Spring Theme Table Setting with Napkin Fold How-To!

Okay I think y’all know that I am more than excited about Spring! Finally my home and table setting fits the changing season too! I wanted to make a setting that was a little more unqiue and has a vintage flair to it! I love to mix it up! Also I had to say goodbye to the little vintage bunny in the picture, who ever gets him in their March box…his name is Fred. Take good care of him! Ha!

What you need:

  1. Traditional napkin
  2. Decorative carrot (I got my at my local Homegoods, the whole package was $14.99)
  3. Vintage books — These can vary in cost but these are two that I had on hand – extra vintage brownie points if they are Spring themed or children’s books
  4. Round straw style placemat
  5. Farmhouse Style napkin or in my case I used tea towels
  6. Plate

Get the look:

  1. Place the placemat at the bottle
  2. On top of placement place an attractive plate
  3. Place the vintage book open on the plate
  4. Top with napkin with carrot tucked inside (Steps to the napkin fold I used below!)

How to tucked carrot fold:

Fold your napkin in half

And half again

Take the top corner and fold diagonally. Do this two more times, tucking the triangles in as you go. Make sure you leave a little showing each time.

Fold the right side of the square behind

Flip the napkin and fold the left side in

And wa-la! Gorgeous! Now just tuck that carrot in and enjoy this setting!

Friday Favorite: Liz Marie Blog

On Fridays I like to share some of my favorites Instagram feeds or blogs. Today I am sharing one that I have become absolutely obsessed with!! Liz Marie Blog!  If you are curious check her out at www.lizmarieblog.com!

 

Authenticity

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If you follow my posts or are a subscriber, then you are well aware of our design philosophy of Authentic Design. I think that Liz’s home probably represents the best example of this I have found thus far. You can follow her on her journey as she restores her 1800s farmhouse in Michigan. Her vintage finds are absolutely gorgeous and are truly unique.

 

Neutral & Gorgeous

If you happen to check out Liz’s website or her instagram feed you can’t help but notice how she truly takes the neutral modern farmhouse palette and perfects it. She uses an abundance of white, off-white an beige to really make this look pop without risking being bland. Now this is a huge issue I see with the modern farmhouse lovers out there. I am generally left there rubbing my eyes from an all out assault of white, a complete white-out if you will. I’m am generally, totally over it. But Liz is an exception. She makes it work without over doing it. Why might you ask?? Because she is truly authentic in her design strategy. Unlike many who share their admittedly drool-worthy homes on social media, I don’t feel like Liz’s home blends in or looks like every other social media farmhouse guru. It makes me want to keep coming back to her posts over and over again to see what gorgeous goodies she has come up with.

 

More to come…

Like many of us chasing home decor perfection, Liz’s home is in a constant state of transition. Follow her on her journey as she beautifully and dutifully restores her home with a style all her own.

Friday Favorites: Five Instagrams You Need to Follow

If there are a couple things that I love it is: Friday, friends and amazing home decor instagrams. Is there anything better than perusing a well done, gorgeous Instagram? Chuck full of envy inducing gorgeous pictures or their homes or personal designs! I have gathered a list of my favorite instagram accounts that I think YOU should be following!

 

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@Cottonstem

Erin seems to live a charmed life, she shares her gorgeous home and family through her beautiful Instagram feed. Her images can make me down right drool over her vintage inspired design. Her mix of shabby chic with more glamorous pieces are an obvious draw to her feed.  Her home always seems to be perfectly organized, it makes you wonder how she manages such perfection with children in toe!

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@bentleyblonde:

Not only is Wendy a lovely person who I have had the joy of working with, her posts (or videos on youtube) are absolutely gorgeous. Her warm and sweet personality shows through in her pictures and anything she posts. She hits the modern farmhouse style nail right on the head in all of her images. Plus, you can always catch one of her haul videos to find out exactly where she got each of her pieces displayed in her home.

