25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations For 2015

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration

 

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Are you looking to breathe fresh life into your locks, but still uncertain about taking the plunge with scissors?  Sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration.  There are tons of options for short cuts, from longer bobs to super short pixies, edgy faux hawks and sleek classic styles.  There’s a short cut out there for everyone, all you need are some ideas!  Here are 25 short haircut inspirations to get you started.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration1. Smooth Inverted Bob – A simple, minimally textured bob that’s cut shorter in the back than in the front.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration2. Smooth Classic Short Bob – This take on the classic bob is sleek and smooth, with no bangs hiding the face.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration3. Short Curly Bob – A classic bob works well with curly hair, as well.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration4. Long Retro Bob – Catherine Heigl channels her inner Marilyn Monroe with this super sassy bob.  Curly hair make this amazing bob pop with a flirty, feminine vibe.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration5. Layered Bob with Bangs – This bob cut is highly textured adding a lot of volume and bounce.  It’s a classic, fun look.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration6. Super Layered Bob – A fun take on the average bob, Dianna Agron got tons of chunky layers and texture that makes hers pop.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration7. Long Curly Bob with Blunt Bangs – Taylor Swift gives blunt bangs a new lease on life with this cute bob.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration8. Classic Wedge – Jenna Elfman sports a classic wedge cut with a ton of sophistication and class.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration9. Tousled Wedge – This variation on the wedge has a lot of life and texture to it, which gives it a lived-in look that’s fun and effortless.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration10. Short Funky Wedge – This wedge offers tons of volume while staying short and massively textured in the back.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration11. Side-swept, Asymmetrical Curly Crop – Cut short on one side and the back, this style is blown dry toward the longer side for a side-swept bang, then curled with a medium or large curling iron.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration12. Choppy Crop – This choppy style sports short hair all over, save for a few longer strands near the front sides.  The different lengths add a ton of jazz to an otherwise average cut.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration13. Messy Crop – This short crop is perfect for Keira Knightley’s fine features.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration14. Long Layered Pixie – A longer pixie cut can be texturized for a shaggy look.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration15. Long Side-swept Pixie – Short in the back, long in the front, this pixie is blown dry to the side for some funky side-swept bangs and a great piece-y, carefree look.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration16. Chic Pixie with Bangs – Anne Hathaway rocks this smooth, classic pixie cut and adds some flare with sweeping bangs.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration17. Asymmetrical Pixie with Side-swept Bangs –  A cute pixie cut with one side slightly longer, this piece-y look still manages to be sleek.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration18. Short Textured Pixie – It’s a really short cut, but long enough to texturize, giving it a tousled, carefree appearance.  Ginnifer Goodwin has the right idea – this cut frames her face perfectly, balancing those apple cheeks and making her look thin and chic.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration19. All-Over Spiky Pixie –  If you like your hair a little edgy, this pixie cut is perfect.  It’s short, but long enough to be styled in different ways – including this fun, super spiky variation.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration20. Super Textured Pixie – This pixie is longer on top with lots of texture and tousle.  Jennifer Lawrence rocks the fun, nonchalant look.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration21. Curly Pixie – Here’s a cute pixie for all those curly girls.  Curls add great texture and bounce to a short pixie cut.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration22. Super Short Pixie – There’s no funky razor cut here, but this super short look is still pretty bold.  The petite Emma Watson pulls this sleek and smooth pixie off with ease.

 

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration23. Girly Faux Hawk – Some girly faux hawks are cut nearly shaved on the sides (more like a true mohawk), but here is Pink’s version – a more feminine styling with lots of texture.  The right kind of pixie cut could be worn this way or more traditionally.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration24. Razor Cut – A super short pixie gets tons of personality with a razor cut, that adds spikiness and texture.

 

Want to breathe new life into your hair, but still a little wary of cutting? Here are 25 short haircut ideas for 2015 to give you some inspiration! 25 Fantastic Short Haircut Inspirations for 2015 - tipsaholic. #shorthair, #shortstyle, #haircut, #beauty, #hairinspiration25. Long On Top Razor – This super short razor cut has longer hair on top, making it perfect for lots of different variations – tousled and messy, faux hawk, sleek and smooth, you name it.

 

Which short look is your favorite?

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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5 Reasons to Go Short

Still undecided about whether or not to cut your luscious locks? Here are 5 excellent reasons you may want to give a short haircut a try. 5 Reasons to Go Short - Tipsaholic. #shorthair, #haircut, #hairstyle, #hair

 

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Chopping off your hair can be a monumental decision.  Long hair is seen as a feminine trait – one that is often considered sexy and alluring.  It can also be a woman’s security blanket, how she identifies as beautiful, or simply something that feels as necessary as any appendage.  Taking scissors to your mane may require courage, but there are some definite advantages to having short locks.  If you’ve been toying with the idea of transitioning to a bob or going all out with a face framing pixie, here are 6 reasons to try a short haircut.

 

1. Your face.  That’s right.  It’s time to show it off!  Short styles are the easiest, most assured way of displaying your facial features for all to see!  If you do a search of short hair styles online, you’ll quickly realize that nearly all face shapes are flattered by some sort of short style – whether it’s a super textured, asymmetrical crop for those with fine, delicate features or a cute pixie that slims your apple cheeks and draws attention to your eyes.  Nearly all short cuts are slimming, and with your hair literally framing your face you’ll put your best features on display.

 

2. Money Saver.  It’s true.  There’s no denying that a short style goes through way less shampoo, conditioner, gel, hairspray or any other hair product.  It takes a lot less upkeep and you won’t need to spend as much to make it look awesome.

 

3. Time Saver.  Honestly, this might be the top reason for any busy woman juggling multiple responsibilities!  You can spend an hour each morning washing and styling your long locks, and even longer for special occasions.  Short hair has a sort of carefree ease – some styles don’t even require daily styling!  If you’re looking for something that’s easy to do, different than the normal ponytail, and will take literally minutes each morning a short cut may be the way to go.

