Vintage sign finds a new home

Hey friends! Today I am going to share my latest find: an antique mall vintage sign.  I was so lucky to have found it. The shop owner was ready to part with it and I was ready to purchase this amazing piece. It was fate in the making.

vintage antique mall sign and preserving finish

 

What’s new?

Lately, I have been doing some major decluttering and figuring out what I really love. After all, a home should be filled with pieces that you truly love and represent you, right? I have also been working towards a simple style of decorating. So, much of what I have in my home I like, but I do not truly love. And, when you have decor that you just like, you tend to never be content with those pieces. I find myself shuffling them around throughout the week wondering where the best spot is for them. Unfortunately, the frustration sets in and many pieces end up on shelves in the basement waiting. Waiting for what?

I know this can be part of the decorating process, but I feel if I would simplify with pieces that I truly love, decorating would be a much pleasant experience. The house would be represented as a home rather than a building full of stuff. Do any of you feel that way? Do you feel stuck with the pieces you have?

So, within each room I have been emptying it out, mostly. Then, making decisions on whether I like it or love it. Kinda like the HGTV show, Love It or List It, but with decorating pieces instead of homes.

antique sign with tons of vintage charm

This antique mall vintage sign stopped me dead in my tracks when I found it. I love typography, especially the freehand text. This vintage sign had so much character from the tilt and sway of each letter to the chippy background. I also like that little bit of history to it as well. The vintage sign tells a story. I love having pieces in my home that have a story to tell.

chippy vintage antique signTips on preserving the vintage sign finish:

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  • I have enough experience with chippy pieces to know that they need to be sealed before using in the home. I love using this sealer for keeping the chippy paint look without the hassle of flaking. This sealer also does an excellent job of sealing in any odor that could have formed with age. To apply, I use my favorite paint brush and just give it a few even coats.

 

  • I also want to keep this vintage sign out of the sun as much as possible to prevent fading. The sealer will protect it as well.

 

antique mall vintage sign

 

So, here is my vintage sign on my makeshift shelf that the hubby created out of old posts and some boards. I will be editing more pieces out of this room, adding a rug, and eventually purchasing two white IKEA slipcovered loveseats to make the room feel a bit more cozy and bright. I think it is the perfect spot for it don’t you? White, wood, and vintage finds are some of my favorite things these days! I was lucky enough to find those chunky wood candle holders awhile back. Recently, I found another that I absolutely love! I will be adding it to my collection.

And, I know that vintage signs like this can be difficult to find! Which is why I found a few signs that I thought had that handcrafted look and feel.

I think you will be excited to check these out!

Which is your favorite?

 

Here are a few other home decorating tips I have shared:

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to style your shelves? These simple tips will have you styling your shelves like a pro!

 

Create your own Potterybarn inspired decorative string of beads in just a few easy steps. By using this do-it-yourself method you can customize the string of beads to fit your personal decor for a fraction of the cost.

 

Be sure to follow me over on Instagram where I share more photos of our home and my vintage finds!

 

Have a wonderful day,

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7 Ways To Cozy Up Your Home

 

Hey friends! I have been decluttering our home over the last few weeks. It has been so refreshing! Today, I would love to share 7 ways to cozy up your home. These 7 tips are really the staples in my winter decor and will be during the months to come. I hope you will feel inspired to slip on those comfortable slippers, grab a cup of coffee, and that favorite book you have been hoping to find time for. Let’s get cozy!

Such simple ways to bring a sense of coziness to your home. I love all of these ideas. Inspiration from dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #cozy

My first tip to bring that cozy feel into your home would be with fresh flowers. During the winter months, when everything outdoors is dreary and drab, it is so refreshing to have Mother Nature indoors. Fresh flowers are a simple luxury I love to indulge in, especially this time of year. This arrangement cost around $12. I love the combination of spider mums and fresh greens.

