Mother’s Day Reminder

05.10.2013 by Sarah |

Just a little reminder to tell your mum and all your special ladies how much you love and appreciate them this Sunday and always.

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Of course flowers always help spread the message too.  These beautiful hydrangeas are from Trader Joes and only $6.99, can you believe that? They are my very favorite flower.

Mummy Clayton you are one heck of a lady, and the best role model we could ask for. We love you very much, and think you are amazeballs!

Love, Sarah & Emily x

NYC Prospect Park Pink Nail Polish

05.09.2013 by Emily |

Come spring I am dying to pull out my pink and coral clothes from closet hibernation. The same holds true for my toes! I have been obsessed with NYC’s Prospect Park Pink for the past few weeks.

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It’s the perfect blend of peachy pink and has my toesies excited for the months ahead. It dries in a rapid 60 seconds and cost only $1.99 at Target!

What colors do you gravitate toward this time of year?

Budgeting for a Successful Wardrobe

05.08.2013 by Emily |

There is no question that no matter the budget most people are disappointed in their closets. Here are a few tips that have helped us have semi-decent wardrobes through tight financial years.

First: Everyday, Neutral Basics

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Black leggings, two pairs of great fitting jeans, two black tees…two white…narrow down your weekly basic wardrobe and spend your money maintaining basics before anything else. You’ll always feel and look great if you have an awesome pair of jeans. Make sure to sign up for emails from your basic clothing brands so you know of sales, coupons etc. Shade Clothing, Old Navy and Gap are a few of our favorites for basics.

Second: Seasonal and Colorful Accessories

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We add color and fun to our outfits mostly through scarves, jewelry and shoes. Accessories are the perfect way to keep up with current trends, and requires only a small budget. Target and Charlotte Russe are our go-to shops for affordable accessories. See here, here and here.

Buy Out of Season

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The best shopping deals usually come at the end of the season. If you wore out your boots this winter, now is the best time to get a steal. I just bought a similar pair to these Enzo Angiolini leather boots at Macy’s for $30.

Shop Discount Stores

If you’re a shopper like us and often feel the urge to hit the shops try the thrift store, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx instead. You’ll have to hunt for a good find, and get a thrill from spending a fraction of what you normally would. Em’s coat was one of her all-time favorite Rack finds!

If You Don’t Love it, Don’t Buy it!

If you don’t love it, don’t buy it! It doesn’t matter if it has 95% off the original ticket, guaranteed you won’t wear it if it doesn’t both look and feel great…trust us on this one and save your pennies!

Patience is a Virtue

We are big believers in if you fall 100% in love with something to buy it. However, make sure to ask yourself how often you will wear it, and what you will wear it with. If your answers are “everyday” and “I could wear this with anything” then it’s probably a good item to invest in. If your answer is “maybe if I ever go on a cruise, or “when I lose ten pounds” run away. Believe us, it is always a good idea to think about a big purchase for a week or so before purchasing.

Support Great Stores

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If you can’t wait for for sales and discounts, make sure you are buying from a great store. We love Nordstrom and are happy to pay full-ticket price for a great customer service shopping experience and return policy.

Do you have any tips on budgeting for your wardrobe? We’d love to hear your thoughts! We hope our tips will help you love your wardrobe once and for all!

10 Things You Should Be Buying from Williams Sonoma

05.07.2013 by Sarah |

Williams Sonoma is one of those stores that is totally inspiring. I’m not a chef by any means, but with only one foot in the store I can feel my domestic goddess setting in.

Their prices are higher than our usual places, but these products are my faves and well worth the investment.

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No.1 Assorted Kitchen Towels, oh so lovely and thick, and a pack of four matching is very rare and ubber cute.

No.2 Pot Holder, adorable and sturdy but I’m mostly in love because it matches the apron.

No.3 Apron, forget the super cutie ones, this one makes me feel like a pro…hum I wonder if my food actually tastes better when I use this in prep?! Oh, and of course keeps me clean…even when hot grease comes a spittin’.

No.4 Ice Cream Maker, this one was a gift and we’ve LOVED it. Simple ingredients turned and chilled together makes a guilt free treat. Why is it that EVERYTHING is better homemade?

