Tuesday Things – Decorating with Radiant Orchid

I’m sure you’ve heard that the Pantone color of the year is “Radiant Orchid”. In theory, I am completely in love with the color. But I don’t have the first idea as to how to decorate with Radiant Orchid – and I’m not convinced it would work in the palette of my home. But, that’s not to say I can’t browse the web for some amazing inspiration!

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I ADORE this painted office chair that Traci from Beneath My Heart made using the Pantone color of the year. And that office space – wow. So fresh & cheerful!

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This space from Sköna Hem magazine is so sweet & charming – and the little pop of radiant orchid in that floor pillow is perfect!

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It can feel formal and romantic:

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Yet radiant orchid can also make for a fun & playful accent color. I love the juxtaposition of rustic & modern in this dining room:

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What do you think? Could you see yourself incorporating “Radiant Orchid” into your home decor? Although I’m on the fence, I do have a little test pot of the Pantone paint sitting in my closet – I’m sure I’ll think of something fun to do with it!

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Tuesday Things

~ Inspiration & eye-candy from around the web ~

This Space

5bb2e9e3e922b291c3e7dc91decae8a8Peaceful, serene & white-on-white magic. I will go here in my dreams tonight. {via}

This DIY

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This Dessert

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What has sparked your fancy this week?

Twig & Berries Heart Wreath

I’m a hopeless romantic – so naturally I’m a fan of Valentine’s day. Even so, it’s not typically a holiday I pay much attention to or overtly decorate for. Being a cheesy, lovey-dovey person in general, you’ll find hearts all over my home no matter the season. But this year, adding a few touches of romance & warmth to my decor has been a welcome distraction during these bitter cold, dead-of-winter days. My display of this burlap arrow & simple burlap & felt heart art is probably my favorite scene in the house right now, but this cozy little corner is a close second.

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I moved my lazy-girl’s DIY framed chalkboard over to a new spot after Christmas (I can never leave anything in one place for long – it’s a problem), and I made this twig & red berry wreath for a rustic, valentine’s day touch.

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To make the wreath, I used a heart shaped twig wreath (found at Michael’s) and some red berry garland I had in my Christmas decoration bins (we used it on our tree last Christmas).

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Using wire cutters, I snipped off sprigs of berries, and stuck them into the twig wreath. It couldn’t have been easier!

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The framed chalkboard is hanging on a nail, but I used a small command hook right above the frame to hold the wreath – tied up with some twine.

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I’m playing around with chairs in this corner – and eventually hope to find a cool statement piece. For now, I’m using one of our dining table chairs – draped with an alpaca throw I bought in Peru & a burlap pillow we’ve had since our wedding.

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One habit that I definitely inherited from my mother is the desire to constantly change my decor, rearrange furniture, and experiment with new ways of decorating with the things that I have. The framed chalkboard has been on three different walls since I made it, and I’ve loved it everywhere!

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Do you constantly move things around in your home, too? Or do you stick with a great set-up once you’ve found it?

Well, here’s to a happy Monday and a great week ahead! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Doable DIY // Put Stickers on Things

These sweet Martha Stewart flower stickers (maybe the grown-up word is “embellishments”?) were marked down to $1.99 at Michael’s. Clearly I could not pass up something this lovely!

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I decided to use them to add some charm to a few everyday objects around the house.

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This plain, cork pencil cup got a makeover with some pink baker’s twine & a sticker.

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I wish I could remember where I got those pencils – I would guess Michael’s but I’m not sure. I love them.

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And I applied the same twine & sticker treatment to a glass vase holding some peonies. (Isn’t peony season just the best ever?)

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I got the flowers at my local grocery store. I plan to steal loads of peonies from my mother’s garden when I visit home this weekend, so watch out, Mom!

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I love these stickers. I want about seven hundred more to stick to every boring object in my house.

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Totally doable, right?

Have you found anything amazingly lovely for a bargain at your local craft store lately? Are you digging the peonies, or do you have a different favorite flower of the season?

