Monday, June 20, 2016

{ Summer Decor Ideas with Tips / Tricks & MORE !! }

Happy official 1st day of summer sweet friends!!! I hope you all had a lovely weekend doing something you love or helping someone or something. With everything that's been going on in the world I've been trying to just do things I love & be around people who mean the most to me. With that being said, I know many of you have been experiencing summer for awhile, but us Michiganders have only been having "real" summer weather since about two weeks ago! With today being the first day of summer 2016, I thought I would share some simple summer decor inspiration with items ANY home can utilize! I also wanted to give a sneak into some areas in our home where I used some of these items/tips! Sit back with an ice cold coca-cola or sweet tea & join me for some quick, simple & fun summer decor!!!
Furniture
1. Lighten up your furniture! If you have dark leather add some light throws or decorative pillows! If you have a slip-covered couch or sofa lighten the print/fabric up! 

Greenery
2. Adding any sorts of greenery will help spruce & brighten up any space! I like to use a mixture of plants, flowers & other types of greenery all throughout our home! Real or faux works. I tend to use more faux from +IKEA USA  , +Hobby Lobby  or +Michaels Stores only because my green thumb isn't so green ha..yet!!!!

Candles
3. I always seem to change up our candles throughout our home to lighter & more fruity scents once the warm weather hits! I mean anything floral, fruity, or natural scented I love during the warmer months especially on a cool summer night!

Pillows
4. Pillows are that item that you can switch out with any season or holiday for cheap usually & simply! I like to add more neutral toned pillows or patriotic style during the summer months! I also tend to go with lighter {fabrics} & smaller style during the summer! Cozy on the sofa with some soft throw pillows on a summer evening..Yes Please!!!

Patriotic 
5. I'll be the first to say I keep 4th of July decor to the minimal, but I also love adding rustic/vintage patriotic stuff all around the house for the whole summer!  It adds that summer cozy charm & reminds you of those long warm summer nights with loved ones!

Basic Decor
6. Signs or lettering etc. are one of those decor items that can help bring in different seasons, holidays or even styles & summer is no exception! I'm pretty much obsessed with the "garden" one above. They're easy to DIY & bonus you can find signs like this just about anywhere. +HomeGoods  is one of my favorite chain places for them! 
Adding decor like lanterns that can be used in just about any season or occasion are another way to bring in some summer decor. Using lanterns inside or out will work for any summery space. I decided to put the pair of birdcages in place of lanterns just because these decorative cages reminded me of summer..Don't ask me why, but they did haha!

-->I've put some simple, neutral, rustic, cottage & farmhouse style summer decor together below with sources! Keep reading for some more summer spaces & ideas in our little suburban cottage!



**More ideas for summer below! Click the links for more inspiration throughout our home.


Flower boxes are that summer item for the outside that scream summer is here! We added these semi DIY ones here:Simple Summer Flower Boxes


I decided to decorate our front porch with some vintage patriotic goods for summer & 4th of July here:Our 2016 4th of July Porch!


I hope you guys have gathered tons of inspiration from this post! I wanted to incorporate some straight inspiration from a board & summery inspiration from our actual home so you guys can see & use the ideas hopefully in your own home!!! I'm wishing you all a lovely 1st day of summer & of course Monday too!

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 :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

{ Our 4th of July porch decor using all free junkin finds! }

Welcome back lovely friends!! I hope you all are having a great summer week doing what you love! Sorry about my blogging schedule being a bit off this week..I've been really tired, yet in great spirits & loving this gorgeous Michigan weather!! We've been working on a few projects, gearing up for the 4th{ more on that later} of July & just enjoying the parks & summer activities! I wanted to pop on here today & share our 4th of July porch since I don't think I've everrrr in my blogging career have decorated our little suburban cottage porch for 4th of July!!!! I mentioned in Monday's post -->Summery Cottage/Farmhouse Kitchen Inspiration that my sister & I spent all day Sunday working in the yard, tanning & decorating, and well this is what we were working on!! Almost everything in this blog post are free junkin finds with the exception of the succulent gift from my sister & some greenery/ a $5 jute rug!




