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Update A Room on ANY Budget!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Sarah’s family room was feeling a little blah.

Her room has cream walls, a dark brown leather sectional and just felt a little dated.

With a next-to-nothing budget we brightened things up by adding more contrast by pulling black and white items from around the house.

Take a look:

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

.STEPS TO UPDATE A ROOM:

Change Throw Pillows
Sarah’s pillows were all monotone so it was a great start, all the couch needed was a little ‘punch’. These ones worked out perfectly, see HERE and  HERE. Adding pattern and contrast is always a breath of fresh air!

Switch up Artwork
We created the mini gallery wall by collecting unused black and white pieces from storage. Sarah had the silhouettes of the twins done at Disneyland and we popped them into $3 frames (HERE). To help bring the look together we painted basic circles onto a piece of card stock and hung with a skirt hanger. All these were attached with command strips, so they’ll be no nail holes when she’s ready to switch it up again!

Other existing frames got a fresh look by repositioning them. The brown frame in the entry, got a buddy by adding a one above it. This really made more of a feature and elevates the eye upward!

Add White!
White is essential to brightening up any space. A simple $8 lack table HERE worked great next to the couch.

.The room is the main living area in the house and doubles as family room and formal living room. We feel we mastered the art of living with kids, without sacrificing design and feeling like a grown ups!

Paint is next, we’re just meditating over color. Any thoughts on what would look good?

New Posterboard Abstract Artwork

Monday, August 10th, 2015

I love everything about abstract art. Simple, bold and graphic.

I’ve been eyeing several large pieces lately but they’ve been way out of my budget so I asked the artiste of the family, Sarah to create a copycat version.

Look what she whipped up!

boxwood clippings | abstract artwork

boxwood clippings | abstract artwork 2

You are never going to believe how little this cost to put together!

We used poster boards and brushes from the Dollar Tree,

basic black craft paint and these huge frames from Ikea that were $17.99 each (HERE)

Sarah literally brushed few strokes and we popped them into frames.

If you like the look of abstract art, spend five minutes and see what you can create!

Large Planters on Sale at Ikea

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

We cannot believe summer is drawing to a close and summer clearance is in full swing!

We picked up these large terracotta planters and plates for only $5.99 at Ikea!

boxwood clippings | large ikea plant pot

The perfect combo for our fiddle fig…run, don’t walk! They’re bound to be sold out soon.

Holler Dollar: Succulent Plant

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

We are always looking to add more greenery and life to our homes.

Faux succulents look pretty close to the real thing and require ZERO maintenance.

One less thing to worry about….holler to that!

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boxwood clippings | holler dollar succulent
We found this little beauty at the Dollar Tree and popped it in a cement pot, so cute right?

The dollar store has a good selection of these, and we want them in every room of the house! How about you?

A Bridal Shower for Kristina

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Here are a few details of the shower for our new sis, Kristina last week.

Because the shower was the week of the wedding we wanted to keep it extra simple, and we loved the result.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

We served rosemary and lemon water, which was perfect for the hot, hot day!

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower
Lemon bars from Costco to keep things really simple…

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Our two current favorite salads: decadent strawberry, watermelon + grape.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Green and white fresh flowers doubled as favors (see HERE)

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

We all wrote a little note to Kristina in a mini homemade book that she’ll be able to remember the shower by.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Our Mum and sister, Helen helped us with the food, which made this party so stress-free. We hung a few ferns, and called it good!

There was zero prep right before guests arrived, so we were relaxed and ready to party.
We can’t tell you how chill and easy this was, such a fun night!

Congrats Stina! So glad you are officially our sister!!!!