attached it in various spots on the embroidery hoops with the floral wire, and strung them up with white thread so they would look like they were floating. How about I talk about it a little less and just show you what it looked like in the end?

Side note: Banner is from Target and was added later!

Honestly, throughout the process of doing it, I really thought I was going to hate it. Then when I took a step back I was like wait, nope. I like it. I might even love it? Anyways, if you are interested in seeing the original masterpiece, you should totally go follow Erin (instagram name: CottonStem) on instagram and check out her AMAZING bedroom and tutorial. Yes, hilariously enough the day after I did this, she posted a tutorial. Funny how that works, huh? I actually DM'ed her the next morning just to tell her how much I had been drooling over hers and show her a picture of my recreation. To my utter amazement, she responded and said she loved mine and asked if she could feature it on her page. I was like UM, PINCH ME I MUST BE DREAMING. She is such a celeb in my world (and I told her so). It was the best thing ever and I still cannot believe it happened. Maybe once she does post about it I will link it here? We will see if that's okay with her! 

Alright, moving right along. The rest of my spring/Easter decor is very minimal but I love it all and tried to take pictures as best I could. I feel like the lighting is terrible especially in the kitchen pictures. There are just so many windows! I love it and hate it. Oh well. Those 2 bunnies on my mantle that you can kind of see in the pictures of the greenery but can definitely see better here are from At Home last year. They actually had shiny gold inside their ears but me being me...decided I wanted to make them white instead. (I may have a problem). So, I took some acrylic paint from Target that said it would work on ceramic and went to work. I feel like you can't really tell unless you're really close so I will call that a win. 

I LOVE THESE BUNNIES. Okay, next. I picked up this wooden bunny garland from a little boutique last year that has actually closed down (crying) since. I love it and am very thankful that my mom discovered it and told me to grab it while I could! Later on, I also added my DIY Alphabet Banner from Rifle Paper Co because nothing says springtime like Rifle! Sorry for the lighting...I told ya it's bad.

I got this ADORABLE wool pom pom Easter tree from Elizabeth's Embellishments last year and I stuck it on our island. It's SO cute and pastel and precious and you can hardly even tell from this horribly lit picture but whatever!

Also in the kitchen, I have my brand new anthropologie looking vase that I picked up TODAY from Marshalls. I AM OBSESSED. Mary Kate Robertson has one (probably a better/fancier one) and I have seen it on her instagram and drooled over it like a million times. So naturally, when I saw it sitting there I was like YES PLEASE you are coming home with me! I actually posted it on my account earlier this evening and tagged her in it just because. Much to my surprise (and excitement) she liked it! What?! Score for me. Totally fangirling. Anyways, here is what it looks like. As soon as I bought it, I knew I had to have some flowers to put in it so I drove across the street to Kroger and grabbed some 99 cent baby's breath. BAM. Isn't it the cutest thing ever? Ah! Love, love, LOVE!

Spring in the dining room is honestly not too different than its everyday decor however I did move my prized Bunny Anthropologie (yes this vase is ACTUALLY from Anthro AND I got it on SUPER CLEARANCE for less than $10! What?!) onto my hutch and stuck some of my favorite faux lavender stems from Hobby Lobby in there. I actually just found a milk glass pitcher as well. Found it while antiquing with my Aunt and fell in love!

Lastly, of course I had to throw in my one little Rae Dunn Easter mug. It reads HIP on one side and HOP on the other. Seriously, why are all of her mugs THE best? It's true what they say...once you start collecting, you will never be dunn. 

Side note: I got this ADORABLE melamine egg plate from Pottery Barn Kids in 2015 and I am obsessed. It's from their Beatrix Potter Easter Collection and I may or may not have bought the set of them from this year too...I may have a problem. These little Rice Krispy Eggs were SUCH a cinch to make. I just prepared the rice krispies like normal (melt half a stick of butter and a bag of marshmallows in a saucepan and then stir in 6 cups of rice krispies cereal) and then while the mixture was still warm, sprayed a clean plastic egg (and my hands) with canola oil and filled each side of the egg with the mixture. After I filled each side, I pushed the 2 halves of the egg together as hard as I could, trimmed off any excess and boom! The cutest little Easter treat you ever did see! I definitely could have made them cuter with some icing or fun colored sprinkles but...the hubs likes them plain and unadorned so that is how they stayed! 

That about wraps up my little spring home tour. I wanted to leave you with a delicious little springy breakfast idea because I had it the other day and it was FABULOUS. It's so simple, too.

It's just:
3/4 cup of Cheerios (plain or frosted works too!)
1/3 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup DARK CHOCOLATE almond milk

Seriously, I don't really know if this is dessert or breakfast...but either way, you have to try it!

Thanks again for reading. I hope everyone has a fabulous rest of the week and for those of you who are lucky enough to have the week off like me...HAPPY SPRING BREAK! Grab yourself some coffee and a good book and settle in.