Home Decor

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy

Hey Embarquers!

I am all about keeping your home staples the same throughout the year, but bringing pieces from the outside in, in order to bring the seasons to life.

I stopped at one of my secret weapon home decor stores for accessories: Ikea. (sshhhhhhhhhh… don’t tell anyone, but I love their accessories department).

It’s unbelievable what small changes can do to your space.

 

Here are some of the items I purchase that transformed my space for less than $100.

 

This wreath has been used several times throughout my blog, but I keep changing the accessories I place in the wreath. For the summer and spring, I LOVE adding eucalyptus everywhere! I put sprigs of eucalyptus in the wreath as well as dogwood twigs to add more texture.

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I also purchased a eucalyptus garland from Hobby Lobby, wrapped it around fallen birch  branches, and placed candles in intermittenly to add a little bit of romance to the space.

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I hope these simple ideas inspire you to bring the outside, in your home.

 

 

 

With Love,

Jenna

Home Decor

Fresh Start, New Bedding

Hey Embarquers!

After making the decision to move across the country, I decided I needed something new in my room to give it a fresh feeling, and I knew new bedding would do just that.

Doesn’t it feel like there’s something intimate about picking out your bedding? It’s something that touches your skin for approximately 8 hours everyday, so it better be comfy and personalized to your needs. For example, if you tend to get hot in the middle of the night, make sure you have breathable bedding that will keep you cool all night.

The two main options for bedding (minus the sheets), are choosing between a duvet and a comforter. Below is a basic comparison between the two (courtesy of Overstock.com, with the asterisk bullets from yours truly):
Things to consider about Duvets:

  • Is best paired with a protective duvet cover
  • Style can be easily changed by changing duvet cover
  • A top sheet not necessary
  • Is closer in size to bed
  • Less hangover on sides
  • Is not easily laundered at home (*Strictly the duvet, not the duvet cover. Most covers can be machine washed)
  • *Keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter (if you use down)
  • *Heavier than a comforter

 

Things to consider about Comforters:

  • No duvet cover is needed
  • Not as easy to change style
  • Top sheet is necessary
  • Is larger sized than bed, more hangover on sides
  • Is easily laundered at home
  • *Lighter in weight than a duvet

 

When it comes to sheets, I am always going to recommend 100% cotton. They’re easy to clean, they’re light, airy and soft… but… let’s focus on the comforters and duvets! I’ve collected some of my favorites available right now… and guess what?

THEY’RE ON SALE!!!

Embarquers, this is not a drill! Most of these sales end in the next day or two, so let’s stop wasting time and get to the good stuff.

 

Crate and Barrel

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Lindstrom Duvet, $24-$160 (currently 20% off)

 

Anthropologie

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Zaira Duvet, $199-$215 (Currently 20% off)

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Leila Duvet, $183-$215 (Currently 20% off)

 

Target

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Classic Hotel Comforter Set, Fieldcrest, $70-$84 (30% off, plus $10 off $50 purchase or $25 off $100 purchase)

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Colette 8 Piece Comforter Set, $60-$75 (30% off, plus $10 off $50 purchase or $25 off $100 purchase)

Nordstrom

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Chelsea Comforter, $93-$119 (Currently 33% off)

West Elm

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Tassel Quilt + Shams, $89-$119 (Up to 40% off)

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Abstract Ikat Duvet Cover + Shams, $83-$107

Hopefully the selection above of some of my favorite options has inspired you to give your bedroom a facelift to make it more of an oasis rather than just a place to sleep. I can’t wait to hear about all of your bedroom makeovers or if you have any additional tips you’d like to contribute, please feel free to reach out!

Until next time…

With Love,

Jenna

Home Decor · Inspiration

Find Your Home Decor Style

Happy Thursday, Ya’ll,

Hope you and your Dad (or dad-figure) had a lovely weekend and did something out of the norm together.

Something I want to talk about on this post is finding your own design esthetic. It seems as though many people buy things that they like and put it in their home without cohesion  or I do believe people have a difficult time channeling their home decor style or a design esthetic they are trying to convey in their home.

You may think, why does it matter? It matters because this space that your creating if not only a place for your life to happen, but also this is your oasis. Your home should be a place where your insides are shown on the outside for all to see (sounds silly, but it’s true). When you entertain, this allows your guests to get to know you even better.

Chances are, your design esthetic will change throughout the years, and that is okay. It’s only natural- it’s an ongoing and evolving process! Your home should convey on where you are in your current stage of life.

Now, enough about why your home design is so important, let’s get to the quizzes!

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After taking over a dozen home decor quizzes, these are the two most accurate:

 

SheKnows Interior Design Quiz

Lonny Style Quiz

 

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What did your style turn out to be?

Once you get the results, Houzz.com is a great resource for home inspiration that meets your personal style.

