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Kitchen Renovation: Our Countertops Got Installed!

Hello all! This past Thursday our new granite countertops got installed and I love them!

After originally wanting a white Carrara quartz, we decided on a granite called Salinas White granite after seeing the beautiful slab. The white quartz was just too much white for my liking, and this one has a lot more interest and movement to it. It turned out to be exactly what I wanted and had been looking for!

We went with a company called Cabinet and Stone Expo in Indianapolis and the granite only cost us $49/sq ft installed, which is cheaper than most I saw at Home Depot (plus they had an additional install fee). They were amazing throughout the process and the whole timeframe of the project was only a month.

I love how they turned out! Eventually we want to add a subway tile backsplash and then our kitchen update will be complete!

To see more home decor inspiration and kitchen updates, follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

29 on the 29th

It’s my 29th birthday today! My favorite home decor blogger, Liz Marie Galvan, used to write a blog post on her birthday sharing facts about herself and I thought it was a cool idea. So today I thought I’d share with you 29 facts about me so maybe you’ll feel like you know me a little bit better!


1. I am a baptized believer. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins, was buried, and rose again and wants to have a relationship with you too!

2. My amazing husband AJ and I met in high school and started dating soon after I graduated. We’ve been married for 6 years now.

My husband and I on our wedding day. We got married next to a gazebo and had a reception in a beautiful barn on a hot summer day.

3. I am blessed to be a momma to two beautiful little ones, Emma (3.5) and Henry (15mo).

4. I taught first grade for 4 years before staying home with my little ones. I have a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a minor in both English as a New Language and Journalism.

5. We started our online shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market, in January. I’d love to own a brick and mortar store someday, but if not, that’s ok too. I know whatever God has planned for me is so much greater than my own plans

6. I drink iced coffee year round and homemade cold brew with skinny syrup and cream is my go-to each morning.

7. My husband and I have been on 4 cruises in the past 6 years of marriage. We went on our honeymoon to the Bahamas and fell in love with cruising and the beautiful Caribbean. I can’t wait to go on another one sometime soon! 🏝

My husband and I at dinner on our 3rd cruise.

8. My favorite food is tacos. Chili is a close 2nd.

9. It’s a dream of mine to build a white farmhouse on a piece of land where I could sip sweet tea on a porch swing.

10. Summer and fall are tied for my favorite seasons.

11. I used to want to be a country singer growing up and did talent shows every year. I still love to sing and do so often in the car.

An old photo of me playing guitar and singing a song I wrote in a talent show in high school.

12. I’ve lived in Indiana my whole life.

13. Daisies are my favorite flower. I also love hydrangeas.

14. I buy most of my clothes, home decor and furniture secondhand. I think if you take the time to look, you can find plenty of nice things on the racks and shelves of Goodwill.

15. I love the combination of white and wood in decor.

16. Favorite drinks are sweet tea, Vanilla Coke, and pina coladas.

17. I have bad eyesight and have to wear contacts or glasses to see clearly.

18. My favorite paint color right now is Swiss Coffee by Behr and I’m slowly painting every room in our house with it.

19. I’m not a city girl, but I’ve never been to Chicago or NYC and would love to take a trip there sometime.

20. Lighting a great smelling candle is so cozy to me. And diffusing lavender essential oil at night.

21. I am the oldest child and have 3 younger sisters.

Me and my 3 younger sisters.

22. My favorite fast food restaurant is Chick-fil-a.

23. I’m an introvert all the way.

24. I struggle with anxiety.

25. My favorite TV show is The Office.

26. Christmas and July 4th are my favorite holidays.

27. Anything coconut or maple flavored I will probably like.

28. Decorating is a creative outlet for me and I love to create a cozy home for my family.

29. I hope that I can be a light for Christ and share His love in this dark world.


I hope you feel like you know me a little bit better. Maybe we can be friends! Follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse to see more of me and my love of decorating!

Thank you for reading and God bless!

Dining Room Reveal

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Hello friends! We recently had a table made and added a new rug to our dining room and I love it!

For some time, I’ve wanted to trade out our wood and white dining table that we got off of marketplace a few years ago. I’ve always loved the look of the Arhaus Francis dining table, but the price was just not in our budget. While scrolling through marketplace one day, I saw an ad for a local carpenter who makes custom solid wood farm tables. The price was more what we were looking for, so I reached out.

I was quoted $650 for a 6ft solid pine table and bench set with the turned legs that mimic the ones on the Arhaus table. We ended up selling our old table for $150, the chairs and bench for $200, and an antique pie safe that we scored for free for $350. We also sold the round wood table that used to be in our eat-in kitchen that I refinished for another $200. We simply switched things out for about the same price and ended up with a custom dining table we love.

The table wouldn’t fit well on the 5’x7’ rug I previously had in this space, so I sold that as well and reached out to my favorite rug company, Boutique Rugs. I had found a barely used 8’x10’ Sattley area rug from Boutique Rugs on marketplace for only $50 for our living room a while ago. I loved it so much that I chose to get another one for our dining room.

If you are in the market for a new rug, be sure to check out their great selection of high quality rugs. This one is the Sattley area rug. You can use the code FAF60 at checkout for 60% off!

