Thursday, April 30, 2020

{ DIY Sanatizing Spray }

Today April 30th 2020 we lost my grandma.  The nicest, calmest tea & cooking loving lady.  I will miss her very much.
I wanted to share a post that mostly  everyone can use especially in the times of Covid19 & germ/ health awareness! I bought a few bottles of over 70% alcohol sanitizer, well the smell just wasn't great {obviously} . I mean again, not a huge problem,  but definitely easy to fix!! I did a little research to see what I had & what was able to mix with it to offset the potent  sterile alcohol smell. 
One of my go-to favorite natural scents is almond!! I just love it, and I happened to have leftover Almond Extract right in my pantry!!! Come see how to easily MAKE IT...


Disclaimer 
•*I'm in no way a doctor. If you're allergic to any ingredients do not use. Always check  with your health-care provider.


SUPPLIES

  • Alcohol *60% or more per CDC guidelines { sanitizer }
  • Spray bottle
  • Almond extract
  • Straw/ stir stick



DIRECTIONS

This full bottle of alcohol spray is 240mL , I used about 90mL. I mixed close to 55mL to the almond! You could use a bit more if need be. 
Side Note: There will be a slight alcohol smell still!

 

I love that you can take an everyday item & still be able to find it easily during this Covid19 crisis! Simple 2 ingredients,  preparation & readiness! I did use vanilla, because although I LOVE  vanilla it's dark & with almond you can spray it nearly everywhere! I love that it's a spray too instead  of messy wipes with limited cleaning surface abilities!!

 

•• be cautious around animals, although research suggests it's fine for cats/ dogs. 

 

I hope you liked this simple diy post for the hard times we're all facing!! We can fight this together helping each other & being kind plus aware.  I can't wait for you to try this!

HAPPY Thursday!
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Monday, April 27, 2020

{ DIY Kitchen Window Wallpaper }

 About two years ago we did a little DIY that took an hour & under $50! That little diy was just supposed to be temporary,  but I grew to love it so much & quickly became one of my biggest hit posts with thousands of views & pins! I was looking for a backsplash, but couldn't find anything cozy or that wasn't already showcased a million times! Although I love subway & shiplap it was just too mainstream & I wanted something a bit cozier! While strolling at Target I spotted some fresh thick neutral fern wallpaper from the Hearth & Hand line..I grabbed a roll & well it's simply my favorite! After almost two years I finally finished around our kitchen window & painted the light black! Knowing me you know I had to style for spring/ summer too! Come see this fresh spring window below....


This is kind of a "two in one" type of post! I've been doing little updates around the house & painting this light black was on my list! Simple 10 minutes  & it added so much charm & impact! The silver was outdated,  drab & wasn't as bold!
• Original post HERE

 

Of course after painting,  finishing wallpaper around the window I HAD to clean & decorate! I wanted fresh whimsy garden decor,  so lavender & greens it was!


 

Adding the finishing wallpaper around the window added so much charm & appeal! The flowy white curtains,  black cottage clips & faux fresh lavender flowers finished this space!


 

I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit with color, but ended up loving it & also ended up cleaning out the dining room & splashed it with lavender as well! 


What do you think about this fern wallpaper backsplash? Do you have a backsplash in your kitchen or a favorite style?

HAPPY Monday!
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

{ BEST Spring Decor Inspiration }

Many of the times I share photos from the latest blog post, topic or upcoming photos to blog posts! I was going through my camera roll & started to think about all the times I shared pictures via social media but didn't make a whole blog post out of them. I chose a few photos these last few weeks for spring that I'm showcasing  today! They're full of different ideas for spring & my hope is you gather & grab ideas for your home!


 

FAVORITE SPRING ITEMS:

  • BASKETS
  • GREENERY 
  • PATTERNS
  • RUSTIC SIGNS
  • WOOD/ GALVANIZED 
  • BURLAP
  • MASON JARS
  • DISHWARE 
  • HERB DECOR/ PRINTS
  • LAMPS
  • CHIPPY FURNITURE 



 

Most of these photos were featured on other social media  outlets like Instagram,  Facebook,  Pinterest { follow me for fast direct updates}! I wanted to share them here on the blog because each of them detail a different space in our cottage & essentially all spring inspired! 



 

I hope you gathered & grabbed at least a few ideas from at least one of these photos! Let me know in the comments which was your favorite or what you got inspired by the most! 

HAPPY Thursday!
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Monday, April 20, 2020

{ Country Spring Porch }

Some days are better than others. Today was beautiful but hard. I did get a minute to go outside & enjoy the warmth of the spring sun & snap a few photos on my phone! I always like to have a fresh post out for Monday..Although admittedly today's post I almost didn't "publish" because, well phone pics &  I realized once I had taken them I left the front door open..BUT today's post is real + raw , so I wanted to share our little country spring porch look anyway!!!

 

I kept  it super simple with the most rustic items I could find because our spring has been ROUGH! Rough meaning both weather & worldly. Our Michigan weather has been on & off cold, hail, snow,  sun REPEAT!! Worldly because with the Covid19 lockdown it's hard to get out & about to buy new items!


The star of this little country porch are these white bushel of flowers & this textured vintage wicker basket!



The boxwood tree is from IKEA 
It was purchased a few years back, but I did just check & they have something similar to this! The white flowers are from Michaels

 

The small watering can is my favorite.  It's new from my grams' vintage pile  so I had to use it! That gave me the idea for the other collected galvanized cans I had!


 

The boxwood tree & wreath added some minimal green & tied in well together,  so I popped these out here too. I usually have a sitting area or bench our here but honestly just wanted to keep it clean & simple. I'll share the back patio soon!!

