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Hey y’all! Exciting things have been happening over here at The OklaHomemaker!  In September, James and I found out that we were expecting our first baby! We’re so blessed to have been chosen by God to raise this little one and are looking forward to all the adventures that parenthood will hold!

To capture images of this special time in our lives, we booked a maternity shoot with my sweet friend Breanna over at Living Roots Blog.  This girl never ceases to amaze me, every photo is a work of art and I’m so excited to share them with you today!





Ready to “POP”! James and I tied the knot at The Round Barn in Arcadia, so it seemed appropriate to document our pregnancy while sipping sodas from another Route 66 icon, Pops.


It’s a BOY! We had blue drinks, and blue tongues, to prove it!


I hope you’re as excited by this news as we are and that you’ll follow along as we begin this incredible journey of parenthood!

In the mean time, hop on over to livingrootsblog.com to check out more of Breanna’s awesome work and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Love,

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March 13, 2017 0 comment
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The Okla Home Tour

Hi friends! Thanks for joining me on my home tour! Today I’m going to share a peak of my living room. As a lover of all things Joanna-Gaines, I definitely looked to her for inspiration while styling this space. A blend of new pieces and antique finds, a neutral color palette, and loads of chippy goodness give this room the perfect farmhouse feel!

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As you walk in the front door, you’ll be greeted by the smell of fresh linen, our sweet-but-energetic Belgian shepherd Harley, and one of my favorite projects ever, my DIY Cotton Wreath. To learn how to make your own (for only $20!) click here.

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After passing through the entry way, you’ll step into our main living area. This photo shows the antique chair James and I re-upholstered together last winter, click here to read more about it. Also shown are the coffee table we built together (see the matching buffet below!), and the TV stand that was passed down to us from my in-laws. When it comes to furniture, I love blending different styles to add interest to a space!

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This is my favorite seat in the house! We bought our Ikea Ektorp sofa and chair this spring and I’ve been SO pleased with them. I love that they come with removable slipcovers! Whenever they start looking dingy I just pull them off and throw them in the wash with a little bleach. Voila! Good as new.

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I always have a blast scouring thrift stores for items I can use to decorate my home! The glass candle sticks, vintage books, and chippy window shown here are a few of my favorite finds! If you’re ready to start discovering the fun of thrift store shopping on your own, check out this post to learn what items to look out for!

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Our buffet table displays some of my favorite details: a lovely white coffee service, and a pack of hand-written letters dating back to 1922. I love having these little snapshots of history on display in my home, each one offers a glimpse into another life and they are so much fun to read!

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That’s all for today! I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour, come back and see us!

-Meghan

August 17, 2016 0 comment
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Urban Farmhouse Designs in Oklahoma City, OK

Urban Farmhouse Designs in Oklahoma City, OK

 

When it comes to great home decor, finding pieces that fit your unique style and budget can be a challenge. Knowing where to shop is half the battle, and it’s a question I’m asked almost every day. So, today I want to tell you about a few of my favorite home decor retailers in the Oklahoma City Metro. Some of them are chain stores you will recognize, others are local gems you may have never heard of until today, but all of them are worth seeing for yourself!

Urban Farmhouse Designs

Urban Farmhouse Designs is, without a doubt, my favorite furniture store in Oklahoma City. Each piece is unique, handcrafted in the on-site workshop from reclaimed lumber. The quality and workmanship can’t be beat! Furnishings from Urban Farmhouse Designs are investments that will add beauty and character to your home for years to come.

Serendipity Market

I just started visiting Seredipity Market in Edmond a few months ago but it’s quickly become one of my favorite home decor destinations.  With so many vendors under one roof, you’ll discover a wide variety of furnishings, antiques, and home accents that will suit any style or budget!

The Market

Located just outside of Quail Springs Mall, The Market features dozens of perfectly styled boutiques all in one convenient location. With showrooms full of inspiration, and a wide variety of styles and price points available,  shopping The Market is a home decorators dream!  Come prepared to stay a while, you’ll want to soak in every detail of these charming shops.

Broadway Antiques & Market

Located in downtown Edmond, Broadway Antiques & Market is the best little antique shop. Its dozens of independently operated booths each have their own unique style, so there’s something for everyone! My personal favorite is The Barn Market, a great source for farmhouse style antiques and rustic decor.

