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How To Remove Your Makeup With Only Water

 

I interrupt our usual DIY & home decor posts for a beauty post today. I’m a DIY girl who loves to work on projects, re-finish furniture, & decorate, but I also like to get ready everyday & be presentable when I go to my shop. So that means most days I’m putting makeup on my face. Ok, before you leave from the blog or ask me why the heck I’m blogging about this let me explain! A few years back I blogged [HERE] about how I cleared my skin of bad cystic acne. I had terrible skin that was very painful mentally and physically. It was a long journey, but I found the a more natural skin regimen is what my body needed. Since that post a few years ago I have changed up my routine quite a bit & I really need to share that with you guys soon, but I wanted to share a product today that has changed my life completely & has allowed me to wash my face without any harsh chemicals or any additional oils or cleansers.. just water. It’s called the makeup eraser & honestly I never thought I would be blogging my used face wash cloth, but it’s kind of a miracle product & after a year of using it… it’s time to introduce you to the best face wash cloth out there, The Makeup Eraser


Ok, so how did I find this wonderful little product? First of all.. you have to know I am a complete sucker for descriptions of beauty products at Sephora & Ulta… I love reading product claims & testing out the product to see if it works. I’m often disappointed or my skin is when the product causes it to breakout.. hashtag sensitive skin problems, but when I spotted this product called The Makeup Eraser [HERE] that claimed “A reusable, ultrasoft makeup remover cloth that erases makeup with only warm water.” ok, you know I had to try that! Before this new wash cloth I was washing my makeup off by using coconut oil and a hot wash cloth. It was going ok, but it was quite messy, time consuming, & not convenient when you travel. I picked up this wash cloth for twenty dollars which was a little pricey for me at first because I thought for sure it wouldn’t work, but boy was I wrong.


The first night I wanted to try it so I followed the directions on the package & washed my makeup off with the washcloth & warm water… that’s it. Foundation, mascara, eyeliner, bronzer… all gone with a few swipes. All of my makeup was on the wash cloth & I honestly couldn’t believe it was that easy.. what kind of magic was this thing? And on top of that my skin felt amazingly fresh and clean. No lie. I was shocked, but knowing my skin I thought for sure after a week or two it would break out or not clean as well as I thought.. so I kept testing it for a few more weeks. & just like that my life was easier & my skin was even happier than when I was using coconut oil. It’s never been so clear! Here is my skin routine with the washcloth now: Soak wash cloth in warm water, wipe my entire face, rinse the wash cloth in warm water again, go over my face once again just to double check that everything was removed, wash my face with my favorite charcoal bar soap, pat dry, apply night time cream [Favorite one of the moment here]. Done. That’s it. Of course some nights I will exfoliate & use face masks, but I will go over all of that in my updated skincare routine later.


Here are more of the claims of the washcloth listed on the website: “Remove smear-proof, waterproof makeup and mascara with The Original MakeUp Eraser®. Free of chemicals, this makeup remover gets rid of all types of makeup, including stage, sports, and theatrical makeup. Each cloth will last a thousand washes, and you only need to add warm water and then remove makeup. This ultra-soft, woven polyester-blend cloth gets rid of tough makeup without leaving behind a residue—just a fresh, healthy feeling.” I would never come on here & talk about my face wash cloth if I didn’t love it.. & I have to say it’s love. It’s so convenient, great for travel, easy to use, & my super sensitive skin loves it. Ok.. so that concludes this post about a wash cloth, but really I hope it helps some of you. I can’t tell you how many emails and comments I get daily about how my skincare routine has helped others get rid of their troubled skin & how it’s changed lives so there was NO WAY I could keep this little secret to myself because I know someone out there needs to throw away those chemical filled makeup wipes & use this more natural makeup remover. I hope this helps some of you out there. Have you tried this makeup remover wash cloth before? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! xx

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Everything You Need To Know About Magnolia Home Chalk Paint

As many of you know a few weeks ago I was able to travel to Waco, Texas for a master class lead by Chip & Joanna Gaines. The class was so much fun & it was to reveal something super exciting that Joanna is launching. If you haven’t already heard, Joanna Gaines is launching the Magnolia Home Chalk Paint line with Kilz! I’m already a huge fan of the Magnolia Home Paint line that already exists & have been using it throughout our farmhouse on furniture, cabinets, & walls, but the new addition of chalk paint opens up even more possibilities. It was so fun to hear her talk about the new line in person & to hear her passion behind it, it made me admire her even more than I already did. I couldn’t be more thrilled because my favorite kind of paint is chalk paint & I’m in love with her home paint line already so I was over the moon they were adding the chalk paint for us DIY lovers. I am all about bringing new life to old furniture pieces & basically transforming any surface with paint so this made my heart so happy that she created this product in some of my favorite paint colors.

