Sunday, June 23, 2019

{ New Cozy Vintage Living Room Cabinet }

Whoa what a long productive-ish weekend. No huge projects but a good spruce up for sure!!! Sooo, new....hmmm wait hold on a minute, I'm not being quite truthful about that haha.. You see about 5.5 years ago I fell deep into the "chalk paint" craze..I mean don't get me wrong I still lovee chalk paint & it's versatility but these days I'm so busy I hardly get to paint. This piece I'm showcasing today is one of those pieces I painted & pitched in our treasure pile... I loved it, so I kept it in our lower level for the last few years! It's not perfect & the backing needs work but it fits my evolving traditional cottage garden cabin style haha!! There's been a spot in our living room that has been bugging me, because it needed a special something..Fast forward to today & I lugged that big ole corner cabinet upstairs 
a l o n e..Don't worry I'll be paying all week for that #thankstoautoimmunedisease  . Anyways before I fall asleep in bed writing this post come see this cute cozy FIRST look at this new piece....


Like I mentioned above, but my style has changed into what I really like & not what's trendy, though I've always loved  vintage & antiques!  Instead of all white or farmhouse store replicas my style is more gardeny cottage with that hint of cabin wood tones if you will. This piece entails & embraces all of those things!! The wood paneling, rustic chalk paint, scalloped detail & cottage appeal.


The little cubby box pairs lovely with our coffee table { see below } & added more charm!! 


Like many of my finds these items have meaning to me! The fishing pole was my papa's & I love the vintage detailing!!


Garden galvanized goods, greenery & wood..My style & dream living room all combined into this cozy area!! Now to find a new chandy.. The current one I love but is candle operated only.. 


I truly hope you love this space as much as we do. Those cozy oversized green check chairs, cottage fireplace & vintage touches make this space!

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Happy Monday

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

{ Stay Organized Simply..}

Organization...Not my biggest achievement but I like to think I keep things in order pretty well around here ha!!  So, a little back story.. I've always been type A. I like my things in order, answers right away & I'm not a patient person..hence the no children  yet, if ever! Anyways, with being inpatient & "Type A" I like my things to be easily accessible & look neat! This has been one of those topics I've been asked about more than once..not a million but enough, so I thought I'd do A QUICK post about it. The answer however is quite simple..


For me jotting down something is no big deal. I've been writing since I was a little girl & it's definitely a passion of mine! I take both tangible notes on paper & notes in my phone on the "Notepad". I will say, with all my pass codes, social links etc.. I write down almost everything!! I have horrible short term memory, which doesn't help either eeek!!. I use my phones notepad the most with categories I made up like..•Home, • Work, • Chores etc... I will add & then delete once I've completed that task!


Catch up day for me is Thursday! Thursday's I take the whole day to do errands, groceries, emails, Jeep maintenance, blog work & home + cleaning! I chose  Thursday long ago ,because it's near the end of the week but not Friday!! I like to have everything done before the weekend starts, so Thursday's are definitely busy around our cottage!! There's nothing more relaxing than a deep cleaned home, full fridge & fresh bedding before the weekend starts!!


Not purging of things that clutter & jumble your living/ working or both spaces  regularly only lead to negative bombarded messes!! Go through your fridge, laundry, bills etc.. GET RID OF THE J U N K!!


Make sure you're giving yourself enough time to complete task thoroughly! Nothing more frustrating than revisiting something because of errors. Stay organized, focused & set correct amounts of time to stay organized with tasks or work events or deadlines.


I know this will be the least  popular bullet point, but it's true!! I'm someone who loves routine!! I have many of them that keep me healthily moving along, even with autoimmune issues. I make sure all animals are fed before bed, kitchen is spruced up , clothes picked out { unless weekend or off day} outgoing mail is ready & the pillows are neat on the sofa. Simple routines help ease the mind & body!

I hope these 5 simple organizational tips help you. I'm easy peasy so no huge planner, guide or agenda..just simple me with simple routines. ▪︎ How do YOU stay organized?

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The BEST Fourth of July Home Decor!

Another weekend has come & gone...I don't know about you all but I still can't believe summer is here already?!! Anyways we had a super lowkey weekend at our little cottage celebrating Father's Day. We made a homemade meal & had lots of mint chocolate chip ice cream & pup time..which was fine with us! It's been cooler, rainy & just not great summer weather. I'm  however still enjoying the cooler temps ha..With that being said I still wanted to share some patriotic Fourth of July decor with you all because well it's one of my fav holiday's to decorate for other than Christmas!! I used everything I had with the exception of some thrifty new vintage treasures from a barn sale...Come see some of the new items & LOTS of 4th decor inspiration...


So like anything, I had a theme or idea of what I wanted our 4th decor to look like..without straying from my preferred cozy cottage + farmhouse style!! For this year I decided to go more vintage style with lots of warm layers & wood tones mixed with my four traditional colors.. Red, White, Blue, Green & of course rich wood pieces & chippy white.  


I used a bunch of vintage goods like this chippy rusty red & white enamel dish.. I also mixed in my vintage gold rimmed plates from my gram!!


