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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Creating Your Nest: Part Three

I feel very blessed when people compliment my house or my style. It makes me feel good, because it's something I am very passionate about! However, I can't take all of the credit. I am only who I am because of who He created me to be. He knew before I was even born, that decorating would be something He would gift me with, and so it is for His glory that I do what I do. I am so grateful for this gift and I will use it in whatever way I can to serve Him and others!

When I came up with the idea to do this series, Creating Your Nest, it was because I wanted to help others with decorating and styling their homes. I just didn't know that it would be this hard to write about it. You see, when I create and decorate, I don't really think about the logistics, I just do it. Then if I like how it looks, I leave it, and if I don't like how it looks, I rearrange and move stuff around until I do.

I was never taught how to style a home or took any courses on designing and decorating, so most of what I am writing for you is not from an expert and my vocabulary may not be correct. Some might say that I have no idea what I am talking about, and maybe they are right, but my goal is not to be right or better than anyone. It's simply to give you some tips and share some of my ideas and styles.

I also want to add that, a lot of what I am sharing with you, could be consider personal preference. I know a lot of people who have different styles than I do, and their homes are just as beautiful. We just have different tastes. That doesn't make one or the other better, it just shows our individuality and tells our story.

After taking some time to go through every room and observe how things are set up and decorated, here is what I came up with. *Note: This post is more of an informative post with different tips and tricks. I simply came up with a list of different style trends that I often follow.

You can still have a colorful room without having too much color. I like to add color using pillows, rugs, and curtains. Sometimes, furniture as well! You want your pieces to compliment each other, not clash. I would say to try and pick four or five colors/shades and stick to that when purchasing items for a room. Most of my rooms consist of black, white, creme or biege, some shade of gray, and specific color (green, blue, yellow). I wouldn't do a green and red or blue and orange, ya get what I am saying?

Patterns are fun and can really add to the feel of a room, but you want to be careful to not have too may different ones. You want to have a good mixture of solids and patterns. I would say, two to three patterns in a room are good as long as they are not right next to each other. For example, in my front room, I have a simple oval pattern on my curtains, a floral pattern on the throw rug, and a coral pattern on the throw pillows for my couch. These sound like they might clash, but they don't. Why?, because they are one of the five colors I have chosen for the room and the patterns are not right next to each other. No putting stripes and polka dots together people! 



Unlike patterns, having a variety of different textures is a good thing. I love adding a lot of different textures to each room to help complete the look and make it unique. I really love the weathered wood look. I guess you can call it rustic. I also love rawt iron and burlap. You can mix and match all kinds of textures/materials as long as they are one of the colors you chose for the room. A few different examples would be, metals, woods, iron, stainless steal, fabrics, and glass. Don't be afraid to mix new with old either!


My last style tip is about creating balance. You don't want to have too much of anything. Remember, you want your home to tell your story and I'm sure there are many different things that make your story unique. You don't want to have too many pillows on your bed that you can't even lay down. Neither do you don't want to have too many plants in your house, so that people feel like they are in the jungle when they come over. On the other hand, when styling certain areas, such as shelves, you don't want to have too little, making it look incomplete. Once you start to play around with stuff, and rearrange things, you will begin to learn if there is too much or too little.




Most importantly, don't be afraid to try something. Even the best of the best make mistakes. It's fun to experiment, that's how you learn! You have to start somewhere! Many Blessings!

Simply Yours,



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Creating Your Nest: Part Two

I hope that you all are enjoying your Summer! And if you haven't read the first part to this series, you definitely want to! There is a lot of good stuff in the first post that you don't want to miss!


I first posted this series two years ago and thought it would be fun to repost again, because it did so well the first time and some of you may have missed it! Today's topic is based on one simple concept,

Life.

Without having anyone in a room there can still be so much life! There are many different ways of adding life to a room but my top two are:

#1 Photos
#2 Plants/Flowers

Remember we want our home to tell our story and what better way to do that, then to have photos around of our actual lives. I love pictures. They tell so much and people love looking at them. Why do you think people spend so much time on Instagram! Plus you can get so creative with how you display your photos!

