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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!

State of the Blog

Hello and happy Monday! I wanted to take today and just update y’all on what’s going on here at Two Live Colorfully. If you come around often, you’ve probably noticed a little less action. Well, that’s because Josh and I are figuring out exactly where we want to go in the next few years and how to get there.

state of the blog

First things first, we’re officially staying in Dallas for one more year. We’ve signed another 12 month lease for our current apartment. We are knee deep in “saving for a house” mode, so it made the most sense to stay where we are while we prepare. Honestly, I wasn’t too psyched about this, because I’m worried about running out of projects and ideas to share with you all over the next year here, but when it comes down to it, there is still plenty of work to be done.

We’re still going to be continuing with our minimalist-lite series as well as moving decor around, upgrading a few things, and maybe even trying a few new “apartment friendly” techniques just for fun!

The other thing that has been taking up most of my time is a new resurgence of working out and eating right. It’s not something I’ve ever really talked about here, but I’ve struggled with weight issues for as long as I remember. And, up until now it always felt like I would have time later to sort it out and get healthy. But you know what? That time is now! I’m officially an adult and there is no longer an excuse to be unhealthy. (Not that there ever really was an excuse.) If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that I’ve hired a personal trainer to help me out. I’ve committed to six full months with her. For the past few weeks, this is what has been dominating my extra brain space.

I know Two Live Colorfully has been about home decorating and DIY, but I’d like to bring a bit more of our actual life into this our corner of the internet. I’m not sure of the exact details yet, but I’d really love to share a few health and fitness updates with you. Not to take over the site, but just to share a little more of our colorful life. Nobody has a perfect life, even if that’s all you see on the internet. People have struggles and hard decisions to make and I want to be someone who isn’t afraid to share mine with the chance that it could help someone else.

So, three months into 2014 and this is where we are. Lots of changes happening and lots of things to be excited about. I hope you’ll stick around to see where this goes!

minimalist-lite | resources + inspiration

Hey gang! Sorry for the radio silence early on this week. Honestly, this past weekend, Josh and I spent a whole lot of time having fun and not a whole lot tackling the to-do list. But, you know what? It was the best weekend we’ve had in a while, so it was totally worth it!

But anyways, today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite articles, videos, and resources I’ve come across while starting our Minimalist-Lite series. When I started writing about this lifestyle transition early this year, I wasn’t coming in with a full plan. I’m kind of learning and sharing as I go and I figured other people out there, trying to live better with less, would totally love more inspiration to keep them on the right track.minimalist-lite | resources + inspiration

  1. How to Get Rid of Stuff | Fay Wolf for Apartment Therapy
  2. 12 Things You Probably Own Too Many Of | Apartment Therapy
  3. How to Live on 100 Things or Less Infographic | Yumi Sakugawa for WonderHowTo
  4. I Feel Bad About My Stuff (Getting Rid of Emotional Clutter) | Ladies Home Journal
  5. Living with Less. A lot Less. | Graham Hill for NYTimes.com
  6. The entirety of The Minimalists blog. They are currently on tour promoting their newest book and we’ll be seeing them in Dallas next month! See if they’re coming to your city!!
  7. 9 Ways to Need Less Money | Tiny Buddah
  8. 10 Reasons Our Family Wants to Live with Less Stuff | Live Renewed

Now, these are only my top eight. I’ve got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to more Minimalist-Lite ideas and I’m always looking for others. The more I stay involved in the process and learning new information, the more excited I get about everything!

Do you have any other articles, videos, or challenges to help organize and purge extra stuff? I’d love to know what you’ve found! Share below!

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minimalist-lite | 30-piece wardrobe

We’re still tackling the wardrobe this month to kick off our minimalist-lite series. Last week we tackled jewelry, but now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty: the closet!

When I was putting together my action plan of areas to streamline, I mentioned wanting to try out a 30-piece wardrobe project. I’d originally found this challenge on House For Five and I thought it was such a great concept! For my own challenge, I decided not to include underwear, shoes, pajamas, or tank tops. I wouldn’t actually consider those to be part of my wardrobe and just counting those would push me over 30, then I’d have nothing to wear. If you’re joining me, it’s okay to stick with actual wardrobe pieces (blouses, sweaters, jeans, skirts, dresses, jackets, etc). So, let’s try it out!minimalist-lite | 30-piece wardrobe

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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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