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Although it is most commonly found near the beach, coastal decor can be tastefully incorporated in many other styles of homes too. Here are some of my favorite ways to add coastal flair to any home. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Beautiful coral prints like these are one of the easiest ways to incorporate coastal decor into your home. BUY HERE! This coat rack certainly reminds me of many beach houses I’ve visited! Although many pieces of coastal decor can be used in various homes, this piece is probably more suited for homes that are actually along the coast. BUY HERE! A beautiful mirror like this one is a piece of decor that is also very functional. I love using mirrors to add the illusion of space to a room. BUY HERE! One thing I love to do at the beach is hunt for shells. Although it’s always an enjoyable activity, I rarely find a shell as perfect as these! BUY HERE! This large metal compass could be used indoors but also could be used in your garden! I love a piece that can be moved around as my mood and design changes. BUY HERE! A cabinet similar to this one also makes a very functional piece of home decor. I think this would be precious with a few potted plants on the shelves. BUY HERE! There’s something so fascinating to me about artwork that has dimension like this piece. It adds so much to a… Read More »
Most of us do some sort of redecorating once summer comes around but one of the rooms that gets the least amount of summer love is the kitchen. Here is a bit of summer inspiration for your kitchen! Whether you want your kitchen to remind your of warmer days year-round or you just want to add a bit of life to your space, you are sure to find inspiration perfect to your situation in this post. An eat-in kitchen like this one shared by Town and Country Living is a perfect example of how a few coastal details can add a summery feeling to your space. Sand Dollar Lane has a kitchen that belongs in a vacation home along the beach! Her beautiful kitchen transports you to summer every day of the year. This is my favorite way to add some summer inspiration to my kitchen! Citrusy accents do a lot to cheer up your home. Head over my blog, Designers Sweet Spot, for all the details. I wouldn’t leave my kitchen if it looked as beautiful as this space from Fox Hollow Cottage! The bright colors and natural light make this space so summery. Although this isn’t necessarily a picture of a kitchen, it’s a beautiful example of a great way to bring summertime accessories into your space! Ella Claire also shares an amazing tutorial on how to hang open shelving like this in your own home. Christina’s Adventures likes to add greenery to her kitchen during the summer months. This is probably the easiest way to bring something new into your space while not… Read More »
If you lived in a landlocked state like I do, you probably don’t get many opportunities to visit the coast. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring the coast to you! I love the idea of bringing coastal vibes into the living room especially during these hot summer months. In a way, it creates a bit of a summer escape. Here are a few coastal living rooms to inspire your summer decor! Although Setting for Four no longer lives by the water, she has plenty of memories that revolve around the coast. You can tell she is a pro by the beautiful way she incorporates this love of water into every area of her decor! If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that I have a special love for vintage decor. Virginia Sweet Pea shares a great example of how coastal decor and vintage style can go hand in hand to create a beautiful space. One of the best things about coastal decor is that it is so easy to combine with your current design aesthetic. Green With Decor shares a bright and trendy take on her blog. A little paint can go a long way. The paint color that It All Started With Paint chose really accentuates the coastal vibe in this cozy living room. Town & Country Living shares a bold take on coastal decor on her blog. This might be one of my favorites yet! Although this isn’t a picture of the entire room, it demonstrates perfectly how a few beachy details can really bring a room to… Read More »
Summer is here and we are expecting guests for a casual dinner party. Here’s my take on a simple table setting for guests, English Style! Summer Table for Entertaining We are glad summer is here! It’s been a long time since we last entertained in the summer. We don’t have an outdoor entertaining space and it just seems wrong to keep people indoors when it is so beautiful outside. However, we are having a few friends over for a casual dinner and a few games of Cribbage later this week. I decided to plan ahead and come up with a new look for our old table. I spent a couple of hours looking at summer table ware in the stores. I couldn’t find anything I liked. Most styles are too modern and don’t fit my Traditional Farmhouse style. I also don’t like the idea of buying special dishes to use for a single occasion, so I decided to just stick with my everyday Liberty Blue Dishes, my Grandmother’s silver set and add some new accessories. I don’t fuss about shinning silver, I only clean it about once per year. To me the slight tarnish adds character and charm. It drives my Mother crazy. Oh well! I purchased round placemats in a lovely farmhouse aqua and some patterned cloth napkins that remind me of English block printed textiles. That was it. Less is more in my book. I feel like my dining room is finally looking put together! It’s been months since I painted it (read that post here), and for a long… Read More »
