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    April 22, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Quirky Bathroom

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    April 16, 2015
    Shelf Styling 101

    The bookshelves in my home are a mess. Well, no. Not a mess. Just…crowded. I have a weakness for used books and trinkets and things, and I like to have them all displayed. While I like looking at all my stuff, it certainly doesn’t look put together. That’s why I was excited to find this post by Mindy at Finding Silver Linings. Check it out for tips on how to style a shelf like a pro:

    -Choose a color scheme, and stick to it. Keeping the colors somewhat limited, you create a sense of unity in the overall look.  Objects that don’t necessarily “go together” will look right if they fall into the chosen color family.

    -Layer shorter things in front of taller things. This creates a sense of depth. Vary heights of objects.

    These are especially useful as staging tips for anyone trying to sell a home!

    Photo Credit: Shira Gal 


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    March 26, 2015
    Getting The Most Out Of A Small Space

    Having a small living space does not mean that you need to be cramped and cluttered. There are plenty of ways to make it work. The key is organization, elimination, and tasteful (minimal) décor. For tips on getting the most out of your small space, be it a kitchen, office, bedroom, or even living room, check out this post by Bao at Releve Design:

    -Don’t supersize. Reenergize- try rearranging furniture to update your look

    -Be negative- Instead of trying to fit everything into a room, try removing items and storing them out of sight. Actively design your negative space. Breathing room allows the eye to rest.

    -Light it up- bring in some good lamps and light up the area. Floor lamps are ideal because they don’t need a stand.

    -Reflect on your space- mirrors always help a small space seem larger

    -Disarm- get chairs, couches, etc. without arms.

    Photo Credit: Karl Frankowski 


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    March 16, 2015
    Making Your Shak Feel Cozy

    March is here, and it’s almost officially Spring. You know what that means- rain, rain, and even more rain. It has poured almost every day for the last 2 weeks where I live (though the days it has not rained have been gorgeous!). In this gloomy weather, it’s important that your home is dry, warm, and cozy. Check out this post by Adrienne Breaux at Apartment Therapy for ways to make your home cozier during the rainy weather:

    -Choose a comfy shaped seat- opt for extra curves, rounded shapes, and thick cushions.

    -Place points of comfort in many, unexpected areas.

    -Cocoon your bed with curtains or canopy

    -Don’t forget the bathroom! Add textiles where they make sense- use fluffy towels, and a thick bath rug.

    -Use comforting materials found in nature

    Photo Credit: Daviddje 


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    March 9, 2015
    How to Start Decorating Your First Home

    If you’re like most people, you probably want your home to look well put-together. If you’re like me, you want that, but have no idea where to start. My favorite design style is “bohemian,” but it’s hard to pull that off without having your home look cluttered and mismatched. For beginner decorating tips that you can match to any personal style, check out this post by Liz Lynch at Who What Wear:

    -Begin with paint- decide on a color scheme for the room, or pick a nice neutral color

    -Choose classic pieces for furniture, rather than something trendy that will feel outdated in a few years

    -Lay down some rugs- they add personality and texture to a room

    -Splurge on lighting that you love

    -Add textiles

    -Put up some inexpensive/DIY wall art

    Photo Credit: Maegan Tintari 


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    January 12, 2015
    Upcycling Idea: Ladder Shelf

    I absolutely love the whole “shabby chic” design trend. I think it just makes the home look cozy and lived in. But, my favorite décor style is bohemian! Flowy fabrics, rich colors, plants living in the house, mismatched throw pillows and rugs- it’s the absolute epitome of maximalism! Which I am all about. That’s why I love this project by Donna at Funky Junk. It incorporates the best of both worlds, while also upcycling an old piece. Check out her stepladder shelf tutorial here:

    -Select boards for shelves, wall supports, and something to connect the ladder to the wall.

    -Lean the full ladder against the wall at the desired angle. Attach ladder to the wall with top brackets. 

    -Mark how long you desire the boards to be, then cut to size.

    -Paint or stain boards if desired

    -Attach supports to wall, add boards.

    Photo Credit: My Latest Obesession 


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    December 31, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Gem Mirror In Bathroom

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    December 24, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Snowflake Door

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    December 22, 2014
    Cool DIY Ideas For Your Home

    I’m always on the lookout for easy home upgrades that I can do- that don’t take more than five minutes. I love the idea of having a totally personalized, put together house, but I usually lack the skills to make all my DIY ideas a reality. I don’t know much about electricity, wiring, carpentry, plumbing, or even painting (I’d rather call a professional for those services) – but I’m all for throwing a little glitter on a dollar store item to make it look like a million bucks! That’s why I love this Buzzfeed article by Peggy Wang- it’s packed full of ideas that will make your home stand out, without having much technical knowledge on repairs:

    -Paint your old vinyl or linoleum floors

    -Make your own curtain tie backs

    -Hide television wires in a shower curtain rod

    -Add a large picture frame around your flatscreen TV- or add frames around light switch covers

    -Cover an air vent with a doormat

    Photo Credit: Curb Alert Blog 


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    November 25, 2014
    Home Theater Inspiration- For Sports Fans!

    If you asked everyone what they would include in their home on an unlimited budget, nearly everyone would say a home theater. I know I would! That, a pool, and a giant library with a spiral staircase and comfy chairs. Most people picture a home theater as being an extravagant, over the top purchase. In most cases, that’s true- if you add in special recliner theater seating, an expensive 3D TV, and high end speakers- well, you’d have to be very wealthy. However, there are ways to do it cheaper. Projectors are not terribly expensive, and then all you need is a blank white wall and plenty of seating! If you’re planning to install your own home theater, and happen to be a football fan, I have just the inspiration for you. Check out this post by Bwalker at the Home Theater Gear blog for ideas:

    -Move the snacks to your theater. Add a mini fridge, a hotdog roller, or even a popcorn machine!

    -Customize chairs and other furniture with team colors and logos.

    -Add a riser for that stadium feel, as well as giving all your guests the best seat in the house.

    Photo Credit: gsloan 


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