Friday Recap

Good Friday morning friends! It’s the end of the week and time for another Friday Recap where I bring the photos I’ve shared on Instagram this week to the blog and talk all about them!

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Can we talk about the fact that it’s finally February. January felt like the longest month for some strange reason. I would say its just me feeling that way but I have seen and heard so many people talking about feeling the same way. So HELLO February!!!This week on Instagram I’ve shared a lot about our home being decorated for Valentine’s day. Not something I usually do but this year I thought it would be fun to add a few simple touches.

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Our master bedroom was one room that did not receive any holiday décor. I did add this new pillow cover (its since been moved) that I made with fabric from Hobby Lobby, so easy and fun. You can read how to make your own easy pillow covers here Easy DIY Pillow Covers. Our master bedroom is one of the rooms I get the MOST questions about. The rug is from RugsUSA (I can’t give you the specific name because they’ve changed it at least twice now), the bed and white/black throw are from Target. The lights were a DIY you can read about here DIY Farmhouse Pendant Lights and our dressers/night stands were an Ikea hack you can read about here Our Rast Dresser Ikea Hack & an awesome GIVEAWAY!!.

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Most of you know by now, every detail of this space. Its our family room and its very well-loved. Our couches are from Ikea, they are slipcover couches so I wash away all the dirt! 🙂 The shelving was a DIY project using 1×10″ pine boards and L brackets that I painted black. The small pillow covers were a DIY and the large ones are from Ikea. The lamp and wicker tray are from Target. I love keeping a super relaxed and cozy feel in this space because it’s where we spend most of our time. We nap here, play board games here, have carpet picnics and movie nights… its where all of the family things happen.

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As mentioned I decorated our home for Valentine’s day this week and I shared it all here on the blog. I kept our décor very simple, neutral and mostly DIY. The fresh flowers (90% of the time) are from Trader Joes and the little tea towel is from Target. The table ‘runner’ is an old cabinet door that I painted white!

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Here are a couple of the little DIY projects I shared in my Neutral Valentine’s Day Décor + DIY’s. These signs were so simple to create and the garland was made using things I had in the pantry.

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I shared this photo of our littlest on Wednesday, my heart has been so heavy with sad news that has hit close to home. Cancer, a child taking their own life… it all just breaks my heart. We need to be kinder to each other, to ourselves and love harder my friends. Tomorrow is never promised and we MUST make the most of TODAY! When I look at this photo it pulls at my heart-strings, to know that right now our girls so young and innocent see the world as nothing more than a beautiful place filled with Gods creations, a playground and daily adventure. They don’t yet see the darkness that’s hiding and the evil in the shadows. I pray that we can teach them to ALWAYS find the beauty and to trust that Gods promises are greater than the darkness we see in the world.

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More of our Valentine’s Day décor, again very simple. For our mantle I used an old crock I had, filled it with eucalyptus from, you guess it, trader Joes added two DIY garlands along with this pompom garland I’ve had for a couple of years and our iron letters from Journey Iron. The brass candle sticks were a thrifted find.

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That wraps up this week my friends. As always if you have any questions at all please leave them in the comments below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com. You can also find me on Pinterest and Instagram @misdiy.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what you can see on Instagram today!

~Happy Reading Friends

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Neutral Valentine’s Day Décor + DIY’s

Good Tuesday morning! Fun Fact: I’m not one to really decorate for every holiday. Christmas is a must along with Forth of July, Easter is Spring décor which I love and Fall is my favorite, but aside from those holidays I don’t usually decorate. Yet for some reason this year, I decided to add some simple Valentines Day touches around our home and of course it involved some DIY’s.

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It still feels like we were just celebrating Christmas but at the same time it does feel like it was so long ago. These days always seem to drag by but the months pass too quickly. I think that’s part of the reason I decided to decorate for Valentine’s Day this year. If you remember reading about My One Word for 2018 you’ll remember that the word I chose was TIME (again). I’m trying to be intentional with my time and enjoy my time more. So for me that also means enjoying every season, cold or hot. Valentine’s Day also happens to be the Mr.’s birthday and our anniversary is the same month as well. February is a great month and should be celebrated! 😉

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When I decided I wanted to add Valentine’s Day to our home I knew instantly that I would keep it simple, neutral and DIY what I could to save money. I love decorating our home and adding holiday décor but let’s be honest, it can be EXPENSIVE! So I always try to add in some fun DIY projects and use what I already have in our home to create the feel I want to achieve.

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Our mantel in the sitting room is always so fun for me to decorate and I love trying new pieces in this space. A challenge is always fun right?! For this space I created 2 garlands. One using the recipe I’ve shared here DIY Candle Holders + Christmas Trees. I found a package of heart cookie cutters at Wal-Mart for $.98 and I used the two smallest sizes for my clay hearts. Once they were finished I simply hot glued them to some yarn I had on hand. The other garland was made using vellum I picked up at Hobby Lobby at 50% off. To cut the hearts I used my circuit. If you do not have a cutting machine you could use your cookie cutter to trace the shape and cut them by hand. To string the hearts I simple used a thick thread and needle. The pom-pom garland I’ve had for a couple of years now from Barb at Happy Home Happy Life.

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I also added this crock I had on hand with some eucalyptus from Trader Joes for $2.99, our metal letters from Journey Iron and my brass candle holders. It’s very simple but it creates a sweet romantic feel.

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The corner of our sitting room has undergone a few changes and its quickly becoming my favorite sweet spot in our home. We picked up this new chair and side table from Ikea and its completely changed the feel of this space! I had some faux flowers that I’d picked up from Hobby Lobby last year and added them to this white pitcher. The wood heart is from Rustic Occasions and the Stay Awhile sign is from Down Grace Lane, one of my all time favorites.

