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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.

 

DIY Fabric “Wallpaper”

When I was designing Ridge’s nursery, I knew I wanted to incorporate some black and white buffalo check. I found some wallpaper that I LOVED, but it was pricey and I wasn’t sure how permanent I wanted it to be. Then I remembered that IKEA sold a really cute, large scale buffalo check fabric. I began researching how to make it stick to my walls and found some great options!

Materials:

Fabric of your choice

Liquid starch

Thumb tacks and painters tape

Paint roller and tray

Small sponge brush

X-acto knife

  1. Measure the area you want to cover and add 6 or so inches to each side to allow for shrinkage. Add more if you plan on pre-washing your fabric. I didn’t pre-wash because i’m a lazy DIY’er.
  2. Steam or iron your fabric to get all the wrinkles out. I also didn’t do this at first and ended up having to steam part of it while the other part was stuck on the wall. FUN times haha!
  3. I started by using thumbtacks and tape to secure my fabric to the top of the wall
  4. Starting at the top corner I rolled some liquid starch on the wall then smoothed my fabric on top of it. Work in small areas because the starch dries fast!
  5. Then roll the liquid starch on top of the fabric. You want to make sure it is completely saturated.
  6. Continue doing this along the whole wall working in 1-2 foot increments. Be careful not to pull the fabric too taught. I used a small sponge brush along the edges to make sure they were very saturated and I used pins every foot or so to really secure it while it dried.
  7. Allow to dry completely. At this point I taped all the excess back to the wall. It will look splotchy until it dries. 
  8. Use an x-acto knife to trim off the excess

My awesome mom  was kind enough to help me with this project. She always seems to get roped into my nesting projects, sorry mom! She is seriously the best though. I think this could be done by yourself, but an extra set of hands is very helpful if you have them!

I haven’t tried removing my fabric yet, but from what I’ve read it comes off easily with just water! I love how it turned out and love that its something i can easily change if i want to!

This is a fairly easy project that can give you the look of wallpaper without the removal hassle. My favorite bonus is it can be done on a very tight budget if you can find fabric you love inexpensively!

(Side note: I thought about editing out the lovely bite marks on my crib but decided not to because that’s life. My THREE amazing, sweet, precious boys have slept in this  crib and the imperfections each of them has added over time reminds me of how fast time flies by and how important is it to cherish each day. Life is messy, dirty and imperfect just like my furniture, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!! Sentimental rant over…) 

Jenna’s Boy Nursery


Well, I am finally ready to share this space with you all… now that little Sawyer is almost 7 months old! Eek! I had him right after the holidays, and 2 weeks early. That combination, plus being smack dab in the middle of the school year with my older two threw me for a loop! Turns out having a newborn and having to get your other kids to school each day is like… really hard.

The funny/not funny part of this room redo is I thought I was in labor the same day that my sweet Husband decided to paint the nursery. So imagine my destroyed house (does that happen to you when you’re in project mode too?!) and me rushing to the hospital at 9 pm in false labor. Oh baby’s are such an adventure! I did end up having him later that same week, so pretty much the room was painted, and there was a crib and dresser, and that was it. Once I gained my bearings, well somewhat, of being a Mom of three kids I was able to pull together the details… the last picture is hung, and we’re finally ready to share it!

I would contend that the best part of having a baby is getting to design a Nursery for them because there’s such little rules when it comes to baby rooms… you can pretty much do whatever your heart desires. Which is definitely what I did when I was designing this space. We live in a tract home with teeny bedrooms, but I really wanted to do something different to the walls in this space. Every designer will tell you not to paint tiny spaces dark colors… its like rule numero uno. But hey, its a baby room so why not!

It all started with the paint color, I fell in love with Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. It is a really deep grey with beautiful ashy undertones. I love this color, it is a true grey and so moody. The wainscoting was in the room when we purchased our house, so we didn’t need to install it. I painted it grey and the upper half my favorite warm white, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. 
I love all the sweet details in this room. All very boy in nature, the dark grey walls really makes it feel cohesive and brings together all the little things.

I’ll be back later this week to share the sources for all the cute decor of this space! What do you think? Was it totally crazy to do such a dark color in such a small space?

Our favorite console table.

You know those pieces of furniture that you can literally move anywhere in your homeand they always work great. Those are my favorite pieces to buy, because you know. I’m fickle and noncommittal. I like to rearrange and freshen up our home a lot. So when I buy furniture, I want to make sure that it is a sound investment for me. I love all the versatile things, and that entire checklist applies to this console table. It happens to be on a great sale right now, so I wanted to blog about it in time for you to snatch the deal! The Everett foyer table is seriously the perfect piece of furniture. It is small enough to fit in an entry, where mine resided for a long time. But I recently moved it over to my Living Room sitting area and it finishes off the space so nicely.

It is my favorite table to dress up each season. I don’t have a mantle in my home, so this works quite nicely. Here’s how it looks today staged easy going for late summer days. I seriously love it. It happens to be an amazing sale right now, you can snag one of your own here. If you order through your store, you won’t have to pay shipping. I stalked it for months and waited for it to go on sale, this is the lowest price I’ve ever seen it go down to. So it is a great time to make it yours!

