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diy: our favorite wallpaper 

From L:

You guys. I swoon every time I see Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper. I fantasize about using it in every room of my house: dining room, powder room, bedroom…CLOSET. But I have one problem: it’s kinda spency. I can’t bring myself to pull the trigger.

So imagine how excited I was to see this DIY on Simple Details blog for a look-alike. With just a few tweaks to a cheetah print stencil, you can paint your walls to look ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE the wallpaper of my dreams.

PSA: My husband, who owns a mold mitigation business, really likes this idea because – as a lot of folks will tell you – wallpaper can trap moisture, hide leaks, and create all manner of chaos in your home. Much better to stencil on paint walls!

View the real thing in these amazing rooms, then try your hand at the DIY!
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friday five: links we love.

Whew, we made it through another week! J’s been jetting around the South for work and L’s been getting used to having an infant in the house again…so we’re feeling especially grateful for the next 48-ish hours. Here’s hoping your weekend will be a mix of fancy cheese, champagne and DIY design!

1 // Modern cheese plate // Tailgating spreads don’t have to be fancy. Sometimes all you need is a little cheese and some cornichons. Cupcakes and cashmere shows us how to create a modern cheese plate here.

2 // Champagne // Apparently there are 22 reasons to have champagne on hand at your house. That’s 21 more than we needed.

Champagne
photo credit: domaine

3 // Sunburst Light Fixture // We’ve both been on renovation rampages at our houses. This (fairly) easy DIY sunburst light fixture from the girls at A Beautiful Mess just might fit into our weekend reno plans.

Sunburst Light Fixture
photo credit: a beautiful mess

4 // Stylish Survival Guide // No, we’re not coming to you live from #NYFW (this year)…but this “How To Survive Fashion Month” article by Whitney Port does have real life application for us. And for anyone who happens to be traveling out of town for “work.”

Bauble Bar Headphones
photo credit: Bauble Bar

5 // Perfect Sunday Afternoon Project // After a weekend of football (and possibly struggling to re-wire that Sunburst Light Fixture), indulge your creative side and re-style your coffee table. Use this handy tutorial from Domino as a guide. As if we needed another excuse to purchase pink peonies! Happy Friday, yall.

Coffee Table Tutorial
photo cred: Domino
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design project: style your shelves.

True confessions: we’ve both been nesting lately (J’s a newlywed, and L’s expecting any day now!). Since a whole-house overhaul isn’t an option for either one of us, we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve/enhance our abodes with found objects and a little (or a lot!) creative styling. One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to re-style a bookshelf or cabinet. Read on for our tips on styling your shelves.

First, a little inspiration from one of our favorite designers Windsor Smith:

Next, assess your books. Start by dividing them by spine color. Remember to peek under dust jackets – sometimes the actual book spine works better with your scheme than the shiny jacket. Give yourself options! If that doesn’t produce compelling results, try sorting by size. This process is trial and error – just keep rearranging your piles until you get several groupings you like. Don’t be scared to venture outside your living room – sometimes you can find the perfect size/color book in your kitchen, child’s room, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Now, experiment with placement. Switch up your stacks on the shelves – place some books vertically, some horizontally. You can vary the arrangements within the same shelf, or do one shelf horizontally, the next vertically, etc.

Finally, incorporate non-books into your arrangements. Plants, textiles, pretty boxes, ceramic animals or bowls, etc are what give your shelves personality! Don’t run out and buy stuff – just go on a treasure hunt around your house. This cheat sheet from Domaine home is a great starting point.

To get you started, here are two shelfie looks using some of our favorite objects.

The Glitter Life Shelf Styling Traditional
leopard-bound books // malachite boxes // ginger jar // antler bowl // framed silhouette // loving cup // ceramic dogs // hydrangea arrangement // mark twain book collection

TRADITIONAL trappings like a chinoiserie ginger jar and gold loving cup get punched up with leopard-bound books and malachite boxes.

The Glitter Life Shelf Styling Glamorous
trays // peony arrangement // horn candlestick // rhino figurine // deer head bookends // pink box // puffin classics

GLAMOROUS black and white accessories are the perfect partner to pink and gold accents.

Now, start styling! And share your pics with us on instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!

Sources: Target and One Kings Lane

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design project: bedding redo.

