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Fall out of summer

There is a crisp coolness in the mornings this time of year that lets you know fall is coming, but the sunny warm afternoons remind you that summer hasn’t gone yet. So what’s someone to do when it comes to home decorating during the transition? I have a few quick tips that will make your […]

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10 creative ways to decorate with bamboo

Bamboo is a great material for decorating. It’s renewable so it’s very environmentally friendly. In fact it grows more than three feet in one day (the fastest growing plant in the world!). It’s also strong, durable, and resistant to shrinking and swelling, which makes it a perfect choice for bathrooms or kitchens. Besides being practical, […]

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Very vintage: adding unique touches to your décor

Looking for an easy way to make your room feel more interesting? The answer is simple; add some vintage touches. This is a secret that most design bloggers already know—something old makes a room interesting and gives it weight. There’s nothing wrong with buying new things, in fact I do it a bit too often, […]

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How to hang drapes to make windows feel bigger

Living in an old home my whole life has totally impacted the way I hang my drapes. Old homes typically have pretty low ceilings, which can make rooms feel dark. A super small tweak to the drapes has made all of the difference in the world with how light and bright our rooms look. Although […]

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The value in editing a room

Designing a room? Edit, edit, edit. Designing a beautiful room is just as much about what you leave out as it is what you add to a room.  Often we find things we like and then put them in a room, then find something else later and add it too. This goes on and on, […]

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Shading the reading nook

We have a funny little nook off of our living room. When we bought the house, it was being used as a bedroom, but not needing another bedroom on the first floor (and a very small one at that!), we nixed the door, reversed the closet so that it opened into our entryway (creating the […]

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How green is that blind in the window?

Forget whether something is simply recyclable. Truly green-minded DIYers look at manufacturing process, transportation, and other not-so-obvious indicators too when looking for eco-friendly window treatment options. In her book Green Interior Design, Lori Dennis offers key questions for deciding how earth-friendly your furnishings and home décor pieces are, such as: Do they come from renewable […]

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7 essential back to school organization tips

One of my favorite times of the year is back to school. Even walking into an office supply store gives me the back to school jitters all over again! This year, there are several things you can do to start the year off successfully and reduce the amount of anxiety that comes with the big […]

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5 ways to create an airy space

Bright, clean, light-filled rooms are everywhere, it seems. Gracing the pages of the glossy magazines we read and all over our online inspiration sites. Creating a light and airy space seems difficult when your room isn’t starting out as light-filled as you would like, but with a few quick and easy steps, it can be […]

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Getting crafty! Giving new life to an unused bookcase

When we planned our new home, we included a little apartment above the garage. I knew that my daughter might end up living there during college, or my mother might need to move in with us at some point. I figured that until one of them needed it, the room would become my crafting space. […]