A Vintage Fan, My “Garden”, Sunless Tanner + More

Wanna know something awesome?! It was 82 degrees yesterday. I repeat, EIGHTY TWO DEGREES. As you can probably imagine I was absolutely thrilled about it. The weather was gorgeous all week long and you better believe I’ve been soaking up every minute of it. Even our evenings have been especially dreamy lately and we’ve been spending as much time outside as possible. Everything is blooming, the grass is green, and it feels like full blown summer. I am loooooooving it. And to make things better we are headed into one of my favorite weekends of the entire year–it’s my son’s birthday AND Mother’s Day weekend. We have so many fun things planned and I cannot wait to celebrate it all. But first, let’s chat about some random things for Friday Favorites, ok? I have a couple of goodies to share, as well as some other tidbits from the week!

My New Vintage Fan

I mentioned that we made a trip down to visit my parent’s last weekend and I was lucky enough to find this amazing typewriter during our visit. Well I didn’t mention that I also scored the cutest black vintage fan! My aunt and uncle actually found it for me at a yard sale for ten bucks, which makes this the find of the CENTURY.

Farmhouse style decor with black vintage fan.

Vintage farmhouse decor with a black antique fan

I still can’t believe they found this for $10. It was covered in dust, but otherwise in great condition. I just cleaned it up, cut off the cord (those just get in the way when you’re using a fan like this for decor only) and BOOM. Gorgeous vintage fan for a bargain price. I’ve been really wanting a black one like this with the wavy cage, so this is perfecto.

Vintage farmhouse decor with black antique fan

My Wannabe Garden

This week I’ve spent a lot of time out in our garden, mostly pulling weeds and trying to figure out what in the heck to do with this space. This will be our third summer here and I’m ashamed to say we’ve never really done much back here. BUT in my defense I blame it all on the deer. Last summer I planted a few small things and those annoying deer came along and ate it ALL. I even put wire around it and they still managed to get under that. The deer here are EXCESSIVE. They eat everything.

The only way to make this work as a functioning garden is to build it up like Fort Knox in order to protect it from all the deer. I’m really, really hoping we can do something in here this summer, but I’m not sure what to do. Let me know if you have any tips on keeping those pesky deer away.

Fresh Lilacs

In addition to our wannabe garden, we have four large lilac shrubs in our backyard and they are in full bloom this week! I wish you could come over because the entire yard smells like heaven. Of course I had to snip a few and bring them inside!

Farmhouse style spring and summer decor! Beautiful flowers in a farmhouse sink

How to Keep Cut Lilacs from Wilting

I found a fabulous new account on Instagram that is a must-follow if you’re a fan of flowers. She recently did a post about how to keep lilacs from wilting so fast and she recommended picking them in the coolest part of the day (either morning or evening), removing nearly all the foliage, splitting the stems and placing them in cool water. She also recommended changing out the water daily and keeping them out of direct sun. I followed all of her tips when I cut these yesterday and I’m hoping they’ll last at least a few days!

Farmhouse style spring and summer decor! Beautiful flowers in a farmhouse sink
candle from Antique Candle Works // cutting board from 31 Bits

Favorite Sunless Tanner

The best sunless tanner

Now that it’s getting warmer out I’ve been using my favorite sunless tanner to cover up my pasty white legs. I’ve loved this stuff for years and it’s defitnely the best I’ve tried. I apply it with a tanning mitt and the color usually lasts about a week.

Other tidbits from the week:

  • A few days ago I spotted this weekender bag at Target and fell in love instantly. So darn cute for weekend getaways this summer or even a day at the pool!
  • We just ordered a new cordless vacuum for all the rugs in our kitchen and it’s changed our lives. Ok, that might be a little dramatic but it’s super handy, lightweight and easy to use to clean up all the crumbs that accumulate under our table.
  • If you’re looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift idea I highly recommend giving a subscription to The Magnolia Journal. I’ve raved about this magazine before, but it’s seriously THE BEST. It has recipes, decor and tips on simple, intentional living. It’s the most well-rounded magazine and it makes an amazing gift! I just renewed my subscription this week actually.
  • Last year I put together a big roundup of farmhouse style outdoor decor inspiration. I also did several shopping guides for patio sets, fire pits, outdoor swings, etc. It’s a huge post, so be sure to check it out if you need a little help with your outdoor spaces.
  • I noticed Target is doing a huge online only sale for their outdoor furniture and decor. The sale ends Saturday, so you’ll have to shop quick if you’re interested in anything. There’s a ton of great stuff marked way down, but here are a few of my favorites:


Well that’s it for me today my friends. I hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and I’ll see you back here soon! xo

Wait, don’t rush off! Here’s a few other post you will probably love:

Friday Favorites: Farmhouse Kitchen Goodies & More

Our New Living Room Light & 8 Farmhouse Style Wood Chandeliers

20 Farmhouse Style Barn Lights

Affordable Farmhouse Style Sofas

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  1. 5.11.18
    Julee said:

    I have heard that using human hair is a deterrent for deer…. I’m a hair dresser and people will come in and ask for hair to put around their garden!

