The fist step in creating a flatly is to choose a theme. A theme is important because you want it to be cohesive. You can choose a theme a number of different ways you can start with one item that really inspires you or a color for example. So in this flatly to the left the theme as Pink since it is getting close to valentines day!
You could also have chosen a theme based on an item. Sometimes the theme will come after you have the anchor pieces so steps one and two are interchangeable! Sometimes you start with an anchor piece and then choose a theme. For example a Rae Dunn mug could be your anchor but the theme could be a number of different things, coffee, Hot chocolate, Valentines, Christmas. The options are numerous!
The next step is to gather a couple of larger anchor items of in this photo the main anchor item is the Magenta plate in the middle and then we looked for other items around the house that we had to match. We wanted to use a Rae Dunn mug so we started looking at all our mugs and found the one with the pink inside first. This is when our pink theme was really decided. Then we looked for other items around the house and finally came back to the Dunn collection and found the "HER" mug with the pink letters.
The background is an important piece. Since our theme was pink we knew we wanted a light background to continue the light pastel feel for the photo. However, consider using a table, the floor, a counter top, the grass, the snow - your possibilities again are endless. It just needs to complement your theme.
Gather Smaller Items
Now start gathering items that you have that match your theme around the house. No need to spend money usually if you get creative enough you can find enough in your house. It could be coffee beans, flowers, cookies, wood, greenery, etc. You get the idea just gather a number of smaller items that match your theme! We typically gather more than we end up using but it is nice to have them handy so when you start laying things out you can just play with it and don't have to go looking for things.
However sometimes when you are laying things out you will also think of other items that will work great. That is the beauty of flatly they are easy to change and update and redo! In our photo we had some large pink flowers from Michaels that were in a spring flower arrangement so we gathered those and then we had some small pink ones that our dog tore off the stem. Instead off throwing them away we used them individually and it turned out perfectly! Almost like we planned it that way! Shhh don't tell we didn't!
Start the Layout - Large First
Now that you have all of your pieces handy and your background it is time to start laying it out! Start with the big items first! Like in life if you don't put the big things first you don't have room for them! So once you have your anchor item and larger items then start adding in smaller items and move things around add things take things away and play with it until you get it to where you like it! Sometimes LESS is MORE! For example in the picture below you will see we actually had more items than we ended up with. It just was starting to look too busy and worked better for what we wanted without the larger flowers. Remember white space is important! You should be able to see your background and have spaces where it is just background for that contrast.
Add the smaller items last. These are the easiest to play with and move around so add those! Then because we have large Dogs that can reach the counters the cookies were the very last for us! ;).
Now that you have it laid out take lots of pictures. While you have it there move things around take a few more! In this photo shoot for this one flatly we actually took 30+ pictures. We would add some things take some away and just get many different versions! You may end up liking one you hadn't planned on which is the case we had. We totally planned on using the Zinias but in the end preferred the simpler version with out them.
Also you can sometimes get a couple different enough images that placed far enough apart you could use them both. There is no right or wrong so have fun with it. And unless you are very tall it is helpful to have a step stool or something to give you a little more height while taking the photos. That will allow you to really get up high enough to get a flatlay!
No matter how great of a photographer you are every picture could use some edits. Ok so in complete honesty here we are going to show you our unedited photo so you can see how we got our cup to be level and the text level!! Ok so don't tell our secret just for us! Ok if you see the photo below which is the final photo that we used and is at the top of this post. You see the styrofoam we just placed a small piece underneath the handle to prop the cup up and keep it level. Well we of course wouldn't have posted it like that so a quick edit of cloning our background and putting it there it disappears! And we didn't spend more than 10 minutes editing it! Now we are not pros at editing yet so maybe if you looked really close you might be able to tell but you would not have known if we didn't tell you! We used PicMonkey for our edits. The clone tool is your friend!!
Ok Now it is your turn! Go create a flatly and let us know how it goes! Post your pictures here we would love to see them! Good luck!!
Welcome to our first Christmas in this fun fixer upper log home! While we are still under construction in many rooms we still have made tremendous progress and are having a wonderfully beautiful Christmas here in the Northwest!
If you came from Dabbling and Decorating welcome. We are sure you enjoyed Ann's amazing home and great tips!
Whether you came over from Ann or from Instagram or however you found us we are glad you are here! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and stay awhile!
While this home is certainly a different style than we have ever owned we are embracing it and loving every minute of it!
Our mudroom is the first room we renovated you can find that link here! Since it was the first update it will also be the first we share here on our holiday decor tour! With a log home we decided to go mostly with traditional Christmas colors this year! And of course what kind of decorator would I be without throwing in some buffalo plaid this year!