 

4. Changing it up.  Perhaps you’ve had the same style for 15 years.  Perhaps you’ve just encountered a major life-changing event.  Perhaps you’re just tired of of the maintenance (see above!).  Whatever the case, everyone needs a change once in a while.  Obviously, chopping your hair off might not meet that need for every individual, nor is it the only way to inject change into your lifestyle.  But it can be an amazingly freeing change that gives you a needed boost.

 

5. Fresh start.  Let’s face it.  Hair gets damaged.  Especially long hair.  Heat styling, curling, drying, washing, sticky products, not to mention dyeing or highlighting – it all takes its toll.  I’m not implying that you need to chop your magnificent mane to rid yourself of a few split ends, but if your hair is overly dry and damaged, a chic, sophisticated cut can give you a fresh start – much like a blank canvas.

 

If you chop off your hair why do you do it?

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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How To Use Industrial Interior Design In Your Home

Industrial interior design is on trend for all types of homes. Here are some tips for getting this style right in your space. How To Use Industrial Interior Design At Home - Tipsaholic.com, #design, #industrialdesign, #industrial, #DIY, #decor, #homedecor


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The industrial interior design trend took homes by storm in 2014, and it’s still going strong today.  With a strong interest in celebrating the building materials that are often concealed – like ductworks, pipelines and interior brick – this style is characterized by a raw, unfinished look.  It’s a look that’s increasingly popular among the DIY crowd especially, due to the easily accessible and economical materials involved. Long used in loft spaces and warehouse style dwellings, where the construction naturally lends itself to an industrial look, it’s a trend that can be easily translated to nearly any space in a classy, stylish way.  Here are some tips and inspiration for incorporating industrial interior design into your home.

 

1. Fake it.  Okay.  So you don’t have any exposed ducts or brick in your suburban home.  While adding unnecessary HVAC may not be advisable, exposed brick?  That you can do.  Brick panels can be purchased inexpensively online or at your favorite home improvement store, and it’s fairly easy to paint them to look aged and worn.  Try it out on a small piece of plywood before applying it to your walls to practice the process and stick to one small accent wall or an area under cabinets or above a ledge so as not to overwhelm the room.

 

2. Make it.  Don’t feel confined to what you see in high-end stores or on department store shelves.  There are a lot of industrial-styled pieces you can DIY for a fraction of the cost.  Not only that, but you can customize them to your personal needs as well.  You could make a coffee table with metal strips, wooden fence pickets and castors or a desk from reclaimed wood and pipes.  Or create always needed storage with a unique shelving unit.  Even lighting can be handmade or up cycled, like this faux metal sconce.  Not confident in your abilities?  Start small with a hanging pipe mini planter or floating shelf.

 

3. Go old school.  Industrial design lends itself perfectly to vintage elements.  Find utilitarian objects and accessories to round out your design.  Unique items that have a functional purpose – such as these scale weights – can be displayed for added interest.  You may not naturally gravitate toward antique castors, rusty fans, lockers with a high patina or wire baskets as high style, but for industrial design they’re a perfect fit.  Scour flea markets, thrift stores, antique markets and online venues to find furniture pieces – even vintage stools or light fixtures – and more to add the finishing touches.

 

4. Mix and match it.  Use a variety of all materials in a fun, eclectic way that suits your needs and style.  Woods of all types – grains, stains and raw – along with metals that look vintage or weathered (like brass, steel, and brushed nickel) are main components of industrial design.  Leather and plastics are also commonly used.  Mix and match pairings of complementary items, such as a classic wood dining table with steel chairs, or a soft leather couch with plastic and metal side chairs.  Or combine elements into one piece – with a wood and metal table for instance.  Don’t stick to just one type of metal or one wood stain throughout – a mixed approach will give your space the industrial vibe you want.

 

5. Stay neutral.  This style of design is characterized by neutrals – and you can mix them all within one space as well.  Stick with all hues and shades of browns, grays, whites and black.  For interest, add one or two brighter colors in small pops around the room – with simple throw pillows or accessories.  Artwork can also bring in some color.  Stick with clean lines and distinctive but simple items.  Industrial design thrives on function that doubles as form – a no fuss, clean approach decorating.

 

6. Don’t overdo it.  Even in the most mod and chic loft in Brooklyn you’ll find comfortable furnishings – like cushy couches, soft armchairs or even a classic, contemporary side table or two.  Transforming your living room into a warehouse with metal pipes on everything, stark wooden surfaces everywhere, and faded brick all over the walls could be too much for your space.  It’s easy to take any design overboard, so try adding in industrial touches a bit at a time until you achieve the desired look.

 

7. Soften up a bit.  It’s true that industrial design is about simplicity, function and a utilitarian feel, but this is also your home.  Soften the look a bit with a trendy rug or a soft and luxurious throw.  Add lightweight, neutral curtains that won’t cover the windows.  Keeping the space light and airy is key to avoiding a dingy, “abandoned building” feeling, so don’t block any natural light and don’t distract from the rest of the room with crazy patterns.  Using textiles in a controlled, neutral manner will add texture, interest and softness to what could be an otherwise stark space.

 

For more inspiration, check out these projects you can make out of pipes!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

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Whether you’re an apartment dweller with urban garden needs, a cook who likes to have fresh herbs right at your fingertips, or you’re simply looking for an easy way to begin growing your own herbs, indoor gardening is a great solution!  Greenery is important to your home for decor and air quality, plus herbs have the added benefit of being edible.  Herbs are great for beginner gardeners since they are easily managed and require little space, but even an old pro will love the fantastic indoor herb garden ideas we’ve rounded up.  No matter what your experience level or needs are, this is your go-to list for growing herb gardens inside.

