DIY Mailbox Planter with Address
Up until now, COVID-19 hasn't afforded me too much extra time because work has actually increased for me (I'm not even remotely complaining, let me lead with that), but I found some time this weekend to tackle some projects around the house that were just long overdue and one that I'd been wanting to take on but hadn't really developed a plan for. Anyone else out there sometimes just go for it and hope it works out? Thus, this mailbox address planter was born. I knew what I wanted it to look like (stained wood, black accents and plants), and I had actually purchased the house numbers months earlier, but other than that I didn't have a great thought on the actual bones of the project. We're also quarantined like much of the world so it was important that I use what I had on hand (minus the plants, I did buy those). After some looking and measuring, I figured out I had enough wood to make a planter box and just used our existing mailbox, stain and screws I had on hand for the rest! Which means the total cost for me on this was $17!!! If you have to buy the wood and house numbers, you're looking at more like $47 -- I'll break all that down below -- which is still a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a new one, and friends, this is such a great addition for curb appeal!

What You'll Need

It is so nice when a project turns out how you were hoping, and this one truthfully is very simple despite looking somewhat complex. Here's what you'll need (if you don't have/feel comfortable using power tools, no worries. The hardware store will cut your wood to size for you (linear cuts), and you can just use a hammer and nails instead of brads):

DIY Mailbox Planter with Address

Step 1: Cut Your Wood (or ask the hardware store to)

I took a 4' x 16" stain grade panel and cut it to 20" x 16". Using scraps from the same panel, I ripped them down to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" (for the sides of the box) and 20" x 6 1/2" (for the front of the box). Finally, I used some old plywood to cut the bottom of the planter box to 18 1/4" x 6 1/2".

Step 2: Stain Your Wood

Using a foam brush and my provincial stain, I stained each piece (front and sides only because no one sees the back). I would recommend taking a cloth and wiping the excess stain off before building your planter. Otherwise, your wood will be super saturated. **Optional: Give everything a good sanding after staining to add that rustic look.**

Step 3: Build The Planter

Using some wood glue and your brad nailer, build the front of the box by attaching the sides to the front. The stain hides the nail heads, so I didn't fill these. You can't even see them! Next, I added the bottom, again, with wood glue and brads. Finally, I attached it all to my 20" x 16" board by gluing it up and nailing through the back into the existing box.

Step 4: Add The Mailbox

We bought our existing mailbox at Lowe's years ago, and it's functional and fit the color scheme I was going for, so I didn't see any reason to paint it or change it in any way. I simply placed it on the front of my 20" x 16" board just above the planter (I wanted it to look like the mailbox is deeper than it is) and screwed it in using two round-head screws.

Step 5: Add The Hardware

This step is two-fold. First, add the numbers to the front of your box. Our house numbers were actually silver when I purchased them, but I opted to paint them black because it fits better with the color scheme we have outside and in. All I did to paint them was use some Rustoleum flat black spray paint and give them a couple of coats. It dries fast (praise, because I'm impatient!). The numbers I purchased had the option of using a floating mount or flush mount. I chose flush because I already had a lot of layers of materials and didn't want to weigh down the overall aesthetic. They also come with templates to hang, so it's super easy to do! I mount those using the instructions provided and right aligned them for a more rustic modern look. Before I added plants and soil, I wanted to make sure the heavy duty picture hangers I bought were level and worked with the existing anchors in our stone out front. If you've followed me on Insta for any time at all, you've probably seen my hanging hack to avoid measuring too much (yep, I cheat, but it's effective). You basically take a piece of painters tape, tape across the existing anchors, mark a hole where each one is then put your tape on whatever it is you're hanging and voila; an easy template for hanging. Once you've got your hardware in, go ahead and hang the planter to make sure it's level and where you want it.