I had these pots & crocks stashed in our pile in the garage & of course they were perfect for the outside area! I have used these on our 4th mantel display I think before too. They were all free finds people tossed.. The mini tan crock is vintage!



I'm going to fill you guys in on something that is a bit embarrassing..So when I started decorating this area I was searching in our garage stock pile haha & I found the first bell..then the second & finally 3rd!!! I didn't even know we had these...Truth be told though, I kind of love that I can "shop" our garage & you guys know I love old collections like this!!




Okay, onto the main focal point of this display..This hugeee - Vote Here - sign!! We've had this in the garage for literally 3 years & I always forget to use it !! This year I was determined & loveeee it! It's got so much charm & chippy-iness in the wood hence why I'm obsessed! 


The birdhouse one of us kids made when we were younger.. { we were always into crafts ha }



I really hope you guys enjoyed this festive & patriotic porch with some unusual treasures! I know we don't have a flag out, but honestly I wanted to do something a bit different..Stay tuned for some more 4th decor too ;)!


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 :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose







Sunday, June 12, 2016

{ Bright Summery Cottage & Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Ideas }

Happy Monday guys!! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the summer & had a lovely weekend!! Ours was filled with lots of sunshine, yard work, laughs & well no power for a few hours haha! Saturday I spent the day outside getting some stuff done, washing the jeep & just enjoying the 90 degree weather since Mr. Markie had to work! We also lost power Saturday night & of course made the best of it with the beautiful weather, Slurpees', junk food & lots of candles & sister time! Sunday my sister came over again & helped me with the yard, relaxed & enjoyed our Sunday all around! I've been updating our kitchen area with more summery goods & colors lately & thought I'd share some of my inspiration along with the sources. I've noticed that in the fall & winter months I tend to gear towards more greens & browns, but when summer hits I use more black mixed with crisp whites , greens & yellows..Yes, I do use color here & there in our home hahah! Come gather some inspiration to make your kitchen & dining more cozy & bright this summer! 


This is one of my most favorite summer kitchen collages! It's super simple with staple items, but also festive & bright! I think I may have to order that black rug & those plates..


I hope you all have a lovely Monday & if you could say a prayer for the victims of yesterday's tragedy that would be great. 
 
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 :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

{ Layered Summery Fireplace Mantel }

Heyyyy you guys!! I hope the week has been good to you all so far. I've been getting a bunch of stuff done around our house these last few days..I've been switching out some of the stagnant decor in each room & kind of shuffling stuff & actually loving the fresh changes for summer! My favorite switch up is coming soon on the blog, but today I thought I would share a super simple summer inspired mantel decor with  thrifty treasures & cottage accents! 

I wanted something a bit more substantial, but also just really simple & fresh decor wise ..if that makes any sense! I used an old white distressed mantel I had & layered on top the vintage fireplace box! 


All the greenery is from +IKEA USA  with the exception of the +Michaels Stores  terracotta filled pots! The lanterns & wood wick candles are both from Dollar Tree & the white candlesticks were free finds!


I love the look of the vintage books, greenery & mantel! It's simple, bold & hides wires etc..



I love the old vintage doors next to the TV! They had something to that huge wall & they're cottagey!  The crocks & books were all free finds too & I switched out that sign from the bathroom & love it here now!


I hope you guys enjoyed this super short & simple posts! Fireplaces with TV combos can be hard to decorate! This one was super simple to achieve with some book, plants & thrifty finds!

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 :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose


Monday, June 6, 2016

{ The CUTEST General Store in Michigan! }

Hey friends!! Today I'm going to be sharing one of our favorite little spots to go to when we have some down time & want some country air & cute unique farmhouse/cottage/ beachy style goodies!!! I guess I should say first this post isn't sponsored in any way { I wish because I LOVE general stores #random } haha! I snapped these photos quickly while we were visiting the Farmers' Market across the street last weekend & thought our little favorite general store needed its own blog post! We discovered this little general store a few years back while out jeeping around looking for houses out of the city { No, we still haven't found one & yes we started looking a year after our move into this house eeek}. Anyways, it's in the cutest little town of Dixboro & it the perfect mix of country / city! The store itself is filled with everything I love from greenery to old fashioned cold sodas! They specialize in custom furniture so every room is super cozy & filled with everything cottage/ farmhouse to buy & you might just want to take a nap! Mark even loves coming to this little place to sit out on the decks & walk the beautiful grounds! So sit back & join me for this little shop tour & of course if you're ever in Michigan come check out the Dixboro General Store!



