Calling all Joanna Gaines wanna be’s… are you dying for the look of shiplap, but not ready to commit to the real thing? Do you currently live in a rental where you can make any changes to your living space? Or maybe you don’t have access to an arsenal of power tools at your disposal. For me, I’m the queen of indecisiveness so it’s hard for me to make a big time commitment to any design trend. The thought of destroying a whole wall of drywall for something I might not like in the future makes me a little leary.
My IG buddy Amanda @houseoncanal has this AMAZING shiplap wall in her home. When I asked her about it, she told me it wasn’t even real, and I couldn’t believe it! It was peel and stick wallpaper! After that, I was sold. I knew this DIY project wouldn’t be easy, but it would be well worth it to get the “Fixer Upper” look. Here’s how to apply shiplap wallpaper…
‘Tis the season to be jolly and ’tis the season to decorate! Seriously… who doesn’t love decorating their home for the holidays? There’s just something about a home filled with beautiful decorations that makes me feel like a kid again. The Christmas nostalgia is real!
I’m so excited to let y’all know that I’ve teamed up with a fabulous set of lady bloggers to bring you a Home for the Holidays Blog Hop. There’s so much beautiful holiday inspo going on in this group of gals. I hope that you’re able to gather a number of ideas for your Christmas decor. Also, be sure to pin and share your favorite ideas along the way! If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you can find a list of all the participating bloggers.
And now, welcome to The Holtz House: Holiday Edition…
Believe it or not, I actually started dreaming up my theme for this year’s Christmas decor this past summer. I know… it sounds totally crazy! But- summer flea markets are a great place to snag some awesome items to incorporate within your holiday decorating. When I stumbled upon this green tackle box pictured above, it served as my inspiration. This year, I decided to go with a traditional red and green theme with vintage touches. No sparkle and bling… just neutral colors and natural woods.
When I attended the Urban Farmgirl Main Street Market in September, I stumbled upon this gorgeous vintage sled and knew that it had to be mine. It was perfection once I added the ice skates and decorative Christmas swag. I originally wanted to add this to our front porch decor, but I liked it so much that I decided I would get to look at it a whole lot more indoors. 😉
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la, la-la-la-la! Christmas decorating season is officially here! This is seriously the most wonderful, magical time of year. I just LOVE decorating our home for the holidays. If I could pull it off, every single room in our house would be decorated. I’m not quite at that expert level yet… but maybe one day!
I was looking to incorporate more Christmas decor into our kitchen, and I loved the idea of tying wreaths onto all the backs of our chairs. Real boxwood wreaths can be a bit pricey, so for my fellow pals on a budget, this DIY project is just for you.
Here’s what you’ll need to create DIY Mini Christmas Wreaths…
- Wired Boxwood Garland – I purchased mine from Target Dollar Spot but here’s a similar option from Amazon
- Ribbon of your choice
Looking to get your home more organized? How about cleaner? Maybe even smell better? There’s something out there for that!
Do you ever purchase something new and think… “Where has this been all life?” Sometimes it can be something so simple, but it makes all the difference in your home. I’ve rounded up all of my favorites items that I’ve purchased over the last few years that have made an impact in The Holtz House.
Here are 11 life-changing products for your home…
1. Angry Mama – Microwave Oven Cleaner
Do you hate scrubbing the gunk inside the microwave as much as I do? Angry Mama is just what you need. Fill her up with vinegar and water, and throw her in the microwave for a few minutes. The steam pours out of her head, and suddenly it’s so much easier to clean off the food splatter.
2. DampRid Hanging Bag
Does your master closet connect directly to your master bathroom like mine? Even when I turn the fan in, it always seems so muggy and damp in our master closet after we get done taking a shower. I hate it! When I discovered DampRid, it was a total game changer for me. No more musty smell in the closet, and you can actually see the product working. The bag slowly fills with water, pulling it from the air. This product is the real deal. I even purchased the large bucket for our basement as well.
When I heard about Chip and Joanna’s new Target line, Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, it was with mixed feelings. I was absolutely stoked, because I’m completely obsessed with Target, Magnolia Market and of course, Fixer Upper. So what is there not to love? Well… for me, I was devastated to find out that the official launch of the line in stores and online is November 5, 2017. Unfortunately for me, I will be out of the country on vacation for that whole week. NOOOOO!!!
Thankfully, I have an amazing mama that loves a good hunt, and she’ll be standing in as my designated shopper. (She’s the one who deserves all the credit for helping me to build my entire Rae Dunn collection.) So I’ve scoured Target’s website and reviewed the whole Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia line so that I could narrow it down to my must-have items. This will be the wish list I’ll be providing to my mom to hit up our local Target store bright and early on Sunday, November 5.
