27 Mar

Friday Finds…


This week I decided…

-That a trip to LA is in order so I can stay in Jessica Alba’s guest house. Isn’t that striped sofa to die for!

-Have a complete girl crush on photographer, Rima Brindamour.I fell in love with Rima’s work on Matchbook Magazine and this past weekend I was luckily enough to work with her on two photo shoots and she is just so cool and talented! Love this portrait shoot she did. With the last season of Mad Men about to start it really got me into the mood for it.

-After cleaning up my closet I realized I have way too many striped items, but stripes are a classic, right? I say yes! So, of course that means I totally need this dress. I’m completely smitten with it.

-Like all other 16 year olds around the world I was eagerly watching the season finale of Pretty Little Liarsto find out who A was. Guess what? It’s Charles. Guess what? That’s not really spoiler, because no one has any idea who Charles is and now the internet is flooded with different theories. It’s driving me nuts. Clearly I need to stop watching shows made for teens, because my 33 year old heart can’t take it. I did find this teaser for next season and I’m still hooked and need to see what happens to my PLL’s.

-Why have I never thought about an ice cream sandwich made out of doughnuts? Mind blown. I need to make some.

-Of course if I ever want to fit into this jaw dropping polka dot bikini I should probably lay off the doughnut ice cream sandwiches and get back on WW. Ah why can’t we have our doughnuts and eat them too.


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26 Mar

DIY Lucite Tray from Home Depot


I have loved taking part in numerous Home Depot style challenges. In the past I tackled giving my front door a life and decorated my dining room for Christmas. This time around I took part in a DIY challenge where all of the bloggers participating needed to use piping in their project. I know piping is huge right now in interior design and while I love the industrial look I don’t really love it for my own home. It just doesn’t fit in with my home. So, I needed to think of a way to glam it up. What’s better than a little lucite and a little bit of copper piping! The perfect over-sized tray that works perfectly in my living room. Check out the easy to follow steps over on The Apron Blog by Home Depot.

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25 Mar

Before & After: Master Closet

I have a little bit of a secret to share with you. In life I tend to be quite organized, very type A and sometimes a bit picky when it comes to how things should be. That is except for the state of my closet. For some reason I always try to keep things nice and organized in there, but before I know it looks and stays like this:





When I had to brainstorm a project for the True Value DIY Squad, I knew that I needed to take control of the closet and get it clean and organized once and for all.

The first step was to remove everything. My initial thought was to repaint the closet, but the idea of having to deal with paint fumes and getting my clothes smelly didn’t really appeal to me. Once everything was out of closet I tested out a magic eraser and was happy to find that it got rid of all of the black scuff marks and made the existing paint job look brand new.


Since the closet is on the small side I knew that my best bet in getting the most storage was using vertical space. There had been 2 shelves on left side of the closet which I knew could be revamped to work better for my needs. Out went the existing 70’s contact paper covered shelves and in went new melamine shelves. I picked up three pieces and cut them to size with a circular saw.

Now you can hang your shelves with brackets, but the closet already had side supports that the shelving could lay on. It’s so easy to recreate yourself. Simply use some spare wood and cut them into pieces 2″ tall by 3/4″ (customize the depth to however deep your shelves are) . Screw them to sides of your wall where your shelf will be and then you can simply lay your shelves on top of them. So easy and you don’t lose any space like you would with brackets.





For the closet rod my first impression was to swap it out with a shiny new one, but it was built into the wall and there was not an easy way to remove it. It stayed in place, but my eclectic collection of hangers went out the window and in went new slim fit hangers to squeeze in a little more space.


The space above the hanger rod has always been a horrible mess. The ceiling curves in that part of my closet so there is not a lot of width and the piles of clothes start falling apart the second I pull a sweater out. Storage bins to the rescue. They added a dose of pretty and helped organize my mess. I filled them with out-of-season clothes and stacked my heavier sweaters in the middle. It was a perfect fix.


On the right side of my closet I used smaller storage baskets to store winter scarves, gloves and belts. I picked up hooks at True Value and was able to hang them on the walls and utilize more vertical space.


I also sprinkled hooks throughout the higher wall space and hung some of my favorite handbags and hats. The rest of my handbags were stored away in a storage container with wheels. Now I can easily wheel it out when I want to switch bags.


My closet door still houses my scarves, but it’s now much more organized. I feel like I have a little boutique in my closet now. I can easily see all of the different scarves now, and it makes picking out one on daily basis so much easier. DIY steps on my hanging system coming up tomorrow.


In order make my closet have more of a boutique feel I also added a small 2’x3′ rug. It adds some texture and pattern to the space and helps make my little walk in closet feel a bit  grander.


It’s so nice now that everything has it’s place and the floor is actually clutter free. You can actually walk into the closet! I spent a lot of time in the closet just admiring how pretty it came out that first weekend and now my closet door can actually stay open and not give me anxiety. Hudson is loving it too. It has become his new favorite hiding spot during  hide and seek.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.




