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Valentines Home Decor

Valentines Day is right around the corner, and nothing gets me more excited than decorating for holidays! I especially love Valentines Day because it means my birthday is not far behind. Like…the day after! And this is a special birthday! The big 30!! I’m not sure if I should be excited about it, or depressed. But for now, I’ll be excited because that means I get gifts. And what girl doesn’t love gifts?

Back to Valentines Day.. I’ve rounded up some affordable, cute Valentines Day home decor to get you feeling in the loving spirit. Even though I love decorating for Valentines Day, I don’t like to spend a lot of money doing it. I often shop at the dollar tree, the dollar section at Target and attempt some easy DIY’s. I also love finding Valentines home decor that can be used year around.

8 Valentines Home Decor Ideas

Love Rug: This is such a cute rug! I love the colors and the material looks decent so you could probably use this for several years!

Kitchen Towels I love using decorative kitchen towels to decorate for specific holidays. It’s such an inexpensive, easy way to decorate for holidays. Plus, you can never have enough hand towels!

Valentines Banner I love hanging banners on our fireplace. Holiday banners, birthday banners, floral and greenery banners. They add so much character and can really spruce up a boring fireplace.

Heart Tray This is such a cute tray. I can think of so many ways to use this. You could use it for your jewelry, a spoon rest on your stove top, hold small office supplies like paperclips, or even put a candle on it. Another great thing about this adorable tray is it could be used all year long. This would be perfect sitting bedside to hold rings and bracelets or on a vanity to hold your favorite lip gloss.

Heart Wreath Wreaths are another great way to decorate for specific holidays. I love putting then on random doors, shutters, and old decorative windows in our house.

All You Need Is Love Sign This is another item that could potentially be used year around. This would be cute sitting on your mantle or hanging in your bedroom above a nightstand. It’s Valentines enough to use as Valentines home decor, but neutral enough that if you left it up year around no one would ever think it was for Valentines Day.

Heart Throw Such a cozy looking throw. I don’t know how your kids are, but mine are lovers of blankets. My son sleeps with his “blankie” and a penguin Christmas blanket every night. So there would be no harm in using this in a little girls room after Valentines Day. Blankets… another thing you can never have too much of!

Home Outdoor Mat I actually just bought this mat! I love it sitting on our front porch in front of our red door. This could definitely be used as Valentines home decor, but I will say, I will be leaving this sucker out till it’s faded! Which will hopefully be a few months after Valentines Day!

What are some ways you like to incorporate Valentines home decor? What are your favorite places to shop for holiday decor?

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover

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Our farmhouse kitchen makeover is finally finished, well almost. We still have to lay new floor and find some more nic-nacs, but other than that we can finally dust our hands off and relax a little.

I’ll give you a little background info to catch you up on the DiMaio adventures. We bought our new home in Augusta in January and have been renovating it ever since. It was built in 1942 and is such a charming older home. Everything from the glass door knobs, phone nook and crown molding make this a special place to live.

 

Welcome to Our Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover | On a budget

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Scott and I did most of this farmhouse kitchen makeover ourselves.  The only thing we did not do ourselves was install the cabinets (which we found for a steal at lowes) and pantry door. The cabinets are the Concord Collection at Lowes. They are just the baseline cabinet, but I love them. They feel and look high quality and are very sturdy. If you keep an eye out, a few times a year Lowes and Home Depot has 20% off all kitchen cabinets. We were able to get ours for less than $1000!

Our backsplash was fairly easy to install. We both had never installed a backsplash before so there was a bit of trial and error. However, I am thrilled with how it turned out. We used the white glossy subway time that has a mesh backing. These are our exact ones. For the grout we used warm grey unsanded.  We used the unsanded because the spacing between the tiles was tight. The warm grey pairs perfectly with our fossil grey quartz countertops. We choose quartz because of the durability. With quartz you don’t have to worry about staining or setting hot pans on them. I’m all about the least amount of maintenance. Especially since this home will become a rental when we move.

