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Simple & Neutral Fall Farmhouse Dining Room

The one room in our home that is the farthest along in our farmhouse renovation is our dining room. It honestly is just a big room of hope. Every other room is in an unfinished state which is really putting a cramp on my fall decorating. But of course I love renovating our farmhouse more than anything else, but you know through all the construction I am finding every semi-finished area in our home & sticking a pumpkin on it. I will not let fall pass me by without decorating for the season in our new home! Today I was honored to join up with some of my friends to bring you our farmhouse fall dining rooms with All Modern. True to form I wanted to put together a super simple neutral fall table using my favorite velvet pumpkins & white dishes…

Simple Neutral Fall Dining Room - Lovely farmhouse & rustic cottage style fall dining room.
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Seriously, this room is turning into my favorite space in our house! Ok, so I blogged about this a while back when I blogged about our new metal dining chairs [here], but I wanted to stress this again since I was so shocked. When we were asked to work with All Modern on our farmhouse dining rooms I was like if the word “modern” is in the name I probably won’t love it for our home. Well, imagine my surprise when I found the dining chairs of my dream, the dishes I already collect, & about a hundred more things that I love. Score! In this dining space the metal white dining chairs [here], the two end slipcovered dining chairs [here], the centerpiece basket [here], there table runner [here], & the rae dunn dishes [here] & [here], are all from All Modern! Can you believe that? Maybe it’s just me, but I was shocked. Now that I’m writing this down I realize like 50% of the room is now from All Modern & that’s pretty cool when you discover a new place to find home decor. The table, mantel, cabinet, & ladder are all antique finds. & those chandies I blogged about [here]. For our simple fall farmhouse tablescape I laid out a linen table runner & placed the metal wire basket on it. I filled the basket with candlesticks from World Market & Battery powered candles from Target. I also included some of my Rae Dunn dishes that I adore. In the bowls I placed some velvet pumpkins I picked up from Target. Such a simple fall tablescape & a great way to start the fall season.

Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.

I am in love with our new slip-covered dining chairs & our metal ones. I love the combination of the two around the table & that it still shows off that gorgeous antique farmhouse table still because it’s one of my favorite pieces in the house. I’m actually sitting in one of the upholstered chairs as I type this & I just looked at Jose & said you should sit here more… it is so comfy! Firm yet soft. Feel me? I have to say I notice the quality difference in these two slip-covered chairs compared to others I have as well & these are really high quality for the price. & I’ve already blogged about those rustic white metal chairs… I loved them when I got them & I still love them now. Ten out of ten would recommend!

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Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.

Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
My go-to decor in the fall & winter is always to add candlesticks. I don’t even try to do it, it just happens naturally. I just love how even when the candles aren’t even on it still adds an element of warmth to the space. They also make a simple centerpiece that is so easy & you can change the look up with what you pair them with. If you don’t know where to start in your fall or winter decor this year, start with some candlesticks & build off those.

Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.

Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
My love for Rae Dunn runs deep & I have been collecting her work for going on 4+ years now so when I saw that All Modern had those dishes as well, you know that I snatched some up for our fall dining table. One of my favorite dishes to bake in the fall is apple crisp & sometimes I bake it once a week because I love it so much. Apples are so fall, & these babies will be turning into apple crisp later today. What’s your go-to baking dish in the fall?

Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.

Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
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Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.

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Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
Neutral & rustic fall dining room. A farmhouse style dining room.
I could keep going. I’m sorry, but this room just makes me so happy. It’s like my little haven in our construction zone farmhouse right now. It’s truly how I picture White Cottage Farm looking & it just gets me so excited to  continue working on this home of ours. I have dreamed of decorating it for fall & the holidays… & this is only the beginning. Thank you for being on this journey with us. Through every season it means so much to us that you stop by the blog daily to see what we are up to. Thank you! Let me know what you think of the fall dining room in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

 

Visit my friends farmhouse dining rooms today as well. I promise, you won’t be dissepointed!

 

 

Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Ella Claire | Miss Mustard Seed | Jeanne Oliver | Love Grows Wild

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Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

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Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Jennifer Rizzo Design | Craftberry Bush |

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

and our lovely featured guest this week- Buckets of Burlap

We worked with All Modern on this post, but as always all opinions/photos/& design are my own.

Farmhouse Living Room All From Amazon

A lovely living room design with all items from Amazon! Great cottage style & farmhouse style home decor inspiration. A must pin!

