I am Karen otherwise known as Mrs Rollman. I am the owner of this little blog. I am a military wife, a Respiratory Therapist, and a lover of all things decor! This blog is a creative outlet for me to share my love of decorating and design and to hopefully inspire all of you who come by and read it.
Its officially FALL!! I could not be more excited to welcome cooler weather. I am looking forward to pumpkin patches, corn mazes, bonfires and sweaters. So many things I love. Now that we are in North Carolina I am hoping for more color changing trees as well!
The holiday season has always been and will always be my favorite time of the year. I thought I would kick off fall with my simple fall porch. Looking at other bloggers and their giant porches and loads of mums and fall decor makes me want to go over the top. One problem, I have a tiny front porch on this house. So as much as I would love to load up steps with those things I had to keep things a little more simple. It is not completely done yet. I want to add a welcome sign and a wreath to the door but I just couldn’t wait to share. So for now, here is my simple porch!
I really didn’t spend very much or buy a lot of things for this look. The checkered rug and terra-cotta pots are from Hobby Lobby. I never buy anything from there unless its on sale! The apple basket is vintage. I already had the wine barrel planter and plant (both from Lowes). All I did from there is pick up a few mums and pumpkins! So easy, budget friendly, with all the fall feels.
You honestly don’t have to go over the top to get the vibe you want. I love how something so simple can still give you the warmth and look for the season. With buying a new house this year and putting our money into other things like light fixtures and fences, keeping things budget friendly is a must!
I am embracing the color a little more this year and so far I love it. It adds warmth and a moody vibe which I love for fall. I will probably go back to neutral for the Christmas season but for now, give me all the color!! What do you think? Are you all about the color? Or do you stick to neutrals all year long? Please let me know what you thing and thank you so much for stopping by!!
I am currently sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta GA after evacuating form Hurricane Florence and I have such mixed emotions. Relieved to not be there during the storm, scared for our home. It is a hard thing when your safe place is at risk! I am just praying that our home comes through with minimal damage. Time will tell, and all we can do is wait.
In the mean time I had planned on sharing a new addition to our bedroom this week and I thought I would still share it anyways. We recently upgraded our bed and bought an adjustable base to go with it. Because of that we could no longer use our metal bed frame. Unfortunately the round legs won’t attach to the square frame we had now. So, a new headboard it is! I have been thinking about switching the headboard anyways so I didn’t mind.
We have had our metal frame for many years now and I do love it but I was craving something softer and more comfortable. I decided I wanted a tufted one and so the hunt began!! I didn’t want to spend a fortune but I was hoping for a wingback look. After searching the internet world I finally stumbled across the one we got! It looked perfect. Tufted wingback, off white color, king size, and for a great price. The reviews were good so I finally pulled the trigger and ordered it.
I was nervous for it to arrive because sometimes you just don’t know if it will look as good in person. I have to say though, when it came in I was SO happy! The color is perfect, almost a drop cloth material and color. I love that it is off white to contrast a bit off our white walls. The shape is perfect, and its not too big or too small. Do you want to know the best part? It was under $200 for a king and free shipping!! You can find the headboard HERE.
I am seriously so in love with it and I love how it pulls toward the french country style I am going for in this home. It is a softer look, and of course more comfy to lean on as well. All in all I couldn’t have found a more perfect headboard even at a higher price! What do you think of our new headboard? Would you still go with a metal frame or do you like the tufted look? I always love hearing from you all and I so appreciate each and every one of you that take the time to stop by!
I am so excited that tomorrow is SEPTEMBER! In my book that means fall. There are three months to each season for me, and fall is Sept-November. I know, I know, Fall officially doesn’t start until the end of the month but in my house it starts TOMORROW! Today I thought I would kick off the season with a little flashback of most of my fall tablescapes. If you are not sure of the feel you want this year maybe this will help narrow it down! Most are pretty neutral but a couple you will see have more color to them. I hope this inspires you for the coming season!
First up is the most colorful with pops of blue. I loved how the blue and copper went together. Mix in some wood slices, pumpkins, cotton stems, antlers, and leaves and you are set! I also love layering plates on top of sliced wood chargers for a rustic feel. You can almost always find a fun blanket scarf for a good price during the season. This one was from the target dollar spot I believe.
Next up is similar but with a more mellow color theme. You can still use those wood slice chargers, and light blue pumpkins. I just used a more neutral blanket as a table cloth.
The copper still looks great mixed in with greenery and dried hydrangeas. I used some wood candle holders as well and the main centerpiece is a large wood slice.
The rest of the tablescapes are much more neutral but I still love them all!
I went much more simple with the neutral tablescapes. This one I layered two runners to add some depth. On top I added faux olive branches, faux pumpkins, and candles. Super easy and simple and a great transition into fall.
I also did something similar without the table runners if you want to make it even more simple! Or if you don’t have a good table runner and don’t want to go buy any. All you need is some olive branches (or whatever greenery you want to use), pumpkins and candles. I also added a target dollar spot copper light string to it.
I also love moody vibes in the fall so I wanted to try a darker color pallet in the next couple.
This one didn’t take much either. The grey runner is a curtain panel from World Market. On top of it I added a couple of marble candlesticks, some antlers placed over pumpkins.
The next one is using the same runner but with a slightly different look. Its still super simple!
This doesn’t take much at all. A pitcher with some fresh eucalyptus, a few candles, some pumpkins, and a small wood bowl filled with linen. Most of the things in this vignette can be used all year which makes it a money saving option. Those small pumpkins are only a few dollars once they hit the stores!
Speaking of real pumpkins, I love using them as well! Here are a few I put together once the pumpkins came out later in the season.
Last but not least is one of my favorites. Literally all you need for the centerpiece is real pumpkins. You can use whatever you want really for the place settings. Just pile up the pumpkins in the center until you like how it looks!
It is crazy to look back and see the different ways I have styled my tables in the past. And you guys, this year is SO different compared to any of these so I can’t wait to share! Until then I hope this brings you some inspiration and maybe gets you in the mood for fall. Now we just need the weather to cool down and I will be a happy camper. I hope you had fun with me on this flash back, and thank you so so much for taking the time to stop by!
This week is hard you guys. Today would have been my due date with our first child. We were supposed to be welcoming our first into the world. Our lives should be all baby items, hospital bags, nursery stocking, and dreaming of what our first childs face would look like. It should be filled with nervous anticipation on being a mom for the first time. So many emotions are flowing through me today. The main one however is really just soul crushing sadness. I am not sure this hole in my heart will ever completely be filled. I never realized how much miscarriage can truly change someone. I should be holding my child in my arms any day now but instead I am holding him or her in my heart only.
I couldn’t let this day go by without acknowledging it. I couldn’t pretend like it was just another normal day. Because it isn’t. My heart aches for what we have lost and I am not sure what I even want to say about it all. I’m not sure there is anything I can truly say to explain my thoughts. Instead I thought I would honor our little one by sharing our journey to getting pregnant with our first. I uploaded a video showing the journey. We made short videos through the entire process so we would have the journey through everything. This video s just up to our first pregnancy and miscarriage. I will share the rest of the journey in California eventually but for now I want to honor our first child.
Our first transfer, our first pregnancy, and our first miscarriage - YouTube
This infertility journey has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. I hope you know if you are going through something similar that you are not alone. I am still struggling with all the emotions, and I am still having a hard time finding hope in it all. I just pray that one day soon we will finally get to bring home a sweet baby.
“You are rooted deep within my soul. A part of me forever. In the deepest parts of my heart, there you are.”
Happy Wednesday everyone! I want to try to share some of the smaller things in our home and not just focus on an entire room. Especially since it will take some time to get all the rooms done. Today I thought I would share a new addition to our kitchen area! For the longest time I have wanted a butcher block table. I love the character they bring. One problem though. They are SO pricey! All of the ones I have seen are $400 or up and there is just no way I was going to pay that right now.
Well fast forward to wandering around a flea market the other day and we came across this gorgeous butcher block buried under a bunch of stuff. I immediately loved it! I looked at my husband and said this is probably a small fortune but I want to ask how much. You guys, it was a fraction of the price I thought it would be!! I could have hugged the lady! It does need a little work but I am totally ok with that if it means I got a great deal. I couldn’t get it into my car fast enough.
Once we got it home I scrubbed the thing more times then I can’t count to get the dirt and grime off of it. The top is still a little dirty because I just can’t get into the grooves of it good enough. My plan is to to eventually sand the top down. It needs to be smoothed out so that we can actually get it fully clean and use it. We also need to glue and clamp a couple of spots that are coming apart. For now though it makes a great little table, and I couldn’t wait to show you!
Isn’t the character amazing!? I love the color, the size, the shape….just everything about this little piece! This little butcher block table will definitely be a staple in our home for a long time to come. What do you think of the butcher block table trend? Would you grab one for your own home? Feel free to leave me a comment below and tell me what you think!
Hey guys! I am finally sharing all about our back patio makeover. It has taken a little time to finish but the results were so worth it. If you have been following along on my Instagram stories I walked you through the entire process on painting the concrete. It is saved in my stories if you want to see the process. I picked up some porch paint and a bonding agent and went to town. I started with a bonding coat to help the paint stick.
Once I did a coat of that I did a solid two coats of white paint before doing the stencil. It probably could have used a third coat but I figured once the patio was stenciled it wouldn’t matter much. (The picture below is only the first coat)
After that I used a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, and over a few days I stenciled the patio using a foam roller with grey patio paint.
I decided not to seal it right now because I couldn’t find a mat sealer but if you want it to be more durable I would seal it. And thats it! It didn’t cost that much and the results are amazing!
Once that was done it was time to decorate it! My favorite part of any project!! I honestly wasn’t planning on doing much out here until next year but we came across so many discounted items that we ended up just buying things for it. The two chairs were half off at Target and I loved the color of the wicker and the cushions. The Hammock stand was also over half off at Target along with the small firetower.
The patterned pillow covers are from Hobby Lobby, the solid are from Ross ( I got 2 for about $10). I got the grey pouf on sale at Marshalls, and the rug on sale at RugsUSA. Yes, I really do try to get everything in my house for a good deal!
I grabbed several things from Hobby Lobby when they were having 80% off spring decor. The small pots on the table along with the sign and white stand where all less than $10. The “hello” rug was also from hobby lobby and was on sale for $5. I picked up some cheap little plants from Lowes (about $7 for a pack of 8 small plants and $3 for the ivy). I divided them between the pots and the hanging planters on the wall.
This space turned out better than I even expected! It didn’t take much to really make this patio stand out. You really don’t have to spend a fortune to create a space you love. And look at that view out our sliding glass door! It’s such a cozy space. Let me show you how it looks at night.
This space just makes me smile. I actually can’t wait until fall because I will probably be using it so much more when the weather gets a little cooler. It has been super rainy and humid here so I have only gotten to enjoy this space a few times but I loved every minute of it! We eventually plan on making this spot into a screened in porch so that we can enjoy it any time we want bug free but for now I love how it turned out.
I hope you enjoyed our little patio makeover and that it might inspire you to do something similar! I strive to inspire you to take risks in your own home and I truly hope you get inspired form this blog of mine. I appreciate every single one of you that take the time to come visit this creative space!
Hi guys, happy Thursday! I have been having a pretty good week relaxing and poking around our house slowly decorating things to my liking. I have a few job possibilities and I finally made a doctors appointment for next week to get back on track with our IVF journey. All in all, it has been pretty productive! If you have been following along on instagram you know that I have been putting a lot of time into our patio. Well I finally took pictures and that will be on the blog soon! Today however I wanted to share a new piece that I recently came across and just couldn’t resist.
It’s a beautiful cabinet that has a bit of french and farmhouse flare. It couldn’t be more perfect for the style I am going with in this home! My dream cabinet, that’s what it is. Let me show you so you know what I mean!
You see what I mean!? I love the style. The doors, the part glass part solid. I love the detail on the top and the little caster feet. It’s perfect to display some fun items and then to also have some storage space. I think I will be storing our board games in the bottom for easy access but out of sight. I love the size of this piece, and it fits perfectly in this spot by our sliding glass door.
I styled it really quickly with items I already had on hand. Linens, ironstone, china, copper, and a few wood pieces. I am sure it won’t stay like this but I wanted to show you how cute this little cabinet is!
I stuck the basket on top and added a vintage stool with my fiddle to add some more character to the space. I also hung a linen apron on the open door because I just love the casual look. I honestly wasn’t even looking for this cabinet, I just ran across it and it was so perfect and such a great price. Thank goodness my husband loves me! I did a little happy dance when he said I could get it and we hauled this baby in the house and I couldn’t be happier with it! What do you think of our new addition? I would love to hear form you so feel free to leave a comment and thank you so much for stopping by!
I spent a couple of hours rounding up some of my top pick on the Target one Day Sale! Its today only so grab what you want quick. Click on the pictures below for the ling to each piece. A lot of these things are similar to what I have in my own home like the horse picture, hammock, hammock stand, lights, and welcome mat. Everything else is similar in color and texture. I hope you feel inspired!
I am not very good at sharing the little details and steps I do in my home. I am trying to get better at showing you my process. Things get changed and moved around a lot before I ever finish an entire room. So today I wanted to share with you our mantle in the master bedroom. Yesterday I decided to finally add some decor to it and see what feel I want to go with. The result was a simple but beautiful display that I love! I snapped some pictures this morning with my iPhone so you can see what the mantle is looking like at the moment.
I started the mantle with a larger piece. I like to anchor a space with something. This antique window frame was something I couldn’t pass up when I came across it. I love the shape and the color. To me the frame adds depth and character to this space. The wall it’s on is a big blank space so I definitely like how this window frame fills in the space a bit without being overwhelming.
One of the things I love to have in my home is original unique artwork. The sketch of that building is actually a family heirloom. My Great-Great-Grandfather sketched that. He was an architect in New York and I have a bunch of his work. I love them all. The look of them and having something from my family makes me happy. This piece is one of my favorites. The other sketch is a recent find. It’s an antique English drawing I found in an antique shop. I love the sketch like quality with a little bit of color in it. My house is pretty neutral if you haven’t noticed so I really like how subtle the colors are in this piece.
Once I layered the pictures where I liked them (I like that one is horizontal and one is vertical) I knew I needed to add something to balance it on the other side. I wanted to keep things pretty simple. I decided to soften it up with a vase and faux florals. The flower stems are from Hobby Lobby and I only placed a couple in the vase. I like the casual look. I also added a vintage candlestick next to it to complete the look.
The house is still not anywhere near put together but I so enjoy slowly decorating. My tip with decorating a space is to just play around with things you have until you get a look you like. Browse Pinterest or your favorite blogs for ideas if you get stuck to spark some inspiration. I get a lot of questions on how to layer and organize when decorating. Honestly it’s just trial and error for me. I layer on stuff and most times I end up paring it down from what I originally put up. Just make sure you use things you love! I hope this helps explain some of the process. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
This little space is making me so happy and I hope you love it too! Thank you for stopping by!
I am so excited to be sharing our first redone room in the new house! I am not sure if I am completely done with it yet but I wanted to show you where it is now. This house is large and I wanted to go into a french country direction. It fit with some of the moulding and the dark floors. We still have a long way to go with all the rooms but I am loving this dining space so much. Lets dive into the pictures…..
The first thing I’ll tell you about is this primitive cabinet that we found in California. Since we thought we were going to Japan this was a piece I bought to fit into a smaller space. Our dining room here isn’t huge so it works out pretty well. I love the rustic feel and its a perfect place to display some of my favorite kitchen decor! Ironstone, stoneware, mason jars, cutting boards, and of course linens. These shelves will be fun to decorate in a lot of different ways. Above it I hung a couple of vintage copper pots with a lot of character.
Next to the cabinet I wanted to hang some pictures and one of my peg boards. I love the look these sketches have and my new obsession is silhouettes! These two I found at an antique/thrift shops and I love them! The architectural sketch was done by my great-great-great grandfather who was an architect in New York. The other sketch was another vintage find.
If you don’t have any peg boards in your house you should! It’s such a fun way to add character and you can easily switch things out with the seasons. I kept it simple for now with a striped towel, a linen apron, and an antique kitchen utensil. Also, in the corner, I added an extra chair for the table and placed a vintage basket with linens.
SO many items in the room I just love. From the cabinet, to the marble table (a Restoration Hardware Outlet find), to the antique tapestry art, and of course the chandelier. You guys, that chandelier was a project and a half! I got it for a steal at a vintage store but it needed rewiring. Lucky for me my mom used to work at a lighting store so I learned a new skill! Definitely not a super fun project but for around $100 we got a stunning piece and its basically new with new wiring and sockets. It wasn’t that difficult really, just time consuming!! I really love the brass on this piece.
On the opposite side of the room I kept things a bit more simple. We found this amazing tapestry and wood piece of art at a thrift store and I just love it! The colors and size fit in perfectly. It is just such a neat unique piece. I may eventually add more to this wall but I don’t want the room to feel too busy so for now I will leave it as is.
The last part of the room of course is the table and chairs. The marble table we got at a great price and I just love the look of the marble. All of the chairs were vintage finds that I have collected over time. I do want to add a rug at some point but it might be a little bit before I figure out what I want.
Let me tell you, I am SO happy we got this house painted. It changed the entire look of the space. Paint and a new light fixture were really the only major things we did in here. It doesn’t take a lot to get a room to match the style you want in a space. The moulding was already here which did help. I really do love this space so much. Who knows how this room will change over the next few years but right now I am smitten with every bit of it! What do you all think? Are you liking the french vibe I am headed toward? I look forward to sharing more of our home as I get things settled! Thank you for stopping by.