Hi friends, it’s been a bit since I blogged here last but thought it would be fitting today on the first day of deer hunting season in Michigan, to share a fun project my daughters did on an old hunting fort to create their very own girls’ she shed! The fort was originally built by my son for his hunting shack, but after he decided to move his hunting spot to a different location, he gifted over his fort to his sisters… that’s all the girls needed to go to work remaking the interior to become their very own backyard girls’ oasis to escape to!
My oldest daughter Kaitlyn decorated the interior with a boho chic, bohemian style. She painted the interior paneled walls white, re-carpeted the floor and upper loft area, added in a fold-down futon sofa, writer’s desk, leather desk chair, and casual, natural accents to the walls and flat surfaces. Big brother left the girls his TV, mini fridge, space heater, and microwave so their she shed could be comfortable all year long.
The fort is situated behind our home, nestled in an open field with views of our woods. It is a quiet, serene place for the girls to do homework, read, hang out with each other and their friends, swing in the hammocks, even pop popcorn and watch movies, and make lasting memories together.
The girls love coming out to this space to relax… and I really enjoy coming out with them too, it’s such a fun place to escape to and hang out. They spent a lot of days out there this spring during their virtual school days at home during the Covid shut down… helping bring a little change of scenery to those sometimes mundane days.
The space is really cozy and has everything they need to hang out for a few hours during the day, and because it is wired with electricity, they also are able to enjoy cozy evenings too.. snuggled in together with snacks, cold drinks, and games, or movies… so much fun!
I hope you enjoyed a little peek inside the girls she shed! It’s amazing what can be done with a small space and budget, to create a special place to enjoy the simpler things in life, and to make lasting childhood memories together!
Hi all, it’s been awhile since I’ve visited with you all here on my design blog. I have been a busy bee working on some other ventures the past few months, but am excited to reconnect with you here this Memorial weekend. I hope you are all doing well, enjoying yourselves wherever you are, and staying healthy. We are all definitely living through unprecedented times, and as scary as the world can feel sometimes, I pray your home has served you well as a place of solitude and safety, providing comfort and peace during these unpredictable times.
As I’ve spent more time in my home, I realize I am seeing my home a little differently… instead of mainly serving as a pit stop in our comings and goings, it truly has become a place for my family to be together again, to make memories, and enjoy our lives in a simpler, more peaceful way. I am looking at our spaces with fresh eyes, and minimizing all the “stuff” that clutters not only our rooms, but our minds. I am repurposing the uses of my ‘old’ things, instead of running to the stores to buy more ‘new’ things, and I am recreating spaces that serves the purposes of our family being together. Being home more has become the ‘blessing in disguise’ through all of this for my family. It has slowed our lives down a bit, brought us back more so to the basics of what is important, and allowed us the time and reflection to enjoy what it is that truly matters here in our home… the people inside, the memories made here, and the peace and safety that it provides…truly what home should be about.
One area I just finished recreating in our home that has helped serve our slowed-down, family-focused time is a small area of our deck that used to house our drop-in hot tub. We never used the hot tub much with having our pool, so we opted to pull that out and board up the opening…. but then, we had to decide, what to do with the space now?
Above is how the space looked after we boarded up the hot tub opening, restained the deck boards, and I laid my Amazon Rug down, and added some outdoor accent pillows I had on hand, to the built-in bench… but I felt it just needed more. I didn’t want to go out and buy more furniture… I am avoiding being in the stores as much as I can right now, and the thought of putting together new furniture just felt like a daunting task I didn’t want to deal with, so instead I looked around at what I already had. I had recently purchased all new patio cushions for the furniture that is around my pool area, and was about to sell all my ‘old’ cushions on a garage sale site, but instead I decided to reuse them here in this space. I also had quite a few stackable patio chairs that serve us well when we have extra company over, that I could use here too. And… we found thisPropane Fire Pit stored in our pole barn that we had received some time ago (and totally forgot we had!)…. So I pulled that out, and put this all together, and within an hour, the space was done! We now have a nice ‘new’ fire pit oasis on our deck overlooking our pool area, that was all created with things I already had on hand… I just had to pause a moment, and look at my things and my space in a new light, with a fresh perspective of possibilty.
