A New Wreath To Welcome Spring!

After the wreath and  holiday decor on the front porch came down months ago, our door has been looking  pretty bare. With so many other things going on lately, I just wasn’t feeling very inspired to make a new wreath and the others that were stored in the garage were looking faded and in need of some sprucing up, but again just wasn’t feeling very inspired. Then one day while searching through my bag of coupons, I saw an  AC Moore rewards certificate that was about to expire and I suddenly began to feel some inspiration. So I headed over to the store in the nick of time, wandered the isles and came up with a plan to create a new wreath for Spring. We have a red door which can be a little challenging when choosing colors to use. I wanted it to be simple and cheerful and something I could keep up for several months so I went with a mix of greens, browns and burlap.

Spring Wreath - The Endearing Home

I used my rewards certificate to purchase the wreath form, two rolls of burlap, brown floral wire and roll of twigs. I’m not sure what it’s actually called because there was no tag other than the price, but it looks like twigs to me so I’m going with that, “roll of twigs”. I found the tulips at Michael’s for less than $3.00 per bunch and I already had the ribbon and nests. I think I have a bird nest collecting problem because I have a ton of nests around the house. I simply can’t resist them, they are just too pretty! If you are looking for a nest I just found a really cute one at Steinmart. I actually ended up layering the nests for the wreath. The top nest is one I found at Kirkland’s last year and I just clipped it on the larger one.

Spring Wreath - The Endearing Home

This wreath was really easy to put together, but the twig wrapping was a little, ok a lot, messy! I started by wrapping the form with burlap and securing with  a little glue. I  then attached the tulips, nest and twigs with the brown floral wire. I usually glue everything on, but decided it would be easier to change if I used the wire instead. Before I wrapped the twigs around the wreath I unrolled and cut the small wires that hold the roll together. I only wanted to use a few strands for a less uniform look. This was the messy part of the project, but it was worth the effort because it helped to hide the brown floral wire and added some nice interest to wreath.

Spring Wreath - The Endearing Home

Spring Wreath - The Endearing Home

I think cleaning up the twigs took longer than actually making the wreath, but it was worth the mess and time and now our front door is looking all pretty again!

Savvy Southern Style

Lauren

Layered Plates: A Quick and Easy How To

Layered Plates - The Endearing Home

After some recent posts I received a few e-mails and comments from readers who spotted the layered plates in the kitchen, wondering how I attached them. So today I thought I would share how I put them together for hanging on the wall.

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

Layering the plates just sort of happened by accident. After things got moved around in the dining room and the plates came down, I thought they would look nice in the kitchen. I had lots of plates to work with, but not enough wall space. I couldn’t decide which to use and when I hung just the single plates on the wall, it looked sort of “blah”.  So I started to play around with them and layering and I really liked how it added dimension and interest to the wall.  Oh and the bird nest is hiding a chip in the plate.

OK, so here is my quick and easy layered plate “how to”.

Step 1: Find two plates in different sizes that you think look good together.

Layered Plates - The Endearing Home

Step 2: Attach and center a plate hanger to each plate. I found these at Lowe’s and they were just a few dollars each. Make sure the plate hangers are the right size for each plate, if they are too loose they will slide and fall off. Also, when assembling do so on a soft surface just in case. I used inexpensive plates from Home Goods so I was not too worried, but it’s no fun to break a plate.

Step 3:  Turn the plates over and use ribbon of your choice to attach the plate hangers together and tie ribbon in a secure knot.

Layered Plates - The Endearing Home

Step 4: Gently flip smaller plate on top of larger plate and then hang on the wall with a hook appropriate for the weight of the plates.

Layered Plates - The Endearing Home

This is what it will look like from the top…

Layered Plates - The Endearing Home

and this is what it will look like from the front.

Layered Plates - The Endearing Home

So, if you have some pretty plates and a little wall space, hope you will give it a try. It’s quick, easy and budget friendly decorating too!

Linking up with:

That DIY Party

Lauren

Feature Friday!

Doing a happy dance and sending a great big “THANK YOU” to Rhoda of Southern Hospitality for including our home in her Feature Friday series which you can see here!  I hope you’ll stop by to check it out and say hello to Rhoda. I have been following her blog for so many years, I just love her style!

Over the past month I have been a busy bee updating my home tour for the feature. I still have lots of projects in the works around the house and will be adding more rooms to the tour soon. You can see my home tour here. Today I am working on taking and editing pictures of our foyer to show you a new addition to the space, which I will be sharing in the next few days!

Dining Room - The Endearing Home

Have a great weekend everyone!

Lauren

Updated Family Room Tour

Over the past month I have been working on updating my home tour and today I am wrapping things up with the family room. Back in November I had shared changes to the room here. Also, when the fabulous Kim of Savvy Southern Style invited me to be a guest in her “favorite room” series I was so excited that I took new pictures just for that feature. I never shared those new photos though here on my blog.

The room is pretty much the same from the most recent changes other than adding a few new pillows, two additional curtain panels and taking down all of the blinds in the room. The wood blinds had been hanging in the windows since the home was built in 1997. They had yellowed over the years and were a constant dust collector. Our home is surrounded by trees which provide lots of shade and privacy so the blinds were actually pulled up most of the time. I was worried I might regret removing them, but now that they are down I love how much brighter and open the room feels.

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

Here are a few of the pictures that I first shared over at Savvy Southern Style.

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

The Endearing Home - Family Room Updates

Well, now that my home tour is updated for the time being I can get back to working on all of unfinished and planned projects, crafts and another room makeover or two. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

SOURCE LIST:

Sherwin Williams: Ramie (wall color)

Stacy Furniture: Sofa (Bernhardt), Two tone chest (painted after we moved in)

Haverty’s: Club chair, coffee and end table (Southport Collection)

Country Curtains: Buffalo check curtains and pillow

Weirs: TV console (it was also painted after we moved in)

Steinmart: Floor lamp

Lowes: Mercury glass curtain rods, plant

Michael’s: Blue ceramic container

Kohl’s: Mercury glass candle holders

Kirkland’s: Glass table lamp with linen shade, table runner

Pier One: Pair green pillows, small blue pillow

Etsy: Ocean prints (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BelleMerGraphics), pair ticking pillows ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/InteriorLuxuries)

Pottery Barn: Monogrammed pillow sham, blue pillow sham, burlap lampshade, mercury glass lamp, silver mirror, floor lampshade

Ballard Designs: Apple green velvet pillow, silver table

Home Goods/TJ Maxx: Tall blue glass vase, small blue glass vase, small blue glass candle holders, tabletop picture frames, blue wall frames, mercury glass jar, ivory throw, French style chair, linen basket, boxwood plants

World Market: Baskets under coffee table, tall blue glass candle holders

Craigslist: Black painted cabinet

Hobby Lobby: Green flowers and greenery

Target: Large basket

decorsteals.com: Boxwood wreaths, wood tray (on wall)

Lauren

Living Room Reveal

So, today’s the big day! The living room is finally ready for its reveal! I am actually feeling a little nervous, especially after showing you my inspiration. You will quickly notice that our living room doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of books, charm or character to truly compare. Right now I am just laying the foundation for the room that will hopefully evolve over time and one day have that cozy library feel that I was so inspired by. Our plans include adding some type of architectural detail to the ceiling, replacing the columns with built in floor to ceiling bookcases, plantation shutters and of course more books.

Here’s a reminder of the bookstore that helped me find my decorating inspiration. Click here to see the full tour.

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

So….what do you think? Now I realize it looks pretty different, but I never set out to duplicate, it was simply my inspiration which was not so much visual as it was more of a feeling. I also wanted to give our living room a purpose and to be a place that was comfortable and one that we would want to spend time in. What I took away from our visit to that wonderful bookstore, was to create that feeling of warmth and coziness in the room I would need to add four elements: layers, textures, patterns and colors. I tried to mix these elements throughout the room.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

I am way too much of a neat freak to have books scattered around the room, but I do enjoy having them neatly stacked in piles and easily accessible. I put some of our favorites and ones we plan to read on the tray.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

This is more clutter than I’m used to, but in this room it works. Now that we are actually using the room our furniture is well on its way to looking lived in, worn and loved. I know I won’t be able to keep from fluffing the cushions and pillows though.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

The larger ottoman can easily be moved from the chair to the sofa when we want to put our feet up and get comfy.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

I first shared this chair with you here. It’s super comfortable, was a perfect fit for the spot and gave the extra seating that the room was missing.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

I fell in love with this bird pillow when I saw it at Pottery Barn. It was one of the first accessories I purchased for the room. When I brought it home I was so happy with how the colors coordinated so nicely with the upholstered pieces, accessories and wall color.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