 

Gorgeous farmhouse style living room. I love these simple ways to cozy up the home during the winter months! via dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #livingroom

Now, since those fresh flowers are a simple luxury that we can all splurge on once in awhile, (I actually found $20 in the laundry the other day…finders keepers) I also love having greenery in every room. Whether you have a green thumb or not, faux or real greenery really perks up a space and makes it feel homey and cozy.

These 7 simple ways to cozy up your home during the winter months will have you chasing away the winter blues in no time! Love the inspiration from dandelionpatina.com #farmhoustyle #livingroom

This little faux potted plant fits so nicely underneath my glass cloche. I love having that fresh green color on the coffee table filled with neutrals.

Nothing beats a handmade chunky throw to cozy up with during the winter months! I love these other tips for keeping your home cozy during the winter months too! via dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle

And what is a cozy space without overstuffed pillows…..and a chunky handmade throw to wrap yourself up in.

Looking for ideas to create that cozy space during the winter months? These inspiring ideas will be your solution. via dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle

Candles are a simple way to add ambiance and coziness to your space. These faux candles turn on at just the right time in the evening and give off a soft warm glow.

Lovely farmhouse neutral decor for the winter with tips on how to cozy up your home. via dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle

With the idea of overstuffed pillows and handmade throws…I also love creating chunky pom poms to use as a decorative element. They have such cool texture and look great in a basket all their own.

Love this coffee table book! Collected. details at dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #collections

Finally, nothing is cozier than wrapping yourself up in that handmade throw, feet up, warm coffee cup in hand, and losing yourself in a great book! The coffee table book: Collected is one of my favorites. There is nothing better than living with the things you love….and drooling over other peoples’ collections!

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Well, I hope my 7 ways to cozy up your home gave you the inspiration to start decluttering and live that farmhouse style life!

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Other farmhouse style posts you might be interested in:

How do you decorate with a printers tray? With just a few easy steps you can create your own personalized vintage printers tray vignette. Styling by Dandelion Patina

 

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How to make rustic style arrow art

I am a huge fan of rustic style. Well, not so much log cabin type rustic, but I love me some great wood pieces to compliment my home decor. Sometimes you just can’t find what you are looking for in the store..or you do find it, but it is way out of the budget. So, then it is time to just make it yourself. And this is a project you can do yourself and have the same great results. If you are stopping by from the follow your arrow post…glad you found me for this project!

 

Let’s learn how to make rustic style arrow art!
DIY rustic arrow wall art with homestead house milk paint

Can anyone say parallelogram? It is quite the mouth full huh? My 9 year old just completed a geometry unit this past spring and we studied parallelograms at home. So, I thought it would be fun to create a decorative memory of her accomplishment.

DIY rustic arrow wall art using Homestead House Milk Paint as a stain. It is super easy and I love how you can control the depth of the color. Just mix with water!

Materials:

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Tools:

homestead house milk paint in sherwood brown as a stain for DIY rustic arrow wall art

Instructions:

Part 1.

  • Cut out all your parallelograms. This is done by cutting the 1×4 at 45 degree angles every 3″.
  • Measure and cut your furring strips for the sides/outer frame.
  • Stain all your pieces with milk paint. I used brown, but you could also use other milk paint colors. (Miss Mustard Seed milk paint is the same as Homestead House)

DIY rustic arrow wall art

Part 2.

  • Layout your arrows on the 3/4″ plywood piece (2′ x 4′)
  • Measure out the outer edge so that there is an equal amount of space between the arrows and the frame. We used the frame pieces as a guide.

DIY rustic arrow wall art assembly

  • Nail the corner arrows in place.

DIY rustic arrow wall art

  • Once the 4 corner arrows were in place, we moved on to measuring the middle arrows. We wanted equal space between each and every arrow.

DIY rustic arrow wall art

  • We then worked our way to the outer frame pieces; nailing them in place one at a time.

DIY rustic arrow wall art

  • We did not miter the corners for a more rustic look.

DIY rustic arrow wall art

 

DIY rustic arrow wall art using Homestead House milk paint as a stain

 

DIY rustic arrow wall art

 

Rustic arrow wall art using homestead house milk paint

Source Guide:  (Because I know you love those trays, right?)

