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In a couple of months we’ll be setting sail on our 8th cruise to the Caribbean.  This time around out ports of call will be Aruba, Bonaire, the Dominican Republic and Grand Turks.  #soexcited

I’ve already started picking up a few new items for the trip, one of which was a new sun hat for me.  A plain straw hat would have worked fine but I had to give my hat a little extra something-something.

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DIY MONOGRAM STRAW HAT

Monogram Straw Hat

Here’s how the project started…

I bought this basic wide brim hat from Wal-Mart for under $5.00 ($3.35 to be exact).  You can see that it has a thin brown cord as a decorative touch but the brown wasn’t working for me.  Neither was the plain brim.

Straw Sun Hat

So I replaced the cord with a black and white striped ribbon and added my monogram to the back of the brim.  Instant style!

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All it took to replace the cording was a few snips with the scissors and some fabric glue to attach the new ribbon.

To create my monogram, I purchased some white iron-on letters from Hobby Lobby.  These are the same brand of letters I used to make my monogram napkins.

What I love about these letters is they allow you to create a true three-letter monogram.

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The only downside is the letters only come in white so your design options are limited.

I came up with an easier solution and all it took was a Sharpie.  To get the black letters I wanted, I used a Permanent Sharpie Marker and colored over each letter.

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All that was left to do was to position my monogram onto the back of the hat and iron it in place.

(before ironing, cover the letters with a piece of fabric so you don’t get ink on your iron or burn your letters)

Monogram Straw Hat

This was such an easy update and now my hat that looks like it was made for a Mediterrian cruise.

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The hat is available in four other colors so take your pick and make your own chic summer sun hat.

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Sunny Days

Hooray for the first day of summer!  Is anyone else as excited as I am that summer is officially here?

 Even though the calendar didn’t reflect it, I’ve been acting like summer was here for a couple of weeks.  This is undoubtedly my favorite season of the year so I though I’d share a few things that are on my mind on this first day of summer.

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I have always loved being out in the sun and although I was born with a natural tan :), I still love soaking up the rays and getting a little extra glow on my skin.  If I were to design my dream outdoor space, it would look a little something like this–an area to entertain in and a stylish and relaxing lounge space next to a pool because I also love to swim.

Pool Patio

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And speaking of entertaining…isn’t this tablescape just gorgeous?  Pattern mixing your dinnerware and glassware is a great way to create an eclectic placesetting and infuse your table with color.  And creating extra spot at the end of the table runner is pretty genius.

Summer Entertaining

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If you’re not the one hosting the summer gathering, here’s a really unique idea for a summer hostess gift.  #ideasworthstealing

Summer Hostess Gift

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I usually don’t make many decor changes this time of year but when I’m working with design clients, here are two simple summer decorating ideas I share with them.

 Replace ceramic and solid colored flower vases with clear or colored glass jars and bottles.  Glass provides an airy feel which is perfect for a seasonal decor statement.

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♦  One of the quickest and most cost-effective ways you can give your decor a summer refresh is by switching out the pillows on your sofa.  Try a colorful mix of patterns and textures.

tip:  when possible, buy pillows with removable covers to you can reuse the inserts

Pillow Mix

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One of the things I love most about this time o year is all the fresh fruit.  I discovered a couple of u-pick blueberry and blackberry farms about an hour outside of Atlanta so we’ve added this to our summer bucket list. #yum

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Don’t be surprised if you pass me on the road that I have tunes blaring in my car.  #itsasummerthing.  I had this song on repeat all weekend long to usher in my favorite season.

Enjoy Your Summer Friends!

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Favorites Of The Week

It was a good week around my parts.  In addition to getting lots done and finishing up a Room-to-Room e-design project (which I’ll share soon), I spent some time catching up with my favorite bloggers.  So much great content this week so I’ve got lots to share with you.  Enjoy!

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FAVORITE POSTS

After reading this great post, I realize I need to step-up my wind-down routine at the end the  day.  Tiffany shares some great products and great rituals that I’m sure will inspire you too. #investinyourself

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

I’m a big fan of designer Tobi Fairley and loved these simple tips for pattern mixing that she shared this week. #gobigorgohome

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

Kristin’s bedroom refresh is just beautiful. #chinoiserie

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

If you write a design blog or have an online shop, you’ll find these styling and photo tips helpful.  Marian always creates the most beautiful vignettes. #detailsmatter

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

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FAVORITE PINS

This is a favorite pin of the week because it just exudes happiness and because I’m excited to see the new Oh Joy! collection at Target.  p.s.  new collection will be released in stores tomorrow.

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

This 4th of July tablescape is really stunning and would be so simple to pull together.

Favorite Posts, Pins and Products

I wrote about my love the Tiny Houses here and if I could get Anna White to build it, I’d be all in. The dining table, desk is just amazing!  You can tour her tiny house here and get free-plans to build your own here.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

You can find any and everything on Etsy, even beautiful handmade blue and white #chinoisierie inspired lampshades.

