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Fall Home Tour

Hey friends! I am sharing my farmhouse fall home tour today.

I have been waiting for this day all week!

The day I get to share my fall home tour with you and all my blogging friends.

Happy Fall to all of you.

Mother Nature seems a bit unsure which way she wants to go with the seasons…summer seems to linger with the warmer temperatures while some of the trees have started to show a change in colors.

farmhouse fall home tour via Dandelion Patina

My fall decorating style

My fall decorating style has changed over the years. Last year, I went all out with tons of brightly colored foliage and traditional colors.

This was last years rustic fall mantel.

Currently, I have decided to go with my heart and that is definitely with a more neutral color palette and natural elements.

Once the fall season starts our family tends to go on quite a few nature walks.

I love bringing natural elements into the home, as I did with this room, natural elements for fall.

I am content with finding treasures from nature to decorate with. As my kiddos grow, they are still enjoying the walks and love climbing on fallen trees along the path. We collected a few pieces to decorate with for our fall tablescape, so let’s start with that.

Farmhouse Fall Home Tour Tablescape

fall farmhouse tablescape dandelion patina

On our nature walk, we found the most incredible moss right off the path by the river.

The moss was growing in perfectly imperfect little mounds and was so easy to pull up.

So, I placed the moss in some small ironstone dishes I found at one of my favorite boutiques. These dishes were displayed on top of old fishing floats. The texture of them is so amazing!

We also pulled some bark off a red pine. The pieces just flaked off and each was unique in texture and shape.

farmhouse fall home tour with a neutral farmhouse palette via dandelionpatina.com

I created some seeded eucalyptus arrangements to flank this phenomenal jarrahdale pumpkin.

This type of pumpkin is my all time favorite.

In addition to its amazing muted green-blue color, it has these soft almost distressed looking white stripes. It was a great find!

fall farmhouse home tour with neutral soft green tablescape via dandelionpatina.com

I also love incorporating a touch of whimsy because it is fun for my kiddos. And, who doesn’t love polka dots and decoupage??

Just for fun, I had a few bed springs laying around the basement to plop the whimsical fruit into. These were used to create vertical interest.

fall farmhouse tablescape via dandelionpatina.com

And I am totally crushing on plaid this season…well and last season. So, I reused this plaid shirting fabric I found last fall. I love the color palette.

 

fall farmhouse home tour tablescape via dandelionpatina.com

And those fun pumpkin leaves with little messages of thankful and grateful…those are a free printable from the lovely Kristen at Ella Claire.

I fell in love with them and I have a few projects in the works incorporating these leaves.

fall farmhouse home tour via dandelionpatina.com

 

fall farmhouse home tour via dandelionpatina.com

Vintage postal sorter

Let’s head over to that vintage postal sorter that stands in the corner of our cozy dining area.

I found this piece on Craigslist. A hobby farmer had been using it to store shoes in their mudroom. I got a great deal on it because it needed a good cleaning and a paint makeover.

vintage postal sorter farmhouse fall home tour via dandelionpatina.com

I have a real weakness for pieces with little cubbies. I painted some dollar store pumpkins white and simply decorated this postal sorter for fall.

vintage postal sorter with white pumpkins for farmhouse fall

 

white mini pumpkin vintage postal sorter farmhouse fall home tour via dandelionpatina.com

 

white pumpkin with bedspring and greens farmhouse fall home tour dandelionpatina.com

 

white pumpkins in vintage postal sorter farmhouse fall home tour via dandelionpatina.com

 

birch branches in farmhouse style vase farmhouse fall home tour via dandelionpatina.com

We found these birch branches along the bridge on our nature walk. I just pulled the leaves off so that the focus could be on the branches.

Ready to cozy up in the living room?

Living Room

neutral farmhouse style living room farmhouse fall home tour via dandelionpatina.com

 

This is our light and bright neutral living room. I kept the decorating simple in this space. Mostly because this is where we spend quite a bit of time as a family and with young kiddos it needs to stay simple.

farmhouse style living room via dandelionpatina.com

I focused on creating layers, texture, and variations of neutral tones.

farmhouse style living room via dandelionpatina.com

Can you tell I have a pillow obsession?

