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A couple of years ago I wrote a post entitled ‘Maybe the Most Versatile Furniture Piece’ and it was all about the ottoman.  Ottomans are one of my favorite decorative accents and one of the best and often budget-friendly design investments you can make.

I love using a pair of ottomans as part of a design plan but a single ottoman can be just as effective as a pair.  And when it comes to the shape of an ottoman, an accent ottoman is a great way to incorporate a contrasting shape into your decor.  And accent ottomans also make great side or coffee table alternatives in both living rooms and family rooms.

When it comes to decorating, there are many ways you can incorporate ottomans into your decor and today I wanted to share 5 of the easiest ways to decorate with ottomans.

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One of the most important items in my gift wrap closet is my assortment of gift tags.  Like jewelry to a wardrobe, gift tags enhance your wrap and add the finishing touch to your gifts.

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Recently, I was organizing some of my gift wrap supplies and I realized that I had gift tags stored in different places.  I found tags I thought I had used up and discovered other tags I had forgotten about.  Right then and there I decided to take an inventory of all the tags I had and organize them so that they ready and available when I needed one.

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And The Winner Is…

Hello there my friends! I hope you had a great weekend and for those of you that have been trapped in the snow, I hope you were able to get out of the house and spread your wings again.

I’m sorry it’s been quiet on the blog the last few days but my life has been running non-stop and I just couldn’t get it together to get my post published. While life hasn’t slowed down much I am back on track and have some great post to share with you this week.  But first up… 

 the winner of the $25  Gift Card from 

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Laura Mueller

Congrats Laura!  I’ve sent you an email with details to claim your prize.

Shelly

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend and did something special for Valentines.  My hubby unfortunately caught the cold I had and was down and out most of the weekend, so we had lots of down town watching movies and napping.

Tall Windows

After writing the post on Easy Ways to UpStyle Plain Window Treatments, I got a email from Cathryn asking about window treatments for tall windows.  If you’ve ever had two story tall windows in your home, you know how challenging it can be to style them with window treatments.  Today I’m going to answer Cathryn’s question and share a few tips on decorating tall windows with you. Many of the design tips I’m sharing can apply to regular height windows too, so everyone can get something from of this post.

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Hello there my friends!  

Over the weekend I took at look at my top blog post and discovered that the post where I share things I love or inspire me are really popular.  So here’s the latest installment of My Favorite Things!

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One of the topics I love writing about here on the blog is entertaining. And although I don’t entertain and much as I’d love to, I’m always prepared for a party.

A couple of years ago I found a metal cart at a thrift store and transformed it into a bar cart.  It worked fine, but after living with it for a while I realized I wanted a larger bar cart.  Just so happens that I had a partially complete diy project sitting in the garage that would make the perfect bar cart.  The new bar cart has been painted but I’m waiting for some hardware that I ordered before I can finish it up.

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Since the cart is almost complete, I’ve been on the hunt for unique barware to accessorize the cart with.

Out of nowhere, I was contacted by  Uncommon Goods, a company that sells unique designs and handcrafted gifts that are environmentally and worker-friendly. They asked if I wanted to review one of their products and I of course said yes.  After looking through the large selection of gift, home, kitchen, bar, art and jewelry items that Uncommon Goods sells, I found the perfect glasses for my bar cart.

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The Shaken Martini Glasses are really beautiful in person and you know I couldn’t pass up with metallic confetti design and the gold-rimmed top.  I also love that the glasses are made of a thick heavy glass which speaks to their quality, and that they are made here in the USA.  The design is perfect for celebrating throughout the year and make a great toasting glass to ring in a new year.

Shaken Martini Glasses from UnCommon Goods

The martini glasses are just one example of the awesome items they have on their site, most of which is made in the USA, half of which is made by hand and one-third of which is made with recycled or upcycled materials. I’ve also got my eye on this cheese board, these agate coasters and this fun artwork.   Uncommon Goods also has a great selection of gifts under $50 which you can view here  and unique jewelry pieces which you can see here .  And if you’re looking for a unique holiday gift they have a great assortment for all the men in your life.  You can view all the men’s gift here.

The great folks over at UnCommon Goods want to give you a chance to experience their products so they generously offered to give away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader.  You can enter the giveaway below. Giveaway last through Sunday, 2/22 and a winner will be announced on Monday, 2/23!

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Shelly

Disclosure: I received the Shaken Martini Glasses from Uncommon Goods for review purposes only. All opinions are my own.

 

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It all started with a trip to The Container Store to pick up some shipping boxes…

Everytime I go into The Container Store I have something specific I’m planning to buy.  But that always changes once I’m inside the doors.  I get sucked in by all the beautiful containers, jars, boxes and wrapping, and my imagination starts to go wild.  It never fails that I come home with a few items that weren’t on the shopping list.

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The Only Person

As I gotten older and life has become busier and more involved, I’ve found that reading inspirational books helps to keep me balanced, focused and optimistic.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way a pessimistic person.  I choose to see the glass half full, I always think there’s a way even if it doesn’t look like it and I truly believe that good things come when you match your talent with your effort.

A source of inspiration that I tap into daily is books. Not books with chapters full of self-help info but books that offer up a short and sweet piece of wisdom, advice, inspiration or self-love.

Because my blog is all about inspiration, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite daily inspiration books with you here on the blog. Click on the cover images to buy the book.

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I think I’ve read every one of the books Oprah has published but this is the book that I’ve loved the most.  What I Know For Sure is filled with life lessons that will set you on the path to living a life of fulfillment and joy.

What I Know For Sure--Oprah Winfrey

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I know many of you have read books by Norman Vincent Peale and have been inspired.  His book, Positive Thinking Every Day is a daily dose of advice on living a fuller, happier, more satisfying life.

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Some of the best daily inspiration books were written years ago but the wisdom they offer is still as valuable today as it was then.  One of my old-school inspiration books is Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff. Sometimes the book title and tagline says it all.

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This last book holds a special place in my heart.  My friend Leesa had a dream of writing this book and finally made that dream come true last year.  In Live Well, Leesa offers up an enormous amount of sound advice on living a healthy life.  In Leesa’s words…“What you eat, what you actually absorb from your food and supplements, what products you use ~ on your body, in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters! I believe that excellent health ~ not just physical, but spiritual, emotional, relational, and mental health ~ is found along your journey, not just at your destination.”  

 Live Well by Leesa Wheeler

If you take the time to read any of these books, I know you’ll continue to live your best life possible.

Be inspired!

Shelly