Farmhouse Style Bathrooms

Happy Monday friends!

Just because the bathroom isn’t necessarily the most glamorous room in the house doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish! I found a really great guide on Pinterest about the usual pieces that go into a farmhouse style bathroom. Take a look below!

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Below are some examples of these elements being used:

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I love the ladder with the caddy for storage. The mirror is gorgeous as well.
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This bathroom is very calming. Lots of neutrals and wood tones, make it a relaxing space.

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I’m obsessed with this distressed wood cabinet. GORGEOUS!
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This antique dresser turned into a vanity is so beautiful and has plenty of room for storage!

I hope this provided y’all with plenty of inspiration for your bathroom design!

xoxo,

Alyssa

O’ Cozy Night

Hey y’all!

I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve! This Christmas season as seemed to have flown by. I’m not sure if it’s partly because I graduated college in December, so I didn’t have a ton of time to focus on the holiday season or what the deal was. However, I know there is one thing that I haven’t failed to appreciate this season – and that’s being cozy.

One of my absolute favorite bloggers, Liz Marie Galvan, has talked a lot about the word cozy and what it means to us individually. What does cozy mean to you? Is it a feeling? A place? A smell? To me cozy is being soft, warm, comfortable and content. While most people don’t look forward to the cold, winter months, they bring the perfect opportunity to be cozy.

I love to wear oversized sweaters and wrap myself in soft blankets to stay cozy. I’ve searched some of my favorite stores to find the perfect clothing/items that represent cozy to me. Links are provided below.

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Doesn’t all of this just scream cozy at you?? I hope y’all are staying cozy this Christmas season and enjoying time with family.

Merry Christmas,

Alyssa

Simple Christmas Gift Wrap

Hi friends!

Christmas is 8 days away! I thought it would be fun to share some inspiration for your Christmas gift wrapping! Many people think that the wrapping needs to be elaborate, but in reality, even something super simple is very beautiful! I hope you enjoy these ideas!

I love the added touches of greenery! So simple, yet beautiful.
The berries are so stunning in contrast with the neutral paper
I love this wrapping paper with simple messages written on it!
Make DIY wrapping paper by stamping designs on brown paper
I’m obsessed with the ribbon and personalized letter gift tag!
Write your own message on simple brown wrapping paper!
I actually really like the idea of using newspaper as wrapping paper! Maybe adding a sprig of evergreen or berries and baker’s twine would add the perfect touch of Christmas!
I’m obsessed with this simple black and white wrapping paper with the added greenery. So classic!

That’s it! I hope you were able to gain plenty of inspiration for your Christmas gift wrapping needs!

Enjoy this holiday season to the fullest,

xoxo,

Alyssa

Toho Christmas Decor

Hey y’all! Happy December!

I graduate college two weeks from today! TWO WEEKS. WHATTT?! I cannot believe how fast it has flown by. I’m really going to miss all the friends I’ve made over the last three and a half years.

To get in the Christmas spirit, I decorated our townhouse for Christmas and I can’t wait to show you! My friend, Abby, was so kind to take pictures for this post. You can check out more of her photography here.

Christmas isn’t complete without a Christmas candle!
I got this from the craft bazaar at my school last year
These ornaments are also from the craft bazaar
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I filled an olive bucket with a frosted/flocked pick from The Found Cottage in Michigan (Liz Marie Galvan’s store) and some birch logs from Michales, topped with a bow
Pinecones and poinsettia flowers are spread throughout the room
I painted this tree farm sign last year. The garland is from Walmart and I absolutely love it! It was only $13
This little ceramic house is from Target along with the bottle brush tree
I love these Christmas pillows. The one with the wreath and the cable knit one are from the Hearth and Hand line at Target and the plaid one is from Hobby Lobby!
This beautiful pine wreath is from The Amsden in Versailles, KY. It hangs on our pantry door.

Well that’s everything! I love having the townhouse decorated for Christmas because it is so cozy during a stressful time in the semester. We also have a mini LED tree set up and lights around the living room.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Alyssa

Magnolia Hearth and Hand Holiday Collection

Hey y’all!

On November 1st, Magnolia released their Holiday Collection for their Hearth and Hand line. As usual, the collection is filled with mostly neutrals with pops of color here and there. Here are some of my favorite items! Click on the pictures to be taken to the link.

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Joanna’s new design book!

Isn’t it all so wonderful? I love the holidays and I can’t wait to cherish it with my friends and family. Go check out the rest of the Hearth and Hand Holiday collection!

Happy Friday,

Alyssa

 

Toho Fall Decor

Happy Fall y’all!

October is my favorite month of the year, not just because my birthday falls in October, but because fall is my favorite season.

Today I will be sharing how I decorated the townhouse for fall. Let’s get started!

