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LMB Snail Mail – Pt. 1

Hi guys! I have kind of a fun announcement today. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, but just never took the time to do it. I opened a P.O. Box [see address at the bottom of this post]. I never knew I needed one until I opened a shop. It was the oddest thing. Of course before if a small shop or a company wanted to send me something I would give my address away, but when I opened the shop [The Found Cottage for those who didn’t know we own a shop] without anyone ever telling me I started receiving the nicest random packages and letters there. You guys.. it was so sweet. I was floored by the kindness that was sent to me & honestly had no words for the kind letters about our fertility, miscarriages, the blog, & the shop. It made me really start thinking that I would love to talk to you guys about all of this. I would love to share with you some of the packages that I get [if the sender doesn’t mind], & show some small shops off that send packages [I already do this, but do it even more in a designated area], answer questions that readers send in, and just use this as an open forum for snail mail. Since these people had just found our shop address online and kindly sent the packages I figured I would make it easy and open a P.O. box for those wanting to send some love. I love reading comments, chatting with you guys on social media, & being online pals, but there is something about holding something in your hand & getting to know you guys that way that is so special.  I wanted to share with you some things I got this past week from some lovely blog readers that made me smile ear to ear [and one made me cry]….

Linen & Ivory– Formerly known as So Vintage Chic, Kendra just re-launched her new shop name & branding recently & I’m so excited for her! I lover her new sleek look & as always… I love her pillows! I have had many of Kendra’s pillows in our home. This week she sent me this lovely lemon pillow that cheered our home right up & made me want all the lemon things!

Heart Of The Farm Planner – I have been a long time fan of Cory & her Heart of The Farm Planners for a while now, now they have a recipe book [more like a massive recipe binder] that is filled with dividers, blank recipe cards, plastic sleeves to keep everything clean and tidy, & labels to help you quickly find everything. This recipe keeper makes me SO MUCH MORE EXCITED to actually have a kitchen! I can’t wait to get all our recipe cards in this baby & start cooking as a family in a beautiful new kitchen… some day!


Miss Mustard Seed Doodle Book
– If ya’ll don’t know, I am a HUGE fan of Marian Parsons aka Miss Mustard Seed. Like, when I met her I actually cried and was a shaking mess. Ask her, it was embarrassing, but she is such a great inspiring light in my life. She recently came out with this “Home Design Doodle Book” that is so much more than that. It’s a place where you can record goals for your home, doodle, & draw room designs, write inspirations for your home decor, & so much more. Throughout the book she shares tips on decorating, interior design, & my most favorite part is that throughout the book she shares inspirations & verses from the Bible that inspire her. A must get for any home decor enthusiast & I believe it’s less than $12 here [HERE].

Carolyn’s Collection – I’ve been following Honey Holden for a long time now & she always posts photos with this lovely young lady named Carolyn. I love reading about Carolyn & what she is up to & Honey & Carolyn’s friendship made me want a friendship like theirs so badly! Fast forward to recently I was contacted by Edna Grayces that they wanted to send me some bracelets from Carolyns collection & I have never felt more special in my life. YES! This week they came in the mail & they are my new favorite accessory. I will now think of Carolyn every time I wear them & I hope she knows how thankful I am for these & how much I admire her. The best part of her collection with Edna Grayces is that a portion of all their sales goes to charity. You can’t go wrong. These bracelets & the hand written notes [yes she wrote me more than one that actually made me start crying in the car with Jose because I felt so loved] that Carolyn sent me made my whole week! I will keep the notes forever along with the bracelets.

This whole blogging thing brings me so much joy. It’s being able to connect with people who I would have NEVER known & getting to meet the most special people who change my life in so many good ways. I also love being able to cheer on fellow entrepreneurs & show them off. It’s the greatest & I will never ever take it for granted. Thank you all for making me love sharing here on the blog!! Want to send me snail mail? Here is the address below & you can also now find the address all the time in the sidebar of the blog…

Thank you all for making my week & thank you for stopping by the blog today, it means the world to me! Be sure to find me on Facebook & chat with me on Instagram. xx

