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How to add farmhouse style to your home
- White or neutral paint
2. Natural Light.here (you can also sometimes find them at Home Goods for a great price). Hang them high and wide to make your windows look even larger and allow in the maximum amount of light. They're not just for windows, either. Use them on those exterior french doors, too!
3. Oil-rubbed bronze.chandeliers and pendants to go with the farmhouse theme, or you can try DIY-ing some of your own like this. Again, stick with oil-rubbed bronze and wood for anything other than recessed lighting.
5. Wire BasketsWe all need more storage, am I right? Wire baskets provide the perfect solution, and there are tons to choose from out there! Home Goods always has an awesome selection for a relatively inexpensive price tag. I store my accessories in these, use them as bathroom storage, keep my desk organized with them and even store our eggs in a wire basket!
6. Galvanized everything.Okay, maybe not everything, but it can be used all over from oversized galvanized letters to hang on the wall to pails and buckets for holding plants. For Christmas last year, I even used a galvanized tub to set our Christmas tree in instead of using a tree skirt! The metal adds another element to the mix and is reminiscent of old farmhouse equipment.
7. Neutral upholstery.these amazing sofas that are slipcovered, so you can buy them in white and bleach the slipcover if it gets stained. For a cheaper option, you can bleach dropcloths and make your own slipcover. I followed a tutorial similar to this one to make my slipcover which you can see in the Christmas tree photo above. Regardless of whether you choose to buy a sofa or make a slipcover, upholstery is another neutral canvas to be decorated around with pillows, rugs, coffee tables and pretty vignettes. It also continues that bright, open, airy feeling and provides some consistency throughout your home.
8. Grain or coffee sacks.So you might have to do a little work to find these, unless you happen to have a friend who brews their own coffee (if you missed our coffee series, visit our post on Nate's Coffee here). But there are unlimited ways to use these, and it's pretty obvious why they tie into the farmhouse style so well. They were used in agriculture, after all! My favorite way to incorporate these into your decor is to use them as fabric to upholster chair and bench seats like this. I'll be showing you how I made mine in a few weeks! These also make awesome neutral pillow covers!
9. Wood.I know this one is really obvious, but it deserves a mention. Wood is inherent to farmhouses of old, and it's still a valuable material today. Solid wood furniture is less and less common as are hardwood floors, though we still value the look of it in laminates. If you don't have hardwood floors already or are just looking for other ways to use the look in your home, there are a few things you can do. Try adding a planked top to an already existing piece of furniture or build your own (you can find my desk tutorial here). Wood brings a little bit of the outside in, and adds some warmth to an otherwise neutral palette. Also very important to note here (and this should probably have its own category), shiplap! These horizontal slats of wood, usually painted white add some texture to an otherwise blank wall and give the feeling of a log cabin. Few things are more farmhouse-esque than that! You can use wood to add board and batten to your walls as well, instead of that formal chair rail and picture frame molding. We added it in our living room following a tutorial like this one, and absolutely love the way it brightens up the space and gives it an interesting feature!
10. Distressed items.I like to call this "chippy happy". Distressed mirrors, furniture, frames, planters, wall letters... you name it, you can more than likely distress it. Old is new and is spot on for vintage charm. You can paint thrift store finds to look distressed or sand down already painted items to achieve the distressed look. This flower planter is one of my favorite distressed items. See how you can make your own here or you can buy them here.
11. Architectural salvage.
12. Magnolia wreath.
15. Oversized clocks.Last, but certainly not least, oversized wall clocks are an epic way to add farmhouse charm (and tying in a slightly more industrial feel). I made this wall clock out of an old spool, painted it white, distressed it, then purchased some house numbers from Lowes and nailed them on. Is it functional? No, but it could be! You can buy clock hands and hardware from websites like Klockit.com. I just really love the way my boxwood wreath looks on it and can't bring myself to add hardware. You can also buy these if you don't want to make your own. Hobby Lobby usually has excellent sales on their large clocks, and of course, Home Goods is always a great option. At Home has some awesome roman numeral clocks right now, too. That's it, friends! You are all set to turn your home into a farmhouse! We would love to know how you incorporate rustic style into your decor. Comment below or tag us on social media. Happy decorating!
