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Layer your necklaces for added sparkle

When it comes to our favorite sparkly and shiny goodies, who can choose just one? Luckily, today's trendsetters say that you don't have to wear your favorite jewels one at a time. Today's fashion mavens have been stacking bracelets and layering...

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How to Wrap the Perfect Present

While there are so many different things about this time of year I love, I must say wrapping gifts for my loved ones may trump them all. It's a tradition my family takes very seriously. There may even be a yearly competition between my father and I. I always win obviously (just don't tell him that). And over the years I've picked up a few tricks of the family trade I thought I'd share with you all. Happy Holidays Loves! xoxo, Mandy of...

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10 Tips for Perfect Holiday Cookies

When we first moved into our home and experienced our first holiday in the burbs, I was completely caught off guard by all my crafty and creative neighbors. Adorable little s'mores kitsjars of homemade goodness, and ...

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Prettying Up a Builder Kitchen

If a custom kitchen is not in the budget, you're in good company. This designer went to work to add thoughtful touches that feel luxe without breaking the budget. The result is one stinkin cute kitchen and some great take-aways to work into your own space. Read on for great tips from Vanessa Francis Design and find even more captured by...

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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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How to Choose Kitchen Countertops

Have you ever been to Sabine's blog? The woman is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things home related. From the depths of your basement to the tippy toppy of your roofline, I'm convinced she knows it all. And today she's dishing on the ins and outs of how to choose those kitchen countertops of yours. From marble to granite, read on to find out what will get you the most bang for your buck. Tips & Advice: ...

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Keep Your Hydrangeas Fresh with These Tips

We’re strong believers that fresh flowers are a must have around your home. One of our favorite flowers to have around the house is hydrangeas. You can find them anywhere, and they are super easy to arrange. Unfortunately, hydrangeas are a...

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Ten Tips for Effortless Entertaining

Entertaining is one thing. Entertaining effortlessly so that you can soak up the moments and enjoy the process is an entirely different beast. So for me, these ten tips are like my entertaining blueprints. A way to streamline the party process so that - whether you are hosting 2 or 10 - you can feel like you are in a sweat free, choas free, totally happy zone. For more entertaining and decor ideas, follow me on Instagram where you...

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15 Secrets to Decorating Like a Pro

When you are neck deep in painting walls, hanging art and hunting for just the right pieces to fill your home, these tips are going to come in so handy.  I promise. They're tid bits that make a world of difference in a space. Things like how high to hang that favorite painting or what color will make a small room seem larger and we've got them coming your way in 3,2,1... For more design and decorating tips:...

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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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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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