Shiplap or Board and Batten?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


I hope everyone had a great Easter!

Ours was filled with family, fun, food and laughter! You can't ask for more than that, right?

Today is a day of putting Easter decor away, cleaning and straightening up after the whirl wind of family have left!

 I hope I never tire of entertaining, because it's one of the things in life that brings me the greatest joy!

 Its when our house is at its best! You know all spit-shined and full of the people I love most in the world!

But on to the reason for this post….

I have an area that you see when you first walk in the front door that just needs something! The walls with the clock and the mirror. So while I was working around today I had an idea! Why not do a little wall treatment! Maybe some shiplap or board and batten. Board and batten is what we have in the rest of the house, so this might flow better.

First the definition of board and batten:
 Board and batten is an exterior or interior paneling that has alternating wide boards and narrow wooden strips, called battens. The boards are about one foot wide and placed horizontally or vertically. The battens are usual about 1/2 inch wide, and are placed over the seams between the boards.

To read a tutorial of our easy and inexpensive way to achieve this look click here.

Here's some pretty examples of both...

We made an accent wall of board and batten in our living room and its amazing how much it adds to the room. It gives the room some architectural interest. Instead of just flat boring walls.

And when we added our dining room, board and batten was all I could see in this space! And I love it!  The Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls and white board and batten just looks so crisp and clean!

And some from around the web...

Source: Houzz

Think outside the box!

It doesn't have to be painted white!

I love this navy blue version. So different!

Source: Houzz

This board and batten is placed vertically and really gives this entrance a welcoming POP!

And then there is shiplap. If you watch Fixer Upper on HGTV then you've heard that word ALOT!

But if you've never heard of it, here ya go...

Shiplap is a type of wooden board used commonly in the construction of barns, sheds and inexpensive or seasonal homes. You see it a lot in beach homes. Because of its casual nature, shiplap is used indoors for the rough or rustic look that it creates when its used as paneling or a covering for a wall or ceiling.

 Source: Magnolia Market

 Source: Magnolia Market

Source: Magnolia Market

So now you are well versed in board and batten and shiplap!

Which one do you prefer?
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Signs signs everywhere signs!

Monday, March 7, 2016


At first I was going to call this post…

You Can Call Me Jojo!

 But I thought y'all might think I'd lost my marbles!

As you probably know from my previous post, I love Joanna Gaines and in particular I love her farmhouse kitchen.

And one thing that I've noticed that's consistent in her styling is large signs. They're super popular right now and I knew I had the perfect place for one above my large kitchen window.

So the hunt was on! 

I came across this "Super Market" sign from Decor Steals If you're not familiar with Decor Steals they offer one deal a day at incredible prices! So you should go check them out. 

I love it and think it adds a bit of whimsy to my kitchen. Or a bit of Jojo! Okay I'll stop!

I thought I'd show you some other examples of large signs that are making bold statements!

This sign was made by a lovely Etsy shop Between You and Me Signs and it always receives compliments when someone sees it! It's the lyrics to "What a Wonderful World" and its very special to me.

Are you on board with the sign trend??

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Have a great day!
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Spring From Magnolia Farms

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Super Tuesday!

Are you following the election? Crazy year, right? Makes for some interesting T.V. watching!

But enough about the Presidential election, and on to more important things! Decorating for Spring!

I had some happy mail arrive yesterday from my new obsession! Well not really new but definitely an obsessionMagnolia Market

I just love everything about Magnolia Market, Chip and Joanna, and their show Fixer Upper. They are a beautiful family of hard workers and you can feel the love that they have for each other and their 4 adorable kids! What they accomplish as a team is truly amazing! The show,  in case you've never heard of them…(What??)  is a smash hit on HGTV. It takes you the viewer through the entire process of buying and fixing up a Fixer Upper.  They present the buyer with 3 homes that are in desperate need of fixing up, to say the least. From there they reveal the future design, the process of demolition, and Joanna's beautiful styling and decorating of the home. It's amazing!

So on to reason for this post…

I ordered these faux Magnolia Market/Paper white bulbs for my dining table centerpiece. I wanted something beautiful to go in my antique dough bowl and thought this would look charming for Spring!  It's a simple and easy project and I thought you would like to see it.

Here's what I used…

Floral foam

Instant green moss

Glue gun

Place your floral foam in the container or bowl of your choice and make sure its secure. Cover with green moss to cover any foam that's showing. I hot glued the moss so it would stay put.

Arrange your paper whites in the foam and adjust everything so that again, all foam is covered. I left the roots showing because it makes it look more lifelike.

And that's it. Like I said simple, easy and beautiful!

Have a wonderful day!
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