Within the past year I have a newfound love for collections and grouped items that are very similar to one another. When similar vintage items are grouped it achieves a uniformed look with character.. if such a thing is possible. I’ve always collected milk glass (began at age 8) but recently I’ve wanted to broaden my collection abilities.
That’s around the time I began thinking clocks were cute. Yep clocks. Especially the little vintage desk clocks with the white face and blacks numbers. So I began hunting around the antique malls and keeping the ones I found while picking. (This isn’t my usual way of doing business.. lol)
Before I knew it I had gathered a little collection! Not to mention at a great price. Even at the antique malls I never paid more than $12 for a clock. In fact, most of these I found under $5. I’m not saying I found them everyday. Shoot, I didn’t even find them once a month but when I did they were reasonable priced.
I’m still working on my little clock collection. I recently styled them in our front living room on the top shelf of a bookcase. The hunt for my clock treasures has nearly been the best part of collecting!
Fall and Christmas are my VERY FAVORITE times of the year to decorate my home! I love pumpkins, orange, fall scented candles, cooler temperatures.. ahh just give me all the warm cozy tones!!
So I did a little Fall decor on our farm table in the dining room. As usual, I kept it simple and tried using mostly items I already had. Sometimes shopping your own home is the best way to find cheap inspo! I tend to shop my own home every season and swap items around.
This Fall, I used some white cake stands to add height and antique glass jugs on either side of those cake stands. To add a little festive charm I styled some faux white pumpkins (from last year) on the stands. Then to add a little Fall orange-y color, I popped some orange florals from Hobby Lobby.
Simple as that! The only “new” thing for this space are the Hobby Lobby florals coming out of the vintage jugs. I personally feel Fall is quiet easy to decorate for! Just think, pumpkins alone are beautiful!
Simple, sweet and oh so neat! We needed to make our little coffee situation both functional and eye appealing. So I went for my favorite glass canisters to keep our coffee area tidy!
Aaron and I like different flavors of coffee so one jar (the biggest) is for his coffee and the other is mine. For months we’ve been keeping the Folger’s containers under the counter. Having thear glass canisters enables us to keep our coffee nearby yet look cute!
Ha, these containers also serve as decor because they look cute! The older I become the more I look for decor to serve or be able to serve a functional use. That’s exactly what these glass jars do!
Ha, I just had to write about these little jars because they make me happy every morning. Thanks so much for reading my post today!
P.s. to see where I get my favorite glass jars click HERE.
So pumpkin spice latte came out yesterday & that can only mean one thing – Fall will be here soon.
This year I’m switching up the Fall decor in our home. However, I really enjoyed my white pumpkin vibe last year so I figured I would share them with you all again just in case you’re needing a little inspo and are digging the white pumpkin vibe.
I so enjoyed my Fall Mantel last year. I used different tones of green with neutrals. Also, some sweet terra cotta pots! Fun times!!
The dining room had some fun fall vibes last year too. I used a large dough bowl with a striped table cloth (Linked) in it to soften the look with white pumpkins and lambs ear.
A white pumpkin here and a white pumpkin there at Le’ Bowman house!
Alright, so that was Fall decor of 2017. Hope these pics inspired you. Stay tuned to see how we’re styling for Fall this year.
Do you ever get in a mid season decor slump? I know I do. Then I begin to over complicate things.. Next thing I know I want to 100% change EVERYTHING in the house. This results in me becoming discouraged because; who can really actually change everything in a house? Absolutely defeated.
Honestly, it really doesn’t have to be that complicated.
A few weeks ago I wanted to change up these shelves as a little mid-end Summer refresh. I actually kept it simple this time and enjoyed the process!
I started off by clearing the shelves. Less is more was the goal for me. Reason – because now’s my chance.. Fall then Christmas decor will take over the house for the rest of the year before I know it, so I wanted a simple change.
Next, I gathered some plants, books and planting pots. When styling shelves, I like to “think in groups”. Group your books, group your lavender, group your pots. I threw in a small crock and short wooden box for interest sake.
This lavender, book and pots combo provides good interest and texture. I left the bottom two shelves empty (for now) just to simplify.
Buddies, remember to not get carried away when decorating. That’s when I personally begin to over complicate and begin spending too much. Thanks so much for reading my post today!!
Yep, I’m already thinking Fall. A few weeks ago we planted pumpkin seeds. Fingers are crossed that they’ll grow to be beautiful plump pumpkins. We planted the seeds in hopes of saving $$ on pumpkins since I decorate with so many during the Fall.
Anyways, here’s four items I’m hunting for NOW while browsing shops, antique stores and thrift stores for Fall.
1 – Copper Tones
Copper is one of Aaron’s favorites so I try to use it throughout our home. I think copper is especially nice for Fall. I’ve already collected a few items I plan to use in the upcoming months.
2- Cute Little White Faux Pumpkins
While I’m browsing stores, I’m already tuning my eyes for little white pumpkins that can go “here or there” throughout our main living spaces.
Around late August last year I bought several faux white pumpkins from our local antique store. The prices beat Hobby Lobby and Kirklands!
