4 Easy Ways to Upgrade + Update a Tween Girl’s Bedroom

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Oh Eight Oh Nine


My daughter who just turned 8 has been requesting an update to her room -she’s had the same set up since age 5 so it’s time. Her taste and interests have changed.

Our changes will have to be in the details, because we won’t make any major furnishing changes, and we just painted about 3 years ago -and it’s in perfect condition.  I also invested in high quality shades and curtains.

There are new fun ways to update the look without getting rid of the big investment pieces.


1. Add a High Quality Poster or Photo that Changes the Mood


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Interior Philosophy gets this look right.



2. Change Those Drapes!



I am loving these Boho style Pom Pom curtains…..from Susie Watson Designs + Serena & Lily


3. Add Throw Pillows that Say Fun!



Zazzle,  Aelfie, + Plusheez


4. Add Sheepskin for Cozy Style


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Beautiful Pairings -How To Make a Duvet Cover

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Urban Outfitter’s Duvet Cover -imagine making something similar using fabric sourced from a thrift store for the front, and a beautiful cotton contrasting pattern for the back? I absolutely think you could make something like this out of an old salvaged tablecloth….

If you are craving that perfectly curated Pottery Barn Kids duvet cover with the scrumptious fabric combos you can totally replicate these looks with the beautiful selection of designer fabrics on Spoonflower, see something you like, and they show you the pairings so you can design your own reversible duvet using sets from the designer series. 



Fabrics designed by Judy Quintero and Little Arrow via Spoonflower


As promised, here are my instructions for making a simple duvet cover from queen or king flat sheets or fabric. You can make your own for half the retail price or less, and it’s fairly easy to make a cover from two different pieces of fabric if you are trying to save money and want a reversible option!


Here is a lovely example of the two sheet project, via Tamar at Nest Decorating.



  • Approximately 12 yards fabric machine washable cotton or cotton linen blends (you can use two queen or king flat sheets too)

  • 8-10 Large Buttons

  • Thread

  • Tape measure

  • Sharp Fabric Scissors

  • Flat Pins

  • Chalk

  • Sewing Machine or if you find you like stitching as a Zen activity stitching needles and thread.

  • Iron


Spring Friends Rainfall Fabric via Spoonflower



  • Before you buy fabric or select sheets to use, measure your comforter

  • Lay out the fabric and if needed trim selvedge edging (finished sections).

  • Lay out front by putting larger panel in center, and two smaller panels on each side

  • Measure to make sure this will fit your comforter with some room to shrink in wash and allow you to easily insert the comforter, typically an additional 1 inch wide, and an additional 2 ½ inches for the seam allowance and hemming.

  • Repeat for Back


Fabric by Charlotte Winter




Fabric by Esther Fallon Lau via Spoonflower



Rae Ritchie for Birch Organic Fabrics, courtesy of Fabric.com


Let’s sew!

1. Sew side panels to your center panel using the French seam method: reverse side placement, ¼ inches, finished on both sides, trim away excess. (See here for great instructions step by step for French seams)

2. Sew Front to Back: Place front and back sides, and top, leave bottom as is, for now.

3. Hem the bottom by folding about 1 inch of fabric inside, pressing with an iron, fold up an additional 1 inch outside and iron, use pins to secure.

4. Use machine to stitch the interior and exterior folds.

5. Adding buttons every 8 inches, I suggest using the button hole attachment on your machine, make sure you measure the buttons precisely, and you are done.





Charlotte Winter Fabric

6 Great Summer Outdoor Living Ideas


 Getting ready for summer and want to maximize your outdoor space, lounge appeal and style? Enjoy our curated selections of beautiful high design pieces for your deck, porch, seaside abode and backyard gatherings.


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A place of total perfection, love the different seating areas, clean yet warm and welcoming style. Beautifully conceived by Adam Christopher Design, UK, the artist’s site is absolutely worth checking out, the combination of sculpture, and industrial design is visually gorgeous! We love all of the designer’s concrete planters because they represent a contemporary expression of the tradition of true artistry in furniture and decorative arts.



Adam Christopher’s Femkant Garden Planter, Corten Steel Effect



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Oscar Raised Planter, Sweetpea and Willow


1. A Required Investment -An Elegant Outdoor Dining Table for Parties

Goodbye old-fashioned splintery picnic tables, eating outside is natural luxury. We love adjustable tables, high quality and durable materials. Ease of storage is always a plus.



Skagaarden Oxno Collection, Houseology

Nardi_Rio Air Lunch Table


The Nardi Open Air Lunch Table  is gorgeous…..and incrediably practical it can adjusted for size and stored easily but is also made of a super durable material, and if you have a beach house you know this is super important!



2. Add Gorgeous Outdoor Chairs + Sofas


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Minotti Modular Outdoor Fabric Sofa and Vincent Sheppard Leo Dining Chair, Lagoon


High Design is not only for your indoor dining room, chose something sturdy, durable and well designed.

