Eclectic Light Fixtures

Establishing a style in a home can be so easy with the right kind of light fixture. For the most part the lighting in our home is wonderful and “up to date” but there are a few statement light fixtures that aren’t really jiving with our style. They are just a little too generic for the look we are going for. I put together a little collage of my favorite eclectic light fixtures that do a good job of blending traditional and modern, masculine and feminine. Take a look, maybe one would be right for your space 🙂

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Breakfast Nook Sneak Peek & Chalk Board Art Tutorial

Hey everyone! We’ve been working like busy little bees unpacking all of our boxes, putting things away and making this new house our home. As a creative person sometimes the mess of unpacking and long days where I don’t get to do anything creative drives me nuts and I need just a little break in the monotony. I decided that a quick little project would give me a good aside from all the organizing and would help us feel a little more settled in at the same time.

Inspired by one of my favorite songs I created these adorable side by side faux chalkboard panels. I say faux chalkboard because I fixed mine so that the chalk cannot be erased. 

The large panels take up just the right amount of space on the wall in our breakfast nook, I love the way they turned out. These panels were super easy to create even though I have horrible handwriting! I promise you could make your own too! Check out the tutorial below…

To make your own panels you will need..

-1-2 picture frames with chipboard or mdf backings. (I bought mine at Michael’s during a bogo sale)

-Chalk paint in black.

-Paint brush

-Chalk

-Stencils

I’m going to be using a smaller frame as an example for the purposes of this tutorial.

First you’ll want to discard the glass or plastic that came with your frame and paint the entire front of the chipboard backing with the black chalk paint.

Next you’ll need to let the backing dry completely. The rub the side of the chalk over the surface of the “chalkboard” backing.

Next you will need to use a wet towel to  erase the chalk. This will give your chalkboard a “lived in” look.

Then comes the fun a easy part! I wanted a more industrial look for my panels so I chose a black lettering style of stencils ( these are cardstock stencils from Hobby Lobby and are litterally the cheapest stencils ever). Place your stencils where you want your lettering, washi tape can help you hold the stencils in place without damaging your chalkboard.

To draw your letters you’ll want to draw around the edge of the stencil.

Then, scribble chalk in the center and draw heavier on one side of the letter, that will add a little bit of depth to your lettering.

After you finish your lettering you will want to fix the chalk so that your pretty chalkboard art will stay nice and crisp.

There are two ways to fix the chalk art, you can use a fixative spray found at art supply stores- it’s used to fix chalk pastels etc. Or you can use hairspray which will do the exact same thing.  Just hold your hairspray about 12-18 inches away from your panels and give them a nice light spray. and voila! You did it, you made your very own chalkboard art.

Thank you for checking in on my latest project, we have a ton of projects underway. Join us on this little journey as we make our house a home!

xoxo Holly

 

 

The Best Sugar Free Recipes and Products

Hey you guys! As promised I am here today sharing my favorite sugar free and soy free recipes and favorite sugar free products. About three years ago I cut refined sugar, cane sugar syrup, corn syrup etc and soy out of my diet for the most part. I say “for the most part” because we do like to treat ourselves every now and then to nice donut or fancy drink at a restaurant and that is okay as long as I don’t go overboard with sugar. I have always struggled with my body retaining water and toxins. In high school I began to take a medication prescribed by my derm. to help with edema and acne and consequently it helped my body release the toxins that it holds on to. I got off the medication around the time I got married and have just recently began taking it again as I have not been able to control my issues with diet alone (dang hormones). 

While I was off the medication I was pregnant twice. With Grayson’s pregnancy I was very bloated and had tons of edema and acne issues from the very begining. I hurt all over and would get swollen ankles from day one of being pregnant. After my pregnancy the water weight went away rather quickly but I still had so many body aches and pains, I still had a hard time with swollen ankles and feeling groggy and dizzy in the morning time.(Sloane’s pregnancy, while being off sugar was entirely different! No bloating, no swollen ankles from the begining, no feeling tired and sluggish constantly) After Grayson’s pregnancy I did many tests at the doctor to make sure there was not a greater medical issue and was issued a “clean bill of health”. It was then I began to research the “Clean Eating Diet” and the idea of making my food work for me. I stopped eating sugar, I read every label and searched for great recipes, I experimented on recipes by using honey or maple syrup instead of sugar. Some recipes were fails and some were triumphs and I want to share these recipes with you!

Here is my little recipe round up!

1. Peanut Butter Protein Cups eating sugar free is tough without treats! Here is a link to a little mock peanut butter cup treat that is perfect for keeping in the freezer and eating when the need for something sweet arises.

2. Carrot Muffins These are amazing and simple! They are a kid pleaser and perfect with morning coffee.

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3. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough This is great for family pizza night! I would make the dough in the morning and give it all day to rise! Personal pizzas are such a kid pleaser and the dough is delicious!

4. Sugar Free Ketchup Perfect for ketchup lovers out there!

 

Next I want to share a few of my favorite sugar free products!

1. Maple Grove Farms Pancake and Waffle mix Super light and fluffy!

2. Ezekiel 7 Sprouted Grains Bread This brand makes so many variations of bread!

3. Justin’s Peanut Butter YUMMY!

4. Garden of Eatin Blue Corn Chips  These are really great with salsa and guac and I buy mine at Sam’s Club! 

All of these products are not only sugar free but also soy-free! They are super yummy and my husband and kids love them too! If you are interested in clean eating or sugar free eating but don’t know where to start feel free to message me and follow me on Pinterest I’d love to share all of my recipes and tricks I’ve learned along the way with you!.

New House Inspiration

You guys, it’s almost here! In one week we will be pushing off from central Virginia and making our way to Tennessee, where we will be living for the next 3ish years. If you don’t follow along with my Instagram Stories you did not see the house hunting and house buying that we did at the begining of January. We close on our new home the day before we arrive in TN. Also, when I say new home, I mean brand spanking new! Which is exciting since I really didn’t think we were going to go the route of buying a newly constructed home. It was our wild card house actually. We had a lot of great houses on our list and in the end it came down to one of a group of brand new homes and a slightly smaller home built in 2008 with a fabulous back yard. In the end larger and newer won- it was really hard for me. I was definitely rooting for older with a great backyard, but the down side was that tile in the bathrooms and carpet upstairs would need to be replaced along with a LOT of painting. All that to say, we really are psyched about our new home and of course I have so many ideas for decor and projects to do! 

The above picture is from the MLS, just to give you a feel for what we are working with in this new home. I wanting to keep the color palette neutral mostly with very small pops of color, used sparingly. I’m wanting some dramatic elements to be the focal point. Dramatic you ask? Here are some examples of what I’m feeling for our new space….

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I am for real digging the high black ceilings with beams. Also, those big lanterns are everything!

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I am also totally digging the weathered brick veneer. So pretty! So the plan is to definitely “man up” our house a little. With the height of the ceiling a beautiful fireplace the architecture of this new house can handle masculine elements like our previous home could not.

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Last but not least the gorgeous weathered plank ceiling! I love it, so so much! Now that I’ve shown you all my inspiration photos let me show you the little design board I’ve come up with.

The style of our new home is all about one thing, compromise. The mix of modern and traditional, masculine and feminine. I can’t wait! I’m so excited to have another home to make pretty and spend our days in! I’ll be sure to send you all lots of great updates along the way!

xoxo, Holly