Valentine’s Day DIY’s with Balloon Time…

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I had so many plans to create fun decorations for Valentine’s day but crafters bought everything well in advance. Target and Michael’s were very picked over by the last week of January. Sooo that’s when you turn to fun Party Stores like Balloon Time.

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They have so many fun ideas to incorporate balloons in a non cheesy way for all sort of celebrations. You can even purchase helium tanks from them…

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I love this DIY fun spin on candy Be Mine hearts…

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How gorgeous is this Valentine’s tablescape?
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They have some fun ideas on their site like making Mini Balloon Love Notes which would be especially fun for kids and a Date Night idea for couples.
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This is by far one of my fav ideas. As an avid wearer of bright lipsticks by N.Y.X. cosmetics, this would be so simple and fun to create if I were having a gathering or doing something intmate at home. What ways are you decorating?

{DIY Projects, Styling and Text by Studio DIY & Photos by Jeff Mindell & Mary Costa Photography and Balloon Time}


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Get the look for less on Khloe’s home…

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When I posted a few favorite rooms from Khloe and Kourtney’s homes yesterday, I immediately thought of some of my favorite stores (Pier 1 and World Market) and how they have merchandise full of global and cultural furniture and décor. You can create a similar look with exotic finds by shopping the links below. I sourced other affordable items from AtHome, ZGallerie, High Fashion Home, Lamps Plus, Rugs USA, & Kirklands as well. Purchase vases with metallic sheens, mother-of-pearl and mosaic details. This will add some oomph to a white room…

{Sources: 95″ sheer curtains, tufted ottoman, white lanterns, ivory wall mirror, flower lanterns, lattice aluminum garden stool, chrome and crystal lantern, crystal light pendant}

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Create a neutral color scheme by making it interesting with different textures like faux furs, tweed, velvet, plush microfibers in the pillows and throws…

{Sources: timber end table, hide pillow, corseca pillow, chaise, metallic pouf, crystal sconce, white throw}

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Use patterns like ikat in fabric choices and rugs. Also incorporate high piled shag rugs for a luxe feel…

{Sources: rug, nesting tables, moroccan coffee table, velvet pillow, leather pillow, nailhead ottoman, pattern ottoman, carved wall plaques, hurricane pendant light, carved floor vase, urn vase, mosaic platter}


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Kourtney & Khloe Kardashian’s homes in Architectural Digest…

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I always say Khloe is my favorite and her new home shows some of the reasons why. I’ve blogged about her gym closet recently here. However this new home of hers has some rooms I don’t ever get a glimpse of on KUWTK. I love Moroccan architecture with the ornate details and arches galore and designer to the stars, Martyn Lawrence Bullard gave her home a contemporary spin on that…

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It’s more airy and neutral versus being rich in jeweled toned colors but the Turkish, Moroccan and Middle Eastern influences are there in the mirrors, lanterns, and side tables. The room I love the most is this tented living room that feels like a lounge area of an over the top wedding reception. I love that look because it’s definitely dramatic but airy and light. I created a GET THE LOOK that I will post tomorrow on achieving the same style for a budget with some of my favorite stores.

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Martyn included a lot of his collaborations like some fabric selections. He is very known for eclectic and bold room designs with a lot of pattern. He used his Schumacher wallpaper that covered the 5th wall of Khloe’s family room, creating more visual interest to play along with the ceiling beams. I love the rug and how it ties in the cream and white palate. Speaking of, using cream and off whites create more of a cozy feeling than the contrast of bright whites and black. I find this color combination more attainable to live with than bright whites, especially for a sofa.

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Love the outdoor lounge space…

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This is Kourtney’s living room which is vast different from her colorful bold last home. It’s modern but comfortable for the kids…

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I am actually looking to create this same look behind my bedroom nightstand and side table. Placing mirrors behind lamps helps to bounce light around so a room can feel brighter…

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You can see the rest of their home over on Architectural Digest or in store by picking up their Celeb Home Edition.

{Photos beautiful captured by Roger Davies Photography}


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After moving into a new home…

Interior design doesn’t require you to be a professional or have any previous experience. Anyone can design a home well if they put their minds to it. But you have to remember to go about it the right way to limit the amount of work you have to do.

Professional Movers and Telling Them What to Do

To start with, decide whether you will redecorate your new home before you arrive. There’s little point in hiring professional local movers and telling them to move the heavy furniture into place when you’re going to pull it away again to redecorate. This is why it’s important to make the decision before moving.

Start with the Bedroom
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Begin with the rooms where you’ll be spending the most time. The bedroom will take up about a third of your time, so it makes sense to start with this. One good tip on interior design is the simplest things can make the biggest difference. In the bedroom, go out of your way to buy the best bedding you can. This is the biggest focal point of any bedroom, so go all out on it.

Take Time

When moving in, it’s easy to get carried away with renovating this and redecorating that. You make the best decisions after you’ve lived in a location for a certain length of time. Spend at least a month living in your new home before deciding on any big purchases. You may well notice areas that are in need of urgent renovation. For example, you may estimate $5,000 for the bathroom, but after a month you discover that it would be better spent on the kitchen.