Step 6: Add Plants

This is my favorite step because plants make my heart happy, and there is something about working in soil and getting your hands dirty that feels so rewarding yet fun. I bought a Drop & Grow case of sedum because they're very low maintenance, cold hardy and come back each year. My kind of plant! While they were more expensive than I would typically pay for a plant, I ended up only using about half of it, so I'm excited to get to use the rest in some other areas of our landscape! I lined the box with plastic bags to make sure my wood doesn't get damaged during watering, filled the box with soil 3/4 of the way up then added the plants. Eventually, these will start to spill out of the box (one of my favorite aspects of sedum and the reason I have a million pothos around the house!).

Step 7: Hang and Enjoy

After hanging up your planter one last time, take a step back and enjoy the view, friends, because it is quite an upgrade! We live in a 60s ranch, so updating our exterior is a work in progress, and this one made a huge leap forward and also provided an overall look for how the rest of the decor/landscaping will feel when we're finished. I did have to use a shim behind the bottom of our mailbox planter because the stone exterior of our house isn't even, so if you have a rough exterior like stone or stucco, slip a shim in there to make sure your planter hangs level. If you give this a try, be sure to tag me so I can see how yours turned out!  
What Happened to the Shop?
You might have noticed if you're a regular around here that the shop option has been removed from my page. If you follow me on the Insta world, you already know why, but for those of you who are wondering, "What happened to the shop?" -- well, the short answer is sometimes we have to make sacrifices. We moved into our home over 13 years ago, which, unbeknownst to my 20-year-old self, was a giant undertaking and far more of a fixer upper than we thought (I didn't even know what that meant at the time). Since then, we've updated almost the entire main floor, and we recently started working on the basement. That area adds a good 800+ square feet to our home, so it's definitely been one of those to-do list items that's been on the agenda for a while. We waterproofed it way back when (because, you guys, it would literally flood when it rained too hard -- as in standing water in places. I don't miss those days.) Since then, my husband has been working as he can to get the electrical work up to par, frame and drywall not to mention upgrade the lighting from fluorescent lamps to LED can lights. It's well on its way, but in order for us (mostly him if I'm keeping it real... I don't know the first thing about the construction that's happening down there) to have time to get the basement to "finished" status, it's going to take more time than we currently have. So something had to go. I've grappled with losing the shop because it's such a labor of love. When you work your butt off at something, and then you see it succeed, only to have to close it up two years later... that's a tough choice. I've stopped things in the past, but only because they didn't succeed. I won't downplay how hard this is, but ultimately, it's a sacrifice that needs to be made. Will the shop come back? Heck yeah! At least I hope so! But for now, I'm going to get my maker fix by keeping the orders to local pickup only, which means in answer to your "What happened to the shop?" question, well... it's been taken down and closed up. I'm reminded of Chip and Joanna when they shut down the little shop on Bosque only for bigger and better things to come their way, and praying that this is a similar situation. Even if it's not, I have loved the creativity that has come from making these signs. It was my dream to own a shop one day -- well, check that box! And the goal of my shop was to make affordable signs that were well made. Check that box, too. Now, it's time to love on my girls and my husband, focus on our home and share what's happening around here with y'all via the blog. And when the time comes to reopen the shop (or do something even bigger and crazier!), I'll be ready!   For now, The Junq Drawer becomes a blog only, but a blog that's going to be full of the home decor and DIYs y'all have told me you love so much. Thank you all so much for supporting my dreams and following along with me! xoxo
Subway Tile Backsplash
I've told y'all before that our kitchen is a continual work in progress. I've painted the kitchen cabinets twice now (not even joking), and I'm about to paint them again because I'm struggling to find the right shade of white. Finally, though, I've settled on the same white we used on the board and batten in the nursery and throughout the rest of the house and, since I'm not pregnant anymore, I can actually use the enamel paint like I want instead of a clear coat like last time. All DIYs are a learning process, am I right? To the point, though, we finally added a subway tile backsplash in the kitchen! I couldn't be happier. This is another thing I struggled with for awhile -- do you use the small tiles or the large ones? Light gray grout, dark gray grout or white grout? Tile sheets or individual pieces? There was a lot to take in, but I finally got brave after watching that episode of Fixer Upper (I know, I'm sad it's gone, too...) where Chip lets their little girl help him tile a client's kitchen backsplash. If they can do it, surely I can figure this out, right? I grouted the floor and tile in our hall bath early last year, so since I wasn't a total novice I worked up some courage, got my super pregnant belly up, enlisted my husband's help and made some decisions. Here's the before. It's definitely bright, but didn't have that extra charm I was hoping for (or a new light fixture, or countertops or shaker cabinets... I could go on). And here's the after! That subway tile makes a big statement and for some crazy reason actually makes the kitchen seem bigger. I can't explain that one since it's busier, but hey. I'll take it! My biggest struggle in doing the backsplash myself was I was afraid to cut the tiles. We did not rent a wet saw for these little guys because it seemed silly (even though a rotary saw is relatively inexpensive). I was pregnant, so I decided to take a different route and hope it worked It did, thank goodness! If we'd had some curves, I would absolutely have had to rent one, but all the cuts were straight and we even managed to make our way around the outlets with this method (I only wasted about 10 pieces which I consider a win considering it was my first time). Here's what I used to backsplash the kitchen -- and bear in mind, this entire project cost around $90.
