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5 Styling Secrets For A Boho Outdoor Space

I love the coziness Boho style brings to an outdoor space. With its almost tropical feel, it can bring the vacation vibe to your patio or screen porch without you ever having to leave home. Let’s face it, who isn’t dreaming of a tropical beach vacation right now?

Boho style isn’t as easy as it looks though, while it may look almost thrown together, it’s actually quite a difficult style to get right. I recently decorated our screen porch in this style – well my muted version of it – and here are my 5 styling secrets to creating a beautiful Boho outdoor space.

Vintage Boho bar cart
Vintage cane bar cart and papasan chairs

Secret No.1: Boho Vintage Furniture

Boho style shouldn’t look new and squeaky clean, it’s meant to look well-worn and lived in, and most importantly comfortable. Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist or your local thrift store are fantastic places to find second-hand treasures. Look for things made of wicker, cane, leather and wood that are well-loved, not only will they look instantly vintage, but they’ll also save you some precious pennies. I found this vintage wicker bar cart from Facebook Marketplace for just $38! If you can’t resist buying new, I also bought these vintage looking wicker garden stools from Kohl’s recently for just $80 in the sale.

Vintage wicker garden stool
SONOMA Goods for Life® Cane Weave Hourglass Accent Table from Kohl’s
Colorful Boho patio
Image courtesy of Jungalow

Secret No. 2: Boho Colors

True Bohemian style embraces color, lots of it. Clashing patterns, clashing colors, an array of tassels and embroidery, like this vibrant Boho patio space by Jungalow. If you’ve seen any of my designs, you’ll know I don’t usually use a lot of color, mainly because I change my mind so often. I prefer to use muted color palettes or monochrome designs, however you can still achieve the Boho look with a paired down palette. In this design I chose natural wood, off-white and accented it with green. For some of the green accents I bought this ceramic garden stool also at Kohl’s in the sale for just $70.

Green ceramic garden stool
SONOMA Goods for Life® Ceramic Leaf Accent Table from Kohl’s
Boho hammock
Image courtesy of Hammock Town

Secret No.3: Boho Fabrics

You’ll see a lot of fabric used in Boho style outdoor spaces. I love the tulle curtains in this design by Hammock Town, it creates an enclosed cozy space which would otherwise be wide open to the rest of the yard. I did a similar thing with our screen porch using Lill curtains from IKEA costing just $4.99 per pair.

Boho style outdoor space
IKEA Lill curtains

Try also using plenty of rugs, throws and cushions too. Layer them on top of eachother to get a cozy lived in feel.

Boho plants
Image courtesy of Magnolia Lane

Secret No.4: Boho Plants

Boho style tends to incorporate lots of greenery from plants, large and small. Again, use lots of them! If you’re lucky enough to live in a climate where tropical plants will grow year-round, then opt for plants like Split Philodendron, Birds of Paradise, Banana Leaf or Palms, like this beautiful patio from Magnolia Lane. If you live in a place with harsh winters like Minnesota, or you’re just not that green fingered, then opt for artificial plants. There are some great options out there, and again check out the second-hand options first. I bought this Ficus tree for just $15 off Facebook Marketplace.

Ficus tree
$15 Ficus tree

Secret No.5: Boho Lighting

To make an outdoor space feel cozy and inviting after dark, think about lighting. Candles, lanterns, festoon lights and fairy lights add a cozy warm vibe to an outdoor space. I recently bought some festoon lights from Amazon for our outdoor patio area. We still have to finish laying the new deck boards before I can put them up, but stay tuned for a blog post on that shortly, I can’t wait!

Boho patio at night
Image courtesy of IKEA UK

This Boho patio looks great at night with the wicker lanterns and paper lanterns hanging from the tree. Get creative with the lighting, and make your Boho outdoor space feel magical and romantic.

Boho style patio

I hope your enjoyed this week’s tips for creating a beautiful outdoor Boho style space. Even though many of us can’t get to a beach for a vacation at the moment, we can still enjoy some rest and relaxation in a warm and cozy tropical inspired getaway in our own backyards. If you’d like to learn more about creating the perfect outdoor space, check out my blog Using Color and Texture to Bring the Inside Out.

