Top 4 Beauty Counter Makeup Picks

 Remember how I signed up to be a Beauty Counter consultant so I could get 25% off all my orders? Well, I forgot to mention that the very first purchase you make after signing up, you get a whopping 30% off your total. Soo I went a little nutty! I figured for 30% off, I might as well stock up right? That’s where the Flawless in Five comes into play. It’s a bundle of all your basic daily makeup needs (Foundation, Concealer, Eyebrow Gel/ Pencil, Blush, Mascara and Lip Gloss) . What’s really cool is once you pick your first shade, it gives you recommended color selections for the rest of your bundle. That ensures everything your buying within the bundle will blend together nicely.

Let’s talk foundation. I have VERY oily skin and living in a humid climate can be a challenge. Matter of fact, upon moving to Tennessee, I’ve had to adjust most of my makeup items. Heat and Humidity can really affect a girl! This foundation sits nicely throughout the day and doesn’t separate at all. A little goes a long way too, which I love. Hello money savings! I won’t be buying another bottle for a very long time!  I find that one pump is perfect for a light coverage on my entire face. You can see your skin’s texture through the makeup as well! That’s very important to me. I hate feeling like I’m wearing a mask of makeup.

Concealer, a girls best friend, especially when you have dark, DARK eye circles as I do! Before using this concealer, I used Tarte Shape Tape. I really liked the coverage of it, but one too many times I caught a glance of myself in the mirror and was frightened. Instead of dark circles, I saw glowing white orbs around my eyes! I kid, I kid.. but seriously, that stuff was thick and intense! I’ve found the Beauty Counter concealer gives you a much more natural look. The coverage is still excellent and the staying power is great! There’s nothing I can complain about with this one.

Okay, my last two picks- Blush and Lip Gloss! I’m a blush girl, I LOVE it! If I’m not wearing it, I feel naked. Maybe that’s the result of having pale, almost translucent skin? Either way, a rosy cheek is a must for me! Prior to Beauty Counter I was using a cream blush that was intense and amazing! But it was full of toxins and other things I’m trying to avoid. I knew going with a less toxic makeup would be a challenge for certain things but, I was determined to try it out! I’m happy to say, I really do love the Beauty Counter blush. It’s very saturated, goes on smooth and is not chalky. But more importantly, it lasts all day. Do you see a theme yet? This makeup STAYS in place, that’s a rarity in the makeup world!

Now lip gloss is opposite of blush for me. I used to forget to do anything with my lips most days. With that in mind, I appreciate a quick gloss that adds a bit of color. I cannot stand super thick, sticky gloss. Yuck! I was a bit nervous I would dislike this one. And I’m not gonna lie, it is sticky, but it doesn’t stick to things. Does that make any sense? It goes on sticky, but if you were to smooch a sheet of paper (I don’t know why you would do this, but it’s the best example I can muster), the paper wouldn’t stick to your lips. I’ve worn it daily for several months now and I like it!

If you were paying attention, you might notice I didn’t share the last two items I got in my bundle. That’s partly because I’m a snob. A mascara snob. I’ve found the best mascara in existence and it would be near impossible to make me budge from it. It also comes from a “cleaner” line of makeup, so I don’t feel too guilty about sticking with it. That being said, the Beauty Counter mascara is perfectly good. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I wouldn’t be honest if I told you that I use it regularly. Now my daughter on the other hand, loves it! Matter of fact, it currently resides up in her makeup vanity. It is a very lightweight mascara, perfect for a barely there look. My daughter is only 14 and her goal is to look like she’s not wearing makeup. The Beauty Counter mascara delivers on that! I on the other hand prefer more of a spidery leg look (attractive, I know) to my lashes, so I need mascara with a bit more spunk!

I also didn’t share the eyebrow gel. Now I actually love the eyebrow gel, it works awesome! Or should I say, it will work awesome ones my microbladed eyebrows fade a bit. I got them done almost 2 years ago, so right now I’m missing half a brow on one side and the entire brow on the other!  Making my eyebrows look remotely normal is hard, and takes many different products. I will be using the gel on a regular basis once I’m able to!

