Living room Refresh

At the beginning of this year I decided to start a living room refresh. I’ve done a little bit at a time and I am just about finished. I have a couple of things still to finish but it’s is 95% complete. By 95% I mean I still can’t decide on a rug 8 months later!! Why are rugs so hard?!

Since we’ve lived in this house I have hated how dark and drab the living room was.

I started by painting the fireplace which made a huge difference in the room.

Next I brought in some color! I love color and I’m loving burgundy and rust colors for fall. And since fall is right around the corner I’m incorporating more and more rust/burgundy/maroon.

Next I wanted to incorporate a little vintage with the new because I love anything old! In my opinion a mix of new and old is just perfect!

All summer I have had bright faux flowers so I decided to tone it down a little and bring in more neutrals and I am loving it.

I don’t know about you guys but I love lamps. Something about the soft glow of a lamp makes a room feel so cozy. I didn’t want anything huge so I went with this mini lamps and they worked perfectly for the space.

Lastly, I had to add throw blankets and throw pillows of course. You can’t curl up with a good book without those two items!

I am so excited with how this room turned out!! It is so much more cozy with the warm tones and a great mix of vintage and new!!

I had to have these precious signs from Old Time Pottery also. I love the sayings on them and thought they fit perfectly for a family room!!

I had so much fun creating this family space. Now if I could just decide on a rug the room would be complete!!

Thank you for reading and if you have any question feel free to shoot me a message.

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Items from Old Time Pottery

-throw pillows and blanket

-curtains

-lamps

-faux florals

-signs

-farmers market metal container

Baking Creates Joy!

A while back I created a baking corner for my 12 year old daughter because baking is her favorite thing to do!!

Baking is her passion and I just have to brag for a minute and tell y’all that at the age of 12 she has a paying job as a Youth Helper with a local baking company. This company hosts at home baking classes for kids of all ages and she is in charge of helping the preschool age kids.

I am so proud of her and with her being the oldest of the family she is a natural born helper.

We have used this baking corner way more than I thought we ever would. It has been a place to spend time together just the two of us and a place for her to let her creative juices flow.

I absolutely love that she has found this passion for baking at such a young age and I can’t wait to see her skills grow!

My reason for this blog post is to tell all the Mommy’s out there to make special places in your home that spark joy and creativity for your children. Places that they can call their own. If your kiddos love to read, make them a special little reading nook. If they love to cook, make them an area to cook. If they like to draw or paint, make them an art area. It will mean more to them than you will ever know. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, just create them a place to escape and create. When my daughter is frustrated or she’s had a hard day she heads straight to this baking corner. It really means so much to her to have a spot all to herself.

My next reason for this post is to share the amazing recipe we found this weekend!! We scoured Pinterest for a chocolate cake recipe and found the most amazing chocolate cake with buttercream icing!! For the recipe to this delicious cake click here!!

This cake is seriously the best cake EVER!

I never know how to end these blog posts so let’s just say bye for now!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Signs, cake plates and canisters are from Old Time Pottery.

Little Girl Bedroom Makeover

Last month I decided to do a bedroom makeover for my daughter. Her room had ugly blue carpet, bright yellow and pink walls, clutter, and toys as far as the eye could see!!

Finding 2 shoes that matched or certain toys was like finding a needle in a haystack. The clutter was driving me insane!!

She also had huge bunk beds in her room that took up so much floor space!! So we started with getting rid of those.

Bye bye blue carpet and multicolored walls!!

Next came the fun part!! Decor! So of course I headed to my favorite store Old Time Pottery!

I had so much fun creating this space!!

This cozy rug is just perfect to soften up the room!

And can we talk about this precious nightstand and lamp! I absolutely love the shape of this nightstand and she insisted on having a bedside lamp like a big girl.

This wall art went perfect with the white/gold theme she chose!! And what a beautiful message for a little girl.

I am so happy with how this room turned out!! Everything is organized and has a home. It is such a cozy, peaceful space. She spends so much time in her room now and keeps it so clean!