I’d love to see the Boho style spaces you create, tag me @britflipper on Instagram.

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Jo

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Best DIY Accent Walls

You may have wondered how to add some interest to your room when you sit staring at those bland four walls. You could add art, which is a great idea, or you could create more of an impact with an accent wall. However, accent walls can be expensive, and difficult to install. So what are the best options for DIY accent walls? I think it comes down to three basic options: wood, paint and wallpaper.

Why add and accent wall?

First of all, why should you add an accent wall? An accent wall helps create interest and a visual focal point. They can add a pop of color to a room, or create added texture. They’re a great option for the wall behind the bed in a bedroom, behind a freestanding tub in the bathroom, or on fireplace walls in living rooms. They draw the eye to this part of the room and can help create balance and cohesion in a design scheme.

Marble Walls modern-bathroom
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Great Room farmhouse-living-room

However a full slab of porcelain, stacked stone marble tiles or even some wooden accent walls can be very expensive to buy and install. Here are some ideas of cheaper and easier accent walls you can DIY over a weekend.

Wood

Cost: $-$$ / Ease of installation: Easy – medium

Wood accent walls can be installed pretty easily, and for low cost. There are so many different looks you can create with wood from traditional farmhouse white shiplap, to a more rustic barnwood look, to modern slat wall designs. The possibilities are endless. Here are some of my favorite ideas to inspire you.

Shiplap is a great traditional staple, but why not mix it up a bit and paint it black for a more modern feel like this one by A House We Built.

Image courtesy of A House We Built

You can get creative with it too and create patterns with strips of wood like this stunning design by Madsen Remodeling.

Image courtesy of Madsen Remodeling

A personal favorite of mine is this accent wall by Katie Kurtz of Adorned Homes. I love the warm color of the wood and the herringbone design adds interest.

Image courtesy of Katie Kurtz of Adorned Homes

Or for a more modern look, I love (correction, I’m obsessed) with slat walls. They add so much interest and texture, and make your home look like it was created by an Architect. Here’s a really easy and affordable how to guide to creating one by Simply Aligned Home.

Image courtesy of Simply Aligned Home

Paint

Cost: $ / Ease of installation: Easy – medium

Painting a wall is probably the easiest way to add a DIY accent wall. All it takes is paint, tape, a roller, a paint brush and a steady hand! It’s also probably the cheapest way of adding an accent wall, as it’ll probably cost you less than $100, and only take a few hours, depending on what you do. Here are some creative ideas that you can try.

If you have a very steady hand and an artistic eye, why not try this spectacular painted accent wall by My Style Vita.

Image courtesy of My Style Vita

If painting an an entire wall by hand is too daunting of a prospect, try using a stencil to create an interesting design like this one by The Tattered Pew.

Image courtesy of The Tattered Pew

Or another easy option would be to use painters tape to map out a design. This one by Lolly Jane is super easy and looks fab!

Image courtesy of Lolly Jane

Or for the easiest way to add an accent wall, just simply paint one wall a different color. You can read my tips on how to do this here.

Painted accent wall by Rustic Country Chic

Wallpaper

Cost: $-$$$ / Ease of installation: Medium – difficult

I… am… addicted… to… wallpaper… There I’ve said it. I love the stuff, can’t get enough of it! I could literally write an entire blog on wallpaper, but today I’ll spare you. I deliberated about whether to include it in the ‘cheap and easy accent walls’ list though, as I personally have never tried to apply traditional wallpaper myself, as I’ve always thought it looks quite tricky. However friends have told me that it is in fact easy. So I tried my hand at a vinyl mural wallpaper that we had custom made for us, and well, you can read how that went here. However, if you are handy at installing wallpapers, here are a few of my favorites.

It’s important to note that wallpapers can be quite pricey, so use them sparingly on a smaller wall ideally. They make great accent walls for downstairs toilets or other small rooms like this one by Paige Pierce Design. She used Tibet by Clarence House Wallpapers.

