Easy Do It Yourself Dreamcatcher

Recently, I made a DIY dreamcatcher for my sitting room, and I thought it might be fun to share it with you!

Supplies:

  1. Lace Fabric
  2. Yarn
  3. Embroidery Hoop
  4. Faux Flowers

Steps:

  1. Add lace fabric to an embroidery hoop and trim excess fabric from the back. (You could add a little glue at this point, but it’s definitely not necessary.)
  2. Cut the yarn into strands. I chose to leave mine rather long.
  3. Cut a few small holes in the lace fabric near the bottom of the hoop.
  4. String the yarn through the holes.
  5. Add some yarn to the top of your dreamcatcher to hang it.
  6. Add some decorative faux flowers to the top, and you’re done!

 

Florida Room Inspiration

The weather has finally turned to winter, and I’m dreaming of escaping to the beach for a few days. I’m fortunate to live near enough to Florida to make annual trips. I’m also fortunate enough to be able to visit my dad’s Florida condominium whenever I’m able. While it’s not directly on the beach, it’s located in close proximity to shopping and dining while only being about a 20-minute drive away from the beach. My Dad, Step-Mom, and grandparents make regular use of the condo to visit our Florida family and have furnished the two-bedroom condo to resemble our mountain home here in Tennessee. It truly does feel like we’re at home when we’re inside the comfortably furnished condo.

However, the condo features a screened-in porch, and I can’t help but think this room would be the perfect opportunity to inject some local flavor. This “room” can be used year-round thanks to Florida’s warm weather. When my family purchased the condo, the room was given a good scrub, fresh paint, and new window screens. I think it would be lovely to continue the fresh paint job up to the ceiling with a lovely coat of blue. Benjamin Moore™’s Polar Sky would be the perfect shade of “haint blue” for the ceiling:

Adding an indoor/outdoor rug would provide a nice pop of color, too, while also helping to make the room feel more like an actual room rather than merely a screened-in porch. I think adding a rug would be a key component to ensuring the porch received regular use.

Adding some warmer elements to the rest of the room would help break up the blue ceiling and rug-covered floor. Adding a touch of nautical is always a fun way to bring coastal style to any room. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)

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I also think adding a bar cart with lots of pops of color and fun would be a useful addition to any Florida-inspired room. How gorgeous is that bar cart styled by AM Dolce Vita? (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)

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Adding elements of Florida style to the room would allow the space to function in a multitude of ways. A weathered farm table could become the focal point of the room for alfresco Florida dining. Or, a casual seating area could be added to create an outdoor living room suitable for visiting with friends and family to make the most use of Florida’s year-round sunshine.

If you want some more Florida inspiration, be sure to check out my Florida-inspired Pinterest board.

If you’re ready to take your Florida dreams to the next level and own a piece of paradise, check out the  Douglas Elliman Florida Real Estate page.

The Evolution of a Wreath

I’ve made a lot of wreaths, but one I made recently for my new sitting room might just be my favorite ever. I captured a SnapChat story of the process, and it seemed like a fun thing to share here on the blog, too.

Step one:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

Step Two:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

Step Three:

Wreath Evolution at BetweenWeekdays.com

All of the flowers came from a local trash to treasure sale a few months back. They were all together in a vase, and they just didn’t look appealing in their current state. However, the flowers themselves were great quality and very pretty, so I knew I’d find a use for them. I just kept adding flowers to my wreath form until I liked the way it looked, and then I wrapped the rest of the form with some burlap ribbon I had on hand. All in all, this was a great way to repurpose faux florals, and I love the way the new wreath looks in my sitting room.

(Linking up to TDC.)

Sitting Room Inspiration

A few months ago I realized that I had a desire to create a retreat within our home for me. Now that I work from home, I spend the majority of my time in our home’s office. I absolutely adore working from home, but sometimes I find myself craving a change of scenery. At first, I considered creating a backyard ‘she shed.’ But, then, that seemed overwhelming for a lot of reasons. First, I know I wouldn’t consistently use it if it wasn’t attached to the house. Secondly, a ‘she shed’ would be a tremendous expense and require more energy and time than I cared to give. Creating a backyard ‘she shed’ oasis simply wasn’t a good idea.

But then I realized that I have a perfectly suitable space already in my home: the back guest bedroom. The majority of our guests choose to sleep in the front guest bedroom because it has a larger bed, so it wasn’t being utilized very much at all. Plus, due its location, it feels pretty separate from the rest of the house. Which makes this room the perfect location for a quick escape.

blue-house_BackGuestBedrom at BetweenWeekdays.com

I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted my new sitting room to function, look, and feel. I knew it needed to work as a space where I could watch Netflix, read, and work on craft projects and gift wrapping on the floor. But the room also still needed to be able to function as a guest room when needed. I also needed to accomplish this on a small budget. In terms of the look and feel for this room, I knew I wanted it to not clash with the rest of our house but to still feel unique. Since this room’s purpose is to be an escape of sorts, I decided to decorate it with light pink accents throughout so it would stand out from the rest of our house. The first step in deciding how I wanted the room to look was creating a Pinterest board. From there I pulled the below images to create a mood board of sorts for my new sitting room. So, what are the plans?

1. Pink!

I plan to paint an accent wall Quartz Pink by Valspar. I’ve heard that designers are tired of the accent wall trend, but I still love an accent wall from time to time. The rest of the walls will stay Montpelier Madison White by Valspar keeping the walls all very soft in color. (Our front guest bedroom and the hallway connecting the two bedrooms is also painted Montpelier Madison White by Valspar, which helps the spaces feel cohesive.) I also plan to sprinkle pink accents throughout the room with decor.

2. Daybed

In order to keep the functionality of a guest bedroom while also providing a lounging space for me, a daybed is in order. I plan to keep the existing mattress and box springs and add them to a daybed frame. I really like the black metal frame on this particular daybed, because I think it will help the sitting room fit in with the rest of our house, which has a lot of black accents throughout.

3. Pillows

Daybed Pillows at BetweenWeekdays.com

In order for the daybed to feel like a couch, I plan to add a lot of pillows of various sizes. In the photo above, the first pillow is a euro sham, the second is a large decorative pillow, and the third is a smaller, faux fur accent pillow. I would also like to add in some purely decorative pillows like this or this.

4. New Lighting

I came thisclose to purchasing this light for my sitting room. It’s beautiful, but I’m on a budget with this room. I already own something that I think will look absolutely perfect in this room once it’s given a little makeover using the light above as inspiration.

Here’s hoping I can get this room pulled together before football season kicks off in earnest. I definitely need a retreat from my husband’s football viewing schedule.

Blue House Tour: Dining Room

Dining Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

When we bought our first house, a dining room was on the wish list, but it wasn’t meant to be. (I made the most of what we did have, though.) Before we even moved into our blue house, I was beyond excited to finally have a dining room and spent some time dreaming up a mood board. You can read about my intent with the mood board here. I actually did end up purchasing similar curtains and the buffet from the below mood board around the time we moved into our blue house, and I absolutely still adore both of them to this day.

Dining Mood Board at BetweenWeekdays.com

Our dining room has come a long way since we purchased our blue house back in December 2012. (Click here to see before photos of the entire house!)

Dining Room Before at BetweenWeekdays.com

One of the main reasons we fell in love with this house was the floor plan. The dining room is right off of the kitchen, but it still has easy access to the rest of the house. This has been a perfectly functional layout for us and all of the entertaining we do — especially around the holidays.

Dining Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

After we moved in, we made a few changes to the dining room. We moved the light fixture seen in the before photos above into the hallway leading to our master suite, added a new chandelier, painted, changed out the window treatments, added our furniture and called it done for a few years.

Dining Room Sneak Peek at BetweenWeekdays.com

We also replaced the large window within the first year of living here. The seal had broken, so it had begun collecting moisture between the panes of glass making it impossible to see outside. A family friend volunteered to replace it for free, so we only had to pay $150 for the new window itself. The new window lets in so much more light, plus it’s not a total eyesore anymore. I thanked our family friend with a tin of frozen cookie dough.

