Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone! I’ll be signing off here until next week to spend some time with friends and family. I’ll have some fun things to show you after the long weekend! Until then… have a safe, relaxing, fun long weekend! 

When Inspiration Strikes

You never know when inspiration will strike you. And it’s never really practical.

For me, it is usually late at night and I wind up in the backyard spray painting something at 11:00.

Today, it just so happened to be at 6:30 in the morning. That’s a new one.

I remembered that I had a few odds and ends lying around for jewelry making, and thought today would be the day to wear it.

I poured my morning coffee, and got to work.

It wasn’t the most practical moment to start on a project. Sometimes when the inspiration bug bites you, you’ve just gotta go with it.

Live in the moment a little bit today. Let inspiration strike you. Take ten minutes and act on that inspiration.

Those  “striking moments” aren’t all winners and gems (like the night I just had to create my own frappuccino recipe – major fail). They won’t all be great, earth shattering events. But it will change your day a little bit. It will give your day a little spark. Sometimes a little spark is all you need.

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

Get the Look for Less: Lamp Edition

If I had a secret box of cash buried in my backyard (I don’t. Please don’t come dig up the backyard.), I could probably go crazy at Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Crate & Barrel to outfit our home with all of the current looks and trends. Not probably. I totally would. The reality is, we’re making our house a home on a budget. On a little newlywed, Goodwill and spray paint budget. While there are some key items in your home that you should put more of your money towards (the ol’ “you get what you paid for” adage), there are other items that you can find in a much more economical way.

Exhibit A:

1) I spotted this GORGEOUS embroidered lamp shade from Anthropologie on Pinterest, and then continued to die a little bit inside when I saw the price tag ($128). Oh, Anthro. Me being in love with you is kinda like when I was in love with Johnny Depp in his early pirate days. Except I never chose to settle with this Johnny knock-off I found walking the streets of Hollywood.

2) I found this shade, with the same basic idea, from Pottery Barn. At $69-89, it’s still pricey (in my opinion), but it’s a little more budget friendly.

3) This shade comes from Ikea ($14.99-19.99). It has more differences from the “inspiration shade” than the one from Pottery Barn, but it is successful in giving you a more unique vibe than your run of the mill white shade. With the right lamp base, it could be a great way to add color and character.

1) I love this lamp from West Elm. It’s just so lovely, and can fit in with any decor style. I just can’t bring myself to spend $150 on a lamp right now, no matter how beautiful it is. I think my husband will be so happy to read this. :)

2) If you’re going for the clear glass look, Target currently has a great option for $39.99 — and if you stalk their stuff until it goes on clearance like I do, you could score an even better deal. You could definitely take advantage of the open base at the bottom to add extra character. It has a little cloche jar vibe to it.

3) This lamp! Aaron at The Thrifty Abode earned major points in my book with her DIY West Elm lamp knock off that came in at only $18. Not only could you have a great lamp without completely emptying your pockets by DIYing…but you get that great sense of accomplishment and pride that YOU made something beautiful. Does anyone else get a crazy high off of the things you make yourself? Or is that just me?

Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m sure you could totally DIY the embroidered shade look as well. Hmm…I might have just added a project to my ever-growing list.

Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t seem like you can afford the look that you want! You totally can! You just have to put a little more elbow grease into your search or creation, but it’s that much more rewarding.

Have a great day, y’all!