10 Cheeky Home Accents You Need Like, Right Now (Part II)

Studies show that Retail Therapy is the #1 cure to being a miserable cow.  It’s also proven to make you feel better, smile bigger, and well, just make you happy damnit.  Unfortunately insurance companies don’t cover it quite yet.  BUT I’ve already purchased a bunch from my previous post, 10 Items On My Wish List That Will Totally Lighten Up Your Home. Well, Not Literally.  And well, I feel great.  So the wish list shall continue.

Cheeky home accessories make you smile, make your guests smile, and well, they’re just awesome.  Here we go:

1.  Doormat

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Because we all need one, and this one couldn’t be closer to the truth in my mind.  Coming over unannounced?  No, thank you.  You can buy this doormat by Fox and Clover Boutique  HERE.

2.  Apron

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I could be serious, I could be kidding.  You will never know.  You can buy this at Sarcastic Me HERE.

3.  Hammer

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For your nails damnit.  Get your mind out of the gutter.  I use my hammer A LOT, and well, this one would make me even happier.  You can buy this at Our Board Boutique HERE.

4.  Decorative Pillow

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I don’t know about you, but my children are monsters. RELAX, they can’t read.  And my guests really do need a fair warning.  You can buy this beauty at Flying Turkey HERE.

5.  Bathroom sign

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Forgot your phone?  Don’t worry boo, I got you covered.  And I already ordered this sucker, so if you come visit my home, you’re in luck my friend.  You can buy this from Corner Avenue HERE.

6.  Coasters

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Because your table is precious, and so are your ears.  You can buy these coasters from Pearl Girl Boutique KS HERE.

7.  Book Set

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I don’t know about you, but I’m super gangster.  I’m also pretty sure that was the first time in history that anyone ever said “super” before the word gangster.  Either way, I digress. OK, so I. Fell. In. Love. With. This. Shop.  And if you’re a Chanel fan, they have a ton of cute sets at their shop with her quotes on the book.  You can buy the set above HERE.   But seriously check out their entire shop at Shut The Front Door LLC, HERE.  I mean, even the name is cute.

8.  No Soliciting Sign

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This practically goes with the doormat listed at #1.  And not only is it funny, but it’s super cute.  I love the farmhouse style.  You can buy this sucker at Freckled Flamingo Co HERE.

9.  Key Dish

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I mean, c’mon you need this.  Go buy it now at Block Paper Scissors HERE.

10.  Bathroom Candle

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Look, I don’t know your life or your friends.  But, seriously, this will keep you out of jail.  You can buy this at Subversive Housewife HERE.

Alright guys, go do some retail therapy, it’s good for your soul.  And, no, I was not paid to share these awesome necessities.  HOOK. ME. UP.

Love,

Deema

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3 Simple Hacks To Hide Cords and Media Equipment

You know how sometimes you listen to sad music in your car to really get in the mood?  Except you’re at a stoplight thinking about the cords in your living room, and how they made you really sad this morning while you had your morning coffee and then you hear a loud honking noise and you’re like “OMG lady it’s only been 2 minutes!” And then you drive off, turn up the music and wipe the tears off your face?  Hypothetically speaking, I’m not crazy guys.

So it’s been a month since I started sharing ideas in this space.  And the most popular post has definitely been the 3 Simple Hacks For A Prettier Home.  And I thought since many of you are clearly on the same spectrum of psycho that I am, then you probably have nightmares about cords too, right?  Great, so here we go, 3 simple hacks to hide those hideous cords and media equipment in your home.

1.  Electronics Hider

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Ok, so I get that most TV stands have a cabinet to put this in and close the door.  And, yes, I have that in my living room.  However, I’m assuming many of you have TV’s that are not in your living room?  This DVR and Roku equipment has been sitting on the dresser in my bedroom taunting me for months.  It was a huge eye sore, and I hated it.  Luckily Covogoods on Etsy sells these custom electronics hider.

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So it’s basically a bunch of books that are carved out to cover your equipment.  It’s open from the side and from the back.

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And it folds into your equipment like this.

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Tada!  Yes, folks, all that stuff went inside.  The back and side are open.  Scroll down to #2 to see how I hid all the cords.

