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The Best Faux Farmhouse Plants

 

The Best farmhouse faux potted greenery - A great source for faux potted plants! A must pin!

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I shared on Instagram this week that I am kind of sick of the house being cold and lifeless. I mean, it could be the fact that 90% of it is torn up and under construction, but the 10% that isn’t in demo mode & is looking decent needs some life. So, i asked if you guys would be mad if I started slowly bringing spring into our house.. most of you that responded said you would be perfectly fine with it. I felt inspired tonight by all the spring talk so I decided to gather up some awesome farmhouse potted plants for you guys tonight from various places from Pottery Barn to Target to Amazon. You can shop the plants by clicking the corresponding numbers below the large collage or the individual photos below that. I only selected 10 of my favorites because let’s face it.. I could keep going until 2am, but this lady needs to head to the shop tomorrow & work! So goodnight & I truly hope this post helps you get inspired for spring & helps you find some greenery for your homes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by the blog today & for sharing my blog with your friends and family.. It means the world to me!! Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

Check out where I find super affordable greenery as well below…

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Liz Marie Blog Best Of 2016

On this first week of the new year I wanted to reflect on my favorite project of this year. Sounded like fun until I realized it was impossible to do with the INSANE year that we had. It started out with us opening a store in January. The store has kept me busy 24 hours a day all year & it’s success is all a gift from God that I will never ever take for granted. I’m so thankful. After that we decided buy an 1800’s farmhouse & an 8 acre farm. We moved from our home that we had just moved into a year prior & what a whirlwind it was! We started a million house projects [ & finished none of them] & have a million more house projects to do on our fixer-upper farmhouse. That being said, it wasn’t hard for me to pick a project because I had so many awesome ones, it was because I didn’t have many epic before & afters, but simply just a lot of little progress in our home that you can see [HERE]. BUT I still wanted to pick one that I loved & that kind of completed at least one wall in one little space in our home…

The entryway of our home is really the only space that got a makeover this past fall & it felt so good among the whole house being under construction to have a little finished wall. I mean, of course minus the floors. The floors in the above photo were unfinished. Here is how they are looking now & how it’s styled for winter like I blogged [HERE] yesterday…

The floors have been painted in the front living room now & things are looking different around here! I can’t wait to show you this whole space when the floors are finished. Anyways, so 2016 was really exciting here on the blog with us finishing up our last fixer upper home & moving onto the farmhouse & I hope that 2017 is even more exciting. One BIG thing I want to tackle is our kitchen/sunroom area with a complete overhaul. This was our kitchen makeover from our last house that we finished in 2016…

It was such a tiny little kitchen & I loved it! You can see more [HERE] You can see more of our last house [HERE] & what we did to it. Our kitchen now is much larger & is going to involve a TON more demo & work. But that makes me so excited! I can’t wait to get started. Here is what it’s looking like now…

This is just one of the angles of the space & as you can see I haven’t had my touch on the space yet.. demo starts this weekend & expect to see full updates very soon here on the blog & on Instagram & Facebook. You can see more of the kitchen & what our plans are [HERE]. THANK YOU for being a huge part of the blog in 2016 and for following along on our farmhouse, store, & fertility journey. Every visit to the blog means so much to me.. I could never even tell you or explain to you how happy it makes me. I am so excited for what 2017 is going to bring here on the blog & I’m so excited to have you along with me. Do you have any big projects planned for 2017? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Also, visit some of my other blogger friends & see what their top project for 2016 was and what their plans for 2017 are…

Ella Claire | City Farmhouse | French Country Cottage | Miss Mustard Seed

My Sweet Savannah | Craftberry Bush | Rooms for Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

Jennifer Rizzo | Kindred Vintage | Liz Marie Blog

 

 

Cozy Farmhouse Winter Entryway

You guys!! We are still not done painting the front living room floors.. I mean, we are almost there, but not quite. Hopefully by next week I will have a big update for you on that. On the other side of the room is our front entryway by the staircase & I did a little winter decorating in that space after I took down all the Christmas decor & I wanted to share it with you today in all it’s simplicity…


Sorry about the photos being a little dark, but it’s been so gloomy here on the farm & I can’t seem to catch any sun rays coming in the house lately so this is what I could get. The first thing you can see is the progress of our painted floors in this room.. I’m loving them so much so far especially in this area when I start bringing decor & furniture back in the space. The rest of the room is an absolute disaster, but more on that later.