Here’s everything you need from Chip and Jo’s New Target Line…
Artificial Lamb Ear and White Berry Wreath
Vase with Flower Frogger
Everyone has one. A plain, basic, full-length mirror that’s doing nothing for your home decor game. It’s time to step it up buttercup, and give this mirror a makeover. In this DIY post, I’ll show you how to build a rustic wooden mirror frame.
*** Tip: Make sure that when you purchase your boards that they are all the exact same width. Even though all three were labeled the same size, one was slightly smaller which made it more difficult later on for us. Also, be sure that all the boards lay flat to the ground and they aren’t warped at all.
1. The mirror I started with featured a thick, plastic frame. First, I removed the paper backing and then started to pull away the supporting pieces that were held in with staples. Once that was completed, I used the flip side of the hammer to hook on to the frame and carefully pull the frame off of the mirror. You must go super slow and be patient! If you break the mirror during this step, there’s no going back! It might also be a good idea to wear protective eye wear during this step. The pieces can pop and fly off.
A few weeks ago, I ran into my friend, Kari, at the Main Street Market hosted by Urban Farmgirl in Rockford. She had purchased a beautiful set of white, chippy spindles from Trove Vintage. We were chatting about all the fun ways she would be able to style them within her home. Then LIGHT BULB… it hit me! What a perfect idea for a blog post. In the hopes of providing some decor inspiration for your home, here are six ways to style spindles.
1. Place within a dough bowl or old toolbox.
If you’re looking for something to fill up a decorative bowl of any kind, you can add in your chippy paint spindles. You can keep it plain and simple or incorporate other filler as well.
With the chilly weather making an appearance this week, it’s beginning to feel a lot like FALL! I’ve been craving all things fall in my home from pumpkin decor, flannel blankets and yummy apple-scented candles. I just want my house to feel as warm and cozy as possible. One of my decor staples in our living room that makes the space feel extra comfy and welcoming has to be our area rug. If you’re on the hunt for a new rug, search no more! I’m sharing with you the 6 best farmhouse rugs on a budget.
1. allen + roth Briarwick Gray Rectangular Indoor Woven Rug from Lowe’s – Starting off the list with my official pick of the bunch (See my living room photo above). This rug is such a great steal for the price. It’s super soft, and very much on the plush side. It also comes in a number of different colors. I can tell you from my own personal experience that it doesn’t shed at all, and it vacuums really well. I will tell you that the cream color does have some flecks of light yellow string. But don’t let this freak you out… I actually love it because number one, it hides dirt. And number two, it creates a warm, creamy tone in the rug.
2. nuLOOM Geometric Moroccan Bead Pattern Grey/ White Rug from Overstock – I’m obsessed with the pattern on this rug. I feel like it’s so different than anything I’ve seen before yet versatile enough to work in almost any space. My friend recently purchased this rug for her bedroom, and it’s just as gorg in person. I will say that the rug isn’t a true white, definitely more of a cream color. Also, it’s slightly on the thin side so it might be worth investing in a rug pad for this one.
When my husband and I thought about building our first home together, we knew creating a relaxing farmhouse master suite would be an important aspect. We wanted to create a space that felt like a calming retreat away from the real world. We wanted it to be soft, yet sophisticated, and incorporate a few rustic elements elements to tie in the rest of our farmhouse decor. So come on in, I’d like to invite you on a grand tour of our farmhouse master suite.
Upon deciding that a one-story, ranch floor plan would be best for us, we also opted to have the master suite located on one side of the home, and then the additional bedrooms located on the other side. We felt like this would enable us to have some form of privacy down the road when we do start to have a family. Now, we may learn to hate this layout since it will require us to do a lot more walking back and forth later on. But then… YAY for getting those steps in!
Walking into our bedroom, you first see our queen bed split between two large windows. I love how this lets in so much natural light. Our windows open up to our backyard which backs up to cornfields.
I can feel a slight chill in the air, and it makes me so pumped because I know fall is just around the corner. Apple pickin’, pumpkin patches, PSLs and football tailgates… fall is just the best season out there! On top of all that, fall decor is just the best. Every year it seems like it gets earlier and earlier when we see the upcoming seasonal decor hitting the shelves. I know there are some haters out there… but I LOVE it. It gets me so excited!
I know it’s early… and maybe some of you don’t have fall on the brain quite yet, but it will be here before we know it. So I just wanted to throw a few ideas out there to get you thinking about how to transition your summer-styled home with fall decor…