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The 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me | dreamgreendiy.com

Since reaching my sixth anniversary as a blogger this past March, I’ve felt a little more settled in my role. Reflection has sort of become a weekly part of my routine, and I’ve thought extra hard about what the past has shown me and where I can go from here. The blogging industry is so young compared to nearly every other job field, and it still blows me away that I’m able to support myself and our family on my salary, but I can! That milestone alone is worth celebrating, but I think the things I’ve learned along this 6-year path are only the start of where I’m headed.

Will I be blogging until retirement? The truth is that I don’t know, but the other honest reaction is that I hope so! I love my job. I love the little community we’ve built here together, and knowing that I get to have conversations with all of you on a near-daily basis gets me out of bed every morning. Whenever I have a weak moment and wonder about going back to a traditional job, I just think about how much I would miss you guys, and how much I love empowering you to test your own skills with DIY projects and interior design. Even if I didn’t make a dime, knowing that I’ve been able to inspire even one of you is all the profit I need.

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a list of the five biggest lessons I’ve learned since writing that very first blog post back in March of 2011. Some are a little sappy, while others are more practical, but one thing’s for sure: blogging has taught me so much and has absolutely shaped the person that I am today.

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5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me

  1. Community is everything: Probably the biggest thing I’ve learned is that camaraderie is the fuel that keeps us going. I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many fellow bloggers in this niche, and with the exception of maybe one or two people out of hundreds, nearly everyone is anxious to cheerlead and quick to lend a helping hand. The outpouring of support from all sides has taught me the power of community, something that was absolutely non-existent in any of the jobs I had before blogging. This experience and learning to support and be supported by fellow bloggers has changed me for the better.
  2. “Picture perfect” isn’t always best: I started out my role as a working blogger taking crappy photos, sharing half-completed room makeovers, and with little to no handle on proper grammar. Then, a few years in, I decided to up my game and tried to share nothing but perfection. Of course, I’m using that term loosely since I’m not perfect, but I definitely edited, edited, and then edited again until things just didn’t even look or feel natural anymore. Fast forward to now, and I think I’ve learned to embrace a happy medium. Imperfection is real and it’s humbling and spotlighting things around our home that might not be “picture perfect” or admitting to past mistakes is now something I don’t mind embracing. Imperfection is a beautiful thing.
  3. How to use a camera: I still don’t know everything about cameras (far from it), but constant use of a digital camera since 2011 has allowed me to hone my familiarity with one. I may not be blogging for the rest of my days, but this particular skill I’ve gained is one I’ll be able to use forever, whether snapping family photos at the beach, or just documenting our time in and around Waynesboro.
  4. I trust myself: Being your own boss is a major challenge in so many ways. I have no one to answer to, which can be great, but it also means I have to bear the brunt of an incredible amount of responsibility. Since I don’t really have anyone to bounce ideas off of, I have had to learn to trust my instincts when it comes to just about everything—post topics, brand partnerships, scheduling, hiring help. Six yours later, I still feel a little like I’m just treading water, but at the same time, I also feel like a stronger, more capable person.
  5. Celebrate! Another big thing I’ve learned is that celebrating successes is key to progress. Once I’ve reached a milestone (ex. making a big deadline, hiring my first employee, etc.) it’s so easy for me to forget that I need to stop and celebrate the achievement rather than focusing on the next big thing. Celebration is really almost as important as landing a big deal. Without it this job would take everything out of me and I would burn out in a matter of weeks. When I first started out as a business owner, I never would have anticipated how important this lesson would be.

Because this industry is so new and so strange for most people to even grasp, I take things one day at a time and have learned to be adaptable. Accepting the constant change is something I’m still learning to handle, but it sure keeps life interesting. I couldn’t be more grateful for the grace and patience that you guys as readers show me every day, and for the support of my fellow bloggers in this community. Here’s to year seven!