                      

 

As always, let me know if you have any questions! I hope you try these products (or gift them to someone!) and love them as much as I do!

 

Skin Twin Foundation Color -Light 210/ Skin Twin Creamy Concealer Color- Light 1/ Satin Powder Blush Color -Melon/ Beyond Gloss Color -Peony

My Journey with Beauty Counter

A few months back I decided to start researching healthier alternatives for the makeup and skincare products I was using. I’m a BIG fan of makeup. I wear it daily. I also have a skin care regime that I have done for years. It involved many, many harsh chemicals. My skin isn’t the best. I have break outs quite frequently and these chemicals seemed to be the only thing that kept my skin clear.

I’ve jumped on nearly every “crunchy” wagon in years past. I’ve bought only organic foods, used essential oils to help with everything under the sun, worn only natural deodorant, bought pricey natural toothpaste, even cut sugar out of my diet completely for 8 months! Natural has always been important to me. Slathering chemicals on my face to keep my skin clear is just silly! I knew there had to be a better way.

That’s when I found Beauty Counter. Not only does it offer safe skin care, they also have makeup! I’ve been trying out a handful of things for months now and I want to share it with you guys!

When placing my first order I decided to pay the $50 yearly membership fee to join Beauty Counter. Honestly, the only reason I did was to receive a 25% discount on everything I buy. I love a good deal! Now that I’ve been using it for awhile and loving it, I’m attempting to take that membership and turn it into a side hustle. (Don’t worry!  Home décor and recipes will be my main blogging focus. This is just a fun side project for me) Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve tried this before many, many years ago. NOT with Beauty Counter but with another company. And it didn’t work. The reason it didn’t work was while I LOVE makeup, I didn’t love their makeup. So I tested Beauty Counter. I’ve used it for months. Instead of switching back to my old products, I’ve been buying more. I’m VERY picky about what I recommend, because I’m a VERY picky person. If I like it, then there’s a high likelihood you will as well. I also won’t recommend anything I don’t love. There are a few makeup items that missed the mark for me, and I plan on telling you all about that as well!

Let’s start at the beginning and my biggest problem area, skincare.

The first thing I started with was a good cleanser. This is called Clear Pore Cleanser. It’s a bit gritty, so it’s has a very light exfoliating affect but gentle enough to be used daily. I also bought the CounterControl All Over Acne Treatment. This stuff is awesome! It contains salicylic acid which helps to keep my skin clear. It’s a very light weight, non greasy formula. I use it twice and day and have noticed an improvement in my skin over the past few months.

 

 

For fun I also picked up this All Bright C Serum. I’ve heard that Vitamin C serum is very good for your skin. It helps to lighten dark/age spots. So I figured, why not? I’ll try it! So far I haven’t noticed too many differences with it other then my skin feeling a bit firmer. The last thing I picked up is the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion. Now this stuff I love! It’s very lightweight, not oily, and sinks into the skin within minutes.

This is getting a little long so I’ll post about the 4 makeup items that I’ve really been loving in the next blog. My skin clarity has been the same, if not better, since switching to these more natural products. And that’s saying something! I’ve tried switching away from the harsh chemical lineup I was using prior, and nothing has worked until now.

 For Black Friday, everything on the site is 15% off! I’ll pop my website link in here one more time and if you have any questions, just ask!

Clean Beauty | Safer Skin Care | Beautycounter

 

Adding a Coastal Feel, A Demo-less Laundry Room Renovation!

I am SO excited to share this easy demo-LESS laundry room renovation with you guys! Our laundry room had a great layout. Its small but mighty! And it has a huge window. A BIG plus! But it was lacking style. Imagine a rectangular room with a single white wire shelf above the washer and dryer. The walls were a dark green. It looked dated and dirty. We started off by painting the walls Natural Choice and the trim Alabaster, both Sherwin Williams colors.

The inspiration for this space came from a single roll of wallpaper that I bought when we first moved. I was searching on the  Wallpaper Boulevard website when I came across a selection of wallpaper under the “Tropical” category. I immediately fell in love. It was a little bold, a little kitschy, but it made me happy! I thought covering the entire walls in this particular paper might be a bit much. So I hopped on eBay and found chair rail trim for an insanely cheap price! Did you know you could buy trim on eBay?? Honestly,  I didn’t either but I thought I would look there first.