You can take more of a look at this space below…
There you have it… done and ready to enjoy! Happy Memorial Day everyone! If you need me… I will be relaxing by the pool the rest of the weekend!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everyone! If you are like me, your celebrations are winding down, and you’re beginning to feel a quiet peace come back to your life. The hustle and bustle of the holidays are coming to a close, gifts and Christmas decorations are being stored away, and the time to prepare our homes and lives for a fresh, clean start for the new year are upon us. I really enjoy this time of year with the peace, calm, and hope it brings. My kiddos are off from school and activities, which allows my time to slow down a bit to enjoy a serene opportunity to reflect on the past year, while looking forward with hope and the wonder at the possibilities of new beginnings. The new year gives a unique opportunity to look at our lives, family, home, work, faith, and relationships through fresh lenses. My surroundings, I realize affect a lot how I feel… if my family is healthy and happy, my home is pleasing and orderly, my work is positive and inspiring, My soul feels happy, content, and peaceful.
Today I thought as we close out the Christmas season, as we pack away our festive decor, I would give you some inspiration on how to decorate your space for this new season of Winter. I know over the course of the next few months, we will surely be getting our fair share of snow, and cold, frigid temperatures. I want my home to feel like a refuge, a place for my family to come, curl up, and enjoy the warmth, safety, and cozy solitude of being home. I thought I’d share a few ways you can create a cozy Winter spirit in your home. Even though the Christmas lights are stored away, we can still very much continue the cozy, warm, ambiance in our homes through the Winter season…
Winter Decorating Inspiration:
Cozy Throws and Winter Pillows
Nothing says curl up on the sofa with a good book, than having casual, cozy throw blankets and snuggly pillows in your space. Place these on your sofa or chairs, in a decorative basket, on the lower shelf of an accent table, or load up your bed… Invite your family to feel comfortable snugging in with these items, close at their fingertips, while creating a cozy look to your space.
Ambiance of Candlelight, Lanterns & Lamps
Even though the twinkle of Christmas lights are packed away, we can still create a warm ambiance in our homes with candles, and low lit lamps. I love decorating with lanterns too… placing a battery operated candle inside and placing them on the floor, adorning my fireplace, or decorating an accent table… dim the lights at night, and light these cozy pieces to create a warm, snuggle-in feel to your home.
Winter Greens & Natural Elements
Bring out the winter greens and natural elements with green garlands, wreaths, picks, and candle accents… add in pine cones, fresh cut wood, and other earthy pieces to bring a bit of the outside season inside to your cozy home.
White and natural colors and textures
Winter is white to many, so layer in these natural colors and textures with varying elements… white candles, white bark wood, natural table linens with a bit of sparkle, white dishes…. and then add that pop of color with wood tones, tin, or winter green accents for a pretty, natural, winter look.
Winter inspired signs, rugs, wreaths, and decorative accents
Take down the Santa sign, and place artwork with a winter scene, have a “Let it Snow” rug welcome guests at your doorstep, cozy up your coffee bar with a black and white plaid and snowflake accents… so many ways to add subtle winter inspired pieces to your decor, making your home feel festive for the season.
I hope these ideas have helped to give you a little inspiration to how you can transform your space for Winter, making your home a cozy, warm place of peace during the cold, blustery season.
You can view even more of my Winter home inspiration on my Pinterest page and on my Amazon Shop… check them out & follow me for more inspiration this year.
And make sure you are following me on Instagram, where I will be sharing a lot more of my own home this winter, and you are signed up for my Email list (on my home page), where I send out more home and lifestyle inspiration in my monthly newsletter!…don’t miss it!
Happy New Year Friends… wishing you all the joy, peace, health, and happiness of a brand New Year & season!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful holiday planned with your family and friends. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, and am enjoying the smells of turkey filling my home this morning. I snapped a few pictures of my dining room table all set for our afternoon Thanksgiving dinner, and thought I’d share with you!
I love setting a nice table, and changed up my Thanksgiving tablescape from last year’s table (see that tablescape here)… This year, I created my tablescape from a beautiful table runner I found at the Farmgirl Flea Market this Fall, then added in these beautiful blue, green, & creamy plates, with white chargers that coordinated perfectly with my runner, then added in festive fall stems, blue pumpkin picks, and coordinating pumpkins for my centerpiece, and finished off with crystal glassware to fancy up my look a bit. I really like this neutral, cooler color scheme with little touches of warmth, for a change to the traditional Thanksgiving table looks I have done in the past… and of course I always finish off with candlelight to make our space feel warm and inviting for my family to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. Take a closer look at more of my Thanksgiving table below…
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my Thanksgiving table today! I am so thankful for all of you who follow my Blog and support my passion here at Jaime Lyn Life by Design! Happy Holidays, friends!!
by Jaime Lyn | Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving & My Dinner TablescapeInterior Design
Hi friends, I’ve missed connecting with you on the blog these last few weeks… my work, family, and life in general have been a little extra busy lately, but today I’m so glad to finally have the chance to share with you again… and today I’m sharing all about my Fall home!
I know some of you have already jumped into your Christmas decorating, but I’ve always been a bit old fashioned in that I keep my Fall decor up thru Thanksgiving, and then begin my Christmas decorating that holiday weekend. I have been tossing around the idea of decorating for Christmas a little earlier, because it seems a bit unfair that Fall decor is displayed from September thru November, while Christmas decor only lights up our home for a little over a month… so we shall see, maybe next year I will decorate for Christmas a little earlier. Until then.. here is my Home still decorated for Fall! I hope you gain some inspiration for ways to add this cozy season into your home…
| Front Entrance |
| Foyer |
| Living Room |
| Back Hallway |
| Kitchen |
| Nook & Gathering Room |
| Dining Room |
| Side Entrance |
And there you have it… my Fall home! I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek. I truly love this time of year… crisp nights, cozy lamps, Fall scented candles, crock pot dinners, snuggly blankets, pumpkin spice coffees, and for my family… it is also harvest time… so a time for work and thanksgiving.
Thank you for visiting my blog today. I love sharing here with all of you. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see more daily inspiration… follow me here!
I will also be sharing Christmas decor inspiration on my Amazon shop soon!… follow me there so you don’t miss all of my favorite Christmas pieces this holiday season!
Wishing you all Fall Blessings! Thank you for visiting my Blog today!
Hey friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Fall is in the air for sure, and if you haven’t already started your Fall decorating, the change in weather should definitely be putting you in the mood now. If you’re in a decorating rut, try changing up your traditional fall decor with some light blues, pale oranges, and white accents… so pretty and creates a festive, yet unique feel to your seasonal decor! Shop these pieces and more Fall Decor on my Jaime Lyn Life by Design Amazon Shop here!
Wishing you all a great week!.. but before you go – have you followed me on Instagram? If not, I would love for you to! I share much more of my own home on my Instagram feed, and more about my life and behind the scenes in my IG stories! Follow me on Instagram HERE!
Thanks for stopping in to check out my Blog today, friends! Appreciate you following! Have a great week!
Hey friends, I hope you had a great weekend! This weekend was a busy one for me as it was my hubby and I’s 18th wedding Anniversary,and we had a few social events with friends going on as well. We were headed home from one of those events on Saturday morning when I realized we were really close to the Farmgirl Flea Market happening in Hudsonville, MI… a farm and flea market that’s been on my go-to list of markets to attend, but I’d never had the opportunity to visit yet… so needless to say, the timing was perfect, and my husband…well, he was thrilled! (note my sarcasm.) ;)… but seriously what a trooper, and we made a fun afternoon of it, visiting the market, enjoying yummy food truck food, iced tea and fresh squeezed lemonade, and listening to live folk music as we shopped the countless vendors…
The show is held two times a year in the Spring and Fall, at the Hudsonville fairgrounds, beginning with their VIP night on Friday from 4-8pm ($15 entry fee) and continuing the next day on Saturday from 8am-4pm (with a $5 entry fee. ) This market is rated one of the top 100 markets to attend by Flea Market Style Magazine, and has over 200 booths inside the fairground barns and around the grassy fields. The show draws hundreds of people shopping for new and vintage home decor, farmhouse finds, handmade items, boutique clothing, repurposed furniture, and more.
