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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 01:15

House of Blues

Now that we're almost done with February I am definitely getting that itch to hop on a plane and head south. There is only so long that one should go with transparent coloring and I've just about reached my limit! Our Bustin' Out of Those Winter Blues week could not have come at a more perfect time. 

Today we have the very talented interior designer, Miss Sara Lowman to share a few decor ideas to help you get out of that winter funk.




House of Blues

by Sara Lowman

Spring is around the corner, and if you’re like me you might be feeling the need to freshen up your interior with more than just a little spring cleaning. While neutral palettes are tasteful and soothing, we sometimes fall into a trap of playing it a little too safe. For me, blue is a great choice when you’re trying to ease your way into the world of color. If your room is feeling a little blah, try introducing a few colorful accents. Here are a few of my favorites:

I love this toile flatware from Nina Campbell. Paired with some simple white plates, they’ll add just the right touch of whimsy.




Textiles are also a great way to introduce blue into your décor. Pillows and blankets are small purchases that don’t require too much commitment. I’m obsessed with the indigo fabrics from Les Indiennes, and their pillow covers are ready-made and available for purchase from their online store!


Is your kitchen feeling a little bland? Backsplashes are great opportunities to add some color and pattern without overdoing it. I fell in love with the tile in this kitchen by Tom Scheerer.


Blue rugs also make beautiful accent pieces, and they’re a great way to start building a scheme for a room. Madeline Weinrib has a great selection of boldly colored graphic rugs. The Blue Mandala shown here adds just the right pop of color to bring this room to life.

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Use blue as an element of surprise. The interior of this desk is a gorgeous distressed blue.


In much the same way, color helps enhance visual interest on the back wall of cabinets or bookshelves. The aqua background in the cabinet below draws your focus to the beautiful collection inside.


Feeling emboldened? Here are some beautiful rooms to inspire you to dive in.

This high-gloss dark blue room has chic written all over it.


More of a Romantic? Tom Scheerer does it again with this rustic light blue room.


Who said blue was for boys? Blue can create a serene and elegant room for even the most ladylike gals.


From paint to pillows, blue packs a powerful punch to bring your interiors to life. Hopefully, the images here inspire you to find a little blue in you! Good luck!

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 17:18

Announcing Our Mane Message GIVEAWAY winner!

A big congrats to Marie who had this to say about her favorite Mane Message hair tie:

"The Equinox Tie Dye Hair Tie/Bohemian Chic Bracelets Package is adorable- just like the laid back chick who wears them! They remind me of a day at the beach margarita in hand :)"

You have won our giveway!! (Shoot us an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to claim your prize.)Thanks to everyone who commented! Stay tuned for more fun giveaways. And a big thanks to Olivia from Mane Message




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Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:20

Announcing Our Mane Message GIVEAWAY!

Remember our Friday Feature with Olivia Hayward of Mane Message?! Well its time for our Mane Message Giveaway! 


Go HERE and leave a comment telling us which one of these three adorable Mane Message products is your favorite! Winner will be announced next Tuesday (11/22)!  

1. Equinox Tie Dye Hair Tie/Bohemian Chic Bracelets Package


2. Emerald Green and Ruby Red Hair Tie/Bracelet with Rhinestone


3. The Iridescent Tie Dye Hair Tie/Bracelet Package



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Thursday, 10 November 2011 23:51

Weekly Roundup!

Hello everyone!

The cold weather is in full swing and it means one positive thing, at least for me, the holidays are approaching! I can't tell you how excited I am for all the gatherings, cooking, and crafting I'll be up to the next few weeks.  There are so many interesting ideas out there for the winter season that will brighten your days if you're willing to give them a try. This week we've played with textiles so we have a bit of that instore for you all as well as some great crafts.  Of course we also have some delicious and unique cooking recipes that will be sure to be a hit with your holiday guests.  Take some time this weekend to get in the spirit for the holidays and prepare ahead of time to reduce the stress.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

44 days until Christmas and 13 days until Thanksgiving! But whose counting??


Mary Clare


This week we posted:

Monday Morning Musings: Cold Weather, Tasty Recipes

There are so many yummy ideas on here! You NEED to take a look at those Smoretini Shooters and the Chicken Enchilada soup. 



Textile Week:Knitting Projects Galore

For anyone who loves to knit there are some beautiful projects on here. I really love the Giant Knit Cowl and the Rag Bath Mat.  Give them a try!


Textile Week: Cozy Up the Cold with Fall Textiles

There are so many inspiring examples to decorate or change up your room! Check out the different ways in this piece!



A Shopping Experience Just for the Girls

Check out Stephania's piece about great shopping! Talking about all the fabulous New Orleans shopping makes me wish I was going with her!



Mulled Wine, Mustache Cupcakes, and a Thai Food Craving

Colleen's weekly acupunture inspired a great Thai meal, mustache cupcakes, and some mulled wine.  Check it out!



This week they posted:

Knitting Tutorials

Unfortunately I cannot knit well and I really love what I saw this week on our site! So for anyone who is in my position here are some great tutorials to help you get started. Woolly Wormhead was an easy site to use to take some time on learning how to knit!



Clementine Candle

When I saw this I knew it was something that I wanted to make.  I absolutely love the smell of clementines and what better way to really enjoy that fresh scent than from a true clementine? Don't be scared to try this piece out. It could be really great as part of decorations or a center piece for Thanksgiving! Apartment Therapy always has wonderful ideas on their site!




Double Strang Lace Headband

If you're at the store checking out other textiles why not pick up some lace and create a cute and personalized headband that only takes a short time to create!



Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

If this doesn't catch your eye then I don't know what quite will! This looks beyond amazing and I cannot wait to make this for a movie night with my girl friends this weekend! What's Megan's Making really blew my mind with this creation!


Fresh from the Garden, Fresh Omelette Cups

Three kids and us introduced us to these delicious treats that are perfect for entertaining! Your guests we'll love the creativity as much as they love the taste of these tasty morning treats! 


Tis the Season For Holiday Drinks

Who doesn't love new and fun drinks to spice up the holiday season! Check out what Divine Caroline has to offer with their exciting drinks this season!


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Monday, 18 July 2011 10:00

A Special Class Promotion with Workroom Social

Earlier today we got to know Jennifer Wiese of Workroom Social.  Jennifer makes super cute hand-painted fabrics and teaches totally rad sewing classes.  Make sure to jennifer_wieseIMG_1758enter to win two drawstring bags here.  

Jennifer is also offering an exclusive discount on her sewing classes for THURSDAYS readers! 


To redeem a free class enrollment for a friend, the purchaser must buy the class before July 31, 2011 and contact Workroom Social directly before August 3, 2011. The purchaser must email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with THURSDAYS PROMOTION in the subject line. The email must list the following information:

Purchaser's Name
Class Name
Class Date/Time
Friend's Name
Friend's Email Address

Buy one class, bring a friend for free. Friend must attend the same class as the purchaser. Both the purchaser and friend must purchase necessary supplies. Friend must purchase any supplies that are usually paid for in the class fee (this is for Learn to Screen Print - Tea Towels and Learn to Sew - Throw Pillows).
Go here to see the full list of classes! 



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