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Hi and welcome to our Home Tour: Summer Dining Room. I am excited to share our updated look for the summer this year with navy + green. (Well, really it’s spring – but you know what I meant) – ha! And nothing says “hello spring/summer” more than signs of beautiful green grass and Easter celebrations. Click 26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes To Try or My Easter Tablescape: Blue & Yellow to see more spring table inspiration.
So, how you decide which color to use each year? Well, it depends on what colors draw you in and just make you smile. Especially…..if you can use it with some of your existing decorations, then you have a winner. Are you picturing it yet? You know the one…..Yep – that’s your color then! Is it green like mine?
It’s funny how some colors come and go in trends, but green is always in. And why is that you ask? Because green is the color of all things nature-related. Whether you use it as an accent (decor) item, as greenery (plant), or even as food (apples) …..it just shouts fresh, crisp, and clean!! Use lighter shades of green for spring, and darker shades of green for summer…. but. just. use. green. please!! OK- Let’s get to it then!!
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I have to admit that our dining room is my favorite room to decorate, because #1: it is the easiest to change out and #2: it is the easiest to clean. Plus, it does not get as cluttered as the living room and kitchen with all of our “daily junk,” and that means less work!! Who else is with me here – LOL??!! I just have to move the backpacks, shoes, and loose homework paper to another room and voila – it’s clean!!
So, what makes it so easy to change out? The reason for this is that I have my core items in place, and then I can sprinkle in my accessories as needed. Here is a list of the 2 groups to help me explain it better.
By keeping the core (foundation) items of the room relatively the same, I can just simply “pop” in some accessories (accent items/colors) and get a whole new look. This keeps my decorating costs down big time….and it allows me to “feel” like I am getting a New ROOM!!
Plus, this helps me with seasonal changes as well. I can easily “add in” the accent color of the season or holiday and not have to change the entire decor. I can use yellow or pink accents for Easter, orange and gold accents for Fall/Autumn, and red accents for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Christmas. Love this!!
Here are some pictures so you can see what I am talking about. I am a visual person, so attaching a picture along with the core items and accessories will help join the 2 elements together.
Mirror + Lamps + Candle Sticks
Buffet + Rug
Slipcovered Chairs+ Table
Table Centerpiece: Cobalt Vase + White Flower Stems
Green Striped Lampshades
Green and White Pillow
Solid Green Pillow + Green Buffalo Check Summer House Pillow
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Blue Ikat Table Runner
Closeup of Blue vase + White Flowers
Closeup View of it together
So…… will you now want to try decorating or adding some green decor this spring/summer? And where will you use it? Can’t wait to see some pictures!!
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Out of all the changes that we have made to our home, opening up the kitchen wall to the living room was the best decision for us. Now, it wasn’t our first choice (thank you Hurricane Harvey flood), but it definitely was the right choice!! We had already opened up the kitchen wall to the dining room about 5 years ago, and then shortly after we had our kitchen cabinets painted white. AND then we flooded – UGH!! So…..needless to say, this was the perfect time to Open Up the Kitchen Wall To the Living Room.
So, where did it all begin? From dark cabinets with 2 arches, to white cabinets, to flooded home, to open concept living area. What a journey -right???
AND YES!! I know my green lamp shades and pillows are supposed to be in the summer dining room – but we have our Easter Tablescape set up right now. So, the green decor got a new home for a couple of months. What do you think – do you like it?
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So, just like our kitchen wall to the dining room, we had similar problems with the kitchen walls to the living room.
You can see from the pictures below, that both of the arched walls block off the natural light coming in from the kitchen. And since both of these walls provided some sort of function, we had to figure out what we could live without more.
The raised bar top provided extra counter top space, extra cabinet storage, and extra seating for guests. The built-in bookshelf provided a mini “mudroom” space to store backpacks, shoes, and dog accessories. In the end, you just have to decide what is more important for you and your family.
We chose more light – lol!!
***These are the last pictures taken from our home before we flooded. The sheetrock is cut up to 4 feet, in case you are wondering why it looks like that.***
This problem ties in a little with problem #1. The only way we could enter the kitchen (from the living room) is through the larger arched opening .
