2019 Thanksgiving Table With Nothing Over $10

Thanksgiving tables don’t need to be expensive to look amazing!

This year, while we’re building our “Dream Home”, we are in a rental that won’t hold our 14+ crowd for Thanksgiving. I’ve decided to take it outside and create a casual, but chic table right on the property. I love how it turned out and I spent NO MORE THAN $10 ON ANYTHING! Let’s take a look…every single item is linked below.

First, I gathered up all of my items from my go to places…Target, Hobby Lobby and a few online stores. These charger plates were the original inspiration and on sale for $1 each! Then I stumbled upon this champagne gold silverware ON SALE and knew the direction I had to head in! Add in these water goblets and we have the makings of a great table!

I put together and it turned out amazing.  Let’s take a look! All the links are below.

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Click on the numbers above… or let’s walk through it together.

Flatware in champagne gold. Each piece came in at $1.31 (on sale)

Water goblets $4 each (now on sale for even less!)

Tablecloths from Tablecloth Factory at under $6 each

Burlap runner $7.99

Wood-look charger plates $1.99 each

Lamb’s ear garland $9.99 each

White plates $2.99 (on sale)

Gray fabric napkins $2 each (on sale)

Gold pumpkins on each plate $2.50 each

Glass bubble vase $3.99 each

Gold mercury candleholder $5.99

White candles $3 each

Twine $5.99

Acorn filler $2.99

Farm chairs rented for $8 each from PRE Events

Soup tureen used for centerpiece $9.99 (from TJMaxx)

Candleholders were on Facebook Marketplace for $8 each! You can find the originals on WSHome.

Here’s a handy dandy chart for your Pinterest board.

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So, what do you think? I’d love to hear!

-Lori

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Building Our Dream Home – Sheetrock & Plaster

Next up in our Dream Home series, we are covering Sheetrock and Insulation. To me, this is one of the most exciting phases of building a home…it turns a wood framed house into a “real house”. You can really start to see the transformation from a construction project to a home.

*If you’re just joining us, this is the seventh installment of a year long series documenting the building of our personal dream home. So far we’ve tackled:

Inspiration | Floorplan | Location | Breaking Ground | Roofing | Windows | Insulation

Sheetrock

So, talk about sheetrock (or drywall). Drywall comes in large 8′ x 4′ sheets and is applied directly to the wood framing of the home. It turns the wood studs into real walls! Yay! Tape is then applied to where the sheets meet to create a unified surface. All electrical outlets are cut out, so everything will show through the new walls. Our trusty installers even strapped on their stilts to reach the higher areas. Let’s take a look!

Plaster

In some areas of the US, this is where you stop. The seams are puttied up and that’s it…you have your walls, all ready to paint.  But in our area (north Florida) it’s common to add on top of the sheetrock with plaster to create a new surface. The plaster comes in bags, is mixed on site and troweled onto the walls. You can select the finish you’d like. There are too many to list, but you can see a variety here.

We choose 3 different finishes for different areas:

Completely smooth walls in the Master Bedroom, Foyer, Guest Bedroom and others. Wood trim will be added to these and it will all look custom built.

Smooth for wallpaper in the Dining Room, Pantry, Playroom, Pool Bath, Powder Bath and a few other feature areas. This smooth wall will be perfect for wallpaper applicaiton

Light texture for all other walls and ceilings

Let’s take a look at the plaster going in.

So, now we have REAL WALLS and are ready to move onto the fun parts of the house! Up next…Trim. Yippee

Thanks for following along in the process of building our dream home. Catch up on the series here or visit any of the previous posts directly below.

Inspiration

Floorplan

Location

Breaking Ground

Roofing

Windows

Insulation

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Building Our Dream Home – Insulation

Next up in our Dream Home series, we are tackling Insulation. Not the most exciting topic, I know, I know…

With all the “fun” decisions to make in a new home, insulation might rank last. But, it’s crucial for the home and look at it this way: the more money you save by having an energy efficient home, the more money you can spend on fun stuff.  Get this right and remind you husband of the low utility bill each month when you buy expensive shoes. 🙂 Win-win!

 

*If you’re just joining us, this is the seventh installment of a year long series documenting the building of our personal dream home. So far we’ve tackled InspirationFloorplansLocation, Breaking Ground, Roofing and Windows. Catch up here.

Types of Insulation

So, where do you start? There are a ton of insulation options and it really depends on the area you live in.

As the map above shows, different “R values” are require for different areas. What exactly IS an R value? Good question. R-values vary based on the type, thickness and density of the material being used. Insulation with a higher R-value will perform better than insulation with a lower rating.

