Decor Inspiration: Pastel Interiors

Decor Inspiration: Pastel Interiors I've had interior design ideas on the mind recently. My parents are currently placing the final touches on a renovation of their kitchen that's taken place over the past several (thousand) months. It's stark white with sharp edges, minimum glitz and a modern overall feel. I often like to think about what I would have done with a (hypothetical) second kitchen to restyle. It gives you the opportunity to show off yet another side of the personality Rubix cube. What I'm trying to say is--I like a lot of different styles and sometimes I just can't choose! 

Pastels are coming in hot for 2016 and I looovvveee it. I would usually associate pastels with old-fashioned granny table cloths but I have seen the light and been inspired (by Pinterest, but still, inspired). 

Decor Inspiration: Pastel Interiors

Pastels pair unusually well with mixed metals and rose hues of copper, geometric shapes, and feminine touches. 

Decor Inspiration: Pastel Interiors

I also never thought that pastels could pair so well with vintage pieces and look so modern at the same time. The key is to incorporate modern art and knicknacks dispersed through the room. The picture above has such a cozy, warm feel. It's kinda hipster-ish but I dig it. 

Decor Inspiration: Pastel Interiors

Bright pops of fun color spunk up a bedroom while the pastels keep it feeling like a calm oasis. Adding lots of textures will create different points of interesting contrast--making sure no part of the room goes unnoticed. 

I'm still imagining up all sorts of interior options for my non-existant house of a thousand kitchens. I'm planning great things guys. ;)

 

Are you into pastels at the moment? 

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DIY Mini Flower Buckets + Arranging Tips

flower-header  While spring may not be officially in the air yet, I'm beckoning it over to our household with cute mini copper flower arrangements.

Believe it or not, I made 3 of these bucket babies using under $30. I bought the adorable little copper buckets from the $1 section at Target (if you can't find them, use a copper spray paint to replicate the look). Then I went to the best grocery store on the face of the planet (ahem: Publix) and bought 3 bouquets of flowers for $12! I simply took them out of their plastic and rubber bands and mixed and assorted the flowers to create my own unique arrangements. I bought white hydrangeas, light and dark pink carnations and some greenery to add some life to the bouquets. 

This is a fantastic budget little project that takes hardly any time and lets your creative juices flow. I love the idea for small apartment living, college dorms, the wallet-conscious, or just as an excuse to put cute mini flowers in your home. 

If you're a first-time flower arranger--no problem (to be honest it was my first time too!). Take a read of some of my favorite flower arranging tips and you'll be surprised how well your tiny arrangements turn out: 

FLOWER ARRANGING TIPS: 

  • - play with texture by adding flowers and leaves with contrasting elements  
  • - play with color by adding different flowers of the same color palette or the same flowers of different colors
  • - use flowers of different sizes and heights to create an interesting bouquet
  • - for impact, use a huge cluster of the same type of flowers and soften the edges with big leafy greenery
  • - choose an interesting or modern vase that inspires you 
  • - for single bloom arrangements, use multiple small cups or vases side by side 

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 

- mini bucket 

- fresh flowers of your choice (I used white hydrangeas, light and dark pink carnations, 

- water-soaked flower arranging foam or tape 

- scissors 

DIRECTIONS:

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ONE

Place your mini bucket on a hard surface and insert your flower arranging foam inside* (*I accidentally purchased the wrong type but you should get some appropriate for fresh flowers that soak up water--it's usually green). If you don't have the foam then you can use tape to make a grid over the mouth of the bucket, then insert flowers into the holes to balance them. 

TWO

Cut the stems of the flowers to the appropriate length so that the heads are the only thing peeking out the bucket. Insert the stems into the flower arranging foam and arrange them across it as you please. 

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THREE 

Once you finish arranging your flowers, place them down the center of your dining table, sit them on the coffee table as a small centerpiece or let them soak up the sun on a window sill. 

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Will you be trying out this DIY project? Have you ever arranged flowers before?

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How to Sneak Pampering Time Into Your Cleaning Schedule

How to Sneak Pampering Time Into Your Cleaning Schedule | www.annemariemitchell.com We women spread ourselves too thin. With busier lifestyles than ever, the multiple roles we juggle leaves most of us exhausted. Taking on the role of chef, maid, family psychologist, lady entrepreneur and overall badass leaves us feeling like it's impossible to get it all done.  

