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Spring Home Tour

Welcome back to more spring inspiration this week.  Today, I’ll be taking you through the front door and on a spring tour of my home.  I’ll let most of the pictures do the talking, but I do want to show you how I created my spring home for not very much money at all.

I tried to incorporate some lighter colors, light blues, neutral tones, and fresh flowers.  Now that I’m ready for spring, it’s supposed to snow in a few days, geez!  Let’s get started anyway!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Living Room

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I love having a fireplace and mantle as a focal point in the living room.  It’s such an easy place to decorate for the seasons, holidays, and parties to make a statement.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I’m totally in love with these flowering branches.  I’m not sure what they are exactly, but they are so pretty.  I got them at Costco for only $9.99, and pretty sure that they are going to last all season long with regular changes of the water.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I’m also LOVING these tulips.  Also bought at Costco for $9.99 and was able to get two displays out of them.  Talk about economical.  New couch pillows were long overdue.  With a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I was able to reuse pillow inserts and just change out the covers.  I was able to get five new pillow covers for under $20.  I will take that deal any day!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.The Kitchen

Decorating the kitchen isn’t usually on my list of things to do.  It’s a space that usually stays the same for functionalities sake, but this year I added a few details that speak to spring.  Plus, I plan to turn those lemons into lemonade!  This recipe is so simple and it’s delicious!  Such a simple idea to celebrate a sunny afternoon!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.The Dining Room

Isn’t a dining table one of the easiest places to decorate for a season?  There are so many options.  Centerpieces, tablecloths, place settings, flatware, glasses, and the list goes on.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Here’s the other display of tulips for only $9.99.  And the tray, napkins, and table runner all came from Target.  You’ve got to love the dollar spot.  Plus the clearance section is the source of the less than $5 table runner.  Score!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Simple botanical prints taped up to the wall fill a really empty space temporarily, which is great for the season.  Eventually I want to get a vintage arched window or mirror, but I love that I can take these down whenever I get tired of them.  The best part is that they are free!  Just download from here and pick your favorites.

So here’s the breakdown of how much sprucing up my house for this spring tour cost me.  It’s surprisingly low!

  • Flowers: $9.99
  • Flowering branches: $9.99
  • Pillow Covers: about $20
  • Table Runner: $5
  • Tray: $3
  • Napkins: $9
  • Lemons: $5
  • Ceramic Birds: $4
  • Whicker Placemats: $16

Total cost: Only $81.98  Not very much at all, and the cost was spread out over the last couple of weeks which helps to keep your budget in check also.

That wraps up my spring home tour.  I hope you were able to get some inspiration from it.  If you want to or do incorporate any of these ideas into your home, let me know in the comments or on my facebook page.  I’d love to see your Spring home!

 

 

 

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Christmas Home Tour 2016 and a Surprise!

Good morning, I hope you had an excellent weekend.  As we’re only 13 days away from Christmas I thought it was a great time to show you my house all decked out for the holiday.  It’s so interesting decorating this new house for holidays and figuring out where to put things.  I’m hoping next year goes a little faster since it won’t be the first time.

There are a ton of pictures in this post, so I’ll let them do most of the talking and keep the reading to a minimum.  I hope you enjoy our home, and I wish you could see it in person!  If you were here in person you could help eat the million and one Christmas cookies that are at my house right now!

Let’s get started in the office, entry way, and half bathroom.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!I love adding some fresh greenery throughout the house this time of year.  I got this swag at Home Depot and with periodic spritz of water it still smells and looks amazing.

Now onto the living room, with a very big surprise reveal.  Can you spot it?

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Yep, that gorgeous, rustic mantle is new.  Merry Christmas to me!  I love it!  It’s super chunky and totally finishes off the fireplace area.  Mostly though, I’m just so excited to have a place to hang our stockings.  I didn’t realize how much that meant to me until I finally hung ours up.  I can’t wait to do that every year.

