In a perfect world, I would have a very large front porch. I’m talking old style wrap around porch with plenty of room for a swing and chairs and I’d read out there and drink coffee and…I’d have a glorious porch. But in reality, my house has a very small porch that only really fits a bench. A bench that the previous owners left and seriously needs some TLC. (It’ll happen, one day…) I want my front porch to look inviting and I love decorating for the season. Unfortunately, the way our porch is designed, it gets hit by all the weather. Rain, pollen (my goodness, the pollen!), wind, etc. I needed a solution that was minimal and *fairly* weather proof. This is where those awesome, multipurpose, wooden crates come in handy!
I am thrilled to be sharing our new and improved master bedroom! It was a labor of love and my husband and I are pretty proud of how it turned out. It can be a challenge when it comes to decorating for both of our tastes. I lean more toward the bright, paint all the things white, style and my husband likes a darker, more rustic aesthetic. One thing we DO agree on though, is the farmhouse style. So we had to strike a balance between farmhouse chic and rustic country. Here’s how it turned out…
Y’all…these past couple of weeks have been nothing but straight up adulting! There has been a surgery, schedule conflicts and reorganizing, one kid with an eye problem, both kids on a breathing treatment, party plan/prep, etc. I’ve had to let some things go here and there for the time being and, unfortunately, one of those things was this wonderful little space of mine. I hate that, but it happens. Slowly but surely, we’re getting back in a groove, finding new ways to tackle different issues and so on and so forth.
So today I want to share with you one of my happy spots in our house, the mantle in our living room. This little space has undergone a few makeovers over the two and a half years that we’ve lived here but this is, by far, my favorite one. I don’t really see this changing anytime soon. It’s bright, soft, and cheerful with family heirlooms, keepsakes, and good vibes. Enjoy!
The window is one of three that hubby picked up at a garage sale for me at a steal of a price. All three for $15!
The cameras were pasted down to me by my mom and belong to my great grandfather. One of them, not sure if it’s one of these or one that sits on our piano (you’ll see that one of these days when I finish that area!), was actually made by him.
This little book is very special to my husband and me. It held our rings on our wedding day. Some of the details on it are from my grandmother’s jewelry box.
This little space in our master bedroom is a space that’s special to me because most of the items on it are my own DIY. And some of the items, if not of my own creation, were repainted/repurposed to fit with the rest. I should probably call this the DIY gallery! Each piece compliments each other and makes me happy.
Scroll down to find some of the DIYs right here!
Click each one for the full tutorial:
It’s that time again! Time for our monthly craft challenge! This month, the craft item up for DIYing was fabric. I’ll admit that some items have had me scratching my head for a good while and then sometimes, like this one, an idea will just pop right up. Our basement bathroom is nothing short of plain. I mean, pllllaaaaiiinnnn. There’s nothing in there but the toilet, sink, and the old mirror from the previous owners. We just haven’t really gotten around to saucing that one up yet so I thought up a fun way to add some much needed color and boldness.
What You’ll Need: Large Canvas, Fabric, Wooden Letters, Paint, Hot Glue
Lay the canvas on the fabric, pattern side down, and glue the edges to the back and trim any excess. When you get to the corners, it’s easiest if you fold the fabric up as you would if you were wrapping a present. My canvas is 16×14 and 1/2 a yard covered it easily.
Paint the letters and once they’re dry, glue them to the canvas.
Simple yet bold and colorful! It may be the only piece of art in there, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Do you have a DIY including fabric? We’d love for you to link up with us!
Want to join in on the DIY fun next month? July’s craft item is:
When we moved into our home over two years ago, we loved everything about it. It’s our first house! Awesome space, room to grow, MUCH bigger kitchen than either of our apartments, and a good amount of front and back yard. There was, however, one small detail that was missing. There was no pantry. Plenty of cabinet space, yes. Actually pantry, nope. It was an odd thing to be missing but it really wasn’t that big of a deal. Until we decided that it was and we needed more room. This probably had a lot to do with us starting to shop at Costco.
