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Jen Jones

Organize With This: Autumn Inspired Storage

I know that some of you may already be thinking ahead to the holiday season, but I am just not ready to play that game yet.  The air is just starting to get crisp, the leaves have fallen and crunch underfoot and hot apple cider is constantly flowing.  There is something so magical about the current time of the year, and so much to appreciate and enjoy.  Simple pleasures include curling up in front of the fire with a cozy throw and a favorite book, or baking up a warm fall treat.

Often times, as the seasons shift, so does the interior of our home.  Just as I may add vibrant floral pillows to our sofa in the spring, I also love to add subtle fall textures and finishes during autumn and winter months.  Flannel blankets, faux fur pillows, scented candles and woven baskets all make an appearance within the walls of our home.

This year gold will continue to shine, however, copper will also strive to share the spotlight.  Additional autumn inspired finishes include flannel, felt and wool, worn leather, soft linen, raw wood, mercury glass and aged brass.

Feeling inspired by the textures and finishes that we use to decorate our home this time of the year, I thought I would pull together my favorite autumn inspired storage solutions that will look fabulous year round.

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DIY Monogram Treat Box Labels


Hello everyone! I’m Amber from Damask Love, and today I’m sharing how to make monogrammed treat box labels.







The holiday season is officially upon us and if you’re anything like me, it manages to sneak up on you! It comes the same time every year and I should be more prepared than I am, but alas, I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy ways to wrap gifts for friends, family and coworkers. I’m excited to share an easy gift wrapping idea that you can use during the holiday as well as year round.

1. Punch a circle from gold glitter paper. I used a 1.75″ circle paper punch.
2. Use a scalloped punch to punch around the circle to create a pretty frame.
3. Punch a 1.75″ circle from white cardstock and nest the circle in the center of the gold frame.
4. The white circle will fit snuggly as pictured.
5. Place the shape into a sticker maker…
6. …and pull through the other side.
7. You’ll now have a pretty frame sticker.
8. Add an alphabet sticker and you’re done!

This simple project takes minutes to complete and adds a beautiful, personalized touch to your gifts. If you don’t already own a sticker maker, it’s a great tool for even the most inexperienced crafters! You can use it to turn anything into a quick label or seal…and who doesn’t love a cute sticker?


Please visit me at Damask Love for more handmade holiday ideas!


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Melissa Bahen

Building a Dream House: Home at Last!

Hi! I’m Melissa. I write about food, family, and farm life at Lulu the Baker. My family and I are about to fulfill one of those good, old-fashioned life-long dreams: we’re building our Dream House.

lulu the baker dream house construction green front door

Well, it’s finally happening–we are moving into the Dream House this weekend! We started this project 15 months ago, and it’s a little surreal to have it finally wrapping up. It has always seemed so far away, and now move-in day is actually here! My last post was way back in August, when they had just finished painting, putting up trim, and installing the front stairs. As you can imagine, the last 2 months have brought about a million big changes!

lulu the baker master bathroom hex tile floor

Instead of just giving you a run-down of what’s happened since my last post, I thought it would be fun to give you a mini house tour! The master bathroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house, so we’ll start there. When you’re building a house, unless you have an exact picture to give your contractor, you’re basically just crossing your fingers that everything you pick out looks good together. This is one of the rooms where all of the details ended up looking amazing together! We went with 2″ white hex tile on the floors, and long subway tile wainscoting behind the claw foot bathtub and vanities. These vanities are something special. I fell in love with some really expensive vanities in a magazine, and we used custom cabinetry and ikea sinks to get look-alikes at a fraction of the cost. A true dream house success story! For the shower, we went with the same long subway tile on the walls and ceiling, with a really gorgeous glass mosaic strip at eye level and on the face of the shower bench. All together, the bathroom looks really serene and relaxing, which is just perfect for a master bathroom!

lulu the baker dream house construction sliding barn door

lulu the baker dining room sliding barn door

The dining room and living room are on either side of the entry way. The dining room has the same gorgeous hardwood flooring as the entry way, while the living room has grey carpet. We opted for carpet in the living room to help keep dust bunnies at a minimum, and because the piano is going in there. Carpet seems like a better choice to help keep the piano from getting too loud and echoey. Both rooms have a beautiful sliding barn door, one of the dream house details we’ve been most excited about! After getting kind of outrageous bids from a few door companies, we finally found a company that makes stunning barn doors and hardware, and can ship them already assembled, for a price that was within our budget. They look really amazing on the walls! We also have some gorgeous glass wall sconces flanking the front windows in each room. We bought them in April 2013–over 18 months ago!–and it is so exciting to see them installed after such a long wait. We still have a few light fixtures that need to be installed this week, then the living room and dining room will be ready to go!