DIY rustic arrow wall art with homestead house milk paint

So, what do you think of the rustic arrow wall art?  Are you ready to tackle your own geometric wood project?

It was certainly fun to do, especially when I can stain in the house without any odors! I love that!

Here is a picture to pin to your favorite Pinterest board for staining tips & tricks.

Homestead House Milk Paint used as an odor free stain on new wood projects. This is Sherwood Brown.

 

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If you are looking for a few other fun projects to try, take a peek at this transformed card catalog and a childhood step stool.

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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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5 dreamy bedroom essentials

Hey everyone! How are you? Today I am sharing 5 dreamy bedroom essentials for all of you to drool over.

 

Seriously, I will be dreaming of pillowcases, side tables, and duvet covers while I relax to the scent of lavender on my pillow for sure!

Do you like lavender? I have a great way to grow it, check out my hanging herb garden. It is a neat way to garden in small spaces!

And after a long day of gardening and doing laundry, the scent of sweet lavender on your pillow is just what you will need.

 

Dreamy Bedroom Essentials

Dreamy Bedroom Essentials:

I have a confession, if you don’t know already. My heart goes pitter patter any time I see small cubbies or furniture pieces with multiple drawers. They are so adorable. This side table is has so much farmhouse style with its distressed white finish and black pull hardware. I certainly could wake up every morning to this cute table.

 

Farmhouse style card catalog side table from Little Glass Jar featured at the Moonlight & Mason Jar Link Party

Card catalog side table -Little Glass Jar

Duvet covers:

I love them. They are wonderful for keeping your down comforters clean. I have a white one and an off white one our our bed. When I saw this reversible duvet cover in both natural and cream I wondered why I haven’t gotten out that sewing machine sooner. This project is definitely on my bucket list. Great idea for the person me who gets tired of things easily.

Reversible duvet cover from Tidbits featured at the Moonlight & Mason Jars link party

Reversible Duvet Cover-Tidbits

Shiplap walls:

Let’s talk walls for a minute. I can’t think of anything better than shiplap. These pieces of wood bring so much texture to a wall. White paint is dreamy for sure.

This is a great tutorial and a fairly easy one at that.

DIY shiplap wall by Blesser House

DIY shiplap wall-Blesser House

Lace Pillowcases:

Now, I have searched all over to find lace trimmed pillowcases. I just can’t seem to find lace that I really like. This tutorial is a brilliant way to get the vintage look for low cost. The lace trim really does give the bed an extra layer of beauty. You can run to your fabric store and be as selective as you would like with the lace.

Lace Pillowcase tutorial by Tidbits for Ella Claire

Lace pillowcase tutorial-Tidbits for Ella Claire

Scent of lavender:

Finally, we are to the lovely scent of lavender. It is one of my favorites to grow in the garden and dry. I normally will hang my clothes on the line during the summer months to be dried by the sun and breeze. But, this is a great way to have that lavender scent on your pillowcases when you lay your head down after a long day during the winter months.

DIY dryer sheet by A blissful Nest

DIY dryer sheets-A Blissful Nest

I hope you enjoyed this round up of dreamy bedroom essentials.

I also wanted to give you a source list if you are not an avid DIY’er.

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Shopping guide to get the look:

 

Other posts that might interest you:

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

 

wreath with pink gray cream cupcake liners

 

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How To Style A Vintage Printers Tray

Today, I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing my tips on how to style a vintage printers tray with all of you.

Printers trays have you stumped? Get the 411 on how to style a vintage printers tray with charming details

 

So, let’s talk styling printers trays. I love vintage printers trays but I have to admit, I have scratched my head a few times,  puzzled on what to exactly do with them.

Have you felt the same way?

Oh, and while we’re at it, I have a confession to make…I do get all weak in the knees for vintage cubbies! It is kind of an addiction for me. Perhaps this is why I love printers trays so much. All those little square spaces to put treasures in. I love that…the potential to display your collections. (Yes, I am a hoarder collector.) I also love that they are a piece of history; an architectural salvage piece to incorporate into displays in my home.