I took some photos to give you a peek inside their Fall market, if you weren’t able to make it this weekend, and so you can also get a little feel for what you to may expect to see at their Spring market coming up (usually in May.)
So many pretty booths and items for sale by the most creative makers and pickers!
I’m a sucker for these little campers all dolled up with boutique clothing and unique home decor… I love shopping them!
There’s was a ton of beautiful and creative Fall harvest decor for sale, and even some hints of Christmas on display too…
I think I could shop these markets every weekend. They are so relaxing and fun to stroll through as you find really unique things you won’t find in many stores.
My hubby even enjoyed himself and I think was surprised to see all the treasures (junk) he seen for sale that we have on our own farm… one person’s junk is another person’s treasure!
The next market Farmgirl Flea is sponsoring is the Christmas Countryside market held on Friday November 29 (12pm-8pm) and Saturday November 30 (9am-5pm) at Countryside Greenhouse in Allendale. There will be a $5 entry fee, with kids 12 and under FREE.
Today we welcome the first day of Fall! I love this season and the cozy, comforting vibes it brings to our days. I have been holding out from decorating my home with Fall decor up until now, but with this being the first official day of the season, it has really put me in the mood to start on my Fall decor!
I thought I would get in the spirit today, and share some of my favorite Fall home decor pieces from my Jaime Lyn Life by Design Amazon Shop with all of you! If you haven’t followed my Shop yet, click here to do so now!… you can check out the select pieces above and even more Fall decor I am currently loving for the new season. I will continue sharing more items in the coming days and some Fall decorating ideas and tips as well, so keep checking back in on my Amazon Shop, Facebook, Instagram, and my Pinterest pages too!
Hey everyone… happy weekend! I hope you have some fun things planned …looks like it’s going to be beautiful Fall weather! I started my weekend out on a great note yesterday when I visited the newest Hobby Lobby store to open in Michigan, and lucky for me it is in my nearby hometown of Mt. Pleasant! Ahhh… excited would be an understatement for how I feel about this Hobby Lobby being so close to my home! I used to have to drive over an hour to visit my closest Hobby Lobby, and now their new store is within 10 miles of my house! I could cry…really, honestly, I’m so overjoyed! I love Hobby Lobby for so many reasons… stylish home decor, great prices, huge selection, sales upon sales, and you can find anything and everything from accent furniture to fabric scissors! I just love it!
So here’s the quick lowdown… the new store is located at 2121 S. Mission St. Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (home of Central Michigan University (my alma mater) and the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. If you are from the area, the store is located where the old Kmart used to be, and is open Monday thru Saturday 9am – 8pm. The official ribbon-cutting, “Grand Opening” is actually scheduled for Monday 9/16/19, however this weekend (Friday and Saturday) they are having their soft opening… and of course I made sure I was there to check it all out for you to give you a sneak peek here on my blog!
The first area I seen when I walked in was all of their Fall harvest decor… and holy fall decor there was!… so much to choose from! I could go crazy with all of the adorable, festive items!
One thing I’ve learned from my years of shopping Hobby Lobby is there are always new sales running each week… and if there is a certain item you have your eye on that is not on sale this week‘s sale, hold off buying it until the following week, as it will more than likely be on that next week’s sale. Usually their weekly sales are 50% off whatever that week’s featured decor and craft items are, and furniture is usually at a standard 30% off most days, while seasonal decor fluctuates a bit depending on the time of year. Currently their Fall and Christmas decor is 40% off.
