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BOTM: Table and Hearth

Can you believe it is half way through November already? Whew…where has it gone? Today, I am featuring the stunning Emily from Table and Hearth as November’s Blog of the Month. Emily lives only a few miles from the beach. Can we all agree that is just awesome? It is a dream of mine to live on or near the beach! So, I am already hooked on Emily’s coastal design aesthetic. I hope you will love her as much as I do! Let’s get started.

 BOTM feature Table & Hearth
What an average day is like at the Table and Hearth blog homestead?
I work as a full-time biologist for an environmental consulting company, so any DIYing and blog work during the week is spent in the evenings (and daylight savings time ending is NOT my friend right now!).  I’m a very OCD person but my blogging schedule could definitely be improved on.  I try to blog three times a week in addition to our link party on Thursdays and most posts are written the evening before they go live.  Project work and cooking dinner is done on the non-blog days if I can.  There’s really no rhyme or reason to it, but so far I’ve managed to stay on top of it all…

 

What is your favorite space in the home and why?
Man, this changes almost monthly it seems, and our house is small so all of our spaces can be enjoyed regularly. Plus, I’ve poured blood sweat and tears into almost every space.  Right now our backyard patio where I am about to complete a makeover for the One Room Challenge is probably my favorite space. 

 

coastal outdoor back patio via tableandhearth.com
I am utterly in love with my DIY farmhouse table and just want to sit and stare at it all day. Other rooms I’m very proud of and like to stay in are our master bedroom (done in the Spring 2015 ORC) and our guest bedroom.

 

master bedroom from table & hearth
Our home has come a long way in the six years we’ve been here so there’s something that I’m proud of in each room.

 

What is your favorite DIY project and why?
This is a three-way tie between the DIY farmhouse table I just did for our patio, the guest bedroom shiplap, or the guest bathroom subway tile back splash.  I’m still learning all sorts of new techniques and projects so pretty much everything new that I attempt successfully becomes my current favorite project.  I feel bad choosing any of them over the others, but I feel like these three were totally new to me and had such great results. 

 

guest bedroom shiplap wall table & hearth

 

What goals you have for your home in terms of decorating, projects, etc.?
My biggest goal on the horizon is to paint our kitchen cabinets white.  It’s the one space that isn’t totally “us” yet.  They’re pink pickled oak and I can’t take it anymore.  But with 42 doors and drawer fronts plus a long bar faced with ornate wainscoting, it’s a feat that’s taken me about 5 years to decide to tackle.  Thank goodness I finally received a paint sprayer.  After that project is done, I plan to focus more on recipes and small crafts and take some time to enjoy our “new” spaces after all the work.

 

chocolate salted honey pie via table & hearth
What is your decorating style?
I would call my style Rustic Relaxed Coastal.  Or Coastal Farmhouse.  Nothing fancy, nothing flashy, nothing bright.  Textures speak to me much more than colors do.  We live on the Texas coast just a couple miles from the beach so our style echoes this environment; weathered textures, wood tones, neutral colors, and light and bright. 

 

If you could meet one blogger, who would that be and what would you say to her/him?
There are SO many that I idolize and would love to meet in person!  It’s probably cliche, but I’d choose John and Sherry of Young House Love, just because they really are the ones who inspired me to learn to DIY and who introduced me to this thing called a “blog”.  And if Joanna Gaines can count as a blogger, I’d kill to meet her and would probably shove photos of my DIY farmhouse table in her face and be a total weirdo.  

 

Tell us how you started blogging, what you love about it, what is challenging for you?
It all started when I got fed up with our ugly mid-90s guest bathroom and knew there had to be a way to update stuff in there without hiring a contractor and all that.  I started searching online for tutorials about tiling, replacing light fixtures, and changing out faucets and sinks, and stumbled on Young House Love.  It was all downhill from there.

 

I became totally inspired…and obsessed…and just kept finding more projects I wanted to do.  I figured I could help teach others how I learned, just as others had taught me. So, I figured what the heck and randomly started a blog one day.  Which became another obsession in itself 🙂  I love that it gives me an outlet to chat about all things DIY, crafts, and cooking (other than bugging my husband about it all).

 

I’ve met some of the best friends I’ve ever had in the blogosphere.  There’s nothing that can describe the feeling of connecting with readers from all over and hearing that you’ve helped them learn how to do something, especially that you’ve inspired them to do it themselves.  The only challenging aspect for me has been to find time to get it all done.  Many people don’t realize how much time goes into a blog post; from doing the project in the first place, photographing it, editing photos, writing the post, then sharing it across the web, each post takes many, many hours and can be a struggle to stay on a schedule sometimes. 

 

metal top table from table & hearth
What is one detail/characteristic that makes you unique?
I honestly don’t think I’m unique, especially since I’m constantly so inspired by other creatives and bloggers, but I do work hard to establish our coastal-meets-farmhouse style.  We are lucky enough to live in a pretty unique place and I love to show how to incorporate your environment into your decor (even if it involves stinky seashells sometimes…). 

 

What is on your bucket list?
To swim with a whale shark.  We see them while fishing offshore in the summer but haven’t been able (allowed to) to jump in with one quite yet. The guys would rather catch the fish around them 🙂

 

What is your personal motto?
I’ve never really thought about this!  I catch myself thinking “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself” alot.  Although, I’m not sure that would be the greatest motto.  It has spurred many of the DIY project around here 🙂

 

typography art via table & hearth bog
 I hate to shop for…
Ugh, clothes!  I’m just not a girly-girl and feel weird in anything other than paint-splattered yoga pants and workout tee.  Thank goodness for StitchFix!
 
Favorite board game…..
Honestly I’m a HORRIBLE game player.  I’m way too competitive and sensitive.  Although not a board game, the only games I’ve ever had any fun with are Cards Against Humanity and Pictionary. 

 

I have a style crush on….
Joanna Gaines, duh.  Also, Dana of House*Tweaking and Marian from Miss Mustard Seed.  Their spaces are both so amazing and they are all so talented. 

 

I wish I could tell my younger self…
Don’t take out those student loans for grad school!  Also, to keep up with my passion for art.  I had to choose between art and biology in undergrad and went with biology.  I wish I had tried to double-minor and still do art.  Or maybe I would have gone to school for Interior Design…

 

blog of the month table & hearth

 

Thank you so much Emily for sharing your thoughts and projects with us here at Dandelion Patina. I love having these blog of the month posts. It is just another way to support other bloggers and get to know them that much more. Yay! Be sure to hop over to Emily’s blog, Table and Hearth and find more DIY’s, recipes, and crafts.

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BOTM: Little Glass Jar

Dandelion Patina readers, I have a treat for you today! I am sharing our blog of the month feature for October! If you are new to DP, this is a new feature on the blog. I am selecting a favorite blogger each month and asking them to join us for a little Q & A. You can check out A Burst of Beautiful BOTM feature for September as well.

So, without further ado I introduce you to Ashley over at Little Glass Jar! Ashley participated in our fun Pumpkin Palooza blog hop event with Country Living Magazine and created these amazingly adorable pumpkin plate chargers, and this DIY got her a feature on Instagram as well as the Country Living Magazine website! You can also find her contributing to the blog, Live Laugh Rowe monthly. Oh and she just recently started co-hosting the Brag-worthy Thursday link party with some amazing blogging friends! Whew…she is one busy gal isn’t she?

Ashley, blogger at Little Glass Jar

Isn’t she just so stinkin’ cute?

 

What an average day is like at The Little Glass Jar blog homestead:

An average day at the Little Glass Jar homestead varies day to day! During the week I work a full time corporate job that takes up most of my day, so anything you see on the blog is done around that schedule. On a typical weekday I get home from work in the late afternoon, cook dinner, do any cleaning/laundry and errand running, then I will sit down with my laptop either in my office or snuggled up in my favorite chair to get some blog work done. During the week I mostly work on sending/answering emails, website maintenance (well, trying to figure it out at least!), editing pictures, and writing posts. The weekends are usually reserved for getting my projects built, cooking recipes, taking pictures (weather permitted!) and all the hands on work. Sundays are my most productive days, especially since I have my husband around to help out with a lot of my DIY ideas, he’s a pretty crucial part of Little Glass Jar!

Little Glass Jar dining room

 

Your favorite space in your home and why?

For a while my favorite space in our home was our dining room, but recently I have been loving our office! It is full of my favorite flea market finds and the whole makeover is coming together so nicely! I’ve used really dark blue-ish grays mixed with pops of white and different textures like galvanized metals and natural wood. I’ve wanted to make it a space that I love to work in, and I’ve already found myself spending some late nights in there just enjoying the room while I blog.