I hope you didn't mind this impromptu post with it's flaws! It's still cute, cozy & fresh for spring..small wins!!!

HAPPY Monday!
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Friday, April 17, 2020

{ Spring Sofa Table }

One piece of furniture that I've neglected lately but love to refresh is this free sofa table I painted last year! We had it downstairs in the living room for years & I never painted it or styled until last year! • See original post HERE
It needed a refresh, until I can replace this piece with a new piece after the new sofas are chosen or maybe even  moving { update on house search soon}! Until then I wanted to give it a refresh!
Come see more ideas & decor below:

 

This is the first space you see upon stepping up from the entrance! I wanted it welcoming, cozy & warm! I used a ton of texture, chunky wood cubbies & of course mixed in greenery & vintage decor!


 

This sofa console table is pretty large , so I was able to get away with using quite of bit of decor! I removed the big basket of shoes & put them in the mini mudroom & used some warm rustic wood crates below! The mantel is full of brass, so I coordinates the planters with the fireplace mantel.. { see last post }




This space hasn't been this cozy since Christmas!! I love turning on the cute lamps at night..extra cozy + comfy! I've been asked what we keep in that white fireplace box & wood cubby..The wood cubby is empty & the white fireplace box stores all my tools, batteries, chalk,  pens, matches etc.. 


I hope you loved this " shop the home " spruce up! Do you have a sofa or console table in your home? Share with me, I'd love to see!!!!

HAPPY Friday!
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

{ Lakehouse Cottage Mantel }

Hey pals!! I hope you all are staying safe as well as your loved ones!  I mentioned in yesterday's post that I literally haven't bought anything in forever since this Covid19....Well, that's true, but I forgot I had bought this cottage artwork months ago for summer & because it has so much meaning to me! One of my most ,if not favorite places to rewind,  explore & take in Pure Michigan would be our cottage! It's near Point Betsie Lighhouse & it's just so whimsical & magical!!! I spotted this artwork at HomeGoods & of course it had to come home with me! I was going to wait to post this, but with everything going on in the world right now and seeing how it snowed today,  I needed the pep up! Come see this cottage mantel below...


I mean this art speaks for itself,  but just look at the detail & cozy warm cottage days! 
• You can see what this magical place looks like in real life HERE





I love the Lakehouse vibe going on in here! It's the perfect mix of cottage lakehouse cozy! The green check chairs, vintage fishing pole & license plate { they were my late grandpa's} & the bright greenery with pops of brass! 

 

One of my favorite vintage pieces ❤! I love the amber brown glass masons too. I swagged the tiniest rope light on the mantel, for that whimsical lighthouse feel. I'll post a picture on my Instagram soon of it at night  so be sure to follow me! { All media handles on right sidebar of blog }





 

The white & blue stripe lumbar pillows added more blue without being intoxicating, because I still love my neutrals! I hope you loved this post, it's got me craving our cottage & lake days!
• What's your favorite place to be, you know other than home??

HAPPY Thursday!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

{ Best Crate Spring Centerpiece }

My blogs branded ALL about doable cozy decor that the average everyday person can achieve in their home! Today I have the easiest & coziest vintage inspired centerpiece ANYONE can do in no time! My gram had got this crate for me a few weeks ago & I kind of just left it off to the side until today! I refreshed the whole house nearly & the dining room was the first! I took down what little Easter decor I had & brought this huge wood crate inside! Keep reading below to see this 10 minute spring centerpiece!

 

This crate was just a simple wood industrial storage crate.  I can't remember what the paper said stapled on the sides, but I just tore them off. 

 

I added the towel,  cakestand & sprigs of flowers & done!! This whole centerpiece was under $20 & about 10 minutes to assemble!


 

I love the rich rustic wood tone but I wanted to add some custom charm to the front of the crate, so I nailed this garden sign I had!!


 

What do you think of this simple wood crate centerpiece? Have you used thrifty crates in your decor before?


HAPPY Wednesday 
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

{ Cozy Cottage Easter Tablescape }

I wanted to quickly come on here & share some awesome news that I received via email upon waking this morning...but then something hit me- GUILT! I felt guilty for being so excited about something business { blog}wise when the world is crumbling from every angle & people are losing their precious lives! So, then I turned to what I know best, BLOGGING & being CREATIVE! I haven't always blogged a lot about Easter, but today I got creative & blogged TWO  centerpieces & they're both super simple & cozy!! Keeping reading below for both ideas!


FIRST IDEA:
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I mentioned via my Instagram story today I had these mini faux carrots from my gram & some treasures I wanted to use! I used mostly stuff I had on hand & used pops of Buffalo check print & greenery..sorry no bunnies!



Carrots,  vintage crocks,  ivy greenery & pops of every kitchen goodies!

 

I placed some of the larger carrots on the cakestand crock & placed the mini ones throughout the garland... Literally the coziest most simple idea for Easter.




You can see I changed out the cutting board on the corner cabinet for the vintage basket, but I wanted to share this angle too.

SECOND IDEA:
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Okay, this has to be my favorite items from this post!! I was on a creative/ cleaning spree today & came about our recipe/ cookbook cabinet & found these vintage Hunts tab recipe cards! They had the coziest hearty comfort food recipes  including some Easter dishes! I just displayed them by laying them around on the cakestand  & some on the table..



I have about 50 of these & I'll cherish these forever!  They're so unique & I'm not sure why, but I love them ha.


They added a touch of color, vintage charm,  boldness & fun to this Easter centerpiece! Whoever doesn't love some good comfort food recipes?!


Which centerpiece was your favorite 1 or 2? Do you decorate for Easter? Let me know in the comments! I hope you have a lovely rest of the week!

HAPPY Thursday!
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