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DIY Rustic Small Console Table

Jose & I have been really busy lately with different things. He’s in school full time and works full time while I’m working at the store more full time lately among other various jobs & life. It’s been quite crazy so we have had to be more intentional about doing things we love. Our house renovations have been a little slower lately which has made me a little sad because it’s something we both love doing together, but hopefully that will be changing very soon. A few days ago Jose wanted to build a little piece of furniture because it has been a little while since he had taken the time to do that & he came up with a little plan & headed out to his workshop. He came in a couple hours later with this unique little DIY rustic small console table…

It is in a way like many consoles he has made before like this one [here] [here] & [here], but this one has a slatted shelf at the bottom & a thinner top. The legs are also hollow and four sided unlike before when he was using one piece of wood. Usually when he builds furniture he shares the plans on his blog [here], but he wasn’t sure if you guys would want them. If you do, leave a comment below & he will share all the details. He had a lot of fun making this one & we brought it to the store the next day & it sold right away. I’m kind of regretting that & I think I need him to make me one for the farmhouse…


This piece only cost about $70 to make & a few hours of time. I styled this one in the front living room to share with you guys & I love the contrast of that dark stain with the white flooring & walls. Usually the pieces he makes are bulkier & more substantial so I’m loving this dainty version. It would make a great TV console, dining room buffet, sofa table, entryway table, & so much more. What would you use it for? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today! xx

Some sponsored links to room sources:

Bookends are from Magnolia Home & everything else are finds.

See this farmhouse style console [HERE]

Affordable Industrial Farmhouse Pipe Curtain Rods

I think for the past three years we have been meaning to do some DIY industrial pipe curtain rods in our past three homes. I love the look & we even had the pipes bought for all three homes as well. Seriously with two people who love DIY projects I have NO IDEA why we didn’t do the easy DIY project in any of our homes that we have lived in or why I never share it with you guys, but like most blog posts start, I was walking through target the other day & all my industrial pipe curtain rod dreams came true…

We hung these curtain rods & curtains in our front living room on the two small windows in the space. [Side note: we are hoping to add more windows in this space soon]. That’s not a DIY industrial pipe curtain rod.. nope that is one for less than $30 from Target [HERE] that was super easy to hang & use, & required no assembly by me. The other pros? If you don’t know, the pipe pieces that you find at the hardware store is quite expensive & quite dirty. The ones I found at Target were cheaper & clean… in the midst of the chaos of a fixer upper, an easy fix like this is much welcomed. I’m ALL ABOUT a good DIY project, but I’m also all about saving some money & the easy way out at times.

It’s crazy how some simple curtain rods & curtains can make a little spot feel more finished & more cozy. This living room is becoming my favorite place in the house & it’s a tiny sanctuary away from the demo and construction in all other parts of our house. Have you seen these curtain rods at Target before? Have you used them? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today. xx

Church Pew Bench Makeover

You guys! Let’s take a break from all those kitchen demo updates & check out something pretty in our farmhouse today. A while back this past fall I got a church pew from Wayfair [HERE] when I worked with them on a project. Long story short, it came in late for the space I needed it for & so I didn’t really have a spot for it. Until now. It was at the end of our bed upstairs when it was in it’s original state & it was ok, but here at White Cottage Farm I like to make things customized for our space & sometimes that means that we paint the things. This time was one of those times….

Here is what the church pew looked like before…


You may remember it from when we had it at the end of our bed in our Christmas bedroom…

& after some paint in it’s new spot….

My idea was to move the church pew bench into our dining room to use at our antique farmhouse table. & since the table is a beautiful dark wood I chose to use Ivory chalk based paint by Maison Blanche. It’s my favorite paint & probably my favorite white for furniture. I did two coats on the piece & waxed it with clear wax. This bench is literally the perfect size for this table & fits three people comfortably eating at it. I put a long lumbar pillow from Madreana [Here] on the back side of it for some cozy texture. I love [This Pillow] by her so much & own quite a few & they are all amazing.

