Target Launches Project 62 and It is Amazingtastic

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I’ve recently been obsessed with mid century modern furniture and home decor. To be honest, while I still love the whole Scandinavian minimalist style, I’m finding more and more that when you have kids and pets, you can’t have nice things. Okay, you can have nice things so long as they are functional, hard to break, and easy to clean. I find myself constantly replacing a lot of damaged or dingy things around the house. No bueno. That’s why I’m completely over the moon for this new home decor line from Target. Project 62 is the perfect marriage of form, function, and affordability. Seriously, this line speaks for itself. Check out the pics below and enjoy free shipping on purchases of $35 or more!

Vintage Style 4th of July Barbecue

So I’ve been binge watching the Wonder Years on Netflix and it’s totally gotten me into this nostalgic kinda mood. The show takes place in the late 60s, but somehow manages to make you feel like you’re remembering your own childhood. Anyway, I guess I’m mad impressionable because now I seriously want to host a vintage style get together. With the 4th of July right around the corner, I decided to go with a vintage Americana theme for this year’s barbecue. Thank goodness for Lia Griffith, y’all! She absolutely nailed the vision I had in my head and even has some handy printables and DIY tutorials to make this dream a reality. Check out the pics and get inspired!

How gorgeous is this?!! Every little detail, right down to the matchboxes!Just beautiful. I’m super excited to host this year’s celebration! Check out more of this amazing design here and here. You’ll find links to all of the cool tutorials and printables.

Also, if you’re in need of a perfectly grillable veggie burger recipe to appease your hungry vegetarian friends (note: I am one of your hungry vegetarian friends), check out my favorite recipe here.

Colorful New England Farmhouse

While it’s true that I’m totally in love with Scandinavian interior design, I still have a soft spot in my heart for farmhouse style. I have an even softer spot in my heart for farmhouses that aren’t afraid of going bold with colors. So when I saw this amazing farmhouse featured in House Beautiful, I went absolutely gaga. Feast your eyes on this!

Here’s the skinny on the paint colors used in this beautiful home:

Paint Colors
Kitchen cabinets – Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore
Kitchen walls – Green Ground by Farrow & Ball
Kitchen floor in Carriage Green by Farrow & Ball
Dining room cabinets – Minster Green by Farrow & Ball
Bathroom floor – Tidewater by Sherwin-Williams

Source: House Beautiful

Pure Soap Flakes—Your New (Old School) Secret Weapon to Clean EVERYTHING

When I was a kid, they still sold soap flakes in all the stores. Soap flakes are, well, soap flakes. Dried, 100% pure, vegetable based castile soap with no added preservatives, bleaches, phosphates, or perfumes. If you’re old enough to remember that, you’ll probably remember how amazingly versatile soap flakes were. You could use them to clean everything from delicate wood floors to laundry to newborn babies. They were magical and just like that, they started disappearing from the shelves at the grocery store and were replaced by all kinds of products containing heaps of toxins.

Anyway, I recently got my hands on some soap flakes and I’ve totally been on a cosmetic making rampage! I usually swear by Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps, but some household products I make call for something a little bit thicker. Who doesn’t prefer creamy shampoo or laundry detergent? So I’ve been testing out some recipes for you lot, because of course I have. Not only are soap flakes extremely powerful (just imagine your laundry whites actually staying white), but they’re also gentle enough to use on the most sensitive of skin. This is an all in one kinda deal, folks!

Here are just a few of the many uses for soap flakes:

  • Laundering natural fibers and delicate fabrics including wool, cashmere, silk, linen, flannel, chiffon, cotton, and down.
  • Washing and cleaning children’s toys chemically free.
  • Cleaning precious ceramics, crystal and glassware, fragile china, porcelain and marble
  • Shampooing wool and other fine carpets and rugs.
  • Cleaning musical instruments, wood and metal.
  • Shampooing pets, show dogs and show horses.
  • Use in craft projects such as making frost for holiday trees, rock polishing, making soap crayons, carving soap sculptures.
  • Safely combine soap flakes with other natural cleaning ingredients such as baking soda, borax and washing soda for extra cleaning power.
  • Wash oak, pine, teak, walnut, linoleum and vinyl floors.
  • Wash walls and wallpaper, wood products, fine furniture and priceless antiques.
  • Wash boats, cars, and motorcycles with no harm to the environment.

Basic Laundry Detergent Directions

  1. Dissolve soap flakes thoroughly in hot water and allow to cool to skin temperature before use.
  2. Washing Items by Hand: 2 or 3 tablespoons per gallon of water. Work fabric in soapy mixture and rinse well. Squeeze or pat dry.
  3. Top Loading Washing Machines: 1/2 cup per load.
  4. Front Loading Machines: 2 tablespoons per load. Dissolve flakes in hot water before pouring into machine. Do not use machine’s detergent dispenser.

***Always wash garments according to garment label.

***Also, I like to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the diluted mixture before throwing it in the washer. It smells divine!

Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2017

Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2017— Fixer Upper Friday

There’s no doubt that interior design trends over the past couple of years have been dominated by Scandinavian and minimalist aesthetics. The Scandinavian aesthetic has made grays and whites the go to color for everything from walls to textiles to tableware. While the minimalist aesthetic has favored function over form and furniture choices have definitely reflected that sentiment. Clean lines and hidden storage solutions have certainly been the most popular trends.

2017 is ushering in a thirst for color and texture and the hot new trends will embrace everything from floral prints to rich jewel tones and bold colors. The Scandinavian and minimalist design design trend will still dominate, but the name of the game this year is to incorporate bolder colors and mixed textures, in order to give homes a much more curated look.

If you find yourself cringing at the thought of floral wallpaper plastered on your crisp and clean living room walls, don’t be too alarmed. There are much more subtle ways to stay on trend with this year’s must have textures and colors. Rule of thumb: use small items to add that pop of color or that depth of texture then work your way up!

Textures

Raw, natural materials are set to make a big splash. While 2016 gave us shiny finishes like rose gold and copper, this year we’ll see more terracotta, cork, and even volcanic stone. Also, look out for velvet or floral accents like throw pillows and fabrics. Or take the plunge and try to get a hold of a vintage velvet couch! Thrift store time!!!

Colors

Earthy colors like powdery pink, sand, ochre, cinnamon, rust, and olive green will all make their mark this year. Deep Jewel tones will also appear, adding a romantic touch to interior spaces. Also, look for watercolors and the use of artwork to anchor spaces in unexpected ways like floor coverings.

Images: Dexigner, Interior Design, Vogue, Domain, Amara