First up is the coffee table vignette. I added several faux pumpkins, some faux apples, a fall candle and some faux mums in a speckled ceramic crock.

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These faux apples came from the dollar section at Target!

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I got two of these adorable wool pumpkins from Love Grows Wild Market in Kokomo, IN

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These beautiful dusty pink faux mums are from the dollar store and the speckled crock is from Michaels. I love that they give sort of an unexpected pop of color, but are still fall-ish.

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Of course I had to update the letter board to be in theme

Next is the side table. I added a twig-looking pumpkin from Hobby Lobby, one of the pumpkins I painted last year (you can find that DIY post here,) a fall candle from Antique Candle Works, and a beautiful amber bottle with some greenery in it.

 

 

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This amber bottle is from the Magnolia Hearth and Hand line at Target!

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This candle smells heavenly!

I bought a pillow cover from craftKrave on Etsy for the couch and this throw from Michael’s goes perfectly for a cozy fall night!

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Directly above the couch is the window that has a small window sill. I had bought the vintage-looking mailbox to hang on the wall, but it wouldn’t stay on the wall with command strips, so I kind of just sat it on the window sill and it hasn’t moved since. It kind of works though, and I had some extra things I hadn’t used, so I just made a little vignette on the window sill with cotton stems, some faux leaves, a faux gourd and candle.

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Next up is the mail/key organizer by the front door. I changed out the book for a more neutral option, added some pumpkins and sunflowers and voila!

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Next is the crate bookshelf on the other side of the couch.

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These mums are also from the Dollar Store and the crock is from Michaels

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Some more pumpkins and vintage books with a vintage bird figurine

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Sunflowers and star grass with some faux birch logs in an olive bucket. Everything is from Hobby Lobby, except the faux birch logs are from Michaels.

Well that’s everything y’all. I hope this inspired you to decorate for fall!

Thanks for stopping by,

Alyssa

Grove Collaborative

Hey y’all,

Have you heard of Grove Collaborative? If not, they are an online company who’s mission is to sell all-natural, chemical-free cleaning products. They have many popular brands such as Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Burt’s Bees and more. Their prices are all very competitive as well! I first heard of Grove from watching one of my favorite blogger, Erin, from Cotton Stem‘s, Instagram stories where she was advertising a promotion Grove was doing. The deal was a free, fall themed 5-piece set from Mrs. Meyer’s with your first $20 purchase. I had seen Mrs. Meyer’s a lot and wanted to try it out, so I signed up. I’ll show you what all I got!

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I’ll start with the free set I received. The set included a full-size dish soap, hand soap and multi-surface cleaner from Mrs. Meyer’s, a walnut handle dish brush with a detachable head, and a walnut and cellulose scrubber. I got the scent Apple Cider, but you were able to choose from their full list of scents.

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You had to make a minimum $20 purchase to get the free set, so I’ll show you what I bought. I picked a wood cleaner from the brand Method, a walnut scrubber replacement head, and a bamboo cutting/prep board. I also got a free glass spray bottle to put cleaning products in. So all in all I paid $22 for 9 products – what a deal!

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Also featured in these photos is a candle I just recently bought from Antique Candle Works, which is based out of Lafayette, Indiana. All of their candles are made from soy and are hand-poured. Again, many of the bloggers I follow rave about their candles, so I had to try them out. I actually got to use a coupon code for 20% off from Sarah at Little Vintage Nest. I got the scent Fall Harvest. I had previously smelled this scent when I went to the Love Grows Wild Market in Kokomo awhile back, so I knew I had to get that one. Let me tell you, it smells heavenly! They also are so kind to send you a free mini sample of another scent. I received Sage and Citrus. I think it’s perfect for the bathroom! I will definitely order from them again.

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Anyway, back to Grove! The way Grove works, is when you first sign up, you get a free 60-day trial where you get free shipping and free returns – plus you get the free 5-piece set. You can customize your order from month to month, choosing what you need refills of, or what new products you want to try. They let you know exactly when your next order ships out, so you can change it to better fit your schedule. They give you suggestions of what to get for your next order based on how often you will run out of the product. It also tells you when your 60-day trial is up so you can choose to either cancel or renew it. After the 60 days, you are automatically billed $19.99 for a year of Grove membership, and then you can order as much or as little as you want for each month.

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If Grove Collaborative sounds like something you would be interested in, hop on over, using my referral URL, to get your free 5-piece set from Mrs. Meyer’s!

Thanks for stopping by,

Alyssa

abigail leigh photography

Happy Friday friends!

One of my very good friends, Abby, has been blessed with the gift of capturing beautiful moments through photography. Although Abby has been doing photography for almost seven years, she just recently started her own independent business. Of course, as a fellow young woman with big aspirations of my own, I want to support her in any way; so I will be sharing her independent business with you today!

