Wednesday, July 13, 2016

{ Adding Farmhouse Charm to ANY Fireplace! }

Hey guys!!!! Whoa today was a back snapping on my feet until 10pm type of day & you know what I LOVE it!! I love days where I'm non-stop in our little suburban cottage getting stuff done! I was all over the spectrum today from blogging to washing rugs outside..Yup, I'm that neighbor with my country blasting washing my rug on the fence line hahaha...eeek! Anyways since this little summer living room decor & furniture makeover we've been doing { Blog post COMING SOON } I decided to switch up our little electric fireplace mantel & it hit me I never blogged about what I add to make it that cozy farmhouse style! Truth be told I have a little obsession with fireplaces, but I'm not into modern rock ones or huge elaborate kinds for some reason..Maybe that's why I love our quaint & cozy little one, because it looks so cottagey?! Today I'm sharing the items I mostly add to achieve that charming comfy look! 
C H I P P Y  P I E C E S

The first thing I go looking for to add to the sides of the fireplace are cute little chippy accent pieces! Any type of old chippy stool, ladders, corbels etc.. serve as great fillers & add that cottage/ farmhouse look! I also like layering the top of our little fireplace so I added this chippy "fireplace box " on top of the mantel!


Both the chippy green stool & fireplace box were free junkin finds!


Side Note: Using vintage chippy pieces can be lead based. Test pieces before using.

B A S K E T S

Baskets are that staple item in the farmhouse/ cottage decor department! They add cozy inviting storage with lots of texture & bonus they're easy to find & even thrifty! I love setting them on the chippy stools to offset one side of the fireplace! 


P I L L O W S

I love using pillows to add that laid back comfy feel. They help add that intimate feel & balance out  all the wood, and solid pieces! They're thrifty & can be switched out effortlessly with the seasons! I particularity like to use neutral style pillows with wording & fabrics with more textures { grain sacks, burlap etc..}! The pillows pictured below are from +IKEA USA  & +Pottery Barn



M E T A L & W O O D

Using old metal & wood pieces are great because they add that neutral look, but also that classic vintage style that farmhouses offer! I used some old table legs from one of our many kitchen tables. I loved the wood work & they're great statement/ filler pieces! I also pop in little galvanized decor here & there to offset the dark wood. You can get many of these faux farmhouse & cottage goods here:Ikea Farmhouse & Cottage Decor .




G R E E N E R Y & T E R R A C O T T A

Obviously by now you guys know I love using greenery of any sorts to just about ever inch our our little suburban cottage..With that being said, I also love using terracotta to add that garden farmhouse mix! Again, they're neutral, cheap & versatile! You can see below I just added some greenery & flowers to a $1 flower pot from Dollar Tree. The wood slices & table legs were all free finds!





W I R E & GLASS 

Wire baskets & storage are used in just about any farmhouse. They add texture & personally I just like the look of an old vintage wire basket! As for glass I mean can you go wrong with mason jars, glass pitchers etc? I use masons in just about everywhere in our house & the fireplace is no exception. You can grab a pack of 10 for around $8 +Target ! Super cheap & they can be used for anything including decor!!! I used an old chippy wood wire basket & flipped it upside down & filled it with some mason jars..easy peasy!






C R O C K S

Ahh crocks that item that is the most sought after in this farmhouse style decor! I love using them for greenery potting, storage & well everything because they're sturdy & durable. I will say they're pretty easy to find at antique/ vintage shops, but you will pay for them...We have been fortunate to find over 10 free ones people pitched! The ones with the stamped "crowns" are indication of them being older & usually authentic! You can buy faux vintage crocks online at various stores with a quick google search!


V I N T A G E  B O O K S

Here is another obsession of mine..vintage books!!! Now I'll be the first to say, but I'm not an avid reader per say, but I sure to love opening a vintage book & reading the old material, illustrations & I'm obsessed with the old covers. You can use books for fillers, color & so much more. 




I hope this simple farmhouse guide helped you in some way to create a cozier fireplace & mantel. These basic items can add so much warmth in many different ways! What do you guys like decorating  your fireplaces with? I'm always looking for new ideas, leave them below in the comments :)! 

Wishing you all a happy & healthy Wednesday!! 



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Monday, July 11, 2016

{ IKEA Guide to Farmhouse & Cottage Decor on the Cheap! }

Hey everyone thanks for popping back in on my little blog! So we've had a lot going on in our little world & of course everything going on in the world period..Saturday night I decided I needed to get ready { rare occasion for me haha } & go out with a friend for some chocolate shakes & a little shopping. We decided to meet at +IKEA USA  & browse some stuff I was looking for to add to the 3 projects I have going on in our little suburban cottage! It dawned on me while walking around Ikea that I never did a post on the farmhouse & cottage decor they offer & on the cheap compared to other stores & even some thrift shops etc.. Yes, they're not antique or vintage, but they're half the price & are super cute!!! I searched Pinterest { I do this before I come up with a posts to make sure it's not mass blogged already ;) } & to my surprise I only seen a few posts about Ikea goods etc.. This was kind of shocking seeing as Ikea is one of the biggest sources for cozy farmhouse & cottage goods in the blogging world. So today I'm here to share some items with you guys from Ikea & bonus they're all practical, inexpensive & easily accessed in the store or online! 

