Monday, November 23, 2015

Dressing Up the Bar Cart for Thanksgiving

Happy Monday! We host Thanksgiving every year, so you won't see any bits of Christmas around here until the weekend. I've decided to only "decorate" the dining room, as that is where will be eating. And by decorate, I mean set a table and add one printable banner the the bar cart... :)

The bar cart is in our dining room and is colorful and bright and junked up and one of my favorite items in our home, so I thought, why not just add some more to it?!?! I found this free printable from The Tomcat Studio, printed on card stock, cut out, and clipped to twine with laundry clips from the dollar store. 

I quickly painted the clips black using cheap acrylic paint. I also decided to add this DIY metallic tassel garland that has made it's way to every surface of my house! Do yourself a favor and make one of will use it over and over again!! Photos of table setting coming soon! xo

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DIY Scrapbook Paper Place Cards

Hello friends! I'm back with a quick post on some super easy DIY place cards that I made last night in about 10 minutes with supplies I had on hand. If you can use scissors and tape, you can do this! We host my husband's family for Thanksgiving every year, and I like to set a more formal dining table (because it otherwise doesn't get used much). That being said, I also like to keep things easy and simple. I found an image on Pinterest that led me to a shop where you can purchase these place cards. I decided to make eight of these for no cost because I had everything on hand!

I had some glitter scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby sitting in a drawer from another project. I cut eight equal rectangles and folded them in half (no exact measurements here, but made them a little larger than the white paper to create a border). The white paper is just pre-cut business cards and I hand wrote the names. I adhered them to the scrapbook paper with regular old tape. :)

These add a little glam to the table which I love. We are celebrating Kate's birthday on Thanksgiving day this year, so a little glam will do her some good too! More pictures of the full table to come once I get fresh flowers next week!

I like to get the table done ahead of time so I can focus on the food! xo

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Mantel 2015

The porch is decorated, candy has been purchased, costumes have been secured, and I finished up decorating the mantel yesterday. We are officially ready for Halloween and it's only the 8th - woo hoo! I don't do a lot of indoor decorating for Halloween. Every year I purchase one or two new things, but I try to keep in centralized to one area to keep it easy. This year the mantel is black/white and super gaudy, which is super fun for me! 

I'm not sure how anyone is actually going to watch TV around all this gaudiness! Ha! Halloween is such fun to decorate for! And as you can see below, I don't spend a lot of money on these decorations! I will be sharing my Halloween porch soon!

Black Vase - Target
Black Roses - Dollar Tree
Skull Garland - Homegoods
Spider Web - Homegoods
Large Skull - Target
Creepy Cloth - Dollar Tree
Adhesive bats - Target
Metallic Skull - Homegoods
Insane Asylum Sign - Dollar Tree
Small Glitter Skulls - Dollar Tree
Gold Candlesticks - Thrifted
Candlesticks - Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby
Spider - Dollar Tree

The black and white striped candles are just cheap white candles with electrical tape taped around them. This is my super simple DIY solution to add a little interest!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Vintage Flush Mount Light Fixture

Well, it's finally starting to feel like fall in KC! The daytime temps are warm, and the morning and evening temps are perfectly chilly - sleeping weather at it's finest!

I wanted to quickly share a vintage find I scored for our bedroom. We were in Des Moines a few weekends ago visiting my family and we popped into a few vintage/antique stores. We were searching for a light fixture for our master bedroom sitting area. As I turned the corner, this light was staring me in the face! The owner of the space happened to be sitting in the booth. I asked her the price because there was no price tag and she just said, "How about $75?" SOLD, SOLD, SOLD! She told me she painstakingly cleaned every crystal herself and the hard wiring was perfectly working. SOLD, SOLD, SOLD!

It is a flush mount, gold and crystal light fixture that holds three light bulbs and has a mirrored top. It puts off such pretty and bright light, and it's exactly what we were looking for. Definitely right place, right time, and right price!

We have a large master bedroom with a sitting area. We are finally (after almost 4 years) working to complete our master bedroom. Changing out the original "boob" light was first on the agenda. I've also hung some artwork, we purchased some clearance chairs, and I'm still waiting to find the right coffee table and pillows. More to come on this little nook when it's all finished!

Because of the vent right next to the light, my husband had to drop this flush mount about an inch from the ceiling. You can't tell it's not perfectly flush, and I'm so happy he was able to make it work. We will eventually be putting this light on a dimmer so we can have softer light when needed.

Some of my most favorite things in our home (vintage bar cart, vintage chandelier, and now this beauty) are "found", and that is what makes them special. Of course, I have things from Target, World  Market, Pottery Barn, Ikea, etc., but finding those pieces that really stand out, that you actually had to dig for, are truly the best items in my opinion. I love a mix of old and new, and this little corner is finally starting to feel cozy! Just in time for shorter days and colder nights! xo

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Glass Panel Front Door

Good morning and happy Monday! I mentioned in this post a few weeks ago that we had pulled the trigger on a new glass panel front door. It arrived last week and I'm in love!!

We worked with Pella Windows and Doors to create this customized door. The original door that the builder installed was also a Pella door. They already had the door/window dimensions from our home in their system from the original build. This made it easy because their were no measurements involved.

We went to the showroom to look at our options. We knew we wanted to keep the door black in color (it is black on both sides) and we wanted 3/4 light. Pella offered 3/4 with 8 panels which was perfect.

The door was ordered and delivered with about a 3 week turn around time. We saved money on install by having Steve remove the old door and install the new one. This step did not take long as we already had everything pre-drilled. We reused the hinges from the original door.

Not only does the door look great from the street and totally bumped up our curb appeal, but the light that pours into the inside of the house makes this sun loving girl very, very happy!

 We also reused the hardware from the original door to save money.

This door upgrade cost us a total of around $750. What a difference a door makes!

So many neighbors have commented on the door! It really makes SUCH a difference when you look at our curb appeal!  Completing small projects with a big impact are so worth it to us! xo

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