• Bathroom Refresh (Before Photos)

    We’ve lived in our current home for a little over four years now and have done several projects in different rooms. However, there is one room we have neglected. That room is the girls’ bathroom which also happens to be the guest bathroom on the main floor. At one time, all three of my girls were using this bathroom on a daily basis. Since my oldest daughter moved out, my two younger girls continue to use it on a daily basis. And you know what it means when you have teenage girls using a bathroom – hairspray, makeup, shower gels, hair dye, and lots of other products that can create a mess. I think after four years, it is time for a bathroom refresh!

    bathroom vanity

    Here is the bathroom in its current state. When we moved in I bought an inexpensive shower curtain and we have been using the same one since. I’ve had a couple different rugs in the bathroom, but I really didn’t like either one so out they went. Up to this point, I haven’t displayed anything on the vanity either. It has pretty much sat blank other than a couple of soap dispensers.

    bathroom vanity and mirror

    As I mentioned before, we will not be switching out any plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, or the mirrors. I love the lights and the mirrors. They are two of my favorite things I bought when we moved into the house. I already bought a really cute tray from Walmart that will sit on the vanity and hold storage containers. I will share that in the after photos!

    bathroom

    This is the wall opposite the vanity. I am planning on doing some trim work on this wall and then painting it a pretty color. I will be taking the hooks and the artwork down and replacing them with something new. I decided on the paint color and I cannot wait to share it! I will then accessorize with a pretty rug, new shower curtain, and something new to hang over the toilet. Stay tuned for more to come of this bathroom refresh.

     

     

  • 6 Functional Items To Decorate Your Kitchen

    Hey there and welcome to my kitchen refresh! If you have been hanging out here for any time at all, you know I love to decorate with items that are functional and pretty. Since moving into our house four years ago, I haven’t made many updates to our kitchen and I felt like it was time to switch some things out. Of course, my number one requirement was for any new items to serve a purpose. I’m not a fan of unnecessary clutter on my counters. Here is my list of 6 functional items to decorate your kitchen.

    1. A Lazy Susan

    white marble lazy Susan with spices

    I went to Ross Dress For Less a few days ago and fell in love with this lazy Susan. I knew it would be perfect sitting next to the stove holding my spices and olive oil. I love how it spins, so anything I need while cooking is in arms reach. I also keep my cutting boards close by, so I can chop fruits and veggies while I cook.

    2. Decorative Bowl

    decorative bowl with veggies

    For as long as I can remember, I have had a decorative bowl sitting on my counter to hold fresh produce, snacks, bread, candy, and really anything else you need a drop spot for. I’ve had this bowl from Home Goods for a few years now and I love how unique it is. The best part about bowls are they are inexpensive, come in all different shapes and sizes, and you can just have fun with them!

    3.  Tray

    wicker tray for kitchen

    This tray, or any tray for that matter, is a great way to corral smaller items on your kitchen counter. It helps keep things looking neat and organized.

    4.  Mug Rack With Cute Mugs

    mugs and mug rack on kitchen counter

    These Pioneer Woman mugs are too pretty not to display. Plus, I love having them right next to my Keurig for convenience. The gold mug rack is one of my favorite kitchen items. If you don’t have a lot of cabinet space, displaying your pretty mugs is the perfect solution.

    5.  Bread Box

    kitchen decor

    A bread box is both cute and functional. It is a great way to store bread and keep it fresh without taking up space in the pantry.

    6.  Large Utensil Holder

    kitchen decor

    Keeping all the necessary cooking utensils next to the stove is a must do. I love having spoons, spatulas, whisks, and a rolling pin within arm’s reach. Again, these items are both functional and pretty sitting on the counter. Did you find this list of 6 functional items to decorate your kitchen helpful? I hope you are now inspired to decorate your kitchen with items that are functional and pretty.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • My Favorite Throw Pillows From Walmart

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    Well, hello there! I recently posted a photo of a throw pillow from Walmart that I use in my great room on Facebook, and you all loved it! I got lots of questions about it, so I thought I would do a post with all of my favorite throw pillows from Walmart. There are so many great shapes, sizes, and textures that you can use in any room in your home.

    cream colored throw pillow with tassels

    This first pillow is the one I have in my great room. I love the color, texture, and tassels. It is neutral, but will still make a big statement in any room. I have mine sitting in a leather chair and it looks great. And the best part is it is less than sixteen dollars!

    cream colored throw pillow

    Another great neutral pillow is this one and it is less than thirteen dollars. It would look great paired with colorful pillows on a sofa, or on a beautifully made bed.

    yellow throw pillow

    If you are looking for a pop of color, this yellow pillow is the one! It is still neutral, but will add the color you are looking for. The fringe detail around the edge is a nice touch as well. This pillow is also under thirteen dollars. You cannot beat these prices!

