This is only the second year I’ve decorated for Halloween, and I’m so glad I did!
Decorating my home brings me joy. It is a creative outlet for me and helps me reduce stress and anxiety. I’m more excited to decorate nowadays since it’s been such a crazy, stressful year. Being stuck at home with a 2-year-old and a 2-month-old can be hard. Taking the time to get creative and decorate a space is a form of self-care for me.
Below are photos of my home decorated for Halloween this year. I hope it can give you some inspiration!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I appreciate you! I hope you enjoyed my Halloween decor this year. Happy Halloween! 🎃
I don’t like creepy Halloween decor. Skulls, blood, and other scary things I will never decorate my home with. That’s just not me. But I do think Halloween is what you make it and can be just another fun time of year. I’m fine with cute and slightly spooky decorations like bats and spiders. Hocus Pocus is the only “scary” movie I watch this time of year.
Last year was the first year that I’ve ever decorated for Halloween. This year, I knew I wanted to decorate for Halloween again, but I wanted to keep it simple.
I thought I’d share a few easy ways to add some cute (but not scary) Halloween decor to your home.
1. Bring in Some Bats
Bats are a nocturnal animal that can be a bit spooky. While I’m not very scared of bats, I did have one fly at my face and almost hit me once on an evening walk. That was pretty frightening so I understand why some people are scared of them. I think they’re the perfect choice to decorate with to add some spooky around the house and creating a bat wall is simple!
I have used felt bats from the Target dollar spot and clearance adhesive paper bats from Michaels in these photos, but they can easily be found on Amazon. Paper bats are also fun to make with kids!
2. Use Black and White
Another easy way to decorate for Halloween is to use black and white in your decor. While black and orange is a popular color combination for Halloween, black and white is a bit more simple and you may have more pieces on hand to use.
For instance, I use black and white buffalo check print at Halloween as it is something that I can use all year long. These buffalo check pillows paired with a Halloween pillow cover give off a Halloween look that is cute yet simple. It’s also not as harsh as black and orange can be.
I used mostly black and white in my Hocus Pocus themed coffee bar this year, with just a few pops of orange here and there.
3. Add Some Halloween Words and Phrases
Another easy way to decorate for Halloween is to bring in items with Halloween words or sayings on them. I like to use my Rae Dunn Halloween pieces that I’ve collected on my coffee bar and hutch.
Decorating for Halloween can be so simple and fun! I like to put up my Halloween decor on or right around October 1st and keep it up until Halloween. I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how to add some cute Halloween decor to your home!
Our living room is one of the spaces I would rarely show on Instagram, yet it is the room we spend the most time in as a family. We never painted it when we moved in. The color was a darker gray than the rest of our home and it had a bluish undertone. We bought a large gray sectional when we moved in from a liquidation store nearby. When we got it home and in the room, we realized that it didn’t fit exactly like we’d hoped and it was a bit large for the space.
We made it work for a couple of years until I got the idea to give this room a refresh. I’m slowly working through every room in our house to make it “my favorite room”. What I mean is that if I don’t love a space in my home, I try to transform it into a something that I love so that every room eventually feels like “my favorite”.
This is the before photo of the room. The large gray sectional and gray walls made the space feel small and dark, despite it being the room in our house with the most windows. We sold the sectional on Facebook Marketplace for $500. We also sold an old rug for $15.
What We Changed
We started off by painting the walls in Swiss Coffee by Behr. This creamy off-white helped brighten the space so much! Paint and supplies cost $40.
We also moved an Ikea Ektorp chair and ottoman that we had in our son’s nursery into this room. We found another Ikea Ektorp sofa on marketplace that came with an additional ottoman for $75. We bought a new cover for $50 from Ikea and cleaned up the inside cushions of the couch. We sold the ottoman that came with it for $20. The new sofa ended up costing us a total of only $105. I found some new pillow covers and spent $25 at Hobby Lobby.
Eventually, to finish the room refresh, we will add a new rug and coffee table. I’ll share those additions once we find what we are looking for on Instagram!
The Cost Breakdown
We made $535 off of selling our sectional, an old rug, and the ottoman that came with the new sofa. In the end, we only spent $350 of it on a new couch/cover, paint, a new rug, coffee table, and pillow covers. We actually made money off of giving this room an update!
I’m so happy with how this room turned out! To view the process in more detail, check out my highlights on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse.
I finally got around to painting and distressing my antique buffet table! I’ve always wanted a white buffet and now this one is a perfect focal point for our back living area.
This antique buffet was a Facebook Marketplace find. I originally had a tv stand that I found at a liquidation store, and although it was beautiful and sturdy, it wasn’t solid wood or very unique. I had been on the lookout for a buffet to refinish for quite some time, but they can be pricey. When I found this one for along with the huge hutch I refinished in my dining room for $75 each on marketplace, I was thrilled! I sold my other tv stand for $140 and ended up with two solid wood antique pieces instead of one manufactured piece of furniture.
