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Ikea Hack: Faux Christmas Wreath

I love wreaths anytime of the year, but especially at Christmas time. I feel like you can drop a bucket of money on a beautifully full wreath though. I love the fresh evergreen wreaths especially but they are costly and they are short lived. I tend to go the faux route in my home, but am left with lackluster greenery wreaths and it makes me sad.

A couple years ago I picked up some inexpensive faux Evergreen wreaths from Ikea  because the sprigs were good quality and I think they were only like $12 each or something crazy like that. I’ve used them for the last couple years bare with just ribbon around my home, but I have been loving the mix of greenery that is so in this year especially the silver leaf eucalyptus. So my little brain started working and thinking maybe I could just insert some other greenery to give my faux wreath some more texture and fullness.

This is really so simple I feel silly writing about it, but since it’s taken me years to get this inspiration I thought maybe I would share and help you along. So here is one of the wreaths completed with added faux Juniper berry sprigs I grabbed for $2 at Hobby Lobby and a bundle of $2.50 fresh silver dollar eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s. So basically it was a really inexpensive upgrade you guys to an inexpensive to begin with wreath. Totally worth the couple hours effort!So here is what I gathered. I used about a bundle of eucalyptus for each wreath + two stems of faux Juniper sprigs. You need some floral wire + wire cutters as well.

So all I did was take my form which had two rings of wire on the back, and make little bundles of eucalyptus + juniper. Alternating between adding one spring of eucalyptus and then one sprig of juniper going around the wreath.I used the floral wire to attach to the bottom of my bundles and then wrapped the long end of the wire to the structure of the wreath form, you can see what I mean by the picture below. Just worked my way around the wreath form having all my sprigs going the same direction. It went rather quickly actually. Absolutely thrilled with the end product! Not bad for a quick afternoon DIY project.

Dining nook refresh with what I already had.

Hey Hey! I thought I would pop in and share my dining nook before it becomes decked with boughs of holly. I previously had a pretty full size farmhouse table with 6 tall ladder backs that made my farmhouse loving heart happy, but it never felt quite right.

We live in a small 1600 sq foot home and I feel like I’m always learning how our small spaces work best. So I sold the large farmhouse table and refurbished this one and love this area so much more!

When I wanted to makeover this space I really wanted to buy a beautiful new table, a pretty doily style jute rug, chairs from the Magnolia Home collection… I could almost here the repeated cash register and $$$ signs adding up. Instead of buying all new things I decided to look at what I already had and try  my best to pull it together that way. And I did. I had this neglected Pottery Barn garage sale table find in my garage for almost a year… and decided it was time to breathe new life into it. I love the pretty scroll feet and pedestal base. When I got it the finish had seen better days, but no matter! 
I love the bentwood-esque chairs that are actually metal. I grabbed them from Target, you can get them here, they also come in matte black! I’ve mentioned this rug numerous times before on our blog but it this rug is also a Target find, this one is hooked wool and very nice quality. Rylen has a bigger version of it in her family room. 

I like to put accessorize my dining tables with useful things rather than a fancy centerpiece. Just about every single time I walk into Homegoods a piece of blue pottery begs to come home with me. These couple pieces are the beginnings of my collection. The hand painted details on them just make my designer textile loving heart skip a beat. Plus those bowls are enormous and great for a big bowl of delicious soup. Or cereal. Whichever. 
The only new items I purchased for this area were the chairs. I already had the rug, accessories, and table. The poor table had been neglected and in my garage for over a year… yikes. I’m glad I kept it around. It is such a good feeling to makeover a space and make it beautiful without digging into your wallet to do it.

Ask a Designer: Large Walls with Farmhouse Flair

Hey hey! We have a treat for you today… we are launching Design Services here via The Collected House. We have been asked so so many times about consultations for spaces that our friends, family, and readers just can’t quite figure… and we are pleased to announce that we will now be offering online consultations!!! You can contact us for details regarding these services if you’re interested in partaking of the goodness.

To launch this exciting new facet to The Collected House, we wanted to start an “Ask a Designer” Series. I know a lot of times you just have these walls that totally escape you what to do with. Sometimes it takes a little tweak, or a couple little ideas and your space will totally be pulled together. A quick look from a Designer could really help ya along your way, and that’s what we want to help you with! So if you have a small design dilemma send us an email or message and maybe we’ll feature your dilemma paired with some FREE advice. #winning

So here we go, one of our readers contacted us.

Q: I have this huge front room that I am needing help with. I have a lot of space to fill on the walls but I’m having a hard time executing… I also love modern farmhouse style and your guy’s style.. not sure how to put it together?!”

So here is what her space looks like now from her snapshots, holy big walls! It looks like they may even be vaulted. Big empty walls are a common problem in newer builder homes. We have our fair share of large empty walls in our homes. 

