Ways to Refresh your Spring Home

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Happy Monday Friends!

I love everything about Spring….seeing the first Robin, the longer days, everything turning green and new! The freshness of Spring is energizing. The warmer days welcome us to enjoy more activity outdoors. We actually fired up our outdoor grill for the first time a few days ago and with all of our snow gone which is very unusual & early for Central Michigan, getting outside to start Spring projects has been nice.

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Every year I always rush to open a window or two on warmer days. Feeling the fresh air breeze through the windows is so cleansing for our home. That feeling got me thinking of some other ways I like to refresh our home once the sunshine and warmer weather hits.

 Fresh Flowers

Having fresh flowers in our house is such a treat! I picked up a bouquet of tulips to freshen up the house on the afternoon of my monthly book club. The flowers brought a smile to not only my face every time I saw them sitting on our dining room table, but to everyone else’s too.

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Clean Surfaces

Taking everything off our shelves, walls, and other surfaces & giving them a good cleaning, breathes in a feeling of new. It removes all the stagnant energy left behind from the confinement of Winter. Having this essential “to-do” item off my list is always nice.

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Greenery

Whether it is faux or real, one of the first things I do in our home to welcome Spring is to begin adding greenery. Searching the greenhouse area of nearby stores is a favorite Spring activity of mine. Although I am have no green thumb,I still love bringing home a plant or two.

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Fresh Floral Colors

Every Spring I enjoy adding a few colors that I wouldn’t typically use around our house. I love pastel floral decorating items, but I don’t usually have a place for them in our everyday decor. Spring is the time when I will throw in a couple of items for a sweet seasonal touch.

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Blooming Branches

We are lucky enough to have six flowering trees all of a different variety on our property. Having so many options right in our backyard allows me to bring them inside once they begin blooming.

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These are just a few ways I love to refresh our home in the Spring. I try to keep my Spring decorating as simple as I can so it frees me up to begin working in our yard and my flower beds.

I wanted to share this book that I am loving right now. I highly recommend it! It is so beautiful and easy to follow. If you aspire to have a garden of beautiful blooms like I do than I would definitely grab this book when you have the time.

Cut Flower Garden-

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Another thing that I would love to share with you all is that a few instagram friends of mine are hosting a new hashtag party every Wednesday. We would love for you to share with us how you use Nature in your vintage, antique farmhouse decor using #thenaturalfarmhouse

Come find us all on Instagram to follow along…

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@kathyscottage @careyscountrygarden

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A Sweet Spring Inspired Plant Stand

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Happy Wednesday Friends!

I am so ready for warm, sunny Spring weather! I always get a burst of energy and get so ready to tackle projects in the house and yard this time of year. I am continuing to heal from the surgery I had in February and still need to take it easier than normal, but am working on getting things organized to do a couple of projects here and there as I can.

 Each Spring I love to simplify the surfaces of our house. I enjoy clearing the house of its normal visual clutter.

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After a long winter, I love to bring new plants into our home. With clean surfaces the greenery adds a feeling of freshness and new that is so refreshing. As the weather warms some of the plants transition to our deck where they get plenty of sunshine throughout the Summer too.

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I will admit I don’t have much of a green thumb, but each year I try! Most often my plants don’t last throughout the Winter months inside our house. I do have one lonely plant that has lasted 3 years now which I am quite proud of!

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I have had this little plant stand now for a few years too. It was a shabby brown and needed a fresh coat of paint to give it a more updated look. I usually default to the same paint colors when I am updating a piece of furniture and for this little plant stand I chose one of my favorite shades of turquoise blue:  Rust-Oleum Chalk Paint Serenity Blue

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I love the touch of Spring it adds to our living room! I would love to hear how you are welcoming Spring into your home! Share your ideas in the comments!

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Monogram Photo Frames

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Happy Tuesday Friends!

After a week of recovering from my surgery I a feeling pretty great! I have my first post op appointment tomorrow. We have had some beautiful weather lately here in Michigan. Sunshine most days and warmer than normal weather. It has been really hard to take it easy the last few days because sunshine and Spring always get me in the mood for projects around our house. I am so ready to have nice weather for walking and being outside too.

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These monogram photo frames are an all time favorite project of mine! Having three kiddos they each get their own frame and this wall ends up being a feature wall in our living room due to the statement they make.

As with all projects I dive into, I prefer them to have a quick turn around… my favorite kind of projects are projects I can complete from start to finish in a day. These frames fall right in line with that for me.

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Items needed:

1×10 board cut to 20 inches in length
8 x 10 photo frame
wood letter
e6000 glue
stain or brown paint
black paint
chalk paint for frame
D ring picture hangers

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Steps:

1.) After purchasing your board cut it to the desired length. I usually take advantage of the service Lowes provides and have them cut my boards to the length I need

2.) Stain board… for all three of my  boards I used brown paint watered down and applied it like I would stain. Throughout the winter and for my Let’s Create Events I quite often use this process of “staining” wood so that I don’t have to contend with the fumes of regular stain indoors. I have used this process many, many times with no complaints at all on how it turns out.

3.) Remove glass from frame and paint outer frame in your desired color

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5.) Once all you pieces are dry begin to assemble by adding your hanging mechanism to the back side of the board. I most often use d-ring picture hangers for this type of project because I like knowing how secure the d-ring hangers are.