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This shop is super responsive, and you get to pick the colors and sizes of the books.  Check it out HERE, it’s amazing.  And no, I did not get paid to share that.  One other thing, you can place this vertically to cover those hideous wireless routers you may have exposed in your home for the internet.  I’m pretty sure that’s why the sides are exposed, I have mine placed horizontally.

2.  Zip Ties + Decorative Accessories

So we have a ton of cords from the DVR, to the router, to the Roku, and God knows what else.  How do we organize all that?  Super cheap zip ties folks.

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There would have been no way to hide all these cords if they weren’t bunched together.  You can get these zip ties HERE.  Top off the books with a clock, an extra book I had at home (because it wasn’t quite high enough), and bam, no more cords.

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Now in the picture below, I also had three different cords that I zip tied together.

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Then I placed a large stack of books, and topped it with a super cute set of iron glasses from Pottery Barn to hide it below.

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3.  Be creative w/ furniture or home accents

Lastly, sometimes you need something a little bit more dramatic than some simple zip ties and tiny accents.

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Every single night we sat down to watch TV, I would complain to my husband about these hideous cords.  I zip tied them, started to color one white to blend with the wall (yes, I know), and I was still super annoyed.  Like daydreaming at a stoplight annoyed.  So I did what any other normal person would do, I went to HomeGoods for some inspiration.

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At first I went in looking for a trunk or a bench, but I have one on the other side of my TV stand and I felt like that would be too much.  Then I passed by the basket section and a light bulb went off.  I grabbed some decorative pillows, got a super cute shawl, and called it a day.  No. More. Cords.  I was happy people.

In sum?  Buy some zip ties, cover that stuff up with some cute decor or furniture, and if you don’t have a media stand, buy that super cute electronics hider for your router or DVR equipment  And trust me, ignore the lady honking behind you, sometimes we all just need a minute, or two.

Love,
Deema

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A Home Without Trays Is Like A Picture Without A Frame.

You know how when you’re at HomeGoods and you see something you LOVE in someone else’s cart and so you quickly grab it and put it in your cart while the person is in the other aisle but then they walk back and notice it is gone and you’re like “OMG Susan what kind of monster would do that?” and then you walk away slowly like an evil troll?  I did that today.  Don’t even judge me, it was a super cute tray that I had to have.

So, I LOVE trays.  And I know you’re probably thinking those are for eating breakfast in bed, serving guests at parties, or for when you ask your 6-year old to bring you over a glass of wine from the kitchen.  And yes, they are for all those things.  BUT, guys, they are also great for decorating and making things look more organized.  Think of trays like a frame, not for a picture, but for the things in your home you’d like to highlight. I have a feeling you will never look at the stuff in your home the same again.

Ok let me show you what I’m talking about.

1. Tray I stole from Susan

Look at these random objects I bought without the tray.   They don’t even look cute.  They look totally random and messy.

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Now look at them with the tray.  Guys, they are literally the EXACT same set up.  Now they look totally organized, meant for each other, and well, super cute.  You’re judging me a little less for taking this from Susan right now aren’t you?

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2.  Organize books

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Ok so I got this at Target, and I thought it would be perfect for coffee table books.  Except we don’t have a coffee table because my kids like to run around, and well they rule our household.  But look how cute these books look in this tray.

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So instead of a coffee table, we have a side table.  Look at the before and after picture of the books on the shelf before the tray.

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Looks a lot more organized and put together in the picture below, right?

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3.  Trays look GREAT in bathrooms

Again, before the tray they look super random and unorganized.

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With the tray, they look organized and put together.  Just like adding a “frame” to all your stuff.

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Before…

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After…

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4.  Your desk needs a tray

Before..

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After..

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Ok guys, you get the point.  I don’t think you need to see every tray in my house. But I really do hope you buy some trays, because they can be super cheap (all mine pictured were under $15), and they make a world of a difference.  Oh and if any of you spot a nice bar cart tray, send it over.  I’m totally in the market for one.  Now go “frame” your home.

Love,

Deema

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Towels You Will LOVE.

