Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentines Day Mantle

Why hello there February! You got here quickly. Every year seems to go by faster and faster and I still can't believe we are in 2017. I really want to have fun this year decorating this sweet little house of mine since I'm not sure where he end of this year is going to take us. Odds are we will be selling this house of ours and moving to a new town, perhaps a new state or even country. For now I will enjoy decorating every corner for each holiday and season. 

As I said in my last post I don't really decorate for Valentines Day much but I did want to add a few small touches this year. My new favorite thing to decorate is my new antique mantle. A fireplace is the one thing that I really wanted and wasn't able to add to this home. Having the mantle is such a great alternative. Here is what it looks like for the love holiday! 

I bought this burlap banner for my sisters baby shower and never ended up using it. I decided to use it for my Valentines Day decor instead. I cut out letters saying LOVE using a stencil and craft paper and taped them onto the banner. Super easy and inexpensive. 

On the mantle I added some grocery store flowers placed in a pitcher I got from Home Goods. Next to those I placed some vintage books, a spool from Magnolia Market, and a little XOXO sign I picked up fro the dollar spot at Target.  On the other side are some faux plants and antique candlesticks. The sign I made a couple of months ago out of wood I picked up from Lowes. 

I felt like something was missing where the fireplace itself would normally be. It seemed a little plain. I decided to add a basket and a tobacco basket behind the candlesticks that I already had there. It added that needed touch and I love it! 

As you can see I didn't go crazy with Valentines Day decor. I just wanted to add a touch here and there. I also kept it pretty neutral, I don't like to go crazy with pink and red or anything. It's just not my thing. I like that this is subtle and easy to take down once the holiday is over. As fast as time continues to go I will be taking it down before I know it! What about you? Do you go crazy with Valentines decor or do you like to keep things low key? Happy February and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Easy Valentines Day Art

I don't typically decorate for Valentines Day too much. I just never really did for some reason. Last year was the first real year I did anything. This year is similar. I don't plan on doing a lot but I thought I would share some simple, easy, and cheap options on adding a little decor for the holiday. The first thing I wanted to share was some super simple and cheap art you can do! It's about the easiest thing I have done. I am not even sure I should write an entire post on this but I will anyways. 

All you will need is a placemat from the Target dollar spot. I found this adorable heart placemat for $3 at Target the other day and I knew it would be perfect to use in a frame! I grabbed it and brought it home. 

Once I got home I dug up a large enough frame and centered it in the frame. A little tip if you don't have paper for the background is to flip around the piece of paper already inside the frame as it's usually white (which I did in this project). You could also add whatever color craft paper you want depending on the look you want. I wanted to keep it pretty neutral. That is it folks! Seriously the easiest thing ever and it makes one pretty cute piece of art for Valentines Day! 

I placed the art in the window of my living room and though it looked pretty cute in this little corner. I think this might be the easiest thing I have ever blogged about but maybe it will show you how you can use things in a different way to create some beautiful things even if you are on a budget! I hope you enjoyed this little diy project and I would love to see if you do any of your own! Feel free to leave a comment below and thank you so much for coming by!! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cozy Cottage Winter Living Room

I am definitely a little behind on the after Christmas decor since I have been pretty non-stop busy since the end of November. I did a few things here and there and have blogged about them already but I hadn't gotten around to the bigger rooms. Well I got home from my sisters baby shower the other day and I finally had a little time to get the living room put together! I know I'm a little late to the game but maybe you can still get some inspiration! I use a lot of the same decor that I do for Christmas I just tone it down a bit. 

I kept a lot of the same pillows on the couches that I had before. Neutral with a lot of textures (fur, sweater, knitted) and a lot of blankets spread around the room to grab if its gets cold. They come from Target, Tuesday Morning, H&M, Home Goods, and Parris Chic Boutique. You can find fun pillows from pretty much anywhere! 

On the entertainment center I cleaned off the Christmas decor and kept it simple with a winter garland, corbel, books, a marble star and a tiny tree. Oh and the map is back! It was hiding during Christmas but it is officially back in the mix since the lights came down. 

This little corner in my living room is one of my favorites. I moved the little white side table to the other side of the chair and its the perfect place to knit or read a book and have a cup of tea. The flowers are from my sisters baby shower and I thought they would be so cute to add in. The candle holder was another buy from Belgium. Now I just need to get that blanket done! 

I have been drooling over these macrame runners for awhile but have never bought one due to the high prices. I couldn't believe it when I found this one at Home Goods for a great price a few weeks ago! I'm in love with it. It will probably go back and forth from here to the dining room table. For now I love it here and I kept the same centerpiece as I had for Christmas because its nice and simple. 

You guys!!! I finally got my fireplace mantle!!!! If you follow me on instagram you already knew this but this is the first time I am sharing it here on my blog. I bought this back in April when visiting my husband in Texas and I had to wait until my husband moved back to California to get it. Its been torture waiting for it but it's finally HERE!! I was a little nervous about the color when I bought it since its an off white but I am pleasantly surprised once it was in the house. I am actually glad I went for it because it pops off the wall much more as an off white. It's such a great vintage piece! I finally have a mantle. I added a sign I made myself, some vintage candle holders, a topiary from Ikea, a wood star garland, ceramic house from Target and some vintage books.

I also wanted to share my little back entryway on here as well since its been a little while. I have kept it the same pretty much since Christmas. On the shelf there is some winter greenery, a painting that my Grandmother painted, and a tobacco basket from Decor Steals. The hooks underneath are also from Decor steals, the drawing was done by my great great grandfather, and of course those theater seats are one of my favorite purchases ever! The rug is a new find from Home Goods.

I honestly don't know what the future holds and odds are that this might be the last Christmas and winter I am in this little house of ours which of course makes me sad but for now I am enjoying every moment. I look back to a year ago and its crazy to see how much this room has grown and changed. I truly love to decorate and rearrange my space. I also wanted to give you a run down of the larger items and where I got them in case you are interested.

Couches- Ikea
Entertainment Center- Urban Home
Map- Ebay
Fabric Chair- Urban Home
Rug- Rugs USA
Mantle and Theater Seats- Vintage
Coffee Table- Wayfair

I hope that helps since I get a lot of questions of where some of these pieces are from! I can't believe January is already half over and before I know it I will be decking out this space for Spring. Do you decorate for winter? Whats your favorite season to decorate for? I hope you got a little inspiration for your own home and feel free to ask any questions you may have or just leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!