Hearth & Hand: My Favorites From Chip and Joanna’s Target Line

follow url Good news, Fixer Upper fans. Joanna’s Style can now be ours, for an affordable price. If you haven’t been to Target to check out the new line from Joanna and Chip Gaines, you need to go RIGHT NOW!

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Clockwise, from the left:

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2. Hearth and Hand Pillar Candles, $4- $16

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3. Farmhouse stamped pepper jars, $6

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4. Letters to Santa card box, $40

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5. Christmas wreath, $35

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6. Stoneware pitcher, $23

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I want all of these, and more! I found out the inventory will vary by store, and change frequently. I can’t wait to see what else Hearth and Hand has in store for us.

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Our new, grown up master bedroom

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Our old master bedroom furniture was mine from when I was in college. 

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It was good furniture and it has held up well. It has survived many moves. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was time for an upgrade. 

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Our living room was definitely not empty.

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That’s all our old furniture, which found a new home with my mother.

here We bought this lovely captain’s bed set, since our closets are small and we needed the extra storage.



We love our new, more mature furniture. We did run into one snafu, though. A captain’s bed sits up high, so a lower profile mattress is the way to go. The first mattress we bought was way too thick and we needed a ladder to get in our bed. We exchanged it for a smaller one and are now much happier. 

We are almost done with this room now. We just need to get a chair, paint, and get a new light fixture. 


What new furniture purchases have you made recently?
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Make Something Monday: farmhouse wooden shutters

Our kitchen was a little lacking in character, and I was a little lost as to what to do with it.

We eventually plan to relocate our kitchen, so we didn’t want to anything too extensive…or expensive.

I found this super cute picture on Pinterest of a similar sink and window to the one I have. This appeared on the blog Vintage News Junkie:

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I thought everything about this picture was perfect!

I began by measuring my window opening. I then cut some 1X4’s to size.

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I then cut cross pieces and attached them with wood screws. I also filled in obvious cracks with wood filler, sanded, and painted them. I ended up using two coats of paint.

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I then added the hardware: hammered iron hinges and handles. I did not make mine exactly like the original picture, because I wanted to make them my own.

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We ended up having the flip the hinges around to hang them, and we still need to take down that light fixture.

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We still have a little touching up to do, but all in all, I am loving how these turned out. Our blank slate kitchen is starting to get a little personality.

How have you added character in your home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Decorating a dining room on a budget

We have so many rooms that are “in progress” in our home. As much as I’d love to finish it right now, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and house renovations are never cheap. 

Our dining room has undergone something of a metamorphosis since we moved in four years ago. 


So dark. So blank. So empty.

One of our first upgrades was to buy new furniture. We found this set on Craigslist.



Next, we added the curtains and the rug. 



Next, we added a botanical gallery wall.


We also have started decorating this blank space above our China cabinet.


Next on the list:

We plan to square off this arch and close up this awkward pass through. 


We also plan to replace our chandelier.


I cannot believe we are so close to completing this room. 

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Five Friday Favorites: Anthropologie

I absolutely love Anthropologie. I love the home decor and the clothes. I often wait until things are on sale before I buy, but it’s hard for me to control myself in that store! I often keep a list of things I want so I can buy them when they’re reduced.

This week, this came in the mail:

I cannot begin to tell you how many things I want to buy from this catalog. As bad as I want to show you everything, I’m going to try to limit it to my five favorite things.

I’m a sucker for unique dishes, and these Wiltshire Garden bowls are lovely.

Wiltshire Garden bowls, $16

This lovely duvet cover that is crisp and white, but still has a vintage feel to it. I just want this for my bed sooo bad!

Textured Medallion Quilt, $268.00 –$328.00

I think this shelf would be perfect in my bathroom. Maybe they’ll put it on sale soon.

Phoebe Three-tiered shelf, $348

I already have some art that looks similar to this, but that doesn’t mean I can’t like this too, right?

Indigo fern art, $228

Picturesque Florals Mural, $228

 

I really do want and like everything in the Anthro catalog, but these are my favorites. Please comment below and share your own favorites.

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

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Make Something Monday: Fall Crafts and Printables Roundup

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love football, pumpkins, big sweaters and boots. All year I look forward to this season. Our leaves aren’t doing much yet but our temperatures are starting to cool off and we can finally sit outside without sweating buckets.

This week, I’d like to share a number of fall prints, fall decorating ideas and fall crafts. All of these are super cute and cheap to make. 


Free fall printable from Ann of Green Gables

Simple fall wreath

And then after you finish your decorating, you can make this easy fall chicken noodle soup. 


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Happy fall, y’all!! I am so excited that it’s finally here. 

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I have been fighting the urge to decorate for fall for soooo long. As soon as August hits, I do everything I can to find an excuse to decorate for fall. I live in North Carolina, so even when it’s September, it certainly doesn’t feel like fall here.

I decided to do a late summer/early fall kind of decorating scheme, with lots of textures and using things I mostly already had. I did have to buy some new apples, because my old ones did not survive the weather too well.

This is our front entry. I like to just do something small here. I used my great grandmother’s jug to hold some faux bittersweet, a galvanized bucket to hold a faux fruit, and my other great grandmother’s milk glass to hold a battery operated tea light.

