Tuesday, February 6, 2018

{ Cottage Style Winter Tablescape with Ticking Stripe }

Happy Wednesday!! Super excited it's the middle of the week because our weekend starts on Thursday night since Sunday is Mark's 31st Birthday..I thought since I might not have time to blog my regular schedule since it's going to be a jam packed fun weekend!!! I mean, it could go totally the other way, & be the coziest weekend ever too..With us it's always a toss up haha we like to keep y'all on your toes! Anyways today I'm sharing something I've been sharing via my IG { HERE } for the past week, but just realized I never really blogged it! I cleaned all day & messed around with decor in the kitchen { new blog post & piece coming soon } & decided since it was soo bright & sunny out I would photograph this dining room of ours!! Something about fresh white snow, sun & the whimsical magic it brings gives me all the feels..Speaking of snow we have a whole NEW VLOG up on our YouTube!!! I hope you guys love this cozy little area & our new VLOG..it's super funny & typical us! Enjoy!!


So, I've been on this ticking stripe craze & I'm not sure why...Haha you guys like sometimes I get in these moods where I crave certain decor items in our little cottage..Totally normal right?..Now that's a true passion right there!! The blue & white tea towel is from IKEA & the blue + white runner is from @Homegoods!  The honey crock & tea kettle are junkin finds!


This wall is FOREVER changing..I think if we haven't found a new home in the next few months, some big changes are happening here!!! #staytuned


I spotted those glass bottles at IKEA a few weeks ago & love them styled here on the table!! You can see some of my IKEA haul on my YouTube Channel HERE


Cottage blue, winter greens & tons of jute texture CHECK CHECK & CHECK ha.





*You can see this DIY Pantry Project HERE
**Style your Farmhouse Pantry HERE



I hope you guys enjoyed this fresh wintery dining room post!!
Maybe spring will be here soon..I mean I'm itching to decorate for spring, but truth be told I LOVE winter too!

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



Sunday, February 4, 2018

{ Cozy Cottage Simple Winter Decor Updates }

Hey friends thanks for dropping back in on TQS! I hope your weekend was everything fabulous...I must say this was one of the funnest weekends in a longgg time for us! Sometimes being busy takes the joy out of the small things. Friday we had a few friends over for drinks, Saturday we spent lounging & today { Sunday } we decided to jump in the  Jeep after a long morning of drinking cappuccinos to venture out in the 100 inches of snow Michigan surprise dropped on us hahaha. Only we would be out in the middle of a blizzard vlogging {MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL } etc.. ha! I thought since it was just a chill weekend that I would take advantage of it & update you guys on some the smallest winter decor changes around our little suburban cottage!!! 


This little corner is forever changing..I kept it simple with some greenery, vintage step-stool & antique lead window!


This space I just blogged & you can see it HERE..It's become one of my most favorite spots especially with winter creeping back in on us in Michigan..SO practical & functional!!


Friday I decluttered the house more & refreshed the living room upstairs. I'll be blogging it soon but here's a sneak peek!! Can you spot the changes?!


Okay, so let me explain something really quick..So I was hesitant about posting this post, but I wanted to show real life around here..Not EVERY weekend is #diy around here. Sometimes it's the simplest changes like adding a new basket to the fireplace mantel, re positioning the fireplace gate etc..Keyword: S I M P L E.



This wall is always awkward to decorate around.When I was redecorating the living room I got rid of this stool & added it to this dining room space..again, s i m p l e changes right?!


*You can see this fresh office post HERE


What do you guys think about these simple changes going on in our little cottage? This time of the year always has me feeling refreshed & wanting to do projects...I wish we could find a house, but for now we will keep making cozy changes to this one & I have a HUGE list to get done this spring hahaha!

