DIY Side Table

It’s not something I talk about on the blog a lot, but if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know that I opened up a little shop here in Indiana this past summer! My first love will always be blogging and sharing our home and decorating ideas here, but opening up a store where I can sell the items I love and use in my own home has been such a dream come true. I love coming up with beautiful, creative displays for the shop and spending time rearranging and restyling things each week. It truly has brought me so much joy, and I’m so glad I finally took a leap of faith to do it.

I’m getting ready to start stocking the booth for spring, and last week I drew up some plans for custom displays I wanted to build that I’m really excited about. One of the pieces I built is this simple, white display table, and even though the dimensions are a little taller than you would probably use in your home, I think with just a few modifications it would be the perfect side table or even nightstand! So today I’m going to share how I built this simple table so you can recreate it in your own home! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a woodworking project like this to share on the blog, so I’m super happy to be getting back into the swing of this again!

How to build a simple, inexpensive table that is perfect as an end table or nightstand!

How to build a simple, inexpensive table that is perfect as an end table or nightstand! [Read more…]


12 Ways to Style Kitchen Counters

Kitchen counters can be fun to decorate, but can also be rather challenging. You want your kitchen to have lots of personality and style without adding items that just take up precious counter space and create visual clutter. Some of us are blessed with large kitchens and plenty of countertop real estate, and some of us are working with smaller kitchens where every inch matters. Either way, you want the accessories you choose to add purpose and style, and I’ve come up with my favorite 12 ways to style kitchen counters that are timeless, intentional and guaranteed to create gorgeous vignettes in your kitchen. These suggestions work for any decorating style and can be combined in many different ways to create a unique look. And the best part is you probably already have most of these items in your house already!

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– small appliances –

When your kitchen is on the small side, this tip can be very helpful for saving storage space. Display stylish small appliances on the counter for easy access to your most used items such as stand mixers, blenders, or coffee grinders. Tuck the cords neatly behind the appliance to keep your counters from looking messy, and you can quickly whip up a smoothie without having to dig your blender out of a cabinet.

– canisters –

Again, canisters are a great way to keep your most used ingredients close at hand. I keep my flour and sugar in canisters for when I bake, and I find it to be so much easier than scooping and measuring ingredients out of bags. I went with glass so I can see when I’m running low, but there are so many cute options out there in all kinds of styles.

– cookbooks –

I know many of us look up recipes on the internet now, but I still go back to some of my favorite cookbooks when I want a good meal. Tuck a couple of your favorite cookbooks in a corner or stack them together for a flat space to display your favorite dishes. A collection of cookbooks instantly adds personality to your kitchen and tells a lot about what you and your family like… maybe you are gluten free or love Mexican food or enjoy cooking with items fresh from the garden. Cookbooks can be a great way to bring a little bit of color into your kitchen too!

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– trays –

It’s easy for small items to feel like clutter sitting out on your countertops, but setting them together on a tray makes it feel much more intentional. I use a wood tray to add warmth to my counters that look like marble but are actually quartz.

– cooking utensils –

Instead of digging through drawers to find your cooking utensils, set them out in a pretty container such as a pitcher or crock. I like displaying wooden utensils in my white kitchen, but metal ones would look great in a more modern setting.

– candles –

I’m probably in my kitchen more than any other room of the house, so I always like having candles on the counter to add ambiance and get rid of any unwanted food smells. Try to find ones that have kitchen-inspired scents such as vanilla, citrus or herbs.

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– cutting boards –

I’ve been collecting wood cutting boards for years and think they look stunning stacked together against a kitchen backsplash. The wood tones add warmth to my all white kitchen, and the wood grain is a beautiful textural element.

– plants & flowers –

One of the easiest ways to breathe life into any kitchen is adding a potted plant or fresh flowers to your counter. It’s a pop of color that feels natural and subtle, and I love growing herbs such as rosemary, basil or mint that I can use in my cooking.

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– pretty soaps –

Everyone needs hand soap and dish soap by their kitchen sink, so you might as well put in a pretty container! There are many stores where you can buy soaps already in fancy bottles, or you can invest in a container that you refill as needed.

– pretty towels –

Kitchens are full of hard design elements like tile, stone and metal, so adding things like tea towels and curtains is a great way to bring softness into the space. Pretty kitchen towels are kind of like throw pillows in my opinion… you can never have too many!

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

– coffee station –

If you’re a coffee drinker like me, your morning coffee routine is one of the most important parts of the day. So why not set up a little coffee station to brew that perfect cup quickly and easily? In all honesty, I would prefer not to have my coffee pot out on the counter since it’s not the prettiest appliance, but since it’s how I survive motherhood and running my business, I might as well make it look as nice as possible. I have a glass canister for coffee grounds and a little creamer that I hide my stevia packets in. Displaying some of your favorite mugs would be a great addition too.

– art –

Most of us probably don’t think of artwork when it comes to decorating our kitchen counters, but it can be a beautiful way to add personality to the space. I have a little milk + cream sign that I made (tutorial can be found in my book) leaned up against the backsplash, but the sky is the limit when it comes to framed artwork you could use here. Have fun with it and change it out with the seasons if you like!

