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DIY Dreamcatchers

We are currently in the midst of making over 500 dreamcatchers for an event, so I thought I’d let you join in on the fun, and make your own! They are the perfect touch to any type of shower, nursery, or home decor! I made a couple different variations- I mean who wouldn’t when they are making so many- so have fun with it and be creative!xoxo Alexis of The Shift Creative

Materials
Embroidery hoop (any size you prefer, for the demo I used 10′)
Yarn
Feathers
Hot Glue
Pom garland (optional)

instructions

step-1 Begin by putting a dot of hot glue on the back of the hoop and adhering your yarn to it. Then begin wrapping the yarn around the hoop making it as full as you’d like.

step-2After the base is complete, it’s time to cut your pom garland. Adhere the poms with hot glue and secure them around the rim.

step-3 Next, cut desired length of yarn for your fringe. Fold the yarn in half and place the loop part on the rim of the hoop. Tuck the ends of the yarn under the rim, and through the hoop. Pull tight, and you have created a knot. Continue this step until you are satisfied with the amount of fringe you have.

step-4The final step is attaching your feathers. Simply create a loose knot, insert the feather into the knot and pull tight. Repeat until satisfied with the look!

Photography: The Shift Creative | Design: The Shift Creative

Alexis

Contributing Editor: Party DIY
Flamingo Inspired Birthday Party

Flamingos are all the rage. Is it because they’re pink? Tropical? Who knows but we’re officially declaring them the “it bird” of 2015. And while I’m well past my second year of life, it isn’t stopping me from snagging cute details for my very own Flamingle party. Colorful and summery is just the beginning of this shindig designed by Lindsey Rendon and snapped by Amy & Jordan Photography

When asked, Makena’s mom, Lindsey, described her daughter’s 2nd Birthday this way.

My inspiration for my sweet two year old’s birthday party was something fun, colorful and summery! Because Makena is a summer baby and there isn’t much to do besides a pool party, I wanted something that said “summer!” I actually saw the yard flamingos in a store window for a display and thought they were so cute and classic summer, so that is where I got my inspiration! The “Flamingle was born!”

With incredible paper products dreamed up by Idieh Design, the party started to take a life of its own! I was blown away by the desserts by Ruze Cake House and Carte Blanche’s perfect floral pineapple, all perfectly captured by Amy & Jordan Photography. I just LOVE the way it all came together! It was exactly what I had pictured!

Photography: Amy & Jordan Photography | Event Design: Lindsey Rendon | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Desserts: Ruze Cake House | Flamingo Skirt: Chicwish | Flamingo Straws: Amazon | Giant Flamingo Float: Big Mouth Toys | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linens | Paper Products: Idieh Design | Pineapple Cups: Oriental Trading Company

The 65 Most Beautiful Style Me Pretty Interiors

I’ve decorated my current apartment as best as I can, but unfortunately there are certain things that as a renter I just can’t change. So, I can’t wait for the day I have a place of my own to decorate. And I know exactly where I’ll look to for inspiration—the interiors of Style Me Pretty Living, of course. Take a look through our favorite rooms and tell us, which space would you want to call home?

The 65 Prettiest Style Me Pretty Interiors
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More Interior Inspiration to Love:

Girly & Sophisticated Glamour Apartment Tour | Modern All White Nursery With a Pop of Pink | Three Ways to Incorporate Wallpaper

Fresh Peach Bowls with Homemade Coconut Ice Cream

Crafted by Kara Stout, this summer recipe takes peaches and ice cream to a whole new level. And we won’t even tell you how healthy it actually is. Why ruin all the fun? Homemade coconut ice cream, candied pistachios and fresh peaches are match made in heaven.  Learn how to make this crazy simple dessert below. It goes a little something like cut in half, fill and top with pistachios. Boom, done.


There’s no better combination in the summer than cold ice cream and fresh fruit. And what makes this even better is that it’s a dairy-free, vegan, and refined sugar free, no-guilt indulgence. Not to mention the variety of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants this refreshingly sweet dessert provides. It’s a great source of vitamin C, potassium, iron and vitamin E. This treat is a healthy, summery twist on peaches and cream and is just as pretty as a peach!

4-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients:

½ cup unsweetened organic coconut cream
½ tsp vanilla
1 tbsp organic pure maple syrup
¼ tsp sea salt

Directions:

1. For the coconut cream, you want to choose an organic, full-fat unsweetened coconut milk in the can. Place the can in the fridge and leave for at least 24 hours.

