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!
Hey everyone…another day, another day of deals! Yesterday I blogged about some amazing deals going on at Amazon, and they are still going today… so check out my recommended products on yesterday’s post here! As Amazon Prime Days are rolling, Target is also running their summer Deal Days too, so today I am sharing some great home decor at great savings at Target for you to shop…but today is the last day, so hurry! I hope you Enjoy!!
Hi Friends! Today is my Blog’s 1 Year Anniversary AND my 41st Birthday! If you’ve followed my Blog from the start, you may remember I launched Jaime Lyn Life by Design last year on this very day, on my 4oth Birthday while at Magnolia Market in Waco TX! Hands down one of the best trips and days of my life (besides my wedding day and having my 4 kids… seriously could be one of the next best days!) If you missed seeing that post, check it out here…
I’m really happy I decided to launch my blog while in such a memorable place, on a special day in my life. This last year has been so rewarding, sharing Jaime Lyn Life by Design with all of you, here on on the blog, and on my Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages too. Honestly, the only drawback has been the challenge of carving out the time to devote myself to this creative space that brings me such joy. Having four kiddos who are very busy, my husband and I owning several businesses (I head up the finances & marketing, manage our real estate properties, & my interior design work) and starting up Heirloom Grove, my new home decor market… life just gets busy! But I do enjoy the hustle, and have to remind myself to embrace this season of life, while allowing myself a little grace at times when struggling to fit it all in. Through it all though, I realize how important it is to make time for the things that bring us personal joy and happiness, amidst all the things we do for others. For some of you that ‘thing’ may be your daily run or workout, a side business you work for yourself, a special talent or hobby you enjoy doing, a great TV series you indulge in every week, or even a Starbucks & Target morning you allow yourself, all by yourself from time to time… whatever it is, it’s good to prioritize time for ourselves to devote to those things that bring us personal joy and fulfillment.
With all that being said, I am really excited for this next year on my Blog… I have so much more I want to share with you… more of myself, my home, my travels, design ideas, products I love, the cutest boutiques to shop… And so today on another birthday and this 1 year blogging anniversary, I’m so excited to continue on with this journey. I hope you will continue to follow along and enjoy the journey with me! So… let’s CELEBRATE!…
What better way to thank you all for following my Blog this last year, and to CELEBRATE a new year of exciting things ahead for Jaime Lyn Life by Design, than with a GIVEAWAY! Today I launched an AwEsOmE GiVeAwAy on my Facebook page, that I think everyone would love to WIN!…
How to Enter for your chance to WIN a $100 Target Gift Card from Jaime Lyn Life by Design!
Like and FOLLOW my Facebook Page (set to “see-first” so you always see my posts.)
Share the Giveaway Post to Your Facebook Page (make the post “public” so I can see you shared it.)
Tag Your Friends (the more friends you tag, the more entries you get!)
BONUS ENTRY – Sign up for my Email list here… so you never miss my latest Blog Posts!)
I will announce the WINNER in one week on Sunday, July 21st, so there’s lots of time to like, follow, share, tag, and sign up! Best of Luck to you!
Thank you everyone for following along and encouraging me with my Blog this year. It means more to me than you know. I hope you will stay tuned and continue to follow along with me at Jaime Lyn Life by Design!
I have a handful of favorite weeks throughout the year, and the week of the 4th of July is definitely one of them! This week & weekend is such a festive time to come together with family and friends to celebrate our beautiful country we are so blessed to call “Home.” As I look forward to the upcoming week, I aim for my home to reflect the spirit of the festivities, so I like to add red, white, and blue decor pieces in subtle ways throughout my home with throw pillows, table linens, serving dishes, table top decor, decorative signs, and accent pieces with the spirited colors of the holiday. I thought it would be fun today, to share some great 4th of July styled pieces I found on Amazon (& allship Prime, so they will be here in time for you to decorate and use in your home this week.) Red, White, and Blue themed decor is perfect for summer and is festive from Memorial Day thru Labor Day, creating a beautiful home style fitting for all summer long! Take a look at some of the great pieces I found to share with you…
I hope you found something you liked, and enjoyed this post giving you some Red, White, and Blue inspiration to decorate your home and get it the spirit for the 4th of July festivities! Thank you for visiting my blog today… love it when you do!