3 – Interesting Items that can hold a Pumpkin
Ha, that sounds a little weird. But it’s true. I’m looking for cool old planters, bowls and warm toned cake plates.
Last year, I started looking for these items early. This is why I got serious about collecting crocks (Pumpkins are adorable sitting on crocks). I also found a really large galvanized bucket.
4 – Fresh Throw Pillows
Spring and Fall, I like to freshen up the throw pillows around the house. I look for light linens in the Spring and cozy textures in the Fall.
Okay, hope you enjoyed this post. I’m enjoying Summer but that doesn’t mean Fall isn’t on the brain.
Spring of 2017 I published a post called 4 Farmhouse Finds from the Thrift Store and many of you seemed to enjoy it! I figured I would post another article with tips on what to look for at Goodwill and Salvation Army!!
Every house needs baskets! They’re functional yet cute. Baskets are a easy cheap way to add texture to a room. Look for these at the thrift stores! You can find all sizes – large & small.
Terra Cotta Pots
Give me a used old planter over a new one any day! Especially if the previous owner (or their children) painted it and thus paint is chipping away! Also, I love the way nature ages the pots. (We’ve talked about this before) Anyways, try looking for these at your local thrift store. If the price is right, snag ’em!
Wood Rolling Pins
Of course, wood rolling pins!! Maybe it’s just my area but nearly every time I go to the thrift store I see these. Vintage or not – the wood ones look cool displayed in a kitchen.
Lamps are an awesome item to watch for at thrift stores. I’ve bought several. In fact, I’ve bought two gold retro style floor lamps for my sister recently on two different occasions. I’ve even seen nice matching pairs. Keep in mind you can always replace the lampshade to freshen the look!!
So there you have a few secrets from a “picker” on what to look for at the thrift store. Thanks so much for stopping by my website today!!
Last month I found another white chippy primitive style cabinet & I haven’t shared it with you guys yet! You know my love for old cabinets.. we’ve talked about this obsession before.
I found the old cabinet at a nearby antique mall… again.. same as the last chippy white cabinet I recently bought. Could it be I hit a goldmine??😱Tip – always always shop your local antique malls! Even though I’m a “picker” I still shop/buy/support local vendors.
So, here’s the deets on the cabinet..
It was a steal! I believe it was under $55. Tip – Yep, you don’t have to be full-time “picker” to find awesome deals. However, you do have to Snag it QUICK while the deal is good!!
I mentioned it’s white. However, it has hints of brown (what seems to be a really dark wood stain at one time) popping through. Over the years the paint has crackled but it’s not really actively chipping off – Yay, for no messy! The cabinet has two doors – Yay, for storage! One of my favorite parts is probably the back because it has vertical panels of dark aged wood.
Time to stage it! We have a white old metal dresser behind our couch and I thought the two would look good together so I sat the cabinet on to the dresser. The front of the cabinet faces the kitchen and the back faces the living room so I get to enjoy that awesome aged panels of dark wood. In fact, I’m looking for the perfect art to hang on the back!
So there’s another chippy cabinet find! Hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading!!
My decor very much reflects my personality. It can’t sit still for long. Ha, I’m always changing it out!
Recently, I freshened up the mantel in our living room. Digging in closets, shopping my own booths (Classic Cottage) and swapping pieces around, I restyled this space without running to Hobby Lobby and grabbing EVERYTHING on the shelves.
I used a large antique gold mirror as the center anchor piece. I felt the curvy gold edges brought a nice romantic touch.
Next, the hanging moss wreath.. Confession – this was already hanging from our Spring mantel refresh a few months ago. It’s actually hanging from the ceiling. It adds nice texture and can be later used on the front door.
A few weeks ago, I purchased a vintage painting of a woman for my Classic Cottage. I decided to use it on the mantel. I love the color combo. Also, it has a lemon on it which adds the perfect subtle Summer touch.
Time for some final touches. A glass pitcher of dried hydrangeas and a candle stick holder added some interest.
This whole combo evolved to be a french romantic style which is a nice refreshing switch up for our southern farmhouse.
Hope this blog encourages you to look around your own home and swap around items you already have! Thanks for reading this post!
We recently began working on our powder room downstairs. All of our home improvement projects are paid out of pocket as we go and our time is limited. So, you can imagine our projects are a tad bit slow moving..
So far, we’ve been able to work on the powder room one weekend and we got a good bit done!!
N E W S I N K
It’s not exactly a new sink.. more like a new to us one-of-a-kind custom design sink. Using an old authentic white farm sink. We’ll talk more on this later!
B E A D B O A R D + P A I N T
We added beadboard to the back wall and painted the walls white. The paint color was previously creamy yellow. The white really opens the space up nicely.
P O P C O R N C E I L I N G
Yep. This was totally a surprise. I grabbed a sharp edge (something that looks like a putty knife) and a spray bottle of water. Next, I started scraping. I don’t want to write too much about this since I haven’t completely finished the entire project.. (still needs primer and paint) I will say, it’s VERY messy. More to come soon!
& that’s all! The whole vision hasn’t been accomplished but it will be one day! We have a few more fun plans for the room so stay tuned!