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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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I know you are probably a little tired of all the Nordstrom sale alerts. But just in case you are always on the hunt for a good deal, I rounded up a few. These are all from the home sale. From rugs, candles, kitchen, bedding, and more. I just wanted to share some of the things that caught my eye.

You can click on any of the pictures below to shop the item. I am stocking up on all the good sales and getting ready for Christmas. The sooner I can get Christmas shopping out of the way, the better. This summer has been filled with a lot of good deals. Be sure to check out some of the finds below and happy shopping!

Easy Christmas Cookies

This time of year is crazy busy! I can’t even believe it is Christmas in less than two weeks. To add more crazy, my little boy has his birthday the week before Christmas. It really is a fun time of year though. I love all the celebrating. This year is going to be extra busy for us. We have a few big changes coming to White Lane Decor and I can’t wait to let you in on our new adventure. I will be sharing more about that after the beginning of the year.

Today I wanted to share one of my go-to easy recipes for the holidays. This time of your our schedules are so busy. Time is a precious commodity and I am always looking for ways to save me a few steps. That is why I love this Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies Recipe. Not only do these cookies look festive but they are QUICK! Short of buying some cookies at the store, this is as simple as you can get.

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They look homemade but don’t take all the time. They also taste so yummy. You really can’t beat easy and tasty. These are perfect for kids’ parties, neighbor treats, and last minute deserts. Or my personal favorite when I want something sweet but don’t feel like taking the time to bake from scratch. 🙂 My kids also love the fun red and green sprinkles. You can even use the recipe year round by adding in sprinkles that fit any occasion. Head on over to Stunning Collection for the full recipe. You won’t be sorry!

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of year. I sure am trying to slow down and enjoy all the things that are taking place. I am beyond excited to share what the new year has in store for White Lane Decor. Until then, Merry Christmas!

 

A New Year

I can not believe 2016 is over! It was a year of growth, trials, success, learning, and adventures. I think, overall, 2016 was good to our family. I started this little blog with no idea what I was getting into. I just knew I loved DIY and design. Mr. Whitelane and I had been doing home improvements to our various houses for years. I had more tools than most men I knew. Lowe’s and Home Depot was my second home. I loved reading other home improvement and design blogs. I knew that I wanted to share my projects, style, and ideas too.

I can still remember sitting at my Mom’s house during my little one’s nap time one day. We had sold our townhouse and were living in a temporary home. We had started plans to build a new house. I sat in the rocking chair browsing Instagram. That is when I decided to start my own blog. I came up with White Lane Decor and started a new adventure. After the kids went to bed that night, I started trying to build my blog website. I had no idea how to build a website. I spent countless nights, while my kids slept, trying to design the perfect website. I learned a lot about domains, coding, and all kinds of things I never thought were part of blogging. I was so happy with the finished product. I could finally focus on blogging. Well, a year later, the website has another new design (not by me). I love sharing all my projects and ideas. I feel so blessed to have this creative outlet to share our home and projects.

I am excited to see what this year brings. It has been fun to see all the design trend predictions for 2017. Pantone released “Greenery” as the color of the year. I think it is a fun, fresh pop of color. However, I don’t think last years color of the year was too big of a success. Some trends, I think will stick around this year. Natural wood tones have been a big hit and will continue to bring warmth to a room. I also think things are moving to modern clean lines and will continue to be popular. Everyone loves to add texture through patterns and that won’t change. Mixing metals will probably also be something we see a lot more of. Mr. Whitelane and I have a lot of projects in mind for the new year (including a nursery). I can’t wait to share this year’s adventures!

Photo courtesy of Pantone.

The Iron Cowboy

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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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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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My Husband and I had the opportunity to hear one of the best motivational speeches I have ever heard. The Iron Cowboy. If you haven’t heard of him by now you are missing out. James Lawrence, a.k.a. the Iron Cowboy, completed 50 triathlons, in 50 days , in 50 states. One of which he pulled, towed, and pushed Dayton, who has cerebral palsy, through the whole triathlon. An absolutely remarkable feet, and accomplishment ( Did I mention he has a wife and 5 kids too). Listening to him talk about his experience, trials, and stories was amazing.  He said one of the hardest things is not to listen to the people who say you can’t do it. Turn down the volume on all the negativity.  Focus on the positive and uplifting things that drive you forward. That really spoke to me. In our lives, we all have goals and dreams that we are working toward. There will always be people who say you can’t do something. There will be people who put you down, tell lies, and try to break your confidence. What better advice than to block that out and focus on the good. Focus on why you have that goal and what drives you forward.

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James talked about how he could not have gotten through some of the toughest times without his biggest support team, his wife and children. This really resonated with me. My husband and kids are the most important things in my life. They are the reason why I do what I do. They are everything to me.Anything I do, I do for them.  My goals and passions all start from them and the love and encouragement we have for each other. There will be dark moments and hard days on the way to reaching goals. But there will also be a team of people who love you for who you are, and want you to succeed. The mind and body are capable of so much more than we think.  We are capable of achieving so much more than what limits we think we have.

James wanted to prove to himself and children that you set a goal,and you go achieve it. Something bigger than yourself. There will be a million people tell you why you cant do something. Every time that happened; he had a solution of how it would work. There should never be a plan B. Just a variation to your original goal that lets you accomplish what you set out to do. Plan B is an excuse to give up. Make what you want to achieve the only option.

The Iron Cowboy was an incredible way to start the new year. My family has some big goals this year. We have had some tough moments lately. I was so inspired by his journey and accomplishments. It has given me a new found boost and outlook for my family and personal goals this year.

I know this wasn’t a home decor post but some things are too good not to share. 🙂

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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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Board and Batten Dining Room

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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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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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Oh Hey! It’s been a few days but I’m back. First, my son got strep throat on Sunday and then I got strep throat on Wednesday ( haven’t been that so sick in years). Thursday was Christmas Eve and then Christmas so it has been a little cray cray around here.

Board and batten! My favorite stuff to add character to a house! I just love all the trim, white, and depth that it gives to a room. In the townhouse, we were able to put some in the entry, half bath, and dining. In our new house, I want it in a lot more places! Hopefully, my little tutorial will help you decide to go get some board and batten going in your house too

First off, I used painters tape to give me a visual of how it would look. I use painters tape to do this with almost all my projects. I measured out the length of the wall to figure out how far apart each board should be. My wall length with my boards meant that one space would be a little smaller than the others. Two inches isn’t a big enough space for the common eye to notice the difference so it would be fine. I also had my backsplash that would run right into the board and batten. At first, I thought the board and batten should be higher. I know it’s dumb because then you have the end of your backsplash and a step up where the board and batten starts. I don’t know why I thought this ( this is why painters tape is so handy to visualize). Mr. Whitelane was adamant that the height of the board and batten be flush with the height of the backsplash. After taping it all off I realized he was right! Now I knew the height of where I wanted the boards and I was ready to go buy them at Home Depot.imag1161

We used primed MDF because it makes painting so much easier. My baseboard was 5.5” tall/wide. I chose my vertical boards to be 3.5” wide. My top horizontal board, I wanted to be bigger but not as big as the base board so we chose a 4.5” for the top. The regular simple board and batten is great. So, that’s what we did in the half bathroom. For the dining room (and entry) I wanted a little more interest so I went with a double row. After all the boards were cut to the lengths I measured on the wall it was time to take them all home and get started. 

We nailed up all the vertical boards about 20” apart. I also put a little bit of liquid nail on the back of each board before we nailed it up. Using a cordless pneumatic nail gun was so amazing for this project. No compressor or cords was just awesome! Ryobi Air Strike really made this easy. After we got all the vertical boards up, it was time for the top horizontal piece. You can see Mr. Whitelane holding up the long top piece before we cut it to length. This top piece we cut at home with a jigsaw to make sure we got it right. We also marked where all the studs were with a stud finder to make sure we were getting the nails in a stud where possible. Between the liquid nails and the nail gun, these boards aren’t going anywhere!

