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DIY Painted Vase

My old vase sitting on the island as a catch-all was getting boring and overly stuffed to the brim, so I decided to bring out the leftover paint from my nightstand. This was a quick and easy DIY project and I love the end result! Brings new life to a plain little vase and was completely free- already had the paint, brush and vase on hand. Photos and step by step tutorial below:

Before: 
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Items needed: vase, paint (and stirrer), brush and a surface to work on (I went with a restoration hardware catalog) 
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Start with the vase upside down and paint the top first, then the sides (I did two coats and let each dry in between):
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After the second coat is dry, flip it over:
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Side note: a little trick while you’re waiting for paint to dry: put the brush in a cup filled with water, soap and a splash of nail polish remover:
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The paint comes off with zero effort and the brush is clean in no time! 
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End result! I also painted the inside of the vase with one light coat: 
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This also gave me an excuse to clean up the ridiculous number of items stuffed into the vase:
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Design Crush: Black Matte Appliances

I’ve seen a couple of these floating around the internet lately and had to share. I am officially in love with these black matte appliances. No surprise, from SMEG (a company with an already sleek and stylish line of appliances). The black and gold combo is perfect and so far from the overdone stainless steel craze. The vintage design with modern touches fits with my “dream home” interior design aesthetic.

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Photo credits: SMEG 

DIY Layered Vase

With the a few leftover elements from my DIY terrarium, I wanted to make a simple project to bring a bit more ‘green’ into my apartment. I had this long, thin glass vase sitting unused in a cabinet and decided it would work well. I didn’t have much to go off of, but just decided to start layering the rocks, soil and fake moss and I love how it turned out!

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I found the perfect little spot for it on the cart in my entryway 2014-11-06 19.09.29

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2014-11-06 22.05.17If you’re looking for an easy, cheap DIY project to bring a natural element into your home, I would definitely suggest something like this! Only takes a few minutes, is maintenance-free and looks great in any space.

Design Trend: Roman Shades

Roman Shades are coming back in style and the new trend is more of a streamlined, clean look.It’s a great way to accomplish function and style. I’ve collected a few of my favorite simple striped looks below:

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