6.) Next measure to where you would like to place a nail for hanging your frame. Attach nail and hang photo frame

7.) Using E6000 glue attach your letter to the board

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I love that I can take the frames off and switch out photos easily if I would like to.

I also have very light gray walls in our home. I love the warmth that the wood provides on the wall too.

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How I Style Shelves using Vintage Items

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Happy Wednesday Friends!

How was your Valentine’s Day? I hope you were able to enjoy the day surrounded by your loved ones. I am currently recovering from a surgery I had on Monday. My focus this week is on allowing myself the time to slow down and heal.

I wanted to pop in and share how I styled my dining room shelves using vintage items and my favorite formula for decorating. Awhile back I shared this office area of our basement. In the post I shared the  formula I use when putting together most areas of our home.

Colorful vintage item(s) + a white or neutral item(s) + a wood tone item(s)
I also tend to put together an area by adding the items in groups of three.

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This is was the starting point for my shelving area in my dining room. I added my first set of three items by adding the two shelves and the vintage time card slot. I loved the color of the time slot and thought it would be a fun piece to add.  After adding the first three items, my next step was to pull the buffet together with the shelves by adding a light-colored table runner.

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Once I anchored the buffet to the shelves by adding the table runner, my next step was to add function to the area. I did this by first adding the jug lamp. As I shared above for consistency I typically add items in groups of three.

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Taking a cue from the height of the lamp I added two other items with a similar height and color.

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The next three items I choose to add were one vintage wood item, the book stack which adds a little color, and the neutral glass tree. The weight of the three items balances this side of the shelf with the height of the white pitcher.

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I then filled in the remaining area of the shelf with three more glass trees.

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Looking at the shelf you can see it is again balanced with items of three. The left side is balanced with the white pitcher & two trees, the middle is balanced with the stack of three items, and the right side is balanced with two trees and the vintage wood item.

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The next step was to add the second wood tone item. I added a chalkboard to fill the space between the buffet and first shelf.

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I then added the third wood tone item to the space by putting my collection of wooden trivets on the top shelf. As you can see, I now have three wood tone items that help balance the area from top to bottom.

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The last step in pulling the area together was by filling the middle space of the buffet. I added the third item of color to the area by adding one of my favorite spindle boxes.

Do you have a favorite formula when decorating areas of your home?

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DIY Faux Mercury Glass Bottles

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Happy Sunday Friends!

What a busy week! Our littlest guy turned 5 years old this last week. It is so hard to believe how quickly they grow and get older. The time truly does pass by too quickly! It is also hard to believe that we are already into February! We are half way through Winter… so they say anyways… Winter can sometimes drag into late April and May here in Michigan, but I am always optimistic for sunshine in early Spring.

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A few days ago I shared a monthly blog recap for January. I truly appreciate all who take a moment to find my little corner of blogland.

I also spent a few days in January getting the rest of my Christmas decor put away and “quieting” the surfaces in our home. As much as I enjoy decorating for the Holidays I always love the freshness of our home after things are put away following the Holidays. I keep a few winter decor items out here and there, but try to keep the decor mostly simple.

I chose to keep my faux mercury glass bottles out as part of my Winter decor and thought it would be fun to share how I made them.

Items needed:

Krylon Looking Glass Spray PaintVarious bottles of different sizes & shapes
Spray Bottle
Vinegar
Water
Paper Towel

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Here is how you make faux mercury glass bottles:

-Mix equal parts vinegar & water into a spray bottle
-Spray bottle with water mixture
-Quickly begin spraying bottle with the Looking Glass Spray Paint
-Spray Paint will appear to have bubbles where the water mixture is
-Let spray paint dry on bottle
-Once dry…lightly wipe down the jar, “popping” the bubbles from the water mixture

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How do you like to decorate for Winter?

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Christmas Past

Happy Tuesday Friends!

I am so happy to get December started! Not only do I love the Holidays, but my husband’s high school basketball season gets started. This year he is coaching in a new school with a varsity boys’ Team rather than a varsity girls’ team so it will be a little bit of a change for us, but we are very much looking forward to the change. My work schedule slows down for a couple of months which after a busy Spring, Summer, and Fall the slower pace will be very appreciated.

Last week was such a busy week, for those reading who do not know me, I  am the Chamber Director is our small Michigan town. The weekend following Thanksgiving we hold an annual Holiday kickoff festival in which I am in charge of. It is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work! To top last week off I also became sick the previous weekend. I am feeling much, much better now and am excited to share a little bit of Christmas inspiration from our previous home.

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Sick or not, our little guy has been so excited to get everything Christmas decoration out. He wasn’t going to let last weekend get by without putting up our tree. It took me a couple of days of working on things here and there when I had the energy and time, but we did finally get some things decorated.

Here he is standing on the stairwell of our old home. He was a big helper last year too. He typically is very good at helping around the house. He is close to being five now, but even when he was three he loved to help with laundry and in the kitchen. I always try to use those times as teachable moments and reinforce what he is learning in preschool.

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Here are a few more pictures from last year!

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I can’t wait to gather photos from this year to share too! It has been so much fun decorating our new house for the Holidays.

On Wednesday I am hosting my annual vintage sled decorating Let’s Create Workshop.

It is my third year hosting this event. Every year I get my hands on a handful of vintage sleds for the workshop. I invite previous year attendees back each year to decorate their sleds too.

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It is one of my most favorite events of the year because I love giving the forgotten sleds a new home. I also love helping the ladies construct and decorate an evergreen swag to hang on their sleds.

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