 

Slipcovered sofa [here] Jute Area Rug [here] Tufted Chairs [here] Cart Coffee Table [here] Large Clock [here] mirrors [here] Scale [here] clock [here] Metal tray [here] topiaries [here] number 7 pillow [here] striped pillow [here] olive wreath [here] light fixture [here] ribbed tin buckets [here] knit throw [here] candle sticks [here]

I did a post a while back on farmhouse decor from Amazon [here] & I just can’t stop looking there for decor ever since. I still want to spread the word that you can find farmhouse decor for your home just about anywhere. Anywhere from Target, Home Goods, & now even Amazon.Today I wanted to take the challenge & find an entire living room design all from Amazon & this is what I came up with. Trust me, I could have kept going & I could have picked a million things, but for today these are the farmhouse items I picked. All of these items are things I either have or what love in our farmhouse. In every room we have some sort of jute rug & we all know I love a good slipcovered sofa & neutral tufted chairs. I provided the links below the collage & I also included the individual photos of each item that you can shop just by clicking on the photo. I get asked daily where I find a lot of our cottage style & farmhouse style items & this is a great place to start. & if you are looking for a neutral style living room, then I truly hope this room design I did tonight inspires you in some small way! Have you purchased any farmhouse decor from Amazon? What is your favorite item that I posted about today? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today & for following our journey daily. xx

See my other Amazon decor post below…

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Click [here] to shop the best farmhouse Amazon decor.

The Chandeliers Are Hung!

Something that I have been dreaming of since before we even knew about this house came to life this week. I have dreamed of having three chandeliers hanging above our dining room table for the longest time now. What a silly dream right? It’s just something that I never thought I would be able to do because I never thought I would have a dining room that would have the space to do that in. We all have different dreams I guess & that’s what keeps the world going. Anyways I posted on Instagram [here] a few weeks ago that I was interested in getting [this] chandelier from Pottery Barn & someone so kindly told me about one that was almost exactly the same from Lowes [here] for a lot cheaper. So, once we got the ladder hung up [here] in the dining room, I hurried my little booty to Lowes to see what these lights looked like that everyone was talking about. I’m not going to lie when I saw them at Lowes I was a little disappointed. They were great looking lights & were basically identical to the more expensive Pottery Barn ones, but the finish on the metal parts were completely different & not the look I was going for. Instead of an aged brass they were an antique silver & I wasn’t a fan. So, right before I was going to call it quits & just pay more for the PB lights, I remembered who I was & what I did… a little spray paint & some altering & I had my dream chandeliers… Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.

Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
All the heart eyes!! I want these lights on in our house 24/7, but they look amazing when they are off too…

Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
So, now you are probably wondering what I did to the lights to make them more of what I wanted. It was actually super easy. This is how the lights came from Lowe’s…

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The antique silver wasn’t bad, but I wanted more of an aged bronze/brass look so I chose to spray paint them with Rustoleum flat chestnut [here]. Want to know the best part of all of this? The lights came wrapped in the box with all of the crystals wrapped in plastic & only the metal parts were exposed so it made spray painting the metal super easy. They needed a little assembly as far as connecting all the inside pars together, but it wasn’t terrible. I also don’t recommend spray painting in your laundry room. You may think that you are being neat & tidy, but the overspray will make your floor sticky & the same color as your chandeliers. Or so I hear. Want to see how Jose made a light fixture out of our ladder? You can see his post on how he ran all of the electrical & all that good stuff you can see his blog post about that [here] & now the lights are looking a little more like this…

Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.

Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.

Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.

Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
Farmhouse dining room makeover - Crystal chandelier update.
These lights are so bright in the dining room which I love because I feel like in our past dining rooms our lights were so dim. In these photos that I took at about noon today the lights were dimmed to almost off if that gives you any idea of how much light they put out with the three bulbs a piece. & yes, like I said before, I am going to give that ladder a wash of paint hopefully tomorrow, but you know I couldn’t wait to show you the light fixtures. Every time I look in the dining room it doesn’t seem real yet, I mean this whole dream house of ours doesn’t seem real. When will that happen? I’ll let you know when it sets in, but for now I will keep updating you on the progress of our farmhouse fixer upper daily. What do you guys think of our lights? Let me know in the comments below, find me on facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

A ladder & Some Corbels

I have some fun and unique updates to share with you today in our farmhouse dining room. Things have been moving a little more slower in our renovation process the past two weeks with work, summer fun, school, jobs, & more, but we have been working behind the scenes on a few fun things. One of our MAIN GOALS for this farmhouse of ours during the renovation process was to bring it back to it’s original old charm by revealing the original bones of the house & adding in chippy antique details as we go. This week we added three antique details to the dining room that I am quite obsessed with…

