classic barn gooseneck barn light with a copper finish
Lighting can be one of the most expensive hardware elements you can purchase for your home plus looking at the thousand of lighting options available in stores and online can be daunting. One of the tricks that I like to use when I’m decorating an interior space is to look at lighting that is not typically meant for indoors. There are some really fabulous outdoor lighting fixtures that can be used inside the home and one of my favorite style options are barn lights.
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Do you remember years ago when everyone had black luggage and how everyone tried to come up with a clever way to identify their bags?
Like many of you I tied ribbon to the handle in an effort to distinguish my bag from everyone else. Most of the time the ribbon would come back tattered or missing off my luggage.
I’ve also tried wrapping yarn around the handle (although it didn’t look as pretty as this) but that was a failure too.
How about identifying your bag with tape?. How many of you have tried that trick?
Adding washi tape to your bag would definitely give it some style but I don’t think it would stand up too well against those baggage carousels.
Since I’ve been doing a fair bit of traveling this year and will be heading out for my final trip of the summer, I decided it was time to come up with a stylish and effective way to identify my bags. In addition to the traditional luggage tag I have on my bags, I wanted to create a tag that would stand out and be easy to identify.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to make your own bag tags:
* Wood Shapes (about the size of a traditional luggage tag)
* Decorative Scrapbook Paper
* Gold Spray Paint
* Mod Podge
*Mod Podge Spray Sealer
* Large Jump Rings
1. Drill a hole into the top of each wood piece
2. Spray paint the front, back and sides of all your wood pieces
3. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit your wood pieces
4. Paste paper to each side of your wood piece using your Mod Podge.
After you have placed one side of paper, punch through it so that you know where the hole it. Attach the other piece of paper and punch through that so the hold is open on both sides of your tag.
5. Once your Mod Podge has dried, spray each side of the tag with your sealer and let dry
6. Add the grommets to the holes in your tag
7. Add large jump ring and attach your tag to your luggage.
If you’re looking for split rings in colors other than silver, I found this shop on Etsy that has a great selection.
I can’t wait to take my tags on the road. As you read this, I’m on my way to Washington, DC for a mini family vacation. It’s going to be a fun trip because my mom is coming in from Oklahoma and this will be the first time my hubby has ever visited DC. I’ll see you back here next week.
Have a safe holiday weekend!
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When it comes to fashion, fall has to be my favorite time of year. Unlike any other season, fall fashion in general is more timeless and classic which means your wardrobe does not have to go through a major overall from year to year. I love classic pieces like cable knit sweaters, cashmere cardigans and leather ankle boot. Even with all the classic elements, as someone who loves fashion, I always look to incorporate a trend or two into my seasonal wardrobe. This year it seems that leopard prints will continue to reign as one of fall’s hottest trends so I’m on the hunt for a few pieces to add to my closet.
While traveling back from Alabama on Sunday, I did a little online shopping and found some really cute and really affordable pieces.
Here are my top leopard print fall fashions and accessories, all under $100!
You can never go wrong with a pencil skirt and this piece is a great way to add this style trend into your wardrobe without investing a lot of money– Pencil Skirt $24.95
I adore this Short Sleeve Blouse $34.95 and think the leather sleeves make it a home run for fall
Scarves are one of the easiest ways to add a fashion trend into your wardrobe and leopards prints are a great option because the pattern works with solids, plaids and stripes–Leopard Print Scarf$18.00
I typically don’t buy handbags with i n light leather color but the leopard accent and cognac leather bottom on this tote really make it stand out–Leopard Print Tote $88.00
My narrow foot makes finding and wearing flats a real challenge but I want to give these a try because they are adorable and they are priced right– Leopard Print Flat $49.95
And for all of us that tend to wear a lot of black during the fall and winter months, I think a leopard print belt is the perfect accent to jazz up an outfit– Animal Print Belt $39.00
So, have you started shopping for fall yet? If you come across any cute leopard print pieces drop me an email and let me know.
