Rustic Neutral Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

The ultimate list of rustic neutral farmhouse kitchen decor!

Hi friends!

How was your long weekend? I always try to get stuff done and relax a little on the weekends, which is a lot easier when we have an extra day!

I had a super fun birthday surprise: my farmhouse bins and baskets post went crazy on Pinterest! I’ve gotten a lot of new folks here at my blog over the weekend, so if that’s you, welcome! Since that post was so popular (and fun to write!) I thought I’d do another farmhouse roundup.  This time I’m focusing on rustic farmhouse kitchen decor.

I have big dreams for my kitchen: white cabinets, dark counters, open shelving, new floors, rustic lighting, and of course, farmhouse style! I’m not quite ready to tackle any of these things at the moment, but virtual shopping for when it is done is a super fun way to get inspiration!

I’m excited to share my latest farmhouse roundup with you! I kept the accents neutral with a lot of white, metal, and wood.  Adding any of these pieces will instantly give your current kitchen some farmhouse style!

Some of my favorites are the ‘I drink coffee for your protection’ sign, the coffee + tea + sugar canisters, and the adorable printed tea towels.

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The ultimate list of rustic neutral farmhouse kitchen decor!

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What are your favorites? Stay tuned for my kitchen before pics and plans for giving it some farmhouse style!

Interested in more farmhouse decor? Check out my farmhouse bins and baskets post here!

 

Rustic Winter Hutch and FREE Winter Decor Idea!

Winter hutch decor and free winter decor ideas!

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing my newly decorated rustic winter hutch AND a free winter decor idea!

If you follow me on Instagram (you don’t? you should!) you saw my sparse and sad hutch last week after all the Christmas decorations came down.  I got sick of looking at it, so I shopped around my house and redecorated with a natural winter theme.

I also came up with a genius idea for FREE winter decor!  Ok, maybe it’s not genius, but I’m pretty proud of myself for thinking of it!

Here is how the hutch looked right after I cleared all the Christmas stuff away.

Winter hutch before

And here is how it looks now.

Winter hutch decor after

I just love how it came out.  Did you see my genius FREE decor idea? No? Look again at the greenery.

Winter hutch with greenery

Yep.  I chopped up my Christmas tree!  You may have seen on Instagram (have you followed me yet?) that my husband dragged our tree into the yard and left it there, stand and all. We have no neighbors, so no one can see it and think we’re wackos.  It’s been out there for a week and a half, and when I came home one day and saw it all twinkling in the sunlight and covered in snow, I had the idea to chop off its branches and use them to decorate my house. Ha!

I tried using kitchen scissors, but that didn’t really work, so I just broke off a bunch of branches.

Winter greenery from Christmas tree clippings

I put some in the white enamel pitchers, and a few sprigs in the ceramic pitcher.  Then I shopped around my house for other woodsy-green-brown items and arranged them on the shelves.  It reminds me of winter in the woods.  Which is good, because it’s winter, and we live in the woods!

Winter hutch decor ideas

Even my mail baskets tie in with the rustic winter theme! (Check out more cute farmhouse baskets here.)

I had some greenery leftover, so I tied it up with a tan and gold ribbon and hung it on the front door.

winter greenery door hanging DIY

Winter greenery door hanging DIY

What do you think?  How do you decorate after the holidays?

If you’re looking for other post-holiday decor ideas, check out my winter pillow cover roundup and my winter decor roundup.

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Rustic farmhouse winter hutch decor and free winter decor idea!

Rustic Farmhouse Baskets and Bins for Organizing

The ultimate list of rustic farmhouse baskets and bins, perfect for organizing every room in your house and adding a touch of farmhouse style to your decor.

I’m so excited to share these amazing rustic farmhouse baskets and bins with you!  They are perfect for organizing any room in your house AND will add a touch of farmhouse style to your decor.  And these roundups are so super fun to make, too!

