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DIY gathered look farmhouse style wreath

Hey Hey! I thought I would stop in and share the cute unique wreath I made for our front door this last week, it’s just beaming with farmhouse flair. Most wreaths from the store just don’t feel quite my style. Isn’t that so frustrating? When you have a total vision of what you’d like and it becomes near impossible to find it in your budget or even at all. I feel your pain, and I love when I find a way to make my own, whatever it may be, to bring my vision to life. This week it was a wreath for our front door,  so I’ve been waiting for Hobby Lobby to have a sale on all their foliage stems so I could make my own.  Finding good faux stems can be challenging, so a quick tip is that Hobby Lobby rocks. They have great looking faux greenery, and when they’re on sale you can grab them at a couple bucks a stem.

Before I share more details of the final wreath, here is a little Video Clip I put together of the process of making this wreath. I love interaction with DIY projects, so I thought this would be a great thing to put together.

And here are some more shots of the final project. For this wreath I grabbed a variety of faux lamb’s ear, eucalyptus in a couple varieties, magnolia leaves, lavender, cotton sprigs, and a couple frosted pine stems from the seasonal section. I wanted to wire the stems to the grapevine base but it wasn’t as secure as I liked… so I ended up pulling out my hot glue gun. I did however just wire in the pine stems so I can take those out at the end of winter and replace them with something more seasonal.  Since the wreath itself doesn’t scream Christmas I added in these bell ornaments that I found on a recent trip to Homegoods, and a scarf. I copied the scarf layering idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Nesting with Grace. If you don’t follow Brooke, you definitely should! She lives in a charming cape cod bursting with texture and gorgeous details. I love her style, so homey and warm.
I really was going for a gathered from the fields look… something that looks a little bit like a hodge podge but put together tastefully. I tend to start with my biggest pieces, in this case it was the magnolia leaves, and then I moved on to my filler florals, which was the eucalyptus. I cut the large stems into smaller workable sprigs. Once I added in my filler florals, I went in with the feature greenery which was the pine, and the lavender. Working in this manner really helps when you’re trying to evenly disperse greenery.

Another tip is before you glue or wire anything to the wreath form kind of do a dry run of laying it around the wreath form to make sure you get things on there evenly and how you like them before they’re secured. That will save you a big headache.
I am so thrilled with how this came together, next time you’re on the hunt like I was for something for your home and you can’t quite find what you’re looking for style wise… I highly suggest figuring out a way to gather materials to make your own. Little home made details really add so much to living spaces.

Family room touches of Christmas.

Today I thought I would share our family room with our minimalist simple christmas vibes we have going on this year. This space is ever evolving, it’s small but it’s where we spend probably the most of our time. It’s connected to the kitchen and dining room in our home. It’s gone though a couple different looks since we’ve lived here as we figure out how to best use this space.

I recently decided to get the longest sofa I could find for this room to accommodate as much seating as possible and be the most comfortable for lounging around during our frequent Harry Potter marathons (you don’t do that? weird. maybe it’s just us) I found one locally at Potato Barn Outlet. It’s a well known furniture store in the Phoenix Valley.

Next problem to solve was the table situation. I always like to have somewhere to set a drink or put your feet up at but this space was much too narrow for a proper coffee table so I’ve been hunting for an ottoman for this space. Over black Friday there were a number of sales on furniture from my favorite online sources, and I ended up snagging this tufted velvet number from Joss and Main. It’s currently out of stock, I found another one similar here.

While I’m sharing the ottoman I thought I would also share our family room area how it looks right now for Christmas. I decorated really light for Christmas this year, I just feel so busy and our house is full enough of chaos, I didn’t think I could handle like BAM Christmas in yo’ face. So it’s really simple, but still a festive and fun. I just had to share a snapshot of our dining nook from our living area filled with our jar snowglobes we made again this year. My kids love putting these together and they make the cutest simple centerpiece for our Christmas dining nook. I love little homemade touches that show who lives in houses… our home is clearly filled with little children who I want to enjoy living here too. I try to keep things light and fun for them… but pretty enough for my taste. Isn’t that the rub of motherhood.

Simple Centerpiece idea with Hearth & Hand.

I am so excited to share with you a really simple idea today for your centerpieces. It’s always so nice to have fresh flowers in your home but it’s a little bit challenging to arrange them, when I was gawking at the new Hearth & Hand collection at Target. I came across this galvanized rectangle vase with a flower frogger in it! It doesn’t look like much but you guys… it’s amazing let me tell you why.

You can find the vase I purchased here, it comes in matte black too.

Have you ever tried to arrange flowers and they kind of flop all over the place and it never turns  out the way you imagined? There’s a trick you can do with tape to make a grid to section off your vase but even easier… you can use a flower frogger. AKA that metal grid on the top of this piece. It splits up your flower container into smaller sections to keep your blooms in place as you arrange so they just don’t flop to the outside and smooth each other. A flower frogger is a secret to having beautiful arrangements. My other secret is Trader Joe’s, even other grocery chain floral departments are starting to carry just garden bunches of a singular type of flower so you can arrange them yourself. Trader Joe’s is my favorite because the price is so low and the quality in my experience has always been great. All I Did was grab 3 bunches of flowers, cut them to size with some pruning sheers, and created a very simple super basic design, kind of asymmetrical and a little modern. It took me maybe 15 minutes to do, and I think it’s such a stunning centerpiece! Here it is styled in our Dining nook complete with the “kids” christmas tree with all the cutest little creature ornaments they’ve collected over the years.  Seriously such a game changer you guys! The vase is very very affordable, and with the flowers it looks elegant but was really simple not to mention inexpensive. What do you think? You can definitely pull this vase out any time you want to fancy up a space in your home with a pretty floral arrangement.

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.

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 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!

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…) 

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