Seriously Stylish Ceiling Fans

Last week I had the opportunity to head to Eastern North Carolina where Jose and Iived for 10 years. It was so funny  because it was the second trip in one month that I was invited on that both took me back to NewBern where we lived for the majority of our marriage. I almost took it as a sign.. like we should be there haha. But visiting was so nice & I’ll continue to do so because I really did leave a piece of my heart there. Anyways, this trip was with Hunter Fan Company & I’m so glad that I went! One thing I truly love about blogging is working with brands & companies that I truly love & learning more about them & all the behind the scenes. I am pretty picky about who I work with and where I go because honestly it has to be someone I love for me to leave my home & my shop… homebody for life here. But I also only want to share companies with you guys that I can stand behind & that I would use myself. & Hunter fans is one of them. For most of our trip Hunter Fan took us sight seeing around Eastern North Carolina & we had the best time with lots of laughs & seeing breathtaking places from Shakleford banks with tons of wild horses to Lookout point where we climbed a lighthouse…


The funny thing about Hunter Fans & my background is that when I was in design school my first job was at a lighting store & I would help builders pick out fans and lighting for their homes & Hunter Fans was always the number one pick not only for craftsmanship but also design. Now, what I knew of fans were that they were all kind of the same & a fan was a fan. Well, this trip changed my whole outlook on fans. We were able to meet and talk to one of the fan designers & it was so fascinating to learn about the process of designing the fans & made me appreciate them so much more. The first day we were in Atlantic Beach where we were staying at a beach house provided by Emerald Isle Reality, they revealed to us the makeover of the beach house & what it looked like before & after their design team got a hold of it. The rooms got a complete update with new decor & new ceiling fans & I couldn’t believe what a difference a simple fan change did for the rooms…


After we saw the beach house reveal we got to design our own rooms around the fan of our choice. I picked the Mill Valley fan in matte silver & designed an outdoor space. I chose a farmhouse vibe for my mood board with black and white accents filled with tons of greenery. I was inspired by the town of beaufort that we got to explore while we were down there. You can see the homes that I saw in Beaufort that inspired me [HERE].  I really think we need this mill Valley fan at our farmhouse. My favorite par about it? It’s rated for indoor & outdoor use! We got to present our mood boards to the group which was totally fun to see how different our designs were around the fans & it brought me back to my design school days which was fun because the school I went to was 5 minutes up the road from where I presented my hunter fan board. How crazy is that? I would have never thought in a million years I would be at a beach house right down the road from my college 6 years later presenting a mood board to the Hunter fan team. Never!

Here are some other Hunter fans that totally inspired me on our trip. I can’t believe how stylish fans can make a space!? If you would have told me I would be obsessed with a ceiling fan a few years ago I would have laughed at you, but now look….

 

mint fan// black fan// aged oak & brass fan// white & brass fan// black rounded fan// white fan with gold cage// bronze fan with aged blades// white fan with aged blades//

It was impossible for me to share enough photos or words to describe the whole trip, but I hope you get the idea of what an awesome trip was. A huge shoutout to Hunter Fan Co. & the Zimmerman group for the amazing trip & for all the inspiration. Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & for checking out the fans I learned about. What fan is your favorite?! Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram.

 

Farmhouse Style Bathroom Light Fixtures

Affiliate links to all lights: 1// 2// 3// 4// 5// 6// 7// 8// 9// 10// 11//  14// 15// 16// 17// 18// 19//

The one thing about living in a fixer upper is that in our whole house there isn’t one room that isn’t finished. I’m fine with it most days & kind of enjoy living through this process & feel so blessed to be living this journey. BUT the two rooms that I am the most excited to have “done” are the kitchen and the bathroom.. just one bathroom. I don’t even need them all done to be happy. So, what do I do while I wait? I dream. I dream everyday of new ideas to do in the kitchen & bathrooms, I dream of fixtures, colors, designs, furniture, I dream about it all. Today I was browsing online & got hung up on bathroom light fixtures so I thought I would share with you guys some of them that I found. I could have kept going but I had to stop myself at 20+ of them. If you remember in our last house we made a DIY farmhouse bathroom light fixture [HERE] which was super fun & some of these reminded me of a few we could DIY ourselves. I found a range of lights that inspire me from the brushed gold finishes to the dark & rustic accents. I love that each light has vintage inspired elements that would really go well in our farmhouse. I’m not sure what we will end up doing, but something tells me that we will be working on our entryway bathroom in our downstairs area first [hopefully very soon] & that we will be picking one of these lights for the space. Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. I’m so curious to see what the favorite light is!! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today & for following along with our fixer upper journey! xx

Check out this DIY light fixture [HERE]

Farmhouse style flush mount lights [HERE]

Check out some farmhouse style three tiered trays [HERE]