I hope this encourages you to be more intentional with you home to turn it into your own oasis.

With Love,

Jenna

Home Decor · Home Projects

Easy (and Inexpensive) DIY Wall Art

Hey Ya’ll!

I was briefly chatting with one of my cousins last week and she was talking about the blog and how some of the DIY projects are difficult for those who don’t frequent Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Fear not! This project is (honestly) as easy as pie. You can make your own custom art for $5-7!

Nikki, this one is for you!

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Materials Needed:

  • Mod Podge (I bought the 8oz. bottle in Satin)
  • Paintbrush (any brush will do, but I’d advise 1/2″-2″)
  • Canvas, 8″x 14″ (Buy a pack at your local craft store for ~$3/canvas)
  • Pretty Paper (Paper Source is your best friend- you can also go to World Market in the gift wrapping section)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

 

Directions:

1.) Grab your sheet of paper, flip the good side down and trace your canvas. Be sure to add at least 1/2″-1″ on each side so you can fold the paper over your edges of your canvas.

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2.) Cut your sheet of paper, place on your canvas, and fold the creases on the edges of the canvas

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3.) Take your sheet of paper and set to the side. Paint a layer of your Mod Podge on the main side of the canvas as well as the edges, lay your paper on the canvas, flip over, and smooth your canvas to the paper pushing out any air pockets. Let dry for 15 minutes.

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4.) Paint a top coat of Mod Podge (don’t panic, it dries clear) on your paper and let dry for ~30 minutes (or until dry). Hang up your work and enjoy!

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With Love,

Jenna

Home Decor · Home Projects

Spring in Subtle Floral Decor

Happy Tuesday, Ya’ll!

Winter is almost over, and Spring is on its way. It’s time to spruce up your home with a little floral decor. This doesn’t need to be overly done. I’m not a huge faux floral person when it comes to home decor, but a little sprinkle of it never hurt anyone 😉

For the base wreath, I am going to use the one I created for Thanks-mas. Click HERE for the tutorial.

Here’s what you need:

  • Magnolia wreath
  • Small dainty white faux flowers ($2 at Hobby Lobby)
  • 1 faux magnolia flower ($6 at Hobby Lobby)
  • Wreath ties

Directions:

1.) Remove the red berries and excess decor to give the wreath a neutral look

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2.) Cut the stem so that there’s only ~2.5″ of stem connected to the flower, insert the flower at the 10 o’clock position, and secure with the tie

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3.) Add in dainty flowers and secure with the ties

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4.) Hang and admire your work

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With Love,

Jenna

 

Home Decor · Home Projects

Make Your Bath a Spa

 

Good Morning!

I hope ya’ll are having an awesome Tuesday so far! Can we take a moment to say that bath time is so important? There are few things more relaxing than grabbing your epsom salts, a glass of wine, filling your tub with piping hot water and just… being.

For those of you who relax in the bath frequently, this handy dandy bath shelf- which I am going to teach you how to make- will be a game-changer.

Let’s do it!

What you need:

  • 1 plank of wood [I used pine that was ~9.5″ wide and X” long (the width of your tub)]
  • Minwax wood stain (I used English Chestnut)
  • Paint brush
  • Rag (to wipe away excess stain)
  • Paint blanket
  • Screw gun
  • 1/8″ drill bit
  • 2 cabinet pulls
  • Tape measurer

 

Directions:

1.) Measure the width of your bath tub

2.) Go to your local hardware store and purchase a plank of wood and have the store cut the wood to your desired length

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3.) Paint your piece of wood with the stain and wipe away the excess stain. Let dry outside (or in an area of good ventilation).

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4.) Once your wood is dry, grab your gun, drill bit, tape measurer and cabinet pull. Take the width of your piece of wood, subtract the width of the cabinet pull and divide by two. This will tell you how far you measure in the pull. For this project, I put the handles 3″ deep from the length and 3 1/8″ in from the width.

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5.) Flip your board upside down and screw in the screws that come with the cabinets pulls. On the top side, screw on your handles and relax!

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With Love,

Jenna

 

Home Decor · Home Projects

DIY Herb Garden

Happy Tuesday, Embarquers!

It feels like this is the time of the year when people start to get the mid-winter blues. The best way to relief this feeling is by adding some greenery to your home. This not only adds color to your home, but fresh oxygen as well.

Here in Texas, the home improvement stores are starting to get potted herbs. In the northern areas, there are seeds that are available for purchase (if there aren’t potted herbs available).