Now it was time for the cute second row of boards. These are super easy and just fit right between the vertical and top pieces that are already in place (if measured and cut right). We chose to have our board about 14” down from the top horizontal board. It creates a little square at the top and I really love that!

After all the boards were nailed into place we had to fill them with wood fill or putty. After that dried we sanded smooth in the areas that were filled. Ok, I seriously hated caulking everything. It was the worst. It took forever and was messy. UNTIL….one day Mr.Whitelane said he had an idea about something that would make it easier. He went to WAL-Mart and came back with the tool that changed my life! I’m not joking! It’s called a caulk finishing set or caulk remover. It is this little arrow looking tool with a handle that will work wonders.(Here is a picture of the one I used I found on Lowes website) It saved me so much time, not to mention gave the smoothest caulk lines I have ever seen! So easy ( I used this tool to caulk the trim in an entire basement with ease). After the caulk and spackle was all dry I used a foam roller and got to painting three coats of white. I probably could have stopped at two but I like to be sure and drag things out 😉 .

Boom, all done. I can’t wait to add tons more of this board and batten at our new house! P.S. yes those are my toddler’s clothes on the table….we keep it real around here. I’m a mom and there is nothing more important to me than my family. I love the little reminders of my sweet kids all over the house and sometimes they make it into my imperfectly perfect photos 🙂 .

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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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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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Spray Painted Christmas Ornaments

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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.

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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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What do you do when all your Christmas ornaments are red and you want them to be gold? SPRAY PAINT! Don’t go buying all new ornaments just because you want to change your decorating scheme/color for the holidays. I’m telling you, just about anything can be spray painted. I have a trusted brand of spray paint and primer that I use for all my projects. Not all spray paints are created equal. Don’t buy a cheap off brands because you will regret it, and it won’t get the job done right. I always use Krylon brand spray paint and I have found it is almost always the cheapest at Wal-Mart. For my spray primer, I only use KILZ. (I will be posting a full spray paint tutorial and video soon).

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These ornaments were red and some were brown. They are all now beautifully gold on this amazing flocked tree. Don’t they look dreamy? Ok so start by laying down some cardboard or plastic so you don’t get paint on your garage floor. Next, grab a can of Krylon metallic gold spray paint. Use a back and forth motion. Don’t just spray all over the place like its hair spray (Im making a youtube tutorial on my technique and I will post soon). You may want to invest in a spray paint can grip handle. Its only a few dollars and it fits right on top of your spray paint nozzle. It will save your finger from dying while pushing the nozzle the whole time. WORTH IT! These ornaments weren’t even primed first. Just use nice even strokes back and forth with the gold spray paint. Let the area you paint on the ornament dry. Once it is dry then roll it over to the side that didn’t get paint and cover it with spray paint. Once it is nice and dry (12 to 24 hours) , you can place them on your tree.  And just like that, you have brand new color scheme for Christmas while only buying some spray paint. Also if you want to add some glitter while the spray paint is wet (it will dry and the glitter will stick) on the ornament; it will look great too!

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So there are these sticks that are used for decorating trees sold by a lot of stores. They just poke out and add interest to the tree. A lot of places sell them for $8-$12 a stick or branch. Well,people, let me tell you, that is way too much. Go to Wal-Mart and buy these unfinished ones( around $4) and SPRAY PAINT them. Just use the same method as the ornaments. If you have a place where you can stick them in some dirt to spray paint; it makes it a lot easier. As long as you don’t mind gold dirt :). They look just as good as the expensive store bought ones at half the price.

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Now, what are you waiting for? Your Christmas tree decor can be any color you want. Pick out your spray paint color and go to town!

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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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