5 Ways To Style A Guest Room

I love decor almost as much as I love organizing. Almost. I am constantly redecorating rooms or switching things around in my house to refresh and revive a space. I am also a big fan of paint. It is the quickest way to change a space and make it feel bright and new. My guest room is a happy space but I know it could use a few items and I am always looking for a new project. Which is hilarious really because I essentially have a wait list of projects around here. My style is a mash up of things but if I could pick an HGTV show that best describes my style, it would be Fixer Upper, hands down. I love the farmhouse vibe.  Plus Chip and Joanna are adorable and make me laugh. I love to laugh. Don’t you?

Liz Marie is one of my favorites to follow. Her spaces are always beautiful. She owns a cute little store called The Found Cottage that I also love to follow on Instagram. This guest bedroom is peaceful and simple. I love how she incorporated the old windows into her design.

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I am loving this gallery wall above the bed over at Houzz. The light fixture is pretty awesome too.

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Savvy Southern Style gave her guest room a little farmhouse flair by adding a fun cow print above the bed. I also love the navy which feels a bit more masculine but then she added some ruffles in with the bedding which makes it a bit feminine. The balance is perfect.

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Driven by Decor nailed it with this guest room redo. She kept the pallet neutral which makes it feel so serene. Make sure you check out the Ikea hack she did on the side table. I also love the fun mirror. It adds a pop to the room.

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Little Glass Jar got creative and used metal stools as night stands. They take up less space the most night stands and they are fun! I love the vintage quilt too. I also love the quote above the bed. What a fun addition to personalize the space.

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Some must have items for a guest room:

  • a comfortable bed
  • cozy bedding and pillows
  • a night stand
  • a small dresser or armoire
  • a wall hook or closet and some hangers
  • guest towels
  • an extra blanket
  • a small trash can
  • a basket or hamper for laundry
  • access to charge electronics {Yes, this is the world we live in. Power up baby!}

Some sweet extras:

  • a framed picture of the wifi password and other relevant household information
  • a few magazines
  • a cute houseplant or bright flowers

Do you have a guest room? What must-haves do you keep in there?

What’s Your Sign?

No, not your zodiac sign silly goose! I’m talking decorative signs. They are all the rage and I have several in my home to add to my decor. I really love quotes. And chalkboards. And wood signs. I mean seriously. I {heart} signs. So I have to share a few of my faves with you.

First of all, I have chalkboards throughout my house. True confession? My sister in law is my artist. I use old and new frames and MDF {which my hubby is sweet enough to cut for me} and create my own chalkboards using chalkboard paint. My awesomely creative sis in law then uses her magic chalk wielding skills to create a masterpiece. I usually have her change things up for the season but … but …. but .. she hasn’t been here since March and she’s coming in 9 sleeps people. Nine sleeps! So I have a whole bunch of work waiting for her. She’s magical. I swear.

One of my favorites that she did for me earlier this year is proudly displayed in my hall. It is from the Mumford & Sons song, Awake My Soul. Which is one of my favorite bands and songs ever.

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Letter Folk is one of my faves to follow on Instagram. I seriously LOL at some of the stuff people put out there. It’s part giggle fest, part inspirational. One of these boards in on my Christmas Wish List. For real. With a board and oodles of letters, just imagine the possibilities.

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Vinyl Crafts over at Etsy has this sweet Kindess Matters sign. It’s a good reminder, don’t you think?

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Another Etsy find over at Mellisa Jane. These are the lyrics to another song that I love.

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Barn Owl Primitives is one of my favorites. I love this table manners sign. I actually have one of her 2+2 signs which is a perfect addition to my gallery wall which showcases our family of 4.

table-mannersThis was a Pinterest find but without an original source. Bummer! It’s a quote that I love though. It speaks to my soul as I have a super amazing tribe. Lucky me.

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I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile. Soulspeak and Sawdust has some fun stuff over at Etsy.

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I hope that I inspired you with these fun finds. Have a fab day.