This space is super simple with all it’s moody winter light & black accents among all the white. I filled the black tray under the church pew with live winter greens that are also hanging on the stair railing. On the church pew I placed a farm pillow from The Found Cottage along with a “staple goods” pillow from H&M. The plaid throw is from Home Goods & that black lamp is a find from Target. You can go [HERE] to see the rest of the sources for the space.

Such a fun space, I can’t wait to work more on this room this weekend & make more progress so that this isn’t the only pretty angle of the space. But for now the store has been taking up a lot of time so there hasn’t been much progress made on the house the past few weeks. You can read more about the store & our move [HERE]. I hope you guys liked seeing our winter entryway & thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today. Let me know what you think of the space in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx

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Handmade Chunky Knit Wool Blanket

One thing that winter has taught me in an old farmhouse is that…it gets cold! We are learning ways to keep it warm and cozy, but it’s not like living in a brand new built home that’s for sure. I’ve learned to dress warm & that slippers are my best friend. I’ve also taken a special liking to blankets. Not any old wimpy blanket, but thick cozy ones preferably made of wool. Most recently I purchased a blanket from a sweet company I’ve been following for a long time now. I feel like I need to add a little disclaimer here. This blanket is a splurge. I’m usually a thrifty girl, I mean I have the blanket sitting on a vintage $10 chair from GoodWill & right behind the chair I hung cheap drop cloth curtains. Most of the furniture in our home is found items, most of the furniture in our sunroom here is hand-me-downs from my gram, & every once in a while I like to spend money on myself to spoil myself. This Christmas was hard for me, you can read more about that [here], & I wanted to gift myself something cozy. You know I always share my thrifty decor with you & DIY projects so thank you so much letting me share this with you as well. Every winter I feel like I need one of these big guys, but this year I finally gifted myself one & I’m so thankful I did! The company I’m talking about is Modern Wool…

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Seriously, it’s the most gorgeous [& cozy] blanket I have ever seen. I can’t believe we own one now! I bought the large throw on their site [here] I’ve been sitting under it every day in our sunroom & I’ve had a hard time sharing it because it’s become my favorite cozy thing. Bella & Bear have also taken a liking to our new wool blanket & it just goes to prove how spoiled those little fur babies are.

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Winter decor - chunky wool knitted blankets

These blankets are a splurge for me for sure, but there were a few points that had me sold. First of all it’s a small family business & every item is handmade with lots of love. They are made with the softest sheep wool with no synthetic fibers which is what I think sets these blankets apart from others that I have seen. Modern Wool also gave me a discount code & I’m able to share that with you guys as well. Use code LIZ for 20% your orders. How nice of them to offer that? They also have more products than just the wool blankets such as pillows, outerwear, & more.

Winter decor - chunky wool knitted blankets
I hope you guys enjoyed seeing one of my recent big purchases & also how I will be staying warm this winter in our farmhouse. You will probably be seeing this blanket pop up in a lot of my photos I share. Do you have a blanket from Modern Wool? Is it not your favorite thing ever?! Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today & for sharing it with you friends & family. Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

 

Some more winter decor inspiration…

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White Cottage Farm – Christmas Night Tour

My favorite time of year to decorate our home is Christmas.. that is kind of a dumb thing to say on here because I feel like you guys already know that. There is something about the tree, garland, ornaments, & of course the lights, that gets me right away. Today I wanted to share with you the lights. I’m not a pro photographer by any means so it’s always hard for me to share with you what our house looks like in the daytime & even harder to share how magical it looks at night. BUT, today I am joining some of my favorite blog friends in showing our homes twinkling at night. If you are visiting from Liz from Love Grows Wild [she is one of my favorite Liz’s of all time] thank you so much for stopping by! Here is a few night shots of our farm that I have taken so far this Christmas season…

Since we just moved to the farm 7 months ago & the house is a complete construction site, we were able to [or we were just too lazy  to decorate our fixerupper] Either way we didn’t go all out & it ended up being one of my favorite years. The simple lights on the outside, the simple naked trees inside, & decorating a new place has been fun. It seems like nightly while I’m outside letting the dogs out to go potty, I find myself  taking photos of the porch lights with the snow. It’s become a nightly ritual & if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you already know that. I’m thankful you guys haven’t got sick of me yet… or at least don’t tell me. Thank you!