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IMG_4754I absolutely love the sweetness in our home right now. Its simple but there’s no mistaking that its ready for the holiday. Of course I’ve kept things cozy with lots of blankets, added candles and I think that’s a must. This space has become our favorite room to have Mr. and Mrs. time in. Right in front of the fire, under a blanket with a cup of coffee snuggled in together!

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Our dining room was another area that I added a few touches too. The fresh flowers were $3.99 at Trader Joes and I placed them in one of my canisters. I also added another heart garland in this space. Again keeping it simple but festive!

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I couldn’t leave out our family room. It’s the one room we spend the most time in so naturally I had to add a little something in this space as well. I made a third garland using only the larger clay hearts and I whipped up a couple of signs!

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For my neutral Valentine’s Day signs I wanted to keep it… simple. You guys are catching on ;-). Not only simple for the décor but also for the DIY. We actually have a small scrap wood pile that I get lucky enough to find the right pieces in every now and then, and this time I was lucky enough to find two of the exact size I wanted. To make these signs you’ll need two square pieces cut to size, paint, a paint marker, 1×2″ board for framing, modge podge, paint brushes and a piece of heart or Valentines Day inspired paper.

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I painted the larger board using a white paint I have on hand and then I used a black paint marker once it dried to write ‘I love you’ over the entire piece. For the smaller board I simply used modge podge to attach a piece of black and white heart paper I found at Hobby Lobby. These signs don’t have to be framed if that’s a step you’d like to skip, I just prefer the finished look the frame gives the sign. For the frame you’ll measure two sides exact length and the other two sides you will measure with 2 pieces of the 1×2 on the board. As you can see in the photo shown, as far as the top or sides being the longer sides, I don’t really have a preference, just however it gets assembles by the Mr. And yes he attached my frames because I would run a nail right through the front of the sign! lol

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That’s it for this Neutral Valentine’s Day Décor + DIY’s post! I hope you’ve all enjoyed it and if you haven’t started decorating yet, I hope this inspires you to add a few small touches to your home. These DIY’s I’ve shared today were done in just over two days, because it was the weekend and life. If you wanted to tackle them in a day, you totally could. They’re that easy!!! As always, if you have any questions at all please leave them in the comments section below or feel free to email me at misdiy@outlook.com. I’ve also attached a couple of images below if you’d like to pin them to save this post for later!

~Happy Reading Friends

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Friday Recap

Good Friday morning Sunday afternoon!! Its another Friday Recap where I bring the photos I’ve shared on Instagram this week over here to the blog and talk a little more about them in detail!! I always enjoy these Friday Recaps because it gives me a chance to share more around our home than what I sometimes do here on the blog in my tours and DIY posts.

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This week I shared the new pillow covers I made using an Ikea table cloth. WHAT?! I know… here’s the thing. We were snowed in for a week, our closest anything good is 45 minutes away and I REALLY wanted new pillow covers! You can read all about them in my post What I Made using an Ikea Table Cloth.

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I also shared our dining room and the makeover it recently received! Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover I get a lot of questions about these greens and I actually found them at the grocery store Kroger’s! I absolutely love them and I will be sad when they wilt away!

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Our bedroom no longer looks this way, I’ve removed the greens and the orange garland but you can see more of our winter bedroom here Winter Home Tour. The wooden tray on our bed was a super easy DIY you can read about here DIY Wooden Tray.

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Our dining room makeover/refresh has been one of my favorites so far this year. Still early in 2018 I know but I love the transformation and I can finally say I’m happy with this space! We still need a rug and we need to build a bench for the table but we’ll get to those things soon enough! You can read all about this little makeover here Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover.

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Still loving our open shelving in the family room! The photo on the top is from Shutter Tree Photos, the gold frames on the second shelf are from Target’s Hearth and Hand line. I still need to get some photos in those… lol. The wall (which I need to blog about) was done using WEaber Lumber, a product you can find at Home Depot! The gorgeous round is from AvaBerry Lane!

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This cuteness, I can’t even handle. This is our sweet girl Sadie! I may have to do a blog post to introduce her to y’all better but we had a fun little photo shoot with her and she’s seriously the sweetest!!!

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This was a little throw back to summer and our entry way! The sign is from Downgrade Lane signs, the bench was a DIY and the basket was a tariffed find!

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The snow… oh we got so much snow! I couldn’t help but take some pictures of it! I absolutely love our property covered in these freezing beauty!

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If you missed my post How ‘I’ Stay Organized I talked about this amazing planner from Heart of the Farm Planner and how I stay organized! This was earlier in the week when I was trying to get all of my meals and blog posts together!

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This fiddle leaf fig is out of control y’all!! I get a lot of questions about my fiddle leave figs and how I get them to grow. I plan to do a blog post soon but warm water and sunlight are very important.

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Our entry way got a little love this week. I found this adorable fishing basket at our local thrift store for $3 and knew it had to hang in this space! Thrifting is my favorite and finds like this are why I do love it!

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That wraps up this week. I hope you all enjoyed seeing my week through Instagram in this Friday Recap. As always if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com.

~Happy Reading Friends

 

Farmhouse Style Dining Room Makeover

Our dining room has been through many changes over the last two years and I think its safe to say I’ve finally found a sweet spot for it.

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If you’ve followed along for a while now you have seen the process and journey we’ve taken with our dining room. I remember when we first moved in I KNEW I wanted open shelving. I’ve loved it from the very beginning, so we did open shelving in our dining room using black steel pipe. We also still had our very first dining room table that the Mr. and I built together (now in our home school room) and we built a shelving unit for the space as well. I remember enjoying the space but it never felt ‘right’. I styled these shelves over and over and still something always felt off.

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Our dining room kept the industrial/rustic look for just over a year and I was ready for a change. I wanted our shelving to be ‘less chunky’, I believe were the words I used. It just felt too heavy in the space if that makes sense. So the next time we were at Ikea we grabbed a few of their brackets that are $5 each. Originally I wanted a natural wood bracket but they were all out and since I’m not one to be patient when it comes to projects I grabbed black. We also switched our shelves from 2x’s to 1x’s. They no longer felt heavy in the space. I also gave our dining and sitting room a fresh coat of paint using Bistro White. My favorite white paint color if you’ve ever wondered!

