Design Takeaways…

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I think this planter design would be very cute in a kitchen especially if herbs like basil etc were potted. Someone who cooks with fresh ingredients could have them right at their disposal…

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I also like the painted pegboards. This is a way to inject color in a rental apartment and can function as a space saver. Check out pegboards posts for jewelry storage solutions and kitchen ideas. If you need more ideas on adding color in a kitchen, read here.

{Images by Douglas Lyle Thompson for Gardenista as seen on Remodelista}

Caramel apple cocktail recipes plus a fall tablescape…

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It’s October: a time for all things apple. Most people rave about pumpkin this and pumpkin that, pumpkin patches, pumpkin flavors, pumpkin seeds & pumpkin carving but I am all about the apples. From apple crisps to apple nachos, even apple picking. (Apple nachos are an easier version of caramel apples that I do annually for my coworkers and after apple picking. Slice them and drizzle chocolate, caramel and melted marshmellows on top. You can add chocolate chips, peanuts etc.). So imagine my excitement when I heard about UV’s Salty Caramel Apple flavored vodka…

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I am a fan of UV vodkas and no….I’m not saying this because they sent me a bottle to sample. I like fun vodka concoctions and UV’s Cake (mix it with pineapple juice to taste like a pineapple upside down cake) is in my fridge right now. In the summer I keep their Whipped flavored vodka on deck for this blended strawberry beverage I make. So I am truly a fan of the brand…

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I figured I would create a little tablescape in a fall color scheme to keep it festive. I think the bright fiery orange and the black and white really looks fresh and modern. I used wallpaper to line the table & glitter/sequined craft paper as coasters. With the exception of the the leafy branches, I shopped my home to create this look…

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Tiny Tot Thursday: black and white nurseries

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Here is a color combination you don’t see often in kids rooms: black and white. Is this too adult for you or do you like it with a punch of color?

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Keeping rugs and some decor or furniture adult friendly can help when the child transitions to older ages…

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Changing pillowcovers are easy and affordable ways to change a look without breaking the bank…

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Adding color to the wall will make the nursery more gender specific while keeping the main items and decor gender neutral…

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Wall decals are easy to use and removable when the room takes on a new theme or color scheme…

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Using graphic patterns and designs can make the space fun for a child and not too serious….

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You can soften the palette by adding gray to the mix…

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Black rugs can hide unsightly stains that you may not have time to promptly clean…

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{Images via project nursery, Photography by Monica Wang & Annawithlove, design sponge, love and lace blog, creating really awesome free things and style me pretty}

Wedding getaway car decorating ideas…

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Seeing a newlywed couple exiting the wedding reception in a stylish vintage convertible just isn’t enough. You have to adorn the car in classy fun ways to let the passerbys know you just got married. Here are alternatives to the old can-on-a-string tradition.

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Hang a floral wreath on the grill…

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Attach a banner….

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Tie a huge ribbon in a bow…

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Give the steering wheel a corsage…

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Tissue paper pom pom garland and custom window decals are other cute ideas…

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{Images via Style me Pretty, Ruffled Blog, 100 Layer Cake, Plum Pretty Sugar, Weddings Online, M Three Studio, Etsy, Michelle Edgemont + Brklyn View Photography, Erich McVey photography, & Strawberry Milk Events}

Decorating with wood cutting boards…

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Cutting boards can double for function and decor or art….

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Dip dye them for a fun DIY and hang an assortment in a gallery wall style..

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Layer with canisters and lean against the backsplash…

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I love the molding details with the classic subway tile and minimal bulb pendant. The cutting board is the same stain as the wood on the chair legs and floor…

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I like the cutting boards sold at Marshalls because they are affordable and come in a variety of stains and designs.

{Tinsley Hutson-Wiley, Dering Hall Design, the design chaser, in the fun lane, style at home}

Tuesday’s Tips: how to transition your patio for fall

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It’s starting to become crisp at night and you may be more inclined to stay inside once the sun starts to set. Well here are a few ways to get more use out of your patio for the fall months.

