August 21, 2014

My Fourth of July Chalkboard

4th of July chalkboard art

I only did a little decorating for the 4th of July since we won’t be home for most the day anyway. I re-did the chalkboard in my dining room with a 4th of July theme.

Fourth of July Chalkboard Art

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!

My Summer Porch Tour

I thought since it’s now “officially” summer that I would share what my screened in porch looks like this year. We’ve made a few changes. We moved some furniture down to the patio to stage it and I moved some other furniture into the porch.  One thing I’ve realized is that in the summer I don’t need a lot of “decor” on the porch.  The stars are the scenery since it’s off our top floor,  the birds we see in the trees and the delicious breeze we usually get. So I didn’t do a lot of decorating of surfaces and stuff like that this summer but I did paint and repurpose a lot of items. So I’ll just start in one area and work my way around! Be warned there are lots of photos so this is a long post.

Lots of Summer Porch Decorating Ideas

 Welcome to our summer screened porch!

Summer Porch Tour - small dining area on the porch
Our porch is long so we’ve always divided it into two distinct areas – dining and seating. We moved our large patio table and chairs downstairs and I repurposed a little bistro table I had. I had to spray paint it white and then I took a glass table top that I’ve been storing in my closet for about 12 years (that’s why this is not an organizing blog!)  and put that on top of the table.  Our “living room” area used to be on this end but this summer I switched it up. I’m still getting used to it!
Green geometric indoor/outdoor rug

It’s really just my husband and myself that come out here these days so a table for two is perfect. My husband comes out here with his work laptop before I get up  in the morning to get some work done. Which is why that power cord is there in case his battery dies.

hydrangeas from the garden

*I took these photos during the course of a day and my husband kept switching pillows on me!*  I spray painted that blue metal table since it was a really faded green and a bit rusted. He often has his personal laptop out here as well as his work one so he needed a place to put that (he does his Swagbucks in the morning on his personal laptop).

begonias in galvanized planters

Moving on…this plant stand is from Ikea. I think I got it last year or the year before. It might make it one more year…might. Anyway, I usually have ferns in these galvanized buckets (from Home Depot). But I saw these two big Begonias and remembered that I used to have a huge Begonia while I was in college. So feeling a bit nostalgic…I went for the Begonias instead of ferns this year!

Decorating with a fern on the porch

I did have to have at least one fern. I think it’s a requirement for Southern porches! I also spray painted this old plant stand to give it new life (I’ve done sooooo much spray painting this month).

screened porch decorated for summer

The seating area is now sort of in the middle of the porch.

industrial look galvanized lantern

I love this galvanized lantern and my planter cup of lavender! I put them on a tray so they would be easy to move when we want to put our feet up on the coffee table. :)

wall fountain in screened porch

There’s a wall fountain close by that we like to turn on.

DIY mosaic topped yellow buffet on the screened porch

This is a buffet that I did a  little makeover on long, long time ago. I did a mosaic on the top with broken plates and tiles with some tips from my blog  friend Penny @ The Comforts of Home. That’s a vintage galvanized watering can on top that I use to water the porch and deck plants and  a container of lettuce that I just started. There’s a skylight over this table so I’m hoping I can grow some lettuce on the porch without it bolting in this heat!

a planter filled with white petunias and a chalkboard plant marker

A planter of petunias with a little iron fairy peeking out which was a gift from my blog friend Linda.

Summer screened in porch tour

That’s it – those blue doors are the entrance to the dining room.

I hope you enjoyed the porch tour!


Linking to: Wow Us Wednesday, Creative Ways Link Party

11 Easy & Simple Patriotic Decorating Ideas

I’ve collected 11 awesome DIY decorating ideas that would be easy for you to make for any patriotic holiday. Not only are these ideas easy to duplicate, they’re low cost (love that)!

A collection of easy and cute patriotic decorating ideas

11 Easy To Make Patriotic Decorating Ideas

mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint

Wouldn’t this mason jar flag by It All Started With Paint be super cute on a buffet table holding your utensils, straws or even filled with flowers or pinwheels!

Patriotic apothecary jars by  Makoodle

Apothecary jars are always an easy way to decorate seasonally. These are from Makoodle  

patriotic flower centerpiece by Heritage Schoolhouse

Recycle some old glass bottles and add some pretty red & blue ribbon and you have a beautiful and easy centerpiece like this one from Heritage Schoolhouse

Patriotic fabric bunting by Second Chances by Susan

Second Chances by Susan made this fabulous patriotic bunting from strips of fabric!

