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Simple Christmas

Last year I decided to sell my flocked tree and get a natural-looking, simple Christmas tree. I just wanted to keep things minimal. I loved the simplicity so much I decided to stick with the same green, black, white, and wood theme this year. It feels really good when all your Christmas decor can fit into a few plastic bins. Don’t get me wrong, I have way more than a few plastic bins of Christmas decor. However, the decor I have used the past few years can all fit into a few bins. Maybe it’s time to get rid of the rest of the decor I am not using?

We have just been living in the nicest little spot our family let us use (more like takeover ūüôā ) until we find the right property to buy. It’s newly remodeled with new, flooring, paint, kitchen, cabinets, tile, and everything! I wish I had pics of the before to share. A real great blessing to have such an awesome spot to stay while figuring out our next move. For now, I will just share a few peeks of the simple Christmas decor I put up in the living room.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Living Room Update With Sofamania

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

I am here to give you a little update on the living room. It has come a long way since we moved in six months ago. I just love transforming each room of this house. We are making so much progress and still have a project list a mile long. ūüôā It is fun to see transformations take place. It also takes a lot of patience and budget planning.

I have wanted a camel leather sofa for years. The leather is so durable and great for kids. Leather also typically comes with a hefty price tag. With all the projects going on in the house when we moved in, my camel leather sofa did not make budget cuts. I have been itching to update this living room. My designs all included a camel leather sofa. ūüėČ Well, as I started to source all my options, I discovered a hidden goldmine of affordability.

I am going to let you in on my discovery of a great affordable option for furniture, Sofamania. They have sofas, including leather, at amazing prices! They are able to offer such a great deal because they cut out the middleman. There is no storefront. They sell affordable quality furniture from their website and ship it directly to you for FREE! Yes, free shipping!

They have sofas, chairs, beds, mattress, tables, chairs, rugs, nightstands, accent tables, and more! Sofamania even offers outdoor furniture. All of the sudden, furnishing a house is completely doable. It doesn’t¬†have to cost an arm and leg just to get stylish furniture. My camel¬†sofa was now coming home. ūüôā

When I saw the Jayne XL Oversized Mid Century Leather Match Sofa, I knew it would be perfect for my living room. Well, you know what happens when you give a mouse a cookie…..I also had to get a new rug and completely¬†redecorate all the things. The leather sofa warms up this room and makes such a great statement. I love the color and texture. If camel isn’t your color, this sofa also comes in other colors. The modern black metal legs compliment the aesthetic¬†perfectly. Look at these gorgeous details!

 

This sofa is also kid approved and has held up great so far! The leather is buttery soft and the two included decorative pillows were a bonus! I actually ended up using the leather pillows on my sitting chairs. The extra-wide seating area with beautiful stitching makes the perfect spot for our family to cuddle up. We really love this new addition. We ended up playing musical sofas to get the right layout. We moved our previous living room sofas to our front sitting room. They were a little more formal and work in that room a lot better. We took the sofa that was in the front piano room and paired it with our new Jayne Sofa. I love mixing sofas of different fabrics to create a cozy unique design in a room.

Ok, the secret is out. Sofamania makes those furniture pieces you have been saving up for, affordable. I love their¬†selection, the free shipping, and exceptional savings. A great place to find everything you need to furnish your home on any budget. I am thrilled with the new look and feel of our living room. On to the next project. ūüėČ

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Living Room Reveal with dHp

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

This living room is great because it’s a similar layout to our previous home. It is a nice open room with a fireplace centered on the focal wall. The large window allows plenty of natural light and makes the room feel bigger. We have a lot of plans for the living room such as new flooring and window coverings. However, those plans have been put on the back burner while we work on finishing the basement. The kitchen was also a higher priority so that means this room got the least amount of love.

I wanted to create a space that we could still enjoy now. I know a lot of people think it may be silly if you plan on making changes later. Why not just leave it untouched until you can have it the way you want? Well, I say why not enjoy the space you have now? Create a beautiful budget friendly space you can utilize until the day you make changes.

So, that is exactly what I decided to do with this living room. First, I had the fireplace refinished in a paint to match the kitchen cabinets. Wow, the power of paint never ceases to amaze me. I also love that this fireplace has a fun little hearth to sit on while getting warm. Next, I hung curtains. You can find my tutorial on very inexpensive pinch pleat curtains here. I (Mr. Whitelane really did this) also replaced the ceiling fan with a low profile updated fan. Then I decided to use two inexpensive Besta storage units from IKEA and jazz them up with new knobs. All of these changes really helped make this living room feel like it was for our family. It was starting to feel like our own style.

