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Category: Interiors

Decorating with Forsythia

WOW….is my house feeling really bare…I usually pick up flowers and try to spruce up things around here from week to week..There really is nothing like fresh flowers around to keep your spirits up!! Even the $9.99 grocery store variety does the trick. I was walking the other day and noticed that there are so many beautiful and bright forsythia bushes popping up all over. I went home, grabbed my clippers and cut a few branches…I put them in a tall vase on my kitchen counter and Voila…What a difference!!!!! After almost a week, they are really holding up…Then I saw my uber-talented friend Stephanie post a photo of the ones she cut and arranged on her dining room table…andddddd a post was born. How fabulous do these simple arrangements look?

Here is my friend Stephanie’s Dining Room…ABSOLUTE PERFECTION…

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How Is Your Home Office Looking?

Well, I never really got around to getting my office to look the way I wanted it to look. AND now we are working exclusively from home. No Starbucks meetings, no working lunches out…just me and my computer and my desk. I cannot run to Homegoods to bail myself out, so I am going to have to use what I have around my house to spruce it up and make it a place I do not dread working in for the next many weeks. Plus, if you have a fully functional home office you can move with ease when the time comes, since this will be exactly what so many people are looking for. When I went to the internet to get some ideas, I thought I can do this…It really should not be that bad. Here are some of the tips that I learned. They helped me and hopefully will help you too!!!

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First, we need to have light. Open up the curtains or shade and let the natural light in. It will make the room look bigger and you more lively and relaxed.


Next, think Chic!!! Try to create a space that will inspire you. Maybe add a touch of metallic, like a gold lamp or a pop of color with an Asian garden stool. Take an upholstered chair from another room and use it as your desk chair.

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Add some greenery! A plant will freshen up the air and help to keep you feeling calm. I love Fig Ficus trees or snake plants. If you don’t have a plant on hand, go out and cut some greenery from your yard and place them in a tall vase.

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Don’t give away your family heirlooms just yet. Decorating is a lot about mixing the old with the new. Use your grandmother’s antique dish as a catch-all on your desk. A vintage glass can make a beautiful pen holder. That odd knick-knack your mom gave you would make an awesome paper weight. Scatter some vintage vases of different heights on a shelf..Remember accessories are the jewelry of the room!!

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Artwork can be whimsical. Etsy is a great place to find really cool artwork at great prices. Or even as a project, paint your own modern artwork. You can easily order paints and a canvas. Find the look you like by searching on the internet and create your own painting!!!


Turning Your Garden Into A Haven For Wildlife

Spring is right around to corner. It seems that we all are losing touch with nature, and too many people fail to make the most of their outside space. Having a garden could potentially be your own slice of paradise if you’re willing to put in a little effort, as it doesn’t take much to clean up your outside space and start attracting some wildlife too. With more and more house complexes popping up every day, there’s not much room left for other animals to create their homes – your garden could offer them the haven they so dearly need! So, if you’re ready to turn your garden into a wildlife hotspot that you can utilize as the summer months start to creep ever closer, then read on to uncover some of the best tips and tricks that you can make the most of today! 

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Lay The Best Foundations 

The very first step that you must take when creating the perfect outdoor space is to lay the best foundations possible. In short, this means clearing out any debris, cutting over grown grass a hedges, and doing some general maintenance work that can help to make an open space for you to build on later. If a garden is left untouched for more than a few months, it’s likely that most plants will become unruly and weeds will start to appear – it’s important that you can get rid of any species that may cause harm to other plant life, such as knotweed or ivy. 

Water Features Galore 

Once you have cleared a substantial space, you can now begin to start adding special features that can add not only aesthetic value and some kind of attraction for local wildlife too. For example, one of the best things you can install to benefit your gardens ecosystem is a water feature of some kind. A pond can be an amazing choice, as all it takes is a little digging and a few Shinmaywa submersible pumps to create the perfect place for marine life to thrive. Whether you purchase your own fish to be housed inside your new pond or wait for frogs and other critters to come and take a look around, having such a water feature can really help to bring more wildlife to your outdoor space.

Attracting Birds

Many people would agree that there’s no better way to be woken up in the morning than listening to a sweet bird song from outside of your window, but this is a seemingly uncommon occurrence thanks to the simple lack of trees and other larger plant life in which they can make their nests. Attracting feathered friends to your garden is so simple, as you can invest in bird baths, bird houses and feeding stations that will work wonders in bringing them to your garden. You can create many of these things yourself by following DIY tutorials online, and they can make great garden features in terms of aesthetics too. 

Turning your garden into a haven for wildlife has never been so simple.

Home Goods Re-Cap

It has sure been a while since I have done a Home Goods Re-Cap for you. I went to the Port Chester location over the weekend and they were sooo filled up with furniture and accessories. I urge you to go and take a look for yourself. I really did not end up buying anything for myself because we are getting into Spring Break mode here shortly. But I think I will make a trip back later in March with a the meanwhile….here is one of my most requested posts…ENJOY and HAPPY HUNTING!!!!!

If you are going away…these are the cutest beach bags:

I love these nesting tables!!!

These lamps would look great on a console table…

I found these chic Lillian August side tables!

I love the print on this chair and ottoman:

A close up of the print…

This long bench is incredible….

A close up of this fabric too:

This artwork caught my eye for sure!!!

My dogs LOVE these beds….

How cool are these honeycomb candles and rattan candle holders?….

There were so many great fabric throw pillows..and plenty of pairs!

I just fell in love with these Frida mugs and serving plate…how great to have your girlfriends over for coffee?

Here are the coolest cocktail glasses…perfect to spruce up your bar cart….

Everyone needs these celebration glasses…

My girls love these makeup organizers…this rose gold color was much better in person (trust me)!

I’m not a huge fan of faux plants but something about the shape and container of this one..I’m sad that I left it there!!!