 

I really, throughly enjoyed using antiques and things that have been in my family to decorate this fall. Here, I’ve used my grandmother’s scale and milk glass bowl to display some fruit, and a milk glass pitcher to display some burlap sunflowers. Also, I used this Pepsi crate I bought in the mountains last March. I thought my table vignette could use a bit more texture, so I made a gallon jar less boring by adding some lace and burlap to it.

See that pitcher and plate in the background? Those also belonged to my great grandmothers (on opposite sides of the family).

I love looking at this vignette. The scale and the gallon jar remind me of my grandparents and that makes me happy.

My grandmother loves to give me things like this scale, because she knows I love them and I use them proudly. Display your treasures and heirlooms, folks. Don’t stash them away in a cabinet. Use them out in the open and enjoy them.

You can buy rolls of lace and burlap, already combined like you see here, for just a few dollars at Walmart. You can make so many pretty things with it!

Someday I’ll have a real mantle…until then, I have this weird pass-through window in our dining room. Here is my fall “mantle-scape.” I have milk glass, copper pumpkins and milk glass pumpkins, cat tails and ornamental grasses, and a pretty fall plate I bought a few years ago. Simple, and natural beauty.

You may have picked up on a burlap obsession. In my dining room, I currently have burlap sunflowers in a pitcher, a gallon jug with burlap and lace, and some candles with burlap and lace on them.

Yet another gift from my great grandmother, handed down through the years. I never got to meet her, but this footed bowl was hers and I’m sure she’d be happy to know I love it and enjoy it.

In our office, I chose to display grass-wrapped pears in a footed bowl, and several glass pumpkins.

I will likely change up my decor as it becomes cooler, and well…actually fall!

Have a wonderful day. I hope you enjoyed this tour.

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Choosing a rug


Choosing a rug for your home can be a tough decision. Not only are rugs an expensive investment, there are all sorts of styles and sizes to choose from. If you’re like me, it takes you a long time to make an expensive purchase like this one because you want to avoid regretting that purchase later. 

Here’s a shot of our living room when we first moved in. This room has changed considerably but we still have this rug. It’s a perfect size and color for the room.

 

We have several area rugs in our home, and recently bought a large rug for our dining room. We are currently shopping for a rug for our master bedroom. 

We also have rugs in our girls’ rooms.


Aubrey’s rug is a knock off of a much more expensive one. I do wish this one were a little bigger. 
So how do you know what size rug you need? 

I found this info graphic at Apartment Therapy and it’s a great visual:


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Here are a few things like to consider when buying a rug.


1. Where will it be used? 

Believe it or not, where you use the rug makes a huge difference in what you buy. When we bought our dining room rug, I knew I needed a low pile, dark colored rug. I have a toddler who loves to throw food. A light colored rug would show stains and a high pile rug would be hard to clean.


2. Know the rug size. 

My table seats right with the leaves in, so I knew I needed a rug that would accommodate the table extended to its full length. A 5×7 was way too small but an 8×10 was perfect.


3. Consider the colors of the wall, furnishings, and floor. 

Make sure your rug isn’t too close to the floor color. A neutral color is best because a rug is an investment, and you want your rug to go with almost any decor. This gives you opportunities to change it up with accent pieces!

4. A higher quality rug will be more expensive but will wear better and last longer. You get what you pay for, and rugs are no different. 

5. Get a nonslip rug pad. 

Even if your rug is not in a high traffic area, a rug pad will improve the look and feel of the rug. It will also help the rug stay down on the floor, without rolling and curling. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on choosing a rug. Have a great Tuesday!
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Farmhouse Fridays: the Vintage Warehouse  

This weekend, my husband and I visited the Vintage Warehouse, which is a once a month antique sale in a town south of ours.

We didn’t buy anything as we really weren’t looking for anything particularly. We still had a good time looking though. 

We found this antique dresser. 

Lots of neat lanterns

Olive buckets galore. Really, they had several.

Some neat painted signs

A ton of dough bowls, including a huge one that cost almost $200

And this cute little shelf. 


But my favorite thing was this antique phone booth:


We truly enjoyed the sale and will visit again next month. And next month, I will definitely buy an olive bucket or two!

The Vintage Warehouse will be open again August 19 from 9-3. The address is 109 E Main Street, Sanford, NC 27330.

What cool antiques have you found lately?

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Farmhouse Friday: the Target Dollar Spot


I went into Target last week with my mom and girls because I wanted a waffle iron. The Dollar Spot, which is enticingly placed right inside the entrance, drew my attention, as it often does.

Side note: the Dollar Spot is particularly awesome this time of year because of the “college dorm room organizing stuff.” I graduated college more than a decade ago, but I’d buy some of those awesome things for my house now.

The Dollar Spot also had an array of farmhouse/ farmer’s market themed items, which I noticed immediately. Keep in mind everything in the Dollar Spot is $1, $3, or $5. Here are just a few of the things I found.


Tea towels, $3

Also, do you see those honeycomb vases to the left? Cute!! 


Tote bag, $3


Hanging sign. Can’t remember if this was $3 or $5, but I think it was $3.


Glass food storage containers with wooden lids, various sizes, $3 and $5

These were adorable! I almost bought them.


Wood-like tray, $5

I did buy this one! 

Decorative sign, $3

Cute recipe book with cards and dividers, $3

“Wood-like” crate, $3

There are other things as well that spoke to me. If you’re into organizing or farmhouse style, go check out the Target Dollar Spot!

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