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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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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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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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Cotton wreath

Hey there! I’ve gotten so many compliments on my handmade cotton wreath that I thought I would share a quick how-to. I’d seen these gorgeous cotton wreaths selling for anywhere from $50-$80, and had been wanting one for a long time but could never justify spending that kind of money. Here’s how I made my own (and only spent $20.33!!!).

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Cotton stems

I used 6 of them for my 14″ wreath. I bought them at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off so they only cost me $2.99 each. Floral stems usually go on sale every other week at Hobby Lobby so be patient and wait a few days to save the extra money!

 

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I used a 14″ inch grapevine wreath. I applied my 40% off mobile coupon and got it for $2.39 at Hobby Lobby. I chose one that was a little bit thinner than most, so it would easily be hidden by the cotton stems.

You’ll also need:

Wire cutters
Floral wire
Hot glue & gun
Embellishments (optional)

Start by laying out your stems on top of the wreath, space them out evenly so you don’t have any gaps. Then, one stem at a time, cut them down and work them into the grapevine wreath. Secure each stem with some floral wire to keep it from slipping. If you notice that some areas look too bulky, cut out a few of the cotton blooms and hot glue them in a thinner area to balance everything out.

DSC_0266Add a bow, an initial, or whatever embellishments you like and you’re all set! Now go hang your handmade cotton wreath on your front door with pride!

March 8, 2016 5 comments
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Happy New Year readers! If you’re like me, you probably started taking down your Christmas decorations on January 1st. As much as I hate to see them go, I have to jump at the chance to try something with my decor! Most of my living room is covered in boxes and tissue paper as I pack away the last of the Christmas decor, but I’ll share a few snapshots of what I’ve been working on so far!

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I still have a lot to do, but I’m really loving where this space is headed! Keep reading, I’ll have more photos and a full home tour on the blog soon!

January 4, 2016 0 comment
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Merry Christmas from The OklaHomeMaker! This is our first holiday season in our new home, and I’m so excited to share it with you! As I’ve mentioned before, I like to stick to a green/blue/grey color scheme in my main living areas. This helps me keep costs down, and reduces the amount of stuff I have to store by allowing me to simply incorporate seasonal items in alongside my year round decor. To read more about how and why I do this click here. The color scheme, exposed beams, and dark rustic wood pieces in my home blended seamlessly with the mountain lodge theme I chose to use for our Christmas decor, and I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out!

Holiday Home Tour

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Let’s start with this little area in our entry way. Since we don’t have a fireplace, I used this shelf with coat rack to hang my stockings, then added some fun decor in each of the storage baskets. The lantern is one of my all-time-favorite antique store finds!

 

 

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Our home is a newly renovated 1964 ranch style home. The kitchen and dining area have been opened up to flow more naturally into our living room. Since this space is where we spend most of our time together cooking, watching Christmas movies or drinking hot cocoa, I decided to decorate only these two rooms this year but I’m sure I’ll add more later on!

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Our home doesn’t have a fireplace so for now, the tv stand is the focal point of the room! We built this TV stand inspired by Ana White’s Rustic X Console together right after moving into our home. You can find the plans for it here.

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The coffee table is well stocked with all the lazy day essentials: coasters, good reads, and a douglas spruce scented candle.

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In the dining area we have our table set for Holiday guests, and a simple Nativity vignette. I always incorporate a few nativity scenes into my Christmas decor to remind us of what we’re really celebrating- the birth of our Savior.

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I found this silver antler at Target this year and had a wooden bowl that happened to sit inside it just perfectly. I’ll be keeping this stocked with Holiday goodies!

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The kitchen is decorated with Santa and his reindeer on top of the fridge, and an antique scale I spruced up (pun intended) with a nativity scene and handmade bow. Other than these two things, my kitchen decor is pretty simple. I like to keep as much of my precious work space free as possible!

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A closer look at our Christmas tree: I added some C9 lightbulbs to make the tree extra bright, then wrapped it in burlap garland and added my pinecones and ornaments. I chose some woodland creature to compliment our mountain lodge theme!

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I used a variety of papers this year, along with burlap twine, and my handmade gift tags. Template can be found here.

That wraps up my home tour for this season! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you! Have a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

December 4, 2015 0 comment
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