Category Archives: White Cottage Farmhouse

Shattering Glass Ceilings.. Or Wood Ones.

Yup… nothing can hold us back on this renovation. Not even ceilings! You guys this was NOT the plan… not at all. As you saw a few weeks back, while gutting the kitchen we had primed the ceilings because we were going to paint the headboard ceiling white. Well, that went out the window quickly after we took out the bulkheads. We discovered that when they installed the headboard ceilings they didn’t go beyond the bulkhead, so there was a huge gap in between the ceiling and the edge of the wall. So, we took the headboard ceiling down & we were left with something that has a lot of potential, but it doesn’t look like much now…

Here the kitchen was a little big ago before taking the bulk heads out…

After the bulkheads out with the ceiling gap….


& now….

Our plan for the ceiling is to clean it up [wires, holes, and other things like that] & to give the ceiling a fresh coat of white paint to really finish it off & make it cohesive to our design. I’m also wanting to add more historic inspired details, but more on that later. I’m honestly so glad we had to take the headboard ceiling down because can you believe how much visual height this is going to give the room? Don’t get me wrong, now that we took the ceiling down there is a LOT of work to do now, but I know that I will love the finished product so it’s all worth it. As seen in our last post our friend Denny is helping us a lot in this space & for that I’m thankful too! I’m just so excited to see the finished product, because boy is it a mess! Just so you can get a visual idea of what our kitchen ceiling will look like, here is our inspiration we found [HERE]...

I found these images early on in our kitchen reno, but never dreamed that we would have exposed ceilings. Funny how things like that happen. & look it there, the floors look like our front living room floors… I’m feeling so inspired tonight & kind of wishing I could snap my fingers & have a finished kitchen, but I’m also enjoying this fun fixer upper process as well. Thank you guys for stopping by the blog today & seeing what we are up to in our renovations… & thank you for always supporting us even when our life kitchen is a mess! What do you think of our new kitchen ceiling adventure? Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest for more behind the scenes! xx

Back Living Room – The Beginning

Some days I wonder if anyone likes reading my blog or even if they can keep up with my brain. It’s truly all over the place. I wonder some days if I’ll ever be a pro blogger.. you know the one who has posts planned out the week ahead or does room makeovers one at a time. NOPE. I am for sure a “blog whatever I’m doing that day” kind of girl & will most likely never plan someone in advance… I truly hope you don’t mind & that you enjoy me being messy in our fixer-upper. Ok, sorry about that long intro, but after weeks of talking about our front living room & kitchen I’ve moved into the back living room even though  the other two spaces are no where near done. It’s just when things get put on hold in other spaces I can’t help but to move into another space. Would it really confuse you if I said I’m also painting the back guest bedroom & working on that as well? Someone stop me! Anyways, the back living room should be an easy remodel because it involves ripping flooring out and laying new flooring down, but for now we are just styling it & using it as is & I don’t hate it…


Honestly up until a week ago we were using this room for storage until we got the spring cleaning bug last week & we cleared it all out. Last summer we did have this room painting to freshen it up, but since then we haven’t done anything. This room is the old garage on the house & it was turned into a living room with a guest bedroom & bathroom off of the back of it. Here is what the space looked like before & brief list of what we are wanting to do with the space…

So above are pictures from our house listing before we bought it. Since these the room has been painted like in the photos above these in the color shiplap by Magnolia Home Paint & the trim is true white by Magnolia. Here is a brief list of what we want to do to this room:

-Remove the second level of flooring around the room [the curved step up]
-Put wood flooring in the entire room.
-Do some kind of ceiling treatment whether thats beams or something else.
-Replace the fan & all light fixtures
-Replace doors & windows.
-Find something interesting to do to the slider area? Suggestions welcome.
-Recover the sectional & get two chairs of the seating area.
-Complete the coffee bar.
-Decorate the entire space
-Replace the mantel
-create a seating area around the fireplace
-We will stop there for now….