    • 5.11.18
      Sarah said:

      WHAT?! Wow, that is the craziest thing ever. But now I am wondering if maybe I should try it!

  2. 5.11.18
    Laurie said:

    Hi Sarah,

    Have you ever had any problems with the pump not working or breaking on the tanning mouse? I’d like to try this, but some of the reviews on Amazon say the pump malfunctioned.


    • 5.11.18
      Marilyn S. said:

      I use the Tan Wise in the aerosol can and apply with a mitt. The can last for months and I love the results it is so natural looking and I get tons of compliments -people are shocked when I tell them it’s from a can. I can’t tell you how many people I know that have started using it now. I get it from Sallys and sometimes they have a buy 2 and get 1 free deal. It is the best!

      • 5.13.18
        Sarah said:

        yes totally agree with what you said Marilyn! Most people don’t believe it’s not a real tan. Love it! And one bottle of it usually lasts me through many applications.

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      No, thankfully that hasn’t ever been an issue for me!

  3. 5.11.18
    Cathy said:

    We also had a problem with deer and new plants. Tried it all. Best we found was a motion sensitive sprinkler. Attaches to a hose uses a battery and has a random pattern. Deer trip it and it shoots water in bursts that scare them off. Works great!

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      I have heard that from several people now, such a GREAT idea.

  4. 5.11.18
    Jan said:

    Crazy enough but if you create a food plot for the deer they will stay away from “your” garden.
    I have a small food plot for the deer & they have not eaten anything of mine.

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      Really?? I’ve never heard of that. I’ll have to look into it, thanks for sharing Jan!

  5. 5.11.18
    Katie said:

    Butterfly bushes are supposedly deer-resistant!

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      Really?! I need to look into those.

  6. 5.11.18
    Katie said:

    How long does the 7 oz container of tanner last?

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      It will usually last me through many applications. I’d say at least 2 months?!

  7. 5.11.18
    Dina said:

    Sarah, I want to share my experience with “lasagna gardening” for those weeds… Put down a heavy layer of newspaper, or, as I did, a layer of collapsed boxes, and water in. Build your garden and/or compost pile on top. No need to pull the weeks!

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      OMG I love that idea Dina!! I am totally going to try that! Thanks for sharing. xo

  8. 5.11.18

    Deal of the Decade right there. My goodness a vintage fan like that around here would be 10X that much! In perspective, I bought a vintage fan much smaller than that with no base for $15! So cute. I’m still hunting for another. Hope you have a great weekend.

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      Totally agree Cindy! They’re defiantly super expensive in most antique shops in my area too–easily over $100. Yard sales are always the best deals!

  9. 5.11.18
    Jane said:

    What about making part of that area a sand box for your kids? Or a rock garden.

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      Never thought of that but I love that idea!

  10. 5.11.18
    Joe said:


  11. 5.11.18
    Patti said:

    Hi – We use Irish Spring soap to keep away the deer. Just shred it in your food processor and sprinkle around your garden. It has to be repeated a couple of times during the summer. We used it to keep the deer from eating our Hosta plants. It truly works!

    • 5.13.18
      Sarah said:

      I am totally trying that, thank you Patti!!

  12. 5.12.18

    Love the lilies!!

  13. 5.15.18
    Beckyc said:

    Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your blog. I’m just changing over from prom to farmhouse. I’ve been confused trying to get it right but reading your blog and looking at pics I think I’m starting to get it. Ha I’m a slow learner! Anyway I have enjoyed your rooms and ideas wish I could print off the freebie but don’t have printer soooo. Thanks again , your home is beautiful!!

  14. 5.23.18
    Darienne said:


    2 eggs
    4 cloves of garlic, crushed
    1 tablespoon dish soap (I use this kind– affiliate link)
    10-20 drops clove essential oil — optional (my favorite essential oils)
    1 gallon water
    Pump sprayer (like this one)
    Crack the eggs and combine them with the garlic and water in a bucket (use an old bucket you don’t mind getting icky).

    Cover the mixture, and set it outside in the sun for 24-48 hours. Yup, that’s right. We want it to ferment and fester and get really, er… strong.

    After it’s had time to get nice and smelly, strain out the garlic chunks, then mix in the soap and clove essential oil.

    Place the liquid fence mixture in a sprayer and spray generously around any area of your garden or yard that is being overtaken by rabbits.

    Or just go to agway and buy it. It works for everything by mimicking wolf pee!
    If it works in the woods of Maine, it will work anywhere