I have a feeling that before you read this today, there’s a chance you didn’t think twice about the towels in your home.  Well, thank God I’m always here to add one other thing for you to stress about, right?  Guys, towels need to be cute.  They can’t just hang there in your bathroom like an eye sore.  Ok, yes they have a function.  But they’re also a great decorative accessory to your bathroom.  They should typically be the same color scheme as the other towels, and they should match everything else in your bathroom.  And for the love of God, unless you’re a starving college student, they should not have holes or bleach marks on them.  You. Know. Who. You. Are.

I don’t know about you, but the towels in my home have been outdated for awhile now.  And while I always buy towels of the same color, over the years the shades are all different now.   So what did I do?  What any other normal person would do, I had tunnel vision and I scrolled the internet obsessively until I found the towels that I loved.  And find something I did.  It was love at first sight.  On Instagram, that is.

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So I’ve heard of Turkish towels before, but I’ve heard they’re kinda hit or miss.  BUT, I love these towels.  I bought these by Bosphorus on Amazon in grey, and I’m going to tell you WHY I’m obsessed.

1. GORGEOUS 

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Ok, seriously, these are absolute eye candy.  They’re beautiful, they’re elegant, and they actually look like a throw blanket.  They look straight out of a magazine, and well, THEY. MAKE. ME. HAPPY.

2. Functionality 

Ok, so they’re super thin.  I mean, really thin. BUT, they dry really well.  They actually dry better than my other towels.  I have to admit, it felt weird wrapping myself in a paper thin towel the first time, but it really did dry super fast.

3.  Space saver

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So these come in a pack of 4, and when they first arrived in the mail, I was really confused why the box was small.  But, they were all there.  And you know what that means?  It saves a ton of space in your home, AND if you’re traveling.  I read in the reviews that a ton of people take these to the beach.  And as a family of four, 4 thick regular towels take up a TON of space.

And BONUS!  How annoying is it when you have to cram all those thick towels in your washer, sometimes in two loads?  Ya, no these fit easily with plenty of room to spare.

4.  Time Saver

Yes people, they dry super fast.  I put these suckers in the dryer and it was dry in minutes.  That’s less time waiting, and more time for everything else.  Like watching the Real Housewives, or shopping for more towels.

5.  Kid Approved

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Because I’m sure that my kids approval is what’s going to tip your opinion over the edge.  But, they really did love these.

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Ok, now go obsess over the towels in your home.  Whether it’s these towels, or other acceptable towels.  And if yours are already beautiful, then congratulations.  And no, I didn’t get paid to review these.  I really wish I did though, someone call me.

Love,

Deema

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Rainbow “Ice Cream” Cones For Pride Month

Ok, so it’s Pride Month guys.  And, besides it being the month where my favorite parades take place, it’s also a month where the LGBTQ community celebrates the freedom to be themselves.  And as a mother of two little humans, I don’t miss an opportunity to Celebrate. Literally. Everything.  Plus, how cute does she look in that outfit, I mean come on.

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So we generally get dressed up from head to toe and go to the Pride Parade in West Hollywood, however, this year we unfortunately missed it.  So what did we do?  Rainbow “ice cream” cones.

Ok so here’s what you’re going to need:

  1. Ice cream cones (any size or shape works)
  2. Boxed Cake (Already baked–any flavor)
  3. Icing (any flavor)–Get two icing jugs per boxed cake
  4. Wilton Candy Melts (any colors)
  5. Rainbow sprinkles
  6. Bag of M&M’s

Alright, let’s get this party started.

Step 1:  Crumble

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First thing you need to do is grab that baked cake and put it in a bowl.   Toss it and start to crumble it.  TIP:  If you do it really fast, I think you lose like a lot of calories.  

Step 2: Mix

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Once it’s all crumbled, add the icing.  You can use a spoon like a pampered diva, but you’ll get the job done much faster if you just use your hands.  Mix it all together.

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You’re really going for a doughy-like feel, or your cake is going to taste too dry.  But don’t put too much, or the mold will slip off the cone.

Step 3: Refrigerate 

Throw it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  It needs to get cold.

Step 4: Stuff ’em

Ok, now grab your ice cream cones and the cake/icing mixture.   Scoop that gob of calories out and stuff that ice cream cone like a Turkey on Thanksgiving.  And, seriously, use your hands.  Fill the bottom of the cone first.

