Big Boy Room Makeover

Hey Friends!

I’m ready for the big reveal! If you didn’t catch my last post {here}ย I am sharing my son’s big boy bedroom makeover with you today! I started the process by making a list of goals. Here’s a quick recap:

Problems:

  • His room was ALWAYS messy (queue the knowing nods of moms everywhere).
  • His small bedroom looked even smaller because of dark furniture.
  • He was outgrowing the themed elements of his room (because Lightning McQueen, tractors, and Ninja Turtles are only a passing phase.)

Solutions:

  1. Organize the chaos.
  2. Lighten up the dark accents.
  3. Simplify the โ€œthemedโ€ elements of the room.

I already shared with you how I solved problem #2 with Rustoleum Chalk Paint (and a full review of that product can be found in my last post {here}). So with today’s post I want to share the full reveal and how I solved problems #1 and #3.

Get ready for it. Here’s the before. (Cover your eyes. Or don’t. Because then you can’t see how desperately I needed to fix this problem.)

Before Photo Big Boy Room www.graceinmyspace.com

BEFORE

Now here’s where I’m just going to stop myself. I know full well that cleaning all this junk ย up (I mean….precious treasures) would solve problem #1. It is, after all, a complete mess. So I’m just going to say that his room could have been much nicer looking if I’d ONLY organized better instead of doing everything else I did. Organization does make a world of difference so if you are looking to make your space more inviting and less chaotic, then I would highly recommend simplifying, clearing out the clutter and trash, and investing in a good organization system. If nothing else, it is simple enough to stack things when you’re in a pinch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are a few more before photos for the full effect.

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THEMED ELEMENTS EVERYWHERE

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HE’S ALREADY STARTED TAGGING ๐Ÿ˜‰

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CHAOS AT ITS BEST

Ok, now let’s get down to it. Solutions!

PROBLEM #1: CHAOS

SOLUTIONS:

  • Remove extra un-necessary surfaces to collect clutter.

He did not need two side tables. So I simply added one to the garage sale pile and left the larger desk to serve as both a homework station and nightstand. I also removed the wall shelf above his desk because it visually cut the wall making it appear to be a smaller area. Plus, he has an entire wall dedicated to his Lego creations and one more shelf just meant that he wasn’t forced to choose his favorites to display, thus adding to the clutter.

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AFTER: DOWN A SIDE TABLE AND SHELF

  • Make better use of wall space.

Next, I chose to display his bulky treasures, like these guitars and lasoo, which were always taking up valuable storage space in his closet. This allowed me to add storage to his closet for smaller items by collecting things in baskets on his shelving system. Plus, he can now easily plunk on his guitars without knocking everything over getting them out of the closet! Score!

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USE YOUR WALLS AS STORAGE

  • Get Beddy’s bedding!

This step was instrumental in organizing my son’s room. As you can see from the before photo, his bed was never made and he is a blanket hoarder. Seriously, the child never has less than three blankets laying all over his room and the novelty of making his bed wore off around the time that he figured out 25 cents isn’t very much chore money. So Beddy’s bedding was my solution!

Their bedding system works like a sleeping bag making it 100% easy peasy for my 6 year old to make his bed. Simply zip the sides down on either side, climb in and cover up for the night, and then zip it back up in the morning! The entire comforter fits like a fitted sheet ensuring that it won’t end up on the floor each morning. And, since I do love that my son loves a cozy blanket, we also went with the buffalo check bed mate for those cold winter nights.

He has had this bedding for several weeks now and I can honestly say that he loves making his bed now. He thinks he’s so cool to zip it up and be done. ๐Ÿ™‚ My daughter even wants one because she wants to be cool like her big brother. Momma win!

If you’re interested, check out the Beddy’s products {here}. Owen has the Game On Gray comforter and Check Mate Blanket.

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BEDDY’S BEDDING FOR THE WIN!

  • Develop a system that works for your child.

My last step in the organizing process was to develop a system where he can keep his treasures without causing mommy to go crazy. My son LOVES art and every single project he does is his masterpiece. I don’t want to stifle that! But, let’s be honest. They aren’t all masterpieces. (Like that beautiful picture he drew on the back of the restaurant placemat that we had to bring home. With food stains on it.)