To highlight the fun wallpaper but not overwhelm the room, I opted to install the chair rail and wallpaper only on the top quarter of the wall.

This is an old cabinet that I saved from the dumpster when we renovated our kitchen. We took down the white wire shelf and installed this cabinet in it’s place. I love repurposing things to save money! I was able to repurpose two cabinet pulls we had leftover from the kitchen as well.  I departed from my love of white cabinets and went a little bold. The blue plays so well with the new wallpaper!

The laundry room has a small closet that is very handy for storage. To keep with the theme, I painted the closet door the same color as the cabinet. When I’m designing spaces, I try to make each room flow. I typically won’t keep the same style room to room (I can’t commit to only one!), but I do like to coordinate other elements. This view peeking into the kitchen is a great example of that! You can see the green doors in the distance, the wallpaper above, and the dark blue door on the left all flow nicely together.

Getting rid of the old wire shelf put me in a pickle when it came to hanging laundry. I saw MANY of these awesome laundry drying racks online. Most of them were well over $200! I found this one on amazon for less then $38! It’s an exact dupe to the pricier ones and works perfectly in this small space.

All in all, I’m thrilled with how this space turned out. It fits my personality perfectly! Growing up in Florida, I have a heart for flamingos and all things tropical. I’m excited I had an opportunity to add a little touch of that in our new home.

Spinach and Onion Quesadillas

So I’ve started taking an online class for food photography. I really enjoy learning all the different tips and techniques that make a good photo. The more interesting side of it though is that I have to cook…a lot. You gotta have something to photograph right? Well the yesterday I looked in my pantry wondering what I could make to photograph that day. The easiest solution for me is to make something we will eat anyway, that way I’m not wasting a lot of food. I knew eventually I would need to eat lunch so I decided to whip up spinach and onion quesadillas.

These quesadillas have a great story! Back in high school my best friend and I would go to Chili’s for dinner ( or lunch, or snack time)….a lot. We would typically share a $5 queso appetizer, drink water, and take full advantage of their free chip refill. Funny enough, the waitstaff never seemed to mind us, even though the tip on a $5 tab wasn’t going to amount to much. Or maybe my naïve high school mind didn’t pick up on their irritation.  Anyway, when best friend and I had a little more money in our pocket, we would order the veggie quesadillas. They came loaded down with spinach, onions and a whole host of other delicious veggies. They would come with a side of sour cream and black beans. For some INSANE reason, Chilis got rid of this delicious menu item many years ago. That’s where this recipe comes from! I tried to recreate that flavor with these quesadillas. They aren’t exact, but they are delicious in their own right.

First your going to sauté thinly sliced onions in a slab of butter until they are brown and delish.

Next you will add your spinach and a few seasonings. Keep on cooking until your spinach is nice and wilted.

Here comes the best part! Load up those tortillas with spinach, onions and cheesy goodness.

Slather some more butter in your pan and fry up your quesadilla. I like mine brown and crispy on both sides!

Each quesadilla can be cut equally into 4 triangles. I don’t think you will stop at 4 though. If you are like me, you will want to eat at least 6 maybe 8…okay lets be honest, it’s more like 10.

There you have it, an easy lunch or dinner. I highly recommend heating up a side of black beans to go with these. Don’t forget to top them with sour cream or salsa, it’s really the best way to eat them!

 

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Spinach and Onion Quesadillas

Cheesy and packed with veggies, it's a very easy recipe that's not only vegetarian but delicious!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword quesadilla vegetarian spinach onion
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Babbfarmlife

Ingredients

  • 2 small yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 burrito sized tortillas
  • 6 ounces shredded cheddar jack cheese

Instructions

  • Sauté sliced onions in 1 tablespoon of butter until they are soften and slightly browned.
  • Add spinach to the onions and cook until wilted.
  • Season spinach and onion mixture with salt and garlic powder.
  • Fill tortilla with 1/6 of the spinach and onion mixture. Top with an ounce of cheese (or more if you like!).
  • Fold tortilla in half to make it a quesadilla shape.
  • Add a little butter to pan, sauté quesadilla on both sides until toasted brown and cheese is melted.
  • Fill and cook the rest of the quesadillas.
  • Cut the quesadilla into 4 triangles each and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe is so versatile! You can use any cheese you have on hand. You could also add different veggies to it like mushrooms or bell peppers. I typically serve these quesadillas with sour cream and a side of black beans. I like to add a little cumin and chili powder to make my canned black beans slightly smoky and delish! 

