A Week in the Mountains and the Year Ahead

I woke up this morning with such a mix of emotions. Today my daughters started their junior year of high school and all of those carefree lazy summer days officially came to an end. As much I enjoyed stressing less, relaxing more and taking a break from my girl’s busy schedules, the summer is long and our family is feeling ready to return to the daily routine that each new school year brings.

So, today it’s back to waking up early, packing lunches, rushing out the door each morning and the return of our calendar overflowing with busy. And I am going to cherish every single minute of it! Junior year once seemed so far away and now here we are. Childhood feels like an eternity when you’re a kid, but as a parent it truly feels like it happens in the blink of an eye. I wish I could go back in time to enjoy just a few more precious moments when my girls were babies and in elementary school. Now with years of parenting perspective in the rear view mirror I would have worried less, played more, held them in my arms longer and stayed up later reading bedtime stories.

I want so desperately to slow the clock, but I know that I can’t. So, instead I am going to focus on enjoying the now and embracing every moment with my girls and trying not to stress about the small things so much. This is why our week in the mountains this summer was so very special.

We had no big plans or expectations, it was just nice to get away and do things together as a family. The simply joys of spending time with one another, time that we know is quickly fleeting before they will soon be heading off to college.

One of the things we all really enjoyed were the amazing views from the deck of my husband’s parent’s beautiful mountain house. We watched the sunrise, sunset and the night sky filled with stars.

North Carolina Mountains

It had been almost two years since we had been to the mountains and as soon as we returned we all realized how much we missed it. We vacationed in this part of North Carolina many times when our girls were little so coming here always brings back special memories for us. We started the week off with a hike through Linville Falls. If you plan to visit the area you can read about Linville Falls here. It was an easy hike , less than two miles with many places to stop and check out the waterfall and gorgeous scenery.

Linville Falls

Later in the week we visited Grandfather Mountain another popular area attraction with spectacular views. When we took our girls there years ago I was too afraid to cross the mile high bridge, but not this time. My daughter held my hand and walked with me as I conquered my fear and she also taught me how to take a selfie!

Grandfather Mountain

Our favorite outdoor activity was canoeing at the lake at  Julian Price Memorial Park which is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here you will find campgrounds, walking trails, fishing, a very pretty creek side picnic area and boat rentals.

Julian Price Memorial Park

There are so many simple pleasures to be enjoyed in the mountains. The general stores with the wonderful sounds of creaking wood floors as you walk through, weathered signs on old buildings that have stood for decades, fresh produce stands along the roadside and of course nature! We really enjoyed watching all of the deer that would come out in the evening while we sat on the deck.

North Carolina Mountains

One thing that I really enjoy, but my family, not so much are seeing the colorful painted barn quilts that can be found along the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina. I was only able to see a few while we were in the mountains, but I would love to one day spend a day or two exploring the trails and photographing them.

Quilt Trail

I know the year ahead is going to include two stressed out teenagers preparing for SAT’s and parents trying to keep their sanity as they teach their twins daughters how to drive, but I am going to do my best to take it all in stride and enjoy every moment!

Now that my girls are back in school I’m excited to get back to blogging and working on all of the half finished projects I have going on around the house and to share them all with you! Thanks so much for hanging in there with me this summer while I took a break from my blog to enjoy time with my girls. Hope you had a great summer too!

Lauren

A Fabulous Find for French Linens, Fabrics and More

We are enjoying the last few weeks of summer before the new school year begins and just returned from a relaxing week in the mountains. That vacation was just what our family needed. It was so nice to have a break from daily schedules, to disconnect a bit and to simply enjoy some much needed family time together, which is quickly fleeting as our girls are about to begin their junior year. After a week of hiking, a little sightseeing and soaking in the fresh mountain air and beautiful views, we all came home feeling re-energized and a little more ready for the busy school year ahead.

So, today I am back to finally share that shop I was telling you about in my last post, the one with the wonderful selection of French linens and fabrics. That shop is French Connections, located in historic downtown Pittsboro, North Carolina. I have passed by the exit signs to Pittsboro along the highway many times, but it wasn’t until my mom came for a visit that I finally took the opportunity to hop in the car and go check it out. We visited several of the quaint shops in town and purchased a few things for the house, but French Connections was definitely our favorite and you will soon see why!

