Top Favorite Posts of the Year

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A look back at the top 10 reader favorite posts from 2019! I'm sharing my favorite projects from the year as well!

favorite home decor projects

Merry Christmas Home Tour

Monday, December 16, 2019

I'm sharing my Christmas home, all decked for the holidays and inviting you inside!
Christmas place setting

Easy and Thrifty Outdoor Peppermint Pillow Wraps

Friday, December 13, 2019

Outdoor pillows get a festive wrap reminiscent of peppermint candies!
front porch Christmas decor

DIY Thrifty Buffalo Check Christmas Tree Collar

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A step by step tutorial for creating a budget-friendly buffalo check Christmas tree collar.
buffalo check tree collar

30+ DIY Christmas Ornaments, Wreaths, Signs and Decor

Sunday, December 8, 2019

A beautiful, curated collection of over 30 DIY ideas for Christmas!
Christmas walnut wreath centerpiece

Nordic Style Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Add a personal touch to your wrapped gifts with these Nordic style Christmas printable gift tags in graphic red and black!
wrapped Christmas gifts with ribbon

Christmas Tablescape Ideas

Monday, December 2, 2019

I'm sharing 5 easy and affordable ideas for decorating a beautiful and classic Christmas table.
Christmas table

Easy Marbled Christmas Ornaments

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Make these DIY marbled ornaments in just minutes using nail polish! Watch my video to see exactly how to do it!
red marbled ornaments

21 Ornament Ball Decor Ideas

Monday, November 25, 2019

A collection of DIY decorated ball ornaments to make this Christmas!

Christmas ornaments to make

Romantic and Cozy Christmas Bedroom

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Turning your bedroom into a cozy and romantic Christmas retreat will make going to bed even more magical!
Christmas headboard

How to Make Large Framed Snowflake Signs

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Are you wondering how to make wood framed signs? This tutorial will show you how to make graphic black and white wood framed snowflake signs, perfect for a Christmas mantle! But this technique can be used to make any wood frame sign.

wood framed signs

20 Thrifty Christmas Decor Ideas

Friday, November 15, 2019

Decorating for Christmas can be done on a budget! Here are 20 of my favorite DIY Christmas ideas that are budget-friendly, on-trend and gorgeous!
Christmas DIY ideas

30 Soups and Stews to Warm You

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Soups can warm your heart and soul on a cold winter's night! Here are 30 recipes for soul satisfying soups, chilis and stews.
soups with cheese

Frosted Christmas Luminaries

Friday, November 8, 2019

Make the holidays sparkle with frosted Christmas luminaries! These snowy, icy jars will light up your holidays!
DIY frosted Christmas luminaries with frosted berries

20 Christmas Finds From Walmart for Under $20!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Turn your home into a winter wonderland with these amazing finds from Walmart, all under $20! 
Walmart Christmas finds

Make a Farmhouse Christmas Wreath for $10

Sunday, November 3, 2019

This DIY Christmas wreath is quick to make, budget-friendly and will add a classic farmhouse Christmas welcome to your front door!

DIY Christmas wreath

25 DIY Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Monday, October 28, 2019

Turkey day will be here before you know it! This is the perfect time to make one (or more!) of these DIY Thanksgiving day decor ideas. 

thankful garland

Thanksgiving Dining Room with Copper Accents and FREE Printable

Thursday, October 24, 2019

I'm sharing some simple ideas to decorate your dining room and set your table for Thanksgiving, plus sharing a FREE printable for you to use!
Thanksgiving place setting

How to Paint a Simple Country Church

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I'm sharing an easy way for a beginner to paint a sweet country church in a field of flowers!
simple country church painting 

Painting an Antique Cabinet a Bold Blue

Friday, October 11, 2019

I'm breaking out of my neutral loving rut and taking an antique cabinet to new heights with a bold blue paint color!
blue cabinet

DIY Pedestal Bed Tray

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

I'm sharing how I repurposed some wood pieces to make this cottage style breakfast bed tray in a soft jade green.
cozy daybed with pedestal bed tray

Easy Copper Painted Pumpkins Video Tutorial

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Turn ordinary store bought pumpkins into reflective copper beauties! An easy and inexpensive project that anyone can do in just minutes!
copper painted pumpkins

DIY Home Decor Projects (for $20 or Less)

Monday, September 30, 2019

I've rounded up 8 amazing DIY decor ideas that cost $20 or less! You are going to want to check these out asap!
DIY projects

