Three Items You Can Repurpose Into Planters

I’ve been working on a mini porch makeover all week. My in-laws came over on Memorial day and my husband and father in law dug out an over grown area in front of our porch and the side of our house (while my mother in law and I painted over the wall paper in our dining room!) (More on that later) I’ve pretty much spent the week since then planting in the front and spray painting our old plastic Adirondack chairs which I will post about later this week!

I’ve also been putting together some diy flower planters. We really want to keep costs low so I looked around our house for some things I could use as planters. Planters add up SO fast! Even just basic terra cotta pots.

Here are the three things I found :

1. Wicker Basket

If you’ve read my post on 10 things to look for while thrifting you know I love wicker baskets! So great for storing kids toys and anything else you need easily accessible but stored in a cute way.

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This one was super easy because wicker has small gaps in it so the soil should drain pretty easily. I just added potting soil and my flowers and then I was done! I love the texture it adds.

2. Watering Cans

I had this watering can hanging out in our garage and thought it would be cute. I added rocks to the bottom to help the soil drain but you could also drill holes in the bottom. You could also use any galvanized buckets / tins or even distress some large aluminum cans for this aged metal type look. I really love the way this one came out.

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3. Crocks

I had this crock hanging around in our garage too. I think these are so cute as planters. I threw a hosta I had left over in it and I know it’ll add some great greenery and character to the porch when I put everything together.

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Is there anything you guys like to use as planters? Or do you just prefer to use actual planters? Let me know I’m the comments below!

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Modern French Country Farmhouse Living Room

I absolutely love chic traditional decor. French country is also one of my absolute favorite design styles. If I had to pick one I would most likely say this is “my style.” I love feminine French mixed with a little rustic but I also absolutely love more modern tailored looks. This is a great type of look if you are on a budget as well because you can find alot of shabby chic cottage type furniture and decor pieces while out at thrift stores and garage sales.

This is where modern meets French country and I am loving this type of design style! Click below to get the look!

Chic traditional living room. Modern French Country Farmhouse Living Room coffee table, mirror, white slip covered sofa, French country chair, floral artwork and beaded chandelier. #frenchcountry #femininefarmhouse #getthelook #chictraditional

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Go To Pasta Salad

The weather is finally getting nice after a long winter and I am CRAVING my favorite pasta salad. This is such a great cold summer meal or side. In general I am not a fan of pasta salad or potato salad but this recipe is SO good! I started making a couple Ree Drummond pasta salad recipes a few years ago in an attempt to find something to bring to cookouts and just have another summer side. I absolutely love both recipes and will link them here and here. This recipe pretty much combines the two of them and the result is something that everyone seems to love. I’m constantly being asked for this recipe so I figured I would share it here.

Ingredients :

1 pint cherry tomatoes

5-6 basil leaves

8 oz block of smoked gouda cheese (I sometimes add more because it’s so good)

3 chopped green onions

1 pound bacon

1 package cavatappi pasta (or whatever you have or like)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup mayo

4 tbsp white vinegar

Lemon (optional)

The recipe is super simple. First cook your pasta and let it get cold. If your in a hurry you can blanch it with ice but I usually just make it in the morning and let it sit in the fridge to cool down. (Don’t put it in the fridge when it is still super hot) I usually add some olive oil and lemon juice at this point. Just a tiny bit of olive oil so the pasta doesn’t stick together and a squirt of lemon juice for a little freshness but that’s totally optional (I sometimes forget it completely.) I also add lots of salt to the water I cook the pasta in like I do with all pasta!

Chop your bacon into small pieces and cook while your pasta cooks. Let cool.

Next just chop up all the rest of your ingredients. I halve the cherry tomatoes, cut the cheese into small cubes and cut thin slices of green onion. Chiffonade your basil leaves to make thin long pieces. To chiffonade just put the all the basil leaves together and roll it up then chop the roll.

Next prepare the dressing. In the Ree Drummond recipe she uses Adobe sauce for the dressing. I prefer the flavor of siracha and find it’s just easier to keep on hand. You can use whatever you like. Whisk together your milk, mayo, vinegar and a squirt of siracha. Add a little salt and pepper.

Once your pasta and bacon are completely cooled down you can mix them with the rest of the ingredients, toss in the dressing and your done! I usually like to let it cool for a half hr or so in the fridge while I cook the rest of the meal but don’t always have the time and serve it right away and it is still excellent! If you are bringing this somewhere I suggest mixing the whole salad together but keeping the dressing seperate and dressing it when you arrive.

