This post sponsored by STAINMASTER®. All opinions are my own.
Your style. It’s so YOU! But wait, what does that mean? We are influenced by the things we see every day…social media, tv, Pinterest, friends…heck. I’m even influenced by the table next to me in a restaurant! (Oh! What is SHE having? That’s what I want!)
It’s easy to lose sight of our OWN personal style these days. I’ve even felt a little bit like a misfit because I like a big ‘ol combination of many styles! Country-colonial-boho-farmy-rustic with sweet details? Is that a style? It is to ME!
In order to narrow it down and give your own unique style a name, I’d suggest looking at pics that really grab your heart and write down the name of that style. Add to your list as you peruse social media, Pinterest, or when you’re out shopping! Then look over the list and pick out the styles that fit you best. It’s kinda fun to come up with your own “style name!” Contemporary rustic ranch chic? Scandanavian sweetness? Mid-century simplicity with over-achiever details? 😉 Whatever you come up with, it’s unique to you.
Why is it important to name your style? Oh, it’s about to be so helpful. Just wait.
Here are a couple ways you can USE the power of knowing your style well.
•When shopping for flooring.
Oh sure, it SOUNDS like fun, but it’s an important decision! This is something you’ll likely only address a couple times in life, if you choose wisely. Since you already know your style and what YOU truly love, you can move on to the next criteria…the type of look that will “fit” your home.
Is your house new? Old? Do you live in the city? Or along a country road? When we were choosing flooring, we wanted to “honor” the history of our home (built in 1890), and keep it stylish but classic. We also considered our setting, which is in the country, meaning plenty of dust, mud, and water!
Another thing to consider when selecting flooring is who LIVES in your home. Our kids are basically grown, but these two (above) are a huge part of the family. Yep, sweet little Cooper + Hazel have our hearts, and we were after a durable surface that could stand up to their shenanigans. 😉 (We chose this 100% waterproof STAINMASTER® luxury vinyl, and oh how we love it!) Our “who” lead to the perfect product for us. A decision we are still happy with, years later. Click here to see a fun little video about this exact subject!
Ok! Another way you can use the power of knowing your style?
•When shopping for furniture (especially sofas!).
Why oh why OH WHY is it so daunting to choose sofas? Just me? We’ve purchased 3 sofa “sets” over the course of our 26 year marriage, and it’s always a decision over which we agonize. Since it’s a bit of an investment, it has to be comfy, and we’ll look at it every day, it can feel impossible. BUT WAIT! Remember your design style? We’ve GOT THIS, friends! That information right there will help you knock out the first criteria of SHAPE. After that, I like to recommend going as neutral as possible, with a fabric that is most likely to stand up to your life (or your toddlers, dogs, and grape-juice-loving guests).
ARE YOU HAVING FUN YET? I am! Knowing your own personal style well is such an advantage. It can be helpful with the big decisions in our homes, but also the smaller ones (paint color, accent furniture, decor…all of it!).
I can’t wait any longer! What’s YOUR style? We’d love to hear!
Find our STAINMASTER® carpet here.
Find our wood-look STAINMASTER® luxury vinyl here.
Find our laundry room STAINMASTER® luxury vinyl here.
This post sponsored by STAINMASTER®. All opinions are my own.
Has this happened to you? You finally get the beautiful opportunity to choose brand new flooring. You start daydreaming about how amazing that will be…to be the very FIRST person to walk across that new floor? To start from scratch with a look YOU CHOSE YOURSELF? Oh how wonderful!
You walk into the flooring showroom and BAM. So. Many. Choices. Whatever happened to the dream of simply picking out a new floor and enjoying it? This feels like work. I’ve soooo been there (and this is my JOB!).
(At this stage of our renovation, we had a million decisions ahead of us! Below:)
I’ve got your back, friend. I find it helpful to follow these 3 guidelines before walking into that flooring showroom.
1. Do your research before you go.
Ever try going out to dinner with a group of people and no one will say what they really want to eat? So you’re forced to start with “Ok, what do you NOT WANT?”
Here’s what I mean. Giving yourself some parameters to work within is helpful! Consider how you use the room. Is it a room where water is a factor (laundry room, kitchen, bathroom)? Do you have pets? Do you entertain a lot? Have you seen some flooring (on tv, social media, Pinterest) that you just love? Start looking at inspiration pictures before you shop, to help narrow your search.
