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Simple, Inexpensive, Stunning & Customizable DIY Chandelier

By on May 25, 2017

When we bought our home there was a large closet that I knew had great potential to be converted to a small work area.  However, we piled all my craft boxes in there and shut the door.  Obviously, we had greater items that needed attention before a closet.

Recently I decided it was time to tackle the closet.  Like every project I start, it takes way more time than I originally figure.  Starting a project the last few weeks of the school year is certainly not the brightest idea.  Let’s face it, May, August and December are crazy when you have school age kids.  Every year I think, “This isn’t my first rodeo!  I will be prepared, and something always sneaks in and sends my for a loop.”

While, I am so excited to give you a tour of my new office space, it will have to wait.  There are still several items I want completed before I share the whole room.  I have decided to share one excited feature from my office that I created to tease you while you wait for the full tiny office reveal.

Simple – Customizable DIY Chandelier

My little closet area didn’t actually have ceiling light.  You will have to stick around to see the original photos of what the closet actually was, but it did have a light switch and a wall plug controlled by the switch.  To make my life easy I decided to work with what we had.

I made this fabulous chandelier by only purchasing one item.

Chandelier Material:

Finished Fabric Chandelier

 

  • Purchased Item – Pendant Light Kit 
  • Wire and Plires (from the hubby’s shop)
  • 3 Embroidery Hoops I used 2- 10 inch hoops and 1- 9 inch hoop.  (That is what I had without having to purchase any hoops.  You can easily use all the same size or all different sizes.)
  • Fabric Scraps (customizable to any color) – cut into strips

Super simple list of material if you ask me!

Step ONE:

 

First, decide what size you would like your new custom chandelier to be.  My little craft area has low ceilings so I only used three hoops and spaced them 4 inches apart.  Remember, this is your chandelier.  You make it how you want!  Use larger hoops or add a tier, make it yours.

Once you have the size you will use the wire to stabilize each tier.  I simply wrapped the wire several times around each hoop to secure.

Step TWO:

Next, you will take all your thin fabric strips and start wrapping and weaving them around your embroidery hoops.  Simply knot each piece of fabric together, that is what will give the chandelier its charm at the end.  I specifically worked hard not to create a pattern.  Sometimes I looped one strip of fabric all the way down and other times I only went half way and then back up.  Continue wrapping several times around the whole chandelier.

It will look like this:

 

Step THREE:

Finally, follow the directions of the pendant light kit and stabilize your light.  It’s super simple.  I actually used more of the wire at the top of the chandelier to help stabilize the pendant light.  It worked like a charm and the final produced looks amazing.

 

This chandelier cost me about $12 which was the cost of the pendant light kit.  I actually had all the other materials in my craft closet.  I LOVE this light.  As you can see, it is 100% customizable.  I can imagine how amazing this would be, much bigger and wrapped in different shades of burlap!  Or, use your baby’s nursery colors and hang this lamp over the rocking chair.  Maybe even create a smaller version and have it hanging as a bedside light.  The ideas are endless, don’t be afraid to try this simple, inexpensive, customizable chandelier out.  You might find you have several uses for them.

To see other lighting from Nitty-Gritty Roots visit the links below.

DIY Farmhouse Chandelier

DIY Pretty Pendant Light

 

XOXO

Karis

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Weekend Round Up

By on May 15, 2017

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First of all, Hello Monday!!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Our family certainly did!  We had several things on the calendar but actually got to spend some much needed time just hanging out a little bit.  My kids only have a few weeks of school left and then they will be home for the summer.  Oh, how I love having my kids home during the day.  Of course, I know I’ve got to come up with a small schedule or we will all start regretting the free time within a few days.

Fortunately, over the weekend I had some time to finish a few home decorating items on my list.  I can not wait to share some of the projects I have been working on with you all.   As always, I spent some time searching for some great home decor finds to share.  Enjoy!

Barnwood Laddar 

Galvanized Shelves

Rolling Bakery Cart

Barnwood Shelves

Egg Basket 

Planters

Windmill

Family Pillow 

Ceramic Pitcher

Wall Gate

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Fantastic Home Decor Finds

By on April 3, 2017

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Happy Monday!  I don’t know about you, but we had a great weekend.  Honestly, the weather was cool and overcast so we were incredibly lazy.  Like, full on lazy.  Our kids slept so late on Saturday that I was a little worried something was wrong.  I guess we all needed it.

