I'm a California city girl who married a Montana farm boy. Together we have 4 amazing kidlets and 1 cute doggie. We figure out ways to inspire our lives on a budget. Join us on our DIY journey and hopefully you too can be inspired!
Chippy Paint is the cutest! I have always wondered how to make something new look old – which is so ironic, but it’s so cute. I searched the internet of the best ways to do it and settled on this one, super easy and fast. Watch this 60 second video tutorial and then follow the steps below. Make sure to pin this image to save in your Pinterest!
I have always wanted to try wall paper but the thought of it intimidates me! I pictured it filled with wet glue and mess up’s constantly. And then I heard of Peel-n-Stick Wallpaper and my world changed. How easy does that sound? I had to try out.
I collaborated with two amazing companies for this project – The TAD Company and TACKLIFE Tools. Both are companies I reached out to because I had researched their products and wanted to work with them. I am attaching links to their sites to help you in your purchases. These are not affiliate links. But I was compensated from these companies in product and I was so excited. I know you will love them too!
Welcome to our tutorial of mini barn doors for the home. Go follow us on Instagram here and YouTube here to see all our latest projects!
We love all things barn door over here in the Ballard Home. Last year I built a darling one for our master bedroom for $75 and you can see that post here. This time around we needed some Mini Barn Doors for our sons playroom and love how they turned out!
Watch this 60 preview of the process and then follow along for all the instructions.
I am welcoming back Jesse Hughes as my guest blogger today to teach us some essentials when deciding upon chandelier. Many of you know I added a new light in my kitchen nook recently. It can be hard to know what will work best for your space when you aren’t using a designer. I hope you find some good tips from Jesse that will help you in your decision!
5 Essential Things to do Before Getting Your Chandelier by guest blogger Jesse Hughes
Designing each room of your home takes time and patience. Finding the right finishing touch can often be difficult but the chandelier is one feature that can fit into virtually any room. There are many different designs and styles available; there is certain to be one that appeals.
But, before you get your chandelier it is important to check the following things:
1. Your Electrics
It is highly likely that your current lighting circuit will support your choice of chandelier. However, you do need to consider the fact that a chandelier has lots of small bulbs; each one can place a drain on your lighting circuit and each circuit is designed to accommodate a certain amount of watts.
If you overload the circuit you risk bowing the trip every time you turn your chandelier on. In the worst case scenario it can even cause a fire.
Next you need to consider the location of your chandelier and whether you have the supporting beams to support it. A chandelier can be fairly heavy, you’ll need to find the beams above your ceiling and secure it to these. If you don’t it is likely to fall.
You can use a stud locator to find the beams and check they are in a good position for your light
3. Lighting Ability
It is also important to consider how bright your chandelier will be. Although it has many small bulbs this may not translate into enough might for the space you have; especially if the chandelier is high.
Don’t be deceived by the look in the showroom; this is not the same as in your home. You’ll need to consider the light you currently have and how much more or less you need; before you get your chandelier.
4. Cost Of Using
Ideally you’ll have energy efficient LED bulbs in your chandelier; this will help to ensure the cost of running it is not ridiculously high.
However, if LED’s are not an option you should consider the power drain that your chandelier will have and how much this is likely to add onto your annual energy bill. This will depend on how much the light is on and you’ll need to be realistic when considering this fact.
Finally, it is worth noting that chandeliers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are also an array of different process. In order to get the best for your home and your energy usage you may need to go towards the top end of this scale.
Before you pick your chandelier consider the above points and the funds you have available. It may make more sense to expand your budget; even if that means waiting a little longer for the chandelier of your dreams.
This post is in paid partnership with Zircon Corporation. All opinions are my own and I only collaborate with companies that I use myself in my projects. I hope these links help you as you learn and grow!
Oh how I love Board and Batten Walls! My very first attempt was on my 40th birthday – all I wanted was to learn how to use a nail gun from Mr. Farmboy. I felt so empowered after that day and a woodworking “She-Ra” was released. Later on, I completed a full Board and Batten Wall in my son’s room – all by myself. You can read all about here – it was an exciting project for me.
So, today I am back at it and partnering with @ZirconTools to bring you a super simple DIY tutorial on how to make a Board and Batten Halfway Wall. Yes, I made up that title! Mr. Farmboy came up with the idea of only going up three-fourth the way up the wall and I loved it – hence this project was born.
Check out these before and after photos and watch my full DIY Youtube Tutorial here. Now come follow along and learn how to do this easy project that anyone can do!
I love finding designers who influence my ideas and creative thinking. That is why Amanda from the Midcounty Journal Blog is someone I just have to talk about. Her design style and antique decor inspire me.
Her home is a 1920 charmer that she and her husband are working on together. Her blog documents this DIY process and her lifestyle along the way. You can read along with her fun adventures here.
Additionally she teaches her readers food tips, recipes, and lifestyle ideas. Take a tour of her neutral pallet home full of antique goodies and classy style.
Her dining area has so much eye candy! Can you spy all the amazing pieces she has found?
She found this round white table used for $10! I love the scores she finds to compliment her home.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through one of my favorite bloggers homes as she encourageus all to uplift our homes.
Go follow along with Amanda and her blogging journey, you will love it as much as I do!
Welcome to our Christmas Festival Blog Hop! I love joining these talented bloggers in hosting some holiday ideas to inspire you this season. If you are joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs Blog – I am so glad you are here! Make sure to check out Red Brick on the Lake Blog as your next stop on the tour. And a big thank you to our host Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog for making this all possible. Now lets get to it!