White Chocolate Pecan Cookies!

Have I told you guys that I like to bake? Actually, I LOVE to bake. Once upon a time a younger, more risk taking version of myself started a cupcake business. I did several weddings, large events and small orders as well! It was fun at first. Then my nerves got shot. Trying to bake hundreds of cupcakes by yourself, packaging and delivering them can be quite scary! Not to mention doing it all while being a stay at home Mom to very small children. My husband was a great help and encourager during those days. But eventually, I just wore out. I didn’t want to bake for a business anymore. I wanted to bake for fun! So I spent many afternoons in the kitchen developing recipes. These delicious cookies are from one of those times.

They are buttery, chewy, with just the right amount of sweetness. Okay lets get started!

The ingredients are simple. Just a little flour, sugar, butter, egg, and plenty of white chocolate chips and pecans!

Drop that delicious dough by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet and bake away!

Little bits of heaven!

They have the perfect texture! The pecans add a nice crunch.

Let me know if you bake these. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I do!

 

 

 

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White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

A delicious buttery cookie that is perfectly sweet and chewy.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, white chocolate cookie, white chocolate, pecan, pecan cookie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Pecans roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and egg until the mixture is light a fluffy. Mix in vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir together until fully incorporated and dough is formed.
  • Stir in the white chocolate chips and pecans.
  • Drop the dough by the tablespoon full onto a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow them to cool on paper towels or a wire baking rack.

 

All the Details on our Kitchen Renovation!

Okay, I’ve been promising to sit down and write this blog post for a long time! I’ve been hesitating because…well I want to be sure to capture it all. It was such a big project. It really did turn out just as I dreamed. So as silly as it sounds, I want to make sure to do it justice!

Let me give you a brief backstory before I get too far into the details. My husband and I flew to Tennessee for about 16 hours to house hunt. We arrived early one morning and flew out the same night! It was a crazy, whirlwind of being awake for 24 hours and exciting at the same time! We made an offer on our house after only seeing it ONCE for about 30 minutes. When it comes to houses, I pretty darn decisive. I just “know”. And typically I know within moments of walking in the front door. The one challenge of this house was the kitchen. The cabinets, flooring, paint…basically everything…wasn’t my style and I knew we could change that. But the BIGGER challenge was the sink facing the wall. It felt claustrophobic to me. I really wanted to take full advantage of the big windows in the kitchen and turn the sink that way. I knew it was possible. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be for my Hubby to execute. As it turned out, it wasn’t very hard at all!

Since I documented all this on Instagram stories (if you want to see real time renovation and more details, EVERYTHING is saved on my IG @babbfarmlife) I didn’t get very good before pictures. I snapped a few with my phone, but you get an idea! That sink was so closed in before.

We decided instead of a sink on this wall, we would use the space for a refrigerator. Prior to this the fridge sat on the back wall, making this kitchen layout very awkward to work in. With the water source already on the wall, this was a very easy transition. We also switched the cabinets around to fit the space better. I’ll expand on that more in a minute!

This is the old refrigerator layout. We decided to take everything off this back wall. It is a main walkway from the garage, laundry room, guest bath and bedroom. It gets a lot of use! The thought of opening it up made a lot of sense. It also worked in our favor because we needed those extra cabinets elsewhere in the kitchen. The old sink area I showed above had a hole for the dishwasher. Since we were changing the layout of the sink/dishwasher anyway, we were able to move the bottom cabinet over to the new refrigerator area! It worked perfectly to fill that hole.

This is what the back wall looks like now! I scored this awesome antique cabinet off of Facebook marketplace for $75. I will do a separate blog post of the transformation of these piece. To say it was rough before, is a gross understatement! This cabinet is probably the most used item in our kitchen. It houses all our shoes, vacuums, and mops. It has a shelf for our keys and my purse. It’s a hard working piece of furniture!

