It's been freezing cold this entire week and besides the occasional grocery store run, I have been cooped up inside the house. This has happened a lot this past winter and when it does, I usually start redecorating & rearranging around the house. I'm sure I'm not alone in that! I have a long wall that my couch rests up against and I've struggled with what I should hang there. The wall has housed old barn windows, a wooden ladder, a couple pictures but it needed something else, something "heavier" looking. I had a Pottery Barn ledge hanging over my bed for awhile, but it has since been moved to the basement. My thought was to hang it above the couch. The best part of this mantel is that I get to decorate it!
Back in January, I decorated a little blank wall in the beginning of my house. I wanted something woodsy, and borderline masculine. (This was, of course, before my spring fever kicked in later that month) The decor has since changed, but I never showed you guys some pictures of this little space.
The cubby organizer is from Ross (I got it about a little over a year ago) and it's almost a dead knock off for Pottery Barn's cubby organizer. This cubby organizer has withstood three moves so far, and it's holding up great! My cubby decor varies by season, but for this spot I embraced the rustic feel. When my husband and I are on road trips or vacation, we always try to look for a cool, unique piece that might fit well in a cubby. Here are some pictures of that little entry space. =)
It was one of those Tuesdays where I needed to put away a GOOD couple loads of laundry, and I found every sort of distraction that enabled me NOT to do it. I cleaned, organized, moved things around.... repainted my table legs. Normal, right? I didn't think I'd get this project started for another couple of weeks, but when I'm avoiding the clean laundry hampers (yes, that was plural), I will find any task that deems more important. So what if the hubby has to dig through the clean laundry hamper to find a pair of socks for work...this table HAS to be painted!! Yes, those were my thoughts exactly.
About two weeks ago, I posted my table inspiration on my blog and my theme is something I like to call "white chippy goodness." This was my first time distressing table legs, so please do not judge to harshly! . I think down the road I might distress it a tad more, but for now, I like how it looks.
I don't know why, but "nautical decor" has been on my mind ALL month! Maybe it's because I'm SO over winter, and yearning for something warmer? That might have something to do with it. A couple weekends ago, my husband and I took a drive to Cheyenne, Wyoming to hit some of my favorite stores (TJMaxx, Ross & Target) and while we were walking through Ross, I saw a set of 3 mirrors for $11 bucks! They were cute & round and reminded me of little portholes (See? Nautical....ugh...Spring I miss you!) Anyways, I had the idea of attaching rope to the top, making them look a little more decorative.
Hi All! So I posted a picture of our "new to us" dining table & chairs on my Instagram feed. If you don't follow me yet, here is my IG name: white_n_wood and get to findin' me! =) I wanted to show you what inspires me to re-do this bad boy into something that has more of my taste. The black and borderline orange stain aren't my colors, but I fell in love with these Windsor chairs and those big chunky table legs. I had to adopt them! This whole set up has "good bones,"and I am excited to see the final product.... when I finally get to it.
Below are some pictures of my "table crushes" right now. If you take a look, you'll get an idea what I am envisioning for this whole set!
This will be a quick post, but I wanted to share a couple pictures of the progress I've made with the kitchen re-do . It feels that this project has taken forever, mainly because life seems to get in the way and I only finish 3-4 cabinet doors at a time.
As much as I LOVE the Holiday season, there are just some days when I get into a funk, and am sick of the cold, dry weather or the salty, dirty snow. Today was one of those days. I know some of you might see this and think, "How the heck can you be in a funk seven days before Christmas?!" And to be honest? I don't know why, sometimes the "winter blues" just arrive like a yucky cold; You feel it coming on little by little throughout the day, and you can't do anything to shake it.
While I was on the computer, I stumbled upon this post from Country Living on my Facebook feed:
This post made me feel better because #1 the garden pictures they featured were beautiful and #2 seeing the 3,106 "likes" and 322 "shares," made me realize I wasn't the only one that could be feeling these "winter blues."
How did I get out of this funk today? Prep a tad for Spring! No, I didn't t start packing away my Christmas decor, but I did buy a couple new pillows for Spring. I went to one of my favorite sites to get pillows: H & M Home. I wanted to share the pillows I bought.
Here is a picture of my vintage sled I'm using on my front porch. As you know, this year I went natural & simple, so I hung a swag of evergreen branches, attached a bow and some large bells. Wa-La! I had this idea to find some vintage, white ice skates to incorporate in the display, but I have yet to find any for a good enough deal. I'll be on the hunt for them this next year.
I absolutely love this month because I am constantly decorating, and it makes me so darn happy! Normally, bloggers will give you a "Holiday House Tour," where they show pictures of their decorations for every room... literally their every nook and cranny... but because my kitchen is in the renovation-process, and with moving in a short time ago, I am definitely NOT prepared for you to be ALL up in my space! With that said, I will show you what I do have decorated for Christmas. =)
This year, I wanted my Christmas decorations to be simple, but my "simple" is probably not what the average person's "simple" is. Let's be real, my style of decorating is like a normal person's decorating on steroids but I can't help myself. I wanted a lot of green, silver, and rustic accents. Think: forest, pinecones. burlap, antlers, antique silver, etc. Okay, enough typing and on to the pictures!
Note** Below the pictures, I list where I bought some of the decor from, just in case you want to pick one up for yourself. =)
I apologize that I have been quite MIA this past month, I blame it on my two week trip to California and the house project we recently started. We bought our home back in August and there's a long list of things that we want to get done. One of the first big projects I wanted to tackle was the kitchen. I have always dreamt of having a white kitchen and I am excited to finally start the process of creating one!
We used Rust-Oleum's cabinet paint in the color "Linen" for this transformation. For those who are unfamiliar with Rust-Oleum, they are a company that specializes in paint and finishes for furniture (including cabinets). Rust-Oleum's process does not involve sanding, but a de-glosser coat, multiple bond coats and top coats. I have read many, many wonderful reviews about Rust-Oleum's cabinet transformations and am excited (and a tad nervous) to see the end result.
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