Easy Ways to Decorate a Rental Home for Spring

Our family is just finishing up our second year of renting a quaint 1400sf cottage that’s about a hundred years old, and while we have loved the location, it’s taught me quite a bit about decorating smaller spaces and how to make a rental house feel like home.

Easy tips for decorating a rental home | how to decorate a small rental | 11 Magnolia Lane

For those of you who are new here, welcome. I’m Christy and I blog along with my dear friend and former college roommate, Amy, here at 11 Magnolia Lane (read our blogging story here). We’re a military family and my husband is currently finishing up an overseas assignment while the kids and I are in the States. We’ve lived apart for almost two years but are counting the months until we’re reunited under the same roof this summer (our destination is still unknown but if you sign up for our email updates I promise you’ll be almost the first to know)!

Amy and I always love joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for her home tours. We take turns sharing our (current) homes and soaking up inspiration from all of the other participating bloggers. Are you visiting from Haneen’s Haven? If so, we’re glad you’re here. Haneen is one of our favorite blogging friends and she has such a fun, colorful sense of style, doesn’t she? Click Here to Read More

A No-Fail Entertaining Menu with Recipes

Easy Entertaining Recipes Today I wanted to share my current go-to, no fail, entertaining menu. Entertaining can be stressful, I have become more reluctant to have people over for dinner since Christmas Eve when my oven turned on me, started spewing smoke and we couldn't get the meat done. It was a … [Read More...]

How to mix and match dining room or kitchen chairs | 11 Magnolia Lane

How to Mix and Match Kitchen or Dining Chairs

  As you may remember from last week, I updated a vintage cane bench and am using it at our kitchen table as banquette-style seating: That got me thinking about how I've mixed and matched my seating arrangements around my table for quite some time, and I thought it might be worth … [Read More...]

Easy Spring Break Style {Some Amazon Fashion Favorites}

    Hi, today I have some cute spring break pieces to share with you! It isn't spring break here for another month, but some parts of the country are already on vacation and since I am counting the days, I thought it was a good time to share some finds. As soon as I booked our … [Read More...]

Vintage French cane bench used as dining banquette | 11 Magnolia Lane

Updated (Again) French Cane Bench With Nailhead Trim

  This post is sponsored by HomeRight. We're proud to be HomeRight Brand Ambassadors, but all opinions are our own. If you saw the new rug and seat cushions in my dining room last week {here}, then you might have read that our family tends to fight over the cane backed dining chairs … [Read More...]

5 Things Making My Life Easier & Better (March Edition)

    Last month I posted about 5 things that I'd started doing that I felt like made my life easier and better, and it was a really popular post. I have been jotting ideas down for the last few weeks of things that I wanted to share with you all for the next "5 things" post, and … [Read More...]

A Little Spring Decorating (Amy’s House)

  Sigh...March in Virginia is not really spring, we're really just pretending right now.  It's freezing cold here, but despite that I decided it was time to lighten up our house and started adding in some spring decor. I went with blue, after the grays of winter, it's been nice to have … [Read More...]

Living room for under $1600

Budget Design Series: Living Room Decor

   This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are my own.     As you all know, we work with Home Depot frequently and not just for all of our DIY project needs. Remember that my much-loved tufted living room sofa and Amy's stunning kitchen table are both from Home … [Read More...]

Spring dining room updates in the MCC House | 11 Magnolia Lane

Spring Dining Room Updates

  Yay for spring--we had convertible weather at least twice this past week (60s and 70s) and our fruit trees are blooming!  Of course, that got me in the mood for spring, and I finally pulled the trigger on two updates in our dining room. First, the jute rug that we've had for about … [Read More...]

Spring Decorating Idea: Where You Can Find Beautiful Blue & White Decor

  It isn't a secret that Christy and I both love using blue and white decor in our homes. Looking back in our archives for some photos, I came upon plenty of samples of this color combination to show you from over the years along with some affordable blue and white decor … [Read More...]

Nursery Design Board | 11 Magnolia Lane

Creating a Nursery Out of Attic Storage Space

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of VELUX Skylights for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.   Aren't nurseries SO much fun to decorate? Before you spit out your coffee--this is a design I'm working on for a friend!! They thought they were stopping at two, but they're … [Read More...]

Review and photos of brass gold plug in library wall sconces | 11 Magnolia Lane

My New Brass Plug-In Library Sconces

  A few months ago, I purchased and installed a pair of brass sconces in the MCC House. Because we're renting and I had no desire to add electrical boxes in our old plaster walls, I opted for plug-in sconces instead of hardwired ones. Today I thought I'd show you a few photos of where I … [Read More...]

Early Spring Amazon Fashion Haul

    I knew it was only a matter of time before I fell down the Amazon Fashion rabbit hole. I've seen posts here and there with cute things, but as great as Amazon is it can be hard to dig through millions of items to find those really worthwhile things. I spent some time recently … [Read More...]

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