Antique Door Converted to Headboard with Sconces

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And another great idea shared by my friend Jess Powell of Pink House Marketing! She converted two matching antique doors into a headboard and footboard. After a fresh coat of paint, the doors were halved and received hinges that allow folding for easy transport. The headboard received a trim treatment across the top for a clean cut look, followed by sconces. Although they’re normal sconces from the local Lowe’s, these particular ones are far from normal–the antique doorknobs below control the lights! They push for on/off function, and twist to dim the sconces!!! It does NOT get any cooler than that–this is officially my most favorite use of antique doors!!! Thanks, Jess for sharing!

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Red, White, & Blue, and Handmade Too!

It’s been too long since I had some “me” time, so tonight I’m treating myself with blog hopping. I wanted to share the inspiration, so here’s tonight’s top picks!

Firecracker 4th of July cake @ The Bakery Spot

 

Silverware organizer converted to shelf @ Going Home to Roost

 

Enjoy The Ride pillows @ 36th AVENUE

 

Garden Markers @ Michelle Not Shelly

 

DIY Painted Bottles @ Beach House in the City

 

Porch Makeover @ A Beach Cottage

 

Milk Paint Tutorial @ Miss Mustard Seed

 

And with that I’m literally falling asleep! Guess that’s all for tonight.

Jenny

Salvage Soiree–A Rustic Approach to Decorating

So maybe I’ve been watching too much of American Pickers, but I love junk. Junk is my style–it makes me happy, mainly because it’s most often free (or almost free). But also because it gives a nod to the past and often adds texture to today’s shiny, polished trends. But junk isn’t the prettiest term for this style of decorating, and after standing at the store’s magazine rack for an hour tonight I found the perfect term for my style of decorating–salvage finds. Not too much more glamorous, but a little bit better than junk, a little less formal than shabby chic, and a little less confining than country. So salvage style works for me.

 

 

The magazine that inspired me most was Flea Market Style. It had a feature about popular blogs that feature decorating with salvaged goods. Most of the blogs I frequent already but it gave me the idea to share them with you too. So here’s some top picks for those into the salvage style:

Miss Mustard Seed

Home and Harmony

Garden Antqs Vintage

Heather Bullard – Home and Lifestyle

It’s the Little Things

Serendipity Chic Design

• Margo’s Junkin’ Journal

Just Something I Made

Perfectly Imperfect

My Sweet Savannah

Primitive and Proper

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Emerald Cove

The Feminist Housewife

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Jenny

Cupcake Decorating Party

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We had a Cupcake Decorating Party today. Thought it would be a good creative outlet while socializing (and it let me finally use my new Martha Stewart Cake Decorating Kit). We had about 15 gals show up to decorate.

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I jazzed up the house by decorating with a cupcake theme. I covered existing hangings with cupcake art I made using scrapbook paper. I made a festive curtain using matching fabric scraps and tied cupcake ornaments to it.

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My family helped me bake a bajillion cupcakes ahead of time as well as icing. We laid them out on the tables along with sprinkles so we could get down to business.

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You didn’t have to tell this bunch of girls twice to get started!

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This is like coloring for adults. Everyone really got into it and enjoyed playing around with different tips.

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There was even an attempt at a tie dye cupcake. Pretty neat if you ask me.

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Even the kids got involved. I made sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free cupcakes from scratch for them. We even made the icing sugar-free and dairy-free by using Ideal xylitol and Earth’s Balance.

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Guests took home cupcakes in these cute carriers I found at Big Lots. In the end I think it was kind of therapuetic and a fresh twist on the holiday cookie decorating. Nothing’s better than spending an afternoon with friends than adding cupcakes to the mix!

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Jenny

Thanksgiving Mantel Decorations

I came across this beautiful fall mantel decor on the blog It’s the Little Things. What a neat way to decorate your fireplace for Thanksgiving!

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A big detail that sets it off are these cutesy letters that spell “Happy Thanksgiving.” I probably would have used a uniform font and it wouldn’t be as cute as hers!

