Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Front Porch Updates {Before & After}

This past weekend was beautiful! I spent the whole weekend sprucing up the porch so we could do some serious front porch sittin this Spring!

I am really happy with how it turned out. It is amazing what a little pop of color can do. I found the colorful pillows and rug at Target. The pots were from various nurseries as well as Big Lots & Home Depot. The rest of the items I had around the house. I love re-purposing items from my house, it is like finding new items for zero cost!

The Sisal Pouf (found at Home Goods) was originally in the Hubs office, but it happens to move from room to room a lot. I love how it gives this vignette a little texture. (The kitty is an optional touch as well.)

Door is Calypso Blue..painted a couple years ago. You can see the before and after pics Here

You can check out my DIY Spring Wreath Here and Welcome Mat Here

Me and kitty have really been enjoying some front porch sittin!

So have you been outside getting ready for nicer weather or are you still stuck inside with cold temps and snow!? know I couldn't leave you without a couple before and after pictures. Thanks for hanging in there, it has been quite the picture overload today. My apologies! :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Treats #12 {Ideas and Inspiration from around the web}

Today I am preparing for visitors! I love when family and friends roll into town for a few days. So I am off cleaning and organizing before they get here late tonight. Do you have any tips or tricks that save time getting ready for guests? {I would love to hear...leave a message in the comments!}

I love when websites and blogs inspire me. I enjoy seeing fresh new ideas and this week's links don't disappoint people! Enjoy!

#1. Floral & Polka Dot Covered Eggs:
It is that time of year! Easter is this coming weekend. Do you usually dye Easter eggs? It use to be a fun tradition with my family, but I haven't gotten into it over the past few years. Kristen came up with this adorable idea....covering eggs with adorable flower paper by using a glue/water mixture while using a sharpie to create dalmatian dots on the opposite eggs. So creative I tell ya! Tutorial Here.

#2. New Bud Vases from Arrow & Sage:
I am sure most of you remember the talented Anna from Arrow & Sage. She did a giveaway a little while back. Well she is back at it again...creating the most amazing pottery for amazing prices! I love her new little Terra bud vases she has in the shop for only $22.00! And how about the pair of cylinder vases for $30.00! She is amazing that girl!

#3. 6th Street Design School: The Story of A Room
Kirsten from the blog 6th Street Design School is such a talented designer/decorator. She recently did a series where she told the story of how she goes about helping her clients design a room that they will love. You can start HERE and then go back to the beginning reading from day one to the final install. It is really an amazing transformation. You can see a couple of the final pictures below.

#4. Barbara Huber Designs: New Napa Valley Picnic Tote
Did you all know that my mother-in law is a talented sewer and designer? She designs patterns for Quilt Woman and her new Picnic Tote is amazing! How fun would this beauty be to take on summer picnics or to the beach? You can visit the rest of her patterns Here and check out her blog Here. She often has free patterns you can follow and such great sewing tips and tricks.

#5. Art By Michelle: Last Chance!!!
Don't forget that you can get 10% off any Art By Michelle custom house portrait or print through Thursday, April 17th!!! Use Code: EATSLEEPDECORATE at checkout!! These would make amazing mother's day and father's day gifts!! You can see what she designed for me Here

Have a great rest of your day sweets! See you back here tomorrow for my front porch update!

Monday, April 14, 2014

{DIY} Welcome Mat for Spring

Welcome to Monday! Not sure if I am ready for the day, but ready or not it's here! I hope you had a nice weekend. It was in the 80's here and I so enjoyed spending time outside. I did get my front porch spruced up for sitting and entertaining this spring/summer. I can't wait to show you. I should have some pictures up on Wednesday!

While sprucing up the front porch I noticed that my welcome mat was plain and boring. I wanted to do something to make a small statement as guests arrived at our front door. I came across this Etsy site and knew immediately that I wanted to recreate one of these mats for myself. Originally I wanted to write "Welcome Ya'll" or "Hey Ya'll" but the Hubs wasn't going for those. So I decided on something very simple:

We have been joking all weekend and saying "Hi" really quick to each other and laughing. We have to entertain ourselves somehow people! 

1. First, I used my Silhouette to cut out 4" letters onto white Cardstock. (You could just print some fun letters and trace them onto a heavy paper.)

2. Then I punched the letters out and placed the stencil on the lower left corner of my welcome mat.

3. I used a thicker bristled brush to help get the paint to soak down into the mat.

4. I also made sure to use a little painter's tape at the corners so the stencil wouldn't slide while painting. Then I waited for an hour or so until the paint dried. 