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! What is you or go to summer recipe? Let me know if you try this!

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Delicous cold summer meal. go to pasta salad you will crave! I am always getting asked for this pasta salad recipe. Its perfect for all your summer cookouts especially this July fourth! #memorialday #cookoutfood #recipes #pastasalad

Effortless Five Minute Memorial Day Decor

I absolutely love decorating for holidays! We just moved into our house over the winter. It’s 200 years old and needs ALOT of work. The front of the house is one of the areas that needs a good amount of work. I was hoping to have our front porch a little more “done” before Memorial Day but it just wasn’t happening. I still want to paint our front door, get new sconces and house numbers and add flowers and a wreath. I had planned on doing more Memorial Day decor but figured I’d wait until I had finished this area a little more.

I headed over to my July Fourth pinterest board for inspiration and found I had pinned a lot of images of small flags grouped in vases.

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I figured this would be super easy and just enough to give our front porch a little something for Memorial Day.

I already had these milk cans my mom gave me when we bought our last house and the tin cans were from our back yard wedding last year. For some reason all my pictures made my milk cans look SO dirty but I guess it’s just rustic right?

Next I headed to the dollar store for some small flags. I was a little disappointed because I really wanted the cloth flags with the wood sticks but these ended up being super flowy and I really liked them. Plus they were only 3 for a dollar which is an awesome price! I bought 5 packs but probably only needed 4.

I filled my tin cans with some dirt and mulch to weigh them down then just positioned my flags in an almost half moon shape inside. I used seven in each but you might need more or less depending on the size of your vase.

I think terra cotta pots or really anything vase or pot like that you have on hand would be great for this.

Thats it your all done! All you have to do now is repeatedly tell your two old to stop taking them out of the tins. Or maybe thats just me.

These would be great next to some potted red geraniums which was my plan but my store was all out!

Do you guys decorate outside for holidays? Let me know in the comments below!

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Whimsical Boho Nursery

I absolutely love baby girls nurseries. Maybe it’s because I have a boy or maybe it’s because there’s just SO much good stuff out there. If I ever do have a girl you can consider her nursery planned. Actually you can just consider my next babies nursery planned regardless of gender lol!

I love a fun whimsical look so I wanted to put together a mood board of some products perfect for this look.

A neutral crib and glider are the backdrop to this look. I like to keep these neutral because they are the things you will have for a long time and will probably see decor changes. Especially the crib because they generally convert to beds.

The camel wall art is so beautiful and fun. It brings playfulness, color and even texture all in one print.

A morrocan pouf is the perfect place to put your feet up on those long nights feeding and of course a pink one is even better!

I have loved this purple fringe light fixture for so long and have always thought it’d be so perfect in a girls room/nursery.

The rug definitely makes a bold statement. The bright color is complimented by the vintage feel and it’s perfect for bringing boho vibes to this nursery.

The elephant basket is great for storing all those sweet baby blankets.

This is the perfect nursery for the fun boho baby and mama! See below to get this look in your baby’s nursery.

1. Crib 2. Camel print 3. Pouf 4. Elephant pillow 5. Fringe light fixture 6. Glider 7. Rug 8. Elephant basket 9. Gold cactus 10. Lamp

Do you guys like bright and fun nurseries or prefer something more neutral? I love both! Tell me in the comments below.

Boho Glam Living Room

One of my favorite design styles is boho glam. I always find myself going back to this type of look. The relaxed vibe of boho pieces combined with lux and glamorous pieces is such a great juxtaposition. They really balance each other out and add beautiful interest. This is a great way to get a glam look while still having your space feel cozy and relaxed. Somewhere you can curl up on your laptop on a friday night or host a nice party.

The key to this look is lots of texture and styling with accessories. Textures like wicker, fringe and shag mix great with gold luxurious finishes. I’m also loving peachy pinks right now so I incorporated that for this boho glam living room making it perfect for summer.

Plants are an easy way to up the style in any room and are a MUST for any boho style. Of course a fiddle leaf fig is a go to classic and this brass planter adds so much great boho character.

The sofa is a prefect neutral backdrop for lots of pillows (a boho must!) and also a great price on sale for 539.99! Check out the links below to get this look!

