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    January 23, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Valentine’s Decor

    These are so cute! Perfect for a teen’s room, or a holiday party.

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    January 19, 2015
    Temporary Decorating For Renters

    You may save lots of money in the short term by renting instead of buying, and that’s great if it fits your lifestyle needs. However, one of the biggest downsides to renting is the lack of customization it allows. Sure, you can put out a few candles and -maybe- hang up a picture or two, but you can’t make any real changes to your space. Again, if you are minimalist type person, this may be totally fine with you. However, when I lived in a dorm and an apartment, I felt absolutely stifled. My space has to represent me! It has to be beautiful, creative, inspiring, and refreshing. Plain, off-white walls, fluorescent lights, and linoleum floors just don’t do it for me. That’s why I love this post by Dabney Frake at Apartment Therapy. It has a list of temporary, removable décor products that renters can use:

    -Double sided carpet tape- for temporary flooring

    -Wallpaper lining- apply it before putting up wallpaper, and it makes it strip right off when you need it to. Great solution for when you want to make regular wallpaper temporary.

    -Peel and stick tile sheets

    -Window film- for privacy, decoration, or both!

    -Command wall hooks- hang art and photos and leave no trace (or holes)

    Photo Credit: Sherrie Thai 

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    January 8, 2015
    Winter Got You Feeling Gloomy? Start With Your Home

    I absolutely hate winter. Last night, it got down to 4 degrees F, and I live in the South! I mean, how are people supposed to live like this? I hate the cold, I hate the gloom, I hate how dead everything looks. But, the one nice thing about the cold is that it makes you grateful for a roof over your head and a heater. In fact, the easiest way to getting rid of the winter blahs is by making your home as cozy as possible. Having a warm, comfortable home will beat back winter depression, and will also be a nice draw to buyers if you are trying to sell. For tips on making your home a warm haven, check out this post by Joy M at Stagetecture:

    -Let in more natural light. Keep windows clean and clear, and opt for sheer fabrics.

    -Use candles for warmth and cozy atmosphere

    -Add soft and cozy furnishings- add cushions and throws to sofas and beds. Use neutral colors for a calming look, or bright colors for a vibrant look.

    Photo Credit: The Little Hermitage Tumblr 

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    January 1, 2015
    Happy New Year!

    Photo from Anthropologie

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    December 26, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Paint Tutorial

    Really informative, and great for DIY projects.

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    December 24, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Entryway

    Photo from Southern ‘n Sassy

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    December 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: “Star Wars” Christmas House

    I can never get enough of these! If only I had the money and the patience…

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    December 12, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Tree Decorating Inspiration

    I am obsessed with white Christmas trees! I think they just look extra magical, and I love the idea of decking them out in gorgeous silver ornaments.

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    December 10, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Elegant Holiday Hearth

    Photo from Verigris Vie

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    December 8, 2014
    Basic Home Decorating: Layout Ideas

    I’ll be the first one to admit it: I’m pretty clueless about home decorating when it comes to layouts. I have certain styles and color schemes that I like, but no idea how to put it all together without it looking like a jumbled mess. Yeah, I’ve seen lots of tips on Pinterest and such (like, mount curtains at the ceiling instead of just above the window), but no clue how to combine them to create a well designed home layout. Then, I found this article by Kelly at View Along The Way that really helped! She gives some very general layout tips that you can apply to almost any room. Check out some of her advice:

    -Analyze the function of the room, design for that: Are you going to be watching TV in the room? Having conversations? Reading? Incorporate elements in your layout that facilitate these activities.

    -Create “zones” in larger, longer, or skinnier rooms to break up the space.

    -Measure EVERYTHING, and try anything. Move stuff around! If you need help, try out

    -Use symmetry.

    -Orient towards the focal point- Fireplace? TV? Dining table? Bam! Easy Peasy.

    Photo Credit: Jinkazamah 

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