Tuesday, March 27, 2018

DIY Home Decor Change on a Budget

I had a sweet Instagram subscriber send me the nicest private message I have ever received.  I'll keep what she said private, but it got me to thinking about how my home style has evolved over the course of about a year.

My heart has always been drawn to shabby chic, french country, cozy cottage, antiques, and all things vintage.  When we purchased our new home a little over a year ago, the colors that came with the new build were grays, whites, and a little bit of black.  Our last home was more traditional with rustic touches.  I knew I wanted to change my decor in the new home, but the task was pretty big.  I had several pieces of furniture that were old, and several pieces I loved and knew I wanted to keep.  I was so intimidated for some reason at the thought of changing so much over to light, white and bright.

I began my search online, trying to find something that someone wrote about how they took that plunge, where did they start, how did they get the nerve up to make such a big change.  I'm not sure what I was searching for, maybe some courage to just do it?  I know, it's just home decor and it's silly right?  While I found several beautiful accounts, and so many things about painting furniture, because lets face it, this isn't a new trend, I couldn't find anything on where they started, or how it was done.

So, here I am, a year later, and wow, did I ever take that plunge.  Some people don't get the white decor.  So, let me explain what I love about it.  First and foremost for me, it's a blank canvas.  I can add any color for any season or holiday.  It's also created a very calming environment in my home.  It feels clean, bright and cheery to me.  Last, and most important, a can of white paint is cheap.

So, here's how I made the change.  I started painting, yes, it's that simple.  I picked one piece and just did it.  Painting that one piece gave me the courage to keep going.  Not only did I paint furniture, I painted frames, accent pieces, and decor items.  I have used all kinds of paint; however, my favorite is chalk paint.  Keep in mind, to achieve this look, you can simply add white and you don't have to paint everything (unless you like that look).  I chose not to paint our bedroom furniture.  I liked the contrast the wood tone added to the room  I also went well with the wood tones coming through the chippy shutters behind the nightstand.

I added slipcovers to pieces of furniture I already owned, new pillow covers to old pillows and I added some white throws.  I even added white shiplap wallpaper to brighten up a room.

I made lists of things I knew I wanted to continue with my change and went to thrift stores and antique stores over the course of a year and bought some new pieces.  So, make a list in your phone of pieces you want because you never know when you are going to find the right piece from your list.  It also helps with doing this on a budget.  As your budget allows, you can buy items from your list.
I found this adorable table below at a local thrift store.  I paid $25.00 for it.  I gave it a coat of paint and distressed it and it made the most adorable side table.

Little by little, over the course of a year, I have taken my list down to a few items and my home feels somewhat complete.  I love home decor, so my home is always changing and rearranging, but I have achieved the look I was dreaming about.

Please feel free to ask me any questions, or leave me a comment below.  You can also just send me an email.  You can find my email in the Contact Me section of my blog.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Spring Into an Easter Table Blog Hop

I've joined several talented bloggers to inspire you with some beautiful Easter Tablescapes.  

Each blogger will link you to the next blog so it's simple and easy to follow along.  Just in case you get lost, you can always come back here, and click the links below.  These are all of talented the bloggers joining me in the hop.  You are going to love what they've created! Be sure to follow their blogs while you are there.  They all have amazing blogs!

I hope you enjoy our blog hop and find some wonderful Easter and Spring Tablescape inspiration to hop you right into the Easter holiday!

Let's get started with what I've done this year.  Our dining room has recently gone through some fun changes.  I will share more on that later.  The changes made me really excited to decorate for Easter.  This room needs to be festive, because it will be full of family celebrating the Easter holiday. Ive added a pink throw, and some cozy pillows to the bench seat.  I love having the bench seat at the dining table because it's comfy and cozy.   I've added lots of pretty Spring flowers and pastel colors to my tablescape for Easter and Spring.

For the centerpiece, I mixed vintage with new.  I added my vintage silver tray, white pitcher and bowl, Pottery Barn rabbits, some pretty Spring florals and of course, some Easter eggs.  My table runner is a simple white ruffled runner, that actually was a curtain panel I repurposed by gathering and draping across the table.

Each place has white Pioneer Woman dishes, a pink salad plate, a vintage napkin, tied with a grapevine napkin ring, and a cute bird nest.  I also used my Pioneer Woman goblets, and pink tumblers that I found at our grocery store.  You never know where you can find cute dishes and Easter decor.  Keep your eyes open! 

Keeping with the vintage theme, I added a couple of ironstone pieces, some vintage books and some vintage pink glass salt and pepper shakers to my tablescape.  I love adding vintage pieces to the table, because they're always conversation pieces.  Where did I find them, what's the history behind them, how old are they?  I love pieces with a story and a history.

The birdcage bookshelf is perfect for Spring decor.  I simply added some of my white dishes and pink tulips layered casually on one of the shelves to tie things in with the table.  

The evenings are still cold here, so we still use the fireplace during dinner. The fireplace also got a little bit of Easter decor.  I like to tie everything together and add a little decor all around the room. I hope I've inspired you to create a festive and fun Easter tablescape for your Easter celebration.  

To continue with the Blog Hop, be sure to hop on over to Cat's beautiful blog and see her fabulous tablescape for inspiration.  Just click the link below to head to her blog.

