Your apartment, a PETA friendly wildlife reserve

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Inspired by one of my most creative, inventive, and thoughtful friends when it comes to home decor, I would like to introduce the idea of ethical (and stylish) “taxidermy” as household items. If you have been to a hunting lodge … Continue reading

Starting spring inside

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As your Valentine bouquets begin to wilt, let’s keep the freshness inside until it’s time to throw open our windows!

I’ve recently moved and as I’m organizing my bedroom, I’ve been trying to figure out creative ways to bring nature indoors. Bringing color and texture to my white walls I plan to hang some air plants from the corner ceiling near my window. In the end it will look a little like this:

Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 10.18.41 AMYou can buy supplies separately, all you need is:

West ElmAmazon Twine

Or, you can get the entire look from one website.

A favorite hostess gift of mine are Twig Terrariums. These creative and funky vignettes give a little humor to the beautiful and natural terrariums.

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Small, spiky, and simple are house cacti. The Old Lady Cactus, flowering annually with a ring of buds around her neck is a feminine accent to any mantle. Old Lady Cactus

I plan to hang earrings and necklaces from mini garden hooks. And although I adore the silver etsy hooks, I prefer a simpler line drawing me to the second choice.

EtsyLowe's

You can also make use of the 3″ x 42″ space on a window sill.

Window sill

Or order one of these amazing containers to hang on the wall or place upon a table.

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There are so many beautiful and intriguing species of cacti, choose what suits your taste. I love the soft haired cacti, tall stalks with hats, and flowering spikes. Below are a few favorites. Thimble CactiLiving RockSpikyBouquet

Cheers to an early spring!

M

My Valentine <3

Happy Valentine’s Day!! A little peek into how I spend Valentine’s.

Starting the day with heart shaped pancakes, waffles, or eggs is a family tradition. Don’t forget to use food coloring for red pancakes (green for St. Patrick’s Day).

Breakfast love

I used to be embarrassed when my mother made us dress up for holidays. How could I possibly go to school wearing red on Valentine’s Day?? Very uncool in the 90’s. Good thing we always got statement socks with our themed breakfast so I could technically dress up while still hiding it from peer review. Now, I wear those thematic socks with pride!

Heart socks

If you’ve got a special someone, and as I read in the text below the picture, we all do, write a love letter! Everyone deserves a hand-written note at least once a year.
A custom love noteMy Valentine Note :)

Instead of the fun but wasteful valentine cards we used to pass around grammar school, let’s use the same idea, but enrich it: flowering heart paper. You can write a special note, give a packet of them as confetti, or just leave them hidden for sweet reminders to let someone know you care. The best part is that they can then be planted and will continue to remind someone of your love in the spring!
Valentines that grow

Now, it’s time to get that last minute valentine if you haven’t yet secured a date.. these tights may help.

Heart tights

Also, don’t be afraid to date yourself! Take yourself to a manicure and get something fresh and in the spirit of love.

Valentine manicure

If you aren’t looking for romance, but still love and comfort, make your own heart shaped marshmallows and indulge in some chocolate!

Hot Chocolate

Make sure to include your friends in the indulgence. A friend of mine is hosting a gathering for friends to relax, enjoy, and “commiserate” encouraging everyone to bring their “coping mechanism of choice” to share with one another. Her invitation graphics are below:

Sadie's Cute Invite!Last but not least, remember to thank the world for all that you have and mostly thank yourself for the self love you’ve enjoyed today. 🙂

Love ring

My love to you,

Marisa

Simple Gifts

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I’ve recently finished an in-house position for a client and wanted to properly send myself off with thoughtful notes for everyone. Inspired by my love for salt and the Office Holiday Bake-off, I figured what better way than contribute to the December … Continue reading

Playing with Peppermint

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Cheers to the holiday season! Chilled streets are filling up with spruce and evergreen; snow flurries continue to tease us; and the classic, red and white striped candy is back. Candy Canes & Peppermint! A few of my favorite decorations … Continue reading

Your Not So Average Halloween Decor

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Walking home the other morning, I determined that I wanted to decorate my apartment for halloween, but don’t want to spend a dime on anything but food and drinks for my guests. After realizing my budget ($0), I stopped into … Continue reading