Friday Favorites

Happy Friday y’all!

It’s been a while since I did a Friday Favorites! Today I want to share with you some things I’ve been loving lately.

First up are these baskets from JoAnn’s Fabrics. I have been looking for baskets like these for a while that weren’t going to break the bank. I think these were originally $17.99, but I got them for $14.99. These are perfect for hiding items that may not necessarily be the prettiest. Right now I have one in the bathroom holding bathroom items and one in the living room holding DVDs and games.

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Another thing I’ve been loving lately is this vintage-looking mailbox. This has been an item on my decor wishlist for a while. Most of the time they run anywhere from $50-$100; just outrageous. I got this at Michael’s for $24 (with a coupon of course.) It isn’t super heavy and it can hold items too! I’m still trying to find a place to display it, because for whatever reason command strips don’t want to stick to the walls of the townhouse. I plan to have flowers coming out of the box.

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I’ve also been loving this grey ticking stripe pillow cover from TwistedBobbinDesigns on Etsy. I also bought a “Hello Fall” that hasn’t come in yet from craftKave on Etsy. I got the inserts from Amazon. Keep in mind when it comes to inserts and covers, you always want to buy the insert a size bigger than the cover. This will create a fuller look and ensure there are no droopy corners. I bought a 20×20 insert for 18×18 covers.

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Next is this throw from Michael’s. This blanket is the softest thing that will touch your body. It was originally almost $40, but I got it for 40% off. It’s neutral design will ensure that it goes with every season and any decor theme. I also liked this blanket.

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So soft!
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It goes perfectly with the pillow!

Something else I’ve been loving lately is this adorable tea towel. I got it from Kentucky Branded back home, but you can also buy it straight from Dishique’s website. They also have mint julep and bourbon ones for my Kentucky folks. Check out the rest of their designs here.

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How cute is this?!

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Last but not least is a shop I recently discovered. I stumbled upon Love Grows Wild Market when I was looking at Antique Candle Works website under the stores that sell their candles. Love Grows Wild is located in Kokomo, Indiana; about 30 minutes from where I go to school. It’s on the second floor of an antique store called The Original Treasure Mart. I initially thought it was a whole store; but it’s actually a booth in the antique shop. The owner, Liz Fourez, is the author of the popular book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm. She also has her own blog. There were a plethora of items for sale, including many kitchen items. I absolutely loved everything in the booth! Her book is definitely on my Christmas list. If you are near Kokomo I would highly recommend visiting Love Grows Wild Market!

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Antique Candle Works fall scents. My favorite was fall harvest!
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I was obsessed with all the kitchenware
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I was obsessed with all the kitchenware

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Build your own fall bouquet

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There was also another booth in the antique shop that I loved called Hidden Possibilities Market. Everything in both of these booths were 100% speaking my language. I will definitely be back!

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Hand painted wall scrolls
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How freaking adorable is all of this?!
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When friends take unsuspecting pictures of you. And I was in heaven!

That’s all for this Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend 🙂

Alyssa

Easiest DIY Greenery Wreath

Hey y’all!

If you remember from last year, I made a post about a DIY floral wreath. It was good for a year, but I wasn’t loving it anymore. I wanted something that was more neutral and could be styled just about anywhere.

One of my favorite bloggers, Sarah at Little Vintage Nest, made a post about the easiest DIY wreath ever and I wanted to do something similar with a greenery garland! I found one at Hobby Lobby for $20 and with a 40% off coupon, it was even cheaper!

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I kept the same grapevine base from the last wreath and just removed the flowers from it. This was so easy y’all. You literally just wrap the garland around the wreath base and secure it in few places with floral wire.

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There was a little extra garland after I had wrapped it around once, so I cut off the extra and made little sprigs to fill in some places that were still a little bare. And that’s it! I told you it was easy. And it can go just about anywhere because of its neutral nature.

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Once I got to school, I added this sign from Michael’s. I think it was the perfect touch to finish the look.

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Have a great Saturday y’all!

Alyssa

Farmhouse Style Outdoor Spaces

Hello lovelies!! Happy Friday 🙂

Home decor isn’t just limited to within the home; it belongs outside too! Don’t neglect your outdoor spaces. Today I’m going to be showing you how you can fix up your outdoor spaces to be just as cozy as indoors.

The easiest way to do this is with patio furniture. Obviously since this is outdoors, you want furniture made with weather-proof material. Wicker is pretty common with weather resistant cushions. Here are some beautiful examples:

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How gorgeous is this?! I love the neutral colors with pops of greenery. A geometric rug make the space feel that much more cozy.
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I love the portable fireplace here; perfect for any summer night!
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Since this a covered outdoor space, you can put more “decor” things here. I love the string lights!
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This outdoor furniture is made from stacked pallets! How easy and affordable!