This little church pew inspired bench is the perfect little addition to our dining room & I love the added charm it gave to the room with the three different types of seating around the table now. I also love ivory paint so nothing is safe. What do you guys think of our new church pew at the dining room table? Do you have a bench at your table? Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today!! xx

 

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Read all about our dining room chandeliers [HERE]

Simple Handmade Farmhouse Decor

I have a problem, or not so much of a problem. I LOVE shopping small & shopping handmade! If you let me loose on Etsy for an hour there is bound to be a problem. I was browsing through Instagram the other day & I came across the most beautiful simple farmhouse Christmas decor that I knew I had to have. I instantly went to the shop of the lovely instagrammer & did some shopping…

Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
So, the shop is 1871 Farmhouse [here] & it’s a new favorite of mine. It was my first time purchasing anything from this lovely shop so I picked up those two farmhouse linen stocking & that lovely little Merry christmas pillow. I styled them on the mantel in our dining room & I am in love with this little corner now. Shipping was super quick & I had the items within a week even though they came from Canada. Her Christmas items seem to be out of the shop now, but she has other great things like this cow print [here], these linen towels [here], or this little grain sack pillow [here]. It’s all lovely.

Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.

Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.
Rustic Farmhouse christmas decor - A great pin for farmhouse & cottage style home decor inspiration.

Ok, I’m done sharing photos of them, but I am truly obsessed with my farmhouse Christmas decor & shopping small so this post is near and dear to my heart. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Christine from 1871 farmhouse, & I’m sure after this post I wrote about her she probably thinks I’m a stalker, but her shop is a little slice of heaven & there was something special about ordering handmade Christmas decor from Canada. Maybe because it’s closer to the North Pole? You know, where Santa lives. I think I’ve had too much sugar this Christmas season.. please excuse me. Do you shop small for Christmas decor & Christmas gifts? What are some of your favorite shops? List them below or chat with me on Instagram & Facebook about them.. I would love to find some new ones to shop at! xx

Some of the items I love from 1871 Farmhouse

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Tour our white cottage farm Christmas farmhouse [here]

*Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links, but as ALWAYS all opinions are my very own.

Front Living Room Makeover – The Floors

You guys! Ok, among the crazy busy christmas season at the store & life, Jose and I are trying to make some progress on the farmhouse. When I last did a house update a few weeks ago I said we were about to demo the kitchen [here], well there was a slight change of plans. When we demo the kitchen, that means we will also be demoing the sunroom [here] since it is a “part of the kitchen” technically & that means we will be losing the main living room space we are using at the moment & that sounds down right stressful. SO, the change is that we are going to make our front living room livable [meaning we are getting the floors fixed so we can walk on them] so that we will have a living room to hang out in while the sunroom and kitchen are being remodeled. That might raise the question of why we don’t use our back living room? Though it has a fireplace it is quite cold this time of year & well, frankly that room will be remodeled soon as well. Jose is trying to get me on this whole “one room at a time thing” or the whole “finish a room before you start another” what is that even? I agree with him though I am ready for this room to be done. Here is a little peak at what that looked like before sanding…

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Please excuse the terrible photos in this post, but I don’t think anything I could do could make it look better. The floor s required a lot of sanding and scraping to get them decent looking & ready for painting…

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& now let’s take it way back to when we moved in…

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& after a lot of sanding and hard work…

Ok, it may not look like much, but trust me.. it’s so much smoother & most importantly ready for paint! It kind of feels like when you do major renovations you take 10 steps back to take one step forward. A little over half of the room has the original flooring from the 1800’s that was covered by subfloor and carpet. When the subfloor and carpet were ripped up we were left with lots of glue on the flooring & we discovered that the last 1/3rd of the room near the fireplace did not have original flooring, but only subfloor. That is when we decided that we were going to paint the flooring to make it all cohesive. BUT we were going to replace the subfloor near the fireplace with boards until we read something that Natalie from Hammade furniture wrote the other day. She wrote about how she hand scraped her subfloor to look like boards before she painted them. Ummm hello! So we thought we would give it a try & Jose hand scarped the subfloor in the living room to resemble boards & so far so good! We are anxious to see what it looks like when we put paint on it, but it will save us a ton of money if it works!

 

So now we need to decide on paint colors. The worst. Here are three colors we kind of played around with, but we weren’t in love. We thought we were wanting a greige or gray taupe, but after sampling them on the floor we are thinking lighter & less gray. Another lesson in “Always sample in the room you will be painting!” This room get’s very little light at the moment with only two small windows in the front, one lead glass window by the stairs, & a front door that let’s little light in [new door coming soon] so I want to keep this room light & bright. I’m thinking a warm creamy white on the floor, but I will be back with what we decide. I actually have butterflies about this because I have ALWAYS wanted a painted wood floor. It’s in my cottage & farmhouse dreams I never thought would come true. So, what do you guys think of our progress. I’m hoping to have the floors painted by the end of the week so stay tuned for updates! Oh, & cross your fingers the whole hand scraped plywood thing works out. I’m a little nervous! Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today & be sure to follow me over on Instagram & Facebook for behind the scenes. xx

 

See the shiplap progress we have made in this room…

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Click [here] to see the shiplap work we did on the walls.

