Archives for September 2016

Fall Home Tour 2016

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Fall is my favorite season! The temperature starts to cool down but it’s still warm enough not to need coats, hats and all that mess. As much as I love flip flops I am eager to wear my new fall boots! There is something fun going on every weekend and it’s perfect fire pit weather.  I can do without the ragweed pollen and the rainy few weeks we have had though!

I am not a pumpkin spice fan (I know! The horror! You can revoke my basic girl card now) and I don’t like pumpkin pie but I can’t get enough of pumpkins in my decor. Per the usual Target did not let me down. I went to every store in the area an embarrassing amount of times to collect all of their awesome fall stuff from the bargain spot. Half of my decorations were purchased there this year. If you haven’t been lately it’s worth the trip!

The cozy throws I have on the rocking chairs are really blanket scarves. I had bought one to wear but it was entirely too hot. I was having trouble finding a second one in the same pattern so I cut mine in half. Shh…don’t tell. Aren’t these pillows cute? Also from Target!

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In the foyer I styled my chalk painted pumpkins with another blanket scarf in a metal crate. I love it alongside my brass quail from Goodwill and my faux sunflowers from Hobby Lobby. You can see how to make your own pumpkins and also how I painted the dresser here. http://www.jerseygirlinthesouth.com/diy-projects-and-crafts/

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In the dining room I tried to stay with simple, rustic decorations. The Thankful banner is another Target find from last year. I styled the tray on the table with things I had around the house (grapevine balls, burlap ribbon, tray and candle holder) and a bag of gourds and mini pumpkins from the grocery store.

 

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Do you see my new grain scoop on the buffet?

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I did not decorate the kitchen for fall except for the coffee station. Rae Dunn mugs are my favorite! They have such cute sayings and I buy them whenever I find them at Homegoods. My rack is full now so I will have to move onto bowls and trays. 😉

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My family room colors are the perfect backdrop for fall decorations with a quick change of the couch pillows. I also swapped out the greenery and changed up the mantel a little bit. I decided to stay simple and neutral. It will change over to Halloween next month but I like this look for September and November. I’ve been on the hunt for birch branches to fill the olive bucket.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my fall decor! If you are not already following me on Instagram please do @jerseygirlinthesouthblog I have been posting my decor changes over there. I also love seeing everyone’s homes.

 

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DIY Farmhouse Style Gallery Wall

Farmhouse Style Gallery Wall

Farmhouse Style Gallery Wall

I love the look of gallery walls and have had one in every home. I started out in our first home in NJ with our wedding pictures but now it’s all based on the kids (like every other aspect of our lives.)  Unfortunately I did not have a large spot to hang photos downstairs so I decided to use the upstairs hallway. We have a large wall at the top of our stairs next to the laundry room. I used a mix of heavy gold frames we had from our old house when I first hung everything up after we moved in last year. We had a french country look going on in our previous house and had these for many years. I quickly threw it together and it was a “good enough” project instead of something that I loved.

A few weeks ago I got bored of looking at the ornate frames. They did not match the farmhouse style we have in the rest of our home. Normally I would try to update them with chalk paint but instead I donated the frames and went shopping for new ones. Well, except for one unfortunate frame. That one made it into the trash instead…I tried to straighten the lopsided picture to take a good “before” picture and ended up knocking one off of the wall….Oops. The broken glass scraped up the picture so I was not very happy with my clumbsy myself. (Stuff like this tends to happen at least once a week. At least no one was injured this time.) One frame also had the boy’s picture sliding down on the inside. I left that one alone so as not to have another casualty.

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Here is the before shot. The big open space on the top left was our wedding toast picture.

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I tend to like gallery walls that are not just pictures since I feel it makes the display more interesting.  The black key and the painting were the only items that we reused. Everything else was either borrowed from other rooms or purchased. I always like to shop the house first before spending any money. If you know me personally you know that I am constantly changing and rearranging things. My husband is not a huge fan of this habit since I often make him help.

I found some great new frames with more of a farmhouse look along with some new signs. The blessed sign was purchased as a digital download off of Etsy from Sweet Meadow Market. It can be found here. https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetmeadowmarket. The family sign, “quotes” sign, letter S, number 5, black key , Enjoy Today sign, and wooden picture frames are all from Hobby Lobby. The blue chippy frames are from Michael’s and the clothespin frames are from Kirkland.