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How amazing is this sink? I have wanted a single basin sink for a while now, and I finally got one! I would have loved an apron sink, but good googely, do you know how much those are?! What I really love about this sink is the depth and material of this sink. I was a little worried at first about the granite composite material. But I am so glad I chose it! This is our exact sink. If you are in the market for a new sink I would not hesitate to recommend this one!

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No farmhouse kitchen makeover is complete without farmhouse window trim. When we were ripping everything off the walls along came the window trim with it. This window trim was actually an after thought. I didn’t even think to do it this way until the last minute and I am so glad we did. We got our plans from Love Grows Wild and they are insanely simple and inexpensive!

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One of my favorite parts about my farmhouse kitchen makeover are the open shelves. I wanted them from the beginning and everyone tried to talk me out of them, but I’m so glad I didn’t listen. I wouldn’t go back to cabinets if you paid me. Now, let me tell you I probably wouldn’t do all open shelving. At first, I didn’t want any cabinets. I wanted the top part of the kitchen open shelving.   However, I’m glad I did have a few cabinets installed. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have anywhere to put my “ugly” cups and plates. Ok, they aren’t ugly, they just don’t match and no one wants to see plastic Mickey Mouse cups on beautiful floating shelves. That would be an eye sore!

The open shelves were very easy to build, just a little time-consuming. The stain on the shelves are Special Walnut by Minwax then wiped down with a Minwax Pickling Stain. We got our floating shelf plan from Shanty 2 Chic. She has so many great tutorials and a lot of them are perfect for beginners.

Farmhouse Egg Wreath

I see shiplap in just about every farmhouse makeover. So there was no way we could not throw a little shiplap on the walls. Otherwise, I don’t think we could call it farmhouse style! The shiplap was very easy to install. We bought 1/4″ plywood and had Lowes cut it into 6″ strips. We nailed them into the wall using our brad nailer. This is our exact brad nailer and compressor. I love this one because it comes with three different nail guns and the compressor is small and light enough I can tote it around. I highly recommend it. In fact, don’t put shiplap up without one. Otherwise, you will be kicking yourself.

When nailing them into the wall be sure to hit studs. You don’t want your boards popping off! Once the boards were on the wall I primed them with Kilz primer and then painted them Dove White by Benjamin Moore.

Farmhouse Kitchen Table and Rustic Bench

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I found this table and bench at Mema Had One, an antique store here in Augusta. In fact I’ve gotten a lot of my so-called “junk” as my dad calls it from there. It’s one of my favorite places to find farmhouse/rustic style decor. I didn’t do anything to the bench other than seal it. I just sanded it smooth and sealed it with a clear sealer. The table was a tan color which I stripped off the top and then stained Special Walnut by Minwax. I just painted over the tan on the bottom and chairs.

Farmhouse Dairy Cooler

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I can’t wait to fill my kitchen with more farmhouse/rustic style “junk.” There is a large empty wall that needs some love and I’m still trying to figure out what kind of window treatment I should use for the window by the table. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

Below I’m going to link everything in my kitchen. If I bought it at an antique store I’ll link something similar. Also, if you don’t see something linked and would like to know where it’s from just ask. Don’t stop scrolling now… the before picture is at the end!

Rooster Welcome Sign Like THIS one too!

Rooster Drinking Glasses and HERE

Farmhouse Single Basin Sink

Moen Faucet (We have it in chrome)

Kitchen Scale (Similar) and obsessed with THIS one!

Cast Iron

Egg Wreath (Similar. It was my moms. I believe she got it from Brass Exchange locations in Blowing Rock, NC and Charlotte, NC.)

Cafe Sign (Mine is from HomeGoods. I couldn’t find anything similar But the metal letters I have linked are super cute! And would be cute hanging or behind the stove!

Large Dairy Milk Jugs  (Again from HomeGoods, but this one is similar!)

Small colored Milk Glasses (From Ross, but I found some I like even more! I’m linking them all) HERE and HERE

Dairy Cooler (Similar)

Grey and White Pillow Cover (Ikea and only $6)

Throw (Ikea $10!!)