So there is that. This is our back living room as of today & just some quick snapshots of how it looks. I honestly can’t wait to do more projects in this room & I think it’s going to be a fun one! The flooring will be the biggest change as you can see by that curve in the floor & also a fun treatment on the ceiling. My brain just keeps going & won’t stop thinking about it. I’m thankful I have the blog to come share what’s going on in my brain daily. Thanks for stopping by & checking it out! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest for more behind the scenes of what is going on in my brain. xx

 

Front Living Room Fireplace Progress- Tile

I can’t believe I’ve waited a week or so before sharing this here on the blog with you guys. We made some MAJOR  progress in our front living room on the fireplace. If you remember way back when we started the front living room makeover, the floors & the fireplace were the biggest challenges. After ripping out the wall & old fireplace mantel we discovered the old brick from the original house, but it had been ruined by marble being glued to it & sharpie writing all over it by previous contractors. So, we decided one day we may want to tackle that beast, but for now we wanted to put it back behind a wall & so we built up shiplap over it & placed a reclaimed mantel that we had in front of it. Then came the challenge of tiling the floor around the fireplace….


Let’s see where we began:

& some progress with paint…

& now today almost done…

It was our first tile job ever & boy did we learn A LOT! So, we chose [these tiles] from Home Depot. I asked on Instagram which ones to choose & these were for sure not the popular vote, but my heart was calling for these. I wanted more contrast than with a plain neutral tile & these just felt right for the time period for our home. They were more complicated to lay than a normal basic subway tile pattern, but totally worth it in the end. I honestly think that these tiles give kind of a cottage vibe mixed with the chippy wood & we all know that we love that. Jose will be doing an ENTIRE tile process & how we ddi it over on our farm blog, TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com this week. We chose to tile only the hearth on the floor around the fireplace so we extended that area to really make a statement since that was the only place of the fireplace area that we were tiling. We built out around the fireplace using wood & then tiled on top of that. When we were done laying all the tile we used shoe molding to wrap around the area that we tiled. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.. more details will be on our farm blog asap. You can see [HERE] how we painted around the fireplace & got rid of the old 80’s brass that just doesn’t fit in with our decor.

To some this may look done & to some it may look way not done [or however you say that], but all in all we need to do some caulking, trimming, flooring work, & lots of styling. But we have made so much progress in this front room & it now doesn’t feel like such a construction zone anymore which makes me so happy! What do you guys think of our tile job? Be sure to check TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com this week for Jose’s tile insight & some comments from me about our first experience tiling… It’s not for the weak hearted that’s for sure! We are still wanting to add windows to this space on each side of the fireplace so cross your fingers we can make that happen because wouldn’tt that just be epic? Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today & for encouraging us to keep sharing our fixer upper, DIY, home decor, & lifestyle here on the blog… it means the world to us! xx

 

Kitchen Reno Update: Bye Bye Bulkhead!

Happy Friday! I wanted to pop on here & share with you some progress we made today in the kitchen. I figured since the kitchen needs so much work we might as well take this baby step by baby step. Today the one thing in the kitchen that was really bugging me was removed. The bulkhead!! Honestly it was fine when there were cabinets hanging on the upper part of the kitchen, but when the cabinets were down it cut off the entire kitchen & made the space feel smaller. One of the main objectives of this kitchen/sunroom remodel was to make the space feel more open so taking this bulkhead out is really going to help that cause. We had our good friend Denny over today while we were at work & he so kindly took out the bulkhead & started to take out the tiles on the counters & backsplash. He will be helping us with a few other dirty projects & we are so thankful because time is not our friend lately & he has been doing this for years so he truly is an expert in remodeling. Next up we will be finishing tile removal, doing some major work on the opposite side of the room I haven’t shown you, replacing all the windows, revealing the beam that runs between the sunroom & kitchen, & quite possibly removing the bead board ceiling as well for an exciting idea Jose & I came up with tonight. Here is the progress we have made so far this week…

Earlier this week we were here:


& today….


I’m sorry, & maybe it’s just me, but without those bulkheads it’s already so different & the ceiling seems higher. Denny also removed the oven hood & the light fixture that was above the sink. I am learning SO MUCH through this whole process & I’m loving every single second of it. This kitchen and sunroom makeover isn’t for the faint of heart. Also, all those appliances are going as well. We kept some appliances from our last house so we will probably be using those. Also, we are purging all of our dishes & starting all over with a clean slate which I’m super excited about. When you’ve been married for 10 years & have moved countless times… it’s a great time to start over. I hope you guys liked this update. I’m feeling so much better today than I was earlier this week. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are still very far out from having a beautiful kitchen, but we will have one someday! Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes & THANK YOU so much for stopping by the blog today. xx

 

The State Of The Kitchen Address

You guys, I would love to come on here & chat about something happy with you guys & tell you that we have made a ton of progress in the kitchen the past two weeks. Well, I can’t say that because well, we haven’t. We ran into our fist issues in our farmhouse since we first moved in last June, which in my book isn’t too bad considering the house was originally built in the 1840’s. BUT there will be some major construction going on in the kitchen now that was un-planned, so everything is currently on hold….