1. Reclaimed Wood Mason Jar Garden – Not Just a Housewife

This is an easy and quick project that makes use of old wood and mason jars.  All you need is a bit of wall space to hang these on!

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2. Over-the-Sink Hanging Pots – Coordinately Yours

Nothing could be easier than simply placing some well-positioned pots!  Use inexpensive pots, paint them up, and drill a hole for hanging on a hook!  No extra wood needed, no wall space used.  Perfect space-saver!

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3. Upside-Down Herb Garden in Bottles – Behance.net

It’s hard to believe that these chic, modern bottles are actually painted water bottles!  Strung upside down and hanging from copper pipe, this is the perfect balance between form and function.

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4. Countertop Tin Can Herb Garden – HGTV

If you’ve got a vacant spot on your counter, you can make this adorable tin can garden!  Keep your cans together and allow for drainage in a circular pan or tray.  It’s easy and enviro-friendly!

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5. Upcycled Canister Window Herb Garden – Crafty Kitchen Witchery

Use your recyclables to create this upside down herb garden!  These simple throw-away canisters are transformed with pretty paper.  With some easy to follow tricks, you can create dangling planters to place right in front of your kitchen window.

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6. Hanging Basket Herb Garden – The Telegraph

Those tiered hanging baskets aren’t just for fruit!  You can create a whole garden in one three-basket unit.  Just hang within easy reach from the ceiling by any window in the house and you’re golden.

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7. Hanging Bottle Top Herb Garden – Home DZine

Here’s another idea for using recyclables.  If you’ve got lots of plastic bottles around, all you need are the tops and you can create this fun hanging herb garden.

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8. Wood and Chalkboard Herb Garden Jars – Camille Styles

With some reclaimed wood, some mason jars and a little chalkboard paint, this small, wall-mounted garden is a clever mix of trendy, shabby and useful!  It’s a fast project that requires little space and looks great.

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9. Vintage Tea Caddy Herb Garden – Apartment Therapy

Go treasure hunting at your local thrift shop for some vintage tins.  These tea caddies make an awesome display for herbs when set in the window sill.

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10. Tabletop Herb Garden – Bell and Star

It’s not difficult to fit all the herbs you regularly use in one bowl or basket.  Then just place it on your counter, or even better, on your table as a clever centerpiece.  It’s convenient and efficient!

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11. Pallet Frame Herb Garden – The Kitchen

This pallet frame is the perfect spot to plant some herbs right on the kitchen wall.  An added bonus?  The extra ledge space in the frames is perfect for some eye-catching bottles, jars, canisters or other kitchen paraphernalia that can double as decor.

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12. Vintage Box Herb Planter – Design Sponge

If you notice any interesting wooden boxes, with or without lids at flea markets and thrift stores, scoop them up because we’ve found a use for them!  With some minor tweaks you can turn them into herb planters in no time at all.

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13. Window Ledge Herb Box – A Beat That My Heart Skipped

If there aren’t any vintage boxes to be found, never fear.  Any plain wood framed box can be transformed with a bit of paint and creativity.  Just place your new box on the window ledge for a very pretty and useful planter.

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14.  Herb Mason Jar Shelf – Food, Family and Finds

A wooden shelf with holes for mason jars can easily become an herb shelf.  Can’t find a specific shelf dedicated to housing jars?  Use any normal wooden shelf and drill large holes yourself.

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15. IKEA Wine Rack Herb Garden Hack – Curbly

This hanging herb garden was once a wine rack!  It’s incredible what you can make with a few simple and quick adjustments.  With large glasses, some paint and some herbs, your wall will look very stylish and delicious.

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16. Window Bucket Herb Garden – 3 Peppers

Some curtain rods and a few paint buckets with handles can easily house your herbs in front of a sunny window.  This idea is simple and versatile as you could have any number of variations with styling and colors.

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17. Shoe Caddy Turned Herb Garden – Birds and Blooms

A cloth shoe caddy is a perfect space-saving solution, and not just for shoes!  Hung near natural light, all you need is a bit of soil and some herbs to turn an organizer into a garden.

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18. Herb Tower – DIY Enthusiasts

This whimsical pot tower is a mini version of the outdoor variety.  It tucks perfectly into a window sill and can hold several different herbs within the tiers.

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19. IKEA Pots Window Herb Garden – Urban Gardens

IKEA hanging pots are probably the most used home decor/DIY item there is.  You can use them for nearly everything, from holding craft supplies, to organizing small toys, and now for herbs!

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20. Modern Hanging Herb Garden – Tried and True

No need to buy a special rack or frame to house your herb garden pots – just use what you have on hand!  These modern and simple wooden frames were once a room divider that was never used.

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21. Chalkboard Pot Herb Garden – Robin’s Nest

An indoor garden can be as easy as adding chalkboard paint to your clay pots!  Just write the name of the herb and place on the window sill or counter and you’ve got instant decor and edible greens.  Add some twine or ribbon for some more detail.

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22. Herb Garden Drawers – The Garden Glove

Another reason to scout out your flea markets and thrift stores!  Score an old shelving unit like this one and you’ve got an interesting, clever and beautiful herb garden display.  Depending on the condition of the piece, you can simply add your herbs while still in pots, or go all out and make them into planter boxes like the ones mentioned earlier.  Either way, it’s perfect for any table, counter or shelf!

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23. Woodland Herb Garden – Garden Therapy

These homey and natural plaques are a perfect backdrop for herb jars.  Add hooks to sections of log, then hang your jars.  Mount them on the wall or even on the side of the cupboard over your sink!

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24. Mini Hanging Herb Garden – Better Homes & Gardens

Take that normal, boring hanging basket and make something fun, unique and yummy!  Grow your herbs in a basket hung sideways from the wall.  It’s not difficult to create, and takes up just a bit of wall space.

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With metal chains and hooks, you can hang your herb mason jar garden from nearly any wooden backdrop.  The ombre chevron is painted on a simple raw wood board, and the whole garden is then hung from the same type of chain.  You can hang the jars sideways or straight on.

