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Skip the Fuzz with this Blanket Scarf Hack

You ever do something and feel like it’s a total eureka moment? That’s what happened to me one morning while getting ready for work. Blanket Scarves are delightful and can look so glamorous and put together.  BUT they’re so fuzzy that they itch my face and get lint in my makeup – especially my lipstick.… Continue reading Skip the Fuzz with this Blanket Scarf Hack

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DIY Floating Floral Monogram

Bill and I recently shared the initial rundown of our DIY Wedding Decor and detailed 2 of the four zones we embellished.  First, we shared the dining area, complete with thrift-ed milk glass.  Then we highlighted how we chose to decorate the dance floor.  We also noted that we invested a great deal of effort intwo… Continue reading DIY Floating Floral Monogram

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DIY Travel Jewelry Box from an Old iPod Packaging

If you’ve ever purchased an apple device of any kind at the Apple store, you’re likely familiar with the joy of ‘unboxing’ — the simple act of getting to open your brand new device.  Apple takes care not only to design beautiful products, but even puts detail into their packaging too, making that first time… Continue reading DIY Travel Jewelry Box from an Old iPod Packaging

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Dressers, the Anti-Nomadic Furniture

So, moving.  Long distances.  The biggest decision you have to make – do I bring it all?  With every move you’d be wise to downsize somewhat, but what about the big stuff?  Like furniture?  My goal when moving from DC to Pittsburgh was to do it all in the back of my compact SUV and… Continue reading Dressers, the Anti-Nomadic Furniture

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Bookshelf Artwork

So we’ve all seen the beautifully staged  bookcases on Pinterest.  The ones where everything is seemingly stashed in there but somehow looks perfect.  Here’s one I’ve been ogling lately. I really like look of how this one is styled. It really has some character behind it. Now how about the artwork in front? When I… Continue reading Bookshelf Artwork

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Pottery Barn Box Revamp

Remember that time I found a Pottery Barn lacquered box at the Restore? That was February of this year.  A steal of a find but I wasn’t fond of the red and it was a little scuffed up. I had big plans.  There was frog tape and spray paint dancing in my head.  I even… Continue reading Pottery Barn Box Revamp

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Life Hack – Fixing a Dash Mount

This isn’t so much a DIY as it was a simple life hack I did recently.  When doing long highway drives, I often use a radar detector for a little extra help.  Trouble is, the bracket that mounts it to my windshield doesn’t work very well. As you can see, the suction cups don’t stay… Continue reading Life Hack – Fixing a Dash Mount

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Ikea Inspired Coat Cubby

In preparation for my move to Pittsburgh, I was slowly creating ways to maximize storage in the apartment, so that when I got here I’d have places for my things too.  One of the areas of the apartment that has (mostly) become mine is the hall closet. I’ll have pictures later as there are LOTS… Continue reading Ikea Inspired Coat Cubby

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DIY Chalk Art On Your Smart Phone

Chalk art.  It’s everywhere.  Somehow chalkboard paint, vinyl, etc has made it from walls, to cup labels, even whole wedding themes around it!  Crazy! Well these days there are TONS of fantastic fonts and even chalkboard backgrounds that make it easy for anyone with Photoshop to create a digital version of their favorite chalkboard art.… Continue reading DIY Chalk Art On Your Smart Phone

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A Quick and Easy Bathroom Shelf

So it’s obvious by our new summer pillows that we made a recent trip to Ikea.  And though we still haven’t finally bought ourselves a new purdy Hemnes tv stand, we did also pick up a new shelf for our bathroom. Specifically, we picked up the Grundtal glass shelf for the job.  I’ll pause while… Continue reading A Quick and Easy Bathroom Shelf

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Windowsil Herb Garden

Last year I picked up a cute little set of pots and seeds from Joss & Main that grew pretty well.  It came with Cilantro (my fav summer herb!), basil and thyme.  But of the three, we never had time for thyme, so it basically grew to a crazy mess and then died.  We did… Continue reading Windowsil Herb Garden

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Babyshower in a Box

If you’ve followed along to my recent adventures to London and Paris, you may remember how the primary purpose of the visit was to see my friend Brynn & her husband as they are expecting their first baby in July.  Of course, throwing a baby-shower from a continent away is a bit tricky, so my… Continue reading Babyshower in a Box

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Easy Houseplant Care

I’ve shared before how I’m fond of keeping some happy green plants around.  They help cheer up a room, and the additional fresh oxygen they put off isn’t a bad side effect either. But they don;t stay happy green plants without a little TLC once in a while.  Fortunately it’s super easy to keep them… Continue reading Easy Houseplant Care

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Taking the Kitchen to Task

Earlier this week we mentioned our trip to Ikea’s BYOF event.  We picked up a few things for around the apartment. Though it may be upside down in the photo above, one of the important things we picked up was the Ledberg light kit. If you recall from our 2013 Goals, one of those is… Continue reading Taking the Kitchen to Task

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Spotted Wood, Not So Good

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID. Ok, now that we’ve gotten THAT out of the way, on to our topic – water spots on our purdy new butcher block leaf in the kitchen. Just a few weeks ago we shared with you how my Sister was kind enough to give us her barely-used butcher block kitchen leaf… Continue reading Spotted Wood, Not So Good