I primed the cabinets & the ceiling since we last visited the kitchen here on the blog so there is that piece of good news & we will hopefully have those counters & bulk head out this week as well which is also progress. So, before we ripped the floor up we noticed some standing water in the sunroom on the carpet. We were thinking that maybe it was a fluke thing & that it was just a minor thing we could easily fix. Well, when we ripped the floor up & noticed that it was from the windows in the sunroom & that most likely this had happened before & we were just never told about it. That means major construction and demo is about to happen. We haven’t figured out the extent of the damage, but we’ve heard from some experts that say it’s going to need a complete overhaul in order to be in great condition again.

So, the state of our kitchen is not very good at the moment, & all of this has really slowed us down, but all of the damage is only on one side of the room [the right side in the photo above in the sunroom area] so we are hopefully going to be able to start working on the other side of the room very soon & there are going to be big things happening on that side of the room as well. & call me optimistic, but I’m not upset about the damage because this is another reason for us to make this space completely our own. I mean, don’t get me wrong I’m upset that it’s taking us longer & costing us more money, but I know in the long run it will be great. Thanks for cheering us on & for stopping by the blog today to see what is going on in our kitchen & sunroom. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest for more behind the scenes. xx
Want to see the kitchen makeover from the beginning? Check the links below..

 

start at the beginning [HERE]

See demo progress [HERE]

Chippy White Dresser with Salt Wash

You guys! I did it again. I painted a piece of furniture. If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I used to paint furniture very often. Lately with running the store & re-doing our farmhouse it’s more a rare thing, but it’s still a HUGE passion of mine & I love painting  & trying new things when I can. Recently we started carrying this furniture paint product called Salt Wash at our store, The Found Cottage, & I had to give it a try…


That chippy finish on the dresser? It wasn’t because of natural aging on paint, it was because of the salt wash product [HERE]! How cool is that? Basically what Salt Wash is is a powder that you mix in with your paint & you dab it all over your furniture piece. It’s the consistency of cake batter when you mix the paint and powder together. After it’s dry you paint a second layer of paint on, usually in a different color, but I chose two very similar colors for not as much contrast. After everything is dry you can sand the piece to get this awesome chipping effect. I will give a more thorough review/demo soon, but since this was my first time I kind of just went for it. For now you can go [HERE] to their website for more videos & descriptions.

product images via amazon.com

The dresser was just an ordinary little wood dresser before [I forgot to take a photo…or I lost it.. so sorry. Just imagine a normal wood dresser with some cute little wheels] I got my hands on it & I decided I wanted to add a little more character to it. I mixed the salt wash with my latex Magnolia Home Paint in Shiplap, but you can mix this product with any kind of paint they claim.. so many possibilities! The salt was was pretty easy to use, but I did find that I need a little more practice to master using the product. I’m looking forward to using it on another piece. The one con I would say that I had an issue with was that it was a little messy, but I’m a mess so it could have been just me. All in all I really liked using this & loved the finish that it allowed me to achieve!

I love how this little dresser turned out & I love that it gave me a few hours of creativity & to play with something new. I also love that it made achieving a chippy effect on a piece of furniture quite easy.. I totally recommend using the Salt Wash if you love the look of primitive furniture. If you try it, let me know what you think!! I will be back soon with a more thorough tutorial & a further review after using it more. What do you think of this little dresser? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today & making this my happy place… I can’t thank you enough. xx

 

More furniture makeovers….

Black dresser makeover [HERE]

 Mora clock makeover [HERE]

Church pew makeover [HERE]

We Are Getting Sheep At White Cottage Farm!

I have said from the beginning of moving to the farm that I wanted us getting animals to happen organically. By that I meant that I didn’t want go looking and searching for animals to have on our farm,I kind of wanted them to find us. Well, we have been found. We have actually known this for quite some time now, but my good friend Abby’s sheep are having lambs! Sheep were on the top of our “animal wish list” here on the farm so this was just perfect. It’s officially official now because we went to the ultrasound yesterday at Black Sheep Farm & got to see the little lambs for ourselves….


