Country Charm

20140118-134237.jpgMaybe it was our trip to Wyoming or Rob’s hunting gear lying around the house, but I am loving the country style when it comes to home decor. I must not be the only one because I found some great items and Target, Home Goods and Hobby Lobby. The wall decor above is from Home Goods and is the first piece of art that Rob and I have both liked. It’s masculine with the deer, but girly with the floral border and rustic details. 20140118-134247.jpgTarget never disappoints. I found these antler candle sticks on sale for only $7! I paired them with the gold, metallic candles to add some glitz and glam.  20140118-134312.jpgI also love burlap accents and the rustic feel it gives to the room. This vase is from Hobby Lobby. You can’t beat their 50% off deals!20140118-134322.jpgThe white table was my latest DIY project. It used to just be boring, brown wood, but I painted it white and distressed it with sand paper to fit the vintage look I was going for.20140118-134337.jpg

Tuesday Trends

It is only fitting that I share my favorite trends (and treats) on a weekly basis. That is the name of my blog after all, so this is my inaugural “Tuesday Trends” post. I’ll be sharing my favorite trends in everything from fashion and beauty to home décor and crafts.

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I’ve seen these DIY tassel garlands all over Pinterest lately. They are cute for the upcoming holidays, but can also add festive flare to your home year-round. I found this tutorial from The Cottage Market, which I want to try soon.

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Studs are here to stay. These Steve Madden flats will add a trendy touch to even the simplest outfits.
{ Jeans + basic t-shirt or sweater + studded, leopard print loafers = instantly chic }
It’s simple style math.

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 Second-day hair at it’s finest. This double fishtail braid from Hotunot is perfect for a laid-back, yet put-together style. The basic French braid seamlessly transitions into a side-swept fishtail braid.

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Vintage Christmas ornaments. I love that the colors and patterns give the decorations a retro look. Twinkling white lights would really make them shine! Can you believe Christmas is coming up?! I can’t. Winter is supposed to be cloudy, rainy and cozy; not sunny, warm and bright like it is in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit when I visit Washington next month :)

DIY Chalkboard Coasters

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Chalkboard paint is an easy way to transform any household item. Sine I have a lot left over from painting mason jar lids, I decided to try some more chalkboard crafts. These coasters are fun and functional! Guests can write their name on them, so no more wondering whose drink is whose. They can also be used as a place card at dinner parties. Best of all, they are simple and inexpensive to make. Make a set for yourself or wrap them up as a hostess gift!

You will need:

  • 4×4 tiles or wood squares
  • chalkboard paint (I used Martha Stewart’s)
  • paintbrush (foam or fine-bristled)
  • Chalk

All you need to do is paint a few coats on the tile (let dry in between) and you’re done! You could also use colored acrylic paint to create a design on it, such as a border or some polka dots for a permanent design. Then write away! Use a damp cloth to wipe off the coaster before making another creative chalk creation.

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DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

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DIY mason jar projects are so cute and so easy! My sister made these soap dispensers for under $5 each! They easily add country charm to your bathroom or kitchen.

What you’ll need:

  • Mason jar
  • Soap pump (She got them from Williams-Sonoma where they were having a buy one get one for a dollar sale)
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors

How to:

  • To make a hole for the soap dispenser, punch a screwdriver through the lid and wriggle it around to create a hole big enough for the pump to fit through, but not too big because then it won’t stay in place.
  • Cut the bottom of the straw so that it fits in the jar.
  • Ta da! You have a cute, chic soap dispenser!

Apartment Therapy, Mikaela Ray and The Sweetest Digs have great tutorials, too!

DIY Fourth of July Centerpiece

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Nothing says summer like the 4th of July and red, white and blue! My favorite way to kick off the season is by hosting a barbecue with friends and family. This patriotic candle holder would look great displayed on a buffet or out on the patio after sunset. Best of all, it only cost $3 to make! I got the pail from the $1 section of target. The candle and white beans are both from the dollar store. All you need to do is put a small layer of beans in the pail, place the candle in the middle, then pour more beans around it. Sand or coffee beans would also be cute!

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More 4th of July ideas to come! :)

 

Wall Décor

When I graduated from college last year, I was so excited to have my own room! You would think at 22 I wouldn’t have been sleeping in a bunk bed still, but I always had roommates while living in the sorority. Having a townhouse in Seattle with just two friends was a nice change. Since I finally had my own space, I wanted to make it look like me. I don’t have much wall space in my bedroom, but I made the most of it.

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I started this arrangement with the middle frame that I found at Hobby Lobby (everything else is from there, too). Coral is my favorite color and is everywhere in my room, so of course everything had to match! I used the left over paint from my dresser to paint the wood frame and two wood plaques (I love the unique shapes and they are only $2.99!). When the paint was dry, I used Mod Podge to stick a photo on one of the plaques. I used a nail to hang the “J” from the other one. Then I attached sawtooth picture hangers to the back of them, so I could hang them from a nail in the wall.

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If you haven’t noticed from previous posts, I LOVE cupcakes. I came across this cupcake scrapbook paper and wanted to add it to my wall décor, so I framed it using a 12×12 inch frame.

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The “Laugh” and “Relax” signs caught my eye because of the colors and design, but the words also fit my personality. They really tied everything together. I played around with the arrangement on the floor before measuring it out on the wall and hanging it up.

I’m very happy with the finished product! It was a fun, easy DIY project and expresses who I am :)

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Target Treasures

Target is my weakness. Sometimes I get the urge to go and just look at everything, but let’s be real, I never walk out empty-handed. Everything is so affordable and cute! Here are some of my recent finds.

First of all, Target has the best knock-off shoes! These flats look almost identical to the Steve Madden version! However, I only paid $19.99!

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I’m also obsessed with kitchen accessories. These cute holders look like they are straight off of Pinterest! I love the chalkboard label!

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Their spring line includes my favorite colors: coral and mint! This fun box brightens up the bookshelf I painted!

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Also, how can I pass up a swimsuit that is only $14.99 per piece?! I love anything that has studs on it. I won’t be able to wear it for a while living in Washington and all, but it will get plenty of use on my vacation to Mexico in May!

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