lulu the baker family room stone fireplace stained wood mantel

The family room has some really beautiful details in it, which is wonderful since that’s one of the rooms we’ll be spending the most time in. We weren’t sure at all which direction to go in with the fireplace until the very last minute. It was one of those times when we made a decision because we were out of time, not because we had fallen in love with anything yet. We decided to go with floor-to-ceiling stone with a stained wood mantel. Luckily, we love how it turned out–after a few hiccups. The day they were installing the stone on the fireplace, I got an early-morning phone call from my husband asking if we wanted a strip of decorative stone trimming the fireplace doors. I couldn’t even picture what that would look like, and the stone guys didn’t have a picture to show us, but they said they do it all the time and it looks great, so we told them to go ahead. When I walked into the house that afternoon, I spotted that decorative trim right away and hated it. But it was literally set in stone, so I just resigned myself to disliking my fireplace! Last week, when the people came to install the doors on the fireplace, they discovered that the strip of decorative trim prevented the doors from being installed correctly, so off it came! Such a happy mistake! I love how the fireplace looks without the trim. And the mantel matches the exposed beams that criss-cross the ceiling, and tie everything together beautifully. The whole room looks cozy and inviting, and perfect for snuggling on the couch to watch movies together.

lulu the baker kitchen subway tile apron sink

lulu the baker kitchen subway tile backsplash

lulu the baker kitchen white cabinets

My favorite room in the house is, of course, the kitchen!! There’s still a lot of last-minute work going on in the kitchen to get it ready for move-in day this weekend, but even without everything completely finished, it looks amazing. The kitchen is a veritable tile wonderland. The floors are 12×24″ dark porcelain tile that looks like slate, and the backsplash, which goes all the way to the ceiling, is white subway tile. The floors have grout that is lighter than the dark tile, and the walls have grout that is darker than the light tile, so all of the tile work really pops and looks fantastic. We went with all stainless steel appliances except for the apron front farmhouse sink in the corner. The main counters are a lovely, lightly speckled grey granite. We wanted something a little rougher than the super sleek, highly polished finish that granite usually has, so we opted for a really beautiful antiqued finish and chiseled edges. I was worried that the counters would look too choppy and rough, but they’re stunning! And one of my favorite details is the butcher block on the island. When I was growing up, my parents renovated their kitchen and put a beautiful wood butcher block top on the island. And I’ve loved the look ever since. We wanted a really thick butcher block without the cost of a huge, 4″-thick slab of wood, so our cabinet maker put a 4″ edge on a standard butcher block slab. It looks wonderful, and I can’t wait to roll out a batch of cookies or biscuits on it! We still need all of the appliances to go in over the next few days, and they’ll be installing brackets and reclaimed barn wood shelves on either side of the sink. A few pendant lights need to go in too, and then the kitchen will be ready for us!

lulu the baker dream house back porch

There are still a couple of things that will have to happen after we move in; that’s how this Dream House thing works. There are always snags and surprises! When we took the medicine cabinets out of the boxes last week to install them–medicine cabinets that have been sitting in our garage for 18 months–we discovered that they’re the wrong kind. We immediately ordered replacements, but they’re on back order until December, of course. So the master bathroom will be sans mirrors and medicine cabinets for another month. We’re also going to be without a fridge in the kitchen for at least a week because those are on back order too. Luckily, we have an extra fridge that we can stick in the garage to tide us over.

lulu the baker dream house daylight walk-out basement

Building this house truly has been a dream! I’m so grateful to have been able to share this experience with all of you, the highs and lows and bumps and all! Thanks for reading along and sharing in our enthusiasm! xoxo


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Friday Finds 10.31

Happy Halloween all! I hope all things spooky and spectacular have come your way already and will keep coming all night long! To celebrate the day, I’ve got a few last minute ideas for those procrastinators out there to add that final ghoulish touch to your holiday.


These DIY Halloween Lanterns from DIY On The Cheap are a quick and easy way to add a little bit of bright color to your porch, table or shelves. Make them as friendly or frightening as you like!



I love these DIY zombie wildlife figurines I spotted on The Proper Pinwheel. What a fun idea that lends perfectly to any spare toys you have lying around the house!



For last minute tabletop decorations, check out these cute ideas from Dream Green DIY to add a little glitz and glam to your night.



These cute ghost lights I found on House Tweaking are the perfect last-minute addition to your Halloween decorations! In five minutes, you can transform any light in your house into a creepy ghoul floating through the night.