I've found a method that perfectly streamlines my work and allows me to sneak some pampering time into a cleaning plan. This plan is perfect for busy stay-at-home, working moms or anyone who feels overwhelmed by their to-do lists. You'll finally have time for "you" time and look and feel less frazzled. 

This cleaning plan works because it starts off with quick, simple tasks that "clean themselves" so to speak. So while things like the dish washer and laundry are running, you're cleaning and attending to other areas. This allows you to maximize your time. The pampering part of the strategy capitalizes on leave-in beauty products that can sit on your skin and hair while your cleaning. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone, my friends.

Some general tips that help me while cleaning: 1.) Play some music to make it more entertaining. Also helps you get in the cleaning "zone". 2.) Make each step your mission--don't think about the next one. 3.) Set a timer for each "mission" or set a 2 hour timer to keep yourself moving and on task.

Finally find the time to pamper yourself by using this cleaning plan each week:

2 HOUR HOUSE-CLEANING & PAMPERING PLAN:

10 minutes- Pick up dirty clothes off the floor of all rooms, placing them in a hamper/basket. Put on a load of laundry. 

10 minutes- Pick up any stray mugs or dishes left out in other rooms. Load dirty dishes into the dish washer and run it (or hand wash). Spray sink with kitchen cleaner and rinse.

10 minutes- Clean all bathroom sinks and wipe down mirrors. Squirt toilet cleaner along inner rims of toilet bowls and scrub inside. 

10 minutes- Go to your bathroom and apply your favorite face mask. Put in some whitening strips (my favorite are the Crest Whitening Strips for sensitive teeth). Put a hair mask, deep conditioning treatment or your favorite oil in your hair. We are going to let all of these marinate for 30 minutes while we multi-task like a boss and clean. (I usually leave the hair mask in a bit longer)

10 minutes- Walk through the house, look for misplaced items and put them back where they belong. Organize and straighten up any messy tabletops, shelves...etc. Throw out unwanted magazines, papers etc. Take out the trash and put in a new liner.

15 minutes- Quickly wipe down/dust all surfaces with multi-surface cleaner. The kitchen and bathroom counters, coffee table, dining table, side tables, desk, vanity, toilets...etc.

15 minutes- Vacuum all carpeted areas of the house. Spritz air freshener as you travel between rooms. 

5 minutes- Go to the bathroom, wash off the face mask and take off the whitening strips. 

15 minutes- Go to the laundry room and load wet clothes into the dryer and run it. Put in another load of laundry to wash. Fold dried clothes and replace towels in bathrooms with clean ones. 

10 minutes- Rinse hair of hair mask in sink or take a quick shower. Apply some body lotion to your legs and arms. 

10 minutes- Get dressed, spritz some perfume and put some makeup on. I have some tips for super speedy makeup application that might help. 

CHECKLIST: 

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DIY Inspiration Cork Board

DIY Inspiration Cork Board | www.annemariemitchell.com The new dawn of 2015 is fast approaching my friends. New Years resolutions will undoubtedly be made--and many broken. I don't know about you, but becoming a more organized, less slob of a human being is top priority for me this coming year.

I decided to take action and create my own fun inspiration board out of an old cork board I had laying around. It's a fun way to keep yourself motivated, inspired and on track each day. I use it to hang ideas I might use for blog posts, inspirational quotes, reminders, and my home and work to-do list. Keep it by your work desk to easily pin things in arms reach and keep yourself organized with one glance. 

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WHAT YOU NEED:

*Note- Do this project on a porch or outside just in case of accidents with the spray paints or glue

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ONE

Lay down some newspaper or magazine pages to protect the floor or ground outside from the spray paint. Place your cork board in the center on top. 

TWO 

Shake spray can well then spray your first layer of paint over the board. I chose white as my first layer to act as a base for the more colorful spray paint to go over top. 

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THREE

Once the first coat of paint has dried for a few minutes, spray your choice of colorful spray paint over top. I waved my hand in zig zagging motions while spraying to achieve a sort of whimsical, cloudy effect with the white. I also splattered some paint in random areas of the board for a cool paint splattered effect. To seal it all in, spray a clear top coat to finish it off. Let the board dry for a few hours or overnight if you have done many layers of paint. 

FOUR

Once the board is completely dry, measure out your washi tape to fit the length and width of the board. Apply a Krazy glue pen or wood glue to the borders, then lay your washi tape over top. Press on it with your fingers to ensure all parts are sticking. If you try to lay down the tape with no glue, it will fall off too easily. 

