Simply Neutral Decor

I don’t know about you (but I’m feelin’ 22 – ha! jk that Taylor Swift song popped into my head while typing that). Seriously, though… I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for Spring! I feel like I just mentioned that in my previous post but really the snow scene is getting old and I’m sick of being cooped up. (Coop-ed! Haha that’s an inside joke between my husband and I because our little beagle pup’s name is Cooper and we often call him Coop for short.) 🙂

Anyways, I’ve been cleaning and organizing a lot around here so am keeping things pretty neutral around here with my decor.

dining area room, striped curtains, home decor

These pinecones add a natural touch.

large sugar pine cones in a white wood crate on a vintage white wood chest with striped curtains

I added a boxwood wreath and twigs for more natural elements…

vintage window wall hooks with bar butcher block table, home decor

vintage white window wall hooks with boxwood wreath

and faux cotton stems because… well, just because I love them! I’ve been seeing them a lot on my favorite HGTV show, Fixer Upper. That Joanna Gaines sure does have fabulous style! 🙂

wood crate with faux cotton stems


DIY Wood Box

Okay, so I’m certainly not the first blogger to make one of these but I loved the idea and wanted to try making one of my very own. I’ve pinned a tutorial on my DIY Pinterest board on how to make one, but the one I went off of is over at The Idea Room. I built mine slightly different but used the same measurements. The employees at Home Depot are great about cutting everything for you too! 🙂


Two 5.5 inch, 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (ends)

Two 31.5 inch, 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (sides)

One 30 inch, 1 x 6 pine wood board (bottom)

**Here’s a little fun fact. Did you know a 1 x 4 board is actually 1 x 3.5? Same with 1 x 6; it’s really 1 x 5.5. Yup! It’s kinda like ice cream and how it’s no longer a half gallon. Sigh! Booo, inflation :/

Black screws

Drill and drill bits

Stain (such as Minwax)



1. Lay out the boards so they make your box and line it up to prepare for drilling.

2. Using a similar, but slightly narrower drill bit than your screw, drill holes where you want to place your screws to secure the box. This will help prevent the wood from splitting when you go to put in your screws.

3. Insert the screws where you drilled holes, driving each of them in with the drill. You can also use a screwdriver, but this might be difficult depending on the size of your drill holes. Make sure you don’t use too much force and go slowly or you might split the wood. (I had my husband help me with step 2 & 3 with the drill.)

wood box, screws

4. Once your box is put together, sand it a bit to smooth any rough edges.

5. Apply your stain. I used Minwax Dark Walnut.

Minwax Dark Walnut Stain

6. Go over the stain with Polyurethane.

Your box is finished and you can fill it with whatever you like for each season!

For Christmas, I filled it with greenery, a few sparkly stems from Michaels, and mercury glass ornaments.

wood box, greenery, mercury glass ornaments, pottery bard tahoe plaid table runner, pottery barn benchwright coffee table

Currently, I have dried boxwood clippings leftover from Christmas, pinecones, and a few white vintage ornaments I keep out year-round. I’m looking forward to brainstorming for the next season or whenever I feel like it needs a change. 🙂

wood box, greenery, white vintage ornaments, pottery bard tahoe plaid table runner, pottery barn benchwright coffee table