Adding Pots DIY Floral Stick

Hi y’all!!

Since the weather has warmed up, I’m all in the mood for plants and earthy tones!! Bring me all the ferns, wondering jew plants herbs and terra cotta pots. I said before, I love styling with terra cotta pots. I decide to spruce up the DIY Florals on a Stick in the kitchen & swapped out all of the pinkish tones with small clay pots.

You can click HERE to read the original DIY post on this florals stick!

Here’s what I did!

1 – I gathered small terra cotta pots (5 of them). I double checked to make sure they had the water drainage hole.

2 – Next, I tied jute string through the center pot hole and around the side.

3 – Since I was wanting the pots to hang at various heights, I trimmed the jute string to different lengths.

4 – Finally, I tied the opposite end (of the pot) to the stick careful to space out between the flowers and greenery.

& that’s that! Now my florals on a stick have a little refresh!! For more terra cotta pot inspo click HERE!

Thanks for reading, 

Karle Bowman

Styling Terra Cotta Pots

I’m writing this blog post as requested, finally!! It’s long over due.

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog post, used terra cotta pots are one item I look for while picking. I love how these pots age over time.. especially if someone had previously splashed a little paint on them that has begun to get “chippy” over time.

You can also find “faux used pots” at Hobby Lobby.. Wait until they’re 50% off before purchasing though.

I’ve been asked how to style these on many occasions. I have several SIMPLE ways of styling them. I’ve used each of these ideas in my own home.

1 – Gathered Pots

This is oh so very simple. Find a metal or wicker basket and drop some used pots in the basket. Arrange them as if they just sorta naturally “fell” into place while you were outside gardening.

I stumbled upon this effortless style by accident. About a year ago I purchased some old pots an an estate sale. The kind sellers gathered them in a cardboard box and handed it over to me. Seeing these pots jumbled around in the box immediately brought me inspiration. After getting home, I simply swapped boxes – exchanging cardboard for metal.

I love the warm natural earthy tones this look brings to any room. I’ve done this in the kitchen, living room and dining room.. oh, and let’s not forget the porch.

2 – Kitchen Herbs 

Every kitchen needs fresh herbs. We have herbs sitting in the window sill above our kitchen sink. (Random note – I need to purchase a few more)

For these herbs I used some old clay pots and it looks cute! The potted herbs are resting on white pedestals to add a little height.

(Btw – here’s some links of pedestals I love.)

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Here 

& Here

3 – Hanging Macrame Planter

This is a newer addition in my home! I’ve quickly fallen in love with hanging macrame planters. Add an old clay pot to the textured hanger and you’ll be surprised where you can use this look. For example, I have a couple of these hanging under my fireplace mantel.

My favorite place to purchase these plant hangers is World Market!

Alright, so here’s a few ways you can style terra cotta pots. I really hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!!

Karlee Bowman

The $4 Carboy Jug

A few weeks ago, I spotted a vintage 5 gallon carboy jug in a thrift store. It was lying on its side in a glass cabinet (so, it blended in well..) as if it were waiting on me to find it. (or perhaps someone hid it away for next time..) I have a few of these vintage glass jugs throughout my house, but like I said only a “few” because around here they seem to be VERY hard to find for a decent price.

I shortly realized the vintage jug did not have a price tag. Aww, darn! We’ll it never hurts to ask, so I took it to the front counter and was pleased to hear it could be mine for only $4!!😱

After sharing this exciting find on my Instagram stories, I received many messages asking to see how I styled it. Well, we’ve been out of town and my business is booming so I haven’t had the chance to “style it” (Although, these jugs can pretty much style themselves😉). However, I already have a couple throughout my home.

Vintage carboy jugs are really easy to style. I literally place them anywhere and they look cute! For example, there is one above our microwave in the kitchen. Behind the glass carboy jug is a little collection of wood cutting boards. Since the jug is glass you can see the wood texture behind it! So these jugs make for nice layering.

If the glass carboy jug alone doesn’t suit you, add some florals! I’ve seen this done countless times, yet it still looks fresh because you can make it your own by using your favorite faux flowers or leafy greens. Also, you can change out the flower/greens with the changing of seasons.

 

So many ways to style a carboy jug! Thanks so much for reading my blog today.

xoxo,

Karlee Bowman

Mini Dresser Mirror – Vintage Find

One of the best parts of being a picker is finding a rare beautiful piece for yourself. 99% of the items I pick, (although I love) I do not keep. I can’t keep everything I like or I would go broke.