Joanna, like me, always advices to give life to your old furniture before investing in new pieces & this paint is perfect for just that. I was lucky enough to get to test it out before it launches & I have to say I fell in love. I used the color shiplap at the demo which is a creamy white. I painted a dark stained tray with the chalk paint & was amazed at how well one coat covered which is not an easy task with a white paint. After two coats & one coat of wax my tray was looking perfect. I would say this chalk style paint is perfect for anyone from beginner to expert & that you will fall in love with not only the formula, but the color selection as well.


Some quick facts about the paint: 

-The chalk paint will come in quart size cans that can be found on Magnolia.Com or at the Silos & should be available soon.

– The chalk paint line will have 44 colors to start which are straight from her home line of paint which is fantastic because in my humble opinion are some of the best paint colors ever.

-The finish is ultra matte & provides an ultra flawless surface.

– The paint works on multiple surfaces like metal, wood furniture, unpainted & painted surfaces, & even concrete.

-Concentrated formula provides great coverage & smooth finish.

-The chalk paint has low VOC’s

– One quart size can of the chalk paint covers 100 square feet with two coats.

-The formula is fast drying allowing you to get an entire project done in a day with a few coats & a top coat of wax.

-She also has wax to finish the pieces off in different shades from clear to dark & one in between.

I can’t wait to get my hands on it again in our farmhouse for all the projects we have going on. I will be back then with a further review and more facts that I find out, but I hope you guys are as excited as I am about the new line of chalk paint from Magnolia Home! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today & be sure to follow me behind the scenes on Facebook & Instagram. xx

 

 

New Dining Room Chairs

So, I know I’ve been posting a lot about our dining room lately, but there has just been so many small updates here & there in this space that I want to share with you guys that are really completing this space quite nicely. Before Christmas I dropped some awesome chairs that I found at our local Habitat For Humanity at my favorite slipcover maker local to me here in Michigan. We finally had the chance to pick them up the other day & I just couldn’t wait to share them with you guys…

 Can you believe I found these chairs for only $10?! I couldn’t believe it, but I mean maybe when you see the before you will see why they were $10 and no one grabbed them before I did…

Ok. The floral was a little too loud for me, but the chairs were in perfect condition & I just loved how high and dramatic the backs were. I knew they would be perfect with some slipcovers so I dropped them off at Twin Fibers for a little Liz Marie makeover & now they fit right into our dining room just perfectly…


Jessica made the slipcovers from regular old drop cloths just like the rest of the sofas & chairs we’ve had done in our home by her. We love how durable the drop cloth is & the look of it as well. Also, it’s super cheap. I’m in love with how these turned out & how they add a little vintage drama in our dining room that I feel pairs perfectly with the long farmhouse table, crystal chandeliers, & large primitive cupboard in the background.

So, there are our new dining room table chairs in all of their glory. Of course I put our new pillows from Magnolia on the chairs & they fit quite perfectly. What do you guys think of the new chairs? 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

 

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Front Living Room Fireplace Tile Progress

This past weekend was an interesting one. We tried something for the first time… tiling! Ok, so I’m sorry, but I can’t be the only one who thought that tiling something small would be super simple. I mean the tile comes on sheets.. you lay some glue.. stick it down.. and then grout.. & voila, you have a tiled surface. No. No. No. It doesn’t work like that. It’s actually quite the process & as first timers we learned a lot. It was actually hard even before we started laying the tile.. picking out the tile was awful. There are so many options & I honestly was stuck between brick, subway tile, penny tile, & the list goes on. We ended up going with a classic octagon marble tile against what most people suggested we do [majority said subway tile, which I loved as well], but my heart was just drawn to the classic look with the pop of contrast of these marble tiles. Also, when I asked for suggestions on Instagram for tile, I forgot to mention that we were only tiling the hearth by the fireplace & not the entire fireplace surround…


Here was the fireplace area before….

& with progress…

Please excuse the terrible photos that I took at night in our house, but this wasn’t going to be pretty no matter how I took them so there’s that. t will be blogging a more in depth later on when we are finished, but I wanted to pop in today & show you what it looks like before we grout it and finish the fireplace area up. We removed the mantel to lay the tile & we will be painting all of that marble with the high heat black paint that we started using before. We added the shiplap above to cover the drywall that was revealed after taking off the prior mantel. We talk about someday maybe removing everything and trying to see fi we can salvage the old brick fireplace, but that’s a “someday” project so we will put that on the back burner as they say. Anyways, so for this hearth Jose actually built off of the marble that was there to create a larger tile area. Now that the tile is down, we have to grout and tile the sides of the boards that he built out. Here is a little glimpse into us doing that part…

We will be back when it’s done with a full tutorial, what we learned, pros & cons, & of course finished photos. I can’t wait for this area of the front living room to be done! It’s going to be so amazing to have one room that looks decent in the house. I haven’t said this here on the blog yet I don’t think, but we are thinking about adding a windows on either side of the fireplace above the built-ins as well. This room does lack a lot of natural light only having two small windows. More on that later. I hope you enjoyed seeing this front living room fireplace update & I can’t wait to come back with the finished product!! Thank you much for stopping by the blog today. xx

 

How To Make A Farmhouse Floral Arrangement

Ok. I need to preface this by saying that I am not a florist in any way. I’m not a professional at arranging flowers, &  I am a low maintenance throw it together kind of girl. That being said, I know what I like & I’ve found kind of a fool proof way to make some large freestyle & eclectic farmhouse floral arrangements so I wanted to share some tips with you guys today. I love working with faux florals so that they are low maintenance & stay looking amazing longer. Here are three quick tips to achieve this look on your own….

Choose a farmhouse style vessel.

This is a big step & maybe the most important as it gives that farmhouse vibe instantly to your floral arrangement. For mine I chose an antique olive basket I had lying around the house [You can find one HERE]. You could choose a galvanized metal bucket, an antique milk jug, a crock, a chippy wood planter, milk glass, & so on. You can see lots of galvanized farmhouse decor to use [HERE]. After you choose your vessel you will then be able to better estimate how many stems & filler you will need.

Vary your stems.

Gather some of your favorite stems in different heights, sizes, blooms, & type. For this one I chose some lambs ear, white carnations, white roses, Queen Anne’s lace, & Grape leaves. Since I am a lover of all things neutral & whites & greens are my love language, I chose to stick in that family, but you can of course mix in whatever you would like. I think by adding a variety of heights, sizes, & types you add a ton of visual interest that not only gives the “collected from the farm” vibe, but also distracts from imperfections as well. The eclectic mix gives it that wild & free vibe like you picked them from your garden that day.

The random & full arrangement.

This part is the fun part. You can get your wire snips, foam, & string out for this part to carefully arrange & place perfectly, but on this part I let my mind wander & let my hands get creative. playing with pretty floral stems is one of those things that allows me to turn my brain off & so I’m going to leave it at that. For this particular arrangement I started around the sides & moved to the center. I started by kind of dividing the bucket up in four quadrants & arranging the florals somewhat the same in all four quadrants in all of the layers as I went. This way the arrangement looked the same from all sides & looked as full as possible. I varied the heights of the florals & stems by bending some of the stems down & leaving some of them up. Bending the stems also forces most of the stems to stay in place better. That’s it! That’s all it takes really. You can find floral stems at any of your local craft stores, local boutiques, hobby stores, wedding shops, & more. The biggest points in my book are to get a variety of stems that work well together with different textures, heights, & color. Also to really make the arrangement full & eclectic to bring that farmhouse charm to your arrangement. I hope this post helped some of you who were wanting to make some floral arrangements for your home. we love our arrangement sitting on our table in the dining room, in a corner in our living room on the floor, & also on a shelf in our living room. They really work great anywhere. What’s your favorite floral arranging tips? Have you done one lately in your home? Tag me in your floral pictures on Instagram & Facebook & let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by my  blog today! xx

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Why I’m Open About Miscarriage & Infertility

I was inspired to share this with you guys from an encounter I had at our store yesterday. I was casually rearranging things when a woman asked if I was Liz Marie… I of course responded that I was & we started chatting. She told me that she had recently started following my blog for home decor inspiration, but quickly found our fertility and miscarriage story & was more connected to that part of my blog than the home decor. You see, she herself had just suffered a miscarriage recently & she felt alone. She felt like she wasn’t supposed to talk about it & that no one else was talking about it. The worst part? I have this same conversation with women weekly in our store, I get these emails weekly in my inbox, & I get these comments weekly here on the blog. Women coming to me and thanking me for being open about our fertility & miscarriage struggles because they feel like it’s taboo to talk about, that it’s weird to bring up in conversation, but I’m here to tell you that I won’t be silent about it. I won’t be scared to talk openly about it. I won’t stop wanting to reach out to others who have lost babies or who have struggled with fertility so that they don’t feel alone.

I don’t mean to sound like a crazy activist wanting to shove my beliefs down your throat. Or that I think I’m awesome for being open about our journey. It’s not that at all. It’s because I’ve felt pushed by God to share. It’s because I feel called to share our testimony. It’s that I want to be open & loud that miscarriage is real & that infertility is reality for many many many people. It’s because I want to be loud for those who choose graciously and honorably to be quiet about their journey. I myself have felt shamed for sharing our story so openly by people that were actually close to me & shamed by people calling me a mom since all of our babies were in heaven & not here on earth. I have been left out on purpose by groups of moms & even told that I shouldn’t be so open about our loss because it makes others uncomfortable. It hurts. It really does. But being open about our fertility struggles & our babies that we lost too soon far outweigh that hurt & their short lives inspired me to openly share their story & our story to hopefully reach one person. One person that feels lonely, that feels forgotten, that feels left out,  I really want to make that one person feel a little less alone in their journey.

All in all I pray for a day when a woman isn’t shamed or made to feel left out when she is struggling with fertility or when she loses a baby. I want men to feel like they can openly talk about these things without feeling weird. I want those who have struggled & those who have never struggled to all feel like they can have open and honest conversations about all subjects surrounding infertility & pregnancy loss. Until then I try to be open & I will try to be there to talk to for anyone struggling through these tough times. Though we have had six miscarriages & 6 years of struggling with fertility, I am no expert on what to say or how to comfort anyone, but the one thing I can do is listen to those that choose to share their journeys & to talk for those who choose to be quiet about their journey. I choose to share my passions here on the blog like DIY & home decor, but I really want to use this platform to spread joy & hope as well. My heart is filled with hope & filled with joy no matter what is on our journey, & I truly want to share that with you guys. Thank you guys for always supporting us through our fertility journey & I want you to know that all of your support inspires me to keep sharing. It can be so scary to be vulnerable and open, but the love & support encourages me so much. Thank You. xx

 

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Cheerful Spring Farmhouse Dining Room

Back in November & December I was so pumped about the snow. It made me so happy & I felt like it was pure magic. This winter as soon as January hit it would maybe snow one day & then be melted and gone for a week &  so on and so forth. Honestly it was a great winter, but I realized how spoiled I was after a week of 60 degree weather & it snowed & I became so down. My mood was way down because of the weather & I honestly felt tired 24 hours a day because of the snow. One thing that was a HUGE help last week when the snow came back was staying in our warm cozy home playing with florals in our dining room. That room gets so much natural light & playing with florals is something that always brightens my mood on the cold & gloomy days. So when Balsam Hill asked me to help launch their spring line of florals I jumped right on it because a. I’m obsessed with Balsam Hill’s greenery & b. I wanted to share the joy of spring with you guys who are over the winter blues as well….

I wanted to go out of my normal neutrals for this project & go full on gorgeous spring so I chose the English Garden collection from Balsam Hill.  I love the combination of hydrangeas & roses mixed with lots of lovely greenery. It’s peachy pastel goodness & totally warms up our dining room effortlessly. You guys know that I do love the occasional re florals in our home, but I’m more of a faux floral girl because… low maintenance. But with that comes the struggle to find faux florals that aren’t super 80’s fake floral looking. That’s why I love Balsam Hill because you know that whatever you order will be realistic & timeless. To be honest I had only ordered Christmas greenery from them before, but this introduction to their spring greenery has made me fall in love even more. A little hint: You will want to check out their topiaries that just launched [Here] I think I need one!

In this rustic white cabinet in our dining room I used one of the cement pot floral arrangements on the bottom shelf mixed in with our jadeite plates from World Market & the wreath hanging on the door. I love how these instantly brightened up our cabinet & matched my recipe box from Rifle Paper Co.

For the table centerpiece I placed three of the cement pot floral arrangements in a row with a piece of white linen for the table runner & it created the most simple centerpiece that made a huge impact on the space.


So, there you have it. Our bright & cheerful dining room decked out in spring florals with Balsam Hill’s new collection. It was an honor to work with them & really saved me from my winter blues. Every time I walk through this room now it brightens my mood a little bit. It also helps to have these spring florals around while our whole house is under construction. Balsam Hill is so excited about their new spring floral collection that they are offering 15% off to my readers until March 31st using code: BHBLOOMS172 on their spring florals [HERE]. What do you guys think of these spring florals? What do you think of our dining room all bright & cheerful for spring? 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 & for sharing it with your friends & family.. it means so much to me! xx

Be sure to check out some of my blogging friends use the spring florals in their homes as well in the next two weeks…

March 1:

Courtney of French Country Cottage

March 2:

Liz of Liz Marie Blog

Danielle of Finding Silver Pennies

March 3:

Amy of The Idea Room

March 6:

Lucy of Craftberry Bush

Kim of Sand and Sisal

March 7:

Emily of The Wicker House

March 9:

Jen of Migonis Home

March 10:

Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

March 13:

Kellie of Nest of Posies

Jen of Clean and Scentsible

Ps. I teamed up with Balsam Hill for this dining room design, but as always all opinions & design are my very own.

