20/20 Vision

2019 has been the year of self-reflection.  Whether it be within my friends circle, where my life is at this very moment, my productivity at work, making sure my cup stays full…the list of topics is endless.

To be honest, this reflection journey started right after the Tubbs Fire in October 2017, when my work started a meditation group.  We meet daily for 10-15 minutes at 2:30pm, and I fight (mostly with myself!) to put a hold on my calendar so I can make it.  I found that it really helps “give my brain a bath” and clear the mind.  So much so that it even pushed me to try another stress management tool, que my amazing acupuncturist Nicole!  Between meditation and going to acupuncture every other week, in addition to changing my diet to combat some health issues that were hindering me from being my best self, I’ve found this combo to be the best medicine so far!  I guess you could say 2019 has been the year of crunchy granola Mrs. Roybal, as I’ve even tried to go natural on a few beauty and household products, including embracing my natural deodorant covered armpits (TMI, maybe)…NAMASTE bitches!

Lately, I’ve been feeling a little extra inspired, so I wanted to hop on here as I did a fun craft project today that made me reflect on the fact that we’re in August and our 2019 year is over halfway gone.  All of those new year resolutions and promises I made have been put to the test, funny how only a few remain (like getting back to the gym, LOL!).  You see, I have this pattern where I always start the new year with tons of optimism and my vision cup is overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, but as the year zooms on, I find myself getting caught up in the daily grind while trying to keep that optimism cup half full.  This afternoon I said “NOT TODAY”, and hunkered down to make a vision board for the back quarter of 2019, including some strong goals to carry me into 2020.  Some of the items on the board are “private”, and why I know I’m supposed to be an open book on here, I’m afraid of jinxing it.  So what I will do, is share how I designed my board and began decorating.

For starters, I hit my local WalMart to gather my supplies.  Here’s what I used:

  • Poster Board (1) – I picked a white one with a gold glitter border, shocking I know!
  • Double Stick Tape (2 rolls)
  • Decorative Duck Tape (could sub out for ribbon of your choice)
  • Gold Lettering (scrapbook section)
  • Decorative Paper (I found file folders with a floral pattern I loved and cut up into squares for a pop of color on the backdrop)
  • 2-3 Magazines (your choice – I used a SHAPE Magazine and Magnolia Journal from Christmas, mostly for the home decor and wording)
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Ready for action!

Once I got home, I sat down and created a list of what I wanted to accomplish in the next year.  After noticing a few common themes, I then divided all of my goals into these four categories:

  1. HOME
  2. FAMILY
  3. FITNESS/SOCIAL/HEALTH
  4. WORK/FINANCES

The next step was to scour the internet and my computer photo archives to create and print a few photo sheets of quotes that have been speaking to me lately, travel pictures, and logos for sites/places that tie into my vision.  The fun part was deciding on the look and overall theme of the vision board.  Here’s what I came up with for the base layer – HELLO adorable leopard-print duck tape!

The final step was taking all of the magazine clippings and printed goodies that I selected, and arrange them in a fun/artsy way in each category.  The finished product was even better than I hoped for and is now hanging in my closet so I can look at it every day while getting ready.  Apparently, I need that smack in the face/daily reminder to keep pushing and goal digging!

I hope this inspires you to dig deep inside to find that passion to be your best self, whatever form that may be.  I also know this isn’t technically a home decor piece, but it is DIY, so I put it in the “Rustic Home” featured section.  I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes you can find on my board, “The secret to having it all is knowing you already do!”

XO,

Amanda

A Look Into My Farmhouse Inspired Window!

It’s no secret that I have been MIA for a few weeks in blogger land (sorry!). We are in recovery mode post fire and the days and weeks keep slipping by me. However, that has not derailed my trolling of Pinterest boards and the Etsy site for accent wall inspiration! I’ve wanted a window pane or wooden accent frame/piece since we moved into our home over two years ago…seems like eons ago now. Nothing in my home screams farmhouse and when I met my now husband, everything was super modern with clean lines (his taste). Over the last five years, I’ve slowly softened him and he’s embraced our light gray and tan cloth couch, any furniture piece with grommets, softer tones of fabric and prints and almost white everything (bedding, accents, pillows, art, etc.) You name it, if it’s white, I love it! Call it a marriage compromise or call it whatever you’d like, but in my humble opinion our house feels like a home now and little by little, we’ve re-done each room and added touches of the both of us. Our dark wood dining room table has light gray studded king’s chairs at each end to break up the darker chairs that came with the table. Tones of taupe, gray, cream, silver and gold accents tie everything together and add a softer feel. Ok, you get the hint!

Back to the point of this post…

Flash back to the week of October 17th, our wedding anniversary date. I get a text mid-day from the hubby. He was on the fence about what to get me for a anniversary memento and remembered my not-so-subtle hints about a window pane accent mirror I had been sending him for a few weeks. He finally caved and asked me if I would like to order the mirror he knows I really wanted, or be surprised and have him find something for me to wear or accessorize with. We all know I have way too many clothes, handbags and pretty shiny things so I immediately said “I would like to order the mirror…pretty please!!!” Not only was it adorable, but it felt even more meaningful this year to be able to add a special anniversary piece to one of our favorite living spaces in our home after surviving the Tubbs Fire. We were less than 100 feet (about 60 feet to be exact) from the flames and had the neighbor right across the street from us not stayed and hosed down the back fence line and bushes, none of our homes would have made it. It’s crazy to think about and tremendously bittersweet as I know so many who didn’t get to go back home. My heart breaks for them so I will try and land my plane and get off this thing!