French Connections in Pittsboro North Carolina

From the street you will find a fun assortment of metal yard art spread out across the lawn.

French Connections in Pittsboro North Carolina

As we approached the front porch of this turn of the century home all of the colorful pretty baskets instantly caught our eye.

French Connections in Pittsboro North Carolina

French Connections in Pittsboro North Carolina

This shop has a huge selection African baskets and totes. My mom purchased one and on the drive home I was really regretting not getting one too.

French Connections in Pittsboro North Carolina

As soon as we walked through the door my jaw seriously fell to the floor when I saw all of the gorgeous French dish towels, linens and fabrics that filled the rooms of this wonderful shop! I took so many pictures, I just loved it all!

Bolts of fabric sold by the yard as well as fat quarters for quilting are located near the front of the shop.

French fabrics and linens

French fabrics

French fabrics

French fabrics

French fabrics

Toward the back is where you will find the tablecloths, napkins, placemats, table runners and more.

French linens, tablecloths and napkins

The blue and white quilted table runner now has a new home on our back porch. You can click here to see!

French linens

French tablecloths and straw market totes

French linens and straw market totes

Because of my love of Provencal decor I was mainly focused on the French linens and fabrics, but French Connections also has a large assortment of beautiful African fabrics, art, crafts and of course all of those gorgeous baskets and totes. It is a truly unique shop with a wonderfully eclectic mix of fabrics and home decor and also many beautiful furniture pieces imported from France.

If you don’t live nearby or plan to visit the area, I was excited to discover that French Connections has an online store which you can find here. Also, if you would like to learn more about the owners who share a background story about their eclectic shop be sure to check out their “about us” page. The site also has a virtual tour and links to their social media.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of one of my new favorite shops. I will soon be getting back to a regular blogging schedule once my girls are back in school. Have a great weekend, enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Lauren

Summer Porch Tour

Decorating our new back porch has definitely been a project. One that has taken more time than I ever imagined. Back in December was the first time I shared the porch after all of the construction had wrapped up. You can find that post here.  It was so much fun decking out the porch for the holidays, but after the decorations were packed away the room sat looking pretty empty for several months. I had plenty of decorating ideas floating around in my head of what I wanted, the problem was actually finding what I had in mind. After spending so much time week after week searching with no luck, I was feeling defeated and decided to focus on other projects for a while.

The funny and amazing thing is, when I stopped looking, well, that’s when everything started to come together. This was a good decorating lesson for me. Yes, it’s so much easier to run to a few stores, pick everything out at once and bam, done! That’s usually how I like to shop and decorate so I can complete a project and move onto the next. When that does happen it’s great, but when it doesn’t it can be really frustrating.

I have to say that because it instead came together more slowly, it makes me love the this room and everything in it even more. Many of the things I ended up finding were ones that were totally unexpected. You know the ones you find when you are out for a drive and you pass through  a little town you’ve never been to, you see a cute shop and you just have to stop and see what’s inside or you open a catalog you just got in the mail and see something new and it instantly gets your design wheels spinning. Those are the finds that you can’t anticipate and I think the ones that are worth waiting for.  I must admit it was really nice to let go of my usual in hurry to decorate mindset and just let it all happen naturally.  So are you ready to see some of my finds and take a summer porch tour?

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

A few things I did already show you in my post back in December, but I wanted to share a little background on a few of the pieces that formed the foundation of the space. The entire time the porch was under construction I honestly had no idea about furniture or decor. What I did know for sure though was that I wanted to squeeze in as much seating as I could into the 16′ x 18′ space. One of our first purchases was this outdoor sectional from Arhaus . I instantly fell in love and knew it would be perfect for providing maximum seating for the area we had to work with. It’s also super comfy for curling up in the corner with a book and taking naps, lots of naps!

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

The dining set I first shared here. I found the entire set on Craigslist for $500 and it was the just the right size for the space and provides all the seating I was hoping for. Outdoor table and chair sets can be big, heavy and bulky and we had a narrow area to work with. This sturdy Ethan Allen vintage dining set for eight was the perfect solution to our limited space and I really love the charm it adds to the porch. Two of the chairs and the extra leaf are stored in the garage until we need them. If you are wondering why I chose the chair cushions,well, it’s because I already had six of them and a coordinating throw pillow.  I always try to use what I have first before buying new. Luckily Ballard still carried these, so I just had to order two more cushions and also decided to add another pillow to match for the sofa.