  • 3" x 6" white subway tiles (non-beveled)
  • 1 small tub of mastic/tile adhesive
  • 1 tub of premixed pewter gray nonsanded grout
  • A rubber spreader
  • Tile cutters (handheld)
  • Straight edge tile scorer/cutter
  • White kitchen & bath silicone caulk
  • Tile dividers (the size is up to you, but I would go 1/8" or smaller)
It starts out easy. Make sure your wall is clean and free of grease. Then scoop and spread the tile adhesive on the back of a tile, and stick it to the wall. Bam. Most of it goes really fast, which is great because you can see your progress and you feel really good about yourself. I started on the edge closest to the stairs because it's the one you can see the best, and I wanted to make sure it was perfectly lined up. I thought I might regret that, but I don't. It was a good choice. The most visible part you want to be pristine. I would also recommend using a level if you live in an old house like ours where the countertops may or may not be level (ours aren't, go figure). Because we wanted to stagger our tiles, we had to cut a few in half to get started. Cue the tile cutting, which was so easy. Measure the halfway point on your tile, mark it with a ballpoint (it wipes off, don't worry), score it with the straight edge and then apply pressure to pop it in half. If for some reason you have rough edges, you can always use a sanding block to smooth it out. I was making great time until I got to an outlet and freaked a little. My best advice when cutting these tiles is to YouTube some guys doing it by hand. The tile scorer/cutter easily cuts lengthwise and horizontally, but it cuts all the way across. We only needed small corners cut out around the outlets, so I marked where the cuts needed to be and then scored them with the tile cutter. Then I used the handheld cutters to cut out little triangles until I had cut all of the bits I needed out. These are not perfect. BUT thankfully they're hidden behind the outlet covers, so it doesn't matter all that much. This took quite a while to figure out. I ruined some tiles (**read: lots**) cutting too much out, so remember that smaller is always better. Aside from those pieces, the rest was pretty much cake. On the sink wall, we wanted everything as symmetrical as possible, and of course the tiles didn't measure out perfectly, so I started from the right and left sides at the same time and worked my way in to the window. If you look closely, there's a piece in the center that's smaller than the rest just underneath the windowsill. I don't think it's too terribly noticeable, though. Once all the tiles are up, let them sit overnight just to be safe. That adhesive hardens really fast, but I didn't want them moving around when I grouted. Pulling out all the dividers was not the most fun part of this experience, but seeing all those crisp lines? Totally worth it. Here's the link to the bathroom grouting I did last year. It explains mostly how I grouted, and I used the same method on the backsplash. The key is going diagonally, not straight across. Once that was done, I let it dry and wiped the tile down with a damp sponge to remove any excess, then applied silicone caulk to the window edges and the two wall edges and let that dry. Sure, I might have a million other things I want to do in here, but this was a big impact project, and I love it! Have you tiled before? You totally can do it yourself! xoxo
Farmhouse Bathroom Shelves
You guys, it has been a hot minute since I've posted! Since I last met with you here, we have welcomed a new little life to our family. Ella Rayne was born on June 2nd and is the sweetest little nugget imaginable. Now that we're getting back into the swing of things and settling into something of a routine, I'm excited to be able to share these floating shelves that I added in our bathroom pre-baby along with a ton of other changes that have happened around the house! Does anyone else use maternity leave as an excuse to get projects done while the baby sleeps? Thankfully, my almost four-year-old is super into arts and crafts right now, so quiet time affords me the luxury of getting things done so I have time to snuggle with them during awake times. Y'all probably know that among the amazing accounts who inspired me to start building are the sisters over at Shanty-2-Chic. Their floating shelves are what inspired these and, while I didn't follow the plans to a T, I did use them as inspiration! That's the awesome things about all these DIY-ers and bloggers who are willing to share their tips and tricks. We all garner inspiration from each other and it makes this beautiful, creative community! {Here's the link to their floating shelves.} If you check out their tutorial, you'll notice they make a brace for the wall. After building the shelves {including the brace}, I realized that I wanted a little touch of black for contrast in the bathroom and stumbled on these brackets at Home Depot. They were perfect and a great price, so I snagged four of those and set off to build the boxes. Here's a supply list of what I purchased {with links}:


  • Everbuilt shelf brackets (4)
  • 1 x 12" whitewood board (cut to 18" lengths)
  • 1/2" x 4" hobby boards (for each shelf you'll need two 19" lengths and two 11 1/4" lengths)
  • Brad nailer
  • Wood glue
  • Compound miter saw (or have the good people at your hardware store cut everything for you)
  • Level
I'm going to apologize for not having pictures of the process, but I was really excited to get these shelves done. SO if you're looking for a great tutorial, head to the link above to see how they assembled their shelves. I used my Ryobi compound miter saw to cut all my boards to length (since they were going over the toilet, I just measured the depth and length of the tank and used that to get my shelf dimensions), then glued and brad nailed the boards together and let sit to dry. I also chose to stain the boards in Minwax Early American, probably my favorite stain right now and also the stain we chose to use on Ella's door {more on that in a subsequent post}. Here's the before. And here's the after! Granted we still have a little work to do in here. I'd like to frame out the mirror and add a new light fixture plus grout the tiles with a dark gray similar to the kitchen backsplash {also in an upcoming post}, but one thing at a time. This mama has a bit less time on her hands to DIY, so the projects will take a little longer I'm sure. It's all oh, so worth it, though! So what do you think of the new shelves? I might have added one in the other bathroom as well ... and by might, I mean I did. I just loved them so much! xoxo
Simple Spring Centerpiece + Jord Giveaway
It's officially March, and that seems to ring in the promise of spring in our house. If you've been following along with me on Instagram you know that I've had spring fever for quite a while. There's a whole line of spring signs up in the shop, and right now I'm offering an extra 10% off storewide using the code in my Insta bio! There are all kinds of goodies happening because at the end of this post, I'll be sharing all about how to get 10% off a Jord timepiece with a chance to $100 off!!! Fitting with the spring theme, I tried some fresh herbs in the dining room and, no shocker here, there's not enough natural light for them to stay alive. They've since been moved to the porch, and replaced by this simple centerpiece that I'm going to show you today. We're talking 10 minutes or so to DIY this, not including shopping time... but who really counts shopping time anyway, right? It's all fun. The first step in this DIY is to hit up your local thrift shop or Hobby Lobby. I used this wood box that I found for 50% off. Could I build this? Yes. Was it worth it considering I paid so little for the box? Absolutely. Next, I gathered some greens. Originally,  I had thought I'd use faux plants only, so I purchased a garland at Hobby Lobby for 50% off as well. Then, on a wood run at Lowes, I spotted this $4 clearance pot of succulents and decided they would make the perfect addition to the centerpiece. I went all plant lady that day, so don't mind the random array of plants on the table. To do this project, you'll also need some plastic grocery bags. Step 1 was to cut pieces of the garland up and decide which dividers I wanted those in. I chose every two boxes to add the garland as well as on each end. My daughter put half of these in, so please know there's no science to it. Just stuff each box until you're satisfied. Next, take the grocery bags and line each of the remaining dividers with them. I chose brown Kroger bags simply because they match the wood of this box, but you really won't see them so just grab what you have on hand. Add some soil to each of the bags and place a couple succulents or plants in each one. You can go crazy with this -- use flowers, herbs... whatever your heart desires! Finally, water those plants and stand back to enjoy your new centerpiece! I love succulents because they're easy to take care of, but I've had my fair share of daisies in the center of our table as well!