How to Easily Reupholster Dining Seat Cushions

Thursday, September 26, 2019

This tutorial will show you get a brand new look for very little money by reupholstering your own chair cushions!
chairs before and after

Easy No Sew Fall Pillow Ideas

Thursday, September 19, 2019

I'm sharing two different no-sew Fall pillow ideas that make a dramatic statement in black and white, perfect for all you neutral lovers!
living room neutral fall decor

DIY Round Side Table with Antique Legs and Vintage Quilt Stencil

Sunday, September 15, 2019

I'm sharing how we created a small round side table from three antique legs, and added cottage style with a quilt-inspired stencil.

cottage quilt stencil

Cozy Fall Bedroom Decor Ideas

Friday, September 13, 2019

Some simple and inexpensive ways to add cozy, rustic fall feels to your bedroom!


Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

Monday, September 9, 2019

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This quick breakfast recipe featuring savory turkey sausage patties sandwiched between banana oat crepes is filling and delicious! It can be easily prepped the night before and eaten on the go for a no-fuss breakfast for the whole family.
breakfast sandwich

How to Make Drop Cloth Pumpkins

Monday, September 2, 2019

Drop cloth pumpkins are perfect for neutral decor and farmhouse style and you are going to love how easy and inexpensive they are to make!
drop cloth pumpkins

Do It Yourself 2x4 Wood Projects

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Rethink the lowly 2x4! Check out these 9 amazing wood projects made from 2x4s!
2x4 porch pumpkins

Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Monday, August 26, 2019

Fall is fast upon us and I'm sharing some of my favorite DIY pumpkin ideas that you can make for your own home! These no-carve ideas are easy and affordable!
Dollar store pumpkins updated with a neutral farmhouse look

2x4 Wood Porch Pumpkins for Fall

Thursday, August 15, 2019

These easy to make, large-scale 2x4 wood pumpkins will add beautiful presence to your porch this Fall! Read on and I'll show you how easy they are to make!
Fall porch with 2x4 wood pumpkins and plaid

Repurposed Drawers for Storage and Display

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I'm sharing how I gave a pair of road-side-rescued drawers fresh new life, ball feet, and ideas for using them for both storage and display!
white painted drawer

How to Build a Modern Platform Bed for $125!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Platform beds are an inexpensive way to add clean, modern style. I'm sharing how we built a Queen size platform bed for our teenage daughter's bedroom for only $125!

Two Hour DIY Projects for Your Home

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Two hours is all it really takes to make these beautiful DIY projects for your home! From wood to metal, paint to rope...there's something for everyone!
round up

How to Make a Fake Cake

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Fake cakes are a fun way to add some "fresh-baked" goodness to your decor...that will actually last! These cakes are a cinch to make and very affordable!
fake naked cake

How to Make Spindle Candlesticks from an Old Chair

Monday, July 15, 2019

Today I'm sharing how I turned spindles from an old chair into farmhouse chippy candlesticks! This is an easy project even for power tool newbies!
DIY candlesticks from spindles

Summer Decorating with Americana

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Adding simple farmhouse patriotic decor to the living room for the summer
 USA pillow

Hanging Mason Jar Flower Display

Monday, June 24, 2019

How to easily turn regular mason jars into hanging flower display! Hung from a rustic shutter, they create an instant garden on the wall!
hang mason jars on a shutter

Modern Teen Girl's Bedroom with Platform Bed

Monday, June 17, 2019

Updating a teenage girl's bedroom with modern decor, a DIY platform bed and a new Nectar mattress.
teen girl modern bedroom

How to Build Barn Doors

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Today we're sharing the process for building a set of double barn doors. Mr DIY and I (but mostly Mr DIY!) built barn doors to replace french doors off our Master bedroom. They add such rich farmhouse style! Keep reading for the tutorial!
barn door hardware

Summer Dining Room Refresh

Friday, June 7, 2019

Does your dining room need a refresh for summer? I'm sharing how I added fun pops of color and cute accessories for less than $20!
cottage dining room with painted grandfather clock

Easy DIY Bee Skep/Beehive for under $10!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

This tutorial will show you how to make inexpensive DIY bee skeps/hives for under $10! Plus tips and tricks for the best outcome!
summer dining room with DIY bee skeps

7 Outdoor Projects to do This Summer

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

I'm sharing a roundup of outdoor projects to get your home and yard ready for summer fun!
Outdoor DIY projects

11 Favorite Home Decor Finds

Friday, May 24, 2019

I'm sharing where to buy some of my favorite home decor items today! These are viewer favorites that many of you have asked about and most of them are on sale!
modern farmhouse office

Sprucing up the Front Porch and Flower Beds

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We added cottage curb appeal to our front porch with new shade loving bedding plants and a few inexpensive decorative essentials! 

cottage porch with rockers

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It's that time of year when the nice weather draws us outside and we are motivated to spruce up our yards! Our Texas farmhouse needed a little more curb appeal, and today I'm sharing how we added that with a front porch refresh and new bedding plants.