Wood Animal Signs (From TJMaxx but don’t have the same one.. here is a similar one)

Jute Rug

 

How about this vanilla kitchen!! It definitely could have been worse, but I’m so glad it’s gone!! What is your favorite part of the farmhouse kitchen makeover?

I’d love it if you would pin your favorite picture!! Sharing is caring! 🙂

 

xoxo

Pumpkin Candles DIY + Apple Cider Potpourri

Whenever I find easy DIY crafts I get pretty excited. With our move only a couple of weeks away I haven’t really been in the crafting mood, plus I just don’t have the time right now. But when I saw these super cute, and simple pumpkin candles I figured they were just too easy not to try.

To get me in the crafting mood and to help get my creative fall juices flowing I put on a pot of my favorite Apple Cider Potpourri. Wow, this stuff smells good! There is nothing that can make your home feel more like fall than delicious smelling potpourri or spice candles. If you want some inspiration of ways to decorate your home for fall check out my post  Simple Tips to Decorate for Fall on a Budget. I love finding ways to make my house feel like a home all while not breaking the bank!

Ok, so if you’re ready to make some candles and for it to smell like Autumn just exploded in your home then let’s begin.

What you need for the Pumpkin Candles

I got this recipe from Free People Blog and the moment I saw it I couldn’t wait to try it!!

Mini Pumpkins

Wax (if you want your wax scented add some of your favorite essential oils!) 

Candle Wicks (you can get some here 50 ct Candle Wicks)

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Directions to make Pumpkin Candles

Cut tops of candles

Clean insides (make sure you get all the gunk out)

Melt wax (while that is melting stick your wicks in the pumpkins. I just pushed down really hard to make sure they stayed)

Pour wax in pumpkins then let the wax harden overnight or put them in the fridge for about an hour

Voila! You’ve got pumpkin candles! How easy was that?

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Apple Spice Potpourri

I’m sure you are excited to hear that this Apple Cider Potpourri is just as easy, if not easier than the pumpkin candles.

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Apple Spice Potpourri Ingredients

3 Cups Apple Cider

1 Orange slice (with peel)

1 Apple cut into slices

2 Cinnamon sticks

1 Tbsp Whole cloves

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Dump all the ingredients into a pot or Crock Pot and bring to a boil then reduce heat to the lowest simmer possible. You can leave this on for as long as you would like. Just be sure to check on it periodically to make sure all of the ingredients are with liquid. When it begins to evaporate just add a bit of water. This pot should last several days.

While I was having fun with my pumpkins Everly decided she wanted to “get into something” as well. Soooo, yeah I had two messes to clean up. I tell you it never fails. This is what happens when your three-year old leaves his yogurt out!

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Wasn’t that fun!? I hope you enjoy this Apple Cider Potpourri and the super easy candle pumpkins. Hopefully you will only have your mess to clean up!  What are your favorite fall DIY’s?

Thanks for stopping by

Signature-Amber

Simple Tips To Decorate For Fall On A Budget

Hey there! I’m  so excited that fall is here and it’s finally time to whip out that fall decor that makes your home feel warm, cozy and inviting!

I’m sad to say that I won’t be decorating for fall this year. It’s possible I won’t be decorating for Christmas either, but we will cross that bridge when it gets here. FORTUNATELY, we will be moving in 3 weeks and we will be bouncing from one families home to next for a month and a half; I know crazy..right?!

If you are anything like me you probably wish you could change all of your decor for every season and look like you stepped into a Pottery Barn catalog. However, my budget says otherwise. So I have come up with a few tips for thrifty fall decorating.

How To Decorate For Fall On A Budget 

These decorating tips are sure to have your home feeling and looking like fall without breaking the bank.

 

Flowers & Branches

Flowers and branches can make any home feel cozy. Use flowers with deep colors like orange and red, purple and red or even dark yellow. Try bringing the outdoors inside, use pinecones, acorns and branches to fill vases to set on mantels, coffee tables/side tables and kitchen tables. This will cost you absolutely nothing! There is nothing better than free! 😉 I love how Sugar Pie Farmhouse mixed branches from outside with lighted branches in a rustic pale to brighten up her home, how cozy!