 

So where did the sink go? We made a peninsula to for it and the dishwasher, right smack dab in the middle of the two beautiful windows in the kitchen! This kitchen used to have an eat in breakfast area in front of the windows. Since we have a dining room right next to the kitchen, I decided the second eating area was unnecessary. The kitchen came with the small island that floated anywhere you wanted to move it. It wasn’t anchored to the floor in any way. The previous owners had it sitting in the middle of the main kitchen area which seriously impeded your ability to walk. To save money, my husband modified that island for our new sink area. He expanded it considerably, anchored it to the wall and floor. He also built bead board panels to shroud the back and sides.

 

This old island makes a lot more sense in the kitchen now!

 

By removing the eat in kitchen option, it gave me a space to put my sweet buffet and open shelving to highlight some of my favorite décor pieces!

We didn’t change the stove side of the kitchen too much layout wise. We did add some very fun design elements. The one I’m most in love with is the backsplash. It’s made to look like antique tin ceiling tiles! We also took down the microwave and built a vent hood. Underneath all the cabinets we mounted corbels that my Hubby cut out of pine. They make the cabinets feel more substantial and custom.

 

Let’s talk details for a minute. The entire kitchen was transformed by 6 inch tongue and groove shiplap. I opted to hang it vertically instead of horizontally. I feel like it makes the ceilings look taller. We painted all the walls Natural Choice by Sherwin. We also painted the cabinets, trim and ceiling Alabaster by Sherwin. The old tile floor was replaced for Pergo Outlast flooring from Home Depot. The style is called Haley Oak. We opted for quartzite counter tops. I absolutely love them! They mimic the look of marble but are more durable then granite. Again, don’t forget all of the details of the reno process is saved to my highlight buttons called “kitchen” on Instagram. I have a month worth of kitchen renovation videos over there!

This kitchen was truly a labor of love. It took a little over a month of time for us to DIY the entire thing. My husband was truly the one who created the space. I picked out the finishes and shared my vision but he’s the one who made it come to life. My goal was to create a kitchen that felt like an extension of the home, another room to relax or hang out in. Not one that’s only meant for service. This kitchen embodies that feeling perfectly now! And if you know me, you know that this kitchen renovation was done on a budget. We reused everything we could, even the garbage disposal! Minus appliances, which we bought all new, our total spending was right around $7,000. That includes flooring, counter tops, lighting, paint, hardware, sink, faucet, wallpaper, shiplap, and all construction materials. I’m sure I missed a million details, and will kick myself later for it. So please ask if you have any questions about this renovation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

$10 Concrete Pumpkins!

I was scrolling through Facebook the other day when I saw a tiny thumbnail of what looked like concrete pumpkins. I clicked on the link but there was no descriptions or instructions on how to make them. In true Amanda fashion, I didn’t bother to search further. Instead I dove head first into the project. Later I found out that these pumpkins are a pretty popular idea! 

 

Here are the supplies I used for this project. Any concrete mix should work. Just be aware these bags are HEAVY and cumbersome. You might need help moving them around! 

I mixed half the bag of concrete at a time so it’s easier to work with. You could do even less if mixing by hand. Just add a little bit of water, mix, and add more water as needed. Ideally, you want the concrete to be pancake batter consistency. My husband has this neat concrete mixing tool for our drill, but you can definitely mix it by hand! It will give you a good arm workout . 🙂 

Using a trowel, I filled each pumpkin with concrete. This is a tedious process. You might find another tool (a big serving spoon?) to make this go a little faster!

I also collected a few sticks from the yard to work as stems for the pumpkins. I wanted them long enough to push down into the concrete but still have 3-4 inches sticking out of the top. 

 

This is what my first filled pumpkin looks like! Only a few more to go. 

 

So I was a little ambitious on my pumpkin buying. One 80 lb bag of concrete mix was only able to fill 3 pumpkins completely. I also filled a 4th pumpkin… only half way though before I ran out of concrete. It will be interesting to see how that one looks! 

