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!

M

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Showcasing in Small Spaces (Part 2)

Now that we’ve cleaned up the kitchen, let’s tackle the bathroom. The bathroom should be a place of escape; a cleansing, nourishing environment for you to release the day’s stressors. Let’s lay the footwork for that project!

Bathrooms come in all shapes, sizes, and styles and the ideas below can be modified for everyone’s taste.

Somehow, in my home wet towels end up on chairs, door handles, and of course, the floor. Let’s fix that.

I find that hanging towels on the traditional bar leaves half the towel damp and requires a perfect fold to look organized. Instead, I use hooks leaving my towels dry and always perfectly draped.

To store freshly cleaned towels use a vertical shelving technique that saves space and reminds you of all the clean comforts you’d find in a five star hotel.

This is easy storage for your extra bed linens: a great way to keep them matched is to fold and tuck the sheets into corresponding pillow cases.

When I think of bathroom cabinets, I think of sticky spills, expired make-up, and too many unused products. By keeping our products above ground we can’t neglect bathroom cleanings, using what we have, and getting rid of what we don’t need.

Put your cotton balls, bath salts, Q-tips, and loofas (extras for the forgetful overnight guest) in clear containers.

Make a specialized container by following the directions from this blog. Put flirty faux eyelashes in the design for your make-up container, plane tickets for your stolen hotel shampoos and soaps, or something that accents your bathroom decor like the coffee beans below.

Don’t forget to buy multi-use products; by storing items beneath the candles, you are able to store, showcase, and create a candle holder! I suggest putting your cotton balls or bath salts in this piece.

Some products require safe storage, far away from children’s reach and hidden from a guest’s view. Attaching a metal sticker to the inside of your cabinet, mirror, or on the back of a door, allows you to attach genius containers for all your clutter needs.

Add shelves to place your containers upon.

Last but not least, make use of what you’ve got! I use my bathtub for extra storage because I don’t use it often. By placing a wooden bench at the end of the bath, I have a new shelf for shampoos, conditioners, and make up.

I place my jewelry, make-up, and mirror on a gold tray I can bring downstairs, to the bedroom, or leave looking elegant in my master bath.

Another great idea is to make your own tray from an old picture frame.

One last idea to store and enhance the unused tub is creating a bench as shown on this blog.