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A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Remember how I said last week that I’m no “pro” when it comes to interior design? That I’m more of the learn-as-you-go type of DIY designer? Well, my tale today is living proof of that declaration.

As you may recall last year, I unveiled a brand new, made-over office that I claimed was my “dream come true.” At the time, it was a major accomplishment in comparison to the space when we moved in (think: floral drapery, yellow walls, dated fixtures), and I felt like all was right with the world. The fresh white walls made all of my bright art and styling accessories pop, and it was bursting with the type of character that I thought I wanted to emulate.

But after the professional photos were shot and I needed to actually get work done in my new office, I felt like something wasn’t right. The bright aesthetic was good in theory, but it ultimately just felt too busy and chaotic and kept me from feeling settled while working at my desk.

You can see the room before in all its glory in our first tour of the home pre-restoration and you can check out the full makeover reveal—good intentions and all—here, but now it’s time to get real about the changes I’ve made and how I managed to bring productivity back to my mid-century office.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

The first thing to go was all the stuff. I purged, and purged, and purged again until I had practically emptied the space of styling and office supplies. It turns out that I just don’t need all of the things in this phase of life now that I’m actively trying to simplify and minimize post-new year.

I also decided to sell my new desk. While totally functional, it just didn’t feel like it fit with the rest of our home. The white, clean-lined, corner desk was contemporary, yes, but it wasn’t mid-century, and we’ve worked too hard to restore that retro vibe in our 1960s-built home to go a different direction in this one room.

So I sold the desk on Craigslist, making enough cash to replace it with a vintage mid-century tanker-style desk. She’s a little rough in some spots and the legs aren’t my absolute favorite, but this new-to-me hulk of desk packs tons of storage opportunity, and definitely checks the “retro vibe” box. The dark wood grain veneer and sleek hardware are just what I had in mind, and at $120 to bring home, it was the perfect swap.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Art was another thing that desperately needed to change. I’ve been so in love with the rust and evergreen trend these days, so I scoured Minted for options to pull that color palette through the room.

In the end, it didn’t take much at all to establish the look and let go of the punchy pink palette I had in the room before. I chose a small framed print of West Coast by Carol Dysart to go behind my computer, and an oversized framed version of Lauren Packard’s A Long Day At The Beach to go above the dresser on the opposite side of the room, which I use to store rolls of paper and overflow office supplies.

I love the soft brush strokes and airy vibe of both prints. They are soothing and anything but distracting—the perfect look for an office that needs to promote focus and productivity.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Doesn’t it almost look like a dorm room in that progress shot a few photos up?! Who knows if I just had a major mental growth spurt or what, but I definitely didn’t see the child-like overtones when I finished the room last year…

Anyway, another area that I simplified was the built-in bookcase that you see right when you walk into the room. You can actually see the shelf anytime you look down the main hallway in our home, so it was really time to give it a makeover. At first, I tried painting the bookshelf white to match the walls, but no matter how many times I restyled the open shelves, it just felt too busy.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

To rectify the situation once and for all, I begged my generous dad to build a set of doors to cover up the shelves entirely. Within a matter of weeks he had these two beauties ready to deliver and install. I still need to give the primed doors a final coat of white paint, but I just couldn’t wait to show them off, so I popped some hardware on them (please ignore my slightly crooked job), and called it “done for now.” These days, when you spot the built-in at the end of the hall, it looks nice and clean and uncluttered. Phew!

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Okay, now I bet you’re wondering why on earth I included photos of cat food in this makeover reveal post, but here’s the honest truth—that’s real life! My office is kitty central in our house, and plays host to both the litter boxes (tucked away in the closet) and the cat food and water bowls. I’ve explained our logic here before, but essentially we need to keep the kitty’s food elevated because of the dog.