Happy Weekend! I’m happy many of you enjoyed my post earlier this week on my visit to That French Place and Bloom Floral Design in Charlevoix, MI. If you missed it, you can read it here. I had a few more places I visited up north last weekend that I wanted to share with you all before I move along to other blog topics… I hope you don’t mind! I love passing along great places to shop for your home; places in my local area and ones I find on my travels. Today I’m sharing about True North Interior Design and Antiques shop, The Salad Fork, and Cherry Republic, all in Charlevoix…and all on Van Pelt Alley…
True North Interior Design and Antiques
This husband and wife owned design & antique shop has been on my “go-to-boutique-places-to-shop” list (it’s kind of a quirk of mine that I keep such lists) all winter long! I couldn’t wait to get back up to Charlevoix this summer to visit this unique shop, and it was worth the wait! So many beautiful antique and new vintage-inspired treasures are found here in this inviting, cozy shop; one of those stores you just want to snuggle in at because it’s too pretty to leave. I gain a lot of inspiration for my Heirloom Grove Home Market when I visit shops like this… how they curate their space, stage pieces, and create a haven of beauty for their customers to enjoy. Take a little peek inside True North below… I get the feeling this shop is always changing things up, so I’ll be visiting every time I am in Charlevoix. They are open Monday – Saturday 10-5pm, and located at 108 Van Pelt Pl, Charlevoix, MI & be sure to give them a follow on Facebook here.
Really enjoying Van Pelt Alley… Time for a snack at The Salad Fork…
The Salad Fork
Next stop we visited in Van Pelt Alley was The Salad Fork… my girls had to try their new Acai smoothie Bowls… and they were so yummy and the perfect afternoon snack for us while we shopped downtown Charlevoix. This little eatery makes made-to-order salads, avocado toast and new specialty acai bowls… that are so, so good you guys! They are housed at 217 Bridge Street, Suite B in Charlevoix (right down from True North, and next to Cherry Republic) and are open 9am-8pm Monday thru Saturday… if you visit Charlevoix this summer, check. them. out! & give them a Facebook follow here.
Our final stop in Van Pelt Alley… Cherry Republic!
Okay… if you aren’t familiar with Cherry Republic, this will be a real treat for you… like if you were there, literally a real treat! Everything is cherry.. cherry candies, cherry jams, cherry salsa, cherry pop, beer… and wait for it..cherry wine!… I could stop right there, because cherry wine would have done it for me. It is amazing what they have to offer, and so nice that they have little samples set out everywhere (even a little tasting bar for the wines) so you can try out what you enjoy, before you buy. Cherry Republic is a favorite stop of my family’s as we stock up on all things we love when we visit, for our boat and home pantry. It is all sooo good! Northern Michigan is known for their cherries and you can find a Cherry Republic in not only Charlevoix, but also in Glen Arbor, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Frankenmuth, and Holland.. all beautiful places to visit while in Michigan! Follow Cherry Republic on Facebook here and take a little closer look that I captured for you at their Charlevoix store…
I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek into a few more places I enjoy visiting while in Charlevoix. I’ll be sure to share more of these shopping and eating gems as I travel… and more of Charlevoix on Instagram as I am there visiting. There are some other great shops and places to dine there and their Venetian Festival in late July is a great time!… I’ll share more on Instagram Stories in the future!
I hope you have a great weekend…it’s rainy here in Michigan today, so even though I’d love to curl up with a good book, I have some weekend to-do list things that needs done!
What’s to Come on Jaime Lyn Life by Design…
I’m looking forward to carving out more time to devote to my blog this summer…I truly enjoy sharing with you here! I’ve been in a bit of a remodeling and redecorating phase in my home, and I’d like to share some of that journey with you, as well as other areas of my home, my travels, and more fun design and lifestyle things you might find inspiring. Please comment on what you’d love to see.. I’d love to hear!
Until next time, thank you so much for visiting my blog today, it means so much to me! Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and sign up for my Email updates so you never miss a post. I would love for you to check out my Heirloom Grove Home Market too here on the web!
Have a great day friends!
by Jaime Lyn | Comments Off on Charlevoix, Pt. 2: True North, The Salad Fork, & Cherry RepublicInterior Design, Lifestyle
Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed a nice few days of rest and relaxtion over the Memorial holiday. My family and I had a productive and restful weekend… Normally during this holiday my husband and son, and our farm crew are busy planting in the fields, but rain held those plans up, so instead we were able to tend to some outside projects around our home, open up our pool, and still have a little time to drive up north to Charlevoix to get our boat ready for Summer.
Last year was our first year docking our boat in Charlevoix and we just fell in love with this beautiful, quaint Michigan town situated between Lake Michigan and the western end of Lake Charlevoix. I love the relaxed coastal vibe during the summer months here; there’s always something festive going on in town, boats galore in the water, quaint boutiques to shop (my favorite kind of shops!), and so many great little places to eat…and the view?…the views are just breathtaking. Charlevoix has quickly become a very special place for my family… a summer destination for us to escape the hustle and bustle (and stress) of our everyday lives, to enjoy summer, and much needed peace and quality time together. I remind myself it’s one of those why’s we work so hard throughout the year.. to have the opportunity to enjoy these special moments in such a beautiful place in our own home state.
