Monday, January 13, 2020

{ Fresh Winter Kitchen Window }

 After a comfy icy weekend inside,  it was definitely a rough start to the week. Some people just aren't nice..but back to this weekend for a minute! I decided to put many of our small appliances away from being on the countertops for a few reasons..First one being we aren't die hard coffee drinkers..shocker, gasp, OMG , but we just aren't.  We occasionally like a hit Keurig latte, cappuccino or Mark likes a regular coffee..So I out it away in our built in appliances cabinet above the pantry { I showed it in my IG stories }. Secondly,  there was just too much stuff on our counters & it wasn't appealing ha. Come on now, you guys know by now us "bloggers" do anything for the decor appeal or "shot" haha. Today I'm on here to show your our fresh winter kitchen window area..

 
Essentials:
.Soaps
.Caddy
.Brushes
.Sprays 


  

I wanted to try the new Mrs Meyers scent, so I picked these light blue packaged ones up, which was perfect for wintertime! I had an old blue pot I stuck a scrubby brush in & added some cypress to vintage milk bottles! The fresh dish towels add coziness & functionality !


Our kitchen isn't huge, but we do have tons of storage & two built -in pantries! I moved nearly everything off the sink area including small appliances,  but decided to keep this vintage white cabinet that holds teas, sugar, Kcups etc..

 

I love these cypress branches which add that bit of freshness even in the dead of our Michigan winter! 

DIY KITCHEN BACKSPLASHHERE


  
I kept the lamp because It's useful for us + I find something sooo cozy about a lamp on the counter, not to mention in draws the dining space in with the matching chandelier shade! 

 



Do you have your appliances all out on the counters or are they stored in a separate area? I hope you find this refreshing!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

{ Rustic Winter Basement }

You know those spaces that aren't exactly how you want them to be or you just cant get right, but you still use & love them a lot...Yep, that's our lower level!! We use it when we host, have company,  casual gatherings or just when Mark & I have movie night etc.. Oddly enough we use it WAY more in winter, so I thought it was about time I showed how it looked all comfy & rustic for winter!! Come see the whole space below...

 

After Christmas I wanted to keep it extra fresh & comfy, so I used a bunch of rich woods, & cypress branches! I kept a lot of textured baskets , woods, green candles & pine tree accents!

 

This coffee table we had upstairs,  but moved it down to this bigger space & it was a perfect fit! Rustic, cottagey cabin & big for when we have company over!!

 

I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like before I even got the Christmas down the day after Christmas..I wanted a winter themed Irish pub feel..if that makes sense! Lots of green, wood tones & hints of burgundy...Yup, burgundy!  I bought this new burgundy rug to layer for Christmas & figured after I'd just roll it up & store or donate! Well  after seeing it in the space I loved it especially with the rustic pub moose decor! Warm comfy winter cabin perfection.

 

This space needs a lot of work, well in our opinion... Fresh ceiling  paint ,carpet, wall treatment, chandy etc.. but since we're back house hunting {who knew trying to find a sprawling suburban farm ranch would be so hard..I KID! } we aren't sure if we will. For now we love it!


We picked this up at an antique mall many years back when Mark was collecting antique pub collections..This is one of the pieces we couldn't part with! The plaque pulls the burgundy from the red & rustic moose decor in nicely to the space!


 

I added a textured basket with chunky green candles, a vintage wood basketball game { so fun with company} & this mini red keg on the mantel!


I know I'll get questions about this piece.. it's gun shells mounted on a wood mooses antlers..I love the rustic coziness with the throws! 
• I just remember I forgot a piece for  this space before I photographed...Ahhh typical Paige!


 

Do you have a basement or lower level you use a lot in the winter? Something so cozy about this comfy lower level entertainment space..Never thought I'd use some of these elements like the burgundy but that's why design & blogging are so creative + fun!

HAPPY Monday!
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

{ 6 Simple ways to Style a Shelf }

Hey, pals happy FRIDAY!! It's been super cold here in Michigan like bone chilling cold + windy...needless to say our front porch is still decorated for Christmas...not full on Christmas but Christmas haha! I've mentioned this before but I loveeee the cold! I refer to myself as an " old Clydesdale " haha..no joke! Well, point being I would've just braved the cold, but since this vertigo I can't take the cold whipping in my ears..Oh the joys of aging ha! So, I decided the clean & restyle my favorite thrifty cabinet that has gained a bunch of attention over the past few years...Honestly I understand why too. It's the most epic comfy cottage piece with the french wood window grids & chippy white paint! I had it styled for Christmas but after Christmas it needed a nice wipe down & fresh decor redo...while doing it I decided it needed it's own blog post & share my SIMPLE SHELF STYLING TIPS with you my pals...


 
1. Size

Start by putting your larger focal point pieces in first.  After you put the larger pieces in like leaning artwork as a back drop or a big planter, then fill in the smaller spots with trinkets etc..

 
2. Height

Height is a big one for shelf styling! You don't want everything the same height, because it can look boring,  too perfect & not cozy +fun! For height you can add books, large art work etc.. here I used books horizontally to stack wood candlesticks on!

 
3. Storage

When styling a shelf if you have unsightly things you want to hide use baskets like I did above!! They add texture, boldness & the obvious storage!


4. Heaviness 

Start with the heavy bigger things on the bottom shelf & work your way upward.  This is just more eye appealing.  If you need to close the doors & step back, see if it's proportional.
• I used the above photo because the top shelf was too heavy & not appealing...aka redo ha.

 

5. Proportion

When styling I tend to start with the larger items on the right & smaller on the left..it's  just more appealing again. 