How to Decorate a Nursery on a BudgetThanks, Amanda and Jessica, for letting me stop by and post on one of my favorite subjects -- how to decorate a nursery on a budget. I am Ashley from At Home With Ashley, and I specialize in decorating with personality for less.
Here are the top 5 elements that every nursery needs
1. An awesome statement wallA kid room is the perfect excuse to have fun and be more bold than you normally would be. For my son's room we went with a safari themed wallpaper (available here for $50) that really pulled the room together. I think spending between $50-$75 on a statement wall can give you the look you want and not break the bank. Below are some other ideas for statement walls.
2. A comfy chairThere are times to splurge and times to save and below are my guidelines on when to do each. As you can see, I think a chair is the time to splurge. A nursery really needs a comfy chair for all of the rocking and feeding done in those early months and reading books later. I like to budget $400 for a nice rocker or glider and get something that you can spend lots of time in (because believe me, you will!). If you get a neutral option, you can move the chair into a living room later and did you know that rockers can be changed into regular chairs with just switching out the legs? Knowing those things helped me feel better about my investment. I got my rocker on sale at a local store that resells Pottery Barn returns (Down East Home) and have found some great options on Wayfair as well.
3. A mobileNothing says baby room like a mobile. This is a great time to bring in a whimsical element to the room. For my son's nursery I hunted everywhere for the perfect elephant mobile to match the safari theme, but couldn't find anything! I decided to DIY my own and ended up making one out of felt that I loved for less than $5! If you would like the directions and free pattern, click here.
4. A place for booksI believe in the importance of reading even to a baby (any excuse for more snuggle time, am I right?!). When I was nesting I would head to my local thrift store and buy Golden books for $0.50. I built up a great collection, but I needed a place to put them. Ikea to the rescue! I used their $10 picture ledge option and like that the books act as art. I added a giraffe head (no longer available) and love my little reading corner.
5. Cute artI am a believer in affordable art! First of all, search Pinterest for free printables. You won't believe the variety you will find! That is where I found my "be brave" art (Be Brave). Or search Etsy for printables. I have had the best luck there and have lots of prints I love that were $1-$5! (Hip hip horray print). If you need a frame for your print, just buy one from the thrift store and paint! These frames are usually $0.50-$1.00 which is much more affordable than the usual $8-$10 from Micheal's or Ikea. When my baby was around 9 months old, we DIY'd the mint, blue and black art together. It makes me sentimental that we collaborated on a project when he was so little. I took a canvas and put blobs of paint on top and covered it with plastic wrap and let him smoosh the paint around. I loved that it was a mess free project! I then took the wrap off, let dry, and painted a quote on top (here's the full post with instructions for more details). If you guys would like more tips on how to decorate on a budget, my new book At Home for Less comes out July 15th! If you have ever wanted a beautifully decorated home, but don't know how with the budget you have, I give concrete steps, tips, and illustrated directions. It is $7.99 the first week and then goes up to $9.99. (Click here to purchase .
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.