Overall, I am loving how our dining room looks now. It is a room that is walked through often, since it is at the center of our home,and every time I walk through it I smile.

Thank you for taking the time to read and God bless!

Simple Summer Outdoor Tablescape

Hey friends! Today I’m sharing how I styled my first outdoor tablescape! It’s not anything elaborate, but I’m craving simplicity this summer anyway so it’ll do!

Our outdoor table was another great Facebook Marketplace find. It was only $50 for the solid wood table and two benches. It needed some love, so I sanded it down and stained it, and I love how it turned out. I have a highlight saved under Outdoor Table on my Instagram if you want to see the transformation.

After making the table look pretty again, I knew I wanted to style it for a nice outdoor dinner. I simply took out some things I already had inside for a simple, neutral tablescape.

The white wood candlesticks were hand-me-downs from my mom and I added two white pillar candles from IKEA.

I brought out a jute runner and placemats from Hobby Lobby and some Rae Dunn plates. I added a clearance $1.50 geranium I planted in a concrete planter and that’s it!

I love having an outdoor space to style and dining al fresco is a must during the summer months. I can’t wait to share more outdoor tablescapes with you!

Head on over to my Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse for more decor inspiration. Thank you for reading and God bless!

DIY Framed Vintage Military Yard Longs

Hello friends! I’m so happy to share my vintage patriotic mantel using my DIY military yard longs!

I’ve always loved the look of framed military photos, but true vintage yard longs can be PRICEY. My friend Brittany @whiteandwoodgrain gave me the idea to create these beautiful framed military photos at a fraction of the cost!

I partnered with Frame It Easy on this project and they made it so simple. So today I want to share how I did it so that you can make some too!

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First, I chose free digital downloads from the Library of Congress website. I searched for military panoramic. There are so many to choose from and it was hard to narrow it down!

Next, I downloaded the largest file (tiff) and converted it to a jpeg using a free online converter. Then I uploaded it to the Frame It Easy website. If you want to do this on your phone, download the tiff file and save as image, then upload it and it should work.

I then used the slider bar to change the size so that all of them were 6.5” in height. You’ll have to pay attention to the lengths if you’re wanting to stagger their sizes. The three I chose ended up being about 1”-1.5” different in length. I chose the Hanover frame in satin black, with no matting, and chose photo paper for printing.

After you’re finished creating your custom frames, simply checkout and they do the rest! I was surprised at just how simple it was. They arrived looking amazing and came with all that I needed to easily hang it on the wall.

I also made this framed book page quote that I created in Canva that you can download here. Just save the image below.

Save this image to create this yourself!

Each of the military yard longs were under $50!Also, if you go to frameiteasy.com/krista a 10% off discount will automatically apply!

I love how they turned out and I’m all about getting the look for less. Let me know if you decide to create some too!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse for more budget-friendly farmhouse decor ideas!

Thank you for reading and God bless!

5 Ways to Create a Cozy Space

Hello friends! I love making my home feel cozy and comfortable. It brings me joy and makes me feel more relaxed when a space feels cozy. So today I thought I’d share my favorite ways to create a cozy space in your home!

1. Candles

Candles are my favorite way to make a space feel warm and inviting. The soft glow and the soothing scents just make a space feel like home.

2. Pillows

Soft, fluffy pillows of various materials and textures can make a room look comfortable. While I don’t like to go overboard and like to have enough space on the sofa to sit without moving them, pillows are essential to making a cozy home.

If you’re interested, you can check out a few of the cozy pillows we sell in our shop below!

Cottage Pillow
Round Pom Pom Pillow

3. Plants/Greenery

I love bringing the outdoors in using plants and greenery, both real and fake, throughout our home. I’m slowly becoming a plant lady and have quite a few pothos plants. I just love the look of them! Plants bring life into a room and instantly give it a welcoming feel.

4. Neutrals

I love the look of neutrals and use them throughout my home. While color can certainly be cozy, personally I find a neutral space more relaxing. Bold, bright colors can be too overwhelming for me at times. A neutral room with subtle pops of color just feels more cozy.

5. Wood Tones

Wood can bring texture and character to any space. I like to use various wood pieces around our home to give it a warm and cozy look.

I hope this gave you some ideas on how to make your home feel more cozy. What cozy means is different for everyone, so find out what cozy means for you!

Thank you for reading and God bless!

DIY Open Shelving in the Kitchen


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Hello friends! We recently made some open shelves in our kitchen and today I want to share with you what we used and how simple it was!

I’ve always loved the look of open shelving in the kitchen, but I never thought it would be possible in ours. We have a small kitchen with no pantry, so storage is limited. But after organizing our cabinets and getting rid of dishes we didn’t use, we had an entire cabinet that wasn’t needed between our window and back door. I decided it would be better to have some open shelving and in return, get more counter space by moving canisters that were previously on the counter onto the shelves.

First, we took down the cabinet to find a blue wall with a ton of holes to fill. I was eager to get the open shelving up, so the holes still need filled and then painted, but that will be simple.