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FIVE

Spray the back of your mini chalk board with spray adhesive and lay it down wherever you want on the cork board. Press down on it with your fingers to ensure it sticks well. I use my mini chalk board to write down reminders for myself that I want to get done that day. 

SIX

Use fun pins or adhesive dots to stick any sort of papers or pictures to your board. I chose fun Nate Burkus push pins to match the metallic look and feel of my board. 

If you're looking for more DIY awesomeness, take a peek at my DIY Pinterest board for lots of fun ideas:  Follow Anne-Marie Mitchell's board DIY on Pinterest.

Are you going to make your own inspiration board? If you do, tweet me what yours looks like at @amitchellblog or tag me on instagram: @annemariemitchellblog or #annemariemitchellblog. I would love to see your version! 

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Winter Home Decor Inspiration

Winter Home Decor Inspiration | www.annemariemitchell.com It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and that means your home might need a little winter spruce up. Stock up on a few festive home decor pieces to use every year and repurpose them for new arrangements. I've stalked Pinterest and blogs galore to bring you some ideas to set your holiday spark aglow.

ONE 

Who doesn't love the warm glow of a candle during the winter? I'm loving this gorgeous, wintery silver center piece paired with glittery baubles on its crisp white background. Simply take a tray and lay out some lovely candles and accent pieces and you have yourself a gorgeous center piece to dress up any living space. 

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TWO 

Add a refined, festive mood to your entryway or hallway with winter wonderland themed side tables and mantles. Lay some ornaments in a bowl along with a sprinkle of fake snow flakes, or use metallic spray paint to liven up some cute little figurines and pinecones. 

THREE 

Bouquets of Baby's Breath all over the house is a simple, cheap and unique way to add some winter beauty to the home. I love the lavender accents in the bouquet above and how the Baby's Breath looks like delicate snowflakes freshly fallen on some branches. 

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FOUR 

Cutesy cliché holiday sayings, although overused--are just so dang cute when you combine pillows. This "Baby it's cold outside" pillow is a simple way to spruce up any sofa to make it holiday ready. 

FIVE

Delicious smells are in your future if you decide to whip up this easy cinnamon spice simmer. Fill your home with cozy goodness just by adding your favorite whole spices to a pot to simmer. Fresh pine needles, cloves, nutmeg berries and rosemary added to a pot with some oil will make your home smell like Christmas itself. 

 

What are some of your holiday home decor ideas?

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10 DIY Holiday Gifts Your Girlfriends Will Love

10 DIY Holiday Gifts Your Girlfriends Will Love | www.annemariemitchell.com If black friday wreaked havoc on your bank account then DIY is the way to go gift-wise.

Even minus this problem--lets be honest--crafting is like, so fetch and basically the most fun thing ever. It's like killing two birds with one stone really. You get to have these awesome DIY presents to bestow upon your friends + bragging rights + super duper fun time. Plus, these DIY'S are ones your girlfriends will actually use and love. If you're ready to channel your inner Martha Stewart or so-RAWR-ity chick, then these easy-peasy DIY holiday gifts are right up your alley. 

Click on the pictures or titles below to be taken to the DIY tutorial.

DIY spa kit

Treat your girlfriends to a lavish spa night by creating your own sumptuous spa products including a scrub, whipped body butter and foot soak. 

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Marbled Expresso Cups

The power of nail polish is apparently infinite. This DIY has me all heart-eyed with its gorgeous watercolored effect. I love how each cup varies in its beautiful swirling patterns. 

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Mason Jar Cocktail Gifts 

For your alcoholic friends. Tee hee. JK but seriously. Get the partayyy going with these cute little mason jar cocktail gifts.

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DIY camera strap

Make this gorgeous camera strap for your photographer/blogger/uber-creative friend just by using a simple scarf. 

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Instagram Coasters

Scroll your bff's insta feed and make them some awesome, chic coasters with this fun DIY. It's a great way to hold on to some great memories (and drinks too!)

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DIY Gold Leaf Notebooks

These gold foiled notebooks are to DIE for if you are a stationary obsessive. Great for writing lists, reminders, journaling or notes.

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DIY tube bead necklace

Simple, minimalistic necklaces like these are so feminine and dainty. 

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DIY lip balm

Whip up your very own lip balms in different flavors for yourself and your girlfriends. 

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DIY Ring Dish  

These ring dishes are absolutely stunning. They look so whimsical with a dash of simple glamour.

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DIY sharpie mug

Forget Etsy people. Making mugs like these are almost effortless and you can write whatever you want without paying a dime!