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@idreamofhomemaking

Jessica has a beautiful feed with a neutral palette and a splash of color. I can’t help but love her true modern farmhouse style with all its rustic glory. Even with her large family she somehow manages to have the time to make her home look so picture perfect. Trust me Jessica we are all jealous.

Photo Curtesy of @purejoyhome

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I think what I love about Liz Joy’s feed is the mix of images of her family, outfits and her gorgeous home. Its never boring and it’s always drawing me in. I love that she is able to mix in a lot of pink with her neutral tones, which adds an amazing famine flare to her pictures and her decor. I also have to love another colonial loving New Englander out there. Plus we both have Joy in our names!

Photo Curtesy of @ourvintagenest

@ourvintagenest

This is a popular Instagram among modern farmhouse style enthusiasts. I think it goes without saying the feed is absolutely gorgeous, I wouldn’t include one with subpar imagery. I personally love Alicia’s pictures given her use of grey throughout her home, something that I am also a HUGE fan of. She’s not scared of color, although generally on a muted scale. Something that can be missing from many of the farmhouse styles out there.

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4 Modern Farmhouse Fads I’m Ready to Say Goodbye to in 2018

The modern farmhouse style has brought many really neat home decor trends into the limelight, we’re talking shiplap, vintage decor and the neutral white or grey palette. But…there are a couple trends we are ready to see exit stage right. Not that these trends are overtly bad, some are still wonderful. Just so crazily over done by everyone and their sister we have seen them lose all authenticity. Here are our top picks for the trends that needs to fade away in 2018.

 

Clutter-Chic

While I fully embrace the gallery wall or shelving with lots to display, I am getting a little tired of the cluttered farmhouse look. By this I mean every surface in your home is so cluttered with decor pieces that it makes it feel unlivable. I don’t know who these people are out there that can make these spaces functional, but they must be without children, pets or possibly any other living thing that inhabits the home. The idea of having to walk through these homes with out knocking something over or god forbid cleaning it, makes me shutter. Farmhouse style should me cozy not cluttered.

Subway Tile

Now this one is tough for me, I LOVE subway tile. It is neutral, classic and gorgeous. Then whats my complaint? It’s in nearly every modern kitchen I see and I am ready for a little change. In my Texas house I completely ripped out the 1950s kitchen and replaced the backsplash with a high-end crackle glass lantern shaped tile in smoke grey. It was AMAZING, it was a perfect contrast to the white sparkly countertops and white cabinets.

Rae Dunn

Okay this one I have never 100% understood, so please don’t hate me. Rae Dunn is very cute, it is also very basic so why the hubbub? It has become so incredibly popular that you see it in 50% of the home decor posts on Instagram. It’s simple and cute, but far from unique. I have started to stray from this look, opting for ceramic accents that have a little more color, pop or a script style font. To each their own I suppose, your coffee stations are still looking mighty fly.

 

So Much White

White on white on white needs to stop. I love the crisp clean white palette, but when your decor is lacking in all color I’m starting to get a little bored. I love me some pops of color to accent a neutral palette, and personally I mix some grey in with my white to keep things from getting blah. This also brings me back to an earlier point, I want my house to still look livable and cozy. I would lose my mind in an all white scheme, knowing how clumsy I am everything would be stained. Coffee everywhere I swear.

These are just some of my humble opinions, tell us what home decor trend has you rolling your eyes and hoping for it’s exit in 2018?

 

Untouched Rustic Farmhouse, Yes Please!

We all dream of finding that diamond in the rough. That fantastic rustic farmhouse just waiting for us to rescue it, or for it to rescue you. I recently stumbled on this one online and I must admit I am drooling. I am totally unabashedly, head over heels in love with this truly untouched 1890s farmhouse. When I first saw articles about this house I really got giddy and knew I just had to share! Oh what would I do if I had access to this massive ornate farmhouse.

Lets take a look at the details!

Keller Williams / Anne Taylor Photography and Design

This 4,000+ square foot farmhouse is true to the Victorian Era, packed full of incredible ornate details. Most notably the railings of the farmhouse porch exhibit amazing design.

