Rustic Farmhouse Decor | Fireplace / Gallery Wall

Hello!  A while ago, I posted a kitchen home decor post, and got a lot of positive feedback, so I decided to do another.  Today I am sharing my decor in the living room.

Our living room is pretty much the main part of our house.  It is a very large room, and it’s where we spend most of our time.

We have this giant tv cabinet that takes up almost a whole wall that my dad built for us.  I asked him to whitewash it (which I am obsessed with) and he built it perfectly and exactly how I wanted.

So, the first thing I did was to find a rug for the living room that I liked.  I knew I wanted it to be tan, white, gray…(no bright colors) so that it would go with everything.

This is what I chose, and I think it fits in perfectly.  It is very large – 8×10 ft, so it fits under our couch. It is very soft and I think the print is perfect.

After looking at pictures online and some inspiration from my friends (Kristina!) I decided to do a gallery wall above my couch.  I know that the key to doing a gallery wall is to have things that are all different shapes and sizes, and not to make it look perfect.  This is what I came up with.

So, the main piece here is this giant map.  The frame is a rustic gray wood, and the map looks kind of old and worn.  My husband and 6 year old really liked this, so we used this as our main piece.

On the left side, I found a pair of white antlers with some flower detail on them.

These are really a nice piece because they look kind of country, but the flowers make them pretty, too.  I love how the unique shape looks on the wall.  Underneath those, I found this photo frame that is a rustic wood color with room for an 8×10 picture.

I decided to use a picture that we took in St. Lucia on our honeymoon of the Pitons.  This photo adds some color, but is still neutral.  I like how it looks like the picture is floating in this frame.

On the other side, I knew I wanted a shelf to put little things on.

I found this small white shelf and added some little faux succulents, and a silver metal N that has a pretty lace like look to it.

Below that, I found this set of 3 gold circle shaped mirrors.  I love how these added a different shape to the wall, and I feel like they give a bit of modern/industrial feel.

I am so pleased at how this turned out, and it really adds interest to the room.

The fireplace is the first thing that you see when you enter the front door, so I really wanted to spruce it up.

On the top, I have a neutral colored floral canvas print, and a few birdcage looking lanterns.  I love these, and they are both a distressed white color.  I also have a candle and some little faux flowers.

On the bottom, I have a little basket with a blanket and a pillow that reads “let’s stay home”.  I think it gives a nice cozy feel to the fireplace.  Lastly, I have a big galvanized metal lantern that I just put a big candle in.

That’s it for my living room!  I love all of the neutrals and think it looks so cozy.

I hope I helped you find some inspiration for your home!

xx amy

Fall Makeup FAVES

Hello!  Today I am sharing some makeup favorites that I have been loving.  I don’t switch up my makeup a ton for the different seasons, but I do like the berry and rosy tones for fall.  I also like to incorporate purple in a subtle way if I am going for a colder weather look.  Let’s get into it!

For my base, I keep it pretty simple.

I’m still loving my L’Oréal Infallible Pro- Glow, it gives me a nice medium coverage and a natural dewy finish.  It lasts all day and feels weightless in my skin.  The other product I’ve been using a lot is this Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.  The only place I use concealer is under my eyes, and this is a really good one for dark circles.  The key to using this is to use a tiiiiny bit.  Like one tiny dot, and then blend it out with a sponge or brush.  If you use too much, it will be a cakey mess.  It covers my circles nicely and stays all day if I set it.

I use bronzer year round, and one of my favorites is this Too Faced Chocolate Soleil in Milk Chocolate.  This is a light matte color that is nice for my skintone, and gives me some depth and dimension to my face.  For blush, I love this Clinique Cheek POP Blush in Rosy Pop.  This is such a good color for fall, it’s a matte rosy pink, similar to the pink flush you get when it’s cold on your cheeks.  Love this.  I like to use a golden colored highlight for fall along with this blush color.  This is Laura Geller Gilded Honey, and it’s a beautiful gold shimmer that gives a pretty sheen to the skin.

Here are the swatches.

I love to use purples for this season to deepen up my eyes a bit.  Purple really compliments brown eyes.

I use MAC Shale all over my eyes, and then MAC Sketch in the crease.  Shale is my favorite MAC shadow, and it’s this medium purple taupe color that is really cool toned and pretty on the lids.  Sketch is kind of a purple burgundy color that comes off matte.  The two colors together look really pretty.  The effect is not as colorful as you may think, it’s hard to tell it’s even purple once it’s applied.

