April 2019 - Like Honey

Easy Do-It-Yourself Everyday Wreath



There's nothing more inviting than a beautiful wreath on your front door! I have a wreath for just about every season, but I realized recently that I was looking at a blank front door in between holidays and that's just unacceptable. I wanted something that would work in spring or fall, so plain greenery seemed to be the safest bet!


Unfortunately for us, the sun beats down on our front door for the majority of the day, so many of my homemade wreaths have fallen apart under the heat and my store bought wreaths see a lot of sun-bleaching and discoloring over time. This boxwood wreath was a TJ Maxx find under $20, which is perfect since I have to replace my wreaths more often than most! I wanted plain, but not this plain, so I opted for a simple striped ribbon that matched the door!


This ribbon is from Hobby Lobby (in the fabric section) and I just wrapped a long piece around the top section of my wreath, using my existing metal wreath hanger to measure the length based on where I wanted the wreath to rest on the front of the door. Pro Tip: Use an upside down command hook on the back of your door as your anchor and then "measure" your ribbon length from there! I chose a clear hook that holds up to 5 lbs and it's working great so far.




For the bow, I simply used the remaining bit of ribbon on my roll and tied it into a classic bow. For now I did hot glue the bow to the wreath ribbon, but if the sun proves too hot to hold up, I'll have to sew them together or use a staple/pin of some kind. To hopefully avoid sun damage and bleaching, I sprayed my finished product with a generous coat of clear UV spray paint. I'm hoping I can just reapply a coat every season and be able to keep my wreaths looking fresh for much longer! I'll report back after a few months and let you know if it holds up!




So that's all! Such a SIMPLE little DIY project that only took me a few minutes and costs so much less than most of the fancy, premade wreaths in stores! You can definitely customize this further by using seasonal ribbon, adding a few flowers, or even a monogram (which might be next on my list)! The options are really endless!


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Red Floral Kimono 3 Ways: Wear Now, Later, & Even Later


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There’s nothing more exciting to me than finding a new wardrobe staple that immediately puts multiple outfit ideas in my mind! That’s when you know it’s a justified purchase, and at only $20, this kimono has more than paid for itself. I love the long length and classic style of this kimono. It will stay stylish for years to come and works for summer and fall alike. Keep scrolling to see all three looks I came up with for this cute kimono!

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Right now we’re in that tricky part of spring where one day it can be 80 degrees and the next, 50 and cool. I like how this kimonos acts as a light layer for spring. Seasonal accessories like statement earrings and a straw bag can lighten the look.

When the temperature finally decides it’s not backing down, ditch the jeans and opt for some cute cut offs and the perfect pair of sunnies. Add a straw tote (and a swimsuit!) and you're ready for the beach! Such a simple summer look that is anything but boring!

When fall starts to roll back around, just add a wide brim hat and rock this kimono over some white on white and you’ll be ready for that first PSL of the season in no time! I love the way the neutral first layers really allow the color in the kimono to pop! Sticking with white jeans is a great way to transition into the fall wardrobe without feeling too heavy--important with a lightweight layer like a kimono!

Honestly, I can’t wait to wear this as a coverup on vacation but didn’t consider that a true outfit since I wouldn’t be wearing it all over town that way. However, you could totally rock this kimono with even more outfits! Pair it with a simple t shirt dress and sandals for summer or a basic black tee and booties for fall. When you choose a kimono with multiple colors in the pattern, you really open up the outfit possibilities!

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Do you have a kimono in your collection? How would you style this one?



You can see other ways I’ve styled a kimono here:


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How to Be a Happy Mom


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Y'all. I can't think of an outfit that completely sums up my personality any more than this one! It's a little retro and a lot of bright--oh, and "happy"! I am generally always a pretty happy person, but I can be easily frustrated (type A, all day), especially with my kids. I feel like that's something most of us stay-at-home moms struggle with. It's so easy to get stuck in a rut with the daily tasks. When you work outside the home, you see new people and new sights and when you come home, you can clock out of your day job. As a stay-at-home mom, home IS my day job. I don't ever get a break or a change of pace, so it's easy to get frustrated over little things or get too focused on tasks and chores.

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"Your kids don't need a perfect mom, they need a happy one."

As I write this, my husband is slaving away trying to fix my clogged kitchen sink. It's raining. The kids are fussy because they want to "help" daddy and I am trying to keep them out of his way. Preston leaves for an overnight work trip today and won't be home until Friday night. It's not the happiest circumstances around here, obviously. But today, despite the (admittedly, first world) struggles, I'm going to focus on being that happy mom my kids need. I'm going to wrap myself in God's word, remind myself that He is in control and ask for His grace and strength to swallow my frustration when I want to throw in the towel. All of our joy comes from Christ and I have a LOT to be joyful for! If you're having a rough day (or week, month, year), let this be your reminder to choose JOY. Be slow to anger and focus on all the good things God has put into your life!