Most days these are lying all over the floor. The rest of the family does not share in my love of pillows on the couch. They would much rather use them for pillow fights than any sort of decorative purpose.

farmhouse fall home tour living room dandelionpatina.com

 

fall farmhouse style living room via dandelionpatina.com

 

dried hydrangeas and acorns. simple farmhouse style fall decorating via dandelionpatina.com

My limelight hydrangeas were amazing this year! I was able to give quite a few of my bushes a haircut and you really can’t even tell I took any plumes off. They are beautiful free decorating materials. I also shopped around our house this year for most of my decorating pieces just as I did with my neutral fall mantel.

farmhouse fall home tour via dandelionpatina.com

 

I am so very thankful that you joined me for my little farmhouse fall home tour. We wish you could be here to share a piece of apple pie!

farmhouse style apple pie farmhouse fall home tour via dandelionpatina.com

 

Maybe next time?

farmhouse style apple pie farmhouse fall home tour via dandelionpatina.com

 I wish you all a fabulous fall season!

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Feel free to click around to see all the other inspiring farmhouse homes on this fall home tour below.

A huge thank you to Erin at Meadow Lake Road for coordinating this fall home tour, you rock girl!

farmhouse fall tour of homes

Monday

Meadow Lake Road | Migonis Home | Bless’er House

Tuesday

The Fat Hydrangea | Sypsie Designs | The Refined Relic

Wednesday

Anderson + Grant | Seeking Lavender Lane | Little Glass Jar

Thursday

Gracie Blue | Home Remedies | Home by Heidi

Friday

Home by Ally | Cherished Bliss | Dandelion Patina

Pampered Pets Feature No. 1

Hey friends! I am so excited to be kicking off a new event here on the Dandelion Patina blog! On the fourth Thursday of the month, I will be featuring the pampered pets of some very talented bloggers. I am an animal lover to the core and I know how much fur kids can impact our families and lifestyles.

Pamper Your Pooch! Pet-friendly decorating and advice from my friend Kirsten at Sweet Tea & Saving Grace. Part of the Pampered Pets Feature via dandelionpatina.com

(photos via Sweet Tea & Saving Grace on Instagram)

The feature will include a fun Q & A with some behind-the-scenes photos of the featured bloggers’ pampered pet(s). I hope these features will touch your hearts and give you a glimpse into the everyday life of a blogger. This is just another way to keep it real and to connect with my animal loving readers! I hope you enjoy the pampered pets feature as much as I do!

 

Today, I am featuring the fur kids of Kirsten at Sweet Tea and Saving Grace. Yay!

So happy to have Kirsten with us.

Sweet Tea & Saving Grace

 

 

I would like to introduce to you Savannah & Dakota!

Pampered Pets Feature Savannah and Dakota from Sweet Tea & Saving Grace

 

What’s their story?

When my husband Mark & I were still dating, I decided to get a new puppy for him as his upcoming Christmas gift. I knew he loved labs, and had always had labs as pets, so I found a breeder who bred solid white labs, and put my name down on a waiting list for an upcoming litter. Two weeks later, I get a phone call from Mark telling me that his friend’s black lab had a litter a few weeks ago, and there were 2 puppies left, and she didn’t want to separate them. She knew Mark was a sucker for labs, so of course, he agreed to take them both. (He chose to ask for forgiveness rather than permission!) I had to scramble to scratch my name off the waiting list for the white lab puppy, and that weekend, Mark showed up at my house with two gorgeous black lab baby girls! Loving them was easy – naming them was a whole different monster! You would have thought we were naming out first born child. (I guess, in a way, we were.) Mark would make a list, then I’d edit it and add more names. Then he would make edits and add more names. Eventually, we settled on Savannah and Dakota. Savannah is my hometown, and Mark wanted a name that kind of “matched” so he chose Dakota. These sweet girls of ours are now 8 1/2 years old. They have been with us through our engagement, marriage, and four houses. My daughter, who was only 5 years old when the girls came to live with us, has grown up with them. They kiss her face every morning to wake her up for school! I can’t imagine how different our little family would be without my furbabies!

 

Sweet Tea & Saving Grace Pampered Pets

 

How does your family pamper Savannah & Dakota?

Savannah & Dakota are rotten to the core. Our beautiful hardwood floors are covered in dog blankets, just like our pretty new sofa that we bought when we moved into our house. They get treats three times a day, get belly rubs and butt scratches whenever they want them, and snuggle with us constantly. One of their favorite treats is the nightly routine in which we let them pre-wash the dishes before we rinse them and load them in the dishwasher. ūüôā We probably spoil them too much, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. They are allowed on the furniture, and pretty much rule the house. I always tell people, “This is their house. We just live in it.”

 

What quirks do the girls have that make you laugh?

Oh my gosh, so many quirks! The girls are seriously entertaining. Savannah is weird. (Mark says she’s my dog because she’s weird, and he got the “smart one”, Dakota.) ūüôā Savannah has to have a blanket, a towel, or even a shirt destined for the laundry hamper to lay on. She won’t just lay on the carpet or hardwoods. She’ll pace the floor until we put something down for her. She also has this nightly routine, right at bedtime, where she rolls around on said blanket/shirt/towel on her back making this loud half moan/half growl noise, then sneezes before coming upstairs to go to bed. Dakota – this girl is insane! She’s super smart, and I swear she can tell time. She knows when the clock hits 8:30pm every night and will let us know that it’s time for a bedtime snack. She will be dead asleep, and when 8:30 hits, she’s up, talking to us (as I call it), chomping her teeth, snorting and sneezing, wagging that tail. She’s very animated. And I have never seen a dog love a human as much as Dakota loves Mark. She has to be on top of him or touching him all the time, and gets mad at me when I move in for a kiss or to snuggle. She likes to wedge her way in between us on the couch. They are both 100-lb. lap dogs. Love ’em to death!

 

What are their favorite activities/play objects?

Because they are “mature” girls, complete with gray hair and hip problems, their favorite activity is napping. But, ever since she was a puppy, Dakota has always had to have a “baby” – some small stuffed animal that she carries around almost constantly. She likes to play tug-of-war with it until Savannah tries to play, too, then she gets mad and lays down. (I swear they are toddlers!) Both girls are also excellent fence watchers. They let us know when Thomas, the neighbor cat, walks by, or when a rabbit comes under the fence…or when they see their own shadow or hear a noise. Thanks girls. Good watching out!

Pampered Pets Sweet Tea & Saving Grace

 

How has having pets in your home changed your decorating style?

I call my decorating style, “Dog Hair Chic”. I’m constantly telling my husband, “This is why we can’t have nice things!” And then we laugh because we know we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I gave up trying to have a super clean and stylish house. It’s a really nice house, and it’s cozy, but we just don’t care about having high-end furniture. As a matter of fact, (true story), when we were shopping for a couch, one of the deciding factors was if both dogs could fit on it and still have room for the 3 humans in the house to sit. (And why do you think we have a king sized bed???)

Pampered Pets Sweet Tea & Saving Grace

 

Where do they like to kick back and relax? Do the girls have a favorite room?

Dakota has her chair in our bedroom. It’s an ugly old leather recliner that nobody ever sits in (nor would they want to!), and she loves it. She perches up there, rolls over onto her back in a big lump with her legs in the air, and snores. At night, Dakota has recently started sleeping right behind the bedroom door, and her back feet hit the little spring thing in the middle of the night, scaring me half to death. I tell Mark that she’s playing us the sound of her people. HA! Savannah, as I mentioned, has her towel/blanket/dirty clothes…or a nearby rug. That works, too. She always lays up against the wall in the living room right by the hallway.

Pampered Pets Sweet Tea and Saving Grace

 

If  Savannah & Dakota could pick a decorating style, what do you think it would be based on their personality?

Even though they’re girls, they’re not girly girls. They love to get dirty and roll around, and they love to be comfortable. I think they would go for a rustic cabin style – lots of wood, open spaces, and maybe a warm fireplace, too.

 

Sweet Tea & Saving Grace Pampered Pets Feature

 

What is your advice for creating a pet-friendly space? Can your home be pretty & pet-friendly?