In our homes we have added shiplap to big empty walls that add interest and immediate farmhouse flair. We like it because it adds texture and interest but is still simple and clean.

Here are a couple other ideas for wall treatments on large walls to add farmhouse feel. Painted white they add a craftsman feel, give your home character, and make those large empty walls feel less lonely. There are a number of ways to do these treatments on a budget too, which always helps when you’re filling larger spaces.

Via Fox Hollow Cottage

via The Wood Grain Cottage 

We love how Shayna from the Wood Grain Cottage did board and batten on her vaulted ceilings, it grounds the space but adds so much character!

Do you suffer from large empty wall probs too? Maybe these ideas helped you too!

Playful Room Redesign & Shopping online

Hey Hey! Jenna here. So excited to share this full room redesign that I recently completed for a Design Client of mine. I am lucky enough to work in the design field with people who are constantly reno’ing and choosing finishes for their home.

Rylen & I have wanted to launch more Designer content on our blog for a while and I thought this would be a great project to shop with. This one was unique being that I had helped them completely change every surface of their home with the General Contractor I work with, and then I was asked to go back in and decorate for them.

The other unique thing for this particular space is, I shopped for it entirely online. Gasp. I know.  At first I sourced from some Local furniture shops, which are fabulous, and usually have amazing customer service which typically in high traffic rooms especially, make the larger price tags worth it. This space however is a front sitting room that gets minimal use, and is really just to look at mostly. So I gave her two proposals one from the local shops which ended up being significantly more than the second which was filled with online ordering. We went with the latter, not worried about much need for warranties on these pieces. We saved a good amount of dough doing that option. I always think quality is important, the items we chose aren’t poor quality by any means, but I think when decorating and furnishing an entire home it’s important to know when to splurge and when to save. This low traffic space, was a great spot to save.

I source a lot from websites such as Wayfair, Birch Lane, and Joss and Main. Just to name a few. I also almost always buy all my rugs as well as curtains online. I meet a lot of people who can. not. fathom. shopping for such large items online but I have almost never had a negative experience.


We purchased the sofas, the chairs, the rugs, the curtains, the tables all online for this room. Shopping sites such as Wayfair and Joss and Main can save you a lot of money and provide more selections than what your local shopping situation can, with a lot less hassle.

So I have broken it down to a couple main points when it comes to buying big ticket items online. Some of them may seem common sense, but the very few times I have ever been disappointed were when I skipped some of my core rules.

I know better than that, and now you will too.

Tip #1: Measure! I mean this is obvious right? Maybe not. Measure your windows where you want your curtains to hang from down (usually 6″ above the window) Measure you wall for a sofa or chair or middle of your room for a coffee table. A lot of times you will see a good deal online and be swept away by the $80 chair and then it arrives and it is… miniature in not a good way. Ya know what I mean? A lot of times the price speaks to the scale when shopping for furniture and art pieces especially I have found.

Tip #2: Read Reviews! This one is important, especially when it comes to color as well as quality concerns. I have found that most people are in fact, well petty, and will voice any dissatisfaction that came once they unrolled or unboxed or lived with an item for a short amount of time. Wayfair has a great customer review section. I have really found it helpful. I also think the reviews on websites like RugsUSA and Overstock are very helpful as well.

So I  when I started this post I thought it may get heavy winded, but turns out that’s all I have for ya. I thought I had more tips, but turns out those two are the golden few. Those two things will help you score those online deals you want and find those pieces that seem to escape your local stores. I’m kinda addicted to having large sofas and chairs sent to me for free, right to my door. Much better than dragging the babies on shopping trips if ya ask me! 

Do you find those tips helpful! You’ll have to let us know if you take the leap to order online. I know Rylen loves to shop for things online too. She has scored quite a number of gems off Amazon. We’ll have to get her to share her Amazon picks!

-Jenna

Rylen’s Fall Tour: Part 2

Better late than never right?! I cant believe how fast Halloween has snuck up on me this year! We have our first Halloween party on Friday and I just realized i don’t even have a costume for Ridge yet! Hopefully this isn’t an indication of how the rest of this holiday season is going to go.

I had fun decorating my family/dining room for Halloween this year.  I tried to stick with mostly neutral colors with a vintage vibe. I changed out my botanical prints for these fun vintage prints put together by Ella Claire. I love the playful touch they add.

I was so happy to finally have shelves to decorate! Styling shelves is always a process for me. I have to put stuff up and see how i feel about it for a day or two then tweak things. I recently bought this three tiered shelf from Rod Works in Gilbert, AZ. It is the perfect depth for this dining room. I added some spooky bats to the hallway along with pumpkins of course!

Hope you have a very happy Halloween!

Quick, easy & FUN Halloween Decor

Last year was the first year I decorated for Halloween, and to my surprise… my kids endlessly praised my coolness. So decorating for little holidays, such as Halloween became a MUST in my book. For the children right? Okay, it is a little for me too.