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

All of the initial pieces I chose provided a nice neutral base where I could then add some pops of color which I think really helped to make the room feel more inviting.  The first accessory I found was a ceramic jar which I found for around $15 at a local shop. I have been wanting to add some blue and white to our home and this was the only spot where I could make it work.  The plant and blue ceramic planter are both from Home Depot and the plant stand was a $20 Craigslist find that I painted a few years ago.

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

I just love this mix of pillows which definitely came together over time. In the background is the pillow that I originally had from Ballard and then to bring more blue into the room I added the paisley print pillows. This is an example where I could not find what I was looking for. I wanted a certain shade of blue to match the blue and white ceramic pieces I found. So, mostly with the help of my Mom, we took a Ralph Lauren tablecloth that I found at Home Goods and turned it into a pair of pillows. Then, during a shopping trip with my Mom, I found the”Hey, Y’all” pillow, it was just too adorable and I had to have it. Finally, came the lemon pillows from Pottery Barn.  Not once did I tell myself that I needed to find pillows with lemons on them or even yellow pillows, but the minute I saw them in the catalog I thought they were just so fun and would look pretty mixed with the other pillows. That pop of cheerful yellow was the icing on the decorating cake and really made the porch feel complete!

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

The blue and white runner on the dining table is actually a tablecloth that I folded. I found it at the most wonderful shop filled with French linens that I will share in my next post.

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

The linen runner was a find from a day spent at the Liberty Antique Festival. The length was just the right size and color blue too.

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

The little wood table I stole from daughter’s room. She was ok with it though and thought it looked better here too.

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

The coffee table was another Craigslist find for less than $20. Again, I was looking for a vintage piece with a smaller scale to fit the space and I painted it to match the dining table. What I didn’t realize until recently is that both tables have the same feet, how awesome is that! The basket on the table I have had for years, I think it’s been in every room in the house. The metal trays under the table were found in the gift wrap/party section at Target. I was looking for something else and spotted them and looked like they would be just the right size. One is for keeping my magazines tidy and the other for my husbands.

Summer Porch Decorating - The Endearing Home

The built-in bar area is still a work in progress. For now it’s filled with a mix of new and thrift store finds.

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

Summer Porch Tour - The Endearing Home

Hope you enjoyed the summer tour of the porch. With the exception of some holiday decorating now and then, this is what the porch will look like most of the year. It feels so good to have the porch decorating finally (mostly) done! I have been debating adding some sheer curtains to make the porch feel a little more cozy, what do you think?

I want to thank you so much for stopping by today! I am so truly grateful to each and every one of you that takes the time to read my blog and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate the sweetest and most encouraging comments and e-mails you send me.

I  also wanted to let you know that for the next couple of months while my kids are out of school I am going to take a little break from blogging. Knowing that I have just a few precious summers left before my girls graduate, I just want to enjoy as much time with them as I can so I put most of my projects on hold. I promise to share all about that shop I was telling you about very soon and I have a few other small projects that I am excited to share, I just won’t be posting as often. Even though I won’t be here on the blog as much, I do share quite a bit on Instagram.Wishing you a super fun and fabulous 4th of July!

Oh and my home tour will be getting a little makeover soon and I will be sure include a source list for the porch.

Lauren

Antique Desk Makeover with Milk Paint

When we purchased our home one thing I really wish it had was a built-in desk area. I think kitchen desks are not only practical, but look pretty too! So when we decided to remove our bay window for our porch addition, I thought I now finally had the perfect spot to add one. However, as the construction project progressed we ended up making the decision to add a tall window instead to get some much needed natural light into the kitchen. So, even though I didn’t get the built-in desk I was hoping for, I still had a nice little spot to work with to create a desk area of  my own. So the hunt was on to find a petite desk that would fit in the space. The search for a desk was harder than I thought it would be, everything was either too big or expensive. Until, one day a listing for a desk popped up on Craigslist with just the right dimensions, price ($40) and the cottage charm I was looking for.

Antique Wood Desk  and Chair

When I purchased the desk I had no intentions of ever painting it. I loved the look of the wood and thought it paired nicely with the the chair I already had. I also did a bit of research and thought it could be an Eastlake piece, although I’m not sure and the wood casters made me think it was fairly old, so I left it alone. However, after living with it for several months I decided to paint it for several reasons. Even with the addition of the window, the kitchen can still look dark and the desk was just lost in the space. I really felt that paint would help to brighten everything up and I could also create a fun statement piece for the kitchen. Also, after further inspection of the desk I found that it had been glued together badly in several places and was missing a piece at the bottom, making me think it was originally a side table, so all of this made me feel better about my decision to paint it.

Antique Desk Makeover with Milk Paint

I was on the fence about painting the chair because I didn’t want to take away the focus on the desk, so I decided to just paint a small piece of the back to help tie it together.  After I finished painting and waxing the piece, I used some gold craft paint to highlight some of the carved details, which really helped to make it pop.

Antique Desk Makeover with Milk Paint

This was my first time using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and I have to say I loved it, both the paint and wax were so easy to work with and the instructions on her website and instructional videos were really helpful. I will admit I was very nervous about trying it because it is different than other paints I have used.  However, I wanted to the desk to look aged and distressed and I felt this was the perfect piece to try out the paint on and to achieve the look I wanted.  The hard part was picking a color. I debated between several options, but ended up choosing Lucketts Green and wow I am so happy I did, it is the prettiest shade of green which was so beautifully enhanced with the Antiquing Wax. I also love how it looks with the wall paint color and new curtains from Country Curtains.

Antique Desk Makeover

Now that the desk is painted, I think it has really helped to brighten up kitchen and add a little cottage charm too!

Antique Desk Makeover

So, what do you think? Would you have painted it or tried Milk Paint before?

Antique Desk Makeover with Milk Paint

Thanks so much for stopping by! I am heading out to do a little gardening and enjoy the nice weather we are having today. Have a great week!

Lauren

Hometalk Elegant Dining Room Decor Ideas

Happy Friday! Hometalk has invited me back to share some of the fabulous dining room inspiration and decorating ideas that can be be found on their site. Even though I have enough projects to keep me busy around the house for months, make that years, I am constantly getting sidetracked and lately I have been thinking I would like to make a few small updates in our dining room. Maybe a new paint color, change up the centerpiece on the table a bit? I’m not exactly sure what I plan to do yet, so I checked out Hometalk and of course I found lots of great ideas. When I actually get around to tackling the dining room, I know I will  be looking through the recent board that I created to inspire me. I am still adding more to my board, but here is just a sample of what I have found so far by the many super talented people that enjoy sharing their creativity and style on Hometalk. 

Hometalk Elegant Dining Room Decor Ideas

I just love all of the dining rooms that I have collected in my board so far, each has something so special, unique and beautiful about it, but here are a few of my favorites!

Edith and Evelyn Dining Room

This dining room by Edith and Evelyn Vintage is absolutely stunning. I love the mix of textures, neutral color palette, natural elements along with all of the vintage and elegant details. If you haven’t checked out Cindy’s blog yet, it is a must see, her home is beyond gorgeous!

Confessions of a Plate Addict Dining Room

If you want to see a lovely french inspired home filled with charm, then you have to visit Confessions of a Plate Addict. I simply adore Debbie’s style and everything about her dining room. From the wonderful collection blue transferware, to the pretty linens along with her gorgeous furniture, it’s so beautifully decorated!

Tidbits and Twine Dining Room

Kim of Tidbits and Twine is a another must see blog, She is so creative and super talented and has the most beautiful home and style! I love how Kim mixed vintage and traditional furniture and decor in designing her picture perfect dining room!

I hope you will stop by Hometalk to see my board where you are sure to find lots of elegant dining room decor ideas and more! Maybe you’ll even be inspired to create a board of your own too!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! We are so excited to be celebrating our daughters 16th birthday, we have a super fun few days ahead planned which I will be sharing on the blog next week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and also for all of the really kind comments you left on my Country Curtains guest post, here and their blog as well, it truly means so much to me, you all are the best!

