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Friday Faves 8.2

Friday Faves 8.2

 

ONE lines rug from Idyll Home, £85. TWO The cutest poof I’ve ever seen.  It looks to be sold out at Nordstrom, but I’m on a mission to source it from somewhere.  I’ll keep you guys in the loop. THREE I love this strut desk from bludot that Victoria just ordered and I’m thinking about this Navy version for my office.  I need a big desk for two, so even at $699, this might have to work! FOUR if you struggle with arranging flowers, you can follow my tutorial, or buy this vase from Kate Spade Saturday with a helpful grid for $70. FIVE I hope you didn’t miss the Trade&Made reveal this week, but if you need you must check it out. I LOVE this keychain by Damask Love. SIX If you’re looking to amp up you photos, this tutorial from Lark & Linen is just perfect.

It’s Friday, but there isn’t much relaxing in my future.  I have so much work to do this weekend, but I’m not complaining, I am pretty excited to work on the projects that I’ve got lined up and can’t wait to show you guys!

I might work a little beer tasting or some reading in – any good books you’d recommend?

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Skinny Up Summer

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Firstly, how is it August? I feel like my life is flashing before my eyes.  It’s giving me anxiety!

Now that that’s out of the way, I always feel like I dive head first into summer during the months of June and July, indulging in each treat that the warm months have to offer – like I can’t get those things other times of the year (ice cream anyone?).  So now that August has popped up (and I’m heading to the lake with friends in 23 days), I get to feeling like I should rein it in and get back on track with a healthier lifestyle that will help me glide into the rest of summer with a lot of energy and not a lot of extra summer poundage.  I’m devoting August to a slimming down and getting into a workout routine (which I’ll admit I’ve never really had before).  So cheers to that!

I realized on a recent trip to Chicago how good some of these lower cal cocktails can be and decided to share a couple of my favorite recipes with you today!  Continue Reading…

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Trade & Made Reveal: Color Blocked Hooks

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A week ago, Laura and I challenged a group of uber talented bloggers to create something unique from a box of mystery supplies from a load of fabulous sponsors.  You’ll get 13 total awesome tutorials including this creation for a pair of color blocked coat hooks.

I used 5 of the materials in my box: two colors of paint from Deco Art as well as dowels, beads, plaques, and embroidery thread from Michaels.  I didn’t use the containers from Specialty Bottle, die cut shapes from Clear & Simple Stamps, or gems from For the Makers, but I wanted to so bad!  All of the items were beautiful and I had so many ideas that utilized more of them, this was just my favorite idea.

colorful coat hook

colorful colorblocked coat hooks

The paint colors in the box inspired me and the trend of thread wrapped (just about) anything gave the project the extra umph that it needed.  As you can imagine, the full project wasn’t too difficult (because that’s not my style)  Continue Reading…

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Peak Summer Style

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High summer means soaring temps and sizzling nights. The best color to keep you cool during the day, but maintain amazing summer style is white… everywhere.  I love a flood of white can be serene and peaceful, but sexy and bold when done with a hint of shimmer. What’s your favorite peak summer style?

 

white handmade art West Elm $199, side table/stool Serena & Lily $375, stitched pillow West Elm $30, gold botanical card Biscuit Home $4, fin vase West Elm $59, toulouse white platter Crate & Barrel $25, alvo stool Shop Horne $375, elephant bowl and cover Biscuit Home $40, matte white and gold desk lamp Shop Horne $575.

Shop this entire ‘White Hot’ collection at Keep.com!

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Laundry Room Reno Plans

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I have something to admit to you guys.  I’ve been totally holding out on you.  I’ve posted so many updates to my house, including a full house tour, but I’ve never shown you the most terrible, embarrassing room to exist – my laundry room.

Now, this room is just a little half-flight of steps off the kitchen, basically under our stairs that lead to the second floor. With the age of the house, a space to retrofit laundry is a total afterthought and it’s evident with how tiny and ill-fitted this room is.  It’s seriously terrible, and we’ve been living like this for 6 years.  The floors are 30 year old (yellowing) linoleum, the paint is builder grade beige, and the light is an exposed bulb.  That’s it.  No good storage, no shelves, no hanging or folding space.

I’m finished ignoring this space.  I’d like to have a laundry room that isn’t terrible to be in and isn’t crazy embarrassing when I open the door to grab something from the pantry.

I’ll admit, I was mostly inspired by the recent laundry room reno done by Jenny of Little Green Notebook, so I’m making quick plans to make the most of this forlorn space.

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laundry room reno

 

Here is the plan:

 

Now, everything in an ancient house is much harder than it should be, so although my plans are pretty simple, I’m hoping to get started asap to give myself enough time.  I’ve been challenged by the same brands behind Jenny’s reno (Maytag and Tide) to do my own renovation story and have already committed to a complete date of August 6th.  Scary, right? We’ll see!

I hope you see you back here on the 6th for the big reveal!

 

p.s.  We have something else (big) going on this week! 12 other bloggers and I are engaged in a craft challenge that we will be showing off this Wednesday.  I cannot wait to show you what I’m making!

