Spring Home Tour

I've got good news!  I got a new camera!  Now I just need to learn how to use it.  Soon I will be bringing you lots of pretty eye candy!  For now, I'm sharing the rest of our home decorated for Spring.

I added touches of green throughout which is my favorite.  Greenery can also last all the way through summer.  Most of mine is faux.  I cannot seem to keep an indoor plant alive!  What is it about bringing plants inside that make them so easy to kill?  

The addition of this simple fern wreath adds life to our mudroom...

Spring Mudroom

I love styling trays.  Its like a hobby to me.  This is a tray I styled with items I already had.  You could place a tray anywhere.  Dining room, coffee table, kitchen, etc.

Spring Tray Styling

Yep, that succulent is already a goner. 

I played around with some new décor on my sideboard and I love how the natural wood tray looks against the white background.

Spring Sideboard

I scored the metal three tiered tray for $15 from Hobby Lobby!

Spring Three Tiered Tray

You'll also notice the moss bird and nest from the other tray.  Shop your house!  Moving things around can totally change the look.  I just had to have those moss eggs.  They are from Hobby Lobby too.

Here is our Resurrection Garden on our entry table.  Click the link to find the how to!

Resurrection Garden

Moving on into the dining room and kitchen I used Easter decorations.  Do you remember our Easter mantle?

Easter Dining Centerpiece

I decorated our dining table with items from Target Dollar Spot!  The pallet trough is so easy to change for the seasons or occasion. 

Easter Centerpiece

In the kitchen I decorated our chicken wire stand with moss, pastel eggs and moss bunnies..

Easter Kitchen Decor

I love how the eggs bring out the yellow and aqua accent colors in the kitchen.

Easter Kitchen Decor

Spring Kitchen Decor

Hope you enjoyed our little Spring Tour!  Try adding seasonal touches throughout your house.  It doesn't take much to bring a lot of joy!

For more spring décor ideas check out my In Bloom Pinterest board.  For more pictures of our home join me on Instagram

 

Happy Spring!

Jo

 

 

 


Happy Spring and Fairy Gardens

Well it's officially Spring!  Is it warm where you live?  It is feeling more like Spring here in Alabama.  In honor of the first day of Spring I thought I'd share with you the fairy gardens we made last year!

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These were so fun to make!  Don't you just love miniature anything?  Fairies are surrounded with whimsy and imagination.  Watching my girls light up as we placed the furniture around and secret door by the tree was awesome.  I wish they really did exist!  Or maybe they do?

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You can purchase all kinds of sets for your fairy gardens.  This set by the tree came with a fence, wheelbarrow, table and chairs, swing, and watering can.  Two fairies were also included.  I purchased the door to the tree at Home Depot.  I think it is my favorite part!

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Oh yeah, the girls liked it too ha! 

I've seen great sets online too.  Most garden or craft stores will carry them.  Hobby Lobby has some cute ones too.  Just find a special spot and layout your garden.  I planted a few flowers in with these but you don't have to.  I made a little pebble path so the fairies could find the secret door. 

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For the next one, we used a shallow flower bowl so we could put it on a table.  This set was from Home Depot and it had a bridge so we used blue gem stones to look like water.

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See the tiny hedgehogs?! 

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It was so much fun listening to the girls tell their tales about the fairies coming at night and swinging and playing.  It would be so neat to scatter glitter around your gardens one night and tell the kids it was fairy dust!  You can really get elaborate with these.  I've even seen campers and accessories for fairies ha! 

I can't wait to get started on ours for this year!  Have you made fairy gardens before?  I'd love to see them! 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 

 


DIY Moss Wreath

I love moss!  You love moss!  Everyone loves moss! 

Moss Wreath Tutorial

I've been using moss in my spring and summer décor for years.  I'm noticing now that a lot of people are enjoying the bright green stuff in their homes.  It adds a ton of fresh color and texture to centerpieces, vases, bowls, fillers, just about anything.  Last year I made a super simple moss wreath for our mantle.  I apologize that there aren't more pictures but I wasn't blogging then.  Its so easy you won't need them!

Moss Wreath Tutorial

As you can see my little helpers are always close by! 

All you need is a

Styrofoam wreath form,

hot glue gun,

glue sticks and

a few bags of Reindeer Moss.  Reindeer moss is my favorite because it is super green and bright.  You can find all of this at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.  I've also seen others who use a grapevine wreath and it looks great too. 

Warm up your glue gun and start gluing!  I put the glue directly on the Styrofoam.  I've also read you can use a spray adhesive which may be easier. 

Grab your favorite ribbon and place it where you like.  I'm not sure how this would hold up outside.  For sure would need to be in a covered area as some of the moss will shed. 

Moss Wreath Tutorial

There you go!  A super simple wreath for the warmer months!

I'm still thinking about what kind of wreath I want to make this year.  Is there anything you'd like to see?

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Our Easter Mantle

With Easter being later this year I felt like I had more time to decorate for the holiday.  Plus my girls love helping!  As much as I love neutrals, Spring is a time to bring in color.  I start missing color this time of year so it helps to have cheerful décor around the house.  Don't be afraid to incorporate a little color in your surroundings!

I like adding little touches all over the house but the mantle is what we see most often.  Its really fun to decorate.  A few items stay year round and a couple I've moved from other places in the house.  IMG_8978
You don't have to spend a fortune to decorate for the holidays.  Look around your house, you may have something that looks totally different when you place it somewhere else.

Easter Mantle Decor

The happy place sign used to be in our mudroom, but I liked how it brought in more color for the mantle.  The bunnies were my grandmother's so they have a special place in my heart.  I ordered the chocolate bunny banner this year from Etsy.  I just loved that it was chocolate bunnies!

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My mom surprised me with the carrot wreath! I love that it has a rustic feel to go with our fireplace. 

Easter Mantle Decor

 

I didn't totally put away my antlers.  I changed from the wintry stag pillow to a colored antler pillow!

Easter Mantle Decor

 

This sign is so true!  Being at home truly is our happy place.

Easter Mantle Decor

 

Any décor with sentimental value is so special..

Easter Mantle Decor

 

I love the colored bows on the bunnies!

Easter Mantle Decor

 

I hope you enjoyed our Easter Mantle!  Do you decorate your home for Easter or Spring? 

Check back soon to see our kitchen and dining room!

XOXO,

Jo

 


What I Learned From Building a House Part 1: Paint

As many of you know we built our dream home a little over two years ago.  My husband is a home builder and has built several homes but this was the first time I had ever been involved in the process.  While it was a lot of fun, it can be a little overwhelming.  I thought I'd share with you some things I learned along the way.  Whether you are building or remodeling hopefully this will come in handy!

I'm sure there are certain "rules" to follow when designing your home, but I am not a formally trained designer, its just what I love to do!  These are things that worked for us. 

I could write a whole book on choosing paint colors so lets start there!

First thing, before you do anything else-buy a THREE RING BINDER! 

Choosing a paint color

This will be where you will keep all of your brochures, paint chips, notes, magazine articles, etc. etc.  It will help keep things more organized and easier to keep track of. 

Get some clear pocket dividers for the inside.

Choosing a Paint color

I divided mine up by rooms.  Then I put my paint chips in the corresponding folder.  So easy to flip to!

Now, how do you pick a color out of a bajillion choices?  Ask yourself some questions.  You can put these in your folder too.

Are you drawn to warm colors, cool colors, bright colors, muted neutrals?  I knew I wanted greige for our main living area.  I wanted grey but a warm grey, and light, not dark.  In comes Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.  It is my most perfect neutral. 

I spent hours upon hours on Pinterest searching for examples of paint colors in rooms.  Keep in mind the computer does not always represent the color exactly though.  My sister uses Houzz a lot.  You may like that.  Our company uses Sherwin Williams paint so that narrowed it down some for me. 

