Decorating a Fall Mantel

Fall mantel with eucalyptus, and white and jade pumpkins

This week, for the first time ever, I decorated a fall mantel. It was fun and easy, and I recommend giving it a try even if you’ve never done it before! Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to replicate this look, plus how to make cheap plastic fake pumpkins look a lot classier.

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My Guest Room Updates

After being sick for a while, yesterday I FINALLY felt a little bit more like my normal self, so I got my butt in gear and snapped some photos of our updated guest room. It’s not too different, but there are a couple of tweaks that I think really improved the space. 

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Weekend Inspiration

Sorry for taking an unannounced blogging hiatus. Last week there was a death in my family, and the situation has been really stressful. When it rains, it pours, so I’ve also been sick for a while, and all of the above, plus the general state of the world, has really been sapping my creativity and energy. But I’ve been slowly chipping away at some projects, so hopefully those will be ready to share soon! In the meantime, here are some inspiring links I’ve come across recently.

Lately I’ve been watching this addictive YouTube series by Bon Appétit called Gourmet Makes, where a pastry chef attempts to create gourmet recipes for processed junk food like gushers and cheetos. Watch out, it might make you hungry! I haven’t eaten a Twinkie in years, but this episode gave me a desperate craving for one. You better believe I started googling vegan Twinkie recipes as soon as the episode ended–thinking of trying this one

Although I haven’t talked about it much here, my husband Steven is a video game designer. I wrote about the surprising overlap between game design and interior design in this article for Curbly.  

Pretty sure my cats need one (they’d probably argue two) of these cool pyramid cat houses

These rose strawberry wine pops sound like just what the doctor ordered.

What do you think about Domino’s interior trend predictions for fall 2018? Maybe they’re totally accurate, but personally I’m not super enthusiastic about any of them. 

Now that fall is almost here, I’ve been thinking about knitting a little bit, and this herringbone stitch caught my eye. What would you use it to make? 

My birthday is next week, so you better believe I was all over this list of 13 fun things to do for your birthday. There are some great ideas here even if you’re not celebrating a birthday, but just want to treat yourself. 

Love this colorful jungalow makeover that Justina Blakeney and her sister did for their parents. 

Overhauling the Most Embarrassing Area in My House

Do you have an area of your home that is so embarrassing that you don’t want anyone to see it? The most embarrassing area in my house is a tough competition, between a few spots I’ve never shared here. The contenders are the main floor bathroom, the garage, and the basement. Although the bathroom is quite ugly and desperately needs a renovation, and the garage definitely needs some work, too, the winner, by far, is the basement. It’s so bad that I’m not even sharing pictures yet, because I need to clean it up before I take the “before” photos. But I have big plans to make it better, and I’d love your suggestions!

Craft room inspiration
Definitely not my craft room.
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Store Your Jewelry on a DIY Bracelet Storage Display Bar

Since DIY jewelry is one of my favorite things to make, it’s not surprising that I have a big collection to organize. While I’ve shared my solutions for DIY earring storage and necklace storage, I’ve neglected bracelet storage. You could store some types of bracelets on the necklace racks I made, but not the cuffs. So before I leave the world of jewelry storage for a while, I’m sharing how I made an upcycled DIY bracelet storage display bar. It also works for storing watches!

This DIY bracelet storage display is an elegant, simple way to organize your jewelry. #DIY #organization #jewelry #DIYjewelry #homedecor
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July Favorites

Happy Friday! Until I sat down to write this post, I was thinking that I hadn’t done that much in July. But I actually did way more than I realized. Definitely a nice surprise, and better than the other way around!

July 2018 highlights

Making

I put together some really easy tortoiseshell hoop earrings. Along with the first set of tortoiseshell earrings I made, I’ve been wearing these a lot!

Since I need storage for all of my DIY jewelry, I made my own secret hidden jewelry storage, and art to go with it.

Eating

It’s been way too hot here lately, so ice-cold strawberry watermelon froses were the perfect way to keep cool.

Already thinking about making another batch of this delicious jalapeno eggless “egg salad” tofu spread.

Nesting

Make a vertical garden by wall-mounting your plants. #plant #plants #houseplants

Though I made lots of satisfying progress on my breakfast nook makeover, I still need to make cushions!

Over at Curbly, I rounded up 7 ways to build floating shelves (including the two methods I used for my kitchen shelves and breakfast nook shelves.)

If you think you don’t have a green thumb, this list of 5 easy plants you won’t kill is for you.

When I was writing up this piece on how to attract hummingbirds to your yard, I discovered that Spencer Pratt, that guy from the reality show The Hills, is obsessed with hummingbirds. I would never have predicted that in a million years.

For those of us running out of room for plants on horizontal surfaces, I wrote up a tutorial on how to wall-mount plants. Mine are doing quite well on my bathroom wall!