Absolutely! We have a beautiful microsuede and leather sectional that is currently covered by pet-friendly blankets – the kind that help repel dog hair. We keep them covered all the time, until we have guests come over. We do the same with our rug – covered with a big blanket until guests come over. I just think you have to be willing to live in such a way that you understand your home, like most homes, are not always magazine-worthy. And that’s fine – that’s real life. If your pets are family, like ours are, you make special concessions for that and work around it. I still decorate the way I want to, but we use blankets and towels strategically to help control the mess, and make for a quick and easy clean-up when we need to do that, too!

September Pampered Pets Feature Sweet Tea & Saving Grace

 

What have you learned from having pets in your family?

I can’t live without them. ūüôā Honestly, the fact that they love me unconditionally, are always happy to see me (even if I just walked outside for 5 minutes), and are content with a treat and a belly rub, reminds me to be satisfied with simple things in life. They are excellent therapy dogs, too. If I am having a rough day, or I’m sad or down, they give me kisses, and let me snuggle, and I feel better. They have a sixth sense to know when something isn’t right with one of us, and they want so badly to just be there – through the good times and bad. Forever loyal. It’s an admirable quality to have.

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I love everything that Kirsten has shared today about her furbabies! She and I have much in common when it comes to our pooches! They are family and we just work around them no differently than we do with human kiddos. Kirsten talked about real life with dogs and not having it any other way, she also wrote a blog post-we interrupt this blog to bring you real life. ¬†Kirsten’s post really helped me know that I am not the only one with laundry on the floor and dog hair on the sofa!

Now, I want to direct you over to Kirsten’s blog to find out how to make this super cool Simple Dog Silhouette Portrait.

Simple Dog Silhouette Portrait

 

Thanks so much Kirsten for kicking off the Pampered Pets Feature event!

How do you pamper your pets?

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Before And After Painted Candle Holders

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing a tutorial on before and after painted candle holders!

Upcycling at its finest!

Do me a favor…find that box of old candle holders in your basement or the back of your closet.

I know they weren’t exactly your style, but they were given as a gift and you really would feel bad if you took them to Goodwill or gave them to a charity.

I have the perfect solution! A simple and thrifty way to transform them into your new favorite color and style.

Whether you like soft neutral colors or love to have a few pops of color in your home. You can transform those candle holders into something you cherish!

Are you still with me?

Americana chalky finish candleholders transformed in a few easy steps. These were so easy to update to the color and decor style I currently have. When I get bored with the color, I can just paint right over them again!

 

Can you believe these were transformed in just a few easy steps?

This is what they looked like before.

Want to know how to transform ugly outdated candleholders into modern updated pieces? Find out how on the blog with Americana chalky finish paint

If you do not have any candle holders around the house, it is very easy to find them at your local thift store. They come in all different sizes, shapes, and materials. These two happen to be wood, but I have painted resin ones as well.

Have you tried DecoArt Chalky Finish paints? They are simple, easy, and fast to use and complete your project whether it be candleholders or a large furniture piece. Come check out how easy it is.

I really think you are going to like this paint, DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint and creme wax. You can find it easily at your local craft store and Home Depot. The paint is on the thicker side, which I like because it didn’t take a whole lot to get good coverage.

Americana Chalky Finish paints and creme wax

The colors I used for this project were: Yesteryear, Serene, and Vintage. These colors are soft and beachy. Of course, if you are not the soft and beachy kinda person, Americana Chalky Finish does come in a variety of colors for you to choose from.

Instructions:

  • Pretty simple, paint your piece. If you are trying to cover a glossy finish, then I would definitely go over it with a sanding block, but this paint adheres well and I have not had any problems when using it.
  • Once the coats are dry then you can decide to sand the piece for a distressed look or just lightly burnish with a fine sanding block to create a smooth finish.
  • Apply your creme wax. I use a small brush when applying. The wax is the consistency of a thin paste and goes on very easy.

Americana chalky finish candle holders in yesteryear, serene, and vintage. Take a few minutes to transform an outdated home decor piece in your home.

 

I really like layering the paint colors as well. If you are planning on distressing them to look aged, then apply one color and then once dry apply another. You can be as subtle or as bold as you like. Then, when you distress, the base coat will show through accenting the piece.