    black and white plaid throw pillow

    You cannot go wrong with classic black and white and this pillow does not disappoint. Plaid is one of my favorites and it is timeless. I think this pillow would look great in a master bedroom and it is also less than thirteen dollars!

    black and cream striped throw pillow

    Not a fan of plaid? I’ve got you covered with this black and cream striped pillow because you cannot go wrong with stripes. And you guessed it, this is another one that is under thirteen dollars.

    gray and white lumbar pillow with white pompoms

    Last, but certainly not least, is this adorable lumbar pillow with the white tassels! This would look great in a guest bedroom. The colors are neutral, but the pillow, would make a fun addition to any bed. And of course, it is less than fifteen dollars! So, what did you think about this roundup of my favorite throw pillows from Walmart? Which one is your favorite?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Small Home Storage Solutions

    Hello everyone, Heather junior here! Just kidding, it’s Morgan, Heather’s oldest daughter. Sometimes I think my name should have been Heather junior though because I’m so similar to my mom. One of our top shared qualities happens to be our love of all things home! Today I am talking about small home storage solutions.

    I currently live in a small one bedroom apartment with my little rescue pup, Gidget. Because of the size of our home, there isn’t a ton of storage space. As someone who needs an organized space to feel cool, calm, and collected, I have definitely faced some struggles along the way.  After a year of living here, I have discovered a lot of tips and tricks to managing a lot of stuff with not a lot of room.

    I am someone who loves to cook, bake, drink coffee, and of course eat! Because I spend so much of my time in the kitchen, I have a lot of items that belong in there. Of course it’s one of the smallest areas in my home, making it quite hard to keep neat and organized. So, here are some of the best ways I’ve found to keep my kitchen space cute, functional, and tidy!

    coffee bar storage solutions
    One of my favorite parts of my kitchen is the coffee bar! I used to have my coffee machine and jars sitting on the counter, but it took up so much space. So when I found this small table, I knew it would make the perfect space for all of my coffee accessories. Not only is this table a great coffee bar, but I’m also able to use the bottom shelf as a storage space for some of my bigger pantry items such as chips, popcorn, crackers, and extra baking supplies. I don’t have a real pantry, so this extra space is super helpful.

    Speaking of not having a real pantry, this is my makeshift one! I purchased all of these black baskets from the dollar tree and they have been perfect for keeping this space organized. Instead of keeping a ton of boxes and bags stuffed in here and then digging through them every time I need something, I have a basket for each category of food!

    spice rack storage solutions

    I love this spot in my kitchen because it’s cute and functional. These shelves are a great way to keep spices organized and by hanging them on the wall, I am saving counter or cabinet space. Plus, it’s a great decor piece that really SPICES up my kitchen walls! The shelves as well as the glass containers all came from Amazon. The containers also came with labels!

    small home storage solutions
    Over in their corner next to my stove, I like to keep the essentials on hand. I have my oils, salt, pepper, sugar, utensils (and dog treats for Gidget who is always watching me cook). I have everything stored in glass jars and bottles to keep the area looking nice. Again, it’s convenient because I don’t have to use up space in my cabinets to store these items. Another thing I wanted to point out is that all of the jars you see in the corner were once candles! After I burned through them I cleaned and sanitized them well and now you have kitchen containers! I love recycling!

    Having a small space can definitely be frustrating at times, but at the end of the day I’m very thankful for my cozy home. I hope this was helpful for those of you who struggle with space and storage issues. I also hope I inspired some new ideas for you!

  • DIY Dresser Makeover

    There is nothing better than a good before and after. Am I right? I recently moved a dresser that has been in my family for many years into my office. The dresser originally belonged to my granny and pawpaw. Then I used it in my bedroom when I was a little girl. After that, my aunt used it in her main home and then in her lake home. Finally, my cousin used it for a while and now it has made its way back to me. My daughter used it in her room for a bit, but it wasn’t really her style, so I moved it into my office to use for storage. It had always been white, but I decided I wanted to do a DIY dresser makeover using some paint and a fun color!

    white six drawer dresser

    As I said before, the dresser has always been white and I decided it was time to paint it a fun color. The walls in my office are white and the other wood furniture in my office is also white. That’s a lot of white for someone who loves color. Right now I am loving the color green and so after pondering over lots of paint samples, I finally decided on the perfect shade of green.

    six drawer green dresser with gold hardware

    Let me introduce you to Privilege Green from Sherwin Williams. Isn’t it pretty? I love the shade and the warmth it brings to an all white room. I used the original hardware and gave it a fresh coat of gold spray paint. I am so pleased with how the gold and green look together.

    green dresser with black and white floral drawer liner

    I think my favorite part of this makeover is the black and white floral drawer liners! They came from Dollar Tree and I was able to do the entire dresser for only three dollars. I love the way the black and white looks with the green.