The dining room is probably the only room in our ENTIRE house that is close to being “finished” in our fixer upper 1800’s farmhouse, so it was the only room that really got totally decked out for Christmas & it was also my favorite room this year. At night the chandeliers glow so warmly drawing you into the space. I love these chandeliers & part of me wonders if I chose them solely on the holiday season that was among us. BUT I would have to say, my favorite photo I took inside our home so far this holiday season at night is our entryway area…

This entryway of ours is [was] my favorite Christmas decor this year until we had to take it down this week to re-do those floors [check my instagram out to see our progress!] & I like it even more at night in the glow of the lamps. BUT I would have to say that our porch is my all time favorite this year during the holidays…

I hope you guys liked that little tour of parts of our farmhouse all shiny and bright at night. It’s kind of fun sharing the house at night since it’s always during the day that I document our home. Next on the tour is Laura from Turquoise Home [here] Head on over to see what her home looks like this holiday season at night! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & for following me over on Facebook & Instagram. Be sure to visit my other blog friends homes this season as well…

MONDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Maison de Pax | Finding Silver Pennies | So Much Better With Age | Decor Gold Designs
French Country Cottage | Ella Claire Inspired | Love Grows Wild

TUESDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Liz Marie Blog | The Turquoise Home | A Burst of Beautiful | Nina Hendrick Design Co.
Cherished Bliss | Shabbyfufu | Shades of Blue Interiors

WEDNESDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Making Home Base | Lindsay Hill Interiors | Zevy Joy | Fox Hollow Cottage
Blesser House | Designthusiasm | TIDBITS

THURSDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Place of My Taste | Life on Virginia Street | Sunny Side Up | House by Hoff
Stylehouse Interiors | At Home With the Barkers | Beneath My Heart

FRIDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Kelly Elko | The Happy Housie | Setting for Four | Rooms FOR Rent
Thistlewood Farms | Just a Girl and Her Blog | The Wood Grain Cottage

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Christmas At White Cottage Farm

You guys already know that moving to our little farm 7 months ago was a dream come true for us. We have loved every moment of being here through the ups and downs we have already had. Well, I have to confess that Christmas here at White Cottage Farm has made me fall in love with this place even more. The lovely Tifani from Tifani Lyn Photography came to the farm last week to capture Christmas here at the farm with Jose & I & I wanted to share the photos that she took for us that I will treasure forever. Our first Christmas here has been magical and even 7 months later, this still doesn’t feel like real life. Today I’m sharing part one of the photos that took Tifani took, & I will share more later this week with some deep thoughts that I hope to share with you about our fertility & the holidays. There were over 100 photos that she took so I figured I should break them up a little & not share all of them because you guys don’t like our faces that much I don’t think…

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm  White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

White Cottage Farm - Couples lifestyle photoshoot on the farm

When she came over in the morning we started with some coffee and chit chat because Jose and I love to talk [sometimes too much] & then we made our way outside to enjoy the pretty snow. Seriously we couldn’t have picked a more gorgeous [& cold] day to do photos. Snow flakes were falling & the sun kept peaking out of the clouds.. it was truly magical. We wandered out to the barn & to Jose’s daily driver, the wagoneer which we often refer to as “The Beast”. We tied a tree to the top & we kept it there all season which brought us tons of cheer & hopefully other drivers too. We have spotted lots of people taking photos of it out in public which has been really fun for us to see. & of course the barn shines in all the snow too with it’s chippy red paint. Who knows if that barn will always be red, but I love it now & I’m so glad we were able to capture it during this holiday season.