In fact, we always had to push the living room furniture (sectional) into the corner so that it wouldn’t block that entrance. You can see that it is still kind of hanging out into that opening.
On a personal note…..it does bring tears to my eyes to see our “former” living room. Home is home – ya know – no matter what it looks like? OK…..let ‘s get back to it 😉
The layout of our former kitchen was great for setting up a buffet-style type of party, but limited the amount of guests we could have in one area. We could put roaster ovens on the counter tops and keep hamburgers, or brisket, etc…. warm, and let our family and friends just move down the line. But the angled cabinet/counter top design caused a traffic jam because you could only serve from ONE side, and you would bump into the island.
Now don’t get me wrong, this kitchen layout definitely served it’s purpose over the years. But once open concept living started to take off in popularity, we (well – I) began to dream of a new kitchen design.
In the pictures below, you can see that our kitchen/living room space is designed with this unusual angled layout. The home builder must have “bumped” this part out to enlarge the kitchen dimensions, but in doing so shrunk the living room dimensions.
This angled cabinet/counter top/ceiling structure created challenges for the living room furniture placement because the bar stools crept into the living room area.
We couldn’t put the two club chairs closer to the hall entrance (by the clock) because we had to keep the walkway to the kitchen open (back to problem #2).
As soon as the workers cleared out all of the lower cabinets (due to the flood), we could finally begin visualizing the space. I sketched drawings of the existing cabinets, and replaced them with 3 new cabinet layout options (so that I knew where that column would join the new island).
***NOTE*** I’ll do a separate post on kitchen cabinets – coming soon.
It is amazing to see our kitchen like this because it looks so much bigger with the cabinets out – right? Plus you can tell exactly where the cabinet bases sat, so it helped with the existing spacing needed.
We were not planning to move our plumbing or gas lines (to save money), and had to work around them when planning out the new design.
We decided to keep the (one) column, and do the (two) beams installation due to money – period. We were quoted ~ $5,000 for this option, but to remove both beams and support column (FULL open concept) we were quoted~$20,000 – $25,0000. HUGE difference in money!! So, yeppers – the decision was pretty easy for us!!
I also knew that I could work around the beams and column, and try to make them “disappear” as much as I could. And I haven’t regretted keeping them not once!!
***NOTE*** These prices were just what we were quoted, so it may be different in your area.
Now that the cabinets were out, it was time for the installation of the beams. They used these framing boards to actually hold the second floor from falling down – really!! Amaizng! In fact, the workers asked that we did not stand under the framing or too close – in case something happened. Safety first!!
Just a little FYI. The left side of the wall was not load bearing, but the right side was. So, we chose to do the left beam just like the right beam, so that they would look exactly the same.
Do you like the toilet (picture to the right)- haha!!
Picture below right – the area to the left side (the half wall) was originally going to be a pony wall that had a small bookshelf in it. Since we already had that small “mudroom” cabinet there before, I felt like we still needed something for backpacks, shoes, etc.
But once they cleared out the original framing, all I could picture was ONE large area. Plus, the pony wall columns were done incorrectly anyway (and they would have had to be redone)!! ARGHHH – the contractor STORY is a whole other post!! Trust me!!
There was never a question in my mind that the beams and column would be wrapped with wood. The contractor wanted to cover the 2 support beams with sheetrock and then paint them…..and I knew that was not going to look good. So happy I stuck to my guns – right??
***Our trim, cabinets, and ceilings paint color is SW Snowbound 7004 – just a FYI***
By removing both of the walls to the living room, we now get a ton of light into this entire space. We get all of the light from the kitchen breakfast area, as well from the kitchen island side.
Since our house faces west, we receive the best light in the evening through our dining room. That is why we decided to open up that wall several years ago.
Opening up both walls into the kitchen really helped with traffic flow from the former bar side of the kitchen. We love this entrance!! It is so much easier to go grab a snack from the pantry or grab a drink from the fridge because of this opening. Plus, now we can use all four bar stools (instead of just 2) because the tv is viewable from all angles. And if you have kiddos, you know how important this is!!