My Addiction …. To Fixer Upper

First off, Hello! My Mac Book was on the fritz for months. It was sloooooow which made me very unmotivated to use it and then it just broke. But I was too busy to deal with it. I hosted my annual craft fair, my sister got married, I was in charge of the wedding decor {which was so much fun}, then the holidays and having houseguests plus hosting the holidays came around. I put the very idea of fixing my computer on the back burner. I knew it needed a new hard drive. Thankfully the stuff was salvaged on my old one. Replacing the hard drive and backing up the old one cost me 1/3 of what a new one would have cost and this thing is running like a dream. I am thrilled. Big thanks to Cody at Staples for making it happen. Seriously. I had a crush on him for a day cause he was so awesome. Now on to more important things.

I have a confession, I might be addicted to Fixer Upper. I am guessing most of you that read this will know exactly what that means but in case you are a little out of the loop, Fixer Upper is the hit HGTV show featuring the power couple, Chip & Joanna Gaines. They are this super team that redo old houses in Waco, Texas. They also have 4 young children, own a farm, a store, a bed and breakfast and are opening a bakery. The list seriously keeps growing {I am convinced that they never sleep} but if you watch their show, you will love them. They are adorable. They are artists. So I love them. I have an addiction. My Magnolia t-shirt and hat have been ordered. The addiction is real people.

So why has this show become such a hit? Well first off, they do a lot of remodeling at a super good price point. Obviously a lot of this is location and availibility. They are super talented in how they rework old homes and make them new again. Joanna also has the ability to decorate using old and new but without anything feeling overly fussy. The homes look clean, simple and homey when they are done. All of these are features that suck me right in.

Over the years, I have painted. A LOT {that is a whole other addiction – I don’t have time to count the amount of layers of paint in my house right now. I’ll save that for another post}. What I always come back to is neutral colors. I love adding color but I like to do it via accessories and not paint. I think because I have really realized that with my own style, I am especially drawn to the show. Another design element that I am loving as of late is the rustic/farmhouse/industrial look. I love how all of these elements can be pulled together and look like they actually belong together.

Our house is 11.5 years old. We are the original owners. We picked decent upgrades BUT I would love a refresh. Of course what I want and what we need are two very different things but hey, I’m a thinker so I have ideas. We have hardwood throughout most of the downstairs. It’s a light maple. I don’t like it but there is nothing wrong with it so it stays. We have cream cabinets and granite that is on the darker side. I want white cabinets with a much lighter granite. I want hardwood that is a very different color and style. I want to paint everything grey. Again, it’s a want. I’d completely reconfigure my kitchen. Seriously. But financially it doesn’t make sense and we have other priorities.

What I do get to do is a room redo. We have a small front room. It was shown in the model as a formal living room. That’s how it started for us but we really didn’t utilize it as that. Then it was an office that was more for looks and I didn’t use it as I have a thing with doing all crafts and computer work at my kitchen island. I like to be in the hub of the house. About 18 months ago, we converted it to a kids space. We used to have a play room but the kids out grew the space and we wanted a guest room. Well, now it’s a game room of sorts for the kids. They have a TV and an X Box but it’s open to the rest of the house. Its become my project now that the holidays have passed {I always need a project to pull me through the after Christmas let down when I am sad cause my family all goes back home.}

I worked hard to condense my craft supplies and sold a large bookcase as I launched myself into this redo. This space currently holds a tv stand, small bookcase, cheap futon and 2 large dog crates. It has carpet that we hate and the next project is to install hardwood which will match our existing hardwood. I painted the room over the weekend. The color that I have in most of my house is called Faded Burlap by Valspar. I love this color. It’s a creamy beige that doesn’t seem to have pink or yellow undertones. It’s perfect. Click here to see a sample. The dog crates are there to stay as we have 2 big dogs that sleep inside but they have to be crated at night. I’d like to add a couch and a chair or two but I want to hide the crates behind the couch. I will probably repaint the TV stand as we need that for storage for the game console and TV. I also hope to repaint the bookcase and steal a matching bookcase from my son’s room. I am thinking of putting them together and adding a top to make them look like they are one piece. Another thing I’d LOVE to do is install barn doors going into the space. It’s wide open and loud when the kids are playing, especially when they have friends over. I also want to encourage them to have friends over as they get older so I am hoping that by giving this space some privacy, they kids will want to be here, Does that make sense? Also, if we have friends over, the kids can have a hang out space while the grown ups hang in the family room and kitchen. We don’t want them to have TV’s in their room so this is the solution.

