A common question I get asked is: "How do you decorate your console tables at home?" So I created a step-by-step tutorial on how I normally design my console table. The buffet I'm designing on today is up against a wall. **Note** The rules change a little when you decorate a console table that sits directly behind a couch, so I will do another tutorial for that in the future.
One of the best ways to create a robust display is to incorporate a lot of textures. In this display, I wanted to incorporate 1 -2 floral components (1 large and 1 small), so I collected some large branches out of my yard, and arranged them in a couple of galvanized buckets (making sure they had plenty of water).
I design my consoles in "layers," so I will do my best to describe the layers in a way that makes sense.
I want to show a simple, natural centerpiece you can create that will brighten up your living room for fall!
I collected branches that had beautiful yellow leaves out of my front yard, grabbed an old barn tray (to act as my base), a collection of pillar candles, and a bag of pinecones.
You don't have to use a tray for your base, you can also use vintage crates, shallow baskets or decorative bowls. Make sure your base is shallow, or else it will not display your candles and filler well.
I clipped off smaller branches and set them in my tray along the edges, making sure I left plenty of room in the center for my candles.
Some people think that making your own pizza might be too complicated, but it is a weekly staple in our house. I want to share with you a quick and easy way to make homemade pizzas for you and loved ones.
I have two shelves that I picked up from Home Depot® for a reasonable price, and, until I find an entertainment center I like, they act as a make shift "mantel" above my TV. Throughout the past year, I have constantly used them to display fun decor for each holiday and season. This fall, I wanted to create something that was simple and inexpensive, but still festive. In this post, I will explain how I created this display and what products I used.
In the late part of spring, I was in the market for a new coffee table. I'd been using an ottoman the past couple of years and yearned for something that was a little sturdier. I really loved the look of a Pottery Barn® farmhouse-inspired coffee table (see pic below) but that model was discontinued. Not to mention, I wanted the look of that Pottery Barn® coffee table, but to pay only a quarter of the price so I started a hunt on Craigslist.
I have a really LARGE wall space between our TV and a window in our living room. I'm not talking "5 feet long" big, it's a whopping "10 feet long" big. I have been stumped with what to do with the space because it is so large and daunting. Some people might say, "That's better than having a small wall space," but I tend to differ. Small wall spaces are fun to decorate because you are able to branch out and try something bold, and not have to worry about it taking over a room, or being too loud. Large wall spaces can be overwhelming. I love decorating challenges, but this one had stumped me for a couple months.
I had been researching ideas and racking my brain, and just had not found something until I was down in my basement looking at my collection of wall art (which I have realized is quite small) and it dawned on me... My collection was eclectic, so why not make it a gallery? I went to my "go-to" website for decor and decorating tips, good ol' Pottery Barn®, and they had a couple pictures of their "Gallery Wall," examples. (See below)
About a month ago, my husband and I attended an estate auction (shocker, right?). While looking around, we stumbled upon an old sled. I already owned one vintage sled, but it was small and in rough shape. This one was much larger, and still had remnants of the original red paint, which I loved. I ended up paying $35 for it and it sat in the garage until I had time to fix it up.
We had great weather this weekend, so I was determined to get to sled cleaned up . I wish I would have taken a "before" photo because gosh, this thing was dirty! It had years worth of dirt caked on the slats and the wood itself was dry and colorless. I had to be careful while washing it off, because I did not want to wash off any more of the red paint. After letting it dry completely, I sealed the wood with two coats of MinWax's polyurethane in Satin.
Personally, I loved how it came out! The wood has a little shine, which brought it back to life, but it still has that great vintage patina.
I plan to display this on my front porch during the wintertime and might incorporate it into something with a holiday feel. But don't worry, for those who are not ready to start thinking of the holidays, I'll only upload a couple example pictures of what I might do with it. I have to say, now that this sled is cleaned up, I can't wait until the first snow to display it on my porch! I'll post pictures when I set it up!
Here are a couple pictures of the sled after I sealed it:
Below are some examples of what I'm wanting to do.
I like the simplicity of this set up: A touch of green foliage, stark white ice skating shoes and aged wood.
This is fun because it has a festive, nostalgic feel.
There are great rustic aspects to this piece: burlap ribbon, pinecones and green foliage. I just love the white skates! I might have to look for some vintage skates before the holidays!
I found these gems at an estate auction in Colorado this past weekend!
Estate auctions are great when I want to find vintage furniture, decor, or anything eclectic. This particular auction had dozens of old tractors and trucks, so it seemed the majority of the attendees were there to bid on those specific items, and luckily for me, no one seemed interested in the luggage that was for sale. I bought an entire lot that had these two, a couple other 70's luggage pieces, and some smaller items for $7.50! Yes, $7.50!!!
They have a great look with their aged leather edges, handles and brass hardware. They look to me like they are from the 20's/30's era.. I am not sure what I plan to do with them yet, but I know these would be great for props under a side table, bench, in a corner of a bedroom or even stacked up with other vintage luggage to create a make-shift end table.
Garage sales and thrift stores are my go-to's but estate auctions are always so much fun and sometimes you can get one heck of a deal!
Originally created to hold pharmaceuticals, apothecary jars are excellent vessels to hold décor. These are, hands down, one my FAVORITE pieces to decorate with.
When buying apothecary jars for your household remember to make sure they all vary slightly by their look, you want them to have their own character. If you plan on displaying them together, I recommend buying three distinct sizes.
You can buy apothecary jars everywhere, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, TJ MAXX, Marshalls and even Ross. All prices vary, so they can be affordable on any budget. To be honest, I purchased some of my favorite ones at TJ Maxx.
Use your imagination when decorating with apothecary jars and go with what’s in season. Since we are in the Fall Season, I like using small pinecones, small ears of corn, gourds & pumpkins, wheat, bright fall leaves or corn kernels in mine. I think the mixture of textures (glass jar & nature) is wonderful!
Don’t feel like you have to go and buy new stuff, where we live is a perfect place to find fillers, especially for Fall. Go take a walk and collect brilliant red leaves, decorative twigs or pinecones. Be creative when decorating and most importantly, HAVE FUN!
A few example pictures from Pottery Barn® below:
Usually every weekend my husband and I like cooking breakfast together. I found this great, basic pancake recipe and wanted to share it with you all. Of course, I edited it to my liking so I will share my version.
Ingredients: Serves 4
1 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of nonfat milk, reduced fat milk or buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tablespoons of vegetable oil or melted butte
Maple syrup & butter for serving
Heat oven at 200 degrees.
In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
In a medium bowl add the oil & egg and whisk together. Slowly pour this mixture into the large bowl.
Mix the pancake batter together (don't worry, the batter will be lumpy, that's O.K.)
Heat your griddle or nonstick pan between medium and high heat.
Pour 1/4- 1/2 cup of the batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Let cook undisturbed until you see bubbles rise to the surface (around 30 sec-1 minute). Flip pancakes and let the other side cook for about 30 seconds.
Put cooked pancakes in small stack on either a porcelain plate or baking sheet in the oven to keep warm.
This is how my husband eats his pancakes: Peanut butter and syrup. (Personally, I think he channels his inner 7-year old every time).
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