Americana chalky finish paint and creme wax

 

Americana chalky finish candleholders transformed in a few easy steps. These were so easy to update to the color and decor style I currently have. When I get bored with the color, I can just paint right over them again!

 

Where's the beach? Why not bring a piece of the beach to you. Transform your old and tired candle holders into a vignette of beachy farmhouse delight. Americana chalky finish paints and creme wax.

What do you think? Easy to tackle in a few hours? I know you can create your own before and after painted candle holders! Go for it.

If you are interested in more projects I have created with Americana chalky finish paint check out my Farmhouse Cabinet  and also my Coastal Style Mirror. 

You can also find me on Instagram quite a bit these days as well as Facebook, Pinterest, and tweeting every now and then on Twitter.

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Burlap lace tablecloth wreath

Hey friends! Today I am sharing a simple burlap lace tablecloth wreath.

If you love simple farmhouse style, you will love this unique spin on wreath making.

 

ARE YOU A LOVER OF BURLAP? This is an amazing project! Combine burlap, lace, and a white tablecloth to create this unique rustic and feminine wreath for your home decor. Project via dandelionpatina.com

 

Supplies needed to make this burlap lace tablecloth wreath:

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burlap and lace tablecloth wreath

 

burlap and lace tablecloth wreath

 

Instructions for creating this burlap lace tablecloth wreath:

  • Start by cutting your tablecloth in quarters.
  • Then cut 2″ strips of cloth about 12″ long. I wanted to use a wider strip of fabric to show more of the damask pattern. The wider strips also filled the wreath surface to just let the straw peek through.

 

burlap and lace tablecloth wreath

 

 

burlap and lace tablecloth wreath

 

  • I then began to tie each strip to the wreath moving all the way around. I left space in between for the burlap and lace.

 

burlap and lace tablecloth wreath

 

  • Cut the burlap ribbon and tie into place. I use two different kinds of ribbon. Each was 3 yards in length.

burlap and lace tablecloth wreath

 

  • Add the finishing touches with the leaf and flower embellishments. Hot glue worked best to adhere these pieces. I love the burlap leaves, so adorable!

 

burlap and lace tablecloth wreath by dandelionpatina.com

 

 

burlap and lace tablecloth wreath by dandelionpatina.com

 

Wasn’t the process simple? If you prefer not cutting up a tablecloth, there are plenty of burlap ribbons that already have lace on them.

I love the texture and soft details. And the fun thing, you don’t really know it was crafted from a tablecloth.

I have so much fabric leftover…I can’t wait to make a few more of these!

Now, I know some of you are not avid DIY’ers, so I have found a few alternatives¬†for you to take a peek at!

I hope you will love them. Check them out!


Here are a few other crafty projects that might interest you:

Interested in creating flowers that last a lifetime? These vintage style DIY fabric flowers are simple to create and are super cute as a table centerpiece or summer vignette.

 

Transform ordinary seashells and glass door knobs into coastal jewelry bowls by Dandelion Patina

 

 

Have a wonderful day,

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Neutral Fall Mantel

Happy fall to you! I am sharing our neutral fall mantel today. The fall season is not quite here yet, but it is my favorite season, so I am getting a jump start on decorating.

INSPIRING FALL DECORATING RIGHT HERE! This rustic neutral fall mantel is the perfect mix of farmhouse and industrial style. Perfection from the chippy white window to the wooden tobacco baskets. Fall mantel inspiration from dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #rustic

My decorating style continues to evolve from my rustic fall mantel last year. My mantel last year incorporated vibrant oranges and greens. Over the past year, I have been moving back to neutrals. Neutrals are my comfort zone and each time I attempted to incorporate a colored wall or bold furniture piece, I always changed my mind or grew tired of too much color. I love how neutrals add a bright and fresh feel to our home.

Neutral fall mantel by dandelion patina

 

To style my neutral fall mantel, I pretty much shopped my home this year! I incorporated a few cute little pieces from the Dollar Spot at Target-the acorn garland across the window, a few burlap pillows on the chair, and the chicken wire pumpkins. Every other piece was found somewhere in my home. But, I will share with you a source list so that you can create the look as well easily.