Springtime Timepiece Giveaway

Tying in to that natural wood look that I love so much, I'm really excited about to tell y'all about a giveaway that I've partnered with Jord Watches on! I don't know how much you know about these timepieces, but, friends, they are beautiful!!! I have so many friends with wedding bands that are made of wood or metal, taking a different route than the traditional silver or gold. Jord has done the same thing with wooden watches. Each one of their men's and women's watches are handcrafted from various types of natural wood {you pick your favorite} then set with various face colors -- rose gold and champagne being my personal favorites! If you want to check out all the options, head here. While I do love jewelry, I tend to love simpler pieces with less glam, for lack of a better term. So I mix my Frankie zebrawood and champagne watch with two gold bangles. It dresses down or up really well! If you want a chance to win your own watch from Jord at $100 off, head here to enter! Just for entering, you'll get 10% off, so what have you got to lose? Go enter, and then come back and tell me what your favorite is! It's really hard to pick just one. Good luck!!! xoxo         Wooden Wrist Watch
The Junq Drawer | January Additions
Hi, guys! We've had lots of snow and cold weather the past few weeks, and I'm going to admit right up front, it has not motivated me to get things done around the house {at least not things that are post-worthy}. I did manage to get my butt in gear and roll out some new signs, though! I haven't done a whole lot of sharing for the shop on the blog, but the thought occurred to me that unless you just happen to travel to Etsy on the regular {or over to Versailles to shop at The Amsden}, you guys are being robbed of the new sign designs that are coming out. I know I'm not an eCommerce site yet {plans are in the works, friends}, mostly because I have to have people way smarter than me to help me along -- can I get an amen? For now, I'll be sharing updates here to keep y'all in the loop! Last week, I restocked in Versailles -- something that was long overdue -- and realized I hadn't updated the online inventory either. So all of that has been done, and I'm really excited to share some new signs with you!

Be Our Guest

We don't actually have a guest room, but I just thought this would be adorable in one -- or in an entryway -- and couldn't help but make it. Yes. We've been watching lots of Disney movies lately! It's available here: Be Our Guest sign.

Home Is Wherever I'm With You

Yes. Just yes. I love the idea of this in a master bedroom! It also makes a great wedding gift -- just throwing that out there! Sign available here: Home Is Wherever I'm With You Sign

Love Is Patient

Inspired by one of my all time favorite verses and a stellar reminder to be continually patient and kind to others, this sign was a must to make! I'm also absolutely in love with the typewriter-esque font! Available here: Love Is Patient Sign.

Be Still My Soul

Another great reminder in a fun typewriter font is this design. I need this lesson, like, every day. How about y'all? Available here: Be Still My Soul Sign.

I Love Us

Great for best friends, significant others, spouses or families, this I Love Us sign just makes me happy to look at. As my own little family expanded first from two to three, and now from three to four, this simple sign represents the joy I'm feeling right about now. I just love us, simple as that. Available here: I Love Us Sign.

The Lord Has Done Great Things For Us And We Are Filled With Joy

A client of mine requested this as a custom order, but after seeing it finished and the significance it held for so many people, I decided to offer it as part of the inventory for the shop. It's such a humble statement! Available Here: Done Great Things Sign.

