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Rickrack blouse DIY...20 Sep 2017

Rickrack blouse DIY

We're all about simple ways to change up your wardrobe lately. Whether it's an old top or a new, yet inexpensive, one...today we're sharing this super simple rickrack (AKA wavy fabric ribbon) blouse DIY. Here's how...

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how to style with a circle rug...19 Sep 2017

how to style with a circle rug

You've seen the circle rugs around...and you might be thinking...what do I do with one? It doesn't fit a room so perfectly like a rectangular rug does. So today, we're showing you a few ways to style a circle rug in your home!

how to style with a circle rug

1. Reading nook  A circular rug is great for a small area that needs to be sectioned off but doesn't need a huge area of floor space...like a reading nook. A chaise and a chair fit perfectly on the rug in this corner and still leave a small section of the rug open for lounging if needed.

Items shown: Target rug, Benjamin Moore Sweatshirt Gray paint, Urban Outfitters lamp, Sharon Montrose flamingo print, Framebridge frame, Target shelf, Target black vase (past season), Lisa McLean abstract print, Tictail dotty planter, Senegal woven basket (similar), Indego Africa pink & yellow basket, Target giraffe figurine, Ban.do round containers, Urban Outfitters chaise, Calhoun & Co. stripe pillow, Urban Outfitters round pillow, Arro Home lumbar pillow, Forever21 jacket, vintage purse, JustFab heels, Ikea chair, Ikea pink lumbar pillow (past season), Anthropologie shag cushion, Target floor pillow, Moroccan pouf (similar).

how to style with a circle rug

2. Bedroom — For a bedroom where the bed isn't central or has a larger area off to one side of it, a circle rug can help to add visual interest to that side of the bed.With a circle rug its fun to play with placement thats a little off skew especially under a bed. In this bedroom, we created a seating area on the roomier side of the bed. If your bed is more centered in a room, alternatively, you can center the rug towards the foot of the bed.

Items shown: eSaleRugs rug, Benjamin Moore Sweatshirt Gray paint, Target gold end tables, J. Otto Seibold house print, Framebridge frame, Hiroyuki Izutsu abstract print, Framebridgefram, Lamps Plus lamp, Ikea chair, Arro Home round pillow, Anthropologie shag cusion, Bally purse (past season), Marais sandals (past season), CB2 bed, Oh Joy! for Target fox figurine, Oh Joy! for Target peacock figurine, Oh Joy! for Target jewelry box, Suku duvet set (past season), Calhoun & Co. black & white pillow, Anthropologie tassel pillow (past season), Castle round pillow, Pom Pom at Home shag throw, Oh Joy x Cloth & Co. bench.

how to style with a circle rug

3. Dining room — If you have a smaller dining room with a circular dining table, a circle rug works perfectly here. The rug sections off the dining area while reflecting the soft shape of this four seater.

Items shown: Target rug (similar), Benjamin Moore Banana Yellow paint, Benjamin Moore St. Patrick paint, Gray Malin beach print, Kristi Kohut line print, Lisa McLean abstract print, Max Wanger small beach print, Target bar cart, vintage gold pitcher glasses, Ikea green striped glasses, W&P pineapple shaker, vintage yellow rimmed glasses,  Willful Goods mini woodedn bowls, Ban.do round containers, Indego Africa woven basket, CB2 mint chairs, Target faux fur, Target gold chairs, Castle round pillow, West Elm table (past season), Folia Collective speckled planter.

Items shown top image: Benjamin Moore Dream Whip paint, Eric Trine chair, Pom Pom at Home throw blanket, Target floor pillow. 

{Photos by Lily Glass, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong

back to school for parents...18 Sep 2017

back to school for moms...

“Back-to-school” usually means an exciting time in kids’ lives to meet new friends, new teachers and get back into the daily routine of learning and growing. However, that shouldn’t be limited to our children! Rather than waiting for a January New Year's resolution, I find that sending my kids back to school inspires me to go back to school myself to keep learning and growing. In partnership with Acer, here are some ways I'm going "back to school" this fall, too...

back to school for moms

1. Multi-task learning. While making the next day's lunch for my kids in the evenings, I can listen to a podcast or a book on tape. Some of my favorite podcasts cover topics like entrepreneurship, business management and even some fiction for fun! And, if my kids are awake and listening, I love educational, kid-friendly ones which I actually end up learning a ton of fun facts from, too. It's actually kind of soothing, and I love that I'm learning and being inspired while packing those sandwiches.

back to school for moms

2. That work out you say you never have time for. I always say I'm too busy with work and life and kids to work out. But there are so many times that the kids are at home playing contently together, and I could so easily get in a quick workout online. I love the fact that I can use my Acer Spin 7 to watch both long and short workout videos, depending on how much time I have. My kids think it's fun to join in, too, and before you know it, we're all just jumping around!

back to school for moms...

3. Journaling. When's the last time you wrote in a journal? I used to find it so therapeutic in my college and young adult days to work through my thoughts. But I've become so electronic and rarely write by hand in journals anymore. So I've found that typing a journal works just as well. It allows me to go through my day and my thoughts but in the method that currently works for me—typing on a computer!

I am no stranger to technology and will gladly let it help me better myself. Portability is key for all of this self-improvement. While waiting in the pick-up line for my daughter, I can read a new book, work on my to-do lists, or write out my goals for the week/month/year, journal, or plan my next work out. Because the Spin 7 is actually a laptop that can fold over to be used like a tablet, it is portable and can go where I go for my kids’ back-to-school schedule, and allow me to go back myself!

What are some ways that you make time for yourself to learn and grow? And how to do you make the time with everything else going on?

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{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, styling assistance by Jess Hong

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diy daisy patch jacket!15 Sep 2017

diy daisy patch jacket

I've been a obsessed with daisies lately which feels completely out of season considering we are heading right into fall next week! But in perfect timing for fall, we decided to take my feelings for the daisy and show you the easiest way to turn your jacket into something extra cool. It's a super simple way to update an old piece of clothing or add a personal touch to a newer item. Here, we used a few daisy patches to add a little flower power to a jean jacket that's perfect for chillier fall evenings arriving soon. This would make for a great weekend project! Here's how...

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color adventures: a purple & grey small lounge area...14 Sep 2017

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This month, as many are moving into dorm rooms, new apartments, and generally refreshing for fall, we're going to focus on styling and interior tips for small spaces. Today, we have a new Color Adventures story in purple and grey that we'll use to create a lounge area in an apartment or even a dorm room. Here's a step-by-step on creating a cool small space lounge area...

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