Now, guests can move around to the dining room, to the kitchen breakfast nook, to the outdoor patio, and to the living room……while still feeling like they are all together. We can now serve from both sides of the L-shaped island, and also have guests sit at the island for extra seating as well. Win-Win!!
Now that we don’t have to worry about the angled living room, our furniture can be moved away from that corner. We still have to keep the walkway open from the foyer to the kitchen, but at least the couch is in a better central position.
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Today, I am finally getting to share our master bedroom home tour – woohoo! This room is still not completely finished, but it is getting closer day by day. Of course when that happens, I will probably be ready to change it again – lol, but for now it is working for us. If you love all things farmhouse, and your heart beats coastal cottage, then you are at the right place. Here it is! Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom.
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So far, I have done a couple of posts on our master bed frame makeover: painted white and our diy nightstand makeover: painted white with dark top, to show you one side of our room. And now, I can finally show you the rest of our bedroom.
I know there are some things that need to be tweaked, but at least it’s starting to feel more like home again. I will finish the bedroom tour with the painted dresser tutorial – coming soon!! So, stay tuned!!
Accent wall Sherwin-Williams Naval – SW 6244 and the side walls are Silver Strand – SW 7057.
So, what is coastal farmhouse style anyway? Coastal farmhouse style is really a “feeling” rather than a “look.” Huh? What does that mean? It is the feeling you get when you walk into a room versus what the room actually looks like.
So, your coastal farmhouse bedroom will look a little different than mine. It might look similar, but feel different. What’s the secret then? Use the 10 elements below to make it personal.
10 ELEMENTS OF COASTAL FARMHOUSE STYLE:
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BEFORE, DURING & AFTER PICTURES:
Before we begin the tour, I wanted to show you a couple of pictures of what our bedroom used to looked like before the flood (last day before we evacuated), during the cleanup process (2nd set of pics), and after (now).
GOOD NEWS: The furniture was solid wood and we were able to save it.
SAD NEWS: The water covered and damaged the feet, so we had to paint it.
END RESULT: It was a blessing in disguise – we should have painted that furniture a long time ago!!
MASTER BEDROOM TOUR:
So, who’s ready to begin the tour? Let’s first start off with the obvious – the painted furniture.
It always amazes me what a fresh coat of paint can do – right? The painted bed and painted nightstands completely transform the dark furniture, and give the room an updated, fresh look. Plus, the white really pops off of the navy accent wall.
But I do understand that not everyone enjoys painting nor wants to take on the challenge of painting furniture. If this is you, scroll down to the end of the post for more information on bedroom furniture ideas.
Picture Below. This is my first time sharing our painted dresser (making it’s official DEBUT – lol) in the master bedroom, and I will post the white-wash tutorial on that soon. Do you like it?
The white-washing technique gives it a beach-y, more casual feel and lightens up the darker furniture. Plus, the original color of the dark furniture blended into the color of the hardwoods, giving it zero contrast -yikes!!
When we first moved into this house (14 years ago), we had carpet in here so the dark furniture looked great. Yep, that’s right – we’ve had that furniture for 14 years now. So, needless to say the darker dresser was waaaaay overdo for a LITTLE update anyway- lol!!
SNEAK PREVIEW FOR DRESSER TUTORIAL: COMING SOON
Do you think I maybe should have been using a drop cloth all of these years when painting furniture – hahaha!!! But I have an idea for painting the floor in the garage soon – wink wink!!
In the picture below, this is the other side of our bedroom. And I will admit, this is the stage it is in right now….. I have not finished decorating it yet.
The master bedroom is always the last one to get done – am I right?? It comes right after volleyball lessons, teenage girls’ beauty items (don’t even get me started with that – lol!!), and well…. life. Just keeping it real ladies!!
Above: I did paint that floor length mirror blue (~ 8 years ago), but do not have pictures of the process – sorry!! It’s a water-color painting technique – that I love. I will try to figure out a way to show you the technique because it really turned out so beautiful.
More pictures of the bed and bedding…..
All of my comforter selections tend to lean botanical, floral, or boho style. This way, I can stay within my coastal style (botanical or boho) and farmhouse style (floral) no matter which one I choose.