I'm pretty much obsessed with this tablescape + centerpiece!! I kept it super simple, cozy & patriotic!! Tons of mini flags, greenery & wood cubbie I picked up at a local barn sale for a whopping $10!! 


When styling a space I love to start with one dramatic oversized piece & for that  one in this space it's our huge American flag hung on our 1940s wood barn door!! I love the ambiance, respect & how the light hits it!!


These blueberry & strawberry prints are also from a flea market sale..They were under $1 & I knew I would love them for the 4th display! The vintage wood trimmed screen behind it was a free junkin find..


This cabinet is one of my absolute favorite pieces to decorate in our dining room. I kept it super cozy with tons of old milk bottles, flags, greenery & coffee cups!! 


• HOME of the FREE because of the BRAVE•


Like a lot of things in this space, those vintage style flag mugs are also pickin' finds!! They were less than a quarter & fit soo cute on our dining room ladder display!

Now that I'm looking at these, I'm thinking they would gave looked better with a  white frame...STAY TUNED ha.


This little cottage dining room sure does give us all the cozy feels!! Simple, practical & thrifty...I hope you love it! I try to appease my style to any size or budget home!!!!

I added some apples to this wood cabinet last minute for that cozy homey kitchen feel. They're faux & probably the only thing that isn't real in this space! Everything else will stay up & is used... The coffee mugs, glass jars filled with rice & flours etc.. Right now the dining room smells of fresh baked blueberry pie, which has me dreaming of making holiday pies galore ha


Well that's our 4th of July dining room tour!! I hope you got all the cozy comfy feels taking this tour. Feel free to share. Wishing you all a WONDERFUL week ahead!! Now, I'm off to paint those prints ..or should I leave them ?


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

{ Easiest Fireplace Mantel Styling 101 }

Welcome back to TQS!! One area in our home that I always love to change out with every season, occasion or just for a fresh feel is our fireplace mantel!! Nothing screams anything cozier than a fireplace!! I always wanted one as a child & so with our homes I made it a point to have one in our condo & 2 in our house. They're not elaborate but so cottage & any home!! I get asked frequently when I share stylings of our mantels how I choose items, place them & style for an equal eye appealing look!! Well, today I'm here with the SIMPLEST FIREPLACE MANTEL STYLING 101!! Keep reading below for a few simple ways I style our fireplace  & how YOU can too...



This is the first step to decorating your mantel!! Pick a bold piece to center or " anchor" the whole mantel!! This could be a metal piece, greenery or mirror! I mean anything you would love to display or draws attention !



I like to set a background to my mantel displays! I've used large mirrors, old frames,  your TV, vintage pictures & like today a huge chalkboard!!



This is the one thing I see many forgetting to do..  its adding some height variations!! I used black candlesticks with cream planters & greenery for a height variation but just enough so everything doesn't look f l a t!



This is probably the easiest & my most favorite part - ADDING GREENERY!! You can add plants, flowers, stems etc.. it brings that natural balance & warmth!



Like the height tip above, this is something most forget I mean I did when I first started interior styling! I'm someone who craves balance but also a little asymmetry for a more cozy casual look. Being to symmetrical can lead to a too staged or formal look. I just added a hint of asymmetry with a vintage seltzer bottle on one side & a slightly lower candlestick on the other. 



This is my favorite especially for that cottage/ rustic farmhouse look!! Layering can be dine easy by adding lamps, plants, greenery, throws, pots, mini chandeliers etc..  Not cluttered but I try to cover open blank gaps! Baskets, or simple pieces help in those cases!!

Whoa that was a lot...maybe not but I'm beat y'all!! I've been at it since 6am & it's now 10pm haha. I hope this helps you decorate your mantel..& I'd love to see your space. Share it with me via my EMAIL LIST for direct free updates too.

Happy decorating!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

{ Warm + Welcoming Summer Cottage Tablescape }

What a weekend pals!! Half of mine was spent in bed, the bathtub & in agonizing back pain. For those of you that have been following for a while or heck even the last 6 month's, you'd know I've been through the ringer these last few months..physically & mentally. So as you can imagine this weekend & my back issues flaring up had me in a spiral of irritation. So, like many of times I decided to push through the pain & clean up a bit & redo our dining table with some treasures I found.   I shared a sneak peek of this look on my Instagram { if you aren't following be sure to } for instant updates..Well anyway I stopped in at our local barn sale & got all these goodies on our table minus the linens & greenery for $15!!!! Yep, you read that correctly...Thrifty cozy treasures for summer for $15 & a gorgeous tablescape...YES PLEASE!! See more below...


This barn sale was " fill a box for $5 }. I grabbed this terracotta bread hot dish holder. Coincidentally it matched my theme perfectly...


This chunky solid wood cubby was the only thing that wasn't in the $5 box. But for $10 I couldn't pass it up!! It matches sooo perfectly in our dining room & adds that summery cottage warmth. 


For height I added these glass flower stem holders , the mugs I also got at the sale & some sprigs for the green effect!! 


These vintage metal plates were also part of the sale along with these mini terracotta watering cans..I mean how CUTE?! 


These neutral pottery mugs with wheat stems & grasses were one of my most favorite finds. They're from England & are just so cozy!!


I hope you love this summer Tablescape as much as we do!!