Category Archives: Inspiration

For the love of Target

Being a mom, I’m at Target A LOT! It’s where I go when I’m in need of most things… plus they have really cool stuff! Sometimes, on the rare occasion when I get to sneak away to Target on my own (without kids), I enjoy just looking around and googling over all the newest home decor items — yes, this is my idea of a good time! That such day was today.

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5 things I <3 from Target

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Room Essentials® Chevron Woolure Rug – Suddenly Sapphire

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Threshold™ Gray Faux Snake Skin Accent Table with Drawer

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Threshold™ Hydrangea in Faux Crocodile Skin Pot – Magenta 8.5″

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Hudson Swoop Chair – Black & White Houndstooth

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Threshold™ Teal Faux Pony Hair Stool

I know, right!? Now who wants to go shopping???

Lots of love,
Mary

Trend watch: reverse stenciling

I’m always hunting for ideas and inspiration. And since I have a garage full of furniture to reinvent, I went hunting today! Reverse stenciling is trending, and I really do love the look of bare wood peeking through a painted piece. If you look through my home, you’d probably be surprised to know that most of my furniture is pure, unpainted wood. I think wood naturally warms up a space, especially when using a cool color scheme. When painting or updating my furniture, I love to keep a little of the old, while at the same time breathe new life into it. Take a look at these reverse stenciling techniques that inspire me!

source: http://www.designsponge.com/2009/03/before-after-kc-and-saras-table.html

source: http://www.designsponge.com/2009/03/before-after-kc-and-saras-table.html

source: http://akreativeknack.blogspot.com/search/label/Furniture%20makeover

source: http://akreativeknack.blogspot.com/search/label/Furniture%20makeover

source: http://oh-clementine.com/blog/?p=294

source: http://oh-clementine.com/blog/?p=294

source: http://www.dreamgreendiy.com/2013/02/11/a-modern-mid-century-makeover-via-royal-design-studio/

source: http://www.dreamgreendiy.com/2013/02/11/a-modern-mid-century-makeover-via-royal-design-studio/

source: http://www.roommatesdecor.com/blog/post/2013/05/08/Cherry-Blossom-Wall-Decals-Stencil.aspx

source: http://www.roommatesdecor.com/blog/post/2013/05/08/Cherry-Blossom-Wall-Decals-Stencil.aspx

source: http://www.flor.com/blog/reverse-stencil-dresser/

source: http://www.flor.com/blog/reverse-stencil-dresser/

Lots of love,
Mary

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#becauseiliketodecorate

Do you #hashtag? I’m diving into Instagram and learning about all-things social media and how hashtags work. Hashtags are a whole new way of networking and making friends with those who share the same interests. I’ve enjoyed chatting about paint products with people I may have never found if it wasn’t for Instagram! Come find me if you dare and join in on the fun! I love to share behind-the-scenes project pics as well as some good laughs :)  

Search @becauseiliketodecorate or click on the below photo.

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Lots of love,
Mary

Do you Pinterest?

Still behind and haven’t explored the world of Pinterest yet? Pinterest is a FAB website where you can catalog photos (which link to their web source) into categories and follow/pin what your friends like. Explore the World Wide Web and save every idea, tip, article, etc. Give it a whirl and your life will never be the same! *wink*

I heart Pinterest.

Lots of love,
Mary

The lost art of pressed flowers

I have fond memories of my mother pressing and preserving flowers between the pages of old books, in hopes to one day create a beautiful piece of art. My mother was an artist, too, and she had an eye for beauty! She passed away when I was young and one of the few things I have from her is this handmade creation that was done by her mother, my grandmother.
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It endured quite a bit of damage along the way before I received the artwork and had it framed. But I like the torn leaves and missing pieces. I think of its history traveling all the way from England to the U.S. many years ago. And I’m so grateful that it’s still here today.
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I’m in love with the attention to detail. I like to imagine my grandmother working around the kitchen table, deciding which pieces to use.
Pressed flowers  I  A lost art

Pressed flowers  I  A lost art

Next time you stumble upon a beautiful flower… save it. Preserve its beauty in the pages of a book and create something timeless.

Lots of love,
Mary

The art of NYC

My very first trip to New York City was a blast! Central Park is so much bigger than what I thought it would be — it’s kind of like a beautiful forest in the middle of the city! Although the lights and tall buildings are to be expected, it’s still amazing to see it all in person! And mostly, I was taken back by the details. Such beautiful architecture, color, and texture in the strangest of places. Enjoy these photos as I tried to capture the essence of what is New York City — in the details.

Under a bridge in Central Park

Under a bridge in Central Park

New York City subway - Penn Station

New York City subway – Penn Station

Dedication bench in Central Park

Dedication bench in Central Park

Somewhere off 5th Ave - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

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Somewhere off Broadway – NYC

Central Park fountain - NYC

Central Park fountain – NYC

Apartment Entrance - NYC

Apartment Entrance – NYC

Subway entrance off 5th Ave. - NYC

Subway entrance off 5th Ave. – NYC

Bryant Park - NYC

Bryant Park – NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

Bryant Park - NYC

Bryant Park – NYC

Strawberry Fields in Central Park - NYC

Strawberry Fields in Central Park – NYC

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5th Ave – NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave. - NYC

Somewhere off 5th Ave – NYC

Lots of love,
Mary

Awesome things I found — kid’s edition

I can’t believe it, but as I’m typing this post I’m thousands of miles away from my home and my babies! They are well taken care of, but oh how I miss them so! And because I’m thinking about my children so very much, I thought it was appropriate to share with you some amazing web finds for the kiddos!

Check out this homemade play dough recipe from kidsactivitiesblog.com And made with only two ingredients!

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This is one of those, “why didn’t I think of that” moments. Thank you notes for the little ones to color! These cards are available on Etsy for purchase or as you can probably figure, make your own!

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Tastykitchen.com has a fabulous all-natural recipe for goldfish crackers!

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And because we all need a little laugh every now and then… (photo links to source)

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Lots of love,
Mary