(We had the best time last week hosting family for the holiday weekend. We spent tons of hours at the pool (with plenty of sunscreen and my new DIY Day hat!) and enjoyed so many delicious meals, drinks and laughs together.
Brad and I are often hosting friends and family and so we have a great little routine for prepping the house and guest rooms to ensure our visitors have the best stay. Today, I'm sharing some of my guest prep secrets (post the obvious clean house and clean sheets) so that they feel comfortable, at home, and even a bit pampered as they arrive.
1. Add some greenery
Some fresh flowers or branches bring such an organic and natural feel to the space. I think of it like adding jewelry to your outfit, but for your room. A little accessory that goes a long way. The green stems I have pictured have lasted for over 3 months from Trader Joe's and I've only changed the water once so it's a really low cost way to make a big impact.
2. Pillow it up
Weather you go with a couple of oversized pillows or a cascade of throw pillows, adding pillows brings in some character and tons of comfort. I found these jumbo ones for such a deal at Home Goods. I'm so obsessed with pillows, I think overtime I'll add a few more. I may get a smaller one that I can easily change with the seasons or feel of the room.
3. Get the Essentials
Lay out towels on the bed (bath and pool towels if applicable), ensure the bathroom is stocked with extra toiletries and plenty of toilet paper and clean out all the trash cans. There is nothing worse than being a guest at someone's house and realizing at the last minute you forgot shampoo or even worse, finishing a roll of toilet paper and having no idea where to find another. Keeping everything in the guest area stocked make it easy for your visitors. As an extra bonus, head over to your local CVS or Walgreens and get a few travel sized goodies that you can keep in the bathroom. You can also get these in bulk on Amazon and keep them on hand for your next guests.
4. Gift Basket Galore
This is something my mom still does for us when we come visit and it always makes us feel so special! Stock a basket with water bottles, snacks, sweet treats, and more. You can be creative and play it up based on your guests and what they like. In this batch, I included some of their favorite snacks and magazines for pool reading. I knew my sister and brother in-law were going to be on east coast hours so got them some energy material if needed too.
I always have so much fun prepping for guests and finding little ways to make their stay a bit more memorable. Sometimes I do it through the activities planned, other times through the meals we have, but always through the first impression as they walk into their rooms.
I'd love to hear how you prep for your guests too, what are some of your favorite things to do or decor to add to the rooms?
Classic Rugs for Your Living Room
Isn’t it funny how rugs can make a room. To me they serve a few key purposes.
Once you know that you need a rug, a few questions come rushing in. What size do you I get, what type (shaggy, jute, woven), and then how do I place it, under the couch. Here are a few of my go-to rules for find the perfect size rug and how to place plus a few of the rugs I can’t get enough of right now!
I found this little "cheat sheet" from the HomeEdit and it's the perfect starting point to help get a sense of size. In most of the below examples you can see that the sofa is either fully on or partially on the rug. I like this rule 90% of the time, but sometimes I want to show off gorgeous wood floors with some lifted mid-century modern furniture. In those cases I like to put one side of furniture on the rug and one side off. It keeps the balance of organic, while still enhancing the features of the room.
A few of my favorites!
I can't get enough of these blue rugs!
Hope you find the perfect rug and if you want to share, be sure to tag @beyondtheclock for how you styled your room!
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with mirrors. There are times where they can totally make a room by bringing in more light, making a room bigger, or adding a unique detail with a frame or hanging. Then there are other times, mostly in older homes or small spaces, where people go mirror overboard and make the feature tacky rather than classy. You know what I’m talking about, those full mirror walls that make a living room look more like a dance studio. Thank goodness, mirror details have come a long way. Here are some of my favorite ways to use mirrors in your home or office
1. Leather hanging round mirror
This modern look is perfect in a bathroom or entryway to add a bit of character with the rounded shape. It's also a less expensive way to make the feature bigger by having the hanging materials be a part of the masterpiece.
2. Triple Horizontal Catch-all
Whether you place these pieces in an entryway above a "catch=all" table as I like to call it or in a dining room above a side-board. These triple combo mirrors are statement pieces that will give your room both art and depth. They can also be really affordable using inexpensive behind the door mirrors for this lux stacked mirror look.
3. Antique Arched Mirrros
I love these pieces to bring some vintage details into your home while still keeping things modern and fresh. The are also great accents to a farmhouse style. My favorite place to use mirrors like these is behind nightstands in a bedroom or picking up two to flank a TV or feature in the living room.