Damask Blue and White Lampshade

Jump on this deal folks…blue and white jar for $14.96!  All there blue and white ceramic pieces are on sale.

Blue and White Jar

In my opinion, a girl can never have too many tote bags and this one is perfect for summer beach trips.

Ombre Tote

I so need this mug! It’s less than $20 and everything is 30% right now.  

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Well, that’s a wrap for this edition of Favorite Things.

I’m off to enjoy the weekend.  And I’m excited is only going to be in the 80’s and the humidity is not going to be off the charts.  #southernlife

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I’ve been thinking about giving our bedroom a refresh for a while now and I think I’m going to pull the trigger.

This is the current look of the bedroom–a mix of wood, black & white accents and pops of color.

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My love affair with blue and white has me thinking of a look that incorporate navy, black, white and pops of color.

Here’s the Chinoiserie Inspired inspiration board I came up with…

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Since the black armoire and chair will be staying, I need to find a duvet cover that can tie the navy and black together.  About a month ago I spotted a Ralph Lauren set at HomeGoods but decided to pass on it.  Now I can’t get it out of my mind.  I’ve been searching for it again but so far I have only found  it in a king size and we need a queen.  The pattern is called Tamarind and I did find it on Amazon (more expensive) so if I don’t have any luck at HomeGoods I have another option.

When it comes the accessories, I’m planning to change the black drapes to a dark navy and I’m  looking at this pink pillow…

Pink Pillow

and some chinoiserie inspired artwork from Etsy.

Pagoda Print

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And of course I’ll incorporate some blue and white ceramic pieces into the mix.

Blue and Whtie Ginger Jars

As always things may change before it’s all said and down but I’m excited to create a fresh new look for our space.

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I think this post is really going to spark your creativity because the product is inexpensive and the ideas for its use are endless.

I’ve used contact paper forever to line drawers, cabinets and even to line decorative trays.  Over the years, contact paper has evolved and now comes in beautiful designs, pretty patterns and decor-friendly looks.  It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I became away that contact paper now comes in metallic finishes.  Gold, silver, pewter and brass to be exact.

Armed with this knowledge, my creative wheels started spinning and I went looking for design inspiration. Here’s just a few of the contact paper projects I spotted on Pinterest.

To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail. ~Giorgio Armani.

How gorgeous is this gold striped ceiling created by Grace at A Storied Style?  So much easier than paint and a whole lot quicker to apply too!  You can see the entire space here.

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Just imagine all of the Ikea items you can transform using metallic contact paper.  These shelves are stunning wrapped in copper.

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Jenny from Little Green Notebook gave a plain lampshade real style by lining the inside with silver metallic paper. #projectlist  She walks you through the entire process on her blog.

Metallic Contact Paper--Little Green Notebook

I spotted this cute bathroom on Apartment Therapy and was surprised to see the dots are made from contact paper. You can see more project using decorative contact paper here.

Metallic Contact Paper--Apartment Therapy

This idea is brilliant!  Let’s say you own a rental property with dated appliances or your appliances only have a bit of life left in them but you want to update the look of your kitchen.  Cover the surface with faux stainless contact paper like Julie Blanner did.

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Here’s another great use of metallic contact paper–a temporary backsplash in the kitchen.  You won’t believe these countertops are done with contact paper.

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If you’re thinking contact paper is just for basic projects, this gem mirror from A Beautiful Mess proves you wrong.  #stunning

Metallic Contact Paper--A Beautiful Mess

So whose ready to go shopping for metallic contact paper?   Art stores like Dick Blick carry some metallic papers but I found the best source to be Amazon. They carry all of the metallic finishes and the prices are better than most stores.

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 Metal FX Brushed Gold Contact Paper //Metal FX Stainless Silver Contact Paper
Metal FX Stainless Pewter Contact Paper //Metal FX Copper Contact Paper

 

If you’re looking for other decorative contact papers, Amazon carries lots of designs and you can also find them on the Contact Brand website. While you’re there, check out their project gallery for a load of ides using all the contact brand products.  Here’s some of my top picks for designer looks…

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I’ve definitely got a few contact paper DIY projects I just added to my to-do list.

If you’ve used contact paper in a creative way, I’d love to know what you did and even better…send me a pic.

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One of the things I am always look for on Pinterest are beautiful nightstand images.  I love getting a glimpse at a person’s lifestyle and seeing how they style and decorate different areas of their home.

As a designer, I recognize that accessorizing a small, compact area like a nightstand can be more challenging than a larger living area for some people. So today I’m sharing the ingredients for styling your bedside table like pro.

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Your bedroom is the most private space in your home and the items you put on your nightstand should be a mix of personal and decorative decor.

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When it comes to pulling your items together, keep these style tips in mind:

 Layers!  Unless you take a minimalist approach to decorating, you want to position items to create a layered look.  Layers will add the visual interest and help create a dynamic statement with you collection of items.  Vary the placement of items on the table surface, front to back and side to side and keep the scale of your lamp in mind when positioning items.