 

6. Decor

Use items that you love & not because they match or look good together! If you don't love it, don't display it. Your shelves should represent YOU! I love sharing my collections I've collected over the years.  The biggest advice in the decor area is add greenery, texture & warmth..example blankets, faux plants wood pieces etc..

 

I hope you loved this simple 6 step / tip shelf styling process!! Play around,  showcase & love your space & style!!

Happy Friday!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Paige.Rose

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

{ Simplistic Farmhouse Style Living Room }

So, as I mentioned before I like to simplify after the holidays & try new looks for the new year..Lately I've been drawn to the vintage old fashioned super minimalist or basic farmhouse look! I cleared a bunch of stuff out & today I'm super excited to share what our living room looks like! I'm not going to lie, compared to my normal comfy cottagey looks with layers it does seem bare, but in the most refreshing way. It reminds me of an old farmhouse with just the basic goods for every day life, not as decor but as a necessity of life. Anyways come take a peek at this comfy basic old farmhouse style look..

 

I kept the mantel super simple. I love how farmy/ simplistic it looks. With the wood cubby, galvanized candle boxes & mirror..It's all so simple but charming!!

 

•Fun Fact: I've NEVER in the 6 years we've had this vintage green metal candelabra have used it. SO, new year, new decor ha! It fits perfectly in front of the fireplace & the chunky simple white candles add simplicity & warmth!


The brown rug with the green check oversized chairs pair nicely! Sometimes you think something going to clash but actually they play off each other...it's taken me a long time to get that. Don't always matchy match everything...Try mixing patterns!!



 

This might be our most simple fireplace mantel yet..The warmth of the wood cubby is a nice focal point!



 

I was thinking about paining the little cubby side table, but again like above I actually like the contrast with the other goods in this space...at least for now ha! Check back in a few days & I'm sure it'll be painted!..

 

Side Note: can you tell I love these tin houses hahaha, they've been all over our little cottage!


 

What do you think of this simple farmhouse style living room refresh? Do you like the simple basic goods displayed? Or do you like more cottage style with lots of goods & layers?


Happy Wednesday!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Sunday, January 5, 2020

{ Winter Dining Room Decor }

I've mentioned this before, but January just isn't my favorite AT ALL! It's always hard in every aspect after the holidays it seems..{ at least for me}. I haven't been doing much around the house other than what I did right after Christmas decor take down on December 26th. Otherwise it's been the same!! It's such a transition time, so I take it slow after the holidays..Today I had some down time, actually a whole day of sofa surfing & reflection.  I have so many projects I want to tackle until we find a house { update on that soon}. I mean who knew I'd be so hard to find a semi city mini farm...LOL! I kid!! Anyways come see a cute little winter spot in our kitchen!

 

Winter Dining Room TWO ways...

I decided to dress this little spot up in the dining area for two reasons...1- it's the only semi styled & staged area & 2- I found this cute after Christmas ski sign for $1.99 at Walmart. I love the simple winter coziness paired with the eucalyptus stems, galvanized houses & textured baskets!

 



 

This huge metal french country chippy bucket is my favorite right now!! It adds height, charm & holds these long eucalyptus stems!!





For some reason my go to colors for after Christmas have been tons of greys, sage greens & just creams..I've also mixed in blacks..which is out of my norm. I usually go greens, blues, lots of ticking stripe etc.  Loving the fresher more bold but simple looks..I hope you liked this quick.winter post...Now I have to ask? 
• How do you decorate after Christmas? I have to know!!



Happy Monday!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

{ Best Winter Decor Guide }

Welcome back to TQS! I took a little break after Christmas, which was good for the soul! I blog usually 4 days a week & a comfy break was nice! However,  today I'm back to show a simple winter decor guide around our little cottage home!! I took down our Christmas decor December 26th & I really don't remember doing it or how fast it went haha.. I literally had it all organized,  binned & put into our Christmas closet in 4 hours, which usually takes me longer due to health issues. I'm not complaining though, because it was quick, painless & New Year's is fresh & clean. Truth be told I hate when Christmas is over with...so I just remove everything asap!  To keep things comfy I still like to add some winter goods... Come see more below!

 

WINTER COLORS:
  • Dark rustic greens
  • Grays
  • Whites / creams
  • Rich woods
  • Galvanized 
  • Light safe greens

  

Another example of texture from the vintage hamper, that rustic green color, some cypress greenery & voila winter charm!


WINTER GREENERY:
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Wispy Pine 
  • Holly
  • Cypress
  • Cedar 
  • Evergreen 



 

WINTER TEXTURE:

  • Woods
  • Wool
  • Baskets
  • Fabrics
  • Rugs
  • Vintage items

 

You can see in this photo I used everything explained in the above topics.. I placed some long springs of eucalyptus in a rustic cream container perched on a warm wood bench.. See, you get the greenery, cream color, texture/ warmth of the wood & for added depth a gray +white patterned pillow! So simple but very wintery with charm! 

 

NATURAL WINTER SCENTS:

  • Orange
  • Cinnamon 
  • Clove
  • Mint
  • Vanilla 
  • Apple

I love using natural scents after the holiday! Holiday & winter scents are my favorite as I'm not much into spring or floral/ masculine scents.  Adding some natural mint, cinnamon stick bundles or drops of vanilla can add that comfy refreshing feel without being overpowering or too holiday-ish. I left some extra cinnamon sticks out on the table { above}  for that warm spice scent!!

 

What do you think of this winter decor guide? I hope it was fun to see but more informational + helpful to you too!! Do you do / use any of these tips above in your home after Christmas?

Happy Wednesday!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Paige.Rose