The one thing I did do over the weekend was find some pretty FANTASTIC finds.  It’s no surprise that I am always browsing home decorating finds.  Some people are on Facebook all the time, I am looking for decorating finds all the time!!  Ridiculous, I know, I can’t help it!  No judging, because you WIN!!  I took my favorite top 12 finds from the weekend and compiled them into this post just for you!!  You can thank me later.

I am so excited for you to browse these Fantastic Finds.  Grab some hot tea, sit back and relax.

Click on the colored number for the link.

ONE 

This Lightbox is amazing!  Plus there are tons of inserts on the Blisty website.  My daughter might be getting on of these with some inserts for her birthday.  Plus, free shipping.  Yippie!

TWO

I’m a sucker for large tiles.  I actually have two large tiles like this in my kitchen.

THREE

Why do I love all things that have to do with gardening.  Lets face it, I pretend I’m a gardener but in reality I’m just a wanna be.  Good thing for me a master gardener is not required for purchase.  Ha!

FOUR

This bunny platter, it’s certainly fantastic!  We are not hosting Easter this year and it’s probably a good thing.  I would be broke.

FIVE

Would it be bad to buy a decorative mailbox before we bought a new “real” mailbox.  Don’t answer that because I love this one!

SIX

Berry baskets are perfect for spring decor.  Mine currently has Easter eggs in it but I already have plans of what will go in them next.

SEVEN

How perfect are these bike book ends.  We are currently working on our family office area.  We are in need of book ends and these might make the cut.

EIGHT

These are actually the pendants that are over our island.  I absolutely LOVE them.  They are a perfect addition to our kitchen and the price is great.

NINE

This Fresh Flowers sign reminds me of big city street stands.  It seriously could be hung in any area of your home.  Inside or outside.

TEN

Farmhouse signs seem to sell out quickly because they are in high demand.  If you are wanting one,  grab it quickly.

ELEVEN 

We live in cotton country so it always makes me smile when I see cotton decor.  These are a great price from Amazon and can me used several ways.

TWELVE

After doing laundry over the weekend I realized we are in major need of new hand towels.  I love this one.

 

I hope you had a great weekend and feel rested.  May your week be amazing!

 

XOXO

Karis 

 

 

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Affordable & Stylish Outdoor Rugs

By on March 20, 2017

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As the weather begins to warm up I begin to dream about time spent outdoors. Evenings spent on a patio or porch are the best!  The stresses of life seem to disappear and joy fills the space.  Who else loves a comfy chair on the patio or porch, a good drink and sweet friends? Really, is there anything much better?

I have not lived in a house yet that the concrete on the porch or patio looked amazing. Granted, it’s functional but it’s not very pretty. Thats why indoor/outdoor rugs were created! Okay, maybe not but we are going to pretend thats why.  Nobody loves the plain concrete.  Just like rugs in the living room make it feel super comfy and quaint, rugs on the porch or patio also make it feel cozy.  Over the last several years indoor/outdoor rugs have really come a long ways. There are so many sizes, colors and choices. It has made outdoor areas an amazing extended area of the home.  A place that becomes the heart of the home during warm months.

I remember 8 years ago after my sweet second child was born I decided we needed an outdoor rug on our patio. I had a great image in mind of what I wanted. However, my options 8 years ago were limited. Even 2 years ago they were less than stellar but to my great excitement, when I started my indoor/outdoor search this year I have been more than please with the amount of choices, colors and styles. I didn’t just find one that I loved but sixteen!  All on amazon!!  What!!  All under $100 which is just too exciting not to share!  I am so excited to share these indoor/outdoor rugs with you all. As you look at your current porch or patio I hope you will find the perfect rug from this selection to incorporate.

