Fab gold finishes from Kohler in this bathroom reno

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Have you seen Erin’s bathroom remodel? It is fabulous. I love the herringbone floor and classic subway tile but what sets it off is the Modern French Gold finishes from Kohler. I live in Milwaukee and I secretly cheer whenever I see a Wisconsin based company get used and recognize for their products and services.

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If this isn’t all sorts of glam…

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Amazing. Something about the gold that gives it that oompth that silver metals wouldn’t do.

Selling Your Home: The Natural Rules

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If you’re in the process of selling your home, you’ll have probably read countless articles giving you “ten tips” or something similar on how to maximize your sale price.
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Our advice is going to be a little different and instead concentrate on a set of “natural rules” – which aim to entice buyers by simply making the most of your home’s natural make-up.
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We’re certainly not advocating a sledgehammer approach here – in fact, the biggest investment probably arrives through a new set of blinds. What we’re trying to highlight is that by keeping things simple, and ultimately staying natural, your property can become much more desirable to the typical viewer. Here are our three tips on how to achieve this:

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Tip #1 – Natural light will be your best friend

This is perhaps the best tip you can follow when it comes to selling your home; natural light really will be your best friend. We’re not quite sure of the science, but allowing as much natural light to flow into your house will immediately trick any eye into thinking that it’s bigger than it really is. As we know, at least in the world of property, bigger usually results in costlier.
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So, how do you achieve the above? Opting for blinds over curtains is the most advisable course of action, and investing in a set that will allow optimum amounts of natural light into the building at every point of the day should also be done. When it comes to viewing time, ensuring that they’re either open or at least adjusted to the point of allowing maximum light into the property, should again do the trick.

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Tip #2 – Take advantage of the natural views

If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by natural beauty, opening your home up to the views is another sure-fire way to impress any potential buyer. This is again an instance where blinds truly can be a saviour, particularly following recent developments in the industry.
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The emergence of top-down bottom-up blinds means that you can protect a home’s privacy, whilst also allowing plenty of natural light to enter the room at the same time. The fact that you can perfectly balance privacy and views through these sorts of inventions makes life much easier for the seller now.
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Tip #3 – Natural materials also work wonders

The previous tips have concentrated on what we see around us, but staying natural doesn’t have to only revolve around this. This final suggestion revolves around using natural materials in our home. In today’s age, it can be a lot easier to opt for synthetic replacements – with manufacturers keen to push products that are made to look like the “real deal”, but are in fact a cheaper copy.
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This could be anything from laminated floors to faux wood blinds – they both look the part to an extent, but they don’t have the same “wow” factor that real wood possesses. As well as this, any buyer will be sure to consider the maintenance issues and most of the time, these synthetic alternatives are much less durable which could result in heftier replacement costs in the future.
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Of course, it’s not always possible to invest in “real” and natural materials. However, if your budget allows, at least for the most prominent areas of the property such as the windows, it might be advisable to push the boat out.

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Ways to decorate for the holidays outside of a Christmas tree…

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I didn’t put up a tree this year but I did do some tabletop decor, a wreath and garland. I also have lights around my tv stand and towers. There are so many ways you can still be festive without putting up a tree and this post will inspire you. First up, if you have a mantel, you can easily buy garland. The fresh smell of real greenery will give your home the holiday aromas.

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Next you can still use your favorite ornaments just put them in clear vases, apothecary jars, bowls etc. Use shoe boxes to create presents and leave them around. Bonus points if the wrapping matches the color scheme…

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I just think the mannequin was too cute and clever. .
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Simple wreaths hung by ribbon can make just as much of a statement as one adorned with ornaments and less work…

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Random DIY, Design & Christmas Takeaways

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Have you all sent out your holiday cards? I haven’t but I will soon.

Useless knowledge: I have never had a gingerbread cookie in my life before, that I remember.

Do you put presents under the tree through out the month of December or wait until Christmas Eve?

I have a confession. I dislike real trees. I prefer artificial xmas trees anyday. It’s not the maintenance that’s an issue, I prefer the fullness of branches that artificial trees have. Which do you prefer?

