October 2015 iPhone Wallpapers

Happy October, y'all! I know the posting's been a little quiet over here, but that's because a lot's going behind the scenes with the new biz and other life happenings. I hope to share more soon! In the meantime, I did manage to pull together the iPhone wallpapers for this month.

Halloween isn't my favorite holiday by any stretch of the imagination, but I think these wallpapers give a nod to that day - they're a bit spooky and spiderweb-y, don't you think? There are two color ways - black + white and gray + white - and you can download them with or without the calendars. 


Black + White

Gray + White

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Lovely Links

Happy Friday y'all! Did you have good weeks? Here in Philly, the whole city is currently preparing for the Pope's arrival - the security measures are through the roof. I kind of feel like we're living in a police state...which makes me grateful I don't actually live in a police state :). Anyway, I digress. It's been a couple of weeks since my last Lovely Links post, and I think it's high time I shared some eye candy with you along with some deep thoughts for your weekend. Enjoy!

1 | Need a quick weekend project? Check out this faux marble shelf from Shannon Claire (Burlap and Lace)!

{Shannon Claire}
2 | Kate rounded up some awesome patterned curtain panels under $50.

{West Elm}
3 | Emily shared some really awesome words about contentment and blogging this week. I struggle to find balance when it comes to blogging and juggling all the other life things. On one hand, I feel like I "should" be doing more since that's what bloggers these days do, but on the other hand, I'm kind of happy with the way things are going now. It was good to hear someone else say she's content being content if you know what I mean.

4 | I enjoyed taking a peek at this rustic-meets-modern California cottage. White and wood, and a mix of modern and traditional pieces had me immediately intrigued.

{Rue Mag}

5 | On the total other end of the spectrum, did you catch Pencil Shavings Studio's entryway reveal? Bold wallpaper and COLOR for the win! It's more adventurous than I would usually be, but I love seeing others do bold well.

{Pencil Shavings Studio}
6 | There are so many fall home tours in blogland right now! I loved the simplicity of Shayna's (below).

{The Wood Grain Cottage}

Happy Weekend!

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Threshold's Fall Line at Target

I think I've been in denial that summer's coming to a close. Every year, even as I sweat my way through August (and apparently September this year), I start to get sad that I soon won't be able to run around in a tank top and shorts and will instead be bundling up in sweaters. But you know what has gotten me excited about the fall season this year?


Y'all. I'm kind of dying over the new fall line from their Threshold brand. There are just so many cozy, shiny, pretty, fall-like things. It's taking all of my self-control not to go fill half a dozen carts with items like this copper + marble lamp or this wood + metal bench.


In my attempt to not spend all the monies, I decided to gather up all my favorites into a lovely virtual list and share it (very enthusastically!) with y'all. So please, enjoy, and I'm sorrynotsorry if you end up filling half a dozen shopping carts with all the pretty things.

Who else (besides Emily Henderson and me) is excited about this line?

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DIY Easy Faux Roman Shade

A little over a month ago, I had the pleasure of guest posting for Carrie at Lovely Etc. while she was spending time with her new little baby boy. I love guest posting and Carrie's blog is awesome, so it was a win-win! In case you missed that post, I thought I'd share my project - an easy DIY faux roman shade - over here too.

I work from home for my day job in healthcare, so that means I spend about eight hours a day in my office. Over the year or so we've lived here, I've had a blast turning it into a space that I love. It's light and bright - my favorite combination! And while bright is almost always a good thing, for a couple of hours in the afternoon the sun shines so brightly that it's blinding. I was in desperate need of a window treatment that would filter that bright sunlight, but not take away too much of that precious natural light from the one window I have in there.

To see more of my office, check out this post!

Since my desk sits under that window, traditional full-length curtains weren't an option, so I decided to DIY a simple faux roman shade for it. Y'all, this was such an easy project - and it's renter friendly for those of you in that category! This faux roman shade is perfect for a window where you don't necessarily need privacy, but do need to block some light. You'll see why in a minute.

