...because sometimes all you need is a little inspiration...

Monday, January 31, 2011

Be Mine Sign

If you're as in love with this sign as I am, check out {The Idea Room} for her tutorial.
Seriously so cute.  Seriously so easy.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kid's Valentine Advent

Here's a fun idea from {That Village House} to help your kids celebrate the holiday.
I especially love the {Heart Lunch}:
You could really turn every meal into a heart. :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Twine Heart

Cute, but simple Valentine's Day decoration that can stay up all  year long.
Check out {Craftaholics Anonymous} for the details on how to make this one.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

X's and O's

Isn't this a pretty Valentine's Day mantle?
Do you know what I really like about it? 
The X.
And the O.
Cute idea from {In Stitches}

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cute Cupcakes

Love the way these look!  She just let frosting harden on wax paper and then stuck them on top of the frosted cupcakes.  Get the recipe and details at {Ready Set Craft}!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Felt Heart Centerpiece

I love this cute little homemade centerpiece I saw on {The Creative Crate}.
It would go perfectly with the Valentine's Day decorations I posted about {here}

Friday, January 21, 2011

How to Paint a Straight Line

 
Another amazing idea from {House of Hepworths}.  This will make painting accent walls so much easier!  The hardest part will be getting that tape straight. :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Bundles

Here's a great decorating idea I saw on {Decor Chick} She used the above picture from Ballard Designs as inspiration for creating some book bundles of her own: 
Just rip off covers of old books and tie with twine.
Great decoration inspiration.
Here are some more images.
From Restoration Hardware.  This is probably my favorite one.  Love those metal letters. 
This one from Potterybarn.  These things are everywhere! 
And here are some in a room.  I love the way they look.  Very light and casual.
Here's another tutorial from {Under the Table and Dreaming}

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Elegant Party

A great post to go with yesterday's post. :)
I'm just really loving the play of these colors together.  That lavender is so pretty!! 
And mixed with all the cream and silver, plus the crystals!! Gorgeous! 
What an elegant affair! 
LOVE that little flower. 
And the crystal!  So beuatiful.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yummy Snow Balls

If you have a winter party, please make sure you have treats that look like this!  Aren't these little truffles divine!!?  And on that silver platter,...with the pearls.
This is just so pretty!

Monday, January 17, 2011

DIY Vintage Spools

Don't you love the look of vintage spools?  I do.  In fact I've kind of been on the hunt for some to decorate my craft room.  That is, until I found this tutorial. 
Using a dowel and a bunch of wooden disks, this gal make some herself.  She sanded and distressed and stained them to make them look antique.  And then she glued the disks to either side of those wooden dowels. 
Then, she stamped the ends to give them that vintage feel.  She also drilled holes in so they'd look realistic.  I probably would have done that before staining them.  So the holes would be darker. 
And then she wrapped them in natural colored ribbons and strings. 
Throw em in a bowl, and no one will know the difference! 
I just love the way these look!!
Visit {The Stories of A 2 Z} for all the little details.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tiffany

I just love this ad.  What a perfect winter picture.  The little dress and ribbon in the hair...the snow everywhere...the perfectly wrapped presents...   Of course it has to be Tiffany.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bathroom Details

What is it that takes a space from being an ordinary bathroom to being a beautiful, serene, space?
Could it be as simple as decorative accents?
I think so.
Instead of a regular mirror, opt for a more ornate version. 
Make sure everything matches.
Put flowers next to the sink.
Organize every day items in pretty, apothecary jars.
Use dish plates to hold soaps.
Fold towels neatly and tie them with ribbons. so cute.
Use clever little storage canisters and shy away from standard builders issue mirrors.
How about a wall full of different mirrors?
Make sure your storage containers are lovely.
You can have a beautiful bathroom, too. :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snowflake Wreath

Here's a fun wreath celebrating Winter. 
Jennifer made it using these dollar store snowflakes, 
And this styrofoam wreath. 
She wrapped it in white and silver ribbon. 
Then glued on the snowflakes to the front and back, to give it some depth. 
Pretty, right?!
Check it out at {The Toy Box Years}

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter

What a beautiful time of year this is!!
Filled with beautiful clothes and fun layers.
Winter is so fun.

Ps, don't you LOVE these tiny snowmen!!  So much cuter than the huge ones we make filled with grass and rocks, leaving the yard look awful.  This way, everyone really can make their own and the yard can still be covered in snow.
I love them.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Filling a Wall

Sometimes, when faced with a blank wall, the task of filling it seems really daunting.  Many people try to place one large object in the middle, and while this can make it feel less empty, it often still feels incomplete.
Kathryn at {Nannygoat} did such a good job transforming this wall step by step that I just had to share it!
She started with a family picture, that while large in size, wasn't anywhere near large enough to fill her huge wall. 
It got even better when, after hanging the picture on the wall, she framed it with another, more ornate frame.  It really pops and makes a great focal point, but if she had just stopped there, the wall still would have felt incomplete.
This is where most people begin to struggle.  You have to bring things in on either side of the middle statement piece, and they don't necessarily have to be pictures or even match, or even be lined up perfectly! gasp! 
They dont' even have to be symmetrical!!  But, bringing new pieces to the wall causes the eye to travel around, looking at each individual piece, making the wall feel full.  It helps when they are very different from each other. 
I think my favorite thing about this set up is the fact that it's asymmetrical.  I really love the lettering above the picture.  
So, there you have it.  What once looked like this: 
Now looks like this: 
Notice that the collage doesn't even fill the wall.  That's ok.  As long as between 1/2 and 2/3 of the wall is covered, it will look and feel complete.  Any less feels a little bare, and any more feels a little cluttered.
What a great job she did!!  I might have to copy!
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