The Glam Farmhouse

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How To Decorate With Old Windows

Have you ever stumbled upon an old window at an antique shop or flea market? Of course you have. Old windows are EVERYWHERE. Or, at least around here they are. So of course you do the super obvious thing and decorate with them, right? But then, you kinda get stuck thinking about just HOW you should decorate them. The truth is, they are pretty easy to decorate and fit into all sorts of different styles of home decor. 

I have several old windows laying around everywhere, in the garage, in the shed, I really never pass them up. When I see them, I buy them. Just because you never really know when inspiration will strike. 

So today, I'm going to chat about some of the ways you can decorate them! I know I've been doing a lot of "How To" posts lately, and I'm sorry, I'm just trying to help some people out who have asked me these similar questions in the past! 

So I won't continue to babble anymore and I'll just jump right in:
1. Put a Wreath on it. DUH. 
Seriously, I have a wreath obsession which is almost embarrassing. I'm always sticking a wreath over everything, but that obsession is one to talk about another time;) 

Just simply hanging a wreath over an old window will make an instant impact in any space. Just like I did with this Magnolia in our living room. Simple. Pretty. Easy.

Decorating with old windows is great because it adds instant charm and farmhouse appeal. Plus they come in all shapes and sizes so they can be used in several different ways. 

{TIP:} I use thumbtacks to hang wreaths on my windows, it doesn't cause damage to the window itself and holds well and I can place them wherever I need too! I also do this with garland! Easy Peasy!

2. Put them on a Shelf of Mantel-


I really love the old windows I have in my dining room that are simply sitting on a small table in our entryway. Even alone, old windows make a statement. Especially unique ones that you don't see all the time. Clustering them together will create instant visual interest. 

3. Turn them into mirrors-

This is seriously one of my favorite things (ps. sorry I say, seriously, a lot.) I get asked about this window pane mirror literally ALL THE TIME. I LOVE MIRRORS. They create the illusion of more space and add light in otherwise dark rooms. 

While DIY'ing them isn't hard it's pretty time consuming. If you don't want to go the DIY route, then you can always buy similar at Kirklands or other Home Decor Stores, Like this one from Pier 1 Imports!


4. Create a Gallery Wall-

I've seen several old window gallery walls and they are nothing short of stunning! It's amazing how something so simple can be so beautiful. One day I hope to cover an entire wall in old windows but that day hasn't come just yet. For now, I have to settle for this lame attempt, in this cozy corner of my living room.

Old windows are super easy to build around. Since you can buy them in all shapes and sizes, you can make them work in any setting. Just another reason to decorate with them!

5. Build a Shelf, Make a window frame, SERIOUSLY. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. So what are you waiting for?!

Do any of you decorate with old windows? What's your favorite way to use them? I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram! @glamfarmhouse 

XO
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Friday, July 15, 2016

How To Decorate a Dough Bowl

I. LOVE. DOUGH BOWLS. 

That probably doesn't come as a surprise to many of you. 
But would you believe me if I told you I didn't buy my first one until last November? Nope. I searched and searched with no luck. I visited my local antique shops regularly. Went to Flea Markets and stalked them on Etsy. Until..one day, one day we stumbled upon a little old Mom & Pop antique shop where my beauty was proudly displayed in a mess of old rusty galvanized buckets and pots and pans. 

It was love at first sight. 

I never turned back after that, and now, I have several dough bowls. But my first one, and the one I'm sharing in most of my pictures today, will always be my favorite. 

Dough Bowls are a really great way to add some farmhouse flair to your spaces, while still sticking to our vintage roots. I just love the idea of the stories they could tell, where they've been and who has used them in the past. That's the beauty of old things, sure new things are nice, but they don't tell a story like old things can. Maybe that's what draws me to them. 

I've used mine in many ways, even in the past few months. I'm going to share some of my favorite ways to use them, with you, today! 
1. Fill them up!-

 In the summer, dough bowls are absolutely stunning displayed with fresh flowers and stems. I use mine often for displaying flowers or to dry out my hydrangeas. In the winter, I fill em up with greenery, like fresh pine, pine cones, and faux snow. In the fall, they are super great filled up with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes! 


2. Use them to hold magazines- 
EASY AND FUNCTIONAL? UH, YES PLEASE. When I don't have space for my dough bowl on one of my display stands or shelves, it works really great tucked under my table for magazines! 

3. Display them on a shelf or stand-
 I have a clutter problem, but I like to call it more of a layering "problem". I like to layer things and group them together. I can't put things I love away in a closet, so I end up just moving them around and displaying them in new places. This is true of my dough bowl, it's been in every room of our house! 

4. Use them as a centerpiece- 
So perfect to display on coffee tables or Buffet Tables as a centerpiece, You can fill it up with pretty candles or do something super simple like Moss covered balls. In the winter, I displayed mine with faux snowballs I made! I would imagine it would also be equally as gorgeous on dining room table! Simple beauty!