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We also built a new table. This table is a bit different from the one we first built. Our first table we used 4×4’s for the legs and we built the entire table. For our new table we actually used the legs off of a table I scored for free! We just built a new frame to attach the legs to and added a top! It was very easy and I love the look of it. When we built this table we built it to be a tad longer and more narrow. Again making the space feel less heavy but still providing the seating that we need.

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I think it was around fall time when I started to get the itch to paint our shelving white, y’all know I love white. I tried just painting the brackets white to help lighten up the space but I had a feeling that wouldn’t be enough.

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I’ve mentioned before that after Christmas I like to refresh a couple of spaces in our home, well since the desire to paint the opening shelving in the dining room wasn’t going away I decided this space would be the space I put a little more time into. And here I am sharing our little farmhouse style dining room makeover.

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This little makeover was very simple. Some paint for the shelves a $30 light spray painted and some fun shelf styling was all it took! I don’t normally ‘define’ our home or décor as one style but when I really sit down and think about how I decorate our home and the process, farmhouse is usually where I land. Now, farmhouse is defined many different ways by many different people. I think we all have our own version of what we think it is. Rustic farmhouse, Chip and Joanna farmhouse, modern farmhouse… To ‘me’ its living a simple life and getting your hands dirty, working hard and enjoying the quiet moments, filling your home with only the things you know to use and love. Now if we were to bring back a farming couple from 100 years ago they may tell us differently but when I think about what it was like then, to live on a farm and to work with your hands…I imagine simple things like candles and music, a warm fire with a handmade blanket close by in the rocking chair, fresh-cut greens and flowers throughout the home, an apron hanging in the kitchen by a basket full of apples freshly picked, handmade furniture and fresh-baked bread, little ones running through the house barefoot while mom and dad dance in the kitchen. Sometimes I wish I could have lived then, when life was simple. But since I live in the now, my focus is to bring those things into our lives, our home and our décor. So that, right or wrong is how I view farmhouse(style).

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Its taken me a couple of years to really see that ‘simple’ is what I was craving. I want a simple life, simple cleaning schedule, simple food, simple décor, ALL of the simple things! I found that by filling our home with only the things we use and love (I mean really LOVE!!) help me achieve a lot of these simple things I’ve been craving. When I simplified our décor, it simplified my cleaning routine which has given me more time with the girls to simply enjoy time, making life more simple. I’ve also noticed my anxiety has been far better than it ever has. I still have days where I let it take over but those days have decreased greatly and I know it’s because of the changes I’ve made in our home and my life. Now as far as our food that’s another story, but we are working on it! I have found myself making more homemade items like pies, salsa, bread, biscuits, it’s actually been more fun than I’d imagined.

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Todays blog post went a little deeper than I had intended but it’s what was on my heart this morning and y’all know I’m a sharer. I hope that even if you don’t enjoy our dining room makeover, maybe something I’ve said today will inspire you. Are you craving simplicity in your life? Start by purging the things you haven’t used in the last year, or get organized with a cleaning schedule (you can read about mine in this post How ‘I’ Keep a Tidy Home). Whatever it is you do, I hope that you strive to create a home for you and your family that you love, one that you get excited to come home to.

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That’s it for today friends! I’d love to hear what y’all think about the new changes we’ve made. As always, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com. You can follow along by clicking the FOLLOW button on the right hand side of the screen, I’m also on Instagram and Pinterest @misdiy if you’d like to see what I’m up to there! Once again, I’ve included an image(s) below if you’d like to save this blog post to Pinterest for later!

~Happy Reading Friends

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What I Made using an Ikea Table Cloth

One of my favorite things to do is to use an item that has a purpose, for a completely different purpose! Taking an every day item like a table cloth, used to cover tables and turning it into something else! Completely different.

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I’m sure you all remember the pillow covers I made for our Christmas décor, the red plaid ones that I was obsessed with. I honestly didn’t think I would find fabric I loved as much to make new, more neutral covers once Christmas was over. I began looking but wasn’t having any luck! And then, after being snowed in for a few days I remembered I had a table cloth from Ikea that I loved but didn’t love it on our dining room table!

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I measured out the table cloth and found that I could make 4-20×20 covers with it and have left over material! So I began cutting. The very first cut was to remove the gray border. I knew I didn’t want the gray border on any of my pillow covers and removing it was a simple straight cut!

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For the covers I used the same technic that I shared in my earlier blog post Easy DIY Pillow Covers. I’ve received so many questions about these pillow covers and I promise, anyone that can measure, cut and sew a straight line can make these! I’m not a professional when it comes to anything  when it comes to sewing, I’ve taught myself how to sew and I don’t view my skill level to be above beginner!

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I do love the way these turned out and they fit in perfectly with our décor! I also love that because the pillows were made from a table cloth, the fabric is sturdier! I know they’ll wash well and hold up longer then any cotton material. I have recently made other pillow covers, if you’re on Instagram you’ll know the gray striped ones I’m talking about. For those I chose a duck (?!) material…I don’t know the lingo or the proper terms here but I fell in love with the colors and the heaviness of the fabric!

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The fabric I’ve used for pillow covers so far has come from Hobby Lobby, if its not on sale be sure to use your 40% off coupon! This table cloth from Ikea that I recently used was about $20 if I remember correctly and I was able to make 4-20×20 covers out of it. Making your own is definitely cost efficient and I promise these are so fun and easy!

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I think that does it for today’s blog post! I hope its inspired you to cut up that table cloth you love but haven’t been using or to go out and find some fabric! I can’t tell y’all enough just how simple these covers are to make! Dust off that sewing machine, grab a cup of coffee and get to making!! 😉 As always if you have an questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below or feel free to email me at misdiy@outlook.com! I’ve included a couple of photos ready for Pinterest if you’d like to save this post for later. Just hover over the image at the top left hand corner and click the Pinterest ‘save’ icon when it pops up!