 

 

Lauren

Country Curtains Home and Happiness Blog Guest Post

I am so excited to finally be able to share a little secret that I have been keeping. A few months ago I was contacted by Country Curtains, after finding me on Pinterest, and was asked if I would be interested in being a guest blogger on their Home and Happiness blog. Well, as you can imagine I was super thrilled for the opportunity and instantly said YES!

After looking through the Country Curtains catalog and website, I fell in love with their Clara Floral and Music Stripe fabrics and knew they would be the perfect addition to our kitchen. As I mentioned in a few of my previous posts, I have slowly been working on finding ways to create a better design flow throughout the downstairs of our home, mainly with color. Since adding the Clara Floral and Music Stripe fabrics, which are just the prettiest soft shade of green, along with the black buffalo check chair cushions, the family room and kitchen now tie together beautifully and feel like one big coordinated open space which is a look that I love.

I would like to thank Country Curtains for generously providing me with the curtain panels, several yards of fabric to make the napkins, table runner and tie backs and the super comfy chair cushions.

Here’s a little peek of the kitchen. I hope you will pop over to the Country Curtains Home and Happiness blog to check out my guest post and would love for you to leave a comment too! You will also find more photos to see how I incorporated several of my favorite Country Curtains fabrics and patterns into our kitchen.

Mixing Country Curtains Fabrics and Patterns in the Kitchen - The Endearing Home

Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you are having a great week!

Here are links to the fabrics Clara Floral, Music Stripe and Buffalo Check. if you are interested.  Thanks again to Country Curtains for the opportunity to be a guest on their blog and for providing me the wonderful curtains, chair cushions and fabrics for our kitchen.

Lauren

A Visit To Duke Gardens With My Mom

I know things have been a little quiet around here on the blog lately, but there’s a very good reason for that. I have been spending some much needed time with my mom. I feel truly blessed everyday to be mommy to my amazing twin daughters, but being in the middle of these often challenging teenage years, I find myself needing my own mom more than ever to help guide me through. Having her here to hug and talk to has really meant so much. For several years now, she has been making her annual Springtime visit to see us and the time always goes by way too fast and we try to squeeze lots in while she’s here. So, I took the last few weeks to simply enjoy our time together, to get out and explore the area and to also go on a few shopping adventures.

One of the first things we did when she arrived was to visit Duke Gardens in Durham. I have lived here for almost four years and I can’t believe I have never been, but being able to go for the first time with my mom,  who loves to garden and is in a garden club back home, made it worth the wait!

The weather was beautiful for most of the time she was in town, but we luckily ended up picking the most gorgeous day to visit. It was a perfect Spring day, with temperatures in the 70′s and the sky was so clear and filled with sunshine. I just couldn’t resist taking lots of pictures, everywhere we looked there was something pretty to see. Here are a few of my favorites, hope you enjoy the tour!

This is the entrance to Duke Gardens and you can see a peek of  Duke Chapel in the distance.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

As you enter the garden there is a staircase that leads to a beautiful fountain.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

All around the fountain I could see rose bushes that were not yet blossoming. This area must be stunning when they are.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

We were fortunate though to catch the spectacular Azaleas in full bloom.

A visit to Duke Gardens

A Visit to Duke Gardens

This terraced area is part of the Historic Gardens.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

You can find this pretty arched bridge within the Asiatic Arboretum. The pop of red was such a lovely sight against the blue sky, green trees and peaceful lake.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

A Visit to Duke Gardens

A Visit to Duke Gardens

When we moved to North Carolina I instantly fell in love with Rhododendrons and have since planted several in our yard. This beauty though and happy bee were seen during our tour through the garden.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

A Visit to Duke Gardens

There were pretty winding paths throughout the garden, with benches to simply sit and enjoy the view or take a casual stroll.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

This was one of my favorite plants, the flowers were stunning! I now need one of these in my garden.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

We ended the day with a walk through the Garden of Native Plants and that’s where we found this, the Bird Viewing Shelter.  There are several bird and squirrel feeders set up here. I could have spent hours just sitting here, relaxing and enjoying the view.

A Visit to Duke Gardens

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour. If you live in the area or plan to visit, the Duke Gardens is a must see! If you would like more information about it click here. 

