Update Your Home Exterior for Under $100

Have you ever looked at your porch and the front of your house and just thought “….wow, this is embarrassing…” Well, I sure have, sometimes it’s because every other house on the block is all decked out for the holidays and we look like the Grinch must be holed up in our house or because the front porch is strewn with leaves and the front porch decor is covered with dust and the plants are holding on for dear life. Or as was the case more recently the front of our home was just feeling totally bland. Read More

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

I am so excited to share this recipe with y’all today! I made this baked pumpkin oatmeal over the long labor day weekend for my family and we devoured it, so I know it was good! And, my kids keep asking about it for snack time. It’s really easy and could be whipped up for a Sunday morning pre-church breakfast or a late Saturday brunch, either way it is totally the bomb! 

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One Room Challenge, Week 2

Last week I shared that I am participating in this year’s October One Room Challenge. I shared my plans for making over the dining room in our rental home in this post. In that post you can take a look at the layout of my space and see my inspiration board for the makeover. I want to create a colorful and inviting space but I do have some constraints since we do live in military base housing (this means, no paint, no changing light fixtures etc). This is also temporary housing for us ( we will be moving in March). I want to liven up our space and make it feel like home but I don’t want to break the bank on a home we will only be living in for a few months.

This week I want to share the wall treatment I’ve chosen and our buffet area.

one room challenge week 2

The dining area is actually really great. We have really tall ceilings but that can be masked by all walls, ceilings and trim being the same shade of off white. I pulled off a temporary wall treatment with thin black washi tape to create a faux moulding look. This really accentuates how tall our ceilings are. (I’ve done this on every wall in our dining room, although I am only revealing this one today).  I made a really fun Kate Spade inspired canvas to hang over our buffet area- because we’re all about healthy eating around here 😉

one room challenge week 2

one room challenge

one room challenge

I would define my style as neo trad. A little old, a little new and lots of layered pieces. I would also say I’m a big fan of bar carts/trays. We don’t really drink much but I’ve kept interesting and colorful bottles to display along side a bowl of limes, our salt and pepper shakers and fun paper straws.

one room challenge

one room challenge

Our mod buffet is so perfect for the space. It was green before but I gave it fun little two toned paint & stain job.

 Thanks for dropping by for my One room Challenge update and the continuation of my own challenge to blog and take pictures everyday! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @lovethetompkins for all the updates in between ORC posts!

XOXO, Holly

Fall Table Decor

Hey hey hey!  Welcome back- today is day 2 0f my challenge to blog and take photos with my “real” camera ev’ryday! So far, so good- I haven’t missed a day yet! lol but I’m excited about todays post because I am yet again, breaking out of my shell. You see, I’m not a big seasonal decorator…..I come by this honestly though- ask my mom 😉

However there is one season that I ALWAYS decorate for and that is Christmas. And, I blame my love of Christmas for my neglect of other seasons and holidays. You see I don’t even feel like I should put up fall decor until the weather gets decently fall-ish (around Oct. 15ish) and this is how my mind works… “Oh, it’s October 15th, which means there are only 16 days until Halloween. Therefore it will become socially acceptable (to me) to decorate for Christmas in 17 days.” So, somehow poor Autumn gets left out of my decor rotation. 

This year I decided that I’d try to decorate for fall, at least a little bit. I made a cute little table scape for our dining room and I’m super pumped about how the little grouping turned out.

 

 

fall table decor

Fall table decor

Regardless of what season or holiday I decorate for I try to make sure that my decor choices are on trend with the way I decorate my home in the everyday. This being said, you can probably deduce that my fall decorations were not going to be rustic in nature…..maybe if we live in a log home one day. Also, I wanted to use mostly things that I already had. I seriously do not need to make my decor storage pile in the garage any bigger….My husband loves this.

fall table decor

The large color block pumpkin was from Hobby Lobby a few years back. My favorite time to buy seasonal decor is at the end of the season, the pumpkin was 90% off at the time. Say what you will about Hobby Lobby, their clearance is amazing. I used acrylic paint to give it a cute little color block treatment this morning. The black glitter pumpkins are Target $1 section pumpkins from 2 years ago. This year they had marble pumpkins and I missed out…… I’m still sad over this.

fall table decor

I picked up a bag of mini pumpkins and gourds this morning from Michael’s ( which by the way has marked all fall/Halloween decor to 50% off right now). They were realistically colored when I bought them but a little white spray paint perfectly suited them for this project.

fall table decor

All of the glassware I already had in decor storage, even the flowers came out of our garden.

fall table decor

fall table decor

Well, thanks for dropping by and checking on day 2 of my challenge. I’m super excited about my table scape, the way my photos turned out and I’m so happy I got to share them with YOU 🙂