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If you liked these, you’ll love the edible garden ideas from this post at Remodelaholic!   If you’re looking for more container ideas, check out these indoor and outdoor planters.  And don’t miss the creative genius behind these creative container gardens!

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

10 Edible Plants To Grow Indoors

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If you’ve got a green thumb but don’t have a lot of outdoor space, you may think gardening is a pipe dream.  But think again!  There’s more you can do with your indoor space than potted plants and succulents!  If you like to eat your efforts, this list of edible plants you can grow indoors is for you.  It may take a little more creativity, engineering and planning, but indoor gardening is great for those who live in apartments, condos or have regulations on outdoor gardens in their area.  These 10 plants are commonly grown outside, but can easily be translated into indoor plants with a few alterations and accommodations.

 

1. Avocados

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It’s true that you can grow an avocado plant simply using a pit, but this type will likely yield no edible fruit.  Instead, plant a dwarf avocado tree in a large pot with sand in the bottom.  Remember to allow for drainage and water regularly, but never make it soggy.  You’ll need tall ceilings for this type of tree – even dwarf trees can grow to 10 feet.

 

2. Carrots

Carrots require a bit of room, but aren’t particularly finicky to grow.  Start with a window box or pot that’s a foot and a half in length.  After you plant your seeds, keep the soil watered but not soaked.  The seeds should germinate within 2 weeks.

 

3. Tomatoes

If you want to try your hand at indoor tomatoes, all you need is a 6 inch pot (for one plant).  Start with a starter mix of soil and plant your seeds, keeping the soil well-watered but never soggy.  Once the plants start to germinate, transplant them into potting soil.  As your plant gets bigger, you may need to stage it to prevent the stem from breaking.  Tomatoes like sunshine, but not intense heat so pay attention after placing them near windows.

 

4. Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be purchased to grow indoors as a kit, like this one.  You can also use a laundry basket, as with the method shown here.  Basically, you inoculate straw with mushroom spores and stuff them in the laundry basket.  The basket is usually kept in a box or bag until completely colonized.  Mushrooms prefer shade, so it’s not necessary to keep them in a window or sunny spot!

 

5. Green Onions

These are possibly the easiest vegetable to grow indoors.  Simply place the bottom of leftover purchased green onions in an inch of water in a glass.  Place them in a window and allow the shoots to grow for about a week. (be sure to change the water daily!) When they’ve doubled in size, plant them in a small pot.

 

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Peppers enjoy warmth and sun, so if you’ve got a nice warm spot by a window, many types of peppers will thrive.  Banana or cherry peppers do well indoors.  Be aware that peppers do like room, so use a pot that’s at least 3-5 gallons.  For ease, try starting from a sprout instead of using seeds.

 

7. Radishes

Radishes are easy to grow whether inside or out, which makes them perfect for a beginner gardener.  They like it warm, so place the container near a window, but move them on particularly hot days.  The best part about radishes is that they’re ripe and mature in only a few weeks!

 

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Salad greens are easy to grow in small spaces, beginning either with seeds or “starts”.  Use a planter box that allows for drainage.  Plant your seeds or starts about 4 inches apart, and if using starts, be sure to massage the roots before planting.  Keep the soil continually moist, but don’t overwater.

 

9. Lemons

Lemons grow best in very sunny spaces – with at least 12 hours of sun per day.  If you start with a dwarf tree, you’ll likely be able to harvest fruit the first year.  Plant the tree in a pot that’s slightly larger than the root ball of your tree in soil specifically formulated for citrus trees and water it daily – though be sure not to oversaturate.

 

10. Mandarin Oranges

It’s best to start mandarin oranges as a dwarf tree.  They grow well in spacious pots with very rich soil and lots of drainage.  Place them in very sunny locations and rotate them regularly as you water them to ensure equal sun exposure all over.  The root system will likely grow abundantly, and when the begin to poke through the drainage holes you’ll need to transplant the tree in a container at least 2 inches larger in diameter.

 

If you want a more complete overview of these plants and more, you can read this post on greatist.  More information can also be found here on care2.  See a much more complete list of plants, herbs and tree you can grow indoors on howstuffworks.

Looking for more? Check out these 25 edible garden ideas on Remodelaholic!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

8 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Flowers

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Bring spring into your home with floral decor! Florals are on trend and they can be a lot of fun to decorate with. Today’s florals are bold, graphic, and colorful, making them more modern than the florals of years past. Here are eight fresh ways to decorate your home with flowers.

1. Floral Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been trendy for a while, but with the emerging popularity of florals in home decor, we’re now seeing an explosion of floral wallpaper.

For an excellent example of how the right floral wallpaper can instantly add beauty and character to a space, check out this girly-glam closet makeover that includes an amazing floral wallpaper.

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2. Floral Pillows

For the past several years, pillows covered in geometric fabrics have ruled the home decor world. Right now, however, floral pillows are in demand. If you already have geometric pillows, you’re off to a great start. Geometric pillows pair very nicely with today’s colorful floral pillows.

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3. Floral Art

When you think of florals in art, you might conjure an image of a still life painting of flowers in a vase. That’s fine, but try to think bigger and just a bit differently. Can you imagine this rose painting blown up and hung in a bedroom? Gorgeous.

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4. Floral Lampshades

Jazz up your lamps by turning a plain white lampshade into a floral one. You could wrap a lampshade in a floral fabric or find vintage floral wallpaper and paste that to a lampshade. Of course, you could always simply buy new floral lampshades and swap out your old ones.

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5. Florals on the Bed

The bedroom is a natural place to include florals for the home, especially on your bed. Try to mix patterns so you don’t go too flowery. You could DIY a headboard with your favorite floral fabric for a bold statement or add a couple of floral pillows for a smaller change. Or go big and do both!

