Easter Decor Farmhouse Style

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I love spring and all of the soft pastels surrounding Easter decorations. Any holiday that allows me to decorate with more bunnies is perfect for me! Egg hunts, dressing up and attending the Monument Avenue Easter on Parade in Richmond are just some of the things we look forward to as a family during this season. My kids love it because they know the bunny is going to bring them candy and some goodies!

I haven’t changed the porch since I put up my spring decorations but I did add this cute Easter bunny sign to the door.

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As you come into my  foyer you will see the cute new goodies I found. I love my ceramic egg! Can you believe it was only $6 at TJ Maxx! Those sweet Victorian style eggs were on sale for $.59 at Michael’s! I want to go back and buy more.

 Easter decorating farmhouse style entryway

Easter decorating farmhouse style entryway

My dining room always changes with the holidays. I love styling my buffet for the different seasons. Rae Dunn Easter platters go perfectly with the sweet little chick and bunny decorations. The garland is from the Target bargain area last year and the burlap carrots were this year’s finds.

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Next stop is my kitchen. I kept it simple in there using fresh eggs from our chickens and a linen table runner for a natural look. You may have noticed that I have different kitchen chairs. While browsing Goodwill for outdoor decor to make over I came across these chairs. One of them is damaged so they sold me all 4 chairs for $35! Can you believe it? They need a fresh coat of paint and a little wood glue but that’s it.

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Lastly I added a little Easter fun to the family room. A cute ceramic bunny from the Target bargain area joined my tray on top of the green dresser (also a Target bargain score!).

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I did not add much to this room besides some jelly beans in a candy dish (which lasted all of 2 minutes in the jar before my youngest devoured them).

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Spring time and Easter make me think of the outdoors and baby animals. Bunnies, baby chicks, ducklings, spring flowers are all part of the season to me. My son talked us into buying two sweet Rouen ducklings at Tractor Supply. Sadly we had to rehome them after only a week because I was severely allergic. I had no idea or I would not have bought them. The ducklings grew so fast and my kids were in love with them. They understood we had to give them away but there were plenty of tears from the little one.

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My picnic basket was purchased to resell but I couldn’t part with it. Luckily Bun Bun willingly participates in my photos. She’s the sweetest!

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The yard is blooming and I love it!

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One last tradition is giving our teachers fresh eggs from our chickens. Last year’s teachers loved it so I hope this year’s do as well! The printable is from Eighteen 25. It’s meant for a sweet treat but I think it’s perfect for eggs too!

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I hope you enjoyed Easter at our house! What traditions does your family have?

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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover $100 Room Challenge Week 5

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It’s week 5 of the $100 Room Challenge, the big reveal!!! Are you ready to see my boy’s new bedroom makeover? If you are not familiar with the challenge it was created by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry  You have $100 budget and one month to make over a space in your home. At the end of this post please visit the other challengers to see their final reveals! It has been so much fun following along every week with the progress photos.

If you are new to my blog you can find the before photos and previous week’s progress in these links.

Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four

For this challenge I took on my boy’s shared bedroom. I had several goals I was hoping to accomplish during this makeover.

  1. Add seating
  2. Change out the bedding for something easier to manage. Bunk beds are hard for kids to make themselves!
  3. Update the artwork
  4. Book storage
  5. Add character with a wood feature wall

Most of them were able to be completed exactly as planned. Number 5 was the exception. Unfortunately I am terrible at measuring and did not have enough leftover wood to complete that project. Instead of a wood feature wall I decided to do a chalkboard for the boys! I had leftover paint from the chalkboard wall in my kitchen so it was no additional expense. My husband cut 4 boards into 3 foot long pieces. Then I used the rest of the leftover red chalk paint from the bookcase project to paint them. I took our sweet little ducklings outside for a little time in the sun while I was painting. They are so curious and watched everything that I was doing!

