10 Easy Ways to Style a Throw Blanket

Earlier this week I was catching up on “This is Us” – wait, have you seen it? If not, please go binge the whole thing right now (guaranteed tears). Anyway, in one scene Kate had family coming over and she was frantically trying to get her apartment ready. She repeatedly throws a blanket over the couch and says, “This THROW won’t THROW!!!” I laughed so hard because that was ME, just that morning!

Why does it seem so difficult to throw a blanket on a couch and make it look… good? Is it just me? I always see effortlessly thrown blankets on Pinterest, but when I do it, it NEVER looks like that. Well, this week I decided it was time to LEARN the art of throwing a blanket. Really, guys, it’s kind of an art. I learned 10 ways to style a throw blanket and I’m going to share the steps for each one! Let me tell you, it’s a lot more folding and primping than actual throwing! Those liars. LOL.

So, I grabbed two of my throw blankets and two matching throw pillows and got to work! Head’s up: You can find the canvas pillow with your custom state and either “home” or “roots” in my Etsy shop here! Without further adieu, here are 10 ways to throw a throw!

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The Fold & Throw

how to style a throw blanket - fold and throwSHOP SIMILAR THROWS | SHOP THIS PILLOW

Possibly the most “classic” of all the looks! Fold the throw blanket in half vertically, grab from the middle of the folded edge and throw to the corner of the couch. Play around with the edges of the blanket and create ripples in the top layer of the blanket to achieve the desired look. Inspired by Better Homes & Gardens.

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Fall-Inspired Front Door Hanging for Under $11

So I have a kind of weird confession: I have a soft spot in my heart for Wal-Mart. Growing up in a town of 7,000 people, Wal-Mart was our only department store. The closest legit shopping mall was 1.5 hours away, and it was usually more convenient to go to Wal-Mart for groceries than one of the other grocery stores in town. I went to the same Wal-Mart almost every week for the first 18 years of my life. I have a lot of fond memories grocery shopping with my mom and walking around there with friends – yes, that’s what you do for fun when you’re 16, living in a town of 7,000 people, and it’s -20 degrees outside.

Now that I live in Arizona and there are a million other shopping options besides Wal-Mart, I STILL choose to go to Wal-Mart for everyday stuff. It feels so familiar and I do feel like I’m getting the best prices. So earlier this week I decided to browse through the craft section (which I’ll admit, is usually pretty crappy). I was pleasantly surprised at the supplies and was inspired to make a fall-inspired front door hanging! Plus, the whole thing cost me just $10.86!!!

Front Door Hanging - Final

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DIY Fall Decor: Stacked Signs with 2×4’s

Okay guys, I’m taking a small reprieve from our barn door project to bring you an easy and fun DIY project! We have a lot of small-ish 2×4 ends leftover from the barn doors, so I wanted to find a way to use ’em up. My first project is a set of fall-inspired stacked signs! They were really easy, inexpensive, and a fun way to bring more fall decor into my home!

DISCLAIMER: Unfortunately, I don’t actually have hayrides or a pumpkin patch in my house. “Apple Cider” is pointing to my pantry, so I suppose that’s appropriate. LOL

Anyway, let’s hop to it!

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26 Fall Decor Pieces You Need from Amazon

Guys… it’s MID-AUGUST already. Are you hearing me?? Do you know what this means??

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FALL. PUMPKIN SPICE. SWEATERS. BOOTS. LEAVES. ACORNS. PUMPKINS. Oh, did I say PUMPKIN SPICE?????

Fall is JUST around the corner and I’m already thinking about my fall decor. I spent a small fortune on fall decor last year, so this year I’m just looking for a few things to spruce up my collection. I loved the centerpiece I made last year from Hobby Lobby stuff and can’t wait to get that out!

So this week I decided to pop on to Amazon to see what autumnal treasures I could find. Let me tell you… I was NOT disappointed! I found tons of cute stuff that I want to show you (that’s all rated 4+ stars, because I’m picky!). I’m also loving Amazon for 2 other reasons right now:

  1. Free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime (on most stuff)
  2. It’s still 100 billion degrees in Arizona and going out is not incredibly pleasurable, especially at 24.5 weeks pregnant

Take a stroll with me through all my favorite fall decor Amazon finds and some ideas to get your home in tip-top fall shape! Lots of wood, lots of warm colors, and lots of foliage!

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How to Make Colorful DIY Chevron Arrows

We’re almost through July, peeps! It’s funny living in Arizona – this is the time of year where we stay inside most of the time because it’s SO. HOT. outside! I’m not opposed to that, since I’ve been busy, ya know, growing a human!

I’m now on Week 22 and Baby R is the size of a coconut! Time is FLYING by!! As I mentioned in our nursery planning post, I decided on an adventure theme for our little boy’s room. I think this theme will be easy to play around with if we have a girl in the future.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been making huuugggeee strides in our nursery! One fun (and impactful!) project I want to share with you is a set of DIY chevron arrows, inspired by this pin. They add a fun pop of color and are pretty simple to make! Plus, the set of arrows cost us less than $20!

DIY Chevron Arrows in Nursery

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Knobs, Pulls, & Finishes: Choosing the Right Hardware

Have you ever thought about the impact that hardware can have on a room? By hardware, I mean knobs, pulls, handles, faucets, and other things that are usually metal. They’re often overlooked but can have a massive impact on how your room pulls together (pun intended). Heck, they can be statement pieces if you let them!

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Our Bathroom Hardware Inspiration

When it comes to choosing hardware, we tend to pick brushed nickel because it has a simple, clean feel (and it just goes with everything), like in our guest bathroom:

Guest Bathroom Makeover - Faucet

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10 Easter + Spring Decor Ideas You’ll Want to Copy

Well hello, friends! We’ve had a crazy few weeks traveling to Italy, Germany, and England, but I’m back at it! March has absolutely flown by. Bring on April! Can you believe Easter is in two weeks? Mind. Blowing.

Alright, I have a confession. I find most Easter decor kind of hideous. For example, I very rarely find a cute, non-tacky-looking bunny. No joke, one time I came across this bunny at Hobby Lobby. I wanted to tell someone that I think it was meant for Halloween, not Easter.

Ugly Hobby Lobby Bunny
The Easter and Spring decor either have disturbing bunnies or, well, hideous colors! You can’t just throw pastels or brightly colored plastic eggs into any room and think it will look okay. Like this. Please never make this:


All that being said, I don’t usually decorate for Easter. Sometimes I’ll get some fresh flowers for spring, but that’s about it! But since I’ve been following some other bloggers this year I’ve been inspired! After seeing some nice, fresh decor, I decided to put up a few decorations myself and share some other Easter & Spring decor that’s inspired me!

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign: Iowa Roots

Heelllloooooooooo, friends! It’s a rainy weekend here in Arizona, which means it’s perfect blog-writing weather! And, omg, I am ridiculously excited to share my latest DIY project with you! An adorable wood sign, made using our new Cricut Explore Air 2, a little paint, and our reclaimed wood from Porter Barn Wood. It’s probably my most favorite sign I’ve ever made.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign - Final

My mom and I have made plenty of signs in the past, but we’re always looking for the best method to getting our designs onto the wood or canvas. We’ve tried transfer paper, cutting out and tracing letters, free-hand painting, etc., but it’s either a huge hassle or not the prettiest. So, on Thursday, we decided to go half-sies on a new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine (they’re a little pricey, on sale at JoAnne for $250)! It’s this machine that cuts out text and shapes, as well as draws with a marker. It’s kind of mesmerizing to watch. I’ll show you a video in a bit.

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Guest Bathroom Makeover – Check!

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Well, hello, friends! You’ve caught me on a great day, because it’s time for ANOTHER bathroom makeover reveal!!! This time, it’s a guest bathroom makeover. If you haven’t seen our master bathroom makeover, you can check it out here. It’s pretty, and so is this one. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat! ?

Like our master bath, our guest bathroom was a big blob of tan.

Guest Bathroom Makeover - Before

Thankfully, this tan blob was short-lived. With a lot of love, caulk, and elbow grease, this bathroom tRaNsFoRmEd!!!

 Before

Guest Bathroom Before

After

Guest Bathroom Makeover - After, Vanity Shot

Did you hear that? I think that was the angels singing all the way from heaven.

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The Do’s and Do Not’s of Decoupaging + My Own Fail

Guys. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling extra crafty and wanting to try something new! With this adventurous spirit, I decided to try decoupaging some decor. I’d done it once or twice before so I assumed I was a pro. I assumed so wrong. ? Now I’d like to share my “Pinterest Fail” and my “Pinterest Win” and maybe teach you a thing or two along the way! My first idea was to design two prints and decoupage them onto 16×20″ canvasses. That doesn’t sound too hard, right? RIGHT?? Well, my frustration began when I started using my worst enemy, scissors. ✂️ ? ?

The Scissor Folly

I am convinced that I was absent from Kindergarten the day Mrs. Hegeman taught us how to use scissors. I’m pretty much incapable of cutting a straight line, so I thought I’d be “innovative” and show you an easy way to help you cut a straight line with scissors. I’m yet to find this easy way. ?

First, I tried putting a piece of painter’s tape along the line to cut, but the tape was crooked and I ripped my paper. Second, I tried folding along the edge to cut, but my fold was crooked. I ended up with this:

DO NOT: Try an innovative way to cut a straight line on your only print.

DO: Invest in a commercial-grade straight-edge cutter or a YouTube video with better tips. ?

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