Who’s with me on this?

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Supplies used to style a vintage printers tray:

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How to style a vintage printers tray (or reproduction):

Step 1:

Find a printers tray, vintage or reproduction.

I found this great printers tray awhile back and had the perfect spot in our kitchen for it. I just added some hanging hooks to the back and hung it horizontally.

 

how to style a vintage printers tray

 

I knew I wanted to create a small vignette on the wall with a few treasures that I have found at flea markets and antique stores. Other personal mementos would work well too, like a family recipe card, an old spoon, etc.

Step 2:

Add a piece at the top.  This piece was from an old crate that was previously dovetailed. I love the typography and the dovetail details on each end. You could add any piece that inspires you in the kitchen. A handmade sign might be fun.

 

vintage printers tray styling

Step 3:

On to balance. I like symmetry, so the weight of the top needed to be at the bottom too. The old rolling pin gives the vignette some added interest with its curves and texture.

 

elements to styling a vintage printers tray

 

How do you hang a rolling pin you ask?

Simply tie some jute onto each end and hang on a nail under the printers tray.

 

how to style a vintage printers tray

Step 4:

The greenery. Nothing brings a piece to life more than adding a bit of fresh green color.

This boxwood wreath centers everything thus far and gives the contrast that is needed with a wood tone vignette. Boxwood wreaths are so easy to take care of too…just a few simple spritzes of water a few times a week and they will stay green for a long time.

 

how to style a vintage printers tray

 

Step 5:

Details and personal touches.

I then wanted to incorporate the metal details from the left side of the printers tray to the right side.

So, I added a few metal door plates with the great key hole details. They have a really cool patina to them.

how to style a vintage printers tray

I love coffee. So, when I found this metal stamped coffee scoop, I knew it would be perfect for our kitchen vignette.

how to style a vintage printers tray

My eye was drawn to the stamping on the scoop. Typography junkie here.

Printers trays have you stumped? Get the 411 on how to style a vintage printers tray with charming details

Step 6:

Whimsy.

I used the scrabble tiles to create words. It is fun to add your favorite quote or change out the words seasonally for something unexpected.

styling a vintage printers tray with boxwood wreaths and scrabble tiles

Are you ready to style a vintage printers tray (or reproduction)?

I hope so!

Once I found the elements I wanted to incorporate into the vignette the styling went pretty easy.

Just find a few elements that you love and lay them out to see how they look with the printers tray.

Here is the fully finished vignette that you can pin to a board on Pinterest to refer to when styling your own printers tray.

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How do you decorate with a printers tray? With just a few easy steps you can create your own personalized vintage printers tray vignette. Styling by Dandelion Patina

 

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Pop of color summer mantel

 

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5 Beautiful Spaces For Your Home

Are you ready to see 5 beautiful spaces for your home?

Awesome! Summer is winding down and the houses will once again be clean. These beautiful spaces are such an inspiration to create a quiet place in my home! Enjoy!

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5 beautiful spaces for your home:

 

Living Room

To start off with, I love the clean modern farmhouse feel of this living room. I am a fan of neutral decor and this room has all the lovely whites, creams, soft grays that I love. Oh, and check out that coffee table. I am a huge industrial junky.

 

Paint Colours and Wallpaper in our Home_Living RoomNeutral Decor | A Burst of Beautiful

Entryway

Next up is an amazing entryway. This farmhouse has unexpected yet subtle stripes on the walls in soft white and gray. The wood floors have such character and the rug gives a textural feel to the space. Isn’t it welcoming? I am ready for a visit!

Front-Entry-StripesEntryway | Thistlewood Farms

Kitchen

The layout of this kitchen would be great for entertaining. And, look at that cute ladder light. I love the rustic feel it brings to the space.

farmhouse style kitchen

Kitchen | The Summery Umbrella

Laundry Room

This laundry room space is a place in my own room that needs some improvement. I love the white cabinetry and the wood shelf that was created above the washer and dryer for extra storage.

laundry-room-7-3Laundry Room | Worthing Court

Living/Dining Combo

Finally, this inviting living room space. I love the neutral color on the walls and the faux beam separating the two spaces. Also, the coffee table is really cool isn’t it? I love the chunky rustic wood top with the industrial look of the base. Lauren’s whole house is truly a welcoming and beautiful home.

