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28th Mar2013

SmartStrand: Getting Down To Play With Your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter and I have been really enjoying our kid-friendly SmartStrand carpet rug.  Getting down To play with together is so important to our family.  Over the past several days we’ve had a tea party, did puzzles, played games, and watched movies.  Did I mention we also ate chicken, cookies, chocolate milk, juice, and more with no worries at all?  Enter to win one below {CLOSED}!  But first, check us out in action!

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It even survived a play date with Mia’s best friend, Becca and the twins!

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About SmartStrand

#1—SmartStrand has permanent stain and soil resistance that will never wear off. Most carpets have stain and soil treatments that are applied topically to the fiber.

Over time, in the face of foot traffic, and due to wear and tear, the topically applied stain and soil treatment wears off. This can leave ordinary carpets looking worn out and dirty sooner than you might expect for such a large purchase. With SmartStrand, you don’t have to worry about that. For as long as you have the carpet, it will have stain protection because it is built into the carpet fiber itself.

#2—SmartStrand is extremely easy to clean.

Say goodbye to carpet cleaners! You don’t have to use any harsh chemicals or carpet cleaners to remove stains from SmartStrand carpet. All you need is a dishrag, some warm water, and mild detergent, like dish soap. Even tough stains, like ketchup, mustard, red Kool-Aid, even red wine will clean easily out of SmartStrand carpet.

#3—SmartStrand is very durable.

So durable, in fact, Mohawk held a SmartStrand Zoo Challenge. Mohawk carpeted the rhino enclosure at a popular zoo in Birmingham, Alabama. Ricko the Rhino lived on this carpet for 2 weeks! When all was said and done, Mohawk removed the carpet from Ricko’s home, had it professionally cleaned using only hot water extraction… and the carpet looked good as new! The next year, they took it even further and had six African elephants at the Dallas Zoo live on SmartStrand carpet for two weeks…and the result was the same!

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Enter To Win! {CLOSED}

You can win your own 6’ X 9’ SmartStrand bound carpet rug. Go to the contest page to enter. SmartStrand carpet is rated #1 in consumer satisfaction… Experience it for yourself!

The contest is going on now and ends April 8th. Please see the registration page for legal rules.

A big THANK YOU to Mohawk Flooring for sponsoring this post!

19th Mar2013

Eco-friendly Stonecrest Polywood Furniture

by Dinah Wulf

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Ever since I turned my office into my craft room (well, my craft sanctuary), I use the balcony in that room so much more.  My daughter will play on it while she takes a break from crafting with me, and I spend time sitting out there while browsing books and magazines and I have my morning/afternoon/evening coffee (Yes, I will drink an entire pot of coffee by myself throughout the day). I wanted to make it as nice as my craft room, so when I came across the Polywood south beach side table.  Polywood Furniture is made out of over 90% recycled material and available in a variety of colors. It is perfect for any climate and is 100 percent recyclable… right up my alley!

I browsed the Stonecrest Furniture website for the table that I wanted to fit on my balcony and found the Polywood South Beach 15″ Side Table.  This table was the perfect size, made to withstand any climate, and came in so many colors!   I couldn’t decide between the fade resistant Aruba, Lime or the Lemon.  After teetering back and forth, I went with the Aruba blue.  Better yet, this table is eco-friendly because it is made from recycled plastic and 100% Recyclable!

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It came rather quickly in the mail and I was so excited.  It took me about 6 minutes to open the box, look at the instructions, and put it together!  SO easy and yes, I timed it!  It looks fantastic on my balcony and I couldn’t be happier with the Aruba color that I chose.

A big THANK YOU to Stonecrest Furniture for sponsoring this post!

 

14th Feb2013

Tips for Making your Bedroom your Sanctuary

by Dinah Wulf

Did you know that the average sleep time for men and women ages 25-44 is about 8.5 hours a night? That’s close to 60 hours a week or 10 out of the 30 days in a month.  That’s one-third of your life!  With so much time spent in the bedroom, why is it the most neglected room in the house when it comes to decorating?  We are so worried about what the house looks like for other people, we neglect the most important space for ourselves.  With that said, I wanted to share some tips for making your bedroom your sanctuary.

