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Lily Jade Giveaway

The following post contains affiliate links and is sponsored by Lily Jade. Read my full disclosure here.

Ok, the day has come. I have graduated from a frumpy boring mom to a cool mom. My kids may still not think so and honestly, I may not be that cool. 😉 That’s okay because at least I look the part with my new Shaylee Diaper Bag from Lily Jade. The good news is that you can be a cool mom too. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter the GIVEAWAY.

I don’t know when it happened. Actually, yes I do know. Somewhere between kid number one and three I gave up. You know what I am saying? Of course not because I know you are all too cool and always stay on top of things. But for me, I just got into a frump of survival mode. Also known as a “mombie.” It happens to the best of us. One day I was all trendy and then next day I was cleaning up poop and cheerios. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that either. It is all a part of the seasons of life we pass through.

Diaper bags became an ugly bottomless pit of stuff. Sometimes you could find what you needed in that mess of a bag and others times not so much. A catch-all for the “just in case” moments of motherhood. Oh yeah, and it was my purse too. So, yes in that baby bag of a disaster there was a wallet, lip gloss (if I was lucky), keys, and few other essentials. Just a big hot mess that I dreaded to take places. In fact, I would usually leave it in the car at all costs. Then I would have to make the dreaded trip back to the car if I needed anything out of that diaper bag. Gosh, it was bad. Realllllll bad!

At a low point, I will admit to dumping everything into a Wal-Mart sack. Ask Mr. Whitelane about that one. Not good people. I needed a diaper bag, purse, and style all in one. What if I told you that existed? It really does and you can graduate with me!

Meet Shaylee. She is this sophisticated and has so many features. There is a removable, washable 12 pocket organizer with two small handles that tuck away when not in use. It is like two bags in one. A diaper bag within a purse. I can simply pull this organizer out with all my baby stuff when I don’t have the kids. Then Shaylee becomes my cute purse.

Let’s talk about all the ways you can wear this bag. It can be worn the shoulder, as a messenger bag, or as a backpack. I have worn this Shaylee in every position and love how versatile it can be with kids. The cute tassel is major eye candy. All the compartments and pockets are perfect for quick access to my go-to needs. The naturally tanned leather is absolutely stunning!

  

This bag is sophisticated and grows with me. So, guess what? When my kids are out of diapers and I just need a purse, this beauty is all mine. Out goes the organizer with diapers and bottles. This versatile bag can transition for each stage of life. I love that it is made out of real leather that can last for years to come. The perfect mom bag for every day.

  

Ok, this Shaylee has saved me from my slump. It is super stylish while being functional to meet all my mommy needs. Hallelejuah! Even if I am in a t-shirt and sweats I still feel put together with my Lily Jade on my arm. It really keeps me organized and looking like I know what I am doing. Hey, even if I am winging life, motherhood, and the day most of the time.

I am glad I have Shaylee on my back making me look cool doing my “mommin.” 🙂 You can win a beautiful bag for yourself too. Enter the giveaway HERE for a $375 Lily Jade Credit. Lily Jade has so many beautiful styles from diaper bags to lifestyle and travel totes. Be sure to go see more at Lily Jade.

Hudson Valley Lighting

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I am so excited to have some finished rooms here at our new house. I have been eagerly waiting to show you this dining room and front living room reveal. I could not be happier with how everything came together. I decided to go clean and simple for this little dining nook. I have always wanted a dining nook. Most of our previous homes have been an open concept with the dining room between the kitchen and living. Having the dining room to the side of the kitchen creates a better flow and works for our family. It is still open and bright. I really just like looking out from the kitchen to the living room with no dining room blocking the view.

Ok, let’s talk about the gorgeous elephant in the room. I have said it a million times but lighting can make such a huge impact on a space. You can take a builder basic house and transform it into a curated home by just swapping out a few light fixtures. It really does make a statement and sets the tone for the rest of the room. I knew that Hudson Valley Lighting was my go-to for the dining room. I found several gorgeous contenders but then I stopped dead in my search. There it was, the perfect pendant. The Sweeny. Isn’t she a beauty? Look at those scalloped curves and perfect pinstripes. The aged brass chain and plate cover is the icing on the cake. I could go on all day about this pendant.

I’ll be honest. My husband was not sold on this light until it arrived and I got it installed. Once he saw it in our dining room he knew it was the one. I mean how could you not love this pendant? I went with the 20″ by 18″ pendant and it is the perfect size for our 72″ table. I almost went with the larger 25″ as well. I really think it would have been fine too. You really can’t go wrong with the Sweeny. You can see what a change this light made for the dining room by looking at the before picture below.