The sheep are Icelandic sheep & I’m so obsessed with how unique they look. They are pretty fascinating creatures. I’m not going to lie to you but being in close courters with them & how nervous they were for their ultrasounds made me a little nervous as well, but mostly they were just wanting to keep to themselves & weren’t thrilled about all of us being in their home with them. The ultrasound was so much fun & I learned so much already just from that half hour appointment! I didn’t even know that they did this for sheep. It was such a cool experience & got me really excited to raise our own sheep. We found out all the lady sheep were with lambs & some with multiple. They should be having them in the next couple of weeks & then soon we will be bringing some lambs to White Cottage Farm & we are thrilled! I can’t wait to welcome our first animals to the farm & to take you guys on the journey with us. I hope you guys are excited! I will be sure to keep you updated here & on WhiteCottageFarm.Com about our sheep & more farm experiences very soon. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog! 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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DIY Dining Room Plate Wall

Since we started demo in the kitchen & have been working on some projects in the front living room, I have kind of left the dining room alone lately as far as DIY projects go. Well, when I was in Magnolia a few weeks ago I spotted these lovely platters [HERE. I can’t find them on Magnolia’s website anymore so here is another place you order from. One issue is I was able to buy individually & this was the set, but the set would make a great plate gallery wall.] & instantly decided that I needed them on our dining room wall. I was shopping with my friend Liz from Love Grows Wild & she helped me pick out the platters to include on the wall which was fun shopping with a blogger friend & planning this project out. Here is how it turned out after a few frustrating attempts at planning out the height and placement…

 


When I first starting hanging the plates I tried to be super creative & hang the bottom plate over the shiplap & the chair rail, so I  hung all six plates according to that. Once I was done I called Jose in the room because I knew I hated it, but he assured me that it was fine. I don’t like fine.. I like that instant gasp & high five from Jose when he likes something. Nope. I even put it on my Instagram stories and Michael from Inspired By Charm, who I love by the way, instantly told me they were too low. Yup! Knew it! I could have kissed him for telling me that because it instantly gave me the motivation to re-hang them all higher on the wall. So it was back to the drawing board. I eventually decided on new placement & re-hung all six plates. that’s the thing about a gallery wall or plate wall like this, once you move one, you usually have to move all of them. Kind of frustrating, but once they are all hung they add a lot of charm to the space.


Typically I like to use [These] plate hangers that you can grab from a craft store or sites like Amazon [HERE}, but you can also use [These] or any plate hanger you want. You will need a tape measure, a hammer, & a laser level works really well for this if you have one. After that it’s truly up to you how high, how low, or where you want your plates placed. I chose three different platters from small to large [even though I’m thinking I need a tiny one above the three still]. I started at the bottom with the large platter and measured up from the chair rail & used the shiplap line as guidance for hanging the plate hangers on the wall. I’m starting to learn that shiplap is great for helping to measure where to hang things on the wall. Anyways, once you decide on placement it’s pretty easy to create a plate wall.

The dining room is far from finished, but I love how these plates added some subtle character to the space. I also love how they frame this cabinet in perfectly because let’s face it, that big piece of furniture kind of steals the show. I’m super happy with how this simple DIY turned out & I hope it inspires you to hang some plates somewhere in your home on the wall.. the possibilities are endless! Thank you guys guys for stopping by the blog today. Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes. xx

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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See more farmhouse inspiration posts:

Where to find galvanized farmhouse decor [HERE]

Farmhouse living room all from Amazon [HERE]

Magnolia Home Haul

After a week and a half after my trip to Magnolia in Waco I just remembered that I forgot to share what I picked up from Magnolia while I was there so i thought I would share with you what I picked up while I was there & a few other things I had from a previous trip. Not pictured below are some gifts I got for a few friends including a “Garden Mama” T-shirt I got for my preggo friend Abby from Binks & The Bad Housewife. I could have grabbed more when I was there because I was feeling so inspired, but between my feet hurting from walking all day, feeling overwhelmed by the feeling of wanting every single thing, & not wanting to spend one thousand dollars on shipping, I practiced self control…

These large cutting boards. I had to have them the second I saw them. I’ve had some others, but these were super chunky & a must have. I can’t wait to use them in the kitchen when that space is finally finished. For now we have them styled on top of our hutch in the dining room.

When I was at the silos I saw their floral section that was completely stunning. It had a bunch of vessels hanging on the wall filled with different floral stems & above it was a “fresh flower market” sign above it. The sign caught my eye right away & when I saw that they made a smaller version of it… yup, had to have it. I styled it by our white chippy cupboard in the dining room for now.