However, every once in a while I treat myself. 

A few weekends ago Aaron and I were hunting antiques when we spotted an old unusual mirror. The mirror looks like an old dresser mirror except it’s a mini!! Approx. 2ft wide and 2ft tall, it has all the details of a large antique mirror that would attach to a wood dresser but it’s small. In all of my years of loving antiques (Since 7 years old.. I think?? Right mom??) I have never seen a mini dresser mirror.

The glass itself is old with etched detail and a curvy top and edges.  The base of the piece is a light/blonde wood and the mirror itself is held in with old brass brackets. It’s lovely with each of its details. Thanks so much for reading my blog today!!

Bedside Table Redo

The thrill of finding a piece someone may call out of style and turning it into something beautiful is beyond fun to me. A few months ago I was browsing around a local thrift store and spotted these two large nightstands.. They looked like mini chest of drawers. I loved the hardware. Seriously, I’m always a sucker for cool original hardware. Just can’t say NO to it. Sorta out of style? Yes. Workable in some way? Also, yes.

 

Standing in the thrift store, my mind began to race; thinking how can I make these look fabulous in my bedroom?

Options:

1 – Painting the entire piece.

2 – Painting just the shell and leave the drawers original.

3 – Change the hideous laminate top.

I decided the piece had enough options to be workable. I snagged the mini chests for $23 each. Once I was home, we placed them on either side of the bed and decided we would try the third option of changing out the top. We felt some white wood planks would be pretty.

This is where sweet Aaron came in to help!!😏(Such skillzzz) With his powerful muscles he ripped the ugly laminate top off just like The Hulk. 💪🏼Just kidding.. The top was held with four screws so he just unscrewed the top off.

Next, he took 1x2x8 common pine board from Home Depot and cut each plank to the length of the nightstand. After placing each board side by side horizontally he nailed them into place with his nail gun. Note – if you don’t have a nail gun, you can always use regular nails and embrace a “rustic look”.

Finally, I grabbed some white paint and a paint brush and gave the tops two coats of paint. BAM!! We were done and had some awesome/unique/thrifty nightstands with MEGA amounts of storage.

For now, I love the way these nightstands look beside our bed. Later I may try painting the rest with chalk or milk paint but as of now I’m embracing the warm wood tone in contrast with the white top.

I truly hope this blog post encourages you to make pieces your own! Get a bargain and see what YOU can do to make it an original piece. This whole project from start to finish only took us a couple of hours and it was enjoyable! Thanks so much for reading my blog today!

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DIY Green Bundle

Spring is here! (Almost) I was needing to add a little green on a plate wall in our dining room. So, here’s what I did!!

What You’ll Need –  

Jute String 

Lace

Green Picks

Scissors 

Step 1

Cut strips of lace into squares. I’m not one for measuring.. way too scatterbrain for that. But I’d say about 12″ squares. My lace squares turned out to be more of a a rectangle.

Step 2

Fold the lace in half and bunch it around each green pick.

Step 3

Then secure the bundle together by wrapping a little jute string around and tying a little bow.

Step 4

Time to style it!! These little bundles can look good anywhere! Style a few with a tray on the coffee table, lie one on a dresser, or hang them on a plate wall like I did! I chose to hang mine upside down on Ironstone plates.

This easy DIY only took me a few minutes the very first time! Hope it inspires you!!

xoxo,

Karlee Bowman

 

 

Early Spring Home Tour

Hi!! If you’re coming from Amanda’s, Midcountry Journal, Early Spring Blog Tour, WELCOME!! Isn’t Amanda talented?! Well, it’s time to gather all the florals, greens, light French linens and cotton scented candles because SPRING is nearly here! Welcome to my home & let me take you on a mini tour!!

I wanted to welcome Spring by adding a white floral wreath to our front door. No mistaking from the street – This home is Spring ready, baby!!

Gardening was the inspo in our dining room. That’s why you see vintage glass vases and pots throughout the room. I even added an old watering tin to the farm table! As for greens, I mostly used lamb’s ear in this room because I love the soft green blend.

Flowers, flowers and more flowers! Guess the garden theme is carried over to our kitchen. During my grocery store trips, I love to grab fresh flowers. This week it was pink roses were on sale! By adding some florals & a fresh grain sack towel your kitchen can be Spring ready.

My dad always told me the color green represents life. Spring is the time when plants are blooming and grass begins to grow. You can recognize signs of life everywhere! I love celebrating life through my Spring decor. For this reason,  you’ll spy varies plants and flowers throughout our entire home.