Abby does a variety of sessions from senior pictures, to engagements, weddings and scenic landscapes. Her style is simplistic in that she captures the personality of her subjects by highlighting their natural beauty.

Here are some examples of her work:

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You can connect with Abby through her Instagram and Facebook pages. Her rates are listed there as well.

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This is what Abby’s packaging looks like

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Here’s Abby’s business card!

Continuing to support small businesses and independent business owners is so important because it allows them to continue to pursue their dreams. Shop small 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today, go check out abigail leigh photography!

Alyssa

Magnolia Hearth and Hand Fall Line

Hello Friends!

It’s over halfway through September, which means fall will be here before we know it! Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the crisp air, going to pumpkin patches and apple orchards, and bonfires and flannels.

The Magnolia line at Target comes out with a new line of products each season. They just recently launched their fall line and I can’t wait to show you my favorite picks! A lot of it is kitchen and tableware, which makes sense because fall is usually considered a season for gathering. Enjoy and grab some of these picks for your home! Click on the picture for the link.

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I love all the touches of blue! It’s kind of non-traditional for fall, but I like it! I hope this was enough fall inspo for you!!

Have a great Monday!

Alyssa

Toho 528 Reveal

Hey y’all!

Classes started on Tuesday, which means a new school year is officially in swing. This is my last semester!! I still can’t believe that.

This year the same group of six girls from last year are living in an on-campus townhouse. It’s similar to the lodges that we lived in last year, but it’s two-story. As always, I had a blast decorating it and I can’t wait to share it with you! Let’s get started.

Unlike the lodges, the townhouse’s entry is on the outside, rather than on the inside like a hotel. Unfortunately, there isn’t a peep hole in the door. Instead there is a long, skinny window next to the door. However, nobody wants people to be able to see in their house all the time, so most people end up covering it. I found some paper with a shiplap design on it at Hobby Lobby, so I covered the window with that! I also purchased this super cute doormat from Walmart for only $8!! What a steal! The RA made the sign on the door.

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The outside of our townhouse

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I’m obsessed with our doormat!!

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The shiplap-styled paper I put over the window

When you first enter the townhouse, the stairs are directly in front, with the living room and kitchen off to the left. Our living room is slightly smaller than last year, but it’s still a pretty good size. We have a similar set up with the couches and coffee table and end tables with the TV on the opposite wall. I put up the DIY drop cloth curtains on the window. If you want to know how I made them, click here.

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The DIY mail/key organizer I made a while back. I put a faux plant, cotton stem and vintage book on the shelf

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Couch against the wall with tissue paper tassels on twine

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Coffee table, vignette and letter board

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I used yellows in the vignette to give it a summery vibe

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Side table/bookshelf

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Olive bucket with faux lamb’s ear and cotton stems

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A sign I painted at Cut and Paste back home

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Other end table. I plan to put my blanket ladder in this corner as well. I forgot it at home.

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I’ve since added a blue mason jar with flowers here as well.

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TV stand area with some cotton stems and a topiary on a wooden stool

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The other couch area. You can see the DIY drop cloth curtains here

Directly off the living room is the kitchen. There is pretty minimal decor in here since it’s so small and we have a lot of appliances we need counter space for. However, there is one of my favorite tea towels on the oven door and the “Fresh Baked Pies Served Daily” sign from World Market is hanging above the sink. Of course I have my Hearth and Hand by Magnolia cream and sugar cellars by my Keurig. Off of the kitchen is the washer and dryer. There isn’t really any decor in there, but you could easily hang some signs on the wall if you wanted. Hobby Lobby usually has a great selection of laundry signs.

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Such a cute tea towel

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These are plant printables from the Magnolia website. It’s hanging on the wall between the kitchen and living room. There’s also a pantry on this wall.

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I love this sign!!

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My Keurig with cream and sugar cellars from the Hearth and Hand line at Target

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Kitchen table

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My picket fence napkin holder sits here.

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The oh-so-fancy laundry room

Mine and my roommate’s room is upstairs. This year each room gets their own bathroom, and we each get our own individual closet. Last year four of us had to share a bathroom, so that is a really nice change. I hung my “Get Naked” sign again, as well as the “Let’s Roll” sign my friend gave me. My decor for the bedroom is basically the same as every other year. I like to keep my room the same and change out the decor in other areas of the house like the living room.

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This architectural arch hangs at the top of the stairs. I got it from a Vintage Market Days this summer

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This simple banner hangs between the two bathrooms upstairs

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This mini cotton wreath hangs on the door to our bathroom

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This easy DIY wreath hangs on the door to our bedroom

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My bed area. I hung lights with little white flowers on them and attached pictures with clothespins

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My desk area

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I’m really excited for my final semester and the memories it will bring. Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Alyssa

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Gotta have a first day of classes picture!