Seriously White Cottage Farm is my favorite at Christmas & I hope these photos gave you a little glimpse into our experience with it so far. Thankful for this farm, thankful for my little family, & thankful that we can get moments like this captured in time forever. This is my yearly PSA telling you to go get family photos taken no matter where you are at in life. Don’t wait for the “perfect time” life is messy, we can always find a flaw with ourselves, & if you wait until all is right in your eyes you will let time pass without getting them. Thank you guys for stopping by the blog today & thank you for supporting  us on this farm journey we started, supporting our fixer upper farmhouse dream, & for sticking with us along the way through it all. We are forever grateful! Be sure to follow on Instagram  & Facebook for behind the scenes… xx

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Check out our Christmas home tour below…

Visit the White Cottage Farm Home tour [HERE]

Christmas On The Back Stoop

When we moved from our last home I really thought we would never have a stoop again. At our last home we didn’t eve have a porch, but now on the farm the entire front half of our home is a big porch & yet we still have a stoop. It makes me happy because I truly loved that little stoop at our last house & you know if you give me a little stoop,I will go a little stoop crazy at Christmas…

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas porch - Great christmas farmhouse & cottage decor inspiration!
Rustic Farmhouse Christmas porch - Great christmas farmhouse & cottage decor inspiration!
Rustic Farmhouse Christmas porch - Great christmas farmhouse & cottage decor inspiration!
Seriously such a simply lovely back stoop. This door isn’t used a ton, but I still wanted to make it look welcoming. I used some vintage sleds and vintages skis in a kind of winter cottage look. I threw in a vintage bucket filled with evergreens, one of my favorite pennant pillows from Fabric Scout Studio, a red stripe pillow from Home Goods, & a red grain sack pillow from the Target dollar section. The trees & wreaths are from BirchLane, & the rug and the banner are also from Target. The boots are my Hunter Wellies & I thought they just fit in with all of the winter sports equipment. Such a simple little stoop, but with the snow on it all it makes me so happy. It’s the little things right? & the best part? The only new things I purchased for this space were the two things from The Target Dollar spot, everything else I already had in our christmas collection.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas porch - Great christmas farmhouse & cottage decor inspiration!

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas porch - Great christmas farmhouse & cottage decor inspiration!
Rustic Farmhouse Christmas porch - Great christmas farmhouse & cottage decor inspiration!
Rustic Farmhouse Christmas porch - Great christmas farmhouse & cottage decor inspiration!
Ok, I’ve said it a million times, but I will say it again… Even though our farmhouse is in complete demo mode & it’s a fixer upper it still looks quite cute for Christmas this year. Our first Christmas at White Cottage Farm has been quite magical. I hope you guys liked this glimpse at our back stoop decorated for Christmas & the first snow that we have got here in Michigan this year. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today & for following me over on Facebook & Instagram. xx
See more of our Christmas farmhouse below…

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Christmas in our entryway [here]

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Christmas in our dining room [here]

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Our 2016 Holiday House walk [here]

Holiday Gift Guide For Farmhouse Lovers

 

Holiday Gift Guide For Farmhouse Lovers - A great list of gifts to get those people in your life that love farmhouse decor & more...

Affiliate links to all the products: I dream of shiplap pillow [here] Demo day & shiplap mugs [here] Magnolia Story book [here] cast iron string [here] measuring cups [here] tiered tray [here] candle [here] Bayleaf wreath [here] bottle rack [here] letter board [here] escape bag [here] hand stamped necklace [here] farmhouse pillow [here] baked pies sign [here] metal tray [here] Gather sign [here]

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I can’t tell you how bad I am at telling people what I want for christmas or even making a gift list for myself for anything… I don’t want anything! From the time I was little I always wanted one thing & that was my list I gave my parents. To this day I won’t give a list to anyone because it makes me feel weird & I hate asking for things… BUT if I were to give a list this Christmas these would be a few things that I would love. Funny thing is, I could have kept going when making this “things I love list” & this is only the beginning. I gathered a few of these things that I love that I knew you guys would love too & may help you either give a Christmas list to your loved ones for yourself or shop for that farmhouse loving person on your list. You can shop the items in the words below the large collage or by clicking the individual photos below that. I also included some more items in the individual photos that I didn’t include in the collage because again, I couldn’t stop. I hope this helps some of you… PS. send this post to your man so they get a hint of what you want. But really, thank you for stopping by the blog today & be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram to follow along with me. & who knows, I might be back with another gift guide very soon before Christmas! xx

 

More of my favorites…

 

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Farmhouse finds from Amazon [here]

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Shop cozy metallic holiday decor [here]

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Rustic holiday decor from H&M [here]

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]

 

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]

Cozy Metallic Cottage Christmas Decor

Cozy Metallic Cottage Christmas decor - Great inspiration for a cozy neutral metallic holiday look!