At Home

I’m always amazed by the number of people who still don’t know about At Home! It is, undoubtedly, the biggest home decor store in Oklahoma City, carrying a huge selection of indoor & outdoor furniture, bedding, rugs, wall art, home accents and more. Visit At Home when you have a few hours to spend, you’ll want time to browse every aisle of this massive warehouse-like store.

Hobby Lobby

I’m sure you’ve realized by now that I’m a lover of all things DIY, so I can’t write a post about shopping for home decor without mentioning Hobby Lobby.  Whenever inspiration strikes, I head to Hobby Lobby for everything I need to recreate my favorite styles at home. Try creating a wreath, filling a cloche, or designing a gallery wall with items found at their stores! Shopping at Hobby Lobby will get your creativity flowing! Don’t forget to shop their 50% off sales every week to maximize your savings!

Home Goods

Home Goods, located just outside the Metro in Norman, Oklahoma, is a sister store of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. They carry similar brands, at the same great prices TJ Maxx is known for, but their selection is HUGE! I love shopping home goods for wall art, textiles, and home accents. A trip to Home Goods is definitely worth the drive!

Oklahoma City is filled with hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered, and I’m sure I’ve only just scratched the surface of what this thriving city has to offer. I’m always on the lookout for fun new places to shop and would love to hear about your favorite finds! Where do you buy your home decor? Leave a comment below to share!

 

April 25, 2016 0 comment
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Hello there! My best friend Bethany is expecting her second baby girl soon and I was so honored to have the privilege of hosting her shower! We got together with some of our favorite girls for a Sunday afternoon full of food, fun, and DIY goodness.

 

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I chose a feminine blush and navy color scheme. I got all my paper goods at Hobby Lobby (they were 50% off!) and most of the items I used to decorate were re-purposed items I already had on hand. The ribbon and onesies did double-duty as they were used later on when we started decorating!

 

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We had a blast playing Don’t Say “Baby”! It’s inexpensive, easy to set up, and your guests will LOVE it! I spent $1 for a pack of 50 clothespins and displayed them in an apothecary jar with framed instructions. The rules are simple, each person starts the game with 4 clothespins. Throughout the shower, if they catch someone saying the word “baby” they get to steal one of their pins. Whoever has collected the most pins by the end of the shower wins the game!

 

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Once the game was underway and everyone had grabbed a snack, we got to work on our onesies! Here’s what you’ll need to set up:

  • White onesies in a variety of sizes
  • Plain headbands
  • Assorted pre-made appliqués
  • Fabric paint
  • Stencils, stamps, and paint brushes
  • Ribbon & trim
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Needle & thread
  • Cardboard
  • Candle

 

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Some of the girls hard at work! Here are a few things we learned in the process:

  • If your guests need a little inspiration, have a Pinterest board ready with examples to help them get started!
  • Slip a piece of cardboard into the onesie before you paint to prevent the color from bleeding through and leave it there until the paint is dry! (I should have seen that one coming!)
  • Don’t use fabric markers, they’re hard to work with and tend to bleed! Stencils & paint work much better.
  • Use darker paint colors, I had navy and blush on hand but the blush was too light and didn’t show up on the fabric!
  • Have your guests tack down their embellishments using the glue gun, then go back and stitch them down with a needle and thread so they won’t come off when washed.
  • Use a candle to singe the cut edges of ribbons to prevent them from unraveling.

 

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And here are some of our finished onesies! Each guest made one and a headband to match. We can’t wait to see baby Saylor in her one-of-kind wardrobe!

April 24, 2016 0 comment
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I absolutely LOVE shopping thrift stores for my home decor. It’s a cheap hobby that challenges my creativity, BUT for those new to thrifting it’s very easy to become overwhelmed by, how do I put this nicely? Vast amounts of junk.

To help you cut though the clutter and get straight to the good stuff, I’ve made a list of 10 Home Decor Items to Buy at Thrift Stores. Keep an eye out for these things every time you shop and you’re sure to have your first thrift-store-score in no time!

1. Lamps & Lampshades

When purchased new, lamps & lampshades can be EXPENSIVE! Instead of shelling out $80-$100, check your local thrift store first. With a little creativity, an outdated lamp can look as good as new! Here’s a little inspiration to get you started!