Here are the supplies you'll need to make a faux roman shade:
Step 1: Hem your fabric on three sides so that it fits snugly inside the width and height of your window. I used a sewing machine, but if you're sewing-averse (or don't have one), iron on hem tape works great too. 

For the fourth side, create a small pocket that is slightly larger than the diameter of your small tension rod. You can see the pocket I made below on the right side of this photo and the next photo below. 

As a side note, I picked this piece of fabric up from the remnant bin at one of my favorite local fabric stores. The remnant bin is a great way to get a pretty piece of fabric for a deep discount for small projects like this!

Step 2: Lay your fabric down and create the folds for the roman shade. I didn't measure these - I eyeballed it and created two folds for the look I wanted. Adjust the folds according to how much of the window you want to cover in "default mode." Remember, this faux shade only has two settings - fully up or fully down - so plan your folds accordingly!

Step 3: While the fabric is laid flat and folded, take your adhesive velcro squares and stick them to the inside tops of the folds along the edges first (make sure you stick them in the areas that hold the weight of the folds!). These Velcro squares keep the folds in place once it's hanging up. Then add two or three more squares across the middle areas to support the rest of the width of the fabric folds. I used four squares total across each fold and that holds up the shade beautifully. The Velcro packaging says the adhesive is not made for fabric, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and try it ;). It's working great so far! If I ever feel like the adhesive isn't strong enough, I'll just add a dab or two of fabric glue to make 'em stick. (**Update! The velcro adhesive didn't end up being strong enough for the fabric, so I just dabbed a little fabric glue on them and they're good to go. Nothing like a little trial and error to get it right!)

I realize it's hard to understand where to attach the velcro in words, but here's one example of where I attached mine - hope this helps you visualize it! This is the view from the backside of the fabric.

Step 4: Insert your small tension rod and hang your pretty new faux roman shade! Here's my finished project:

I love how this turned out. It's perfect for my needs (and I hope a few of yours as well!) and it's simple - no fancy lining and sewing is optional! I used Velcro so that I'd have the ability to pull down the shade if I need to, but that's a rare need for my situation. Nearly all of the time it'll stay just like you see in the photo above. This project only took me about an hour, which was time well-spent for some much needed function and style for my naked window :). I hope y'all will try this project out next time you need a roman shade as a window treatment!

If you enjoyed this project, check out a few more of my favorite DIYs!

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Favorite Metallic & Geometric Accent Tables

Whew! These last few weeks have been a whirlwind (but a fun whirlwind!) getting the website up and running for Mix & Match Design Company and putting together design boards for clients. I've also been working on a series of "in-stock" design boards that will hopefully launch later this fall. As I've been sourcing items for both clients and the in-stock boards, I've realized how easy it is to go down a rabbit hole and get lost in the lovely world that is internet shopping :). One rabbit hole I went down recently was that of metallic, geometric accent tables. They're just so pretty and sculptural. They bring an air of sophistication to a space without weighing it down visually. I love how versatile these end tables are too - they can go with many, many different styles.

Today I figured I'd share some of my favorite finds from that recent rabbit hole experience. Maybe you'll find one in this list that you love to add to your home!

1 | Urban Outfitters Hexagon Side Table - $99
2 | Threshold Gold Hammered Metal Drum Table - $70
3 | ZGallerie Tilden Stool - $250
4 | Threshold Metal Hexagon Table - $90
5 | ZGallerie Quatrefoil Tables (Set of Two) - $170
6 | Safavieh Kerri End Table - $155
7 | Target Marble Top Accent Table - $80
8 | Alor Metal and Faux Cement Accent Table Set - $204

9 | West Elm Nolan Side Table - $149 (on sale!)

Hope y'all have great Mondays!

If you need help putting together a home you love in an affordable and approachable way, check out my e-design services at Mix & Match Design Company.

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