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!
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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!
Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe how fast this week has gone by… some weeks just seem to fly! I hope you’ve had a great one and enjoyed the beautiful weather this week. I’ve been busy the past few days getting back into the swing of things after being gone last week on a little family vaca to Lake Charlevoix in northern Michigan. We’ve spent the last two summers at this beautiful lake town, and it has quickly become a special place for my family for rest, relaxation and quality time together. (I’ll share a few pics from our stay at the end of this post…)
This week though, has been all about back to business though, and I’m really excited to share a fun, new addition here on my blog for you… my new Amazon Shop Page! I am a regular Amazon Shopper (between there, Target, small online businesses and boutique style shops, these are my main staple places to shop.)…And I wanted to provide you an at ease place to stop in and shop my favorite things from home decor, to lifestyle items, household necessities, and fashion too… so my own Amazon Shop was a great fit! All you have to do, is click this link here: Jaime Lyn Life By Design’s Amazon Shop – and then click “Follow” and you’ll be following my Amazon Shop! You will get updates from time time, when I update my shop with new products and will see all the new things I am recommending.
You can also easily locate my Shop right here from my Blog too… just click the Shop button at the top of my website, and it’s right there in the pull down menu under “Jaime Lyn’s Amazon Shop.”
I’ll be adding Harvest Home products soon, as well as some stylish Fall Fashion pieces for the upcoming season… so be on the look out for those coming to my Shop very soon!…. oh and some back to school specials too.
And… I’ll continue to post great product ideas and big sales via my Facebook page as well, so make sure you are following me there and have your follow default set to “See First” so you are sure never to miss my posts. Thank you for all of your support everyone and following my Blog…it means so much to me!
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! Thank you for visiting the Blog today…and make sure you follow my Amazon Shop… I’ll give you a ton of great product ideas for your home, life, and style right there on my Shop!
Happy Friday! Is it Friday??.. I have been on vaca all week and my days are all messed up… everyday feels like Saturday and I could really get used to it! I hope you all have had a great week! If you have been following me on Facebook (if not, go give me a Follow there)…. you’ll know I have been posting about Target’s big online Home Sale they are having right now… Spend $30 and save $10, Spend $100 and save $40 using Code: COLLEGE online only, and only until 8/3…that’s tomorrow y’all so get to Targeting! You can shop the entire Home Sale here…. but I thought I’d pull some pretty gray and gold home inspo to give you a little head start. Shop ALL of these product links below…
Also… Patio is 30% off right now and so many of their HOME items are discounted, on top of the $ off deals so it’s a great time to get stocked up even on necessities.. sheets, pillows, towels… Happy Targeting!
Hey Friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I am enjoying northern Michigan for a little getaway this week before our life gets really busy again with my kids’ dance and football schedules and back-to-school prep about to happen at home. I’ve been taking in some much needed peaceful time with my family…boating on our beautiful MI lakes, and some boutique shopping during the days, and nice dinners and sunset walks on the pier in the evenings… just a nice way to unwind from life a little bit before all the crazy begins again.
But I wanted to pause all that fun for a minute, to make sure you’ve seen the Instagram Giveaway I am doing, along with some of my other family businesses I’ve teamed up with… my Heirloom Grove home market business, Kai Kai Brai (my biz w/ my daughters), and my son’s business Country Crops Farmer’s Market for a really great Instagram Giveaway that is a $100 Value including:
Oh…and one last thing… there’s a HUGE Home Sale going on at Target right now.. Online Only! $10 off when you spend $30, and $40 off when you spend $100 – You MUST use Code: COLLEGE at checkout! A ton of their home items are marked down, AND Patio is 30% off too… so hop on there after you’ve entered my Instagram Giveaway to make sure you take advantage of their great savings until August 3rd! Shop the link below…
Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather! It’s been a really busy week for me but I’m glad to be back here to the blog today! Thank you all who entered my Target $100 Giveaway last week… if you missed the Winner, you can find out who won here. If you didn’t win, no worries… I am launching a NEW Giveaway this weekend, but on my Instagram this time…so follow me over there to be the first to see this great giveaway, and for more daily looks into my life and home, via my IG feed and in IG stories!
Today I thought I’d share a post about an antique redo I did on a cabinet I’ve had on display in my home for many years. I originally bought this antique cabinet from Gray’s Furniture (more about this quaint furniture store on my post here) about a decade ago, when I just fell in love with the rich red and gold tones that went so nicely with the tuscan/ french country feel I was decorating my home with at the time.
The cabinet has always been one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my home, but I was ready for a new look in my living room (and house overall)…transitioning from the red accents and tuscan style, to more of a vintage/farmhouse style, using softer, neutral colors and comfy, cozy vibes. But… I still loved this cabinet! So, what to do?… I decided to take a weekend afternoon and just refinish it!
Some of you may not know, but I also own a company called Heirloom Grove, a new and vintage home decor market, selling unique treasures online and in antique pop-up locations in my area. One of the products I carry (and swear by!) is Dixie Belle Chalk Paint….I love this furniture paint line. It makes refinishing furniture so easy, enjoyable, and the end results absolutely gorgeous. I find painting furniture so calming and there’s a lot of opportunity to really be creative with the numerous colors, waxes, glazes, and finishes to play with until a piece reaches the desired look you want.
