Creating an easy spring vignette

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I have often struggled with the correct way to create a seasonal vignette. I was always worried about making it too busy, or too sparse, but then I realized something: there really isn’t a right or wrong way to create a vignette. I have created some of my favorite vignettes simply by trial and error.

There are, however, a few rules I like to stick with when creating seasonal vignettes.

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  1. Use natural elements.

Pine cones are appropriate for spring, fall and winter decor. I always try to include some sort of seasonal element from nature, be it flowers, or tree branches, or even a bird’s nest. Including a natural element adds something real to your home.

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2. Texture makes a huge difference

You should always use something that adds texture. Baskets, birds’ nests, pinecones, or even tree limbs add texture and interest to your vignette.

3. Group items in odd numbers, in varying heights to keep the eye moving.

I recently added this spring vignette to our home:

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I added both flowering tree branches and eggs for natural elements, a basket for texture, a glass gallon jar for a vase, a milk glass footed cup, and a rabbit vase on stacked books to give it some height. It took me four tries to make this something I loved and enjoyed.

Don’t be afraid to group and arrange what you love, change it and re-arrange it, and re-arrange it some more. Change it until you’re happy with it, but follow the basic rules to help you get there.

And, tune in next week for a peek at our spring home tour 🙂

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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2019 Spring Home Tour

2019 Spring Home Tour
What a long, strange winter! Not surprisingly, I’ve decided to re-decorate the inside of the house to reflect the “almost-here” spring. I’m really loving our simplified, paired down spring decor. It’s bright, airy, and I feel like my house can breathe! 
2019 spring home tour

Our entry table boasts a simple wicker charger with a large jar, some florals, a faux birds’ nest and some colorful speckled eggs. 

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I absolutely love these colors together and I can’t help but smile every time I walk past this table. 

There are touches of greenery everywhere and natural woods- things that remind me of spring without being too overpowering. 

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On our coffee table, we have a little vignette with a tray, a candle, and some greenery. I love how simple and how farmhouse-ish this is. 

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We also repurposed our wood trough box on our dining room table for spring. We used this thing to decorate for Christmas  and winter, and it works nicely for spring too. 

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I can’t wait to fill in the spaces with some grapevine spheres or some greenery. 

Lastly, I decorated this ledge in our dining room. I call it our “mantle” because we don’t have a real mantle. I love how realistic these faux branches are…and how cute are those little eggs in the nest? 

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This is definitely a low-key spring home tour. Way less elaborate than what I’ve done in the past, but I like it! 

Have a great week. Join us on Friday for a roundup of farmhouse mudrooms. 

4 FREE SPRING PRINTABLES!


Hi, all! It has been well over a month since my last post. Things are a little rough around here- we’e had lots of sickness- both children have been sick multiple times in the past month, and I’ve been sick on and off since Thanksgiving. We’ve also been really busy with school and work. I promise I’m still alive…and I’ll resume my regular schedule soon.

Today, I’d like to offer you some free spring goodies! This month, I decided to do something different and design a desktop wallpaper. To use it, simply right click it and save it to your device.

I also created two new printables for you to enjoy. I love this first one:





You guys know how anything farmhouse really catches my eye. This cute little planter print really makes me smile.

I shared these cute pink “hello spring” prints last year, and had a lot of people download them. I just had to share them again! How pretty would this be in a simple frame with a mat?

This simple green “hello spring” wreath print speaks to my “farmhouse loving heart” as well. I thought you all might enjoy it too! This one would be adorable in a painted black frame.

….And yet a third “hello spring” print! I added a floral graphic to this one, this time.

To download, please right click on the art print and save it to your machine. For best results, do not print larger than 8X10. I like to send my printables to a lab like Staples Copy and Print.

I hope you all enjoy these lovely free prints! Check back on the first Monday of April for some more lovely printables.

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones! Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute. I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet. I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows. I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!! And I made six of them in different sizes. And then I hung them on our tree. Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?

Things you can do to prepare for Christmas RIGHT NOW!!

Things you can do to prepare for Christmas RIGHT NOW!!

Christmas is now a little over a month away and while some of us think nothing of starting our Christmas decorating and planning, others feel as though we’ve just set out our fall decor.

For those of us who want to enjoy Christmas with less stress, here are a few ways to plan ahead for a more enjoyable Christmas season.

1. Inventory your Christmas decorations

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Take out all your Christmas decorations and sort them in three piles: use/keep, broken, and donate. If you’re like me, you buy a few things each year, and your Christmas decor can get out of hand. Go through your things and purge them before you decorate, so you won’t have to worry about it later.

2. Decide whom you’re shopping for and map out your Christmas budget

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Of course, the easiest way to manage Christmas gift shopping is to start early and plan a budget and stick to it. I like to write out a list with the name of each person I’m shopping for and a gift idea and suggested price. I don’t always stick with the gift idea, but I do usually stay within budget.

3. Plan tablescapes and menus ahead of time

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It may sound crazy to plan ahead how you’re going to set your table, but planning your table decor and securing all needed items ahead of time will make things much easier. Planning out menu items will also help you to stick to your budget and your shopping list as well.

4. Take your Christmas card photo and order cards now

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Take your photo now so you can get the Christmas cards ordered in plenty of time. Once your cards are ordered, you can address them a few at a time before dropping them in the mail, or for a little extra money, pay someone else to address them. It will be much less stressful!

What do you do to ensure a less stressful holiday season?

Farmhouse Friday: Christmas decor at Target!

Farmhouse Friday: Christmas decor at Target!

I took the month of October off from blogging, as I was experiencing some difficulties. I felt I just needed to step back and pause for a bit. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I decided to dive back into our regular schedule.

Have you all been to Target lately? Between the Magnolia Hearth and Hand line and the Dollar Spot, I could get into some big trouble.

These cute little house lanterns are only $3 and they’d be adorable on my mantle.

These wooden stockings come with stickers for a unique, design your own advent calendar for $3. You can buy the stocking or the wooden tree. I want to buy these and just decorate with them, and not even use them as advent calendar.

This wooden star garland for $2 is simple and pretty!

And these “believe” plates are perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges.

And these hat and glove ornaments for $1 are adorable!!

Everyone go hit up your nearest Target Dollar Spot right now!!

And have a wonderful weekend.

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?