21 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts To Wow Your Loved One

by Lexy Ward
21 Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts To Wow Your Loved One
Photo: Oh Happy Day

Not everyone has the time (or patience!) to shop for Valentine's Day. And while store-bought gifts are 100% a-okay, adding even the smallest personal touch will go a long with the gift recipient. If you find yourself scrambling for a gift on February 13th, don't sweat it! Try on one of these cool and simple last-minute gift ideas! BONUS: they don't feel last-minute at all! 

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14 Hand-lettered Valentines To Print & Gift Your Love

by Lexy Ward
14 Hand-lettered Valentines To Print & Gift Your Love
Photo: A Fabulous Fete

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and gone are the elementary school days when you wrote a secret note on those Batman valentines! Whether you are ultra-prepared or scrambling for gifts on February 14th, we've rounded up some of the prettiest printables around and they've all got a brush-lettered flair! There's sure to be one that suits your fancy! 

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10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home

by Faith Provencher
10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: PMQ For Two

I don't know about you, but this is the time of year when I start having fleeting thoughts of spring and wishing that the cold gray days would be replaced by warm sunny ones. And while that's not going to happen for another couple of months here in the Boston area, I am working on adding some freshness to my home. Adding green is a great way to do this, so today I'm sharing ten fun ways to add some green accents to your space.   

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Maggie Overby Studios

1. Add a piece of green furniture to your bedroom, like this pretty nightstand. [Photo: Maggie Overby Studios]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Design*Sponge

2. Paint a small pop of green in an unexpected place, like this bar in the kitchen. [Photo: Design*Sponge]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Heimatbaum

3. Add some green artwork to your walls, like these beautiful botanical prints. [Photo: Heimatbaum]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Historias  De Casa

4. Add color to an accent wall, like this tiled area in the kitchen. If tiling isn't an option, just use paint! [Photo: Historias  De Casa]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo:  The Effortless Chic

5. If you're in the mood for a project, try re-tiling your backsplash in a pretty mint green color like the one above. [Photo:  The Effortless Chic]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo:  Rain On A Tin Roof

6. Refinishing an existing piece of furniture is another great way to add a pop of green to a room. [Photo:  Rain On A Tin Roof]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Historias De Casa

7. Or just add plants! This is an incredibly easy way to add freshness to any room, and it will improve your air quality too. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Keep Smiling Home

8. You might also consider painting something with green chalkboard paint! [Photo: Keep Smiling Home]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo:  The Fuller View

9. Green throw pillows are another great option for almost any room. [Photo:  The Fuller View]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: PMQ For Two

10. This might be my favorite... paint the back of your bookshelves green for an easy yet noticeable change. [Photo: PMQ For Two]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Maggie Overby Studios

 

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Watch It: Youtube Channels To Follow For Great Life & Organization Hacks

by Lexy Ward
 Watch It: Youtube Accounts To Follow For Great Life & Organization Hacks

It's the era of YouTube. Aside from visiting blogs and videos on Facebook, people flock to the popular video streaming site to keep up with their favorite channels. You can find videos for almost anything, and I thought I'd share a few of my favorite channels for decluttering your home and life! And doing it all in an affordable and stylish way! Check out some of the picks below! 

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40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas You Will Adore

by Capree K

40+ Scandinavian Christmas decorations

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIY Branch Garland

created at: 12/12/2012

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Eye Candy: 10 Unique Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

by Faith Provencher
Eye Candy: 10 Unique Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas
Photo: Luella & June

First off, happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate! And if you're like me, you're probably already thinking about Christmas. Why not get creative with your Christmas tree this year and try a new color scheme? And before you go and say it's too expensive, keep in mind that you could always spray paint some of your old ornaments or make your own new ones (but that's a whole other post). So without further adieu, here are ten beautiful, unique Christmas tree decorating ideas.   

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Inspiration: Amazing Melt Bead Art

by DIY Maven
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Melt beads to the right; future melt bead masterpiece to the left.