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I love how she spares no attention to details.

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Even the wood is incorporated into the design!

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I think another favorite is this whimsical grapevine that wisps across the mantel. And the family has tied paper leaves that display what they’re thankful for.

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Very cute! Check out her blog for more ideas.

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Jenny

Fall Celebration with Table Settings for Autumn

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The following fall festival took place at our church in celebration of our 10th Annivesary. And I’m not joking, the actual date was Oct. 10, making the theme 10-10-10. We were blessed to have Matthew West lead in us worship that morning before celebrating with an outdoor lunch, planned by yours truly and a few other gals from the church. I was able to snap these photos minutes before everything let loose.

 

I designed invitations with matching posters and had an RSVP system of taking a ticket from a table in the foyer, and we kept count of how many were taken.

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The table was decorated with actual decor we’d be using at the party, including mini bales of straw, split green peas, galvanized tins, ball jars with votives, sunflowers with pear picks, and burlap. Very country and rustic, right?

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This system worked pretty well – we had almost 150 tickets taken, but we served lunch to around 200 that day. I think some people invited family members at the last second when they heard Matthew West would be singing!

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We set up a tent right outside the church front doors, and spilled the party out onto the patio. We were lucky because most items were borrowed or donated, including the tent, tables, chairs, linens, vases, galvinized tins, pumpkins, bales of straw, and corn stalks. Everyone just kind of came together with the items we needed for the decor!

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We kept the drinks simple, serving iced tea and lemonade from pretty drink dispensers and offered bottles of water in a large galvanized tin.

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There was a buffet-style serving line featuring BBQ from a local favorite, T.C. Memphis BBQ. Even though his storefront shut down, most don’t know he still caters. And when he does, people go crazy! He still has so many fans of his menu–surely he’ll reopen someday! The line started with plates held upright by an old crate and plasticware wrapped in yellow napkins and finished with a bow of twine.

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Of course we offered PBJs for the pickier eaters.

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There was a carmel apple bar, with dipping carmel kept warm in crockpots and a few choices of toppings to sprinkle.

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And then the beautiful dessert bar, filled with crunchy pumpkin bars and brownies from scratch that several ladies made for the festival.

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I made all the food labels and tags the morning of (eek!). There weren’t that many so I handcut them all the secured them with double-sided tape to ribbons.

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We created the centerpieces using a bulk order of sunflowers from Sam’s Club combined with greenery from my backyard, including fresh sage and evergreen arranged in floral foam. We also had some artificial pear picks that really helped fill in holes! Everything was accented with burlap, mini-pumpkins, and ball jars holding split peas and tealights.

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There were some other fun features at the party, like this couch and chair we built from bales of straw. I threw a quilt on top with some toss pillows.

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We also set up a photo booth by stapling a vintage sheet background to an outdoor wall, defined the space with some bales of straw, and set up a camera and remote with easy instructions. I also bought a few frames from Goodwill and spray painted them orange and green. We handwrote some signs and made mustaches to complete the ensemble.

Some of the photos:

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The event couldn’t have gone better. We even had enough food for everyone! This would make such a cute Thankgiving tablesetting as well. I attribute the success to the many loving volunteers who worked their tails off setting up the event and to be well organized. I had created a large packet of setup instructions, complete with diagrams, layouts, and photo mock-ups. I’m so glad I did because my partner in crime with 37 weeks pregnant and went into labor the night before setup. It pays to be organized! I love fall festivals, and this one was my favorite.

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Jenny

For more Thanksgiving ideas and to see where I partied:

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You’ll Never Believe What We’ve Been Up To…Home Projects Marathon

Sometimes you need a deadline to get things done. Since we were hosting our first family gathering in our new home, that gave us incentive to get some serious projects done! Here’s some of the things we did:

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We BUILT a dining table. Yes, we built it from scratch, by hand! We have been eyeballing the farmhouse table from Knock-off Wood for months. Love this site–we actually combined two of her plans to get the exact look we wanted. For around $100 in supplies and 15-20 hours of work this week, we have a table that seats 12. I plan on collecting mismatched old chairs and staining the table a dark shade.