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We used a wallpaper accent wall in our kitchen. I love this wallpaper by Harlequin in Limosa pattern in Mustard / Charcoal / Stone color way. I color matched the background color of the wallpaper to the paint we used on the rest of the walls to make it look like a hand painted mural.

Or for something a little more modern, Omara is an affordable peel and stick wallpaper by Wayfair.

I could go on, and on, and… There are literally thousands of wallpaper designs out there. Emily Henderson does a great job in this blog rounding up the best wallpaper designs out there, and is a good place to start your search.

I hope you found this post inspiring and motivating to try your own DIY accent walls. With all this time at home, what are you waiting for!?

Thanks, and until next time.

Jo

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Paint an Easy Feature Wall

If you’re like me, you’ve got to have a house project on the go at any one time. I’m literally itching to get started on the next as soon as I complete the last! This week I’ll be sharing ideas of small Quarantine DIY Projects you can do with paint. This one focusses on how to paint an easy feature wall.

Tools You Will Need

This is a super simple DIY project, that I dare even the most inexperienced DIY-er to do!

You need:

  • Paint roller and tray
  • Paint brush (I’d recommend a 1″ angled brush)
  • Painters tape
  • Dust sheets
  • Paint
  • Spackling, fine sandpaper (I’d recommend 180 or 220 grit) and a spatula – only if the wall needs repair before painting

It’ll probably take you 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the size of your wall and your level of experience. Afterwards you’ll have a transformed room for less than $100! Worth a try right!?

My Mini-Makeover

For my feature wall paint project, I used the spare bedroom. These rooms have been somewhat neglected since we moved in. A lick of paint and the furniture from our old house and they were good to go. We kept the Golden Oak windows and trim, but after watching countless hours of HGTV, I’ve come to realize that white is definitely the way to go with trim. So we also replaced it during this mini-makeover.

Spare bedroom before
Spare bedroom before
Spare bedroom after first renovation
Spare bedroom after first renovation – definitely better
Spare bedroom with paint feature wall
Spare bedroom after mini-makeover with a painted feature wall and white trim – much better!
Spare bedroom feature wall before
Spare bedroom feature wall before
Spare bedroom feature wall after
Spare bedroom feature wall after

So that the wall decoration didn’t get lost on the dark wall, I chose to swap the existing decor for some white trophies which were unused from another part of the house. They definitely stand out on the dark wall.

Spare bedroom feature wall after
Spare bedroom feature wall after

Step by Step Guide to Painting a Feature Wall

Here are 7 simple steps on how to paint a feature wall. You can save this to your Pinterest board to find it easily in future.

Step by step guide to paint a feature wall

I’ve also compiled a handy Pinterest board of painting pro tips. You can check it out by clicking on the Pinterest link to my profile or here.

I’d love to see your mini-makeovers of easy painted feature walls. Share them with me in the comments below or on social.

Happy Painting!

Jo @britflipper

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Best Home Gym Storage Ideas on Amazon

Home gyms tend to accumulate many pieces of equipment, and don’t always have the space for furniture to store them in. In addition home gym storage equipment can also look a bit unsightly in a residential setting. To keep your home gym looking stylish and organized, here’s my round-up of the best practical yet stylish home gym storage ideas available at Amazon.com.

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Wall Storage Basket

This wall storage basket adds some rustic charm to your home gym, while being super practical. It comes in four sizes and three different colors, and is great for storing small items to keep your home gym looking clean and tidy. Priced between $9 to 18 each, they’re an affordable and stylish way to bust the clutter in your home gym.

Yoga Mat Storage

One item you may have in your home gym is a yoga mat for floor exercises, or a foam roller for warm-up or cool-down. These can be tricky to store and keep tidy, but with a wall-mounted rack like this one at just $28.99 you can keep them organized and your floors clutter free.

