May Flowers: How to Incorporate Florals into Your Home

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Image Source: Etsy

April showers bring May flowers… to your home decor! Are you a lover of florals? We are too! But when it comes to incorporating them into your home more than a vase of flowers here or there, it can get tricky to manage. What’s too much? Is there a such thing as too much? How will it fit in with my style? All are good questions! So today, we’re going over our five favorite ways to tie the floral decor into your home, whether you want something super bold, or more subtle.

Furniture

Floral patterned furniture can certainly be that “wow” statement piece you’re looking for! Brighten up your living room with a fun floral chair. Or, go more subtle with a floral painted dresser or end table. We love the huge range of styles and power that furniture offers. If you’re looking for a fun floral DIY project, try your hand at painting your own florals on an end table!

Wallpaper

Wallpaper also gives you the chance to really make a statement, or keep things more low key. We recommend selecting one or even two feature wall(s) versus wallpapering an entire room with your floral pattern. This really highlights its beauty without becoming overpowering. Easy to adapt to your current style, there are all sort of patterns and color palettes to choose from when it comes to floral wallpaper.

Wall Art

Committing to actual wallpaper giving you anxiety? No worries, it’s not for everyone! Lucky for you, there are so many beautiful ways to incorporate floral wall art into your home. Whether it’s a funky 3D frame, or more of a hanging piece, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking to go even more relaxed and basic, hang some photographs in regular frames that highlight some of your favorite flowers!

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are a really easy way to add in those floral accents. Mix in some bright and fun patterns with your regular throw pillows or switch out seasonally! There’s really no way to go wrong here. Who doesn’t love a good throw pillow?

Dishes

Dishes can be a fun and unique way to bring the look into your home! Whether it be for everyday use or special occasions, more and more companies are coming out with fresh, young floral dishes. These aren’t your Grandma’s beautiful China pieces, they have a very different feel to them. If the classic China is more your speed, we also love that look! It all depends on your style and how much of a pop you’re looking to add.

Try This Super Simple DIY to Brighten Up Any Home!

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It’s hard to believe that spring has sprung and tomorrow is May… but we’re not complaining! April showers bring May flowers, so today we’re sharing a super easy DIY to start to bring those flowers into your home. Bright, fun wreaths are a simple way to incorporate that color and give your home an extra, welcoming pop of color. Part of why we love this wreath is that you can leave it up throughout the spring and summer months, and we love a versatile piece of decor made on a budget! This whole project cost a grand total of $13, how can you say no to that? Make sure you check for coupons before you head to your craft store, they always have sales going on!

What You’ll Need:

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  • 2 tulip bunches in your desired color(s)
  • 18 inch grapevine wreath
  • Garden scissors or wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Garden wire (optional)

How to Assemble:

  1. Deconstruct your tulip bunches so you have a bunch of individual stems. Make sure to cut decent length stems as we’ll be tucking them into the wreath.
  2. While your hot glue gun warms up, start placing your tulip stems around the outer half of your wreath to test out spacing and placement.
  3. Once you have decided where you want your stems to be, start securing them in place with hot glue. If you’re worried you’re going to change your mind on placement, instead wrap each stem with garden wire to secure. Or, use a combination for extra tight security.
  4. Once your stems are all secured and in place, hang your wreath and enjoy! How simple was that?!

How to Make Your Guest Room Feel Like a Home Away from Home

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Image Source: Bower Power Blog

We love having friends and family come to visit. Whether they’re traveling from near or far, it’s important to have a nice, comfortable space for them to stay. Guest rooms are one of the sometimes overlooked areas of the home. Luckily, there are a few small tweaks you can make to yours to make it nice and home-y for your guests! And even better, these simple changes won’t break the bank and are perfect for the everyday girl budget.

Match Your Home Aesthetic

You don’t want your guests to feel like they’re being shipped off to a dull, empty space. Try to keep the aesthetic of the home carried through the guest room too. Whether you have a light and bright look or pops of color, find even little ways to incorporate this same feeling into the space.

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Image Source: Domino

Leave out Towels

Many people don’t think to lay out some towels for guests. Obviously, they can easily ask, but by providing them upon arrival, you avoid the hassle. This is also convenient for if they tend to shower either late at night or early in the morning when you may not be awake. Along the same lines, make sure your bathroom is fully stocked with shower supplies and toilet paper!

Provide Extra Pillows and Blankets

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to the amount of pillows and blankets they use at night. Or maybe your home runs cooler than theirs, so taking the time to provide these extra comforts can go a long way!