12 beautiful ways to style kitchen counters

I’ve gathered some of my absolute favorite kitchen items to help style your kitchen, and I hope today’s post inspires you to do some decorating!

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Favorite Gray Paint Colors

Have you ever spent weeks picking out a paint color, painted an entire room with it, and then realized you don’t like the color? I certainly have been there, and it makes picking out another color even that more daunting. My sister and I were chatting recently about picking out a paint color for her living room, and after looking through dozens of colors, I realized part of the problem is the overwhelming number of options there are. Lots of choices are great, don’t get me wrong, but narrowing down so many different shades and hues can be difficult to pin down that perfect color you’re looking for.

Our conversation really started making me think about how I go about picking paint colors, what some of my favorite go-to paints are, and ways I could help make it simpler for you to go through the color selection process. For the last ten years I’ve been trying out paint colors and plenty of the wrong ones, and I decided it would be a really fun series to start this year sharing my favorite paint colors so you won’t have to sort through hundreds of paint swatches at the store!

For me personally, I love simple white walls, and my little farmhouse is full of them. They make the house feel so clean and bright and are the perfect backdrop for just about any style decor. But I know that white walls aren’t for everyone and that many of you would love some help picking out other colors too. So this will be a great way for me to recommend a bigger variety of paint colors that will hopefully spark some decorating inspiration for you!

The best gray paint colors for interiors - soft grays, bold grays, modern grays, warm beige grays and everything you need to pick the perfect gray paint color! [Read more…]


Painted Mantel Makeover

Now that all the Christmas decorations are finished around the house, this week I was finally able to tackle some projects that have been waiting for some attention. I spotted this mantel months ago at the antique store where I have my booth, and even though it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, it had a good price and I knew I could customize it later to fit the style of our house. After some design modifications and a creamy coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, this mantel is now even better than I imagined!

A rustic mantel is given a big makeover for the holidays! See how milk paint transformed this cozy cottage mantel.

A rustic mantel is given a big makeover for the holidays! See how milk paint transformed this cozy cottage mantel. [Read more…]


Soft Blue Hand Painted Dresser Makeover

Hi friends! Today I’m going back to one of my favorite kind of projects that I haven’t been able to do in awhile, but is something that I really enjoyed doing when I first started decorating our home years ago. Buying new furniture didn’t always fit in the budget, so I learned to live with the hand-me-down pieces I had by painting them to better match the look I wanted. It saved me a lot of money and felt good seeing such a big transformation in our home after just a few hours with a can of paint and a paint brush. And I actually find it really relaxing to put on some good tunes and get lost in a paint project for the day. It can be very therapeutic!

An old dresser gets a makeover with soft blue paint and a delicate hand painted design [Read more…]


My Decorating Essentials: Throw Blankets

Every time I work on a room makeover or style a space for a photo shoot or even when I’m just tidying up the house before having company over, I’ve noticed lately that there are a handful of items that I almost always use to decorate with. Sort of a decorating “formula” I’ve played with and fine tuned over the last five years of writing this blog, and I thought the other day that I should start sharing my tried and true decorating essentials here on the blog. Whether you’re just getting started and need some design inspiration or you’re looking for those little finishing touches to make it finally feel like home, I hope this look inside my decorating process will give you the tools you need to pull a room together perfectly. In this decorating essentials series, I’ll show you how I use these go-to items in my own home and also give you a bunch of examples that you can shop for right from this blog post!

Today I thought I’d start with an easy and mostly inexpensive item that is both pretty and practical… throw blankets!

A beautiful farmhouse living room decorated for the holidays!

I have a mountain of throw blankets (probably way more than I need) that I keep all around the house. When the boys and I are curled up in the living room watching a movie, everyone wants their own blanket (even the dog does), and I like to have extra blankets in the bedrooms too for chilly nights. The practical purpose of a throw blanket is pretty obvious, but when you want to make your home feel more cozy and welcoming, adding blankets around the house is a great way to do that. Visually they add softness and a casual, inviting atmosphere and make you want to curl up and relax for awhile. [Read more…]


DIY Vintage Sign for the Dining Room

Hi, my loves! You may remember last week when I shared the current state of our dining room and the floral-inspired decor I have going on in here right now for spring. If not, you can check that post out here! I’ve slowly been working on adding a little more personality to this pretty plain space, and I spent a couple hours one night making a vintage-inspired sign to hang on the wall behind the dining table. I’ve made quite a few hand painted signs like this over the years, and each one always seems to have its own unique look and personality. I’ll usually start with the basic idea of what I want the sign to say and the colors I want to use, but then once I start playing with fonts for the lettering and the way I paint and distress the piece, it sort of takes on a life of its own. That’s my favorite part about creating art… there are no rules or wrong way to do it. Let the canvas (or in this case, a piece of wood) do the talking, and often times I find that the finished product is even better than the original idea I had in my head!

A handmade sign with a beautiful distressed antique finish. Learn how to make this simple and inexpensive DIY vintage Market Fresh sign!

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