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Happy Friday!  I hope your week was great and that your weekend is filled with sunshine and good times.

My weekend is going to be jammed packed. Tomorrow I’ve got a couple of marketing projects to complete for companies I work with, I’ve got blog post to write for next week and I’ve got to get all my ducks in a row for the Design Bloggers Conference which is just days away.  Despite all that I’m looking forward to Sunday evening and the Oscars.  I of course watch the Oscars first for the fashion, second for the jewelry and third to see if my favorite movie wins the big award.  My husband reluctantly watches because I ask him to but this year I’m giving him even more incentive.

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Make Life Lovely

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I love the look of black and white wall décor but often times if your décor style is something other than modern or contemporary it can be challenging to decorate with.  Here are three design tips that might make the task of decorating with black and white wall décor a little easier!

1.  BLACK and WHITE WALL DECOR DOESN’T HAVE TO BE ALL ART

With a more transitional or eclectic décor style mix things up a bit by combing traditional artwork with other decorative objects or mirrors.  The wall grouping below is a great example of traditional botanical prints being paired with a black framed mirror and tortoise shells.  There is a traditional undertone but the overall feel is more eclectic and personalized.

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2.  USE BLACK and WHITE ARTWORK TO CREATE UNIFORMITY & RHYTHM

Black and white artwork hung as a collection and hung close together creates symmetry and balance within a room.  This option is also great when you have a large wall that needs impact but you don’t want to invest in a single piece of over-sized art.

*  Ikea is your best and most economical source when you need to buy multiple frames in the same style

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3.  MAKE THE BLACK and WHITE STATEMENT EVEN STRONGER WITH A COMBO OF BLACK & WHITE MATTS

A great way to make your black and white wall décor statement even stronger is by framing your art in wide black AND white matts.  Alternate the matt colors for visual balance and keep the picture frames all the same color so the look isn’t too busy.

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Need a little more black and white wall décor inspiration, check out these stunning wall statement and rooms.

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Do you like the look of black and white wall décor or are you into more color?

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COLOR CRUSH:

Mint & Gold

We all have colors that we consider our favorites (red and hot pink for me) but every season there are one or two new colors that make my seasonal Color Crush list. This spring I’m head over heels in love with Mint & Gold.

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Even though pastels are really not my thing but this combination is just so beautiful that I can’t help but be drawn to it.  On the pastel scale mint is one of those colors that sits between soft and feminine and modern sophistication.  When paired with gold, mint takes on a whole new feel and becomes really elegant.

On the color psychology wheel, greens in general offer a feeling of freshness, tranquility, and calm.  It can also signify wealth, stability, growth, and abundance.  All pretty good reasons to love mint green.

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  Hi everyone.  I hope your Monday is going dandy and that you are doing good things.

Detail of Pillows

Today I wanted to share some thoughts on what can sometimes be one of the most challenging aspect of designing a living space…..pillow selection.  The good news is that there are so many stylish pillow options available from every home décor, big box and online retail shop.  The bad news is that there are so many stylish pillow options available from every home décor, big box and online retail shop.  Sometimes having more options available to you can make the decision-making more difficult.

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Do you know what happens when you have a picture of an item in your head…..

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West Elm Sculptural Sphere

followed by a major clean out of your craft room which yields a handful of raw embroidery hoops?

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You create an easy DIY Sphere, that’s what happens!

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This is such a simple project.

Supplies:
2 Embroidery Hoops
Gold Spray Paint
10 minutes

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Pull your embroidery hoops apart and spray paint the inside out outside of each ring.  Once dry intersect the rings to create your sphere.

I left the screw pins on my hoops so I could tighten two of the rings to keep the sphere from coming apart.

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Easy DIY…my kind of project!

Shelly

 

Baskets are one of my favorite decorative elements and I have them all over my house.  They are good for holding things, hiding things, storing things and can even be used to make a bigger and bolder statement in your home.

How about a basket light?

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Open weave baskets will allow plenty of light to show through.

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Over a table, a tight weave basket hung low will allow the light to flood the table surface.

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Even small baskets can be turned into cute pendant lights.

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Large baskets are a great way to add a decorative element to a larger room when they are not the only light source.

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You know those flopping baskets you see in stores, they make the cutest light pendants.

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I love the look of hanging basket lights over an island.  The perfect charming rustic detail.

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In a covered outdoor space, baskets are a great way to bring the textures of the outdoors into a living space.

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So cute.  Painted baskets are just adorable in a baby’s room.

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So who besides me has added a basket light to their project list?  They’re easy to make and here’s a tutorial  giving the all the diy details.

And when you go looking for the perfect basket to use for your light, check out these styles all available from Cost Plus World Market!

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Kamila Mixed Rope Basket
Amelie Round Twist Basket
Round Vinnia Basket
Calley Rattan and Metal Basket
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Words to Inspire

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I used to do regular Words to Inspire post but have gotten away from it. I guess I was feeling like you all see your share of inspirational quotes on Pinterest and Instagram so you don’t need it from me. But what I realized today is that I enjoyed sharing these post with you because it allowed me to share uplifting words and because it’s a way for me to tap into my feelings and what’s going on in my life. So I’ll be bringing back my Words to Inspire post from time to time and hope that the words I share touch your soul as much as they do mine.

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