While the black wasn’t terrible, it was too dark for the room. We are refreshing our back living area right now and the white just brightens up the space. The photo below is what it looked like in our living room once we brought it home.
First, I painted the whole thing with two coats of Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White. I used a regular angled paint brush.
Then, I took a couple of pieces of 80 grit sandpaper and distressed it by hand. I haven’t sealed it yet, but plan on doing so soon with a water-based polycrylic.
I am loving how it turned out! Refinishing a piece of furniture can be daunting, but it wasn’t hard at all! You can check out another piece I refinished here.
Be sure to check out my Instagram page @faith.and.farmhouse for more decor ideas and before and afters!
It’s finally time for fall decor! Today I’d like to share with you how I decorated my home this year for fall.
While it may not feel like fall yet in Indiana, many Instagram influencers decorate early in order to provide others with decor inspiration. Hopefully I can give you some ideas for your own fall decor!
For my entryway, I used neutral pillows and a throw blanket on my church pew. I also used a pumpkin pillow from Homegoods and a hand-me-down fall wreath. Although it’s so simple, it gives off a cozy, fall vibe as soon as you walk in the door.
On the shelf above the sofa, I added my new Pumpkin Patch sign from Hobby Lobby that my little sister got me as a gift. It makes such a great focal point in the room that is unmistakably fall. I added a few Hearth and Hand clearance eucalyptus stems to create the look of a garland and added white pumpkins from Hobby Lobby.
A few black Goodwill candlesticks and a white pitcher filled with more eucalyptus balances out and fills each side of the shelf. I added my new Hey There Pumpkin pillow cover from Three Little Mommas on the couch. Isn’t this pillow cover adorable?!
In the dining room, I created a fall tablescape using a jute runner, thrifted brass candlesticks, more Hobby Lobby white pumpkins, and these orange eucalyptus stems from Joann Fabrics.
On the coffee bar, I added a black and white buffalo check banner from Target Dollar Spot last year along with other black and white accents.
I added this mini sign from Hobby Lobby and my Rae Dunn pumpkin spice mug to my tiered tray.
I didn’t decorate much for fall in my kitchen but I did switch out my greenery for a few fall stems on this little hook.
All Things Fall
Overall, I decorated pretty simply for fall this year. I decorated earlier than I ever have because 2020 has been a crazy year and I was ready for a change. I’ll be decorating my porch soon and I’ll share that when it’s finished!
Check out my Instagram page @faithandfarmhouse for more fall decor inspiration. I would love for you to give me a follow! Thank you for reading and God bless!
My entryway is one of my favorite places in my home to decorate. It’s one of the first things guests see when they enter our home and I want it to feel cozy as soon as you walk in the door.
I chose to use a lot of neutrals and texture to create a cozy fall entryway. Neutral tones and comfy pillows and throw blankets are just a few ways to create a cozy home (read more about cozy basics here).
I used two $2.99 thrifted cream pillows (plaid on the back), along with some white IKEA pillows and a pumpkin pillow from HomeGoods on my church pew. I draped a cream-colored blanket over the back to add more texture.
I hung a hand-me-down wreath with rust colored leaves on the hook above the pew. The sign and lanterns I kept the same as always. I love the look of a lit tealight candle in these lanterns at night. So cozy!
Eventually, I even added a small chalkboard on the floor near the blanket to add a bit more texture.
It’s such a simple look for fall but I’m loving it. Let me know what you think!
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Fall is almost here! While it’s still hot in Indiana, I’m excited for sweater weather and a trip the pumpkin patch! Today I’d like to share with you how I created a budget-friendly, farmhouse fall tablescape.
I wanted to create a simple fall look with a vintage farmhouse feel. I gained ideas off of Pinterest and Instagram and knew I wanted to use antique candlesticks, white pumpkins, and eucalyptus. I planned on using green eucalyptus stems laid flat as a garland, but I changed my mind in the process.
When styling a space, I typically have an idea in mind and then adapt and change as I progress. I think it turns out better when you don’t have a clear picture of the end result. Going into decorating a space without perfection in mind always makes you happier when things are finished.
For my tablescape, I used a clearance jute table runner from Hobby Lobby that my mom gave to me. I was using a black and white buffalo check runner before but I knew that wouldn’t give that vintage look I was hoping for. I was thankful that my mom gave me this one. She’s the best!
I have also been slowly gathering brass candlesticks whenever I find them at my local Goodwill. I came across this set of six antique brass candlesticks for only $2.99! A complete set like this one can cost about $30-$50 at an antique shop, so these were a lucky find!
I placed some fake white pumpkins from Hobby Lobby along the centerpiece. These ones are only $1.80 each (40% off fall decor), so very affordable.