Another HUGE part of the research phase is thinking through your space. Will the new flooring meet up with any existing flooring? Or any other types of flooring in the house? Chances are, this is something you’ll need to consider. During our renovation I was totally stumped on our laundry room. The trouble was, the laundry flooring would meet up with the hallway hardwood flooring, and I REEEEEALLY wanted luxury vinyl in the laundry room (since it’s waterproof and would stand up to our puppies). Silly me, I thought luxury vinyl only came in a wood look (which wouldn’t work next to real hardwoods)! I was over the moon when we came across this option from STAINMASTER® that resembles concrete! (below)
And look! It transitioned nicely from the hardwood. (Find our luxury vinyl flooring here!)
2. Know your style.
THIS IS HUGE. Your home is a reflection of YOU. You can look at inspiration pics all day long, but when decision time comes, be true to yourself. What makes YOU happy? What will make your home feel like “HOME” to YOU?
During our reno, one day I mentioned on our social media that we were going to put carpet in our bedrooms and on our stairs. We got plenty of messages from people saying “WHAT???? NO!!! You should put hardwoods everywhere!”
But we knew. We knew the cozy feel we wanted in our bedrooms. The sense of quiet that carpet would bring to our echo-y stairwell. The beautiful carpet that we had seen that would not cause one bit of sacrifice in the “pretty” department! To each their own, my friends!
We loved the way this pretty STAINMASTER® carpet looked next to the wood-look STAINMASTER® luxury vinyl we chose for our kid’s bath upstairs (below).
Find the STAINMASTER® carpet here (color: “cast”), and the STAINMASTER® luxury vinyl here.
3. Set your budget.
As a designer I’m always surprised that most clients don’t have a budget in mind when we start a project. The budget is the most important parameter. Why? Because it gives you a starting point! There are beautiful options in every price-point. If you go in with no limits, you’ll be sifting through a million options, and you may end up spending a whole lot more than you wanted. That said, flooring is not a place to skimp. Once your new flooring is installed, you won’t want the hassle of replacing it any time soon! 🙂
4. Ok I know I said there were 3 tips, but this one’s for free. EAT A SNACK before you go shopping for flooring. For reals. You’ll want your brain to be firing on all cylinders as you make these important decisions, and hey…who doesn’t love snack time? 😉
Did that help? Are you ready to tackle the flooring showroom? YOU’VE GOT THIS!
Click here to see a fun video I got to create with STAINMASTER® on this exact topic!
WHY? Why does it seem so difficult to decorate/design a master bedroom? It’s typically the last room we tackle, since the only people that see it are US. But wait. Shouldn’t that make it the MOST important room? I mean, we’re the ones that live here after all?
When we moved in after the renovation, we couldn’t WAIT to get here. To actually LIVE here on the farm. But if you want to know the truth, move-in day was NOT what I had dreamed. The rooms here were so much different than our former home (a new construction/open floor plan/up-with-the-times place). Ugh. I’m ashamed to say that I was so hung-up on the fact that our new place had impossibly narrow & hard-to-situate rooms, I forgot to be thankful for a little bit.
The master bedroom was easier to decorate, as during the reno we reconfigured the space, and it actually felt like new construction. We threw our current furniture in there and called it good. There was nothing wrong with any of it. But after living here for over a year, we were READY for a change….something that felt more like US, and life here on Prairie Hill Farm.
Before we go any further, let’s remember how that master looked on the day we bought it.
Problem areas: LOW ceilings (under 8′), a very small bathroom (in the top left corner), and don’t get me started on the smell. The space was reconfigured during reno, the ceiling was opened up into the attic for a nice vaulted look, and everything was fresh & new, which took care of the smell. 🙂
Here’s how the room has looked for the last year:
Nothing WRONG with it, but it didn’t feel RIGHT for our new life here. BUT WHAT WOULD BE RIGHT?
Before I break any of that down, I’m just gonna show you! (Because I can’t keep secrets.)
THIS! This is US!!!
Here’s how I got started on the look:
1. Pinterest is usually a great place to start, but something weird happened. I couldn’t find ANYTHING that felt like us. But that got me excited. It’s fun to blaze a new trail for yourself. (Why wasn’t anyone else doing a ranchy-colonial-farmy-casual-cozy-boho bedroom? ha ha) I decided to start with the bed. Our old bed was beautiful, comfy & nice quality. Wait a second. WAS I CRAZY? Well of course. That’s how I knew I was on to something. 😉
I fell in love with this bed when I saw it online. (You can find it here!) Only problem? It was out of stock. I signed up for the notification if it came back in stock, WHICH IT DID! (insert praise hands here.) Oh it was EVERYTHING to the new feel. Light & airy, simple, and fit every category. The price was SO GOOD I was actually skeptical!
Ryan put this bed together in no time, and assembly was SO EASY! (it’s a good one if you’re in the market!)
2. Next up? BEDDING. Help me now. Someone get me a snack and a diet coke. Because this is a monumental task. Ok, not really. Once I really dove into the search, it all came together. Here’s a tip. Interview yourself. How do you want your room to feel? What colors do you like? Are you “team duvet” or “team comforter?” And FOR SURE start your search online. Soooo much easier than driving all over town.
For me, it all started falling into place when I found this quilt. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. (You can find the Tallie Geo Print Cotton quilt here.)
Since the quilt had such a bold pattern, I knew it would be best used at the foot of the bed. So that meant we still needed a comforter. When I stumbed on THIS beauty, it was a total love connection!
The subtle stripe, little black stitching, and incredibly soft texture? GET. IN. MY. HOUSE. (find the comforter here! Such a bargain!)
3. Choosing a rug was my next task, and we are so happy with this one (find it here)! A great rug pad is key for helping to keep your rug in place, and also adds more padding to a flat weave rug. The pad we chose is also great for pets, as it will not allow accidents to seep down into the carpet below. (Find it here!)
Here’s Ryan rolling out the new rug pad…impressed with the quality!
4. The supporting players are important! Think nightstands, benches, lamps, etc. Since our new bed is more airy & open (not to mention HIGH, since we chose to use a boxspring), we knew our old nightstands didn’t quite work. They felt too light, open, & low. I am impatient and did NOT want to wait to order something online. We stumbled on the perfect solution in our local Hobby Lobby!
I just LOVE it when that happens!
The lamps needed an update as well (find them here), since the old ones would have been TOO MUCH of that wood tone. The only thing left was a bench for the foot of the bed! We did have one little cutie out in the barn, but it was in rough shape (see below).
Mmmmhmmm. Not exactly dreamy. YET. Ryan power-washed it like crazy, and I gave it a quick sand…Voila! Free bench!
Fun fact: did you know snake plants (see above) clean air better than most other indoor plants? They also absorb excess amount of carbon monoxide and can lead to better sleep. I think we need a few more of these around here!
5. I decided to shop our house for the finishing touches. Recognize the galvanized cow over the bed? (It’s on clearance now! Find it here.) Moving things around the house gives me a whole new appreciation and makes them look brand new.
It feels so good to have this project complete, and to have a cozy retreat at the end of a long day!
What do you think? Is it anything like what you expected? Could your master bedroom use a little spruce-up too?
This post sponsored by STAINMASTER®. All opinions are my own.
Finally! The day is here! I have been so excited to share this beautiful vacation rental with you. If you follow along on Instagram, you may remember I recently flew to Florida to lend a hand with decorating this newly completed vacation rental, belonging to Jess @carcabaroad and her husband Jody! Jess and I had so much fun shopping til we dropped, and decorating our hearts out for a few days in April.
It all started with this beautiful STAINMASTER® flooring (you can find this particular one here!). Jess caught the attention of the folks at STAINMASTER® when she was answering constant questions about the beautiful flooring in her own home, each time she posted a pic on Instagram (you can find her @carcabaroad). Knowing that we are super big fans of the flooring over here too, STAINMASTER® teamed us up to decorate together, and OH HOW WE LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!!
Jody & Jess Davis have been building homes since 2012. The first home they built was for themselves, and then it became a vacation rental when they built a new home in 2018.
The Davis’ got their start when the market crashed and land was relatively cheap on the island where they reside in St. Augustine, Florida. But then, the hurricanes happened. With Matthew hitting in 2016, followed by Irma in 2017, a lot of folks were moving away. Jess describes the scene like this: “It looked like a warzone in our neighborhood for months. There were piles of people’s belongings just sitting out by the street.” As you can imagine, there were suddenly a lot of properties available, including one such home that Jody & Jess purchased, renovated, and turned into a vacation rental.
Thankfully, since the Davis’ homes were all new construction and built really well, they weathered the storms, and now this power couple continues to pursue their passion in Florida. They are blessed to live close to plenty of family, and their 4 sweet kiddos keep them on their toes!
ARE YOU READY TO SEE THE VACATION RENTAL???
In the planning stages, Jess knew she wanted a coastal beach house vibe, with some mid-mod boho touches (a departure from her usual farmhouse style!). The key to the whole thing was to keep the surfaces light & bright, so that color could be brought in with the furniture and decor. And here’s the kicker: since this is a vacation rental, there are guests of all kinds: kids, snowbirds, large family groups, you name it! Selecting a flooring option that could stand up to it ALL (including sand, water, and damp beach towels) was of utmost importance.
And then, Jody & Jess made an amazing design decision: they opted to run this beautiful STAINMASTER® luxury vinyl throughout the entire home. From the entry, to the kitchen, to the bathrooms. And let me tell you,
IT IS DREAMY.
In the living room, we brought in some warmth with a big area rug, woven accents, and an armload of super cozy pillows. Jess found the sectional on CraigsList (she’s an amazing bargain-hunter!), and her uncle Guy was our hero when it came to hanging all the decor in the house!
Our color palette was inspired by these vintage dining chairs (also a CraigsList find!). Doesn’t it just SCREAM Florida vacation?? If you come to stay in this pretty home, there will be room for the whole family to gather around the table!
The kitchen is airy, bright, and oh-so-beautiful! Jess told me the flooring actually inspired her counter top choice. Isn’t it stunning?
The kitchen rug was a “Tuesday Morning” find. It adds such a fun splash of color in here!
I literally could NOT stop taking pictures when I was there. This house is such a breath of fresh air!
On the main level of this house there are two master suites. This room has beautiful dramatic dark walls (this is Sherwin Williams “Tricorn Black”) and is super spacious.
Notice how the STAINMASTER® flooring runs straight into the master bath. Seamless!
The other main level master bedroom is flooded with light and is made for total relaxation.
Are you ready to book your stay yet? I AM!!!!
This cheerful bath (below) is just off the bedroom. What a retreat!
Let’s go upstairs! At the top of the steps you’ll find a great loft bonus area, perfect for the kiddos to play.
Speaking of kiddos, how about this bunk room? (below)
On the other side of the 2nd level is one more beautiful bedroom (below).
The “St. Augustine Beach” sign was one of our favorite purchases (from Alton Creatives) on our whirlwind shopping adventure! We felt like it just completed this room!
The mirror (below) was found at Kirkland’s, and the vintage table/chest was a fun way to add character to this new house.
Outside, near the pool, Jess & I added some fun hanging battery-operated lanterns to the trees. Such a magical touch! I can hardly wait to see them at night.
If you’re going to be in the St. Augustine, Florida area, and you need a great place to stay, check this place out here!
Want to see the video we created with STAINMASTER® while decorating this home? We can’t wait to share it! See it here!!
A HUGE thanks to the team at STAINMASTER® for putting this whole thing together. This was a dream collaboration and we had a blast!!
Ok, so tell us!!! WHATCHA THINK???
This post sponsored by Stainmaster®. All opinions are my own.
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Is YOUR floor your favorite thing EVER?? Most of us would say NO. If you didn’t get to choose your own flooring, chances are you’re forced to “make do.” Well, gosh, that doesn’t sound great, does it? MAKE DO??? There must be a better way. Oh good, I’m glad you said that because that’s exactly what I’m proposing today.
Before we dive in, let’s start with the optimal choice: replacement of undesirable flooring. If you’re building, renovating, or planning for a future remodel, you’ll want to start researching the best options out there. As we all know, it’s important to make an informed decision in this area, as floors can take a beating! When we purchased our 1890 farmhouse, it was apparant that replacement of the current carpet was our best bet. Do you remember this? (below)
Beside the fact that the entire house would be undergoing a dramatic and complete renovation, you can see why the carpet MIGHT NOT have been my favorite. 😉 (Neutral-loving girl here!) We definitely wanted to stick with carpet in the bedrooms, for warmth and coziness, but we had a different vision for this space. Here’s a look at the same room (below), AFTER our beautiful new Stainmaster® PetProtect® carpet was installed (it hadn’t even been vacuumed yet, oops!). Oh how we love it! We chose this fun patterned carpet (find it here Color: Cast), and almost a year later, it’s holding up BEAUTIFULLY!!!!! And I’ll tell you what, our pup gave it a good ‘ol test too!
The laundry room in our old beauty was carpeted when we bought the place (ya, probably not optimal!). Here’s how it looked on the day we signed papers:
We were thinking of something slightly less “in-your-face.” 😉 Since this room doubles as our mud room/dog room, we wanted something durable, waterproof, pretty, and also patterned in some subtle way to hide dirt. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? I didn’t think so either! 🙂 We fell in love with this Stainmaster® PetProtect™ Luxury Vinyl, and it has lived up to every single expectation.
After looking at endless options for flooring, pinning plenty of inspiration pics (follow us on Pinterest here!), and considering how each room of our new (old) home would function, our choice was easy. Easy-care, durable floors for the win!
THAT BEING SAID, sometimes replacement is not an option, yet.
Maybe your place is on the “older” side. Maybe you’re renting. Maybe you actually chose your own floors years ago, but 2 dogs, 4 kids, and 62 spills later, those floors are due for an update. OR maybe there’s a way to love (or at least LIKE) the floors you already have!
Stick with me. It’s gonna take a little out-of-the-box thinking, and some ingenuity, but YOU CAN DO IT! Ready? Let’s tackle those floors!
FIRST WAY TO LOVE YOUR CURRENT FLOOR: IGNORE IT.
Ok, don’t be mad. But maybe it’s not that bad? Worn carpet, showing its age with some stains and wear? Easy. Make the rest of the room so attention-grabbing, no one will be looking at the floor. Sure, it’s not optimal, but does the rest of your room look like you care? Like you had a plan? Follow our easy recipe to creating a pulled-together room here: 7 Steps to Cozy.
SECOND WAY TO LOVE YOUR CURRENT FLOOR: CAMOUFLAGE THAT PUPPY.
In other words, COVER IT UP!! I decided to challenge myself on this one. When we purchased our 128-year-old home, the rooms were, *ahem*, “colorful.” All of those old surfaces were stripped away during the renovation, but I’m pretending like they weren’t. Let me refresh your memory on this eyeful below:
Could that carpet BEEEEEE any brighter? Yowza. But, sometimes you gotta MAKE IT WORK! Using “Way #2”, my solution here would be a big ‘ol cover-up. A pretty rug, OVER the carpet. First, I’d neutralize the rest of the room by removing the wallpaper, or painting over it, if possible. There are just too many things fighting for our attention here. Agreed? The curtains would come down as well, as they’re blocking too much light (not to mention MORE BLUE). Just for fun, I put together a little design board for inspiration and to demonstrate the new direction. Wanna see? (below)
Pretend the “blue room” is in your house, and as your designer, here’s how I’m making a case for the new look:
The pretty rust tones in the rug will instantly warm up this cold-feeling room. You could layer the jute rug underneath for even more texture. Or, if the rust rug is too much color, the jute rug can stand on its own! (I recommend ordering the biggest one that will fit in the room…leaving only a small border of the current blue carpet.) The walls will be painted your favorite white, Sherwin Williams “Alabaster.” The wood bed, clean-lined nightstand, and faux olive tree (placed in one of the baskets shown) will be a breath of fresh air in this forgotten space! For bonus points, I’d suggest hanging these pretty curtains on the OUTSIDE of the window niche, all the way up at the ceiling. This way we don’t block the beautiful sunshine that’s struggling to stream into the room.
So? Would you go for that idea if you were the client? Do I still have a job? 😉 If you’re curious, you can find links to all the items shown here:
Nathanson Terracotta Area Rug. • Deziree Hand Braided Natural Area Rug. • Curtains. • Jaiden Panel Bed. • Faux Olive Tree. • Baskets. • Nightstand. • Lamp.
THIRD WAY TO LOVE YOUR CURRENT FLOOR: TRY A DIY PROJECT.
Recently my sister, Julie (you can find her on Instagram @signsofserendipity), tackled an amazing DIY in her kid’s bathroom. Here’s what it looked like before:
She was looking for budget-friendly options for bringing an updated farmhouse feel to the room. And then, she happened upon the most fun way to transform her dated vinyl floors…a stencil! I’m not saying it was easy, because I know she worked like crazy to get in every nook & cranny. But OH BOY did her hard work pay off! She’s kicking herself for not documenting the process, but there are plenty of tutorials out there if you’re up for the challenge! Here’s how Julie’s project turned out:
Way to go Julie!!! Those floors are a show-stopper! And wanna know a secret? The walls are peel & stick wallpaper, made to look like subway tile. Genius.
So we’ve looked at replacement, ignoring the ugly, camouflaging the undesirable, and DIY-ing the heck out of a less-than-pretty spot. Wherever you are on your flooring journey (does that sound glamorous or what?), don’t forget to consider…how are your floors working for YOU? Love the one you’re with, or start dreaming about the next one! 🙂