Window with Broken Seal at BetweenWeekdays.com

New Dining Light at BetweenWeekdays.com

Earlier this year, we made a big change to our dining room: we ordered a completely custom dining table and chairs! This has long been a dream of mine. When we were first married, we borrowed a table and six chairs from Travis’ parents. It was beautiful, and we were so fortunate to not have to make a major purchase early in our marriage. We used the borrowed table and chairs for about eight years. As seen in the above photo, the borrowed table and chairs were beautiful. However, they were not fitting in with the new style of our blue house.

Dining Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

We custom designed our new table and chairs at Braden’s Lifestyles to our exact preferences. Our dining set (excluding the two head chairs) was designed by us and built by Palettes by Winesburg. We love that this furniture is 100% American made and is solid wood. It should last a lifetime… at least. We have three, 12″ leaves we can add to the table, which means 12 people can sit comfortably in our dining room for holiday meals. For everyday use, we leave one leaf in the table and store four of the dining chairs, which were also custom made by the same company.

Braden’s Lifestyles made it so easy to design our table to exactly what we wanted and needed. We designed the furniture on Black Friday of last year, and it was delivered to us about four months later since each piece had to be built to our specifications. Since the table and chairs are natural products that are still living and breathing we had to let it acclimate to the conditions in our home for about a month before we could find places to store the extra chairs and leaves. We keep two of the extra chairs in the dining room corners most of the time for extra seating, the other two extra chairs in a closet, and the leaves are stored under our bed.

Dining Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

Decorating our dining room has been a lot of fun. I added a plate rail from a local store to one wall, and I enjoy changing out the decorative plates for different seasons. Currently, I have plates from The Pioneer Woman collection at Walmart. Pretty soon, I’ll change the plates out for a fall look.

Dining Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

Next to the plate rack, I have two black and white prints from one of our favorite cities: St. Augustine, Florida. We spent part of our honeymoon in St. Augustine. My grandparents also honeymooned there and brought back our entire family year after year. We purchased the prints during one of our many trips from a street artist. I added the prints to some simple black frames, and they’ve lived in our dining room for several years now.

In the above photo, you can also see the metallic sheen of the walls. We used Valspar’s Brilliant Metals product in a color the seems to no longer be available. This was a finicky product to use, and I’m not sure I would recommend it or ever use it again. However, we receive so many compliments on the wall in this room that the difficulty of using this product may have been worth it. After having this color on the walls for nearly four years, I’m still not tired of it.

Dining Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

The opposite wall displays a large-scale Ikea piece. Typically, I don’t like purchasing art from Ikea, but when I saw this canvas art piece a few years ago I immediately fell in love with it. I still love it, and I expect to love it for a very long time. One of the spoons looks like it has an “S” on top. Our last name begins with an S, so I enjoy sneaking in another “monogrammed” element to our home.

Dining Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

The buffet from the mood board sits in the corner by the door to the kitchen. I had glass cut for the top, and it’s definitely helped protect this little piece during the years. The sign on the top was purchased from a craft fair in Georgia and reads, “Bless the food before us, the family beside us, and the love between us. Amen.” I love the little reminder to be thankful for all that we have. The topiary is a preserved boxwood purchased 90 percent off after Christmas several years ago. It needed some minor repairs and a new ribbon. The boxwood leaves are dusted with a silver glitter that is so pretty in this room year around.

Our dining room is one of my most favorite rooms in the house, and I am so excited to dress up our new table for Christmas this year!

Source List:

Table and Chairs: Braden’s Lifestyles
Buffet: Amazon
Chandelier: Home Depot
Sheer Curtains: JCPenny, Aqua Dust
Gray Curtains: JCPenny, Techno Gray
Plant: Gifted
Plant Pot: IKEA
Table Runner: Target (no longer available)
Rooster Candle Holder: Yard Sale
Candles: Hobby Lobby
Dinner Plates on Display: Walmart
Salad Plates on Display: Walmart
St. Augustine Prints: Purchased from street vendor
Spoon Art: IKEA (no longer available)
Lamp: TJ Maxx
Sign on Buffet: Craft Fair
Topiary: Burkes Outlet, after Christmas sale
Art Above Buffet: Gifted

Paint Colors:

Above Chair Rail: Valspar’s Brilliant Metals
Below Chair Rail: Mark Twain House Ombra Gray, Valspar

To see some of the other posts from this room, click any of the links below:

Favorite Things Christmas Brunch

A Pretty Black Christmas Tree for the Dining Room

New Dining Room Art & A Fall Table

Navy and Orange Tablescape Celebrates the End of Summer

Happy Birthday Tablescape

A Pretty Spring Buffet Table

Thrift Shop Challenge, Part II: A Parisian-Inspired Tablescape

A Baby Shower Menu

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part I: Dining Room

Dining Room Dreaming

Simple Update, Big Difference

Linking up to TDC.

Updating the Fireplace with Tile

When we first moved into our Blue House, the fireplace looked like this:

Fireplace Before at BetweenWeekdays.com

Super pretty right? That’s the photo we took right after we took possession of the house back in December 2012.

Not too long after moving in, we beefed up the trim and the mantle supports and painted it all black. We also removed that weird little shelf to the side of the fireplace.

Black Fireplace at BetweenWeekdays.com

The black was a huge step for me, but now we have tons of black-painted accents in our home. This was just the jumping off point, and I love it.

While we had our master bathroom tile work done, I asked them to add tile to the area below that mantle. I had purchased two sheets of this tile two years ago at Lowe’s. I knew I’d eventually get around to having it installed.

Fireplace tile at BetweenWeekdays.com

I’d say this is much, much improved. Wouldn’t you?

Here’s a close up of the tile:

Fireplace tile at BetweenWeekdays.com

I know the colors aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m in love! The men who installed the tile were nervous about getting the cuts and the pattern just right since it had to be pieced together in some sections. Apparently glass tiles are difficult to cut, but these guys were pros and had it installed and grouted in what seemed like no time.

To date, this is one of my favorite makeovers in our house!

TDC Before and After

A Bench for the Front Porch

I blogged about wanting to upgrade our front porch back in April. I crossed one itty bitty item off my list this weekend: I ordered a bench.

It was a great price — only $80. I didn’t need anything special or fancy for our front porch, but I do love the fleur-de-lis detail on the back. I think the bench will look just perfect with this pillow to match our front door.

Can’t wait for it to arrive!

Top 10 Most Pinned Posts

We are having a dreary, rainy day here in Tennessee, so naturally I’ve been wasting time on Pinterest. During a search for a housewarming gift, a project of mine popped up (See number 9 below)! This exciting find led me on a hunt to find my post popular posts on Pinterest.

1. Three Easy Kabob Recipes

Grilled Chicken Pineapple Kabobs at BetweenWeekdays.com

2. How to Can Spaghetti Sauce (Recipe Included!)

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce from BetweenWeekdays.com

3. Red Front Door

Red Front Door at BetweenWeekdays.com

4. Crafting a Hot Pink and Zebra Baby Shower Corsage

DIY Corsage at BetweenWeekdays.com

5. My Favorite Taco Seasoning Spice Blend

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6. Pinterest-Inspired Baby Shower Projects

Pinterest inspired baby shower projects at BetweenWeekdays.com

7. How to Make a Tutu Wreath

How to make a Tutu Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

8. DIY Paint Chip Art

DIY Paint Chip Art from BetweenWeekdays.com

9. DIY Keepsake Art

DIY Keepsake Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

10. How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

Honorable Mention:

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe at BetweenWeekdays.com

5 Tips for a Simpler Holiday Season

Sometimes it seems like the holiday season is one endless to-do list. While I love to-do lists as much as the next gal, sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy the moment rather than worrying about what the next 15 moments should look like. Today, I’m sharing with you five steps I’m taking towards enjoying a simpler holiday season this year.

1. Purchase Gifts Early

I always begin Christmas shopping as soon as possible. This year, I actually began the day after Christmas LAST YEAR with all of the post-Christmas sales. Click here to read more about how and why I shop early.

Early Purchased Christmas Gifts at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

I’m happy to report that my Christmas shopping is DONE! And, as an added bonus, all of the gifts are already wrapped. I’m so happy to have this checked off of my to-do list for the holiday season.