This blue botanical bedding is Ralph Lauren, and has reversible stripes on the back side (which I love). This allows me to change things around when I get a little tired of it without having to buy something new. Win-Win!!
And of course – I’m a color gal – so it’s gotta have some punch to it!! Scroll to the end of the post to shop bedding – I could not find this exact bedding, but found some similar choices that are equal in style.
Closeup picture of the nightstand and farmhouse lamp. It is no longer around either, but scroll down to the end of the post for similar options.
The little white basket on the floor was painted also….but again I do not have pictures. What?? Another one with no pictures. I know. I know. UGH!! It is on my to-do list for the blog though. It was so easy to paint, and gave it new life. What do you think – is it a winner?
This bench is definitely a life-saver. It hides the tv cable “junk” (my husband wants to mount the tv on that wall above the bench – ?? – maybe ?? – we’ll see), and those 2 baskets store my girls’ swimsuits and favorite beach towels.
They like to just come in and quickly grab what they need to head to the pool. But I am thinking it’s about time they could store their own stuff!! It’s the little things – right??
Here is another picture of the blue mirror and white basket. For now the mirror is leaning against the wall because we don’t know if the tv wall mount is a sure thing yet – hahaha!!
The floor length mirror is a must for our bedroom though, so that we have somewhere to check ourselves out!! Plus, I really love that it bounces so much light around the room.
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This picture shows the left side of the room, leading to our master bath. If you want to see the complete transformation of the master bathroom makeover click Master Bath Remodel: Hardware Accessories. It is by far one of the biggest changes made to our entire house – besides the kitchen. Everyone who has seen it in person has given us a ton of compliments – so I’m kind of proud!! Check it out if you have time.
See pictures below.
And my must-have barn door…..that almost didn’t happen!! That’s another whole story – but at least we got it!! If you want to see more barn door inspiration click 55 Incredible Ideas: Not Just For Farmhouse Style.
Our other entry door to the bath was a double door system, and blocked off the left side of the wall where the dresser sits. We always had to push the dresser down so that it barely even fit on the wall. Then if you wanted to get something out of the drawer, it bumped into our other furniture.
Here is the picture before the dresser made its debut…..
We had the barn door installed to slide right because it was a space we never used (in that corner).
***TIP*** Just a little head up…..remember that it’s more difficult (not impossible though) to hang something on the wall where the door slides. So, just make sure you hang your barn door to slide to an unused area of your room, or unused/less functional wall area.
And my favorite t-bar barn door handles….I kinda have a thang for these. They are my go-to hardware all over the house. But I especially liked this one because it is a heavier, sturdier handle.
Plus, I knew we needed an inside way to get out of the bath -ha!! See below.
Inside the master bath – handle……
Better view where you can see the limited amount of wall space on the left side of the doorway. It might also be that our dresser is bigger than it should be for the space…..but who wants to admit that?
This celadon glazed pitcher has been with us for AWHILE….to say the least. I bought it at Home Goods ~8 years ago (or longer) and it just gets moved from room to room as I need it.
There is just something about the soft color, and that rusted handle that calms my nerves and reminds me of home. And who doesn’t want their master bedroom to be a calming and serene retreat?
This “love pillow” is another favorite of mine that gets moved from room to room. I also have a “home pillow” that is slightly more blue-gray than this blue-aqua color.
The shabby, ruffled edges and roped letters add the perfect amount of texture to complete the coastal farmhouse style.
And who doesn’t love throw blankets?? Can a girl ever really have too many blankets or throw pillows? No….I don’t think so!!
In here, I like that one throw is more sophisticated in color (bed- spa blue) and the other one is more fun (basket -mint colored). These 2 colors together add a little dimension against the navy and cobalt blue bedding and pillows.
Which throw do you like more? The one on the bed, or the one in the basket? Let me know?
Hope you found a ton of inspiration to get your coastal farmhouse master bedroom makeover underway. I’d love to see some pictures of what you do!!
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Hi and Welcome to my NEW category: Recommendations & Home Shop!! It’s a new section that I’m adding to the blog home page where I will post links to items for purchase – things that I recommend or items in our home.