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Yup, the ladder that we had hanging in our last house as a “faux beam” is now hanging over our dining room table. We will be hanging [3] chandeliers from it. My vision for this long room was to have lights spanning the whole table to really bring a lot of light to the room & draw your eye all the way through the space. There were a lot of options on how to do this, but ultimately hanging the lights from a ladder was the winner. We hung the ladder by adding anchors into the ceiling & then screwing hooks into the anchors so that the ladder would be sturdy. After the hooks were in we screwed hooks into the ladder & connected chain from the hooks in the ceiling to the hooks on the ladder. Super easy. My plan for the ladder? I’m actually going to give it a little wash of paint because I don’t want it to stand out so much & I want the chandeliers to be the main focus. I can’t wait to show you guys the chandeliers! If you are following me on Instagram [here] you may have already seen a sneak peak of the chandeliers we chose. But you know I will be posting them soon here on the blog.

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Another thing we did to the dining room was add two antique architecture details to the entryway from the kitchen/sunroom area to the dining room. I had these two corbels lying around that I had no idea what to do with in this house until we started adding all the white chippy details to the dining room & I remembered these little chippy guys & had to incorporate them in some way. They fit perfectly mounted to the trim under that original beam of the house & almost seems like it was part of the original house as well. They really give the vibe of the rest of the dining room as well with all that chippy goodness.

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I also love that you can see the mess in the front living room through the archway.. cardboard boxes, wall patch, &  just a glimpse of all the renovations going on up there. Hashtag real life. & I get a lot of questions about that stone wall. I don’t want to say it’s coming down, but I will say that it probably will be covered soon, but no worries… the beam isn’t going anywhere. In fact it will stand out even more soon. It feels so good to finally be hanging things in our farmhouse… it makes it feel more like home. What do you think of our ladder & corbels? I’m actually writing this at midnight after taking these photos & Jose is starting to hang the chandeliers & I’m already in love… can’t wait to show you!!! Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you as always for stopping by my little blog & for following our journey. xx

 

Ps. This is what our dining room looked like before…

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Take the tour & see the progress [here]

Cozy Farmhouse Fall Sunroom

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Living in a fixer upper is an adventure. & with every adventure there is the the good, the weird, & the weirder. One weird thing I am just now discovering is the strangeness of wanting to decorate for the upcoming seasons like fall & Christmas, but then you realize no room in your home is complete. If you have been following our farmhouse fixer upper journey then you know there are unpainted walls, no flooring in most rooms, no curtains are hung, no furniture is in the right spot, things are still in storage, & our house is basically a construction zone, but guess what? It’s still our home. In this season of our lives this is how our house is. Our house is one big fixer upper & we are enjoying the process. Our house is still filled with love, we still utilize the spaces that are unfinished, & we are still making our spaces meaningful to our little family. I hope if I can help you with anything here on the blog it’s that no matter what season you are in  in this life & no matter what state your house is in you can create meaningful spaces for your family. Don’t wait for your house to be “finished” or “perfect” before you make your house your home. & you all know I’m not going to let the first fall living in our fixer upper farmhouse pass without decorating it for the autumn season. This week I started in our little sunroom off the kitchen. Including the sunroom we have three living rooms in the farmhouse, but this is the one that we use the most now. I brought in a little fall this week & wanted to share this cozy space with you…

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!
Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

I love this time of year… even though we have had some hot days lately here in Michigan, the weather has been cooling off & as I snapped these photos I had the windows open & a breeze coming in & my new favorite candle burning, mahogany apple by Bath & Body Works [trust me, you need it!]. It really felt like fall which gives me all the warm fuzzies. For fall I brought in tons of cozy texture with these pillows from Farmhouse On Boone [Click here to go to her shop & get 15% off your order with coupon code LizMarie15]. I laid down one of my favorite rugs [here] from World Market & on top there is the coffee table that Mr. LMB made & a basket I picked up at HomeGoods. I blogged about that fall chicken feeder coffee table centerpiece [here] & it holds a lot of special meaning to me because it’s filled with goodies that creative people in my life made. My wonderful friend Holly from Hollyhocks & Hydrangeas [here] painted those amazing pumpkins on the rustic metal that I have in the centerpiece & I decided to hang a larger one she painted on our antique lead glass window in the sunroom window above the side table. I picked up the framed “gather” & “autumn” art from The Family Roost, & the pumpkins from our store, The Found Cottage. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find real pumpkins yet that I love so faux will do….. for now.

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!
Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!
Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!
Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!