Little Glass Jar office area

 

Favorite DIY project and why?

My favorite DIY project by far has been my office desk makeover. I took a very modern, simple desk from Target, painted it white and added wood planks to the top for a very farmhouse table look. We even added a little crystal knob to the drawer for more character. I love recycling old furniture into something new.  I also try to reuse before I throw out a piece because I am so picky about what I buy, why not customize it exactly how I want it myself!

 

 

What goals do you have for your home in terms of decorating, projects, etc?

Right now I am trying to tackle one room at a time. However, I have complete ADD when it comes to decorating! I will start one room, then jump around to a few others before completing the original room I was focused on. I have yet to call any room “done,” but are they ever really done?! So right now my goal is to show completed (for now) room reveals for our office and our guest room. Then I hope to start on a few bigger projects like our living room. I have so so many ideas for each room, but it’s such a process for me! I know exactly what I want, and sometimes it takes a while to find the right pieces to fit my vision.

 

What is your decorating style?

I would describe my decorating style as modern farmhouse with a mixture of vintage flea market finds. I love the clean farmhouse look with a lot of white ironstone, wood texture, neutral/natural colors, but then I love old, worn, rusted and busted antiques I find at our local flea market. So not too primitive, but also not too funky vintage, if that makes sense!

four drawer side table from Little Glass Jar

 

 

If you could meet one blogger, who would that be and what would you say to her/him?

Oh my, I have a list of bloggers I would love to meet! I think there is so much talent out there in this blogging community, and some of these ladies have been such an inspiration to me way before I even started my little blog! If I had to choose just one, it would probably have to be Jenna from Jenna Sue Design. Even though she is taking a break right now from the décor aspect of blogging, I always refer back to her site for ideas. Her style is spot on, and she is the queen of DIY. She is just so good at what she does.

 

Tell us how you started blogging, what you love about it, what is challenging for you.

I have been following home décor blogs for many years, and just started Little Glass Jar a little over a year ago. I have always had a passion for decorating/DIY and finally decided I needed a place to put it all! I didn’t expect anyone other than my parents and a few friends would follow it, so to gradually watch more and more people visit each month is mind-blowing. I love every aspect of blogging! I love that I have a creative outlet to go to outside of  my corporate job, and I love that people actually follow along! The balance of running the blog is challenging with work and everyday life, but maybe one day I will figure it out, or maybe not! It’s a huge learning experience, lots of trial and error, but totally worth it!

Little Glass Jar behind-the-scenes for blog of the month via dandelionpatina.com

 

Little Glass Jar blog of the month via dandelionpatina.com

 

One detail/characteristic that makes you unique (it can be anything).

I am overly picky when it comes to decorating. Picky in the sense that when I have an idea in my head for a space, I don’t settle for anything other than what I think will work. If I envision an eight pane window painted black on a particular wall in my living room, I will not hang anything on that wall until I find that exact eight pane window. Now you see why it takes me so long to finish a room!?

 

What is on your bucket list?

I would love to travel more. I really enjoy extended weekends with my husband, exploring a new city neither one of use has been to. My city bucket list right now is Boston (in the fall of course), Charleston, and Seattle. And then there is Europe, that is huge on the bucket list!

 

What is your personal motto?

It may be cliché, but I have always, always been a firm believer that “everything happens for a reason.” I have lived by that motto my whole life. There are always things, events, aspects of life that we have no control over, but what is meant to happen will happen.

 

I’ll do anything to avoid…..

….taking my car to get the oil changed. I absolutely hate it! I don’t even know why, it just annoys me so much!

 

Favorite junk food…..

Cookies are my absolute downfall. Freshly baked…get out of here. I can’t say no.

 

I have a style crush on….

Jennifer Aniston.

 

I never leave the house without…

My keys, purse, cell…and my Taylor Swift cd.

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Now, wasn’t that little Q & A fun? We all got to know Ashley just a little bit more and I love her style!

Head over to her blog to find out more:

Little Glass Jar blog of the month

 

If you are a blogger and are interested in being the next blog of the month, shoot me an email, michelle@dandelionpatina.com

Take care,

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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.

 

If you have a blog and would like to be featured on Dandelion Patina, please let me know right here.
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