Fireplace Updates

Andrew and I love fixing up our home.  I really think little and inexpensive updates go a long way.  Over the two years that we’ve lived in our home, we’ve fixed up slowly but surely fixed up our fireplace. Here’s a look at our fireplace over the years (and holidays).

IMG_9438 |our fireplace when we first moved in July 2013. we added candles from Ikea, which was a mistake. don’t buy candles from Ikea. they crumble and melt way to fast.  It’s worth the money to buy better candles|
IMG_0426|we added a mantel (see how we did it here) and christmas decorations from Home Goods|
IMG_4838 |valentine’s day 2014 (burlap banner from our wedding) and new vases from Home Goods and the mirror I stole from my mom, thanks mom =) |
IMG_0401 |andrew removed the dirty, dusty old screen |
IMG_5659 |studying for my master’s exit exam|
IMG_1634 |newest update. I painted the inside of the fireplace with heat resistant black paint.  it makes it look clean and fresh|
IMG_1641 |I love how the black paint makes the white brick and candles pop.|
IMG_1643 |now I just would like a few more candles… my pup doodle decided the candles made fun chew toys|

Happy Spring Entry Table

Entry table Happy Spring!  An entry table is one of my favorite places in my home to embrace the season or holiday.  It’s one of the first things people see when they come into your home.  I don’t have a grand entry way, so I just a simple and cheerful entry table that greets you right when you turn the corner is exactly what my home needed.  An entry way/table should have elements that welcome guests, represent your home and style and have personal touches.  I feel my entry table does just that.

Entry TablePicture of my hubby and I in Yosemite this past Thanksgiving, candle from Anthropologie (this scent is to die for), planter box from Michael’s with African violets, and a bible verse wooden sign Andrew made for my birthday before we got married.

Entry Table Family photos, Petites Fleur Wood Crate, mini Eiffel Tower (I love Paris in case you didn’t know), and an “M”(for my last name) my dear friend gave me in a goodie box when I got engaged.

Spring Chalk Board I am in love with this Reclaimed Wood Chalkboard.  Chalkboard signs are everywhere now, but Andrew surprised me with this one a few years ago for Christmas.  Every month I update the calender with our plans and a cheerful message that embraces the season or upcoming holiday.  Besides being super cute, it’s handy place to hang our keys and sunglasses without cluttering up the table.

Entry Table