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color pops | water color blooms with ProFlowers

*Disclaimer: I was approached by ProFlowers to give my opinion on floral trends. No compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

It’s spring time now and that means it’s time to bring on the bright colors! Today, I’m pleased to be sharing my favorite floral trend for 2014 and this month’s Color Pops board inspired by my choice!

Last month, ProFlowers contacted me for my opinion on this year’s best floral trends. I was super excited about it because I love fresh flowers. Even though most plants would run away from me if they could, fresh cut flowers are one of my favorite ways to liven up any room. It’s an instant boost.

Of course, ProFlowers didn’t make it easy to choose with their beautifully crafted inspiration boards, but after a few minutes, I knew which one was my favorite:

color pops | water color blooms with ProFlowers

All those dreamy shades of blue of course! Ahh! It’s relaxing and inspiring and beautiful all at the same time. So, in addition to fresh blooms, how else can you embrace this vibe and bring it into your home? Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

color pops | water color blooms with ProFlowers

1. Mint Shower Curtain | Nate Berkus for Target 2. Whirly Hanging Candle holder | CB2 3. Square Aqua Hi-Gloss Frame | CB2 4. Moby Measuring Cups | Anthropologie 5. Dip-Dyed Pillows | Anthropologie 6. Wide Stripe Flat Weave Rug in Spa Green | Shades of Light

I’m seriously in love with everything on this board! Especially that dip-dyed pillow! We actually have a few of those whirly candle holders from CB2 and they are so fun. Plus, they would really come in handy for lighting citronella candles outdoors this spring!

Which floral trend is your favorite? Want more floral inspiration? You’ll find plenty on the ProFlowers blog… seriously, go now!

Ikea Desk-Side Organiztion

Good morning gang! Happy Tuesday. Who’s ready to return to the regularly scheduled programming around here?! I know I am. March was such a crazy month so I’m glad to be getting a fresh start today. Let’s hop in!

I’m just going to go ahead and assume that everyone is like this (to make myself feel better), but my workspace is often a disaster zone. Papers strewn everywhere, “in progress” crafts cluttering up the coffee table… I can openly admit, when I’m in a blogging frenzy, the living room turns into a mad house. What I really needed was a desk-side companion to help me contain the crazy and I found the perfect thing.Ikea Raskog Desk Cart

I feel like I’ve been seeing this Ikea Raskog cart everywhere lately! When I saw it in the catalog a few months ago, I knew it’d be perfect. It is exactly the height of my desk, easy to transport, and it looks dang cute too. It definitely holds it’s own against my hot pink desk.

Ikea Raskog Desk Cart

Plus, with three separate shelves, it’s easy to keep organized. Up on top, I keep my favorite books, my iPad, and “In Progress” paper items that still need attention. Ikea Raskog Desk Cart

On the second shelf, I keep my camera bag and label maker. I don’t think I’ve even mentioned yet that I bought a DSLR camera! That was before Christmas! Phew, I’m off my game. I just enrolled in the Shoot Fly Shoot camera course so, I’m finally learning how to use it properly. Working on getting one more thing crossed off the ol’ Life List.Ikea Raskog Desk Cart

On the bottom shelf I keep current projects. Right now, it’s a bunch of washed and ironed fabric ready to be made into pillow cases. It’s on the to-do list!

How do you keep your work space organized? I’d love to see your methods… and maybe steal one or two!

Mad Props | No. 4

One of the things I love the most about the blogging community is the kindness and appreciation shared between blogs both big and small. We’ve got a great community to be inspired by. I wanted to make sure to recognize some of the bloggers who work so hard to create beautiful content with a monthly “mad props” post. The title is silly, the intention is warm and fuzzy. Enjoy some of my favorite posts and projects from the blog-o-sphere this month.Mad Props | No. 4

  1. Beauty Taboos: Effed if You Do, Effed if You Don’t | A Practical Wedding. I love this open thread from APW. And since we just talked about my own minimalist-lite makeup and beauty routines, I thought it would be perfect timing to share it!
  2. DIY Mini Heart Shaped Hand Warmers | Haberdashery Fun. How cute are these? It’s actually warming up a bit here in Texas, but these are totally on the list for my Noob Sewing Series!
  3. Awesome Wallpaper | CB2. Oh yes, wallpaper has officially come back! CB2 has some awesome updated patterns and they even have a few that are removable! Perfect for us apartment dwellers.
  4. Journey to Financial Independence | Involving Home. I can. not. wait. for this awesome series coming from my lovely friend, Jena! Josh and I have been painstakingly working on paying off our debt since graduation, and we’re finally making progress. I’m excited to here about other people working towards the same goal!

What projects and blogs are you loving right now?!

our home | 2014 video tour

Happy Monday gang! It’s been a while since we’ve done a video tour of our apartment, 816, so I thought today I’d show you around.  It’s been (mostly) decided that Josh and I will stay in Dallas for at least one more school year which means one more year in this apartment. It’ll make 816 our longest lived residence, so far. With the decorating restrictions that come with apartment living, I thought a third year would drive me nuts. “What the heck should I do now?” But I’ve made an attack plan for the remainder of our time here to keep things fresh including our minimalist-lite series and updating a lot of our college-day purchases (like the dining table we just replaced!) There’s still plenty to be done!

So, here’s our apartment as it looked this January 2014.

And in case your wondering, here’s what’s on the agenda for the rest of our time here:

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window shopping | IKEA adventures

Good morning, Monday! I hope you all had a fun weekend. I know I certainly did. Every few months or so my lovely blog friend Savannah and I like to troll IKEA. You know, just to look at the pretty things, and maybe… just maybe make a purchase or two. So, I thought it’d be fun for you to have a glimpse into our IKEA adventures with some window shopping!

We got there early, before the showroom was even open. They had it roped off like we were at some VIP event. The guy guarding the entrance looked totally indifferent, like this is the worst part of his day, having to stand between crazy IKEA fanatics and their mother land. I tried to get a rousing round of applause going for him as the rope came down, but no one was really having it. 2014-01-18 IKEA Adventures-3First on the agenda, documentation that a blogger date was in progress. IE: photos in a mirror.2014-01-18 IKEA Adventures-1Both Savannah and I are in the “apartment limbo” where the things we covet won’t really fit into our spaces. Like this amazing rug (LAPPLJUNG RUTA) which is huge but only 99 clams. One day, I’ll have it. Maybe. It looks crazy graphic and punchy, but with furniture and accessories layered over it, it would be the perfect accent in a living room.

window shopping | IKEA adventures

I snagged a yard of this gorgeous, water color-esque fabric (STOCKHOLM) for a project I’m sharing later this week. The best way to test a fabric’s quality? Posing with it. This is just science, people.2014-01-18 IKEA Adventures-2

I was also really digging this lamp. The black on black is sleek, right? Plus, the sparse wire base really appeals to my current raging minimalist side. I wasn’t able to find this one on the IKEA site, but I do love it so. Plus, it is only $25.00. Shade included.

2014-01-18 IKEA Adventures-4One more instagram-worthy shot to wrap up the trip. According to Savannah, if it’s not online somewhere, it never even happened at all!

I did get a few things while there, which I’ll be sharing soon. I’ve got to give Savannah major props for walking out with only a set of salt and pepper shakers. I’m pretty sure that’s unheard of. We also have a blast hanging out and I always feel so lucky to have a blogging friend close by. We ended up meeting through such weird circumstances, that it totally feels like our friendship was fate! Cheesy-outro.

What did you do this weekend? Any fun shopping or DIY-ing? Share below!