There is just something about the new year that makes me want to ORGANIZE ALL THE THINGS. The new year gives me such a mental boost!  I feel like I have a fresh opportunity to do things better.  Streamline, organize, and kick 2017’s butt!!

As I’ve been organizing areas of my house this past week, I’ve noticed how much I use baskets, bins, and other containers to store items.  I use different sizes and materials in different areas of the house, but they really are useful in any room!

I use them in the kitchen:

  • to organize pantry items like granola bars, crackers, baking items, etc.
  • to store flour and sugar
  • on the counter for fruit
  • in the fridge for cheeses sticks and Baby Bell cheeses

I use them in the living room:

  • for throw blankets
  •  for toys
  • for kids’ books

I use them in our dining room hutch:

  • to organize mail
  • for kids’ art supplies
  • in drawers for pens, stamps, and other office supplies

I use them in the bathroom:

  • to store washcloths and towels
  • to organize toiletries and medicine
  • to organize jewelry, hair ties, and bobby pins

I use them in the bedrooms:

  • in the kids’ room for toys
  • in drawers for socks and underwear
  • in the closet for out of season items

Of course not all of the containers I use are farmhouse cute, but some of the baskets and bins below are definitely on my list!  My favorites are the wire and burlap baskets (#6), the galvanized metal pail trio (#20), and the farm animal bins (#21). I think the metal pail trio would be adorable on a desk for pens and pencils or in a kids’ space to organize crayons and art supplies.  I also love the chicken wire wall bins (#18).  They would be great in a mudroom for mittens and hats or even in the kitchen for fruit.

What are your favorites?  How do you use baskets and bins to organize in your home?

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The ultimate farmhouse bins and baskets roundup! Great for organizing and adding some farmhouse style to your home!

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Looking for more farmhouse inspiration? Check out my farmhouse kitchen roundup here!

Winter Pillow Cover Roundup

Hi friends!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and if you have time off this week like me (#teacherperks), you’re probably cleaning up, organizing all your new stuff, and packing up all your Christmas decorations.

The period after Christmas has always been the hardest for me to decorate.  The house seems a little sad without all the cheerful red and green, and I’m severely lacking any winter decor to take it’s place.  I’ve been scouring Amazon looking for cute winter decor to brighten up these dark winter days, and I wanted to share some super cute pillow covers!

If you saw my fall or Christmas pillow cover roundup, you know that I prefer pillow covers over throw pillows.  They’re cheaper, easier to store, and easier to keep clean — just throw them in the wash!  You can buy the pillow inserts once, and then change out your covers all year to suit the season or your mood!

Below are my picks for winter pillow covers to decorate with after Christmas.  I was going for a cozy, neutral, icy vibe with the burlap and ice blue.

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Struggling to decorate after all your Christmas decorations are put away? Check out this winter pillow cover roundup for some ideas for after Christmas decorating!

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Row 1: Let it Snow || burlap deer silhouette || snowman

Row 2: neutral buffalo check || blue snowflake pair || sweater with buttons

Row 3: deer with blue antlers || burlap embroidered snowflake || burlap blue snowflake

For more after Christmas decorating ideas, check out my Winter Decor Roundup!

Winter Decor for Decorating After Christmas

Hi friends!  I hope everyone had a magical Christmas or is still enjoying a lovely Hanukkah or Kwanzaa!

We had a wonderful Christmas, with still one celebration today with my in-laws.  I spent time with family, ate yummy food, and loved seeing my kids get so excited over everything this year.  Now that they’re three, they understand what’s going on a little bit more, and really enjoyed all the celebrations!

Now that Christmas is over, it’s almost time to put away all of the holiday decor.  I’m always a little sad to pack up my Christmas decorations.  We usually leave everything up, including the tree, until New Year’s day, and then I put away all of the overtly ‘Christmas’ decorations, pack up the ornaments and lights, and lug the tree into the woods.

I have a lot of spring, summer, and fall decor, but am lacking winter decor that isn’t ‘Christmas’ decor.  After I pack up the Christmas decorations, I always struggle with what to decorate with!  I’ve been searching Amazon for winter decor items that don’t scream ‘Christmas’, and I wanted to share some of these finds with you!