Wholly Shiplap Batman!

Keller Williams / Anne Taylor Photography and Design

Are we seeing an entire room of the authentic whitewashed paneling we have all come to know and love, thanks to the Lovely Joanna Gaines? Yes! Absolutely amazing, such drama to this room. Although there is obviously a ton of work to be done, this room still has so much appeal.

Look at these windows!

Keller Williams / Anne Taylor Photography and Design

I am a sucker for big rooms with lots of light. Take a peek at these massive windows in this room! These windows are also pretty characteristic of the era. Big panes of windows became popular during the Victorian period, and they really shine here.

What about that staircase?

Keller Williams / Anne Taylor Photography and Design

Now this isn’t the grandest staircase I have ever seen but It is certainly eye catching. A nice solid, appealing staircase is another must have on my renovation dream check list! I can’t have been the only little girl who dreamed about sauntering down a grand staircase as a princess or perhaps a Jedi…don’t judge me.

 

 

What would you do with this lovely home? Comment below!

 

Hearth & Hand Disappoints? 5 Reasons Why Loyal fans are calling foul.

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Hearth and Hand is the wildly anticipated Joanna & Chip Gaines expansion of their Magnolia brand to Target shelves. After it launched on November 5, 2017, it left many Magnolia lovers disappointed, leaving stores with little to no purchases. But why? Today’s list explains why this launch seemed to fall short for many dedicated fans.

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  1. Bland

The absolute number one reason for complaint that I have seen on message boards and Facebook posts is, it is bland. I have to agree, it is very simple and clean, and if that is your specific style you are probably one of the people who was very excited and dropped a pretty penny. However, many expected more from the extremely popular designer. Her show has often featured eye catching, antique and farmhouse style, to see her transition to a more modern simplistic farmhouse style took many of her fans by surprise.

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  1. Holiday Centric Release

A number of complaints stemmed from the timing and focus of the release. The early holiday season release included A LOT of holiday items and less day-to-day décor pieces. Because Magnolia products are generally anything but affordable, many fans have been waiting for a large release of cost-friendly décor. Seeing mainly Christmas and Holiday décor as the primary focus of the displays led many to still search for the main farmhouse pieces that they can utilize all year long.

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  1. High price, low quality

Let’s face it, Magnolia products are typically expensive. Most of the fans whose pocketbook can’t handle a $99 throw pillow purchase (See above example from Magnolia Home line carried at Pier 1)  have been super excited for a Magnolia brand that was aimed at them! When the release of Hearth & Hand offered simple and often bland décor pieces, it had them making comparisons. Many said that they didn’t see much of a distinction between this Target brand and any other in the store, they were very obviously paying for the name. Some even said that they wouldn’t have even given it a second glance if Joanna Gaines’ name wasn’t plastered on it. That’s pretty harsh coming from the loyal Gaines fan base.

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  1. High Expectations

If you have watched Fixer Upper or perused any other higher priced Magnolia Brands, the expectations were pretty high. Fans were expecting to see similar pieces for lower costs. Anticipation only grew with announcements that the show would be ending and all of the marketing based around the Hearth & Hand release, the launch was admittedly underwhelming. However, this may not be completely the fault of Hearth & Hand itself, remember this is still a Target release. This is a massive store and it was unlikely that many of the store were able to display and organize the products that would have held to the Joanna Gaines fan standard. One final thought, this was a hugely popular release, many flocked to stores on Sunday, as soon as they could. Meaning that anyone that wasn’t through the door bright and early may have missed many interesting products and witnessed a picked over display.

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  1. Brass & Green Complaints

Now this one I don’t completely agree with, but I have seen it pop-up quite a few times so I thought that I would mention it. Many farmhouse style lovers were just over the green, black and brass. It was a holiday themed release so the inclusion the hunter green (which I personally love) had some non-green fans turned off. Also, brass can be very divisive, strange I know. But if you are a more traditional fan of silver and gold tones, brassy metals can turn you off completely.

