Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Early last year I shared some Ikea Favorites with you, and after realizing that there were so many things that I didn't include on that list I thought it was time for another round!

Some of these are things that I consider to be Ikea "staples"... what I purchase time and time again, what I'm glad I purchased, and things that I use in my home.  If you don't get to Ikea often, the store can be VERY overwhelming, and it's easy to end up wandering around aimlessly caught up in a sea of choices in each department.  So, I'm highlighting some things to keep an eye out for when you go. The in-store photos are phone pics and the lighting is bad, but they should give you an idea of what things look like on the shelf.   I did try to include the label in the photo so you could see the price, too.

IKEA, stockholm pillow, eivor blanket, ribba frame, poppig tray, gurli pillow, lappljung ruta pillow

I love the Jara shades at Ikea.  They're actually made to be a hanging pendant light, but I used an easy fix to adapt them to fit on a standard table lamp.   The large size was the perfect fit for my thrift store lamps.

These little plants look so convincingly real, they're perfect to scatter around the house.

I used two in the little blue and white planter on the elephant side table in my breakfast nook, no worries about light or water or keeping it alive!

This pillow has been popular for years, and I think it's a classic!

This lightweight comforter is still warm and cozy.  We've come to realize that down comforters are too warm for us, so I've switched to these for all of our beds to slip inside our duvet covers.  Sometimes in the Summer we even use it with no duvet cover- just as-is!  It's so easy to toss in the wash if needed.

It's not visible in these photos, but it's tucked inside our duvet covers!  :)

Another long time favorite... this classic black and white striped blanket.

Ikea has a great selection of door mats.  This is the one I used to make my monogrammed mat, and they're great for gifts, too!  

The Ribba Frames come in so many different colors and sizes and it's so nice that a white mat is included.  I picked up some larger ones for our family photos.  They do not come in gold, but I knew I'd be painting mine so I found some gray ones that were on clearance and sprayed them when I got home.  FYI, I should have primed them first.  Mine turned out ok but the spray paint would have adhered to the plastic frame much better if I had primed first.  Didn't think about it for that project but live and learn!

Even though I don't own it (I might need to remedy that!), this pillow caught my eye.  The embroidered stitching is very nice and looks way more expensive than the price tag reflects!

I DO own four of these.  They're velvet with the black and white design and are perfect for layering in with other designs and patterns.

The Gurli pillow covers are a steal.  They are 20x20 and come in tons of colors.  For $4, I always pick up a few even if I don't have a specific project in mind, they come in handy sooner or later.  I used the red ones to DIY some fur trimmed pillows several years ago.

Several years ago I came across tons of fun cookie cutters for a steal at Target, and snatched them all up for my gift stash. With a rolling pin from Ikea and some cute monogrammed kitchen towels, they've been great wedding shower gifts.

I couldn't resist the little striped melamine tray on the left, it's so cheery and great for outdoors or carrying cookies or treats to various functions.

Straws!  They're a steal and I always pick up a few packages when we go.

Same thing with batteries, we stock up!

Lastly, I love these little fleece blankets.  They're another thing that I buy several of for my gift stash.  With a little monogram added to the corner they're as cute as could be, and great gifts for my kids' friends or to tuck in with a shower gift.

Be sure to check out my first round of Ikea Favorites that I shared here, and we talked Ikea for My Five Favorites several months ago too.

Our nearest Ikea is three hours away, but we're planning a quick Fall Break getaway next month so I'm ready for another visit!  I know they've added lots of new things since I've been last time and I'm anxious to see what I can't live without.  ;)  

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Thursday, September 14, 2017


This Summer only had one significant DIY project, I painted the built-in shelves in the living room white!  You might have caught a peek of the changes here or there, but I'm just now getting around to formally sharing it with you.  I thought I'd better get it photographed before things get decked out for Fall!

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You might remember that I painted these shelves dark gray two years ago.

I liked it ok, but honestly something with the paint was never quite right.  I tried a kind that I had never used before and I wasn't happy with the results.  So, they really needed to be redone and I knew when the time came that I wanted to go light again, this time painted white to match the trim.  Sorry, I had the color matched to the existing trim so I don't have a name for you. 

If you've been around here for a long time, you might remember my shelves being "white" before I painted them dark gray.  They were actually a very yellowy-cream and only looked white in photos because I had brightened the room up a bit.   Either way, the cream needed to go and I thought I would take the opportunity to experiment with a dark color.  I really did like them for a while, but when we had the opportunity for the magazine photo shoot in our home this Summer, I knew that getting them painted was a change I wanted to make beforehand. 

