Category Archives: Favorite Things Friday

Christmas Dough Bowl Centerpiece

You all knew that I HAD to get my dough bowl out for Christmas at least once [I might be back with another Christmas dough bowl centerpiece… we shall see] I have been craving a more simple Christmas centerpiece after my rustic woodland tablescape [here] & I knew the dough bowl would be the perfect piece. I also wanted to use my new rocking horse from A Cottage In The City because, well let’s face it, it’s almost the cutest thing I have ever seen.

Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.
Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.
When I said simple centerpiece, I just meant “more simple” haha. To create this Christmas dough bowl centerpiece I took a dough bowl I found while out junkin’ [ you can find one for yourself at Painted Fox [here]]. I filled it with some garland from Michaels, & layered in some ornaments, pinecones, and a small Christmas that were also from Michaels. The candle holders are from world market, & the gem of the whole thing is that wonderful rocking horse from A Cottage In The City [here]. Super simple & easy to take on and off the table which I know a lot of you wanted some ideas on, so here you go. This would also be great with any tray.

Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.

Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.

Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.
Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.
I think you guys have probably noticed, but I am never done with anything. I’m always tweaking things even our Christmas decor & that’s why I have this blog to document it all. It’s so much fun sharing different Christmas ideas & hopefully you guys leave the blog inspired in some little way. This simple Christmas table is making me crave more simple Christmas decor around the house. Maybe I should subtract a few things & share a more simplified Christmas home tour soon? Stay tuned!

Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.
Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.
Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.
Rustic Christmas dough bowl centerpiece - See this neutral rustic Christmas decor & get inspired by the cottage style decor.
I’m loving this neutral Christmas space & that rocking horse is giving me all the feels. Am I a rocking horse person now? Like, do I collect them? Have I got to that stage? I mean we all saw my card catalog [here] with all of the rocking horses. Okay. Let me know what you think of this Christmas dough bowl centerpiece in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram.

See our rustic woodland Christmas tablescape [here].

See our Christmas card catalog [here].
See our cozy cottage Christmas tour [here]. 

See our rustic Christmas porch [here].



Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday friends! This week was SO MUCH FUN! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you might have seen that I spent the first part of the week with GMC in Martha’s Vineyard visiting the HGTV Dream Home. It was a blast. I fell in love with the island, the beautiful towns, the view, & of course the HGTV Dream home. I also had fun with all the lovely people I was with including my friend Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies. She is so sweet & such an inspiration. Her home is gorgeous & she is a master at refinishing furniture. Today I wanted to feature her & her lovely blog for my Favorite Things Friday. I hope you enjoy! Oh, & next week I will be blogging my tour of the HGTV dream home so stay tuned! I can’t wait to share my experience.

Favorite front door.

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Favorite sunroom. 

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Favorite dresser makeover. 

Favorite step stool.

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Favorite headboard. 

Favorite nautical decor. 

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Favorite dining room.

This is just a small look into the talent that Danielle has & it was so nice hanging out with her this past week on our trip to Boston with GMC… So fun getting to hang with blog friends in real life! I hope you all have a great weekend! xx 

Favorite Things Friday: Dear Lillie

Happy Friday friends! I had a rough day today [Thursday] as I have lost someone very close to me. I don’t have many words to say & I’m sorry for that, but I still wanted to come to my happy place tonight to share a blogger who has inspired me since day one. When I thought of someone as I just sat down who has a blog that always makes me happy I knew it had to be Dear Lillie. I really don’t even have to say much because most of you already know her, but her style is just lovely. It’s calming & that’s what I needed tonight. I’ll share more words & details about my loss later when I can find the words to say, but for now enjoy this lovely inspiration from Dear Lillie & be sure to show her some love on this beautiful Friday. Thank for showing me so much support on my Instagram yesterday & I promise you that all your comments mean so much. Thank you guys for being so awesome! xx

Favorite master bedroom.

Favorite dining chairs.

Favorite print. 


Favorite gray bedroom.

Favorite buffet.

Favorite kitchen island.

Favorite girls bedroom.

Favorite fireplace.

Favorite sunporch. 


Guest bedroom.


Favorite dining room.

Have a great weekend friends! xx

Favorite Things Friday – A Victorian Cottage

Happy Friday friends! I hope your week was good! I’m so happy it’s Friday. The weekends are just pretty rad around here & I hope I get a nap in one of these days haha. I also wanted to let you know how special you are at the end of this week. Your week may have been hard, you may feel like you just aren’t good enough, you may feel like you have failed at something, but guess what? You are awesome. You are so much better than you think you are, you are loved, you are unique, & you are talented. Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop thinking you are inadequate. Stop with all that. Other people’s lives may look perfect on the outside, but just know everyone has their struggles & the struggle is part of this beautiful ride we call life. You got this. Take this weekend to say thank you for all you have, to reflect on your talents, to take some time for yourself, & to take time with the ones you love. Never forget how awesome you are. On that note, I wanted to introduce you to someone special. This blogging friend has such a charming home & I wanted to share some of my favorites from her home today. The blogger is Jennifer from Town & Country Living & I think you will love her too…

Favorite mirrors. 

Favorite spring centerpiece. 

Favorite buffet. 

Favorite office space.

Favorite eat-in kitchen. 

Country French bathroom
Favorite tub.  

Favorite living room. 

Isn’t her home lovely? These are just a few of my favorite things from her blog. You can see more on her blog, her Instagram, & her Facebook. Go show her some love! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & I hope that this is a happy place for you to come to daily. Thank you for always being so kind & for all your comments & encouragement daily. Y’all are the best! Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram so we can chat! xx 

Favorite Things Friday – Beachy Farmhouse Tour

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You know those people you see online that share the same taste in home decor as you? Well, one of those people for me is Bre from Rooms For Rent. Her style is cozy, farm house, amazingness. I wish I could visit her home & just admire everything for a full day. I just had to share her today for my Favorite Things Friday because if you don’t know about her, well now you do! You are welcome.

Favorite farmhouse table. 

Favorite cup drying rack. 

Favorite gallery wall. 


Favorite office space. 


Favorite coffee table. 


Favorite prints.

Favorite living room.

Oh my. Isn’t her house just gorgeous? It’s beachy farmhouse goodness. & this is just the beginning. You have to go to her blog to see more & of course find her on Facebook & Instagram to show her some love! I hope you guys liked this weeks Favorite Things Friday & make sure to share it with your friends who you think would like it too! Happy Friday! xx 

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Favorite Things Friday friends! This is week two of the ‘BIG CHANGE’ to Favorite Things Friday & I would say it’s going well & I hope you think so too! Now on Fridays I showcase work & designs from my favorite bloggers. Bloggers who inspire me & that I know you will love as well. I hope every week you inspired by these people & that you discover new bloggers who you love.  This week I am showcasing a blogger who has shocked & astonished me for years. This week I am bring you Lucy from Craftberry Bush. Lucy says that her love for art has been with her since childhood because she was always surrounded with art by her family. She is a creative soul through and through & everything she touches is gold. I have so many words, but I think I’ll let her blog speak for itself. I’m so positive that most of you know who she is, but if you don’t, here are a few of my favorite things from her blog, & be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, & of course head to see more inspiration on her blog.


Favorite DIY terracotta pots.

Favorite living room. 


Favorite hutch. 

Favorite DIY succulents.

Gallery wall love. 


Favorite body scrub. 

Favorite mudroom.

Seriously, how amazing is she? & this is just a small glimpse into her talent. If you don’t follow her.. you are missing out. & you have to check out all of her amazing paintings as well. She pretty much does it all. I am blogging this while in LA in my hotel room & the links are not cooperating to the direct posts, but head to her blog & search the items on her blog.  What do you think of Lucy’s lovely blog? Is she your favorite too? Let me know in the comments below, find me onFacebook,& chat with me onInstagram. xx

Favorite Things Friday : AKA Design

Big News! After a couple years of doing Favorite Things Friday one way there were some necessary changes that I had to make. I will no longer be doing Favorite Things Friday the way it has been. At first I was scared of the change, but now I’m EXCITED! How is Favorite Things Friday changing here weekly on the blog? From now on I will be sharing my favorite bloggers projects, homes, & so much more each week. The plan: Each week I will feature a new blogger’s home, projects, & more of my favorite things they have done. What does this mean for you? You are still getting inspired here on the blog every friday, meeting new bloggers or re-discovering bloggers you already loved, finding out about new DIY projects, & getting ideas on how to make your home a place you love. So, Happy Favorite Things Friday!!