I picked up the cutest runner while we were there for $6 & I'll be blogging it soon!



They have the best selection of candles!! Everything from soy to homemade & even ones that profit other organizations! 


The barn out back in the garden is the cutest little thing ever!! It's filled with everything garden & I basically wanted everything haha!



Both of us are +Coca-Cola  lovers so I had to snap a quick picture with the farmers' market in the back!


Every room has different goods & couches..Ahh so dreamy!



I hope you guys liked this little tour post! You know I love to highlight some of our favorite spots here & there, and this is definitely one of them! Have a lovely Tuesday guys!

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 :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose



{ The B E S T Neutral Style Pillows for Any Home! }

Hey guys. Thanks for dropping back in on the blog!! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We explored a ton this weekend & visited two markets!! The Vintage Keepers Market was the one that got me thinking about pillows. Seeing all the awesome makers pillows etc..I mean, I wanted one of each!! So this is going to be a pretty short straight forward type of post.. As you probably can see it's all about some simple neutral style pillow inspiration! Most of these pillows are much more than I would ever pay for pillows, but the inspiration,style & overall appeal from these ones I grouped together are great! I did give some low to very high priced styles in this collage just to show variations. Pillows are that staple item, well at least in our home that can change any style, cozy up any room or brighten any space! I love neutral cozy/comfy pillows in our home because they can be tossed anywhere & instantly lift a room. I have bought bright/bold throw pillows in the past & honestly they're sitting in our decor room..They can be much harder to work with & aren't as versatile which intern is kind of a waste of money in my opinion. Come see this simple list with sources below!

**You can find more of these style pillows at the places listed below with direct links provided!

+T.J.Maxx 
. Esty shops
+IKEA USA  
  

Let me know if you guys like these types of post & what else you would like to see here on TQS! 

Happy & Healthy Monday friends!
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 :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

{ The EASIEST Cottage Style Window Flower Boxes }

Happy Wednesday friends!! I'm so happy you're back for another simple DIY we've added to our little suburban cottage!! So a few weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram of some awesome rustic flower boxes from +The Home Depot !! I'll clue you in on a little secret of mine..I'm flower box CRAZY & have always wanted some for our home, so this spring I was determined to add some for a more cottagey look out front!! We've always hesitated about "hanging" some because of the way our window ledges are.. When I spotted the ones at Home Depot I thought we would have to drill & all that annoying stuff, but my husband had other ideas { Yay, THANKS HONEY }!! So upon looking at the ones we wanted we decided we could just fill them with dirt & a few stones for weight & place another piece of wood underneath the box to even out the otherwise uneven ledge! Mark cut two pieces of regular scrap wood & we were done #easy. I mean in all honesty it was much more simple than drilling into the window ledge/brick or using the metal hooks! Come see the rest below & how we did this for close to nothing in about 10 minutes!!!!



Here is the amazing selection Home Depot offered!! I for sure wanted to take one of each haha! Below are the ones we decided on. Simple, dark rustic wood..We got two different sizes for each of the front windows! 


WHAT WE DID

  • Cut / place your wood the length of the box under the uneven ledge/surface
  • Line the boxes with plastic or other material depending on usage { We used faux plants }
  • Fill with dirt & stones for weight
  • Add your flowers & or greenery


  

I chose some traditional white hydrangeas for a fresh look with some hanging greenery from +Hobby Lobby . I got both on sale for 50%!!

  

We have two windows out front of our home. The picture window ledge {above} is extremely uneven so placing the wood underneath the box evened it out & allowed us to set the boxes on the ledge without drilling into the frame or brick which we don't recommend!!! 

Side Note: I chose to leave the wood natural color for some added charm & contrast especially with our bamboo shades inside! I liked the natural appeal rather than painting the added pieces white. You could do either.