I also found these beautiful rust-colored eucalyptus stems from Joann Fabrics. They were on sale for $1.99 each and I used a 20% off coupon for entering my email online. I used 4 stems placed in an old galvanized container in the center of the table.
For the place settings, I didn’t change what I already had there. I used Rae Dunn plates, buffalo check napkins and white dinner plates from the Dollar Tree. The galvanized chargers are also from Hobby Lobby.
Overall, I’m happy with how my fall tablescape turned out. It was simple and inexpensive and gives off that vintage farmhouse look I was going for. It will be a perfect place to gather with family for dinner on chilly, fall evenings.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and I’ve inspired you in some way today. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect or expensive to be beautiful! For more home decor inspiration, be sure to follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse. God bless!
Today I’m dreaming about a white farmhouse in the country. Something about being stuck at home with a newborn during quarantine makes me dream about the future, and a white farmhouse on a piece of land is one of those dreams.
Don’t get me wrong, I am SO thankful that God has blessed me with so much and I LOVE our home. We have almost an acre, not in a subdivision, that is absolutely beautiful and perfect for our family. Our hope though is to someday be able to build a home on an even larger piece of land. Preferably with a bit of woods where my husband can hunt and more space for a larger garden and land where our kids can run and explore. But I would be happy even if God doesn’t have that in store for us, because His plan for our lives is always so much greater than our own.
Today, just for fun, I’ve been looking up white farmhouses and I’ve rounded up my favorite farmhouse-style exteriors. My absolute favorite is the Four Gables plan shown in the first photo, but there are so many amazing exteriors to choose from if you’re building one of your own.
I only included white farmhouses that had some kind of porch. White screams classic farmhouse to me and what’s a farmhouse without a porch to swing and sip sweet tea on? I hope you think these are as beautiful as I do and enjoy some farmhouse eye candy today!
Hello all! I thought I’d share an easy DIY craft with you today! This past spring, I made a spring banner out of pages from an old hymnal. I’ve made a few more since then because they’re so cute and simple!
You only need a few materials to make these vintage style banners.
– Old Book or Hymnal Pages
– Hole Punch
– Sharpie Marker
The first step is to decide what you want your banner to say. I’ve made some for the seasons, using words like spring, fall, and Christmas. You can make it say anything you’d like!
The next step is to cut out pages from an old book or hymnal to use for each letter. You could even cut a triangle out of the bottom to add more detail to your banner.
Using a sharpie marker or stencils and paint, write each letter on your pages. Then, add two holes in the top corners of each page and thread twine through (down through the left and up through the right to hide the twine).
That’s it! It’s such a simple DIY craft that doesn’t cost much at all! I found an old hymnal at Goodwill for $0.69, the twine is $1.00 from the Dollar Tree, and I had a sharpie marker on hand.
You could also make these DIY book page ornaments for Christmas using the same materials!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY craft idea and maybe I’ve even inspired you to create your own! For more budget home decor inspiration, follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse.
After spending much more time at home recently, I’ve been thinking about ways to make our home feel more cozy. I believe that home should be a place where you can relax and feel comfortable. Lately, I’ve been inspired by Liz Marie Galvan and her book Cozy White Cottage. If you haven’t read it yet, it gives a ton of wonderful ideas on how to make your home feel cozy and inviting. So today, I thought I’d put together a list of items that I think help to create a cozy home and a relaxing environment.
The first thing I think of when I think of making home cozy is the smell of a yummy scented candle burning. There’s something about a home that smells good that just seems so inviting and comfortable. Candles are my favorite way to make my home feel cozy and welcoming. The flickering flame also gives off a cozy glow.
2. Throw Blankets
Another thing that instantly gives a feeling of coziness is a nice throw blanket to cuddle up in. I like placing throw blankets around the house in baskets to easily grab, or draped on a sofa or comfy chair. They’re such an easy and affordable way to say “come on in and get comfortable”.
3. Neutral Colors
To me, using neutrals in my home feels more calm and cozy than using dark or bright colors. I think neutrals are easy on the eyes and not too demanding of attention, which helps me feel more relaxed. Though not everyone feels this way, I love using neutrals to create a cozy atmosphere.
Blending various textures not only gives off a farmhouse feel, it makes a home feel more cozy and lived in. I like creating the look of texture even on my walls, with sharpie shiplap and board and batten. Blending various materials, such as wood, metals, glass, and fabrics around the house create a look that’s not so monotone and harsh.
5. Reminders of Faith/Family/Friends
I love to put reminders of my faith around the house. My relationship with Jesus Christ brings me peace and reminds me that I have a forever home with Him. Reminders of my faith remind me of the love my Savior has for me and makes me feel at home. For you, it could mean the same thing or maybe it could be family photos and memories that make your home feel cozy.
I hope I’ve given you some tips on ways you can make your home feel cozy and comfortable, especially during this time when many of us are staying home more often. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse for more home decor inspiration. Thanks for reading and God bless!