 

Affiliate links to all items: pom throw [here] shimmer shag pillow [here] round shag pillow [here] gold christmas trees [here] paper Christmas village [here] vehicle ornaments [here] white magnolia wreath [here] light up church [here] ornament garland [here] bottle brush tree [here] rose gold capri candle [here]

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Do you ever decorate for the holidays & then completely regret the direction you went in? Yah, me neither. Just kidding.. I am one of those people whos brain never ever shuts off so when I complete something I wonder what it would look like if I went in another direction. It never stops. Today, I was wandering the aisles of home goods looking for wrapping paper… it sounds super luxurious, but it was more like me running through the store because I only had 10 minutes & digging through piles of unorganized wrapping paper and ribbon. I ended up finding the most beautiful metallic rose gold wrapping paper & creamy whites & in that very moment I regretted our Christmas decor. I was craving metallics & copper tones, but guess what? I can use those colors in our wrapping paper this year & make dream boards of christmas decor for next years holiday look & for you guys to be inspired by. This is one of my favorite holiday mood boards I have ever made. I love the mix of the cement ornaments mixed with the soft rose pillow, copper tons, gold trees, & fur accents. So pretty & inviting!! You can shop this look by clicking the items below the photo & also by clicking the individual photos of the items as well. I hope this post inspired you guys & maybe even gave you the Christmas look you were searching for. I think I need to pick up a few of these items for next years look [or even another look for this year.. you know I’m always changing it up]… what do you think? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! xx

 

Shop other holiday looks I put together…

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H&M Holiday decor for less than $25 [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]

The Easiest Way To Get Farmhouse Christmas Style

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

Happy “Day After Thanksgiving” aka the day where everyone starts decorating for Christmas! I’m so excited! I’ve already been sharing our Christmas decor in our farmhouse for a month now, but now I’m excited that most of you will be decorating for Christmas as well. I was thinking about it a lot today & I wanted to share some tips with you today to help you get started on your Christmas decor. I wanted to break it down into super easy steps on how I get the farmhouse christmas style in our home in hopes that it could help you too. I used our last home decorated for the Holidays for reference & it was so fun looking back at what we did last year! So here are 5 tips on how to get the perfect farmhouse Christmas decor…

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
1. Flocked Trees.

A flocked tree is a great way to start getting that rustic farmhouse look even without adding any decorations to the tree. Add some decor to it or leave it bare, either way it looks good & brings that farmhouse Christmas vibe to the room. Here are some christmas trees I put together all from Amazon that I am obsessed with [here].

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
2. Pops of red.

I don’t add pops of read in every single room that I decorate for Christmas, but I do enjoy adding it in some for that instant Christmas look perfect for any farmhouse style room. I choose to add the pops of red mainly in pillows, but ornaments, tree skirts, garland, & wreaths are other great places to add those little pops of red. Along with red, green is always fabulous too.. so adding pops of green or even mixing little pops of red and green together is perfection.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

3. Add natural elements.

Bring nature into your holiday decor to really give the farm feel. Stick some branches in a vase or lay them on a mantel, mix in some natural garland & wreaths, bring a real tree in the living room, & so on. The beauty of bringing in natural elements into your christmas decor is that you can mix with the faux & the real. One natural element that I love using for my holiday decor is birch logs. They are beautiful & can also be used into winter decor after the holidays as well.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
4. Texture.