Throws & Pillows

I can’t live without tons of throws and comfy pillows! These are simple touches that bring lots of texture to your home. The great thing about throws are that they can be left out year around and always come in handy when you have guest staying over. I personally, can’t go and buy all new pillows for each season, so what I do is buy one or two to use as accent pillows. I just try to keep it in my color scheme. I decorate with darker colors, lots of browns, rust reds, mustard yellows and deep greens. I absolutely love this red throw, not only is it cozy, but it’s the perfect fall color. And this bird scripture pillow is gorgeous! It’s definitely on my list to buy once I get back to the states!  If you’re really crafty you can sew your own pillow cover. This is a great option if you don’t want to spend a ton of money and want something customized.

Burlap

Burlap has so many uses. You can use it to make table runners, banners to hang on mantles and walls, napkin ties, wrap around candles and use brown twine to keep it in place. Your cheapest option is to buy burlap in bulk and then cut it for your specific projects. If you buy a large enough roll you can make a table runner and several banners and more than likely have some left over for smaller projects. The great thing about this is you can re-use the banners and table runner! I love the tutorial for the burlap banner pictured above by the Passionate Penny PincherGo check out this large roll of burlap I found on AmazonIt’s a great pice and will be plenty to make a table runner and a couple of banners.

Fall-CenterpieceAs you can see here, I cut my own table runner from a large roll of burlap and am using my deeply colored flowers to bring a little color and an autumn feel to my non-fall decorated home. This is my “fall corner,” haha. I just can’t see trying to decorate my home when I am going to be packing up in 2 weeks!

Wreaths 

I love wreaths and how they can change the whole feel of your porch. Just one simple wreath can add a welcoming ambiance to any drab door. Think about it, this is one of the first things people see and will notice about your home. I am a firm believer in making your porch and front door as welcoming as possible. Wreaths can get pretty pricey if you buy a pre-made one, especially ones with quality materials. However, you can make your own wreath for a fraction of the cost. The best part about making your own wreath is that you can customize it any way you like. What’s even better is they are extremely easy to make. Little Lovelies by Allison has a super simple tutorial on how to make your own inexpensive wreath.

Pumpkins

Does anything really say fall better than pumpkins? Pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice candles. Seriously though, there are so many ways to decorate with pumpkins. I love using pumpkins as my centerpieces, grouped together on a coffee table, on front porches, mini pumpkins in vases. Don’t just think round, orange pumpkins. You can decorate with an array of sizes, colors and shapes. I love the DIY fence post pumpkins found at Chicken Scratch NY.  I like the fact that they aren’t actual pumpkins but still resemble pumpkins and are super cute to add to any table or mantel. Ummm… and can we say bling, bling. Who doesn’t love a good sparkle. I am smitten with these DIY sequin polk-a-dot pumpkins by  Sugar and Cloth.

Candles

My home is filled with candles. I have them in almost every room and almost always lit, especially in the evening. My moms house always smells so good, so burning candles is like walking down memory lane. Smells can really be nostalgic and is usually one of the first things people notice once inside your home. I am one for dim lighting, crackling candles cozied on the couch with a comfy throw. If you haven’t burned a Wood Wick candle before, you must go check it out!! They are awesome, they smell delicious and have the crackling sound. I also love Sentsy because you can use them as night lights and there are so many different smells. The DIY pumpkin candles by Free People Blog looks really easy and fun. I bought a few mini pumpkins at the grocery store today to make candles in to which will hopefully make it to my  “fall corner.” Check back on Wednesday to see how they turned out along with an awesome Apple Cider Potpourri recipe!! 

So, as you can see there are plenty of ways to decorate for fall on a budget. I hope this post inspires you to add some fall beauty to your sanctuary. How are some ways you decorate on a budget?

Thanks for stopping by

Signature-Amber

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