DIY Trunk Coffee Table

So excited to finally share with you guys today a DIY coffee table that Jose built a few weeks ago that we accidentally forgot to blog. We do that from time to time. Jose is always working on a project of some sort here on the farm & so it seems normal & then we remember oh hey.. maybe someone will want to see that & how you did that! So today I wanted to share with you the DIY trunk coffee table that Jose built for our little gazebo outside…

If you missed it, we blogged how we gave this gazebo a little makeover [HERE] last week. Jose built this table so that we could have storage for our outdoor items like pillows and blankets either when we are not using them or when we want them out of the weather, but also so that we could have a coffee table for our porch as well. I love things with more than one use! Practical & good looking.. just like Jose. This piece would make an amazing toy box, window seat,  & so much more. I personally love it as a coffee table myself inside or outside. He shares all the directions & information you need on how to build one of your own over on our farm blog today TheWhiteCottageFarm.Com [HERE]. I love how he chose to paint this piece as well. Jose has this way of painting pieces that is his own technique and I love how it always turns out different on each piece, but is his own style. Is it fair that he is good at everything? Nope.

 

Be sure to head on over to let him know what you think of his DIY coffee table. I’ve been sitting here with my feat propped up on this coffee table as much as I can these days. I love how this little gazebo on our porch has become an extension of our house since the weather has warmed up. When you live in a fixer-upper & the whole house is a mess, it’s great to be able to have a spot that feels like an oasis in the middle of chaos & this coffee table Jose built just makes it that much better. Be sure to check out our farm blog [HERE] for more details & for more of our patio sources & into go [HERE]. & also find me on Facebook & Instagram to see what else we are up to. xx

How To Stop Motion Sickness When Traveling

Ok, I have to start out by saying that today is such a weird post for me, but I feel it’s something I must share. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it on here, but I get motion sickness very easily. Like annoyingly easy. Cars, boats, planes, rollercoasters, and so on… it all causes me nausea. It sucks. A few weeks ago when I traveled to North Carolina it hit me like a ton of bricks on the way in & it stuck with me for a few days… I did everything wrong on that trip. I didn’t follow any of my golden rules & immediately regretted it all. So, fast forward to this week when I’m traveling to North Carolina again I decided to stick to my golden rules & test out my theory of how I keep my nausea subdued & thank goodness… it worked! I was able to enjoy my trip to the crystal coast of North Carolina this weekend with Hunter Fan Company while flying in a plane, boating, & long drives in the car. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this so I couldn’t keep these tips to myself. I know traveling can cause anxiety & nausea can ruin a perfectly good trip so I hope these tips help some of you who struggle with this like I do…

-Hydrate- I always make this mistake. I forget to drink water for days. I know, it’s terrible & a completely bad habit of a working woman who is always on the go. I’ll remember to drink a coffee, but forget the water.. go figure. I have found in my short 29 year that water can cure just about anything. Being hydrated before a flight makes your body feel so much better & really keeps those nauseous inducing headaches away.

-Don’t overeat. For my anxious flyers like me out there this is a no brainer. I’m always so nervous I can’t eat before a flight, but you need to eat a little something. Hydrate and eat some healthy protein filled snacks before a flight so your body can work properly. Carry snacks with you to nibble on during the flight when you start feeling nauseous [salty snacks work great]. My go to is a water bottle & some salted peanuts. Simple but does the job.

-Sea bands. These little guys are a life saver. Not the most fashion forward, but the claim on the sea bands is that you wear them on your wrist and the little ball that is attached to the band hits a pressure point in your wrist that helps keep nausea at bay. You can see them & read more about them [HERE] Honestly I don’t know if it’s a placebo affect, but these little babies actually work for me after I doubted them. I’ve used them many times & have been impressed that they work. Some of those times when I’m already nauseous and some when I’m preparing for things like plane or boat travel. You can find them [HERE] or at your local Target or pharmacy.

-gum. I believe it’s your inner ear that causes nausea and motion sickness, at least that’s what I have read as someone who as suffered from nausea and motion sickness my whole life. & when your ears pop on plains [that’s what I call it at least] it can set your head into total spinning mode. So, pop some gum in your mouth for your whole flight to keep your jaw moving so that your ears remain normal for the flight. If the gum isn’t working & my ears clog I usually try opening my mouth really wide over and over or yawning & that usually does the trick.

-Bonine/ Dramamine. I’m going to preface this one with saying it’s my least favorite one, but I know these medicines work different for everyone. These are anti-nausea medicines [affiliate links HERE & HERE] that when taken an hour before the activity that might make you nauseous can really keep all those feelings away. The only problem for me is that this one makes me have terrible dry mouth & even the non-drowsy makes me so tired that I feel sick. BUT I know these work for other people so I wanted to include it in this list as an option. I still keep these on me when traveling just in case, but not my go-to right away unless all else fails. & if I had to pick one over the other I would pick Bonine for sure.

