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    DIY Dark Floral Bookcase (and some great dark floral art)

    Anyone else completely obsessed with dark floral art? There aren’t enough black heart emojis to accurately describe my love of dark florals. Just in case you share this obsession, I’ll include some of my favorite dark florals at the bottom of the post.

    A little background on this project and brief life update. Life update first: I moved, two days ago. I traded up vintage condo living for modern apartment renting. With that, came slight downsizing, and an entirely new home. A while back I came across this Dark Floral Wallpaper by Ellie Cashman Design. It was love at first site (I’m almost 100% certain love at first site can occur with home decor).

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    2015 Year in Review

    In some ways I can’t believe it’s almost 2016, in other ways I’m wondering how it isn’t almost 2017 (I work in marketing, we work months in advance). Either way, 2015 is coming to an end and I decided to put together a “best of” post to celebrate. But first, here’s what it would look like if my blog sent a cheesy holiday card:

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    A quick look back…

    I started this blog in October 2014 because I wanted a place to house mood boards I was creating when I was desperate for a home of my own to decorate. Since then, it has definitely grown, but has always been more of a hobby for me. I post when I have content I want to share. I’ve never really put a content strategy or plan in place or set goals for how often I want to post. 2015 has been a pretty great year for this little blog of mine. I was featured in Apartment Therapy, Front + Main, Design*Sponge, House Beautiful and more. My condo finally came together (and stopped echoing). I had 4x the amount of traffic in 2015 vs. 2014 (woot woot!). Now on to the best of 2015…

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    DIY Cactus Wall

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    If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember this photo from Create + Cultivate:

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    That picture wasn’t even the whole wall. It was all the way to the ceiling. Amazing. It inspired me for a blank wall in my dining room. Of course, I didn’t want to spend all my money on cacti, so I had to adjust the size. I decided to make it ombre, but you can barely tell.

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    I started with clay pots from IKEA (so cheap) and sample sizes of Behr paint. I chose three Glidden colors: Island Shores, Bay Blue and Echo Lake Aqua.

    The shelves are also from IKEA. I wanted something basic. At first, I was going to spray paint the brackets gold but I changed my mind. I like the light wood. Then, I had to pot the cacti. I can’t take all the credit, a friend helped. I did manage to prick myself multiple times. Those cacti aren’t leaving their new pots.

    I’m really happy with how it turned out, even if you can’t tell it’s supposed to be ombre.

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    Living Room Updates

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    Disclosure: I know the curtains are the wrong size. I just haven’t replaced them yet.

    First, a look back…

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    My living room is finally complete(ish). Nothing is ever really finished (I like to change things) and I really do need new curtains (see above disclosure), but for the time being, it finally feels complete. The living room has come a long was since the blank walls and IKEA rug. My new coffee table arrived about two weeks ago and is perfect in the space. The coffee table is already no longer available on West Elm (bummer!), so I’m glad I ordered it when I did. Anyway, this weekend I moved my mess to my kitchen and took some photos of the living room. Enjoy!

    For a full home tour, click here.

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    I really need to fill in this bookcase…

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    Favorite Sources for Affordable Home Decor

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    I am frequently asked about good sources for affordable home decor. I have a few go-to places that I’m always recommending so I decided to pull them all together in a blog post. I’m only including places that I’ve shopped at or ordered from and had good experiences. I’m sure there are a TON more out there, but these are a couple of my absolute favorites.

    If you are shopping at any store, definitely look for sales. Rugs USA is one of my favorite sites and almost always has a sale going on. It’s also back-to-school season so storage and organization are on sale. Some places offer “dollar” rewards back too. I’ve earned credit towards AllModern with other purchases.

    I’ve also noticed a lot of sites offer the SAME products under different names and you can find them cheaper if you know where to look. For example, Audrey Lamp from Lulu & Georgia: $194. Safavieh Lamp from Overstock (SAME LAMP): $118.99. Definitely shop around for lamps and rugs.

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    Sometimes I feel like a Rugs USA salesperson, I recommend them so much. They are always having amazing sales (right now it’s 70% off). I’ve ordered three rugs from there now. Shipping is quick and I’ve never had an issue. They have great finds in every style. Here are a few of my favorites.

