Well he did it. Mr Peter Cottontail came hopping through our backyard last night and brought with him the spirit of Spring! Buried in the overgrown blades of 2020, treasures are ready to be found and I ready for the hunt! In the spirit of growth and new seasons, we (Unpolished Gems) have decided to branch out into a local a retail store here in Oklahoma City. See some of our most recent furniture flips and Spring decor inspo from our little home...
Our first home renovation project complete! This process has been a true test of craftsmanship, design and patience. We have learned a ton, got some new tools in the garage, saved money by doing it ourselves and ended up with a stunning space, if I do say so myself. finally, we can unpack our pantry boxes and get organized in possibly the most multi-purposed, functional space of our little home...Tour our walk-in Pantry/Laundry room from start to finish.
Christmas is a magical time of year. People are inspired to invest a little more into the details of their home with the hopes of creating a warm gathering place for family and friends. For someone who enjoys decorating, Christmastime is extra dreamy because for one month I am not alone in my obsession with … Continue reading Farmhouse-Style Christmas
One of my favorite creative spaces is the middle of the botanical aisle. Be it real or faux floral, to me each stem carries such inspiration and beauty. As I am working on design and decor for our new home, I have noted a couple cavities of empty, dull space in need of something special. Faux … Continue reading 7 Tips For Creating A Floral Arrangement
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and this year I am hosting the family! Planning the menu, setting the table and sprucing up the home all bundled into one word, hospitality. This is something I truly enjoy and have taken notice of since I was a young girl. I wanted to share some hospitality tips and tricks … Continue reading 10 Tips To Consider When Hosting Overnight Guests
This year I wanted to change up my typical Fall aesthetic. Instead of the traditional warm hues of mustard yellow, burnt orange and autumn leaf red, I am filling my home with farmhouse whites, natural woods and sage greens. Here are some farmhouse style, fall decorating ideas from my home for you to browse, shop … Continue reading Farmhouse Fall Decor Inspiration
Remember this mantel my mom and I salvaged at an antique auction a few months back? It tested positive for lead paint and was missing some crucial pieces such as: the mantel top, side boards, base trim and corbels. All this to say I needed to enlist the carpentry skills of my husband on this … Continue reading Incorporate The TV Into Your Living Room Design
You have waited long enough. It's time you saw a completed space in our 'Homemade Vanilla Home.' For those of you who are just joining us, my husband and I recently moved from a charming little historic neighborhood in Norman, Oklahoma to military housing in southern Alabama. There are so many things I have enjoyed … Continue reading Sweet Tea & Banana Bread: Our DIY Kitchen Reveal
Typically when I get the opportunity to start decorating a home, the inside is where I begin; after all, this is where the living happens. In this particular situation, with our 'Homemade Vanilla House,' we arrived 1 week before our truckload of furniture, therefore, the exterior was the first space I could get to work … Continue reading Curb Appeal
And just like that, we take memories off the walls, safely pack them, and hope for a new home to hang them in. Moving has always been bittersweet for me. As someone who enjoys setting up a new home there is an element of excitement in anticipation of my new canvas, yet there are always … Continue reading Homemade Vanilla House