This mudroom has truly been amazing for us it is so huge and pictures just don't do it justice. The biggest part of it isn't even shown here! Just love having a place to put everything when we come in! From our boot dryer to the railroad tie hooks it all works our perfectly for all of our winter gear! Or hiding presents in the big white benches!
Another room that we completely updated is the pantry! Before we started this pantry wasn't really anything it had some shelves and used to hold old cigars but that had been removed and what was left was a nice big blank canvas! This was a really fun and challenging project! We decided to add a sink and a dishwasher! That will sure come in handy with all the holiday baking our family loves to do!
This is the first room we decorated for Christmas because I love baking and it just put me in the Christmas spirit to have a fun and festive pantry! It not only houses our Rae Dunn collection but also serves as our hot cocoa/Coffee bar! A girl needs her caffeine! Especially when living in a fixer upper!!
Since we have a large family and now a large lodge to go along with it we also had to make sure one of the guests rooms was decked out for Christmas!
Sometimes it is the little things that makes such a difference when decorating! A quick tray on the bed with a candle and some small festive items can make a big difference for holiday guests!
This guest room also has a fireplace and mantle how fun is that! Nothing like the crackling sound of a fire on a cold winters night! And who doesn't love a mantle decorated for Christmas! You will see a buffalo theme running through most of our house this year. Just loving it in this house especially. It just seems to go with the log home so well!
Whether you are just starting out or have been decorating for years there is no need to spend a fortune on new decor. We typically stick with one or two colors and buy just a few things each year to add to our collection. Now we have been collecting for years so our Christmas decor has grown over the years. For this year for instance we bought the adorable snowman's hat on our kids tree!
This tree was so fun to decorate and cheap too! The tree and decorations were under $100!! Thanks to Walmart's $30 tree! Yep this is one of those $30 flocked trees from Walmart! Looks great huh! Most of the decor and the lights we had from previous years because it is all traditional colors. We added the hat and the scarf and just a couple of new ornaments! If you go with one or two color schemes it is easy to make them look different each year with a few minor changes and not break the bank!
The kitchen got a little Christmas spirit too! This is supposed to be a temporary kitchen for us. We removed a wall to move the kitchen entirely but I am really starting to enjoy the kitchen where it is and the pantry with it so we will see. The new plans are tempting but so is the sweet little fireplace in the current kitchen on those cold wintery days!
The kitchen just has simple updates! Now that we have the pantry finished we can put more out on the counters here! So we had some fun decor. The little sleigh is from Target dollar spot and a few other fun things that we have had.
The entryway is the first impression that your guests see! So for us we wanted this to be simple and reflect what Christmas is to us so when we found this Nativity inside the word JOY that was it. Christmas is the birth of Christ and JOY! Joy of family, joy of giving, and the joy of our saviors birth!
Sometimes the simple little touches help to make it feel like Christmas and a touch of Christmas cheer to our room! Like this little table in our library it simply holds a couple of Target Dollar Spot items that are a sweet reminder of the holiday!
The master bedroom had to have an elegant tree! Who says you can't do elegant in a log home. Not us! This is the one room in the house that does not follow our traditional colors. We have always had at least two trees in the house. One that is the kids and an adult tree! We did that for so many reasons to have a family tree so we could all decorate together but still be able to have one that is decorated so pretty that hopefully stays that way.
These pictures are all from the master bedroom which looks out over a beautiful lake! Did you see all the beautiful white candles!? Those are all Dollar Store candles. While we love and prefer scented candles when using many of them in a decor setting for effect this is a very cost effective way of creating an elegant look! These actually are left over from our daughters wedding which she had in our backyard this summer! So they add even more meaning!
The lodge will have five trees this year. We are saving the other major two for a later date so be sure to come back! The fifth is a little real one that we cut down on our property for our sons room! He really wanted a real one so we cut him one down and he can decorate it however he wants! So fun!! Can't wait to see what he wants to do!!
We hope you have enjoyed our home decor tour! We would love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts!! Thanks and from our family to yours MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Below is the complete list of talented ladies that are part of "Our Home for the Holiday Tour"! #ourholidayhometour
Victoria Lambert Interiors Little Blue House The Home Create Laila Belles The Renovated Acre Tribe of Burton Steeplechase Manor Une Mason Privee Military Mamas Farmhouse Happy Home on Haddon Made by Carli House of V Decor My Design Rules
A quick DIY update changes this room!
Well at least we thought it would be a quick update. This room had indoor outdoor carpet which is typically easy to clean and get smells out of but this one smelled like a wet dog had been living in it ...... maybe because it had! So we ended up ripping up the carpet and it still smelled :(! We ended up replacing all the sub flooring so at least now we know it is good and smell free :)! Happy Nose!
The benches were already installed and so were the hooks. YAY!!! So a quick coat of paint updated those and really brightened the room right up! Bonus the two sides both lift up, for hidden storage! Below is the before picture of what it looked like before we began our DIY project and then after ripping the carpet out and painting.
