Fixer Upper Friday: Office Reveal

In a previous post I shared with you how I was rearranging/repurposing entire rooms in our fixer upper#2. The office space (formerly the master bedroom) was slowly coming along and I gave you this sneak peek.

Formerly the master bedroom, this new office space is slowly coming together.
Formerly the master bedroom, this new office space is slowly coming together.

Lots of progress has been made since this photo was taken! I’ve been bargain hunting for furniture and accent pieces and trying to figure out a pretty way to dress up those closet doors pictured above. I think I’m finally getting close to the look I’m after. Check out the pics below!

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I’m all about repurposing, so when I discovered that some old bookcases I had fit perfectly into that closet I was pretty happy. I removed the mirrors from the front of the closet doors and replaced them with some decorative metal sheeting (find it here). All of the furniture was purchased second hand and cost less than $100 total! As for the wall hanging, I got it for free from an acquaintance that was in the middle of a move. If you love it as much as I do, I found a comparable piece here. My next step is to find a light fixture to hang above the desk. I’m debating between several options like this flush mount chandelier or this three pendant light fixture.

It’s still a work in progress, but I’m really falling in love!

Fixer Upper Friday: 5 Steps to Getting That “Fixer Upper” Style

So I just binge-watched the first two seasons of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. I suppose I’m a little late to that party, but I absolutely love that farmhouse style! I love the paint colors, the simplicity, and the character of all of the designs. Joanna, Chip, and their entire team are some super talented folks, so is it even possible for a novice like myself to get that look? I think so!

Here are five easy steps to help achieve that “Fixer Upper” style:

1. Start with a neutral palette with some subtle light paint colors. In almost every one of Joanna’s fixer uppers she uses neutral paint colors and brings brighter colors in with a pop here and there. This gives a nice simple, fresh, and clean slate for your design. [Though the picture above gives a sampling of Sherwin-Williams paints, Joanna just launched a new paint line this year to make the process even easier. Find it here.]

2. Mix your materials and textures. Joanna uses a variety of mediums and materials- wood, metals, leather, cloth, etc. Hardwood floor is almost always a design feature in a Fixer Upper house. Wood elements help your space feel warm and inviting. But don’t stop there…. Layer textures with a high-pile textured rug such as a jute. You can also bring in the warmth of wood with a piece of wooden furniture.

3. Use something architectural and unexpected as a decor center piece. Whether it be large shutters behind your couch or some old windows above your fireplace. This is my favorite aspect of Jo’s designs. I love seeing how she uses different architectural and industrial pieces so effortlessly in her designs. Items like these are found at antique festivals and shops. Your not going to find these one-of-a-kind pieces at your normal home decor store. The hunt for the treasured item is half the fun.

4. Use greenery. Nothing says fresh and clean like a vase of flowers or some greenery. These do not have to be living plants. Hobby Lobby has a great selection of faux greenery that fit the “Fixer Upper” style.

5. Declutter and find new uses for things you already have. All of Jo’s designs appear effortlessly simple and fresh. She does not clutter or over decorate- and almost all items have a useful purpose. Sometimes less is more. 

The “Fixer Upper” style is not something you can achieve over night. Although Jo makes it seem that way on the show. But hours of planning have been spent before she ever even steps into”design day.” This style takes time and will evolve over time. Just as it has with Joanna Gaines. If you look back at some of her first design reveals you can truly see how far she has came as a designer. But starting with these 5 basic steps will get you on the right path to your very own fixer upper!

All Images: magnoliamarket.com

Source: Plum PrettyHow to get that “Fixer Upper” Style: Design Challenge —

20 Things Every Woman Should Have in Her Purse and How to Keep Them Organized

Purse Essentials

I love being prepared when I’m on the go. The contents of my purse are proof of that. The solution to all of life’s mini emergencies are hanging right on my shoulder. I can reach in and find the answer at a moment’s notice. No more rummaging, just quick and easy on-the-go solutions.

The Purse

Organized Purse

I swear by Baggallini bags! They are absolutely perfect. They’re affordable, they’re durable, and they’re totally adorable! You see what I did there?