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Now that the frame boards are finished drying it’s time to move inside. First I got out the level and traced out the size I wanted the chalkboard to be. I decided 3×3 would be perfect for that spot. Next using a foam brush I painted the outline of the chalkboard. Once that was done I used a paint roller to complete the chalkboard. After everything was nice and dry My husband framed it out for me using the nail gun and painted boards.

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We hung a sign that I had made a few months ago for my hallway but never put up. Timber Trace Farmstead is the name my son chose when registering our Silver Fox Rabbits with the ARBA. We are no longer breeding rabbits and the parents have been sold but the name remains for our little farm. The boys are so excited to have a chalkboard in their bedroom and it will get so much use.

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Now for the room reveal! The before picture is pretty bad. What a mess!

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And the after! Ahhh, much better. Let’s hope they can keep their bedroom this clean on a regular basis!

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A fun little gallery wall is so much cuter! Originally I planned to use the vintage locker basket in my oldest son’s bedroom. I want to do an industrial modern makeover for him but he prefers his bedroom the way it is now. The basket looks great in here turned on it’s side as a shelf instead. It holds the boy’s trophies and a set of antlers.

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Nice neat bedding! No more sloppy blankets!

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We also decided to rearrange the furniture to change things up a bit. The boys will not be so crowded when they are taking clothes out of their dresser.

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This week I managed to only work with what I already owned. As a result I did not end up spending anything! The final numbers:

Budget $100

Money spent:

Knob $2.39

Bedding ($ 40×2) $80

Artwork license plate $2.52

8×10 prints (2) $7.98

American Flag pillows ($2.49×2) $4.98

Total spent: $97.87

Under budget by: $2.13!!!!

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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover $100 Room Challenge Week 4

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It’s week 4 of the $100 Room Challenge. If you are not familiar with the challenge it was started by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. You have one month and $100 budget to transform a space in your home. My plans and progress so far can be found on these links.

Week One Week Two Week Three

The plan was to cross off #5 on my list by adding some character with a wood accent wall this week. We completed our master bedroom makeover a few months back. My husband used wood planks to cover our dated textured ceiling. He overbought and neglected to return several packages of wooden planks. Sadly this is typical for us. Instead of letting it just sit around and collect dust I decided it needed to be used. The boys love my bedroom and said they needed a “cool wall” of their own.

This how my ceiling turned out. More on that makeover can be found here.

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Unfortunately the wall treatment did not happen this week. Once we got out all of the extra wood we realized it wasn’t going to be enough for the wall treatment we had planned. My husband suggested a trip to Lowe’s to buy one more package of wood. The cost is $15 per package.  Since I had $7 left in my $100 budget I was ok with going over by $8. It was still going to be an expensive makeover. Well that didn’t quite pan out. Lowe’s no longer sells that wood! Now we have to come up with a new game plan.

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I was trying to brainstorm ideas for the wall treatment so I told my husband we will complete it tomorrow. Then life happened. We had two kids come down with strep this week and I also have a bad cold. My plans got postponed to this upcoming weekend therefore no “in progress” pictures this week.

Since I still had $7 left and money burns a hole in my pocket I decided to buy these flag pillow covers on Amazon.

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There were two more items I found to add to the room that were free! I won the wooden buck head in an Instagram giveaway from Jars of Clay Co. Katie has so many cute farmhouse decor items in her shop. Take a peek! The antlers were another freebie from Cottage By The Bay Finds. I had purchased a vintage locker basket to use in my upcoming older son’s bedroom makeover. When I told her of my plans she sent me the antlers as a fun bonus. Wasn’t that sweet of her? They match the younger boy’s bedroom theme more so I am using them in here.

Here are my totals for the makeover so far!

Budget $100

Money spent so far:

Knob $2.39

Bedding ($40×2) $80

Artwork license plate $2.52

8×10 prints (2) $7.98

Pillow covers (2)  $4.98

Total spent: $97.87

Budget left to spend: $2.13

Boy's farmhouse bedroom makeover

Boy’s farmhouse bedroom makeover

Stay tuned for the final reveal next week!!! Visit my fellow bloggers in the challenge to see what creative ideas they had this week!

