The Fogue Abode

Monday, January 22, 2018

How to Style a Farmhouse Shelf

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Hey friend!  If you were following along on Instagram this week, you saw that we enjoyed the rare snow day down here on Tuesday.  With all of that free time, I decided to give our built-in shelf a coat of paint and restyle, which I shared in my Instastories.  Today, I wanted to give you a peek at the final product and share how I styled a farmhouse inspired shelf.

Tuesday morning, Aspen was pumped to see snow for the first time since she was born.  She had quite the to-do list for a toddler that included snow angels, snowball fights and building a snowman (which she sang to me.)  I woke up eager to tackle my own to-do list.

If you have OCD when it comes to house cleaning like me, then you understand exactly how this day went down.  I started by putting out some valentine's day decorations which lead into cleaning and rearranging the neglected built-in shelf that we have in our dining area.  This all lead to me looking through my stash of paint samples and deciding to finally give that built-in a fresh coat of paint. 

It still had a redish burgundy color from the previous owners and I had been wanting to give this some lighter and crisper color for longer than I care to admit.  I went to my spare paint cabinet and picked Sherwin Williams Tidewater, a sample I had from our bathroom makeover.  I loved the light blue-green look against our Repose Grey walls.

But what I really wanted to share with you guys today is which elements I picked to style this farmhouse-inspired shelf.  

I start with the paint color.  Farmhouse style is all about crisp whites with light splashes of color often in blue tones.  I've always loved the look of color on the back of a bookshelf, so I wasn't afraid of adding a little to my own.  I then gave the sides along with the brass tracks a coat of white so that it blended in well.

When it comes to what accessories you are going to add to your shelves, shop your house first.  A few key farmhouse staples that I have here include the hand-lettered chalkboard, books, white serving trays and the cream alarm clock.  

Take these items and make small little vignette's, or styled groupings.  Then place them along your shelving.  You want to add dimension with items deep on the shelf and closer to the edge.  I used the chalkboard and leaned it against the wall and moved the books and jars up towards the edge.    

Once I have the vignettes set, I'll fill the rest of the shelves with books and greenery.  Since this shelf was in our dining area, I used my cookbooks with these arrow bookends.  I also stacked some of my favorite books in blue hues.  I then added some tulips to the white measuring cup for some greenery.

Oh, and the picture on the middle shelf.  That's a photo of my great-grandfathers photography studio.  Farmhouse style is all about incorporating those hidden heirlooms.

And that my friends, is how I updated our built-in shelves in our dining area with a farmhouse style.  This little up-date is an inspiration for more changes to come this year.  I can't wait to share with you all that we have planned, let's just say it's very much Jojo inspired.

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Paint Color - Sherwin Williams Tidewater
Measuring Pitcher (Similar)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pinterest Unicorn Birthday Party

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When it comes to time for a birthday party, I love pulling inspiration off of Pinterest.  Why recreate the wheel is my opinion.  This year, Aspen requested a Unicorn party.  Or rather, I prompted Aspen to pick a unicorn party.  I guess you can see who's idea won out?  There were just so many fun party ideas to pull from.

Since I've done all the research, I wanted to provide you with the top five tried and true pins to help you recreate your own Unicorn party.

Here are the top five pins I used to create Aspen's Unicorn Third Birthday.

1. Unicorn Wall

The first place I start with any party design is a fun backdrop.  Often times you can find an easy and affordable piece that takes your party set up from plain to fabulous.  For the unicorn party, I loved the unicorn cut-outs like this one that Angela sales on her Etsy page.  If you have a cut machine like cricuit or silhouette, then you can easily make this yourself just like I did.

Yum, cake.  Plain sheet cakes are a thing of the past.  Tiered cakes make for a great centerpiece for a party set-up.  We used this cake as inspirations for our unicorn cake design.  

3. Rainbow Treats

Pinterest offers a huge variety of rainbow and unicorn-inspired food ideas.  Since we held our party at a location, we were limited on how much we could bring.  I decided to have just a few snack options that were easy yet adorable.  I loved Live Love Liz's Unicorn Popcorn recipe.  We used kettle corn for the sweetness and melting chocolates in pink, purple and blue.

A Bajillion Recipes had a great idea for Unicorn Horn Pretzel Rods that allowed me to use the same melting chocolate.  (Remember my new year one word, I'm trying to make things as simple as possible.  Two recipes with same ingredients, score!)

Last, we created this rainbow fruit tray with Rainbow Fruit Dip.  I was afraid to make the colored cream cheese mix ahead of time.  I didn't know if the colors would run. But I can report that we kept this dip for 3 days and it remained perfectly mixed.  This is a great dish to make the night before.

I'm obsessing letterboards these days.  So I snagged our letterboard from brother's nursery and found this fun and inspirational unicorn quote.  

Finally, we wanted to send our guests off with magical treats themselves.  I loved this idea for unicorn treat bags.  We used the same cut file for the backdrop and shrank it to fit these gift bags.  I found this all in one unicorn party favors on Amazon.  Filling treat bags gives me anxiety, so I quickly added these to my cart.  One less task off my list  We added Aspen's favorite snack, applesauce to the bags as a take-home sweet.

Thanks to these five Pinterest Unicorn party ideas, this party was a breeze to set up and looked totally adorable.  The birthday girl was so excited for her unicorn party and still talks about it today. 

Three-year-old party approved!