Let me show you our home. Here's a picture taken in October 2016 just after we moved in. I know you're staring at our gorgeous Golden Rain Tree...but take your eyes off those amazing blooms for a sec and look at our front flower beds. See those hedges? Ew! They were FULL of spider webs and just did nothing for the curb appeal of our beautiful home! I believe they were intended as a privacy hedge, but we never sat on the front porch because who wants to look at spider-infested bushes? NOT ME!

white house black shutters golden raintree

So a few weeks ago, Mr DIY and our son dug them out! I stayed far away during that little project! They also removed the azalea bushes that never bloomed and planted them in the back yard where they'll get more sun. 🌺🌺🌺 Which meant that the beds were basically empty and we were left with a blank slate!

The challenge in our front yard is the shade. We have two huge trees that provide shade almost 100% of the time. And yes, a new mailbox is in the works too πŸ˜‰

Front Yard Before

removing hedges

We have had some beautiful yards in the past, gardens too, but I don't consider us to be gardening gurus...we needed some help! We did some online research, and even spoke extensively with the owner of a local nursery to find out what plants would do best in our yard! We are fairly new to Texas, so we weren't sure what would grow in this spot or if flowering plants would even be possible!

We saved a ton money by purchasing small plants! They will grow and I cannot wait until they fill in! We also added black mulch to the flower beds, which makes such a difference.

Here are the beautiful results.

Front Yard After

new shade loving bedding plants

It looks so much better! I'll share a list of the plants we added below, but I just want you to enjoy the change!

adding curb appeal with flower beds

Once the plants reach maturity, it will provide some privacy for the porch, and I can't wait until we have lots and lots of blooms!

southern cottage front porch

Porch Refresh

After the wet winter that we had, our porch was a mess! Mr DIY took the pressure washer to it, and then we made it look pretty for summer with a few simple additions. For my birthday in April, the kids and Mr DIY bought me hanging ferns and ivy for the openings between our porch posts and my son planted them into hanging baskets with coco liner for me. I love the leafy look!

I shared in my Christmas porch tour how I had found the black rocker and table at the curb one day! Woohoo! But they looked a little lonely on our 30-foot porch, so I started watching Craigslist and FB Marketplace for porch rockers and found this white pair for only $50! Some outdoor cushions from Target add a little more color. 

white rockers and blue striped runner

Last year I painted our side door blue (my favorite color) in just 30 minutes using a paint specifically for exterior doors , and knew I wanted to emphasize that color on the front porch too!

I purchased 2 12-foot outdoor runners to draw your eye away from the concrete! Initially I wanted to paint the porch floor, but no one in the family was in support of that idea...πŸ˜• These are the exact runners I purchased, and I couldn't be happier with them!

front porch decor for summer

The runners are easy to hose off and I love the additional pop of color against our white home!

pink begonias

We added shade loving flowers to our pots, like these gorgeous double begonias and geraniums. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared the makeover for this white chippy plant-chair in the fall. 

front porch with DIY flag banner

And a new flag banner was a simple afternoon DIY project that will hang up all summer!

curb appeal on the front porch

summer hanging baskets and planters

Here are the plants that we used for our front flower beds. They get a little afternoon sun, but are in shade for most of the day. I'm linking to them so that you can see what they look like. I recommend shopping at your local nursery for plants native to your area!

Shade Loving Plants

I hope this post is helpful for you. A home with curb appeal and a welcoming front porch is SO NICE to come home to! I still want to change out our mission-style lights to something with cottage style, and I've always wanted a porch ceiling painted haint we'll see if I get to those projects this summer or not. The heat and humidity have started climbing into the stratosphere, and early morning/late evening is the only time it's cool enough to sit out on the porch with a glass of iced tea.

This Canadian girl is turning a little Southern, eh? 😍

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