Loving Now // Statement Tile

We are definitely suckers for a loud statement tile, and it seems like it’s popping up everywhere lately. It’s also a surprisingly versatile (pun non-intended) element to add to your space. While kitchens and bathrooms are the typical rooms you’ll see it in, it can also be seen in entry areas, and even on staircases.

Real ceramic tiles sadly can cost a pretty penny, and for us renters, that really doesn’t make much sense at all. But luckily there are all sorts of reasonable priced options that are easily removable, like here, here, and for something more classic/minimal here.


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Happy Weekend!

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With an unexpected day off on Monday (MLK, Jr. Day), we’re seeing some cooking and cleaning in our future. We’re finally pulling ourselves back together after the whirlwind of the holidays, so this extra day will certainly be helpful! Hope you all have a good one!

cct // Because you know how much we love pizza… 22 Ways to Turn Basically Every Food into Pizza. (also this <3)

rkv // We were feeling on the new Belle & Sebastian in our office yesterday, give it a listen!

cct // Continuing to use your student ID is one of the best things you can do for yourself these days! Di$counts!

rkv // Ok, so I know we’re supposed to be doing that whole “better, healthier me” thing this month and all… but these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are really low in fat! 🙂

cct // I’m all about finding healthy and delicious breakfast these days, and this sounds amazing!

rkv // We’re only like a third of the way through winter, and I’m already getting a little stir crazy, especially with my apartment design — I think I need a bit of a refresh!

cct // I’ve been itching to do a fun and quick(ish) DIY – this, this & this sound fun!

rkv // I’ve been wanting to share a feature of my home with you guys for a while now (though that would involve a bit of a cleaning overhaul…), so I found these tips on shooting interiors very helpful!

Festive Fall Gathering

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Although the temps are in the 30’s, we’re not giving up on Fall quite yet. So gather some friends and have one last festive fall gathering! *Hint, hint — Friendsgiving anyone?

The way to really make this work is to invite a couple friends and have them all bring 1 or 2 easy items like cheese, nuts, fruit, wine, etc., provide them with some cute dishes and you’re good to go! Last month Reg hosted a BYOC party — you guessed it, a “bring your own cheese party.” This was especially adorable due to the cheese labels (see here, here, and here), which help so that you don’t get confused about which kind you’re eating (it happens a lot!). Snack away while chatting, or even watching a show or movie.

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Our little gathering is brought to you by Trader Joe’s and the H&M home goods section… hah, jk — but really, we got most of the delicious treats and pretty glassware from our two favorite spots. We pooled together on some brie, a cheddar-parmesan blend (which, BTW, is heaven on the rosemary-raison crackers), cashews, sparkling cider, and some fresh fruit for a divine feast for fools.

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This turned out to be a delightful way to spend a chilly November Sunday. It isn’t Thanksgiving just yet, so we’re holding out a little longer on cute fall aesthetics.

(Christmas is still pretty damn cute though…)

Loving Now // Wall Paper

We grew up in a time when wall paper was terrible… dated floral and patterned ceiling boarders, but times have changed. We are seeing wall paper being used in all sorts of stylish new ways with exciting new imagery. Check out some of our favorites these days…

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In the bathroom –

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Also, how to make a fabric wallpaper feature wall, how to use wallpaper inside a bookshelf, and how to create the illusion of wallpaper with paint and stencils!

Room Refresh // Eclectic Bedroom

Hey all! In case you weren’t around last month or have forgotten, we started a new series at G&M called Room Refresh, where we took 4 themes (eclectic, minimal, global and masculine) as a basis to refresh your living rooms. Since we enjoyed it so much, we’ve decided to keep the series thriving and apply these themes in your bedrooms!

Behold, the eclectic bedroom! In case you don’t remember the basics to an eclectic room, it pretty much involves bright pops of color & prints, counteracted by neutral backdrops. Christa and I were big fans of watching What Not To Wear back in the day (may it rest in peace), and as Stacey and Clinton once said “it doesn’t have to match, it just has to go!” Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

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If you love the eclectic look like we do and are looking to add a little spice to your boudoir, here are some pieces to rev your engines:

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Bedspread // Yellow Pillow // Brown Pillow // Recycled-Glass Vase // Pendant Lamp // Nightstand // Geo-print Rug 

 

 

DIY Floral Wall Art

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When it comes to DIYs, I like for things to be low cost, and with as few materials as possible. I have roommates, so we go through paper towels and toilette paper like whoa, making it easy to collect a lot of them in no time. This is a perfect project for filling a small space on a wall or adding to a shadow box.

Materials:

– several used paper towel or toilette paper rolls

– your choice of crafting glue, I used Elmer’s

– scissors

– thumb tacks

To make:

01. Placing the paper roll length wise on a flat surface, press firmly so it flattens out.

02. Cut into even strips to create the 3-D petals. The toilette paper rolls should create about 6 petals, while paper towel rolls create about 12.

03. Start arranging! Glue the sides of the petals together to create a flower shape. You can also create an ivy shape by working length wise rather than in a circularly.

04. Play around with the size of the flowers and their arrangement. Allow to fully dry and place the thumb tacks through the center of the flowers to attach to the wall.

All done! Now sit back and admire your [not so hard] work!

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Neutral Kitchens

Pinterest has evoked a new love for us lately, and that’s light and bright kitchens. It’s amazing how much larger and cleaner a space can feel with neutral colored walls.

My current apartment’s kitchen isn’t terribly small, but up until recently, the wall color in there was definitely terrible. The sad dirty yellow had been on those walls for at least ten years, and now that I’ve lived here for two, I was beyond over it. After extensive research, I decided on a “greige“… a blend of a little grey and a little beige. It made an enormous difference, the space feels bigger, brighter, and now I actually want to spend time in there!

The best part about neutral kitchens are that they can come in a variety of colors. You can opt for a bright white to make the light bounce all around, a sophisticated grey, or a nice latte color to warm things up a bit. If you want to get a little more colorful and spunky with it, muted colors work really well also. Think mint or pale pink.

If you’re considering a kitchen overhaul, here are some looks to inspire your redo:

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