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When I see this bakers rack, it really makes me want to spray paint mine gold. I currently use mine as a “bar cart”. All of my wine glasses, wine bottle holder, alcohol and decanters are on it against a black wall. I think ifnit were gold, it would bring new life to it.

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What a cool idea for those that have kids. It will look especially nice on black appliances.

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Monday Inspiration 11.8.14

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I have been putting off sorting a basket full of clothes and taking another bag full to the Goodwill. I don’t know why I became lazy at that because I usually pride myself with making room for new clothes donating things I haven’t worn. I need to get my life together and make it a priority to spend a couple hours going thru my closets and armoire and ensuring the things I have, are things I actually wear. I think I will do that tonight. I love the idea above of repurposing shower hooks for scarves. It’s much more easier to grab and go than having to untie knots (the way scarves are typically stored).

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I am not a bag person but this is such a great use of space for those odd closet top shelves. It’s like you’re shopping your closet because it’s staged like a store display. I see this person has a variety of coats. I am still waiting on a new wool belted coat to come in the mail from a cyber Monday sale. One way you can transform your closet is simply by making inventory of what you have and what you need. Then you will know how much space to allot for tall boots, small handbags, coats etc..

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If you look closely, these shelves are held by bricks. This is a great use of space…

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I just realized a way to not feel bad for procrastinating: buy pretty laundry baskets. Marshalls, Homegoods and TJmaxx has some of the prettiest laundry totes and baskets that makes heeps of clothes less of an eyesore…

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I still love the look of clothes displayed on racks. Why not incoporate a nice mirrored and glass table for folding? Any way you can make mundane tasks a little bit prettier, the better.

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Muted color palettes…

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A monochromatical gray color scheme doesn’t have to be boring as long as you layer, add textures, and bring in bold furniture and decor pieces. The seating above is truly a work of art. A modern chair combined with a rustic tree stump side table is an unexpected pairing but it all works in the space. That is another way you can keep things interesting in a muted palette.

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A home tour with lovely vignettes…

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With color inspiration from the 70s and a marriage of design styles, this home tour encompasses a lot of things I look for when featuring on my blog. I like a home to have some character and architectural detail. Brany’s has just that in the molding designs on the doors, beautiful wood floors and exposed brick. I like a home to look personal as if every item was edited and bought or salvaged from a place with background, history and meaning. Brandy’s home has just that. It mixes new and old and balances nicely throughout the entire space. What I saw first was that wild bold wallpaper and a gold mirror then the open riser stair case with a neon light and I knew this would be a fun home tour. Every room was interesting and the spaces that felt a little empty will probably be filled with another conversation starter soon. It just looks fun, like everything she bought, was bought because she simply liked it. Not because she needed to finish a room in time for an online feature or not as if she needed to be like everyone else and buy the same print, same tables, same rugs. Brandy’s home looks like Brandy. One of her fav sites to score items from is Chairish which is also where she sells decor through. You can buy her style at Make & Model. It’s nice to see someone that doesn’t stick with a formula of what they think is “cool”.

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Take a cue from this and use expensive or bold wallpaper in a very small width of space. You won’t break the bank but you will make an impact.

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Two chairs similar in style (both armless) and the same color can work just as well as a pair. I love the barstools and lighting.

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Decorating with busts and mannequins are my everything. I like how the vignette is asymmetrical but still balanced because the mannequin is around the same height as the lamp.

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You can see the rest of the tour and all of the deets over on Apartment Therapy.
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And then we had December….

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Happy Monday. Hope your weekend was funfilled. I had a good relaxing time with some fun thrown in. My aunt hosted a seafood gumbo showdown. I’m talking crab meat, crablegs, oysters, shrimp, sausage etc. It was so delish and fun to visit with family. I also went to a Bucks game the night that started my 5 day weekend and we won. I even made it to see The Lion King on Broadway. If you have kids or eant to enjoy a nice date night or girls night….go. It was so amazing. The last show is Dec 7th here in Milwaukee so get your tickets fast! December is the most wonderful time of the year and though I’m not 100% in the Christmas spirit this year, I am better than I was last year this time.