I hope had a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day! I will back throughout the week with several posts to share and more from my adventures with my mom in the weeks to come!

Lauren

Powder Room Makeover

Recently, I shared that I have been working to create a more cohesive flow throughout our home. By making a few inexpensive and simple changes, it’s starting to come together. I last showed you our foyer which you can read about here. Today, I am excited to show you a room I have never shared before, the powder room.

Here is what it looked like before I made a few easy updates. This room was a great lesson for me that sometimes you need to take the time to live with a space for a while, instead of rushing and regretting design decisions later. When we purchased our home the powder room was a deep burgundy color with gold fixtures and very dark. Being my usual impatient self I had the bathroom painted right away and chose a color, modern looking light fixture, knobs and mirror, not thinking about how they would eventually work with the rest of the house. I was so happy that the other fixtures that I first chose for the room were more traditional. I did really love the bathroom for the first few years, but now looking back I can’t help but ask myself what was I thinking, this was just not my style.

Powder Room Makeover Before

When I finally decided that I just couldn’t live with the bathroom anymore, I knew that any changes would have to be on very tight budget. The only purchases were a new light fixture, a yard of fabric to make the skirt and a tension rod to hang it. I had found the pictures a while ago and they ended up being my inspiration for the room. I also already had the mirror, which was a thrift store find.

I started the makeover by painting the powder room the same green color that is now on the small accent wall in the foyer, Withered Moss by Valspar from Lowe’s. With no natural lighting, the color looks very different, but I liked how it worked with the bird pictures and fabric.

Powder Room Makeover

Next, I painted the once gold mirror and the vanity with some leftover black paint that I used on the front door, Reclaim in Licorice. I then removed the cabinet doors and added a skirt which is Waverly “Timeless Ticking”. I love how the skirt added some cottage charm to a very inexpensive, basic builder vanity. To complete the makeover my husband installed a new light fixture that I found at Lowe’s for $40.00. This time I chose one that was more traditional and coordinated with the faucet and other fixtures. I was hoping to find one that was a little fancier, but everything I found was out of my budget. This was also a good compromise as my husband is not crazy about the skirt.

Powder Room Makeover

Here’s a view so you can see how the bathroom, foyer and family room now flow together better with color, style and decor.

Powder Room Makeover

Taking photos in this bathroom was a challenge, but wanted to show you the pretty vintage monogrammed guest towel that I found on Etsy for $8.00. I already had the boxwood which I placed in a basket I found at a thrift store for a dollar.

Powder Room Makeover

With just a few thrifty and simple changes, using mostly what I had and spending only $61, I am so happy with how the powder room looks now and this time feel much better about my choices. I would eventually like to add a little rug to place in front of the vanity, but haven’t found one that is the right size or look, so I’m still on the hunt. I think a sisal with black border or maybe something a little more colorful, I guess I’ll know when I finally find one that’s right for the room.

Powder Room Makeover

I am still working on a few more projects in the kitchen, breakfast nook and family room, but promise to share with you as soon I finish up. Nothing major, just tying in more green and black to continue the design and color flow throughout the rest of the downstairs of the house.

Wishing you a fabulous week and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sharing over at The Scoop 

Lauren

Tale of a Turkey Platter

When it comes to decorating, sometimes the most obvious things and ideas can be right in front of me, but for whatever reason can take a while, sometime years to realize and figure out. That happens to me a lot and was definitely the case with our turkey platter.

This tale begins one Spring day when I was cleaning the kitchen and decided to go through each cabinet, rearranging and organizing.  When I came to the last cabinet, which was filled with larger serving pieces, mostly reserved for holidays and entertaining, it was quite a mess. So, I decided the best way to tackle this cabinet was to pull everything out and start from scratch. There were bowls and trays of all kinds stacked randomly one on top of the other. The very last thing I took out, on the very bottom holding everything else up was our turkey platter. In that moment, for the first time, I actually took the time to look at it and admire how pretty it was. I had always just thought of the turkey platter as something that we used once a year, maybe twice to display and serve our turkey on. Now, it just didn’t seem right to tuck that poor pretty turkey platter back  into the bottom of the cabinet until next Thanksgiving.

