We all have that side table, nightstand, or coffee table that we can’t quite figure out how to style. It needs to be functional, but also beautiful and contribute to the style of the space. This week on the blog, I decided to do a spin-off of Easy Shelf Styling Basics to give you some styling tips and a helpful printable guide for side tables and coffee tables.Read More
It’s so fun to look back over the past year and see all the fun projects I tried and shared here on the blog. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much we accomplish in a year and we feel like we should have done more. I’ve found this year that looking back through photos or posts from the previous year helps remind me that I really did accomplish a lot and should be proud of the work I’ve done. I really do love sharing with all of you and it still makes my day to hear that you read my post or tried one of my DIY’s, recipes, or tips! So without further ado, here’s my 5 most popular posts of 2018!Read More
One of my favorite parts of our Creative Collective Meet + Mingle event was designing + putting together this balloon arch backdrop. This was my first time attempting any kind of balloon arch, but I was surprised at how easy it was and how quickly I seemed to get the hang of the process. Like most of my DIY projects, I read several tutorials online and then kind of combined the easiest steps from each (because I don't have any time for complicated projects!). I did have lots of help with this project, as one of our coffee shop employees helped me blow up most of the balloons and my friend Katie helped me assemble and hang the arch onto the wall. This is such a great way to create a stunning focal point for any event or party and I PROMISE it isn't as hard as it looks (or I wouldn't have done it).Read More
Last week was full of holiday decorating appointments and I'm excited to share some peeks of a few of them this week! This client wanted their front porch and dining nook decorated for the holidays. She also wanted some new artwork or wall hanging for above the turquoise piece that was a little more holiday themed. We decided to go for a large chalkboard, since she would be able to use it even after the holidays by just changing out the artwork! I found the chalkboard at Hobby Lobby for 50% off (sales rotate at Hobby Lobby so these are usually on sale every other week).
I was able to duplicate artwork for the chalkboard from an inspiration picture that my client sent me (see below). Most of the other accessories used were items that she already owned and leftovers from the rest of her Christmas decorating. Thankfully all the items went together perfectly and I was able to pull together some cute vignettes with them. The only things that I purchased to add was the fresh greenery, and glass cloche (which I added ornaments inside of). She had lots of cute little jars and bottles which I made a little more festive just by adding a couple sprigs of greenery inside. Since there's already some pops of color in this space, I loved having the mostly white + neutral Christmas decor in this area!
She also had some cute items to work with for the porch, including some wreaths, lanterns, and the "JOY" sign. I thought the sign would be a cute pop of color on the door so I attached it to the wreath to hang from the bottom. I also used another extra wreath she had and layered it on top of a fresh wreath to make it more substantial. I added extra wide burlap ribbon to both of the wreaths to tie everything together. We knew we wanted to use lots of lanterns and cluster them together. I filled the largest lanterns with some shatter-proof ornaments and then used battery operated twinkle lights inside them too. Above the door I hung a simple swag of fresh greenery and added a cute little banner garland on top from Target. The finished look is super simple and cheerful and definitely matches the decor inside of the house too! If you would like more information about our decorating services, it's not too late to add some festive touches to your home! Fill out the form below to set up your own consultation!
Many of you have inquired about decorating services and I'm happy to announce some design packages available for the upcoming holiday season! I am currently working on getting a full "design" portion of our website up and running, but until then I wanted to share a preview of what we will offer. We have limited spots available and are ready to help you start decking out your space as early as next week! The holiday season is such a crazy and hectic time and many people don't have the time or energy to decorate like they want to! Let me take over and completely transform your space in just a few hours!
My goal is to offer reasonably priced design that everyone can afford. I also love working with your existing decor, especially by incorporating keepsakes or family heirlooms into your holiday decorations. Even if we are using the same old decorations you have had for years, I can find new and different ways to style it and rework it in your home. My design philosophy is to create spaces that are both comfortable and cozy, but also completely unique and customized. My thrifting skills allow me to get you a completely one-of-a-kind look for a fraction of the price that you would spend elsewhere (who doesn't love that?!). As a design client, you will also get access to our full store inventory at wholesale/discount prices. I always keep your family's needs in mind when designing, making every room completely practical and comfortable but also looking like a magazine-worthy space.