Posted in Accessorizing, Clothing, Fall, FASHION | Tagged Accessories, Fall Fashion, Fashion Trends, Leopard Prints, Seasonal, Style | 3 Comments »
When it comes to design idols, my list of favorite designers is a long one and continuously growing.
It usually when I come across the work of a designer in a magazine or stumble upon a book at the bookstore that I find a new crush like Brian J. McCarthy.
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Posted in DESIGN CRUSH | Tagged AD100, Brian J. McCarthy, Design Book, Design Idol, Interior Designer, Luminous Interiors | 1 Comment »
I hope everyone had a great weekend. The hubs and I spent the weekend in Alabama at his high school reunion. He had a great time seeing and catching up with people he hadn’t seen in years. I also had a great time hearing stories about him from his high school days and learning about all the tricks he played on his freinds. I can definitely say that while he has gotten older, he still has the heart and spirit of a kid.
Anyway, I’ve been busy all day getting caught up on work, emails and projects so I’m hitting the send button on this post a bit late.
Today I wanted to share a fun little project I created using Wallternatives wall decals. During the Haven conference in July, I got a first hand look at Wallternatives wall decals and immediately my mind starting pondering all the ways I could decoratve with them.
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I think every home needs a quite spot where you can hide away with a book, take a nap or find your inspiration. A daybed is a great furniture option when you are creating a nook in your home. Use the area at the top of stair landing, the end of a hallway or maybe ever consider placing a daybed inside an unused closet space.
Design Tip: If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to build a daybed for your home, consider using pre-made kitchen or bathroom cabinets as the foundation and build up from there. The cabinets will not only look good but they will give you hidden storage space. Place a twin mattress on top, add some decorative pillows and you’ll have the reading nook you’ve always wanted.
Posted in DIY, FURNITURE | Tagged DayBeds, diy projects, Inspiration, Interior Design, Lounge Area, Reading Nook | 1 Comment »
There are times when I go into a TJMaxx looking for something specific and then there are times when I go in just to check things out.
The times when I’m just wandering to see what’s new is when I usually discovered something great.
Yesterday I popped into the store to wander (really I was looking for a pair of shoes) and as normally happens, I made my way over to the handbag section.
Up and down the rows I went, finding nothing that struck my fancy when all of a sudden something in the cosmetic/personal care area caught my attention.
It was black and white, a no fail color combo and it looked cute from a distance.
As I walked up on it and reached out to touch it, I felt softness.
The piece really had my attention now. I immediately turned the piece over to inspect the other side, then the top and then the bottom.
I was liking what I was seeing.
I flipped the tag over to look at the price and smiled to myself.
It was $12.99, black and white and really cute.
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Posted in FASHION, Handbags, Shopping, Stools, Things I Love | Tagged Accessories, Color, Cosmetic Bags, Fashion Accessories, HANDBAGS, Style, TJMaxx | 1 Comment »
Hexagon shapes are one design trend I’m a fan of, especially after making my DIY Hexagon Cocktail Tray.
And, this room created by Mandi is one of the my favorite blogger DIY projects.
What I love about Hexagon shapes is that they can take on a modern or traditional feel, depending on the application.
An exaggerated hexagon tile is a fresh way to accent the backsplash.
Hexagon shaped tables are a great alternative to round tables, providing more design definition within the space.
Just like a round mirror, but with even more style, a hexagon mirror is a great visual contrast when set against square and rectangular shapes.
Hexagon floor tiles add visual movement to a room without being too busy.
A modern hexagon design pairs well with classic, traditional pieces.
Hexagon wallpaper is a fun and artistic way to accent a wall.
Hanging hexagon light fixtures are a great way to enhance the lighting that is given off in a space.
So what do you think? Is this a design trend that you love or want to let go of?
***If you want even more insight into why hexagons are such a great shape, read this interesting article, from the perspective of bees!
Posted in Design Trends, DIY, Pattern Trends, Patterns | Tagged design details, Design Patterns, Design Trends, Flooring, Furniture, Hexagon Shapes, Inspiration, Interior Design, Lighting, Mirrors, Rugs, Style, wallpaper | 1 Comment »