DIY Farmhouse Inspired Burlap and Zinc Finished Lamps by Rustique Restoration

2. Vintage Books

Instead of buying vintage books at antique stores where they can cost anywhere from $5-$25 a piece, keep an eye open for them at thrift stores. I usually find them for about $.50 each! Check out my post below to learn how to recreate the antique look for less!

 

DIY Vintage Book Hack by The OklaHomemaker

DIY Vintage Book Hack by The OklaHomemaker

3. Silver Trays

I feel like I see 10 of these every time I hit the thrift store and I have to restrain myself from buying them all! Maybe one of these days I’ll buy a few and create a stunning gallery wall like this one from Jillian Harris.

Love It Or List It Vancouver: Gina & Jeff by Jillian Harris

 

4. Antique Furniture

I love antique furniture because it has quality and character that todays mass-produced pieces seem to lack. The possibilities here are endless! Here’s a great post by Love of Family and Home. Pinterest is a wonderful resources for thrift store makeover inspiration so check it out when you’re ready to start your first project!

Goodwill Chair Makeover by Love of Family and Home

 

5. Baskets

Baskets are a fantastic thrift store find for those of us looking to add a little organization to our lives. Here’s a great tutorial for staining and stenciling out-of-date baskets to give them new life!

 

Updated Storage Baskets with Stain and Number Stencils by Making Home Base

 

6. Picture Frames

You can never have too many because there are just SO many things you can do with them! Fill them with printable art, group them together to form a gallery wall, turn them into chalkboards to display important messages, or repurpose them into serving trays! Let your creativity run wild!

Reclaimed Wood Tray by Confessions of a Serial DIYer

 

7. Mismatched China

I love the look a mismatched set of china creates! Display it on a wall or in a hutch to add a little southern flair to your decor!

A New Decorative Plate Wall in Our Dining Room by Driven by Decor

 

8. Vases

Please, never ever EVER pay full price for a vase. I see HUNDREDS of them at thrift stores just begging for a little TLC. Use some pretty vase fillers, ribbon, twine, or spray paint to create a style you love.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase by Hammer and Heels Blog

 

9. Chandliers

One persons trash is a DIY’ers treasure! Chandeliers are a beautiful way to add character to your home, but purchased new they come with a hefty price tag! Try searching your local thrift store first. A little elbow grease and some spray paint work wonders on outdated brass fixtures!

Brass Chandelier Makeover by Reasons to Come Home

 

10. Fabrics

The textiles section of the thrift store is a great place to find fabrics that can be used for recovering throw pillows, reupholstering seat cushions, or sewing curtains. Check out these beautiful ruffled curtains Rachel from Maison de Pax made using old sheets!

DIY Ruffled Curtains by Maison de Pax

 

April 18, 2016 1 comment
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10  DIY Ways to Add Farmhouse Style Pin

Hello friends! Today I’m super excited to share about two of my favorite things: DIY projects & farmhouse style! Check out these fantastic tutorials for a little inspiration, then maybe take a shot at one or two of them yourself!

DIY Large Chalkboard by Liz Marie Blog

Open Pipe Shelving by Magnolia Market

DIY Yardstick Mirror by Twin Dragonfly Designs

Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings by Uncommon Designs

Farmhouse Window Trim by Love Grows Wild

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The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Shiplap by Liz Marie Blog

DIY Cotton Wreath by The OklaHomemaker

Making an “Antique” Sign by Miss Mustard Seed

 

Mason Jar Pendant Light by The Summery Umbrella

 

DIY Wooden Display Ladder by Magnolia Market

I hope you’ve enjoy these 10 DIY Ways to Add Farmhouse Style to Your Home? What’s your favorite farmhouse DIY? Leave a link in the comments below to share!

April 13, 2016 3 comments
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I love using old books as decor in my home, and I always keep an eye out for them when I hit the thrift stores, but they can be hard to find and I’m not about to shell out $5-$15 for a book at an antique store.