SO ADORABLE! This neutral fall mantel is the perfect blend of farmhouse and industrial style. I love neutrals with texture and wooden elements. Fall mantel styled by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #fallmantel

Aren’t these chicken wire pumpkins the cutest things? I thought they each deserved a pedestal, so I placed them on top of vintage crocks and added some straw for a farmhouse feel.

Neutral fall mantel with galvanized letters spelling out fall. Mantel by dandelionpatina.com

I love incorporating architectural salvage into my vignettes. This piece works nicely with the galvanized letters I picked up last year at Michael’s.

Neutral fall mantel vignette with a perfect mix of farmhouse style and industrial style. Light and bright neutral decor by dandelionpatina.com

These chunky metal and wood lantern style vases are amazing! They were a great deal of the day from Decor Steals. I fell in love with them the minute I saw them and I was so pleased when I opened the box. They have been a staple in my decor ever since! Love them.

Neutral fall mantel with the perfect blend of farmhouse style and industrial style. Styling of this neutral fall mantel by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #rustic

Did I mention their size? They are incredibly chunky and tall. Each one would look lovely as a table centerpiece or a few on a large harvest table. An arrangement of twigs and wood flowers give this statement piece life.

Neutral farmhouse fall mantel with chicken wire pumpkins and vintage crocks by dandelionpatina.com #fallmantel

The vintage crocks were found at estate sales. Each one has its own character and size. I love this one because it almost has the veining appearance of marble to it.

Neutral fall mantel incorporating farmhouse style with vintage wooden chair, tobacco baskets, and burlap pillows. Styling by dandelionpatina.com

I fell in love with this vintage wooden chair. It is not in the best condition, but the cane seat and details legs were all that it took for me to dig into my purse and shell out the $7 at a garage sale. And, don’t get me started on the fun tobacco baskets.

Neutral fall mantel with gray and tan plaid. Burlap pillows, deer antlers and tobacco baskets add farmhouse flair. Styling by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #fallmantel

 

Neutral fall mantel by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle

This acorn was part of the vignette I created last year with my coco nutty sweater acorns.

Do you love neutral decor? This neutral famhouse fall mantel is to die for! She shopped her home to blend these pieces into a gorgeous fall mantel. Styling by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #fall

I hope you enjoyed my neutral fall mantel. It was so much fun styling the space and I can’t wait until the leaves start changing!

And, now I know you have been waiting for the shopping source list, right?

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Other mantel styling you may enjoy:

Pop of color summer mantel

 

rustic fall mantel by dandelion patina

Enjoy your day,

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BOTM: A Burst of Beautiful

The month of September brings some new fun to the Dandelion Patina blog! DP will be kicking off a new feature every month: blog of the month. This month’s feature is the lovely blog, A Burst of Beautiful.

Alicia has such an eye for beautiful neutral decor. On Alicia’s blog you can see how they love to find those unexpected beautiful moments in life and share them with their readers.

To start off with, I want to say thank you to Alicia for sharing her lovely home with the Dandelion Patina readers! It is such an honor to have you here!

Alicia and Nick are the cutest couple ever! Seriously. Alicia is just glowing! She is so photogenic! And you can just tell how much Nick loves his gal.

A Burst of Beautiful blog: Blog of the month at Dandelion Patina
Today, I wanted to share some of her home projects and give you some insight into why she started blogging and what she is passionate about.

1. Where do you spend your time blogging Alicia?
Alicia shared that she spends most of her time blogging in this beautiful kitchen space. I can truly see how she is inspired to create a beautiful home for her family, I mean…just look at this kitchen.