No.5 Gourmet Knife, we received a whole block for our wedding, but find ourselves using this one 50 times more than the others. Cutting tomatoes has never been so blissful.

No.6 Cook Books, to die for photography and do-able recipes. I love the few books I have, but this one is a fave to give at weddings, for that couple who already seems to have everything.

No.7 Le Creuset Dutch Oven, you know we love these babies. Sold everywhere, but we always tend to love their colours best.

No.8 Swissmar Peelers, gift from daddy-in-law who’s a Williams Sonoma snob! When he bought these over, I thought they were totally unnecessary at $18 but they are seriously a dream. Now I kinda look forward to peeling my potatoes…kinda!

No.9 Panini Press, another gift and this one seriously changed my life. Cooking for two, this is used almost every night, especially in the summer. Grilled cheese has never been so good, or easy!

No.10 Personal Embosser, this one is on my wish list. Hello Santa, did you get that?

Although their prices are pricey they have amazing sales. Seasonal clearance is especially great, and often find things 75% off, sometimes more.

It’s a great place to window shop and if nothing else, and they have delicious samples!

5 Ways to Use Clothes Pegs

05.06.2013 by Sarah |

I’ve always loved clothes pegs, maybe because I loved washing day when mum would hang the yummy smelling laundry out on the line, (ha, sometimes when I tell stories of my childhood Brock asks me what century I grew up in!). Anyhow, these are super versicle little tools, here’s how they I like to put them to use.

As a place setting:
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Helping to organize my ribbon ends:

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 As a label for my plants:

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As a tag on a gift:

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Plain old chip clip, or in this case marshmallow:

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A pack of these run about $1…holler, I can’t think of any think more handy for that price.

How do you put yours to use?

Gift Idea: Herb Housewarming Gift

05.03.2013 by Emily |

Last week our best friend, Bri came to check out the new abode with her two kidlets. I don’t know how this woman even has an extra second to be so cute, but she brought me over the most perfect housewarming gift of herbs wrapped in burlap:

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It was just what I needed to add some life to the house and to get me in to the kitchen. Such a great housewarming present right?! It would also work wonderfully as a hostess gift. Thanks a million Mamasita ;)

Country-Classic Dining Room

05.02.2013 by Emily |

Good morning everyone! Hope you are all having a great week. Today I’m happy to share the something I am SO excited about…our dining room! After years of dreaming it’s so great when things are actually happening! I couldn’t wait for the room to be complete, so here’s a sneak peek at our recent purchases:

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Williams-Sonoma Harvest Table purchased at DownEast for $799.

I know this is a lot for a dining table, but with both leaves in it’s a ginormous 114″ long where all of our family can gather. It is super sturdy and with the distressed finish I’m hoping scratches and dings will only add to it’s character?!

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Tall Windsor Chairs from Oak Express $76 each.

These chairs are regularly priced $96 each, but the black is being discontinued so they were only $76 each. I also bargained for two for chairs for $30 each due to slight damage, it never hurts to ask! You know how long I’ve been dreaming of windsor chairs, I’m hopeful that my taste will remain as timeless as these chairs.

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Basic Chandelier from Lowe’s $80.

$80?! Yes, I will take it! I’m enjoying the chandelier without shades for the summer, but can’t wait to cozy it up with little shades in the fall.

This is how it’s looking so far…

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I posted this image a while ago which oozes country-classic comfort and the look I love.

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Our walls are empty and bare, but hopefully we’ll get to country-classic cozy eventually :)

Look for Less: Bathroom Vanity Lights

05.01.2013 by Sarah |

Ever since we moved into our house back in ’07, I’ve been wanting to change out the builder grade lighting. The vanity lights were on top of that list, but all the ones I fell in love with were more than I wanted to pay.

That is until we found these little beauties at the Home Depot last week:

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2 Light vanity sconce only $24.88

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3 Light vanity sconce only $26.88

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Similar looking fixtures are going for a lot more, look at these:

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Although lovely, this one is $129 at Pottery Barn

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And this one is $149 at Restoration Hardware

For 1 of PB or RH fixtures I could have about 5 of the Home Depot versions; more than enough to switch out all the vanities in my whole house. I’m convinced, so’s Em…are you on board?

