Trend Alert: Cool Cobalt Blue Decor

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With autumn on our tail, you’d think we would be starting to think about warm, earthy colors, but in 2014 we’re moving away from the home decor status quo. This fall we’re going to see a spike in cool saturated colors making its way into homes, specifically the striking cobalt blue. This gorgeous shade works perfectly in almost any room. It’s relaxing in your bedroom, enticing in a living room and clean in your kitchen. It’s a beautiful color to use on your walls, or, if you’re just trying it out, as an accent color. Pair it with yellows for a high contrast look, or with different shades of blues and grays for a more muted approach.

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DIY: Monogrammed Leather Accent Tote Bag

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Canvas tote bags are practical and great for running errands. But truth be told, they’re a little plain. Make your tote bag stand out with classic details that will instill your DIY creation with a preppy and sophisticated vibe, and avoid the question of paper or plastic once and for all.

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What You’ll Need:

Canvas Tote
Faux Leather Bias Binding
E6000
Scissors
Fabric Pen
Flatback Crystal Rhinestones

 

DSC_00711. Glue the faux leather trim on top on the canvas handles of your tote.

DSC_00882. Once the glue has dried, use E6000 to glue the trim across the top of the bag.

DSC_00903. Use small pieces of the trim to cover the edges of the bag.

DSC_01084. Write your initials, favorite word or phrase out lightly in pencil, and when you’re happy with the marks, go over it with your fabric pen.

DSC_01145. Finish your tote off with some sparkling accents by adding small flatback rhinestones to the top and bottom of your design!

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Color Story: Fuchsia

2014 was the year of Radiant Orchid, a cool toned medium-pink that captured the fashion, decor and beauty world by storm; but today we want to give a nod to one of Radiant Orchid’s close cousins: fuchsia. Fuchsia is a bright reddish-purple that takes its name from the equally beautiful fuchsia flower. This color would look beautiful in any season because it’s vibrant enough for summer, but rich enough for winter.

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A fuchsia dress is one way to liven up a room! It’s as dramatic as red, but a little more modern and playful.

 

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946a0a6b838a111e0c78b874c2adf852A popular choice for bride, this bold color is perfect for accenting more muted colors.

 

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And don’t forget about home decor! Adding fuchsia to your room is a fantastic way to make any room more lively!

 

Loft Space Inspiration

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New York, and many other bustling metropolitan cities are an ideal place to live. The access to culture, entertainment, and public transportation cannot easily be rivaled. But there is a setback to living in a beautiful, boisterous city: lack of space. More and more urbanites are living with less, and making the most of the small spaces they have. One great way to save space, while also adding dimension to a studio, is renting a lofted apartment. These tiny abodes, show just how much you can do with limited square footage!
airy-and-fresh-Scandinavian-bedroom-with-upstairs-closet.-by-Pikcells-Visualisation-StudioRooms can be simple, clean and modern; with white helping to widen the room.

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3778c0ea1fafaec1af30c33dc53cdff7Lofts don’t have to be modern and minimalist. They can be feminine and shabby chic too!

159cb97a5fbc080629735500046be6f1The best tip to keep your studio looking spacious? Keep it tidy and clutter-free!

 

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29443c4ba66bf2e9e55ae9c90e895f3eWood floors and and exposed brick can add warmth to any small space, making it a cozy alcove.

 

Tropical Palm Decor Inspiration

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Do you wish summer would last forever? So do we. But there are some simple ways to keep summer alive even when the winter chills sink in! Keep your home subtropic instead of subarctic by adding some bold botanicals to the mix! We’re talking about palm fronds, people. They may not do well in cold weather, but as far as trends go, they’re evergreen!

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Add realistic wallpaper for a room that could pass for paradise.

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Explore unique color combinations.

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Add a subtle tropical touch to your decor in an unexpected place!

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You can keep it green and go gold with elaborate accessories!

 

 

DIY: Ribbon Garland

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A very special birthday is coming up, and the cake is definitely bound to have more candles than it can handle. But what do you do when you want to keep the celebratory impact of the cake without turning the cake into a crater? With a simple decoration that’s also easily translatable to walls: ribbon garland!
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What You’ll Need:

15mm French DF Satin Ribbon

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

Dowels

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1.Cut your ribbons into 4″ strips.DSC_0022

2. Add glue to one side of the ribbon, and place it under the string in the middle.DSC_0010

3. Fold over the ribbon and pat it down. Repeat this step with the other colors until you reached your desired length for your garland.

DSC_00414. Once the ribbon is dry, fold the tips of each ribbon meeting together. Cut on an angle doing downward.

 

5. Add dowels to each side of the cake and attach your cake garland to each side.

 

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What You’ll Need:

1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon #00299

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

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1. Repeat the steps above with 10″ lengths of ribbon.

 

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Cake Topper DIYs

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Do you have a big birthday coming up? A party you want to impress your guests at? A special announcement that needs a special dessert? Enter the cake topper. This wonderful addition to any cake, big or small, can instantly take your cake up a notch or two. Perfect for any occasion, cake toppers make any celebratory event even more exciting, but pre-made varieties can cost more than the cake itself! So why not roll up your sleeves (if they aren’t already rolled from creating that perfect cake) and get crafting!
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Gems are totally outrageous, and thus the perfect toppers for a delicious cake. These cute paper and glitter creations from Designlovefest are perfect for any princess’s party!

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What’s better than a cake topper? A cake topper you can eat. What’s better than that? A cake topper you can eat with sprinkles. Kojo Designs checked off every box, and made the perfect sprinkle cake topper.

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These monogram cake toppers from Design Sponge are so beautiful, we’d hold onto them long after the last slice has been had.

 

Ombre Flag Cake Toppers

Lauren Conrad must share our love for ombre and ribbons. Just look at these beautiful flag cake toppers! They’re perfect for a baby shower.

 

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Even the smallest of cakes can use a little topper love. These paper clip balloon toppers from Studio DIY are just the ticket for some sweet personalized treats!

Favorite DIYs of July

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Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Gold Bulb ChandelierBrit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!

 

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511e22506970c-800wiThis month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.

Bridal-Shower-Invitations-MintedThese bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.

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Sticker Mandala

From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.

Storybook Stairway Inspiration

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Stairways are a popular image in stories because they can act as a passage to infinite possibility. They can lead to amazing wonders just beyond their steps, and be the door to dangerous secrets as well. These “bridges” can be as magical in real life as they are in fables. Creating beautiful stairs is an unexpected way to revamp your decor because they are often overlooked in homes. If you want to make your stairways more magical, here are a few of our favorite storybook staircases!97a30f8ad82f55091ee659f8f6dfea0f

This terrifying, enclosed staircase looks like it will take you into another realm as soon as you step inside!

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There is nothing more romantic than a beautiful winding staircase.

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This stairway looks like an extension of the tree that appears to be growing out of the ground!

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Sometimes all you need to really make a difference is a little bit of pattern!

DIY: PomPom Placemats

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Summer is all about having fun, seeing friends and family, going on adventures and bright, bright colors! Embrace the summer spirit by introducing some fun onto your dinner table with these pompom placemats we’ve created. They add the perfect amount of pizzazz to your summer table, and are great for using when entertaining friends!

Materials for Pom Pom Fringe Placemat What You’ll Need:

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3/8” Pom Pom Fringe

E6000

ScissorsMeasuring Pompom Trim for Placemat1. Lay your pom pom fringe against one side of your placemat, and cut to fit.

Gluing Fringe onto Placemat2. Place a line of glue going down the edges of the placemat, and glue down your trim.

3. Repeat on all sides.

Finished Pompom Placemat