Below is just a selection of some services we will offer for Christmas, but don't hesitate to contact us about any other projects! Just fill out the form at the end of this post to contact us regarding design services!
Tree decorating for large trees starts at just $50. This includes assembling/setting up your tree, adding lights, garlands, ornaments, and styling the tree from top to bottom. If you feel like your tree decor needs some updating, we can customize extra decorations/decor to fit your needs and your budget. Some of the easiest ways to make your tree stand out are by adding extra trims and garlands, updating your tree skirt, or adding extra lights. We can help you achieve the exact look you have in mind without spending a ton of money!
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Your mantle should be a statement piece for the holiday season and we can help put together a gorgeous arrangement that will fit in seamlessly with the rest of your decor. Mantle styling packages start at just $30 (this does not include any additional decor, but just styling with items you already have). We would love to use and incorporate any decor you may already have or we can start from scratch and help you find items within your budget! Garlands, wreaths, stockings and trinkets are all perfect for decking out this space- we can create more simple, minimal looks or go all out with layers of decor and colors.
Bookshelves, built-ins, and shelving throughout your home are the perfect places to add touches of holiday cheer! Shelf styling packages start at $30 (pricing depends on the size of your shelves and how many items are on them!). I know that many shelves get stacked up and cluttered over time but with my help they will be perfectly pulled together and professionally styled. We can re-work your existing shelf items, add touches of holiday decor, and help you edit and organize what you are displaying to make it look clean + refreshed.
Who says your holiday decor has to be limited to the living room? You probably spend just as much time in your bedroom, so let's make it super cozy and full of holiday cheer! We can add just a few touches to transform your bedroom for the holidays: packages start at just $50 and that includes your choice of: 1. a garland or wreath, and 2. a faux sheepskin or knit throw. If you would like to budget a little more for this project, we can also add other fun touches like holiday or plaid pillows, extra greenery, and Christmas signs.
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We can help you make a perfect custom and completely one-of-a-kind wreath for any area of your home. Some ideas include simple greenery wreaths with vintage ornaments or banners (these start at $30), or more ornate wreaths with large ribbons and lots of foliage (these start at $50). As always we can customize all colors, sizes, and styles to your existing decor so that these fit in perfectly into your home. We can also create "heirloom" wreaths using any collections of Christmas ornaments, trinkets, or keepsakes you may have (you can see an example below with Martha Stewart's wreath full of vintage Christmas village houses). This is the perfect way to display these items that you normally might have packed away in a modern and unique way.
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Make an impression with a striking holiday entryway or porch: these packages start at $75 (we can work within your budget though if you want a simpler look, or already own most of the items we will be using). This can include everything from a front door wreath, garland around the entryway area, small trees or topiaries beside the door, and custom made signage or chalkboards. We are also able to source perfectly distressed and unique found objects to use for your outdoor decor like wooden crates, metal baskets, and vintage sleighs or ice skates. Whatever your design style or vision, we can help bring it to life for half of the price that you would spend doing it yourself!
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Finally, if you want to seriously impress all your guests at your next holiday gathering, let us come style your space for the event! These packages start at just $50- we can use items, dishes, and decor that you already have, but you also get access to renting from our own collection of decor, tableware, and place settings. We can do everything from simply setting your table, to styling your serving stations, putting together a dreamy dessert table, and/or setting up a beverage station or bar area. We also provide beautiful customized cheese boards that are a perfect appetizer or easy meal for any holiday party. A selection of spreads, cheeses, and bread starts at $50 for around 10 people but we can customize your board for any size crowd or dietary needs (or make it a meal by adding a selection of cured meats too!). This also includes arranging and styling the board at your home with floral centerpieces, chalkboard signs, and serving pieces. Check out a sample of one of our boards in the photo below:
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Include which packages you are interested in or any other design projects you might be considering! We will get back to you with a quote and then set up a date for your decorating!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of throwing the first big gathering at our new house: a bridal shower for one of my dearest friends. Of course I started out thinking that I would keep everything very simple and easy but once you go down the black-hole of Pinterest, it is hard to get back out! I decided to use lots of bright colors, florals, and gold- with an overall vintage bohemian feel! I truly enjoyed setting up all the different areas and decorations and it reminded me of how much I do LOVE throwing parties and entertaining. I made many of the decorations myself and used a ton of vintage items that I had saved or pulled from other areas of the house!
