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August 23, 2016

Labor Day is right around the corner and a lot of us are asking how we can use that day off most wisely. As always, there are so many projects around the house that need getting done. So how do you know which ones you need to get done first? Well, we're here to help.

1. Replace Your A/C Filter

Chances are, you haven't changed that filter since your annual spring cleaning, if at all. Well, it's best to change it every six months, so this would be the perfect time to tackle this five-minute project. A clean filter keeps your home's air clean, obviously, but it also keeps your A/C unit from working overtime; a dirty filter blocks air from getting into the unit, so your unit has to work harder to get the same amount of air cooled and sent through your home. I don't have a tutorial for you, because it's as simple as opening up the return air vent and switching out the old filter with a new one.

2. Paint The Front Door

The cooling weather makes this a perfect time to paint your door. We love ric...

August 15, 2016

With a new season comes new trends. It's the circle of life. And while not all trends are good -- we can all agree that the fried hair of the '80s is one that should never come back -- most can help us in finding or defining our own unique style. So while it's still August, we wanted to share six fall trends that we not only love, but that we hope will be here for a long while so that you have an opportunity to incorporate them into your autumn wedding.

1. Geode Cakes

We all know that cakes are such a big statement at a wedding. Well, get ready for the biggest statement yet! These cakes can be made as unique as any other decoration. Natural geodes are some of the most diverse physical phenomena, so there is truly no limit to what your design can look like. 

2. Metallic Madness

Fall has such gorgeous colors, and metallics like gold, bronze, and copper are such incredible accents to those colors. We've seen sequined tablecloths, metallic calligraphy, gold embossed napkins, glittering br...

July 18, 2016

If you're anything like me, you hate cleaning the house. It's such a pain and certain tasks, like sweeping, can take a toll on your back. But it is a necessary evil because you truly never know when you'll have company over. Well, here are a few things that we suggest to keep your home clean with minimal effort.

1. Wipe down your countertops and appliances

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This is such an easy thing to do that makes a huge impact. Whether you want to use some of those disinfecting wipes or a spray and a Magic Eraser, it should only take a half hour at most. Your morning coffee splatters, the dinner you cooked sloshed over the pan, the oatmeal you heated up this morning exploded in the microwave, your kids dripped toothpaste on the bathroom counter (yes, you need to wipe that down, too); the messes will only build up as the week progresses and doing this daily will take some serious cleaning anxiety out of your weekly cleaning day. 

2. Put the dishes in the dishwasher

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July 11, 2016

As you may have heard in the news, scientists have found a new color. The scientists discovered the incredible, vivid blue by accident, while looking for new compounds for applications in electronics. Now, you might think, "Well, yes I've seen this color before," and that's partly. You've seen cobalt and electric blue, and you've probably seen it or something close in mixed paints and such, but this is a natural color. That means that no synthetic materials, like those used in paints, were used to create it. They mixed the elements Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese and out came YInMn Blue (as they've decided to name it). You can read more about how the color came out from these three elements here.

Source: Oregon State University 

What's interesting is that they made this discovery in 2009, but it's only now reaching the news because the color's discoverers have reached a licensing agreement with The Shepherd Color Company to create a paint color. One thing of interest about this color...

July 4, 2016

If you're like me, finding ways to store all of your home's knick-knacks and accessories can be daunting. Most of the time, my home just looks cluttered, which makes me embarrassed. So I've found some truly inspired ways to store the things in my home without it looking like I just stuffed things in the nearest basket.

Lift-Top Coffee Table

This has been a serious life saver. You can fold your throw blankets in there, stack your unread magazines, store catalogues, whatever. They come in a serious range of styles so that you can pick whichever suits your home's vibe. Plus, in lifting the top, you can save yourself from trying to bend at an awkward angle to use your computer on the couch. This has to be one of my favorite purchases for my home.

Stylish Outdoor Storage

Most people put their lawn tools in one of those unsightly metal tool sheds. Well, we are here to tell you that there are such better options! This outstanding obelisk was on HGTV's website and I couldn't love it more...

