Archive for the ‘interior design’ Category

Summer Greenery

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

At the peak of summer, this desert home is craving some fresh greenery. Check it:






Isn’t it amazing what a little greenery can do?

Copy Cat West Elm Abstract Art

Monday, July 7th, 2014

We have been loving the abstract art collection happening over at West Elm right now. Even though their prices are pretty reasonable, we thought creating a similar piece would be easy and affordable. We were right!

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 Here’s What We Did:

1. We purchased THIS two pack of canvases at Hobby Lobby. Using a 40% off coupon each canvas cost $2.50!

2.We used a paint color we already had and painted the darkest stripe, then added a little extra white paint with each stripe to create the ombre look.

3. To finish, we added a few strokes of pure white paint to add texture and depth.


We were pretty impressed at this $2.50 project to brighten up the house this summer!

If you like the look of abstract art, give it a try on your own! You can do it and save a bundle!


Decorating with Flags

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Another thing I love this time of year is hanging flags indoors. Look how great these spaces look:


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I would love both an American and British flag framed in our home. What do you guys think of using framed flags for art?


Hobby Lobby Open Frames

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

On our wedding day we had so much fun taking pictures on one of our favorite beaches in Corona Del Mar, California. Our brother, Dan surprised us with a painting from a local artist of the beach that day, who even painted Brad and I onto the beach. It’s something I always want up in my bedroom to remind us of our wedding day.

Five years later and the picture has still been in its unfinished artist frame, just waiting for me to spend hundreds of dollars on a custom frame. That was at least until our last trip to Hobby Lobby, where I noticed THIS open frame that was 50% off and looked like it would work.

Sure enough it fit and looked great!

boxwood clippings_ready made picture frame

boxwood clippings_ready made picture frame

I’m so happy our special painting finally has a nice frame, and that I saved hundreds of dollars not buying a custom frame!!!

If you need any art in your home updating or in need of a frame, make sure to see Hobby Lobby’s open frames selection online HERE (and don’t forget to use THIS coupon when item’s aren’t on sale!).

Inviting Summer Porches

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Pretty lanterns, lush ferns and country rockers are all makings of the perfect porch. There’s no place I’d rather be on a late summer’s night chatting to the hubs and having an ice cream popsicle to cool down. Here are a few inspiring places:

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Don’t you just want to grab a book and lemonade and enjoy these spaces? Where is your favorite space in these warmer months?


Blue for Summer

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Around Memorial Day I always start to be drawn to blue interiors. Indigo blue, dyed cotton, ticking stripes, and paisley prints scream Americana to me, and once summer time hits it’s all I want! Here are a few dreamy places that have caught my eye:

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All images found on my blue pinterest board HERE.

When autumn hits, I am done with my blue phase and drawn to warmer tones instead, so I have to make sure to keep my blue to accents in mostly linens and accents.

Pottery Barn always does this look so great. I am dreaming of this duvet cover, just waiting for a good sale.

I always look forward to my Serena and Lily catalogs in the summer too. These over-sized beach towels are a dream.

I think it’s time we all make our millions and move to the beach, eh?!


Jane’s Nursery + $6 Accent Wall!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Only seven weeks to go and we are getting as ready as we can for Jane! I’m so excited to share with you a few details of her nursery today!


First up, paint! One night, I got the painting bug. I had a sample I had been considering from Jones Paint & Glass and just decided to start painting.

The sample can covered one wall with two coats! I am in love with the color, Benjamin Moore Pink Canopy. It is a great combo of pink and coral and super bright. I decided that just an accent wall was perfect for the small space.

I cannot believe paint cost for this room was only $6!!! It dramatically changed the whole look of the room and only took about an hour! Love it!

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We decided on a basic white sheet and skirt with pops of bright coral and pinks in the pillows and the quilt.

I couldn’t resist this hook to display a few favorite things.

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I thought I would use this chair in the nursery, but after your comments this comfy chair is on its way! So excited, thanks for the advice.

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

I found this lamp at Home Goods for $34.99 and tied a huge tulle bow around the shade to make it extra girlie.

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

A bookshelf on the wall opposite the crib holds all her books, shoes, bows and stuffed animals.

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

Brad’s niece, Lisa made this bow holder! Genius, I tell ya!

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

Your bunny and room are waiting for you Jane, don’t take too long!


If you’d like help decorating your space please email us!