I always start refinishing each piece with Dixie Belle’s White Lightning Cleaner – this stuff is great at cleaning years of grime and dirt that can come with these antique pieces. A couple tablespoons of White Lightening in a gallon of water gives a deep cleaning and nice preparation before I paint.
After I let this piece dry, I painted the interior and shelves with the color Fluff – a pretty white paint that really crispened up the interior and added a nice two-tone dimension when paired with the gray exterior.
When I moved to the exterior of the cabinet, I painted 1 coat of Manatee Gray over the entire outside with my Belle Brush and Chip Brush… it took only 1 coat of this light gray finish to cover the dark RED… seriously, great paint with amazing coverage!
The gray finish was a bit lighter than I wanted for the cabinet though, and I also wanted to have more dimension and texture, so I applied Best Dang Wax in Grunge Gray with my Chip Brush, to all of the exterior detailed areas, and to the flat surfaces too…wiping, rubbing, and brushing until I had the desired color and texture I aimed to achieve. I used a spray bottle to wet the brush a little before I dipped it in the wax, as I find it spreads the wax a little more evenly.
The beautiful thing about this paint is if I don’t like how something is coming out, I simply paint over it and try again! The products are water based, so there is no particular “order” of products to use/when…. if you put a top coat on and don’t like the finish… then just paint over it and try something else.
I finished the project by applying 1 coat of Clear Satin Top Coat to seal with a nice satiny finish. You don’t need to apply a top coat of any sort with this paint line, but I usually like to add one of the finishing products to complete the look and help for long-term durability.
The whole project took about 8 ounces of Manatee Gray paint, 4 ounces of Fluff paint, 4 ounces of Clear Satin Top Coat, and about 4-5 hours of paint time, including dry times. A little of this paint goes a long way in achieving a brand new look for a treasured piece.
I am really enjoying the new look this redone piece has brought to my living room. It sits in the same exact spot as it was before (future blog post of my remodeled living space coming soon…) but it looks like a completely new addition to the room. I accented with some new decor pieces, and I am really excited for more years of use with this gorgeous piece of furniture (that I think I originally paid less than $400 for!)
If you are interested in trying Dixie Belle Paint… please message me! I can help give you color suggestions (there are over 64 colors) and finish recommendations based on your desired look. I carry the top-selling products right on my Heirloom Grove site, and also sell the complete product line (as found on Dixie Belle’s site…just shoot me a message what yo u need! If you decide to try this paint, I would love to ship your first order to you FREE! (Also, my Heirloom Grove site always offers FREE Shipping on orders of $100 or more (including all of my Home Decor pieces, Antique Candle Co. Candles, and Dixie Belle Paint.) Seriously, contact me! I love repping this great USA made brand of chalk paint, and would love to help you get acquinted with Dixie Belle… I use this chalk paint line on all of my painting pieces!
For your easy shopping, here are the Dixie Belle products I used on this piece…
Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully you had a restful weekend and the weather was in your favor. I had a nice weekend and was able to get caught up on some projects around my home, saw The Lion King with my girls (so good… go see it!), and spent some time yesterday tallying up ALL of the entries that came in for my $100 Target Facebook Giveaway!
I am so thankful for everyone who took the time to enter.. followed and liked my page, shared my post, tagged friends, and all of you wonderful new people here on my blog who signed up for my email updates… thank you so much…means a lot to me! If you missed the announcement of the WINNER of my giveaway… the Winner was Samantha Wilson of Oregon!
Congrats Samantha! If you didn’t win… no worries.. I am hosting another fun giveaway, but this time on my Instagram later this week…so follow over there and keep an eye out for it…It includes a few goodies from my other businesses…and maybe a little something from Amazon from me here at Jaime Lyn Life by Design too! 😉
So… what else is coming up, other than the Instagram Giveaway? Look for a new Blog post this week about a furniture redo I did on a beautiful antique cabinet in my home… I took it from a dark red/gold tuscan feel to a light gray farmhouse/vintage feel… and I amreally enjoying it in my living room. So don’t miss that post. I will also be sharing some more decor deals on my Facebook page this week, and more behind the scenes of my life, home, family, farm, and travels on my Instagram Stories... so please follow me over there to get to know me better (and pssst…tell your friends!) 😉
I really love doing Giveaways and engaging with all of you that way. It’s my way to thank you for following me!… so again, thank you for entering and stay tuned for more, as I’ll be doing more giveaways in the future… and one just for my Email Subscribers…so if you haven’t signed up for my Email Blog Updates.. do that today on my home page so you can be automatically included in that giveaway too!
Before I go, and while we are on the topic of Target… if you missed my post of some of my favorite decor pieces at Target right now (that were on sale… but still adorable regardless)… shop that Target post here!
Thanks again friends for entering my Target Giveaway and following me on social media and opening your emails from me inviting you to read my latest blog posts… means the world! Have a wonderful summer week!
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