Tuesday, May 3, 2022

How To Style An Entryway Table

How To Style Your Entryway Table


The entryway to a home is usually the first thing a guest sees when entering the house, so it is always a good idea to give your entryway some extra love. Décor in your entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house and makes the first impression. I like to fill my entryway with items that I love and I encourage you to do the same. 


No matter what your decorating style is, there are some items that should be entryway décor "staples." Keep reading to find out what items you should consider adding to an entryway/entryway table.


Mirror

Adding a mirror to your entryway anchors the table and creates a focal point, helping to show your guests where to look.


Lamp

Lamps help add height to a table, working to draw the eye upward. A lamp is also a functional décor piece as it also adds light and warmth.


Greenery

You can add additional height and color to an entryway table by adding greenery stems and a tall vase.


Stacked Books

Showcase your hobbies by adding stacked books; this also creates visual interest.

Small Dish

Adding a small dish to your entryway table is very practical. This is a great place to store keys or other small, loose items.

Personal touches

Adding your own personal touches lets your guest get to know you even better. You can add family photos, art pieces you enjoy and more. Your personal touches are also a great opportunity to add more color to a space.

Plants

Bring extra warmth and comfort to a space by adding in plants - real or faux, it doesn't matter.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Creating A Mood Board

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Thank you to Carpet One Floor & Home for sponsoring this blog post. All photos and opinions are completely my own.


Home decor styling and organization have always been areas that have brought me joy. It is so thrilling to me to take items that I love and put them together with other loved and unique items to create an inviting home. When we built our house a few years ago, my main focus became home design and styling our home just right. Through my instagram channel and posts on this blog, it is my goal to give you advice and tips to help you create a home that you truly love.

So where do you even start when it comes to styling your home? One thing I like to do is create a mood board to see if items I have in mind will look good together in a room. For me, a mood board is great to help me gather ideas and color schemes and to start to see my vision come to life. Seeing different colors and textures all together in one place helps me determine if the look I dreamed up in my head is actually going to work. Mood boards are a source of inspiration! I’m going to walk you through creating a mood board.


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Creating a mood board

Let’s pretend that you have asked me for help to create an inviting living room that is also pet-friendly. The first thing I suggest you choose is flooring, since flooring is a pretty nice investment in your home. Start with flooring because a flooring choice can inspire the rest of the room. For a pet-friendly living room, I suggest something that offers waterproof technology. Carpet One Floor & Home has put together a list of the Trending Ten floors and I’ve got my eye on two flooring options from their list. Both of these flooring options would be perfect for creating an inviting and pet-friendly living room in your home. Carpet One sent me some flooring samples to check out and here are the two that I recommend for a pet-friendly living room:

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1.) For carpet: Orchard Stones in color Aloe
If you prefer soft carpet in your cozy living room, Orchard Stones has great options. The carpet is cozy and soft but also pet-friendly and waterproof! I also love the texture design of the carpet that can help to mask dirt that will inevitably be tracked in by your loving pet. The color Aloe adds some slight color to the room without feeling overpowering since it is still a somewhat muted tone.
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2.) For hardwood: Shelby Lane-White Oak in color Antique
If you need a flooring that can stand up to spills, scratches and dents, then Shelby Lane-White Oak flooring is the way to go. The flooring is waterproof and extremely durable. Antique, the color for the hardwood floors, is the perfect neutral tone, allowing you plenty of options when it comes to colors and other design elements.
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To create the rest of the mood board, I let the light green (Aloe) from the Orchard Stones carpet sample lead me to picking other green tones for the rest of the room. The greens will serve as pops of colors against the neutral Shelby Lane-White Oak flooring.

Additional elements in the mood board:

Since we have our own sweet dog, I know all too well that a pet-friendly living room needs a couch with removable cushion covers that can easily be washed. A grey couch is a perfect neutral color for a living room. The grey can help the space feel bright and also allows you to add many different colors - depending on your taste - with pillows and other decor. I prefer to have my base pieces (flooring and couch) in neutral colors. Then I can add color and change things out as trends come and go without having to repurchase the large items.

Pillows with removable covers are also helpful in a pet-friendly room. I also suggest buying covers that are sturdy and thick, that won’t pill. You can add color and/or texture to a room depending on the pillows that you choose. I again went with neutrals for the pillows, but I like the design and added texture.

I added some blankets in two different colors of green (one teal, one more of a light mint color) to add some pizazz to the room. The blankets have different designs to them which also helps add texture and dimension to the feel of the room.

Curtains are always a great addition to any living room. Since I’m going to use blankets and decor to add pops of color, I went with a neutral curtain with an ikat design. The curtains will go well with the grey couch and the ikat design serves as great decoration for the room.

Hardware on entertainment centers and end tables can be fun to change out to update a piece of furniture. For this room, I suggest using matte black handles and drawer pulls as the black contracts really nicely with the floor colors.

Plants are a great addition to any room. I added an aloe plant to give some more green to the room and to help add color.

And finally, I chose a light mint paint color to tie the whole room together. The color of the paint is extremely muted, just like the color of the carpet. This helps add some color to the room without being too bold. It gives the room some character instead of plain white, but allows you to still go bold with other decor options.
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There you have it. Bringing together flooring, fabrics and textiles plus a few decor pieces can help you visualize the look and feel of a project when designing a room. After you settle on a color palette, then you can start to add in pieces of furniture to complete the look. Have I inspired you to create a mood board for your next project? Remember to check out the list of Trending Ten floors from Carpet One to help inspire your next design project.

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

How To Upgrade Your Home On A Budget

Spring is on its way and I know for a lot of people that means Spring cleaning and updating your home. But what do you do if funds are tight? Luckily there are numerous options to help add character and updates to your home without breaking the bank.

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A very easy and inexpensive way to update the look of any room is with paint. Don’t underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. Just changing the color of a room can make a big difference and drastically change the look and feel. You can paint an entire room, paint just one wall, add a painted wall arch, and more!


Window Treatments
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Add additional character to a room with window treatments. While some window coverings and treatments can get costly, there are SO MANY on the market that are really quite affordable and of great quality. Faux wood blinds are a neutral, safe and practical option for your windows. Cellular shades and roman shades are nice options for a different and somewhat upscale look.


Feature Walls
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One of my favorite ways to update our house is to add a feature wall to a room. I have seen so many pictures over the years of beautiful board and batten walls and I knew that I wanted one in my house. Adding crown molding or feature walls helps to increase the value of your house. During the pandemic when I had a ton of time on my hands, I asked my husband to show me how to use power tools and I created a board and batten wall for our entryway and I love it. I am proud to say that 90% of the work was done by me! Check out Pinterest and Instagram and I guarantee that you will find tutorials showing you how you can do a feature wall yourself. By installing the wall yourself you will save tons of money.


Bathroom Mirrors
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Trade in your boring builder-grade bathroom mirror for a framed mirror. When we were building our house, I asked our builder to leave the mirrors off the walls in our bathrooms. Instead, I shopped around and found some great sales on framed mirrors to help add extra character to each bathroom. And if you can’t find a framed mirror that you like, consider building a frame yourself. There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest to teach you how.


Kitchen Backsplash
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Adding a backsplash in a kitchen is a great upgrade! You can get really creative with colors or stay with a neutral pattern. There are so many options. I’m going to let you in on a big budget-friendly secret. Check out peel and stick backsplash! I installed a peel and stick backsplash in my kitchen two years ago and I’m still pleased with the look. The installation was a breeze, no one is able to tell that it isn’t real porcelain tile unless they touch it, messes wipe off easily, and the cost was so affordable! Adding peel and stick backsplash to my kitchen is one of my favorite home projects to date.


Barn Doors
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A terrific way to add interest and character to a room is by installing a barn door. Barn doors have come a long way and I know you will be able to find some really affordable kits. You can use a barn door for a bathroom, a pantry, a closet, anywhere. They are easy to install and quite beautiful.


Decocrated home decor
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Probably the easiest and most affordable way to update your home is to change out your decor with each new season. The BEST way to do that is with a Decocrated subscription. You get 6-8 home decor items shipped straight to your door for a very low price. You would not be able to go to a store and buy each item individually for the same price. 