  

I love how fresh & simple the wood, brick & white shutters look mixed together! 
** I'll be blogging the front once the landscaping is refreshed & some of our plants have blossomed etc..


This project is definitely being added to one of our most simplest DIY projects with the most impact! I can't wait to play around with them for the seasons & holidays too. This project for both boxes with the greenery cost under $100!! What do you think of this charming new curb appeal we added to the front of our home???

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 :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose








Monday, May 30, 2016

{ DIY Simple Farmhouse Patio Table from an Old Metal Base... }

Hey guys welcome back!!! It seems like it's been forever since I talked to you guys!! I decided to take Monday off from blogging to get caught up on some projects around the house & catch some much needed sun { I'm now a tomato } haha! I hope you all had a lovely weekend filled with loved ones & remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom! This is the first Memorial Day in a while that we didn't do anything special, although this weekend was special to me!!! Last Memorial Day we spent the long weekend reminiscing at my grandmas lake home & saying our goodbyes { she moved back downstate }. This year we decided to stay home & "relax".. Ya, about that relaxing part..eeek, so Friday I was in our upstairs bathroom straightening my hair & I heard a loud crash!! I originally yelled to Mark & thought our neighbor dropped something on our fence..Nope, our GLASS patio table EXPLODED in the heat!! Everything was all over, glass in a million pieces & now nooo table- FABULOUS start to the weekend!!! That night my sister & I went out browsing & picking out new patio paint etc.., but naturally I despised all the generic/expensive tables!! Saturday my husband woke me up & said come out to the patio I have something I'm making you..HE WAS MAKING A NEW FARMHOUSE TABLE FOR US!!! I seriously got so giddy & that's where we spent ALL Saturday/Sunday!!! We painted the whole patio a fresh light grey/white, built the table & refreshed the decor/ washed everything in sight!! I'm not going to lie, I almost passed out a couple of time painting in the 90 degree weather for 5 hours, but it was soo worth it!!! I'll be blogging the whole space soon..but for now here is the table that was  F R E E to make!! Come read how we made it using 4 simple things...

S U P P L I E S

  • Drill
  • Free wood planks
  • Screws
  • Stain { If desired }
  • Saw { if needed }


The wood was free from a friend! We simply washed it with some soap & water, arranged the planks & began screwing the planks into the original metal base! After the table exploded, I knew I wanted to keep the base, but wasn't sure it would work..My husband assured me it would be simple & he was right!! You all know I try to keep it as practical as possible here on TQS, so I will say this project is a 2 person DIY! I only say this because the original metal base lip where you're screwing the wood into is extremely thin & you need two sets of eyes!!


H o w To

  • Wash the wood
  • Arrange the planks { cut/trim to size if needed }
  • Have one person looking from the bottom & the other screwing the nails in
  • Cut a hole for the umbrella base if needed
  • Stain, paint or distress if you want { I'll be sharing more soon on what we chose to do.. }
  • Enjoy


This wood was free & isn't perfect, but I love the charm in the planks. I will be sharing the finished project, new cushions & what treatment I used soon on the blog. This project was literally free & took about 30 minutes! 



If we're being completely honest I just through some cute decor on the table, a tea towel & snapped a few quick pictures before our dinner tonight. Again, this area isn't completed, but sooo much more fresher & functional without the glass top. 


We spaced the screws about 2 inches apart & made a "circle" around the table for a more uniformed look! Since we did use the old base it was kind of hard to perfectly space the screws. The original base was more round & the lip was extremely narrow to work with! Even if you do mess up & re drill, it's nothing a bit of stain, paint or sandpaper can't fix! 

Side Note: We did add about 2.5-3 inches bigger to the table than the original glass top was. I also love the rectangle look better than the original rounded rectangle look. 


Sneak peek of the refreshed space..I'll be completing this area soon & sharing!


I hope you guys got some great ideas & inspiration from this post!! I mean even if you don't have free wood, the project itself is soo thrifty & simple for the most part! We added room, charm & saved a ton DIY'ing this farmhouse table!! When life gives you lemons, make a farmhouse table hahaha! 

Happy & Healthy week y'all!!

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 :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose