Saturday, May 21, 2016

English Garden Inspired Patio

We bought this house just over a year ago and ever since I have had an idea in my head of how I wanted to decorate our patio. We have a detached garage and because of that we have this cute little space in between the house and the garage. I wanted a bit of an English Garden feel (at least my version of one). I dreamed of string lights, loads of plants, and some comfy furniture. Last summer we went ahead and got the rest of the concrete done and some faux grass put in for the pups and then that was about it. After paying for that we didn't really want to put too much more into it at the time.

Fast forward to this Spring! The inside of the house is coming together so well that I finally turned my attention to the patio. I will be hosting a baby shower for my twin sister in July so I really wanted to get the space done before then. So over the last couple of months I have been collecting plants and doing a lot of potting, digging, and planting. The last touch was picking up some string lights from Target (since they were having a sale!) and at last the patio has come to life for me!

I have always thought these cute daybeds made out of old cribs were so adorable. I came across one not long ago at a favorite antique store and just had to have it for the patio! Isn't it so cozy!? A bunch of pillows and a blanket and it makes a perfect spot to nap. 

Those adirondack chairs are plastic and are under $20 a piece at target, home depot, or lowes. I am all about saving some cash and not buying the more expensive wood ones! The rug was a great find at ROSS for only $29. The little coffee table we got on sale at Target at the end of the season last year.  

I used the side of the crib that I took off to make the daybed as some art hung on the wall. I added a sign I found at Marshalls to it. It's a bit hard to hang anything on stucco so I put some nails in the wood strip and hung them from string. 

One of my favorite things I did was create this lamp for the patio. I saw this idea on pinterest and thought it was so creative! All I did was use a bottle I already had along with a lamp shade I wasn't using and added a solar light for the bulb. No plug required! 

For this side of the patio I moved the couch we already had to create another little sitting area. For the table I used a crate my dad built and flipped it over. It works perfectly and didn't cost me a thing since I already had everything! The rug was a find last year at Marshalls and was only about $20. The little wood side table was another item my dad built. I added the sink I bought to add in some more character until I can figure out how to redo it. 

I got this door from my sister and thought it would be perfect for adding some interest to this blank wall without having to hang anything. I stacked some crates I already had and added some more plants and candles. 

I can never get enough plants and I can't wait for the ones I have to grow even bigger! I am restraining myself and not buying anymore for now! I also wanted to show you how this space looks at night. i think I might love it even more at night with those string lights! 

Do you see the moon making an appearance? 

There is something so magical about string lights and candles. This space makes me so happy and just relaxes me! I cannot wait to use my little English Garden and to share it with my family when they come into town. Do you have an outdoor spot that you love? I hope you all enjoyed this space and thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chippy Farmhouse Cabinet

Hey guys! I am so excited to share a new piece with you all that I recently added to my bedroom. I have been on the hunt for awhile for a cute primitive cabinet to replace our bedroom dresser. We had an ikea one for a long time and with all our moves its starting to come apart a bit. I found two before this one but neither place would sell the ones they had! I mean, can you get it out of your shop then if you won't sell it to me!? Nothing worse then walking in to an Antique store and seeing the piece you have been looking everywhere for and then the disappointment of finding out its not for sale! Anyways, apparently third time was the charm.

I went to my new infertility doctor the other day and decided to go visit a few of my favorite antique stores since I was close by and well why not? I was happily browsing the store when I came across this beautiful cabinet. My heart gave a little jump and I did a little internal happy dance! And it had a price tag on it! Yay it was for sale!! I immediately took a picture and sent it to my husband. After my previous purchases of some theater seats and a fireplace mantel I wasn't sure if he would let me buy it or not. Luckily he knows that I have been searching for one, and he loves me, and bonus he really liked the cabinet. Another amazing piece was coming home with me!

I styled the top using an old window I already had in the garage, old books (which I pretty much use everywhere), some plants and a botanical sign from Hobby Lobby. 

I just love the chippy paint and the antique knob. I originally wanted something less chippy and a solid white but I kind of love this look now. It adds a ton of character to our master bedroom! 

This of course will be a dresser for us, and I am working on collecting some baskets to organize it, but for photographing purposes I decorated the inside with a few things. 