Now take what you have read and go make some affordable updates to your home!


I originally created this blog for the Decocrated Curated Home Blog. Decocrated is my favorite subscription box; they send you 6-8 home decor items to your door for every season, making it easy to turn your house into a beautiful home. Decocrated also offers holiday boxes throughout the year. Past holiday boxes have included Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Patriotic. To save $15 on a Decocrated subscription, use code LINDSAY15 when ordering.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Bags With A Purpose: New Hope Girls + Vera Bradley collection

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I don't know about you, but when my purchase actually gets used for GOOD and has a purpose that goes deeper than just the selling of goods, I'm very inclined to buy. Several months ago, I was introduced to an incredible brand that is literally changing lives of females in need. New Hope Girls is a Dominican Republic-based nonprofit organization that has beautiful bags all handmade by women looking for an honest living. Funds from the bags go to support their mission of rescuing girls from trafficking and exploitation.


Today is an exciting day for New Hope Girls, because today is the launch of their 4th collaboration with Vera Bradley. Yes, Vera Bradley - a brand that I'm sure you have heard about for quite some time. How awesome that such a well known brand as Vera Bradley is helping to elevate the mission of New Hope Girls?!?! 


Before I jump into the BEAUTIFUL collection that is New Hope Girls + Vera Bradley, I want to give you a bit more information about New Hope Girls.

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New Hope Girls

New Hope Girls works to fight trafficking, exploitation and abuse in young girls in the Dominican Republic by providing a home for them in a New Hope Girls safe house. The girls are raised and provided for just like daughters would be in a loving family. In addition to running the safe houses (they have two!), New Hope Girls also has a workshop where they employ adult women, giving them an opportunity to earn an honest living. The women hand make all of the beautiful bags that are available to purchase from New Hope Girls and proceeds go right back to supporting the mission to provide rescue, refuge and restoration to girls and women.

The beautiful bags are made from high quality and beautiful upholstery fabric that is sustainably sourced in the Dominican Republic. When you purchase a bag, you receive a tag that tells you who made the bag and some of her story. Each bag has such a beautiful purpose!

There are so many different styles and patterns of bags to choose from. I am sure that when you check out the New Hope Girls website you will find a bag perfect for your mom, your sister, your best friend and even yourself. They have bags for so many types of activities. What I really love about the bags is that they are all so beautiful and unique. The fabrics are unlike any bag I've purchased in the states. When I wear my New Hope Girls travel tote, I always get compliments. In addition to bags, they also have apparel and coffee mugs, so check out their site.

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The New Hope Girls + Vera Bradley collection

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In honor of International Women's Day and the anniversary of New Hope Girls, they are launching their 4th collaboration with Vera Bradley. This collection features five beautiful bags: a hobo, a patchwork hobo, a duffel, a crossbody and a cosmetic pouch. Five products, five opportunities to change lives.


The bags are made with high-quality beautiful fabric that includes colorful and beautiful butterflies. The butterflies signify transformation which is what New Hope Girls provide to the girls they rescue and the women they employ. A special feature included with the design is that the inside liner includes "Created for more" handwritten in both English and Spanish. The handwriting is special because it is the writing of the girls involved with New Hope Girls. That will serve as such an powerful reminder that the bag you are wearing is helping out the person who wrote that phrase. 

Through this collaboration with Vera Bradley, 75% of the purchase price is donated to New Hope Girls to help them continue to reach girls and women in dark places and give them a life that was indeed, created for more.

I urge you to check out the website and these beautiful bags. I'm sure when you gift a loved one a New Hope Girls bag, it will easily become their favorite bag. The bags are versatile and can go with so many outfits, yet they make a huge statement and can be the focal point of someone's outfit. And doesn't it just make you smile thinking that your purchase can do so much? With the click of a link you can be on your way to making a huge impact in the life of a little girl who so desperately needs saving.

If you are interested in the butterfly bags from the New Hope Girls + Vera Bradley collection, don't delay in ordering. The bags from their collaborations usually sell out! Click here to head to their site now. Your purchase can help change lives!