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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Paige.Rose


Friday, February 2, 2018

{ Cottage Style DIY Small Entryway Shoe Sitting Bench }

Hey guys & happy Friday!! I'm super excited to get the weekend started, but first I wanted to pop on here & share something I put together for our little front entryway!! So, our entryway isn't the smallest but definitely not big by any stretch! I do like that it is somewhat defined & you don't walk right into the kitchen or living but we needed something that fit our little family a bit better especially in the winter months. My husband has lots of gear for work..boots, jackets, hats etc.. most of that is all in the entryway closet that is pretty big, but for fast on the run things he likes them out as do I...With that being said you guys know how I hate clutter or things to look "ugly" haha..so I had to get a bit creative with this space!! I didn't spend any money in this space as it's ever-changing & will for sure get a change in the spring. I used things I had stuffed in my decor room & what not. Come read more below..

With the cold weather comes tons of things...& it drives me nuts haha. I love winter, but I also don't want my home to look like a glove & hat factory..It's also nice to have somewhere to sit while you put on your boots, hats, gloves etc.. I'm still looking for a cute little rug for this space or tray for under the bench! 

* The pillow is from Hurlbutt Designs in Kennebunk, Maine. I picked it up last summer while vacationing.


This old milk crate was a free vintage find & it holds all our shoes/boots we use the most/daily. The others remain in the entryway closet.


" WELCOME may all those who come as guest leave as friends"


I should note too, once the cold weather subsides here the vintage metal coat rack will be put into storage. I know I will get the question " Why have a coat-rack if you have a large coat closet? It's just for convenience & easier in  the winter when walking in. The closet homes are more larger jackets, scarves, sweatshirts etc..


I'm super pleased with how this space turned out & kind of on a whim..typical Paige style. It's cute, functional & BONUS stops the dogs from slobbering on the window haha. I call that a win-win!

* Bench is from HomeGoods.
* Striped pillows- IKEA.
* Greenery- IKEA


I hope you guys liked this quaint little post! I've been trying to incorporate more practical, affordable & fun posts on the blog this year because after all "practical home blogging" is my brand. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!! Stay warm,friends!

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 :). 
***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, January 28, 2018

{ Meet our Rescues: FAQ's & An All About them!! }

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was filled with everything you love..Ours was a refreshing sunny Michigan weekend that almost felt like spring ALMOST ha. As I was snapping a photo of our two pibbles { Stink & Stew } this weekend something hit me..I've NEVER introduced them to you guys & went over each of their stories with you!! I don't know how I've missed this in the 4 years I've been blogging..I've shared them a bunch on my INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK & you guys are always so nice!! Needless to say today's post isn't going to be decor related or pretty staged photos, buttt they will be super cute & bonus I'm sharing our rescue bunny too! Rescuing & adopting animals is something we're super passionate about & if you keep reading below I will share as much as my little fingers will allow me to type haha! These three have brought us so much joy  I can't wait for you to meet them!


:Background Info:

So our rescuing adventures all started wayy back in 2007 when my husband & I were dating as young 19 yr old babies. We were living with Mark's dad & wanted a dog, so we heard of one from a friend & decided to drive all the way to Delray, MI to pick her up..When we arrived it was a homeless man that had a whole littler of puppies near death in an abandon building..Mark ran in & grabbed the only girl & we rushed her back to my car & left. She was tiny smelly & to be honest I didn't think she was going to make it. I was too worried about my precious Mustang car being smelly to really realize the severity. Fast forward & she did make it & has been living with my mom & dad since we moved in 2008 to our  1st home { condo}. It's been over 10 years since we rescued Ginger & I can still remember it to this day PERFECTLY! We have a whole scrapbook of her first year etc..That same year we rescued Ginger my husband began working in the foreclosure business which unforgettably took him all around the inner city & Detroit has a huge stray problem. He started rescuing random dogs that would show up on job sites etc..After #5 my mom got interested & started rescuing as well & has now taken over & has jumped leaps & bounds in the rescue world. We've always been animal lovers even after I was nearly mauled to death at the age of 2. We have a special place in our hearts for pit-bulls especially. They're the most misunderstood dog with the most amazing love to give.