When I first purchased this chair I had two places in mind where it would work, the family room or my husbands office. The living room never crossed my mind, until I noticed how perfectly it worked with the chair cushions in the dining room and then I instantly knew where it belonged.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

Here’s the view from the dining room. Creating two unique and separate spaces in one big open room that still work together was definitely a challenge for me.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

This is the only picture I could find of the living room when we moved in. These rooms were in great shape, had wonderful natural light and tons of decorating potential. We have had most of our furniture for years. Sometimes I think it would be so nice to start from scratch, using existing furniture can sometimes be really frustrating to have to work with in a new home. With the addition of a few new pieces and accessories that worked with our furniture in this space, these rooms now finally have a more cohesive look.

Living Room Before

I don’t think we ever had a living room we have actually used. This time, in this house I wanted the living room to have a purpose and to be a room we would want to spend time in. This was one of several failed decorating attempts. The coastal vibe just wasn’t working with our more traditional dining room space. You might recognize much of the decor which ended up being a better fit in the family room.

Living Room Before 2

I wanted the room to feel warm and cozy, so I added larger pieces like the frames, the tobacco basket and the natural fiber rug to fill the space. I definitely felt like I was breaking all sorts of decorating rules on scale, but I didn’t care. Once I owned that attitude the ideas were seriously flowing and the whole design process became so much fun and those larger pieces actually made the room feel bigger!

Living Room Before 3

I’m always amazed how accessories add so much warmth to a space and make a room feel complete.

Living Room Makeover - The Endearing Home

Well, it may have taken me a few years to pull it all together, but I am so happy that we now finally have a living room we use and enjoy!

So how did I do? Do you think I captured the “look”from my inspiration?

SOURCE LIST:

Valspar (Lowe’s): Withered Moss (wall paint color)

Bassett Furniture: Matching sofa, chair, ottoman, wool rug

Weir’s: End table

Home Goods/TJ Maxx: Green lamp, tall table lamp, green vase, assorted tabletop frames, boxwood topiaries, ivory throw, baskets, glass bowl

Ballard Designs: Cheetah lampshade

Target: Floor lamp (spray painted gold and the lampshade is from the table lamp), green pillow, small side table, striped throw

Rugs USA: Natural fiber rug

Pottery Barn: Wall frames, pair paisley pillow shams, pair ivory and jute pillow shams, bird pillow sham, curtains

Etsy: Prints (rachellelevingston.com)

Lowes: Curtain rods, plants

Perfect Piece (consignment store in Cary, NC): Tufted velvet chair and ottoman

Craigslist: Windsor style chair

Pier One: Wood tray

Melville Trading Company: Tobacco basket

Lauren

From The Kids Room To The Living Room Bookcase Makeover

I would love to add a built in bookcase or two in our living room someday. I think built ins add so much charm and character to a room. It’s a home improvement project that’s been on our wish list since we moved in, but it’s just not a high priority or in the budget right now. So, when my daughter told us that she would like more space in her room and  no longer needed  her bookcase, I knew I had the perfect spot for it. With my plans to add a library feel to our living room and in need of a place for our books I thought this would be a great temporary solution.

Bookcase Before

To begin the bookcase makeover I started by removing the feet. I liked the height they added, but prefer the way the bookcase looked without them. I then primed and painted the inside with a few coats of my favorite gold paint, Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Metallic Gold.

This paint is thin and applying it was a bit drippy. If I had layed the piece down it would have been much easier to paint. It did take several coats and was a little messy, but it was worth the time and effort. I was really happy with the way it turned out once it dried and the gold added nice interest and contrast to the bookcase.

Bookcase Makeover - The Endearing Home

To cover some marks and scratches the bookcase was freshened up with a few coats of paint.  I had a can of Maison Blanche in Magnolia on hand which is a very pretty, soft white color. I then lightly sanded the piece and applied Fiddes clear wax which gave the bookcase a buttery smooth finish.

Bookcase Makeover - The Endearing Home

To complete the bookcase makover I added two knobs which I found at Hobby Lobby several months ago for just a few dollars each.

Bookcase Makeover - The Endearing Home

Many of our books have been in piles on the floor in my husbands office since we moved in over two years ago and they now finally have a home.

Bookcase Makeover - The Endearing Home

Here’s a little sneak peek of our living room that I will finally be sharing on Friday.

