Faux Flower Arranging Tips & Tricks

I’ve been lucky enough this summer to have fresh flowers from the garden readily available, but with fall around the corner I’m starting to think about faux florals.

I recently received some flowers from silkplantsdirect.com that I have been loving! They are very real looking with really pretty thin petals. They have tons of movement to them with LOTS of pretty layers making them appear even more realistic. The color on these is gorgeous as well!

Some tips for working with faux florals:

1. Purchase decent flowers!

A good thing to look for is thin petals. Real flowers have thin petals. Thin petals give faux flowers movement and make them appear more realistic.

2. Use an opaque vase.

Using a clear glass vase that shows the faux flower’s stems is a dead give away in my opinion. Especially when you add in the jelly water. What is that even called!? It always starts out looking good but over time it starts looking weird especially if dust hits it. I like to stick with opaque vases so I don’t even have to worry about it!

4. Show as little stem as possible.

Speaking of stems, I like to cut the stems down to where the flower is just popping out of the vase and little to no stem is showing.

5. Keep it full!

Fill out your vase as much as possible. I used all peonies in this example or you can also use a mix of different flowers for a full look. Adding in greenery is a great way to get a full look without spending to much.

Faux flowers might seem more costly in the beginning but if you buy good flowers and take good care of them they will last you!

Silk Flowers were provided by CSI Soundcore. All opinions are my own.

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Tips and tricks for arranging faux flowers to look real!

4 budget fabric sources

I feel like I’m constantly buying fabric for different projects. Between reupholstering dining chairs, making DIY artwork and multiple other projects it seems I’m always needing fabric for something. Buying fabric traditionally can sometimes add up so I wanted to share some sources for inexpensive fabric.

1. Savers/Goodwill

If you have a Savers near you this is my number one recommendation for finding inexpensive fabric. If you go into the back of your store, depending on how your store is set up, you will find an entire section full of tablecloths, curtains, sheets etc.

All of these different types of textiles can be used as fabric for your project. They even have a section for loose fabric which is usually labeled as the “material” section.

The chair below was reupholstered with fabric from savers. I believe this particular fabric that I used was in the material section but there was also a lot of good options in this color, the day I went, in the sheets section.

Goodwill also has a lot of different sheets, curtains etc. My local Goodwill keeps them in a big bin which can sometimes be hard to sort through (especially if you bring a two year old with you who thinks said bin is a ball pit to jump in) but it’s still a great option especially if you don’t have a savers close by!

2. Flea markets & garage sales

I always look for fabric when I’m at flea markets and garage sales. The fabric in the frame below was some I found at a flea market for less than a buck! You can also look for sheets, curtains etc. there like at savers and goodwill.

3. Craigslist

Recently when I was browsing Craigslist I came across an upholstery business that was getting rid of all of their fabric free! You can just search fabric, curtains, etc and see what you find!

4. Homegoods / tjmaxx

Homegoods doesn’t sell fabric (at least mine doesn’t) but they do sell designer sheets, tablecloths, curtains etc. that you can use at a fraction of the cost of buying fabric! I’ve used shower curtains from Homegoods to extend window drapes and sheets to reupholster chairs! Everything is awesome quality too! I’ve listed some examples below!

Love this blue and white striped shower curtain for 19.99!

Pretty blush sheets here

Love the pineapple print on these

I hope you all are able to find beautiful fabric at awesome prices! Happy hunting!

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Find cheap fabric and save money on your next diy at these 4 places

Find cheap fabric and save money on your next diy at these 4 places

diy anthropologie inspired artwork

I absolutely love browsing Anthropologie’s art section online when I’m needing inspiration. Every single piece is absolutely incredibly beautiful! They’re also very expensive which is why I thought I’d try to do some diy Anthropologie inspired artwork.

The piece of artwork I chose to recreate is this ha-ha-ha-ha piece that is $278 and sold out!

I already had a thin gold frame pretty much identical to the anthropologie one so it worked out perfectly!

I started by taking the piece of thick paper that was behind the art work in my frame out and painting it a bright white with just basic white paint. Any kind of acrylic craft paint will work for this. If your frame doesn’t have an extra piece of thick cardstock type paper you can buy some poster board paper at a craft store and paint the matte side with a thin coat of white paint. I definitely suggest painting it because it gives you some freedom to where if you make a mistake, you can paint right over it. However, you really don’t want to do a thick coat of paint because it could curl. Just a thin coat will do!

After your done painting your white background its time to start writing your words! You could go with any phrase that makes sense being repeated or just go with the ha-ha-ha phrase like the Anthropology piece. I chose to go with “i love you so so so much” because its something I say all the time.

Once you choose your phrase you can start to write. Just start writing and dont worry about having perfectly neat typography. You can also practice on a seperate piece of paper which I did do. If you look at the Anthropology piece the writing is not perfect and a little bit of imperfection gives it character!

I chose to write in cursive because I like the way it looks but you can choose whatever – print, cursive, all caps, all lower case, whatever! Using all caps and print will give you the closest look to the Anthropology artwork.

