Outdoor spaces and inspiring places

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It finally felt like Spring this weekend here in Milwaukee with Easter reaching 75 degrees (77 according to my phone). I was a happy camper and it made me think of how I need to get my patio life together. Browsing stores like Target and Pier 1 can really make you want to buy-every-dog-on-thing. However a few bright items can jazz up any blah outdoor space.

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Fabric Walls
This makes me want to buy a funky pattern and hang it on the walls of my patio with velcro. Actually, I may just do that. It can also hide unsightly areas. Just make sure you use outdoor fabric.

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Sun Shelter
Scalloped umbrella tables are pretty much everything. They aren’t cheap but worth the splurge if you live in a climate that utilizes outdoor areas more than 4 months out of the year…

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Happy Easter. Pretty egg inspiration…

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These look like cool nail designs…

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I’m sure you can use plastic eggs to paint versus die and decorate with them the entire month of April…

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In the middle of crafting for a party I’m styling, I took a break to make my niece an Easter basket. Dollar Tree had the cutest stuff this year. The glitter eggs and tulips on sticks came from there along with pretty much everything. I added bubbles, sidewak chalk, puzzles, sunglasses, a hopping chick, a stuffed rabbit and some squeezy light up toy. Since my sis n law doesn’t give her candy, I filled the rabbit eared eggs with goldfish and animal crackers.

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I think it’s cute. Hope your holiday is relaxing and filled with good food.


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A feminine Bathroom Design

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I created a bathroom in a simple white and gray palette with silver and mercury glass accents. I opted for a decorative mirror versus a medicine cabinet. It’s one of the easiest way to update bathroom and something I blogged about here. I wanted shine and a hint of sparkle with classic designs like the floor mat which looks like marble. A pedestal vanity with space to hold some pretty decorative perfume bottles was a must. I can’t stand a pedestal sink that barely has room for anything other than soap. To continue with the feminine vibe I went for a beautiful lace shower curtain. The marble modern clock echos the mat and marble sink. I really like this space. You can find the items I selected for the collage here.


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Tuesday’s Tips: ways to repurpose small bowls & saucers

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Little saucers can be used to group some olive oils together on the side of the stove….
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Candle holders & large shot glasses can be used to store makeup ot paint brushes..

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A big bowl can be used for printed pictures ot postcards which is an awesome conversation starter. Smaller bowls can hold match boxes, post earrings, spare batteries for a coffee table, loose change for an entry table.

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Pt 2: You put art where? The bathroom…

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In case you missed the first of a four part installment, this is a mini series on places to put art. So many people think they don’t have wall space but in this series you may be inspired to hang art in areas of the home you never thought about. Take a look at these bathrooms with a variety of art subjects…not just seashells which is typical.

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8 ways to add Spring additions to your home…

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1 Art
It’s a great starting point to pull color hues and figure out what direction you want to go. Buy some new prints from Etsy shops or purchase some affordable wrapped canvas art from Target.

2 Umbrella Holders
It is after all, Spring, so you will need a place at the entry way to store wet umbrellas. Tall floor vases will also do the trick.

3 Pillows
Probably THEE cheapest way to inject color and transform a living room or bedroom area. Colorful toss pillows can really liven a space. Pier 1 and World Market are two of my favorite places to pillow shop but Tjmaxx, Marshalls and Home Goods are the type of places where you can really get a bang for your buck. I often see pillows tied together in twos for $19/29. 

4 Baskets
I love baskets for magazines and blankets or even used for toys.

5 Garden Stools
Now is the time you will see ceramic stools everywhere. I’m glad because I passed up a few opportunities to get nice ones for only $39 at Tjmaxx/Marshalls but lately I’ve been seeing them popping up so in due time. I like them as side tables. They offer a pop of color but the stability for holding drinks.

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Design Inquiries: winning the purple bedroom battle with your husband…

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I received an email from a woman who really wanted a purple and gray bedroom but had difficulty convincing her husband of the color scheme. Here are my ideas on winning this battle. First, when people hear purple they think Barney or lavendar and other really girly tones. However any trip to a local hardware store will show you the many ranges purple has. Look at the paint swatches and decide from there. They aren’t there to only help with paint selections as you can use the swatches to pick the overall color scheme of the room…

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Shadeless lamps and pretty exposed bulb lighting…

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I have two lamps I scored for $5 at the Goodwill that didn’t have shades. One day I came across the perfect ones but they didn’t work out. One thing I noticed is how dark the room got with the shade. I have been used to having a lot of light from this lamp that I am thinking about staying shadeless. The hanging bulb pendants have been used a lot in the last couple of years along with bulb sputnik styles but I find some shadeless lamps to be minimal and modern too…

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