Weekend reading

Woo hoo! The weekend is upon us, and it is an awesome one! We have managed to get a few projects done that were looming over us, and I cannot wait to show them to you. I am so excited!!!!! We are spending this weekend just having a blast and enjoying our family.

While everyone else is still asleep, I am out on our patio with a cup of coffee, a tablet, and a stack of magazines ūüôā Here’ s what I’m enjoying this weekend:

  1. Worthing Court: Spring Home Tour¬†¬†Fellow North Carolina blogger Suzy has a lovely home and I love her home tours. She’s such a talented decorator and everything she does is just beautiful!!

2. Thrifty Decor Chick: Where to buy Magnolia Homes farmhouse style for less!!

3. Creative Green Living: Modern Farmhouse Style Pantry Makeover

 

Apologies for the light posting today, but I am eager to get back to enjoying the weather. Have a wonderful weekend.

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Five things Friday

I have been doing Farmhouse Friday, and I’ll get back to that next week. This week I’m taking a break to share five of my absolute favorite things with you. I call it (wait for it) Five Things Friday! So original, huh?

The entire purpose of this is simply for me to share five things that I love with you.


1. Spring’s Eden candles, $18 at Anthropologie

I love, love love these! They burn well and they smell amazing! And how cute is that container? This one is amber bergamot scented, which I love.


2. Pioneer Woman dishes, assorted sizes and prices at Wal-Mary

I love Ree Drummond and her line of kitchen goodies at Wal-Mary. Such pretty, bright colors. They’re both cute and functional, and I love everything I’ve bought from this line.


3. LL Bean fisherman sweater, $89

These sweaters are so comfy and they’re really cute. I have two of them (that I bought on sale) and since our weather is super unpredictable this time of year, I’m getting a little extra use out of them. They really are worth the money.


4. Chalk paint and mason jars

I showed you this sweet chalk painted mason jar last week. This is one of my simplest, yet cutest projects to date. I just love how the chalk paint makes the details on the jars pop. And how cute are they with these flowers?

And finally,


5. Trim Healthy Mama mufflets

These tiny omelets in a muffin disguise are amazing. They are super easy to make and super cheap. They are also the perfect grab and go food, and everyone in my family loves them!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Wordfull Wednesday: There are always flowers

Source: Pinterest (Original source unknown)
I found this quote and beautiful art this past weekend. I love what the quote says: it’s so positive. To me, it just means that there are always good things to be seen if we’ll just look for them.

What wonderful, inspiring advice. And such a great reminder to look for the positives!

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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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!

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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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?

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Scripture Sunday: Matthew 10: 29-31

Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV)29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father‚Äôs care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don‚Äôt be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

I have spring fever. We have recently filled our bird feeders and I’ve really enjoyed watching those birds enjoy them.

Watching those birds reminded me of something else as well. If something as simple as a bird is that important to God, think about how important we are.

I made this printable for you guys as a reminder.


Have a wonderful week!!

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Weekend Reading

Hi all! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend. We are enjoying the sunshine and spending some time as a family.


This little cutie is driving her car.

Meanwhile I’m reading a thing or two as we prepare to do a little Reno. 


1. At Home With Joanna Gaines: The Pocket Door House
Holy classic farmhouse, y’all! I loved this episode and I love reading this blog entry.


Stonegable: What I Look For In Lamps and Some of My Favorite Options
I love Stonegable so much! Yvonne is an extremely talented lady. Her decor, recipes and photography are spot-on! You should definitely visit.


BHG: DIY Window Treatment Ideas
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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DIY: The Cedar Chest Chronicle, Part Two


Well, we are continuing to work on my great grandmother’s cedar chest.

Last week, I had cleaned it up and begun working to remove the veneer with a hair dryer. 


We talked with a few local folks and they advised us to get a heat gun. We’ve been slowly but surely chipping away at the veneer with a heat gun and a putty knife. 


We aren’t all that much closer but we’re getting there. We are going to try removing the second layer with a chisel. 

Hopefully, next week we can update you with a naked cedar chest ūüėÄ

Until then, I’ll continue scraping away at the remaining veneer. 

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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. 

Thanks for visiting! 

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Word-full Wednesday: Renewal


Spring is in the air, if it isn’t on the calendar. Spring has always represented a time of rebirth For me and a time of renewal.

The dead of winter disappears and everything is fresh, green and bright again.

I am trying to get myself in a mindset of renewal this season as well. I am trying to make an effort to be healthier, to draw closer to God and to focus more on spending time as a family.

As you watch nature go through a time of renewal, I challenge you to renew yourself as well. It doesn’t have to be more than one goal, and it doesn’t have to be a big goal.

This spring, do something to make yourself feel renewed.

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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