 

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for melt beads, often known by brand names Perler, Hama, Fuse, Melty, Nabbi & Pyssla beads. But after seeing a darling greeting card made with melt beads, that soft spot turned into a bit of an obsession. Their inherent pixilated, cartoon-y effect would be perfect for kiddos' birthdays and baby shower cards, right?? Since realizing this, I've been binging on Pinterest ever since. In addition  to finding hundreds of great ideas for such cards, I also found something mind blowing. Art. Like real, wall-hangable art made entirely outof melt beads. I just had to share my findings. Check these out....


Mattias Lind's melt bead art
Photo: Mattias Lind via Instagram

This first one comes from Mattias Lind, a 21 year old melt bead artist from Sweeden. Mattias has a small gallery viewable on Instagram. Gorgeous.

Marilyn in Perler
Photo: Pinterest

This Marilyn Monroe portrait was created by Artistic Avenue. I couldn't find any external links for their work. 

Perler bead textile
Photo: Pinterest

It LOOKS like a rug, but it's not. Its creation is accredited to Christina Puggaard.

Perler art
Photo:  pyssel_och_perler via pictaram

This one looks like a cross between a rug and a board game board. The result is nothing less than stunning. To see more of the maker's work visit @pyssel_och_perler on Pictaram.

Perler Deer
Photo: Pinterest

This one puts a new twist on the whole deer head thing. It's attributed to jennasylvie. 

Lichtenstein in Perler
Photo: Pinterest

A perfect marriage here...a little Roy Lichtenstein in melt beads courtsey of caseylcarr. 

Perler Hand
Photo: Instagram

This lovely creation is credited to dassommersprossenmaedchen. 

deer perler pattern
Photo: Duitang

If you're as taken with these pieces as I am, you just might want to give the technique a try. To start you off, how about this pattern? It's totally do-able for even a first timer. If deers aren't your thing, think of any pixilated image (even cross-stitch) could be replicated using melt beads. OR you you make your own pattern using graph paper OR using a free pixel art maker. 

BUT, before you dive in, you MUST read this post describing the difference between Perler, Hama, Fuse, Melty, Nabbi, and Pyssla brand beads, because all brands of melt beads are not created equally. 

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Eye Candy: 10 Creative & Unique Thanksgiving Tablescapes To Inspire Your Holiday

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Unique Thanksgiving Tablescapes To Inspire You
Photo: Apartment 34

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means that it's time to switch from Halloween decorations to a more festive fall setup. So today we're sharing ten unbelievably beautiful, incredibly unique Thanksgiving centerpiece and tablescape ideas. So if you want to wow your guests with something gorgeous this year, read on.   

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Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays

by Lexy Ward
Felt balls and fun and colorful ways to use them during the holidays
Photo: Hello Maypole

I'm always looking forward to the holidays because I can finally bring out my felt ball collection! I trim the tree with them. I string them on a garland for the mantel. I hang them everywhere! And they're not just used for garlands. Here are a few fun and colorful ideas for decorating and gifting with felt balls this season! 

 

 

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: Dream Green DIY

Who wouldn't want to party with these fun and colorful felt ball kabob cocktail stirrers?!?! See more on Dream Green DIY 

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: Damask Love

Give your shoes some holiday love and turn them into Figgy Pudding! See more on Damask Love!

 

Make mini pinecone Christmas trees with the felt balls as the ornaments! See more on The Magic Onions!

Create beautiful mini wreaths to gift to friends this holiday season! See more on The Casual Craftlete!

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: via The Interiors Addict

And what about this gorgeous rug? All you do is essentially weave and round the balls together with thread until you've achieved the desired size of your rug! via The Interiors Addict

Where to buy them? I'm partial to Hello Maypole (she's the queen of felt balls!) and her gorgeous and unique colorways. Like this pretty Woodland color combo!

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: Hello Maypole

A package of felt balls from Hello Maypole runs about $18 for a package of 50. You can make a 4ft garland if you string them back to back, or expand it to 8ft if you space the balls out a bit!

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: Hello Maypole

If you don't like the idea of stringing them together yourself, you can pick out a wreath-making kit for $75! It comes included with all the supplies necessary (minus a glue gun) to make a wreath for your door!


 

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays

 

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