Wednesday, March 20, 2019

{ Simple Cozy Basement Tips }

Thursday already? Can't say I'm not happy about that because I'm ready for spring antique markets ha!! It is the first day of spring & in true Michigan fashion it's cold & rainy...oh & soooo m u d d y!  Although I don't care for the beginning of spring because of the mess, it is refreshing to unveil fresh earth, inhale the crisp breeze & enjoy the anticipation of summer. Speaking of summer, I like to spruce up the basement every early spring in preparation for summer. There's nothing cozier than coming in after a night on the patio to the cool basement to an ice cold glass of ice tea & a movie with the windows open!! It's cool relaxing & perfect for summer. 
I've never been a basement person but  ours is pretty nice & I've grown to love it. With that being said, it needs paint, new flooring & a few other touches, so definitely not perfect. Today I'm sharing some SIMPLE TIPS to cozy your lower level basement up!!  

1. Add Greenery!

Adding greenery to any space brightens it up, but especially basements because they tend to be darker. I love adding white blooms & lots of simple neutral flowers!

2.  Lots of Throws & Pillows!

Again, this can make any space cozy or inviting but more so in an area that tends to be cooler. We have tons of clean throws on an old wood ladder & pillows.


3. Candles!

I love when the candles of different seasons are going, great throws  & fresh plants!! I change the scents out periodically but usually stick to vanilla & traditional scents!

4. Fireplace!

This is more of a harder thing to implement, because lets be honest they can be  super expensive. We shopped around year's ago & grabbed this authentic cherry wood one for $250. They add ambiance & of course warmth if needed!!

5. Lighting!

This is something I can't stress enough..bright white lightning!!! It will make such a difference in a lower level feel. We have recessed, but lamps & crisp white ceilings also can help. I love using 100 watts { use at own discretion according to your home safety }. 

6. Rugs!

Rugs add that cozy feel again BUT also that main living look. I use neutral jute or sisal rugs but colorful, textured, thick ones help comfy it up.

7. Decor & Style!

This is my last tip, but probably most important other than the lighting...Decorate like you would you main level living or family room. Pick a style you love & implement it in your basement, so it feels just like any other cozy upper level. Don't treat it as a second class citizen hehe..

I hope you all got some simple ideas to refresh your lower level basement for spring. Hopefully you can look at your basement in a new light.. Do you use any of these tips already? 

Let me know in the comments how you keep your basement fresh etc.. Be sure to keep up  with the blog by SUBSCRIBING with your Email for FREE INSTANT UPDATES! { subscribe bar on right of blog}

Happy Thursday! 


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

{ Spring Galvanized Cottage Living Room Decor }

Heyyyy pals! Hope your week is going amazingly! I'm down with a head cold & tonsillitis but thankfully my doctor called in some meds over the phone. I'm grateful for that because it was a rough night with both Mark & I up sick... I mentioned a few days ago  I've been really feeling the garden galvanized look & have been slowly adding vintage & new galvanized metal items & pops of cottage blues and darker wood tones in the living room... Come take a peek at this fresh spring living room 


I've always had a thing for ducks, so when I spotted these vintage wood ones with chippy blue, I knew I needed them. They give that northern Michigan cottage feel without being lake or coastal.

While adding little splashes of chippy cottage blues, the galvanized decor also took effect in here. The chippy " Less House More Home" sign is from HomeGoods. The other items are either collected vintage or from various home decor stores.

I'm still looking for new pillows for this space, & I'll be switching slipcovers until tthe sofa arrives! These herb flower pillows from last year will do fine for now!! 


This clock finished this space off with all the galvanized goods..It looks so much smaller in this photo, but it's actually pretty large. I'll be adding something to finish this wall soon..

I hope you liked this spring living room first glance of the season. You guys know it'll be changing periodically but that's what the blog is for right?! Thanks for sharing & popping in daily.

Happy Wednesday!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

{ Fresh Farmhouse Style Spring Kitchen }

This week is flying you guys...Wednesday already?! I need it to go quickly though because I'm tired & craving the weekend with some antiquing, downtime & hopefully pretty spring weather. My nerves have been pretty bad lately anticipating my upcoming appointments. I hate not having control over my own body at times & not having immediate answers/ solutions. So, again I decided I needed some downtime last weekend & by downtime I mean hauling chairs up & downstairs, switching decor &  adding new pieces. See my last post HERE for a quick recap on this space... Today I'm sharing the whole freshened up space below!!


