Amazon Home (Spring)

Wouldn’t it be great if all these corks were collected from wineries we visited and saved to commemorate those occasions?  Sadly, that is not the case, but something I plan on doing in the future.  In the meantime, it was Amazon to the rescue once again.

I’ve got another round of Amazon home favorites to share with you.  In cast you missed the last post, you can find it here.  I discovered these decor items over the last couple months while doing some Spring refreshing around our house.

For comparison I’ve included my own picture (first) and a photo from the listing (second).

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recycled wine corks

These are the real deal, some of them are even stained by red wine on one end which adds to the authenticity.  They are great for bowl filler or craft projects until you are able to collect enough of your own, which I intend to do.

large air plant (xerographica) ceramic birds

I am still in awe by how big and beautiful this air plant is.  It is much larger and healthier than the ones I’ve found in local garden centers.  These birds are an affordable accent that will compliment a variety of styles.  They come in two sizes and are also available in black.

birch trees peel & stick wallpaper

Gone are the days of messy, difficult wallpaper.  Now there are peel & stick options like this in an endless array of colors and patterns that are easy to apply & remove.  I even wrote a whole blog post about it.

knit throw blanket

Who doesn’t love a cozy throw blanket? I wanted one that was neutral & lightweight enough to transition from Winger to Spring.  This one fits the bill and is also available in several colors.

french laundry stripe pillow

This is from Amazon’s Stone & Beam line.  I’ll be honest, this wasn’t exactly a “bargain” BUT the cover and insert are separate which in my opinion adds more value.

speckled ceramic eggs

I apologize that I’m sharing these a little late for this year’s Easter decorating but they would still be cute to have around all Spring.

I continue to be surprised by all that Amazon has to offer for the home and I’m sure it won’t be long until I’ll have more to share with you.  Until then, I’d love for you to share your favorites with me!

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Peacock Sheets

When we moved in our house a few years ago we used furniture we already had for our master bedroom, added a few new decorative accents and called it a day.  Ever since then I felt like the room wasn’t quite complete but there were other projects and priorities  that took precedence…until recently when I decided to figure out what was missing.

tempimageforsave-10It is important to remember when you want to make a change in a space you don’t have to start from scratch.  I like the colors and patterns in our bedroom and the furniture is in good condition.  I just needed the finishing touches. 

I never would have guessed that one of those finishing touches would be peacock sheets I stumbled upon while strolling through Target one day.  The colors blended perfectly with everything in the room and I even snagged the set on sale…what more could I ask for?  Once I had the sheets I was able to find a coordinating rug, also on sale.  We ended up buying a new comforter as well but that wasn’t nearly as exciting compared to peacock sheets.  

With just a few new items our bedroom now feels complete.

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printed cotton percale sheet set   |||     Safavieh Milan rug

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The peacock sheets (and rug) were the icing on our bedroom cake.  If you have a space that doesn’t feel complete, be patient and you’ll find yours too.

DIY Easy Accent Wall

April 1st?! How are we already 1/4 through 2019?!  I’m not really into April “fools” but I am into DIYs and Spring is the perfect time for projects.  I am especially excited about today’s post.  Not only is this a project I wanted to do for a while but I will also be sharing a few other talented & creative ladies.  At the end of this post you’ll find the links for their projects, make sure to check them out!

I decided to refresh our entry with a DIY easy accent wall…with wallpaper.  I know wallpaper might seem like a big commitment there is a multitude of “peel and stick” options that can be easily applied and removed.

These are the last two photos I found on my phone showing what the entry view was when you open our front door

It isn’t a large space which provided a perfect opportunity to try out something new.

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STEPS

  • measure, measure, and re-measure
  • mark & cut using knife/board
  • peel off backing a little at a time and apply to wall

slowly smooth out air bubbles using tool of choice

  • line up pattern and repeat until desired area is covered
  • use X-ACTO knife to cut any excess if necessary

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Given that this was my first time, I was pretty happy that the entire process took under an hour. I’m sure it could be done faster once you get the hang of it.  I did have an extra set of (much taller) hands which was a big help.  This wallpaper really brightened up the space and added some interest.  I wonder what I should wallpaper next?

Now go see the DIY projects these ladies have been up to

Beau Place Like Home

DIY Farmhouse Sign

Calling All Creators

How to Make 9 Wedding Bouquets for $50 Total

Bungalow One Seventeen

DIY Punny Herb Pots

Rusty Barn Blog

Farmhouse Shelf DIY

I hope this helped you find some DIY inspiration, wishing you the best of luck with your Spring projects!

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My Style?

If you asked me today what my decor style is I honestly couldn’t give you a direct answer…maybe rustic-modern-vintage? or cozy-antique-eclectic? perhaps target-amazon-thrifted would be the most accurate summary.  I enjoy incorporating elements from lots of different styles and that is what makes up MY style.  Our bedroom looks very different from our living room, bathroom, etc. and there is nothing wrong with that.  I love each unique space in our home.

It is easy to get caught up in wanting your decor to look like someone else’s; it is also easy to get discouraged when it doesn’t.  There is nothing wrong with admiring a certain style but you should never let that make you dislike your own.  I  love being exposed to a wide variety of decor…from boho to farmhouse to minimalist and everything in between.  Even if I wouldn’t put something in particular in my own house, I can still appreciate the beauty and the effort behind it.

