Simple, Sweet and Neat – Coffee Jars

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.

Fall Decor Inspo

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.

Bookshelf Refresh

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!!

4 Items I’m Already Hunting for Fall Decor

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.

4 More Things You Can Often Find at Thrift Stores

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!!

Baskets

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

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!!

Another Chippy Cabinet – Vintage Find

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!!

Mantel Refresh

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!

Bathroom Project Update

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!

Chippy White Cabinet – Vintage Find

My knees become weak when I spot an old primitive style cabinet. Okay – that may be a little dramatic but seriously I love them & truthfully, always have! I remember being a child (approx. 7 years old) walking around antique malls with my mom and asking her, “Is this PRI-MI-TIVE, mommy?)

A few weeks ago I spotted what looks to be the top part of a primitive style hutch. It was white with glass that was possibly replaced 50 years ago. The inside was a dark red stain. Not all of the screws holding it together seem to be original – not that I mind. Beautiful hand carved details all around. Also, one of the doors was not properly attached.

The vendor was asking $75. I got it for $60. Fair enough..

Eventually, I would love to hand this piece in our kitchen to replace some of the cabinets. However, taking down the rest of our cabinets is going to be a major job so for now the old cabinet found a home in the dining room. We set the cabinet on a white washed piece and the two look like they belong together. Almost as if this is the missing piece to the original hutch. Totally wasn’t expecting that!

For me, it’s fun to incorporate styles I loved even as a child. Although, I’m not always able to do this because my style has somewhat changed throughout the years. Example, I once wanted an all pink kitchen.. I sure hope this blog inspired you in some way today. As ALWAYS, thank YOU for stopping by my site today!

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