So we struck a deal! He gets to keep one masterpiece a week in his room. After the week is over he decides if it gets tossed or saved in our memory box. We shall see how this one goes. But I want to make him a part of keeping his living space tidy. Hopefully his future wife will appreciate this. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

After Lego Shelf- Big Boy Room www.graceinmyspace.com

DISPLAY ONLY FAVORITES

Problem #3: OUTGROWING THEMED ELEMENTS

SOLUTION: Streamline and simplify.

By making his decor more generic, removing the “baby” decor (As he called it. Apparently Lightning McQueen is now for babies…), and sticking with his lasting interests I was able to create a space that will hopefully grow with him for years to come.

He has had a great interest in planes for quite some time and my husband helps foster that with an interest of his own. So the plane decor stays because it means something to him and is more than just decor. It is a bonding experience for father and son. (PLUS, aren’t those vintage glider wings AMAZING? I can’t say I’m sad to keep that unique element. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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STREAMLINED AND SIMPLIFIED

So there you have it folks! I also did a few other things in this space that I’ll quickly catalog:

  • Added some black elements to help ground and tie in the decor.
    • Spray painted the curtain rods black
    • Buffalo check pillow accents (which we already had)
    • Black globe to go with the around the world plane theme
  • Simplified the curtain situation. The other gray curtain were too long and frumpy for a boy’s bedroom. After a failed attempt to make my own roman shade ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I went with these blackout curtains from Amazon {here}. They are only $10 a panel so I’m counting that as a win.
  • I painted all of the furniture {sources in my last post HERE}ย and also sanded and re-stained his Lego display shelf to lighten it up but keep the wood element.

So, let’s have some before and after shots shall we?

 

 

 

 

So what do you think? What is your strategy for keeping kid’s rooms feeling cleaned up and put together?

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Be blessed my friends!

Sarah

{Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.ย  โ€” Lady Bird Johnson}

Rustoleum Chalk Paint: A Review

Hello Friends!

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on revamping my son’s bedroom. He’s becoming a big boy (insert momma tears) and his room needed a bit of a refresh to a more sophisticated look. But let’s remember, he is only 6. So I was looking to accomplish three things with this revamp.

  1. Organize the chaos.
  2. Lighten up the dark accents.
  3. Simplify the “themed” elements of the room.

This is the before. Now, let’s remember that this is a judgement free blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I literally snapped this photo out of the blue one day because this was my reality. Bed NEVER made. His “treasured” collections (a.k.a. random rocks, two second art projects that he considers Van Gogh’s, last year’s birthday balloons and chuck-e-cheese trinkets) scattered EVERYWHERE. Messy, messy, messy. It made my mom OCD go crazy every time I passed his room.

Before Photo Big Boy Room www.graceinmyspace.com

BEFORE

So I decided something must be done! And it all started with objective #2: lighten up the dark accents. His furniture is the same set we bought when he was born (can I get a hallelujah for convertible cribs?) and still works perfectly fine. So I figured I could just paint it! FYI- I really hate painting. Like, a lot. But it is an easy DIY and affordable so I went to work. And that is where this post comes in!

I’ve never before tried Chalk Paint. I know, I know. This has been around for some time now and that is why I am definitely not doing a tutorial for you. There are a ton of them out there already and mine would be subpar I’m sure. So instead I wanted to share a quick review on the brand I used: Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Country Gray.ย (Side note: I started with Aged Gray, which is the lighter version of Country Gray. Be warned! Aged Gray is actually baby blue. Boo….)

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I wanted a medium true gray and I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it or have to go “into the city” to find it. Because we live in a small town with very limited hardware store selection and no Home Depot. Which is a very sad thing in my opinion. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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BEFORE + ONE COAT

So as you can see the wood is an engineered cherry wood finish. I did not want to sand this, hence the chalk paint. So I took the bed apart, with the help of my handsome hubby, and set up shop in the garage. On my card tables. Because isn’t that how all handy DIYers do it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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AN EXPERT’S WORK STATION

I was highly doubtful that it would only require one coat to get the coverage that I needed like it claimed. Nothing EVER only takes one coat when it comes to painting. Hence why I hate painting. You have the painting, the waiting, the more waiting, the second coat, the waiting, the finish coat, the waiting…..you get the picture. I am impatient and that’s all it boils down to.

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ONE COAT FINISHED

Above you can see the coverage after one coat. Now there are certain projects where a person may want a distressed look. If that is what I was going for then I could have stopped here and strategically sanded down areas to give it that look. But I have a feeling my son is going to distress this all on his own with everyday use. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I wanted to give it a little more durability with a second coat.

