Thursday, September 24, 2015

10 Fall Wardrobe Favorites

We are officially in fall, yay!  Depending on where you live in the US it may still feel like the dead of summer or you might be enjoying crisper/cooler temps.  In NC we can have both on any given day.  I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a little change in my wardrobe so adding in some fall pieces to my closet is fun, even if we are still in the 80s.  Below are my 10 favorites for that early fall weather.  They are pretty versatile and can layer well for those days when the weather is all over.  I love that from the 10 pieces you can create numerous outfits and then so many more with a few other things you already have.  Its all about creating a simplified wardrobe that can easily be mixed and matched.

Here's my List (sources linked):

2. Chambray Shirt (similar)
5. Olive Utility Vest (similar), (similar)
9. Leopard Scarf (similar), (similar)
10. Ankle Boots (similar), (similar)

So this is just a few ideas for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall...even if the weather is not cooperating.  One of the things I've been trying to do is to create more out of my closet.  I know I seem to get into a habit of wearing the same pieces together all of the time but having a more streamlined and simplified wardrobe allows you to be more creative and get lots of uses out of less things.  Just with these ten items I can think of at least 20 different outfit combinations!  

A good way to look at an outfit is in 3's (not including your shoes).  Adding a scarf, a vest, a button up or even a statement necklace helps to create a more put together look.  I think that is why fall is so fun because you can add more layers and more combinations.  
So this week try and see which 10 favorite fall items you can choose to create multiple combinations from and get more out of your closet!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Vignettes

Just little moments here and there.  I haven't gone full blown fall yet but I have been creeping things out a little at a time.  Here are a few ideas for adding a little fall to your home...

I think just adding a few things like a couple of little pumpkins and some hydrangea from your yard can change things up a bit.  Just by swapping a few things out is an easy way to liven a little spot up. I love changing things around in little spaces in our house often, I can't stand for it to stay the same all the time.  If you are looking for a square boxwood wreath, make one like this!  It was easy and inexpensive.

I seriously love adding flowers from the yard.  I will use anything, even twigs and stems.  Free is always good and having an element of the outdoors inside is just nice.  My little fabric pumpkins are peeking around here as well.

I made this chalkboard a while back and I love that I can change it up often too.

More chalkboards!  Can't get enough.  This little wreath is one I made exactly like this spring fabric wreath.  Super simple - embroidery hoop and little scrap pieces of fabric tied around.

Do owls/birds feel like fall to you?  For some reason they do to me and they are taking over our house.  Which is strange if you know me, because birds are my least favorite animal of all time - I would rather run into a snake or spider.  I have a weird fear of birds - but my son loves them so he is helping me cope.  But I like bird figurines in my house - I make no sense.

Have you gone full blown fall yet?  Share with me your favorites parts of the season!  Tomorrow I'm sharing some of my favorite fall wardrobe pieces and ideas for getting the most out of them so stop by!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Easy Fall Craft: Fabric Covered Pumpkins

We are just getting back from a weekend fall retreat with our students and my heart is so full.  We have such a great group of students, adult leaders and an awesome God.  Its so humbling to be a part of this ministry and to share moments together of students going from death to life, students loving and encouraging each other and seeing real growth in teenagers.  I do have confidence in the next generation.  They are awesome and I just love them.  Since we had fall retreat I feel like I can officially kick off the season of fall now around here.  Today I have an easy fall craft to share- fabric covered (dollar store) pumpkins!

Here are the supplies I used:
- Two pumpkins I found at the dollar store
-Mod Podge (also grabbed at the dollar store)
- Paint brush
-Scrap Fabric (I use everything from dish towels, napkins and curtains)
- Gold Paint Pen
If you have never used mod podge - no worries its fool proof.  After cutting out some fabric strips from various left over fabrics (table cloths, napkins, etc) it was as simple as brushing a little mod podge on the pumpkin and applying the strip on top.  After getting all of the strips on your pumpkin you need to apply a good coat over everything - sealing it all together. 

After it dried I used a little gold paint pen to paint the little stems... and done.

These are now so sweet and scrappy and cute, I love them.  Now time to start busting out the fall decor and filling up our home with autumn.  Have a great week!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Home Tour: Kids Room Ideas (for boys)

I've been trying to update the blog with a more current home tour.  I've shared our living room and the kitchen and today its time for a full look at our sons room.  

I feel like I'm getting pretty close to having this space complete.  I still have a little list of things I would like to do - like paint the little bookcase by his bed and exchange out the door knobs (but don't we always have a long list of things to do in our home?)