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We hung an antique old window . See it hanging on the wall above my dad? I found it in my grandpa’s old barn. I love it! For now, I just added multi-color scrapbook paper but I have so many more plans for it. I might cut out some letters and spell something, add photos, change the paper with the holidays, hang a wreath on top of it, hang a shelf below it to display decor, or add hooks on the front to display some things. We hung it using a hook and eye system, but we used anchors in studs because it weighs about 30 lbs. So far, so good.

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We displayed an old door. I found this in the barn too (I have about 20 more doors and windows in our shed, just waiting to displayed!!) I just propped this door in the corner–I love how our interior brick compliments it and vice versa! I had a sage wreath that I received live last Christmas and dried. Then I found this antique luggage wrack while antiquing in Nashville for $12! Planned on painting it but like the bright green for now. It holds a basket of our blankets.

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My hubby built a new kitchen island. We installed a dishwasher in the island, requiring a new one. My hubby built-in a bookshelf that you see when you walk in our front door. We added beadboard and painted it black! We’re still arguing on weather to add wood brackets underneath the countertop. I also distressed it then added stain to give it an aged look.

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We created a wall of mirrors.I had a lot of mirrors and no great spot to put them so I painted them all white and put them at our entrance with a few “E”s. We’re building a console table to put here as well in the front hallway, using more plans from Knock-off Wood but using an old barn door as the tabletop.

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I hung photo frames from an old ladder. I found the matching photo frames at a garage sale and I bought the ladder from an antique store. I have to admit that this project did not come out as I planned, but it isn’t bad! I meant to order smaller photos and have a colored scrapbook paper background to give it color. And I meant to center it from each rung. But I was over it–it is what it is! It features photos I’ve taken of my nieces and nephews in black and white prints.

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Cyrus. Look at those crystal eyes.
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Lachlan. Never have to tell her how to pose–she is a natural model!
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Annabelle. This photo series is beautiful!
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Annabelle and Beau. How dreamy…
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Beau. Yes, we really did place live chicks in a basket with a newborn!
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Everyone fit into one room…I love it!

Most importantly, we fit all of our family into one room! Our new home has been a blessing–God gave us every little factor we asked for, like large rooms that fit groups of people.

Did I mentioned that besides cleaning and cooking, that we all finished decorating our whole house, had our carpets cleaned, re-arranged the furniture, and landscaped?!?

Next on our list: stain the dining table, build console tables, make curtains for the living room, make outdoor pillows, and winterize our landscaping. But after a week off!

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Jenny

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Backyard Bouquet That’d Make Grandma Proud

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One of my most favorite parts of home-owning is going into the backyard and handpicking flowers. A past owner of our home poured a lot of time and sweat in packing our yard full with lilies, bee balm, phlox, roses, and more. Each week has been a delight to see what surprises were left behind by past owners for our enjoyment. I gathered this bouquet today, inspired by the first blooms of phlox. I have a patch of unruly sage growing and often throw it into my arrangements. I also clipped some evergreen from our cypress bushes. My grandmother has always put together the most beautiful flower arrangements from the multitude of plants she tends. I can only hope this one makes her proud.

Jenny

Cheapo Tiki Torches Get Custom Makeover

 

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Outdoor entertaining has hit new levels–and not just in the decorating sense, but also on the wallet. My mission was to find one-of-a-kind lighting for around our back patio without breaking the bank. Solution? Buy the cheapest Tiki torches and upgrade with a can of spray paint!

RustOleum has a line of multi-purpose satin sprays that feature hot colors. I used the Green Apple, but it was a tough choice between the grass-like shade of green, Aqua and Seaside Green. We scored a 15-set of resin chairs on Craigslist for $100. Slowly, the back patio is coming together. I loved how the torches turned out!

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Jenny

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