4th of July Decorating

I just love decorating my home for holidays.
It makes the place feel so festive.
For the upcoming 4th of July holiday I decided to decorate my entry, living room and part of thedining room. 
All three areas are seen when you first enter my home and I hope it gives a fun welcome to guests.

I recently found a new headboard for my youngest son on Craigslist so I took the old one and decided to use it as a backdrop behind the couch.
I've been saving the banners for a year just waiting for the 4th of July.
I got them from Target in the party section.
The blue and red ones are sold separately and I just chose to mix them.


On the table I mixed some vintage red and blue books I've found at thrift stores and used a small pitcher filled with little flags.
I made a criss cross of tape on the top of the pitcher to make the flags stand up.
Floral foam would work even better, but I didn't have any on hand and didn't feel like making a special trip to the store.

A white couch is such a great background for changing things out for the different holidays and seasons.
On the couch now are some cheery pillows.
The flag pillow is from World Market.
I was thrilled to find the red striped pillows at Target recently. 
I can use them for the 4th, Valentine's day and more. 

Moving on to my entry way which I recently gave a makeover.
Another white background which makes for ease in switching out my decor when ever the mood strikes.

I found this fun bag in the Dollar Spot at Target (I think it was $5).
You could make it into a pillow too.

The wood star is also from the dollar spot (don't you just love that section?).
It was gray and I chose to paint it red.

Next to the little entry way is an table that is across from my dining room.

I have to share how I made this large scale art work hardly any money.
I found the poppy clip art on The Graphics Fairy website and had Staples print it as a 24x36 engineer print.
 It only cost around $3.50!
The frame is from Hobby Lobby.
I did the same thing at Christmas time, but used a print from another site.


I had a hard time finding red flowers, but when I found these I was pretty happy because they look a little bit like fireworks.

My vintage minnow bucket is perfect for the 4th with it's red lettering.

Thanks for stopping by .....
I hope you all have a safe and fun filled 4th of July holiday!


Our Entryway

We've been in out house in the Austin TX suburbs for a year now and I am still working on changing all the rooms to fit my style.
 Luckily it's something I love to do! Our entry way started out as one long, brown wall. 
There was no where to hang a coat or slip on your shoes.

My hard drive crashed so I no longer have a before photo of the entry way, but this is our hallway and it is the exact brown/plum color that our entry way used to be. 
(painting the hallways is on the to-do list!).
I painted the entry way Sherwin Williams Pussy Willow. I love this gray!

I wanted a little spot in the entry way where we could sit down and put on our shoes before heading out the door. 
Years ago a friend gave me this sweet little stool and told me that I could paint it.
 I really liked the sage green and left it alone for years, but finally decided to strip it down to the raw wood.
 Ugh, I hate stripping furniture. Such a yucky, messy job!

Here it is...worth the work! 
It turns out under the sage green was dark green and under that was white paint.
 I ended up leaving bits of white on the stool because I liked the way it looks.
 I also love how the raw wood shows off the cool old screws on the top.

Now my favorite thing in my entry way makeover are these amazing Made In England hooks. Abodant sent them to me and I love them!
They are like a beautiful piece of jewelry that just makes an outfit!
They are so nice and sturdy too. 


I placed the hooks on a cheap wood shelf that I painted white.
 I feel like the hooks took a cheap piece and made it look high end. 


The shelf on top can be changed out seasonally which is fun.

Fresh flowers forever!

So there you have it.... a small space, but now it has a ton of function with a place to hang things and a place to sit.
 Normally I would hang a mirror in the entry to check my hair before I walk out the door, but there is a mirror in my living room which is just a few steps away.


I decided to try out a shoe basket under the hooks as well, but ended up placing the basket next to the front door and put the stool back.

The canvas art covers up a light switch (which is rarely used) and our alarm. 
The canvas is light so it's easy to slip on and off if we need to access the switches or alarm.

Thanks again to Abodent for the wonderful hooks! They really make the space!

Interview with Fern Creek Cottage

I was recently very flattered to be asked for an interview by Floor Coverings International.
So if you'd like to find out how I got started blogging, what inspires me and my favorite design style you can check it out here.

Thrifty Guest Bathroom Makeover Reveal~ORC

It's reveal day for Calling It Home's One Room Challenge!
For the last six weeks I've been giving my bathroom a compete makeover.
I have to tell you I am thrilled with the results!

The room used to be very dark and kind of dreary.
It's now so light and bright.
I smile every time I walk by.

A new hand towel hangs next to the sink.
Above the towel I hung this little metal deer head.
It was originally part of a wreath holder, but I took it apart and just kept the little deer.

Above the door I propped up a little chalkboard I've had for years.
I like that it has a galvanized metal frame to tie in with other metals in the room.
I am horrible at chalkboard lettering, so I just used stickers for now.


The vanity used to be "orangey" oak and the mirror frame was plastic, but I updated them and tied them together using chalkpaint. You can read more about it here and here.
I also replaced our broken toilet paper holder with this cute metal basket which I gave a mini makeover you can read about here.