I know that lots of you have asked where to shop for certain items from one of the blog posts or from our home tours, so I have created this section to help you out. Now, you can find out where to buy specific items (if you are interested in purchasing them) right on the home page without having to search through the entire website.
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***PAINT COLORS: Navy Accent Wall – SW Naval, Side Walls – SW Silver Strand***
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***PAINT COLORS: Navy Accent Wall – SW Naval, Side Walls – SW Silver Strand***
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Now that we have settled into our home (a little more) after flooding, I can honestly say that it’s slowly beginning to feel like normal!!! Hallejuhah!!! Cue to the angels & the choir, because HOPE is in the air!! It might also be due to the fact that I am taking a fabulous bible study class called “Anchored in Hope,” (taught by an incredibly blessed woman), but regardless, something beautiful inside the soul is taking place!! And that hope has inspired me to finally get around to do a post on our Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Accessories.
I’ll be covering all things crystal, glass, and mirrors:
Sink, shower, tub, and Barn door Hardware will come in next post – so stay tuned!!
I knew there was a ton to cover in this room, and that is probably why I have been procrastinating on getting this post done – LOL!! Now, that I am looking through pictures, etc…., I know that I will have to split the master bath remodel into several posts. So, just sit tight…. it’s coming!!
I will honestly admit that I had NO idea how much thought and planning went into a master bathroom remodel. It’s very overwhelming (probably because I hadn’t planned on flooding – arrrrrgh!!) at first, but with the right planning it is achievable. For this post, I will do some before, during, and after pictures on our master bath remodel…..and share my picks for master bathroom remodel: hardware accessories!!
Out of all of the changes that I made, the hardware accessories are what makes the bathroom mine!! HUH???? The hardware and chandelier are the final accessories of the Master Bath; they are the jewelry that adds the final touch. And they reflect my (our – ha!) personality. So, where did I get that bling…..? Let’s find out 🙂
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So, this is what it used to look like after the flood…… (sorry for the bad lighting)
This is during the sheetrock phase…..
*** Some of the pictures don’t have all 3 phases…..just what I could find!! ***
Want more information on barn doors, click 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas: Not Just For Farmhouse Style.
3. Cabinet Pulls – 4. Door Knobs – tulip here
mine are 3 3/4″ (linen closet), 5 1/16″ (on vanities) (passage= closet), (privacy=bath LOCK)
mine are (30″ x 40″)
If you have any questions, let me know! Did you like the changes we made….and if so, which one was your favorite? Shoot me a comment – I’d love to know what y’all think!!
HI! This section of my blog is set up for posts and pictures of our house. I will be adding some home tours as soon as I get settled in. We are still unpacking and getting organized post Hurricane Harvey, but hopefully in the next week or two I will be adding to this section. Here are some preview pictures of our home.
***UPDATED MARCH 20, 2019*** New post links, house paint colors, and more pictures added to the “Our Home” Section.
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I have always liked our kitchen, but the floorplan for the connecting dining room was awkward. The wall between the two rooms had a dead space on the kitchen side that really couldn’t be used for anything, and the dining room side had two panel doors that were taking up space that the room really couldn’t afford to give up. I knew if we could open the wall up between these two rooms, the dining room would feel bigger…… and the kitchen would get more natural light. Plus, it would just give the area better flow between both rooms. Let ‘s get to it! Opening Up Kitchen Wall To Dining Room.
To see more of our updated kitchen click Hurricane Harvey Flooded (part 2) – for our most current pictures. To see our painted cabinets makeover (before we flooded) click Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White.
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The panel doors take up space on the adjoining wall and just don’t allow for enough room to move around the table. When there is a Captain’s chair placed at the end of the table, the doors bump into it which is highly annoying.
I first thought about putting a single or double barn door here to save space, but quickly realized that decision would solve only one problem- the “hinged door” problem.If I was going to change this area and spend the money, I knew opening up the wall would give me the best option for both rooms.
Here is the dead space to the left side of the opening on the kitchen side. I have tried everything in that space, and nothing seems to work properly. I have used a rolling microwave cart, hooks for hanging functional items, decorative items, etc…. but there is just not enough room.