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    one. Moroccan Diamond Shag Rug (this is the rug in my living room) // two. Oriental Weavers Kaleidoscope Rug (this is the runner in my entryway) // three. Windsor Overdyed Grove Rug // four. Berber Moroccan SM18 Rug // five. Tuscan Moroccan Shag Rug // six. Shag Double Sheepskin with Faux Backing

    AllModern

    This is a huge site I discovered that offers daily sales and a whole variety of home decor products. I ordered my pouf from there and love it.

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    one. Rockwell Arm Chair // two. Moroccan Leather Pouf // three. Baja Navy Indoor/Outdoor Rug // four. Geometric Tower Lamp // five. Diamond Platinum and White Indoor/Outdoor Rug // six. Sovereign Upholstered Headboard

    Target

    Target never disappoints. They have a pretty decent home section in their stores but they have a never-ending home section online. You can find anything in any style at any price point.

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    one. Etched Copper Bowl // two. Threshold Tufted Bench // three. Threshold Bar Cart // four. Nate Berkus Acrylic Rectangle Lamp // five. Threshold Tie Dye Lumbar Pillow // six. Threshold Hourglass Accent Table // seven. Threshold Carson Horizontal Bookcase // eight. Carlisle Metal Counter Stools // nine. Bulbous Table Lamp

    HomeGoods / TJ Maxx / Marshalls

    HomeGoods is obviously a go-to for affordable home decor. But, it doesn’t end there. TJ Maxx and Marshalls also have great home sections. You never know what will be in stock, so check them regularly. Here are some of my favorite finds:

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    one. Crystal Sphere Lamp from TJ Maxx // two. Teal pillow from HomeGoods // three. Agate Bookend from HomeGoods // four. Mirrors from HomeGoods // five. Decorative Box from HomeGoods // six. Ceramic Pot from HomeGoods // seven. Sheepskin Throw from TJ Maxx (this was only $13!!)

    World Market

    I never really know what was in this store until I started shopping for my condo. It’s AMAZING. Great finds at greater prices.

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    one. Cute-as-a-Button Erin Chair // two. Small Antique Gold Leila Sunburst Mirror // three. Emerald Harbin Accent Table // four. Brass Diamond Table Lamp // five. Orange Teaghan Chair // six. Pagoda Blue Evie Molded Dining Chairs set // seven. Copper Ethan Wall Sconce // eight. Monogram Letter Hooks

    Overstock

    Another great source for affordable home decor. I have the wood leg accent chairs in my dining room. It takes some digging because they have A LOT, but there are some great finds. I also bought my entryway table on Overstock.

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    one. Wood Leg White Accent Chairs // two. Safavieh Indoor 1-Light Lourve White Table Lamp // three. Retro Eames Style Molded Plastic Wood Eigel Legs Blue Side Chair // four. Tabouret Tangerine Metal Counter Stools // five. Uptown Home Dalton Mirrored Accent Table

    IKEA

    Last but not least, IKEA. How could I write a post about affordable home decor and not include them? Now, I don’t get everything from IKEA, but there are a few things there that are MUST BUYS. First, frames. They have affordable frames and since I love art, I stock up when I go to IKEA. Second, BILLY bookcases. Even if you don’t stick an AC unit through one, they are a good purchase. Here are some more great finds:

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    one. RASKOG Utility cart (this is in my kitchen) // two. HEKTAR Pendant lamp // three. FINTORP Rail (this storage system is in my kitchen) // four. FINTORP Hooks // five. VIRSERUM Frame // six. RIBBA frame // seven. RIBBA Picture Ledge // eight. BILLY Bookcase // nine. RANARP Work Lamp (this is in my office) // ten. RENS Sheepskin // eleven. VITTSJO Nesting Tables (spray paint these gold) // twelve. VITTSJO (spray paint this gold too)

    Hope you enjoyed the list! What are some of your favorite stores?

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    Painted IKEA VITTSJO Bookcase

    In the words of Taylor Swift, “I got a blank space baby.”

    It’s between my closet and TV.

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    I can’t hang art there because it wouldn’t make sense with the gallery wall next to it. I decided to go with a bookcase/shelving unit. The IKEA VITTSJO Shelving Unit was perfect. I’ve seen the VITTSJO line spray painted gold a lot. I figured it would dress it up and go with my living room, since I already have gold accents.

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    I decided to spray paint it before assembling, but then had to touch it up after assembling. If I was going to redo it, I would assemble first, then paint. I used Rust-Oleum metallic gold paint. Highly recommend it. I needed two cans.

    Done.

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