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Love Your Home

Recently I was chatting with Taylor at Porch.com and she asked me to share about my “happy place” at home. This sounded like too much fun to pass up, so here I am! Have you heard of Porch.com? Porch is a home network that allows you to find the right professionals, get inspired, and manage your home….for free! 

 A little over 5 years ago, we bought our first house. We discussed living here for about 5-10 years until there were a few little feet running across these floors and we were feeling cramped. Then we were going to move on to something bigger and better. Now I’m trying to find ways to stay here forever. We’ve turned this little blank slate of a house into our home.

They key to having a home that we love and never want to leave has been this : only have things that we absolutely love, mean something special to us, and make our way of life more enjoyable. That means we ignore the lists online that tell us whether our home and belongings are on or off trend. If we love it, it stays. That also means we work to make sure our home is a sanctuary, for us and those who cross our threshold. We love to have friends and family over and to host parties and get-togethers. We want everyone to feel comfortable and at home! 

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One of my absolute favorite corners in our home checks off all 3 items on our “how to love our home” list. That corner is the coffee bar!  This little space in my kitchen is my happy place. If you’ve been here long enough, you’ve learned of my obsession with coffee. I’ve even got a steaming cup of joe smack dab in the middle of my logo. It’s not so much the life giving nectar that this coffee bar provides that makes it my happy place. Although, that is a nice bonus! This little corner provides much more than a jolt of caffeine. 

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Many special and important conversations have been had over a cup of coffee brewed in this very spot. It has been an essential part to our at-home date nights and late night visits with family and friends. When we hit a mental road block with our adoption paper work, we poured two cups and got to work together to finish that stack. We have done the same while celebrating immense joys with our friends like weddings and babies; and deep sorrows like the loss of loved ones. 

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We have been lucky enough to inherit a few special things from loved ones that we have incorporated throughout our home decor. Our coffee corner is no exception! The cabinet was actually my great-grandmother’s china cabinet. It was a bit beat up and didn’t quite fit the look of our home, so I spruced it up a bit. The cabinet holds a few special items given to me by my grandma. My favorite is the beautiful sea foam green tea set. It belonged to her grandmother. She and a few of her friends bought matching sets and took turns hosting each other each week for tea. These things are sweet reminders of special people, and just part of making this house feel like home. 

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 This little space is just one of the ways we’ve made our home so special! 

Now, I want to see your happy place in your home! Post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with #loveyourhome ! 

{you can read more about our coffee bar and find sources here}

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Neutral Fall Table

The official first day of Autumn is next Tuesday! We got a little sneak peek of the weather to come this past weekend. I am so looking forward to it! The fall seems to always be a busy season for us; especially this year. The programs and groups we are a part of relaunch in the fall, there are a lot of birthdays, holidays to plan for…there is just a lot going on! I think it is so important to be intentional about slowing down and carving out time for quiet or to be with people you love. 

I can think of no better way of doing that than to gather around the table and “break bread” with your loved ones. A little warm comfort food and a pretty fall table never hurt anyone, right? ;)

Neutral Fall Table

This year’s fall table is a modern take on the lodge look, with warm neutrals, textures, patterns and layers. It has a cozy feel that can only be made better by a bowl of butternut squash soup. Yes please!

The first layer is my drop cloth table runner that I made for last year’s fall table. I’ve kept it on ever since. It’s a perfect neutral background for any centerpiece with just a hint of texture. My antler candelabra steals the show and sets the stage for a “modern lodge” look. You can find the tutorial for these here {Spoiler alert! They’re crazy easy to make!}. 

Neutral Fall Table

Vintage cloth napkins with a crocheted edge and brown transferware plates sit on top of our every day dishes. I love the contrast of the vintage elements against the more modern bronze-edged plates. 

Neutral Fall Table

On top of each place setting sits a couple of sprigs of rosemary, clipped from the garden and tied together with baker’s twine. It adds a natural element, more texture, and it smells great! :)

Neutral Fall Table

Neutral Fall Table

Neutral Fall Table

It’s simple, but warm and inviting. What will be on your table this fall?

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DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space


Y’all. I can’t stop making stuff. People ask me sometimes how I have time to do all of these different projects, and the truth is I just can’t quit. I love makin’! #cantstopwontstop

So, of course, when my sister and brother-in-law moved into a new house, I started desperately trying to find out what I can make for their new digs. I try to at least be practical in my making. I’m not about creating an abstract sculpture that they have to pull out of the closet whenever I come over. I wanted to actually make something that would be useful to them. 

Their front door opens right up into their living room, so they don’t really have the space for a full on entry way. The coat hanger I made for our own small entry space has served us really well. It is so nice to have a place to keep bags, coats, and the dog leash. So! I decided to make them one too! 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

These coat hangers are actually really easy and affordable to make. You can customize them for any space! Our coat hanger is about 4 feet wide. The wall space near the door in my sister’s home is minimal, so I went with a 2 foot poplar board {about $2 at your local home improvement store}. 

 These coat hangers are actually really easy and affordable to make. You can customize them for any space! Our coat hanger is about 4 feet wide. The wall space near the door in my sister’s home is minimal, so I went with a 2 foot poplar board {about $2 at your local home improvement store}.

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceYou will also need wood stain, drawer pulls or knobs {these are from Hobby Lobby, but World Market and Anthropologie also have an awesome selection!}, and a Dremel Mirco 8050.  This tool is so handy. It’s light weight, cordless, super precise and easy to use. It’s definitely not just for “power tool people”.   It is the only tool I used or really needed to complete this project. {You can get your own on Amazon for just $89}.

You will also want to grab a pencil and tape measure. Your first step is to measure and mark where you want the knobs to be, and then drill the holes. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceThe knobs I bought are long screws with nuts that you tighten to secure. Once the coat hanger was done, I cut the excess screw off. I still needed to carve a bit of the wood out for the nut so that the board would sit flush against the wall. I found a carving accessory from a Dremel rotary tool I’ve had for a few years and stuck it on my Dremel Micro 8050. I flipped the board over and carved a space around the hole until I could snugly fit the nut inside. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceNext, I took a sanding tool to smooth out the edges and corners of the board a bit. This makes it look a bit vintage and not like a brand new piece of wood. If you’re going for a more distressed look, you can beat up the board some to make it look older and worn. {Isn’t that LED light fabulous? Every tool should have a light to help my again eyes see what I’m doing!}. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceOnce the board is ready to go, stain the wood in the color of your choice and allow it to dry. For this coat hanger, I used Dark Walnut by Minwax. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceOnce the stain is dry, all that is left to do is put in the knobs and cut off the excess screw. It’s much easier than it sounds! It was really easy to slice the screw off with the cutting blade. I turned the Dremel Micro 8050 up to the highest level of power and the screws fell off in seconds. Just be sure to wear your safety gear! Sparks will fly. :) 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceNow you are ready to hang your new coat hanger! Simply screw the board into the studs {Or use wall anchors to secure. Make sure they can sustain a good amount of weight}. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceI think the hanger looks great in my sister’s new living room! It’s the perfect space-saving-catch-all for purses, work bags, coats, and leashes! 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceEven Milo, my nephew-pup, approves! Just look at that smile! :)

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DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

 

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