2. The cream and water will separate in the can so be sure not to shake the can since you just want the cream that is on top.

3. Open can gently and scoop out the cream into a mixing bowl. Stop when you begin to see the watery liquid.

4. Add the vanilla and maple syrup to the mixing bowl and whisk.

5. Next, add the sea salt and whisk until all is combined and is a smooth consistency.

6. Place in the freezer for at least 2-4+ hours or overnight.

Candied Pistachios

Ingredients:

1 tbsp organic coconut oil
½ cup raw pistachio pieces
1 – 1½ tbsp organic pure maple syrup

Directions:

1. Mix the coconut oil, pistachios and maple syrup together in an oven-safe glass bowl.

2. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, stir pistachios and bake for another 3-5 minutes.

Fresh Peach Bowls with Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients:

3 organic peaches
Homemade coconut ice cream
Candied pistachios

Directions:

1. Cut peaches in half and remove pit. You will have 6 peach bowls.

2. Scoop coconut ice cream into peach bowls.

3. Sprinkle candied pistachios on top.

4. Enjoy!

Photography & Recipe: Kara Stout

Starry Nursery Tour

This nursery makes me happy for so many reasons. It’s designed to perfection by our very own Jess, packed to the brim with adorable DIYs (see here, here and here) and filled with so much love you can feel it through the screen. Oh, and the chief resident, little Mr. Grey, is just as cute as they come. It’s hard not to love every image from Ruth Eileen, and you can see them all here.


I was SO excited to decorate a nursery for the impending arrival of my son, and then I hit my third trimester. Suddenly, standing on a stepstool to paint the ceiling was a lot less appetizing. So here we are, 10 months after his arrival, finishing his nursery. Better late than never! And now we finally have a space we all love.

Our nursery started with some amazing hand me downs- namely, the crib and changing table my parents used for my three sisters and I- still in great condition. Also, a trundle daybed which isn’t the cutest but is absolutely what we needed for the nursery-guestroom combo in our little two bedroom house.

What does a person do with a daybed? Especially in combination with a low, angled ceiling. I don’t see them often and had no idea how to make it cute, so this was a real sticking point for a while. I decided that the best thing to do was make that area of the room as symmetrical as possible and visually bring the focus up and let the bed fade back. Bring on the neutral bed linens, matching end tables, and colorful pillows!

I wanted the nursery to feel like it belongs with the rest of the house, but is still a wonderous, imaginative space for a child. I tried to balance any colorful focal points, like the constellation-painted ceiling (inspired by Grand Central Station), with lots of blank space to soothe the eyes.

These Ikea frames were perfect for a DIY art piece above the crib- it’s the first time in my life I’ve been excited about plastic instead of glass in the frame! When Grey starts being able to stand and reach out of the crib, we’ll move the crib away from the wall just to be safe.

I’m not going to lie, I selfishly picked the mobile just because I’ve been obsessed with it for a few years, even though other mobiles look more baby-friendly. I never thought Grey would like it as much as he does, but it’s easily his favorite part of the room! He is so excited to watch it spin and try to catch the stars.

The gallery wall is filled with little treasures… a footprint of Grey’s, a vintage print from my Father in Law, a few DIY pieces, and some vintage blocks that spell his name.

Closet rug: Urban Outfitters | Room rug: Target | Crib & Changing table: Jess’ from her childhood |Painting above changing table: Jess Blazejewski | Throw blanket: Target | Quilt: Target | Mini pillow: Pottery Barn Kids |Khaki pillow with pink lining: Pottery Barn Kids |Turquoise pattern pillow: Target |White fringed pillow: Target |Mint pillows: Homegoods |Goodnight moon pillow: DIY- get the instructions here | Crib sheet: Aden & Anais |Star blanket: Aden & Anais | Bookshelves: Ikea | Floor baskets: Pottery Barn Kids |Side tables: Target | Lamps: Target |Stacking blocks: Jess’ from her childhood | Navy & white striped bins: Container Store | Whitewash rattan bins: Container Store | Water hyacinth bins: Container Store | Bookends: RH Baby & Child | Hangers: Container Store | Moses basket: Badger Basket | Ivory crochet blanket: Grey’s great-grandmother | Star Mobile: Baby Jives Co | Plush veggies: Black Thumbprints

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: Jess Blazejewski

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