P.S I’m wanting to do a Q&A post for y’all on the blog but I need to know what questions y’all would like from me to answer! Please also comment with those below or send them to me in an email! Thanks so much friends!

~Happy Reading Friends

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Friday Recap

I can finally say it y’all, happy FRIDAY! It feels so good to finally be here. I’m not sure why and I asked over on Instagram yesterday but was this the longest week ever or was it just me? I felt like this week was never ending! I’m excited to be here today though, doing another Friday Recap with y’all! If you’re new to the blog, Fridays are when I share all of my photos from this week that I’ve posted on Instagram. I bring them over here to the blog, talk about them and share sources with you guys! This week most of the photos I share will be repeats from my blog posts, umm I blogged a lot this week. But if you saw something you were curious about, hopefully I’ll be able to share the info here today!

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I finally removed all of our red plaid pillows…I know, I was a little sad. I’ll be sharing a sneak peek later on in this post or if you read yesterdays post How ‘I’ Stay Organized then you’ve already seen what they’ve been replaced with! I’ve gotten so many questions about these pillow covers, the fabric was found at Hobby Lobby with their seasonal fabrics and I did a blog post showing how I made the covers here, Easy DIY Pillow Covers. These covers are so simple, if you can measure and sew a straight line, you can make these for your home!

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I love transitioning into winter décor. I shared our Winter Home Tour this week and with all the snow we’ve received the last few days our home hasn’t felt cozier! The clock was a DIY (coming to the blog soon), the orange garland is left over from Christmas and the little copper pot was a vintage find.

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Our master bedroom has stayed pretty quiet the last few weeks, I didn’t really change much from Christmas. I did take the bells down that were on our door but other than that its remained the same. I get a lot of questions about our wedding numerals and I do have a blog post planned to show how I make signs for our home. I did share this little DIY Wooden Tray I believe it was last week. I love having it in our room to hold the current book I’m reading, our coffee or my laptop when I decide to work from bed.

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You may have noticed we made some changes to our entryway and I’m loving the direction its going. I still have something else to add to the space and I’m excited to share once its finished!! I’ll also be sharing how you can make your own framed shiplap. For now if you’d like to read about the light we’ve installed you can find it here DIY Wireless Light. The little speaker is a Crosley speaker from Urban Outfitters and the table is the Everett Foyer table from World Market.

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Blankets, blankets, blankets! You can never have too many cozy blankets in your home! We have a blanket on just about every sofa, chair and bed! And then we have our blanket ladder! My husband helped me build this a year or so ago and for whatever reason I never blogged about it! I’ve been wanting to make a second one for our home soooo you’ll be seeing the DIY on my blog soon! Speaking of not blogging things…our piano always seems to get a lot of attention, with questions like ‘does it work’? ‘did you paint it yourself’? and ‘what color is it’? It is a working piano, the Mr. and our daughters play it, I did paint it myself using Stone Age in the Repurpose line. I don’t regret painting it one bit, I absolutely love the way it turned out!!

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Just in case I haven’t told you guys, this $40 shelf unit from Ikea is my favorite! I love the look and feel it adds to our dining room! This piece is called the Ivar and you actually buy it by the piece, so the sides are $10 each and then $5 per shelf! We’ve recently added another one of these shelving units to our homeschool room!  The star garland was a DIY from last Christmas but you can read about home I made it here DIY Candle Holders + Christmas Trees and the sweet banner was a custom from Madre Hand Made.

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Our dining room finally feels right. I don’t think I’ve shared much about this space recently. I’ve honestly been struggling with it. I finally gave into one of my ‘urges’ and made some changes! I’ll be blogging about all of the details in this space very soon!! The light is from Home Depot and I painted it flat black.

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Here’s a little sneak peek of the new pillow covers I made, I’m seriously loving them! I shared these two photos together on Instagram asking the question ‘If I told you there were 20+ board/card games and multiple blankets in this space would you believe me’? We love our storage ottomans from Ikea, they make such a difference in our home of little storage. Yesterday I talked about How ‘I’ Stay Organized and being purposeful with our furniture is key! Not only do I want our furniture to be cozy and pleasing to the eye but I also want it to be functional and provide extra storage where we need it!

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Our accent wall in the family room is always another big conversation piece. We used actual lumber from Weaber Lumber to create this wall, you can also find their product at Home Depot. It added so much texture and coziness to this space, we love it! The basket, lamp and throw are all from Target, the large pillow covers, couch and ottomans are from Ikea.

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We have gotten so much snow this last week! I have to say, even though its cold and I mean negative temps around here, its so magical! Our property covered in snow is possibly one of my favorite sights.

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The top of our piano got a moody refresh and I’m obsessed with the winter greens. If you’ve noticed they are sprinkled all over our home. I actually found them at Kroger’s, a grocery store for those of you that don’t have one in your area. I will be so sad when they eventually die but for now I’m truly enjoying them! The flower painting is from Deann Art, the letter board is LetterFolk and the lamp is from Target.

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I think that wraps this week up friends. I hope y’all have enjoyed this little recap. If I missed something you were curious about please leave your question(s) in the comments below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com! I hope y’all have a fantastic weekend! As always here’s a sneak peek of what I’ll be sharing this morning on Instagram!

~Happy Reading Friends

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How ‘I’ Stay Organized

When I started thinking about the new year and what I would bring to my blog for my readers I knew I wanted to bring more to the blog then just DIY’s and tours of our home. I LOVE those things, y’all know that, but I wanted to give you MORE. I started thinking about the questions I get asked a lot over social media and decided I would start sharing the answers here to some of those questions. Yesterday I shared two of my most asked questions in my How ‘I’ Keep a Tidy Home post and today I thought I would talk about one of my other most asked questions… ‘HOW DO YOU STAY ORGANIZED?!’