Large Storage

If you have the space, and have a lot of equipment, this storage cubby by ClosetMaid makes a great furniture option. Available in 3, 4, 6 or 9 cube options, and in four different colors – white, black walnut, dark chestnut and weathered grey, there are plenty of options to fit your space. Prices range from $63 to $165.

Fitness Band Storage

Organizing your fitness bands on the wall means they’re readily accessible and easy to find the right one. I like these individual wooden hooks, as they’re stylish and practical. Available in beech or walnut, and in different pack sizes priced from $13 to $39.

Likewise to tie in with your new wall baskets, you can also get a basket with hooks, for multi-purpose storage options. Available in bronze or industrial grey finishes from $20 to $27 each.

Dumbbell Storage

Dumbbells can be stored in the large furniture cubby recommended earlier. Or if you prefer to have a specific place to store them, you can opt for one of these racks specifically designed for dumbbells. The first option is $27.48 and is suitable for lighter weights. The second option from CAP Barbell is $49.99 and suitable for heavier weights.

Fitness Ball Storage

Fitness balls can be large and cumbersome to store neatly. I like this ball base for a single ball priced at $17.99 as it stops the ball rolling around while being stored. It can even be used as a stability enhancer when exercising with the ball.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my round-up of the best practical yet stylish home gym storage options available at Amazon.com. If you’re planning your own home gym, be sure to read my Step by Step Guide to Plan a Home Gym. If you enjoyed reading, please subscribe so you don’t miss out on any other tips or shopping guides.

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10 Best Boho Lights Under $500

Summer doesn’t have to be over just yet. Adding a Boho style light can extend the feeling of long summer days well into the winter months. Check out my pick of the 10 best Boho lights.

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Under $50

For a cheap and easy update, try this plug-in rope light from Amazon at just $12.99 for a 15ft length or $27.99 for a 27ft one. Pair with a vintage bulb and no shade for an industrial take on the Boho style (bulb not included).

If you prefer to have a shade, try this seagrass shade from Overstock for $59.49, you could even pair it with the plug-in rope light from Amazon above.

Under $150

The IKEA Sinnerlig shade is probably one of the most popular bamboo shades out there, and for good reason. It’s large bold design for only $69.99 is a powerful statement piece at a very affordable cost.

This hard-wired beaded pendant light from Safavieh creates a stunning focal point. Try hanging it over a dining table or kitchen island for full effect. It’s available from Amazon at just $132.48, RRP is $401, so hurry while stocks last.

For a more impressive statement shade, this seagrass pendant shade from World Market can be paired with a plug-in pendant light to create instant impact for little effort. It’s available for $129.99.

Under $250

For a more premium alternative to the plug-in rope light, this on-trend macrame plug-in pendant light from Anchor Stitch is an impactful and unique way to add Boho chic to any room. Available for $190 on Etsy complete with oversized bulb, they would look great paired either side of a bed.

This hard-wired wicker chandelier from Amazon looks great above a kitchen island in pairs, or in a set of three if you have the space. The chain can be adjusted to suit the length you want to a maximum of 30″. At $245 it’s worth the spend.

For a more modern Boho feel, the Cabo small woven pendant light from Crate & Barrel is a great option. It’s a hard-wired option with an extra long cord of 108″ and is available for $249.

Under $500

If you really want to splash out the Cambria rattan pendant from Pottery Barn is a stunning option. It’s a hard-wired pendant crafted of rattan and abaca rope with an iron chain and a clear cord. At $499, it’s not cheap, but it would certainly make an impact.

For a versatile option that can be used indoors or outdoors, this Pacifica Outdoor Pendant from Serena & Lilly comes in two colors Harbor Grey or Driftwood (pictured here). It’s made of a powdercoated steel frame and weather-friendly wicker for a durable finish and is on sale now at $498 (RRP $548).

I hope you enjoyed reading this round up of the 10 Best Boho lights, if you’d like more inspiration on Boho style, check out this blog for 5 Styling Secrets For A Boho Outdoor Space.

Until next time, thanks for reading!