Now on to the fun stuff .. the style I have in mind is very much Fixer Upper. I guess I should tell my husband that I want barn doors now eh? 😉 At least I am not asking for shiplap.

My inspiration mostly comes from HGTV and Pinterest. I also find myself drooling over Instagram photos.

 

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So long story long, I {heart} Fixer Upper.

For the Love of Decorating

Yep, I am on a new color obsession kick. Which means that I find things in this color and decorate! Woo hoo!! My husband loves when I fall in love with a new color {insert sarcasm}. I have always been drawn to navy but after using it in some mantel decor before July 4th and then of course for July 4th when I went all red, white and blue, I decided that I wanted navy to stick around for awhile. So I did what I do, I became obsessed with finding things to change up my decor.

Read on for my favorite and quikest ways to change decor on the cheap. Click on the links for photos.

Throw pillows: I recommend either using pillow covers or scouring places like Marshall’s, Ross, HomeGoods, Stein Mart, etc. for pillows. Target often has cute ones but they are usually a bit more expensive. I actually picked up this cutie at Kirkland’s. I am {in love} with arrows and this saying so it had to come home with me. Ikea and Bed, Bath & Beyond have cute pillow covers for a reasonable price. I have also found some on Very Jane and Etsy. Someday I might let you peak at my linen closet. I could start a rental business for throw pillows. I’m both proud and embarrassed by this admission. Pillow covers will free up your linen closet.

Printables: I am all about quotes. They make me happy. They add a touch of whimsy. They are a cheap way to spice up your decor. I almost always have a few of them framed in my house. Guests always comment on them. One of my go to spots for printables is of course Pinterest. Click here to be redirected to my Pinterest boards. This is one of my recent finds. It is over at Etsy. It’s an instant download for cheap! Click here to buy it. Also, I often times download prints to my computer but then upload them to Costco for printing. Ink is pricey and some of these take a lot of ink. I’d rather pay a couple of bucks for one then use all of my own ink. The quality is usually better as well.

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Shop your home: Yep, just like I said. You’d be surprised at what you will find around the house that can be re-homed to change up a different space. I do this with vases, candle holders, frames, plants, flowers. You name it, I’ve moved it.

Paint: OK, this is a semi cheap way to change up space or even to give a refresh but it can be time consuming.

Rugs: I love the small rugs that go in front of a door. I don’t do large area rugs personally. Not because I don’t love them because I really do. I wish I could have them but I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. I sweep often and it looks like I could make a whole new animal with the amount of hair. So rugs don’t do super well in my house. They become dirty and often times my cat decides to throw up on them. Seriously. #catsmakemecrazy The small rugs are easier to throw in the wash.

Curtains: These can add up but if you search, you can find them at a decent price or if you are super crafty, you can sew your own. I am not ‘sew crafty’. Ha ha. I am witty though 🙂 I recently found a deal at West Elm. I wanted these curtains. They are not cheap and I need the 96′ length which is not standard. Warning – Long story ahead: I decided I wanted to see them in person so I went to West Elm. They had the mustard chevron ones on display and on clearance. I asked if they had the blue in the back. The had one panel but called another store and had a second one shipped to me. They cost me a total of $30 for the two {which included the shipping of the one} when they would have cost me $100 on-line. For whatever reason, they cost more on-line and were on clearance in the store. I don’t know why and I don’t care. I got them for a phenomenal price. Another place that I have shopped for curtains because they have the size I need and the price is right is Ikea. I’ve also found some lovely prints at World Market.

So there you have it, my personal tips on redecorating. Also, a can of spray paint can change up things you already have.

Here is a peak of what I used in my re-do.

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Rug – Marshalls – $10.00
Table Runner – HomeGoods – $9.99
Hello Sign – Hobby Lobby – it was a gift
Frame – Michaels – $7.99
Flowers – Michaels – $6.99
Curtains – West Elm – $11.97/each + $6 shipping

Happy re-decorating 🙂

 

Get Organized!

I am in this complete ‘get organized’ head space right now. I am a pretty organized person in general. I love a good ‘purge’, especially right after the holidays. Taking that car load of unused stuff to Goodwill just makes me feel lighter.

