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Guest Bedroom Walls: To Wallpaper or No?

I think the biggest piece of advice I can give you when designing a space is to take photos periodically and look at the room in a photograph to see how it’s coming along. Sometimes when you look at the space in a photograph it helps give you a fresh perspective on where to go from that point & what to change. Photographs don’t lie. Well, when I shared our guest bedroom progress the other day here on the blog, I hated how the room looked. It looked flat & dull to me. Now, I know the room wasn’t done and we still had things to change, but it got me thinking about a wall treatment. Shiplap? Board & Batten? Wall paper? I just don’t know. So, like I do everyday I come to you guys to see what you think…

So I’m thinking of a statement wall on this wall behind the daybed. I’m not one for statement walls usually, but in this guest bedroom I’m considering it. So let’s talk about what to do in this room on this wall….

Shiplap wallpaper…

You can find it [HERE]

This wallpaper looks like worn and old shiplap which is quite amazing. I think it would be a fun statement & super unique compared to the cleaner shiplap we have in the rest of the house. Also, I was going for a garden/greenhouse look for this space & I think this would bring that vibe into the space.

Watercolor check wallpaper…

You can find this wall paper [HERE]

I love this look with the black check & I’m just drawn to the contrast that it would give the room. This one would obviously be a huge change for me & add a lot more drama. But again I feel like this would give an awesome garden vibe to the room that I have been wanting. I showed it in gray as well, but if I choose this I feel like I would go more with the black.. but which one do you like better?

Skinny lap wall paper….

You can find this wall paper [HERE]

Now, this is something I haven’t done & would be fun to do! Skinny-lap which is basically just skinnier shiplap boards. I would most likely do it in white & I think being done on one wall would really make it look more authentic? I would love to hear your thoughts on that! It comes in white & gray & I would most likely go with white [bottom photo].

Shiplap…

How to shiplap a wall [HERE]

This was the office in our last room with shiplap on the walls. Do we go with regular shiplap on the wall? It’s the safe route so I kind of love that idea.

Board & Batten….

Board and Batten, like shown in the photo above, would be a super easy wall treatment, but it would add a tiny bit more texture on the walls. All I would have to do is attach the boards to the walls & put another coat of paint on the walls.

Bead Board…

[HERE]

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Beadboard is something that I’ve wanted to add to our cottage style farmhouse & I think this room would be an amazing room to start using this element. It would add a lot of texture and  be a very classic look for our farmhouse.

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Here was my mood board for this space…

You can see this mood board & all the sources [HERE]

Our Trip To North Carolina & Some Big News!

As some of you may have seen, Jose & I headed to North Carolina last week & visited where he was stationed for 10 years of his time in the Marine Corps. Even though it was so fun to visit where we used to live & moved away from 2 years ago, the trip actually wasn’t for that. We went to visit The House Of Silk Flowers that is based out of Beaufort North Carolina & guys… it was amazing!

So back up a few weeks ago when I got this email from them about partnering together on a new line of florals… yes.. you read that right, more on that later! When I got the email I was so shocked that this little place in Eastern North Carolina where we lived for so many years held this plant that made florals for Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Wayfair, & more… who knew?! Of course Jose and I took the opportunity to go visit them & last week Wednesday we landed in NewBern where our lives began together so many years ago & it felt like we had never left. Of course things had changed, but every site [even the gas stations] were a walk down memory lane & we kept finding ourselves pointing things out as we drove. How it took us two years to go back there I have no idea. Anyways Bill & his lovely wife Kristie, the owners of House of Silk Flowers, picked us up at the airport & the strangest thing was I felt like we had known each other forever… for example: When we left the airport the first thing we all went and did was test drive a Jeep to Starbucks… I mean? Really? You had us at Jeep & coffee. The entire weekend was like that, they took us in like we were family. We had lots of Starbucks chats, we visited Bill’s sister’s lovely home to have a Lebanese feast that was out of this world, & we even had sushi at their house on the ocean on Easter day… the whole experience was wonderful. It’s so awesome to love a company for their product, but to find out the owners are some of the most amazing down to earth people you have ever met & to learn how much passion and love is driving their business is just the icing on the cake.

