It’s going to be near 60 degrees today…

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So you know what that means…almost time to start outdoor dining…

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It’s also means it’s time to start airing out our homes and opening windows and doors…

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And rocking trench and lightweight coats!

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You can probably tell how excited I am. I am currently sitting in my car on lunch with the sunroof and windows open and a light jacket on. Spring is near!

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Monday Inspiration 3.9.14

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I don’t know about you but I only like daylight savings time this time of year. I live for long days and since Milwaukee is having a peak at Spring this week …you know….the days that feel Spring to us since we’ve been so cold (upper 40s and low 50s)…I am finding myself so excited and anxious in the morning which is typically rare for me…

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The only thing I don’t like is how dark it is when I wake up. I can’t wait till the light floods in like this above…

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I even been wearing more light and airy perfume. Do you switch up your home fragrances etc as the seasons change….

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Shark jaws, animal skulls, mineral rocks & fossil decor

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A couple weeks ago I went to a coworker’s house party and one of their relatives collects small animal skulls, artifacts & minerals like geode. Ever since then I’ve been seeing them as decor at places like TJ Maxx and Ashley’s Furniture advertisments. This isn’t anything new but I think I may have to go back and get the mini dino head below.

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I would spray paint it gold or stark white…

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I think these little objects strike up interesting convos as well as create dimension for a vignette…

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Love the agate drawer pulls and lamp…

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Not exactly sure where Jessica bought her faux turtleshell but Nate Berkus used to sell some Target.

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IO Metro sells a variety of animal skulls to pick from….

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Tiny Tot Thursdays: tidy storage

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Encourage neatness in their closets by putting wall decals or wallpaper on the back of the wall…

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Depending on the age, you can sort certain things numerically. The older kids will understand specific labels more. You can always use acrylic paint and stencils to label the cloth inside the baskets…

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Go thrifting for old luggage and add 3D stickers from the craft sections of Michael’s to create a “well-traveled” feel. That would be really cute for any bon voyage themed rooms…

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Decisions Decisions: what color do I paint my vintage trunk and hardware?

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It all started when I saw the pic below on instagram. I was instantly reminded how I need to paint the cubed trunk I have. Mine was bought at Marshalls years ago but it was covered in animal print craft paper. The hardware was left bronze and rustic. I love it and use it as a side table but I want a fresh new look….

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This above is so vibrant and full of life…
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Over on diy showoff, they painted their freebie find with stripes.
I am really liking the way the blue looks. Maybe I could paint mine cobalt blue with black and white stripes with gold hardware or maybe cobalt blue hardware, white trunk with black stripes. Is that too many colors?

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Closet inspiration including a cool use for pegboards..

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I love seeing new ways to maximize space for a closet and interesting ways to organize in a pretty but functional way. Last night I was on instagram, getting my time sucked in a deep hole of following people, when I came across this room. The pegboard is used to hang outfits of the day #ootd which is a great idea. Pegboards are great for small spaces because you can utilize wall space and storage vertically versus losing square footage. See more of that here.

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I like the industrial look of the gold spray painted plumbing pipes…

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You can see all of the details on Krystine Edwards blog.

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While we are at closet makeovers, have you seen this one yet? Probably so but it was from the one room challenge by Mimosa Lane. I’ve been meaning to talk about how lovely she made her closet. So many pretty details.

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Whether you use hat or picture boxes or baskets, invest in as mamy as you can because they are good for “catch alls” like buttons, hair accessories, socks, etc. Homegoods and their sister stores TJMaxx and Marshalls have a huge selection of many different materials. You can coordinate the ironing board pad with the laundry baskets, felt hangers and the baskets all at affordable prices.

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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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