The only question is, do you prefer the 2 lights or 3? I’m still debating!

(HERE’S what my bathroom looks like now.)

House Beautiful Feature

04.30.2013 by Emily |

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We just got word that we made it to House Beautiful’s Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week!!!

Today we are sitting in this Inexpensive Neutral Living Room celebrating and having a major Boxwood scheduling session.

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Thanks for the mention House Beautiful!

Green and White Gardens

04.29.2013 by Emily |

This weekend was beautiful. It’s the first time I’ve felt warm down to my bones this year! I celebrated with a steak salad from Cafe Rio and a Diet Pepsi out on my back porch…looking at my dirt. I’ve been only consumed with the inside of the house thus far, but now the warm air has arrived I have started dreaming of luscious green and white outdoor living…

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Can’t wait to make our dirt green some day…how do you make your outdoor spaces inviting for warmer weather?

Holler Dollar: Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips

04.26.2013 by Sarah |

I used to be grossed out about food from the Dollar Tree, but since I’ve been stopping in there more regularly I see the stock gets turned over really fast it’s all new and fresh.

Snack items are my fave to pick up, especially pretzels. The other day I spied these, and thought I’d give them a whirl.

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The verdict is in; they are ubber yummy and a steal for a dollar…holler!!!

Sarah’s Organization Project: Linen Closet

04.25.2013 by Sarah |

And so it continues…another battle of ‘beat the clutter’!

A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to tackle my linen closet. Honestly, I didn’t think it was all that messy, (I swear in person it didn’t seem this bad) but for sure it was not functioning properly. I couldn’t find anything, and putting linens away became a mini nightmare.

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 But after just two hours of work, this was the reward:

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1. The first step (as always) was to purge. I filled a massive garbage bag of sheets and blankets to donate.

2. Then I prioritized what needed to be in the closet. Items like everyday towels, sheets and even guest linens made the cut. Other items like blankets I haven’t used in 5 years, but still didn’t want to give away found their way to the basement.

3. Next, I neatly folded everything and grouped items in baskets. All king size sheets in one, and queen in another…and so on. Not only is this highly functional, but really helps unify the space and makes it look pretty!

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4. Finally, I put these little label holders in place to add a bit of charm and remind me where things go. I’m debating labeling the baskets we’ll have to see.

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Summary:

Project cost: About $3 for label holders

Project time: 2 hours

Project reward: Prettier as always, but way more funtional…even Mr Faubus praised this one!

DIY Wood Mirrors

04.25.2013 by Sarah |

Good morning friends!

Today we’ll be over at 6th Street Design School, sharing this little project with you from Em’s new living room.

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Come join us HERE!

Beauty: Mane n’ Tail Shampoo

04.24.2013 by Emily |

I’m always on the hunt for great beauty products that won’t break the bank. When I notice someone’s pearly whites or luscious locks you bet I’m the first to ask what they use. My brothers are no exception to this, and last year I noticed Luke’s head full of curls looking a little fuller and bouncier. Luke shared his secret of this product for taming his curls:

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Yes, it can be used on our horsey friends, but is also fantastic for any hair type. I am in love with this product! I use it as a clarifying shampoo about once a week. It strips product build-up, brings body and life back to my hair and really does result in “shiny, manageable hair”. If you want your mane to look and feel like a superstar, you need to give it a try.

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Pick up a bottle of Mane n’ Tail on sale right now at Rite-Aid. You can also find it at Walgreens and Sally’s. Thanks for the beauty tip Lukey!

What is your favorite hair product?

Crate and Barrel’s Clean State Line

04.23.2013 by Sarah |

I know we just did a post about 10 Things you Should be Buying at Crate and Barrel, but little did we know this new line was about to appear.

Crate and Barrel’s new line Clean Slate’s motto is “utility made beautiful”

Bravo, you did it!

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Honestly, this new line has me in a giddy…yes I’m giddy about cleaning and organization products. I bet you’re thinking that’s nothing new; but it’s as if I’ve died and gone to heaven, cleaning heaven! I want, no NEED the whole collection!