Now that you know the R rating, what type of material should you choose? The most common insulation materials are fiberglass, cellulose and foam and come in the forms of  loose fill, batts, rolls and spray.

Let’s talk about the major players, or most commonly used ones.

Blown In Insulation

See these holes in the plastic barrier? Thats where they blow the insulation in. The plastic barrier keeps it together before sheetrock goes up.

Benefits of blown in
  • Usually made of fiberglass or cellulose (recycled paper fiber).
  • Blown or sprayed into place with pneumatic equipment.
  • Ideal for hard-to-reach areas such as attics.
  • Can fill wall cavities and installed over existing insulation

Batts and Rolls

This is what you probably think of when you think of insulation. It works well and the pink is so pretty! 

Benefits of batts and rolls

  • Pre-cut sections of fiberglass or rock wool insulation.
  • Designed for easy handling and use between framing, such as studs and joists.
  • Batts are available either with or without paper or aluminum foil facing.
  • Batts can be used in floors, walls, attics and ceilings.
  • Rolls come in continuous lengths ranging from 20 to 40 linear feet, so ideal where longer runs are needed.

Icynene

Think about an Igloo cooler to understand how Icynene works. The foam is sprayed in place and expands right there. Action shots coming below. So fun to watch!

Benefits of Icynene

  • Latex or polyurethane spray foam insulation is sprayed into place with a spray can or specially designed equipment.
  • Can be used to fill small gaps and cracks.
  • Ideal for sealing around doors, windows and vents.
  • Sets quickly and can be trimmed, painted or stained.

Decision Time

So, what did we decide on? We chose to do a mixture of 3 types of insulation, traditional fiberglass insulation both blow into the walls, fiberglass batting used for sound considerations in the bathroom and bedroom wall  and Icynene on the ceilings. It keeps the cost down, while providing us with a completely energy efficient home.

A great resource for determining the best type of insulation is this post by the Department of Energy. Unbiased, with nothing to sell you, they really tackle the differences between the types of insulation and can really guide you much better than I can. 🙂

Standard Batt Insulation for the walls…it’s pink and sooooooo pretty! Shame to cover it up.

Installation

Once we had everything selected, the day arrived to have all the installation done from our truly installers. Let’s take a look!

Blown in Icynene for the ceilings. So fun to watch them in action installing it.

Mix of traditional batts and blown in fiberglass went everywhere else

We are so happy with the outcome. Again, insulation is certainly not the most exciting part of building a new home, but it needs to be done and done well. When you get your first few electric bills in the mail after moving in and they’re lower than you expected so buy yourself something! 🙂

Next up will be Sheetrock and Plastering. Yippee! Thanks for following along in the process of building our dream home. Catch up on the series here or visit any of the previous posts directly below.

Inspiration

Floorplan

Location

Breaking Ground

Roofing

Windows

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Favorite Fall Front Porches

It’s that time of the year again. Give your porch a Fall makeover to celebrate the season. How? It’s easy! Let’s walk through it together!

Get a Plan

Do you like the all white, monochromatic look? A more traditional Fall color scheme? Look through some images on Pinterest and see what you’re drawn to.

Assess & Buy

Do you already have a few things on hand? No reason to buy everything all new. See what you have and make yourself a quick shopping list. I personally like to overbuy and return what I don’t use. It makes life much easier.

Mix

The key to a great vignette is the mix. Don’t use too much of one thing. Mix it up! Color, texture, materials, everything.

Stagger

Keep tall things tall and short things short. Again, the mix is what you’re aiming for. See the photos below for a few examples.

Enjoy!

Here are a few of my favorite Fall porches, including my own!

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Here’s a helpful pin fro your Pinterest boards to help you keep track!

Do you think you’ll try recreating any? 🙂

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Building Our Dream Home – Windows

Windows. What do you think of? Luxurious silk drapes, shades in bold patterns, fresh plantation shutters? Sure, that’s the fun part, but what about the ACTUAL windows, the panes themselves? They are often overlooked and not given much thought. They’re more than just what holds your beautiful window treatments and are certainly not created equally. With our dream home under construction, we needed to decide on windows. Let’s walk through the process together.

*If you’re just joining us, this is the sixth installment of a year long series documenting the building of our personal dream home. So far we’ve tackled InspirationFloorplansLocation, Breaking Ground and Roofing

Where Do You Even Start

Selecting windows can be daunting. Such a prominent feature of your home, they really set the style for the exterior…and interior. For this project (our personal home) we wanted to start with best. Andersen Windows was the logical choice, but which ones? I had a vision of what I wanted the house to look like and started there. We visited our window showroom and dove into the selection process, head first. I like to see, touch and feel the products before selecting, if at all possible. So, what are the considerations?  Let’s take a look.

