Hang Your Own Gallery Wall: Part II

Happy Hump Day, everyone! Today, I wanted to provide you all with a little midweek Interior Inspiration, so I'm sharing another one of my favorite topics: The Gallery Wall. You may remember I shared my process for creating the Gallery Wall in my living room previously (which you can check out here) but today I'll be sharing some new tips from the one I recently hung in my bedroom. Check it out.

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Ain't she a beaut? (No, not the dog, though she took residence while I was shooting this, and who am I to deny a face like that?) I'm even more pleased with this one than I am with the one in my living room (if that's possible!) Like any artistic endeavor, there are no real rules here, I just wanted to share a couple tips to help make your Gallery Wall as good as can be.

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First, make sure to choose a color palette - it can be as many or as few as you like. I personally always keep mine on the smaller side, but do you, boo. I wanted a bit more color in my bedroom than the living area, so I incorporated a couple bluer tones in addition to the neutrals. Second, remember a variety of textures, shapes and sizes are everything. Think outside the frame! Use small objects, polaroids, postcards - even something unexpected, like my little bottle and flower.

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And as always, remember to make it personal. You want it to feel like yours, so find or make pieces of your own that feel special to you. Don't have any ideas on where to start? Check out this Easy Printed Canvas DIY I did here - the pair of them ended up on my wall, and I'm so pleased with their look!

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Final note- is having too many Gallery Walls in your home a thing? Is it wrong to love them so? If it is, then I sure don't want to be right. Who's with me?

Life Hack: Clear Nail Polish

Are you ready to have your mind blown? It's Tuesday morning and I know I could use a little post-weekend help, so I'm sharing a life hack with you that I recently discovered. Presenting, the virtues of clear nail polish (You know the kind they always want to put on you after you get a manicure and you not-so-reluctantly oblige? No? Just me?)

You see over the holiday weekend, in a flurry of excitement - drinking, cooking, cleaning, drinking, entertaining, drinking - I noticed a button was beginning to come loose from my beautifully starched oxford shirt. Not having the time to sew it back on myself (a skill that I advocate all human beings possess) I used just the smallest drop or two of clear nail polish to set the fraying threads. Et Voila, Life. Hacked.

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This isn't the only non-beauty application for the stuff, either! There's a multitude of household uses, from sealing envelopes, to covering splinters in wood furniture, to keeping your belt buckles looking shiny and new. Just a quick tip for you on this early weekday! Get a bottle of the cheap stuff ($5 or less) and store it away for a rainy day... you'll thank me later. Cheers!

Now Trending: Succulent Terrariums

Hey, Hello, Howdy, Hi! It's MARCH! We've (almost) made it through the winter. Finally. It's the month of SPRING! And while the outside temperatures may not fully reflect it yet, I couldn't help myself. I needed to bring a bit of vibrancy and green indoors. And what a better way to do that than with one of these:

Terrariums are the trendiest new home interior accessory since the Edison lightbulb. Don't believe me? Keep your eye out for them, and you'll notice them everywhere from home interior stores to your favorite restaurants. And why not - they bring some life and color to their environment, and somehow blend between vintage and modern decor seamlessly. Not to mention, they're hard to kill, for those of us with not-so-green a thumb. (Ahem, me.)

All you need to make a terrarium is a glass jar - I fashioned mine out of an oversized cookie jar from Target, but you can find them just about anywhere. Be sure to get several plants, succulents are perfect for this because they are particularly resilient - and some soil to fill in around them with. The other important components are some stones or pebbles, and moss.

To assemble, simply place a layer of pebbles in the bottom of your jar, followed by a layer of soil, and begin placing in your succulents, being sure to arrange them with a little breathing room between each. Fill in any remaining areas with additional pebbles and soil, and then top with a layer of moss, gently pushed down over top. Then, give it a little H2O, and it's good to go!

Place it anywhere your home could use a breath of fresh air - the kitchen, a bedroom, even your living space! It only needs a trickle of water a couple times a week, leaving the rest of the time for you and guests to enjoy its presence. If you're anxious for the spring like I am, this is the perfect little project to sustain you until those temperatures begin to rise. Give this a try, I'd love to see what you come up with! Cheers! x

How to Hang Your Own Gallery Wall

Hello, you weekend warrior, you! Are you as excited that February is almost over as I am? March is nearly upon us - meaning Spring is just around the corner. I'm itching with anticipation. But since it's still a little chilly to venture outdoors and have some fun in the sun, I thought I'd do a little pre-Spring cleaning. Well, not really cleaning, so much as sprucing up. Look at what I hung up this week:

That's right. I finally gathered enough items to assemble into a (what I'm sure will be continuously growing) gallery wall! I've wanted to do this for quite awhile, but something kept holding me back - was it the fear of putting nails into the wall? That is a v real concern in my book.