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24 Mar

Classic Cane

*Sorry for the radio silence yesterday. Our weekend was jam packed with work, work and more work. Then Sunday night as I was putting Hudson’s PJ’s on I realized his body was covered in little bumps! At first we thought it was dried skin, but we went to the Doctor’s early Monday and he has strep! Apparently rashes can be part of strep. Hence craziness and no time for blogging.*

In my book a cane pattern will always be a classic. I was happily surprise to see an array of caned products during my weekly trip to Target.

Yellow Cane Storage Bench for $99 that was topped with a caned tray.

I have always wanted to try making a DIY caned lampshade and now I don’t need to, because I can pick one up for $30..

Caned vases (not available online at the moment)
caned vase

Caned ceramic accent stool for $59:
caned garden stool

Caned pillow in yellow,mintand coral.
caned pillow

Use code MADNESS for an extra 10% off all of the items I found!


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20 Mar

Friday Finds…

kelly green ikea pillow

This week I …

-Picked up two of these pillows from Ikea. I have been meaning to get some kelly green pillows made for the living room and at $3.99 these where an easy purchase to make and test out how I like the color before splurging on more expensive fabric.

-How amazing is the lacquer job on this sideboard from Naomi’s latest project? Swoon. A high gloss finish is always a must in my book.

-Isn’t this chocolate bark stunning? Too pretty to eat! Well almost I would still totally eat it. I want to tackle this project for Easter.

-I will never tire of campaign style furniture and my latest obsession is the Gemma collection from Pottery Barn Kids. From the crib to the nightstands and everything in between I want it all!

-In love with this navy floral shift dress. Has anyone seen it in person? Toying with picking it up. Only $30 and currently you can use the code THANKYOU for an extra 30% off!

Happy Friday!

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19 Mar

Treat Yo Self: Floral Plates

Whenever I head to my favorite fabric outlet I always pop into the near by Christmas Tree Shop.I love popping in to see what treasures I can find. Let’s be honest a lot of times it’s full of (dare I say it) tacky items, but I always find some gems mixed in. This recent trip proved successful when I spied these pretty floral melamine plates.

floral plates

I got a set of melamine plates for my birthday last year and what started out as simply outdoor plates have now become everyday plates due to a little toddler who wants to help with everything. Melamine now works perfectly with our lifestyle and I was looking to pick up a new patterned set.

floral plates

How pretty is the new collection they have in store!

The floral design reminded me of the beautiful flowers Lulie Wallace paints that I adore. I picked up a set of 8 dinner plates for $1.69 each, a large serving bowl for $3.99 and a massive round platter for $4.99!

floral plate

I already feel like I should have gotten more and may make me another trip out to pick up an additional round platter. Run out to your local Christmas Tree Shop to pick some out!

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18 Mar

Renovate your jewels!

Ah young sweet love. When Jon and I were dating every occasion was celebrated from a 6 month anniversary to traditional Valentine’s day and sometimes a just because. The best part of celebrating was of course gift giving and during our relationship I have amassed quite a jewelry collection. Not an Elizabeth Taylor sort of collection, but I do have a couple special pieces that have meaning to me and I can’t part with. The problem now is that once I got my engagement ring and wedding band I pretty much stopped wearing every other ring Jon gave me. For years they have sat in my vanity collecting dusk.


Recently I was contacted by my friends at Gemvara and they let me know about a new service they are offering called Stone Reset by Gemvara. With stone reset you can mail them your old jewelry in an insured pre-paid mailer that they send you and once they receive it a jeweler will look over your goodies and tell you what jewelry from their collection you can use your stones with. If you like an option you can finish it designing it and pick out the type of gold you would like in the setting.

Since I loved my first experience with Gemvara I was excited to try out this new service they offer.

Off went this collection of old jewelry:


I sent them:

– 3 stone diamond promise ring, which I loved Jon for giving me, but I never loved the setting. The white gold setting pinched in on the sides of the diamonds and it always bothered me.

– 1 stone diamond ring, which again I loved and it had tons of meaning to me, but I never wore it once I had my engagement ring.

– Sapphire ring flanked with mini diamonds on the sides. I loved this ring and wore it for years and years, but again since my engagement ring was emerald cut diamonds and the same shape of the sapphire I just never wore it anymore.

– Smoky quartz necklace with diamonds. This necklace was never my style, but a friend gave it to me years ago so I always felt bad getting rid of it.

I packaged them off in an insured pre-paid mailer that I requested here and in a couple of days I had an email full of new jewelry options my old pieces could be used for.

resetgemvaraIt was fun to see all of the options and then play around with Gemvara’s program and change up the gold and accent stones and decide what my new pieces should look like.

The top image is the option they sent me. The bottom image is a new mock up I made with the help of their program.




I was able to get 3 new pieces with the jewelry I sent in. Once I picked what I wanted
I put in my order to the jeweler and now I need to wait just two short weeks for my new pieces!

Stay tuned for a follow up!

