0 In decor/ DIY

No sew dropcloth curtain tutorial

Picture of farmhouse living room decor with no sew drop cloth curtain
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These no sew dropcloth curtains are an easy way to change the look of any space. Recently we updated our living room decor (you can see the post here). We got rid of the old sheers that we had hanging and added these for some easy and inexpensive farmhouse flair.

This is probably one of the EASIEST diys I have ever shared. There’s no sewing or cutting and it’s super cheap. It’s literally 2 steps and will totally warm up any room. Check out the tutorial below.

No sew dropcloth curtain tutorial

You will need:

Farmhouse living room decor with no sew dropcloth curtain

Instructions:

1.) The first thing I did was I took my dropcloths out of the package and washed them with a generous amount of fabric softener, then threw them in the dryer. This was probably the part of the tutorial that took the most time. Dropcloths can be tough and scratchy and I wanted mine to have more of a soft, linen-like feel. This also faded the color a little bit which I think makes it look more rustic. You can totally skip this step if you like the dropcloths as is when you get them.

2.) Next I laid out each drop cloth on the floor and folded the top part down about 24 inches. (You will need to measure your window for the part to determine how much of the material you are going to fold down on top so that it hits the floor at the right lenght).

3.) Then with your curtain clips on the curtain rod, clip the folded part of the dropcloth with the ruffle facing the front.

Then just fluff.

That’s it. Super easy. I love an easy farmhouse DIY and I just may add these to some of the other rooms in our house.

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Easy No Sew Dropcloth Curtain Tutorial

 

 

2 In decor/ home decor

Tips to give your living room a refresh

living room refresh

My first home decor project of the new year. My living room refresh is up on the blog. We spend a great deal of time in our living room. It’s the center of our home. But with two boys and a dog, it gets alot of wear and tear. As much as I want our home to be aesthetically pleasing, we also live in our space. So practicality, functionality and materials that can be easily washed are essential.

Here are some of my tips for giving your living room a refresh.

And as always, you can shop the post by clicking on the links throughout.

1.) Switch out your accent colors. It’s a known fact I love to decorate with neutrals. Whites, creams and grays never go out of style. We painted the walls in all of our common areas “Alabaster White” by Sherwin Williams. I like to keep my furniture and decor neutral so that you can then just switch out different color accent pieces when you want to change things up. I love pairing blues/greens with neutrals for a calming yet bright feel.  Add some turquoise glass jars or vases and some greenery. Here are some of favorites below.

2.) Add or replace your curtains – changing your curtains can really change the look of your room.

This was our living room BEFORE with the original sheer white curtains that were leftover from our previous home.

tips for a living room refresh

This is our living room currently with new curtains. Rather than buying new curtains, I used two dropcloths. Look at what a difference it makes. Stay tuned for a tutorial coming soon!

tips for a living room refresh

 

3.) Switch out your pillows – You can never go wrong with too many throw pillows. It’s the easiest way to switch up your decor and change it for the seasons. I used to just buy a bunch of different throw pillows. But then I got smart and invested in a few nice pillows and now just switch out the pillow covers.

I found all of these on Amazon and linked below.

I also made these farmhouse personalized pillow case covers. Available in my Etsy shop!

farmhouse monogram pillow covers

4.) Add or replace your rug – An area rug can really warm up a space. Our original rug was from Wayfair and I loved it! But being that it was in a high traffic area, I wanted one that I could clean easily. Enter Ruggable – rugs that are waterproof, machine washable, and easily interchangeable. On Black Friday, I purchased this one from Ruggable. It comes with a non-slip pad and a washable rug cover – life changing!

tips for a living room refresh ruggable rug

5.) Update your wall hangings or photos – Just changing a few of your wall hangings or switching out your photos can change the look of your space. I added this arched mirror above our end table. I linked a few of my favorites below.