Farmhouse Style Gingerbread House Gift Wrap

You guys. WHO AM I? It’s December 12 & I have gifts wrapped. Yes, that means that I did some Christmas shopping already & I’m not throwing the presents in wrinkled gift bags as I walk out the door to a Christmas party. I’m pretty proud. So, I wanted to show you guys today my progress of gift wrapping this year. Don’t give me too much credit… most of the Christmas shopping needs to be done & way more wrapping, but progress is what matters right…

Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.

Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
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Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
Jose & wrapped gifts the other night as we watched Christmas movies & it was my favorite date night in forever. I just love holiday traditions and the nostalgia of it all. I think this is a new one for us. We kind of had a system, he would do the wrapping paper & I got to have fun with the ribbon and tags. The best part? I was able to get all my wrapping paper, tags, gift boxes, ribbon, & everything else in one place this year… Home Goods. I honestly had no idea they had all of this good stuff, but it turns out they do. My favorite thing were these gingerbread house gift boxes.. are they not adorable? & the best part is you can just throw the gift in and put the roof [lid] back on & you are good to go. How awesome is that. Just make sure you have no snoopers in the house because it would be easy to sneak a peek at your gift. Is it just me or do you have to know what you are getting before Christmas? I want to be surprised! I wanted to do something out of my normal for our Christmas gift wrap this year so I went with a few rose gold paper choices to pair with the ginger bread boxes. Then I found these vintage inspired ribbon spools in colors like olive, blue, natural, & gold. I went with oversized gift tags & then I found the sweetest little wool gift toppers that can double as ornaments. I pretty much had a lot of fun.

Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
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Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
I can’t be the only who who HATED wrapping gifts. It was seriously a chore to me before. This year having it be something that Jose and I did together. We laughed, He mocked me for my bad wrapping skills, & I threw little tiny wool sheep at him, & it was such a fun time. Now I’m looking forward to our wrap party dates every year. It’s funny when things aren’t a chore anymore because you do them with someone you love & the pretty wrapping paper doesn’t hurt either. Everything is better when you are with your partner in crime.

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Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.

Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
Farmhouse Gingerbread House Gift Wrap - Check out this rose gold gingerbread house gift wrap - a great pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration.
It’s not a bad thing when you start your Monday off two weeks before Christmas & you have some gifts wrapped already. I mean, don’t mind that I haven’t folded our laundry in two weeks. Focus on these pretty photos people & the laundry can wait. So I HAVE to know. Do you wrap gifts? Are you a last minute wrapper like I usually am? Do you only do gift bags? Or are your gifts already wrapped on December 1st with pretty ribbon under your tree? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram.

 

Check out how some of my awesome blog friends wrapped their Christmas gifts this year…

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Rooms For Rent

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Ella Claire | Liz Marie Blog | Jeanne Oliver | Shades of Blue Interiors

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French Country Cottage | City Farmhouse | Dear Lillie | My Sweet Savannah

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Kindred Vintage | Craftberry Bush | Jennifer Rizzo

Rustic Christmas Farmhouse Entryway

I woke up the other day & walked down the stairs to make coffee & noticed our entryway at the bottom of the stairs. I stared at it for a few minutes & realized it still had pumpkins in it from fall, but I hadn’t noticed because all around this one styled area is complete chaos of construction. After getting my cup of coffee I grabbed one simple little Christmas pillow & threw in on the church pew & took the pumpkins away & that was the extent of what I planned to do for christmas decor in the entryway. Well, after finishing my whole cup of coffee this happened…

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
Yah. I couldn’t stop. Call it caffeine or the fact that I really like to ignore the construction of our fixer upper, but I went a little Christmas crazy & I’m not mad about it. It started with me removing that simple Christmas pillow I had put there an hour before & replaced it with all my favorite christmas pillows like those plaid ones from Pottery Barn, the red ones from Target, & that car pillow [here] that I also picked up at Pottery Barn. I hung some garland from a local greenhouse on the stairs [very unprofessionally, but the messier the better right?] & I also laid some leftover garland on the church pew as well well. The pillows below the pew are Homegoods finds along with the tree on the shelf in the gallery wall. You can see details on the gallery wall [here] in my original post about this space.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
It’s funny that I started out thinking I was only going to throw one pillow in this space for Christmas & that I wouldn’t like this space or share it here on the blog, & look where we ended up. It’s almost like Christmas exploded all over. I guess that’s my advice for today… There is always a point in every project that you think that it’s just a fail, but keep trying new things & usually it eventually turns out to be something you don’t hate. It happens to everyone.. every single time.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.
DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

& a glimpse into this space at night….