I wanted to add a little Spring to our bedroom. This task was very easy!! I just added some green sprigs to the book garland above our bed. I added a little green garland above the mantle also.

I appreciate you  joining me on this Spring tour of our home!! Thank for visiting, and now it’s time to hop over to one of my very favorite bloggers Leanna’s, Clare and Grace Designs, Early Spring Blog Tour!!

 

Make sure to check out the following

Early Spring Home Tours!

Mid County Journal
/ Classic Cottage / Clare and Grace Designs
The Nesting Place / She Gave It A Go / The Tattered Pew
Grace In My Space / Pollie’s Place/ Saw Dust Angel

Bedroom Update Decor

Hey buddies!! So I needed a little refresh in our bedroom!! Nothing big.. just using what I already had and adding a little bit!!

Inspiration:

My bedroom inspo came from my favorite pass time – books! Often Aaron and I read in our bedroom before bedtime. I wanted to embrace that little pass time with specific elements in the room!

What we did:

I switched up the headboard a little! I’ve had the large gray fence headboard for a bit. (You can read more about it here) So I added another layer of fencing.. a white picket fence. Something about a picket fence reminds me of a fairytale so it was right on board with my inspiration!

Next up, we changed out our bed side table. You’ll be able to read more about that DIY soon!!

What’s a reading inspired bedroom without a little book garland? I made a thick garland out of old books. It’s rather large… & buddy, let me tell you it took a minute to make. I spent hours making this book garland but it paid off because I love how it’s swooped across the headboard!

Next, I changed up the bedroom mantel! Remember – we’re talking book inspired, right? Well, I spotted these old picture/painting at an antique mall the other day and immediately it took me to a historical fiction book. I felt I could get lost in the pictures just as I get lost in a book.

By swapping out some pillows that were in other places of the house, I freshened up the look by using things I already had!

We’re enjoyed these little updates to our bedroom!! Thanks so much for ready this blog post today!

xoxo,

Karlee Bowman 

DIY Florals on a Stick

It’s time to add those florals and greens to the home and kiss Winter bye bye. Here’s an easy DIY to add Spring life in your own home!

I found inspiration for this easy DIY by browsing Pinterest  late one evening.

What You’ll Need

Jute String

Faux Florals/Greens

Scissors

Stick

First thing, I went to the yard and grabbed a stick. You need to chose one by the length you need. If needed, go for larger and break off the sides to the exact length for your space.

Hang the stick from a wall, mantel, or favorite bulky cabinet like I did. Any large rarely used piece of furniture would work.

Time to hang some flowers! I began with the faux flowers. I tied the jute string to the top part of the flower stem and then tied the other end of jute string to the hanging stick. (I really hope this makes SENSE!! 😂)

Tip – I staggered the length of the jute so each string would hang at a different height. 

Next, I hung the leafy greens. If you look closely, you’ll see some of the greens are hung upside down just to add variation.

Finally, I took the scissors and trimmed any excess jute string.

That’s all! I probably made it sound complicated but truly it’s VERY EASY!! This would be nice for any home decor, baby/wedding shower, birthday party or wedding. You could use any faux flowers you would like! Tag me in pictures if you use this idea because I would love to see!!

Thanks for reading,

Karlee Bowman

Meet Ducky Duck – Vintage Find

I have to share a recent favorite antique store find with my like minded vintage loving friends! The old ducky duck came just in time for SPRING!!

A few days ago, I was at an Antique mall working in one of my vintage booths – Classic Cottage. I had to take a bathroom break so I stepped away from my space and headed to the very back of the store.. That’s the moment I spotted ducky duck. 😍

For less than $10, I knew ducky duck would find a home.. possibly my home. I wasn’t totally sure what I would do with her but I knew if nothing else I could make a profit if I decided to put her in the booth rather than my home.

Ducky duck is mostly off white. I’m sure once upon a time she was white but she’s aged with grace. Her sweet beak is orange which adds just a little pop of  color. Not much, but in some places her her paint has chipped off over time.. Again, she’s aged well.

With her chippy charm I figured she would look good on our porch.. perhaps by the front door. Turns out she actually looks great inside our farmhouse too! So she found a spot sitting in a chair in our dining room. You’ll probably spot ducky duck in many different places throughout our home for a while and when you do, you’ll know how/where I found this sweet duck! Thank so much for dropping by my blog today and readying about ducky duck!