Thursday, April 11, 2019

{ Bring Antiques into your Home The SAFE Way }

Happy April 11th, my little sister's big 30th!! As I was shopping around for her { she loves mid century collections} something hit me...I've never shared a post about how to safely bring found treasures/ antiques into your home! I really wanted to share this because I've sadly made the horrible mistake of not doing some of these & let's just say it wasn't pleasant. Most of these tips are super simple & most do but we all can get side tracked or excited to display a new piece & forget.  Keep reading below for the tips & what happened to us....


So, about 7 years ago we brought a vintage piece into our home & displayed it in our lower level. Fast forward a few weeks or even month later & we had tiny little baby brown spiders sharing our home...YES, spiders!! I'm always careful to wipe & check for creatures but I missed just a little spot & unfortunately it caused the hatching of spiders! Lesson learned..THE HARD WAY! 



This is probably the most important, especially if you have young children. You can buy lead testing kits at local hardware stores for around $20. These test kits will determine if you have lead paint. If you do you can seal it with special poly. Also you don't want to disturb the paint if it is lead. This means no peeling, chipping it off etc. Leave it & poly, leave it completely or repaint!

 ▪︎ My ways only, proceed with caution at own risk!

                           2. CLEAN!


Again, this should be a given, but we all get busy or excited to style a new piece & so on. I usually just use water & wipe everything down really well. If the piece has a smell I'll use antibacterial spray or set in the sun for a bit! 



This is the biggest mistake I've made!! I always go over pieces but you have to PRECISELY!! Check every nook & cranny at least twice. Make sure no bugs are hiding or nest remain. 

                         4. DISINFECT!


This is something I do with rugs, cushions & shoes..DISINFECT!!!! If you don't like using Lysol or similar sprays because of chemicals there are tons of natural ways to disinfect, but make sure you do. Like I stated above,  I like to wash with a cloth & regular water & then spray with a disinfectant. You never know where old vintage antiques have been. 

I hope these simple tips make for a relaxing time junking, picking..antiquing whatever you call it! It's so fun & rewarding finding that special piece that holds so much charm & history. 


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

{ How to get Garden Greenhouse Style }

Hey pals! Thanks for popping back in with me today..It's been a busy one but as I'm typing this post up I can't help but think about upcoming warm months, vacation & flea markets!! Yesterday was a big blow for me personally after leaving the doctor's with more appointments but I'm trying to just look forward to the fun things coming up. I also know I need to take more " me time" & just enjoy the ride. I wanted to pop on here today to share something I get asked & well just because I thought I'd help all you spring/ summer decorators. I mean this is my job to help & inspire you all authenticity & thriftly...{ is that a word } get it. So, today I'm sharing - How to get Garden Greenhouse style- !!!


Okay, this is an obvious tip, but be sure to use many different types of greens & plants/ flowers. The more the merrier & the textures & color variations help give that old cozy chippy white greenhouse feel.
▪︎▪︎ For an extra greenhouse style tip you can use plant markers. I got these white ones for $5 in a pack of 20.

▪︎ Garden Greenhouse Dining Room Post: HERE


This is one of my favorite tips & super THRIFTY too. You can buy tons of terracotta pots for super cheap at Dollar Tree or Michaels. They last forever, the more they age the cozier more gardenyyy they look & they add that pop of color with the greenery.

▪︎Spring Basement Tips: HERE


This is the 1 tip that was newer to me a few years back. I always looked at galvanized items as more industrial, which they are too but also garden style as well. Vintage garden tools, trays, olive buckets- ANYTHING!

▪︎  Simple Spring Porch Refresh: HERE


This is probably the most unique tip, but bring in the tools for gardening for staging. You can get them at Target & they're super cute & add that greenhouse look. Don't be afraid to bring the outdoors in. I also use mine indoors when I'm replanting or moving plants.


This brings in texture, but most importantly warmth & a natural element. The chippier the wood the least that's what I think. Any rich or distressed wood furniture, planters, signs etc..

Well that completes this little guide to everything cozy spring greenhouse... Do you like this style? Or incorporate these tips in your home already? I know it's not everyone's style but I hope you got a little springtime inspiration anyway.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 1, 2019

{ Spring Dining Room Garden Greenhouse Decor }

Tuesday already?! Crazy... I spent yesterday at my new endocrinologist & I was pleasantly surprised at how awesome he & his office team were. The first time I think in my life where my blood pressure wasn't a medical emergency from my nerves. I got some news I didn't want to hear, but it wasn't h o r r i b l e, so I'll take it. I may sound crazy but I'm super proud of myself for just making the appointment & showing up. It's taken me almost a decade to get courage to share what's going on & make my body a priority while not feeling "weak" for having these issues. Anyways after I got home  I was drained & needed a creative outlet / recharge so I styled our dining room for spring with some much needed garden goodies...See the rest below!


I always seem to do this come springtime, but I like to downsize our table, simplify our table decor & just make it fresher. The holiday's are over, less heavy dinners & more spring / summer time spent outdoors. 


I picked up these plant markers at Target this past weekend for $6 & thought they added to the garden ambiance even with faux greenery. 


I've never been into copper, but I had a few thrifty finds laying around & they added that cottagey vintage greenhouse charm...These kitchen coffee canisters make great planters ha. 


The cozy brightness of this dining room is screaming spring!! Blooms, vintage collections, & tons of greenery..check checkkk!!

This space truly is a happy one in our home & gets used a lot. What space in your home gets used the most? What's your absolute FAVORITE item to decorate with this year for spring? I'm never into trendy, so clue me in !