tips for a living room refresh, arched mirror, glass vase with greenery

Check out some of my other decor ideas

How to style your bookcases

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Update

Nursery Reveal

Big Boy Room Reveal

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0 In food/ Recipes

The best homemade banana bread

child sitting on kitchen counter baking and playing in the kitchen

I’m sharing my recipe for the BEST homemade banana bread. Or as Maxwell likes to call it – “Oompa bread” after his grandpa who always comes over with a sweet tooth.  I usually always have some type of baked treat in the ktichen and one day I had just made a fresh loaf of banana bread. My dad had come over to watch Maxwell while I ran out quick and when I came home I said to Maxwell “where did all the banana bread go?” He was quick to throw Oompa right under the bus and said “Oompa ate it!”. So now it’s called Oompa bread 🙂

I have tried several different recipes and this one is my favorite.  It’s a great way to use up those brown, overripe bananas, and the riper the better. This bread also freezes really well. Below is my recipe for the best homemade banana bread.

The Best Homemade Banana Bread

Ingredients

3-5 overripe bananas (the riper the better)

3/4 cups of sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup of vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

Optional – chocolate chips and walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease or butter an 8.5×4.5 inch loaf pan
  3. In a large bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid), mash together your bananas
  4. Mix in the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Optional – mix in some chocolate chips and walnuts to make it even more of a treat and give it some texture.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes until the center is done. (I like to insert a bread knife to check. When the knife comes out clean you know it’s done).
  9. Let cool on a cooling rack before serving.

the best homemade banana bread

 

Be sure to check out some of my other favorite recipes

Joanna Gaines’ Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

 

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the best homemamde banana bread recipe

 

6 In Lifestyle/ New Years

2019, that’s a wrap. Hello 2020.

girl in floral dress holding a glass of wine

2019.

That’s a wrap. What a year it has been.

If you were to ask me to choose one word to define the year I’d say “GROWTH”. We grew our family with the birth of Maverick, I grew personally, and I grew as a woman in business with my blog and the start of my Etsy shop.

If you were to ask me 10 years ago where I saw myself, I didn’t necessarily see children in the picture. Now, I can’t imagine my life without them and I feel like I am who I was meant to be (not to sound cliche). This past year, becoming a mom for the second time, I’ve learned to embrace the chaos, the messy and imperfect. A far cry from the punctual, perfectionist I was before. I’ve learned to balance life with two kids, a career, being a wife, sister, friend. At times I feel like I’m being pulled into a million different directions but at the end of the day, my priority is mom and the little people I’ve created.

Nicolle Mallinson Our Tiny Nest family photo

Whenever you face a setback, there comes growth. One of the challenges I experienced this year was being diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy towards the end of my pregnancy. At a time that is supposed to be happy and full of smiles and pictures, I instead wanted to hide.  However, in hindsight, I can now say I grew from it.  I learned to face things head on and talk about it. As a Type 9 (where’s all my enneagram peeps), I hate talking about difficult things. I’d rather bury my head in the sand, ignore it and move on. But this wasn’t something I could just ignore. So I plastered my picture on social media for all to see as a way to get ahead of it. Often in life, we will face little blips in the road. At the time they may seem big or scary, but you will get through them.

 

girl hiding face bells palsybells palsy

2019 also saw the growth of my business. Back in 2017 when I started blogging, I had no intention of monetizing and having it become a little side hustle. This year brought many opportunities and I am so fortunate and thankful for where it has taken me. Not only is it a side income, but it’s become a place where I can express myself and explore my passions. In September, I launched my Etsy shop with my custom stamped books and farmhouse decor. I’m looking forward to continuing to foster the connections I’ve built and keep creating.

farmhouse stamped books on tray on bed

2020

Going into 2020, my word is FLOURISH. By definition, Flourish means “to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.”  When I think of the word flourish, I think of a beautiful flower blossoming when given the right soil, enough sunlight and water. I am carrying that concept into the New Year. I have planted all of the seeds, laid out a favorable environment and now this year will blossom in my family, relationships, career and homelife. I’m going to take the time to nurture my body, really spend quality time with those that I love and continue to create a flourishing home and work environment that brings me purpose.

 

What is your word for 2020?