Tuesday’s Tips: use canvas artwork to hide unsightly light switches etc

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These are not the best quality of pictures but this is how I decided to hide a light switch and temperature controller in my hallway. I purchased these wrapped canvas beauties from AtHome. By positioning them right over the eyesores, I now don’t have to see them. It also allows me to hang art exactly where I wanted. If I hung around the thermostat, the art wouldn’t have been centered with the wall. It just would have created an odd look. However it was brought to my attention that your thermostat may not work efficiently being covered from the circulating airflow. So do this at your own discretion.

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The depths of canvases allow for protruding switches and knobs of a circuit breaker door to be hidden seamlessly.

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My Christmas Home Tour…

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This is overdue and please bare with the semi fuzzy images but here is a bit of how I decorated for the holidays. My tree is gaining more of a peacock theme each year. This year I added peacock feathers from Pier 1 which I love. I prefer over the top trees like department stores. That’s just my preference when it comes to Christmas trees….

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I have been collecting my same colors for about 11 years now. I have always wanted cobalt and royal blue trees but people would gift me the wrong colors, so the last few years I incorporated more turquoise and teal…

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These are some of my favorite ornmaments…

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These were the new ornaments I picked from AtHome. I love these so much. It’s weird but I find myself staring at them especially at night when the blue lights are shining down. The jewels remind me of the type of jewelry I wear. I like it big!

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The actual peacocks came from Michael’s some years ago…

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I also bought a few new disco ball ornaments from AtHome as well…

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The tree skirt is also from AtHome. Sorry the weather has been bad the last couple weekends where I couldn’t take pictures in natural lighting for the best shots. When it was sunny, I wasn’t home. I will take more pics of the skirt later….

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If you saw the post the other day, this is my console table which I left simple. I just added the wooden skis from Target.

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I only added a small glittered tree cande on my side table from AtHome…

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If you follow along on instagram, here are a few glimpses of my bar cart. The candycane straws came from Target, ornaments from AtHome…

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I bought a glittered reindeer from Michael’s to adorn the coffee table….

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I outfitted some wine bottles with furry shrugs and bottle toppers from Pier 1. I decided to use this tree topper from AtHome on top of another wine bottle (hidden in an adorable bag). It makes everything a bit more festive…
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Please excuse this awful photo but the wreath is from AtHome and it’s gorgeous in person. Super sparkly and I hung it with glittered ribbon. When the drapery panels is opened on the sides, it looks the best it just doesn’t translate that way on camera. I still have a couple other places to show you this week, like my ornate framed chalkboard and bathroom. Stay tuned!


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Target’s wooden ski ornaments…

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I noticed a lot of instagrammers are using the wooden ski ornaments in their Christmas decor found in Target’s dollar section. I have it too and this is how I styled mine.
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Others from aeound the web…

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My Christmas Home Tour Sneak Peak

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Hello. I had another post in mind for today but will do it tomorrow instead. Here are a couple sneak peaks of how I decorated at home. I have a few more things to do though and when the weekend is here and it’s some sunny natural light, I will take pictures and share.

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I just love my side table I scooped up from AtHome. As you can see, someone is a sleeping beauty.

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Home Life: My accessory table pt 2 + Unhinge Hardware collabo

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Yesterday I showed you what I done with my accessory table. In case you missed it, click here. Today I’m giving a few more details. I collaborated with Unhinge Hardware to have an area by my table for hanging shirts or outfits of the day. This is in an effort to get myself to be a bit more consistent with preparing for work the night before…

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What I like to do more than anything is figure out what jewerly I will pair with what shirt. I hate getting ready in the morning and putting on an outfit and realizing my jewelry is all wrong. Seriously, I am big on jewelry and need to start figuring all of that out in the night so that I can get up and out the house in 30/40mins…

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I used Unhinge Hardware’s Soho rope hook. I sometimes buy things that are so pretty, I simply want to look at it. That’s how I felt about this mermaid hued sequin cropped top from H&M that I pair with a sheer peplum for coverage. When I don’t have clothes hanging, I will simply add a few everyday scarves or my purse…

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Under the table I have blurred dirty clothes and pretty laundry baskets which I bought at Marshalls. I really want to put a chair here or two small ottomons one day but in the mean time, the laundry baskets fill up the space…

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Always have a sheepskin rug somewhere. Mine came from.TJMaxx and the table from Ikea

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The orchid picture and vases also came from TJ Maxx but the small painting I done myself at Splash Milwaukee, a wine & paint bar…

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Retail Therapy: AtHome Milwaukee is now open!

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So this week AtHome opened here in Milwaukee (Wauwatosa’s old Kmart on Hwy 100) and I am in love. I have been following them on instagram for sometime so when I drove by and saw we were getting one, I was beyond excited. My coworker stopped there this week and told me she spent 2 hours in there. All I wondered is how is it possible to spend that long in a store that’s not Ikea. Then I went….

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Yesterday I stopped in and they had cake slices and coffee since it was their 100th store opening.  I went down 75% of the store bypassing most of the Christmas aisle because….it’s not Thanksgiving yet.

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They had some awesome pieces of furniture like sidetables, plant stands and small dressers…

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It was the art section that killed me. When the lady told us “wait until you get to the art side”, she wasn’t lying.

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So we walked down aproximately 10 aisles looking at art, decorative letters, clocks, metal and mirrors and wrapped canvases for 20 mins…

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I mean….it was overwhelming in the most lovely possibly way. They had every metal whether gold, silver, gunmetal etc and every style you can think of….

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They had art that would make cool headboards. The wood plank one in the upper left would make for a great statment in a rustic room especially if doubled on top for a tall bed backdrop…

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I love skyscrapers so I scooped up this large canvas for only $49. Here I was, walking with mom thinking I scored when I looked around the corner….

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We weren’t done with the art section! There was at least another 12 aisles or so more to browse….

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Then we got to the end and turned the corner to see another 6 aisles or so of smaller pictures, blank frames & kids art. It was insane. It’s impossible not to find SOMETHING. As a matter of fact, you may have a hard time deciding what to put back…

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I went home with one of the pink stylized tables. The black ones were $14 & $19! The prices were so good here…

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You have to go toward the outdoor section too because a lot of the tables there can easily be incorporated inside the home. Tables as low as $39, $49 & up.

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Now these were more pricey but I love the boxwood options for patio privacy…

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I will be going back to get one of these. I have always loved potted topiaries and they look good inside the home as well as on the porch. The best part? They’re faux so no worries about killing them and having to maintain the shape!

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Can we talk about pillows? I love them as much as the next girl but I can’t spend my client’s budget on two pillows for $300. I’d rather go to retail places and mix to create a cool look. AtHome has several color coded aisles of pillows and a lot were only $12.

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Tuesday’s Tips: updating a dated dining set

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There are a few things you can do to spruce up a dated hand-me-down dining room set. Taking away chairs from one side, and adding a bench or taking away the head chairs to add two newer ones can add some extra oomph. You can also add new fabric to the seats in modern patterns or trendy colors to give new life in older pieces. Lastly, accessorize and create focal points that takes away from the furniture. Creating beautiful elaborate centerpieces and place settings with runners are ideal. Browse places like Zgallerie & Pier 1 for ideas. Mix candleholders and candlesticks and vases for an interesting look. Placing the set on a really pretty rug can help as well.


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