color pops: pretty in pink

First things first! Two Live Colorfully will be moving to self-hosted wordpress-ville this week! So, a Wednesday post may be late or non-existent, but we’re super excited about this change and we think you’re going to like it too!!

Sure, Valentine’s Day is over, but truth be told, I’m a year-round pink lover. Last month, I shared a fun Color Pop collection for True Blue fans everywhere, but today, we’re going full on girly! Plus, I’m sharing a few tips for making pink work in a not-overly-feminine way. Let’s roll.pretty-in-pink-color-pop-2

Painting #03B via LEIF/Watercolor Bouquet of Tulips Print via Yao Cheng Designs/Geometric High Table Lamp/Pink City Maze Pillow and Coral Tall Chevron Pillow via Caitlin Wilson Textiles/Hot Pink Ottoman Makeover via Emily Henderson

I think the key with pink decor (especially if you share your living space with a man!) is moderation. So, even though I know that Josh would never in a million years let me bring that hot pink ottoman in our home, I’m pretty sure a pillow case combined with that pretty abstract painting would be perfectly acceptable.

Also, paired with darker shades of gray or maybe even navy blue, you could make pink fit perfectly in a shared space. I think a perfect example of this is Oh Joy’s house which was styled by Emily Henderson. It’s feminine, but not overly so. If you’re looking for real life inspiration on how to make that combo work, I’d start with her house tour here!

What are your thoughts on pink home decor? Totally fine or way too girly? And what Color Pop Collections would you love to see in the future!?

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make this: geometric bedroom art

We’re still moving along in the bedroom and the progress is becoming noticeable! Yay!! Our primary focus right now is getting art up on the walls and adding some style.

Today, I want to share this fun geometric art project that we completed last weekend. I’ve been loving all the geometric-ness that’s been popping up around Pinterest lately, and this was an easy DIY-able idea that I found on The Red Thread (a blog you should definitely get friendly with). And this thing certainly packs a punch!diy-geometric-bedroom-art-9

Now, in Lisa’s version,  lots of colors works amazingly because her room is largely white. We’ve got a lot going on already with those curtains we snagged at IKEA last year. They are powerful and kind of command the room, so I decided our version would stick within that color scheme: purples, gray, and white.

I also went a little larger. I picked up three foam boards from the dollar store (instead of two) and secured them together vertically. It takes up a lot more visual space this way. I’m thinking of flanking it with some “chill” art above the nightstands would balance out the strictness of the geometric pattern and just about complete this side of the room. diy-geometric-bedroom-art-12

It took about 2 hours and, because it’s all made on foam board, it was super easy to hang. I just used three velcro picture hanging strips (like these) at the top and used sticky tack to secure the bottom corners. Plus, knowing that what’s hanging over our heads at night is not super heavy let’s us sleep a little more peacefully, just in case it does come down. Which it won’t, but still.

What are your favorite DIY art projects? Do you like frames or canvases? Or made from something unexpected? Share below!!

make this: diy match strike votive

Sometimes the best projects are quick and easy and today I’m sharing a fun one. In a never-ending effort to declutter our apartment (and make it purty!), I’m always looking for ways to decant things into pretty containers. For the most part, labels = lots and lots of visual clutter. So, I made this cute match strike votive.

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Let me explain. I love me some candles. They immediately make me feel more relaxed and candle light makes everything look amazing, so you’ll find them everywhere in 816. What’s not pretty? Boxes of matches or those long lighters. So I turned some glass thrift store votives into a cute matches storage with an awesome twist! I put the striking texture on the bottom of the votive! Grab your match, strike, and bam! Your candle is lit. (Okay maybe it’s not that exciting but it’s still pretty cool.)

Here are the steps to this quick project!

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Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. It’s not a huge renovation or super crafty project, but it fixed a problem (removing the clutter of labels), made something a little more stylish (always the goal), and it is dang fun to just strike a match on the bottom of that glass. I’ve got three votives around the apartment for easy lightning quick candle lighting… you know, in case you need mood lighting stat!

What are your favorite quick and easy projects?

make this: diy embroidery hoop mobiles

Good morning and happy Monday! We’re another week into the new year, and for real, I am blowing through my to-do lists and resolutions. The office is coming along quite swimmingly and we’ll get the details and reveal up towards the end of the week! But today I’m sharing another super easy project that plays up my new true blue obsession! Last weekend, I decided it was time to take down the falling leaves installation we put up before Thanksgiving and replace it with something fresh and new.

