Farmhouse Style Patriotic Summer Front Porch

 

 

Patriotic Summer Front Porch

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This is the first house that I have owned with a true front porch. I love to style it for the different seasons. The navy blue rockers give the house a down home country feel and look great paired with Americana decor. Our family looks forward to Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations every summer and I would like my home to reflect that.

First new pillows were purchased for the rocking chairs at Tuesday Morning. Their selection of outdoor pillows were all too brightly colored or too expensive for my small budget. Instead I purchased these adorable American flag pillows for $15 each. I loved the brass star button details!

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I wanted them to hold up to the elements so I purchased Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield from Amazon. It is supposed to protect outdoor furniture and fabrics. This is the first time I have used this product and so far so good. We had a bad rainstorm last night and the pillows repelled the water well.

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Following the directions I coated both sides of each pillow letting them dry fully before flipping them over. I wore gloves so I did not get it on my skin and used plastic bags to protect the grass.

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This cute little chalk painted table remains on our porch year round and I change up the decor seasonally. It was a flea market find from NJ and I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Provence. By shopping the house I was able to save some money! The sign was left over from last summer, the flags were a Hobby Lobby clearance find and everything else I already owned.

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Besides the pillows the only other thing I purchased was flowers. Costco had the lavender topiary for $20! I had to drive to two stores to find it but it was worth the hunt.

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The fern was from Lowe’s and just screamed Southern front porch to me! My husband was not thrilled when he saw it as we have a whole woods full of ferns in our backyard… I could have dug some up for free. Oops!

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On the front door I hung up my patriotic heart I found at Christmas Tree Shops last summer. I love that store for seasonal goodies.

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I am in love with the way our front porch turned out and I can’t wait to spend time on it all summer sittin’ and sippin’.

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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.

Rouen ducklings in Rae Dunn mugs

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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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?

Please check out my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board for more ideas!

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Christmas Home Tour 2016

Farmhouse style Christmas home tour

Farmhouse style Christmas home tour

How did it get to be December 7th already? I swear it was just Halloween last week! Everyone is full of excitement in this house for Santa to arrive. Christmas morning is my favorite day of the year. Watching the kids open their gifts makes my heart happy. I do a lot of my Christmas shopping ahead of time so I am not feeling pressured or unprepared right before the big day. Mainly it’s because I can not stand the crowds in the stores. I will even skip my weekly (who am I kidding twice a week) Target shopping trip to escape the madness! Instead we get to spend our time driving around looking at Christmas lights, watching holiday movies and enjoying treats. I am always looking for new ideas and traditions. What do you do in your household?

Most years the house is fully decked out by the weekend after Thanksgiving. For some reason this year I am behind. I decided to concentrate on my dining room and family room mainly this year so I will be giving you a tour of those two rooms. My plan for next year is Christmas in every room!

I purchased this refillable Advent calendar last year from Target. The boys have been looking forward to opening it every morning. My oldest went ahead and peeked (I’m on to you kid and I know you’ve been hunting for gifts too!!) so he knows what is coming up but the two younger ones are still surprised. I love it! I wanted to hang it from my old chippy window. While daydreaming I imagined it crashing to the ground as one of the numbers was being opened. Quickly I changed my mind. I think it looks cute (and safer) sitting on the buffet. Instead I hung this card garland I found at Target from the window.

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See my adorable flocked tree? They are a hit on Instagram. You can find them at Walmart for the super low price of $12!!! I could not believe it! Word has gotten out and they are hard to find. They have gorgeous flocked wreaths too. Now run to Walmart before they are all gone!!

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This adorable Merry sign is from the Target bargain area, which is also another hot spot this season. I plan to paint it red but I have been too lazy to do it yet. My little red ceramic truck on the buffet was purchased there too. It was hard to resist the urge to buy all the things.

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On my front door is a cute little snowman I found at Christmas Tree Shops last year for $8. If you have one of their locations near you check it out! It is not only Christmas decor. Yes there is a lot of junk but you will also find some treasures and cheap K cups.  Mr. Happy Holidays is now sitting in the corner next to the door. My suction cup will not stop falling off and I was sick of putting it back up.

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I kept the dresser top simple and just put a faux wreath over my antique grain scoop. I filled it with leftover Christmas balls from the tree.

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Do you like my faux fur and knit stockings? They are another Christmas Tree Shops find for $8 each. I had some Pottery Barn Kids stockings in my online shopping cart but I didn’t pull the trigger. On a shopping trip I decided to check CTS and I am glad that I did. I got the instant gratification of not waiting for them to be delivered. Plus I saved myself a lot of money!

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Snow globes always scream Christmas joy to me. Bonus points because it lights up! The sign is another Target bargain spot find as is my blanket scarf being used as a throw. The pillow cover is from Amazon. They take a very long time to ship but for the price they are worth it. Did you know Rae Dunn makes adorable Christmas mugs too?

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On the opposite corner of the family room is our big buck Harold sporting a magnolia wreath from Hobby Lobby. And the truck pillow? You guessed it. Target again.

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On the end table next to my couch I have displayed a cloche with bottle brush trees and an awesome free printable from The Turquoise Home blog. You can download your own at http://theturquoisehome.com/o-holy-night-free-printable/

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Moving on to the other side of the family room. My nativity set is usually displayed in my dining room but I wanted to try something new this year. I am loving how the colors pop against the green dresser. This set belonged to my grandmother and when I moved out on my own in college my parents handed it down to me. I treasure it and look forward to setting it up each year.

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Last but certainly not least is my Christmas tree.  My shatterproof ball ornaments are one of my best bargain finds ever! Do you want to hear the story? Good. I was sifting through the wasteland that is the 90% off Christmas clearance at Target. It’s mostly broken pieces, wrapping paper and gift bags. I am there all.the.time and the employees recognize me. Sad, I know. One of the stockers came up to me and said we forgot to put these boxes of ornaments out and just found them in the back. They are ringing up $2 each for a huge container. Do you want to buy them? Ummm YES PLEASE! I did leave some for another person because I am not greedy. Only spending $10 I was able to get a whole tree full of ornaments and still had extras to spare! Talk about a major bargain high!

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The boys put the ornaments on and for once I left them that way. As a result there may be two on the same branch or colors that are way too close together but that is how they wanted it. Soon enough I will be doing the tree alone to my liking and missing my boys decorating it with me. It can look a little haphazard for now.

From our family to yours we hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

 

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DIY project: Upcycled wall art

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Normally I am the donater/thrower outer type but something told me to hold on to this piece. I love a good DIY project. I knew I could transform it into something new even though it took me 6 months to figure out what it would become… This framed W came with two other picture frames that were used in my gallery wall upstairs. The grand total for all 3 pieces was $4! They were on clearance from Kirklands during one of their green tag sales. If you have never been to their green tag sale they mark things down to 75% off the original cost. I always check the clearance section when I stop in. I have found several great pieces over the years for a fraction of the original cost. (For my NJ friends Kirlands is not related to Costco. It’s a separate company. Check out their website!)

Anyway, since our last name starts with an S  the W wasn’t going to work for us. I was going to find a W last named family to give it to but since I’m a fan of burlap and liked the wood look frame I changed my mind. I am glad that I did! In addition to being cute and easy to do this was a quick project to complete. This entire DIY project took me a grand total of 5 minutes which is important for those of us with little ones. It took me longer to write this post!

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The W was easily removed using a flat head screwdriver. Luckily it did not tear the burlap underneath. It did pull it out in a few spots so I tucked it back under using the tip of the screwdriver. No big deal. I could have recovered it using holiday themed scrapbook paper if I was not able to salvage the burlap.

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This cute rustic Christmas tree ornament was on sale at JoAnn’s for $5. Here is the link if you want to purchase one. http://www.joann.com/makers-holiday-wood-tree-ornament/15039118.html#pmax=10&prefn1=collection&prefn2=type&pmin=5&prefv1=Natural&prefv2=Ornaments&start=1

Using scissors I just snipped off the hanger part. A little hot glue secured it to the frame and it’s done! Normally I dread using my glue gun. This is the first hot glue project in a long time that I completed without missing any fingerprints!

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I think it turned out great and I’m very pleased. This year I changed over to a more rustic Christmas decor in the family room. The ornament goes perfectly with that style. You could use any kind or style of ornament in this project as long as you have a flat spot to attach it to the frame. Anything round or heavy would be extremely difficult to attach with hot glue. Stronger adhesives like E-6000 would probably work.

The next time you are out shopping look for inexpensive or ugly wall art to upcycle. Places like Goodwill and yard sales have plenty that need to be rescued and given a makeover!

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I will be posting a tour of our house decorated for Christmas soon! Be on the lookout!

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Haunted Halloween Family Room Tour

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Now that my kids are older they think anything spooky and scary is awesome. They have been begging me for a “haunted house” so this year I gave in and decorated my family room in all things creepy just for them. I did it while they were at school so they would be surprised when they got home. The boys were so excited when they came home and saw what I had done. My little one, who is 4, came in from the playroom and screamed when he saw the fireplace. Mission accomplished!

I know I am going to regret all of these spider webs come November 1st when I am taking them down! It’s stuck to the brick and the banner too. You can buy these faux cotton webs for $1 in most stores so it really is the cheapest way to decorate for Halloween. Most of my decor was purchased on clearance after Halloween for 50% off or more at Target or Kirlands. I also found a few things like the cat and haunted house at Homegoods. I never pay full price for holiday decorations unless they are in the Target bargain area up front. That stuff sells out fast! You need to buy it when you see it or it’s gone.

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I found this cute pillow for $5 in you guessed it, the Target bargain area. The boo box is another Homegoods find several years back. The other two accessories are old Target finds.

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And this October 31st sign plus the mini pumpkin were in the dollar area too. The green potion bottle was a Target clearance find from last year.

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More Target dollar spot finds: Oh So Spooky sign, mini pumpkins and burlap pumpkins. The garland is from Home Goods.

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I found the crow this year too for $3 in the regular Halloween area at Target. I broke my own rule and paid full price because it was just too cute to leave behind.

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After Halloween I plan to stock up! My kids want me to do not just one room but the whole house next year including outside! Eeek! I will be hitting all of the Targets in my area. 😉

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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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