My second choice for creating life in a room is to bring in plants or flowers. Now, nobody said they have to be real. I understand, by definition when you are talking about life, you would think that means real plants, not fake, but sometimes caring for plants can be so very hard! In my opinion, as long as they are green, colorful, and pretty, I say fake is ok. I actually have a mixture of fake and real in my house. I love to grab a fresh bouquet of flowers whenever I run to the market and I have a set of beautiful ferns in my dining room. I also have fake succulents on my fireplace and in my kitchen. They all look beautiful and add so much life to each room.

Take a look at some of the pictures below. I have plants/flowers and photos in almost every room of my house! I also love to bring in green plants from my own yard! We have a pine tree behind our house that I cut branches off of and use as part of my Christmas decor! Having plants in your home during the Winter months can also make your home feel more alive, especially since mostly everything outside dies during this time.











And the most important part, is to make sure you have fun. You can always rearrange, rearrange, and then rearrange some more, until you find the right spot for each item. Many Blessings!

Simply Yours,

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Creating Your Nest: Part One

Exactly two years ago, I wrote a series called, Creating Your Nest. It was a four part series, where I talked all about decorating your home (nest). I gave lots of tips and style techniques, I shared the paint colors we used and tips for selecting paint for your home. After reading through all of these posts, I decided that I wanted to share each one again with you! There is so much good stuff in this series that I just had to repost again!!

Here is what I shared with you in the first part of this series!! Enjoy!!

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I first want to say that I am not an expert at home design. I never took any classes on interior design or decorating. I feel that I have gotten better over the years and have gained experience though lots of trial and error. I love to watch home design shows and I follow a lot of bloggers who are into home design and DIY decor, so I get a lot of inspiration from them.

I truly just have a passion for creating, decorating, and organizing. I love pretty things and I get so excited when a room comes together to tell a story. It takes time and I still move things around from room to room till I find the right spot for each piece. I rearrange constantly, not from discontent but rather, a fresh new look to love! It is so much fun to repurpose old things into something new that serve a purpose instead of just throwing stuff away.

I am so grateful for this gift that God has blessed me with and I am so happy to share a few of my ideas and tips with you! The ultimate goal is to create your nest (home), that you love, that also tells your story.

The first area that I want to talk about is the feel of your home. If you could choose one or two words that you want to describe your home, what would they be? Comforting, welcoming, safe, loving, peaceful, or maybe fun? It's totally up to you. Think about what you want others and your family to feel when they come to your home. Remember, you want your home to tell your story.

The second part of creating the feel of your home, is what colors you choose for your walls. You would be surprised how much a coat of paint can do for a room. For me, a fresh coat of paint is easy and not too expensive if you are looking for one way to quickly redo a room or maybe freshen it up a little.

Now, here is where some people may disagree with me, and that's fine. Remember I am not an expert, this is just my opinion. When choosing colors for your walls, you want to stay on the light side, especially if the room you are painting doesn't have a lot of light. Here are just a few of reasons why you should choose lighter, more neutral shades of paint for your walls.

1. It makes the room brighter
2. It makes the room look bigger
3. You can get more creative with your decor choices
4. You have more options for furniture because neutral colors match almost anything

I am not saying dark colors are bad all together, but in my opinion, you don't want to paint an entire room something that is really dark. Why not do an accent wall in another color, or maybe choose a dark floor to offset the lighter walls. You can always bring in color through your decor as well. I just think that lighter, neutral colors are a better choice when painting most of the walls/rooms in your house. Most of the time, the words that you want to have describe your home, go hand in hand with the colors you choose for your walls (What colors do you think of when you think, peaceful, serene, comforting?).

For me, when we moved into this home, choosing our paint colors was the most important part to creating and decorating my nest. It sets the tone for everything else you are going to do.

Check out a few of my favorite paint colors below. They can be used in any room of the house!