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6. Floral Rug

A soft floral rug adds softness and beauty to a room. Bright and cheery flowers on a rug can bring a lot of life to a fairly simple room, like this one and this one.

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7. Floral Curtains

Add whimsy to a room with a pair of beautiful floral curtains. Your favorite floral curtains could be a great starting point to a room design or makeover — just make your decor choices based on the colors in the curtain and you’ll have a cohesive and attractive room in the end.

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8. Floral Upholstery

The right floral upholstery can look really striking on a pair of chairs in the living room or on your dining chairs. You could even cover a sofa with floral upholstery if you absolutely love the fabric. Just be sure that the lines of your furniture are modern or at least contemporary so they don’t veer into grandma-land territory. Although, there’s nothing wrong with that if that’s the look you’re after!

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Life is busy, so don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!

For more decorating tips, check out 9 Ways to Add New Life to an Old Space and 6 Ways to Use Crates in Decor.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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30 Sweet and Simple Succulent DIY’s

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Succulent gardens are not only space savers, they're easy to maintain and look great!  In planters, vertical beds, upcycled containers, mini gardens, terrariums or any number of other spaces, succulents create unique and charming decor.  Get some ideas from our gallery of 30 sweet and succulent DIY's.

tipsaholic - 30 sweet ant dimple succulent diy'sSpringtime means warmer weather, more sunshine and sprouting plants! It’s time to get your gardens in order. Don’t have a green thumb? Never fear! Succulents are the perfect plant for unseasoned and master gardeners alike. They don’t take up a lot of space, require only a little soil, and are difficult to kill. They come in a huge assortment of sizes, shapes and colors. They can thrive in lots of different environments, and love full sun.

If you’re looking for something low maintenance and beautiful, succulents are the plant for you. Not sure what to do with your succulents? Use our gallery of 30 sweet and simple succulent DIY’s as a guide to getting started!  These creative projects are perfect for welcoming Spring.

Planters:

Vertical Gardens:

Miniatures:

Terrariums:

Odds and Ends:

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

10 Cold Weather Layering Essentials

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Think fashion ends with the frigid temps? It can definitely be difficult to stay fashion forward when you’re more concerned about frostbite!  Even though your needs change with the weather, your day-to-day style doesn’t have to freeze. A few wardrobe staples will warm things up and get your fashion back on its feet. Here are 10 cold weather layering essentials to get you through the winter months.

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1) Skinny Jeans

Why you need them:  A nice pair of jeans is that clothing item a closet simply can’t do without. Plus, skinnies fit so close to the body that there are no inconvenient gaps or wide legs for cold air to blow into.

How to wear them: Choose a go-with-anything color, dark blue or black, and they’ll go with any other color. Dress them up or down — tuck them into dressy or casual boots with a sweater, toss on a pair of flats, a t-shirt and cropped jacket for a lunch date or pair with a drapey top, heels and statement earrings for a night out.

2) Cashmere Sweater

Why you need it: It’s a super soft, warm staple that can mesh with almost any bottom — skirts, printed trousers, skinnies or leather pants.  It can make you appear pulled together in an almost preppy way.

How to wear it: Choose a neutral color — gray, beige, nude, camel or navy are no-fail options. A crew neck that is slightly fitted and hits at your waist is perfect for layering with just about anything. Try it over a collared oxford shirt, chambray button down, soft cotton t, long blousey top,  or under a blazer.

3) Super Thin Long Sleeve T

Why you need it: It’s a great way to easily add a bold color to your outfit. It comes in handy in nearly any season.

How to wear it: Put it under a chunky knit sweater with slacks or jeans. Layer under v or crew neck cashmere sweaters.  Add warmth by wearing under a sweater dress.

4) Chambray Button Down

Why you need it: It’s this year’s replacement for the common white button down.

How to wear it: A chambray shirt in a light color and classic cut will work well with almost anything. Dress it down with dark skinnies and a bulky open sweater. Dress it up with a maxi skirt and 3/4 sleeve blazer.

5) Bright Coat

Why you need it: During cold months the first (and sometimes ONLY) thing people see will be your outerwear. Make it fun! A bright pop of color is eye catching and makes a statement. It can also be the perfect piece to complement a neutral-toned outfit.

How to wear it: Over everything!  Make sure to throw on a scarf with a great print.

6) Knee-High Boots

Why you need them: They keep you warm and dry while making nearly any outfit chic.

How to wear them: Leather or suede boots in black, brown or tan are perfect worn with almost any other color. They’re great for tucking in your skinny jeans, leggings or printed straight leg pants, but are awesome paired with tights and skirts as well. The sky’s the limit as far as options here — flat styles are perfect for casual looks while stacked heel versions amp up your outfit. Buckles, fringe cuffs, zippers and laces — when done right — can add a lot of texture and interest. Straight and sleek or slouchy versions are both in style.

7) Knit Sweater Dress

Why you need it: It’s a cozy option for when you’re sick of pants.

How to wear it: Form-fitting styles are more dressy, while there are also more laid-back versions for casual wear. Layer it up — wear tights or leggings, throw on a bulky infinity scarf, wear a blazer or fitted jacket to the waist. Pair your dress with knee-high boots.

8) Printed Scarf

Why you need it: There’s really no better way to add color and texture to a winter outfit. Bright, vibrant colors and fun patterns lend interest while keeping you warm. Plus, they’re a relatively inexpensive way to update your outfits.

How to wear it: When tucked into a winter coat it completes a look, while layered over bulky sweaters or long-sleeved button downs it can boost style-factor. What’s more, you can get scarves in nearly any print, color and “feeling” — from whimsical and cute polka dots, to super trendy chevron, to artsy and free-form “watercolor” type styles, to the classic and chic animal print.

9) Tuxedo Blazer

Why you need it: It’s a great cold-weather coat alternative that’s dressy and modern. It’s not as masculine as a boyfriend blazer and looks more polished than a leather jacket. When a casual bulky sweater won’t do, this jacket goes the distance.   

