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How to Decorate an Ugly Sofa

We all have one. Whether it was a $99 craigslist find, a parental hand me down or an adopted gem from a roommate past - the ugly sofa is one item that I'm betting nearly every home in America has. So today, we're working with what we've got and showing you just how easy it is to decorate around that sofa that simply needs a little love. And you can find more How-To's right here! 1. If given the option, always...

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Decorating Cakes with Real Flowers

Seeing that crafting sugar flowers takes time and patience (read: which I don't have) - I am always one to place a few real flowers atop a cake. I usually just insert the stem into the cake but today Caprice Decor & Design is sharing the legit way to affix pretty flowers atop pretty cakes. With cakes by The Cocoa Cakery, planning by...

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Stress Free Guide to Flea Markets

The season is upon us. When the leaves change and roadside flea and antique markets become a weekend adventure. So today, we're breaking it all down for you. From what to bring to what to scout, this is your definitive guide to hitting up your local flea markets and walking away feeling like you scored some seriously awesome wares. Without any stress at all. Photos by Ruth Eileen.

CLICK THRU THE TOP SLIDESHOW FOR OUR FLEA...

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How to Prepare for House Guests

This weekend we have some of our closest friends coming to town which means I've been running around getting our home "guest ready". You see, I take the act of hosting very seriously and this act is all about the prep work! Prep work I've got down to five easy steps - it starts with a cocktail (of course) and ends with breakfast. Five easy steps I thought I'd share with you all. Happy weekend! Truly, MKR No. 1 - Ready the...

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Makeup Tutorial: A Bold Eye and Perfectly Pink Lip

I am, admittedly, low maintenance when it comes to my makeup routine. I've been using the same products, the same steps, the same everything for longer than I'd care to admit and it's high time I step it up. Though I'm not one to go over the top with my routine, I feel confident that Mandy and Claudia's easy 5 step guide to a bold...

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How-To: Braided-Do for Short Hair

We get a lot of requests to pull together hair tutorials for short-haired girls. It's quite the challenge since you can really only do so much! But this cute braided-do should do the trick! It's a great alternative for boho brides, a romantic date night, or a fun night out with your girlfriends. It has the essence of the half up, half down do, and keeps your hair off your face! XO, ...

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Tips on Foraging for Flowers

When creating the look for my Easter table this year I knew I wanted everything to be very natural and feel like I literally brought the outdoors in. To accomplish that idea I enlisted the help of my friend, and amazing florist Lindsay Coletta. Lindsay is known for her flowing, organic arrangements which are largely made up of foraged flowers and plants. And while the idea of foraging can be quite intimidating, I promise you it's easier and more fun...

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15 Cleaning Tips You Never Knew!

For someone who's weirdly obsessed with a clean condo, the act of cleaning itself falls very low on my list of things I like to do. In order to make the process as painless as possible, over the years I've discovered a handful of super easy, mostly-natural tips and tricks for effortless cleaning. I've pretty much mastered the act of making our place sparkly with little elbow grease, and am sharing all my secrets riiiiight here:...

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DIY Succulent Garden + How to Take Care of Succulents

Don't get me wrong flowers are my thing, but lately I love making succulent gardens. I recently made about 20 gardens for my client, Alden & Harlow and now I find myself making them for everyone I know! You can see a few of the creations here, and find more floral inspiration over at Wildfolk Studio. I...

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How-To Knit

My granda taught me how to knit when I was eleven, and I vividly remember the hours I spent carefully knitting my soon-to-be-born baby sister a teeny tiny scarf. It was relaxing, it was exciting, and the entire process was just overall lovely. I've since forgotten how, but have longed to pick it back up again. Enter: Jess; our fabulous in-house DIY'er who's sharing each and every step! How to Knit...

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How-To Make the Perfect Bed

Whether or not we make the bed each morning is literally the only thing that my boyfriend and I consistently banter about. In his mind, we're just going to mess it up later anyway so it's a waste of time. But as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more satisfying than climbing your way into a picture perfect bed each and every night. It feels fresh, it feels fancy, and it's truly the best way to finish the day.

THE FOUNDATION OF A GREAT BED

1. Start with the best...

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How to Decorate a Rental

I've been renting for 5 + years now and the designer that resides within me has been dying to make a few major changes (hello ugly kitchen!) Turning a blind eye has been no easy feat, but unfortunately this type of work isn't an option. That said, being comfortable in "my" home is imperative. So with that in mind, I've rounded up 10 things you can do to a rental that will leave your space feeling fancy in no time flat. So now we've got to ask...what are your favorite ways to gussy up...

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Oscar Makeup How-to: Metallic Eye

The last time I watched the Oscars I was in awe of all the glowy faces and perfect cat eyes being spotted on the red carpet. The stars of Hollywood may have the benefit of having a professional make up artist and hairstylist at their disposal for looking glam, but this doesn't mean we can't achieve a fun Oscar-esque look of our own! For more DIYs, head on over to my blog...

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How to Stock a Bar Cart

It's no secret that bar carts are all the rage these days but if you're, well, human, the thought of stocking it properly may feel a little overwhelming. I mean, have you stepped foot in your local liquor store these days? So. Many. Options! Which is why we've made it our mission to break it down into a super simple mini-guide. Not to worry, you'll be shakin' & stirring your way to cocktail perfection in no time.

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Tips on Entertaining With Cheese

Ah, The Moms Project, how I love thee. We've chatted about their fantastic mission in the past, and I'm thrilled that we're back with another epic feature. This time, all eyes are on one of my personal favourite topics: cheese (oh yes, I have heart-eyes for...

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How to Entertain With Confidence + A GIVEAWAY!

Though I've done my share of entertaining in the past, I like to turn to the experts when it comes down to executing each event without a hitch. Experts like Ngoc, who is the definition of the hostess with the mostess (and has a book to prove it!) Not only is she sharing her deep, dark entertaining secrets with us, she's also giving away FOUR copies of her...

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Calligraphy 101 + GIVEAWAY

Now that you've seen the prettiness from Laura Hooper's Calligraphy Workshop, we thought we'd dive into a bit of the nitty gritty: the top three questions that she always gets from inspired calligraphers. Plus what's a good workshop without a great gift? We've got a...

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How to Get Beautiful Family Photos

Photographer + Film Maker, Joel Serrato, has been a friend of mine for years. Simply put, I adore him. And his talent for both film and photography holds no bounds. So I'm thrilled today that he is sharing a few tips for families out there looking to get the best possible family portraits. And as a bonus, he's sharing a Super 8 video of the family he shot...

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Everything You Need for Entertaining on the Fly

Girls. You are going to want to bookmark this post like it's your job. Because this post is going to single handedly transform your home from one that turns the porch light off at 5 o'clock to one that sparkles with friends and family and impromptu parties. Complete with dishes to keep on hand, snacks to stock and playlists to curate. This is your Must-Have Guide for...

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8 Hairstyles Every Girl Should Know

I'm so excited to introduce you to two girls and 8 hairstyles that you are going to love. SMP-ers, meet Molly and Joanna, the co-geniuses behind the blog Irrelephant. They dabble in all things beauty, all things home and all things flat out lovely. And while their first feature for SMP is just a couple of weeks off, we wanted to kick things off with 8 of their must-have hairstyles that EVERY girl should know. Now you tell us?

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