** Link at the very bottom to shop these goods!


1. Farmhouse Check / Ticking Stripe Bedding



2. Faux Greenery Plants


3.  Candles



4. Galvanized Watering Can




5. Glass Curtain Rod Finials



6.  Milk Can Vases


7.  Rustic Hamper
  


8. Farmhouse Stool



9. Farmhouse Style Clock


10. Cottage & Farmhouse Throws



11. Cottage Plant Pots



12. Classic Farmhouse Tablecloth



13.  Metal Lanterns



14.  Neutral Rugs


15.  Glass Jars / Vase


16. Vintage Style Tool Box



17.  Farmhouse Tea / Dish Towels


18.  Bedding


19.  Storage Baskets


 I hope this little guide helps you guys that are looking for these types of items! You can shop these items by visiting this link --> http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ 

I wishing you all a happy & healthy week!! Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a fun new piece we added to our little suburban cottage!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

{ Our Pure Michigan Vacation Scenery / Guide! }

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I'm sharing some of our shots from this past holiday weekend & a little scenic tour guide to some fabulous spots here in Northern Michigan!! I'm sorry I don't have any home decor related posts up this week as we have about 3 different projects going on & it's been busy around here eeek! I should have the blog filled for next week though so no worries! Today is all about our great state of Michigan & some gorgeous pictures I snapped from the weekend! I'll be honest Northern Michigan is one of the most soothing spots to travel, but I can't picture myself living there all year long! I'll be doing little briefs below if you're interested in visiting some of Northern Michigan in the future etc..



C R Y S T A L  L A K E

Crystal Lake is one of those hidden gems that once you take a peek you're hooked! We stumbled upon this little spot while driving around Frankfort & we're so glad we did! I would compare it to Torch Lake { located 1.5 hours North } , but even better than Torch Lake actually! I know that's a big statement considering Torch Lake is voted #3 in the world by National Geographic. The water literally was like the ocean..Pure sand, little to no fish, no seaweed & really refreshing { about 68-71 degrees }! We loved that it was a swimming beach & you could wade out a long distance & still see the crystal clear water even up to around 20ft!!


I wish I could have gotten a picture while out on the sunning deck! The view was absolutely breathtaking!!!! The lake overlooks the pure Michigan mountains & gorgeous craftsman cottages. P.S My husband & I may have swam all the way out & jumped into 20ft water off of the sun deck..very exhilarating for me haha ;)!




L A K E  M I C H I G A N

Lake Michigan is almost a given in our state! We visited Lake Michigan 2 years back while we were staying on Torch Lake at a B &B, and were kind of disappointed! This year we visited a few locations & the water was absolutely stunning! I would recommend Frankfort beaches for the best view & more of a quaint feeling if you want to avoid the mass crowds, but still enjoy the beaches, blue waters & mountain/dune views!



B E T S I E  L I G H T H O U S E

Out of all the pictures I've ever taken the Betsie Lighthouse has to be my most favorite scenic pictures! Seriously I was just randomly shooting while my husband & sister were exploring higher grounds { I'm afraid of heights } & when I got back to our cottage to go through the pictures from that day I literally thought it was something I screenshot & forgot about.. It's the most quaint beach & lighthouse with a cute little sandy beach opening leading to the beautiful Lake Michigan. This lighthouse beach isn't for swimming as it's super choppy, deep & rocky, but literally out of a magazine in every other way.







F R A N K F O R T

Frankfort was about 15 miles from our little place in Mesick & it's adorable! It's a little beach town that offers sandy beaches overlooking dunes & mountains, cute shopping, coast guard, art gallery on the water, piers & the cutest homes!!! This may be my new favorite place in northern Michigan!







I really hope you guys liked this little mini guide to some awesome spots in northern Michigan! So many fun & quaint spots to explore & take in! Go visit some of these scenic locations, I promise you'll love them! Until next time northern Michigan.. :)!

Side Note: These last few pictures were of some tree farms down the street in Mesick from our place. I'm sure you all know by now that I'm Christmas Tree obsessed, so of course I had to get some pictures as the sun was going down! 



It just wouldn't be a downright country adventure without the good ole +Jeep  AKA "White Wonder" hehe !


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

{ Masculine Office / Den Inspiration Board }

Hey sweet friends!! I hope you all had a lovely longgg holiday weekend! Mark, my sister & I + the dogs were all in northern Michigan for the whole weekend & I pretty much fell in love with our state all over again! We enjoyed our { My grandparents} little place in Mesick & traveled to Frankfort,Traverse City, Kalkaska, Fife Lake & so on!! We explored some gorgeous lighthouses on Lake Michigan/ Crystal Lake & reminisced about old times..I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss home, but seriously northern Michigan is so gorgeous to visit! Today I just finished some things around the house & worked a little on some projects that we have going on. One of the projects that we have in limbo right now is converting the dogs' room into my husband's office/ den area! We blogged his little office nook a few months ago { Search top of blog }, but since then his new business branch out has grown already & well, he needed MORE space!! I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek at some inspiration for this space until I blog the full reveal! The walls will be tan, but as for everything else it's kind of up in the air for now..Stay tuned! 



A lot of these items we already have, so we'll be using what we have, but some of the goods like the desk, oversized leather chair, pillows etc.. We will be adding/buying etc..  He wants something functional, warm & masculine. Immediately farmhouse style came to mind because it evokes just about everything he wants! 

Side Note: These items are just for inspiration mostly & can be purchased more budget friendly from other various places.



What do you guys think of this den / office design inspiration so far?? Wishing you all a happy Wednesday!

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