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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:

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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.

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

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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!

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Chalk it up to…

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, chalk boards have made a wild come back with products like

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Below, I will list some of the more creative uses for “chalkboard” influenced paint and other fun products.

HOW cool is this!? Recently, the DIY Network renovated a kitchen in a similar manner to what is pictured below with magnetic paint. By priming your wall space with it, you can accessorize with cute magnets to truly make use of the space!

Invite chalk artist Dana Tanamachi to decorate your newly scribble-able walls with her unique style.

  
Here’s another great DIY using old wine glasses to identify dinner party guests.
Some other great products inspired by this age old concept are below:
First, we have stickers that may be applied to whatever your event or desire requires
These containers come assembled and are perfect for cereal, rice, baking products, rubber bands… you get the idea 🙂These cups are perfect for a forgetful husband or the tired mother who deserves an “I love you” upon waking… or just for some doodling on a fun, new surfaceAs a good host knows, one should always try to switch up courses, which goes for cheese as well! To label your choice of fruit and cheese, I give you the cheese plate!
Another labeling idea is the name cards below – soap stone chalk included!These table numbers (perfect for the country wedding) can be hung around a jar or wine bottle, on floral arrangements, or simply strung from a candle
My sister was decorating her apartment on a DIY budget and found this wall decal. We used it to write notes or affirmations to one another and to welcome people to parties when hosting guests; and the best part, No Holes in the Wall!! We are still renting 🙂Adorable for children’s rooms without having to buy and store a huge physical chalkboard… reminiscent of school days passed.
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& ice creamPerhaps the cutest idea of the bunch, and great for mix and match decor! Sometimes writing on the wall can become tiresome. So, for playtime, a fun alternative idea is to use the craft table (shown below) for crafts and coloring.
As far as the older kids go, what could be better than this designer ping pong table for a mere $3k? Oh yes… a DIY version on whatever table you find at the nearest Costco, BJ’s, etc.Now that we’ve got your kids hooked on their chalk boards, they will need one when on-the-go! The designer of these boards uses a variety of fabric to match the board with its owner’s personality. It’s the perfectly versatile coloring book / sketchpad for restaurants, waiting rooms, and anywhere else your kids’ attention may need to be occupied.
Let’s not forget the CHALK! Here are just a few cute ideas:
As for a last minute tip: always wet the end of chalk before using it to get the cleanest lines. Additionally, there are chalk markers that come in a wide range of colors that leave less mess!
Finally, a GREAT DIY idea for gifting, storing, or recycling other products!