Splurge on linens.

Choose quality cotton sheets for luxury and optimum comfort. I had a discussion with one of my friends recently, and she mentioned that the one item she will splurge on is sheets and bedding, like Frette linens.  She says that it’s vital for her to get a great night of sleep in order to have a productive work day.

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Light colors and neutrals aren’t boring.

Subtle neutrals in white, sand, soft sea greens, and light blues create a spa-like atmosphere.  White is the color of purity, while green represents balance and blue represents peace.  Create your own island getaway by bringing the outdoors in with decorative accessories like, shells, coral, or drift wood.

Leave electronics out.

I know it may sound crazy these days, but if at all possible leave the television, computers, laptops, iPads, and any other electronic devices out.  Removing unnecessary electronics will not only eliminate clutter, but it will create more intimacy, allow for more conversation, and will allow you to sleep better.

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Design is in the details.

Don’t forget about accent pillows, throws, artwork, books and accessories.  For me, books are a must in every room.  It’s an inexpensive way to decorate.  Not only for shelves, books can be stacked on tables or can add height under small accessories.

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Choose a style that is YOU.

No matter what your style, shabby chic, country cottage, vintage modern, eclectic, or Hollywood Regency, pick a style that makes you happy.  Don’t be afraid to play with different textures, patterns, and color.  The more you feel your bedroom reflects who you are, the better.  Don’t know your style?  Start with your favorite colors, or if you have a favorite piece of artwork or pattern on a blanket use the colors to help guide you.

11th Jan2013

Decorating After the Holidays

by Dinah Wulf

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I don’t know about you but I love decorating for Christmas.  I even had two Christmas trees this year (side note: this year my daughter is two and she asked me if Santa was going to put presents under both trees…doh!).  Anyway, after the New Year and I take down my decorations, I always feel like the house looks so bare. So, with this in mind, I thought I’d write a post about some ideas for decorating after the holidays.

Inexpensive Glass Fillers

As you can see by the photos in this post, I have apothecary jars all over the house.  They are so convenient, and I have to say a great investment for your home décor.  By simply changing the contents, you add instant style to your surroundings.  Here is a photo of these jars during Christmas at my house.

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Winter Floral Arrangements

To be honest with you, I NEVER bought flowers until I moved into my house last February.  Now, thank you to the past residents I have beautiful flowers to pick and prune to display in my home.  Consider colorful winter flowers such as pansies or snap dragons.  Put them in Recycled Mason Jars or tin cans for an inexpensive display.

Vintage and Flea Market Finds

I heart vintage flea markets! I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by some pretty great ones.  Look for items such as old ice skates, wooden sleds, or galvanized tubs to add to your décor.

Incorporate Winter Colors

My favorite winter color (or lack of color!) schemes are an all neutral and white pallet, gray and white, or silver and white.  There is a certain sophistication in those combinations that I love.  Are those too stark for you?  Think cozy, warm, deep colors like deep purple or red.

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Use Natural Elements

Did you know that pinecones, branches, and acorns are free??? I steel them from my neighbors all the time!  Display them in pretty bowls or glass vases and jars… easy and did I mention free???

 

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18th Dec2012

DIY Lighting Knock Offs

by Dinah Wulf

When I first started blogging I knew what I wanted my “brand” to be.  I knew that I wanted to inspire people to save money but in a creative and beautiful way.   What I also wanted was to focus on recycling and reuse.  Whether it’d be from transforming a thrift store find, or thinking twice before throwing that glass spaghetti sauce jar away, I wanted people to be inspired.

The following examples from fellow bloggers are EXACTLY what I’m inspired by.  And I must say there are so many Bloggers who I follow and respect and are SUPER talented (like these fab five).  These five DIY Lighting Knock Offs were once drab and now with some imagination and flare, have transformed into beautiful retail store looks for {much} less.

This is an Anthropologie inspired lamp made with strips of burlap and hot glue. She was also inspired by an original post by Tater Tots and Jello.

This glass jug lamp West Elm knock off was made by The Thrifty Abode from a jug she had for a few years.  It cost her $18, while the original lamp is up to $150!

