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A Home Decor and Fall Fashion Goodwill Haul.

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope that your week is going well! I’ve had quite the busy little week, and have been on a mission to get to decorating our apartment. Which you can see if you read this blog post. I wanted to take a trip to the thrift store to find some more pieces to add. And boy oh boy, did I find some treasures — the Goodwill here in Traverse City is phenomenal!

These boots! Oh my gosh. As if I wasn’t already plenty excited for fall… I’ve been wanting a pair of brown boots for awhile, and here they are! They’re a seven and a half, which is half a size bigger than what I usually wear, but with socks on, they fit perfectly! I picture many a cute outfits completed with these boots.


This little sunflower piece! It’s so stinking cute and it fits in so well with all my other decor. When I took the Goodwill sticker off of it, some of the paint came off, so I put it behind this faux ivy to cover it up! It uses the space really well, and makes it look even more complete! Above the counter is quickly becoming my favorite part of our apartment.


Isn’t this little basket the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? And believe it or not, these soaps are from Goodwill as well. I recently finished up my liquid soap and wanted to make the switch to bar soap, as it’s so much better for the environment! And they fit so nice in this little basket! It also looks so dang adorable on our countertop.


This sweater!!! Oh my gosh! It was brand spankin’ new — with tags and everything! From the Gap! And it was originally $30! I was so happy to find this! And again, it’ll be perfect for fall, or even a summer night over a sundress. It’s so stinkin’ cute.


This dress is probably my favorite find of the whole trip! It’s from L.L Bean, and it’s actually from the petite section which is awesome because I’m a bit on the short side… It is the coziest dress ever and I love this blue color! I paired it with some white flip flops and it was perfect. I also have a white denim jacket that I think it would look amazing with.


We also bought some cups, but they’re fairly standard, so I didn’t bother taking photos of them. And a pan! But again, not super exciting! We were excited about them, which I suppose is just part of becoming adults. Ha!

Thank you so much for reading, friends!


Mattie Mae



Decorating the Space Above my Counters.

Happy Friday, my friends! I hope that your weekend is off to a wonderful start! I spent the entirety of my day decorating and cleaning my kitchen. I wanted to do a whole blog post about decorating the kitchen, but then I thought it might be even more fun to do a blog post for each little project I do. Today’s project: the the space above the counters. We have such beautiful cabinets and SO MUCH space above them. It seemed a waste to NOT decorate it!


A breakdown of the above picture…. 

  • The picture frame was originally black, and found at Merchandise Outlet. I painted it white today. I think I need to do another coat or two, because the black is still peeking through.
  • The flower postcard was from a small store in downtown Traverse City, that I cannot remember the name of.
  • The basket is one that I found from Goodwill!


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  • The little yellow candle was from Target.
  • The Grand Traverse box was found at Goodwill.
  • The vase (as are the ones featured in the other photos) were small little DIY’s. I took old salsa jars and painted them. And they look so nice!
  • The faux plant in the vase is from Jo-Ann Fabrics.
  • The bike was from Cracker Barrel, I believe. It was a gift, so I am not 100% sure.
  • And lastly, the tray behind the bike! Another Goodwill find!


A breakdown of the above picture…. 

  • This ADORABLE picnic basket was found at an antique store.


A breakdown of the above picture…. 

  • This little chalkboard was a graduation gift, so I’m not sure where it’s from. I painted on it today using the same white paint as the other crafts!
  • The little syrup dispenser was bought from Cracker Barrel.
  • And the cute little faux succulent was found at TJ Maxx!


A breakdown of the above picture…. 

  • The faux ivy was found at Jo-Ann’s.
  • And this wooden box was another Goodwill find!

And that’s it, my friends! All of the things I used for decor were items that I already had! I love using items in a brand new way, it’s so satisfying! I’m so happy with how it turned out! I’m thinking I want to use this space to decorate for the holidays as well, so be on the lookout for this space come fall… I have some big dreams for it!!!

Thank you so much for reading!


Mattie Mae


Valentine’s Day Decorating

Hi, friends! Hope you’ve had a lovely week! I had quite the week, as I had not one, not two, but THREE snow days! That is unheard of! And now it’s the weekend! And my goodness, how is it already February? I’ve waited so long to decorate for Valentine’s Day. I love love love going to the store and seeing all the adorable decorations. All the pinks and reds and hearts and flowers. I just love it!

Here are some pictures from my decorating today! 🙂


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Hope you guys enjoyed these couple of decorations I have so far! Have y’all started decorating yet???

Thanks for reading!


Mattie Mae


Halloween Decorating (Finally!)

Y’all! I finally decorated my apartment! Or, rather, I started to decorate. Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays, especially to decorate for. I just wish that I could have started sooner! But that’s okay, I’m already getting my Christmas decorations around… One of my favorite things about getting older and having my own place is being able to decorate however I want. It’s a really fun way to express yourself.

I don’t have a whole lot to write  with this, but I just wanted to share some photos!