2. Tried & True Recipes & Meal Planning

If you’re like us, you host multiple holiday meals at your home. The one thing I’ve learned over the years is to only prepare dishes you know. This is not the time to try out that recipe you tore from that magazine two years ago. Trust me: I know.

When it comes to holiday meal prep, I’ve learned that simpler is better. When planning your menu, stick to dishes you’ve cooked before (whether they’re special holiday dishes or everyday staples.) If there’s a new dish you’ve been saving for Christmas, try it out a few weeks in advance. You’ll either love it and add it to your meal, or you’ll be glad you didn’t try to prepare it on a special (and busy) day.

I’ve also learned it’s best to plan your meals well in advance. I like to write out all of the events we have scheduled and then plan dishes accordingly. Having it all planned out ensures that I have all the serving dishes I need on hand for each event and that I don’t forget grocery store ingredients. I add the menu plans and grocery store list to my Christmas binder.

3. Easy Decor

I never stress about decorating my house for the holidays. I have two bins of Christmas decor in addition to what we need to decorate our Christmas tree stored in the attic. I use the same decorations each year, and I use all of our decorations each year. I love our Christmas decorations, but I’m not overwhelmed with more than I can handle; simple is best.

5 Tips for a Simpler Holiday Season

 

Plus, having all black and white Christmas decor, keeps me from over-shopping on extra things I don’t need each year. Finding black and white during a time of red and green is difficult, which makes the items I have even more special since they’re usually one of a kind.

4. Make Clean Up Easy

Let’s face it: hosting holiday parties can be messy from all the food preparing, eating and gift unwrapping. Here’s a few ways I make clean up a breeze:

  1. Ask guest to bring dishes. Hosting a potluck party cuts down on the number of pots and pans you’re left to clean.
  2. Use paper products. Simply throwing away paper plates at the end of a meal is way better than standing at the sink for hours cleaning up plates. We use paper plates, cups and napkins for large get-togethers. However, real utensils are always appreciated by guests.
  3. Keep large trash bags handy for unwrapping gifts. While I’m sure my cat would love endless piles of gift wrap, I’m happier trashing it as soon as possible.

5. Accept That There Will Be Stress

While the holidays are great fun, you must accept that you will experience some stress at some point. I know that we’ll hit the roads at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve and not return home until 1 or 2 a.m. Christmas morning. I will inevitably forget something, and we will probably be late to at least one event. But, that’s ok.

One of my favorite bloggers recently wrote an article about this very thing: It’s OK if Your Holidays Aren’t Totally Stress Free and Simple.

The holidays are NOT about being perfect, they’re a time to celebrate the love of Christ and family, and that’s precisely what I intend to do this year. How do you keep your holidays simple?

New Dining Room Art & A Fall Table

I recently purchased some art for my dining room. I had been on the hunt for quite a while. Originally I thought I’d like to curate a large collage for the wall, but then once I started collecting pieces, it all just felt like too much. I knew that I’d just know when I saw it, and that finally happened for me last weekend at Ikea.

I take an annual pilgrimage to Ikea with my BFF. She lives south of Atlanta, and I live about three hours north. It’s a great meeting place for us. I was in the frame section to find some living room art that (long story short) didn’t work out when I saw it: the most perfect dining room art ever.

New Dining Room Art at BetweenWeekdays.com

What do you think? I’m completely smitten. At $39.99, I felt really great about purchasing such a large piece of art for the dining room. Scroll down for product details.

In other news, I’ve decorated the table for fall. I normally like to set out place settings, but I just don’t trust my cat, Winter, with breakables yet. I never catch her on the table, but I still just don’t trust her.

Fall Table Decor at BetweenWeekdays.com

 

Confession: I’ve had these pumpkins out far longer than it’s been acceptable to display fall decor. I can’t help it. I love fall.

Source List:

Candle Holders: Ikea
Candles: Local Store, going out of business sale
Pumpkins: Hobby Lobby, end of season last year
Pumpkin Salt & Pepper Shakers: Big Lots, three years ago (?)
Table Runner: Joanne’s, end of season two years ago (?)
Spoon Art: Ikea

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