I’m leaning toward a neutral color scheme as a break from all the red.  Check out these wintry, cozy, non-Christmas decor ideas, and pin the image below to save it for later!

Wondering how to decorate after Christmas is over? Check out these winter decor ideas!

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Row 1: snowflake table runner || evergreen wreath

Row 2: mitten banner

Row 3: rustic wooden stars || pine cones || birch candles

Row 4: string lights || Let it Snow burlap banner || mini birch trees

I’d love to know how you decorate after Christmas!  When do you pack up the holiday decorations?

Christmas Pillow Cover Roundup

Since my Fall Pillow Cover Roundup was so popular, I’ve put together a Christmas pillow cover roundup for you, my lovely readers!  Decorating for the holidays has always been one of my favorite parts of the season, and pillow covers, people, are awesome because you buy the inserts once and switch out the covers when you want to change your decor.  Also, storing the flat covers takes up much less space than storing big, fluffy throw pillows.  And, they’re easier to wash!  Pillow covers for the win!

Most of my decor is neutral, and at Christmas time I love to add splashes of red.  I found some super cute holiday pillow covers for you in reds and neutrals, plus they’re all really affordable.  Any of these are sure to bring a little Christmas cheer to your home!

Christmas Pillow Cover Roundup from Sweet Maple Lane

 

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1st row: red & white checks, baby it’s cold outside, red car with tree

2nd row: burlap deer, red moose, white christmas,

3rd row: red snowflake, burlap merry christmas, let it snow

Are you thinking about your holiday decorating yet?  Let me know in the comments!

Farmhouse Enamelware Roundup

Hi friends!  We’re officially back to school here at Sweet Maple Lane, and are starting to settle into a new routine.  I’m missing those lazy days of summer for sure!  I’m excited to share a farmhouse enamelware roundup with you today!

If you saw my recent hutch reveal, you know that I now have a beautiful new hutch to decorate for the seasons.  Yay! I love to change out my decor for each season, but it’s also nice to have some neutral pieces that you can use all year.  One thing that I’ve been looking at recently is white enamelware.  Nothing says farmhouse like white enamelware!  It’s simple and neutral, can stay on your shelf all year, and go with any season.  I thought I’d share some of the pieces I’ve been looking at, in case you’re looking for some too!

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Bread Box

Coffee, Tea, Sugar Canisters 

Bowl

Colander

Bowl with Lid

Pitcher

Any of these would look fabulous and bring a little farmhouse style to your kitchen, shelf, or hutch.  Happy decorating!

 

Hutch Reveal

I’ve been wanting a hutch for this spot since we bought this house 5 years ago, and I finally found one! I recently scored this solid wood hutch on a local Facebook yard sale group (do you have these in your town too?) and have been eager to show you how I transformed it!

Here is what it looked like before:

Hutch reveal by Sweet Maple Lane

Great lines, solidly built, but not my style with the dark wood.  I painted it with chalk paint (tutorial coming soon!) and now I am oh so in love with it!  Isn’t she pretty!

Painted hutch reveal from Sweet Maple Lane

The white transforms it into the perfect farmhouse piece.  And look how pretty these oil rubbed bronze pulls are!  I told my husband they were my dream hardware and he looked at me like I was nuts!  “How can someone have dream hardware?” he said.  I don’t know, but these are mine!  There is just something so farmhouse country about white painted wood with oil rubbed bronze hardware.

I decorated for fall already–I know, it’s still technically summer–but I’m going back to school in a few days and I wanted to switch everything out before my schedule got busy.

Hutch reveal by Sweet Maple Lane

I love having a place to decorate and display all of my seasonal decor.

Hutch reveal by Sweet Maple Lane

I also set up some baskets to organize the paper clutter.  I’ll be writing a post about how I organize our paper clutter soon, but for now, just look how pretty these baskets look with the little chalkboard labels!