Now let's keep moving around the room....

I hung a gray and white striped shower curtain.
In between each thick stripe is a tiny metallic gray stripe, which is such a cute detail.

Above the toilet I hung this cubby/shelf.
We're never running out of toilet paper in this room!
The middle row has little metal buckets from Target's dollar spot.
They were shiny, but I soaked them in vinegar to age them.
I'm thinking I might put some faux succulents in the pots.
The top cubbies are filled with vintage marmalade jars and a reproduction apothecary bottle.



I decided to use plain gray bath towels because a pattern would look too busy next to the striped shower curtain and the subway art.


I've had the subway art for years.
It fits nicely in the room.
Although to be honest I'll probably replace it with something else down the road.

And now we're back to the door.
I wanted to try to give you a complete view of the whole room.
It's not easy taking photos in a small bathroom!

I adore before and after shots!
The dark blue walls are now bright and white. 

The cheap looking mirror now looks like it's meant to be in the room.

The dated oak vanity gets a fresh new look with paint and handles.

White and soft grays brighten the room.
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A lot of you have told me that you have bathroom's that have this same lay out.
I am hoping you decide to tackle a makeover in your bathroom too!
 I assure you it was really not too much work and very little money.

Sources for the room (some of this stuff I've had for years)
Shower Curtain: Marshall's
Subway Art: Homegoods
Deer head: Pier 1
Cubby: Target
Gray Towels: Target
White & Gray hand towel: Marshall's
Rug: Kohl's
Hand Soap: World Market
Toilet Paper Metal Basket: Walmart
Wood Vase: Home Decorators
Cabinet Handles: Lowe's
Chalkboard: Kirkland's
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Vanity Paint: Home Depot Rustoleum Chalked paint in Aged Gray

Check out the other room reveals at Calling It Home.

Farmhouse Accessories for the Bathroom~ORC

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge, where we have six weeks to make over
 a room in our home.
Even though my guest bathroom is getting a whole new look, it doesn't mean that I'm buying a whole lot of new stuff.
I'm trying to use a lot of things that I already have.
I plan on hanging this cubby/wall shelf above the toilet and I'll fill it with some vintage goodies.
I'll play around with different arrangements until I find the look I like best. 

I've had this subway art for several years. I still like it a lot and the colors work nicely in the room.
I plan on hanging it above the towel bar.
The other two items are things I'm considering for above the towel hook next to the sink.
 I'll just have to hold things up and see how they look.

I did buy a new striped shower curtain and some gray towels for the room.
Because let's face it, towels and shower curtains can get pretty dingy looking after a while.
I'd better hurry up and take the curtain out of the package and make sure I like it!

Remember the farmhouse style toilet paper holder I showed you last week?
Well, I was having some issues with my computer and didn't get to show you the makeover I gave it.


I didn't like how shiny the metal basket was, so I started the makeover by 
spraying it with gray primer. 
Once that dried, I brushed on metallic acrylic paint.
 I think it looks more like galvanized metal now, which I prefer over the look of the shiny metal. 
It now has more of a farmhouse vibe, reminiscent of a vintage locker basket.

I'm so excited to show you the whole room put together next week!

For a review:
week1 
week 2
week 3
week 4

Painted Oak Vanity~ORC

We are on week 4 (out of 6) of Call It Home's One Room Challenge.
I have been working on transforming our dark, outdated, guest bathroom into a light, beautiful space.

Our bathroom used to have this outdated,"orangey" oak vanity and broken toilet paper holder.....

Now it is a lovely shade of gray.
I think it has such a fresh, new look.
I get giddy every time I walk by this room now!
I used chalk paint on the piece, you can read more about it here.
Since that post I have used matte polyurethane on the mirror and vanity to protect them from water.

I decided to replace the toilet paper holder with this metal basket.
I think it gives the room a fun, farmhouse vibe and it will coordinate nicely with other galvanized pieces going into the room.


The mirror in the bathroom used to have a white plastic frame.
I'd like a new mirror eventually, but I haven't found the right one yet.

So for now I painted the mirror to match the vanity and I think it looks great!
Painting plastic is not easy though.
You aren't supposed to have to sand things before using chalk paint, but I wish I would have.
The paint barely stuck on the mirror so I had to do many, many, layers until the paint built up and I had the coverage I needed.

I also added some simple handles to the cabinet doors.
I think handles add so much to a plain piece!
I was originally going to add knobs to the (fake) drawer front, but changed my mind.
I think they'd just get in the way when people are trying to brush their teeth and wash their hands.

When I mentioned in my last post how nervous I was about drilling holes in my cabinet Sam @
Away She Went said I should get "one of those plastic guide things that help when drilling holes in cabinets".
Then I remembered "oh yeah, I have one of those in my garage!" .
It made the job so much easier! Thank you Sam!


The room is really starting to come together now and it's going to look even better with some rugs on the floor and art on the walls!

To check out others participating in the One Room Challenge head over to Call It Home.