DIY Rustic farmhouse christmas entryway - A must pin for farmhouse and cottage style Christmas decor.

So, there it is! Our Christmas entryway. I’m in love because it’s so cozy. The only thing that I purchases for this space this year was the garland. Everything else was already from my Christmas collection which was fun to dig in my old boxes to create this new Christmas spot in our farmhouse. I’m telling you… even though our house is under construction, I will find places to decorate for the holidays! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

 

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See more of our Christmas decor this year…

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Take our holiday housework [here]

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See how we made this spindle Christmas tree [here]

 

DIY Farmhouse Porch Planter Boxes

Happy Monday friends! I had such a great weekend that ended with quite an eventful night. After going picking all day with my pal Abby I was heading home tonight in the snow… and oh my gosh the roads were awful. It was the first real snow of the season so it was pretty crazy as is. The highways were a maximum speed of 30, accidents everywhere, and I almost cried the whole way as I gripped the wheel and prayed. It was intense. But as soon as pulled in the driveway to our farm and saw the lights on the snow I was in awe of the beauty of it all…

Seriously.. we have so much work to do on our fixer upper farmhouse, but a blanket of snow really covers all that up quite nicely. Another fun thing this weekend was that Jose brought two amazing planter boxes on the front porch that he built & I absolutely love them. I didn’t have time to style them so for now I just stuck two of our porch Christmas trees in them to show you what they look like…

DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
Jose quickly whipped up these boxes for our porch, but of course I never have a plan so I’m not quite sure where they will end up or how we will style them, but they are cute aren’t they? Jose shared how he made them & painted them over on his blog: Craftsmandrive.com [here]. He tells me they were pretty easy and fun to build which is cool because I think I need three more for the idea that I have… oops!

DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
DIY planter boxes - so easy to make and they are great for the porch & outdoor areas! A must pin for farmhouse decor & build ideas.
You know I will be keeping you updated on where these planter boxes end up on the farm and how we style them. They would be so great framing a door, on porch steps,  by garage doors, & so much more. Be sure to visit Jose’s blog [here] & check out how he made them & let us know if you end up making some for your home! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & for always supporting us with through all our DIY & fixer upper journey updates. Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram to follow along more. xx

 

See more DIY farmhouse furniture builds from Jose…

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DIY farmhouse style buffet [click here]

Chalk Paint Christmas Decor Makeover

Remember a few weeks ago when I blogged my Christmas rocking horse makeover [here]? Well, it started a domino effect that usually happens to me when I start painting things. You guessed it, it made me want to paint my entire rocking horse collection. So I painted 4 more of our Christmas rocking horses & I’m not even mad about it….

Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
& what they looked like before I got my hands on them in our Christmas decor last year…

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& after…

Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
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I picked these horses up at HomeGoods & I really did love them, but I was craving a change & I wanted to make them a little more custom & a lot more “Liz Marie”. I chose to paint them just like I did the one I completed a few weeks ago with Maison Blanche white pepper & sealing them with the white lime wax… one of my favorite paint combos of all time! It’s a neutral antique white look without being completely white…

Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor

Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
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Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
Cottage style vintage inspired Christmas rocking horses - Great farmhouse style & cottage style Christmas decor
I want to chalk paint all of the things now! I hope this shows you that you can customize the Christmas decor you find at stores like HomeGoods to fit your style. So don’t always look at the color or finish of the christmas decor but instead the shape or item instead. I love how these turned out & I’m so glad that I painted these little guys. What do you think of them? Have you tried the white pepper lime paint with the white wax combo from Maison Blanche? I promise you will love it! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes of what I am up to. xx

 

See our holiday house walk below..

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Take the full tour of our holiday house walk this year [here]

DIY Antique Spindle Christmas Tree

DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!

One thing that kind of went to the waste side in 2016 since opening a store & buying our fixer upper farmhouse was the DIY side of Liz Marie. The girl who used to make something daily or paint something weekly. Since opening up our store [which I love so much] I have had to put some things aside & DIY’ing projects was one of them. Of course we have been doing DIY’s in our farmhouse, but not a lot of the fun little ones that I used to do. I promised myself that in the next year I wouldn’t let that happen again.. so hold me accountable for that ok? Well, this week I actually sat down to make something that I had planned out last Christmas… YES! Last Christmas. When we lived in a completely different home. I obviously got busy, but I wasn’t going to let another year go by without bringing this idea of mine to life….

DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!

DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!

This was such a simple DIY project, but I love how it turned out! I really wanted to make a Christmas tree out of old spindles. I always see spindles around in my picking adventures & I found a bundle last Christmas season at my local habitat store that I thought would be perfect for this project. Who knows how the spindles made it through our big move in the past year, but I’m glad they did! I gathered up some spindles & an old door that we had in our garage to create a Christmas tree perfect for our cottage style farmhouse…

DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!

DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!

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Making this tree was super easy & just required some taping and planning. First we played out the spindles on the door as shown above. We then taped the shape of off the tree & used a dremel tool to cut out the shape. Then to do the top & bottom of the tree we used the scraps that we had just cut off the rest of the tree. We laid out all of the parts onto the old door & used a nail gun to fasten all of the spindles to the door. It was seriously that easy. One extra thing we did that wasn’t shown here was that the top of the tree laid lower on the door because it’s spindles didn’t touch the raised trim on the outside of the door so we placed shims under the top of the tree for it to line up properly with the bottom part of the tree.

DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!
DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!
DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!
DIY chippy spindle Christmas tree - A super easy DIY farmhouse Christmas decor project. A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas inspiration!
Now this is my kind of Christmas decor… neutral & chippy! I know some of you would agree to that. It felt so good to actually sit down & make something again… I really am serious that I will be a maker again in 2017 for our home & for our shop. It’s what makes me happy & I don’t want to let that part of me go. It’s why I started Liz Marie Blog years ago & it’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. What do you guys think of my DIY spindle Christmas tree? You should totally make one! You can put your own twist on it & make it match your decor.. it’s pretty fun! Let me know what you think & be sure to share it with me if you end up making one for your home. Chat with me on Facebook & Instagram. As always, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for stopping by my blog today & for sharing it with your friends & family. xx

 

This spindle tree is styled in our dining room, see more of the space below..

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See our rustic glam Christmas dining room [here]

DIY Drop Cloth Curtains In The Sunroom

DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!

I did it again! I did something “crazy” in the sunroom this weekend. I added some DIY curtains. I know this room is all about the view & up until now I was nervous to add curtains, but it was time to cozy up this space a little more because that’s what I do. You see, in every other house we have owned I have always used DIY curtains made from drop cloths. I even blogged some last year in our last house [here] if you want to see those. It’s just something that I have always done. In this house we haven’t really gotten to the “window treatment” stage yet because it’s completely under construction. Except our sunroom. we haven’t really ripped up that room yet & we sit there a whole lot. When we moved in it already had pull down shades in this room, but I rarely used them even though they were very nice. I’m not sure if it was the unexpected snow we got this weekend after 70 degree days we’ve had, but I instantly wanted to cozy up the sunroom a little bit more. I wandered down to my local Home Depot & picked up some drop cloths and went to town in the sunroom filled with windows…

DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!

DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!

DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!
So we first bought our drop cloths like these ones that I listed an affiliate for [here] & these solid wood drapery rings [here]. I started by washing the drop cloths & drying them thoroughly so that they would soften & get that more vintage linen feel. Also, so they would smell better, I suggest using a fabric softener when washing them to really get that drop cloth smell out & to make them extra soft & easy to work with. After the curtains are all dry I lay them the floor & see how much they shrunk by holding them up to the window where I want them to hang. You can choose to hem them at this point, but let’s face it I’m all about that quick DIY project sans sewing. I lay the curtain on the ground and fold over the top of the curtain and clip the curtain rings at the fold & hang them on the rod so that it has a ruffle and so the curtains don’t puddle too much on the floor. After they are hung I take a handheld steamer to release and crazy wrinkles, but some wrinkles are ok in my book because I love the relaxed look of them. Super simple! I chose to use the Martha Stewart curtain rod system in white. It is all wood and I’m really happy with how it turned out. You can find the whole system at Home Depot, but I also found it on Amazon here: curtain bracket [here], curtain rod [here], curtain rings [here], & so much more. I LOVE that the curtain rod blends in with the trim in the sunroom. We were going to go with industrial pipes that were black, but at the last minute I switched it up and went with the white wood rods. The white rods blending into the trim still draws your eyes out the windows instead of distracting from the view.

DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!

DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!

DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!
Here is this room before…

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& currently…

DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!
DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!
DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!
DIY drop cloth curtains - A simple & easy way to add farmhouse and cottage style curtains to any room on a budget! A great pin for farmhouse and cottage style decor inspiration!
I still have to take the shades down in the room, but one step at a time right? More on that later. I took these photos while it was gloomy and snowing out today & I was just so cozy in this room. When we first moved in the sunroom was very open and I loved it, but if you know me, you know my style is super cozy so these curtains add that texture which amps up the cozy factor by at least 10 points. I will be blogging more of this room & more Christmas details tomorrow. What do you think of the curtains? & how awesome is it that they are made from drop cloths? Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. As always, THANK YOU so much for stopping by my blog, it means so much to me! xx

 

Some room sources:

black lamp: Target
Christmas Tree: King of Christmas
Rug: World Market
sofa: Ikea
chair, coffee table, dresser, window: vintage finds

Vintage Black Dresser Makeover

You guys might not believe it but, I painted a white piece of furniture black. You read that right. The girl who always paints everything white painted a white dresser black. I got this dresser from my friend in North Carolina who owned my favorite little antique shop ever, The Black Swan. If you are in Eastern North Carolina you have to check it out. She meant a lot to me & the little pieces I collected over time from her still mean a lot to me as well. This little guy was adorable, but needed a little love. The funny thing is is that I had painted this dresser white this past summer & since then it sat in the garage because I didn’t love it. It was too plain & had no character. So in steps my favorite chalk paint & wax from Maison Blanche & I brought it back to life…

blFarmhouse style black dresser makeover - Get the look with black chalk paint & white wax. A great pin for cottage style & farmhouse style decor!

Farmhouse style black dresser makeover - Get the look with black chalk paint & white wax. A great pin for cottage style & farmhouse style decor!
Here was the dresser before a few years ago in our North Carolina rental…

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& after my sad attempt at painting it this summer…

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& how it looks now…

Farmhouse style black dresser makeover - Get the look with black chalk paint & white wax. A great pin for cottage style & farmhouse style decor!
So how did I get this look? Super easy! I first painted the dresser with two layers of Maison Blanche chalk paint in wrought iron. After it dried I brushed on some of the lime wax in white after a few minutes I used a rag to wipe off the white lime wax & it gave this lovely chalky effect over the black chalk paint.

Farmhouse style black dresser makeover - Get the look with black chalk paint & white wax. A great pin for cottage style & farmhouse style decor!

Farmhouse style black dresser makeover - Get the look with black chalk paint & white wax. A great pin for cottage style & farmhouse style decor!
Farmhouse style black dresser makeover - Get the look with black chalk paint & white wax. A great pin for cottage style & farmhouse style decor!
Farmhouse style black dresser makeover - Get the look with black chalk paint & white wax. A great pin for cottage style & farmhouse style decor!
I love how the white wax really makes the piece pop & brings out all of the detail. I think this is my new favorite little dresser. I will say it again.. I love the power of paint! What do you think of this dresser makeover? have you used the black chalk paint/white wax combo before? It’s quite magical! 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, it means so much! xx

 

Another chalk paint makeover…

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Click [here] to see my mora clock makeover.

Some room sources:

Seltzer bottles, scale, books, stool, olive bucket: The Found Cottage
Cotton print: Antique Farmhouse
Pillow: Farmhouse on Boone
Rug: Birch Lane

Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa

Last week I shared our rustic glam Christmas dining room on the blog [here]. It was kind of an overview & I left out some of my favorite parts because the post was getting long & I didn’t want to make you bored. I don’t think I ever showed you this piece of furniture when we moved it in this summer, but this old cupboard that I picked up from our shop is one of my favorite pieces in our farmhouse now…

Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa - A must pin for rustic farmhouse Christmas decor!

Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa - A must pin for rustic farmhouse Christmas decor!

Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa - A must pin for rustic farmhouse Christmas decor!
It’s seriously the most simply beautiful piece that we own & I’m obsessed with the chippy headboard. Right now I do not store anything in the cupboard, but I imagine soon it will be piled with dining room decor & dishes. I can’t get enough storage! & pretty storage is always a bonus. On top of this piece is something that is extra special to me. You see, I’ve said it before, but my grandma & my aunt [who is one of the amazing people I own the shop with] are two of my biggest inspirations when it comes to decorating & many other things. My grandma has been through a lot these past two years with losing my grandpa, but she is still the same giving woman who has the best taste in home decor. That grandma of mine has the best taste & she isn’t afraid to share it which is my favorite thing ever. A few weeks ago she found this chippy santa & she picked it up for our farmhouse. He’s quite possibly my favorite piece of Christmas decor ever. My gram stopped in the shop one day when I was working to give me this chippy santa & she couldn’t stay long because she has a better social life than I do, but when she left after we chatted for a few in the front of the store, everyone that was shopping turned to me and asked if that was grandma, when I said yes they immediately told me that she was their favorite person. That’s just how she is. Lovable, sassy, & has the best style around. I want to be here when I grow up.

Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa - A must pin for rustic farmhouse Christmas decor!
Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa - A must pin for rustic farmhouse Christmas decor!
Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa - A must pin for rustic farmhouse Christmas decor!
I also love everything else in this little Christmas corner of our dining room like this thrifted chair, ice skates, & window. The tree, pillow, ornament garland, wreath, & dishes all from Home Goods are my favorite finds this year for our holiday decor. & that three tiered tray from my collection at Painted Fox [here] is always a staple in our decor in every season.

Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa - A must pin for rustic farmhouse Christmas decor!
Farmhouse Christmas Cabinet & Rustic Santa - A must pin for rustic farmhouse Christmas decor!
Since our whole house is under construction during this holiday season I’ve enjoyed decorating little corners like this for the holidays. This rustic farmhouse of ours looks pretty good dressed up for Christmas don’t you think? Let me know what you think of this little christmas corner in our dining room & that santa that my grandma got me.. isn’t she the best? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

 

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See our rustic glam Christmas dining room [here]

DIY Farmhouse Style Buffet

I was talking to my friend Abby tonight from Binks & the Bad Housewife as we were setting up our shop for the holiday open house this weekend & I was telling her the tonight I was going to blog the DIY farmhouse style buffet that Jose just built. She asked me if I was going to share the tutorial on how to make one & I then told her that Jose was going to do that on his blog, Craftsmandrive.com, & that I was just showing off some photos that i took of it because I was so proud of his amazing work… Her response to that? She said “Well, I guess it’s a tutorial on how to pick an amazing husband.” haha I laughed so hard at that comment. It’s the truth, Jose is amazing in so many ways. So ladies, find yourself a man that will make you proud.

DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
Seriously.. isn’t it beautiful? Most of the time Jose will just go in his workshop to build something & I have no idea what he’s building until he comes to get me to surprise me. That was what happened with this piece as well… My first response when I saw it? “How did you paint this?! It’s gorgeous.” In true Jose fashion he just looked at me and smiled and shrugged. Always a humble man he never really thinks anything he does is too great. I wish he saw what I saw.

DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
Jose shared how to build this DIY farmhouse style buffet & how he got this look on his blog today [here]. I was reminded of a few other reasons I was proud of him this week as it was the Marine Corps 241st birthday & veterans day. Jose is a Marine Corps Veteran & I am so thankful for him and the sacrifices he has made for his family & his country. I seriously couldn’t be more proud of the man that he is. I didn’t really intend for this post to be me gushing about my husband, but as I sit here and type it’s all I am thinking about. He’s quite the guy.

DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!

Above this piece I hung some art from CottonWood Shanty [here]. I don’t know how I lived without her scroll art for so long, but I think I always have to have one of these hanging in our farmhouse at all times. I also got one for our Christmas decor that I will be sharing later. I’m obsessed! Most of the other items on the buffet are vintage finds, but those lamps are from Target along with the round basket. The clock is from my collection at Painted Fox [here] & I blogged how I gave it a little makeover [here].

DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!

DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!

DIY Farmhouse Dining Room buffet - Could be a great TV console, sofa table, entryway table, kitchen island, & so much more! Great tutorial and farmhouse style decor inspiration!
I’m so in love with this piece that Jose built & it’s undecided if it will stay here in the farmhouse or go to the store. With the majority of our home unfinished it’s hard to know if we should keep a piece or sell it. In these photos I styled it in our front living room near the entryway [hence why the floors looked so unfinished, because they are] & I kind of love it here. Stay tuned to see where it ends up. this piece would make an amazing TV stand, Entryway table, sofa table, dining room buffet, kitchen island, & so much more. What would you use it as? Let me know what you think of it in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Be sure to head to Jose’s blog [here] & see how he made it & also show him some love! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!! xx

Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover

Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover - How to get this look - Great Neutral farmhouse christmas decor inspiration