Turkey Platter Decorating - The Endearing Home

That’s when the little light bulb in my head went off. This looks like transferware, I LOVE transferware! So much so that I started a collection and recently created a wall display with it. When I brought the turkey platter over to the dining room, in an instant I saw that the colors worked perfectly with the other decor and colors in the room. Then I stood there asking myself why in the world it took me so long to figure this out.  Now I just needed to find a special spot for it and make it work throughout the year,  until it’s needed again and back in the Thanksgiving spotlight.

That’s when I remembered the pine cones that used to be on display in the foyer, that were now stashed away in the garage until I found a new home for them. Well, this was it!

Like peanut and jelly, I think pine cones and a turkey platter make a great combination!

Turkey Platter Decorating

I have always had a hard time decorating the buffet, never quite sure what to put in the middle. The turkey platter was a perfect fit and this was just the right spot for it!

Turkey Platter Decorating - The Endearing Home

Now that the turkey platter is out of hiding,  it can be admired all year long!

Turkey Platter Decorating - The Endearing Home

So, even though our turkey platter’s tale had a sad beginning, like a princess locked away in a castle for years, it happily has a fairy tale ending!

Turkey Platter Decorating - The Endearing Home

Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed my silly and maybe even a little inspiring turkey platter tale. I will be back again soon with a fun room reveal that ties in with my last post which you can read here. Have a great weekend!

Lauren

Simple Changes in the Foyer

Recently I  have been making some simple and inexpensive changes throughout our home which I will be sharing here over the next few months. I have been on a mission to make the downstairs flow better and to have a more cohesive look and style. I found the best way to achieve this was through the use of color. I came to this conclusion after looking at what I already had and realized I really love green and black. From a can of leftover paint in the garage to decor scattered throughout the house, I had plenty to work with. So, most of the updates were free and consisted of just shuffling things around, my favorite kind of decorating!

Last week I shared the olive green painted dresser in our family room, so today let’s move on to the foyer.

Here’s a photo to show you what the space looked like before making a few quick and easy updates.

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Here is what it looks like now.

Foyer Updates - The Endearing Home

I started by painting this little wall area the same color as the living room.

Foyer Updates - The Endearing Home

Next, I grabbed a pillow from the sofa in the living room and another from the family room to add a pop of color to the bench. Once I share the other updates throughout the house you will see how these pillows help tie everything together.

Foyer Updates - The Endearing Home

Then, I grabbed the plant from the kitchen and lamp and pineapple from the living room. I moved the basket that was next to the front door to be closer to the bench for my kids to throw their shoes in when they get home from school. The coat rack is now next to the front door. I also took down the little plate that hung above the mirror and layered it with the key dish.

Foyer Update - The Endearing Home

I also couldn’t resist adding these new knobs to the chest I painted several years ago which match perfectly and were only a few dollars each!

Foyer Updates - The Endearing Home

I have been thinking about painting the wall above the stairs where our family gallery wall is the same green color and also painting the banisters black, but I am on the fence about those projects right now so I am going to keep thinking about them for a while. What do you think, should I paint them?

Foyer Updates - The Endearing Home

Finally, one of my absolute favorite changes to our foyer was painting the door. That is a project I have been wanting to do for years, but was too nervous to do. I finally decided to go for it and I love it! Our foyer is very tall and always felt so bare and unwelcoming. After painting it black the space now feels so much more inviting and cozy. To read all about the door project and how I painted the border of the rug too you can click here.

Foyer Updates - The Endearing Home

I have had most of the decor in our foyer for quite a while, but I often get lots of questions asking where I find things and I always love to share!

Bench, Ivory Plate, Green Vase, Lamp – Home Goods

Green Pillow, Basket – Target

Buffalo Check Pillow – Country Curtains

Mirror, Plant, Paint (Valspar Withered Moss) – Lowes

Key Plate – World Market

Cabinet Knobs – Hobby Lobby

Bench Cushion – Pier One

Bird Plate – Shop at the Charleston Market

Boxwood Wreath – Decor Steals

Coat Rack – Kirklands

Brass Pineapple – Consignment Shop

Well, I am off to grab my paintbrush and finish up painting our downstairs half bath which I promise to share with you soon, along with all of the other projects I have been working on. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Lauren