Saturday, August 1, 2015

My Neutral Dining Room

It only took me a few years, but I think I finally captured the dream I had for my dining room!
I went through phases of ideas that ranged from honey-mustard colored walls to glossy wooden chairs and an unsightly light fixture.  Having a chandelier hanging at an odd length made decorating a hassle and the lighting was awkward. I wanted something close to the ceiling and subdued, so I opted for something subtle.

Having a less extravagant light fixture opened the room up more and allowed me to introduce beautiful lamps to further lighten the room.

*Light fixture can be found here.  I purchased it off the shelf at Home Depot.  It was originally brushed nickel.  I spray painted it with Rust-Oleum's Champagne Mist.

To be finished with my changes now makes me ecstatic (and relieved) that I didn't settle for what I had before. 

 I always had an idea of what I wanted for my dining room.  Since the living room connects seamlessly, I wanted furniture and accents to flow and complement each other without clashing.  

The thought of keeping things neutral with pops of texture and detail stood out to me.  Simplifying colors and adding natural components could actually work!

 By neutral, I didn't mean all white.  I wanted creams, light browns, and wooden textures to be the base of my dining room and living room.
Immediately, I took out the eyesore of a dinner table that was ready for a replacement.  In its place is a sophisticated yet rustic table that reminds me of a picnic table.

Its raw design made it easy for me find chairs that didn't necessarily match.  I went with metal chairs from Overstock and wooden chairs from Ross Stores on each end to switch things up.  Having different chairs adds a relaxed touch and more seating for when you anticipate having more than just your family over for dinner.

The walls that used to be a warm, rich yellow soon became tired and I wanted something to ground the entire room. So, I painted the walls Revere Pewter.  The new color accentuates every furniture piece nicely.  

Paired with patterned curtains in the same color scheme, I could now begin working on upgrading my wall art and other pieces.

Wooden textures really came into play to open up the room with style.

Rustic word sign can be found here.

I introduced more plants to liven up the room. Adding greenery brought positive energy and excitement to the space, which it desperately needed.

Having real plants and flowers that I could tend to throughout the week made the room more inviting and open. 

Though it took me a while to get my dining room and living room together, I am more than pleased with what I have now. 

Who knows how long I will have this layout before I think of something else, but I know once that time comes, I can easily switch out components and work from there.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

New Artwork from

If you were to look at the wall art I have mounted, there's a pattern of nature with neutral tones that can be switched out throughout the house.  As versatile as they are, I wanted wall art that was more colorful, a bit quirky, and merely different.  Luckily, I found the perfect match on

Minted has a myriad of decorative prints to select from that make choosing art a fun experience!  I had so many options that could bring life to my living room, so I chose a quirky camper art print with lots of color.

I had the choice of customizing the frame which helped tremendously to make the art match with the others in my living room.

There are little details in the wooden frame that add dimension and style. has so many pieces to fall in love with.  With so many beautiful options I had a hard time making my decision.  My new artwork adds liveliness and fun to a room that needed it.  You can find your next favorite wall art here, with customizable options to make it personal.

*I received no financial compensation and the opinions expressed in this post are my own.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Monarch Rain Chains


In the hottest weeks of the year, we finally have frequent showers to combat the heat and give my flowers some much needed attention.

On days where rain is sparse and the constant need to run to my hose is too much, I needed something that could collect rainwater for later use.  So, I began researching and lo and behold, I have found a functional and decorative way to do so--a rain chain.

Rain chains come in a plethora of sizes and vary in material, so I opted for a pure-copper rain chain with a medium-sized water basin from Monarch Rain Chains.  

The copper color complements the exterior of my home perfectly and the hammered cups had just enough subtle detail. 

It collects enough water to hold a bit of downpour, which is more than enough for me to tend to all my flowers and my small vegetable garden. 

With this rain chain, I have a sophisticated way of conserving water and my energy. 

Having this addition to the exterior of my home adds both decoration and functionality that works well.  It has saved me the infinite amount of trips to and from the hose that made gardening such a chore. 

Monarch Rain Chains offers so many styles that fit anyone's tastes from aluminum rain chains to very large cup styles with ornate decorations. 

Interested in learning more about Monarch Rain Chains and their products?  You can visit their website here, to get a head start on upgrading your rain gutters! 

*I received no financial compensation and the opinions expressed in this post are my own.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I Spray Painted My Outdoor Seat Cushions

Now that the weather is nicer we've been spending a lot more time outdoors.  My husband loves to grill and we've already had a few summer bbqs.  Sounds like fun right?!

Until we noticed our patio cushions.  They were worn and faded, but so expensive to replace.

So I refreshed them with spray paint and new pillow covers.  The updates really transformed our space.

The easy pillow cover tutorial I followed can be found here.

I used one can of spray paint per cushion to achieve a dark-even coat.

The difference is amazing!  Thin coats are key.

It was a simple and affordable weekend project.

I kept wondering what took me so long!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

For Sarah

Although I'm missing Haven Blog conference this year for a very good reason, it makes me a sad to think of all the pretty faces I'm going to miss; blogging friends old and new.

When I first attended Haven in 2013 I was scared and intimidated by the crowd.  But there was one familiar face I recognized that made me feel more at ease.

Sarah, Thrifty Decor Chick stood behind the check in counter and greeted me with a smile and a cheery hello.  I immediately felt welcome and comfortable. 

She is a constant source of inspiration for me.  She is super laid back and approachable, just like her style. 

She shops at Target and Home Goods.  Proof that it doesn't have to be expensive to have a beautiful home.

While some aspects of blogging are still a mystery to me, Sarah's blog is like a breath of fresh air. 

She creates.  She inspires others.  She leads by example.

Sarah, thank you for always being so nice.  Thank you for always being so helpful.

You never know who you are going to meet in life and the impact it may have on you.  A warm smile, sincere compliment or a genuine conversation can leave a long lasting impression.

Monday, June 15, 2015

My Potting Bench

I've always wanted a potting bench; a designated place to store plants, soil and tools for my convenience.

I debated purchasing one, then remembered this old bench in the garage not being used.  It was the perfect size to work with, allowing for storage underneath.

No longer in love with my stencil pattern, I decided to cover it up!  Using my paint sprayer made it fast and easy.  I saved money by using leftover exterior paint to match our door.

The trellis compliments the look and adds more storage for tools.

Gardening tools were purchased on clearance at Crate and Barrel.  I found the trellis in the Garden Department at Home Depot.

I'm storing potting soil in a small-metal trash can with lid and scoop.

This metal basket is a great container for bug spray, fertilizer and flower seeds waiting to be planted.

During this time of year my yard can get messy and cluttered with all of my gardening projects.  It feels much better having a place to fill planters and store supplies.

The potting bench is a wonderful addition to my yard.  I saved money by transforming something that I already had.  I hope you're inspired to create your own!