Probably THE most important thing to do when choosing a paint color is to try it out at your location.  The exact place the paint will be.  Don't try your bedroom paint out in your living room.  I'm telling you it will not look the same.  I chose three shades I liked and bought samples and painted on the actual walls.  Yes, they are expensive and you will have a lot left over, but totally worth it.  You can also paint a large piece of poster board and take it to your location if your walls aren't ready for paint.

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I painted my samples near a window but not directly across from one.  Too much light can wash out the color.  Some people also take a lamp and try it out with artificial light.  You'd be amazed how much it can change.

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Take pictures, ask friends, but keep in mind you are the one who will be living with it. 

The next big paint decision was trim.  In my case that was also going to be my cabinet color.  I think whites might be even more difficult to choose than greys!  I did not want a stark white but not too creamy either.  Ultimately I chose Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.  and I proceeded to put it everywhere!  It is an awesome white.  Not too cold but not too warm. 

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If you are painting your exterior, take your paint outside.  Colors look totally different outdoors.  I tried to use our exterior color inside-yuck.  It looked so much darker.

This was our house partially painted.  The color is Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams.  Another pretty off-white.

Exterior Paint Color

Oh, I almost forgot about sheen.  Flat, eggshell, etc.  Ask your painter.  If you are painting it yourself, ask the salesperson at the paint store.  There are a lot of choices these days.  There will be one best for you. 

When it comes to choosing paint for your home, the bottom line is get something you LOVE!  Something that when you come home, you feel refreshed and happy. 

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them!  Also, if you have any tips to add, feel free to leave me a comment!

XOXO,

Jo


An Easter Garden

To celebrate Ash Wednesday the girls stayed home from school and after Mass we created our own Easter Garden!  I've seen several versions of these on Pinterest and always wanted to make one.  They are also called Resurrection Gardens.  It's a great hands on way to tell your children about Jesus' resurrection. 

First you will need a clay saucer and small pot.

Supplies for Easter Garden

Turn your small pot on its side.  This will be your tomb.

Next you will need some potting soil.  Fill your saucer with soil and mound it up around your tomb.  Sorry for the messy pictures!  3 and 6 year olds and dirt!

Supplies for Easter Garden

In the meantime, my 6 year old was finding us twigs and rocks. 

We tried gluing the twigs to make the Crosses but they didn't stick so we ended up using twine.  A hot glue gun would probably work too.

Easter Garden Prep

 

We used moss to cover our garden.  I've seen people plant grass too.  We are instant gratification types.

Easter Garden

Glue your moss all over to cover the soil.  Then add your large rock to the side of your tomb.  We added little pebbles to make a path too.

Resurrection Garden

I decided the moss looked a little sloppy so I gave it a haircut. 

Tada!

Easter Garden

We stuck our crosses through the moss along the backside.

Resurrection Garden

I decided to display it on our entry table so everyone can see it coming and going. 

Easter Garden

I just love the fresh green it adds and of course the meaning!

Easter Garden

Resurrection Garden

 

Blogging again has really got my creative juices flowing.  I hope I'm inspiring you to try a few new things also!  I've got a lot more coming for Spring!

 

XOXO,

Jo


Mudroom Makeover

It may seem crazy to be "making over" a new house!  We moved in such a hurry there were still things we wanted to do.  Also, after you've lived in it for awhile you start to figure out what works and what doesn't.  Luckily I have a handy husband!  He did ask me the other day if we were "done"-hahahaha!  That was pretty funny.

So I knew I wanted an old church pew in our mudroom.  My brother in law found one on Craig's List for $35!  It was too long so my husband cut it down.  Only problem was it had a leg in the middle.  To remove it would have compromised the bench.  So we decided to keep it.  Now we have a three legged pew!  It makes a perfect cubby for our shoe basket.  It was a dark brown so we sanded it and white washed it.  Not bad for a first attempt!

Here is our mudroom before...

Mudroom Before

It was fine but we were outgrowing the little hooks and I wanted something larger and more sturdy to hold everything.

After searching for ideas I decided to go with board and batten like our entry way and dining room.

 

Here is handy hubby in action measuring and planning.