You can see in the above picture that I used a sample of Valspar paint that I had on hand. It is a fun limey green color, but reads almost yellow in some of my pictures.

I love the small update. It isn't too bold and crazy....just a little somethin to add some fun to our porch!

How about you! What were you up to this weekend? Any outside work or fun DIY's that I must know about?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fabulous Feature Friday {Lauren Leiss Interiors}

Happy Friday! You made it my friends! I hope you have something exciting going on over the weekend. Like I talked about on Wednesday, I will be sprucing up my front porch for spring. I can't wait to add a little color and texture to my boring porch. Stay tuned....

I am so excited about today's Feature Friday! I have been following Lauren Liess for a few years now. She has recently opened up her own interior design shop in the D.C. area and has a fabulous textile line. She started off as a blogger and grew her business from there. I am so happy to introduce you to her!

She creates livable spaces with history and texture. Lauren's home has been featured in many decor magazines and you will see why. To follow her design journey hop on over to Lauren's Blog. Enjoy the tour!

One of my absolute favorite spaces in her home is Lauren's secret garden. It is right off her master bedroom. This is where she enjoys her morning coffee or evening shower. How amazing is this?

Her home has such a great feel to it. It is comfortable, livable and stylish. The second you walk in it feels like home. And...I love the open floor plan.

The mix of Industrial, modern and antique is the prefect combination. She mixes these styles with ease.

How great is this study/loft area? The wooden shelves are actually made from Ikea butcher block to cut down on cost. Genius! I love the texture those shelves bring into the room. Lauren's family must love to read and who wouldn't want to spend time in this comfortable space?!

Could you live here? too! To see more of her amazing home, follow along Here. {Please be sure to pin from her site as well. Source under pictures will take you to exact page.}

Happy Weekend Lovelies!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bringing Spring into your Home

Today we have a special treat! The Lovely Sarah from 702 Park Project is here giving us some fabulous tips on how to bring a little spring into our homes without breaking the bank. Be sure to stop on by her blog and check out the journey of their historic four square home. She and her hubby are in the process of rehabbing every space. I can't wait to see the finished master bath & kitchen. Thanks for being here today Sarah!


Hi, friends! I'm thrilled to be here on Eat. Sleep. Decorate. today! Amy has amazing taste and a gorgeous southern home, and I always look forward to her posts. I can't tell you how happy I am that spring is finally here. I've always loved winter and cold weather, but this year was just a little more than I could take. I'm welcoming these mild sunny days with open arms! The spring weather has me thinking a lot about spring decor. Since we are still renovating our house, it's not quite ready for a spring overhaul--so I've been enjoying some window shopping and virtual designing! Today I want to show you that you don't need bright springy furniture to make your home look like spring. It's all about the accents!  


 Spring is all about color, but it's all about white too. For me, this means keeping things looking fresh and not letting one overpower the other. I prefer to have a white bedspread and change out the sheets and throw pillows seasonally. In my opinion, fresh flowers are a must for spring. Whether they are from your garden or from your grocery store, fresh flowers can make a world of difference in your home.

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And who doesn't love a good bar cart? You can style the cart with the fixings for yummy spring cocktails, or you can use it to serve ice cream out of the adorable sundae bowls above. The options are endless!


When it comes to seasonal items, I try to be a bargain shopper. I prefer to invest in the staples and timeless pieces. So you may have guessed a few of my favorite places to shop for spring decor: TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning, Steinmart, and Target. I also love me some HomeGoods, but we don't have one close to home so I rarely get to indulge. I've also discovered that Etsy is a great place to shop for inexpensive art and prints. Parima Creative Studio, Siiso Visual Art, and Michelle Armas are a few of my favorites.
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So how do you bring spring into your home?

Thanks again for having me, Amy! :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Inspiring Outdoor Spaces

I am sure all of you are in that "Spring Fever" mode. I am so excited that our weather here in NC is finally warming up and I am seeing all sorts of flowers popping up in my gardens. This coming weekend is going to be an outside work weekend. I am trying to create a fun outdoor space on our front porch, but find myself wanting to spend more money on flowers and plants than furniture and accent decor. Crazy..I know! So I am going to find a few items to spruce up the porch this weekend on a tiny budget. Wish me luck! I will let you all know how it goes.

So to get me in the mood to create a relaxing space with bright colors for spring I decided I needed some inspiring outdoor spaces to drool at this morning! Enjoy!

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Wow! I'm inspired to stop working right this minute and head outside. How about you? Are you ready to tackle some outdoor projects this spring? What do you have up your sleeve? Please tell!

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