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SECOND COAT FINISHED

As you can see, even after the second coat there were some spots that rubbed off. But I personally think that is because I was impatient and should have given it another hour to dry. Plus, I didn’t mind the few areas that rubbed, so I moved forward with the finish coat.

This is where I wavered on what to do. I really didn’t want to do another two coats of a top-coat. Because: Impatient. But I asked around on Instagram to some of my fabulous DIY friends and they assured me I would regret it if I didn’t. So I used Rustoleum Ultra Matte Chalked Top Coat. I added two coats of this for extra durability.

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And here is how I feel about the products I used. (Note: I’m not getting paid to review these. I didn’t get them for free and am not partnering with Rustoleum in any way. I just wanted to share my experience with you in case you’re also looking for a cheaper chalk paint option! However, I do earn a small commission if products are purchased using the affiliate links above to help this little blog keep a-goin’.)

PROS

  • Much cheaper than many other chalk paint options.
  • Sold in many stores and not hard to obtain. (I found mine in our local grocery store!)
  • Did stick VERY well on un-sanded furniture. And the angels rejoice!!
  • Only took two coats to cover a dark stain, whereas latex paint most likely would have taken three.
  • Leaves a nice finish that is not streaky with brush strokes.
  • Has a matte finish, which you typically want in furniture.
  • Cleans up well with water.
  • Easily sands for distressing if you prefer that shabby chic look.

CONS

  • Does not cover in one coat like it claims. But really, I didn’t expect it to.
  • Limited color options. This is not tintable so what the can shows is what you get! (Unless you buy Aged Gray, like I said above. In which case you get baby blue.)
  • You HAVE to do a top coat to ensure the durability of the paint. And most likely two top coats.
  • Top coat is very runny and can leave drip marks easily if you aren’t watching it closely.

So there you have it! My take on this brand of chalk paint. And now, drumroll please…..

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AFTER

Ta-da!! This is a little sneak peek of my son’s revamped room!! I LOVE how bright and airy it feels, even though I didn’t paint the walls. Removing all the dark furniture brightened it up so much. And on my next post, I’ll be sharing the full reveal. Including how I accomplished goal #1 and #3 above. And here’s a little hint, this gorgeous bedding has something to do with it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Be blessed friends! Until next time,

Sarah

{Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. – Charles R. Swindoll}

Just Need a Little Vision Sometimes

Hello friends! It has been a long time since my last post. I’m kind of a bad blogger. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I wanted to share a simple project I did last week with you that I shared in my Instagram stories. I rounded my stories up for you in a short video. You’ll have to excuse my rambling. That is how my stories go.

img_2780A month or so back I went to this AMAZING barn sale. They had a back room with loads of scrap wood, spindles, table legs and random vintage architectural pieces. (A lot of which can be found in my Etsy shop right now!) But I found a set of four vintage table legs and knew I could make something out of them. And then I found this fantastic vintage piece that was probably at one point the top of a cupboard. And I decided they could make a table! So here is the video how-to!

Next time you see random scraps of wood for sale, just have a little vision for what could be instead of what is!

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So what do you think? What is your favorite DIY project?

Sarah

{The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller}

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Bamboo Flooring: An Honest Review

Hello friends!

Today I want to talk about bamboo flooring. Be VERY excited.

I’ve got two disclaimers for you right off the bat.

  1. I am NOT a flooring expert. I am just a SAHM who is sharing my own experience in my own home.
  2. I’m not planning to share any brands with you. Sorry! I don’t want to be a brand rep or a brand basher, depending on which pro or con you read. And that’s all I’ll say about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So let’s get started, shall we? You may have noticed in my spring home tourย that I have dark wood flooring. Bamboo flooring, to be exact. Well it stuck out to me in this photo below and after a friend asked me how I liked my flooring I thought, maybe other people would like to know too! And here we are. Talking about bamboo floors.

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After our house fire we had to very quickly decide what type of flooring we wanted in this space. And let me tell you, if there is ever a decision I DON’T want to be rushed into, it is the permanent flooring in our largest living space. BUT, I also didn’t want to be kept out of my house any longer than our 6 month remodel dictated. SO, after some quick shopping and mild deliberation, we decided to go with these bamboo wood floors.

We chose them for the following reasons:

  1. They were stated to have the highest durability rating. With trucks and scooters and dog nails we really wanted something that could hold up to our energetic family life.
  2. They were pretty.
  3. They were in our budget.