From L:

Maybe it’s spring fever, I don’t know…but I have been ITCHING to upgrade the bedding in my bedroom. It’s never been anything special – just a duvet cover from Target, TJ Maxx, etc that I switch out every few years. A few weeks ago, with the help of our friend Kristin at Alva + Austrie, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered real, grown-up pillows. I’m so happy with how it turned out – it’s an interesting mix of patterns (which I NEED/LOVE) in simple shapes and mostly primary, not-too-feminine colors (both of which are necessary to maintain my happy marriage).

WHAT I STARTED WITH:

I already had some basics I was happy with: a grey velvet headboard from Urban Outfitters that I bought when Joe and I got married (almost ten years ago!) and new, simple all-white bedding (duvet + matelasse coverlet).

The Glitter Life Bedroom
an almost blank canvas.

WHAT WE ADDED:

{Euro Shams} in one of my favorite fabrics, Thibaut Tanzania. Buy them here.

The Glitter Life Bedroom
euro shams in a straightforward – but still fun – print.

{Standard Shams} featuring a simple, black border by Crane + Canopy. Buy them here. Fun fact: every package from this company ships with a lavender sachet enclosed! I spent an embarrasing amount of time inhaling the one that accompanied my shams. Another fun fact: a handwritten note from “Brittany” was enclosed as well – she hopes I love my shams! Crane + Canopy gets my vote for Mail Order Company Most Likely to Make Your Day.

The Glitter Life Bedroom
i only ordered one set of standard shams.

{Throw Pillows} I actually already had two throw pillows in this amazing palm print…they were living at Social. Every time I passed them in the store I thought about how much I wanted them in my house. So I moved them! Buy them here.

The Glitter Life Bedroom
palm leaf pillow

{Lumbar Pillow} in Brunschwig + Fils “Gillian’s Zebras.” I knew I wanted a whimsical print accent on the bed, and Kristin and I both fell in love with this one. Buy it here.

The Glitter Life Bedroom
lumbar pillow in brunschwig + fils “gillian’s zebras”.

I’m not finished with the room (is any room ever finished?!), but at least now the bed makes me really happy. Have you upgraded any of your rooms this spring?

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friday five | loves.

YAY for the weekend. It’s actually sunny today – we’re crossing our fingers this lasts for a few days. Here’s what we’re loving right now!

1. Nude Lip. After a winter of bright red lips, we’re really feeling this pared down nude lip. Now, if we can just get a tan…

Nude Uptown Lip
photo: the beauty department.

2. Homemade Pizza. L and Joe made this delicious Spinach Artichoke Pizza (sans artichokes – forgot them at the store!) this week, and it’s probably making a reappearance on Sunday night. It’s super easy, and we love the combination of flavors. Even Baby Joe gobbled it up.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza
photo: two peas and their pod

3. Mimosa caddy. Making mimosa caddies is tops on our spring to-do list because we love champagne, we love pink, and we love DIY. And just because.

DIY Mimosa Caddy
photo: a fabulous fete.

4. ASOS Floral Midi Skirt. J’s wearing this adorable floral midi to brunch in NYC during her bach party. Stay tuned for details!

ASOS Floral Midi
photo: merricjk’s art.

5. Good read. We love this article about finding your style when you hit 30.

Turning 30
photo: cupcakes and cashmere.

J and L reunite at Mount Vintage this weekend for J’s bridal shower – hope you guys get to spend the weekend with good friends, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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friday five: weekend at home.

We’re sticking close to home this weekend. Can’t. Deal. With. This. Weather. Read on for our top five things to do around the house!

1. Finally create that gallery wall. This excellent article and video show you exactly how.

How to Create a Gallery Wall
photo: In Style

2. Make soup. Like this Cauliflower and Arugula Soup…or choose from sixteen other cold-weather soups here.

Cauliflower  Arugula Soup
we’re warming up just looking at this. photo: Food Republic

3. Clean out your closet. This article has great tips for a winter-closet cleanout.

Winter Closet Cleanout
photo: Bacon Smores

4. Whip up a quick sweet treat. Make yourself (or that special someone) a batch of 5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge.

skinny and peanut butter are two of our favorite words. photo: Skinny Ms
made with coconut oil and raw honey, this is actually good for you. photo: Skinny Ms.

5. Start planning your spring parties now. Easter brunch, anyone? Be sure to include these adorable DIY gold lipstick champagne flutes on your bar.