1. Stonington Gray ~ Benjamin Moore
2. Revere Pewter ~ Benjamin Moore
3. Wickham Gray ~ Benjamin Moore
4. Muskoka Trail ~ Benjamin Moore
5. Alabaster ~ Sherwin Williams
6. On the Rocks ~ Sherwin Williams
7. Egret White ~ Sherwin Williams
8. Fleeting Green ~ Sherwin Williams

Muskoka Trail Above Chair Rail/ Revere Pewter is Below


Stonington Gray


Revere Pewter

Most importantly try not to get stressed about it! It can be overwhelming. My advice, buy a bunch of samples to see what you like best. Maybe, buy some floor samples as well, to get a feel for how each room will look, but make sure you have fun! Many Blessings!

Creating Your Nest: Part 2
Creating Your Nest: Part 3
Creating Your Nest: Part 4

Simply Yours,


Monday, July 9, 2018

One Day at a Time: Do What You Can

For the first three months of this pregnancy, I didn't do much. I had no energy, I was nauseous twenty four-seven, and some days I couldn't even get out of bed. I literally only did what was absolutely necessary. Thank God for my husband and other friends and family.

Now that I am in my second trimester, and almost into my third, I am feeling much better and have more energy. I still only do what I can each day, because I still have days when I am exhausted and I still get nauseous on occasion, but I am so grateful that I am able to do more.

Maybe you feel the same way that I do, and maybe you are not even pregnant. I know that there were plenty of days when I wasn't pregnant that I was so exhausted and didn't feel like doing much. I wanted to share with you a few things that work for me, to help my days run smother and don't leave me feeling super drained and disappointed at the end.


For me the most important part of my day is my quiet time, when I first wake up. I spend about a half an hour reading my Bible and praying, with a cup of coffee, of course. Maybe if you aren't a spiritual person, then you can just take some time for yourself when you first wake up. I have some friends who do the same.

After my quiet time, I go for a walk. I only started to do this about a month ago, when I started to have more energy, but it has really helped to lift my mood and I have less back pain, surprisingly!! I guess Newton's Law is true. A body in motion, stays in motion, even if its only for a short period of time each day. I didn't want to be that pregnant person who just laid around all the time, I needed to get moving!


The rest of my day I just do what I can! At the beginning of the week I pick one big thing to get done and three smaller things to get done, and I look to see which days I think would be best to accomplish these tasks. Sometimes, it may take me two days to complete a big task, so I don't overload my schedule with too much each week. I also want to make sure that I have time in my day for my little one and my husband! I found that by doing things this way, I am not as stressed and I actually get more stuff done.

Believe me when I say, I know what it is like to have a mile long to-do list, and feel like you will never get it done. I used to try to do too much each day, and I would get disappointed and stressed out when I couldn't get it all done. This second pregnancy has taught me a lot. God has really showed me what it is that I really need to get done, and what stuff can wait. I created a sign over my bed with this verse and it has become my daily motto.


"Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in You I trust, make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul." Psalm 143:8


Happy Monday and many blessings this week!

Simply Yours,



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

My Top 5 Under $20

So as I continue to get older, the more aware I am of my skin and my body, and how it is aging. You don't really think much about it until one day, you're old! Well,..... older! It's not that I did horrible things to my body or skin, it's just that I didn't think as much about them when I was younger. Therefore, I didn't take as best care of them, as I should have.

As I searched for beauty products more recently, I have found two things. It is very hard to find products that are completely organic/natural, without chemicals and all that (there is a long list of no-no ingredients, some worse than others). Number two, if you do find a product that is all natural without any chemicals and all that, they tend to be very expensive!!!

That was my dilemma and I refused to spend a fortune on beauty products and other organic/natural items. I knew that there had to be other options!! So I just kept on researching! And guess what, there ARE products out there that are all natural/organic that don't cost a fortune. Here is a list of my top five beauty products for under $20. I currently use all of these items and highly recommend because they do really work, they are all natural/organic, and affordable! You can click on each image if you would like to purchase for yourself.










I just want to state, that I know that there are people out there who believe in eating 100% organic and only using organic, natural products with no chemicals, and that's fine, maybe they can afford it! I can't and I personally do not believe that this will prolong my life. I believe that God is in control of my future and the outcome, and becoming overly obsessed with something is not good. That said, I am still going to do my best to take care of my body, skin, and my family.

