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!

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Fixer Upper Friday: Drop Cloth Curtains

Victorian Attic Window

So in the attic suite of our fixer upper #1, we’re lucky enough to have 8 windows that let in a ton of natural light. I love the natural light, but finding window treatments for these windows has been a serious hassle. I wanted to show off the character of the window (the odd shape of the window frame is to die for!), continue to let in natural light, while at the same time making sure that I had some privacy. That’s been a tall order as it turns out, but one thing was for sure. I could almost hear that these windows were screaming for linen curtains.

I absolutely love the look of linen curtains. The natural texture, the neutral color, and the design versatility win me over every time. The price, however, is a different story. I did a quick internet search for some fabulous linen curtains for the window above, and I was completely caught off guard by the price.


$203 for one curtain panel?! A curtain panel that I would have to hem and stitch to suit the size of my window. No way. I determined that for that price, the neighbors were just gonna have to watch.

[SIDE STORY: My bedroom window directly faces the bedroom window of my teenage neighbor. One weekend, she randomly approached me while I was doing some yard work and kinda awkwardly stuttered, “have you been sleeping well?” Kinda creepy, no?]

So yeah, I really needed some affordable curtains that let the light in, but at the same time took privacy to the next level. I had no choice but to think outside the box.

Canvas Drop Cloth

It didn’t take long for me to find some awesome ideas on Pinterest. You guys are so amazingly creative! So many of you have been getting the look of linen for less by using standard painting drop cloths as curtains! Repurposing is totally my jam, and I immediately raced to Lowe’s and bought some drop cloths. The package above was only $5.98 and measured 4ft by 5ft. The cloth is already hemmed and ready to hang. Ugh! So perfect! Check out this close up of my new drop cloth curtains and compare it to the $200+ curtains below.

Drop Cloth Curtain

Here are the more expensive panels:

I am so happy with these curtains that I just had to share it with you guys! The natural light still floods in, and you really can’t see through them to watch your neighbors sleep (sorry, creepy neighbor chick).

Have you made any unconventional window treatments? Please don’t hesitate to share!

DIY Lantern Light Fixture

Easter sales are in full swing, y’all! This is the perfect time to get a little crafty with a DIY project. There are so many goodies marked down that you can experiment without feeling like you’re being wasteful. I just bought a lovely white lantern on clearance for $5! My plan is to DIY a light fixture for my vintage bathroom. Seriously, I looked at it and just knew how perfect it would be mounted as a chandelier. Lindsay, over at the White Buffalo Styling Co., shared her own version of this fun DIY project some time ago, and I’m so happy to finally share it with you!

For the full post follow the link below.

Source: DIY lantern light fixture

Anthropologie House & Home Hacks 2016

Sometimes I walk into Anthropologie and I bask in the glow of the beautiful pieces that would just be so perfect in my home. Then I look at the price tag. A sudden wave of sticker shock washes over me and I feel like I’m committing a crime by just being in the store. What’s a girl to do?

Time to get inspired and get crafty. I can’t think of a single reason to pay that much money for something you can recreate pretty easily and then be proud of later. So in the spirit of inspired DIY, I compiled a few of my favorite Anthropologie hacks. Check it out.

1 Plate Wall Art DIY

Anthropologie Plate Wall Art DIY

This blogger uses a projector to trace out a pretty cool design on her dollar-store-bought plates. If you’re artistically inclined you can totally skip that step and draw your own unique design on the plates. Get the full tutorial here.

2 Paper Lantern DIY

Anthropologie Paper Chandelier DIY

This DIY is probably my favorite. Using coffee filters (yep, those standard white coffee filters), this blogger recreates Anthropologie’s Rhodedenron Chandelier (which comes in at a whopping $1,298), for about $30. Get the tutorial here.

3 Ordinal Dresser DIY

Anthropologie Ordinal Dresser DIY

Ok, so this one requires a little bit more elbow grease than the previous DIYs, but it’s well worth it to save over $900. Thrift store finds can become your most coveted pieces. For the full tutorial follow this link.

Go ahead! Get inspired and don’t forget to share some of your favorite DIY projects in the comments! Also, if you’d like to see a few more trending Anthropologie hacks, check out these 14 Anthropologie Decor Hacks to DIY in 2016.


Fixer Upper Friday: Repurposing Entire Rooms

As you know, I’ve been spending a lot of time working on fixer upper #2, the five bedroom house my family owns in Pennsylvania. De-cluttering, painting, patching, and otherwise re-imagining. When we first bought the house,  we used three of the bedrooms as bedrooms, one as a walk-in closet, and the other as an office. At the time, we had school aged kids, different career demands, and lots of visiting family members. Now, the kids are all off to college, career demands have changed, and family get-togethers are hosted in fixer upper # 1. Because life circumstances change, the purpose of the different rooms in your home can change as well.

Who says you can’t switch around the functions of entire rooms in your home? This is what I’ve been doing in fixer upper #2. I’m completely re-imagining the blueprint of the rooms around the house. So far, what used to be the walk-in closet is now a stunning bedroom and what used to be the master bedroom is slowly becoming the new and improved office (I’ll dedicate a separate blog post to the office when it’s complete, but I’ll give you a sneak peek here!). The two bedrooms on the top floor which were the kids’ rooms now make up our pretty guest quarters. Progress is slow and steady, but it’s progress nonetheless.

Check out the new master bedroom and the unfinished office space!

new master bedroom that was formerly a walk-in closet
new master bedroom that was formerly a walk-in closet
Formerly the master bedroom, this new office space is slowly coming together.
Formerly the master bedroom, this new office space is slowly coming together.

Spring will be here in no time. What better time to start switching things up in your home?!