Tip: If you are thrift store shopping and see two fabulous matching lamps, BUY THEM! It’s very hard to find two of the same lamp for some reason!

This is another Pottery Barn knock off executed fabulously by Musings from a French Cottage.  In her tutorial she finds Salvation Army lamps for $5.00 apiece.

The Family Room Design Studio did a DIY lighting knock off of a lamp designed by Mary McDonald.  I have written a post in the past of getting the look for less of one of her room designs (she’s awesome by the way).

Finally, this one is from one of my favorite retail stores (for inspiration anyway).  The Remodelaholic  did an amazing makeover on her existing dining room chandelier.

So think twice before buying that retail store lamp, drive to the closest Salvation Army and perhaps take on a DIY lighting project yourself.

BTW, please stop by and visit these blogs…there are so many amazing ideas!

 

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11th Dec2012

Brighten Your Décor with Lamps

by Dinah Wulf

Lighting is so important in room design.  Lamps can set the mood, draw attention to the furnishings you worked so hard to put together, and can even add drama to an otherwise mediocre room.  Oh! And lighting should definitely be both beautiful and functional at the same time as well.   I thought I’d put together three tips to brighten your room décor with lamps.  Here we go!

Upcycle, upcycle, upcycle!

First, you should know be by now, upcycle your existing lamps or a fun thrift store or flea market find to show your personal style.  You can do this by painting it, adding embellishments, or by simply changing out the lamp shade.  I had this black and gray patterned lamp and I added hot pink ribbon and a butterfly to make it more whimsical for my daughter’s bedroom.

Choose a vibrant color.

Holy moly!  Have you seen the Color + Plus hand-crafted glass lamps from Lamps Plus? I’m in LOVE!  There are so many (over 60) fabulous colors in every hue you can imagine.  If you’re afraid of color, a lamp is the PERFECT way to add a little spunk to an otherwise so-so room.  I think my favorite color they have available is the olive green… I mean river blue…No wait… nugget!  I can’t decide! Table lamps like these are perfect for anchoring a bed or an entryway table.

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Think outside the boring box.

We recently purchased our home this year and although I LOVE my kitchen, it needed a little oomph.  I bought this pendant light to modernize my kitchen area.  I love it because when the light is off, it looks like a plain white pendant light, but when the light is on, it displays a pretty design that is printed on the inside of the shade.

 

 I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective; the opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

06th Sep2012

Repurposed Shutters

by Dinah Wulf

Shutters are probably the one item that you can find in every flea market, garage sale, salvage yard, or recycling stores like Habitat for Humanity Restore.  Not only are they abundant, but they are usually inexpensive. With a little paint and creativity, you can literally turn trash into treasure.  Here are some great ideas for repurposed shutters.

In my search to find DIY inspiration for repurposed shutters, I found that most were used for organization.  Shutters could be used for organizing everything from mail to potted plants or from family photos and post cards to kitchen utensils.

 

Here is a great idea using shutters for decorative display from 221 Vision.

Make a big impact in the dining room with these beautiful ideas.

 

This repurposed furniture idea is an outdoor table is from Goodhouskeeping.com.

I LOVE this free standing headboard from a display at Anthropologie.  Once again, GREEN is my color!

This crafty shutter shelf is from BHG.com

Shutters work well for bathroom organization as well.

Additional Photo Sources: Etsy.com, Goodhousekeeping.com, Pintrest.com, Dwellinggawker.com

More Ways to Repurpose! 

Thirty creative ways to recycle, reuse, and repurpose:

21st Aug2012

Styling Rooms by Zoning

by Dinah Wulf

Styling Rooms by Zoning , an exclusive Interview with Julia Kendall from DIY SOS talks through how to create open plan designs

“With the growing trend for open plan living and large wet areas, there are endless possibilities to creatively zone areas by adding character and distinctive style with tiles, mosaics and warm woods. Zoning multiple areas to identify individual functional spaces can work just as successfully in large rooms as it can in the most bijoux of spaces.

 

“As kitchens and bathrooms have become multifunctional spaces in the home, creating separate, distinct zones will keep a sense of order and create boundaries. Tiles are an excellent design tool for zoning each function of an open plan room to suit your needs and a must have feature in today’s open plan living designs.