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Friday Faves 7.26

Friday faves 7.26

 

ONE Raza lace plate and zig zag platter are the perfect hint of cool blue for a summer night dinner, $13 and  $25 from Crate & Barrel. TWO named for clouds, the cumulus and stratus double old fashion glasses would be just as beautiful in Christmas as in summer. $6.95 each from CB2. THREE I love this more natural update to the starburst – a woven mirror would look great along with some wall baskets from yesterday’s post! $148 each from Serena & Lily.  FOUR black and white blocked stripe napkins look just like a rug I used to have and still love.  Maybe these napkins from A Sunny Afternoon Co. will be a good temporary replacement at $26 compared to the cost of a new rug. FIVE I’ve been eyeing these monogram boxes from C. Wonder for a few months now.  I might have to break down this weekend and spend the $78. SIX this iphone case reminds me of mexican hand painted tile and I think I need that in my life.  $18 from CocoLake.

 

It’s finally Friday!  With the 4th of July holiday, my personal vacation, and the Chicago trip last weekend, this was my first full week in the office for July and it’s felt like it. I’m ready to finally have a weekend at home to get caught up.  I’ll be making my Trade & Made creation this weekend to share with you all next Wednesday and I’m SO excited to see what the 12 other bloggers create as well.

What is on your weekend plan list?

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Buy or DIY: Basket Case

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I saved this photo of a little breakfast nook a while ago and keep looking back at it and what I focus on every time are those baskets.  I love how simple they are and how they add just enough pattern to a serene space in simple black and white.  There have been a lot of photos lately in both catalog and magazines featuring this trend, and I’m totally on board.  Maybe up the stairwell?

You can buy some really awesome african baskets and do a similar thing, but I have a few plain baskets sitting around and have been thinking about painting them.  So it’s here that I ask you – would you buy? or DIY?

basket buy or diy

To buy three baskets will run you around $100 total, but the DIY is under $20 (probably cheaper if you can find some baskets at thrift shops). This is a simple one for me, I think I’ll do a little of both!  Some of my creations mixed in with some African originals.  What would you do?  Do you even like the trend as much as I do?

Please share!

*See the ‘BUY’ baskets on my Keep board, black and white, purchase the ‘DIY’ supplies: Basket, tapepaint.

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It’s Back! The Trade & Made Challenge

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It’s baaaack!  I’m sure you guys remember the craft challenge that Laura from A Girl Who Makes and I created last year, trading boxes of supplies with the proposition to create something out of the contents – using only the contents – and share the tutorial with our readers.

Well, the response from both readers and other bloggers was astounding, so this year, we’ve invited a group of fabulously creative bloggers to join us in the second annual Trade & Made . All of their ingenious projects (with tutorials) will be connected to a central Trade & Made website (which was created by the super talented Gloria from Little White Whale Studio) which you can utilize as a central place to check in on all of the projects.

Today, across the web, participants are revealing the contents of their boxes, all of which have been kindly donated by some amazing sponsors: Michaels, For the Makers, Clear & Simple Stamps, Specialty Bottle, and DecoArt.

Take a moment, head to Trade & Made.com and familiarize yourself with each participant, because in one week, on Wednesday, July 31st, they’ll each be debuting a project for you!  Exciting, isn’t it? Ok, here’s what we’ve included in each box:

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What do you think I’ll create from these pieces?  What would you create?

I suppose you’ll have to come back next Wednesday to find out what me and 12 other talented bloggers are creating!

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DIY Secret weapon

perfect gold spray paint

The questions I get emailed and asked the absolute most aren’t about the camera I use or decor in my home… it’s about the gold spray paint that I prefer.  It’s no secret that I use it in a fair amount of projects because a little shine never hurt anyone and I love neutrals.

I will admit that I bought 6-7 different gold spray paints and sprayed them all next to some gold foil to fill in gaps on a table project I was working on.  I choose the variety that matched best to the foil and started using that color exclusively.  For me, it’s the Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint.  It’s not too yellow, not too green, it’s the perfect match to real gold I can find.

So, I wanted to share it with you all today.  I use it so much and reference it even more, so if you’re looking for the perfect coat, here you are! And after you’ve got your secret weapon in hand, here are some favorite projects to make with your gold paint.

ONE magnetic office organization is perfect for a small space. TWO angled candlesticks are a little rustic and a little glam. THREE don’t throw out your avocado seeds.  Instead, dry them and transform them. FOUR a party isn’t a party without some confetti (on your champagne glass). FIVE this one doesn’t use gold spray paint, but the gold inspiration art is still one of my faves.

Have a GLEAMING Tuesday!

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By The Seaside

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I spent the weekend in Chicago and whenever I’m there (or New York, or San Francisco) I remember how much I love being by the water. I’m not a huge water activity person – I don’t love swimming or boats – but being near the water makes a noticable difference in the atmosphere, doesn’t it?

Although I am back in Columbus today, I am still inspired by the sea, with its mix of greens, blues, and specked darkness. There is a sense of peacefulness that comes with the water and I’m aiming to carry it with me through the busy work week.

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These three beautiful images just popped out at me as being very sea inspired.  Obviously the top one IS a body of water, but the bottom two might give someone a sense of being on the water even while being landlocked.

I hope you have a serene, peaceful week ahead!

 

Photos: Laura Murray Photography | New Ravenna Tile | Leif bowls

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