The 5 Things Blogging Has Taught Me | dreamgreendiy.com

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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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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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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How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

Although I’m officially out of the office to compete in La-Z-Boy’s blogger Design Dash (more on that BIG news here), I wanted to quickly pop in and share a few tricks I’ve recently discovered for finding design inspiration in everyday life. If you’re anything like me, then scrolling through Instagram is just that—a daily routine—but did you know that the social media platform can do a lot more for you beyond simply filling those lazy minutes throughout your day?

Essentially, the latest update to the platform (namely “Saves”) allows you to treat Instagram like you do Pinterest. Simply tap the little flag under photos that inspire you most, and the image is saved to a secret feed within your Instagram profile that only you can see. This allows you to bookmark images that speak to you for a particular reason—maybe because you like a certain piece of furniture, or you fell in love with a particular paint color. Whatever the case, you can now save these photos for future reference when working to design a space of your own.

Take this one below by @sarahlynnlong for example. I loved the rich colors of the woodwork and the elaborate moulding. That evergreen sectional completely stole my heart, and I love the industrial vibe of the chandelier and marque style letters, too.

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

Having these types of extra enticing photos—like those in the screenshot of my secret Saves feed above, and the pile of pretty @the_citizenry pillows below—saved in my Instagram account keeps me from filling my camera roll with messy screenshots, plus now I can easily reference them when I’m looking for room makeover motivation on a whim.

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

That shot above by @maestier really caught my eye because of the dark wood paneling, white bedding, and boho details. I remember saving it to my feed one morning while scrolling through Instagram before even getting out of bed—it’s so easy! This Instagram image below by @tessaneustadt of a room makeover designed by @melburstin for @em_henderson was another one of those moments that I just had to file away for future home styling reference.

By the way, I’ve listed the full collection of links to those Instagrammers featured in today’s post at the end of the feature in case you’re looking to add a few new accounts to your feed for interior inspiration. Let your inspiration run wild as you buy Instagram likes in your account.

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

Have you put this feature to use yet? Give it a try! Consider getting into the habit of saving favorite Instagram images without even looking at your secret feed all at once for a while. In a week or two, check the full collection of your saved images to see what has been inspiring you lately—you just might be surprised to find out what your unconscious aesthetic looks like these days.

How To Pull Design Inspiration From Instagram

Featured Instagram Accounts: @apartment_34, @sfgirlbybay, @bradytolbert, @tessaneustadt, @em_henderson, @melburstin, @ginny_macdonald, @the_citizenry, @themerrythought, @katiestoops, @laurenswells, @ohhhchelsea, @joannepio, @maestier, @dominomag, @lhackett, @sarahshermansamuel, @sarahlynnlong, @taylorsterling, @athomeinlove, @almostmakesperfect, @flyoverdesignco, @gap, @luluandgeorgia, @studiocultivate, @cottagehillmag, @cultiver_goods, @kruseandvieiraevents, @amyanstatt, @alittlepartyevents, @freshexchange, @theranchuncommon, @chaneldror, @andrewknapp, @delbarrmoradi, @taza, @camillestyles, @davidtsay, @westelm, @andreapescephoto, @haleboyd, @rebecca_lynn_gunn, @oleanderandpalm, @themakerista, @skylargee, @snowehome, @madewell, @minted, @alainakaz, @houselarsbuilt, @chauntevaughn, @meredithsledge, @min_cat, @glitterguide
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A Minimalist Modern Master Bedroom Mood Board

Resources: Lamp, Sconce, Platform Bed, Nightstand, Dresser, Basket 1, Basket 2, Plant 1, Plant 2, Blanket, Pouf, Rug, Landscape Art, Floor Mirror, Chair, Pillow 1, Pillow 2Canisters,

Like many of you, before and after room makeovers are my absolute favorite things to see online and in shelter magazines. So when my friend Bethany mentioned that she and her husband, Aaron, were looking to transform their bedroom, I practically leapt at the chance to help out.

In a matter of minutes, she and I had parked ourselves at a table in their coffee shop, and we spend the next hour discussing options and her vision for the space. The funny thing was that Bethany’s main inspiration image came from Almost Makes Perfect. Molly is a blogger pal of mine, so the fact that Bethany had zeroed in on her space felt like it was just meant to be.