June 21, 2016

With the 4th of July coming up, families are using the holiday to plan their family vacations. It's the dead of summer, the kids are getting restless, and maybe an escape will make the heat feel a little less oppressive. So why not take the family, or just yourself, somewhere that celebrates this country we celebrate on our Independence Day? Here are a few of our best suggestions.

Washington, D.C.

Obviously you can't have a list of patriotic vacation destinations without including our nation's capital. They host an annual National Independence Day Parade, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the obligatory fabulous fireworks display, and so much more. Speaking of the Smithsonian, you can even celebrate the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's 40th birthday party at an all-night celebration on July first! But if you'd like something a bit more subdued, Washington is rich with museums that simultaneously celebrate and educate us on our nation's history.

Yellowstone National P...

June 20, 2016

The old English bridal rhyme for good luck goes like this:

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,

and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Typically, the brides' friends and family give these things to the bride just before she walks down the aisle, but there's no reason that you can't buy each of these on your own. Each bride's journey to her wedding day is unique, so why do we feel like our "old, new, borrowed, and blue" pieces need to be exactly the same as someone else's? Well, here are a few unique ideas so that your wedding can be as unique as you and your groom.

 

Something Old

Something old is supposed to represent continuity. That's why most brides get something like a family heirloom from a long family line. The older the item, supposedly the longer the relationship will last. If your family doesn't have any heirloom items, this one can feel a little difficult. Maybe have your groom buy you a vintage ring set, or find an old hair pin online. One of my...

June 13, 2016

Summer comes with so many obstacles. Kids are out of school, the heat makes cooling costs astronomical, and there are always more guests to come by. So how can you make your home more welcoming, cooler, and more kid-friendly? Well, here are just a few simple things that you can do to prep your home.

Cooling Your Home

An easy way to cheaply cool your home is to add plants. Live plants can cool down a room by producing oxygen. For tips and tricks, check out our blog fromHouseplant Appreciation Day.And if you're the type who can barely keep anything green alive, maybe plant some trees near your home to offer shade from that merciless sun. This site gives twelve examples of fast-growing shade trees.You can also paint your home in cooler-toned colors, such as grays, blues, or greens, which have a physiological effect of slowing your heart-rate and therefore cooling down the body.You can see some of our favorites here. If you're still feeling the heat, have your windows checked by an expert wh...

June 6, 2016

Summer is a perfect time for out-of-town guests to stay and enjoy (or try to bear) the Louisiana heat. Kids are out of school, so they'll want to spend a few weekends with their favorite relative (that's you, obviously). So make sure that everyone is comfortable in your home with a few of these easy tips.

 

1. Buy Nice Bedding

I know, nice sheets are expensive, especially for a guest room, which might not get used very often. But it's a solid investment and your guests will appreciate it. You can find designer bedding at Marshall's, Tuesday Morning, Homegoods, and lots of other stores. It doesn't have to be a $300 sheet set, but it should say, "We're so glad to have you." Also, make sure that you put fresh sheets on whenever you have guests. Not only is it hygienic, but it's also such a luxury to slip into nice, cool, fresh sheets at the end of a day of travel. A good tip is to use white. It makes the bedroom look like a fancy hotel room, and it's so easy to clean with bleach. Plus, it al...

May 30, 2016

This week I want to suggest something that some of you might find a little daunting. How does one "style" a dresser? It's honestly easier than you'd think. The hardest part is curating your items you find, but after that, putting it together is a breeze. Your basic concept has to start by understanding the basics of design.

 

Step 1: Line, shape, and space

Look at the lines and shape of the furniture and decide what sort of style it fits into. Is it a traditional piece or is it more modern? Are there intricate carvings and handles or is everything sleek and smooth? How tall is it? If it's shorter, you'll want to add height with a large mirror or art piece behind it. If it's not, adding anything tall will only take away from the statement your dresser makes.

In our piece, you can see that it's not very tall. As a result, we wanted to use an art piece that filled the space, like this one by local artist Kay Lee. However, we also needed to hide that unsightly thermostat, so placing the lamp o...

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