Botanical Prints for the Living Room

The last time I showed you the living room, it looked like this:

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We had hung the frames, but needed prints to fill them.  Well, I’m glad to say I can finally check that off the list!  It only took about three months!  I purchased these 11x14 frames from Michaels.  They were about $10 for two.  I also grabbed some mats that would fit an 8x10 print.  After choosing some botanicals from Vintage Printables, I took them to Office Depot to be printed.  Their colored copies only cost .49 and are a great quality (much better than my printer).  You can find links to the prints I chose on my Living Room Pinterest board

Here are a few “after” pictures:

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My daughter wondered what I did with the other art!  I had to explain that it was just the paper that came in the frames!  I definitely think this looks much better.  I’m so glad this room is finally coming together!

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Trending: Mirror Balls

It's time for another Tuesday edition of Trending!  Today's trend is all about disco mirror balls!  When Nester first got hers, she mentioned she was de-seriousfy-ing her home!  They definitely do add some fun to any space!  Let's take a look at some lovely photos, shall we?  (As always, please click the link to pin from the original source.)

Here are a few images from Nesting Place.  Doesn't the mirror ball below look great styled on her coffee table?


Source: thenester.com via Wendy on Pinterest

Here, she has it styled on her bed side table.  I love the way the light reflects all over the walls!  (And isn't her bedroom gorgeous?)

Source: thenester.com via Wendy on Pinterest

Kristin used a mirror ball as a fun way to style her daughter's bedroom, below.


While I don't have a large mirror ball of my own, I was pretty obsessed with them over Christmas!  I really wanted some larger Christmas mirror ball ornaments from Hobby Lobby, but by the time I got to them the only ones left were damaged.  Anyway, I settled for regular sized balls & placed them around the house for some Christmas whimsy!

Now I'm thinking I might have to buy one of these larger disco balls!  You can get a 12 inch mirror ball for $19 here or an 8" one for about $16 here.  Of course, if that's still more than you want to spend, you could always DIY one with a Styrofoam ball & old Cd's.

The thing I love most about using these for styling is that they provide both a touch of fun & a touch of glam!

So, what about you?  Are you loving this trend, or do you want to send it back to the '70's?   

New Entry Table Accessories

I finally got around to restyling the dresser in the entry way.

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Here is what it looked like before:

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Nothing was wrong with it, but I felt the d├ęcor seemed a little heavy.

I decided to move the lamp to another room, since we never used it in this area.  I replaced it with some candles that were originally on the mantle.  I added the faux orchid from the dining room to the other side of the table top.

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In the middle, I stacked a few books & placed this glass flower votive holder on top.  I got it at Hobby Lobby for the living room, but decided I liked it better here.

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I really like the pop of color in the orchid!

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I ended up replacing the faux orchid in the dining room with a real one from Ikea.  Originally, I was going to put the real one in the entry, but the dining room provided more sunshine, so I switched them!  My neighbor has several real orchids & told me to give it 3 ice cubes every week.  I’ve been doing it, & so far I have kept it alive! 

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So, have you switched any accessories around lately?  Do you have any tips for a novice orchid grower?  I’d love to hear them!

Trending: Brass Animals

It's no secret I love the look of gold, so of course, these brass animals had me smitten the moment I locked eyes with them!

This adorable gold pig is in Nicole's son's nursery, but could easily move around the house, since the color is more sophisticated.



Kristin styled her daughter's night stand with a cute gold giraffe.
  

I'm pretty sure I first fell in love with these animals on Cassie's blog...


If you click the link above, she shows you how to get the look with some plastic animals & spray paint!  I can't wait to try this on a plastic giraffe I found in Target's dollar bins a couple of months ago!

Until then, I'm still enjoying my brass swan!


Of course, if you don't feel like scouring thrift stores for $2 brass figures or DIYing your own, you could always buy this $495 brass bull by Jonathan Adler!



It Happened, “In a Flash” Birthday Party

Well, the day I have been dreading for twelve months has finally come and gone.  We officially celebrated Evalyse’s first birthday on Sunday, although her real birthday was yesterday.  It is so hard to believe a year has gone by already.  Although I’m excited to get to watch her grow up, I’m not quite ready for it just yet.  I have been spending a lot of time holding her & watching her play, since the realization is beginning to hit me that she won’t be a baby much longer.

After looking around online, I decided an “In a Flash” photo themed party would be appropriate, since this first year has gone by so fast.  I decided I would decorate with her monthly baby pictures, have party guests put together a picture scrapbook for Evie, & we would take silly photo booth pictures.

Here are some of the details of the party…

Okay, so I made an invitation, with the intention of e-mailing it out, but that never happened!  I do plan on printing it to put in her baby book & scrapbook though!
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For lunch, I served salad, chicken tortilla soup, & bread in the kitchen.  I decided to style the glasses, plates, & utensils on this table in the morning room.  I cut up & painted a cardboard box to make the “You’re 1” sign.  Then, I used sticky tack to adhere pictures of Evalyse with all of our family members on it.

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To save money & resources, I decided to use iced tea glasses for drinks instead of buying plastic cups.  I bought the plates & napkins from Hobby Lobby.  Eliana helped me wrap the napkins around the forks & spoons.  Then, I taped a small piece of scrap paper around them to hold them together.

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Instead of a cake, I decided to make pink & green cupcakes & place them in the shape of the number 1.

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I wanted Evie to have a special cupcake but didn’t have enough pink or green icing to cover one whole cupcake.  After realizing this with the green, I ended up plopping the leftover pink icing on top of the green.  I’m calling it an abstract flower cupcake!  I do think it actually looks pretty cute!  Then I sat it on top of a glass candle holder to make it even more special!

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After lunch, we played around with the photo booth a little bit.  To make the polaroid looking frame, I cut out a piece of cardboard to the shape & painted it white.  Then we hung it from the ceiling using thumb tacks & fishing wire.  I grabbed a basket & tossed in all the props I could find around the house.

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The birthday girl didn’t really want to cooperate, but we got a quick picture anyway!

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So, this is what happens when you let a nine year old pick out your props!

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I grabbed a cheap scrapbook from Hobby Lobby & had everyone write a message to Evalyse in it.

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When I take the photos off the “You’re 1” sign, I’ll stick them in here next to each person’s note.

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I made this bib using a plain white & pink bib from Hobby Lobby & an “I am 1” iron-on.  I didn’t want it to get dirty, so she didn’t even really wear it to eat!

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Next, we showed this musical montage of pictures from Evie’s first year.  The song is “Meant to Be” by Steven Curtis Chapman.


Then it was time to open some presents…

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And have some cake!  This was obviously a very emotional experience for Evie!

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Isn’t she the sweetest thing ever?  I am so in love!
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