DIY-Wood-Beam-Doorway-7-of-10Living Room | Blesser House

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of beautiful spaces for your home. These spaces are very inspirational and each has elements that I love from rustic ladder lights to chunky wood coffee table tops. But, I know that DIY isn’t always for everyone and, at times, there just isn’t the time, right!? So, I have created a shop the look with a few elements that I would love from these spaces.

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Pop of Color Summer Mantel

Who loves adding a pop of color in their homes?

It is fun, but for me, it needs to be the right pop, ya know what I am saying?! I need a pop of color that looks natural and beautiful against my coastal fog walls, soft gray mantel, and wood tone accessories. What could blend in so well with those colors and pop at the same time?

Well, that would be green!

Do you want to enjoy a pop of color in your home this summer but don't want to break the bank doing it? This is a simple summer mantel showcasing Mother Nature's greenery from your backyard and some gorgeous Birch Lane bud vases from Wayfair.

This is my pop of color for my summer mantel. Mother Nature is the best designer in the world. She has the color wheel mastered! So, taking advice from Mother Nature I brought some natural elements into my home. Not only does this freshen up any space, but it also is easy on the checkbook. Just walk out into your backyard and take some clippings of interesting foliage. It can be hostas and ferns….even some weeds from the ditch can create a beautiful display.

pop of color summer mantel

I love how these bud vases pop against the brown texture of the wicker and my arrow wall art.

pop of color summer mantel wayfair

 

summer mantel pop of color

 

summer mantel pop of color

 

summer mantel pop of color

I tried to pick out interesting foliage. Some leaves are curly, some have beautiful curves. A few have dainty leaves and various shades of green.

And, I have to say, these Ainsley bud vases do not disappoint. I was pretty giddy when I opened this happy mail! These vases are offered from a sister company of Wayfair, Birch Lane. The glass is thick and has a green tint to it. I was reminded of vintage glass bottles when I first laid eyes on them. I also love that each bud vase has its own unique character.

They can be grouped together like above or …..

pop of color summer mantel by dandelion patina

displayed with just one bud vase and a simple fern stem. I also love the fact that you receive 6 of them! Um…yes…SIX OF THEM. If you preferred to display them all separately you could have fresh cut flowers in every room of your home. How is that for versatility?

green pop of color summer mantel

I hope I inspired you to take a stroll through your backyard or neighborhood and grab some fresh greenery to bring into your home. I love how these simple touches brought in that much needed pop of color for my summer mantel.

Which is your favorite way to display bud vases?

Do you want to enjoy a pop of color in your home this summer but don't want to break the bank doing it? This is a simple summer mantel showcasing Mother Nature's greenery from your backyard and some gorgeous Birch Lane bud vases from Wayfair.

I was compensated by Wayfair for this post. All opinions about bringing the outdoors in, Mother Nature being the master of design, and green as my favorite pop of color are my own.

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Style Shelves Like A Pro

Hey readers. I am sharing some tips to style shelves like a pro.

We have all ooo’d and ahhh’d over perfectly styled shelves in magazines and on Pinterest. Well, maybe I just have.

It is confession time. I have struggled with the process in the past.

But, now I can say with confidence that I have shelves I am proud of!

I wanted to share my version of perfectly styled shelves with you and also some tips that I have learned from a fellow blogger.

Studying magazines helps a bit too.

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to style your shelves? These simple tips will have you styling your shelves like a pro!

 

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 Tips to style shelves like a pro:

 

Contrast & Cohesiveness

This is the perfect time to show off your collection of white dishes. I love the contrast of gray with white. The look is crisp, clean, and beachy. If you have the same color pieces such as white, make sure they are not all the same style. Even though the dishes are all white, let them have different shapes and textures to them. This will give your eyes a chance to wander around your shelves looking at the uniqueness of each piece while having that cohesiveness of the same color palette.