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

{ Cozy Cottage Garden Reading Nook }

Greetings pals & welcome back!! Well, the time has come..tomorrow is my new endocrinologist appointment & I'm shaking just thinking about it!! I'm nervous for the unknown but can't believe I'm actually going to a doctor about all this stuff going on. ....super big step for me. With that being said, when I get nervous you know I have to keep busy & that's exactly what I did this weekend..even with the snow! Yup, we got snow this weekend which was totally uninspiring at first. Friday night my bff Vin & I went tooling around & ended up doing some shopping..I picked up the piece that inspired this post actually. Saturday Mark & I slept in & then while he napped on & off I put on some Oasis & got to fun time!! Come see what I cane up with, I'm so excited to share!!


I've been hunting for a sign just like this for soooo long!! Dark forest nursery green, distressed, huge & real wood & THIS IS IT!!  It goes with my evolving vintage/ cottage greenhouse style instead of white hobby lobby farmhouse...Which is totally okay, too!!


This is my real Ivy & he goes so well in here!! I love this antique dressers deep wood tones & cozy cottage look. 
▪︎ Revive your Houseplants Simply: HERE


I had these metal compass bars in my decor room for years..I loved them, so I displayed them here after holding onto them all these years...See why antiquing & junking can be addicting haha.


This whole space is just soo fresh & cozy. Already sipped some refreshing spearmint tea here & browsed some magazines. The vintage DIY linen closet HERE also adds charm in the back.  


I'm loving all these new vintage galvanized garden touches to the living room. It's finally my style after 7 years ha. I mean if that's not trial & error at it's best I don't know what is..

 ▪︎You can see the original post on these chairs: HERE

I hope you loved this cozy nook! I can already see summer time reading while sipping ice tea!  

Happy Monday!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

{ Fresh Spring Front Porch }

Happy Friday pals!!! Some will say " I can't believe it's Friday already", while others might be thinking "finallyyy it's Friday!" Me, I'm just kind of digging this spring weather we had going on today !! Call me crazy buy I didn't even realize it was warm out until the third time I stepped out front to run Mark is pastrami sandwich. Maybe that's because it's been cold for soooo long up here in the north. Anyways, it got up to 66 here today & that meant it was time to clean up the front porch & open all the doors finally!! I wanted something I never did before, so I went neutral traditional cottage. Only a few simplistic items, decor, new mat & greenery. It's fresh, clean & still fits the front of our little red brick cottage style home. 


I always use items that can withstand our crazy Michigan weather. Our weather conditions can get super crazy quickly & change at a snap. I chose to display some vintage galvanized buckets, neutral flowers in a porcelain pal, rusty white watering can & a metal sign. I pitched in the grey & white stripe pillow at the last helped pull the grey & white tobacco basket into the space.


The sign is from at HomeGoods & I love how it pairs nicely with the  infamous "Welcome" mat so many have. I got ours on the cheap for $10 rather than $40 at Target. The mini fern is from Pottery Barn & added it some fresh green with the boxwood tree. When I say I went super simple, I truly mean it as you can see. Some vibrant real plants will be nice in the flower window boxes + here once the weather is consistent... of course I'll blog it. 


I've always hated the space between the mailbox & farm light, so I added a wood/ galvanized M ! Again, super simple items, textures & colors.  

Side Note: Don't mind my pine tree wreath on the door...typical Paige error ha. Whoops°

It's supposed to go back down to the forties again this week, but it needed a clean up from winter sooner than later. It'll of course be changing & I have two items being added to this space...I wish I had them today but they haven't arrived yet!.. Guess that just means I'll be double sharing this space, hope you don't mind?! For now it's ready for early Michigan springtime.

Have you decorated for spring outside yet? I love when you guys share inspiration with me..I hope you all have an amazing refreshed weekend! 

Happy Friday.

Monday, March 25, 2019

{ Simple Tips to Revive Dying House Plants }

Soooo happy Tuesday!! It's bright & sunny here in Michigan, and spring is definitely trying to peep through this long winter of ours! What's not bright are my house plants...The time has finally come where they're looking a little sad, a little dead & a little "off" ha. Right now I have 2 Lemon Button Ferns, 1 Lily & 1 Ivy.. I did a bit of research today to try & save my four babies hahaha..Surprisingly they're super simple tips also some reasons why your beloved house plant may be dying....I mean I'm in NO WAY a plant lady or gardener AT ALL, but I have come to love these four plants & two of which are a year old!!!! Can you believe that?!?

 Top reasons your plants are dying...

• Overwatering
▪ Too much sunlight
• Underwatering
▪ Too little Sunlight
• Root rot


Root Root / Overwatering:

1. If your plants have root rot the key is to replant! The roots will look yellow or fungus ridden if so.  Let the plant dry out a bit then replant in new soil with insecticide. Be sure you're letting the plants drain properly & you're letting them dry a bit before each new watering. 

Too Much Sun / Underwatering:

2. Give the plant a nice soak. The leaves will look crispy & droopy. If the plant is severely dehydrated you can soak the plant in the sink. Let cool/warm water saturate it then place back in pot with a drainage pan.  

 Too Little Sun: 

3. Most indoor plants are fine with minimal sun & simple watering.  If they're not getting enough sun they will stretch & drop leaves or reach outward/ thin out.

Ohh I really hope this tiny & simple article gives your plants a little love & hope if they're struggling. I never thought I'd be soo into keeping plants alive, but here we are ha. I'll keep you posted, but 1 more question for you guys...Do YOU have any tips for me??? I'm still learning & will openly take ANY!!

Happy Tuesday!