Happiness Is Homemade

This is easily my favorite of all of them! It reminds me of freshly baked goods, time with family in the kitchen, sleeping in on Saturday, giggles with my little one, date nights... it means so many things! Available here: Happiness Is Homemade Sign  

My Old Kentucky Home

This one is specific to Kentucky, I know, so if you're local -- grab ya one! These are the most intense signs I make because there are so many letters and so much weeding that goes into it. Small letters are also way more detailed, so it takes tons of time but the result is so worth it! I've had a few customs with small book print on them and have loved them, so if you're interested in one with this font but a different quote, head over to Etsy! I do custom orders as well. Available here: My Old Kentucky Home Sign - or - Custom Sign.

Let's Stay Home

During busy seasons, this is kind of my motto. I just want to stay home, relax and enjoy time without an agenda. Coming out of the holidays and into a much more relaxed January {especially with all the snow days we've had}, this phrase just spoke to me! Available here: Let's Stay Home Sign.

Get Cozy

Can I get an amen? It's cold out and my electric blanket is my respite! We don't actually have a working fireplace at present, so our prefab one in the bedroom stands in. I've been lighting all the candles and drinking all the warm coffee lately to reach cozy status! This is a cute little bedroom sign, too, so it's useful year round! Available here: Get Cozy Sign

Stay Awhile

The last new sign addition to the shop is this Stay Awhile design. We love having folks over, hosting friends and family, and really have a deep desire to be a home where our daughters will love to bring their friends when they're older. I see similar versions of this sign everywhere, it seems, but it rang far too true in our household to not offer to you guys. Available here: Stay Awhile Sign.

Other Designs

Of course, the most popular designs from last year are still available in the shop right now, and many of them are on sale! Can't beat that! Here are some snips of those. [etsy-shop shop_name="the-junq-drawer" section_id="19869990"] I'd love to know which are your favorites and what you don't see that you wish I offered! Let me know in the comments below, and if you're interested in being notified of new designs, follow along with me on Instagram! I'm always posting new designs and custom orders for y'all to see and vote on! xoxo      