Memorial Day was a bit chilly and there was rain in the forecast, so instead of taking the boat out, we decided to head into town and visit a few of the shops and eateries. I thought it would be fun to share some of our stops on the blog today. I’ll be adding more of our shop visits later in the week (so this post isn’t too crazy long…) and more about Charlevoix and other neighboring MI towns in the future….but to start, let me tell you about That French Place and Bloom Floral Design in Van Pelt Alley…
That French Place
This is a must stop for my kids every weekend we visit Lake Charlevoix… That French Place has great coffee and lattes, and the tastiest french crepes we’ve found locally. My girls always opt for their go-to…banana and nutella crepe, while my son chose the apple & cinnamon, and my hubby and I shared an egg & cheese. So good! The decor is french and fabulous and we like to either take orders to go, or eat outside to enjoy the morning views of town.
Van Pelt Alley
Bloom Floral Design – Flower Shop
Next up we did a little shopping down Van Pelt Alley and first, browsed around Bloom Floral Design Flower Shop… this is such a gorgeous shop filled with unique gifts and fresh flowers. My girls found a few pieces they couldn’t live without. We love the extra personal touches in shops like these, with their pretty packaging and special attention to detail. Take a peek at some of their treasures…
There’s a little glimpse at two of our stops this weekend in Charlevoix… I’ll be sharing more this week with a look at True North Interior Design & Antiques, The Salad Fork, and Cherry Republic… a few more great spots to visit while in Charlevoix, MI.
I hope you enjoyed today’s blog…Thank you so much for visiting! If you are a Michigander, put Charlevoix on your list of places to visit this Summer or Fall…or if you are from another state, definitely put Michigan & it’s beautiful lakefront towns on your bucket list’s travel plans! Happy Memorial Day!
Thanks for visiting my blog, friends! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for my Email list.. so you never miss a future post! Have a great week!
by Jaime Lyn | Comments Off on Exploring Charlevoix MI – Pt. 1. That French Place & Bloom Floral DesignInterior Design
I am so desperately ready for Spring, and the slightly warmer temps and sunnier skies we’ve been blessed with recently have really been putting me in the mood to transition my home from winter to spring decor. I thought it would be fun on the blog today, to select some pretty Spring and Easter pieces for you to browse, shop, and help get you in the Spring spirit for your home as well. Let me know what your favorites are… click each picture to shop! Happy Spring everyone!
Design Tip: Seasonal pillows, greens and florals are easy decorative pieces to change up the look of each season in your home. Splurge on your furniture, and base pieces such as baskets and vases that are displayed all year long, then simply revamp those pieces with new seasonal floral arrangements and season-inspired throw pillows to create the spirited feel of each season in your home. You can do this with seasonal candles, and table linens as well!
Thanks for visiting my Blog today.. I hope you found some new Spring & Easter decor to brighten up your home in this new season!
I’ve had a desire to share my interest in unique, new and vintage home decor with all of you in a retail setting, so I decided to begin some retail pop-ups in my area in Michigan. My first shop is up and going in my hometown of Shepherd, Michigan at Vintage Village Antiques on Wright Avenue. My heart has always been here in my hometown and I just felt it was the right place for me to begin Heirloom Grove where I was raised, and where I continue to raise my own family.
I revamped a double booth space in this antique shop by adding shiplap walls, and rough-cut industrial wood shelving to make it my own (more on this space remodel coming to the blog soon.) I have been filling it weekly with all things home decor… new, vintage, antiques, farmhouse, reclaimed, gift, and other treasures. Being a designer, this space has also given me a nice opportunity to cycle through some of the home decor pieces I have used in past staging projects and in my own home, to also offer for sale as well.
I’m excited to also offer Dixie Belle Paint as I am a Retailer for this paint company. I use this great mineral chalk paint line on all my furniture and decor refinishing projects, and carry their best-selling colors and products at my retail space, and will be carrying all of their products on my HG website soon. Even if you aren’t local to my retail space, you can still shop with me online at Heirloom-Grove.com (orders of $50+, the shipping is on me!)
I hope you enjoyed this quick look at my Shepherd retail location. Heirloom Grove Home Market in Vintage Village Antiques is open every day Mon-Sun, 10am to 6pm, Address: 302 W Wright Avenue, Shepherd MI. There are many other great vendors in this shop too, so make sure to visit their spaces as well.. a lot of nice antiques, homemade items, and project pieces! Make a day of it and also visit the other antique shop in town at Antiques and Uniques (they are just off the expressway.) Have lunch or dinner at the Shepherd Bar & Restaurant (near Vintage Village) or Fireside Grille at the Maple Creek golf course (just off the expressway), or grab a yummy bite or snack for the road at Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli & Market… ALL of these places will treat you right for a great lunch or dinner when you are in town antiquing…make a day of it! Shepherd is within a few short miles of Central Michigan University and Soaring Eagle Casino, and is located in the heart of central Michigan, with an easy on/off from the expressway, making it the quaint, perfect little place to stop and break up your trips heading North or South!
Thank you for checking out my Blog today, and my new Retail Site, Heirloom Grove Home Market. I love sharing home inspiration with all of you, and I hope to carve out more time in my (crazy busy) life to share more frequently! Make sure you sign up for my email updates so you never miss a post! Have a wonderful day friends!