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painting gourds: colorful, metallic or creepy?

As tempting as it may be, we don’t put up any Halloween decorations before October 1st, otherwise our home is likely to become a spooktacular playground before school even starts. Fall is just the best time of year when it comes to seasonal decorating.


To things started this year, we’re going to buy a few dried out gourds and attempt this easy D.I.Y. from Inspired by Charm. Turns out that you can buy dried gourds for next to nothing: Curious Country Creations sells ten for $10. While Michael at Inspired by Charm opted for a multi-hued gourds, I think we may go the metallic route (like you can see on Dream on a Little Bigger) and create something we can sprinkle on the mantle or dining room table until Thanksgiving. All you need is spray paint and some imagination.

Or, perhaps we’ll turn one or two into a spooky lantern, like the ones from Meadowbrook Gourds.

Got any other gourd decorating ideas? Let us know.

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back to school groove with grovemade wooden desk accessories

Admit it. You feel pangs of jealousy as watching kids go back to school. No, not about the anxiety of grades or making new friends, but of the gear. Why don’t they make a freshly sharpened pencil room freshener? Just thinking about it is enough to make you feel like studying.


Well, we’ve found some grown up desk accessories that will spruce up your office and inspire your next great great project. Grovemade – the company that makes exceedingly cool device cases — has expanded into making more traditional gadgets sing with their new desk collection. Made with materials that beg to touched, like smooth walnut and handcrafted leather, the items are both gorgeous and practical. The monitor stand raises your work up higher and prevents slouching. The keyboard tray has matching wrist and mouse pads. And since we still appreciate the tactile, there’s a pen and paperclip holder and groovy succulent planter.


Finish things off with a walnut desk lamp, $99, a modern take on an Edison bulb.

Visit Grovemade to see the whole desk collection.

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etsy find: this showercurtain makes every day a day at the beach!


I’ve yet to feel the sand between the toes (thanks to a little renovation project that is sucking up our free time) this summer. I am yearning to lie back and listen to the sounds of the shore — splashing waves, distant gulls, far off kids laughing. Hopefully me and my beach towel will have some quality time before summer closes, but if not, this shower curtain from Wanderlustography should help. It’s made by photographer Catherine McDonald, who brings her camera skills to shower curtains, pillows, and prints that are available on Etsy.


Not a beach person? Perhaps a mountain scene would inspire your mornings… a quick trip to the Hollywood Hills. Each shower curtain is printed on to woven polyester fabric and costs $60 at Etsy.

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billy bookcase: stronger, tougher and ready for your hacks

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Raise your hand if you have a BILLY bookcase in your home. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Who doesn’t have one of these insanely useful, crazy affordable, easily adaptable bookcases in their place, somewhere. We only recently got rid of the one in Isadora’s room. After six years of being jam packed with kid’s books, the shelves were bowing and the back panel continuely popped out of its track. Up in our attic, we have a whole wall of them, lining our knee-wall and housing our most beloved reads. Needless to say, we were pleased to hear the news last week that Ikea has finally toughened up its best seller. Coming to stores this August, the new and improved BILLYs will have more scratch resistant veneer (with a new wood look available – above), stronger shelves, rounded edges to be more child friendly, fewer visible drill holes and more customizable options. That means that all you creative types, like Simplified Bee who customized the lovely blue and honeycombed BILLY hack, above, will be able to really let your imaginations go.


A quick Pinterest search reveals that BILLY hack ideas are numerous, but some of our favorites include this elegant yellow stenciled BILLY (above) found via Hometalk, and the chic ombre pattern (below) from Star_Hungry via Flickr. All you need is $99, some paint, stencils, wallpaper, and a dream!


Have you done a BILLY hack? We’d love to hear about it!

Here’s another IKEA Hack idea — see what we did to our PS2012 wool felt rug!

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this mod pink crib almost makes us want to have another one… almost


When we were looking for a crib over six years ago (gulp), finding one that had a small profile and suited our modern sensibilities was not easy — especially if we didn’t want to spend over a thousand dollars. We end up getting one from an Australian company called Baby Mod. It was low enough for a short mom like me to bend over comfortably, was a mix of white and birch wood and drawers underneath. It was nice, but nothing like this gorgeous Caravan Crib from Kalon. Now, we are not the kind of parents that doused our daughter in pink, but even we admit that this pink and maple beauty is an exception to the rule. Wouldn’t it look lovely in a room painted a pale grey? I picture a cute little felted elephant in one corner. Naturally, it’s made from green, non-toxic materials (Note: All cribs will get chewed on eventually.) and is made right here in the U.S.A. $695 at Kalon.

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