ONE  ||  TWO  || THREE  ||  FOUR  ||  FIVE ||  SIX  ||  SEVEN  ||  EIGHT  ||  NINE  ||  TEN  || ELEVEN  ||  TWELVE  ||  THIRTEEN  ||  FOURTEEN  ||  FIFTEEN  ||  SIXTEEN

I am so excited about these amazing rugs!  I hope this summer you find yourself on your patio or porch, sipping an ice cold drink and having the most amazing visit with your friends and family.  Adding the perfect rug makes your outdoor space your favorite space.  Cheers to the best summer yet!

XOXO

Karis

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5 Ways to Decorate for Spring with Tulips.

By on March 3, 2017

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SPRING, it’s a beautiful thing!!  I love the quote “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”  The funny (maybe it’s sad) thing is, Texas winters are honestly not horrible but oh how I long for spring.  Spring has a fresh, new feeling.  It seems that my body wakes up again and the winter fog has been lifted.  The mornings and evenings are crisp and cool.  Afternoons, are delightful!  They aren’t hot and they aren’t cold, just perfect!

Spring home decorating is one of my favorite times.  Seriously, cute bunnies, flowers, nest, sweet birds, branches and colorful eggs scream WAKE-UP it’s SPRING.  Spring decorating can be fun, easy and inexpensive.  Sure, there are plenty of great spring decor you can spend money on but the great thing is, you don’t have to.  Today we will be looking at 5 ways to use two bunches of artificial tulips (click for link) to create stunning spring decor for your home.

The other day I had an hour to spare (kid free I might add) so of course I headed to a craft store to stroll around.  Spring was in the air and the first display I saw was artificial tulips, all colors and they looked beautiful.  I love tulips!  So much that the fall after my husband and I got married I decided to plant some.  I went to a local nursery and hand picked every single tulip bulb.  I stored them in a brown paper bag in the hall closet for weeks until the day came to plant them.  We were young and newly married and planting tulips seemed to be an adult thing to do.  My sweet husband got out and we planet all 100 bulbs.  Several times we stopped and asked “I wonder if there is special way to place these bulbs in the soil?”  This was before smart phones so it never occurred to us to wipe off the dirt and go ask someone.  Nope, we just kept trucking away on those bulbs.  After several hours, they were planted and the wait till spring began.

Finally, spring arrived and we started seeing some of our tulips coming up.  Well, out of 100 I think only, 30 came up.  That’s when we realized there is a correct way of placing the bulbs in the ground.  Oops, I will say, the ones that did bloom were so beautiful.  Here, 14 years later and we still have not planted tulips again.

The display of artificial tulips seemed like the prefect way to reintroduce tulips into our life.  Tulips might still be a little bit a sore spot.  Ha!  I grabbed two bunches and decided I would figure out a great way to use them in my spring home decorating.  I didn’t just figure out one way to use the tulips which I spend under $10 on but I came up with 5 ways.

I decided that the best way to display the tulips was to wrap them in some burlap and ribbon and create a bouquet.  In our house I always have burlap, it’s like a staple.  We might not have bread but rest assure I can provide burlap.  Having the tulips perfectly together opened up more ideas.

 

 

1.  Tulips in a hanging scale look they like were made for each other! Yes?

2. Who loves a tree stump?  Who loves a vintage tea pot?  Who loves a bouquet of tulips? Yes to all three, and the amount of happiness that is found in one area of the home.

3.  I removed the bow from bouquet, wrapped twine in its place and decided to hang the bouquet on our barn door.  Again, my heart swooned!

4.  Next, I decided to hang the same bouquet with twine on a ladder.  Lovely!

5.  Last, I took the burlap and twine off and stuck all the tulips into a large pottery crock.  I love pottery crocks and one full of tulips is delightful.

Two bunches of artificial yellow tulips for less than $10 can easily be used 5 different ways to make stunning home spring decor.  Which way is your favorite?

Until next time! XOXO

 

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Farmhouse Wall Clocks

By on February 23, 2017

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My husband loves large wall clocks. (Ha! that’s funny)  In all fairness he comes by it naturally because my mother-in-law also loves them.  She has some of the most beautiful wall clocks in her home.  So, you can imagine that my husband is always looking and dreaming about wall clocks.  The deal is, he can have all the clocks he want but he has to always be the one who changes them.  Ha!

Here is a great list of 10 beautiful wall clocks to compliment any home, especially farmhouse decor.