Hutch reveal by Sweet Maple Lane

 

I love how the hutch finishes off my dining room space a bit, and I’m loving decorating for fall!  Happy fall ya’ll!

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White painted hutch decorated for fall from Sweet Maple Lane!

 

 

Fall Pillow Cover Roundup

Hi friends!  I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!  My husband jokes that for teachers, August is the Sunday of months.  HA!  It’s sort of true though.  As soon as August hits, I start thinking about going back to school and feel the pressure to finish my summer projects.  As much as I hate to see summer go, I love to decorate my house for fall.

Last year I decorated for fall at the end of August, before I went back to school, and it was nice to have it done and not think about it in the crazy first month of back to school.  This year I’m in the market for some new fall throw pillow covers, so I thought I’d share some cute ones I came across while looking online.

Throw pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to change up your decor with the seasons.  Buy the inserts once, and then stock up on cute covers to change your look anytime! I think any of these would look adorable mixed up on a couch or as an accent on a chair.  I love the colors of fall!

Fall pillow cover roundup from Sweet Maple Lane.

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First row: pumpkin spice, happy fall, tree

Second row: leaves, check, arrows

Third row: stripes, ikat, moose

Cute, right?  Are you thinking about fall decorations yet?  Let me know in the comments!

The Secret to Hanging Picture Frames

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a pic of the new prints I got for the entryway.  Today I’m going to share my trick for hanging picture frames so they come out perfect every time!

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

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Oh these prints.  I heart them.  The faux barn board backgrounds, the faded farmhouse blues, and — of course — the mason jar full of wild flowers!  Love, love, love.  I ordered them from Jane.com and they’re by a seller called Home, James. They were super cheap — I paid 23 bucks for all 3 including shipping — and they’re a nice, frame-able 11 X 14. Since Jane.com is a daily deal site, these prints are no longer available, but they have prints from this seller often, so keep checking back! (Update: as of 8/2/16 the prints are back on Jane.com for two days only!)

I bought some inexpensive black frames from Walmart, in an 11 X 14 (with a mat) size.  They came with two hanging hooks on the back, which means they’ll hang straight (yay!) but are harder to hang (boo).

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

First I put my prints in the frames and decided which order I wanted to hang them in.  Then I flipped them over to measure the hooks on the back.

Are you ready for the secret?  Painter’s tape.  Yup, good ol’ trusty blue painter’s tape.  Here’s what I do:

First I put a piece of tape on the back of the frame, carefully covering both hooks evenly.  I also make it a little longer than the width of the frame at first, so there is some hanging off each side.

How to hanging picture frames perfectly every time!

Then I press it down over the hook — see how you can (sort of) see the outline of the triangle shaped hook under the tape?  — and mark a little dot where the nail will go.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

Then I rip off the excess tape on each side so my tape is the same length as the width of my frame.  I’m not too concerned about a perfect straight edge, here, I just want to be able to see how wide the frame is.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

I also mark which way is up with an arrow and a number to indicate which frame this is (obviously you won’t need a number if you’re only hanging one frame).

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

After I do all three, I take the tape off and go to the wall where I want my frames to hang.  Now I can place each piece of tape on the wall and space out the frames how I want.  Remember, the tape is the width of the frame, so keep that in mind when you’re arranging the tape on the wall.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

I always use a mini level to make sure my nails will be level.  This is especially important when your frames have two hooks on the back.  The nice thing about painter’s tape, is you can easily stick it and unstick it without damaging your wall.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

Once I have my tape arranged how I want, I use my hammer and nail to make a small hole where each dot on the tape is.  Then I pull off the tape and hammer in the nails, leaving a half inch or so out to hang the frames on.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

Now I hang my frames and step back to admire my handiwork!

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

I love how the prints brighten up the space a little.  It’s always so dark in the entryway, because there is only one small window.  Pretty!

Now that you know the secret, go and hang your frames with confidence!

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How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!