Best inexpensive ways to fill your walls with style.

Finding “art” for your walls is probably one of the most difficult things to finish off a space. It’s hard to find the right scale, the right style, the right price point all in something that appeals to you. We get asked by friends and family and all the people where to look for things to fill their empty walls. So that totally inspired this post.

Today we wanted to share some of our secrets to finding wall art that fill up our big walls in our houses in ways that don’t break the bank, but bring a lot of style to our spaces.

  1. Chalkboards. Chalkboards were all the rage for a long time, and guess what?! They’re still in! We love them personally because they can bring a lot of texture to your home, as well they’re like totally interchangeable with the seasons. They’re pretty inexpensive to make, you can find things like vintage windows or window screens to use as your “frame” which makes them fun & interesting. We also love to whip up our on frames using 1 x 2 pine strips.
  2. Inexpensive framed prints. There are so many cute options out there in the world of prints, you can pick up a cute inexpensive frame from Ikea and no one would know it only cost you a couple bucks. I just grabbed some of this vintage style wrapping sheets from, Paper Source Co. Whenever I’m looking for something unique, they’re my go to source! They are extremely budget friendly, and provide such a great touch. We’ve used this wrapping sheets for everything from cute “wallpaper” on the back of a hutch, to wall art. Seriously such a great secret weapon! 
  3. Architectural Salvage. I’m sure you know this one, but we love to use “found” objects on our walls. We have made regular Ikea frames into bigger statements using reclaimed bead board. Vintage windows. Ceiling tiles. These are great for bringing loads and loads of texture and interest, not to mention a little bit of Farmhouse flair to our builder grade homes. 
  4. Homegoods. How could we forget our favorite spot? They have some great deals and ever changing stock. When in doubt we can almost always walk in and find something great that works for our spaces. It’s so addicting because they are always getting new items so stopping in on a regular basis is a must. Check 

We hope that helped you with some ideas on how to fill your empty walls with some pretty things!

Copycat Swig Sugar Cookies with a Twist


Happy Independence Day! I’m sure by now everyone and their dog have tried these copycat Swig sugar cookies. There are millions of recipes floating around, all very similar, but these are my favorite. My husband, an avid sugar cookie connoisseur, has actually been making these in our family for a while now. I decided to try them for our fourth of July family get to together. Can you believe I have NEVER made sugar cookies before?! Crazy, I know.  I have always really loved baking, but have never been much of a sugar cookie fan so I’ve just never made them.They were delicious! This recipe is very similar to others you’ll find on pinterest but i like to add a little vanilla and almond extract to the dough and I like to do my own frosting.

Swig Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 C butter slightly softened

3/4 C vegetable oil

1 1/4 C sugar

3/4 C powdered sugar

2 T water

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 t baking Soda

1/2 t cream of tarter

1 t salt

5 1/2 C flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar, powdered and water.

Once incorporated, add in eggs and beat until just combined.

Add vanilla and almond extract.

Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl then slowly add to butter mixture.

Mix until everything is just combined.

Roll the dough  into golf ball sized balls and place on your cookie sheet. I like to line my cookie sheets in parchment paper.

In a small dish combine about 1/4c sugar and a pinch or two of salt.

Find something you can smash your dough balls down with. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup.

Dip the bottom of your cup in the sugar and salt mixture then smash your dough down so it makes your nice rough cut edges.

I like to then sprinkle more of the sugar/ salt mixture on top of the dough.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Let them cool on your pan for a couple minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Once your cookies are cooled, frost with my favorite buttercream!  I personally prefer this buttercream to the traditional swig frosting,

Frosting:

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp coconut extract

1-2 tsp milk

Directions:

Beat your butter for about a minute.

Add two cups powdered sugar and beat.

Now add your coconut and almond extracts.

Add your last two cups of powdered sugar.

Thin with milk or cream if needed.

Frost and try not to eat a whole pan!

 

Best Budget Friendly Farmhouse Rugs

 

We love rugs in every space, every room, rug all the places. They do a really great job of grounding spaces, adding texture, coziness, and pattern. I feel like they just really finish off a space and make it feel complete and put together.

But finding a rug that works for you can be difficult, and finding rugs that are within your budget is a whole other struggle. Gorgeous rugs don’t have to be some crazy investment that you’re afraid to walk on and live on once it arrives. Picking a rug that will finish a space, but not kill you to replace when your kid spills punch on it is high on our list of priorities.

Enter Rugs USA. Seriously the best website to find rugs on a budget. They have SO many options, and amazing sales. Right now they have a TON of rugs for 70% off + an extra 20% through July 20th.

There are THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of rugs on Rugs USA, so we curated a collection of a few of our favorites. Some are in our home and others we just wish were.

Rug 1

Rug 2

Rug 3

Rug 4

Rug 5

Rug 6

Rug 7

Rug 8

Rug 9