6 Ways To Make Your Home Warm, Inviting and Comfortable ♥

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Hello, everyone!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! I am sorry I have not been posting very often, but I have an exuse some AWESOME news! I AM IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING MY FIRST HOUSE!!!

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Yes! My husband and I finally had one of our offers accepted! We have filled out a mountain of paperwork and we are just waiting on the inspection. We are thrilled! I am praying everything goes well! In the process of all of this, our lease is up where we currently live and we are crashing with my parents for the next month or so.  It’s hard to create fun decor when all my craft supplies are away in boxes ready to be hauled away to storage.

While I was packing, I was feeling a little depressed. Even though I am very excited about this new chapter, living around the storage boxes is not very homey. You know? Packing away the personal home accents is hard!

However, I got to thinking about the things in a house that make it feel  like a home, they are a very important part of building a comfortable space to reside.

Here is a list of items (and some chores), that create a warm and inviting atmosphere in a home:

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1. Accent Pillows

Of all the decor pillows are my favorite! Pillows are so essential in decorating! It is like jewelry for your house. There are so many styles, it would be hard to search for an accent pillow and not find at least one you were not a fan of.  From kooky to elegant there is a pillow for everyone! The plush softness is relaxing and will make your space look a hundred times more relaxing. Plus, each pillow adds character which makes your house look more like you.

Pillows are everywhere, so you don’t have to look far. I make most of my own, but a few of my favorite places to buy them are World Market, JCP, Target, Pottery Barn, and TJMaxx. I am a pillow addict!

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A candle is romantic, relaxing and the soft light creates a beautiful atmosphere.  I have candles going in my house 24/7. A double whammy, candles also show your personality through the scent you choose. I am partial to florals and citrus scents.  I love to buy candles at Bath& Body Works, Yankee Candle Co. and Harry & David Candles, (when I can find them…tricky business! Sometimes TJMaxx will have them). I have nothing against Scentsy or the wax melters, (I have one!) I just don’t think its the same as a romantic candle flickering in dim lighting. If you have small kids, Scentsy is a great option for home fragrance, but maybe have a candle in the bedroom?  It’s a wonderful tiny luxury!

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As a florist, I am a little biased, but it does not make it any less true! Fresh flowers are an incredible mood booster. They make any space look fresh and inviting. You don’t have to have a fancy florist make you an arrangement, (don’t tell my boss I said that)! You don’t even need a fancy vase. Any container can be used to hold a few pretty stems. Mason jars, old wine bottles, recycled spaghetti jars etc. are all perfectly acceptable! Trader Joes, in my opinion, has the best cut flowers. The prices are excellent! Pick a long-lasting flower like Alstromeria or Carnations. If you pick up roses, make sure you pick ones that are barely opened or “bloomed.” They will last longer. Make sure to also strip the leaves and give them a fresh-cut before you place them in clean, room-temp water.

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4. A Cute Apron

Sure it’s easy to go about the house in your 10-year-old sweatshirt and sweatpants, but wouldn’t it be more fun to sport a cute apron? I think so! I am a sucker for aprons. Before I was a florist I didn’t think of them as anything super exciting, but now that I wear one at work I have to admit I love them! I have a small growing collection of aprons for work and a separate collection for home. I clean, cook and go about my business in a super cute apron that makes me feel put together, but still comfy.  I also don’t feel as embarrassed and grungy if someone comes to the door unexpectedly. I wear a simple cotton dress or yoga pants with my cute apron, but you can wear whatever you want under it obviously, it’s all good! Buy at any home store, I like finding vintage ones on Ebay!

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What would you rather sleep in: A beautifully made hotel bed or a sloppy mess of a bed with the sheets half off? The answer is obvious. Make your bed! The bedroom is your sanctuary. The bedroom should be a personal, gorgeous place of rest and relaxation.  When the bed is made it makes the whole space look more organized and tidy. It is really hard to relax when the bed is a mess.  Also make sure you clean all your bed linens AT LEAST once a week. You spend 6-9 hours in your bed each night so it needs to be clean! Making the bed is a free practice that will really pay off.

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A pretty wreath or door ornament to greet your guests is a wonderful way to make your house look inviting. If you don’t like wreaths, try a potted plant! I have a spring wreath tutorial that you can check out here if you would like to make your own! If not, I always find beautiful wreaths at Joann Fabrics.

My two cents! Im sure I could go on forever, but those six are the most important! I hope you enjoyed my advice on making a house a home. Is there a particular item you love to help make your house inviting and warm? Until next time!