On the opposite wall as the benches we had a large empty wall so we decided to do a custom desk area to be a catch all for the mail and all the various paperwork that usually makes its way to the kitchen island! There is still a large empty area in the middle which we are debating about adding an island but for now I am enjoying this huge mudroom and all the storage and benefits that come with a separate mudroom especially up here in the northwest!
We splurged on a fun boot dryer! They are made in a town just a few miles from us so why not support your local companies and with this acreage and snow plowing and skiing it will come in handy!
The flooring that you can see in the pictures is a Luxe waterproof vinyl planks!!! We wanted a wood look but needed something waterproof and durable and this is it! The demonstration they showed us they literally soaked it in water for days and no harm!!
On the desk we opted for a more durable top since this is just the mudroom and everything you can imagine will get dropped on it! This picture is before the trim was put back up and everything finished. But just love the cuties for mail and how long the desk is so more than one person can use it at a time!
We got the bins below the bench from Amazon - great purchase! We wanted something durable that would hold up to being used for storing shoes every day! These certainly have done that! So we each have our own bin to store our shoes and so far they actually make it in the bins! Hoping it stays that way!
Let us know what your favorite part of this room is or what your favorite thing about any mudroom would love to hear!!
If you have ever tried to retrofit a farmhouse sink in an older house you know the troubles that can you can encounter. If you haven't let us warn you - even though it is fairly straightforward; if you are dealing with cabinets that are not exactly level you are in for some work trying to get it level. You have to build supports if your cabinet was not originally used for a farmhouse sink so why not build the supports as levelers also!
My brilliant husband came up with this genius idea on how to easy level it without shims and any one spot can be adjusted easily and quickly to get it level and keep it level!
All you need
Some 2x4s 2x2s and some bolts
We also used a metal tray you will see later to keep the screws in place and from digging into the wood and wearing away at the wood over time!
Simply build a wood supports for the sink that will also act as the leveling agents. To do this we used lumber we already had on hand 2 x4s on the bottom and 2x2 on the top. You can see the bolts all the way around the support and leveling system. Below is a close up of how it supports the sink all the way around and also how the bolts act as the levelers!
Build it for the long Haul
Since we are building this to last we used a router to make a groove to install a metal tray in the 2x2. Then the screws will be held in place in the tray and not wear the wood down over time or slip. The one listed below is an example of one like what we used. You can see it in more detail in the picture below as well.
We hope this helps you in your remodel and retrofitting a farmhouse sink! It sure was easy to level it up and only cost us the cost of the screws and the metal tray we had the lumber so overall a pretty inexpensive fix once we figured out all the particulars!! Thankful for a genius husband this one was all him!!
Now can't wait to enjoy that concrete farmhouse sink!!!
If you have comments or questions would love to hear from you!!
We have had a lot of interest in our Guest room Internet sign so we thought we would just do a quick blog post and include it here for you to be able to download! It is always nice to have these documents around your house for guests so they don't have to bother asking for the Internet password - it is already in their room waiting for them! Or you can make a few and put them in various places in your house. We have found they are great in the family room for the babysitters. They have come in handy after the kids go to bed and they want to get on the Internet and not use their data!
We printed a slightly different version because we use a special software not everyone would have - but we just printed it with black ink on a nice card stock with a regular printer.
So go pick out some nice card stock that will match your guest room download the file and print away!! We have linked a couple of different papers that would work below but use whatever works best for you! Since there is a lot of text not too busy of a print if you use a print but we are sure you can find something you will love with it and feel free to change the print color or modify it as you wish for Personal USE ONLY!
Now if you want to print on standard paper and cut it down to size you can. For it to fit perfectly in a 5x7 frame print it at 45% not 100% and that will reduce the image enough to fit perfectly into a 5x7 frame.
If you download it all we ask is you write a quick comment below and keep in mind it is for PERSONALl USE ONLY!! Thanks and have a great week!!
Important note before you do any electrical work in your home you should consult an electrician. Always use extra precautions also. Make sure the power is off and use a voltage tester to double check.
After you have consulted with your electrician you are ready to get started! Styling and building your own Industrial wall sconce or lamp is probably easier than you think! We love the look of the pipe lights but weren't sure if we wanted to fork out the money so we decided to build one ourselves first before we bought one. Now we like it more and we can configure them any way we want and the price is great when you do it yourself. So get dreaming up what you want and let's get started!!
What you Need - Total Cost including Cage (shown Below) less than $40
Pictured here is a basic layout and all the items we used for our wall sconce. If you only want one light you can eliminate one side. You can have them go up or down or one up and one down. You choose what you want and customize if for your needs but this is just one example.