Neutral fall decor - A cozy farmhouse fall sunroom. A must pin for cozy fall decor inspiration!
Something about fall that just makes every space cozy. As you see, I didn’t go overboard on the fall in this space. I kept it simple, neutral, & overly cozy because that’s what we need in this season of our life. I hope you guys never compare your season of life to someone else’s season of life & that you decorate your homes for everyday for yourself & your family & not others opinions. I had to come to that realization too. Our home is unfinished, but I’m not going to let that hold me back from being creative & creating a lovely cozy home for us. I hope you guys loved seeing our early fall farmhouse sunroom tour. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below, find me on facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. & as always, THANK YOU for stopping by my little blog.

 

But wait! Don’t go yet! Some of my friends shared their lovely fall living room areas too. You don’t want to miss these inspiring ladies homes…

 

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| My Sweet Savannah | Ella Claire | Love Grows Wild | Liz Marie Blog | French Country Cottage

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Dear Lillie | Shades of Blue Interiors | Miss Mustard Seed | City Farmhouse

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Jennifer Rizzo Design | Jeanne Oliver | Rooms FOR Rent | Kindred Vintage

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How To Decorate With White Pumpkins

How To Decorate With White Pumpkins - Great inspiration on how to decorate for fall with neutrals. A must pin for farmhouse style fall decor.

Hi guys & happy Monday!! I have been getting a lot of comments lately saying how fall is for “tons of color” & not for neutrals. In my very very very humble opinion, I think fall is beautiful in vibrant colors & soft neutrals. Personally I love both, but today I wanted to share with you some inspiration of how to use white pumpkins in your fall decor. When our first instinct is to use oranges, yellows, & reds, it can be kind of hard to know where to start with neutral fall decor so I wanted to jump on here today to help with that. I found some lovely inspiration from around blog land to share with you & hopefully inspire you in some small way of how you can incorporate white pumpkins in your decor this autumn if you have been wanting to give them a try. I only included a few lovely examples of using white pumpkins, but you know I could have kept going. I hope this helps you see how to decorate with white pumpkins…

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Rustic white pumpkin centerpiece [here]

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basket of white pumpkins [here]

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DIY white pumpkin wreath [here]

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DIY pumpkin flower pot [here]

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DIY stick pumpkin stems [here]

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White pumpkin place holders [here]

How to decorate with white pumpkins

Black & white fall mantel [here]

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simple fall table [here]

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Pumpkin pedestal [here]

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white pumpkin chair [here]

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White pumpkin tray centerpiece [here]

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modge podge pumpkin [here]

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White pumpkin planter [here]

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White & gold fall wreath [here]

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Eclectic fall table centerpiece [here]

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White pumpkin fall crates [here]

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Pumpkin wedding decor [here]

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Simple fall mantel [here]

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white pumpkin candle holder [here]

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White pumpkin fall entryway [here]

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white pumpkin coffee table centerpiece [here]

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Neutral fall entryway [here]

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DIY sharpie pumpkins [here]

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neutral copper thanksgiving table [here]

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DIY faux white pumpkins [here]

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DIY painted pumpkins [here]

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Pumpkin porch tower [here]

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Rustic wood pumpkin pedestals [here]

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White heirloom pumpkin centerpiece [here]

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White autumn mantel [here]

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Antler & candle fall centerpiece [here]

Seriously so much gorgeous inspiration from such talented people. I am so inspired to go decorate for fall now & I hope you are as well! What was your favorite use of using white pumpkins? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you SO MUCH as always for stopping by my little blog today & for sharing it with your friends. It means so much to me. xx

Fall Chicken Feeder Centerpiece

This week I was blessed by so many gifts from talented friends that I decided to make a centerpiece in our sunroom with all of the lovely gifts grouped together. I am usually really early at decorating for fall.. I’m talking August, but this year it has been so hard for me to even think of fall decor as we are renovating the whole house. BUT that doesn’t mean I won’t be decorating for fall & this little centerpiece in our sunroom that I created this afternoon I’m sure is just the beginning of this years fall decor here at White Cottage Farm…