And thus, these embroidery hoop mobiles were born! Ya’ll these are so easy to make but they look insanely cool. They’ve got a hint of mid-century cool mixed with a modern, fun color! They play up our big canvas art perfectly and I’m in love with them! So, I imagine you’re now asking yourself how one would go about creating the awesome-ness that is these mobiles. Well, have no fear because I’m going to tell you and in about 30 minutes you’ll have your own!

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All you need are embroidery hoops in 3 different sizes. You actually get two pieces from one embroidery hoop, so these are super inexpensive to make. I think the whole project cost me about $5.00.

So, I bought 6 embroidery hoops total from my local craft store to make four orbs and everything else, I already had at home. But, to complete the project, you’ll also need a hot glue gun, ribbon (for hanging), and craft paint and a paint brush

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First up, I took the embroidery hoops apart, removed the little screw that keeps the two hoops together, and hot glued the split hoop so it was one complete circle.

Next, I painted one of each size in a bright blue. I wanted to leave the majority of the hoops with the natural wood finish and go with just one pop of color for each orb but you could easily paint all of the hoops one or several colors depending on the look you’re going for!Embroidery-Hoop-Mobile-(9)-copy

Then just hot glue your hoops together. I tried to make sure the brackets were at the very top of the orbs so you wouldn’t be able to see them jutting out while they hang. Start with your biggest hoop and hot glue the next size down to the very top at a perpendicular angle. Go down to your smallest hoop and turn it in a different direction so you get the orb effect.

Then just string them up! Keeping the brackets on the tops of the orbs makes this super easy! Just string ribbon of your choice through and attach to a dowel or shapely stick!

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Now, you’re ready to hang and admire! Another easy-peasy, inexpensive project in the books!

Since we’ve moved into our new apartment, 816, I think I’ve swapped out the hanging decorations in our dining room more than any other décor! It’s just so fun to think up new things to hang! First we had our no-sew paper strip mobiles, then the falling leaves, and now these fun embroidery hoop orbs!

What kind of hanging décor do you have in your house? Mostly light fixtures or do you get creative? I’d love more ideas and inspiration so share below!

color pop: true blue!

I know that emerald (the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year) is getting a lot of attention right now, but what can I say, I’m a rebel.

A quick trip to target on Saturday has created a new obsession. Of course, it’s not like that situation is unheard of, but this one was special. It made me fall completely in love with a color that I usually glance over! Bright, true blue! Just by stepping one foot into our apartment, you’d know that my typical preference for the blue hue is navy, but I am really digging this bright, cheery alternative!

True Blue Color Board copyblue mod teardrop lamp/blue ikat print lampshade/blue accent table/STRANDMON wing chair/hitch peacock stool/tivoli model one radio

The thing that started it off was that modern little accent table. I saw it at Target, stopped in my tracks, and immediately broke out my iPhone for an impromptu photo shoot. (If it adds to your reading experience, you can imagine me telling the table to ‘work it’. Your choice!)

Because, color trends come and go so fast, it’s hard to know the best way to incorporate those new styles (at least the ones you actually love!) on top of your existing decor. If you’ve got a good mix going on already, a little accessory like the radio or lamp would make a perfect addition. But, if you’re thinking this trend just might be true love, then feel free to splurge on something a little bigger like the accent table or that to-die-for arm chair! It’s all about what you’re digging!!

So, feel free to peruse this fun collection of cool blue-ness and stay tuned because next week I’ve got a really cool project coming up that pays homage to my new little obsession.

What colors are you loving right now? What’s your favorite way to add a new hue to your existing decor? 

easy paint projects to add some color!

In the midst of tackling all those big new years resolutions, I felt like it would be nice to share something easy. Just a simple, quick thing that can be easily accomplished without all the planning and stress of a big project (like our office!!). So, here are four effortless paint projects that can bring a little color into your home on the cheap!!

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1. Remember these easy wood disc ornaments I made for our Christmas tree last year? Well, swap out the hook for an adhesive magnet and you’ve got something cheery to add to your refrigerator! (We accidentally discovered that our door is also metal, so we started putting reminders and inspirational snippets there too!)

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2. My mom bought us this knife set when Josh and I moved into our very first apartment in 2009. It has definitely seen better days but new, fancy knives aren’t a priority right now, so I grabbed our basic untreated wood knife block and painted it a bright cheery blue! (Tip: I used a more glossy craft paint for this to keep it looking polished and keep any kitchen messes from staining!)