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Depth

I have learned through trial and error that you need to start at the back and work your way to the front. Platters work the best in the back because they add dimension to the space. I kept the platters white to stay cohesive, but yet their shape is different and they have softer edges.

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First layer

The next crucial concept I learned was to layer. Everything looks better in decor when it is layered. It creates a ‘collected over time’ feel. You definitely want this ‘feel’ when styling shelves. The first layer doesn’t have to be much as I show above, but it adds another element in size and texture as well.

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Texture

This is a key element. If I had all white dishes and nothing else in this space it would not be pleasing to the eye. The texture of the faux coral gives the shelves more dimension and your brain says…’let me go touch it’. It plays to our senses. And notice that the coral is yet another layer.

styling shelves like a pro

 

Create a sense of warmth

The last thing you want is a sterile looking space. Which brings me to warmth. Wood. I love incorporating worn wood into my shelving displays. Again, it brings in that collected over time feel and another layer of texture. Space the wood pieces throughout the shelving. These collected pieces will also be conversation starters when entertaining or just reminiscing about those great flea market finds.

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Vertical display

Another element I like to incorporate is stacking or vertical display. As you can see above I placed the old books for texture and warmth, then added a white compote on top. It is always good practice to make sure not to over do this element. Just keep it as simple as possible.

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Finishing touches

Finishing touches is the very last element before taking a step back and admiring your styled shelves!These can be anything from a few vintage keys to a string of beads. It is that last layer with a few fun elements to bring it all together.

style shelves like a pro

 

style shelves like a pro

 

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Shop the look to style shelves like these:

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to style your shelves? These simple tips will have you styling your shelves like a pro!

I hope this helps you style shelves the way you have always wanted.

And, if you are crazy about white dishes like I am, check out the best decorating tip ever invented! There is definitely more eye candy where that came from, I assure you.

Let me know if you have questions or need assistance with your shelf decorating project. I am always here!

Oh, and I did paint this beast of a hutch by the way….

Are you curious how the hutch looked before it was transformed? Just click on the picture to find out.

 

country chic cobblestone hutch

Until next time,

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DIY Potterybarn Inspired Beads

Hey friends! Today I want to show you how easy it is to create Potterybarn inspired string of beads.

Do you ever look in a Potterybarn catalog and find something you can’t live without, but yet sigh when you look at the price tag? I do this quite often, but there is hope! Many of the decor accessories can be DIY’d. And, you can personalize them to make them unique to you and your home.

I love using these in decorating. They add texture, color, and interesting effect to an otherwise dull candlestick or decorative bowl.

I will be sharing a few different types of beads and two techniques for creating them.

Let’s get started.

Create your own Potterybarn inspired decorative string of beads in just a few easy steps. By using this do-it-yourself method you can customize the string of beads to fit your personal decor for a fraction of the cost.

I love the farmhouse style look, so I selected some beads that had rich wood tones. I also love pops of soft aqua.

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Materials list for Potterybarn inspired string of beads:

Potterybarn inspired decorative string of beads by dandelion patina

FIRST TECHNIQUE: Simple threading.

1. Separate the beads.

2. Take an end of the jute and push through the first bead. These aqua beads had a rather large hole so there was no need to use a plastic needle to thread. *Do not cut the jute at the other end until the end of the threading.

3. Once threading is completed, push all the beads tight to each other and even them out.

4. Tie a knot as tight to the beads as possible. Cut away excess.

Create your own Potterybarn Inspired decorative string of beads in just a few simple steps. Dandelion Patina

 

SECOND TECHNIQUE: Using plastic needle.

Same steps as above, just thread your jute through needle head first.

 

DIY Potterybarn inspired decorative string of beads

 

These wooden beads needed the use of the plastic needle. It just depends on the size of the hole within the center of the bead.

 

DIY Potterybarn Inspired decorative string of beads by dandelion patina

 

Here are a few ways to inspire you to use your newly created Potterybarn inspired string of beads!

