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!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

{ Comfy Early Spring Home Decor Touches }

Hey pals!! What a fastttt, oh so fast weekend. I didn't get as much done as I wanted because, well I've been having a flare up from my autoimmune issues. My knees are on fire, sore etc.. I pushed myself on Friday to get the living room refreshed with a clean slipcover & washed throws. I decorated a bit & well that was mostly it. It's super hard for me to not be doing something I love so much & even worse thinking about it mentally. Thankfully Mark grocery shopped Sunday & I stayed home with the pups...I wanted to share quickly some small spring touches in the living room I changed after giving it a good wash & refresh... 

I forgot to mention above, but I picked up a new cream rug too. We go through rugs around here like crazy with the animals & with me being a clean freak ha. Simple, comfy, bright & bold. I also wanted to share a "before" the fresh white slipcover was put on..few of the pillows are new & some simple cottage table decor.


I spruced up the cabinet & wall decor! I'll be blogging that soon, but I also decluttered these chairs & added a few spring items to the chippy white table!


Little peek of the fresh creamy & white sofa & fresh spring decor + pillows!! 
▪ Full blog post coming soon!!


Few simple dining room spring touches, decluttering & sunning my plants!! This table I love but hate the extender lines..We're in the works for a new one but for not this one with the new chairs & cute cozy seat cushions will do. I decided to not use a tablecloth or placemats for a more simple fresh feel. 


My go to accent this spring is rustic galvanized garden goods.. I threw a few faux plants on this galvanized 2 tier stand & lamp & it instantly cozied the space. 


This fireplace mantel is constantly getting new looks but this will stay for a bit. I love the quaint super cottagey spring look. The birdhouse I picked up for $10 & I love the vintage appeal...

I hope you love guys love this bright & fresh space!! These two obviously couldn't wait to get in here & cozy up!! ▪ Whats your favorite cozy spot?

Happy Monday!!


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!