The Day I Met Chip & Joanna Gaines

As many of you know I had the opportunity to head back to Waco last week to visit Magnolia with Kilz! The last experience when I went in the Fall with Kilz to share the Magnolia Home Paint Line I had was beyond what words. You can read more about that trip where I was prayed over on top of the Magnolia Silos [HERE]. This trip was just as inspiring. It’s so hard to say everything that happened in those few short days I was in Waco last week, but I will try to give you the basic rundown. If you followed me on Instagram stories you got a behind the scenes first look for sure. So, I won’t bore you with the days that I wasn’t with the Kilz team working on something,but I’ll just share that we stayed at Hotel Indigo downtown Waco & I totally recommend staying there because it’s close to the Silos & offers a great room & great food in one location. It’s also close to a lot of other shopping, food, & coffee which is always important. Other than that on the first day I explored Waco a little bit & got to meet up with Liz from Love Grows Wild & hang out with her & then later that night we met up with a whole wonderful group of bloggers, magazines, social media people, & of course the wonderful team from Kilz. We ate at Cafe Homestead which is one of Chip & Jo’s favorite restaurant that night. Please excuse my random thoughts in this post as this day was like a dream for me & my brain was truly in the clouds, also while meeting chip and jo I didn’t want to be on my phone too much so sorry I don’t have a thousand photos of them, but I hope I can do the day a small amount of justice for you…

Speaking of Chip & Jo… the big day we got to meet them was the following day on Tuesday. I could hardly sleep Monday night knowing that I was going to meet them. I woke up on Tuesday in a panic. I had forgotten all of my normal hair stuff & makeup so I had to wing it [thank goodness for hats] & I just felt all out of sorts knowing that I was going to meet them. I had NO IDEA how the day was going to go, how we were going to meet them, or even where we were going, so it was all a huge surprise. We met at a hall down the street from our hotel & right when we walked in I could tell the the whole place was touched by the Gaines style. It was decked out in Magnolia Home paint, furniture, & decor. There was a large display of the Magnolia Home paint colors in the front of the room & at our seats were beautiful gifts that included signed copies of the Magnolia Home Journal & Book. When we arrived we were served a beautiful breakfast from the Magnolia Bakery & I was in heaven. As we finished our breakfast, I became the most nervous I think I’ve ever been in the presence of someone. Chip & Jo came out to introduce themselves. & let me tell you… they are the most down to earth people & gorgeous couple that I have ever met. After a short introduction of themselves, they wanted to meet all of us, so we went around the room introducing ourselves to them & when they came to me, I honestly can’t tell you what I told them, but I was so honored when she said that she had followed me & knew about our store & farmhouse.. I about died. What an honor. I highly respect Chip & Jo for many reasons beyond design, & that’s why I was so excited to be in their presence & to know for a split second that she had seen some of my work.

 


After the introductions & a fun candid chat with them while I just stared at how gorgeous Joanna’s hair was [apparently she said she uses pantene products, what a great spokesperson for them!], Joanna introduced us to her new product…. drum roll… chalk based paint!! That’s what will be added to her Magnolia Home paint line with Kilz which I already love & adore. I am so excited about this news & to actually use the paint in our farmhouse for future products, but much to my surprise we got to play around with the paint right then & there. Joanna helped us pick paint colors & we were then able to pick a project to paint… I respectively chose to paint a wooden tray in the color shiplap which is one of my favorite neutral colors of hers. The paint was FABULOUS & to my surprise covered the tray in barely two coats which is a true test when you are painting something white. I will do more of a full review of the paint very soon when I use it in our house, but the Magnolia Home chalk paint by Kilz is launching soon so stay tuned for that! I was so excited to be there for the intro to her new paint product & honored to be one of the first people to try it out. I will be back very soon with more info about the chalk based paint before it launches here on the blog.


After we played with the chalk paint Chip did a really cool live demo with Kilz primer for us. He showed us in real life how it covers stains on walls like crayons, dirty, & lipstick. He also showed us how paint looks so much better over primer as well. It was so interesting to learn facts about primer that I had never known before & really see the importance of primer when you are painting anything. One tip I thought was interesting about the primer was that when you have a stain or a mark on a wall, the primer doesn’t necessarily need to hide the stain, you just need to cover it & the point of the primer is that it seals it in & it won’t leak into your paint that you put over the primer. I always thought the primer had to hide the stain so you couldn’t see it anymore. Anyways, that’s just one thing we learned in his demo.. but what I really learned over all was that he is truly always funny. Just a down to earth funny dude. He truly is the hard working, nice, compassionate guy that you see on TV. My favorite part about him that day that I noticed. He was in true work boots that I’m quite sure he wore on the farm & his jeans were worn & had evidence of past projects on them.. why is that my favorite? Because that’s how I dress & that’s how Jose dresses & this man is so normal… I know that sounds funny, but to the normalcy of these amazing people was quite charming.  I have always been a loyal Kilz girl, but after that live demo I’m an even bigger fan!

