Décor

Ghost Garland

I don’t know what’s going on with me, but it’s like I got bit by the Pinterest bug or something – I all of a sudden am fine with the idea of cooking (what??) and I had the extreme urge to craft the other day and make homemade Halloween decorations out of found items.

It was kind of weird.

But, I had to share this random but kind of adorable (to me) thing I did – my little ghost garland!

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So easy, if you are looking for a quick way to get in the Halloween spirit this weekend.

This what I had laying around:

  • a Sharpie
  • a bunch of white gift wrap tissue paper (I feel guilty throwing it away so I save it? #hoarder)
  • a stapler
  • twine (I don’t know why)

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The twine is very fally-y, don’t you think? I think I ordered it on Amazon (still don’t know why) and I think I will also tie it around vases and such to make the place even more fall-like.

So, as you can probably see, the process is pretty simple. I just took a corner of tissue paper, rolled it on itself into a little ball the size of a tiny ghost head, kinda pinched, cut it so it had a little ghost skirt, grabbed the part of the twine I wanted it to hang on, and stapled. Add three sharpied circles, and you’re on to the next. It took me no time, and was a fun activity to do while watching Buffy. How in the Halloween spirit am I?

You can kind of fold and manipulate the tissue paper to hide the staple, or you can just say fuck it it’s a DIY ghost, I don’t care if they see a frickin staple, cuz I’m awesome and made this myself because I have so much Halloween cheer to share.

Look how cute they are!

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Anthony’s mom got us that cute string of jack-o-lantern lights a few years back. :)

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They’re making me pretty happy right now, along with the gingerbread wax melts Anthony’s mom sent us for our good-smelly bathroom light/wax melter thing (making our place smell like fall amazingness), and a centerpiece of orange and yellow roses Anthony brought home from an event he worked at the other night. I shall put twine on it and have the most festive apartment ever!

 

What festive fall things do you got goin on? Any DIYs we can all do while watching tv?

 

 

 

Pillow Upgrade

We’re going through another home improvement fit lately – I feel like it comes in waves. For a while, we’ll be like, “Our house is amazing!” – or we’re just lazy – and nothing new happens for a while. Then all of a sudden we realize we need to do 5 projects like RIGHT NOW and it needs to all be done like YESTERDAY and we can’t stand it.

For example, one day I was SO DONE with my bedroom pillow situation. I got this throw pillow at TJ Maxx just as a placeholder for when I found a pillow that I really liked (but didn’t break the bank). Then I totally forgot about it, and suddenly it was an emergency.

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I just felt like the pattern was a little too Pinteresty for me, and I wanted something a little more grown up and interesting. Then there was the issue of an accent color to add to the navy, white, grey, and mint theme. Emily suggested pale pink, which is a great accent color that I’m into lately – but I just loved the idea of keeping everything in this room cool – it makes me feel so calm for some reason. I know that Emily Henderson says to mix cool and warm colors or whatever, but what can I say, I’m a rebel.

Then there was the issue of how I was going to afford 3 throw pillows – everywhere I looked it was so expensive. I caved and had to have this one – it was love at first sight. Then Emily changed my life and told me about the affordable pillow covers at H&M – her genius idea? Buy the affordable pillow covers from H&M, then go to Ross and find a cheap ugly pillow to stuff it with. So much cheaper, and surprisingly easy!

With that, our bedroom face lift:

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I went with green – I think it complements the mint duvet well but adds some depth – plus I don’t see that deep green very often and I was into doing something different. This color combo makes me feel so relaxed, guys.

What do you think? How do you make your bedroom into a relaxing sanctuary?

(P.S. Yes, I hang my robe on my light. Again – me = rebel.)

 

 

 

Mélange à trois: What do I do with this huge blank wall?

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We have this huge blank wall in our house that we need to decorate. But a big piece of art is super expensive, and I don’t have the time or energy for a big DIY project. What’s an easy decor fix for a big blank space?

 

We had the same issue – one blank wall in our bedroom was keeping it looking bare and not styled, and it was driving me crazy – but we already had a gallery wall on the opposite side of the room, so we needed an all-in-one piece that made a statement, but that we loved.

Here are a few ideas, including what we decided on for our place:

1. Shower curtain art.

I thought this was a really cool idea. It’s not the cheapest, and it does involve some DIYing – but you’ll end up with a really cool conversation piece that looks expensive, big, and unique.

I got the idea from a friend, but a step-by-step guide can be found here. Here’s an example of what it looks like when it’s finished:

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Basically you make a frame and staple gun the shit out of it and voila! You have a cheaper version of a nice big statement art piece.

Here are some awesome shower curtains that I think would be great for an art piece:

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2. Tapestry

I also looked at a ton of tapestries on Etsy that were beautiful – and no DIY skills needed! It gives that same impact without the work.

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And finally, the cheapest option and the one we chose…

 

3. Mirrors

It was so hard to agree on any of the big art pieces, and we knew that if it was going to be that big, we needed to both love it to death. So after so long of not being able to decide, I just started scouring my Pinterest boards and showing Anthony different options. Luckily, we both agreed on the idea in this pin:

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To be honest, I wasn’t particularly stoked – I just wanted it done. But once we got to K-Mart and realized these full-length mirrors were less than $10 each, I was sold. We got three, used velcro hanging strips which was so easy, and we were done.

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Once they were up, we were obsessed. It makes the room feel bigger – but more importantly, it makes it feel so luxurious for some reason! Like a hotel – in a good way.

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Bonus: it reflects light (like the pretty glow from our marquee letters!) and you can watch tv in the reflection.

It looks so much better in person. Want to come over?

 

What favorite projects have you done in your place?

 

{Have a question you want to chew on with us? Email missmelangeblog@gmail.com!}

 

Romantic Marquee Letters

You guys. Who would have thought that my favorite thing about our bedroom would be found at CVS. CVS! In the Christmas decorations aisle! That is there way too soon since it’s the beginning of November!!

We were strolling around, the boyfriend and I, looking for those pine cones they sell during this time of year that smell like happiness, and boom. There they were. Marquee letters, silver, cute – and for only $10 each.

Okay, that might not be a steal, but to me it seemed cheap. And they were right there, for me to take home, all convenient and everything. (Side note – they happened to spell “sack” lined up on the shelf, so Anthony and I got to laugh like 10 year olds and I sent a Snapchat saying “Merry Christmas to you and your sack”). I found some similar ones for around the same price here if you want to join in on the fun.

We grabbed our initials and after some debate, hung them by our bed. They give off the perfect ambient lighting – bright enough to see at night, but nice and romantic for the cozy nights of fall and winter. We have been kind of neglecting our bedroom as far as finally putting the finishing touches on decorating (after a year and a half of living here) – so this was a much needed dose of style for this calm and muted room.

Now, enjoy various pictures of said letters in various lighting situations.

 

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What is your favorite piece of decor from your bedroom?

 

 

 

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