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Floating shelves.

I’m OBSESSED with floating shelves. Above you will see where I put two in my dining room. I found these at Garden Ridge, the small one for $6.99 and the large for $9.99. These shelves can be found almost anywhere, Target, Pottery Barn, Walmart, Ikea, and you can build your own with your own materials if you choose! There are so many ways to use them them for storage and decoration. They are easy to find, easy to build, and inexpensive. Shelves are great for showing off pictures, displaying keepsakes, holding books, and have multiple purposes. Check out some the ways you can use a shelf, like you probably have never thought about before!

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Office supplies.

Kitchen shelving. (but I’d never be able to keep my kitchen this clean!!)

Bookshelf. (check out that its 2 small and 1 large underneath) This use is great for small living areas, instead of putting in a large shelving unit or table.

Use a shelf as a desk.

This shelving unit almost takes the place of a mud room. This small space between the front door and living area now acts as a closet.

Use small shelves as a bedside table unit.

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Harmonzied Focal Points.

I love my condo. Its my own little piece of East Memphis. It is also currently a blank slate waiting for personal style to unfold. The problem is that my personal style is currently having an identity crisis. It seems that every time I commit to a style, piece of furniture, or paint color… it is not long after that I begin having a love affair with another style, piece, or color. I am currently ready to get rid of the blank wall space in my living room. First on the list is the blank space over my sofa ( which I still love ). I originally thought I would like to hang an old piece of iron with a mirror behind it. Needless to say, that idea is out. I have recently been drawn to the clean lines of symmetrical art or mirrors. I feel like it is not too overpowering, yet allows for personal style to blend well into any room. What are your thoughts??

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Find Treasure in Old Books.

On one of Rachel and I’s adventures to Bojo’s Antique store on Summer Ave. here in Memphis, we found a diamond in the rough…

I immediatley fell in love with this book. Not only do I love animal print, but this is a beautiful book with a vintage, stunning cloth cover. The name of it is Four years in Paradise, by Osa Johnson, published in 1941. Being someone who hardly reads non-fiction novels, I never buy books to read them…I buy to decorate with them! But, something intrigued me about this book. I went home and did some research about the book online. Rachel wanted to get one for her house too..Rachel is more interested in the actual books and their history than I am, so she had me look up more information about our gorgeous find. I purchased this book for a quarter……and we were finding this original hardback copy selling for $300.00-$450.00. Ok, SO NOW WE’RE TALKING! Bojo’s sells thousands of antiques, but I mainly go for their book section. We were finding great, beautiful books for $0.10 each!

As we continued to research, we saw it was a part of the set. Now it’s like my mission to complete my set, without paying full price. Rachel found on Ebay one of the other books in the series called- I Married Adventure. Rachel bought both books on Ebay for, $100.00. We can’t wait to own the whole set.

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Here is how I decorated with my $0.10 books in my house.

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See what other’s have done with their book finds:

Ever seen these floating bookshelves?…

Enjoy, and happy hunting!

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Spotlight : Jessica McManus Canvas Paintings.

On colormesouthern we are going to highlight our friends artistic abilities too! Rachel and I have a friend, Jessica McManus, who is extremely talented at painting and has a wonderful creative mind that just flows out onto paper/canvas. I wanted to highlight some of her work. Find her on facebook where she showcases all of her recent work and I have highlighted some of my favorite pieces!

While working on the post, she inspired me to paint a canvas myself. I love to paint too, but hardly do. This is what I came up with…a rooster. Not as captivating as her work, but I think it is so important to consistently be creative.

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Vintage Shutter Headboard.

These old painted shutters make perfect home accents, but I think they look best as a headboard. There are STACKS upon STACKS of these at antique stores for very cheap.

A plain shutter..

A little paint and some glazing…

Whoop whooppp…

I even bought a few small ones for my house to just use as display…

 

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Suitcase Style.

Hey guys, I am sure you all have seen these and know the craze about them.. I run across these everywhere. They are perfect for decorating a home and adding a vintage feel. Old suitcases are not only stylish, but each one is so different and unique..They all seem to have such a history behind them.

You can find these at most any antique store and they can be used for just about any type of decor. They are also great for storage. I plan on putting mine in my empty fireplace…Check out what others have done with theirs!

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Favorite iPhone Photo Apps.


So, I love and appreciate photography and iPhone’s take great pictures. iPhone’s have several apps that are very fun and easy to use that really enhance photos. Here are some I have used and some examples of photos I’ve taken with these apps. They are inexpensive too!

Cross Process: $0.99

– I love this old timey look, gives it the appearance that it was taken with film.

Tilt Shift Focus: $0.99

-Focus on one point in an image or one area, and make everything else out of focus.

Shake it Photo: $0.99

– Take it way back with a Polaroid look. Also outlines the image with a white border.

Hipstamatic $1.99

-Makes colors more vibrant. Several different looks of various films.

Mill Colour $ free

-Change images appearance through different preset looks, or create your own.

Collage $0.99

– Create a collage of your favorite images.

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