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5 Desk Lamps for Under $30

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Our sissy-in-law Sally is currently setting up a new office space and she asked us what our favorite desk lights are if you’re shopping with a budget. So here you go Sal, a round up in your honor! And maybe perfect timing for those of you who are starting to think of dorm rooms already!

boxwood clippings_5 desk lamps for under $30


No1: The Barometer from Ikea (link HERE) is my favorite of the group. It’s only $29.99 and perfect for any desk. However, I’ve been eying it for over a year to use on my nightstands. (Yes, I’ve been planning our master re-do for a while now, Brock has promised we can move ahead once the twins sleep through the night…getting close.:)

No.2: The Scholar Task Lamp from Target is on clearance for only $10.98 (link HERE), and is simply adorable. Neutral with a pop of color, vintage with a pop of modern!

No.3: The Clip It Desk Lamp is from Land of Nod, $29.99 (link HERE). This one is great if you don’t have a lot of space. It also comes in a great variety of fun colors, but as always we’re drawn to the white!

No.4: The Terital Lamp from Ikea is the best deal at only $8.99 (link HERE). It gives off a lot of light, and it’s classic design can fit into any decor.

No.5: The Arch Desk Lamp is also from Target, $29.99 (link HERE). A super vintage look, but black brings the sleek!

Oh to be young and decorating a dorm again!

Dining Chairs under $100

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

There is scarcely a week that goes by that I don’t fall in love with some sort of side chair. I love how they are so versatile and can be moved around the house to change up decor in a flash. Here are a few I am currently loving, all under 100 bucks!

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1. trendig chair $59 (very close to this)

2. tufted + upholstered $85 (available in gray, blue or taupe)

3. basic slipcovered chair $89

4. mod stackable $99

5. white arm chair $89

6. black rattan $99

7. cane side chair $75

8. metal arm chair $50 (also loving the copper and black colors)

9. modern windsor $85 (reminded me of this much more expensive chair)

Do you need help choosing furniture for your space? Shoot us an email to find out more about our design services.

Email: mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com

$5 Botanical Art for Spring

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

While at Ikea a few weeks ago, I found these botanical posters on clearance for $3.99 for the set!!!

boxwoodclippings_botanical postersThey are called the ‘Trilling’ posters but unfortunately are no longer available online. As you know I’m super weird about art work in our house. I rarely find anything I fall in love with, but at this price I was happy to fall in love, at least for the spring!

I picked up the nyttja frames to frame each poster. I love how lightweight each of these frames are, how inexpensive they are ($4 for 11 x 15), and that they have a plastic insert instead of glass! Absolutely perfect for an art commitment-phobe like myself who hangs everything with command strips! I love being able to move things around at the drop of a hat without making a gazillion holes in the walls.

Five bucks and five minutes later I was hanging all three pieces in the downstairs loo.

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If you’d like yourself some spring $5 botanicals, head to Ikea ASAP-y!

Emily’s Nursery Inspiration

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

It’s hard to believe baby Jane will be here in just a few months. Actually, that’s wishful thinking. It’s still 3.5 months away! Boo!

Anyway, time to get going on the nursery! I want the nursery to be mostly coral and tan and will for sure be adding pops of espresso and white for my normal ‘high contrast’ look.

Number one on the priority list is keeping cost to a minimum. Here are a few pieces I am looking at:

boxwood clippings_em's nursery inspiration board

jenny lind espresso crib $166

something similar to this chair.

cream bean bag $44 (I bought this already in store on clearance for $14)

coral posters $9

linen lamp $25

mirrored accent table $190

sugarboo framed art $20 (Sugarboo at Target…holler)

peachy rug 5×8 $60

benjamin moore coral buff paint

Do you have any recommendations in the nursery for furniture or decor? I’d love to hear your advice!

Awesome Kid Spaces

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We have the most adorable nephews EVER! I guess it’s possible that we may be biased, but all of our nephews are insanely handsome, sweet and hilarious.

Our brother, Daniel’s three oldest boys are finally old enough to migrate to the third level of their home – the loft. This is one large room where I’m sure the boys will get up to all sorts of mischief, it even has a ladder and a look-out tower for star-gazing! While I’m sure the boys are dreaming of all of their future adventures, I am dreaming of incredible children’s spaces:

boxwoodclippings_great kid spaces

boxwoodclippings_great kid spaces

boxwoodclippings_great kid spaces

boxwoodclippings_great kid spaces

boxwoodclippings_great kid spaces

boxwoodclippings_great kid spaces

All images via my Pinterest Kids board HERE.

A lot has happened recently has make me think we all grow up too fast. These spaces speak youth and innocence and make me want to treasure every day of childhood of every child I know.  I have so many great memories from sharing bedrooms with my siblings, and can’t wait for the new memories the boys will create. I guess this is the point in my pregnancy when I start getting all emotional and sappy!

Hope you have so much fun in your new room boys xxx

Our Twin Nursery

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

It’s finally finished!!!