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This week, I am starting out with a blogger who is constantly inspiring me & who has supported me in my blogging adventures. Shannon from AKA Design literally does it all & if you visit her blog you will see what I mean. I suggest you follow her on Instagram, Facebook, & of course her blog as well for daily inspiration & to get to know the awesome present that she is! Here are a few of my favorite things from her blog that I think you will love too! Enjoy!!


Subway tile kitchen. 

DIY hand lettered globe. 

DIY coffee table. 

Lovely bright dining room. 

Sliding barn door. 

DIY stenciled sign. 

These are just a few of my favorite things from Shannon’s blog & by now I think you see why I like her so much. What do you think of my favorites from her blog? & how do you feel about the “new” Favorite Things Friday?! Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! Also, leave some of your favorite bloggers in the comments below so I can feature them on future Favorite Things Fridays! xx

Ps. If you still want the “old” Favorite Things Friday to see what else is inspiring me this week, FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST to see what I’m loving this week & everyday.

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Favorite Things Friday

This is the first Favorite Things Friday in our new house! This week has been really fun making our house our home. You can see our first room reveal in our home {here}. It’s been a great week & we truly feel like a weight has been lifted off of us. I have read a book this week, sat on our porch for hours, taken walks, met some neighbors, taken naps, & more things I haven’t done in a long time because I was stressed and so busy at the old house. Life is good & life is simple & I love it. Downtown life is treating us well. I hope that you guys all had a great week & I would LOVE for you to follow me on over Instagram to follow our journey in our new rental & to stay up to date on us. You can go {here} to find me. On to this weeks favorites. Be sure to share you favorites with me in the comments below!

Favorite house.

Favorite laundry room.

Favorite stools.

Favorite patio. 

Favorite shower. 

Favorite bedroom.

Favorite chair. 

Favorite baking station. 

Favorite hair. 

Favorite dresser. 

Favorite tee-pee. 

Favorite ring. 

Favorite quote. 

Have a great weekend!! xx

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday! I hope that you all had a great week. If you follow me on Instagram than you saw the announcement that we have started to move stuff to the new house! We are feeling so excited & ready to make the new house our home. I’m going to have to say goodbye to our house that we built 4 years ago this weekend though, and I’m not ready for that. More updates on that later. If you want to follow along with our move follow me on Instagram to get updates, photos, & behind the scenes looks at all things going on with us. Now onto this weeks favorites….


Favorite house. 

Favorite furniture.

Favorite laundry room sink.


Favorite daybed.


Favorite windows. 

Favorite necklaces. 

Favorite patio.

Favorite shared kids room. 


Favorite backsplash.

Favorite cart. 


Favorite sandels. 

Favorite pantry.

Favorite shower. 

Favorite hair. 

Favorite quote. 

Have a great weekend!! xx 

Favorite Things Friday

Hi friends! Happy Friday & welcome to Favorite Things Friday! I hope that you all had a great week. It’s about to get CRAZY over here.. we are going to start moving things to the new house this weekend. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? If you are wondering about all of the renting/moving things going on you can go {here} to read & see what is happening. You can also see our new patio {here} & you will see why we are so in love with the new space. Anyways I could go on forever with how I feel about the move & how I feel about leaving this house that we have loved so much, but let’s get on to this weeks favorites! Be sure to share you favorites with me in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram!

Favorite kitchen cabinets.

Favorite wallpaper.

Favorite house. 


Favorite bed. 

Favorite light fixture. 

Favorite bathroom. 

Favorite open shelving.

Favorite laundry room. 

Favorite look. 

Favorite dining room. 

Favorite quote. 

Have a great weekend!! xx 

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday everyone! & Happy Easter weekend. Mr. LMB & I started our long weekend yesterday & it feels so good to have a whole weekend free in this warm spring weather. Our weekend will be spent hanging out, packing a little, relaxing, sleeping, lots of church, & hopefully some shopping. I’m planning lots of final blog posts to say goodbye to this lovely little house of ours & if you missed the update on us selling our house you can go {here} to read all about it. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to follow along with my life adventures & I hope that you all have an amazing day! Enjoy my favorites this week…

Favorite cabinet paint color.

Favorite house.

Favorite greenhouse.

Favorite look.

Favorite dresser. 

Favorite open shelves.

Favorite laundry room. 

Favorite car. 


Favorite nursery.


Favorite stairs.

Favorite tree house. 

Favorite kitchen hutch.


Favorite hair. 