    green dresser with lamp and vase

    Never underestimate the power of paint. If you are looking to make a change, or just brighten up a room, paint is inexpensive and will do the trick. I feel like this piece has come back to life! What do you think?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Simple Ways To Style A Tray

    Hello Heather Loves Home! My name is Morgan and the beautiful and creative woman you all know as Heather, I know as Momma! I moved into my apartment a little over a year ago and I have been spending my time working to make it a comfortable and cozy space. I definitely follow in my mom’s footsteps as a lover of home decor. I was thrilled when she asked me to be a guest on her blog! I rent a small one bedroom apartment that does not have a lot of storage space, so I am very creative and strategic when it comes to organizing and keeping my space functional, clutter free, and pretty! One of the ways I accomplish these goals is by adding trays to a space. Let me show you simple ways to style a tray.

    Because I don’t have a lot of storage space, I need to keep a lot of things sitting out on my counters and tables which can quickly lead to a cluttered space. My favorite way to avoid this issue is by finding some cute and simple jars to hold things like cereal, popcorn, candies, sugar, coffee, and other things I use every day, but would rather not take up the little cabinet space that I have. Then I will find cute accessories and I will organize it neatly in a cute tray. It ties everything together nicely and leaves the area looking neat and clean! Plus, when you rent an older apartment like I do, the counter tops aren’t always the best looking so I am always on the lookout for ways to spice them up!

    simple-ways-to-decorate-trays

    This tray in my kitchen I thrifted and the jars came in a set from amazon for only $20! Placed together with a candle and some plant stems in a mason jar it was exactly what I needed for my kitchen counter!

    tray-coffee-bar

    This tray and the glass jars came from Hobby Lobby and turned out to be perfect for my coffee bar! I have my loose coffee, K-Cups, Stevia, and vanilla syrup all easily accessible and the whole set up cost me $30!

    simple-tray-styling-living-room

    Moving on to my living room, I knew when I moved in and purchased this coffee table that I wanted to keep it clean and simple, so there would always be room for snacks, drinks, and games when having company. I purchased this simple glass try from Target along with the plant. I think having my plant and candle placed in this tray makes the setup look so much nicer than if I had them sitting freely on the table!

    simple-tray-decor

    My favorite thing about trays is that they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, textures, and you can pretty much make one out of any flat object! This wood slice I have in my bathroom was actually found in the kitchen section at TJMaxx, it was meant to be a mini cutting board but when I saw it I knew it would be perfect for my soap dispenser. I love that it adds some height to my counter and there is just enough room for my soap and a cute little succulent!

    ways-to-style-a-tray

    This tray I also thrifted and thought it added a nice pop of texture to this area! This is another example of simple ways to style a tray.

    I hope this post has given you some great ideas on simple ways to style a tray. Thanks again to my mom for inviting me to be a guest on her blog. Make sure you come back and check out her socials for more ideas and inspiration!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Home Office Shelf Styling

    Hello, since so many people are working from home nowadays, I thought I would share the shelves in my home office. I like for my shelves to be pretty and functional. And since my office is not that big, I like to make every space count. So without further ado, here is my home office shelf styling tips.

    home-office-shelf-styling

    As I mentioned before, I like for the items in my office to be pretty and functional. You can pick up any item on one of my shelves and I can tell you the purpose it serves. For example, on this shelf you will find my prayer journals and a water feature. I love the water feature because it is so soothing and it came from Five Below, so it was inexpensive too!

    styling-home-office-shelves

    Here is the full view of that entire bookshelf. I love how all of the items work together and they all have meaning. There are items that were made by my kids, books that I have read, a basket that holds computer cords, and a shelf where I put my planners and notebooks.

    shelf-styling-home-office

    I am a big fan of quotes and motivational sayings, so I like having this sign that reminds me everyday to enjoy the little things. At one time, I used the small vase as a pencil holder, but now it holds extra thumbtacks and paper clips. And how cute is that donut my daughter made me at school?

    styling-shelves-home-office

    There are two of these shelves that sit on either side of my desk. Both of them are balanced out with books, signs, vases, and souvenirs from travel. They are all items that were collected over time and I think that is key. Don’t be in a rush to complete a space. The best things come in time.

    home-office-styling

    My absolute favorite part of the shelves is the cork board that sits on top of the second shelf. It holds favorite photos, things my girls made for me the last birthday card my grandma ever gave me, a sweet note from my husband and so much more. One of the best things about having a home office is it can completely represent who you are as a person and fit your personality. I hope you enjoyed my home office shelf styling tips!