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Before I begin today’s post, just like yesterday I want to say…I am NO expert, on anything friends! I share here on my blog what works for me and my family in hopes that it may inspire or help someone find something that also works for their family. I do not blog with the mindset that I know everything about what I am talking about or that what I am sharing is the best way. I am simply opening my heart and our home to you here on the blog hoping it reaches someone. Even if its just one person. Ok now that we have that out of the way. 😉 For those of you just stopping by today, or if you are a new reader I am a 31 year old stay at home mom (but these tips will totally work for the working mom and dad as well!!) who homeschools her three daughters and has a type A personality.

My first must do to stay organized is to have a good planner and write everything down! I’ve had planners in the past and honestly I went in with good intentions but then I put them away in the drawer and forgot about them, I resorted to just lists. But this year I’m using a new planner and its from Heart of the Farm planner and its gorgeous! So pretty that I leave it sit out and check it daily. If you’re in need of a planner you can find these here through Cory. I use my planner for my cleaning schedule, that you can find in yesterdays post How ‘I’ Keep a Tidy Home, I also use it for our meal plan (I do a monthly meal plan and at the beginning of each week I write down the meals for each day of that week! Super helpful!!). I write down important dates, schedule out my blog posts and keep track of extra to-do’s and projects. This planner also has a spot to write prayers, blessings, keep track of your water intake and your exercise. It has a space for everything plus its filled with beautiful photos and inspirational sayings/quotes!

 

We live in an old home that is short on lights and closets. No but seriously it is. So to make up for the lack of closet space and with living in a 3 bedroom home with 5 people I sometimes have to get creative with our storage.  Our homeschool room was a bit of a challenge. Why? Because I needed to keep most of the items in this room accessible to our children. They need to be able to know where things are and able to get to the items. So for this room I used a lot of glass jars, bins and magazine holders.

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The glass jars are from Walmart and they are perfect to store craft items, legos and other supplies. You could even use them in the kitchen! The gray bins are from Ikea. I keep one bin full of my supplies such as the stapler, tape, hole punch and so on. The large bins hold our homeschool games and extra note books for the year. These are perfect to keep things tidy and organized! My husband and I built most of the furniture in this room but the tall bookcase is from Ikea. Its the same one we have in our dining room if you remember seeing it. The magazine holders keep our weekly folders and papers together, we also have one full of construction paper for projects and some of our books are in the others. This room has to be very functional for our school days and being organized truly helps make our days easier!

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The bedrooms. Our oldest two daughters share a room and our youngest has a small room to herself. The previous owners built on a master bedroom with a bath before converting what is now our master bedroom. So the room works perfectly for our two daughters to share. In each room our girls have under bed storage that we found at Ikea. They each have three bins to keep their toys in. They choose how to keep and organize their bins but there is one rule to the bin. Once a bin is too full for the lid to close we have to sort through our toys to find the ones we no longer want to keep. The girls have never had an issue with this rule and its worked perfectly to help keep the toy overload under control.

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Our daughters also have these $4 Ikea spice racks near their beds as shelves and book holders. They love being able to keep their favorite books close to their bed or add photos and trinkets. It provides extra storage in their room and also gives them space to decorate and enjoy. We also weed through our books periodically to donate the ones the girls have outgrown or no longer read.

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I get a lot of questions about our master bedroom and if we have a dresser in it. We do not. Unless you count our side tables which really are tiny dressers and we do store some of our clothes in them. We have the Ikea Rast dressers that I gave a makeover to when we redid our master bedroom you can read about them here (Our Rast Dresser Ikea Hack & an awesome GIVEAWAY!!) In these small dressers we use the top drawer for random items such as our watch, cell phone charger, glasses, ect. We also use it for our under garments and pajamas. The rest of our clothing is in our closet. Not so pretty closet that we plan to redo in the near future but our home is a work in progress. Eventually the closet will have better organization options but for now we do with what we have.

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Our half bath in the home is also our laundry room. In this room we do have a small shelving unit and a little cupboard. Its hard for me to show all of the shelves in this space because there just isn’t enough room to back up for a good photo but I keep our paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning products, extra jars, cleaning towels and other small misc. on these shelves. I use the black wire baskets to hold our cleaning towels and toilet paper, I love how they keep the items neat and tidy.  I really believe that housing the small items that easily get out of hand and become an eye sore, is the key to helping your home look cleaner than it may be. 😉

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Something I’ve always tried to do when buying furniture for our home is be purposeful. With little storage in the home itself and having the girls we need pieces that help us keep our ‘things’ under control. Our family room is probably the biggest area where that happens. You may never know it but in this space we store board games, movies, extra blankets, our gaming system, puzzles and more. How? By the furniture we’ve chosen for this space!

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Ta-da! Hahaha we love our storage ottomans for a few reasons, 1. they make our couch super cozy and 2. we can store a lot of stuff in them! We have two storage ottomans in this space, one holds the majority of our board and card games and the other holds extra blankets. These are perfect for things like this! The items are in the room we use them but you’d never know it!

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The next piece of purposeful furniture in this space is our TV console. This piece use to be a buffet I purchased a couple years ago at an auction. I removed the tall skinny legs and added feet to get the height we wanted for our TV. This was a simple project and it provides us with so much storage! We house all of our entertainment/gaming system misc. in this piece, plus our movies, large board games and puzzles!

