Hello loves, I have to admit fall is absolutely my favorite season! As I get older I have fallen in love with the changing of the leaves and the cooler and cozier weather. I have also become obsessed with fall decor. It’s the time of year when I transition from my extremely neutral decor and add some warmer fall colors giving the space a cozier feel. I’m especially excited for this fall because it will be first one that we spend the new house!! It’s only the beginning of August and I have already started collecting a few fall decor pieces and swooning over farmhouse fall decor on Pinterest. I was so lucky to get the most amazing fall scents from Antique Candle Works to start me off!! They were sweet enough to send me three of their mason jar candles, one in each size. I recently featured one of my favorites, pumpkin spice, you can click here to check it out. Another favorite of mine is definitely apple pickin, it smells amazingg! This candle sells for $9 and has 20 hours of burn time! I also love the look of the little mason jar. Make sure to check out Antique Candle Works and get your own antique or mason jar candle!
Morning loves, happy Saturday! This is absolutely my favorite day especially when I keep the day open and decide to relax. I love spending weekends staying in bed, catching up on blog posts and sipping on coffee. I also love to light a good candle and make my room feel super cozy and warm. I will admit I go through them like crazy so I was so excited to receive this happy mail from Antique Candle Works. I was even more excited to have the opportunity to work with their shop, I have honestly been swooning over their candles for a long time now. I stumbled across their website before I was truly into the farmhouse style and fell in love with both their mason jar candles and their antique candles. So being able to collaborate with this shop makes me feel like I have finally arrived in the home decor blogging community. They were sweet enough to send me three of their mason jar candles in each size. The one I featured above is their medium size in pumpkin spice which happens to be my all time favorite scent. They also sell the coolest candles in the most amazing antique containers and jars, but they typically sell out pretty quick so you have to keep a close eye on their site or subscribe for email updates. This particular candle sells for $16 which is a great price for vintage and unique handpoured candles like these. Make sure to check out Antique Candle Works and fill your home with their amazing scents that come in even more amazing packaging, enjoy.
Hello loves, when we first moved in I was so so so excited to finally have a mantle to decorate. So of course once the living room was done that was the first space I started setting up (and haven’t changed it since then)! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to change it I was just patiently waiting for the perfect piece to come along. I was so lucky to receive this gorgeous rusty scale from the shop Rustic Wild Arrow. The second I opened up this amazing happy mail I ran it over to my fireplace, placed it on my mantle and fell in love. My mantle had a very rustic look before and I think this piece paired with some of my favorite antique books and this pumpkin spice candle from Antique Candle Works gives the space a softer more shabby chic look. Plus, I have an obsession with antique scales and the fact that it’s super rusty makes it even better! These scales sell for $35 which is such steal for an antique piece like that. She sells some gorgeous handmade rustic signs as well! Make sure to check out her Etsy shop and get your own perfect little rusty scale or sign. [Read more…]
Hello loves, I have been constantly changing up this space and trying to find the perfect finishing touches to complete this little corner since we moved in and this burlap floor pillow from the Etsy shop Idylwood Design was exactly what I had been searching for! I had been on the hunt for a burlap pouf but for a while but they are pretty pricey, I just couldn’t justify spending $80-$150 on one. That’s why I was so excited to receive this happy mail from Idywood designs! Their amazing burlap floor pillow is a little smaller than a traditional pouf but also sells for a lot less. This particular one sells for only $32.30, how can you go wrong?! Their shop has other styles and fabrics to choose from, I love the one that resembles vintage packaging as well! I just think this simple burlap one makes this little space look so cozy and complete. Make sure to check out Idylwood Design and get your own farmhouse floor pillow, enjoy.
Hello loves, I finally completely my entryway space with this super cute pom pom garland from the Etsy shop Wool and Vine. I had been searching for the perfect piece to finish off this space and make it look little less rustic and a little more shabby chic so when I received this happy mail I knew just what to do with it. These garlands also look amazing hung on a ladder or strung across a mantle. This one sells for $16 and they also sells several mini wool felt garland in different colors and wooden beaded garland that I have been seeing in so many of my favorite home decor bloggers photos. Make sure to check out Wool and Vine and add the perfect shabby chic touch to your own home. [Read more…]
Hello loves, I have been so lucky to stumble upon some of the cutest rustic signs with the sweetest quotes lately and I have been even luckier that those amazing shops are nice enough to send me one to feature for you guys! I was so excited when I got this happy mail from the Etsy shop Little Red Door Furnishings, I’m in love with this quote and the rustic wood frame too! The best part is that their based out of Boston, Massachusetts which is very close to my hometown 🙂 This particular sign sells for $30 and they sell so many more beautiful handmade pieces at all different prices. Make sure to check out Little Red Door Furnishings shop and get one fore yourself, enjoy.
Hello loves, this post is one of the few that has been highly requested so I definitely wanted to tell you guys all about this DIY. Doing these concrete countertops was the most challenging projects we took on (besides refinishing the floors of course) but also one of my favorites. When we first step foot into this home I fell head over heels in love with the layout. It’s hard to tell in photos but my home is one of those houses where you walk in and the first thing you notice is the staircase and railing above the living room and the focal point is the kitchen. It’s difficult to explain but I have always dreamed of owning a house like this. The only thing was that there were a few things I didn’t love and one was definitely the outdated lament countertops. Of course we didn’t have money to spend on beautiful granite countertops, I mean come on we are first time home buyers in our mid 20s. So it was time to sit down and do a little research on inexpensive farmhouse countertops. Luckily, as a girl who has been obsessing over farmhouse home decor and blogs for years I had plenty of inspiration. One of my favorite bloggers to follow, Deb from Seekinglavenderlane literally had my dream farmhouse kitchen so I followed her DIY for her countertops to complete my own kitchen.
Of course we did things slightly different so I wanted to give you our step by step instructions (its actually pretty simple). You will need water, a bucket $13, a 10 inch putty knife $12.50, paint brush for sealer $4.50, Ardex feather finish $19.99, Valspar wet look finish $36.44 and a belt sander $45.57 which totals $130.30!! Totally beats spendings thousands on a new countertop! Luckily we already owned a belt sander which saved us some money but we did have to buy another bag of the Ardex feather finish which I wasn’t too happy about. So if you have a good amount of counter space you may want to purchase two bags just to be safe.
The first step is too sand down your laminent countertops. This will allow the concrete to have something to “stick” to. You don’t have to sand them down all the way just ruff them up a bit. Then make sure to clean off any excess sawdust before continuing on to the next step. Once you start mixing the concrete (using the directions on the Ardex feather finish bag) its important to mix small batches at a time and apply then directly to the countertops because the concrete dries quickly. Using the putty knife we started to layer the concrete on as smooth as possible, then allowed the first coat to dry for 8-12 hours. We then lightly hand sanded the top and edges and applied another coat. Once that had dried we did one more quick sanding (we wanted to see the imperfections in the concrete to give it a rustic look). We then started applying the wet look sealer with a paint brush. To be safe we allowed that to dry for 12 hours and then applied two more coats, waiting 12 hours in between each. The directions say to wait 72 hours before using the countertops but we waited about two days and everything was fine. They fit the look of our farmhouse kitchen perfectly and I am absolutely in love with how they turned out, plus we saved a ton of money! I hope you guys enjoy this post and can recreate your own concrete countertops with ease, enjoy!