Take a peek:

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Wow, right?

To check out their whole line, click HERE.

 

Inexpensive Neutral Living Room

04.22.2013 by Emily |

We are so happy to be back after a little blogging break! We spent most of our break arranging, organizing and enjoying the new house. Here is a peek at the living room.

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This is the first room as you enter the house so I wanted it a little more formal and chic. We found the key to this was symmetry and minimal accessories.  My favorite thing about the room is how inexpensive it was to pull together. Here is a run-down of the main costs:

West Elm Couches: DownEast Home annual tent sale $125 each.

Shelving Unit: once again, the Ikea Expedit $139.00

Curtains: Ikea Ritva $24.99 for a pair in-store ($34.99 online). We can’t get over how great these are for the price!

Sunburst Mirror: Target clearance last year (from this collection)

Lamps: clearance at Target last year (from this collection)

Coffee Table: thrift store $10

Accent Chairs: thrift store $8

Pretty crazy right? Clearance shopping, thrifting and Ikea… love them all!

Thank you to all of our family and friends for helping us move in/hang curtains/clean etc and helping us settle in, we are so blessed to have your help.

I am loving the new house and feel so lucky to have a dishwasher and laundry room, I feel as happy as Cinderella.

Lots more on the house to come…

Our Spring Break

04.15.2013 by Sarah |

Over the weekend Em and Brad moved into their new house!

We’ve had a busy time of: lifting, dragging, drilling, organizing and lots of coke drinking. Needless to say we’re exhausted feel like 90 year olds ladies…it even hurts to laugh!

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Em’s working around the clock making their new house their home. In the mean time we’ll be taking a break from our little blog space. We hope to see you all back here next Monday.

Have a great week friends!

PS. Em was NOT kidding when she wrote THIS POST last week, most of the items above are all thrift shop finds…this girl knows her stuff!

Little Guest Gifts

04.10.2013 by Sarah |

With a lot of our family living out of town we frequently have guests, and I love to playing hostess.

One of my favorite things to do is leave little gifts or snacks by the guest bed, it’s a welcoming and cozy touch don’t you think?

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It doesn’t need to be fancy. A simple bottle of water and some favorite treats work nicely and let your guests know you’re more than happy to have them stay.

What are your favorite hostess tips?

Easy Cupcake Toppers

04.10.2013 by Emily |

A few weeks ago, I had a baby shower for my good friend Brea. I wanted a quick and different way to decorate the party cupcakes, so went through my ‘scrap box’ and ended up using remnant ribbon and washi tape:

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I simply tied knots of ribbon and folded washi tape in half around toothpicks, the result being easy and festive.

The cupcakes looked so great grouped together, and the toppers worked out to be considerably less expensive than store-bought versions! Do you have any thrifty tips for party planning? We’d love to hear!

Designing a Playroom

04.09.2013 by Emily |

Today we’d like to share a few tips on designing a playroom. By following just a few rules you can ensure a space that both you and your child will love…

COLOR

When we design a playroom the process starts quite similar to any other room: Surprise! A neutral foundation. However, unlike most of our designs there is no denying that children love color, so we always add a healthy dose in accessories. Light and bright rooms encourage play time, so we also make sure to take advantage of the natural light available, as well as adding lots of lighting fixtures.

Neutral room + bright bunting and rug

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GREAT STORAGE

Storage is incredibly important in a playroom. Every item should have a home to eliminate clutter and create a happy environment. Closet organizers to utilize existing storage or adding additional storage, with bookshelves, storage totes and baskets are a must. Our beloved, Expedit is usually our number choice and is a very affordable option.

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OPEN SPACE

The most important function of a playroom is to have open space, and this is often the first problem we notice when we start a project. It is so important to have open space where kids can pull out and run around in. With adequate storage only large items should be left on the floor to maximize every inch of open space. We usually add soft rugs and floor pillows to create a soft, inviting environment and also encourage a toy rotation schedule so the space is not cluttered and the child doesn’t tire of the same toy every day.

Open space + rug + poufs

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We hope you find these tips helpful! Please email us at mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com if you need help designing and/or organizing a play space for your family.