Southern State of Mind

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spruce Up Your Kitchen- Add a New Rug

In case you missed yesterday's post, I am sharing Five Cheap & Pretty Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen this week.

Today's tip- a new rug. OK, this one is not earth shattering, but what a huge impact it has made in our kitchen.  I've always had a little rug in the kitchen, but the one that was there was getting ruined due to the high traffic and spills. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Spruce Up Your Kitchen- No Sew Valance

This week I am going to share five cheap and pretty ways to spruce up your kitchen. If you are like us, you spend about 85% of your waking time at home in your kitchen. And when you entertain, it's where people end up gathering, am I right? So why not take a few minutes this week and give it some love.

I am not talking about a new backsplash or new appliances here peeps. I am talking a few minutes and a few bucks. 

Super simple ideas that anyone can do!

First up, I am going to show you how I added a no-sew curtain above our sink. No sew you ask? Yes, I used my hot glue gun. (My mother is probably cringing as she reads this! Sorry mom!) Although it's not my favorite thing to do, I am not afraid of a sewing machine. However, I don't own one. My mom, who taught me how to sew, has one and she is kind enough to let me borrow hers when I need it. 

But since I didn't want to wait to get my hands on her sewing machine, I just pulled out my hot glue gun.

When there is a will there is a WAY!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Preppy & Pretty Projects (January Features)

Well hello there,and HAPPY FRIDAY!
Where, oh where, did the week go?
Raise your hand if you feel like you haven't had a chance to come up for air since the holidays? (waving mine wildly!)

I guess you all like to cheer for your team as much as adding shoes to your closet based on your responses to yesterday's giveaway. If you haven't yet, don't forget to enter for your chance to win those cute gameday shoes. 

Today I am here with some inspiration for your weekend. There were lots of great projects linked up in this month's Pretty Preppy Party but I was able to narrow it down to three to feature today.

Brenna at Domestic Charm is a girl after my own heart. I love how she shared some tips on beating the winter blues and not letting your decor feel stagnant after the holidays. 

Next, I loved these cute and cheap file folders from Melissa at A Prudent Life. You know I am a sucker for prettying up your home office (as evident with these gold spray painted office supplies). And you know I am a fan of using black electrical tape. So these folders were just up my alley!

Last but not least, Heather over at The Heathered Nest recovered these chairs and they turned out so cute! I am always amazed when someone reupholsters furniture. 

Don't forget to visit these hostesses to see who they have featured this month!  And join us again next month on the third Thursday!

Happy weekend! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GIVEAWAY! Adorable Gameday Shoes

Is there anything more fun than getting decked out in your team colors for gameday? If you agree, then you will love the super fun giveaway I have for you today- a pair of ballet flats and shoe clips with whatever colors your blood runs!

Lillybee is a lifestyle brand focused on collegiate and sorority shoes and accessories. They are designed for the gal who loves cheering on her team as much as she likes adding shoes to her closet. (yes and yes) While I don't actually make it to Athens for many games these days, I still love wearing my team colors!

The shoes and clips mix and match so you can really customize your shoe. You can also remove the clip and just wear the ballet flat. While I am no longer a sorority girl, they also have cute Greek colors. Oh, and in addition to these cute ballets, they have RAIN BOOTS and wedges. Those rain boots would be so fun for rainy games, which we seem to have a few of every year. 

Interested in winning a pair for yourself? Enter to win a free pair of Lillybee flats below and you will be ready to cheer your team on! Check out which pair you'd love to win:

Once you've made your pick make sure you enter our giveaway below! One of you will win the Lillybee flats and bow of your choice!
...and virtual high fives if you pick UGA! :)

Hope you win!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

January Decorating

Happy Monday! It's a three day weekend around these parts and it has been glorious! (Hello sixty degrees, I've missed you.) As much as I have been enjoying the sunshine, I have also been busy purging and organizing the house all weekend. How in the world do we end up with so much stuff?!? 

As promised, I am here today with some pictures of our January winter home. After the "more is more" Christmas decor, I was definitely ready to go neutral, comfy, and cozy.

After walking around the new Restoration Hardware here in Atlanta all googly-eyed, I couldn't wait to try a couple new neutral projects around here. I have already shared the deets on the gray painted books and framed sheet music

Friday, January 16, 2015

{Restoration Hardware Inspired} Framed Sheet Music Art

HAPPY FRIDAY! I am doing a happy dance because after a week of rain, fog and general blah-ness around these parts, the weather finally looks promising over the weekend. Bring on the sunshine because my little is bouncing. off. the. walls!

Earlier this week, I mentioned that we stopped by the new Restoration Hardware. While it wasn't super leisurely, I still walked around like a kid in a candy store all googly-eyed. So much goodness to take in.

I already shared how I was inspired to paint a bunch of old books to achieve some free and simple neutral accessories. Today I am going to share another easy project. 

Framed sheet music.  (excuse the pics... these were taken as I stalked strolled the store)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party {January}

Welcome to our first Pretty Preppy Party of 2015.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to! 

Pretty Preppy Party Blog Linky Party | 11 Magnolia Lane  

Here is what your hostesses have been up to:

Kate Spade style is always in season, but especially when it comes to beating the mid-winter blahs!  Julie recently re-styled her bar cart with a little fun and sparkle.  See more of it here!
Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

After the holidays it seems that everyone is looking for a clean, fresh, neutral slate. Why not give some old hardback books a coat of paint to Restoration Hardware-i-fy them up? Heather painted some old books and they are the perfect neutral decor on her mantel. See how she did it here.
Heather @ Southern State of Mind

Whether you are a self proclaimed to do list expert or have resolved to be more organized in 2015, this prepped out printable is perfect to help you meet your goals! Check out how Brett at Being Bianca has used it to keep her world in working order.
  week at a glance v1   
Get Organized with weekly to do list printable
Brett @ Being Bianca
Sarah was a busy girl last year and recapped her Top Ten Posts of 2014
Well done Sarah, well done! 
Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street

Christy got a head start on beating those winter blues with pops of coral and gold in her living room. That Greek Key pillow is prep perfection! 
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 Now it's your turn, feel free to link up any holiday projects or your home tour this month! You only need to link up via one blog and your post will show up on all five blogs. We can't wait to see what you have been up to. Please be sure to include a backlink to the party in your post somewhere as we can't feature your project without one. 

Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your preppy holiday goodness!

Guidelines: - Link to your specific post, not your home page.
- Your project must be holiday related this month. If it doesn’t fit this category, it will be removed.
- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature! Use the button below, or a text link.
– Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.
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Each hostess will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration!
Let’s see those Pretty & Preppy projects:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Barn Red Blanket Ladder

Sometimes I wonder why some projects take me so long to get around to. I have had this bunk bed ladder sitting down in our basement for at least a year. I found it for $3 at the thrift store. You may recall I used a similar ladder in the boy's bathroom as a towel rack. When I found another one, I figured I would come up with something to use it for. 

red painted ladder

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

{Restoration Hardware Inspired} Painted Books

Hello! Hope your weekend was fantastic! Ours was spent catching up on some much needed housekeeping and errands. The good news is that after a trip to the vet, sweet Bella is feeling better too. 

Despite the boring stuff we had to do over the weekend, we did manage to make a quick stop in the new Restoration Hardware in Atlanta. 

Y'all. This place is crazy. It is 70,000 square feet and 6 levels complete with a roof top lounge. We had both kids in tow so it wasn't a super leisurely stop in, and I will try to take some pics next time I go to share with you. 

Even though it was a quick strike, I still found inspiration EVERYWHERE!