I think I say this word in every single post, but it’s all about texture to me. Mixing cozy textures adds that cozy element of Christmas & can really make a room pop. I love mixing pillows, natural elements, wood, metals, & more to create a perfect winter decor mix in every room. For example in our living room I added lots of pillows with different textures on our sofa, a few metal & wood sleds, some birch logs, & a rusty bucket filled with natural pine. Lots of different elements that work together perfectly.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
5. Vintage pieces.

You know I love vintage pieces in all of my decor & at Christmas it’s no exception. I love mixing vintage items & even vintage inspired items to my decor to really add that farmhouse Christmas style. For example vintage sleds, primitive buckets, antique ornaments, & even vintage inspired rocking horses that are new but have that vintage feel. Vintage elements always add that cozy farmhouse vibe especially at christmas so don’t forget to include those vintage items you have lying around or visit your local antique store to find some!

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
I loved looking back at all our Christmas photos from last year at our last house. Makes me kind of wish I had done more decorating for Christmas here at our farmhouse this year. I guess there is still time! I hope this post helped you in some small way & inspired you as well for your Christmas decorating this year. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today & happy Christmas decorating to you all!! Be sure to follow me on Instagram & Facebook for more behind the scenes. xx

 

The easiest way to get farmhouse christmas style - Great tips and inspiration on how to decorate for the holidays & get the perfect cozy farmhouse look.
Take our complete Christmas home tour from last year [here]

The Farmhouse Kitchen – Before

This feels weird. It’s like ever since the fall season & now the holiday season hit I stopped blogging about our farmhouse renovations & focused on seasonal decor because that was what I was up to. To be honest we haven’t been up to many big projects on the house. It’s been so busy at the store & in our lives… but I am so ready to start another big project! So today I interrupt the normal Christmas decor posts & DIY projects to bring you a glimpse at our next big project in our farmhouse…

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The kitchen! The heart of the home, & the room you walk through on the way to just about anywhere in our home. These are just a few of the photos & not even the entire room. A couple things… the dining room [here] & the front living room [here] are not finished yet either even though we started those. Even though I am known for starting a million projects at once, this wasn’t on purpose. Those rooms are on pause for various reasons like needing to make decisions, needing to get new floors installed, & more. The kitchen is connected to our sunroom which you see a lot here on the blog. In fact the sunroom/kitchen/and eat in dining area are all one big room & we will get into more of that later. The kitchen is going to be a huge project, it’s going to take a lot of time, & it’s going to be the biggest undertaking in our farmhouse to date. The sad part for me is that the flooring in the whole area, which includes the sunroom, is going to have to be taken out that means the sunroom is going to have to be ripped up for a while too. I was just getting used to having at least one corner of our home livable.BUT I’m so excited to get my hands dirty & so excited to make this kitchen our own. Can you believe this contrast between the kitchen & sunroom currently…

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Isn’t it funny that I have been sharing the sunroom here on the blog & social media, but the kitchen wasn’t in any of those posts. I’ve been keeping a secret from you, but I’m so ready to complete this space so it fits in with our style. It honestly looks like two photos side by side because of the drastic contrast even though it’s the same room.

So what is on our list of things to do? Just for starters:

-rip out all of the upper cabinets

-take out the current window & replace the window

-rip out current backsplash and countertops

-get new countertops

-get new sink

-rip out the current island from floor to ceiling

-replace the island with something exciting

-get new flooring

-replace appliances

-get new range hood

-paint lower cabinets

-shiplap the stone wall

-set up a new breakfast nook area

-replace windows in sunroom

-get new lighting

-replace fan

-paint the ceiling

Ok, I’ll stop there. There is more that has to be done & some big decisions to made, but you get the general idea. Now that I list that our I am overwhelmed. & it also looks really expensive. So we will be taking our time with this one. I can’t wait to get started & I’m hoping to start the demo this weekend so I will be sure to keep you posted. Are you guys as excited as me?! I’ve been gathering inspiration for our kitchen renovation & will hopefully be putting a design board to share with you guys soon so I can convey my vision with you. I just had to share my excitement today with you guys before I got ahead of myself. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & for being with us through this farmhouse renovation journey! Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for more being the scenes. xx

