QUICK AND EASY SPRING WREATH

Tuesday, April 11, 2017



There is nothing more inviting than a good wreath adorned on the front door of a home.  Maybe it came from my mother; I have always loved wreaths.  It is an easy way to fill in a boring space or get festive for a holiday.  I make it a point to always have a wreath on my front door (for the most part).  As I got older and braver, I began creating my own wreaths.  I would go to the store and say to myself, "I can do this!"  What's great about the DIY wreath is that you can add or subtract a flower, bow or anything else to make it perfect for YOU!  Here is a little tutorial on how I recently made a spring wreath just in time for my upcoming Easter brunch.

STEP 1:  PINTEREST
I begin every new project by hopping on Pinterest to see if I can find any inspiration that strikes my fancy.  This particular visit, I didn't find anything that spoke to me.

STEP 2:  BUY SUPPLIES
Then, I took a trip to Michaels to walk around the floral section and just started picking.  I made the prettiest spring bouquet I could within the sale section and ended up with what you see below.  Not too shabby!

STEP 3:  LET THE CREATIVE JUICES FLOW!
I stripped an old wreath that I no longer used to save some money, got out my glue gun and wire cutter and simply cut off pieces of foliage and stuck them in the vines of the wreath.  I began with a green base, added larger white flowers and then smaller lavender flowers.  I didn't even glue anything until I fastened the ribbon at the end!  See below to view the transformation:







STEP 4:  THE FINISHING TOUCHES
After all of my flowers were in place, I felt that the wreath needed something else to add some extra interest.  My mom had brought over some old burlap she no longer needed a while back and being the hoarder I am, I gladly took it off of her and stowed it in my cluttered basement with the rest of my treasures.  I found that old burlap the other day and decided to cut off a thick band to wrap around the wreath.




 

STEP 5:  PLAY!
Once I was satisfied with the finished product it was time to play!  It did eventually make it outside where I intended it to go, but not without first staring at it in my dining room for a couple of hours.




Happy Spring Friends!

Dining Room Reveal

Sunday, February 26, 2017


My dining room is finally done!   It is a mix of old and new pieces with dark gray walls and white built-in corner cabinets.   


My wall color is called Kendall Charcoal and it is by Benjamin Moore.  Above is a recent before and after.  Below is a before and after of the wall color.  I also redid the floors throughout the house, you can read more about my paint colors and the floor redo by clicking the "Erica's House" tab to the right.  


As you can see from the pictures above, I originally tried a smaller chandelier and a small oval table.  The table was from my old house and it just ended up looking lost in the dining room.   The vintage window also looked lost on that large gray wall. 

The room also needed a rug.  I bought this distressed looking white rug from Wayfair, you can check it out {HERE}.


I had curtains made from fabric I picked out at The Fabric Mill.  It is hard to see in the photo but the fabric is a heavy matelasse style.


I purchased a larger chandelier from Horchow.  I liked it because it has a distressed look to it.  You can check out the chandelier (HERE).


My dining room table and chairs are from ARHAUS.  The runner is from Pottery Barn.


The bread bowl was a vintage find from the Country Living Fair.   If you have not attended a Country Living Fair you need to find one near you! So much fun.

The shelf below is actually architectural salvage.  I found it at an antique fair.  I accented the shelf with a faux wreath and some milk glass.


I collect milk glass.  Most of my collection, I inherited from my Grandmother.  I like to think that she is happy seeing some of her possessions so proudly displayed. 


The huge mirror below used to be gold! I purchased it from Vicki's Vintage through a local Facebook group called Vintage Chic.  Vicki, chalk painted the mirror for me and lightly distressed it.  I love the way it fills the whole wall.  The column in the corner is another piece of architectural salvage.  I purchased it at the Sagtikos Manor Antique Show.


The old house poem was a custom Etsy order from House of Belonging.  If you end up ordering from them, please tell them I sent you their way.  They were a pleasure to work with and the quality is amazing.


The vintage arched window below was moved above a vintage dresser that I converted to a buffet.  I simply took off the mirror.  The candle sticks below are from Decor Steals.  The white pitchers are from Target, click (HERE) to check out the large white one.   It is perfect for flowers and so affordable.



I hope you enjoyed my dining room reveal.  Feel free to comment with any questions.  Please, note that this post contains some affiliate links.  


