Ever see an interior with something you want…

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…then you come across something similar in store?

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I saw these images on Sukio of Jenna Snyfer-Phillips home and really liked the zebra art pieces. Then I came across one similar at Michael’s.

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So I bought it. When I frame it, I will post…


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Outdoor spaces and inspiring places

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It finally felt like Spring this weekend here in Milwaukee with Easter reaching 75 degrees (77 according to my phone). I was a happy camper and it made me think of how I need to get my patio life together. Browsing stores like Target and Pier 1 can really make you want to buy-every-dog-on-thing. However a few bright items can jazz up any blah outdoor space.

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Fabric Walls
This makes me want to buy a funky pattern and hang it on the walls of my patio with velcro. Actually, I may just do that. It can also hide unsightly areas. Just make sure you use outdoor fabric.

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Sun Shelter
Scalloped umbrella tables are pretty much everything. They aren’t cheap but worth the splurge if you live in a climate that utilizes outdoor areas more than 4 months out of the year…

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Pillow Happy
Add fun pillows to seating you already own. Make it even more worthwhile if you get pillows that match the interior decor. You can always add them to sofas during the office season. Target usually has some for as little as $14.

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Plants
Potted plants are great for adding privacy between balconies, patios or yards. They also help liven a space. They’re little easier to maintain than flowers and lower maintenance.

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Rugs
Rugs are another way to add color to a space. Though you want to be mindful of materials so that it can withstand temperature and elements of nature, you can possibly have more leisure with a covered space. My patio is shaded and covered so I’m debating on buying a cute coral kitchen rug for the area under my patio chairs. There isn’t much sunlight that would cause discoloring and the cost is so inexpensive it wouldn’t be a huge loss if it did.

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Flowers
Lastly flowers are nice but if you’re like me, you may not want to take time upkeeping them. Go to any Michael’s, Jo-Ann fabric (both having sales 50% off stems) or even Dollar Tree for affordable and often times realistic looking faux flowers. I swear all of them aren’t tacky and you won’t have to worry about animals and bugs munching on the petals or wind blowing the petals off. I was very shocked at how cute some of the flowers were from the dollar store. They sell everything to make your own planters. My next post will show you some of my weekend flower diys that may change your mind.

{Images via American Trade Hotel, Cote Paris Mag, Ikea, Doug Meyer, Pernille Kaalund, The Fab Guide & First Home}


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Happy Easter. Pretty egg inspiration…

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These look like cool nail designs…

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I’m sure you can use plastic eggs to paint versus die and decorate with them the entire month of April…

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In the middle of crafting for a party I’m styling, I took a break to make my niece an Easter basket. Dollar Tree had the cutest stuff this year. The glitter eggs and tulips on sticks came from there along with pretty much everything. I added bubbles, sidewak chalk, puzzles, sunglasses, a hopping chick, a stuffed rabbit and some squeezy light up toy. Since my sis n law doesn’t give her candy, I filled the rabbit eared eggs with goldfish and animal crackers.

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I think it’s cute. Hope your holiday is relaxing and filled with good food.


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Designs and dimensions in tile, doors and furniture

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I saw AKDO’s tile on pinterest and loved the design. I can see this as backsplash for a stove with gold fixtures.  So pretty…

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Then I saw this which is making some patio awfully fabulous. See more here

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This door is amazing. Talk about an entrance…

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The lines of this desk reminds me of the one Kelly Wearstler used here

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This room has a lot of dimension too in the form of the many textures through out: wood paneled walls, woven headboard, quilted blanket, leather tufted bench. Textures gives interest in an earthy color palette or monochromatic design. Do you like dimension or prefer flush smooth surfaces?

{Other images via Arkpad}


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Boutique Indulgences: Five Hearts in Milwaukee

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Two weeks ago I went browsing the Third Ward area of downtown Milwaukee (which is home to bars, shops, cafes, luxury condos and the river). My consin noticed Five Hearts first which shares a lobby with a salon. Upon entry was a console table of brochures and things happening in the area. Then we walked in…

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An industrial designed clothing boutique for women. Super cute clothes, friendly staff and just a nice vibe overall. We were told that the name came from the owners five daughters….hence….five hearts.

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I really liked all of the storage units…

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Tuesday’s Tips: how to decorate a narrow room

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So you bought a new house but there’s that one narrow itty bitty room that you struggle with. Well you can create a comfy lounge to simply go to when you want to nap, read, or think. Buying furniture to scale for the space will allow a functional area…

{Image via brittany ambridge for Domino magazine}
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You will have to edit carefully and ensure each item in a narrow room is needed and functions. Small tables and furniture with legs keeps this space airy and prevents a cluttered feeling…

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A feminine Bathroom Design

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I created a bathroom in a simple white and gray palette with silver and mercury glass accents. I opted for a decorative mirror versus a medicine cabinet. It’s one of the easiest way to update bathroom and something I blogged about here. I wanted shine and a hint of sparkle with classic designs like the floor mat which looks like marble. A pedestal vanity with space to hold some pretty decorative perfume bottles was a must. I can’t stand a pedestal sink that barely has room for anything other than soap. To continue with the feminine vibe I went for a beautiful lace shower curtain. The marble modern clock echos the mat and marble sink. I really like this space. You can find the items I selected for the collage here.


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My Tablescape Using New Spring Designs from Hen House Linens…

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Hen House Linens has some great Spring designs perfect for upcoming wedding & bridal showers, garden and tea parties and Mother’s Day brunches. In case you missed it, I used their linen before in my Valentine’s post. This time I opted for the bargello citron pattern which is their take on the quatrefoil pattern I love. It’s a boldly modern with a retro vibe that is sure to make some tablescapes festive and fun. I opted for a black and white with turquoise color scheme.

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I wanted to create an affordable tablescape using things around the home and mix matching real linen with paper products for a cost effective way to jazz up a place setting. Using a graphic black and white wrapping paper, I created a runner to contrast between the lime green color of the place mat. I used turquoise to add another pop of color that would work really well for anything Spring related. 

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The vase was a previously owned item that happened to match perfectly so I put my Ikea sticks from another vase into that one and used napkins to create bows tied and secured with bag ties. The elephant book ends were also something I owned and I used them to hold smaller plates. I figured if this were a real place setting, lightweight foods like bread or mini cupcakes could stay at the table. Always use things you have like candle holders, bowls or drinking glasses turned upside down to hold platters. Whenever you can elevate platters of food at different heights, you create visual interest.

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