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Next, grab more of the mixture and put a half mounted ball on the top.  The idea is that you are mimicking the shape of an actual ice cream cone.

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Step 5: Melt the good stuff

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Put a handful of candy melts in the microwave.  Try it in 20-30 second increments and keep stirring in between.  You don’t want the chocolate to be watery, just a nice thick paste.

Step 6:  Now watch me Dip..

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Now take your ice cream cones, and dip them in the chocolate.  It’s ok to have a little drip, it actually looks more like melted ice cream.  Just be sure to not let it look too sloppy, and let the excess chocolate drip into the bowl before putting it back upright.

**You can pick whatever colors you want for these steps.  I chose white as my base.

Step 7:  Toppings!

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Lastly, to get that real ice cream look, you need to get your “syrup” (Candy Melts),  your “cherry” (M&M), and your rainbow sprinkles.

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First, melt some fun colors.  Then take a spoon and put it on the top of each ice cream cone.   Second, add an M&M right in the center.  And last, top it off with some rainbow sprinkles.   Put that sucker back in the fridge for 5 minutes and they’re ready.

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Alright guys, get your fat pants on.  Hope you try this out yourself, and it’s not a complete disaster.  I have faith in you.

Love,

Deema

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Coffee Table Books make everything pretty: 10 favorites from my home collection

Ok, guys, I LOVE books.  I love the way they look, I love the way they smell, and while I own and love my kindle, I still love the way books feel.  When I was a kid, I was a total bookworm.  Except I never really liked that term at all.  Like, EW. Why did it have to be a worm?  Nobody likes worms, why couldn’t I be a bookswan? Continue reading “Coffee Table Books make everything pretty: 10 favorites from my home collection”

5 Fun (and memorable) Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and that means two of my favorite things:  Cards + Gifts.  YAY.  I love receiving cards, and I love giving cards.  And while, for the most part, everything I write inside them is super mushy and thoughtful, I ONLY buy funny cards.  Why?  Because humor is GOOD. FOR. THE. SOUL. PEOPLE.

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Now a simple google search will pull up a bunch of great websites, but I personally love Etsy.  Check out some of their light-hearted Father’s Day cards HERE.   The link to the card below is HERE, and the one above, is HERE.

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Now, on to the beef.  What to get the old man? I’ve done a post like this for Mother’s Day, and some of those gifts are totally relevant for Father’s Day.  You can check out the full post HERE.  BUT, I’m recycling #2 on that list, because it is still hands down my favorite gift to give ANYONE.  So, here we go, a list of 5 ideas for this Father’s Day 2018:

1. SAPPY BOOK 

I LOVE sentimental gifts.  Last year for my husband’s birthday, I made him a book filled with stories from loved ones.  I reached out to family, friends, and co-workers and asked them to compile favorite stories and memories of him.  I printed and bound it into a book.  I was so excited to give it to him, I couldn’t contain myself.  Ok, I was hoping he would cry, but he didn’t.  You were crying inside, right baby?  But it was probably one of the best gifts I’ve ever given, and one that (HINT HINT), I would love to get myself.

2.  All about my dad (Put those kids to work)

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This is similar to the gift above, but instead it’s usually hilarious and not so sappy.  Why?  Because kids say whatever the heck pops into their head.  No need to go buy a book, a simple google search will give you plenty to work from HERE.  I think it’s fair to say that if they can write, it’s probably not going to be as funny.  If they don’t know how to write, then they’re still at an age where they’re idiots.   Oops, I mean growing.  Also, FYI, this would totally work for Grandpa too.

 3.  Video Compilation

So, I’m a fan of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.  They had an episode where they made this super cool video compilation for their mom.  It was the sweetest, most entertaining thing ever.  SO, I had an idea.

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Make your dad a video compilation.  Make it a mix of both old and new videos/photos of you and him AND video interviews of you and your siblings.  Do a healthy mix of sentimental ones like:

  1. What’s your favorite memory with dad?
  2. Why do you love dad so much?

To better, more fun questions like:

  1. What’s your most embarrassing moment with dad?
  2. What have you gotten away with that dad doesn’t know about?

I think you get the point.  Be creative.  And before you rule this out because you don’t know how to edit, let me just tell you something.  I am so technologically challenged.  However, I did a video compilation last year using iMovie.  It was so easy guys, and I actually had a LOT of fun doing it.