Later this week I am heading to Southern California to help my brother and sister in law get organized. I have helped them in the past but now that they are more settled, they’ve requested a refresher {and a get it done now} visit because baby #2 is set to arrive one month from Wednesday. So I am feeling the pressure to get things done in a short 4 day visit. I’m also a little geeked out by the whole thing. I get a rush out of organizing and decorating. When a space is complete, I feel like a rock star. I mean, I can toot my own horn cause this is my blog, right? 😉

Of course Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration for me. There are so many amazing ideas that super star bloggers and organizers have shared.

We have a few spaces that we are focusing on during my trip. The kitchen, the office loft and soon to be a guest space, the kitchen and gallery walls. As well as some other miscellaneous spaces that need a little TLC.

To get myself organized, I have started a Pinterest Board as well as various notes and an email to my brother and his wife detailing some of my plans. The first thing that I have instructed them to do is purge, purge, purge. I am hoping that they have a good start on this by the time I arrive. I have also requested photos of the spaces that I will be working on which is allowing me a better idea of what we need to get done.

The boys will be sharing a room so we are definitely going to need to make this space super organized and also make it functional for 2. This closet at two twenty one is hands down my favorite. It doesn’t entail a lot of building and can be done for around $150 {per my calculations}. I have priced out the cubby shelf and canvas cubes at Target and IKEA.

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Gallery walls are one of my favorite things because it’s where you can really be expressive with your design tastes and also showcase the ones you love in photographs. I also love incorporating things other then frames into my gallery walls. Quotes, letters, numbers, printables, mirrors, clocks and so on. There are no rules. There are so many fun options and you can make each wall unique to your personal tastes. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Another space that we will be working on is the kitchen. The kitchen is often the hub of the house and is best utilized when you can easily find things. It is also a space that can quickly and easily be messed up. My own kitchen is constantly taking a beating and I am an organized person. A space that always seem to require extra TLC is the pantry. This space changes daily as we are constantly taking from and replenishing it. Depending on who unloads groceries {yes, I blame my mini helpers because they don’t care if the pretzels and rice are on the same shelf as the cereal}. I am constantly tidying this area. Here are a few pantries that have inspired me. Ideally I’d love a walk in pantry but that is not what I will be working with {I don’t have one at home either but it’s on my ‘some day’ wish list.}

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Now the loft area is a bit tricky. I have visions of what I would do but it’s a really unique area and has the smallest budget and it has the lowest priority when I visit BUT BUT BUT it’s an area that I could really have fun with. I think I have to dial back my ideas for this space though. Ideally I’d make it a highly functional office/guest space. It is an open loft at the very top of their condo. Currently is houses several books cases and a small desk plus a filing cabinet. I’d like to see new furniture. A desk with a  little more personality. Maybe a short yet long book case, a futon and the use of some baskets and a dressed up bulletin board. My brother also works for Disney Studios so it would be fun to infuse some Disney into the space.

I like this desk from IKEA. They have black furniture now but they have grey walls and a white kitchen. The white just feels so fresh.

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This is also another bit of IKEA furniture. I’d make the accessories more neutral but overall, I love the organization. A printer could easily sit on either piece of furniture.

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These Pixar prints are awesome.

Minimalist-Disney-Pixar-Polyptych-Poster-SetI can’t find the perfect futon but I think it would definitely entail a pop of color such as a fun green or a navy blue {I think my sister in law would approve.}

So there you have it, my latest project. I am so excited. I have always loved decorating and organizing. I love that I inspire people enough with my own home that they want me to help them with theirs. I have often thought of making this a business. I’ll let you know how my first gig goes. Maybe in the future I will start charging to make peoples messes less messy, more functional and of course pretty.

Do you get lost in clutter? Would you hire someone to help you get organized? I personally function so much better in a neat and pretty space.

My Latest Color Obsession

It started with this fabulous bedroom decor over at Life in Grace. And then it pretty much just snowballed from there. Turquoise and coral. Oh how I love thee. The blue ranges from a true turquoise to a minty greenish blue. The coral ranges from pinky to orange. I love it all. So I’d like a scoop of pretty blue with a scoop of coral on top please. Do you get my point? If I have not convinced you yet, let me try with photos.

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Mason JarsSource – The Shabby Chic Wedding on Etsy

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 FramesSource Etsy, The Speckeld Egg

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Now I should go. I am getting all caught up on Pinterest and Etsy finding these amazing things to share with you. Before I know it, I will be repainting my house and shopping for accessories in this lovely color scheme. Do you have a favorite color? Does your decor change or stay the same? I could change mine often if it wasn’t for the lack of moolah. Not that I don’t do a bit here or there on a budget. Reshopping my own home is a great way to decorate too.

