17
Feb

Spring 2016 Home Trends

We are a little over a month away from spring and I am getting more and more excited each day. There is something about spring that brings out pure happiness in me. Maybe its to arrival of bright colors and new trends or maybe its the newness of nature that surrounds the season. Regardless spring is a season of change and new things. 

The newness of spring brings about many changes whether in style, home decor, or whatever. Things get lighter as the weight of winter is lifted and new trends evolve. Hours are spent browsing Apartment Therapy in hopes of sparking joy with these new trends and DIY projects that have been put on the back burner are completed!

I am thoroughly excited to see what this spring holds trend-wise. From what I have seen so far there is a lot of promise in the trends for the upcoming season.


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Texture is huge this spring. Every where I look, I see beautiful handmade wall weavings adding color and texture to bedrooms, living rooms, and more. The above weaving is a simple DIY project that can be completed in just a few hours. 

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Floral is also making a huge comeback this year. From magazines to apartment tours I am seeing an influx in floral prints, elements, and natural flowers. I can’t deny that I adore this trend and am excited to see even more when spring makes its debut. The above floral wall hanging from The Kitchy Kitchen would make a great addition to any bedroom or kitchen!

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Copper – Unless you have been living under a rock, you have obviously noticed the huge leap in the direction of copper. With rows at Target being dedicated to this gorgeous metal, it is obvious that this trend is here to stay for a while. It is simple to add a few copper elements in your home. For example this project from Hello! Upholstery would take less than 30 minutes!

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Marble – Finally and much to my surprise, marbled items are making headway in the home decor realm. From dinner napkins, to coffee mugs, to planters marble is popping up everywhere! It is simple to create your own marble items such as these napkins from Apartment Therapy

 

What trends are you excited to see this spring? 

20
Jan

4 Sources of Inspiration: A Collection of Our Favorite Blogs and Websites

 

The Internet is saturated with information, a zillion different blogs, and Pinterest categories that we try to wade through to find the inspiration and knowledge that we seek.  With all the information out there to wade through and our limited time to read it all, how can we decide where to find the best information?  Tutorials – which are the most effective?  Recipes – whose are the tastiest?  Editorials – who is telling the truth?  The best resource providers and bloggers out there are going to give you the best quality of information that they know how to provide.  You should be able to visit and come away feeling more encouraged, more inspired, more knowledgeable, or more introspective than before.  So today, we are bringing you a round up of some of the best resources out there for you to add to your inspiration repertoire!  From beauty to design to lifestyle, we are showcasing the best business owners and designers in their respective fields!

4 Sources of Inspiration

Katie. Brittany Jepsen. Dale Partridge. Lauren Hooker.

Beauty & the Boutique – British stylist and makeup artist simply known on her site as “Katie” founded this site where you can find all manner of beauty and styling tips, tricks, and information in her video tutorials.  As one who struggled with confidence in the area of beauty products, Katie founded her site to share her victory over self-esteem struggles.  Now a very successful makeup artist, she can give you all the inside information about the easy and inexpensive ways to reveal your natural beauty and personal style!  Some of our favorite videos are The Right Way To Apply Eyeliner For Your Eye ShapeOne Genius Way To Inspire Every Outfit, and How To Layer Your Tops Like Never Before!

Elle & Co. Design – Graphic designer and entrepreneur Lauren Hooker devotes her time and business to helping “other creative business owners through designing their brands, offering e-courses, and sharing tips and insights” on her blog.  This brilliant lady possesses a unique belief that a business owner doesn’t have to hide her secrets of success, but can become successful as a resource to help others achieve their dreams, even if they become competitors in her own field.  You will find in her an inexhaustible wealth of information for how to run your beautifully designed business or blog in a successful and distinct way.  She is the embodiment of what Zig Ziglar meant when he said, “Stop selling.  Start helping.”  Check out her amazing blog here and don’t miss her offered courses in Adobe Illustrator and more! 

The House That Lars Built – Interior designer Brittany Jepsen has turned her degree in design into a successful and gorgeous platform where she shares her latest creations, collaborations with other artists, and DIY projects.  I discovered her on Pinterest and had to control my temptation to spend twelve or more hours just looking at her innovative, bright, and cheerful ideas! Follow this link to print her beautiful floral (and FREE) 2016 calendar!

The Daily Positive – Entrepreneur Dale Partridge founded this source of daily encouragement and thought-provoking challenges after his own struggle with anxiety.  In keeping with his mission for starting this site, each article will provide you with the reminder you need to daily “live a life of purpose.”  From How To Become A Millionaire By 30 to 3 Hard Truths About Liars to How The Most Mature People Create Meaningful Relationships, this site endeavors to help you stand all the way up into the person you were meant to be by delivering articles of hard truths and sound wisdom.  It’s more than just a database of motivational quotes; you can find deep encouragement of substance in Health, Relationships, Business, Leadership, Faith, and Culture in daily doses that give your mind just enough to chew on and become inspired!  Check out one of my favorite infographics from their post on How To Become A Morning Person And Love It to help you kick-start your productivity!

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Take Back Your Mornings

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: One of my favorite quotes is from entrepreneur Dale Partridge: “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”  Isn’t that so true today?  With an infinity of information at our fingertips, we live in a constant state of needing inspiration, direction, motivation, or knowledge; but our time – and attention spans – are so limited.  I hope that today’s post provided you with time well-spent discovering meaningful resources that will encourage you and challenge you to live the life to which you are called and to chase after the dream that ignites a fire in your bones!  As Zig Ziglar said, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”  Now go – take a hold of that dream!  We’ll see you next week!

9
Dec

DIY Christmas Signs

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Christmas is just around the corner and we are officially in full-swing Christmas mode! Can’t you just feel the excitement and uplifting of spirits?

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18
Nov

DIY Winter Hostess Gift Basket

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It’s that time of the year again! While everyone else is complaining about whether or not Christmas music should be playing before Thanksgiving, I am busy preparing for all the parties and dinners I will be attending. One thing I always enjoy doing is bringing a gift for the hostess of whatever dinner I am attending. I personally feel that hostess gifts are a dying art and a common courtesy all in one.

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