In my opinion everyone should have a cozy bedroom oasis to escape to when the world gets hard!!

Storage bins, wall art, rug, nightstand and lamp are all from Old Time Pottery.

Thank you for being here!!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Hydrojug!

Let me just tell you about my favorite new pal in my life!!

My Hydrojug!!!!

I have always struggled with getting in enough fluids! It wasn’t until I started getting kidney stones and feeling lightheaded all the time that I started taking it seriously! I was in my 20s and felt horrible all the time. I would sip coffee until lunch then drink a soda or 2, then more coffee.

Finally a doctor told me I was dehydrated all the time from not drinking enough water and it was effecting my health.

I started drinking water, but couldn’t ever keep up with how much I was drinking. I would lose count of how many glasses or bottles I’d had throughout the day and just assume I was getting in enough.

Then I saw an add on Instagram for this jug that held your entire days water in one jug! I was sold!! I can’t tell you how much I love this Hydrojug!!

I take it with me everywhere I go and believe it or not it is inspiring people around me to drink more water. It sits on my desk all day and my patients stop and ask questions and then they want a Hydrojug!

Not only do they have the prettiest colors but they also have accessories to go with them!! They have sleeves to put these in that have 2 pockets and a strap. Perfect for hiking or going for a walk!!

Click here to go to their website to see all the colors and accessories!! You won’t regret it I promise!!!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

July 4th Decor on a Budget

Welcome to our home!

Let’s talk about decorating for holidays such as the 4th of July. I know that sometimes it seems frivolous to decorate for smaller holidays, but if you think about it most July 4th Decor can also be used for Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Also, you don’t have to go all out and spend a fortune decorating your entire home. Today I’m going to show you 3 ideas to spruce up your house for the 4th without having to break the bank.

First off, think about your favorite spot in your home to decorate and group all your items there. That way it looks like you went all out! I have 3 favorites spots that are my go to spots! My fireplace, my coffee bar, and a table centerpiece. You could use just one of these spots and be totally festive!

Next, find anything red or blue in your home and pull those things out. I had a red lantern from Christmas that I brought out. I also had some red candle holders and red coffee mugs. You would be so surprised what you can find around your house to go with a few Americana items and voila your patriotic!

I’ll start by showing you guys what I did for my dining room table centerpiece:

For this centerpiece I pulled out red mugs, white flowers, found Americana paper plates and napkins at Old Time Pottery for around $1.50, and put all the red and blue items I could find in there and it couldn’t be more festive! (Hello run on sentence!)

Next up is my coffee bar:

Again, for my coffee bar I used my red coffee tins, red coffee mugs, checked table cloth and all of the cute signs I found at Old Time Pottery. Seriously they have the cutest Americana decor!!

Lastly is my fireplace:

For my fireplace I left all of my vintage goodies and antiques up and just added to it. Let’s be honest, what goes together better than Americana and antiques?!

I spent less than $100 at Old Time Pottery for everything I needed to get my house ready to celebrate the 4th and can use it all again for Labor Day and Memorial Day!!

You can get so creative and really make your home so patriotic and beautiful for the 4th without spending a ton of money!

I hope you all have a wonderful Independence Day!! 🇱🇷

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Pantry Refresh

One of the most frequently visited spots in our home is the pantry. With 3 kids and a husband that all love to snack, someone is always in there.

The problem is none of them pick up after themselves! They will open a box of something and then just sit it in the floor or on a different shelf. Things get knocked over and spilled all over the floor. Anything that doesn’t have a home like extra bags or lunchboxes goes in the pantry floor. Most of the time you can’t even shut the door!

Well I’ve teamed up with my favorite store Old Time Pottery to get this pantry under control!!

I started by completely cleaning out the pantry and starting fresh.

I took the shelves out and gave them a fresh coat of paint, painted the walls and added this cute contact paper I found at Old Time Pottery.

My first thought was to put the kids snacks on a low shelf so they will be easily accessible. Also to go ahead and get everything out of boxes and ready to grab so that nothing ends up in the floor.