This is a simple project that only requires 30 minutes of active time. Below are the details:

 

Items needed:

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-Wine crate (available at Total Wine for $10, but note there’s a limited supply- call ahead to see if there’s inventory)

-Minwax wood stain (I used English Chestnut)

-Paint brush

-Rag

-Organic potting soil

-Potted herbs, or herb seeds (I chose the Bonnie Plants brand of: basil, parsley, mint, thyme, rosemary and oregano)

 

Directions:

1.) Take your wine crate, and set on a painting blanket or canvas to protect your flooring. Make sure all of the surfaces on the crate are clean (if there are stickers present that you don’t wish to have present, simply take a wet paper towel, and allow for it to sit on the sticker for 15 minutes, and scrape off. (Note: Your crate may also have parts of the lid sticking out of the top…grab a Phillips Screwdriver and hammer and push out the piece of wood stuck in between the staple and the crate. Second, when your screwdriver is still in between the staple and the crate, push your screwdriver toward the bottom of the crate and the staple will release.)

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2.) Paint on a coat for stain, and wipe off the excess stain with your rag. Stain all exterior surfaces of the crate. Stain the top quarter of the crate (to insure you’re not painting the area the soil will be touching and leaching into your herbs). Let the crate sit in the sun until fully dry.

Note: For those of you that have never stained before, the stain will not adhere to the wood the same in all areas… some areas will have a darker tint than others, but that adds the character to your piece, so it’s okay  😉

 

 

3.) Once your crate is dry, line the crate with newspaper. (The reason I do this is because I don’t want soil coming through the bottom cracks where the planks of wood meet, and it also keeps the wood from getting stained if you decide to use the crate for a later use.) Fill your crate 2/3 full of soil. Dig 6 deep holes (deep enough to fit your potted herbs). Place your herbs in the hole, and sprinkle on additional soil to hide all remains of the potted herbs soil. (I chose the Bonnie Plants brand because the planters the herbs come in are compostable. There’s no need to take your plants out of the container- simply place your plant in the ground and cover with soil.)

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Note: If you’re using seeds, I recommend taking a wet paper towel, fold your seeds in the towel, place in an unsealed Ziploc bag overnight and allow the seeds to germinate. In the morning, you will see each set of seeds will be covered in mold (this is good). Plant your seeds in a quarter inch deep hole, cover and water.

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4.) Mark all of your herbs with the proper labels (feel free to get crafty with your labels), and attend with the recommended care.

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Get out there and find your inner green thumb.

 

With Love,

Jenna

Home Decor · Home Projects

Make a Statement Collage Wall

Happy Thursday!

I’m sure you’ve seen collage walls on Pinterest and how to create one of your own. I think all of the tutorials have great valid pointers, but quite frankly, most people don’t have the time for the long tutorials given. An example would be to trace every frame on butcher paper, lay out a variety of designs, pick one you like, tape it to the wall, then find where the nail hook is on the paper, mark it, hammer the nails, put up the pictures and if you don’t like it, START ALL OVER 😦 … Don’t get me wrong, this is a great idea if you have an entire afternoon to play around and like to see the spacing before putting up the pictures (Click here for an awesome tutorial on a tutorial that uses butcher paper).

Personally, I like to wing my projects. It always ends up in a different direction I didn’t anticipate, but enjoy the outcome much more than the original plan (you’ll see that I end up playing around with the collage a little bit).

Let’s get to it!

 

What you need:

-Level with a measuring stick

-Nails (as many as it takes)

-Toothpaste (yes, I’m serious)

-Hammer

-Pictures and accessories to hang (don’t be afraid to add quirky items- this is about you and your story)

 

Directions:

1.) Lay out your collage on the floor. Remember to have fun with it and play around- this isn’t a something on The Amazing Race where you need to complete a task as quickly as possible and solve a puzzle. Relax, pour yourself a glass of wine if it helps the creative juices flow 😉 (and you’re 21+).

Keep in mind:

  • When you’re laying out your photos, try to keep them within a certain range of inches from one another. Almost every image is within 1 to 2 inches or another item.
  • Another way to keep cohesion is the have one or two colors in each piece, I went with the black frames and gold as an accent color.
  • Every item (with an exception or two) is in line with at least two items. This is easier to see in the finished product, but at least two edges will line up with two other items. Scroll to the bottom if you’re a little confused.

 

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2.) I started with the piece that made the largest statement (which is the skull of course), and put the pictures up around from there. Now is the time for the toothpaste! Take a frame, and put an itty bitty dot on the back of the frame where you’re going to be hooking the nail. Once you arrange where you want the picture, press your picture against he wall, set your frame to the side, and your toothpaste will mark where you’ll hammer your nail.

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3.) Start to build around your statement piece. Notice, your statement piece doesn’t have to be in the middle of your wall. I put mine to the lefthand side because I wanted to make it a little less predictable. Do whatever works for your style.

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Yes, I do notice some of the pictures were crooked during the hanging process 😛 the vibration from the hammer hitting the wall will do that, but simple correct your pictures once you’re done.

