Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Love Your Laundry Room

Bizarrely enough, I kind of like to do laundry. Us laundry-lovers are few and far between though. For those of you who dread laundry day, use these tips to create a laundry space that is functional, organized, and clean. Who knows, it may become a place that you actually want to spend time in.
  • Organize laundry supplies on shelves, in cabinets, and in labeled bins.
  • Stack your washer and dryer to utilize vertical space.
  • Set up an easy-to-use drying rack. Hide a permanent rack with a small curtain, or set up an expandable rack that can easily be put away when not in use.
  • If sitting your washer and dryer side by side, create a large folding area on top. Try not to cover it with "stuff", keep it designated for clean clothes only.
  • Add a little color here and there to brighten your day.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Crafts for the Home

Fall is in full swing and soon enough there will be plenty of chilly weekends that are perfect for staying inside and perfecting your crafting skills (at least that's what I'll be doing!). Start outside by collecting the items that you'll need to create your homemade fall decor. Collect leaves of various shapes and colors, twigs, and holly branches. Pick your favorite leaves out of the bunch and frame them in clear glass frames for instant mantle decor. If you're willing to invest a little more time, paint a leaf and use it as a stamp on plain white paper. Frame it in a simple frame for colorful, one-of-a-kind artwork. Go one step further with your leaves by tracing them onto colored construction paper, and attaching them together to create a wreath. The best part is that the paper leaves won't dry out so you can display your creation year after year! Last but not least, wrap leaves around a wooden letter for a monogram that is perfect for fall. Compliment your new leaf decor with a vase full of twigs and holly branches.

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens
Photo: Martha Stewart
Photo: My Blessed Life
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Photo Walls

Personal photos are the perfect way to make your home a little more you. Your home should be a place that makes you feel comfortable and happy, and what better way make it that way then to surround yourself with images of the people, places, and memories that you love? Create a photo collection by organizing all of your photos in a specific way. For example, select photos that are all the same size and frame them in identical frames. Hang the collection to form a large square or rectangle for a cohesive and sleek look. Achieve a less systematic look by alternating the sizes of each frame, but keeping the color the same. Arrange the frames to fill a wall (kind of like a puzzle), or lean them against a series of shelves.

Photo: Apartment Therapy
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Photo: Belle Maison
Photo: Martha Stewart
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Photo: Young House Love

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bridal Hair: All Down

You may have seen Good Style's favorite picks for bridal hair up-do's and bridal hair half up-do's, but maybe what you're really looking for is an all-down hairstyle for your big day. Look no further, because this post is for you. Whether your hair is long or short, curly or straight, one of these versatile styles is sure to catch your eye. It's hard to go wrong with simple beach-inspired waves. This laid-back look is flattering for nearly any face shape. Add a flower, headband, or side braid for a more complete style.

Photo: College Fashion
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Photo: Intimate Weddings
Photo: The Fashionable Housewife
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