So we measured out the small space on the end of our support wall where the kitchen cabinets and the living room wall meet and made a plan to make a pantry. Here she is!
We found this cabinet piece from Target. It’s meant for the bathroom but it fit the dimensions to a tee!
The glass jars are from Hobby Lobby. (If you’re going to be doing this, be sure to wait for glass decor to be half off!)
The drawer works perfect for keeping all of Ro’s stuff.
Be sure to use the hashtag #littlehappycorners and share your space on Instagram!
I’ve been working for about a month now on getting my gallery wall just the way I want it. When we moved in we had one but I decided that it was too much hodge podge, too many colors, and totally not what I wanted anymore. So I took everything down, patched up all the wholes and started to plan out the new wall.
I started by picking a color palette, white/neutrals, mint/aqua, and gold. Then I began collecting frames slowly and the majority of them are old ones my parents weren’t using anymore. If some of them didn’t fit in with the color scheme, I spray painted them. I went through quite a bit of white spray paint. Then it came time to hang and after getting a lot up, I still had a bit left over. But it just wasn’t going look good completely filling out the wall. The wall had a nice symmetry going on so we decided to take the rest to an adjacent wall and create a mini gallery dedicated to two of my favorite things in the world, my boys!
So here it is, the brother wall!
Next up will be the main gallery wall reveal!
I’m super excited to share a new project I’ve come up with called, you guessed it, “Little Happy Corners”! It’s my version of a home tour. We’ve been in our house now for 2+ years and I’m finally getting around to making the each space less hodge podge and more cohesive. I get so excited when I finally finish a space but I never share it because the whole room isn’t completed. To remedy this, I’ll be sharing my home with you in pieces!
The first space up is my coffee bar. This little space has been a work in progress since Christmas 2013. That’s when my hubby built the grid that hangs above the small white book shelf. It finally came together last week, even though I’ve shared it a few times on my Instagram here and there. The final piece that brought it all together was the fabulous “Rise & Shine” wooden sign that hangs at the top!
Have a space that you love, a space that you’ve been working on, or just a space that you’ve created that makes you uber happy? Share it and use the hashtag #littlehappycorners!
A few details:
Bookshelf – Target
Baskets/”Rise & Shine”- Hobby Lobby
Mini Succulent Pallet
I saw this DIY on Pinterest a while back and loved it. I mean what’s not to love, beautiful fresh flowers, peonies no less, pinks and soft hues, a mirror! Did you go look at it? if you didn’t, you should….I’ll wait….
It’s beautiful right?! Well, as beautiful as it is, it is completely unrealistic for me to make. For many reasons. 1. I kill plants with my black thumb so real flowers are a no go. 2. A mirror that size, really of any size, is expensive. 3. I don’t think my husband would let something that frilly make it’s way into our house. Pick your battles. I did get anway with THIS though!
Anyway, this hanging mirror is my way of taking what I love about the original and keeping it from being deemed “too girly” by the Mister.
What You’ll Need: Round Gift Box (or small hat box), Gold Spray Paint, Floral Moss, Small Circle Mirror, Small Faux Flowers, Ribbon/Twine/Burlap Trim for hanging (anything working for hanging, use whatever works with your decor)
Choose the shallower half of your box and spray paint it. Once it’s dry, glue the moss to the bottom. Leave a large enough circle blank for the mirror.
Glue in the mirror. If needed, add a small piece of wood to the back of the mirror so it can be glued to the bottom of the box. Then arrange/glue the flowers to the moss around it.
For the hanger, gule it to the outside rim of the box. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Stop when you’ve gone about 3/4 of the way. Tie the ends and hang!
Hey there! Yesterday, over on Pretty Providence, I shared a fun gift idea for your favorite gal pal. These also make a great gift for just about anyone since they can be personalized and are reuseable. Yay for chalkboard everything!
This project also features one fo my new favorite painting products, chalkboard paint medium. No need to mix up a batch just for one color or stick with the traditional black. With this medium, any surface can become a chalkboard in any color! Check out the full tutorial HERE to see how to use it.