Enter, Command brand strips! I have to say, I was skeptical of their power at first, but oh how I've seen the light. Not only to they not damage your wall with any permanent holes, their velcro-based design allows for a little tweaking if you happen to but them on a wee-bit crooked.

But besides the hanging of the wall, there's the gathering of items, and determining their layout. My tips for this are as follows: chose items that are a variety. In every sense of the word. Look at different shapes, sizes, colors, materials, textures. Some flat, some three dimensional. Old and new. Wood and Metal. You get where I'm going here. And always make sure to include personal touches - for example, the clothespin drawing in the bottom right was a sketch done by my late grandmother. I'm happy to have a piece of her's in my home.

As far as the layout is concerned, make sure that there is enough breathing room between each piece, so you can really appreciate them individually, and as they make up part of the larger gallery. Practice your layout on the floor, by marking off roughly the size and orientation you want your pieces to be, and then hang them one by one, making sure to stay true to your design.

I can't tell you what a fun - and surprisingly simple! - project this was. If you're anything like me, you already have a good deal of this stuff laying around anyway, why not put it to use? Your guests will be impressed, and nobody will be the wiser that you did it all with some velcro and a prayer! Cheers to the weekend, and happy almost spring! x

DIY Holiday Garland

Hey there! Happy hump day, and happy 4th night of Hanukkah. While we're all still coming out of our latke-induced food comas, I'm already moving full speed ahead towards Xmas. 

Now, I'd be lying if I said I haven't had a menorah and a christmas tree up for weeks, but my philosophy with holiday decor is that some is good, but more is better. Amirite? So, no time like the present to share this cheap n cheerful garland DIY with you. Read on for the super simple tutorial below:

For this project you'll need some wrapping paper (the heavy duty kind... don't skimp here, people) a length of ribbon or yarn (I'm using that baker's twine that's all too trendy these days) a pattern for your shapes, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick! I found all of these materials at the dollar spot in the front of my local Target, so I know you'll be able to find them too. 

Simply measure your desired length of yarn, and decide how concentrated you want your garland to be. Mine has about 15 circles on it, spaced about three inches apart. Then, just simply trace onto your wrapping paper and cut out your shapes (2 per piece). Once they are spaced how you want them, simply use your glue stick to glue the two pieces together, sandwiching your yarn between. When finished it should look like this:

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The best part about this project is how customizable it is. If you want to use ribbon, use ribbon. If you're more of a twine person, twine it up! Don't like circles? - Use triangles or even letters instead. Make it as long or short as you want, and enjoy the smug satisfaction you'll feel when guests compliment your decor at your upcoming parties. You are having a party right? Good, my invite had better be in the mail. Cheers! x

5 Fragrances You'll Want for Your Home This Fall

Though it's not official for a few more days yet, Fall has arrived. And brought along with it all of the things we love about it. Not the least of which are the sights and scents of the season. This Fall, I am loving the idea of bringing the outdoors inside. Personally, I'm not a fan of food-scented candles - besides, if you want your home to smell like baked goods - there's plenty of Mogblog recipes to try! So in keeping with the outdoor theme, the sort of notes I look for when picking a home fragrance are woodsy, earthy, and natural. Think moss, oak, leather, cypress, tobacco, and sandalwood. Check out my 5 picks below:

Mahogany Teakwood is a personal favorite - and it's no surprise why. It's budget friendly, and likely available at your local shopping mall right now. Malin + Goetz' Tobacco is a rich, sensual fragrance that would definitely be welcome in the bedroom. I keep mine on the nightstand. Woodlot is a delicious, all-natural candle, and an excellent everyday pick for just about any public space in your home. Suede blanc is a soft, but present leathery smell - perfect for the powder room. always the perennial favorite, diptyque, has undergone an earthy makeover. The "Terre MeléE" ceramic not only looks beautiful, but smells it, too. With notes of herbs and crunchy fall leaves, it's worth every penny. 

What fragrances are you loving this fall? Be sure to let me know in the comments below so I can check them out! x

Summer Sale Roundup - 6 Picks Under $25

Happy Hump Day, Everyone! Needing a little midweek pick-me-up? Perhaps in the form of retail therapy?? Look no further. Being that August is Sale Season, it's the perfect time to check out the amazing discounts online! Presenting some of my favorite picks from West Elm & CB2. And get this - they're all under $25! Check em out:

Clockwise from Top Right:
Pierced Metal Lantern - $14.99, Aluminum Rectangular Platter - $19.99, Aluminum Box Set $24.99, Phantom Decanter $9.99, Striped Box $24.99, Marble Wishbone $14.99 

Aren't these some great picks?? What else are you loving from the end of summer sales? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! x

Come Shop with Me!