BUT,...... and that's a big but, I am also going to enjoy my life. And if that means having an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts, or eating fast food once in awhile, or using sunscreen that is not organic, then so be it. I think I will be just fine! Some things once in awhile are ok!!

I hope that you found this list of products useful and didn't take offense to this post. I just wanted to share my experience and products I found, if any of you are in the same boat! If you have any products that you would like to share that are natural/organic and affordable, please comment below and let me know! Many Blessings!

Simply Yours,

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

My Summer Reading List

So every year, I create a list of books that I want to read. I think at this point, my list is like two pages long!! Yikes!! The truth is, I probably only get through 3 books a year! I always think that I am going to have more time than I actually do, and with another baby on the way, I will probably have even less time.



I am hoping that this Summer I can get through at least two new books. I have one that I started awhile ago that I still need to finish as well, and then I have two books that aren't really chapter books, but more like daily devotional books. I'll explain more in the descriptions!

SUMMER READING LIST

1. The Magnolia Story: I have been wanting to read this for a while now! I love Chip and Joanna, and
                                      everything about their lifestyle, so I definitely can't put off reading it any
                                      longer!

2. Chasing Slow: My life is about to get a whole lot busier when baby number two arrives, but maybe
                            if I change my lifestyle a little now, it wont be so crazy. I can't wait to read this. I
                            hate feeling rushed and always on the go, so this book is just what I need to prepare.

3. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: I started this book about 3 months ago and never finished.
                                                                      It wasn't that I didn't like the book, but life happens, ya
                                                                      know, and I just never got around to finishing it. I am so
                                                                      excited to see how it ends!

4. Praying For Boys: I already read through this book once, but I am reading through it again as part
                                  of my morning devotionals, along with the next book on my list. This book
                                  and the next one are meant to be read each day as a prayer for your son(s). I
                                  definitely recommend this book if you are a mom of boys!

5. Praying for my Husband from Head to Toe: This book is just like 'Praying for Boys', but instead
                                                                            they are prayers for my husband. I am already through
                                                                            day seven, and when I finish, I will start over again!!




So that's my list, nothing crazy, but I wanted to keep it simple and realistic! I am afraid to ask, in fear of my list getting even longer, but if you have a good book, that you have read lately, please feel free to share! I'm sure that I will get around to reading it eventually!! Happy reading and many blessings!


Simply Yours,

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Living a Life of Curiosity

I recently received the latest issue of the Magnolia Journal, and I have to say that this has been my favorite issue yet. There have been so many awesome things in this issue. Every page is filled with something that I want to try for myself. I love that this issue is centered around curiosity, all of the ideas and articles are somehow related to living a life of curiosity.



This got me thinking, I am really, a very curious person!! I am always wondering what it would be like to do this, or try that. I love making lists of things I want to try or create, and I love it!! I think that we should never lose our sense of wonder or the desire to create things.

However, I am sure that you have heard the phrase, curiosity killed the cat, and there have been many times that my curiosity didn't result in the way I had hoped. I have had my ideas and creations that just didn't work out the way I imagined. Many times, certain things that work for others, just didn't work for me, and I have been left disappointed quite often.

This leads me to another point, and that's many times my curiosity has lead me to try and do too much or to try to do something that wasn't meant for me. Often times, I come up with ideas I want to try, or sometimes I see something that someone else has done, and I am curious to know if that will work for me too. This is when I need to put myself in check. I need to think about what it is exactly that I am hoping for in my outcome. I have to remember that I can't do everything and more specifically, I wasn't created to. God created me with a unique set of gifts and has a specific plan just for me. What may work for one person, may not work for me and my family, and I am learning to be ok with that.

I'm definitely not going to stop being curious, I don't think that's possible for me. There are so many things, that I am hopeful, will turn out great, but I'm going to rest in the truth, that it's ok when they don't,.... and then move on. I trust that whatever He has in store for me each season is good enough.

Simply Yours,