Sunday Shopping

Hey lovely readers! I’m back into the swing of things again – thanks for your patience on my hiatus. I’ve got some DIY projects & such coming up this week, but I’ll start off with my new sunday ‘regular’ posting: Sunday Shopping!

I love window shopping. (Obviously, I love real shopping too, but window shopping is much better on my wallet). But it’s really cold here today, so I’m doing a little internet-browser-window shopping instead. 🙂

Here’s what I’m fawning over on Etsy today:

I love this adorable & appropriate phone case – which doubles as a reminder in case you forget what to say when your phone rings.

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Hello Talk Bubble Snap-on iPhone 4 Case in Kiwi Green from ChristineMarieB // $37.50

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Picture me beyond obsessed with this White Hippo Planter – and since you get the hilariously cute hippo AND the plant for only $20, I’m afraid I can’t resist this one.

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White Hippo Planter from Coastal Moss // $20.00

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A dachshund dressed as a hot dog will always make me giggle. I think these adorable note cards would be a great way to spread some cheer. Plus, as a dog lover myself, I love the fact that Sudachan shop owner Cindy used her own dogs as models for her designs.

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Dachshund Dressed as Hot Dog Note Cards (Set of 10) from Sudachan // $16.50

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I’m a big fan of state art, and am always just a little bit homesick for Pennsylvania. I think this painted wood art from The Painted Llama might be my favorite state love art yet. I love this cheery yellow PA one, and would also dig a New Jersey version with a heart over the town of Hope where the hubs & I tied the knot!

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Pennsylvania Rustic Home Decor 16×20 Handmade Custom Sign from The Painted Llama // $59.59

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While we’re on the subject of wall art & sentimental wedding-related home decor, I’d also love this beautiful letterpress typography print featuring a piece of the e.e. cummings poem we used as one of our wedding readings.

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I Carry Your Heart Letterpress Typography Poster from Raw Letter Press // $20.00

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Finally, I’m in love with the bright & cheery colors of this pillow cover – I can see it adding a nice pop of color to our living room!

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Decorative Pillow Cover in Red, Grey & Brown Bloom from Live Plush // $13.00

Happy Sunday (Window) Shopping to you! You can see all my favorite Etsy finds & follow me here.

Holiday Tablescape

One of my favorite home design blogs is Bliss at Home. I’ve been following Kristy’s blog for several months now, and I love her modern & glam design and DIY ideas. Bliss at Home is part of a Home for the Holidays Link Party, featuring fun holiday craft & design categories throughout December. I was optimistic that I would find the time in this super busy week to make up a table display to link up to the Bliss at Home Holiday Tablescape link party. It closes today, so I’m just in time!

HolidayTable4My husband and I rarely entertain, mainly because our apartment is rather small (but cozy!) I’ve got quite the itch to have a little holiday dinner party or get together this year, though, now that we are blissfully married & our small-but-cozy home has been filled with lovely gifts from our generous friends & family.

HolidayTable1The table I laid out would be perfect for an intimate dinner party with friends, utilizing bright Christmas red & greens, and the metallic hues of silver and gold.

HolidayTable6Each place setting consists of a gold charger and a plain white dinner plate mixed with the salad plates from our brand new wedding china.

HolidayTable7[Our white everyday dishes are the Pottery Barn Traditional Great White, and our china is Kate Spade Gardner Street- which I absolutely adore.]

HolidayTable2The table is covered in a red holiday tablecloth I picked up at the Christmas Tree Shop for about $5. The pretty plaid napkins are from Pottery Barn. I topped each place setting off with a DIY holiday cracker – a staple for holiday dinners at my both parents & in-laws’ homes.

HolidayTable3The centerpiece is made up of a collection of etched mercury glass vases filled with sprigs of artificial holiday berries, and mercury glass candlesticks complete with my DIY-ed gold striped candles. [Vases & Candlesticks from Pottery Barn – wedding gifts!]

HolidayTable5In the background is our buffet, topped with candles, a pitcher filled with holiday berries, and more entertaining essentials like a creamer & sugar bowl!

HolidayTable8So, Now that the table is all laid out- who is coming over for dinner?