A Fresh Start To 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017


There is nothing like a new year!  The slate is wiped clean and all of the projects that you ever wanted to accomplish, personally, professionally or in my case, around the house, all of a sudden seem possible again!  Even though I always have my house on my mind and am on a endless search for new, cool ideas, designs, and decor, I must also admit that I can be a big procrastinator.  This is certainly one resolution that I have made previously that did not get resolved!  

With resolutions in mind, I do actually write down my resolutions each year.  I look back at them from time to time, and I strongly feel that by writing them down, things have a better chance of getting accomplished.  I stumbled across a super-cute printable by Live Laugh Rowe a couple years back that I have been using to record all that I would like to see happen for myself in the upcoming year which you can find [here]. 

Printable By Live Laugh Rowe

Of course every year I always look to be healthier, spend more quality time with my family and those sort of givens, but when it comes to my home, my one biggest hope for 2017 is to SIMPLIFY.  I have been reading a lot lately about how to get more out of life with less and I am captivated by the idea.  [Here] is a great post from blog, Clean and Scentsible about how to keep clutter away.  I do feel like all of the stuff I have is weighing me down and taking up precious life time (and the fact that I am somewhat of a hoarder is certainly part of the problem).  So my hope is to purge, organize, buy more with purpose, while still enjoying all the things I love. 

Speaking of love, I am currently swooning over the South Seas Side Cart from Serena and Lily that was posted on Instagram by @nestingwithgrace so much that I might just have to splurge!  If you become a member of Serena and Lily's email list, they send you a 15% promo code in case you are interested.  Would this be breaking my resolution already?  

  Serena and Lily South Seas Side Cart/Photo Credit: @nestingwithgrace

So as I go back to filling in my new planner for 2017 as shown in the top pic, I feel excited and hopeful for all the good things to come.  To all of our Old House Charm readers out there, enjoy this fresh start and may the new year bring you every opportunity to check something off of your list (I so do love lists).



Closet Room Reveal

Saturday, September 17, 2016


My closet room is finally done!  I converted a small spare bedroom in my house into a closet room using Ballard Design's Sarah Closet System pieces in the rubbed white color.  I accented with an antique oak cabinet and more.  I feel so organized now!  

Let me start by letting you all know that I am single and I don't have any children, therefore I can use a spare bedroom as a closet room.  I would love to trade it in for a family but I am not about to waste a perfectly good room on a "what if someday..."  Hey, if that happens the pieces in this room are all mobile.  In reality though, I would probably rather put an extension on my house than give up this luxury!    

When I lived in my smaller house, I had a closet room that I had made using the IKEA PAX system.  It was cheap and provided a ton of storage.  The problem was that my father hated putting it together for me.  It was not easy to put together and the particleboard was very heavy.  Then when I went to move, the movers told me it would cost a lot of money to disassemble it and then reassemble it.  They also doubted it would hold up enough to be reassembled.  So, I left my closet room for my tenant...she is thrilled with it and made it into a closet room/office.   For this new closet room, I wanted something easy to put up and not permanent.  I saw Ballard's Sarah Closet System and waited for a sale and then bought away.   I opted for the curbside delivery...so that meant I had to help my dad and brothers get these monsters up stairs.  Next time, I won't be so cheap.  

Here are some photos, feel free to pin!


Sources:
  1.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
  2. Light - Joss and Main , here is a similiar one from Wayfair
  3. Jewelry Box - Hidden Treasures Found in Sayville, NY
  4. Rug - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Target and one from Wayfair
  5. Ottoman - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Wayfair
  6. Everlasting Grace Quote - Etsy {House of Belonging}


Sources:
  1.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
  2. Light - Joss and Main , here is a similiar one from Wayfair
  3. Rug - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Target and one from Wayfair
  4. Ottoman - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Wayfair

Sources
  1.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
  2. Light - Joss and Main , here is a similiar one from Wayfair
  3. Rug - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Target and one from Wayfair
  4. Ottoman - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Wayfair

Sources
  1.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
  2. Light - Joss and Main , here is a similiar one from Wayfair
  3. Rug - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Target and one from Wayfair
  4. Ottoman - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Wayfair
  5.  Dog - Sophie my Havanese. Sophie, won't let me go anywhere in the house alone.