Living Room Makeover | Floating Shelves
Hi, y'all! Happy New Year!!! I don't even know where to start, I'm so excited for 2018! There are so many exciting and fun things that I want to share with you guys, but today I'm sticking with one -- our living room shelves. You may recall that I built some desks a couple of years ago for our living room since my husband was working from home at the time. Then we added some shiplap to the wall to give it an accent. The past few weeks, we've been talking about lining the desks up along the shiplap wall instead of having them stick out into the room, not to mention we've added a new rug and some new bar chairs to the desks. Oh, and I brought the coffee table back in since we had some extra room. BUT all that is for another post! Today, I want to share these awesome open shelves we put up with you! I'm hoping to add some sconces as the final touch and, of course, the wood still needs to be stained, but me and the hubby both love how they turned out! They're the perfect mix of industrial and farmhouse for this living room. They were also a quick and painless DIY! I found the brackets on Etsy from a fellow shop owner -- Csonka Custom Rustics. Chris makes brackets in all sizes, so if you're interested in these, head over to check out his shop here! We went with a 7 1/4" depth wood (technically a 2" x 8" if you buy these at the lumber yard or hardware store) so the shelves weren't too bulky. The brackets come with holes pre-drilled, so all we had to do was cut down our wood to the desired length, mount the brackets and set the wood inside. That's my kind of project!     If you have any questions, holler! Do you love the open shelving look as much as I do? xoxo
Holiday Coffee + Cocoa Bar
Hi, friends! Today, I'm really excited to be sharing one of my favorite areas of the house: my dining room -- specifically, my coffee and cocoa bar. I love hospitality so very much. Having a full house of people just makes my extroverted heart happy, and one of the main ways I know to welcome folks in is to offer a drink. When it's as cold outside as it is today, a warm drink is the way to go, and y'all know how much I love coffee! My little one loves hot cocoa, especially the little marshmallows, so naturally I had to include it in my hot bar for this year's holiday festivities! I like to keep it simple, friends. I don't go the whole peppermint, whipped cream, chocolate spoon route. Give me some Pirouette french vanilla sticks and little marshmallows, and I'm a happy girl! So this hot cocoa bar isn't terribly difficult to pull off. Yay! It's also really easy to break down and change out once the holidays are over (but let's not talk about that right now because I am still well into the holiday spirit!). I also have to brag on the Target dollar spot because of all the goodies I snagged there last year that have come so in handy this year! After Christmas, if you don't know this already, all of the Christmas items in the dollar spot (which are like $1 to $5) get marked down a ridiculous amount! The garland for my tree, the red pillow, the tiny pumpkins, the table runner and the merry cutout are all from the dollar spot. Yes, please! Our house, you probably know if you're familiar to SLB, is a constant work in progress and absolutely full of DIYs. Rarely do I purchase something outright. I'm a Craigslist, thrift store, antique shop, yard sale kind of girl. Also, I run on a super tight budget when it comes to home stuff, so... maybe I'm forced to be that kind of girl. At any rate, it's the truth, so I'll do my best to share where things are from/how I made them 🙂 The good news is if I DIY-ed it, there's probably a tutorial! Looking particularly at the bar, the cabinet the entire coffee bar is on was a piece of furniture from Kroger that I upgraded with some new legs and a coat of paint plus some distressing. You can find the full tutorial here! While we're at it, I recently went crazy with some white paint to upgrade the dining and living rooms (and the hallway and eventually basically the whole house probably). Here's how that all looked before and after. If you can't tell, I'm a huge fan of greens at Christmastime. A few pops of red complete the Christmas look, but neutrals are my jam with the dark contrast of black. A modern farmhouse meets industrial sort of look. I found these little bottle brush trees at Hobby Lobby this year along with a few greenery picks from Walmart with some holly berries. That and a blanket scarf and handmade "Joy" sign are all I used to change my coffee bar from everyday to holiday! So simple! My sweet mother-in-law gave us the tree in the corner. I have no idea where it came from, but the lights still work on it and that makes me happy! Last year, we did a workshop where we made wood slice ornaments, so the only decor on this tree is some "snow" which is actually batting and those ornaments plus some gifts under the tree. Like I said, simple! On top of the bar, I have an array of things I've either made or purchased on sale. The berry bowl holding the hot cocoa packets is from Kroger. They had them on clearance last summer, and I couldn't resist one! The clay pot holding the Pirouette sticks is a DIY, and an easy one at that! A clay pot, a paper towel and some white chalk paint are all it take to make this yourself. Just dab on the paint with the paper towel until you've covered all you want and voila! I found the little canister with gold hardware at Walmart this year. I didn't get a good photo, but Merry & Bright is written in gold foil on the front. Who can say no to that!?! Of course, I made the coffee bar sign hanging on the chalkboard. Something similar is available my booth inside The Amsden and will be available online after Christmas. The chalkboard is a Hobby Lobby find that I spray painted, and the wreath is also from Hobby Lobby. The pretty little trench bowl inside the cabinet is one of my favorite finds from The Faded Farmhouse in Columbia, TN. If you're ever in the area, go check them out! Oh, and you can shop online!!! There you have it, friends! My holiday coffee + cocoa bar. I can't wait to host our next get together so friends and family can enjoy this bar as much as we do! What's your preference? Coffee or cocoa? If you're looking for some design help for your own space, please give the folks at Havenly a look! Their online interior designers are super talented and would be more than happy to help you design the space of your dreams. Have a great week, friends! xoxo    
Holiday Sign Making Workshop
Friends, I’m so excited to announce a holiday sign-making workshop I’ll be teaching at The Amsden on December 18th at 7:00 pm!!! I love sign making, you guys, and I’m so excited to share this DIY with you! I’ll be taking you step by step through the process of painting, stenciling, framing and sealing your signs and offering some customization of colors and backgrounds for y’all. You can find out more information over on Miss Molly Vintage’s website and sign up there as well. The last few workshops have filled up quickly, so hurry on over! I can’t wait to meet you!!! xoxo    
Tips for Decorating Your Christmas Tree
Hi, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! I wanted to jump on here and show you some sneaks of how our home is coming along for Christmas {yes, we decorate early, and I love it!}. One of the things I've struggled with for years is how to decorate my tree without it looking basic and like every other tree out there. Much like you, I'm sure, my taste has changed over the years, so my Christmas tree is an ever evolving game of musical decor. You've probably figured out by now that farmhouse style is my thing. I love it. I love the mixture of woods and whites, of old and new. Along with that has come a love of knitted stockings, all things Hearth and Hand {let's be honest}, flocked trees and garland, fresh pine and cedar and, of course, wood signs {hello... sign maker}. I've moved more toward garland on my tree and further from typical ornaments -- I don't use a tree topper anymore. Instead, I've experimented with ribbon, floral picks and most recently cotton stems. With all of that rearranging and tried {and sometimes failed} attempts, I finally feel like I've mastered the art of decorating a tree so that it looks full and beautiful, intentional and somewhat professional. Of course, I wanted to share what I've learned with all of you, so here are my best tips for getting that beautiful tree every time.

