Keeping the Winter Blues Out of Your Home

Yesterday, another snow storm hit, and I was so happy I didn’t have to leave the house. This winter, we’ve had more than our fair share of snow, which means cold temperatures and gloomy days- YUCK! To make it even worse, I’m one of those people who’s cold most of the time (in the literal sense) and takes forever to warm up. Thankfully, a snow-covered ground eventually leads to intensely sunny days, making it feel like spring is just around the corner (cue happy dance!). For those other dreary days, when the “winter blues” are most likely to set in, I have my own personal bag of tricks to ensure they never have a chance…

Flowers

Starting in January, I treat myself to potted bulbs and other small plants in bright colors to place around the house. Usually, I pick these up at the grocery store since they only cost a few dollars each, but last for several weeks. Most times, I simply plop the unattractive plastic pot in a ceramic one and top with a bit of moss. Easy peasy!

Purple Hyacinth

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When I’m ahead of the game, I start several pots of indoor bulbs early in the year so I can enjoy a bit of color and green up until the weather turns warm.

Aromatherapy

For Christmas, my husband bought me an ultrasonic nebulizer from Saje. It’s a heat-free essential oil diffuser that purifies the air and releases moisture. Basically, it makes the air better to breathe and gives off an amazing aroma.

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So far, my favorite diffuser blend is Liquid Sunshine which smells citrus-y and reminds me of chewable vitamin C. It’s part of the “Happiness” collection, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’m drawn to that particular scent at the moment.

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Freshen Your Space With Spring Decorating Trends {Guest Post}

Tiffany- Living Savvy Blog

Hey There!  My name is Tiffany and my blog is called Living Savvy.  I am an interior designer who loves to share DIY projects and client projects!

With spring right around the color I know we are all craving a little freshness in the air and in our homes.  Here are some tips on how to freshen your space just in time for spring!

Mixing Metals

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For a while I would never be caught dead with anything gold in my house or my clients houses, but some how it has warmed on me.  I think that is exactly what it does for the space too… adds a little bit of warmth.  By mixing silvers and gold it creates an warm/cool combo that really pops in any space.

 
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Styling Your Home With Vacation Keepsakes

Last week I showed you some of my favorite projects for displaying vacation mementos and mentioned that I’d be sharing snapshots of some of the travel keepsakes we currently have throughout our home. I’m so glad the weather finally turned around as I was starting to worry whether I’d finally get enough light to take photos. Thankfully the sun came out yesterday!

When displaying vacation keepsakes, I always think about how they can become integrated within our everyday decor. I like it best when they don’t scream souvenir like “look at those sombreros and maracas!” Instead, I like a subtle mix.

 

Shells and Coral in Glass Cylinder

 

We’ve been on several beach vacations and have collected many shells and pieces of coral along the way. We have some of these in a glass cylinder in the family room. I also mixed in some faux shells from Pottery Barn to add a little color. Some of the larger pieces were placed on the bookshelf.
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Displaying Vacation Mementos

For every family vacation we have taken, we always try to have something tangible in our home that represents the experience. A photograph, shell, rock or other object may seem insignificant, but for us looking at these objects takes us back to the moment.

Having these mementos displayed throughout our home tells the story of our adventurous experiences together and the time we fully dedicated to celebrate being a family. Nothing is more important to me.

As mentioned earlier this week, this last family trip we took to Mexico was amazing, but we came to find something very disappointing. When I went to load the hundreds of photos I took of everybody and everything, only three showed up. Thank goodness my son snapped a bunch on his iPhone or we’d have nothing. Even better news is that he captured a couple amazing shots that I plan on displaying somewhere very soon.

Next week I’ll be sharing some of the ways we have memories from our vacations on display throughout our home. I’ll also show you what I have in store for those recent iPhone photos from Mexico. Until then, I thought I’d show you some of my favorite ideas I’ve come across that I believe are both clever and stylish.

Ideas for Displaying Vacation Keepsakes

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Styling a Bed

How was your weekend? We were bombarded with rain, so all outside projects were put on hold until it dries up a bit. However, it did allow me to focus on organizing my office for a while and I’m getting close to having it just the way I want it. Those of you who have been asking about my office closet makeover, I promise you will see the after photos soon. Between our basement renovation, the Outdoor Extravaganza and wrapping up client projects before summer holidays, that particular project took a back seat. I’m sure some of you can relate!

A while back, I stumbled upon a clever visual on Pinterest for arranging pillows on a bed. After tracking down the source, I discovered that Marissa from Marissa Waddell Interiors and Roost was the creator and I asked if she would share some tips for styling a bed. Thankfully she agreed, so here goes…

 

 

One of my favorite decorating duties is to pick out and arrange pillows. There are literally a million ways to style pillows on a bed! I made this little cheat sheet of my 10 favorite ways… but how do I decide which one to use? That decision process is usually three steps for me:

 

Tips for Styling A Bed

 

1. How big is the bed? 
King-size beds usually require arrangements with two or three big Euro pillows. Queen-size beds can handle standard or Euro arrangements. Most of these arrangements work for twin-size beds, too– just half the number of pillows (round down for odd numbers).
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