SURPRISE UR LOVE WITH LUV NOTES ON THEIR COFFEE – FREE COFFEE STENCILS

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FREE coffee stencils here! I love heart conversation candies. I buy them every year since I can remember. I don’t eat them (ok, I may eat 2 or 30 haha), but I mainly get them to display messages for hubby throughout the day (um, at least those that survive my sugar craving). I place them in his bag, coat pocket, in v-day card, on nightstand so he sees it 1st thing in the morning. What I love about these heart convo candies are the simple words (letters) that say a lot. Then it dawned on me – I love heart conversation candy + I love coffee. So, why not merge both by creating coffee stencils.  So, I did! And, I’m gifting you the DIY coffee stencils so you can use it to surprise your loved one this v-day. Click below to (1) get the 4 different cute FREE STENCIL TEMPLATES (including the xoxox) and (2) see the steps I took to make them in case you want to create your own).

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SEE HOW THIS GLAMOROUS dining room CAME TOGETHER!

Here it is – the peek into the glamorous dining room design for my clients Cathy + Charles. Oh yes, THAT is a large art photo of a baby horse, with boots! Isn’t it the cutest thing! Installations days are fun + VERY exhaaaaausting. I totally become a cheerleader to the contractors (as you can see from my huge smile above) when they do a great job bec I know they r even MORE exhausted than me. Check out below 1) the before photos of the room (spoiler alert – client had a round table!), 2) the glamorous drop zone for mail that was created, 4) the item that arrived DAMAGED, and 4) the gorgeous sprinkle of colors. See below . . . .  Continue reading

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MY #1 FAVE VALENTINES GIFT for baseball fans – WITH UNCOMMONGOODS

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V-day is around the corner! Are you ready for it? For all that have baseball fans in your lives, I have the PERFECT gift idea for you. It’s economical and has a lot of ‘heart’. Remember, economical does not mean unmeaningful.  I  love giving gifts that have a soulful fun meaning which is why I was smitten when I spotted a baseball homeplate doormat. Whaaaat? Is it romantic? You betcha! See why below (including my love story), find out where you can buy it today in time for Valentines Day (plus a few more valentines gifts for baseball fans), oh and see me ‘attempt’ to play baseball at our studio. Emphasize on ‘attempt’.

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COLORFUL and BEAUTIFUL MODERN ENTRYWAY (with a wall poem!)

1 colorful modern entryway ideas - foyer New York interior decorator - bench - wall decal poem Here’s the behind the scenes of the entryway that I designed for my adorable clients Shruti and Gaurav. You will get to see the (1) before photos of the entryway, (2) their keep list (just two items), (3) the beautiful poem wall decal that I installed (yep, me on a ladder yet again!), and (4) the open shoe storage solution (psst, its a gorgeous slim console table that matched a bench that the clients already had!)

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ADD FUN PILLOWS LIKE funny dog MUGSHOTS

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This year eyeball your living room sofa and add some fun pillows! Maybe even add funny dog mugshots. I’ll make today’s post short, to the point, and adorable. I purchased this funny dog mugshot pillow for one of my clients – from photos I noticed that she had lots of relatives in law enforcement and she hired me to spruce up her living room so my design inspiration was to BEAUTIFY with HILARIOUSNESS her sofa. I presented her with the pillow and she loved it (psst, I may get one for myself too!) Click below to find out (1) where I purchased the above pillow (for less than $10, seriously and it’s sooo soft), plus (2) three other funny pet mugshots (including a cat). Oh, and happy weekend!!!

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the WOW TRANSFORMATION of CABINETS USING Chic Shelf Paper

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It was LOVE at first sight when I showed my client the contact paper samples from Chic Shelf Paper for her dining room’s curio cabinet (we chose a yellow pattern) and living room’s media cabinets (we chose a blue pattern). We even ended up adding another design pattern for her bedroom’s new vanity – details on that install on another post, for now check out below the amazing transformation the contact papers did turning BOTH DARK cabinets into delightfully pretty cabinets with my styling and Chic Shelf Paper. See below (1) before and after photos, (2) my juggling act styling the shelves (no books were harmed in this episode!), and (3) the name of the patterns we ended up using in both rooms.

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WINTER DIY dreamcatcher USING PINECONES

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Here’s another DIY I produced for Furniture.com – a DIY dreamcatcher, in time for all of us to have sweet dreams this coming new year. Do you know what a dream catcher is? I define it as a net design hoop that catches bad dreams and allows the sweet dreams through. To make today’s dreamcatcher I used winter pine cones (dipped in white paint), fluffy white feathers, and ombre pink/white yarn. It was so EASY to make. The only difficult part was not gluing my fingers to the feathers (seriously!). Below I will show you BEHIND-THE-SCENES photos (with my assistant T-Rex) and a link to see the step by step photo instructions at Furniture.com.

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MY UGLY SWEATER, plus HOW TO STACK PRESENTS AS a tree shape

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Does this happen to you? → By the time Christmas eve comes along you have a stack of presents under the tree that DO NOT fit under the tree? This year I got tired of having to stretch through the forest our Christmas tree branches to water the base of our tree so I decided to dedicate a small space in one of our walls to place gifts that do not fit under the tree. And, of course, I Christmas-ize it. I ended up stacking the wrapped presents in a tree shape, then adding a huge bell ornament as the tree topper. This is a GREAT solutions for small rooms too. You can merrily DIY a Christmas tree! Check out the (4) steps it takes to make sure the gifts are stacked in a stable form (no tipping over!). Pluuuuuus, photos of my Christmas (not so) ugly sweater. I’ll let you can be the judge.  Continue reading

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4 LAST MINUTE gift WRAPPING IDEAS (chalkboard etc.)

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You can be an impressive gift wrapper elf this holiday. Yep, even a few days before Christmas. I tend to ALWAYS have last minute gift wrappings to do. You to?  My trick it to make sure that it doesn’t look like it’s last minute by being creative. For example grab chalk wrapping paper and draw Christmas trees on it (psst, it’s a fun de-stresser too, wink wink!) See below 4 last minute gift wrapping ideas that I created . . . .

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HOW TO WRAP GIFTS as POLAR BEARS FOR CHRISTMAS

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Ready for adorableness? Today’s post will feature how to wrap gifts as POLAR BEARS (did you know that polar bears work with the elves this time of the year to help Santa – everyone knows that, right?!). Don’t be intimidated, the polar bear gift wrap is simple to do and all you need are 7 things (oh yeah, plus a boxed gift).  Check out all the steps on HOW TO WRAP GIFTS as POLAR BEARS for Christmas (psst, I show step by step photos too!). Wait until you see the adorable fluffy tail. Detail below. Continue reading

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