The next few days while we were there consisted of us touring the House Of Silk Flowers facility where they hand make all of the arrangements… yes, hand make them! We got to see all of the arrangements from just the pot to the full floral arrangement & being shipped out to the customers. The whole process was so interesting & I captured some of it on my Instagram stories. If you missed those, here are a few quick videos I captured of the process I saw while visiting….

From filling the pots with foam and moss…

 

To building up the plants & making them pretty…

ps. That is Bill, the owner, fluffing plants in his factory at the end of this video…

To packing them safely to go to their destinations…

Another big thing we did while visiting the HOS facility is spend a lot of time in the showroom where they had tons of examples of arrangements & florals to view. We walked around and I pulled examples of things that I loved for inspiration for a new line I will be coming out with them soon… I’m so excited to announce that & share this experience with you guys. The process is still in the newborn stages, but I will be taking you guys on the entire journey from the planning to the big launch! This is just the beginning… our little journey to NewBern & visit with probably the nicest people I have ever met in my life.


I say this all the time, but I’m very particular about things that I put my hands on when it comes to Liz Marie Blog & turn down many many things unless they fit perfectly into what my brand is, & guys after this trip & learning more about this company, I think this is a great fit & that you guys will be excited what comes with our collaboration. Can’t wait to share more soon as soon as it happens… Thank you guys for stopping by the blog & for supporting me in big & small ways. You can shop House of Silk flowers on their website, Amazon, Wayfair, & be sure to check the tags on plants next time you stop at Home Goods & TJ Maxx. After visiting their shop I now have a whole new appreciation for the plants & all the work that goes into each one. xx

 

Farmhouse Decor From Ikea

A few weeks ago on my 29th birthday I did what most people in their late 20’s do… go to Ikea for a fun filled day of shopping for our home. Isn’t that what the cool kids do? Well, I’ve never been a cool kid so I guess that doesn’t matter. Jose & I learned a valuable tip: Never go to Ikea on a rainy Saturday, you will be taken away by a sea of people throwing pillows & shopping for sofas. It was a mad house. None the less we had a great time & we found a few farmhouse decor & I thought I would share some of those finds with you guys here on the blog today…

Farmhouse Decor From Ikea - The best farmhouse finds from Ikea styled in a farmhouse.
Here are the above items as Jose wrote on our farm blog, TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com:

This faux Murraya is great on each side of the entryway inside or out. Also with proper scaling these look great on the top step of the porch. [Link Here]

Looking for a potter for the Murraya above, put it in this galvanized plant pot. [Link Here]

Finish out the look with this metal watering can. This piece adds just another level of detail to the design, and if you have any real plants around it can do what it’s meant for. [Link Here]

This light is one of my favorite buys from the IKEA trip. This over-sized metal lamp is a wonderful anchor to any space. [Link Here]

This dish towel fits in perfect with any farmhouse style, one day when we our kitchen renovation is over, we will fully be able to use them. [Link Here]

We picked up a few of these vases and have them placed around the house with flowers in hopes of speeding up this cold weather March and bring spring in. [Link Here]

Lastly, we bought three of these cushions for the three white metal chairs we have at our dinning room table. [Link Here]

& here are some of the items styled in our home now. We don’t have them all styled, but most of them & I caught a few shots with my cell phone today to share with you guys how well Ikea decor fits into our 1800’s farmhouse…


Some boxwood tress on our back stoop & by our front door along with the metal buckets & black watering can.

The chair pads on our white metal chairs in the dining room. The chair pads add a cozy farmhouse vibe & also make the metal chairs a little more comfortable.


Some of the tea towels in our dining room.. so pretty that we can even keep the drawer open. The tea towels there are so cheap, I highly recommend buying a whole bunch on your next trip to Ikea. Also those lovely greens in those pots are Ikea as well… I also recommend picking up a ton of those on  your next Ikea trip to place in all your vignettes in your home.