DIY Gold LIpstick Flutes
repeat after us: it WILL be spring soon, it WILL be spring soon, it WILL be spring soon… photo: Sugar & Cloth
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five ideas: homemade valentines.

We’re not big crafters, but something about Valentine’s Day inspires us to actually MAKE something for our loved ones. These are our five favorite ideas for homemade cards and gifts. (Difficulty level: SUPER EASY)

Pop-Up Paint Chip Card by All You / Click here for how-to.

Pop Up Paint Chip Card
these adorable cards use leftover paint chips…OR you can just pop in to Lowe’s or Home Depot for some. these card are perfect for mailing, since they fold flat.

You Light Up My Life Card / Click here for how-to.

You Light Up My Life Card
who doesn’t have leftover birthday candles in a drawer? put them to use!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by I Heart Naptime / Click here for free printable and how-to. Click here for the amazing recipe.

homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable.
perfect friend gfift: homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable. 

You’re a Real Cutie by The Cards We Drew / Click here for free printable.

Youre A Real Cutie Valentine
love this idea for kids or co-workers.

Ex-STRAW Special Valentine by Lil Luna / Click here for how-to and printable.

Ex Straw Special Valentine
we’re both obsessed with colored vintage drinking straws. it would be so awkward if we gave these to each other.

Show us your Valentines crafts on IG at @glitter_blog_xo!

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how to: make a candle from an orange.

Scrolling through our latest edition of The Southern Coterie, we came across this genius post from Libbie Summers. She made CANDLES out of ORANGES. We can’t think of a better way to bring fresh, citrusy scent into your home in the middle of winter! Plus, her pics are gorgeous. Read on and try it for yourself – we’re going to!

How To Make a Candle From An Orange (makes 2 candles)

(By Libbie Summers, Assisted by Candace Brower)

Ingredients/stuff you’ll need:
1 orange (preferably with a thick skin)
Knife
Grapefruit spoon (optional/you can use your hands just fine)
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Lighter

Directions:

STEP ONE
Picking Oranges to make an orange candle: LibbieSummers.com
Pick/Buy/Steal/Borrow An Orange.

STEP TWO
Orange Candle Making: LibbieSummers.com
Use a knife to cut the orange in half across the middle.
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com
Use your fingers or a grapefruit spoon to remove the flesh down to the skin, being sure to leave the middle stem like portion intact. (I was worried about it ripping out, but the worry wasn’t necessary. The “stem” is tough and won’t pull out easily.)
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com

STEP THREE
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.comPour oil over the stem (this is important, you need to get the stem/wick saturated with the oil to help start the flame). Fill to slightly below the top of the wick.

STEP FOUR
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com
Let the oil filled candle sit for a few minutes before lighting with the lighter. Even then, it still takes a couple of minutes to keep the flame from extinguishing. But, once you get it lit, it will stay lit for….wait for it.
How to make an orange candle from LibbieSummers.comFIVE HOURS!!!!! And, as far as the scent goes…think a homemade orange and olive oil body scrub. Just a slight citrus scent mixed with olive oil and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.
I will never throw away an orange rind again without illuminating it.

Read more from Libbie here!

 

If you guys try this, post your pics to Instagram and tag us @glitter_blog_xo.

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rosemary lemon home scent.

Conflicting cooking smells, family pets, scented candles…our homes usually need a little freshening up after a long holiday week/weekend. This super easy Rosemary Lemon scent does the trick. Smell familiar? This is exactly what Williams Sonoma uses in their stores.

Rosemary Lemon Vanilla Home Scent

What You Need:

  • One lemon, sliced lemon
  • 3 springs fresh rosemary
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla
The Glitter Life Rosemary Lemon
photo: One More Moore

 

 

What You Do:

  • Fill a small saucepan 2/3 full of water
  • Add lemon slices, rosemary and vanilla
  • Simmer on the stove for a few hours or all day!
photo: One More Moore
photo: One More Moore

PS – Thanks to our friend Kelley for reminding us about this!

 

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happy thanksgiving + printable place card.

The Glitter Life Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Words can’t express how thankful we both are for our wonderful families, friends (especially each other!) and (of course) our readers. If you haven’t made place cards for today’s feast, check out this printable from Almost Makes Perfect and get everyone talking about what they’re most thankful for this year.

 

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