Fall chicken feeder centerpiece - fall coffee table centerpiece. Lovely farmhouse neutral fall decor.
Fall chicken feeder centerpiece - fall coffee table centerpiece. Lovely farmhouse neutral fall decor.
Isn’t it cute? Funny story, I actually own a bunch of authentic & old chicken feeders, but I found this new one at Home Goods for less than $12 really wanted to use it in some sort of centerpiece & today was the day to do just that. The lovely fabric pumpkins were a gift from one of my favorite blogger friends I got the pleasure of meeting last month, Laura from Junque Cottage. She shares the DIY tutorial for them [here]. She literally didn’t have to send those to me & she did.. why are people so nice? One of my other talented friends Holli from Hollyhocks & Hydrangeas painted that adorable little pumpkin on the piece of tin.. her work always amazes me & I think I annoy her by telling her how much I’m obsessed with her… but you can see for yourself [here]. & that sweet framed autumn burlap art is from Family Roost who is a vendor in our store, The Found Cottage. Seriously, I say it all the time but, I am surrounded by some seriously talented people & it makes me so happy. I have some REALLY bad days with our fertility journey & being surrounded by creativity & creative people brings so much positivity to my days & our home…

Fall chicken feeder centerpiece - fall coffee table centerpiece. Lovely farmhouse neutral fall decor.
Fall chicken feeder centerpiece - fall coffee table centerpiece. Lovely farmhouse neutral fall decor.
Fall chicken feeder centerpiece - fall coffee table centerpiece. Lovely farmhouse neutral fall decor.

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Fall chicken feeder centerpiece - fall coffee table centerpiece. Lovely farmhouse neutral fall decor.
Fall chicken feeder centerpiece - fall coffee table centerpiece. Lovely farmhouse neutral fall decor.
This centerpiece was super easy. I just plopped everything into my cheap little chicken feeder on the coffee table & it was instantly fall in this little space. The plants are ones I had from Ikea & worked great with all of my handmade items. Creating this little centerpiece today reminded me how much I love decorating for this season & just how much I love this season in general. I hope you guys are excited for some fall decor! I know that it’s early for some people, but I just hope I can inspire you in some small way for when you are ready to start decorating for fall. What do you think of my fall chicken feeder centerpiece? Let me know in the comments below, find me on facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog today & for always making my days bright by sharing in my creative adventures. xx

Late Summer Farmhouse Porch

Hi friends! Thanks for coming to visit our late summer farmhouse porch today… What a weird thing for me to be sharing my Summer porch in September. But as many of you know we moved into our farmhouse in June & it’s been a whirlwind of us renovating ever since so decorating wasn’t the top priority. I’m going to start decorating the porch for fall soon so I thought I would share what our summer porch has looked like most of the summer while we have lived in our farmhouse. I’ve kind of just been putting things out there as I’ve been unpacking, I guess I never had an exact plan for our porch & that’s probably why only the side of our farmhouse porch is styled. This is how the side of our porch looked today…

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

I have one of my favorite vintage dressers that I blogged about [here] & a set of primitive lockers that were in our last house in the entryway. The daybed/bench was find & so was the mattress that I put on it. the pillows on the bench are some random grainsack pillows that I either made myself or had in our home. The trunk, crocks, large basket, & a few other items are vintage finds. The “no vacancy” sign is from Home Goods, the olive buckets are from target, & the pumpkins & the flower sign are from my store, The Found Cottage. That Marquee light is from Vintage Marquee Lights & that ceiling light I blogged about [here]. It’s such an eclectic mix of stuff here on the side of our porch, but it works. We love sitting out here with the view of the barn in the grape vines. I’m sure after being here over the winter it will be completely different when we have more time next year, but I kind of love it. It’s cozy & pretty much perfect

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.
Farmhouse Front Porch - Late summer farmhouse porch. Rustic cottage style farmhouse decor.

I know this sounds weird.. but I wish we could all have coffee on my front porch together, but that seems pretty impossible so I hope this gave you a tiny glimpse into a tiny portion of our porch here at White Cottage Farm. What do you guys think of our porch? I’m excited to start decorating for fall here on the porch & I will hopefully be doing more than just the side here.. so more of our porch coming to the blog soon! Thank you SO MUCH as always for stopping by my blog, sharing it with your friends, & joining us in our journey of re-doing our farmhouse.. we appreciate you so much. xx

Primitive Dining Room Hutch

Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.

Ever since our post last week about our new dining room table chairs [here] I have been getting TONS of awesome questions about the large primitive furniture pieces in our dining room. I get it.. because I love it too. I spotted it at Heritage Trunk Co.’s booth right when we moved into the farmhouse & I KNEW I had to have it. I paid a pretty penny for it [worth it], drove a long ways to get it [worth it], & loaded & unloaded this heavy beast twice out of our trailer [worth it]. Some pieces are just worth it. It’s 6ftx8ft & is actually two pieces which is nice. There is markings all over it that say it was from “Grand Rapids Shoe Company” which is really cool since we love our hometown of Grand Rapids here in the mitten so much. All the paint & the glass is original which is a pretty rare find as well…

Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.
Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.

Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.
Seriously, every time I look at it I can’t believe it’s in our house. Our floors are still a little wonky so please excuse the paint stick shims we have under the piece to hold it up.. we keep it classy over here. I have started styling the piece a tad bit, but it’s been kind of a challenge to decorate around the construction. I have no plans to paint or do anything to this piece because it’s pretty perfect in my eyes. The doors & drawers function at like an 8 out of 10 which is great in my book for a primitive piece & I plan to store dining room items in the bottom half like napkins, tablecloths, & odds & ends like that. Other than being totally fantastic looking it will be a functional piece as well.

Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.
Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.
Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.
Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.
Primitive dining room hutch. Neutral farmhouse dining room. Shiplap walls, primitive furniture, magnolia wreaths, & so much more. Great pin for cottage style/farmhouse style inspiration.

This has got to be one of my favorite finds of all time & it’s making the dining room become one of my favorite rooms of all time. Next up, change that light fixture & start decorating the room a little more. One day we will decide what we want to do with the floors & finish those, but we are loving them as is for now. What do you think of our primitive dining room hutch? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Hopefully I answered some of your questions. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! xx

Front Living Room Fireplace Makeover – Planning

If you guys have been following our farmhouse makeover here on the blog or on social media, you may have seen that I recently dissected our fireplace in the front living room [here]. I found original-ish [I say this because the home was built in the 1840’s & I don’t know when the brick was put in] brick hidden behind a mental & some marble. The marble & the mantel were great, but it wasn’t really our style & I would love to have the original material show. Mr. LMB & I spent some time this weekend daydreaming about what we were going to do with this fireplace/built-in area & we came up with some plans. Some may be more “temporary” until we decide to knock down some walls, but others are more permanent…

Our fireplace area before….

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& currently after ripping the mantel off & some painting…

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Ok, so first things first. If we can save the brick under the marble [it’s not looking good] we will whitewash the brick & not cover it with the tile of our choice like these shown above from The Tile Shop [here], [here], & [here]. We want to add shiplap or beadboard all the way up around the fireplace area to the ceiling & add a rustic barn beam as a mantel. For the built-ins, we have some more options like adding more to the ceiling, knocking out the two panels & putting windows in, or leaving them as is. Of course some of those options might have to wait for budget & all of that fun stuff, but no doubt we will make it look good in the mean time no worries! Here is a little inspiration board to show you what direction we are going in…

Farmhouse Fireplace makeover - Marble tile, barnwood mantel, shiplap or beadboard, & so many more lovely elements.

 

Here is a little mood board I put together during our conversation about our fireplace makeover. I took inspiration from The Lettered Cottage [here] & Other lovely fireplaces like this one [here]. After making this I am so excited to get started on this project. We have never really had a fireplace before so I’m excited that this house of ours has two fireplaces. & that means two fireplace makeovers, but the other one will have to wait for another day. I’m not sure when we will be starting this makeover, but you know I will keep you posted. I guess the first thing we have to do is see if this brick is salvageable. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, it seriously makes my day when you guys check in to see what we are up to here on the farm. Thank you! Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for behind the scenes & to chat. xx

 

 

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Check our dining room progress out [here]

New Farmhouse Dining Chairs

I have a really exciting thing to share with you today. Why is it exciting? Simply because I was amazed by this & thought you would be as well. Ok, so this past weekend I got introduced to AllModern.com & no, this post is not sponsored, but I would NEVER have thought that I could shop on this website for our home just by the name. You know my style, a marriage between cottage & farmhouse. Well, after being introduced to the website I decided to browse the website & see what kind of things they had. Guess how surprised I was when I found the dining chairs that I had been hunting for for our farmhouse…

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White farmhouse Metal Chairs Dining Room Decor by Liz Marie Blog - Farmhouse dining room
They are the fineview armless chair in antique white [here] & I’m obsessed. I wanted chairs that were not heavy & that still showed off our farmhouse table & these fit that bill. They were hugely on sale too which was a bonus. Want to know something equally as awesome? I ordered these chairs on Saturday night at like midnight & they got to our house on Tuesday morning. What is that? Amazing! We had dinner on the chairs last night & they are super comfy. Who knew that a site called All Modern would have something so perfect for our farmhouse? I would say the two negatives of these chairs for me is the white is super bright in person I maybe would have liked it a little more creamy white & the seat is not made for big buns, but comfy none the less. I was reaching there to find the negatives because honestly I love the chairs & think they are perfect. We will be getting to different chairs for the heads of the table, but for now I just placed the two extra white chairs at the ends.

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White farmhouse Metal Chairs Dining Room Decor by Liz Marie Blog - Farmhouse dining room

White farmhouse Metal Chairs Dining Room Decor by Liz Marie Blog - Farmhouse dining room
Having dining chairs has been a serious treat this week because even though our entire house is a construction zone & our dining room is far from finished, these chairs make it feel more like a dining room & that’s pretty awesome. Like I said before we had our first meal in this room this week & I look forward to many more! What do you guys think of our dining room chair situation so far? I hope you liked this little update in our dining room & I just wanted to say thank you to you guys for being excited about the little things with me along this journey of our farmhouse. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to share this with you guys & have you share in our excitement… Thank you! Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes photos & videos. xx

 

More dining room updates:

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Dining room floor update [here]

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Photo editing by: Tifani Lyn Photography

DIY Flower Pot Chair

Happy September!! I  have not in the least bit started decorating for fall yet. I’m not that ahead of the game I promise. But I couldn’t resist some mums while I was at Home Depot the other day. & naturally when I got home I had to find a place to put the mums on our back stoop so what’s a girl to do? Well, I found a chair in our garage & an old wire basket & made something cute to plop my mums in… 

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So here is the chair before…

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I found it in our garage in a trash pile & knew I could do something with it. I just ripped the seat off & painted the chair in a mix of Maison Blanche creme de menthe & sugar cane. I love using custom colors on pieces because it makes them feel more exclusive & special. I know, dumb, but I love mixing colors & & it keeps things interesting. I had a random old wire basket lying around & I simply stuck that where the seat of the chair used to be. I didn’t even have to attach it because it fit so perfect. Match made in heaven..

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I hope you guys liked my little flower pot chair. I think it’s quite charming on our little back stoop. I can’t wait to add some pumpkins to this space later, but for now I’m just enjoying these mums & my newly painted chair. Let me know what you think in the comments below & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for behind the scenes & first looks. Thank you as always for visiting my blog daily & following along our DIY journey.. seriously ya’ll are the best! xx

 

See what some of my blogging friends did with Maison Blanche paint today too…

Chalk paint Farmhouse makeovers - Great inspiration for cottage & farmhouse decor

1. http://www.thewoodgraincottage.com/ 2.http://ablissfulnest.com/ 3. http://www.lizmarieblog.com/ 4.http://hymnsandverses.com/ 5. http://refreshrestyle.com/ 6.http://www.thegoldensycamore.com/

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DIY window cabinet [here]

Farmhouse Style Slipcover Dining Chairs

Farmhouse style slipcovered dining chairs

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Hey! I went shopping for you again. If you have a hard time finding things from chairs, to dressers, to wreaths, & beyond.. I love doing these shopping posts for you guys because I’m always looking online for these items so I might as well share them! Today we got some of our dining room chairs in the mail that I will be blogging about very soon, but I wanted two accent slipcovered dining chairs to have at the ends of the dining table so I went hunting online & found some that I like. Some of the ones I share above are simply just the slipcovers & some are the full chair & slipcover combo. If you are needing a chair to put the slipcovers on, I really like [these] from World Market.  I love the slipcovered look to add texture & coziness to a space & also to break up all the wood & metal I tend to use in my spaces. I have personally had the world market ones shown above & the Ikea ones & love them both. I may just stick with the classics or break it up a little. You can shop the chairs with my affiliate links listed above or click on the individual photos of the chairs to go directly to the website. How do you guys feel about slipcovered dining chairs? Do you have them in your home?

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Here are the World Market slipcovered chairs [here] in our last house & I still love them so! We are now using them at our desk which I will share later on the blog, but who knows we might end up with the same ones again for our new dining room. Updates to come! Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for first looks at all our rooms & new changes & as always, THANK YOU for stopping by my blog daily to see what we are up to. xx

See more of my farmhouse shopping finds below…

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Click [here] to see my favorite farmhouse style fans. 

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Click [here] to see the best farmhouse finds from Amazon.