(Reasons 2 and 3 are really the most important, after all. ;)) Friends, I will never forget the moment they finished installing them and the woman who was polishing them up with a final cleaning looked at me and said, “Good luck keeping these beauties clean.” Why thank you woman that I don’t know. Thank you for completely deflating my otherwise happy demeanor.

But ya know what? She was RIGHT! She totally knew her stuff. (She just could have been nicer- just sayin.)

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So here’s my qualms with my bamboo wood floors. And enough of the pretty pictures. Here comes some real life folks.

CONS

  • The are not, in fact, very durable. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Imagine my dismay when the very first day we moved back into our house my son ran a small truck across the floor and left a huge scratch. We have scratches, we have gouges, we have little marks all OVER the place. In fact, I had to buy a 10×14 rug just to cover up the issues in our flooring from when we had a smaller rug that didn’t cover as much surface area.
  • They show EVERY SPEC of dust, dirt and dog hair. Not to mention dog footprints, footprints of kids with sweaty feet (I told you we were getting into real life) and drops of who knows what that comes from my kids.
  • You can’t refinish them. At least with real wood you have the option of sanding it down and re-staining. But with these, as you can see from the gouge picture above, the top layer of finished bamboo is very thin and not refinish-able.

I swear to you all, I am not a dirty person. Cross my heart. The pictures above were taken less than an hour after sweeping and vacuuming. You may be able to find a lighter finish but these dark ebony floors are my nemesis.

Now, just to be fair, I do have some pros for ya. I’m just not sure they outweigh the cons.

PROS

  • They shine up real nice. (I said that in my head like a lovable southern mama.) Before company comes over I have to mop for my own sanity. Otherwise I just sit there looking at all the smudges and dirt wondering if they think I’m a bad housekeeper.
  • They can get slightly wet. A lot of laminates and even solid wood floors can buckle if too much moisture is on them. These bamboo floors have held up nicely to a simple wet mop and everyday spills. Granted we’ve never had a flood or anything drastic. But I’m not really sure any type of flooring could stand up to that.
  • They are a bold addition to the home, stylistically. Many floors these days are tile, laminate, or carpet. All of which can be beautiful. But these tend to make a statement. And they are much more realistic (since they are real wood) than most laminates or even engineered wood flooring.
  • They are budget friendly. Compared to many types of floors, these were a decent price. On a scale of $ to $$$$ they would probably fall in the $$ range. Do you like that technical description?

So there you have it. If I had to do it all over again I would choose a lighter color wood. And go with real wood floors.ย Flooring is a long term product so a good investment is worthwhile if you plan to stay in your home for any length of time. But we are stuck with our decision for now, so I will continue to show Grace in my own home. Even with my dirty scratched up floors. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I do have one quick tip! If you happen to struggle with the same issues I do with these types of dark floors, a good black sharpie works well as a scratch filler. Just mark it over the scratch or gouge and buff with a cloth or paper towel immediately after before it dries. It doesn’t completely cover it but it does work better than any scratch cover I’ve tried.

Anyone have any other tips you’d like to share?

Sarah

{I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. Anne Lamott}

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Winter Home Tour

Hi Friends,

I thought I would pop on and take a break from my photography series to give you a quick winter home tour! I showed you my fall home tourย way back when, and now here we are at the end of January already! Sometimes it is hard to fathom how quickly life goes.

First off, my go-to decor after Christmas decor comes down is light and bright and green! After a month of red (gasp!) and layers upon layers of decorations I crave simplicity. So much of my winter decor is simple and nature inspired.

Dining Room | Grace In My Space

I did manage to completely revamp my entryway gallery wall. I have a thing for galleries and I’ve been itching to redo this space for some time after it being the same way for almost 3 years! So here’s a little before and after. I loved adding in some different textures with metal, wood and natural elements.

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BEFORE

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AFTER

After entering our home you walk into our great room. In here I wanted the mantel to have a symmetrical appeal while simplifying. I love what the wood tones do to warm up the space.

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And of course, winter = PILLOWS! You gotta have some comfort when it’s cold outside.

Living Room Fireplace | Grace In My Space

So looking from the living room into the kitchen and dining room, you can see that there isn’t much wall space in these two rooms. So I have to be creative in my shelf and table styling to give it some pizazz. And yes, we do have a TV. Along with about 6 other black boxes that I’d like to hide. But, this is reality folks.