The pipes used are gas pipes you can find in a hardware store like Lowe's or Home Depot or you can find them on Amazon as well. Don't worry about color on any of these because we are going to spray paint them!
1 light cover - (this one was an outdoor one that worked perfectly for what we wanted.)
Gas Pipe equipment:
1 tee (we used 1/2 inch but they make many different sizes)
2 90 degree elbows
1 small nipple - we used 1/2 inch by 1 this is the part coming out of the plate on the wall
2 medium sized nipples for the long part - we used 1/2 inch by 3 and 1/2 inch
2 Connectors - these are the small threaded pieces they don't show but add stability
2 3/4 to 1 inch reducer
2 PVC 3/4 inch to inch coupling adapters
2 light sockets - we used the keyless light socket
First WAsh everything then...
Spray Paint all pieces with Oil rubbed bronze paint
The gas pipes will be a greasy mess so be sure to wash and dry them before painting. After everything is dry start to assemble your wall sconce. A couple of lessons learned - put the wires in before you screw everything together much easier. Leave extra wire - again much easier to cut off then rewire!!
We couldn't find a good connector in the gas pipe so we used the PVC pipe show but it worked great and you can't tell what it is. We put it together just as show in the picture above. The only step that may need some explanation is we used this amazing stuff called steel stik. If you haven't used it you have to try it!! AMAZING. It goes on like putty and dies as hard as steel and can be drilled etc.
THIS IS THE WONDER WORKING AMAZING STUFF!!! SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS STUFF! THANKS TO MY HUBBY FOR INTRODUCING IT TO ME. He loves riding dirt bikes and said he kept it on him when he road if he needed to fix any parts on his bike to get back!
This is a close up of the Steel Stik. Put this on before putting the reducer on. Then add the reducer and let it set until hard before adding the PVC part and the light socket.
The cages above are the ones that we used. We needed six sconces so this was great for us. You can get single ones as well - see below. I have tried to find them other places but not much luck - let me know if you find a better deal would love to hear!
If you make one please share the pictures with us we would love to see what you come up with!!!!!!
Due to legal reasons we can't show you the wiring part :(! Again please consult an electrician!
We have four full bathrooms in our house and while technically all of them were usable they didn't exactly inspire relaxation or style. They were functional and fantastic for the 1980s but we preferred a more up to date style without breaking the bank because let's face it the whole house is stuck in the 80s! Don't get me wrong we love it; great space great rooms gorgeous fireplaces and breathtaking views so fixing up the decor for all these things we will take it.
Below are some of the ways we saved money on our project and other things to consider.
Using Granite or Marble Shop for Remnants
Consider using granite look alike Laminate
First can the vanity be saved? For us we didn't like the vanity or countertops at all but a new countertop on top of a Refinished cabinet would do wonders for the room. So we started looking at granite to replace those tiles. I always thought it would be so expensive but you know what the best way to do bathrooms is with remnants. They are much cheaper and often you can find something that would have been more expensive but since it is a remnant they are typically heavily discounted. The piece for our bathroom installed was only $300! And it is a gorgeous piece of granite.
Most major hardware stores now have some new laminate that looks like granite and is said to be very durable as well so if you can't find remnants try to see what you can find in the area of laminate that looks like granite.
Limit Expensive Tile to Borders
We saved $1000 by going with a custom made shower pan rather than a tile bottom of the shower. And we don't have to clean grout on the bottom of the shower where it is the worst! They make them in many colors and are custom made for the space. Not like the cheap plastic ones we used to see.
Use expensive tiles as borders or accents
Use a less expensive tile for the majority of the project and accent with more expensive tile. When we first went to pick out our tile the one I fell in love with just so happened to be the most expensive tile in the place. Of course just my luck and I already loved it. So we used it for an accent piece rather than using it overall. Turned out great and probably like it better than if we had used it more.
Paint Cabinets if Possible
Often painted cabinets can greatly change the look and feel of a room. If they are good quality cabinets try painting them. There are a number of tutorials and different ways to complete this task so we are not going to get into a tutorial for that at this time. There are also do it yourself kits at the hardware stores but search for some tutorials first because often these kits can be expensive for what they provide but if you are nervous and your first time might be worth the investment.
It is so easy to get lost for hours on Pintrest, Instagram, or Houzz; but whatever you use to search for ideas it is important to narrow those ideas down once you have a good idea of your overall desired style and budget. Let's face it we can all drool over some of the wonderful pictures and ideas out there but it is not always a reality so we keep those thoughts in mind as we figure out how to get a similar look on a budget!
We have developed and will share with you our easy and successful process that we developed over the years of fixing up homes. It will help you take control of your project and be successful with the overall desired style and decor whether it is farmhouse, country or anything else the process is the same.
Step 1: Major Ideas First