My spring floral arrangement using Dollar Store flowers

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So I took some inspiration from a floral arrangement I saw at Marshalls. That pic is below. Although pretty, it was more than I wanted to spend and I knew I could recreate the look.

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So I went to Dollar Tree to see what they offered and picked the nicest fake florals I could find that resembled nicer quality ones from other stores…

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Along with floral styrofoam I purchased a black vase…

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See my cat chillin’….

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And viola! My creation cost $10. I was going to get a white peony or two but decided against it. ..

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I’m in the middle of packing so once I find my wire cutters, I will cut the stems some so you can’t see many of the leaves but I like the way it turned out.

Tuesday’s Tips: Don’t throw it out…just add gold!

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There are so many craigslist postings filled with crap or things collecting dust in your garage that can easily be revamped with gold. Whether you spray paint or gold leaf, adding the metallic hue can give new life to lots of things. Here are some of my favs from my Pinterest DIY board. Above is a gold leaf Ikea hack via The Hunted Interior.

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I see these stools all of the time online and after seeing this, I may just scoop some up…

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Dream a Little Bigger really changed the look of this dated chair…

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Iron on letters and quotes can change any plain pillow as seen on The Shabby Creek Cottage

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I love lamp shades with color inside and this diy project via Cohesive Randomness turned out fab.

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This is by far my favorite. I love this diy gold leaf painted globe. If they painted the stand gold too it really would have set this off. See the deets on Love and Renovations.

Random retail therapy finds and decor indulgences…

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I started this post days ago but of course wordpress was trippin’ and it didn’t save. Anyhoo, these gorgeous floor vases were at Pier 1 and would look nice in several areas of my home.

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This lamp would be a side table’s piece of jewelry. You can’t tell but the inside of the lamp was a deep plum color. Very pretty….

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Design Takeaways 1.8.15

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I want to stumble across some really cool bar stools while thrifting. I want some that can easily be reupholstered and spray painted….

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The gold stands out in this bathroom. Has anyone ever painted their hardware? I heard you shouldn’t but I think it may work for handles and pulls…Β 
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The paneling in this bedroom I can actually get behind!

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I am still in love with geometric shaped desks and tables. This one reminds me of the mint room here that is one of my favorite designs ever. That desk is so futuristic and edgy…
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James Dixon Architect designed the loft above. I think I have seen this rug in a white background with black designs so seeing this in gray is a fresh update…

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Tiny Tot Thursdays: repurposed cribs

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Cribs. A piece of furniture that’s necessary but one that is only needed a short period of time. Unless you plan to broaden your family, you can always take some time to transform it into something else…

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There are so many ways to repurpose a crib and get more bang for your buck. Kids grow so fast and when they are no longer toddlers, you can still get use out of that crib. Some of the ideas are as simple as literally flipping a crib upside down.

crib turned craft station
crib turned bookshelf
crib turned reading nook
crib turned storage/play area

Random DIY, Design & Christmas Takeaways

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Have you all sent out your holiday cards? I haven’t but I will soon.

Useless knowledge: I have never had a gingerbread cookie in my life before, that I remember.

Do you put presents under the tree through out the month of December or wait until Christmas Eve?

I have a confession. I dislike real trees. I prefer artificial xmas trees anyday. It’s not the maintenance that’s an issue, I prefer the fullness of branches that artificial trees have. Which do you prefer?

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When I see this bakers rack, it really makes me want to spray paint mine gold. I currently use mine as a “bar cart”. All of my wine glasses, wine bottle holder, alcohol and decanters are on it against a black wall. I think ifnit were gold, it would bring new life to it.

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What a cool idea for those that have kids. It will look especially nice on black appliances.

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My DIY art idea using a pillowcase

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Over the weekend I finally decided to put to use some picture frames I bought at JoAnn Fabric. I knew I wanted to take up some wall space in my bedroom and since it has a slight Moroccan influence, I figured I could use a beaded pillowcase I bought from Summerfest as art. Below is the simple tutorial…

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First I cut the fabric slightly larger than needed so that I could tape the excess on the back of the mat….

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Tiny Tot Thursday: fun playroom ideas

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Have a magnetic wall spot designated for alphabets…

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Place a mirror against a wall, add a curtain rod or hooks and hang costumes to create a dress up corner. See my other post about using old Halloween costumes for a dress up area here

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Any curtains and a rug anchoring a microphone can create the stage you need….

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Another fun idea is using an inflattable pool to store balls or cut swim noodles for a diy ball pit. What are your playroom must haves?

{Images via sunshine on the inside, a cup of jo, yellow bliss road, real simple}

In honor of National Hammock Day…

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I figured we can all daydream a bit about soaking some rays, catching some zzz’s or reads in hammocks whether indoors or out….

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I like the hammocks with the side fringe. It’s very bohemian…

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This just looks so relaxing and tranquil….

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A small pond and a fountain will add to a zen outdoor oasis….

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With rustic bones and hardened materials, the plush rug and hammock softens the space…

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Tuesday’s Tips: Rule of thumb for hanging art

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They say art is best hung 5-9″ from the top of the headboard, sofa or console. I want to add that sometimes it’s best to eye it. You want the art to be eye level with an average height person and not hung too high. At the same time scale is key. If you have tall ceilings you want to ensure the art or mirror selected will actually fill the space. If you purchase a canvas abstract piece or mirror displayed horizontally, play with it and see how it will look vertically. Don’t shy away from buying in 3’s and if there is a print you like that is small, go to places like Michael’s to have a frame custom made with a large mat. Larger mats and frames can make any small print appear more grand. You can also add more art to create a gallery wall to fill up wall space.

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{Images via preciously me, vintage luxe, blood & champagne, cullman & kravis, style at home & cj dellatore}