Sunday. Ah, Sunday. (BTW, is Sunday supposed to be the end of the previous week, or the start of a new one? ...I've always considered it the end of the week, although I was recently told otherwise. Hm. #NotClearOn)

Anyway. To close out - yes, close out. my blog, my rules. okay? - our "La Vie En Rose" pink themed week, I wanted to take you shopping with me for some pink home accessories at some of my favorite stores here in Weho. Check it out:

So, that was fun. Let's do it again sometime, shall we? PS, bummed you missed out on our giveaway? Well subscribe to our channel, so you don't miss out on anything else! Lots of good stuff coming this week, so stick around and we'll see you soon! x 

Currently Crushing On: Diptyque 34

Well, its Tuesday. And the long weekend is officially over. Need a little help easing back into the week? I know I do. Enter the deliciously comforting Diptyque 34 Boulevard St. Germain Candle.

I've written about my love and obsession for Diptyque in the past, but what I like most about the brand, is I feel like I'm always discovering new favorites. Based on the scent of their original boutique in Paris, 34 St. Germain has a soft, but present, woody aroma. It just toes the line between being light and fresh, but balanced and full-bodied. (I'll admit, I don't know the proper terminology for discussing candle fragrances... I just know the damn thing smells incredible.)

I picked mine up at Barney's where it rings in at a cool $80. Trust me. It's worth every penny. Get thee to a Barney's and experience it for yourself. And before you know it, it'll be the weekend again.

DIY Dot Painting

Does it feel like it should be Friday? I swear it was Friday, like... 5 minutes ago. How did we get to Tuesday? Anyone? Bueller??

Even though you may have a case of the mid-week blues, here's a fun - and super easy, I might add - DIY that you can use to spruce up your home. It's a quick project too - really. I did this at midnight last night after a few beers (hey - it helps get my creative juices flowing!) and from start-to-finish took me about 20 minutes. NBD.

Maybe you read our post about "Un-Decorating" over the weekend, and want to find an easy way to dip a toe into those waters. Look no further. Inspired by this print at West Elm (on sale for $129) I thought - that looks like a perfect DIY - and for a fraction of the price

All you need is some paint (I used watercolors) - some watercolor paper, and an empty frame. I started by cutting my paper to fit the size of the mat, and then centered a rectangle shape by drawing lightly in pencil. Next, I decided how many dots I wanted going across my painting - again, marking lightly in pencil. And then I just went for it!

(Note: you can get super serious about this if you want, measure and grid your shape out, and pre-mark each dot... but I think part of the un-decorated charm of this is the imperfection. Plus, it looks more like the chic west elm version this way.) 

And that's all there is to it - truly, a 20 minute home DIY. Give this a try - and let me know how it turns out in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you! x

The Art of Un-Decorating

Happy Saturday, kids! I hope you're all loving your weekend so far. I'm off to the Grove today for the SimplyStylist conference (more on that later), but I wanted to share with you a little something before I go.

One of my favorite trends in the interior design world right now is something known as "un-decorating". Its hard to put into words, so i'll make a comparison to - what else - the world of fashion. Un-Decorating is kind of like your chill, tomboy jeans-white-tee-and-chucks outfit. Timelessly cool and easy, but undeniably chic.

It can be implemented in tons of ways - a pile of interesting fabrics folded over an old chair in the corner, a polaroid or two taped to the wall with washi tape, or some old knickknacks and family treasures collected on a mirrored tray.

The way I'm un-decorating in my place is with this great old metal frame I picked up at a flea market here in LA. I just leaned it against the wall (hanging it just felt too "done") and used some cool clothespins to stick some of Nick & I's stuff to it.  

I'd love to hear about your adventures in un-decorating. Tell me what you came up with in the comments below - or, send me a link with some pictures of your project! Can't wait to see. x 

The Most Delicious Bread You'll Ever Eat.

Good morning, all! I hope you had a fun kick off to your weekend, boy have I got something to share with you. Maybe you're laying in bed after a Friday night bender and are thinking about the perfect recovery meal. Or maybe you're up bright eyed and bushy tailed looking for a project to do while your S/O is sleeping in (ahem...I know this blogger is.)

Regardless of your situation, if you find yourself with a couple free hours this weekend and want to challenge yourself with a new endeavor, this is it. Actually, even if you don't have a couple hours to spare, I bet you'll find a way to free some up after you check out this recipe below.