It is ok to absolutely love one specific style and decorate your house top to bottom in it.  It is also ok to not have one set style, like me.

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The #1 rule I have learned about decor?

THERE ARE NO RULES.

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Sectional Hypocrisy

Once upon a time I told myself I would never own a sectional…but here I sit writing this post while curled up on the perfectly comfy chaise of our recently delivered sectional. img_8363

I’m not exactly sure where my  misguided anti-sectional notion came from in the first place but this decision wasn’t something I took lightly.  Our previous living room furniture was one of our first big purchases after we moved in together.  It served us well for several years but was showing signs of wear and wasn’t as comfortable as we would have liked.  Once we realized it was time to start thinking (and budgeting) for something new we took our time, over a year in fact.

We decided on a sectional and here is why…

Comfort & Coziness ~ Our #1 priority. We wanted something that would fill a large portion of our living room but would still be cozy.  We needed furniture that would allow Mark, Ruby and I to all lounge/cuddle/nap to our hearts’ content while still having enough space when we have company

Style  & Configuration ~ Sectionals have come a long way. There are now design options to match nearly any style of decor.  Not to mention a myriad of fabric choices and custom options like recliners, chaises, power features, etc.  With those options we were able to select the configuration that would make the best use of our space

After extensive searching and debate…and lots of “test sitting” we settled on the Reese sectional from LAZBOY  and waited for a good sale.  We chose a fabric that would coordinate with the ottoman we already owned and were able to include matching accent pillows with our custom order.

The lead time we were given was about 8 weeks.  This felt like FOREVER once we had finally made up our minds but it actually arrived a little ahead of schedule.  Delivery day was so exciting that Mark sent me pictures of the process while I was at work because he gets me.

We both agreed it was well worth the wait.

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Here we are a few weeks in and we keep asking each other “What took us so long?” 

Furniture can be a big investment and commitment.  There is nothing wrong with taking the time to shop around, discuss, save up,  wait for sales and discuss some more to get exactly what you want…even if it ends up being something you once said you’d never want 🙂

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Bath Refresh

It all started with this shower curtain.

Well, that’s not entirely true…I had the urge to refresh our hall/guest bathroom for the last year or so but I was waiting for the right inspiration…which struck me in the form of a vintage (inspired) floral print shower curtain.  It was love at first sight and the colors a perfect complement to the tile & paint already in the space-which we aren’t planning on changing at this point.  Now that I had my direction I started watching for sales and hunting deals for everything else to go with it.

There was nothing wrong with the decor that was in there other than the fact we didn’t pick it for ourselves.  Everything in this bathroom was originally purchased years ago to stage a friend’s house that we were helping flip.  When we moved into this house we gained a bathroom so we used what we already had on hand.  After 4 years it was time for a change.

It took me about a month to find & collect the rest of the items in preparation for the refresh.  I wanted to have everything on hand and do it all in one shot.  I cleared everything out to start with a blank slate.

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First I swapped out the globes on our light fixture for a quick, easy & cheap update.

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Next I started adding things back  in starting with the linens, wall art then accessories.

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The soap dispenser and little clock were both clearance finds which is great for me but means I don’t have any links to share for those 😦

It feels good to finish my first project this year, even if it is a small one.

How is your 2019 to-do list coming along?

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Amazon Home

When it comes to home decor that isn’t antique or thrifted, there are two retailers that I consistently purchase from, one of them being Amazon.  Maybe it isn’t the first place that comes to mind for you when shopping for decor but I have been pleasantly surprised.  Let’s not forget the fact that with Prime there are literally thousands of items that can be delivered to your door step in a few days.  If you are impatient like me it is perfect.  Mark knows that when a package is delivered there is a solid 88% chance it is from Amazon.

Below are a few of my recent Amazon finds for the home.  For comparison I’ve included my own picture (first) and a photo from the listing (second).

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throw pillow covers

I was looking for pillow covers that were affordable, neutral and had a subtle pattern…these fit the bill for less than $10 each.  I have purchased 4 of these so far for a total cost that is less than one throw pillow would cost at some high-end home decor stores.  They have several sizes, colors and patterns available.  Swapping out covers is a great way to get a new look to do it without the cost or storage of additional pillows.

magnetic wood frame

I have purchased 2 of these, one is at our cottage and the one pictured below is in our hallway.  It is perfect for displaying vintage prints or paintings simply and beautifully without the fuss of a traditional glass frame.  There are 4 finishes available in a multitude of sizes.

LED pillar candles

I love the ambiance of candles but when it comes to pillar candles I can’t get past the mess or the fire hazard…so these are a great alternative for me, simple as that.

square bathroom rug

This size/shape is perfect for our hall/guest bathroom.  It was a debate between this and the circle option in the same color but ultimately the square won.  In addition to the two shape options, there are several color choices available.

I haven’t been brave enough yet to purchase any large items or furniture pieces from Amazon, only smaller home accents & accessories.  I’ll make sure to share if I ever take the leap.

Do you have any favorite home purchases from Amazon?

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