This piece is a little taller then our old dresser and thinner so it probably comes out to be the same amount of space. The plus side is it takes up less floor space which is nice. It also has way more character and history to it! What do you think of the new addition to my home? Would you give up a traditional dresser for a cabinet like this? I would love to hear from you! You can follow along with me on Instagram or Facebook. Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

My Trip to Waco and the Magnolia Silos

If you follow along on my instagram you will already know that I recently took a trip to Texas. My husband is currently in training with the military there this year so I planned a trip out to visit him. Lucky for me he is stationed not to far from Fixer Uppers home town of Waco Tx! I have been wanting to go visit for awhile but never thought I would be in the area to make it happen. Here was my chance!!   I landed in San Antonio and spent a few days there, drove through and saw Austin, and then finally we arrived in Waco!

The first thing that stood out to me driving to our hotel was the iconic ALICO sign that they show regularly on the show. That was the fan girl moment in me that was like 'We are here!!!" I was sooooooo excited to see what it was all about.

We checked into the hotel (with a beautiful river view) on Sunday and set out to explore a bit. We new the silos would be closed but decided to at least drive by them because I am impatient and wanted to see them! They happened to be right around the corner and down the street from the hotel which was super convenient. Down town Waco was pretty easy to navigate and it was much more industrial then I expected. Look! There they are! Yep definitely fan girling big time.

Since I can't go in yet we decided to hunt down the old store just to say we had seen it. It was probably 10 minutes or so from the silos on a main street. Also not to hard to find. I wondered if they had finally taken down the Magnolia sign and turned it into something else but nope! It looked exactly the same! I wonder if they leave it for weirdos like me.

After that it was time to find the coffee shop I had heard all about. They were featured on the show and got great reviews! Seriously guys, it was just as cute in person! I am not a coffee drinker but the Chai Tea was delicious.

We also walked around the park and river next the hotel. There are several bridges which are also seen on the show so that was fun.

The next day we finally headed to the Silos! We decided to get there right when they opened hoping it wouldn't be as crowded. Wishful thinking huh? Just before 10am we head to the Silos! Apparently it doesn't really matter what time you get there, it is pretty much always crowded. We headed through the gates to finally see what the silos were all about!

The silos themselves were pretty cool and one of the main things you see of course. They are a bit hard to miss! Excuse the blurry photo below but it was hard getting a selfie on our camera! 

They had plenty of places to sit down and relax, eat, and my favorite was the swings! How fun right!? 

The garden area was beautiful. I wish the garden shop had been open, the inside looks like it will be so cute! Every angle on the grounds was just lovely. 

Oh and did you know they have goats on the property!? It's so Chip and Joanna right? 

We finally headed in to fight the crowds inside the store. 

It was a bit difficult to snap this photo below since it was right inside the door but we were able to get a quick one! Welcome indeed. The store was pretty big with a top level and another section that was down half a flight of stairs. As crowded as it was it was a lot of fun combing through the store. 

I wasn't able to get very good pictures inside but here are a few from the top level. It is such a cute store! I grabbed a few small things that I would be able to take on the plane. Here is a selfie we took waiting in line at the check out. 

I took a few photos of the soon to be bakery in the front. Again another thing I wish was open already! We peaked in the windows and this is another spot that is going to be SO adorable when its done. They really have done a great job with the grounds. 

Overall I really enjoyed the experience. They have done such a great job with everything and adding fun things to do for families. We just missed the barn raising by less then a week sadly because we might have actually seen the Gaines if we had been there then! Oh well, it was a fun time either way.

After the silos we wanted to hunt down the Magnolia House of course. We stopped at a few thrift stores along the way. One word of advice is if you want to antique around town go Thursday-Saturday because almost all the places we wanted to go to see are closed the rest of the week so that was sad. Anyways, off to the Magnolia House!

It was just as cute in person and I really wide we could have gone inside but the cost to stay there was just to much for just the two of us. Instead we just had to admire the outside. On a side note, the locals probably think the rest of the country is a little crazy with all our stopping and taking pictures of the random places around town that have to do with Fixer Upper! 

We also checked out Harp Design Co. and walked around the little shop for a bit. It also happens to be immediately next door to the house they redid for the Harp family so that was fun to see. 

We ended the day at Heritage Creamery, a super cute ice-cream shop right next door to Common Grounds and owned I believe by the same couple. They have interesting ice-cream choices which was fun and the interior of the shop was done beautifully! 

We had a great time visiting Waco and The Silos minus the heat. It was so much fun seeing everything in person and hunting down all these fun land marks. It was definitely an experience! Thank you for the good times and the memories Waco! Not sure we will ever make it back but it was a fun trip!