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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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6 In decor/ farmhouse decor/ home decor

How to style your bookcase

How to style your bookcase or decorate your built in bookshelves
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One of the things I get asked often is for tips on how I style my bookcases. My entertainment center and built in bookcases are a big focal point in our home and I have had so much fun styling them. I like to change out some of the items as the seasons change too. It’s a great way to freshen up the room.

Here are my tips on how to style your bookcase.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom where I’ve linked some of my favorite items to decorate with.

1.) Start fresh – First take everything off of your shelves. Gather all of your decor from your shelves and throughout your home and put it in a pile so that you can see everything in your collection.

2.) Choose your color palette – Think about the color palette in your room and choose pieces that complement it so as to make it look cohesive. I decorate my home in natural colors like white, creams, gray, and greens to give the room an open and airy feel.

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3.) Create balance – Balance each side with items of equal proportion. You want it to look balanced, not necessarily symmetrical. But it also doesn’t need to be “matchy-matchy” which I personally think makes it look more staged.

4.) Add books – Stack them vertically as well as horizontally, with some in the center and others to the side to create a mixture. I made these custom books with our names to add a personal touch. Head to my Etsy shop to see some of my other collections or create a personalized set of your own.

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5.) Add faux or real plants – My personal favorites are either dried hydrangeas, eucalyptus and boxwood. I added little boxwood wreaths and tied them with some ribbon to decorate the doors. This is a great way to add some color. Using different sized vases and pitchers is another great way to add dimension.

6.) Use decorative trays and baskets  – Not only is this a great way to give your items a home, but it also adds different elements and textures such as metals and woods as well. I like to store blankets in some baskets on the bottom shelves to make the room a little more cozy.

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7.) Less is more – Your shelves should not look cluttered. It’s ok to leave some shelves almost bare. It makes it appear bigger.

 

Shop some of my favorite decor items below:

Baskets

Books

Boxwood Wreath

Decorative beaded garland

Decorative tray

Tiered stand

Check out some of my favorite farmhouse decor items on Amazon

 

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1 In Baby/ decor/ home/ home decor

Nursery Reveal

Monochrome nursery reveal
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I’m so excited to finally share Mav’s Nursery Reveal on the blog! Let me just say, that this process made it completely evident how things change after your first baby. When we were pregnant with Dude (we didn’t know he was a dude at the time), we had the nursery all set and were prepared well before his arrival. He ended up never sleeping in it (we coslept and then we moved), but it was my favorite room in the house and we would often play in there. This time around, I was in no rush because I knew we had time. And then once he came, life got crazy with the two (you can follow our story on Instagram here.) But I finally got around to finishing all the details and adding some personal touches.

Scroll below to see the complete Nursery Reveal.

You can shop by clicking the thumbnails below the photos or the links at the bottom.

And be sure to check out my Etsy shop for some cute personalized nursery decor.

As soon as we found out it was a boy, I knew that I wanted to give the nursery a modern, monochromatic look.  I off-set the black and white with some earth tones and greens.

Monochrome nursery reveal

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

 

Spearmint Love is a small shop I found on Instagram. They have tons of unique crib sheets in all different prints and colors. (I’ve linked Mav’s sheets all the way at the bottom).

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

The dressers were my grandparents. They were originally oak with gold hardware. We painted it white and then bought the black knobs off of Amazon.

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

Details:

The walls are Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

Crib // Blanket

Rug

Mirror

Crib sheet // Changing pad cover – both from Spearmint Love

Baskets

Highland cow prints // Wooden hanging frames

I have loved putting together personalized and special rooms for both of my boys (see Dude’s big boy room here).

And if you’re still on the hunt for some personalized nursery decor check out my Etsy shop!

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal