Featuring Art in Your Home


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I think a lot of people love to have art and photographs featured in their homes, but sometimes don’t know what size, style, or type of frame to choose. There are so many options out there, but I recommend just hanging things you love and that represent you. Whether they are family photographs or your own personal pieces of art, including mementos, keepsakes, and work is always nice. Remember, your home should reflect who you are and all the beautiful things you choose to surround you is part of that.

Now when it comes to purchasing art for your space, it should be the last thing you do. Once you know how much of the wall you have and where, then you are ready. Sometimes, people will design a space around a piece of art, which works too. But you should always have a plan.

Depending on the space you have to work with, you can either hang a large piece, create a gallery wall of smaller pieces, or feature a few medium sized items. You need to take the furniture, windows, and doors into consideration as well. I know I have mentioned it before, but DO NOT hang pictures above windows or doorways. It’s just not right, lol. Eye level is always the rule, with the exception of gallery walls. And if you are a bit shorter than most people, just raise it no more than 2 inches.

Here are some good examples of using space wisely with art. I hope they bring you some inspiration when choosing what to hang in your own home. Enjoy!

Image credit: DesignRulz

Image credit: A Cup of Joe

Image credit: HGTV

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Image credit: French by Design

Image credit: Pottery Barn

Party Planning + Design Tips


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I wanted to share some party planning and design tips, since a big focus last month was for Elliot’s 1st birthday celebration. We had about 45 people or so at ours. Organization is key!

1. Make a list of all the orders you need to make and things you need to buy
2. Rent what you need and place food orders about a week or so before the event
3. Check things off the list as you do them
4. Keep all supplied and decorations together, tucked away
5. Make a drawing of the space with realistic measurements for accuracy
6. Use any help you get!! No one can plan a party alone

I chose to have a picnic theme. Pretty easy and casual. Here are a few photos from the party pre-arrival:

We set up some huge ONE balloons with a photo banner underneath with pictures of Elliot this past year. Something like this is a nice way to showcase growth and how much your little one has changed. And super easy to do!

I set up some drinks that most people like, Water with lemon and orange slices, and Iced Tea with lemon, as well as some soda. This is much easier that putting out bottled water or other drinks. And less to throw away or recycle!

For the tables I bought white tablecloths at a wholesale website because it was cheaper than renting them. And now I have them for future parties! Click here to visit the website I used. Then I bought plaid fabric from Fabric.com to lay on top. For centerpieces, I purchased some greenery from our local nursery and just wrapped them in brown bags with ribbon. This was easy, affordable, and I can plant them in our yard now that the party is over! There were also some games and coloring set up for the kids. And on each table were small bowls with snacks for people to munch on.

And you always should have enough seating for people to relax and talk as well, so we set up the patio with a comfy area perfect for catching up.

One of the last things I put together was goodie bags for the kids. I bought strawberry baskets and filled them with all sorts of little toys and crafty like things. Then wrapped them up with pretty tags. The kids loved them! It was definitely overwhelming to plan this party. I didn’t make that much food and I was still stuck in the kitchen most of the time, which didn’t make me happy. We had all the sandwiches catered and some other relatives made some side dishes as well. I bakes the cupcakes, icing and all, and they came out delicious!! Everyone raved about the food, and that is important. You want all your guests to have fun and leave with filled bellies. Hope these tips help you out for your next party. My last piece of advice…breathe!

Interior Palettes: Mint and Brown


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This kitchen is cozy, inviting, and bright and thanks to the pairing of mint and brown, its a beautiful space to be in. The wood floors, beams, and island really bring in texture and warmth. While the white cabinets and shelves help it stay clean and bright. I love the mint as well, and how it allows the light to reflect even more. This color combination is fresh and modern, but at the same time allows various styles to shine. Here, a little bit of country and industrial come hand in hand nicely.

Image credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Minted Holiday Photo Card Challenge 2017


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It’s pretty hard to get in the holiday spirit when you’ve been waiting for spring to arrive and it’s finally here, but I managed to create a pretty nice collection for the annualĀ challenge this year. My focus was texture, patterns, and bold type. I had a lot of fun designing these festive beauties, even though it was a little stressful getting a good amount in. Voting is now open! You can view all my submissions below and if you click on each, it will take you to the rating page. Thank you!