Mini flag wreath by The Picky Apple

Make this gorgeous patriotic wreath by sticking cheap mini flags in a wreath form like this one from The Picky Apple

Painted USA craft letters from BHG

Paint some inexpensive craft letters that spell USA –  like these from BHG

Patriotic paint chip bunting by Nest of Posies

This cute red, white and blue bunting from Nest of Posies is made from paint chips!

banner made from bandans by Life In Wonderland

Here’s one more banner and it’s from  Life In Wonderland. This one is made from bandanas – so cute!

Patriotic clothespin wreath by Cat's Craft Room

Here a way to upcycle clothespins. Make this pretty patriotic wreath! See the tutorial at Cat’s Craft Room

Patriotic days chain decoration

This is a cute way to decorate your deck and you can get the kids involved. Make these patriotic daisy chains from the DIY Network

DIY firecracker centerpiece from All You

This fun DIY centerpiece is easy to make. Tutorial can be found at All You

These decorations will be sure to add a festive touch to your celebrations!

The Perfect Spring Pillow

So I’m lightening things up in the living room for spring and I have some new pillows to share with you. Well 1 pillow today since I want to wash my white slipcovers before putting my other new pillows on that seating.  I bought a pretty aqua chevron pillow cover at Hobby Lobby a while ago and I wanted to make a really big yellow ruffled rosette for the center but we have been so busy working on our deck (what a huge exhausting project) that I just never had time.

Spring Decorations - aqua chevron pillow with yellow rosette

So for the time being I made a little rosette from some yellow toile fabric and am calling it good because otherwise this pillow would never see the light of day!

Yellow rosette on aqua chevron pillows

The lampshade is from Target – their Threshold line – which I really like since so many things are yellow.  :)

Yellow Threshold lampshade from Target

A yellow lampshade does not give off much light! But it’s ok because this is the lamp I leave on at night and it emits nice soft glow now that it has a yellow shade.  It’s on a swing arm lamp that I got at the thrift store many years ago (used to be gold and I spray painted it white).

Yellow polka dot vase filled with spring flowers

Some pretty faux spring flowers

Spring Decorating with Yellow

A little corner fluffed for spring!

My Easter Decorations

Hi everyone! I thought I’d share my Easter decorations today. I recently took out the toile fabric panels that lined the back of my  living room china cabinet and painted the beadboard backing  a golden yellow. So instead of just putting everything back, I put everything back and added some of my Easter decorations. So it’s all in one spot instead of spread throughout the house (makes it easier for me to put it all away).

Easter China Cabinet | A Cultivated Nest

This might just be the last time I decorate for Easter (I only do it for my daughter) and she’ll most likely be out on her own this time next year (sob!). I don’t know…I’m always torn with wanting to live simpler and getting rid of everything and thinking it all looks really cute when I have everything decorated :)

Easter bottlebrush tree and blue plates

I basically use the same decorations every year but try to think of new ways to use them. I normally buy new decorations close to the holiday or after the holiday when everything is on clearance (unless it’s something I really love – because if you wait till the end the picking’s are slim).

I’m just going to post photos with no text because everything is pretty self-explanatory. Here are some close-ups.

Easter bottlebrush tree and pink  plates


Easter decorations


Easter decorations - bunny

Easter decorations - egg topiary | A Cultivated Nest

Easter decorations

Happy Easter!

Easter banner | A Cultivated Nest

Cheerfulness Daffodils from the Garden

I know this is odd…but I don’t really cut a lot of the flowers in my yard to bring inside. I do cut the hydrangeas and roses because I have lots of them but I don’t really do too many other flowers. I like to enjoy them in their natural setting I guess. Anyway….I have TONS of daffodils and tulips this year so I actually picked some for my dining room!

A spring centerpiece using Cheerfulness daffodils in blue Ball Jars

 I’m guessing it’s because of the cold cold winter. They finally had a proper chilling period.

Cheerfulness daffodils

These are Cheerfulness Daffodils. I got the bulbs on ebay about 8-9 years ago because I thought the name was so cute! They’re really pretty – they’re a creamy color with  a bit of yellow in the center and are nicely fragrant.

a spring centerpiece using Cheerfulness daffodils and blue ball jars

They’re in blue Ball jars in this pretty yellow plant carrier that I got at Burlington Coat Factory. I hadn’t been in there in years but I needed a light weight jacket and went in there to look (didn’t find a jacket but I found this). It sort of reminds me of TJMaxx except more clothes and baby stuff.

daffodils in blue Ball Jars

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!



10 Cute Spring Printables That Are Free!

Are you all ready for spring? I know I am! Here are some cute free spring printables that you can print out at home. Put them in a frame, clipboard, or tack them to a message board. Either way they’re a nice way to get a touch of  spring in your home….for free!

