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Guest Bathroom+Minted Semi-Annual Free Foil Event

Melanie

When it comes to a guest bathroom you always want it to be clean and inviting. That’s why I opted to do a “lightly” beach inspired theme in our Florida guest bathroom. I painted light stripes on the wall (pain in my butt!) and picked up crisp white linen towels. I didn’t want the typical beachy theme with...

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Guest Bathroom+Minted Semi-Annual Free Foil Event

Melanie

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When it comes to a guest bathroom you always want it to be clean and inviting. That's why I opted to do a "lightly" beach inspired theme in our Florida guest bathroom. I painted light stripes on the wall (pain in my butt!) and picked up crisp white linen towels. I didn't want the typical beachy theme with seahorses and shells everywhere...that's just not me. So, when I saw this foil print of Florida on Minted.com, I knew it would fit the look I was going for! Plus, everyone loves reppin' their state-- am I right!? The print arrived last night and was packaged secure and really cute. I immediately put it on the shelf in the bathroom to see how it looked. It was perfect! This is the 11x11 by the way. I knew it was a keeper when even my boyfriend commented that he liked it. I hope you guys like it too and if you do, you're in luck!

Minted.com is doing their Semi-Annual Free Foil Event. I love how many customizable options they have too! You can get your vows, a custom map, baby foot prints and more all in a foil print. In case you're not familiar with the site, it's an online marketplace that connects you with independent artists from all over the world. Think of it as going to an art show, but without having to leave your house.

USE CODE: FOIL16 from now until March 14th to receive an extra 20% OFF!

More info on the art I selected:

Florida Map by GeekInkDesign

Size: 11x11

Frame: Black Premium Wood

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My DC Apartment Tour: Entryway + Kitchen

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Metal letters from Crate & Barrel (Pier 1 has similar ones for under $15!) // Clear Storage Container for K-Cups from Homegoods (check your local store) // Black Stools // Keurig // White Tray Under Dog Dishes // Mirrored Hurricane Candle Holders from Crate & Barrel (VERY SIMILAR ones HERE and HERE) // White Triangle Decorative Accent from Target (check your local store) // Gold Dog Dishes // Automatic Wine Opener (this is a game changer and if you drink wine-- I highly suggest you get one! It's under $15) // Cocktails Napkins from Homegoods (check your local store) // Soap (my favorite) // Clear Sponge Holder from World Market (it's really a soap dish. I like this one too!)

Christmas is in two days, but you certainly wouldn't be able to tell by looking at my apartment! Unfortunately, all my Christmas decorations stay down in Florida at my boyfriend's condo, since that's where I spend Christmas every year. Nonetheless, tons of people have been asking me to post photos of my apartment. I decided to start with my entryway and kitchen. Nothing too fancy, but there are a few tips and tricks that I did that may help you with your own decorating.

Tip #1: Pop of Color

I'm not huge on crazy patterned towels, so I opt to bring color into my kitchen other ways i.e. fresh flowers or pellegrino bottles. Little pops of color help to make your kitchen brighter, without making it look cluttered or messy.

Tip #2: Dog mat Dupe

I, like almost every dog owner, had one of those foam-type mats under Ziggy's food and water bowls. Well, the mat was 3x the size of his bowls and seemed to do nothing but gather dirt and grime. It was a pain in the butt to always wipe off too! I knew there had to be another option, so I headed to Homegoods and got creative. I ended up buying a white tray to place under his bowls instead. The tray has a lip on it, so it holds in water (unlike most mats) and when it comes time to clean, I simply throw the tray and his bowls in the dishwasher. Easy peasy.

Tip #3: K-Cup Storage

Instead of opting for the traditional solution when it came to storing my K-cups, I decided to go another route. All of the storage for K-cups that I found at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target either took up too much space on my counter-top or were pricey. I found this circular clear container for $5.99 at Homegoods and immediately thought I could use it to store my K-Cups, so that's what I did! Make sure to stack them neatly inside though, since they are visible to anyone in your kitchen-- you don't want it looking sloppy.

