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New Night Stand Lamps. On sale this month at Ikea!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

For those of you following us on Instagram (see HERE) you may have noticed that I started my bedroom makeover way back in October. It’s taken us longer than expected (we’re only half way into it) but I’m telling myself there is an up side…extra time to mull over details!

One of the little changes I wanted to make was new lamps on our nightstands. The original ones worked perfect, other than the fact they look up way too much space leaving our nightstands constantly looking cluttered and over worked. I knew I wanted something more ‘airy’.

We debated mounting something on the wall (like THIS), but found a similar look with this lamp from Ikea (see HERE) for less than half the price! The better news is that this month they are on sale for only $19.99!

That was all I needed. The thrifty option won, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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Offer ends March 3rd so hurry in if you’re interested!

I’m too excited at how the room is turning out. Hopefully full details and reveal soonish :)

The Twin’s Valentines Nursery

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The girls nursery is one of my favorite rooms in our home (see more HERE). We purposely planned a neutral grey background so we could switch out a “pop” colour depending on our mood or girls preference when they get older.

To spruce it up for valentines, I’m simply pulled out their books with red, pink or purple covers and all their white and pink soft toys. By grouping like items together, you can create a display without having to go out and buy festive items. Putting existing things to use is always a good thing because it feels and looks and IS effortless!

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My mum bought our little valentine babies these adorable Haba heart toys (click HERE) when they were born. For the longest time they were hanging from their stroller basinets, but this valentine’s they’re all grown up and using them as a teething toy.

Do you or your kids have a birthday near a holiday? I only think it adds to the festivities and so far we’re loving it!

Target Tuesday

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We are big into pink right now with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

As always, trusty Target has all of our needs and wants covered!

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1| We will never tire of pretty white dishes. THIS etched bowl is adorable.

2| We are huge fans of Orla Kiely, and now we really want to get our booties in gear with THIS cute exercise mat.

3 | Couldn’t resist THIS ribbon-detailed pillow for Jane’s nursery.

4 | Also couldn’t resist THIS tote. Perfect for little ones to grab and pull toys out without getting hurt like with plastic or baskets.

5 | A new pretty water bottle every once in a while gives us an extra little incentive to stay hydrated.

6| Cream + knit = always a winning combo.

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Janey is sure loving the nursery spruce up, but not as much as her momma ;)

DIY Peg Coat Rack

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The twins turn one next month. Gone are the babes swaddled safely in my arms, here are independant little explorers roaming free and keeping me on my toes!

Baby proofing has gone beyond safety gates, as we realize a safe home is a relaxed home. At this stage everything is going in their mouths so it’s essential things are out of reach, but still totally accessible to Brock and me.

This past weekend, Brock whipped up this new peg coat rack. Not only does it look totes adorbs (he he) but it holds much more than coats. We’ve been hanging everything in sight, from shoes to recycling to mail and keys. It’s so handy and looks great! We’re wondering why we didn’t think of doing it before, and it only cost about $11 to make!

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I had every intention to shoot the process, but my hands were full with the ladies, so I’ll just have to explain it!

You Will Need:

1 plank of wood, 3.5″ width (primed, cut to desired length)

1 or 2 dowels, 1″ diameter (number of dowels depends on desired length)

Saw

Drill and 1″ drill bit (same size as dowels)

Wood glue

Sand paper

Paint

Wood screws (for mounting to the wall)

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How To:

Measure out your space and decide the length of the peg rack and the distance you want between each peg. The Shakers did their pegs 6″ apart, so we went with their school of thought, along an 8-foot rack (16 pegs). Measure out the distance between each peg along the wood plank, making sure to measure from the middle of the plank (so you don’t end up with a peg only one inch from one end and 6 inches from the other end).

Mark the center point where each peg should go, making sure to keep all pegs along the centerline of the plank. Brock made a template out of an old scrap of wood the same width as the plank to make sure the distance between pegs and distance from the edge was uniform.