 

“For kitchen and dining areas, consider the function of each area and define it by choosing a practical flooring option suitable for cooking, eating and socializing.

 

“For wet areas, a wet room allows the showering area to blend naturally with the rest of the room and with the use of mosaics you really can create something to be marveled at, whilst still providing slip resistance.”

A special thank you to ToppsTiles for sponsoring this post.

 

20th Aug2012

Inspired By Grey

by Dinah Wulf

I love me some grey!!! No no no!  Not 50 Shades of Grey! The color grey is the new white! OK, OK, I did just recently post about how fabulous white is, but grey moves me.   If I am out and about shopping, I am drawn to the grey color scale.  It’s so modern and sophisticated and you can combine it with practically any color, bright or muted.  Grey may seem dull and gloomy at first however if you mix interesting textures and patterns, decorating in grey can be quite chic. It’s far from boring as one might initially think.

This is my inspiration board, Inspired by Grey.  I was originally drawn to this beautiful and affordable grey laminate flooring.  This photo set the tone to this post.  The seating shown is tufted, the chairs, the sofa, and the ottoman.  They are all three classic pieces with a modern twist, and all three very charming.  I chose to mix in a floral pattern with the pillows and area rug… girly but strong.

The lighting is my absolute favorite.  I love the hidden gem behind the metal shield.  It has a luxurious yet industrial feel which I am absolutely enamored with.  This pendant I would like to have in my entryway.  The first piece you see when you are greeted at the door. I always thought that this would make a great DIY project.  You can create your own version with an inexpensive chandelier, a flea market basket or bird cage, and a lighting kit from a hardware store.  Viola! Mixing and layering metals; chrome, silver, and the like will add interest and depth… oh yeah, and pizazz!

See? I told you grey wasn’t boring and gloomy!  On the contrary, it’s lovely, chic, and if designed correctly can be quite stunning in any room. Far from dreary, utilizing grey is a great design option.

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate.com and Overstock.com

 

13th Aug2012

Inspired By White

by Dinah Wulf

Although I am a big believer in all things colorful, for some reason I am completely drawn to the color of white.  I think it is because if feels crisp and clean, perhaps even pure.  White is classic and timeless.  You can design an entire room inspired by white and it will relatively always stay in style.  I put together two inspiration boards inspired by white.  The first is a dining room and the second is a living area.  Let’s start with the former.

 

I’m obsessed with the inspiration room.  When I think of white, I think of the white sand on the beach and this photo shows that.   It’s a dining room that you would want to linger and chat with friends long after dessert was served.  The white laminate flooring goes on for days… all the way out to the ocean.  White monogramed linens and classic white dinnerware keeps the atmosphere fresh and clean.  White mixed with a natural wood table fits several styles from French Country and Rustic Chic to both classic and modern.  It is also both masculine and feminine.

White design in a cozy living space is both sophisticated and fashionable.  This living room can be located in a suburban home, rural countryside, or on the coast with an ocean view.  It’s a great place to entertain and have a few cocktails and long conversations.  Mixed with black and neutral tones, anyone can find comfort with this color combination.  I love the tufted look of this arm chair along with its elegant studded arms.  The pendant lamp shown is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen and fits my taste to the tee!

White fits all styles: traditional and contemporary, casual and classy, antique and updated.  Keep that in mind for your next DIY design project!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate.com, Overstock.com

 

07th Aug2012

Decor & Design Inspirations

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: Lisa Jolan

Decor & Design Inspirations for Creating Unique Live Space Around Your Sofas

In every home, the living room is the one space that is used rather frequently. The family tends to lounge, work and do school projects in it. Sometimes, this room even doubles up as an entertainment space as well. With such multiple uses, when designing your living room, it should accommodate all the activities that are carried out on a regular basis. Besides the theme of the living room, your sofa is one of the largest elements in it and designing or choosing one to suit your theme will help in creating the perfect ambiance.