We all love his room and we have loved having Silas help us along the way, like choosing his wall color and deciding wear he wanted to hang things.

A few things we made for his space is this little diy "couch" as Silas calls it and then also deciding to  recover it.  We also installed this little pallet for shelf.  Probably one of Silas' favorite things in his room.

I found this little alphabet decal at Target on clearance for just a couple of bucks, its been great for him as he has been excited about learning letters and letter sounds - plus it filled in the space on this open wall.

We added curtains (nothing fancy) but it helped make the room feel more finished, replaced his ceiling light (which I don't think I have a photo of, bad blogger), hung a few old baseball gloves, and found a little elephant for over his bed.

We also framed an animal map of NC because this kid loves to learn about animals, he takes it rather seriously.

Last week I shared our little striped door project - its such a fun addition to his space.  The star we got in Thailand from a church who hand makes them and sells them to raise money for aids care.  One of my favorite things we have.

I love all the little Silas touches in here.  Its definitely a space made for him.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Kids spaces are always fun to be in :).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Painting Stripes on a Door

I love a good stripe, especially in the home.  Striped walls and striped things are everywhere these days.  I have been wanting to paint a striped wall in our hallway forever and have never gotten around to it.  So when we were updating and transitioning our little boys room into a bigger boy room I decided it was a great time to go for stripes.

Here is a before shot below, this was before ripping the carpet up and painting the walls a darker shade of blue...

I went the easy lazy route and decided to make the stripes all different sizes instead of trying to measure out each stripe the exact same.  I thought for a little door it would be fun.  So yes, I just eyeballed it.  Its not exact or perfect but with the stripes being different sizes it works.  This project was really a cinch - tape up some stripes and paint the door.  Simple.

Isn't it so cute?  I love it!  It adds so much fun and a little brightness to his room.

And as you can tell, this is a lived in little boys room.  It has bins full of random toys, stickers stuck on things and homemade projects on the walls.  I see all of these kids rooms on pinterest that are perfectly organized and decorated without hardly a toy in site.  I'm not sure how that works but I'm really happy with how his little space turned out - its his.

Next on the list of things to do in here is to change out the door handles.  I have had the new ones for months now - but they were way more complicated looking to install than I thought so I have put them off.    Eventually he will have some updated oil rubbed bronze door knobs to go with all of the other finishings.  Those little finishing seem to make such a big difference when all together.

Its cool how a little paint can transform a space.

Do you guys have any stripe projects in your home?  A wall, door, some furniture?  Share with me!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kitchen Update

Last week I shared our progress on the living room and today its time to share our {work in progress} kitchen...

I'm here to say it is possible to get the kitchen you love on a budget.  Our kitchen is still not complete, its a work in progress- but it has come a really long way (check out the before and afters at the bottom of the post).  We have made updates throughout the last several years and each one brings us closer to our goal.  

We painted everything (cabinets, walls, trim), replaced the flooring, replaced the hardware, replaced some lighting, and recently replaced our appliances. 

Overall I think the paint made the biggest difference and the tile floor is one of my favorite things we've done so far.  We painted these cabinets 4 years ago and they are still holding up really well.  If you are on the fence - go for it.  I love our white cabinets.

We still have the old countertop (don't worry though we actually have a new one waiting to be installed...can't wait!).  But its crazy how updating the paint and a few other things makes the countertops not seem as bad.  So it is possible to enjoy your kitchen with just a few easy and inexpensive upgrades.

This may be one of my favorite little spots in our house.

Don't look too closely at the door, it is on our replace list.  It has seen better days for sure.

Recently we were able to upgrade all of our appliances.  And, we were able to do so rather inexpensively.  You can probably tell that they are not all the same brand - something that I could care less about but maybe for others is a must.  Our stove came by a friend who was upgrading to gas and the fridge and dishwasher were outdated floor models.  If you are looking to upgrade but want to save some cash - try the floor model approach...we saved tons.  We still need to adjust everything in its place (see stove below) but we are waiting on installing the countertops...which is waiting for the sink that is backordered.  We will get there eventually.

Look at how far this little kitchen has come....

This little kitchen gets a ton of use from monday night meals with our community group to college ministry cookouts.  It has served us so well and its amazing how many people you can actually get in here and feed at one time.
Hope this helps some of you have hope in your little kitchens.  A little time and some work pays off.  Next on the list - replace countertops and sink!  We are pumped.

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