This outfit is a reminder of what I want my personality to look like to others: bright and happy! Even when my attitude needs a little check, I know that I have so much to be joyful for and I'm working on becoming the happy mom I know I am inside, putting those frustrations at the feet of Christ and letting His grace shape the way I raise my kids.

Have you ever thought about how others would describe your personality? Think about the changes that you need to make to exude the attitude you want to be remembered for, and choose joy!



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From Retro to Rustic: Our 70's Farmhouse Table Makeover + Dining Room REVEAL!


I'm so excited I can FINALLY share my dining room with you all! It's been a long time coming and I couldn't be happier with the results! Since I know some of you have been asking about the details, let me jump right into them:

THE BEFORE



Things were a little ugly for a while around here...I wish I had a good before photo of the seats in those chairs (you can see them a little in the first photo above). The whole set was a Craigslist find from a few years ago that was in excellent shape for it's age, but unfortunately also very yellow. Y'all know I love a pop of yellow in my home decor but this was on another level and looked more like the yellowing 40 years of cigarette smoke leaves behind. I fell in love with the design on the base, the original caning, and the beautiful solid wood tabletop, not to mention the fact that with both leaves attached, this table is over 8 feet long! The ability to host large get-togethers is so important to me!



This set has a pretty heavy base with an intricate design, so sanding was pretty rough (no pun intended). Our best friend during this whole ordeal was without a doubt this paint sprayer! We got it on sale around Black Friday when we remodeled our kitchen cabinets (more on that later!) but as much as we've used it and as handy as it has become, I would completely pay full price for it. You have no idea how handy the sprayer was when it came to that caning!! If you're looking into painting your cabinets or doing a larger paint project, I highly recommend investing in a paint sprayer. You will never look at a furniture remodel the same way again!

We used a random white paint we had lying around in the basement, but we did use a good bonding primer to help the paint adhere since we knew there was no way we'd be able to sand every nook and cranny perfectly. I think it really helped and on my next project I wont worry about the sanding quite as much as I used to!

Are you ready for the big reveal??

THE AFTER



So. Much. Better. I like to think of my decor style as a cross between farmhouse, french cottage, and traditional. I knew the white paint would really brighten up the whole room and breath new life into this beautiful dining set. I chose not to make any changes to the table top since it's in wonderful shape and has such a stunning wood grain design.




As you can see, we also reupholstered the seat cushions. The original foam pad was completely disintegrated inside the old, crusty golden velour that once adorned them, so it was obviously time to go. I had an idea of what I wanted on these seats, but when I walked through the upholstery aisles of Hobby Lobby, this simple taupe microsuede material really caught my eye. I loved how soft and supple it felt and how it added some dimension to the white chairs while still keeping with my neutral theme. Keeping the table and seats neutral means I can change the rest of my decor at will which is important to this holiday-obsessed gal.

Now let's get on to the rest of the decor in here.

THE DETAILS




Two of my favorite elements in my dining room are the giant round tobacco basket and the rustic metal barn lights! Both were FREE to me which shows just how much thrifting and junking can turn into treasure hunting. My father-in-law is a contractor, so he will often come home with random pieces "gifted" to him by grateful clients. This tobacco basket was one of those items and I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it when I saw it in his basement, but I just knew I had to have it. Thanks, David! The light fixture was a find from my grandma's church yard sale a few years ago. It hadn't sold and was on the curb for donation when I spotted it. My grandma snagged it for me and Preston and I hauled it home, having no idea if it would fit our space or even work! Sometimes you just have to take the risk and TRY something to really see how it will turn out.



Once I had those two "anchor" pieces, the rest of the decor was simple. These are just cheap Walmart frames (eventually I'll upgrade to something a little more sturdy) but I like how they seem to finalize the sort of gallery wall I've made here and add a little symmetry. As for the tabletop, it's always changing! I swap out the table runner on wash days and sometimes don't use it at all (life with kids). The centerpiece is ever-changing, too, to fit holiday themes and depending on my mood! I love having fresh flowers in the house, but find faux ones much more cost-effective. Hobby Lobby has lots of realistic stems and bushes to choose from, like the magnolias and billy balls in my current set up. You can see more about the wooden trivet in this post.


I think the most important thing I learned throughout this remodel--and all the home improvements over the past year--is to stay flexible! Sometimes you have a picture of how something is going to look in your head but then find a great sale or another fabulous find and your original plans may have to change. Don't feel like you have to change everything all at once, either, or you could end up stuck with something you settled for when you were desperate to call the remodel done.

As you can see from the lack of trim, our house is far from finished and that's okay! I've enjoyed cultivating a space that encompasses my unique design style and grows along with us! Enjoy the journey, y'all!

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Dining Table Set // Vintage

Paint Sprayer // Amazon

Paint + Primer // Lowe's

Seat Fabric // Hobby Lobby

Table Runner // Target

Trivet // Target (similar)

Vase // Bed Bath & Beyond (similar)

Flowers // Hobby Lobby

Curtains // TJ Maxx

Tobacco Basket // Vintage

Frames // Walmart (multipack, here) -- Photos by JLD Photography

Light Fixture // Thrifted


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