Our HAPPy Home (Christmas Ed.)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I have had these photos loaded on my computer for what feels like weeks now. Now that I am officially on "winter break", I felt like what better way to start it off then by spreading our home's Christmas cheer, for any who care to hear.

And with that, welcome to our tiny, yet, festive home.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!


Our Master "Suite"

Saturday, November 29, 2014
While I am fairly certain from the first image you are going to quickly realize that our master bedroom is by no means a "suite",  it is a space we find quite "sweet" and after living in our new place for a few months we have finally finished er' up (at least for now). Thus, I thought I'd invite you in to take a peak at our cozy little space.

My husband actually purchased these boxes to wrap up my wedding gifts from him. He knows my style too well as they were a perfect addition for storing items in our bedroom too. 
He has one on his nightstand as well and the last of the three is pictured below on our dresser.

As you can see we have recently added a little Christmas addition to our dresser as well. 

If you have never experienced a "Marshmallow Fireside" candle- you must. It is a heavenly scent that takes over your entire home.

My beautiful grandmother just recently gave us this new wall art that we could not cherish more. The original design was actually in red and black, but once she visited our place for the first time, she decided that would not do and selected the blue tones instead to coordinate with our decor. 

This frame is actually one we used for our memory frame at our wedding and the polaroids of our engagement photos were a wedding decoration as well. We decided to embrace the whole reuse/repurpose idea and create some "new" three-dimensional wall art for our bedroom with them.

And finally, Bella had to sneak in there for a photo op, looking ever-so-ready for the season in her winter sweater.

And there you have it. 
Below are a few links/credits sharing where we made many of our bedroom purchases.

Duvet Cover: Ikea
Cable Knit Throw: Bed, Bath and Beyond
Pillows: Gordmans, Home Goods, Amazon
Lamps: Target
Window Pane Frames: Target
White Lantern (Dresser): Pier 1
"Home is Where the Heart Is" Sign: Hobby Lobby
Shabby Jewelry Box: Hobby Lobby
Polaroid Photos: Polaroid Fotobar


Fall Pumpkin Painting Date

Friday, October 24, 2014
Last weekend the hubs and I had a little at home fall date with the goal of adding a little flair to our porch. We purchased a few pumpkins and some good ole' fashioned acrylic paint and set to work with a pumpkin painting adventure.

Is our work perfect? Better Homes and Gardens worthy? 
By no means.
But we had a ton of fun just sitting and sipping some drinks and soaking up the last moments of fall warmth while spending quality time together.


DIY Fall Wreath

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I have been craving one of those adorably monogrammed fall wreaths to adorn our front door over the past few weeks and just really wasn't finding anything that suited our style or our budget. 

I am one that loves the browns and golds of fall, but doesn't so much dig the Halloween oranges and blacks when it comes to decorating. I am also all about simplicity and love the look of a rustic, natural wreath with a few embellishments. Thus, I decided to take this vision with me and paid a quick trip to Hobby Lobby this weekend in hopes of a little DIY wreath project inspiration.

The wreath base pictured above only cost $4.99 for this medium size, but also comes in a variety of smaller and larger sizes depending on what you are looking for as well. 

You can add as many or as little embellishments as suits your fancy! I wandered the aisles of their fall decor and chose a few fall flowers and that small twig pumpkin you see to add a little dimension first. Be sure to select embellishments such as these that are already on sticks as it makes it simple just to slide them into the vines of the wreath - no adhesives needed! I also selected some light colored burlap ribbon and followed this tutorial from On Sutton Place to make the "perfect bow" to attach above the florals.

The final touch was the "H" to give me that monogram look I was going for. I wasn't in love with the black color, but I liked the font, so I decided to grab some gold paint to make it the color I wanted. After it dried, I used some twine I had on hand at home to tie it to the wreath. You could hot glue this for extra support. I simply wrapped tight and tied a knot in the back. 

And there you have it. I love how it turned out and when all was said and done, I spent a fraction of what I would have and finished with a wreath that was exactly what I was looking for.

I feel like now I can officially say- welcome fall.


Inspirational Bathroom Art

Saturday, October 4, 2014
This week, after nearly two months of staring at the blank canvas of a wall in our bathroom, I decided it was finally time to take care of business. I had been perusing stores in the area and Etsy shops on and off since we moved, but wasn't really finding anything that screamed "take me home and hang me up".

Which, looking back now, I am completely content with that as our new d├ęcor cost me absolutely nothing and is charming and purposeful in all the right ways.

As we headed home from church last Sunday, I was not only moved by our sermon, but reminded of some powerful scripture that I was particularly in need of lately with all of the big changes in jobs, location, etc. in our lives. 

I thought- now those words - that inspiration-, that is what I need to wake up to each day. These uplifting words are what I need to see staring me in the face providing me with the strength and confidence to handle with grace any challenge that comes my way.

Thus, I snagged a few old frames we had hanging around the house that we hadn't really found a home for yet, and whipped up some simple printables to fill them with God's word. 
Instant, inspirational bathroom art, folks. Blank wall, meet sheer joy.

HAPPy Saturday.


DIY Prayer Board

Friday, August 15, 2014

I have seen so many different prayer board ideas over the years, and I have always loved the idea as a constant reminder not only of how to be intentional about our prayers -  but also simply that we should be praying consistently as individuals and a couple in general.

My mother purchased us this statement cork board above for one of our bridal showers, and as I hung it on our wall and contemplated what to use it for, this idea seemed the perfect choice.

To spruce it up a bit, I purchased some scrapbooking flowers and had the hubs hot glue them to the ends of clear tacks.  For some reason the man loves to hot glue - Not sure, but I am thinking possibly because it involves a "gun" he considers it to be the manly version of crafting. 
Either way - I love the help.

The flowers definitely added the pop of color I was looking for.

Then I added a few bronze buckets I found at Michaels to hang on the hooks and store the supplies for the board.

In the first one, I placed our patterned Post-Its (purchased at The Container Store), in the middle one, I put the extra tacks not currently being used, and in the last, pens for writing the prayer requests.

I am loving how it adds pizazz and purpose to our kitchen wall.