The Funniest Tea Towels

I don’t know about you… but I just love myself a cute, funny tea towel for my kitchen.  They’re just so darn punny! (hehe… get it?)  I know this sounds super nerdy, but I’m sort of a collector.  Whenever I find one with a phrase that speaks to me, I just have to have it.  I know there’s gotta be other addicts out there as well.  Fellow Tea Towels Anonymous members… where are you?  If you’re reading this and you’re already lost thinking… “what is this girl talking about?” you’ll find this article useful– What The Heck Are Tea Towels, Anyways?

I just love how it’s a fun, easy, inexpensive way to switch up the feel of your kitchen.  I have some that are staples that I use all year round.  Then I have others just for specific holidays or seasons.

So I’ve put together a list of my favorites to share.  I’m thinking I’ll be purchasing a few of these to add to my towel drawer to add into the rotation.tea-towel-rise-and-shine-mother-cluckers

 

Rise and Shine Mother Cluckers by RossCreativeStudio on Etsy – $12.95tea-towel-etsy-i-like-big-bundts

 

I like big bundts and I cannot lie by TheLilliePad on Etsy – $11.99tea-towel-francescas-rock-out-with-your-crock-out

 

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The Best Farmhouse Wreaths for Summer

Okay… the arrival of Summer is officially here… I know it’s not Memorial Day quite yet.  But, the temperature hit 89 degrees in Illinois today.  For us, that’s kind of a big deal!

So in celebration, I thought let’s talk summer style.  Lately, I feel myself obsessing over beautiful, farmhouse wreaths.  I’ve picked out my top 7 for the summer featuring some bold pops of color plus a few neutral staples.

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The Best Farmhouse Bedding on a Budget

As I write this post, I’m currently watching the season finale of ‘Fixer Upper’, and I’m just swooning over this gorgeous master suite that Jo and Chip have completely transformed.  They have taken the original siding of the shack and used to create an accent ceiling.  It’s just stunning!

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You may not be able to accomplish that look all that easy… but you can make your own statement in your Master Bedroom with some beautiful bedding with farmhouse flair!

I’ve made it my mission to scour the internet for the best quilts, duvets and bedspreads all while staying on a budget.  Here’s the best of the best…

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The Best Industrial Decor from Target

How do I love thee, Target?  Let me count the ways.  But seriously though, is Target not the best?  I mean… what other store can you walk into looking to buy just one thing and you walk out with a trendy outfit, some seasonal Dollar Spot finds and a bunch of new home decor?

Target has to be one of my favorite spots to shop for home furnishings.  Not only is it budget-friendly, but it’s always on trend, and they really have something for every style.  Lately, I have been loving all of the industrial elements I see in interior design.  I’ve thoroughly searched Target to pick out the best industrial decor items.

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1.  Real Wood Floating Shelf – Threshold

Floating shelves are in!  I’ve seen them used in bathrooms, dining rooms and everywhere in between.  I really love them in all spaces.  These real wood floating shelves come in three different sizes so that you can style them in any size space, or you can stagger them with all different sizes for a more unique look.

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Farmhouse Finds at the Flea Market

Last weekend I attended my first Flea Market of the season.  Even though it was a bit chilly, it was well worth the trip.  This was the first time I attended the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, Illinois, and I highly recommend it.  It’s laid out really well, and there’s a large variety of vendors.  Definitely something for everyone!  If you’re local, check it out.

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If you’re looking to incorporate some farmhouse flair into your home, a flea market is a great place to start especially when you’re on a tight budget.

Here’s a few pieces that are fairly simple to find at any flea market at a fair price…

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1.  Chippy Spindles

Chippy spindles have been popping up all over lately.  I love how you can incorporate them into almost anything.  Throw them in a dough bowl, hang them in a gallery wall or just style them on a shelf.  The opportunities are endless.  I snagged these beauties for just $14 for the pair.

2.  Wooden Crates

Wooden crates are always plentiful at any flea market.  Just be sure you’re not overpaying for them.  For me, I feel like $10 is fair for an old crate in decent shape.  These rustic beauties are good for adding height when styling shelves and tables.  You can also use them to hold pillows and blankets or just for storage in general.

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3.  Old Mason Jars

Another flea market find that is always in abundance!  I think old Mason jars are just beautiful.  I use them to hold cotton balls, cotton pads and Q-tips in my bathrooms, but you can do so much more.  They would be super cute in a craft room or an office as well.  Whenever you have small items that can be stored together on display, they are stunning.  Make sure that when you’re buying these, that they’re in good shape.  No cracks or chips.  Also, check to make sure the lid is old and original.  If it’s too pristine, it’s likely too good to be true.  On the underside there will be a glass if it’s truly old.

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Spring Cleaning Tips (from the girl who hates to clean)

5springcleaningtipsI hate cleaning. I’m really not great at it. Growing up, my room was always a complete disaster. Like tornado style. Just ask my close friends. Now as I’ve grown older, I realize how much I love having a clean house to call my own. But… I still can hate the process.

With the warm weather arriving here in Illinois, it has me thinking all about spring cleaning. I’m going to share my tips and tricks here, not because I’m a clean freak pro by any means. But I feel like if I can handle this, you can too.

1. Declutter your life. Do you need it? Does it bring you joy?  Does it bring joy to someone else in your home?  If you answered no to all, then get rid of it. If you answered yes to any one of these questions, find a place for it. If it doesn’t have a place, and you can’t find one to dedicate to it, then bye. I know this sounds so much simpler than it actually is, but I promise this is great advice to live by. When you remove all the extra noise from your living space, you can truly appreciate everything you love around you. Make it your mission to sort and organize this spring.

2. Clean out the fridge. This is a space in your home that you’re using at least once (if not MORE) each day. Why not make it more organized? When we first moved into our house, I realized that I really had no idea how to determine what went where. You know you’re adulting when you google ‘how to organize your fridge’. So here’s what I’ve learned…

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My Favorite Spring Decor from Hobby Lobby

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The weather this weekend has been beyond AMAZING.  In Illinois, it reached almost 70 degrees!  I honestly can’t remember a February ever being that warm.  The warmer weather has me craving some spring goodness.  This year’s spring decor is all about neutrals, galvanized metal, wood accents and greenery.  I’m absolutely loving it all, and just can’t get enough.  Hobby Lobby is really killing it with their spring style.  So I’ve decided to share with you my favorite spring decor finds from Hobby Lobby.

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Transforming a Garage Sale Find with Chalk Paint

My mother-in-law is the queen of garage sales. She’s a woman of many talents, but her garage sale skills are top notch. She once bought a high top wooden kitchen table with four chairs for $5. After four years, we still have it in our house. That’s skill!

One of my favorite finds that she brought home last summer was a coffee table/end table set that she got for $30. The set is great quality, super sturdy and heavy with black iron piping on the bottom shelf.

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When transforming a piece of furniture, I think it’s so important to start with a quality piece in order to transform it into a quality piece.

Fixing this baby up was super simple… if you’re willing to dedicate the time, anyone can do it. Here we go:

Supplies

  •  Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape
  •  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – pure white
  •  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – old white
  • Annie Sloan Soft Wax – clear
  •  Various sizes of paint brushes
  •  Sandpaper
  •  Clean rag or shop towel

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The Best Farmhouse Shower Curtains on a Budget

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Since moving into our new home I feel like there’s so… many spaces that I want to re-decorate.  But I think it’s important to start small.  So my first room I’m planning to tackle is our guest bathroom.  It’s not a huge space at all.  The last few weeks I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect shower curtain.  When decorating a bathroom, I like to start with finding a shower curtain, and then building the ‘feel’ around it.  Here’s a collection of my fav five farmhouse shower curtains for those on a budget.

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