I am not much unto the spooky, but I can do cute and fun which is what I try to do each year. Cat burglars, ghosts, bats, and a skull with a spider for good measure that about sums up Halloween at our home.
What do you think? I know lots of people don’t “do” Halloween but its fun to do a little bit here and there each  year.

Most of my seasonal fun decor comes from my local Homegoods! The prices, the selection… its great! I grabbed the florals, spider webs, and pumpkins at Michaels and Joanns… I keep it simple, keep it inexpensive, and keep it fun!

In other news, I was a little shell shocked when I walked into Homegoods today for an afternoon stroll and found Christmas decor on their shelves. Though if invited to that bandwagon I could potentially hop on… I love the festive jingle bells more than I love a spooky skull.

 

– Jenna

Fall Craft Night 2017

After taking a break from craft nights last year, Jenna and I were itching to host another one! We loved crafting and visiting with everyone that came! This year we added a raffle to the craft night and it was a blast! We had some AMAZING donations including a shop credit to Lularoe by Kendyl Hawkins, a print from Print it Engineer, a cutout from Lolly Letters, a makeup session with Erin Pace Makeup, and of course one of our favorite new HATS!

We had the MOST delicious cupcakes from Cupcake Love AZ. I am a bit of a cupcake snob connoisseur and these were to die for! We had lemon, orange, almond, chocolate almond, chocolate, and red velvet. They also make gorgeous cake and cookies. So yummy!
We love hosting these crafts nights. They take A LOT of prep work but always end up being so much fun. We love being able to create an opportunity for women to come together, catch up, make new friends, and leave with something fun and unique for their homes.

Rylen’s Halloween Tour: Part One

Every year I have the Halloween or Fall decor dilemma. This year Halloween won out after I found these oh so cute printables from Ella Claire. These prints set the tone for my neutral, vintage, and simple Halloween decor! I snapped a few pictures of my front room before it was destroyed from the craft night we hosted. It’s still in disarray haha but it was totally worth the fun night! 

I found the Double, Double Toil and Trouble print at the Caravan Shoppe. It came with 3 prints for $5! I just had an engineer print done at staples then stapled the print to poplar boards. It was a very easy project that makes quite a statement! 
Hope your enjoyed my front room all dressed up for Halloween!

Master Bedding Refresh

Since I first redid my master bedroom, I have wanted new bedding. There was just something about the light grey quilt and linen headboard that rubbed me the wrong way. BUT after redoing the flooring and ship lap, it just wasn’t in the budget yet. I finally got so tired of it, I decided i would do something. I went to Joann’s and bought myself a bottle of Rit navy fabric dye. I was so excited that I was going to get the change I wanted for a mere $5! I followed the directions and threw it in the washing machine. I went to pull it out and my heart sunk! It was PURPLE!!!!!!! I am talking Barney eating grape jelly purple. It was awful. Much worse than my previous problem. So I waited a few weeks, sold a few things and sought out for new affordable bedding. This is what I came up with and I love it.

We ended up moving the Target Belfast Rug into the family room and needed a new one for the master bedroom. I really like this one from Rugs USA.

Quilt-Target

Duvet- IKEA

Throw Pillow- Target clearance. Similar HERE and HERE

Rug- Rugs USA

Beddy’s: The Perfect Bunk Bed Solution

I have been dreaming of Beddy’s ever since Jenna used them HERE and HERE. My boys are getting a little older and have been begging me for bunk beds so I finally bit the bullet and found a perfect excuse to get Beddy’s! Jenna raves about how amazing they are and let me tell you, they are every bit as fabulous as everyone says and here is why…

Bunk beds can get so messy looking depending on what bedding you use and I LOVE that Beddy’s always look clean and put together.

I LOVE that my 3 and 5 year old can make their OWN bed by THEMSELVES!

I LOVE that it ZIPS! (So EASY!)

I LOVE that the days they don’t make their bed, I can make it myself in 2.5 seconds. (Seriously, it is that fast)

I LOVE the fabulous CHECKED OUT print! I about died when this came out.  (You should all know by now that black and white buffalo check is my jam)

I LOVE how well made they are.

I LOVE that it is all ONE piece. (No sheets to mess with, yay!!!)

I LOVE that I can throw it all in the washer so easily.

I LOVE  the cozy soft minky lining.

I LOVE that I no longer have to tuck a blanket around every side of the mattress until it is perfectly smooth on my 3 year old when he gets out of bed 20 times. He jumps in and zippity zip, 2.5 seconds and he’s tucked in! It is like magic!

I sound like I am writing a love song to Beddy’s . Maybe I am. When you find something you love so much, you shout it from the rooftops.

Beddys have my heart. The end.