Anna Bartlett WarnerEasily one of my daughter's favorite bedtime songs, she practically screams, "Jesus loves me!" She gets so excited when I ask what she wants to sing before we go to sleep. We do the hand motions I learned in Wee Worship back when I was a kid, and we sing it through at least twice every time. Then she laughs that contagious laugh of hers. It's one of those songs you know by heart as a kid and never leaves you. It's also one of those songs with lyrics that we take for granted because we've heard them so many times. But if we really speak the lyrics out, they take on a pretty epic truth. Jesus loves me... I know it because He told me so in the Bible. His children belong to Him. Even though we're weak, He is strong. Despite that weakness, He loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so. I've been struggling, as I know many of you have, with feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Changes happen, opportunities are presented, and I say yes because I believe it's the right direction or because it sounds like fun or because I know it matters. I'm in a season where most of these changes are good, with a couple of horribly bad ones sprinkled in, but even amidst all the good I find myself feeling out of control at times and powerless to bring things to a halt so I can get my bearings. My to do lists aren't checked off. My responses are short. I respond with, "I'm tired," many times to "How are you?" In seasons of good and bad, it's the desire of my heart to respond with joy, not anxiety. Yet, here I am struggling some days to even take the time to speak with God, much less stop and listen to what He has to say. Thankfully, the Bible tells us Jesus loves us. It also tells us so much more! In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes to the church in Corinth about God's promise to him saying, "But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" There are so many stories of weakness in the Bible to learn from. One of the most prominent to my mind is Gideon. He asked for sign after sign after sign to prove that God was truly with him. He was weak, and he admitted to being "the least in [his] family". Then there's Moses who was convinced that God didn't really want him to be the one to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt because he had a speech impediment. Story after story like these showcase people in hardship, with weaknesses, fully human and God delivering them, loving them, caring for them because they were His children. Then there's me. Weak, insecure, fearful and undeserving. And there's you, wherever you are in life. Here's the truth, friends. Jesus loves me, and Jesus loves you! No strings attached. He just does. He loves us in our brokenness and in our need for Him. He loves us when we are overwhelmed, and He wants to give us rest. He said in Matthew, "Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." I was talking with a friend yesterday about how life is overwhelming and she just felt defeated. Been there. Amen? We came away from the conversation acknowledging that we all have days, sometimes weeks and months, like that, but we have to remind ourselves that no matter what happens throughout the day, it's our response to those events that matters. Another friend of mine has determined that she'll find that happy balance between busy and rest when she gets to heaven and probably not before. I don't know about you, but I want my response to whatever my circumstances are to be joy because I know I'm loved and the rest of it doesn't matter in light of that. That's a hard place to get to, and a hard balance to strike. It's another one of those take up your cross daily struggles, but at least we know that in spite of fears, weaknesses, faults and failures, we can always come home to this truth: Jesus loves me, this I know. We'd love to pray for you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Two colors of paint (one for the walls & one for the stars)
- paint roller
- small, 1-2" paint brush
- painter's tape
- measuring tape
- star stencil
- Paint the room all one color, using the paint roller.
- Measure the accent wall and determine how many stars are needed to fill the wall.
- Stencil stars.
- Tape off stars.
- Paint the stars in your second color, using the small paint brush.
- Allow to dry overnight. (Or try removing the tape right away so that it doesn't cause the dried paint to peel away with it? The jury's still out on this one.)
- Peel back tape and enjoy the view! Touch up if needed.
Easy Crock Pot Chicken with Potatoes and Zucchini
Ingredients:1 pound of chicken tenderloins 2 sliced zucchini 3-4 medium sized potatoes, diced salt pepper olive oil water lemon juice garlic powder onion powder fresh rosemary (optional) Line the bottom of your crock pot with thawed chicken tenderloins. Add 1/2 cup of water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, salt and pepper (approximately 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper) and spread over the chicken. Add the diced potatoes and sliced zucchini on top of the chicken, drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook in the crock pot on high for 2 to 3 hours or on low for 4 to 6 hours. Serve with a sprig of fresh rosemary on top and a side of fruit, and you're all set! Bon Appétit!
Last Minute patriotic Decor
Patriotic Bottle Centerpieces
red, white and blue yarn balls
popsicle stick flags
streamer table runner
This is an amazing idea and I can’t wait to use it for all of my parties. Grab some streamers and weave them together to create a perfect table runner for your BBQ. The best part about it? If it gets ripped or ruined by the end of the night, you can just toss it!
last minute patriotic snacks
It takes more time to lick your way to the center of a tootsie pop than it does to make this centerpiece ?. It even doubles as a fun snack for your guests! A bucket, bowl, jar or vase and some red and blue lollipops and you are all set.
firecracker jell-o cups
red, white and blue strawberry shortcake dessertFacebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
DIY Repurposed Toddler Headband
What You'll Need:
- Baby Clothes
- Sewing Machine