Fall Wreath DIY

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Just in the past few weeks it finally starting feeling like fall. I love fall and decorating my house for fall.  A few weeks ago I was decorating for Halloween and realized I really only have decorations for Halloween and Christmas. Somehow I don’t have any fall/Thanksgiving decor.  All I currently have in our house for fall are several gourds.  To add a little fall to our home I made this easy peasy wreath.

The base is a Grapevine Wreath for$4.99.  I bought 6 different natural flowers from the Dollar Tree.  I cut and separated each flower from the bunches and weaved them through the wreath.  To get them to stay I bent the end of wired stem and weaved it through the layers of the wreath.  I started with one type of flower and evenly placed each piece in one single direction.  Then continued with each type of flower until voila, I have a beautiful (inexpensive) fall wreath.

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DIY Bar Cart

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Since the first time Andrew heard of a bar cart he wanted one. I was a little wishy washy for a few reasons. All the ones I like are super expensive, our friends would drink all our alcohol, and I had no clue where we could put it. Over the summer I went to a charity design house in The Hamptons. Walking through the house made me want to redecorate my entire house and backyard. Since that is not realistic I did find a few small updates we could manage. One of the things I loved was a bar cart. I was then determined to find a cute and affordable bar cart. I had looked on Etsy and eBay for cheaper options, but still craved the gorgeous bar carts from West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and Restoration Hardware. I finally found this genius IKEA Hack made from a utility cart. These bloggers inspired my bar cart: Carrie Bradshaw Lied and Scandalous Beauty. Besides putting the IKEA utility cart together (which can be a challenge in itself) there is just one other step. I’m in love with how it turned out! It fits perfectly in the little corner of our dining room and I especially love the price tag (only $40!).

Instructions:
1. Put the skeleton of the cart together, without the wheels or shelves. Note my boo boo below. I attached the handle facing the wrong way. Learn from me and do it right.

2. Place the cart on cardboard/paper in a well ventilated area.

3. Spray away! I used metalic gold. Don’t get too close or it’ll make a weird ripple.

4. Let it dry.

5. Carefully attach the shelves and wheels. Add your alcohol, glasses, and any other fun touches. (Straws, pictures, cocktail book…)

6. Enjoy your libations in style. 🙂

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Cheap & Chic Bridal Shower Outfit

Bridal Shower Dress
I absolutely love attending bridal and baby showers.  I successfully hosted my first bridal shower last weekend and have a few more showers to look forward to this spring.  I love getting to celebrate my family and friends.  It’s also a fun reason to buy a new dress and get dolled up!

Bridal Shower Dress
Forever 21 Delicate Lace-Trimmed Orange Dress, Target Glitter Braid Belt and Vince Camuto nude peep toe heels

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Bridal Shower Dress
Bridal Shower Dress

Inexpensive Exterior Updates

Little inexpensive updates to the exterior can go a long way.  I didn’t love the exterior of our house, especially the color and old roof when we first moved in.   I would like to fix both, but until we have the money, these little changes make a huge impact on our home!  I am in love with how it looks and am so excited to come home everyday.  Our home is becoming more “us” with each update and now has personality and charm. Below are a couple before and after shots.

Before Before Updates

AfterInexpesive updates that go a long way

BeforeBefore updates

AfterInexpensive updates that go a long way

Here is a look at what we’ve done to add some charm:

-White rockers from Sears- $99 each and took an hour or so to assemble

-Black shudders from Lowe’s— $28-$41 for each window depending on size and took half an hour to hang all around the house

-Address plaque from Front Gate— $99 and took a minute to hang

-Flowers-we planted iceberg roses in our front planter and abutilon to the left of our front door, which should both bloom soon and will add some color and life.

DIY Spring Wreath– $10 and took 10 minutes to put together

-Bright white trim- $30 for a gallon of paint and took 4 hours for my husband, dad, grandpa and father-in-law to sand and paint

I love it and hope you do!