Last Minute DIY 4th Of July Recipes

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You’re officially panicking. 4th of July weekend is here and you are not prepared to host the epic bash you’ve been telling your friends about all month. Have No Fear! Lifestylenerd is here!! Check out these awesome, patriotic and easy … Continue reading 

Easy DIY Window Treatment Hardware Hack

Great ideas from The Homemade Home on how to make some rustic looking curtain rods. I love the color! And it adds a little flair to the normally unnoticed rods in your home.

 

All you need are copper pipes, measuring tape, and a pipe cutter and you can have your own custom hardware at a fraction of the cost.

According to The Homemade Home,

In the piping section of your home improvement store, grab up a pipe cutter, end caps, brackets, and a pipe {sized in thickness to what you will need.} After you choose your pipe, head over to the window treatments department and grab up some hanging hooks. {make sure the hanging hooks-I guess that’s the right word???-will fit nicely over the pipe. You can always do a rod pocket for your curtains as well.We just like the hooks.}

Deciding where your brackets will go on the wall, eyeball it and screw them onto the wall.  Cut your pipe according to the length you will need. Pipe cutters are simple to work: simply insert the pipe, tighten like a vice, and twist and tighten as you go. Just like above. Turn it until it snaps off at the correct length you need. Then simply slide it into place on the wall.

And depending on what color hooks you want, you can either buy em, or spray paint em!

i LOVE spray paint. Lifesaver.

When they are dry, place them on the rod, cap off the ends with the end caps, and place the panels on the window.

Anyway, happy home renovation, yall!

Driftwood Table Redone!

I love this idea from Flutter Flutter.

She used tongue and groove wooden boards and nailed them to the table. Great way to update a coffee table as well! on the cheap!

 

Table Before & After

FlutterFlutter says this was all done for under $10! Kind of amazing! I’d be a little concerned about splinters and such so would have to probably buy more expensive wood… but still!

 

5 Wellness-Boosting Scents for Your Bedroom

Waking up to fresh scents is the start to a beautiful day. Even more important is waking up to the right scent, one that will help you if you’re in a negative mood, or even if you have health issues.

Whether you use candles, incense, flowers or actual food, you can find a way to incorporate a scent into your bedroom that will enhance your well-being.

Having five different purposes, here are five wellness-boosting scents for your bedroom:

 

  1. Apples alleviate migraines.

The crisp and fruity scent of apples are said to alleviate migraines because of their ability to balance acidic levels in the body. We all know the common saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I guess it made “scents” all along.

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  1. Jasmine eases depression.

Like the way you feel blissful when being surrounded by flowers, the scent of flowers also have happy elixir qualities. Jasmine in particular has a relaxing, flowery scent that helps ease depression.

 

 

  1. Vanilla increases cognitive function.

The incredibly popular flavor of vanilla also has the scent of a genius. The chemical within vanilla (vanilloids) are known to reduce inflammation and increase cognitive function. So next time you have you have to mentally impress, try wearing vanilla perfume, or maybe light some vanilla candles.

 

  1. Cinnamon sharpens memory.

Ahh, cinnamon aromas. It’s no wonder that such a sweet scent helps with memory, because we always remember the scent itself. Along with being a memory booster, cinnamon has countless other health benefits.

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  1. Lavender helps with sleep.

Studies show that lavender eases anxiety and insomnia. The clean and light scent cools our mind and muscles, preparing us for a better sleep. So in this case, going to sleep and waking up to lavender is in order.

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration

I’m in the research phase of looking for a contractor right now. If you know someone good in NJ, please let me know!

 

Anyway, Our new house has the tiniest, sadest, most outdated kitchen I’ve ever seen. It would really discourage me from cooking if we left it as is.

It currently has two doorways in, one from the formal dining and one from the hallway. My hope is to knock down all the walls and add a breakfast bar, and possibly expand it out to fill part of the formal dining space. We will also have to redo the floor and cabinet and all that jazz… but anyway, to the inspiration!

 

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I’m really into farm sinks. I mean, maybe its just a trendy thing and in 5 years it will be so passe I’ll wish I never thought about it, but not only does it seem functional, it’s so rustic!

I love this kitchen because of the giant window, the pretty backsplash and island. Not a fan of marble countertops though.

 

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This design would actually fit our space quite well. It looks about the same size as our kitchen. we would have to flip it so the breakfast bar is in the front and the countertop is to the side… but still, could work.

I like the tall cabinets. I could do without the wood on wood on wood, though.

 

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I know it’s absurd how much I like white.

But just take a moment and enjoy the cabinets and refrigerator door. :)

 

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And finally, probably the most practical of them all. If we don’t want to totally gut the plumbing and such… this would be a good alternative look. I like the 2 counter heights. It’s clean and simple. Also a nice subtle backsplash.

 

Living Room Inspiration

So, big news… my husband and I have bought a house!
Our very first starter home. But, while beautiful, it will need quite a bit of work. So I am thinking about living room inspiration today.

The walls are white, it has one elaborate sconce and there are giant bay windows in the front.

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A look like this would be great for us. Accent color of magenta, some splashes of pattern, with lots of neutrals.

 

First, I’m intending to repaint the framing and landing of the bay window.

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I dont think I would want curtains that large. but I like the brown contrast on the window frames.

 

I would like to eventually make the landing of the bay windows some sort of seating area:

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This is a GREAT inspiration photo, because having extra storage space would be a dream and a corner bay window seat would be oh so adorable.

I don’t knwo why I gravitate towards everything being white… bc I mean, hello stains. But I really do.

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although I think those urns or vases on the sides are terribly tacky.

 

Anyway, stay tuned as I begin the long voyage of home renovation/design. and wish me luck!

 

DIY: Put a Cork in it

Much like most 20-something females, I have far too many photos and doo-dads that I want to hold on to. Letting them sit in a shoebox is fine, but I feel that they do not see their full potential. It’s like putting Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the Jersey Shore house for a season, or making Tim Tebow play waterpolo, or making Thomas Keller cook at McDonalds. Also, much like most 20-something females, I drink a lot of wine. (Confession: I’m a bit of a hoarder so I find it hard to throw away my wine corks.) So, I decided to remedy the photo/doo-dad problem by way of my drinking/hoarding problem.

Shockingly enough, I did not have enough corks to make my 1st board any bigger. This year I will drink more wine, hoard more corks, and make a board about quadruple the size so that it’s actually useful, which means I can finally clear out the shoeboxes and give my photos the attention they deserve.

Directions:
1. Gather many, many corks.
2. Cut out a large piece of posterboard, cardboard, or anything that is pretty solid.
3. Arrange corks in criss-cross fashion as seen in photo.
4. Make sure they fit so you cannot see the base. If you can see the base, cut it down.
5. Use a hot glue gun to attach your corks to the base.
6. Let dry.
7. Poke two holes around 6-8 inches apart. Run ribbon through and knot behind both holes. (This is what your corkboard will hang from)
8. Hang on wall and add all your doo-dads!

Jointed Jewels – Gorgeous and Perfect for Spring

So spending my time schlepping to show after show this past fashion week, there was one running theme – REALLY bright colors —
I am loving Alissia Melka-Teichroew’s newest jewelry line –

so geometric and fun and perfect for when winter is gone (can’t come soon enough!)

Also will be using this as inspiration to paint a geometric rug – DIY to come.

and I cant wait to rock this for my rocker black-imbued winter (also big plus w fun accessories – $12! or get the silver one for $220)