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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

August 11, 2014

Make your dorm room pretty and inviting with these great dorm room pieces, including essentials like twin XL bedding and a coffee maker!

Even though I’m not heading back to school this fall (though I kinda wish I was—I loved college), I still like “window shopping” for school supplies and dorm decor. Maybe it’s because I love stationery and home decor so much! If I were moving into a dorm room this fall, here are a few of my favorite essentials that are both stylish and functional. Perfect for making a stark dorm room feel a bit more homey.

1. Land of Nod modern clip lamp | 2.  Splendid Supply Co. personalized notebook | 3. Plum & Bow Olivia bedding | 4. The Container Store Oskar storage boxes | 5. Poppin orange desk set | 6. Kohl’s polka dot shower caddy | 7. Keurig Mini Plus

Looking for more dorm decor ideas? Head over to my dorm page for some inspiration.

Links to Love

August 8, 2014

Add some color to your weekend and to your home! Learn how to make a gold glitter tabletop, make color blocked rice krispy squares, or download this free printable wall art.

Today I’m grocery shopping, house cleaning, and quiche making in preparation for the baby shower brunch I’m hosting tomorrow for a dear friend. I’ll be sure to share photos with you (and some free printables of all the banners I made) in the coming weeks.

This week there were so many great projects across the web, but here a few of favorites I just had to share.

1. This gold glitter countertop by Making Nice in the Midwest is just so fabulous. Now how do I convince the Mr. that we need a sparkly tabletop?

2. Love color blocking? How about making a batch of color blocked rice treats this weekend! The Sweet Escape shows you how.

3. Who doesn’t love a great free printable? This You + Me downloadable 18″x24″ print  by Oleander + Palm would be the perfect way to start a gallery wall.

I’m also loving:

This gray and white kitchen makeover over on Love Taza.

This hanging bundt cake pan planters by Sugar & Cloth.

These adorable free icons by Little White Whale. I mean, there’s a marshmallow skewer icon!

This gold scalloped tray DIY by Delineate Your Dwelling for Domestic Superhero.

This weekend is the last chance to pick up the OhJoy! party collection at Target. Most of it’s on sale, so if you’ve been eyeing that adorable gold sauce caddy, now’s the time to get it!

DIY Gold Scalloped Umbrella

August 7, 2014

Make rainy season a bit more fun with this cute gold scalloped bubble umbrella. Click through for template.

It’s rainy season here in Florida which means there’s a daily downpour nearly every day around 3 p.m. Lately the storms have been way longer and more frequent so I’ve needed to carry an umbrella with me just about every where I go. After my tiny teal travel umbrella flipped inside out a couple of times I decided it was time for an umbrella update. I’ve always loved the look of bubble umbrellas so I got one and customized it with a little gold adhesive vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo. Because everything looks better with a bit of gold on it, right?

Since I’ve been scallop crazy lately (remember the storage jars and the pencil pouches?) I decided to add a gold scallop trim to a clear bubble umbrella I purchased on Amazon. I just love how it made an already cute bubble umbrella into an oh-so-adorable umbrella!

Want to create your own gold scalloped bubble umbrella?
Download the SVG file here
Download the printable PDF template here (you’ll need to print it on 11″ x 17″ paper)

Use a Silhouette or a Cricut Explore to dress up a clear bubble umbrella. Click through for free templates.

Stand out from the sea of boring black umbrellas with this cute gold scalloped bubble umbrella.

Cute and functional! This simple DIY project transforms a plain bubble umbrella with some adhesive gold vinyl.

Dress: Boden | Shoes: Vionic | Necklace: Bauble Bar | Lipstick: bareMinerals, Never Say Never

Thanks to Silhouette for providing the gold adhesive vinyl to complete this project. And a big thanks to you for supporting the brands that keep my DIYs going!

Need some Silhouette project inspiration? Check out all the other things I’ve made using my Silhouette here.

Mini Sheet Pan Trays

August 6, 2014

Aluminum sheet pans aren't just for baking. Use them as plates at your next picnic!

Over the past year or so I’ve been noticing that more and more restaurants are serving their food on baking sheets. And every time I’m eating at one of those restaurants I always mention to Kevin that I think we should get some to use as food trays. So after spotting them here for less than $3 each I decided to order a bunch! Plus Webstaurant offer bulk discounts so why not get a dozen (or two or three).

The eighth sheet pan size is around 6″ x 10″ and is perfect for serving a burger and fries, appetizers and small bites, or even desserts. And if you’re wanting a bit more room, you can use quarter sheet pans too. Just put a sheet of parchment paper down and you have super easy clean up.

Mini metal sheet pans do double duty. They are perfect for baking individual portions and for serving food on them.

Loving the look of these mini metal sheet pans used as plates. Perfect for a dessert bar!

For less than $3 each these eighth size sheet pans make simple but stylish serving plates.

They’ve also come in handy to actually use as baking sheets when I’ve wanted to cook just a single portion. I really love kitchen items that do double duty. These little trays are now in heavy rotation in our home and I just can’t wait to use them at our next dinner party.

Loving the look of these mini metal sheet pans used as plates. Perfect for a dessert bar!