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Red, White & Peach

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, I am loving some of the holiday ideas that are still circulating on Pinterest and other blogs. They are proof that red, white and pink color schemes don’t have to end just because the holiday is over. Below are a few that caught my eye:


Bouquet used for a Valentine’s Day-inspired event photo shoot via Style Me Pretty


Valentine’s Day desserts and gift tags via Kelli Murray (you can download the tags to print here)


Matte pink and red lipstick (both shades can be purchased at Sephora)


Stunning flower photography by Jen Huang


Peachy garden roses (image via

Valentine’s Day on Etsy

I can’t think of anywhere better to shop for creative and unique products than Etsy. The website allows users to make and operate their own virtual shops, and both members and non-members can purchase from them using Paypal or major credit cards. Shopping on Etsy is something you can feel good about, because it supports independent designers and artists. And, in many cases, products are one-of-a-kind, so every purchase feels special.

I did some sleuthing for the best Valentine’s Day items on Etsy, and discovered some great finds.


This multicolored tassel from BlushBazaar would be a great addition to a Valentine’s Day get together. I would hang it over a table of Valentine’s-themed desserts to create a focal point in any room.


This clever card by neatshop doubles as decor — it unfolds into a gold geometric heart poster you can view year-round.


This cute little guy from finkelsteins is a great Valentine’s gift for kids that adults can enjoy too, with its clever design and hand-stitched details.

il_570xN.553483175_ichsEtsy is a popular destination for sassy cards you won’t find at Hallmark, like this one from LionheartPrints.

4e91e068adba848c59e87e0475239542And, I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this one from emilymcdowelldraws that reminded me of lazy Saturday mornings with my husband.


Beautiful Paper

Paper can be used in so many different ways — to decorate a space, to invite someone to an event, and as a home for artwork. Creative illustrators and designers are always thinking up new uses, and ways to upgrade conventional uses. Here are some examples of beautiful paper.


Stitch the Stars 2014 Calendar Kit via Heather Lins Home 98a3f74d71919e5e6a1ea4106b952f60Botanical Illustrated Cards via Rifle Paper Co. 78177fbbe50ea14c271d313ffbd51267

Watercolor Engagement Party Invitations via Style Me Prettya8bcf747d9d0008a2606ec20d2ef1355

Creative Wrapping Ideas via Camille Stylesb7120d6d5197800bc2f1c4e897b748a3

Paper Bag Menus via Style Me Prettye589f03b3eb6b534cdfb6a4b4543c716

Glassine Paper Confetti Bags via Martha Stewart

Weekly Pinterest Design Inspiration

Here is a roundup of some of the best home design pins of the week!

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Unusual tile work paired with a vintage cart gives an industrial-modern feel. Plants provide a pop of color and texture.

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Ceramics by Priscilla Mouritzen use texture and pattern to create interest with a natural color scheme. Each piece is organically inspired, and could stand alone or pair well with a vibrant green plant.

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A gallery wall becomes a focal point of any room, and can be used to display old photographs or artwork collections. This gallery uses a neutral color scheme with natural materials against a stark white wall for a modern appeal.

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These ombre wall shelves were created using reclaimed wood, making them an environmentally-friendly DIY project that adds complexity to otherwise minimalist decor.

DIY Idea: Gold Patterned Mugs

Pinterest is an endless source of DIY ideas, and these patterned mugs and pitchers are a quick and easy project that would make a great holiday gift!

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All you will need are plain ceramic mugs — you could also use a pitcher, a bowl or a pot — a gold permanent marker (any metallic color will work) and your oven.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, draw whatever design or pattern you like on each mug with the permanent marker. Finally, to set the marker, bake the mugs for 30 minutes. They will be extremely hot, so allow them to cool in the oven.

The permanent marker should now be set, and the mugs can be gently washed.

Home Feature: Kelli Murray’s San Diego Retreat

As a designer and illustrator, Kelli Murray has a strong sense of design. Murray recently allowed her followers a peek into her San Diego home via her blog, and she didn’t disappoint.

1KelliFor those of us who work or study at home, the office is an important space. It needs to be organized and functional, but also inspirational and aesthetically appealing. Kelli strikes the perfect balance with her minimalist design and expert mix of modern and vintage elements.


Her decor is a collection of work by her favorite artists, the products of DIY projects and budget-friendly furniture (believe it or not, that beautiful desk is from IKEA!)

kellimurray2You can view the entire feature of Murray’s home at Design Sponge.

All photos in this post by Jackie Wonders.