10 Home, Sweet Home Signs

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{Little Emma’s Flowers}

When I got married, Etsy was an invaluable resource for me. They have an alchemy section where you can include your request and people will place bids to do the work (hint: cheaper does not always equal better). I think it is a great resource and marketplace. Most recently, I was looking for a “Home, Sweet Home” sign and came across so many lovely designs. Here are my top ten.

Do you shop or sell on Etsy? What has been your Etsy experience? Do you have a Home, Sweet Home sign?

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{Only Printable Arts}

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{Stitchrovia}

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{Seven Simon Lane Words}

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{Printable Wall Story}

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{The Honaker Homemaker}

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{Panton Printables}

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{The Lion and the Lark}

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{Cinder and Honey}

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{Coco and James Home}

Spotlight on Lovestar : Unique Home Decor Items

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I love coming across brands that offer unique and quirky, yet stylish items. So I was absolutely delighted to find Lovestar, the creator behind these cheerful and amazing home goods. According to her About page, “Helena Bailey launched Lovestar in December 2012 and it was born out of her love for flowers, nature, fashion and the arts and is a direct reflection of her personal sense of style.” Each vase is hand-made! I can’t help but smile when I see these creations. While I haven’t purchased anything from the line yet, I hope to do so soon. I’ve got my eye on the Frida Khalo-inspired Iconic (no. 1) vase (above) as well as the Cray Cray striped bag (below). How adorable would that bag be for summer? You can take it to the beach, the market, music festivals, or just about anywhere. I am also loving the valentine candy heart vase and the clear turquoise one. These beauties are all so delightful!

Are you familiar with Lovestar? Where do you typically shop for home goods / decor?

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22 Inspiration Ideas for Floral Home Decor

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{I adore the big bold floral wallpaper in Emily’s powder room makeover}

I love flowers, especially fresh ones, but have always been torn between keeping them in their place on earth to continue to grow and flourish until their time has come; or, to use them as décor, where they will inevitably (and shortly) live for the few days that time will allow.

As much as I love having fresh flowers around, there are other less high-maintenance ways to decorate that have a much longer shelf life (save for some cleanings / dustings here and there). You can add florals to your home with pillows, wallpaper, rugs, bedding, window treatments, accessories, lighting and just about any other creative way you can think of. Here are a few of my favorite ways to bring some blooms into your home. While some of these ideas are not necessarily my taste, they provide me with much inspiration to create my own space and style.

Do you like to decorate with florals? What are some creative ways you’ve found to use florals in your home décor?

{Floral wallpaper in the hallway / mudroom}

{Bright floral rug in the entryway}

{Floral rug in the living room}

{Floral pillows in the living room}

{Floral backsplash in the kitchen}

{Floral wallpaper and rug in the kitchen (I would probably not do this in my home, but I’m still drawn to it nonetheless)}

{Oh Joy’s “Petal Pushers” wallpaper in the dining room}

{Floral ceiling artwork in the dining room}

{Floral decor throughout in this dining / living room combo}

{Floral window shade in home office}

{Abstract floral wallpaper in the study / home office}

{Big bold floral wallpaper in the craft room}

{I like the subtle floral details on the bedding}

{Floral details throughout including the curtains and ceiling light}

{Floral headboard and pillow in guest bedroom}

{Floral wallpaper for kid’s room}

{Floral rug and bedding in kid’s room}

{Teepee for the nursery / kid’s room}

{Floral shower curtain and towel in the bathroom}

{Bold floral wallpaper in the bathroom}

{A very regal wallpaper background in the bathroom}

*All photos from Houzz.com*

8 Easter Gift Ideas to DIY or BIY

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Every holiday has its themes and colors and Easter brings to mind pastels and bunnies and baskets. I have been thinking about what to get for my loved ones for this upcoming holiday (yes, still thinking about it even though it is only 5 days away) and have been browsing the world wide web for some inspiration. While there are the usual go-to gifts, such as candies and flowers, I was searching for things that were not candy related or too obvious. Here are a few of my favorite ideas. Do you celebrate Easter? What are some of your favorite gifts to give or get?

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These painted branches look like a fun project to recreate. You can hang them on a wall and perhaps add some nails to them so you can use them as jewelry holders to hang pretty necklaces and other trinkets.

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How adorable are these bunny DIY crayons? They would be so fun to gift and would look pretty in a bowl as decor.

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These hot air balloon animals in a bag are so cute. I would add confetti inside the balloons as an extra surprise.

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I have never attempted to make bath bombs at home, but these DIY egg-shaped ones are tempting me to try them out.

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These popsicle sidewalk chalks look good enough to eat!

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I’ve been seeing these dipped painted wooden spoons around the blogosphere and would love to try to make them myself.

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I cannot have enough bowls around the house as they are so useful, not just in the kitchen, but in every room in my home. I may have to take a trip to the thrift store to see if there are any wooden bowls so I can try to recreate these.

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My fascination with miniature things runs deep and I just about gasped when I saw these mini pastel locks.

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Five Favorite Kitchen Items

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When I got married, I did not have a “traditional” wedding shower. J and I lived together prior to our wedding, so we had already accumulated the usual wedding registry items. Throughout the years, I’ve bought some kitchen/home goods items that I found to be extremely useful and very good investments (and others not so much). Here are some of my favorite items.

