Our front door was boring…a lot of brown & beige blandness. I’m not exactly sure how or when I let this happen but this week I decided to remedy the situation. I did not want to spend a lot of time or money, and wanted to utilize what we already had…a quick & easy fix.
All the new additions purchased from Target with the exception of the plants from Lowes. We bought the grinder at an estate auction last year and it has been sitting in the same spot ever since…not living up to its full potential. I found this shallow galvanized planter which fit in it perfectly to add some trailing greenery.
I decided to stick with green as a subtle pop of color. I added a hanging fern, buffalo plaid indoor/outdoor rug and mini boxwood wreath. I have been loving the look of layered rugs lately…I wish I would have thought of it sooner.
This little project cost right around $50 and only took a few minutes to put together once I purchased everything. This is a perfect example of how not all changes have to be drastic or expensive.
Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately, it has taken me some time to get back in the swing of things after vacation. I’ll make sure to post soon about our trip to Mexico.
Have a great weekend!
When you love decorating, but you are working within a budget, you hunt for deals…simple as that. I actually enjoy the hunt, it makes me feel like I won something. Now, it is worth saying, that when it comes to certain items “quality over quantity” is a good rule of thumb to follow. For me, it is all about balance. There are certain items I am willing to splurge on and others that it’s all about the bargain.
Here are some of my favorite recent decor deals from my go-to resources including Amazon, Etsy and Target (of course).
1. Preserved boxwood wreaths from Amazon
I paid just over $30 for both: 6″ $11.55 / 9″ $19.98…and they were PRIME eligible so no extra shipping charge and arrived in 2 days (YAY!). Compared to some of the prices I was comparing on Etsy for similar wreaths, or faux versions, I felt like these were a good deal. Also, I am impressed with the color and quality.
2. Custom throw pillow covers from ShamShack
If you have purchased custom shams (or any shams for that matter) you know they can be expensive. I have purchased from this shop before and find their prices to be reasonable, plus they have wonderful customer service. I paid $33, including shipping, for these two covers (10×10 & 17×17). I was able to select the colors and materials so they turned out exactly how I wanted.
3. Floral watercolor painting from CoastToCoastArtist
This sweet little print was only $5 on sale. Having a one of a kind piece can be affordable. It’s new home is now in our cottage bedroom and it is perfect. This shop has all kinds of beautiful botanical, animal, and farmhouse themed paintings. Not only that, she does custom artwork as well, which I think will be my next purchase.
4. Sweater knit throw blankets from Target
If there is anything I might love as much as throw pillows, it would be throw blankets. I had my eye on these for a while. They are usually $24.99 each, but I was lucky enough to catch them on sale for $17.99. My REDCard added an extra 5% off and free shipping. I’m glad I was patient. They are so soft and comfy, definitely worth the wait!
Maybe my favorite decor deals could turn into yours, have a great weekend!
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Just some good deals worth sharing
Courtesy of my Mom, Jeanette (because I did not inherit her green thumb)…
Last Spring Becky asked me to write a post about outdoor plants and flowers, so I did. Now, she asked me to write about indoor plants, so I will do that as well. Needless to say I like all kinds of plants, but indoor plants add something special to a home, the are great decorating accents, and they help clean the air inside just like they do outside.
At the moment I have ten plants throughout the house plus three more wintering in our basement until it is warm enough to bring them onto our enclosed porch for the summer. I will probably bring one that is almost ready to blossom up from the basement soon as I don’t want to miss the flowers. I also have a pea plant Annabelle, our great-granddaughter, started at Children’s Church a few weeks ago and a tiny pot she and I are watching for a watermelon to break through. We may have to plant a new watermelon seed.
I also add a few plants now and then as I see an area that needs a fresh look or when a current plant has grown too big for the windowsill. And every now and then I lose one. The ivy I had in the window near my piano died this Winter and I’m not sure why. Maybe it just got too cold during some of the coldest days even though it had lived in that window a couple of years. Oh, well. I also have a Christmas cactus that has never blossomed for me. I may try planting it in the ground outside for the Summer. What do I have to lose?
