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the unofficial title of this post is “brilliant blue”, for obvious reasons. isn’t turquoise fabulous?!

these pictures of the new zealand coast will answer that question, in case there’s any dispute. they’re unabashedly gleaned from google images so click through for links.

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made: astronaut art

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last week, I saw the cutest thing on sale- this retro card game from restoration hardware! for some reason I loved how the cards looked, and I got the idea to frame them in different ways.

luckily my mom had a bunch of old frames she didn’t want anymore, so it was just a matter of spray painting them black + matte krylon (like I did here) and adding the cards. the biggest one is just cards framed on a sheet of black construction paper.

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this little guy is just a single card framed. I used it in my bathroom beside my other “made” art, along with a black and gold framed poem.

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for this one, I printed a black and white picture of the moon to use as the background. (these pictures were taken at night on my kitchen counter so regrettably this one is a little crooked!)

the two smaller ones I hung beside my thermostat on a little chunk of wall next to my pantry. my house is heated by a gas fireplace, and the men who installed it hung the remote control right at eye level instead of next to the two sets of light switches that were already there… it looks kind of funny to have a single picture hanging next to it, so I used these two different sized ones to camouflage it.

this was a very easy project, but I think one of my favorites so far!

dished: coffee caramelized croissant french toast sticks

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okay, first and foremost a disclaimer: I haven’t made these yet! which is pretty awful, and I promise I’m dying to. this weekend I actually bought croissants for the purpose of making this recipe. however I didn’t get quite enough in the first place, and then once my boyfriend saw that the recipe involved coffee, he was completely against them no matter what I said. I’m resigned to making them in a few months when he’s forgotten about it and I’m 99.9% sure he’ll like them even though he’s kind of picky. I have to spring these kinds of things on him before he has time to think about them and decide he doesn’t like them.

anyways, this recipe looks completely heavenly and I hope that someone else can enjoy them for me! huge thanks to tieghan for this loveliness and her incredible creativity. recipe here.

made: ombré bottles

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ever since I moved into my house, I’ve been collecting succulents and pots to decorate my mantle (inspired by this picture, taken at the ojai rancho inn). unfortunately I still don’t really have enough to make it work, plus the mantle in my house doesn’t get enough light for most of my plants. so I’ve mounted some glass shelves in a south facing window and moved them all to there. now I don’t have anything on my mantle other than a couple pictures, so I found this tutorial to use up all my extra bottles in a pretty way. I’m still collecting, but so far I love them, and at some point I’d like to add some fake flowers (real ones are too expensive for how long they last!), a different kind for every season.

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painting the bottles is easy. just spray a coat or two of your base color over the whole bottle, and flip it upside down. next angle your second color towards the base of the bottle and adjust for any problematic ridges. check out the linked tutorial for more thorough instructions.

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this was just a short stop my boyfriend and I made today. the weather was unbelievably gorgeous and we couldn’t resist all the greenery. now I may or may not have some new little friends to plant!

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these pictures remind me of light, with all their shades of white and gold reflecting one another. they are both delicate and sturdy, offering illumination, inspiration, physical support, and a comforting warm beverage. I believe it’s important to surround yourself with things you love, not for materialistic purposes, but for mental health, clarity, and happiness.

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post 3beach, sunroom

this house kills me. it’s pretty often that I will see a house and fall in love with it instantaneously, but I feel like this one is a level above that (and don’t be surprised if I say that often). there’s just something so clean and comforting about it. I love bright white spaces for how crisp and airy they are, but more often than not I wouldn’t actually feel comfortable living somewhere so blank… maybe because it would be too easy to mess up, I don’t know. especially now that it’s warm I’ve been leaning more towards a bohemian vibe, while still staying organized and avoiding clutter, which is very important to me. the abundance of natural linen color in chay wike’s home, featured on domino, softens the fresh white walls, keeping the rooms light but making everything seem more inviting. there are no shortage of sheepskin accents which are to die for, and the subtle southwestern patterns add color and texture. and those french doors along the dining room wall are absolutely priceless! how gorgeous would it be to open all those doors and let the breeze roll in off the coast. this home would make a perfect beach house appropriate for both everyday living and relaxing.

discovered: coastal cool

I recently began receiving emails from one kings lane, hoping to find some good deals on things that I needed. I successfully found a whole lot of things that I don’t need, but really want now (and I’m okay with that). yesterday they featured paintings in cooling, calming shades of blue. the beach has already been sounding incredibly appealing to me lately, and now I’m dying to visit a quiet villa beside the ocean somewhere. until then, I’ll just dream about having these paintings hanging in my home someday. you can view the whole collection here.

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made: bathroom art

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this article on apartment therapy regarding art in the bathroom is pretty funny to me. whether or not there is art in a bathroom doesn’t seem to me like it should be a big deal under any normal circumstances. in any case, my bathroom has been looking pretty bare ever since I’ve moved in, and I wanted something to tie together my tenuous color scheme. I stumbled upon this site after seeing a post about a really neat piece of art that wasn’t strictly art at all- it was paper. paper mojo’s prices are very good, reasonable enough to make up for what seems like pretty high shipping costs just for paper. and the paper is so gorgeous!

my bathroom colors are black, gold, white, and light blue. in my dream house, the walls would be crisp white subway tile, the floor would be old wood painted white, and the bathroom vanity would be a vintage chest of some sort with a sink in it. and there would be a giant window or several windows, preferably looking out on a gorgeous private view. right now I’ve got candles and accents that all work together, but the walls in my house are an awful yellowish off white and the floor is a very old yellow-orange linoleum. there are also no windows, so it’s pretty dark, and there are some built in wood cabinets that are stained chocolate. in any case my colors don’t flow like I want them to with the preexisting fixtures.

I got this paper to try to bring in more light blue, gold, and white together. then I found some frames at Value Village for under $4 and spray painted two white, one black and cleaned the glass in them.

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I cut out a square a little bit larger than the size of the frame and taped it onto the pieces of cardboard that were inside the frames- kind of like wrapping a present.

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then I sprayed both sides of all three (and the frames, for good measure) with matte krylon. I’m hoping this will keep them from bubbling up/getting damaged from the humidity of the bathroom.

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I’m planning to find some smaller frames to add to the grouping and do some other fun projects with this paper.

“the one”

it’s finally happened.

it’s been awhile since I first started keeping my eye out for the perfect area rug for my living room (since before I moved, actually). I knew it would be a significant amount of money for me, and I wanted to make sure that it was something I was completely in love with. as per one of my previous “discovered” posts, I do love a good moroccan style rug. my favorite colors to decorate with are grays, white, and black and I either wanted a blue rug or rug with blue in it, to be a pop of color, or stick to my beloved neutrals and bring in color in other ways. I finally had some money available to spend so I checked my favorite decor websites (west elm, urban outfitters, burke decor, and others) and then a couple other places like target that I knew had stylish rugs for cheaper. my goal was to find an 8′ x 10′ for $200 or less. finally I checked overstock because I had seen some sheepskins on there that I liked.

and I found it!

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I love it. it has a traditional print (quite similar to a rug my grandmother had, which gives me good memories) but in wonderful colors. I’ve got quite a few projects I’m working on for my living room right now that I will be sure to post soon, and hopefully some time in the near future I will be finished enough to do a room tour with the rug in place.