Graduation season is here! If you have a grad to celebrate this year, here are some fun decor ideas to make your party a success. These ideas range from simple centerpieces to entire party inspiration making it easy to put together a celebration that is perfect for your graduate. 1. Rustic “Keys to Success” Popcorn Bar | Hostess with the Mostess 2. DIY Giant Balloon Message | Studio DIY 3. Then & Now Centerpieces | Kathi’s Creative Therapy 4. DIY Graduation Garland | Kristi Murphy 5. Graduation Centerpieces on the Cricut | The Country Chic Cottage 6. Sequin Inspired Grad Party | Pear Tree Blog 7. Graduation Party Memory Book | Must Have Mom 8. Black & Gold Grad Party | Pretty My Party 9. DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm 10. The World is Your Market Grad Party | Kara’s Party Ideas 11. Nautical Grad Party Centerpieces | Jacolyn Murphy 12. Congrats to the Graduate T-Shirt with a Cricut | Designers Sweet Spot 13. Large Photo Board | By Sophia Lee 14. Stylish Chic Graduation Party | Pizzazzerie 15. Graduation Lantern Centerpiece | Daily Dose of DIY Are you hosting a graduation party this year? Do you have any great ideas that we didn’t share? We’d love to hear about them in the comments! More Inspiration Here is a bit more party inspiration for any celebration you may be hosting this summer. Tasty Recipes for Your Grill (That Aren’t Just Burgers) Super Tasty Homemade Brownie Recipe How to Pair Wine with Food for Summer Entertaining Don’t forget to pin this post for later!
Summer is here and patio season is in full swing! There’s nothing quite as nice as a beautiful summer evening spent on a comfy patio. When choosing pillows for my outdoor spaces, I love to purchase pillows that are specifically created to withstand the elements to reduce any worry about mold or fading caused by the sun. Here are some of our favorite outdoor pillows that are sure to add comfort and style to any outdoor space! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Pillow Perfect Swaying Palms Outdoor Floor Pillow. BUY HERE! 2. TK Classics Navy Outdoor Throw Pillows. BUY HERE! 3. Majestic Home Goods Large Gray Sticks Outdoor Pillow. BUY HERE! 4. Majestic Home Goods Outdoor Towers Pillow. BUY HERE! 5. Pillow Perfect Cinnabar Corded Outdoor Throw Pillow. BUY HERE! 6. Pillow Perfect Pom Pom Play Peachtini Throw Pillow. BUY HERE! 7. Modway Cartouche Patio Pillows. BUY HERE! 8. Resort Spa Black and White Striped Pillow. BUY HERE! 9. PacifiCasual True Navy Outdoor Throw Pillow. BUY HERE! 10. Deny Designs Live to Love Outdoor Throw Pillow. BUY HERE! 11. Greendale Home Fashions Palm Multicolor Accent Pillow. BUY HERE! 12. Pillow Perfect Woodblock Prism Outdoor Throw Pillow. BUY HERE! 13. Greendale Home Fashions Outdoor Accent Pillow. BUY HERE! 14. Deny Designs Zoe Wodraz Bali Outdoor Throw Pillow. BUY HERE! 15. Resort Spa Tropical Aztec Pillows. BUY HERE! 16. Majestic Home Goods Large Gray Outdoor Pillow. BUY HERE! 17. Greendale Home Fashions Jungle Accent Pillow. BUY HERE! 18. Greendale Home Fashions Coastal Ikat Outdoor Accent Pillow. BUY HERE! 19. Majestic Home Goods Outdoor Plantation Pillow. BUY HERE! 20. Modway Mosaic Patio Pillows. BUY HERE! I’m ready for a… Read More »
Replacing your bathroom mirror with a unique piece can go a long way in adding character to a space that’s typically overlooked. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that we are in the middle of a major bathroom renovation. I find it helpful to look at inspiration when I’m in the middle of a project that seem to be creeping along. Here are a few unique mirrors I’ve come across in the process. Maybe its time to give your bathroom mirror a unique update! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Tangkula Round Sunburst Mirror. BUY NOW! 2. Hamilton Hills Herringbone Wall Mirror. BUY NOW! 3. Raphael Rozen Vintage Wood Mirror. BUY NOW! 4. Ms. Box Leather Round Wall Mirror. BUY NOW! 5. Hans & Alice Rectangular Wooden Frame Mirror. BUY NOW! 6. Gerard Hexagon Wall Mirror. BUY NOW! 7. Raphael Rozen Gold Framed Mirror. BUY NOW! 8. Decor Wonderland Modern Frameless Mirror. BUY NOW! 9. Linsgroup Backlit Anti-Fog Mirror. BUY NOW! 10. Stonebriar Wrapped Rope Nautical Mirror. BUY NOW! Do you think you’ll be replacing your bathroom mirror for a piece that’s more unique? It could be an inexpensive way to change the feel of the entire room! I have loved exploring the many options there are to choose from. Hopefully one day soon I’ll have a renovated bathroom that’s ready for a new mirror! More Bathroom Inspiration Looking for some more bathroom inspiration? Check out these articles from my blog! 7 Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel Beautiful Bathroom Tile Roundup… Read More »
