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.

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.

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!

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:

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.


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).