I used an inexpensive small fine tip paint brush for my writing.

If you make a mistake while writing just use some of your white paint you used for the background to paint over the mistake, let dry, and try again. But again, don’t worry to much about perfection. The fun and appeal of this artwork is in the somewhat messy handwriting! I chose to leave a lot of white space because I liked the look of it but if you want yours to look most like the Anthropology piece you will want to leave less space in between your lines of words.

The key to getting the look of the Anthropology piece is the blush pink paint for the writing and the thin gold frame. You can find blush pink paint at any craft store.

Cameo blush is a great color by folkart that can be found at most craft stores or online at hobby lobby here.

As far as the frame goes, this one was thrifted, but you should be able to find something similar fairly easily! Some good affordable options are this one and this one.

here’s how mine came out :

I think this would be so perfect in a nursery or really anywhere!

It was so easy to do and I love the way it turned out!

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Super easy DIY Anthropologie inspired artwork! Perfect for a nursery, bedroom, living room or wherever! This is an incredibly easy, inexpensive and quick DIY that adds a lot of impact and style. #diyartwork #anthropologyinspired #diyhomedecor

Super easy DIY Anthropologie inspired artwork! Perfect for a nursery, bedroom, living room or wherever! This is an incredibly easy, inexpensive and quick DIY that adds a lot of impact and style. #diyartwork #anthropologyinspired #diyhomedecor

How to Update Old Frames

Thrifted frames are one of my absolute favorite ways to save on home decor. Frames are very easy to find at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales or in my example for this post, free on the side of the road!

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When I’m looking for frames while thrifting I try to find frames with mats because I love the way a mat looks and also find them to generally be of better quality.

Updating them is very simple. Just sand and paint the frame (or don’t sand if using chalk paint or the surface isn’t glossy) and also paint the mat. Painting the mat is key!

Generally speaking you will also most likely want to change the artwork too, unless of course you found something you like!

This is such a simple, easy and cost effective diy. Frames and mats can really add up, especially when doing bigger pieces or gallery walls. Older wooden frames tend to be better quality than a lot of the frames out there today too!

In the example below I just used an old shirt I didn’t wear anymore (also done in this blog post) as the artwork but you can get creative and use whatever you’d like. Soon I will be writing a post about easy diy art so be on the lookout for that!

What are some of your favorite thrifted items ? Tell me in the comments below!

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Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

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Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

Nightstand Styling Formula That Works Everytime!

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

As much as I absolutely love the bigger parts of creating a room, like furniture shopping and placement or window drapes my absolute favorite part of decorating is styling the little details! Good styling is really very easy and makes SUCH a difference in a space. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Check out my top 10 small home decor items to find while thrifting here! You’ll see a lot of these items in this post too.

At the end of this post I’ll go over a nightstand styling formula that generally works every time!

But first here are some easy, basic styling tips to get you started :

The Rule of Three

The rule of three basically just means that things grouped in an odd number are more visually appealing. I pretty much use this rule 90 percent of the time when styling my own space. I especially love furniture placements that are symmetrical and this rule helps break up all the symmetry too.

Keep Collections Together

If you have a certain collection of things it’s generally best to keep them together in a space instead of in all different places in a room.

Layers and Variations

Layers are key to a well styled space and when it comes to your side tables and night stands you really want to add varying heights for visual interest.

Play With Shapes and Textures

Another way to add visual interest is to play with shapes and textures. Adding a soft throw and a wicker basket can often times go along way in a space. I love to play with shapes too. For example if I have a round lamp I like to layer it with a stack of books which are obviously rectangular shaped. Or even just a round vase on a stack of books is an easy simple thing to add to your side table for instant style. You can keep this in mind for furniture as well. If you have a lot of squares in your room for example wainscoting and a sofa with clean straight lines you could break all the squares and rectangles up with a round coffee table.

OK so we went over some basic tips and tricks but I also want to leave you with a styling formula for your nightstand!

LAMP OR LARGER VASE + FRAMED ART + STACK OF BOOKS OR TRAY

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Start with a lamp or medium/ large vase then add in some framed art either hung up or just lean it up against the wall like I did here. Next add in a tray or stack of books. A tray or stack of books add layers and give off a polished styled vibe. Trays are great for keeping clutter at bay as well. Add whatever you find beautiful in the tray or whatever you like to keep handy. Here I just put some jewelry storage, some crystals and a vase for fresh flowers. You could put a candle and some matches in a jar, store your makeup brushes in a cute vase or whatever you like!

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

Fresh flowers or greenery make a huge difference in a space and are great to add in when having guests or when you just want something extra special for yourself! This time of year you can literally just go outside, clip some greenery and bring it in! These are just geraniums from my flower bed. I’ve never used geraniums as a cut flower but it was all I had on hand and I really liked the way they look in a vase!

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Styling your home does NOT have to be expensive either. The books pictured here are my sons old board books painted and the tray is a Melissa and Doug tray (the ones the toys come in) that I also painted.

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I hope these tips and tricks help you style your home! What are some things you like to display in your home? tell me in the comments below!