After all of this fun hands on stuff with Chip & Jo we go to have a sit down chat with them. This was a dream. Sitting on a chair across from them sitting on a couch together was honestly something I NEVER saw myself doing. If you know me, you know I don’t plan ahead. I am an “in the moment” kind of girl so even though I knew we would have this sit down interview time, I DIDN’T PLAN A QUESTION. I realized how dumb this was as soon as I sat down & felt like I froze up. But I’m actually really glad I didn’t plan because the question came from my heart. I asked Joanna how she found balance in her life. As many of you know “balance” is my word of the year so i found this super appropriate since Joanna seems to do it all, but is still an amazing mom, loving wife, & a healthy woman all the way around while doing amazing things everywhere. Her answer? Simply “Establish what is most important in your life & keep that your top priority always. After you establish that prioritize everything else & set time slots for all of those things.” It’s like a big light bulb went off in my head. Did I know these things already? I guess I did, but it was like I was sitting down with my best friend & she was giving me the advice that worked best for her. To put my family first, to give quality time to all other things, to hire out for areas where I’m not needed, & to learn to say no. That conversation may have been very simple for her, but for me it was life changing. The rest of the talk was wonderful with them & was very inspiring about their family life, tv life, & more. The whole time I just couldn’t believe they were sitting so close to us having the most normal deep conversation about life. It was all surreal.



It didn’t end there. After this amazing day spent with them we all lined up to take photos with them. I was of course so nervous that when it was my turn I’m not even sure  I took a breath during the photo & it turned out looking just like how I felt… overly excited. They were so kind to chat with all of us as we took photos & the moment to top off all moments happened when we were done taking photos.. Joanna turned & hugged me & told me thank you for coming… I couldn’t believe it. She is so kind & down to earth that she thanked me for one of the best days of my life when it was because of her that it was one of the best days of my life. That my friends is a true role model, a wonderful example, & a woman of grace that I hope to be. After all this we got an exclusive Magnolia tour & got to see the offices including my favorite spot in the whole space, chips office, which has a great view of the silos & grounds. We headed to the roof top & after all that did some serious shopping. It was a beautiful day in my life that I will never forget. Thank you Kilz for inviting me on this amazing trip & thank you Chip & Jo for being great role models in design, life, marriage, parenthood, & spirituality. It was a joy to meet you & I will always remember that wonderful day. xx

A Sneak Peek At Our Kitchen Island

Happy Monday friends! We have made a little bit of progress in our kitchen this weekend that included priming a lot of wood with our trusty Kilz, but honestly by this time I thought we would be a LOT farther. But I think this is the true side of fixing up an 1800’s farmhouse. You are bound to run into things. After ripping up the flooring we found tons of water damage, & most of the windows are leaking in the sunroom so that comes before all the exciting installation of the new things. I’ll be back later this week with a kitchen update after priming & some ideas we have about some of the big things we are going to do. For now, I wanted to introduce you to the kitchen island that was made by my friend Jessica from Jessica & Co. Vintage & her husband that is currently sitting in our living room. Because, fixer upper farmhouse…

They took an old work bench & built it out to be an amazing functional island complete with some old chippy bead board & reclaimed wood. This piece is so heavy so I couldn’t spin it around to show you the whole piece, but once we get it in the kitchen I will show you asap. Funny story: Since Jose was sick during this whole process of getting it to our farmhouse from Jess’ farmhouse, we hired Two Men & A Truck to come and move it for us. With three guys carrying it they still struggled so much they almost dropped it. I was honestly scared for everyones life [& toes] so scared that I actually jumped in to help & I they thought I was crazy, but I could just see the thing falling through the floor to the basement. That’s how heavy this thing is. Looks like rolling it to the kitchen is going to be our best bet. Since I am Liz Marie, I will probably be making some custom changes to it once we get all the finishes picked out for the kitchen like some paint & maybe even some corbels, but I have to show you my favorite part of the whole piece…


The top of the island is gorgeously finished reclaimed wood that I can not wait to use in our kitchen. I can’t wait to make meals on this island & drink coffee by it with Jose. I can’t wait to have kids & dogs & possibly other animals running around it one day.. I think this island is going to see a lot of good memories in this farmhouse. I wanted something that looked like an antique