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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover $100 Room Challenge Week 3

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It’s week 3 of the $100 room challenge already. March is flying by! This week I was able to cross off goals 1 through 3 of my farmhouse style bedroom makeover. Yes I know it’s not in order since I completed goal 4 last week but that’s how we roll around here. If you are not familiar with the $100 Room Challenge before, it was created by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. You choose a room to makeover in one month on a $100 budget. My progress and before pictures can be found here Week One Week Two

Now for this week’s details:

  1. Add seating. We had this fun blue camouflage/video game inspired print beanbag chair hanging around in my older son’s room and it sometimes lives in the playroom. The colors matched the boy’s bedroom and the price was right (free from shopping the house) so it was a perfect fit.

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2. New bedding. Where has Zipit bedding been all of my parenting life? It is so much easier for the kids to make their own beds now. Making their bed used to be so difficult and it always looked sloppy even when I helped. Now all they have to do is zip it up like a sleeping bag. So awesome!! Even better is that I found them on Wayfair on sale for $40. The retail price is $60! They can be found here. As of this posting the price went up $4 but it’s still an awesome deal!

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3. Update the artwork. This American flag framed art used to hang in my family room. Recently I replaced it with a mirror and planned to use it as a Fourth of July decoration instead. I think it goes along with the farmhouse theme so I let the boys have it. My youngest spotted this rather tacky John Deere license plate in Tractor Supply for $2.52 in the clearance aisle. Being the country boy that he is he HAD to have it so it went into the cart. After all it is their bedroom and I want them to love it.

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Originally these frames contained pictures from a country themed calendar. They were nice but kind of blah. I wanted something more colorful for the boy’s bedroom.

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Recently I took my youngest down to an antique tractor museum about an hour away from us. He was in love! I got some great shots and thought they would be really cute in their bedroom. They would also remind us of the fun outing we had. Reusing the IKEA frames is also saving me some money!

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Budget $100

Money spent so far:

Knob $2.39

Bedding ($40×2) $80

Artwork license plate $2.52

8×10 prints at Walgreens (2) $7.98

Budget left to spend: $7.11

Boy's Farmhouse Bedroom makeover week 3

Boy’s Farmhouse Bedroom makeover week 3

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It’s week 2 of the $100 room challenge by Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. Last week I introduced you to my boy’s bedroom. This week I am having fun with a little chalk paint. I have some big makeover plans for a more functional bedroom. The post can be found here.

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I was able to cross off item #4 (book storage) this week. We had this bookcase in my older son’s closet that is from the same furniture set as the dresser. There are some scratches and dings which is not surprising since I purchased the furniture set in 2008 for my older and middle son when they briefly shared a bedroom at our last house. Sharing a room did not last long so I lost my crafting room to separate them. It was worth the sacrifice not to listen to the fighting! This is why the middle and youngest share now (we only have 3 bedrooms upstairs) instead of them despite the 5 year age difference.

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I had leftover chalk paint from my red dresser makeover that was completed a few months ago. The chalk paint I used is Americana Decor in Romance. Soft varnish was used as a protective coating. My blue dresser in the foyer was painted using the same steps. That post can be found here.

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The knob is the same one that was used on the dresser. Hobby Lobby has the best selection of knobs! I purchased it using a 40% off coupon bringing it down to $2.39.

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First I cleaned the bookcase well. Second I started painting with chalk paint. I love that there is no sanding or other prep work involved. Projects can be completed so much faster! I like to pour out some paint onto a paper plate or bowl instead of dipping in the jar.

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I quickly paint and then go back and drag the foam brush the full length of the surface in one smooth line. That will remove any brush strokes. Sometimes I like the look of brush strokes and will use a real paint brush. My preference is foam brushes. Foam leaves a nice finish and since they are so cheap I don’t feel guilty throwing them away. Perfect for lazy people like myself.