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Above the cribs we framed wrapping paper, soon to be replaced with photos of our little ones!

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A new chair from Walmart and a family heirloom piece offers seating for both mum and dad, can you guess which one I get?!

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A babies Moses Basket in crib, helps the little ones adjust to a bigger world, or so I’m told. I think they’re simply adorbs!

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A collection of white lanterns act as a mobile for now, and something for the little ones to look up at.

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boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

Two small shelves from Ikea act as a little bookcase, and gives the room a little pop of colour.

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I’m in LOVE with these blankets both received as gifts. Blush pink is so beautiful.

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Little fun details!

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

Plates found at our local thift shop. Attached by hot gluing metal paper clips to the back and attaching to wall with just a small nail. A thrifty and easy solution!

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My Winnie The Pooh soft toy collection, I’ve been obsessed with Pooh for years!

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

It all looks just like I pictured in my head! We had little ‘drama’s’ along the way, but all in all we really enjoyed the whole process of finally getting to decorate a nursery!

Right now it’s quite light and whimsical, we plan on changing things up a bit when the girls get older, adding more bookshelves and places for toys, and even more colour…that’s right!

For resource links, please visit my inspiration board post HERE.

Nursery Sneek Peek: Putting Left Over Paint to Good Use

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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.Do you guys remember my nursery inspiration board?boxwood clippings_gender neutral nursery

It became a great starting point to get my vision together, and although a lot stayed the same, I switched up a couple of details.

One of which was the paint. Originally, I thought I’d paint the whole room because I really wanted the white furniture to ‘pop.’ But then we found out we were having two girls, I thought an entire room painted grey might look too masculine. I was really sold on the grey, but I also wanted it to feel really light and airy!

Knowing that we wanted to incorporate molding somehow, we settled on the idea of doing a craftsman-style chair rail and window casings. It was a little scary thinking it may turn out a little 90s, but we love the results, with the paint only being at the bottom of the walls. What do you guys think?

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One of the best parts about this project is that we were able to use the leftover paint from our kitchen makeover (see HERE). Although I LOVE having different colours in the various rooms of our house, it’s nice to have some consistency so it all ‘flows’ nicely. And as we already had it, it was basically FREEEE!

We used only about a 1/2 gallon of paint, and did 2 coats. It worked out perfectly since we’d already chosen the pearl finish for the high-traffic kitchen area, and now it works great in the nursery, where soon little fingers will be touching daily, and it’ll be easy to wipe clean.

Paint used: Benjamin Moore: Stonington Grey in Pearl finish

Another thing that is free is the great advice you get when you go to Jones Paint and Glass. They’ll advise you on colour choices, finish, tools and anything in between. For you local readers, be sure to call ahead and schedule an appointment with Alaura Stickney at their Provo store; she’s a paint genius!!!!

Stay tuned for an overload of photos tomorrow!

Interior Design: A Hint of Black

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

It’s no secret that black is my favorite color. It’s chic, timeless and classic. I love the way just a hint can add drama and sophistication to any space. Here’s an idea of what I mean…

black bench + iron doors

a hint of black entryway

black accents + basket-weave tile

hint of black bathroom

black linens

hint of black bedroom

black frames + dining chairs + throw pillows + rug

a hint of black family room

 bold black paint

hint of black hallway

black inner shelves

hint of black den

 Do I have you convinced yet that black is the best?

Check out all of my favorite ‘hint of black’ rooms here.

New at H&M Home

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Obsessed does not begin to describe my feelings towards H+M home right now. Check it…

boxwoodclippings_h&m home linen bedlinen duvet set $99

linen shams $18

One can never have enough throw pillows, at least that’s what I keep telling myself!

boxwoodclippings_charcoal floral covercharcoal floral pillow cover $18

boxwoodclippings_b+w stripe pillowb+w stripey pillow cover $6

boxwoodclipping_diamond grey pillowdiamond grey pilliow cover $13

These accent rugs are so great for $25!

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Love all of these products, their price tags and almost everything else on this site. Any great stores you are loving lately?

DIY Abstract Metallic Artwork

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Art is essential in helping make a house a home. It brings warmth, environment and adds your personal stamp into your home. However, I’ve been having the hardest time finding art work I love and when I do it costs hundred of dollars!

I have one wall in my living room that was large and bare. I’m not afraid of empty walls, but as this wall faces you as you walk in the front door of our house I felt it needed something to fill the space and at the same time not distract from the focal point wall of the room. I wanted something neutral, large and simple. Sarah, being the artist of our family convinced me we should try something on our own.

