Friday, September 26, 2014

A New Entry Light {And Other Affordable Options}

For my birthday, my parents gifted me a pretty bell jar light for our entry. There are at least 12 "boob lights" in our house - which are perfectly fine, but not very pretty/statement making. So I've slowly been replacing them one by one.

The new light makes the whole space feel more finished and sophisticated. Someday I really will get around to painting the front door and replacing the hardware...but at least the rest of the space is finished now!

The black metal on the light ties into the mirror and other black touches throughout the space.

I still need to paint the ceiling where apparently an old light was, but overall, I love the charm and sophistication this little piece brings when you enter our home - it's like the cherry on top of our great room!

If you're in the market for an entry light, here are some other lovely options I found. Any of them could easily be the crown jewel on your entry space...and all are under $200! (Well, except #1, but I liked it so much I couldn't help include it! It's only $250 : )

Have a great Friday!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Vintage Horse Prints {And Our Guest Bedroom}

Hello friends! Things have been busy busy around here. Since the sale has been over I've been working on our house like crazy! Though it may seem our house is furnished, in reality we haven't even touched the other half of the house with three bedrooms, a bathroom and our master. I've made some fun new purchases over the last few weeks and have gotten to finally work on these new spaces. It feels good to be back to decorating!

The other day I saw these gorgeous horse prints at my favorite local {read: expensive} boutique. I absolutely loved the graphic black and white punch they had, but I did not love the price. They were $90 each. So I went online and found them on several websites - for $300 for a set of 6 ($50/each). Still not what I wanted to pay. I've made my own vintage printables before, so I figured I could find some similar horse prints and DIY the look I loved.

I downloaded free vintage horse prints online {the ones I used are here here here and here} and turned them black and white. I purchased 11x14 black frames from Hobby Lobby for $7.50 each and popped the prints right in.

I'd say $30 is way better than $300-540! I hung them in our guest bedroom, which is currently a work in progress (forgive the plastic still on the lampshade above - these pictures were taken mid-room styling).

Here is how the room stands now. It is almost impossible to photograph this room well given the small window, so forgive the wonky light/shadows. It's really coming together! My mother-in-law was kind enough to paint the walls when I was out of town one weekend (they are Silver Fox by Benjamin Moore) and then the room sat empty for several months until I could turn my attention to it.

I already had the bedding from Target, and I found this perfectly coordinating pillow at TJ Maxx the other day.

 I'm still on the hunt for a table for this side of the bed, so this is borrowed from the hearth room for now.

This chalk board didn't sell at the sale, so into the room it went! It's a handy place to let our guests know what the wireless password is (a necessity in any guest room these days!).


This half of the room is almost complete, and I'm happy with how it's coming together. The lamp was on clearance from Target, and the black linen shade is also Target but looks just like the ones from Pottery Barn. I picked up the black side table on clearance at TJ Maxx and the picture frame is from Hobby Lobby. I loved the shape but didn't like its original color, so I painted it a gray and white wash. It may get filled with another vintage printable, we shall see!

I have ordered this fabric for the drapes, which I think is so pretty. It was pricey to have custom drapes made, so I'm going to try my hand at a no-sew pinch pleat idea I found. Hopefully it turns out ok!

I also ordered this lantern pendant to replace the dinky ceiling fan that provides pretty much zero light. I think it will add a nice statement piece as well as clean lines to the space.

The other half of the room doesn't have much happening just yet. I found this large vintage wicker table at a rummage sale the other day for just $10. It's probably too big for the room but it serves a purpose for now. I just need to give it a good cleaning, hang the mirror and do some styling, and we'll be in business!

It's been so fun finding pieces for this space, but I think the horse prints are still my favorite!


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Living and Dining Room

Today I wanted to share our living/dining room with a few fall touches added. If you missed it, you can see our fall hearth room here.

Just like in the hearth room, I tried to add a few items in harvest colors to warm things up. 

I already had the textured throw and wreath pillows, and picked up the gray and gold velvet pillow pillows at World Market. 

The gold/white branches were from Michael's a few years ago. 

I also added my favorite gray plaid throw to our side chair to cozy things up, and added turkey feathers and a pumpkin to the trophy collection.

In our dining room, I simply changed the centerpiece to include pumpkins in urns and velvet pumpkins in a dough bowl.

I won these velvet pumpkins from a giveaway My Sweet Savannah did with Love Feast Shop a couple years ago, and I still absolutely love them!

I was trying to channel my inner Pottery Barn with the fall branches and mercury glass pumpkins : )

I had to laugh when Matt looked at these shelves as I was styling them and asked, "Do people who are, you know, into this stuff, know that it looks different now?" He cracks me up! No, there probably isn't a vast difference on the shelves (all still neutrals and silvers) but at least there are a few fall touches thrown in for those of us who are "into this stuff" : )

I didn't change much on the buffet, just added some pumpkins and fall foliage.

But that is the fun thing about a tiered stand - you can change it up with just a few little accessories.

I cut the red leaves off a bush in our front garden - I have no idea what they are but they look pretty for autumn! 

I stacked the dough bowl on some old book bundles to add some height to the centerpiece. My mother-in-law was kind enough to buy me the dough bowl at an antiques shop in Arkansas because I'd been wanting one for so long, especially for the velvet pumpkins!

Mercury glass pumpkins from TJ Maxx - I've seen them there again this year if you want some too!

Hope you have a great day!

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