Easy Paint Projects (11) - Painted Cans copy 3. Recycling cans as storage is no new concept, but I think that giving them a ‘dipped’ affect by painting the bottom portion is an easy way to spruce them up. You could easily match your kitchen colors and make them a decoration, too! We use ours to store plastic utensils which we take with our lunches. (Tip: Stick your cans in the dishwasher before painting to make sure they don’t smell like last night’s dinner!)

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4. Truth be told, this little Eskimo couple is not a thrift store find. It was actually a little gift from my Grandma. Originally it was a dark gray stone, but I thought an icy blue would be just as appropriate and fit in a little better on our bookshelf.  So, the next time you’re at the thrift store and you see some funny, oddly colored figurines, ask yourself if you would like it in a different color? Just add a couple coats of spray paint in whatever hue you desire and you’ve got something inexpensive and customized to adorn your shelves!

Ah! The satisfaction of an easy and cheap project!

How are your new years resolutions going? Are you feeling the mid-January motivation slump? Or are you still going strong??

so what makes an office awesome?

I figured that the before shots of the office we’re working with don’t really give a good idea of the aesthetic we’re going for.  Sometimes it’s hard to look past the disaster and see the end goal. So, I thought it would be fun to share a little glimpse into what we’re hoping will be the end result.

Office Inspiration copypainted bulletin circles/washi tape frames/confetti wall/stormwalking print

1. Painted bulletin circles – Perfect for organizing pending tasks or doing some real life ‘pinning’. I love them grouped together, but I also think it would be really cool to have a few spread throughout the room on different walls.

2. Washi tape frames – This is such a fantastic idea. Because, if you’ve ever put together a gallery wall of frames, you know that it can get a bit pricey if you’re buying new ones. And since I’m picturing the office walls full of fun art and posters, this is a cost effective way to make that happen! Not to mention, it spares the walls, it’s easy to remove, and there are so many cute options.

3. Giant confetti – Simple, basically free, super festive. That’s explanation enough right?

4. Quirky art – I already shared our nerd-tastic Lego Darth Vadar print on Monday but I think we need more awesomeness. This “Stormwalking” print just cracks me up and it would certainly brighten my day to walk into the office and see it. (Now I’m imaging what a Michael Jackson storm trooper would sound like on those high notes!! It’s a real shame that you can’t hear me trying to vocalize that right now!)

And that’s it. We’re not looking to add any new-fangled fancy organizational system or anything because we don’t plan on being in this apartment for more than another year or two. So, the goal is to make the space livable and enjoyable without adding a lot of stuff or spending a lot of money. I know you guys feel me on that!

Stay tuned next week to so some fun progress from the office and by the end of the month, we should wrap this thang up! (Yes, I did just use ‘thang’. I’m hip dammit!)

What makes your office/workspace awesome??

make this: faux cork vase

I signed up for a blogging course. To be more specific I signed up for the super awesome Business of Blogging course taught by A Subtle Revelry’s Victoria Hudgens. Today ends week one and just having the opportunity to really dig deep into TLC and focus on doing this thing right is really amazing. January was the perfect time to sign up, too. I’ve got all this momentum from the new year and I am ready to tackle those projects that have been loitering around on my to-do list and dream up new ones to share!

One of the assignments from this first week was to spend one hour doing something inspirational. While I would normally be tempted to run out and buy some new craft supplies or materials for a project, I decided to take a different approach this time. I spent this hour (plus a few more) organizing my craft closet and making something using only what I already have.

At first it was a little intimidating trying to pull a project out of thin air, but the deeper I dug into my closet the more I found and the more stuff kept popping into my head. (You’ve seen these office photos right? The mess is outstanding! I should get a medal of bravery for diving in!)We’re at the stage where mostly everything that our apartment needs to be “complete” is décor and style. So I’ve got lots of room for the fun stuff!

And to commemorate an hour of inspirational activity, today I’m sharing an easy, free five minute project made from only things I already had on hand. Make this faux cork vase!
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1.       All I need was a leftover piece of cork (from this jewelry frame project), a hot glue gun, and a vase. I also pulled out a silk flower bouquet that I made last spring to top off the project but you could easily go with real flowers or even leave it empty. Whatever works for you!

