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5 DIY Summer Pool Party Decorations

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Have you checked the forecast lately? If your weather app is anything like ours, then you’re looking at a bunch of sunshine and warm weather for the foreseeable future. Swimming, laying out by the pool, and eating watermelon should be at the forefront of your mind! Summer is the best for multiple reasons – one of which is that it’s a great time to throw a pool party.

Summer parties are meant to be relaxed, so there’s no need to go overboard on lavish decorations. Which is why we’re recommending 5 easy DIY ways to dress up a very chill pool party.

  1. Banners

Kelly at The Sweetest Occasion has an awesome tutorial on making simple banners that can go along with any theme. Chances are you’d find the supplies for the project somewhere in your house, and making the banner is actually a lot of fun! Hint: We made the banner with StoneWrap, and it held up really well on a slightly breezy day.

  1. Spray-painted Centerpieces

A few cute centerpieces can go a long way in making a relaxed party feel special. The look of these spray-painted centerpieces from Tonya at Love of Family and Home is a perfect aesthetic for any summer pool party. Especially the light aqua color – absolutely love that!

  1. Triangle Topper

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Okay, this is honestly might be the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. It’s even better when you do it in person. Jamie Bartlett offers a super easy-to-follow tutorial on making these little flags. Make sure to scroll down on the page to find instructions for the cake topper (but those DIY party favors at the top of the page are also amazing). Once again, we tried this craft with StoneWrap, and it worked swimmingly (see what we did there?).

  1. Party Pineapple

This is one those DIY projects that looks hard to do, but it’s really not. Studio DIY has amazing tutorials, and this is certainly one of them. What’s especially cool about this DIY project is that your pineapple can stay hanging all summer long! You can even store it for late once summer is (sadly) over!

  1. Watermelon Tablecloth

This last DIY project is only for the truly dedicated. Sure, this project will take a little longer than others, but having a watermelon tablecloth that you made with your own two hands is pretty special. This tutorial from the I Love To Create Blog explains everything in a easy way, and before you know it, you’ll have a very cute tablecloth to use all season long.

What We Can Learn From An April Mood Board

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I know what you’re probably thinking, “April is just about over, why are we talking about the April mood board?” As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Every month new trends come and go, but the ultimate goal of trends is to help cultivate a sense of personal style. Certain aspects from trends can live on when incorporated successfully into a cohesive style.

For example, according to trend experts, the Serge Mouille-style lamp has been a dead trend for over a year.

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Well, here to say who cares what trend experts are saying. If you like the look of that lamp, or that rug, or that mirror, or whatever it may be, then you should buy and display! Those pieces become part of your style, which is totally unique to you.

Style transcends trends, but trends help develop style. In other words, trends help us discover what we like and what we don’t like. An eclectic style comes from hand-picking particular elements from different trends and holding on to them. Besides, who in the world has the money to be constantly throwing out old trends and buying new? Cultivating a sense of personal style is not just more authentic, it’s also thriftier.

Which brings us the April mood board. Take a good look at the floral arrangements, furniture, and pleats that are in season. Do any of those pieces speak to you on a personal level? If so, incorporate it to your style! If nothing stands out, then the good news is that the May mood will be released shortly and there will be a whole new world of fashion, design, and décor trends to digest.

Maybe before clicking the link, look at the trend collage and see if anything pops. If so, follow the link and learn more about what could be the newest addition to your style!

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5 Low-Maintenance Easy House Plants

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There’s nothing quite like plants when it comes to brightening up a home. Many design experts believe that what makes a home feel fresh is the integration of natural elements. Well, there’s nothing really more natural than literal plants growing in the confines of your home! Plants are meant to provide relaxing vibes to your home, which is why we recommend choosing the lowest maintenance plants possible.

Here are our five favorite easy house plants that look good, and are super easy to care for.

  1. Snake Plant

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Otherwise known as the “mother in law’s tongue,” the Snake Plant isn’t nearly as scary as it sounds. The Snake Plant comes from the succulent family, which might be the best family in the   flora kingdom. Like most succulents, all you need to do is stick the Snake Plant in a pot with some dirt, water it once every few weeks, and you’re golden. Perhaps the best thing about the Snake Plant is that it looks hard to care for, but isn’t.

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a miracle plant. What did you reach for last time you got sunburnt? Probably Aloe Vera. And what plant is super easy to grow and keep in your home? Yes, Aloe Vera. It looks great, and has somewhat magical healing properties, so there’s really no downside here. Aim for watering this bad boy once every 2-3 weeks.

  1. Dieffenbachia

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The name may be a mouthful, but the plant itself couldn’t be easier. What’s cool about the dieffenbachia is that it’s huge! If you have a random corner of your home you’d love to fill with something interesting, the dieffenbachia might be a perfect fit. You’ll want to occasionally prune your dieffenbachia to avoid droopy leaves and potential tripping hazards. Other than that, just water once every 2-3 weeks and enjoy!

  1. Rabbit’s Ear

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You can probably guess why they call this plant Rabbit’s Ear. Imagine a bunch of fuzzy rabbit ears growing out of a pot, and chances are it will look just like this plant. In case you’re curious, the fuzzy leaves prevent water loss during evaporation, which is what makes these plants so low maintenance. Only worry about watering every 2-3 weeks.

  1. Spider Plant

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Once again, another plant that sounds scary, but actually looks great and is easy to care for. Our favorite aspect to spider plants is the fact that you can grow several different spider plants! Spider plants produce small “pups” that can be rooted in planting soil and grow! You can start a whole family of spider plants in your home if you want. Once again, water every 2-3 weeks.

These plants will bring that natural vibe to your home, with minimal effort on your part. See how the mood changes in your home with the addition of these easy house plants!

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Spring Cleaning Tips

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The days are getting longer, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping! We both know what that means – it’s time to clean. Some people think that switching to daylight savings is the true indicator of winter coming to an end, but we would respectfully disagree. Nothing ushers in beautiful spring better than beautifying your home. There’s no better way to celebrate spring than with spring cleaning. Let’s talk about some spring cleaning tips.

All winter we’ve been cooped up in our homes. We’ve hunkered down and watched our favorite Netflix shows. But now it’s time for a spiritual rebirth.

Here are our 5 favorite spring cleaning tips:

Start with your doormats

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There’s something special about your doormat. It symbolizes new beginnings and introduces your home to visitors. They’re also your front-line defense against tracked-in dirt. So, shake ‘em, wash ‘em, swat ‘em with a broom, and start your spring cleaning off right.

Clean Carpet and Upholstery

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I know, this is probably the part about spring cleaning you’re dreading the most. This isn’t fact checked, but probably 40% (ish) of the cleanable surfaces of your house are carpet or upholstery. So, when we get this part done, we’ll be almost half way done! Fabrics absorb an entire winter’s worth of dirt, so consider shampooing your carpets and upholstery with a rented machine. Practice in a small space before moving on to the whole house. Make sure to open the windows when you’ve finished to speed up the drying process!

Wash walls, cabinets, baseboards, and woodwork

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This is especially true for those of us with white walls. Dirty walls and cabinets are something you can get used to and never clean, but let’s not allow that to happen. Use a dishwashing detergent combined with a sponge to wash the surfaces of every section. Continually ring out the sponge to avoid excess moisture, and wipe down with a clean cloth.

Vacuum with Wisdom

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Read this step before you start flipping over every piece of furniture in your home. For some reason, people tend to think that you need to clear an entire room for a vacuuming session. Well, that may work for some people, but it’s really more time consuming than necessary. Instead, move your furniture slightly to the left or right. Vacuum the area, and then move the furniture back into place. This will save you time, and keep down that back pain that seems to flare up during spring cleaning.

Make A Plan

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As with any worthwhile endeavor, you should make a plan and cross off the boxes. In this list we recommended places to focus on, but obviously there’s more to it than that. Here’s a great checklist from the Magnolia Market. Feel free to print it out, and let it act as a guide to make sure your home is ready to embrace the spring.