A collection of 10 cute spring printables that are free!

A huge thank you to the bloggers that make these available for free! Please go to the linked source to print out.

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable from TidyLady

Free Spring Has Sprung printable from TidyLady

Spring Sign Printable by Hoosier Homemade

Spring Bloom Printable by Hoosier Homemade

free nest printable by Darling Doodles

Nest Printable by Darling Doodles

free spring chalkboard printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Spring Chalkboard Printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Hello Spring printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Hello Spring Printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeelu

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeedlu

free Easter printable - chalkboard egg hunt sign

Chalkboard Egg Hunt Printable  by Blissful Roots

Free spring has sprung printable by The Mombot

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable by the Mombot

free spring subway art printable by The 36th Avenue

Free Spring Subway Art Printable in 2 sizes by The 36th Avenue

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch


Check out my Spring/Easter Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

DIY Fabric Wrapped Spring Wreath

This easy project is a great way to use up scraps of fabric! I made this fabric wrapped wreath for a  spring display that I’m working on in my dining room.

DIY fabric covered spring wreath

This is so easy and cute!


  • straw or styrofoam wreath form
  • 1 inch wide strips of fabric
  • push pins
  • other embellishments you might want to add like lace, rick rack, flowers, brooches etc

materials needed to make a fabric covered wreath

I used a small  straw wreath – 8 inches I believe. The 10 inch straw wreaths are $2.99 and I think the one I used was $1.99?(can’t remember).  You can find them in any craft store as well as thrift stores.

I made 1 inch wide strips of fabric since my wreath was small. I would use 2 inch wide strips for a larger wreath. The strips varied in length but most were at least 15 inches long.  You want to wrap your strips around at least 3 times.

pin fabric to wreath

Wrap your strip of fabric around the wreath and pin it at the back. Continue until the entire wreath is covered with our fabric strips and then add any other embellishments if you wish.

That’s it!

easy to make wreath using fabric scraps

Actually I think it would be just as cute for summer too!


Adorable Rain Boot Planter Ideas

We’re slowing decluttering our garage  and I found a pair of striped rubber boots that my daughter doesn’t wear anymore. I planted them with some faux forsythia until I can plant some real flowers in them. They’re out on the front porch and I think they look really pretty as they go nicely with the forsythia wreath on my door.

rain boots with forsythia branches

I think flower boots are so cute! Here are a few more planted with real and fake flowers.

red rain boots planted with red Geraniums

Now I want to find some red rain boots! Aren’t these cute planted with red Geraniums! via Trash 2 Treasure

flower boot door wreath

I really love them used instead of a wreath like this one from Red Hen Home. She had boots that were a color that wouldn’t work for her front door so she spray painted them! Now that’s smart!

rain boot bouquet

This bouquet in rain boots is so beautiful! via Violet Skiles

pink flowers planted in rain boots via Hometalk

These cute pink and black rubber rains boots look so pretty  planted with pink flowers via Hometalk

flowers planted into rubber boots

This is a cute way to re-purpose your kids rubber rain boots when they get cracks and tears by Rosy~Posy

flower boot centerpiece for spring or Easter

Here’s an easy flower boot centerpiece for spring or Easter by Midwest Living

rain boot planters

These rain boot planters are filled with chrysanthemums by The Kim Six Fix 

rubber boots with phlox by Aiken House & Gardens

Aiken House  & Gardens uses these cute rubber boots as vases for some phlox.

rain boot planter tutorial

Check out this tutorial from A little something in the meantime… if you want to find out how to plant rubber boots with live plants.

10 adorable rain boot planter ideas

Welcoming Spring In My Foyer

Happy Spring everyone!  I thought I’d share a little spring decorating that I did in my small foyer (which basically means doing something on my halltree). :)

Spring Easter egg wreath

I don’t plan on doing too much this year since we’re busy with house and garden projects. But as you know, I like to celebrate the seasons and most holidays by doing a little something!

Forsythia branches in a blue glass vase

I glued a few fake Easter eggs onto a grapevine wreath that I already had (it was on my cute little garden shed before and  I spray painted it blue at that time).  I also took some fake forsythia branches and placed them in a blue glass vase (see how I used them on my mantel a few years ago here).

red halltree decorated for spring

It’s simple yet says “spring”!

My forsythia is in bloom, all my spring bulbs are up, my Bradford Pear is covered in white blossoms and the sun feels soooo good!

forsythia in bloom
So glad spring is finally here! I hope it’s sunny where you are and that the snow is melting!