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But overall, greens steal the show in this space.

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This is my first attempt at styling this space. I was craving simplicity!

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BEFORE

Annndddd, then I got bored with it and added a bunch of layers along with sweet Tux the Cow! (Who happens to be available for purchase in my Etsy shop along with my little Hobbit Barn also pictured!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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AFTER

I may have also scared my kiddos when I got really excited about this stick that I found in the yard. (Insert eye roll emoji.) I mean, look at how perfectly structured it is for a vase! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And last but not least, the heart of the home. My kitchen never has dramatic changes because I like to keep it as simple as possible since it tends to be the dumping ground for the family. Anyone else constantly removing clutter from your countertops?!

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So thanks for browsing my home! For more detailed shots make sure to check out my Instagram feed! And before you know it, I’ll be back with a spring home tour for you!

Blessings,

Sarah

{If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. –ย Anne Bradstreet}

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WINTER HOME TOUR

Harvest Tablescape

Hey ya’ll,

Can I just be honest with you? I don’t do fancy tables. Like, ever. When I have a party I pull out the red solo cups and paper plates. Heaven forbid I have to do dishes for 30 people. But this year I thought for about 2.4 seconds that I would be hosting Thanksgiving. So I started to play around with a pretty harvest tablescape. Then, plans changed and I am no longer hosting Thanksgiving! Wah wah. (Admit it, you all made the sound in your heads.)

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Well friends, that is ok with me. Because that means no dishes! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But since I had already played around I thought I would show you what my table WOULD have looked like for Thanksgiving this year. This tablescape took a very short amount of time. Because, you know me, I like to keep it simple.

First up, the centerpiece. You might recognize this from my last post about styling trays! (Hint: Be sure to check it out to find out how you can get a discount on that hand carved wood tray and other such goodies from Sugar and Succulents!)

Harvest Tablescape 2016| www.graceinmyspace.com

If I am going to have a centerpiece, then you better believe it is going to be contained inside a tray that I can easily pick up and move when the turkey becomes center stage. So almost always, my centerpiece is styled on a tray. For this one I used a magnolia wreath and nestled it inside my wood tray. Then I topped it with a cake stand to display my vignette so it was easily visible above the foliage.

For each place setting I used simple white plates and my go-to fall decor, white mini pumpkins. I prefer neutrals but you could easily switch this up to use orange or green pumpkins, fall leaves, or other natural elements to pretty-up the plates. (You might notice no silverware. Yeah….remember I was just playing around? That means not getting out the unnecesary. You’ll want silverware. Or your guests might think you’re a caveman. Or cavewoman.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Harvest Table | www.graceinmyspace.com

I am also IN LOVE with my wood bead garland from Sugar and Succulents. It is so easy to style just about anywhere but in this tablescape I think it adds a nice little touch of nature. And bonus, the food dishes will easily set around it!

Fall Table| www.graceinmyspace.com

And last but not least, add a little glam with some glassware. I prefer these simple dollar store bottles but you can change it up with candlesticks, several bottles lining the runner, or other taller items to balance out the shorter decor.

Harvest Tablescape | www.graceinmyspace.com

Toss on a few larger pumpkins to keep the fall theme going and call it good!

Harvest Table| www.graceinmyspace.com

So there you have it. Had I for once hosted a nice dinner party my table would have be simple, but decorated. Sorry to all my guests who only ever get solo cups. ๐Ÿ™‚ What does your Thanksgiving table look like?

Thanksgiving blessings!

Sarah

{I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.- Psalm 9:1}

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Harvest Tablescape | http://www.graceinmyspace.com

Four Ways to Style a Tray

Hey Friends!

It is the start of another week and today I wanted to share with you one of the things that I love to do. Styling trays. Yes, I know. It’s probably not groundbreaking. BUT, to me it is fun. So I thought I’d share some tips and tricks for a super simple way to add little touches of style to your decor.

And bonus! It is all contained in one small space. Queue the cheers from moms everywhere!

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So here we go. Get yourself a tray. I personally LOVE my hand carved wood tray from Sugar and Succulents. I have a vintage cheese strainer I use a lot as a tray but it is so deep I can never see what I style in it. My wood tray is nice and shallow and humongous. So I can cram it full of my goodies. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Whatever tray you go for, make sure it is shallow and large enough to hold several items.