♥Shelby

Photo Credits: Pottery Barn Stock Photo, B&BW Stock Photo, BHG Photo, EtsySeller Photo CreativeChicks on Etsy,  & Foodista Stock Photo.

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Thrifty Spring Wreath DIY♥

IMAG1305-1Happy New Year!
I just got done taking down all my festive Christmas decor, which left me feeling a little woeful, since my 2013 holidays were all fabulous!
However, I do love bringing out all of my normal decor and setting it up in a fun, fresh way for the new year.
I am crazy about wreaths, and thought I would make a new spring wreath that would cheerfully greet the warming weather. My husband and I are trying very hard to save up for our first house quickly, so my penny pinching has recently put a bit of a damper on my Joann Fabrics shopping sprees  excursions.  It will all be worth it one day soon!  I am very excited to be a home owner!
Since every available dollar goes right into the savings account, I had to use my super thrifting skills to make this wreath for under $10.
…and I totally accomplished it!

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It was  a bumpy ride at first.
I went to Joanns to first buy the grapevine wreath for $3, but they were all out due to the holiday, (I think that was the reason, the lady who “helped” me didn’t seem to enjoy conversing with other people).
After that awkwardness I ventured down the street to Michael’s Crafts to see if they also had grapevine wreaths… and they were wiped out as well!

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In my frustration and momentary homicidal rage disappointment, I was about ready to give up and just call it quits on this daily project.
At that moment, I remembered that my favorite store was only mere blocks away! No, not you Victoria’s Secret, (not this time).
Goodwill!
What I really needed was the grapevine wreath. Even if the stuff on the existing wreath was ugly, I knew I could strip all the flowers off of it and replace them with silk flowers that I could buy somewhere else.
I found an 18″ wreath with a bunch of dusty old pansy’s on it for $3.99. Not bad. The wreath skeleton still looked perfect.
What was even more exciting, was that I found a bunch of silk flowers that looked recently donated that were in great shape! I found little spray roses, regular roses, peonies and great, big hydrangea! Most of the flowers were .99 or $1.99 for the pair. I decided to do an all pink wreath, since it is my favorite color, it’s fresh and it will work well with Valentines Day without being too in your face.
I was a little naughty and also bought a hobnail milk glass vase that I found tucked away in the home decor section. I couldn’t resist, I never find milk glass at Goodwill! My collection needed it! Once in a lifetime opportunity! Don’t tattle on me!
Once I was home, I went straight to work dusting off the wreath and stripping it of all the yucky pansies I didn’t like.

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Once I stripped them all off I started to add my new flowers to the mix in a random, yet neat fashion. I like my wreaths to look a little wild and unruly.
I talk about wreath making more in this tutorial here as well if you need a little more guidance.
I used hot glue to secure all my flowers and leaves into place. Make sure that the stems of the flowers are anchored well in the wreath.

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Once there is a plan of execution the process goes very fast, and before you know it, It’s finished!

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I hope you make a wreath for spring as well! The possibilities are endless, it is cost effective when you know where to look, and if you have a little patience!
Have fun with it and create something beautiful!
♥Shelby

DIY Autumn Wreath ♥

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Fall is just around the corner! As we wait impatiently for Starbucks to bring back the Pumpkin Spice Latte, we can create a beautiful autumn wreath for our front door! Or, if you’re apartments have rules like mine, the side of your door.
As usual, I went to Joanne Fabrics and raided their 50% off floral section! I bought white flowers (dahlias and ranunculus -like flowers), because I wanted my wreath to look creamy, dreamy and fresh! The browning green leaves gave the wreath a subtle seasonal, autumn look.
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I bought a grapevine wreath as well, these are normally pretty inexpensive ($4-$6 for 18″) so I try to stalk up on them when I can. They work for all seasons!
I started cutting the flowers off their stems, but leaving an inch or so of stem so I could insert them into the wreath and anchor the flower stem with hot glue. Start by placing the leaves around the wreath to get a sense of what you would like it to look like.  As soon as you have a plan of action, start gluing!
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Don’t mess with it too much and go with your gut! Wreaths are a process, so don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t look amazing right away. When it looks full and lush you will be happy with it!
When you’re all done, you can add a finishing touch like a beautiful ribbon or big burlap bow like I did.  In the beginning, I wanted to add a bird nest, but in the end I decided that it already looked finished and I liked the simplicity.  All I need now are albino pumpkins next to my welcome mat to make Autumn official!

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Are you excited for autumn leaves, crisp air and apple cider?! I know I am!
♥Shelby