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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!

boxwood clippings_9 dining chairs under $100

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.

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$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.

boxwood clippings_botanical prints

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?!

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

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!

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

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

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

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

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

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!

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

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?

boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

boxwood clippings_modern chair rail

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!

boxwoodclippings_h&m morocan rugmoroccan rug

boxwoodclippings_b+w stripe rugb+w rug

boxwoodclippings_aztec rugaztec rug

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.

boxwood clippings_diy abstract metallic art

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 :)

boxwood clippings_martha stewart melallic paint

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.

boxwood clippings_diy abstract metallic art

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.

boxwood clippings_diy abstract metallic art

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:

boxwood clippings_dinning room light

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.

boxwood clippings_dinning room light

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.

boxwood clippings_dinning room light mount


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?

boxwood clippings_dinning room light

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.

boxwood clippings_kitchen makeover

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?


boxwood clippings_kitchen makeover


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:

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover

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

BEFORE:                                                                        AFTER:

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover 2

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.

$100 Simple Christmas Porch

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Getting read for Christmas can be so exciting, magical and overwhelming all at the same time. Today, I’d like to give you an idea of how you can decorate the outside of your home really simply and beautifully on a small budget.

People spend thousands covering every inch of their roofs with professional lights, and while this looks amazing, having just a few trimmings around your front door is easy, inexpensive and creates a warm and festive welcome.

boxwoodclippings_martha stewart christmas porch

Here are a few essentials that will get your porch looking as pretty as Martha’s:

Wreath: As always, lighting is key and battery-operated wreaths like this for the front door are a must. I’m going to dress mine up with a simple large bow.

boxwoodclippings_lit wreathGarland: Adding greenery around your door softens those long, dark nights. You can buy bare garland and add your own lights, but this pre-lit one is a great price and the perfect size for around a normal 6’8″ front door.

boxwoodclipping_pre-lit garland

Mini Christmas Trees: If you have room either side your front door, little christmas trees would be stunning. These 4′ christmas trees are a steal! Only $50 for two!

boxwoodclippings_walmart potted christmas treesIf you don’t have room for mini Christmas trees, use two little lanterns topped with a bow for either side of your front door.

Wreath + Garland + Two Christmas Trees = $100

Now I just need to brace the cold and get out there!

DIY Cinnamon Stick Sunburst Mirror

Monday, November 18th, 2013

 We are obsessed with the DIY we are sharing today. So pretty and s0 easy! We couldn’t be happier to share with you…

boxwood clippings_diy cinnamon sunburst mirror

Learn how to make your own little mirror below:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Cinnamon sticks (we got ours at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon)

Spray paint

Round mirror (we used this one)

Scrap cardboard

Glue gun + glue sticks

boxwood clippings_cinnamon stick mirror diy


Spray-paint cinnamon sticks.

2. Cut scrap cardboard into a circle about 2″ larger than your mirror.

(This can be very rough as it will not be seen, just gives the cinnamon sticks something to stick to.)

3. Glue mirror onto the center of your cardboard.

4. Apply glue onto outer rim of cardboard and start sticking on cinnamon sticks.

boxwood clippings_cinnamon stick mirror diy

Work in about 2″ increments. Gluing and placing cinnamon sticks before the glue dries.

boxwood clippings_cinnamon stick mirror diy

Once you’ve surrounded the mirror it should look something like this.

boxwood clippings_cinnamon stick mirror diy

5. Now repeat the process, this time layering cinnamon sticks over of ones already placed, filling in the gaps.

boxwood clippings_cinnamon stick mirror diy

When you are done, it should resemble something like this:

boxwood clippings_cinnamon stick mirror diy

 We use these handy dandy Command velcro strips to hang the mirror on the wall. Get a $.50 off coupon here.

This mirror cost about $5 and looks amazing. We hope you love this project as much as we do!

Em’s Entertaining Closet Makeover

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

One of my favorite things about our home is all the closet space! Absolute heaven after living in an apartment with hardly any storage. There are closets in every room, including the family room!

Instead of using it for DVD’s and games, I needed the space for extra dishes.

boxwood clippings_entertaining closet

The closet contains all of our kitchen things we don’t use everyday. It works really great as it’s located next to the dining room and helps keep the kitchen from being over-crowded.

boxwood clippings_entertaining closet

All of the white dishes were getting lost in the white blank space, so I used this magic cover up I found at wally-world to create some contrast.

boxwoodclippings_magic cover

I used two rolls at $1.97 a roll, and love that I can just peel it off when I’m ready for something new. Loving this $4 change! Have you been doing any fun projects around the house lately?