Bookcase Makeover 6

There was a time when putting my kids furniture in our “formal” living room would have never crossed my mind, but I have happily become so much more relaxed and practical about my decorating style. Once I stopped worrying so much about all the do’s and don’ts of of decorating and what I thought a room “should” like like, decorating began to feel less overwhelming and so much more fun!

My daughter’s floor lamp also found a new home in the living room, so stay tuned!

Lauren

Fab, Fun and Easy To Make Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

If you’re like me and haven’t gotten around to doing any Valentine’s Day baking, decorating or crafting yet, well, it’s not too late! Here are a few fun, fabulous and most of all easy ideas I found that you can still make today!

I am in LOVE with this Valentine’s Day Artwork from the super talented Laura from Top This Top That.

Top This Top That Valentine's Day Craft

I Heart Naptime is sharing this adorable free printable to dress up your wreath for this special day.

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This Raspberry, Banana and Dark Chocolate Sweetheart Smoothie from Cherished Bliss looks so yummy!

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Potato chips drizzled in chocolate and sprinkles by Inspired by Charm. Um….yes please, this is just too amazing!

Inspired by Charm Chocolate Chips

My daughter’s are home again from school today due to all the ice and snow here in North Carolina. Looking forward to spending the day with my sweethearts and making a few of these to celebrate Valentine’s Day together.

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO

Lauren

Updated Dining Room Tour

The first time I shared our dining room was back in October of 2012. Since then the room has seen quite a few changes and I thought it was time to share some new pictures with you. I am also in the process of updating my home tour, so over the next month you will see a few familiar spaces, with an update or two. 

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The first big change to the dining room was moving the hutch to the back wall. I’m not sure why I didn’t place it there in the first place because I think it looks so much. The downside was I then had big empty wall staring at me. We had been wanting to add a buffet for entertaining and this would now be the perfect spot.

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

I spent several months searching for just the right piece of furniture that would work in the room and at the right price. I was so excited to find this one which you can read all about here.  The mirror was another piece that took a long time to find. I wanted something wood and it needed to be big to fill the space, but I did not want to spend a ton of money. Just as I was about to give up I found this beautiful mirror at a local antique/consignment shop for $50.

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The accessories are all pretty much the same just moved around a bit.

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The candlesticks on the table used to be silver and were in the family room. I simply gave them a new look with some gold rub n buff.

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

My favorite new accessory and big splurge were the buffet lamps that I purchased from Ballard Designs which you can find here. I did save some money by waiting until they were offering 15% off and free shipping. I am in love with the cheetah print and the lamps are the perfect height and size to not overpower the table.

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

The Endearing Home - Dining Room

 The only thing I would still love to add to our dining room is a crystal chandelier. Something big, fabulous and sparkly! So far everything I have found has been way out of my budget, so the hunt continues… 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

SOURCE LIST:

Lowes: Valspar paint (wall color Carolina Inn Brass, curtain rods, plant, rug

Rooms to Go: Table, chairs, buffet (purchased over 10 years ago)

The Perfect Piece (consignment store in Cary, NC): Buffet

Raleigh Furniture Gallery: Mirror

Ballard Designs: Buffet lamps and cheetah lampshades, chandelier, chandelier shades, chair cushions

Home Goods: White dishes, ceramic vase, dried floral, small lamp

Steinmart: Demijohn

Shops at Baileywick (Raleigh): Burlap table runner

Hobby Lobby: Faux flowers, metal wall decor

Old Time Pottery: Candlesticks

Pottery Barn: Curtains

Ebay: North Carolina map

Kirklands: Frame (for map)Home Goods

Southern Living at Home: Wall candle sconces

Hemisphere’s: Wall art set

Weir’s: Wood cabinet

Windwood Antique: Cardinal painting

Lauren

Books, Beans and Design Inspiration

Several months ago, during a weekend trip to the mountains, my family and I decided to take a drive along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. We had the most wonderful day exploring the area, enjoying the gorgeous scenic views and making a few stops along the way.  The Blue Ridge Parkway also known as “America’s Favorite Drive” is part of the National Park Service and a must do if you ever have the chance, but be sure to check here first for weather and road conditions.

Before we set out on our afternoon drive we mapped out our route and a few places we had been wanting to visit. One of those places was Little Switzerland where we stumbled upon a small downtown area which was basically just a few connected buildings. There was a café, a general store and the most wonderful hidden gem of a bookstore, Books and Beans.  Not only does this place have an incredible selection of books, but your will also find locally made arts and crafts and a full service coffee and espresso bar. You could easily spend hours here perusing the bookshelves and sipping on a cappuccino.

Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

Lots of fun finds throughout the store.

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

Books stacked from floor to ceiling and in every nook and cranny…even under the stairs.

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

I loved this, a pretty little cabinet just for the “weird” books.

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

While we were walking throughout the shop I had a totally unexpected eureka moment. 

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

I said to husband, “this is it”! He looked at me a bit puzzled as I explained that this was the design inspiration I had been searching for.

  Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

I now  knew exactly how I wanted our living room to feel. Cozy, warm, inviting, collected and a place to finally put our books. My husband is an avid reader so the word “books” happily caught his attention.

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

For months our living room had been sitting unfinished and empty after taking all of the accessories and moving them into the family room. I had been pinning some ideas to give the living room more of a library feel, but I had no clue how to make these ideas come to life in our home. I never expected to find my design inspiration when I walked into this bookstore.

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

Ideas were now spinning in my head and as soon as we returned home the living room began it’s transformation. I can’t wait to share the reveal, just need to take a few more pics. It has been so cloudy here, hoping for some sunshine soon.

 Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

The only down side to our visit to Little Switzerland is that my husband spotted this as we were leaving.

Books and Beans in Little Switzerland, NC

So, now on our next trip to the mountains hubby’s motorcycle will be coming with us. While he is out enjoying the ride along the winding roads of the Diamondback, I guess I will just have to do a little antique shopping to distract myself from stressing about his safety.

Lauren

My Favorite Thrift Shop Find That I Almost Didn’t Buy

Thrift shopping is so much fun, you never know what you might find each time you go. I love the thrill of the hunt and get so excited when I walk in and start looking around in search of treasures. I often leave empty handed, but usually have pretty good luck finding a thing or two while spending just a few dollars.  On a good day I have found enough where I should have grabbed a shopping cart on the way in, but even on one of these days I  have never spent much more than $20. I will admit I used to go a little crazy, buying things I didn’t really need with plans to turn my finds into something new or makeover with some paint, but all of these “finds” started taking over my garage. I am learning to be more thoughtful about what I buy, making sure I have room for it in the house or a well intended repurposing project I know I will actually do.

On a recent visit to one of my favorite local thrift shops, Dorcas Ministries, I saw a few things that had potential, but with my new shopping philosophy I had to admit that I didn’t really need them. Then, just as I was about to leave I spotted this.

The Endearing Home

I adore illustrations and am slightly obsessed with birds of all kinds,  so I snatched this pretty picture up right away! I didn’t head straight to the check out line though, I stood there looking it over and hesitating.

The Endearing Home

I loved this picture, but all I could focus on was the discoloration on the print and the brown and black spots that covered the frame. It was $12.00 after all, a little pricey for what I thought could be a moldy framed poster. I’m sure I looked a little strange, but I was so unsure about it that I causally walked over to corner and gave the picture a sniff. I’m allergic to mold and mildew so this probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but better be sure than be out $12. I am happy to report no musty smell what so ever.

The Endearing Home

There was still a lingering question, did I really need it? Before seriously thinking about putting the picture back on the rack, I looked it over one last time and saw a framing shop label on the back.  So, now my mind is thinking that if this was special enough to someone that they paid to have it framed, then this could be a real treasure. So, up to the cash register I went.

The Endearing Home

When I got home I decided to do a quick search to see if I could find out any information about the framing company. This is when I started to do a happy dance while kicking myself for all of the doubts I had about my purchase. This is what I discovered about the California Picture Framing Company on their website.

“ We are a family owned and operated shop located in Arcadia, California. Our first location was opened in 1969 in Pasadena, California and quickly out grew the small garage that it operated out of. Moving to Arcadia in 1970. It has been operated by 3 generations of family members and still continues to be a staple frame shop for the local community”.

Seeing the original location on the label made me realize that this framed print was actually “vintage”, how cool it that! Now knowing the age of the print, I was really impressed with what great shape it was in both front and back, it was very well framed. I was also so surprised how clean it was, when I wiped the glass and frame down, not a speck of dust! This picture had truly been cared for all these years. Now I just need to find the perfect place to hang it in it’s new home!

This is definitely my favorite thrift shop find so far, but it’s finds like this that keeping keep me going back!

Happy Thrifting!

Lauren