& lastly those clear glass jars styled on top of our piano as you can see above. They are the perfect vintage inspired vase for any room, & again, super affordable! Also, that sectional is Ikea as well which we’ve had for years & love!  I’ll share more of our Ikea finds soon, but for now these are working great in our fixer upper. As you know most of our house is in complete demo mode so it’s so nice to have a few areas semi-decorated in the mean time & doing it on a budget is pretty easy with these farmhouse finds from Ikea. What are some of your favorite finds from Ikea lately? 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! It means the world to me! xx

Kitchen Renovation: Shiplap Wall Complete

Today was an exciting day at the farmhouse! This may seem trivial to most, but we finally have something done in our kitchen renovation that we started months ago. If you remember at the beginning of this week I shared on here our plans to cover up the stone wall that anchors one side of our kitchen. To my surprise most of you didn’t want to throw those rocks at me! I truly thought it was going to be majorly controversial, but even those who loved the rock wall were kind & I’m so thankful fro that! I know we all may have different opinions & that makes life so interesting & it’s so cool when we can share what we love & respect everyones differences. Well, as of today the shiplap wall is up & the rock wall is covered. The kitchen as I envisioned it is finally taking shape…

Before…

Progress…


& how it looks now today…

We used the same shiplap that we used in our dining room & kitchen that we got from West Michigan Lumbar here local to us & our good friend Denny who has been helping us with some of the kitchen renovations installed it for us. Now all the wall needs is some paint, but that will wait until we get the other side of the kitchen done, ceilings finished, & some more things that need to be done before paint. The plan right now is to put double sliding barn doors to enclose the indoor grill that is in that opening in the wall & to have a cabinet/buffet on the wall adjacent to the grill for storage & counter space. More on all those details later. The major hold up in the space right now is the windows and the sunroom with the leak that we found. We need to replace all the windows in the sunroom/kitchen & need to figure out the best way to go about doing that & fix any damage & prevent future damage in the process. The windows will make the biggest impact in the whole space I just know it!! Now I can’t wait to paint! Hoping to make some more kitchen progress this weekend so we can paint asap. Ok, I hope you liked this update & are excited as I am for the wall! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! xx

An Antique Buffet In The Dining Room

I had to share this with you guys here on the blog today! A piece that has been in our life for many years of our marriage has come full circle and ended up in a new spot in our dining room. You may remember this piece back three houses ago in our bedroom as our TV stand…


This was styled in our master bedroom & Jose used it as his dresser. We had found this piece in the back of an antique store in North Carolina. I think it was heading to the dump it was in such and shape. So, we got a great deal on it & I took it home & panted it with some DIY chalk paint. This was all 4 years ago or more so I forget all the details, but you can read more about it [HERE]. It never really found a place in our next homes, but it finally did here at White Cottage Farm

We styled it on the wall that separates the kitchen and the dining room & it fit so perfect like it was meant to be! You might remember this is the wall where our mantel used to be which is now in our front living room. I think this piece will be here for quite a while.

I love the memories we have with this piece & that we finally made use of it. What do you guys think of our antique buffet in the dining room? I’m excited to style it & use it for our dishes. Let me know what you think of it 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

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 beadboard 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 beadboard 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 beadboard 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

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

 

29 on my 29th


Every year on my birthday I share some random facts about myself & I share one for every year I’ve been alive. I am sitting in the car today with Jose as we are on a little road trip for my birthday so I thought I would quick share some super random facts about me to celebrate my birthday here on the blog. I noticed that after a few years of doing this it’s hard to share new things about myself. So, sorry if these aren’t super interesting, but as we are driving down the highway listening to the Moana soundtrack, singing at the top of our lungs of course, these are what I came up with… enjoy! & a HUGE thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday today.. I was blown away. I do not deserve all the love & I am so thankful for you guys for making me feel special on my special day…

  1. I really only wear neutral colors. Surprise surprise… I see a pattern here.

2. My summers growing up were spent at my parents cottage up in northern Michigan & I’m so thankful for those memories. 

3. I went to school for interior design. 

4. it’s either news, podcasts, or rap playing in my jeep.