In order to make these necessary-yet-ugly accents blend into the room rather than call attention to them, I picked up a few inexpensive white ramekin dishes from Target to use for their food and water. The white dishes no longer catch your eye when set on top of our two-tone painted dresser, yet still serve their function without missing a beat.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

After parring down the styling on the open shelves in my tall corner cabinet and changing things around on my desktop to suit the new neutral palette, too, I was done. The newly refreshed room feels worlds and away better than the progress I made last year, and really just goes to show that making mistakes in the design of your home isn’t the end of the world. I hardly bought a single thing to make over this room—instead I sold what I didn’t need and used that cash to make a few new purchases—so it doesn’t take much of an investment either.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

What do you think of the new look? Did you prefer the room with bright pops of pink, or are you into the subtle hits of green and rust that I chose instead? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and feel free to share any restyling stories of your own below, too.

A Classic Mid-Century Office Makeover Reveal

Resources: Vintage desk, rug, large abstract printsmall landscape print, table lamp, two-toned bookcase, desk chair (similar), curtainsceiling fan 

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Oh, and, as always, my promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend (how is it that time already?!) I’ve noticed that summer has been invading my brain more often than not the last few days. I usually don’t love this mid-year season, mostly because of the stifling heat, but for some reason I feel so ready to embrace the traditional summer mentality.

I think a lot of it comes down to entering my 30s. It’s as though, as soon as I turned the big 3-0 back in 2016, my mind and body decided to go absolutely berserk. These days I overanalyze every little freckle on my skin, fixate on every strand of gray hair (of which I already have dozens), and I’m starting to panic about retirement, too. Trust me—I know 30 isn’t old by any stretch of the word, but ever since reaching the milestone, I think something inside me clicked, and I realized that I just can’t goof off anymore like I did when I was a 20-something. Does anyone else feel this way?

Anyway, one part of my youth that I’m particularly sad about losing is summer break. Sure, it’s been 10 years since I enjoyed a real months-long summer vacation, but for some reason it just hit me that I’ll probably never get to experience that blissful time off ever again. That sucks! So this year I’ve decided to do everything I can to cut myself some slack, and I plan to embrace summer and all that goes along with it—sleeping in (even just for an extra 10 minutes), weekly cook-outs, reading a cheesy novel on the porch, and so much more time spent by the water.

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

Speaking of, by way of a kick-off to the unofficial start of the season, John and I recently made the 20-minute trek out to Sherando Lake just outside town in Lyndhurst, Virginia in order to soak up that spring-to-summer sun, and I thought I’d document our day here for you. It was our first time visiting this part of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, but it most certainly won’t be the last.

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

A Spontaneous Day Trip To Sherando Lake

This 2-lake recreation area and campground was absolutely bursting with life that day. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen so much green in my whole life, and the fresh air was just heavenly. Between the spring flowers blooming along the paths, the grilling hot dogs and hamburgers that we wandered (extra slowly!) by in the picnic area, and the suntan-lotion-lathered bathers we passed on the beach, it was pretty near perfect and such a great ode to what’s to come this summer.

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Everything You Need For Your Retro-Inspired Music Lounge | dreamgreendiy.com

Since the day John and I started dating (or, really, since the day we met through friends in high school before ever dreaming that we’d get hitched) music has bonded us. We used to listen to albums on repeat for hours when we first reconnected, and while adulthood responsibilities have seemed to get in the way of more frequent musical moments these days, we still make time for it as often as we can. There’s just something really relaxing about flopping onto the couch and chatting about anything and everything as a good album turns in the background.

Because of this penchant for music we have music-friendly lounge areas all over our house. We have three record players—one in each living room (one upstairs and one downstairs), and the third lives on our sunporch. I made sure to situate all of our comfiest furniture around our record players to invite easy listening whenever the mood strikes. Good lighting, retro decor, and ample vinyl storage options helps keep our collection straight, and it recently occurred to me that maybe you’d like to follow suit.

  1. Greendale Home Fashions 20-Inch Square Floor Pillow ($38.28)
  2. Crosley CR6232A-BR Nomad Portable USB Turntable ($139.99)
  3. Simpli Home Draper Mid-Century Media Stand ($271.82)
  4. Set of 2 Steel Droplet Orange Small Accent Lamps ($49.99)
  5. U-Turn Audio, Orbit Plus Turntable ($309)
  6. Eisley, I’m Only Dreaming Vinyl ($17.99)
  7. Mid-Century Chair Wood with Linen Upholstery ($240)
  8. Crosley AC20 Record Cleaning Kit ($17.27)
  9. Everything I Know About Music Log Book ($24.99)
  10. Crosley AC1004A-NA Record Storage Crate ($29)
  11. Audioengine A2+ White (Pr.) 2-way Powered Speaker System ($249)
  12. La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ($22.98)

That shopable list above should set you up with a mod music lounge all your own in just a dozen pieces (or less since I’ve given you two options for players—one inexpensive all-in-one type deal and one that’s more of an investment).