Sources:
  1.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
  2. Jewelry Box - Hidden Treasures Found in Sayville, NY
  3. Everlasting Grace Quote - Etsy {House of Belonging}

Sources:
  1.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
  2. Jewelry Box - Hidden Treasures Found in Sayville, NY

Sources:
  1.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
  2. Mirror - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Wayfair
  3. Jewelry Box - Hidden Treasures Found in Sayville, NY
  4. Rug - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Target and one from Wayfair
  5. Ottoman - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Wayfair
  6. Everlasting Grace Quote - Etsy {House of Belonging}
  7. Dog - Sophie, My Havanese


The fabulous thing about a closet room is that you can leave a steamer out in the room.  If you don't own a steamer, you are so missing out...LIFE CHANGING!
Sources:
  1. Steamer - Amazon
  2.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
  3. Light - Joss and Main , here is a similiar one from Wayfair
  4. Jewelry Box - Hidden Treasures Found in Sayville, NY
  5. Rug - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Target and one from Wayfair
  6. Ottoman - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Wayfair
  7. Everlasting Grace Quote - Etsy {House of Belonging}


I started sharing some of my outfits through my teaching blog.  You can check out my TEACHER STYLE section {HERE} or follow my style account on Instagram {HERE}.


 The beautiful armoire above was only $50 through a facebook buy and sell group.  I just love it!! It came with shelves in it, so I made it into a shoe closet.

Sources:


    1. Armoire - Antique from a FB buy and sell group
    2.  Closet System - Ballard Designs
    3. Rug - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Target and one from Wayfair
    4. Ottoman - Homegoods, here is a similar one from Wayfair


    I like shoes and clothes and online shopping...can you tell?  I don't know where I would put it all without a closet room! 

    I hope you enjoyed my closet room reveal. The next project for me is my dining room. 

    Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links.






    MASONRY MADNESS!

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016


    My house didn't always look like this.  In fact, it has been years of blood, sweat, tears and of course MONEY to get to where we are today.  Still, when I first set eyes on my house back in 2009, I swear I saw the house you see today.  Fortunately, my naive self saw the potential and not the work!  

    We have been through many major projects.  Roof, windows, stucco, kitchen, it's been a long journey.  Recently, we took on one of the biggest projects to date:  MASONRY!  From the moment we moved in, our masonry was in great disrepair.  We would regularly apologize to our mailman for the obstacle course he had to endure for so many years.  Finally, this year we could fiscally go forward with repaving our driveway, installing two new stoops and pave three walkways.  YIKES!  We had no idea all the decisions that needed to be made along the way. 

    The first step was DEMO!  Due to the length of our driveway and having all of our walkways and stoops done at once, we felt as if half of our property was destroyed.  With the removal of our old concrete, brick and pavers came damage to our lawn and in-ground sprinklers.  This was not something we had forecasted.  Once the demo was complete we were left with dirt everywhere, especially in our house!  Hello vacuum!     


    We had to have our columns temporarily removed in the front of our house so that they could work on rebuilding our front stoop.  What a scary sight!


    Then, the driveway pavers were laid since the dirt in our driveway needed time to settle (three weeks to be exact).  We chose a jumbo belgium block at the recommendation of the company.  


    Next, our apron was completed using the same jumbo pavers.  We had to make a decision as to how many feet we wanted our apron to be.  I honestly had no idea what to say!


    Then, it was time to draw out guidelines for the stoops and walkways.  Our head mason was very patient and great to work with!  These are very permanent decisions, so you need to work with a company that is willing to listen and explain the process.


    Then, the head mason and I were off to the masonry yard where I needed to choose my brick and bluestone for the stoops and walkways.  Who knew there were so many brick choices!  Again, I was not prepared for this task.  It's a good thing I had my camera phone in hand and Pinterest at home.  You may be surprised with my decision of using the 51 DDX listed below.  In trying to keep with the style that was previously there, the 51 DDX actually was the closest choice.  They don't look all that appealing here, however in pictures, the finished project was beautiful!  I also stalked many houses in the neighborhood!  


    We had so much rain to contend with during the process of having the brick and bluestone installed...MARCH!  I couldn't believe the artistry that goes into this job!  I was amazed by the entire process which leads me to stress researching to find a quality mason!  


    Then finally, three weeks later, our blacktop was laid!  What a life changing event!  See below to see our shocking transformation!

    THE DRIVEWAY



    THE BACK ENTRY

    THE SIDE ENTRY

    THE MAIN ENTRY


    Once again, I am glad that we are all finished with our masonry work and although it was quite stressful at times, the end result makes it all well worth it!  By the way, a month after we finished, my mailman retired!