Living rooms can be of several different types. Interior designers have a range of terms to classify styles such as modern, eclectic, traditional, Victorian, contemporary and bohemian. When designing your living room space and planning for your sofa, you need to keep a few points in mind. The first is that there should be a flow from one room to another. If your foyer leads to your living room, then continuity in terms of wall colours or flooring material can help set the base. Similarly if one steps out from the living room to another space, it should not come across as a whole new world, but rather a fresh interpretation to a single theme.

Themes you can choose from

Eclectic: If you are a family that loves to socialize, then you can tweak the eclectic theme to suit you. Try to put earthy colours on the walls and mix in some metal tones as well. Add in some silver strie to the paint on the wall to give the space additional texture. When you are choosing your sofas for this theme, stick with high backed ones so that you create a close-knitted setting that will facilitate good conversation. Another version of the eclectic theme would be to add in low cushioned seating interspersed with antique chairs. This ensures that you have comfortable seating for all age groups.

Romantic: Many couples who are doing up their spaces for the first time would like the romantic setting. You can choose Tudor styled furniture or even a Victorian set. Light, neutral shades on the walls with heavy drapery, the right size chandelier, an intricately carved love seat and a few single sofas with deep set soft cushioning will create the ambiance you are looking for. Throw in sofa backs of silk taffeta and you have the perfect setting.

Transitional settings: These are designs that are meant for people who prefer to have the best of both worlds. In this kind of designing, older styles are blended in with modern furnishing allowing a transition of sorts between the old and the new. Your sofas can be covered in plaid or classic floral designs. You can add in more solid colors that are soft on the eyes rather than being bright. Materials for your sofas can be leather, cotton or even corduroy. In your choice of wood, go with natural shades of wood, even if they are a mix of dark and light.

Contemporary settings: This is a term that for the layman can be a bit difficult to understand. Contemporary living room and sofa settings are based on the trends that are popular at the time you are designing. One of the best ways of coming up with ideas for such settings is to visit showrooms at your favorite interior designing companies; they will have on display the latest in designs. You can mix and match themes from such showrooms to create something unique of your own.

Modern theme: The basic idea here is to convert your space into an artistic one with minimal furniture that exudes an aura of being high end. Based on the scale of your room, you will need to choose sofa pieces that function as the single largest piece of furniture in the room. You will have to have a very clear colour scheme and stick to a maximum of three colours on your palette. Using larger prints will give the look of a modern touch.

 

When choosing your sofas…

In most cases, your sofa will be the largest element in your room. Therefore, you want to have the right amount of space to accommodate it. In larger spaces, it is left entirely to you as to how much space should go to the sofa. Consider the other elements you want to add in and allot space to everything. In the end, you should also have maneuvering space as well. This will give you a good idea about the size sofa you should get, personally I have Alston sofa shown below in my living room area.

 

Keep in mind that the sofa has to be brought into your home. If you are on a high floor then your sofa will have to fit through elevator doors and your home’s doors and walkways so size is an important consideration here. Also, decide which direction you want your sofa to face and think of all other elements in relation to this. Once you have settled on a particular design for your sofa, changing its alignment is not going to help much.

The shape of your sofa will also determine the flow of your living room space. With all these factors considered, you will be able to have a living room that has the sofa as its centre attraction and which will leave all your guests in awe at your designing capabilities.

 

Lisa Jolan is the writer of this guest post of home décor. Connect with me on twitter @lisajolan

 

11th Jul2012

Cabin Fever

by Dinah Wulf

I love looking through magazines such as Architectural Digest to get inspiration.  There are so many beautiful room designs and creative designers. With summer here, I thought it would be appropriate to get inspired by the great outdoors and catch a little cabin fever.  I recall several vacations as a child staying in a cabin at the lake and even attending outdoor school in which I have so many fond memories.

Of course, getting DIY Inspired also means getting cabin fever on a budget.  Here are some of my suggestions to get that natural outdoor feeling for less.

Think Cozy and Comfy.

Neutral colors in tans, beiges, and creams scream “comfy getaway” or “comfy retreat”.  Use inexpensive rope for curtain or canopy tie backs, or use it to embellish handmade throw pillows.

Go with darker tones.

Flooring can make a dramatic impact to any room.  Going with darker tones, I think, is a key element.  Rustic laminate flooring is less expensive than hardwood and the installation price is typically half the price of hardwood flooring. It is also extremely durable from scratches and scrapes.

