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Every year, during the holidays, I put a great deal of thought into what gifts to give my family and friends. After purchasing presents for people near and dear to me throughout the month of December (and occasionally as early as November), I always seem to put off gift-wrapping until the last possible minute (sometimes as late as December 24!). That being said, my gift-wrapping usually ends up being subpar.

 

I got to thinking about how much I enjoy receiving a gift that is tastefully and beautifully packaged. Gift-wrapping is truly an art. So, this year I’ve decided to go a different route. After all, shouldn’t we put as much thought into the presentation of the gift as we did in purchasing it? If you’re ready to step-up your gift-wrapping game like me, then check out these 5 stellar ideas to take your gift-giving to the next level.

 

1. How fun are these DIY Gold Tipped Paper Feathers? Thanks to Lia Griffith you can easily make your own gold tipped feathers!

 

 

2. Make snow white wrapping paper pop with A Ruffled Life‘s DIY Present Topper.

 

 

3. Have you ever considered decorating parchment paper with tape? Neither did I until I stumbled upon Almost Makes Perfect‘s DIY Washi Tape Gift Wrapping tutorial. It opens up a whole new world of gift-wrapping!

 

 

4. If you’re looking for something pretty and pink, then take a peek at this colorful Winter Scene tutorial courtesy of Midwest Living.

 

 

5. Get the kids involved! Splash of Something‘s DIY Reindeer Prints tutorial is quick to make and easy to follow.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

xxmadison


It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is just around the corner. You’ve probably already seen the abundance of jingle bells, twinkly stars, white snowflakes, green garland, peppermint candy, metallic tinsel, and colorful Christmas trees that seem to flood the department stores as early as October. Christmas cards, holiday decorations, desserts and presents tend to make a (HUGE) dent in the budget. If you’re like me and you love to see new ornaments on the tree every year, then you know that Target’s holiday aisle is dangerous territory. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on mass-produced (and generic) ornaments every year, why don’t you save some money and make personalized ones (that no one has) for yourself.

 

 

These white and gold DIY Clay Feathers by 100 Layer Cake are oh-so-chic!

 

 

For an unconventional twist, give away (or keep them for yourself!) these Dip Mix Ornaments by Bubbly Nature Creations as a gift to your hostess.

 

 

Many thanks to Purl Soho for this colorful Felt Ornament Tutorial!

 

 

If Christmas in Vermont is a part of your holiday dream, then you HAVE to check out these Etched Snowflake Ornaments by Design Mom.

 

 

Get the kids involved! Little Bit Funky’s Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments are quick and easy to make.

 

 

How cool is this 3D Deer Head Ornament by Cherished Bliss?

 

 

Take a peek at these vintage Stamped Burlap Ornaments by Bliss Bloom Blog. Simply stunning!

 

 

Is it even Christmas without Charlie Brown? Find out everything you need to know with A Little Gray’s simple Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments Tutorial.

 

 

Repurpose old toys with this DIY Dino-Mite Dinosaurs tutorial. Thank you Parents Magazine!

 

 

If you’re wanting a more natural look, then call off the search because Yellow Bliss Road‘s Handmade Rustic Twig Arrows are perfect for you!

 

Happy Holidays!

 

xxmadison


navy and white master bedroom with a sunburst mirror

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that we are done with our master bedroom makeover! At least the first part of it. That’s how it goes with home projects around here: we celebrate the small victories. When we decided to redo our master bedroom decor a few months ago, I did something a little different from what I usually do: I actually started buying new things. Usually, I spend months and months and months planning before I actually do anything. I like to have everything firmly planned out in my mind and on paper before I make purchases. But I think what worked for us this time and helped us get this makeover finished quickly was that I just started buying things–new bed linens, throw pillows, a mirror–as I found them. I didn’t wait for the whole room to be planned out. And instead of taking longer, the room came together really quickly. I think this might be a new winning strategy for me!

A few weeks after we decided to redo our bed linens in white and navy, I spotted this cute and really inexpensive quilt and matching shams in a catalog at my in-laws’ house. The navy print on a white background is reminiscent of traditional Hawaiian quilts, which I love. We knew we wanted to bring some blue into the foot of the bed with a quilt folded across the area, and both the color and low cost of this quilt made it a perfect candidate. So instead of thinking about it for a month, I went ahead and ordered it that day. All we really needed was a starting point, and the rest of the makeover was a cinch.

navy and white quilt and matching shams

We’ve never had cute throw pillows on our bed before, but with this makeover, I was determined to find some good ones. I met Hannah, the owner of Mae Woven and maker of beautiful African mud cloth pillows over the summer. She is just as cute and stylish as you would imagine. A pair of indigo pillow covers was next on our list of purchases. I also found and fell in love with a pillow from Schoolhouse Electric when I was researching navy throw pillows for a Style Spotters post a few months ago, and bought it on a recent trip to their Portland, OR flagship store.

indigo african mudcloth throw pillow from mae woven

navy mayan throw pillow from schoolhouse electric

We knew we wanted a simple white quilt and shams to balance out all that navy, and found this understated set at Pottery Barn. After having lower quality bed linens for a long time, we were ready for something significantly nicer, something that would last and look great for years. We love the quality of this quilt, and thanks to a 20% off coupon, were able to get it for less than full price.