This island has motivated me to get things done quicker in the kitchen, but for now here it sits in the middle of our living room. You know that I had to style it while it was here… whats that saying? Make lemonade out of lemons? Yah, that’s what I’m doing. If I make some changes to the island before we move it, I’ll be back with an update, but otherwise I can’t wait to show you this big baby in our kitchen & share it with you guys!! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of our kitchen island! Be sure to follow me over on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

 

Some more kitchen updates:

Kitchen demo progress [HERE]

A Pretty Corner In The Dining Room

Earlier this week I shared a pretty corner in our living room [HERE]. I chatted about how pretty corners are what is keeping me going while living in a fixer upper. It’s what keeps me motivated & gives me hope as to what our farmhouse will one day look like when we get to complete atleast one room in this lovely home of ours. Today I wanted to share a little pretty corner in our dining room now that it’s somewhat looking like spring in our house…

The main part of this corner is this white chippy cabinet that I got way back right around the time we bought the farmhouse. It’s one of my favorites with this simple bead board look. In front of the cabinet is a chippy little deconstructed chair that is another find of mine with a pillow on it from H&M. Hanging on the cabinet is a basket filled with grape vine leaves which are special because we have grapes on our little farm. Both of those finds are from our shop. The white tiered tray is from my collection with Painted Fox [here], the bowls are from Marshalls, & the rest of the goodies like the scale & cutting board are all antique finds. All of these elements are so simple, but create a pretty little corner when grouped together.
The floors aren’t finished, this room is the closest to done, but not quite done yet, but we have one pretty corner & that helps out so much in this whole “living in a fixer upper” thing we have going on. Honestly, I really do enjoy most things about living in our fixer upper as we work on it. There are so many pros, but there are some cons & I know some of you who have experienced this know them as well, so I hope these pretty corners this week inspire you in some small way to make lemonade out of your lemons & create pretty little spaces as you work on you fixer upper. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today! Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

See the pretty corner in our front living room [HERE]

I’m Heading Back To Waco!

Ahhh it feels so good to say that! If you guys remember this past fall I visited waco for the first time for the Silobration at Magnolia Market with Kilz & Magnolia Home Paint & I’m heading back! You can read about my last trip [HERE] & [HERE]. My photos from that trip even made it to the cover of a magazine which you can see [HERE]. This time there is a LOT of exciting things are going to be happening that I can’t wait to share with you while I’m there… I can’t even process it all yet & I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but I’m so thankful. I know I say that a lot, but I mean it from the bottom of my heart that I’m grateful & I never want to take these amazing experiences for granted. I’m heading out there on Sunday so be sure to follow me on Instagram [HERE] for all the behind the scenes moments. I will try to share a ton with you guys. You guys made my last trip to Waco so much fun by sharing along in the journey with me & I hope to do that again this time.

I’ve blogged my love of Magnolia Home Paint by Kilz many times before, so you know my love for it, but this paint is something that I’m so passionate about that we used it throughout more of our farmhouse before & will be using it through the rest. Magnolia & Kilz are two brands that we can stand behind confidently & that’s why we love them. Oh, & the color selection is out of this world, there is that factor as well. Anyways, I can’t wait to show you what fun things I get to learn about & explore this time around. Promise to share all the details with you!

Just sharing these photos of my trip to Magnolia market is getting me pumped to go again. Of course I’m sad to leave the farm & our shop behind, I know this trip will be a huge blessing in my life in many ways. Last time I ended up on the roof of Magnolia market with sweet women praying over me, I can only imagine what will happen this time! Thank you guys so much for sharing in all of this with me, for stopping by the blog daily, & for supporting me from near and far… this wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank you! & be sure to follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss out on what happens next week at the silos! xx

Where To Find The Best Galvanized Home Decor

Where To Find The Best Galvanized Home Decor

Galvanized clock [here] // Galvanized light pendant [HERE] // Galvanized chairs set of 4 [HERE] // Galvanized & rope circle mirror [HERE] // Galvanized nesting bins [HERE] // Galvanized watering can [HERE] // Galvanized tray with rope handles [HERE] // Galvanized mail envelope [HERE] // Galvanized strainer baskets [HERE] // Galvanized three tiered tray [HERE] // Galvanized wall hanger [HERE] // Galvanized oblong tray [HERE] // Galvanized organizer tray [HERE] // Galvanized olive bucket wall hangers [HERE] // Galvanized lidded box set of 2 [HERE] // Galvanized windmill [HERE] //

Shop all the galvanized items & more below…

What started tonight as me finding a kitchen pendant for over the sink [I love the pendant shown above from Overstock!] turned into me gathering up some awesome galvanized decor for you guys. I also wanted a few pieces for our shelves in the front living room & so many of these items would work so well for those as well. I think one way to really bring the farmhouse look into any room is adding some touches of galvanized metal like a tray on a coffee table, some chairs around the dining room table, a light fixture, a mirror, & so much more. It’s a great way to add that rustic touch & it really adds a different texture as well which is always wonderful. I really think I might get that light fixture for over our sink… what do you think of it? Do you like adding galvanized pieces into your decor as well? I gathered some pieces here from Pottery Barn, Amazon, Overstock, & Target… where do you like to buy galvanized metal pieces from? I love finding authentic metal farmhouse finds, but when that’s not possible these are great too! Let me know what you think of them 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 click [HERE] to see some more of my favorite items!! xx

Click [HERE] to see some lovely neutral farmhouse rugs.

Simple Early Spring Centerpiece

As January ended & February began I realized that my mood was being greatly effected by the lack of sun here in Michigan this winter. I had never really noticed this in me before, but there was one day last week where I just started crying for no reason & I just felt depressed, but the next day when the sun came out it washed all that away & I felt like a new person. I’m not a warm weather person, but I realized that the lack of sun had an effect on my mood. To combat this I ridded our whole farmhouse of winter decor & brought just a teeny tiny bit of spring into parts of it…


We got these sweet little faux herb planters in at the shop & I knew I had to have some to bring life to our dining room. I started with a tablecloth that I folded up to make it a runner from Magnolia Home. On top of that I put a rustic terrarium that I found on one of my picking adventures. I don’t think it’s old, but I do not know where it’s originally from. I did add some that I love at the bottom of this post. If you are looking for some potted greenery I got you covered [HERE]. I filled the terrarium with some of the potted herbs & left some around the terrarium as well. Jut a subtle and easy way to bring spring in just a tiny bit in February.


I know I’m not the only one who’s mood is effected in the long winter months, & I have to tell you that by bringing in some spring into our farmhouse it really brightened my mood a lot. You should try it! What do you do to keep your spirits up in the winter? I would love to hear from you in the comments below, on Facebook, & on Instagram. Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today. I have to say that blogging & sharing our farmhouse & home decor journey with you really helps my mood as well. Thank you for stopping by & for always sharing with your friends and family. xx

Shop some terrariums I love in affiliate links below:

See the best faux farmhouse plants [HERE]

Check out our dining room church pew makeover [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]

Sunroom & Kitchen Flooring Demo- Before

As I sat down to type this I feel like I haven’t been very clear about what we are doing in the kitchen & sunroom area of our farmhouse. I blogged [this update here] last week about ripping out our kitchen island and some vague plans we have. Maybe it’s because I’m not so sure what is going on either… It’s kind of a day by day thing as we go. What’s the plan right now? Well, today the floors are going to be ripped up in the sunroom & kitchen. I know a lot of you liked the floors in the photos I shared, but they weren’t going to work for us for a few reasons. 1-they didn’t go through to the sunroom & we didn’t like the separation of flooring from wood to carpet 2-we didn’t love the texture of the flooring. It was super high maintenance to keep clean. 3- It’s just not what we pictured in this room, so we are choosing to change it. I could go on, but anyways we spent some of our weekend emptying out the sunroom & getting it ready for the floor to be ripped out today…

Here is what the sunroom looked like a few weeks ago…

& now today after we emptied everything out to get ready for demo…


You can see things that I didn’t share in photos like that ceiling fan and the kitchen area. Our overall goal for the flooring in the sunroom & kitchen? To be cohesive & really bring the two spaces together to make it look like one big cozy room. For this project we actually hired out a handyman to help us for a few reasons as well like 1- we are crazy busy at the moment & we aren’t scared to ask for help. 2- we are working on other projects in the house that we find more enjoyable. 3- We started to rip it up & decided some heavy duty equipment that we don’t have would make it much easier. Again, I could go on, but I’m just so excited to have a fresh start in this space as of this week.

& there is the whole kitchen/sunroom area, or at least one side of it all. I CAN’T WAIT to make progress in this room & make it our own! Another question you may be asking is, why did we decorate this space if we knew that we were going to rip it up? Well, first of all our theory is always to make a space our home no matter what state it is in. Whether the space is “finished” or not we try to make it a space we love even if it’s temporary. We also had no idea what the timeline looked like for the sunroom & it wasn’t supposed to be now. But after some deliberation we decided that it was the best idea to do the sunroom & the kitchen at the same time. So here we are. I can’t wait to show you the progress when all the floors are ripped up & ready for the flooring we chose. It’s kind of unconventional & we don’t have the whole thing decided, but I will be sharing asap with you guys. Stay tuned! Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes of our 1800’s farmhouse reno. xx