When it comes to actual decor, unless it’s going to be covered by an awning of some sort, it’s best to be pretty minimal here. You don’t want to have to scramble outside every time bad weather rolls in to save your decor. Here is some inspiration for your outdoor spaces:

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I absolutely love this! It’s very festive while not being too bright. You don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of new items to accomplish this either.
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If you have an extra table or cubby lying around, this is a great idea to put it to good use!
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How cute is this for the front of the house?!
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A porch swing is a great way to add coziness to the outdoors. The ticking stripe pillows add the perfect farmhouse touch.
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This gorgeous antique church pew is perfect for a front porch! You can add new items to it depending on the season, allowing it to stay out year-round.

I hope y’all enjoyed all these outdoor spaces as much as I did! Now go out and create the perfect outdoor space you’ve been dreaming of.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Alyssa

Magnolia Hearth and Hand Summer Line

Can y’all believe it’s already July??? I can’t! It seems as if my summer is slipping away and I do not like that at all!

With every season, Joanna Gaines comes out with new items for her Hearth and Hand Line at Target. Today I’m going to be sharing my favorites from the summer line! Click on each picture to be taken to the link.

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Isn’t it all so wonderful?! Go check out the website to see the rest of the new line!

Have a great Wednesday y’all!

Alyssa

Vintage Market Days of Lexington: Old Fashioned Summertime

Hey y’all!

If you’re a regular around here, you know what Vintage Market Days is and my obsession with them. See my posts about their previous events here and here.

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VMD of Lexington had their third event over Memorial day weekend two weeks ago. In case you’re unfamiliar with VMD, they are “an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more.” There are over 100 vendors from 19 different states, so there is bound to be something for everybody! A portion of the proceeds go to Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, KY where they rescue old racehorses and give them a home.

The theme for this event was “Old Fashioned Summertime.” This was the display that was set up when you first walked in. I helped work the event on Friday taking people’s tickets and giving them wristbands. We even got to wear these adorable aprons!

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I worked the event Friday
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Sabrina, Betsy and me on Saturday

As usual, Friday is the “early buying event”. Tickets are $10 and are good for all weekend if you want to come back. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $5 and are also good for the remainder of the weekend. Friday and Saturday hours are 10am-5pm and Sunday is 10am-4pm. VMD is hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in the covered arena, so even if it rains, it’s still on! Parking is $5, but is free if you come back and show your wristband.

I attended the event with my two best friends and my boyfriend, who was visiting Lexington for the first time. Eric and Mimi Griffith, the owners of the VMD Lexington franchise, were so kind to give me two tickets as a “thank you” for working for them the day prior. They put so much work into this event to make it amazing!

Each day the first 25 people in line get a bag full of coupons and other goodies. We were a part of the first 25 this time so we were excited to get those!

Going in I didn’t have anything specific in mind that I was looking to buy, just whatever popped out to me. Walking in, all of the booths were so beautiful! Here are some photos of the types of items the vendors sell:

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One booth sold a wide variety of different flavors of coffee cakes that were absolutely delicious! Another sold worm castings as fertilizer (haha) and another drew pictures of your pets on the spot by simply looking at a photo.

I ended up buying a gorgeous studded white glass jar for $6.50 and a weathered wooden wall accent with metal detailing for $15. I should have bought more than one of those jars, they were so cute!

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There were plenty of fantastic items for sale for everyone. All of the vendors were amazing and put so much work into getting set up. I would love to have my own booth at something like this one day! VMD of Lexington will be back in the fall for their fourth event October 26-28! I can’t wait to go for the fourth time!

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

Alyssa

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Farmhouse Style Kitchens

Hello beautiful people!

How about this warm weather?! I’ve been LOVING it!! Sunshine and warm temps make my heart happy. We’re also less than two weeks away from the end of the semester! HALLELUJAH! I can’t believe I only have one semester left after this. Scary!!

Okay on to today’s post! I don’t know about you, but I love all the pieces that go into kitchen design. I literally go to IKEA just for fun so I can analyze them and look at all of the endless options. Here’s a picture of one kitchen that I loved at IKEA.

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There are six main components to the farmhouse style kitchen:

  1. Open Shelving
  2. Butcher block or quartz counter tops
  3. Farmhouse sink
  4. Subway tile or bead board back splash
  5. White with black accents
  6. Wide open spaces

Let’s get started!

