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October 2012

I’m already seeing the leaves turn; the streets are getting covered by speckles of orange, red, and brown leaves. That means it’s just about time for fall, with that comes my need to get cozy with a cup of coffee and a good movie. It’s getting chilly at night and our windows aren’t open as much as they were on the warm summer evenings. It can get a little stuffy in our 90-year-old home, and I wanted to add some freshness to my cozy atmosphere. 

Bring in the DIY air freshener. Yes, I could have purchased a plugin for this, or sprayed freshener every thirty minutes that. Not for me. I like to make things a little more exciting and try it myself (ok, it’s not that exciting… well, for me it is). What you need for this super fresh project:

- Baking Soda

- Essential Oil (I chose a little cinnamon and apple blend… hello fall)

- A jar with lid ring (I found my jar at a thrift store)

- Cheesecloth (or any loosely woven cloth)

- 5 minutes of time

Here are the easiest DIY directions I’ve ever written:

- Using your clean/dried jar, fill the baking soda up to about a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch.

- Add 8 to 12 drops of essential oil onto your baking soda.

- Cut your cheesecloth to about a 1/2 inch wider than the lid (you want the lid to completely cover the cheesecloth, when it’s screwed on).

- Put on the cheesecloth and lid. Maybe add a bit of decoration? Optional of course. NOTE: this air freshener should be kept out of reach of small children and animals. I’ve placed my jar where my daughter and cats cannot reach.

That’s it! You now have a homemade air freshener. Baking soda really is fantastic, right?

Happy Thursday to all of you!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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A Home Office Nook with Ombré and Wallpaper

This sweet little desk setup would make a perfect space to work from a laptop, write letters, and pay bills. The drawers (painted in an of-the-moment ombré gradient) add much-needed storage and function, but the space feels just as pretty as it is practical. To achieve a similar look (think owls instead of butterflies), try the items below.

Get the Look: Ombré and Wallpaper

  1. Acrylic Desk Organizer
  2. Atoll Rectangular Mirror
  3. Peekaboo Acrylic Console Table (as Desk)
  4. Drawer Unit on Casters (Painted)
  5. Marais Side Chair
  6. Owls of the British Isles Wallpaper
  7. Lamp Shade
  8. Lamp Base


– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely

Obviously it is a season of color because we just can’t get enough of these fabulous colorful palettes! This palette is inspired by Fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell in her incredible double breasted blazer coat paired with a floral shirt in a version of a grasshopper green. All of that combined with blue, a little grey and a pop of orange creates a palette perfect for the cold months. Here’s the look:

Color Inspiration: Jacket.
On the walls:  Be bold and try Crispy Gold (SW 6699) on your walls.  For a neutral color try Repose Grey (SW 7015).

Color Inspiration:  Shirt.
Grasshopper (SW 6733) is a great color to include in patterns and prints.  Use it for upholstered pieces and pillows.

Color Inspiration: Jeans.
Needlepoint Navy (SW 0032) is that perfect blue for your walls, furniture or accessories.  Just about anything looks fabulous in this navy!

Color Inspiration:  Bonus.
Use pops Obstinate Orange (SW 6884) throughout your space.  Black Magic (SW 6991) is always a great go to black.

Photo via Refinery 29.  Paints via Sherwin Williams.

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