Simple Fall Mantle Decor
My favorite thing to decorate for fall is our mantle! I love making it cozy with different textures and colors. This year, it was important to me to keep it simple, so I did not use everything from last year’s mantle. Without further ado, check out my simple fall mantle decor!
This year, I chose not to decorate the builtins. The items that I use year round are neutral, so I left them and focused my attention on the mantle. Here you see a mix of pumpkins, florals, and a pumpkin garland all in different colors and textures.
Most of what I used is pretty neutral, but I do love the pop of blue. Also, neutral florals in different textures are a must for fall. I used several different ones throughout our home this year.
The knitted pumpkin garland is my favorite! Every mantle needs garland when decorating for fall. The colors and the texture of this garland really add to the coziness of the mantle. I found this one at Marshall’s last year and get lots of compliments on it.
Pumpkins of various sizes, colors, and textures are a fun way to mix things up, so that it all doesn’t match perfectly. The gold pumpkin adds some glam to the mantle while everything else is neutral and rustic. I think it is so much fun to mix different styles and that is what gives the mantle character.
Decorating for fall is so much fun! When you are decorating your mantle I encourage you to try a mix of colors and textures. You can also try a mix of traditional fall items like pumpkins, or non-traditional fall items like dried florals and grasses. Thank you for checking out this post! I would love for you to visit me over at Facebook and Instagram and let me know what you think about my fall mantle decor.
Cozy Fall Living Room
It’s that time of year again! Time for pumpkins, leaves changing colors, sweaters, hot cocoa, apple cider, hayrides, and most importantly, a cozy fall living room. Honestly, there is nothing better than a living room with a comfy couch, cozy blanket, and lamp light in the evening. Then, you throw in a pumpkin or two and you are all set! My living room is my favorite room in the house right now and I wanted to share it with you!
See what I mean about a comfy couch and cozy blanket? Doesn’t it make you want to sit down with a hot cup of coffee or cider and read a good book? This room always has a warm and cozy feel to it, so decorating for fall is actually pretty easy.
The only fall decor I bought this year is what you see in the photo above. I found the fall potpourri mix at Hobby Lobby for less than ten dollars and it looks and smells amazing! I bought the fall grass from TJ Maxx and it was also less than ten dollars. I already had the black bowl and the vase. I think these two things make such a big impact in this space. And you cannot beat it for less than twenty dollars!
Of course, no room is complete without an orange velvet pumpkin for a pop of fall color. This one is the perfect size to sit on this little table. By the way, have I ever told you this little table is a metal garbage can that I spray painted gold and turned upside down? What?!
I kept the decor on our bar cart very simple by adding a small neutral pumpkin. The sign sits on the bar cart year round because we are always thankful.
The only thing missing from this photo are friends gathered around with a cup of coffee and slice of pumpkin pie. Oh, and a fall candle. You cannot forget the candle! If you are wanting to make your living room cozy for fall, I hope this inspired you to do just that. A few simple and inexpensive items can turn your living room into a cozy fall living room. Check out this blog post for more fall decorating ideas.
Simple Bathroom Makeover
The simple bathroom makeover that I started a few weeks ago is complete (almost). I say almost because I still need to get something to hang on the wall, but that is the beauty of decorating, you don’t have to rush it. I will be on the lookout for something fabulous to hang on the wall opposite the vanity and maybe I will find something tomorrow, or maybe it will be next month. When I find it, I will know. So until then, please enjoy the progress I’ve made on this bathroom makeover! And if you missed it, please check out the before photos.
Here is she is! The changes are subtle, but I really feel like they make a big impact. As I mentioned in the before photos, we did not make any big changes such as flooring, vanity, bathtub, fixtures, etc. The changes were the wall treatment you see on the left, paint, a rug, some new accessories, and the best part, organization! I will do a separate post talking about the organization part of it soon.
When we built our house four and a half years ago, the mirrors and light fixtures were some of my favorite picks for our home. That being said, I knew I didn’t want to change them. I emptied out the vanity, gave everything a good cleaning, and then put everything back neat and organized. The tray on the vanity is from Walmart and it is what I used for inspiration. I loved the colors and knew it would be perfect to brighten up this bathroom. The cute jars are from TJ Maxx and are perfect for holding cotton balls, cotton swabs, and other items.
This beautiful artwork came from Hobby Lobby and it was on clearance for ten dollars! I love the color and the wood frame brings some warmth to the room. The shower curtain came from Walmart and it coordinates beautifully with the blue in the tray. I also like how the blue looks with the rose and blush colors.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention this rug I found at Home Goods. A simple bathroom makeover isn’t complete without a new rug! I am also proud to say that I did the wall treatment by myself! It was the first time I took on a project like that alone. I really like how it turned out and it wasn’t difficult at all. The best part is it adds character to the room and cost around forty dollars for the materials. Please tell me your favorite part of this makeover. You can find me over on Facebook or Instagram. Just search Heather Loves Home! And stay tuned for another post where I talk about how I organized the vanity.
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!
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.
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!
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.
- A Lazy Susan
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!