Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Updates in the Dining Room



Hi friends! I hope you are enjoying your Summer so far!
Today I wanted to share with you some updates I have made in the dining room. This room has gone through a few changes starting with a new paint color, new Ikea sideboard you can read about HERE, and I have finally broken down and added some new artwork on the walls.




It all started with this butterfly (or moth-you decide) picture that caught my eye. All of those rich saturated colors drew me in and I knew I had to have this picture.

So what's a girl to do with ONE picture? Hhhmm........decisions, decisions.

I decided to go on a manhunt for a matching frame and try to create a grouping.




After searching high and low I found these frames at none other than Wal-Mart that look almost identical and they came with white matings too. Score!

All I had to do now was add these prints I purchased online from a daily deals sight and hang them up.

Instant grouping! ....and I love it! It is just what this wall needed.





And of course I updated my Hemnes sideboard for Summer too.



I think new chairs and window treatments will be next for this room.



It is amazing what one picture can do. It can spark a creative streak and motivate you to decorate a corner of your home that was once bare and boring!

It feels good to no longer walk thru the room and see empty walls!

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Jennifer





















Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My Latest Project and Some Thrift Store Finds

Hi friends! Today I wanted to show you my latest thrift store finds.
I had a chance to run by the thrift store during the day....normally I go after work, so I was able to snag some things early before the crowd rushed in.

Here you will see a small load I had in my card.
I love this black shirt with a heart. The heart is in animal print....super cute and I can't wait to wear it out.

I also found a turquoise candle lantern, a couple baskets, and a small ironstone creamer/pitcher set.



If you follow me on Instagram you know all about this bench I found.  It is going down in the "Best Finds Ever" list of my thrift store shopping!



Then there were these two plant stands. My favorite thing to buy at the thrift store is outdoor décor.

Outdoor décor can be so expensive and it is fully exposed to the elements so I don't like to spent a lot of money on it, so when I find good deals like these metal plant stands I snatch them up!

I actually bought both of these and gave one to my Mom.


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If you follow me on Youtube you got to see some of my latest thrift store finds.

The Spring time is such a great time to find deals at the thrift stores, and of course garage sales too!
I hope you have a chance to get out there and get some deals!

As far as my thrift store finds go, I am starting to post more of my thrifty finds on Instagram and Youtube, so hop on over to follow me there so you don't miss a beat!

I'm always thrifting and looking for deals so its going to be fun to start posting them on Instagram and Youtube where I can show you things in more detail.


Now, back to that bench.......

Jennifer

Friday, March 17, 2017

How to Shop for Faux Flowers

Hi friends! Today we're talking about decorating on a budget. If you're like me you like to change things out with the season and that can get costly over time so I'm here today to show you a way to maximize your hard earned dollar but still create a beautiful warm and inviting home.

How to get the look for less? Its easy! Just a little imagination and know-how is all you need!

I have been looking for pretty floral pieces to update my home but decent floral can be pricey, and rightfully so. There really is a difference between a quality faux floral and the cheap retail stuff BUT you can find some nice faux flowers if you know what to look for.


Here are my top four tips for picking out inexpensive faux floral:

1. Shape & Size:
Faux flowers should be shaped in the same manner as the real flower.
Normally manufacturers of the mass retail version have the petals too widely spaced and the stems and leaves are usually not shaped correctly either, and the worst is if size is not quite right. Often times bulkier flowers like hydrangeas or lilacs will not be as full as the real deal simply because they are cheaper and the manufacturer is trying to keep costs down, and when they do that.....boy does it show!

2. Color:
Faux flowers should be the same color as the actual flowers. I can't stand when I go shopping for faux flowers and see a flower in several different colors that is not natural to the real flower, or they use one color and there is no variation. In nature, real flowers have dimension and light or dark spaces on them. They are not one flat color so your faux version shouldn't be either!

3. Texture:
Faux flowers should have the same texture as the real thing. For instance, lets talk faux tulips. The stem and foliage on a real tulip is thick and kind of waxy or rubbery feeling. Faux tulips should be the same, but most of the times the cheaper versions feel nothing like the real thing. The cheaper retailers use a standard material for the foliage as they use on other flowers and it is nothing like the real thing. Often times it feels like fabric and is matte with no sheen. The foliage on a real tulip is thick and waxy thus reflects light, and so should the faux version.

4. Movement:
I bet this is one tip you weren't expecting. Movement! Real flowers droop a little, have irregular petal shapes and move with the wind. Many cheap faux flowers are stiff and do not lean or hold themselves like their real versions do. A qualify faux flower should react similarly as the real flower when put in a vase or laid on a table. The petals should droop or land accordingly and not look stiff or posed.


Here is a floral piece I picked up a WM for $3 dollars. I separated it and made two arrangements with it.
Not bad for $3 bucks!




I cut three stems and put them in a flower frog I bought from a thrift store a long time ago.



And then took the other three stems and put them in this cute mini-hanging basket by my front door.



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You do not have to spend a lot to have beautiful faux floral, you just have to know what to look for, so I hope you enjoy these tips and can keep them in mind the next time you are shopping.


Jennifer


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