A burst of beautiful blog of the month feature via dandelion patina

 2. What an average day is like at A Burst of Beautiful homestead?
An average day at A Burst of Beautiful homestead starts with my husband, Nick, heading off to work in the morning while I stay at home with our six month old daughter, Zoe. Mornings are my favourite time of day, they are filled with cuddles, giggles and kisses from a wonderfully happy baby. Shortly after breakfast Zoe goes down for her morning nap and I dedicate some time to blogging or housework. After lunch we usually head outside for some more fun – swimming, walking or a visit with friends, then it’s back home for her second nap of the day (if I’m lucky – Zoe has a thing for not sleeping). Again, I try to fit in some time catching up on emails and social media or tackling a DIY project. Once Nick is home from work we eat dinner and Zoe gets to spend some quality time with dad. Life is pretty different around here since Zoe came along, but we wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

3.  What is your favorite space in your home and why?
I’d have to say our kitchen. I truly believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where our family and friends always gather and it usually has something delicious simmering away on the stove or baking in the oven.But it wasn’t always my favourite room. When we moved into our home three years ago the kitchen was not very functional, not to mention it was drab and boring. It has been our biggest DIY project to date. We changed the layout to better suit our family’s needs, painted the cabinets (I’ve always dreamed of a white kitchen) and added new lighting. It’s now a bright, beautiful and functional space.¬†Here is a lovely tour of A Burst of Beautiful’s kitchen

 

4.  What is your favorite DIY project and why?
My favourite DIY project (aside from our kitchen) is the panel wall we just completed in our master bedroom. A few months ago we gave our bedroom a complete make-over and the I debated what I wanted to do with the wall behind our bed. I finally decided on a paneled wall and I couldn’t love it more. It’s such a classic look and it adds so much architectural detail to the room.

I’ll be posting a tutorial on our paneled wall soon! Check out the one room challenge reveal.

A burst of beatiful bedroom reveal

5.  What goals do you have for your home in terms of decorating and projects?

I always have a running list of projects I’d love to complete for our home. Right now at the top of the list is painting the kitchen, dining room, living room and upstairs hallway. That’s a big undertaking though, so it probably won’t happen until the colder weather arrives. I’d also love to tackle our guest bedroom and give it a mini-make-over.

 

6. What is your decorating style?
I’ve struggled with this for a while and it wasn’t until I began blogging that I discovered what I am truly drawn to. I love the airy feeling of bright and light-filled spaces. I’m a neutral girl at heart. I think a neutral colour palette presents the opportunity to let your home’s architectural details really stand out. I just recently wrote a post on How to Decorate with Neutrals.

 

A Burst of Beautiful How To Decorate With Neutrals. Blog of the month feature on Dandelion Patina

7. Do you have a blogger that is your ‘go to’ inspiration?

Oh my gosh, I have so many! A few of my favourites are Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Kristen at Ella Claire and Liz from Liz Marie Blog.

8.  Please tell us how you started blogging, what you love about it, and what is challenging for you.
We started blogging just over a year ago and I have fallen head over heels in love with it. My husband and I have always had a passion for making our home beautiful, plus Nick is an amazing cook and baker. Our friends and family were always asking us for advice on home decor, how we created a particular DIY project or for a favourite recipe. My mom suggested we start a blog to share our projects, so we did!
I love absolutely everything about blogging. But my favourite part would probably be the wonderful community we have become a part of. I never dreamed I would meet so many wonderful and like-minded friends along this journey. I love having an outlet to express our creativity and share our projects with others.
Right now our biggest challenge is finding the time to dedicate to blogging. Zoe keeps us very busy!

 

9. What is one detail/characteristic that makes you unique? 
Hmmm this is a tough one. I had to ask my husband. He said “the fact that you never ever stop thinking about decorating.”. It’s true, I go to bed thinking about decorating and DIY projects and I wake up thinking about decorating and DIY projects. But I don’t think that makes me unique. I think that’s a common thread between us DIY lovers!
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I totally can relate to Alicia when she says she is constantly thinking about decorating and DIY projects. It is definitely a common thread among us DIY lovers for sure.
It was so fun having A Burst of Beautiful here. I hope you will stop over to her blog and see all the other projects she has created like this how to create a stairway gallery wall and this simple, but so elegant neutral fall wreath.

 

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Country Chic Cobblestone Hutch

 

Hey there! Today, I am going to share the before & after of the country chic cobblestone hutch in our living room. I am completely in love with it and it was so easy to transform.

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Here is the before:

country chic cobblestone hutch

I apologize for all of the random junk stored inside of it…eek, perhaps I should have removed that before the pic was taken. We were organizing some stuff in the basement and I had set a bunch of things inside it temporarily.

Anyway….