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Any fun DIY holiday gifts to suggest? 

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DIY Cacti and Succulent Terrariums

 DIY Cacti and Succulent Terrariums | www.annemariemitchell.com Terrariums are a fun DIY project you can put together surprisingly quickly, easily--and mucho cheapo. It's a great way to liven up a dull space and add a breathe of fresh air to small apartments or dorm rooms. If you don't have a back yard or garden, it's a wonderful alternative and a way to bring the outdoors inside.

You can build terrariums with many types of plants but cacti and succulents require the least amount of care (aka EASY and who doesn't LOVE easy). If you lack the green thumb and kill basically everything you touch--don't worry--these hearty plants are actually hard to wipe out. 

Grab a friend, throw a fun DIY terrarium building party, or give them as unique gifts. It's so fun to become a designer of your own little glass bowl world. You can create simple, chic terrariums or add dashes of eccentric color and figurines. 

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • - Cacti and Succulent Potting Soil
  • - Assortment of cacti and succulents (different shapes, sizes and textures)
  • - Glass mason jar, fish bowl, candle jar or vase (with mouth large enough to insert hand)
  • - Pebbles or rocks 
  • - Small decorative pebbles or sand
  • - Sphagnum moss
  • - Spoon and/or small measuring cup 
  • - Small paint brush or makeup brush 
  • - Optional: mini figurines or mini holiday signs 

HOW TO BUILD YOUR TERRARIUM:

*Note- I recommend doing this project outside since it will get messy

STEP ONE

Cover bottom of jar with a layer of small rocks or pebbles. This layer can be as deep as you want as long as it completely covers the bottom. This will create a water drainage chamber for your terrarium.

STEP TWO

Cover pebbles with about 2 inches of sphagnum moss. This will ensure soil doesn't seep down in between the pebbles.

STEP THREE

Use a small measuring cup or spoon to place potting soil over the layer of pebbles you just laid down. Place down enough to cover pebbles but not so much that your plants will peek out of the jar. 

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STEP FOUR

Remove some cacti and succulents from their pots (I recommend around 3 or 4 depending on size of your glass bowl). Shake off a bit of the soil so that roots are no longer constricted. Make sure that a decent amount of the original soil remains so that the roots can easily grow accustomed to their new environment. Arrange and place cacti and succulents on top of the new layer of soil from the previous step. Using a spoon, then scoop out some potting soil to fill in any gaps you may have until all plants are level with one another. Avoid packing the soil in too tight--keep it relatively loose so that the roots can easily push their way through the soil. 

STEP FIVE

When you have your plants planted and arranged how you want, dust off any excess soil that might have landed on leaves or in between cacti spikes with a small fluffy paint brush or old makeup brush. Run the brush along the inside of the jar to dislodge any soil stuck to the glass. 

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STEP SIX

Add a thin layer of decorative rocks, pebbles or sand over the soil and in between plants. This will give your terrarium a clean, polished look.  I recommend white, gold or silver pebbles for a sleek, sophisticated look or bright colors for a fun, lively twist. You can even add small figurines or create a "theme" to your terrarium (like little dinosaurs for a mini Jurassic Park or a painted blue telephone box for a Dr. Who theme). I added a cute "Ho, Ho, Ho" sign inside of mine for a little Holiday fun. 

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TERRARIUM BUILDING TIPS:

  • - Use a glass jar with a wide opening instead of a traditional closed terrarium. Cacti and succulents like more air circulation and drier conditions than other plants. 
  • - Place cacti and succulents of different shapes, sizes, heights and colors  to create a more interesting terrarium with an array of gorgeous textures. 
  • - Use an old small makeup brush or paint brush to dust off the glass and dislodge any soil stuck to plants.
  • - Use a spoon to get dirt in crevices and tight places (especially with bowls with mouths on the side so you can reach back into it)

CARING FOR YOUR TERRARIUM:

  • - Place your terrarium on or near a window sill that faces Westward if possible. Cacti and succulents fair best in bright or filtered light. 
  • - Water for first time after one week (to let roots heal) and then once every 2-3 weeks. Let soil dry out in between waterings. Do not water already damp soil as this will result in mold. Your plants may require more watering in hot summer months.

Et voilà! You have a beautiful terrarium ready to adorn your home with a bit of green happiness. Don't forget to tweet me your terrariums (@Amitchellblog) or tag me on Instagram (@annemariemitchellblog) #annemariemitchellblog

 

Are you going to build a cacti and succulent terrarium?

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