A Modern Master Bedroom Mood Board

Before you read on, do yourself a big ole favor and click over to Almost Makes Perfect here to see Molly’s stunning master retreat. Doing so will give you a better idea of what Bethany is hoping to achieve in her own bedroom makeover.

As you can see pictured above and below, Bethany and Aaron’s bedroom is currently a hodgepodge of pieces that they’d love to refresh. While the two of them work behind the scenes to repaint the room a soft white and rip up the old carpet to reveal existing hardwoods underneath, I pulled together a mood board filled with items to complement a more modern, minimalist space. Neutral colors accented by exciting textiles keep the room feeling multi-layered and inviting, while rich wood grains ground the collection of pieces.

I’m really so thrilled to help Bethany and Aaron bring their dream bedroom to life, and hope to have updates to share very soon. What do you think? Does this type of modern-meets-miniamlist vibe pique your interest, too? Did I leave out any essentials? If so, shout them out in the comments below.

A Modern Master Bedroom Mood Board

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Embracing Imperfection In This "Picture-Perfect" Age | dreamgreendiy.com + @SHOPBRIKA

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fact that things like this blog, magazines, and even Instagram feeds have fooled us all into thinking that our homes and everyday routines have to be perfectly styled and pristine. Enough is enough already! It’s time to let go of the notion that life has to look constantly picture-perfect.

Now, of course, I’m 100 percent fully aware that my saying that is a little hypocritical since the concept of “pretty” is my philosophy with just about everything (okay, really, everything) I share here on the blog, but that’s only because I’m sure you guys don’t want to actually look at laundry piled on the floor or crumpled potato chip bags lying on the coffee table. Believe me. It’s all there behind the scenes.

Embracing Imperfection In This "Picture-Perfect" Age | dreamgreendiy.com + @SHOPBRIKA

I recently ordered this Calm book from The School of Life and BRIKA and have been doing my best to really be intentional about the sense of peace I welcome into my life on a day to day basis. I don’t want to fixate on the placement of pillows on our living room couch until they’re just so, and I wish that I didn’t always feel so dejected over how dark our window-less hallway looks.

Although my type A personality will probably always push me towards perfection no matter how many “self help” type books I read, I want to try harder to see the beauty in common moments. I want to be able to see those crooked pillows and smile as I remember lounging there with a good book earlier in the day. I want to be able to walk down our hallway and cherish every footstep because our house (from the windowless sections to the bright spots) is truly our dream home.

Embracing Imperfection In This "Picture-Perfect" Age | dreamgreendiy.com + @SHOPBRIKA

Anyway, I just wanted to challenge all of you to think about letting go of pressure to make your homes and lives as picture-perfect as mainstream media has led you to believe they need to be. Life is anything but perfect. The beauty is really in those goofy, crooked, candid, messy moments when you completely forget about the way something looks and revel in just how it feels.

I hope you take today, this season, or even the entire year to refocus your energy on embracing imperfection and appreciating a pretty image rather than taking it as your own personal challenge to follow suit. After all, life sure is beautiful—unmade bed, dirty dishes, bare feet, and all.

Embracing Imperfection In This "Picture-Perfect" Age | dreamgreendiy.com + @SHOPBRIKA

RESOURCES: Calm book, Large House Serving Tray, Tipsy Writer, The Takeda Towel
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Everything You Need For Your Bar Cart | dreamgreendiy.com

Truthfully, I took ages to catch on to the idea of drinking. I didn’t drink in high school, and only picked it up in college when I was well into my Junior year. I’m pretty sure that my “first” drink on my twenty-first birthday was probably something like my twelfth, which is saying something since most 21-year-olds tally their previous drinks in the dozens to hundreds.

I started off with fruity mixed cocktails (basically anything that tasted nothing like booze), and then moved my way into wine only just a couple of years ago. Nowadays, the latter is pretty much all I enjoy when I’m feeling festive, so our bar cabinet truthfully isn’t the most-used piece of furniture that we own, which is why we recently traded our bulky bar cart out for a smaller bar cabinet to house our specialty glasses and John’s small whiskey collection.

Since I have a feeling that we’re probably in the minority and that your bar cart sees more action thanks to entertaining and favorite cocktail recipes, I wanted to curate a small roundup of mixology essentials—everything from ice buckets and tongs, to glasses and serving pieces. Peruse the list below, and feel free to call me out in the comments if you see anything missing.

  1. Orb Sapphire Blue Glass Ice Bucket ($49.95)
  2. Moscow Mule Copper Mug ($19.95)
  3. Orb Wood Muddler ($9.95)
  4. Orb Copper Shaker ($24.95)
  5. Beck Tray ($49.95)
  6. Corbin Decanter ($29.95)
  7. Carter Springed Strainer ($9.95)
  8. Carter Bar Tool Set ($29.95)
  9. Set of 4 Acacia Coasters ($19.95)
  10. Orb Copper Jigger ($9.95)
  11. Carter Ice Tongs ($9.95)
  12. Set of 8 Viv Martini Glasses ($39.60)

So what are your all-time favorite drinks? Do you have a go-to springtime wine that you love to stock up on this time of year? I’m still acquiring that elusive wine taste and choosing what I love and what I don’t, so your seasonal recommendations are more than welcome. Cheers!

*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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Everything You Need For Your Office Desktop | dreamgreendiy.com

Okay, so first a confession: I’m still not 100 percent happy with the design of my home office. I don’t really know why it has taken me so long and so many failed attempts, but I just don’t feel like it’s “there,” if that makes sense. This is supposed to be the most inspiring space in our home, and so far, it just feels blah.

While I did genuinely like the direction of my first office design, it never really felt like it suited the era of our mid-century home, especially after dramatically shifting design gears at the beginning of 2017. The new furniture was a little too, well…new, and the storage was there, but I had waaaaaaay too much stuff. I’ve since sold my desk and replaced it was a vintage beauty that I can’t wait to show you, plus I’ve donated most of the excess clutter and styling supplies to charity in an effort to have just what I love surrounding me in this space.

As I work slowly but surely behind the scenes to perfect the design of my office, I wanted to share a mini roundup of desktop accessories to help you along with your own work space makeover. These 12 goodies will put both of us well on our ways to the office oasis of our dreams.

  1. Circular Succulent Pot ($15.99)
  2. Wooden LED Digital Alarm Clock ($17.69)
  3. USB Headphone Stand Holder ($34.99)
  4. Desktop Letter Sorter ($9.99)
  5. ban.do “I Don’t Work Here” Notebook ($12)
  6. Rose Gold Tape Dispenser ($19.99)
  7. Storage Caddy ($30)
  8. Swing Arm Desk Lamp ($36.99)
  9. Wood Business Card Case Holder ($14.99)
  10. Magnetic Paper Clip Holder ($48)
  11. Loose Leaf Tea Infuser Strainer Cup ($9.95)
  12. Aluminum Mouse Pad ($29.99)

So, what do you think? Do these accents hit the mark for you, too? I’m particularly besotted with that Aluminum Mouse Pad since the cloth one I have now just never seems to stay clean (darn coffee stains). The idea of a crisp, clean, solid surface mouse pad is music to my productivity-starved ears. Leave your own top pick from the list above down in the comments below!

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10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Have you been bitten by the bug to make over your home now that it’s officially spring? I know I have, and, so far, no room, closet, or cabinet is safe from my need to redecorate and reorganize. I’ve taken loads and loads to consignment stores and charity, and have even begun the process of making over the ugly duckling in our home that no one ever sees: the downstairs bathroom.

Since my budget is next to null because of tax season (yay.), I’m turning to places like Pinterest, my favorite DIY blogs, and even home catalogs to gather inspiration. My hope is that a lot of the projects I have on my list can be done using things we already own, and so far, that’s been the case.