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All-Clad Stainless Steel Pots and Pans – Though my husband would beg to differ, I’ve found that stainless steel pots and pans are the way to go for cooking anything. They are easy to clean and maintain. They were recommended to me by a cooking teacher and I absolutely love them.

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Wedgwood White Bone China – I adore my white china. I love the clean and simple design and the shade of white is absolutely gorgeous. Although these are a bit more expensive than other white china, they have proven to be a very good investment. Instead of using them only on “special” occasions, I use them every day. I did not get the bowls because I think it’s fun to mix them up with other dishware that have color or pattern.

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KitchenAid Mixer – I have a purple one and I think it is one of the best inventions ever. While I have not used it outside of baking, I know that it can be used for many other things. Bonus, it’s pretty enough to leave on the counter as décor!

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Mixing Bowls – I think it’s important to have multiple bowls for every occasion. Bowls are so useful for everything, whether you are cooking or baking; or you just need them for eating or holding fruits/vegetables and most anything and everything you can think of.

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Global Knives – I think this is one of the best knives I have ever used. I purchased a chef’s knife many years ago and it still looks brand new. It has maintained it’s durability and has proven it’s effectiveness time and time again (with a sharpening here and there).

Do you have any favorite items for your kitchen or home that you’ve found to be great investments and use all the time?

Turning The Billy Bookcase Into The Billy Shoecase

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I’ve always had a fascination with shoes. You know you have an obsession/problem when your friend buys you a book dedicated to such thing.  And, you know you have an obsession/problem when you have to think of storage solutions for such thing. Enter the solution: Ikea Billy bookcases (or any bookcases could work, really).

Living in the city has many advantages, but a few disadvantages as well; the biggest being small living spaces. Of course, I could purge and just keep only a few. Or, I could find clever solutions. I’ve done the former and somehow still have to find clever solutions. After taking stock of my current living situation and thinking about it, I decided that bookcases would be the way to go for two reasons: 1. They are practical and will hold an abundance of shoes. 2. They can be utilized as display cases for the best of the collection.

And, what do you know? There are many people using the Billy bookcase for shoe storage as evidenced in these pictures. Are you shoe-obsessed, too? How do you store your shoes?

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8 Sweet Deals for Your Home and Wardrobe

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Embroidered Monogram Pillows – $19.95

Though I sometimes find it cumbersome to sift through racks or shelves for bargains (due to sheer laziness), I have to admit, I love a good deal and even moreso when I come across one unexpectedly. Like the one time I bought a black silk maxi skirt for $10. I’ve worn it so many times I think I owe the designer money! I’ve done my fair share of combing sales racks, thrifting, shopping at estate sales and garage sales, but nowadays, I have to really be in the mood. Like recently, I felt like browsing online to see if there are any good deals out there. Here are my top picks. Do you like shopping for sales or just when you happen to come across them?

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Paraiba Kimono Cardigan – $39.95

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Women’s Snake Print Crossbody Bag – $16.99

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Embroidered Tassel Halter Dress – $18.99

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8 Piece set of Lauren Ralph Lauren Gold Tone bangles – $46.40

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Gold flatware set – $31 for 1 set or $112 for 4 sets

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Brass Wall Art – $9.97 {per letter / number}

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6-Cavity Mini Donut Baking Pan – $6.39

30 Ways to Bring More Green Into Your Home

I’ve never intentionally set out to use green in my home decor choices. I think it’s a lovely color with a variety of shades, but it’s never been at the top of my list. When I think about it, I probably have just a handful of items in my home that are green (not counting the green jade buddhas). However, after seeing Oh Joy’s studio makeover with the gorgeous emerald green sofa and mint green Smeg fridge, I’ve had a change of heart. I did some searching and found other lovely ways to decorate a home with green that I’d like to share below. Are you a fan of green? Is it one of your top choices when it comes to home decor?

{All photos via houzz.com}

Home Design: Finding The Perfect Hardwood Floors

When I was a little girl, I would often go through one of my mother’s catalogs and pick and choose my dream home furnishings or designs. I shudder at the thought of some of my choices back then. I’ve lived in so many homes and have done so many renovations and have gone through so many design options, that I feel like a have a good grasp of what I really love and how I’d love my “forever” home to look like.

Home design and renovation can be both exhilarating and exhausting, but I still love it none the less. There are just so many choices out there. Take flooring for example, there’s carpet (our current situation), hardwood, concrete, tile, etc. etc. etc. My favorite is definitely hardwood and I am leaning towards the maple variety in a color that is not too dark and not too light. I’ve rounded some examples for when the time comes for us to move into our “forever” home. Have you done any home design/renovations? What is your favorite type of flooring?

 
{All photos from houzz.com}

16 Home Interiors Designed with Gold in Mind

Yesterday, I waxed poetic over my dismal prospects of bringing home an Oscar (I don’t know why considering I haven’t done any films), but went back into happy mode over the other ways I could “bring home the gold.” Until I get my stuff together (i.e. clean up the old and shop for the new), here are some spaces that have been inspiring me to bring home the gold sooner.

{All photos via houzz.com}