So, even though there are a million ways to use trays in your house, here are four simple ways to style a tray.

Add Layers For A Simple Centerpiece

Fall Tablescape | www.graceinmyspace.com

You know what is really important to me when I have a centerpiece on my dining table? Being able to remove it! Let’s be honest, no one has a table large enough to keep the centerpiece on it while you also feed people. The food tends to take center stage. So I love building my centerpieces inside a tray so I can easily take it off the table when the time comes. For this one I started with my wood tray, added a magnolia wreath inside of it, and placed a cake stand in the middle to give more height to the rest of my pieces. That way the pumpkin, sign, and candle aren’t buried in the foliage and it is easy to see. Layer it up!

Add Dimension & Texture

Tray styling | www.graceinmyspace.com

You know what I really like to do with a vignette? Clutter it up! I know. Seriously if you know me you know that clutter is my worst enemy. Except when it is all contained in a small space and is intentional. For this simple Christmas vignette I wanted to have lots of different textures. The mix of the metals, woods, greenery and glass adds interest. The wood bead garland is my attempt at a reindeer reign. I kinda like it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Throw in a super cute ornament reminding us of the season and it is good to go.

Display a Collection

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Any designer will tell you that similar objects grouped together provide a bigger impact than if they are scattered throughout the house. But I personally like this trick because all of my glassware can be up high away from little fingers. And dog tails. And, it is pretty. So there is that too.

Be Practical: Organize with Zones

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I would be remiss if I didn’t appeal to the practical side of me in this post. A tray is a genius way to make your everyday essentials pretty. Create a zone for each of your daily staples and collect them in one handy dandy spot for easy access. Plus, then you won’t ever be searching the couch cushions for the remotes again!

And just for kicks and giggles, I’m throwing in a fifth tip, even though it was supposed to be four ways to style a tray. Because I’m a rebel like that.

Display Your Faves

Tray styling Fall | www.graceinmyspace.com

There is nothing complicated about this one. I have certain decor that I love, I want it all in one place, and I want people to see it. So I collect it into a tray because it looks pulled together and I plop it on by entryway table. Simple and easy.

So now that you’ve seen a few ways to style a tray, I’m thinking you might want to get yourself one. The good news is, Taylor over at Sugar and Succulents is a sweetheart and is giving my readers 10% off through Christmas Eve! Use the code GRACE10 at check out and receive 10% off your order. I’ve linked a few of the items I’ve purchased from her below for your convenience. Because I like easy shopping. But make sure to check out all her goodies because they are sooo good!

Happy Shopping!

Sarah

{Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.- Jerry Bridges}

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Hand Carved Wood Tray

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Wood Bead Garland

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Christmas Ornaments

This post sponsored in part by Sugar and Succulents. All opinions are my own.

Front Porch Makeover

Hello!

I’ve been absent from my blog for quite a few days now. Sorry about that! We’ve been enjoying the summer weather. But that just means I have something new to show you! One of my favorite parts of May is planting all my annuals and revamping my front porch. It definitely needed a makeover after a long winter.

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Winter = Blah and Bland

So to the flower nursery I went, along with my lovely mother and side-kick daughter. Who happens to be 2. And tries to pick the petals off of EVERY flower in the thousands of square feet they have. This place is serious about their flowers and I LOVE it. It is one of my favorite family traditions. Except for the whining from my 2 year old and the constant chasing through the aisles. But people tell me I’ll miss it when she’s older. So I’ll just trust them.

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And it is always our mission to fit everything into one car. Which typically poses a challenge. But we have risen to the occasion every year.

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Don’t worry. She survived the jungle.

When you are planting a large area you have to have a plan before tackling this type of nursery. Here are some tips on forming your plan so you only have to make one (…or two…) trips.

  1. Know how much light your space gets. My front porch is very shaded with the sun rising behind the house and setting in the front. So the majority of sun these flowers will get will be low evening light.
  2. Plan out where you will place your flowers ahead of time. I use specific pots on the front porch, in front of the garage, and on the back deck. This way I know how many flowers I’ll need to fill all my pots. Plus, I always throw in a few perennials in the flower beds each year.
  3. Get hanging baskets! Hanging baskets on a front porch instantly dresses up your home. If you don’t already have hooks in your porch ceiling then make sure you plan out where you’ll put them so you know how many baskets to get to have correct spacing around the porch.
  4. Determine your commitment level. Seriously. This is important. For years I bought needy annuals and hanging baskets that had flowers. And every year by the end of the summer the baskets looked skeletal and the annuals were withered. If you are noncommittal (like me!) then get hardy annuals that don’t need to be watered daily. I LOVE Boston Ferns for my hanging baskets. They live in shade or sun and only need to be watered every 2-3 days. I also like grasses for this same reason. I am also really bad at fertilizing. Like, I never do it. So if the instructions say to fertilize on a schedule then either make sure to work that into your plan or pass on that particular annual.

