Hi there friends! My friend Shauna is hosting an Outdoor Extravaganza and this week is all about outdoor decorating & entertaining ideas. This is the time of year we are all eager to spruce up our outdoor spaces and make them peaceful and inviting once again, so I thought I would give some easy ways to bring personality to your backyard. [All the links to the other fabulous projects are at the bottom of the post] As most of you know we just re-did our backyard, before it was a sad little space and now it serves 3 functional purposes & is a place we love to be. Through the process of doing it all ourselves I learned a ton along the way. You don't need a lot of money to make … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I am so excited to finally share what has had me so busy for the last few weeks! I have partnered with Joss and Main to bring you a patio makeover. Today is stop #7 of #10days10patios, if you are coming from Lucy's blog, welcome! She did an incredible job with her patio, I wish she lived closer, we could sip some cold drinks and catch up for a while, her backyard is perfect for that now:). Be sure to hop on over to Country Living, they are hosting this amazing group of summer patio tours as well! If you would like to take this makeover tour start to finish you can head over to Ella Claire, our gracious host for this event. If you follow my blog then you know we … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I am back with another outdoor living post, 10 fun + fabulous ideas for decorating your front porch. Have you been eager to get your outdoor spaces feeling stylish again? I know I have! For the past 3 weeks I have been working on a little patio challenge for the #10days10patios event, which I will be revealing on Sunday. Now that the patio is done, it's onto my front porch. I love to re-invent this space each year. I find as I get older I want less "stuff" around me and more things that make me feel- feel peaceful, relaxed, happy & transported. So as I dive into getting my porch ready for summer I thought I would share 10 of my favorite ideas this season that certainly … [Read More...]
Hi friends! I know you have been eagerly awaiting the details on my Pea Gravel Patio, this was not only easy but gave us the biggest bang for our buck. Thank you for your patience & for all of your sweet comments about my Backyard Reveal. I have had SO many questions about this DIY project and hopefully, I will answer them all in this post. One of the many questions we were asked after we decided on the Pea Gravel was why? Why not pavers or a deck? There are a few reasons why we chose this option, 1. it's affordable and we thought we could tackle it ourselves, 2. I LOVE the look & the texture it brings, living out on the east end of Long Island most of the Hamptons homes use … [Read More...]
Hi friends, I have some exciting news to share! City Farmhouse is now on YouTube! I have been wanting to start a design series on my YouTube channel for a while but if I am being honest, fear held me back. Not of being in front of the camera but of being able to create the videos myself. I am a creative, not so much a tech person and so the mere thought of the process, start to finish hurt my brain, but to my surprise creating videos is a lot of fun! A good amount of bloggers are doing videos these days but my feeling is, there is room for everyone. I think video is a great way for you to get to know me on another level and share some ideas that might be easier to explain in person. So, I … [Read More...]
Happy May! Emily here from The Wicker House and I have a cute teacher gift to share with you today. My boys get out of school at the end of the month and I am blown away because that is just weeks away! Where does the time go? My boys are pretty excited to get started on their summer vacation but they are also a bit sad to have to say goodbye to their teachers. They both have such wonderful teachers and so I have come up with a sweet little gift that they can give to them on the last day of school. I typed up a few sayings, printed them out and glued them to decorative paper. I will share the printables at the end of this post so that you can use them too. I came up … [Read More...]
With the warmer weather here we all have our outdoor spaces on our minds, don't we? I can't tell you how many times I have been to Lowe's this week, it's nuts! I am that excited and eager to get my patio looking like THIS again. I know it will take some time, so I am just enjoying working outside again. This time of year makes me happy, I love going to the same garden center my mom went to many, many years ago, it's small, local and they are so helpful. My time there is peaceful, carefully selecting the organic herbs and vegetables I will grow this year and making sure I learn from the mistakes I made last year, gardening has such a learning curve, can anyone relate? Anyways, my plan this … [Read More...]
Hello! Brooke from Nesting with Grace here. I have been thinking about Mother's Day, it's rare for me to think this far ahead but I live far away from my Mom so I have to be on the ball in order to ship something in time. I like to send my Grandma a gift as well, she does so much for everyone. In the summer she had called me searching for her mother's, my great grandma's famous Carmel Popcorn Balls recipe, she couldn't find it and none of her sisters had it either. I had actually written it down for a high school assignment about family recipes and saved it in my recipe book. So I thought this recipe would be perfect to make into a piece of personal art for a Mother's Day gift. I love … [Read More...]
Today is the day! I am finally revealing Jack’s Modern Coastal Bedroom, the before & afters and all of the sources! It has been a few months in the making so I am super excited to share this makeover with all of you, mostly because I LOVE how it turned out. Before his space lacked, in every sense of the word. We kept a queen size bed in his room for “company” but rarely used it for such. The walls were blah and it was very uninspiring. As Jack got older I really wanted a space that felt creative and fun. A place he could get away and read or play his Lego’s. I also wanted it to reflect the things he loves, like the ocean and sea creatures, mostly sharks:).
As most of you know I have been busy working on my boys rooms. It seems like these makeovers have taken me months, I have waited so long to do these rooms that I want to do it right. I don’t like to rush design, that is when I make mistakes. Plus, it is way more fun to be deliberate about the things you plan, choose and eventually select. For me the hunt is my idea of a good time, anyone else? So you can imagine my excitement when I found these stunning & playful whale prints below from Minted. Since I was/am going for a modern coastal look in Jack’s room I loved the abstract nature of these watercolor prints. I can just picture these in a beach house that has a rustic, modern aesthetic, can’t you? In any case they are just perfect, so I had to share.
When I was asked to be a part of Beth’s Thrifty for Under $50 blog hop I was thrilled! Who doesn’t love a good challenge and an excuse to save some money? I know I do! Since I was in the middle of Jack’s Modern Coastal Room Makeover I thought why not go bold and paint his dresser I bought for a steal, navy blue.
A few weeks ago I revealed my pea gravel patio & since then I have had a lot of questions, which I will be answering when I post about how we actually did it. But before I dive into that I wanted to share some pretty pea gravel patios that inspired us to make the choice to create one in our backyard.