Scary bread-making disclaimer here: I know that at first glance, this seems complicated and maybe a little daunting, but I promise if you follow the directions (I mean REALLY follow them) You will end up with the most delicious homemade bread you will ever eat. (I know - shame on a fashion blogger to write about eating carbs...We all have our vices, okay?)

I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below. I can't wait for you to try this and to tell me how it goes! And as always, SUBSCRIBE to #MOGBLOG for your chance to win our giveaway this week! 

Half-Wheat Sandwich Bread

Ingredients

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons instant active dry yeast

Instructions

1. Start by combining your flours in a medium bowl. (Note: when filling your measuring cups, spoon the flour into them, then level them off. This will keep them from being packed too dense.)
2. Next, in a small bowl, prep your milk, oil, honey, brown sugar and salt. I like to give them a stir with a fork to help them combine.
3. After that - and THIS IS IMPORTANT: In a large bowl, pour in your warm water (if you have a food thermometer, use it to check the temperature. 110-115F is Perfect.) THEN, pour in your small bowl of liquids/sugar. Give it a good stir so the sugars dissolve.
4. Once you have done that, sprinkle your yeast over the warm beige liquid, give it a little stir, and begin slowly adding your flours.
5. While you're adding your flours, keep stirring (again, I like to use a fork here) until it starts to come together, and a dough begins to form.
6. Once it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, its time to get your hands dirty and KNEAD. Spend a solid 10 minutes just folding and pressing the dough on a floured surface, or until you are able to form it into a smooth ball.
7. Place the ball of dough in a bowl sprayed with nonstick spray, and put it somewhere warm to rise for an hour (I like to put it in my oven with the door closed - heat off.)
8. After its about doubled in size, punch the dough down, and really show it who's boss. (I always thought kneading it so much would make it tough and chewy, but its actually the opposite. Who knew?)
9. When you have flattened it down to where it looks like pizza dough, gently roll it into a loaf shape, tucking the ends under. Place the loaf in a sprayed nonstick 9 x 5 pan. Allow it to rise one more time (This time should be shorter - maybe 45 minutes or so.) Now's a good time to preheat your oven to 350.
10. Once its done rising a second time, coat the top of the loaf with a bit of olive oil, using a pastry brush and place it in the oven to bake for 30 - 35 minutes. The loaf will be done when it sounds hollow to tap on the bottom of the pan.

Let it cool about 5 minutes in its pan, then turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool the rest of the way. After that - Slice and enjoy THE MOST DELICIOUS BREAD YOU'LL EVER EAT.

#MOGBLOG Home: Candles for Every Budget

Happy Friday, readers! I hope you're all excited about heading into the first weekend of Spring! (Even if it doesn't feel very spring-like yet). At this time of year, I'm always tempted to open the windows and let in some fresh air. But, if your weather won't cooperate, I know it can feel a little stale after those long winter months indoors. 

Presenting our first #MOGBLOG HOME post: Candles for every budget. Here to ease you out of winter and into spring with some fragrances that are sure to keep your home smelling fresh and clean...even if you aren't ready to throw open the shutters quite yet. Check below for links to shop - and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to #MOGBLOG for your chance to win our #MOGBLOG GIVEAWAY. 

$ - White Barn Candle Company
Available at your local Bath & BodyWorks, these candles are the best every-day option for when you're on a budget, but are looking for a high quality candle that has a good burning time. At just $22 for a 14.5oz Three Wick Candle, they really are a steal. Some of my favorite scents are: LeavesMahogany Teakwood, and Eucalyptus Mint.

$$ - MALIN + GOETZ
I first fell in love with Malin + Goetz while searching for a new face mask through their skincare line (More on that later). But they also make delicious and uniquely scented candles in two sizes. I had the pleasure of meeting one of their brand representatives here in LA, and he told me that their wax is all soy and vegetable based, which makes the chic glasses safe for drinking after the wax is burned out. (You can see I use my votive size as a mini planter for my succulent). $52 for a 9oz candle. Check out their Vetiver, Cannabis, and Dark Rum.

$$$ - diptyque
Finally, no candle-shopping guide is complete without diptyque. Loved by fashion editors, interior designers and bloggers alike for their sophisticated scents and chic packaging, these candles pack a serious punch - but not without a price. These are what you burn when you have company coming over and you want to impress. In-Laws, anyone? Truly, I haven't smelled a diptyque I didn't like, though my favorites at the moment are Feu de Bois, Vetyver, and Patchouli. Find them at Barney's for $60 for 6.5oz.

Try these out as you ease into spring and let me know if you discover any new favorite scents in the comments below. Enjoy your weekend! x