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In the wake of the new year, we’ve put together 10 ways that you can easily de-stress your home. With a little organization, color coordination, sweet aromas, and cozy throws, we promise that you’ll be feeling nothing but good vibes.

 

1. Faux Fur

What’s the first step to creating an at-home zen environment? Faux fur. Besides being fab and luxurious, faux fur throw blankets and rugs come in almost every color, size, shape, or pattern.

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2. A Splash of Green

Houseplants easily accessorize any space, however what might come as a surprise is the numerous health benefits associated with them. Two reasons you should keep succulents, cacti, or other enchanting greens in your home are because they are known to 1. purify air and 2. improve health while reducing fatigue and stress.

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3. Clean Surfaces

It can be difficult to quiet your mind when there is chaos everywhere you look. Bookshelves, desk drawers, and counter tops are HOT SPOTS for clutter. Creating a serene space begins with a clear surface.

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4. Cooling Colors

Consider incorporating calming colors like dark gray-blue, soft gray, icy blue, white, and a soft neutral green. Muted hues or pale pastels would also pair beautifully with this soothing palette.

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5. Rad Accents

Think quality over quantity. When you opt for fewer accessories, it draws attention to a piece’s details that you might not normally notice.

Make a telling and tasteful statement with this Good Vibes Pillow. The trendy item is available at Urban Outfitters for $39.

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Instead of piling a stack of books your coffee table just for show, place one or two that you might actually read. Whether it be a novel, newspaper, or magazine, just make sure that you use it. If you love to color, then keep a Color Me Calm Adult Coloring Book at arm’s reach. The book below is available on Amazon for $10.52.

Photo via. Check out these 14 gorgeous coloring books made just for grown-ups.

 

6. Lovely Lighting 

Set the mood with a twinkling chandelier, flickering candle, brilliant pendant, or mod lamp.

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Adorn your desk with a chic Sculpted Perch Table Lamp from Anthropologie.

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7. Mod Mirrors

Use an oversize mirror to add drama and take up empty space on blank walls without contributing to unwanted clutter. Plus! It’ll make the room feel more spacious.

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8. Refreshing Aromas

It’s easy to unwind after a long day when you have a stress-relieving fragrance at hand. Save a few dollars with Apartment Therapy‘s DIY Reed Diffuser tutorial, or invest in these Voluspa Limited Edition Japonica Mini Candles from Anthropologie for $10 each.

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9. Organize

Tangled cords are no longer a problem with this Eco-Friendly Bamboo Multiple Charging Station (available on Amazon).

Organizing made easy! Planning is a cinch when you have Kate Spade‘s Pencil It In 12-Month Agenda.

 

10. Natural Wood

Think of wood as a neutral. Whether it’s salvaged, reclaimed, or driftwood, the much-coveted material brings a certain level of tranquility and works wonderfully as a floating shelf, wall art, or furniture.

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Happy Friday!

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.


Have you ever been jealous of the mom who seems to be good at just about everything–including sewing? I have. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not a natural seamstress. The farthest my sewing skills take me is putting a button back on.

However, I’ve recently found a new passion that I’ve begun to enjoy very much–weaving. I’m constantly amazed at the countless things you can make and the vast variety of materials you can choose to work with. If you’re like me and you aren’t loving the whole needle and thread thing (or even if you do), then take a peek at these 5 trendy woven projects. Who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!

 

Isn’t this Woven Circle Mat by A Beautiful Mess stunning? I’ll take 20 please!

 

 

Dress up a plain lawn chair with Henhouse‘s Woven Chair Tutorial. The new transformation is sure to be the talk of the block.

 

 

Okay, yes there isn’t a lot of weaving involved here, but for those who want something simple (and inexpensive) to spruce up a blank wall then check out I Spy DIY‘s Wall Hanging. It’s colorful. It’s fun. It’s bright. And I can’t think of a reason NOT to love it!

 

 

If you’re looking for something a little more natural, then call off the search because you’ve stumbled upon Free People‘s secret to DIY Branch Weaving.

 

 

Say Yes’ DIY Woven Necklace makes a stunning homemade birthday gift.

 

Give weaving a whirl! You never know, it could become your latest obsession.

Happy Friday!

 

xxmadison


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.

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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.

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

 

 

Happy Friday!

xxmadison


backyard chickens dream house chicken coop

Our little flock of backyard chickens has a new home–a little white cottage coop with a sunny yellow door. When we first got our day-old chicks, we kept them in a large moving box in the garage. That was their home until they outgrew it and had enough feathers to move outside. And the smell of chickens in your garage gets overwhelming pretty quickly! Then they lived in a big rabbit hutch, which started out really roomy and spacious but got a little too snug within a few months. At the beginning of the summer, we found someone to build a new coop for our ladies, and on the last day of August, it was finally ready!

white chicken coop with yellow door

Inspired by several lovely coops we’ve seen on the internet, we had the builder make a cute, clean coop with a run attached to one side. The outside and inside are both painted white, and the front door is a happy yellow. The inside of the coop has a set of metal nesting boxes attached to one wall, and pine shavings on the floor. We just bought some waterproof wood laminate flooring to install under the pine shavings to make cleaning out the coop a breeze. Ultimately, we want to have a little paved front porch area and some pretty landscaping around the coop–just like you’d want for a real house. Paving the area just in front of the door will help keep the outside of the coop cleaner, and will help us avoid a muddy mess during the rainy season.

yellow door white chicken coop

The fenced-in run where the chickens spend most of their time has a skinny door on the front, and another one on the side closest to the garden. In the winter months when we aren’t trying to grow anything and don’t have to worry about them pecking at our vegetables, the chickens will be able to range all over the garden and orchard without having to go too far from home.

backyard chicken coop flower box with mums

Until we can get some landscaping done around the coop, my husband built a long, low cedar planter box to add a little seasonal color to one side of the coop. We thought about filling it with dirt and actually planting shrubs in it, but for now, we’re just setting mums in their plastic pots inside the box. They look just as cute that way, and it’s a lot less work. Plus, leaving the plants in their pots will make it easy to switch them out when we want to change plants in the future.

backyard chickens silver-laced wyandotte

Our ladies are so happy in their new home! It’s nice for them to have plenty of space and not be cramped and on top of each other. And maybe it’s a coincidence, but they started laying eggs the same weekend they moved into their new place. I think that means they approve!


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