Warehouse Clock with Grill 

Distressed to look Metal Clock

Galvanized Wall Clock

Iron Clock in Gray

New York Cage Clock

Antique Wall Clock

Metal Clock with Rope

Vintage Scalloped Clock 

Sea Green Distressed Clock

Aqua Pocket Clock

 

 

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10 Farmhouse Finds For Spring

By on February 16, 2017

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Every year after Valentine’s Day passes I find myself longing for Spring and ready to leave winter in the past.  Listen, I realize I am a huge wimp when it comes to the cold.  I also understand that I do not truly comprehend what a real winter looks like but I can’t change where the good Lord has planted my roots.  I’m a Texas girl and Texas just doesn’t have harsh winters.  We have some cold days but just last week we almost hit 80 degrees outside and then three days later the high was 38 degrees.  Don’t get me wrong I often tell my husband how I would love to live up north and he always responds, “You would never make it.”  He is probably correct, but he dislikes the cold more than me.

Let’s get to the real purpose of this post.  SPRING!!!  I am always excited to get my house feeling and looking like spring.  I have never had tons of bunnies and egg decorations because honestly I always thought it was just for Easter decor.  However, I have a sweet friend that decorates her house in bunnies for all of spring.  Last year when I walked in her house in May, it was amazingly decorated in her bunnies and it was just perfect.  Bunnies are all about spring not just Easter.  So this year my bunny (or rabbit whatever you prefer) decorations are staying out till summer fun hits.  I can not wait!

Here are 10 decor items that will make your house feel like spring.

This amazing driftwood rabbit sculpture.  I love all things driftwood so making it into a rabbit makes my heart explode.

Anything galvanized seems to fit into the farmhouse decor theme.  These cute                galvanized vases are perfect for spring.  Especially if you are like me and have sweet little kiddos who bring in flowers weeds.

A faux boxwood wreath can be used in almost every room of the house.  Hang it on a door, an old window or barn door.  My favorite idea for spring is to take this boxwood wreath and then hang is around the ceramic bunny head below.

Sweet birds remind me of spring.  These shabby chic bird pedestals are beautiful to place on a table or a shelf.

This ceramic bunny head is so great.  I personally would like to place it on my framed shiplap and then hang the faux boxwood wreath around it.  Yes!!

Another adorable bunny who actually works for you!  Ha!  This tiered bunny platter is so cute!

Granted this assortment of platters is not only for spring decorating.  They also can be functional or used as decorations.  I have been looking for platters to use on a wall and these are perfect.

This lavender wreath isn’t a large wreath.  Only about 12 inches but would be a perfect addition to some smaller decor items.  Just hang it on the front of a platter, frame or cutting board.  Add a little spring to anything.

 

This cute rustic funnel vase is  stunning.  Personally I would add some cotton branches and stick this on the kitchen counter or shelf.

 

Everyone needs a precious cast iron bunny.  It’s actually a door stop but honestly, it’s cute enough to be used anywhere.

 

That’s all the amazing Farmhouse Spring finds I have found.  Who else will be taking down their red hearts today and starting to bring out the spring decoration?  I can not wait for spring!  I could do without the wind of spring but oh how I love the sun again.

 

 

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Amazing Throw Pillows

By on February 14, 2017

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Have you ever wondered how throw pillows got their name?  I’m certain they were named by a momma who decided to decorate her couch with pillows to make the space feel homey and lovely.  I’m sure she named them something incredible but changed to throw pillows at the end of the first day because the pillows were constantly thrown around by all her children ALL day!

Please tell me I am not the only mom who is constantly saying, “The pillows belong on the couch not on the floor!”, “Are you standing on the throw pillow?”, “Don’t hit your sister with that pillow.”

It’s a constant battle and the struggle of the throw pillows is very real.

Since moving, our house is in need of several new throw pillows for my kids to walk on, I mean lovingly set on our couches and snuggle with.

Here are my top picks while I was browsing over the weekend.  The best part is……they are all from Amazon.  Our town recently got an Amazon Store and it has changed my world.  I can get some items delivered to the store the very next day.  Plus, at Christmas they had a gift wrapping station.  I didn’t use it but thought seriously about it.  The other thing I have found helpful with the store is returns.  They have a station there for all returns too.  It really has made my life easier.