How to wear it: Pair it with a gown for uber dressy occasions. Wear it with a blouse and shorts or a skirt. Wear matching slacks and make it a suit!

10) Leather Skirt

Why you need it: Leather is perfect for cold weather – it keeps you super toasty while looking sophisticated and sleek.

How to wear it: A leather skirt in black or brown can be paired with all different hues and styles of tops — from blousey to fitted, long to cropped. Put on a long sleeved t and a fitted, pull-over sweater for a casual feel.  Wear a flowy, sheer blouse and a blazer for dinner out. Leather skirts are so popular now that you can find them in an array of styles — from mini to midi, straight and elongating, a-line, pleated, etc. There’s a leather look for everyone with any body type!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

Radiant Orchid Fashion: How to Wear Pantone’s Color of the Year

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 Pantone's color of 2014 is a fun and playful option for your Spring wardrobe.  Click through to get ideas for how to wear Radiant Orchid in your normal wardrobe.

Radiant Orchid Fashion: How to wear it (30+ Easy Tips)

Pantone’s color for 2014 is a vibrant, bright purple with pink and fuchsia undertones called Radiant Orchid.  It’s taken the creative world by storm – and it’s no wonder.  This vivid hue is known for encouraging innovation and creativity.  If you’d like to imbue your fashion choices with these qualities, but aren’t sure where to start, have no fear!  There are many simple ways to slide this bright color into your normal wear.  Our How to Wear Radiant Orchid Gallery is chock full of specific ideas, but here are some tips to start:

Try this bold color for some of your wardrobe essentials – such as layering t’s or camis.  Skinny jeans are still the go to pant for everyday wear, a perfect-fitting pencil skirt  is a must in your closet and a cute cocktail dress can’t steer you wrong.  Bold colors for some of your staples will break up the monotony of neutrals.

If this bright hue is too much for your everyday springtime garb, grab a spring coat instead.  Springtime coats come in different varieties – trenches, blazers or fleeces for starters – and a bold coat is fabulous – especially as we transition to brighter, warmer weather.

Still not convinced?  Ease into Radiant Orchid by trying it out in combination with other, softer colors in a print or pattern.  Stripes and dots are classic, floral is still very popular and plaid is on the rise.  Using a bright color in a pattern can give it a more subtle quality that won’t overwhelm the clothes.

Can’t quite get on board?  No problem.  Radiant Orchid is an awesome option for any number of simple, daily accessories that can work to complete an outfit.  Try a statement necklace, or if that’s still too much, go with a smaller bracelet or earrings.  Lightweight scarves are fabulous in Spring when the weather can be a little unpredictable and you always need a purse, tote or clutch.  Don’t forget shoes as well!  A bright pop of color at the feet can freshen up a drab wardrobe without making you feel like a giant raspberry.

Need more help?  Check out the 30+ tips and ideas in the radiant orchid fashion slides above!

Tops 

Favorite Short Sleeve V-Neck from Gap

Essential Henley from Anthropologie

Split Neck Tunic from Nordstrom

Sisley Sheer Back Button Blouse

Shabby Apple’s Bistro Blouse

Midnight Kiss Top by Shabby Apple

Scuba Peplum Top at JC Penny

Pants:

Adriana Slimfit Jeans 

Tie-Dye Slimfit Jeans from Only

Sateen Cropped Pants at JC Penny

Dresses:

Vivacious and Vibrant Dress from Modcloth

Champagne at Midnight Dress from Modcloth.

A Vivid Addition from Modcloth

Besame Dress by Shabby Apple

Artelier Gardeur Pencil Skirt

Drapey Knit Maxi from Target

Outerwear:

London Fog Heritage Trench Coat for Nordstrom

Freshmade Asymmetrical Fleece

More and More Blazer

Long Cardigan from Banana RepublicCute Collar Sweater from Downeast Basics

 Patterns and Prints:

florals: Cotton Candy Dress from Shabby AppleSomedays Lovin’ Ladyland Floral Pants from Urban OutfittersPurple Flower Bardot Midi Dress by ASOS, and H&M Jersey Leggings

dots: Keep Rolling Blouse from Downeast BasicsAcademy Skirt from Downeast Basics and Ciso Sheer Dotted Tunic

stripes:  Ponte Knit Dress in navy/orchid stripes from TargetStriped Peplum Top from Old Navy, and Chevron Stripe Slouch Hat from Beaded Wire (on etsy)

plaid: BDG Waterfall Tunic from urban outfitters and Lightweight Plaid Infinity Scarf from Gillion Million (on etsy)

Shoes:

Pernella Fun Heel from Target

Goldfish Wedge by Sperry Topsider

Singing Scales Flats – Modcloth

Wishful Walking Flat – Modcloth

Shauna Huarachi Sandal from Target

Bags:

Deena and Ozzy Hammered Crossbody Bag from Urban Outfitters

Pipa Mini Crossbody Bag from JC Penny

Gathered Matte Satin Clutch from Dessy

BAGGU Leather Shopper Tote Bag by Urban Outfitters

Accessories:

Top: Amrita Singh Wooster Street NecklaceAnthropologie Tonique Dagger Drops, Vibrant Twill Scarf/Wrap from Newegg

Middle: Radiant Orchid Wood Stud Earrings from Paragraph Loop (on etsy), Isadora Bracelet by Shabby AppleAnthropologie Amethyst Bead Bracelet,

Bottom: Bright Magenta Beaded Earring and Necklace Set by Deeder the Beader (on etsy)Anthropologie Painter’s Plaid ScarfChained Resin Link Necklace from HSN

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Easy Tips On How To Dress For A Family Portrait

Oh the stress.

As if it weren’t hard enough to drag your screaming, kicking unwilling family along to get the annual family photo taken, but to figure out what to wear? It’s too much!