Space to Unpack

Depending on how long a stay your guests have, they may want to unpack their bags. Whether it’s a simple dresser or some hangers in the closet, make sure there’s somewhere for your guests to put their clothes if they so choose.

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Image Source: Paper Tigress Prints

What’s the Wifi?

In our technological era, one of the first questions people seem to ask is “what’s your wifi password?” We love the idea of leaving a cute little framed note with the login info for your guests to use. That way, if they have multiple devices, they don’t need to repeatedly ask you for the password.

A Hidden Oasis

Sometimes your guests may want a little space and break from the togetherness of your visit. The guest room should be a hidden oasis where your guests can escape to take a breather. If you have the space, try to make this a separate living space for them to go relax. Some comfy chairs, maybe a TV or filled bookcase, can go a long way.

Home Registry Items You'll Actually Use

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Image Source: Brittany Robertson

You’re engaged and now it’s time to pick items for your registry! Yay! What an exciting time. The process can be overwhelming and it’s easy to get carried away. No one wants to end up with a bunch of fancy gifts they’ll never use! To help steer your in the right direction and end up with some great gifts you’ll actually use, consider including these items on your registry.

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Image Source: Elle Decoration

  • Formal, Matching Dish Set
  • Simple, Clean Flatware Set
  • Everyday Drinking Glasses
  • Nice Set of Wine Glasses
  • Kitchenaid Mixer
  • Blender
  • High Quality Knife Set & Sharpener
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Pitcher
  • Dutch Oven
  • Coffee Maker
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Image Source: Overstock

  • Art
  • Wall Clock
  • High Quality Throw Blankets
  • Coasters
  • Vase
  • Vacuum
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Image Source: Pottery Barn

  • Neutral Cotton or Silk Sheets
  • Humidifier
  • Oil Diffuser and Essential Oils
  • Matching Nightstand Lamps
  • Towel Set
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Image Source: Style Me Pretty

  • Fire Pit
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Grill and Accessories
  • Yard Games

Cozy Up Your Home This Winter with These Easy Tips and Tricks

All this winter weather has us wanting to snuggle up and never leave the couch! Whether you’re a homebody or not, winter is the season to make sure your home feels nice and cozy for both your enjoyment and any guests you may be hosting. Take these few easy tips and tricks into consideration to help you add a little extra cozy to your home!


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Image Source: Comfortably Awkward

Candles

There’s just something about burning candles that makes a room feel extra cozy. Whether it be the warm, flickering flame or the yummy scent, there is an undeniable ambiance in candles! If you are unable or prefer not to actually burn candles, there are some beautiful and convincing LED candles available for purchase at home and craft stores.

Warm Lighting

Warm lighting is just that -- warm! Opt for warm white bulbs versus cool white. Depending on the room and your style, add some fairy or icicle lights and omit traditional lighting all together. This will really make a space feel more cozy and intimate.

Image Source: Pottery Barn

Image Source: Pottery Barn

Textured Blankets

We love blankets, and the cold winter is the perfect time to showcase them! Choose a mixture of textures and neutral colors to add more depth to the space. Add in some decorative throw pillows and you have an irresistible place to snuggle up for an afternoon nap.

Fuzzy Rug

Give your toes something cozy too! A nice, thick, fuzzy rug creates an inviting space and screams cozy. Pick a nice neutral that will match the rest of your room and easily transition between any style or design changes you make.

Roaring Fire

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Image Source: Now, Forager

There’s nothing quite like snuggling up next to a warm fire. The crackling heat is the best. Snuggled up on the couch under your blanket and watching a movie by the light of the fire? Yes please! No fireplace? Throw on a virtual fire with the Netflix stream! Still get the look and the sound, just no heat.

Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa is the perfect beverage for a cold winter night. Have you tried the Chai Hot Chocolate recipe we shared last month? It’s to die for! Make up a batch to please the whole crowd. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

Book Nook

Snuggle up in your designated reading corner. We love the idea of having a quaint book nook in our home. Filled with pillows and textured blankets, you may end up falling asleep instead of reading, but it will certainly be cozy!

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Image Source: Hello Glow

Fresh Warm Cookies

Who doesn’t love a batch of freshly baked cookies?! Or, step up your game and make a skillet cookie to share with the group. Either way, the warm gooey cookies combined with their heavenly aroma adds another level of coziness and hominess to your place.

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Have you heard of all the health benefits provided by a Himalayan salt lamp? They work to add negative ions into the air, purifying it and removing toxins. This calms asthma and allergy symptoms, increase levels of serotonin in the brain, boost blood flow and improve sleep. Bonus: it gives off a beautiful warm light!

