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Book Review :: Home Decor Cheat Sheets

How high should you hang a chandelier hang above the dining table? What paint finish should you use a kid’s room? What size rug should go under your bed? When it comes to decorating the questions can be endless, but there are definitely some design dos and don’ts I adhere to. Some of these “rules” are easy to remember, but it’s always nice to have a cheat sheet or illustration to reference. Over time I have pinned, cut-out and dogeared pages in decor books, but have never had one single source. So I was thrilled to receive a copy of a newly released book, Home Decor Cheat Sheets by Jessica Probus that contains 300+ colorful, easy-to-understand images aimed at teaching you everything from furniture placement to bathroom lighting tricks, window styles to  how to make a floor plan. I’m loving the practical nature of this book and is a resource I’m looking forward to using for years to come. Decor lovers, you are going to want a copy of this helpful book. It would also make a perfect housewarming gift!

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Just like the completion of any home, the cheat sheets in this book are meant to be used as a process not to be tackled in one day or even one year, but consulted as needed over time to make the kind of slow, purposeful improvements that turn a few walls and some well-hung curtains into an actual home. – Jessica Probus, Author of Home Decor Cheat Sheets

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Read full story By on July 13, 2016 in book, book review, decorating small spaces, Design Tips, furniture, gallery wall, interior design, lighting, pattern, Tips/Tricks

Clever Ideas for Wallpaper

Many homeowners shy away from incorporating wallpaper in their home because it can be a commitment and pricey. If you’ve been hesitate about using wallpaper for these reasons, I’ve rounded up a few clever ideas for wallpaper that don’t require quite the commitment and won’t break the bank.

wallpapered closet doors #wallpaperCovering your closet doors in wallpaper can add a pop of color, texture and pattern to your bedroom. I’m loving the grasscloth featured on these closet doors in a bedroom by Lauren Ranes.
wallpapered desk drawer #wallpaper

Lining drawers with wallpaper is a fun way to add some whimsy to a desk, vanity or dresser. This is a great way to use up remnants like Jess Lively did with this project.

wallpaper the ceiling // girls bedroom

Wallpapering an angled ceiling is a great was to enhance your home’s architecture, while adding some fun color and pattern in a space. This darling girl’s bedroom above by Hosue of Jade is a terrific example.
wallpapered kids closet

Wallpapering the back wall of a closet is also a great way to incorporate wallpaper without a huge commitment. How sweet is this girl’s closet by The Sweetest Home Digs using Graham & Brown’s Isabelle Blue?

wallpapered lampshade #wallpaper

Another clever way to incorporate wallpaper is smaller doses is to wrap a lampshade or drum pendant. These DIY versions by Minted.com were created for a party. So sweet!

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Read full story By on February 22, 2016 in Bedroom, Closets, DIY, Girl, interior design, Interiors, lighting, pattern, Tips/Tricks, wallpaper

Organizing Tips for Kids

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ikea bookcase // kids' playroom // via @simplifiedbee

With the fresh new year, it’s a great time to establish fresh new organizing habits. Getting your kiddos organized is high on most parents’ list too. Getting kids to be organized can be a challenge and an ever changing process as they grow up. Recently I shared some of my favorite tips on organizing for kids with Pottery Barn Kids. One of my favorite is having storage options available throughout the house – including the entry, hallway/staircase and  kitchen. I’ve pulled some really super adorable and stylish options (some that can be personalized) available through Pottery Barn Kids. Most of these items are currently on sale too! Gotta love that!

organizing the kids // bins and baskets // via @simplifiedbee

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Read full story By on January 27, 2016 in baby and children, family rooms, Features, home accessories, household cleaning, Interiors, Interviews, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, playrooms, storage, Tips/Tricks

Round-up :: Advent Calendars

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advent calendar 2015 // via @simplifiedbeeHappy December! The first day of the month is always exciting for me, but I’m especially loving this first day of December. It marks the beginning of advent. A count down to Christmas Day. Advent calendars have been a family tradition that I’ve passed down to my own family. This year we even have two advent calendars – one that hangs on the wall that doesn’t have any treats and another my girls talked me into getting at Starbucks  seen above (I’m such a sucker!). Here are some other fun advent calendars to buy or make!

knit stocking garland // advent calendar ideas // via @simplifiedbee

How cute is this knit stocking garland idea from Pottery Barn? Such a fun way to decorate the mantel while counting down the days?

paper village // advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Create a tiny holiday village for the tabletop or mantel with this whimsical kit that includes folding houses, festive jokes & facts inside, and embellishments. A simply adorable way to celebrate advent! It’s also on sale here.

colorful advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

This colorful advent calendar gives a modern twist on the traditional tradition. I also love that it allows you to tuck away love notes, tasty treats and small trinkets. So fun!

DIY present advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Making your own advent calendar doesn’t have to be overly complicated either. I love this version by Oh Happy Day using non-traditional bright neon ribbons!

modern christmas advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Crafty and have the time? Here’s an advent calendar pattern features stunning wool felt you hand stitch to complete. Loving all of the vintage ornaments on this modern Christmas countdown.

DIY advent calendar // christmas tree // via @simplifiedbee

This DIY advent calendar also looks like some work to achieve, but boy is it cute!

DIY plastic animal advent calendar

And how adorable is this DIY plastic animal advent calendar by A Bubbly Life? I’m sure Rudolph is honored.

truffle advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

If you’re just about the treats, you’ll have to consider this decadent box of truffles for every day of the Christmas countdown. Yum!
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Read full story By on December 1, 2015 in Christmas, craft, DIY, Holiday, holiday decor, Tips/Tricks