What are some of your favorite albums to listen to? Another recent favorite is the Awake And Pretty Much Sober Vinyl from Violents & Monica Martin. Leave your top picks—both new and old—in the comments below!

Everything You Need For Your Retro-Inspired Music Lounge | dreamgreendiy.com

Image via Urban Outfitters
P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Oh, and, as always, my promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Why You Should Always Start With A Mood Board

Crafter, design enthusiast, DIY homemaker—these are all things I don’t mind calling myself on a regular basis, but “interior designer” is not on that list. I might love to arrange rooms, style vignettes and create what I hope is a cohesive design in a space, but I am nowhere near worthy of the title “pro.”

Truth be told, I actually first majored in Interior Architecture in college, but the curriculum was rumored to be dropped the following year when I was freshman, so I decided to switch gears and re-majored in art history and studio art. All this to say, I’ve never taken a formal class in interior design, so I’m just a self-taught wannabe.

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

I’m firmly of the mind that you don’t need to have years worth of schooling to master the art of interior design (unless you want to make a career of it, of course). Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved making over my spaces. I remember on more than one occasion, my sister and I switching the furniture in each other’s rooms while my mom was out just so that I could freshen my bedroom. It’s an obsession of mine that is so deeply ingrained in my psyche, but I’ve never really wanted to make a career out of it—I’m just too headstrong and would struggle with client opinions.

Instead, I’ve made over (and made over again) all of the dorm rooms, apartments, and stand-alone homes that I’ve been able to call my own, and I’ve made what feels like millions of mental notes along the way. Today, I’m sharing the biggest, most game-changing DIY interior design trick that I’ve learned in my 31 years: make a mood board!

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned making a mood board ahead of a room makeover, and you’ve more than likely been challenged to make one for yourself by countless other bloggers, but I just had to throw one more insistent plea your way to give it a try.

Before we moved into this house, what I like to consider our “forever home,” John and I lived in a townhouse that he had purchased in his bachelor days. Although I loved that house with the type of ferocious passion that comes with owning your first home, in hindsight it’s easy to see that I totally overdid it. There was too much color, too much stuff, and way too much going on. There wasn’t much cohesion and things were definitely chaotic.

Then, somewhere along the way after we moved into our single family ranch I picked up the practice of making mood boards. Instead of rushing things and experimenting in person, I’ve taken things much slower this go around and I’ve learned to experiment in a digital format before making my purchases. Making mood boards for each of our room makeovers has single-handedly kept our current home from looking like a hot mess.

Why You Should Always Start With A Mood Board

Take a look at our room makeover for the La-Z-Boy Design Dash as an example. Caitlin and I worked well in advance on a cohesive digital collection of furniture and accessories, which ultimately helped us shape the direction of the space even before stepping foot inside the showroom. Although a few things changed in the final space, you can clearly see the effect that mood board had on the completed room.

So consider this your challenge to give mood boarding a try before diving into your next room makeover! It’s as simple as saving pictures of furniture and accessories from your favorite websites to your desktop, and then dragging them onto a plain white document in a program like Photoshop or even Word. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but taking the time to make a mood board before shopping will keep you from over-buying and will make sure you don’t impulse purchase.

Have you given this practice a shot? If you’re a wannabe self-taught interior designer than this is a great option to try before making over that problem room of yours. Comment below with other ideas, tips, and tricks that have worked for you!

P.S. Speaking of, have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet? Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait.
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How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

Every year before our annual family vacation to Hilton Head Island, I find myself questioning whether or not it’s even worth the hassle of trying to take time off. Getting simultaneously caught up and ahead is an epic race to the finish line that typically starts in March—a full two months before we even hit the road in May.