Jo

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Going AWOL

I always like the give my blog posts a purpose and value for the reader. This post isn’t going to be about interior trend recommendations, or nifty DIY tips. It’s not going to be a search engine optimized blog post, with a healthy dose of Pinterest Pins to accompany the traffic driving techniques. Instead it’s a status update and a state of mind address, and a moment for you to pause and think about what you really need right now.

We’ve been busy living a double life for the past couple of months. Spending half our time in the Twin Cities working from home and barely scratching the surface of everything that needs doing in a 3000+ sqft house. And the other half of our time has been spent in Northern Minnesota renovating a small condo ready to turn it into our first investment property. A dream come true for me.

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to invest in property, whether renovating and converting warehouses into loft style apartments, or owning a farmstead barn wedding business slash livery yard slash tea room slash farm shop slash B&B… (Dreaming up ideas has never been one of my weaknesses!) I’ve known this has been my passion and my calling for a long time. This July, during the middle of a global pandemic, financial crisis and while being temporary laid off from my job, we did it. We bought our first investment property.

Life has understandably gotten a bit hectic as of late. And we’re doing all we can to keep on top of it, and even enjoy it. But it’s also important to realize what you must drop in times like these and give yourself some grace. For me that was blogging (and fitness unfortunately).

I’m an impatient and highly goal driven person, and when I set myself goals in my blogging business and real estate business I want to achieve them, yesterday. But sometimes you need to realize that you can’t do it all at once and sometimes you need to slow down and focus, and not feel guilty doing it. For me right now, it’s doing a good job at work and getting our real estate business off the ground successfully. The rest needs to take a back seat, for a little while anyway.

Whatever you’re facing at the moment, whether that be struggles trying to juggle childcare, home schooling and a full time job. Struggles staying social and engaged with others on a multitude of Zoom calls. We’re all facing struggles of some sort, and it’s important to give yourself some grace and go AWOL on a few things to lessen the load.

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Having a property up North to escape to for us has been a blessing in disguise. It’s been the change of scenery we needed in the monotony of emails, Zooms, Facetimes and conversations with out pets, that we now call “WFH – working from home”. While renovating our investment property, we may be living like students with paper plates, camping chairs and an air mattress, but sometimes simplifying your life can be liberating and make you realize that you don’t need all the things you thought you needed. Taking a moment to slow down once in a while, look around you, and appreciate the here and now can be just what you need.

The view right outside our investment property – not a bad workplace location!

How can you simplify your life? What can you go AWOL on for a while? What do you need right now? Comment below, I’d love to know.

Thanks for reading.

Jo

Budget Kitchen Makeover Tips

Kitchens can be expensive rooms to makeover, trust me, I’ve been there recently. So how do you makeover a kitchen on a budget? Is it even possible? The answer is, “it depends”. Let me walk you through some deciding factors as to how cheap or how expensive your kitchen makeover is going to be.

Kitchen makeover by Rustic Country Chic
Kitchen makeover – Rustic Country Chic

Does the Layout Work?

The first thing to ask yourself, and be careful how you answer as this could save you a LOT of money, is “Am I happy with the layout of the existing kitchen?” If you answered “yes” then congratulations! You just saved yourself a lot of money, mess and time!

If your existing kitchen layout does work for you, then you have a couple of options to save money:

  1. Paint the cabinets
  2. Reface the cabinets
  3. Redo the countertops

Paint Your Existing Cabinets

The cheapest way to makeover your kitchen on a budget is to paint your kitchen cabinets. Note, I didn’t say the “quickest” way or the “best” way, but definitely the cheapest way. Painting kitchen cabinets is not for the faint-hearted, or impatient (like me!) But it can look amazing with the right techniques, proper prep and care taken.

Painted kitchen cabinets - In My Own Style
Painted kitchen cabinets – In My Own Style

Check out some of these great tips from other bloggers:

Reface Your Existing Cabinets

If you don’t like the shape or design of the existing cabinet doors, or just don’t have the time or patience to paint them, then another budget friendly option for you would be to reface the cabinets with new doors. This is where you swap the old doors out for new, but keep the existing layout of the kitchen. Jenny from Refresh Living does a great job of talking you through the whole process from start to finish and the end result looks amazing!