I set up an extra small table in the kitchen so that all the desserts could be showcased separately. I used a vintage tablecloth for color and a mixture of cake plates, pedestal dishes, and trays to fill the table and make it feel like it was overflowing with sweet treats! Behind the table I did a little chalkboard art and made a hanging "heart wreath" by attaching some faux greenery to a metal heart I found at Hobby Lobby. I also found the prism shaped gold candle holders at Hobby Lobby and filled the table with more vintage candlesticks that I already had in my collection. I used mismatched colored dessert plates and gold silverware (vintage) for an extra pop of pattern and color.
We set up a drink station in the butler's pantry which worked well and kept the kitchen from being too overcrowded. I set up jewel-toned mismatched vintage glasses, an ice bucket, a trough of iced bottled drinks, carafes of water, and a dispenser with punch. I also set out cocktail napkins and some cute patterned paper straws! I used another vintage tablecloth on the table underneath that had a bright floral pattern and played off of all the bright glasses and colors.
I'm not much for shower games so instead I set up some fun activities outside: a photo booth and a flower crown bar! The photobooth was pretty easy because I use this same backdrop set up for all my markets (it's made from copper pipes and attached to a bench)! I just switched out my normal "Miss Molly Vintage" logo backdrop for a gold patterned shower curtain (originally from Target but found on super sale at Bargain Hunt!), and then added some greenery at the top with a banner (found blank at Hobby Lobby and I wrote on it). I also found this cute bright wreath at Bargain Hunt (also originally from Target) and just hung it in the middle.
The flower crown bar was easy to set up with just a few items: floral tape, wire cutters, floral wire, and some fake flowers. I just purchased a couple of the larger bunches of fake flowers from Hobby Lobby (they were 50% off that week too!) and then I trimmed them and separated each bunch so that they were all individual stems. I used old buckets or canisters I had to hold each different bunch and made a chalkboard sign with basic instructions. I used yet another vintage tablecloth (my collection is out of control) and I decorated above the table with some honeycomb garland (they have all colors + sizes now at Target) and tassel trim (found in the upholstery section at Hobby Lobby).
Everyone had fun assembling their own crowns when they arrived and then wearing them throughout the shower!
Here is the beautiful bride-to-be opening all of her gifts! I wanted to make a special "bridal chair" for her to sit in while opening gifts. I already had this cute vintage wicker chair on my porch and I decorated it even more with a cute pillow, greenery garland, and some foil balloons (Party City has all letters and numbers too!). The gold tassel garland and "Congrats" banner behind her are both from Target. I often find little party things like this on clearance and purchase them to save for whenever I may need them!
My friend RaAnn makes this amazing fresh strawberry cake and it was the star of the shower (it is SO delicious)! I found the cute toppers on Etsy (here and here). All the other bite-sized desserts were from local Versailles caterer Sweet Lilu's. They were all so yummy and Sweet Lilu's was so helpful and extremely affordable!
Here's a super easy step-by-step look at how to make the flower crowns. You can also use fresh flowers although they might be more delicate and harder to work with.
I kept the menu pretty simple and picked as many things as I could to make ahead. Here's a list of what we had:
cheese + fruit plate with two types of crackers (seen above- check out my easy charcuterie for a sample shopping list. I usually buy everything at Trader Joe's for these including the crackers!)
chicken salad + rolls
mini ham sandwiches
lemony green bean pasta salad (recipe here)
mixed greens with peaches, feta, + walnuts (recipe here)
I was able to prepare all these items ahead of time minus the salad which only took a few minutes to throw together anyways. Having all the food ready to go and serving plates already picked out or set up really cuts down on any pre-party stress or rush.
All in all it was a pretty perfect day celebrating Natalie with all her closest friends. Congrats to Natalie and Tyler- I'm so excited for you and we can't wait for the big day in October! I hope you enjoyed following along with this fun boho bridal shower- if you have any questions about something I didn't mention- just ask!