Pulling it all off feels like an incredible feat, and by the time I’m laid out on the beach or sitting by the pool, I’m pretty much completely and utterly exhausted. The very, very last thing I want to do is think about work, even for a moment, so I’ve added a few things to my process to help me completely shut down while out of the office.

For those of you who might struggle to disconnect on your own vacation, I thought I’d share my biggest tips, plus I’m using the opportunity as an excuse to share just a few more photos from our trip to Hilton Head earlier this month.

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

1. Plan Ahead

While I hate to admit it because it is an activity akin to getting a root canal (okay, maybe it’s not that bad), the first step toward total disconnection while on vacation is to work your butt off ahead of time. I build out my editorial calendar months in advance for every single week leading up to my vacation, and make sure to plan the 2-3 weeks beyond my scheduled trip, too. Having a plan in place for what I’ll need to shoot and write, both pre- and post-vacation, helps me feel in control and I don’t have to worry (particularly while I’m trying to relax on a beach towel) and means I won’t have to scramble when I get home.

I know not all of you are bloggers and managing an editorial calendar isn’t applicable to your situation, but this goes for any kind of job you have—whether you work in an office or even if you’re a stay-at-home parent. Planning any kind of work or household activities, projects, or deadlines ahead of time will stave off worry while you’re temporarily away from your to-do list.

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

2. Put Up An Auto Responder A Day In Advance

One of the things that I struggle with the most while out of town is email management. I’m the type of person who panics whenever I have unanswered emails sitting in my inbox, so I set an “Out Of Office” response to go live a day before I leave on my trip. I’ve found that an auto responder like this usually keeps my inbox on the quiet side because, after the first email, people realize I’m not around to help, so they don’t bother following up. Fewer follow-ups means fewer emails to respond to when I get home.

Putting up the auto responder the day before I leave the office also means that I’m able to respond to any potentially time-sensative emails before I officially hit the road. It’s my built-in buffer, so to speak.

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

3. Create A Hidden Email Folder

This may be taking things further than you need them to go, but since I am the type of person who panics over unanswered emails, I tried something new this year: setting up a special “Deal With After Vacay” folder in my Gmail inbox. No really—that was the exact label I used! Being a business owner, I can’t completely ignore my inbox, no matter how much I’d like to. So instead I would go through my emails before bed each night deleting the fluff and syphoning the stuff that I’d need to (you guessed it!) ‘deal with after vacay’ over to that hidden folder in order to get back down to inbox zero.

When I got home, I moved all of those filtered emails back over to my inbox and answered them as needed, but for those days when I was still out of the office, my email inbox stayed clean as a whistle—just the way I like it.

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

4. Take A Vacation From Social Media

Emails, of course, aren’t the only type of digital distraction we battle while out of the office. The urge to check in on social media also wreaks havoc on our time away. If you’re addicted to your favorite feeds, too, then maybe your vacation is also a good opportunity to take a leave of absence from scrolling social media.

I actually find that this is one of the easiest things for me to disconnect from while on a trip. Getting some separation from home and work and the general mundane duties of being an adult helps me get perspective on the fact that social media isn’t all that necessary for life. While down in Hilton Head earlier this month, I would find myself reaching for my phone and clicking into Instagram out of habit only to put my phone right back down again. More often than not, I’d be sitting on the back porch of our rented beach house watching boats drift by, and I’d think to myself, “Why on earth would I want to do anything but look at this beautiful view?”

I think I personally use social media as an escape on a normal day, so while on vacation there’s just no need to bother with checking it. I’m already on an escape—the real life kind! Maybe you should give this trick a try, too.

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

Since most of us in this day and age tend to fall prey to the idea that “busy is best,” vacations are pretty darn tough to enjoy. Whether you’ve got coworkers breathing down your neck from afar, looming projects weighing you down, or you’re being bombarded by emails, notifications, and text messages, it’s almost impossible to truly disconnect. My hope is that these tips will help make the process a little bit easier for you, and that you can shut down more than you have in the past—without sacrificing your productivity and organization.