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It’s a fun way to display your favorite photos. To create your own gallery wall you can follow these easy steps:

  • Find frames that coordinate with each other. It is not  necessary to be matchy/matchy. They can all be the same frame if you like but I prefer more of an eclectic look.
  • Use paper (old wrapping paper, tissue paper, whatever you have laying around is fine) to recreate the size of your wall space
  • Arrange your frames and other objects on the floor on top of your paper to find your desirable pattern for the wall
  • Trace the frames and mark exactly where the hangers and hooks are located on your paper with a pencil
  • Using painter’s tape hang your paper on the wall.
  • Use nails and picture hangers in the marked spot where each one goes
  • Pull the paper off and hang your art
  • Stand back and admire your work

I will be honest and tell you that all of the frames sat on the floor leaning against the wall for almost a month. I just couldn’t make up my mind how I wanted to arrange everything. It’s not a good idea to make a ton of holes in the wall and not love something so it’s best to wait if you are not sure. Not that I would know that from past experience or anything…

An easy way to create your own is by using a pattern. Pinterest is full of ideas! I have several pinned on my Farmhouse Style Family Room board. https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/farmhouse-style-family-room/

 

This is the before and after. Much better!

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How to: DIY Chalk Paint Pumpkin with Twine Stem

How to Chalk Paint Pumpkins

As you may have already figured out I am in love with chalk paint. I think it’s the easiest way to transform a boring and outdated object into something spectacular.

My husband got down the fall decor bins out of the attic for me the other day after I nicely asked several times aka bugged him until he did it. I started going through them to see what goodies I could find. Last year I did not decorate for fall as our house had some construction projects going on and I could not remember what I had saved.  We did A LOT of purging before we moved but I still kept a few things that I was not totally in love with. Example: these too bright and obviously fake plastic pumpkins.  The decor in my new house has made a change to a more neutral pallette.

I have been loving white pumpkins, burlap and natural textures. The only problem was I didn’t own any, well until now! Instead of dropping them off at Goodwill I tried to see what they would look like with a fresh coat of paint. I figured why not? The worst I could do was ruin them. My youngest decided to “help” and drew on the tall ceramic pumpkin with green marker so I needed to do something to fix it anyway. I have owned these pumpkins for about 15 years so I got my money’s worth out of them already. A roll of twine was found in my gift wrapping stash and the white chalk paint was leftover from painting my dining room furniture. This was a zero budget project! My favorite kind!

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I started out with 5 pumpkins and ended up only keeping 4 of them. I just was not feeling the short fat one once I started painting it. Sometimes I am not happy with my DIY results and that’s ok. No harm, no foul and into the trash it went.

How to:

Step 1-Gather fake pumpkins that need a makeover. They can be ones you already own or you can buy new. Dollar Tree, Walmart, Michaels and other craft stores are filled with them. They are inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles.

Step 2-Get chalk paint of your choosing and a foam brush. I used Americana Decor chalk paint in Everlasting. https://decoart.com/americana-decor/chalky-finish/paint It’s a pure white. There are many brands of chalk paint to choose from. Americana Decor and Annie Sloan are my two favorites. I have built up a nice paint stash the past few years. I buy big packs of foam brushes since I find they give me the best results. They are cheap and I throw them away when I am done. Easy peasy cleanup. It is not worth it to me to save them.

If you want to cover the pumpkin stems with twine find a roll or you can paint them for a more realistic look. My twine is from The Bargain Spot at Target from last year but you can purchase it at most big box stores and hardware stores.

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Step 3-Paint two coats of chalk paint allowing them to dry in between coats. I use a pencil as a paint stirrer since the jars are so small and dip my foam brush right into the paint. I found it easier to paint in the grooves first and then go back and do the whole pumpkin.

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Step 4-Unroll the twine. Tuck an end under the cheesy plastic stem. You can secure it with glue if you choose to but I was able to get my twine to stay without it. Wrap the twine around the stem to cover it fully. I wound it around twice and tucked the cut end back under the stem by pushing it in with the tip of a pair of scissors. Again you can use glue to hold it but I was able to make mine stay all by itself. I chose to do a simple bow instead of wrapping the stem on the ceramic pumpkin. There was no way to hide the ends of the twine. I could have glued it to the back side but I wanted to be able to have all sides of my pumpkin visible.

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Step 5-Admire your work and style your fabulous new to you pumpkins! My pumpkins found a home for now in the foyer. I put them in a metal basket (found on clearance at Hobby Lobby) with this awesome $7 blanket scarf from Target’s bargain spot. If you have not been there lately you must go! So many fall goodies and they are selling out fast! The brass quail were a Goodwill find a few weeks ago. Aren’t they cute? I was going to paint them too but I decided I like the brass for now. I swapped out my summer flowers to these faux sunflowers, also from Hobby Lobby. The dresser is another chalk paint project and can be found under the DIY and crafts tab of my blog.

The possibilities are endless with this project. You do not have to go with white. The pumpkins would be cute in black or deep purple for Halloween or a fun color that matches your other seasonal decor. You could also add patterns, polka dots or whatever look you are going for! It’s really that simple!

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If you decide to replicate my project I would love to see your results! You can tag me on Instagram or on Facebook @jerseygirlinthesouthblog .

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