If you get lost during the hop, remember to come back and click any of the blogger links above to get back on track.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Faux Shiplap-Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Hey friends!  I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season.  Even though I've been really busy, I still try to find time to do the things I enjoy.  My happy place is decorating my home.  I've made several posts on Instagram showing a few projects I've done with peel and stick wallpaper.  I've had a lot of questions, and so I thought I would get down to the nitty gritty with a blog post.

I am not being paid for or being sponsored by anyone for this post.  It's just me passing on some great information.

My laundry room is tiny and doesn't have a window.  I felt like it needed a little something to jazz things up.  If you have to do laundry, you can at least have a fun laundry room.  I wanted something that was easy to do, and not permanent.  After all, the name of my blog is Ever Evolving Home, because I love to change things up.  I discovered the peel and stick wallpaper from Target.  It's really just like contact paper, only thicker. The print I chose was black and white buffalo check.  Here's the link to that pattern, and the brand I used:

See how fun and cheery it is?  

After doing this project, I decided to go back and see what other patterns Target had in this brand, because I was pleased with the quality.  That's when I found the shiplap wallpaper.  My dining room doesn't get a lot of light either and I wanted to brighten that space also.  I love the look of shiplap, but I didn't want to damage the walls and feel like I did something so permanent that I couldn't change it when I was ready. I love what it did for the room!! It brightened things up and added some character and texture.  I might also add that the shiplap wallpaper does have a slight texture to it, and it's much thicker than the pattern I used in the laundry room.

Sorry for the Fall decor in December, This was the best photo of the paper.

Here's the link to the shiplap wallpaper:

Close up of the shiplap paper, so you can see the texture.

Here are some tips and facts before you take on this project.  
First things first, I am not an expert wallpaper hanger.  In fact, this wallpaper job isn't perfect.  So, if you are looking for perfect, I would hire someone to hang it for you.  I wanted simple, inexpensive, and temporary.  My walls aren't heavily textured, they really are pretty smooth.  If you have heavily textured walls, I wouldn't recommend using this wallpaper.  

Here is the amount of texture I have on my walls:

I also would fill in any holes in your wall that are larger that a small nail.  The wallpaper will bubble or crease in those areas.  Next, pick your pattern and purchase a good Exacto Knife, to make your cuts, and you'll need a level.  Also, make sure your walls are clean.  You'll start at the top corner, and I worked left to right.  
Two things that will help you:
First, cut a piece of wallpaper from your roll to fit the size of the area you are doing.  It makes it much easier to handle.   Second, and the most important thing, DON'T REMOVE THE BACKING ALL AT ONCE!! If you do, it will stick to itself, you, and anything near it, and you'll have a mess.  Use your level to make sure your lines are straight on the wallpaper.  It works best to do a small section, smooth it completely out, then pull down a little more backing and continue.  Some people use a wallpaper smoothing tool.  I actually started out with one, and I found that my hand worked better.  Maybe something to do with the warmth from my hand (not sure).  If you encounter bubbles or creases, smooth them out before you move on to the next section.  I really don't have any advice for cutting the edges, other than go slow and steady.  I did use my level against the edges while I made my cuts.  That helped make them straight, and even.  You also don't want to overlap each section of wallpaper; however, you do want to get them as close as possible so your seams become invisible.  The last thing I did was to go back over each section, and make sure they are all smooth and stuck down really well.  

I've had this wallpaper hanging in my home for months now, and haven't had a single problem with it trying to come off of the walls.  In fact, I just did another little area in my house.  It added the little bit of character that this plain little nook needed.

If you're doing a whole room, or just need an accent wall, I highly recommend using this wallpaper. It's a fun, quick and easy project!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour

I'm so excited to be invited to join several other bloggers for the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour.  After you've toured my home, be sure to check the list at the end of my post to continue the tour with the other amazing bloggers.  Then, continue the tour each day the rest of the week.

Welcome back to my home for Christmas! 

I've tried to incorporate a vintage feel to my holiday decor this year.  Most of my decor tends to either be vintage, or have a vintage look.  I completely change my decor during the holidays.  In fact, I put away a lot of my regular decor during the holidays.  The items I kept out with the Christmas decor were to help achieve the vintage feel.

In our guest bedroom, I kept things pretty simple with just a few touches of Christmas.

I also added several unique pieces to this corner in my dining room.

The silver trays, antique scale and spindles all give this Christmas vignette the vintage look I was trying to achieve.

I kept everything here simple and white.  I placed the nativity on the pedestal, and added the book page trees that I made years ago.  I love how they have yellowed and aged over time.

I have this vignette sitting on an antique table that belonged to my husband's Grandmother.

Our coffee bar gets used so much this time of year.  So, it had to have some holiday cheer.  It already looks vintage, so I just added some lights and greenery.  I also added this cute laundry cart and little Christmas tree for some holiday cheer. 

This is another corner of my dining room.  The tree is from Wal-Mart and I added it to the chippy plant stand.  It needed a skirt to cover the base of the tree, so I improvised by adding a linen pillow cover.  

I wanted to share my living room tree again, because I've already made a change to it.  I added some new Merry Christmas ribbon that I found at Homegoods.  I also added the old porch column to fill in the space beside the tree.  

I hope you've enjoyed seeing more of my home for Christmas.  I always appreciate you stopping by! Please visit the other talented bloggers in the tour by clicking the link to their blog below. Check back the rest of the week to see the new tours each day.  They all have homes filled with beautiful inspiration!  Thank you to Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles for organizing the tour.  You can visit her blog each day for the new tours, or just return to the links below.

Cozy At Christmas 

Thank you for joining us on the blog tour!