Wallpaper is something that most people despise. It disappeared from the home decor scene for a bit, but now it’s back (and better than ever)! Thanks to trendy new patterns and handy peel-and-stick application, you’re sure to fall back in love. We gathered some of our favorite striped wallpaper options that are sure to please any style. (We even added a few that stray beyond the traditional stripes if that’s more your speed.) Enjoy! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Simple Shapes Watercolor Stripes Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 2. Blooming Wall Modern Black & White Textured Stripes Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 3. NuWallpaper Salvaged Wood Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 4. RoomMates Chevron Strip Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 5. HaokHome Modern Stripe Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 6. RoomMates Watercolor Stripe Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 7. The Wallscape Company Modern Stripes Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 8. York Wallcoverings Ashford Taffeta Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 9. RoomMates Modern Abstract Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 10. RoomMates Grasscloth Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 11. Canvas on Demand Striped Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 12. Roommates All Mixed Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 13. Simple Shapes Chevron Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 14. HaokHome Modern Stripe Textured Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 15. RoomMates Watercolor Wallpaper. BUY NOW! 16. Scooptour Wall Art Stripes Wallpaper. BUY NOW! Are you dying to give wallpaper another shot after these beautiful pictures? I know I am! Wallpaper could be just the thing your home is lacking. If you’ve already added wallpaper to your home, I’d love to hear about it! More Inspiration Looking for more home decor inspiration? Check out these posts! … Read More »
Mudroom, mud room, laundry room, entry way. How can one room have so many names? Not everyone has a room designated for these purposes, but everyone has a place they dump coats, shoes, and keys. I have found that a little organization in this area goes a long way when trying to leave the house in a hurry before work or school each day. Here are a few beautiful mudrooms from around the web to inspire you to make the most of your space. Can you imagine walking into a mudroom this beautiful after a long day at work? Designing Vibes shares an excellent tutorial on how to achieve this look for less than $200. You definitely want to check this one out! You may not have an entire room to dedicate to your mudroom like many do, but that doesn’t mean you need to settle for an unorganized mess. Refresh Restyle used an old TV cabinet to create a storage space for coats and shoes. Head over to her blog to see the inside of this creative mudroom solution. Lemon Thistle made the most of her small entryway by creating this cute yet functional space! I love how the coat hooks double as a creative design element. You may not have space for an entire hutch but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on storage options. Worthing Court used the top half of an old hutch to maximize on her storage space. Talk about mudroom dreams! Simply Kierste was blessed with a giant laundry room that doubles as an entryway. The storage in this room is… Read More »
Our bathroom remodel plan is coming along. Here are my top 7 tips and tricks or planning your new bathroom space! Having a good plan is the most important part of the remodeling process. Sometimes plans have to change in the middle of things, but thinking ahead can go a long way to solving issues that come up. Our remodel is coming along, a bit slower than I would like. We are currently waiting for the special ordered shower base to be delivered. Until then, there’s not much else we can do. The demo is completed, the rebuilding comes next. Here’s how to plan for a smooth remodel! Top 7 Tips and Tricks Draw out your remodel plan before starting. There are free tools you can use online to do this. My husband likes to draw things by hand in Word, but you can use programs like Smart Draw, or even a piece of graph paper and a pencil for this task. Be sure to use accurate measurements when configuring a layout. Get several estimates for work. We got three estimates before settling on a plumbing contractor for our remodel. We decided to do all the other work (electrical, carpentry and tile) ourselves to save even more. The estimate for the electrical alone was over $1000.00. Definitely not in our price range! Do the grunt work yourself to save money. It’s not glamorous, but it is practical. We saved a couple of thousand dollars by doing all the demolition ourselves. It’s messy, hard work, but very gratifying. You can see us… Read More »
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