Tip #4: Spell it Out

Tons of stores carry letters-- wooden, metal, plastic, you name it-- they have it. Often people get the letters and use them to symbolize the first letter of their name and their partner's. Sometimes people use the letters to represent their initials. I love all of those uses, but since Brian doesn't live in DC with me and I'm not particularly fond of pointing out my middle initial (it's a "B"...I'll leave it at that), I wanted to try something else! I bought these metal letters at a Crate & Barrel Outlet and decided to use them to spell out the word "HEY" in my entryway. People compliment them all the time and I always enjoy coming into my apartment and seeing it every day. It makes me happy. I have some other ideas of how you could use the letters too: To spell out your local airport code (DCA, TPA, MIA, LAX) or your state abbreviation.

Hope these tips and tricks helped you in someway! My next apartment post will be of my living room and dining area, since I know people would like to see those as well.

I want to wish you and your loved ones a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS from the bottom of my heart.

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GIVEAWAY: Print from First Class Design Co. + Framebridge Discount Code UPDATE: Winner Selected

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DC Map Print c/o First Class Design Co. // Frame c/o Framebridge // Vase from Homegoods (check your local store) // Sand-filled Hour Glass

Tis' the season for giving, so I'm doing just that! I've teamed up with an awesome shop I found on Etsy, First Class Design Co., to give you guys the DC map print that I have hanging in my apartment. You can get the same one as mine or pick a different city; totally up to you! They have a huge selection and I get compliments on this one all the time. I love their subway signs and bus scrolls too, especially because they can customize them however you'd like. Such a great gift idea! They were kind enough to offer a discount code as well, in the event you don't win or you'd like to order some gifts. From now until January 8th use CODE: MEL10OFF and receive 10% off your order!

That's not all! The custom online framing site, Framebridge, would love to frame your print. Use my CODE: TPLB15 to receive 15% off your first order. They framed the print in the photo. The whole process was extremely easy and I can't even tell you how impressed I am with the finished product! It was so much fun uploading the picture I wanted to frame and then going through their virtual frame shop to the pick the perfect one. Super easy!

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN A FREE PRINT:

  1. Like the giveaway photo on Instagram.
  2. Head over to First Class Design Co. and pick out the print you'd like to win.
  3. Comment below with the name of the print you picked.
  4. Good luck!

Winner will be announced on December 11th! Check back to see if you won!

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UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS to Heather (HGarcia)! You are the winner of the print! I will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing info. Congrats and Happy Holidays!

New giveaway coming soon!

Decor Inspo: Neutral Living Room

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Sofa // Pillows // Fur Pillow // Mercury Glass Lamps (I found mine at my local HomeGoods) (similar: here and here) // Clear Coffee Table // Chair // Large Vase // Candle Holders // Urchin Candle (similar) // Silver Side Table (I found mine at my local HomeGoods) // Wood Top Side Tables // Silver Candle // Rug (similar: here and here)

 

Many of you may not know this about me, but interior design is a true passion of mine. If I didn't work in radio, I'd be doing whatever I could to open up my own interior design business. While I wish I had the money to decorate and re-decorate every room in my house a million times over...

I don't (plus, my boyfriend would kill me). So, I often turn to Polyvore to get my decorating fix. If you haven't heard of Polyvore, I'll explain-- it's a site where you can make collages using just about anything: beauty products, fashion, home decor, etc. I find it addicting/therapeutic and when I can't afford to go on a retail therapy session, I'll just log-on to Polyvore and make a collage of things I wish I could get. It's really cool what your own mind can create.

Above is a room I designed on Polyvore today. I used a lot of pieces/similar pieces to some I already have in my living room (the framed artwork, the couch, candles, and similar lamps to ones I found at my local HomeGoods). From there, I added on some other pieces that I wish I could buy to really complete my living space. I always flip-flop on whether or not I should add color to my living room, so this was a fun way to experiment with just neutrals and see how I liked it.

I'd love to know your thoughts: Do you like neutral living spaces or do you prefer some color? What colors are you guys loving in home decor right now? I may take your suggestions and use them as inspiration for my next Polyvore creation.

Happy Monday!

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