Bold bathroom tile & wallpaper designs…

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Soon I’ll be moving to my condo I’m buying and though it is move in ready, I can’t wait to be able to give my personal touch to things. One way you can do that is the bathroom. There isn’t a lot of wall or floor space usually so wallpapering a powder room or laying higher end flooring shouldn’t be too costly because you have a small area to work with.

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It also may fit your budget if you splurge on marble for the bathroom sink vanity versus in a kitchen for countertops. You can sometimes find affordable slabs of stone that can get cut and sized to fit your needs in hardware stores or tile shops. A lot going on with patterns in the above bathrooms but it all works because it’s in the same color scheme…

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I love how this bathroom has two mirrors on opposite ends giving it the illusion of a larger area….

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Vertical stripes will make the ceiling of a bathroom feel higher…

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The dentil molding in this bathroom is everything! I plan to add some sparkle to my walls and ceiling with chandeliers. Even a flush mount fixture will be enough to add some ambience to a bathroom or hall…

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Changing hardware, lighting and decorative mirrors can add the oomph you need to tranform a bathroom into a fabulous space…

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Gift Wrapping Ideas…

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I love the sequin stockings and the bright ribbon…

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Pottery Barn Teen’s blog has a lot of cool diy ideas including using old school garland for present toppers…

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Adding photos to the gifts are a nice touch. Instead of using name tags, simply place a pic of the person on the gift…

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Jazz up all of those boxes department stores give you with ribbon….

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This is my personal one: use tissue paper to wrap odd shaped items. It’s much more forgiving than paper which can rip and puncture easily. With tissue paper, you can kind of mold it to the shape of the item…

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Happy Christmas Eve!

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Today I am bombarding you with recent pins and inspiration for the holidays. This is only one post but there will be one on wrapping ideas and tree decorating. Plus I will show you what I done at home and scenes from a party I attended over the weekend. Clearly, your homes are already finished but you can get ideas for next year and color schemes you can shop for Friday when everything is on sale. So if Christmas isn’t your thing….come back Friday for part 2 of get-2-gether party ideas. If you haven’t already, part 1 is about wine and cheese tasting ideas.

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Holiday Entertaining Ideas: Wine and Cheese Tasting party…part 1 of 5 series.

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I read this article and I like how one of the commenters said that he doesn’t always make time for his friends when his schedule allows. He said he sometimes just stops by if he’s in the area of their work or home. Sometimes he only stays for 10 mins but he puts forth the effort. I think that is important. Not dropping by unannounced but making time….any time to see people you love. Though many people have families and a busy schedule to maintain, it’s important you also maintain those relationships outside of social media. So I’m all for having fun ways to get together with friends or cousins etc. It may be a once a month like having a monthly “happy hour” at home or it could be a weekly gathering.

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It doesn’t always have be on the weekends, as I think it’s even better to sometimes let loose and have a bit of fun during the week. Who doesn’t want to recharge on hump day and have something really fun to look forward to on Mondays? So this will be the first of a 5 part series where I give you a few fun party ideas to have with friends (or family).

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There are so many wonderful ways to display a cheese and meat spread and looking at these insanely gorgeous pics makes me want to do one soon. I like this idea of a cake stand stacked to create a tower…

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Toothpicks and mini labels for the toothpick flags telling guests the kind of cheeses served…

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Use chalkboard platters or paper…

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Make sure you have a variety of crackers, olives and grapes…

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Give height to items further back by placing platters on phone books or sturdy boxes…

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Figs, blackberries and nuts round out the platters…

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Labeling is key on case someone is allergic to certain types of nuts. Wine glasses or apothecary jars filled with bottle corks are a nice touch…

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Continue reading for more inspiration and a listing of what wines pair with what…

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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.

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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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