4. Hallway or Office Whiteboard
Traditional whiteboards can really make a place look more like a classroom than a home, but they are SO functional. This is a great blend to keep your space looking fresh and modern while allowing you a place to write your family's menu and to-do list. It's also great in commercial spaces like cafe's and office lunch rooms. Almost all mirrors work for this use, I picked mine up at home goods. Then stock up on some dry-erase pens and you will be good to go.
5. Giant Leaning Floor Mirrors
Ever wonder how bloggers get such good mirror selfies... these are the answers. Oversized floor mirrors are great for a bedroom or near a garage door to get a final look on your way out the door.
6. Glass Trays
Glass trays are a my favorite way to glam up a space. I like it best for a guest room or bathroom to display little trinkets for your guests. It's also the perfect add to a coffee table.
Can't wait to hear about your favorite ways to use mirrors. I'd love to see how you styled it. #beyondtheclock when you post to instagram so we can see your creative uses!
How to keep a healthy budget by styling a room with key pieces overtime., plus a checklist!
If you missed it last month, I kicked off the series for styling a room overtime. (Check out Living Room Tips Here). With summer approaching, it can be so tempting to go out and get the latest and greatest items (and for a few items you totally should - you deserve it), but it may help your overall budget to do just a little planning. Don't worry we have a guide below to help.
What I have found from my years of project management is that you generally have 3 key items that come together to make the perfect project. Resources (including mula), time, and quality. The three are generally at odds with each other and thanks to so many home renovations we see on social media and tv, we generally are looking for all three to be quick, amazing, and affordable.
In this series, I help guide you to making only a few trade-offs when it comes to time so that you can maximize your budget for the most high quality, items of your dreams. So without further ado here are some helpful tips for styling your outdoor space or patio with time.
Best Time of Year to Buy:
PILLOWS, POTS AND ACCENTS
GRILL & BBQ SUPPLIES
Get the best Outdoor Decor Style with Time Checklist to help plan all the pieces for your Living Room and best time of year to buy to make the most of your budget.
Hope the guide helps you guys, and don't forget, all good things take time!
Our Favorites: Outdoor Decor Inspo
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For those of you who have been following along my master bedroom upgrade, you know that I've been looking for creative ways to refresh the space (see the DIY night stands here). Just like with the night stands, I had been looking for a while to find some lamps that combined the industrial and airy modern look to go with the rest of the room. Sadly, once again I was coming up either empty or looking to spend $350 per lamp.
The pair that I fell in love with was on sale over Easter weekend and I was ready to go on a big purchase when my dad talked some sense into me and said, "you DIY tons of things anyways, why not just DIY to upgrade the lamps you already have". I started brainstorming immediately that if I found the perfect shade, I could repaint the stand and add a contraption so that the switch was much easier to use.
That's what led to this project and I have to say it was super quick and easy to do and cost less than $50. See the step by step below and check out the video tutorial here.
Shade and Electrical
If you have any lamps needing a refresh, send a picture to email@example.com and I'll help source the perfect upgrades. Have a great Tuesday!
When and where to use baskets in your home decor
If you have been following me on instagram, it is probably pretty apparent that I LOVE baskets. Woven grass baskets especially. Part of it, is because it reminds me of South Africa. I remember when I was younger, going to the South African markets and smelling woven grass for placements, coasters, nick nacks and any other creative use you can think of. Now when I put a fresh basket in my house, I get that smell and the memories of home.
Another reason I love them, is because they are so darn cute and functional! I love that they can make a messy pile of blankets look effortlessly organized. Or, provide a soft organic touch to an otherwise hard materials space. Here are a few of my favorite uses for baskets and some of the best baskets I've found out there.
1. Entry Table Catch-all
2. Shelf Storage
Beyond The Clock - DIY Nightstand
Baskets - Home Goods
3. Towel or Throw Rack
4. Planter Holder
5. Laundry Basket
Beyond The Clock - Bookshelf Styling
Black and Natural Seagrass Baskets - Amazon
Laundry Basket - Macys
Laundry Hamper - Target
Hope you got some good inspiration and can't wait to see how you use baskets in your home!
Best ways to use wallpaper in an apartment
It's no secret that wallpaper is one of the trends everyone is loving right now. It's funny how trends come back around. The good news, is that there are so many options for wallpaper now, it doesn't have to look like the stuff you were ripping off from the 50's. Still, if you live in an apartment or rental, you may not think of wallpaper as an option to dress up your space. I recently added some framed wallpaper to our bedroom and it was such an easy and relatively inexpensive way to add a different type of wall art. Brad really wanted a white board for next to his desk, but it didn't really work with the overall look I was going for in the room. So instead, we got some wallpaper that tied in with the bedding, a great frame from Michael's and now he uses the glass as the whiteboard. It looks great and is perfect for his brainstorming. So today, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite ways to use wallpaper without the commitment.