Redo the Countertops

There are lots of ways to redo countertops. From painting them, to tiling them, replacing them with poured concrete, or the traditional way of replacing them for an upgraded material like granite or quartz. Hometalk does a great job of offering you 13 Ways to Transform Your Countertops Without Replacing Them. These are all great budget friendly options that cost just a few $100, however they will take more time and skill.

DIY marble countertop - Refresh Living
DIY marble countertop – Refresh Living

If you don’t mind splashing out, my recommendation would be to replace them for quartz if you can afford it. It’s hard wearing, stain resistant, scratch resistant and will last for years. To make it more affordable try looking for remnants that will fit your space, remnants can start as low as $40 per linear foot, so if you have a smaller kitchen it can really give the wow factor for around $1500-2500.

If the answer was “no” to “Am I happy with the layout of the existing kitchen?” then I’m sorry, read on…

Re-Purpose Old Cabinets

If you are lucky enough to know the source of your existing cabinets, then you could save money by re-purposing your existing cabinets and changing the layout of them, or adding more. You’ll have to do some investigation into what new stock cabinets you could buy to match your existing cabinets. However if you really can’t find any new ones that match, you could combine this option with the refacing option above, that way you could re-use the cabinet boxes (the frames without doors) and save some money by just buying new doors. Or even cheaper, re-purpose the existing doors, and new doors by adding trim over them so they match. Brooke from Cribbs Style did exactly that with her MDF kitchen doors, and the end result looks amazing. This is something I’ve also tried in our downstairs bathroom and can confidently say it’s cheap, quick and easy and the results are amazing!

Custom end panels on kitchen cabinets Thrifty Decor Chick
Custom end panels to existing kitchen cabinets – Thrifty Decor Chick

You can add smaller details to existing kitchen cabinets to make them look more custom too. Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick did an amazing job finishing the ends of her cabinets here and island here. With just a few pieces of wood and some paint, the end result looks so much better and more high-end.

Another way to get a high-end look with existing cabinets, is to extend the wall cabinets right the way to the ceiling. Lori from The Stonybrook House does a great job here showing you every step of her kitchen transformation. Laura from Inspiration for Moms also has a great tutorial for how to add height with trim here. This is a great way to achieve a high-end look from a budget kitchen makeover.

The Last Resort – New Kitchen Cabinets

If you’ve exhausted all options above, and you’re tired, busy, don’t know how to swing a hammer etc, then perhaps your only option is to get new kitchen cabinets, but it doesn’t have to cost $10,000’s. There are some tips for finding budget friendly kitchen cabinets, the first is to stay away from custom anything. The cheapest way to get new kitchen cabinets is to by stock cabinets. These are the ready-to-go cabinets from your local DIY store. The options are limited, and you may need to paint them yourself, but they will be cheaper than semi-custom or custom options.

IKEA Veddinge
IKEA Veddinge kitchen

A great place to find well-made cheaper kitchen cabinets is IKEA. They start out very affordably, and can run quite expensive, so to save money stick to the cheaper ranges like the Haggeby or the Veddinge but you can make them feel more expensive with quartz countertops, remnants of course, and upgraded handles. We’re actually going down this route ourselves currently in our new vacation rental property. We chose Oland White cabinets by Klearvue Cabinetry from Menards, which is very similar to the IKEA Veddinge, and upgraded it with white quartz countertops and modern pull handles. Follow our journey on Instagram to see the progress.

I hope this helped guide you through the daunting task of deciding which route to go down on your kitchen remodel. We’ve lived this decision process for the past couple of years with our own home kitchen remodel and now our vacation rental. And both times we opted for new cabinets, and new everything. For reference our vacation rental will cost around less than $5k all in. Even though it is a small space, there are ways to do a kitchen makeover on a budget with new cabinets by shopping around and saving in some places and splashing out in others.

Thanks for reading!

Jo

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