: Stinker :

Fast forward again to 2012 when we bought our second home..6 months into living in our new home Mark was on another job site & witnesses Stinker being kicked on a porch by kids & left out in the freezing cold  at the property he was working at. They obviously knew she was a stray & wanted her gone, so Mark opened up the work truck door & she hopped right in!! He brought her home & me being the nervous nelly I am made him set up a heater & bed in our insulated garage until morning...She was in rough shape, skinny, no fur around her eyes, impacted trash in her belly etc..The next morning- Dec 23, 2012 we officially decided to keep her!!! We call her our Christmas miracle. She fit right in with our then bunny Charlotte & we've had her ever since. She is estimated to be around 10 now, & a brown pit-bull mix.

  • I'm an old soul.
  • I like to be the mommy.
  • I am an avid fence climber.
  • My mommy loves my ears.
  • I'm a daddy's girl.
  • My farts are bombs
  • I'm allergic to sweet potatoes.
  • I love to be outside
  • I have a raspy bark.
  • I'm very gentle.







:Stewart:

Stewy came to us two years later in 2014 from the mom of one of the rescues Mark brought home. Again, on a job site & two dogs a white pit-bull around 2 & a small brown baby pit-bull who were skin & bones wandered onto the property. This was one of the MOST heartbreaking cases...The female white pit was covered in scars, so skinny she could barely stand & the brown boy was about a day or 2 from death. Mark brought them home & we set them up in our garage until we could get them to a rescue etc.. My mom jumped in & found a vet to take them & get medical attention. The vet decided to adopt them but right before that she found out the white girl was pregnant!! This was NOT what we had hoped for..She was already sick with heart worm, skinny & now puppies..Once she gave birth we adopted one of her puppies since we couldn't adopt her { our female only likes males }. May 11, 2014 on Mother's Day Bell gave birth to 10 puppies!! We brought Stewart home 3 months later & he's been our baby ever since haha!

  • I love being a baby.
  • I lick & give kisses A LOT.
  • I'm very shy.
  • Mommy's boy.
  • I'm allergic to bee's.
  • I'm rude { steps all over Stink ha }
  • I don't know what kitties or bunnies are.
  • I love everything & everyone.
  • I cry. like. a .baby. FOR REAL.
  • I have funny lips & I'm a character .





: Mr. Wibble :

Mr. Wibble is our Walmart parking lot bunny!! My mom was picking up the ashes of our late bunny Charlotte & some lady was getting rid of a bunny that looked like Char..We meet up with her in the Walmart parking lot & she handed over 1 yr old Wibble to us in a snow storm. He now is my office mascot & the crazy lion-head monster as we call him haha.

  • I look like a lion.
  • I have a heart on my head.
  • I nip mom's ankles for fun.
  • I am potty trained
  • I like to tease Stewart.
  • I'm crazy. 
  • I have my own room like the pibbs.



:FAQ's:

  • Do we want more animals? - Yes, of course! This is partly the reason we are looking for more land!! 
  • What kind of animals do we want? - We would love to have a few more dogs, bunnies, mini pony, pigs etc..No sheep, goats are cows are in the future!
  • Are we against breeders? - Yes,absolutely! There are too many animals in shelters as well as the population out of control. You can get pure breeds in shelters/ rescues & in our opinion the most needy are the best breed not to mention many of the breeding conditions are horrid. Would you want to be breed 10 zillion times??  #adoptdontshop
  • How many dogs have we rescued? - I would say Mark has rescued over 25 & my mom is in the 100's  #mytwoheros! 
  • What can  YOU do to help rescues? - Donate, Advocate & Volunteer!
  • What is our favorite breed? - We don't have a favorite, but we own pit-bulls & think they're the most adorable.
  • What is our favorite rescue? - Again, we don't have a favorite, we believe if you're helping the voiceless, you're pretty fantastic!!!

*See the pibbles DIY room HERE


I hope you guys liked this different kind of post here on TQS! I like to try & keep things fresh here on the blog so this was just what it needed! I hope you don't mind & gathered some info too!

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 :). 
***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, January 23, 2018

{ 5 Tips for more Productivity & Creativity in your Office.