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Last year it took me going to Manhattan New York a week before Christmas in order to get in the mood. Seeing all of the lights, the jolly people, the skating rings, (both at Bryant Park and the Rockerfeller Center), the holiday windows on 5th avenue, the toys at FAO Schwartz and the snowstorm that delayed our flight home made me in the spirit. This year I’m trying to not let it take that long to get in the mood. I’m exchanging gifts with a few friends which is helping get in the swing of things so I have more people to shop for. I started shopping on Saturday for gifts. I really wish to share but one of those friends follows me on social media so I can’t. Let’s just say I can’t wait to see what she says about the gift I got her and her husband.

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Buying thoughtful gifts is second best to wrapping the gifts. I love wrapping gifts. People always say they know when Miya bought something because I like to use gift bags and go crazy with the tissue paper. This time I will wrap them up and use ornaments and ribbon instead of typical bows. Although I’m not putting up my Christmas tree this year, I did buy a wreath (something I never had) and flocked garland that will get adorned with ornaments and foliage tonight. It’s going to be super cold here in Milwaukee so I plan to stop to get me a salted caramel hot chocolate and go straight home and get busy decorating. I already decorated my home with table top décor (which I will blog about later) while watching the Macy’s parade (tradition).   I’m already finding myself humming Christmas tunes. So I guess I am in the spirit already. 

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Everything isn’t solely about Christmas though. For me, the month of December has some fun birthdays (niece and friend). December is a bit snowier so simply free fun things like snowball fights, building a snowman and taking my niece sledding will take place. I tried ice skating last winter and it wasn’t as fun as I remembered as a kid so I’ll leave that for yall.

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The short daylight, cold nights makes it perfect to snuggle and watch endless movies. Something about this time of year allows for cozy house shoes, socks, & PJs at all times. It’s the time of year when you wake up, shower and put back on PJs because you know you’re not going anywhere.  Faux furs and candles lit makes December so relaxing. If you are blessed to have a lot of paid vacay time (I get five weeks a year), enjoy it. Make time for you and do something you love or been putting off. I’m always on the go so being able to relax a bit is ideal. Knowing my car is parked in underground parking makes relaxing even more indulgent because I know I don’t have to shovel my car out after being plowed in and dust off the snow when I DO leave.

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December calls for a lot of get-to-gethers and parties, some of which you dress up for some of which you don’t but it’s great just knowing you will see your friends and family that much more. Be present in those moments. My friends and fam make fun of me cuz I always take pictures but it’s the same candid moments people love when they look back at them.

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It’s the time of year when I stock up on marshmellows and hot chocolate and spend a little too much buying fun flavors from Gloria Jeans & Dunkin Donuts like the Smore’s kind.

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December is also a time for reflection: what did you do or didn’t do throughout the year, what was a milestone or something that changed your life for the better, or what was something you can learn from that will help you in the future. It’s a time to set resolutions and goals for the upcoming year, though I’m a firm believer in not waiting as each day is a chance to start over. December can be an anxious month but it can also be filled with so much optimism. December is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.

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Did ya know TJMaxx now offers online shopping?

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This isn’t a sponsored post it’s just TJ Maxx is a store I’ve loved since working there as a teen. I worked there a year in the service desk area doing returns my freshmen year of college. Once I started having clients, it has been one of my go-to stores for affordable, pretty, and unique decor items. You can buy a whole room filled with stuff from TJ Maxx and it won’t feel as if you shopped at one place and it won’t break your budget. What I love most is the fact that you can get sizeable mirrors for under $40. I’m talking mirrors big enough to swap out and replace over bathroom vanities like you see in this post. They have nice rugs, chic pet bowls & stuff, drapery, a lot of cool end tables and chairs.  Another thing I love is the brand named faux fur throws and pillows and often times they are under $20 like the ones in my collage. I don’t know about you but my clients are not trying to spend $400 on two pillows. So if you’re in a budget, or simply want more bang for you buck without compromising style, head over to your nearest TJMaxx or online.

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