Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Small Backyards

With downsizing our homes comes downsizing our outdoor areas. For those of us who love to be outdoors but have limited space, what are you supposed to do?

It's obvious square footage isn't required for a stunning space. Some beautiful stone, some great plants, and a nice place to sit is all you really need!

side yard idea - the curve of the path adds interest and takes the eye around the garden, not just straight down.
via bhg

What would you do with a small backyard?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Decorating on a Budget

For those of us who have the desire to change the way our home looks, but don't have a winning lottery to do so, here are a few things you can do to decorate on a budget:

Lend farmhouse charm to your dining room with a grain bin repurposed as a buffet. The deep drawers are suited for storing linens and party staples, such as candles and special occasion china!
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Check out your local thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales! Get a great piece of furniture that might cost you a couple hundred brand new, and make it yours for just a few bucks.

Ask family and friends for unused furniture! Chances are high someone you know has something in their basement they don't even know is down there anymore. Take it off their hands and in your home!

We love these different sized vintage mirrors! More flea market chic home accents:
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You might be surprised to find that you already own a fantastic piece of furniture that just needs a little TLC. Some paint and new hardware can make a huge change without much of a dent! My tip on spending less on paint? Buy a sample size bucket instead of a gallon especially for small pieces.

A little advanced diy for me but still a good one! I may have someone else do it for me ^^

Don't want to buy expensive shelving? DIY! Wood and stain are much cheaper than pre-made store bought. 

Be creative! Take the time to search and find the right pieces for the right price or see if you can make it yourself! You may be surprised at how much you can do with a tight budget.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Modern and adorable Birth Announcements from Minted

Our little mister arrived 2 weeks early, on June 7th.  Now that I'm finally adapting to life as a new mom, we want to share our little man, Leo, with loving family and friends.  The first place I went to look for inspiring and beautiful birth announcements was Minted.  I used them for our save the dates, and I was really happy with them, and we received a lot of complements.  Here are some of the birth announcements I really like...

Love the little illustrations on this one.

This might be more suitable for a girl, but the gold foil and illustrations are really pretty!

They have options for adopted bundles of joy too!

Of course I couldn't resist taking a peak at some of their nursery art!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Making Room for What's Important

I recently read an article about my generation that really resonated with me. It's that my generation has a different point of view that's not being ridiculed! It's actually being implemented, and praised. What is it about? It says we are more interested in finding a work / life balance.

We've seen the successes of working from home and how it's given us the ability to lose the commute, lose the cost of eating out, gas, and other expenses. We've been able to spend more time with or family and do it on a budget that isn't ridiculous for this economy.

We have seen generations before us spend an entire lifetime working away and struggle to retire. We have learned to live with less and enjoy it more!

Genius Ideas for Utilizing Your Home's Nooks and Crannies// stair landing office, built-in desk
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Our bosses may be in the previous generation and see that work comes best when it's in an office environment but we've proven them wrong. We can get more done in a smaller amount of time. We are healthier, happier, and willing to work harder just to be home.

We are a generation that's not afraid of change.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Home Oasis

I've been challenged to show off what I would consider an oasis in a home.

A porch you never want to leave.

Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on a prefab shed-meets-sleeping-cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt-dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland.
via dwell

A gorgeous view the moment you open your eyes.

Living room view from the beautiful apartment I stayed in, one of many wonderful properties by Paris Perfect Apartment Rentals

Natural light with fresh flowers.

The Melbourne home of Madeleine and Jeremy Grummet and Family. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files. Via @thedesignfiles

Where even the restrooms feel relaxing and fresh!

Linen tufted daybed with golden accent mirror and wood spiral staircase
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It could be anywhere and have anything! To me, a home that's an oasis, is just a home that you never want to leave. Even if it's as simple as the home you are currently in. 


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