A Cozy Neutral Farmhouse Christmas

You know I love to go all out for Christmas. Sometimes too much [if that is a thing]. This year as we approached Christmas in our new farmhouse, I was so excited to decorate for the holidays. As we got closer to the time to decorate for christmas though I realized it might prove to be difficult because 90% of our house is under construction. But since I am a lover of Christmas & I couldn’t let the first christmas in our 1800’s farmhouse pass without decorating at least a little bit, you know I decorated the rooms that are livable like our sunroom. But I went simple, so simple that I even kept our christmas trees nude…

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
So neutral and cozy.. just how I like it. Honestly, I’ve said it before, but being forced to go super simple on our Christmas decor. It’s kind of nice resting and taking it easy. Not stressing over tons of ornaments on the tree was kind of peaceful in a way, & our nude trees from King of Christmas are super pretty even without the fluff. I stuck the trees in some antique crocks & placed a drop cloth on the floor around them. Super simple & cheap….

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

To make this room extra cozy I added tons of texture on the sofa with various white pillows that I have collected from Anthropologie [here], Target [here], Wayfair [here], Ikea, Farmhouse box [here], & Home Goods. I also added a special christmas pillow from my good friend Fabric Scout that I will treasure forever. In the window above the sofa I placed some vintage metal dishes with white bottle trees in them & a wreath above. I am adding mirror into this salvaged window frame, but have not gotten to that yet.. I think it’s going to be so pretty though! On the coffee table I placed a black tray also in my Painted Fox collection along with a bucket of winter greens from Home Goods & some antique corbel finds of mine & some pom garland.

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
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Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
The dresser in the room is my favorite addition to this space recently. It was an antique find that I blogged about [here]. On the dresser I hung some stockings from wayfair with some garland that I picked up at Michaels. On the dresser I have a lamp from my collection at Painted Fox & a vintage typewriter. I also placed a bucket of Christmas trees that I picked up at HomeGoods that I am quite obsessed with. The black lamp, gold bells and gold deer are all Target finds & I loved that they looked actually vintage. Great finds!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!

Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
Simple Farmhouse Christmas decor in the sunroom - great cottage style & farmhouse style Christmas decor inspiration!
This room has always been a favorite of mine since we moved in 6 months ago because it’s the sunniest spot in the house. The perfect napping room, & has a great view of the farm. Now that it’s decorated for christmas I never want to take it down. I love the simplicity of it all. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys so much for stopping by my blog today! Head on over to my blogging friends farmhouse Christmas living rooms today to check out what they have done in their homes this Christmas season…

 

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10 Amazing Christmas Trees From Amazon

The 10 Best farmhouse style christmas trees all from Amazon!

Direct Affiliate links to all trees above: 1. Valley spruce. // 2. Flocked Utica // 3. Flocked Alberta // 4. Vickerman slim tree // 5. Prince Flocked Tree // 6. Abusa Flocked  tree // 7. Kingswood pencil tree // 8. Frosted Spruce // 9. Alaskan pine tree // 10. Douglas fir

I am one of those crazy people that started decorating for  Christmas on November 1st. I was also the crazy one blaring christmas music while decorating as well. No shame in my game! I’ve explained it before, but I start decorating for the holidays early so that I can share, & hopefully inspire, you guys here on the blog before you start decorating. This week I have shared a few of the Christmas trees around my house & I get a lot of questions about where to find Christmas trees. I love looking for Christmas trees a lot of places, but one place I find that has a great variety is Amazon & hello, two day shipping! So I gathered up 10 of my favorite today [there are many many many more] to share with you guys especially you guys who are struggling to find the perfect tree for your home. I hope this helps in some small way, if you already have a tree then I hope you can pass this along to help someone else. My favorite tree out of this bunch? Number 9. I think I NEED that tree. For some reason at this moment I want a heavily flocked tree in our house.. am I a Christmas tree hoarder now? I think so. Crap. Another thing to hoard. You can shop the trees by clicking the numbers below the collage photo or by clicking the individual photos below that. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today, it means a lot! Be sure to find me on Facebook & Instagram. xx

 

More of my Favorite Christmas finds…

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plaid Christmas decor all from Target [here]

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Holiday finds from H&M all for under $25 [Here]