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Ellen Miller

Beauty update: Visible bobby pins

From top left: Refinery 29, A little bit of blonde, Pinterest, Honey Kennedy, The fashion medley, Glamour, Free People blog,,


Once merely a tool meant to invisibly provide architecture to updos, the bobby pin has come out of hiding. Whether you haphazardly let pins peek out of your messy bun or take it a step further and use them to create geometric designs, it’s a look that’s worth experimenting with. To try this trend, start by gathering these pro-approved tools:


1. Comb, GHD. 2. Dry Shampoo, Dove. 3. Bobby pins, Conair. 4. Texturizing Spray, Oribe.


1. The tail of a fine-tooth comb creates precise parts; use the teeth to lightly tease hair at the crown for extra volume.

2. Mark Townsend, celebrity stylist for Dove, spritzes bobby pins with dry shampoo to give them extra grip. (This tip is a lifesaver if you have super-soft or super-fine strands.)

3. Right now I love the utilitarian look of lots of drugstore bobby pins stacked together, but it’s fun to experiment with jeweled or colored options, too.

4. Before you start twisting and pinning, mist hair all over with a generous amount of texturizing spray. For the unfamiliar, this genius product is part hairspray, part dry shampoo, and is key to getting that intentionally messy look.




If you’re the crafty type, check out this tutorial from Lines Across. Instead of springing for a collection of colored pins, try painting the ones in your drawer with your favorite shade of nail polish. For a more sophisticated take on the trend, give your drugstore bobby pins a makeover with a few coats of silver or rose gold.


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Khristian A. Howell

Get Inspired: Fresh Color

The fear barriers are breaking down and more and more people are embracing the use of bold daring color in their lives.  Is it just me, or does this make you crazy happy?!  The boundaries truly are limitless!  Here’s a few fresh colors ideas to help keep your creative fire burning.BHG

Move boldly into the world of dark (yes, even black) walls with no fear!  Trust me your room will instantly go off the chic charts.  Make sure the room has a great light source and you are good to go.  Pair with high contrast white and a pop of intense color like red or yellow for a jolt of interest and energy.  Don’t forget to include the hottest look of the moment and mix those gold, copper, and rose gold metallics.



For an eclectic, collected over time relaxed feeling don’t lock yourself into a rigid two or three color palette.  If color is your jam, embrace the rainbow!  This is a great way to keep your space feeling fresh and playful.  Bonus: changing out new accessories is so much fun because anything goes.  It’s all about fun anyway, right?

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Jennifer OBrien

Flea Market Chic: Antler Decor

Nothing says fall like cozy blankets, flannels, pumpkin spice lattes, big warm sweaters and antlers. Yes, antlers, they have become a hot trend in home décor & I for one am loving it! They add a natural rustic element that infuses seamlessly with any design style and gives that textured vintage look. Since most antlered animals shed their rack organically in the fall they are somewhat easy to spot in the woods, you can also find them at local flea markets, antique & salvaged shops. The best part- the styling options are endless, here are 12 fabulous ideas for using this trend in your home….

Flea Market Chic Antler Decor

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The Graphics Fairy-Antler Decor on Mantle{via}

The Nesting Place-Antlers Balove Mantle {via}Rosa Beltran Designs{via}

I hope this has inspired your inner cabin self.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

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Michael Wurm, Jr.

For the Love of Color: Black

Today I’m mashing up both of my Style Spotters series; For the Love of Color meets From My Home to Yours! Last week on my blog, I created a stylish fall mantel. I challenged myself to create something that was spooky and fitting for Halloween while still stylish and chic. It was also important that my festive spooky decor matched the rest of my space as well. Thus was born this Halloween mantel.

When I’m styling a space, one of the things that I always think of first is the color scheme.  I think that is why color is such a big part of what I do. For this particular vignette, black was an important element. Paired with just a few of the right accessories, black is a perfect color to create a haunted look. I also love that black is a neutral color. While a lot of these items take on a spooky look when grouped together, alone they can be really dynamic pieces for your everyday decor.

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 Above are a few of my favorite black furnishings and accessories perfect for the season or anytime of the year.

Happy Haunting!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.10

Aaaand…we’re back. Hope the week has been nothing short of fabulous for you all. I’ve just checked in for my flight (Utah, here I come!) and I’m ready to go off the radar for a couple days! This time of year has a way of catching up to you, but it’s all about enjoying the moments you’ve got. This week, I wanted to share fun little things you can do in a weekend or 10 minutes–just things that will, hopefully, put a smile on your face.


I love the simplicity of these painted rocks from Handmade Charlotte. Perfect as table centerpieces, bookshelf knick-knacks or porch step decorations, painted rocks are a cute, easy way to craft with the whole family.



This gilded bowl tutorial on Julip are the perfect way to add some nature to your home. Even better, they’re the perfect go-to gift for all of those upcoming holiday parties.



Need party decoration ideas? Check out these adorable donut stools from Studio DIY. I love the bright, playful spin these put on otherwise overlooked seats–doesn’t get much cuter than that.



I’ve been super into gallery walls lately. Find some inspiration with these DIY art ideas from Poppytalk. I can’t get enough of the colors, the random feel, and the unique pieces used for this wall! I think I’m in love with that pineapple.



And for a more permanent fixture, take a look at this DIY retro diamond focal wall from Vintage Revivals. I’m definitely excited to paint one of these bad boys someday. LOVE IT.



And there you have it. Enjoy your week, Style Spotters! Enjoy the little moments.




Jen Jones

Organize This: Multi-Functional Entryway

Temperatures are already starting to fall in our area and that has led to us digging out our bin of winter gear.  This time of the year always gets me thinking about how to make the most of our entryway and how I can maximize our given space to hold those bulky jackets, winter boots, snow pants, scarves, hats and mittens.  In doing some inspirational research, one of my favorite images seems to come up over and over again.  There is so much to admire about how the space works and how it can be adapted into multiple entryway situations.


Whether you are starting from scratch or modifying an existing setup, it is always important to list out how you want a space to function when you are done with it.  In order to really stretch your storage capacity out of an entryway closet, nook or mudroom, it is important to include a variety of versatile solutions.  In the image above, one small alcove performs a multitude of tasks and offers big function with a little footprint.

  • Cabinets above provide concealed storage for less frequently utilized seasonal pieces.  Place bins within the cabinets to hold jackets and footwear that is out of the current season, yet is easily accessible when it comes time to rotate out belongings.
  • Install a clothing rod paired with wooden hangers and / or multiple hooks to hang outerwear and handbags.
  • Place a tray or liner on a shelf to protect it from moisture and dirt tracked in on snow boots and rain boots.
  • Add casters to a shoe organizer to create an instant rolling bench that can easily tuck away when not in use.
  • Select containers that are moisture resistant when storing hats and mittens.  Receive bonus points for installing a drying rack that can be pulled out to hold wet outerwear overnight.
  • Lined baskets are ideal for concealing small accessories and pet gear.


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