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Repurposing Old Clothes Into Artwork

If you guys are anything like me you have bins full of old clothes waiting to be brought to good will. Or if your even more like me you’ve had bags of clothes in the trunk of your car for the past month that you keep forgetting to drop off to goodwill.

Before I had my son I absolutely LOVED clothes shopping and have collected alot of pieces with pretty prints that I have trouble letting go of because I truly love them. I happily give away clothes all the time there’s just those few pieces I can never seem to part with.

The fact of the matter however is that these clothes just don’t fit my post baby body and probably won’t again (which I’m not mad about.) Because I do love the prints and textures on them I decided to frame some of my favorites and wanted to share a little tutorial with you here. I plan on doing this again later on a larger scale with my wedding dress.

I love this idea because it adds beautiful pattern and texture and can be mixed up in so many different ways to fit so many different styles. I’ll get into some more ideas later on in this post!

I chose this shirt because I love the color and the texture. It also had a pretty large hole in it so I wouldn’t be able to donate it regardless.

I grabbed a frame I already had that had a thick white mat. I definitely think a mat pulls this look together and make it look a little more “done.”

Next I just positioned the mat in a couple different places on the shirt to see where I wanted it in the frame.

Then I just cut a wide area around the area that would be showing in the frame. I cut the area wide so that I gave myself room for error and to make it easier to adjust when I put it in the frame.

Next I just popped everything in the frame and adjusted it until it looked like it was in the right position. This part took a little trial and error but it wasn’t bad at all.

Secure your frame and your done!

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This could be worked into so many different decor styles. It would be really cool to group a bunch of these with coordinating patterns and colors on a gallery wall. Or use old band tees grouped with some prints. Or do a large scale piece of art with a dress or larger article of clothing.

Do you guys have any clothes you can’t wear but can’t seem to part with? Let me know in the comments below!

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diy porch makeover on a BUDGET!

I’m finally starting to feel good about our outdoor spaces at our new house. I just finished my diy porch makeover on a literal shoe string budget.

I forgot to get a before picture of the whole porch but did get one of the chairs.

Before :

And after :

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

I would say our budget for this was about 30 dollars. 20 on spray paint and about 10 on flowers.

I bought 3 different types of spray paint to try out for this project:

Rustoleum painters touch x2 cover flat white

Rustoleum Chalked in linen white

And Krylon paint and primer in white

HANDS DOWN BEST ONE was rustoleum x2 cover in flat. The chalk paint wasn’t bad but the coverage of the x2 flat white was the best and still had a super matte finish.

I wanted a matte finish because I thought it would lessen the plastic look of these. So far they are washing off fine with the hose but I am still going to put a matte protective coat on them soon. Just need to touch up a few places first and spray the bottoms.

To paint these I literally just gave them a good hose down and hit some dirtier spots with a sponge then got to spraying. The rustoleum x2 paint stuck really good to the plastic. I just went back and forth with slow steady strokes and let dry for probably about a half hr or so between coats. I probably ended up with about 3 or 4 coats. I did the same thing to my son’s set too. His is just your basic little tikes set I feel like everyone has!

Before :

And after :

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

I had this little terra cotta pot that I had primed to paint for an activity I was making for my son a while back but never finished and I just threw a small little hosta I had in it. There was a huge patch of hostas growing in an overgrown area of our yard which I used for a ton of landscaping projects.

The previous owner had left the chairs here so they were free. I find these plastic type of adirondack chairs are very accessible on a budget and you can find them at garage sales a lot. If your wanting to get this kind of look without the diy I’ll list some nice budget friendly ones here, here and here.

All of the planters are things I shopped my home for which you can read more about here.

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

I also gave our porch a good quick clean using this product called bon ami. It took off a lot of stains and made a big difference with not a lot of effort. It’s a light abrasive almost like an exfoliater for your skin but for cleaning instead. I use it allover our house and love it. Plus it’s all natural. You can see how dirty our porch was in this pic a little. Eventually I will power wash it or paint but this was great for now.

The grey table I already had inside. A lot of times you hear about bringing the outdoors in when designing a space but I think bringing the indoors out can do alot for a space too! Just make sure you give it a good protective coat if it’s going to be exposed to the elements. I also only paid about 5 dollars for the table. Our porch is covered so I wasn’t to concerned about it.

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

I feel so relieved now that this project is “done.” There’s alot that still needs to be done in this area but we are going to wait on it for now and I feel like with this mini makeover we can still enjoy the space!

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

What kind of outdoor projects are you working on? Tell me in the comments below

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Spray painting your plastic outdoor chairs is a great way to update your porch or patio this summer. It's an easy outdoor DIY that anyone can do! #outdoorliving #farmhouseporch

Spray painting your plastic outdoor chairs is a great way to update your porch or patio this summer. It's an easy outdoor DIY that anyone can do! #outdoorliving #farmhouseporch

Diy porch makeover using spray paint to redo plastic Adirondack chairs. Diy porch decor on a budget. Perfect summer diy project. #porchdecor #outdoordiy #diydecor

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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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Easy DIY planters

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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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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