Never fear, I have a few easy tips for you that will help you along in this process and keep it relatively painless.

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1.  Kick it up a notch

You’ll hear this a lot “make sure everyone is comfortable”. While I agree to a certain point, what if someone’s “comfortable” is their torn up jeans and ratty t-shirt?  Instead I would say have everyone be themselves but kick it up a notch.  Show the more fun side of your personality rather than the couch potato personality!

 

2. Pattens, Layers and Accessories

Patterns are okay in moderation and as long as it’s complimentary to everyone else.

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Typically it’s good to have one or two people with the pattern and everyone else can work around it with complimentary solid colors.  In addition, layers, textures and accessories all add more personality to your overall look so go for it!  For more visual examples I recommend heading over to Pinterest and searching for ‘family portrait style guide’.

 

3. Avoid logos, characters, etc.

On children and adults alike this is a hard fast rule of most photographers.  Why? Refer to #1.  It will make you stand out in the picture and not in a good way!

 

4. Let their light shine

Here’s the thing, our kids often leave our heads shaking when they come out of their rooms beaming with pride having put together the weirdest looking outfit humanly possible.  But just remember that one day they will likely be just as boring as we are, so while they have no inhibitions limiting their choice in outfits, embrace it.  Step in with some guidance however if any or all of rules 1-3 are broken.  Here’s my daughter who insisted on her hair in a messy bun and a pair of glasses ‘just like mommy’ for this photo shoot.  My choice would have been way less memorable – so glad I gave in!

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5. Consider Your Home

Did I throw you off with that one?  This is important for a couple of reasons.  First, we tend to decorate our homes with colors we love and are drawn to.  If that’s the case for you (hopefully it is!) then consider incorporating those colors in your family’s wardrobe selection. This brings me to my next reason which is how you plan to display photos in your home (which I hope you plan to do!).  By having a color palette that compliments your home, it will be a piece of cake when your ready to display them.  For example (of what not to do), I recently took a gorgeous photo of my daughter in a field of sunflowers but I can’t hang it where I would really like to because the yellow flowers don’t ‘fit in’. Sadly, it just wouldn’t work.  However, if you’re intentions are to put the photos in an album then by all means feel free to take a creative leap from your ‘normal’ colors!

Do you have any additional tips you’d like to share based on your own experiences?  Comment below!

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

Cooking with Coconut Oil

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Chances are you have seen or read recently about all the great benefits of coconut oil: it has easier-to-metabolize saturated fats, it’s better for high-temperature cooking like stir frying, and it can be a healthier substitute for vegetable or canola oil in baking, not to mention its delicious slightly nutty, tropical flavor. Isn’t it time you tasted it for yourself? Here are just a few ways to get started cooking with coconut oil. (Note: coconut oil is packaged in solid form – for many recipes, you may need to warm it in the microwave a bit to liquify it before using).

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1) Make a smoothie: Add richness and a hint of the tropics to your next smoothie. This blueberry coconut smoothie with coconut oil may be your new favorite on-the-go breakfast.

2) Spread it on toast: Spread some coconut oil on warm toast instead of butter for a healthier breakfast.

3) Drizzle it on popcorn: Try using liquified coconut oil for a unique twist to traditional buttered popcorn.

4) Add it to granola: Substitute coconut oil for vegetable or canola oil for your favorite granola recipe. This recipe is my absolute favorite!

5) Whip up a salad dressing: This sweet potato and spinach salad calls for a warm coconut oil and balsamic vinegar dressing – a perfect fall lunch!

6) Bake healthier french fries: Whether you prefer white russets or sweet potatoes, you can make crispy, baked french fries in the oven with minimal fuss using coconut oil. Make the process even easier by following the helpful tip in this recipe from the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York to melt the coconut oil on the baking sheet while the oven preheats!

And don’t forget that you can use coconut oil for much more than just cooking! Check out Tipsaholic’s 10 Uses for Coconut Oil.

 

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

5 Ways to Try the DIY String Art Trend

5 Ways to Try String Art, image via Nine Red featured on Tipsaholic

5 Ways to Create String Art via Tipsaholic.com

DIY string art projects are so popular these days, for good reason. A well-executed piece of string art is impressive to look at, but easy to do. Here are five different ways to make a string art of your own to personalize and beautify your living space. (featured image via Nine Red)

1. Paper + Needle + Embroidery Thread

This string art project is really cute and perfect for small scale art. When you complete this project, pop it in a small frame and add it to your gallery wall. Or you could turn paper string art into delightful invitations for your next party!

You’ll need thick paper (try card stock) in whatever size you prefer, a needle, and embroidery thread in your preferred colors. Trace out your design on the paper and then poke out evenly spaced out holes along the line of your drawing. Grab your embroidery thread, put it through your needle, and go through the holes on your paper to bring your sketch to life.

2. Canvas + Long Needle + Embroidery Thread

You can find canvas in a wide variety of sizes at stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby for great prices. Wait for a 40% or 50% off sale to grab the canvases you want and use one of them for this easy project.

Print and cut out your design and place it on the canvas. Use nails and hammer to poke holes along the line of your design. When you’re done, pull out the nails. Use a long needle and embroidery thread to connect the holes to create an amazing DIY art for your walls. If your needle gets stuck, use needle nosed pliers to pull out your needle from the canvas. Another idea is to use clear push pins or metal thumb tacks to hold the string art.

3. Painted Plywood + Nails + Embroidery Thread or Yarn

Plywood is great because they are so cheap and so versatile. Choose a plywood that’s not too thick (too heavy to hang) or too thin (will wrap easily). A plywood that’s 3/4 or 1/2 thick will do the trick. Ask an employee at your favorite home improvement store to cut down the giant plywood boards into the sizes you want — many of them will do that for free.