…this hutch is massive and I pulled a couple of muscles moving this beast downstairs. Note to self…keep it in the garage until ready to paint next time! Remember that!

The hutch was a Craigslist find for $100. Such a steal! It already had been painted a mustard-like faux finish. This was totally not my style, but it had good bones and great details, like these round swirl wood knobs. The hutch also came with the cutest little skeleton key for opening the glass doors on the top and the wood doors on the bottom sides. Tons of storage for movies and blankets.

country chic cobblestone hutch

To start, I wanted to create a more open and airy feel. So, I made the decision to remove the doors on the top. No worries, I have repurposed them into wall art for another space in my home and will be sharing that tutorial soon! I loved the details of the doors, but I wanted a better space to display my white dish collection. The doors just seemed to hide the objects and you couldn’t see all the prettiness inside.

Once the doors were off, I filled in the hardware holes with wood filler and let dry. Once dry, just use a sanding block until smooth. Now is the fun part…transforming the piece with Country ¬†Chic Cobblestone.

country chic cobblestone hutch by dandelion patina

I am currently obsessed with gray and white, so I knew this medium tone gray would be perfect to contrast with my white decor pieces.

before and after transformation of a country chic cobblestone hutch by dandelion patina

I have used quite a few different brands of paint to transform furniture. I have to say, I love how Country Chic paint goes on. It is smooth and buttery. It is very easy to apply and I was so pleased that it dried fast! Once I got a first coat one, I was ready to begin the second. Yay! What a time saver.

 

Once the second coat was dry, it was just as easy to seal the paint and style the shelves like a pro!

country chic cobblestone hutch

And here is my finished country chic cobblestone hutch. We now have it in the living room and it is the perfect focal point.

country chic cobblestone hutch

If you love this paint color as much as I do, go ahead and pin the photo below to your favorite furniture projects Pinterest board.

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What projects are you currently working on?

Have a great week!

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5 Autumn Apple Desserts

Hello friends!  Today, I am sharing 5 autumn apple desserts that I know you will enjoy! These desserts are mouth watering. I have a round up of desserts from apple muffins to apple chips.

 

I love the fall season! The crisp air, apple picking, hot cider sipping, comfy sweatshirts, and campfires are so enjoyable for me! Did I mention hay rides? You have got to check out our rustic hay bale lounger we created for our front porch last year. The kiddos had a blast! It was so easy to create. I know you will love it!

 

Let’s dig in!

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As a kid, I can remember visiting our local bakery and wanting the biggest apple fritter in the display case. These were the best of the best growing up! I haven’t had apple fritters in quite a while. I guess I am more worried about my waste line now than I was back then. So, when I saw these apple fritter cupcakes I thought hmmm, I can get away with eating a few. Right?

Apple Fritter Cupcakes | Kleinworth & Co.
Apple Fritter Cupcakes

When you get to use your fingers to eat, it doesn’t get better than that! This caramel apple pull apart bread looks so fun to eat. My kids would just love pulling apart all the layers and licking off that frosting. This is a must try recipe for sure.

Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread | Lemons for Lulu
Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread

I always seem to be disappointed with apple pie filling from the can. It just doesn’t seem fresh at all. So, when I saw this homemade apple pie filling I knew I would have to give it a try for my Thanksgiving apple pies! I am sure it will not disappoint. How cute is that mason jar? Need some of those….and a spoon.

Homemade Apple Pie Filling | Cincy Shopper
Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Ah, and the favorite fall treat for my kiddos are these old fashioned caramel apples. These bring back memories of melting the caramels on the stove and dipping our hand picked apples.

Old-Fashioned Kraft Caramel Apples | Totally the Bomb
Old-Fashioned Kraft Caramel Apples

I love using a dehydrator in the fall for apples. For me, these make the best little snacks to munch on.

Cinnamon Apple Chips | My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life
Cinnamon Apple Chips

What are your favorite autumn apple desserts or recipes?

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Other fall projects you may enjoy:

So creative! DIY half pumpkins used to create this pumpkin tiered tray. Perfect for your farmhouse style fall decorating by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #pumpkins

 

Rustic Smores Station dandelionpatina.com

 

Enjoy your day,

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