Space planning: our dining room 

Currently, our dining room looks like this:


Not that there is anything wrong with that. Before I tell you what I want to do, let me tell you what I like about it.

The picture frame molding is beautiful and it adds a lot to the room. The room is also a nice size and it gets TONS of natural light.

Now for the bad:

There is no rug under the table now that we got a bigger table. We have no curtains up and I want to change up our decor a bit. Plus, we need a prettier chandelier!! I made this mood board for inspiration:


What do you think? Stay tuned!

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Decorating: How to make your home look amazing

I can’t afford an interior designer, but I also do not have any natural talents for decorating. So I have tried to educate myself a little.

I am by no means an expert, and believe me, sometimes I get stumped and have to consult Pinterest/decorating magazines/phone a friend.

Please allow me to share a few ideas that I have learned along the way.



1. Group things of varying heights to keep the eye moving

When you’re decorating a mantle or shelf, group things that are varying heights so the viewer’s eyes will keep moving across the shelf or mantle. This makes it more interesting and visually pleasing.



2. Use trays or baskets to ground your objects, and make them a little more orderly as well

Adding a wood tray or basket adds texture, but it can also make your vignette appear more grounded. For instance, check out this before and after:


See what I mean? Doesn’t it seem so much more finished and intentional?


3. Layers add a level of comfort and softness

Our bed has a duvet, a quilt and a throw, along with pillows galore. I just love how cozy and comfortable it makes our room feel.


4. Pillows and throws add a layer of softness to a room, and can be easily switched out for seasonal decorating

We have six pillows on our couch most of the time and a throw draped over our chair. We have eight pillows on our bed. I can’t tell you how much softer our room feels with these pillows and blankets. Just swap out those fall/ winter colored pillows for pillows with pops of color and heavier fabrics for lighter, breezier textiles for spring. Plus, textiles really soften a room.


5. Group objects in odd numbers

Always group objects in odd numbers. I can’t really explain why, but I think it really adds a lot to your room.


Use natural elements in your decor. It can be a plant, pine cones, birds’ nests, or a grapevine wreath, but there is just something so beautiful about incorporating nature into your home.

Thanks so much for reading today! I’m always shopping for new ideas, so please feel free to share your favorites!

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DIY: no-sew spring pillows from  cloth napkins

I really love Ree Drummond a.k.a. Pioneer Woman. I love her blog and TV show, but most of all, I really love her kitchen product line at Wal-Mart. Recently, I spotted this super cute set of spring napkins at Wally World and decided they’d make some cute pillows.


They come four to a pack, so I bought two sets. The buffalo checked ones are what I was most interested in.

I decided to use the fuse tape method, which is super easy. Just turn your napkins face down and attach your tape around the edges:


Peel the tape off. Now, put your other napkin backside down onto the taped side. Using the cotton setting, iron them to fuse the tape.


Stuff them with your favorite pillow insert (I used an 18×18).


Aren’t they cute?

Now I wanna go buy another pack so I can use the napkins for my super cute spring tablescape.

What napkin projects have you created lately?

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Spring home tour 2017


Spring has sprung at the Boone house. All of the red berries, evergreens and heavy textiles have been replaced by lighter colors, flowers and flowering branches and breezy textiles.

When I decorate for spring, I like to use a “less is more” approach. Lots of natural elements and not a lot of decorating.

I’m not 100% satisfied, but here’s where we are so far.


I later added a basket.

Our front entry boasts a simple vignette of nests, milk glass, rabbits and branches in a jar.


I’ve used these bird pillows for the past few years, but this year they seemed too plain.


I’ve decided to use these beauties instead:


That’s better, don’t you think?

I’ve owned this lovely china tray since college but have never used it. It looks lovely corralling my kitchen utensils.

The window looking into our dining room got a little greenery in the form of boxwood.


I changed just a few elements in our tiered tray and left it in the center of our table. Gone are the pine cones and plaid napkins: now nests, rabbits and springy napkins have taken their place.


On our sideboard hutch, our apothecary jars are filled with some springy goodness.


How sweet is that little glass bird?

Our “mantle” is looking lovely, with the bird theme continued.


Since I know it’s hard to see with the playroom behind it, here’s a closer look.


Again, that sweet bird! I just love them!!

My home tour isn’t completely finished yet so I will share the changes I’m going to make. 

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Farmhouse Friday: Chalk painted Mason jars


Last week I showed you some chalk painted Mason jars.


These things turned out so cute. I love how the chalk paint really makes the details on the jars pop.


I popped some faux hydrangeas into the Ball jar and put it in my baby’s room.


But don’t they look darling with these art supplies in them?

I can also envision using these jars in a bathroom to store cotton balls and such.

But for now, I’m loving them as vases.


Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.

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Make-it Monday: DIY Faux Succulent Planter


I have recently gotten into chalk paint.


I’m a little late in the game, but before I decided to go big and chalk paint some furniture, I decided to start small.

I also had a small mason jar and a faux succulent.

One thing led to another and then I ended up with this:


I got out some floral foam and cut it to size.


Then I put them all together. You’ll also need some moss to help hide the foam.


Doesn’t it look cute on my desk?


I can’t wait to show you what I did with these two jars.


Happy Monday!

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A farmhouse style Tiered stand


I’ve wanted a new tiered tray FOR.EV.ER.

I got a Hobby Lobby gift card for Christmas and when I spotted this on the website, I knew it was what I wanted.

I decided to fill it with some of my favorite things about winter.


You can’t go wrong with some white farmhouse dishes. Candlelight makes me think of cozy winter days as well.


I also added a little greenery and some pine cones for a natural element.


And lastly, some plaid napkins, because they remind me of some cozy plaid blankets.

Let’s look at the finished product.


How do you decorate your tiered trays?

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Weekend Reading 

It’s been an eventful two weeks around here. Some of you know my youngest was hospitalized for a week with for RSV. We were released last week. Aubrey is almost back to herself. Please keep praying for her.


This morning, we woke up to this: 

Isn’t it pretty? It’s still coming down, too. 

To some of you, it may not look that significant, but we North Carolinians don’t get a lot of snow. 


In the meantime, here is what I’m reading this weekend:


Real Simple: Your January To-Do List

BHG: Five Cozy Nook Ideas You’ll Love

Country Living: 70+ Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes

Southern Living: Dream Homes of 2016
Have a wonderful weekend!!
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Free New Years Printable


I hope everyone has had a wonderful 2016. I know 2017 has some exciting things in store, and I’m actually working on some of those things as we speak.

But first, here are some New Years Printables I created just for you! They are free and for your personal use. They are not to be sold or used to produce income in any way. Should you print and use these Printables, please link back to my post.

To download, just right click and save to your device. 

I wish you peace, good health and good will in 2017. Thank you for always reading and supporting me.

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DIY Snowglobe Ornaments


I enjoyed the snow globe jars that I made a weeks ago so much…


…that I decided to make some snowglobe ornaments.

First, I bought some empty glass ornaments from the Target dollar spot.


Then, I used some wood glue to atach some miniature bottle brush trees to the inside of them.


I let them dry for 24 hours and then added some Epsom salt to them.


Easy peasy, and lots of fun, too

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