 

Alright, so that’s our list. What did you love? What did you hate and why?

5 Ways Joanna Gaines Has Changed the Game

Joanna Gaines and her husband Chip have become household names and genuinely started a whole style revolution! Following their announcement last month that this upcoming season of Fixer-Upper will be the final season, us loyal fans have had to come to terms with the fact our favorite show and favorite couple will no longer be gracing our television screens. In honor of this announcement we thought we would release our top 5 ways that Joanna Gaines has changed the style, renovation and real estate game!

 

5.) Wholly Ambition Batman

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Photo Credit Mike Brake

Let’s just take a step back and realize that this is a woman with four young children, a small farm, husband and a massive multi-national brand all based in Waco, Texas. This is pretty impressive, amazing and downright insane. Now I lived in Texas for nearly 5 years in both the cities of Austin and Dallas, so I have made the trek through Waco on I-35 only a million times, and let me tell you, Waco while possessing a lot of the Texan charm, is nothing like the metropolises to the north and south. My husband and I purchased our first home in a Dallas suburb in 2016 for $208,000, spent a year renovating the small 1-story brick home and a year later sold it for $250,000 after about $20,000 worth of renovations. Pretty impressive, right? Well yes, but we were capitalizing on the ridiculous Texas and specifically Dallas real estate markets. Waco certainly does not have the same real estate values and growth that a huge city like Dallas has, and the fact that the Gaines’ have been able to do so much without having to sell out their Texan roots and move to a bigger city is stunning. People from all over the world literally travel to them in Waco to visit their store, specifically to shop and experience the brand the Gaines’ have established. Who else has that kind of brand loyalty?

 

4.) Artisan Love

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The last couple years have seen a massive push for artisan made goods at all ends of the spectrum, from soap to furniture, and we have the Gaines’ to thank for at least a portion of this. On the show, you can see Joanna frequenting her favorite artisans and vendors. She returns to the same individuals for unique and custom pieces, and gives you a sense of the warm and fuzzies. These are real people who have worked hard to hone their craft and it is refreshing to see them succeed, especially when their goods are so impressive. Now it seems like everyone has some side business or Etsy shop where they distribute their passion projects to the masses.

 

3.) Shiplap

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Okay, so who had even heard of Shiplap before Joanna Gaines? Now I can’t think of single home décor guru that I follow on Instagram that doesn’t at least have one shiplap accent wall. This ode to a time gone by sets hearts a swoon whenever she features it in the show, and now it is a massive trend in old and new homes. It is simple, classic and we all can’t but hope that this one sticks around for a while. Speaking as someone who has grown up in homes that predate the United States of American by a good decade or two, I love to hear people who know a thing or two about older home restoration. Now if only I can get people’s eyes from glazing over when I speak of horsehair plaster and square peg nails.

 

2.) Relationship Goals

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I think this is a big one. We love Joanna and Chip, and their whole darn family! Why? Because they are adorable! It is so refreshing to take a break from the Kardashian relationship variety and see a cute couple, obviously in love, who have built a wonderful life and company together. We just don’t see this enough and I think what these two have, have us all saying “relationship goals”!

 

1.) Farmhouse Style

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Boom, here’s the biggen’. Quick do a quick search for home décor on Instagram, what comes up? I will tell you will see a lot of chipping paint, white and rustic accents. Throw in a destressed window and magnolia wreath and you have the starter pack for the farmhouse style! You can thank Joanna for this. People have been so receptive to this trend that regardless of your personal homes style you can see it time and time again. Even here at Refined Relics we embrace this style in our boxes and love to cater to this demographic that Joanna largely created.

 

While I think we can all say we are sad and disappointed that Fixer Upper will be coming to a close following the 5th and final season, we have to give kudos where they are due. We have all followed the Gaines on their journey through the years and watched them explode into a massive brand, one we are all obsessed with. For them to take a step back and focus on their family, we all have to smile and appreciate that this is part of the reason that we love them so much.

 

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