2.       Wrap the cork snuggly around your vase and hot glue to seal! I actually used a square vase (because I had it on hand!) and the cork is sturdy enough to keep a round shape, so you can really use anything! Maybe even recycled cans leftover from dinner!

3.       And to finish it, I just added an extra line of hot glue on the seam to make sure it was snug against the vase.

Done! Gorgeous! And 100% free!Cork Vase Cover Up (8) copy

I think I might also wrap a little length of twine around it too! To hang a small photo or maybe even a nice quote. It’d be something lovely to wake up to in the morning!

So here’s to spending less and creating more! I challenge you to make something with only the materials you have available at home! Feel free to share links and details below!!

who needs a mantle anyways?

One of the things I miss most about our last apartment (1313) is the mantle. We had a nice fire place (that wasn’t used once in the two years we lived there) with a perfect place to perch holiday decorations. The mantle was my go-to spot for rotating décor, but in 816 (our current apartment) we have no fireplace and instead it was up to me to dream up new and creative ways to add seasonal décor to our home.

 These are some of my favorite options:

Empty frame + print combo. This is what we did and I love it. Through the different seasons, we change out the print and do something fun with the large empty frame. For Halloween, a purple spider web, for Thanksgiving, a fun geometric garland, and now for Christmas, we turned this display into a card display with just festive ribbon and tape!

Hang stockings on your foot board. Isn’t this idea adorable? The caption on it explains that the kiddos could come snuggle with mom and dad and open stockings before heading down to the tree for presents. So cute!

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A hearth-less mantle. Who says you need a fireplace to have a mantle? This is a super cute (and probably pretty inexpensive) option to keep the tradition but execute in an updated way.


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No matter if you have a roaring fireplace or a simple bookshelf to dress up for the holidays, decorating is all about getting creative. I’m of a firm belief (that I usually have to remind myself of) that there are no real rules when it comes to your home (you know except for building codes or whatever). And as far as aesthetics go, it’s all about what you like and what reflects your personal style.

 What spaces do you decorate for the holidays? Do you stick strictly with more traditional options like mantels, staircases, and the dining table? Or do you go crazy and drench the bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, and hallways with holiday cheer? Share you spaces below!!

our home: new bedding makes my heart sing

Last week, we shared our new DIY upholstered headboard and today we’re keeping the train going with more bedroom progress! We’re still a long ways off from calling this room done but updating our bedding has much a huge difference! We replaced our chocolate brown quilt with a gorgeous, textured gray and white duvet and bought two new sets of sheets; one deep plum, the other white with a small blue pattern. The improvement is outstanding and, for real, the whole room is lighter and our new bedding is plushhh!

It actually took us a while to settle on this duvet cover. Countless stores and website turned up with zilch! While Josh and I have can usually agree on a similar style, we do have different preferences. I wanted something with a repeating pattern and Josh wanted something with a little more ‘freestyle’.

We actually contemplated DIY’ing a duvet cover by purchasing a plain white one and using fabric markers to add pattern (like a grown up version of this awesome one!), but we ended up deciding against that since we couldn’t settle on a design we both liked and that sort of challenge would not be a cheap failure! So, the search for a duvet to purchase continued.

Finally, a chance trip into Bed, Bath, and Beyond last Saturday turned up this beauty.

A lovely combination; a free style pattern, if you will. And, really, it was lucky because I usually try to avoid BB&B. The usual smell is way too much, but add those cinnamon scented pinecones they carry during the holidays, and I felt like running for a gas mask! But the dizziness was worth fining this beauty of a duvet cover.

As for the actual duvet, I snagged Hotel Luxury one from Home Goods for a sweet $60.00 (more than half the original price!) I do have to admit that it has been an adjustment moving from our quilt to this duvet, it gets a little warmer, but I think once we get used to it, it will be totally fine. Plus the Texas “winter” months are coming, so it will be nice to have some extra warmth then!

Slowly but surely, this room is coming together. Just to refresh your memory, this is the other side of the room. Pretty empty except for our IKEA dresser which we still love!

Still on the list:

  • Make some throw pillows to add some more color
  • DIY some art for above the bed
  • Find a big mirror for above the dresser (hopefully a thrifting find!)
  • DIY a bed skirt (with no ruffles!)
  • Add some style to the nightstands and dresser

Any new purchases helping to pull your rooms together? Are there some things you’re more likely to purchase rather than attempt to DIY?