Revamping our farmhouse foyer: a plan for redecorating our entry way

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Our entry way has improved significantly over the years, but it is still pretty boring. Before he passed away, my dad graciously helped us build this built in coat rack into the wall behind the door. It added a space for us to hang our coats and bookbags, and we have used it so much. I subscribe to the belief that organization should be both functional and attractive. While our entry way is now functional for our family, it certainly isn’t pretty.

I’d like to change the following things about our entry. I’d like to paint the back of the door black to give it some personality.

Courtesy of Interior Barn Doors

I love how the black door makes the room look different. It’s amazing what you can do with just a can of paint.

Another thing I’d like to do is change out the builder grade light fixture for a schoolhouse light fixture.

Schoolhouse flush mount light fixture, The Lamp Goods for $95

I’d also like to add some sort of striped rug. I love this Dash and Albert rug, but I’d like to have it in black and white.

And lastly, I’d like to add some sort of boot tray to contain muddy shoes.

Boot tray from Crate and Barrel

As with everything, our entry way is a process. We are working to make it look nicer and neater all the time. I can’t wait to show you the progress as we finish it.

Have a wonderful week. We will return on Thursday to talk about command centers.

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DIY Typographical art and how you can make it!

DIY Typographical art and how you can make it!

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know about my obsession with typographical art. I’m also just a tiny bit obsessed with monogrammed things.

I recently used the Weddingchics website to print this monogram on a burlap sheet.

You can buy the burlap sheets at Walmart in packs of four for $5. The Weddingchics monogram download is free but copyrighted. It is available to you for personal use, though.

Did you know you can use your word processor to create a simple monogram that looks high end and elegant? I used several different fonts to get the look I wanted.

The letter B and the name “Boone” are in the Century Gothic font, with two lines drawn above and below the name. This font came free with my word processing software. The year “2009” is written in Bradley Hand, which was also already on our computer. The word “established” is in Brusher font, which I downloaded from freefonts.com.

I already had the frame so this project cost me absolutely nothing. I love a good free project!

Have a wonderful week! Here’s a look at what we are sharing this week on Organized and Simplified:

Wednesday: stenciled bookshelf backs

Friday: Repurposing pool noodles

Saturday: giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card!!

Sunday: Scripture Sunday

From house to Home: Tips and Tricks for a cozier home

From house to Home: Tips and Tricks for a cozier home

What is the difference between a “house” and a “home?” By definition, the two words mean almost the same thing, but connotatively, a Home is where you feel comfort and a sense of belonging.

With just a few tips and a little money, you can make your house feel more like Home.

1. New mattress, pillows and sheets

A comfy bed goes a long way in making your house feel like home. Replace your mattress every eight to ten years to ensure that your back is well supported. Comfy pillows and sheets will help you to sleep better at night.

2. Layer, layer, layer!

Nothing adds cozy and comfort to a room like an area rug and curtains. Our dining room was mighty bare and boring until we added this rug and these curtains.

3. A pleasant smell really makes your home feel cozy

We love to use candles from Anthropologie to make our house more inviting. These Eden Spring candles are lightly scented and amazing.

4. Decorate with things that matter to you.

Artwork adds a lot in a home. You can find all sorts of inexpensive and interesting art online on Pinterest, Etsy, and my personal favorite, Graphics Fairy. You can also create gallery walls with some photographs of your favorite memories. Decorate with things that are important to you.

5. A comfy place to sit at the end of the day

There’s nothing like A nice, comfortable chair to make you feel at home. This chair in our nursery is a wonderful example.

What makes a home feel cozy to you?