It is retro, modern, and timeless all at the same time. I love that this Sweeny Pendant can blend with so many styles to create the perfect ambiance.

But wait there is more. 🙂 The front room had to get its own ceiling jewelry. This front living room is a lot smaller than in our previous home. However, it still fits the piano and a few chairs. It really works for our little family. Now, to fully appreciate the after you have to see the before. The previous owners used this room as a toy room. There were dome lights everywhere. A classic staple in tract homes. WHY!? They are the worst. Well, guess what? There is the cutest little flush mount that coordinates (in my opinion) with the Sweeny pendant.

Meet Chandler. How cute is this little guy? The quatrefoil design with opal glass has me all heart eyes. Of course, it is aged brass because that is my new fav color. It flows so well with the touch of soft blue I have in this room. The Chandler is a great stylish alternative to dome lights. It is still a flush mount but with all the wow factor that this room needed. See what I mean? Lighting does wonders for updating a room!

Both light fixtures have been such a great finish to these two rooms. When style meets quality it is a rare combination these days. Often times you can find really cute lighting that has poor craftsmanship and doesn’t last. I have to say Hudson Valley Lighting is definitely well made. A breath of fresh air in the design vertical. I still have a few more rooms to update and I have been obsessing over some of their other lines too. What are you waiting for? Go give your room a whole new look and swap out your basic or outdated lighting!

Round Table Roundup

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I have recently been working on a design that needs a round table. Although I love my rectangular table, the round is a fun change. I have always wanted a round dining area. I don’t know why but they make such a cozy fun space. Anyway, try saying round table roundup fast five times. 😉 Quite the tongue twister. 

Round wood tables are such a great way to add warmth to your dining area. The wood tones do a fabulous job of adding just the right amount of neutral character. You can really pair a wood table with any fun chair and make a statement. As you can see below, this round wood table paired with, wood chairs layered with cream slipcovered chairs, take on an elegant rustic look. The chandelier is really the icing on the cake (or table). The lighting coupled with the right table can really change the entire mood of the space too. I will have to save lighting for another post….

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This next wooden round table by House of Jade Interiors is fun because it mixes two styles together seamlessly. The rustic table paired with the modern chairs and fixture coordinates perfectly with the feel of the house. Tasteful and just the right amount of each style creates the perfect combo for this area.

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Let’s give tulip tables a minute. They have become quite the little hit in the past year. Typically used in the mod scene, tulip tables have been around for decades. Not anymore. The dining room below proves that the right chairs and styling can put any tulip table right back into now. The classic white tulip table is neutral and can pair well with all decor. Needing to fill a larger space? Try an oval tulip table and have even more chairs and seating for the family. It looks just as good and can fill that dead space the round table couldn’t. I personally love a good bistro chair with a white round tulip table like the one below Some may argue it is too coastal. I beg to differ on this one because bistro chairs are not just for the French or beach anymore. They can fit seamlessly into any style with the right accents.

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Tulip table, wood table, or any round table. The style and cozy circle created by a round table is fun and not something you see all the time. Although gaining popularity, the round style is a welcomed change when I see it in homes. So, ditch that square or rectangle and gather the family around the round table tonight.

                                             

Joyful Summer Home Tour 2017

I am so happy to be a part of the Joyful Spring Home Tour this week. If you’re coming from Farm House on Boone or My Vintage Porch, welcome!  There are so many talented bloggers that I have teamed up with to bring you this tour. Their homes are gorgeous and you will just love having a peek at how they have styled their homes for the summer. Be sure to follow the schedule at the bottom of this post to see all the homes.

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It may sound crazy but I love having my kids home from school! There are no schedules or routines. Just fun days of spontaneous activities that we can do. No alarm clocks or rushing our the door. It is nice to just slow down and enjoy the day or whatever may come our way. We really enjoy spending time at all our local splash pads. The cities around us all have splash pads that the kids can play at for free. We usually take a bunch of snacks, water toys, and blankets or lawn chairs. We can easily spend the entire day camped out there playing.

I feel like this laid back summer vibe crosses over into my decor in my home for the summer. I like to keep it simple and clean (big surprise). My mantel has no garland or banners. When I first took down my Easter decor, it felt a little sparse and naked. I quickly got used to the simplicity and now I love it.  The coffee tables keep that neutral look with a few wood and white elements. I really think having a neutral canvas creates a calm atmosphere for a space. It is fun to add in my pops of color for holidays. However, I still love a simple neutral palette, when all that is gone.