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For supplies I purchased two 40″ x 30″ canvases from Hobby Lobby. They cost $22 after using 40% off coupons. We used these $1 brushes from The Dollar Tree. Sarah loved the sheen of this paint she used in her bathroom, so we decided to use it again for this project. Naturally, I needed a gold color too :)

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I was a little nervous, but Sarah told me just to go for it! The great thing about painting on canvas is you can always paint over something you don’t like after it dries.

We simply painted brushstrokes of gold and silver, some thick chunky strokes and some faint, wispy ones. We just kept on going until we were happy with the look. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong.

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My front room gets a lot of light and I just love how reflective this paint is. The new artwork makes the whole room ‘glow’ in sunlight.

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Although, you can’t exactly call this a masterpiece I am more than happy with how they turned out. For under $30 per canvas, and an hour of time I got exactly what I needed for this empty space.

Thanks for all your help and encouragement sis xxx

New Dining Room Pendant only $43!!!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Did you guys notice when I posted our paint makeover last month that we also changed out our dinning room light? Although I love the one we had, it always seemed a bit too small for the room, especially when the table is extended to it’s full length.

BEFORE:                                                                                    AFTER:

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I’d been wanting to replace it for a while, but boy are lights expensive.

Since we’ve been working on the nursery, I decided our old light would be perfect up there, so it was time to get serious and keep my eyes peeled. And that’s when I spotted THIS beauty at Ikea.

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Can you believe this massive shade is only $25?!

I already had a cord ($5), but I needed a new mount for the ceiling. I had no luck at Lowes or Home Depot, but found this lovely one for only $15 at West Elm.

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Now the only problem was the cord. If you buy a pendant light usually them come with mount, cord, cord cover and the light, but because I built this piece by piece, I couldn’t find a cord cover and the cord alone looked too thin and cheap.

Then inspiration struck: wrap the cord in string. So that’s what I did. I found the thickest string I could at Ace, and got to work, and I’m happy to report it only took about 20 mins!

What do you think?

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boxwood clippings_dinning room light

Not to shabby hey?

Em’s Family Room Update: Getting Cozy with Paint

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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When deciding our upgrades with our builder we decided to go with bright white walls everywhere. We actually got a credit for this as the standard was two-tone paint and we’ve actually loved having bright white in most of the house.

Our family room however, has laminate wooden floors and combined with those bright white walls felt really cold and uninviting at the end of a long day. It was time for a paint intervention!


boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

Jones Paint and Glass helped us pick out the perfect gray tone that would be warm and cozy. We tried a few different colors using their sample size paints and wall stickers and decided on Benjamin Moore Seattle Mist. It is the perfect blend of tan and gray.

As this was our first paint project we needed some major education on painting supplies. The lovely workers at Jones helped us pick out all of their favorite supplies from tape to rollers and we had a freshly painted room in no time.


boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

boxwood clippings_em's family room, new paint

It is amazing how much more inviting this space is with a lick of paint. Jones made this project so easy with everything we needed to know as inexperienced painters.

We still need to tackle trim work and artwork for this room, but painting has helped the room feel so much more finished and most importantly helped us relax to a favorite show at the end of the day!

Dining & Kitchen Makeover

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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We moved into our brand spanking new home Fall of ’07. Seeing it all in its new state, makes you want to keep it that way, but normal wear and tear is bound to happen so a little face lift is needed every now and then.

Our kitchen is a high traffic area of the home, and we were noticing lots of nicks and scratches along the corners and lots of scuff marks to go with them. The scuffs sometimes came off with a damp cloth or magic eraser, but a lot of the time they’d take the paint with it leaving uneven walls.

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So although we loved our blue kitchen we decided it was time for a paint makeover. We’d get rid of the flat blue, and replace it with a pearl medium grey. Painting over our 6 years of wear, and updating the look along the way. What do you think? You likey?


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boxwood clippings_kitchen makeover

The first thing we did was paint over the molding which was a normal gloss, to a high gloss. This really makes the molding ‘pop’, and gives it more definition.

BEFORE:                                                                        AFTER:

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On these photos, look at the very top, even from a distance the gloss is showing, and looks a lot cleaner.

BEFORE:                                                                        AFTER:

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For under $100, and a weekend of labor our kitchen and dinning area is ready for another 6 years of fun. We love the new look, it feels so much fresher, cleaner and more durable, but still like home.

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover

Paint Used:

Benjamin Mo0re: Stonington Grey in Pearl finish

Decoe Paint White in Glossy finish

If you’re inspired, be sure to stop by Jones Paint and Glass. They have the best service in town, and will guide you through every step of the way. Perhaps a new look for a new year?!

Don’t forget to test out samples like we did, see HERE.