Happy Friday!! I’ve been pretty busy lately & not making a ton of time to paint. Well, I picked up a paint brush this week for a little project & I’m so proud of that so I wanted to come on here today & share what I painted. It’s the small things right? I’m sure I’m not alone on this, but when I see things in the store if I’m not in love with them I picture what they would look like if I painted them. For example, this rocking horse I found at Home Goods…

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Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover - How to get this look - Great Neutral farmhouse christmas decor inspiration
This is what the rocking horse looked like when I bought it…

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& now after I put my touch on it…

Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover - How to get this look - Great Neutral farmhouse christmas decor inspiration

Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover - How to get this look - Great Neutral farmhouse christmas decor inspiration
To get this look I used Maison Blanche french lime paint in white pepper all over the rocking horse & sealed it with a heavy coat of white wax. It seriously gave this rocking horse a completely different look & it fits in so much better with our decor.

Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover - How to get this look - Great Neutral farmhouse christmas decor inspiration
Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover - How to get this look - Great Neutral farmhouse christmas decor inspiration

Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover - How to get this look - Great Neutral farmhouse christmas decor inspiration
Christmas Rocking Horse Makeover - How to get this look - Great Neutral farmhouse christmas decor inspiration
This is one of my favorite things to do of all time. It may seem weird to some to buy a new item and turn around and paint it right away, but customizing my home decor brings me so much joy & makes me love the items even more. This is also a great way to decorate for the holidays on a budget! Go out and find some dollar store items or clearance items & give them a custom look to your style with some chalk paint. I hope you guys enjoyed this post & feel inspired in some small way. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog & sharing it with your friends & family. Be sure to find me on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest. xx

 

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Come visit our Christmas bedroom [here]

* I worked with Maison Blanche on this post, but as always all opinions and projects are my very own.

A Cozy Cheerful Farmhouse Christmas Bedroom

Happy November! You guys!! It’s my first Christmas post of 2016… can you believe it? Neither can I! I wanted to start posting our Christmas decor early to hopefully inspire you in some small way for when you start to decorate for the Holidays. I teamed up with some of my best blogging friends to share our Christmas bedrooms with you today with Birch Lane. The funny thing? Our master bedroom is no where near being done, in fact we haven’t even started renovation in there yet, but I still wanted to decorate it for the holidays. For this look I wanted to do something kind of traditional with pops of color which is always fun for me to do around the holidays. You know that I will be sharing some neutral Christmas decor this year too, but I wanted to have a little fun today…

Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!

Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!

Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!

Since the room is kind of an unfinished mess, the only part that is looking good these days is our bed area so that is the only part that I decorated for the holidays for now. More updates on this room later. The church pew at the end of the bed, the cozy throw, the mirrors, & the wreaths on the mirrors are all from Birch Lane. I love the church pew at the end of the bed since we do not have a footboard on our bed from Arhaus & it also added a lot of warmth to the space as well. & of course it’s pretty cool to be able to buy a church pew reproduction if you can find the real deal. How perfect for Christmas decor?

Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!

Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
I always like to play around with color around Christmas and these plaid pillows from Pottery Barn & the red and white pillows from Target add the perfect pops. I also added my favorite Christmas pillow of all time that was handmade by my friend Sue from Fabric Scout Studio. The bedding is from Anthropologie [here]. The nightstands are antique finds that I painted with Magnolia Home Paint in one horn white. The lamps, grain sacks, Christmas trees, baskets, & rug are all from Target as well.

Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!

Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
Cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom - A must pin for farmhouse & cottage style Christmas decor inspiration!
& I’m sure you are all wonder where I got that AMAZING sign above the bed. Well, most of you probably have already guessed it. It is made by the one & only Feather & Birch. Heidi is such a great friend & when I came up with a Christmas idea she literally brought it to life. You can find the sign in her Etsy shop [here]. Have I ever told you how much I love my creative friends? Well I do. It’s so fun to collaborate & dream up ideas together & bring them to life. Well, that completes our Christmas bedroom for now… If this doesn’t put you in the spirit for the upcoming holidays, I don’t know what will. Let me know what you think of our cozy cheerful farmhouse Christmas bedroom in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & be sure to visit my talented blog friends Christmas bedrooms below…

 

 

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Love Grows Wild | Ella Claire | Shades of Blue Interiors | Craftberry Bush | Liz Marie Blog

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Dear Lillie | Jeanne Oliver | French Country Cottage | Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

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City Farmhouse | Rooms For Rent | Kindred Vintage | My Sweet Savannah

*I worked with BirchLane on this post, but as always all opinions are my very own. xx