white pick-stitch quilt from pottery barn

Having done lots of research on navy rooms over the past few months, I’ve noticed an accessory that nearly every navy room has: a gold sunburst mirror. The gold looks so beautiful and warm paired with the deep blue, and the shape is eye-catching. I’ve seen really cheap-looking ones that are affordable and really spectacular ones that cost substantially more. I spotted a lovely one on social media at the beginning of September, but was discouraged by the nearly $500 price tag. And then out of the blue, Domino Magazine posted a picture of this one on Instagram as their featured sale item, and I jumped right on my computer and bought it for less than half the price of the more expensive mirror. We were so excited to hang it up last weekend. It really pulled the whole room together and gave it quite a spectacular focal point.

gold sun flair mirror from domino magazine

So, is our master bedroom completely finished? Not really. We have two enormous dressers in there right now that provide surprisingly little storage for their gigantic sizes, and we’d love to find some smarter, sleeker storage solutions. And I already have a gallery wall taking shape in my mind whenever we get the storage situation sorted out. But for now, the room looks great, and we are so happy we finally jumped in and gave our room a much-needed facelift. It’s actually a room we enjoy spending time in now, and with the master bedroom on the main floor right off the family room, it’s nice to be able to leave teh door open and be confident that if guests wander that direction, they’ll see a beautiful, thoughtfully decorated room.


Fall is easily one of my favorite seasons. What’s not to love? It’s bursting with golden and amber hues. It gives you a reason to pull out your cozy sweaters, plaid scarves and riding boots from the attic. It’s a reason to drink pumpkin spice lattes and make your favorite comfort foods.

 

But, perhaps my favorite part of the harvest season is the beautiful hues and fashion it brings with it. In honor of this, I’ve provided 5 ways you can bring brilliant style and color to your day-to-day manicure.

 

From hair color to eyeliner to bedroom accessories, gemstone hues are trending just about everywhere, which is one of the many reasons why I’m obsessing over Love Maegan’s Jewel-Toned Manicure.

 

 

Bring the craved stone style to your nails with Cute Polish’s easy Marble Nail Tutorial.

Photo via The Zoe Report

 

 

If you’re keen on simple or minimalist design, check out LuLu’s White Chevron Negative Space Nail Tutorial. Simply stunning!

 

 

From lipstick to wall color, it seems matte is the hottest trend in beauty and decor. Make sure your nails stay on-trend with POPSUGAR‘s DIY Matte Nail Polish Tutorial.

Photo Courtesy of Meet the Best You

 

 

Mynt 1792′s Reverse French Manicure transforms a classic design into a contemporary work of art.

 

 

Happy Friday!

xxmadison


Work. Work. Work.

 

Think about it…You probably spend 8 hours a day working at the office. So why shouldn’t your work space be as welcoming as your home? If you’re ready to upgrade your desktop, then take a peek at these 5 quick and easy ways to brighten up your space.

 

1. Maybe it’s time to take the kids’ toys out of storage! Repurpose old animal figurines as desktop decor! All you need is a bit of gold spray paint, super glue and a few glass jars.

Photo Courtesy of The Office Stylist

 

 

2. Transform drab desktop supplies into fab accessories. Another Glorious Day‘s DIY Desktop Items are oh-so-chic!

 

 

3. You really can have it all! My Fabuless Life‘s Mini Command Center organizes and simplifies life in style.

 

 

4. See your favorite Kate Spade pattern every day at the office with 204 Park‘s easy DIY Kate Spade Inspired Magazine Holders tutorial.

 

 

5. Don’t you just NEED Just A Girl‘s DIY Acrylic Tray in your life?! So cute!

 

 

Try adding a little shimmer to your desktop! You might be surprised how much it brightens up your work space.

 

Happy Friday!

xxmadison

 


Say goodbye to summer in style by throwing a late-summer soiree. Think about it: One last chance to show off your tan and catch up on some much-needed girl time before the temperature drops and the kids go back to school. Let’s get this party (pardon me, soiree) started, shall we?

 

First thing’s first. Decor. Decorations are a key component to throwing a successful summer soiree. Summer-inspired centerpieces, floral decor, colorful tabletops and elegant place settings will set your soiree apart from other sunny season extravaganzas. I’ve put together 10 easy decor ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

 

1. I’m officially in LOVE with these DIY Oversized Tissue Paper Flowers from A Blissful Nest. They’re beautiful, dramatic and oh-so-chic!

 

 

2. Check out Making Home Base‘s  Citrus Stamped Tea Towels for a quick, colorful and cheap update to any white linen.

 

 

3. Songbird‘s Easy Summer Arrangement is a refreshing take on a classic centerpiece.

 

 

4. How stunning are these DIY String Chandeliers by Ruffled?! With balloons, glue and twine you can make these beauties yourself.

 

 

5. Dessert anyone? Let your candy creations shine with a DIY Tissue Paper Flower Backdrop. See Project Nursery for step-by-step instructions.

 

 

6. Stylize your dishware with Sugar and Cloth‘s DIY Pineapple Plates tutorial.

 

 

7. Instead of flowers, opt for a succulent/cactus centerpiece. Add a burst of color to your table with these DIY Gold Dipped Plant Pots from The Style House.

 

 

8. Add instant fragrance to drinks with Petal Ice Cubes courtesy of Express – O.

 

 

9. I didn’t know this was possible! DIY Decoupage Palm Frond Balloons ?! Get the deets at Balloon Time.

 

photos courtesy of Studio DIY

 

10. Fruit made pretty! 100 Layer Cake does a Spray-Painted Pineapple Centerpiece flawlessly.

 

 

Happy Summer!

 

xx madison


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