5. Use them to display a collection-
Sometimes, a dough bowl is decor in itself, but when I get two things I love together? Oh man, it makes my heart so happy! Like when I mix candles and mason jars together in a display perfect in ANY home or for ANY season! 


Moral of the story? DOUGH BOWLS ROCK. THE END.

No, I'm kidding, but seriously. They are super awesome, functional and truly so versatile with any decor style. While I found my dough bowl at a vintage antique shop, I managed to scope out one you can purchase for yourself TODAY! You can thank me later;) 

XO
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Farmhouse Style Kitchen Essentials

Happy Monday!!! I really hope ya'll had a great weekend! I know we did! We've been busy working on several house projects, none of which are ready to be shared yet. So I figured today I'd touch base on a question, or well, subject I get asked about a lot and that's about my kitchen! As most of you know, our kitchen was in pretty rough shape when we purchased our fixer upper, but we've had tons of fun making it our own. That being said, you don't need to do a complete overhaul on your kitchen to add farmhouse style, sometimes it's as simple as adding one or two simple things!

Today I'm sharing some of my FAVORITE farmhouse kitchen finds! These are items you can buy that will instantly give your kitchen some farmhouse charm. No open shelving, subway tile, or farmhouse sink required. Because, let's face it, some of us don't have any of those things! 



As you can see I was able to FINALLY put a list of items together with links to some of the things I get asked about a ton, like the bread box, tray, cake stand, etc. this makes me incredibly happy because it's easier to direct people to a blog post then it is to list every single source ALL OF THE TIME. While I don't mind, sometimes I miss a comment and then feel like a jerk for not responding. Please know that I'm reading every single comment and appreciate all of you so much for them! You guys are seriously the best! 

You don't have to live in an actual farmhouse to decorate like you do! Any of these items will add instant charm to your spaces!

Do you have any of these items already? What are some other items you think are essential to farmhouse decorating? Leave me a comment below and let's chat! Always get excited to hear from you guys! Be sure to follow me on Instagram, and Facebook!
Don't forget to put a pin on it;) here!
 XO
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

How To Make Hydrangeas Last Longer!

Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers, and so are tulips. And sunflowers. And roses..and well just about every flower. But seriously I do love Hydrangeas. So that's why when I discovered this little "tip" I was so excited to share! Funny (and sorta lame) how things like this get me excited, right? UGHHH. Anyway. I've shared this on Instagram and SnapChat a few times, but just realized I've never blogged it? I'm such a weirdo, I've meant to sit down and share a few times but it's literally so easy I never thought to make a post about it. I'm sharing anyway just so I can reference ya'll when you ask! 

It's so funny when you discover the simplest things and they make your life so much easier. I mean, keeping Hydrangeas alive longer might not be important to you, but it's pretty important to me. No judgement here, alright? 

Anyway, I picked up my most recent batch of my favorite flowers at the grocery store for $8. Seriously, this is $8 spent that seriously makes me so happy. The thing about them though, is that they can be so darn temperamental. The smallest things and they wilt and die. This little "trick" will actually keep them alive for up to 2 weeks! Sometimes longer! 

I'm just asking you to try it, okay? 

Okay.
It's literally as easy as 1-2-3. Or 4.. Whatever. You get that it's easy.
1. Boil some water, about a cup should do. You want enough so about an inch of the stems are covered in the water. 

2. While the water is boiling, cut the stems at a diagonal length. Whatever length you need to fit the vase of your choice. You'll also want to fill up your vase with lukewarm water. THIS IS CRUCIAL.  Using water that's too hot or too cold will cause them to wilt. 

3. Once the water is boiling, place the stems of the Hydrangeas (about an inch, or a little less..) in the water for NO MORE THEN 10 SECONDS. You don't want to burn the stems. Also, Make sure the lower leaves are cut prior to placing the stems in water, if you burn the leaves, the bloom will wilt. 

4. IMMEDIATELY put the flowers in your vase. And IT'S MAGIC.. I promise ya'll they will stay alive for what feels like FOREVER!

You can also repeat these steps if it's been awhile and your flowers are wilting, this will help them perk back up! It's really important not to keep Hydrangeas out of water too long, if you purchase them from the store, make sure you head right home after, and if you cut them from home, make sure you put them in water immediately. You get that they just really love water, right? LOL. 

Try out this trick, and let me know how it works for you! I'd love to hear how it works out! 

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Easy Patriotic Sangria Recipe

It's cold, it's rainy. And it doesn't really feel like the 4th of July. Which is a bummer because it's seriously my favorite Holiday of the entire year. There's no commercialism, there's no presents, it's just about loving our country and those who fought for it. 

As far as food goes, it's also my favorite. I'm such a sucker for red, white and blue anything. I was so excited to stumble upon this recipe and decided to mix things up and make this patriotic punch for our annual 4th of July party on Saturday! 

This is super fun, and easy to pull together in a flash!

PS. THIS IS DEADLY. I may or may not have had the whole container myself..not making any confessions. Just saying it's a possibility. ;)

I wasn't really planning to blog this but since I got SO many requests for a recipe, I figured why not! So, you can thank me later. 

All you need are some easy and simple ingredients..
1 Bottle of White Wine (your choice!) 
1/2 cup of Lemon Juice
1 cup Triple Sec
Club Soda
1 Container of Strawberries
1 Container of Blueberries

1. Slice up some strawberries and put them in the pitcher, follow with the blueberries.
2. Pour One Bottle of Wine into container
3. Follow up with Triple Sec
4. Top with Club Soda
5. Stir

Spoon out a few blueberries and strawberries for the cup, and BOOM! (pun intended!) Enjoy the yummiest, most patriotic Sangria around.
It's sure to be the hit of any summer party! You can serve this whenever but it's especially fun on Memorial Day, The 4th of July, and Labor Day! 

Hope ya'll enjoy this as much I did..
Have a Happy Fourth of July!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Best Farmhouse Decor on Amazon!

It's pretty safe to say we all, well, the majority of us have an Amazon addiction. But, I never really think to look there for Home Decor, at least I didn't until well..I did. And now. All sorts of bad things are happening! Boxes are just showing up on my doorstep and Nick is all, "WHAT ARE THESE BOXES?" and I'm just like, "Uh, paper towels?" Shhh. I won't tell if you don't.
Okay but seriously, you can find so much farmhouse goodness on Amazon and the prices are THE best around!!

So today, I did a round up of all my favorite farmhouse style decor from Amazon, just for you!


You ARE WELCOME.

1.// Our Nest Pillow - This is like, the holy grail of farmhouse decor if you ask me!! I'm so obsessed with my big fluffy Our Nest Pillow, super comfy and cozy! Every farmhouse lover needs this! 

2.// Magnolia Wreath - I have a few Magnolia Wreaths and they are so beautiful and make such a statement in a space, Perfect over old windows, clocks, or signs! 
3.// Rustic Ladder- This decorative ladder is so cute! I love using mine for blankets, but you can use them for shelves, it's perfect to put in an awkward corner! And makes a statement in any room.
4.// Galvanized Tray- Love this rustic galvanized tray! So great for corralling candles on a living room table, or for clustering kitchen items together on crowded kitchen counters. 


5.// Candle Holders- I get asked about these candle holders I have on my living room table SO much. I was thrilled to find them on Amazon for a steal! I'm even more excited to share them with you.
6.// Farmhouse Vase- White pitcher vases are my favorite! There is something so simple and gorgeous about them. Perfect for a pretty flower display, or for a table setting! 

What do you think about these Amazon finds? Have you shopped on Amazon for Home Decor before? I'd love to hear from you guys! 
XO 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

How To Create Pretty Vignettes

One thing I get asked a lot is, "How do you create vignettes and group together items?". It never really even occurred to me before that I do tend to group items together. A couple of years ago, I started picking up my momma's old Country Living and decor magazines. This was way before I even had a house to decorate or knew the smallest thing about home decor, and I read some advice that has truly stuck with me to this very day.

The article talked about grouping items into groupings of 3. So say, you have a set of books, some candlesticks and a boxwood.. the books are one grouping, the candles another grouping, and the boxwood another grouping. So to this day when I'm decorating I try to stick with that general idea, however, I do tend to group more items together, as long as you stick with even numbers, you should find most things to be more visually appealing. 

Stick with these general guidelines:

It's always good when decorating a coffee table or other table to have a "base" for instance, something to group items together in, like a basket, or tray, crate.. anything you choose! I've used tobacco baskets, tulip crates, baskets and dough bowls as my base before.

1. Something to add height -
(ie: Candle Sticks, Tall Boxwoods, Pillar Holders, Cotton Stems in a vase etc.)
2. Something to add depth - or point of interest. 
(Old books, Flowers, A clock etc.)
3. Something to add texture - 
(Woven Place mats, Table Runners, etc.)

If you notice on almost every single table, I have a table runner, or charger, woven place mat etc. This is because in general I believe layering is important with decorating and I tend to do it often, Just as grouping does, Layering allows you to create a cozier look. 

I've put together some of my favorite items to help you get started with creating your own little vignettes! 
1. // Rustic Tray- BASE
2. // Aqua Clock- Point of Interest
3. //Terra Cotta Vase- To add height
4. //Sage Bush - Point of Interest
5. //Tobacco Baskets - BASE

I hope you all leave inspired and ready to create some pretty vignettes of your own!! It's something that should be fun, and even I've failed several times at grouping items together so don't get discouraged, if something doesn't look right, then move things around until they do! 

Let's chat soon!
XO
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