Next, I pulled out some leftover gray paint that matches the rest of the kitchen and painted where the cabinet was. I would love to paint the kitchen an off white eventually, but don’t have the time to repaint the kitchen now.

I found these shelves and brackets at Home Depot. My husband attached them to the wall as well as a peg rack that I found a while back at my local Goodwill.

Finally, I styled the shelves with my Rae Dunn canisters, some plates, greenery, and a Dundee marmalade jar. I hung a few tea towels from our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market, on the peg rail.

I love how they turned out! It was such a simple weekend DIY and now I have another fun place to decorate and more counter space! Win win!

I hope I’ve inspired you in some way today. Maybe you can try adding open shelving in your kitchen!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Krista

Spring Watering Can Mantel

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Hello friends! Yesterday, I switched up my mantel decor and created this spring watering can mantel!

I was inspired by a similar look that Liz Marie Galvan shared a while back where she hung a vintage watering can above her mantel and I wanted to try to create a similar look. This mantel is quickly becoming one of my favorite spaces in my home to style!

I hung a vintage galvanized watering can by using a piece of twine looped on the handle and hung it from a screw I already had in the wall above the window frame. I placed fake stems inside the watering can and inside terra cotta pots of various sizes that I placed on the mantel. I added a set of iron candlesticks that we sell in our shop to complete the look.

On the ottoman below, I placed a few vintage books and a thrifted topiary in front of a vintage wooden crate with a pillow placed inside.

I also used this cottage pillow from our shop on the chair next to the mantel.

I love how it turned out! My $40 chalk painted mantel is my new favorite spot to decorate!

I hope I’ve inspired you in some way today! The sources for all of the items shown I’ve shared below.


Sources:

Vintage Watering Can- Facebook Marketplace

Mantel- Facebook Marketplace, painted in Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White

Terra Cotta Pots– Our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market

Stems in Watering Can– Hobby Lobby

Bushes in Terra Cotta Pots– Hobby Lobby

Iron Candlestick Set– Our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market

Chair and Ottoman- Facebook Marketplace (Ikea Ektorp line)

Cottage Pillow– Our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market

Chunky Knit Pillow Cover– Hobby Lobby

Topiary- Goodwill

Crate, Window Frame, and Old Books- Vintage Finds


Thank you for reading and God bless!

Krista

Cozy Spring Cottage Style

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Hello friends and happy spring! Today I wanted to talk about simple ways to decorate for spring to achieve a cozy cottage look.

I’m not one to go all out with my spring decor. While I have nothing against it, using a lot of bunnies, Easter eggs and spring pastels are just not my preference. Instead, I like to keep it simple when decorating for spring. By making just a few simple decor changes, your home will be spring ready in no time!

Wall with shiplap and  mantel decorated for spring

1. Terra Cotta Pots

To me, the classic look of terra cotta pots are perfect for a spring cottage look. I recently came across some old terra cotta pots that I got for free at an estate sale that had been sitting out next to a garage. They have an aged, vintage look to them that I love! This aged look can be created using garden lime or paint, or we have a few left that look aged for sale in our shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market.

White Toledo scale on table with bunny, Dundee marmalade jar, and terra cotta pots
Mantel on shiplap wall decorated with old window, wreath, terra cotta pots

2. Real and Faux Spring Greenery

Bringing in greenery, both real and fake, instantly makes it feel cozier and breathes life to into a room. I love getting new houseplants in the spring. Hobby Lobby also sells some affordable spring greenery like these small bushes and these curly stems that I’ve used around my home. (Tip: Only buy their greenery when it goes half off every other week.)

White distressed TV stand in living room with coffee table and greenery
Farmhouse coffee bar with Rae Dunn mugs, greenery, tiered tray and coffee sign
Entryway with church pew, board and batten wall, and cream colored pillows

3. Vintage Gardening Items

I like to incorporate vintage gardening pieces, like galvanized watering cans, flower frogs, or plant markers for a cozy spring look.

Vintage watering can with greenery on shelf with terra cotta pots

4. A Reminder of Easter

I always try and put something out that reminds me of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. I tore this song page out of an old hymnal and put it in a chippy white frame on my mantel as a reminder that He is risen.

Hymnal page in chippy white frame on shelf

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to add some cozy spring decor to your home! It doesn’t have to be difficult to decorate for spring and I hope these tips helped!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Krista

Spring Cottage Style Mantel

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Hello all! Today I wanted to share how I gave my mantel a cottage style look for spring! I decorated this mantel with pieces I already had and a few things from our online shop, Faith and Farmhouse Market.

I used faux spring greenery, aged terra cotta pots, a vintage watering can, an old window, and a framed hymn to create this spring cottage style mantel.

It took only 5 minutes to decorate this space and I’m loving how it turned out!

I linked what I could below so that you can recreate this look! Thank you for reading and God bless!

Krista

Sources:

Terra Cotta Pots– Faith and Farmhouse Market

Wreath- TJ Maxx

Vintage Watering Can– Facebook Marketplace

Greenery in Pots– Hobby Lobby

Greenery Stems in Watering Can– Hobby Lobby

Rabbit Figurine– Faith and Farmhouse Market