Let’s be honest, the real beauties in this room are the Ivana Tufted Futons. I know what your thinking….futons? You would never be able to tell these beautiful¬†sofas are actually futons! Now that we have three kids, our four bedroom house is pretty full when visitors come. These futons are such a great way to save space and pull double duty. There are so many different¬†pieces¬†that dHp Furniture has to choose from. A lot of the furniture they offer works with a small budget while being highly functional.

I really fell in love with the modern¬†tapered¬†wooden legs on the Ivana Tufted Futon. The tufted velvet is so sleek and classy as well. This futon comes in blue, green, and gray too. I was really wanting to be bold and try the blue or green. They really look stunning on dHp.com. You know my neutral loving heart just couldn’t commit and I ended up choosing the tan velvet.

I decide to do two separate¬†sofas because I felt like a sectional would cut the room off. I am all for keeping things as open as possible. These two futons sitting across from each other really make a statement¬†and keep the room feeling airy. I also have to tell you that this futon has a split-back design seating that can be independently lowered into lounging or sleeping position. It is like the sofa that keeps giving. So many hidden features you don’t even realize at first glance. If I am being honest, I really just fell in love with the modern and sleek design. Finding out it was also able to configure into multiple positions¬†such as sitting,¬†lounging, and sleeping was a bonus.

The Ivana Tufted Futons really finished off this room while creating highly functional seating for our family. My kids just love how soft the velvet upholstery feels. I really love how easy it is to wipe clean. A perfect fit for my design. I definitely love this space now. Who knows? Maybe the living room will stay just the way it is. Be sure to visit dHp Furniture for more inspiration and create a space you love right now!

Joyful Fall Home Tour 2017

I am so excited to bring a joyful fall home tour with such a great group of bloggers. There are some gorgeous homes that have been decked out for fall. Be sure to stop by all of them today on the links at the bottom of this post. There is so much inspiration for everybody’s style.

Looking for fall decorating ideas? Tour 12 bloggers' homes and find beautiful inspiration for fall decor and encouragement to make your home cozy for fall!

I can not believe fall is here. It is like I blinked and summer was over. I feel like my kids just got out of school and I am already sending them back. That is always how summer is I suppose. This summer seemed especially¬†short because we welcomed baby number three to our family. She was born the end of June. Everything after that just seems like a blur. Our life kind of went into chaos, love, and survival mode. Adding a new baby is always an adjustment. I would say that having number three has been an easier transition than the first two. It was like she just fit right into our family. The sleep deprivation is the hardest adjustment for me. I love my sleep and figuring out how to wake up all night and function all day is tricky. It only lasts for a short time and then they grow up. At least that is what everyone keeps telling me. I keep telling myself that too at 3 a.m. ūüôā

 

Needless¬†to say, fall around here is simple and minimal. A newborn and two other kids do not allow much time for anything else. ¬†I kind of like it that way. I just got out the basic necessities¬†to add some touches of fall. Pumpkins are my go-to for adding fall touches that can transition into Halloween and Thanksgiving. Let’s be honest, I will be lucky if anything changes with my decor until Christmas and even luckier if I get Christmas up at all! I got out my white and cream pumpkins and sprinkled them around the living room and kitchen and thought that was good enough. However, after an impromptu trip to Target one day, I ended up with more than I bargained for. Famous last words right? Especially since Joanna Gaines just announced¬†they will have a line with Target too. WHAT!? I pretty much will never be able to get out of there with any money again. Anyways, I went there and they just happened to have the cutest fall decor at the dollar spot.

The Target dollar spot always has so many fun things for each season and holiday. They had these fun dark green, mint, and white fabric pumpkins. I may have grabbed a few (or 18 after going to two other Targets). So I spent $18 on fabric pumpkins and got 18 pumpkins. That is a good deal and look how cute they are. I was able to mix these fun new pumpkins with my old ones and that is about all this house got for fall. It was all I had in me as well. Honestly, I love that it is simple and just the right amount of decor to get you in the mood for the season. I grabbed a few pumpkin spice candles from the dollar spot and this cute recipe box too. I am telling you, the dollar spot is going to have run for its money when Joanna Gaines gets her line there. ūüôā

 

I am living proof that anyone can decorate for fall. Just throw some pumpkins and pumpkin spice candles around your main living areas and call it good. That is all it takes to bring some cozy fall vibes to any space. Simple and easy. That is my new motto for decorating with a newborn. Hopefully, Christmas will be just as easy. ūüėČ Be sure to hop on over to all the other home tours below and see what they have for some amazing fall inspiration.

Maison de Pax | White Lane Decor | Farmhouse on Boone | Lemons to Lovelys

My Vintage Porch | Meaningful Spaces | A House With Books | Delightfully Noted

Kim Power Style | Tidbits | Belle Amour Designs | The Mountain View Cottage

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). ūüôā

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.