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To summarize this post today, because I know it can be a lot but it doesn’t have to be, I would say, start with a planner. A good planner that you won’t write a week in and then put it away somewhere you’ve forgotten. When bringing new furniture into your home, buy it with a purpose, does it help solve your storage/organizing needs? Purge your home randomly and set boundaries for what you bring into your home. We purge at least three times a year, once before Christmas, once in Spring and once in the Fall. Set boundaries for your kiddos and their things just the same as you set boundaries for yourself. Weed out the coloring books with one page left to color, and the little kids meal toys. I sometimes remove a toy that hasn’t been played with for a couple months and if the girls don’t ask for it for a whole month then it goes in the pile to get rid of. I’ve also set boundaries for myself, do I need this? will I use it once a day or once a week? where will it go? do I LOVE it? If I struggle to answer any of these questions instantly, I put the item back. Buy bins and storage baskets that you love and that work in the space you need them. Sometimes just adding a basket to hold the loose odds and ends helps tremendously. Also, for your cleaning supplies, buy the amber bottles to put and store them in. You can easily display them if you don’t have the cupboard room to store them. Using glass bottles or any neutral container is much more pleasing to the eye and doesn’t look so busy and cluttered. Donate your old clothes and shoes and clean the junk drawer (y’all know we each have one) once a month. My goal is for everything to have a place and for everything to be in its place! If it doesn’t have a place in our home, it goes.

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I think that covers what I had in mind for today. Again, please know that everything I’ve shared today is what works for our family and I’ve found that we work so much better with an organized home. It helps clear our mind and our spaces for all the other fun things. I hope you’ve found something in today’s posts that inspires you to get more organized or maybe you found something we do/use that may help in your home. Whatever it may be I hope it was something. In all honesty today was a hard post to write, I’ve found over the last two day that to sit down and share what I do daily in our home and how I do it is a little harder than sharing a fun DIY with you guys! It would be much easier if I could just have y’all over for coffee so we could chat and you could snoop around checking things out. 😉 As always, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com! I’ve also created an image below if you would like to add it to Pinterest to save this post for later!

~Happy Reading Friends

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How ‘I’ Keep a Tidy Home

 

I have to say my the most asked question I get is ‘HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR HOUSE CLEAN WITH THREE KIDS’? Its right up there with ‘HOW DO YOU HAVE SO MUCH WHITE IN YOUR HOME AND KEEP IT CLEAN’? It’s really very simple friends and today I thought I would share!

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Today I’m going to share how I keep a tidy home and what products I use to clean. Friends, I’m no expert here so before you continue reading please know that what I’ll be sharing is what I’ve found to work for ME and my family. Not every day plays out perfectly but having a plan, a schedule and being organized truly helps!

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My very first ‘rule’ is to make your bed as soon as your feet hit the floor, if you accomplish nothing else in the day at least your room is tidy and you have a freshly made bed to slip into at night. Now this is a rule and rules do tend to get broken now and then. Sometimes on the weekends our bed doesn’t get made until after coffee, some days it doesn’t get made at all but I do try to make it first thing every morning. Another thing that I swear by is a cleaning schedule. Yep, schedule out your chores. It seriously helps! Before I remember running around trying to do all the things and by the end of the day I was left exhausted feeling like I had conquered the world but looking like I had accomplished nothing at all. Once I created a cleaning schedule I actually found that I had tons of FREE TIME! How had it taken me so long before to do my house chores and now I can have them done before the kids wake up most days?! It’s truly a game changer. You can tweak your cleaning schedule to fit you and your home but I’ve shared  My cleaning schedule here so you can see what it looks like each week. Oh and, I don’t clean on the weekends…gasp I know! The weekends are family time, I don’t clean house. Now in saying that, we tidy up before bed because cleaning up after ourselves is not a chore and I (most weekends) keep the kitchen/dishes clean.

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I’ve also created a cleaning schedule you can print for yourself below.

Cleaning Schedule PDF

You may be thinking, ‘Cleaning schedule? I don’t have time for a cleaning schedule’!! Or, ‘Where do I even start with this thing’? Let me break down my cleaning schedule for you to explain my thought process when I created mine and maybe it will help you decide how you would like to plan yours out as well!

  • Monday: Vacuum/sweep + Mop (every 2 weeks) + Laundry + Kitchen/dishes (this is a catch up day from the weekend so I wash all of the weekend laundry, sweep up all the dirt we’ve brought in and keep the kitchen tidy)
  • Tuesday: Deep Cleaning Day + Kitchen/dishes (make a list of deep cleaning chores and choose as many as you would like on this day to complete. Example- Appliance inside and out, Trim + base board wash, windows ect.)
  • Wednesday: Dust Furniture + Vacuum + Laundry if needed (I like to dust mid-week and I always vacuum afterwards to clean up the dust bunnies I’ve pushed to the floor, if there is enough laundry for a load I also do laundry)
  • Thursday: Bathrooms + Clean out leftovers/spoiled food + gather trash for pickup (Fridays are our trash pick up so I clean bathrooms, empty their cans, I go through food in the fridge and pantry making sure it all goes with the trash if needed)
  • Friday: Bed sheet day/laundry + Vacuum/sweep (I love going into the weekend with fresh sheets and empty hampers. I also clean the floors so they are ready for the weekend dirt)

There is no science to my cleaning schedule lay out, I’ve really just fit it to what works for me and our family. Now I know that there are so many working moms (and dads!) out there (you are amazing!!) and even for working parents this schedule can totally work for you! If you use the same schedule as I do you can do things like dust before you go to work and vacuum when you get home, start the laundry while your cooking dinner, bed sheets can always be washed on Saturday morning…working or not working I believe this schedule can work for everyone!!!!