I wasn't quite sure what to do with the mantel.  My choices were leaving it gray (Urbane Bronze- same color as the backs of the shelves), painting it white, or I thought about stripping it back down to a wood finish.  For now, I've left it alone and I think it's ok.  I felt like painting it white would be too stark against the brick.  But you never know... it could change too some day!

I left the backs the same color, but am entertaining the thought of doing some kind of colorful pattern, maybe removable wallpaper, on them in the future.  

Similar blue and white foot bath here, here, here  ||  DIY Tassels

Similar Cowhide Rug  ||  Custom Sofa  ||  Vintage Brass Trunk  

Black and White Pillow  ||  Green Leokat Pillow- pre-made or fabric  ||  Multi-Color Floral Pillow here or here  ||  Similar Blue and White Garden Stool

I swapped the recliners and love seat from their previous spots, which left me needing a spot for the bamboo console.  I put it in front of the windows which isn't ideal, but it works ok. 

Bamboo Console Table   ||  Black and White Check Fabric  ||  Striped Curtains, similar premade here

I finally planted some garden roses at this house (after 10 years of living here!) and I wish I would have done that a lot sooner.  I've had them at all of our previous homes and nothing beats the smell of a garden rose!

What do you think?  Are you on team dark or team light?  I can tell you one thing, I won't be painting these shelves again for a loooonnng time! 

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Monday, September 11, 2017


Over the summer I had the opportunity to participate in a few projects with Hobby Lobby.  Their corporate offices are located here in Oklahoma City and they invited me to help them create some videos featuring their farmhouse style products, then later in the Summer invited me back to do some Fall and Christmas videos.  The videos were all released on various social media channels, but I realize there are probably some of my readers that might have missed them there and thought you might like to see the finished videos.

Early in the Summer, three local home decor bloggers were invited to come shoot a video to feature some of Hobby Lobby's new Farmhouse pieces.  When we arrived in the room where the shoot was taking place, there was a big selection of all of the farmhouse things that we could pick and choose from, as well as about 25 cameramen and HL employees all watching our every move as we made our choices and styled our space.  THAT wasn't nerve wracking at all!  ;)  We could all choose a background, piece of furniture from a few options they had, and whatever we wanted from the products.  We were all drawn to slightly different things, and even though we all created "farmhouse" styles, they each definitely reflect our own style a bit too.

I snapped a still shot of my space.  The things across the bottom were propped up a bit so they would show in the video shot.

After we each completed our own spaces, we all worked together on a fouth vignette.  I think this one ended up being everyone's favorite of the day!

Me, Rachel from Pencil Shavings Studio, Ashley from Curls and Cashmere

Here we are with some of the sweet buyers from Hobby Lobby that helped us that day.

Late in the Summer I went back to do a Fall and Christmas styling video.  This was just a few days after our BHG photo shoot wrapped up, so I was still in the Christmas spirit!  This time, the line up was all Jennifers!  Jennifer from Tatertots and Jello, Jennifer from The Magic Brush and I all worked on our own Fall and Christmas vignettes, then collaborated together on a 4th design.

Here's how it worked:  we were each assigned a backdrop, a piece of furniture, and a different  line of products to work with, and then we were given only 20 minutes to go from blank state to finished space.  I've never seen 20 minutes fly by so fast!  Here's the finished video:

I know those fly by fast, so here are some still shots of the finished spaces if you want a closer look.  First is the space I created with the pieces I was assigned.  My favorite thing is that round colorful pillow in the chair and there were lots of unusual, fun pumpkins too.

Jennifer from the Magic Brush took some glittered letters and attached them to the back of a sign she wasn't using to create the FALL sign, I thought that was so clever!

Jennifer from Tatertots & Jello created this warm, textural vignette.  Love the wood art piece behind the wreath, it's beautiful by itself but also works as the perfect backdrop for layering so many things over it (you might notice it in some vignettes in other videos too). 

Here's the fourth look that we all worked together on:

The Christmas videos worked the same way...assigned pieces and 20 minutes from start to finish!

Here are the still shots, my space is first.  They get cut off in the video, but the embroidery hoops on the top are darling!  The leaves and berries are metal, and everyone went nuts for this chalkboard wall art piece.  Also hard to see but I love the little red truck on the table, there are number blocks that fit in it to tell how many days there are until Christmas (by the way 105 from today!).

The Magic Brush's cute shelves-

And Tatertot's & Jello's festive Entry- 

Lastly, the space we did together.  The white and gold and silver was SO much prettier in person, and those lighted orbs are totally on my list for this year!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these videos today and got some inspiration for your decor and for the holidays!  Do you have a favorite space or piece featured here?  And it doesn't have to be mine! ;)  ;)   If you're wondering, everything you see in all of these videos is available at Hobby Lobby.

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