1. Removable Wallpaper
2. Framed Wallpaper
3. Tabletop Wallpaper
4. Bookshelf Back Wallpaper
Hope you are feeling inspired for a little wallpaper project. As always, I'd love to hear how you use wallpaper and what inspiration comes to life in your home! Feel free to share in the comments below or tag me on instagram!
How to keep a healthy budget by styling a room with key pieces overtime.
Whether you are moving into a new place or getting that 'blah" feeling from an outdated room in your home, redecorating can quickly start to feel a bit overwhelming. You may have pages of pinterest boards saved with a mixture of styles and details you love and when you go to find them, you quickly stop and say wait how much is this going to cost?
From years of watching home reno shows like Fixer Upper or Flip or Flop!, we are quite comfortable with the fact that a gorgeous transformation takes just a few hours. In reality, the best way to really make your room come to life and depict your dreams, is to style it over time. This helps on both a cash flow perspective as well as making the those transformation feels last longer. With each little addition you make, you can experience the euphoria of making your house feel like the home you envision.
So how do you style with time?
This month, we are digging into the living room and how you can style a living room over time. If you are building from scratch, you can always start out with a few really cheap items from estate sales or Ikea just to get started, and then follow the guide below to quickly upgrade in the most efficient way getting the greatest impact for the lowest cost.
Best Time of Year to Buy:
HOME DECOR ACCENTS
FLOORING & CARPETING
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Hope the guide helps you guys, and remember, all good things take time. (And if you ever need to bounce ideas off of someone, feel free to reach out here!)
Our Favorites: Living Room Inspo
Adding greenery to a space can completely change the feel of the room. It gives it an organic feature and livens the space completely. However, if you are anything like me, keeping a plant alive outside where mother nature does half the work is hard enough, indoor plants barely stand a chance with me novice green thumb.
So to help all of us out, I found the top 5 plants that survive well indoors, are easy to maintain yet pack a punch with their presence and enhance any space.
1. Dwarf Umbrella Tree
I may be drawn to this one given that I'm from Seattle and the name is a cute nostalgic nod to my upbringing. Also known as Hawaiian schefflera, this fast-growing guy is easy to contain in size by clipping the top leaves, which also makes it a great contender for a lively indoor bonsai.
My favorite part about these guys is the multi-colored, heart-shaped leaves. This is another fast-growing houseplant that would look great draping gently over the top of a bookshelf or try the split-leaf variety for some tropical flair.
3. Peace Lily
These full but delicate plants would make the perfect compliment to an office or bathroom. They are one of the most low maintenance plants out there and are great for filling space with the added interest of the flower peaking out.
4. Fiddle-Leaf Fig
The Fiddle-leaf fig is full, leafy and tall. It's great in the corner of a room to add height and dimension along with that organic touch. Think of it for a living room, bedroom or entryway.
5. Dumb Canes
The bright variegated leaves of Dumb Canes bring a certain happiness to a room. They prefer low-light areas so are perfect for growing indoors. I love these for a nursery or kitchen.
DIY Bedside Tables
If you have been following along on my instagram stories, you know that I've been working on some nightstands for our bedroom. I'm excited to share with you the complete how to guide for creating one of your own with the good, the bad and they why the heck I did this in the first place.
I've been looking for nightstands for about 6 months. I know that sounds crazy, like why can't I make a freaking decision, but the battle between what I wanted and what I could afford were REAL. At one point, I had found what I thought were the perfect ones on wayfair.com but they were on backorder with no date of when they would be back in stock and I was wanting to transform our $6 straight out of college nightstands STAT!
So one day, I started sketching in my notebook what I thought I would want. It took a few sketches and the design evolved but I eventually ended up with a design, the optimal dimensions for our new bed frame (plus all the stuff I like to keep on my nightstand) and voila!
I then decided to google supplies on home depot and I priced out a rough order of magnitude of what it would cost to build (including purchasing tools that I didn't have at home) and I was super excited to find out that I could build 2 nightstands just the way I wanted them for the price of 1 that I'd picked out on wayfair. Score!
And so, the DIYing began.
Start the Build
The Main Compartment
This project wasn't easy since it was my first time doing anything like this. I learned A LOT along the way but I am so excited with how it turned out. My rustic mid-century modern look is perfect next to the new bed frame. Stay tuned for the complete bedroom remodel, I'm excited to share it with you soon. Just a few more finishing touches left.
Thanks so much for being a part of this fun journey.
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