The only bad thing about plywood is that it can look like, well, plywood. Give your piece of plywood a nice coat of paint; don’t forget to paint the sides as well. For an unique look, paint your sides a different, bold color from the front. How about white on the front and hot pink along the sides? After your plywood is painted, cut out your printed design and hammer down nails along the lines. Try using 1/2 inch brad nails with a small head. Remove the paper and use either embroidery thread or yarn to string up your art.

4. Stained Wood + Nails + Embroidery Thread or Yarn

For a more polished look, try staining a nice piece of wood (pine is easy to stain and very light to hang) in your favorite stain. A long, rectangular piece of wood would be perfect for stringing up a child’s name, for example. After you stain your wood, follow the same steps as above.

5. Wall + Nails + Yarn

Bring some drama to a wall in your home by doing a large-scale mural with nails and yarn! You could string up a mural of a tree in your entry or a large map of your favorite country or state above your sofa. Whatever design you decide on, it’s sure to be a conversation piece.

You’ll need a projector along with the usual nails and yarn. Print out your design, pop it under your projector, and trace out your image on the wall. Do the whole nail and hammer thing and use yarn instead of embroidery thread for a more bold look. The best thing about this is that it’s easily removable if you tire of it — just cover up the tiny holes with putty and repaint.

 

String art can look very similar to embroidery, which is also easy and fun to do. Try making this cute DIY embroidered heart pillow for your little girl or even for yourself!

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Five Ways to Decorate With Triangles

Bold geometric patterns are everywhere these days, and triangles are currently at the top of the popularity charts. Here are a few easy ways to incorporate the triangle trend into your current home décor.

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Five Ways to Decorate With Triangles

1) With Textiles

One of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of a room is with new pillows and throws. Swap out a few of your current textiles for some that feature triangles for an instant update. A brightly colored pillow like this one would be a fun accent to brighten up your sofa or bed.

2) In Art

A quick search on etsy will give you hundreds of affordable pieces of art featuring triangles. If you prefer to DIY things, grab some paint, a blank canvas, a potato, and a sharp knife. Carve yourself a triangle-shaped chunk of potato and stamp away! Pretty soon you’ll have an on-trend one-of-a-kind masterpiece to hang in your living room.

3) On Rugs

It’s easy to forget about the floor when redecorating, but changing out your rug can completely change the feel of a room. This neutral option feels classic while still incorporating those trendy triangles.

4) On the walls…or the ceiling!

You’ve seen stripes and chevrons on walls; why not try your hand at painting some triangles? This post has some great examples in bright colors and neutrals, busy patterns and bold spacing and soothing simplicity. Scared of how permanent paint feels? Look for vinyl wall decals. Or create triangles with lines of washi tape for an even less permanent, inexpensive solution. Feeling especially bold? Shop around for a fun geometric wallpaper.

5) In 3D

We’re not suggesting you get a couch upholstered in a triangle print, or put a giant triangular sculpture on your coffee table, but there are certainly ways to incorporate this trend into even your furniture. Look for pieces that are actually shaped like triangles, like these nesting tables, or have triangular structural elements, like this lamp.

 

Author: Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process.  Read more from Jen at Nothing Comes of Nothing.

How to Incorporate Emerald in Your Home Decor

how to incorporate emerald into your home decor

This year, Pantone has named Emerald, “a lively, radiant, lush green,” as the color of the year for 2013.  According to the Psychology of color, Emerald is a very positive hue, which feels luxurious and up-scale.  The executive director for the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, explains, “The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.  Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”  If you could use a bit of clarity and rejuvenation, along with some luxury, adding the color of the year to your home decor may be just what you need!  Here are some simple and budget-friendly ideas for adding Emerald to your living spaces (and read this article for more tips on how to pick colors for your home!).

How to Incorporate Emerald in Your Home Decor

1. Paint!  Any DIY guru will point out that painting gives you the biggest bang for your buck as far as re-doing a space.  Not thrilled about the prospect of a green room?  Don’t worry!  Add an accent wall in a solid or patterned emerald.  Don’t want that much commitment?  Spray paint some frames for photos or a small console or end table.

2. Start small.  The easiest way to incorporate any color into your home decor is to add it in pops, here and there.  You don’t need to change your entire living space (who has the time, energy or money??) but you can easily switch out small decor items like figurines or vases.  Thrift stores can be a treasure trove of small tchotchkes and unique glassware.  Remember you can spray paint mason jars, or even use a “ DIY stained glass” technique to clear vases.  (just don’t use them for food after!)

3. Textiles.  Another inexpensive way to add pops of color is through the fabric you use in your room.  No doubt your living space has seating of some sort, and this seating is the ideal home to throw pillows.  Create your own pillow covers, or if your pillows are neutral, add green sashes, belts or bows to give them new life.  You can create your own inexpensive curtains by stenciling with fabric paint on drop cloths or sewing together flat sheets for bold stripes.  It can be pricey to find a large rug with an appropriate color and pattern, so consider painting your own or piecing together small rugs to make a large one.

4. Be artsy.  Create your own artwork for your walls.  There are many different ways to make family word art or print meaningful quotes to frame.  You can use paint, embroidery, vinyl, monograms, flowers, buttons, and mod podge on stretched canvas frames to create personalized works of art.  You don’t even need to pick up a brush to create these fabric-wrapped canvases, from Remodelaholic, and you can easily use any color or pattern will suit your living space!  Even easier, there are scads of free printables in graphic or quote form ripe for the picking – all you have to do is Google it and frame it!

5. Cover up.  Another idea to consider is how the items you bring into your room will affect the colors already present.  If your couch isn’t a neutral color, for instance, consider buying a slip cover.  You can slip cover wingback chairs, or even straight-back dining chairs if you want.

Emerald home decor product sources from image above:  Emerald rug,  lamp, geometric lamp, clock, vase, pillow, monogram pillowtable, chair, sofa, chair.  Check out this useful and easy to follow guide for changing your living space based on the season – including color combos to try out!

Author: Kimberly of Bugaboo Blog