Hey everyone!!! Happy Wednesday..okay let's get right to it, so these last few months I fee like I haven't spent much time in my office, which is weird because I love my office...It's my creative outlet, our bunny runs free in there & it's MINE! I'm still doing the same amount of work, but it feels like I just haven't been in there much..Today I have been in here ALL day cleaning, organizing & well, writing up this blog post! So a few nights ago while out on a Target run with my sister I picked up some office supplies from the new Hearth & Hand collection...Yeah, don't go to Target after a few glasses of wine...eek! Anyways when I got home I decided after my splurge I would put these items to good use..or maybe I was just trying to convince myself I needed the items hahaha. Anyways today { Tuesday } I spent all day down here with the new items & decided I needed to put them to use in form of a post after I was finished updating, organizing & making my office freshened up!! Keep reading below for these SIMPLE tips..



1. Keep it BRIGHT.

For me this one is a bit tricky..My office is on our lower level { basement } & the light is shotty at best. For a brighter office I use 100 watt bulbs & keep both windows open for maximum light. 

*Full office revamp with a brighter color HERE




2. Add GREENERY.

This is a no brainer for my flower/ greenery loving heart haha! I decided since I was craving spring to bring in some vibrant hydrangeas splashed all over! My office isn't big, but it's cozy, bright & feels fresh with flowers! *See my guide to farmhouse & cottage greenery HERE



3. DECORATE your office. 

I know this goes against most post on productivity, but for more creative souls like myself I need decor. It helps keep things refreshed, fun & inspiring! Decorate your office with your small personal uncluttered touches & keep the color pallet light!



4. UPDATE equipment.

I'm almost embarrassed to type this as my equipment is super outdated!!! I think it stems from being lazy to transfer everything. I am in the works for a new computer SOON! The less equipment the best. Keep things simple & your desk only with things you use frequently!



5. Use ORGANIZING supplies.

This one is new to me. I usually don't buy into all the "organizational" tools etc..I tend to be pretty organized & a Type A." but this year as stated above I did buy a few thing to keep me even more on top of things. Again, keep it simple- things like planners, folders, journals, totes all help the clutter & creative juices flowing. Writing things down is a must in organization..or at least for me it is! 



What do you think about these super simple tips? Do you incorporate any of these tips into your office? I hope these tips will help you in some way this year!! 


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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

{ DIY Cottage Style Kitchen Wall Decor }

Happy Monday,friends!! Thanks for dropping back in on TQS, I hope your weekend was special or just downright cozy & relaxing. Ours wasn't anything fancy, we actually just rested & stayed in much of the weekend other than eating some Chinese Sunday & finishing a little project in the kitchen that kind of just fell together ...which is a going theme here on TQS haha but I guess that's what makes me a practical home blogger right?! I've been talking about this "newly" styled/projects in our kitchen for a few weeks now & after attempting a project I schemed up in my head it was just TOO much!!! Back to the drawing board & voila at 11pm on Saturday night after feeding the dogs & rabbit { we're night owls ha } I decided to add these little hooks & the aprons to the wall & scratch the other idea. I''ll get to that other idea in another blog post but lets just say frames can be tricky to work with...eeeek! Anyways come take a peek at this SUPER almost too simple DIY kitchen wall decor!!
Note: I'm sooo sorry these pictures are a bit dark..It's been super gloomy/foggy here in Michigan. 


This wall is soo beat up with so many holes, paint chips etc..more on that later too. For now I wanted something simple & fresh for spring so I added these 3 silver hooks, 2 aprons & kept the vintage decals & basket of greenery.  
*See original kitchen post before DIY H E R E



These hooks were originally behind the hutch behind this picture & were serving no purpose whatsoever because you couldn't even get to them..Why have them you ask?? Because they serve a wonderful memory to me!!! They were purchased up at my gram & gramps old cottage turned home. Mark & I bought them in a little shop up in town in summer of 2008 after we had purchased our first home which was our condo!!! The white apron was also my great grandpa's so I had to display it as well!


What I did...

I staggered them purposely to cover some not so pretty dings etc..& they just so happen to fit perfectly. I then hung the decals from them & then the aprons on the front of the hooks...SUPER simple & fresh!!!



What do you think of this super quick & simple fix until I execute the "real" project? I'm loving the cozy spring cottage appeal but  also the simplicity of this space!! What do you think?


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