Here’s an easy DIY hack: look for paperback books that are just old enough to have started yellowing. Usually books from the 70’s or 80’s will do the trick. The covers don’t need to be pretty, they just need to have a nice title page. These books are CHEAP, I usually only spend .50 each. 
Once you’ve selected your books, carefully tear off the cover and peel off the spine. Then dress them up a bit with some twine, ribbon, or any other embellishments you like. And voila! You have vintage goodness for a fraction of the price 💗💕

April 12, 2016 0 comment
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Hey there! Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last few weeks, I’ve been so busy learning how to re-upholster my first armchair! This was such a fun project, and one that almost anyone can do! I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

After months of swooning over Marian AKA Miss Mustard Seed‘s gorgeous reupholstery projects, I finally decided it was time to tackle one myself. I knew my first project would be a French armchair like this one because all the upholstery is done in sections so it doesn’t require any sewing (I HATE sewing!). When I started looking for a piece to reupholster, I kept several things in mind. First, price- I didn’t want to spend big money on something I was 99% sure I would ruin. Haha. Second, quality- I wanted a piece made of solid wood that would last for years to come. And finally, condition- I wanted a piece that was sturdy & free from any damage; normal wear was OK, but since I knew I wanted to preserve the wood finish, it couldn’t have any deep scratches or cracks. After several weeks of searching, I found this piece on Craigslist for $75. It came with a matching foot stool, and we believe it was built somewhere in the 1940’s-1950’s. It’s solid wood and has a beautiful finish!

The process of re-uholstering was actually fairly simple. First I had to remove all the original fabric, using a screw driver and pliers to pull out the old staples. This was really the most time consuming part of the whole project. Tip: keep the fabric to use as a template later on! I removed the batting, cotton, burlap and springs as well, taking the chair all the down to the wood frame. Make sure you take LOTS of pictures during this part of the process so you can reference them when it’s time to re-assemble the chair!

Once I had the everything off the chair, I cleaned it well with oil soap, then replaced the webbing and re-tied all of the springs. The burlap went back on first, then I layered on the cotton, and some new batting to hold everything together. Make sure you arrange the stuffing so that it is smooth across the top or you’ll have a horrible time dealing with lumps under your fabric!

When it was finally time to cover the chair in its new threads, I used the fabric I had removed as my template. I pinned it down on top of the plaid fabric I had selected, making sure it was straight, then I cut all the way around my templates, leaving myself about 2-3 inches of wiggle room.

To attach each piece of fabric, I first centered it and tacked it at the top and bottom with my staple gun to hold it in place. Then I worked my way around, stretching and stapling the fabric evenly as I went. This part was a bit challenging since I was dealing with a plaid pattern that was not at all forgiving of my many mistakes. In hindsight, I should have chosen an all-over pattern or a solid for my first re-upholstery project. BUT it turned out beautifully, and I love the plaid so it was worth all the extra effort. 🙂

Once I had all the fabric stapled in place, I cut off all the excess as close to the staples as possible. Then I attached 1/2″ white gimp trim using a hot glue gun.

And HERE’s the finished project:

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I’m so So happy with how it turned out! And I had so much fun that I’ve already purchased two more chairs so I can do it all over again! 🙂

April 11, 2016 3 comments
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I’ve recently re-discovered an old hobby of mine- thrifting! It had been MONTHS since I last stepped foot in a thrift store, but when I finally made the rounds last week I was reminded of the many reasons I’ve always enjoyed it!

First of all, it’s cheap. All I need are a few minutes and a form of payment to get myself in serious trouble at stores like Hobby Lobby or Home Goods. But I can scour thrift stores all day, spend only $25, and come home with a serious haul. It’s the most affordable version of retail therapy!

It’s the BEST way to discover unique items that bring character and warmth to my home. The pieces I find at thrift stores are often a bit worn, but they have history. It’s similar to shopping in antique stores; without the hefty price tags!

There are SO many reasons I love thrifting, but perhaps my favorite thing about it is that I never know what I’m going to find. Maybe I’ll come home with an old apothecary jar, a lamp in need of some fresh paint, or a chicken wire cloche like the one pictured above. Shopping at thrift stores inspires my creativity and challenges me to see things in different ways and that’s how I discover diamonds in the rough!

March 20, 2016 0 comment
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Hey there! I’m so excited to announce a giveaway celebrating my 500th follower on Instagram! This rustic mason jar tealight holder will go to one lucky winner! Check out my account @theoklahomemaker for all the details on entering! But hurry, the contest ends tomorrow at 8pm! Thanks for all your support over the past months, I’m truly blessed with the BEST readers!

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March 14, 2016 1 comment
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