Easy Dollar Store Daffodil Wreath

Here’s a super easy spring wreath I recently made from Dollar Tree daffodil bunches. It’s so quick and easy you don’t even have to use hot glue!

Daffodil Wreath - made from Dollar Store flowers and grapevine wreath - super easy to make!

Who doesn’t love daffodils and don’t they just say “spring”!

Materials needed for daffodil wreath


I made this wreath with daffodil stems from The Dollar Tree  (I bought 6 but only used 5), a grapevine wreath which I already had, ribbon and wire cutters for the stems. That’s it!

cut daffodil stems

I cut each flower off the stem and then all I did was stick the stems into the grapevine. No hot glue needed! If your stems are too long and poke out the back – just trim them shorter.

DIY Spring Wreath from Dollar Tree flowers

My original plan was to do the whole wreath with daffodils but since 5 bunches took me half way around this wreath I decided I didn’t want to buy more stems and that I would just do half (but it’s a very full half).

Also,  my grapevine wreath was already painted (one I used last year). I would keep it unpainted though. Painting made some areas of the grapevine stick together and made it hard (but not impossible) to insert the flowers.  Even so it was a really quick spring wreath to put together!

Daffodil Wreath for spring made from dollar store stems

Hope you give it a try!



My Cheerful Yellow Spring Decorating

Yellow is such a happy color! I decorate with yellow all year long (almost all of my walls are yellow) but I particularly love using yellow for spring decorating.

decorating with yellow for springHere are a few ways I’ve used yellow in my home.

Spring decor - faux yellow tulips in a white pitcher

I wasn’t sure what to do with my fireplace mantel (until I decorate for Easter) so I  kept it simple and popped some faux yellow tulips in a pitcher for the time being.

china cabinet with vintage yellow scale

I have my vintage yellow scale in my living room china cabinet.

decorating with yellow - yellow accessories

My favorite yellow lamp from Target gets moved around the living all the time.

yellow gingham kitchen curtains with red trim

I have yellow curtains in my kitchen.

yellow & red toile fabric in kitchen cabinets behind chicken wire

I also have yellow and red toile in the cabinet above my microwave.

yellow accents in a bookcase

There’s a few little yellow accent pieces in the the living room boockcases.

yellow home decor accents

and of course can’t forget my news yellow addition….

A Cultivated Nest Yellow Accent Chair

…my yellow accent chair from Target

Yellow is always cheerful!


My Cheap & Cheery Valentine’s Day Mantel

Here’s my  Valentine’s Day Mantel that I put together over the weekend.  It didn’t cost much and I love how cheery it looks!

Valentine' Day Mantel - red truck filled with felt hearts

The only thing that took a little bit of time was the pom pom heart wreath. Everything else was really quick and easy.

Valentine's Day Mantel

I got some Valentine’s Day socks and covered my planters with them. I cut off the bottom of the socks and pulled them over the planter and just tucked the cut part under the bottom.

faux ivy pot covered with Valentine's Day sock

Target has Valentine’s Day socks in their dollar spot. I got these at JoAnns and all their Valentine stuff was 40% already when I bought them so they’re probably even cheaper now!

Pom Pom Valentine's Day Wreath

My pom pom heart wreath  was made by recycling a heart shaped wreath form that I’ve used for several years.

Yarn Valentine's Day Wreath

This was this the first time I used that wreath form in 2010 when I wrapped red and white yarn around it.  I do something different to it almost every year

how to make a pom pom Valentine's Day Heart Wreath

My wreath form was already wrapped in white yarn but you could wrap it in anything – burlap or ribbon for instance. Then I made a bunch of big red and white poms. Those get glued to the front of the wreath form. You could add even more pom poms and do the sides of the wreath form but I was lazy.  So. I. didn’t.  You can get a heart shaped wreath form any craft shop.  I’ve seen them many times at the thrift store as well  (especially the grapevine ones). Or you can cut out a heart shape out of a cereal box or foam core like I did here when I made a burlap Valentine’s Day Wreath. 

"Be Sweet" handpainted Valentine's Day Sign

The “Be Sweet”  sign is one I made many years ago (I painted over a sign I already had that said something else).  My red truck is stuffed with felt hearts. Love my red toy truck (wish I had a real one)! I get a lot of use out of it since the open back is great for filling with all kinds of decorating things.

Red gingham heart garland

The red gingham heart garland I’ve had forever.

Cheap & Cheery Valentines Day Mantel - cute inexpensive ideas

Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day is easy for me decorate for since it uses so much red!

A Cultivated Nest's Valentine Pinterest Board

I have a great Valentine’s Day pinterest board if you’re looking for more ideas!

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