The next problem is that no one closes boxes of cereal properly so cereal gets stale and has to be trashed. We all know that groceries are outrageous so throwing away and entire box of food kills my soul a little! I found these fantastic containers for cereal and small snacks!!

Instead of having to wash the containers every time we change out the food in them I had this idea:

This way you just pull out the empty bag and drop a new one in. So easy!!

Then the bottom of the pantry is always littered with things that don’t actually have a home so I found these beautiful heavy duty baskets to hide all the things!!

Another big problem is because of the mess I have no idea what we need and don’t need so I end up buying multiple boxes of the same item or not buying things we need. With these see through baskets I know exactly what we have!!

I am so relieved to look at this pantry and see how neat and organized everything is!!

And how cute is this pantry sign!! I know that I went in for organizational pieces only but I just couldn’t pass up this sign!

Even the dog thinks she can help herself now! 🤣

Thank you for being here and taking the time to read my post!!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Toy Storage

So let’s talk about my least favorite thing to figure out……where to put all the toys!!! Does anyone else struggle with this?! I swear it’s like toys grow out of the floor at night! Where do they all come from?! Grandparents! Grandparents is the answer 99.9% of the time. If y’all have grandparents like ours then they buy each kid a toy or 2, or 10 every single time they visit. Which, when you have 3 kids, equals to about 456,723 toys a year!

Ok I’m being a bit dramatic but really, we are drowning in toys. And before you say donate, we do, twice a year I promise! My kids will forever be scarred by the fact that I give their toys away twice a year! I’m not even joking one of them brings it up daily. “Hey Mom remember when you gave away my favorite Doc McStuffins mobile clinic?” Oh by favorite do you mean the one you played with twice, broke into 3 pieces and stuck in the closet for 6 months?

I have literally tried every single storage idea and Pinterest idea ever created. I’ve tried closet bins, I’ve tried under the bed bins, I’ve tried sorting the toys into their own individual bins. Y’all I even had them organized down to Barbie shoes in a Tupperware container last year! None of these things worked! When told to pick up, everything got shoved into one bin.

So walking through Old Time Pottery recently and staring and all of their millions of storage options it dawned on me. Let’s make this easy! Let’s make this easy to clean up so that it isn’t such a huge task for them. Instead of making them separate all of their toys into 20 different containers we are going to simplify this!

So here’s my idea for all of the new moms and the moms struggling like me that have tried everything. Buy a few large bins! I bought 3 large bins with lids that stay attached so we aren’t searching for lids and voila problem solved. We threw all of the baby doll supplies in one, all of the Barbie stuff in one, etc. Normally I would’ve separated clothes into a bin, bottles into a bin, diapers into a bin. But nope, not gonna do it! Instead all of the baby doll supplies went into one giant bin. That way when they are finished they can literally scoop up all of the stuff and dump it in.

This is working guys! My kids are cleaning up their own messes because it is so much easier now!! Get in your car, drive to Old Time Pottery and choose from their endless storage options and I promise you will thank me!!

It never even occurred to me until now that I was making this way too complicated for these little people to handle. I thought I was helping them by over-organizing but in fact it was doing the total opposite and making them dread cleaning up.

Now their room is staying clean and organized. I even chose bins that are brown and off white so dirty little finger prints wouldn’t show. So much simpler! I guess sometimes we overthink thinks when the answer all along was just to make it easy! Their short attention span can handle scooping up all of the things and dumping them into their home in just a few minutes.

Now that I’ve solved the world’s biggest problem I can go sit and relax with a cup of coffee! You’re welcome! Totally kidding of course, well kind of!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

*The bins and those beautiful prints are all from Old Time Pottery.

Mini Vintage Cabinet Reno

Happy Friday friends and thank you for being here!!

A couple of weekends ago I found this precious little cabinet for less than $50 at an antique store and just had to have it.

I had no idea where I was going to put it but I just had to have it!!

My original plan was to strip it and sand it down to a more natural color. I stopped at Home Depot and bought fresh sandpaper and stripper. This is the paint stripper I used:

This stuff worked great!!