Once or twice a summer I try to put my plants outside when there is a gentle rain to wash the leaves, but putting them in the shower also works, it’s just a little messier. Every few years as plants grow I either re-pot them or divide them and sometimes I change the soil. If a plant gets too leggy or spindly, I pinch it back or take a cutting and put a piece of it in a vase or jar until roots develop. I put a plant I started from a cutting on the window in Becky’s cottage and she and I both think it looks right at home there. I visit to water it once a week when she’s not around (thanks Mom!).
One caution before I close. Some plants can be harmful to children or pets. Check on-line to be sure what you have is safe for those in your home or put them on a high shelf then enjoy the freshness and beauty plants add to your home.
In a lot of ways I take after my Mom, but this just doesn’t seem to be one of them. I’m thankful for her knowledge…and so are the few plants I’ve managed to keep alive for any length of time.
Have a great weekend!
Last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting our dear friends from Michigan which has me thinking about what it means to me to be a good hostess or at least how I try to be. First and foremost, I truly enjoy having company and want any guests in our home to feel welcome and comfortable…whether it is for a week, a weekend, or just an evening.
Hosting doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, all you need is a little forethought…
My to-do list the week before having guests usually includes the routine cleaning and grocery shopping..making every effort not to wait until the last minute. I like to think of a few of our favorite restaurants in advance that our guests might enjoy so we aren’t stuck spending too much time deciding where to eat (Mark and I are TERRIBLE when it comes to this) It also doesn’t hurt to have some ideas of things to-do or places to go.
This goes hand-in-hand with planning ahead, try to be aware of any dietary restrictions, allergies or preferences guests might have and you can accommodate accordingly. This will avoid any awkwardness when you unknowingly make bacon & eggs for breakfast.
A little extra effort can go a long way…consider adding fresh flowers to your guest room, spare toiletries in the bathroom and have extra pillows & blankets accessible. As someone who has a hard time falling asleep without white noise (usually a fan) I recently added a sound machine by the guest bed for anyone who might share my quirk.
These simple things not only benefit your guests, but can help you ENJOY your time with your company instead of stressing, what’s more important than that?
Earlier this week I mentioned I’d be back with another Cottage update so here it is!
From the day we decided to purchase the cottage, I started collecting things to decorate. I’m sure this doesn’t come as a surprise. Early on I had my heart set on open shelves in the kitchen to display some of the items I had found, and planned to find.
We kept the design of the shelves simple, a blank slate
I compiled an assortment of old and new items, which is what I’m always drawn to when it comes to decor. I wanted the shelves to be appealing to the eye but also functional.
Once I started styling I had to move things around “several” times to get it “just right”
“fruition: the state of having successfully completed an activity or plan”
One more thing checked off the list. Have a wonderful weekend!
As promised, I have a progress update to share with you! Despite our bad news about the well last week we thoroughly enjoyed a long overdue visit to our cottage and time with family. We had time to discuss a game plan to take care of the well, checked a few small items off the to-do list, also cleaned and organized the living area….
To jog your memory…this is where we started
then it got “worse” before we could make it better
A couple of my favorite features not shown in the views above
As you can probably tell…we both love the color blue
My uncle found the oars for us and with a couple of cans of spray paint we were able to add some pops of color on our wood wall. The mirrors came from Hobby Lobby (1/2 off!) and those are heavy-duty Command Hooks. It is a small space so we want to keep the decor simple but to add interest we focused on using different shades of blue, patterns & textures.
There are still some finishing touches, but for the most part that space is DONE and it feels so good. We are still on the hunt for the “perfect” recliner for Mark to add to the space, it will have to be just right as far as size & scale…I know it is out there somewhere.
I have more to share later this week so make sure to check back!