Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Master Bedroom

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I've always loved a romantic and light bedroom. Even when I was a little girl. Back then I had all white wicker furniture. I remember Laura Ashley bedding and posters of ballerinas. I now realize that I always gravitated to the shabby look...even before it had a name.

     Over the past few years I've transitioned all of the sheets in the house to white as well as all of the towels. I like that it always looks fresh, it matches everything and it can be bleached. It's just so crisp! 

     I've never done a master bedroom overhaul. This is pretty much what it has looked like for 15 years. Uh-oh. Is my bedroom turning into one of those hairstyles that women keep decades after the fad has passed? Haha!

      When the first Rachel Ashwell book came out in the mid 90's it was like being struck by lightning...my style had a name! Around the same time I inherited my mothers old bedroom furniture. Dark brown and straight out of the 70's, but good quality. She helped me apply layers of buttery yellow and white paints, wax and romantic vintage glass  hardware. Oh... and lots of sanding to make it chippy.








A chandelier would be the bomb in here. But in Texas...in the hottest sun-facing room of the house, the ceiling fan must stay. : (




My Shabby Chest of drawers..."shabbied" in 1995. I still love it!




Miss Shadow, our first daughter...



Random discount bedding, collected here and there, can marry together seamlessly when white is the theme. This works out well if you can't afford to buy the entire Ralph Lauren Couture Yellow and Green 50 piece bedding set!



I must admit, I've been drooling over the ruffled linen coverlets and shams so popular lately. If the sky was the limit I'd have the crinkliest, ruffliest most romantic bed money could buy. But I'm fine with this. The dog and kids can rough house on it. If something spills on it I can throw it all in the wash without special care. It feels like home and at the end of the day it is my favorite place to be...






...wrinkles, dog hair, sippy cups and all!

♥Linsey

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*UPDATE*

I changed a few things up, like this mirror above the bed...


see more HERE 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Welcome to "Cowgirl Up!" Link Party #12 and my Features from last week. . . .



Welcome to Week 12 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs



     Howdy-doo! It's Farmhouse Porch today, and my featured links from this week's "Cowgirl Up!" linky party! I read through every link this week and found tons of great inspiration...too much. I had to narrow it down. Out of my personal favorites I ended up choosing the bloggers with a link back to the our party. 


     It's important to link back ya'll! There were more than a few blogs I reeeaaallly wanted to feature but they didn't link back to the party. When you link back, you send traffic to the party. This is good for us and good for you! Think about it, if everyone else is linking back they are sending traffic your way. Be a sweetie and do it for them too.♥


Now give me a hug. I still love you punkin'! If you are new to blogging (as I still feel I am most of the time) don't hesitate to ask for help linking up.


Spring is here! That means fresh vibrant florals and light, airy interiors. A Sort Of Fairy tale reveals a downstairs makeover that inspires me to add some spring to my decor...





Here we have this "Made to look Old" bucket label DIY by Janet at The Decorating Diaries. Didn't she dress it up and stage it beautifully?





If you haven't checked out the $200 kitchen and dining room makeovers over at The Vintage Farmhouse here's your chance.





A fresh coat of white paint and a chandelier never looked so chic!





And speaking of fresh white paint...this china hutch by Fresh Vanilla for C is sparkling in a room of powder blues and crisp whites...





White painted furniture is so classic to me. You can take something dark and heavy and with white paint, make it as light as a cloud. Like this sideboard by Knick of Time Interiors





I would be giddy to receive a handmade party invite with a wax seal, like Cinderella opening an invitation to a royal ball! Here's a neat one by The Brilliant Crafty Type





If you love before and afters, check out this cool ottoman makeover at Leone Design







We thank EVERYONE who takes the time to join our party. Now link up below and show us your latest and greatest creations!


♥Linsey


 
If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also. 






Now about the party...

You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs. 
 More exposure, less time. 

We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.

Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!

What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:

(Please read the guidelines before participating)
*  When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.  Awesome!
*  Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
*  You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
*  You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post.  
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.  

A Shabby-fied Lamp, Corbels and a Gift

     I make my bed in two different ways. I usually just pull up the sheets/blanket and flop the pillows into place in a thoughtless rush. My bedding is all white and I swear, our black lab will only jump up onto the bed if the covers are pulled down so that she can leave a nice nest of needle sharp black hair right in the center. Anyways, I usually just throw the covers up to cover the sheets but about twice a week I make the bed up really pretty with all the decorative pillows and such. This morning as I was doing this one of my white pillowcases literally came apart at the seams. Obviously top quality! : D

     So instead of tossing it I ripped it into strips and shabby-fied a dollar store lamp I had recently spray painted. I think I'll wax it so it doesn't have that "obviously spray painted" look. Kinda cute huh? My girls (7 & 3) helped me make it and it'll probably end up in one of their rooms.







I was so thrilled to receive a free gift from Okio B Designs today! I knew I had won the flat iron mat but I wasn't expecting the adorable little French themed goody bag that sweet Jeanine handmade. It was full of all kinds of little pretties and my heart is touched by her kindness. 







And lastly, I found a HUGE antique mall on the west side of Houston. It was fun strolling the isles this morning. I found these corbels for a great price. Big and heavy! Not very ornate, but perfect for my project. I'm going to be making something for my bedroom with these babies.






 Thank you for stopping by. Don't forget to link up to the party!


♥Linsey





Monday, April 16, 2012

Welcome to Week 11 of Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .


Welcome to Week 11 of 
 Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .
the party with a cowgirl can-do  spirit!
1 Party, 4 Blogs


It's Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls! Wow what a party! I love the creative spirit shared here. And it seems every one of our blog friends has found her 'inner cowgirl' this week. I love the variety of posts shared at Cowgirl Up. From cooking to fashion, fitness to fun, crafts to decor-this party has it all.  You are such a talented group, so unique and creative. Even as the 'blog world' continues to grow, you can bet you will never find two blogs that are exactly the same. 
And the best part is, there is room for us all! 

So now, on to the features.
Here are a few of my favorite posts from the week. 
Let's take a moment to celebrate their creativity!


Fancy Frugal Life shows that you can find space to craft anywhere- even in a closet!


Domestic Imperfection's post about the "Cutest Table I Ever Hated" is sure to inspire and make you laugh out loud. 


'Etsy' shop owners will love the tips Rae Gun Ramblings shares how re-listing items can actually increase sales. 

Little House in the Big D gets a little help from her mom to transform this beautiful settee. 

Cars and Ribbons got to walk the red carpet in Dallas to interview 'famed foodie' Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade. 

Linen and Thread shows how framing personal items can create beautiful and meaningful decor. 

Marty's Musings post was written by her husband this week- and he found his "inner cowboy" when he built this table! 

Red Head Can Decorate asks the question, 'do you use your dining room?'. If not consider, making a change!

I Love That created an "Anthropologie inspired" look by adding jute rope to her chandelier.  

Crumbs and Chaos has drooling me over these Peanut Butter Brownies... who knew brownies could get any better?! 


And finally, A Rose Sweet Home will impress you with her great tutorial for creating a reversible baby jacket. 
 
If you were featured here, grab a Featured button.  Be sure to like our Facebook pages, since we also post many other favorites there too. If you got featured on Facebook, then feel free to grab a featured button also. 





Now about the party...

You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs. 
 More exposure, less time. 

We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories.  Anything that you are proud to show off.

Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.  Doesn't get any easier than that!

What blogs will your link appear on?  Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up!  You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines:

(Please read the guidelines before participating)
*  When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs.  Awesome!
*  Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
*  You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
*  You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post.  
*  Be courteous and visit the two links before yours.  Please LIKE your favorite links!  Several projects will be featured each week!
* (New!!) By linking up you are agreeing that we may use your photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course.  

DIY Burlap Farm Art

***Before I begin, don't forget that the "Cowgirl Up!" linky party starts right here, Monday nights at 8:30 central time! Link up once...show up on 4 blogs.***

I am sharing this at Laurie Anna's "Farmhouse Friday" party♥


A few weeks ago I ordered 2 little burlap "canvases" online. They were about 6 dollars each, or maybe it was 6 for both. I can't recall, but they were pretty cheap. This morning I thought I'd experiment with them. This project it so quick and easy! And how can you beat artwork for under $10?






I did the cow and font freehand. I'm very impatient. I'm sure you could use a stencil or print out a silhouette to trace if you wanted. I should have drawn it out with chalk first. That way I could have brushed off any mistakes first. I used brownish oil paint with liquin mixed in to thin it out. I'd imagine any paint...or even markers, might work too. 










 I ran a piece of cream colored satin ribbon through the back like this to create a hanger...







And that is all there is to it! 





♥Linsey







Sunday, April 15, 2012

Haddy Liz's Shabby Nursery

It's dangerous to open your picture folders on your computer. You start out  looking for the picture you took of  Niagara Falls and get sucked into 4 hours of reminiscing. 

I came across the pictures of daughter #2's nursery that I did 4 years ago. Sorry about the poor photo quality, this was before I had a descent camera. I had a very tiny budget. I knew I wanted something soft and soothing, a tad shabby, and not over-the-top baby-ish. I already had the pale yellow crib, so I needed to work with that color. I found the slip covered chair and ottoman at Walmart in the same pale yellow. VERY cheap. Have you ever seen the prices on the rockers at babies r us? Redonkulous!






I found the little blue table and rug at Marshal's. I took the drawer to Lowe's and had them make a custom paint for the walls. I told them to cut it in half with white. It was a beautiful pale robin's egg blue. That's my grandmother's birth certificate framed on the wall.



My Mother in law bought me the antique cream colored chest of drawers at an auction and we used this as her changing table. Once again...why buy a "changing table" at Babies R us when she could use this chest of drawers forever?

I added a few accessories and simple white curtains. All white crib bedding finished the look.





Simple and restful...this little room was perfect Mommy and baby. Sigh...now she's going on 4 years old.

♥Linsey

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