This was after stripping and sanding. It wasn’t as light as I wanted it to be so I decided to bleach it. I just got gloves and a rag and rubbed on straight Clorox.

I rubbed it down with Clorox and let it sit in the sun for a couple of hours.

The process worked great but it still wasn’t quite the color I had envisioned! Here is the lightest it would go:

So after all of that I realized what I wanted to do with this little gem and that was to sit it on my kitchen counter for bread, paper plates, plastic utensils, etc. The problem was that my countertops and backsplash are butcher block Formica (thank you 1970s) so the natural wood color would look terrible against yellowy butcher block!

Out comes the chalk paint and voila it is beautiful!!

Don’t be jealous of my 1970s countertops now 🤣🤣🤣

I absolutely love the way it turned out and it made those precious little wooden knobs really stand out!!

Thank you again for being here! If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer!!

Also I would love to know what this little cabinet was used for originally so if you have an idea please send it to me!!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

DIY Window Flower Boxes

Wanna know how we created window flower boxes for around $15 each? Well keep reading then!!

Ok that was corny but I’m totally serious! I’ve been pricing flower boxes for my windows and just could not make myself pay those prices for something we were going to fill with dirt! So we bought the material and made them ourselves. Another reason I didn’t want to spend a ton is because I basically kill all the things I attempt to grow! So here is the materials we used to make quick inexpensive window flower boxes:

My husband had the genius idea to use dog ears because they come pressure treated and to with stand the weather. And they are cheap!

To put the boxes together we used deck screws that we already had on hand.

We cut the rounded ends off and sanded down any rough spots. We measured each window and got to cutting!

And just like that they were complete! These literally took us less than an hour to build!

Next was the stain. I knew what I was looking for but had a hard time finding the right color. Finally I turned to Instagram and asked for help and a friend told me to look for a dark walnut stain. It was PERFECT!!

We stained the boxes, drilled holes in the bottom for water to escape and attached the brackets.

These are the brackets and lag screws we used to attach the boxes to the house:

After we got them attached to the house I didn’t like how you could see the brackets so we added an extra board to cover the brackets and help support the boxes.

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!!! So much cheaper than buying them already made. Literally 1/3 of the price and it is fun to be able to say we made them with our own two hands!!

I filled them with coco plant liners and researched what flowers do best in full shade. Those turned out to be Impatiens and so far they are growing beautifully!!

Our next project is taking down these 1970s shutters and creating our own to match our flower boxes!! So stay tuned!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post!!!

~Becca

@rebeccaannehome

Life is what you BAKE it!

Hi friends!! Thank you for being here! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We celebrated with family and friends and ate way too much!!

My oldest daughter, Tatum, will be 12 this summer and has loved to bake as far back as I can remember. It is her favorite thing to do. As a matter of fact she had her first baking class this weekend!

She had a blast at her baking class!!

So when I moved my coffee station it opened up a lot of counter space and I just couldn’t decide what to do with it. Then it dawned on me! A baking area for my babe!

I knew I wanted it to be cute and fun but also functional. I wanted canisters that actually sealed shut to keep our ingredients fresh. I also knew that the likelihood of things getting broken (since kids would be using it a lot) was pretty good so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Basically I was looking for:

~ Cute

~ Fun

~ Functional

~ Affordable

So we headed to our favorite store, where I knew we could find all of the above! Old Time Pottery!! We stayed there for so long trying to decide on what we wanted. There were so many choices!! Finally, we decided on a farm fresh, handmade theme since we would be using this space to make things from scratch!

See what I mean about kids, the chalk got smudged in less than 5 minutes!

I am in love with how it turned out!!

The canisters are exactly what I was looking for and we added pops of turquoise because that is Tatum’s favorite color!!

We used our new baking corner this weekend and made all kinds of delicious Easter goodies!!

The best part of this baking corner is we got everything you see for $100!! Years of memories will be made with my sweet girls in this corner and I can’t wait!!!

I hope you all had a Happy Easter!!

~ Becca

@rebeccaannehome