Lately, I’ve been especially inspired by Urban Outfitters home photos. The brand, of course, has no idea that I’m writing this post and it’s not sponsored in any way, but I still wanted to share a big armload of images to help inspire a few of our collective spring refresh projects. Scroll on for all the DIY details and ideas!

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Audio-Technica X UO AT-LP60 Bluetooth Vinyl Record Player: One of our favorite things to do together as a couple is listen to music. Whether it’s on a record player, our bluetooth speaker, or even just on our phones, music is something that never fails to bring us together and inspire conversation. This cool setup—decked out with speakers and cool art—has me feeling like it’s time to finally put effort into decorating around the vintage turntable my in-laws recently gave us.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Eloisa Carved Wood Platform BedLike much of the world, I’ve fallen hard for bohemian style decor, so this platform bed instantly caught my eye. I love the textured cut outs, and the fact that it looks cool, even with the linens unmade. Try the look out in your own home by layering lots of coordinating textiles and plants around your existing bed frame.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Rohini Daybed Cushion: Lately, I’ve been trying to carve out at least a couple of minutes to just lay around on the floor of our home. I know that sounds a little crazy, but it seemed like every time I broke away from my computer to run to the kitchen for refreshments, I would spot all four of our fur babies sprawled out on the living room carpet soaking up the sun from our floor-to-ceiling front windows. The other day, I decided to see what all the fuss was about, and it was glorious. Picture pure quiet, broken only by birds singing right outside our windows, and warm sun spilling over my face. A pile of floor cushions like these is pretty much the only way I could make these lazy moments any better.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Ulla Bandana Printed Rug: If you had looked at our rug collection even just a couple of years ago, you would have seen bold patterns, multi-colored designs, and high impact prints. Nowadays though, I’m finding that neutral rugs are more my style since they allow the rest of our decor to be the star players. Not surprisingly, this simple gray, fringed rug is at the top of my wish list for that very reason.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Hello Sayang For DENY Eye Blush Tapestry: Did anyone else think, “I could totally make that!” upon sight of this retro-inspired eye-print tapestry? Grab yourself a clean white sheet, some tie-dye ink, and black fabric paint, because that’s pretty much all you need to recreate this drapey wall art.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Hanna Drop Cloth Floor Pillow: See my little anecdote a few photos up to understand why I decided to add these floor pillows to my list of design-inspiring images! They practically beg for lazy afternoon lounging, and can be easily recreated with a few Euro size inserts and pillow covers from home goods stores like Target or Bed Bath & Beyond. Or, if you want to get the look for free, just toss a pile of pillows that you already have on the floor near a window, and layer stacks of books to make the lounge area feel extra intentional.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Joni Net Window Curtain: If you love the look of canopy beds, but don’t have the budget to splurge on one for yourself, then this is another great Urban Outfitters home photo to pull DIY decor inspiration from! Just hang a few sheer curtain panels around your mattress using plain rods (or, better still, some cheap white hooks), and you’re done—without breaking the bank.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Little Korboose Nevada Canvas Wall Art: Truly, no offense to the artist, but you really only need basic drawing skills to recreate this (beautiful!) hand-sketched linear print. Grab a sheet of nice drawing paper, a black Sharpie, wood frame, and you’re good to go. If you want to DIY that textured pillow, too, my pal Molly shares the perfect tutorial for a DIY Modern Pom Pom Pillow on Almost Makes Perfect here.

10 Urban Outfitters Home Photos To Inspire You

Luca Woven Rug: Here’s another monochromatic rug that proves you don’t need to go all out with your floor coverings in order to make a statement. Those cool edgy lines still pack punch, but they don’t keep you from seeing the real stars of the room—things like the fabulous round coffee table and gorgeous wood frame sofa. It’s all about balance, and this room hits all the high notes.

Are you feeling more inspired now to tackle those refreshing spring to-do’s on your list? Leave your own decor ideas and seasonal solutions in the comments below! 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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