Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baby Showers: Gifts to Help Mom and Dad Decorate the Nursery


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With so many friends and family members having babies in the near future, it really got me thinking, what are some unique gifts I can put together that will make these babies’ nurseries extra special?

While browsing around I found some really amazing one of a kind mobiles. They’re kind of a staple in every nursery, so I think it’s a fantastic idea to make them pop. These were some of my favorites, and they’d be super easy to duplicate.

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Another way to personalize a nursery that can be a great gift, is a wall decal. There are so many options out there and even sites where you can create your own. These can add little touches or make a huge impact. Here are a few ideas that will inspire you as well!

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I have found so many adorable quotes and prints that are just perfect to top off any nursery. You can easily replicate these yourself with either a canvas and paint or even just your printer and a few frames. I hope these strike your fancy and make you want to create a piece of your own.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring Cleaning - How to Know it's Time to get rid of Various Things Such as Sofas, Chairs, Rugs, ect.


Spring is here! And with spring comes the routine de-cluttering of everything you and your family have accumulated over the past few cold, dreary months. Instead of the normal spring-cleaning, I am going to discuss how you know it’s time to say goodbye to some of your more substantial pieces throughout your home.



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Sofas & Chairs:
Pitching an old sofa or chair can be hard. We try to make excuses as to why it is still a functional piece and why, oh why, it would make a great addition to the basement, until we realize that it is in fact, time for this loved piece of furniture to move on out. If your sofa or chair has multiple set-in stains and holes/worn out areas, along with broke down cushions and/or a broken frame, it is time for it to hit the road. How about pet odors? Yeah, that’s not just the character of the piece, if you cannot get that foul smell out of your piece; it’s time to pitch it.  With all this being said if you still like the overall character of your sofa or chair and the frame is still as sturdy as the day you bought it, but the fabric is outdated, you can always reupholster. 




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Curtains:
Window treatments are what finish a room, they add softness and a little something extra to any space, so of course you want them to look as crisp and put together as possible. After years of sun exposure, your curtains will begin to show signs of sun damage and discoloration if they are not lined, this would be a good time to switch out your old treatments for some new, lined ones. Naturally fabrics go in and out of style, so there will come a time when your window treatments will be just plain out-of-date. When you go to update them, take into consideration if you’d like the new treatments to be more functional, or on the other hand, more decorative.




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Rugs:
Area rugs are the anchors of every space, so it is important that yours is conveying the right message. First off, having the correctly sized rug will change a space in the snap of your fingers, so if your existing area rug is no longer compatible with your space, it needs replacing. If years of wear and tear have left your rugs worn, stained, and even rough and unpleasant to walk on, it is time for an upgrade. An even more basic reason to ditch your old area rug is your change in taste.




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Lighting:
You might think that your light fixtures don’t make that big of a difference in your home, but in fact, they do. Fixtures are a great example of a small finishing touch that make a world of difference. If you have a light that has an outdated finish or if the style of the fixture just does not fit with the new direction you’re taking, it is time for this piece to go. Incorrectly sized lighting fixtures can also do a number on your space. If a lighting fixture is too small, the space will swallow it up. If a lighting fixture is too big, it will  overtake your space, in all the wrong ways.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gifts for the new Graduate's First Apartment


Graduation is an exciting and scary time for everyone. It’s a huge milestone, it’s the first step into adult life.  This post is incredibly appropriate given that our Spring intern, Erika, and design assistant, Halie are both graduating this semester.

Oftentimes, graduation is followed by a move for a new job. This means new beginnings, a new city, and a new apartment.  To help the graduate in your life adjust to this new found adulthood and take a step in the right direction, here are a few ideas to spice up their surroundings and make them feel more at ease to this enormous transition.


Every young professional should have a dedicated place to work at home. In college they had the library, their dining table surrounded by other stressed out college kids, and even their roommates’ floor. But this is where all that comes to a halt and becomes polished and sophisticated. I know it sounds cliché but there is something about an actual desk with the correct stationary that seems so productive.

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Quirky, one of a kind pieces bring fun and personality to any space. And if it’s a gift from you, it will of course be even more special. Every time your grad comes home from a stressful day at their new job or is feeling homesick, this piece will ease their mind thinking of you. It can literally be anything, a piece of artwork, a statue, a book… anything.

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Your grad has come a long way from Thirsty Thursdays and frat parties. So why not upgrade them to an “adult bar”. This doesn’t take much. Just a small corner in their new apartment, a bar cart or bar tray, and basic barware like an ice bucket and shaker. They will be able to easily move this around since it is so small and mobile, we all know our first apartments aren’t as big as we hope so this is perfect for cramped quarters.

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Speaking of cramped quarters, your fresh graduate will be forever grateful if you show them the ways of stylish storage. No more plastic furniture, they’ve grown past that. Instead buy them nice floating shelves for over their new desk, or adorable storage cubes, or boxes and bins to help organize their new professional wardrobe in that tiny closet of theirs.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gifts for Mom's Home


Mother’s Day is the one-day a year that is truly dedicated our moms. We plan the whole day around celebrating them, thanking them, and showering them in love in every way we think possible. Of course there is no way we could ever fully thank them for bringing us into this big world, and holding our hands through this crazy thing we call life, but we try our best. So this Mother’s Day, sit down, take your time, and create something special for her. These DIY projects are easy enough for even those who feel they don’t have a creative bone in their body. But let me tell you, they all come from the heart, and will make every mom feel appreciated.