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Monday, January 17, 2022

Snowed In Entertainment Ideas for Kids

Snow Days can be so much fun! School is closed, there is plenty of freshly fallen snow on the ground to enjoy, fun is sure to be had!


I know some parents get a bit anxious if your area has a lot of snow days…how will you keep the kids entertained and away from the tv all day? I’m here to offer some ideas for you. Try out some or all of these activities for kids (and maybe even you!) and remember to make your snow day fun!!!


Bake Cookies

Bake Cookies.
A great way to keep your kids entertained and have them work on math without them knowing is to have them help you bake. When you teach them about the different measurements for each ingredient, they are working with fractions. They will love helping create the dough and cutting out fun shapes with cookie cutters. And you all get a delicious reward in the end.


Plan an Indoor Scavenger Hunt.
A really fun indoor activity is to make a scavenger hunt. Think up random items around your house and ask your kids to find them. You could theme the scavenger hunt around colors, activities, favorite things, or more. Have your children compete with you and see who can find everything on the list first.
Some examples for a scavenger hunt:
-find items that represent every color of the rainbow
-find eight items that you need to camp outside
-put together a specific list of items that you want your kids to locate around the house (i.e. bath towel, headphones, toothpaste, paper towel, envelope, etc.)


Play in the Snow

Actually, Play In The Snow.
Want to work up an appetite for those cookies you baked? Get everyone dressed up and go out and play in the snow for a few hours. Go sledding, make snow angels, build a snowman, have some snowball fights. Just have fun. Some of my greatest childhood memories involve hours of playing in the snow.


Get Some Exercise.
When everyone has been sitting for a while, encourage your kids to get moving. There are tons of videos available specifically for kids that will help them get in some physical activity. Getting your kids moving is the most important thing, so let them have a say in what workout video they choose.


Involve Kids in Cooking Dinner

Involve The Kids In Cooking Dinner.
With the extra time on your hands because of the snow, ask your kids to help you in the kitchen. I’m sure they will love being your little helper. If they are old enough, show them how to dice veggies. If you aren’t ready to hand them a knife, then teach them how to measure and pour ingredients.


Hold A Dance Party.
One of our favorite things to do in our household, any day of the year, is to have a dance party. We all take turns requesting songs and we just let loose and dance. We dance in the kitchen, in the dining room, in the living room, in bedrooms, wherever we want. 


Tightrope Walking Challenge

Have A Tightrope Walking Challenge.
Put some tape on the living room floor and pretend it is a tightrope. Come up with different challenges encouraging your kids to see who has the best balance. Have them hold different items in both hands while walking to see who can get to the end of the tightrope the fastest without falling off. You could even have them experiment with walking the tightrope with their eyes closed or maybe even walking backwards. Get creative and enjoy this new experience.


Play Games.
When a snow day is coming, I often like to set out a stack of board games to encourage my kids to reach for those instead of immediately reaching for their tablets. Our family loves to play games, so our collection is constantly growing. Set out games that your kids can play by themselves, but also add games that they can play with you too.


Read Audiobooks on a Snow Day

Read or Listen to Audio Books.
Luckily my children love to read, so I don’t have to twist their arms too much to do this. When a snow day hits, set a timer and give them a specific amount of time that you want them to read. Allow them to pick out whatever books they want to read, but encourage them to read the whole time. Audiobooks can also be an option. There are plenty of audiobook apps available geared towards children.


Play Magnatiles on snow days

Play with Magna-Tiles.
Magna-Tiles are easily one of the best things I’ve ever bought for my children. They have played with them for years, regardless of age. It is so fun to see what kind of creations they can come up with and watch their imaginations explode. Get out the Magna-Tiles, perhaps assign a theme and see what your kids create.



I certainly hope some of these tips will help your kids enjoy their snow days and make you feel good because they embraced their creative minds. If you have the time off work, enjoy lots of these activities with them to create lasting memories.
Have fun and stay warm this winter!!!!


This blog post was originally written by me for the Decocrated Blog. Decocrated Curated Home is a home decor subscription box that sends you 6-8 pieces of seasonal decor straight to your door. You can find out more about Decocrated by reading this blog post here. To save $15 off your first box, use code LINDSAY15 at checkout. Click here to order your own Decocrated box.