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How To: These DIY Tropical Leaf Coasters Are Simple and Stunning

by Jessica Gregg

tropical leaf coasters and a cup of coffee with a yellow background

My family and I just returned from a sunny, beach trip to Florida. My kids packed an abundance of shells to bring a piece of the beach home with us, but the tropical plants and trees I longed to bring home were too big and deeply rooted to pack in my suitcase. Plus, the dry, cooler climate of Colorado (combined with my lack of growing skills) would have doomed the plants upon their arrival.

So naturally I went to the next best thing for tropical vibes in my home - DIY tropical leaf coasters. Now, I can enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning, or a cocktail in the evening with a touch of the tropics on my table.

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How to: Give Old Candles New Life

Ashley Lee
Feature Candle Tins
Photo: Ashley Lee

The glow of a candle in a pretty tin brings an instant coziness factor to hanging out at home; no Lazy Sunday is complete without TV binges on the couch and a sweet scent burning away. Throwing away the containers feels wasteful, but repurposing an un-light-able, waxy mess doesn’t seem too fun either - but here is where the good news comes in. With boiling water, paper towels, and a little bit of ingenuity, these tins are easily repurposed.

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Make it: Printable Patterned Envelope Address Labels

by Stephanie Lee

Printable Patterned Envelope Address Labels

Hands up if you've gone to buy a greeting card from a newsagent, only to be completely underwhelmed by the envelope? Okay, I get that it could totally just be me who worries about such things, but as a self-confessed stationery addict I feel like fun, colourful cards should have envelopes to match - after all, it's the first thing that your recipient will see!

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Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces You'll Love for Outdoor Living

by Lidy Dipert

Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces for Outdoor Living

 

The first day of summer might still be a couple months away, but that hasn't stopped us from getting prepared for those relaxing afternoons lounging in the sun or evenings winding down with a tasty cocktail in hand. Afterall, it's never too early to get out and enjoy this incredible weather, so here are some must-have pieces to really brighten up your day...and patio!  

Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces for Outdoor Living

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Make it: Patterned Cork Coasters

by Stephanie Lee

DIY Patterned Cork Coasters

When I shared my favourite designers with you the other day, I wasn't kidding when I said they're a big influence on the way I decorate my home. In fact, today's DIY is a direct result of their colourful, geometric loving ways - after browsing through their works as I wrote my last post, I felt like I just had to add some bold shades and patterns to my next DIY. And here we are!

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10 Bookshelves And Libraries Arranged By Color

by Lexy Ward

Over the years, there have been discussions about the pros and cons of color-coordinating your bookshelves. Some speculate that those who do this, don't actually read, but use their books as decoration only. As it so happens, I'm totally for the rainbow shelving look. And I'm an avid reader. Here are ten beautiful displays of shelves beautifully-styled in rainbow fashion!  

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Roundup: My Top 5 All-Time Favorite Designers

by Stephanie Lee
My top 5 favourite inspiring designers - Leah Bartholomew
Photo: Leah Bartholomew

There was a time in my life where if you'd asked me who my favourite artist or designer was, I wouldn't have been able to name a single one. Which is so odd, because nowadays I have a list of favourites as long as my arm whose styles influence me in so many ways, from how I craft, to the way I decorate for parties to how I envisage my dream home will look.

Regardless of whether your not you design or create art yourself, having a list of people whose aesthetics you admire can really help to inspire you at times when you find yourself in a creative rut. Read on to see some of my favourites! 

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