Invest in a full tree.

Does it have to be live? No {although, it's a tradition I've fallen in love with over the years}. Regardless of whether you go artificial or live, spend your money wisely on one that is lush and full. Ideally, it will stand almost as tall as your ceiling minus an inch or two. The worst thing when decorating a tree is trying to fill in holes with ornaments and garland. Already have one that's a little more bare? Go pick up some pine picks from your local tree farm and mix them in with the artificial branches.

Start with the lights.

I like to use two sets of lights, one large and one small. I've never been a fan of colored lights, but that's not to say they can't be just as pretty as the white ones when done correctly! So if you love color, don't shy away from them! Embrace it and keep the rest of your tree to one or two additional colors. Start with the small lights. Wrap them all the way up the tree, then go back up the tree with larger lights in the same color(s).

Add garland.

Ribbon is probably my favorite garland to use. Get the ribbon with wire so you can pinch it every 8-12" and weave it in and out of the tree. Always start at the bottom and work your way up. I like to wrap up diagonally to give the tree a bit more interest. You can also put ribbon on vertically, but still pinch and weave on your way up. After adding ribbon, I'll add another garland -- sometimes a faux cranberry garland and sometimes a pennant banner. Feel free to try a few different things until you find the combination you like. The best tip I've heard lately is to buy buffalo check socks, fill with old ornaments and tie them off with floral wire. It makes a beautiful buffalo check "garland" at a fraction of the cost. A friend of mine told me about this, and now I'm going to have to try it out. I'll be sure to post once I do.

Hang larger ornaments and picks.

I found these soft mini stockings at Target last year, and they've really helped tie the whites and creams on my tree together. They, along with some cranberry picks, some Hobby Lobby metal pieces are the larger pieces I've added to the tree.  You can get really creative with these -- wood slice ornaments, even Christmas signs can make great statement pieces for your tree. Spread these out on all sides of your tree before adding in smaller ornaments to add to the overall symmetry and fullness of your tree.

Add the smaller ornaments.

This is where those older ornaments, the family heirlooms, the first home/first Christmas/first baby ornaments come into play. Try to stick with a color scheme as best you can for a more professional look. If your ornaments run the gamut of colors, choose your favorites and add in some solid colored ornaments to help balance it out. My favorite trick is to use solid white ornaments to as base pieces, my grandmother's mercury glass ornaments to add some glam, a few rustic ornaments that I've picked up recently and our family ornaments to make sure all the pieces honor the color scheme.

Pick your topper.

The possibilities are endless here. From premade ribbons to traditional stars to floral picks and everything in between, as long as it has some body to it, it will work as a topper! Have a small decorative sled laying around? Hang it at the top of the tree and add some holly or cranberry picks. All I did this year was take a few bunches of cotton stems and tuck them down on either side of the top branch of the tree. It was simple and effective. Those are my best tips and steps for getting that professional looking tree every time! If you try these tips, I'd love to know about it in the comments below! Happy decorating, friends! Click here to see last year's decor! xoxo