DIY Basket Coffee Table

Like many blog posts before this idea came to me while wandering through Target with my cherry coke. The other day I went into the home decor section & on one of the end caps there were two of the most beautiful round baskets. You know when you didn’t know you needed something until you saw it & then all of the sudden it’s like how did I live without these things before? A thought immediately popped in my head… coffee table! I took the baskets off the shelf & started arranging them upside down on the floor & was getting some strange looks, but I knew right then I had to share this idea for a cheap & cute coffee table with you guys…

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Seriously, I love these baskets as a coffee table & they make our sunroom look so good! The “DIY” is simply buying two round baskets like these I found on the interenet with my affiliate links: [these], [these], [these], or [these] & flipping them over so they can have a flat table surface. Does it qualify as a DIY project? In my book it does. I always find baskets like these at HomeGoods & Marshalls as well. A basket coffee table works great with any sofa & you could change it up with two or three different size baskets & really customize it to your decor preferences. A tray on top of the tables will make it an extra solid surface for your coffee table items like my staples coffee cups, books, & plants. The things I LOVE about using baskets as coffee tables: when done using them as a coffee table you can use them for their intended purpose of a basket, lightweight, easy to move, takes up very little room, great for outdoor & indoor use, super cheap, looks great with any style home, & there are no sharp corners for the littles. Again, I could keep going, but let’s just enjoy it…

From a basket….

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To a coffee table…

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My brain is now spinning for all the ways you could use a basket table… a side table, a taller one for a nightstand, square ones, oval ones, I mean I could go on. I hope this post inspired you in some small way. Also, for now I threw this rug I got from Target [here] in our sunroom, but I’m sure it won’t stay & I’ll put it in a different spot, but for now I do love it here because I do love this rug so much. What do you think of my DIY basket coffee table? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog it means so much to me!

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Farmhouse Dining Room Floor Progress

We made some HUGE progress on our floors in our dining room this weekend. Or should I say Jose? One of his main goals over the weekend was to really get our floors down to their bare state to see what we were working with. We discovered that the floors were for the most part gorgeous, but we also discovered that there were parts of the flooring that needed major repairs or replacing…

Here is where we started in this room…

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& here is where we are now…

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I am loving the raw, matte, muted look of the floors they are now. I don’t want to seal them if at all possible because this look to me is everything. The main parts that need replacing and repairs are around the edges of the room & this brings up an issue that we hope to be able to match the current flooring. Jose rented a floor sander from a rental place [Sunbelt rentals for those interested] We had already ripped the carpet & subfloor up which you can see more of [here] & then Jose went at it with the floor sander with a rough grit first over the whole room & then a more fine grit to really give it an evenly smooth finish. I love how the floors look bare & raw & that is our first option, but we do have other options if the repairs don’t allow option one to happen. Our second option for the flooring is to “pickle” or lightly paint over the floors with diluted paint & sand them down to give a rustic look that will tie in the old floor boards with the newer ones.There is actually eight other options, but we won’t know what we are up against until we start repairing around the edges of the room. Honestly for being flooring from the 1800’s I think we got pretty lucky.

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So what do you think of our flooring progress? Since we are not rushing our decisions on what to do with the flooring we actually moved some furniture into the dining room this weekend & it feels so great! We have no dining room chairs & I didn’t decorate it at all, but it is starting to feel like a real dining room & that makes my heart so happy! I can’t wait to start decorating!! I will be back later this week on some other addtions to this room like the furniture & that barn door. Hopefully by then we may have some dining room chairs & possibly a new light fixture too! I hope you guys like the dining room progress so far… we are one step closer to having a finished room guys! Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for behind the scenes & as always, thank you so much for stopping by my little blog! xx

 

 

The Front Living Room Is Painted… Kind of.

You guys.. I’m sorry, but I’m going to keep preaching on the power of paint. No, not just white paint like we have been using, but just paint in general. Holy cow it can transform any space in seconds! There were parts of this farmhouse that I thought could never be brighter without adding larger windows, but just with a few coats of paint they have completely became brighter. The front living room is mostly all painted minus the front door [which will be replaced later, but we are painting it for now.] Also, the wall by the front door with wallpaper which we will shiplapping over very soon. I quick snapped some photos on my phone right before the sun set today so sorry if you were looking for some pro photos today, but I just couldn’t wait to show you…

 

First let’s rewind to how the room looked when we moved in…

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After we started ripping out the floor & the fireplace…
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& how it’s looking today after we painted it..

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In the mean time before we shiplap we did get the walls painted so that the whole room looked cohesive. Next steps… shiplap, sand the flooring, work on the fireplace, & many many many more projects. Sometimes when I write it all out I get super overwhelmed by everything we have to do to make this house our home, but I have to remind myself that we have forever. I hope you guys don’t mind following along with our farmhouse journey for forever. Thank you guys so much for supporting us and cheering us on through this journey & I hope you guys liked today’s update on the front living room! Be sure to follow on Facebook & Instagram for all the behind the scenes.