The mantle came from an old barn in Ohio and it took three big guys to get it in place.  Needless to say, it’s not going anywhere.  I do think I’ll use some greenery next year in addition to the stockings.  I’m also looking forward to decorating the mantle throughout the entire year.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Please don’t judge the placement of our ornaments, a certain two and a half year old had so much fun helping me decorate the tree that I just left them where she put them.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!The reason for the season folks!  I love that I can teach my daughter about as she says, “baby Jesus'” birthday using this nativity.  That girl loves wishing people a Happy Birthday and it’s no different for Jesus.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Now, onto the dining room and kitchen.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!I found these buffalo check handkerchiefs at Hobby Lobby for basically no money.  I’m excited to turn them into a really cool banner soon.  There were a ton of colors and patterns that would be so easy to use for other crafts, and very cheaply.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Last years Christmas chalkboard came out of storage with little damage.  I didn’t even take the time to touch up the chalk lettering as it still looks pretty good.

Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!Click here to see my 2016 Christmas Home Tour and get lots of Christmas decorating ideas!I added a few Christmas touches in the kitchen using cookie tins and a lighted garland above our cabinets.  The glow of the lights up there at night is one of my favorite things.

That’s it folks, I hope you enjoyed the little tour around our house at Christmas.  We actually won’t be celebrating Christmas here this year, as we’ll be with family.  That’s part of the reason I started decorating before Thanksgiving (gasp!).  I have gotten to enjoy it all just as long as if I waited until after Thanksgiving.

What’s your favorite part of decorating?  I think my new favorite part is definitely hanging the stockings!  Merry Christmas!

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How to Create a Thanksgiving Kids Table

We’re less than a week away from the big day!  Thanksgiving that is!  What will you be doing this weekend to get ready?  Use my planning printables to help you get the turkey on the table in time.  I know I’ll be making my grocery and shopping lists!  Plus, I’m breaking tradition and probably going to be putting the tree up before Thanksgiving this weekend.  I’m just feeling in the spirit I guess.  Maybe because it snowed yesterday, so it feels like Christmas already.

If you need some more Thanksgiving inspiration, look no further.  Especially if you have kids that will be partaking in your feast.  Did anyone else grow up with a kids table on Thanksgiving day?  I didn’t really, but I’d love to sit at the kids table I put together for you today!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!You’ll need a few key things to keep the kids entertained while hopefully eating turkey and not just dessert.  First, if you have a table that is just the right height for little guests, they’ll feel more comfortable in their space.  Plus you won’t have to worry about them falling off of tall chairs.

Next, I highly suggest putting some butcher paper or kraft paper down as a base.  It creates an easy clean-up and allows kids to color away while they wait to eat.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Then, be sure to use paper plates.  There is no need to have to risk your china or even casual plates getting broken, chipped, or drawn on.  I also recommend paper or plastic cups.  They are so much lighter for little hands to pick up.  Cocktail sized plastic cups are the perfect size for my two year old.

Plastic flatware is also a great choice since little hands barely use them anyway.  Why use a perfectly good fork when you have your hands?!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Now, I’m pretty sure restaurants are on to something with the coloring sheets and crayons they have to keep kids occupied.  So incorporate that into your Thanksgiving kids table.  Add a jar, basket, or individual boxes of crayons to the table and let the kids go wild.  They’ve got a great spot to color on the butcher paper.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Or provide some themed coloring sheets for them to decorate.  It’s pretty easy to find a Thanksgiving coloring book that you can tear a few pages out of, or just print some off after a quick Pinterest search.  Better yet, Pier 1 has these great Thanksgiving activity placemats.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!If your kids get tired of coloring, I mean their attention spans barely exist, try an activity.  I purchased these turkey headbands at Hobby Lobby.  They will let the kids at your Thanksgiving spend a few minutes sticking feathers and turkey faces onto squishy foam.  I’d recommend tying the elastic strap for them, but once they’re done, it will be so fun for them to wear while eating.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!There you have it.  A few things to help keep the kids entertained so you can enjoy your wine, or second helping of turkey and gravy.  Do you plan on having a kids table on Thanksgiving?  Try to incorporate a few of these ideas to make your kids table so cute and even more functional!

