The Weekender // No. 22

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All Things Cozy

Happy weekend friends! I hope this Saturday finds you with some time to rest and embrace all things cozy. A chill has come to Little Rock this week, and when I’ve been home, I’ve been huddled up with cozy sweaters and innumerable cups of tea.  I spent today helping my grandfather set up a Christmas village, something he used to do every year when I was growing up! This year we set up a miniature London for some holiday events, and it was so special to help him put it together. Over the rest of the weekend I’m looking forward to some reading, music rehearsals, and maybe a little bit of popcorn and Hulu.

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Grateful

Thanksgiving outfitHappy Thanksgiving friends! Over the past several years this holiday has become more and more special to me, and gratitude has become something I try to be intentional about practicing. It is so easy to get caught up in day-to-day business and forget to take time to reflect, so I love that we have this time set aside each year to remind us of all the good in our lives. One of my favorite quotes reads “interrupt anxiety with gratitude.,” and I’ve been working to live this quote out.

It’s been a year full of ups and downs and change– and it’s been wonderful.
Here are some things I’m grateful for:

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Kitchen Chair Makeover

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When I decided I was going to move into an apartment for this school year, I knew I was going to need to source out some furniture. My mom and I went “garage-saleing” (technical term 😉 ) several times over the summer, and I was able to find some great pieces. At one sale I found two cute kitchen chairs. I loved the shape, but wasn’t crazy about the finish and thought they might lend themselves well to a fun coat of paint. I bought them for $5 each, and tried to come up with the perfect color to paint them.

A minty aqua blue came to mind, and I headed to the hardware store in search of the perfect paint. My mom and I came across an interesting paint and primer spray paint combination in the perfect color, so I decided to give it a try. I love how easy the paint was to use, and I also love the finished look of the chairs!

They bring a little bit of color and fun into our dining space which always brightens up my day. There’s still tons to do around here to make it more homey, but I think these chairs were a good start. 🙂

Do you have any furniture in fun colors? Have you ever redone or painted an old piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

The Gallery Wall

If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably noticed my love for the gallery wall trend. Over the past few years of dorm living, I haven’t spent much time on the aesthetics of my dorm room, but as I anticipate moving into an apartment later this year, I’ve found myself more interested in interior decorating. With that in mind, I set out to create a little gallery wall in my room that would be easy to transport to my apartment. Everything in my wall was either made by me or was super affordable, and I hope it might inspire some of you to make your own!  gallery-wall mini-polaroids makers-gonna-make-print gallery-wall-2 jane-austen-painting floral-letter-diy flower-embroiderygallery-wall-3I designed the quote prints in Gimp incorporating some of my watercolor flowers, and framed them in some old frames I had. I love how these frames are the same style but different shapes. It keeps it interesting but still cohesive. I hung them with simple silver tacks and green satin ribbon and love how they look!

The floral letter was inspired by Paige’s tutorial, and I’m in love with how it turned out! I bought the flowers on sale at Hobby Lobby and cut the letter from an old shoebox.

The “blossom” embroidery piece is one I made a few years ago, and it ties in well with the floral theme of the wall.

The little water color picture is actually a note card I bought years ago at the Jane Austen house in England. It makes me so happy to see it up on my wall!

The last element is one of my favorites. I recently got an order of mini Polaroid photos from Polabora, and they are just so darn cute. I ordered several from the past ten or so years, and they bring back such great memories. The company included mini clothespins with the photos, so I used those to hang up the pictures and added some leftover flowers from the floral letter.

I’m really pleased with how my wall turned out, and love how inspiring it is to look at!

Have any of you done a gallery wall?