I wanted something simple for the table...So the simplest cleanest, but coziest item was this cream & wood wired 3 tiered stand!! I filled it with navy vintage diner mugs, greenery, amber milk bottles & ruffled white linen napkins!


I forgot to mentioned above, but this stand has two other matching baskets I added to the bakery shelf that helps keep the space cohesive. 
▪You can see the full cabinet 

This mahogany chippy wood shelf, gold rimmed plates & faux pastries bring this space together.  

Like many of my items this vintage milk bottle has sentimental meaning to me...My momma knows I love old milk glass bottles & picked this up for my  collection while on vacation in Sarasota.


Following the "vintage spring bakery" theme I added more of my milk glass jugs to the corner cabinet & this bakery sign that match the Market sign above the table. The black stem glasses & Iron cow finish this simple cleaned out spring cabinet!


I had three main colors in mind for this space..Greenery galore, ticking stripe blues & lots of amber/ mahogany accents!!!


I paired this basket with the baskets in the cabinet, added some grey/blue will branches, rolling pins & more linens.

No bakery is complete without a measuring menu...I love this old rusty one. 
I hope you loved this spring dining look!!


Sunday, March 10, 2019

{ Farmhouse Dining Room Vintage Bakery Shelf }

Welcome back to another week of inspiration on TQS!! This weekend was filled with naps, rain, decor & an awesome Sunday tooling around with our niece! As you know I've been having a hard time physically for awhile but more difficult since Thanksgiving 2018...My body has flipped on me, so days where I feel "normal" or "grounded" & not dizzy I try to enjoy, but also get as much done as possible.   I spent Saturday napping because I ate garlic on Friday & it through me into a mini body flare up..I'll get into detail what's going on with me in a separate posts after my new endocrinologist & primary appointment..After a little rest I pushed myself to finish cleaning the kitchen & dining room while adding some new pieces. I've always had this dream of having a vintage like bakery with cute brownies, cupcakes & pies....Come see a sneak peek of this new bakery shelf in the dining room.   

Side Note: I'll be blog the entire space once it's finished.

This shelf cabinet is everything I had in mind for this vintage bakery dining area. It's glossy mahogany chipped wood, vintage wear and tear & super simple. I filled it with gold rimmed dishes, cake dishware, crock cookware, mason jars & more. 

The sign was just what I was looking for...Everything an old fashioned bakery would have.  The plate wall isn't finished { I broke a holder } so one plate is off centered but I love the simplicity & I get to display my plate collections. I'll be adding something else to this wall too..& of course I'll blog it all together.

Like I mentioned above..the plates will be changed once I fix the broken hooks, but for now I wanted to share the process of this makeover. I love my collections, my sentimental pieces like the rolling pins from my great Poppy, white restaurant apron from my papa & vintage treasures Mark has collected for me. I hope you love this piece & goods.

Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

{ Spring Cottage Greenhouse Fireplace Mantel Decor }

Heyyyy pals! Today I'm sharing a space in our living room that I ALWAYS share for the turn of the seasons...our FIREPLACE MANTEL!! It's one of my favorite most simplest areas to change out! I've been struggling with this upstairs living room lately, so I decided to take a break & decorate a space I know I'd love. Being sick for nearly 4 months has been so difficult, especially with this type of a job...Hard to DIY/ type posts when you're dizzy almost constantly.. Hoping my new endocrinologist & primary can figure out what's going on with me, but for now this space is pepping me up..

I can't tell you how much charm adding the vintage linen closet added to this space! It pairs well with the chippy fireplace & mantel. Added some faux greenery, rustic goods & voila! 


I wanted to keep the mantel simple, but very springy which meant plants, garden tools etc.. This antique shovel, vintage seltzer bottle & old wood window panes helped add that feel.  

I needed something to add to the plain white cottage front of the actual fireplace, so I set this mason jar print here..Loved it & well here it sits!

I did have my real Lemon Button Fern on the coffee table, but after a year keeping him alive..He needed some instant sun..So he moved to the window

I hope you liked this little inspiring spring mantel!  Thank you for stopping by the blog daily & sharing inspiration with me too. 

Happy Thursday!