Honestly, this last trip to Hilton Head was the first time in ages that I felt like I was mentally present during my vacation, and it was worth all the rushing and pre-planning beforehand. Now to start getting ready for next May…

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!
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Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

You know what’s sad? I’m so ram-rod focused on styling perfection, that I just got lost in a rabbit hole of hunting for the perfect “mid-century digital clock” to replace the cheap Target one you see pictured above. It’s embarrassing how desperate I get to replace things that are perfectly functional yet imperfectly designed. I just thought I’d let you know that I’m feeling a little obsessive and psychotic this morning, and anything but pulled together in case you thought that was the case.

Anyway, I digress. The point of this post isn’t to fixate on silly styling obsessions. It’s about celebrating our new-to-us collection of vintage landscape paintings! As an editor at Glitter Guide one of my main roles is to coordinate and produce our weekly home tour content. I love, love, love this part of my job because I have the chance to connect with designers whom I admire from afar, and I get to learn all sorts of new tips and tricks throughout the process of interviewing them.

Case in point, our upcoming home tour with MM Vintage shop owner, Molly Mathias. The moment I brought up the photos she submitted for her tour, I was smitten. Her home is filled, top to bottom, with gorgeous mid-century finds (think: woven wall hangings, danish wood dressers, cool ceramics, paintings, etc.). I fell particularly hard for a set of vintage landscape watercolors that she had displayed over a credenza in her home, and I remember thinking, “I could totally do that!” Literally one week later, I had crossed the to-do off my list, and I thought I’d let you in on the tale.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

The two framed pieces you see off to the right-hand side of our newly-hung gallery wall came from my favorite antique mall in Williamsburg, Virginia. The second one in the upper left-hand corner came from another vintage shop in Richmond, which, unfortunately, I’ve forgotten the name of. All three feel cohesive, though, because of the warm earth tones, and the mountain-scape subject matter. Since we live in a particularly hilly region of Virginia, the set really speaks to my love for this area that we call home.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

In case you’re curious to know how much this collection cost, the pair from Williamsburg was about $150 total, whereas the little one from Richmond clocked in at around $40. Certainly not nothing, but the original, 1960’s dated paintings felt worth the investment to me.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Purchasing art is such a subjective thing, so I can’t really tell you what a good deal is and what a bad deal will run you. But, here’s a tip, though! If you spot a piece of art that you love, try imagining in your mind how much you’d be willing to pay for it. Then check the price tag. If it’s not more than $10 over your estimate, I would say it’s worth seriously considering purchasing the piece of art.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

The moral of the story? Don’t waste those interior design inspiration images that are just sitting in your digital collection (think: Pinterest, screenshots on your phone, saved Instagram images). Instead, why not pause, take a closer look, and find something that you can do in your own home to recreate the vibe.

I love that Molly’s beautiful home (which goes live on Glitter Guide next week) could literally manifest itself in our own space, so consider this a challenge to follow suit with a dream room or home that inspires you!

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!
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3 DIY Minimalist Wrapping Methods To Try | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I don’t know about you, but gift-giving is a special occasion activity that I just relish. I love the process of curating a little collection of goodies to give to my favorite friends and family members—anything from a new stovetop pot filled with kitchen tools and pasta-making ingredients, to a terra cotta planter stuffed with gardening supplies. I think I inherited this love for creative gifting from my mom, who has always been an absolute pro when it comes to birthdays and Christmas.

That said, gift wrapping is a concept that has completely and utterly eluded me. I just don’t have the patience for lining up pretty patterned paper and wrangling bows and other complicated decorative doo-dads. So I recently decided to cut myself a break by coming up with 3 DIY Minimalist Wrapping Methods. These gift box decoration ideas are beyond simple to master, and you can get the full tutorial for all three over on the Oriental Trading blog.

3 DIY Minimalist Wrapping Methods To Try | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

3 DIY Minimalist Wrapping Methods To Try | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Trust me. Not a single one of the three methods I explain calls for precise measurement and placement (although I do offer those numbers and suggestions for those of you who do better with a true step-by-step tutorial). The trio of DIY decorating ideas welcomes interpretation and customization, so feel free to get creative! The only requirement? That you don’t take yourself seriously, and that you focus more on the thoughtful gift inside the box than what you do on the outside.