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After it was drawn out on the wall he nailed 1x6 horizontally and on the outside edges and 1x4 vertically to the wall. 

Board and Batten

Next he filled in the holes and edges then sanded.  Next came the painting.  We used Sherwin Williams Alabaster.  It's my most favorite white.  It's not too stark but not too creamy. 

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Hooks installed and it was ready to go!

Mudroom Bench

 

Here is a shot showing our dining room walls.  I think it all flows well, do you?

Board and Batten

 

Our three legged beauty...The girls shoe basket fits perfectly in the little cubby below.

Mudroom Bench

Mudroom Bench

 

I moved the bulletin board to the other side of the wall.  Now I can reach it much easier.

Rustic Barn Door

Barn door made by handy hubby and his dad while we were building the house.  I love how rustic it is and it adds warmth to all the white. 

Through opening is the laundry room where I spend most of my time ;)

Rustic Barn Door

 

I'm still deciding if I need a shelf at the top of the board and batten.  What do you think?  Definitely want to hang something if we don't do a shelf. 

I hope you liked our little project!  I love having all the space and hooks to hang book bags, jackets, etc.  It really brings the room together. 

On to our next project!

XOXO,

Jo

 

 

 


Thank You Giveaway

Hi Everyone!  I'm having a giveaway!  Remember this photo from our playroom makeover

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As a thank you for reading and supporting my new blog I want to give you a chance to win this framed "Create in me a pure heart" print! 

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All you have to do is go to my  Facebook page  and like my page and share the page or giveaway post, then come back here and leave me a comment on this post letting me know you liked and shared!  Winner will be announced Thursday February 9 after 5 pm.  Good luck!!!

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Football Fare

With the Super Bowl coming up Sunday you may be looking for some appetizing food to feed your family and friends.  I am not a fan of NFL football I'm more of a college football fan (War Eagle!), but I can always appreciate a gathering that involves food and drink!

This is my most popular dish to date!  Ham and cheese sliders.  They are yummy and easy to eat.  Everyone loves them.

Click here for recipe.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

 

This is a super easy cheese plate I made into the shape of a football!  Just place your cheese and crackers around the edge working your way to the center.  Then layer pepperoni in the middle.  Top it off with string cheese to make the laces.

Football Cheese Plate

 

This recipe was really popular when I posted it years ago!

 Football Deviled Eggs

Football eggs

 

And for a sweet treat what about these cute football brownies from The Simple Parent?

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To wash all this down, I'd suggest a Moscow Mule.  They are my current favorite cocktail.  To the standard recipe I added fresh cranberries and a splash of cranberry juice.

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Recipe from Exclusively Weddings Blog

 

For more ideas check out my Pinterest board-Football Fare!

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


A Peek at Our Playroom

The most exciting thing happened yesterday!  Target featured my playroom Instagram photo on their AwesomeShop Feed!  I think I am still in shock! 

It's a cool way to shop right from pictures they find on Instagram and Pinterest.  Check it out!

Target AwesomeShop

 

So, I thought I'd show you a couple of pictures of my playroom transformation.  It started out as a guest/office/playroom.  As you can imagine, it was a little cramped.  Last year we finished out our basement and moved the office and guest room downstairs.  Pictures of that to come later!

Here is the room before.  The toys were on the other side of the room.  Sorry not a good photo.

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Tada!  Here it is now...

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Much better!  We get a lot more use out of the space this way.  I repurposed my girls' old crib mattress as a comfy spot to lay on in their teepee.  The rug was also a nursery piece.  The trunk is a great way to hide toys and double as a table.  I purchased the futon from Wayfair and it folds out for kids to sleep on.

Below you'll see the table and chairs that are on the other side of the room.  These are the ones I purchased from Target that they featured.  They are super cute and so easy to clean. 

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Kids Table Set

I'd show you the rest but I'm sure you've seen a mess of toys before! 

If you're on Instagram please give me a follow.  I post a lot of pictures of my home there!

Oh, and if you want to make your own vase of heart arrows be sure to check out my previous post!

XOXO,

Jo