There’s more Thanksgiving inspiration next week too!  Hostess gifts and cocktail recipes are coming at you.  Between the planning guide and everything next week, you’ll be set for a great Thanksgiving!

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Fall Floral Centerpiece

Wow, how long has it been since there has been a Tablescape Tuesday post? Well, we’re changing that today!  The Tablescape Tuesday series is all about ways to dress up your tables.  Dining tables, coffee tables, buffet tables, dessert tables, and so much.  I feel like adding a little extra something to your table makes entertaining guests more special.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Using floral centerpieces on a tablescape is nothing new, but how they are arranged can bring some dimension to this tried and true technique.  Using a collection of fall florals I changed up my typical arrangement to make a new kind of centerpiece.  By grouping the flowers in small, short, vases I took one large bouquet from Costco and made three smaller arrangements.  This allows me to really change up how to use the arrangement as a centerpiece.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.One way to use these three smaller vases was by grouping them together in the middle of the table.  This works well with a round table, or if you are short on space.  Plus all three of the arrangements can be seen from all angles.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Next, I arranged the vases in a row down the middle of the table.  Long centerpieces work great if Thanksgiving is eaten around a long rectangular table.  Vases down the middle of the table allow the centerpiece to be spread out among all the guests.  Plus, there is still room for all of your holiday dishes.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.More than the flower arrangements, I also wanted to make a little seating card display.  This is a really simple one anyone can use.  All you need is a pine cone, some brown card stock, and a pen.  You can write your guests’ names, a cute message, or Thanksgiving trivia on these all purpose seating cards.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Happy November 1st, I hope you had a great Halloween and are making it through the candy coma ok.  It’s such a fun time of year gearing up for the holidays.  Be ready to see a lot of Thanksgiving themed posts coming up this month!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Wedding Centerpieces

A few weekends ago, we had the opportunity to attend two very different, but very fun wedding in the same weekend.  We went from a rustic, beautiful, mountain wedding to a fun-filled, 20’s themed, elegant mansion wedding.  It was quite the weekend.  Today I wanted to share the tablescapes from those weddings with you.

It’s another round of Tablescape Tuesday! In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table.  Putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’, and your experience so much better.  These weddings certainly didn’t disappoint in their tablescape game.

The first wedding was on top of a mountain and absolutely beautiful.  Because of the wedding’s location, there was a rustic element to the wedding, but it was so beautifully done.

Pink Rustic TableI mean isn’t this table absolutely gorgeous.  It felt like I was living in a pinterest photo.  The rustic wood table, textured runner, and the centerpiece that ran the entire length of the table were so pretty.  I thought it was great to have just a runner on the table and let the beautiful wood table shine.

The flowers were amazing.  Spilling out from a lantern in the middle was greenery and color coordinating roses.  The gold mercury glass votives made the whole affair so intimate as the night went on.  Color coordinating napkins brought the whole theme together nicely.

Pink and Purple Floral CenterpieceIt was almost too pretty, almost.  I really did feel so excited to be at such a beautiful wedding.

The second wedding of the weekend was so different, but so fun.  The wedding was roaring 20’s themed at a mansion, and everyone really dressed to the theme.  It was so fun seeing everyone in 20’s attire.  Some looked like they stepped right out from that decade.

The tablescapes were alternating centerpieces of greenery, feathers, and flowers.  We sat at a table with some great greenery.

20's Themed TablescapeI loved the aged feel of the venue, it really helped bring the theme out throughout the entire event.  The crystal chandeliers didn’t hurt either. Tables with greenery centerpieces were dressed up with a light shine of gold paint which was a great little touch to tie into the theme.  Wedding guest’s sipped on deep glasses rimmed with gold.

Gold Rimmed GlassesOverall, it was such a fun weekend.  Albeit, busy, but so fun.  It was great getting to go to two very different weddings and see how the personality of each couple really shined through.

Which was your favorite, rustic, pink, mountain wedding or black and gold 20’s themed party?  Stick around because I’ll be giving a full recap of both weddings in the next few weeks.  Let’s face it, you want to see the rest of both weddings after looking at just the tables right?

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