Open shelving: This gives off the perception that the kitchen is more “airy” and has lots of space. It also gives you a reason to show off all your pretty dishes 🙂 Some people don’t like the concept of open shelving because it reduces space that could be better utilized with cabinets. While this may have some truth to it, your whole kitchen doesn’t need to be open shelving. Even two or three open shelves can help transform your kitchen.

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Butcher block or quartz counter tops: The butcher block gives your kitchen a more rustic feel whereas the quartz continues to play off of the white theme.

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Farmhouse sink: Whether it’s a single or double basin sink, the large basin provides lots of room for doing dishes. It’s sleek look makes the kitchen look very elegant.

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Subway tile or bead board back splash: This is a classic look that goes well with a variety of cabinet colors and countertops. Whether you choose the contrast of black grout, or a more subtle grey or white, it is bound to compliment your kitchen!

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White with black accents: an easy way to do this is by using black hardware on white cabinets, using a black faucet to contrast with the white farmhouse sink, or using black grout with white subway tile.

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Wide open spaces: Have you ever tried cooking in a cramped kitchen? It’s not very fun. Having lots of open space will not only make cooking easier, it will make the kitchen feel very open and airy.

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Do you want to design your own kitchen yet? I do! I absolutely cannot wait until I have my own home and I can personalize it the way that fits mine and my family’s needs.

Have a happy Friday y’all!

xoxo,

Alyssa

Farmhouse Spring Decor

Happy Monday y’all!! I hope your Easter weekends were restful!

Whether or not the weather reflects it, it is officially spring!

With the start of a new season, a fresh look is necessary! Spring is the best season to freshen up your home. Let’s take a look at how the lodge is spruced up for spring!

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Bright spring wreath!
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Cotton stems and faux lamb’s ear stems make a great combination
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Cotton stems, lamb’s ear and pink hydrangeas for a bright spring look
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Lots of flowers and an antique chippy white corbel
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More flowers!
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A cute little bird surrounded by flowers in a lantern
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Nothing like a fresh candle to bring in the smells of spring!
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Faux greens to freshen things up
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More faux greens!
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Colorful floral throw pillows are one of the best ways to brighten up a space

As you can see it doesn’t take much “decor” to decorate for spring. The best and easiest way is to incorporate fresh or faux flowers and greens. Plan a trip to hobby lobby when floral is 50% off and go to town!

Here are some more inspiration photos!

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Have a happy spring!

xoxo,

Alyssa

The Best Places to Find Farmhouse Style Decor

Hey Friends!

I hope your weekends were wonderful!

Today I’m going to be sharing the best places to find farmhouse style decor. When you’re first getting into the farmhouse style trend, it can be difficult to know where to look. I know when I first started I was clueless.

Let’s get started!

One of my favorite places to find farmhouse style decor is Hobby Lobby. They have an entire farmhouse style section and I love every square inch of it. Obviously everything aren’t true antiques, but not everything in your collection needs to be authentic vintage. A good mix of genuine vintage and “mass-produced” vintage is fine. The best part about Hobby Lobby is their prices! Most of them are pretty reasonable, but even if it’s more expensive than you’re wanting to pay, they always have a 40% off coupon on their website. Many times they also have 50% all home decor or 50% of all wood or metal decor items (which is exactly what farmhouse style is, so jackpot!)

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A few things that I’ve bought from Hobby Lobby are a galvanized olive bucket, an assortment of floral stems (cotton stems, sunflowers, etc.,) a barn wood frame and a letter board.

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I bought the print inside from somewhere else, but the frame is from Hobby Lobby!
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Overall, Hobby Lobby is a great place to find farmhouse style decor if you’re just wanting  general decor items (i.e. not an antique hutch) on a budget! Go check out your local Hobby Lobby and see what you stumble upon!

The next place on our list is garage sales. Now this might sound a little sketchy, but trust me, you may stumble upon something you unexpectedly love! The best part about garage sales is that basically everything is dirt cheap. So those vintage dining room chairs you have been searching for may turn up in someone’s front yard for $5 a piece. You may even discover a cool story about them from the owner. Most neighborhoods have a whole weekend for garage sales so grab your shopping buddy and make a day out of it!

This past summer I was looking for a blanket ladder to put in the lodge. I had seen several at the Vintage Market that was going on that weekend for $25 a piece, which isn’t necessarily a bad price, but I wanted to see if I could find something for a little cheaper. My mom and I happened to be out driving around while there were several garage sales going on. I looked down one street and saw a ladder on the side of the road and I made my mom turn around so we could check it out. It seemed to be in pretty good shape and was only $10 (way better than $25!) so I immediately bought it. I couldn’t believe that I found one. I also got several old hardback books for $1 a piece and some terra cotta pots for free (the owner was just trying to get rid of everything by that point.)