The rolling cart was functional so I could bump it up to the island to gain extra work space, but moving it back and forth got old quick. Anything that attached to the wall, only interfered with walking traffic. Plus, when the pantry door opens (door to the left), it would bump into anything new I tried. BRU-TAL!!
The kitchen floorplan is designed at an angle (at the bar area shown here) so that the area of focus nauturally directs the eye to the pantry door & dead space. Since the height of the panel doors was the same height as the pantry door, I knew something was lacking here.
This little area is also my “mama” space where I have my morning coffee and check emails. It was essential to my sanity that I had something more inspiring to look at than a blank wall.
Taking out the doors completely changes the look and function of both rooms, and adds extra space to the dining area around the table. There are no longer doors bumping into chairs or guests.
The dead space is completely gone, and is now replaced with a view of the outside. The awkward wall area is removed creating better traffic flow between rooms and more light.
The opening to the dining room is higher than the pantry door which allows the focus to be diverted into the dining room. The pantry door is still in view, but the lamp and buffet draw your attention away from it. The extra height also allows for more natural light to shine into the kitchen, and helps make the kitchen feel bigger.
***FYI- In this picture, the pantry door is still the old builder grade paint color, but has been changed. I’ll show updated pictures later when I do the post on painting the cabinets white. One project always leads to the next….am I right? Click Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White to see that post.
So, how does something like this come together? Let’s take a look at the process. Clear your dining room and kitchen as much as you can, and cover everything. It WILL get dusty.
First, the panel doors and frame come off. You (or your contractor) decide where to cut the wall, and move any electrical switches, plugs, etc… I wanted to keep the light switch, but removed the plug.
I also asked that they make the opening the same height as the arch on the other side of the dining room opening. This will also help the room feel more balanced.
Then, they will cut out the frame and put in bracing boards on top and sides. They will add sheet rock, and begin the tape and float process.
Closeup of tape and float and adding texture.
Next they will add the trim pieces to match existing trim, or you can buy new trim for all of it.
At this point, I chose to prime and paint the trim myself to save the $300 painting quote. (no picture)
I also had them change out my chandelier in the dining room and the foyer, because there’s ALWAYS something new to add to every project.
The dining room light pendant is by Regina Andrews from Horchow.
And the light pendant in the foyer is E.F. Chapman Darlana 6-Light Pendant, polished nickel.
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So, if you’re ever read any of my posts, you’ll notice that I love color. Let me try that again…..I actually NEED color. I have tried to mimic the adorable black and white “farmhouse look”, and have attempted to live with the sophisticated “neutrals” look – but I just can’t do it!! Color does personally affect my mood, and changes the way I feel – every. single. day!! If you are one of those same kind of people, or just really want to try “color” out, then keep reading! 10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry (Foyer).
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Here is the list of 10 items that I recommend for adding some color to your entryway this year. Don’t be afraid – lol!! Try out a couple of items first, and see how adding color makes you feel. You can always add more if want to go bold, or you can use lighter colors if you want a softer look. Just remember, it’s your home so have some fun with it!
Adding throw pillows is the easiest way to incorporate color into your entry. Toss the pillows onto a bench, tuck them in a basket, display them under a console table, or even use them as a welcome message. Stick with 2 to 3 colors for a clean look, or use an assortment of colors (with same depth) for a boho look.
Using throw blankets is another easy way to add a splash of color to your foyer. Drape them onto an entry bench, tuck them into a basket under a console, or display them on a farmhouse ladder. Throw blankets are easy to change out from season to season, are budget-friendly, and add a little “warmth” (texture) to your vignette.
The last picture (below) is from our living room. To see more of that post click Opening Up Kitchen Walls to Living Room.
Click her for: Yellow Stripe Throw Blanket.
Use an upholstered bench or painted wooden bench to add color to your entryway. Who doesn’t love a cute bench these days – right? They are basically now a staple in home decorating because of their versatility and functionality.
Add toss pillows or throw blankets (like already mentioned), put baskets underneath it for storage, or buy a storage bench – that has hidden storage built-in. I’m showing 4 ways to use the entry bench – layering on the color one step at a time.
Paint an existing console table ( my tutorial click here ) a neutral shade to blend with other hues in the same color scheme, or go bold if you want the entry table to be a feature piece. I painted my entry table a deep smoky blue color with gray undertones to keep it more neutral, and to add depth/dimension to my color palette. This helps me to decorate with a monochromatic blue color scheme, while using yellow as my accent color.
***TIP*** Use a white or black console table as “your color” in the entry as well. These 2 colors will also help with adding contrast to other colors (even though they read as neutrals).
I absolutely LOVE flowers, especially at spring and summer time!! So, I tend to go a LITTLE overboard – lol!! I know in the past the big thing was to go with “fresh flowers”- but they tend to get expensive- quickly. Silk flowers have come a long way in the last 5 years or so. It’s very difficult now to tell the difference between fresh and artificial flowers.
Add large or long stems for big impact, and use smaller blooms or bushels for soft accents. Put flowers in vases, hang them in mason jars on the wall, or use wreaths. You can also tuck them in baskets or let the petals casually fall on a tray…..let your creativity go wild. If it makes you happy – then it’s ok!!
Adding baskets is a great way to incorporate color, pattern, texture and function!! Win- win!! Use neutral shades to ground your color palette, or punch up your color a notch by using colored baskets.
***TIP*** Even a straw-colored “neutral” basket actually reads like a color. It will pick up tans, yellows, wheat-color, or even gold tones. And the farmhouse baskets….they have gray undertones. So they can read as blues, grays, charcoal, or greige.
***TIP*** If you have some older baskets at home that you no longer care for, or they have gotten a little worn out – paint them!! I painted the basket under the blue console table (below) white to hide some of the areas that had faded.
Use wall art to add pops of color to your entry, and to add interest. It’s kind of like the chicken before the egg thing – do you pick your wall decor first, and then find coordinating accents colors. Or do you find your accent colors first, and then hope to find similar colors in your art piece.
Normally, you would pick your artwork first, and then pull colors out of the piece to work with. But if you like to use two main colors (like blue and white) with one accent pop of color (yellow), then you can find artwork in either of these colors.
***TIP*** Use a mirror to showcase something on the opposite wall, as your accent color (see 3rd picture below). The bottom black mirror is at a perfect angle to see my throw pillows on our bench.
The last picture is from our master bedroom. Click Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see that post.
I know that lamps and lamp shades are not the first items that come to mind when thinking of adding color to your entry vignette. But they are one of the easiest ways to add contrast to an existing color palette, or to actually add the “pop” of color to a more neutral color palette.
I personally have a love affair with lamps, so I do go a little cra-zee with them. I don’t really follow any rules (or trends) too much with lamps/ shades either. If I like it – I use it 🙂 My favorite lamp bases tend to have antique shapes, and my lamp shades tend to be bold. Just gotta roll with who you are, and use things that make you smile!!
Adding rugs (with color) is definitely one of my absolute favorite ways to add personality to an entryway. Rugs actually set the tone of your home, and give your guests an idea of how your home life runs. Are you more formal, casual, or playful?
I tend to choose rugs that are a color + white: 1) blue and white, 2) gray and white, 3) seafoam and white are some of mine. This style of colorful rug choice, helps me to “pop” other accent colors out without too much effort.
This style also allows me to play with the accent hues: 1) bright yellow vs. mustard yellow, 2) dark teal blue vs. sea glass blue, 3) deep coral pink vs. rose pink.
Using decorative accents is of course the most obvious way to add color to your entry. You can try colorful vases, books, trays, candles/candle sticks, fill lanterns with colorful items, picture frames, or your favorite accessories (like my pineapple – lol)!! And yes, I know that it is white – but it “pops” off my blue console table…..so it reads as a color.
***TIP*** Try to use home decor accents that are in one or 2 colors only . This helps create a more unified or cohesive”look,” and keeps your console table from looking busy.
***TIP*** Don’t forget to incorporate items that represent you and your family. Remember that your home tells YOUR story, shares YOUR memories, welcomes YOUR guests. 🙂
The last picture is from another post. Click Fall To Christmas Decorating: 3 Easy Tips to read more.
