Houseplants Go GLAM – Here’s How to Make Regular Plants and Floral Arrangements Look Expensive

Make regular houseplants look instantly expensive and stylish with these easy peasy ideas!

Decorating with houseplants is the perfect way to instantly bring color, and life into your home in minutes! If not done correctly, you can end up with junky looking plants in plastic containers that will completely RUIN your decorating. Making them look instantly chic is simple with these 6 decorator-approved ideas!

Dress up Your Mantel with Palm Leaves

This is a fantastic idea if you already have an existing palm tree around your home, all you need to do is cut off the leaves and place them in a vase! Palm leaves provide a beachy look and a punch of color that lasts MUCH longer than flowers. They also make such an easy mantel centerpiece. Just make sure to keep you vase filled with fresh water!

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Make a Rope Planter Stand

This project will really only cost you a few bucks, all you need is some rope and a old plant container! Hot glue gun the rope all around the container in contrasting colors (depending on the color rope you can buy) and that’s it! Take a look at how stylish it looks, you would never guess an old plastic container is underneath.

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Dessert Style Cactus Arrangement

Every see those tiny cacti in the store and thought, what on earth would I do with that!? You can pant these teeny tiny plants in old tomato soup cans for a cute Mexican dessert arrangement or even as fun gift ideas. Place some gravel or you can even use colored gravel around the cacti to really make them pop. If you can’t find cans with these funky vintage labels, you can always print them out yourself!

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Fill a Glass Vase with Leaves

Turn plain glass vases into instant tropical floral arrangements by wrapping the inside with leaves! Palm, banana, rubber plant leaves, or any leaves that are big enough to cover the inside of the vase work fine. Arrange your floral bouquet on the inside and get ready for a lovely summer vibe! This makes also a wonderful wedding arrangement idea if you are on a budget! For my last get-together while on vacation, I actually rented plants from Gaddy’s Indoor Plants which was hassle free, and I just returned them when everything was over!

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Place Branches in a Chinoiserie Vase!

Blue and white chinoiserie vases have always and WILL always be in style, so consider this an investment that will look great for the rest of your lifetime. There are actually tons of people that collect these gorgeous vases. All you need to do is collect a few pretty brances that are in blooms (you can also purchase artificial) and place them in a big chinoiserie vase. Scatter around a few smaller matching vases to make a nice centerpiece that looks so HIGH style.

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DIY Gold Dipped Vase

Give a plain glass vase a complete makeover with plain gold spray paint! Just tape off the lower half of your vase and spray paint the bottom. Voila, a complete new look that will make your bouquet look so much better!

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Spotlight On: Vintage Adirondack – A New Shop for Antiques, Rustic furniture, cabin decor, and more!

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I’m so glad to be partnering with a fabulous online antique shop that just opened called Vintage Adirondack, a growing source for rustic furniture, cabin decor, and lakeside living. I LOVE encouraging new emerging businesses and since being obsessed with rustic, cabin-like decor in the last little while, I was super glad to be able to feature them!

Vintage Adirondack is a small family owned business that basically sells what they truly love and collect along their journey of living on the lake. The owners realized their love for this unique décor after buying a cabin on a small lake as a summer home. The cabin is Adirondack style and they search antique shops, and garage sales looking for primitive, rustic, one-of-a-kind finds!

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Having grown up myself in a BIG city and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the busy urban lifestyle, it is especially important to find ways to wind down and enjoy the little things! Even though I may not have a little cabin on the lake, just including a few vintage finds in my home helps tone down things a LOT and completely change the mood of my home.

Distressed wooden furniture, mismatching patterns like floral and plaid, as well as including natural elements like stone, hides, and antlers are some of my favorite ways to bring the outdoors and wildlife in!

2 vintage adirondack antiques lakehouse decorative items furniture hudsons bay blanket throw snow shoes rustic décor lake house log cabin decor camp finds kilim rugcottage signs goose antler lamp hand carved indians deer hideHere’s the perfect example how you can incorporate lakeside living with modern decor. This lovely home is situated in Upper Saranac Lake, NY.

Here are few things that I really liked from their store that caught my eye, the deer antler table lamp stole the show for me! How neat is that? Take a look:

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Lake house décor includes a lot of weatherworn, and aged furniture that looks like it has been through a lot but still manages to look amazing – it’s part of the whole look! Try to focus on finding things that already look old, and have a charming appeal like a big wooden dining table with nicks, dents, and scratches. Also use distressed wood flooring without a shine or stain and layer on rugs made from natural fibers like sisal or wool.

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Visit Vintage Adirondack here to check out what’s in store!

KEEP CHECKING BACK – new things are always popping up!

 

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House of DVF – A SNEAK PEAK Tour of Diane Von Furstenberg’s Stunning Home!

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If you’ve watched Diane Von Furstenberg’s show: House of DVF, you’ve probably noticed her striking penthouse and very tasteful sense of interior design. The punchy colors, bold prints, and striking accents are all a reflection of her quirky personality and original sense of style. I couldn’t help but hunt down a home tour of her remarkable home just so I can see how she managed to put everything together looking so flawless!

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Don’t get me wrong, not everything in her home seems to match and most of the time she breaks a lot of design rules! Everything just seems to “work” in the end and looks super uplifting and lively, it just makes you want to spend all day there! Who wouldn’t like bubble gum pink walls, a couch in the shape of lips, and lots and lots of animal prints! Remember hearing “don’t mix and match animal prints”? Take cue from the queen of style and you too can make zebra and leopard look AMAZING!

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Take a sneak peak into her penthouse in New York which was featured on her show, as well as her apartment in Paris that she completely designed from scratch – there were originally no doors, no plumbing, and was home to pigeons!

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DVF’s Paris Apartment:

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TRENDING: We’ve found it – The Best Four Poster Beds from Turnpost!!

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Want to sleep like royalty? You really won’t get it any other way than with a four poster bed and a super soft comfy mattress from Turnpost! Today we’ve got our eye on this superior manufacturer of luxury beds and furniture made by skilled craftsmen BY HAND from solid ASH wood.

The company was launched by Vanessa Rhodes Interiors and strives for the BEST quality. We are talking beautiful finishes that enhance the textures and wood grain, as well as using the finest British made wools and materials. Here is a shot of their craftsmen at work, I truly appreciate them keeping to traditions and striving to produce furniture that is actually QUALITY and built to last:

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Four poster or canopy beds go far back all the way to the 16th century where they were used to fend off bugs, keep warmth, as well as create privacy. Heavy drapery and curtains in the winter time were a must, while lighter, sheer fabrics were used or taken off in the summer months.

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Today, the canopy and four poster bed trend continues and it’s stronger than ever! If you have ever dreamed of having a heavenly nights sleep, I guarantee you that a canopy bed is the way to go! Architectural digest is FLOODED with these kinds of beds.

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Here is a little sneak peak to some of the beds available at Turnpost. The KINGSTON bed is by far my favorite one because of the rich solid ash wood that is super strong and all handcrafted in England. It can really match any type of decor you may already have since it has a simple, yet elegant design that goes well with anything.

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Aside from beds and mattresses Turnpost has a nice selection of lighting, most of them made from modern cut crystals. The selection of chandeliers is quite stunning, as well as the crystal bed-side table lamps.

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They also carry rugs, accent furniture, pillows, and throws! What I love about Turnpost is their simple design that makes it super easy to blend in with just about any kind of decorating style wether it’s modern, eclectic, traditional, rustic, or even farmhouse style! So what are you waiting for?

Check out their wide range of beds and other furniture here!

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