Rustic Chic

Do you ever find yourself in a home decor mood? So many friends of mine are having babies, getting married, graduating, you name it. I’m at a point in my life where I want to settle down and find a home for ME. I want to decorate and entertain my loved ones. I want to have a “Pinterest -perfect” home cozy enough to have all my dreams fulfilled. So, I’m saving a little more, spending a little less, and keeping my options open to find the perfect little home for me.

Starting with my home now, I wanted to find pieces I could transition to a bigger home later. I have always enjoyed the rustic-chic farmhouse look. Distressed wood, white linen, Home Sweet Farmhouseand antique farm finds are some of my favorite elements. Stores like KirklandsHobby LobbyStein Mart and small country boutiques house rustic lookalike pieces perfect for display or repurposing. Recently, I was recommended an antique shop in Pasadena where I found LOADS of antiques already repurposed or waiting to be crafted with.

One of my favorite finds was a rusty old cheese grater I had an idea for. At $5 a grater, I was so excited. Now, I hope you’re not thinking I’m a weirdo for getting excited over a grater. When you see the finished project, you’ll understand. You’ve probably seen the Rustic Command Center areas on Pinterest. This was where some of my inspiration came from for my own command center. I found a cute, framed dry erase calendar at Hobby Lobby that was on sale & I had a chickenwire mesh basket ready for my center as well. The grater was going to be the perfect addition to the wall mounted command center I was creating. Simple, but chic. Just what I wanted.

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Other than the usual stores I shop at, I try to keep my eye open for things I might be able to use in my decor. I had recently received an email from Ikea with various room inspirations. On my day off, I decided to make a shopping (day) out of my trip to Ikea in Houston. Of course, I want one of everything there. I had practically planned my entire dream home with every corner I turned. This Hyllis Shelf Unit had caught my attention. Made of galvanized steel and only $15 I totally needed it. A galvanized shelf with rustic wood decor would be so cute in my farmhouse themed bedroom.

As a bonus on one of my weekly trips to Hobby Lobby, there was a huge sale on art canvasses. I picked up one 6 pack for $20. It was a huge deal. I have a huge tote of paints and paint brushes always ready for use. Once I got home with my new canvasses, all I had to do was plan what I would be painting. I knew how I wanted to set them up on my wall so planning came easy, all I had to was paint. They came out creatively and I am excited to finally get them up on the wall. Now, I’m itching to paint more. Maybe some Doormats next?

Eventually, I will have pictures of my entire home. For now I’ll keep it secret while I’m trying to get everything just perfect.

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Stay Creative,

T

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