DIY: Ikea Hack Inspiration

I have found an AMAZING “Ikea Hack” for our home, and I have been diligently working on it all weekend (don’t worry and DIY post is to come) I think everyone in their twenties has at least one piece of Ikea furniture. It is cheap, easy, and often extremely stylish. Now I REALLY don’t recommended having a whole house full of Ikea furniture, a couple of pieces is wonderful and great, but it won’t last you forever so it is always nice to invest in lifelong classics. However, there is a great little website called www.IKEAHACKERS.net that has sparked a trend of taking basic Ikea furniture, using all of its pieces and parts, and created something wonderful, unique and specific to your space. Here are some great home-spiration images (ALL of these are Ikea pieces reused and repurposed) to inspire you to DIY your own Ikea hack.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Opening New Doors

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I am always constantly trying to improve myself. Not that I am not happy with myself, but because I know there is always more I can give, to relationships, to myself, and to the world. There have been plenty of times where I find something I want to improve on, or something that I can’t wait to try out, but my enthusiasm dies after a week or two and I still haven’t made whatever it might be a habit. I know my failure, or lack of follow through, has to do with the fact that I am trying to use my old ways to open new doors. I need to know myself, know my ways, and know what works for me. If I am going to really implement a habit and open a new door of a healthier happier me, I am going to have to step out of my comfort zone, try a new way of doing things, and really push myself to make it happen. Change does not happen when we are comfortable. Change doesn’t happen with our old ways. This week I am going to continue to challenge myself to seek out new ways to open new doors.

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: A Place for Mr. and Mrs.

Of course like every bride I have a Pinterest board full of wedding ideas, and one of my favorites is the Mr and Mrs sign on the back of the bride and groom’s chairs. I hear from so many recently married women that when things get down to the final months there are a lot of wedding day dreams you have to let go of because you quite simply just don’t have time! This is one that will be at the top of my priority list so we can snag one of these adorable photos. Here are some of my favorite Mr and Mrs sign inspirations!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

HA! No, this would not go over well.

HA! No, this would not go over well.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Now if you are about to walk down the aisle, have no fear, BHLDN of course will come to the rescue! Here is a great sign for any wedding, and it is just a click away!

Sightline Chair Sings for $68

Sightline Chair Sings for $68

SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Be a Voice

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I love this quote. I feel like I start off so many sunday inspiration posts by saying that, but its just as simple as that. I know not everyone loves inspirational quotes as much as I do, but having a good thought or mantra to remind yourself of where you want to be, what you want to do, or quite simply to have fun is such a beautiful thing and this is just that kind of quote. This is a mantra. This is something I strive to do. Lately I feel like I have been doing a lot of echoing, and I want to change that. I feel like everyone has a unique view of the world, shaped by our experiences, our values, and our goals, but so often our voices are all the same. That voice has been shaped by pop culture, friends, family, or how we think we should be. I want to have a unique voice, a truth all my own. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to agree with anyone or I don’t believe things that others believe, I just want a unique expression. Sometimes I find it hard to embrace who I am or my individuality. This  quote is telling me to do exactly that. Be a voice, be who you are, and be okay with that. Don’t echo what others think or do just because you can, always stay true to yourself.

SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Be Done With It

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I might have talked about this before, but I tend to have trouble letting go and being done with mistakes I make or bad days. I have noticed that the reel usually plays over and over in my head of what I could have done differently, and I tend to beat myself up about silly mistakes I have made. I have decided I really need to have a more positive and realistic voice in my head. Not all things are bad, and not every little mistake is worth beating yourself up about. David always tells me that the best way to deal with mistakes or blunders is to always learn something about yourself or what you can do differently next time, and then you can truly move on (he’s a smart man that one). I think that this quote is a beautiful way to live, to allow yourself to be human and make mistakes, love yourself for it, and then start each day new and fresh. This week I am going to try and give myself a clean slate every day, to learn but not dwell, and to speak to myself a little bit nicer.

SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Becoming Quiet

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Now if you have ever met me you will know that quiet isn’t a word that will come to mind when you think of me. I am a little loud, outgoing, full of energy and ideas, and always goofing around. That usually doesn’t leave a lot of room in the day to be quiet, just ask David. Though I am sometimes loud and opinionated, I have found that my struggle in any relationship is finding my voice. Not my physical voice, that works quite well, but my inner voice, my truth. I have found that I usually go along with what others say, people please, and end up doing things I might not want to do. This leaves me feeling empty because I never truly get a chance to voice my truth, but do I really know what my truth would say? This is where this quote comes in. I have found that being quiet, taking a moment in the beginning of the day, before a big decision, before an important conversation, or just on the commute home from work, really helps me focus on my truth, what I want, what I desire the outcome to be, or how I want to live my life. Being quiet I hear so much more. Emptying my head of buzz and chatter, emptying my head of the continuing reel of things I need to do, or the latest celebrity gossip on TMZ, and really being quiet is one of the greatest things I have learned in finding my voice. I am going to try even harder this week to find more time to empty my thoughts and be quiet so that I can truly hear. I want to know my voice, know my truth. and creating that time I am one step closer.

REINCARNATION: Floor Lamp Favorites

Happy Monday morning everyone! I thought I would bring a little light to everyone’s week and talk about, well of course, lights! When I used to think of floor lamps I would think of the plastic floor lamp from Target that was in my dimly lit dorm room. Tacky and not functional. However, of recent I have rediscovered the beauty of the floor lamp when searching for lighting for our living room. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images of floor lamps a few amazing options for any space!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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If you’re looking for a stylish floor lamp of your own, here are some of my favorites…

NOVARA FLOOR LAMP from Anthropologie for $398

NOVARA FLOOR LAMP from Anthropologie for $398

Mid-Century Overarching Floor Lamp (my favorite!!) from West Elm for $699

Mid-Century Overarching Floor Lamp (my favorite!!) from West Elm for $699

A touch of gold with the STELLA FLOOR LAMP from Urban Outfitters for $129

A touch of gold with the STELLA FLOOR LAMP from Urban Outfitters for $129

The Tripod Floor Lamp from Lampsplus for only $149!

The Tripod Floor Lamp from Lampsplus for only $149!

Last but certainly not least, the HEKTAR lamp from IKEA for $69.99

Last but certainly not least, the HEKTAR lamp from IKEA for $69.99