This is definitely an investment worth making, however as a veteran beachside resident, I say put it away in the winter or during very intense storms. Also tie down your furniture during hurricane season!


3. Your Easy Outdoor Living Style Upgrade – Add a Bench



La Granja, Ibiza, Summer 2017, Tine K Home



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No longer the stuff of public parks lovely benches are a perfect way to modernize your outdoor space, and provide extra easily converted seating. This fretwork embellished is actually a DIY project via HGTV.



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Elegant Retro Rattan Bench by PIB


4. Embellish with Beautiful Outdoor Modern Textiles


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We love the chilly nights by the sea, and think that Lenz & Leif has it right their color block style in merino wool, perfect for those who want to be cozy but love that modern look.

You don’t have to go designer or high-end for good-looking textiles, it’s pretty easy to make your own, you can try Spoonflower for fabulous fabrics, and the inserts are readily available at craft stores.

I am going to teach you how on the next blog!!!!




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5. Try a Contemporary Hammock

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Lujo Living

This is a little different from the rope hammock of my childhood…it’s basically a bed to watch stars from –check out the new Taj Hammock by Lujo Living as it seems just perfect for beachside living, I can totally imagine this on our upper deck, it gets windy every evening and this is a great way to look at the night sky! The stand is Kwila hardwood and aluminum, so it’s sturdy but beautiful. Made in New Zealand, it actually ships free!



6. You NEED an Outdoor Bed


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The Natural Curtain Company




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Canopy Daybed from Nest, Fabrics from The Natural Curtain Company + the Camas Balinesas de diseño Daybed Vela


Amazing, this is the last frontier of my wish list ……how luxury…now the mosquitos definitely would have eaten us alive at my grandparents’ lake house but this is perfect for beach ocean side living….There is not an ounce of doubt that I need either of these absolutely immediately…..




Pillow via Las Cositas de Beach, Anabelle James Enamel Tray, Vitra Vegetal Chairs, Nest UK and a concrete Bon Planter.

Inexpensive Wedding Decor Ideas -Rose Gold Themes

Summer wedding coming soon? Don’t want to break the bank or spend tons of money on things that one just throws away? Want to be creative and make a visual impact? Try these pretty ideas and objects from allover the world. A wedding does not have to have a high price tag to be beautiful…



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Check out these craft supply and decorating sources for a beautifully curated wedding that reflects a certain sense of modesty and prettiness.


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Fleur Couture, Textile design by Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher, Sarah Kate Studios Ribbon Typographic Napkins, Candle + Co. Ltd


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Pretty wedding ribbon from Crafty Wool Felt



Lotus tealightsfor a wedding tabletop from Foiling Star Shop via Etsy



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Rose Gold Party & Wedding Tableware from Ginger Ray




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Mini Glitter Scallop Garland from Sisters Guild.


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Rose Gold Foil ‘Love’ Balloon from Jeremy’s Home Store


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Rose Gold Centerpiece Vases from The Bashful Bride via Etsy


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Dove Plate by Deborah Wilson from Sisters Guild



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Inspired by Spring -Easy Decor Upgrades

Pink washedl linien bedding by Linen Tales on DaWanda.com

Good morning beautiful…a few gorgeous finds to inspire your spring or easter time decor, with a modern touch, bright spring colors and sense of fun and play! Enjoy these tips + ideas for trending decor ideas! Easy upgrades to add new life to your space…


1.Minimalist Beauty -Neutrals and Floral Accents



Image courtesy of Pixers, add a floral covering to plain black, and the gorgeous fun of a Pixer’s mural or go with that classic white we all know and love. 


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Rachel Ashwell Lloyd Chair



SMALL HAND-ETCHED BRASS VASE from the Decorators Notebook

Image via Decorators Notebook UK


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Lovely muted tones, washed texture and minimalist decor with the cheer of spring. Pink washed linen bedding by Linen Tales on DaWanda.com



2. Amazing Wall Murals + Brights for Spring Time Joy all Year Long!







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Pixers definately is the winner here with their inspired designs and eclectic interior ideas that combine folk art inspiration, Scandinavian beauty + practicality and unique art murals. We also love the handmade precision and prettiness of the Casetta Living Line.


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Casetta Living, Table + Messy Posey Tablecloth



3. Vintage Style Details + Toys for Play or Decor


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Pixers, Hellblau Herr + Frau Hase and Luggy Basket from Mira Mira



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Lewis the Hare, Image courtesy of Mira Mira




4. Handmade Inspired Touches


Whether it’s just a sweet vintage look with white wash, or handmade items, this is a sure way to go to add eclectic beauty to your interior.


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Easter Eggs by Ahoj-2012 on DaWanda.com



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Sweet springtime sky blue colors…Light blue napkins Linen Home Shop on DaWanda.com




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Somerset by Rachel Ashwell



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Rebu Aqua Ombre Salad Bowl from Amara Home

Rebu Pink Ombre Fruit Bowl from Amara Home




Ombre Fruit Bowls from Amara Home





Beautiful Designs by Pixers


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DIY Last Minute Printable Valentine Wrapping + Cards


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Blogger Laurel has put these minimalist yet adorable paper wrapping patterns on google drive! She’s so nice! You can see more gorgeous pictures and fun ideas on A Bubbly Life as well.