5. I’m 5′ 2″. 

6. I hate flying even though I do it often.. they say it gets better, but it never does. I find myself praying the entire flight in between naps and reading, which is kind of a cool time for me to spend time with God which turns out to be nice.  

7. You will probably never find me wearing heals or wedges. 

8. My favorite color is any shade of white. Shocker. 

9. My dreams were always to own a shop, live on a farm, & marry my Prince Charming… they all came true in my 20’s. well, the Prince Charming when I was in my teens., but I truly have had a lot of dreams come true already. Owning The Found Cottage, blogging here on Lizmarieblog.com & our farm blog TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com, marrying Jose, & buying our dream farmhouse & dream farm. Blessed doesn’t begin to describe it. God is good all the time.

10. If the jeans have holes in them I’m happy. & most of the time paint…

11. You will probably see me with paint in my hair when you meet me. 

12. My morning Starbucks drink is a venti dark roast with cream & three packs of raw sugar. 

13. My afternoon Starbucks drink is a venti iced chai with coconut milk & super light ice. Yum! 

14. I’m a jeep girl through and through. 

15. I miss North Carolina every day, but I love Michigan with all my heart. 

16. Every coat I own is green. 

 17. This farmhouse & farm life has inspired me to want to want to learn to love to cook. I can’t wait to grow our own food & I can’t wait for our kitchen to be done finally! 

18. I’m a homebody. 

19. I’ve started this habit of listening to Elton John every morning… you should try it. 

20. One of my many dreams is to start doing a women’s bible study on our farm. 

21. My addiction is cherry coke. 

22. Jose & I have been gluten free for 4 years. 

23. I miss bread. 

24. I’m such an introvert.. but owning a shop has really helped me shed some of my introverted habits. 

25. Jose & I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage this year. 

26. One day I hope a little gets to call me mom. 

27. I am super sensitive & overthink and over analyze every situation.. I’m hoping I that gets better with age, but I do find that my sensitivity makes me a great listener & a good friend.. when we are close we are super close. Pros & cons. 

28. I don’t go a day without doing at least one little DIY project or decorating. 

29. Blogging is a true passion of mine & I hope I’m able to do some form of that however it evolves for the rest of my life. Thank you for allowing me to share my passions here & for stopping by daily to see what I’m up to. xx

How To Remove Your Makeup With Only Water

 

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


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


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


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

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Everything You Need To Know About Magnolia Home Chalk Paint

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

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


Some quick facts about the paint: 

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

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

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

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

-Concentrated formula provides great coverage & smooth finish.

-The chalk paint has low VOC’s

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

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

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

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

 

 

New Dining Room Chairs

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

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

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


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

So, there are our new dining room table chairs in all of their glory. Of course I put our new pillows from Magnolia on the chairs & they fit quite perfectly. What do you guys think of the new chairs? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. Thank you guys SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today. xx

 

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Front Living Room Fireplace Tile Progress

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


Here was the fireplace area before….

& with progress…

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

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

 

How To Make A Farmhouse Floral Arrangement

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

Choose a farmhouse style vessel.

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

Vary your stems.

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

The random & full arrangement.

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

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Why I’m Open About Miscarriage & Infertility

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

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

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

 

Click [HERE] to read more about our fertility & miscarriage journey.

Cheerful Spring Farmhouse Dining Room

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

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

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

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


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

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

March 1:

Courtney of French Country Cottage

March 2:

Liz of Liz Marie Blog

Danielle of Finding Silver Pennies

March 3:

Amy of The Idea Room

March 6:

Lucy of Craftberry Bush

Kim of Sand and Sisal

March 7:

Emily of The Wicker House

March 9:

Jen of Migonis Home

March 10:

Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

March 13:

Kellie of Nest of Posies

Jen of Clean and Scentsible

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

The Day I Met Chip & Joanna Gaines

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

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

 


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


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

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



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