Favorite quote. 

Have a great weekend!! xx

ps. some of the links were broken, if you have the source please share it in the comments below! xx

Favorite Things Friday

Hey Hey Hey! Happy Friday! I hope that you all had a great week, & hey if you didn’t, IT’S THE WEEKEND! Use it as a restart, to refresh, & to unwind. This week has been kind of a roller coaster of emotions for us. You can read the news about our house sale {here} . I know ever house sale has it’s ups & downs, but when  you experience it first time, it truly is a roller coaster, but I’m learning to enjoy the ride & to take the bumps and curves with ease & grace. Enough about me! Let’s get to this weeks favorites. I hope you enjoy them & be sure to share your favorites with me in the comments below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram. I would love to connect with you!


Favorite windows. 

Favorite tile. 

Favorite door decor.

Favorite hallway.

Favorite kitchen.

Favorite doors.


Favorite hammock. 

Favorite house. 

Favorite look.

Favorite kitchen storage.

Favorite patio. 

Favorite hair. 

Favorite quote. 

Have a great weekend!! xx

ps. Some of the links were broken sadly. If you know the source let me know! x0x0

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope that you had a great week. I’m so happy it is the weekend!! Time to relax & do some fun DIY projects. I was so so busy this past week & I’m sorry if the blog was a little boring this week, please forgive me! In case you missed it, I blogged a lovely DIY face mask {here}, A DIY planter made from a rug {here}, How we store our DIY essentials in our home decor {here}, & our DIY framed bathroom mirrors {here}. Of course after a busy week, the one thing I look forward to as week is Favorite Things Friday! I hope you love this weeks favorites & be sure to share your favorites with me in the comments below, on Facebook, & Instagram!

Favorite nursery art. 

Favorite look.

Favorite living room layout. 

Favorite door.

Favorite light fixtures. 

Favorite sink. 


Favorite staircase.

Favorite bathroom.

Favorite nightstand. 


Favorite hair. 

Favorite ceiling.

Favorite quote. 

I hope you have a great weekend!! xx

Ps. Some of the links were broken. If you know the source, please let me know! xx

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday friends!! This week was really awesome over here. It was my birthday. My grandparents were here all week visiting from Michigan for my birthday & I feel so blessed that they were able to come. We did lots of antiquing, eating, and visiting. It was seriously perfect. I hope that you guys had a great week & that you have an even better weekend. Enjoy some of my favorites from this week &  be sure to share your favorites with me in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram!

Favorite kitchen island.

Favorite porch swing.

Favorite towels.

Favorite manicure. 

Favorite gallery wall.

Favorite look.

Favorite bathroom. 

Favorite dresser. 

Favorite map wall art. 

Favorite countertops.

Favorite spring dining table.

Favorite quote. 

Have a great weekend!! xx 

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday friends! Wow, am I tired. Have you moved recently? You know that feeling after a long day of packing, cleaning, sorting, selling, donating, yah that feeling. Our house hasn’t sold yet {you can read more about our house being for sale HERE} but we are getting prepared and packing the stuff that we are not using & putting it in storage. I’m actually really loving the feeling of purging the house & getting rid of things it’s like a major spring cleaning session! I hope that you all had a great week & that you enjoy this weeks favorites. Be sure to leave your favorites in the comments below, I would love to hear what you are loving!

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Favorite porch. 


Favorite look.

Favorite chairs. 


Favorite doors.

Favorite house exterior. 


Favorite hair.

Favorite stairs. 

Favorite kitchen. 


Favorite bathroom bathroom tile.

Favorite side table. 

Favorite bedroom. 

Favorite quote. 

Have a great weekend!! & be sure to follow me on Instagram & Facebook.  xx

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday!! This weeks favorites are going to be short & sweet because I have one of my best friends visiting from out of town & I’m trying to soak up every moment as possible with her. I hope that you all had a great week & an even better weekend. Enjoy this weeks favorites & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram & comment below with your favs!


Favorite cupboard.

Favorite dining table.

Favorite greenhouse.

Favorite Faucet.

Favorite look. 


Favorite living room. 

Favorite kitchen. 

Favorite rings. 

Favorite open shelves.

Favorite little girls room.

Favorite ceiling. 

Favorite office. 

Favorite quote.

Have a great weekend!! xx

ps. some of the links were broken! If you know the original source please let me know. xx