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Normally I would do two coats of chalk paint but since I wanted a little wood grain to show through like the dresser I only did one coat. This bookcase did not receive any distressing but a little sandpaper or a sanding block could be used to rough up the edges if that is the look you are going for. When I started painting it was nice and bright out but a rain storm rolled in and it got dark quickly! The overhead lights had to go on making it harder for me to see! I like to paint in natural light so I get a better end result.

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Once the paint was fully dry I went over it with a coat of Americana Decor Soft Varnish. The varnish protects the chalk paint from chipping off. This product is clear and does not change the color of the chalk paint. Other waxes can be used if you wanted an antiqued look.

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Budget $100

Money spent so far: Knob $2.39

Budget left to spend: $97.61

Stay tuned to see what I accomplish next week! The final results will be posted at the end of the month. This challenge has been so much fun!

Farmhouse style boys bedroom makeover

Farmhouse style boys bedroom makeover


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Spring at the Farmhouse Home Tour

Spring Home Tour

I have teamed up with some amazing blogger friends for the Spring at the Farmhouse blog hop. Each one of these ladies is very talented and has a unique style. Please be sure to visit everyone and show them some love. If you are visiting from Little By Little Farmhouse   I am so happy that you stopped by! Her 1836 Farmhouse is stunning, isn’t it?

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Welcome to my home! I do not have a grand entryway, just this cozy little spot. I’m guessing you noticed the little piggie in the corner.  That’s Neil. He is my shadow and loves to photobomb my pictures. If you follow me on Instagram I often share his antics. He’s a naughty little guy!

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My house is beginning to change over from my darker winter decor to everything light, bright and fun. Second to fall, spring is my favorite season. I am not a big fan of cold and snow. If you are a regular reader of my blog you may remember that I had navy blue curtains and dark plaid throw pillows. They have all be replaced by all white everything! The neutral palette goes well with the pastel colors of spring.

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I have added lots of flowers (faux of course so I don’t sneeze!) to the house. The mantel was kept very simple with a bird’s nest, some forsythia and an adorable church birdhouse. My favorite springtime picture of my boys in a teal frame adds a little pop of color.

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Of course I had to hit up my favorite seasonal shopping place, The Target Bargain Spot, to see what treasures I could find. As usual I was not disappointed! This adorable Hello Spring pillow and the pink wooden tray I used on the dresser made it into my cart in record time. Unfortunately other people in my area have discovered it too so you have to move fast! I love the cheerful colors!

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If you look inside the smaller mason jar you will see the most adorable little nest I found at a boutique near me. The larger jar holds faux robin’s eggs.

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My cozy reading corner received a few spring touches. You know how much I love my bunnies!

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In the opposite corner Harold is sporting a magnolia wreath and I added a fun little chair. It was purchased with the intent of refinishing and selling it but my boys pointed out that it fits here perfectly. They are right! The basket holds fresh eggs that my oldest son collected. My chickens are finally laying again thankfully!

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On the opposite side of the entryway is the dining room. A crisp white linen tablecloth and some fun tulips lighten up this space. On a recent junking trip I found these silver pitchers. My mom is going to have something to say when she sees that I displayed them tarnished but I prefer things to be imperfect (like myself).

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For the centerpiece I found this adorable greenhouse and filled it with dried boxwood plants and some moss eggs. I love a little bit of greenery mixed with the cotton boll.

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My master bedroom also received some spring updates. I changed up the accessories, added some more faux spring flowers and a cute decorative pillow.

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In Virginia it has been unseasonable warm and sunny which made it more challenging to take photos! Not that I am complaining!

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Lastly we head outdoors. This is the first home I have owned with a front porch and I love it. I am enjoying changing it up for the seasons plus I have a great spot to sit and watch my boys when the summer sun is scorching.

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The yard is starting to turn green but still has a ways to go. Crocus and tulips have started coming up!

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We are not the only ones enjoying the early spring weather. My animals are loving it too! Neil loves hanging out on the deck and the chickens beg to get out of the coop and free range. Literally. They will start squawking as soon as they see me. We also have rabbits which will be making an appearance on the blog closer to Easter.

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I hope you enjoyed touring my home for spring. Head over to Little Farmstead next to see what she has in store for you! Be sure to stop by and say hello to my other friends as well!

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Boys Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover $100 Room Challenge Week 1

I am so excited to be participating in a new series by Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry called the $100 Room Challenge. For this month I have chosen to give my two younger boy’s shared bedroom an update.

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As most of you know I love to decorate on a budget. $100 is not much to work with but I am determined to stick to it! I will be reusing items from other rooms, cashing in some gift cards and working with products that I already own to save money. A running total of money spent will be posted to keep myself accountable.

I have several goals I would like to accomplish during the challenge:

  1. Add seating
  2. Change out the bedding for something easier to manage. Bunk beds are hard for kids to make themselves!
  3. Update the artwork
  4. Book storage
  5. Add character with a wood feature wall

Their bedroom has some good bones to begin with but I feel like it needs more. It’s the smallest room in the house and functionality is a priority. The boys have been asking when they can get a “fancy” wall since we added the wood ceiling to our master bedroom and the shiplap to our powder room (posts can be found on the home tour tab). Luckily we have leftover wood from those two projects to work with!

This is the reason I have never shared their bedroom. As of now it’s nothing special. The before photos:

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Sloppy bedding: check

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Sloppy book bins: check

Top of the dresser a mess: check

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Boring: check

Remember to check back every Wednesday for the in progress pictures. I will be posting the big reveal at the end of the month! My boys and I are so excited about this project.

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You can see the other participants and their makeovers here. Click on the links to be taken to their blog posts!


St. Patrick’s Day decorating – Farmhouse style

 

St. Patrick's Day Farmhouse style

St. Patrick’s Day Farmhouse style

For some holidays I feel like a little goes a long way. For example St. Patrick’s Day. Many of the commercially available decor is shiny and bright which is not my style. Being part Irish I want to celebrate but I do not want my house to look cheesy or tacky. A few simple touches is all that I need. Green is already an accent color in my house (like this dresser) so I do not want to go over the top. In my family room I added two fun printables.

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My go to website when I am looking for decor ideas is Pinterest. This free printable is available from Blooming Homestead. She has several colors and patterns available. Under her Printables tab she has pages worth of goodies!

http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2011/02/st-patricks-day-printables.html

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On the mantel I have a sign I printed out years ago. Unfortunately I can not remember the source and could not find it online. Normally I am practically a professional Googler (I made that job up) but it is no where to be found.

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My dining room was the other space to receive a little Irish touch. This Erin Go Braugh sign was supposed to be a door hanging but I clipped off the string and attached it to my cotton wreath. I lied. I do own ONE bright and shiny decoration…

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Using a suction cup I attached this cute Shamrock I found at Ross several years ago to my antique window. It also had a welcome sign attached and was meant for a front door but I altered it. I think a simple shamrock is cute all by itself.

The kids and I of course wear green so we don’t get pinched and the younger boys love having the leprechauns make trouble in their classroom. We don’t do an all green dinner as we avoid food dyes. Natural ones just don’t pack the same punch. Spinach or salad as a side works well enough for us! No corned beef here either but I do love cabbage (sauteed in bacon grease of course!) How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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My Farmhouse Decor from IKEA

Farmhouse Decor

For years I never visited IKEA. I used to think they only carried modern style items and that is just not my taste. Plus it’s an almost 2 hour drive and if you’ve ever visited Northern Virginia you know you need to time your visit perfectly. That is if you don’t you will sit in the worst traffic you could imagine for hours. Not a good time. I have now been converted to an IKEA lover. Our house has many other products that I will share with you another day. That is if my oldest ever cleans his bedroom!