 

Create your very own DIY Potterybarn Inspired string of beads to decorate your home with on a budget by dandelion patina

 

Create your own DIY potterybarn inspired string of beads to decorate your home and your unique architectural finds with. Project is simple and budget-friendly by dandelion patina

 

I absolutely love what these decorative beads add to accessories. It is that layered and textured element that creates depth and interest to accessories in the home.

This project was under $20 to make all 3 of these Potterybarn inspired string of beads. Can’t beat that. And don’t they look just as good as in the catalog? No one would know!

Now I know some of you don’t want the hassle of completing a DIY, so I have curated a few options to get the look.


I know you can tackle this DIY project just as I did, so go ahead and pin this to your ‘future projects’ Pinterest board or share with someone who would love this!

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Create your own Potterybarn inspired decorative string of beads to decorate your home and unique finds with. Love how these beads add character and texture to decorative accessories. This project is budget-friendly by dandelion patina

 

Other decor and styling post you may enjoy:

7 simple ways to cozy up your home! It has never been easier. dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle

 

industrial pipe shelving facebook

 

Enjoy your day,

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DIY Mudpaint Makeover

Let’s catch up!

What has been happening around Dandelion Patina this past week?

I have been spending some time in our basement organizing. I have big plans to transform the only room in the basement with a window. It will be a fun hang out space for the girls, as well as a place to create. I can’t wait to share the process with you.

I am also working on a DIY project for my contributor post over at The Everyday Home, which will go live Wednesday. Did you happen to catch last months? I created a fun display of snowflakes.

And, I transformed a vintage kitchen scale today! I tried out a new paint called Mudpaint in Manor White. I love trying out new products. And I love white, but it can be a bit tedious to paint a large furniture piece with white. It has always taken 3 good coats to get a decent final finish.

How about you?

Mudpaint Manor White kitchen scale

I have been searching for a vintage white scale for weeks. I found one at a local antique store, but I got distracted by another piece and forgot to go back to the booth and grab it. Unfortunately, when I went back the next day, it was gone.

But, then the light bulb went on.

I already have a vintage kitchen scale.

And, I have mudpaint in manor white to try out. Ding, ding, ding!

mudpaint paint makeover

 

vintage kitchen scale with patina

The scale is pretty cool, isn’t it? It tells a story of the past and it is still fully functional. But, I wanted a fresh white one. So, when you can’t find exactly what you want (or in my case forget to go back and grab it) just paint something you already have!

 

vintage kitchen scale
Honestly, I was slightly worried about the paint adhering to the metal. But, what is life without taking a risk or two? And, I worried for nothing. Mudpaint adhered beautifully. The process took 2 coats and was finished with wax top coat.

 

manor white mudpaint makeover

 

mudpaint kitchen scale

 

Here are a few other transformations with mudpaint in manor white:

 doodles and stitchesDoodles and Stitches

mudpaint project from my creative days

My Creative Days

Do you follow Dandelion Patina on Pinterest? Facebook? Instagram? Twitter?

I would really LOVE for you to follow along!

*disclaimer: I was provided with paint for this post from Mudpaint, but, all opinions on vintage pieces and my love of white are my own.

Rustic Winter Front Porch

simply rustic winter front porch

If you have been following along  on the blog,

you probably saw my Fall decorating on the front porch.

I used straw bales to create the rustic lounger

where my little girls enjoyed  the Fall breezes

and beautiful changing leaves.

winter front porch

When we bought this two story,

I fell in love with the covered front porch.

I loved its symmetry.

It is an extension of the inside during the summer.

A place to relax and watch the kids play in the yard.

A peaceful area to read a book and wave to a neighbor walking by.

front porch with aqua door

During the winter months,  I tend to stick with simple touches of decorating.