My dining table just has a small centerpiece. A brass bowl with some white hydrangeas. I don’t like to put anything too tall in the center of my table. It just gets in the way at dinner time. It makes it easy for the family to pull out a chair, start eating and share the day. We thought about doing built in shelves next to the fireplace when we moved into the house. I found these Ballard Design shelves instead. They were a great price and it is something we can take with us if we ever move.

My kitchen is easily the room we spend the most time in. After school snacks (now summer snacks), all the meals we cook and just talking. It is the gathering spot in our home. My daughter left her stick horse on the bar stool. I was going to move it out of the picture. I decided to leave it because it reminds me of the sweet moments we share as a family in this room. It was just fitting for this area. It is fun to hear and see them playing while Mr. Whitelane and I cook (mostly Mr. Whitelane). 🙂

Finally, I wanted to show the summer refresh I did in the laundry room. I know, it’s just a laundry room. I feel like I spend the other half of my life in here though. It might as well be cute, right? It is a narrow room making it a little difficult to photograph. I am so glad we put a sink in this laundry room. It has come in handy so many times. We recently switched out the faucet in the kitchen and put it in here. I like this stainless faucet a lot better than the builder basic chrome faucet that was here previously. Mr. Whitelane and I also added the laundry drying pole across the top of the sink. I am a wierdo about drying certain clothes in the dryer. This drying pole has been a life saver. I also found this cute succulent at the Target Dollar Spot. The soap pump was a Home Goods Find from a few years ago. I finished off this little area of the laundry room with a glass jar of clothespins. I just think it’s cute and adds some depth to the space.

I hope you have enjoyed this little summer tour of mine. Be sure to continue the fun over the next few days and check out the other bloggers in the lineup below. Hop on over to Lisa at Farmhouse on Boone and Natalie at My Vintage Porch next to see their tours today!

June 1st- Laura at Meaningful Spaces, Stephanie at Belle Amour Blog, and Marci at Lemons to Lovelys. 

June 2nd- Hayley at A House with Books, Jordan at JorDecor, and Kim at Kim Power Style.

 

 

Joyful Spring Home Tour

The following post contains affiliate links and sponsored by Hayneedle. Read my full disclosure here.

Today I am joining in on the Joyful Spring home tour, sponsored by hayneedle.com, along with 14 other amazing bloggers. If you are coming from The Porch Light Cottage or Delightfully Noted, welcome! Be sure to follow the schedule at the bottom of the post to check out all the spring tours. Also, there is an awesome hayneedle.com giveaway at the bottom of this post.  I love blog hopping and you will not be disappointed by these talented ladies.

Spring officially starts in a week. Considering it snowed last week, I am beyond excited for it to start warming up! I always get excited to decorate for Spring. It means that we are finally getting past the cold and ready to start fresh. Don’t get me wrong, I love having all four seasons in Utah. It is so fun to experience each new season.

One of my favorite spots to decorate is my World Market Everett Table. Easter and Spring are when I venture out and add some color around the house. I picked up this egg garland and grass bunnies at Michael’s. The wreath was a Home Goods find. My husband refers to this as the hallway of shiplap. I just love the character that shiplap gives our entry.

I haven’t shown much of this front room, right off the entry. It has been a work in progress. We have our piano and a sofa in here. I am still loving this DIY framed botanical gallery to go above the sofa. The perfect rug for this room is still out there. I just need to find it and bring it home.

My living room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other. I love open concept spaces. It just feels like there is more room. I can also be a part of all the action going on in the other areas while cooking in the kitchen.

This adorable mad hatter hat, egg garland, and big bunny (on the coffee table) are from Michael’s.

 

This rolling pin was actually at the Target Dollar Spot for Valentine’s Day. I thought it carried over to Easter perfectly too.  My kids just love turning on this marquee bunny from Michael’s. The poor mini chicks have also taken quite the beating from my little ones. I don’t know if they will survive another Eater around here. 🙂


Ok, let me tell you about the best shopping experience ever, hayneedle.com. It is like Home Goods, T.J. Maxx, and Target all combined but better! Way cuter selection and the prices are AMAZING! The best part is that I get to do all my shopping while wearing my pajamas in bed. I don’t have to drag my kids in and out of a million stores to find one thing I am looking for. I had the hardest time trying to decide what I wanted to order for this spring tour. There may, or may not, be a whole cart full items still waiting to be purchased. 🙂 Hayneedle was so kind to send me this duvet set and bench for my master bedroom spring refresh. I have been searching for the perfect duvet for this bedroom since we moved in. I am in love with the look and feel of this duvet. It is like sleeping in luxury hotel bedding. Since the name is Luxury Hotel Microfiber Set, totally makes sense now!  Mr. Whitelane even thinks it feels super comfy.