If you’re looking for something on the larger side, check out this tote.

If you’re trying to scale down, checkout this cross-body.

Cosmetic bags for Organization

Cosmetic Bag

I like to separate the contents of my purse into categories. I use cosmetic bags because you can find them in different colors making it super easy to organize your stuff and find it quickly. The categories are up to you, but since I’ve been doing this awhile, I separate the items based on frequency of use.

What’s in My Purse

No joke, this is actually what I carry in my purse everyday. I have used ALL of these things at one time or another and can honestly say I was so happy that I had them at the ready. I’ve also bailed my friends out with a few of these items from time to time! Don’t worry. All of the items come in convenient travel packs, or are small enough on their own, so you don’t have to carry around a suitcase everyday!

  • facial tissue
  • hand sanitizer
  • wet ones
  • mini first aid kit- find it here
  • lip gloss
  • perfume- find my favorite here
  • breath mints/gum
  • floss
  • phone charger/extra battery
  • headphones
  • tampons/ pads
  • nail clipper/ emery board
  • lotion
  • small deodorant (great to have for those extra long days)
  • safety pins
  • medication (Aleve, Dramamine, Claritin, and cough drops)
  • herbal tea bag (don’t judge me! I love hot tea, and if I have access to hot water I want organic, herbal tea)
  • hair ties/ bobby pins
  • snack (granola bar or green superfood powdered supplement)
  • extra cash (a lady should always have cash on hand for an emergency cab ride, or if her debit card is suddenly demagnetized!)

So what’s in your purse? I just know I’m missing something!

 

 

Favorite Farmware Pieces and Where to Shop For Them!

I just love this list of farmware favorites and where to shop for them!

Favorites

Wire baskets // Boxwood wreath // 3-tier metal stand // Ribbed creamware batter bowl // Vintage metal scale clock // White pitcher // Galvanized cake stand // Enamel bread box // Nesting herb crates // Cotton wreath (or here) // Creamware Platters (or here) // Chalkboard crates //

Where To Shop

Farmhouse Wares

They consistently have great finds, but sometimes they’re out of stock, and you have to wait a bit before they’re re-stocked.  If you love something there, and it’s in stock–try and grab it if you can, it can go quickly!

Decor Steals

They offer one steal a day, and usually an extended steal or two.  Hurry fast and buy it if you love it–some items sell out in just a couple of hours!  Get on their email list, and every day they send out what the steal of the day is.  It’s one I check just about every day, because I do love so many of their things.

The Magnolia Market

Who doesn’t love Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper?  I adore so many things in their shop!

 Save on Crafts

They have pretty good prices, and even though I don’t love everything on their site, it’s easy to sift through and find the gems that I do love.  I have several of their boxwood wreaths, and adore them!

 World Market

Yes, World Market!  They don’t have a farmhouse style overall, but they do have some, especially in the kitchen area, that I always love.  Serving ware, cake plates, beverage containers, plus some of their furniture–okay, I could go on for awhile!

Painted Fox

Super cute stuff!  The prices are a little higher, but if you find something you really love, it might be worth the splurge.

Etsy

I am a huge etsy fan, and I always check there if I’m looking for something specific.

If you have another shop or market to add to the list, please let me know–I’d love to hear about it!!

Target

Yep, Target!  They’ve joined the farmhouse revolution, and have a bunch of farmhouse style products.

Source: Favorite farmware…and where to find it! | simplykierste.com

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

In the Spirit of Spring cleaning, I wanted to share this pretty awesome checklist from Kat and Melinda over at Home.Made.Interest. This list and these DIY cleaner recipes will have you well on your way to a spotless kitchen.

For me, Spring cleaning a kitchen can be one of the most daunting and overwhelming tasks on my to-do list. This checklist turns that seemingly impossible task into a set of doable chores. While the ladies over at Home. Made. Interest. use Viva brand paper towels, I much prefer Scott brand Rags in a Box. I haven’t found a paper towel that holds up to as much abuse as these guys do, and for the price, I’m a huge fan.

Anyway, for the printable version of the checklists, follow the link below. Happy Cleaning!

Source: Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist – Home. Made. Interest.