Create a Rustic atmosphere.

Flea Markets and thrift stores are great places to shop for inexpensive statements like rocking chairs or armoires.  Consider refurbishing an old cupboard in green hues and sand it down for an antique look.

Bring the outside indoors.

Natural wood is beautiful and inexpensive. Check lumber yards or architectural salvage places for great pieces to add to your room décor.  Make your own coffee and side tables by simply adding glass atop of a wood stump.  Use small pieces of wood as bases for candles or vases.  Frame dried leaves or flowers in thrift store frames with mattes and arrange a beautiful collage.

A special thank you goes out to Bestlaminate.net for sponsoring this post!

 

Photo Sources: Architectural Digest

 

27th Jun2012

Beach Inspired Design

by Dinah Wulf

Summer is fully underway! Nothing says summer like bringing the outdoors in, especially when you are at the beach.  If you don’t live close to the beach, why not bring it home? If you do live near the beach, why not bring it home?!  Decorating with white sandy beaches in mind can add calm and relaxation to any room.  Here are a few Beach Inspired Design Ideas.

Red, White, & Blue Décor Accents

One of the first things I think about when summer rolls along is the Fourth of July.  Get patriotic and decorate in subtle tones of red, white, and blue. You don’t have to go bold!  Consider lighter hues as well. Arrange a collection of seashells or sand from your travels in a jar or vase and use it as a centerpiece.  Label the jar with your vacation destination and date on a tag with twine to add a personal touch.

 

Keeping it Fresh & Crisp & White

Arguably, white may not be a “color”, however look at this beautiful white washed oak laminate flooring.  It adds style, character, and personality to a room and makes an elegant statement. Rustic and romantic, this room screams (well, whispers) relaxation.

 

Adding Natural Fibers

 

I love projects using natural fibers like, sisal, burlap, jute, and rope.  It’s eco-friendly, chic, and inexpensive.  What more could you want? It also goes with several types of décor styles from industrial to rustic and from nautical to French country.  Burlap can be purchased at fabric stores for less than three dollars a yard.

 

Tasteful Nautical Themed Accents

 

OK, I’m all for theme parties but taking a theme into your home can be done tastefully and with grace.  The kitschy look can be avoided. Here are some nautical themed accent pieces where I don’t think you can go wrong. My favorite is the map.  You can never go wrong with a beautifully framed map!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate, Amazon.com

 

20th Jun2012

Coastal Decor

by Dinah Wulf

Today is officially the first day of summer!  Living here on the west coast, a few miles from the beach it feels like summer all year round, however there is something exciting about the end of the school year, BBQ’s, and my favorite, summer entertaining.  Summer entertaining, to me, starts with preparing my home.  I wanted to share a few Coastal Décor ideas to help inspired you to get your home ready for those upcoming back yard BBQ’s.

Nature Inspired Décor

Consider these nature-inspired decorating tips.

Shells & Coral – Shells and large coral pieces make beautiful centerpieces.  Display them on table tops inside glass vases or vessels with sand collected from the beach of a family vacation, inside recycled mason jars, or atop pillar candle holders.  Place them in flea market baskets in a bathroom, guest room, or living room. Here are some fun decorative coral pillows I found as well.

 

Blue and Green Glass – Blue represents the ocean, water, or twilight, while green represents nature and life.  Flea markets are the best place to find timeless blue and green bottles and decorative vases.  Also, save those empty bottles of wine! Wine bottles come in so many beautiful shades of green.  Soak an empty wine bottle in water for an hour or two to easily peel off the label.  Display flowers from your garden to make a fantastic eco-friendly centerpiece.

Coastal Décor DIY Projects

For all you DIY’ers, summer is the perfect time to update your home with bigger projects.

White Laminate Flooring- White washed laminate flooring is a great light and airy option to freshen up a room and perfect for coastal living.

Salvaged Wood Walls- Vintage recycled building materials in teak or oak would make a large decorative statement to an accent wall.

I hope these few ideas inspire you.  If you can’t live at the beach, bring it home to you!

 

Photo Sources: Bestlaminate, Amazon.com

 

 

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