Next, drill 1″ holes for each peg, making sure not to angle the drill (if you know someone with a drill press, this would be the best way to do it; otherwise, just use a steady hand). Brock drilled all the way through each hole, but if you’re using a drill press, it would be best to drill only 3/4 the distance through the plank to allow more surface area for the wood glue to bond. Whichever way you do it, it needs to be uniform to make sure the peg lengths are the same across the plank.

Cut the dowels to your desired peg lengths (ours were 5″). Dry-fit the pegs in the holes to make sure they fit snuggly. If they are loose, don’t worry; you can use a household caulk to fill in the extra space prior to painting. Glue one end of each peg into place using a very strong wood glue and leave for 24 hours to fully cure.

Sand any sharp or splintered edges as needed, making sure to remove any excess glue, then paint (and caulk if needed). Once the paint has dried, you are ready to mount your new peg coat rack! To do this, use a stud-finder to find the studs behind the wall, then simply drill small holes into the plank for your screws. Use a level to make sure your new rack is positioned correctly, and then screw it to the wall. Lastly, use some caulk to hide the screws, and the re-paint over the screw holes, and you’re done!

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 Ours is placed between our garage door and kitchen. Even in narrow hallways it works great and helps maximize the space.

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 Here’s how the hallway looked before. Functional and tidy, but not baby friendly.

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Has January been an organizing month for you, too? We love a fresh space for a fresh year!

HGTV Dream Home 2015

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

You guys!

Have you seen the HGTV Dream Home this year?! Best. Dream. Home. Eveeer!

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Can you believe someone is going to win this beauty?

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows to enter HERE and HERE everyday til Feb 17th for a chance to win :)

Style Inspiration: Pendleton Wool

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

We can spot Pendleton a mile away! Are you the same?

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The graphic Native-American style prints and classic plaids and tartans get us giddy this time of year, we want it all!

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Oh man…they even make notebooks.

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We are obsessed! Brad surprised Emily with THIS classic throw for her B-day and  we are in love!

For a ticket to Pendleton wanderlust see their full site HERE.

 Pendleton’s Pinterest page is pretty phenomenal too! (see HERE)

$10 Basket Wall Art

Monday, October 27th, 2014

I decided to spruce things up a bit in our master bedroom by hanging THESE bamboo baskets I found at The Dollar Tree.

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I hung the baskets by cutting command strips into little strips and attaching two to the back of each basket. I only used two strips total. I arranged the baskets by starting in the center and just eyeballing my way outward.

9 Baskets + 2 Command strips = $10!

I love the way this turned out to make such a huge statement that only cost $10!!!

Holler to The Dollar Tree once again!

Black Walls

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

One of my favorite boards on my Pinterest, is labeled ‘black’ (see HERE).

I’m constantly amazed by how dramatic and powerful a black wall can be. I’m dying to give it a try in my house, but can’t decide on just the right spot.

These images have me drooling:

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Are you in love too?

I think fall is the perfect time to think about adding a little mood color. It’s so chic and yet cozy.

Maybe I’ll come to a decision soon…hopefully!

Gift Idea: Custom Pillow from Tiny Prints

Monday, October 13th, 2014

We were thrilled to hear the news that Tiny Prints launched a home decor line!

We have a major obsession with throw pillows and anything monogrammed or personalized, so naturally we fell in love with their custom pillows…

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I am in love with this ‘Bold Crossing’ pillow in my living room! (link HERE)

Wouldn’t a personalized pillow make the best Christmas presents?!

As our family grows larger by the year, we love buying a family Christmas gift instead of individual presents. It is so much easier and works out to be so much less expensive. You cannot beat a personalized gift, it makes a gift a thousand times better!

See full collection of custom pillows HERE.

Target Tuesday

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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I feel like I’ve discovered a gold mine browsing through all amazing options exclusive to target.com!

I had no idea Target offered such a huge selection of home furnishings.

Here’s a little peek at the goodness:

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Buying furniture online is a big commitment without seeing the piece in person.

Here are a few tips to keep it a no-stress shopping experience…

1. Scale is everything! It’s hard to get an idea of size by pictures. Look at dimensions and tape them off in the space you are shopping for before you purchase.