4.  Photo Session w/ Dad

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I don’t know about you, but I have a TON of old photos with my dad.  However, I don’t have any recent ones.  One of the coolest gifts you could give, is the gift of a professional photography session.  And no people, I’m not talking about photo shots in the mall.  Please, no.  Just, EW.   I’m talking about hiring a photographer to take some photos of you (and maybe your siblings) and your dad.  I promise you those pictures are the best you will ever own.  And I’m sure it would really mean a lot to your dad or grandpa.

5. Sibling reenactment photos

Recreated childhood phtoosσ

This. Looks. Like. So. Much. Fun.  And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you are missing out.  Check out the article where this photo originated from HERE.    Also, I’m not so sure you need a professional to take these pictures, but if you do get one for #4 above, please promise me that you add this to the final roll.  If your pops has any sense of humor at all, he will appreciate this.

Ok, Have a Happy Father’s Day folks.  And remember to sign up for email alerts each time I do another post.

Love,

Deema

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3 Simple Hacks For A Prettier Home

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for little things I can do to make my home look just a little bit better.  Luckily I’m the daughter of a mom that is a bundle of OCD.  She’s shared a ton of tips over the years, and while I’m not quite at her level of matching spices and clothes hangers, I may be on my path to getting there.

You want cute optics?  I’m about to blow your mind with three simple hacks that will seriously, I mean seriously, make everything in your home look A LOT better.

1.  Labels

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You want a home that’s easy on the eyes?  Ya, that story doesn’t involve labels. Seriously, they’re ugly, they’re tacky, and they’re usually filled with pointless words, clutter, and unnecessary logos.  And, guys, they are honestly so easy to take off.  And for those that aren’t, please, you are an adult, you should own some Goo Gone.  I’m talking about doing something so simple, and making everything look so much cleaner.  REMOVE. THE. DAMN. LABELS.

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I’ve removed labels off deodorant, hand soap, dish soap, shampoos, and so many other containers and it looks so much cleaner.  It makes your home look like a HOME, and not like a pharmacy.  This is NOT Walgreens folks.

2.  Replacement containers and bottles

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LOOK. AT. THAT. EYE. SORE.  FYI,  I’m the kind of person that will skip out on a bottle of shampoo or lotion if the bottle is ugly.  However, I get that you are probably not on the same spectrum of psycho that I am.  Take my husband for example, he LOVES himself some Nivea.  Guys, Nivea is BLUE.  BLUE!  And, removing a label is just not enough for me.  Looking at that bottle every morning while I brushed my teeth didn’t make me happy.  You know what makes me happy?  This bottle.

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Look how much cleaner it looks in a separate container.  Everything now blends in.  It’s also super cute, and you can reuse it.  I also keep our Q-tips in this glass container.  You can get these anywhere, and they are so cheap.  I got mine at HomeGoods and the jar at Target.  Here’s another example in my mom’s bathroom.

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She has her cotton balls, Q-tips, and medicine in pedestaled apothecary jars.  I love these because they’re practical, organized, and look like decor.  Moral of the story?  If it came in something hideous, you need to put it in something beautiful.

3.  Colors (or not)

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My daughter broke her arm right before she turned two.  I asked if they offered neutral-colored casts, and my husband was mortified.  Get a bright color they said.  She will be happy they said.  I died a little inside that day.

Look, for the record, I love colors.  I’m just VERY particular about the pairings of the colors, and the shades.  Just look at these two sets of cups.  You have a pretty table set for dinner, do you want all these random colors all over the place?  Or a nice clean clear cup for the kiddos?

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And with that said, I’m very conscious of everything I buy.   Also, to avoid eye sores, I try to get all accessories for my home in neutral colors.  Yes, that means I have neutral colors for everything from my kitchen accessories like my dustpan or dish brush, to the toothbrushes in my bathroom, to the plates and cups we eat on, to the reusable grocery bags we use.

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Alright, now roll up your sleeves, grab some Goo Gone, and get to work.  I promise you, you will thank me.  Oh, and  this guy is seriously my spirit animal.

Love,

Deema

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