To make Laurel’s paper flower wraps you need the files, card stock paper, double-sided tape, and your printer.

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Looking for last minute Valentine cards for your kid’s class or even your classroom? We love these creative and affordable animal + printables from Sarah M Style, thank you so much Sarah! Download the PDF – wildaboutyou-sarahmstyle.  



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Minnieco can always be relied on for amazing designs and tons of freebies, loving this trendy black and white patterns, great for the techies in your life!

Download the PDF – heart-wrap-from-minieco-co-uk



And more from Minieco Just because it’s pink and I love watermelon patterned anything. Xoxoxo

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Mod Floral Wrap courtesy of Sarah Hearts, so delightful! Plus you can now look very thoughtful and not last minute in your gift giving.


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Great cards via Sweet Muffin Suite -Muffin Grayson watch out you might fall in love with all the pretty stuff this designer makes….







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Greenery Pantone Color of the Year

Greenery is the Pantone Color of the Year and I am for one just so happy it’s almost spring!

Enjoy this curated collection of greenery inspired ideas from top talent in design and wonderful companies from allover the world.

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Sarah Bartholomew




Serena and Lily


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Lolly and Boo Fabric, UK



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The Contemporary Home

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Anna James



Via Alchemy Fine Home



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Sofa by Article



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Cult Living Furniture



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Crowdy House + DiSORO.NL

Get Cozy -Winter Interior Decor Tips


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Looking at any of lifestyle photographer Gilian Stevens’ work you get the sense that cozy and warm is more than plaid and old rugs. Write down these ideas!

Think beyond the 1980s-90’s home decor look! Go north and warm it up with a reading nook, charming tea or coffee set, sheepskin, wall hanging, plush faux fur and cable knit throws. Enjoy your indoor time with beautiful tableware and beautiful throw pillows.



Via Alchemy Fine Home, from their beautifully curated and hand selected Celebration Collections.



Via Bo Bodre by Kahler Design


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Wood burning stoves are simply amazing, they save money and create heat and are beyond warm and cozy!!! Whites and grays add depth to the space in this lovely room.



Get warmed up and read indoors, Photo by Gilian Stevens, Via Blissful B Blog Well..these looks like toasty bliss, cable knit blankets lined with faux fur, adorable! Via RH Baby and Child -their kids and baby selection has a lot of gorgeous stuff that can be used easily for adult decor -and they have amazing sales!



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More wood burning sweetness, and a sheepskin throw -remember minimalism and modern can be warm! Indoor time in winter is about returning to your home, and making it welcoming, warm and stylish. After a long hike, skiing or snow man building, host a small get together or just cuddle up for quiet time solo or with your family…


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How to Clean Naturally -DIY



Toxic cleaners can make you sick. I like things clean, but I do not like being exposed to chemicals or listen to my kids coughing to the tune of a bottle of harsh cleaning supplies. I have become more and more aware because when I changed my children’s laundry detergent from commercial to organic non toxic handmade powdered laundry detergent  (via Etsy) my asthmatic toddler stopped coughing at night. In fact she improved massively.


Okay so maybe just maybe your home won’t turn into a place designed by Nicole Davis, but it’s pretty gorgeous no? Plus who doesn’t like a little internet house eye candy? So talented!




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Via Zest for Color


We never use liquid detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets, all of which can leave a coat of chemicals on the fabric and make your respiratory system irritated. Many have mentioned they love the smell of clean laundry. Add a drop of lavender or other oil to your full wash basin to make your laundry smell fresh (we like lemon, clementine, mint, patchouli).


Use dryer sachets or wool dryer balls, these are so easy to make, buy old cotton fabric quarter remnant, add dried lavender and tightly sew up! If you need just rejuvenate with lavender oil.





How to Make Natural Cleaners

All Purpose

  1. Glass bottle
  2. 1/2 cup of water
  3. 2 tablespoons of castile soap
  4. 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  5. Thieves oil, or tea tree oil 5 drops
  6. Lemon oil 3 drops





Bathroom Cleaner

  1. Glass spray bottle
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  3. 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  4. 1 1/2 cups water
  5. 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  6. 5 drops of tea-tree oil, and 5 drops lemon oil, orange or mint oil




Granite or Stone Countertop

  1. Glass spray bottle
  2. 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 1 tablesoon castile soap
  5. Essential oil drops (about 6-8) try orange or lavender






Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane has made it simple for all of us with her pretty, and easy DIY cleaner labels with the actual ingredients on the label!!!



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Beautiful + Inexpensive Flower Arrangements

End of summer? No matter, pick those last roses, herbs or even weeds and make something beautiful.

Ways to save those more hardy blooms from that store bought bouquet! Add foliage, herbs like rosemary and berries.



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Last of your garden roses? Add buds, branches and herbs…