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This year I added an entirely new look to this living room fireplace space (you can see the whole process here), so for the holidays I wanted to decorate my new mantel with a fresh and simple look. I added a few inexpensive touches that you can do as well.
Step One: Lighted Garland
I snagged a 9 foot long lighted garland from Home Depot for $30. I knew this would add a good base for me to start.
Step Two: Fresh Garland
Next I picked up a 25 foot fresh garland from Costco for $16. I used it in many places in my home. Here I used about 8 feet of it. You can soak these overnight to give it a longer lasting shelf life as well as mist it with water occasionally.
I placed this garland in front of the artificial one, and added some tall nails to hold it into place. If you do not want to make holes in your mantel I suggest you use 3M Command Strip Hooks.
Step Three – Add LED Lights
I used a 33 foot long LED light from StringBright.com to add extra depth and brightness to the greenery. These lights are perfect because they last 720 hours, have a remote control with different settings, use batteries and are easy to maneuver. You can pick some here! You can use the code CITYGIRL20 for 20% off the lights there.
Step Four – Adding Pinecones, Air Refreshers, and Trees
I then added some fun cinnamon branch air fresheners and pinecones just placed randomly throughout.
I snuck in a few trees that I had already to add height, and I was finished!
This only took a few minutes, was not very expensive, and really added a fun touch to my mantel area.
Here are some close up photos of the mantel:
Enjoy the rest of the tour and check out all of these amazing bloggers!
There are several good reasons why this is the case:
The biggest projects, such as window replacement or heating issues are often undertaken in the fall. This is because people are thinking about the cooler weather coming in and are keen to get things sorted before it becomes a problem.
However, if you plan ahead and book a contractor for the spring you’ll be beating the rush and are likely to get a cheaper rate as this is the quietest time of the year for many contractors.
Early summer often offers the same benefits as people are in holiday mode and not thinking about the next big project.
It doesn’t matter what major project you undertake, there will be workmen coming and going and this means the doors and possibly windows will be opened and closed countless number of times throughout the day.
The result is a loss of the heat you need in the winter or the coolness in the summer. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to stay at the right temperature. It can also increase your energy bills to allow for the issues.
However, if you pick the spring you’re likely to find it easier to adapt without using extra energy.
Some major home improvement projects will leave your house exposed to the elements. If you’re looking to have your roof replaced or renew the façade on your walls then you’ll find that spring is the most forgiving time to do this.
You are less likely to suffer weather related damage in the spring but you are also less likely to find your workmen have not turned up again; thanks to the heat.
While the weather is not an element in every home improvement project it is a factor in many.
The spring is traditionally the tile hen householders get their homes ready for the summer. If you’re already thinking about the winter you’ll be able to purchase items and services at a fraction of the price they are available for in the winter. This can be a considerable saving and makes it worthwhile to get the improvements done early.
Of course getting them completed in the spring will also help to ensure that you have peace of mind throughout the summer and avoid the panic feeling in the fall.
Thank you for joined me and my guest host Jesse as we learn more about tackling projects in our home!
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Who else loves Christmas cards?! I am the first to admit they are one of the things I look forward to most during the holidays. Going to the mailbox is like receiving a new present every day (moving 8 times has kept us meeting so many people that we love to stay in contact with!). Needless to say we send out alot of holiday cards.
I have been sending cards since our oldest son was a baby and I have always done them myself. They are so easy and I want to show you how! So I am partnering with Snapfish to bring you this easy tutorial – DIY Christmas Cards (made on your phone!).
Sometimes we feel like we don’t have time to make them in such a busy season, but once you see how easy this is – straight from your phone – you can make them while you wait in the carpool lane mommas!
Watch my 60 second video tutorial and then follow along to make yours too!
Here is what you will need:
Your Credit Card or Debit Card
That is it! Make sure the photo or photos you would like to use are already uploaded to your phone. Lets get started!
Sometimes home decor can become overwhelming and intimidating. If you haven’t had a background in the design field you might feel like you don’t have a place in the decorating world. This is how I felt! I knew I could build something, but to make it look super cute really gave me the scary feels.
Recently I finished reading the book “Designing a Life: From House to Haven.” I was so grateful for the inspiration that was shared because it gave me confidence that I CAN DECORATE! We are all capable and possess creativity that allows us to decorate our space. We just need a few tips to get us started.
That is why today I am sharing Sarah Symonds from Grace In My Space blog. She is the author of this amazing book and an inspirational decorator and believer. Her home is simple, uplifting, and a haven for her family. That is what she teaches all of her readers to shoot for.
The read is a quick one and she gives you step by step ways to create and define your space. Then you can hop onto her blog and see so many ideas of what she has done to uplift her own home.
Something else I love about Sarah is that she is so personable. She has created this tribe where you feel comfortable and at ease, like a dear friend at lunch. I wish sometimes I lived closer so we actually could do lunch!
Her family is very important to her and she is her faith. I appreciate how well she is able to intertwine family, faith and home so well on her blog. From rooms to recipes to her Monday Musings, I always leave feeling inspired.
I hope you enjoy getting to know this amazing designer and influencer. She will teach you and support you along the way of your own design journey. I hope you snag her inexpensive book on Amazon, I know it will help you as your begin to decorate!