Classical or Jazz Music

Set the mood with some smooth jazz or soft classical music. There’s something soothing about these two styles of music that just increasing our relaxation and makes us feel warm inside. Use that to your advantage to add the final touch onto your cozy oasis!

Declutter and Organize Your Home with These Easy Tips!

PHOTO: Simply Organized

PHOTO: Simply Organized

Today’s resolution is focused on decluttering! We all have clothes piling up in our closet or trinkets thrown in drawers to be forgotten about; meanwhile, we complain about how we need more space! Well, it is finally time to take control of our belongings and declutter and organize our homes! To help you let go of your belongings we are sharing our best tips to successfully declutter!


BEFORE YOU BEGIN...

Before you begin, you may be a little hesitant; you love your things and can’t image a world without them! In order to be successful in this resolution, try changing your perspective. Know that a tidy home is a tidy mind. It has been proven that people who live in organized homes are happier and healthier than those who live in clutter and disorganization, so why not give decluttering a try! Also, remember that most of your unused possessions can help out others in need, which is another great motivator!


TIPS TO SUCCESSFULLY DECLUTTER:

PHOTO: Martha Stewart

PHOTO: Martha Stewart

  • Give away one item each day.
  • Set a timer for 5-10 minutes every day devoted to decluttering.
  • Grab two large trash bags at the beginning of each month and fill one with trash and one with donations.
  • Make a list of areas in your home and focus on one area at a time.
  • Take the 12-12-12 challenge: throw away 12 items, donate 12 items, and return 12 items to their proper place.
  • Do the four box method: fill keep, donate, throw away/recycle, and relocate boxes for each area of the house.
  • Start by clearing/organizing all the flat surfaces in your home.
  • If you haven’t worn an article of clothing or a pair of shoes in the last two years you probably never will-let it go!
  • If unsure whether to keep that shirt you may or may not wear, try it on and see how it fits. If it fits and looks good keep it for another 3 months. If you don’t wear it by then donate it! If it doesn’t fit, or you have any hesitation to how you look, donate it now!
  • Money is motivation-set a goal to host a yard sale with all of your unused stuff.
  • Throw away all expired makeup.
  • Hold an item in your hand for 5 seconds, if it does not bring you happiness you don’t need it.
  • Don’t bring in any new items until your decluttering is complete.
  • Don’t forget the larger items in your home! If you have a table you never use or an old chair, rehome it!
  • Get rid of any mismatched Tupperware! It can always be replaced and you probably have more than you need anyways.
  • Tackle that junk drawer last! If there isn’t a place to put something throw it out! No more junk drawers!

TIPS TO SUCCESSFULLY ORGANIZE:

  • Make sure every item in your home has a designated place.
  • Invest in a filing cabinet or accordion folder to organize all the important papers you need to keep a hold of.
  • Invest in furniture with multiple purposes such as a storage bench.
  • When bringing in new furniture, the less drawers the better! It eliminates the habit of building up clutter!
  • Get rid of all the cardboard boxes in your pantry! Use clear and labeled storage containers! It will be easier to assess when you are low on rice and need to shop!
  • Take advantage or wasted space, such as the sides of cabinets and in insides of doors.
  • Buy drawer organizers for your office, kitchen, makeup, and anything you try to hide away.
  • When a space is successfully organized, it should not take you more than 3 seconds to find something.
  • Make your bed every morning. A made bed automatically makes the whole bedroom look more organized.
  • Clean out and organize your fridge every other month. No one wants a dirty fridge or expired dressing!
PHOTO: The Waves We Make

PHOTO: The Waves We Make

  • Keep only seasonal clothing in your closet. Store the rest in the attic or basement until it is time to change over your closet again. While changing over your closet, be mindful of items you did not wear and consider donating them.
  • If you don’t have storage space for non-seasonal clothing, put those towards the top or back of your closet.

DIY Holiday Home Decor

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Looking to add a festive pop to your walls? Us too! We love a good, free DIY project to add to the holiday cheer. A beautiful coloring page may not sounds like it would make a huge difference, but add some pops of color, throw it in a frame, and flank it with some framed wrapping paper and you have yourself  some beautiful decor on a budget! One of the best parts of creating your own decor is that you can easily pick whatever colors match your theme best. Coloring has proven to be beneficial to your health at any age, and the holiday madness is the perfect time to take a step back and do something for yourself.

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Be sure to download the PDF version of our coloring page and tag us in your posts, we would love to see how your creations turn out!