Well, here she is…isn’t she a beauty?!?

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Extra padding for the ride here!

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

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Now to accessorize…eeek! Don’t mind the air purifier or me in the shot either! Wanted to get a full photo of the wall in our kitchen heading into our living room.

Friday evening we hung it and I got to play around with a few wreath accents. Pulled this dried boxwood monogram “R” wreath out of the garage and decided everything would tie in around this piece! We can be twins – buy this mirror!

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R is for Roybal!

Sunday I had even more fun looking for a wooden shelf or table to place underneath and of course, new decor accents. I had priced floating wooden shelves on Wayfair and Etsy and all of them were over $50 plus the cost to ship them. Some designers wanted to charge me $100+ for a 25″ shelf which seems crazy expensive to me and no offense, it didn’t look half as good as the one I found at Home Goods for $19.99. The shelf I decided on was a distressed, gray finished wooden shelf from an Indian furniture line (name I can’t remember).  I loved the carving and scroll accents, so this has now become a multi-cultural wall, which I love even more!

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Plain shelf…boring!

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Floral accents…

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Fall accents…I just can’t decide!

Because of this indecisiveness, I left the fall accents up. The cotton wreath is in honor of my Daddy and A. LoBue Farms! More rustic-inspired posts to come…thanks for reading!

XO,

Amanda

D.I.Y. Address Planter Box

Many of my Instagram and Facebook friends along with our neighbors have asked about this D.I.Y. project turned win for me.  I saw a tutorial video on HGTV for a succulent address planter box and thought it looked easy enough, so I gave it a go.  Our address numbers sit far back on the left side of our home near the garage, making it difficult for visitors (including the pizza delivery guy/gal) to see .  This was an easy fix and I am so beyond thrilled with how this project turned out.  In fact, I am thinking about making more, either as gifts or selling them on Etsy.  Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make one for your home!

Step One:

Go shopping for all of your supplies.  The first stop I made was at a local floral supply store called Sequoia Floral here in Santa Rosa.  I bought the faux succulents there along with a bulk bag of green moss and the gray-toned wooded box (same ones we used for our wedding centerpieces).  Side note – the tutorial called for a plain wooden box that they painted to match the back board, but I wanted a different texture and slightly mismatched look, so I snagged the gray wooden box from Sequoia.  For the floral pieces, I picked five faux succulents (yay no watering or plant food) that I thought went well together.  Here’s the link to Michael’s where you can find similar floral pieces – Buy these succulents!  Tip – always do floral arrangements in odd numbers…1, 3, 5, etc.

For the paint color and lettering I stopped by Lowe’s and decided to splurge on a more modern look for the address numbers.  Each number was $5.98 a piece, but worth every penny in my book to achieve my desired look – Buy these numbers!.  I found my address numbers in the local store, but online has more finish options to choose from.  I decided on the satin nickel finish for my project.  The paint is Olympia outdoor paint.  I can’t remember the color name but I tried to match the front door as much as possible with a darker gray shade.  Paint tip – make sure to get outdoor paint so it’s weather proof!

For the back piece, I went to the lumber section @ Lowe’s and selected a pre-cut piece of wood that I though worked for size.  Here is my best guess for the size that I used (1-in x 4-in x 10-ft; Actual: 0.75-in x 3.5-in x 10-ft – Whitewood Board) – Buy this wooden board!  I used Titebond wood glue to secure everything and so far, so good – Get this glue!!  Here’s my inventory of supplies, pre-assembly:

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Step Two:

Assembly time!  I measured the size of my planter box on my base board and traced the outline.  I only painted a little over the lines that I traced and let the majority of the square unpainted in order to allow for more bonding strength.  Tip – make sure to nail in your picture hanging bar on the back before gluing anything on the front.  Blonde moment – I didn’t do that and had to re-glue a few numbers because of the hammering…how embarrassing!

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I did a two coats of paint on the front and sides with a little overlap on the back for coverage, then let it dry for a few hours before continuing.  I glued the planter box first, then the numbers.  Let your letters and planter box cure for at least 24 hours before moving anything around.  You want to make sure everything is completely secure before hanging.

Side note – if you get a plain box and decide to match it to the color of the back board, paint both pieces together so they dry at the same time.  Leave the majority of the back of the box unpainted in order to allow for better bonding on the plain wood square you left.

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Step Three (the last one!)

Hang your finished board on the front of your home.  I used a picture hook and strong nail to get the job done, then I played with arranging my succulents.  I put moss in the planter first to build volume and randomly placed my succulents until I was happy with the look.  Wah-la!

 

All in all, it was a pretty simple project to make.  Total cost was about $75, but keep in mind that I splurged on the numbers and a few of the faux succulent pieces (like the gold one!).  If you dare to DIY, share your pics so I can see your creation.  Happy crafting!

XO,

Amanda