 The Mix!  This is where style and function meet.  Accessorize with items you use on a daily basis (alarm clock, journal/book) along with items that are decorative.  Decorative items like small trinket trays, lidded boxes and containers can work as storage AND as a design statement. And personal items like books and picture frames will add a personal feel to the decor on your nightstand.

♦  The Background!  Even if you have a wall decor piece hanging over your bed, don’t forget about the wall space directly behind the nightstand.  Hanging a mirror or piece of artwork over your bedside table is a great to build up the impact for the overall vignette.  You can even lean pieces of art or other flat decor against the wall like I did at Christmas one year to enhance the layered look of your decor.

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 Softness! A soft element like flowers or greenery can add an air of energy and life to the vignette.

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 Keep it Fun! And finally, as you go about decorating your nightstand, throw in an unexpected object to add personality and flair.

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Nightstand Styling Inspiration

In addition to the tips above, I also wanted to serve up some visual inspiration for you. I went virtual shopping at Z Gallerie and put together two inspiration boards that pull all the elements together.

It’s no secret that I one of my favorite color combinations is black, white and gold and Z Gallerie as some beautiful decorative pieces that will work great in a bedroom.  This look is bold, dramatic and super chic!

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Shop the Black & Gold Nightstand Vignette:

Devon Table Lamp // Rey Mirror // Allium Sphere
Camille Tray // Acropolis Frame // Sawyer Nightstand // Emila Canisters //  Chanel Book

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My current bedroom decor is a black and white theme and I’m working on a summer refresh to incorporate more blue and white.  This look is classic, elegant and has a calming feel.

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Shop the Blue & White Nightstand Vignette:

Let Me Go Artwork // Addison Table Lamp // York 3-Drawer Nightstand //Acropolis Bookends // Charles Table Clock
Gold Elephant Jewelry Dish //Glow Candle // Potted Phalaenopsis

 

Surround yourself with things you love!

 

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I’ve been making jewelry ever since I was a kid.  After I got the hang of it, I tried my hand at making a necklace using seed beads. #majorfail   In fact if you were to look through my jewelry supply box today,  you’d see an entire case of seed beads that I’ve collected over the years.

Seed Bead Earrings

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 If you’re not familiar with seed beads, they are the tiny beads you see on those popular tassel earrings everyone is wearing, those beads on decorative pillows and the ones on those trendy summer tunic tops that are in all the stores.

Seed Bead Pillow

Tunic Top via Boston Proper

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Even though they are tiny, seed beads are great because of the intricate designs and beautiful color combinations they create.

During Spring New York Fashion week, I noticed seed bead jewelry as part of several designer runway shows and I’m glad to know that this jewelry style has become a hot trend.  One day I may pull out my stash of seed beads and try making a necklace again but until then I think I’ll shop for some seed bead jewelry.

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SHOP MY FAVORITE SEED BEAD JEWELRY STYLES:

 1)  Piñata Tassel Drop Earrings–$36.00   2)  Seedbead Necklace–$18.00
3)  Seedbead Bracelet–$16.50  4)  Majorca Lariat Seed Bead Necklace–$48.00
5)  Kyla Earrings$25.00  6)  Orange Beaded Earrings–$16.00
7)  Danita Cuff–$49.00  8)  Zoey Clip On Earrings–$35.00

 

Etsy is another great source for handmade seed bead jewelry and Biulu Artisan Boutique has one of the best selections of intricate designs I’ve ever seen.  The shop sells necklaces, bracelets, earrings along with complete jewelry sets.  Each piece  is handmade in western Mexico and the designs are inspired by many Native American groups including Iroquois, Cherokee, Aztec, Maya and Inca.

I also loved reading the story of how this shop started, how the business has grown and now supports many of the people in their community.  You can read the Biulu story here.

Huichol Necklace

So who else out there loves the look of seed bead jewelry?

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Boy did this week fly by at lightening speed.  I did manage to get through most of my to-do list and can’t wait to enjoy a bit of down time this weekend.

I hope you enjoy my favorites of the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS

I love a good fashion post and this one on the most flattering neckline for your body type caught my attention.

Most Flattering Neckline

 

Sitting in front of a computer can really wreak havoc on your muscles.  I came across this post last week and have started doing these stretches throughout the day.  It has made a world of difference.

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I think you’ll enjoy this home tour as much as I did…

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FAVORITE PINS

I’ve never decorated with purple in my own home but I just love the color combination in this room.

 Luxe Interiors

 I just want to move in and enjoy this outdoor space all summer long.  You can view more beautiful spaces by Chad Hoeft Design here.

Chinoiserie Styled Outdoor Space

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

When it comes to cute door stops, this pagoda doorstop wins the prize.  It’s only $9.99 and there’s a matching pillow for $12.99.

Pagoda Doorstop

I so want to style a party table using these gorgeous table linens by one of my favorite designers, MacKenzie Childs.

MacKenzie Childs

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In case you missed it, here’s a few things I shared this week on the blog…

DIY Toile Tablecloth

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My favorite party decor items and where I shop

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Budget decorating ideas using baskets

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Enjoy your weekend friends!

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