When the concrete dries (mine took about 8 hours), you basically have a pumpkin shaped bowling ball! Getting them out proved to be a bit of a challenge. The method that worked the best for me was to score the sides of the plastic from top to bottom with a pocked knife in several places around the pumpkin. You will eventually be able to peel the plastic back like layers of an onion. Be careful not to cut yourself! 

What emerged were these AMAZING, heavy statues! I absolutely love them! You see that little half pumpkin…the one I was worried about? That one might be my favorite. If I was to do this project over again (which I might!) I would fill the pumpkins to random heights so I could have a fun variety of sizes.

Now is where your creativity begins. There are so many possibilities for these pumpkins. You could paint them. You could add moss to the top by the stem. You use sandpaper to smooth out all the rough edges. Or you could chose to leave them completely au naturel! The sky’s the limit! I chose to use liming wax. I didn’t want them white, but I was hoping for a lighter hue then the plain concrete. The liming wax will also wear really well outdoors which is important when you live in a rainy, humid state like we do! 

Alas, these cuties are ready for porch duty! 

I think for the month of September I will keep the plain side facing out. For October, I might turn them around to show the jack-o-lantern! 

Ahh little half pumpkin, you have my heart!  It’s just so darn sweet! If you haven’t seen this DIY before, I hope you guys will try it out. It’s such a cost effective way to decorate outdoors for fall. And the best part, these pumpkins will last for years to come! 

 

 

 

A Bedroom Retreat, DIY style!

Our house is only 14 years old, but it felt more like it was built in the late 90s. We have one of those really old intercom systems that go from room to room. Secretly, I love it! It reminds me of my childhood. What I don’t love is how the fixtures and color choices had dated the house. Our master bedroom was a prime example of that. It has an amazing double tray ceiling, and an adjoining sitting room. It also gets beautiful light from the windows and French doors that lead to the deck. The finishing touches that were chosen really minimized the natural beauty of the room. The first thing we did was paint! Boy, it needed a lot of paint!

The green color really hid the extensive crown molding and trim work.

By painting the walls and trim a bright color, the details really have a chance to shine!

 

The ceiling fan also felt very heavy for this space. The green color on the tray ceiling brought the ceiling height down instead of lifting it up.

A new coastal inspired chandelier gave the space a fun whimsical feel that I love. We painted the walls Natural Choice and the trim Alabaster. Both of those colors are by Sherwin. The ceilings feel SO much higher now!

The last thing we did in here was to rip out all of the carpets. My husband has become quite adept at laying laminate flooring. He finished this giant room in a matter of hours! There was nothing wrong with the carpet choice except it was very dirty and in bad condition. I also feel like it absorbed a lot color, making the room feel a bit darker.

Because we were budget conscious with this whole house reno, we really couldn’t be too picky with our flooring. I’ve gotta say, I love what we found! It’s super easy to install and gives the feel of real hardwood flooring. Because it’s a tight fit, the joint seams are not visible. The flooring is from home depot . (I linked it here for you to check out) It cost $1.99 a square foot, and has an attached underlayment backer! The price is almost unbeatable for this quality.

I added a little bit of farmhouse Colorado in our sitting room…literally! The wood on either side of the french doors back here are actually old garage door panels! They were taken off a 1900s era farmhouse from the Eastern plains of Colorado. I love that I could bring a piece of history with us to Tennessee.

This bed is another fun story. When we were still living in Colorado I found it only Facebook marketplace for $100. At that time, I knew we were moving and would eventually have a king size mattress, so I was on the hunt for a new bed. What I didn’t realize was the bed we were about to buy was 7 FEET tall! I kid you not. The headboard stood an imposing 7 feet tall. Ironically it broke on the way home and the height we were left with was perfect! A little bit of DIY fixing and chalk paint later, we have a pretty amazing (and huge!) solid piece of furniture for very cheap!

My vision for this space was a room that felt both bright and calming. When I wake up in the morning, it makes me smile! With only paint, 2 light fixtures and flooring we were able to accomplish it all! It truly is a retreat that went from out of date to modern day.