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Ok now that we have our cleaning schedules ready, there are a couple of other ‘habits’ that we keep around our home to help keep it tidy. Our kiddos have their own chores they do every day like feeding the animals, gathering eggs, helping with the dishes and laundry (yes chores and before home school. They are normally up by 6am getting started) They also have pick up habits which include putting things away before they move on to another activity, pick up before lunch/nap and we have what you could call a ‘daddy clean up’. Friends this one is important for a few reasons. The Mr. and I have been married almost 11 years (next month) and I have always tried to keep the habit of having the house (and kids) in order before he gets home. Why? Well… he’s been away at work all day, he’s tired, he wants and needs to rest his feet and his mind. He needs a peaceful place to come home to and relax. I want to create that for him. So instead of having toys all over the floor for him to step over, dirty dishes filling the counters leaving no room for him to unload his things, laundry piled on the couch preventing him from sitting down or kids climbing the walls, we do our daddy clean up and I make sure my chores for the day are finished. The girls always get so excited when I yell, ‘Daddys on his way home, time to clean up’! Beacuse they are excited to create a clean space for him and greet him at the door! Again some days things happen that I can’t control and we don’t always accomplish this, but that’s very rare because this is one of my biggest MUST DOS! Try it in your home, see if your hubby notices. He may even thank you! Once the Mr. is home, and has had a few minutes to relax and unwind from his day the fun with daddy begins and yes the toys and things all come back out but allowing him to come home to peace is totally worth it!

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Now lets quickly talk about what I use to clean our home!! Back in April I decided to rid our home of harmful chemicals, and while it has been a journey it really helped when I started with essential oils. I ordered my Young Living oils (find it here) kit and it truly made it so easy to do. If riding your home of harmful chemicals is something you would like to do, start by downloading the ‘Think Dirty’ app and scan everything in your home. From cleaners to hygiene products, you’ll be shocked! Even products that claim they are all natural!! So now I make my cleaners using essential oils and I love it!

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The items I make and use include all-purpose cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, furniture polish, glass cleaner, oven cleaner and a bathroom spray for the ‘stinky goes’. I’ve included all of the recipes I use here in this Essential oil cleaning products PDF. I was able to not only cut out chemicals but reduce our grocery bill and clear out my cupboards because we now need fewer items to clean our home with! Its been a win win for sure and I enjoy cleaning more knowing it isn’t harming my lungs, skin or the kiddos!! I do still keep bleach in the cupboard for those hard to beat stains and for disinfecting but I also try to use lemon essential oil when I can to fight stains. All in all I’m really happy with the chemical free journey we are on and I know the more we learn the better it will get. We’ve also switched all of our personal hygiene items but that may be best shared in another post! 😉 A couple of other items I swear by to keep my cleaning routine simple and easy are the Swiffer dusters (unscented) and magic erasers. I really believe the key to simplifying our daily to-do’s/chores is to use less product and keep it simple! I use the all-purpose cleaner for EVERY THING! Its one cleaner that I can go from the kitchen to the bathroom just spraying away. Quick and simple.

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To address the most popular question of keeping my whites white with three kids…the cool thing about white is that it lets us know when its dirty. Right? I mean the dirt builds up, you’re going to see it on white. So when our couches start to look dirty I can pull the covers and wash them! They come out looking brand new and they’re CLEAN! We use to have a brown microfiber sectional and I would try to wash it with soap and water when a stain happened but I always knew it never got completely clean. For me, our home is filled with all things washable. If it can’t go in the washer it doesn’t usually last long in our home. I try to be practical with the things we buy and bring into our home because we do have three children. Our furniture is not expensive, we’ve built or repurposed most of it which allows us to get through the younger years enjoying our girls and not worrying about the dents and scratches! A lot of our furniture is distress and you don’t see the scratches at all, or I’ve painted it and when it gets stained or scratched I just repaint it! It’s really so very simple. I wash and clean when needed. That’s it friends, I wish I had some big super amazing secret to share, like I’ve discovered something out of this world but I don’t. The look and feel of our home is doable for any family. We have two small rules for our slipcover couches that may not work for everyone but they’re not crazy and unreasonable. 1. No animals on the furniture 2. No eating or drinking on the couches. Again not hard and if I’m honest the Mr. and I have broken the ‘no eating or drinking on the couch’ rule and spilt coffee more times than I can count. We have what we call carpet picnics (that’s exactly what they are, a picnic on the family room floor and the kids love them) and we watch movies with popcorn and no one thinks twice about not being on the couch.

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I think that wraps up today!! I hope you’ve all found this very helpful and I hope it inspires you to try to some of these ‘habits’ in your daily schedule and home! It doesn’t have to be hard friends, keep it simple!! Tomorrow I will be sharing how I stay organized and how I keep our home organized!!! As always, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com! I’ve included a photo below if you would like to add it to Pinterest to save this blog post for later!

~Happy Reading Friends

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DIY Wireless Light

Good Tuesday morning friends! Tuesday, on the blog? I know!!! My normal blogging days are Monday , Wednesday and Friday but I have so much to share with y’all that you’ll most likely see me here every day this week!! Today I wanted to hop on and share our new wireless light we put up in the entry way! I absolutely love it and I hope y’all do too! It helps solve the ‘old house/few lights’ obstacle in our home!

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So if you read my Winter Home Tour yesterday, you saw that this time of year is when I like to give our home a little refresh. Nothing crazy, I just like to switch around décor and freshen up a couple of spaces. Well…one space that I’ve had my eye on is our entry way table and the framed shiplap I made a couple of years ago. It needed a change but I wasn’t sure in which direction, I actually had the thought to take down the framed shiplap all together until I got the idea to do something else with it. (I’ll be sharing that idea in a later post once this project is finished!) One thing I knew I wanted to change was the lamp on the entry table but we needed some source of lighting in this space. And then I saw a fellow blogger (Nestingwithgrace) do these battery operated scones and I was sold!

The light I chose for this project is from Lowes. It’s the Portfolio Ellicott 10.75-in H Galvanized Dark Sky Outdoor Wall Light. (You can find it here) I knew I wanted it to be black to go with the other parts of this little refresh so I used Rustoleum in flat black to paint it. Officially obsessed!

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To mount the light to the wall we used the hardware piece that came with the light. My husband marked the spot for our light and then drilled holes to place wall anchors and screws as shown below. It was really very simple to attach to the wall. Once we had the hardware in place the light would simply slip onto the bolt and we’d tighten it down using the nut that also came with the light.

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Now that the hardware is on the wall, you’ll need to attach your battery operated light before you hang the light fixture. I found a three pack WITH remote ( I may have been way too excited about this (-:) on Amazon here, super affordable! To attach the light you’ll drill two holes into the lights ‘lid’ we’ll call it. Once you’ve drilled two small holes you’ll need to run wire around the light bulb socket in your light fixture and then through the holes of your light lid. Hope that makes sense. This will attach your light puck to your light fixture. Be sure to keep the wire thin so that the puck lid we easily re-attach to the light itself. That’s it, insert batteries, twist the light and lid back together and you’re ready to use your wireless light!!!! WITH remote! hahahaha

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I really love how this little light changed the look of our entry table and I can’t wait to get this space complete! The fun part about this light project is that it costs right around $50 (light fixture, set of three lights and a can of spray paint). We had two of the puck lights left over and we were actually able to use them in a closet and also under one of our kitchen cabinets so this project actually stretched a little bit further!

 

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I hope y’all enjoyed this little DIY for today. As always if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com! Also, if you try this DIY in your home I would love to see it!! Email me pictures or if you are on Instagram and you share, tag me @misdiy! Feel free to use the image I’ve provided below to pin on Pinterest for keeps!

~Happy Reading Friends

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Winter Home Tour

Good Monday morning friends!! Today I wanted to hop on and share our home decorated for winter. Last year I transitioned from Christmas to winter and I loved it! So this year was a no brainer when Christmas was over. In today’s post I’ll be sharing what our house looks like now and talk a little about how I made the transition.

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I don’t know about yall but going straight from Christmas to nothing is a little hard. Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE to de-clutter and pack away all of the holiday décor but I also felt like I let this time of year slip by, as if I had already moved on to the next holiday or season when really in all reality winter was just getting started. Its funny living in Ohio, our weather is so unpredictable but you can unusually guarantee that you’ll see more snow after Christmas than you do before. So by transitioning from Christmas to winter I found the best of both worlds. I was able to de-clutter AND keep our home feeling cozy for winter!

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If you saw my Christmas home tour (Simple Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour) then you’ll easily see how I made the transition. I first started removing all of the Christmas specific items. All of the reds (minus the pillow covers I made because I just can’t yet), all of the santa items, I removed the decorations from our tree and packed away any other items that screamed Christmas.

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Once I had packed everything away I did a major clean. This is the part that makes my simple clutterless heart happy. I was able to remove the holiday decor which left a blank canvas for the most part, because I had packed a lot of our regular decor away to make room. So with my blank canvas I took some time to clean, touch up paint and fill nail holes. It’s the perfect time to give your permanent fixtures and walls a little TLC. Then came the emptying and gathering of all decor…

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One thing I always like to do this time of year or when I’m feeling the need for a refresh is gather my decor. This basically means I remove all of my decor from shelves, mantles, bookcases, tables, the piano, wherever there are items to remove I remove them. I also bring up my 30 gallon tote that holds unused decor. I place it all on and around our dining room table, clean surfaces and then i basically shop our dining table for decor and redecorate. It’s so fun to switch things up and try a piece in a new spot to create a whole new look and feel. Now in saying this, there are some areas of our home that I don’t switch around. If I absolutely love how it’s already styled I leave it. Dont mess with a good thing. 😉 But I love getting to do a refresh this way. I also take the opportunity to purge any items I no longer want or need! So I accomplish two things with this task and it feels so good when I’m finished!

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As you can see here in our dining room I made a couple bigger changes and I’ll be sharing all of the details in a later post but during an after Christmas winter refresh I do sometimes (not often but this time a little change was due) change-up more than just the decor. It’s never anything major or a big project that cost a lot. It’s usually something inexpensive that makes a big impact!

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With my cleaning, touch ups and purging finished I used the decor I knew I loved and redecorated our home. To achieve the ‘winter’ feel I added in some natural elements like pine cones and fresh-cut winter greens. I also left out my orange slice garland and as you saw above, our Christmas tree. I added in a few more candles and made sure there was a blanket available at all of the sitting areas. My goal was simple, cozy and fresh. Pretty much the same goal I have all year but with a little winter twist!

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In our family room I revamped the shelving, switched the little white houses for candle sticks and added fresh-cut greens. As mentioned before I kept the pillow covers I made for Christmas out for a couple of reasons, 1. I just wasnt ready to pack them away and 2. Although I have been looking, I havent been able to find fabric I love as much as this! I did find some fabric just last week that I’m getting ready to try, I’ll keep y’all posted!

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Again with lots of blankets and fresh greens! I also kept this beautiful horse print out because to me you can’t get anymore ‘winter’.

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Onto our master bedroom…Our bedroom didn’t really get switched up. I felt the way I had decorated it for Christmas easily transitioned into winter (and I loved it) without any changes needing to be made. I did take time to clean and freshen our room. I actually gave our mantle and our computer desk a fresh coat of paint. The mantle had started to yellow and it was a little to heavily distressed. As for the yellowing I’m not sure if it was from the sun or the type of paint I used but I gave it a couple of coats and I’m anxious to see how it does over time. Our desk was also painted due to the heavily distressed look I had previously given it. Dont get me wrong, I love all things chippy and distressed but it was time to calm it down a little in this space and I’m so glad I did.

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That’s it for this years Winter Home Tour. I hope you all enjoyed getting to see inside our home this time of year and I hope you enjoyed hearing a little about my process when it comes to transitioning from Christmas to Winter. If you havent tried making the transition I hope you get inspired to do so, it’s so perfect to keep this time of year special. I’ve truly enjoyed our home in the winter so much more by allowing the feel of winter to fill our home!! As always if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or email me at misdiy@outlook.com. You can also find me on Instagram @misdiy! Feel free to use the image below for Pinterest if you’d like to save this post for later!

~Happy Reading Friends

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