Another thing I had to have? These down feather blue stripe pillows. I purchased two for our dining room chairs & love them for our spring refresh. I couldn’t believe the amazing quality of these & they also came in more colors. You will be seeing a lot of these pillows in future posts I’m sure.

Those platters on the wall are from Magnolia & I will be blogging more about them later this week. That tablecloth that I folded into a table runner on our small table in the dining room is also from Magnolia. I love how versatile the table cloth is.. you could also use them for curtains as well.

& these galvanized wall vases are also from Magnolia. I honestly didn’t realize how many things we had in the dining room from Magnolia, but I love it all. I forgot to snap a photo of the corbel bookends from Magnolia [HERE], This laundry sign [HERE], & some candles. Ok, I’m done. All in all I’m super happy with all my purchases from Magnolia & I know there will be more in the future I’m sure. Also, If I forgot to mention it before The Silos now has a Fed Ex location located right inside the store now, so you can get your stuff shipped home to you. I hope you guys liked seeing what I picked up at the Silos in our home. What’s your favorite Magnolia Home item? I’m thinking I need a rug next. Thank you for stopping by the blog today & for following me on Facebook & Instagram. xx

Read about the day I met Chip & Jo [HERE]

 

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.

DIY Shiplap Hall Tree & New Farm Blog!

You guys! Today is such an exciting day here at White Cottage Farm! For two reasons actually. The first being I finally get to share a project that Jose built last week & we get to announce our new blog!Well, let’s take care of that first. So, as many of you know we bought our farm, White Cottage Farm, last June. Ever since then we have been talking about getting a website for the farm where we both can share what we are up to, our farm adventures, our animals, what Jose is building, what I’m making, & just all things White Cottage Farm… so here we are. Today is the launch of our new blog for the farm: TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com eeeek! It feels so good to finally spill those beans. Ok, so remember how Jose would blog at Craftsmandrive.com.. he no longer will be & he will be full time blogging on TheWhiteCottageFarm.com. I will be blogging over there as well along with here. There I will share the things that I don’t share here whether it’s the ugly side of the farm life or just more of my deep thoughts living on the farm, trust me there is a ton that I don’t share here. Ok, so that’s the first thing. Be sure to add TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com to your reading list & also all of Jose’s past posts from Craftsman Drive can be found there as well if you were looking.

Now on to the second exciting thing of the day. The awesome DIY shiplap Hall Tree that Jose built recently as a collab with Ryobi…

Isn’t it just the best thing ever? He is so creative. This whole thing was born right from his brain with no help from me. Honestly I was kind of a downer in the planning stages. I was trying to step in & tell him that it didn’t sound that great… & look. He is so creative & I LOVE that we both have different ideas. He shares more about it [HERE] in his own words. Now, I did have a hand in styling it for the photos. Want to hear something funny? We actually styled this big hoss in our unfinished sunroom. We put it right in front of two windows in the sunroom with a rug under it & styled it.. & there it sits. A little about the styling of this beautiful DIY lighted hall tree: The “welcome” & the corbels for the shelf are from our good friend Heidi from Feather & Birch [HERE]. we love collaborating with Heidi in our creative adventures because she is one of our biggest cheerleaders & she is always down with our crazy ideas. The hooks were something we had along with the vintage wire baskets. The black tray is from my Painted Fox collection [HERE]. The blanket is from H&M, the pillow is from With Lavender & Grace, the hat & jack are from Target, boots from Left to right are Target, American Eagle, & Aldo. Those lights are from Home Depot [HERE]. & Jose even installed a light switch on the hall tree to turn the lights on & off.. isn’t he adorable? that part made me laugh because I thought it was cute. Lastly that leather bag was a gift I got him for his 30th birthday back in January from Brothers Leather right here in Grand Rapids. I think he almost cried when I gave it to him because he loved it so much. He uses it daily for work & it makes my heart happy to see him use it.


Ok, you know I always share WAY too many photos when it comes to things Jose builds.. but I am SO proud of him. Be sure to head on over to the new blog [HERE] to see what he has to say about it. We aren’t sure what we are doing with this big guy yet, but I’m sure we will find a place for him. I was thinking we could use it in Jose’s workshop as a little welcome area & where can hang his jacket whiles he’s out there & more. We will keep you updated on that! Also, I want to say thank you guys for alway supporting our adventures from farm to fertility… you are a big reason that we have the hope & confidence to push forward. Be sure to follow our new blog on social media as well like on Facebook & Instagram for more behind the scenes.  Thank you! 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]