And lastly, check out these spooky glowing eye centerpieces from Mod Podge Rocks. Something about those pictures gives me the creeps.



Have a fun and safe night everyone!



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Khristian A. Howell

Holiday Prep: Gearing up for Guests

The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means soon your home will be full of holiday cheer…and guests!  Keep your family and friends cozy and comfy in your guest room with these easy ways to update your space.

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Want to make a total fresh start in your guest room?  White it out!  This will instantly freshen up the space and give you that ahhhh feeling.  Keep things dynamic and interesting by layering whites with winter whites, ivory, and hints of metallics.  The big key here is to play with texture!  This will keep a white space feeling warm, layered and inviting.



Want in INSTANT update?  Make a bold statement by adding your favorite fabric tapestry, heirloom quilt, or upholstery fabric stretched on a simple frame as a striking backdrop to the bed. I love this easy quick change as it will immediately give your space a fresh new feel.


Easiest update of them all for any space – pillow party!  Keep the main investment pieces in your guest room neutral and play til your heart’s content with pillows!  Use them to totally change up the color story in your guest room or to add a bit of whimsey.  Pillows are also a great way to add a little seasonal accent to your space without going holiday overboard.  We love pillows!

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Vintage Living-12 Amazing Repurposed Storage Ideas

In my humble opinion, two things a home can always use more of is, extra storage & vintage charm. Being a lover of all things old & worn and a mom of 2 busy boys, I am always looking for clever ways to add storage that will keep me on budget and add warmth to my space at the same time. Repurposing vintage & salvaged items into storage can add style & character, create conversation and bring function to your space without breaking the bank. The best places to look for these items are flea markets, estate & tag sales, thrift stores, local antique shops and yard sales. Some things to look for when shopping for these items are size, shape, style, patina, condition & price. My feeling is anything can be transformed for the right price. My best score to date is a vintage stereo I bought for a SUPER steal that I turned it into a TV console table {see below}. Another favorite score was a large rolling cart that was once used for storing mason jars that is now mudroom storage for my family’s footwear and apparel. Here are 12 amazing repurposed storage ideas to inspire you to see the potential beyond old & worn…..

12 Amazing Repurposed Storage IdeasWhile rummaging through a thrift store I found this very large vintage stereo case. My first thought was, how would I get this home? But then I saw the price tag, $10! Where there is a will, there is way, needless to say I got it home. By pulling it apart & taking out the mechanics I was able to create pretty & purposeful storage for our fire wood and the media components.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to repurposing vintage pieces. I love how this homeowner turned this chicken coop into a stunning coffee table perfect for storing collectibles.

Repurposed Storage-Chicken Coop Transformed Into A Coffee Table

You can also use vintage items by simply repurposing the function. This vintage rolling cart & tool box with it’s rustic patina serves as storage & display for beautiful family treasures.

Repurposed Storage-Vintage Tool Box & Rolling Cart Showcases Family Room  Treasures Beautifully{via}

A chicken feeder makes for a perfect console table to hold magazines and display a collection of weather vanes.

Repurposed Storage-Chicken Feeder Holds Magazines

Vintage crates can create instant storage in a bedroom or family room. You can even add casters for easy movability.

Repurposed Storage-Crate at the end of bed holds bed linensThinking outside the box can have a big pay off. This empire dresser now serves as functional kitchen island storage. The original finish & caramel tones gives instant warmth to the space.

Repurposed Storage-Empire Dresser = The Perfect Bar {via}

This industrial bar was found at an old farm and now serves a new function in this rustic-modern kitchen as a center island.

Repurposed Storage-Industrial Bar Found at Farm Serves as a Kitchen Island

Storage can also go vertical, by mounting vintage crates & baskets to a wall you can increase your storage without sacrificing square footage.

Repurposed Storage-Metal Baskets Hung on the Wall For Sports Equipment-Genius!

This old rustic shelving unit serves as extra storage for this basement but can serve a variety of functions, possibly even a home office.

Repurposed Storage-This vinatge metal shelving unit serves as extra storage in the basement

Blending metal with the warm wood tones of these crates creates a beautiful balance in this kitchen.Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates as Kitchen Storage BHG

Vintage wood boxes are a useful find, they can serves as extra storage for a variety of things within the home such as this beautiful coffee table centerpiece.Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates Holdes Coffee Table Essentials{via}

Vertically stacked crates for wine storage is a genius idea, it’s pretty & functional and what a conversation piece!

Repurposed Storage-Vintage Crates Serves as Storage in Wien Cellar

As you can see the possibilities are endless when it comes to vintage living.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse