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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 mattress you can...

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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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How to Sculpt Sugar Flowers

Girls. We're about to get our sculpt on. Yeah, I said it. Because the amazingly talented Emily of Lael Cakes is sharing tips from her latest Sugar Sculpting Workshop complete with a totally doable Sugar Dogwood Flower tutorials. And pretty pictures from Lauren Volo. AND a recipe for sugar paste (or you can just cheat and buy it like I'm going to).

SUPPLIES

Water, Pliers...

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How to Make Perfect Tea

A 101 on Making Tea? Absolutely. A 101 on Making Tea + a beautiful space to boot? Um, hello gorgeous! This lovely spread was hosted at the Oxford Exchange and was gussied up to include a tea pairing and 2 yummy recipes, with a design from the fabulous Justin Demutiis, Courtney of Dishie Rentals, &...

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11 Hangover Essentials

Is anyone else mentally preparing for the upcoming NYE festivities like we are? Because it always seems like such a great idea to down 6 champagne cocktails while watching the ball drop right? But this year. This year, we're prepared. Because we've stocked up on these 11 essential hangover cures! And we use the term cure VERY lightly. But they are all cute and make us feel better nonetheless! 1.

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How to Wrap a Perfect Present

Crunch time is here kids. When piles upon piles of gifts need to be wrapped quickly but beautifully. Crooked corners and saggy paper jobs not allowed. Nervous? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Spend 2 minutes on this little video number and you will be a wrapping pro in no time flat. And the ooohs and ahhhs you'll elicit from the lucky recipient? Ego boosting goodness. And if you need a fun, FREE, gift tag to go with your pretty present...

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A Simple French Twist

Up-dos don’t have to be intimidating. This is a simple look that you can wear with an evening gown or even just a sweater and jeans. Give it a try for your next holiday party and feel instantly regal, maybe even royal. In just 5 simple steps, this messy french twist can be yours! XO, Anna Teasing comb Bobby pins Medium hold hairspray like Garnier...

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How-To Set a Holiday Table

Setting a table is an absolute art. And though we've been known to set a lovely table in our day, we can't ever resist tapping into the genius of the pro's to get a few table setting secrets. We're so excited that the fabulous Tara Guerard is here sharing her tips and tricks for setting a gorgeous table, just in time for the Holidays. Captured by Corbin Gurkin, there's more...

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