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Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy, I am glad you are here! This Organizing Your Home Blog Hop is sponsored by The Container Store and I am so excited to share with you my favorite budget friendly items as I organize my pantry. You may be joining me from DesigsnbyKaran – isn’t she wonderful?! Each talented blogger in this series will share simple and effective ways to organize different spaces in their home – make sure to visit each one of them while you are here! You next stop will be with Kelly at TheTatteredPew.
I get messages all the time from women who feel less confident in their abilities to beautify their home. It’s scary to take the first step and often we fill unqualified to be a decorator (this couldn’t be farther from the truth my friends.)
So today, some talented decorators and I are going to share our home design ideas in a fun 3 part series. Are you ready to get some simple ideas to gain confidence in how to turn your home into a place you love to be!? Let’s do this! And don’t forget to head to each of my homegirls listed above to see their guide to creating spaces as well!
Tips for todays post – pin all the images you want to your Pinterest page for future reference. And make sure to head to all five of these amazing blog posts and mark your calendars for Part 2 of this series!
Decorating comes easy to some and not so easy to others. I definitely have fit into the ladder category. I have felt overwhelmed and unsure of myself when it came to committing something to my home. Nervous I would mess up and my home would be permanently damaged. I would get so stressed and envious of other homes and wish I could “do what they could do.” I worked for years at getting better at taking care of my home, and now it’s a much easier process for me. I know it can be for you as well.
Here’s what do expect from our Complete Guide to Creating Spaces Series:
Part One: Inspiration – February 6
Part Two: Realization – February 13
Part Three: Implementation – February 20
We will discuss how each of us find our inspiration, how we take it from dream to realization, and finally how we make it come true – implementation.
Part One – Inspiration
Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. When I was a little girl I would walk around Mervyn’s and dream about decorating my home. Later in college I would cut JC Penney catalog photos and glue them to my mood board in interior design class. But now we have the best mood board ever – it’s called Pinterest.
The invention of Pinterest has opened us up to worlds of ideas – only limited to how fast you can enter in your search idea. So if you are needing ideas, needing encouragement, needing inspiration – Pinterest is a great place to start.
If you do not have an account – sign up here. If you don’t know how to create boards – learn about that here. This is your starting point.
When I moved into my current home, with it’s basic white floor plan, I had to completely change up my decorating style because my previous home was Tuscan style. I created different Pinterest boards for different rooms in my home. I added boards for wood walls, DIY projects, and backyard ideas. Over the course of a few months I had stockpiled quite a few pins of things that I loved. I started to notice a pattern of what I enjoyed.
Have you wondered what “style” you are in regards to home decorating? I sure did. I honestly didn’t even know what the difference was between styles and if you were “allowed” to have multiple favorites. There is actually more styles than I realized. DedorAid.com shares 20 design styles for 2019. Here are just a few:
Amara.com goes into further detail of the styles in The LuxPad Definitive Guide found here. It’s a good read and very informative. If you aren’t sure you what style you are, go take this quiz from Better Homes and Gardens here! Once you take the quiz and let me know what design style you are!
Now you are ready to start searching Pinterest for styles to focus on. Head to the search bar and type in things like “Bohemian Style Living Room” or “French Country Kitchens.” Lots of ideas will pop up and you can start adding to the boards you have made. You can add as many pins as you want, there is no limit!
Here is my example:
After looking at so many ideas I realized I was Farmhouse – Rustic – Industrial. Mixing these design ideas were perfect for me. Shiplap and Joanna Gaines spoke to me in particularly. I pinned images according to rooms in my house, the sky was the limit. Even if I knew it was impossible to afford or make myself, I pinned it anyway. I wanted to build things and make projects. Want to see what that board ended up looking like? Click here to see!
Secondly I fell in love with farmhouse decor items. Even though I knew I couldn’t buy them all, I pinned over 100 items that spoke to me, see that here. Finally, I was on a budget which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself. I had followed the Shanty2Chic sisters for years and loved their work. This board became one of my favorites.
I dreamed of shiplap walls. I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed. But I wanted it. So here are ideas that inspired me from that Pinterest board I had created (tap on photo to take you to creators website):
This post contains sponsored products that I wanted to share with my readers. These do not include affiliate links. But I have attached where to purchase these products if you are interested. Similar products for fall decorating can be found on my affiliate link through Amazon here. I will add a list of all my references at this end of this post.
I love using my wood chargers on my table settings, especially during the fall holidays. They are so versatile, easy to use and easy to make. I first learned about wood chargers from The Shanty Sisters – these gals are my mentors in so many ways (and they don’t even know it!). Here is a link to their blog post on where I learned how to make them:
At the time I made these, a Kreg was way out of my wheel house (I was too nervous to use it!). So I glued my strips together with wood glue and clamped until dry. If you want to use a Kreg Jig, see my post below for instructions – I love mine now once I tried it! Additionally, I have a link for more chargers and used stencils to decoration them below.
Welcome to our Easy Summer Styling Tour! I am so tickled to be joining 16 talented bloggers this week is sharing ideas of how to create summer spaces for your home. We know you will leave with lots of new thoughts on how to recreate your space for the summer.
If you are joining me from Sarahs Blog – Dreaming of Homemaking, I am so glad you’re here! Afterwards please head over to Lauras Blog – The Turquoise Home to keep touring. A special thank you to Kelly from A Tattered Pew who is the host of this tour – she’s amazing on so many levels.
Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy! You are probably joining me from Michelle with The Painted Hinge Blog, isn’t she amazing? Next you will hop over to Kelly from the Live Laugh Rowe Blog to get even more inspiration! I am so excited to be participating in this Spring Blog Hop hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home.
Today I am showcasing simple ways to create a spring tablescape using stenciled chargers. Depending on the mood I am in, I will decorate my table super simple or full of decor. What is your style? I hope you will find some new ideas as you join me.
Now it’s time to add some decor to the centerpiece. I have to admit, I am a very simple decorator. I usually do not add a lot of centerpiece decor to my table because I can’t see over it to talk to my kids at dinner. Let me give you a few ideas of how to add simple or not so simple decorations.
Step 1 – Your Base
You will decide about a few things:
1. Tablecloth verses NO tablecloth
2. Tablerunner verses NO tablerunner
3. Placemat verses NO placemat
Any choice is a great choice – anything works because it’s your home and your style. For my first setting I chose:
1.) YES on TABLECLOTH
2.) NO on TABLE RUNNER
3.) YES on PLACEMATS.
Step 2 – Your Place Settings
You get to be super creative here! No need to have expensive things. I buy dishes from Ross Dress for Less (very inexpensive) as well as my round rope chargers. Here are a few more choices to make:
1. Chargers verses NO chargers
2. Desired dishes
3. Napkin style
4. Silverware verses NO silverware
Here is a step by step of how I created my place settings this season:
Add your tablecloth and round charger
Add your stenciled wood charger
Add your dinner plate
Add your salad plate
Add your napkin & silverware – any style will do
For my napkins I grabbed the center and shook the napkin to fall naturally. I added some string and placed a name card in the center (found these at Michaels for super cheap).
So easy! I keep my placemats set at all times so that it feels like dinner is almost ready, even though most of the time I haven’t even started!
Step 3 – Centerpiece
I am going to show you three ways I fiddled with my centerpiece. I chose to look for things in my home that would last (I wish I could have fresh flowers all the time but I can’t!) and I had laying around. You can shop The Dollar Store, Michaels, Joann’s, Ross and TJ Max for some inexpensive decor items.
Theme ONE – Simple
I added three flower pots in a horizontal line. This is simple and pleasing to the eye, especially if your place settings are a more “busy” look.
Three’s and five’s are always a good numbering style.
Theme TWO – Simple “ish”
You can add more flowers and bases to the center. Sometimes a tablerunner is a perfect look for a more in depth style. Adding greenery under items adds to the look.
Here I glued wood flowers into foam squares, then inserted them into a wood tray I received from Devanie at KrumpetsHome.com – her decor is amazing and priced really well. Check out all her styles and designs in her online store here – you will love it!
Theme THREE – Not Simple
For special occasions I will create a more detailed setting. Once again there is no right or wrong way to do this. Search Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and save the ones that speak to you and your style.
For my space I wanted neutral colors. I added lanterns, candlesticks, wood signs and greenery until I was satisfied. You will fiddle with your space until you like it, and sometimes that takes time. I will often change something the next day just because it doesn’t look right.
Adding wood signs is always fun, KrumpetsHome has SO MANY for cheap.
I also added some burlap for a natural addition.
Setting a table is truly all about your own creativity and what you are feeling at the time. It is never wrong, so be careful not to compare yourself or what you have to others. Remember that your family is so lucky to have you and the care that you give your home. You are irreplaceable!
Good luck this spring and have a blast decorating your home. Let us know if you need help with those chargers!
PS – Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop Tour today with these amazing feeds!
I am so in love with wood chargers for my tablescape. I discovered them years ago from the Shanty2Chic sisters (you can read their blog post here), and I made my first set just as they said. I then decided to create another set using a much simpler method, and since then I have made over 20 sets! Follow along so I can teach you too how to make these inexpensive additions to your table settings.
Here is my 60 second video that you can also watch on Youtube here.
I love the look of plumbers pipe. It fits my Farmhouse Industrial style. A friend asked me to build her some shelving for her hubby’s office, so I decided I had better practice on my kitchen first! Here is what I found:
Plumbers Pipe is so easy to use
Plumbers Pipe is so messy
Plumbers Pipe is expensive
Plumbers Pipe looks awesome
You have to decide if the dirty/expensive part is worth to ease/look. For me, it totally is. I love it that much!
Check out my 60 second DIY video tutorial on the shelf I made, then follow along for step by step help to make your own!
I love plumbers pipe. It adds an industrial twist to my farmhouse style. It is strong and easy to use. The problem is it’s not super cheap, I am still trying to find someone who has invented a lighter, more inexpensive decor plumbers pipe – any tips? It still is a great DIY product and less costly than department store products.
I needed somewhere to hang my towels in the kitchen so they would stop ending up on the oven door handle. I came up with this and was positive it would be the easiest DIY ever. Boy I was wrong! Apparently I needed my mathematical brain on and totally left it somewhere else. Thankfully my teenage smarty pants came to my rescue to help me finish the job. And now I want to share with you how to do it and bypass the mistakes I made!
As always, I have made a 60 second video tutorial for you to get the down low and see if it’s a project you would like to try. For more specific details keep on reading!