Hope you found some new inspiration, and will try out a couple of the ways to add some color to your home. If you had to pick a favorite from the list, which one would it be? Here are mine: Lumbar Pillow (white with blue circles), Aloha Pineapple Pillow, Yellow Striped Throw Blanket
Shoot me some pictures of your new colorful entry – I’d love to see how it turns out!
If you’re joining in from 10 Ways to Add Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank), welcome!! If you haven’t had the chance to view it, go ahead – it’ll be worth your time! It provides the inspirations you need to incorporate buffalo check decor into your home, and this new post will help you “get the look.” So, who is ready for Trend Alert: 41 Reasons Buffalo Check is Still Going Strong.
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Fun Facts: #1) My post 10 Ways To Add Buffalo Check is one of my MOST popular posts. #2) One of the pins (from that post) remains in my TOP 10 pins of all times. Yep – just sayin’……
So, why is buffalo check so popular?
Like I mentioned in my post (mentioned above), buffalo check is a timeless pattern. It’s been around forever, and can mix well with any other pattern. In fact, it actually grounds other color palettes – causing it to act as a neutral!! Awesome!! Plus, you can buy buffalo plaid basically in any color you want- which makes incorporating it into your previous home decor even that much easier. Yes, please!!
And the biggest reason it’s so popular……wait for it….. buffalo check is just so stinkin’ cute!! For some CRAZY reason – those big checks just make you smile – right? Or maybe you prefer the smaller checks, like gingham. Either way, the check pattern is bold enough to stand alone. And it makes the perfect backdrop to make any other accent color “pop!!” Are you ready to try it out yet?
If you’re still on the fence, here are 41 reasons buffalo check is still going strong!
That enough reasons for you?? LOL!! Just kidding. If you want to get a little more information or ready to buy some buffalo check goodies, see items below. Happy Hunting!!
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Hope you found one that makes your heart pitter-patter!! And if so, which one did you decide on…..or what are your favorites? Let me know – can’t wait to see come pictures of your buffalo check finds!!
Happy Spring Everyone!! In honor of celebrating the first day of spring this week (woohoo!!), I thought it would be the perfect time to share all of my outdoor patio furniture finds with you. And by finds – I mean the best deals to get the most bang from your buck. Like you, we are always on a tight budget around here at the Prothro house. With 2 kids and their activities, planning for college, saving for cars, etc…., budget is pretty much #1 on our list – at all times!! And outdoor decorating falls under that same, small budget as well!! So, who is ready to see the 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options: ALL Under $500?
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FIRST THINGS FIRST: Always remember to measure, measure again, and then measure again (LOL) your patio or outdoor living area for furniture placement. It’s the worst feeling ever to fall in love with your adorable outdoor sectional, only to find out that it’s too big for your space. Trust me – been there, done that!!
SECOND: Tape off your patio furniture measurements so you can visualize the space. For one this will help you plan your fabulous outdoor oasis, and two, it will triple check your measurements (haha).
THIRD: Make sure to think about the function of your outdoor space, not only the looks. For example: What are you planning to do with your space, or how do you want your outdoor living space to feel? Do you want: a relaxing retreat with 4 chairs cozied up to an outdoor fireplace or firepit, a backyard oasis with outdoor entertaining in mind for your family and friends, or a comfy patio with a small corner outdoor sectional?
Since I am a visual person, inspiration pictures are a must-have to get the creative decorating juices flowing!!
***NOTE – UPDATE*** These inspirational photos are now on a new post (all together). Click here 33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations to see those.
As you scroll through the pictures, mark down your favorites. What is similar in all of the pictures? This will be your clue – into what you’re looking for in outdoor style and function.
Ok – Lets get to the good stuff!!
This post is divided into 6 style sections with shopping options at the end of each section. ***NOTE***The prices are marked as of 3/25/19, so some prices may change. Just wanted to let y’all know :).
If you have any questions, or need help finding something……let me know 🙂
Did you find some inspiration for your outdoor oasis? Which outdoor seating option under $500 is your favorite? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you!!