2. Look at shipping costs! Target.com is pretty great in that almost everything ships for free with a purchase over $50. The exception to this is large items, which will have a disclaimer next to the ‘add to cart’ button if the item requires extra shipping. Even though the surplus shipping charge on large items is really reasonable compared to other stores, we sometimes wait for a sale on the item to cover this additional cost.

3. Note the return policy! One of the greatest things about shopping at target.com is the ability to return to a store and avoid paying return shipping, this includes most furniture! Make sure to click on the ‘shipping & returns’ tab to make sure you can order the item, experiment with it in your space and have the ability to return to a store if it doesn’t work.

Can’t beat furniture shopping in you pjs at home!

10 Great Finds at World Market

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

World Market is always our first stop when looking for accent furniture and decor for a project.

Their style is always bold and current, and prices are amazing!!!

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1. THESE tapestries are impressive in person. My favorites are NY and FERNS.

2. Best price around for a bead chandelier!

3. THIS marble + wood combo is amazing.

4. THIS little mirror could go anywhere. I want to use it in a mudroom.

5. THIS cloche lamp is super fun.

6. I love THIS wooden state map.

7. THIS pestle+mortar is oh so pretty and only $6!

8. THIS ivory canister gives a similar look of this beauty at a fraction of the price.

9. I recently used THESE bar stools in a project. They are sturdy, comfy and give any traditional kitchen a little industrial edge. Great value!

10. I’m obsessed with THIS $10 accent rug! I literally want it in every room of my house.

It was so hard to choose just 10 favorite things. The store and site are packed with great finds. Head over and take a look yourself!

$5 Lack Tables at Ikea

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

One of our favorite items at Ikea is only $4.99 this month with your family card.boxwoodclippings_ikea lack side table

We love to use this little table all around our houses. Here are a few pinterest images of how people are using theirs..

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If you don’t have a family card there are kiosks throughout Ikea where you can get one and use the same day! See all family card deals HERE.

Design Dilemma: Bed Shopping

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We recently purchased a king mattress set for our master bedroom and now it’s time for a new bed! I am going back and forth a lot with deciding what I want and weighing up cost etc. Here are my favorite options:

No. 1 Classic Wooden Bed

Classic and timeless, I do love theway a wooden bed looks. Downside is a wooden headboard…not too comfy.

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No. 2 Upholstered Headboard

An upholstered headboard paired with a basic metal frame and bedskirt is the most affordable option.

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No. 3 Upholstered Bed

A full upholstered bed oozes comfort and luxury to me, but costs a significantly more than just a headboard.

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Ahhh, I love them all. It’s hard to weigh up aesthetics/comfort/affordability. I need your vote please!

Thrifty Black & White finds at Ikea!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Browsing though my pinterest page yesterday I noticed that most of my favorite spaces are black and white. (This wasn’t really that much of a shock…just a realization!) This most classic combination is timeless, chic, modern and all that we love.

Here are some amazing (and cheap) pieces I found at Ikea.

 

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1. Dying over this light (see HERE). Replacing the builder grade lighting has always been on our list, and room by room we’re getting there. I just need to find the perfect spot for this.

2. These lamps are PERFECTION (see HERE), and will be a contender for above our nightstands when we re-do our master this Fall…yay!!!

3. These place mats (see HERE) were added to our home the week the twins began solid food. Too cute and handy and only $1.49! Holler!!!

4. Lack tables are a must in any home. Ever so versatile and handy for temporary arrangements like house guests or parties. They’re on sale this month with your Ikea family card for only $4.99!!!!!!! Time to stock up. I’m getting 4! (see HERE.)

5-8. Beautiful cushion covers to ump up the contrast in any room. I’ll be getting some for the Master. Such a great deal from $4.99-$14.99)

(5. HERE. 6. HERE. 7. HERE. 8. HERE.)

Summer White Interiors

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

My heart skips a beat at a crisp white room, especially during summer. Here are a few gasp-worthy spaces:boxwoodclippings_white kitchen

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Do you love an all-white palette?

Summer Greenery

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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

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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.

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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!

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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?