New State, New House, New Projects! Part 1: Bathroom

It’s been awhile. I’m not the best at blogging. I find myself drawn to the quick, video type posts of Instagram. But with all the changes lately, I’m determined to sit down and capture them here!

First off, we moved! And not just to a new city. We moved across the country. We now live in Tennessee and I have to say, we love it here. It’s warm, green, and so pretty!

When we were house hunting we fell in love with a specific little town. Well I’m not sure you can classify it as a town. It’s 3 churches and a post office. That’s it! The homes around here are a beautiful mixture of old and new. Everyone is on acreage. We have just over 5 acres but some of our neighbors have 90 acres or more! The house we found wasn’t my ideal house on the outside. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty. But it’s not the style I generally gravitate to. The inside had a great layout and so much potential!

I planned a budget to facelift the entire interior of this home. I’m hoping to share each room as we get them finished with a breakdown of where the money went. The budget isn’t very large for the scale of the work we plan to do. Let’s get started with one update #1- The upstairs full bathroom!

Besides being dark and dated, this little bathroom was just plain dirty.

The color made this room feel so small!
This room was painted a dark blue and have very yellow lighting

I set at budget for this bathroom at $500. I knew it needed paint, both on the walls and vanity. Since we planned to paint the entire interior of the house, I made a separate budget line for ALL paint, which is why you won’t see that on the price list.

Here’s a breakdown of where it all went:

  • $273.30 Vanity Lights and other lighting
  • $127.43 Faucets and Curved Shower Rod
  • $74.00 Rugs and Hand Towels
  • $19 Trash Can
  • $11 Soap Pumps

All for a grand total of $504.73! So alright, I’m almost 5 bucks over budget but I’m pretty thrilled with the results!

My goal for this house was to incorporate a more coastal feel. I love the airy blues and greens you see with that style. I also happen to LOVE the beach, so it just makes me happy!

Here she is in all her glory! I started by painting the walls and trim Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. I also painted the vanity and mirrors Contented by Sherwin. I love the sweet little lampshades on the vanity lights.

My daughter picked out the faucets. She did a pretty good job!

Thankfully I already had the decor, so I didn’t have to spend anything to decorate.

The little shower closet feels so much bigger now with the bright paint and shower curtain!

All in all, I’m THRILLED with how this space came out. I had really hoped to tile behind the mirrors with a beautiful sea glass mosaic that I found. I still have plans to do that down the road, but for now this little facelift has done a great job!

All the Master Bedroom details…

One of my favorite things to do is share- especially when I’m sharing a good deal! Whenever I post our master bedroom on instagram , I get many request to share where items are from, particularly the bedding. So I thought it would be a fun idea to round up all the master bedroom details in one post!

 

 

 

Is there such a thing as too many pillows? I think not! They add a big bang for your buck. People are always suprised when they find out that my white pillows are from Amazon! The ruffled euro shams come in a two pack as do the small ruffled pillow covers. I like the change out the front bolster pillow depending on the season. This partiular XOXO pillow is from Kirklands. 

 

 

 

One of my very favroite Amazon finds is our drop skirt bedspread. Years ago I saw Joanna Gaines use a similar one in the house she was decorating on fixer upper. Ever since then, I’ve been on the hunt to find it! I bought ours in gray, but it comes in many other colors and the price is SO good! It’s a very lightweight spread, so you won’t get too hot in the summertime. 

The buffalo plaid duvet cover was a slurge for me. I wanted a duvet cover that would last years. When I found this one at Ballard Design, I knew the quality would be perfect. The price tag might not work well for all budgets so I found a similar one with rave reviews on Amazon. It’s about half the price as the Ballard Design duvet, so you can get the same look for less! 

 

The last thing I wanted to share in this post is the wall decor hanging behind our bed. I found all of these pieces from Hobby Lobby. The secret to Hobby Lobby is patience. If an item you want isn’t on sale, wait a week. More than likely it will be on sale when you go back!

I love good quality decor and I really try to source out the best price possible. It’s amazing what I can find on Amazon. I’m hoping to share more inexpensive decor ideas in the future. That’s where my passion lies. I don’t believe a beautfiul home needs to break the bank, and I hope to show you some of my secrets! 

XOXO,

Amanda

 

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