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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Home Smell Amazing

Is cabin fever starting to set in at your place? I can say without a doubt it’s definitely setting in over here. With the arrival of Bébé S in earlier this year, we’ve been harder pressed to get out of the house more so than we are most years. Bitter cold temps = extra bundling + planning. Amidst learning how to finesse our newborn parenting skills, let’s just say we aren’t getting out quite as frequently.

If you've got spring cleaning on the brain, and want to make your home smell amazing, check out the ultimate guide I created for Curbly. Continue Reading →

1 In Interiors

Upgrade Your Everyday with These Design-Driven Homewares

When you purchase a home for the first time, you’re not just buying a home, you’re also in for several smaller purchases needed to either take care of your home or make it useable, like a lawn mower or maybe new accessories for a 2nd bathroom that you didn’t have when renting. Since purchasing our duplex last year, I’ve tried to put more thought into the things I’m bringing into our home, even for those everyday things like a laundry hamper. I mean if there’s a pretty, design-savvy option within your budget, then why not go for the option with some style?! I think it makes using these typically boring items more enjoyable. Not to mention, if it’s a pretty laundry hamper, then I’m more okay leaving it on display, when guests come over. (Less last minute scrambling for me when trying to hide the full plastic laundry basket!) With all this in mind, I’ve rounded up several design-driven homewares that make great alternatives to mundane daily-use items. Cheers to making our everyday just a little bit more fun!

Upgrade your everyday with these design-driven homewares!

 

1. Power Cable  2. Laundry Hamper  3. Japanese Scissor Set  4. Brass Towel Bar  5. Brass Strainer Set  6. Bottle Opener  7. Broom  8. Gold Trash Can  9. Wood Dustpan

 

 

 

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4 In DIY

DIY Wall Vase

I have probably the simplest DIY on the planet for you today! In fact, you might even consider it more of a styling trick–it’s that simple.  Lately, I’ve been borderline obsessed with hanging vases of flowers on my walls, and it all started with this wall vase version a few years ago where I’d adhered a picture hanger to a vase with heavy duty adhesive and hung it on the wall like a picture. It was such a simple way to add fresh botanicals to vertical surfces.

Fast forward to two weeks ago where I needed something organic to pair with my DIY key holder, so on a whim I pulled out a Command strip and quickly hung a vase of eucalyptus on the wall. I only had black strips at the time, but I still think it still worked out. (Check out the last photo in this post for a look.) I love how it turned out, so I left the vase on the wall for as long as the eucalyptus would allow. I even made another for my blog room when Mr. Francois came home with tulips last week!

The obvious great thing about using removable hanger strips is that they can be taken off the wall and the vase without a trace (when you want to change out your decor) and the large 16 lb strips give you peace of mind that the vase won’t come crashing down on your at any given moment. Here’s the skinny on how to hang a vase:

Hang flowers on vertical spaces fast, easily, and non-permanently with this 5 minute DIY wall vase. Click for the details! Hang flowers on vertical spaces fast, easily, and non-permanently with this 5 minute DIY wall vase. Click for the details! Hang flowers on vertical spaces fast, easily, and non-permanently with this 5 minute DIY wall vase. Click for the details!

Let’s Get Started, Shall We? Hang flowers on vertical spaces fast, easily, and non-permanently with this 5 minute DIY wall vase. Click for the details! Hang flowers on vertical spaces fast, easily, and non-permanently with this 5 minute DIY wall vase. Click for the details! Hang flowers on vertical spaces fast, easily, and non-permanently with this 5 minute DIY wall vase. Click for the details!

How I Made It:

Materials: Any Small Vase || Large Picture Hanging Strips (16 lb capacity) || Fresh Flowers + Water

  1. Press two hanging strips together until you finish hearing the teeth click together.
  2. Peel off one of the strip’s backing. Attach vertically to the vase and firmly press for 30 seconds. Trim the strip’s tail, if the strip is longer than your vase.
  3. Peel off the other strip’s backing paper and attach to the wall, again pressing for 30 seconds.
  4. Fill the vase with water and flowers!

Hang flowers on vertical spaces fast, easily, and non-permanently with this 5 minute DIY wall vase. Click for the details! Hang flowers on vertical spaces fast, easily, and non-permanently with this 5 minute DIY wall vase. Click for the details!

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2 In DIY

DIY du Jour: Acrylic Home Accessories

I think acrylic might just be my new favorite material to DIY with. It’s crisp & sleek and always seems to translate into gorgeous finished projects that don’t look the least bit handmade. I’m referring directly to the floating frame and freestanding menu below! Have you given acrylic a shot? What’s your take on the material?

If you’re new to working with acrylic, here are 6 DIY acrylic home accessories to wet your whistle!

Have you tried DIY-ing with acrylic? Give these 6 gorgeous acrylic home accessory projects a shot!

Lucite Bath Caddy || Floating Acrylic Frame || Gold Bar Acrylic Tray || Acrylic Menu || Acrylic Jewelry Box || Acrylic Serving Board

 

Want more DIY’s du Jour? Check out more ideas in this series here!

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16 In DIY

Swedish Candle Wreath DIY

I’m 50% Swedish + a mixture of Norwegian, Finnish and English in that order for the other 50%. So I always have my eye out for new Scandinavian decor and traditions we can include in our Holiday celebrations. This year I made a candle wreath Continue Reading →

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