Mostly because it is way too cold to be out on the porch-

stringing tons of lights and getting frustrated with

a constant dripping nose.

winter greenery swag

Simple pine greenery was tied together. Burlap was used to make a bow.

black chair with lantern

I painted and distressed two mismatched chairs that I picked up at a yard sale. Lantern chandeliers were given a new life as display cases for figure skates and simple greenery.

front porch winter theme decor

Straw bales from the Fall season were reused as tables between the rocking chairs. The bales were dressed up with a few plaid throws to bring the winter and Christmas decor alive.

front porch decor

Window boxes were built out of cedar to tie in with the cedar posts on the front porch. Simple pine greenery cut from trees in the backyard filled the boxes. Browned Limelight hydrangea heads were used as an unexpected element. Soft white lights give just a kiss of Christmas.

front porch winter decor

 

pine greenery and cotton boll

 

rustic winter front porch

 

winter theme front porch

 

 

 

How do you decorate your front porch in winter?

Gold Basketweave Ornament

It is all about trimming the tree!

Have you started yet?

There has been a ton of snow here and it just seems like we have skipped over Thanksgiving.

Everyone is in full swing for the holidays.

Bell ringers are at the grocery stores.

Wreaths are ready to purchase.

Christmas trees are discounted at Michael’s.

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 Today, I will give you a simple and very inexpensive way to make gold basketweave ornaments.

I will also be sharing a roundup of some of my favorite gold ornaments!

gold DIY ornaments

ROUND UP OF GORGEOUS GOLD ORNAMENTS

1. Gold Basketweave Ornament-Dandelion Patina

2. DIY Mercury Glass Ornaments-The Frugal Homemaker

3. Gold + Gilded Woodland Ornaments-City Farmhouse

4. Prisma Wall Decor-Delineate Your Dwelling

5. Gold Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments-The Thinking Closet

TUTORIAL: GOLD BASKETWEAVE ORNAMENTS

basket weave ornaments in gold

Start with a bag of party favors from The Dollar Tree.

gold basket weave ornaments

Paint each favor in metallic gold. I used DecoArt.

gold basket weave Christmas ornament

When dry, apply a pattern with Elmer’s Glue.

Christmas ornament in gold with basket weave pattern

Sprinkle vintage gold glass glitter to cover the glue and shake off excess.  Once dry, add gold thread for hanging.

basket weave ornament in gold

Oh, but wait there is MORE…..

 

….If gold isn’t your thing,

I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers who know how to ROCK AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

with great ornaments and trimmings.

I am sure you will find something you love! Just take a look below.

Trim the Tree this Christmas with more than 35 ideas to inspire from your favorite bloggers! #trimthetree

Please let me know in the comments which is your favorite!

Trim The Tree 1

1. Advent Calendar Pocket 

2. Polymer Clay Poinsettia

3. Yarn Wrapped Ornament 

4.  Vintage Green Paper Ornament

5. Trim the Tree Garland

6. Ribbon Stuffed Ornaments

7.  Wooden Star Ornament

8. Melted Snowman Ornament

9. Felt Christmas Tree

10.  Santa Star Ornament

 

Trim the Tree 2

1. Vintage Map Ornament

2. Yarn Joy Ornament

3.  Embossed Wood Bird Ornament

4. Snow Man Wood Slice Ornament

5. Christmas Garland

6.

7.  Star Painted Ornament

8. Neon Christmas Tree Topper

9. Wooden Spool Christmas Tree

 

Trim The Tree 3

1. Gingerbread Cookie Ornament

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3. Bow Christmas Tree Garland

4. Travel Map Ornaments

5. Homemade Glitter Ornaments

6. Felt Candy Ornaments

7. Make Love Ornament

8. How to Decorate your Tree like a Pro

9.  Joy Ornament

10. Glitter Pinecone Ornament

 

Trim The Tree 4

1. Scented Gingerbread Ornament

2. Diy Tree Skirt

3. Pinecone Decorative Tree

4.  Wood Slice Ornament

5. Wood Slice Child Silhouette Ornament

6. Tips for Decorating the Christmas Tree

7. Mason Jar Lid Ornament

8. Gold Basket Weave Ornament

9. Rustic Christmas Tree Garland

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