Home Decor: Girly Mantle

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a great weekend. I can’t believe I’m already on my fifth rotation. I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want to end up and where I will be going after graduation. Sometimes I just like to google fun apartments in different cities. This immediately leads me to thinking about home decor and how I would like to decorate. I thought I would share my current mantle with you and why I chose to decorate it like I did!

I have super high ceilings in my condo. To me, I want to maximize the height of the room, so I chose to go with a super tall frame on top of my mantle…

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Lucite Letter, old (similar) // Tory Burch In Color book // Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful makeup manual // Lauren Conrad Beauty book // DVF Journey of a Dress book // Jeweled Frame, Kohls // Collage frame, old (similar)

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This collage frame (which probably needs to be redone) includes pictures that I have collected that I like. It’s almost like a big frame full of Instagram pictures. Be sure to include a couple of pictures of cool prints you like…such as leopard or aztec. Also, be sure to include lots of your favorite color (for me, PINK). Target is a great place to find a good selection of affordable frames! And for wooden quote blocks, check Etsy!

Items needed for a super girlie mantle: a monogram letter, a collage frame, several coffee table books about beauty + fashion, a jeweled/mirrored picture frame, and a canvas with a cute saying.

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So, if you are looking for a way to utilize the space above your mantle, choose a super tall frame because it will make the room look even taller!

How do you decorate your mantle? Do you change it for the seasons? I would love to know!

Revamp Your Room with Interiors & Furniture

It’s the little things that can make a room feel shiny and new. Take a look at these quick tips to get you inspired.

Upcycle and rearrange

Giving your home a makeover on a restricted budget can be an advantage as it forces you to take another look at pieces you already have. For instance, that old sofa table could make an excellent bedside table for the kids’ room. You can also upcycle furniture that is looking tired by giving it a coat or two of paint, and give old dining chairs with padded seats a new lease of life by reupholstering the seats using a yard or two of fabric offcuts and a staple gun.

Paint the walls

Short on time? An easy way to transform your room is to paint one or more walls in a different color. If your room is small, choose light, cool colors to make your space seem bigger. If you have high ceilings and a large room, you can afford to be bolder with beautiful, vibrant shades. Alternatively, a monochrome look, achieved by pairing dark charcoal grays with pale neutrals, is very fashionable at the moment. Choose wall art that complements or matches your paint, and accessorize your sofas with luxurious new cushions and throws.

Design a room around a treasured old piece

Perhaps you have a treasured, old piece of furniture that you are not sure looks right in your room. Take a long hard look at all the furniture in the room and decide what colors of wood look good together. Group items according to their color, for example dark brown wood, yellowish, orangey-brown and so on. Be ruthless and remove furniture that doesn’t fit into your overall scheme. You can use it in another room, sell it or donate it to your nearest goodwill. Freshly sanded and waxed floors will ensure a perfect platform for your furniture.

Add color with drapes and cushions

After painting, the next easiest way to change the look of your room is to hang new drapes and choose coordinating soft furnishings such as cushions, rugs and throws. Make your room look more spacious by choosing floor-length curtains: it doesn’t matter if your windows aren’t that big, feature drapes will carry the eye upwards and give a roomier feel. A textured rug is an excellent way to add interest to the scheme, and some new cushions on your sofa will add to both the comfort and beauty of your room.

A lick of paint and strategically placed cushion can make a world of difference, so give it a try and watch your room transform.

I.O. Metro Home Decor

Happy Thursday y’all! We are almost to the weekend…thank goodness! Today I want to share a fun company that I had the privilege of getting to know a couple of weeks ago! I.O. Metro is a fabulous home decor & furniture store that was founded here in my home state of Arkansas! Currently, there are 4 stores in Arkansas and 13 more across the south!

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They invited some bloggers to their Little Rock store to check it out! I met up with my bloggy BFF Ricci

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We browsed the amazingly put together store & chatted it up with the lovely ladies of I.O. Metro. Here are some of my favorite pieces & designs from the showroom floor…

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Yellow & Charcoal Vases

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THE Emery Chair

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The Foo Dog

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The ladies of I.O. Metro are the sweetest, most kind ladies ever! They are extremely skilled in design and super willing to help you design your home! One feature that I.O. Metro is fabulous for is their FREE Design Service:

I.O. Metro takes customer service to the next level by providing you with free in-home design service. Our talented team of professional designers ensures complete client satisfaction through the entire home furnishing process. We believe good design should be accessible to all. Available within reasonable driving distance from any I.O. Metro store location. See store for details.

How amazing is this service? I can’t wait to have them come visit my home & transform it from blah to WOW!

Y’all listen to this…Ricci & I BOTH ended up winning amazing gifts from this event! Check out the vases we took home…

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The best news…GUESS what you can WIN this vase:

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Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will end on May 1st, 2014 at midnight! Due to shipping, it’s only open to the US. Sorry!

GOOD LUCK!

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