Another option for saving at Hobby Lobby is by taking advantage of their weekly coupon… usually this is something like 40% off a regular priced item, or something similar. Simply check out their online ad each week (click here), and if a coupon is included, print it out or show the clerk via your phone to receive that coupon’s savings. This is so beneficial when you’re shopping for all your weekly sale items, but may come across an item you want that is not included in that week’s sale… to save yourself a trip coming back the following week to see if it is on the new sale, just use your coupon to get the item right then at 40% off… I did this a lot when I had to travel a good hour to visit Hobby Lobby.
Here is more of a sneak peek inside of the new store, and some of the pieces I found that I just loved…
I found the store to be stocked really well, items were organized nicely, the store was laid out in a very logical order, it was super clean, and there were a ton of salespeople available to help with anything customers may need.
Hobby Lobby is also always one of the first stores that is ahead of the game when it comes to bringing out their holiday decor… so of course the new store is already stocked and ready to go with all of their Christmas decor as well!… this is really great for all of you Do It Yourselfers, and crafters who like to get a head start on your Christmas projects, with everything already right there at your disposal.
The only drawbacks… sometimes big stores like Hobby Lobby can feel very overwhelming. I remember my first trip ever, I couldn’t get my bearings on what I needed or wanted, or had issue visualizing how to use certain pieces in my home… because I was just so taken back by all there was displayed to choose from, and because the products are set up more like a warehouse style, where items are not necessarily “staged” like they would be in a furniture store or home decor boutique to help one visualize how pieces could be used in an actual setting.
What I suggest to help that if you get feeling overwhelmed, is you break the store down, one aisle at a time, and add any things to your cart that you like… and then before check out just reevaluate what it is you really need from those things, and then just put the rest back. I’ve always had great luck returning items to Hobby Lobby as well, so even if you need to take somethings home to see if they will work in your actual space or to help visualize how it looks or fits with other pieces in your home, don’t fret as you can easily return things if need be… just remember your receipt!
I hope this has given you a nice little peek into Hobby Lobby in Mt. Pleasant Michigan, and a few of my tips for shopping the store, wherever you live. I went with my mom and 3 daughters, and they all loved the store too! I hope to stop back in, in the coming week and look even closer, as my first visit was more to just get a feel for the overall layout and of course, to share a look of the store with all of you!
You can shop Hobby Lobby today, Saturday 9am – 8pm, and again on Monday for the official Grand Opening celebration! Remember, Hobby Lobby’s are closed on Sundays.
Here’s a couple little pieces I walked away with from my first visit…this adorable Pumpkin Patch sign and these cute oversized fall mugs!
I’m in a transition with all of my decor currently from Summer to Fall, but as you can see… a bit of everything together, can work and make for a cute welcome table, as I did inside my back hallway.
Okay…. one last thing! Big Surprise! I wanted to wrap up this post with my own little way to celebrate the Grand Opening of my local Hobby Lobby with all of you!… So… I’m hosting a $50 Hobby Lobby Gift Card Giveaway on my Facebook & Instagram! See all the details below…
Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you’re enjoying a few days of relaxation in this last weekend of summer. We opted not to travel to the lake, and instead decided to work around our farm and home for some end of summer catch-up. We’re still enjoying some pool time, grilling out each day (catch my IG stories for some yummy things I’m making!) and relaxing with some evening bonfires… so it’s still feeling like a festive weekend! I’m also planning on taking a little time today and tomorrow to shop some of the various Labor Day Sales going on now through Monday… you can always count on a sale during a national holiday, right?! So today, I thought I would share some of these great Labor Day Sales for your Home, so you can take advantage of these sweet savings as well! I hope you enjoy! (Click the Store title & photo captions below, to SHOP these Stores’ Sales and individual product items shown. )
Here are just some of the sales going on now thru Labor Day! I hope you enjoyed this post today, and this bedroom inspiration mock up I created with some sale items from each of these featured stores. Check out each of these Stores and their entire Home Sales…. so many great items at amazing prices this weekend!
Have a Happy Labor Day friends! Enjoy your last weekend of Summer!
by Jaime Lyn | Comments Off on Labor Day Home Sales