For lips, I am loving the cool tones.

I’ve been using this Smashbox Liner in Figgy, which is a red berry color.  I’ve been using this all over the lips for a matte look.  I also have been using Too Faced Melted Matte in Queen B.  This is a very cool toned pinky gray color that is neutral but still a little bit deeper for fall.

Do you change up your makeup for the fall?

Thanks for reading! xx

EAT | Peanut Butter Cup Cookies 

If you are a peanut butter lover like me, you will love these cookies!  They are pretty much a basic peanut butter cookie recipe, except I am adding mini peanut butter cups to the mix!  These are so chocolatey and delicious; I hope you like them!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) melted butter
  • 2/3 c light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mini peanut butter cups

Melt your butter in a large bowl.

Add brown sugar and stir.

Add egg and stir.

Add peanut butter and vanilla, and mix.

Add flour, salt, and baking soda.  Combine.

Add in your mini peanut butter cups. Gently fold in.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Use an ice cream scoop to make sure all of the cookies are the same size, and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Enjoy!  This recipe makes about 14 cookies if you make them this big.

xx amy

Rustic Farmhouse Decor | Tablescape and Kitchen

Hello!  Today I have a different type of post for you – about home decor.  I really love the “farmhouse” kind of a look in a home, with rustic looking wood and all the white. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of inspiration!

We had our home custom built last year, so we were able to choose everything, and I chose as much white and lighter colors as I could. We live out in the country on a few acres, so I wanted a rustic (country but still glam) type of look.   Since we don’t have any homes very close to us, and don’t need blinds, I can use natural light.  I put up sheer curtains that I keep pulled back for decoration.

We have white stone on the exterior, a white stone fireplace to match, and white cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. I just love the look of a clean crisp white home. The color of the walls is a white color with a teeny bit of peach to it, so it does look different against the baseboards.
As for the flooring, we have a medium toned brown stained concrete that really pops against all of the white, and adds to the rustic feel.  I love the shininess of stained concrete, and no grout to clean!

Here is our breakfast nook, where we eat all of our meals.  We have a big window here, so I put up a bronzed  colored rod and sheer curtains, same as the living room.  On each side, I found these wooden square pieces with floral designs in the middle. These have a natural white distressed look.

As for the table, it is a darker wood color with two chairs on one side and a bench on the other.

I found a burlap table runner and a round slice of wood, and added some pretty faux flowers, a candle, and this copper looking round piece.  I added a little ceramic white pumpkin to it for the fall season.  I like how the gold touches give it a little bit of glam.

I have a few things on the top of the cabinets, but I don’t like a cluttered kitchen, so I tend to not keep a whole lot on the countertops.

I have this white vase with sort of a filigree detail, a wooden sign that says family in galvanized metal, and an antique looking white birdcage.

On the other side of the kitchen, I have another vase, but this one is kind of a bronze color.  I also have this horse statue that was kind of random, but I liked that it was wood, and sort of country.  I then have a black sign that says CAFE, and then above the opening to the hallway, I have this N sign with whitewash wood and flower detail.

Some little accents I have on the counters are a few pictures of my girls, these really cute white lace looking salt and pepper shakers, and a letterboard that I like to change often.

We do have a bar underneath three pendant lights, and it is longer on one side than the other, so we decided that three barstools would be perfect.

The legs are a distressed light gray color, and the cushions are a tufted material in a tan color, verrry similar to our couch, so I thought they would go nicely here.

That’s it for my kitchen area!!  I love the way that it looks and I hope I was able to give you some inspiration if you like this type of decor.

Thanks for reading! xx

EAT | Crockpot Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Hello!  Today I have a comforting creamy chicken noodle casserole to share with you!  Lately I have been using my crockpot a ton- making soups and stews, and I recently made this recipe for my family (which I kind of just came up with one day) and I thought you guys would like it!  Who doesn’t love a good crock pot recipe?  Set it and forget it! 🙂

What you’ll need:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cans cream of chicken
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 4 cups egg noodles 

Place your chicken breasts into the crockpot and turn on low.

Add in your cream of chicken and one cup of water.

Add all of your spices.

Let that go on low for about 2 hrs.  After two hours, add some cut up carrots.  I used about a cup.  

After about 2 more hours, start shredding the chicken.  It should be pretty tender at this point.

Leave that for about another hour, and about 30 minutes before you are about to eat, add the noodles and another cup of water.


My girls LOVE this.  I hope you like it too!

Click here for more of my Crockpot recipes!

xx amy