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Growing up our mothers were constantly taking pictures, documenting every step, every laugh, and every smile. Once we got old enough the tables turned and we began documenting our lives together as a family, big or small. This hanging photo album is simple enough that it can be incorporated into any space, and functional enough that pictures can easily be switched out. With wooden rings, wire, clothespins, and a handful of pictures this can be accomplished as easy as one, two, three.


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This is perfect for those of us who no longer live as close to our families. A larger picture frame and a map is all you will need for this project. Cut outs of your state, your mom’s state, and even your siblings’ states with tiny hearts over each location will remind your mother that there is love coming from all over and it’s all for her. 




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Looking back and reading old notes and journals from our childhoods can be both bittersweet and comical. So why not capture that for your mother to enjoy and reminisce about? These will be a daily reminder to your mom of how sweet and charming you were as a kid.

You’ll need:
  •  tea towels
  • a sharpie
  • your old letters, notes, journals, etc.
  • tape 
The easiest way to go about this is by placing the tea towels on top of the message you will be transferring, taping it down to keep it in place, and simply trace with the sharpie marker.  A useful tip – if you’re having trouble reading the message through the tea towel, place it in front of a window. The light will make a world of difference.



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Sometimes we all need daily reminders that we are loved, even our mothers. This is an adorable way to say not only say I love you, but also thank you.

You’ll need:
  •  a frame
  • chalkboard piece (if you cannot find one, you can always paint a piece of wood with chalkboard paint)
  • stencils
  • paint
  • chalk 
 If your mom makes you pancakes when you’re in for a visit, or folds your laundry, or if you just want to thank her for being her generous, creative, beautiful, and sometimes high strung self, this is the way to do it. Your mom will absolutely love the little notes, promise!


So this Mother’s Day if you’re lucky enough, give your mom a big hug, squeeze a little harder than normal, and tell her how much you love her.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Set the Scene for a Derby


The Kentucky Derby is quickly approaching, so here are a few sweet and simple ideas to make your Derby viewing party a hit!

Lets begin with the bar set up. Mint Juleps are a must, if you want to feel as if you’re actually at the track watching the ponies. If your guests will be making their own drinks, keep the recipe in sight, just in case they need reminding. As far as the bar itself actually goes, if you can get your hands on some traditional silver cups, definitely scoop up as many as you can. Fresh flowers in pastel colors will dress up this area and add a touch of Southern flare.

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Another Derby must, is of course, big, over-the-top, hats. If you want, ask your guests to dress the part. Ladies in the biggest hats they can get their hands on, and gents in bow ties and sports coats.

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To continue to set the scene for your Derby themed gathering, subtle touches are sure to bring your guests to “oohhs” and “awws”. Incorporate winner’s ribbons, on the back of chairs, but add your own twist. Use burlap for a rustic flare, and some decorative ribbons and sparkles to punch it up. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to Decorate With Floral Patterns


What better way to bring the outside into your home this spring than by decorating with floral patterns? They are a great way to add freshness to a dull space. It can be a bit scary for some to branch out and go for a bold pattern but it can really pay off for your end result. 



 Upholstery

A good rule to go by with floral patterns is to try not to overdo it. Less is usually more with florals. For example, if you are talking about a couch, pillows, and chair for a living room, go with a solid for the couch and florals on the chairs and pillows. This will create emphasis and personality in small bursts without being too much. On the other hand, if you do want to go bold, using a floral on a large piece, like a sofa, can be beautiful.


Window Treatments 

Window treatments are another great place in your home to incorporate floral patterns. It can really add a light and airy element to your space by using them for your windows. One good option is to find a floral pattern that you love for your window treatments and base the rest of your room off of that. This way you can emphasize the pattern in the best way possible without feeling like you have any clashing elements. Try and pick out a color that is used least in the pattern and incorporate that into your furniture or rug
 
 
 

Rugs

Using a floral pattern on your area rug is a great way to add a ton of personality to your room without having to use the pattern in your furniture. This way the floral is concentrated to one area and you can just pull colors from the rug to pull together the rest of the space.

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Another thing about florals some may not realize is there are floral patterns to fit all different personalities. There are very organic floral patterns that look very realistic and then there are more stylized florals where you may not even be able to make out exactly what the images are. This is a good thing to keep in mind depending on the look you are going for.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to Arrange Your Porch and Entry for Spring


Spring is the perfect time of the year to take a fresh look at everything and liven up your home. Your porch and entry are great places to start doing so! They are the first places you see when entering a home so even making a few small changes can make your whole space feel different.

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Starting with the porch, try to change up the placement of your furniture if you have the space for it. Even if you just have one chair next to the door, try switching it to the other side just to create a different look. This will give you a jumping off point for the rest of the changes. Also, you can mix in some rustic elements like barrels as tables or outdoor lanterns for accessories.

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Purchase a few new accessories for your porch like a wreath that incorporates bright and fresh colors of the season. Getting new cushions for your outdoor furniture would also freshen up the whole area. Indoor/outdoor fabric, such as Sunbrella, works best for the cushions and pillows because they hold up to the weather well. If all new cushions are not in the budget, maybe a new bight throw pillow for your existing cushions would do the trick!

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Moving into the entry, you can use the same principles you did for the porch. Re-arrange the existing furniture for a fresh look. Then take a look at your existing accessories and see what few changes you could make to add to them and create a fresher space. Something as simple as picking up a faux orchid for you entry table can make all the difference by bringing the outside in. Some good go-to pieces for your entry are floor vases, entry mirrors above console tables to reflect light, and artwork that sets the mood for the rest of your home.