 

  1. Chevron Zig-Zag – I love the colors of this one and its a great pattern.  They did have other colors if yellow and gray aren’t your combo.
  2. Simple Stripes – The simple stripes of this one just screams farmhouse style to me.  The color is delicate and not over powering which means you could put more exciting designs with it.
  3. Farmhouse Buffalo – Buffalo check is all the rage right now.  I didn’t think black and white would fit in my house but this beige and white it perfect.  Personally I think beige and grays go well together.
  4. Sweet Owl – I love this sweet owl pillow.  It’s got such a great combination of colors that it would easily fit into any area.
  5. Retro Arrows – This arrow pillow is a great color for our front room area that has Sea Salt (by Sherwin Williams) walls.
  6. My Favorite Place – I love the simpleness of this pillow plus it say exactly what I think about all my peeps.  Easy pillow to throw into any color scheme.
  7. Camper – If you have followed my blog from the start you will understand my love for campers.  We lived in ours for a year.  Our home needs reminders of our journey.
  8. Birds – I love the background pattern of this pillow along with the pop of color.
  9. Vintage Bike – This vintage bike is the most bold in color out of all the pillows.  However, I like the bright pop of the red/orange bike.  It makes my heart happy.
  10. Burlap Love – When I found this pillow I fell in LOVE with it.  The shape is great, the burlap makes me smile and the fact that it says Love is a win!
  11. Vintage Map – This vintage map pillow.  I just don’t have the words to describe how much I love it.  If it doesn’t go with your home decor add this pillow to a boys bedroom or a playroom.  
  12. Sunshine – This pillow goes so well with the other yellow and gray pillow above it.  The saying on it speaks.
  13. Love One Another – Another pillow that goes with any color with a serious reminder to my kids.  Can I get 10 of these please!!

That’s a wrap for my throw pillow finds.  The verdict is still out on which ones will make there way to our couches.  I’m hoping I can decide soon.  Which ones are your favorites?

 

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Current Decor to Farmhouse Decor – Edition 2

By on February 10, 2017

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It’s another edition of finding current decoration in your home and giving them a farmhouse-lift.

Changing your old decor to fit your new decorating look is the most inexpensive way to redecorate your house.  In this edition today I am actually using the same products I used in Edition 1.

My favorite round brush

This Petticoat Color Milk Paint.

Plus I added a gray craft paint I already had on hand.

Here is the lamp that needed a farmhouse-life.  I had already changed the lamp shade from its existing one but I still felt it needed a little more changing.

I grabbed my favorite round brush and milk paint and got started by painting the lamp base.  I honestly didn’t worry about getting a thick coat because I liked the way the dark base peaked out of the milk paint.  I did two light coats and allowed it to dry.  

I still felt it looked a little too “white” so I grabbed a small dab of gray craft paint and dry brushed it onto the lamp very lightly.

Here is the finished product.  From old decor to new decor in about an hour.

Nothing makes me happier then using items we already have around our home and giving them a farmhouse-lift to fit our current decorating style.  As you can see in the photo, the lamp is sitting on top of the box that I painted in Edition 1.  Double win for farmhouse-lifts!!

What items do you have around your house that need a farmhouse-lift?

 

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Weekend Projects

By on November 15, 2016

This past weekend was crazy and exciting!  Our contractors on our kitchen, dining and living areas were finished and we could start moving into those areas!  I have tons of photos to post once its all complete but for now I will leave you with my fall decor.

Yes, priorities people!  We might not have the kitchen ready but I have some fall decorations out! Not much but a few fall pieces is all I need.  They are very basic and both items I bought at local markets during our time in the RV.

I know what you are thinking, Your RV must have been full?  Noway, we had to have a local storage unit that we kept items in.  We switched out winter/summer clothing, put the kids trophy’s, gifts or anything that we just didn’t have space for in the RV which was pretty much everything.  So, I took it upon myself to load it with home decor for our future home.  I’m not sure that’s what the hubby intended it for but it made total sense to me.  Ha!

 

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