Now on to the best part! Putting it all together. First, I pulled out all my outdoor cushions. That instantly cozies up the space.

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Ignore that pallet. It is a project to come!

I have two seating areas on my front porch. Ideally, I would love for them to all have the same cushions for cohesiveness. But, I am a thrifter and I scored the love seat and chairs from Craigslist and had to buy cushions to fit. Then I got a wicker rocker and chair from another sale and had to buy cushions to fit those. And I bought them in different years. And I am cheap. So I didn’t re-buy all of them in the same pattern when I couldn’t find matching ones. That’s ok! I did it on purpose, right? I created “zones”. Problem solved. You have to be resourceful when you are on a budget!

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Once I staged all the furniture it was time to plant! I like to first place all the plants in the area that they will be living for the summer. That way I can see if my plan is going to work.
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One of the things I like to do is buy cheap hanging baskets to fill planters. These white baskets (above) were only $5 and couple them with cheap $1 asparagus ferns and I can fill the entire planter for $7.

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Once they are all placed, get to planting! Have some gloves ready and a good gardening shovel as well as some quality soil. Invest in the soil. I used to get cheap potting soil but now I splurge for the good stuff with the fertilizer built in.

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Another quick tip is to get some planters with character. Not everyone likes the farmhouse look, but I do, so I found some baskets to go under my potting bench and this fun chippy wood box. I have no idea what it used to be used for but as long as it has sides and can hold dirt, it can be a planter! Get creative!
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Here are some before and afters. I love how plants and flowers liven up the space and make it feel more welcoming.

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See how well the baskets fill in the planter right away?

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A little green goes a long way!

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Balance out both sides of the front door.

Next up is adding my homemade welcome signs. I searched high and low for something that was just right to go with this awesome window I found at Pink and Frillos. But I wasn’t able to find just the right thing. So I made them! I’ll give the how-to and debut them in another post to come.

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She just needs a little TLC.

Once that finishing touch was done, voila! Home sweet home. What do you think?

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Complete!

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Just need me some shutters!

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Day one of planting!

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After just two weeks, it has filled out beautifully!

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What is your favorite way to freshen up your front porch?

Sarah

{I must have flowers. Always always. -Monet}

Welcome to Grace In My Space!

Hi All-

Welcome to my attempt at a blog! I’ve toyed with the idea of a blog for some time now. Years probably. I’ve never been a big blog follower until the last couple of years when I discovered a few gems that kept my attention. So this is my new outlet.

I don’t really have a plan. Yikes! As a reformed marketer, I know that isn’t the best way to go about this. But I love too many things to silo myself into one category just yet. I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a Christian. I am a self-proclaimed decorator. I love to help others. I love to take old things and repurpose them. I love to make ordinary things beautiful. (Or at least better!) ย You won’t find me blogging about recipes because I cook for the sake of eating, not the enjoyment of cooking. Most of my posts will probably end up being about home decor, so be warned. And sometimes I get side tracked and ramble. I’ll try to keep the bunny trails to a minimum.

A little bit about me: I am sarcastic by nature. {I’m working on it.} I’m fairly stubborn. And kind of sassy. MUCH too sappy. But I think I’m sort of funny and my random dry sense of humor at least makes my husband laugh. SO…I’ve got that going for me. (Are you sensing the sarcasm?)

I’m NOT perfect. And the intent of this blog is not to present my perfect little life. Although, I am also a perfectionist so it is entirely possibly that I will overanalyze every post and picture. I’ll probably read and re-read everything I write before posting it. But it still won’t be perfect. And, I think that is the point I am trying to prove to myself. I will never be perfect. No one can be. That is why we need GRACE. So smattered throughout my posts I hope I show you pretty decor and fun DIY projects. I hope you see real life with children and all the joyous parenting struggles we all endure. But through each random post I hope I can convey GRACE.

~Night world

1 Peter 4:10 {Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’sย graceย in its various forms.}