*This post is part of a collaboration with Gemvara. All opinions are my own. Gemvara is a company I truly love and use. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make Effortless Style possible.

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16 Mar

DIY Bubble Burlap Wreath

The snow is finally 95% gone and it was warm enough yesterday to go out without a jacket and slip on ballet flats without any sort of sock! Amazing, right? Spring is finally upon us and in order to get into the spirit I decided to tackle a little floral wreath project.

Here is what you’ll need:

diy bubble burlap wreath


18″ wire wreath frame
3 yards of burlap fabric
Burlap letter (Target Dollar Spot)
Faux flowers
Wire Cutter

Step 1: Cutting your strips. Typically these wreaths are made with ribbon, but when I was shopping I found the most beautiful coral burlap fabric so decided to go with fabric instead of ribbon. I purchased three yards and cut the fabric into 6″ wide sections.

diy bubble burlap wreath2

Step 2: Looping. I took one end of the burlap and looped up and over the outer most wire on the wreath. I did this so that the loop wouldn’t slip off on my starting point. Some tutorials recommend stitching it together, but I found this technique to work just as well and take less time/effort.

diy bubble burlap wreath3

Step 3: Once your piece is looped through the first wire you weave the burlap through the remaining wires for your bubbles.


Step 4: Scrunch the burlap section you just looped.


Step 5: Flip the wreath over and twist the burlap section where your remaining burlap is and then start weaving again. So, if you started at the outer most ring when you flip your wreath over you will be twisting by the inner most ring and then weaving from inner to outer ring.


Step 6: Time to decorate!


If your faux flowers have wire stems make sure you have  wire cutter to clip your flowers. All you have to do now is clip them to the length you want and loop them through the wire where you want to place them. Due to the wire you can twist them on the wire wreath to secure them.


How many flowers you use, what style and placement are all up to you! The burlap letter I bought already had a loop through it so I used that to tie it onto the center of my wreath.

Step 7: Hanging. I don’t have a wreath hanger so I simply used a piece of raffia ribbon and tied it into a circle and looped it through the top of my wreath. Then I place that up and over my door and loop it to a command hook I have on the back side of the door. So easy!


The project took around an hour and cost about $20.

Here it is on display!


It really helps brighten up my already bright door and I can spy it a block away!

Are you ready to tackle a bubble burlap wreath? My mom already wants me to make one for her door. Not feeling burlap? Try this grosgrain Kate Spade inspired wreathinstead.


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16 Mar

Scenes from my weekend…

Friday night I was up till 4 am and not for the reason that most people are up that late at the start of the weekend. Instead of dancing my worries away I was home dealing with a super cranky baby that had gotten his older brothers cold and couldn’t fall asleep. Jon tried helping me out, but Asher only had eyes for me. It was exhausting and we both felt so bad for our little man.

So, our weekend was pretty tame and uneventful as we spent most of our Saturday like this:


In the evening I did manage to go out and pick up some pizza for dinner and stop at a fabric shop to pick up some goodies for clients and myself.

These beautiful fabrics will now be gracing seats. The ikat will be going on dining chairs and the floral on accent chairs.


I have been loving chintz this season. Who doesn’t love unapologetic massive florals? Here is the start of a new fabric scheme for a client.


I also picked up some coral burlap to tackle a little DIY project. If it goes well I will be showcasing it this week. Fingers crossed.


On Sunday everyone was feeling a bit better and Asher’s fever was gone! We decided to get a little fresh air and go say hello to both sets of grandparents and run a couple of errands.

My perfectly pink kicks that helped me keep a kick in my step while I ran around town.


Jon also got a text from a friend about a piece of furniture in this neighborhood that was curbside. We loved the lines on the piece and went to pick it up!


Our day ended back in our cozy bed winding down from the weekend. Aren’t they the sweetest?


Where do the weekends go? They always end so quickly, but at least we are set to have a nice sunny day this Monday that will,dare I say it, be WARM!!!!!


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13 Mar

Friday Finds…

emily mccarthy
{Image via Emily McCarthy’s instagram}

-I think I’m meant to be BFF’s with Emily McCarthy. This girl loves monograms, bold color and pattern just as much as me. Her online shoppe is full of so many amazing monogrammed items. Currently on my must have list is this acrylic pitcher, personalized to go cups with lids and personalized foil napkins. She offers so many unique monogram options that the items really are special and different then so many items out there.

-Talk about judging a book by it’s cover. I simply adore the cover art on the new Berlin Street Style book by Angelika Taschen. The book is full of fashion style tips to help you achieve an “anti chic” look and also provides a travel guide of sorts for Berlin.

-Spying this beaded flush mount fixture has me dreaming of tackling a DIY version of it in orange and pink. Let’s see if I can get Jon on board. :)

-Always love finding something fun to do with the boys. How adorable is this massive moon printable? Who wouldn’t want to doodle on the moon.

-Working on a couple beach house projects and found these curtain panels.They are light and airy and the stripes are a perfect nautical touch. Adore the pom pom trim as well.

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