Boho Glam Living Room

1. rug 2. chair 3. faux fiddle leaf fig 4. pillow 5. pillow 6. pillow 7. sofa 8. belly basket 9. pinnacle 10. skull 11. tray 12. lamp 13. planter 14. coffee table

What do you guys think? Do you like to mix different design styles or stick to one? Tell me in the comments below!

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Statement Rugs For Every Budget

Statement rugs are great for living rooms, bedrooms, nurseries, kitchens etc. Pretty much any room! They also can be incorporated into so many different designs from modern farm house to bohemian chic. Check out these bold colorful vintage inspired rugs and find one in your budget!  #vintagerugs #bohodecor #modernfarmhouse #statementrugs #brightrugs #bohointeriors #bohemian #newtraditional #nurseryrugs #affordablerugs #affordabledecor
A good bold rug can go so far in any room. They really do add instant style. Right now I am loving all white rooms with a bright bold statement rug. I’m also loving statement rugs in nurseries, they are so fun and can grow with the child for a long time. They also make amazing kitchen runners. Click below to get this look for your home!

1. chroma over dyed rug – j.c. penny 113.99

Who doesn’t love a bright pink rug with a vintage pattern? This rug could be used in so many spaces but I think a girls room or a bright white bedroom would be just lovely! The price point is great too.

2. phoenix rug – lulu & georgia 695

This rug is all my boho dreams come true. The colors are so dreamy.

3. empress rug – lulu & georgia 695

This emerald green and blue vintage pattern is stunning.

4. turquoise over dyed rug – houzz 188.61

Another great over dyed rug with a beautiful bold color and washed out vintage pattern at a great price.

5. antoinette rug – lulu & georgia 695

So great in a nursery or a feminine boho living room or bedroom! I am absolutely loving light and faded blues and pinks right now.

6. aylla printed chenille rug – urban outfitters 189

Urban outfitters is SUCH a good source for reasonably priced rugs and other home items too. The pink is a great shade and I love the tassled edges.

7. balanced rug – anthropologie 398

The texture in this rug mixed with the gorgeous navy color make this the perfect statement rug.

8. adana rug – lulu & georgia 725

I am so obsessed with this rug! The colors are something you definitely don’t see everywhere and the bold pattern makes such a statement.

9. Emmie Rae Rug – lulu & georgia 386 (on sale)

This rug is perfect for a nursery and can definitely grow with the child or make a beautiful addition to any room in your home.

What are you guys loving right now? Do you like bold colorful rugs or prefer a more neutral look? Let me know in the comments below!

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Easy and Delicious Three Ingredient Herbed Cream Corn

When I first started this blog I was on the fence about having to many topics. I really wanted to focus on interior design and diy because that’s my passion and my background but I also LOVE cooking and have collected, tweaked and created so many good recipes over the years that I really wanted to share them as well. I promise to only share my very favorite recipes!

I love super simple recipes that take a regular everyday dish and kick it up a notch without much effort. This three ingredient herbed cream corn does just that.

It’s as easy as sauteing (is that a word?!) your corn in a little butter then adding in some herbed cream cheese at the very end. So simple but so good. My husband literally devours it. I make it with frozen corn in the winter but in the summer it is excellent with fresh corn cut off the cob.

Ingredients

2 tbsps butter

1 bag of frozen corn

3-4 ounces herbed cream cheese (the brand I use is a 6.5 ounce tub and most other cream cheese tubs are 8 ounces so just use half the tub it doesn’t have to perfect!)

Note: the cream cheese may not say herbed. It night say garlic and herbs or something along those lines. The brand I use is aoulette and the flavor is garlic and herbs. This particular one is usually found in the “fancy cheese section” of the store, as I like to call it. You should be able to find other flavored cream cheeses in the regular cheese section too.

Like I said the recipe is super simple. Just start with throwing your butter in the pan and letting it heat up

Next add your corn and saute until cooked. I usually cook it about 10 minutes on medium high heat.

Turn off your burner and add your cream cheese and mix together.

It’s really just cook your corn and add in the cream cheese and your done! I usually serve this with a store made rotisserie chicken when I want a super easy but good meal but it could go with so many different dishes.

I hope you try this recipe and let me know what you think! What are some of your favorite ways to eat corn?

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easy herbed cream corn with only 3 ingredients! So good and so quick! Perfect easy side dish #easysides #siderecipes