-Ibuprofen. Nausea and headaches seem to go hand in hand for me when traveling. Once a headache comes on I’m nauseous so Ibuprofen is my go to for headaches because it doesn’t upset my stomach and makes those annoying little headaches go away so there isn’t any unnecessary nausea.

-Pepto. This is my new favorite one. I always thought pepto was for when you had the flu, but seriously the instant I start feeling a nauseous belly coming on I take pepto and it’s been a miracle worker for me. I prefer the chewable tablets [HERE], but it does come in a liquid form as well. Again, medicines work different for everyone, but this one has been a wonderful friend of mine lately when flying.

-Don’t read. Listen to books/podcast/movies. Really just don’t look at a screen. Funny story, I’m actually typing this to you while on the plane home right now & I’m actually thinking I should wrap it up because I’m feeling a little dizzy looking at the screen. This one is probably different for everyone, but I feel like it’s. a safer option for me to not read.

-close your eyes and try to get some zzz’s- This one is on and off for me as well, but sometimes I feel like it’s best for me to just sleep on the plane to pass the time, not think about the flight, calm my nerves, and I think that being rested is best for keeping nausea away. The only side note to this is I don’t know about you, but sometimes naps can make me nauseas or brain on neck cramps etc. so this one sometimes backfires, but hey… at least you gots some shut eye!

-Talk It Out. On the last plane I was on before this one it was so turbulent & it was one of those prop planes where I kept losing my stomach. It could have been bad, but I met the sweetest lady who sat next to me and we got into a really deep conversation & I was so focused on her that when I started to feel sick it almost went away because I didn’t start to panic about feeling sick. Focusing on conversation, music, or anything other than your nausea can truly help get rid of that “nausea panic” that always makes it worse.

-Breathe. Don’t forget to breathe & relax. Sometimes I get so worked up about my travel plans and the anxiety just brings on tons of nausea which makes me so mad because the nausea starts before we even take off. So, breathe, relax, & try not to think about the travel or what might happen.

Now with doing all this I still felt moments of dizziness like when I was climbing up 207 steps up a spiral staircase in the lighthouse this weekend or when I was on a really rough flight on a prop plane, BUT it wasn’t unbearable and I felt like I was in control of it which is very important. I hope some of these tips help you guys & for all my nauseous travelers, you are not alone! If you have any helpful tips please share them below for me & everyone else who struggles with this to read. I will be doing a whole re-cap of my trip soon, but I had to quick share all this with you guys today. Thank you SO MUCH for visiting my little blog today & safe travels!

Some anti-nausea meds I love & want to try…

*There are some affiliate links in this post, but as always all opinions are my very own.

Front Porch Gazebo Makeover

There is one spot in this farmhouse that was a HUGE selling point for me. The front porch gazebo. I loved how unique it made the house, how wonderful it was to sit in it with its high ceilings and rounded exterior, & I pictured our kid getting married under it some day. It really is truly magical. Anyways, this winter we had it all pretty with a Christmas tree & tons of snow, but when January hit it was automatically ugly & kind of in rough shape again. The truth is, the gazebo needs a lot of work, some of the spindles are falling off & some porch boards need to be replaced, but in the mean time we wanted to do a little refresh on it & this is what we came up with with some help from good old Joss & Main who we partnered with for this project…

 

 

The gazebo before….

& a few hours later….

Before again…

& after…

What a crazy difference huh?! It’s so awesome what an hour or two and some new home decor can do for a space. To give this space a quick and easy makeover we first swept down the whole area & laid down a rug that I had in our storage room. We removed the old light fixture & hung this light fixture up [HERE] We then got down to the fun part of adding in all the lovely decor & styling the space at one of my all time favorite spots for style & savings…

I like to shop Joss & Main with every new season change because of the fresh new items they put out at that time & let’s face it the prices are great! Last fall & winter I started shopping with Joss & Main & now that it’s spring again I found myself back on their website. I got this patio set [HERE] as seen above for less than $400 & it came complete with two chairs, a sofa, a coffee table, & the outdoor cushions in the cream color. I am obsessed with it. The only con I would say about the set is it is a little smaller than I thought it was going to be, but it ended up being perfect because any bigger & it would have been too much for in our small gazebo space. I also got the small white buffet [HERE] with a few pots [HERE] that I plan on planting succulents in once my current succulents start having babies haha. I love how aged those pots look already & seem like they’ve been on the farm forever. That pom blanket [HERE] is so cozy & has been used many many times already because it’s been quite chilly here in Michigan, but we’ve also wanted to utilize this gazebo now that it’s looking all pretty. To add a little privacy to our gazebo since you can see the road from it, we added this faux boxwood willow lattice [HERE] to the front & it adds a little charm & actually a whole lot of privacy which surprised me! The finishing touch was some greens from our store, The Found Cottage, from our lovely vendor Passiflora.