 

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So next time your neighborhood is having a garage sale weekend, go explore! You may be surprised by what you might find.

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Our next stop is local antique shops! These places are great if you’re looking for bigger ticket items like furniture. The prices can be a little high here because they are true antiques. Don’t be afraid to negotiate the price down a little. The worst they can say is no! If you aren’t aware of any antique shops in your town, just do a Google search and I’m sure you’ll find plenty. I had no idea there were so many in my hometown. They can be a little overwhelming because of the shear amount of things that are in them, but if you go in looking for something specific, it makes it a lot easier! You may even discover the history behind the piece you purchase if you ask.

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I bought this adorable picket fence napkin holder and mini wooden stool at an antique shop in La Grange, KY.

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Finally, the best place to find farmhouse style items in my opinion is vintage markets. These events usually have tons of vendors with a large assortment of antique items from big to small. Vintage Market Days tours around the country and has some great booths! These vendors spend months searching for antique items to include in their booth. They’re having their next event in Lexington May 25-27 at the Kentucky Horse Park. I absolutely love this event and you should definitely check it out if you’ve never been! You can buy tickets here.

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Michaels, Target and TJ Maxx also have farmhouse style decor from time to time and are worth checking out, but aren’t necessarily the best places to start.

Well, that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this compilation of places to find farmhouse style decor. Stop and visit them the next time you’re out and about and see what treasures you can find!

xoxo,

Alyssa

Friday Favorites

Hey guys!

Sorry it’s been a while since I blogged. The start of a new semester is always a crazy time. Not to mention syllabus shock! I know I’ll get through it, but I’m a little overwhelmed at the moment.

Alright, so I’m trying a new series called Friday Favorites where I talk about some new items I recently purchased that I love. These more than likely will not be every Friday, just when I have something worth sharing 🙂

The first thing I’ll be sharing is a new cardigan I got from American Eagle. This is the softest thing ever! You can wear it either buttoned up or unbuttoned. It’s the perfect length and can go with just about anything—you can dress it up or down. I bought a medium and it fits pretty true to size. It was originally $44.95, but when I bought it, it was 50% off! Now it’s on sale for $19.99, so it’s even cheaper. They have three colors to select from, but the sizing is a little limited so if you’re wanting one, head on over ASAP!

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The next item is this sign from World Market. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this sign!!! It’s the perfect chippy white, farmhouse style sign.  So many of my favorite bloggers have it in their home and I just had to have it too. It was actually fairly cheap at $14.99 (I had a 10% off coupon as well.) We don’t have any World Market stores near Lexington and the closest one to my school is in Carmel (about 45 minutes away.) So I ordered it online the day before I left to go back to school and chose in-store pickup. I just stopped in Carmel on the way back to school to pick it up—super easy! It’s now hanging above our sink in the kitchen and I love it!

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The last items are a few things I recently got from the Magnolia Hearth and Hand Line at Target. I got the cream and sugar cellars and I LOVE them!! Like literally obsessed. They’re so stinking cute and actually functional. I also bought this pale green striped kitchen towel. It’s perfect for the upcoming spring season or could even work for Christmastime.

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Also random side note, did you hear!?!?! CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES ARE PREGNANT!!!!!! I’m so happy for them! That beautiful baby will be so loved and I can’t wait to see whether it’s a boy or girl.

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Alright y’all I hope you enjoyed the first Friday Favorites! Stay tuned for the next one 🙂

xoxo,

Alyssa

Hearth and Hand Spring Collection

Hey Friends!

I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas! I know I did.

Yesterday, December 26th, Magnolia released the spring line of their Hearth and Hand collection at Target. I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorite picks! If you want to purchase anything from this line I would suggest doing it pronto! Last time the line was released, it sold out FAST! Not to mention that some people just go out and buy things from the line and then turn around and sell it for infinitely more on eBay. That really grinds my gears! I know it’s part of entrepreneurship, but still, save it for the people who actually want to buy it! Okay rant over. Let’s get started! Click on the pictures for the link.

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I just love all the pops of green: perfect for spring! It’s still neutral, but adds a little color as well. I’m obsessed with all the napkins/dish towels! The best part of it all is that everything is so affordable! Go out and see all the wonderful new items at your local Target!

Have a Happy New Year y’all!

xoxo,

Alyssa