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I got to this point, and didn’t like where the wall was going, so I added in some art my sister and brother-in-law gave me.

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Know that it’s okay to change your mind during this process. It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time you go through. I suggest altering small sections until it meets the look your aspiring to create.

This project is really much less daunting than it can appear.

Note: When looking for frames, I like to go to stock up on dollar frames at Walmart or the Dollar Store. Pick different frames and paint them to match one another.

Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself and the time you spend creating this work of art.

 

With Love,

Jenna

Home Decor

Bedroom Oasis Makeover

Hey, Embarquers!

I hope your week is off to an awesome start.

I’m sure that many of you have been to Target since the new year- can we take a moment of silence and a have a slow clap for Target’s new home decor line that’s out? I think this line captures what many of us have been waiting for- an eclecticism of mid-century modernism with bohemian and natural elements.

Anyway, let’s get back on track… I was jaunting down the aisles of Target and felt a swell of inspiration to make my bedroom into a space that feels more of a sanctuary than a place the fall asleep after a long day at work. I thoroughly enjoy my duvet set, but since the main color is white and the accent color it navy blue, why not spruce it up and give my room a different vibe?

Ready? Let’s get to it!

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This is an image from my room “as is”. I look at this room and don’t think it looks horrible by any means, but it wasn’t capturing who I am at this moment or where I strive to be. You’re room should always capture who you are or who you want to be. Let’s say your day is always incredibly hectic, and you want something that relaxes you, then that’s where your bedroom should be.

Let’s start off fresh. Remove the euro shams and pillows as well as the coverlet to begin a new slate.

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Pick a color or two that embodies the vibe you’re aiming at achieving.

This was a euro pillow I had on my living room couch. It captured the relaxed feeling you need in your room of rest.

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Pick a coverlet that coordinates with your euro sham (for a coverlet, a thin quilt is a wonderful option- it adds a thin but warm layer to your bed).

From there add a throw blanket (with varying texture) on top of the coverlet that doesn’t blend in or match, give a little contrast for depth.

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Toss on a harmonizing throw pillow and fall in love with your bed again.

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Coverlets:

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Blankets:

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Time to get off the couch, and make your bedroom the oasis you’ve always dreamed of having.

 

With Love,

Jenna

Home Decor · Home Projects

New Year, New Start

Happy New Year, Embarquers!

I’m so excited what this new year has in store for you. It’s a fresh new start where the possibilities are endless. I’ve been brainstorming some ideas for you and ways to improve your daily life. I want to start by organizing you bathroom.

I believe your bathroom should be a spa-like atmosphere- free of clutter.

Now, that being said, I am going to be quite vulnerable with each of you- please don’t judge. Before I started this project, my bathroom was a little chaotic, disheveled, and… messy…

 

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I’m showing you this because I always want to be authentic with all of you, and not pretend that I have everything together. This is a journey for all of us to go through, and I’m excited to improve my life with each of you.

In order to get your place organized and a more relaxing environment, I would follow these three simple steps:

1.) De-Junk: This is a very important step. Go through all of your toiletries, and throw out everything that’s used, but not with your current skincare and beauty routine (this is true for the males just as much as the females). If some products aren’t going to be used and haven’t been opened, feel free to donate them to your friends. This can be a very freeing feeling, getting rid of all the clutter and items you’ll never use. Also, check the expiration dates. This may surprise you, but many items do have a date of expiration.

2.) Clean: I bleached every surface in my bathroom to create a clean and fresh space. You can use whatever must-purpose cleaner you like to use, but I prefer bleach because I know everything is getting as clean as possible (plus I enjoy the scent- I know… it’s not good for me 😦 ).

3.) Organize: I purchased this large linen cabinet at Lowes for $95, it has been a complete game changer. The best way to justify this is by considering this an investment in the bathroom. You’re putting equity in your home by adding in this storage (it’s similar to a custom built-in). You can either keep this as a piece of furniture, or screw it to the studs in your wall (if it matches your cabinets). I kept my white because the trim and doors in my home are white, but I white isn’t you color, I would paint the cabinet a fun accent color  (a nice neutral gray would coordinate with almost any cabinet).

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For counter organization, I went to Target and purchased an awesome toiletry organizer for $25, and it’s definitely my favorite organizer I’ve purchased. I also bought the matching soap dispenser at Target for $13. It’s better to buy a soap dispenser rather than a disposable dispenser because it’s much more economical to buy the refill pack and (my favorites are Pecksniff’s England Lavender and White Tea Soap (available at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods), and Method Soap French Lavender at Target).

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I put only the items on my counter are the ones I use every day, so please keep in mind, the less the better.

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This should help you get your motivation and just do it! Set aside a day and get your bathroom organized.

With Love,

Jenna