So now I want to know—which of my 3 DIY Minimalist Wrapping Methods is your favorite of the bunch? See the process of recreating each of them over on Oriental Trading here.

3 DIY Minimalist Wrapping Methods To Try | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!
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Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

It’s finally time to reveal the space that my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin, and I designed for this year’s Design Dash! I introduced you to this project, which was hosted by La-Z-Boy and led by HGTV personality Kelly Edwards, a couple of weeks ago, but now that the main event is behind us and the contest is live, I’m back to divulge details from the day—including two videos and lots of photos.

Before I get too deeply into things, I wanted to mention that I’m sharing all about the design process and what Caitlin and I were thinking in terms of inspiration over on Glitter Guide this morning. Here on Dream Green DIY, though, I’m offering a candid peek into the 2-day event, which all unfolded down in North Carolina at High Point Market.

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

Behind The Scenes Of The 2017 @lazboy Design Dash | dreamgreendiy.com

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What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag

Ever since starting my own YouTube channel earlier this year, I’ve gotten into the habit of subscribing and tuning in to other channels for inspiration. A few favorites include Klossy, Samantha Maria, The Michalaks, and Hannah Maggs, and while totally unexpected, I’ve come to really love when my favorite vloggers share makeup reviews and roundups.

So I thought I’d try something new (and completely outside my comfort zone!)—namely sharing a few portraits and a list of the makeup products that I’m personally loving right now. I know this doesn’t have much to do with crafting, but my main goal this year is to offer you resources beyond just simple DIY tutorials. I want you to be able to come to this space and get advice ranging from home décor and, of course, crafting, but also cooking, mental health awareness, and even beauty. Without further adieu or delay, see my list of makeup go-to’s below!

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag

What’s In My Everyday Makeup Bag

The only time I really change up this sequence is if I decide to use brown eyeliner instead of black (I know—I’m just wild, right?!). My go-to brown eyeliner is Almay Intense i-color Eyeliner in ‘Brown Topaz’ ($4.99), which I love to pair with the brand’s Everyday Neutrals Powder Shadow in ‘Trio For Blues’ ($8.49). I have two favorite lipsticks: Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in ‘Poppy Nude’ ($7.99) and Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour in ‘Graffiti Pop’ ($18.50)—the former I’m wearing in the photos you see in this post. Both are long-lasting and neither dries out my lips.

What’s in your everyday makeup bag? Have you tried any of the brands and products I mentioned above? Most I’ve used since I started wearing makeup as a teenager, and I would highly recommend every single thing you see in that list. That said, I love playing around with different combos, so please shout out the beauty products you love yourself below!

What's In My Everyday Makeup Bag

P.S. You can see my full, real-life morning routine in action here!
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10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety In 2017

Several months ago I opened up about my struggles with travel anxiety. It’s something I’ve dealt with for decades, but it has become especially trying within the last couple of years. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve been traveling more often by myself for work, but I almost always experience some sort of panic or anxiety while away from home. I’m a homebody at heart, but a couple of really emotional trips and even some turbulent plane rides have fed into my homesickness to the point that I often err on the side of just staying home.

The trouble is that I don’t want to be a homebody. As I mentioned in my first post, I want to experience new things and meet new people, especially colleagues whom I’ve never even met in person. The last time I brought this topic up, I begged for your advice and you guys totally came through. It was comforting to know that so many of you also experience travel anxiety, and that many of you have come up with ways to combat the often-cripling effects.

Since you were all so supportive and helpful, I wanted to try compiling a quick list of some of your top suggestions that I’ve adopted over the course of the last few months. I’ve taken several trips since writing about my travel anxiety, and these tips have helped me keep it together. I’d even go so far as to say that I’ve enjoyed traveling to new places! In case you’re in need of some advice, I’m hopeful that this small list will help get you off on the right foot as we head into the summer travel season.

10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety In 2017

10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety In 2017

10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety In 2017

10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety

1. Eat normal foods: Rather than binging on junk food and “treats” when you’re away from home, which have the tendency to wreak havoc on your system on a normal day, stick to your day-to-day diet. Nausea and indigestion are some of the first signs of anxiety, and the last thing you want to do is trigger that kind of worry while traveling.

