Tuesday’s Tips: curtain panels for bathroom showers

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I am moving in a little over a month and will have three bathrooms to decorate so I’m trying to find inspiring ideas. I have always loved the modern take on the old school curtain look for the shower. Nowadays people are using grommet curtain panels, raising the rod near the ceiling and having panels puddle to the floor. I really love this idea but I think I want to use clips to hold the fabric instead of grommets. For fact, I will have two panels….just need to zero down on fabric.

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Something very enveloping and comforting happens when there are two panels. Simply use a tension rod to hang the liner and move it to one side so you don’t see it. A fabric that blends in with the tile is very chic…

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Painted ornate mirrors…

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So I have always had a thing for old ornate mirrors. I love the details of the wood and really like oompth given to them by paint. I have been looking and looking and hoping to stumble on one while thrifting and I finally did. Keep reading for my very own transformation…

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Using a mirror at a wedding or event and having the seating chart or menu on it, is such a beautiful idea…

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So several weeks ago I found this $14 mirror from the Goodwill. I was so excited because it’s rather large. I used to think I would have a gold mirror but then decided I wanted something bold. So I painted it with Martha Stewart high gloss acrylic craft paint in Indigo and it came out like this….

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First I replaced the art with striped wrapping paper that was suppose to be temporary. Then I decided to keep it and add chalkboard paint on the glass.
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I am in the process of moving so disregard the vase branches behind the frame. I kind of like the messy look of it but I may end up painting all of the glass. Seeing the wrapping paper under the chalkboard is cool to me. I think I will put this over my bar cart for drink recipes or a festive message for company.

{First image via etsy & wedding image via bridal guide}

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There are other house plants other than a fiddle leaf…

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I love the design community but often times popular home tours pave the way for a bunch of copy cat designs. Which isn’t a problem however I am sick of seeing the popular fiddle leaf plant that everyone has. Nice plant but there are so many others you can pick too. I personally love agave plants though you mostly see those outdoors. I also really like most cacti and exotic tropical leafy plants like the petticoat palms.

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I like a nice potted floor plant but my cat likes to chew on my faux palm tree so I can’t imagine owning one. If you have pets, you have to be sure the leaves aren’t poisonous…
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{Image via Ryan Street, design sponge, garden life, india hicks, tamara magel, design sponge again, & sarah davidson}

Tuesday’s Tips: make your home feel larger

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I was reading an article on Elle Decor yesterday that had some cool tips to make your space feel larger. It was funny because the post also had more images of the home I posted in this post. You can also see that living room below. So I’m categorizing this in both my Tuesday’s Tips and Remember When tabs. Above they combined panels to form one large massive canvas of DIY art which is genius and critical when hanging art in a home with high ceilings. I’m moving into a condo that has high vaulted ceilings in the living/dining area so I know buying art and wall decor has to be sizeable and to scale. Otherwise it will look silly.

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Another trick is taping rugs together to make one large area rug. That too is a great idea and will possibly save you money as large scale rugs are typically expensive. You can also lay them close together on rug grip pads to prevent them from moving apart or the rugs sliding around. Speaking of rugs….I purchased two for only 96 bucks because Rugs USA had a 75% off with free shipping sale that I couldn’t pass up. One is a white furry shag rug is 5×3 ft and one with a cobalt blue design that’s 5×8. I can’t wait till they arrive. This is not a sponsored post, I am just too happy about that deal and the selection. I will definitely use them for clients.

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Tuesday’s Tips: Sleep Better By…

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We all can benefit from having a good night’s sleep. Here are some tips you may not have thought of.

Wash Pillows to keep them germ free and fluffy and donate old worn out pillows to animal shelters…

Buy a good mattress or mattress pad…

Hang up black-out curtains to create a dark room where the light from the streets and sun doesn’t bother you…
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Clean and tidy up before bed as the less clutter you see, the more relaxed you’ll feel…

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Get clothes and lunches ready the night before work which will give you more time to sleep in the morning and less time to get ready. You’ll also benefit from not forgetting things and eliminate the stress of not having something to wear. Doing this can also keep you punctual.

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The more sleep you get, the less time you spend awake which means you’ll eat less calories through out the day.

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Tiny Tot Thursday: preparing for a baby in a 400 sq ft NYC apt

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When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make this a Tiny Tot Thursday post. The parents didn’t want to move when they found out they were expecting. Instead, they got out their thinking caps and made some creative choices that can benefit anyone.

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The hanging bassinet is quite genius and visually pretty amongst the exposed brick wall. The parents used the height of the ceiling to their benefit by working up and using vertical wall space for storage. It’s something I suggested in a closet storage post you can read about here.

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I love the numbered bins on the floating shelves. They also raised their bed to be able to utilize underbed space more efficiently. You can see the rest of the details and more pics
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Hello February…

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Hot air balloon ride is on my bucket list and how romantic would it be to ride in a heart shaped balloon…
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I am not one of those people that feel you can’t celebrate a simple holiday because you should love on people everyday. Of course you should do things through out the year but it’s still fun to create Valentine’s crafts with children (I plan to create a little care package for my niece & help her make Valentine’s for her parents), wear red (a hue I hardly wear) & get festive.

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Kitchen Options: Under Cabinet Lighting

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I always say nothing beats ambient lighting. Lighting truly does wonders to transform a space and emit a certain mood. I love how under cabinet lighting can add a custom feel to a kitchen that may be on the ordinary side…

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There are quite a few options but I prefer the inexpensive ones that don’t require wiring. You can get LED flexible strips on a light reel that runs around 7 bucks or puck lights with adhesive bottoms. Some of those are motion sensored so you don’t have to worry about wasting energy when someone isn’t home or in the kitchen. Some of the wireless lights can come with wireless switches.