A Cozy Chandelier

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

In attempts to cozy things up around our house for winter I dressed up our basic chandelier in the dining room with these little lamp shades.

boxwood clippings_cozy fall dinning room

They cost $5.97 each, which is a better price than anywhere else I looked both in stores and online. It completely changes the lighting in our room from bright harsh light to a soft glow and just looks more layered in general. So worth the money for a complete transformation in room environment. Lighting always makes such an impact!

These lamp shades would also work great to update an older chandelier, rather than buying a whole new light.

The same shades in black are on clearance for 1.97! I might have to get these ones too!

boxwood clippings_cozy fall dinning room

I am getting very excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas, how about you?

boxwood clippings_cozy fall dinning room

Get the Look: The Proposal Guest Room

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Have you guys seen The Proposal? Not only is it a funny and cute chick flick it also has amazing set design! My favorite room is the guest room in Andrew’s parents home.

boxwoodclippings_the proposal guest room

boxwoodclippings_the proposal guest room

The room oozes comfort, making it an idyllic guest room. Layers, layers, and more layers! Heavy drapes, mismatched lamps and night stands, books, and lots of extra mismatched patterned linens. Here’s an inexpensive inspiration room that creates a similar cozy look:

boxwood clippings_proposal inspiration board

Area rug (5′ x 7′ $179).

Raleigh head board in twill parchment. Less expensive Target version (queen $299).

Paisley loveseat for the foot of the bed ($599).

Mismatched nightstand ($125) and accent table ($110).

Obsessed with this floor lamp ($80).

Cream table lamps (set of 2 for $70).

Plaid footstool ($60).

Throw blankets like these.

Let’s not forget the “baby maker” ($40).

Doesn’t this room just make you want to cuddle up with a hot drink and book? I just love this time of year!

Emily’s $70 Entryway Update

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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I’m so excited to share with you guys my entryway update. Remember how white and boring it was?

boxwood clippings_em's hallway

A lick of paint and a lantern sure transformed the place. Ta dah…

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I can’t believe how just a few changes can make such a difference!

The rug is an old runner I’ve had for years, but was originally bought it from Overstock. Why do indoor/outdoor rugs live forever and I can’t justify buying this one yet?!

Here are the other sources:

1 quart (sample size) paint from Jones Paint and Glass: $6

Outdoor lantern from the Home depot: $65

Total cost: $71

If you need help decorating or organizing your home please email us at: mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com.

A Major Shout Out

Friday, October 25th, 2013

I just wanted to publicly give a major shout out to one of my dearest, bestest friends Brittany Ambridge…

Domino is back baby! And if that wasn’t enough to be excited about two of my friends help make up their amazingly talented team. Brittany practically shot the entire magazine, and did one hell of a job! It’s crazy what some people can do!

If you haven’t already seen it on your local rounds, but sure to be on the look out. Their first issue doesn’t disappoint, and guaranteed there’s something in there for everyones taste. (Nate Berkus for me :)

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Also, be sure to check out their site HERE. Not only a great resource but we love how you can shop the magazine right from there, soooo convenient.

Brittany, I’m so proud of you. You’re simply amazeballs!!! x

The Genius Way to Sample a New Paint Color

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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Both Em and I are in the process of painting some rooms in our homes, eeeeek! Although we’re excited for the updates, we’ve had a hard time choosing the new perfect colors. The regular size paint chips just aren’t big enough to image a whole room painted.

We were thrilled to learn Jones Paint and Glass offer pint size samples of ANY COLOR, mixed JUST FOR YOU for only $6! This way we were able to see the ACTUAL paint color, and not just the ink version you get on the chips.

boxwood clippings_perfect size, custom color paint sample

For convenience they also offer these handy dandy sticky sheets that you paint with your sample and stick to the wall.

boxwood clippings_a perfect paint sample

We’re in love coz you can move them about the room to different areas to see how it looks against all your surfaces and change in light. Priced at only $1.19 a sheet we think it’s a genius idea so you don’t have to paint the actual wall to get the vision!

Important Tip: Once you’re in love, take the actual paint sample tin into the store so they can mix the EXACT measurements for your bigger match.

Now we’ve got our colors all picked, stay tuned for our room makeovers!