Product Style

For a project as important as our dream home, we wanted to really look at our options and consider a variety of styles of windows: see casement, some double and some specialty. Bringing the plan along with you to the showroom, going over each and every window to determine the KIND you’ll need, is critical. There are requirements for windows that you may not even realize, as different rooms call for different styles.  The basic kinds of windows are:

  • Awning
  • Casement
  • Double or single hung
  • Bay
  • Gliding
  • Picture
  • Specialty

Although your plan will determine many of the selections, there are many areas to customize to your liking. I wanted to be able to open the windows in my kitchen, for example, so we selected the crank out style Casement windows. They remind me of the old Jalousie windows we had growing up in Miami, which was an extra bonus. (I love when a design element can spark memories and really make a connection for the homeowner…me!) For the breakfast nook, we decided to keep the windows fixed, since we likely wouldn’t be opening them with a table directly in front. The kids’ rooms upstairs called for easement windows, for example, which make getting out of the room easier in case of a fire. There are many considerations and your dealer or contractor can help you determine which you need.

There’s even an online tool here that explains the differences in detail.

Material

Now that we know the style, let’s think about the materials. There are 5 basic materials to use.

  • Wood– Strong and beautiful with the best thermal performance. These never need painting
  • Composite – 2x’s as strong as vinyl, holds up under extreme temperatures and own’t flake or peel.
  • Vinyl – Used as a protective clad for wood windows
  • Aluminum – Virtually maintenance free and resists the elements.
  • Fiberglass – Weather resistant. Used on the exterior with wood on the interiors.

Series

Now that we have a style and material selection, we needed to decide on which series from Andersen to use. Each series offers different things. Let’s take a look:

We chose to go with A Series windows, which are Andersen’s best performing, most energy efficient windows and a mix of materials! Wood interiors with fiberglass and composite exteriors make for a durable, strong, lifetime window. Done and done.

Color

For color, we knew we wanted to go with white, hands down. Andersen’s white is more of a crisp grayish-white, which is really striking. They have even worked with Sherwin Williams to offer an exact match for the trim paint, which you can ask any dealer for, or see the color here! Anyway, the white windows fit with our overall “Hamptons Chic” vibe. They offer great colors, including on-trend black, but white was definitely for us.

Our original color scheme. I mean, it has to be white for the windows, right?

Grids

Grid patterns can definitely change the look of your home…really! Also known as “grille” patterns, this is pattern that’s on top of the glass part of the window. There are a few standard styles, but really you can create whatever you’d like!

play around with the options here

Since I wanted to stay true to the vision I originally had, we stuck with a traditional colonial pattern. My decision was reinforced when I came across the Style Guide, showing several popular style homes and what the windows look like that go into them. Let’s look at that next!

Design Style

Style guides for many popular home styles are provided by the window manufacturer and are so helpful! When I dove into these, it really reinforced my selections. In retrospect, I probably should have started there. Each home style is broken down and suggestions for color, style, grids, etc are offered to create the look you’re gravitating towards.  Let’s take a look:

I immediately recognized the Cape Cod style as most similar to the “Hamptons Chic” look I was going for. Once I clicked on the home, it showed all the components. Talk about a confidence boost! 🙂 This is exactly what we selected!

There are 14 styles identified and broken down by components. You can find them all here.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Before we pulled the trigger and placed the order, we sat down and looked back over our choices, reconfirming we had all of our ducks in a row. Did we have the right material, color, grid pattern? Did the series we selected offer everything we needed? Yes it did! The A Series was the clear choice. We resisted the super helpful chart  below, which reconfirmed our selection.

We placed the order with our local window company and counted the days until they arrived.

Installation

Our trusty installer…my husband 😉

The windows arrived and we jumped right on the installation!

The Results

We couldn’t be happier with the results…these windows are amazing! Solid, heavy and perfectly proportioned. Let’s take a look at them installed.

Even Lulu the dog likes the windows!

We couldn’t be more excited! These windows look amazing! They are just perfect for the vision we had and are so solid and strong.

Thanks for following along in the process of building our dream home. Catch up on the series here:

Inspiration

Floorplan

Location

Breaking Ground

Roofing

*This post was in partnership with Andersen Windows. All thoughts, opinions and selections were my own. 

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