Don’t Match
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The showroom down at your local furniture store would have you believe that everything has to match up. This is exactly the wrong way to go about it. It only makes your home look generic, lifeless, and boring. Instead, you have to consider how you’re going to stand out from the crowd. You do this by going in the exact opposite direction. It’s okay to match some items, but go out of your way to create contrasts.

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A pretty photography shop full of Paris & London architecture

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I love coming across sites and stores that sell items I will want to purchase from. So after I discovered Anna With Love Fine Art Photography, I wanted to share with you all.

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I love the back story behind the start of her art photography shop. Anna visited Paris and it was there that she found her  true passion for photography. She believes everyone should find a career they love and continue to work on their dreams because one day they will come reality. She went on to leave her job in television to work as a photographer for a company that eventually gave her the courage to take a leap of faith and start her own business. I haven’t visited Paris or London yet but I especially love their architecture. So naturally I like photography on those two cities. Anna has some beautiful prints that make for great collages as well as blown up images to stand alone.

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Can we give a round of applause for this home?

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This is very similar to my bedroom inspiration. A bedroom that has so many textures and creates a moody, modern, relaxing atmosphere with some glam and edge. Velvet, Moroccan wedding blankets, a plush rug, mirrored and chrome details are all elements I have and want for my bedroom retreat. It’s monochromatic but isn’t boring because it’s layered with textures to keep it interesting.

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That’s not where it ends. Check out this living room space. The coffee table is a piece of art and the palette is calming and warm.

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Although I hate the infamous hand chair, this room reminds me of something Kelly Wearstler would approve of.  I wish I had another angle of the banquette because it looks beautiful. I especially like how gold plays off the grays and the gunmetal chain drapes gives it edge. You can see the rest here.

{Photography: Tony Soluri
Architect: Patrick Fortelka, Charles Vincent George Architects
Interior Designer: Aimee Wertepny and Lauren Warnock, Project Interiors
Home Builder: Dave Knecht and Mike Zalud, Northridge Builders, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Eric A. Tharp, Premier}


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Tuesday’s Tips: Ideas for master bedrooms…

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Oftentimes I watch HGTV and get tickled at the amount of people that request such large sized bedrooms. They just CANNOT live with a smaller room. The entire house could fit the rest of their needs and be in the school districts they want but if the bedroom has a small square footage, they will pass.  I understand no one wants a cramped space. I also understand you want adequate room for foot traffic and drawer clearance. It’s just funny because most of the time when they go back and show how the people live after moving in, they never really utilize the space that they have. A lot of the times the bedrooms are huge and empty with a lot of dead space. If you find yourself with the pleasure of having to figure out how to design a bedroom that is sizeable, then here are ideas.

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Create a living room space. Yep, a living room. You have the room for it so you might as well invest in a small loveseat and coffee table area.

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I know most would frown upon this and I do as well (if you work from home). Otherwise, if you use the computer for leisure purposes, I don’t see a problem creating a computer space in your bedroom for web surfing, shopping, blogging and social media.

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Create a reading corner. All you need is a side table, a comfy chair, an ottoman and reading lamp.

{images via @scoutdesignstudio, @patrickcline_, Peter Pennoyer and Shawn Henderson | Architectural Digest}


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Tiny Tot Thursday: Marquee Letters for nurseries

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While in a black hole of design browsing on Instagram, I came across this beautiful rustic nursery. You know I love marquee signs and letters so I think adding those to a kid’s room would be fun. It’s also a stylish alternative to night lights if there is just one small letter on the wall or shelf.

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Ever mentally have a To Buy Item and then…

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You score a great deal on one when you weren’t looking? Funny how that works. I went into TJMaxx to get 2 bar stools for my basement when I spotted it. Before me was a plush, deep tufted  chair with curvy lines. It stopped short of being the chaise I always wanted but for $149, I knew I couldn’t beat the price.

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I have always loved this chair so I immediately decided against the bar stools and purchased that instead. It barely fit in my car…

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Above is my gray chair. It’s nice to have a different outdoor view and room perspective.

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I also bought Straight Outta Compton, the director’s cut.

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I rounded up a few options from various stores  in case you’re looking for one too..

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The fact that I had to come to work in -8 degree temps is just…

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…Disrespectful. Happy MLK Day. Are you at home, volunteering or working today? The temperatures have me wanting to do nothing else other than lounge on the couch watching tv & curling in bed reading magazines. Today is the kind of day you go all out cooking a huge breakfast, because you can…

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Chocolate chip pancakes sounds good right about now…

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Last week my furnace went out. My condo was so cold smoke was coming out of my mouth. The furnace people came around 10 am and fixed it but that was a miserable night for me. All I could think of is that $179 modern electric fireplace I plan on getting from Big Lots that has LED lighting on the sides. Had I bought it when I said I was, I would have at least had a warm toasty living room. It’s on the list on things to buy…
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