All in all this was a super quick way to spruce up our porch for spring & I’m sure I will be updating it tons as we head into the summer months here, but it’s finally looking alive again after winter & I’m so happy about that. A porch really extends the house & if you guys saw the huge mess we have going on in there right now with renovations, you would know how nice it is to have this little outdoor retreat area. You can see [HERE] how we weather-proofed this area so that everything will stay looking fresh & new. Want to spruce up your outdoor spaces? Joss & Main teamed up with me to give away To enter, simply snap a picture of your spring front porch, patio, or backyard and tag @jossandmain and #designtheoutdoors to enter. Winner will be chosen on 7/1 to win a $500 shopping spree to Joss & Main. You could get the patio set we have and a few more items for that amount.. how cool is that? Anyways, I would love to see your outdoor spaces so tag me on Instagram so I can check them out! Thank you so so so much for stopping by the blog today & for checking out our front gazebo spring refresh! xx

 

Some more sources for the space:

Click [HERE] to see our back patio makeover a few houses ago.

 

White Cottage Farm – The Unseen Footage Pt. 1

I shared on my Instagram stories a few days ago about how there are so many places in our  1800’s farmhouse that I never show you guys. There’s basically the whole upstairs the laundry room, the guest bedroom, our master bedroom, all of our bathrooms, and one very large hallway upstairs that I’ve really never shown on the blog because we haven’t done anything to those spaces yet and they’re just not my favorite. And let’s face it they’re mostly all a mess. So, today I thought I would start a new series here on the blog called white cottage farm ‘the unseen footage’ where I share things that you don’t usually see in my every day blog posts and social media posts whether it’s rooms that we are not currently working on, rooms that haven’t been touched since the 1980s, or just parts of the farm that you haven’t seen yet that I thought that you might enjoy. Today I thought we would start in the upstairs hallway. It may seem like an unlikely place to start or a really uneventful area of the home, but it’s actually one of my favorite places in this house for many reasons…

This hallway is what you see when you come up the stairs to the second level of our farmhouse from the front entryway and the front living room. It connects the bedrooms and the bathrooms. When you walk up the stairs you pass my favorite mora clock as you climb the carpeted stairs that are now stained & ready to be ripped up. The first thing you are greeted with when you get to the top is some windows with a beatiful view of the farm & a whole lot of wall paper. First of all, I love how long of a hallway this is. Want to know why I really love it? Because I see the potential in it. I see what it could look like. Honestly this is the one area right now that I don’t mind the wall paper. Paired with the lights I think it’s charming. I imagine the history this part of the house had since the 1840’s when it was built & I kind of wish I knew what it looked like in its original state. But one day I see it lined in shiplap or another wall treatment in a bright white with farmhouse style lights mounted to the walls. I see our kids running down the hallway from their bedroom to ours. I see it all & I love it. This area is going to be one crazy before and after project when we finally get to it.

 

 

 

 

 

The funny part about this space is when the painters were here to paint the front living room that is right at the bottom of these stairs they moved up into this space as well and painted the railings which now look totally out of place up here being bright white. As you go down the stairs you will walk into the front living room, the front entryway & the stairs lead directly towards the dining room as shown here…

So, there is today’s “unseen footage” of White Cottage Farm. It’s very floral & I can’t wait to put our touches on it. & did you catch that room at the end of the hallway with the blue carpet? That’s more unseen footage for another day…I truly hope this new series gives you a new perspective on the farm we live on, gets you excited for future projects, & let’s you know what’s beyond all those normal shots I’m sharing daily with you guys. Thank you guys for stopping by the blog today. I hope you enjoy this new series to really get behind the scenes & get a glimpse beyond the pretty footage I’m usually showing. Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook & chat with me on Instagram. Xx

 

Come take a video tour of what our farmhouse look like before when we first moved in…

click [here] To take the video tour.

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.

Let me know what you want to see in the guest bedroom…

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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