A bench is a necessity in our bedroom. Mr. Whitelane wakes up way earlier than me. Every time he puts on his shoes, he sits on the end of the bed. I am a light sleeper and I would always wake up. Not anymore. This bench has saved me many minutes of sleep. I love the black metal base that ties into our barn door. Best of all, it was so easy to assemble and came right to my front door. It has also withstood the kid superhero test. Many jumps later, still going strong. It was my first time ordering with hayneedle.com and I am definitely hooked! Hayneedle is also giving away a $250 shopping spree to one of you! Click HERE to enter your email and follow @hayneedle on Instagram. Contest runs until March 20th. Good luck!

Don’t worry, the tour doesn’t stop here. Go check out these other awesome ladies in the schedule below. We have loved putting the Joyful Spring Home Tour together. It has been such fun showing you our spring decor and working with hayneedle.com. Tomorrow is the final day of the tour. So, don’t miss out! Make sure you visit all the blogs from earlier this week as well.

Tour Schedule

Monday March 13

Monday

Maison de Pax | Lemons to Lovelys | TIDBITS | Belle Amour Blog

Tuesday March 14

Tuesday

The Mountain View Cottage | Kim Power Style | Meaningful Spaces | My Vintage Porch

Wednesday March 15

Wednesday

The Porch Light Cottage | White Lane Decor | Delightfully Noted

March 16

Thursday

JorDecor | Farmhouse On Boone | A House With Books

Dining Table Re-Makeover

Kate

Hi there, I’m Kate. Welcome to White Lane Decor. Thanks for stopping by. I love neutral, bright, and airy spaces. I’m always looking for new ways to turn our house into a home. Have a look around and find out more.

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I finally did it! I have been talking about it long enough. I refinished my dining room table. Wow! I am glad it is over. I know you remember this table from my last makeover post. It has been through a lot of makeovers through the years. The table was due for another refinish. I decided to leave the table apron and legs white. I just tackled refinishing the top. I wanted a light neutral wood color, almost a driftwood color. I taped off the apron and got to work.

 

I thought I was going to just sand it down and put on a new stain. Well, I started sanding with 100 grit sandpaper. I quickly realized I would be sanding for days before I got anywhere. I was thinking the table was so old and the finish was already peeling off, that the sanding would take it right off. I was wrong, so wrong. I decided to try Citristrip. I put a thick coat on and let it sit for an hour and a half. I came back to scrape it off and the table was still really cherry looking. It was not taking off all the stain. I did another coat of Citristrip and that still did not take it all off. I was in my Mother-in-Law’s shed. I looked around and found some very old paint stripper. It was almost gone but I got what I could on a small section of the table. Sure enough, I could finally start to see some raw wood. WOO HOO! I went to the store and grabbed another can of Klean Strip Premium Stripper and put on a thick coat. I scrapped it off to find the raw wood. I then took 150 grit sandpaper and gave it a good sanding. I was little sad to realize that the raw wood still had a lot of red in it. I wiped it all down with Mineral Spirits and let that dry. I then put on my wood conditioner and let that dry.

This is the small spot I started sanding. Don’t mind my makeshift stand from some old 80’s end table bases I found in the shed.

Here it is with the Citristrip drying before I scraped it off.

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Finally, raw wood after my two coats of Klean Strip.

Next came the stain. I thought I would use my typical “Early American” by Minwax. I was worried about it bringing out, even more, red tones. I decided to cut it with Minwax “Golden Oak”. It did break down some of the redwood in the table but not completely. I wiped it on with a foam brush and let it dry. I then wiped on some shellac so that the liming wax would adhere better. After the shellac dried I took a large metal putty knife and worked the liming wax into the wood going the direction of the wood grain. I then took #0000 steel wool and buffed it out (in the direction of the woodgrain) until I liked the look of the liming wax. I then decided to seal it all in with Citrus Shield Premium Paste Wax in “neutral”. I love how it turned out. I am thinking I might attempt to do the apron and legs of the table too now.

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Now for the finished product all sealed in with my paste wax. I haven’t decorated or decided what I want to put in the middle of the table yet. I could not get a good full shot of the table either. Our house is a big construction site/ moving site right now. We have a lot of projects going on over here and have not even finished unpacking yet. There is brown paper down all over the floors, so this is the best I could do. I will share more pictures as soon as some of our projects are done.

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Kate

Hi there, I’m Kate. Welcome to White Lane Decor. Thanks for stopping by. I love neutral, bright, and airy spaces. I’m always looking for new ways to turn our house into a home. Have a look around and find out more.

Disclosure

Some of my blog posts, ads, and banners contain "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate compensation. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and truly feel you will enjoy too! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” White Lane Decor is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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