Fall is officially here! I've had my living room decorated for a couple of weeks now, and I just love how cozy it feels this time of year. My living room is full of neutral colors so it's always a breeze to get it decorated for fall. I love adding the pops of orange and tons of texture throughout! I wanted to share with you the complete tour of my fall living room as well as a short rundown of how I do my seasonal decorating for those of you who had asked. I will try to give sources for just about everything I can, but if I forget anything don't hesitate to leave a comment and ask! Happy fall and enjoy!
Storage: All my seasonal decor is stored in our walk-up attic and is organized by holiday. My fall decor is further organized by theme, so I have a couple tubs of "neutral" fall decor, and some tubs for my spooky decor, etc. I have an old spinning purse rack up there to hang all my wreaths from so that they don't get crushed in tubs. This also works out well because I often change out wreaths during the year in between holidays, and this way I can easily access them and see all of them at once.
Collecting : I have some staple items I use year after year, and I always purchase a few new things too. Many of the vintage decorations (like my squirrel bookends, wood leaf plaques, horse pictures, etc.), I collect throughout the year and save for the holiday. Thrift shops, garage sales, and peddler malls are treasure troves for seasonal decor as long as you keep your mind open about it throughout the year. For example, I ALWAYS buy good wreaths whenever I see them. The gold fruit/leave wreath on my big white mirror was from a thrift store and I just spray painted it gold! I use it for both fall and Christmas in that same spot. Twig wreaths and pine cones wreaths are a couple of other kinds of wreaths that are easy to find while thrifting. I also always buy natural elements (like greenery, pinecones, twigs, etc.) If you continue collecting these, you will never have to pay full price for them at the craft store and you can use them to fill space all over your room (empty vases, jars, baskets, etc.) Any time I purchase a holiday decoration out of season, I bring it up to the attic and place it in the proper section (even if I'm just setting it on top of a tub or to the side). When you start unpacking your decor it's so nice to have new decorations that most of the time you forgot about!
Add Nature: Real, natural elements like pumpkins, gourds, and flowers are so important to my decor every year. If you don't want to store decorations, this is one thing you can add to any space to make it feel seasonal. Trader Joe's always has a good selection of unique pumpkins and beautiful florals. The farmer's market is also a great place to get unique items (I got my white Indian corn there this year and all of my mini squashes). I never skimp on these items and think they are so important to completing the space. Here's a tutorial I use to preserve my pumpkins so that they last the entire season.
Antlers: Hobby Lobby (spray painted gold) | Wreath: Smith + Hawken from Target bought at Bargain Hunt | White paneled shutters: thrifted | Leaf plaques: thrifted
New Items: I love mixing vintage and new, and every year I purchase a few new items to freshen up the space. This year for example, I got the adorable acorn garland from Target (not available online, but check your local store-only $7.99!), as well as some new textured pillows from Target, and a new accent rug by the door. I also got the wreath above my television from Bargain Hunt, but it is Smith & Hawken brand from Target. If you have never been, Bargain Hunt, is similar to Big Lots but with better brands (including TONS of Target stuff). They offer major discounts on items that have been returned to stores, maybe opened, but they are still in perfect condition. They also discount items the longer that they are in stores! Many times you can find items that are at Target right now for half the price. Other places I like to find new decor are Home Goods, TJMaxx, Marshall's, and Hobby Lobby.
Wheat vase filler: Hobby Lobby
The Process: I start by pulling items that need to go from the room. Anything too summery or that won't match with the look. I will pack these things up in the empty tubs after I have removed all my fall decor from them. Next I start placing the items that I put in the same place every year. For example I always fill the white vases beside my television with wheat. I always hang a wreath above the television with the wooden leaf plaques on each side. Sometimes you might decide to change things up, but start by placing things that you know for sure where they are going. Next I start doing more involved areas like my shelves, which I sometimes have to switch around several times before I find what I like. Thankfully this room is pretty easy for fall because I already have a lot of fall colors and horse items that can work with the theme. I like to switch out pillows with each season and add more knits and textures for fall. I keep a stock pile of pillows (also in my attic). Basically any time I see a pillow that I like on sale or clearance, or while thrifitng, I buy it. Even if I can't use it right away, I might use it somewhere for my holiday decor, or I might use it when I redecorate something in the future! I complete the decorating process with finishing touches like the pumpkins, gourds, and flowers. I try to change every part of the room up just slightly so that it feels fresh and new.