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Adding a few cable knit or plaid throws are great to keep warm when it gets a bit chilly. Plus they are perfect for cozying up to take in an outdoor movie…

Firepit
They are good in the summer to create ambience but even better in the fall when you can roast smores on the fire…

Lighting
As the days grow shorter and shorter you will rely more and more on lighting. String lights will still look cool at all times of the year but heat lamps create light and keep you toasty…

Decor
Swap out any bright summary hues for muted, rustic, & jeweled tones.  Also replace floral blooms for branches and autumn leafy garland…

My DIY art idea using a pillowcase

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Over the weekend I finally decided to put to use some picture frames I bought at JoAnn Fabric. I knew I wanted to take up some wall space in my bedroom and since it has a slight Moroccan influence, I figured I could use a beaded pillowcase I bought from Summerfest as art. Below is the simple tutorial…

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First I cut the fabric slightly larger than needed so that I could tape the excess on the back of the mat….

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Wedding horses and flowers….

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I have a love of horses and think incorporating flowers on their manes is such a beautiful idea for rusticnor bohemian wedding photos…

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This above is the absolute cutest thing ever. Which would you decide to decorate: the tail, mane, or create a garland for the neck or a floral halo like the above?

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{Images via Kristen Booth,
Feather & Twine Photography, Kay English Photography, Vicki Grafton Photography, Burnetts Boards, Love My Dress, & Style Me Pretty}

Tiny Apartment: 5 Ways to Maximize your Living Room Space

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Nothing feels better than crawling on top of your well-made bed or sofa after a relaxing shower. Ah! That good vibes from the cleanliness of your skin touching the softness of your comfort place! It’s a sure way to a heavenly rest whether you are set to sleep or watch the latest television program. But no matter what you want to do for relaxation, your living room is one of the top choices for you, right? Aside from binge-eating and movie-watching, you can also sing songs, strum your guitar, do some artworks, and a whole lot more.

But what if your apartment is so tiny that the idea of living room seems confusing for you? Like how do people expect you to set up a relaxing living room inside a studio-type apartment?

Worry not. You can do it, buddy! Here are some tips for you.

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Let the Light Shine

Did you know that lack of adequate light can affect your mood? As crazy as it may seem, but it is true. So wake-up with a smile on your face by opening your curtains and letting the sun shine inside your tiny apartment. Letting the light in will also make your small space look larger, cleaner and more welcoming.

You can try creative lighting effects if your place lacks adequate natural light. But if you have access to it, open your windows. In fact, the larger windows you have, the better lighting you’ll get. Here’s the magic behind: opening your windows will instantly connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting your space.
 

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Go for Switch-Hit

Invest in flexible furnishings by choosing elements that switch-hit. Go for table which can also function as a desk or a dining table. Daybeds or deep sofas are great multifunction space savers too if they can double as beds. You can opt for pieces that can be rearranged to save space like folding chairs, collapsible tables and hanging organizers.

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Trick your Eye

You can trick your eyes into seeing a tiny living room as a big one using decorations such as mirror to create a vista, bring light into dark spaces, and create faux doorways or windows, all of which make a room seem bigger.

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Another good option is from floor-to-ceiling curtains that make your room appear taller. Pick a glass table, too because glass furniture seem to disappear and give you more space.

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Be a Minimalist

Remember, you have a small space so don’t cram everything in it. No matter how elegant looking that six-seater couch is. If you want to have a good-looking, spacious living room in a limited space, go for sleek and lean furniture.

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Play with Colors

Looking for a color palette that won’t make your room cluttered? This tandem of cream colors and icy blues can convert a tiny interior into a seemingly bigger living area. The fact is light colors make a room look bigger and brighter while light and brightly colored walls make a space feel open and airy.

Rather than giving your living room dramatic contrasts, blend the colors in your furniture, flooring and wall covering. Solids with small- and medium-sized prints will also work well for your living room. If you’re into bright colors, accent pillows and a decorative throw in the living room can also satisfy you.

A tiny apartment seems really a challenge in the beginning especially with those big mattresses and couches. But if you know how to navigate your way pass this limited space, you’ll realize that size doesn’t matter at all. The concept of small, after all, depends on a person’s view.

 
Author Bio:

Reema Marquez is a professional writer based in Manila, Philippines. A student of Interior Design, she loves to eat ice cream and watch basketball games. Follow her on twitter.