Felt Flower Autumn Wreath

I saw this wreath at Living Locurto some time ago and I just had to try it myself. The original tutorial was over at Little Things Bring Smiles It was a lot of tracing and cutting and then more cutting but it was the perfect activity for me while watching TV {cause I need to be busy while watching TV}. Yes, the hand cramps from cutting eventually go away 😉

I used 30 squares of felt {5 for $1.00 at Michaels on sale}, 1 18 inch grapevine wreath {buy one, get one half off at JoAnn’s – $4.99 regular price each}, I had the Autumn Sticker as well as the stick and sign to stick it on. Each felt square allowed for 3 circles using a CD as a template. There was leftover felt which of course I will save for some other project down the line.

I might actually add a big bow just to dress it up a bit.

I am actually working on one using a grapevine wreath spray painted white and then adding light grey rosettes for winter. I will probably add a big red bow and call it good. It’s half way done so I am sure I will be sharing that with you soon!

What do you hang on your door for Fall decor? I like to add something to the inside and outside of my front door.

I’m linking up to the following parties this week:

Decorating Pumpkins with Ribbon

I had seen this cute craft using ribbon and pumpkins across blogland and then a friend had a craft party with a few friends and showed me what she had done. They were so cute and I was sold. I used a couple of pumpkins that I already had, bought ribbon on sale at Michaels and I also found the cute stick on ‘bling’ or jewels {which come in a million different colors and patterns} there. Even though they were adorable, I felt they needed just a little something extra for that “pop”. So I looked a little more and I saw some pumpkins decorated on Autocrat, where she added a fun fringe to the top so I headed back to Michaels and used a lovely 40% off coupon and picked up some of the fringy/fuzzy black yarn. This is what I ended up with. Oh, let me just say that decorating pumpkins was so therapeutic! It was a relaxing craft for sure! I could have decorated an entire pumpkin family 🙂

What crafts have you done this Fall? What is on your ‘to do list’?

I’m linking up to these parties this week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candy Corn: A Love/Hate Relationship

Funny post name uh? Well let me explain. I love candy corn. But then I love it so much that it hurts my tummy. Then I hate it. Does that explain my madness? Well good 😉 Now we can move on. In honor of my relationship with candy corn, I am sharing some fun candy corn “stuff” with all of you. Some edible, some decorative.

Fun and fabulous Candy Corn decor 

  1. Candy corn bottles
  2. Candy corn bunting 
  3. Candy corn cones
  4. Candy corn candle {i love this blue chair!}
  5. Candy corn {wooden}
  6. Candy corn candle
  7. Candy corn banner
  8. Candy corn decor

Sweet & salty Candy Corn treats

  1. Sparkling candy corn cookies
  2. Candy corn sugar cookie bars
  3. Candy corn krispie treat 
  4. Candy corn crunch
  5. Sweet & salty Halloween treats
  6. Scarecrow Treats
  7. Candy corn pretzel rods
  8. Candy corn cupcakes

 

Are you a fan of candy corn or not so much?

 

 


 

Sparkly Spider Wreath

 

Oh boy — I have crafted with so many glittery things as of late that my kids are often sparkly just cause they are near it. So in case you see them, no I am not a fancy mom who puts glitter on her kids. I am a messy crafter who doesn’t always get it cleaned up before it finds its way on to my kids faces!

My latest crafting creation was this creepy spider wreath. It was super easy and fun.

 

Materials needed:

  • 1 grapevine wreath
  • 1 can of black spray paint
  • Glitter spiders {Michael’s}
  • Boo sign {Michael’s}
  • Halloween ribbon {Michael’s}
  • Glue gun

Directions:

  • First, spray paint your wreath. You will need a few quotes but it dries quickly. 
  • Second, lay around with where you want your accessories to go.
  • Third, start gluing the spiders and the sign.
  • Fourth, add the ribbon. I just looped it through various places and knotted it – twice. 
The end. You now have a super cute, easy, cheap not too pricey and one of a kind wreath!!
I’m linking up to some super fun places this week!!