I started to notice white slip covered couches showing up in my favorite blogs and decorating publications. Instantly I was in love. The Pottery Barn version is a little over my budget while having younger children. Enter the EKTORP couch! It is budget friendly and so easy to take care of as long as you don’t mind doing extra laundry. Laundry is my nemesis but I still manage. Our children are banned from eating anywhere but the kitchen and dining room so that does help. My husband is the messiest one but as he likes to point out he paid for them so…

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My plaid pillow covers are also from IKEA but no longer sold. I have the 20×20 FJADRAR duck feather inserts in them. For spring I am swapping out the plaid cushion covers for all white.

 

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My OSTED sisal rug can take a beating. Comfortable is not a word I would use to describe it but it is hardcore and sturdy. You will not be lounging on the floor unless you have a blanket or pillows down under you. Fibers will scratch the heck out of you. In my old house we used it in our dining room but since downsizing it was too big. The price can not be beat for such a large rug.

 

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In the corner of my family room I have the JENNYLUND chair. I decided to again go with white even though they have so many pretty cover choices. Staying neutral is my best bet as I like to change things up frequently.

The GURLI cushion cover is another IKEA find and a steal at only $4! I am regretting not buying more!  Monogramming would be cute on this cover too!

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There is another JENNYLUND chair in my master bedroom. You can see more photos of the whole room here

Farmhouse style master bedroom makeover

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One of my favorite finds is the FEJKA artificial potted plants. They are now only $4!!! Not only are they inexpensive but they look real too! That’s perfect for me since I do not have live plants in the house with my allergies.

I have them “planted” in the ORADD plant pot which is a steal at .79! You can’t make it that cheap. That’s an inside joke between my best friend and I.

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IKEA has many other farmhouse decor items like white pitchers, bedding and even a farmhouse sink. What farmhouse decor have you found there?

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Valentine’s Day Decor: Farmhouse Style

Valentine's Day Decor

 

We don’t make a huge fuss over Valentine’s Day like some couples do. Pre-kids there would be a nice dinner out and a small gift. Now it’s a card and that’s about it. I do enjoy celebrating with the kids though!

Some years I do an amazing Pinterest worthy Valentine’s card for classmates and other years we go the lazy route and just do store bought valentines. We are doing both this year. The preschooler is giving his friends boxes of crayons with a cute little saying and the third grader is handing out Star Wars store bought valentines that come with tattoos. All that matters is that they are happy. My oldest is a 6th grader so no more parties for him.

For our mantel I kept it my simple winter neutral look and just added a fun banner from the Target bargain area. If you are not already checking (or stalking in my case) it seasonally you must go!!! They have the cutest accessories and everything is $5 or less.

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Christmas Tree Shops is another store that always has cute seasonal decor. I found this pillow for $10! Don’t mind my little photobombing piglet Neil. He is obsessed with me! Neil follows me all over the house nudging me constantly. If you think it would get annoying after a while you would be correct. You can see more of his antics on Instagram. Having a pig is fun but he is very mischievous! https://www.instagram.com/jerseygirlinthesouthblog/

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This frame gets changed out each season. I came across this free printable from We Heart Parties on Pinterest. If you would like to print one of your own follow this link. She has five available! http://www.weheartparties.com/free-printables/post/2015/1/5-chic-valentines-day-free-printable-signs

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My kitchen does not get much holiday love. The shelves were finally put up this weekend (after living under my couch since November!!!) so I had to give them a little something. This heart sign is also from the Target bargain area for $3.

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For the bathroom I also kept it simple and just added a candle holder with an apple cinnamon candle.

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My dining room was the last room that I decorated. Again it was the Target bargain area for the win. I found this love sign for $3. IMG_9793

I also found this Be Mine banner and the two smaller signs there. The framed picture was made back in my scrapbooking days with my Cricut machine.

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I hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s Day tour! For more ideas follow my Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/valentines-day/

 

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