2. Take a deep breath: When you start to feel panicky, stop and fill your lungs with air. Let the breath out slowly through your mouth and tell yourself that time passes, you’ll be home soon.

3. Plant your feet: Piggy-backing off of tip number two, combine that deep breath with a strong stance. Plant both feet firmly on the floor, close your eyes, and fill your lungs with air. As you release your breath, try to convince yourself to live in the moment. Travel anxiety can quickly force you to lose all sense of the present and you end up missing out on good experiences. Planting your feet physically will help you mentally check into the moment and you’ll experience things more fully rather than immediately jumping to your fears of the worst case scenario.

4. Practice visualization: Before leaving for High Point and the beach, I came across this free printable/downloadable visualization worksheet on The Fresh Exchange. I was able to pause in the middle of my morning, read through the worksheet, and mentally fill in the answers as they pertained to my upcoming travel. It was a great way to walk myself through the possibilities and how I would handle everything, and left me feeling more prepared. I have a feeling I’ll be using this type of practice a lot more this summer.

10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety In 2017

5. Stick to your routine: If you wake up every morning at 7:00 AM, take a shower, and then eat an english muffin topped with a fried egg, then do that while on vacation, too! Sticking to your normal schedule will sooth your internal clock, even if your surroundings look a little different than normal.

6. Know your back-up services: One of my biggest fears lately has been a car breaking down on me when traveling. To combat this fear of the unknown, I’ve done research on back-up towing and emergency services, even going so far as to load the numbers into my phone in case of emergency. Just knowing that I have a number I can quickly call helps me not worry so much.

7. Build in extra time: People tend to scoff when I tell them I arrive at the airport at least 2-3 hours before a flight leaves, but I am so much calmer wandering an airport for hours as opposed to sitting at home, whiling away the time before a scheduled take-off.

8. Don’t worry about judgement: In the same vein, give up the notion that judgement matters. Try not to worry about what other people think when it comes to your travel habits. Own up to your worry and don’t be afraid to turn an opportunity down if you just don’t want to deal with the stress. That’s not to say that you should turn down every travel opportunity because I do think it’s important to push yourself to some extent, but don’t give in to pressure either. If you don’t want to go, then don’t go!

10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety In 2017

9. Plan ahead: This one may seem obvious, but I think it’s especially important to plan even the smallest detail out when you’re a worrisome traveler. Google restaurants and even emergency services in the area you’re traveling to so that you know what to expect when you arrive. Try creating a short list of addresses and phone numbers for the airport you’re traveling out of and into, as well as the hotel you’re staying in. I typically email this list to myself so I have it handy from my phone, and I also print a copy and keep it in my wallet. Things may not always go according to plan, but I think sometimes just having a schedule or idea in place helps you get beyond worry and you can roll with the punches from there.

10. Put technology to work: I have invested in a full security system for our home that comes with burglary protection as well as 24/7 smoke and CO2 detection. Having this system in place helps me relax when we’re away from the house since we’re usually leaving unsupervised pets at home for long stretches of time. I also love to keep in touch with John through video chat when I’m away and he’s still back at home. Seeing his face and familiar rooms in the background helps calm my nerves.

BONUS. Stay home: If you’re just not up to traveling long distances, have a staycation! I don’t necessarily mean staying at your actual home—more like book 1-2 nights at a local hotel to escape your normal surroundings and to allow yourself to be pampered for a change. It’s a good way to reset without having to stress about being too far from home.

10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety In 2017

To those of you who don’t suffer from travel anxiety, these tips might seem excessive, but to the lot of you who are intimately aware of the struggle, these tricks could mean the difference between a happy experience and a full-on panic attack. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s also not something to treat with disregard either. The good news is that travel anxiety doesn’t have to keep you at home. By putting some of these things to work in your life, you can make just as many fun travel memories as your jet-setting pals.

Let me know in the comments below if you have other stories or pieces of advice to share, and as always, thanks for the support and for listening!

10 Ways To Combat Travel Anxiety In 2017

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