     

     

  • Modern Basement Bathroom

    The day is finally here to reveal our newly finished modern basement bathroom! We started finishing it three years ago and then it sat partially finished for quite some time because life happens. These projects take time and money and we were running low on both. It got to the point where I knew we needed to get it done, so over the course of a few months, we plowed through and got it finished. And, I am so glad we did!

    modern-basement-bathroom

    Our basement is a tad bit more modern than the rest of our house and I knew I wanted to keep that theme going in the bathroom. I used light colored wood, black, white, and natural earthy colors. I must say, I definitely love the vibe. But of course, before we had this nice finished bathroom, there was a concrete floor, no vanity, no lights, and no toilet. And just so you can truly appreciate the after, how about a nice before photo?

    basement- bathroom-before photo

    Pretty, isn’t it? Actually it wasn’t that bad. We at least had drywall plumbing and electric, a tub, and a door. That was a nice start. I knew it wasn’t going to take too much to finish it, but the project still kept getting pushed to the back burner.

    modern-basement-bathroom-during

    There, that’s better! We painted the walls Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore and then I found this awesome tile from Floor and Decor. I absolutely love it and it was not expensive which makes me so happy. The vanity came from Home Depot and I like the lighter wood tone. It actually came with silver drawer handles and I switched them out for black.

    modern-basement-bathroom-after-photo

    And here is the finished product! What do you think? The shower curtain did not photograph well, but it is more of a rust color and came from Target. The hand towel and soap dispenser are also from Target and that soap dispenser might be my favorite thing in the bathroom. The faucet is black and came from Lowe’s and I love how modern it looks.

    basement bathroom makeover

    How cute is this relax and unwind sign from Hobby Lobby? I thought it would give our guests a good laugh! The black vase and faux florals were part of my fall decor and I loved them so much I moved them from the kitchen and they work really well on this shelf. And of course, no bathroom is complete without some good smelling candles.

    modern basement bathroom after photo

    Oh, I almost forgot the mirror is from Marshall’s and the black shower curtain rod is from Amazon. I think the bathroom looks really cozy from this angle. What do you think about our modern basement bathroom? Do you think it was worth a three year wait?

     

     

     

     

     

  • Fall Front Porch Decor

    I am excited to share my fall front porch with you! Decorating my porch for fall is one of my favorite things. I love mums and pumpkins and wreaths for the front door. I also love driving through my neighborhood to see my neighbor’s fall front porch decor.

    mums-pumpkins-fall-front-porch

    Every year, I go to a local farmer’s market to get my pumpkins. I always like to get a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. I like to get one or two traditional orange pumpkins and then I think it is fun to mix in some white, blue, and green ones as well.

    Mums are my favorite flower for fall and I like to get a variety of colors. I have never been good at sticking to a color scheme when decorating for fall. In my opinion, the more color the better!

    My favorite thing about decorating the porch is arranging all of the pretty mums and pumpkins on the steps. I usually start with the largest pot on the top step and then work my way down. Once I have the mums where I want them, I sprinkle in the pumpkins. This year, I even did a fun DIY planter using plastic pumpkins.

    There are flowers and pumpkins on both sides of the steps. The flowers are symmetrical, but the pumpkins are scattered about. I like that there is symmetry, but it doesn’t look too “perfect.”

    It feels like I say this every year, but I think this is my favorite fall porch I have done. I love the mix of colors and it feels so inviting. I cannot wait until Halloween night when everything is lit up and the trick or treaters arrive. I would love it if you would hop on over to Facebook or Instagram and tell me what you think about my fall front porch decor.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Fall Foyer Decor Ideas

    I love decorating our foyer for fall because it is the first area guests see when they walk into our home. If you have been hanging around here for any length of time, you know I like to keep my decor simple and inexpensive and I did just that with our fall foyer. I hope this post sharing all my fall foyer decor ideas will inspire you to decorate your own foyer or entryway for this fall season.

    fall foyer decor ideas

    When decorating for fall, I like to keep my everyday decor displayed and decorate around it with pumpkins, florals, leaves, and other fall items. This ZZ plant sits on the table year round and I added a couple of pumpkins to make it a little more festive for the season. I chose to use fake pumpkins, but you can definitely use real pumpkins if you are feeling up to it! I also used the ball of twine to add in some texture.

    fall decor using florals and pumpkins

    This fall floral came from Hobby Lobby and I love the texture that it brings to the space. Faux florals are one of my favorite ways to decorate for fall. I also used faux florals on my fall mantle and in my dining room. They are all different, but each one brings a lot of fall character to each space.

    foyer decorated for fall

    If you had any doubts that decorating for fall can be simple, fun, and inexpensive, then you are in the right place. Don’t overthink it, just do it! A few pumpkins here, a fall floral there, and done. How is that for fall foyer decor ideas? If you want to see more, be sure to check out my other fall blog posts and follow me on Instagram and Facebook at Heather Loves Home. Happy decorating, happy fall, and stay warm!